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Laffy leaves #TPC, moves to full-time!



Sometime back in 2007, my dear friend and mentor, Cliff Schecter invited me to blog at his new site, which eventually morphed into The Political Carnival. Cliff left for greener pastures, and another dear friend, Paddy Kraska, and I took the reins and the site took off. We had such a great run together, placed in the top 100 political blogs according to the various blogsphere ratings agencies (out of millions!), and established TPC as an eclectic mix of Humor and Serious that continues to this day.

But when Paddy unexpectedly passed away (not long after my dad did),I went into a tailspin, and the blog underwent some major changes. It took me six months or so to find just the right combination of writers, writers who had huge Paddy shoes to fill, and who had to be more than just writers. They had to have passion, dedication, and heart.

Lwdgrfx and Sher came to the rescue, as did regular contributor David Garber. Nicole Sandler joined us, and TPC got back on its feet and started thriving again. But the same can't be said for its remaining co-founder, yours truly. The entire ordeal took a toll, one that I'm still working through.

My doctors wanted me to stop writing and "retire" from politics. Impossible. But I have tried every which-way to de-stress. Unfortunately, the responsibility of writing and managing a site 24/7 was still having negative effects on my health. I had to find a solution. That finally happened.  I made a really, really tough decision.

I will be leaving The Political Carnival and teaming up with Nicole Sandler at her site.

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We do at least one radio show per week together, plus we're very good friends, so it's a natural fit. I already have a "Laffy's Place" tab there, and that page is where my new digs will be whenever I feel compelled to post. I will now be able to concentrate more on my "real" life and doing radio (and maybe even get back to my BLUNT videos, who knows?) instead of posting so many articles on a regular basis, as I've done for the past seven-plus years.

Lwdgrfx and Sherry will continue on here at The Political Carnival. So please give them your support and readership as you always have. They simply rock. The TPC Facebook page will stay as is.

You'll be able to find me at Radio Or Not and as always, on Twitter (@GottaLaff) and Facebook (Gotta L. Aff).

I love you, TPC, always have, always will. But even more, I love our readers. Thank you guys, every last one of you, for all the love and support you've given me all these years. It is you who have kept me/us going, and hopefully still will. See you at Nicole's place!

end of an era


The Political Carnival welcomes Amy Simon!


Amy Simon She's History

Amy Simon (@ShesHistoryAmy)  is now officially part of The Political Carnival Team o' Progressive women! Amy is a dear friend who was introduced to me by Nicole Sandler. Amy's not accustomed to daily blogging, but she will post here when she can. She's learning the ropes here at TPC, so please be patient and welcome her in with open arms.


Ever since Paddy's untimely death, I've struggled with how to pick up where she and I left off. We were the best team ever, two crazed liberal women who took on the even crazier world of politics together. I desperately wanted to keep that going, and finally, finally, I'm reviving those old feelings of camaraderie. Sher, Nicole, yours truly, and now Amy: Four crazed liberal women who are taking on the even crazier world of politics together. Team TPC is complete.

So who the heck is Amy Simon? Well... she is a mother, actress, playwright, humanist, improviser, published writer, producer, and self-proclaimed Cultural Herstorian. She has been writing, acting in and producing theater for most of her adult life.

Alarmed and inspired by her daughter’s desire to do her Women’s History Report on Cher, Amy created SHE’S HISTORY! a play, school program and speaker presentation about women who MAKE and MADE history. She performs in Los Angeles and on the road -- in theaters, schools, libraries, museums, historic sites, women’s groups, religious, political and civic organizations, and military bases.

The main objective of SHE’S HISTORY! is to educate our youth. Why do we know more about Kim Kardashian than Abigail Adams? The SHE’S HISTORY EDUCATION PROJECT is a donation-based, tax-deductible 501C program. Fiscally sponsored by, and a collaboration with The Women’s Museum of California, it is a fund set up to bring the play to low income schools at no cost to them.

Amy had me at "educating our youth." Bingo.

“Why isn't this show in the schools?” The answer is: Other than budgets, time constraints, teaching to tests, curriculum pressures, and Women’s History being low on the priority list – who knows? By the way, I went to the reading of She's History in which SNL alum Laraine Newman was a cast member (see image above). It was fantastic!

A frequent guest on local and national radio, Amy was a guest commentator for American Woman In Fact And Fiction, a three part series that aired on Pacifica Radio Archives series. She is also a weekly guest with her Fabulous Female Facts on the Nicole Sandler Show at

In fact, a little birdie tells me that Amy and I may end up working together with Nicole for yet another weekly spot at RadioOrNot. Stay tuned.

This post consists of a few random excerpts from Amy's newsletter. Take it away, Amy:

Elizabeth Warren


Yes,this is Elizabeth Warren and me. She was in L.A. on her “A Fighting Chance” book tour. I am madly, deeply, politically and philosophically in love with this fantastic Senator! Her book is a page-turning must-read.

Here is one of her inspiring stories that she shared with us. When Elizabeth Warren was on the campaign trail in Massachusetts, there were many little girls at her rallies. They had prepared questions and one little asked her, “What events in your life led you to run for the Senate?” So Elizabeth would get down on one knee, and look the little girl in the eye and say: “My name is Elizabeth Warren and I am running for the Senate because that is what little girls do.”

Can you stand it?!

Bye Bye Barbara…!

Barbara Walters “resigned” after a million years on broadcast television. A true trail-blazer for women, she goes “out” on top but here’s how she started. As the first FEMALE co-anchor, of the evening news, she was NOT welcomed by Harry (NO)Reasoner. Here’s what it was like for the trail-blazer. “I’d walk into the studio and they’d all crack jokes and ignore me. It was so lonely… “

Randi Rhodes

Another trail-blazing fabulous female bids farewell to the airwaves. Randi Rhodes, the bitchinist, most informed, fact checking, knows her stuff inside out and backwards, passionate, pissed off, kind and classy progressive talk show host, ended the Randi Rhodes radio show on Friday May 17th, leaving the gapingest hole on the air. I have had the honor of being on her show with her permanent guest host, my pal Nicole Sandler many times. A true inspiration and political powerhouse, who has interviewed Presidents and politicians her millions of fans and will miss her…..

randy and nicolaRandi and Nicole


The 8th Grade students at Horace Mann Middle School in Beverly Hills knew ALL about Kim Kardashian and did know a little about Malala Yousafzai, but learned more and were blown away by her story. Read all about her in my BLOG - WOMEN OF 2013 here. Malala is all over this horrific heartbreaking mind blowing story of Boko Haram, the Islamic barbaric men who kidnapped 270 (or more) Nigerian Schoolgirls on April 14th.


Here is my segment on about this and the Feminist Majority Protest of the Beverly Hills Hotel whose owner – the Sultan of Brunei just enacted some new laws -including amputations, and stoning of gays and lesbians and women who have abortions or commit adultery.

Read about the protest and boycott here.


The Political Carnival welcomes Nicole Sandler!


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My dear friend, one of my favorite people, and my weekly radio host, Nicole Sandler, is now officially part of The Political Carnival Team o' Three (now Four)!

If you're a regular TPC reader, then you already know that Nicole and I have been working (more like playing) together for years. We decided it would really annoy the trolls if we "merged" our two sites, and so we did. This way we can reach a larger audience of progressives while pissing even more people off at the same time! Oh but I kid the RWNJ.

Nicole has put a "Laffy's Place" (meaning, TPC) tab at her site, and we are adding two new tabs in our navigation bar: "Nicole Sandler" and "Radio Or Not." The Radio Or Not tab will take you directly to Nicole's site, which is a terrific place to land, by the way. And the Nicole tab (which will be up asap) will lead you straight to all of her posts here at TPC.

Nicole suffers no fools, she's sharp as a tack, thorough, astute, and a crack-up. As Mr. Laffy says, Nicole Sandler is "not unassuming," or as I like to put it, she's direct and fearless. And now she's a member of The Political Carnival family!

So please welcome Nicole Sandler to TPC with open arms. She's a one-of-a-kind treasure.


She's also one of the best socialist Marxist French gay Kenyan liberal commies I know, a perfect fit for this site, and together, we'll take on anyone who tries to stop Team Radio Or Not.

Nicole Sandler, me Netroots Nation 13 broadcast boothAt Netroots Nation June 2013, video here


The Political Carnival welcomes Sherry Howarth Hardy (@FreeRangeTalk)!


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Guest contributor Sherry Howarth Hardy (aka "hardybear" of the wonderful Free Range Talk site, @FreeRangeTalk on Twitter) is now officially part of The Political Carnival Team o' Two (now Three)!

If you're a regular TPC reader, then you're already familiar with Sher's posts. Sher's writings are smart, astute, and charmingly witty. She also happens to be really, really nice. And now she's a member of The Political Carnival family!

We invited her on board because, since my dad's passing I've been ordered by my doctor to cut back, orders I haven't exactly obeyed. I'm barely able to keep up my weekly spots on radio shows, TPC posts, my now-rare BLUNT videos, and of course, my family.

Paddy's untimely death not only left huge shoes to fill and a huge hole in our hearts, but also a huge blogging void here at TPC. One that I cannot fill alone.

Hence (and yes, I just wanted to say "hence"), lwdgrfx (who is our webmaster and part-time saint who posts when he can) and I asked Sher if she'd be interested in writing regularly, and to my delight (and relief), she said she'd be thrilled to jump in. Her style and P.O.V. are already a great fit.

So please welcome "TPC Sher" in by throwing some encouraging words her way so she stays here for a good long run.

welcome to the political carnival Sher hardybear