Friday, June 8, 2012

Bill Press declares war … on the National Anthem

Who is this guy? And can he possibly be serious?

It really gets old being subjected to these idiot, anti-American, left wing scumbags. Sometimes I wonder if they are actually this stupid or if they say these moronic things just for shock value. Maybe it's a combination of the two.

But there is more to his comments than just an assualt on our National Anthem. He appears to be an apologist like obama. He appears to doubt American exceptionalism. He seems to think we are just another Country. We aren't. If mr. press is so unhappy here, why doesn't he choose a country that is more in line with his way of thinking and move there.

I'm all about freedom of speech, and he has the right to say what ever he wants. But I just don't get it. If you are unhappy here, go somewhere else, maybe give Iran a try. Or how about Somalia? Or North Korea even. Go to one of those places and be critical. See how that turns out for you...

by Howard Portnoy - Hot Air

It is refreshing to know that in the midst of a monumental struggle between the left and right over how to rescue the nation from total economic collapse, how to deal with entitlements that are bleeding us dry, whether we need a new definition of marriage, and various and sundry other skirmishes that divide us, not all commentators are fixated on such mundane problems.

Radio talk show host Bill Press is waging a “a major crusade” (his words) to… wait for it!—get rid of the Star Spangled Banner. Seriously. He recently explained to listeners (I’m assuming they exist) what he finds offensive about both the text (the poem “Defence of Fort McHenry” by Francis Scott Key) and the melody (John Stafford Smith’s “To Anacreon in Heaven”).

For what it’s worth, Press’s claim that the tune “ranges two octaves; most people can only do kind of one octave” is wrong on both counts. First of all, the melody line of the National Anthem has a range of about an octave and a half, from D to A in the next octave. (The sheet music is here, for those who want to verify this for themselves.) Second, the average vocal range is at least an octave and a half for untrained singers and three or more octaves for trained voices.

But the glaring gaps in Press’s knowledge of music are the least of his problems. His reaction to the lyrics is even more over-the-top. Focusing on the phrase “the home of the brave?” he asks:

Are we [Americans] the only ones who are brave on the planet? I mean all the brave people live here. I mean it’s just stupid I think. I’m embarrassed, I’m embarrassed every time I hear it.
Read the rest at the link above...

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