Zimbabwe Hospital Charged Women $5 Per Scream During Childbirth

Zimbabwe's rampant corruption has penetrated virtually all levels of public services, and it's gotten so bad that delivering a baby has become unaffordable for most Zimbabwean women. One hospital has reportedly been charging $5 per scream during childbirth for "raising false alarm." False alarm for what? Birthing a… » 7/12/13 3:00pm 7/12/13 3:00pm

New Jersey Mayor Wrote Hilariously Unromantic Poetry to Mistress

East Orange Mayor Robert Bowser is currently the subject of a discrimination suit that stems from a long-term extramarital affair he was having with his research assistant. But things weren't always so bleak for the high-minded Bowser. During the affair, he would write the assistant, Corletta Hicks, romantic poetry… » 5/05/13 1:50pm 5/05/13 1:50pm

Former French President in Trouble for Possibly Exploiting Demented…

Nicolas "Bling Bling" Sarkozy, former President of La France, spouse of the immeasurably calm Carla Bruni, and deadringer for Mickey Mouse, is currently at the center of an inquiry into whether he took advantage of Liliane Bettencourt, the 90-year-old L'Oreal heiress, for some campaign financing after she was already… » 3/22/13 3:20pm 3/22/13 3:20pm

What Kind of Depraved Rapscallion Steals Money From the Muppets?

This episode of Everyone is Horrible is brought to you by the letters W, T, and F, and the number 20,000,000. The US government has withdrawn funding from a $20 million project designed to launch the Pakistani version of Sesame Street after it was revealed that the puppet theater that was supposed to be creating… » 6/05/12 2:10pm 6/05/12 2:10pm

Rod Blagojevich: Putting All Republi-Scandals To Shame

  • Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich is free tonight on $4,500 bail and has absolutely no intention of resigning after being indicted on massive corruption and extortion charges. [CNN, Politico, Chicago Tribune]
  • Barack Obama said he'd had no contact with Blagojevich over the Senatorial appointment Blagojevich apparently…
  • » 12/09/08 7:40pm 12/09/08 7:40pm

Today's News Is Brought To You By Andy Samberg's Soiled Pants

It used to be that this venerable feature was inspired by the news, hangovers, and/or funny pictures. But The Huffington Post's Jason Linkins and I have a new muse — or, to be fair, a couple of million of new muses harmed in the filming of SNL's digital short "Jizz In My Pants" (embedded after the jump). There's just… » 12/08/08 10:00am 12/08/08 10:00am

Beau Biden Gets His Seat-Filler And The Financial Sector Gets Your Money

Sometimes, like turkeys killed beside Sarah Palin, your suffering only serves as a backdrop to the televised platitudes of those higher up on the food chain. The credit crunch and foreclosure is just a scene-setter for the banks' bail-out, and your deployment to a war zone is just the back drop for the furtherance of… » 11/25/08 10:00am 11/25/08 10:00am

And Again We Say: Paris Hilton Must Be Stopped

  • We said it eight hours ago and we'll say it again: God is dead. Because Paris Hilton has a Teen Choice Award nomination. [TMZ]
  • Note to self: Not nice to attack people with stilettos. [BBC]
  • Second note to self: Stop talking on phone about how awesome it is that Bush is going to go to jail for wire-tapping. 'Cause he's…
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