Bill Day: 'Martin Luther King'



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.



Lauren Mayer: 'Welcome Back Mitter'



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

A note from Lauren: Check out my appearance this week, with a fascinating, funny, and opinionated panel, on the latest episode of "The Tim Corrimal Show," if you aren't already subscribing!

From YouTube

Deja vu all over again - Romney's return is worthy of a sitcom theme song

From Lauren's email to me earlier:

The 2016 campaign season is shaping up to be 'deja vu all over again' (and bonus points if you know the origin of that quote). So I couldn't resist a little musical nostalgia myself:


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 January 18, 2015

In honor and memory of my sweet, sweet dog, Reilly.

Abortion, Contraception And Other Women’s Issues




Fifty Shades Of Hate

If Media’s The Message


Israel, End Times And John Hagee

  • Foreign Policy Pukes: With Christian Fundamentalist encouragement, US Senate prepares new Iran sanctions bill, in hopes of scuttling deal.
  • Wrong Place, Wrong Toilet: Benjamin Netanyahu ridiculed over appearance at Paris solidarity march
  • Joe Blows: Former Dem, Joe Lieberman picks back up the Neo-con cudgel
  • Blah, Blah, Upchuck: Having recently apologized for calling President Obama anti-Semitic, John Hagee says it all over again.
  • Nous Vomissons: Minister: Expand settlements to absorb French immigrants
  • Call It Messianic Chuck: How Netanyahu’s Policies (and the alliance with John Hagee Are Fueling Anti-Semitism
  • Bienvenue To The World Of Upside-Down Upchuck: Israel wants to house French Jewish immigrants in the West Bank
  • Gett Thee To The Toilet: Israel, despite being a secular state, has no civil procedure for marriage/ divorce except the two differ in religious affiliations”


Fifty Shades Of Stark Raving Mad

LGBT Issues

Politics Nation

Religion Gone Bad Gone Mad

Sausage Makers And Their Sausage

  • Hurling Into The 114th: Four New Anti-Choice Bills Introduced in U.S. Senate
  • When The Last Tree Dies, Upchuck: The Anti-Science Climate Denier Caucus: 114th Congress Edition
  • Cruz-ing While Hurling: Ted Cruz, on-record for denying climate change as well as having regularly pushed for govt cutbacks, appointed to oversee NASA in Congress
  • Tangled Up In Vomit: Gov. Bobby Jindal Says “We have tried everything and now it is time to turn back to God.”
  • The Lunatics In Charge Of The Asylum. Praise Be Upchuck: “The last 15 yrs, there has been no recorded warming” Ted Cruz, the newly appointed head of the Space, Science and Competitiveness Committee. You know, the one that funds NASA. The same NASA he vowed to defund.
  • Of Course They Hurl: House GOP Schedules Vote On A National Abortion Ban
  • Lurching Toward The Toilet. And Missing: Acting as both state senator & demon-hunting anti-gay exorcist, Klingenschmitt is proud to wear “two hats”
  • Wy-O-Wy Chuck? Wyoming bill would allow Christians to discriminate, sue over ‘oppression’ of gay marriage
  • Crimson Tide Of Vomit: Yes, in Alabama, a fetus can call witnesses to testify against its carrier



Science – Or Not

Supremes And Lower Courts

Theocracy Rising







The Book Booth: Why Am I Soft in the Middle Edition



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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.

With all the wet weather recently, we've been using the car much more than the bicycles and I'm beginning to feel the lack of exercise. It'll be fine with me when the sun returns on a more permanent basis; and the days are now beginning to lengthen. Spring can't be too far away.

It may be sometime this spring when the conservative celebrity, Dr. Ben Carson, will make his decision about running for President next year. But Dr. Carson seems to have a problem with thinking originally. His 2012 book America the Beautiful seems to have plagiarized several of his conservative buddies, as BuzzFeed reports.
Ben Carson's Plagiarism

Carson and his publisher have issued apologies. Sort of. But I'm sure all of you will be glad that future printings will make the necessary corrections.
Ben Carson's Plagiarism -2-

In the wake of the Charlie Hebdo shootings, Rupert Murdoch help all Muslims accountable, because, you know...jihad. J.K. Rowling responded in kind and with great wit. Salon has the story here.

Those of us who have traveled abroad and ventured into foreign bookstores have noticed that very often the cover art for books are much different than the American counterpart. The Millions recently examined the jackets for these new books as seen here in the States and in the U.K. And there are some major differences.
Major Differences in Cover Art

There's sexy and then there's sexy. And there may be nothing more seductive than literary villains. Emily Temple listed her favorite fifty (!) sexy bad folk and the list is a lot of fun. I'm not thinking of any omissions off the top of my head, but you might.
Sexy Villains

Who doesn't love a good graph now and then? By the book has this one graphing the ages of some writers when they both first published and their "breakthrough" novels were written.
Age of Writers When They Wrote Their Breakthrough Books

Quiz time! Writers have used pen names for a long, long time. Can you match the pseudonym to the actual writer, asks Buzzfeed.
So Who Is Really Who?

Sigh. Another of my favorite authors, Robert Stone, has passed. He is probably best known for his novel Dog Soldiers, but his Flag for Sunrise and Children of Light were equally powerful. He will be missed.
Robert Stone Has Moved On

It may be January, but it is never too early to think about traveling and listing sights to see. ABEBooks, via HuffPo, has this list of spectacular bookstores.
Spectacular Bookstores - Your Home Away from Home

And if you're going to stop into the bookstores, you may as well take in some of the libraries that our own Lucian found on the BBC.
And Don't Forget Libraries - They're There for You!

Warm dreams and good reading, my friends. Please let us know what books are keeping you enthralled!