You could have heard a pin drop

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Quigley_Sharps, Jun 15, 2008.

  1. Quigley_Sharps

    Quigley_Sharps The Badministrator Administrator Founding Member

    You Could Have Heard 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 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.
    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
    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

    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
    Brits, Canadians, Aussies and Americans arranged it so you
    wouldn't have to speak German.'

    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 I
    couldn't find a Frenchman to show it to.'

    You could have heard a pin drop.
  2. poacher

    poacher Monkey+++ Founding Member

    I've seen a few of those before.. Not sure if they are true or not but it sure gives ya somthing to ponder. Thnx for the reminder Quig.

    Take care Be safe Poacher.
  3. CBMS

    CBMS Looking for a safe place

    It doesnt matter if the stories themselves are true. They are true enough in their tales to make them irreproachable. God bless North America, God bless the freedoms and the liberties we enjoy and God protect us from those who wish those freedoms, and harm, upon us.
  4. Tango3

    Tango3 Aimless wanderer

    Yes we were the"white hat guys" inWWI AND WWII...I was brought up with "the sands of Iwo jima"and the all the other wwII movies ( Had old uncles in Europe and the pacific; and vietnam)..It hurts my head to think poorly of our motives and actions recently, I don't want to be thought of as one of "them" (wide eyed lefty? "naysayers"?); I vote "republican"; I served 8years SAC, 8 YEARS AFOSI...
    never threw small animals off a cliff nor shot unarmed civilians...
    handledB61/B28 and w69 nuclear weapons, we never would have allowed thescrew ups attributed to the Minot WSA( weapons storage area)
  5. TailorMadeHell

    TailorMadeHell Lurking Shadow Creature

    I believe those are great stories and show the world why we were beyond reproach, though recent events and actions are undermining the honor and sacrifices made by those before us. Those who dare tread on that should be strung up so fast they get rope burn before their necks snap. It is said that it will get worse before it gets better. How come it has to be that way? And trust me, I won't be shooting unarmed doggies or throwing people off cliffs. Haha.
  6. Tracy

    Tracy Insatiably Curious Moderator Founding Member


    More Americans should have the guts to call people on their ridiculous (stupid) comments or actions.

    One time in a parking lot, I see an able-bodied guy jump out of his car (that he just parked in a handicap spot). I must've been giving him an I can't believe it look, because he says to me "I'm just going to be handicapped for a minute." I simply replied "How fortunate for you. Most people are handicapped for life." He turned, got into his car and moved it.
  7. Tango3

    Tango3 Aimless wanderer

    :) sweet...
  8. Conagher

    Conagher Dark Custom Rider Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    Those are great stories.............[flag]
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