Every time when they read the name of Stalin, all representatives would rise immediately, and yell "Ula!" At the end of the meeting, they approved the letter pledging allegiance to Stalin. All stood up and the sounds of applauding thundered the auditorium. It then turned into a long lasting cheer. Three minutes later, four minutes later, five minutes later, the sounds of clapping kept roaring, and the cheering remained enthusiastic. People's hands were hurting. Their arms were numb. The elderly were out of breath. But no one dared to stop first. The clapping kept on. Six minutes, seven minutes, eight minutes, all representatives looked at one another, pretending to be full of joy. Nine minutes, ten minutes, and at the eleventh minute, a member of the chairing group -- the president of the paper factory-- returned to his normal look, and sat down on his seat. Then a miracle happened. The unstoppable clapping stopped. That night, the president of the paper factory was arrested, and sentenced to ten years in prison. When he signed his name on the record of investigation, the investigator said to him: "Never be the first to stop clapping."Alright. Alright. Okay. Alright. Thank You. Alright. Thank You. Alright. Alright. Okay. Alright. Let's get started here. Alright. Hey we have a campaign to run. Come on. Alright. Okay. Alright! ALRIGHT!
Paul Martin's 'celebration speech' after his government was shamed out of parliament in an unprecedented motion of non-confidence can be viewed here.
Monday, November 28, 2005
Posted by Lisa Turner on Monday, November 28, 2005