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Opinion: E-mail provides smiles to start the new year

December 30, 2001 

I recently received a couple of jokes via e-mail that are worth sharing.

Hopefully, they will help you greet the new year with a smile.

The first came from Sherrie and Rody Lummus of Shamrock:

A large group of Taliban soldiers are moving down the road when they hear a voice call from behind a sand dune, "One Texas soldier is better than 10 Taliban soldiers!"

The Taliban commander quickly sends 10 of his best soldiers over the dune, whereupon a gunbattle breaks out and continues for a few minutes, then silence.

The voice then calls out, "One Texas soldier is better than 100 Taliban soldiers!"

Furious, the Taliban commander sends his next best 100 troops over the dune, and instantly a huge gunfight commences. After 10 minutes of battle, again silence.

The voice calls out again, "One Texas soldier is better than 1,000 Taliban soldiers!"

The enraged Taliban commander musters 1,000 fighters and sends them across the dune. The noise of cannon, rocket and machine gun fire fills the air as a fierce battle rages, then silence.

Eventually, one wounded Taliban fighter crawls back over the dune, and with his dying words tells his commander, "Don't send any more men. It's a trap. There's two of them!"

Walter Lackey, Muleshoe's foremost authority on old age, sent the following:

Two elderly ladies had been friends for many decades. Over the years they had shared all kinds of activities and adventures. Lately, their activities had been limited to meeting a few times a week to play cards.

One day they were playing cards when one looked at the other and said, "Now don't get mad at me. I know we've been friends for a long time, but I can't think of your name! I've thought and thought, but I can't remember it. Please tell me what your name is."

Her friend glared at her. For several minutes she just stared and glared at her.

Finally, she said, "How soon do you need to know?"

Dan Packard is the Globe-News Regional Editor. He can be contacted at 1-800-692-4052, 345-3470 or by e-mail at:


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