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Lauren Mayer: I'm Not a Scientist

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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.

Lauren's podcasts can be found on Indie Media Weekly. See the schedule.

She was also recently on the Tim Corrimal Show. Tim is a great friend of The Political Carnival. You can subscribe to his site here.

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Why do so many politicians use "I'm not a (whatever)" as an excuse for denying facts? Here's my musical rebuttal of rightwing willful ignorance

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RIP Senator Jim Jeffords, of Vermont, who passed away this week

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And he passed on AS an Independent … The GOP let Jeffords wave buh-bye. The party left him.

Thom Hartmann had some interesting things to reveal! (And a Vermonter, sigh, but Bernie covers all ills.)

Jeffords had always been a Rhino (surprisingly thick on the ground up here in New England); in fact our wise and politically active Gramma Bea … if one has thoughts that our souls return, or somehow meet again after death … I can count on her giving him all kinds of hell in the proverbial 'meeting again' phase.

Photo, the AP.

Photo, the AP.

It's hard to imagine a more principled New Englander member of Congress than Jeffords. He was a dying breed: men and women who serve their country well and can see both sides.

From The Washington Post.

James M. Jeffords, the maverick Vermont politician who in 2001 gave Democrats a short-lived majority in the U.S. Senate when he left the Republican Party and declared himself an independent, died Aug. 18 at a retirement residence in Washington. He was 80.


from left, former U.S. Sen. Robert Stafford, Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., Sen. James Jeffords, R-Vt., U.S. Rep. Bernie Sanders, sit behind Calvin Coolidge impersonator Jim Cooke.

from left, former U.S. Sen. Robert Stafford, Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., Sen. James Jeffords, R-Vt., U.S. Rep. Bernie Sanders, sit behind Calvin Coolidge impersonator Jim Cooke.

Diane Derby, a former aide, confirmed his death but said she did not know the immediate cause. Mr. Jeffords declined to seek reelection to the Senate in 2006, citing his wife’s and his own declining health, and was succeeded by Bernie Sanders, his state’s longtime representative-at-large, who also is an independent.

A former Vermont state senator and attorney general, Mr. Jeffords served seven terms in the U.S. House of Representatives before winning election to the Senate in 1988. He established himself as a moderate-to-liberal Republican, a reflection of his state’s political tendencies, and frequently voted with Democrats on matters such as health care, taxes, abortion, gay rights, gun control and the environment.

He was but 80 years old to have touched the number of people Jeffords did.

U.S. Sen. Jim Jeffords, I-Vt., waves to members of the Legislature at the Statehouse in Montpelier in this Jan. 5, 2006, with his wife, Elizabeth “Liz” Daley Jeffords. (Photo- TOBY TALBOT:AP )

U.S. Sen. Jim Jeffords, I-Vt., waves to members of the Legislature at the Statehouse in Montpelier in this Jan. 5, 2006, with his wife, Elizabeth “Liz” Daley Jeffords. (Photo- TOBY TALBOT:AP )

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Maddow Demonstrates How Clueless The CIA Really Is

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When there's something strange in your neighborhood, who you gonna call? Well if you're in the real world. it's not Ghostbusters. And it's certainly not the CIA. You'd have more luck turning on CNN or MSNBC.

Last night Rachel Maddow eviscerated the CIA for a number of hugely important blunders -- their ignorance of major events that affected our nation and our security. In case you missed the royal Rachel M. dress-down, here's a sampling:

It's hard to believe this organization whose middle letter "I" stands for intelligence could be so inept. So out of the loop. So totally ineffective. Oh, and did I leave out, so costly. For 2013, the CIA alone was budgeted for $14.787 billion.

From Rachel's report, it would have been cheaper by $14.787 billion to just turn on CNN. What's that cost, 30 bucks a month as part of basic cable?

How we spend our tax money is important. And what we do in the name of national security is paramount. So this report of incompetence is shocking.

And so is this little tidbit that was reported this morning on Talking Points Memo:

The CIA has launched an internal review after members of Congress complained that the CIA may have been monitoring Senate Intelligence Committee staffers who worked on a report about the agency's detention and interrogation program, according to reports.

This review by the CIA of a review by Congress reminds me of this classic moment:

I'd like to reassure those congressional members who think the CIA has been spying on them that even if they are, Congress has nothing to worry about. It's the same CIA who's been failing at competency reviews for years. They're more Casablanca's Inspector Renault than TV's Inspector Columbo. Now if it was CNN or MSNBC's Rachel Maddow who was running a congressional investigation, perhaps then they should be shaking in their boots.

The GOP have a new catchword, one they're using about Obama and his foreign policy. It's "feckless."

feck·less: lacking initiative or strength of character; irresponsible; "a feckless mama's boy"
synonyms: useless; worthless; incompetent; inept; good-for-nothing

Maybe the GOP neo-cons and their puppets are using the right word, but just in the wrong context.

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McCain Calls Rodman An Idiot For Doing What He Himself Did

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Oh, don't we always love the pot calling the kettle black stories -- especially when John McCain doing the name calling? This war hero who named names to his captors (I'm not judging, just reporting) has recently returned from interfering with Secretary of State John Kerry's peace negotiation in Jerusalem. For Kerry, it was official business. He was carrying out official foreign policy.

So what does McCain do? He hurries over there on an unofficial capacity, forces his way into meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and totally kills any potential deal. Kerry came home empty handed. A failed mission. But the reasons why could be attributed to McCain, Lindsay Graham and Wyoming Senator John Barrasso showing up and fighting against Kerry and the US mission he was on. I call it treason. You can read about it here: The Three Stooges, McCain, Graham and Barrasso Commit Treason In Israel.

Evidently when someone other that McCain and his cronies talk to diplomatic representatives from other countries, it's not okay. But when it's kooky Dennis Rodman, it's name calling time for the semi-senile senior senator from Arizona. He says Rodman is an idiot. Really. He's of lower intellect. Is that a racist remark? How come Rodman's still a name 10 years after he's left the NBA. Can you name 10 others who are still in the mainstream media coverage that long after retiring? Dennis is shrewd and perhaps even smart. Not sure those attributes fit McCain any longer. Gramps has really lost it.

Of Kim Jung Un McCain says he participates in unspeakable cruelty and he possesses nuclear weapons. Wait a minute. Is he talking about Kim Jung Un or  Benjamin Netanyahu? Ask the Palestinians how they've been persecuted. Is he anymore unspeakable than the North Korean dictator? I'm all for Israel. Just not for it's hawkish leader who's tried to interfere in American diplomacy in the middle east, Syria and Iran to be exact.

Here's McCain playing Tonio, the clown from Pagliacci. The two faced-traitor McCain gives a dazzling performance. Golden Globe worthy if not the Oscars.

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