National Anthem

casablancaThe Nazis are all, “Hey let’s sing our Nazi song!” but the freedom-loving Frenchies hanging out at Rick’s Cafe in Casablanca are all, like, “Non. Non! NON!”
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El Charro de Oro Sebastien de La Cruz sings The Star Spangled Banner at the NBA finals in 2013. This stunning performance wowed the fans and pissed off the haters. Screw the haters.

For generations, Americans have revered The Star-Spangled Banner as their National Anthem, singing it at baseball games, karaoke nights and Fourth of July celebrations around the country.

It may come as a surprise, however, that the song’s author, Francis Scott Key, was actually a Mexican immigrant named Francisco Scott Quiñones and that the song was written to his friend and fellow immigrant Jose Canusi after witnessing the storied defense of Ft. McHenry on Sept. 16, 1814.

According to records in the National Archives, the original manuscript (image, below)  begins with the words: “Jose, can you see by the dawn’s early light?”

Long a source of pride in the Mexican-American community, the subject of Francis Scott Key’s true identity is taboo in academia and historical re-enactment circles.

“The National Anthem’s Mexican roots are America’s best-kept secret,” says UCLA Musicologist T. Gray Del Norte. ”And it makes perfect sense if you consider that the Statue of Liberty is French and the U.S. Constitution is based on the Iroquois Confederacy.” [Mas…]

Soweto Gospel Choir: ‘Nkosi Sikelel — God Bless Africa’ (videos)

by Comic Saenz December 5, 2013 Cultura
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Here are the lyrics, via Wikipedia:

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Chest bursting in air, Salma Hayek sings national anthem (video)

by Soy Capitan July 11, 2013 Cultura
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Dave Letterman sure knows how to bring out the best in a girl! Will this new patriotic video become more popular on POCHO than this musical BurgerBoy hamburguesas commercial Hayek did when she was young and needed the money?

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Texas reacts to mariachi kid anthem racism: ‘We can do better!’

by Comic Saenz June 12, 2013 El Now
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(PNS reporting from SAN ANTONIO) Some Texans are ashamed of last night’s racist online reaction to 10-year-old mariachi singer Sebastien de la Cruz’s performance of The Star Spangled Banner at the NBA finals here. “We can do better!” shouted one local activist at a hastily-called demonstration outside AT&T Center today. “How can we expect more people […]

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Proud Star-Spangled Beaners: Francisco Scott Quiñones, Jose Canusi

by Victor Payan July 4, 2012 Cultura
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For generations, Americans have revered The Star-Spangled Banner as their National Anthem, singing it at baseball games, karaoke nights and Fourth of July celebrations around the country. It may come as a surprise, however, that the song’s author, Francis Scott Key, was actually a Mexican immigrant named Francisco Scott Quiñones and that the song was […]

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