Monday, September 25, 2017

Why Is the National Anthem Played at Sporting Events


In America, the game doesn't start until the national anthem plays. It's not a mandate, it's just a fact, as culturally ingrained as team colors and touchdown cheers.

The anthem kicks off every NFL, MLB, NBA, MLS and NHL game featuring an American team, and is played before every NASCAR race.

The tradition runs deep, and it's easy to forget it wasn't always this way. It's also easy to forget that, while there are game-day expectations about how we should handle ourselves during the anthem, there's very little actually set in stone.

The national anthem wasn't always played before sporting events ...
Here's a fascinating fact: The national anthem was played at baseball games decades before it was actually the national anthem. There are records of "The Star Spangled Banner" gracing the diamond going back as far as 1897, but the song wasn't adopted as the national anthem until 1931.

Over time, a mix of technology, war, and keeping up appearances kept the song in the sports spotlight. Its first big moment reportedly came in 1918 during the 7th-inning stretch of the World Series.

It's no coincidence that its first surge in popularity came during wartime. Nationalism stoked by World War I meant that people were more affected by the song, and the fact that major league baseball players were being actively drafted meant those who weren't drafted benefited from showing their patriotism. Over time, other sports began adopting the practice. Continue reading at CNN

Philip K Dick’s Electric Dreams

Star Trek Discovery

Bob Dobbs Explains Trumpism

The New Coach House

Part 1 2 3
23 September 2017

“Apologies for all the static on the last hour.”

Alternating Veracity by Ted Hiebert

The Important Alignment on 23 September 2017

The New Coach House

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Bob’s New McLuhan Cache

The New Coach House


16 September, Part H 1 2

9 September, Part G 1 2 3 4

2 September, Part F 1 2

26 August, Part E 1 2 3

19 August, Part D 1 2 3

12 August, Part C 1 2 3

5 August, Part B 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8

29 July, Part A 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8

Saturday, September 23, 2017

The New Coach House

The New Coach House

“On July 29 I began to release the amazing new documents from my McLuhan File that have never been heard or seen before. Don't miss them if you’re interested in new territory scoped out in the McLuhan Quadrant …”
Bob Dobbs


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23 September

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16 September

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9 September

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2 September

Friday, September 22, 2017

LBJ’s War in Vietnam

Public Radio International

The New Yorker
by Sarah Larson

“LBJ’s War” tells the story through archival audio, much of it little known and little heard. On the phone, Johnson could be candid, cajoling, flamboyant. He could also be vulnerable. In a 1966 phone call with Eugene McCarthy, we hear Johnson say, “I know we oughtn’t to be there. But I can’t get out.”

Steve Atlas, the podcast’s producer, reached out to the L.B.J. Presidential Library. The library “had an enormous collection, into the many hundreds, of long-form oral histories,” he said. “And beyond that was this really extraordinary, just jaw-dropping collection of Johnson’s phone calls, which he secretly recorded without the knowledge of the people he was talking to on the phone.”

The calls aren’t locked away somewhere; you can listen to them online.

“But as far as I know nobody had yet tried to take this vast pool of material and somehow tease a narrative out of it, construct a real story out of it,” Atlas said. Johnson, he said, played the phone “like a violin. He was a virtuoso phone guy. And brilliant and mercurial and complicated and really compelling.”

The host, David Brown, tells us that from his office, in Austin, he can see the LBJ Library. “Deep inside the archives of that very library, there’s a treasure trove of audiotapes, many of them not heard publicly,” he says. “In fact, if LBJ had had his way, these tapes would have gone to the grave when he did. But his wife, Lady Bird Johnson, wouldn’t let that happen.”

The other takeaway about Johnson, Atlas said, was, “how huge a role testosterone played in in the fatal decisions that he made.” Johnson is often thought to have not understood that Vietnam would be a quagmire. “And the fact is you learn from the phone calls and from other sources that Johnson knew almost from the beginning that this almost certainly would be catastrophic,” Atlas said. Read the complete article at The New Yorker

Below, Ken Burns, The Vietnam War, Episode 1. Watch all episodes on PBS.