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(Luton Today)   French twins return home from Disneyland trip with plastic souvenir swords. France confiscates swords   (lutontoday.co.uk) divider line 148
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2004-07-10 12:40:15 AM  
Congratulations France on your first military victory!
 
2004-07-10 12:52:51 AM  
Because military victories are exactly how you should judge the country that gave us untold masters of painting and the Napoleonic Code.

Their ability to wage a war should directly influence how you view the country that gave us some of the greatest philosophers of the last two centuries.

As you take in the sights along the Seine, imbide their wines, or sample their cuisine, you should keep in the back of your mind that they are total pussies who couldn't hold the Maginot Line.

Or are you not a simpleton?
 
2004-07-10 01:13:09 AM  
French wine is for pansies.

I'll have an HG 800, please.
 
2004-07-10 01:14:43 AM  
Geez, Socky, way to kill a simple joke.
 
2004-07-10 01:16:36 AM  
That is just silly, but let us not forget that a US airport confiscated GI Joe's 3" toy plastic rifle for the same reason not too long ago.
 
2004-07-10 01:28:38 AM  
Lord knows those children could've taken over the country.

But I guess idiots in our country get anal over squirt guns... so we aren't any better. It's easier to hurt someone with a plastic sword than water.
 
2004-07-10 01:58:27 AM  
I got a Napoleonic deCoder ring in a box of cracker jacks once.

It kept surrendering to me, so I couldn't tell what the secret message meant..
 
2004-07-10 01:58:40 AM  
"If we go again it will be to Disneyland in Florida."

If you're going to Florida you better have more for self defense than a couple of plastic swords.
 
2004-07-10 02:57:36 AM  
Oh the other headline was much funnier, it was the same basic beginning but it ended with "In other words, France is now armed" which I thought was hilarious.

Ku_No_Ichi
The secret message was, "Drink Ovaltine"
 
2004-07-10 03:05:00 AM  
Did the story mention that it was actually the Spanish army that had to come in to confisicate the swords after the twins had taken over control of the government and claimed France for their own?
 
2004-07-10 06:08:05 AM  
It's late and I'm tired and cranky and there was some ridiculously manipulative language in that article.

"Nobody in their right mind would think that the swords that went with their outfit were real. It's security gone mad."
Similar to what fishrockcarving said, would the toys be allowed on board a U.S. flight? Would something like that be on the list? They confiscate fingernail clippers now. It's the new airport reality. It's stupid, but it's the law.

It was just a final insult when we walked through the airport and these people decided that the youngsters were a security threat
I'm sure they were allowed onto the plane without the toys. I doubt they were put on some terrorist watch-list.
 
2004-07-10 08:03:45 AM  
The current policies of Airlines abroad and homeland security in the US are wrought of paranoia and fear.

/we are all guilty until proven innocent, thanks Ashcroft.
 
2004-07-10 08:09:42 AM  
Stupid speaks all languages.
 
2004-07-10 08:10:22 AM  
*cough*Statue of Liberty*cough*

I mean, c'mon guys, they gave us the Statue of Liberty. Just gave it to us. That, and they played more then a small hand in saving our ass from the British, and were even kind enough not to stick around and occupy us, or write our constitution for us.

We could learn a few lessons from the French.
 
2004-07-10 08:12:17 AM  
The twins are British not French. It's a sorry state of affairs when even the submitter can't be bothered to RTFA.
 
2004-07-10 08:12:55 AM  
"If we go again it will be to Disneyland in Florida."

Disneyland is in Annaheim,California. DisneyWorld is in Reedy Creek, Florida.


/Not to terrorists: The French are afraid of plastic sporks. Get your arms for free at KFC.
 
2004-07-10 08:13:11 AM  
no, thanks osama, not asscrack.
 
2004-07-10 08:13:35 AM  
vartian

Yeah, played a big hand, alright. Like showing up AFTER the war was over and the British were on the retreat.

Big hand there.
 
2004-07-10 08:15:32 AM  
Hey, my old hometown!

Pete, who works for Luton Borough Council, the Herald&Post and a number of major organisations in town, said: " &;#34;I was furious. It really upset..

He reaction was mild. I would have at the least said: said "$*&$^#$^@%*!!!"

My only other reaction was "gee, how American of them!
 
2004-07-10 08:16:45 AM  


Peter Pan?

/obligatory
 
2004-07-10 08:22:46 AM  
We could learn a few lessons from the French.

Like how to speak German? Oh, wait a minute...
 
2004-07-10 08:22:46 AM  
Q. How many french customs officers does it take to remove two toy plastic swords from two 2 year old kids?


A. Every last damn on of 'em, plus a couple dozen misc. french guys to slap them around and knock them into submission for trying to overthrow the french government with such hideous weapons, 'cause there's a first time for everything you know.
 
2004-07-10 08:24:04 AM  
Gotta love when kids of the American empire start knocking other countries because they can't kill people as well as the US Army can.
 
2004-07-10 08:26:42 AM  
johnnowak

OH SNAP !
 
2004-07-10 08:27:12 AM  
American empire? Oh jeez, another jealous surrender monkey.
 
2004-07-10 08:27:23 AM  


I wonder how many French surrendered before they overcame the terrible monsters?
 
2004-07-10 08:28:32 AM  
Good lord, do I hate the French.

These were PLASTIC swords! The article also mentioned that they were selling "vicious looking metal spikes for sale just yards away in the duty free shop" but tehse plastic swords held by two toddlers are security risks.
 
2004-07-10 08:29:44 AM  
Oooh, I got another one.

We could learn a few lessons from the French.

Like how to build an airport?
 
2004-07-10 08:33:26 AM  
Sofa king we todd ed.

/repeat after me
 
2004-07-10 08:35:14 AM  
Just wondering, what exactly is the American fascination with hating the French? I must have been napping because I can see absolutely no reason for the distain.

Or is it one of those sophomoric jealousy things?
 
2004-07-10 08:36:07 AM  
To semi-quote Bill Hicks: "They don't allow smoking on planes, BUT they allow children!"
 
2004-07-10 08:37:44 AM  
We could learn a few lessons from the French.

Like how to speak German? Oh, wait a minute...

We could learn a few lessons from the French.

Like how to build an airport?


I am trying so damn hard here to be on the side of the French, but damn those were two funny retorts. Bravo both of you.

Screw France...I surrender :)

/still laughing
 
2004-07-10 08:39:46 AM  
"I mean, c'mon guys, they gave us the Statue of Liberty. Just gave it to us."

...yeah but even that was a backhanded insult.

Give us your poor, your filthy, your wretched hives of scum & villainy....
 
2004-07-10 08:40:31 AM  
STRYPERSWINE, stickitinyoureyeball, , seriously, US confiscated nailclippers on board planes not long ago. Cut the crap. =)
 
2004-07-10 08:41:30 AM  
See, this is funny because in the medieval city of Carcassone, they do a roaring business in little plastic swords...

Really, it's funny. Laugh.

Please?
 
2004-07-10 08:47:53 AM  
I don't see how anyone can take away toys from two cute little kids like them. Farking French, I hope Bush sees this and bombs the fark out of them.. being a war monger and all.
 
2004-07-10 08:48:22 AM  
The French Suck
 
2004-07-10 08:48:34 AM  
The answer to "But we owe France for helping us beat the British", for now and all time, is this:

We paid that debt on June 6, 1944, in full.
 
2004-07-10 08:50:07 AM  
2004-07-10 08:35:14 AM Cymede
Just wondering, what exactly is the American fascination with hating the French?


Because their main foreign policy goal is to have the European Union, led by the French, be a rival to the United States. That means opposing and embarrassing the US whenever possible. The French also think the rules they endorse for others don't apply to them, like the Stability and Growth Pact, rules on state bailouts to private companies, and sending their military to Cote D' Ivoire without even asking the UN.

The More You Know...
 
2004-07-10 08:52:24 AM  
and don't forget, we also confiscated plastic GI Joe guns no larger than a finger.
 
2004-07-10 08:57:57 AM  
I predict another bad time for this family when they discover that Disneyland is not in Florida.
 
2004-07-10 08:58:38 AM  
"I mean, c'mon guys, they gave us the Statue of Liberty. Just gave it to us. That, and they played more then a small hand in saving our ass from the British, and were even kind enough not to stick around and occupy us, or write our constitution for us.
We could learn a few lessons from the French"

Vartian,
while I understand your opinion, you are referring to a France-long gone, sounds like all the Arabs/Islamists living in garbage or caves who are taking credit for the poetry & scientific advancements of a millennia ago.
 
2004-07-10 08:59:53 AM  
France is like America, in that both are beautiful countries ruined by the people living there.

/ducks
 
2004-07-10 08:59:57 AM  
SockMonkeyHolocaust

Go back to France you cheese-eating surrender monkey!
 
2004-07-10 09:01:05 AM  
08:03:45 AM SpankyMcCracken:/we are all guilty until proven innocent, thanks Ashcroft.

If Kerry wins and there's a new AG appointed, I'll be very interested to hear your reaction when NOTHING CHANGES. The "zero tolerance" mentality is pervasive, including in states and cities dominated by Democrats. It's a reaction to the public demanding that government "do something". Since the real problems are difficult to address, we get this cosmetic pap just so officials have something to point to to prove that they've taken action. And because we can't be seen to be unfair to the logical targets, lest we be accused of discrimination, we have to make sure that we target everybody, including two-year-olds with plastic swords. One writer put it well, with the phrase, "death of common sense."
 
2004-07-10 09:09:44 AM  
Two words:
El Al.

That's an airline that knows how to run security. Because they look for dangerous PASSENGERS, not dangerous plastic swords or nailclippers.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/2097352.stm

(Of course, now that I've just posted something complimentary about something Israeli, teh fl4mes will commence...)
 
2004-07-10 09:11:56 AM  
Yeah, well, It's all fun and games until some prepubescent repeatedly plunges his plastic sword into the eyesocket of the pilot and then crashes the aircraft into the Eiffel tower.
 
2004-07-10 09:20:08 AM  
2004-07-10 08:50:07 AM Meliorist

...opposing and embarrassing the US whenever possible.


You guys elected Bush, I don't think anyone has tried harder to embarrass the US more than he.

The French also think the rules they endorse for others don't apply to them, like the Stability and Growth Pact, rules on state bailouts to private companies, and sending their military to Cote D' Ivoire without even asking the UN.

I don't think that what they are doing is all that different from what is happening in the states. The state gives out money to private corporations in the US. The American Military went to Afghanistan without an UN resolution.

The More You Know...
 
2004-07-10 09:20:57 AM  
Why didn't the parents grow a brain and check the swords with their luggage?
 
2004-07-10 09:21:45 AM  
Of course they confiscated those things! Those kids could stage a coup with those!
 
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