"The ability to present women like [Ruth Bader] Ginsburg, [Hillary] Clinton and [Wendy] Davis as bone-crushingly robust yet simultaneously appealing, revered—practically adorable!—in their rugged severity, is a crucial expansion of the American imagination with regard to powerful women
." (via librarina) [more inside]
"So yeah, I (apparently) lost a game on Bill’s show that I didn’t know I was playing. The game was 'Gotcha!' And according to the Internet (and the number of misspelled and nigger filled — the word, not the people — tweets in my timeline), I got gotcha’ed!"
W. Kamau Bell writes about his recent appearance on HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher [more inside]
Yes, the Blue is normally not just about GIFs, but surely we can make an exception for Michelle Obama dunking
and then trash talking about it? Does mostly what it says on the tin.
Evolution of Mom Dancing [SLYT]
In honor of the First Lady's "Let's Move" campaign, and to encourage parents everywhere to get up and get moving with their kids, Jimmy Fallon and Michelle Obama present the "Evolution of Mom Dancing."
Michelle Obama promotes an anti-obesity campaign,
telling her children that "dessert is not a right." Sarah Palin takes a shot at her
on a reality show, making s'mores
and saying, "This is in honor of Michelle Obama, who said the other day we should not have dessert." There's hooting and hollering
from all sides. And then there's this -- is Sarah Palin courting the fat vote?
REMARKS BY THE FIRST LADY TO CHILDREN WHILE TRACKING SANTA WITH NORAD
Every year NORAD (North American Aerospace Defense Command) helps track Santa Claus's movement around the globe [previously
]. The transcript of First Lady Michelle Obama's conversations with kids on Christmas as she watches the radar, sent to the White House press list last night, is absolutely adorable. Much more at the Norad Santa headquarters
, and an interview with the head researcher
at the Department of Energy tasked with tracking St Nick.
Rapper Shaun Boothe
is now midway through his 12 part series of "unauthorized biographies", which showcase short history lessons about some of the major black figures of our time. Thus far, he's covered James Brown
, Bob Marley
(my favorite), Muhammed Ali
, Martin Luther King (and briefly, Barack Obama)
, Jimi Hendrix
, and Sean "Puffy" Combs
. He's gotten some play
and good press
from major underground hip-hop media, due next in the series is a biography of Oprah Winfrey.
After one hundred days, the wait is over: Pete Souza's Gargantuan Presidential High-Definition Executive Flickrdump
. Warning: If you put it on fullscreen you won't get anything else done for a while.
The Local food movement's celebration
over the white house garden was short lived. The White House has receive a letter from the Mid America CropLife Association
, expressing disappointment
that Obamas planted an organic garden. "As you go about planning and planting the White House garden, we respectfully encourage you to recognize the role conventional agriculture plays in the U.S in feeding the ever-increasing population, contributing to the U.S. economy and providing a safe and economical food supply. America's farmers understand crop protection technologies are supported by sound scientific research and innovation."
The undeniable 'bling' of the First Lady Michelle Obama's sparkly yellow dress underlines that she is full of surprises
. Shades of yellow have symbolized renewal and hope
since Elizabethan times, and besides, the shade really popped
on Michelle Obama. Oh, it's also a "sartorial flag waved around the world
", so it had to be a good 'un. Jackie O. references abound
, what with the sheath dress styling. Keep your eye on Cuban-American designer Isabel Toledo
. If you're into that sort of thing.
"The New Yorker says it's satire. It certainly will be candy for cable news
." The cover illustration
(by Barry Blitt) of the magazine's July 21st. issue
depicts Barack Obama
in tribal African dress, fist-bumping his wife "in full revolutionary garb, an enormous afro making her look like a millennial Angela Davis, holding an automatic weapon and wearing military pants" in the Oval Office. On the wall -- a portrait of Osama bin Laden; in the fireplace a burning American flag. [more inside]