The Pledge of Allegiance According to Red Skelton

Red_Skelton_US_FlagFOR THOSE WHO ARE INTERESTED, here is the complete, un-edited text, as presented by Red Skelton, on The Red Skelton Hour, January 14, 1969.

Red Skelton:

“Getting back to school, getting back to school, I remember a teacher that I had. Now I only wee, I went, I went through the seventh grade, I went through the seventh grade. I left home when I was 10 years old because I was hungry. (laughter) And .. this is true. I worked in the Summer and went to school in the Winter. But, I had this one teacher, he was the principal of the Harrison school, in Viennese Indiana. To me, this was the greatest teacher, a real sage of..of my time, anyhow.

He had such wisdom. And we were all reciting the Pledge of Allegiance one day, and he walked over. This little old teacher … Mr. Lasswell was his name. … Mr. Lasswell was his ah …
(at this point a pause and laughter. Red is making faces and playing with his hat!)

He says: …

“I’ve been listening to you boys and girls recite the Pledge of Allegiance .. all semester … and it seems as though it is becoming monotonous to you.

If I may, may I recite it and try to explain to you the meaning of each word.

*I* — me, an individual, a committee of one.
*Pledge*–dedicate all of my worldly goods to give without self-pity.
*Allegiance*–my love and my devotion.
*To the Flag*–our standard, Old Glory, a symbol of freedom. Wherever she waves, there is respect, because your loyalty has given her a dignity that shouts freedom is everybody’s job.
*United*–that means that we have all come together.
*States*–individual communities that have united into 48 great states. 48 individual communities with pride and dignity and purpose, all divided with imaginary boundaries, yet united to a common purpose, and that’s love for country.
*And to the Republic*–Republic, a state in which sovereign power is invested in representatives chosen by the people to govern. And government is the people and it’s from the people to the leaders, not from the leaders to the people.
*For Which It Stands*
*One Nation* — One nation, meaning, so blessed by God.
*Indivisible* — incapable of being divided.
*With Liberty* — which is freedom, the right of power to live one’s own life without threats or fear or some sort of retaliation.
*And Justice* — the principle or qualities of dealing fairly with others.
*For All*–For all… which means boys and girls, it’s as much your country, as it is mine.”

And now boys and girls let me hear you recite, the Pledge of Allegiance.

“I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

Since I was a small boy, two states have been added to our country and two words have been added to the Pledge of Allegiance – “under God”.

Wouldn’t it be a pity if someone said, “That is a prayer” and that would be eliminated from schools, too?

Captain Philip – review

HANKS-PHILLIPS_2697695bFor What It’s Worth ~

I thought this was a good movie. It’s based on a true story, so for me that makes it better than the typical fictional movie. I realize there is a lot of controversy about the movie but when something happens in real life we really own see the story through our own eyes. Others see the story through theirs which may not always be the same.

I would say when this comes to DVD see it. Tom Hanks does a great job in playing “Captain Philip”!

The Awakening


The Awakening takes place in 1921, the main (female) character is overwhelmed by the loss and grief of her husband, during World War I. It a suspense / thriller movie that kept me guessing until the end. She is a ghost investigator who disproves ghost and supernatural events, until she is called to a boarding school where it’s her that start seeing ghost.

Yes it’s a great late night movie, but I really miss this type of movie. I hate gore and most of the horror movies just isn’t scary anymore. I love to watch an old Frankenstein or Wolfman move in black and white. lol

The Awakening isn’t a great movie but it’s a good movie. Watch it for yourself and let me know what you think.

It Happened One Night

For what it’s worth ~

clarkgable1Frank Capra 1934 movie “It Happened One Night” was an Excellent movie! It stared ” Clark Gable” and “Claudette Colbert”. I had seen Clark Gable in a few different movies but this one really brought is acting to an entire new level. I can’t say enough good things about this old black and white film. Funny and entertaining for today’s audiences. 

Make it a nice romantic evening with this great movie! I’ll forever be a fan of Clark Gable!

Road to Perdition – review

NewmanFor what it’s worth ~

I’ve had this copied to my computer for about 7 years and thought about watching several times but never did. I guess it was the name?

The movie “Road to Perdition” starring Tom Hanks is placed in the 1930 with Mr. Hanks playing a hit-man for a gangster. His son accidentally see a hit, and so begins the movie.  I don’t want to say anymore just in case someone hasn’t seen the movie. It’s very entertaining, nothing like Tom Hanks has done before. I’m ashamed it took me 10 years to finally watch the movie.  If you haven’t seen the movie and like the old gangster type this is for you. Paul Newman and Jude Law also star in the film.  I think was Paul Newmans last film? He did the voice of Doc in “Cars” and did a couple of TV movies after this.

If you haven’t seen it, do!

Life of Pi – review

Life_of_PiFor what it’s worth ~

Life of Pi was a slow but excellent movie. At the end it left me wondering what was real and what was the story. Was it a metaphor to explain what happened or was the other story the simplest and easiest to accept?

The movie stars Irrfan Khan (the Amazing Spiderman, Slum Dog Millionaire) as played an excellent part.

Watch this is blue-ray on a high definition TV, wow what colors and special effects it’s worth it!

Invasion of Body Snatchers 1956 & 1978



For what it’s worth…

Yes, I watched both the 1956 and 1978 versions of “Invasion of Body Snatchers”. Although the effect in the 1978 movie was better the 1956 version was much better. Maybe it was because 1956 was in black and white filming, and the other in color. Maybe the actors  Kevin McCarthy seemed more believable than Donald Sutherland, or Dana Wynter was hotter than Brooke Adams, or just because it was the original? Both movies are worth watching and I’d recommend taking a night and watching both, back-to-back.

Not as scary as when I was a kid but still you have to love the film and story line.  Kevin McCarthy made a special appearance in the 1978 version!

The Hobbit – review

hobbitOK…for what it’s worth ~

I really enjoyed “The Hobbit” movie.  I had re-read the book because it had been 33 years or so since I had read it. The movie followed the book but at first didn’t understand how Peter Jackson was going to get 3 movies out of the book. It’s the shortest of the 4 books and didn’t have a lot happening. (Compared to the “Lord of the Rings”) But I enjoyed Mr. Jackson spin on the story and going even more in depth with the characters than the book did.

Excellent movie and can’t wait to watch the next 2 in the series. Was it a “Return of the King”? No, but then again it wasn’t suppose to be… it’s the beginning not the end. It’s a must for all science fiction fans out there.

Trials of Andersonville

IMG_7368Awesome documentary on the “Trials of Andersonville”. After the civil war and the liberation on the Andersonville Prison the southern guards have to stand trail in a military tribunal. Watch the movie, it’s a great history lesson. It’s one I hope we never repeat!

Andersonville Prison is in southern Georgia and is definitely worth a visit. Spend a couple of days as see the museum and burial grounds.