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Street Harassment App

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Chris Lawrence shares (via Google Reader) Valerie Aurora‘s post titled “You can do something about street harassment.” The intro is a useful reminder of how routine it is for women to feel victimized, recounting how often strangers make rude catcalls, how they seem to enjoy whatever reactions they get from their victims, and how generally […]

Facebook Porn

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An offhand comment from a male friend that guys like to look at the Facebook profiles of their female friends creeped Amanda Marcotte out, to the amusement of Radley Balko.   But the substance of Marcotte’s piece is actually more interesting than the topline. But my friend told me guys aren’t looking for dirty pictures on […]

Caption Contest

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Time for the Thursday OTB Caption ContestTM REUTERS/Marco Fredes Winners will be announced Monday PM

Gay Kiss Costs WaPo 27 Subscribers

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Apparently, this front-page photo made 27 people mad enough to cancel their subscriptions to the Washington Post: So, why did nearly half of WaPo’s subscribers cancel?  A few people wrote  ombudsman Andy Alexander using anti-gay slurs. Mostly, though, it was mothers who didn’t want their kids exposed to such displays and grandmothers who really didn’t […]

Caption Contest

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Time for the Monday OTB Caption ContestTM (AP Photo/CBS) Winners will be announced Thursday PM

Caption Contest

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Time for the Thursday OTB Caption ContestTM (AP Photo/CBS) Winners will be announced Monday PM

Caption Contest Winners

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The When You’re Hot, You’re Hot Edition OTB Caption ContestTM is now over. (AFP/Narinder Nanu)

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Time for the Monday OTB Caption ContestTM (AP Photo/Michael Probst) Winners will be announced Thursday PM

God and the Elite-Populist Divide

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Two tangentially related stories that have gotten a lot of play in the blogosphere this week are Pat Robertson’s declaration that Haiti’s horrific earthquake was punishment from God for an alleged “pact to the devil” [sic] and the revelation that Sarah Palin wasn’t the bit nervous about being under the sudden spotlight of a national […]

Caption Contest

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Time for the Monday OTB Caption ContestTM (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, FILE) Winners will be announced Thursday PM

Google Goggles Photo Recognition

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Via Matt Cutts, I see that Wysz is suitably impressed with Google Goggles’ ability to auto-caption photos that he himself could not identify. I’ve traveled to Europe a couple of times and taken plenty of pictures of famous landmarks, but I never got around to actually captioning them. I may have been able to recall […]

Google Apologizes for Michelle Obama Monkey Picture

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Google looked like a monkey after its algorithms had an unfortunate result for searches for photos of the First Lady. For most of the past week, when someone typed “Michelle Obama” in the popular search engine Google, one of the first images that came up was a picture of the American first lady altered to […]

Caption Contest

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Time for the Thursday OTB Caption ContestTM REUTERS/Eliana Aponte (MEXICO SOCIETY) Winners will be announced Monday PM

Caption Contest

Time for the Monday OTB Caption ContestTM (AP Photo/Ben Curtis) Winners will be announced Thursday PM Last Thursday Contest winners will be announced Tuesday PM

Michelle Obama’s Shorts

Michelle Obama Shorts Photo

Michelle Obama was photographed wearing shorts while on vacation! This breaking news was the subject of a recent poll that was much joked about on Twitter. Naturally, it’s also the subject of Robin Givhan‘s latest. The first lady stepped off Air Force One during the Obama family’s recent mini-vacation out West wearing a pair of […]

Nicole Bobek Meth Dealer, Michael Jackson Still Dead

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Taking a quick glance at YahooNews before shutting down for the evening, I see that the most popular searches are “Michael Jackson Memorial,” “Michael Jackson Funeral,” and “Nicole Bobek.” I gathered from Twitter and other sources that the Michael Jackson funeral was a ridiculous circus, which is fitting in so many ways.  But, what with […]

More on the Honduran Crisis

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I was able to find the exact text of the plebiscite that Manuel “Mel” Zelaya wanted to proffer to the citizens of Honduras this past Sunday. The text and a photo of the ballot that was to be used can be found here. The odd thing, and a fact that hasn’t made it into a […]

Farah Fawcett Dead at 62

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Breaking: Actress Farrah Fawcett dies at 62, according to AP CNN (Farrah Fawcett, sex symbol and actress, dies): Farrah Fawcett, the blonde-maned actress whose best-selling poster and “Charlie’s Angels” stardom made her one of the most famous faces in the world, has died. She was 62. People (Farrah Fawcett Dies of Cancer at 62): Farrah […]

Green Products Possible – They Just Suck

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Responding to Kevin Drum‘s observation that no-phosphate dishwashing detergent suddenly became possible when regulation demanded it, proving that theretofore “The industry just didn’t feel like doing it,” Megan McArdle retorts, “when I look back at almost every ‘environmentally friendly’ alternative product I’ve seen being widely touted as a cost-free way to lower our footprint, held […]

6 Years of Iraq War Photos

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Yesterday, as was noted here and there, was the 6th anniversary of the United States invasion of Iraq.   That we’re still there after so many years is remarkable — depending on who’s counting, it’s the second longest war in American history — but the number 6 isn’t one we pay much attention to.  We like […]

Obama Going Gray!

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The Old Gray Lady has another of the epic scoops that made them the Newspaper of Record. Ace correspondent Helene Cooper breaks the news in a piece of journalism titled “For Young President, Flecks of Gray.” Well, that didn’t take long. Just 44 days into the job, and President Obama is going gray. It happens […]

Thursday Baby Blogging

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By popular demand, more Katie pictures. These were taken a little more two weeks ago, when Katie was 13 days old. You can see the whole set at Jill Thomas Photography clicking this link and password “joyner.”

Lynndie England NOT U.S. Policy

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Ezra Klein applies the headline “Doing Her Job” to this infamous photo of Lyndie England. It was not a few bad apples. It was not the chaos of war. It was official U.S. government policy. The release of the Senate Armed Services Committee’s Report on Treatment of Detainees in U.S. Custody makes that perfectly clear. […]

Barack Hussein Obama to Take Oath

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Barack Obama tells LAT that he will be sworn in as Barack Hussein Obama, saying, “I think the tradition is that they use all three names, and I will follow the tradition, not trying to make a statement one way or the other. I’ll do what everybody else does.” In fact, as Taegan Goddard points […]

Brett Favre’s House

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A story in the print edition of Sports Illustrated on the sale of Brett Favre’s house in Green Bay captured my attention.  I can’t find it online but it appears to have taken its cue from an October 2 piece in the Green Bay Press-Gazette. There’s no “for sale” sign in front of the ranch-style […]

Scarlett Johansson, Keira Knightley Pose Naked

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Scarlett Johansson, Keira Knightley pose naked for Vanity Fair (AFP) NEW YORK (AFP) — Two of Tinseltown’s brightest young stars, Keira Knightley and Scarlett Johansson, bare all in the latest Vanity Fair, posing nude for the cover of the glossy magazine’s annual Hollywood issue. The two actresses were talked into the photo shoot by fashion […]

Kylie Minogue Caught with Pants Up

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CelebNewsWire had a field day with this one: Kylie Minogue: Pop Star From “Down Under” During Kylie Minogue’s recent appearance on a kids’ TV show, the children sitting in the front row were treated to oh so much more than her infectious brand of hooky, homosexual-friendly pop when an errant gust of wind blew up […]

Nine WWE Divas Set For Playboy Shoot

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Rumor: Nine WWE Divas Set For Playboy Shoot Wrestling rumor site 1Wrestling.com is reporting that WWE and Playboy are ironing out the final details of a deal that would see at least nine WWE divas in an upcoming issue of the men’s magazine. If the deal were to go through, already confirmed for the shoot […]