You'd think that a customer shopping around to make a baby wouldn't mind the possibility of a child with the qualities of Thomas Jefferson, Gen. George Custer, Winston Churchill or Elizabeth I. And who'd ask for a refund on a sprog with something in common with figures as notable as Vincent Van Gogh, Charles Darwin or Shaun White? Who'd complain if a baby grew up to resemble Emma Stone, Julianne Moore, Susan Sarandon or Nicole Kidman? Well, hold your horses -- and your little swimmers -- my Viking friends. Because Cryos International, the world's largest sperm bank, is no longer accepting deposits from gingers.
Rick Santorum's last name is also a word for a byproduct of anal sex. That word was coined by activist and sex columnist Dan Savage, because Rick Santorum is a repulsive bigot and it was very funny. Years later, Rick Santorum is running for president, and he is mad that Google accurately directs people searching for his name to the sex definition. Google says they can't censor search results specifically to please one random politician, but Rick Santorum knows they are really just part of the conspiracy to embarrass Rick Santorum.
Elizabeth Taylor's allure was such that it probably didn't matter what she wore; particularly in her younger years, she would arguably have been attractive in almost anything. And yet, her monumental wardrobe is testament to the fact that she left nothing to chance, choosing outfits and accessories that accentuated her good looks with their own stylishness and class.
It seems logical to conclude that President Obama's sudden eagerness to pick fights with Republicans means that he's realized the folly of his "reasonable man" strategy and junked it. But a better way to understand the president's new confrontational posture is as an extension of that strategy.
BOSTON -- President Obama should not veto Palestinian national aspirations in the United Nations Security Council.
At a press conference with Jewish leaders and an Israeli official in New York this morning, Rick Perry staked out ground as one of the most hardline supporters of the Israeli right-wing in the GOP presidential field.
Just a few hours after the curtain fell Monday night on "8," the theatrical re-creation of California's gay marriage trial, the sun rose Tuesday on the first day of gays serving openly in America's armed services. With the repeal of the detestable "don't ask, don't tell" law, it looks like the gay revolution will follow the path well worn by the civil rights movement, which got traction with President Truman's order integrating the military in 1948 and took off when the Supreme Court outlawed school segregation in 1954 in Brown v. Board of Education.
Tori Amos has never shied away from structural or narrative rigor. Since her 2001 covers album "Strange Little Girls" -- a collection of male-penned/performed songs reimagined from the perspective of a woman -- the 48-year-old pianist has favored increasingly complex albums revolving around scholarly concepts. 2002's "Scarlet's Walk" ruminated on post-9/11 America and Native American history, while 2005's "The Beekeeper" was influenced (and informed) by the Gnostic gospels, the sacred significance of bees and biblical themes. "American Doll Posse," meanwhile, a 2007 album, featured songs performed by five distinct characters derived from Greek goddesses, all of whom embodied a different facet of Amos' personality.
This article was supposed to compare last night's Comedy Central roast of Charlie Sheen and the premiere of CBS' "Two and a Half Men," starring Ashton Kutcher in Sheen's old role. That's not going to happen because after watching the roast, I can barely remember a thing about "Two and a Half Men." The Sheen roast -- and Charlie Sheen himself -- all but obliterated the CBS sitcom from my mind; any details contained herein are the result of consulting notes and a DVR recording.
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is also a billionaire media mogul. His financial information company recently unveiled an opinion section, promising only "ideology-free, empirically-based editorial positions." Bloomberg installed his ideology-free opinion-writers at the office of his foundation where the mayor can have direct, personal involvement in their work. All of this adds up to a mess of potential conflicts of interest. Today, the "Bloomberg View" is that very rich people -- like Michael Bloomberg, say -- should not pay more taxes.
A few years ago, when author Jill Kargman's daughter Sadie was a student at a posh Upper East Side preschool, a little boy told the child that her dress was "hideous." So Sadie told the kid to fuck off. Ah, you never forget your first call from the school administration.
Georgia's pardons board rejected Tuesday a last-ditch plea for clemency from death row inmate Troy Davis despite high-profile support for his claim that he was wrongly convicted of killing a police officer in 1989.
Standard & Poor's Ratings Services on Monday downgraded Italy's credit rating by one notch, saying it sees weakening economic growth prospects for the nation and higher-than-expected levels of government debt.
NEW YORK -- When The Rachel Maddow Show came calling to discuss his public defiance of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," Lt. Dan Choi answered the call of duty for what would become an all-consuming public role as the face of change within the U.S. military.
A Chicago skyscraper architect, a New York City children's choir founder and a North Carolina scientist who studies how to prevent sports-related concussions are among the latest 22 recipients of the no-strings-attached MacArthur Foundation "genius grants."
Corporate CEO Mark Penn is very disappointed in Barack Obama for embracing "class warfare," a term rich people use when they are worried that someone will actually indulge the public's desire to see them pay more taxes. Penn, the head of cartoonishly evil P.R. firm Burson-Marsteller, wrote a little Huffington Post column warning the president that he will surely lose reelection if he "abandons" the "vital center."
Don't Ask, Don't Tell officially ended today at 12:01 a.m., after nearly 18 years as the law of the land. Rachel Maddow marked the occasion on her program last night. She recognized President Obama for carrying out repeal and checked in on some of the most vocal opponents of gay people in the military over the years. That includes Cindy Jacobs, who said in January that the DADT repeal was causing birds to fall dead from the sky, and who, since then, has endorsed Rick Perry's stadium prayer event.
The New York Times' David Brooks is out with a column this morning that perfectly captures a fundamental misperception about what President Obama is trying to achieve with his new emphasis on tax fairness.
During the Congress of Vienna in 1815, Austria’s Prince von Metternich, when told that the Russian ambassador had died, is said to have replied, "What can have been his motive?" American progressives are responding with similar suspicion to President Obama’s newly announced long-term deficit plan, following quickly on his proposed $447 billion jobs program.