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post #1 of 6 Old Jan 4th, 2012, 9:48 pm Thread Starter
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A Pin Drop

When in England ,
At a fairly large conference, Colin Powell was asked by the
Archbishop of Canterbury if our plans for Iraq were just an example of
'empire building' by George Bush.



He answered by saying,
"Over the years, the United States has sent many of
Its fine young men and women into great peril to fight for freedom
Beyond our borders. The only amount of land we have ever asked for
In return is enough to bury those that did not
Return."


You
Could have heard a pin drop.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~


There was a conference in France
Where a number of international engineers
Were taking part, including French and American. During a break,
One of the French engineers came back into the room saying, "Have you
Heard the latest dumb stunt Bush has done? He has sent an aircraft
Carrier to Indonesia to help the tsunami victims. What does he
Intend to do, bomb them?"


A Boeing engineer
Stood up and replied quietly: "Our carriers have three
Hospitals on board that can treat several hundred people; they are
Nuclear powered and can supply emergency electrical power to
Shore facilities; they have three cafeterias with the capacity to
Feed 3,000 people three meals a day, they can produce several thousand
Gallons of fresh water from sea water each day, and they carry half a
Dozen helicopters for use in transporting victims and injured to and
From their flight deck. We have eleven such ships;
How many does France have?"


You
Could have heard a pin drop.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~


A U.S. Navy Admiral
Was attending a naval conference that included
Admirals from the U.S., English, Canadian, Australian and French
Navies At a cocktail reception, he found himself standing with a large
Group of officers that included personnel from most of those countries.
Everyone was chatting away in English as they sipped their drinks but a
French admiral suddenly complained that, whereas Europeans learn many
Languages, Americans learn only English. He then asked, "Why is it that
We always have to speak English in these conferences rather than
Speaking French?"


Without hesitating,
The American Admiral replied, "Maybe it's because the
Brit's, Canadians, Aussie's and Americans arranged it so you wouldn't
Have to speak German."

You
Could have heard a pin drop.



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AND
THIS STORY FITS RIGHT IN WITH THE ABOVE...


Robert Whiting,
An elderly gentleman of 83, arrived in Paris by plane.
At French Customs, he took a few minutes to locate his passport
In his carry on.


"You
Have been to France before, monsieur?" the customs officer asked
Sarcastically.


Mr. Whiting
Admitted that he had been to France
Previously.


"Then
You should know enough to have your passport ready."


The American said,
"The last time I was here, I didn't have to show it."


"Impossible..
Americans always have to show their passports on arrival in France !"


The American senior
Gave the Frenchman a long hard look. Then he
Quietly explained, ''Well, when I came ashore at OmahaBeach on D-Day in
1944 to help liberate this country, I couldn't find a single Frenchmen
To show a passport to."

You
Could have heard a pin drop.


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If
You are proud to be an American, pass this on! If not, delete it.




I am proud to be of this land, AMERICA

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Several years ago my wife and I were traveling out west in a motor-home with my father-in law. After stopping near one of the overlooks, my wife and I took a hike, leaving my dad at one of the park benches.

After my wife and I got back from our hike, we noticed a group of young French students talking to my dad and he seemed to be quite touched. After the kids left, we asked him what they were talking about and he said that he was telling them about the time he was over in Europe (he was in one of the early waves to land on Omaha Beach and was hit by a machine gun) during WWII.

After they talked for a while and before the kids left, he said that they all thanked him for helping to liberate their country!

There is also a lot of good out there.

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Several years ago my wife and I were traveling out west in a motor-home with my father-in law. After stopping near one of the overlooks, my wife and I took a hike, leaving my dad at one of the park benches.

After my wife and I got back from our hike, we noticed a group of young French students talking to my dad and he seemed to be quite touched. After the kids left, we asked him what they were talking about and he said that he was telling them about the time he was over in Europe (he was in one of the early waves to land on Omaha Beach and was hit by a machine gun) during WWII.

After they talked for a while and before the kids left, he said that they all thanked him for helping to liberate their country!

There is also a lot of good out there.
More often than not, it's the pompous leaders with huge egos that stir the pot. The people who actually suffered and, in most cases, their descendants too are grateful, warm and engaging.

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Several years ago my wife and I were traveling out west in a motor-home with my father-in law. After stopping near one of the overlooks, my wife and I took a hike, leaving my dad at one of the park benches.

After my wife and I got back from our hike, we noticed a group of young French students talking to my dad and he seemed to be quite touched. After the kids left, we asked him what they were talking about and he said that he was telling them about the time he was over in Europe (he was in one of the early waves to land on Omaha Beach and was hit by a machine gun) during WWII.

After they talked for a while and before the kids left, he said that they all thanked him for helping to liberate their country!

There is also a lot of good out there.
Several years ago at my local credit union, my wife & I were taking care of some business, & were dealing with one of the employees at her desk. The employee had her name on a nameplate on her desk. My wife mispronounced the name, which was Vietnamese. When I corrected her, the lady was surprised that I knew how to pronounce her name. My wife told her I was in Viet Nam in the 60's. Later as we were leaving, she asked to speak to me off to the side. She & her family escaped near the end from Viet Nam. Her father was a doctor, educated in France, her mother was a school teacher, & they knew what was about to happen to them when the communists took charge. She was in tears when she thanked me & all who served. It is the only thanks I ever got for 16 months of being there. Her thanks made it worth the time & effort.
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nice story, gunter!
cheers

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