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After a protest against the Russian government composed entirely of plush toys and figurines captured the attention of the press and local authorities in Barnaul, Russia, last month, government officials have gone so far as to specify that inanimate playthings can't assemble for public political gatherings.

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European retailer Primark has gotten itself into some hot water. The clothing chain halted the sale of padded bikini tops for girls as young as 7 years old after advocacy groups and politicians criticized the store for "premature sexualization and unprincipled advertising."

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The "Real Time" host takes on Mother Teresa's doubts, Obama's "blackness" and the high cost of low morals in our bargain-crazed culture: "Let's have a war and cut taxes, what could go wrong? Let's give mortgages to the homeless. Sounds like a plan! Let's buy toys from a communist police state, you just know they'll put in a little extra love."

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