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Australian Pottymouths Fined Up To $300 For Public Cussing

Civil liberties nightmare or a f**king great idea? Police in Queensland, Australia, now have the authority to fine citizens $100 to $300 for committing the “public nuisance” of cussing in public. Queensland’s head of state, Anna Bligh, said to expect a 20 percent rise in public nuisance complaints, based on trial programs in South Brisbane and Townsville. Why are Aussies so concerned about naughty language? They’re not. Apparently, swear words are just a moneymaker. Bligh said that targeting public pottymouths (along with those who pee in public and other acts of disorderly conduct) could generate the government some major bucks. Watch your mouths, Aussies! [News.com.au] Keep reading »

You Can’t Get Raped In Skinny Jeans, Jury Says

An Australian jury acquitted 23-year-old Nicholas Gonzales of rape because it refused to believe the alleged victim’s skinny jeans could have been removed without “collaboration.” Gonzales and the alleged victim, a 24-year-old woman, met for drinks in April 2008 and then returned to his house to listen to music. Gonzales claims they had consensual sex together; the victim says she was raped and “I struggled to try to get up for a while and then he undid my jeans and he pulled them off.” But defense lawyer Paul Hogan said he thought it would be “difficult for skinny jeans to be taken off by someone else unless the wearer’s assisting, collaborating, consenting.” And the jury believed him. Keep reading »

Today In Stupidity: Gay Dog Discrimination

Every now and then, we come across a story so absurd that it’s almost hard to figure out where to begin with mocking it mercilessly. So here goes: A restaurant in Australia called Thai Spice has been fined $1400 for refusing to seat a blind man and his guide dog. The restaurant has a sign in the window that says guide dogs are welcome, so what was the issue? The hostess thought the dog, named Nudge, was gay. Evidently, he didn’t understand the blind man’s thick Australian accent and thought he was saying “gay dog” rather than “guide dog.” The restaurant explained, “The staff genuinely believed that Nudge was an ordinary pet dog which had been desexed to become a gay dog.”

Uh, really? That’s their excuse. Who cares if the dog was gay? Can dogs even be gay? I really don’t care if Nudge was wearing Elton John platforms, a pink sequined jumpsuit, and humming Judy Garland songs. Make the gay dog discrimination stop. Keep reading »

Australians Want To Ban Small-Breasted Women And Female Ejaculation In Porn

The Australian government apparently has some issues with a woman’s “down under.” The Classification Board for the country’s smut industry is working on banning porn that includes female ejaculation and/or small breasts. The censors are trying to block any websites that include or link to material that include these particular “offenders.” Customs officials are also being advised to confiscate any pornography that has instances of female ejaculation. So, I guess now would be an ideal time to look into becoming an Australian Customs Official since screening smut could be part of your job description? But this is not the most outrageous element of this new ban—what’s worse is the reasoning. Keep reading »

Should Scientology Be Classified As A Criminal Organization Instead Of A Religion?

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 »

Female Twins In An All-Girl Gang Acquitted Because No One Could Tell Who Did What

Australians Courtney and Amelia Prentice—19-year-old twins who look like bad-ass versions of Lauren Conrad—used to be part of an all-girl gang that spent a lot of time getting drunk and roaming the streets looking for fights. Last year, the group encountered two chicks on the beach and beat the crap out of them, knocking them to the ground, punching them, and yelling “Stab them! Stab them!” repeatedly before taking all their money. When the police rolled up at the twins’ house to arrest them, one of the girls punched an officer, so the whole arrest had to go down at gunpoint. Still, this week in court, the girls were sentenced to 18 months of probation instead of jail time. Why couldn’t the judge stick them with a worse punishment? Because the twins looks so darn much alike, no one could tell “who did what” during the fight. Ditto for the punching of the police officer. Keep reading »

The Daily Squeeze: Hugh Jackman Half-Naked, First Ladies, And Professional Chocolate Tasting

  • If you’re at all interested in seeing Hugh Jackman’s bare chest, you should go see “Australia” this weekend. [NY Mag]
  • First lady Laura Bush is planning to write a memoir and is shopping the idea around to various publishers. According to AP, books from recent first ladies have a more dependable commercial appeal than those written by former presidents. [AP]
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    Hugh Jackman Is People’s “Sexiest Man Alive”

    So, People has spoken, and they’ve chosen “Australia” star Hugh Jackman as 2008′s “Sexiest Man Alive.” Jackman certainly is a hot piece — we like the tan, rugged look he sports in the movie — and he has that magical ability to play fey just as well as he plays macho. The proof is in the “The Boy From Oz.” The rest of the list is equally as smoking, featuring everyone from Blair Underwood to Jon Hamm. Still, if you had the power to vote, who would you have chosen as “Sexiest Man Alive”? Keep reading »

    Nicole Kidman On Falling In Love For A Movie

    Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman appeared on “Oprah” yesterday to promote their epic love story “Australia”, directed by Baz Luhrman, out Thanksgiving weekend. One of the most interesting moments came when Nicole described how intently she devotes herself to portraying a love story, implying that during those moments in filming that she tries to actually feel in love with her co-star, only to drop the emotion once the camera stops. Clip above, and after the jump, the full “Australia” trailer. Keep reading »

    The Daily Squeeze: George Clooney, Dylan McKay, And Female Condoms

    • George Clooney’s character in “Burn After Reading” is a sex addict. The sex toys from the movie are now selling out in stores. [NY Post]
    • Dylan McKay will not be returning to Beverly Hills. Though he’s been asked to make an appearance on the new “90210,” Luke Perry won’t reprise the role. Move on, Kelly. [E Online]
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