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Eric Holder Making Ferguson About Race

Aug 21, 2014 9:27 AM PT

“I understand the mistrust… I am the attorney general of the United States. But I am also a black man.”-AG Eric Holder

 Seems like Holder has joined the ranks of Sharpton and Jackson, in trying to make the unfortunate shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, solely about race.

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Former SNL Actor: Show 'Killed Sarah Palin'

Aug 20, 2014 7:20 AM PT

In the newly updated book, Live From New York, former SNL Horatio Sanz boasts about the show's political influence.  In an interview for the book, he said:

I always kind of felt bad when Will Ferrell did his Bush impression because he was such a good old boy that you really didn't think, "Oh, this evil little rich prick whose dad and his friends got him in office." You thought, "Oh, he's just a good old guy I'd like to drink beer with." As funny as Will's impression was, the audience as a whole, the whole country, would probably see that as, "Oh, I like Bush. Because he's Will." You know, if Will hadn't done that impression, or at least made him likable, it may have tipped it the other way. I honestly think so. We made up for it. I think Tina's impression basically killed Sarah Palin.

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Cupid, Overstuffed Ice Cream Cones, and the Man Beside You

Aug 18, 2014 2:32 PM PT

Yesterday I met up with an old boyfriend and his soon-to-be wife. The weird part? I introduced them. In fact, after the first few months that he and I dated, I knew that we were the wrong match. Soon after, I also knew that he and a girl I was working with at the time would be the perfect fit. Call me Cupid, or call me crazy, but I had to get them together.

Rick and I--yes, let's call him Rick--met at an art gallery when I was 27. I had gone to see an exhibit in Soho, some wine and cheese event hosted by a painter friend of mine. My friend Jamie was enamored with his suit from the moment we saw him. She had a boyfriend, though, and decided to make it her job to get us paired up by the end of the night. "Are those cufflinks?" I kept saying over and over. I remember hoping he'd toss them off and roll up his sleeves a little.

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NJ Man Takes Down ISIS Flag - Claims He Had No Idea It Was Jihadi Flag

Aug 14, 2014 11:00 PM PT

A  black flag hanging above the porch of a New Jersey man's home, caused consternation and concern among people in his neighborhood and beyond, earlier this week.

The flag, emblazoned with the words, "there is no God but Allah" is associated with violent Jihadist groups like al Qaeda, al ‘Shabaab, and  ISIS - the barbaric death cult that is currently making a name for itself in Syria and Iraq.

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About That Call for Free Tampons

Aug 14, 2014 7:19 AM PT

I didn't weigh in on Jessica Valenti's twitter call for subsidized tampons because, well, it was absurd. She then followed it up with a column in which she shared the following:

We need to move beyond the stigma of “that time of the month” – women’s feminine hygiene products should be free for all, all the time.

Sanitary products are vital for the health, well-being and full participation of women and girls across the globe. The United Nations and Human Rights Watch, for example, have both linked menstrual hygiene to human rights. Earlier this year, Jyoti Sanghera, chief of the UN Human Rights Office on Economic and Social Issues, called the stigma around menstrual hygiene “a violation of several human rights, most importantly the right to human dignity”.

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New York Times Talking Head Is Serious About Marijuana Legalization

Jul 27, 2014 11:32 AM PT

While refusing to formally acknowledge if he or any of his editorial staff currently use marijuana, New York Times Editorial Page Editor Andrew Rosenthal made it clear he has in the past, while hitting the talking head circuit to double down on the Times current advocacy for legalization.

“I’ve never asked the people that work for me whether they smoke pot, and I’m not going to ask," Rosenthal said of his fellow board members. "I have smoked pot in my life. I went to college in Colorado in the 1970s — you figure it out.”

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