Saturday, February 16, 2008

Various Reads....true or not..they are good

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

It became very quiet in the room.
Then 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 intended 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?'

Once again, dead silence.

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, 'where as 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

Without hesitating, the American Admiral replied
'Maybe it's because the Brits, Canadians, Aussies and
Americans arranged it so you wouldn't have to speak

You could have heard a pin drop

A group of Americans, retired teachers, recently went
to France on a tour. 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 your
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 Omaha Beach on D-Day in '44 to help liberate
this country, I couldn't find any damn Frenchmen to
show it to."

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