Arianna Huffington was on our radar long before she hitched herself and her star friends to The Huffington Post. "I tried to meet with her for the Playboy Interview years ago," Contributing Editor David Rensin says. "We were both busy, and time was too tough to budget. When we finally did it, the interview was quite involved, and I had to ask her for more time to ensure that we covered everything." Because Huffington has a daily forum for her opinions, Rensin steered some questioning away from the normal subjects of her editorials. "Nothing about politics made her uncomfortable, but when I asked about her personal life she laughed and claimed it was private. I reminded her that she is a very public figure. She answered every question as though she was aware that this was a great forum and that she'd be portrayed candidly and authentically."
My wife is Roman Catholic and attends church every Sunday, which is fine. But after 13 years of marriage she has stopped giving me oral sex because she says the priest told her it is a sin. I asked her to show me where in the Bible oral sex is forbidden, but she says it doesn't matter, it's what she believes. What is your take?--G.S., Southington, Connecticut
Eight million strong, the Playboy voting bloc is a swing state of its own. This month, again using our scientifically rigorous poll, we examine our readers' views on some of the most polarizing political topics of the day: war in Iraq, militancy in North Korea, the U.S. economy, privacy in an era of unprecedented surveillance and the Republicans' newest wedge issue, immigration. In contrast to the picture of our nation offered by the news media--of two Manichaean foes, one red, one blue, locked in a proverbial Mexican standoff--we have found that our readers consistently buck party and regional lines, reject much of the "moral values" agenda and synthesize a commonsense middle ground, all hinting at a democratic future in which the fringe elements are pushed toward the political sidelines.
This past term, the Supreme Court ruled in Hudson v. Michigan that evidence seized in an illegal raid can be used against a defendant at trial, even if police had disregarded the requirement to knock and identify themselves before entering. Taking away the only disincentive for these raids is likely to exacerbate an already unsettling trend: the rise of paramilitary tactics in police departments across America. Nearly every U.S. city now has a SWAT team, as do many small towns. Below are some examples of raids gone wrong and the tragic consequences.
The Daily Dish (andrewsullivan.com): Andrew Sullivan is every liberal's favorite conservative. He's willing to pick fights with Republicans over Iraq, gay marriage and torture, and he's not afraid to change his mind--frequently. But why not allow readers to post comments?
Here are five reasons Mercedes McNab may be the coolest 26-year-old in Hollywood: (1) Do you see those shapely hips on the next page? Mercedes is an Afro-Brazilian dancer. Those hips can rev at 5,000 rpm. (2) Speaking of revs, she's got a name that breaks the speed limit. (3) She's an intelligent, witty starlet with a successful acting career. (4) Her dad happens to be Bob McNab, the late-1960s British soccer star. (5) Look at her!
Maybe you'll get nothing but nylon socks this year for Christmas. Maybe Santa will get lodged in your chimney and you'll have to yank the bastard out by his ankles while reindeer peck through your roof. Maybe you'll draw the weekend shift as an elf at Sam's Club. But no matter how bad your story of holiday misery, my friend, I've got you beat. Last year, on Christmas, I broke my cock. Although, to be a bit more precise, I didn't break it by myself--my girlfriend helped.
My old mentor said we earn our dough the second day. I'm beginning to see what she meant. Yesterday the Gottwald baby was a beautiful, if slightly puckered, dream angel, fresh-pulled from his amniotic pleasure dome. Yesterday the Gottwalds were the stunned and grateful progenitors of a mewling miracle. We even did a group hug.
We're always told that change is good. We're told it may seem hard at first but in the long run we'll be happy about it--and that's usually about the time you find out your dad met your new "mom" at the Bada Bing and he's putting the house in her name. Luckily, this line of reasoning is far easier to swallow when we're discussing video games, for which change typically means bigger explosions, better game design, faster machines and shinier worlds. Of course it also usually means plunking down a decent chunk of dough for a new console, peripherals and apps. (Hey, at least you don't end up with a 50-year-old bleached blonde named Trixie parked in your living room.)
You look at this woman and think, Yes, she is beautiful. She is sexy. But she is so much more than that. We're willing to wager that in the time it takes to read this short article, you will fall in love with Miss November Sarah Elizabeth. She is that kind of girl: You spend an afternoon with her and find yourself wanting to spend every afternoon that way. Let's start at the top.
Ladies and gentlemen, we are beginning our descent into Las Vegas International Airport. Say hello to Sin City, the desert enclave where the spirits of Elvis, Sinatra and Mike Tyson's right uppercut will live forever. You are about to experience the best weekend of your life. As for your accommodations, let us recommend the new Hugh Hefner Sky Villa, a duplex suite on the 34th floor of the Palms Casino Resort Fantasy Tower. The Hef suite debuts this month. (A few floors above, the first Playboy Club to open in more than 20 years does as well.) An incarnation of the Playboy Mansion, the suite spans 9,000 square feet. Yeah, it'll run you about $35,000 a night, but you won't find more sumptuous lodgings anywhere. Don't believe us? Let us take you on a little tour....
You have to hand it to Ron Rice, the Hugh M. Hefner of sun-care products. In the late 1960s Rice was working as a chemistry teacher and part-time lifeguard. On a trip to Hawaii he had a eureka moment. Why not make a skin lotion that protects you from the sun's rays while allowing you to tan? Backed by a $500 loan from his dad, Rice began experimenting with coconut and avocado oils, mixing batches in a garbage can in his garage. The first bottle of Hawaiian Tropic sold on July 16, 1969. Today Rice runs a multimillion-dollar company and is living the life. In 1984 he launched the Hawaiian Tropic International Pageant. Every year thousands of beauties from all over the globe compete in a tournament of bikini contests. In the spring, judges pick Miss Hawaiian Tropic International, who takes home a modeling contract and a pile of cash. Think of it as a business concept: Stunning women rub your product all over their nearly naked bodies and smile for publicity cameras. It's genius. For your viewing pleasure we photographed a handful of contestants--sun-bronzed women with dazzling bodies and hearts of gold, bikinis not included.
Weevil, I Sent You To Zalducci's Gourmet Delicatessen And Food Emporium Because My Doctor Has Placed Me On A Special Diet Its' Special Diet. It's Specifically Designed For Male Sex Symbols Such As Myself, Who Expend Large Amounts Of Protein.
Below is a list of retailers and manufacturers you can contact for information on where to find this month's merchandise. To buy the apparel and equipment shown on pages 32, 37-40, 118-123 and 174-175, check the listings below to find the stores nearest you.
Nearly 40 years after its debut, Russ Meyer's X-rated magnum opus, Beyond the Valley of the Dolls, has been revived with nationwide screenings co-hosted by one of the film's stars, Miss December 1968 Cynthia Myers. "I had no idea it had become a huge cult hit," says Cynthia. "We've been on tour, and all these really hip, cool people show up at our screenings. A whole new generation has discovered this crazy movie."
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