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FEBRUARY 1, 2005




A man, his wife and mother-in-law went on vacation to the Holy Land.  While they were there the mother-in-law passed away. The undertaker told them, "You can have her shipped home for $5,000, or you can bury her here in the Holy Land for $150.00."
 The man thought about it and told him he would just have her shipped home.
The undertaker asked,
"Why would you spend $5,000 to ship your mother-in-law home, when it would be wonderful to be buried here and  spend only $150.00?"
 The man replied,
"A man died here 2000 years ago, was buried here, and three days later he rose from the dead.  I just can't take that chance."


A farmer purchased an old, run down and abandoned farmstead with plans to turn it into a thriving enterprise. There were weeds and brush all over, the buildings were falling down and the fences were collapsed. On the first day of work the preacher stopped by to bless the man's labors and said, "May you and the Almighty work together to make this the farm of your dreams."
A few months later the pastor stops by again. The buildings are weather tight
and painted. The weeds and brush are replaced with burgeoning crops. The
fences are rebuilt and the pastures filled with stock.
"Amazing," says the preacher to the farmer, "look what the Almighty has allowed to come forth!" "Yes, Reverend," replied the farmer, "but don't forget what the place looked
like when He tried to go it alone."


This is the message that the Pacific Palisades High School
Staff voted unanimously to record on their school telephone answering machine.
This came about because they implemented a policy requiring students and parents to be responsible for their children's absences and missing homework.
The school and teachers are being sued by parents who want their children's failing grades changed to passing grades even though those children were absent 15-30 times during the semester and did not complete enough school work to pass their classes. This is the actual answering machine message for the school:
"Hello! You have reached the automated answering service of your school. In order to assist you in connecting the right staff member, please listen to all your options before making a selection:
To lie about why your child is absent - Press 1.
To make excuses for why your child did not do his work  - Press 2.
To complain about what we do - Press 3.
To swear at staff members - Press 4.
To ask why you didn't get information that was already
enclosed in your newsletter and several flyers mailed to you - Press 5.

If you want us to raise your child - Press 6.
If you want to reach out and touch, slap, or hit someone - Press 7.
To request another teacher for the third time this year - Press 8.
To complain about bus transportation - Press 9.
To complain about school lunches - Press 0.
If you realize this is the real world and your child must be accountable and responsible for his/her own behavior, class work, homework, and that it's not the teacher's fault for your child's lack of effort: Hang up and have a nice day!"
If you can read this, thank a teacher. If you are reading it in English, thank a veteran.


An Irish daughter had not been to the house for over 5 years.
Upon her return, her father cussed her; 
" Where have you been all this time you ingrate!    Why didn't you write us, not even a line to let us know how you were doing?  Why didn't you call? You little tramp!  Don't you know what you put your Mum through??!!"
The girl, crying, replied,
"Sniff, sniff... Dad... I became a prostitute..."
"WHAT!!? Out of here, you shameless sinner!  You're a disgrace to this family - I don't ever want to see you again!"
"OK, Dad - as you wish. I just came back to give Mom this luxury fur coat, title deeds to a ten bed-roomed mansion, plus a savings account certificate for 5 million. For my little brother, this gold  Rolex, and for  you Daddy
the spanking new Mercedes limited edition convertible that's  parked outside plus a lifetime membership to the Country Club...(takes a breath)
invitation for you all to spend New Years' Eve on board my new yacht
in the Riviera, and...."

"Now what was it you said you had become?
" Girl, crying again, "Sniff, sniff... A prostitute Dad! ... Sniff, sniff"
"Oh! Be Jesus! - You scared me half to death, girl!  I thought you said "a Protestant". Come here and give your old man a hug!"


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