"Do you really think you’re better than the porn industry, beauty pageant industry? At least porn has the decency to admit it’s built on the backs of amateurs and screws everyone over. Meanwhile three-year-olds are wearing dentures so they can have that perfect smile and you make them pay for the privilege of treading your filthy middle-school auditorium stages." —Miss Delaware has been "de-throned" for doing the wrong kind of self-branding promotional videos.
The head of the CIA and former commander of the war in Afghanistan has fallen in a tawdry scandal involving marital infidelity, leaked national security secrets, weird FBI agents and a whole network of high-level grifters in Florida. What can we learn from this huge, bizarre conspiracy at the very top of the national security state? Watch out for that crafty "send" button on the email program! Especially if you're 60 years old, like David Petraeus. According to the important morning program The Today Show, older people must constantly watch out for the young people's Hotmail.
There’s a valuable lesson everyone can learn from the scandal involving CIA Director [...]
Michael D. Duvall, a married "family values" Orange County Republican in the California Assembly, was caught on a live mic speaking openly about a series of affairs he's had with female lobbyists in Sacramento. There is also spanking involved! You can watch this gripping local news report (my favorite part is how excited they are each time they say "SEX") or read the story in the OC Weekly, but be warned: It contains the following super-gross quote from Duvall about one of his conquests.
When this Ratzinger character first became the pope in 2005, it finally seemed like there really was a God … and He obviously loved all the funny pictures and animated GIFs and Star Wars references and constant talk about Hitler on the Internet. Joseph Ratzinger was many things, none of them good, yet paradoxically he was also so very, very good for the Internet. In a way, he was the Internet in human form, much as Jesus Christ or Shiva or Thor were all supposedly God in human form.
Anyway, such great material! We're all going to miss him very much. Sadly, the next pope ("The Last Pope," according [...]
If the phrase "Fast and Furious scandal" makes your eyes glaze over, take some time to read this. It may at least inspire a bit of fury.
For the first time since the Middle Ages, the bishop of Rome is quitting rather than let God decide when it's time for a new pope. Let's celebrate the remarkable career of Joseph Benedict, a lowly Nazi who somehow ended up presiding over the Catholic Church's global sex-abuse coverup and its 21st century jihad against gay people.
The Pope's leadership of 1.2 billion Catholics has been beset by child sexual abuse crises that tarnished the Church, one address in which he upset Muslims and a scandal over the leaking of his private papers by his personal butler.
"State officials Thursday pointed to the failure of the quality assurance office within the Vermont Correctional Industries Print Shop in St. Albans to detect a prisoner-artist’s addition made four years ago to the traditional state police logo. A spot on the shoulder of the cow in the state emblem was modified into a pig. An investigation has begun into how the computer program was improperly modified to insert the image, Vermont Corrections Commissioner Andy Pallito said." —Some thirty Vermont State police cars have been displaying the subtle joke of a clever prison inmate for the past four years. New decals are being produced (at a cost of 780 [...]
In the post below on the forthcoming auction of Bob Dylan's juvenilia, commenter "formerly it takes a lot etc." directs us to this message board, which points out that the "Little Buddy" poem is actually an old Hank Snow song, making this one of the earliest examples of Dylan's process of cultural collage. The Guardian comments, archly: "Dylan wouldn't be the first teenager to cheat on his homework, but he's almost certainly the first to find the end result so valuable. Christie's, who valued Little Buddy at Ã‚£10,000, have yet to comment on the discovery that they are Snow's lyrics."