What could be sicker than watching videos of puppies, kittens, and other amimals being tortured and killed? How about making and selling them?
Wired reports that a Houston pair, a man and a woman, have been indicted for allegedly distributing snuff films online in which puppies and other animals were tortured and killed:
Obviously, the Hasty Pudding Club wasn’t cutting it for some students at Harvard University, who had—shall we say?—more adventurous tastes. So they started their own campus club. They could have called it the “Tasty Pudding Club” but instead dubbed it “Harvard College Munch.” This morning, the Committee on Student Life welcomed the new organization with open arms.
Her yearbook picture
You may be wondering why that’s surprising. The answer is that the common bond between members of Munch (there are currently 30) is a passion for kinky sex.
It didn’t take House Republicans long to reject Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner’s plan for averting the fiscal cliff floated on Thursday. That is because the proposal was long on “take” and short on “give.”
It is hard to pinpoint the key flashpoint in the plan since there are so many candidates. Among them were a permanent increase in the debt ceiling and a conspicuous absence of entitlement reform.
On Wednesday afternoon, Center for American Progress reporter Scott Keyes reported on comments made by Utah Republican Senator Mike Lee. According to Keyes on Think Progress:
Cloaking his predilection for the rich as concern for the less fortunate, Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) argued Wednesday that raising taxes on the wealthy would primarily hurt the poor. Lee’s comments came on former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee’s (R) radio show as the two discussed the looming fiscal showdown in Congress.
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Does your mystery person have an outsize ego?
Some combatants in the war on women are of such tender age that they probably haven’t yet heard of male chauvinism, let alone are able to spell it. One of them, a 6-year-old girl living in Ireland, was so vexed by the discriminatory treatment of the fairer sex in the children’s game Guess Who? that she dashed off a letter to the manufacturer, Hasbro. Actually, it was her mom, Jennifer O’Connell, who dashed off the letter, though the child swears her mom functioned solely as her typist.
Poor Roland Weary. No matter how much he scrubbed, he always smelled like bacon. That’s how Kurt Vonnegut described the memorable sad sack character, whom he created for his anti-war classic Slaughterhouse-Five.
Fast forward four decades later, and Weary’s liability has become so great an asset that if he were alive (and real), he could make a fortune off his scent.
The questionable success of nude protests was driven home last week when several dozen protesters descended on San Francisco’s City Hall and dropped their drawers to make the case for public nudity. The law they were militating against passed the city legislature anyway.
Undaunted by their failure, three female AIDS activists stripped to their birthday suits outside House Speaker John Boehner’s office on Tuesday as a protest against cuts in funding for HIV research and treatment.
Read my headline: Your tax burden will increase in 2013. What’s that: You’re not among the top 2% of earners? In that case, re-read my headline.
Although it is not a point the president is eager to emphasize considering that he ran for re-election chiefly on the promise of keeping taxes level for the middle class, everyone will pay out more to Uncle Sam in the coming year. This is the unvarnished truth, and it is immutable even in the best-case Democratic scenario (viz., the Bush-era tax cuts are permitted to expire for the “wealthy” only).
Jim Crow is alive and well. Consider this report from the Wall Street Journal (subscription required):
Thomas Lopez-Pierre (right) and an unnamed friend
A [New York] City Council candidate has launched an effort to prevent a potential rival, whom he describes as black and Latino, from trying to ‘sneak’ into office ‘like a thief in the night,’ saying [that] only a white or Jewish person should represent the district. [Emphasis added]
Pretty outrageous, eh? OK, now let’s try the real quote, in which the highlighted adjective pairs were reversed. It is the white and Jewish candidate who is being branded as a sneak thief, and a person of color who is guilty of blatant racial bigotry.
Last evening, Mediaite had a clip of MSNBC’s Richard Wolffe saying Republicans tend to focus on the non-white members of the Obama Administration for criticism:
What you’re seeing here is a war-by-proxy on the president, which is why he said ‘if you want to come after me, come after me. And it always just happens to be people of color who are working alongside him. Whether it’s Eric Holder, at the center of another vast, completely unfounded conspiracy, or Valerie Jarrett – apparently completely unqualified to exercise any power whatsoever, or Van Jones who is really some kind of crazy, kooky Communist.