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Current TV’s Bill Press: Star-Spangled Banner ‘stupid’ and ‘embarrassing’
The Daily Caller ^ | 06/05/2012 | Jeff Poor

Posted on 06/06/2012 7:38:08 AM PDT by CaptainKrunch

This probably won’t win liberal radio talk show host Bill Press any fans on the right.

On his Tuesday radio show simultcasted on Current TV, Press admitted that he is on a crusade to “get rid” of the national anthem, “The Star-Spangled Banner,” mostly because it is “un-singable.” But he also admitted that he knew he would be criticized for espousing this view.

“This is a pet-peeve of mine — no, it is more serious than that,” he said. “It’s more than a pet-peeve. It is a major crusade of mine, a major cause of mine and that is, to get rid of ‘The Star-Spangled Banner.’ Now I know you’re going to say I am not a true American, I’m not patriotic. I don’t think patriotism has anything to do with it. The national anthem is just absolutely monumentally un-singable. I mean — there’s so much wrong with it. I don’t know where to start.”

After giving listeners a brief history of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” Press also questioned the truthfulness of its lyrics.

“It’s an abomination,” he continued. “First of all, it ranges two octaves; most people can only do, kind of, one octave. I mean when you think about it, it’s bombs bursting in air, rocket’s red glare — it all kinds of, you know a lot of national anthems are that way too, all kinds of military jargon and the land there’s only one phrase ‘the land of the free’ which is kind of nice and ‘the home of the brave?’ I don’t know.”

And then Press gave the criticism that is likely to be thought of as controversial — how it is “stupid” and how he is “embarrassed” when he hears it.

“Are we the only ones who are brave on the planet?” he said to his producer Peter Ogburn, also of FishbowlDC fame. “I mean all the brave people live here. I mean it’s just stupid, I think. I’m embarrassed — I’m embarrassed every time I hear it.”

 


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1 posted on 06/06/2012 7:38:18 AM PDT by CaptainKrunch
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To: CaptainKrunch

Maybe this jerk would be happier with El Himno de Bayamo


2 posted on 06/06/2012 7:40:22 AM PDT by clamper1797 (Hoping to have some change left)
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To: CaptainKrunch

Is it just me, or are all of “Current” TV’s stars really “Passed” their prime?


3 posted on 06/06/2012 7:40:32 AM PDT by C. Edmund Wright
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To: CaptainKrunch

Try “O Canada” or “La Cucaracha”! Or perhaps “The International”.


4 posted on 06/06/2012 7:40:58 AM PDT by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: CaptainKrunch

Hand-wringing, wrong-headed, pussyfooting, whining maggots.

It’s a GREAT anthem.


5 posted on 06/06/2012 7:41:03 AM PDT by RexBeach (Mr. Obama Can't Count.)
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To: clamper1797

I think he wants the anthem to be “The Internationale.”


6 posted on 06/06/2012 7:41:38 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: CaptainKrunch

You’re stoopit and embarewuhssing...

And two octaves and that big of a deal.

I can swoon three octaves and could go 4 but it’s more work than I care for, so I change the chords.


7 posted on 06/06/2012 7:41:56 AM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live athrough it anyway)
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To: CaptainKrunch

I know it’s too easy, but it’s more like Bill Press is stupid and embarrassing.


8 posted on 06/06/2012 7:42:21 AM PDT by rightwingintelligentsia (Be careful of believing something just because you want it to be true.)
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To: CaptainKrunch

It’s common knowledge that the Left wants to replace the “Star-Spangled Banner” with “I’ve Got A Crush On Obama”.


9 posted on 06/06/2012 7:42:22 AM PDT by Old Sarge (RIP FReeper Skyraider (1930-2011) - You Are Missed)
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To: CaptainKrunch

Well you can always write your own. Patriotic songs are very rare and you have to be a very gifted writer and musician to be able to have a song be accepted and popular for centuries. For example, Lee Greenwood’s song, “God Bless the USA” will be song by many generations after he and all of us are gone. Only a very few songs have that staying power especially patriotic song. So if this goof ball thinks he can do better than let’s see....


10 posted on 06/06/2012 7:42:41 AM PDT by napscoordinator
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To: CaptainKrunch
I can't really argue with him over this. The song is almost un-singable for most people. It spans to great a vocal range for an average person's voice--which is why we get so many horrible renditions with notes being sung all over the place--to cover up the fact that the singer isn't capable of covering the entire range satisfactorily.

Love the lyrics and the sentiment, but the old British drinking song melody to which it was written is not that great.
11 posted on 06/06/2012 7:42:56 AM PDT by Sudetenland (Anybody but Obama!!!!)
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To: CaptainKrunch
I’m embarrassed — I’m embarrassed every time I hear it.
Feckin' Libs - they just can't find enough ways to show their hatred for America.
(But you never see them leave the USA to live elsewhere do 'ya.)
12 posted on 06/06/2012 7:42:59 AM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: CaptainKrunch

O- BAM - AHHHHHH
O- BAM - AHHHHHHHHHHH
OBAMA IN THE HIGHHHHHHHEST

Coming to a school near you if this jerk has his way.


13 posted on 06/06/2012 7:43:20 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (Washington could not tell a lie, Nixon could not tell the truth, Obama can't tell the difference.)
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To: CaptainKrunch
“Are we the only ones who are brave on the planet?”

No you idiot, the brave simply make this their home.
/English language Nazi

14 posted on 06/06/2012 7:43:26 AM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: CaptainKrunch
" he is on a crusade to “get rid” of the national anthem."

Over My DEAD Body!


15 posted on 06/06/2012 7:44:05 AM PDT by Falcon4.0
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To: CaptainKrunch
...there’s only one phrase ‘the land of the free’ which is kind of nice...

The phrase "when free men shall stand" is also kind of nice.

16 posted on 06/06/2012 7:44:25 AM PDT by Fiji Hill (Deo Vindice!)
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To: CaptainKrunch

I hated him when he was on the morning show at WMAL; so he’s resurfaced on “Has-Been” TV?


17 posted on 06/06/2012 7:45:25 AM PDT by NRA1995 (I'll cling to my religion, cigars and guns till they're pried from my cold dead fingers!)
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To: CaptainKrunch

As someone who has been told to shutup while singing “Happy Birthday” I’m in favor of “Stars and Stripes Forever” with no lyrics at all.....


18 posted on 06/06/2012 7:46:23 AM PDT by JoeDetweiler
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To: C. Edmund Wright
Is it just me, or are all of “Current” TV’s stars really “Passed” their prime?

Being considered a "star" on Current TV is roughly equivalent to being in the starting lineup for the 62 Mets.

19 posted on 06/06/2012 7:46:23 AM PDT by GreenHornet
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To: CaptainKrunch

None of my cable bill goes to Current TV because I don’t HAVE a cable bill.

Nice way to also defund CNN, MSNBC, Comedy Central, MTV, and a whole slew of other Time-Lies-Warner-Turner-CNN-HBO and Viacommie channels.


20 posted on 06/06/2012 7:47:30 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (Washington could not tell a lie, Nixon could not tell the truth, Obama can't tell the difference.)
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To: CaptainKrunch

I happen to like the National Anthem just the way it is. BP can KMA.


21 posted on 06/06/2012 7:47:53 AM PDT by dayglored (Listen, strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government!)
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To: GreenHornet
Current TV is roughly equivalent to being in the starting lineup for the 62 Mets.

Or a starter on this year's Charlotte Bobcats.

22 posted on 06/06/2012 7:48:38 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Sudetenland

The ‘Ye old lyrics’ aren’t that great either...:

The
ANACREONTIC SONG

as Sung at the Crown and Anchor Tavern in the Strand

the Words by
RALPH TOMLINSON ESQ R, late President of that SOCIETY.

————————Price 6d.————————

LONDON
Printed by Longman and Broderip. N o26, Cheapside and N o13, Hay Market

1
To ANACREON in Heav’n, where he sat in full Glee,
A few Sons of Harmony sent a Petition,
That He their Inspirer and Patron wou’d be;
When this Answer arriv’d from the JOLLY OLD GRECIAN
“Voice, Fiddle, and Flute,
“No longer be mute,
“I’ll lend you my Name and inspire you to boot,
“And, besides, I’ll instruct you like me, to intwine
“The Myrtle of VENUS with BACCHUS’s Vine.

2
The news through OLYMPUS immediately flew;
When OLD THUNDER pretended to give himself Airs_
If these Mortals are suffer’d their Scheme to pursue,
The Devil a Goddess will stay above Stairs.
“Hark! already they cry,
“In Transports of Joy
“Away to the Sons of ANACREON we’ll fly,
“And there, with good Fellows, we’ll learn to intwine
“The Myrtle of VENUS with BACCHUS’S Vine.

3
“The YELLOW-HAIR’D GOD and his nine fusty Maids
“From HELICON’S Banks will incontinent flee,
“IDALIA will boast but of tenantless Shades,
“And the bi-forked Hill a mere Desart will be
“My Thunder, no fear on’t,
“Shall soon do it’s Errand,
“And, dam’me! I’ll swinge the Ringleaders I warrant,
“I’ll trim the young Dogs, for thus daring to twine
“The Myrtle of VENUS with BACCHUS’S Vine.

4
APOLLO rose up; and said, “Pr’ythee ne’er quarrel,
“Good King of the Gods with my Vot’ries below:
“Your Thunder is useless_then, shewing his Laurel,
Cry’d. “Sic evitabile fulmen, you know!
“Then over each Head
“My Laurels I’ll spread
“So my Sons from your Crackers no Mischief shall dread,
“Whilst snug in their Club-Room, they Jovially twine
“The Myrtle of VENUS with BACCHUS’S Vine.

5
Next MOMUS got up, with his risible Phiz,
And swore with APOLLO he’d cheerfull join_
“The full Tide of Harmony still shall be his,
“But the Song, and the Catch, & the Laugh shall bemine
“Then, JOVE, be not jealous
Of these honest Fellows,
Cry’d JOVE, “We relent, since the Truth you now tell us;
“And swear, by OLD STYX, that they long shall entwine
“The Myrtle of VENUS with BACCHUS’S Vine.

6
Ye Sons of ANACREON, then, join Hand in Hand;
Preserve Unanimity, Friendship, and Love!
‘Tis your’s to support what’s so happily plann’d;
You’ve the Sanction of Gods, and the FIAT of JOVE.
While thus we agree
Our Toast let it be.
May our Club flourish happy, united and free!
And long may the Sons of ANACREON intwine
The Myrtle of VENUS with BACCHUS’S Vine.


23 posted on 06/06/2012 7:49:03 AM PDT by Red Badger (Think logically. Act normally.................)
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To: Sudetenland
The song is almost un-singable for most people. [ . . . ]the old British drinking song melody to which it was written is not that great.

If it can be sung by drunk Brits, why couldn't it be sung by most people?
24 posted on 06/06/2012 7:49:33 AM PDT by Dr. Sivana ("You forget, it isn't who you claim, but instead, who claims you. We don't claim you!")
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To: CaptainKrunch

I am not one of the 5 viewers of current tv so I could have gone my whole life without having to hear this.

I think these tiny network bit players say this stuff knowing sites like this and beck, will give them air time and broader messages as opposed to letting it die on their channel.


25 posted on 06/06/2012 7:49:33 AM PDT by artificial intelligence (Your data will be processed by me for future input. Thank you.)
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To: CaptainKrunch

Bill Press is an ass wipe!


26 posted on 06/06/2012 7:50:14 AM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: GreenHornet; C. Edmund Wright

He’ll be on Dancing With the Stars, soon..............


27 posted on 06/06/2012 7:50:28 AM PDT by Red Badger (Think logically. Act normally.................)
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To: CaptainKrunch

How about “Ding! Fries Are Done!”? I bet he can sing that.


28 posted on 06/06/2012 7:50:28 AM PDT by RichInOC (Palin 2012: The Perfect Storm.)
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To: CaptainKrunch
Maybe he'll like this one better:

Le Jeune Garde

29 posted on 06/06/2012 7:50:37 AM PDT by Fiji Hill (Deo Vindice!)
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To: artificial intelligence

bttt


30 posted on 06/06/2012 7:50:57 AM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: CaptainKrunch
Hey Press, I bet you're really embarrassed by the last verse:

O, thus be it ever when freemen shall stand,
Between their lov'd homes and the war's desolation;
Blest with vict'ry and peace, may the heav'n-rescued land
Praise the Pow'r that hath made and preserv'd us a nation!
Then conquer we must, when our cause is just,
And this be our motto: "In God is our trust"
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

Aren't cha?

31 posted on 06/06/2012 7:51:10 AM PDT by eCSMaster (Conservative patriots, Rise up!)
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To: CaptainKrunch

In the words of the old Jewish proverb, “It is better to keep your mouth shut and be thought a fool, than to open it and remove all doubt.”


32 posted on 06/06/2012 7:51:31 AM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Red Badger

maybe he can dance with Luka Magnotta.


33 posted on 06/06/2012 7:51:31 AM PDT by C. Edmund Wright
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To: dayglored

This is more like Bill Press.

Countries of unprecedented free children
Today we proudly sing this song
About the most powerful party in the world,
About the greatest man himself.

CHORUS: Beaming in glory, the will is soldered, Grow in strength and health for ever and ever The party of Lenin, the party of Stalin, Wise party of the Bolsheviks!

The country created in the earthshaking October
The mighty motherland of free peoples.
The state of the Soviets stands as a rock
You were born strong and true.

CHORUS

The rotten hordes of vile traitors
You have threatened to sweep them away.
You’re the pride of the people, you’re the wisdom of the people
You are the heart and conscious of the people.

CHORUS

And Marx and Engels, in their fiery genius,
Foresaw the coming sunrise of the Commune.
The road to freedom has been laid out to us by Lenin
And great Stalin is leading us on it.

CHORUS


34 posted on 06/06/2012 7:51:41 AM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (ABO 2012)
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To: CaptainKrunch

I love it when those on the left tackle and resolve these difficult issues with such classy style.


35 posted on 06/06/2012 7:51:49 AM PDT by Blue Collar Christian (Liberals vote the way they feel, conservatives vote the way they think. NRA <BCC><)
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To: CaptainKrunch
The more these people talk...and the more other NORMAL people see of them...the better it is for our side.

Keep talking Bill. I hope CNN gives you your time slot back. Matter of fact...I hope You get a morning show on NBC, a noon syndicated show and a primetime show on CNN....but you have to promise you won't change a thing...don't compromise those principles of yours...

36 posted on 06/06/2012 7:53:00 AM PDT by NELSON111
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To: Sudetenland

Actually it is easy to sing because it is a ye olde bar song melody. The problem is that people forget the words half-way through because they aren’t paying attention to what they are singing,


37 posted on 06/06/2012 7:53:10 AM PDT by Kirkwood (It's not a lie. It's a composite.)
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To: CaptainKrunch

Bill Press can always move to Mexico and sing “La Cucaracha”.

Trivia note: Back in the days of Pancho Villa, the term Cucaracha referred to a prostitute.


38 posted on 06/06/2012 7:53:29 AM PDT by BuffaloJack (End the racist, anti-capitalist Obama War On Freedom.)
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To: CaptainKrunch
Me thinks he should suck on another tube of “Preperation H”. Perhaps that will bring his @$$itude up a bit, or better yet, move to some dingbat country and sit in a mud hut and sing kumbuya. What a jerk...
39 posted on 06/06/2012 7:53:37 AM PDT by Gertie
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To: CaptainKrunch

the most shocking part of the story is....that Bill Press was still alive. Who knew? (snicker)


40 posted on 06/06/2012 7:53:49 AM PDT by BookmanTheJanitor
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To: C. Edmund Wright

Luka Magnotta will be dancing in the prison showers in Canada for a looooong time............


41 posted on 06/06/2012 7:54:37 AM PDT by Red Badger (Think logically. Act normally.................)
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To: a fool in paradise

You mean, “Barack Hussein Obama, mmm, mmm, mmm,....”


42 posted on 06/06/2012 7:54:45 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: CaptainKrunch
This is America - where exceptionalism is cherished and extraordinary ability is rewarded.

Therefore it is right and proper that it takes an exceptional singer to perform our anthem.

43 posted on 06/06/2012 7:54:45 AM PDT by allmendream (Tea Party did not send GOP to D.C. to negotiate the terms of our surrender to socialism)
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To: Sudetenland

I think you have to be “brave” to sing it-that’s why he wrote that line.... he knew what he was doing...

If you make it in the SAME KEY, past “the rockets red glare, the bombs bursting in air,” you make it to the “home of the brave”... and you’ve won the battle!

;-)


44 posted on 06/06/2012 7:55:24 AM PDT by homegroan (Veni, Vedi, Velcro....since 1998)
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To: Sudetenland
Love the lyrics and the sentiment, but the old British drinking song melody to which it was written is not that great.

I love the old drinking song.

To Anachreon in Heaven

45 posted on 06/06/2012 7:56:36 AM PDT by Fiji Hill (Deo Vindice!)
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To: CaptainKrunch

Bet he really hates God Bless America. When are we going to get rid of these America haters?

Pray for America


46 posted on 06/06/2012 7:57:34 AM PDT by bray (Power to We the People)
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To: CaptainKrunch

Another brainless pimple on the ass of time is heard from...blah blah blah...blah blah blah.


47 posted on 06/06/2012 7:57:58 AM PDT by RJS1950 (The democrats are the "enemies foreign and domestic" cited in the federal oath)
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To: CaptainKrunch

The left just gets giddy in their attempts to destroy all American traditions and values, not to mention that pesky little document we call the constitution.


48 posted on 06/06/2012 7:58:09 AM PDT by formosa (Formosa)
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To: CaptainKrunch

I happen to agree that the Anthem is difficult to sing but if we are going to replace it, I nominate “God Bless America” as the replacement.


49 posted on 06/06/2012 7:58:38 AM PDT by taxcontrol
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To: Red Badger

Thanks for Ye Old lyrics. I am now convinced that even illirterate drunkard Brits from the time of Fielding had a broader knowledge of literature and western civilization, as well as a greater vocabulary than today’s British and American populace.


50 posted on 06/06/2012 7:58:49 AM PDT by Dr. Sivana ("You forget, it isn't who you claim, but instead, who claims you. We don't claim you!")
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