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Senator's Video Appearance at Hearing Does Not Go Well

Delaware's Tom Carper caught swearing up a blue streak at his computer after a glitch

(Newser) - A senator dropped some very un-senatorial F-bombs Friday when he had a glitch with his video link. When Sen. Tom Carper's turn came up to question the postmaster general , things went south, reports the Hill . It began when the chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee...

Twitter's New Red Flag: You Really Want to Tweet That?

Experiment will ask users if they actually want to put up replies with profanity, slurs

(Newser) - If you've ever tweeted something inflammatory at someone and later lamented, "Maybe I shouldn't have written that," Twitter is testing a feature it hopes might prevent that after-the-fact remorse. Per Bloomberg , the social media giant is conducting what it calls a "limited experiment" that issues...

He Placed Lewd Calls to Her. Now She's Going to Jail

Indonesian to serve 6 months for distributing obscene material after she taped a call

(Newser) - Women's rights advocates in Indonesia are outraged over a decision this week by the country's Supreme Court that will be sending the recipient of a lewd phone call to jail, and letting the supervisor who made the call walk away scot-free. Court documents cited by Reuters show Nuril...

The Truth Comes Out About This Obscene Skywriting

A Navy pilot was apparently persuaded to draw it

(Newser) - It wasn't a bird and it wasn't a plane—it was male genitalia, and Navy Times has gotten to the bottom of it. We already knew that a Navy aircraft drew the obscene skywriting over Washington state in 2017, but details remained scant. According to a newly released...

Copy of Lady Chatterley's Lover Could Fetch Obscene Cash

The paperback was used by the judge in a landmark obscenity trial against the publisher

(Newser) - A paperback copy of Lady Chatterley's Lover used by the judge in the UK obscenity trial of the novel's publisher is expected to sell at auction for up to $20,000, auctioneer Sotheby's said Wednesday. Penguin Books was prosecuted in 1960 for publishing DH Lawrence's book...

Judge Rules on Guy Who Yelled 'FHRITP' at Reporter

It wasn't criminal, judge says

(Newser) - Since 2014 , pranksters have yelled an obscene phrase—commonly referred to by its acronym, FHRITP—at reporters in an effort to get the phrase, "f--- her right in the p----," featured live on television. (You can view the prank's history here , but be warned that the...

Cruz Is a What? Trump Revels in Supporter's Insult

He repeats her slam that rival is a 'pussy'

(Newser) - It's not every candidate's rally that would prompt CNN to add this editor's note above its print coverage: "This story contains language that some people might find offensive." The candidate, though, is Donald Trump, and the language in question is the word "pussy"—...

College Suspends Rugby Team for Necrophilia Song

UMW team also ordered to take classes on sexual assault for party chant

(Newser) - The University of Mary Washington's entire rugby team has been suspended after video surfaced of several of its members singing an obscenity-laced chant describing the sexual assault of a prostitute's corpse. The song was recorded by a student at an off-campus party, per Jezebel ; the student posted the...

Hackers Turn Construction Sign Into Obscene Message

Florida drivers exposed to latest meme

(Newser) - The construction sign on Boyette Road in Ruskin, Fla., was supposed to alert motorists about lanes being closed. Instead, reports WFTS-TV , its lights spelled out an obscene phrase that we'll list only by acronym: FHRITP. (Click the link to see the sign in full, or almost full.) For...

Pope Accidentally Utters F-Bomb

Francis wasn't speaking in his native language

(Newser) - Pope Francis' native language is Spanish, which helps explain the F-bomb that he dropped during his weekly blessing yesterday. Speaking from the Vatican in Italian, he intended to say the word "example" or "case," which would have been "caso." Instead, he said "cazzo,"...

No Laughs Over Onion's Super Nasty Oscar Tweet

Satirical newspaper in hot water after calling Quvenzhane Wallis the c-word

(Newser) - Pro tip for the Onion: When your joke involves the c-word, it shouldn't also involve a 9-year-old girl. The satirical newspaper is in hot water for one of its Oscar tweets posted last night involving Best Actress nominee Quvenzhane Wallis. The Huffington Post has a screenshot: "Everyone else...

Massachusetts Town's Fine for Swearing in Public: $20

Keep it clean in public, folks

(Newser) - Say it with us: "Oh, fudge." Anyone traveling to Middleborough, Mass., will want to make sure such phrases are part of their vocabulary, because anyone caught swearing in a public area will now be slapped with a $20 fine. Town residents voted 183-50 last night in approval of...

PayPal Tells Publishers to Pull 'Obscene' E-Books

Remove controversial titles or else, booksellers told

(Newser) - PayPal is overstepping the bounds of its role as a payment processor by trying to ban e-books it deems obscene, publishers and free speech groups complain. At least three online publishers and booksellers received emails warning them that their accounts will be "limited" unless they pull titles "containing...

Arizona Bill Would Restrict Teachers' Speech

Proposed legislation would punish those who violate FCC standards

(Newser) - Arizona doesn't want its teachers cussing in class—and new proposed legislation would actually make it illegal to do so. GOP state lawmakers are behind Senate Bill 1467, which would require public school teachers to adhere to the FCC's TV and radio standards. That means certain limits on...

Aussies to Make Obnoxious Swearing Illegal

Victoria police will be able to slap the potty-mouthed with fines

(Newser) - Don't get too vulgar in Victoria—it could cost you up to $257. Australia's second most populous state is poised to approve a law that will give police the power to fine those who utter obnoxious obscenities in public, reports the Sydney Morning Herald . The attorney general says...

Conservatives Pummel Holder as Soft on Porn

But Justice Department says obscenity better tackled at other levels

(Newser) - The Justice Department is shutting down the Bush-era Obscenity Protection Task Force, reports Politico , and critics are bashing AG Eric Holder for not being tougher on porn and smut. "As the toxic waste of obscenity continues to spread and harm everyone it touches, it appears the Obama administration is...

Pennsylvania Cops Now Let You Swear All You Want

Cops will no longer issue tickets for naughty words

(Newser) - Say it with me, foul-mouthed Pennsylvanians: Hot damn! It is officially no longer a crime to utter choice four-letter words in the presence of state police. They've agreed to stop citing the public for cursing as part of a settlement yesterday of a federal free-speech lawsuit. That suit stems from...

Pedophile's Guide Author Arrested
Pedophile's Guide
Author Arrested

Pedophile's Guide Author Arrested

Phillip R. Greaves II faces obscenity charges

(Newser) - The good news for Phillip R. Greaves II: Outrage over his Pedophile’s Guide to Love and Pleasure caused sales of the book to shoot up 101,000% on Amazon . The bad news: He’s now been arrested and faces obscenity charges in Colorado. The 47-year-old self-published author is charged...

Spanish Curse Word Costs Teacher $15K

But debate rages over whether word is actually that bad

(Newser) - A New York high school teacher was fined $15,000 for using the word "cono" numerous times in class. Sounds harmless—and it can be, depending on which group of people you're using it with—but the word literally is a reference to female sexual organs, according to the...

2 Live Crew Didn't Make Kagan 'So Horny'

Supreme Court nominee argued against banning 'Nasty' rap album

(Newser) - The search through Elena Kagan's work history has yielded an amusing nugget: She went to bat for notoriously sexual rap group 2 Live Crew. In a 1990 brief for the RIAA when she was an associate at a DC law firm, Kagan argued As Nasty as They Wanna Be "...

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