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When I make my list of The Great Americans, Randy Newman will be right at the top, thanks in no small part to his op-ed in today's New York Times.

I'm reprinting it below to save you Times registration, but I will say that Times registration is totally worth it.

A Few Words in Defense of Our Country

By Randy Newman

I’d like to say a few words
In defense of our country
Whose people aren’t bad nor are they mean
Now the leaders we have
While they’re the worst that we’ve had
Are hardly the worst this poor world has seen

Let’s turn history’s pages, shall we?

Take the Caesars for example
Why within the first few of them
They had split Gaul into three parts
Fed the Christians to the lions
And burned down the City
And one of ’em
Appointed his own horse Consul of the Empire
That’s like vice president or something
That’s not a very good example, is it?
But wait, here’s one, the Spanish Inquisition
They put people in a terrible position

I don’t even like to think about it
Well, sometimes I like to think about it

Just a few words in defense of our country
Whose time at the top
Could be coming to an end
Now we don’t want their love
And respect at this point is pretty much out of the question
But in times like these
We sure could use a friend

Hitler. Stalin.
Men who need no introduction
King Leopold of Belgium. That’s right.
Everyone thinks he’s so great
Well he owned The Congo
He tore it up too
He took the diamonds, he took the gold
He took the silver
Know what he left them with?

A president once said,
“The only thing we have to fear is fear itself”
Now it seems like we’re supposed to be afraid
It’s patriotic in fact and color coded
And what are we supposed to be afraid of?
Why, of being afraid
That’s what terror means, doesn’t it?
That’s what it used to mean

The end of an empire is messy at best
And this empire is ending
Like all the rest
Like the Spanish Armada adrift on the sea
We’re adrift in the land of the brave
And the home of the free
Goodbye. Goodbye. Goodbye.

What are your favorite TSOYA episodes?


A big-city public radio station came sniffing around The Sound of Young America offices today, and they're interested in doing a test run of the show on their airwaves. This, obviously, is very exciting news.

They want to air three or four shows, and don't mind if they're from the archives.

What are your three or four favorite TSOYA episodes from the last six months or so?

Let me know in the forum, or just leave a comment here on the blog.

Andy Kindler on Letterman


How much do I love Andy Kindler?

"Well, it's 2007, and Mel Gibson is still writing "I Hate the Jews" on his checks."

Andy's at Morty's Comedy Joint in Indianapolis from the 24th through 27th.

Hurray for Ira Glass! Hurray for Ira Glass!


From the Hartford Courant:

Ira Glass brings his series "This American Life" to television this spring - but the show that originates from Public Radio International and a public broadcasting station in Chicago, will be on Showtime, not on public television.

"Public television is terrible," says Glass. "This isn't the greatest thing for me to say, but it's the truth. In terms of innovation and what they do, you know, it's just not that interesting most of the time."

Though he likes shows such as "Frontline," Glass says, for the most part, public TV hasn't lived up to the innovations and service of public radio.

"In fact," he says, "the stations are more beholden to corporate interest than commercial TV."

Besides, he says, "Showtime approached me. Public TV did not approach me. Showtime wanted to do this series."

Had public TV even wanted to do it, the network would have taken two to three years to raise money to fund it first, Glass says.

"Whereas a network like Showtime, they say, `Come on. We're going. We're going.' And then they can write the check, and basically we're in production," he says.

The six-episode first season of "This American Life" starts March 22 on Showtime.



Football Halftime


"OK, guys. Something happened out there. You ran a lot, and sometimes you threw and caught the ball. Anyway, somehow we wound up being down by 28 points. And that's not good. Even I know that. That's four touchdowns. Or maybe it's four touchdowns and four kicks. I think you only get 6 points for a touchdown and then you have to kick the ball. And you probably have to kick it from a certain distance. I don't know. But listen. Here's the thing. You guys have got to do better in the second half. Because there are only two halves. The halves are about 30 minutes long, and there is a halftime show, sometimes with John Fogerty."


via Elephant Larry

The Oscars are DEAD TO ME.


SBC didn't even get nominated for best actor?


Podcast: Jordan, Jesse GO! Episode 8


In this week's Jordan Jesse GO!, we are visited by comedian and podcaster Jimmy Pardo.

We talk about all kinds of stuff, and have so much fun that we've split this week's show into two parts once again. Later this week, more on Sex and the City and an all-new Hang It Up, Keep It Up.


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SF Sketchfest Tribute to Paul Reubens Tonight


The one and only Paul Reubens, comedy god and creator of Pee-Wee Herman, the fictional character about whom I care most in the world, will be gracing the stage of the SF Sketchfest (of which we are a sponsor) tonight. He'll be interviewed by Bay Area journalism legend Ben Fong-Torres. And guess what, there are even some tickets still available!

Seriously, get your tickets and get your ass out to the show, Bay Areans. Do this thing.

Flight of the Conchords Deal With The Issues


Tracy Morgan vs. Conan O'Brien


Q: Who will win?

Note: I got a bit tired of some of Conan O'Brien's schtick long ago. And Andy Richter was my favorite part of the show. And I go to bed at 10:30 like an elderly man now.

But man, isn't Conan wonderfully funny with guests? It's a rare skill to be as funny as he is without stealing attention from the person you're interviewing. Wow. He's really gotten spectacularly good at it.

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