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October 19, 2010

These are great!

At a time when our president and other politicians tend to apologize for our country's prior actions, here's a refresher on how some of our former patriots handled negative comments about our country.

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Secretary of State, Dean Rusk, was in France in the early 60's when
DeGaule decided to pull out of NATO.. DeGaule said he wanted all US
military out of France as soon as possible.

Rusk responded,
"Does that include those who are buried here?"

did not respond.

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

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?"

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
Brit's, Canadians, Aussie's and Americans arranged it so you wouldn't
have to speak German."

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.
have been to France before, monsieur?" the customs officer asked
Mr. Whiting
admitted that he had been to France
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."
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."

could have heard a pin drop.


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6 Comment(s)

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Classic World War II era French Military Rifles. Brand new, Never fired, only dropped once.

--by The crow on 10/19/10   Lives: USA  

Russ, this great country continues to give to the world, yet we receive little appreciation in return. The history of the last century would be much different if Americans had not sacrificed so much for other countries. Just recently, Germany repaid their debt to us for the first World War. I wonder if Britain, France and the other 'winners' have ever repaid us their debt from that war. As of a few years ago, they had not. Those countries would have collapsed after the war if we did not bail them out. We have supported Egypt when they nationalized the Suez Canal, liberated Kuwait from Iraq, and freed the Iraqi people from a murderous despot.

America the strong, and America the Beautiful, indeed. Our beauty is made of every skin color, every religion, every background. We must remember the uniquely American approach to life and do everything we can to reinforce it.

--by John Higgins on 10/19/10   Lives: Dearborn  

Mr Gibb, Keep up the good work. we need more media persons willing to give both sides of each issue.

--by Jerry D on 10/20/10   Lives: Michigan  

Russ, is there any place we can get a list of Dearborn-connected servicemen and women? I am thinking that we might be able to send a little something - like a phone card bought from the online PX, for example - to theses fine people for Christmas.

If anyone knows, please pass it along. Thanks!

--by John Higgins on 10/21/10   Lives: Dearborn  

ON Obama and his trip t India. What a joke."Oratory skills"!?! The Fraud cannot speak without a teleprompter. For goodness sake, please be truthful! Obama The Clown had to use a teleprompter to address schoolchildren about how to work hard in school... RIDICULOUS! Please media stop promoting the propaganda that his PR queen Axelrod has packaged for the world. Mr Obama is an idiot, a ridiculous pretender, with no leadership skills, no understanding or knowledge of: economics 101, America 101, public relations 101, Character 101, Military History 101, etc etc etc.

Have you seen his refusal to visit a temple because wearing a headscarf might remind people that he is a Muslim? He mocks religion! He dismisses our American traditions.

--by T.R. Jenkins on 10/24/10   Lives: Michigan  

"Have you seen his refusal to visit a temple because wearing a headscarf might remind people that he is a Muslim? He mocks religion! He dismisses our American traditions."

Our beloved American traditions, such as intolerance for anyone not of the Christian faith.

--by Robert Smith on 12/8/10   Lives: Dearborn  

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