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Lauren Mayer: Trump So Poor

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Lauren Mayer is a singer/songwriter/pianist who writes comedy songs about everything from Supreme Court decisions to obnoxious celebrities. 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 'If My Uterus Were A Gun (And Other Musical Rants from the News): available at http://www.cdbady.com/cd/laurenmayer8 as well as on iTunes and Amazon. Her website is www.laurenmayer.com.
She's on Twitter at @laurenscomedy.
Lauren's podcasts are on IndieMediaWeekly.

And be sure to listen to her podcast: "Musical Mayhem w/Lauren Mayer"


From Lauren's email to me:

The twittersphere went a bit nuts this week about Trump's campaign finances, so I'm proving that we old folks can join in the fun as well!

and:

PS A big thanks to everyone who passes these videos along - I'm determined to prove that intelligent political humor can go at least semi-viral, even if I'll never compete with cat videos . . . .

From YouTube:

Trump's faux business & campaign have turned a suburban Jewish mother into a faux rock star

From the song:

Each time he's speaking out
The party's freaking out
Some are seeking out an exit door!

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Lauren Mayer: "Voter Fraud is (Still) a Fraud''

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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.

From YouTube:

Once again, fraudulent claims of voter fraud to fraudulently justify voter suppression have fraudulently turned this suburban Jewish mother into a fraudulent blues singer (talk about your sematic satiation!)

Also:

Who knew an issue I'd mentioned 2 years ago would still be a problem?, so I've updated my song from back then.

From Lauren's email to me:

Some politicians are trying to make it harder to vote by recycling the same old myth about voter fraud, so I'm recycling the gist of a song I did on the subject 2 years ago, and updating it (as well as borrowing from one of my own songs, in true Andrew Lloyd Weber style).

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Bridge-it Loves Christie

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What is it with boys and their toys? They just won't leave them alone sometimes. They have a fascination that they can't give up -- until they break them.

And NJ Governor Chris Christie may just have crossed that bridge too far.

Now comes another bridge scandal. No, really. Another bridge scandal. You just gotta love this guy, Christie. He doubles down when he thinks he can get away with something. He's determined to leave no bridge unturned.

Here's the latest from the Daily Beast:

The New York Times reported Tuesday that the Manhattan district attorney and the Securities and Exchange Commission are investigating Christie's office for lobbying the Port Authority to divert $1.8 billion away from a canceled rail-tunnel project and towards repairing the Pulaski Skyway bridge. Pulaski is a state bridge, outside of the Port Authority's purview. The Christie administration recast the bridge as an access road to the Lincoln Tunnel (they're not connected) in order to justify using Port Authority funds. The move is under scrutiny for potentially defrauding bond holders. Under the Martin Act, prosecutors could bring felony charges without proving intent to defraud. The SEC could also take civil action.

What's it all mean? Fraud.

Christie, who boasted he could balance the state's budget in his reelection stump speeches, couldn't. So he diverted funds from a public source, the billion dollar rail-tunnel project. Christie cancelled the project which was already underway then took the unspent funds and used them for repairs that were not authorized. He did it by claiming the bridge was an access road.

A bridge became an access road? Okay, that's stretching it, but we'll move on.

He then claimed this "access road" connected to the Lincoln Tunnel. It does NOT  lead or connect in any way, shape or form to the Lincoln Tunnel. That's like saying the Bridge over the River Kwai connected Burma with London.

So, just when you thought it was safe to return to New Jersey, think again. You may be following road signs from Trenton to New York City and end up in Pennsylvania thanks to Gov. Christie and his new road connection designations.

But if you want to speak to him, you better do it quickly. He may be moving his office to the New Jersey State Department of Corrections.

Looks like he's gonna have a bit more 'splainin' to do, Lucy.

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The Book Booth: Meteor Show 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, as well a brick and mortar in small town Washington State. Both have been in the book business since shortly after the Creation, or close to 6000 years now.

For those of us lucky enough to have clear skies this weekend, we may (or may not) be in for a big treat as the Camelopardalid (phew) showers will strew the evening skies. Of course, having read Day of the Triffids, and watched the movie, these events always worry me a bit. So be careful, if you do go out to watch the skies.

Dystopian futures have become a big staple in both young adult and adult fiction these days. Sarah Ang at Mashable suggest, however, that there may be some good works out there that are not so reliant on what has become formula writing. Read their thoughts here.

There was some great news for J.R.R. Tolkien fans this week as it was discovered that a reel-to-reel tape of a speech that he made to some Danish fans in the late 1950's has been unearthed. The details were posted here at HuffPo.

In the Irony is not Dead Department, it seems that Edward St. Aubyn's novel Lost for Words, a book that mocks literary prizes, has one an award for best comic novel. NPR has the story here.

In other good news, it seems the short-story is not only alive and kicking, but thriving. We love good short stories. Currently I am waiting for SeattleTammy to finish up a collection by musician Ry Cooder entitled LA Stories, published a couple of years ago. Sam Baker at the Telegraph has a good essay on the genre, with suggestions of good collections from the past and some contemporary writers to look out for.

Then again, there is the sub-genre of literary fraud. I remember well the controversy surrounding Clifford Irving's "autobiography" of Howard Hughes in the early 1970's. Unfortunately for Irving, Hughes was still alive and denied any involvement. But there are others as well, as the CBC notes here.

Then there are authors who feel that they have perpetuated frauds on their readers and disown their own works. io9 has ten such authors. And I'd agree, Ian Fleming's The Spy Who Loved Me, does pretty much suck.

If a writer does plan on committing fraud or a hoax, it might be best to adopt a pen name. There is fine literary tradition in doing so; witness Boz, George Eliot or George Orwell. Jonathan Wray at the New Yorker had these observations on the use of the pseudonym.

Some writers do not go gentle into the good night. It is good to see Larry McMurtry out there, alive and kicking, and featured in this Grantland article.

A new documentary movie, Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia, is soon to be released. Salon has a very interesting article on Vidal's career as writer and public intellectual, highlighting many of the contradictions in his life and attitudes.

With the long weekend ahead of us, we should find time to do some reading and Flavorwire has some handy suggestions for doing so in style and comfort.

Please enjoy your days off and let us know what's good in your pile of books!

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