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Attendees at Monday's Mitt Romney rally in Mansfield, Ohio, recite the Pledge of Allegiance.
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Mitt Romney's rally in Mansfield, Ohio, on Monday began the way every political event begins. "Please stand for the Pledge of Allegiance and our country's national anthem."
This is always an uncomfortable moment for me. While I sat at my laptop, most of the reporters around me stood and put their hands over their hearts. This time instead of just sitting and working, I tweeted what I was feeling:
If you're a horror fan, you're probably familiar with the trope of the demon child — you know, the sweet little kid who undergoes a horrible transformation and terrorizes everyone in his or her path (or is just born evil, like Rosemary's titular baby).
Airs Tuesday, September 11 at 2:00 p.m. Join the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and special guest Tom Brokaw as we remember those who parished in the tragic attackes of 9/11 and those who risked their lives to save many others from perishing. The choir will present Shenandoah, For the Beauty of the Earth, a Lullabye, Homeward Bound, Amazing Grace, God Bless America, God of Our Fathers, Whose Almighty Hand, This Land Is Your Land, The House I Live In, Guide Us, O God of Grace, Our God Is Marching On, God Be With You Till We Meet Again, America the Beautiful, and My Country, 'Tis of Thee.
Originally published on Tue September 11, 2012 2:27 pm
Eleven-week-old 11-week-old Bretagne is beginning her training as a detection dog at the Penn Vet Working Dog Center, which opens Tuesday. <a href="http://nprfreshair.tumblr.com/post/31346680998/working-dogs-saving-lives-and-giving-interviews">Click here to see photos of Bretagne at the mic during her <em>Fresh Air</em> interview.</a>
A detection dog-training center opens Tuesday, on the anniversary of Sept. 11, at the University of Pennsylvania so scientists can train dogs for search-and-rescue missions — and study what helps them succeed.
Originally published on Tue September 11, 2012 4:05 pm
A woman recites the Pledge of Allegiance at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Aug. 29.
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When Mitt Romney uses the Pledge of Allegiance as a metaphor for all that's good and right with America, how many in his audience know that the two-sentence loyalty oath was penned not by the Founding Fathers in 1776, but a fascist preacher more than 100 years later?
Or that the original recommended posture was with a straightened arm raised upward and outward? Or that it was changed to the hand over the heart during World War II after the Nazis adopted the original as their salute?