Lou Engle is odious and possibly deranged. But is the homophobic evangelist also a bad marketing strategist?
Engle is the Kansas City-based co-founder of TheCall, a youth-oriented "radical prayer" movement. A fierce opponent of abortion rights and homosexuality, Engle raised his profile last year when he traveled to Uganda and endorsed the efforts of lawmakers there to lengthen jail terms and expand the death penalty for gay "crimes." Engle, however, may find that hating on Ellen DeGeneres is the wrong way to run a thriving youth ministry.
Local punk rockers Zoom reunited for a couple of shows this weekend. (It's been 17 years since the band released Helium Octipede, and 13 years since the band played together.) One of the shows was at Cowtown Ballroom (now known as Cowtown Mallroom, where vendors sell vintage finds and oddities).
Check out a slideshow of Zoom and some of Cowtown Mallroom's stranger treasures after the jump.
Super Bowl Sunday is a time when all your guiltiest food pleasures are laid bare to your fellow partygoers. It's the time to set aside fat content or common sense in order to revel in the gooifying principles of your microwave and crockpot.
The Super Bowl is really America's celebration of our filthiest appetizers -- pigs in a blanket, tiny egg rolls and loaded potato skins. My name is Jonathan, and I love chili-cheese dip.
Hordes of citizens stand up to their nation's hated leader. But
observers worry that when the revolution finally comes, religious
fundamentalists hostile to democracy will seize power.
We're not talking about the Tea Party this time -- we're talking about
the ongoing, massive demonstrations against Egyptian President Hosni
Rightbloggers were torn about this one. While many at first enjoyed the
people-power street scenes as a celebration of freedom, their enthusiasm
waned as they realized that Muslims were involved.
The king of pop no longer graces the corner of 18th and Troost. Alexander Austin, also known as "Mural Man," painted a tribute to Michael Jackson after his death in 2009. We spoke to Austin about how his mural no longer exists, and what happened to it:
"First of all, thanks for the interest and thanks to The Pitch for following my work over the years. The mural was painted as a tribute to MJ after I had heard of his passing. Words cannot express the magnitude and the sheer genius of his work, and the millions of people he touched all over the world.
Hey, look! Some ink-stained wretch at Kansas' Leader & Times inadvertently made a funny! And someone in New York saw it!
The headline: "Hooker overcomes illness, slaps Beaver." And, yeah, the article was about a high school basketball game.
This is how we residents of flyover states confirm our existence. Ahhh.
Saturday, January 29, 2011
As we walked up to the Sprint Center Saturday night, there were four different radio stations out front: 99.7 Gen X, 96.5 the Buzz, Mix 93.3, and 98.9 the Rock. That's crossover success, ladies and gentlemen.
Linkin Park's first success was with "One Step Closer," sneaking in on the coattails of nu-metal. Since then, they've morphed into an act that manages to combine elements of dance and hip-hop with the emotional heft of -- well, emo -- without seeming like a relic from the days of Limp Bizkit. The band's crossover appeal stems from its songs that speak to alienated youth -- but they're talking about feelings and emotions other than your usual I hate my parents, nobody understands me.
Bristol Palin won't be getting $20,000 to preach abstinence at Washington University. I really don't care if she wants to get hypocritical about bumping uglies, even if she doesn't abide (as the Dude would say). But in all of the controversy, I forgot to think of the children. Thankfully, gbuell didn't, and his thoughts are totally with Tripp. Gbuell, the floor is yours:
"If I found out that when I was a baby, my mother had toured the country speaking about abstinence and used my existence as an example of why abstinence is awesome, I'd be pretty insulted."
I would be, too, unless I was getting a cut of the $20,000.
Jerry Moran showed up at the U.S. Senate's first Tea Party Caucus meeting on Thursday with the political equivalent of lipstick on his collar.
Tea-party organizations want Congress to ban earmarks. Moran thinks it's a good idea, but he's a relatively recent convert. While in the U.S. House, he regularly made earmark requests. During the 2010 fiscal year, he asked for $19.4 million for various projects and then, during the campaign, would tell any Kansan he could find that federal spending was what was making them sad.
I have no evidence that a former janitor at Basehor-Linwood High School gave the principal a photo of Bruce Jenner as a resume. Or repeatedly offered to eat an eraser. But authorities believe John Henry Bullock Jr. was stealing iPods, clothes and musical equipment from students, as well as taking laptop computers, soap dispensers, toilet paper and gym equipment, according to KCTV5.
Students started noticing that their stuff was going missing from their locked lockers. Authorities turned their blaming fingers toward Bullock after getting a tip about a stolen iPod, which turned up at a pawnshop.
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