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  • FReeper Canteen ~ The Star Spangled Banner ~ 15 September 2016

    09/14/2016 5:59:10 PM PDT · by Kathy in Alaska · 87 replies
    Serving The Bestest Troops and Veterans In The World !! | The Canteen Crew
    The FReeper Canteen presents.... ~ The Star Spangled Banner ~Written by Francis Scott Key (1814) Canteen Mission Statement Showing support and boosting the morale ofour military and our allies militaryand the family members of the above.Honoring those who have served before. The War of 1812 had been a particularly nasty conflict with the British. They had burned down the Capitol and the White House in Washington, and were set on taking the port of Baltimore, which was protected in part by Fort McHenry, just to the south. On September 7th, 1814, during the build-up to the attack on Baltimore,...
  • 'You should never play in the NFL again'...49ers fans burn Kaepernick jerseys

    08/28/2016 9:52:43 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 80 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 8/28/16 | Chris Pleasance
    Furious San Francisco 49ers fans are burning Colin Kaepernick jerseys after he refused to stand for the national anthem as part of a racial protest. One fan even played The Star-Spangled Banner as he set light to the Number 7 shirt, watching with his hand on his chest as it was reduced to ash. Another, who uploaded a video to Instagram under the handle Nate3914, called the $19million-per-year athlete an 'ignorant son of a b****.'
  • Usain Bolt stopped the interview to hear the U.S. anthem

    08/16/2016 7:36:26 PM PDT · by Pelham · 16 replies
    You Tube ^ | Aug 29, 2012 | N/A
    a golden oldie of Usain Bolt from 2012
  • Hillary would ban reparative therapy for minors, says top LGBT group in endorsement

    01/21/2016 7:29:34 AM PST · by wagglebee · 31 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 1/20/16 | Ben Johnson
    WASHINGTON, D.C., January 20, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) - The nation's foremost homosexual and transgender political group has endorsed Hillary Clinton for president, saying she has made banning reparative therapy and allowing transgender military service "a pillar" of her presidential campaign. “All the progress we have made as a nation on LGBT equality -- and all the progress we have yet to make -- is at stake in November," said Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin. The HRC said that Clinton has made homosexual and transgender political advocacy "a pillar of her campaign and recently unveiled the most robust and ambitious LGBT...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ The Star Spangled Banner ~ 14 September 2015

    09/13/2015 5:00:29 PM PDT · by Kathy in Alaska · 79 replies
    Serving The Best Troops and Veterans In The World !! | The Canteen Crew
    ~ Star Spangled Banner ~Written by Francis Scott Key (1814) Canteen Mission Statement Showing support and boosting the morale ofour military and our allies militaryand the family members of the above.Honoring those who have served before. The War of 1812 had been a particularly nasty conflict with the British. They had burned down the Capitol and the White House in Washington, and were set on taking the port of Baltimore, which was protected in part by Fort McHenry, just to the south. On September 7th, 1814, during the build-up to the attack on Baltimore, two Americans, Colonel John Skinner...
  • VIDEO: Ruger Version of the Star-Spangled Banner

    07/04/2015 6:35:26 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 26 replies
    Moonbattery ^ | July 4, 2015 | Dave Blount
    What could be more patriotic on the Fourth of July than playing the Star-Spangled Banner with a Ruger 10/22? Chris Cheng demonstrates:
  • NBA Cavaliers' Dion Waiters Informs Media That He Is Muslim, Plans to Skip National Anthems

    11/09/2014 12:52:04 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 98 replies
    Northeast Ohio Media Group ^ | November 7, 2014 | Chris Haynes,
    Dion Waiters informs Northeast Ohio Media Group that he is a Muslim and plans to skip national anthems • Update: Dion Waiters clarifies remarks about his pregame ritual, will be there for anthems DENVER, Colo. – Prior to the Cavaliers getting set to take on the Utah Jazz on Wednesday, one of their players was missing from the pregame opening events. Dion Waiters was nowhere to be found when the national anthem was being sung. He was absent when the starting lineups were introduced. It was the first game of the season that he was coming off the bench. He...
  • Francis Scott Key's Fourth Stanza

    09/15/2014 8:46:54 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 09/15/2014 | Thomas McGinley
    Two hundred years ago today, it was the unlikely convergence of a physician and a lawyer that produced the most recited poem in American history. Its inspiration occurred just a few miles from Fort McHenry, located in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, the site of one of our nation’s most important military conflicts. [SNIP] Key, not surprisingly gloats over the failure of the British in the third stanza which was mostly dropped after they became our allies in the 20th century. But the poem/song’s most powerful stanza is its last.  In the fourth stanza Key proclaims the primary reason for the republic’s...
  • 'Star-Spangled Banner': Anthem was once a song of drinking and sex

    09/14/2014 5:18:53 PM PDT · by shove_it · 59 replies
    LATimes ^ | 13 Sep 2014 | Michael Muskal
    ~snip~ Key was on a British ship, part of a U.S. delegation to negotiate a prisoner release. He was kept on board to prevent the American forces from being tipped off about the forthcoming bombing by the British. He was allowed to return to Baltimore on Sept. 14 and was so inspired by the U.S. pluckiness that he wrote a poem, "Defence of Fort M'Henry," which he published on Sept. 20, 1814. ~snip~ Neither Key's early hymn nor the Barbary War is widely taught in American schools anymore (except for the reference in the Marines’ Hymn: “To the shores of...
  • Politico Lead Story: 'Is It Time to Ditch the Star-Spangled Banner?'

    09/14/2014 4:44:39 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 71 replies ^ | September 13, 2014 | Tom Blumer
    There is apparently no more important story or issue right now at the Politico than Ted Widmer's question about our national anthem: "Is It Time to Ditch the Star-Spangled Banner?" It is currently the lead item at the web site, complete with a huge picture of the American flag. The "beheading by ISIL of a British aid worker" and Wisconsin's court-granted ability to implement voter-ID in the fall elections are both apparently less important. - See more at:
  • Francis Scott Key (born 235 years ago, today)

    08/01/2014 8:09:14 AM PDT · by Brown Deer · 5 replies
    YouTube ^ | Nov 26, 2007 | RockbridgeAcademy
    A short documentary from Rockbridge Academy on the author of America's "Star Spangled Banner". Produced by ADG Creative. Francis Scott KEY American lawyer, author, and amateur poet, from Georgetown, who wrote the lyrics to the United States' national anthem, "The Star-Spangled Banner" Born: on August 01, 1779 in Carroll County, Maryland, USA Died: on January 11, 1843 in Baltimore, Maryland, USA Francis Scott Key was born to Ann Phoebe Penn Dagworthy (Charlton) and Captain John Ross Key at the family plantation Terra Rubra in what was Frederick County and is now Carroll County, Maryland. His father John Ross Key was...
  • The American Flag Daily: Flag History: Two More Stripes

    06/27/2014 5:53:29 AM PDT · by Master Zinja
    The American Flag Daily ^ | June 27, 2014 | JasonZ
    While the number of stars in the United States flag has changed 27 times through history, from the placing of 13 stars in the original "Betsy Ross" flag to today's 50-star variant (in place for almost 54 years, the longest of all American flags), the number of stripes has only changed twice. The number was increased from 13 to 15 stripes in 1795 (along with 15 stars) upon the admission of Vermont and Kentucky to the Union. Following the admission of five more states, the number of stripes was reduced back to 13 in 1820 to honor the original 13...
  • The American Flag Daily: The Star-Spangled Banner and Florida Statehood

    03/03/2014 7:17:34 AM PST · by Master Zinja · 1 replies
    The American Flag Daily ^ | March 3, 2014 | FlagBearer
    On this day, March 3, 1931, the Star-Spangled Banner was officially adopted as the national anthem of the United States, more than 100 years after it was first written by Francis Scott Key during the War of 1812. Today, we raise the 15-star flag used in the Battle of Fort McHenry which was the inspiration for Key's poem and eventual anthem. We also honor Florida, which became the 27th state in the Union in 1845, after being purchased from Spain in 1819.
  • Star Spangled Banner As You've Never Heard It

    02/28/2014 8:25:06 PM PST · by Kartographer · 46 replies
    YouTube ^ | 7/6/13 | mona rose
    The story of how our national anthem came to be. This is a story every American should hear. It's a little lengthy, but I'm sure it'll be worth your time
  • The American Flag Daily: The Stars And Stripes Increased

    01/13/2014 4:28:36 AM PST · by Master Zinja · 2 replies
    The American Flag Daily ^ | January 13, 2014 | FlagBearer
    On this date in 1794, President George Washington signed a measure making the first changes to the American flag, by ordering the stars and stripes to be increased by two each, to symbolize the admissions of Vermont and Kentucky to the Union. The 15-star, 15-stripe flag would remain the standard for the United States for 23 years, until the admission of five more states would bring the next changes to the flag, reverting the number of stripes to a permanent 13 but increasing the stars for each state admitted thereafter.
  • National Anthem - Star Spangled Banner in "hard rock"

    01/12/2014 3:00:48 PM PST · by workerbee · 21 replies
    A link sent to me by a family member. A unique rendition of the national anthem and worth the listen, IMO.
  • The American Flag Daily: The Treaty Of Ghent

    12/24/2013 3:28:13 AM PST · by Master Zinja · 6 replies
    The American Flag Daily ^ | December 24, 2013 | FlagBearer
    On December 24, 1814, the Treaty Of Ghent was signed in the Netherlands by delegates from the United States and Great Britain, beginning the process of ending the War of 1812. While signalling the end of the war, the treaty still had to be ratified by Congress and Parliament (which would come in February 1815), and several battles fought before peace was established, including the Battle of New Orleans, which would take place on January 8, 1815.
  • Freeping Needed (Professor Kevin Blackistone, who hates the Star Spangled Banner)

    11/09/2013 3:13:57 PM PST · by tom h · 18 replies
    Self ^ | 11/10/2013 | Vanity (via the Blaze)
    Professor Kevin Blackistone at U Maryland is an ESPN panelist who thinks the Star-Spangled Banner is a "war anthem" and other insults. Video of this jerk follows: Blackistone vid
  • Madison Rising - The Star Spangled Banner (very cool rendition)

    07/03/2012 10:26:46 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 8 replies
    The band is hoping to get one million people to view its rock version of the “Star Spangled Banner” by November 6th (election day). Also, group members are encouraging fans to download the music file and to add it to their music collections and mp3 players.
  • Star spangled banner challenge

    06/30/2012 10:44:20 AM PDT · by jneesy · 6 replies
    Let's show Press and Tosh - and everyone else - that we still believe in this country and our National Anthem. Take the Challenge: Help Madison Rising reach 1 million views & downloads by Election Day (November 6th).
  • AND DON'T FORGET THE WORDS (Star Spangled Banner)

    12/01/2011 6:01:18 AM PST · by shortstop · 13 replies ^ | 12/01/11 | Bob Lonsberry
    Just sing the song. This is an open letter to anybody who has the honor of publicly performing the Star Spangled Banner. Just sing the song. Don’t disrespect it, or your country, by turning a moment to honor the United States into an opportunity for you to show off. Because when you sing this song, it’s not about you, it’s about the song. Don’t ever forget that. And don’t go along with the current trend of turning the National Anthem into a glitzy star vehicle for so-called artists trying to get publicity and sell records. Because it’s become embarrassing. You...
  • The Star Spangled Banner Lyrics By Francis Scott Key 1814

    07/04/2011 4:51:41 PM PDT · by US Navy Vet · 19 replies
    USA Flag Site ^ | 1814 | By Francis Scott Key
    Oh, say can you see by the dawn's early light What so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming? Whose broad stripes and bright stars thru the perilous fight, O'er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming? And the rocket's red glare, the bombs bursting in air, Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there. Oh, say does that star-spangled banner yet wave O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave? On the shore, dimly seen through the mists of the deep, Where the foe's haughty host in dread silence reposes,...
  • National Anthem Has Four Great Stanzas

    07/04/2011 6:38:57 AM PDT · by quintr · 13 replies · 1+ views
    Francis Scott Key
    NATIONAL ANTHEM -- STAR SPANGLED BANNER by Francis Scott Key Oh, say can you see by the dawn's early light What so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming? Whose broad stripes and bright stars thru the perilous fight, O'er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming? And the rocket's red glare, the bombs bursting in air, Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there. Oh, say does that star-spangled banner yet wave O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave. On the shore, dimly seen through the mists of the...
  • Christina Aguilera Super Bowl Star-Spangled Banner Embarrassment

    02/07/2011 6:54:58 AM PST · by jackspyder · 102 replies ^ | Feb. 6, 2010 | Réne Girard
    Christina Aguilera opened Super Bowl XLV in Arlington, TX by singing our National Anthem, the Star-Spangled Banner, in what may go down in history as the most embarassingly horrible rendition ever performed in public since Rosanne Barr's supposedly comedic version in 1990. Christina not only took the liberty of diva-ing up every single line within the song ... she completely forgot "O'er the ramparts we watched" and tangled up the subsequent lyrics as she proceeded to strangle every ounce of heart and soul out of the remainder of our precious anthem. Instead of the lyrics reflecting the emotional upheaval felt...
  • The 10 Best & Worst [renditions of the U.S.] National Anthems Ever, From Roseanne To Whitney

    02/06/2011 3:20:02 AM PST · by DemforBush · 49 replies · 1+ views
    Yahoo Music Blogs ^ | 2/6/11 | chris willman
    As we head into Super Bowl XLV, where Christina Aguilera is slated to sing "The Star-Spangled Banner," let's pause to remember some of the previous celebrities who've tested their lungs with the anthem...
  • The STORY Behind the Star Spangled Banner ! {GOTTA SEE IT !)

    12/18/2010 4:06:58 AM PST · by davidosborne · 27 replies · 1+ views
    If you don't "LIKE" this video you have no clue what it means to be an American.. Even if you are NOT an American Citizen you should "LIKE" this video because it captures the HEART of what it means to be an American or an ALLY of the United States of America ! May God continue to bless the United States of America ! This is the story our kids need to hear in every classroom in America but sadly the bogus "Separation of Church and State" will not allow it.... .... yet another reason to homeschool
  • The Star Spangled Banner’s Fourth Verse

    The Star Spangled Banner’s Fourth Verse Most people only know of the first verse to the National Anthem. Indeed, many probably never even knew there was more than that. Here is the National Anthem in its entirety: Oh, say can you see by the dawn’s early light What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming? Whose broad stripes and bright stars thru the perilous fight, O’er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming? And the rocket’s red glare, the bombs bursting in air, Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there. Oh, say does...
  • Georgia Tea Party Member, "Lewis" Sings Fourth Verse of Star Spangled Banner (Video)

    06/06/2010 4:12:30 PM PDT · by maggiesnotebook · 6 replies · 130+ views
    Maggie's Notebook ^ | June 6, 2010 | Maggie M. Thornton
    The always excellent Herman Cain spoke at a Douglas County, Georgia Tea Party and called on "Lewis" who pointed out that we should know and sing the second verse [actually the fourth verse, I think] of the Star Spangle Banner. Then he sang it beautifully, a cappella. In the video below, watch the crowd.
  • The National Anthem (Two Verse Version)

    11/01/2009 1:23:40 PM PST · by Thunder90 · 6 replies · 406+ views O! say can you see by the dawn's early light What so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming? Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight, O'er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming? And the rockets' red glare, the bombs bursting in air, Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there. O! say does that star-spangled banner yet wave O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave? O! thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand Between their loved home and the war's desolation! Blest with...
  • The Star Spangled Banner - A Question and a Challenge

    06/13/2009 5:36:27 AM PDT · by Chuckster · 224+ views
    YouTube ^ | June 12th 2009 | CapnRobusto
    June 14th is Flag Day in the US. When Francis Scott Key wrote The Star Spangled Banner he posed a question. Most of us never think much about that question but events at the dawn of the 21st century beg that we revisit it. What is your answer? Video link
  • LeAnn Rimes to sing national anthem at Ky. Derby

    04/17/2009 6:56:06 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 11 replies · 684+ views
    Yahoo ^ | Apr 16, 2009
    Country music star LeAnn Rimes will help start a new tradition at the Kentucky Derby this year.Churchill Downs says Rimes will be the first national recording artist to sing "The Star-Spangled Banner" at the historic racetrack in Louisville, Ky., as part of the Derby Day ceremonies.
  • Parent objects to 'second' national anthem (big education indoctrination alert)

    03/09/2009 8:28:45 AM PDT · by stan_sipple · 24 replies · 1,120+ views ^ | 3-9-09 | MARGARET REIST
    A Lakeview Elementary parent is upset the audience of a school program on Martin Luther King Jr. was asked to stand for a song known as the black national anthem. Two teachers performed the song, “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing” — known to some as the “Black National Anthem” — as part of a 15-minute program during Black History Month. Russ Roberts, who has a first-grade daughter and fourth-grade son at Lakeview, said he was shocked when the audience was asked to stand for the song after it was identified as the “Black National Anthem.” He said he doesn’t object...
  • U.S. Soldiers in Iraq Sing the National Anthem in a Movie Theater

    12/02/2008 10:34:20 AM PST · by Oyarsa · 7 replies · 1,106+ views
    Truth or ^ | Chaplain Jim Higgins
    U.S. Soldiers in Iraq Sing the National Anthem in a Movie Theater-Truth! For those who are unaware, at a military theater, the National Anthem is played before every movie. From a Chaplain in Iraq: I recently attended a showing of 'Superman 3,' here at LSA Anaconda. We have a large auditorium we use for movies, as well as memorial services and other large gatherings. As is the custom back in the States, we stood and snapped to attention when the National Anthem began before the main feature. All was going as planned until about three-quarters of the way through The...
  • Vanity - Excellent rendition of our National Anthem.

    10/26/2008 6:22:28 PM PDT · by Slump Tester · 15 replies · 549+ views
    Youtube ^ | self
    As we were leaving a restaurant this evening, I overheard some woman positively butchering the national anthem. It made me go home and search youtube for a rendition by the Cactus Cuties. Enjoy!

    09/18/2008 9:44:50 AM PDT · by andrew roman · 30 replies · 360+ views ^ | 18 September 2008 | Andrew Roman
    Disgusting anti-American comments from ungrateful, unappreciative millionaires who have reaped the benefits of living in this country enrage me. Especially infuriating are remarks from now rolling-in-it street thugs who became rich by having extraordinary athletic ability – like, for instance, being able to bounce a ball and dunk it through a hoop. These gutter punks who openly, defiantly, blatantly, and without a shred of humility, disrespect the very country that afforded them the opportunity to be this repulsive are a complete disgrace. Dallas Mavericks forward Josh Howard, a man whose judgment has come into question before, has once again shown...
  • This Day in History,September 14,1814,Francis Scott Key composed The Star Spangled Banner

    09/13/2008 10:40:20 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 7 replies · 1,007+ views
    Various | 9/13/08
    In 1814, Francis Scott Key wrote new words for a well-known drinking song, "To Anacreon in Heaven," to celebrate America's recent victory over the British. However, only in 1931, following a twenty-year effort during which more than forty bills and joint resolutions were introduced in Congress, was a law finally signed proclaiming "The Star Spangled Banner" to be the national anthem of the United States. The present copy, one of only five known to have been made by Key, is the earliest of four dating from the period 1840-1842 near the end of his life.Shown here is a copy of...

    07/02/2008 2:41:56 PM PDT · by Eric Blair 2084 · 14 replies · 59+ views
    New York Post ^ | June 29, 2008 | ERIN GILLESPIE
    Oh, say can you see? It's the original Star Spangled Banner - ready to be unfurled again after a decade-long restoration project.It was a clear autumn morning on September 18, 1814, when Francis Scott Key caught sight of the "broad stripes and bright stars" flying over Fort McHenry in Maryland, inspiring him to write our national anthem. In preparation for the impending battle with British naval forces, Maj. George Armistead, the fort's commanding officer, had requested a flag "so large that the British will have no difficulty in seeing it from a distance." That it was: The flag was 30-by-42...
  • Vanity - How the National Anthem was meant to sound!

    02/26/2008 5:45:52 PM PST · by Slump Tester · 52 replies · 1,673+ views
    This is a video of the Cactus Cuties, Young ladies ranging in age from 8 to 13 singing The Star Spangled Banner. The performance was at the Texas Tech vs Texas basketball game January 20, 2008 in front of over 11,000 people. These young girls can REALLY sing!
  • Boos for American national anthem put British fans to shame

    12/17/2007 7:56:58 AM PST · by Fiji Hill · 111 replies · 620+ views
    The Times (London) ^ | December 10, 2007 | Ron Lewis
    Boos for American national anthem put British fans to shame Ron Lewis The crowd had been billed as one of Ricky Hatton’s biggest assets against Floyd Mayweather Jr, but it became his greatest liability when large sections of the overwhelmingly British crowd disgraced themselves by booing the national anthem of that the country that was hosting them. The crowd loudly joined in when Sir Tom Jones sang God Save The Queen. But when Tyrese, the R&B singer, stepped forward to sing The Star- Spangled Banner, the United States national anthem, he was almost drowned out. The singer gamely plugged...
  • 7 year old sings National Anthem - Anthony Gargiula (youtube video)

    11/24/2007 3:19:14 PM PST · by lowbridge · 16 replies · 210+ views
    7 year old Anthony Gargiula sings National Anthem at a Siena College Basketball game in Albany New York And yes, he does have a website:
  • Sen. Obama, National Anthem Playing

    11/23/2007 9:50:12 AM PST · by Revski · 17 replies · 292+ views
    This is a follow-up of my post, A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words.
  • The FReeper Canteen~Star Spangled Banner~14Sept06

    09/13/2006 6:14:15 PM PDT · by AZamericonnie · 880 replies · 6,060+ views
    Various Internet Sires | The Canteen Crew
    The FReeper Canteen Presents.... On Sept. 14, 1814, Francis Scott Key peered through clearing smoke to see an enormous flag flying proudly after a 25-hour British bombardment of Baltimore's Fort McHenry. Key was inspired to write a poem, which was later set to music. Even before "The Star-Spangled Banner" became our national anthem, it helped transform the garrison flag with the same name into a major national symbol of patriotism and identity. The flag has had a colorful history, from its origins in a government contract through its sojourn with several generations of a Baltimore family to its eventual...
  • "The Defense of Fort McHenry"

    07/04/2006 10:00:01 AM PDT · by outofsalt · 3 replies · 203+ views
    infoplease ^ | 1814 | Francis Scott Key
    O thus be it ever when free-men shall stand Between their lov'd home 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 it 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!
  • Gallup: 7 in 10 Back English-Only 'National Anthem'

    05/03/2006 10:55:15 AM PDT · by West Coast Conservative · 31 replies · 953+ views
    Editor & Publisher ^ | May 3, 2006
    After "Nuestro Himno," the Spanish-language version of "The Star-Spangled Banner" was released last week, President George W. Bush said, "I think the national anthem ought to be sung in English, and I think people who want to be a citizen of this country ought to learn English, and they ought to learn to sing the national anthem in English." A new Gallup poll, conducted April 28-30, and released today, finds that nearly 7 in 10 Americans, 69%, say it is only appropriate to sing the national anthem in English, while 29% say it is appropriate for people to sing the...
  • The Star-Spanglish Banner(National Anthem in Spanish)

    04/30/2006 6:50:37 AM PDT · by kellynla · 47 replies · 1,622+ views
    New York Daily News ^ | April 30th, 2006 | staff
    The entertainers who collaborated on a Spanish version of "The Star-Spangled Banner" are doing no favors for the cause of immigration reform. Their recording - titled, with all the subtlety of a thumb in the eye, "Our Anthem" - reinforces the damaging stereotype that America's newcomers see this not as a nation indivisible, but as two societies separated by language and culture. The congressional nativists and all who are determined to deny a path to legitimacy for the country's 11 million illegal immigrants are going to have a field day with this ill-timed expression of ethnic pride. Already it has...
  • Latino pop stars record bilingual 'Star Spangled Banner'

    04/22/2006 5:04:47 PM PDT · by HEMICRASHBOX · 54 replies · 2,563+ views ^ | 4/22/2006 | None
    NEW YORK (AP) — Mexican pop diva Gloria Trevi, Puerto Rican reggaeton star Don Omar and other Latino artists have recorded a bilingual version of "The Star-Spangled Banner" in a show of support for migrants in the United States. The Latino-oriented record label Urban Box Office (UBO) said Friday it will put the new Spanish-English version of the U.S. national anthem on the market Monday to coincide with the U.S. Senate's restarting debate on immigration legislation. "We decided to re-record 'The Star-Spangled Banner' to show our solidarity with the undocumented migrants," said UBO President Adam Kidron. "Today we are Americans...
  • The Star-Strangled Banner (NY Times Opinion Page Says the National Anthem is "Overrated")

    04/12/2006 11:20:33 AM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 172 replies · 3,990+ views
    NY Times ^ | 4/12/2006 | Lawrence Downes
    ...Given its circumscribed ceremonial function, and the general shortage of non-sports public gatherings these days, "The Star-Spangled Banner" doesn't get around the way it used to.... A recent Harris poll found that nearly two-thirds of Americans don't even know the words..... The enthusiasm of new Americans for the national anthem only underscores the indifference and ignorance of the rest of us. This gap between what the anthem could be and what it is has prompted the National Association for Music Education, a teachers' group, to create The National Anthem Project to try to reinvigorate "The Star-Spangled Banner." There is, however,...
  • The Star-Mangled Banner

    01/21/2006 11:33:34 AM PST · by Brian Allen · 3 replies · 436+ views ^ | Saturday January 21 2006 | Burt Prelutsky
    There’s probably no single piece of writing in this country that’s as controversial or as likely to lead to fist fights as the U.S. Constitution. It’s difficult to decide which portion of the document gets people riled up the most. At times, it almost seems to change on a daily basis. On Monday, it could be gun ownership, with morons like Michael Moore frothing at the mouth at the mere thought that a law-abiding citizen might own a weapon. You have to believe folks like Moore are planning to burgle your home the way they fret over the possibility you...
  • 2/3 Americans don’t know the Star-Spangled Banner. Campaign to re-teach it starts today!

    01/03/2006 12:36:12 PM PST · by Craig DeLuz · 10 replies · 301+ views
    The Home of Uncommon Sense | 01/03/2006 | Craig DeLuz
    Imagine you are at a sporting event, community gathering or political rally where the national anthem is being performed and you notice that most of the people in attendance aren’t singing. Why not? Could it be those few obscure notes that most of us couldn’t reach on our best day? Nope! Chances are people aren’t singing because they don’t even know the words. A recent survey reveals that two-thirds of American adults don’t even know the words to the Star-Spangled Banner; the world’s most recognizable national anthem. Well, despite the fact that patriotism is no longer considered politically correct...
  • Reflections on Old Glory

    06/14/2005 3:25:23 AM PDT · by SolitarySaint · 15 replies · 563+ views
    Yankee Sailor ^ | 6/14/05 | Yankee Sailor
    The Stars and Stripes began its history as the symbol of thirteen colonies who picked a fight over principles that endure today, to paraphrase the Declaration of Independence, that all men are created equal, and are endowed by our Creator with certain inalienable rights like Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. Some years later, Francis Scott Key immortalized what he called the “star spangled banner” as a symbol of perseverance and bravery. It didn’t take long for another nation to acknowledge the Stars and Stripes as the symbol of a free and independent nation. In February 1778, John Paul...