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Late Night FDL: New National Anthem Time

Since we’re all apparently doing it wrong when it comes to the Star-Spangled Banner (and really, as a good old drunken warbling tavern song, it has its moments, but it’s not the only good old drunken warbling tavern song out there), what would you choose for America’s New Kickassingest Theme Song?

Remember: It has to sound good at everything from baseball games to military funerals, it needs to be able to be sung by schoolchildren and grandparents alike, and it must not be specific to male or female voice.


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Allison Hantschel

Allison Hantschel

Allison Hantschel is a 10-year veteran of the newspaper business. She publishes First Draft, a writing and politics blog, with her partners Holden, Jude and Scout. She is the author of the books Chicago's Historic Irish Pubs (2011, Arcadia Publishing, with Mike Danahey) and It Doesn’t End With Us: The Story of the Daily Cardinal, about a great liberal journalism institution (2007, Heritage Books). She also edited the anthology “Special Plans: The Blogs on Douglas Feith and the Faulty Intelligence That Led to War” (2005, William, James & Co.) Her work has appeared in the Chicago Sun-Times, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, the Daily Southtown, Sirens Magazine, and Alternet. She lives in Chicago with her husband, two ferrets, and approximately 60 tons of books.