Tuesday, March 04, 2008

A true account of what happened in the U.S.A. courts.

" Gentlemen of the Jury "

The best friend a man has in the world may turn against him and become his enemy. His son or daughter that he has reared with loving care may prove ungrateful. Those who are nearest and dearest to, those whom we trust with our happiness and our good name may become traitors to their faith. The money that a man has, he may lose. It flies away from him, perhaps when he needs it most. A man's reputation may be sacrificed in a moment of ill - considered action. The people who are prone to fall on their knees to do us honor when success is with us may be the first to throw the stone of malice when failure settles it cloud upon our heads.

The one absolutely unselfish friend that man can have in this selfish world, the one that never deserts him, the one that never proves ungrateful or tracherous is his dog. A man's dog stands by him in prosperity and in poverty, in health and in sickness. He will sleep on the cold ground, where the wintry winds blow and the snow drives fiercely, if only he may be near his master's side. He will kiss the hand that has no food to offer; he will lick the wounds and sores that come in an encounter with the roughness of the world. He guards the sleep of his pauper master as if he were a prince. When all other friends desert, he remains. When riches take wings, and reputation falls to pieces , he is as constant in his love as the sun in its journey through the heavens.

If fortune drives the master forth an outcast in the world, friendless and homeless, the faithful dog asks no higher privilege than that of accompanying him, to guard him against danger, to fight against his enemies. And when the last scene of all comes, and death takes his master in its embrace and his body is laid away in the cold ground , no matter if all other friends pursue their way, there by the graveside will the noble dog be found, his head between his paws, his eyes sad, but open in alert watchfulness, faithful and true even in death.

Monday, March 03, 2008

Proud to be an American.?

Then read this.

1. 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 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.

It became very quiet in the room.

2.Then there was a conference in France where a number of international engineers were taking part, including French and Americans. During a break one of the French engineers came back into the room saying , " Have you heard the latest dumb stunt Bush had 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 3000 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?

Once again dead silence.

3. A U.S. Navy Admiral 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. Every one 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 Admiral replied " May be it's because the Brits, Canadians, Aussies and Americans arranged it so you wouldn't have to speak German. "

4. 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 on his carry on. You have been to France before, monsieur? the immigration 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 to help liberate this country, I couldn't find any Frenchmen to show it to."