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Ruth Bader Ginsberg Has a Secret Supply of Tee Shirts With Her Face on Them

By on 10.21.14 | 4:57PM

When my friends and I still operated the "Hey Girl, It's Paul Ryan" Tumblr, we did so without so much as a "Thank You" from our economic and legislative muse. One of us got a picture with him or something at a campaign rally in Wisconsin, but the rest of us got form Christmas cards and rumors of annoyance. Eh, that's life. Next time, we'll do a Tumblr about Joe Biden. Maybe with Journey lyrics.

Ruth Bader Ginsberg, who inspired the Tumblr Blog, "Notorious RBG," has a significantly different approach to her social media fandom. Since the blog started selling tee shirts, one of their main consumers has been the Supreme Court Justice herself, who stocks up on Notorious RBG tees to hand out to friends

Ginsburg: I think a law clerk told me about this tumblr and also explained to me what Notorious RBG was a parody on. And now my grandchildren love it and I try to keep abreast of the latest that’s on the tumblr. I have—and in fact I think I gave you a Notorious RBG—

Totenberg: Two of my three. I bought one.

Ginsburg: I have quite a large supply.

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Two Male Strippers Are Latest Ebola Quarantine Victims

By on 10.20.14 | 12:40PM

Two male strippers have entered voluntary quarantine after sitting near second Ebola nurse Amber Vinson on a plane from Ohio to Texas. Axl Goode and Taylor Cole, who are strippers and male models for romance novel book covers, decided to order themselves into isolation after realizing that the hazards of their job, like sweaty tear-away clothing and close-quarters gyrating could put hundreds of women in danger.

Goode and a stripper pal, Taylor Cole, voluntarily pulled themselves out of circulation after the pair sat near an infected nurse on a Cleveland-to-Dallas flight. They vowed to stay in their homes for 21 days, a move suggested — but not required — by the CDC.

“It doesn’t take an intelligent person to make a good decision,” Goode, who comes from a family of pharmacists, told the Daily News. “If a stripper can make a decision that’s more responsible than the CDC, then surely other people can make those decisions, too. It’s not rocket science.”

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Professional Clowns Upset With American Horror Story’s Fake Murder Clown

By on 10.16.14 | 6:38PM

I haaaaaaaaate clowns. Haaaaaaaaaaaate. And apparently, I'm not alone. But Clowns of America International, apparently a trade association for clowns (here's hoping I never acidentally run into their convention in Vegas), wants you to know that there's nothing to fear. Except for that one time John Wayne Gacy dressed up like a clown to entertain at children's parties between murder sprees, clowns are a mostly agreeable bunch. And definitely nothing like the psychotic clown on American Horror Story: Freak Show, Twisty, who chops people up with scissors.

Take it from Glenn Kohlberger, their president (clown name: Clyde D. Scope): clowns are an unfairly maligned bunch.

“We do not support in any way, shape or form any medium that sensationalizes or adds to coulrophobia or ‘clown fear,’” says Glenn Kohlberger...

“Hollywood makes money sensationalizing the norm. They can take any situation no matter how good or pure and turn it into a nightmare,” Kohlberger says. 

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Andrew Cuomo Is the Saddest Author Ever

By on 10.16.14 | 6:17PM

Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York, long thought to be a contender for the White House in 2016 against Hillary Clinton, has released a book entitled, "All Things Possible: Setbacks and Success in Politics and Life." And like his primary contender for the 2016 Democratic nomination, it has not been well received.

Wednesday night, Cuomo held a book signing at a Barnes & Noble in New York City and it was probably the saddest thing the New York Times has had to cover all week, and that includes the slow and tragic decline of AirBnB.

There were no lines snaking down the sidewalk, and no scramble to claim a copy of the 517-page tome. The most enthusiastic attendees seemed to be the protesters outside, who urged a ban on hydraulic fracturing...

Then he took a seat at a long table and began signing. He greeted guests with a handshake and asked how they were doing. Often, he inquired about the name written on a Post-it note for him to include in his inscription.

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Bono Apologizes for That U2 Album He Stuck Everyone With

By on 10.15.14 | 3:22PM

I'm a fan of U2, even though I came of age in an era of music where everyone on the radio was whining about their sex lives and refusing to shave their armpits. I even ended up kind of liking their new album when it came up accidentally on my iPhone's shuffle feature because an entire album was downloaded onto my phone without my permission. 

Like millions of Americans, I was simultaneously creeped out - that Apple could just add random people to my playlists - and befuddled as to when a music industry that has been, for years, prosecuting pre-teens for illegally downloading Justin Bieber albums decided to start pushing free music. But mostly, we were all confused as to why anyone would think that, of all the albums available, we'd want a U2 album.

Thankfully, Bono himself has now apologized for the oversight.

Facebook user Harriet Madeline Jobson asked:

“Can you please never release an album on iTunes that automatically download to peoples’ playlists ever again? It’s really rude.”

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Californians Won’t Have Water to Wash Their Mandatory Reusable Grocery Bags

By on 10.14.14 | 4:10PM

California recently passed a ban on those plastic bags they give you at the grocery store to hold all the food you buy. Obviously, those bags, which are recyclable, reusable and generate 80% less waste than paper, are damaging the environment, so California is now mandating that you bring your own reusable grocery bags to the store with you (or buy them there). 

Opponents of the bag ban have begun a referendum push, but they need over 500,000 signatures from residents to qualify for the statewide ballot, and so far, that's been an uphill challenge, though they maintain the majority of clear-thinking California voters are on their side (though there may not be that many clear-thinking California voters).

Opponents of California’s newly-signed ban on single-use plastic bags have been cleared to begin collecting signatures for a referendum, state elections officials said Friday.

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New York Times Now Offers Affordable Tours of Iran

By on 10.14.14 | 12:36PM

The New York Times may no longer be able to sell you papers, but it's hoping that it can sell you on an ill-advised trip to a foreign nation that routinely expresses its hatred for any Westernized nation.

For a mere $6,995 (plus taxes, fees and extras like upgrades), you can now, thanks to the brilliant minds at America's finest newspaper, take a luxurious, 13-day tour of Iran, complete with "insights into the life and accomplishments" of the always-charming Ayatollah Khomeni (on your Day 4 tour of the "mountain villages"). One assumes his prowess at hostage-taking and undercover nuclear bomb manufacturing go unaddressed.

Journey 2,500 years back in time to discover the ancient secrets of Persia on this 13-day itinerary incorporating some of most well preserved archaeological sites in the world. Welcome to the once-forbidden land of Iran.

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California on the Lookout for Creepy Clowns

By on 10.13.14 | 5:55PM

I'm not okay with this

Reports of creepy clowns carrying knives and other weapons have been scaring people in the California city of Bakersfield for the past week, police said on Sunday.

In the latest incident, a person telephoned the Bakersfield Police Department on Saturday night, reporting a clown armed with a firearm, said watch commander Lieutenant Jason Matson.

"We've been having sightings all over the city," Matson said. "They range from anywhere from a guy carrying a gun to a guy carrying a knife running up to houses."

That's right. California is being terrorized by mysterious, knife-wielding clowns.

And you thought Ebola was something to be worried about.

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Gwyneth Paltrow Fawns Over President, Gets Constitution Wrong

By on 10.10.14 | 11:24AM

Last night, Barack Obama tied up his seven-day fundraising bender with a visit to Gwyneth Paltrow's Beverly Hills home, where he collected checks from Hollywood celebrities and, no doubt, dined on Gwyneth's signature vegan, gluten-free diet food. Fortunately, what has been a rough week for the President generally, cleared up as he was feted and - quite literally - fawned over at the event.

The idiocy of Hollywood was in full bloom Thursday night when Gwyneth Paltrow turned an already-embarrassing Hollywood fundraiser into "The Dating Game."

Paltrow -- who hosted the event at her Brentwood home -- gushed as she introduced President Obama, "You're so handsome that I can't speak properly."

After you've finished vomiting up your breakfast over your keyboard at the thought, we can continue. You good? OK.

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White House to Convert Millennials with Emoji

By on 10.9.14 | 3:40PM

The White House is preparing to make the pitch to young people that it's economic policies are working in their favor, despite their record unemployment. They're apparently desperate for the youth to turn out in the mid-terms, since pretty much every other demographic has abandoned the President's agenda (and for that matter, the President's closest allies). Young people, they feel, are just the low-information demographic they need to retain the Senate and continue their proud tradition of partisan disrespect.

And so, this week, the White House will launch a campaign aimed at 18-35 year olds on social media, starring - what else? - emoji. Those adorable digital pictures you can append to your text messages to make give your utterly incoherent text an inscrutable, yet visual, emotional angle. 

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