My boyfriend, who always votes for the third party candidate, says that the only difference between Democrats and Republicans is their price tag. He’s forever explaining to strangers that Republicans would never get caught with only $90K worth of bribe money in their freezers. And maybe he’s right? Democrat Sheila Dixon, the first female mayor of Baltimore, has been convicted of fraudulent misappropriation. She stole $630 worth of gift cards intended for the poor. Apparently, she solicited the cards from a wealthy developer and then instead of donating them, bought stuff for herself. That’s great, Sheila. Now I’ll never shut my guy up. Couldn’t you just have had an affair? Or at least switched party affiliations before pushing the self-destruct button? [Newser] Keep reading »
“I was stunned after the election when President Obama asked me to consider this. I didn’t want to do it. I just really had a lot of doubts, and I kept suggesting other people: Well, how about this person! How about that person! This one would be really good! But then a friend of mine called me and basically said, ‘How would you have felt if you’d been elected and you’d called him and asked him to do this?’ And that really made a big impression on me. How do you say no? And so…I said yes. And here I am.”
—Hillary Clinton, on becoming Madam Secretary of State [Vogue] Keep reading »
We have reached a strange new frontier in our everyone-who-is-famous-gets-a-clothing-line world. Jenny Sanford, who told her husband Mark to hit the road after having an affair with an Argentinian whose tan lines he just couldn’t get enough of, has trademarked her name and started a website where she will sell clothing. Since I adore her, I want to think this is okay. But in truth, she just ain’t that snappy a dresser. Keep reading »
I’m a little bit obsessed with Michaele and Tareq Salahi, the 40-something winery owning couple who crashed the Obama’s State Dinner last week. After photos of the pair at the event appeared on their Facebook page while the White House said they were not on the guest list, the Washington Post offered up a theory of how the two snuck in—they dressed up in event-appropriate attire, and faked shock at the security checkpoint when their names weren’t on the list until someone took pity on them since it was raining. Once whisked into the dinner, the couple had their names announced for photographers and shared drinks with legit guests like Joe Biden, Rahm Emanuel, and Katie Couric. Heck, Michaele even shook hands with Barack. And it looks like this might not be the first Obama event the couple crashed—Facebook photos show them in the Obamas’ glass-enclosed box at the pre-inauguration concert last year, and talking to Oprah at an inauguration event.
So what do we know about these two? Keep reading »
Unsubstantiated rumors and vicious gossip isn’t just for Hollywood—our nation’s capitol loves spreadin’ rumors, too. The latest buzz out of D.C. is that President Obama will drop his vice president, Joe Biden, from his 2012 re-election ticket and run with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as his VP instead. The logic supposedly is that the president would make this switcheroo so Clinton could run for president in 2016, as Biden might be “too old” by then. [U.S. News & World Reports] Keep reading »
‘Tis the season for holiday parties, and Barack and Michelle Obama threw a big one last night—their first state dinner, honoring the prime minister of India. Held on the White House lawn, the Obamas invited politicos like Hillary Clinton, Nancy Pelosi, and Mike Bloomberg and assorted famous folks like Steven Spielberg, Katie Couric, and Gayle King—oddly, Oprah wasn’t on the guest list. Since the theme of the night was India, a vegetarian meal was served and Michelle wore a dress by an Indian designer. Other highlights of the night: a wardrobe malfunction when Senator Bob Casey lost his cummerbund, and a performance by Jennifer Hudson. I’m sure our invite just got lost in the mail? [CNN, NY Post] Keep reading »
Watch out Tom Cruise. The Australian government might try to declassify Scientology as a religion and reclassify it as a criminal organization. In a speech he gave to the Aussie Senate on Tuesday night, Senator Nick Xenophon claimed that the church was guilty of torture, forced imprisonment, and coerced abortion, embezzlement and blackmail. He unearthed letters from an ex-Scientologist, which detailed abuse and violence that happened within the religion, and said that horrors such as forced confinement, torture and abortion, were ordered. Keep reading »
As the Senate attempts to suck the fat out of the 2,000-plus-page health care reform bill, there is one provision that donkeys are fighting to keep intact. Democrats have proposed a way to nip and tuck a few Benjamins to help pay for the health care reform plan. I’ll give you a hint—it doesn’t have to do with abortions, mammograms, or pap smears—or any procedures women actually need. They plan to raise $5 billion over the next 10 years by taxing 5 percent on all cosmetic surgery procedures. Want a tummy tuck, silicon bubbies, or some warm botulism injected into your face? Under this provision, you’ll have to pay a tax. Reconstructive surgeries due to cancer or injury would not be subject to the tax. Naturally the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery is against this “Botax.” So what do you think? Is the “Botax” a good idea? [NY Daily News] Keep reading »
So we all know that gay marriage was banned in Texas in 2005, but did you know that some unfortunate wording in the amendment might have accidentally banned all marriages? Democrat and attorney general candidate Barbara Ann Radnofsky is making a ruckus about the colossal mistake she believes lawmakers made in drafting the amendment. The first part is pretty clear stating: “Marriage in this state shall consist only of the union of one man and one woman.” But the phrase in question in Subsection B of the legislation states:
“This state or a political subdivision of this state may not create or recognize any legal status identical or similar to marriage.”
Uh-oh. Does that mean all marriages in the state of Texas are not legit? Now that would be interesting—bye, bye George W and Laura. Critics accuse Radnofsky of trying to stir up controversy about the banning of gay marriage. As if that’s a bad thing? They stand by the amendment and think the linguistic loophole is not likely to hold up in the event of any forthcoming lawsuits. But still … what would happen if all straight marriages in the Lone Star state were unrecognized? Might it create some empathy for the gay marriage cause? Why … it just might, dangit. [Gawker] Keep reading »
Oh, for crying out loud. Hillary Clinton is the Secretary of State, a big and important job in which the president actually listens to what she has to say. So why, then, is the entire first paragraph of a recent Vogue article about Clinton dedicated to the color of her pantsuit at the U.N. General Assembly meeting recently (red, in case you were wondering)?
In the next paragraph, we learn that one day at the State Department Clinton was “wearing no makeup” and looked “tired and cranky.” Fret not, though, because her deputy chief of staff handed her a cosmetics bag and Clinton applied her own mascara, lipstick, blush and powder.
Really, Vogue? I don’t care that Clinton does her own makeup and (still) wears brightly colored pantsuits. Keep reading »