More favorite questions..

According to Webster: fa·vor·ite, (in context) Liked or preferred above all others; regarded with special favor.

Question: What measure of an individual’s soul is required to truly love someone?

Got friends? ..real friends? many?

According to Webster: friend, 1. A person whom one knows, likes, and trusts. 2. A person whom one knows; an acquaintance. 3. A person with whom one is allied in a struggle or cause; a comrade. 4. One who supports, sympathizes with, or patronizes a group, cause, or movement: friends of the clean air movement. 5. Friend. A member of the Society of Friends; a Quaker.

To borrow a, ..or more correctly, “the” catchphrase, “Verrrry Interesting” from Artie Johnson, case you’re not old enough? ..or familiar with Artie Johnson’s career? Artie was a  comic and actor and a prominent cast member of the 1967-1973 television show, “Laugh-in.” where-in he immortalized the catch-phrase; “Verrrry Interesting.”


 Artie Johnson – a.k.a. “Wolfgang”

 “Very interesting,” that for the first time in my experience, Webster’s definition, “at least in my opinion,” falls short of truly describing a friend.

Arthur Stanton Eric “Arte” Johnson (born January 20, 1929) is an American comic actor. Johnson was a regular on Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In. His best-remembered “character” was that of a German soldier with the catchphrase: “Verrrry interesting, but…[‘stupid’, ‘not very funny’, and other variations]”.

Johnson was born in Benton Harbor, Michigan, the son of Edy the Mackenzie (née Golden) and Abraham Lincoln Johnson, an attorney. He attended the University of Illinois, graduating in 1949 after working on the campus radio station and the U of I Theater Guild with his brother, Coslough “Cos” Johnson.

Johnson is best known for his work on Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In, an American television series (1967–1973), on which he played various characters including “Wolfgang”, a smoking World War II German soldier scouting the show from behind a bush (still fighting the war) invariably commenting on the preceding sketch with the catchphrase “Very interesting…” followed by either a comic observation or misinterpretation, or simply “but stupid!” Johnson indicated later that the phrase came from Desperate Journey, a 1942 World War II film with Errol Flynn and Ronald Reagan playing Royal Air Force pilots shot down in Nazi Germany; they managed to cross much of the country without speaking German or knowing the territory but, when captured, their Nazi interrogator doubts their story with the phrase. Johnson reprised the role while voicing the Nazi-inspired character Virman Vunderbarr on an episode of Justice League Unlimited.

Johnson was somewhat incorrect in his recollection of the details of this movie, and his faulty recollection was subsequently misquoted and widely repeated on the Internet, further distorting the origin of the phrase. In the movie, after getting shot down and captured, an English-speaking German officer played by Raymond Massey interrogates the flyers. During the interrogation, they see through a window some nearly-assembled aircraft being transported on trucks, and the Raymond Massey character says “I see you find that view most interesting … too bad you saw that, now you can not be even considered for exchange…” but it was not spoken doubting any story told by the flyers. The flyers escape from the interrogation and begin their “journey” across Germany and The Netherlands, traveling towards the English Channel in stolen vehicles while wearing stolen German uniforms. Along the way, they have several violent engagements with German troops and commit sabotage; they are actively pursued by the Raymond Massey character and at the end commandeer a British bomber previously captured by the Germans and fly it back to England, without any German remarking, to either the flyers or to another German: “Very interesting … ” and, the Errol Flynn character is fluent in German. It is possible that the actual source of the phrase is the movie “Berlin Correspondent” < (use of the phrase in the movie is reported  but unverified) and that Johnson had confused elements of the two movies and/or misremembered aspects of them.

 His other iconic Laugh-In character was “Tyrone F. Horneigh” (the last name pronounced “horn-eye” – a “clean” variant of the vulgar term “horny”), the white-haired, trenchcoat-wearing “dirty old man” who repeatedly sought to seduce “Gladys Ormphby” (Ruth Buzzi’s brown-clad ‘spinster’ character) on a park bench. Tyrone would enter the scene, muttering a song (usually “In the Merry, Merry Month of May”,) and, spying Gladys on the bench, would sit next to her. He would ask two related ‘leading questions,’ each earning him a hard whack from a shocked Gladys using her purse. His third statement would be an appeal for medical assistance, at which time he would fall off the bench. (Source Wikipedia)

Second Question: If America is truly a sovereign nation regulated by a Government, “of the people,” “by the people,” “for the people,” then why is it that “the people” ..have no voice, ..or no hand in selecting America’s leader?

The Declaration of Independence was a statement adopted by the Continental Congress on July 4, 1776, which announced that the thirteen American colonies then at war with Great Britain regarded themselves as independent states, and no longer a part of the British Empire. John Adams put forth a resolution earlier in the year which made a formal declaration inevitable. A committee was assembled to draft the formal declaration, which was to be ready when congress voted on independence. Adams persuaded the committee to select Thomas Jefferson to compose the original draft of the document, which congress would edit to produce the final version. The Declaration was ultimately a formal explanation of why Congress had voted on July 2 to declare independence from Great Britain, more than a year after the outbreak of the American Revolutionary War. The Birthday of the United States of America—Independence Day—is celebrated on July 4, the day the wording of the Declaration was approved by Congress.

After finalizing the text on July 4, Congress issued the Declaration of Independence in several forms. It was initially published as a printed broadside that was widely distributed and read to the public. The most famous version of the Declaration, a signed copy that is usually regarded as the Declaration of Independence, is on display at the National Archives in Washington, D.C. Although the wording of the Declaration was approved on July 4, the date of its signing has been disputed. Most historians have concluded that it was signed nearly a month after its adoption, on August 2, 1776, and not on July 4 as is commonly believed. The original July 4 United States Declaration of Independence manuscript was lost while all other copies have been derived from this original document.

The sources and interpretation of the Declaration have been the subject of much scholarly inquiry. The Declaration justified the independence of the United States by listing colonial grievances against King George III, and by asserting certain natural and legal rights, including a right of revolution. Having served its original purpose in announcing independence, the text of the Declaration was initially ignored after the American Revolution. Its stature grew over the years, particularly the second sentence, a sweeping statement of human rights:

(Sidebar,) Barack Obama has neither sought or provided equality to anyone that he swore allegiance to on January 20, 2009. If anything, Barack Obama has and is currently widening the divide between American citizens utilizing the only weapon he has left in his war chest, “the race card.” Barack Obama may have at one time been a community organizer? Albeit, “in my considered opinion,” Barack Obama is currently destroying the America that was founded by men and patriots like Thomas Jefferson who penned these words;

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

This sentence has been called “one of the best-known sentences in the English language” and “the most potent and consequential words in American history”. The passage has often been used to promote the rights of marginalized people throughout the world, and came to represent a moral standard for which the United States should strive. This view was notably promoted by Abraham Lincoln, who considered the Declaration to be the foundation of his political philosophy, and argued that the Declaration is a statement of principles through which the United States Constitution  should be interpreted.

Thomas Jefferson also penned these words…

“Believe me, dear Sir: there is not in the British empire a man who more cordially loves a union with Great Britain than I do. But, by the God that made me, I will cease to exist before I yield to a connection on such terms as the British Parliament propose; and in this, I think I speak the sentiments of America.

—Thomas Jefferson, November 29, 1775 (source Wikipedia)

Barack Obama, is, “in my opinion,” currently attempting to impose his will “over” the people of this Nation in contrast to the foundation of freedom intended by our founding fathers as set forth in both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.

America is not a Nation intended to be a Nation, “of the government, the government, ..for the government.”

Barack and Michelle need to begin gathering boxes to pack, I’ll be back tomorrow

Crusader Rabbit…

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