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Rick Santorum Would No Longer Like His Name Associated With Anal Sex

Conservative Pennsylvanian politician Rick Santorum announced that he’d be running for president earlier this year, but he’s facing an uphill battle–in part because he’s got a little Google name association problem. You see, Mr. Santorum raised the ire of sex columnist Dan Savage the last time he ran for president because of Santorum’s stringent anti-gay positions, so Savage advocated that “Santorum” should become the new name for “the frothy mix of lube and fecal matter that is sometimes the byproduct of anal sex.” So yes, now when you Google “Santorum” you get results for Rick Santorum, conservative presidential candidate and, well, that other stuff.

And now Santorum wants Google to do something about it. Keep reading »

Taylor Armstrong Talks In Detail About Being Abused


After the suicide of her estranged husband, Russell Armstrong, Taylor Armstrong of “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” largely laid low. Then last week, a photo of Taylor with a black eye surfaced—apparently, she gave the evidence of the fact that she was abused by Russell to “Entertainment Tonight.” Last night, the show aired its segment with Taylor. In it, she talks in detail about being beaten. “The first time he ever really harmed me physically, I was pregnant with Kennedy and he grabbed me by the throat and held me up against a wall. Nothing had really happened to set him off, so I saw his ability to go from zero to 60 that quickly,” Taylor explained. “I had made pizza for his children before he got home from work, and he came into the master bedroom and grabbed me by the neck and shoved me against the wall and he said, `If you ever make my children a pizza without a vegetable again, I’ll kill you.’”

How terrifying. Keep reading »

Double The Uteruses, Double The Babies

Finally, a story out of Florida that is not about a bizarre crime or a teacher schtupping a student. Andreea Barbosa, a woman with the rare condition of having two uteruses (or is it uteri?) gave birth to twins who were conceived separately in her respective wombs. This feat of conception is virtually impossible, yet her husband’s sperm managed to successfully navigate the labyrinth of her reproductive landscape and fertilize two eggs at once. Twins Natalie and Nathan (pictured above), who were born last week, will be happy additions to their family. Yay Florida! And reproductive miracles! [Jezebel] Keep reading »

Bullied Teen, Who Once Made An “It Gets Better” Video, Commits Suicide


Heartbreaking news: a teen who once made a video for the “It Gets Better” Project committed suicide yesterday after dealing with ongoing harassment because of his sexual orientation. Jamey Rodemeyer, 14, of Buffalo, NY, had been questioning his sexuality for some time and recently blogged: “I always say how bullied I am, but no one listens. What do I have to do so people will listen to me?” Apparently, Jamey’s family was aware of the harassment he faced from classmates and were working with Williamsville North High School officials as best they could to help him; his mom said he had “issues” for years and that he was seeing a social worker and therapist. Keep reading »

Evening Quickies: Parents Protesting Ben & Jerrry’s Schweddy Balls Ice Cream

  • A handwringing parents’ group called One Million Moms is protesting Ben & Jerry’s new flavor Schweddy Balls, which is named after a classic “Saturday Night Live” skit starring Alec Baldwin, Molly Shannon, and Ana Gasteyer. One Million Moms, which is affiliated with the Christan group American Family Association, huffily said of Schweddy Balls: “The vulgar new flavor has turned something as innocent as ice cream into something repulsive.” Repulsive! Now, now. I know fudge-covered rum balls aren’t for everyone, but let’s not get hysterical here. [Flavorwire]
  • “The Playboy Club” vs. “Mad Men,” a side-by-side comparison. [NYMag.com]
  • Robert Pattinson is recording an album that will supposedly sound like “stripped-down Ray LaMontagne meets Van Morrison.” A source says Robert is “tortured” because music is his first love, but he is forced by this cruel world to be a millionaire movie star heartthrob instead. [Us Weekly]
  • Incase you missed it, Amelia’s boo — Ryan Gosling, obvs — was on “Conan” last night and revealed what goes on at Disneyland after dark. [Team Coco]

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Today’s Lady News: Diddy Publishes Photography Book About Butts

  • Diddy, Interscope’s Jimmy Iovine and photographer Rafael Mazzucco have published a new book about women’s butts called Culo by Mazzucco. (Culo is the Italian word for ass.) As an appreciator of booty, I think the books sounds like 240 pages of awesome. But some might say it “objectifies women by way of dismemberment,” as Clutch Magazine suggests. What do you think — is a photography book of women’s butts offensive? [Clutch Magazine]
  • Doctors are pissed at Rep. Michele Bachmann for making unsubstantiated comments at the Tea Party debate about the HPV vaccine causing mental retardation. Experts say that every time false alarms are raised by politicians/celebs about vaccines, vaccination rates drop. [New York Times]
  • Fox News commentator Dr. Keith Ablow compares Chaz Bono’s appearance on “Dancing With The Stars” to heroin addicts and people with anorexia. I can’t even approach the stupidity of this one. [Think Progress]

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