Title: France Surrenders!
Kriegsgefahrzustand - November 18, 2005 12:34 AM (GMT)
From the WSJ Opinion Page's Best of the Web, a daily that can be pretty funny and informative. It's written by a (mostly) secular conservative:
Back to Normal
"France's worst rioting since the 1960s seems to be nearing an end," the Associated Press reports from Paris:
Youths set fire to 374 parked vehicles before dawn Sunday, compared to 502 the previous night, police said. A week ago, 1,400 cars were incinerated in a single night.
If the downward trend continues, "things could return to normal very quickly," National Police Chief Michel Gaudin said, noting that French youths burn about 100 cars on an average Saturday night.
Burning cars is part of normal French Saturday night fun? Goodness, what a primitive culture. Another AP dispatch describes a "sit-in" near the Eiffel Tower:
"Stop the Violence," read one banner draped on the Wall of Peace near the Eiffel Tower. Some of the 200 demonstrators--a small turnout in protest-friendly France--waved white flags.[emphasis in original
No blood for cheese!
Inspector - November 18, 2005 01:59 AM (GMT)
|QUOTE (Kriegsgefahrzustand @ Nov 17 2005, 06:34 PM)|
|French youths burn about 100 cars on an average Saturday night.|
Note to self: Never go to France. Hmm, I'd better give a wide berth to the "little France" section in DisneyWorld, too...
Inquisitor - November 18, 2005 03:09 AM (GMT)
Did you need this incident to tell you not to go near france?
Seriously, the hats those weirdos wear should be all you need to know :blink:
Inspector - November 19, 2005 12:00 AM (GMT)
Inquisitor - November 19, 2005 01:21 AM (GMT)
ok, your right they don't qualify as hats, i was referring to those stupid beras (sp?)
Inspector - November 19, 2005 03:24 AM (GMT)
|QUOTE (Inquisitor80 @ Nov 18 2005, 07:21 PM)|
| ok, your right they don't qualify as hats, i was referring to those stupid beras (sp?) |
Berets. And quite a few elite military units wear them. If you're going to make fun of French fashion, how about those striped shirts? Or the unitards their mimes wear? Or the crap on the fashion runways...
Inquisitor - November 19, 2005 01:06 PM (GMT)
|QUOTE (Inspector @ Nov 18 2005, 09:24 PM)|
| Berets. And quite a few elite military units wear them. If you're going to make fun of French fashion, how about those striped shirts? Or the unitards their mimes wear? Or the crap on the fashion runways... |
Just because some of our best military wears them doesn't make them inherently good. They are still stupid looking.
But yes your other examples may be more precise.
The original point though was that France has been broadcasting loud and clear since what, WWII (maybe earlier) how truly crazy and poppuss (SP?) arrogant and stuck up they are.
The part that kills me about the whole thing is that they haven't earned the right to act like that. They haven't done anything big since, what Napoleon?
I am sure (well mostly sure) that Frenchmen are human, and have the same human rights, but their attitude makes me want to nuke their country.
Is that wrong? :rolleyes:
Edit: (man i cannot spell early in the morning)
Inspector - November 19, 2005 06:47 PM (GMT)
|QUOTE (Inquisitor80 @ Nov 19 2005, 07:06 AM)|
| The original point though was that France has been broadcasting loud and clear since what, WWII (maybe earlier) how truly crazy and pompous arrogant and stuck up they are. |
Well if you think they're stupid looking, that's fine. Just making sure.
(oh, and it's pompous, as in "having a lot of pomp in their attitude")
...which they certainly do!
What have they done to warrant such an attitude? Let's take a look at what France has been up to lately:
FYI, here is a list of the total changes in government - not of the party in power, of the government itself - that France has gone through since 1789:
1789: Constitutional monarchy under Louis XVI promulgated. Louis XVI rejects it.
1792: The First Republic is established.
1804: France becomes an Empire under who is as of this time Napoleon I.
1815: Monarchy: Two Bourbons occupy the throne from 1815 to 1830; Louis-Phillipe is Sovereign from 1830 to 1848 as a result of exile of Louis XVIII's successor, Charles X.
1848: The Second Republic is established after another revolution.
1852: Imperialist Party candidate Louis Napoleon implements a coup d’état and becomes Emperor. France is once again an Empire.
1870: As a result of the Prussian military's quick defeat of France's, the Second Empire met its death blow and the Third Republic was established. Despite this Republic being, in the words of the Wikipedia article which describes it, "never intended to be a long-term republic at all," it has been the longest-surviving form of government over the French nation of all of them since 1789.
1940: As a result of the conquest of most of France by the forces of Nazi Germany, the Vichy régime is established. It is the only government to mess with the slogan "Liberté, Égalité, et Fraternité," subsdtituting for it the ersatz "Travaille, Famille et Patrie." It lasted four years, and is the form of government of France, post-Louis XVI, to have the shortest lifespan.
1946: After an approximately two-year interregnum under Allied administration, the Fourth Republic is established.
1958: The Algeria Crisis provides the death-stroke to the Fourth Republic and also provides the impetus for the Fifth Republic to be established.
This makes, depending upon whether or not you want to count the 1789-92 period of constitutional indeterminacy as a structure of government on its own, nine or ten different forms of government in France from 1792/89 to the present. The average life of a structure of government in post-revolutionary France is less than twenty-five years.
The current republic is up to year forty-seven....
Inspector - November 24, 2005 07:49 PM (GMT)
In all honesty, though, while we all enjoy rubbishing the French, they are not alone in this predicament. The riots had spread to Belgium and Germany as well. It's one of the inevitable disasters inherent in Euro-socialism.
Kriegsgefahrzustand - November 26, 2005 01:39 AM (GMT)
|In all honesty, though, while we all enjoy rubbishing the French, they are not alone in this predicament. The riots had spread to Belgium and Germany as well. It's one of the inevitable disasters inherent in Euro-socialism.|
Sure, but this is a French bashing thread. Of course feel free to start a Belgium and Germany bashing thread and I'll join right in!
In fact, let me start with something that hits both the UN and Belgium, it is perhaps one of the more bizarre news stories I have heard in recent times. While reading, think of how much of your money goes to the UN whether you like it or not.
From Best of the Web:
Shell Those Smurfs!
London's Daily Telegraph reports that Unicef has produced an "adult-only episode of 'The Smurfs.' " But this isn't a blue movie; rather, it depicts a mass smurficide:
It opens with the Smurfs dancing, hand in hand, around a campfire and singing the Smurf song. Bluebirds flutter past and rabbits gambol around their familiar village of mushroom-shaped houses until, without warning, bombs begin to rain from the sky.
The Smurfs scatter and run in vain from the whistling bombs, before being felled by blast waves and fiery explosions. The final scene shows a scorched and tattered Baby Smurf sobbing inconsolably, surrounded by prone Smurfs.
The final frame bears the message: "Don't let war affect the lives of children."
Perversely, this film was shown on TV in Belgium, apparently with the idea of stirring up sympathy for the infuriatingly cloying figments--notwithstanding the Smurfs' history of aggression against Belgium.
Inspector - November 26, 2005 10:55 PM (GMT)
Am I the only one getting the sinking feeling that life is imitating Orwell? Up is down, good is bad, people defend the mass-murderer Saddam Hussain and make propaganda about dying cartoon babies to condemn the United States.
What's next? "Freedom is double-plus ungood?"
Inquisitor - November 27, 2005 02:27 AM (GMT)
Work hard today, for tomorrow is Holiday. :unsure:
What's next? "Freedom is double-plus ungood?"
(This is twice as funny because it came up in a conversation i had with Kriegsgefahrzustand today. :P )
Inspector - November 27, 2005 02:41 AM (GMT)
|QUOTE (Inquisitor80 @ Nov 26 2005, 08:27 PM)|
| Work hard today, for tomorrow is Holiday. :unsure: |
:lol: That one came up for me today, how's THAT for a coincidence?
(I think it's "tomorrow is a rest day")
Inquisitor - November 27, 2005 01:42 PM (GMT)
|(I think it's "tomorrow is a rest day") |
I cannot be sure, it has been a long time since i saw the movie and i read only about 1/4 of the book.
But the reason why it came up is because crazy things in the book are trying to become reality. Freedom is begining to be tauted as ++ungood.
And we all know that the left has been pushing newspeek for quite some time.
Inspector - November 27, 2005 08:15 PM (GMT)
Oh, I was thinking the Farscape version.
Inquisitor - November 28, 2005 03:19 AM (GMT)
OK, you lost me there. I have seen them all but i don't recall a 1984 episode
Inspector - November 28, 2005 06:31 AM (GMT)
First season. It wasn't so much a 1984 episode as such... it was the one where they were farming for that oil that powers the guns. Rigel peed fire, as I recall...
Inquisitor - November 28, 2005 10:35 PM (GMT)
AHHHH! Now i feel ya.
That was a great episode too, i feel bad for not remembering it
(oh and because this is a thread bashing the french)
The french govenment sucks. Isn't it time for another revolution?
Praxus - December 2, 2005 02:49 AM (GMT)
I believe that would be their 4th or 5th Government in the last 200 years:-p
Kriegsgefahrzustand - December 3, 2005 01:21 AM (GMT)
I believe the current gov't is referred to as the "fifth republic"
Inspector - December 12, 2005 07:42 PM (GMT)
Okay, who's taking bets on when they go to the sixth republic? :lol:
Inquisitor - December 12, 2005 10:58 PM (GMT)
well last i heard they declared the situation resolved.
so my guess is that they bought off the rioters and are now covering it up.
so my bet is less than a year. hoping 30 seconds but unlikely