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Vaseline launches skin-whitening Facebook India app

NEW DELHI — Skincare group Vaseline has introduced a skin-lightening application for Facebook in India, enabling users to make their skin whiter in their profile pictures. The download is designed to promote Vaseline’s range of skin-lightening creams for men, a huge and fast-growing market driven by fashion and a cultural…

Tear gas projectile costs US Gaza protester her eye

Filmmaker Michael Moore noted on his Twitter feed that a twenty-one year old American activist and college student was horribly wounded during a Gaza protest Monday. The International Solidarity Movement released the following statement: An American solidarity activist was shot in the face with a tear gas canister during a…

BP hires Cheney spokeswoman to lead PR effort

As if the water wasn’t deep — or oily — enough around British Petroleum’s public relations, the company has hired a former spokeswoman for Vice President Dick Cheney to be its public face for the disaster. Anne Womack Kolton, former head of public affairs at the Department of Energy and…

Seattle cop apologizes for screaming racist threat at innocent man he’d kicked in face

In the early hours of April 17, Seattle’s 15-year veteran police detective Shandy Cobane nabbed the wrong man while responding to a robbery. Less than a month later, he was in tears before the press and his community, pleading for forgiveness. What happened that fateful night was brought to the…

Colbert: GOP trapped between a rock and a black face

Palin: Obama nuke strategy is like kid saying ‘punch me in the face’

Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin may not really be able to see Russia from her front yard, but she did weigh in on President Barack Obama’s overhaul of US policy on the use of nuclear weapons. Calling the president’s move “unbelievable,” Palin told Fox News’ Sean Hannity that “no administration…

‘Joe the Plumber’ won’t stump for McCain, says he’s ‘failed’

Samuel “Joe the Plumber” Wurzelbacher, once the prominent “working-class” face of Sen. John McCain’s failed 2008 president campaign, announced Sunday that he wouldn’t stump for the man who made him a national hero, saying that McCain has failed in his duties as senator to protect the country’s border. The announcement…

Soldier reportedly holds daughter’s head underwater for failing to recite alphabet

A 27-year-old Washington state soldier allegedly admitted Sunday to having held his daughter’s head in a bowl of water because she couldn’t recite the alphabet. British newspapers labeled the technique “waterboarding,” in reference to the CIA torture measure the Bush Administration employed against terror suspects, though in actuality, waterboarding technically…

Sarkozy backs off ban of Muslim veil, calls it ‘unworkable’

French president Nicolas Sarkozy backed off previous statements in support of a public ban on the full Muslim veil to prevent Jean-Francois Cope, his party’s Parliamentary leader, to rush through an “anti-burka law."…

Italian Prime Minister Berlusconi hit in face by statuette

UPDATE: Video surfaces of hurled figurine smacking into Berlusconi’s face (video at bottom plays automatically — clip of Italian PM being struck is within first few seconds) Even the elite are mortal. During an appearance in Milan on Sunday, Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi was hit in the face by…

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