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Stop Butchering Our National Anthem!

September 2, 2011 by  

Stop Butchering Our National Anthem!

I had a great experience in Chicago last week. In fact, I had several, including my first-ever visit to Wrigley Field.

Somehow, this avid baseball fan had never made it to the historic ballpark. When a very dear friend found out that seeing a game at Wrigley was one of the top goals on my bucket list, she got me tickets to two games between the Atlanta Braves and the Chicago Cubs as a birthday present.

What incredible seats they were! On Wednesday night, we were in the second row behind the Braves dugout; and for Thursday afternoon’s game, we were even closer. The game takes on a whole new dimension when you’re close enough to the players to see sweat pouring and hear banter as they take to the field.

The entire experience was absolutely delightful… except for one minor blemish. At the opening of Wednesday night’s game, the young lady who was chosen to sing our national anthem turned what should have been a joyful occasion into a travesty.

First, she got the words wrong. If you’re selected to sing “The Star-Spangled Banner” in front of several thousand people, shouldn’t you take a few minutes to make sure you know the lyrics? If you have even the slightest doubt that you can remember them all, print them out and take them with you! I, for one, would be impressed that you took the extra step to make sure you didn’t make a mistake.

My second complaint is that the same young lady decided to improve on the tune. Granted, the music isn’t the easiest to sing or the most beautiful melody I’ve ever heard. But is that any excuse for treating it the way so many drivers do speed limits, as if it’s a suggestion you’re free to ignore?

Frankly, I’m sick and tired of all the over-promoted pop stars who think singing our national anthem is more about them than the song or what it represents. We witnessed a classic example of this earlier this year, when Christina Aguilera botched the lyrics at the start of the Super Bowl.

That was bad, but not nearly as bad as Roseanne Barr’s legendary performance at a San Diego Padres baseball game several years ago. Time magazine dubbed that one “quite possibly the worst rendition of ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’ ever.” And to make sure you got the point, they repeated the word “ever” and put it in italics.

By the way, that article in Time was actually called the “Top 10 Worst National-Anthem Renditions.”

Barr occupied the top spot. Christina Aguilera was at No. 9. And to my surprise, Hillary Clinton was No. 10.

While Clinton was never invited to sing the anthem at a ballgame (or anywhere else, as far as I know), apparently our Secretary of State was caught on tape singing along during a presidential campaign stop. Time described her efforts as “earnest” and suggested, “Just mouth the words next time, Madame Secretary.”

Now, that’s just downright mean. The lady never volunteered to sing in public.  And at least she was honoring our national anthem, unlike many politicos (and ballplayers, for that matter) who continue yakking with their neighbors while some of us are trying to honor our country.

And isn’t that what “The Star-Spangled Banner” is all about? It’s not great poetry or even beautiful music. It’s important because it represents our country and our flag. It’s a musical tribute to the price so many Americans have paid to secure and defend our freedom.

As one commentator put it,

[“The Star-Spangled Banner”] is a song about the courage and devotion shown by a group of Americans who in the course of a raging British naval bombardment refused to let the Stars and Stripes fall, no matter the cost to life and limb. And it became a song about the kind of nation we have been and still are, through war and peace, boom and bust.

It is about the never-say-die, never-give-in, never yield attitude that has been the hallmark of our national character and our military’s steadfast defense of freedom from Valley Forge to Fort McHenry to St. Lo to Inchon to Baghdad and Kandahar.

It’s about firemen and policemen running into the World Trade Center on 9/11.  It’s about that flag flying proudly and defiantly over the land of the free and the home of the brave.

Yes, it’s all of that… and more. So I’m delighted to report that at the next day’s game, the handsome young man who was chosen to sign the national anthem did a wonderful job. No fancy flourishes, no singing around, above or under the melody. Just a straightforward rendition, hitting every note and singing every word. It was an example I wish more musical superstars would follow.

Before I sign off, let me say a few words about the games themselves. The Braves went down to defeat on Wednesday, even though Chipper Jones obliged my wife’s request to “hit a home run for Chip’s birthday.” (She swears he heard her.)

The next day, a rookie pitcher named Brandon Beachy was on the mound for the Braves. He was cheered on by 20 or so family members who had traveled from all across the country to the game. I know, because they had four seats directly behind me. And every couple of innings, they swapped seats with other family members who weren’t so fortunate.

My pleasure was enhanced by their joy, as their young relative did a stellar job and earned the victory. He was aided in large part by my grandson’s No. 1 hero on the team, Brian McCann, who hit two home runs.

This is how baseball is meant to be: in a beautiful ballpark on a sunny summer afternoon. It was such a beautiful day that even the Cubs fans didn’t seem to be upset about their loss.

So thank you, Janie, for a wonderful birthday present. By the way, did I ever mention that visiting the Taj Mahal is also on my bucket list?

Until next time, keep some powder dry.

–Chip Wood

Chip Wood

is the geopolitical editor of PersonalLiberty.com. He is the founder of Soundview Publications, in Atlanta, where he was also the host of an award-winning radio talk show for many years. He was the publisher of several bestselling books, including Crisis Investing by Doug Casey, None Dare Call It Conspiracy by Gary Allen and Larry Abraham and The War on Gold by Anthony Sutton. Chip is well known on the investment conference circuit where he has served as Master of Ceremonies for FreedomFest, The New Orleans Investment Conference, Sovereign Society, and The Atlanta Investment Conference.

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  • http://naver samurai

    This is what happens when someone gets to sing our National Anthem, but has no heart for it, our country, or an ounce of intelligence in their head. Christina may be a popular singer, but she is not patriot, just a ditzy woman. I love our national anthem, but it is always brutalized by the “stars” of our day. I still remember Roseanne Bar messing up our National Anthem and then doing some unwanted actions after trying to sing it, saying that it was just a joke. Remember, that it was also written to remind all Americans and people around the world where our alligiances lie.

    “Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation.”
    “In God is our trust.”

    Both of which are in the 4th verse. I guess that the freaks in Hollywood, along with the lib, gay loving, baby killing, marxists just don’t understand what it means to be an American and our Christian founding. 하나님과 국가 대 한! FOR GOD AND COUNTRY!

    • Holly Marcyoniak

      AMEN & AMEN !!!

      • RabidAmerican

        I wish I wasn’t so late to posting this.
        The best rendition is Jim Cornelison singing the National Anthem at a Chicago Bears Game last year. I cry when I hear it–even when I play it over and over again.

        God Bless you all.

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wMmIKoC3DQQ

        • libertytrain

          You’re right, that was a treat. A class act for a change. Though at last night’s Packer Game the gal wasn’t bad – she at least took the time to know the words. I just wish they’d sing it without adding the fluff. This guy was so good. No fluff, just a voice and the correct words.

    • Dan az

      Happy Birthday Chip!
      By the look of the picture of her signing she was constipated or was about to give birth. :)

    • Old Henry

      Well said samurai. Thank you.

    • ALL AMERICAN

      AMEN & a big HOOAH!!!
      I would be honored to stand by you in battle as I do right now reading what you have written. Very tactful and precise words, my friend.
      THE LORD SAYETH, VENGEANCE IS MINE… but, HE subcontracts.

      • Kate8

        I was shocked to learn that my generation was the last to even learn the National Anthem. Hardly anyone knows either the words or melody anymore.

        Last year my grandson’s school had a talent contest, and he and some other kids were supposed to practice the anthem. His mom didn’t know it!! I had to teach it to them!!

        When she was growing up, I just assumed it was taught in school, as it was day. I never imagined it wasn’t.

        I just read where a school in one of the states has banned the Pledge, too.

        The only conclusion one can come to, given all that’s going on these days, is that America, as we knew her, is no more.

        • KHM

          Hey Kate8,
          I just read about the school that banned the national anthem at all their sporting events etc. It’s a small Mennonite college named Goshen in Indiana. At first they just played it instrumentally with no singing. Then the school banned the anthem altogether, sayin that it was “too violent”.
          I think that they don’t know or understand the history of when this song was composed.
          Good for you for teaching your grandchildren and your daughter the words to the anthem.
          Progressives want to remove our history. Guess thy’re succeeding.
          I agree with Mr. Wood that those who sing the anthem should not do their own arrangement, as it is not about them.

        • http://nghanley1@yahoo.com Nelwyn

          It is true that in most schools the song of our country is not taught, but their is still hope. Just look at the blogs here. We do make a difference

      • http://naver samurai

        Thank you all, fellow patriots. Keep up the good fight and have a good weekend. FOR GOD AND COUNTRY!

    • Higgs

      I don’t care who’s National Anthem you are invited to sing, any nation’s National Anthem is not a song for “entertainment;” it is to show one’s allegience to that country, to stand tall in respect and love of said country. As far as the “clowns” that attempt to show off their virtuosity in “singing” our nation’s National Anthem is to show all of us your ignorance of what the National Anthem is and your lack of respect and love for your country. If you can’t sing it straight with respect, do us all a favor and decline to sing the National Anthem.

      • http://naver samurai

        100% agree with you on this one. FOR GOD AND COUNTRY!

  • FreedomFighter

    Obamaddon is plunging in the polls, bet we see Hillary Clinton running for Prez.

    BTW about those singers – the left never gets anything right.

    Laus Deo
    Semper Fi

    • Smitty

      hillary is as bad or worse than obama…she’s best buddies with George Soros…Chelsea was married at the Soros Estate.

      Hillary thinks Soros, atheist and avowed USA destroyer, is the kind of person we need…her words ” we need more people like George Soros”.

      That’s like saying we need more anti christs

      • Holly Marcyoniak

        YOU ARE “QUITE CORRECT.” HILLY & BILLY ARE BOTH THE SAME KIND OF PRIZES– DUDS !!

        • http://?? Joe H.

          holly,
          Yup, they’re like twins! I’ll bet Hellary will chase girls around the desk as well!!!

      • Old Henry

        smitty:

        Maybe Hillary would pick Soros as her V.P. Oh wait, that won’t work, he’s not an American. Oh wait, that no longer matters.

        • CJM

          Sorry, Old Henry, but soros did obtain American citizenship eons ago; then proceeded to bilk the banks and progressed to Europe where he actually drove the banks into bankruptcy……………and he thoroughly enjoys hurting people, which makes him a dangerous sadistic contemptible fool (sorry, monitors don’t allow anything stronger to be said!).

          • KHM

            Soros is an American citizen, unfortunately, but thank goodness not eligible to be VP. I think yours and Henry’s comments were tongue-in-cheek. As you said, CJM, he’d much rather play god behind the scenes and ruin national economies to fund his vision of one world. People like him, Hilly & Billy, O, etc. don’t believe in national sovereignty.

          • Old Henry

            Yes KHM, it was tongue-in-cheek.

          • http://?? Joe H.

            KHM,
            Besides, Soreass wouldn’t take the pay cut!! He’s way too money hungry!!

    • Jyrine

      Roger that FreedomFighter!

      Semper Fi

    • wandamurline

      Clinton is Soros’ left hand. Besides, the Democrats have called anyone against Obama a bunch of racists for the last 2.5 years. They have divided us by class and race to keep him in office. Now, with his polls plumeting, they are stuck because if they decided to run someone else, they would have a problem as they have escalated this guy to Messiah. No, Obama will run and will be the only one on the ticket for the Dems…now Joe, bite me Biden, might disappear and Clinton run as VP, but when you have an ego the size of Clinton, I don’t know that she would accept second place. But, again, if Obama bit the dirt, she would step up to first place…. and there have been unsolved deaths associated with the Clintons over the years, especially regarding White Water.

      • independent thinker

        There have been some rumors of a challenger to obama but so far I have heard no names other than some recent mentions of Hillary.

        • OB1

          Ralph Nader. No chance. O is losing his base. When Howard Stern comes out supporting Ron Paul, you KNOW these creeps are in trouble. Holy cra&&! Howard Stern! The United States has become a nation dived by “The media culture wars”. Even Fox news is censuring the “news”. On all sides, people in general are sick of it! This getting interesting…..

      • Old Henry

        Yeah Wanda, I was thinking the same thing when you mentioned Hilly as Veep…

        Little Barry knows that and will most likely not pick her ifn Joey the idiot is dumped. However, Little Barry will do wht Little Barry is told to do. That might be their way out. Let Little Barry run / win with Hilly and then we have another big funeral….

  • s c

    Can we all agree that only someone who can actually SING should be allowed to sing The National Anthem in public? The song requires singing skills. Garnering east votes has nothing to do with it. I’ll take my chances. If someone is bad, I’ll put a death grip on the remote and change the channel. If I’m in the stands, I’ll leave or put my hands over my ears.
    Just do America and the world a favor, and never let someone like Baaney Fwank or Queen Nancy Pelosi give it a try. In either case, it should be grounds for unleashing attack dogs – or worse.

    • Gary

      May I SUGGEST that Pelosi would first have to pass a test on the National Anthem before she could sing it. In short, another troubling, partisan liberal with no economic solutions or singing ability.

    • Hope For American

      Barney can’t sing. Doesn’t someone need teeth to talk, and especially sing. No offence Barney, but you disgust me. …Freedom of speech.

      • http://?? Joe H.

        Hope,
        Bawney can too thing!! He can thing in the thower, he canthing in the thade, he can thing while getting…… well forget that!!

        • Old Henry

          That’s a good one JoeH!

          I wonder if Bawney like to drop his soap in the thower?

  • Insurgent

    It should be about the song and patriotism for America and not some idiot trying to make a name for themselves. Most of the Hollywood flukes are a bunch of overpaid nutcases!!

    • Edward Chandler

      It may be hard to sing, but I think it is the moost beautiful thing I have ever heard It is America and it is about our flag. I was on the beaches for 5 invasions during WWII AND WHEN DAYLIGHT CAME AND OLD GLORY WAS FLYING IT WAS THE MOST BEAUTIFUL thing I have ever seen. And what about these jerks that won’t even stand for it ?

      • Jyrine

        How about a so-called president who refuses to salute or address Old Glory in any way.

        I have decided that if Obama did acknowledge the flag it would just sully it and it’s better that he not shame our honored banner.

        Semper Fi

        • eddie47d

          Damn if Obama does and damn if he doesn’t right Jyrine? That way he is wrong either way and YOU win.Very cleaver!

          • crystal

            Wrong!!! Obama just isn’t right for this country.

          • Robin from Arcadia, IN

            eddie47d… You still continue to side with this poor excuse for a president. I don’t think he will ever do anything right. Why would he start now?

          • Old Henry

            eddie:

            Little Barry IS wrong either way… Wake up man! We have a communist Muslim Kenyan conducting an occupation of OUR White House.

          • eddie47d

            The room is filled with all kinds of cleaver people. Far be it for me to tell you to like Obama but some of your reasoning is quite cleaver or licentious. That old pot calling the kettle black so I stand by my comment to Jyrine.

          • libertytrain

            gosh eddie, I always liked the Cleavers and they were certainly not licentious. Now you aren’t THAT eddie who was such a fake with the Cleavers —- or are you – ?
            how could you spell licentious and not clever? Go figure….

          • OB1

            Eddie, are you trying to censure us? Are you judging Jyrene? Why are you doing that, if of course you admit you are. Nobody I now hates Obama. They HATE his policies. They HATE his choice of now resigned cabinet members. Hating the things a person does has nothing to do with judging and hating Obama, He’s just a man. Talked to your local community leaders or business owners lately? How about your local business owners? How about those who have been laid off or forced to take early retirement? How about those on furlough from the city and county you live in? My state is bankrupt as is the Feds! This is no longer about Repub or Dems, it’s about US. No one here is going to defend Dick Cheney or any other Cra&& you always bring up. They are ALL compromised. Now, dear Eddie, what in the he** are you willing to do about it? For example, learn something new….what a novel idea! Now, I shall ignore you as you have become irrelevant.

          • Jay

            Don’t waste your time on eddie OB1, when it comes to his beloved obama, all common-sense goes out the window! The poor boy is in love…

          • Hope For American

            Eddie47d, I am a caucasion but I know many nationalities who voted for Obama. They don’t have jobs and haven’t been able to lift themselves out of the slavery that liberal progressives have kept them in. They are turning against Obama and regret they ever voted for him.

            Nobody’s desire to stay in a hole in the ground, for everyone wants to live the American dream. They thought Obama’s promised ‘lies’ would bring them out of that hole. The Obama administration hasn’t done anything for the poor except keep them as slaves by relying on the federal government for their survival.

            Damn if Obama does and damn if he doesn’t? HE HASN’T DONE ANYTHING GOOD. If you think he’s done anything good except put this country into excess debt, please comment with one example.

          • http://?? Joe H.

            eddie,would that be June, Ward, Beaver, or Wally Cleaver???

          • Old Henry

            OB1:

            I hate communists, so I guess I hate Little Barry the communist Muslim Kenyan.

            If he runs / wins with Hilly I’m guessing that Hilly will be POTUS sometime in 2013….

          • eddie47d

            QB1; I don’t see myself censoring anyone so why the lie? If Jyrine can’t handle a rebuttal then I can’t do much about that. Heck people on this site pick on me all the time and that is their right to do so even if they are wrong.

          • http://Moreexpensive,moreunknowproblems. Lewis Munn

            Eddie,

            What ever do you mean by “very cleaver”?

            I guess you must mean she hacked the anthem to bits? Very much so?

            I am glad, that I did not hear it. I appreciate good music and great music done right, not hacked to bits. Although her facial expression seemed to be of great agony!

        • http://aol.com MizDixie9

          What about his crotch salute?

          • http://Moreexpensive,moreunknowproblems. Lewis Munn

            Didn’t know he had a crotch worthy of saluting!

      • Vagabond

        Edward I agree with you. allthough I only servedin Korea and was on occupation forces in Germany and served during Vietnam I still think the National anthem is the most beautiful song and it pisses me off to hear some one mangle it. the best one I have heard sing it yet was George Jones at a race. NASCR has someone sing tha anthem or play it befor each race and most of them do a fair job but still some mess it up, another thing that really ticks me off is to see some clown standing like he could care less no hand over their heart and in some cases talking to the person next to them,

        • Old Henry

          Vagabond:

          After the song is over have you ever “chewed a$$”? Scum like that don’t deserve to be taking up space.

          • http://?? Joe H.

            Old Henry,
            I did chew the heck out of our High School principal for the way the kids in the stands at the football game have a habit of grab-azzing and carrying on during the national anthem, thus ruining it for us vets that stand at attention with our hats over our hearts or now saluting! He said he would see what he could do. BULL! TEACH THEM SOME RESPECT!!! That’s what detention used to be for! When I was in school, it didn’t matter if it was after school hours, if it was on school grounds and you were a student of the school then you were directed to report to detention and my old man would wear my hind-end out with a belt!!

          • Old Henry

            Well put JoeH and good for you. Yeah, I remember those days as well. My old man didn’t use a belt, but I knew he would use his, ah, hand if it came to that. That “knowledge” kept me on my side of the line.

            There was no DCFS involvement and if the police got involved they would usually just tell the kid not to do it again, shake the old man’s hand and leave…

          • http://Moreexpensive,moreunknowproblems. Lewis Munn

            Maybe they should just quietly lose their citizenship and be expelled to the nearest enemy country?

      • Bud Tugly

        Mr. Chandler-

        Thank you for your service and respect for your courage.

        • Stickwoman Red

          Edward & Vagabond, I, too, thank you for your service to this country! I’ve traveled to 20 countries, and been to the beaches at Normandy and to the American Cemetery there and burst into tears upon seeing the Stars and Stripes flying over all those white crosses! I cry every time the National Anthem is sung, because it moves me to the core of my soul, that our country was founded on something bigger than ourselves and many, many other brave men and women have died to give me the rights I enjoy today! Whether the song is difficult to sing or not, it is OUR National Anthem and should be sung as best possible, giving it all the due respect it deserves!

          • Old Henry

            Bravo Stickwoman Red. Very well said.

        • DaveH

          Speaking of respect, why does this not surprise me?
          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e5INFAuM1xI

          • Old Henry

            DaveH, and anyone else:

            Here is a link to an article on Cowboy Bytes regarding Perry. This is from a daily email similar to Bob’s with comments at the bottom. Not sure, but you might have to copy and paste.

            http://cowboybyte.com/606/perry-the-gop-and-cowboy-diplomacy/#comment-
            10923

          • DaveH

            Do you think Rick Perry can walk past a mirror without stopping to admire himself?

          • Hope For American

            No, he can’t, DaveH. He reminds me of a case I’ve been fighting for two years, i.e., the facade of a woman who married my exhusband, who owed me a lot of money. He passed away and the judge finally decided she did not have a right to my money and now she and her corrupt attorney are accusing the court of violating her ‘Constitutional’ rights. Where are my rights when she’s probably not even a legal American? I’m sick and tired of Mexicans crossing over our borders and when or if they can’t get their way, they scream ‘Constitution Rights’. Illegals do not have any American rights.

            People like her have such a faux ‘Christian’ facade, but yet their hearts are filled with darkness. That’s what I think of Rich Perry. His looks are not the person he is, and if anyone votes for that man, God Help America.

            Rick Perry came out of the woodwork from nowhere. That’s because he was already chosen by ‘The Establishment’ to be the next president. American’s do not elect their presidents – they are selected. American’s have to show some balls and say ‘We’ve had enough of those crooks tyrannical and despotic abuse.’

          • Old Henry

            No I don’t DaveH. If he gets the “nod” it will be one megalomaniac running against another. A battle of egos!

          • Old Henry

            Hope for America:

            “Rick Perry came out of the woodwor”

            Where do cockroaches hide?

      • OB1

        Thank you for your service. My uncle swam in the ocean off Koras’ after his plane was shot down during the Korean War. Really, a miracle that he was even rescued eventually. Staying afloat in the ocean after being shot down is an act of courage and perseverance in and of itself.
        Truly, a testament to faith. Also my other uncle died in the sinking of the Indianapolis after the War with Japan was already declared as over. Mostly, they all died except the captain, who later killed himself. Sad, sad story. I know that my uncle dove overboard with a gun in his hands that were on fire as well as the rest of him. Most of them were eaten by sharks. I’ve never been much of a complainer because of my families’ stories. I’ve even researched them. Only Vets seem to understand what liberty and freedom is. It’s because for almost a generation now, we’ve had it. This is for you with all the words! And thank you, from me.

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jAYPN-1Yjt0

    • iowaheretic

      Does it even matter anymore? The REAL national anthem for America is “Welcome to the Jungle” by Guns & Roses. Just pretending the Star Spangle Banner is the real America doesn’t make it so!

      • Old Henry

        iowaheretic:

        I thought it was now “MOvin’ On Up”…

        • OB1

          Old Henry, I don’t know you but I think you are wonderful. You make me fell happy!

        • Kate8

          Old H – :) :) :)

        • http://?? Joe H.

          Old Henry,
          That was a good one. You know it is when Kate8 gives you a three smileys!!!

          • Old Henry

            OB1, Kate, JoeH:

            You are welcome. It just sort of came to me out of the blue. and it seemed to fit.

            How do you put those little faces in your posts?

          • Kate8

            Old H – Libertytrain taught me how.

            Hit at least 2 spaces after your last keystrike, then shift, colon, close parenthesis :). It might take a few times to coordinate it smoothly.

  • http://Yahoo meh-GID-oh

    NO…I can’t agree. ALL should sing it. Little kids and the whole stadium. IF it’s a solo, it would be nice to have a voice that carries the song BUT never bastardize the way it was written with a vain attempt at improving it. A good military band and the whole stadium joining in would be as great way of doing OUR National Anthem. Same in Church…sing people, sing and Praise the Lord!

    • steve in AZ

      Right on, MEH and right on, Bob!!

      We should all sing the national anthem because we desire to sing it. Whether we can carry a tune in a bucket or not. Whether we know all the words or not. Why don’t you know the words? Learn ‘em. Live ‘em. LOVE ‘em!!

      And all you people that wish to exhibit your “craft” by warbling around in a quest for your personal “variation on a theme” put a sock in it. Sing the notes and words as written. And while you’re at it, get a clue and

      DONATE NOW so you can VOTE RON PAUL 2012!!!!!!!!!

  • NancyJ

    I don’t know about the majority of people; however, I kind of resent turning it into a “pop event”. I wish they would sing it as the person who wrote it intended.

    Of course, you would have to have some real talent for that.

    • NancyJ

      AND PLEASE, PLEASE FOR GET ALL THE STUPID GRACE NOTES.

      • http://Moreexpensive,moreunknowproblems. Lewis Munn

        Just think of them as Disgrace notes, and then consider the singer who has to find the notes before singing them!

    • jbird

      Nancy,
      The person who wrote it wrote it as a poem. Music was put to it much later.

      • rich hutchins

        and the music is from an old German beer hall song.

        • crystal

          …and your point is?

          • OB1

            The point is..beer is good if you can drink it!

          • Old Henry

            Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.

            And speaking of happy, if ignorance is bliss, why are there so many unhappy people?

          • Old Henry

            rich and Howard:

            I was not aware of either. Thenk you for the information / education.

        • HOWARD POPOWSKI

          THE TUNE WAS “TO ANACHREON IN HEAVEN” 1766. IT WAS THE ANTHEM ON THE ANACHRONITIC SOCIETY OF LONDON, ESSENTIALLY A DRINKING CLUB OF YOUNG MEN. EMPEROR FRANKLIN I HAD THE TUNE CHANGED SO IT WOULD SOUND ‘FULLER’ WHEN PLAYED BY THE MARINE BAND IN 1931. IT WAAS MADE THE NATIONAL ANTHEM IN 1935 OR THEREABOUTS. IF YOU WOULD SING THE ORIGINAL TUNE IT’S A HELL OF A LOT EASIER TO NAVIGATE THROUGH. PROVING ONCE MORE THAT LIBERALS HAVE NEVER DONE ANYTHING RIGHT.

          TO ANACHREON IN HEAVEN
          WHERE HE SAT IN FULL GLEE
          A FEW SONS OF HARMONY
          SENT A PETITION
          THAT HE THEIR INSPIRER
          AND PATRON SHOULD BE
          AND THE ANSWER CAME BACK
          FROM THE JOLLY OLD GRECIAN
          VOICE FIDDLE AND FLUTE
          WILL NO LONGER BE MUTE
          I’LL LEND YE MY AID
          AND INSPIRE YE TO BOOT
          AND LIKEWISE I’LL INSTRUCT YE
          LIKE ME TO ENTWINE
          THE MYRTLE OF VENUS
          WITH BACCHUS’S VINE.

          • Kate8

            Howard – I knew it was the tune from Anachreon in Heaven, but I never saw the words before. Thanks for the treat!

  • http://aol.com sean murrey ILLInio

    All of these pop stars are liberals they dont know the words of our national anthem.

    • crystal

      They barely know the words to the songs that are written for them.

      • Randy G

        And they can’t sing either. They couldn’t carry a tune in a bucket.

  • Keno

    Amen Chip, I am so sick of these over-hyped and under-talented morons who think that an opportunity to perform the National Anthem is all about them. Thank goodness Francis Scott Key never anticipated such renditions, he probably would have wadded up his notes and thrown them into Chesapeake Bay.

    (A larger issue is this generation of vocalists who think that being able to scream more-or-less on pitch conveys passion, but that’s a whole other story.)

    BTW, the Taj Mahal is well worth the effort it takes to get there, hope you can someday cross it off your list.

  • Art deKnoll

    She did the same thing at Super Bowl. Why is she still on the National Anthem gig? Fire who hired her. It must be some kind of personal vendetta against USA. It is not accidental or stupidity, its on purpose.

  • http://dah@yahoo.com Dingo

    PLAY THE RECORD AND LET THE FANS SING.

  • Jim Laubscher

    That’s why people that sing wonderfully are selling so many albums, I.E. Celtic Thunder, Celtic Woman, Paul Pott, etc. etc. etc.
    The people of America and the world are desperately searching for something with a foundation. Jesus would be a good start.

    • crystal

      I love Celtic Thunder. People laugh at me (I’m Black) and don’t get why I love them so much. I have them on my iPod. Their voices are wonderful.

    • Old Henry

      Jim:

      I have never heard of any of those groups.

      If it ain’t Country….

  • CLARENCE SWINNEY

    Audience lack of respect is amazing today.
    In song concert Sunday and anthem singer at ball games for decades sang it. People talking to each other. Few at attention.

    It is even worse at ball games here. I lay it on door steps of our schools. We were taught how to behave all through school.

    • http://aol Tarco

      I remember in school we were taught how to sing every word in tune. The word “banner”had three beats in descending order which we practiced to perfection. We always stood in attention. Nonsense was not tolerated. It was as sacred as the Pledge of Allegiance. Why is it that every country in the world would not disrespect their country the way people do in this country? Could it be they really aren’t Americans? By their deeds they will be judged.

      • crystal

        When I was a little girl they didn’t teach us the song, so I look back and laugh at some of the words I said wrong. I didn’t learn the words correctly until about the 4th grade.

  • Bill Matteson

    the National Anthem should be respected ,it is a symbol ,like our flag
    The symbol of freedom and like our flag it should be respected
    It should be sung as it was written without any stylization “do woops,skat or screechs
    I am all for charging any singer that does this treason.
    my feeling is when a pop star does that they are showing contempt for America

    • ValDM

      You forgot one……….where the singer “yodels” an extra 5 notes instead of the one note that’s supposed to be sung.

    • crystal

      Did you see the guy who was trying to burn the American Flag on the news recently. They had to call the police to get him out of there alive. I believe the tide is turning.

      • http://marcum1@wildblue.net coal miner

        crystal
        Only time you burned the flag is when its damaged or soiled.

        Discuss Burning Of A Damaged Flag Or One That Has Touched The Ground on the American … because it implies that burning is the only proper way to dispose of a US flag.

        http://www.usa-flag-site.org/forum/burning-damaged-flag-one-has-touched-2873.html

        • http://marcum1@wildblue.net coal miner

          Also,

          American Flag Made Overseas China Profits … flag made in China? For the past 10 sessions of Congress a bill has been introduced prohibiting the import of American flags …

          http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/2552/american_flag_made_overseas.html

        • Don

          Hello All, if you have a American flag that needs to be replaced take it to your local American Legion, they do not charge for this, but they do it the proper way, with dignity ,, for God and Country

        • Old Henry

          coal miner:

          It was my understanding that you could also bury a damaged / worn out flag. I believe I read that in a “flag ettique” brouchure.

  • Chris

    How ironic that a poem titled “Defence of Fort McHenry” written by an American lawyer during the War of 1812 against the British was put to the music of an English club song and became our National Anthem. Great poem, terrible choice of music = very difficult to sing.

    • Keno

      Chris,
      I’ve always thought the bigger irony was “My Country ’tis of Thee.” I remember the shock I felt as a kid when I first heard “God Save the Queen.”

      But I guess there’s precedent…I know a number of tunes for our great Christian hymns were originally English or Welsh drinking songs.

      • Chris

        Keno….right on. Maybe our motto should be “in Bass Ale We Trust”

      • Bruce

        Keno, This is not an insult in any way – BUT – the song is based on Muzio Clementi’s Symphony #3.

      • eddie47d

        There are several songs in Church that I sing loud and boisterous and sing with joy. Then there are those that have no flow to them and the words don’t seem to match the notes.Several religious songs had different authors and composers. It was the same with Francis Scott Key who did write religious songs. No one knows what tune he had in his head when writing the National Anthem so this song could have sounded very different if that was known. I agree this song should be sung with respect and I hope they didn’t pay Roseanne Barr for doing it and was surprised they even picked her.Millions of us have sung our National Anthem yet how would we do if asked to sing it solo?

        • crystal

          Do you like Kirk Franklin? I like his “When You Fall” and “Without You.” They are his Christian ballads. I think they are beautiful.

        • James A.

          Count me as one who would like to trash the Star Spangled Banner in favor of America The Beautiful. It would be much easier to sing and the words are so much more meaningful. The Star Spangled Banner is about one incident where we held on to a fort in a war with the British.

          • Kate8

            James – It was a bit more than that.

            Men and women were holding up the flag so that the men held on the ship would know that, as long as the flag flew, America had not fallen. They could see it in the light of the bomb bursts.

            Those holding the flag up were being gunned down, and when one group fell, the next piled on the dead bodies to make sure the flag stayed up. It was that important to them. Many died that night.

            The song represents the courageous and indomitable American spirit.
            It represents our freedom, held even unto our last breath.

          • http://?? Joe H.

            Kate8,
            Very well said, BRAVO!!

          • Old Henry

            Yes Kate, I second JoeH!

      • Randy G

        Just remember, they were ‘drinking songs’

  • dan

    America the Beautiful is a better choice….I wonder what the anthem for the NWO will be ? the Imperial/Obama’s March ;
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-bzWSJG93P8

    • eddie47d

      Sorry, Dick Cheney already claimed that one.

    • crystal

      That song always makes me cry when I hear it. It’s really beautiful.

  • Bruce

    Have any of your ever felt the RAW POWER of Jimmy Hendrix’s take on the Star Spangled banner? Its power is so strong that with not a single word sung it brings to life the very moments this song was penned so you can feel it, as well see it, its almost as if your standing there on the ship watching it all unfold.

    Keep in mind Jimmy was 101 AB before he became the most incredible guitar player the world has ever known and perhaps will ever know.

    • rich hutchins

      agreed about Hendrix- i love his version.

    • crystal

      My father hated the way Hendrix played the National Anthem.

      • Bruce

        Crystal, I am very sad to hear that.
        {My father was an ignorant Racist as well a total Bigot Pig.} So I could care less what he had to say.

        You should learn to be your own person, always question with Boldness anything you hear and or are told, or see, {there is no subsitute for first hand knowledge.} Listen to Jimmy Hendrix on your own then tell me what you feel, what you sence, if you can feel the Beauty in the seven simple root notes. So in plain words Crystal, please think for yourself.

      • http://deleted Claire

        Ditto on Hendrix. He sure could make a guitar talk.

        • http://?? Joe H.

          Claire,
          Hendrix only had one problem. He was about 10 years ahead of his time. Had he come out about 10 to 15 years later, he would have been VERY successful in his living years, not after death. I was very happy to see him inducted into the hall of fame, though!

  • Penny R. Freeman

    Thanks for the commentary Chip. That’s exactly my opinion. My son is a Nascar fan which I am not, but since he watches the races every week I get to hear the ridiculous attempts by various singers to sing our anthem. Needless to say most of them are awful. Granted it’s not the easiest tune to sing, but adding in country yodeling style singing doesn’t help. Neither does drawing out the notes or changing the emphasis on various words to make a better impression on the listeners of that person’s singing skills. But at least that organization does keep the anthem as a part of the opening to each race. Maybe once we get Obuma out the door we can take down the lefties, get our national pride back, and show the world who we really are again. It’s long past time to stop allowing liberal judges and atheists to intimidate us into giving up our traditions-the pledge of allegiance, the national anthem, and prayer. I live in Mississippi. Can you believe that there’s a group of morons down here who came from Wisconsin just to intimidate the county school system into deleting prayer before high school football games? Needless to say that isn’t going over well here. Mississippi was ranked in some rating as the most religious and conservative state in the union. How they came to that conclusion I don’t know. And it may have been some idiot judge’s ruling that if the event is a part of a government associated event prayer shouldn’t be a part of that event, but we should be fighting that just like this county is fighting this Wisconsin group. Would someone like to show me where it states in the Constitution that there is to be a separation of church and state? That isn’t the wording nor the meaning in the Constitution. The first amendment is: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for the redress of grievances. Exactly where does that imply a separation of church and state? The liberal idiot judges who sided with the atheist morons need to learn this country’s history and actually read the Constitution.

    • Vagabond

      Penny you are so right. I hope you people will kick those IDIOTS all the way back to wisconsen. and I do mean in their asses all the way,

      • http://?? Joe H.

        Vagabond,
        You would have to mark the place to kick as they are ALL azz!!!

    • Old Henry

      Penny:

      Missippi as pretty much a rual state, is it not? Rual being large areas of, ah, isolated places where “things” can get, ah shall we say, “lost”…

      I’m guessing that if this group of communists shall we say disappeared they would not send another…

  • Morton L. Friedman

    The DJ where we go dancing always plays the Star Spangled Banner. The best rendition, EVER, is Kate Smith. Nobody even compares, it matters not how much modern electronic enhancement is applied. She projected her love for this country with both her singing power and proficiency.

    • Pete0097

      Like i said in a later post, opera singers know their range and where to start the song so they can hit all the notes. That is why the Phila Flyers used her for their games.

    • Vagabond

      Morton I never heard her sing the national anthem but her rendition of America the beautiful is the greatest ever, and I am sure she was the same with the anthem,

      • JLC

        Vagabond etal — EVERYTHING that Kate Smith sang, she sang well!

        • http://deleted Claire

          I remember Kate Smith–my Mother adored her.

          • libertytrain

            claire – yes she could actually sing.

    • Old Henry

      Morton:

      Absolutely!

    • Bob Waters

      Morton, I was thinking about Kate Smith, who was a very popular singer in her time. She always sang patriotic songs, and I loved “God Bless America”. I certainly agree that all real Americans respect the patriotic songs, especially at public events and sung without embellishment. Thanks.

  • http://n/a John Beach

    It has gotten so bad (the singing of the National Anthem) that they really ought to return to the best recording they can find of it and not go through the charade of some “show-off” getting up there and making a fool of him/her self and an unforgettable disgrace of the Anthem. Never one of my favorite pieces of music, its lyrics are truly representative of our history and faith. I have always preferred “My Country, ‘Tis of Thee” for both music and words and suppose that, the fact that the tune is the same as that of “God Save The King” or “Queen,” is probably the reason that it was not adopted as our National Anthem. Both patriotic songs remind us of our love/hate relationship with the United Kingdom.

  • Incredulous1

    The National Anthem is about US; all Americans – past and present. It is NOT a platform to exhibit individualism. In fact, it is exactly the opposite. It was written one way and it should be performed one way – to the best of the performer’s abilities. The more the song is vandalized by singers unwilling, unable or incapable of performing it correctly, the more young Americans will think, “That’s the way it’s suppose to be sung.” We do NOT need to contribute to the dumbing down of America.

  • True American Patriot

    At the top of the Top 10 Best National-Anthem Renditions is Whitney Houston with her breathtaking performance at the Superbowl that’s sure to put a few tears down the cheek of many patriots.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wupsPg5H6aE

    • crystal

      Now that was really good.

    • libertytrain

      She sure was one of the best – what a voice, what a pity her world fell apart – a sad waste of incredible talent.

      • http://deleted Claire

        libertytrain–I agree-Whitney was very good. I also like Sarah Brightman–”Music of the Night.”
        Now we have Christina, Lady Gaga, Rhianna, and others like them. Times have sure changed. Talk about pop music–I do like Katy Perry’s song –”Firework.”
        The old R&B from the late 50s, early 60s was great. Bo Diddley, B.B. King, Clarence “Frogman” Henry, LaVerne Baker, I could go on and on. I really like the “old” music.

        • Song

          There is hope…my own children, all teenagers refer to Lady GaGa as lady gag gag and so do all of their friends. It makes me wonder who Hollywood is trying to pander too. It sure isn’t a lot of the young people that I know. Maybe the youth will prove to be a stronger generation because of all the crap that is being dished out there way. Just a point of interest: there is a new movement to be “clean” and “straight edge” meaning no drugs, alcohol and smoking as well as no tattoos and piercings. It also means to dress nice. More young men, for example are wanting to wear slacks and ties and more young women are wanting occasions where they can dress up and be feminine. You certainly wouldn’t know that from the MSM or the crap coming out of Hollywood, but on local levels, things are really beginning to change. I am hopeful for our youth.

          • Jana

            Song,
            Yes, and all of these youn women getting these little tattoos that they think are so cute. I hear the kids call them Tramp Stamps.

  • Thinking About

    Yes one should sing the national with tears of pride of our nation and this pride should follow every move we make each and every day. The disrespect shown by the citizens of USA for each other is the same disrespect shown in making a mockery of our national anthem. I also wonder why we are allowing this to continue to happen. A kinder gentler nation as Bush Sr ask for would perhaps bring civility and we could stand proudly for our great nation.

  • knights templer

    This beoutch can’t sing PERIOD. Anyone who hires her after repeated flubs should to be fired as well. She doesn’t compliment our country please don’t use her anymore. This is not the first time she made a joke of herself. She’s probably drug out and didn’t have the class to not to make the same mistake twice. She’s getting fat so she has to make up the difference by embelishing and poorly at that, so her feable attempt to sing our National Anthem poorly NOT ONCE, BUT TWICE!! NO MORE AGULAIRA! When she F’d it up then all the patrons at the game should have stood up and drown the wentch out! When are we going to get our pride and patriotism back? We shouldn’t except trash, bad enough it’s in the White House but her attempting to, what was that? Singing?? Or dying road kill. NO MORE Agularia belching and calling it singing. Please.

  • DaveH

    How can we worry about how a song is sung when there’s blatantly anti-freedom stuff like this going on right in front of our faces?
    http://www.nrtw.org/en/blog/news-release-obama-labor-board-kills-dana-08302011

    • Sam I am

      What I don’t understand, is why don’t non union members form anti-union unions? They pass card check? Then get together and form a union with police or gun owners. Any manager wants to intimidate you for your vote, you remind him to back off or else. Real men formed unions back in the 1920s and were actually machine gunned and bombed by the big boss men (just research the term “red neck” to find out that “red necks” were actually the highest class of heroes and not banjo playing stupid perverts living in the south). There heroic actions brought us reasonable working conditions, the 40 hour work week, an end to practical child slavery, etc.

      So you non union pussies getting intimidated can either man up or eventually starv to death aftr you are jobless and food stamps don’t work aftr our economy collapses.

      Hopefully, my post pisses someone off enough for them to realize as the terminator said in Terminator 3: rise of the machines that “anger is more useful than despair”.

      • DaveH

        Thank you Sam for demonstrating Union logic to the readers.

        • Sam I am

          Let me guess… So if card check is enacted, you will just go along with it and get unionized? My beleif is that unions are like lawsuits and like government in general. They are all only to be used extremely sparingly in the most limited of circumstances. People should only sue to correct Erin Brockavich type injustices where thousands of children are getting cancer. People who pick up lawn mowers and chop their legs off then try to sue to get some dough should be thrown in jail for assulting themselves. That stupid Macdonalds women who spilled coffee on herself and sued Macdonalds should be guilty of breaking a law. Big government should only be used if our entire conutry is invaded or something like that. Unions should only be used to correct major injustices after big biz gets in bed with big government and eliminates all other competition, thus ensuring the economy is not free market. Republicans out there can’t honestly say our economy is free market… It isn’t when big business can just lobby congress for exemptions of laws…

      • Pete0097

        I was in a non-union construction company and I proudly went through the union picket line. I had a job. As long as I am being paid a fair wage in a safe environment, I will work anywhere anytime. There is no reason to picket a jobsite as long as those two requirements are followed.

      • Vagabond

        sam I am 75 years old and never belonged to a union in my life. I worked all of my life and while I didn’t make as much money as union workers made I made a good living and didn’t have a bunch of FATASSED union cheifs giving my money to the likes of obama without my consent. for the most part I was a trucker and I was satisfied with what I made. I worked for one company that paid a hell of a lot more than union drivers made,

        • Sam I am

          Good for you. You guys think I am pro union. I am vehemnetly against unions of today but support “real” unions in the 1920s and 1930s that were used to correct major injustices. The tea party in a sense is a union. Unions can be used for good or ill like many things in life.

          • Song

            good points Sam I am…your first post was a little confusing and sounded like you were pro-union. I agree that we have far surpassed the original intent of the unions in the 1920′s and 1930′s. The pendulum has swung too far in the other direction and I think a lot of posters here would agree that unions are not what they were in the 20′s and 30′s.

          • DaveH

            There was never an excuse for the coercive force of Unions. They always have been about suppressing the good workers and taking advantage of their employers. If there were indeed sweatshops, what kept those workers from starting their own companies, especially back when the Government wasn’t regulating the life out of entrepreneurs?
            http://mises.org/daily/2384

          • DaveH

            The problem is that most of us have been heavily propagandized in the public schools and by the MSM. That’s what this site is for (thank you, Bob Livingston), and others like:
            mises.org
            lewrockwell.com
            cato.org
            reason.org

            Lift the blinders.

        • Old Henry

          Also Vagabond you did not have a FATASSED union thug telling you when to go on strike and collect a pittance in strike pay while the FATASS collected his full pay.

          And if you average out what they made during work and non-work strikes I wonder if they actually came out ahead.

    • eddie47d

      Your way off subject Dave. The National Right to Work organization is an oxymoron and always has been. They don’t care one iota about any worker and only push for the right to work for less. I’ll take almost any union over their shameless slave labor tactics.

      • http://marcum1@wildblue.net coal miner

        eddie47d
        Ron Paul pro union or hot air?

        To enable employees to form & join labor … Allow an Air Traffic Controller’s Union. Paul co-sponsored … Ron Paul on other issues: Nominees: GOP: Sen.John …

        http://www.ontheissues.org/2008/Ron_Paul_Jobs.htm

    • Bruce

      Dave, A super post saddly the Hurrah for the flag waving quasi Patriots is believed to be their stand for unity in something that does not exist and has not existed since 1861. So the question is what unity is it that they stand for?

      As I know from your post you know just as I do we don’t follow the Constitution nor the Bill of Rights and haven’t since 1861.
      But as most people would rather just get along, to get along we now face the Opressive Global Banking Cartels who abuse the Citizens of this country with their Power, afterall their business is Human Farming for profit and we have aided them quite well.

    • Nadzieja Batki

      This is one more symptom of a disease that is hurting this country.

    • Stan Smith

      Oh yea! I know Big ed will deny that his Union thugs try to commit murder and making excuses for the unions as usual! Just like all Libs making excuses for Mafia controlled unions! Better pack some serious heat for self defense if a union thug try to kill you!
      http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2011/08/ohio-businessman-shot-for-owning-non-union-shop-police-investigating-video/

  • Sam I am

    LOL, you at you morons still going to football games, etc. Engage in politics the way you engage in football. Be real men.

    • http://?? Joe H.

      Sam I am,
      I only go to highschool football games. Those kids play their life out for free and play harder than any pro ever did!!! I show them the respect they deserve!!

      • Song

        Yes they do Joe H. There is something refreshing, patriotic and uplifting about high school games. Maybe it is the genuine enthusiasm, spirit and healthy competition. Maybe it is also the chill in the fresh air. Maybe it is because these kids are playing for the sport of it without the corruption of fame and money. Idk, but all of my kids are involved in high school extra-curricular activities, whether it is in the band, the game or as a dancer during half-time and I love every minute of it!

  • Poppy

    It should be sung as written. It should not be butchered by so many talentless people. It’s not easy to sing right, so don’t sing it if you can’t do it right.

    • Nadzieja Batki

      I am going to be sarcastic at this point. Who says that these singers have talent? Should we believe this because we are told to.
      Yowling cats sound much better.

      • http://deleted Claire

        Ditto.

  • Pete0097

    As a marching band member, the biggest problem is that most of these so-called singers, pick the wrong key to start. They need to learn something called “pitch” they have to know their range, start so they can hit the high notes and the low notes. You don’t have to a great range, BUT you need to know the pitch of what you sing. Women seem to be the worst at that, unless they are opera singers. These two bit floozies like Agulara look great, have nice voices, but really don’t know how to sing only screech.

  • DaveH

    We all know that a group of birds is a flock. And a group of lions is a pride. But what is a group of baboons?
    http://www.rense.com/general94/congff.htm

    • Don Norton

      In response to DaveH says; I believe that a group of baboons is a congress! Why should we be surprised.

    • Bruce

      Dave, As I recall its a Congress.

    • Old Henry

      Liberals DaveH, Liberals..

  • Don Norton

    I have written letters to both the VFW magazine and the American Legion magazine about the sad performances of our National Anthem at various events, however both magazines chose not to publish my letters. I asked the question, “Am I the only one in this country who is embarrassed by the performances of our various ‘stars” of the National Anthem?” I’m glad someone else is concerned about it. We have military chorales available for such services and events, why not use them?

    • Sam I am

      Christ…. If you are so upset by crappy national anthem singing, then STOP GOING TO GAMES. If half the people boycotted sports, they would go to their knees begging the fans how they can change and improve things. People can recall all their favority sport stats but don’t know who their congressman or women is who is in all liklihood currently raping them and thier children.

      • Song

        Reminds me of Jay Leno’s “Man on the Street” Funny and frightening at the same time, but I think you will find that most posters on these boards care a lot about their country.

      • crystal

        It is pretty sad. The other night I was watching the news and they were talking about some T.V. show I’ve never even watched, but the people they were talking with didn’t know who was in Obama’s cabinet.

        • Karolyn

          Actually, at least in my lifetime, it’s always been that way.

      • Bruce

        Sam, I agree with you on that. After reading that Vick just got a $100 Million dollar gig, I am sick what MFS many American people are. Vick should be tossed in a pit with pit bulls that haven’t eaten in 2 months, and thats too good for him.

        • Karolyn

          He paid his debt. People change.

          • Bruce

            Karolyn, People change their socks & undies but little else.
            We have met this SOB in person, have you? He is a real POS.

          • http://deleted Claire

            If it were left to me, I would have put Vick away for 25 years or more. I have no compassion for this despicable human being. If he is human….He came out smelling like a rose and he deserves to be cleaning toilets. I will never purchase any item that this lowlife represents.

          • http://?? Joe H.

            Claire,
            And to think he is now asking permission to get another DOG!!! That judge should tell him that to get a dog, he first has to catch it in a pit of hungry wolves!!! I only pray the wolves don’t get sick on him!!

          • http://deleted Claire

            JoeH–That is what I heard-the lowlife wants to get another dog. The Eagles gave the Humane Society a huge sum of money. It all goes back to the same old story–money talks and moral decency walks. I swear if anyone had one of my dogs and abused it, I would go after them like hell on wheels. Now in my town we have dogs being stolen from back yards again. This tells me the dog fighting ring is still going strong in this area. Whites and blacks are involved in this crime. I cannot understand why they are never “caught.” I have been told it keeps them “busy” and at least they aren’t killing humans. Good grief, I could carry on about this issue until the cows come home. It makes me very angry. Bob and I watch our dogs like a hawk. If someone tried to steal one of my dogs, that person would never be able to walk again. And believe me, this is not idle talk, they would get shot.

          • Karolyn

            Claire – Here in our county we had a big expose of the county shelter where the animal control officers were using the dogs as taget practice and selling pit bulls for fighting! It’s pretty rough down here in the rural south. People drop off puppies and grown dogs on back roads and never spay or neuter. That’s how I got my latest baby – as an 8 week old drop-off alongside a dirt road. He is now around 11 months and 85 lbs. of boundless energy and love! :-)

  • VLC

    As a child in school, we were required to face the flag, hand over the heart and stand at attention while reciting the pledge. When the National Anthem was sung, we were required to stand at attention as well. I doubt that is taught today in our school. It’s no wonder the citizenry has no more respect for our country than they do!

  • Luis Campuzano

    I remember back in my school in Cuba,of course before de Castros takink over,that on Fridays we were dismissed a little early and assembled in the central yard where we sang the National Anthem and paraded in front of the flag and saluted it and you had better know the words no buts about it.I have been in the United States for 52 years and in my home and my childrens home the Star Spangled Banner and the National Anthem are respected as the symbols of the freedom that we enjoy in this Country.God Bless America

  • BrotherPatriot

    Happy Birthday, Chip Wood!

    Thank you for your continued work to help spread some American common sense! It sounds like you have some good friends around ya!

    God Bless you.

  • George

    Amen and AMEN. The best ball-park version of the Star Spangled Banana I ever heard was Robert Merrill at Yankee Stadium. Too bad you didn’t get a chance to go to ComiNsky Park!

  • Karolyn

    The Star Spangled Banner shouldn’t even be our national anthem. Most people can’t sing it; and it’s all about war. American the Beautiful would be a better anthem.

    • http://AOL Jo

      No, it’s not about war it’s about the strength and courage of those who founded our nation. It’s about the strength and courage of those men who defended our freedoms.

      • bob wire

        Hmm? different feelings for different people I suppose. That alone could make a song great.

        To me, It’s about a night of thunderous chaos, the uncertainty cloaked in the darkest of a night,the incoming canon shot, With the shouts of command punctuated with the screams of the wounded and the splintering of timbers and small arms fire.

        Will this be our last night as I huddle hidden below deck and can do “nothing”? Will sunrise ever come? and if it does will America still stand?

        As I understand it, this is where Scott Key got his inspiration to write this piece.

        • http://?? Joe H.

          bob wire,
          Perhaps you don’t realize it, but you just said the same thing, just a different way!!

  • http://AOL Jo

    I didn’t know the Star Spangled Banner had a second verse until a Marine sang the Second verse at a TEA Party. Here are the words, Beautiful…
    The 2nd verse of Star Spangled

    Oh thus be it ever, when free men shall stand
    Between their loved home, and the wars desolation
    Blest with victory and peace, may the heaven rescued land
    Praise the power that hath made, and preserved 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 spangle banner in triumph shall wave
    O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave

  • Old Henry

    Well Chip, the first thing that came to mind was to ask you who was beating the Cubs? You answered that one – the Braves!

    Notice that they now have lights in Wrigley for night games? That’s so they can see who is beating them.

    No matter the weather, why should the Cub fans be upset at losing? That is what the Cubs do, so that is the fans normal paradigm.

    At least they allowed the Star Spangled Banner to be sung, being filled with so much violence and vitriol….

    As you stated, we must give Hillary credit for singing the anthem even though she does not have a gifted singing voice, as with most of us. Truth be told those of us who actually do sing it do not do a very good job. Personally speaking I would probably empty the stands at Wrigley. That being said our National Anthem was not written for singing contests to see who has the most beautiful voice. It was written by Francis Scott Key as he was held prisoner on a British ship to pay tribute the the amazing patriots under siege by the British Navy. Old Glory was kept flying by the dead bodies piled around the flag ple, or what was left of it and the flag.

    However, professional singers should give a professional rendition of our nation’s anthem. If they cannot, then they should be passed over. Are they not required to perform an audition for who ever is contracting them to sing?

    I am glad you had a great birthday, and hope you have many more. Great to be 39 again, isn’t it?

  • Gunsmoke

    It is a disgrace that us Americans have to put up with such humiliation of OUR COUNTRY’s FLAG, with the singing of OUR NATIONAL ANTHEM, Burning of OUR FLAG, Banning the National Anthem, Flag placed Upside down, etc…… These is and always will be from people that have NO RESPECT for OUR FLAG, including Obama….. Whenever someone is asked to SING OUR NATIONAL ANTHEM, this should be a PROUD and Memorative occassion in there Life and it should be treated with Respect, NO MATTER whether you are an American Citizen or if you are visiting and this includes all others to whom are here in the U.S.A.
    If we were to be in anothers Country, they would expect us to do the same thing, so they should do the same for us as well….. If they DO NOT like it, nobody is STOPPING them from going someplace else where they can do whatever they want in dis-respecting others and there own National Anthem….. Leave OUR FLAG and the NATIONAL ANTHEM alone and DO NOT Dis-Respect it….. We are PROUD of both and will Stand-up for it at any given time….. GOD BLESS AMERICA !!!!

    • http://?? Joe H.

      Gunsmoke,
      A sheriff in a little dirtwater town in Georgia had the right idea. Hsaid that the perp had the right to burn the flag and not be arrested for it. He could, however, be arrested for inciting a riot when a few of the local vets beat his liberal little azz!!!

  • http://marcum1@wildblue.net coal miner

    Attention:

    The 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 through 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,
    What is that which the breeze o’er the towering steep
    As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses?
    Now it catches the gleam of the morning’s first beam;
    Its full glory reflected now shines on the stream;
    ‘Tis the star-spangled banner! Oh! long may it wave
    O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

    And where is the band who so vauntingly swore,
    ‘Mid the havoc of war and the battle’s confusion,
    A home and a country they’d leave us no more?
    Their blood hath washed out their foul footsteps’ pollution;
    No refuge could save the hireling and slave
    From the terror of flight, or the gloom of the grave,
    And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave
    O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

    Oh! thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand
    Between their loved home and the war’s desolation;
    Blessed with victory and peace, may the Heaven-rescued land
    Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation.
    Then conquer we must, for 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!

    • Old Henry

      Thanks coalminer.

  • American Citizen

    Go to YouTube. You can hear some children sing our beautiful National Anthem better than those so-called celebrities. I, too, am sick and tired of them trying to make the song “their own.” All they end up doing is butchering it. I feel like hitting them in the mouth and telling them to learn the words and sing it like it’s supposed to be sung.

    • http://?? Joe H.

      american,
      We have a 16 year old girl here in Eastlake that occaisonally sings the anthem for our local class A pro team. She has a very beautiful voice and sings it as it is meant to be sung!! I have never been inside the stadium for political reasons, but I have stood outside it and heard her sing! SIMPLY BEAUTIFUL!!

  • http://personalliberty.com Alice

    I especially hate when a singer begins to run his/her voice up and down the scale to demonstrate their great singing ability and then forget where they left the original note. Get off key and it gets ugly.

  • iam

    I agree about the so-called singers. Whenever I see them highlighted on TV or a web video, they are trying to change the song into whatever style they believe they have, which is actually no style. Weird emphasis, unusual pauses, strange phrasing, only limited association with the original. They are disgusting. Recently there was a young child who did the same thing. Sure, she could sing and she had the courage to try, but she fell into the same trap of making it a stylish rendition instead of simply performing the song the way it was written.

  • Palin12

    Who can forget the tone-deaf Hildebeast’s rendition of the Star Spangled Banner?
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQYIHQvhIk0

  • Vegas Gemini

    This will make your day, beautiful rendition by 11 year old Anna Graceman:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QofbRR5MEcg

    • Palin12

      Bravo!

      • bob wire

        OOOOO ! goose bumps!

  • Mudcat

    Does anyone recall the National Anthem sung by Tom Sullivan (backed up with the group Up With People) at the 1977 Super Bowl between Dallas and Pittsburgh? Definitely a top ten performance! You can hear bits and pieces of the performance in the movie BLACK SUNDAY with Bruce Dern and Robert Shaw.

    • bob wire

      No, but thanks I’ll sure look for it.

      It is a difficult song to sing and marvelous when done well.

  • bob wire

    tolerance people , tolerance.

    I was listening to one of my children singing after leaving the church house and driving home one Sunday.

    Until you have heard a 4 years old child sing “There be peas in the Salad” in earnest while you keep a straight face, swelling inside with laughter and some pride to the point of almost exploding. You’ve just missed a little part of life that makes it worth living.

  • Carol J, California

    By the time Aguilera had finished her butchering job, I had sent emails to both the TV station and to the NFL. I received responses of apology from both. As to the ones who ruin our National Anthem at the NASCAR races, I have never had a response from them. I wonder why since I have been a fan from the start. Is it because NASCAR has become another “BIG” corporation and no longer cares about the little people who made them what they are today?

  • James A.

    I still say that we should switch to “America the Beautiful”.

  • paintbrushbright

    The chosen one suggested our National Anthem should be changed because lyrics sounded too warlike. He would perfer something like “We are the world” or maybe like the little people song at Disney World. I doubt if Obama even knows the words of our National Anthem because he doesn’t even know how many States he is President of. Maybe those extra eight states will get him reelected. Isn’t that where all those ACORN people are from?

    • http://marcum1@wildblue.net coal miner

      paintbrushbright
      American is great,even a poor black boy can grow up to be president.
      Bill O’Reilly said so.
      (Newser) – Bill O’Reilly has written a glowing tribute to President Obama that will run in this Sunday’s Parade magazine, Politico reports. The Fox host, who doesn’t pull any punches when blasting the president’s policies, holds Obama’s life story and achievements up as an inspiration to young Americans in the essay, titled What President Obama Can Teach America’s Kids.

      O’Reilly hails the president’s persistence and says that his rise from adversity to the nation’s top job shows anything is possible in America. “Barack Obama, a youngster in Hawaii without his parents around, has toughed it out and become one of history’s great stories, no matter what happens going forward,” he writes. “What he has achieved in his 48 years is simply astounding.”

      • http://Moreexpensive,moreunknowproblems. Lewis Munn

        i had never realized he could destroy the US politically and economically in so few years in power. And fool so many of the people so much of the time.

        Even though I know this was in active preparation on our school systems, being prepared for in our educational system for the last 100 years. Dumbing the kids down, and slowly changing the whole ethics of the nation.

  • Alex

    Not only is “The Star-spangled Banner” one of the most irritating musical compositions ever, the lyrics are stupid also, so I rewrote them several years ago. Enjoy:

    Obey by decree
    in the dawn’s eerie blight,
    in our shrouds we all flailed
    at the White guy’s last scheming
    Shoes trod—yipes!–to bright bars
    it’s our perilous diet
    All Dodge Ram parts are botched,
    Plymouth Valiants steaming
    And the crock of s*** Red Scare
    H-bombs eating our share
    Ninety proof every night,
    but our dad’s are still square
    Oy veh, rust, splat, scar mangled
    blather wet knaves,
    it our glands a disease
    and the loam o’er our graves…

    Good one, huh?

    • http://marcum1@wildblue.net coal miner

      Alex,

      Mozart couldn’t have been done any better.

      • http://marcum1@wildblue.net coal miner

        I meant Mozart couldn’t have done it any better.AXCXV

        • bob wire

          Mozart was all about tempo,blended tones, musical construct and human feeling.

          Don’t try to compare apples with oranges.

          Word construct is great as well but let us not confuse the two.
          ~~~~~~

          “Look what followed me home”

          I thought I was alone

          but your memory came on back to me.

          I can see that I was wrong, wrong, wrong

          look what followed me home.

          John Ball

          or

          “I see the want-to in your eyes”

          Gray Stewart

          or

          “Wrong is what I do best”

          George Jones

          or

          “Choices”

          I’ve had choices since the day that I was born

          I’ve heard voices telling me right from wrong

          If I had not listens, I wouldn’t be here today

          Living and dieing with the choices that I made.

          “George Jones”

          There are monsters of words out there just waiting for you to discover.

          Sir France Scott Key laid it down and shared something with us he experienced (lived through) one night and it’s for us, the beholder to find the appreciation, each in his/her own way.

          “Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight,
          O’er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming? ”

          Who’s ????

          If someone takes liberties with the music or content~ attempt to appreciate the very nature of “art forms” and how it touches each of us differently.

          That say, ~ Rap is Crap! and people who love it need an extensive course in music appreciation. You wasn’t born with a bone in your nose and if you have one, it’s only because you put it there.

          It hurts me to see people trying so hard to be so different when they fail to even try to fit in.

  • http://poiticallyunclassifiable.com Justina

    First, I think there are many important things about our
    country.

    Second, the national anthem we have is not appropriate.
    It says nothing about what is right with our founding
    ideas.

    GOD BLESS AMERICA or AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL should be
    our national anthem, not that dreadful bit of bad
    music that is virtually unsingable regardless of your
    heart about the country and has operatic pretentions
    built in.

    It is simply celebrating an attitude of never say die
    and all that, that can and does figure in all sorts
    of things incl. our enemies, and various undesirables.

    It says nothing about why America is worth keeping or
    fighting for. nothing. Any gutter rat street gang or
    biker gang has the same ideals as this damn song, that
    now I find has a pagan element specific to the original
    beer hall song!

    • Nadzieja Batki

      I am so glad that people with wisdom decided what our National Anthem should be even though there was enough wrangling about it. The song should stay as our National Anthem.

    • Jay

      Alex, you also, screwed up the National Anthem! Might you be related to Crustine Assenerra? Here, let me help you both out. No need to thank me!

      United States of America

      The Star Spangled Banner

      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, through 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,
      What is that which the breeze, o’er the towering steep,
      As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses?
      Now it catches the gleam of the morning’s first beam,
      In fully glory reflected now shines in the stream:
      ‘Tis the star-spangled banner! Oh, long may it wave
      O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

      And where is that band who so vauntingly swore
      That the havoc of war and the battle’s confusion
      A home and a country should leave us no more?
      Their blood has washed out their foul footsteps’ pollution!
      No refuge could save the hireling and slave
      From the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave:
      And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave
      O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

      Oh, thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand
      Between their loved home and the war’s desolation!
      Blest with victory and peace, may the heav’n-rescued land
      Praise the Power that hath made and preserved 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.

  • robt shrugged

    Kate Star could really sing it and do it better than 99 percent of the people past and present. we can do better if we try to find a real american who loves america and can really sing.

  • http://www.personalliberty.com/conservative-politics/stop-butchering-our-national-anthem/?eiid=&rmid=2011_09_02_PLA_P11300898&rrid=387467015 noreen p.

    That’s the second spic/wetback in recent memory to #$%&* it up (remember Jose Feliciano in ’68?)! Why not employ someone who went to the Canadian, Ecuadorian, Japanese, NY, PA, or Puerto Rican public schools back when we could READ our diplomas? Viva Bush!

  • Jay

    Good grief, Christine Aguilera sure let herself go. At first glance i thought it was Cindy Lauper! You know, this is the second time Christine screwed up the National Anthem!

    • bob wire

      yes well, I’m with you. But she’s just “people” and life has a way of doing that.

      I’ve seen it and lived it ~ over and over again.

      shot in April and back on top in May.

      She can sing whatever she wants too anyway she wants too as far as I’m concerned. She still a hot kitten and I’ll think no more or no less of her for her errors or digressions.

      http://video.tagged.com/#v=-ScjucUV8v0

    • http://deleted Claire

      Jay: You are correct! She does look like Cindy Lauper!

      • http://?? Joe H.

        Claire,
        you and Jay need to stop knocking Cindy. She has straightened up lately1 She will never be a raving beauty but she looks almost good now!! My wife saw her on QVC not long ago while thumbing through the channels!!

  • ramie

    They should have kids singing the anthem they are much better at it.

  • Carol J

    One more comment. Yesterday I thought the group at the Sprint Cup race were doing so well, even on that highest note. Then they had to add their fillips at the end.

  • Nancy Norris

    I AGREE….Find someone that can sing or play an instrument well or play a recording. But don’t BUTCHER the beautiful song.

  • Bob Harrison

    I’m the classroom music teacher at 3 elementary schools. September 14 is National Anthem day, so the first lesson I have my students do, as the new school year begins, is to learn the Star Spangled Banner AND its history AND how it came to be written AND by who. We also go over the other verses that are not sung. (It was a poem first, music added later.) It always angered me when I watched the Olympics and it was obvious the American gold medalist(s) didn’t know the words. It’s our national Anthem!! I have fun teaching it: it is history, poetry, conviction, pride, so many things. So, everybody, teachers, coaches, parents, go teach it to your kids and keep alive the spirit and tradition.

  • Patric

    Before the Bears vs. Saints’ Jan. 21, 2006 NFC Championship Game, Chris Daughtry sang a not perfect but respectful rendition of the National Anthem. I think the man deserves credit for trying to do it right. It’s on youtube.

  • BrotherPatriot

    I think this is a good place to post this as well…

    http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=QEGlsHS6tSQ

    God Bless!

  • DonDonP1

    I got to admit: ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’ is among my favorite national anthems of the world, along with ‘O Canada’ and ‘God Save the Queen’. Yes, there are various songs that are sung to the tune of ‘God Save the Queen’–the national anthem of the United Kingdom that is also the royal anthem of Canada, Australia and rest of the Commonwealth Realm–from the ‘Prayer of the Russians’ to ‘Our Country, ‘Tis of Thee’. Respectfully, I want ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’ to remain our national anthem, ‘God Save the Queen’ to remain the national anthem of the United Kingdom and ‘O Canada’ to remain the national anthem of Canada. I know the first verse of all three anthems. I also know a verse of the British anthem that starts with the words ‘Thy choicest gifts in store….’ I consider ‘America the Beautiful’ to be more of America’s answer to ‘Rule, Britannia’

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