IF THERE was an award for screwing up, Rep. Darrell Issa would be the top contender, with his latest investigation, which focuses on the IRS targeting Tea Party groups, hoping he’d ensnare the White House, going down in flames. Instead of Issa proving the Tea Party screening was concocted out of the Obama White House, [...]
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“Don’t let the wolf in the gate, Abby.” – Ray Donovan ] RAY DONOVAN, played by Liev Shriver, is Olivia Pope on a diet of testosterone and Johnny Walker Black, without any light at all. It’s the Netflix effect. Showtime is streaming the debut episode of their new series “Ray Donovan” via YouTube, almost two [...]
MEDITATIONS go out to the family of Michael Hastings, as well as everyone who knew and loved this incredibly gifted journalist. He was 33. Michael Hastings came into prominence through his Rolling Stone article, “Runaway General,” that revealed Lt. General Stanley McChyrstal, in an interview that ended his career. BuzzFeed is saddened to report that [...]
Setting up a “Lemonade for Peace” stand in front of the rainbow-colored Equality House, across the street from anti-LGBT Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kansas, five year old Jayden Sink has raised (as of earlier this afternoon) over $18,000 for a anti-bullying program of Planting Peace. That amount comes from the suggested $1 donation (and [...]
**Updated** “If they’re a male baby, they may have their hand between their legs.” – Rep. Michael Burgess THE RIGHT wing never lets an opportunity go by without exploiting it and the extremist Republicans have put Rep. Marsha Blackburn in charge of the campaign. She’s getting a lot of help from pals like Rep. Michael [...]
PAID CONTENT has the best piece yet explaining what is important evolving journalism that allows the full story to be told on the Obama administration’s use of PRISM, as well as the NSA dragnet spying efforts that includes the FISA system. Both Glenn Greenwald’s reporting on Edward Snowden’s revelations, as well as Barton Gellman’s reporting, [...]
IN A statement posted on the Ready for Hillary site, Senator Claire McCaskill became the first sitting senator to join the campaign to help make Hillary Rodham Clinton’s possible run in 2016 a ramp up instead of simply her decision. Claire McCaskill’s post on Ready for Hillary: U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO), an Early Obama [...]
THE FULL video of the interview is online. It’s really tough to listen to President Obama’s defense of the FISA Court rubber stamp process as saying it is transparent. In fact, it’s unconscionably disrespectful of the many Americans following this that know better and find his statement wholly unbelievable. Buzzfeed has posted a partial transcript, [...]
It’s been a bad week for the high and mighty of Russian politics. First New England Patriots’ owner Robert Kraft accused Vladimir Putin of stealing his 2005 Super Bowl ring (you’re a brave man, Robert), then the Guardian revealed that the British government bugged Dmitry Medvedev (as well as everyone else) at the 2009 G20 submit [...]
We won’t know what they’ll be until we see the climate policies Obama says will be announced next month, but at this point, there’s a bit of a “Look! Over there!” feel to the administration’s refusal to talk about KXL, TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline. That’s along with a whiff of a “trade-off,” something like, “I’m [...]
TNR ASKS whether women’s magazines can do serious journalism today. It comes after last week’s kerfuffle over the cover and headline above, which featured a white male photo-palooza. Last week, the feminist Internet exploded with censure for the British quarterly Port Magazine. The magazine’s transgression? Publishing a cover story about “A New Golden Age” of [...]
SCANDAL MANIA has torpedoed President Obama’s approval rating, which is at its lowest in the last year and one-half. It has been a rough start to President Obama’s second term, with CNN reporting the numbers today, which begin with the President’s trustworthiness taking a big hit. Obama’s down to 45% approval, with over 6 in [...]
THE GUARDIAN is having a Q&A with Edward Snowden today. Twitter is parsing it pathetically, hashtag #AskSnowden. Here is the transcript of the Guardian chat. About the calls that Snowden is a traitor, which also came for former Vice President Dick Cheney recently, the Guardian posted the follow, which I caught in a screen capture:
Pam Spaulding yesterday wrote at her House Blend blog that she is “closing the coffeehouse” on July 1, primarily due to health problems. Pam’s blog – which she started nine years ago – has been notable for many reasons, including the fact she is an African American lesbian, which she discusses in the excerpt below. [...]
FOOD TV chef Nigella Lawson was seen in a series of photos over the weekend that freaked out her loved ones as well as fans. Known for her up beat Food TV show in the U.S., the photos of what looked like her husband choking her set off a storm over the weekend. UK Sunday [...]
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IN AN amazing interview with the Guardian on Sunday titled, appropriately, “Michael Douglas on Liberace, Cannes, cancer and cunnilingus,” the movie star does the biggest public service message for HPV and sexually transmitted diseases that’s been done in a generation. The Internet exploded with shock at what was taken as a revelation. It’s like thinking giving head to a man infected with HIV won’t leave its mark, too, though that’s more commonly talked about.
But your individual circumstances and mine should not hide the fact that there is an ideal and optimal family arrangement whether we in our own lives can meet it. – Erick Erickson, in “The Truth May Hurt, But Is Not Mean” AFTER BEING blasted for his patriarchal grunt, Erick Erickson now gets very defensive. How can you tell?
Ms Garraway, 46, is fronting a campaign to encourage young women to think about fertility and giving birth much younger than “her generation”. As part of the campaign, Ms Garraway spent a day being transformed into a heavily pregnant 70 year-old by Adrian Rigby, a prosthetic make-up artist, to “shock and provoke debate about how old is too old to have a baby”. [UK Telegraph] LOOKING at relationships, I find it telling that casual writers on the subject give marriage advice that hinges on bringing back the feminine mystique years and suggesting marrying younger would solve the problems that only better and smarter choices can conquer.
“Having mom as primary bread winner is bad for kids and bad for marriage.” – Erick Erickson IT HAS become a conservative chant lately, the latest from Erick Erickson. “War on men” from Suzanne Venker, Megan McArdle saying women should marry younger, they’re all attempting to resurrect Freud’s biology is destiny.
THE 21st century world offers ways to tweak your appearance, or alter it altogether, with women finally able to combat directly the comparison that’s always been around. Men look distinguished as they age, while women look old, unattractive, or to use Rush Limbaugh’s favorite comment, who wants to look at a woman with wrinkles? The 2012 plastic surgery statistics are out and the American Society of Plastic Surgery tells the story.
The real question about Hillary is this: When people take a new look at her in the coming years, will they see the past or the future — Mrs. Clinton or Madam President? – Maureen Dowd IT’S A classic front page from Huffington Post, coupled with a post by Jason Linkins, which details what’s been going on.
Visit NBCNews.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy “Here’s what nobody is telling you: Find a husband on campus before you graduate. Yes, I went there.
“Norma Rae is a survivor and for the first time in her life she’s got a chance to become something more… a winner.” – Promo for “Norma Rae” CRITICS like Anne-Marie Slaughter, but especially Maureen I-Love-My-Pearls Dowd, and others [most of whom didn't read the book or do their homework] who are blaming Sheryl Sandberg for being a billionaire Ivy League graduate, while accusing her of letting corporations and government off the hook, are missing a major point.
Great sex doesn’t always just happen. Sometimes, it takes a little planning, especially if — like many Americans — you’ve been in a bit of a sex rut. Do some prep work by turning your bedroom into a love nest: Make the bed (with new, or at least clean, sheets), tidy up, light a candle or two, and queue up a sexy playlist on your iPod.
“You Don’t Own Me” PSA -Official from You Don't Own Me on Vimeo. WHO DOESN’T know the song “You Don’t Own Me,” sung by Leslie Gore? The movie First Wives Club helped to reignite the relevancy of the song.
“Last night I interviewed Jill Stein the presidential candidate for the Green Party on this show. And I confess right now, I should have asked her to just get out of the race.” – Jennifer Granholm, “The War Room” [Current TV] THE ARGUMENT Jennifer Granholm makes above is a tactic that no longer fits the times.
“With that drum magazine, he could have gotten off 50, 60 rounds, even if it was semiautomatic, within one minute,” Chief Oates said. [New York Times] IN THE GAPING MAW of our leadership vacuum stands Aurora Police Chief Daniel Oates, whose resolve, vulnerability and humility inside the vortex of a man made hell revealed what nobody in Congress or either political party has shown in decades. Leadership without regard to anything but his own duty to the people, which included the cops in the eye of volcanic carnage.
*updated below* So much for keep calm and carry on, what Joe Scarborough proclaims to be his motto. It was the weirdest one-on-one back and forth with a high profile talking head imaginable. It makes high school look mature.
**UPDATED** Would we be any worse off with Stephen Colbert as president? I doubt it. Politifact has watched the video “(repeatedly!
Despite rising public concern about the federal budget deficit, Americans favor keeping Social Security and Medicare benefits as they are rather than taking steps to reduce the budget deficit (by 60% vs. 32%). – Public Wants Changes in Entitlements, Not Changes in Benefits This is starting early, so it’s time to revisit the facts.
“If we can prove that a biological attack originated in a country that attacked us, then all bets are off.” – Sect. Hillary Clinton Women can do it, too.
The interview with Obama by George Stephanopoulos wasn’t nearly as contentious as the interview with the Edwardses. No Republican talking points from Stephanopoulos yesterday, like when he accused Edwards of abandoning the troops with this beauty: “Do you think the Democrats should be saddled with the idea of completely cutting off funding for the troops?” Or this one: “You know, a lot of Democrats still in the Senate think that your position here is cynical political theater.
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