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Jimmy Scott - I’ll Be Around

07/09/2014 01:12:45 AM

Saturday Song Selection: Special Edition“Good-bye again,And if you find a love like mine,Just now and then,Oh, drop a line to say you `re feeling fine” – Alec WilderIn light of his recent passing and in recognition of a true interpretive ...

God Save Us From Religion – The Commandments of Combat

06/27/2014 14:51:13 PM

A Curse in Verse"The tendency to turn human judgments into divine commands makes religion one of the most dangerous forces in the world.” -

The Butler Did It: Days of a Dandy 2

06/07/2014 19:52:58 PM

Unaccustomed to Your Face – When Celebrity Cosmetic Surgeons Attack!

05/26/2014 23:36:55 PM

“I'd like to grow old with my face moving.” - Kate Winslet“I think it's hideous. They scare small children.” - Jerry HallInspiration can come from the most unexpected places - uncomfortably watching Barry Manilow toil, grapple and struggle ...

You Say You Want a Revolution – Supreme Court Injustices

05/10/2014 10:38:53 AM

The Court Building, where Justice goes to be teased and taunted"Look what's happening out in the streets.Got a revolution Got to revolution…One generation got old,One generation got soul,This generation got no destination to holdPick up the ...

Weird Science: Cosmos and the Hypocrisy of Science Deniers

04/18/2014 22:30:55 PM

“The good thing about science is that it's true whether or not you believe in it.”

Putin on the Ritz – The Right’s Unabashed, Unrequited Love for a Tyrannical Enemy of Freedom

04/01/2014 01:16:40 AM

Who ordered the cheesecake?“I love him, I love him, I love him,And where he goes,I'll follow, I'll follow, I'll follow.He'll always be my true love, my true love, my true love

Season of the Witch – A Poem of Palin

03/11/2014 01:29:14 AM

“It's strange, sure it's strange.You've got to pick up every stitch,You've got to pick up every stitch,The rabbits running in the ditch,Oh no, must be the season of the witch,Must be the season of the witch, yeah” – Donovan“She has the ...

Las Vegas: The Good, the Bad and the Osmonds

03/08/2014 16:34:55 PM

Luck Be a Lady Tonight, I Don’t Want to Catch HepatitisHow Donny and Marie Softened a Hardened HeartToday's essay was originally and inaccurately entitled "Las Vegas: Trash Bin of America" and as one would imagine by such a startling, starting ...

The Self-Immolation of the Party of Lincoln: Hate Burns Fast and Leaves But Ash

02/17/2014 03:13:42 AM

“The party of Lincoln shouldn’t become the party of Jefferson Davis. Or is that where we’re headed?” – Chris Matthews“Tombstone handAnd a graveyard mineJust twenty twoAnd I don’t mind dying.Who do you love?Who do you love?” – ...

Saturday Song Selection: Special Sexist Symphony Edition

01/26/2014 11:43:22 AM

"I just couldn't get anyone to sing my songs, so I had to sing my own tunes" - Paul Anka"I believe in criticism" - Paul AnkaAs regular readers know (and so we commence by egotistically taking quite the fantastical leap with a presumption of, ...

A Side of Holland-days: A New Amsterdamer in Amsterdam

01/14/2014 16:05:58 PM

The following tale contains elements of truth, elements that are blatant lies, elements of writer’s embellishment, elements from the Periodic Table and most relevantly, Strunk and White’s “Elements of Style.” Let us journey jointly and ...

Bear Dynasty – The Sexy, Untold, Fabulous Story Behind the Hate

01/12/2014 23:15:48 PM

Phil Robertson with lips lovingly wrapped around a phallus“All I did was quote from the scriptures” – Phil Robertson“Love one another, as I have loved you” – Jesus Christ“It’s one life and there’s no return and no depositOne ...

Sessions with Santa - Christmas Captions

12/26/2013 12:32:00 PM

“If there was a wayI'd hold back this tearBut it's Christmas dayPlease…Baby, please come home” – Barry, Greenwich, Spector“Christmas, Christmas time is nearTime for toys and time for cheerWe've been good but we can't lastHurry Christmas, ...

A Creature’s Been Stirring

12/18/2013 03:15:08 AM

Where the Wild Things Are: Hell's Kitchen Edition 2All creatures, great and small, are my brethren“Hey, do the mouse, yeah,Hey, you can do it in your house yeah,On the rug, or on the wallIf your folks get bugged do it in the hall"

Saturday Song Selection – Randy Newman: Political Science

12/02/2013 11:36:00 AM

The Neo-Con ThemeOr Why Do Republicans Love War So?"This deal falls very short on all fronts... it bodes very, very ominously for the region, and in fact, U.S. security - Eric Cantor“Bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb Iran.” – John McCain “Let's ...

The Slow, Painful Decline of Network TV 2 – Must Flee TV

11/11/2013 00:00:50 AM

“Originality is the art of concealing your sources” – Benjamin Franklin“It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation” – Herman Melville“We can’t rewind, we’ve gone too farPictures came and broke your heart” ...

Dude, Grow Up! - The Infantalization of the American Male

10/25/2013 17:31:56 PM

Stout-Hearted Men: Days of a Dandy

10/13/2013 20:32:16 PM

Male Bonding at the House of Brews But You Doesn’t Has to Call Me Johnson“Oh Dandy, Dandy,When you gonna’ give up?Are you feeling old now?You always will be free” – Ray Davies “Stout-hearted menCan stick together man to man” – ...

A Song of Rafael - Killing a Country on Cruz Control

10/05/2013 16:17:01 PM

"Okay, who hates America? Raise your hand."“I got fury in my soulFury's gonna take me to the glory goal

My Country Tis of Me

09/29/2013 02:09:11 AM

Cruz, Conservatives, Corporations and Christians Want You to DieI Me Me Mine"A nation, as a society, forms a moral person, and every member of it is personally responsible for his society." - Thomas Jefferson”In this country we rise and fall ...

Syria and September 11th: The Past, the Present and the Weariness of War

09/11/2013 14:02:38 PM

“Nobody living can ever stop me,As I go walking that freedom highway; Nobody living can ever make me turn back This land was made for you and me.” – Woody GuthrieAt this time, when we commemorate another anniversary of the attacks of September ...

Linda Ronstadt - Prisoner in Disguise

08/27/2013 21:13:35 PM

Saturday Song Selection: Special Edition"Blessed with arguably the most sterling set of pipes of her generation ... rarest of rarities—a chameleon who can blend into any background yet remain boldly distinctive ... It's an exceptional gift; ...

Eydie Gorme – I Wanna Be Around

08/22/2013 09:22:01 AM

Saturday Song Selection: Special Edition “What a delight to watch somebody who really knows how to sing get up there and do it.” – Johnny Carson “Her voice was incomparable and her interpretations tugged at my heart. May she rest in ...

No Sex Please, We're Skittish

08/01/2013 19:55:47 PM

Even Educated Fleas Do ItThe Case for Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness“Sha-la-la-la-la-la, live for todaySha-la-la-la-la-la, live for todayAnd don't worry 'bout tomorrow, hey, hey, hey”

Welcome to New York – Now Get Out

07/28/2013 16:12:47 PM

A Native’s Guide to TourismHey Babe, Take a Walk on the Wild Side“I happen to like New York, I happen to love this townI like the city air, I like to drink of itThe more I see New York, the more I think of itI like the sight and the sound ...