This week, CUNY announced that it would be bringing on an exciting new staff member: Former CIA director David Petraeus, who has been named "Visiting Professor of Public Policy" and will start in August. But what exactly will Petraeus be teaching? Public policy is a pretty broad topic. With respect ... More >>
#8: Fat Cats on Wall StreetHalloween is one of the few opportunities we have throughout the year to dress as something else, something that we may never be, something that we may never WANT to be, with impunity and without obligation. And while some blogs are telling us that the costume of th ... More >>
Castor bean flower, via WikipediaThe New York Times says Al Qaeda's branch in Yemen is stockpiling castor beans in an attempt to manufacture ricin, a harmful toxin, to use in America. According to the report, the terrorist cell wants to "secretly concoct batches of the poison, pack them aroun ... More >>
The ineffable Next Media Animation, the Taiwanese company responsible for cartooning every current event from the Tiger Woods sex scandal to the Royal Wedding, has already delivered their dramatization of Osama bin Laden's death, entitled "Osama Bin Laden get got," starring Donald Trump, a finger-gu ... More >>
Urlesque is officially closing up shop today. In an appropriate goodbye post, Jason Newman strung together the most popular memes of the last three years into a video backed by "The End of The Road" by Boyz II Men. Can you identify all of the memes in the video? Don't worry, we've got you covered wi ... More >>
ScarJo, before RyRey.Alas! Or...hooray! Or...well, how should we know how to feel about any of this, anyway, since we don't actually know them and have only seen them looking generally smiley in pictures? Still, given the news coverage, it seems very important! Breaking: Scarlett Johansson an ... More >>
Some things you see on the internet, and you look at them, and you stare at them, thinking that maybe at some point along the lines of all this staring, it will begin to resemble something that will make sense. Try as you might, this is absolutely not one of those things.
Who else but the resident outrage-hungry Horny Lesbian Ethnocentric Sexist Catlady of the New York Post, Andrea Peyser, would get kicked out of the Masters for walking up to Tiger Woods and asking him about his penis?
After issuing a joint statement with Tiger highlighting the family's need for privacy during this difficult time of divorce, Elin Nordegren, the now former Mrs. Woods, is on the cover of today's People magazine in a rather public World Exclusive. Well, a woman's perogative is to change her mi ... More >>
Is it possible?
The California Legislature has determined the price for being held captive for 18 years "as a virtual sex slave" (i.e. repeatedly raped, impregnated, having to tell your daughters you're their sister, living in the backyard): Jaycee Dugard, now 30, was awarded $20 million for her claim that t ... More >>
Quarterback Ben RoethlisbergerOn a day when most of the world is enamored with fútbol football, a real, testosterone-oozing American football player is here to remind us all of the class and chivalry we expect and admire in our professional athletes. I.M. Anonymous ("Special to the Daily New ... More >>
Happy Mother's Day to Arianna Huffington, whose baby was born on May 9, 2005. Maybe you could say George W. Bush's reelection campaign was the father? Inconclusive, but it's still been half a decade and the little guy has just gotten so big. The headline fonts, at least. There's been scoops, ... More >>
For the clicking spine of this particular production, let's take it back to "Hater," the sublime iTunes extra from The-Dream's Love vs. Money. "Hater" and Dream's latest, "Make Up Bag," have the same muffled snap to them, though like most of the newer Dream stuff we've heard so far, the pure-id em ... More >>
Fun with assisted suicide. Plus: Puffy Combs on the craft of acting?
Formerly one of the world's most respected athletes, now disgraced, asking America to forgive... Well, no, not really. Marion Jones, the sprinter stripped of her Olympic medals for doping and jailed for lying to prosecutors about it, is joining a WNBA team, the Tulsa Shock. And though, like T ... More >>
Can one man eat at 10 Danny Meyer restaurants in one day? Apparently so. The author's Meyer Marathon started at Shake Shack, then continued with stops at Tabla, Gramercy Tavern, and ended at Maialino. [Wall Street Journal] Looking for your favorite gourmet food truck? There's an app for that ... More >>
Kennedy Airport. Twitpic via sawyerlex. War on Christmas season swung into full effect. In a holiday spirit, the Staten Island D.A. tried shame on shoplifters. A GOP Congressman moved to read a pro-Christmas resolution into the House record. Andrea Peyser denounced the godless Bloomingdales ... More >>
Like to gamble online? Political odd couples like Barney Frank and Al D'Amato are fighting for your right to do so. Meanwhile James Giordano made millions via internet gambling, and wound up in prison. So... do you feel lucky? Graham Rayman has the story. Tom Robbins has previously covered t ... More >>
Plus, which Tiger Woods mistress is trailer-ier?
The Times says Obama's upcoming address will announce 30,000 fresh troops for the Graveyard of Empires -- but (headline voice) "Obama's Speech on Afghanistan to Envision Exit." The end is always in sight.
Rep. Patrick Kennedy is scheduled to speak Monday at Brown University about healthcare. This marks Kennedy's first public appearance since he and then Rhode Island Bishop Thomas Tobin went public with their conflict over abortion. -- Police in Sunset Park, Brooklyn had to cut open a burning car to ... More >>
What are the prerequisites for getting "he's human after all" exemptions? Because there are a lot of stars and legends out there...but only certain people get this said about them with some degree of frequency. I think everybody should only get one. Like, from birth. You don't assume anyone ... More >>
Twitpic by ethanvk. Well, our week was awful, but apparently we were in good company. Mayor Bloomberg came up with a wide-ranging, expensive transit plan including crosstown buses that would move slower than ever. He slapped back Bill Thompson's schools charges -- not convincingly to ... More >>
Will Ferrell's Broadway debut, You're Welcome America. A Final Night With George W. Bush may not be high art; you know that starting with the pre-curtain announcement, "Enjoy the show. And go fuck yourselves." And it doesn't exactly explore a million textures in Dubya's personality aside from the ... More >>
Has it gotten to the point with all these sex scandals that we just can't imagine the news without them? Last Monday, with front pages on Hillary Clinton and New York's noisiest neighborhoods seems like ages ago. But are we starting to get a case of sex-scandal fatigue? If you looked at the front pa ... More >>
With all the political scandals of the past week, it's almost as if we've forgotten that celebrities do ridiculous things as well. It may not be ridiculous (just expensive), but the Post reminds us of celeb wealth with its front-page story on golfer Tiger Woods's purchase of a $65 million manse in t ... More >>
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