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Is This Your $100 Million ATM Receipt?

One of my weird quirks (that I forgot to mention last week) is that I very, very, very rarely get a receipt when I take cash out of the ATM. (I do when I make deposits so that I have a record.) I don’t want to know my balance, even if I know I have money and I don’t need to worry about being overdrawn. I just don’t like to see how much money I have in the bank. However, I would get a receipt and frame it if my balance was $99,864,731.94, like this Capitol One ATM receipt indicates. The website Dealbreaker said the receipt– which was found sticking out of an ATM on Long Island — reportedly belongs to billionaire hedge-fund manager David Tepper, though he implied in a response that it wasn’t his, saying that he hasn’t touched an ATM “since Lehman” and “would never do something as irresponsible as leaving $100 million in a savings account.” Whatever, Tepper, don’t call my soon-to-be new boyfriend — if I can find him — “irresponsible.” [NY Post] Keep reading »

Michele Bachmann Doesn’t Call Herself A Feminist

I could not have been more annoyed when Sarah Palin called herself a “feminist.” It wasn’t because I think a hairy-legged, Diva Cup-loving separatist in Berkeley should get to decide what a feminist is. (I am quite sure she would take one look at my mani/pedi and send me back to the gallows for more pubic hair braiding.) No, it pissed me off because, while there are some aspects of Palin’s life that actually are rather feminist—she’s a woman in a traditionally male job, she’s a working mom with a mostly-stay-at-home husband, etc. — she went co-opting the word “feminism” as if its hers and hers alone. As this clip of Palin appearing on “The O’Reilly Factor” illustrates, she uses the term “feminist” to suit her needs while at the same time trashing “women’s rights groups … and those [who] do not empower women.” Oh, so now you’re telling us what feminism is, lady who believes abortion should be illegal, gays and lesbians shouldn’t marry, and youngsters should be taught abstinence instead of comprehensive sexual health?

Thankfully, the feminists of America need not worry our pretty little heads about the next arch-conservative swooping in: Michele Bachmann has already come right out to say she is not a feminist. Keep reading »

To Catch A Cheater: National Enquirer Says It Has Video Proof Of Chris Hansen’s Philandering

Chris Hansen knows all about catching people red-handed on camera. Since 2004, as the host of “To Catch a Predator,” he’s worked with law enforcement as they pose as underage girls online and ask pedophiles to meet them at home. When the front door opens—bam!—there’s Hansen and a camera crew. The dudes do some seriously awkward verbal backpedaling before they are cuffed. Well, apparently, this time Hansen is the one caught on camera. The National Enquirer claims to have footage that shows he’s cheating on his wife. Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Planned Parenthood Of Kansas Fights To Save Funding

  • Planned Parenthood of Kansas has asked a judge to stop the state from taking away federal funding to punish the family planning clinics for providing abortions. [Kansas City Star]
  • Ugh. You don’t even want to read things Ohio House politicians were saying as they voted to advance a bill to criminalize abortion once a fetus has a detectable heartbeat. [Think Progress]
  • Behold, the Geek Girl Commandments and Bill of Rights. [The Mary Sue]

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Michele Bachmann: What Sexist BS Can She Expect While Running For President?

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Rep. Michele Bachmann formally announced on Monday she is seeking the Republican nomination for President. The feminist within me says, “Yay, someone with a vagina running for president!” Followed by a vehement, “OH HELL NO.” Just because a woman is running for president does not mean all women should support her. Just like Sarah Palin did, Bachmann painfully illustrates this point: She is bigoted against gays and lesbians, opposes legal abortion, and spoke out against a change in the IRS code to make breast pumps for nursing mothers tax deductible. Those are just a few of the policy reasons why Bachmann would make a terrible president. Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: MTV & VH1 Won’t Air Kanye’s “Monster” Video

  • Both MTV and VH1 agreed not to air Kanye West’s music video for “Monster,” which grotesquely eroticizes dead women, despite a new disclaimer about how it isn’t meant to be “misogynist.” I am sure he will find a way to write a song about how he’s been victimized by this. [Adios Barbie]
  • North Carolina Governor Bev Perdue vetoed an awful anti-abortion bill which would have required a woman seeking an abortion to wait 24 hours, receive counseling, and get an ultrasound before she could have the procedure. (Thanks, commenter LR52185, for the link.) [News-Observer]
  • Christine Lagarde, the finance minister of France, was selected to be the first-ever woman to run the International Monetary Fund today. She will replace Dominique Strauss-Kahn, who riddled the IMF with sex scandals and then was forced to step down after he was accused of sexually assaulting a New York City hotel maid. [NY Times]

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