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Jul 6, 2009

Greetings Everyone. I hope all of you had an wonderful and safe independence day holiday weekend.

I originally intended to start off this podcast by read to you the Star Spangled Banner, the poem written by Francis Scott Key on September 3, 1814. Many of you will find it familiar as our national anthem, but remember before it was a song it was a poem. I thought it would make a good patriotic way to end the Independence Day weekend. But I just couldn't do it. It became very challenging to read out loud. I just couldn't do the poem justice. Every time I would start off, I would hear in the back of my head, (tune), the song and you want to sing. And you just can't read it that way. ...

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Some of the latest headlines from the Oklahoma blog-o-sphere and (Bum Bum Buuuum) the main stream media. This Week in Oklahoma History: Links mentioned in this episode: Music: The Star Spangled Banner by Francis Scott Key
Oh! say can you see, by the dawn's early light,
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming;
Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight,
O'er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming?
And the rocket's red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there;
Oh, say, does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

On the shore, dimly seen through the mists of the deep,
Where the foe's haughty host in dread silence reposes,
What is that which the breeze o'er the towering steep
As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses?
Now it catches the gleam of the morning's first beam;
Its full glory reflected now shines on the stream;
'Tis the star-spangled banner! Oh! long may it wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

And where is the band who so vauntingly swore,
'Mid the havoc of war and the battle's confusion,
A home and a country they'd leave us no more?
Their blood hath washed out their foul footsteps' pollution;
No refuge could save the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight, or the gloom of the grave,
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

Oh! thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand
Between their loved home and the war's desolation;
Blessed with victory and peace, may the Heaven-rescued land
Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation.
Then conquer we must, for our cause it is just,
And this be our motto, "In God is our trust":
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!