I'll be starting the week back behind the Golden EIB Microphone, guest-hosting for Rush on America's Number One radio show, live from 12 noon Eastern/9am Pacific on Monday. If you're in possession of the necessary receiving apparatus, I hope you'll dial us up for three hours of substitute-host-level excellence in broadcasting, either on one of 600 radio stations across the US or via iHeartRadio livestream or your Rush 24/7 subscription. [SUNDAY UPDATE: The mass slaughter at a gay nightclub by yet another of Islam's "known wolves" will likely take up much of the show.]
~Climate mullah Michael E Mann's lawsuit against me has been stalled in the clogged latrine of DC justice for four years - indeed, it's stalled so long that a key witness has died. So this month I filed a "Renewed Request for Expedited Hearing and to Lift Stay of Discovery" to get the buggers moving again. Dr Mann, notwithstanding his ongoing, remorseless "emotional distress" at my accurate characterization of his ridiculous hockey stick and his alleged desire for his day in court to ameliorate it, objected to my motion to get the hell on with it and get this thing to trial. Judge Weisberg likewise feels that there's nothing wrong with the DC courts' stewardship of this case that another three or four years of thumb-twiddling can't cure, so on Thursday he denied my request:
This matter is before the court on Defendant Mark Steyn's Renewed Request For Expedited Hearing And To Lift Stay Of Discovery and the responses of Plaintiff and the other three Defendants. Only one thing has changed since the court last considered this issue on April 11, 2014 – the date.
Uh, yeah. Which was kinda the point of my motion.
I'm beginning to wonder if he's biased against me because he hasn't got "Canadian heritage".
~What to do when facing another half-decade in a sclerotic and dysfunctional court system? Make a cat video! Every put-upon guy scrunched up at the end of the sofa can relate to this one. Enjoy!
I'm honored to be joined for the video by Best Actress Tony nominee Marla Schaffel as the missus. Marla is awfully sporting to slum it and act along with an old ham like me. The cat is not my own beloved black cat Marvin, who inspired the album but whom I adjudged insufficiently lazy and corpulent for the role of this particular feline. So I procured Harold, a Quebecker by origin, and brought him south of the border to do the jobs American cats won't do. Of course, now I'm stuck with him. But June is apparently Adopt-a-Cat Month, so I'm happy to have done my part. But if I have to get a new cat for every track on the album, this place is gonna be hairball heaven.
As for the song, it was written by C W Kalb Jr, and turned up many, many years ago as Side 2 Track 5 on a Ray Stevens album. I always liked the profound truth at the heart of the joke, so we gave it a little bit of a different orchestration and added some backing singers and took a crack at it. Hope you like it. If so, don't forget this oldie but goodie.
Feline Groovy: Songs for Swingin' Cats is available at iTunes, where it has a four-and-a-half star rating, and at Amazon, where it's stacked up a ton of five-star reviews, and via CD Baby and other retailers in CD and/or digital format.
See you on the radio Monday.