X'mas

Mike's Likes #2: Broke Virgins and Lonely Jews

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.

Mike's Likes #1: Suddenly It's Christmas

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.

The Pope's Annual X'mas Message of Hate

Benny The Pontificator Strikes Again

That buffoon Benedict is at it once again, lashing out at gays in yet another hate-filled speech and declaring that civilization must be saved from the evil, destructive influence of homosexuality (read more here: Pope attacks blurring of gender, and here: Gay groups angry at Pope remarks).

Now that's a Christmas message we can all get behind, isn't it? A message of peace, love and joy. Yet another classic in a long line of greats, such as the one about the corrosive influence of premarital sex on society; the one concerning the evils of birth control, particularly condoms (even in AIDS-ravaged places such as sub-Saharan Africa); and let's not forget that oldie-but-goodie: the need to conquer and convert all heathens and infidels.

The Secret To An Extra Merry X'mas

With just 3 days to go before X'mas I think it's high time I shared with you my secret to an especially joyful and happy holiday season. Because, hey, regardless of what your grandma may have told you, all that requisite joy and happiness can't come from rum and eggnog alone. No, sometimes you need a little something extra to get you through the holidays with a constant smile on your face. And I'm not talking about any illegal substances here either. What I am talking about is The Greatest X'mas Album Ever.

The Speaking Of "Dismal Theories" Rant (The Pope Spews Some X'mas Hate)

Ok, look, it's the holiday season and I really don't have the time, nor the inclination, to rant right now; however, I've sadly been left with no other choice.

Believe me, I was just trying to get into the holiday spirit yesterday when, out of nowhere, I got blindsided by none other than the Holy Pontiff; and he simply left me with no other option but to stand up to his bigotry, hatred and illogical ravings. Hey, somebody's got to do it, right?

Merry X'mas From Mongolia (Land of Yummy Mutton Butter Tea)

MERRY X'MAS from Mongolia, the land of salty mutton butter tea, the two Frog Rocks, extremely cold days and nights, and so much more.

We're having a great time here in Ulaan Baatar. It may be the biggest city and the capital of Mongolia, but it feels like a small town - we can walk just about anywhere in town here in 15 to 20 minutes. We're staying in a really nice little guest house with a very friendly family. And for the past 10 days or so we've been hanging out with our new friend, Nabe, a really great guy from Osaka.

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