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It’s the Star Spangled Banner, and it’s in ENGLISH, damn it! April 24, 2006

Posted by RepublicanWitch in Guard the Borders.

It's a good thing I've got low blood pressure, 'cause this story would kill me:

Latino pop stars record bilingual 'Star Spangled Banner'

April 21, 2006, 10:16 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) _ Mexican pop diva Gloria Trevi, Puerto Rican reggaeton star Don Omar and other Latino artists have recorded a bilingual version of "The Star-Spangled Banner" in a show of support for migrants in the United States.

The Latino-oriented record label Urban Box Office (UBO) said Friday it will put the new Spanish-English version of the U.S. national anthem on the market Monday to coincide with the U.S. Senate's restarting debate on immigration legislation.

"We decided to re-record 'The Star-Spangled Banner' to show our solidarity with the undocumented migrants," said UBO President Adam Kidron. "Today we are Americans and 'The-Star Spangled Banner' represents everything to us."

The recording, dubbed "Nuestro Himno" or "Our Anthem," is set to "urban Latino rhythms" but respects the song's traditional structure, UBO said in a news release. Each artist decided whether to sing in Spanish or English.

The record will be sold for $10, with a portion going to Washington-based National Capital Immigration Coalition, UBO said. Other artists on the record are Ivy Queen, Reik, Voz a Voz, Franco De Vita and Kalimba.

Congressional debate over immigration bills proposing everything from toughened border security to the legalization of all 11 million undocumented migrants in America have triggered huge demonstrations across the United States in recent weeks. Activists are also urging work and school boycotts May 1 in what's being called "A Day Without Immigrants."

Copyright 2006 Newsday Inc.

Now, let me get this straight.  You take the Star Spangled Banner, jazz up the music, sing it in another language,  and presto! it's now yours?  Like breaking into someones home, taking what you want, saying "It's mine now" makes it yours? Or, you know, sneaking into a country makes it yours?

How long before the Spanish version of this song is played at public events?  We already have to choose English as an option when calling just about any company or government agency.  Will this be next?

Another thing?  "A Day Without Immigrants" is misleading.  Not all immigrants are illegal.  Many actually do follow the rules, and this legislation has nothing to do with them.  Just about all of us are here because someone, whether 200 years ago or 100 or last month came here to make a better life.  It should be called "A Day Without ILLEGAL BORDER-CROSSING SOCIAL-SERVICES-DRAINING Immigrants."   And I'd gladly take a day, week, month, year, whatever. 

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1. casper - May 21, 2006

Why doesn’t the President do an Exective Order the says all Federal Governmnt agencys will do everything in english only. Slick Willie did one for arsonic in the water. Why not one for english only for federal government business only.

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