On this balmy, sixty degree weather from the Jersey Shore – Merry Christmas to all!
After listening to countless hours of Sirius XM‘s Christmas songs, I have to say that “The Christmas Shoes” by NewSong is still, by far, the absolute worst Christmas song that I’ve ever heard.
How can someone honestly play this song? It’s about a dirt-poor kid who begs the guy in line in front of him for a pair of shoes to give to his mother, WHO (by the way) his father has already said is on her last legs.
If you hear this song, turn it off immediately! Call the radio station that is playing it and tell them that you can stand that song! This song should be banned!
Now folks, there are some dumb people out there. I’m sure that some of you know some of them very well (I certainly do).
But this guy is a complete moron. What the hell is wrong with you people out in California? Damn it!
This guy LIGHTS HIMSELF ON FIRE because the Kern High School Board of Trustees named the Christmas and Easter breaks what they are – the “Christmas” and “Easter” breaks.
This stupid extremist (I won’t even sully the liberals by calling him a liberal – he’s THAT stupid) is an example of what the problem is with America today. So here we have two school breaks that are now and have obviously always been a part of the celebration of Christmas and Easter; we have a situation where over the last decade relativism hit America hard and almost brainwashed all of us; and now America is waking up from relativism and realizing how stupid a “Holiday Tree” and “Winter Solistice” are as names for a Christmas Tree and Christmas Day so we’re finally getting back to normal.
And this extremist’s response? He lights himself on fire.
By far, the worst Christmas song that I’ve ever heard is “The Christmas Shoes” by NewSong. The song is about a little kid who is buying his Mom a new pair of shoes before she dies later on that night.
What the fuck? Are you serious?!?
Someone actually made a song about a little kid buying his Mom shoes before she dies?! Alright, if you’ve heard the song you know it pulls at your heart strings. You know that it’s well-performed and that it has a nice, loving message (I guess).
But let me ask you: Who the hell is going to play this song? It’s bad enough that it’s on the Sirius XM Holiday station, but what is the intended audience for this song? People in a hospital? Hell no! Nobody wants to hear about some woman dying and her son not understanding the whole thing in a hospital.
Are you going to play this at your company Christmas Party? Absolutely not. What about the informal Christmas gathering at your college buddy’s house? Yeah, “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree,” “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” and the song about a woman dying and her son being happy that she’s meeting Jesus tonight.
That’s right, folks. One of the song’s lyrics is:
And I want her to look beautiful, If Momma meets Jesus tonight.
So are you going to play this song in your car while you’re driving around doing Christmas shopping? Good Lord no!
When can you play such a depressing song? When you’re sitting in front of the fire at Christmas and you’re alone (again) and you feel like you’ve got nothing left to live for any more. Congratulations, NewSong. You’ve made a Christmas song for manically depressed people who want to shoot themselves!
Sometimes it pays to have a blog of your thoughts. From my Black Friday 2005 Review:
The worst part of the day were the lines at Circuit City. Someone at Circuit City has got to get their act together and NOT have a bunch of high school teenage girls running all five registers in the place. First off, you don’t have enough registers for the crowds – fix that.
Just like last year, the worst part of the day was Circuit City’s lines. However, I didn’t stick around this year when there were dozens of cashiers available at the local Wal-Mart and Target stores. And Best Buy has got a great, fast checkout system even though the line looks deceivingly long. But Circuit City – they ought to be ashamed of themselves. This is almost 2007 and an electronics store that specializes is gizmos and gadgets to make life easier can’t manage to figure out a way to put in a few more registers and NOT have their lines wrapping around the store?
The sales today were so-so, nothing really to go crazy about. I got a nice 6-in-1 Remington shaving set at Wal-Mart and a few DVDs at Target and Best Buy. The problem with the DVDs on sale this year is that they were all mostly crappy movies and box sets! When I get back to Monmouth County tonight or tomorrow, I’m going to take a swing around the stores down there and see what they have on sale.
My Mom also got a really great leather jacket for my Dad at an amazing price from JC Penney. I didn’t venture out to the K-Mart or Kohl’s today because the K-Mart was too far and the Kohl’s is guaranteed to have a line that actually does wrap around the store. During our travels this morning, there were no Playstation 3’s or Wii’s to be seen (as expected), though the demos were good to look at.
All in all, this was a decent Black Friday. I saw a lot of people cramming their car trunks full of gifts, which is great. Unlike Black Friday 2004, which was a total bust, this year there were some good deals on some quality items. Now that being said, it’s only 2:20pm my time so I could probably go out for round two tonight!
Before the tryptophan-induced sleep overtakes us all, let me say Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!
With a little bit of football, Black Friday planning, and some family and friends coming over to celebrate, I won’t hold you all up with a long-winded post! Have a good one!
Those of you that know me know that I’m a freak for Christmas. I just love that time of the year! When I get older, I fully intend to have an entire room in my house dedicated to the celebration of Christmas. Very weird, I know.
I had planned on having a Christmas Party sometime during this week, but I got bogged down in work and my small business and my trip to New Orleans next week and interviewing for the new job, etc. So, I thought that the least I could do was write something about Christmas…and for some reason I thought I would take a look back at my 2006 New Year’s Resolutions.
One goal was to reach my intended weight goals in my diet. That “hold” that my workout regime was on during the winter months has been prolonged because I absolutely can’t stand my gym. Thank God I start at Gold’s Gym on August 1st! I haven’t really gained any weight since Christmas – but about a week and a half ago I started doing some intense walking around town…so that’s good.
I wanted to go to Church more than just Sunday and I’ve accomplished that. I had a good time during Holy Week in April and I enjoyed going to Church on off days here and there. So I’ve succeeded and dominated that resolution. Next!
Hmmm, achieving financial freedom, eh? Well, I can’t say that I’m financially free (let’s not forget that I’m the poster boy for student loan debt), but I will say that I’m making more money now than ever before and that – with my new job – I’ll begin to make some major headway against paying back those student loans. Financial freedom coming soon? Well, sooner than for most people, I would assume. I’ve made a lifestyle out of frugal living lately so once these bigger paychecks start coming in, I fully intend to devote them to completely paying off my student loans. I’ll beat those bastards…just you watch!
I wanted to work on growing and being successful with my web design business. Accomplished that!
I resolved to do more work in the community development field after I graduated – definitel accomplished that!
And so that’s that! I’m pretty much successful on all of my resolutions so far. The only one that I’m slacking on is getting back into the hardcore workout routine that I was once in and, like I said before, that’s because of my gym sucking and me waiting to get to another gym. Once that happens – I’m set. I guess if I had to make a long-term resolution right now, it would be to achieve one of my pre-weight loss goals of getting into good enough shape to enter an open wrestling tournament (freestyle) and to go out there and see if I have anything left. The plan is to achieve that goal next spring, so we’ll talk more about it around then!
By the way, there’s only about 150 days left until Christmas…you better start shopping!
Thanks to Dave Talbert for sending over this completely hilarious, way too politically correct “Twelve Days of Christmas!”
On the 12th day of the Eurocentrically imposed midwinter festival, my potential-acquaintance-abuse-survivor gave to me,
TWELVE males reclaiming their inner warrior through ritual drumming
ELEVEN pipers piping (plus the 18-member pit orchestra made up of members in good standing of the Musicians Equity Union as called for in their union contract even though they will not be asked to play a note…)
TEN melanin-deprived testosterone-poisoned scions of the patriarchal ruling class system leaping,
NINE persons engaged in rhythmic self-_expression,
EIGHT economically disadvantaged female persons stealing milk-products from enslaved Bovine-Americans,
SEVEN endangered swans swimming on federally protected wetlands,
SIX enslaved fowl-Americans producing stolen nonhuman animal products,
FIVE golden symbols of culturally sanctioned enforced domestic incarceration, (NOTE: after a member of the Animal Liberation Front threatened to throw red paint at my computer, the calling birds, French hens and partridge have been reintroduced to their native habitat. To avoid further animal-American enslavement, the remaining gift package has been revised.)
FOUR hours of recorded whale songs,
THREE deconstructionist poets,
TWO Sierra Club calendars printed on recycled processed tree carcasses.
And a Spotted Owl activist chained to an old-growth pear tree.
Someone’s getting kissed…
Who’s it going to be???
There was a lot of good and bad things that happened yesterday – let’s review!
The worst part of the day were the lines at Circuit City. Someone at Circuit City has got to get their act together and NOT have a bunch of high school teenage girls running all five registers in the place. First off, you don’t have enough registers for the crowds – fix that. Second, you’ve got a bunch of young girls that are more concerned about their appearance than telling Mr. and Mrs. Asshole in line that the $100 box set of their favorite musician is NOT on sale for $9.99! It’s Black Friday – get your act together Circuit City.
That’s my only criticism of Circuit City. On the flip side, they had some tremendous sales! Good job on being able to lure the customers in to the store with promotions! You gotta respect a company that knows how to put together a good Black Friday marketing scheme. I applaud Circuit City for their DVD prices – but someone really has to get a completely new checkout system over at that place…
Best Buy was alright – much better checkout situation. Nothing like the 45 minute line that my Mother and I waited on at Circuit City. The sales at Best Buy were alright – nothing crazy.
Same goes for Wal-Mart. The lines were alright, nothing too terrible. The best part of the Wal-Mart promotions that I saw was at the third Wal-Mart that I went to (you have to shop around at these places!) – they were selling box sets for $20. I was going to get the box set of Smallville because I heard it was a great series. Anyone have any thoughts on that? They actually have seasons one and two for $20 each…
I didn’t go into any actual in-door malls today because in my view, they can’t compete with the discount stores like Wal-Mart, Circuit City, and Target. Ah – Target! I went in there today and was completely unimpressed. It reminded me a lot of Black Friday 2004 in Wal-Mart – lots of hope and nothing to show for it.
All in all, I got 16 DVDs for under $100. Some of these movies are pretty good (Kingdom of Heaven, I Robot, Robots, Anchorman, Arrested Development Season Two) and some are pretty funny just to own (Masters of the Universe starring Dolph Lundgren, Jeff Foxworthy: Totally Committed). I was hoping to get more movies today, but I guess that sixteen is a good start.
Of course now that I’ve shopped for myself, I should probably make some time to go Christmas shopping for the family and friends…there better be good sales coming up in the next few weeks!
Oh, and what was the deal with Kohl’s today? I went in there and the line was literally wrapped around the entire store! That’s ridiculous! I don’t know how long some of those people were waiting in line, but there was no WAY that I would have waited there! I’m one of those big “Cyber Monday” folks…in other words I see a ton of people in line at Kohl’s on Black Friday, I say screw it – I’ll buy whatever I was looking for online when they offer free shipping (which is usually this Monday).
I hope that you all enjoyed your Thanksgiving and Black Fridays! Starting Saturday morning it’s back to the hum drum of plowing away at papers for Rutgers, beating myself up at the gym, and trying to find time to plan out my volunteer-based events. Fun!