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Random things that pass thru my sometimes crazy life and mind.

Friday, April 11, 2008

You could have heard a pin drop

Four Great Military Stories

When in England at a fairly large conference, Colin Powell was asked by theArchbishop of Canterbury if our plans for Iraq were just an example ofempire building by George Bush. He answered by saying, 'Over the years, the United States has sent many ofits fine young men and women into great peril to fight for freedom beyondour borders. The only amount of land we have ever asked for is enough to bury those that did not return.

You could have heard a pin drop.

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Then there was a conference in France where a number of internationalengineers were taking part, including French and American. During a breakone of the French engineers came back into the room saying 'Have you heardthe latest dumb stunt Bush has done? He has sent an aircraft carrier toIndonesia to help the Tsunami victims. What does he intend to do, bombthem?' A Boeing engineer stood up and replied quietly: 'Our carriers have threehospitals on board that can treat several hundred people; they are nuclearpowered and can supply emergency electrical power to shore facilities; theyhave three cafeterias with the capacity to feed 3,000 people three meals aday, they can produce several thousand gallons of fresh water from seawater each day, and they carry half a dozen helicopters for use intransporting victims and injured to and from their flight deck. We haveeleven 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 Admiralsfrom the U.S., English, Canadian, Australian and French Navies. At acocktail reception, he found himself standing with a large group of Officersthat included personnel from most of those countries. Everyone was chattingaway in English as they sipped their drinks but a French admiral suddenlycomplained that, 'whereas Europeans learn many languages, Americans learnonly English.' He then asked, 'Why is it that we always have to speakEnglish in these conferences rather than speaking French?' Withouthesitating, the American Admiral replied 'Maybe it's because the Brits,Canadians, Aussies and Americans arranged it so you wouldn't have to speakGerman.'

You could have heard a pin drop.

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Saving the BEST for LAST

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. AtFrench Customs, he took a few minutes to locate his passport in his carryon. "You have been to France before, monsieur?" the customs officer askedsarcastically. Mr. Whiting admitted that he had been to France previously. "Then youshould 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 inFrance!" The American senior gave the Frenchman a long hard look. Then he quietlyexplained. "Well, when I came ashore at Omaha Beach on D-Day in '44 to helpliberate this country, I couldn't find any damn Frenchmen to show it to."

You could have heard a pin drop.

Ty

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not to your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your path. Proverbs 3:5-6

3 comments:

Shorty said...

u go girl ! you would think that we were the bad guys the way the
"frogs" treat u.s. citizens, and our requests for assistance in protecting thier dumb asses!!!!!!!!!!!!! love ya.

Sandy said...

Yeah, what your dad said.

Trailboss said...

Love those stories. More more!!!