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Of Thee I Zing: America's Cultural Decline from Muffin Tops to Body Shots | [Laura Ingraham]

Of Thee I Zing: America's Cultural Decline from Muffin Tops to Body Shots

A menacing force surrounds us. We see it, we feel it, we know it. The country we love is in grave peril. While politicians and "experts" prattle on about the debt crisis at home, and terrorism abroad, a more insidious homegrown threat is emerging. It endangers our future and undermines our present. The uncomfortable truth: We have become our own worst enemy.
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While Laura Ingraham was walking through a Northern Virginia shopping mall one Saturday afternoon, it all became clear to her. Everywhere she turned, she saw signs of the impending disaster: zombie teens texting each other across a café table; a man having his eyebrows threaded at a kiosk; a 50ish woman shoe-horned into a tube top and skinny jeans; and a storefront ad featuring a Victoria's Secret model spilling out of her push-up bra and into the faces of young passersby. Ingraham wondered to herself, "Is this it? Is this what our forefathers fought for? What my parents struggled for? I wonder if Victoria's Secret is still having that two-for-one sale?"

A menacing force surrounds us. We see it, we feel it, we know it. The country we love is in grave peril. While politicians and "experts" prattle on about the debt crisis at home, and terrorism abroad, a more insidious homegrown threat is emerging. It endangers our future and undermines our present. The uncomfortable truth: We have become our own worst enemy. The culture we have created is now turning on us. We're on the verge of drowning in our ignorance, arrogance, gluttony… can you believe there are only three shots of vanilla in a Caramel Macchiato?!?

Now, in an act of patriotic intervention, the most-listened-to woman in talk radio casts her satirical eye upon all that ails American society. In this sharp-witted, comic romp, Laura Ingraham takes you on a guided tour through 10 levels of our cultural hell.

You know we're in trouble when:

  • Airplane seats shrink - just as the passengers expand.
  • Celebrity baby names go from the peculiar (Apple, Stetson, and Daisy Boo) to the pathetic (Bamboo, Blanket, and Bronx).
  • People meticulously tend their virtual crops on Farmville, while their children eat takeout.
  • "Breaking News" usually means it happened yesterday.
  • The weddings last longer than the marriages.
  • Facebook has become a verb and reading has become an ancient art form.

Of Thee I Zing is cultural commentary too funny to ignore, igniting a national conversation long past due. America, your cultural recovery begins here.

©2011 Laura Ingraham (P)2011 Simon & Schuster

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    David Wayne, NJ, USA 08-26-12
    David Wayne, NJ, USA 08-26-12

    I find audio books to be the way to go for me. The down time can be put to good use anywhere.

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    If you could sum up Of Thee I Zing in three words, what would they be?

    Politics is serious stuff. Sometimes it's hard to understand Laura breaks it down and makes you laugh at the same time. Wear a seat belt while listening to this one.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The author's use of homor to bring the facts out.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No. Break it up.


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    Connie Lenore, ID, United States 08-24-12
    Connie Lenore, ID, United States 08-24-12 Member Since 2012
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Excellent book. Says in words what we are all thinking. Would recommend it to anyone with a brain.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Drop dead funny!! My husband asked what I was listening to because I laughed until I cried.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jim GREENCASTLE, IN, United States 07-09-12
    Jim GREENCASTLE, IN, United States 07-09-12

    Sci-fi has nothing over God

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    If you could sum up Of Thee I Zing in three words, what would they be?

    A very well written and documented book that I listened to right through and plan on listening to again very soon. I have already recommended this book to my family and friends.


    What other book might you compare Of Thee I Zing to and why?

    Its hard to compare this book to other books written by conservative writers, at least those I have listened to.


    What about Laura Ingraham and Raymond Arroyo ’s performance did you like?

    Well written and well read.


    Any additional comments?

    Keep it up Laura!!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tommy Cranbury, NJ, United States 02-13-12
    Tommy Cranbury, NJ, United States 02-13-12
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    What made the experience of listening to Of Thee I Zing the most enjoyable?

    Enjoyed Laura's wit and sense of humor. Have been in many of those situations as described in the book.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Laura Ingraham? Why or why not?

    Yes


    What about Laura Ingraham and Raymond Arroyo ’s performance did you like?

    Voices were not overpowering.... while thowing in humor. Felt like a question and answer session with Laura asking and answering. Done very well.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No extreme reation just moments of


    Any additional comments?

    no

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jeffery P. Lorig O'Neill, NE 11-25-11
    Jeffery P. Lorig O'Neill, NE 11-25-11 Member Since 2009
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    I listened to the end so that's saying something. Basically, it's just Laura ranting. It's hours and hours of complaining. Sometimes it was funny. Sometimes it sounded elitest and snobby.

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    Jim Scholtzer Fontana, CA 11-21-11
    Jim Scholtzer Fontana, CA 11-21-11 Member Since 2010

    unstressed teacher

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    "Right on Target"

    I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this very accurate description of today's social activities here in the United States.

    Ingraham nails it and says what we all know to be true, but because of our newly found position of "always being politically correct in what we say aloud" we don't dare utter these things where others can hear.

    On the up side: I love her honesty.

    On the down side: To me, and I might be the only listener who says it, I found the male speaker, Raymond Arroyo, that introduces the next main topic during the audio, to be very distracting to the overall flow.

    I do guarantee that you will bust out laughing at her comments because they strike a real nerve in all of us. Great Job Laura.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Joe Wilkesboro, NC, United States 10-18-11
    Joe Wilkesboro, NC, United States 10-18-11
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    "Great Book!"

    Laughed a bunch. Well written. Laura used humor to help take the edge off some very disturbing moral, social and religous problems. She said a lot that needed to be said and if we learn from her points we could benefit greatly and the world would be a better place to live and work. Great to see someone who is not afraid to be politically incorrect!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dell Saginaw, MI, United States 02-21-12
    Dell Saginaw, MI, United States 02-21-12
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    What did you love best about Of Thee I Zing?

    The specifics about our cultures decline with very simplistics descriptions. I see it all the time.


    What does Laura Ingraham and Raymond Arroyo bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The passion of the situations.


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    Pay attention to the people in your own home because the cultural drain comes in the home in many ways. It is amazing!


    Any additional comments?

    After listening to the audiobook; I observed a 16 yearold youngman in a 7/11 run out to his car a dime when 3 of us in the line offerred it up. The kid came back in and said, are you all waiting on me...I stated outloud that we were just waiting for him to pull his pants up above his hips. The youngman quickly corrected his pants amd stared straight into my eyes and I said, thank you. He responded politely, you are welcome and then he walked off. The lady in front of me said that she appreciated someone standing up to him. I jokingly said, he knows that I am a former Marine and will not stand for that sort of behavior. She said, how did he know that...it was him looking in my eyes and seeing discipline from within me that he saw. We all snickered and left the store.

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    Rosemary Montgomery, AL, United States 10-22-11
    Rosemary Montgomery, AL, United States 10-22-11 Member Since 2006
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    "I'm a Laura Ingraham fan!"

    I feel as much as I like Laura Ingraham; I will enjoy this book more as a print version (digital so I can raise the font size).

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    CHRIS Tavares, FL, United States 10-07-11
    CHRIS Tavares, FL, United States 10-07-11 Member Since 2010
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    the content was good but Laura's delivery is so distracting that i would not download anything by her again.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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