Monday, 26 January 2015

In keeping with the will to stand and resist...and to stand and defeat the enemies of Truth and the American Way!

     We are blessed to have various OROGs who critique and contribute.  It is truly a blessing.   This is one of those times especially.   Remember that El Zorro sent the centre-piece around which we had to finally point out with no political correctness the utter vileness of Islamic inspired terrorism.  If some girl from Arkansas, and an old warrior out of Viet Nam with a War Record easily one million times more impressive than mine could ever be spun....then El Gringo Viejo has to stick his neck out at least a little.
     That was a contribution from the other side of the mountain, in the recesses and mixed with the hamlets of extreme northern parts of the Republic of Texas.  Now comes our  espionage specialists and agents we have inserted into the extreme centre of the Republic, to keep an eye on Reconstruction Occupation troops and carpetbaggers and the Democrats.
Carmen Miranda
1909  -  1955

   Frankly, El Zorro's contribution is humiliating....but I am up to it.  This next one is pretty much the same, but from way out in centre-field.  This is something that is very, very familiar, but there is that Paul Harvey know...."...the rest of the story."  We shall put it up without much further ado, and with as little commentary as possible.  Performing artists are a weird, strange, and interesting bunch.   My respect goes out to Carmen Miranda, for instance, who knew she had a condition, and she knew that condition had brought the Angel of Death onto the very stage where she was performing one night.  But, even though she felt the pangs, pains, and anguish of what she knew would be her final moments on this earth....she went back on stage and completed her a standing ovation....her last.

     This following submission is in the same vein, but in an entirely different direction.  You will know you are an American....(or a Texian)...when you go through this next entry on this blog.


Have you heard this before?
You can't get tired of this....
"Frank Sinatra considered Kate Smith the best singer of her time, and said that when he and a million other guys first heard her sing "God Bless America" on the radio, they all pretended to have dust in their eyes as they wiped away a tear or two.
Here are the facts... The link at the bottom will take you to a video showing the very first public singing of "GOD BLESS AMERICA". But before you watch it, you should also know the story behind the first public showing of the song.
The time was 1940. America was still in a terrible economic depression.Hitler was taking over Europe and Americans were afraid we'd have to go to war. It was a time of hardship and worry for most Americans.This was the era just before TV, when radio shows were HUGE, and American families sat around their radios in the evenings, listening to their favourite entertainers, and no entertainer of that era was bigger than Kate Smith.
Kate was also large; plus size, as we now say, and the popular phrase still used today is in deference to her, "It ain't over till the fat lady sings".   Kate Smith might not have made it big in the age of TV, but with her voice coming over the radio, she was the biggest star of her time.
Kate was also patriotic. It hurt her to see Americans so depressed and afraid of what the next day would bring . She had hope for America , and faith in her fellow Americans. She wanted to do something to cheer them up, so she went to the famous American song-writer, Irving Berlin (who also wrote "White Christmas") and asked him to write a song that would make Americans feel good again about their country. When she described what she was looking for, he said he had just the song for her.
He went to his files and found a song that he had written, but never published, 22 years before - way back in 1917. He gave it to her and she worked on it with her studio orchestra. She and Irving Berlin were not sure how the song would be received by the public, but both agreed they would not take any profits from God Bless America . Any profits would go to the Boy Scouts of America. Over the years, the Boy Scouts have received millions of dollars in royalties from this song.
This video starts out with Kate Smith coming into the radio studio with the orchestra and an audience. She introduces the new song for the very first time, and starts singing. After the first couple verses, with her voice in the background still singing, scenes are shown from the 1940 movie, "You're In The Army Now." At the 4:20 mark of the video you see a young actor in the movie, sitting in an office, reading a paper; it's Ronald Reagan.
To this day, God Bless America stirs our patriotic feelings and pride in our country. Back in 1940, when Kate Smith went looking for a song to raise the spirits of her fellow Americans, I doubt whether she realized just how successful the results would be for her fellow Americans during those years of hardship and worry.....
And for many generations of Americans to follow.
Many people don't know there's a lead in to the song since it usually starts with "God Bless America ....." So here's the entire song as originally sung.....
Let us pray He still does, and it's still not too late.
 El Gringo Viejo