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America

July 3, 2016

“America,” composed by Leonard Bernstein with lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, from the 1961 film West Side Story. Rita Moreno (Anita) and George Chakiris (Bernardo) are the principal singers in the movie; their roles were originally created on Broadway by Larry Kert and Chita Rivera in 1957.

“Life is all right in America, if you’re all white in America”

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America

July 3, 2016

“America,” written by Paul Simon, performed by First Aid Kit (sisters Klara and Johanna Söderberg). Video directed by Simon Gozzi, Johanna Söderberg, and Anna Söderberg.

“Counting the cars on the New Jersey Turnpike
They’ve all come to look for America”

Lyrics here

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Donald Trump, Meet Langston Hughes

January 17, 2016

Donald Trump, Meet Langston Hughes

Let America Be America Again
Langston Hughes (1902 – 1967)

Let America be America again.
Let it be the dream it used to be.
Let it be the pioneer on the plain
Seeking a home where he himself is free.

(America never was America to me.)

Let America be the dream the dreamers dreamed—
Let it be that great strong land of love
Where never kings connive nor tyrants scheme
That any man be crushed by one above.

(It never was America to me.)

O, let my land be a land where Liberty
Is crowned with no false patriotic wreath,
But opportunity is real, and life is free,
Equality is in the air we breathe.

(There’s never been equality for me,
Nor freedom in this “homeland of the free.”)

Say, who are you that mumbles in the dark?
And who are you that draws your veil across the stars?

I am the poor white, fooled and pushed apart,
I am the Negro bearing slavery’s scars.
I am the red man driven from the land,
I am the immigrant clutching the hope I seek—
And finding only the same old stupid plan
Of dog eat dog, of mighty crush the weak.

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The National Food

June 13, 2011

The National Food

With wieners in the news, Felisa Rogers takes the opportunity to examine the history of America’s iconic national sandwich, the frankfurter or tube steak:

“How the hot dog became the most American food,” Felisa Rogers, Salon

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Burnt Offerings

May 27, 2011

Burnt Offerings

It’s Memorial Day weekend, and patriotic citizens honor America’s fallen heroes by incinerating and ingesting meat outdoors. Other observances include mass motorcycle runs, parades of children and pets, traffic jams, and ceremonial retail frenzy.

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@America in Indonesia

March 7, 2011

Indonesia is the globe’s most populous Muslim nation. It is also the second-largest Facebook market, the third-largest for Twitter.  Many of the country’s teens own mobile phones. So how does the U.S. Department of State seek to win the young hearts and minds of Indonesia? It gets digital with a new cultural center.

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The Most Important Movie

December 2, 2010

The Most Important Movie

It’s here. Finally. The most important movie ever made.

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Columbus Day

October 12, 2009

Columbus Day

On October 12, 2009, the Federal Office of Management and Budget observes the invasion of the Americas by Christophorus Columbus (aka  Christoffa Corombo, Cristoforo Colombo, Cristóvão Colombo, Christovam Colom, and Cristóbal Colón), a Genoese private contractor working for the government of Castille.  Federal employees have Monday off. Even at the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

Of course, senators and congressmen have every Monday off. Every Friday, too.

God Bless America.

 

Note: Monday, Oct. 12, 2009 is Native American Day in South Dakota.

Image (First Invasion of The Americas, after Dioscoro Teofilo de la Puebla Tolin) by Mike Licht. Download a copy here. Creative Commons license; credit Mike Licht, NotionsCapital.com

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