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1NewsIcon Margaret Cho knows that most LGBT citizens are not single-issue voters living in a marriage equality bubble: "I think it's important to acknowledge that even though we are fighting the fight for marriage equality, we're still citizens of this country, and it doesn't mean that we're not concerned with things like the economy or unemployment or healthcare."

Jesuspainting1NewsIcon This is kind of sweet: a woman in her 80s thought a 19th century painting of Jesus looked a little worn, so she tried to fix it herself. This is the result.

1NewsIcon Can you help Gawker sift through over 900 pages of concerning Mitt Romney and Bain Capital's intentionally confounding finances?

1NewsIcon Romney says he won't disclose donations to the Mormon Church because they are "personal".

1NewsIcon Opponents of a proposed non-discrimination ordinance in Jackson, MI are citing the 2008 firing of Crystal Dixon, the University of Toledo HR staffer who sacked after slamming gays in an op-ed, as an example of how homophobes will be impacted by such protections. They fail to mention the non-discrimination proposal does not in fact curtail free speech.

1NewsIcon Wikileaks cables show backroom diplomatic chatter between the United States and Sweden on Uganda's "kill the gays" bill. Said then-US Ambassador to Uganda Jerry P. Lanier after financial pressure built against the homophobic government: "We believe that it is now important to limit our public statements on this issue to give Ugandan leaders some time to resolve this problem internally".

CelineDionBunny1NewsIcon This is Celine Dion. Yes, really.

1NewsIcon Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee continues to stand by Todd Akin. "There is a vast, but mostly quiet army of people who have an innate sense of fairness and don't like to see a fellow political pilgrim bullied," said the failed presidential candidate.

1NewsIcon Washington Senate candidate Ryan Baumgartner used some pretty salty language in an email to a reporter. That was dumb.

1NewsIcon Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte is "happy" he didn't find himself at Prince Harry's raucous Vegas after-party.

1NewsIcon Meanwhile, the Royals are pretty consternated by those pictures of Harry holding his little prince.

1NewsIcon Mary Fisher, an instant legend after discussing her HIV positive status at the 1992 Republican National Convention, has not given up her fight and is still trying to get the GOP to listen, though admits she barely recognizes her party. "What does Republican mean anymore?” she wonders in a New York Times profile. "I’m a Gerry Ford Republican, and my party’s gone someplace else. I feel like I want to stay a Republican because they might listen to me."

1NewsIcon More on the slow erosion of homophobia in hip-hop.

OrionNebula1NewsIcon The incredible Orion Nebula. Discuss.

1NewsIcon Sofia Vergara does a pretty good Lucille Ball.

1NewsIcon The White House still won't release President Obama's beer recipe.

1NewsIcon Shia LaBeouf and Guy Pearce make quite the red carpet couple.

1NewsIcon Even more footage from the upcoming season of American Horror Story.

1NewsIcon While some states have yet to fill their numerical goals for openly LGBT delegates sent to the upcoming Democratic National Convention, records are being set in other ways: "[The National Stonewall Democrats have so far] identified at least 470 openly LGBT delegates that are set to attend the convention... [470] exceeds the goal of 418 delegates at the convention and is already higher than numbers from 2008, when 277 delegates participated."

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  1. Too bad Lochte didn't make it to the after-party. Those would have been better pics.

    Posted by: Guest | Aug 23, 2012 6:28:29 PM

  2. OOPS! "Sofia Vergara does a pretty good Lucille Ball." links to the LGBT delegates story.

    Posted by: voet | Aug 23, 2012 7:16:25 PM

  3. Why is it sweet to destroy art work? Because it is religious artwork?

    Hey, there might be a few stone buddha's left to blow up if you think destroying religious artwork is sweet.

    Posted by: We are Here | Aug 23, 2012 7:37:52 PM

  4. Hmmm. . . after the "touch-up," Jesus seems to be a distant (and well-fed)relation to the person in Munch's "The Scream." I'm sure church officials wanted to scream after they saw the results. Ah, well. One must suffer for one's art sometimes.

    Posted by: Gregor | Aug 23, 2012 8:09:48 PM

  5. The BBC has an interview with the restoration "artist", that poor little old thing. You do have to smile. Don't let her in The Louvre.

    Posted by: Markus | Aug 23, 2012 8:23:42 PM

  6. The retouched picture isn't so much worse than the original fresco. That is a sentimental 19th century bit of kitsch and no genuine loss to Art. I suspect that Jesus would look kindly on the intention of the woman.

    Of course, somebody could go to an uncontrolled and oversight-less website and start an account to raise multo money for the old dear. It worked for that woman who failed to do her job as bus monitor. I suspect this "restorer" might actually put the money to use in ways other than buying cars for her children. I wonder if the Idiocracy's "generosity" is open here. It certainly isn't for the Philly woman trying to feed poor kids.

    Posted by: gregory brown | Aug 23, 2012 10:15:09 PM

  7. Margret Cho's painting is so life like. She never looked better!

    Posted by: Tom | Aug 23, 2012 10:44:04 PM

  8. I wonder how many openly lgbt delegates will be heading to the GOP convention?

    Posted by: Daniel in MO | Aug 23, 2012 11:00:01 PM

  9. This article is very good, I very much agree. There is no way to be contacted, I have a question to ask what the future will come back.

    Posted by: bedroom paintings | Aug 23, 2012 11:09:49 PM


    Posted by: Shannon | Aug 24, 2012 12:40:15 AM

  11. More likely Shannon that he didnt exist at all, and that the stories are actually based on many different people.

    If that painting had always looked like that it would probably be worth millions. The whole art scene is a complete sham.

    Posted by: Rovex | Aug 24, 2012 2:30:52 AM

  12. Bum-gardener?

    Posted by: scotsyank | Aug 24, 2012 5:35:29 AM

  13. @Shannon: I think you are overdoing your Afrocentric views. All these specifically "Ethiopian" claims ignore the fact that the Ethiopain languages, Hebrew, and Aramiac are sister languages in a group known as Afroasiatic (f/k/a Hamito-Semitic). As to the black Jesus, look at the Jews in this country, or better yet, Israel. Semite, derived from Noah's son Shem, does not mean "black", it's Noah's son Ham. Because of a verse in Genesis, Ham (=blacks) are decreed by God to be permantly servants of all the other races. (Yes, folks, this was one of the verses to support slavery.)

    Posted by: Diogenes Arktos | Aug 24, 2012 10:05:14 AM

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