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‘God Bless America’ – Introduced And Sung By Kate Smith In 1938
(Wiki) “God Bless America” is an American patriotic song written by Irving Berlin in 1918 and revised by him in 1938. The later version has notably been recorded by Kate Smith, becoming her signature song.
“God Bless America” takes the form of a prayer (intro lyrics “as we raise our voices, in a solemn prayer”) for God’s blessing and peace for the nation (“…stand beside her and guide her through the night…”).
In 1938, with the rise of Hitler, Berlin, who was Jewish and a first-generation European immigrant, felt it was time to revive it as a “peace song”, and it was introduced on an Armistice Day broadcast in 1938 sung by Kate Smith, on her radio show.
Kate Smith was born and grew up in Columbia, Missouri. In early 1940, Kate Smith, a fiercely patriotic American, and the biggest star on radio, was deeply worried about her country.
She asked Irving Berlin if he could give her a song that would re-ignite the spirit of American patriotism and faith. He said he had a song that he had written in 1917, but never used it.
He said she could have it. She sat at the piano & played it and realized how good it was. She called Mr. Berlin and told him that she couldn’t take this from him for nothing.
So, they agreed that any money that would be made off the song would be donated to the Boy Scouts of America . Thanks to Kate Smith and Irving Berlin, the Scouts have received millions of dollars in royalties. This clip is from the movie “You’re in the Army Now”. You will see a familiar face (near the very end) in this one that we are all very proud of.
Frank Sinatra said that when Kate Smith, whom he considered the greatest singer of his age, first sang this song on the radio, a million guys got ‘dust’ in their eyes and had to wipe the tears the ‘dust’ caused.
God Bless America
While the storm clouds gather far across the sea,
Let us swear allegiance to a land that’s free,
Let us all be grateful for a land so fair,
As we raise our voices in a solemn prayer.
God bless America,
Land that I love.
Stand beside her, and guide her
Through the night with a light from above.
From the mountains, to the prairies,
To the oceans, white with foam
God bless America, My home sweet home
God bless America, My home sweet home.
‘Hard Times In The Country’, by Don Edwards: HERE
‘Amazing Grace’ – the global music sensation: HERE
Liberty slips away: HERE
A call to liberty: HERE
h/t: Mr. Hamm
See ‘URGENT UPDATE’ below.
Rhetoric from The One.
Obama To China: Behave Like A ‘Grown Up’
(Reuters) President Barack Obama served notice on Sunday that the United States was fed up with China’s trade and currency practices as he turned up the heat on America’s biggest economic rival.
“Enough’s enough,” Obama said bluntly at a closing news conference of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit where he scored a significant breakthrough in his push to create a pan-Pacific free trade zone and promote green technologies.
Using some of his toughest language yet against China, Obama, a day after face-to-face talks with President Hu Jintao, demanded that China stop “gaming” the international system and create a level playing field for U.S. and other foreign businesses.
Oh. You mean like the playing field ‘leveled in fairness’ by stimulus packages that bailed out bankrupt Solyndra, GE, GM, Verizon, Harley Davidson, Toyota, Citigroup, Bank of America, Goldman Sachs, Swiss-based UBS, Britain’s Barclays,…?
“We’re going to continue to be firm that China operate by the same rules as everyone else,” Obama told reporters after hosting the 21-nation APEC summit in his native Honolulu. “We don’t want them taking advantage of the United States.”
Obama insisted that China allow its currency to rise faster in value, saying it was being kept artificially low and was hurting American companies and jobs. He said China, which often presents itself as a developing country, is now “grown up” and should act that way in global economic affairs.
Obama To Hawaii: Republicans Lack ‘Urgency About Needing To Put People Back To Work’
(NY Times) KAPOLEI, Hawaii — President Obama will be far from Washington this week meeting with Pacific Rim allies, but on Sunday he weighed in on simmering domestic issues, warning Congressional Republicans that voters will turn them out if they do not pass some of his job-creation proposals.
Speaking at a press conference at the conclusion of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum here, Mr. Obama also defended his policies on Iran against assaults from Republican presidential candidates and boasted of those policies’ support among foreign leaders.
By his comments on job creation and deficit reduction, Mr. Obama sought to remain in the fray even as his foreign policy commitments — two trade summits here and in Indonesia, and a visit to Australia in between to announce a security agreement — keep him away from Washington.
Republicans “don’t seem to have that same sense of urgency about needing to put people back to work,” he said, citing their opposition to his $447 billion package of tax cuts and spending for infrastructure projects and state aid to avert teacher layoffs.
URGENT UPDATE: Obama Hits The Links In Hawaii
(Star Advertiser) President Barak Obama is playing golf this afternoon at the Mamala Bay golf course at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.
A report from the media pool following the president said the motorcade got underway at about 12:20 p.m. after the president spoke at a brunch fundraiser at the new Disney Aulani Resort. The motorcade drove along Farrington Highway to the H-1 Freeway to get to the base.
The president’s foursome includes his longtime friend Robert “Bobby” Titcomb, who was arrested and pleaded no contest in May to soliciting a prostitute, Marvin Nicolson and White House advance man Pete Selfridge.
Obama, ‘It would be so much easier to be the president of China’: HERE
Michelle Obama — being First Lady is ‘Hell’: HERE
Michelle’s shovel-ready speech – nothing but horse apples: HERE
Solyndra ‘Green’ executive: $100,000+ in Obama donations and 20+ White House trips: HERE
Bankrupt-Bankrupt GE to spend $30 billion as Obama administration continues to fund GE: HERE
Obama seeks $53 billion to fund ‘secretly’ bailed out GE for high-speed rail: HERE
Bankrupt-Bailed-Out-Government-Owned-Tax-Free-Overseas-Job-Outsourcing GE Tells American Business Owners, ‘Stop Complaining About Big Government’: HERE
Obama blows $ millions in taxpayer funds to stimulate Indonesia, his boyhood home: HERE
IRS gives $4.2 billion tax credit to illegal aliens in 2010: HERE
Obama + George Soros + Petrobras + $ Billions USD: HERE
Taxpayer funded Communist supporting GM pushes for higher gas tax: HERE
GE’s strategy, ‘Let’s avoid taxes altogether’: HERE
GE loves Obama joke, ‘shovel-ready was not as shovel-ready as we expected’: HERE
Yup. Another ‘racist’ image and post from your conservative serf, Sad Hill.
Beauty Is In The Eye Of The Beholder
(Washington Post) Chaka Khan is more than angry.
Instead of getting to rest before her show at the Louisiana Superdome, the R&B star has been booked for two speaking engagements. She’s holed up in her hotel suite, fuming. Outside, her assistants are waiting for her to open the door.
Her makeup artist, Derrick Rutledge, is waiting, too. He just flew in to do her after working on Michelle Obama in the East Wing. After New Orleans, he’s scheduled to fly out to do Oprah Winfrey before returning home to Washington.
But first Rutledge has to persuade Khan to open the door. Finally, after 15 minutes, she does, and Rutledge distracts her by talking about two of her favorite subjects: tennis and shopping.
Within 30 minutes, Khan emerges, reddish mane flowing, lips sensuous in burgundy, looking glorious in a lace dress and carrying a hand fan.
“It wasn’t a good day,” Khan later admits. “I was nervous about speaking, but he calms me. He knows what to say to me.”
Rutledge has worked for Khan for 15 years. He knows what his client and close friend needs: a hug and some orange juice. “I’m more than just makeup,” he says. “I’m there for support as well.”
Rutledge is the man behind the look of some of the world’s most famous names. A leading makeup artist, he gets as much as $15,000 for a day’s work and boasts a coveted client list, including two of the nation’s most photographed faces, Michelle Obama and Oprah, as well as singers such as Patti LaBelle, Shirley Caesar and CeCe Winans. Just last month, his work was on the covers of Essence and AARP, which featured Obama, and O, which featured, obviously, Oprah.
A makeup artist does intimate work. More intimate than a hairdresser or personal assistant. Like an artist caressing a canvas, Rutledge touches and transforms faces, erasing flaws and reshaping contours. He brings out beauty, confidence, the sheen of stardom.
At a little after 9 p.m., with the audience roaring, Chaka Khan takes the Superdome stage. She’s a vision of wild beauty. Her boundless alto soars across the adoring, raving fans.
From backstage, Rutledge watches her on a monitor. “Yessss. Work, Chaka,” he cheers.
Had life dealt him a different set of cards, he’d be up there maybe, or on some stage, delivering arias as an opera star. They said he had the voice, he just didn’t have the beauty. He has battled obesity all his life — at his heaviest, his 5-foot-7-inch frame carried 565 pounds, with a 72-inch waist. At 50, he sometimes walks with a cane, or two, the result of mangled bones and cartilage from a lifetime of excessive pounds. That weight has defined his destiny.
Michelle Obama’s $45,000 bracelet: HERE
Michelle Obama windswept in Ireland: HERE
Biggest Michelle Obama fan, ever: HERE
Hair-Raising Irish winds follow Michelle to London: HERE
Windswept spawn of Michelle Obama: HERE
Michelle crashes Royal Wedding: HERE
SMACKDOWN: Duchess of Cambridge vs. Queen of Tarts: HERE
Hair Force One: HERE
¿Cómo se dice, ‘school uniforms’?
Judge: School Can Ban American Flag Shirts
U. S. District Court Judge James Ware was ruling in a case involving students at Live Oak High School in Morgan Hill, CA, who were banned from wearing American flag t-shirts on the Mexican holiday in 2010.
The judge determined that the Morgan Hill Unified School District did not violate the First Amendment and said that concerns by school officials over possible violence justified censoring the pro-American message.
“The school officials reasonable forecast that Plaintiff’s clothing could cause a substantial disruption with school activities, and therefore did not violate the standard set forth – by requiring that Plaintiff’s change,” the judge wrote.
“This is nothing more than political correctness,” said John Whitehead, president of the Rutherford Institute. His organization, along with Thomas More Law Center, represented the students and their families in the lawsuit.
“If these kinds of decisions are upheld, they will destroy our First Amendment rights,” Whitehead told Fox News.
The lawsuit stems from an incident that generated national attention last May when three students wore patriotic t-shirts, shorts and shoes to class.
Whitehead said the boys were approached by assistant principal Miguel Rodriguez who instructed them to either remove their pro-American shirts or turning them inside out.
“The students were told their shirts would offend Hispanics,” Whitehead said.
California school makes boy remove American flag from bicycle: HERE
Indiana college bans National Anthem – ‘Too violent.’: HERE
Congresswoman omits ‘Under God’ while leading Pledge of Allegiance on House Floor: HERE
Federal Judge prohibits prayer at Texas graduation – jail for those who refer to God: HERE
Christina Aguilera sings her own version of the National Anthem at Super Bowl XLV: HERE
You know, to ‘improve the image and marketing of
Christmas Holiday trees’:
(Moonbattery) Remember before the 2008 election, when Comrade Obama promised categorically that there would be no tax hikes of any kind on any families making less that $250,000 per year? The latest flagrant violation of this oath is an astoundingly insolent tax on Christmas trees:
New Christmas Tree Tax
(The Foundry) President Obama’s Agriculture Department today announced that it will impose a new 15-cent charge on all fresh Christmas trees—the Christmas Tree Tax—to support a new Federal program to improve the image and marketing of Christmas trees.
In the Federal Register of November 8, 2011, Acting Administrator of Agricultural Marketing David R. Shipman announced that the Secretary of Agriculture will appoint a Christmas Tree Promotion Board. The purpose of the Board is to run a “program of promotion, research, evaluation, and information designed to strengthen the Christmas tree industry’s position in the marketplace; maintain and expend existing markets for Christmas trees; and to carry out programs, plans, and projects designed to provide maximum benefits to the Christmas tree industry” (7 CFR 1214.46(n)). And the program of “information” is to include efforts to “enhance the image of Christmas trees and the Christmas tree industry in the United States” (7 CFR 1214.10).
To pay for the new Federal Christmas tree image improvement and marketing program, the Department of Agriculture imposed a 15-cent fee on all sales of fresh Christmas trees by sellers of more than 500 trees per year (7 CFR 1214.52). And, of course, the Christmas tree sellers are free to pass along the 15-cent Federal fee to consumers who buy their Christmas trees.
UPDATE: Whoville Fights Back
(ABC) The U.S. Department of Agriculture is going to delay implementation and revisit a proposed new 15 cent fee on fresh-cut Christmas trees, sources tell ABC News. The fee, requested by the National Christmas Tree Association in 2009, was first announced in the Federal Registry yesterday and has generated criticism of President Obama from conservative media outlets.
The well-trafficked Drudge Report is leading with the story, linking to a blog by David Addington, a former top aide to then-Vice President Dick Cheney, at the conservative Heritage Foundation assailing the president thus: “The economy is barely growing and nine percent of the American people have no jobs. Is a new tax on Christmas trees the best President Obama can do? And, by the way, the American Christmas tree has a great image that doesn’t need any help from the government.”
Kwanzaa greeting from the Obama’s: HERE
‘Christ’mas returns to ‘Holiday Village’: HERE
Obama removes Christian symbols at Georgetown University: HERE
Joe Frazier Dies After Fight With Cancer
(Florida Today) Joe Frazier, the former heavyweight champion who handed Muhammad Ali his first defeat yet had to live forever in his shadow, died Monday night after a brief final fight with liver cancer. He was 67.
The family issued a release confirming the boxer’s death.
Frazier, who took on Ali in three momentous fights in the 1970s — including the epic “Thrilla in Manilla” — had been under home hospice care after being diagnosed just weeks ago with the cancer that took his life, a family friend said. Until then, Frazier had been doing regular autograph appearances, including one in Las Vegas in September.
…you know, just like the Tea Party.
‘Occupy D.C.’ Goons Push Elderly Woman Down the Stairs
(FOX) Occupy DC Protesters assaulted conservatives as they exited an Americans For Prosperity “Tribute to Ronald Reagan” dinner.
This elderly woman, 78 years old, rode 11 hrs on a bus from Detroit to attend the dinner. After the attack she was taken to hospital with multiple injuries, a bloody nose which developed after the fall, and a large knot on her head. After x-rays and a CAT scan, she was released the following morning with cuts and large bruises.
Big heap’um aggravation.
Happy End of Daylight Savings Time
(Moonbattery) In honor of the twice yearly idiocy of moving the clocks around because the government tells us to.
Arizona sensibly doesn’t conform to daylight savings nonsense. So instead of clocks changing, TV and radio schedules change to keep us in sync with national broadcasts.
h/t: Ron T