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[edit] June 2011

13Swedish Preschool takes a hands-on approach to gender equality. Using words that indicate gender is frowned upon. And that's not even half of it. ""A concrete example could be when they're playing 'house' and the role of the mom already is taken and they start to squabble," she says. "Then we suggest two moms or three moms and so on."". Apparently, it has a long waiting list...
20Barack Obama, at long last, tells Congress where to shove the partisan bickering: My daughters can finish work on time better than you!
6August 2010: Obama declares that combat in Iraq is done. Almost a year later, someone should tell the people still shooting at US soldiers.
5Hacking Peter to pay, um yourself.
6Joe Ratzinger joins the Twitter community. Amen.
12Federal Election Commission allows Stephen Colbert to "build a better tomorrow, tomorrow."
8"Sweat lodge" shyster James Arthur Ray convicted of negligent homicide.
16Sarah Palin finally sees the beginning of her own movie, that starts with criticisms like Matt Damon comparing Palin's campaign to a "really bad Disney movie", and states "What would make a celebrity, like you saw on screen, so hate someone that they'd seek their destruction, their death, the death of their children?"
8Glenn Beck encounters a hostile situation at Bryant Park in New York where he was denounced and wine spilled on his wifes dress. Beck tries to spin it as a vicious violent attack by hate filled Progressive scumbaggers.
9Religion more popular among people who've been hit on the head
1French Finance Minister Christine Lagarde becomes the new IMF chief.
6Jim DeMint fails math.
8Primatologists and advertising executives team up to investigate the effects of (sexually explicit) advertising on monkeys.
8The hype surrounding natural gas.
26In a 7-2 decision, SCOTUS declares video games protected speech. (RW takes no responibility for the extremely broken layout of the linked website)
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18The International Criminal Court in the Hague issues a warrant for Brother Leader's arrest.
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3US Airways clarifies its dress code for passengers: Sagging pants are still a no-go. Men wearing nothing but women's underwear: welcome aboard!
83Gay marriage is legalized in New York State.
29Glenn Beck raises hopes threatens to quit and raise horses if The Onion wins a Pulitzer. People have started writing letters encouraging the committee to give The Onion a prize.
13House of Reps: We're against military action in Libya, but keep funding it! (Because we Support the TroopsTM!)
21"Just one more thing..." Peter Falk, 83, dies.
13What does the "Church" of Scientology have in common with Richard Nixon? Why, an enemies list, of course!
13Conservative blogger John Hugh Gilmore defends the land of the free from evil Muslims! Well, not quite...
23Creationist bill stymied in Louisiana.
8And I say what about Breakfast at Tiffany's? She says I, think I'll, charge it to Newt
11Some punk greatly improved the Monument to the Soviet Army in Sofia, causing a minor diplomatic incident. (More pictures here.)
19Yay! We kicked out all the illegal immigrants who take our jobs! Yay! Wait, what now? We've got no-one to do the work, and have destroyed our crop harvest?! Nooo!
13First her governorship, now Sarah Palin quits her bus tour at the halfway stage.
6Cue "French fried" jokes...
10Newt Gingrich's claim to be a professor at National Defense University and longest-serving teacher of the Joint War Fighting course turns out to be false. Sorry Newt, guest speaking and an honorific title doesn't change the past.
6Noted socialist bond king Bill Gross of PIMCO fame calls for a second stimulus.
10"a twist government number crunchers say they discovered only after the complex bill was signed." Looks like the healthcare bill was too long after all
15NBC drops "under god" from the pledge during the US Open golf tourney, wingnuts predictably flip out. Shouldn't we respect the "original intent" of Francis Bellamy?
24Obama impersonator thrown off stage at a Republican meeting - Anthony Weiner jokes; fair game. Obama's race and Mitt Romney's Mormonism; a little near the knuckle. Michele Bachmann and the Tea Party; GET OFF!
16 Jon Stewart knowingly walks into an ambush by Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday.
5 Willkommen in Hallstatt, Austria China.
24The production company behind Ben Stein’s ‘Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed’ has a sequel to its intellectual bankruptcy: financial bankruptcy.
-2Lulz Security writes a letter to the internet.
2The Dalai Lama walks into a pizza shop...
36Just another rational day in the Middle East. Jerusalem rabbis 'condemn dog to death by stoning' for being the "reincarnation of a deceased secular lawyer who had insulted religious judges". Update: Jerusalem court denies dog condemned to stoning
8The Sarah Palin e-mail leak shows that she is at an eighth-grade writing level. To which we can only reply: If eighth-graders write like that, there is something seriously wrong with the schools.
12Rasmussen reports that 83% of republican voters will vote for the candidate the party puts forward no matter who it is, and 93% of the Tea Party will vote for the GOP. It could be a head of cabbage or Grigori Rasputin, which saddens anyone with more brain cells then teeth.
17Michele Bachmann states she believes that schools should be required to teach intelligent design by the federal government in a republican leadership conference. The sentence before stating federal government should be as minimally involved in "local education" as possible.
14Disabled people should work for less than the minimum wage because it 'would help some disabled people to compete more effectively for jobs in “the real world” in which they are “by definition” less productive than workers without disabilities.' Philip Davies Champion of disability rights KBE (Knob of the British Empire).
6"The goal of the present study was to analyse the epidemiology and specific risk factors of traumatic brain injury (TBI) in the Asterix illustrated comic books."
9You're a fundamentalist frustrated that creationists ain't got street creds, so you earn a doctorate despite your beliefs. That's what propagandist geologists are doing.
9If you thought US frat boys were right-wing douchebags, wait 'til you see their German counterparts.
14Electronic cat ears that reacts to your mood: "The fluffy headwear reads the users' brain activity, and generates a matching expression; the ears perk up when they concentrate or flop down when users enter a relaxed state of mind". Guess the country of origin…
3Feeling roasted (geddit?), Anthony Weiner resigns. (Bonus: Is Weiner the next Eliot Spitzer? Speculation about a cable news spot has already started.)
13The gay marriage bill in New York state now heads to the state senate which may deadlock on the issue. Meanwhile, the possibility of the bill's passage is bringing out local nutzoid celebrities, like the former NY Giants wide receiver who says that gay marriage will lead to anarchy.
7Life imitating art: Tatooine-esque planet discovered.
7The U.S. government, which has had much slop thrown at it recently for "financing repressive regimes," is for some unfathomable reason clandestinely financing "stealth Internets" to help dissenters topple said repressive regimes.
10Marriage for gays? No! Divorce for gays? Sure, we can do that!
16A certain Minnesota nutjob, in a move that may have surprised three people somewhere in Timbuktu, has announced a bid for the presidency.
17That's mortals for you, Death continued. They've only got a few years in this world and they spend them all in making things complicated for themselves.
9Sarah Palin's e-mails released by the Alaskan government. Whilst headdesks are heard nationwide, Faux News doubles down.
12The climate conference in Bonn sees a rift between developed and emerging economies.
8An update on the Department of Education SWAT story as corrections are issued. (Bonus: DoE "stormtroopers" are still driving the cranks crazy, though.)
9Wall Street whines over mortgage regulation.
11Noted doctor Russell Crowe joins in the circumcision debate.
9Tired of trying to run a campaign without a candidate, Newt Gingrich's advisers quit. Let's see if running a campaign without a staff will work better.
49"Lady Thatcher will not be seeing Sarah Palin. That would be belittling for Margaret. Sarah Palin is nuts."
5Announcing Blackwater: the video game!
15Gay Day, Gay Day, Gay Day!
7Senior al-Qaeda operative Ilyas Kashmiri is killed in a drone strike.
22In a weekend of seemingly inexhaustible stupidity from Sarah Palin, she claims that the “Statue of Liberty” was a gift from all Europeans (not just the French) to warn Americans not to make the same mistake they made during a fundraiser in Modesto, CA.
9The Republicans and their Golden Calf.
19After a great deal of Palin related news this weekend, Fox posts a picture of Tina Fey as Sara Palin during a news segment. Comments on the story below absolve Fox of any mistakes, and state that it was a liberals fault.
25In order to get away from inconvenient things like reality, supporters have started editing Wikipedia in order to make Palin's recent comments concerning Paul Revere "historically accurate." David Weigel, reporting on it, displays his sublime research skills by claiming that the Palin supporters added a sentence that actually dates to 2007.
10The House wants accountability from Obama over Libya.
25VISA, Mastercard and PayPal continue to shun Wikileaks, but you can use them just fine to donate to the Ku Klux Klan.
11Goldbugs rising.
9Add another pol to the sex scandal list: John Edwards.
11Dr. Death... er... dies.
22American history - Sarah Palin style.
11The UK government will take peak oil seriously.
8Japan's Prime Minister vows to step down...at some point.
15GOP to public: We're gonna get SeriousTM and have an Adult ConversationTM about the debt ceiling. GOP to Wall Street: Nah, just kidding, we're totally fuckin' around.
6Palin's bus tour "could be in breach of federal law." Hell, at least this time she's taking the bus.
9To quote Bill Hicks: "We're fighting a war... and the stoned people are winning!"
9Fighting the stereotype threat in math and science.
6Libyan oil minister defects.
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