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ComPost: February 6, 2011 - February 12, 2011

Born this way? Conservative bias on campus

For a long time, you wondered if you were different. You looked around at your peers. They were all laughing at the same jokes, coming back from the weekends and talking about their DREAMs, their idols, and the boxes where...

By Alexandra Petri  | February 11, 2011; 5:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  Petri, That's awkward  | Tags:  Lady Gaga, Reagan, censorship, college, law of the jungle  
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Mubarak stepping down! His top eight new jobs

After handing over control of Egypt to the Supreme Military Council, Hosni Mubarak is free to pursue all his other passions, passions like skydiving and "not being President of Egypt," something he wasn't able to do because of the responsibilities...

By Alexandra Petri  | February 11, 2011; 3:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  Epic Failures, Petri  
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Is diet soda just die with a T? Not so fast.

A new study says that drinking diet soda leads to strokes. No Sprite, Sherlock! You might be startled to learn this, America, but there is a 100 percent correlation between drinking diet soda and eventually dying. Also between working...

By Alexandra Petri  | February 10, 2011; 2:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Bad Advice, Big Deals, Epic Failures, Petri  | Tags:  America, diet soda, law of the jungle  
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Is Justin Bieber the new Beatles? Never say never!

(Image via AP) Does anyone write for posterity anymore? I ask this for a reason. Yesterday, almost fifty years ago, the Beatles made their first appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show. Tonight, at midnight, the Justin Bieber movie, Never...

By Alexandra Petri  | February 10, 2011; 12:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Only on the Internet, Petri, Worst Things Ever  | Tags:  Beatles, justin bieber  
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Craigslist fail! So long, Rep. Christopher Lee (R-N.Y.)

Oops. After allegedly e-mailing shirtless photos of himself to an anonymous woman on Craigslist, married GOP Rep. Christopher Lee (R-NY) is now resigning. "It has been a tremendous honor to serve the people of Western New York. I regret the...

By Alexandra Petri  | February 9, 2011; 6:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Epic Failures, Only on the Internet, Petri  | Tags:  Congress, craigslist, oops, technology  
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Joe Biden: 'They're gonna own our kids' without high-speed rail

Speaking about the need for high-speed rail, Vice President Joe Biden commented that, "If we don't get a grip, folks, they'll not only be teaching us, they're gonna own our kids." What? If I'd known that all it required to...

By Alexandra Petri  | February 9, 2011; 12:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
Categories:  Petri, That's awkward  | Tags:  Joe Biden, oratory, trains  
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Olbermann to Current TV? Has he met the neighbors?

(Image via Peter Kramer/AP) Keith Olbermann is going off the air. I'm sorry, I mean, "moving to Current TV." I feel almost bad for him. Yes, Current TV reaches 90 million households. But so does the USPS, and that...

By Alexandra Petri  | February 8, 2011; 5:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  Epic Failures, Petri, Reality? Television  | Tags:  Keith Olbermann, oops, tv  
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A Bristol Palin memoir? Really?

Brace yourself. Bristol Palin is coming out with a 304-page memoir. Three hundred four pages? That is approximately two thirds the length of the George W. Bush memoir! And George W. Bush served two terms as president of the...

By Alexandra Petri  | February 8, 2011; 12:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (68)
Categories:  Petri, Reality? Television, Worst Things Ever  | Tags:  Bristol Palin, books, dancing with the stars, dead fish  
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Huffington Post + AOL -- 1 + 1 = 11?

Ariana Huffington described the AOL/Huffington Post merger as adding 1 and 1 to make 11. Well, yes: That is also something that sounds impressive but is wrong. Frank Conniff joked on Twitter: "Are AOL executives who purchased HuffPo smart &...

By Alexandra Petri  | February 7, 2011; 6:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Only on the Internet, Petri, Seems Suspect  | Tags:  AOL, Huffington Post, online comments  
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Christina Aguilera didn't botch the national anthem. Francis Scott Key did.

America, we need to talk. It's been the elephant in the room for a while. It's awkward. It's uncomfortable. And it's inescapable. It's like that man who shows up at all your family reunions and refuses to introduce himself, even...

By Alexandra Petri  | February 7, 2011; 10:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (101)
Categories:  Epic Failures, Petri, Worst Things Ever  | Tags:  America, Super Bowl, oops  
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