This week, Brazil got its first female president, Dilma Rousseff, who was formerly the energy secretary and chief of staff to President Luiz Inácio da Silva. Taking 56 percent of the vote, Rousseff said, “I hope the fathers and mothers of little girls will look at them and say, ‘Yes, women can.’” It seems trite to be all “girl power!” about this, but I get kind of giddy when a lady is elected into a country’s highest office. A handful of South American governments are being run by women now, and there are women in top political offices around the world. We’ve rounded up some of them up after the jump. [Newser] Keep reading »
This weekend, I hightailed it to Washington, D.C., for “The Daily Show
“‘s and “The Colbert Report”‘s Rally To Restore Sanity And/Or Fear
. It was basically a big old party with amazing sign watching. (My personal faves read: “I Had a Tea Party with Your Mama” and “Palin/Snooki 2012.” The crowd was—how do I put it?—packed like sardines, so there was no chance of seeing a Jumbotron unless you were at least six feet tall. The best the rest of us could do was listen. And for the listeners, the highlight of the afternoon was for sure Jon Stewart
‘s monologue. So we’re glad that Auto-Tune The News didn’t waste any time in remixing that shizzle.
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Last night, for the first time since he was elected president, Barack Obama appeared on “The Daily Show.” After making some small talk about the set, the two got down to brass tacks. Jon Stewart asked point blank, “Are we the people we were waiting for?” Obama responded carefully, “I’m feeling great about where the American people are considering what we’ve gone through. We’ve gone through the two toughest years anytime since the Depression.” See part one of the interview here and part two after the jump. Are you heading to the Rally to Restore Sanity this weekend? Keep reading »
Great moments in “ewwww”: at a Tea Party rally in Phoenix, Arizona, on Friday, infamous anti-immigration Maricopa County sheriff Joe Arpaio handed Sarah Palin a pair of pink panties. Yes, panties! “I just got done welcoming Sarah Palin to our county. Had a nice chat and gave her a pair of pink underwear,” he tweeted from @RealSheriffJoe on Friday night. Creepy! His schtick is to force prisoners to wear pink clothing, including underwear, to humiliate them. It’s hard to say if he was getting fresh with Sarah, suggesting something kinky, or just being sexist and inappropriate. Do male politicians get pink panties as gifts from Sheriff Joe, too? Didn’t think so. [Gawker, Twitter] Keep reading »
Campaign commercials are getting dirty down south. North Carolina politician Wesley Meredith is challenging State Senator Margaret Dickson for her seat and ran an ad depicting a cash-carrying woman making herself up with lipstick and mascara. You know, like whores do. Keep reading »
Being a mayor in Italy has to be fun, now that Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has upped the country’s ability to create laws to combat “anti-social behavior.” Take, for example, Mayor Luigi Bobbio of the resort town Castellammare di Stabia. He is doing away with miniskirts, low-cut jeans, sunbathing, swearing, and playing football in public spaces. Breaking any of the aforementioned rules could result in a fine of up to $696. Egads! So I guess he just guaranteed that no cast member of the “Jersey Shore” cast will ever set foot in his town?
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Barack Obama is all about science. And on December 8th, he’ll be appearing on “Mythbusters,” the Discovery Channel show that debunks urban legends using elaborate scientific testing. (My fave episode answered this question: Will jumping in a falling elevator really save your life?) In Barack’s episode, they’ll be looking into whether Archimedes could have set fire to the Roman float using just a mirror in the sun.
We’re excited to see Obama on a great TV show. But this one is kind of random, no? After the jump, 10 more television appearances we’d like to see Obama make. Keep reading »
There are plenty of things to say about golden girl Meghan McCain, 26, who has parlayed being John McCain‘s daughter into a full-time job: She writes a column for The Daily Beast, has written a new book called Dirty Sexy Politics, and has a gig on ABC’s “This Week.” After she called Delaware senatorial candidate Christine O’Donnell a “nutjob” this Sunday on “This Week,” Meghan provoked the ire of more hard-line Republicans and their cohorts.
Did they go after her bad manners for calling a public figure a nutjob? Did they go after her family connections? No, they took sexist potshots at her big boobs. Keep reading »