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I've recently become addicted to the show Parks and Recreation on NBC, and most of my obsession comes from the libertarian Parks Department's head, Ron Swanson, played by Nick Offerman. (A gem from Swanson in the 3rd season's premiere episode: "Capitalism: God's way of determining who is smart and who is poor.") So when I was linked to the Tumblr Cats That Look Like Ron Swanson this week, it was like the fusing of all of my favorite things: television, cats, and ... Read More
I'm one of those people who puts a lot of stock in my idols. Perhaps I'm just impressionable, but I look for people to look up to in a lot of places. I've blogged recently about my disappointment with Tina Fey (or, rather, the writers of 30 Rock) and Ben Roethlisberger and now I have another to add to my list: 74-time Jeopardy! champion Ken Jennings.I am secretly 70, so Jeopardy! is one of my favorite shows on television. Ken Jennings' record-setting appearance was ... Read More
Sometimes, I kind of worry that the United States is reaching the end times. Working toward defunding major women's health organizations? Arresting senators that refuse to show up lest a bill designed to hurt workers be passed? What on earth is going on here? Sometimes I just want to cry. But the internet always comes through for me; this time in the form of a new tumblr called Keep Your Boehner Out Of My Uterus. Sometimes the only thing that works to keep ... Read More
The Westminster Kennel Club dubbed their winner this week, with the Best In Show prize and all the glory going to Foxcliffe Hickory Wind (aka "Hickory"), a Scottish Deerhound. On Wednesday, her owners took her to NYC's Sardi's restaurant for a meal of Filet Mignon. Can steak ever be adorable? It totally is here. Check her out after the jump!    [NY Daily ... Read More
While we here at BUST HQ in NYC didn't see much of the most recent chapter of the Snowpocalypse, the South got hit pretty hard. I would imagine this would be difficult for pet owners: how do their pets respond to the snow, assuming they've never seen it before? Enter this adorable dog, who braves the snow-caked porch to retrieve a beloved toy. Uh-dor-uh-able.   You need to a flashplayer enabled browser to view this video   [Cute ... Read More
  While the blogosphere will always be inundated with pictures and videos and live streams of animals, my favorite cute collection is the stories and snapshots found on The Itty Bitty Kitty Committee. The IBKC is a blog run by Laurie Cinotto who fosters cats in the Tacoma/Seattle area in Washington state and is always chalk-full of adorable (and beautiful!) pictures. Because the kittens are eventually adopted, every few months there are new kittens to admire ... Read More
On Sunday, October 31, 2010, Brazil elected their first female president. Since I'm Brazilian and a feminist, a lot of people have asked me if I'm really excited about this. To the surprise of most, I have responded, "Would you be excited if your country was being run by a fascist Sarah Palin-meets-Margaret Thatcher type?" Admittedly, it is a very harsh comparison, but allow me to explain. At the start of Dilma Rousseff's campaign, which was the first time the ... Read More
This past weekend I watched Hoarders for the first time. It was uncomfortable, disturbing, painful at times, watching these people lose their lives in, often, to their stuff. Their junk. Whether you call it collections or memorabilia or memories or garbage, it's stuff. Out-of-control stuff. I had a moment or two of satisfaction knowing I'm the opposite. I love to purge. There are constantly give away bags in my bedroom, full of clothes to drop off at Housing ... Read More
I feel like I’ve spent a lot of time in the last six months talking about the Tea Party. It’s involved a lot of “wait, they did what now? And they didn’t think it was offensive?” and “man, I just really hate those guys.” But now, finally, there is something of a counter: The Daily Show’s “Rally to Restore Sanity.” Doesn’t the name just give you the warm-and-fuzzies?   From their website: ... Read More
In possibly the most adorable attempt at viral marketing I've ever seen (sorry, Old Spice guy) IKEA released this behind-the-scenes video of an upcoming commercial to the internet yesterday. The premise is that, after the store had closed one night, they released 100 cats into the Wembley IKEA to just run around and be precious. The results are, of course, heart-warming.   You need to a flashplayer enabled browser to view this ... Read More
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