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Italians Claim Premature Baby Lived Through Abortion

The Italian Ministry of Health has announced that three separate investigations have been launched after a claim that this weekend, a premature baby survived an abortion at 22 weeks (or about five months). Allegedly, Rev. Antonio Martello, a hospital chaplain at Rossano Calabro Hospital in Calabria, was praying in front of the infant’s body 20 hours after the abortion and witnessed it breathing. Martello then said he alerted doctors, who took the baby to a neonatal unit at a different hospital where it allegedly died on Monday. Now legal authorities are investigating the alleged botched abortion as possible manslaughter.

Hmph. I call bulls**t. Keep reading »

Maryline Blackburn Beat Sarah Palin At Miss Alaska, And Now Is Running For Office

World, prepare for the next beauty queen-turned-politician. Maryline Blackburn defeated Sarah Palin in the Miss Alaska Pageant in 1984, showing off her vocal cords in the talent competition and becoming the first African-American woman to win, err, enter the pageant. (Sarah’s flute-playing earned her Miss Congeniality.) Since then, Maryline moved to Atlanta, became a singer, and was nominated for two Grammys. The 2008 election changed her, though. While she was excited to see her old pageant rival on the ticket (“When I first saw her I thought, ‘Oh my goodness, she’s absolutely beautiful.’ She has that determined look and she’s not going to give up.”), Maryline is a Democrat. “It’s all about Obama, Obama,” she said at the time. She even performed at the inaugural balls thrown by Ludacris and Dionne Warwick.

Now, Maryline has decided to run for office herself. Keep reading »

Shun, Shag, Or Marry: The Goldman Sachs Bosses

The Goldman Sachs bosses are in hot water. The Subcommittee on Investigations made sure they were thorough with a nearly 11-hour questioning of them this week, asking whether their firm “made significant bets against the mortgage industry while selling their clients toxic assets.” Basically, while the economy went down the crapper, these guys were raking in dough. While I would love to shun the lot of them, because I am a respectable journalist, it is my job to decide which Goldman Sachs bosses should be shunned, shagged, or married. [Huffington Post, Daily Mail]
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In A New Memoir, Laura Bush Alleges The Bushes Were Poisoned On Germany Trip

Former First Lady Laura Bush is not known for saying anything too controversial or even interesting. But holy moly, does her forthcoming memoir, Spoken From The Heart, sound like a juicy read! According to The New York Times, Laura Bush will finally open up about the incident when she killed a high school friend in a car crash at age 17 and even defend President Bush’s handling of Hurricane Katrina. But the most interesting part of Laura Bush’s memoir, which is to be released in May, is when she alleges that she, President George W. Bush, and several members of their staff were poisoned on a trip to Germany for a G8 Summit. Yes, poisoned. That’s some really cloak-and-dagger stuff right there. Keep reading »

Sarah Palin’s Hacked Email Meant Terrifying Calls For Bristol

I don’t know about you, but I might have felt a teeny tiny bit more sympathetic towards the Palins if I knew that, while Sarah Palin was running for vice president in 2008, her email account was hacked and her daughter’s telephone number was posted online. Which resulted in Bristol receiving tons of phone calls and text messages, some of which were really vulgar and creepy. She remembers one in particular from a group of boys who said they were outside her house and wanted to come in. Keep reading »

Hmm, Do You Think Your Reproductive Rights “Don’t Need Defending”?

Hey, Newsweek subscribers, brace yourselves for a really annoying article in the upcoming April 26th issue: We young folks are “lukewarm” on reproductive rights and “don’t think abortion rights need defending.” Keep reading »

Gay Couples To Get Visitation Rights At Most Hospitals

I’m not going to lie, this story makes my eyes tear up. In 2007, Lisa Pond, of Florida, collapsed from a brain aneurysm and a few hours later at the hospital, she died alone, without her kids or the person she’d spent the last 18 years of her life with. Lisa Pond died this way because she was a lesbian.

Yesterday, President Obama called Pond’s former partner, Janice Langbehn, to inform her that he mandated all hospitals that receive Medicare and Medicaid funding — which are most in the country — must extend visitation rights to same-sex couples. This mandate, which should go into effect in a few months, will allow a gay or lesbian partner to not only make medical decisions for their ill or injured loved one, but also to be there during the last moments of their life. In the past, LGBT partners who are not legally married have been refused by hospitals’ “relatives-only” policies. Keep reading »

You Are Not Looking At The Next Louisiana Senator

It seems like only last week (it was) that adult film star Stormy Daniels was declaring her intention to run for a seat in the Louisiana state senate. This week, she broke the hearts of Politico writers looking for an excuse to write about porn and politically astute porn fans across the nation when she announced that she would not attempt to become the next senator of Louisiana. But why not? She lacks the funds to run, she says: “I am not running for the US Senate for the same reason that so many dedicated patriots do not run — I can’t afford it.” Daniels did offer a message of hope: “We will keep fighting so that one day the voices of the dishwashers, cashiers, bus drivers and porn stars will be heard just as loudly as those of the lawyer, the banker and the insurance company executive.” Amen. [Politico] Keep reading »

Quotable: Conservative Women Are “Smarter” And “Hotter”

“You hear that my lefty friends, you see that? Conservative women: they’re smarter than you and they’re hotter than you.”

— The emcee at an event in Boston attended by former Alaskan Governor Sarah Palin yesterday. Because which political party has “hotter” women is really what’s important. [ABC News] Keep reading »

Were Your Parents As Strict As The Obamas?

Yesterday, Michelle Obama made an appearance on “The Situation Room” to talk about kids and technology. “In my household, we try to establish a set of guidelines and rules that make sense—no computers, phones, television during the week,” she said of Sasha, 8, and Malia, 11. And if that weren’t bummer enough, when the girls do get to watch TV on weekends, they have only three options—Nickelodeon, The Disney Channel, or football with dad. “With their TV intake limited … we found over the break that they are both very good Taboo players,” Michelle told People earlier this year. Add this to the fact that the girls have a rigid set of chores and that they eat all organic food, and it has me wondering—are the Obamas too strict? [CNN, Softpedia, Telegraph UK] Keep reading »

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