U.S. Rejects Japanese Broadcaster’s Claim It Used ‘Comfort Women’ in World War II


Correction appended, Jan. 30, 03:30 EST. It was the mayor of Osaka who saidthat comfort women served a “necessary” role, not the mayor of Hiroshima. The article has been amended to reflect this.

Did the American government employ sex slaves during the Second World War? The newly appointed chairman of Japan’s public broadcasting system apparently thinks so.

In the latest in a string of revisionist statements by conservative leaders in Japan, Katsuto Momii said the “comfort women” system, in which women were coerced into serving in brothels for Japanese soldiers during World War II, “could be found in any nation that was at war.”

“The comfort women system is considered wrong under today’s moral values. But the military comfort women system existed as a reality at that time,” said Momii. “Can we say there were none in Germany or France? It was everywhere in Europe.”

On Tuesday…

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Trojan Attempts to Sell Condoms Using the Least Sexy Thing Imaginable: Your Dad


Thought Trojan’s core demographic was fumbly teens and drunken college kids? Think again. The commercial above reveals their true target audience: horny dads. Just another ad addition to the horny parent canon.

(h/t Digg)

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Ukraine on Brink of Chaos as Amnesty Vote Splits Parliament


After a week of trying to appease the revolution in Ukraine, the government has finally dug in for a fight. On Wednesday night, the ruling party refused to grant the latest demand of the uprising – an unconditional amnesty for the revolutionaries who have seized the center of the capital. Dozens of them are now in jail, and as a condition for their release, the ruling Party of Regions demanded that protesters abandon the government buildings they have occupied for weeks.

This demand proved so divisive – not only between the rival camps in parliament but inside the ruling party itself – that President Viktor Yanukovych rushed to the chamber on Wednesday night to rally his supporters. “The word of the President is, was and will be decisive for us,” one of the party’s lawmakers, Anna German, told reporters after the vote, which barely passed after the President pressured his…

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Short People are Paranoid and Suspicious, Says Science


The Napoleon complex has been explained.

Short people are mistrustful of others and prone to paranoia, according to a study published Wednesday by the journal Psychiatry Research. Oxford researchers sent 60 women on two simulated rides in London subways populated by both men and women, lowering their virtual vantage point by 25 centimeters in one of the rides. Participants, though often unaware that they’d just been shrunken slightly, reported markedly increased feelings of paranoia while seeing through the eyes of a shorter avatar.

“The results were very clear,” the study says. Making people shorter “led to more negative evaluations of the self compared with others and greater levels of paranoia.” Researchers say the study “provides strong demonstration of the importance of social status to the occurrence of paranoid fears.”

Though only women were included in the Oxford study about how paranoid short people are, researchers predict the results…

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“How Much Is That Doggie In The Window” – Patti Page


Dedicated to Michael Grimm of Staten Island, New York.



After first defending his actions, Rep. Michael Grimm, R-New York, apologized today for physically threatening a NY1 News reporter at the U.S. Capitol.

“@repmichaelgrimm called to apologize. He said he ‘overreacted.’ I accepted his apology,” the reporter, Michael Scotto, tweeted.

Grimm stormed off Tuesday night when Scotto tried to ask him questions about campaign finance allegations against the lawmaker. After Scotto said on camera Grimm had refused to talk to him, Grimm surged toward the reporter and said: “Let me be clear to you: If you ever do that to me again, I’ll throw you off this f***ing balcony.”

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Rep. Michael Grimm (R-NY) – Cartoon #5

A pet peeve: Rep. Michael Grimm (R-N.Y.) with his dog Sebastian at a press conference Wednesday calling on Amtrak to allow pets onto their trains.
A pet peeve: Rep. Michael Grimm (R-N.Y.) with his dog Sebastian at a press conference Wednesday calling on Amtrak to allow pets onto their trains.

Rep. Michael Grimm (R-NY) – Cartoon #4


Rep. Michael Grimm (R-NY) – Cartoon #3


Rep. Michael Grimm (R-NY) – Cartoon #2