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Lauren Mayer: "Their Lips Are Moving (GOP Debate Song)"



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.
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Facts, shmacts . . . who knew debates could be this entertaining?

From Lauren's email to me:

Since the last debate was so - um, entertaining? - I'm getting in touch with my inner dippy pop star.


Sunday Talkers



Morning lineup:

Meet The Press: White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough; Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC); WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange; Roundtable: Rich Lowry (National Review), Former White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, Gwen Ifill (PBS), Presidential Historian Doris Kearns-Goodwin and Chuck Todd (NBC News).

Face The Nation: White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough; House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA); Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani (9/11); Roundtable: Harvard University Prof. David Gergen, Michael Gerson (Washington Post), Kimberly Stassel (Wall Street Journal) and Democratic Strategist Bob Shrum.

This Week: Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI); Roundtable: Democratic Strategist Donna Brazile, Republican Strategist Matthew Dowd, Bill Kristol (Weekly Standard), Paul Krugman (New York Times) and Republican Strategist Ana Navarro.

Fox News Sunday: NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell; NFL Hall of Famer John Elway; Former NFL Quarterback Archie Manning; Roundtable: "Fox NFL Sunday" Co-Hosts Terry Bradshaw, Howie Long, Jimmy Johnson and Michael Strahan.

State of the Union: President Obama (Pre-Recorded Interview with Jake Tapper); Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R); Roundtable: Former Rep. Artur Davis (R-AL); Former White House Communications Director Anita Dunn and Ron Brownstein (CNN).

Evening lineup:

60 Minutes will feature: Three stories about amazing kids with amazing gifts in the most unlikely places (preview).

On Comedy Central...

Jon Stewart ripped the GOP over their response(s) to the State of the Union address.

The Daily Show

Monday: NYC Mayor Bill DeBlasio (D)

Tuesday: Actress Elizabeth Banks

Wednesday: Actor/Director George Clooney

Thursday: Author/Journalist Robyn Doolittle

And Stephen Colbert reacted to the reactions.

The Colbert Report

Monday: Author Jennifer Senior

Tuesday: "Pussy Riot" Band Members Maria Alyokhina & Nadezhda Tolokonnikova

Wednesday: Band Lake Street Drive

Thursday: Former Floria Gov. Charlie Crist (R D)

via Silly Rabbit on Daily KOS


The Headless Horseman Of The GOP's Sleepy Hollow(head)


headless Tea Party horseman

When it comes to the government shutdown (again) over Obamacare, the Democrats are so lucky to have Reince Preibus speaking for the opposition. He's so ineffective in making a case, mealy-mouthed about the last shutdown, caught in a lie on national TV, and now THE poster child for the defective Tea Party fool.

Of course, it's a lot easier to look stupid when you face a tough-minded, resolute thinker like Debbie Wasserman Schultz. But she didn't pick the opposition, the Republicans did. Chairman P. beached their ship last general election, he's sure to hit the same sandbar next time around with the type of thinking like he displayed on CNN this past Sunday.

When people say a fish stinks from the head down, so do political parties. Here's the "head" of the Republican party. Take a sniff. Warning, you won't like the stench.


Dead, Buried And Now Serving Their Community


mistaken identity

I get a chuckle over mistaken identities. I've been mistaken a number of times for Martin Short -- even to the point that to get rid of these folks so I could eat, I accepted their request for an autograph and finally got to enjoy my wife and kid's company.

Another time, there was someone with the same name as mine, living in the same city, who's name appeared in the obituaries. Rather than read and find out that I wasn't a 72 year old Black man originally from Georgia, these people picked up the phone and called in condolences.  My wife got calls for three days and  laughed about it for even longer.

But that's the thing with mistaken identity. It can be humorous. It can also be the opposite.


I'm talking about being dead an nobody notices. Think about it. You can't have had that much of an impact on the living if they don't even know when you're gone. So it's with a bit a snide bemusement that I read this coverage of the Washington State election results:

Courtesy of The Seattle Times:

Two candidates in separate races in the state are winning in Tuesday’s election despite being dead.

In Des Moines, John Rosentangle won 71 percent of the vote over write-in candidates in King County Water District 54. The 63-year-old died in August of an illness.

In Aberdeen, John Erak is leading Alan Richrod with 53 percent of the vote in a City Council race. The 81-year-old Erak was a former state representative who died in June shortly after announcing he was running to retain his seat on the council. His current lead is only 12 votes, and the results aren’t final.

Both men died after the filing period closed, and their names could not be removed from ballots.

How sad that neither of these candidates got to live to see their election wins. But please allow me a few snarky comments despite the tragic loss of both individuals. It's meant as a commentary on today's politics,  no disrespect for the individuals.

With these results, its evident that nothing candidates say mean anything, because these people didn't say anything and still won, while tucked away in their sod cabanas.

Candidate Rosentangle won in a landslide. That's helpful when you're going to be buried in a hole, six feet under.

Now in the interest of fair reporting, John Erak hasn't officially been declared the victor, yet. The city council will have to wait as only 12 votes separate the top two vote getters. Is this what they mean by a dead heat?

I doubt if we'll hear Mr. Erak calling for a recount. Now when he registers a vote, it's not for the other side, it's from the other side.

I bet neither candidate voted for himself.

Is casting your mortal coils the same as casting your vote?

Thankfully, both men have been spared making any sort of concession speech. We're still waiting on a victory speech.

Will their swearing in be a candlelight vigil?

I could go on and on, unlike these candidates, but I won't.

Okay, slap my hands. I just couldn't help myself. Bad, bad, David