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2012-07-03 11:27:15 PM  

mod3072: Well, that's it! I'm now boycotting french fries, french toast, french bread, french dressing, french onion soup, and anything else I can think of with the word "french" in it. Take that, France!!!


French ticklers and French kissing conspicuously absent. Some conservative you are!
 
2012-07-03 11:27:41 PM  

mod3072: Well, that's it! I'm now boycotting french fries, french toast, french bread, french dressing, french onion soup, and anything else I can think of with the word "french" in it. Take that, France!!!


french ticklers
 
2012-07-03 11:30:41 PM  

mod3072: Well, that's it! I'm now boycotting french fries, french toast, french bread, french dressing, french onion soup, and anything else I can think of with the word "french" in it. Take that, France!!!


Isn't closet a french word?
 
2012-07-03 11:30:47 PM  

ThatGuyGreg: I FINALLY get a chance to use this photo I took!

[farm5.staticflickr.com image 478x640]


Awesome shot from the Trocadero, we hung out there a fair bit, lots of good people-watching.
 
2012-07-03 11:33:00 PM  
Quick, Pierre, what can we do to upset American Republicans?

I know, Henri, let's legalize gay marriage and adoption. They think we already have those things but lets make it legal and rub it in their faces.
 
2012-07-03 11:34:05 PM  
Here's a strange couple facts; the French provided us with monetary and military support during our revolution and gave us our Colossus.

Have a modicum of respect for our sister democracy and longest, staunchest ally.
 
2012-07-03 11:34:27 PM  

gingerjet: My first trip to Paris we arrived late and found some random bistro to eat. As we were being seated - two old and obvious Americans stated rather loudly that 'soccer' (which was on the TV sets) was a game for children.


You do realize that the term 'soccer' originated in England, right? So please stick those sarcasm quotes somewhere where the sun don't shine.
 
2012-07-03 11:37:26 PM  

NathanAllen: Here's a strange couple facts; the French provided us with monetary and military support during our revolution and gave us our Colossus.

Have a modicum of respect for our sister democracy and longest, staunchest ally.


Yeah, but Lady Liberty is obviously a dyke.

data.whicdn.com
 
2012-07-03 11:37:27 PM  
Fabuleuse!

ThatGuyGreg: I FINALLY get a chance to use this photo I took!

[farm5.staticflickr.com image 478x640]


That is a really great pic.
 
2012-07-03 11:37:38 PM  

NathanAllen: Here's a strange couple facts; the French provided us with monetary and military support during our revolution and gave us our Colossus.

Have a modicum of respect for our sister democracy and longest, staunchest ally.


Yes, but their government surrendered to Hitler, therefore they're all cowards.

French Resistance? What the hell was that, some kind of cheese?
 
2012-07-03 11:37:49 PM  
This is great news, but, you know, France hasn't done it yet. Hollande said France will legalize same-sex marriage while he's president, but it hasn't been done yet.

Still, this will play well in Le Marais.
 
2012-07-03 11:37:57 PM  

WorldCitizen: Yay, another country ahead of the United States in equal rights.

And we're supposed to be the leader of the free world?


We've been consistently behind the actual 1st world in just about every major social issue. We declared ourselves leader because we excel in technology, military power, and wealth, and everyone has to do what we want or we fark them. Slavery and segregation, womens' rights, gay rights, universal health care, progressive taxation, proportional representation...The US is like a tribe of Neanderthals...armed with railguns. The worst part about it is that what should be a hyperbolic analogy actually comes close to reality when compared to modern "conservatives," who are the reason we're so farking backwards.
 
2012-07-03 11:39:13 PM  

LordJiro: NathanAllen: Here's a strange couple facts; the French provided us with monetary and military support during our revolution and gave us our Colossus.

Have a modicum of respect for our sister democracy and longest, staunchest ally.

Yes, but their government surrendered to Hitler, therefore they're all cowards.

French Resistance? What the hell was that, some kind of cheese?


flagspot.net

Tell that to Terrence & Philip.
 
2012-07-03 11:40:29 PM  

Emposter: WorldCitizen: Yay, another country ahead of the United States in equal rights.

And we're supposed to be the leader of the free world?

We've been consistently behind the actual 1st world in just about every major social issue. We declared ourselves leader because we excel in technology, military power, and wealth, and everyone has to do what we want or we fark them. Slavery and segregation, womens' rights, gay rights, universal health care, progressive taxation, proportional representation...The US is like a tribe of Neanderthals...armed with railguns. The worst part about it is that what should be a hyperbolic analogy actually comes close to reality when compared to modern "conservatives," who are the reason we're so farking backwards.


American Exceptionalism:

4.bp.blogspot.com
 
2012-07-03 11:42:33 PM  

paygun: ontariolightning: I think it was destroyed after the first divorce

For some reason that no one can explain, hetero divorce has no effect on the sanctity of marriage. But this sanctity of marriage stuff is totally a real thing, it's not just "I think the gays are icky" even though there's absolutely no evidence that it's anything other than that.


Even you have to admit that gay sex is icky, what with the balls touching and such.
 
2012-07-03 11:52:25 PM  

MrHappyRotter: Even you have to admit that gay sex is icky, what with the balls touching and such.


I don't spend a lot of time thinking about balls touching. Have a fabulous holiday!
 
2012-07-04 12:02:09 AM  

coeyagi: mod3072: Well, that's it! I'm now boycotting french fries, french toast, french bread, french dressing, french onion soup, and anything else I can think of with the word "french" in it. Take that, France!!!

French ticklers and French kissing conspicuously absent. Some conservative you are!


No need to mention the obvious. Those things are only for you dirty heathens.
 
2012-07-04 12:03:29 AM  

MrHappyRotter: paygun: ontariolightning: I think it was destroyed after the first divorce

For some reason that no one can explain, hetero divorce has no effect on the sanctity of marriage. But this sanctity of marriage stuff is totally a real thing, it's not just "I think the gays are icky" even though there's absolutely no evidence that it's anything other than that.

Even you have to admit that gay sex is icky, what with the balls touching and such.


Only Republicans fantasize how it works.
 
2012-07-04 12:07:35 AM  

NateGrey: Only Republicans fantasize how it works.


I don't know, occasionally we hear about another Republican who wasn't just fantasizing.
 
2012-07-04 12:08:31 AM  

NathanAllen: Here's a strange couple facts; the French provided us with monetary and military support during our revolution and gave us our Colossus.


here's a strange fact: France wasn't a democracy when those things happened. In fact the France that exists now is very different from the France that helped us during our Revolution.

/never really got the American disdain for the French
//suspects it may have something to do with the significant British and German influences on our culture
 
2012-07-04 12:13:39 AM  

Voiceofreason01: NathanAllen: Here's a strange couple facts; the French provided us with monetary and military support during our revolution and gave us our Colossus.


here's a strange fact: France wasn't a democracy when those things happened. In fact the France that exists now is very different from the France that helped us during our Revolution.

/never really got the American disdain for the French
//suspects it may have something to do with the significant British and German influences on our culture


I blame this guy:

www.armenianweekly.com
 
2012-07-04 12:14:31 AM  
It's never a good sign when your country is behind Mexico on social issues.
 
2012-07-04 12:15:05 AM  

instantkarma78: I guess France doesn't have a big enough black population to vote it down, like California did.


I don't think they have as many Mormons either.
 
2012-07-04 12:20:28 AM  

fusillade762: instantkarma78: I guess France doesn't have a big enough black population to vote it down, like California did.

I don't think they have as many Mormons either.


Well, they HAD at least one.
 
2012-07-04 12:21:41 AM  

fusillade762: instantkarma78: I guess France doesn't have a big enough black population to vote it down, like California did.

I don't think they have as many Mormons either.


Or Evangelical Christians.
 
2012-07-04 12:22:36 AM  
Will Anderson Cooper be signing up for French citizenship now?
 
2012-07-04 12:22:56 AM  

12349876: fusillade762: instantkarma78: I guess France doesn't have a big enough black population to vote it down, like California did.

I don't think they have as many Mormons either.

Or Evangelical Christians.


Or Muslims. Oh wait...
 
2012-07-04 12:23:37 AM  

shotglasss: Will Anderson Cooper be signing up for French citizenship now?


He's a Vanderbilt. He'll go back to the homeland of legal grass and hookers.
 
2012-07-04 12:26:37 AM  
Wait, I thought all those ppl were like "Why in the hell are Americans having such a heated debate about this? It's a no-brainer and shouldn't be a debate"?
To which I thought meant it was already legal there. But, it wasn't. Which raises the question, or begs it, or there's something something
 
2012-07-04 12:29:04 AM  

Voiceofreason01: /never really got the American disdain for the French


Well, to be fair we liked the French monarchy, then the French murdered the lot, and then we thought Napoleon was pretty cool (he sold us a ton of land for cheap) but he got exiled...

//Seriously, though, it's not genuine distaste so much as a running joke between the countries. Both of us have a strong cultural tradition of trading non-serious insults with your friends, and if there's a nation in the world that has the US's back and vice-versa it's France.
 
2012-07-04 12:30:27 AM  

coeyagi: Or Muslims. Oh wait...


France doesn't allow most of its Muslims (who tend to be recent immigrants or their kids) to vote. Their civil rights are kinda inconsistent at times too.
 
2012-07-04 12:32:12 AM  

Jim_Callahan: coeyagi: Or Muslims. Oh wait...

France doesn't allow most of its Muslims (who tend to be recent immigrants or their kids) to vote. Their civil rights are kinda inconsistent at times too.


Yeah, good point. At what point can they become citizens?
 
2012-07-04 12:40:17 AM  
Does this mean that Anderson Cooper and Tom Cruise will finally be flying to Paris to get married?
 
2012-07-04 12:44:16 AM  
The US does look poised to do the right thing and legalize it.

As long as we keep Republicans out of office in the next 5 years.
 
2012-07-04 12:45:28 AM  
Anyone else starting to think maybe the Mayans were more accurate than we give the credit for?

/would be more fun to watch all the social change if it wasnt so damn painful
 
2012-07-04 12:45:37 AM  
Saying that France is more progressive than the US because of this is like comparing a senior citizen who was able to get his driver's license for the first time in January as being more progressive than the teenager who was able to get his driver's license for the first time in March because the senior got his license three months earlier.

France is much older the US. If they are so progressive, why haven't they done this much, much earlier?

For as young as a country the US is when compared to its European cousins, I think the US progresses at a much faster rate than them. Rather than taking hundreds of years to change people's minds and do something, it takes only decades, sometimes only years.
 
2012-07-04 12:48:51 AM  

mekki: Saying that France is more progressive than the US because of this is like comparing a senior citizen who was able to get his driver's license for the first time in January as being more progressive than the teenager who was able to get his driver's license for the first time in March because the senior got his license three months earlier.

France is much older the US. If they are so progressive, why haven't they done this much, much earlier?

For as young as a country the US is when compared to its European cousins, I think the US progresses at a much faster rate than them. Rather than taking hundreds of years to change people's minds and do something, it takes only decades, sometimes only years.


Uh, wut? Really? Just wow.
 
2012-07-04 12:50:06 AM  

make me some tea: FINALLY France is as cool as Iowa!


Well, except "Iowa" voted out all the judges who made that happen. If this [local] election year goes Full Retard, the state might swing red and (attempt to) make the gays wish they never opened their mouths raised their heads enjoyed living in Iowa. Sanctity of Reactionary Values.

Who am I kidding, the weather is notably inclement 50 weeks out of the year.
 
2012-07-04 12:51:28 AM  

mekki: Saying that France is more progressive than the US because of this is like comparing a senior citizen who was able to get his driver's license for the first time in January as being more progressive than the teenager who was able to get his driver's license for the first time in March because the senior got his license three months earlier.

France is much older the US. If they are so progressive, why haven't they done this much, much earlier?

For as young as a country the US is when compared to its European cousins, I think the US progresses at a much faster rate than them. Rather than taking hundreds of years to change people's minds and do something, it takes only decades, sometimes only years.


As a sovereign entity, yes, as a political one, no. Plus, social change is widely influenced by global trends and industrial / technological advances. So if France is 1000 years older than the U.S., it doesn't really matter. The difference between the U.S. and France now is minor in comparison to how both countries were 225 years ago.
 
2012-07-04 12:51:55 AM  

Peki: Anyone else starting to think maybe the Mayans were more accurate than we give the credit for?

/would be more fun to watch all the social change if it wasnt so damn painful


I can't think of a single social reform that wasn't born out of pain. I think it's great that we now have the luxury of being able to use the system to enact change as opposed to rioting and burning down the night.
 
2012-07-04 12:52:12 AM  

LordJiro: Yes, but their government surrendered to Hitler, therefore they're all cowards.

French Resistance? What the hell was that, some kind of cheese?



Fun fact. Their navy refused and never allowed to be controlled by the Germans.
 
2012-07-04 12:55:32 AM  
Why does government have anything to do with marriage?

If you want to marry your bookshelf or orange cat, go for it. Just keep the legal system out of it.
 
2012-07-04 12:56:11 AM  
I think there was a character "Frenchie" in the musical Grease.
 
2012-07-04 12:56:40 AM  

bmihura: Why does government have anything to do with marriage?

If you want to marry your bookshelf or orange cat, go for it. Just keep the legal system out of it.


But that's gaming the system! Now you can get medical benefits to refurbish your bookshelf!
 
2012-07-04 12:57:30 AM  

mekki: France is much older the US.


France had their Revolution over 10 years after the US. We were writing our Constitution around then, when we learned that States don't voluntarily pay enough taxes to support a National [Anything.]
 
2012-07-04 12:57:32 AM  

coeyagi: Jim_Callahan: coeyagi: Or Muslims. Oh wait...

France doesn't allow most of its Muslims (who tend to be recent immigrants or their kids) to vote. Their civil rights are kinda inconsistent at times too.

Yeah, good point. At what point can they become citizens?


It's a little weird. You get automatic citizenship at birth if you're born to at least one parent who was also born in France, and your parents can request that you be granted citizenship if you were born there when you're 13, or you can request it yourself at 18, but you're not guaranteed to get it.

A lot of this procedure was added in 1994 when France started to get lots of refugees from heavily Muslim countries, so an... uncharitable person might draw the parallel to Jim Crow laws and "grandfathering" in the US.

Although an adult can automatically gain citizenship through service in the foreign legion as well, and there's a pretty complicated web of naturalization laws and so on like any first-world country too. In general, though, the place is unfriendly to people that want to move there, though that can be said of most of the first world when compared to the US*.

*Maybe not obvious how liberal (actual meaning of the word, not colloquialism for leftist) the US's immigration policy is since we've been loudly debating opening it up further in recent years and there's so much demand that there's a log-jam at the southern border regardless, but we are actually friendlier to potential immigrants than most modern nations. For instance, you can apply again after being rejected or deported for being here illegally, can't do that in most of Europe, especially the UK.
 
2012-07-04 12:57:56 AM  

tinfoil-hat maggie: mekki: Saying that France is more progressive than the US because of this is like comparing a senior citizen who was able to get his driver's license for the first time in January as being more progressive than the teenager who was able to get his driver's license for the first time in March because the senior got his license three months earlier.

France is much older the US. If they are so progressive, why haven't they done this much, much earlier?

For as young as a country the US is when compared to its European cousins, I think the US progresses at a much faster rate than them. Rather than taking hundreds of years to change people's minds and do something, it takes only decades, sometimes only years.

Uh, wut? Really? Just wow.


Heh, really. There's tortured logic, and then there's logic that's been flayed alive and set on fire with gasoline.
 
2012-07-04 12:58:04 AM  

bmihura: Why does government have anything to do with marriage?

If you want to marry your bookshelf or orange cat, go for it. Just keep the legal system out of it.


Yeah well good luck trying to get the same benefits as straight married people with such a cavalier attitude as that. Or any kind of legal protection.

Did you even think about what you were posting before you hit "add comment?" Just wondering.
 
2012-07-04 01:01:28 AM  

coeyagi: mekki: Saying that France is more progressive than the US because of this is like comparing a senior citizen who was able to get his driver's license for the first time in January as being more progressive than the teenager who was able to get his driver's license for the first time in March because the senior got his license three months earlier.

France is much older the US. If they are so progressive, why haven't they done this much, much earlier?

For as young as a country the US is when compared to its European cousins, I think the US progresses at a much faster rate than them. Rather than taking hundreds of years to change people's minds and do something, it takes only decades, sometimes only years.

As a sovereign entity, yes, as a political one, no. Plus, social change is widely influenced by global trends and industrial / technological advances. So if France is 1000 years older than the U.S., it doesn't really matter. The difference between the U.S. and France now is minor in comparison to how both countries were 225 years ago.


By his brilliant calculations, Kosovo is a far more advanced nation than America..
They've only existed since 2008, and they already have telephones!
 
2012-07-04 01:03:25 AM  

jso2897: coeyagi: mekki: Saying that France is more progressive than the US because of this is like comparing a senior citizen who was able to get his driver's license for the first time in January as being more progressive than the teenager who was able to get his driver's license for the first time in March because the senior got his license three months earlier.

France is much older the US. If they are so progressive, why haven't they done this much, much earlier?

For as young as a country the US is when compared to its European cousins, I think the US progresses at a much faster rate than them. Rather than taking hundreds of years to change people's minds and do something, it takes only decades, sometimes only years.

As a sovereign entity, yes, as a political one, no. Plus, social change is widely influenced by global trends and industrial / technological advances. So if France is 1000 years older than the U.S., it doesn't really matter. The difference between the U.S. and France now is minor in comparison to how both countries were 225 years ago.

By his brilliant calculations, Kosovo is a far more advanced nation than America..
They've only existed since 2008, and they already have telephones!


By 2020, they'll have plasma TVs and by 2030, flying electric cars! We can't even get fuel standards up without pissing and moaning!
 
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