Well Impish made it home again from playing soldier and apparently gets to take the weekend off beside after being out of the office all week. Guess what he brought me, his buddy, his pal his partner, his ‘go to guy’! It’s a trick question cause as usual I got zip, zilch, nada, neyt, bupkis. Dragon goes to what is arguably the cheese capitol of the US while I sit here cover for him forgetting to comment on September 11th while, keeping things rolling along smoothly and I don’t even get a lousy single slice of Wisconsin artisan cheese to taste!
It’s ok though, I scored Community Coffee, a brand Impish tried and loved while he was in the DFW area last Year for the ridiculously low price of 2/$8 (I’m drinking it straight uncut now as I write this). Community Coffee has become a key component in my reworked proprietary personal coffee blend now that I have an extremely hard time getting two other key components.
ANYWAY- I didn’t send Impish any or even let him know there was a sale on it and by the time he’s reading this the sale is over. I got no Wisconsin cheese and he gets no Community Coffee…seems fair(er) from where I’m sitting though I doubt (hopefully not anyway) Impish is going to see it like that.
Mean time, I find my cup of from a freshly opened bag a mere minute before brewing Community Coffee With Bailey’s Creamer nearly empty. I should have just about enough to get me back to the vacuum carafe for another fresh piping hot cup. You guys get started without me and I’ll catch up once my cup is full.
[Please note: No buses were in operation within a 2 mile radius and Impish was safely upon the sidewalk when these comments were made and approved by him as not throwing him under said preverbal bus]
I’d like to take a minute to point out that the opening line above with which I start each issue is a Quotation in Honor of Todd Morgan Beamer, who was a passenger aboard United Airlines Flight 93 which was hijacked as part of the September 11 attacks in 2001.
Todd Beamer, a passenger on the hijacked United Airlines Flight 93, tried to place a credit card call through a phone located on the back of a plane seat but was routed to a customer-service representative instead, who passed him on to supervisor Lisa Jefferson. Beamer reported that one passenger was killed and, later, that a flight attendant had told him the pilot and co-pilot had been forced from the cockpit and may have been wounded. He was also on the phone when the plane made its turn in a southeasterly direction, a move that had him briefly panicking. Later, he told the operator that some of the plane’s passengers were planning to attack the hijackers and take control of the aircraft. According to Jefferson, Beamer’s last audible words were “Are you guys ready? Let’s roll.” It is widely speculated that Beamer was referring to the passengers using a food cart to try to break the cockpit door open and overpower the hijackers.
Without this now-famous call to battle, 9/11 would arguably have been less effective in motivating the public to get behind the war on terror. By May 2002, the Washington Post reported, Beamer’s phrase “Let’s roll” had been “Embraced and promoted by President Bush as a patriotic battle cry,” and was “now emblazoned on Air Force fighter planes, city firetrucks, school athletic jerseys, and countless T-shirts, baseball caps and souvenir buttons. It’s also commemorated in popular songs.” The London Evening Standard called Beamer’s final words “a symbol of America’s determination to fight back.”
Those courageous few on flight 93 are in my opinion the unsung heroes of September 11th. They refused to go quietly into that good night. They improvised, adapted, and apparently successfully overcame the terrorist at least in part. At the cost of the entire lives of Flight 92 these largely unsung heroes prevented what was presumably the final crowning attack, the target of which is still debated today but was thought to be the White House or Congress.
It is in their memories and honor that I open every issue of Leprechaun Laughs with those now immortal words.
OK I’m back now, sorry I took so long. I was sniffing the pure Community Coffee I squirreled away before blending the rest.
World’s best latte art
Professional barista Luke Shaffer serves up a latte with artistic designs in the milk foam at 21st Street Coffee and Tea in Pittsburgh’s Strip District.
(Yeah like THAT would ever happen!)
Report: New Google search feature calculates ‘degrees of Kevin Bacon’ so you don’t have to
TIME reports: “Google has just launched a “Bacon number” search feature. Just add those magic words to a celebrity’s name (as in: “Tom Cruise Bacon number”) and get the answer (as in: “Tom Cruise’s Bacon number is 1”) and the reason (A Few Good Men). “We’re always trying to provide users with the best answer for what they’re looking for and as quickly as possible,” explains Google’s Yossi Matias, an engineering director and head of Google’s Israel Engineering Center. And sometimes what you’re looking for is a Bacon Number.”
That will teach him to mess with her!!
[Apparently Chai one of my cats is for a starter!]
Football season is upon us once again. College or Pro & irregardless of what team(s) you rout for, I think we can all agree that munchies make game day even better. One of the top game day munchies is wings. EVERBODY does buffalo wings, so here is a different wing recipe for you, an Asian one.
Marinate: 6 hours
Prep: 30 minutes
Cook: 4 hours
Many fragrant flavors combine to create slow-cooked wings to please any palate.
6 pounds chicken wings (about 36 wings)
1 can (10 1/2 ounces) Campbell’s® Condensed Beef Broth
2 bunches green onions, chopped
1 cup soy sauce
1 cup plum sauce
6 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup light molasses or honey
1/4 cup cider vinegar
1 tablespoon cornstarch
Cut off the chicken wing ends and discard. Cut the chicken wings in half at the joint.
Stir the broth, onions, soy sauce, plum sauce, garlic, molasses and vinegar in a large nonmetallic bowl. Add the chicken and stir to coat. Cover and refrigerate for 6 hours or overnight.
Stir 1/2 cup of the marinade and the cornstarch in a small bowl. Add the cornstarch and chicken mixture to the cooker.
Cover and cook on HIGH for 4 to 5 hours* or until the chicken is cooked through.
*Or on LOW for 7 to 8 hours.
I like a little 5 Spice Powder, Curry Powder (heat level of your choice) or Garam Masala added either to the marinade for a more subtle hint or to the marinade & corn starch mixture for a more pronounced flavor just to kick the Asian aspect up a bit and make them say “Oh these are different!”
Two lawyers got together to negotiate a case. They went around and around for hours and didn’t get anywhere.
“Look,” said one to the other, “let’s be honest with each other.”
“OK, you first,” replied the other.
And that, of course, was the end of the discussion.
What do lawyers use for birth control?
Why don’t you ever see lawyers at the beach?
The cats keep covering them up with sand.
What do you get when you cross the Godfather with a lawyer?
An offer you can’t understand.
Two lawyers are walking down the street and they see a beautiful woman walking towards them.
The first lawyer says, “See that woman? Boy would I love to screw her.”
The second lawyer says, “Out of what?”
What’s the difference between a dead skunk in the road and a dead lawyer in the road?
There are skid marks in front of the skunk.
Why is a broken nose a common injury among lawyers?
The really dumb ones chase parked ambulances.
New sign at Wal-Mart in Wiggins, Mississippi:
Our society is doomed!
Redneck Love Poem
SUSIE LEE DONE FELL IN LOVE; SHE PLANNED TO MARRY JOE.
SHE WAS SO HAPPY ‘BOUT IT ALL, SHE TOLD HER PAPPY SO.
PAPPY TOLD HER, SUSIE GAL, YOU’LL HAVE TO FIND ANOTHER.
I’D JUST AS SOON YO’ MA DON’T KNOW, BUT JOE IS YO’ HALF BROTHER.
SO SUSIE PUT ASIDE HER JOE AND PLANNED TO MARRY WILL,
BUT AFTER TELLING PAPPY THIS, HE SAID, “THERE’S TROUBLE STILL.
YOU CAN’T MARRY WILL, MY GAL, AND PLEASE DON’T TELL YOU’ MOTHER,
BUT WILL AND JOE, AND SEVERAL MO’ I KNOW IS YO’ HALF BROTHER.
BUT MAMA KNEW AND SAID, MY CHILD, JUST DO WHAT MAKES YO’ HAPPY.
MARRY WILL OR MARRY JOE. YOU AIN’T NO KIN TO PAPPY.
How to Search Like a Pro
The internet is big, really, really big. And it keeps growing bigger every day. If you want to search it effectively you’re going to need to develop a couple of tricks to help you narrow the search. Here’s a few real easy ones to integrate into your next search:
Using +, – and “ “ (quotes)
to narrow your searches:
Lets say you were looking up apples on Google.com. If you just type in “apples” you get 22 million returns. A few more sites than you can check in an afternoon so lets narrow the search down. Let’s say that what you’re really interested in is green apples. To see all the apple websites that also have the word “green” on them type this:
Now you will only see those apple sites that also have the word green on them. Unfortunately we are still getting almost 6 million returned websites:
To narrow the search even more lets eliminate a word. For example, some of the websites are also about Apple Computers so lets get rid of them by typing this:
That reduced about 1 million of the returns but we still have about 5 million web pages to check out. A final way to narrow the search is to use quotes to narrow the search to an exact phrase. For example if what we’re really interested in is granny smith apples we can add that to the search like this:
Now I will only see websites that have the words “granny smith” on them in that order spelled the way I spelled them. Using quotes is always a great way to narrow a search and in my example I was able to go from having 22 million web pages returned from my original search for “apples” to around 220,000 by my last example.
A Testament to the Simplicity of Man
This has been “going around” for awhile, but it’s got so much truth in it I can’t resist passing it on.
When I was 25 I found a very stable girl but she was boring. She was totally predictable and never got excited about anything. Life became so dull that I decided I needed a girl with some excitement.
When I was 28 I found an exciting girl, but I couldn’t keep up with her. She rushed from one thing to another, never settling on anything. She did mad impetuous things and flirted with everyone she met. She made me miserable as often as happy. She was great fun initially and very energetic, but directionless. So I decided to find a girl with some ambition.
When I turned 31, I found a smart ambitious girl with her feet planted firmly on the ground and married her. She was so ambitious that she divorced me and took everything I owned.
I am now 54 and am looking for a girl with big boobs.
A Testament to the Simplicity of Woman
Equal time, eh?
When I was 25, I found a very stable guy but he was boring. He was totally predictable and never got excited about anything. Life became so dull that I decided I needed a guy with some excitement.
When I was 28, I found an exciting guy, but I couldn’t keep up with him. He rushed from one thing to another, never settling on anything. He did mad, impetuous things and flirted with everyone he met. He made me miserable as often as happy. He was great fun initially and very energetic, but directionless. So I decided to find a guy with some ambition.
When I turned 31, I found a smart ambitious guy with his feet planted firmly on the ground and married him. He was so ambitious that he divorced me, took everything I owned, and ran off with his young secretary.
I am now 47 and am looking for a guy with a big dick.
An old Farmer’s Words of Wisdom we could all live by.
The last quote fits everyone…
“Your fences need to be horse-high, pig-tight and bull-strong.”
“Keep skunks and bankers at a distance.”
“Life is simpler when you plow around the stump.”
“A bumble bee is considerably faster than a John Deere tractor.”
“Words that soak into your ears are whispered…….not yelled.”
“Meanness don’t just happen overnight.”
“Forgive your enemies; it messes up their heads.”
“Do not corner something that you know is meaner than you.”
“It don’t take a very big person to carry a grudge.”
“You cannot unsay a cruel word.”
“Every path has a few puddles.”
“When you wallow with pigs, expect to get dirty.”
“The best sermons are lived, not preached.”
“Most of the stuff people worry about, ain’t never gonna happen anyway.”
“Don’t judge folks by their relatives.
“Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.”
“Live a good and honorable life, then when you get older and think back, you’ll enjoy it a second time.
“Don’t interfere with somethin’ that ain’t bothering you none.”
“Timin’ has a lot to do with the outcome of a rain dance.”
“If you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is stop diggin’.”
“Sometimes you get, and sometimes you get got.
“The biggest troublemaker you’ll probably ever have to deal with, watches you from the mirror every mornin’.”
“Always drink upstream from the herd.”
“Good judgment comes from experience, and a lotta that comes from bad judgment.”
“Lettin’ the cat outta the bag is a whole lot easier than puttin’ it back in.”
“If you get to thinkin’ you’re a person of some influence, try orderin’ somebody else’s dog around.”
“Live simply, love generously, care deeply, speak kindly, and leave the rest to God.”
“Don’t pick a fight with an old man. If he is too old to fight, he’ll just kill you.”
“Some days all you can do is smile and wait for some kind soul to come by and pull your ass out of the bind you’ve gotten yourself into”
This one falls someplace between a Talking Tech and a Consumer Warning but since I already Talked Tech this issue…
Are Online “Free” Trials Really Free?
Updated 9. September 2012 – 18:34 by v.laurie http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/are-online-free-trials-really-free.htm?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+gizmosbest+%28Gizmo%27s+Best-ever+Freeware%29
Ever been tempted by some online service that looked interesting and offered a free trial? Unfortunately, once you try out many of these services, stopping them without ending up with a bill is often easier said than done.
Trying out a service generally requires giving a credit card number, and once the service has that, they often don’t want to let you go. Various ways are used to make it hard to cancel. In fact, it may be almost impossible to find out how to cancel. A common tactic is to require a telephone call. Signing up online is easy but cancelling may only be available after a long and tedious routine on the phone. And that is if you can figure out how to make contact. Ending up with charges for a service you don’t want is all too easy.
If you do try out an online service, be sure to use a major credit card and not a bank debit card. I don’t know the rules outside the US but American law provides considerable consumer protection for credit cards. Bank debit cards don’t offer the same consumer rights.
A recent article in PCWorld (link here) relates experiences with trials of 40 different online services. The author tells how hard it was for him to escape charges in some cases. He gives charts with the worst offenders as well as listing some services whose trials were not hard to cancel.
So before you decide to check out some promising service with a free trial, you might want to find out what the procedure for cancelling will be.
To be 6 again
A man was sitting on the edge of the bed, watching his wife, who was looking at herself in the mirror. Since her birthday was not far off he asked what she’d like to have for her birthday. ‘I’d like to be six again’, she replied, still looking in the mirror .
On the morning of her birthday, he arose early, made her a nice big bowl of Lucky Charms, and then took her to Six Flags theme park. What a day! He put her on every ride in the park; the Death Slide, the Wall of Fear, the Screaming Roller Coaster, everything there was. Five hours later they staggered out of the theme park. Her head was reeling and her stomach felt upside down.
He then took her to a McDonald’s where he ordered her a Happy Meal with extra fries and a chocolate shake.
Then it was off to a movie, popcorn, a soda pop, and her favorite candy, M&M’s. What a fabulous adventure!
Finally she wobbled home with her husband and collapsed into bed exhausted. He leaned over his wife with a big smile and lovingly asked, ‘Well Dear, what was it like being six again?’
Her eyes slowly opened and her expression suddenly changed. ‘I meant my dress size, you damn retard!!!!’
The moral of the story: Even when a man is listening, he is gonna get it wrong.
Yeah, I’ve had those days.
Women in Saudi Arabia and other Middle Eastern areas are now permitted to drive for the first time.
A Power Higher than NASA?
In honor of Neil Armstrong‘s passing & memorial service recently.
I clearly remember the early efforts of the U.S. space program and the many orbital flights where NASA learned to do things like rendezvous, dock, space walk, and the other things they needed to figure out before taking the big step of going to the moon.
During that time, my mother loved to tell a joke that I’ve never heard anyone else tell, or seen online.
It seems that after breaking Earth’s orbit, a crew of astronauts sailing into the heavens had the ultimate experience: they met God!
Well, the news of the meeting certainly caused quite a stir back home. Once they landed they were inundated by reporters — not to mention theologians — wanting an interview, so NASA decided to have a huge press conference where all would be told.
There was a hush when the first question was asked: “What is God like?”
The mission commander pondered that for a moment before answering.
“Well,” he said, “first of all, She’s Irish.”
I was supposed to use this for a Parting Shot Rant several weeks ago. Unfortunately I have to weigh careful what I use and when owing in part to only publishing once a week.
Sometimes it’s a pretty tough choice and a balancing act as well. Additionally occasionally because I try to have the edition up and ready not later than the Monday before publication that oft means with a fast moving or developing story by the time I get a Parting Shot written and posted its inaccurate or in need of a complete overhaul to update it.
I had originally had in mind to talk about the atrocity perpetrated by unruly Muslims in Libya this week on our Ambassador and his staff. Owing to the continuing developments there AS WELL AS being able to say what I honestly truly think and feel over the situation and the root causes possibly violating my promise not to wax political or find fault with our current President writing that piece is an order of magnitude harder than usual.
Thus I had the perfect excuse and opportunity to get this off my chest.
Around the First of September (see I was not kidding about this subject being in the queue a long time) I received an e-mail from reader Graciemj which called to my attention a new version of the Star Spangled Banner that had be done by a small I gather relatively new and unknown band because a couple of brain dead unpatriotic assholes exercised their right to free speech by putting down our National Anthem.
One did it for cheap comedic laughs because he’s not witty and cleaver enough to be a true comedian standing on his own merits, the other to create Rush Limbaugh style controversy and sensationalism hoping to there by gain ratings for his talk radio show. The comment leading up to the song by the band were as follows:
some moronic comments by double-digit IQ journalist, Bill Press:
“The Star Spangled Banner is stupid and embarrassing.”
and ‘comedian’ Daniel Tosh: “No one has The Star Spangled Banner on their iPod.”
From the Daily Caller:
you can see actual video of this there at the site when he says the following barn yard leavings:
This probably won’t win liberal radio talk show host Bill Press any fans on the right.
On his Tuesday radio show simultcasted on Current TV, Press admitted that he is on a crusade to “get rid” of the national anthem, “The Star-Spangled Banner,” mostly because it is “un-singable.” But he also admitted that he knew he would be criticized for espousing this view.
“This is a pet-peeve of mine — no, it is more serious than that,” he said. “It’s more than a pet-peeve. It is a major crusade of mine, a major cause of mine and that is, to get rid of ‘The Star-Spangled Banner.’ Now I know you’re going to say I am not a true American, I’m not patriotic. I don’t think patriotism has anything to do with it. The national anthem is just absolutely monumentally un-singable. I mean — there’s so much wrong with it. I don’t know where to start.”
After giving listeners a brief history of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” Press also questioned the truthfulness of its lyrics.
“It’s an abomination,” he continued. “First of all, it ranges two octaves; most people can only do, kind of, one octave. I mean when you think about it, it’s bombs bursting in air, rocket’s red glare — it all kinds of, you know a lot of national anthems are that way too, all kinds of military jargon and the land there’s only one phrase ‘the land of the free’ which is kind of nice and ‘the home of the brave?’ I don’t know.”
And then Press gave the criticism that is likely to be thought of as controversial — how it is “stupid” and how he is “embarrassed” when he hears it.
“Are we the only ones who are brave on the planet?” he said to his producer Peter Ogburn, also of FishbowlDC fame. “I mean all the brave people live here. I mean it’s just stupid, I think. I’m embarrassed — I’m embarrassed every time I hear it.”
Whom ever wrote that line about his stance ‘not winning him any fans on the right’ might have misspoke himself just a bit. I have heard from people I classify as Far Right, Right, Moderately Conservative, Centrist and even Moderately Liberal here in Texas who would all like to invite Bill Press to a Texas style BBQ in his honor. Now I do understand a pillar and some chains might be involved at the speakers podium as well as about 2 cord of mesquite and pinion wood being piled around the speaking platform but hey if there is one thing we Texans know how to do its spit roast and BBQ so no worries there Bill.
As far as your not knowing about ‘the home of the brave’ I’ll be happy to personally arrange for YOU to be deployed to Afghanistan so we can see just how freaking bloody brave you are you ‘60-Minutes-Can-Never-Be’!
Moving on to the other piece of human flotsam to slither out of the un-chlorinated shallow end of the gene pool-
Daniel Tosh making fun of The Star Spangled Banner
For those of you who are asking WTF is Daniel Tosh, well the Gen X Pinheads will tell you he’s one of the top comedians in the country as well as has a ‘hit show’ on Comedy Central. He is the same clown who made a rape joke which was SO epically tasteless as to get ALL political factions united in calling for his head and then spent 3 weeks apologizing for the joke. You’d think that would have been enough of a warning for him right there.
In actuality he stands in front of a video green screen says inane things and makes a great deal of potty related and junior high school mentality comments about video clips that a support staff puts together. Watch him for five minutes and you can tell that without his teleprompter, a damned good support staff and that green screen he’d be nothing more than a target for rotting produce on that stage.
The pinheads will also give you the much hated by any other generation dismissive ‘whatever’ to your objections and then angrily inform you
Unfortunately, Tosh and others like him have to resort to saying something outrageous or even controversial in order to try to make a name for themselves. It’s the way of the comedy world. He may not even truly feel that way about the Nat. Anthem, but it’s his “act”.
If that is his ‘act” and he has to disrespect our history and the deep meaning behind the National Anthem as well as the memory and honor of every man and woman living or dead that has personally sacrificed for our country, for every person who has stood up when ever it was played and for all it represents to make a name for himself in the “comedy world” then from where I’m standing immediate full time consideration of another line of endeavor might be in order.
A fellow, blogger, Crabbyolfart weighed in on the subject of what passes for humor in the modern age and even though his recollections go back a bit further than mine his thoughts track the same as mine and therefore saved me a lot of typing:
This God Damned Funny Business is No Laughing Matter
It seems to me that one of the best indicators of this nation’s moral decay is the reprehensible nonsense that passes for humor nowadays.
When I was a boy, people didn’t have time for humor. We were too busy wiping the smirk off Hitler’s face to concern ourselves with mindless tittering and idle guffaws. For us, laughter was like shoe laces or smallpox vaccines – nice to have but not a luxury most of us could afford.
And when we did indulge ourselves in some mindless comic diversion we sought out decent, civilized humorists – men who told knock-knock jokes and lamented their wives outrageous spending and disappointing attempts to make pot roast. Men who peppered us with puns and poked fun at the foibles of nagging mothers-in-laws and the dangers of shady foreigners.
Our comics didn’t denigrate our country’s values – they embodied them.
These days though it seems that every flinty reprobate with a dirty mind and a misanthropic axe to grind is parading across the screen of my Magnavox clutching at his genitals, telling off-color jokes and carrying on a like raving fool on a day pass from a home for the criminally profane.
You never heard Bud Abbot calling President Roosevelt a “douchebag” or poking fun at the Lindbergh baby. You never heard Jack Benny talk about smoking amphetamines or “bumpin’ uglies” with the Andrews Sisters. Those men had class – and they understood that if they crossed a line we’d beat them senseless with a sack of righteous indignation faster than you could say Fatty Arbuckle or The First Amendment.
There are no “take my wife” jokes or innocent jabs at those rascally drink-loving Irish anymore. Every degenerate quipster these days has to crack wise about social inequality, political scandal, the female anatomy and every other issue my generation spent years suppressing, denying and working tirelessly to ignore. They’re subversive, they’re crude and they’re undoing our social fabric one HBO special at a time.
If you ask me we’re on a path to damnation – and if we don’t change our comedic stripes soon and return to the simple pleasures of double entendres, amusing pratfalls and adeptly censored one-liners it won’t be long before we get our just desserts and are spending an eternity sitting through an never-ending “open mic night” in the Lenny Bruce Lounge of the Holiday Inn in Hell.
Retuning to Daniel Tosh’s crime against comedy and the U.S.A.- I’d personally be interested in finding out exactly how many iPods/smart phones of Enlisted Personnel, their families as well as Veterans Tosh actually consulted before opening his mouth and making a jackass out of himself in the eyes of those same people. The Star Spangled Banner, America the Beautiful and roughly a dozen other “Patriotic Songs” appear on my iPod while both plus probably a good 1/2 dozen more are on my iPhone and get played upon specific occasions and as well as used for ring tones.
BILL PRESS & DANIEL TOSH: I find that you two are with out a doubt, two of the largest moronic jackasses it has ever been my displeasure to encounter in my entire lifetime. [My sincere apologies to both those who are legitimately morons and the equine jackasses for associating you with these two and thereby demeaning you undeservedly.]
Foreign people (like say berserk American killing Muslim mobs and the shit for brains towel-headed Imams that provoke them) take and twist and distort this type of thing. YOU PERSONALLY are AIDING AND ABETTING our Islamic enemies when you both talk out your asses like that- as you are apparently both wont to do on multiple occasions to further your ‘careers’.
I have a very simple suggestion for you to use a guide for what is and is not acceptable to dribble out those shitholes so prominently featured and often opened on those arses which pass for your heads in both your cases when it comes to our country our national symbols and our women:
If you would not have the balls to say it amidst a bunch of armed soldiers either deploying to or fresh back from a war zone out of fear for their possibly violent reactions then don’t say it period! It is just that bloody simple to decide if your comments are out of bounds!
Fortunately there ARE a FEW young people around who still have a sense of patriotism and pride in our country and all her national symbols. I’m specifically about the band “Madison Rising” and their very unique and quite startlingly beautiful modern rendition of “The Star Spangled Banner”
“The Star-Spangled Banner”, Version 2.0
August 27th, 2012 • 00:08 http://www.osaycanyousee.org/2012/08/27/the-star-spangled-banner-version-2-0/
The National Anthem Celebration Foundation teams up with patriotic rock band Madison Rising to achieve one million downloads and promotes a pro American message for the smartphone generations. O Say Can You Download, Tweet and Share? Be part of a million Americans in a patriotic effort to experience a new and inspiring rendition of “The Star- Spangled Banner” on your iPod, smartphone and social media outlets.
Baltimore, Maryland – July 23-24, 2012 – In an unprecedented partnership, the National Anthem Celebration Foundation, Inc, (NAC) and Pro American band Madison Rising will unite efforts to honor and celebrate the national song. Madison Rising, an up and coming band from New York, has recorded and released their passionate, patriotic and uncompromising rendition of the patriotic song in an attempt to achieve one million views and downloads of the song by Election Day November 6, 2012. The NAC is supportive in this effort and wants to help Madison Rising surpass that goal.
The motivation for the partnership is simple, reverse the thinking of those who are unaware about the history and continued relevance behind “The Star-Spangled Banner” and the negative comments made regarding the anthem. “The star spangled banner is stupid and embarrassing.”, said Bill Press, a talk radio host, political commentator and author who has admitted the he is on a crusade to “get rid” of the national anthem. But Press is not the only dissenting voice, Comedian Daniel Tosh said, “No one has the star spangled banner on their iPod,…it blows.” The NAC and Madison rising feel differently, and are on a mission to change that thinking.
Lead singer and former U.S. Navy corpsman Dave Bray provides insight as to why the group decided to launch their one million download campaign. “Madison Rising’s music and especially our rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner” gives to people especially younger generations a new way of thinking about patriotism. The sacrifices made by our soldiers and how it is up to us all to create a better future. It is more than just a song, it tells a story about the defense of this Country.” explains Bray. “We are excited to be partnered with such a great organization like the National Anthem Celebration Foundation and look forward to opportunities with them to promote the anthem and increase awareness and respect for such an important part of our shared American history.”
Dan Esmond, a former Secret Service Agent and the Founder of the National Anthem Celebration Foundation, echo’s Bray’s statements: “The national anthem pays tribute to our flag and honors those who are brave enough to defend what that flag represents. Each time we sing it and pay respect to it we remember the sacrifices of our American soldiers past, present and future.” The NAC and its board of directors believe that this rendition will get new generations of Americans passionate about America and “The Star-Spangled Banner.”
Esmond explains, “If we don’t continue to teach and engage younger generations we will lose our history and why our traditions are important. Esmond says his two daughters 14 and 12 now have Madison Risings rendition on their smartphones, “They love it and more importantly they are sharing it with their friends.”
The National Anthem Celebration Foundation, Inc. has been responsible for increasing public awareness of the anthem by working in cooperation with the Maryland Historical Society, the owners of the original almost 198 year old manuscript and the Maryland War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission, and continues to build alliances to “Teach the Story and Celebrate the Song” as the county approaches the 200th anniversary of the writing of the anthem in September 2014.
Take the Madison Rising One Million Star Spangled Banner Challenge
Let’s show Press and Tosh – and everyone else – that we still believe in this country and our National Anthem.
Take the Challenge: Help Madison Rising reach 1 million views & downloads by Election Day (November 6th).
Watch the video NOW. If you like what you see, download the song from one of the sites below.
Join with me, Impish and a host of your fellow American Patriots in showing these two jackasses that their heads are up their arses and that we will not abide people talking shit about our National Anthem. Listen, pass it on, download it today!