In this season of giving - with just days to go before X'mas - I think it's about time I shared two of my all-time favorite holiday songs with all of you.
The first one is, simply put, My Favorite X'mas Song of All-Time.
Over the years I've written about many of my favorite songs, mainly in year-end pieces such as My Picks For The Best 15 Albums and 40 Songs of 2007, The Best 20 Albums and 50 Songs of 2008: Dylan Tops Both Lists, The Top 15 Albums and 25 Songs of 2009 and, most extensively of all, The Top Albums, Songs and Artists of the Decade. Then, of course, there was The 25 Greatest Dylan Songs of The Past 20 Years.
However, starting from today, every now and then I'm simply going to throw out one of my favorite songs at you, all on its very own.
Now you've all heard the anti-gay-marriage campaigners - in all their self-righteous raging homophobic glory - droning on and on about "traditional marriage", "God's intentions" and "Biblical teachings", as they condemn same-sex marriage and cry out that it's clearly something evil sent into this world by Satan himself to destroy us all.
You've listened, you've heard, you've observed, but you're not yet fully convinced that the haters are right and you simply don't have the time to read the whole Bible yourself right now.
Well, you're in luck, people, because Mrs. Betty Bowers, "America's Best Christian", has done all the hard work for you and in just four brief minutes lets you know everything you need to know about the good Lord's intentions when it comes to marriage.
The New French
You know how John McCain said he might not talk to the Spanish government if he's elected president? How, in an interview last month, he lumped Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Zapatero in with anti-American leaders such as Venezuela's Hugo Chavez and the Castro Brothers of Cuba?
Well, what I want to know is, does that make the Spanish the new French? And, if so, does that mean that this year all truly patriotic (i.e. idiotic) Americans will have to start calling their favorite aphrodisiac Freedom Fly, a la those Freedom Fries of French-hating days gone by? And, what I really want to know is this, will Freedom Fly still get you as horny as its American-hating cousin, Spanish Fly?
Hey, all you fans of comedy and politics, Bill Maher has a new film out this weekend, a documentary on religion called "Religulous". I haven't seen it yet, but it sure looks great. What I have seen, however, is Jon Stewart interviewing Maher on "The Daily Show" earlier this week and, man, was it ever good! Check it out here:
You've gotta check this out! Yet another great clip from The Colbert Report.
Last week, as part of his ongoing "Better Know A Lobby" series, Stephen Colbert aired an interview with Lori Lippman Brown, director of the Secular Coalition for America; a group that, insane as it may seem, thinks Sex Ed classes, among other things, should be based on - wait for it - science.
With the Euro '08 Soccer Championship about to start in just a couple of weeks from now I think it's important that everyone should try to really understand the game. I'm not going to attempt to explain the intricacies of the world's most popular sport myself; no, I'm going to leave that to Canadian comedian Steve Patterson. All soccer fans and non-fans alike should most definitely check this out.
Ok, I think I may have found the greatest TV show ever made. I can't state that as absolute fact since I've yet to see every other show ever produced, but to my mind it really can't get much better than this. I mean, this is definitely one of the funniest things I've ever seen. Not just on TV, but anywhere... ever... period! Check it out and see if you don't agree. After all, a talk show called "Vagina Power" just isn't going to be boring now, is it? Especially not when a straight-talking host like Alexyss K. Tylor brings her mom along as sidekick - truly a classic combination.