I'll be spending Black Friday on the air, guest-hosting for Rush on America's Number One radio show, live from 12 noon Eastern/9am Pacific. But I'd like to think that at least some of the folks trampling li'l ol' ladies into the dust at shopping malls up and down the land will be stampeding for my new cat album, Feline Groovy: Songs for Swingin' Cats. It's officially released this coming Monday, but you can pre-order it via Amazon in CD or digital format - or via iTunes, which has a sneak preview of one track, "The Cat Came Back". Margarete already has her copy and is enjoying it:
We ordered this album directly from the Mark Steyn website and have thoroughly enjoyed it. The most favorite of course it the last one: "She only talks that way to the cat." We surely know what you are talking about. ;-). Another favorite is "Chase me Charlie.
Those two songs alone are worth the cost of 'ownership' of this fun release.
Of course every true cat lover will either want one of these for a Christmas present or give this to somebody and clever Mark Steyn, who has been telling his readers for years that while the world goes to hell, the masses are watching cat videos, figured out how to cash in on this trend.
Thanks Mark, we love you for it.
Thank you for that, Margarete. "She Only Talks That Way To The Cat" is looking like the breakout track on the album, but "Chase Me, Charlie" is a very sweet song about girl cat/boy cat stuff and I'm very touched you like that one, too. Feline Groovy is dedicated to his own groovy feline Marvin, who stars with me on the cover. Inside, you'll find a baker's dozen of the world's greatest cat songs, from Rossini to Ted Nugent. We couldn't persuade Rossini to give us a quote for the album, but Ted Nugent did ("Mark Steyn nails the soulfullness of my classic song!"). As for cat videos, if you can't beat 'em, join 'em. Scroll down if you haven't yet seen my contribution to the genre.
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~I was honored to be part of two climatological bestsellers this year, either of which makes a fine Christmas present for the warm-monger or denier among your loved one. The first - Climate Change: The Facts - is just that, and is also available as part of our Big Climate Special. The second is my pushback against Big Climate enforcer Michael E Mann, whose suit against me for defamation is now in its fourth year at the DC Superior Court of Climate Apostasy. "A Disgrace to the Profession": The World's Scientists - in Their Own Words - on Michael E Mann, His Hockey Stick, and Their Damage to Science, Volume One is my fun round-up of what real scientists think about the planet's most notorious cartoon climatologist.
Ross McKitrick, along with Steve McIntyre, did more to demolish the global-warming "hockey stick" than anybody else. As he wrote yesterday in Canada's Financial Post:
As Mark Steyn's excruciatingly convincing book A Disgrace to the Profession makes clear, about the only thing there's a real consensus on today is that, despite its prominence in government reports, the hockey stick was garbage.
As you know, Mann's plan was to sue me into silence. We're happy to say it's not working out quite as he intended. And, while we're waiting for Doctor Fraudpants to agree to discovery, "A Disgrace To The Profession": The World's Scientists - In Their Own Words - On Michael E Mann, His Hockey Stick, and Their Damage To Science: Volume One is a great way to prop up my end of this interminable case, and arm yourself with the facts to push back against the Big Climate enforcers. To order the book, simply click here.
~I'm also humbled to be part of a great new book marking the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta. At a time when individual liberty is in retreat around the world, and counts for little at American college campuses, the lessons of this great foundational document of anglophone freedom are more important than ever. Make sure you put your friends on your Christmas Carta list!
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~Oh, yeah, before I forget, that cat video: When you do an album of cat songs, there are certain ones that everyone expects you to have - and "I Tawt I Taw A Puddy Tat", beloved by three generations of Looney Tunes fans, certainly falls into that category.
The only problem was I couldn't think of any way to do it. I mean, Tweety and Sylvester are great, but I didn't want to attempt a third-rate Mel Blanc impression, thufferin' thucotash. And yet there didn't seem to be any other way to sing the number. And then I remembered a certain hit by The Police from the 1980s...
So, with a top of the hat to Tweety, Sylvester ,,,and Sting:
At any rate, I thank my beautiful cat Marvin, who isn't half as scary as the one in that song and without whose encouragement it would never have occurred to me to go anywhere near this number. The album - Feline Groovy: Songs for Swingin' Cats - is officially released on Monday, but can be ordered from Amazon and iTunes right now.