I can’t even describe how much I want this room.
“The Westboro Baptist Church is about to get a big surprise in the form of a new neighbor who plans to give the notoriously anti-gay group a taste of its own medicine.
Aaron Jackson, one of the founders of Planting Peace, a multi-pronged charity that has in the past concentrated on rainforest conservation, opening orphanages and deworming programs, bought a house that sits directly across from the church’s compound six months ago. On Tuesday, March 19, he and a team of volunteers are painting it to match the gay pride flag.
The project — which the nonprofit is calling the “Equality House” — is the first in a new campaign Planting Peace plans to wage against the group. Westboro is known for its intimidating tactics of protesting (or threatening to protest) what they refer to as America’s pro-gay, anti-God agenda, in close proximity to pride parades, soldier funerals and other events like the Sandy Hook memorial services.”
“I didn’t know anything about the church or where they were located, but that story kept popping up. And one night I wondered, Where is this church? I got on Google Earth, and I was ‘walking down the road,’ and I did a 360 view. And I saw a ‘For Sale’ sign sitting in the front yard of a house. Right away it hit me, Oh my gosh, I could buy a house in front of the WBC! And immediately I thought: And I’m going to paint that thing the color of the pride flag.”
I want to send them all kinds of housewarming goodies. So awesome.
DIY Handwritten Plates
For this project, you will need:
-Porcelaine paint fine tip marker (can be found at most craft stores)
-white charger plate
-wedding vows or first dance song lyrics
1. Lay a strip of painters tape near the top of your charger plate to make a straight line for penning your vows.
2. Press firmly on the tape to make sure it’s securely in place.
3. With your porcelain paint marker begin to pen the first line of vows onto your charger plate. If you make a mistake you can wipe with a damp cloth or scrape off with your fingernail. Just be sure to do it right away!
4. Move the tape down the plate to keep your lines straight and continue penning your vows until you reach the bottom of your plate.
5. To ensure your charger plate is dishwasher safe let it sit for 24 hours and then bake it according to the directions on the marker packaging.
Okay, who wants to do this with favorite quotes or poems now? ME. I do.
Now I desperately want a bonsai’d Secret Garden.
Connecticut Transportation Committee Gets Lesson In Gender Equality From 11-Year-Old Girl
The Transportation Committee doesn’t often take testimony from 11-year-olds, but that didn’t stop West Hartford resident Isabella Glynn from telling lawmakers Wednesday she thought “men at work” construction signs sent the wrong message about gender expectations.
“I’m an 11-year-old girl and I know that men would not like it if the work signs said ‘women at work,’” she said, getting a laugh out of those in attendance at transportation public hearing.
Glynn was testifying along with Teresa Younger, executive director of the Permanent Commission on the Status of Women, in support of legislation that would require the use of gender neutral work signs by the Transportation Department.
Future. President. Just wait.
Okay, I was wrong before. THIS is the best thing ever.
Disney Papercrafts by Jackie Huang
Papercraft has always fascinated me, and the reason why is sort of weird. When I was eight (eight? maybe seven, who can remember), my mom gave me a very ’70s book called How Babies Are Made, and the illustrations were all cut paper. Paper fallopian tubes, paper pregnant bellies. So … there’s that.
Unemployed Reporter Porter
Jon Campbell, who briefly made Hartford a more interesting place with his presence and reporting for the Advocate, has entered the homebrew game with his signature Unemployed Reporter Porter (pictured).
“Porter style beers were first popularized in the nineteenth century by merchant sailors and manual dock laborers,” the label reads. “Unemployed Reporter is crafted in the same tradition, honoring a profession likewise doomed to decline and irrelevance.”
For this new class of “expendables,” the label goes on, “we’ve included chocolate and roasted barley malts that are as dark and bitter as the future of American journalism, and a high alcohol content designed to numb the pain of a slow, inexorable march toward obsolescence. While Unemployed Reporter is especially delicious as a breakfast beer, it’s still smooth enough to be enjoyed all day, every day. And let’s be honest: what else do you have going on?”
Image: Brewing it dark and bitter. Select to embiggen.
This is awesome but also sort of sad.