Feb 8, 2007
Obama makes me proud, once again, to be an American. His message to Israel was clear and to the point: the settlements are ILLEGAL, and an obstacle to peace. Expansion of these illegal settlements is part of the continued land-grab initiated in 1948 and furthered in 1967. IT MUST STOP!!! I firmly believe that the American public has been duped by the AIPAC lobby into thinking that Israel represents "god's chosen people". Nothing could be further from the truth: in support of this I offer one word: Gaza. If it is true that this terrible crime was committed by "god's children", then god can eat me raw. Likewise, I believe that the majority of citizens of Israel are held hostages by about 200,000 fanatical religious zealots. Our courageous, intelligent, visionary leader, Barack Hussein Obama, has laid down the LAW to Bibi and his desperate cohort: eventual withdrawal from the West Bank is mandatory, or the State of Israel will lose the support of the USA. (Jun 14, 2009 | post #112)
I am so happy and proud to have such an intelligent and sophisticated President, after 8 long years of rule by that smirking punk fratboy Bush. I love how he drives you ignorant right-wing wackos into ever-more hysterical fits of lunacy. BTW, I have known my share of hot, tight French women, both with hairy pits and without, and I would much rather be with either than lay with a typical 250-lb. fat, stupid American woman. They can shave all they want, but they'll still smell like pudding, stale beer, and cheap perfume. (Jun 3, 2009 | post #20)
I would add that the US supports the Turk's bid for EU membership for obvious strategic purposes, which complicates the issue further. It's a diplomatic "Gordian Knot". (May 20, 2009 | post #26)
Admitting Turkey to the EU would be like the USA annexing Mexico - it would cause havoc in the labor markets. (May 17, 2009 | post #24)
I think the stereotype of the "rude French" is mainly promulgated by Americans (and, perhaps, Japanese), who only ever visit Paris, and base their observations on conversations and transactions they have with the natives they meet, who mainly are, due to circumstances, service personnel. Were they to venture out to the hinterlands, there is a better chance they would find a more solicitous reception. As I learned in my "adopted hometown"... "Just remember, Parisians hate each other more than they hate everyone else..." True story: We went to Gare Lyon in Paris. My partner, in a hurry, walked up to the ticket counter and said (in French) "I'd like two first-class tickets to Lyon." The clerk skipped a beat, drew herself up a bit, and announced in a faintly imperious tone "In Paris, we say Bonjour!" (Feb 11, 2009 | post #285)
What I like about President-elect Barack Obama is difficult to render in any short or simple phrases, but I am happy to make an attempt at a little more long-form profile... Obama is a man's man. He has the love and loyalty of a fine, strong woman and together they have created a happy family: You can see this in the myriad photos available on the 'net, of Barack and Michele interacting with Sasha and Malia - such obvious love and devotion transcends the photo-op and the staged machinations of political calculation. He is both an optimist and a pragmatic realist, and is possessed of a powerful intellect. He makes good choices, as evidenced by his nearly complete Cabinet (the earliest in History). He is not afraid to surround himself with people as intellectual, committed, and imaginative as himself. He is a moderate with progressive tendencies. Yes, he brings some measure of hope to a dire situation. I, for one, am very, very happy that I need no longer apologize to my many French friends for the fact that the leadership of the USA has been so horrible for so long - so evil and corrupt and stupid as the day is long that I have hung my head for years... I am a little bit proud that the America I once knew has once again showed its face - the land where any man can become president of the country - brown, black, yellow, whatever. I was borne also into a country, in 1955, where blacks ( no matter their country of origin) had to sit at the back of the bus, and drink at separate drining fountains, and were refused service at restaurants. Lynchings were routine, and white people would gather by the hundreds to celebrate the "Strange fruit hangin' from the poplar trees..." January 20, 2009, will be a day of triumph for every oppressed minority on Earth. I plan to drink champagne all day and dance like a crazy frenchman. Join Me! (Dec 20, 2008 | post #31)
One very important custom in France is the simple greeting: "Bonjour. " A friend of mine, an American who was touring Paris, once hurried up to the ticket counter at SNCF and immediately told the clerk "I need two round-trip tickets to Dijon." The clerk, a well-coifed, middle-aged Parisien hesitated a moment, then drew herself up a bit and announced, "In Paris, we say "Bonjour! " So true. Even strangers on the street will murmer it in passing, and look each other in the eyes. And when someone proposes a toast, they are expected to look their fellow toaster in the eyes. If you toss off a typical Yank toast, said to no-one in particular, odds are more than likely that someone will prompt you to show a little more sincerity. It is a small, but VERY important cultural difference. (Aug 23, 2008 | post #46)
I think a few of you people belong over on the "ugly Americans" thread... you can be "specimens ". Regarding Georgia: The Puny Prince GWB and his cadre of coddlers just bit off more than they could chew when they started arming and training Georgia's military. Did they think Putin was going to stand around and wring his hands when Saakhashvili made his stupid attack on S. Ossettia? He knows the US is bogged own in Iraq and Afghanistan, and thus has not the equipment or the manpower to mount an offensive. The US is a paper tiger - Condi and Bush and the PNAC crew will pound the podium and talk trash and send messages all over the "free world" and in the end they will do nothing to help Georgia get S. Ossettia back. NOTHING. Bush looked into Putin's eyes and blinked. The USA has suffered yet another humiliation by BushCo... Stupid is as stupid does. Sharko was trying to limit the damage - cleaning up after Junior piddled himself. (Aug 20, 2008 | post #33)
I would like to point out to the readers of the France forum that this sort of bile-retching filth can only be produced by a deeply disturbed pathology. The saddest part about it is that such a detestable mentality is not considered an aberration in the USA - in fact, it is shared and even celebrated by a significant percentage of the populace. I shudder to realize that the majority of US citizens are not only poorly educated, misinformed, and easily misled, but they have also come to regard the attitudes of people like "Joe" as somehow normal. Wake Up America! This irrational hatred has no place in the public discourse. (Aug 19, 2008 | post #22)
F*** Y**, Joe: the French give their blood and treasure in the service of humanity: Taliban Forces Kill 10 French Soldiers and Raid U.S. Base: http://www.nytimes .com/2008/08/20/wo rld /asia/20afghan.htm l?_r=1&hp& oref=slogin Read this and weep for the brave French soldiers, then "PASSANT VA DIRE AU MONDE QU'ILS SONT MORTS POUR LA LIBERTE". (Aug 19, 2008 | post #17)
I think most Americans get their ideas about supposed French "rudeness " because they only ever visit Paris. Even in France, Parisians are generally considered obnoxious. But as we say in Lyon: "Don't worry about it - they hate each other more than they hate everybody else!" (Aug 19, 2008 | post #40)
Everyone who thinks that the (future )Republic of Kurdistan will ever, ever give up Kirkuk, raise your hands! Three cheers for France! They tried to steer the US government in the right direction, and have been vindicated 10x over by the subsequent course of events. (Jul 21, 2008 | post #127)
I am willing to admit that the situation is marginally less bad than it was in 2005, except that we have 2000+ more dead American soldiers, we are $300 billion poorer, we have presided over the ethnic cleansing of Baghdad, and are currently arming and paying the Sunni minority insurgency, which still dreams of regaining their power. Iran is more powerful than ever as a regional power and is playing havoc with the international community, Pakistan is in a state of near-chaos, Afghanistan is an ongoing, slow-motion train wreck, the dollar is tanking on a daily basis, and... OH, Yeah!.... WHERE IS OSAMA BIN LADEN???? (Jul 21, 2008 | post #126)
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