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Old 01-31-2003, 08:35 AM
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Probably not but those pompous French bastards are sure irritating.
I agree.

The only good thing to come out of France is "Grand Marnier."
Mmmmmmmm, good stuff!
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generations of wimps!!!!!!! they are so pathetic..I see this on MSN..website today..." Why hate French hate us"...How about who cares?????
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Sorry.." Why the French hate us ?"
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Update: Just read that ten more countries have made a similar commitment yesterday. They are: Albania, Bulgaria, Croatia, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia.

Listen to this quote from Estonai’s former prime minister, Mart Laar, “Our countries understand the dangers posed by tyranny and the special responsibility of democracies to defend our shared values.” Now that’s perspective!

It’s always dangerous to think you can predict the future. Never the less I offer the following; the world will grow even more interdependent. It’s comforting to know others agree!
 
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I wish we would get the show on the road.
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I agree.

The only good thing to come out of France is "Grand Marnier."
Mmmmmmmm, good stuff!
Whats a grand Mariner ??
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Bumper sticker spotted here in Ft. Lauderdale:
"FIRST IRAQ, THEN FRANCE"

gotta love it!
Warbird? Let me think.....I believe I remember someone by that name....hmmm......who was it????
 
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Top 19 reasons to hate the French!
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1. They surrendered Paris to the Germans without firing a shot. Then, to the tune of the U.S. Third Army’s tank treads, they marched back in and “liberated” it. Then they had the Balls to insist on being one of the Big Four victors after the War.

2. During Operation Torch, the would-be “victorious” French fired on U.S. forces trying to land in North Africa. (In Casablanca, the French battleship Jean Bart duked it out with the USS Massachusetts. The chowder-heads whupped the cheese-eaters). While they did fire on our forces, they didn’t do it for long, being French. After the War, the generals responsible claimed they weren’t trying very hard because they liked the Allies -- but, still, they had to keep up appearances. Even victors can’t be too careful.

3. When the U.S. needed to bomb Libya in retaliation for a terrorist attack on American soldiers, the French refused to let us fly through their airspace. Perhaps they get confused when they hear planes overhead and don’t have any German generals to escort to a shelter.

4. Sticking us with Vietnam.

5. There are more French people who think they fought in the resistance than there are babyboomers who claim they were at Woodstock.

6. The spy in NATO headquarters is rumored to be French (my chair misses nothing).

7. And speaking of NATO, for most of the Cold War they wanted nothing to do with it. Somehow they thought it was French resolve holding back the Warsaw Pact.

8. And speaking of the Cold War, François Mitterand tried to keep East Germany a separate socialist country.

9. You can’t swing a baguette without hitting a French intellectual who thinks America is imperialistic, and yet I don’t think it was the Peace Corps teaching kids in Djibouti to say “Our forefathers, the Gauls.” And I don’t seem to remember Vietnam being in “American Indochina.”

10. Anti-Americanism! Galloise-smoking men in black turtlenecks and half grown mustaches have been coming up with reasons to hate America from day one. Abbé Raynal, Count Buffon, and Cornelius de Pauw, to name a few of the Founding Father’s contemporaries from across the pond, believed that the very ground and air in North America (a land “where frogs grew to 37 pounds”, and dogs “lost the ability to bark”) made Europeans shrink into rabid, small, mentally decrepit creatures. Americans, to these men, were a syphilitic race hurling fast on their way down the evolutionary ladder toward the status of the Indian. You don’t even want to know what they had to say about the American Indian. Later, European intellectual racism was largely launched by the French “thinker” Arthur de Gobineau, who, according to Hannah Arendt, was the man who first introduced the idea that race could explain the history of human civilization. Gobineau believed that the “rubbish” peoples being allowed into America would destroy it. Paul Johnson once said that “the French have always been outstandingly gifted [at] taking a German idea and making it fashionable with superb timing.” That may be true, but when it came to Aryanism it was the French who came up with the idea.

11. The French Revolution. The Left has been championing this monstrosity as a victory for human rights for two centuries. The American Revolution was the real McCoy on that front. But nothing did more to grant legitimacy to the idea that modern and enlightened thinking could excuse killing, razing, burning, torturing, and social leveling for utopian or “progressive” ends than the French Revolution. It was an abomination to justice and a valuable lesson to France’s neighbors to the East.

12. Ira Einhorn and Anti-American Chic. Ira Einhorn, let us not forget France’s bold stand on that front. Einhorn, a hippie guru from Philadelphia, brutally murdered his girlfriend and stuffed her in a steamer trunk. Then he fled the country. She sat there rotting in his apartment for over a year until the odor alerted the neighbors. An American court convicted him in absentia. When Einhorn turned up in France, we wanted him. The French said no. Einhorn became a folk hero in France because he was willing to badmouth the U.S. (Much the same reason why Oliver Stone and Mumia Abu Jamal are Oracles of Wisdom in France). When the court said it couldn’t return someone to the U.S. who had been sentenced to death, Dominique Delthil, Einhorn’s lawyer, said to rave reviews in France, "The United States has learned today, to its distress, that it still has lessons to learn from old Europe in matters of human rights.” Doesn’t the Napoleonic Code still say that defendants are guilty until proven innocent?

13. By popular demand: Jerry Lewis.

14. All of those post-war existentialist intellectuals who, it turned out, had sucked up to the Nazis but felt perfectly comfortable lecturing at American universities about our moral decadence.

15. French film snobs. If their movies are so good, how come they need import quotas on American films to keep our decadent films with -- what are they called again? Oh, that’s right, -- “plots” out of their country?

16. The Dreyfus affair.

17. French “economics.” It seems that no First World country is more determined to become Second World than France. There is a government agency in France dedicated to making sure people don’t work too hard. They count cars in the parking lots to make sure people go home on time and they fine people caught carrying laptops under their coats.

18. In most countries the highest career aspiration is to become a successful businessman, a priest, an athlete, or even a politician. In France, the noblest class is the bureaucrat.

19. Hygiene, baby, hygiene. The French daily, Le Figaro, reported some horrifying facts in a hugely comprehensive survey of the nation which believes it is the most refined. Here you go: Even though 96% of the French have showers in their homes, only 47% bathe every day. Only 60% of Frenchmen change their underwear daily. Only half of the respondents say that they use deodorant. Per capita the French buy only 4 or 5 bars of bath soap a year. And only 60% of Frenchmen regularly wash their hands after going to the toilet. Six percent said they never washed their hands. Now, I am no number-cruncher but just looking at my Venn diagrams here it seems a sizable number of French people -- say maybe 25% -- go without changing their underwear, bathing, washing their hands, or using deodorant in a 24 hour period. Class.

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