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Melissa McEwan writes and edits the blog Shakespeare's Sister.
Why Is the Washington Post Giving a Platform to Richard Cohen's Outrageous Sexism?
Posted on: Dec 15, 2009, Source: Shakesville
Ostensibly, Cohen claims to be breaking down gender barriers. In reality, he's doing just the opposite.
Enough Crowing Over Carrie Prejean's Sex Tape "Hypocrisy"
Posted on: Nov 16, 2009, Source: Shakesville
Prejean was wrong about same-sex marriage. She's not any more wrong if she's a moral scold with an expressed sexuality of her own.
Catholic Church Threatens to Stop Taking DC's Money if Officials Don't Bow to its Demands on Same-Sex Marriage
Posted on: Nov 12, 2009, Source: Shakesville
Quite the threat.
President Obama Has Refused to Stand Up for Women, Plain and Simple
Posted on: Nov 10, 2009, Source: Shakesville
The president's "toe the line" approach is not acceptable this time.
Anti-Rape Activist Gabrielle Union Speaks Out About Her Own Rape and the Richmond, CA Gang Rape
Posted on: Nov 5, 2009, Source: Shakesville
"After googling the gang rape story in Richmond and reading comments on blogs, it just leaves me sickened and really sad."
Rahm Emanuel on Public Option: "It's Not the Defining Piece of Health Care"
Posted on: Oct 19, 2009, Source: Shakesville
In multiple TV appearances on Sunday, the White House Chief of Staff reiterated that the public option is not mandatory.
9-Year-Old Asks Obama: "Why Do People Hate You?"
Posted on: Oct 16, 2009, Source: Shakesville
Obama: "First of all, I did get elected President, and not everybody hates me ... If you're watching TV lately, everyone seems mad all the time."
John Mayer's Rape Joke
Posted on: Oct 15, 2009, Source: Shakesville
That John Mayer is a asshole is not news. Still, it takes a special kind of asshole to give an interview that warrants the title: "John Mayer Threatens to Sodomize Us."
Nobel Prize in Economics Goes to A Woman for the First Time
Posted on: Oct 13, 2009, Source: Shakesville
Elinor Ostrom, a political science professor at Indiana University, shared the award with Oliver Williamson, who teaches at the University of California, Berkeley.
Watch if You Dare: Joe the Plumber's Ãœber-Awkward Stand-Up Flop (Video)
Posted on: Oct 6, 2009, Source: Shakesville
Look out, John Stewart...
VA Gubernatorial Candidate's Stutter Mocked By GOP Rival's Camp
Posted on: Oct 5, 2009, Source: Shakesville
"We need people who can communicate," Sheila Johnson, a high-profile backer of Bob McDonnell said, as the GOP candidate stood by.
Letterman Admits Extortion Plot; Sexual Liaisons With Staffers
Posted on: Oct 2, 2009, Source: Shakesville
Last night on his show, David Letterman took ten minutes to share with his audience the story of an extortion plot.
Catholic Church Delivers Astonishing Pedophilia Rationalization in Geneva
Posted on: Sep 30, 2009, Source: Shakesville
The statement claimed that only 1.5 to 5 percent of Catholic Clergy were involved in child sex abuse. Reality check: that's still 22,500 sex predators.
Welcome to Bank of America! How Can We Totally Insult And Discriminate Against You?
Posted on: Sep 14, 2009, Source: Shakesville
Apparently the banking behemoth is unaware of the Americans With Disabilities Act.
One Step Closer to Torture Prosecutions?
Posted on: Aug 24, 2009, Source: Shakesville
Attorney General Eric Holder has been teasing us for awhile with tantalizing hints he may actually investigate Bush-era torture cases.
The Exponential Idiocy of 'Moderate' Democrats
Posted on: Aug 21, 2009, Source: Shakesville
The label "Democrat" doesn't make a goddamn bit of difference if the person whose name it follows doesn't vote like one.
Lou Dobbs Thinks He's More Literary Than You
Posted on: Aug 11, 2009, Source: Shakesville
A New Low ... Glenn Beck Fantasizes About Poisoning Pelosi
Posted on: Aug 7, 2009, Source: Shakesville
These guys will continue until they get some real blood.
Stupid Sexist Trend Piece Alert: NY Mag Spills Ink on 'Hot Waitress Economic Index'
Posted on: Aug 3, 2009, Source: Shakesville
In "The Hot Waitress Economic Index," the author purports to explain how to calculate the health of the U.S. economy by how hot your waitress is.
In News That Will Shock No One, Former Supermodel Sees No Use For Feminism
Posted on: Jul 28, 2009, Source: Shakesville
Should anyone care what Elle Macpherson thinks about feminism?
British Army Magazine Features Openly Gay Soldier on Cover Next to Word 'Pride'
Posted on: Jul 27, 2009, Source: Shakesville
British servicemen and women now march at Gay Pride in uniform.
Republicans Try to Reach Young People With Lady Gaga (?!)
Posted on: Jul 23, 2009, Source: Shakesville
The GOP has finally figured out how to attract young people.
WaPo Runs Fluff Piece on Anti-Choice Zealot Randall Terry
Posted on: Jul 15, 2009, Source: Shakesville
Are the Washington Post editors worried there won't be anything left to write about if there isn't an escalating abortion battle in this country?
From the Dept. of Good News For a Change: Obama's Surgeon General Pick Totally Rocks
Posted on: Jul 13, 2009, Source: Shakesville
Dr. Regina Benjamin's bio reads like a Bizarro World version of a Bush-era appointee bio, i.e. that of a qualified and profoundly admirable person.
Is Marty Peretz Insane?
Posted on: Jul 11, 2009, Source: Shakesville
The latest missive from Peretz argues "Christian Believers Would Be Excluded From Government If The Left Liberals Had Their Way." Really?
Our Military: "Dont' Ask, Don't Tell" (Unless You're a White Supremacist)
Posted on: Jul 10, 2009, Source: Shakesville
A gay soldier being out risks undermining troop cohesion and morale, but a soldier being a white supremacist, doesn't? Makes sense.
Disgraced Dipshit George "Macaca" Allen Tries to Launch a Comeback
Posted on: Jul 7, 2009, Source: Shakesville
Allen is putting out a book called "The Triumph of Character: What Washington Can Learn from the World of Sports."
Sarah Palin Is Not Crazy, She's Calculating (And Still More Dangerous Than People Think)
Posted on: Jul 7, 2009, Source: Comment Is Free
Palin is cut from the same cloth as our former president, who was similarly ridiculed and rejected by conservative leaders early on.
Cheney Orchestrated Public Response to Plame Leak
Posted on: Jul 3, 2009, Source: Shakesville
Former Bush administration officials say documents detailing Cheney's involvement must remain secret. The Obama administration agrees! Hopey changey!
It's Time to Drop "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" -- End of Story
Posted on: Jul 1, 2009, Source: AlterNet
Robert Gates said he wants to make DADT more humane; the only way to do that is 86 the policy altogether.
The Madoff Sentence: Swindle the Rich? Get 150 Years. Swindle the Poor? Who Cares?
Posted on: Jun 29, 2009, Source: Shakesville
Surely I'm not the only one who sees this as just the sort of ridiculously excessive sentence that's reserved for scapegoats.
Kentucky Pastor Tells Followers to Bring Guns to Church
Posted on: Jun 26, 2009, Source: Shakesville
"Guns and God were part of the foundation of this country," said Ken Pagano . "I don't see any contradiction in this."
Dear Anti-Choicers: Please Shut Up About the Non-Existent Link Between Abortion and Breast Cancer
Posted on: Jun 25, 2009, Source: Shakesville
I guess hard evidence is easy to ignore when you don't really believe in science.
Burger King: Burgers, Blow Jobs -- What's the Difference?
Posted on: Jun 24, 2009, Source: Shakesville
Burger King has done it again with a new ad that Copyranter describes as "the new leading 'most overtly blow-jobby ad' I've ever seen."
Dear Cruise Lines: Your Response to Rapes Aboard Your Ships is Crass and Clueless
Posted on: Jun 22, 2009, Source: Shakesville
You can't claim to care about discouraging rape if your main priority is making sure you don't lose rapists as repeat customers.
Michael Savage Feels Oppressed
Posted on: Jun 18, 2009, Source: Shakesville
The shock jock is worried that the "Christian heterosexual married male" is under attack.
When Is Obama Going to Stop B.S.ing About Gay Rights?
Posted on: Jun 18, 2009, Source: Shakesville
Obama has a majority and a mandate -- what's he waiting for?
Too Cute: Obama Helps Ten-Year-Old Play Hooky
Posted on: Jun 12, 2009, Source: Shakesville
This story is giving me a serious case of the "awwwwwwwws."
An Open Letter to President Obama Regarding Dr. Tiller's Murder
Posted on: Jun 1, 2009, Source: Shakesville
This wasn't even the first attempt on Dr. Tiller's life; it was the merely the first successful one.
Michael Steele's Ongoing Quest to Get Fired
Posted on: May 29, 2009, Source: Shakesville
RNC Chair Michael Steele says that Republicans need to stop "slammin' and rammin'" on Sotomayor, but for all the wrong reasons.
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