Overnight: How Do You Solve a Problem Like Putin? Lauren Mayer

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Lauren Mayer is a singer/songwriter/pianist who writes comedy songs about everything from Supreme Court decisions to the Kardashians. She proudly supports leftist causes including equal pay, reproductive choice, fair minimum wage, addressing climate change, and marriage equality.
Note: Lauren's CD is now available!! Hear clips or purchase CD/downloads at http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/laurenmayer8. It is also on iTunes and will soon be on Amazon!

Ronan Farrow on Sunday morning: 'How do you solve a problem like Putin?' Yes, out loud, and caught by TPC writer Hardybear!

Our wonderful friend Lauren Mayer ('Psychomom') then turned 'How do you solve a problem like Putin?' into the wonderful satirical song it was destined to be. Thanks, Lauren!

From YouTube:

The despotic, shirtless tyrant is more unpredictable than a musical theatre character!

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Video: Crazy Stuff Evangelical Christians Do In Church

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Video: Crazy Stuff Evangelicals Do In Church

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Bright spot for Dems: Electing governors in states run by Republicans

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As the headline suggests, there is, indeed, a bright spot for Democrats this election season: Knocking off GOP governors in tres rouge Republican states. Waitwhat? Yes, you read that right, we have a shot at retaking a few governors mansions in currently (Or to put it punnily, currantly) red states. Crazy huh? How'd that happen?

Well, it happened because radical right legislation signed by radical right governors is backfiring. Even their fellow Republicans have had enough. Now let's hope it backfires effectively enough to get voters to turn a few red mansions blue. Steve Kornacki cites one example. Then below that is the L.A. Times' broader take on the topic. Take it away, Steve:

Steve Kornacki, subbing for Rachel Maddow:

So you've heard a lot of stories in the last two years about extremely conservative governors and extremely conservative state legislators. You've probably heard of Kansas Governor Sam Brownback and maybe you're even familiar with some of the extremely conservative lawmaking he and his legislature have achieved.

But you might not have heard what happened to Governor Brownback in Kansas today. Lots of people have seen enough and many of those people are Republicans...

There's a race for governor of Kansas this year. And today in that state, more than 100 Republican politicians and activists officially threw their support behind the Democrat...

And to put things in perspective and how big a deal this is, just take a minute to think of how staunchly a Republican state Kansas actually is...

Just two years ago, Brownback led an effort to purge moderate Republican state legislators in primaries to drive them out of the statehouse to replace them with right-wingers. And he got his way. 2012 was also the same year he signed a controversial tax slashing law into effect. ... Brownback said at the time that the cuts would create tens of thousands of new jobs and help make Kansas the best place in America to start and grow a small business.

But two years later, it hasn't quite worked out that way. So far, it`s cost Kansas a ton of revenue without really jump-starting the economy. Moody`s, for example, recently downgraded the state`s credit rating... [O]n one hand, the governor`s dealing with the fallout from the tax cuts he championed. And on the other, he`s dealing with backlash from the moderates he`s tried to stamp out.

Steve Benen has more on this at The Maddow Blog.

The Los Angeles Times explores the phenomenon further. Brownback isn't the only one who may be in trouble:

The mathematics and political map both favor Democrats, the opposite of their circumstance in congressional races, where most House Republicans are safe and most competitive Senate contests are in places President Obama lost in 2012.

By contrast, Republican governors are battling in Florida, Ohio, Wisconsin and other states Obama carried twice.

Democrats have even expanded the fight to places such as ruby-red Kansas, where Republican Gov. Sam Brownback faces a stiff challenge amid an uproar from GOP moderates and others unhappy with his aggressively conservative agenda — especially a massive tax cut that has badly strained state finances.

I love the way Nathan Gonzales, an analyst with the nonpartisan Rothenberg Political Report, put it: "One of the consequences of doing well in an election is having to defend those victories next time around."

As regular readers know, one of my mantras is that the GOP lacks foresight. This drives the point home.

And this concludes yet another episode of Republicans Eating Their Own.

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Your Weekly Upchucks: KC Boyd Brings Us Shocking Religion News

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Please welcome back regular guest contributor, author of Being Christian -- a racy novel that explores the dark underbelly of the right-wing Christian world -- and the go-to blogger on shocking religion news, hypocrisy, and all things church v. state (weekly upchucks), KC Boyd. You might remember her from her earlier posts.

You can link over to the official KC Boyd site here for the rest of this post. It’s well worth a look, because I left out a ton of great upchuckable stuff, including antidotes! These are but a few of her weekly "where religion meets your rights" collection:

Your Weekly Upchucks: The place where religion meets your rights

– by KC Boyd

Abortion and Contraception

  • Chuck Me  A Loogie: It’s their Christianity or the highway to hell: Abortion Protesters Interrupt Church Service, Tell Pro-Choice Worshippers To ‘Repent’
  • Back Alleys. They’re A-Boomin’ Hurl: Number Of Texas Women Living 200 Miles From An Abortion Clinic Has Jumped By 2,800 Percent
  • Dug-In Spew: In a Room Crowded With Duggars, Ohio Republicans Pledge to Reintroduce Heartbeat Ban

Creationism

  • Can’t Make It Up-Chuck: Creationist Ken Ham calls to end space program because aliens are going to hell anyway

Education

Fifty Shades Of Hate

  • Governor of Puke: Michigan mayor says giving atheists equal treatment is like favoring the Nazis or the KKK

Fifty Shades Of Loony

  • Because Marcus Never Preys On Michele-Chuck: Michele Bachmann: Gays want to ‘freely prey on little children sexually’

If Media Is The Message

  • Fall Down Upchucking: “Christians today face discrimination at unprecedented levels”
  • Spew It Wide: Columnist tells Jewish voters to stop backing Dems, says they are planning anti-Semitic “atrocities

Israel, Hagee and End Times

Military

Politics Nation

  • Cruz Spewz: Personhood Supporter Ted Cruz Shocked Anyone Thinks GOP Wants To Curtail Contraception Access

Religion Gone Mad

  • Remember When The GOP Didn’t Spell U-P-C-H-U-C-K? Bob Dole is gearing up 4 another fight against the Religious Right over a UN treaty covering people with disabilities.
  • Hurling Nuggets: How Chick-fil-A Hires: The Christian Way

Same Sex Issues

  • Tastes Like Puke-Chuck: OR bakery that refused wedding cakes for same-sex couples now bakes ex-gay cakes

Sausage Makers And Their Sausage

  • For The Gucci Set-Chuck: Proposed Republican Bill Would Treat Contraception Like a Luxury Good
  • Pandering Poopie: GOP Senate Leader Mitch McConnell just announced that if anti-choice Republicans take control of the Senate this November, one of his top priorities will be to pass an abortion ban

Supremes And Lower Courts

  • Next Up SCROTUS? Supreme Court keeps Utah same-sex marriages on ice
  • Up-Chuck And Away: The Hobby Lobby Decision Makes ‘Religious Freedom’ A Euphemism For Imposing Religious Doctrine. America Should Beware.

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Time for Another Stand-Up Political Comedy Blog

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"Last Blog Standing" starts riiight....now!

Yes, it's time to steal a few more jokes from my father-in-law (F.I.L.). His posts range from political comedy to humorous commentary on pop culture.

For those of you who might be new here, he used to write for Alan King, Milton Berle and Jonathan Winters, just to name a few. And all those Dean Martin Roasts,  too: Don Rickles, Red Buttons, Phyllis Diller, Sammy Davis, Jr., etc.

A tiny respite from all the frustrating events of the day:

A professor from U.C. Berkeley said we are on track for having the worst drought in 500 years. Which explains why LARRY KING was overheard saying, "This again?"

Because of this terrible water shortage, in Woodland Hills two trees were seen chasing a dog.

Things are so dry, the Red Cross isn't asking for blood, but they've sent out an urgent appeal for SALIVA donors.

A minister in El Monte has been reduced to baptizing parishioners with Gatorade.

It's so dry, people are no longer getting water on the knee -- Just dust.

Officials are concerned that the young folks in Los Angeles are not doing anything about the drought. Of course, that will change next week when they announce that the water shortage is killing all the marijuana crops.

45 years ago this week we did a fantastic thing, we put a man on the moon and the entire nation was ecstatic. Things are a little different nowadays. Today a big deal for us is we combined the "croissant" and the "doughnut" and came up with the "Cronut."

Everybody remembers what NEIL ARMSTRONG said that day when he first set foot on the surface of the moon. "One small step for man. One giant leap for mankind." But only two people know what he said just BEFORE he left the capsule. "Out of my way, Buzz!"

Also celebrating it's 45th year is the classic radio show, "Prairie Home Companion." It's host GARRISON KEILLOR is so "folksy" and "down home" after listening to him I always have the irresistible urge to clean off the bottom of my shoes.

Speaking of celebrations -- Happy birthday to England's PRINCE GEORGE who turned one year old this week. Some day his mother hopes to see him sitting on the throne, but right now she has to settle for him still using diapers.

At his birthday party everyone loved the clown with the oversize feet. The LITTLE PRINCE got a bigger kick out of seeing GRANDPA CHARLES with the oversize ears.

A wave of heat has scorched California, melting temperature records that stood for decades. In Beverly Hills it was so hot, GEORGE HAMILTON was seen putting on sun screen.

Kids at Zuma Beach-Malibu were building sand castles with oven mitts.

The hookers on Hollywood Blvd. are wearing iced thongs.

It was so hot, reporters were asking SEN. JOHN McCAIN to explain his foreign policy concerning Russia, Ukraine and the Middle East -- just to give them the chills.

The whole state was sweating. Now we know how former GOV. ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER felt when he had to say the word, "Gubernatorial."

A 105-year-old women in San Diego threw out the first pitch in a baseball game. Her claim to fame is she's still active at her age and also, she's the only woman who slept with both ALEX RODRIGUEZ and BABE RUTH.

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Misfired Palestinian(?) Airstrikes At a Main Hospital and Public Park in Gaza Reported

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Who shot the rockets??

Two separate strikes near the main hospital in Gaza and the nearby Shati refugee camp on the edge of Gaza City, brought a stream of victims out of the medical center. Most news outlets report ten dead.

It was initially broadcast on MSNBC as a pair of Israeli airstrikes, that has been the pattern … then perhaps unsurprisingly, by 22 after the hour on Monday, EST, Tamron Hall was reporting that the strikes appear more and more to be friendly fire misfirings.

Now both sides are denying blame.

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Which is almost more tragic. But by noon, we realize that NBC doesn't have a definitive view of who fired the rockets that caused the damage they are reporting in their crawl and on their website, see below. Andrea Mitchell had to get Ayman Mohyeldin back, to discuss. Then Susan Rice.

By chance, Mitchell already had National Security Advisor Susan Rice on her docket, and that footage is informative as well. She urged a political settlement and long-term disarmament and a future for both Gaza and Israel.

Mysteriously, NewsNation never put up Tamron Hall's footage of their field reporter, but I caught part of the footage in another NBC location and that is last, below. Maybe they'll have it figured out by Maddow. [Will update. Or click here just in case. Rachel Central.] But NBC ran footage of John Kerry's statements today, have a listen.

Hamas officials, as reported by Mohyeldin, feel that most of the Palestine people are tired of living under siege … but they'll fight to the end if they have to, because the existential fight is rather bigger than all of them, alive and dead.

That's one sobering look into the future.

From MSNBC's breaking coverage Monday morning.

http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/middle-east-unrest/gaza-strikes-near-shifa-hospital-refugee-camp-kill-or-wound-n166571

Another strike occurred at the Al-Shati refugee camp in northern Gaza. At least 30 dead and wounded were brought to Shifa Hospital in ambulances, civilian cars and on motorcycles. A NBC News team in the area said the strikes were in "close succession."

However, the Israel Defense Forces told Haaretz that a “preliminary investigation has found the Israeli army did not fire at the Shifa Hospital, and the fire is believed to have been Hamas.” The IDF could not immediately be reached to clarify that account on Monday.

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MSNBC reported this with a bit of a personal angle, they had a film crew in the hospital at the time and they were on site to film the strike at the medical complex. The outpatient clinic was thought to the target of the 5 p.m. [Israeli time] extremely lethal missile.

The reporter on the ground, familiar NBC field newsman Ayman Mohyeldin, was there.

For some background, Lester Holt and Mohyeldin on Today over the weekend discussing one of the rolling cease fires John Kerry has been busily negotiating in an effort to quiet the roiling waters.

Visit NBCNews.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

Well this is a pickle, which in turn ties right back to the Churchillian enigma that is the struggle in Gaza. I was on the other side of that border thirty years ago this summer, and it was as uncomfortable then as it must be now - and about as dangerous.

It was, however, before the Right Wing truly adopted Israel as their savior and their land as what will be their reward for enduring Obama and Armageddon: Rapture Ground Zero.

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Just waiting for someone to beller, "At this point does it really matter who fired the rocket that killed 9 children at a refugee camp and hospital during a rolling cease fire in Gaza?" in shades of a righteously frustrated Hillary Clinton in the hot seat.

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Contributing Impressively to the GOP War On Women, Domestic Violence in Arkansas

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The great state of Arkansas. Most known politically perhaps for producing President Bill Clinton and Fvx Nation star and famed squirrel-hunter, Mike Huckabee.

Recently on MSNBC's NewsNation with Tamron Hall, it also became fully known for the depths of its domestic violence problem, did Arkansas.

Violence against women has been getting press for all the wrong reasons, both an uptick in incidence and a general defunding and denial of it as an epidemic by the Regressive Right. Civilian, military, southern and northern, all economic classes and ethnicities included. It's a nondiscriminatory epidemic.

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Even prior to the #YesAllWomen outcry, we had seen the media make efforts to report on both sexual and other violence against women, and girls, to spread awareness. It was heartening to see a politician tackle it head on, as Mike Ross has done in Arkansas.

A short time ago we saw the heroine Malala dedicate her birthday wish and the energies associated with acknowledging her own significance globally, to the Nigerian girls still kidnapped and ripped apart from their families. [Video below from Time Magazine.]

 

 

Now bring that awareness of Global Girlpower to Tamron's coverage of the inadequate attention to the plight of women and violence in the all too close to home great state of Arkansas.

Mike Ross' plan calls for boozing funding for the sort of shelter that Laura might have found sanctuary within, as opposed to being in the grave, one more victim of domestic violence in Arkansas that might have been saved were dangers better managed.

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Domestic violence is particularly difficult to reach. It certainly needs as much boosting in law enforcement and awareness in the state of Arkansas as can be raised to tackle it. Laura Aceves is one horribly tragic story.

There are daily cases across the country that parallel hers, a horrific modern reality that the GOP continually chooses to deny and defund.

The candidate for the Arkansas governor's mansion behind this plan, Mike Ross, is a Democrat who feels this is an under-discussed and under-funded issue, and not a partisan issue. He is running for office on a number of platforms, and this appears one of the strongest. Have a look, from MSNBC.

Arkansas has some of the worst domestic violence realities in the country. May this election cycle see some healing light and public funding come to helping the victims and treating the roots of this endemic problem.

Wife beaters maybe aren't just standard apparel in Arkansas? That term has always bothered me - but so does this story.

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