Lauren Mayer: 'More Guns?'

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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: Check out Lauren's CDs, including her latest, "If My Uterus Were A Gun (And Other Musical Rants From The News)" - available at "http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/laurenmayer8" as well as on iTunes and Amazon. Her website is laurenmayer.com. She's on Twitter at @laurenscomedy
Lauren's podcasts are on IndieMediaWeekly.

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The rightwing response to the Waco shootout is - what else - calls for looser regulations (maybe it should be the Bureau of WTF instead of ATF!)

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The Book Booth: Memorial Day Edition

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Is this Shakespeare? A 400-year-old book says it is.

Is this Shakespeare?
A 400-year-old book says it is.

Image: BBC

The Book Booth is a weekly feature at The Political Carnival, relating news, notes, and reflections from the world of books and publishing. @SeattleDan, along with his wife, SeattleTammy, are operators of both an on-line bookstore here, as well as a brick and mortar storefront mini-store in Hoquiam, WA at 706 Simpson Ave (Route 101 South). Both have been in the book business since shortly after the Creation, or close to 6000 years now.

The Book Booth: Memorial Day Edition

We enter our long weekend that honors those men and women who have, as Lincoln said, given their last full measure of devotion in service to their country. It is good to have a long weekend, but let's do take a moment to remember those people who have served us to their utmost.

Memorial Day does mark the unofficial start of summer (though I object; summer starts when summer starts and not a second sooner), and with the coming of the warmer months, many of us plan traveling vacations. The folks at Bustle suggested a few places to visit that are the settings for some pretty good books here.

Of course Paris holds many a literary landmark. So those traveling abroad may want to consider these places, too. Again, from the well-traveled folks at Bustle.
Literary landmarks in Paris.

If the Far East, and specifically Tokyo, is your destination, check out the Tsutaya Bookstore, which sent Tom Downey, a writer at Gone, into paroxysms of delight. Via my friend Naka Oh.
Must Visit Tokyo bookstore.

James Joyce once remarked that Italian literature was Dante and that was saying quite a lot. No figure dominates the landscape as the master of terza rima. And it seems the poet turns 750 years old this year. He remains well worth anyone's time to read. John Kleiner at the New Yorker has this appreciation.
Dante would be 750 Years Old This Year

The same may be said of Shakespeare for English literature. But we've never been quite sure what the man looked like. The English magazine Country Life thinks his contemporary likeness has been found in, of all things, a book of botany that came out in the 1590s.
What Did Shakespeare Look Like?

In the Lost and Found Department, it seems that over the years filmmaker Orson Welles worked on his memoirs, tentatively titled Confessions of a One Man Band. Archivists at the University of Michigan have found extensive fragments. When and if published, they should be a very interesting read.
Orson Welles's Memoirs (Fragments)

And then there has been found an early unpublished work by Anton Chekhov, The Frank. The book is a collection of humor pieces and short fiction and will soon be published by the New York Review of Books. Jonathan Sturgeon at Flavorwire has the story here.
Unpublished Chekhov Work: The Frank

Earlier this week, I listened to a delightful interview by Robert Siegel of famed cartoonist Jules Feiffer on NPR. You can read the highlights or listen yourself here:
Jules Feiffer on NPR

So it is fitting that a new book has been published about him, Out of Line: The Art of Jules Feiffer. At age 86, the man is still working and recently wrote a graphic novel, a form new to him, called Kill My Mother. In conjunction with the publication of Out of Line, Feiffer had this conversation with Neil Gaiman, which you can read about here.
Jules Feiffer Talks With Neil Gaiman

And at last, we'll go out with a little quiz. Buzzfeed wants to know how many of these film adaptations of books you have seen. It seems I've not seen enough of them, much less read all the books.
Film Adaptations Quiz
Have a fine weekend working your way through your large pile of books and let us know which ones you are currently devouring.

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Lauren Mayer: '(There's Crazy and Then There's) Texas Crazy'

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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: Check out Lauren's CDs, including her latest, "If My Uterus Were A Gun (And Other Musical Rants From The News)" - available at "http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/laurenmayer8" as well as on iTunes and Amazon. Her website is laurenmayer.com. She's on Twitter at @laurenscomedy
Lauren's podcasts are on IndieMediaWeekly.

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The Jade Helm conspiracy theories are just the latest proof that everything is bigger in Texas, including right wing nuttiness

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Your Weekly Upchucks: Shocking Religion News by Author @KCBoyd3

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K. C. Boyd, is the author of Being Christian - A Novel,: A black comedy guaranteed to take you on a wild and frightening ride deep into the dark side of the religious right. It is available on Amazon in multiple formats.

She is the go-to blogger for religion, hypocrisy, and all things church v. state.  You can read her earlier posts on The Political Carnival here and more about who she is on her own website here

The Weekly Upchuck May 17, 2015

Abortion, Contraception And Other Women’s Rights

  • #EveryWomansNightmare Wisconsin GOP Bill Would Give Inlaws Power to Stop a Daughter-In-Law’s Abortion
  • #ThosePeskyFacts Anti-Choice Groups Vow to Defy New Provisions of D.C. Law That Don’t Exist
  • #DoingItTheirWay Family Planning Cuts That The Texas Legislature Forced Through Are Having Dire Consequences And You Can Thank Today’s Religious Right
  • #BitByBit House Passes 20-Week Abortion Ban
  • #FromLieToShiningLie From Alaska to Alabama, Investigation Shows False Testimony Formed Basis for Abortion Restrictions
  • #OhToBeAWomanInSD South Dakota Ranks Worst in the Nation on Reproductive Rights

Creationism

  • #Hamchuck Louisiana GOPer wants the government to help build Ken Ham’s insane creationist amusement park

Education

Fifty Shades Of Hate

  • #SpeakingOfUpchuck Bry-Bry-The-Fish: ‘I Believe We Are Going To Have Violence’ If SCOTUS Legalizes Gay Marriage
  • #Stop.Now. Sandy Rios On Train Crash: Engineer’s Gayness A ‘Factor’

Fifty Shades Of Hypocrisy And Lying Propaganda

If Media’s The Message

  • #OxyBoy Rush Limbaugh panics over decline of Christianity in America — says ‘1 million gay activists’ are to blame

Israel, End Times And Hagee

  • #QUiveringWithGlee Billy The Graham’s daughter et al pledge that: Gay Marriage, Legal Abortion Will Lead To Apocalypse
  • #ApartheidBound Netanyahu makes it official: New gov’t does not have 2-state solution as its goal
  • #FlimflammerSkimscammer John Hagee Wants To Make Sure He’s Getting Your Money
  • #ForThoseWhoThinkWar Dueling Fundamentalisms: Christian and Islamic

Politics Nation

  • #Panderfest Jeb Bush to tout power of Christian faith at Liberty University
  • #JesusSezRobThePoor? Fox News host smacks down Ben Carson’s Bible-based flat tax
  • #LyingCrapWeasel Huckajesus’ Former Colleagues Turn On Him
  • #NeoconReligionist Jebya: Stronger ‘Christian voice’ needed in world
  • CourtingAndAPandering For Scott Walker’s first-ever trip to the Holy Land, he went to Larry Mizel, the go-to billionaire for GOP politicians traveling to Israel.
  • #FrothyDonsTheVest Rick Santorum blames Christianity’s decline on lack of anti-abortion zealots running for president
  • #ReligiousTest Scott Walker Is Having A Hard Time Proving He’s Pro-Life Enough For Evangelicals
  • #Cruz-ingKaKa Ted Cruz: Gay Marriage Is The Greatest Threat To Religious Freedom In American History
  • #LooseningHisBibleBelt Huckajesus sez LGBT equality “is not a political issue … It is a biblical issue”

Religion Gone Bad Gone Mad

  • #Base-icTruths Evangelicals Stay Strong as Christianity Crumbles in America

Same Sex Issues

Scandal

Theocracy Rising

  • #StraightFromTheAss’sMouth Jeb Bush Promises Christianity Will Govern His Office
  • #StuffMatters Franklin Graham To Save America With Right-Wing ‘Prayer Rallies’ In All 50 States Before 2016 Election
  • #CrazyChristiansRising “…evangelicals now constitute a clear majority (55%) of all US Protestants,” – Pew
  • #BostonsScrod Evangelizing Boston-”Church planting” uses public schools to reduce rent and retake secular Boston

Antidotes

  • Insurers Must Cover All Birth Control Methods
  • Reza Aslan: It’s not God’s fault if you use religion to justify hate — you’re just a bigot
  • Barack Obama: “Despite great caring & concern, fighting poverty . . often times view it as a ‘nice to have’ relative to an issue like abortion”

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