HOBOKEN, N.J. -- Tonight I read that Fred Phelps, pastor at the Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, said that God hates Lady Gaga. It was striking timing for me personally because next week I'll be coming home myself to Topeka, the city of my birth. The Phelps story also comes a couple of days after I myself discovered Lady Gaga. And I must admit I think she is brilliant, an amazing artist and a very intelligent and earnest human being. Besides being an extremely gifted and accomplished musician, she seems to be a person who sincerely cares for other people.
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WACO, Texas - Most people are interested in the lifestyles of the rich and famous. Not Susan Mullally. She focuses her lens on the poor and unknown.
(C) Susan Mullally
Those who view the color photographs in her exhibition "What I Keep" will look into the eyes of people who have many struggles and few possessions.
Mullally, an assistant professor of art at Baylor University, shot individual portraits - with each person holding a keepsake - beneath Interstate 35 in Waco. She explained, "Currently I'm asking my questions about archiving and choice to a group of people who have had far less stable and predictable lives."
"Most have had disruptive lives - incarcerations, homelessness, addictions to drugs, bad choices," she said.
"I'm interested in people who have had interesting lives and struggles but who have been overlooked. Their accomplishments may not be as obvious."
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. - Why no Democrat has stepped forward to run against Senator Brownback for Governor is a mystery greater than Stonehenge. It's not like Brownback is a human dynamo.
Brownback is neither striking in appearance, nor good at political speeches. One wonders: "How did he get this far?" People tell me the answer is money. He married into a powerful family that had lots of money, and buddied up to corporate interests like Koch Industries, so that he has stacks of cash.
So what? If you have a deodorant that doesn't work, it doesn't matter how much you spend advertising it, sooner or later people figure out it doesn't work. In spite of the millions and millions spent to promote Senator Brownback, he approval rating is 49%. Shouldn't it be more like 70%?
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