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zelph
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You could hear a pin drop

Post by zelph » Tue Jan 27, 2009 1:03 am

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 America. 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.

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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 America 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?'

You could have heard a pin drop.


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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 Brits, Canadians, Aussies 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 bee n 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 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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Re: You could hear a pin drop

Post by irrationalsolutions » Tue Jan 27, 2009 1:21 am

and yet they hate us. i dont understand. ;)
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Re: You could hear a pin drop

Post by hoz » Tue Jan 27, 2009 8:01 am

Good ones Zelph.

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Re: You could hear a pin drop

Post by Pure Mahem » Wed Jan 28, 2009 1:41 am

I would have liked to seen the expressions on their faces in every instance! :mrgreen:
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Re: You could hear a pin drop

Post by zelph » Wed Jan 28, 2009 2:29 pm

I was stationed in France when the US was asked to vacate all military installations there. The French people were very angry with their government for making that decision. Thousands of civilians were employed by the US instalations in numerous positions. The medical headquarters company that I was with had to remain till the last instalation was vacated. You would not believe what we took to the local dumps in order to clear the buildings out. The locals were there at the dumps to readily salvage what we were dumping. It turned out to be one of the largest thrift stores known to me, prices were right!!!!! :lol: :lol: :lol: This type of dumping took place in many many towns where our military was located. It was an interesting experience. All the keepable stuff was trucked to Germany or elswhere.
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