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America, the beautiful
July 4, 1895 | Katherine Lee Bates

Posted on 09/09/2010 3:51:29 PM PDT by AlabasterCity

O beautiful for spacious skies, For amber waves of grain, For purple mountain majesties Above the fruited plain! America! America! God shed His grace on thee, And crown thy good with brotherhood From sea to shining sea!

O beautiful for pilgrim feet Whose stern impassion'd stress A thoroughfare for freedom beat Across the wilderness. America! America! God mend thine ev'ry flaw, Confirm thy soul in self-control, Thy liberty in law.

O beautiful for heroes prov'd In liberating strife, Who more than self their country loved, And mercy more than life. America! America! May God thy gold refine Till all success be nobleness, And ev'ry gain divine.

O beautiful for patriot dream That sees beyond the years Thine alabaster cities gleam Undimmed by human tears. America! America! God shed His grace on thee, And crown thy good with brotherhood From sea to shining sea.


TOPICS: Government; Poetry; Religion; Society
KEYWORDS: victorkilo; vikingkitties; zot; zuluoscartango
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It is an absolute pleasure to introduce myself today.

Alabaster City. Pleased to meet you.

1 posted on 09/09/2010 3:51:30 PM PDT by AlabasterCity
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To: AlabasterCity

Howdy ‘Baster. Glorious introduction.


2 posted on 09/09/2010 3:54:45 PM PDT by jessduntno (Flush the Grand Old Potty. Change it top to bottom. Conservatives only.)
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To: AlabasterCity

Welcome FRiend.


3 posted on 09/09/2010 3:57:44 PM PDT by Retired Greyhound
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To: AlabasterCity
Ray Charles sings it better than you (or did).

Welcome.

4 posted on 09/09/2010 3:57:50 PM PDT by Leo Farnsworth (I'm really not Leo Farnsworth.)
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To: Leo Farnsworth

At the banquet dinner of Americans for Prosperity (AFP) on 8/27 the evening open with a video of Mr. Charles doing this song. Second verse first.


5 posted on 09/09/2010 4:09:10 PM PDT by maine yankee
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To: Leo Farnsworth

“Ray Charles sings it better than you (or did).”

You know Brother Ray gave me real, no sh*t goose bumps with that performance. God bless him and may he finally rest in peace.


6 posted on 09/09/2010 4:09:10 PM PDT by jessduntno (Flush the Grand Old Potty. Change it top to bottom. Conservatives only.)
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To: jessduntno

Please forgive me my formatting for a while. It may take some time to get used to this.


7 posted on 09/09/2010 4:10:12 PM PDT by AlabasterCity
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To: jessduntno

There were only two singers, that any song they sang, became theirs’ once they sang it. One was Sinatra, the other was Ray Charles.


8 posted on 09/09/2010 4:11:01 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: maine yankee

That’s it.


9 posted on 09/09/2010 4:11:34 PM PDT by Leo Farnsworth (I'm really not Leo Farnsworth.)
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To: AlabasterCity

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ghz4_kikLkE


10 posted on 09/09/2010 4:12:17 PM PDT by jessduntno (Flush the Grand Old Potty. Change it top to bottom. Conservatives only.)
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To: AlabasterCity

Welcome to Free Republic.

I love that hymn.


11 posted on 09/09/2010 4:14:22 PM PDT by Jemian (If guns kill people, then spoons make Michael Moore fat.)
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To: dfwgator

“There were only two singers, that any song they sang, became theirs’ once they sang it. One was Sinatra, the other was Ray Charles.”

Ray had that same talent for phrasing. He also broke a lot of bass men and drummers with his tempos!


12 posted on 09/09/2010 4:14:51 PM PDT by jessduntno (Flush the Grand Old Potty. Change it top to bottom. Conservatives only.)
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To: AlabasterCity

No sweat. Good introduction.


13 posted on 09/09/2010 4:15:58 PM PDT by jessduntno (Flush the Grand Old Potty. Change it top to bottom. Conservatives only.)
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To: jessduntno

I heard a military men’s chorus sing it once. It brought tears. It was sublime in its glory.


14 posted on 09/09/2010 4:17:18 PM PDT by Jemian (If guns kill people, then spoons make Michael Moore fat.)
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To: AlabasterCity

Hi AC.
About 8 blocks from where I am now, the song debuted, in a Unitarian Church on Park Street, right next to Boston Common. Don’t know the year, but there is a plaque on the wall of the church commemorating it.
FReegards, c


15 posted on 09/09/2010 4:25:58 PM PDT by caddie
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To: caddie; RaceBannon; ElectricStrawberry
Last time I was there was in 2003 on a FReep, I think that they played America the Subjected.
16 posted on 09/09/2010 4:35:22 PM PDT by Little Bill (`-)
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To: Little Bill
There is a hugh contingent of closet conservatives here in MA.

I'm series.

17 posted on 09/09/2010 4:37:19 PM PDT by caddie
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To: AlabasterCity

Welcome to FR. Now, join some of our discussions, already in progress! If you only post to threads you start, your welcome will dry up pretty quickly.


18 posted on 09/09/2010 4:42:05 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (Build a man a fire; he'll be warm for a night. Set a man on fire; he'll be warm the rest of his life)
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To: caddie
I fled after 42 years in the slave State of Mass, stay liquid, gives you options.
19 posted on 09/09/2010 4:51:10 PM PDT by Little Bill (`-)
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To: AlabasterCity

.........Welcome to FRee Republic.........


20 posted on 09/09/2010 5:15:54 PM PDT by GitmoSailor (AZ Cold War Veteran -Will the NOV election only be LOST under MARTIAL LAW?)
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To: AlabasterCity

So glad you are here AlabasterCity- you made my night


21 posted on 09/09/2010 5:27:53 PM PDT by R.I.chopper
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To: R.I.chopper

Who more than self their country loved....would it be that it were true today. It is in the military, but not in anyone the Congress or the President.


22 posted on 09/09/2010 5:46:43 PM PDT by Semperfiwife (This is the "Ba-roke" era.)
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To: R.I.chopper

Who more than self their country loved....would it be that it were true today. It is in the military, but not in anyone the Congress or the President.


23 posted on 09/09/2010 5:46:43 PM PDT by Semperfiwife (This is the "Ba-roke" era.)
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To: AlabasterCity

Welcome to FR. Glad to have you aboard!
You might like to check out “Amy’s Place” on FR. Go to the front page of FR. Then at the right is the daily threads list. Just click on “Amy’s Place”. Lots of nice folks there everyday. The Daily Bible posting by TheMayor at “Amy’s Place” is something I enjoy. Hope to see ya there!


24 posted on 09/09/2010 6:38:00 PM PDT by TheConservativeParty (My Boss is a Jewish Carpenter)
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To: AlabasterCity; 50mm; Old Sarge; darkwing104; Darksheare; Condor51; TheOldLady; dixiechick2000

Another troll gets the ZOT!

25 posted on 09/10/2010 6:34:57 AM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (Remember in November. Clean the house on Nov. 2. / Progressive is a PC word for liberal democrat.)
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To: Arrowhead1952

Great picture.
Check out the wake from the bow.


26 posted on 09/10/2010 6:36:33 AM PDT by Texas resident (Outlaw fisherman)
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To: Arrowhead1952
Okay, I give up ...

... what happened to AlabasterCity?

27 posted on 09/10/2010 6:37:34 AM PDT by BlueLancer (I'm getting a fine tootsy-frootsying right here...)
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To: Arrowhead1952

Ah, so my radar didn’t need calibrating. I can check that off my list.


28 posted on 09/10/2010 6:39:25 AM PDT by FourPeas (Pester not the geek, for the electrons are his friends.)
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To: AlabasterCity; Arrowhead1952; 50mm; Old Sarge; darkwing104; Darksheare; Condor51; dixiechick2000
??

Must be another retread?

29 posted on 09/10/2010 6:45:11 AM PDT by TheOldLady (Pablo is very wily.)
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To: FourPeas; BlueLancer; Texas resident

Must have been a retread troll.

http://www.freerepublic.com/tag/by:alabastercity/index?brevity=full;tab=comments

Texas resident, I love that pic


30 posted on 09/10/2010 6:45:20 AM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (Remember in November. Clean the house on Nov. 2. / Progressive is a PC word for liberal democrat.)
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To: AlabasterCity
"Alabaster City. Pleased to meet you."

I guess the Viking Kitties aren't so pleased.
Your IP addy must have gave you away.

Ta-ta, Its been a slice.

31 posted on 09/10/2010 1:18:42 PM PDT by Condor51 (SAT CONG!)
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To: AlabasterCity; 230FMJ; 50mm; A.Hun; abigailsmybaby; AFPhys; Aircop_2006; AliVeritas; Allegra; ...
It is an absolute pleasure to introduce myself today.

Please to meet you. Hope you guess my name...

Please let me know if you want ON or OFF my Viking Kitty/ZOT ping list!. . . don't be shy.

32 posted on 09/10/2010 2:35:15 PM PDT by darkwing104 (Lets get dangerous)
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crap too late.

They can’;t help themselves can they.

Ah well the troll will be back on again soon I’m sure


34 posted on 09/10/2010 2:39:18 PM PDT by manc (WILL OBAMA EVER GO TO CHURCH ON A SUNDAY OR WILL HE LET THE MEDIA/LEFT BE FOOLED FOR EVER)
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To: AlabasterCity; darkwing104; Old Sarge; 50mm; rabscuttle385
Someone kept a vigilant eye out on this one.


35 posted on 09/10/2010 2:43:59 PM PDT by paulycy (Demand Constitutionality: Islamo-Marxism is Evil.)
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To: darkwing104

LOL!


36 posted on 09/10/2010 2:44:23 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker
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To: darkwing104

Danged I missed it! What did Alabaster do?


37 posted on 09/10/2010 2:46:00 PM PDT by Ditter
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To: Ditter

I missed it too.


38 posted on 09/10/2010 2:49:56 PM PDT by dforest
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To: Ditter
Danged I missed it! What did Alabaster do?

Probable retread...


39 posted on 09/10/2010 2:50:31 PM PDT by darkwing104 (Lets get dangerous)
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To: AlabasterCity; darkwing104; paulycy
Oh, you have to leave? So soon?


40 posted on 09/10/2010 2:58:30 PM PDT by 50mm (Go whine someplace else.)
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To: darkwing104
Probable retread...

I take it he wasn't too adept at covering himself.

41 posted on 09/10/2010 5:03:39 PM PDT by bcsco (From Recovery Summer to The Winter of our Discontent...)
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To: paulycy; darkwing104; Arrowhead1952
Let Slip the Kitties' Wrath!
42 posted on 09/10/2010 9:19:49 PM PDT by Old Sarge (Marking Time On The Government's Dime)
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To: Arrowhead1952

I haven’t read the thread, so I don’t know why this poster got the ZOT.

I love the pic, though. It’s very manly...;o)


43 posted on 09/10/2010 11:54:59 PM PDT by dixiechick2000 (Remember November...I can see it from my house!)
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To: dixiechick2000

I have to think this was another retread troll and the mods caught the IP address.


44 posted on 09/11/2010 6:25:48 AM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (Remember in November. Clean the house on Nov. 2. / Progressive is a PC word for liberal democrat.)
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To: Arrowhead1952

These mods...they are really on the ball, aren’t they?

Still love your graphic. I’m glad you had the opportunity to post it, and I had the opportunity to see it. ;o)


45 posted on 09/11/2010 11:48:33 PM PDT by dixiechick2000 (Remember November...I can see it from my house!)
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To: Arrowhead1952

Is that what they meant about coming in with guns blazing?


46 posted on 09/11/2010 11:57:41 PM PDT by swheats (America! America! God mend thine every flaw, Confirm thy soul in self-control, Thy liberty in law!)
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To: dixiechick2000
These mods...they are really on the ball, aren’t they?

Still love your graphic. . . .

I would not like to be in the mods place, the way some people post their nonsense.

I used to have a lot of pictures of other battleships I used for trolls.

47 posted on 09/12/2010 4:27:54 AM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (Remember in November. Clean the house on Nov. 2. / Progressive is a PC word for liberal democrat.)
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Is that what they meant about coming in with guns blazing?

LOL. I guess you could say that.

48 posted on 09/12/2010 4:30:49 AM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (Remember in November. Clean the house on Nov. 2. / Progressive is a PC word for liberal democrat.)
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To: Arrowhead1952

I totally agree about the mods...and hope you find those other pics for trolls.

I have a feeling they will be needed more as the mid-term elections get closer.


49 posted on 09/12/2010 11:37:35 PM PDT by dixiechick2000 (Remember November...I can see it from my house!)
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To: dixiechick2000

><I have a feeling they will be needed more as the mid-term elections get closer.<<

I don’t know if you saw this thread, but it is as lame as I’ve ever seen. The quality of new trolls has been on the decline lately.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/2587857/posts


50 posted on 09/14/2010 4:44:13 AM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (Remember in November. Clean the house on Nov. 2. / Progressive is a PC word for liberal democrat.)
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