Tuesday, July 17, 2012

You Could Have Heard a Pin Drop
At a time when our confidence in the political process seems to be at a low ebb –– a time when our president and other politicians, apparently, feel they should apologize to the world for our country's past deeds, and abase themselves by literally bowing to foreign leaders, here's a short refresher course on how a few of our patriots handled negative criticism and insults to our country in former years.

JFK'S Secretary of State, Dean Rusk, was in France in the early 1960's when France’s President General Charles de Gaulle decided to pull out of NATO. De Gaulle said he wanted all US military out of France as soon as possible. 
Rusk quietly asked him, "Does that include those who are buried here?" 
De Gaulle did not respond.
You could have heard a pin drop.
While attending a conference in England, then-Secretary of State Colin Powell was asked by the Archbishop of Canterbury if our plans for Iraq were just an example of  “empire building” by George Bush?
Powell answered 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.
During a break at an international conference in France where engineers from all over the world were taking part, one of the French engineers came back into the room saying, "Have you heard about Bush’s latest stupid stunt? 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.
A U.S. Navy Admiral was attending a naval conference that included Admirals from the navies of the United States, Great Britain, Canada, Australia and France.  At a cocktail reception, he found himself standing with a group of officers that included personnel from most of those countries. Everyone was chatting politely in English as they sipped their drinks, but a French admiral made a sudden complaint saying, “Europeans learn many languages, Americans learn only English. Why is it that we always speak English in these conferences instead of French?" 
Without hesitating, the American Admiral replied, "Maybe it's because the Brit's, Canadians, Aussie's and Americans arranged it so you wouldn't  have to speak German."
You could have heard a pin drop.

Robert Whiting, an 83 year old American, 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. 
"Well then, you should have known 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 arrogant official replied.
Mr. Whiting gave the Frenchman a long probing look. Then he quietly explained, ''Well, when I came ashore at Omaha Beach in 1944 to help liberate your country, no Frenchman barred my way by asking me to show a passport." 
You could have heard a pin drop.


  1. Great collection of examples to prove your thesis statement!

  2. So Obama the American Hater, the Jew Hater, the Socialist said
    "In his war on American exceptionable, President Obama has turned the sights on exceptional Americans. If you've built a successful business, it wasn't your dream or your sweat — somebody else made it happen. The unbridled disdain President Obama has for the entrepreneurs who work hard and risk everything was made plain when he told supporters in Roanoke, Va.: "If you've got a business — you didn't build that. Somebody else made that happen." This was stunning news and a colossal slap in the face to the millions of small-business owners who get up every day "

    When I heard Obama saying this, I thought perhaps now people will see what he really is, a perfect example of what we don't want and certainly don't need.
    What more would a communist have to say to convince people that he is a communist?

    This evil cretin makes me sick. I can NOT believe someone so blatantly communist was allowed to become our President.

    How any American, (unless you're a black racist) can vote for him is beyond me.

  3. Back again.

    I had AOW fix it so that I will have a link to this at my site in a few days. This is the best thing I've read in a long time!

  4. All goodies are oldies, SilverFiddle, but not vice versa.

    Remember, Ecclesiastes tells us, "There is nothing new under the sun."

    His opponents -- i.e. the enemedia -- often accused Ronald Reagan of having "nothing new, fresh or particularly remarkable to say."

    What they failed to acknowledge was that what he had to say was more often than not the simple TRuTH.

    As far as I'm concerned, the Truth cannot be repeated often enough -- as long as it IS the Truth.

    ~ FT

  5. Thanks. Mr. AOW. Very happy to have you aboard, sir.

    ~ FreeThinke

  6. Glad to see you too, Retired Marine. I agree with just about everything you said, but I don't think I could characterize the president as a "Jew Hater."

    Perhaps not a vehemently enthusiastic supporter of Israel, but hardly a hater.

    I wasn't a great fan of Edward G. Robinson, for instance, but that doesn't mean I hated him. In fact I enjoyed many of his movies, especially Key Largo and Double Indemnity, but I never saw anything particularly distinguished about the way he played his roles.

    That's a far cry from "hate."

    Anyway, glad you stopped by, and hope you come this way again very soon.

    ~ FreeThnke

  7. Forgive me as I quietly sit here, with a tear in my eye in remembrance and reverence for those who sacrificed so much so SO MANY might be free of tyranny.

    And for this America is maligned not only by those who owe their freedom to brave Americans but to those who malign our country from within.

    Perhaps Comrade Khrushchev had it right. For the young-ins who have no recollection you can research it on the net.

  8. Khrushchev had it right all right.

    20 million dead. Huge areas of Russia that make Normandy look like a picnic.

  9. And what, pray tell, does Mr. Kruschoff have to do with the price of eggs in China, Canardo?

    I don't see the connection.

    Could you elucidate, please?

    ~ FT

  10. I'll make it easy for Canardo. Comrade Khrushchev said, and I paraphrase as you can look up his exact wording... If the USA falls to communism (socialism)it will happen without a single shot being fired.

    Get it now Canardo?

  11. These were all great. I enjoyed my stay here.



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