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Judging People

Question 1:

If you knew a woman who was pregnant, who had 8 kids already, three who were deaf, two who were blind, one mentally retarded, and she had syphilis, would you recommend that she have an abortion?

Read the next question before looking at the response for this one.

Question 2:
It is time to elect a new world leader, and only your vote counts. Here are the facts about the three candidates. Who would you vote for?

Candidate A.

Associates with crooked politicians, and consults with astrologist. He’s had two mistresses. He also chain smokes and drinks 8 to 10 martinis a day.

Candidate B.

He was kicked out of office twice, sleeps until noon, used opium in college and drinks a quart of whiskey every evening.

Candidate C

He is a decorated war hero. He’s a vegetarian, doesn’t smoke, drinks an occasional beer and never cheated on his wife.

Which of these candidates would be our choice?

Decide first… no peeking, then scroll down for the response.

Candidate A is Franklin D. Roosevelt.
Candidate B is Winston Churchill.
Candidate C is Adolph Hitler.

And, by the way, on your answer to the abortion question:

If you said YES, you just killed Beethoven.

And Finally, can you imagine working for a company that has a little more than 500 employees and has the following statistics:

  • 29 have been accused of spousal abuse
  • 7 have been arrested for fraud
  • 19 have been accused of writing bad checks
  • 117 have directly or indirectly bankrupted at least 2 businesses
  • 3 have done time for assault
  • 71 cannot get a credit card due to bad credit
  • 14 have been arrested on drug-related charges
  • 8 have been arrested for shoplifting
  • 21 are currently defendants in lawsuits
  • 84 have been arrested for drunk driving in the last year…

Can you guess which organization this is?

Give up yet?

It’s the 535 members of the United States Congress.

Well I thought it was interesting.

No agenda here. Just purely interesting to see how we view people by their bad actions vs their good actions.

Discuss if you like.

I’ve read those. I especially liked the Churchill/roosevelt/hitler one.

Funny shit like that. It’s weird how history works out.

If pro is the opposite of con, is congress the opposite of progress?

Also just a question.

And yeah, sometimes, people suprise you. But you also just made a point. Sometimes, judging people on their past isn’t always the smart thing to do.

The candidate question I’ve seen before, but the statistics on the congress??? What a joke. Unbelievable.

I picked no and a.

What do I win?

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I’ve heard the riddles before. It’s a great way to teach a lesson about judging people. It just goes to show…

[quote]ukrainian wrote:
If pro is the opposite of con, is congress the opposite of progress?
[/quote]

Very interesting chain of thought going on there.

The Beethoven question is riddled with falsehoods. I wonder if it would be passed around the Internet so enthusiastically if the punchline was aborting Stalin or Hitler instead.

http://www.quickbrightsharp.com/radworld/wacky/wacky_pop_2questions.html

Oh yeah, and the idea that 84 members of Congress have been arrested for drunk driving must be a fabrication as well. That simply doesn’t make sense on a number of levels.

[quote]swissrugby67 wrote:
ukrainian wrote:
If pro is the opposite of con, is congress the opposite of progress?

Very interesting chain of thought going on there.[/quote]

The word “congress” is derived from “congregation,” which refers to a gathering of people. It has no relation to “con,” which means “to deceive,” outside of speculation by the people.

Next time I meet a vegetarian, I’ll have to say, “You know, Hitler was a vegetarian too.”

Definitely some fascinating stuff.I was able to guess that C was Hitler, but I couldn’t figure out the others. I voted for B.

Just as an aside, Hitler also usually slept until noon. He was very, very lazy as a leader. Part of the reason the Nazis got so radical as time went on is because the individual officials were basically competing for Hitler’s attention. Hitler tended not to give very specific instructions, and this led to an environment where party elites were willing to try just about anything to gain his favor.

How does one define politics?
Well, the root “Poly” in Greek means “many.” Ticks are parasites. Thus, politics is composed of many parasites.

[quote]mundele wrote:
How does one define politics?
Well, the root “Poly” in Greek means “many.” Ticks are parasites. Thus, politics is composed of many parasites.[/quote]

Almost, but not quite. “Poly” is not a prefix found in the word “politics.” “Politics” or “politic” comes from the Greek word “politikos,” which means “of the citizens or the state.” So, it does not, in fact, mean “many blood-sucking parasites.”

While I understand what you all are saying with “congress/progress” and “many ticks,” I’m just clearing it up for the ignorant masses.

This is a better thread than I figured when I clicked it. I have read the one about the three different guys before, the other two were pretty cool too.

[quote]ZedThou wrote:
Oh yeah, and the idea that 84 members of Congress have been arrested for drunk driving must be a fabrication as well. That simply doesn’t make sense on a number of levels.[/quote]

I believe it. We had a very high ranking official here in SC arrested for possession of cocaine recently if Im not mistaken. Politicians are human too, and many times, they end up being very seedy humans.