Lauren Mayer: "I Didn't Come From Your Rib - You Came From My Vagina''

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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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Don't Miss Lauren and Scott's Upcoming Cabaret Show: "Coast To Coast with Scott Grinthal & Lauren Mayer"
Sept. 11 & 12, Society Cabaret, San Francisco
And be sure to listen to her podcast: "Musical Mayhem w/Lauren Mayer"
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The Book Booth: Hot Enough For You? Edition

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Image: The Guardian

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: Hot Enough for You Edition

Summer may be winding down, but you wouldn't know in most places. Even here in our little town, the days are warm. Very warm. Hot, even, for a place that normally gets off-shore breezes and temperate weather.

And while we are speaking of hot, Amazon.com and its founder, Jeff Bezos, are in the proverbial hot waters. The New York Times revealed a work culture that was less than benign. Evil, even. Publishers Weekly offered an overview here.
Life Working for Amazon

I personally don't know firsthand the corporate doings at Amazon headquarters. I'm pretty sure the warehouse work conditions are just this side of medieval, and I wouldn't be surprised if the Times article was, for the most part, accurate. In any event, the story has stirred controversy, and some disagreement even over at the Gray Lady.
How Accurate Was the Portrayal of Amazon's Work Culture?

Our own Lucian Dixon pointed me to this article about Harper Lee. It was written before the publication of Watchman but I think it provides the best context I've seen for Ms. Lee and the events leading to her decision to bring out the novel.
Let's Talk About Harper Lee

Moving on to lighter fare, it's time for a quiz. Last lines are important to novels. You know, "They lived happily ever after". Buzzfeed asks if you can identify the last lines to these novels. I think I got about half of them and it is multiple choice. Have at it!
Do You Know Your Last Lines?

And titles! The Great Gatsby was called by Fitzgerald many things before the title was finally decided. Here's the story of some other works which had other working titles. By the way, the initial title for Lolita shouldn't be much of a surprise, considering how large the ghost of Edgar Allan Poe looms over the story.
Original Original Titles Tell a Story

Multiple narrators/narratives? Why sure! Susan Barker, whose most recent novel, The Incarnations, is a multi-generational novel set in China, recently listed her favorite ten novels that employ a multi-narrative scheme. And, yes, Nabokov is listed here again.
Wait! Who's Narrating This Story Again?

Another top 100 novels in English. I rather like this list. Robert McCrum, probably best-known here as the co-author of The Story of English, composed this one for The Guardian, and he takes a historical approach, rather than doing it from his favorite to his 100th favorite.
Another (But Different) 'Best 100 Novels' List

Finally, you know the aroma, the lovely aroma, of entering a bookstore. You want to know the reason why? It's something like vanilla..H/T to my friend Caleb.
Oh, Yum - What's That Smell? Is It 'Ulysses'? For Whom The Bell Tolls?

Keep cool and have a great weekend, filled with some fine reading. And please let us know what books you've got going now.

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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 August 2, 2015

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 August 16, 2015

Abortion, Contraception And Other Women’s Issues

  • #ActionsSpeakLouder Rubio Claimed Rape Victims Don’t Need Exceptions To Abortion Bans Thanks To Emergency Contraception, But He Has Repeatedly Tried To Restrict Women’s Access To Contraception
  • #LyingThroughHisTeeth Yes, Scott Walker, Americans overwhelmingly support legal abortion for rape victims
  • #LiveFreeAndDie New Hampshire Republicans Vote to Defund Planned Parenthood
  • #ChristAndYourUterus Paxton Wants High Court to Block Birth Control Coverage
  • #SoMuchForSmallGovt Trying to get back in the base’s good graces, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence Signs Bill Saying Aborted Babies May be Buried or Cremated
  • #ThePainOfSuccess With less money, Colorado’s birth control program feels the pain. Program credited with lowering teen birth, abortion rates
  • #Cruz ReUps Ted Cruz Renews Pledge To Support Radical Personhood Amendment
  • #LyingScumbag Ben Carson: Planned Parenthood Trying To Control Populations In Black Neighborhoods
  • #FullFrontalTheocracy Ted Cruz Pledges Support For Constitutional Amendment Banning Birth Control
  • #EarthToWalker Scott Walker: “All The Americans Agree That Abortions Should Be Illegal In All Cases”
  • #NotSoLegal Federal Officials Warn States Not to Defund Planned Parenthood
  • #ErYesWeDo Women Have No Right To Donate Fetal Tissue To Medical Research
  • #BadNewsBen Carson Doubles Down: Abortions Are the Number One Cause of Death For Black People
  • #WhatWouldHuckDo Denied Abortion, 11-year-old Rape Victim Gives Birth. 3 more to follow in coming weeks.
  • #AsHeShould New Orleans Abortion Clinic Vandal Charged With Hate Crime
  • #DidAnyoneSayBenghazi? Investigations Into Planned Parenthood Are Falling Totally Flat
  • #AndRWNJsCheer In Parguay, two girls aged 10 to 14—often rape victims—give birth every day.
  • #RealChristians Faith Leaders: ‘A World Without Planned Parenthood Would Be Disastrous’
  • #HuckaSchmuck Huckster’s definition of ‘pro-life’: Huckabee Supports Denying Abortion To 10-Year-Old Rape Victim

Education

  • #WhenBlackIsWhite 7-Year-Old Banished Student Feels Wrath Of Evangelical’s Religious Freedom
  • #GenMoron A Victory for Conservatives in Revised AP History Curriculum
  • #EruptionUpchuckItsAllTheSame The Eruption of Jerry Falwell’s Liberty University: “Training Champions for Christ”
  • #GenChrister Oklahoma’s Crypto Christian Homeschool ‘Science’ Fair

Fifty Shades Of Hate

  • #SayWhat? Duggar son-in-law tells black friend that believing in evolution is racist
  • #ToHerSonToo? Phyllis Schlafly says “Justice Kennedy’s majority opinion is an affront to God, the Constitution, and the American people.”

Fifty Shades Of Lies, Propaganda And Other Hypocrisies

  • #FrigginTheocratLiar David Barton says that the rights listed in the Declaration & Bill of Rights all came directly out of Genesis 1-8
  • #HypocrisyInAction Jim Brownback, the governor’s younger brother, is one of the family’s largest recipients of federal farm subsidies
  • #WouldjaSTFU Anti-Gay Bakers Complain They Are Being Silenced While Speaking Into Microphone At Large Rally
  • #TheRapeMyDaughtersAwardGoesTo GOP lawmaker who ‘rehomed’ adopted daughters with rapist to get ‘courage’ award at Ted Cruz dinner
  • #DependsWhatTheDefinitionOfFetalTissueIs Ben Carson conducted fetal tissue research as a doctor — which he now opposes as GOP candidate

Fifty Shades Of Stark Raving Mad

  • #PatOnAutopilot Pat Robertson: Gay And Gay-Accepting Christians Going To Hell
  • #HasAWayWithChildren Pat Robertson to grandparents: Take grandkids ‘away’ from atheist parents and send them to a Christian school
  • #HowDoYouShutHimTheF–kUp? Pat Robertson: Not Separating Toys By Gender ‘Puts God’s Bullseye’ On Target’s Stores
  • #SayWhat? Bryan Fischer: Donald Trump’s Attacks On Megyn Kelly Show His ‘Ultimate Respect’ For Women
  • #DeadBrainSpewsAgain For Pat Robertson, Levitical Laws Apply To Gays But No One Else

If Media’s The Message

  • #NewLow TLC Expands Garbage Programming: Counseling of Abused Duggar Girls to Become Reality TV
  • #AndSoItBegins Fox & Friends Host Hypes The Return Of The “War On Christmas”
  • #NotSoWiley Religious Right radio host, Rick Wiles, wants SWAT team raids of Planned Parenthood clinics
  • #BirtherismLives Fox News’ Todd Starnes: Obama giving Muslims “special accommodation” while persecuting Christians
  • #NotTheOnion Jim Bob Duggar Wants To Counsel Sexual Abuse Victims, Pitches New Reality Show

Israel, End Times And John Hagee

  • #Wowza Michele Bachmann says World War III is upon us, thanks to President Obama
  • #CubasInTheBible? Michele Bachmann says Cuba will house Iranian nuclear weapons for the imminent nuclear Armageddon
  • #ItOnlyTakesASpark Jewish extremist poses threat to Holy Land Christians, church body says
  • #ChuckTheSchmuck Divine inspiration or pure politics: What’s behind Charles Schumer’s opposition to Obama’s Iran deal
  • MarcusDoesntDoItForHerAnymore Michele Bachmann ”Is extremely Excited’ for Iran Deal As It Will Usher God’s Judgement as Foretold In Zechariah 12:3
  • #MostDangerousFlimFlammeryAwardGoesTo Hagee: ‘God Will Allow Terrorists To Attack The United States’ Because Of Iran Nuclear Deal
  • #HellYes If It’s Going to Push Us to War, Isn’t It Time for AIPAC to Register as a Foreign Agent?
  • #ItsAllAboutTheRealEstate Michele Bachmann & The Religious Right’s Strange Love Affair with Israel
  • #UnitedStatesOfJesus? Ted Cruz “Nothing is more important in the next 18 months than that the body of Christ rise up and that Christians stand up, that pastors stand up and lead,”
  • #TheBoogeymanCometh End Times pastor: Every single church in America has been infiltrated by homicidal Muslim “spies”
  • #MissingTammyFayeJimboGoesWithHorses Jim Bakker: Buy Horses Before God Sends EMP Attack As Punishment For Gay Marriage
  • #AmericanIsraelPublicArmageddonCommittee AIPAC has thrown subtlety aside – to such an extent that nowadays, its existence – and its power — is apparent to all.

LGBTQ

  • #ByHookOrByCrook Ohio house bill would allow businesses to deny marriage services to same-sex couples
  • #LoveStillWinning A Dem Just Picked Up a Republican Seat In Repubublican district in Georgia—By Running Against Anti-Gay Discrimination

Politics Nation

  • #HisBase Ted Cruz will be at the HQ of anti-gay hate group, the American Family Association, tomorrow for in-person interview.
  • #GodsGoneSilent Broke and indicted, Rick Perry is finished in 2016 republican race

Scandals And Scams

  • #Good.Christian.Hypocrites. Michigan capitol rocked by sex scandal
  • #GrinningWithHisHandInYourPocket Scamming the gullible never ends: Snake Oil Salesman Joel Osteen Charms McCain, Fox And Friends
  • #SexOrgyKindOfParties? Jim Bakker’s Survival Food Will Let You ‘Have Parties When The World Is Coming Apart’
  • #AnotherDayAnotherChild Pastor charged w/ sexually abusing another boy after church members rallied to his defense
  • #GrandOlePuke GOP lawmaker who ‘rehomed’ adopted daughters with rapist to get ‘courage’ award at Ted Cruz dinner
  • #GiveEmTheoleRazzleDazzle Preacher tells you how to make money off of God’s coming punishment
  • ToTheTuneOf17Million Pastor saved souls by day, stole millions at night
  • #FlimFlammery Fraud Pastor Barely Escapes with His Life: Followers Uncover His Money Scams
  • #DownUnderPunIntended Jehovah’s Witnesses face child sex abuse investigation in Australia
  • #Livin’Large Huckster Huckabee Has Milked Almost $3 Million From Christian Organizations in the Past Two Years
  • #ReligiousRightCredo Tea Party Lawmaker Caught in Affair: Jesus Died for My Sins, and Thus, I Can Sin

Science Or Not

  • #DefinitionOfStupid Ken Ham:”Some say the Arches in Utah formed over time, but they were made by Noah’s Flood& post-Flood processes”
  • #ConManForChrist Ben Carson Was Confronted With His History As A Fetal Tissue Researcher. His Explanation Makes No Sense.

Supremes And Lower Courts

  • #InTheirFaces Judge To Conservatives Who Tried Closing Abortion Clinics: What If We Did The Same Thing For Gun Stores?
  • #InYoFaceJudgeyBoy Texas Judge Has No Right To Compel Man To Write Bible Verses And Get Married As Alternative To Jail
  • #CantHaveYourUterus Circuit courts ruling for the Obama administration on birth control: 7
  • Circuit courts ruling against it: 0
  • #ItsCalledFollowingTheLawDuh Why Ohio Shut Down Judges Who Want To Get Out Of Performing Same-Sex Marriages
  • #OffToTheKlink Anti-Gay Clerk Ignores Court Order, Still Refuses To Do Her Job

Theocracy Rising

  • #BombingForJesus Is the mission of the US Air Force to “glorify God”?
  • #HuckTheScmuck Mike Huckabee: God will bless America after Planned Parenthood is completely destroyed
  • #NotInJesusName Alabama Church Opens Gun Range In The Name Of Jesus Christ
  • #ChildAbuseLivesHere Escape from Christian Fundamentalism – the Kids Who Flee Abusive, Isolated Christian Homes

Antidotes

  • Pope declares Sept. 1 ‘World Day of Prayer’ for environment
  • Judge Blocks Oklahoma Medication Abortion Restriction—Again
  • S.C. Ordered To Pay $135,000 In Legal Fees After Losing Marriage Equality Case
  • Colorado Court Upholds Anti-Discrimination Statute
  • Tuscaloosa Abortion Clinic Can Reopen, Federal Court Rules

 

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Lauren Mayer: "(Carly) You're So Lame !''

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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.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Don't Miss Lauren and Scott's Upcoming Cabaret Show: "Coast To Coast with Scott Grinthal & Lauren Mayer"
Sept. 11 & 12, Society Cabaret, San Francisco
And be sure to listen to her podcast: "Musical Mayhem w/Lauren Mayer"
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

From YouTube

This example of GOP diversity proves that women can be just as misogynist as men!

From the song (based on Carly Simon's wonderful 'You're So Vain' original:

"Carly...you're so lame..."
"It's clear to see when you were at HP the damage you did was deep..."
"Your campaign was full of gaffes and snags and ads with demon sheep..."
"You look smart compared to Perry and Cruz and the morons in the pack..".

Former staffer: 'I'd rather go to Iraq than work for Carly Fiorina again.'

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