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If I understand the report correctly, patriotic Americans are now boycotting everything French. Also, items which sound like they might be French, despite fervent press releases insisting they're not. (French's Mustard? Not from France.)

And what kind of impact is this having on France?

Well, none really. We're just one country, and those orders were long since filled and paid for. But the American businesses that distribute and sell these products are starting to hurt, and it looks like unemployment's about to go up as a result.

Meanwhile, other countries are starting to boycott American products in return. Now, maybe we'll shrug that off. Or maybe we'll shut down a few factories, export less shipments, and see what becomes of the national economy.

Good thinking, everyone. Keep up the good work.

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coolbean98
Mar. 29th, 2003 05:53 pm (UTC)
http://www.livejournal.com/~taosterman/196161.html

I'm sure the Belgians are having a good laugh.

We are soooooooo retarded.
self
Mar. 29th, 2003 09:06 pm (UTC)
Keep laughing, we'll rename their waffles.
The "freedom fries" thing was more childish than retarded.

"We don't agree with your opinion, so we're going to rewrite our (already false) understanding of history so as to no longer include you."

At least, it started off laughable. Then it expanded into a small child's temper tantrum, with the rest of the world quietly wondering why we don't act our age. And it kept growing. At this point, I think the analogy is closer to a rabid stray barking and growling. Dangerous and unpredictable, but with no real life expectancy. You shoot it with tranquilizers, and you put it to sleep. Because that's what the threat calls for.

No, what's retarded is continuing to insist that our sport be called Football. It's not. "Soccer" is Football, and "American Football" (as the rest of the world calls it) is something else entirely. With this on our record, I'm not sure how any act of arrogance on our part can possibly surprise me. But they still do. I guess because we still haven't shrunk back in embarassment from the rest of it.
seonsaint
Mar. 29th, 2003 08:02 pm (UTC)
N'est-il pas tout si beau?
This whole series of events is making me wonder about myself. Am I really as much like the character from Dave Id as I feel recently? Am I? Seriously. I hate what's happened with us taking these actions, but I'm also delighted in it... so much potential for change boiling... can you smell it?

Well, so, what, is my tongue supposed to engage in Freedom Kissing? Either way, I do not care what it is called...

Besides, if we REALLY want to piss the French off, call all bubbling wines 'Champagne', that will piss them off until they beg us to stop!
self
Mar. 29th, 2003 08:40 pm (UTC)
first comment with the new icon!
Dave Id:
The character's an exaggeration, a charicature, but you were always at his core. I mean, yes, I did throw in some elements that no stretch of you would ever consider, but what you're exploring isn't them.

(Do remind me to delete this comment before publishing that, will you?)

Potential for Change:
Definitely. But I don't see myself benefiting from these changes, so I'm a little concerned. As a group, we deserve every little thing that's about to befall us. But as individuals, some of us are just screwed by association. (It'll take a great many to pay for the sins of the few...)

Freedom Kissing:
I've made the joke a number of times now (this being what finally gets France's attention. "Hey! That's ours!"), but the fact is, this one actually works. Freedom Kissing. Can you think of a more descriptive name for it?

Champagne:
Most Americans have always done that. =)
Again, though, this would mainly hurt the American wineries as we expand our boycott to include all bubbling wines...
seonsaint
Mar. 29th, 2003 09:03 pm (UTC)
Re: first comment with the new icon!
That needs to be your main Icon for a while... it's very cool... :)

As to reminding you to delete... you know me better than that, I have forgotten my own name for God's sake!
self
Mar. 29th, 2003 09:13 pm (UTC)
Re: first comment with the new icon!
Yeah, I'm real happy with how that came out, but this was my first 3D character in a few years. I'm sure I can do better.

When I have a generic "self" figure I'm happy with, I may replace every one of my user icons with poses and actions. But I don't think this guy's him.
self
Mar. 29th, 2003 09:13 pm (UTC)
Re: first comment with the new icon!
Wow, that just doesn't have the same impact, does it?
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