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



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 "" as well as on iTunes and Amazon. Her website is She's on Twitter at @laurenscomedy
Lauren's podcasts are on IndieMediaWeekly.

From YouTube

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


Your Weekly Upchucks: Shocking Religion News by Author @KCBoyd3



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


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


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


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


  • 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”


The Book Booth: Mid-May Musings Edition



Image: John Green via AP

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: Mid-May Musings Edition

Here we are at mid-Spring and the flowers are just bursting. Our rhodies are amazing at this time and looking out our kitchen window is a visual pleasure. My hopes that you are enjoying this time of year as well.

The world of books is not without its share of controversy this time of year, as Jon Krakauer discovered when he gave a talk on his new book Missoula: Rape and Justice in a College Town. He doesn't usually do the author book tour thing, but thought the issues in the book important enough to address them at the University of Montana. He was heckled for his efforts as The Big Story reports.
Krakauer Hecklers in Montana

Mark Harvkey's novel In the Course of Human Events examines the life of a man who becomes mesmerized by a right-wing cult and its leader. Most of us don't meet these wackos on an every day basis. But their literature is out there and pretty scary. Harvkey looked at some of their books for Publishers Weekly.
Controversial Books in Print Today

Most of those tomes are obscure and known only to its fans or detractors. There are other books, maybe good ones, that have disappeared. MPR recently discussed three such lost works by Ernest Hemingway, Thomas Hardy and Sylvia Plath.
Lost Works by Major Authors

Most writers hope that their work will in some way make a difference in our world, in some way enhance our enjoyment at being on this planet. Jane Hirshfield recently talked about her new book Ten Windows: How Great Poems Transform the World with the Washington Post. She has also authored a new book of poems, The Beauty.
Jane Hirschfield

We've just passed Mothers Day, but this story by Nick Bilton for the New York Times Style magazine poignantly talks about his shared love of books and reading with his mother. Mothers can and do make a big difference for us.
Mothers and Books

Language is such a fascinating phenomenon. We speak words and we can read words. And yet, it seems the ability to do both come from different parts of our brains, as the LA Times tells us.
Language and Our Brains

Words certainly mattered to William Zinsser whose book On Writing Well can usually be found on the bookshelf next to Elements of Style. He recently passed away at the age of 92. The New York Times had this remembrance.
William Zinsser Has Left Us

This week marks the "friendeversary" of C.S. Lewis and J.R.R Tolkien who met in 1926. Remarkably, the story of their friendship will soon be a motion picture. I guess it will be along the lines of Shadowlands, the movie about Lewis's marriage to Joy Davidman. Sarah Seltzer examines the friendship of Tolkien and Lewis here at Flavorwire.

And speaking of film adaptations, Hilary Mantel is no stranger to having her work appearing on the screen, with the big success of her Wolf Hall series. Now she will have her novel of the French Revolution, A Place of Greater Safety, (and a very good book, if you have not read it), adapted by the BBC as The Bookseller reports.
Hilary Mantel

Have a great weekend, filled with the joy of words. And let us know what books you happen to be devouring.


Bill Day: 'Guns 'R Us'



Image: Bill Day (Read more about award-winning cartoonist Bill Day below.)

Bill Day's award-winning cartoons are syndicated in more than 900 newspapers worldwide four times a week through Cagle Cartoons syndication service. Day has won the Green Eyeshade Award from the Society of Professional Journalists six times--in 2010, 2009, 2006, 2005, 2001, and 2000. The recipient of two Robert F. Kennedy Awards--2010 and 1985. He has also been honored with the National Headliner Award, the John Fischetti Award, the National Cartoonists Society's Reuben Award for Best Editorial Cartoons, The James Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism, and a host of many other awards.

Day began his career in 1980 with the Philadelphia Bulletin. He has also worked for the Detroit Free Press and the Memphis Commercial Appeal. In 2009 he was laid off at The Commercial Appeal. Bill won three national awards the following year. Bill and his wife Susan have three teenage sons, Sam-19, Robby-16, and Zack-15.Bill and his wife Susan have three teenage sons, Sam-19, Robby-16, and Zack-15.