Levi Johnston‘s sister, Mercede Johnston, makes her big Playboy debut this week, taking it all off for a four-page pictorial accompanied by an interview where she launches some pretty big allegation grenades against Sarah Palin and her family. And these are in addition to the charge Bristol Palin allegedly got pregnant on purpose. After the jump, we rate the probable likelihood of Mercede’s latest claims about the Palin clan. If I were Mercede, I wouldn’t say such things about a family of sharp shooters. Keep reading »
The valuable “don’t be racist, especially not on video” lesson taught by the infamous UCLA “Asians need to learn American library manners” video has escaped at least one white chick with a webcam. The website World Star Hip Hop has posted a video of an unnamed girl who explains “how to be Asian” as a birthday present to her (Asian!) friend Jess. The girl smears mustard on her face and Scotch-tape her eyes shut to “get the look” and suggests you change your last name to “Ching Chong.” Oh dear. Bitch even splices in two seconds of porn for good measure. Congratulations, girl. You’re even more of an embarrassment to humanity than the UCLA library chick. [ColorLines] Keep reading »
“I’m not going to mislead anybody. Politics is really hard. And it is harder for women. There’s a double standard, and you can’t complain about it. You just have to accept it, and be smart enough to navigate it. And you have to have a pretty tough skin. To paraphrase a favorite quote from Eleanor Roosevelt: If a woman wants to be in politics, she has to have the skin of a rhinoceros. Most men who go into politics just think they’re great. They believe they can do anything. Most young women, not only in politics but in most areas, are more cautious and more likely to say, ‘Could I really do this? Am I good enough?’ I was talking to a friend and very successful businessman the other day, and he said, ‘The thing that still annoys me more than anything is that I see all these young women who are so much more capable than they allow themselves to believe. And I see so many young men who are so much less capable but who believe they are God’s gift to the world.’ I would just say to women: Try it! Put your foot in the pond and see if you want to swim.”
—Secretary of State Hillary Clinton took a Glamour reporter along while traveling in Africa and trying to empower women through the African Women’s Entrepreneurship Program. I admire Clinton for what she’s accomplished and for her realistic outlook on how women should get ahead. Here, she is echoing Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg, who implored young women to think they’re as awesome as young men do. You’re God’s gift to the world, too, ladies! [Glamour] Keep reading »
Last night, something unexpected happened as the House of Representatives voted on the debt-ceiling compromise. (If you haven’t been following, here is the very short story: Democrats and Republicans have been in a deadlock for months over how to handle our debt load, and the government’s ability to borrow money expires at midnight tonight.) With two minutes left to go in the House’s vote, a side door of the chamber opened and a woman walked in. It was Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona, who has been missing from the proceedings since January, when she was shot in the head at point-blank range. While Giffords was a touch unsteady on her feet and didn’t speak much, she had a big smile on her face as she waved to the members of the House. She was greeted with a standing ovation and a flurry of hugs. Her presence appeared to have a palpable effect. While the vote in favor of the compromise bill had been stalled at 200, after Giffords entered her ‘yes’ vote, it shot up to 216 in favor. In the end, the bill passed with 269 votes—sending it to the Senate this morning.
“The Capitol looks beautiful tonight and I am honored to be at work,” Giffords Tweeted. Keep reading »
“What I really want right now is to get a debt-ceiling deal for my birthday … I feel real good about 5-0. I’ve got a little greyer since I took this job, but otherwise, I feel pretty good. Michelle still thinks I’m cute. And I guess that’s, that’s all that matters, isn’t?”
—Barack Obama talks to NPR about his 50th birthday, which is coming up on Thursday. We’re with Michelle on this one—we think the grey just makes you look more distinguished, Barack. And we guess it’s up to Congress whether he’ll get the birthday present of his choice. [Telegraph UK] Keep reading »