A fleeing Taliban, desperate for water, was plodding through the Afghanistan desert when he saw something far off in the distance. Hoping to find water, he walked toward the object, only to find a little old Jewish man sitting at a card-table with neckties laid out on it.
The Arab asked, "My thirst is killing me. Do you have water?"
The Jewish man replied, "I have no water. Would you like to buy a tie? They are only $150. This one goes very nicely with your robes."
The Arab shouted, "Idiot! I do not need an overpriced tie. I need water!" "OK," said the old Jew , "it does not matter that you do not want to buy a tie, and that you insult me. I will show you that you have not offended me. If you walk over that hill to the east for about two miles, you will find a lovely restaurant. Go! Walk that way! The restaurant has all the water you need!"
The Arab staggered away toward the hill and eventually disappeared.
Four hours later the Arab came crawling back to where the Jewish man was sitting at his table. The Jew said, "I told you, about two miles over that hill ... Could you not find it? "I found it all right," rasped the Arab. "Your brother won't let me in without a tie."
[Thanks Mark Niedert]
Why Spanish is more popular these days.
"Now just why the hell do I have to press '1' for English?"
[Thanks Walt Graves]
On Releasing Wedding Doves ...
You have just made it through your wedding ceremony and step out onto the church steps... The photographer raises his camera... Following your family tradition, both of you hold white doves which you will release together ...
You and your new bride stand shoulder to shoulder with a dove in your hands as your friends and relatives eagerly wait...
The photographer gives the ready signal and you open your hands toward the sky...
Not a dry eye in the house, the camera flashes; the moment is saved for eternity...
On July 19, 1969, Senator Teddy Kennedy drowned a fine young lady while driving drunk, then tried to cover it up. Today, he keeps dredging up mistakes of the opposition, so we'll keep bringing up his sins as long as we can.
Why are we getting so worked up over a pipsqueak dictator-nation like North Korea? Could it be the media are over-playing the tapes of goose-stepping soldiers while breathlessly reporting another missile launch flop?
Look at these population figures:
North Korea 22 million (starving)
South Korea 48 "
Vietnam 83 "
Japan 123 "
China 1.3 billion
New York 18 million
Texas 20 "
California 35 "
Iraq 24 "
Iran 70 "
France 60 "
England 60 "
Russia 150 "
USA 300 "
So take a deep breath my friends. Recall that the USA has over 5,000 missiles ready to fire at any time, as well as maybe being ready to knock other missiles down in the air. And just maybe our President know what he's up to with the six-nation talks policy. Keep your eye on Iran and the Islamic fanatics jihad.
Grand-nephews Trevor, left, and Wild Will Babcock are back on the tour this year. They started the season off playing Junior Amateur at Jester Park near Des Moines. Will was defending his title from 2005 at age 5. Their next stop was the State Pee Wee Championship at Grinnell, Iowa: Trevor in the 8-9 Division and Will in the 7 and under flight. So far, they have had top ten finishes, but the titles are eluding them. Will says, "Tell all the boys to bring it on."
[Thanks to the boys' father, Gary Babcock, head pro at Lake Panorama National GC]
40-Year Pal, Walter Graves of Atlanta (Sandbagger?)
Walter Graves, left, recently won his 4th flight division by 10 shots! His 162 in the Georgia Amateur Golf Assoc. actually tied the winner of the 3rd flight. Walter won't have to worry about playing with all his former friends in the 4th flight anymore ... He just got promoted to the 3rd flight from now on. Way to to go Walt.