KaiTakFan From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 1587 posts, RR: 7 Reply 4, posted (10 years 9 months 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 2095 times:
Some of us Americans just have to be assholes and get a rise out of people that dont do things our way. Why couldnt they have been civil and started using the name Chips as they call them in Australia, UK, etc?!? As you can tell, I am really impressed with this movement at Capital hill!!
Mx5_boy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 8, posted (10 years 9 months 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 2039 times:
I forwarded this little news story to everyone in the office, besides people thinking it the stupidist thing they have seen, it's also making the (rather conservative) people in our office wish our PM would distance himself immediately from el Presedente' Bush and Co.
Ilyushin96M From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 2609 posts, RR: 13 Reply 11, posted (10 years 9 months 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 1991 times:
Here's the full story I just read:
Au revoir to French food names
Politics of culinary nomenclature captivate U.S. House
WASHINGTON, March 11 — Show the flag and pass the ketchup was the order of the day in House cafeterias Tuesday. Lawmakers struck a lunchtime blow against the French and put “freedom fries” on the menu. And for breakfast they’ll now have “freedom toast.”
The name changes follow similar actions by restaurants around the country protesting French opposition to the administration’s Iraq war plans.
“Update. Now Serving in All House Office Buildings, ‘Freedom Fries,”’ read a sign that Republican Reps. Bob Ney of Ohio and Walter Jones of North Carolina placed at the register in the Longworth Office Building food court. Jones said he was inspired by Cubbie’s restaurant in Beaufort, N.C., in his district, one of the first to put “freedom fries” on the menu instead of french fries.
‘SMALL BUT SYMBOLIC EFFORT’
“This action today is a small but symbolic effort to show the strong displeasure of many on Capitol Hill with the actions of our so-called ally, France,” said Ney, chairman of the House Administration Committee. Ney, whose panel oversees House operations, ordered the menu changes.
The French Embassy in Washington had no immediate comment, except to say that french fries actually come from Belgium. Ney said he was of French descent and “once the French government comes around we can get back to talking about french fries.”
On a more serious note, Republican Jim Saxton of New Jersey has proposed a ban on Pentagon participation in this year’s Paris Air Show and restrictions on French participation in any postwar construction projects in Iraq.
But House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, R-Texas, said at a news conference that applying legislative sanctions to France was not necessary. “I don’t think we have to retaliate against France. They’ve isolated themselves pretty well,” he said.
Ya know, I think all these idiots should be bombarded with letters demanding their resignations. They obviously aren't mentally competent enough to serve in our government...well, present one aside. It doesn't take much to achieve THAT level of...uhhhh...intelligence.
Heavymetal From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 12, posted (10 years 9 months 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 1971 times:
Hey! Cubans are still getting into the Keys undetected, the economy is in the worst shape it's been in in two decades or more and the jobless rate is going up, but isn't it nice to know these two assholes can spend the day grandstanding in front of tv cameras over a f**king breakfast menu?
I LOVE EWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 852 posts, RR: 8 Reply 13, posted (10 years 9 months 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 1945 times:
I think that this is great. I am glad to see this Anti-French backlash as they continue to oppose the war with Iraq. If they continue to screw us like they are doing expect this and more to come from those Americans .
I am thinking about buying a nice case of French wine and dump it in the Gutter outside the French Consulate in NY with a big sign that says F**k the FRENCH (like others have done) I mean come on FRANCE!!!! Your views and stances are going against the United States, the Country that saved your A$$ two times in 30 years or so to make sure you didn't start speaking German and lose your 'culturally' enriched, 'gods' gift to the world Language. Furthermore I would like to see more peaceful protests against the FRENCH GOVERNMENT for their actions and stances.
PHX-LJU From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 16, posted (10 years 9 months 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 1938 times:
I LOVE EWR wrote:
"I think that this is great. I am glad to see this Anti-French backlash as they continue to oppose the war with Iraq. If they continue to screw us like they are doing expect this and more to come from those Americans."
This is so silly; it will simply result in a similar anti-American backlash in France, creating a chain reaction. The French don't really care what some groups of hysterical reactionaries are doing; those misguided actions will just hurt our reputation overseas.
"I am thinking about buying a nice case of French wine and dump it in the Gutter outside the French Consulate in NY with a big sign that says F**k the FRENCH (like others have done)"
So you won't be able to complain when the French will do the exact same thing to us...
Ilyushin96M From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 2609 posts, RR: 13 Reply 17, posted (10 years 9 months 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 1933 times:
Congrats, I LOVE EWR. You're definitely contributing to the greatness of this country, and forwarding our relations with the rest of the world. Way to go.
FYI, if you want to donate a case of French wine to a good cause, send it to me. I'm certainly not dumb enough to waste perfectly good wine over whether or not France throws the towel in on Moron's war.
PHX-LJU From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 18, posted (10 years 9 months 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 1925 times:
I have always said that reasonable people can disagree with policies or leaders without attacking entire countries. I've said that when there was some anti-American rhetoric on a.net and I'm saying it again as France is under fire.
Avt007 From Canada, joined Jul 2000, 2132 posts, RR: 5 Reply 19, posted (10 years 9 months 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 1916 times:
Perhaps the Americans should box up the Statue of Liberty, and return it, if they are so suddenly anti-French It reminds me of a guy I work with; he was ranting about the French, and how he would never buy a French car ( he lives in Britain). When I asked him if he was going to sell his Porsche, since the Germans are also anti-war, he didn`t have an answer...........
PHX-LJU From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 20, posted (10 years 9 months 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 1913 times:
Oh, and another thing, I LOVE EWR, before you buy "a nice case of French wine and dump it in the Gutter outside the French Consulate in NY with a big sign that says F**k the FRENCH," check out this photo:
(Photo from clkoberg.com/9-11-01/)
What do you see? Those are French people mourning 9/11 at the US Embassy in Paris. Their nation later supported our War Against Terror in Afghanistan. But now, just because they don't agree with Dubya's misguided adventure (just like most other Europeans and many Americans), you will carry signs saying "F**k the FRENCH"? We all know that the French have their faults, but your actions are just sad. Truly sad.
Cfalk From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 22, posted (10 years 9 months 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 1880 times:
The French are just as bad, if not worse. So are the Swiss.
My wife drives an American car, and she is now afraid to drive it in town or just over the border in France. Preople get agressive, make gestures, yell at her, cut her off on the road, and once tried to push her off the road. All this has happened in the past month - never before in the 5 years we've had the car have we had any trouble (except once when I drove it near an anti-globalization rally - they wanted to burn it - but that's a story for another time).
All this because we have an American car. Are Americans attacking anyone in a Renault, Citroen or BMW? I doubt it.
Sorry, but Europeans are much, much more emotional and destructive than American protestors. I've seen them on both sides of the Atlantic, and Europeans love to go wild.
NormalSpeed From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 23, posted (10 years 9 months 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 1873 times:
I'd love to bust up a Fiat....
Just kidding. About the whole "fries" thing--this probably wasn't the brightest move. But then again, why should the French get upset about the renaming of "French Fries." They aren't even French anyway. They should be happy, right?
Anyway, I don't eat them no matter what they are called because they give me gastro-intestinal distress.
PHX-LJU From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 24, posted (10 years 9 months 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 1870 times:
"The French are just as bad, if not worse. So are the Swiss."
And because some French are as bad as or worse than some Americans that makes it OK? As I've said, we must condemn this kind of behavior, no matter where it's coming from, otherwise we'll find ourselves in a vicious cycle of stupidity.
I've seen some disturbing anti-Americanism in Europe and similarly disturbing anti-European outbursts in the States; they are surprisingly alike in nature and motivation, and always perpetrated by people who cannot merely criticize specific policies or national leaderships, but instead choose to attack entire countries.
[Edited 2003-03-12 08:49:31]
25 L-188: Silly Yanks..... The things are called Chips. They are normally served with fish.
26 Cfalk: And because some French are as bad as or worse than some Americans that makes it OK? Of course not. But my point is that this behaviour appears more c
27 PHX-LJU: Cfalk wrote: "But my point is that this behaviour appears more commonly here, it seems. I mean, come on, agressing someone because they drive a 5-year
28 Superfly: I bet if it were Democrats doing this, the Rupublicans would be screeming blooding murder about this! See what kind of crap we get when the wrong part
29 L-188: No, the republicans wouldn't be screaming at them. We would be laughing at them....not with...at.
30 Ovelix: Along with the fries, here is another example from the same article. Rep. Jim Saxton, R-New Jersey, has introduced legislation in the House that ...di
31 ADG: Dear god .. i'll get a little violin for your guys. So France doesn't agree with you .. boo hoo .. you're showing your true colours with your reaction
32 L-188: Actually it is the rest of the world that calls them "Pomme frits" But I guess that is too French of a term to.
33 Andreas: btw: Pommes frites, as they are called in Germany, are Belgian, that country gave us 2 great gastronomic achievements: pommes frites, which would then
34 Ovelix: BTW In Greece we called them "Tiganites Patates" (Fried Potatoes) or just "Chips". But this reminds me that war often changes the way we see and call
35 Andreas: Yes we call that Mokka...most delicious!!! I do this at home using original equipment...and I love it!! btw. In Spain they are called patatas fritos (
36 PHX-LJU: Ovelix, In Slovenia, it's still Turkish coffee! French fries are "pommes frites", often spelled phonetically: "pomfri"
37 Cfalk: You know I am biased in favor of American cars. If I lived in Europe, I'd drive a Lada LOL! Why am I not surprised? Seriously though, I bought a Chevy
38 Krushny: In Spain we call them patatas fritas or papas. I suppose our contribution is frying them in olive oil, not sure how the Belgians fried them originall
39 Andreas: ok, fritas, I knew there was something wrong...Krushny, I love that Spanish version and I'll have a few when I go to Mallorca in 2 weeks , and a few o
40 ADG: Travelling would hardly give you an indication on what the locals think of each other and what they do. Indeed they bag out American cars here to .. n
41 Cfalk: Occasional violence once or twice per year across the country is not the same as the regular, almost daily football violence in Europe. French TV show
42 Andreas: Back to the Belgian fries: Why don't they call it Iraqi or even more fitting Saddam Fries? I mean, that's what they intend to do with Saddam anyway. C
43 MD-11 forever: Well Charles, in the US they just happen to find those things at the metal detector checks at schools........ Ever heard about the countless shootings
44 Cfalk: Hmmm. You got me there Thomas. But such things are starting up here too. I think you also must differentiate between individual violence and mob viole
45 Andreas: Yes well, some people believe: To each people the government they deserve I wonder what that should tell us about our American friends, and you as a c
46 ADG: Charles, Same searches are done here as well as in the US. It's not sport per se though, rather it's focussed almost specifically on SOCCER. Ban the s
47 Manni: Hmmm frieten , we eat them preferably with mayonaise, Oops another french sounding word, what will that be called in the future? BTW, will skyteam get
48 KLAX: This article just made me loose 5 I.Q. points. Who the HECK voted for these Morons??? -Clovis
49 Krushny: Manni, no problem with Mayonaise. The name comes from mahonesa, from Mahón - Menorca - Spain, which thanks to our PG Aznar is in the "axis of virtue"
50 Andreas: Good Lord, Pommes and Mayo *argh* , that alone is reason enough to ban Belgium from the EU, can't you at least make that Pommes rot-weiss (that is red
51 Eg777er: "I am thinking about buying a nice case of French wine and dump it in the Gutter outside the French Consulate in NY with a big sign that says F**k the
52 Manni: thanks Krushny, never knew that. I guess we are the ones to change the name then... Andreas, You could atleast try our beers or choclat (Godiva, Leoni
53 Andreas: God, I want to break that 1000th post barrier today, at any price Now really, there's bloody good californian wine, some Zinfandels and some Cabernet
54 Paulc: does this mean a new range of products will be sold ?? Air Freedom Freedom letter Freedom bread Freedom knickers Freedom & Saunders Freedom dressing F
55 Teahan: My wife drives an American car, and she is now afraid to drive it in town or just over the border in France. Preople get agressive, make gestures, yel
56 I LOVE EWR: I love it!!! I post my Anti-French views and I am flamed for being an idiot or a loophole in the education system in the United States. However those
57 Alpha 1: Racko summed it up best-childish. I'm going to be writing to Congressman Ney and tell him, flat out, he's an idiot and an embarrassment as a Represent
58 Swissgabe: Just for all German speaking friends ... http://www.spiegel.de/politik/ausland/0,1518,239737,00.html
59 Andreas: No IloveEWR, you are not flamed for your views, but for the way you argue, and for that you obviously didn't get flamed enough! What is wrong with you
60 Krushny: I went into Paris with American troops the day we liberated it, Aug. 25, 1944. It was one of the great days in the history of the world. That guy is
61 Cfalk: Teahan, Charles, I really find that very difficult to believe. American cars on the Swiss and French are hardly rarities these days; Believe it - it's
62 Alpha 1: Here's my letter to Mr. Nut, er, Ney; Congressman Bob Ney U.S. House of Representatives 2438 Rayburn HOB Washington, D.C. 20515 Congressman; As an Ame
63 Cfalk: That guy is a liar. The first troops around Paris were Americans, but Omar Bradley ordered them to hold up until the 2nd Free French Tank Division cou
64 Scorpio: Wait... let me get this straight... You mean the American taxpayers' money is being wasted by some idiots to do THIS???? ROTFLMAO!!! Don't these guys
65 Ilyushin96M: Alpha 1, EXCELLENT letter. I hope more Americans take a stand like you did, and express their thoughts on these ridiculous actions. I LOVE EWR, you de
66 Jaysit: I love EWR writes: "I am thinking about buying a nice case of French wine and dump it in the Gutter outside the French Consulate in NY" Good to know t