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Why Aesop has , and always had the answers
12/09/12 | Aesop

Posted on 09/12/2012 7:41:02 AM PDT by Jakarta ex-pat

One winter a Farmer found a Snake stiff and frozen with cold. He had compassion on it, and taking it up, placed it in his bosom. The Snake was quickly revived by the warmth, and resuming its natural instincts, bit its benefactor, inflicting on him a mortal wound. "Oh," cried the Farmer with his last breath, "I am rightly served for pitying a scoundrel."

RIP Ambassador Stevens, and all those who lost their lives needlessly,


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1 posted on 09/12/2012 7:41:04 AM PDT by Jakarta ex-pat
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To: Jakarta ex-pat; CodeToad; Nachum; Yehuda; SJackson

Dead-bang spot on. Old Aesop understood a thing or two.


2 posted on 09/12/2012 7:48:55 AM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: Travis McGee

Aesop, writings of common sense throughout the ages when common sense had been forgotten. We’re no different today. More fables could be added with examples of our stupidity.


3 posted on 09/12/2012 7:52:07 AM PDT by CodeToad (Be Prepared...They Are.)
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To: Jakarta ex-pat
The Snake - Al Wilson
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T_ZBqpEUbik


4 posted on 09/12/2012 8:03:01 AM PDT by preacher (Communism has only killed 100 million people: Let's give it another chance!)
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To: Jakarta ex-pat

This reminds me more of another of Awsop’s fables.

A scorpion was trying to get across a river. He asked a frog to help him. The frog put him on his back and swam to the other side.

As soon as he reached the shore, the scorpion stung him. Why!, the dying frog asked. I helped you and you repay me by killing me.

“Because it is my nature” replied the scorpion.


5 posted on 09/12/2012 8:07:11 AM PDT by yarddog
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To: yarddog
pretty similar messages; both relevant.

Keep smiling,

Philip

6 posted on 09/12/2012 8:12:12 AM PDT by Jakarta ex-pat
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To: Jakarta ex-pat

Once upon a time, As a person well respected in my field, I was invited to the White House for a private dinner with the President. I joined the President in a yellow dining room, and We sat across from each other at a table draped in white linen. The Great Seal was embossed on the china. Uniformed staff served our dinner. The meal was served, and I was startled when my waiter suddenly reached out, plucked a dinner roll off my plate, and began nibbling it as he walked back to the kitchen.

“Sorry about that,” said the President. “Andrew is very hungry.”

“I don’t appreciate...” I began, but as I looked into the calm brown eyes across from me, I felt immediately guilty and petty.

It was just a dinner roll. “Of course,” I concluded, and reached for my glass. Before I could, however, another waiter reached forward, took the glass away and swallowed the wine in a single gulp.

“And his brother Eric is very thirsty.” said the President.

I didn’t say anything. The President is testing my compassion, I thought. I will play along. I don’t want to seem unkind.

My plate was whisked away before I had tasted a bite.

“Eric’s children are also quite hungry.”

With a lurch, I crashed to the floor. My chair had been pulled out from under me. I stood, brushing myself off angrily, and watched as it was carried from the room.

“And their grandmother can’t stand for long.” I excused myself, smiling outwardly, but inside feeling like a fool. Obviously I had been invited to the White House to be sport for some game. I reached for my coat, to find that it had been taken. I turned back to the President.

“Their grandfather doesn’t like the cold.”

I wanted to shout- that was my coat! But again, I looked at the placid smiling face of my host and decided I was being a poor sport. I spread my hands helplessly and chuckled. Then I felt my hip pocket and realized my wallet was gone. I excused myself and walked to a phone on an elegant side table. I learned shortly that my credit cards had been maxed-out, my bank accounts emptied, my retirement and equity portfolios had vanished, and my wife had been thrown out of our home. Apparently, the waiters and their families were moving in. The President hadn’t moved or spoken as I learned all this, but finally I lowered the phone into its cradle and turned to face him.

“Andrew’s whole family has made bad financial decisions. They haven’t planned for retirement, and they need a house. They recently defaulted on a subprime mortgage. I told them they could have your home. They need it more than you do.”

My hands were shaking. I felt faint. I stumbled back to the table and knelt on the floor. The President cheerfully cut his meat, ate his steak and drank his wine. I lowered my eyes and stared at the small grey circles on the tablecloth that were water drops.

“By the way,” He added, “I have just signed an Executive Order nationalizing your company. I’m firing you as head of your business. I’ll be operating the firm now for the benefit of all mankind. There’s a whole bunch of Eric’s and Andrews out there and they can’t come to you for jobs groveling like beggars, and I don’t want the unions who helped elect me to have to take any pay cuts by dealing with you.”

I looked up. The President drained the last drops of his wine. As the table was cleared, he lit a cigarette and leaned back in his chair. He stared at me. I clung to the edge of the table as if were a ledge and I were a man hanging over an abyss. I thought of the years behind me, of the life I had lived. The life I had earned with a lifetime of work, risk and struggle. Why was I punished? How had I allowed it to be taken? What game had I played and lost? I looked across the table and noticed with some surprise that there was no game board between us.

What had I done wrong?

As if answering the unspoken thought, the President suddenly cocked his head, locked his empty eyes to mine, and bared a million teeth, chuckling wryly as he folded his hands.

“You should have stopped me at the dinner roll,” he said.
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7 posted on 09/12/2012 8:22:11 AM PDT by PeterPrinciple ( (Lord, save me from some conservatives, they don't understand history any better than liberals.))
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To: PeterPrinciple

BTTT


8 posted on 09/12/2012 8:33:12 AM PDT by stocksthatgoup (Wealth = Net Worth Income = Net Work)
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To: PeterPrinciple

BTTT


9 posted on 09/12/2012 8:33:11 AM PDT by stocksthatgoup (Wealth = Net Worth Income = Net Work)
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To: Jakarta ex-pat
I am rightly served for pitying a scoundrel."

and no good deed goes unpunished

10 posted on 09/12/2012 9:10:44 AM PDT by mjp ((pro-{God, reality, reason, egoism, individualism, natural rights, limited government, capitalism}))
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To: Jakarta ex-pat
Obama is signing a check to Egypt (I hope nor Libya) for billions, IIRC. WHY?
11 posted on 09/12/2012 9:30:54 AM PDT by imardmd1 (An armed society is a polite society -- but dangerous for the fool --)
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To: Travis McGee

Is it my understanding there were no Marines guarding our embassy there where Ambassador Stevens was a victim of mohamicide?

Isn’t that unusual?


12 posted on 09/12/2012 12:08:45 PM PDT by Yehuda (http://jewpoint.blogspot.com)
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To: imardmd1

Because he is, at the least, a muslim sympathizer. How could Americans elect such a man as this?


13 posted on 09/12/2012 1:09:25 PM PDT by expat2
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To: Jakarta ex-pat

I was just thinking. When we were in grammar school, we were taught Aesop’s Fables. They were instructive then just as they were in ancient Greece.

They still are and should still be taught.


14 posted on 09/12/2012 4:02:20 PM PDT by yarddog
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15 posted on 09/12/2012 4:10:31 PM PDT by SJackson (none of this suggests there are hostile feelings for the US in Egypt, Victoria Nuland, State Dept)
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To: expat2
Obama is signing a check to Egypt (I hope nor Libya) for billions, IIRC. WHY?

Rhetorical question.

Because he is, at the least, a muslim sympathizer. How could Americans elect such a man as this?

Correct answer to a rhetorical question, with another rhetorical question.

How could we, indeed?

16 posted on 09/12/2012 11:15:18 PM PDT by imardmd1 (An armed society is a polite society -- but dangerous for the fool --)
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To: imardmd1
How could we, indeed?

Ancient Greek saying: "Whom the Gods would destroy, they first make mad."

17 posted on 09/13/2012 11:39:30 AM PDT by expat2
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