Melissa McEwan

"Horrible Bosses": Great Title, Terrible Movie Premise

 A year ago, I wrote about New Line's "workplace murder comedy" Horrible Bosses, which was billed as the story of "three best friends who, frustrated by their jobs, come to the conclusion the only solution is to kill one another's bosses." Obviously a hilarious premise, because workplace violence (particularly committed by entitled, aggrieved, disgruntled white men) is such an extraordinary absurdity that it's totes appropriate for a punchline.

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Is American Idol Having Its Most Racist, Sexist Season Yet?

[Spoiler Warning: This post includes discussion of who was voted off American Idol last night. Trigger warning for racism, sexism.]

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Let's Get This Straight: There Is No Progressive Equivalent to the Right's Violent Rhetoric

[Trigger warning for violent rhetoric of many different stripes.]

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Utah Miscarriage Law Reduces Women to Fetus Incubators

Last week, Utah governor Gary Herbert signed into law Utah HB 462, known ignominiously as "the miscarriage bill". It was a reworked version of the original bill, introduced by Republican State Representative Carl D Wimmer, adjusted to address criticisms that the initial language "could have got women sent away for lifelong prison terms for falling down stairs or staying in an abusive relationship". The revised version "designates the 'intentional or knowing' miscarriage as criminal homicide" and "stipulates that a woman can be charged with homicide for 'the death of her unborn child', unless the death qualifies as legal abortion".

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Why Is the Washington Post Giving a Platform to Richard Cohen's Outrageous Sexism?

Actual Headline of the piece by WaPo columnist Richard Cohen: Why is there no female Tiger Woods?

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Enough Crowing Over Carrie Prejean's Sex Tape "Hypocrisy"

I don't care how many tapes Carrie Prejan made of herself masturbating. I don't care how many nude or semi-nude photos she shot of herself or let other people shoot of her. I don't care if she had breast augmentation surgery. I don't care what she does with her body or what she does sexually, as long as it's consensual.

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Anti-Rape Activist Gabrielle Union Speaks Out About Her Own Rape and the Richmond, CA Gang Rape

Actress and anti-rape activist Gabrielle Union, blogging about her reaction to commentary about the Richmond rape case and about her own rape (ellipses original):

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9-Year-Old Asks Obama: "Why Do People Hate You?"

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John Mayer's Rape Joke

That John Mayer is a huge asshole is not news. Still, it takes a special kind of huge asshole to give an interview that warrants the title: "John Mayer Threatens to Sodomize Us." Which he actually does. Because he doesn't like the reporter's questions, and complains about it through the entire interview, culminating in this exchange:

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Nobel Prize in Economics Goes to A Woman for the First Time

And she's from my home state, too! Woot!

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Watch if You Dare: Joe the Plumber's Ãœber-Awkward Stand-Up Flop (Video)

Joe the Stand-Up Comedian Shuddering Mass of Flopsweat:


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One Step Closer to Torture Prosecutions?

Attorney General Eric Holder has been teasing us for awhile with tantalizing hints he may actually investigate Bush-era torture cases, and now it looks like we're possibly one step closer, as the Justice Department's ethics office (which I believe was either dormant or on paid vacation during the Bush administration) has recommended investigations.

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The Exponential Idiocy of 'Moderate' Democrats

There is nothing more revolting than the "moderate" Democratic Senators and Reps who do whatever they think is necessary -- i.e. vote against progressive reform -- to keep their stupid jobs on the premise that, if they don't, a Republican might grab the seat and, I dunno, vote exactly the same way or something.

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Lou Dobbs Thinks He's More Literary Than You

1. Lou Dobbs calls Howard Dean "a bloodsucking leftist" and says: "You gotta put a stake through his heart to stop this guy."

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A New Low ... Glenn Beck Fantasizes About Poisoning Pelosi

Earlier today:

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Stupid Sexist Trend Piece Alert: NY Mag Spills Ink on 'Hot Waitress Economic Index'

Shaker Bill in Birmingham sent me the link to this piece in New York Magazine entitled "The Hot Waitress Economic Index," in which the author purports to explain how you can measure the health of the American economy by how hot your waitress is.

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WaPo Runs Fluff Piece on Anti-Choice Zealot Randall Terry

The Washington Post published a big profile of anti-choice leader Randall Terry today, and it's positively sickening in its whitewashing of his history.

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From the Dept. of Good News For a Change: Obama's Surgeon General Pick Totally Rocks

President Obama has chosen to serve as surgeon general Dr. Regina Benjamin, a rural, Gulf Coast family physician, MacArthur Foundation Genius Grant recipient, a Nelson Mandela Award for Health and Human Rights recipient, the first black woman to head a state medical society, and the first woman, first African-American woman, and first person younger than 40 to sit on the board of trustees of the American Medical Association.

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Is Marty Peretz Insane?

Years ago, I had a subscription to The New Republic.

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Disgraced Dipshit George "Macaca" Allen Tries to Launch a Comeback

Disgraced Republican Dipshit and Professional Racist George "Macaca" Allen is trying to launch a political comeback with a book due out next year called The Triumph of Character: What Washington Can Learn from the World of Sports:

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Sarah Palin Is Not Crazy, She's Calculating (And Still More Dangerous Than People Think)

You might have heard: Alaska governor Sarah Palin has quit her job.

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