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YOU COULD HAVE HEARD A PIN DROP

These thoughts tell us how the rest of the world thinks
about us........


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.

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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 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.

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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 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 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.

If you are proud to be an American, pass this on!
I am, and I did.
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"Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other."

-- John Quincy Adams



"The national budget must be balanced.

The public debt must be reduced; the arrogance of the authorities must be moderated and controlled.

Payments to foreign governments must be reduced, if the nation doesn't want to go bankrupt.

People must again learn to work, instead of living on public assistance."

--Cicero, 55 BC
 

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