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George Harrison appearing, unannounced, on stage with Monty Python during “The Lumberjack Song” (the single was produced by George) in New York City, 20 April 1976 (Photo courtesy Mojo4Music, photographed by Steve Morley)

“[On 20 April 1976] George, wearing the uniform of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, appears unannounced with his friends the Monty Python comedy team at New York’s City Center, at West 55th Street, during their performance of ‘The Lumberjack Song’. He had, in fact, been watching the first half of the show from the audience and went backstage at the interval. The Python team, starting a three-week run at the venue, invited him to join the cast during the song. ‘George is a lumberjack freak. He used that song on his tour to introduce the show,’ says Nancy Lewis, Monty Python’s American manager. (Incidentally, the former Beatle is such a fan of the song that, when George and Olivia go on holiday during the late Seventies and early Eighties, he will use the name 'Jack Lumber’ as an alias.)” - The Beatles Diary - Volume 2: After The Break-Up 1970-2001

Monty Python also appeared at the Concert for George on 29 November 2002: here.

“I first met Michael Palin and Terry Jones in 1972, I think. I met Eric Idle in 1975, at the California premierè of the Holy Grail film. And although that was the first time I’d ever met him, I felt like I’d known them all for years, because I’d watched all the programs and had had them on videotape. So it only took ten minutes before we were the best of friends.
I think after the Beatles, Monty Python was my favorite thing. It bridged the years when there was nothing really doing, and they were the only ones who could see that everything was a big joke.” - George Harrison, Rolling Stone, 19 April 1979

“Monty Python. Eric (Idle) is incredible. Michael Palin too. He is very funny. They all are. They filled that empty space for me; after 1968, 1969, they really kept me going, you know.” - George Harrison, I Me Mine

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Democrats stage gun-control House sit-in

A drained and dwindling group of Democrats, some draped in blankets and toting pillows, carried their remarkable House floor sit-in past daybreak Thursday, disrupting the business of Congress in the wake of the Orlando shooting rampage with demands for gun-control votes in an extraordinary scene of protest broadcast live to the world.

Unyielding Republicans who control the chamber branded the move a publicity stunt and summarily adjourned the chamber at around 3:15 a.m. EDT until after the Fourth of July. By 7:30 a.m. Thursday - 20 hours after the protest commenced - around a dozen Democrats remained, including Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, giving speeches that mixed victory declarations with vows to never back down in their drive to curb firearm violence.

“While the Americans don’t always expect us to win, they do expect us to fight,” said Rep. Al Green, D-Texas, as dawn broke and the few remaining lawmakers sat in a paper-cluttered chamber beneath empty visitor galleries. “We demonstrated to the American why we can’t get votes on common sense safety measures.”

When Republicans streamed to the exits hours earlier, Democrats remained on the House floor, shouting “No bill no break!” and waving papers with the names of gun victims written in black. Rep. Maxine Waters of California said she was ready to stay “until Hell freezes over.”

With a crowd cheering them on from outside the Capitol and many more following the theatrics on social media, Democrats declared success in dramatizing the argument for action to stem gun violence. (AP)

Photos: (from top) Rep. Chillie Pingree via AP, Pete Marovich/Getty Images, Alex Wong/Getty Images, 2, House Television via AP, REUTERS/Carlos Barria

See more images of the sit-in on Yahoo News

The fact that the Democrats are staging a sit in of the House floor is fascinating, but there’s something else this brings up I want people to remember.

The severe censorship of our elected legislative body is disgusting. Paul Ryan basically gets to decide unilaterally what we, the American people, get to see is happing in the House of Representatives. He can turn off the CSPAN cameras and the lights, and no video or photos are allowed on the floor.