Adrian Peterson Just "Overdid It" A Little, Columnist Argues

The super-smart takes on the Adrian Peterson debacle just keep coming. Almost as soon as the Minnesota Vikings running back was indicted for child abuse, people started chiming in with all sorts of opinions they should probably have kept to themselves: Charles Barkley called beating a child just a black, Southern… » 9/16/14 10:45pm 52 minutes ago

CNN: Doctor Took Mid-Surgery Selfie with Unconscious Joan Rivers

Joan Rivers' doctor took a selfie with the unconscious comedian in the operating room before her endoscopy, according to a new report from CNN. The ear, nose and throat specialist, who hasn't been publicly identified, was also allowed to perform a biopsy on her vocal cords, a procedure that Rivers hadn't previously… » 9/16/14 9:35pm Today 9:35pm

Reports: Possibly Pregnant Teens Who Joined ISIS Killed in Syria

A pair of Austrian teenagers who apparently fled to Syria to support ISIS may be pregnant by a pair of Chechen fighters, according to a probably-fake report in the New York Post. Several more reputable news outlets, meanwhile, are reporting that either Samra Kesinovic, 16, or her friend Sabina Selimovic, 15, may have… » 9/16/14 8:36pm Today 8:36pm

Glenn Beck Thinks Nigerian Prison Guards Are Going to Give Us All Ebola

By now, the oh-my-God-we're-all-going-to-get-Ebola fever that gripped much of the United Sates this summer has pretty much subsided. Although one study suggests that the virus could reach the U.S. by late September, we all pretty much know that any outbreak here would likely be a relatively small cluster and more… » 9/16/14 7:05pm Today 7:05pm

Reviewer Slams New Fashion Book as an "Exercise in Narcissism"

A new book called Women In Clothes is in bookstores. Edited by Sheila Heti, Leanne Shapton, and Heidi Julavits, the book comes with a good literary pedigree and is, by all reports, gorgeously designed. Today, however, a review appeared in The Guardian by Rebecca Carroll which deemed the book, well... » 9/16/14 6:25pm Today 6:25pm

New TV Finally Arrives Tonight

Like the crocuses blossoming when Aslan returned to Narnia, we all have those little signs of our favorite season that we look forward to: Pumpkin Spice flavoring (if you are a figure of modern misogynistic folklore) or the Golden Globes (if you think that the Oscars are a real thing). For some, it might be the… » 9/16/14 6:21pm Today 6:21pm

The LA School District Has Grenade Launchers

In all the hullabaloo over the past few days about the San Diego School District's new MRAP, we missed the most wonderful news of all. Not only is the Los Angeles Unified School District getting an MRAP, too, they also casually disclosed that they've had three grenade launchers since 2001. » 9/16/14 6:13pm Today 6:13pm

Foreign Countries Sure Are Donating a Lot to America's Think Tanks

If this New York Times website is to be believed, foreign governments have found the generous funding of U.S. policy institutes to be a handy way of covertly lobbying in Washington. But: Could multimillion-dollar donations, sometimes with explicit contractual stipulations, actually sway these great thinkers? » 9/16/14 5:25pm Today 5:25pm

Belgium Will Euthanize Jailed Rapist Who Doesn't Want to Live Anymore

Belgium's authorities have agreed to euthanize Frank Van Den Bleeken, a prisoner serving a life sentence for rape and murder. Even though the country doesn't have the death penalty, authorities have let prisoners with terminal illnesses be put to death since 2002. Van Den Bleeken's illness, however, is psychiatric—he… » 9/16/14 5:15pm Today 5:15pm

Three Black Women Wrongly Accused of Prostitution at Standard Hotel

Three black women claim that a security guard at New York's Standard Hotel accused them of solicitation last month when they were drinking at the hotel's bar. Weeks after the incident, the women were reportedly contacted by a hotel representative and offered a bottle of champagne and a $400 dinner at the hotel's… » 9/16/14 5:05pm Today 5:05pm

Unruly Mob Tosses Ukrainian Politician Into a Dumpster

An unruly mob of Ukrainian protesters took matters into their own hands today when marching outside of parliament. Instead of holding signs and telling the man how they felt in a polite discussion, they took Vitaly Zhuravsky and tossed him into a dumpster, adding on old tires and spraying water for good measure. » 9/16/14 4:43pm Today 4:43pm

Christian Blogs Spread Fake ISIS Family Conversion Story

Among bearded extremists, the mantra "convert or die" has recently experienced something of a renaissance, proving equally popular among fans of the Duck and Rashidun dynasties. So Christian evangelists were understandably excited this week when news came out that the brother of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi had… » 9/16/14 4:37pm Today 4:37pm

Daily Beast Reporter Was For Illegal Iraq War Before He Was Against It

Reporters and pundits have noted how the new U.S. Iraq operation lacks much legal pretext, both internationally and domestically, for several weeks now. Which means it was time for crack reporter Eli Lake to write something up, too. With an extra heaping of hypocrisy. » 9/16/14 4:23pm Today 4:23pm

NYPD Harassment Stories: Feeling Helpless When an Officer Hits on You

Amid the police terror that has swept the nation these last few months, there has been a missing facet from the conversation: the fact that women are brutalized by cops just as severely as men. For every John Crawford and Jahmil-El Cuffee there is an Ersula Ore or a Marlene Pinnock (you can view the footage of… » 9/16/14 3:20pm Today 3:20pm