I live in Eugene, Oregon with my husband and our sons Riley (7) and Dylan (5). Prior to August 2010 I spent many years as a software marketer, these days I work from home as a freelance writer. I enjoy photography, comic books, R-rated movies, and things that smell like coconut.
I think most of us can probably agree that the vast majority of teachers are amazing, generous, passionate people who have the power to inspire our children to greatness. Every now and then, however, there comes a story about someone who's such a disgrace to the profession, it's downright mind-boggling. I'm sorry to report that this is one of those stories, and it involves a Texas sex ed teacher who's accused of sexually assaulting a 13-year-old.
So David Bowie has this new video, and -- what's that? Yes, I said David Bowie. Yeah, I'm a little surprised to hear he's still making music videos too, but wow, his voice has held up wonderfully over the years. Whatever throat-coating tea he's drinking, he needs to share some with Bob Dylan. Anyway, so Bowie has this new video for his song "The Next Day," and while you'd think his days of shocking the public would have peaked during his Ziggy Stardust days, it turns out the singer's still got some impressive tricks up his sleeve.
Not only is the clip so controversial it was yanked from YouTube, The Catholic League has referred to it as -- I swear I am not making this up -- the work of a "switch-hitting, bisexual senior citizen from London" that "is strewn with characteristic excess." Plus, a prominent Christian evangelist from Harvest Ministries called it "offensive and distasteful."
You know that thing they keep saying on Game of Thrones: "For the night is dark and full of terrors"? Swap "night" with "Internet" and you've got about the only explanation I can come up with for the existence of the unbelievably offensive "F'N Wook" Facebook page that's devoted to degrading female members of the U.S. Marine Corps.
Thanks to U.S. Rep. Jackie Speier, who fired off a letter to the Secretary of Defense alone with top military brass, the page has been taken down -- but not before it racked up an astounding 10,000 likes for what Speier describes as a "culture of misogyny and sexual harassment." Worse, it appears the F'N Wook page has been on the Marines' radar for three years.
If you were watching CNN on Wednesday during the network's coverage of the Cleveland kidnapping story, you may have noticed something a little odd. Nancy Grace and Ashleigh Banfield were doing a split-screen broadcast when a bizarre spatial anomaly seemed to take place: the cars passing behind the news actors were exactly the same. How could this be, when the two reporters were communicating via satellite and thus had to be hundreds if not thousands of miles apart, as evidenced by Grace's death-clutch on her earpiece as if she were struggling to hear Banfield's time-delayed comments? Had they somehow tunneled a wormhole through space?
As it turns out, they were both in Phoenix to cover the Jodi Arias murder trial verdict -- and not only were they in the same zip code, but the same damn parking lot. Despite their split-screen interview, the two reporters must have been standing all of 30 feet from each other, which is hilariously clear when you see the background of both shots.
I'm sick of hearing about Teen Mom Farrah Abraham's sex tape. You're sick of hearing about Farrah Abraham's sex tape. We're all sick of hearing about Farrah Abraham's sex tape and we can't escape Farrah Abraham's sex tape because everywhere you go on the Internet, there it is, all pressed up against your FACE: Farrah Abraham's goddamned sex tape.
There's an exceedingly short path between overexposure and irritation, and I suspect that's one of the reasons many of us hope that Farrah Abraham follows her adult video launch by a literal launch of some kind, ideally to outer space where we can't hear her dying horse screams. Her porn partner James Deen, however, hasstepped up to defend Abraham's choice to make the tape-- and I have to say, he sounds pretty reasonable.