June 21st, 2012
05:38 PM ET

Mash-up: Can she say that?

The CNN Daily Mash-up is a roundup of some of the most interesting, surprising, curious, poignant or significant items to appear on CNN.com in the past 24 hours. We top it with a collection of the day's most striking photographs from around the world.

Where is the outrage?

Michigan State Rep. Lisa Brown writes in a guest column for CNN that her use of the word "vagina" on the state House floor didn't cause an uproar until the male-dominated leadership had time to think about it:

Rep. Lisa Brown

"While there was a scatter of applause from my colleagues, there were no dropped jaws, bulging eyes or fainting. In fact, the only remarkable thing about their response is that there was virtually no response at all."

Say it with flowers

If you want to say something really awful, say it with this flower.

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Right on time

No one seems to be immune from the foreclosure crisis, including Grandview Baptist Church in Morganton, North Carolina, CNN affiliate WBTV reports. The church was about to be padlocked and taken over by the bank last week when a stranger pulled up in a pickup truck and spoke with the pastor. What happened next has folks around Morganton using the word "miracle," and meaning it.

A place in the sun

What better way to mark the summer solstice than to center and stretch in New York's Times Square? CNN iReporter Rachel Cauvin photographed thousands of yoga enthusiasts celebrating the moment on Wednesday. According to the official site of Times Square, the participants' goal was to find peace at the epicenter of one of the world's busiest cities.


Your own private island

Oracle CEO Larry Ellison has a lot of money. I mean, A LOT. Probably way more than you and everyone you know, put together. So what does a ridiculously rich dude do? He buys virtually all of Lana'I, one of the Hawaiian islands, to be his own private playground, of course. When we asked what kind of place you would set up with that kind of scratch, you got creative. Case in point:

bobcat (in a hat)©

Mine would be an uncharted island where all bobcats would be free to roam as they please. There would be fields of catnip so we could experience the euphoria of enlightenment forever. We would allow some dogs, but only as our servants. We would section off one very large area of beach for a litter box so we could experience the serenity of the waves lapping on the shore as we relieved ourselves. The wind would be so gentle that it would never aggravate us by ruffling our fur. Ah yes, that would be the cat's meow.

On the horizon: Sandusky verdict, 'Newsroom' premiere

The jury in the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse trial could come back at any time with a verdict. The case went to the jury Thursday after the former Penn State assistant football coach's defense team declined to call him as a witness during the trial.

Aaron Sorkin's new HBO drama "Newsroom," featuring a character inspired by a CNN correspondent, premieres Sunday.

June 22 anniversaries

  • 1815 - Napoleon abdicates his throne after his defeat at Waterloo.
  • 1941 - Nazi Germany invades the Soviet Union.
  • 1944 - The GI Bill of Rights is signed which provides benefits to veterans.

June 22 birthdays

  • Actor Kris Kristofferson, 76


  • Actress Meryl Streep, 63
  • Actor Graham Greene, 60
  • Singer Cyndi Lauper, 59
  • Basketball player Clyde Drexler, 50
  • Actress Amy Brenneman, 48
  • TV host Carson Daly, 39

June 23 anniversaries

  • 1985 - An Air-India flight crashes into the Atlantic Ocean, killing all 329 aboard.
  • 1992 - Mobster John Gotti is sentenced to life in prison

June 23 birthdays

  • Conductor/pianist James Levine, 69
  • Actor Ted Shackelford, 66
  • Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, 64
  • Actress Frances McDormand, 55 actress
  • Actress Selma Blair, 40 actress

June 24 anniversaries

  • 1509 - Henry VIII is crowned king of England.
  • 1947 - Pilot Kenneth Arnold reports seeing strange objects near Mount Rainier, Washington. He describes them as "saucers skipping across the water," hence coining the term "flying saucers."
  • 1948 - The Soviet Union begins a blockade of Berlin. Allied forces respond with what would be known as the Berlin Airlift for the next year.
  • 2005 - Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is elected president of Iran.

June 24 birthdays

Georg Stanford Brown

  • Actor Al Molinaro, 93
  • Actress Michele Lee, 70
  • Musician Mick Fleetwood, 65
  • Actor/director Georg Stanford Brown, 69
  • Actor Peter Weller, 65
  • Author Mercedes Lackey, 62
  • Actress Nancy Allen, 62
  • Actress Sherry Stringfield, 45
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  1. banasy©

    Well, I'm going to sleep.
    Good Evening, all.
    Time to wash my brain.

    June 21, 2012 at 10:03 pm | Report abuse |
  2. banasy©

    If I were her, the next time I went to speak, every other word would be vahjayjay.
    "Good morning, Ladies and vahjayjays of the house....today I need to bring up your psuedo-outrage at a word that many of you men would give your left nut to posess...the vahjayjay..."

    June 21, 2012 at 10:09 pm | Report abuse |
  3. chrissy

    Good nite banasy, i wouldnt worry about someone whos stuck on palin!

    June 21, 2012 at 10:12 pm | Report abuse |
  4. chrissy

    lmfao that was pretty good! Shall i sign you up as her writer? Lol

    June 21, 2012 at 10:15 pm | Report abuse |
  5. banasy©

    Would it have been better if she used slang terms for it...being as it took them all a moment to process what she said?
    Hooha, honeypot, all of the other ones?
    Naughty bits?
    Good night, all.
    Phone's being wonky again, connection's not so good.

    June 21, 2012 at 10:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • mickey1313

      To get her point across, she should have used the dreaded C word.

      June 22, 2012 at 1:47 am | Report abuse |
  6. banasy©

    I've already submitted my resume...

    June 21, 2012 at 10:23 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Go Romney go! - Hoorah!"

    YEAH!!! BOBCAT(iah)

    June 21, 2012 at 10:49 pm | Report abuse |
  8. dazzle ©

    @Jeff Frank, thank you for pointing that out. Our @bobcat(in a hat) has hit the big time. Congratulations dear man!! I was so busy pointing out trolls, I didn't even notice. This should ent i tle @bobcat(in a hat) carte blanche for posting any and all jokes and let them stay up.

    June 21, 2012 at 11:02 pm | Report abuse |
  9. chrissy

    lol @ dazzle, you are silly today. What did you think banasy and i were talking about earlier ya goof? Lmao.

    June 21, 2012 at 11:15 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Ivan

    bobcat (in a hat)© is now a star! And with original content! Congrats to all bobcats!

    June 22, 2012 at 5:34 am | Report abuse |
  11. chrissy

    @ mickeyl3l3, nah! Its men that love to use that nasty little word.

    June 22, 2012 at 6:42 am | Report abuse |
  12. banasy©

    I do believe that this is the second time has been so honored.

    June 22, 2012 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Name*Donal Peter Buckley

    Why is a body part of this female of any relevance to political debate...or any debate?

    June 24, 2012 at 4:34 am | Report abuse |
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