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Looks like this group could use a pick me up so I'll share this as I debate whether to write a blog.

Like many of you I receive dozens of chain emails from well-meaning friends. The problem is, often they are guilty of spreading mis-information.  I've become the debunker, which really just means I head over to http://www.snopes.com/ and see if there is any truth to the email. Most of the time of course it's a load of bull, and I Respond All to say as much.

 Interestingly, I receive less chain mail than I used to. I just wish the rest of my friends and relatives who are too thick to realize what I'm doing would suddenly have that light bulb appear above their heads.  "Ahhhhhh," they'd nod with sudden illumination. "That's why he does that."

 Epiphany anyone?

Regardless, sometimes there are emails that, true or not, I truly enjoy. Following is one of those. The difference is, I'm taking the comment about veterans and putting it at the top instead of the bottom.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

When in England , at a fairly large conference, Dr. Condi Rice was asked by the Archbishop of Canterbury if our plans for Iraq were just an example of empire building by George Bush.

She 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..



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?"

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 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.




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 their 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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Me again.

If you read the above and felt anger rather than pride, you must be a liberal.

 

 

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