Monthly Archives: May 2011

Lisa Lampanelli’s check isn’t in the mail. It is in the hands of the Gay Men’s Health Crisis, and the memo line reads, “Donation made possible by the WBC.” The insult comic on Wednesday made good a pledge she made before she performed this past Friday at the Topeka Performing Arts Center. She vowed to donate $1,000 for each protester Westboro Baptist Church sent to picket her show. Although Lampanelli’s driver counted 44 protesters, including men, women and children, Westboro Baptist in one of its trademark faxes boasted it turned out 48 pickets. Rather than quibble, Lampanelli rounded up her donation to an even $50,000, which she presented Wednesday afternoon in New York City at GMHC, the nation’s oldest HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment and care services provider. Lampanelli, who is supportive of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community, said she decided to make the pledge as a way to tweak the Pastor Fred Phelps-led Westboro Baptist and its anti-homosexual campaign. (via Topeka Capital-Journal) How did I not hear about this sooner?  Best possible response to WBC that I’ve heard of in a while.

Comic’s check to AIDS center credits WBC

zainyk: President Barack Obama meets with Director of Speechwriting Jon Favreau on the Colonnade outside the Oval Office, April 11, 2011. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza) Jon has grown his hair out and looks all grown up and even hotter! Why has this not been on my blog yet?

whalesong-has-syntax: This one of Sophia, our young woman on her courageous journey towards her independence and wisdom, must have a beginning. This is how I picture her… trapped and surrounded by trappings. I find these pieces so emotional to create because I know she represents my spirit, my inner self, and its journey out of religious slavery towards independence and wisdom. This one is called “Trapped”. Sophia is chained to a stone cellar wall. She is surrounded by words of submission. Even though we might agree with the idea of a mutual submission, these selected words have been turned into words of servitude and slavery. They are being used to confine her, control her and keep her. Even the cross, which might be used as a metaphor of volitional suffering, has been turned into a tool requiring it. The bible laid before her which contains powerful words of liberation has become a text of bondage. There is food and drink as promised, but they are obviously kept beyond her reach. The only way she can enjoy them is if they are fed to her. Even her nakedness, her vulnerability, which should be beautiful and cherished, is used as a weapon against her. She must keep silence and not question her captors because it always results in chastisement. Sure, the words are biblical and some of the promises are there… food and drink and light and shelter and the word of the Lord… but together they combine to create an entire environment of imposing domination and death. But she is not hopeless. Her honesty about her brutal captivity has stoked a fire of fearlessness. She is planning her escape. (Source: