THOUGHTS-Memorial Day

THOUGHTS

by 

 Just Gene    
[a good friend]

about

Memorial Day

 

FIND A VET, SAY THANKS

 It is the VETERAN, not the preacher, who has given us freedom of religion.

It is the VETERAN, not the reporter, who has given us freedom of the press.

It is the VETERAN, not the poet, who has given us freedom of speech.

It is the VETERAN, not the campus organizer, who has given us freedom to assemble.

It is the VETERAN, not the lawyer, who has given us the right to a fair trial.

It is the VETERAN, not the politician, who has given us the right to vote.

 

JFK’S Secretary of State, Dean Rusk, was in France in the early 60’s when DeGaulle decided to pull out of NATO. DeGaulle said he wanted all US military out of France as soon as possible. Rusk responded, “Does that include those who are buried here?” DeGaulle did not respond.

          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 George Bush. 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.

 

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 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., England, Canada, Australia and France. 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 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 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

 

Think happy thoughts – never forget what we promised to remember!

26 comments on “THOUGHTS-Memorial Day

  1. pepperhawk says:

    Bull,

    What a great post! I loved those stories. Especially the ones about those arrogant French. Ha, ha. what a put down they were given. But, all of these stories are outstanding. Thanks for posting them.

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    • bullright says:

      Pepp: Great food…Lousy memories.

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      • pepperhawk says:

        LOL! Bull. Great food indeed. Memories, well they can always be something else. Sometimes I wish we didn’t have memories. Other times I am glad. Some are too sad, but the funny ones are always good to bring up.

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        • bullright says:

          Pepp: Yea the French, not that helpful. Like the critic at the theater that boos just loud enough to disturb you and throws popcorn every once in a while, just so you remember he’s there.

          …but he couldn’t remember the story line if you asked him. 🙂

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          • pepperhawk says:

            LOL! Great description. The French sure have a way of ticking people off. We recently re-watched the film Eisenhower, an HBO movie, but now it shows on the military channel. There was a very funny scene in the movie when DeGaulle shows up after all the planning and says it won’t work. Such arrogance!

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  2. pepperhawk says:

    Bull,

    I can’t find the Tremble article. Am I just blind or what? Where is it? LOL! I must still be asleep here.

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  3. bullright says:

    Gene,
    Thanks much for your thoughts and reflections, and for your service.

    Great reminders all

    Many Thanks to you, and all Vets and Fallen
    God Bless and continue to Bless America.

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  4. pepperhawk says:

    Gene,
    Thanks for your service. I’m following Bull’s comment since I don’t see you on here. Bull is full of surprises like that. 🙂

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    • Just Gene says:

      Tanx for the nice comment – I’m curious where you live – I spent five years in Bardstown when it was a nothing hick town – but lots of great distilleried around.

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      • Davetherave says:

        Gene,

        I sincerely thank you for your service and will be forever grateful! Oh btw; Bardstown is still just a hick town, but they still have a lot of good spirits floating around… 🙂

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        • Just Gene says:

          Since you mentioned Bardstown, the prep school I attended there no longer exists – by coincidence the hospital where I was born in New Jersey no longer exists – but the worst is that the UNITED STATES of AMERICA where I grew up no longer exists!!!!! As Bull knows, I’m just a dumb old cowboy from Arizona and there are so many things I don’t understand. How can so many people love the man behind the curtain so much that they are willing to kiss his fanny? But how can they kiss his fanny when his head is in their way?!?!

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      • pepperhawk says:

        Hi Just Gene,

        You are very welcome.

        I live in a very small rural place in Northeastern Ky. I don’t like to put the exact place online. I’m a very private person and I don’t trust who reads these blogs. We are about 1 hour from the W. Va border.
        But, you can send me an email if you wish. Bull has it if you want to do so.

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  5. Davetherave says:

    bull ole chap…just like to say that…Gene put fourth one mighty damn good article!!! I just added two more items to my bucket list: I sure would love to shake Robert Whiting’s hand and I sure would love to punch that Frenchie smart ass right in the damn mouth!

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  6. clyde says:

    THAT was an outstanding post. Gene,TAKE A BOW. Thanks. I don’t know about y’all,but I’ve never been that impressed with French cuisine.

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    • Davetherave says:

      clyde,

      What the hell is there to like about the Frenchies? They don’t play golf and they have no idea how to win a war!!!!!!!!

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      • clyde says:

        I see NO sense in whacking a ball as far as one can,chasing it,and doing it again, and again,ad nauseum. Can’t fault the frogs there. Of course,I DO bring my personal prejudice here. From the time I was about 10,I caddied my Dad’s clubs. No cart back then, no hand cart for the bag. The damnable thing was almost as tall as me. And,the sucker LOVED the game. He’d play 4or 5 times a week,carried the damn things in the Coca-Cola truck with him.

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  7. bullright says:

    The resident Occupier in Chief committed another verbal error of malfeasonance in his reckless disreguard for history. He referred to death camps in Nazi-Occupied Poland as “Polish death camps.”
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/29/obama-polish-death-camp_n_1554678.html?icid=maing-grid7%7Caim%7Cdl15%7Csec1_lnk1%26pLid%3D165280
    Who would expect that from someone who takes great pride in pronouncing Pa’kistan? Recipient of the Peace Prize, bite your conceited tongue.

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    • Just Gene says:

      BULL – you know my wife is Polish and you can’t pee on their leg and try to tell them it’s raining. It only took this dumb old cowboy about 50 years to learn that!!!!!!!
      PS – Thanks for the line Judy.

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