OK, OK, I know. I said "Trust me" at the end of my last post. I promised to have a huge quantity of goodies to suck your entire weekend away. I lied. I failed. Not one week, but twice. I'm covered in shame and chocolate and peanut butter. I spent almost two weeks working on filling nineteen tins of chocolate goodness for the family (and also for a few people who would have murdered me and hidden the body too well to ever be found if I hadn't included them) for the holiday season. That's my only excuse. Well, that, and doing show prep for a guest hosting spot on the radio, working on my nascent business, trying to shop for Christmas, working on the Saddle Up Texas Straw Poll and about eleventy other things. Clone me. Please.
So let's jump right in to the links you're begging for:
Speaking of the straw poll, did you know the Saddle Up Texas Straw Poll has a THEME SONG? Karl Brunig and his awesome band have recorded one, and you can DOWNLOAD IT ON iTUNES! Check out his other music too, and support local artists like Karl and all his generous friends who helped make this possible. Hit him up on Facebook, too, and thank him for his hard work!
DARYL HALL & JOHN OATES GO VIRAL - @Snarky_Basterd alerted me to this story, which is a little ridiculous actually, because there's LIVE FROM DARYL'S HOUSE which has been out for years, and which you knew about already if you've read this blog with any regularity.
INTERNET MEME MARRIAGE PROPOSAL - This has to be one of the cutest things I've seen in a while - a bashful guy in Kuala Lampur proposing to his honey in the internet age. You won't be sorry you watched it, even if you're an old fogey who doesn't get internet memes, or even know what they are. Though that does make it funnier.
WORST CHRISTMAS GIFTS EVER - Oh, admit it, you all have received one that has made it into your family stories. ESQUIRE has even more of them. Now you can compare your horror stories with other people's and feel better. Or worse. Or something.
BEST CHRISTMAS FEUD EVER - A true, heartwarming story about a twenty-five year "feud" over creative gift-giving.
ROMNEY HOLIDAY GIFT TAGS - to put on those Worst Christmas Gifts you plan to give this year, I guess.
MEDIA BIAS 101 - Gingrich tells a gay man in a conversation that he really ought to just vote for Obama,... or DID HE? Via Larry O'Connor.
HAWAII 5-0 CREW DISSES VETERANS ON PEARL HARBOR DAY - Just read it. If your eyes are still in their sockets, you aren't angry enough.
SAVE US CHUCK WOOLERY - I am officially in love with the former Love Connection host for THIS, and for THIS, and ESPECIALLY THIS.
THE NEWEST CHRISTMAS CLASSIC - Remy at Reason TV has recorded an instant classic with "Grandma Got Indefinitely Detained" for the holiday season. Enjoy, and spread it around and share the Very TSA Christmas!
MICKEY MOUSE WANTS TO RECALL GOVERNOR WALKER - The poor, embattled Wisconsin governor is not only under fire from unions, but apparently Mickey Mouse and Adolph Hitler want him gone too.
50 ECONOMIC NUMBERS YOU WON'T BELIEVE - I don't believe some of them either, and I'll be looking into them further, but really, even if half are true, shouldn't we be seeing some of this in political campaigns pretty soon?
POLITIFACT'S LIE OF THE YEAR FOR 2011 - You have to check this out. Then start asking why the conservative side usually sucks at messaging. Because even though it's a PANTS ON FIRE type of lie, IT WORKS.
BECK CALLS TEA PARTY RACIST - It went down like this - Glenn was talking to Judge Napolitano, and he... well, watch the video.
BREITBART CALLS BECK OUT - Andrew Breitbart isn't standing for Beck's outrageous claim about tea party and racism. And he's got a whole lot of anger about Beck's poaching. Remember ATTACK WATCH? Beck totally ripped it off, without credit. That's just the tip of the iceberg.
POACHERMAN - Gary Eaton's response to Beck- you gotta hear it!
UNICEF BASHES SANTA - Speaking of Breitbart, look what the crack team at Breitbart TV uncovered. I bet you didn't know Santa was a freaking One Percenter.
GALLUP: REPUBLICANS GAIN GROUND IN SWING STATES - Don't get cocky, but there are some interesting stats. The election is still eleven months away. Again, don't get cocky.
DEMOCRATS LOSING VOTERS - Again, use this as momentum to work harder. DON'T GET COCKY... Because...
HOUSE CAVES ON PAYROLL TAX CUT - You knew they would. I always feel like Charlie Brown with Lucy and that Damned football.
UNEMPLOYMENT RATES FOR METRO AREAS - Find yours, compare with your friends!
MORE BAD NEWS FOR DEMOCRATS - Don't make me say it again, because ...
NAACP WARNS OF VOTER ID LAWS = VOTER SUPPRESSION - And people, that sells. And it makes people angry and ready to fight. And it makes them less likely to care about the truth. We have got to have an answer to this that hits home. Not just confronting it, but turning those communities into supporters for Voter ID.
SMALLER GOVERNMENT = RACISM - I called this months ago. I KNEW it would happen as soon as the Bigger Government Advocates figured out the fact that the government worker population has a higher percentage of minorities in employment than the general population.
HOMELAND SECURITY SNOW CONES - I'm not kidding. If they were using them to raise money for Homeland Security, maybe I could see this. I mean, didn't we have all those bake sales in the '90s? Am I the only one who remembers those?
This week in PEOPLE I ADORE, I bring you THE SMALL "g" GAY - Small g hosts a Blogtalk Radio show a couple of times a week, and he and his guests bring some of the best political commentary out there on the presidential horse race. You can also follow him on Twitter, which I highly recommend. Small g is nothing like what you'd think; a "homocon" who's not happy with the Gay Lobby pushing the Gay Agenda. Open your mind and listen to a show or two - you'll be glad you did.
And on the READING LIST this week, I just finished HARD TIMES by Dickens and picked up DELIVER US FROM EVIL by David Baldacci. Baldacci is the guy who wrote the book that led to the Clint Eastwood movie "Absolute Power" and has a large collection of really good whiplash-inducing action novels. This one is about rounding up war criminals - not for the faint of heart.
So with all of that said, let me leave you with a few of my Christmas Favorites to reward you for slogging through all the crappy news above:
CHARLIE BROWN - MEANING OF CHRISTMAS
CHARLIE BROWN - CHRISTMAS TIME IS HERE
OH SANTA! - Veggie Tales
MUST HAVE BEEN OLD SANTA CLAUS - Harry Connick Jr.
O COME, O COME, EMMANUEL - Barlow Girl
Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy New Year; and may all of the things you might celebrate be filled with joy, fun, love, peace, and chocolate. Unless you're allergic or something. In which case, you're on your own.