March 31, 2014

"Cauchemaresque," "Sans Precedent:" The French Left Looses Huge in France's Municipal Elections
— Ace

Update: France's PM has resigned. MereMortal posts this tweet:

French Prime Minister Ayrault's office says he has resigned as prime minister - @Reuters

Note this is not the President (Hollande), who will remain in office even longer than Obama (the next presidential election is sometime in 2017, probably March).

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"Nightmarish," says LeMonde.

"Without precedent," says Le Figaro.

France just held its municipal elections -- held every two years to vote in mayors, town councilors, etc. -- and the Socialists (PS, Parti Socialist) lost badly.

At least 155 towns with 9,000 inhabitants or more switched from leftist rule (PS or associated leftist parties) to rightist (usually Sarkozy's party, l'UMP). Some towns, which have had socialist rule for 37 or 43 years, have now dumped the socialist party in favor of the UMP.

Limoges has been ruled by socialists since 1912 -- except during the Vichy years (when the Nazis ruled it) and except for 1946-47, when it was ruled by... Communists. That town has now flipped to a UMP mayor.

The "far right" party, the Front National (FN), picked up something like 15 mayorships as well.

The Prime Minister (himself PS) confessed the defeat.


Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault acknowledged the vote was "a defeat for the government and the [Socialist] majority".

"This message is clear... The president will draw conclusions, and he will do so in the interest of France,'' he added, in an apparent reference to a likely cabinet reshuffle.

These elections don't directly affect the national government. The elections for the French Senate will be held this September (I believe this is exactly the midway point in a President's five-year term). But this is the public's first chance to weigh in on Hollande's socialist rule, and they're not happy about it.

I doubt this has much to do with American politics, except in this minor way. When Democrats are in trouble, the media frequently portrays the public as "in an anti-incumbent" mood, as if they're just against incumbents, period, without parsing out between which incumbents they're most displeased by.

Similar crap was/is going on in France, with much made of the very poor turnout rate -- the elections featured an all-time high of people choosing not to vote in a municipal election.

Thus the public was in an "anti-incumbent" mood.

But they didn't vote out all incumbents. Only three towns moved from having a rightist (UMP) mayor to having a leftwing one. Meanwhile, at least 155 moved the other way, in what is being called the droitisation (rightward movement) of the electorate.

Hollande is not directly affected by this. Even if he looses the September elections, he still won't be booted out of power, because the Prime Minister is selected by the Senate, but the President (like the President in America) serves his full term no matter who holds the Senate.

But this is obviously a major blow to the left. So much so that Hollande will address the nation at 8 PM (their local time) to say something or other about what is variously being called a "rout," "debacle," and "penalty" for the left.

Interestingly, it's also frequently said that a "vague bleu" swept France -- a Blue Wave. The French have retained the historical use of red for the left, so the right is blue.

Oh it's also being called the left's Berezina. The French don't speak of "meeting one's Waterloo," for some reason. Usually they refer to another of Napoleon's major setbacks, that at the Battle of Berezina (a river in Russia in 1812). Like our own Waterloo expression, it means "disaster" or "catastrophe).

BTW: There's some lame spin in the world press that the left's "consolation" is that Paris elected its first female mayor.

That is not consolation. Hildago's opponent, NKM (I forget her full name) was also a woman.

It has been known that Paris would have a female mayor, whether the PS candidate Hildago or the UMP candidate NKM, for a full year.

Meanwhile, some "anti-fascism" groups are protesting the FN's wins in some towns by... threatening political violence.

I'm not sure if they understand what "anti-fascism" means.

Posted by: Ace at 07:43 AM | Comments (378)
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1 "Limoges has been ruled by socialists since 1912 -- except during the Vichy years (when the Nazis ruled it) and except for 1946-47, when it was ruled by... Communists. That town has now flipped to a UMP mayor." Which means its been ruled by socialists since 1912, period.

Posted by: NotCoach at March 31, 2014 07:17 AM (rsudF)

2 Barack Obama is a stuttering clusterf*ck of a malignant traitor.

Posted by: AllenG (DedicatedTenther) Ah, F It. at March 31, 2014 07:19 AM (PYAXX)

3 STOMP!

Posted by: AllenG (DedicatedTenther) Ah, F It. at March 31, 2014 07:19 AM (PYAXX)

4 Ever notice it is not the left's fault or policies that they lose? Sort of like Obamas presidency.

Posted by: Misanthopic Humanitarian at March 31, 2014 07:19 AM (HVff2)

5 Cue the breathless speculation that the entire western hemisphere is on the brink of a permanent conservative majority.

Posted by: DamnDirtyRINO at March 31, 2014 07:19 AM (m0h0I)

6 Guess they ran out of other peoples money .

Posted by: awkward davies at March 31, 2014 07:21 AM (whqez)

7 Please don't use "Looses". It implies ignorance rather than humor.

Posted by: Daybrother at March 31, 2014 07:21 AM (huV8W)

8 Don't look at my, I was eating waffles.

Posted by: Barky O. god incarnated into my great self at March 31, 2014 07:21 AM (ld2OA)

9 We need some doigtisation here, among both parties.

Posted by: Vashta Nerada at March 31, 2014 07:22 AM (eoeps)

10 France....a country full of smelly, rude, incompetent nincompoops who last flirted with greatness in 1815. Should have let the Germans keep the place.

Posted by: IrishEd at March 31, 2014 07:22 AM (D0NZx)

11 My friends, there's only one thing we can do. We must invade to help our allies.

Posted by: Juan McCain at March 31, 2014 07:22 AM (Aif/5)

12 Did you misspell loses based on some enigmatic Ewok reasoning that I cannot fathom, or was it too much Valu-Rite last night?

Posted by: Laughing in Texas at March 31, 2014 07:22 AM (eBNjM)

13 Interesting. I can't imagine  local  U.S. races swinging  between left and right like that. So much of our politics is locked in due to demographics. 

Posted by: CJ at March 31, 2014 07:23 AM (9KqcB)

14 It may be recalled that, in 2012, right after the election, when among the Horde there was much wailing and tearing of hair and rending of garments, I advised that while a re-elected Obama was certainly not great news, it was not going to be much fun for Obama, either.

I specifically invoked the Hollande analogy, and I predicted that Obama would see a hard tumble in his approval ratings just as Hollande had already had by that time. All has transpired as I have foreseen.

Now, hopefully, this rejection of the left by the French electorate will be mirrored again by the American electorate this fall.

Posted by: torquewrench at March 31, 2014 07:24 AM (noWW6)

15 Loose: free or released from confinement; not fitted or fitting closely.

Lose: to fail to keep or maintain; to part with or come to be without, through theft accident or negligence.


Posted by: miked at March 31, 2014 07:25 AM (xaIQZ)

16 I would like    to think that this signals a growing worldwide discontent with the pathetic rule of the governing class, with its attendant financial mismanagement, its reliance on importing third world labor, and its anti-family and anti-     traditional values, but more likely is that there is only a small contingent of thinking     people left in the    world, and they were overrepresented in this by-election.

Posted by: Vashta Nerada at March 31, 2014 07:40 AM (eoeps)

17 This shit always seems to happen. People vote socialists in, the economy crumbles. Then they vote them out. And 10 years later, they vote them back in. In France, in Germany, in Italy, you name it.

Posted by: Mr. Moo Moo at March 31, 2014 07:46 AM (0LHZx)

18 Let them not eat cake.

Posted by: Moochelle at March 31, 2014 07:46 AM (kFxpe)

19 The French refer to "Waterloo" as the Battle of Quatre - Bras, which the English world reserves for a meeting engagement the day before the main action.

Posted by: Chris_Balsz at March 31, 2014 07:47 AM (5xmd7)

20 The fraud machine must be broken in France

Posted by: David Axlerod at March 31, 2014 07:47 AM (kFxpe)

21 Usually they refer to another of Napoleon's major setbacks, that at the Battle of Berezina

Heh, not six weeks in 1940?

Posted by: Waterhouse at March 31, 2014 07:48 AM (fOLwM)

22

Looses?

 

As  you're learning french, are you forgetting English? 

Posted by: BurtTC at March 31, 2014 07:48 AM (TOk1P)

23 Nevermind.

Posted by: BurtTC at March 31, 2014 07:48 AM (TOk1P)

24 I was number one on Ace's first French election post but my comment was so thought provoking and insightful that he felt nothing more could be said and pulled the whole thing for a rewrite.

Posted by: Daybrother at March 31, 2014 07:48 AM (GeJs5)

25 The UMP must have backed comprehensive immigration reform

Posted by: Karl Rove at March 31, 2014 07:48 AM (kFxpe)

26 How do you say, "schadenboner" in French?


Posted by: Dang at March 31, 2014 07:49 AM (MNq6o)

27 All these current french socialists were commies. They just rebranded themselves.

Posted by: War Pug at March 31, 2014 07:49 AM (vFh9Q)

28 Socialism AND open borders? What could go wrong?

Posted by: Countrysquire at March 31, 2014 07:51 AM (LSJmV)

29 even the french get pissed when you raped them with taxes

Posted by: Nevergiveup at March 31, 2014 07:51 AM (t3UFN)

30 In the media, there are only every "far right" parties. Never "far left". Annoying.

Posted by: Flatbush Joe at March 31, 2014 07:51 AM (ZPrif)

31 Don't look at me, I was eating waffles.

Posted by: Barky O. god incarnated into my great self at March 31, 2014 07:51 AM (ld2OA)

32 It's Opening Day!! http://tinyurl.com/jw9zfo7

Posted by: kbdabear at March 31, 2014 07:51 AM (aTXUx)

33 in other news, John Kerry will be going to Paris to convince the French to return Normandy to Russia. (go ahead, mock me, but tell me it makes any less sense than what Kerry normally does.)

Posted by: mallfly at March 31, 2014 07:52 AM (bJm7W)

34 France holds elections! Racists prevail in mostly unimportant and unenlightened "country" areas. Nothing to see, move along.

Posted by: NY Times Editors at March 31, 2014 07:52 AM (0FSuD)

35 Revolutions are the electorate in a very anti-incumbent mood.

Posted by: Stateless Infidel at March 31, 2014 07:53 AM (AC0lD)

36 "Thus the public was in an "anti-incumbent" mood." Translation, when the Left defeats the Right in an election, it's because the Left has defeated the Tight. when the Right defeats the Left in an election, it's because the public was in an "anti-incumbent" mood. Like 1994 and 2010.

Posted by: Whatever at March 31, 2014 07:53 AM (QgAFR)

37 What the hell does this have to do with Gay Marriage?

Posted by: Burn the Witch at March 31, 2014 07:53 AM (HLprW)

38 l'érection du joie = schadenboner

Posted by: War Pug at March 31, 2014 07:53 AM (vFh9Q)

39 "Guess they ran out of other peoples money ." How much you got on you?

Posted by: French Socialists at March 31, 2014 07:53 AM (gOoFi)

40 Omelette du Fromage!

Posted by: Dexter at March 31, 2014 07:54 AM (ZKzrr)

41 Sounds like the French Pookys stayed on their couches.
 
Which one of these parties is the Tea Party one?

Posted by: GnuBreed at March 31, 2014 07:54 AM (wNF3N)

42 So what does a European party have to believe to count as "far right" these days? It seems that's mainly talk of blood and soil that makes a euro party "far right". France for the French, England for the English, etc, etc. Of course, the Scottish separatists are socialists who seem to talk a lot of blood and soil.

Posted by: Flatbush Joe at March 31, 2014 07:54 AM (ZPrif)

43 I never knew there were backwards, racist Cob people in France.....?

Posted by: Ricardo Kill at March 31, 2014 07:54 AM (gOoFi)

44 Guess the French voters had a "temper tantrum," eh?

Posted by: Lizzy at March 31, 2014 07:54 AM (udjuE)

45 It seems like a lot of towns with large arab populations voted righty.

Posted by: War Pug at March 31, 2014 07:54 AM (vFh9Q)

46 l'érection du joie = schadenboner Posted by: War Pug

Gross.  That makes it sound like a dessert.

Posted by: Dang at March 31, 2014 07:55 AM (MNq6o)

47 "Je ne chercherai pas et je n'accepterai pas..."

Posted by: Circa (Insert Year Here) at March 31, 2014 07:55 AM (659DL)

48 Does this mean I get to be golden shower boy again?!!

Posted by: Chris Hayes at March 31, 2014 07:55 AM (kFxpe)

49 26 How do you say, "schadenboner" in French? Posted by: Dang at March 31, 2014 12:49 PM (MNq6o) My willie is wee, wee, si.

Posted by: I can't see Russia from here at March 31, 2014 07:55 AM (ld2OA)

50 I guess changing sluts before the election was a bad move?

Posted by: Franois Hollande at March 31, 2014 07:55 AM (0FSuD)

51 MLB Opening Day, btw. Well, not counting that Australia thing.

Posted by: Flatbush Joe at March 31, 2014 07:55 AM (ZPrif)

52
De Blasio has responded with a proposal to re-name NYC to Limoges.

Posted by: Guy Mohawk at March 31, 2014 07:55 AM (0Kobm)

53

While it might be significant, it also might not be... or  at least not significant of anything other than provincial politics.

 

If, for example, the towns are losing revenue to the federal government, it might cause a backlash.  That wouldn't make them less socialist, just greedy to keep it all  for themselves. 

 

I don't know, I'm just speculating.  It would also be important to know if these were mostly small towns, or if the larger  cities are included in the discussion. 

Posted by: BurtTC at March 31, 2014 07:55 AM (TOk1P)

54 "Guess the French voters had a "temper tantrum," eh?" No, just the angry white males.

Posted by: Ricardo Kill at March 31, 2014 07:55 AM (gOoFi)

55 At some point, you've spread enough wealth around.

Posted by: Burn the Witch at March 31, 2014 07:56 AM (HLprW)

56 The voters had a crise de colère.

Posted by: Zombie Peter Jennings at March 31, 2014 07:56 AM (LSJmV)

57 Oh it's also being called the left's Berezina. The French don't speak of "meeting one's Waterloo," for some reason.



I'm guessing because the Brits already co-opted the Waterloo expression, and the French weren't about to copy their   old enemies across the pond.




I wish Europe would get its collective head  out of its equally collective ass and    put aside its socialist/communist/Marxist/other-words-ending-in-IST   history and start actually trying to FUNCTION again.   This deluge in France is a welcome breath of fresh air, but I fear that -- just like here in the States -- it won't translate to long-term change.

Posted by: MWR, Proud Tea(rrorist) Party Bossy Assault Hobbit (or Beth for short) [/u][/i][/s][/b] at March 31, 2014 07:56 AM (4df7R)

58 I remember trying to get into an American Express office in Southern France once. The bank next door was blocked by its' workers--who were on strike. The strikers were blocking several other businesses as well. I pushed past some dismayed customers who were afraid to cross the line and as I pulled the door to the AmEx place a striker ran over to me screaming in rapid fire French. I had on cowboy boots (which were a remarkable ice breaker in Paris) so I pointed at them and shrugged my shoulders and said, "Texas". The guy stopped talking in my face and turned away. A country where everyone acts like a community organizer and a friggin' bank is shut down by a strike is politically unhinged.

Posted by: Daybrother at March 31, 2014 07:56 AM (CAuLh)

59 Non worries, Americaines. Nous will vote-ay pour les Socialistes next time, tout sweet. Eet is een nous nature.

Posted by: Les Franch at March 31, 2014 07:56 AM (7ObY1)

60 "I guess changing sluts before the election was a bad move?" Piker. You always, always, wait until after the election to change your slut.

Posted by: Zombie Ted Kennedy at March 31, 2014 07:57 AM (gOoFi)

61 42 So what does a European party have to believe to count as "far right" these days?
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Any support for any form of private ownership of property get one branded as "far right" in Europe.

Posted by: RoyalOil at March 31, 2014 07:57 AM (VjL9S)

62 Oh it's also being called the left's Berezina. The French don't speak of "meeting one's Waterloo," for some reason. Usually they refer to another of Napoleon's major setbacks, that at the Battle of Berezina (a river in Russia in 1812). Like our own Waterloo expression, it means "disaster" or "catastrophe). Huh. I can see not using Waterloo because yeah but using another of Napoleon's defeats is fascinating. The more you know! Is the FN actually far right or are they only sorta kinda rightish? I know that there are a few actually racist and extreme parties out there, including the lovely hard core Muslim ones, but I didn't think that the FN was one of those.

Posted by: alexthechick - SMOD/Orion Death Star 2016 at March 31, 2014 07:57 AM (mf5HN)

63 Can't you all just let me eat my crepes?  -Francois Hollande

Posted by: Dang at March 31, 2014 07:57 AM (MNq6o)

64 Jouer `a la balle!!!

Posted by: Mike in the Hinterlands at March 31, 2014 07:58 AM (DNpio)

65 It pisses me off that the left always howls when there is a swing to the ultra right. The swing is always the result of the commies going over board themseleves. The real righties than come in and stomp their asses.

Posted by: War Pug at March 31, 2014 07:58 AM (vFh9Q)

66 Mimes were unable to explain the election results.

Posted by: Cicero (@cicero) at March 31, 2014 07:58 AM (8ZskC)

67 But how is this affecting the grape crop, n'est c'est pas? #Priorities

Posted by: Citizen X at March 31, 2014 07:58 AM (7ObY1)

68 Obviously the French people weren't smart enough to know what was good for them. /leftists everywhere

Posted by: DangerGirl and her Sanity Prod (tm) at March 31, 2014 07:58 AM (pUAXu)

69 Though interesting, I take no comfort from the doings of the frogs. They're all crazy over there.

Posted by: toby928 at March 31, 2014 07:59 AM (QupBk)

70 Can't you all just let me eat my crepes? -Francois Hollande Posted by: Dang at March 31, 2014 12:57 PM Well played. (Golf clap)

Posted by: AltonJackson at March 31, 2014 07:59 AM (9HP5k)

71 I might have to get a ladder.

Posted by: I can't see Russia from here at March 31, 2014 07:59 AM (ld2OA)

72 Too early to go long on deodorant futures?

Posted by: Underprivileged Whitey at March 31, 2014 07:59 AM (Cs2tJ)

73 Mimes were unable to explain the election results. They were speechless.

Posted by: toby928 at March 31, 2014 07:59 AM (QupBk)

74 71 I might have to get a ladder. I have a spare.

Posted by: Greg Lake at March 31, 2014 08:00 AM (7ObY1)

75 It seems like a lot of towns with large arab populations voted righty.

Posted by: War Pug at March 31, 2014 12:54 PM (vFh9Q)



Unfortunately, in modern day France (and Europe in general),  "towns with large Arab populations   (who have no wish    to  integrate)"   are     increasingly the norm.    

Posted by: MWR, Proud Tea(rrorist) Party Bossy Assault Hobbit (or Beth for short) [/u][/i][/s][/b] at March 31, 2014 08:00 AM (4df7R)

76 The Italians call it meeting your Farrow.

Posted by: Mega, AoS Commenter of the Holocene Epoch at March 31, 2014 08:00 AM (hHFOx)

77 We'll always have Paris....

Posted by: Commies at March 31, 2014 08:00 AM (vFh9Q)

78 >>>What the hell does this have to do with Gay Marriage? Actually, while I know you're joking, it has a fair amount to do with Gay Marriage. There is a significant backlash against gay marriage in France, which many people feel was imposed on them from afar by remote socialist politicians who didn't seek or receive permission to do so.

Posted by: ace at March 31, 2014 08:00 AM (/FnUH)

79

It would also be important to know if these were mostly small towns, or if the larger cities are included in the discussion.

 

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The larger cities also participated.  Paris got a new socialist mayor, while Le Pen's party got Marseilles.

Posted by: Vashta Nerada at March 31, 2014 08:00 AM (eoeps)

80 How is Hollande's plan to tax the "rich" eleventy gazillion percent working so far? Promoting job creation and equalizing income?

Posted by: Ricardo Kill at March 31, 2014 08:00 AM (gOoFi)

81 So what's the problem? You frogs don't know how to vote dead people?

Posted by: Zombie Mayor Dailey Sr at March 31, 2014 08:01 AM (0FSuD)

82 though I wouldn't say that was anything like the most important factor here. just one of many. A lot of Catholics are voting more rightist now.

Posted by: ace at March 31, 2014 08:01 AM (/FnUH)

83 56 Will French women start shaving their armpits now?



Non!  Mon Dieu!

Posted by: drill_thrawl at March 31, 2014 08:01 AM (rdiUQ)

84

72 -

 

Speechless,  but leaning right. 

Posted by: BurtTC at March 31, 2014 08:01 AM (TOk1P)

85 If you turn up the heat enough, even frogs will eventually start to hop out of the pot.

Posted by: Shit DeGaulle Probably Said, Vol. 3 at March 31, 2014 08:01 AM (8ZskC)

86 "The Italians call it meeting your Farrow." Or getting "Farrowed"

Posted by: Ricardo Kill at March 31, 2014 08:02 AM (gOoFi)

87 "anti-incumbent mood" you say. Could that be because the incumbents have fucked up policies? Why no, it must just be the fickle electorate.

Posted by: tsrblke, PhD(c) (No Really!) at March 31, 2014 08:02 AM (HDwDg)

88 >>> The larger cities also participated. Paris got a new socialist mayor, while Le Pen's party got Marseilles. Well, Paris had already been held by a socialist so while it got a new mayor it didn't change rule. I don't think Le Pen's party got Marseille. Marseille had been held by the right (UMP I think) and stayed UMP. You might be thinking that one arrondissement (quarter) in Marseille, the seventh I think, went for FN.

Posted by: ace at March 31, 2014 08:02 AM (/FnUH)

89 How is Hollande's plan to tax the "rich" eleventy gazillion percent working so far?

They lost a soccer player.  And Gerard Depardieu.

Posted by: HR at March 31, 2014 08:02 AM (ZKzrr)

90 Hopefully the anti-comms will figure out that it ain't "the Jews' fault" again.

Posted by: SFGoth at March 31, 2014 08:03 AM (WJUSt)

91 Posted by: ace at March 31, 2014 01:01 PM (/FnUH) There are Catholics left in Europe who haven't completely secularized?! Quick, someone get Bannion. He has to hear this.

Posted by: tsrblke, PhD(c) (No Really!) at March 31, 2014 08:03 AM (HDwDg)

92 France's three largest cities (Paris, Lyon, Marseille) did not change rule. Paris and Lyon stayed PS, Marseille stayed UMP.

Posted by: ace at March 31, 2014 08:03 AM (/FnUH)

93 What's the matter with Alsace ? Ya' know as opposed to Kansas .

Posted by: awkward davies at March 31, 2014 08:03 AM (whqez)

94 I read a bio of Martha Gelhorn. Both she and Ernie were lefties. Hell, Ernie even offered to spy for the ruskies bu they didn't take him up on it. Anyway, before the war, Martha lived in Paris for a long time and was part of the intellectual left. When she returned, it seemed that half her pals from that time, went all Vichy and Nazi and more than a few were hanged. Anyway, fascists and commies have the habit of reversing roles fairly often.

Posted by: Commies at March 31, 2014 08:03 AM (vFh9Q)

95 Damn. Gerard Depardieu. Just damn it.

Posted by: Ricardo Kill at March 31, 2014 08:03 AM (gOoFi)

96 In France, losing a soccer player is le business majeure, non? C'est un gran deal. Sacree blue. Mon Doo.

Posted by: Citizen X at March 31, 2014 08:04 AM (7ObY1)

97 The French do not use Waterloo to refer to a smashing defeat the same way that Southerners call it "Lee's Retreat" rather than "Grants Advance"


[drill runs for cover]

Posted by: drill_thrawl at March 31, 2014 08:04 AM (rdiUQ)

98

France will have another terror attack soon,  like Spain right before the election that was to put their government to the right of the mean.

 

Watch.  The jihadis can't abide with this type of  opinion change.

Posted by: Soona at March 31, 2014 08:05 AM (NM86I)

99 There is a significant backlash against gay marriage in France, which many people feel was imposed on them from afar by remote socialist politicians who didn't seek or receive permission to do so. Like in Iowa, by the people in the black robes? *nods

Posted by: Jay in Ames at March 31, 2014 08:05 AM (i2Lsf)

100 The voters threw a temper tantrum.

Posted by: Brokaw at March 31, 2014 08:05 AM (xlM8I)

101 Waterloo - I was defeated, you won the war Waterloo - Promise to love you for ever more Waterloo - Couldn't escape if I wanted to Waterloo - Knowing my fate is to be with you Waterloo - Finally facing my Waterloo

Posted by: Citizen X at March 31, 2014 08:05 AM (7ObY1)

102 "Cauchemaresque," "Sans Precedent:" The French Left Loses Huge in France's Municipal Elections. From my next movie: "The French, They Die Hard". Pierre T. Robinson: I've got a hundred people down here, and they're pissed! Jean McClane: Pissed? Who gives a shit about being pissed? Who the fuck is this? Pierre T. Robinson: This is Deputy Chief of Police, Pierre T. Robinson, and I am in charge of this situation. Jean McClane: Oh, you're in charge? Well, I got some bad news for you *Pierre*, from up here it doesn't look like you're in charge of jack shit. Pierre T. Robinson: You listen to me, you little asshole, I'm... Jean McClane: Asshole? I'm not the one who just got butt-fucked on national TV, *Pierre*. Now, you listen to me, jerk-off, if you're not a part of the solution, you're a part of the problem. Quit being a part of the fucking problem and put the other guy back on! Albert: Hey, Roy, how you feeling? Jean McClane: Pretty fucking unappreciated, Al.

Posted by: Franois Truffaut at March 31, 2014 08:06 AM (LKJt3)

103 Ace, yes it was the 7 Arrondisment of Marseilles.  I should read these in English - been too long.

Posted by: Vashta Nerada at March 31, 2014 08:06 AM (eoeps)

104 Rather warms my heart. I feel an urge to find the mass burial place of the Commune, and piss on it. Worth the trip, je pense.

Posted by: Mike Hammer at March 31, 2014 08:07 AM (aDwsi)

105
I saw Stomp open for Rent on Broadway back in '02.

Posted by: IllTemperedCur at March 31, 2014 08:07 AM (TIIx5)

106 Berezina - no shame to the French in admitting they lost to the Russians, it was insane to have ever tried to invade the place.

But admitting that they got their collective asses kicked by the hated English???  MERDE!!!!

Posted by: Tom Servo at March 31, 2014 08:07 AM (V8t6I)

107 Toulouse went Pen. They have a large arab population. It is also where they murdered those Jewish children just two years ago.

Posted by: Commies at March 31, 2014 08:07 AM (vFh9Q)

Posted by: Professor Farnsworth at March 31, 2014 08:07 AM (LI48c)

109 The only thing I hated about France was all the bladder infections.

Posted by: Foreign Exchange Student at March 31, 2014 08:07 AM (Mix9j)

110 Relevant:
 
Riot police called in as violent clashes break out across France after far-right National Front win dramatic gains in local elections
 
http://tinyurl.com/ktedgq6
 
(Daily Mail)

Posted by: GnuBreed at March 31, 2014 08:08 AM (wNF3N)

111 Damned French voters--clinging to their guns and their religion.

Posted by: Low Information President at March 31, 2014 08:08 AM (yFb77)

112 I am not a commie!

Posted by: Anti-Commie Pug at March 31, 2014 08:08 AM (vFh9Q)

113 Can I still pee on the Paris Metro? Because that's all I voted on.

Posted by: Parisian at March 31, 2014 08:08 AM (R5UOB)

114 "`The "far right" party, the Front National (FN), picked up something like 15 mayorships as well."



They are modern day national socialists.

Posted by: Adam Smith's Invisible Pimp Hand at March 31, 2014 08:08 AM (WdbF7)

115 PS or UMP, either/or... they both have great creases

Posted by: David Brooks at March 31, 2014 08:09 AM (kFxpe)

116 Where did all this "The French are so stylish" business start anyway? They are a monkeylike people with a lack of personal hygiene. J'accuse les Franch of having bon publicity agents, non?

Posted by: Citizen X at March 31, 2014 08:09 AM (7ObY1)

117 We can only hope the drubbing of French Socialists at the polls truly is the story of Obama.

Posted by: troyriser at March 31, 2014 08:09 AM (2jF2B)

118 I confess that I always enjoyed the Alec Baldwin French Teacher skit on SNL.

Posted by: Anti-Commie Pug at March 31, 2014 08:09 AM (vFh9Q)

119 OT: I'm sure glad we have an anti-bullying commercial with a couple of middle class white teens acting like rappers around black teens. That oughtta clear up a basic human condition.

Posted by: Burn the Witch at March 31, 2014 08:09 AM (HLprW)

120
I never understood why Napoleon wanted to take Waterloo, Iowa anyway.  Its so far from France, no wonder he lost.

Posted by: Guy Mohawk at March 31, 2014 08:09 AM (0Kobm)

121 Posted by: Adam Smith's Invisible Pimp Hand at March 31, 2014 01:08 PM (WdbF7) the whacky ass problem of European politics. If you go far enough to the right you wrap around into socialism.

Posted by: tsrblke, PhD(c) (No Really!) at March 31, 2014 08:10 AM (HDwDg)

122 So basically, as it is here, the socialists and parasites tend to congregate in the large cities?

Posted by: DangerGirl and her Sanity Prod (tm) at March 31, 2014 08:10 AM (zEeUf)

123 Marx and Lenin are laughing and shaking their heads. Marx pointed out way back in the 1860s that socialism can never be successfully implemented through a democratic process. Because people will always vote the socialists out when the inevitable "rough patch" occurs transitioning from private property to pure communism. No, Marx insightfully pointed out, to make socialism work (i.e. as the necessary precursor to total communism) it must be a dictatorship which cannot be removed electorally. He of course called this phase "the dictatorship of the proletariat" but needless to say there are always individual people who seize the reins on behalf of the masses. Funny that. So, France and italy and all these loser countries that try to dabble in socialism through democracy are doing it wrong. The only "successful" way to implement socialism is to do it the Russian or Cuban or Vietnamese way, i.e. take over through military force, then ban all opposition parties, and kill all dissidents. That's the only way to keep socialism in place, history has shown. Even the naive Nicaraguan socialists, after seizing control militarily, allowed an election -- and promptly lost the presidency to a capitalist. (and, just like so many other stupid countries, a decade later voted the socialists back in power, because stupid.) France, if you want socialism, you must get rid of democracy. You can't have both.

Posted by: zombie at March 31, 2014 08:10 AM (mizYg)

124 Can I still fart in the general direction of the English imperialistic dogs?

Posted by: French soldier at March 31, 2014 08:10 AM (R5UOB)

125 The only thing I hated about France was all the bladder infections.

Please to be explaining.  Joke?  Or something about the diet?

Posted by: bonhomme[/i][/b][/i][/b][/s][/s] at March 31, 2014 08:10 AM (gtjN1)

126 Hollande had a First Mistress that he dumped for a younger Bimbo a couple of months back. She wanted to make the trip to the US Sans President. Depardieu said adieu, …..now all the got left is a bunch of burning Poojoes, and a few thousand cases of Grey Poopon.

Posted by: ontherocks at March 31, 2014 08:10 AM (tmfG5)

127 This is just a temporary setback. I blame the Koch brothers.

Posted by: CNN at March 31, 2014 08:11 AM (Lis1g)

128 They are a monkeylike people with a lack of personal hygiene. ----------------- * knit one, purl two... *

Posted by: Madame DeFarge at March 31, 2014 08:11 AM (aDwsi)

129 Where did all this "The French are so stylish" business start anyway?

They are a monkeylike people with a lack of personal hygiene.



In their defense, we found their roads very free of litter, potholes and meaningful armed resistance.

Posted by: A. Hitler at March 31, 2014 08:11 AM (8ZskC)

130 119 I never understood why Napoleon wanted to take Waterloo, Iowa anyway. Its so far from France, no wonder he lost. Posted by: Guy Mohawk _________________________ Not only that, it's just got a bunch of dumb farmers who never went to law school.

Posted by: Bruce Braley at March 31, 2014 08:11 AM (yFb77)

131 I never understood why Napoleon wanted to take Waterloo, Iowa anyway.

Tractor fetish.

Posted by: HR at March 31, 2014 08:12 AM (ZKzrr)

132 Hollande, here's a hint:  foreign direct investment in France fell 77% last year.  I wonder why.

Posted by: Vashta Nerada at March 31, 2014 08:12 AM (eoeps)

133 So, Ace, how would you translate schadenboner into french?

Posted by: Anti-Commie Pug at March 31, 2014 08:12 AM (vFh9Q)

134 France moves adroitly right.

Posted by: Anna Puma (+SmuD) at March 31, 2014 08:13 AM (YV5Kj)

135 Actually, while I know you're joking, it has a fair amount to do with Gay Marriage. There is a significant backlash against gay marriage in France, which many people feel was imposed on them from afar by remote socialist politicians who didn't seek or receive permission to do so. What? They don't have unaccountable judges for that?

Posted by: AmishDude at March 31, 2014 08:13 AM (T0NGe)

136 But all we're going to hear about is the commie broad who won the election for mayor of Paris

Posted by: TheQuietMan at March 31, 2014 08:13 AM (1Jaio)

137 >>>Ace, yes it was the 7 Arrondisment of Marseilles. I should read these in English - been too long. i'm feeling pretty psyched I retained that little bit of data after skimming an article.

Posted by: ace at March 31, 2014 08:13 AM (/FnUH)

138 We're practicing our surrender for days when Putin wants good wine.

Posted by: French Socialist at March 31, 2014 08:13 AM (R5UOB)

139 Where did all this "The French are so stylish" business start anyway?

The average Frenchman / woman is no more stylish than the average American in Milwaukee.  However, the young kids have a different attitude about style than American young kids.  Where an American kid might have two or three weeks worth of outfits, the French kid has one or two outfits.  But those one or two outfits are up to the minute stuff, instead of just up to the latest trend.

Posted by: bonhomme[/i][/b][/i][/b][/s][/s] at March 31, 2014 08:14 AM (gtjN1)

140 I like when the blog gets all cultured and shit and we can all show off our skills. Oh la vache! Merde! Merde!!!!

Posted by: DangerGirl and her Sanity Prod (tm) at March 31, 2014 08:14 AM (zEeUf)

141 I never understood why Napoleon wanted to take Waterloo, Iowa anyway. Its so far from France, no wonder he lost. Posted by: Guy Mohawk ----------------- Non, non. It was the march back from Idaho that was so, so..., terrible

Posted by: Moscow at March 31, 2014 08:14 AM (aDwsi)

142 France moves adroitly right.


To do anything else would have been gauche.

Posted by: Cicero (@cicero) at March 31, 2014 08:14 AM (8ZskC)

143 "I never understood why Napoleon wanted to take Waterloo, Iowa anyway. Its so far from France, no wonder he lost." Three letters. C.O.R.N.

Posted by: Joey Choo Choo at March 31, 2014 08:14 AM (gOoFi)

144 Does the Right in France really object to Socialism? Are do they just want a socialism that is run by French Catholics instead of atheists and muslims?

Posted by: Flatbush Joe at March 31, 2014 08:14 AM (ZPrif)

145 merde

Posted by: French Commie at March 31, 2014 08:15 AM (zOTsN)

146 "The average Frenchman / woman is no more stylish than the average American in Milwaukee." So, that explains the Jerry Lewis thing, right?

Posted by: Ricardo Kill at March 31, 2014 08:15 AM (gOoFi)

147 Sources: US could free Pollard in deal to save peace talks Under proposed arrangement, Israeli spy could be released by mid-April, sources close to the talks say; deal to extend talks also includes release of additional prisoners. Reuters Published: 03.31.14, 19:57 / Israel News Jonathan Pollard, an Israeli spy serving a life sentence in the United States, and groups of Palestinian prisoners, could be freed under an emerging deal to salvage Middle East peace talks, sources close to the negotiations said on Monday. I hope this is just a rumor. One thing has NOTHING to do with the other. This is NOT a middle east bazaar. This is the security of the State of Israel that is involved and lowering it to this disgusting trade would be just dead wrong

Posted by: Nevergiveup at March 31, 2014 08:15 AM (t3UFN)

148 The Paris win was a huge socialist landslide. California on La Seine.

Posted by: artisanal 'ette at March 31, 2014 08:16 AM (IXrOn)

149 So, I assume the Obamacare website is down on purpose to justify future extensions.

Posted by: Flatbush Joe at March 31, 2014 08:16 AM (ZPrif)

150 it seems we are no longer welcome to other people's merde

Posted by: French Commie at March 31, 2014 08:16 AM (zOTsN)

151 Since I really know nothing about    Marine    Le Pen   or   Front National (FN), does anyone want to take a crack at translating   some of their policy positions?


http://www.frontnational.com/le-projet-de-marine-le-pen/


Google Translate is some help   but I fear I'll miss the nuances,   and I don't trust the media to tell me    the truth.

Posted by: MWR, Proud Tea(rrorist) Party Bossy Assault Hobbit (or Beth for short) [/u][/i][/s][/b] at March 31, 2014 08:16 AM (4df7R)

152 143 Does the Right in France really object to Socialism? Are do they just want a socialism that is run by French Catholics instead of atheists and muslims?


You misspelled RINO.

Posted by: drill_thrawl at March 31, 2014 08:16 AM (rdiUQ)

153 So, that explains the Jerry Lewis thing, right?

Posted by: Ricardo Kill at March 31, 2014 01:15 PM (gOoFi)

 

Nothing explains the Jerry Lewis thing. Not even Jerry Lewis can explain the Jerry Lewis thing.

Posted by: troyriser at March 31, 2014 08:16 AM (2jF2B)

154 Mais oui! Je vais a la plage! Naturellement!

Posted by: DangerGirl and her Sanity Prod (tm) at March 31, 2014 08:16 AM (zEeUf)

155 Cicero, oui.

Nevergiveup, those prisoner exchanges never quite work out the way the Western Left imagines they should.

Posted by: Anna Puma (+SmuD) at March 31, 2014 08:17 AM (YV5Kj)

156 Ya see, that right there is the problem. Voting the fucking socialists OUT wasn't the fucking disaster. Voting the stupid sumbitches in in the first place was the disaster. Stupid frogs.

Posted by: maddogg at March 31, 2014 08:17 AM (xWW96)

157 1 "Limoges has been ruled by socialists since 1912 -- except during the Vichy years (when the Nazis ruled it) and except for 1946-47, when it was ruled by... Communists. That town has now flipped to a UMP mayor." Which means its been ruled by socialists since 1912, period. Posted by: NotCoach at March 31, 2014 12:17 PM (rsudF) That was the best first comment I've seen in a while. I was just about to make that point.

Posted by: rickl at March 31, 2014 08:17 AM (zoehZ)

158 So, that explains the Jerry Lewis thing, right?

That one I can't explain.  I don't think it's true anymore though.  I think if you ask anyone under 30 about Jerry Lewis and you might get a quizzical look.

Posted by: bonhomme[/i][/b][/i][/b][/s][/s] at March 31, 2014 08:17 AM (gtjN1)

159 But first, you will bleau me.

Posted by: M'elle Gibson at March 31, 2014 08:17 AM (8ZskC)

160 The woman who started our tea party in Texas is French, naturalized American. She was on the front lines in the student revolts which kept France from falling to the commies in what, 1968? She goes to France and talks about the tea party, and finds many people who want to make the French tea party happen. She has been teaching tea party to the French for several years. maybe she is making a dent!

Posted by: MathMom at March 31, 2014 08:17 AM (tYZkY)

161 "Not even Jerry Lewis can explain the Jerry Lewis thing." He's right. Beats the fuck outta me.

Posted by: Jerry Lewis at March 31, 2014 08:17 AM (gOoFi)

162 The only thing I hated about France was all the bladder infections. It was a hygiene joke...here's another. The French National Flower is an Unwashed, Uncut Penis.

Posted by: Foreign Exchange Student at March 31, 2014 08:17 AM (Mix9j)

163 In France, right is relative.  Right, and especially far right, typically means fascist, which is really just another flavor of left.

Posted by: LoneStarHeeb at March 31, 2014 08:17 AM (BZAd3)

164 We don't care what happens the Frogs. They've given us a bad name. They deserve what ever happens to them.

Posted by: Cheese Eaters & Monkeys Association at March 31, 2014 08:18 AM (aDwsi)

165 "But first, you will bleau me. Posted by: M'elle Gibson at "

Posted by: Ricardo Kill at March 31, 2014 08:18 AM (gOoFi)

166 That one I can't explain. I don't think it's true anymore though. I think if you ask anyone under 30 about Jerry Lewis and you might get a quizzical look.

Posted by: bonhomme at March 31, 2014 01:17 PM (gtjN1)




You'd probably get that look from them no matter what you asked them. Unless it was about something vapid and meaningless

Posted by: TheQuietMan at March 31, 2014 08:18 AM (1Jaio)

167

Does the Right in France really object to Socialism? Are do they just want a socialism that is run by French Catholics instead of atheists and muslims?

 

--

Last time I was in Europe, the cathedrals were empty of parishoners, only tourists.     I read somewhere that less than 5% of Europeans attend church    regularly.

Posted by: Vashta Nerada at March 31, 2014 08:19 AM (eoeps)

168 But first, you will bleau me.

I'm afraid I just blue myself.

Posted by: Tobias Fnke at March 31, 2014 08:19 AM (ZKzrr)

169 But first, you will bleau me. Posted by: M'elle Gibson -------------- F'kin thread winner.

Posted by: Mike Hammer at March 31, 2014 08:19 AM (aDwsi)

170 Auhauhauhau!!!

I fart in their general direction.

Posted by: Stu-22 at March 31, 2014 08:19 AM (AiYlm)

171 Ace Wrote: "Limoges has been ruled by socialists since 1912 -- except during the Vichy years (when the Nazis ruled it) and except for 1946-47, when it was ruled by... Communists. That town has now flipped to a UMP mayor." I take exception to this characterization. When the Nazis ruled it, they were socialists too.

Posted by: D-Lamp at March 31, 2014 08:20 AM (bb5+k)

172 M'elle Gibson wins the Internets.

Posted by: garrett at March 31, 2014 08:20 AM (Mix9j)

173
She goes to France and talks about the tea party, and finds many people who want to make the French tea party happen. She has been teaching tea party to the French for several years. maybe she is making a dent!

Posted by: MathMom at March 31, 2014 01:17 PM (tYZkY)



We can certainly hope so, MathMom!

Posted by: MWR, Proud Tea(rrorist) Party Bossy Assault Hobbit (or Beth for short) [/u][/i][/s][/b] at March 31, 2014 08:20 AM (4df7R)

174 So I notice a lot of my more health-conscious friends promoting Chipotle as a healthier alternative to burger joints. So we've decided to choose the cuisine of Mexico -- the only country with an obesity rate higher than America -- as the standard for a healthy diet? I get why people push sushi as healthy -- the Japanese are skinny and live long lives. Not clear why burrito joints get the "healthy food" endorsement.

Posted by: Flatbush Joe at March 31, 2014 08:21 AM (ZPrif)

175 I hope this is just a rumor. One thing has NOTHING to do with the other. This is NOT a middle east bazaar. This is the security of the State of Israel that is involved and lowering it to this disgusting trade would be just dead wrong

Posted by: Nevergiveup at March 31, 2014 01:15 PM (t3UFN)

Bribery using a man's life as ransom, is not cynical at all, and is bound to be the cement for a lasting peace.  How could it be otherwise?

Posted by: LoneStarHeeb at March 31, 2014 08:21 AM (BZAd3)

176 Jonathan Pollard, an Israeli spy serving a life sentence in the United States, and groups of Palestinian prisoners, could be freed under an emerging deal to salvage Middle East peace talks, sources close to the negotiations said on Monday.


I hope this is just a rumor. One thing has NOTHING to do with the other. This is NOT a middle east bazaar. This is the security of the State of Israel that is involved and lowering it to this disgusting trade would be just dead wrong

Posted by: Nevergiveup at March 31, 2014 01:15 PM (t3UFN)

 

No deals, please. Pollard needs to stay in prison until he's dead. He's qualitatively no different from Aimes, Hansen, or the members of the Walker ring.  A traitor is a traitor.  Treason is treason. I don't care who he was spying for.

Posted by: troyriser at March 31, 2014 08:21 AM (2jF2B)

177 Which means its been ruled by socialists since 1912, period. Posted by: NotCoach at March 31, 2014 12:17 PM (rsudF) That was the best first comment I've seen in a while. I was just about to make that point. Posted by: rickl at March 31, 2014 01:17 PM (zoehZ) Yeah, me too. Great minds think alike.

Posted by: D-Lamp at March 31, 2014 08:21 AM (bb5+k)

178

That one I can't explain. I don't think it's true
anymore though. I think if you ask anyone under 30 about Jerry Lewis and
you might get a quizzical look.


Posted by: bonhomme at March 31, 2014 01:17 PM (gtjN1)

 

 

-------------------------------------------------

 

 

That's the look of every citizen of Paris, whether one asks them a question or non.

Posted by: Soona at March 31, 2014 08:21 AM (NM86I)

179 I'm tired of this damn plane being the only thing on the news.

Posted by: Kim Jong Un at March 31, 2014 08:21 AM (Aif/5)

180 Google Translate is some help but I fear I'll miss the nuances, and I don't trust the media to tell me the truth. Posted by: MWR, Proud Tea(rrorist) Party Bossy Assault Hobbit (or Beth for short) at March 31, 2014 01:16 PM (4df7R) It says, "France is fucked up and its shit's all retarded. But don't worry scro, lotsa tards are out there leading kickass lives. My first wife was tarded. She's a pilot now."

Posted by: DangerGirl and her Sanity Prod (tm) at March 31, 2014 08:21 AM (zEeUf)

181
Speaking of moving adroitly right, does France have a National Dance?

Russia has that squat kick thing, we got the Jitterbug, Latins have theirs, I know not that the French dance.

Posted by: Guy Mohawk at March 31, 2014 08:21 AM (0Kobm)

182 There is only way to explain this: the Koch brothers have tampered with our elections.

Posted by: Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault at March 31, 2014 08:22 AM (XxAYS)

183 One of the earliest jokes I remember my mom telling me when I was a kid-



Q. Why do they bury the french with their asses sticking out of the ground?



A. So the germans can park their bicycles.

Posted by: Berserker-Dragonheads Division at March 31, 2014 08:22 AM (FMbng)

184 Meanwhile, some "anti-fascism" groups are protesting the FN's wins in some towns by... threatening political violence.


Because of course they are. 


This is why I want toa ctually know what the hell FN's   legislative and policy priorities are so I can   decide if they're legitimately fascist, or just   not       socialists.

Posted by: MWR, Proud Tea(rrorist) Party Bossy Assault Hobbit (or Beth for short) [/u][/i][/s][/b] at March 31, 2014 08:22 AM (4df7R)

185 Marx pointed out way back in the 1860s that socialism can never be successfully implemented through a democratic process. To be fair to Marx, he gets everything wrong.

Posted by: AmishDude at March 31, 2014 08:23 AM (T0NGe)

186 -- Last time I was in Europe, the cathedrals were empty of parishoners, only tourists. I read somewhere that less than 5% of Europeans attend church regularly. Posted by: Vashta Nerada at March 31, 2014 01:19 PM (eoeps) That will change when the Islamists take over Europe.

Posted by: D-Lamp at March 31, 2014 08:23 AM (bb5+k)

187 This is kinda sad. It's opening day. Empty Seats Galore ‏@EmptySeatsPics Scene behind home plate at the New York Mets game today. #MLB #OpeningDay pic.twitter.com/pSqdK2LaNE

Posted by: Flatbush Joe at March 31, 2014 08:23 AM (ZPrif)

188

Mattress Dancing, Yo !

Posted by: The French at March 31, 2014 08:23 AM (q+zA9)

189 Cicero is en flambé!

Posted by: Guy who always says en [s]fuego[/s] flambe at March 31, 2014 08:23 AM (g4TxM)

190

So I notice a lot of my more health-conscious friends promoting Chipotle as a healthier alternative to burger joints.

So we've decided to choose the cuisine of Mexico -- the only country with an obesity rate higher than America -- as the standard for a healthy diet?

Posted by: Flatbush Joe

 

-

Good one.

Posted by: Vashta Nerada at March 31, 2014 08:24 AM (eoeps)

191 French Prime Minister Ayrault's office says he has resigned as prime minister - @Reuters

Posted by: Meremortal, something's burning.... at March 31, 2014 08:24 AM (1Y+hH)

192 "does France have a National Dance?" Yes. The Reverse Dance. It was adapted from their tanks. YouTube it if you don't believe.

Posted by: Ricardo Kill at March 31, 2014 08:24 AM (gOoFi)

193 Speaking of moving adroitly right, does France have a National Dance?

Posted by: Guy Mohawk


Yes, two in fact.

The Invisible Wall and The Rope.

Posted by: weft cut-loop [/i][/b] at March 31, 2014 08:24 AM (VG9IS)

194 "I know not that the French dance."

The French do dance.
They just don't lead in the dance.

Genetics, I guess

Posted by: Village Idiot's Apprentice at March 31, 2014 08:25 AM (si68n)

195 So we've decided to choose the cuisine of Mexico -- the only country with an obesity rate higher than America -- as the standard for a healthy diet?

I think Polynesia has a higher obesity rate, but point taken.  Mexican food is junk food.

Anecdotally, I actually lost weight eating Mexican food regularly.  I counted my calories and only ate two meals / day.  Mexican is very filling and cheap.

Posted by: bonhomme[/i][/b][/i][/b][/s][/s] at March 31, 2014 08:25 AM (gtjN1)

196 Riot police called in as violent clashes break out across France after far-right National Front win dramatic gains in local elections Be ready for the same here if the Republicans win big in November.

Posted by: AllenG (DedicatedTenther) Ah, F It. at March 31, 2014 08:25 AM (PYAXX)

Posted by: Marcel Marceau at March 31, 2014 08:26 AM (0Kobm)

198 Sacre Bleu! /Allahpundit circa 2005

Posted by: Matticus at March 31, 2014 08:26 AM (0Mr4u)

199 No deals, please. Pollard needs to stay in prison until he's dead. He's qualitatively no different from Aimes, Hansen, or the members of theWalker ring. A traitor is a traitor. Treason is treason. I don't care who he was spying for. Posted by: troyriser at March 31, 2014 01:21 PM (2jF2B) Well that is the point. He was spying for the love of the all mighty dollar. He charged Israel and he also took money from other foreign governments. He is no hero

Posted by: Nevergiveup at March 31, 2014 08:26 AM (t3UFN)

200

Speaking of moving adroitly right, does France have a National Dance?

 

--

 

Yes, roughly translated, it is called 'drop your weapon and run'

Posted by: Vashta Nerada at March 31, 2014 08:26 AM (eoeps)

201 My Dad watched from his tank as the French marched into Paris to celebrate the fact that Americans had liberated it. He said they were quite good at parading.

Posted by: Meremortal, something's burning.... at March 31, 2014 08:26 AM (1Y+hH)

202 /sock

Posted by: The Obvious Sock at March 31, 2014 08:27 AM (q+zA9)

203 So I notice a lot of my more health-conscious friends promoting Chipotle as a healthier alternative to burger joints.

Posted by: Flatbush Joe at March 31, 2014 01:21 PM (ZPrif)


Ha! Yeah so a couple weeks ago a ordered the fabled Chipotle Quesarito. It's a burrito wrapped in a quesadilla. That was a rough night, but completely worth it.

Posted by: Adam Smith's Invisible Pimp Hand at March 31, 2014 08:27 AM (WdbF7)

204 I heard a rumor that Ronan Farrow's real father was Jerry Lewis. Maybe he should move his show to French TV.

Posted by: S. Muldoon at March 31, 2014 08:27 AM (g4TxM)

205  This is kinda sad. It's opening day.
Empty Seats Galore þ@EmptySeatsPics
Scene behind home plate at the New York Mets game today. #MLB #OpeningDay pic.twitter.com/pSqdK2LaNE

Posted by: Flatbush Joe at March 31, 2014 01:23 PM (ZPrif)

 

 

---------------------------------------

 

 

C'mon.  It's a Mets game. 

Posted by: Soona at March 31, 2014 08:27 AM (NM86I)

206 191 "does France have a National Dance?" Le Marche Futile!

Posted by: Bevel Lemelisk at March 31, 2014 08:27 AM (5tpzF)

207 "Cauchemaresque" I guessed it to mean "unexpectedly" Turns out it is nightmarish.

Posted by: fluffy at March 31, 2014 08:27 AM (Ua6T/)

208 "He said they were quite good at parading." The question then comes up, in what direction?

Posted by: Ricardo Kill at March 31, 2014 08:28 AM (gOoFi)

209 I know not that the French dance. Posted by: Guy ----------------- Minuet. Involves the same moves that we make when check our shoes for doggy doo.

Posted by: Mike Hammer at March 31, 2014 08:28 AM (aDwsi)

210 Speaking of moving adroitly right, does France have a National Dance?

Russia has that squat kick thing, we got the Jitterbug, Latins have theirs, I know not that the French dance.

Posted by: Guy Mohawk at March 31, 2014 01:21 PM (0Kobm)



I don't know if they have a national dance per se, but   the French have contributed quite a bit to the history of dance.   The minuet, the gavotte, the farandole, the rondeau, just to name a few.   And there's always the can-can.

Posted by: MWR, Proud Tea(rrorist) Party Bossy Assault Hobbit (or Beth for short) [/u][/i][/s][/b] at March 31, 2014 08:28 AM (4df7R)

211

Speaking of moving adroitly right, does France have a National Dance?

 

The Humpty-hump?

Posted by: Insomniac at March 31, 2014 08:28 AM (DrWcr)

212 186 This is kinda sad. It's opening day.
Empty Seats Galore ‏@EmptySeatsPics
Scene behind home plate at the New York Mets game today. #MLB #OpeningDay pic.twitter.com/pSqdK2LaNE

Posted by: Flatbush Joe at March 31, 2014 01:23 PM (ZPrif)


Well, Mets.

Posted by: joncelli at March 31, 2014 08:28 AM (RD7QR)

213 Soccer blows.

Posted by: S. Muldoon at March 31, 2014 08:29 AM (g4TxM)

214 C'mon. It's a Mets game. Posted by: Soona isn't it also, like, 40 degrees in NYC today? Plus citifield is windy as hell

Posted by: French Commie at March 31, 2014 08:29 AM (zOTsN)

215 I get why people push sushi as healthy -- the Japanese are skinny and live long lives. Not clear why burrito joints get the "healthy food" endorsement.

Because people still internalize the out of date "carbs are good, fat is bad" advice from the government that made Americans fat in the first place.

Posted by: Ian S. at March 31, 2014 08:29 AM (B/VB5)

216
All the children sing
All the dancers start to sway in time
The orchestra begins to play
Somebody pours the wine
The sun and moon collide
Isn't gravity a funny thing
The universe explodes apart
All the children sing

Posted by: Islamic Rage Boy at March 31, 2014 08:29 AM (e8kgV)

217 This is kinda sad. It's opening day. Empty Seats Galore þ@EmptySeatsPics Scene behind home plate at the New York Mets game today. #MLB #OpeningDay pic.twitter.com/pSqdK2LaNE

I was looking into AllStar Club tickets for the Mariners opening home game.  $219/ticket.  I might do it.

Posted by: bonhomme[/i][/b][/i][/b][/s][/s] at March 31, 2014 08:29 AM (gtjN1)

218 I like Mexican food. I like Chipotle. But I really doubt that it's any healthier than McDonalds or Burger King or KFC. I have friends who would never step into a McD's. They'll wail and scream at how horrible it is for you. But they'll go to Chipotle. Odd. http://www.cbsnews.com/news/mexico-takes-title-of-most-obese-from-america/

Posted by: Flatbush Joe at March 31, 2014 08:29 AM (ZPrif)

219 plus the seats behind home plate belong to banks. They aren't going to a day game when its 40

Posted by: French Commie at March 31, 2014 08:30 AM (zOTsN)

220 Because people still internalize the out of date "carbs are good, fat is bad" advice from the government that made Americans fat in the first place. Also because "it has vegetables!" By which logic, pizza is a health food.

Posted by: AllenG (DedicatedTenther) Ah, F It. at March 31, 2014 08:30 AM (PYAXX)

221 When the French are doing freedom better than we are... watch for low-flying pigs.

Posted by: tangonine at March 31, 2014 08:30 AM (x3YFz)

222 The Mets are the French of the NL.

Posted by: garrett at March 31, 2014 08:31 AM (Mix9j)

223 In honor of opening day.



Q: What is the difference between a bucket of shit and an New York Mets fan?

A: The bucket.
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Q: What do New York Mets fans and sperm have in common?

A: One in 3,000,000 has a chance of becoming a human being.
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Q: Why did the Post Office recall their latest stamps?

A: They had pictures of Mets players on them and people couldn't figure out which side to spit on.





Posted by: phreshone at March 31, 2014 08:31 AM (kFxpe)

224 96 The French do not use Waterloo to refer to a smashing defeat the same way that Southerners call it "Lee's Retreat" rather than "Grants Advance" [drill runs for cover] Posted by: drill_thrawl at March 31, 2014 01:04 PM (rdiUQ Lee's retreat was after Gettysburg. Grant was not at Gettysburg, so he could not have lead an "advance". He was in Vicksburg, MS

Posted by: Nip Sip at March 31, 2014 08:31 AM (0FSuD)

225 I think if President Obama went to France to help the people the elections would have differnet because the French people trust President Obama and his wife. They are proud of him too !

Posted by: Dorcus Blimline at March 31, 2014 08:31 AM (h0ygp)

226 Because people still internalize the out of date "carbs are good, fat is bad" advice from the government that made Americans fat in the first place.

I don't see how that answers the question.  Mexican food is all carbs;  tortillas, rice, beans.

Posted by: bonhomme[/i][/b][/i][/b][/s][/s] at March 31, 2014 08:31 AM (9PrpA)

227 The economist says that one of the possible replacements for PM is a liberal, which in Europe means libertarian.

Posted by: Adam Smith's Invisible Pimp Hand at March 31, 2014 08:32 AM (WdbF7)

228 "Cauchemaresque" means couchfucker, right?

Posted by: DangerGirl and her Sanity Prod (tm) at March 31, 2014 08:32 AM (zEeUf)

229 Back from planting my new tree.  Now watch it come up a hard freeze even though nothing lower than 40 is predicted out as far as they go.

Posted by: Vic[/i] at March 31, 2014 08:32 AM (T2V/1)

230 The question then comes up, in what direction? Posted by: Ricardo Kill at March 31, 2014 01:28 PM (gOoFi) Patton had secured the city and the surrounding area, so the French were able to march forward into the city! It was glorious.

Posted by: Meremortal, something's burning.... at March 31, 2014 08:32 AM (1Y+hH)

231 I heard the Mets are going to Brooklyn now

Posted by: French Commie at March 31, 2014 08:32 AM (zOTsN)

232 Mexican food is all carbs; tortillas, rice, beans. You forgot the Manteca.

Posted by: garrett at March 31, 2014 08:32 AM (Mix9j)

233 does France have a National Dance? Dance of the Female Baboon in Estrus, IIRC Lots of screeching, prancing around, and presenting one's hindquarters for mounting.

Posted by: Krebs v Carnot: Epic Battle of the Cycling Stars [/i] [/b] [/s] [/u] at March 31, 2014 08:33 AM (HsTG8)

234 Rachael Ray begins her new career as a Regime Propagandist in fine fettle with her Joe Biden interview.: I have to ask you, (Joe Biden), you have the most glowing, perfect skin of any person I've ever seen. I really want to know what moisturizer you use. I love moisturizers, my husband is a moisturizer as well. Would you tell me... These Regime Propagandists disgust me more every day.

Posted by: Citizen X at March 31, 2014 08:33 AM (7ObY1)

235
I like throwing out random questions just for the entertaining answers you morons/ettes give.  Rarely a disappointment.

Posted by: Guy Mohawk at March 31, 2014 08:33 AM (0Kobm)

236 So, what you're saying is the less leftist group beat the more leftist group?

Posted by: Christopher Taylor at March 31, 2014 08:33 AM (zfY+H)

237 Back from planting my new tree.

What'cha got?

I'm not a gardener, can you get Baobab trees?  I think having one would be cool.

Posted by: bonhomme[/i][/b][/i][/b][/s][/s] at March 31, 2014 08:33 AM (9PrpA)

238 U.S. officials say the country is looking to sell or dispose of billions of dollars in military hardware, including sophisticated and highly specialized mine resistant vehicles, as it packs up to leave Afghanistan after 13 years of war. ???? Not sure it would fit in my garage?

Posted by: Nevergiveup at March 31, 2014 08:34 AM (t3UFN)

239 I love moisturizers, my husband is a moisturizer as well. Would you tell me... "My husband is a moisturizer?" Alright. Go at it, horde.

Posted by: AllenG (DedicatedTenther) Ah, F It. at March 31, 2014 08:34 AM (PYAXX)

240 My dad was tasked with instructing Free French pilots. Their greatest talent was vomiting, he said.

Posted by: Mike Hammer at March 31, 2014 08:34 AM (aDwsi)

241 The #1 thing Citizen X hopes no woman says about him, ever: "My husband is a moisturizer."

Posted by: Citizen X at March 31, 2014 08:34 AM (7ObY1)

242 I don't see how that answers the question. Mexican food is all carbs; tortillas, rice, beans.

Exactly.  So people who think carbs are the greatest will think Mexican is "healthy".  Especially when you add in the easily visible vegetables, like Allen G. noted.

Posted by: Ian S. at March 31, 2014 08:34 AM (B/VB5)

243 I'm not a gardener, can you get Baobab trees? I think having one would be cool. I want a gopher tree, but the d*mn gophers won't stay planted.

Posted by: AllenG (DedicatedTenther) Ah, F It. at March 31, 2014 08:34 AM (PYAXX)

244 my husband is a moisturizer as well. They make adult diapers for that now a days

Posted by: Nevergiveup at March 31, 2014 08:34 AM (t3UFN)

245 "My husband is a moisturizer?" Now with Convenient Pump!

Posted by: garrett at March 31, 2014 08:34 AM (Mix9j)

246

Russia has that squat kick thing, we got the Jitterbug, Latins have theirs, I know not that the French dance.

 

You had one eye in the mirror as you watched yourself gavotte.

Posted by: Carly Simon at March 31, 2014 08:34 AM (JtwS4)

247
Hopefully the Macerena is not heard at Chipolte.

Posted by: Guy Mohawk at March 31, 2014 08:34 AM (0Kobm)

248 "My husband is a moisturizer?" You're soaking in it!

Posted by: Krebs v Carnot: Epic Battle of the Cycling Stars [/i] [/b] [/s] [/u] at March 31, 2014 08:35 AM (HsTG8)

249 Why is the US military dumping mine-resistant vehicles everywhere? Did they build the transmission out of tin or something?

Posted by: Chris_Balsz at March 31, 2014 08:35 AM (5xmd7)

250 Tragédie nationale est une tradition en France.

youtube.com/watch?v=F8QpGS9i91c

Posted by: Les Bee Gees at March 31, 2014 08:35 AM (oJUxt)

251 "My husband is a moisturizer?" Alright. Go at it, horde.
** squirt **

Posted by: A. Weiner at March 31, 2014 08:35 AM (Ua6T/)

252 "My husband is a moisturizer?" Yep, my first thought was....ut oh, here we go...

Posted by: Meremortal, something's burning.... at March 31, 2014 08:35 AM (1Y+hH)

253 I could go for a mine-resistant Hummer. Okay..., I may have teed one up there..

Posted by: Mike Hammer at March 31, 2014 08:36 AM (aDwsi)

254 Posted by: zombie at March 31, 2014 01:10 PM (mizYg)

The modern day ones have figured out that if you transform slowly enough over a century or so while also seizing popular media, the transition can be done and the people can be made to believe that hell is heaven and heaven is hell.

(See: America 2003-2008 and America 2009-Present.)

Posted by: Mega, AoS Commenter of the Holocene Epoch at March 31, 2014 08:36 AM (hHFOx)

255 70% of Mexicans are overweight. Maybe their eating habits aren't the ideal to copy.

Posted by: Flatbush Joe at March 31, 2014 08:36 AM (ZPrif)

256 I'm also a Leave-In Conditioner.

Posted by: Moisturizing Husband at March 31, 2014 08:36 AM (Mix9j)

257 Why is the US military dumping mine-resistant vehicles everywhere? Did they build the transmission out of tin or something? Posted by: Chris_Balsz at March 31, 2014 01:35 PM (5xmd7) Afghanistan is land locked. We have no friends bordering Afghanistan. It might be cheaper to give them away rather than blowing them up. You have to pack light when you cut and run. Shit like that

Posted by: Nevergiveup at March 31, 2014 08:36 AM (t3UFN)

258 I love moisturizers, my husband is a moisturizer as well. Would you tell me... These Regime Propagandists disgust me more every day. Posted by: Citizen X at March 31, 2014 01:33 PM (7ObY1) Her husband is a moisturizer as well. Oh so *types* *deletes* *types* *deletes* Not only is this not the ONT but I would be All The Pinch Face Scolded if I typed what I want to type.

Posted by: alexthechick - SMOD/Orion Death Star 2016 at March 31, 2014 08:37 AM (mf5HN)

259 She called me a what? I swear I'm gonna divorce that damn uni-titted hoarse whisperer.

Posted by: Rachael Ray's Husband at March 31, 2014 08:37 AM (7ObY1)

260 70% of Mexicans are overweight. Maybe their eating habits aren't the ideal to copy. We should discuss this. After a Chimichanga and a Siesta...

Posted by: garrett at March 31, 2014 08:37 AM (Mix9j)

261 I can succeed where Piers failed.

Posted by: Smerconish at March 31, 2014 08:37 AM (Aif/5)

262 So, Fatbush, do you tell your friends Chipolte isn't healthy?

Posted by: DangerGirl and her Sanity Prod (tm) at March 31, 2014 08:37 AM (zEeUf)

263

Why is the US military dumping mine-resistant vehicles everywhere?

 

Posted by: Chris_Balsz

 

--

 

No kidding - this will mess with     my    border control plan.

Posted by: Vashta Nerada at March 31, 2014 08:37 AM (eoeps)

264 236  What'cha got?

I'm not a gardener, can you get Baobab trees? I think having one would be cool.

Posted by: bonhomme at March 31, 2014 01:33 PM (9PrpA)



Jane's Magnolia, sometimes called a tulip tree. 

Posted by: Vic[/i] at March 31, 2014 08:38 AM (T2V/1)

265 So, I assume the Obamacare website is down on purpose to justify future extensions.

Posted by: Flatbush Joe at March 31, 2014 01:16 PM (ZPrif)

Never ascribe to malice that which can readily be explained by incompetence.

Posted by: Mega, AoS Commenter of the Holocene Epoch at March 31, 2014 08:38 AM (hHFOx)

266 228 Back from planting my new tree. Now watch it come up a hard freeze even though nothing lower than 40 is predicted out as far as they go. Posted by: Vic at March 31, 2014 01:32 PM (T2V/1) You've been there too? Pour all the love and hard work into picking the spot, getting the tree in, setting up the drip system. 10 degree cold snap. (lotsa cussin)

Posted by: tangonine at March 31, 2014 08:38 AM (x3YFz)

267 Oops thats Flatbush...this tiny keyboard kills me. Sorry.

Posted by: DangerGirl and her Sanity Prod (tm) at March 31, 2014 08:38 AM (zEeUf)

268 Why is the US military dumping mine-resistant vehicles everywhere? Did they build the transmission out of tin or something?

Downscaling the military (which tends to be conservative and might question the executive order declaring Ace a war criminal) and upscaling local law enforcement (who have already shown a willingness to fire upon their neighbors willy-nilly if cool gear is involved).

Posted by: Ian S. at March 31, 2014 08:38 AM (B/VB5)

269 heh The Onion ‏@TheOnion Flight Attendant Quietly Informs First Class Passengers Where Real Emergency Exits Are http://onion.com/1gh1evA

Posted by: Flatbush Joe at March 31, 2014 08:38 AM (ZPrif)

270 So, what you're saying is the less leftist group beat the more leftist group?

Posted by: Christopher Taylor at March 31, 2014 01:33 PM (zfY+H)

 

 

---------------------------------------------

 

 

In Europe, that's pretty much what it boils down to. 

Posted by: Soona at March 31, 2014 08:38 AM (NM86I)

271 Don't worry, I've switched to a new, ' No Tears ' formula.

Posted by: Moisturizing Husband at March 31, 2014 08:39 AM (Mix9j)

272 I want a gopher tree, but the d*mn gophers won't stay planted.

Building an Arc?

Posted by: bonhomme[/i][/b][/i][/b][/s][/s] at March 31, 2014 08:39 AM (9PrpA)

273 Jane's Magnolia, sometimes called a tulip tree. Posted by: Vic at March 31, 2014 01:38 PM (T2V/1) That's a good one. Under no circumstances ever get a tulip poplar - weak wood and dropping crap all the time.

Posted by: Krebs v Carnot: Epic Battle of the Cycling Stars [/i] [/b] [/s] [/u] at March 31, 2014 08:39 AM (HsTG8)

274 This shit always seems to happen. People vote socialists in, the economy crumbles. Then they vote them out. And 10 years later, they vote them back in. In France, in Germany, in Italy, you name it. New York City

Posted by: McCool at March 31, 2014 08:40 AM (nCSwS)

275 Not only is this not the ONT but I would be All The Pinch Face Scolded if I typed what I want to type. Seriously, that's like talking loudly in public about your teenage son getting jock-itch when he doesn't dry properly after the shower (a conversation I was unlucky enough to overhear once; I'm sure the kid in question just loved his dad shouting that so that everyone in 100 yards could hear it). Or maybe RR's husband isn't so much "metro" as "passing" in which case maybe he doesn't mind.

Posted by: AllenG (DedicatedTenther) Ah, F It. at March 31, 2014 08:40 AM (PYAXX)

276 I'm having French fries for lunch today to celebrate the anti-SSM vote in France!

Posted by: Percy Gryce at March 31, 2014 08:40 AM (/JTkz)

277 Why is the US military dumping mine-resistant vehicles everywhere? Posted by: Chris_Balsz They're dropping them dirt cheap through DRMO (if it's called that anymore). Police depts can pick them up for a song. but not you, citizen!

Posted by: tangonine at March 31, 2014 08:40 AM (x3YFz)

278 Jane's Magnolia, sometimes called a tulip tree.

I hope it survives, the pictures online are lovely.

Posted by: bonhomme[/i][/b][/i][/b][/s][/s] at March 31, 2014 08:41 AM (9PrpA)

279 265  10 degree cold snap. (lotsa cussin)

Posted by: tangonine at March 31, 2014 01:38 PM (x3YFz)



Yep, this is the second one I planted.  The last one got up about 4 feet and then a 3 day cold snap in May killed it. (mid 20s)

Posted by: Vic[/i] at March 31, 2014 08:41 AM (T2V/1)

280 Wow Mets up 3-0 top of the 2nd

Posted by: Nevergiveup at March 31, 2014 08:41 AM (t3UFN)

281 Building an Arc? Posted by: bonhomme at March 31, 2014 01:39 PM (9PrpA) 1:10 scale model.

Posted by: AllenG (DedicatedTenther) Ah, F It. at March 31, 2014 08:41 AM (PYAXX)

282 "227 "Cauchemaresque" means couchfucker, right?" No, it means "clown fucker" but you were damn close.

Posted by: Ricardo Kill at March 31, 2014 08:41 AM (gOoFi)

283

Posted by: Smerconish

 

He went to my high school, two years behind me.  That's all I have, I didn't know him.

Posted by: Frumious Bandersnatch at March 31, 2014 08:41 AM (JtwS4)

284 Well, the frogs must be upset. NY Slime reports French government resigns, new PM to be appointed. "It's a really big deal"

Posted by: Nip Sip at March 31, 2014 08:41 AM (0FSuD)

285 weak wood and dropping crap all the time. Posted by: Krebs v Carnot: Epic Battle of the Cycling Stars™ at March 31, 2014 01:39 PM (HsTG so many jokes, so little time.

Posted by: tangonine at March 31, 2014 08:42 AM (x3YFz)

286 Too bad this story couldn't also be the story of Obama.

Posted by: MacGruber at March 31, 2014 08:42 AM (XxAYS)

287 They're dropping them dirt cheap through DRMO (if it's called that anymore). Police depts can pick them up for a song. but not you, citizen! Posted by: tangonine at March 31, 2014 01:40 PM (x3YFz) they are no bringing most to them home. They are disposing of them over there

Posted by: Nevergiveup at March 31, 2014 08:42 AM (t3UFN)

288

weak wood and dropping crap all the time

 

In many ways, this is the story of Barack Obama.

Posted by: Insomniac at March 31, 2014 08:42 AM (DrWcr)

289 ""It's a really big deal" Big Fuckin' Deal.

Posted by: Joey Choo Choo at March 31, 2014 08:42 AM (gOoFi)

290 Seriously, that's like talking loudly in public about your teenage son getting jock-itch when he doesn't dry properly after the shower (a conversation I was unlucky enough to overhear once; I'm sure the kid in question just loved his dad shouting that so that everyone in 100 yards could hear it).

Teenaged son probably pissed off his Dad.  So Dad said, "I haven't embarrassed you enough lately, howzabout this one..."

Posted by: bonhomme[/i][/b][/i][/b][/s][/s] at March 31, 2014 08:43 AM (9PrpA)

291 Lee's retreat was after Gettysburg. Grant was not at Gettysburg, so he could not have lead an "advance". He was in Vicksburg, MS


Um, no.  Lee's Retreat refers to the Army of Northern Virginia running away from Grant and the Army of the Potomac in 1865. Ending with the surrender of the South at Appomattox Court House.

Gettysburg was 1863. But you are correct that Grant was in Vicksburg at the time.And while Lee did retreat from Gettysburg the North did not follow.

http://www.civilwartraveler.com/EAST/VA/va-southside/index.html


Posted by: drill_thrawl at March 31, 2014 08:43 AM (rdiUQ)

292 277  I hope it survives, the pictures online are lovely.

Posted by: bonhomme at March 31, 2014 01:41 PM (9PrpA)



Yep the first time I saw one in bloom I looked at wifey and said  gots to have one of those.

Posted by: Vic[/i] at March 31, 2014 08:43 AM (T2V/1)

293 Under no circumstances ever get a tulip poplar - weak wood and dropping crap all the time. Posted by: Krebs v Carnot: Epic Battle of the Cycling Stars? at March 31, 2014 01:39 PM (HsTG Amen. Between the petals, pokey thingies and all the aphid sap, those trees are a freaking disaster.

Posted by: DangerGirl and her Sanity Prod (tm) at March 31, 2014 08:43 AM (zEeUf)

294 248 Why is the US military dumping mine-resistant vehicles everywhere? Did they build the transmission out of tin or something? Posted by: Chris_Balsz at March 31, 2014 01:35 PM (5xmd7) Because you can only predeploy to Police Depts, so much equipment... before the citizenry would notice...

Posted by: Romeo13 at March 31, 2014 08:43 AM (84gbM)

295 so many jokes, so little time. Posted by: tangonine at March 31, 2014 01:42 PM (x3YFz) Yeah, I didn't read that one closely enough before posting, obviously.

Posted by: Krebs v Carnot: Epic Battle of the Cycling Stars [/i] [/b] [/s] [/u] at March 31, 2014 08:43 AM (HsTG8)

296 And there's always the can-can.

Posted by: MWR, Proud Tea(rrorist) Party Bossy Assault Hobbit (or Beth for short) at March 31, 2014 01:28 PM (4df7R)

Pics or the dance doesn't exist.

Posted by: Mega, AoS Commenter of the Holocene Epoch at March 31, 2014 08:43 AM (hHFOx)

297 They're dropping them dirt cheap through DRMO (if it's called that anymore). Police depts can pick them up for a song.


I wonder what said police depts will do when they need maintenance and spare parts.

Will they be able to order parts and get them serviced from DoD?

Posted by: EC at March 31, 2014 08:43 AM (GQ8sn)

298 Teenaged son probably pissed off his Dad. So Dad said, "I haven't embarrassed you enough lately, howzabout this one..." Could be, but that still doesn't change how embarrassing it had to be.

Posted by: AllenG (DedicatedTenther) Ah, F It. at March 31, 2014 08:44 AM (PYAXX)

299 Seriously, that's like talking loudly in public about your teenage son getting jock-itch when he doesn't dry properly after the shower (a conversation I was unlucky enough to overhear once; I'm sure the kid in question just loved his dad shouting that so that everyone in 100 yards could hear it). Or maybe RR's husband isn't so much "metro" as "passing" in which case maybe he doesn't mind. Posted by: AllenG (DedicatedTenther) Ah, F It. at March 31, 2014 01:40 PM (PYAXX) Yeah but if he's passing then *deletes more* Out! Out vile tempter of getting me to actually type it out! I was once in line in WalMart behind a woman who was very very loudly discussing selling her kids' SSNs to other people for them to use for the earned income credit and the amount of kickback she was getting per kid. Because I know that I always bellow out my fraud in WalMart.

Posted by: alexthechick - SMOD/Orion Death Star 2016 at March 31, 2014 08:44 AM (mf5HN)

300 Well Adam Laroche hits 2 run dinger and now Washington only done 3-2 to Mets.

Posted by: Nevergiveup at March 31, 2014 08:46 AM (t3UFN)

301 264 So, I assume the Obamacare website is down on purpose to justify future extensions. Posted by: Flatbush Joe at March 31, 2014 01:16 PM (ZPrif) Never ascribe to malice that which can readily be explained by incompetence. Posted by: Mega, AoS Commenter of the Holocene Epoch at March 31, 2014 01:38 PM (hHFOx) They brought down the semi-functioning website to mourn the loss of the French elections.

Posted by: tangonine at March 31, 2014 08:46 AM (x3YFz)

302 I like hearing people yelling in Times Square that they are selling green cards.

Posted by: blaster at March 31, 2014 08:46 AM (4+AaH)

303 So, I assume the Obamacare website is down on purpose to justify future extensions. Posted by: Flatbush Joe at March 31, 2014 01:16 PM (ZPrif) *points wildly* I already said that this morning!

As Insty noted, we're all becoming conspiracy theorists now.

Posted by: alexthechick - SMOD/Orion Death Star 2016 at March 31, 2014 08:47 AM (mf5HN)

304 All the Dems on TV today that I heard are lying their asses off about the obamacare numbers

Posted by: Nevergiveup at March 31, 2014 08:47 AM (t3UFN)

305 Well Adam Laroche hits 2 run dinger and now Washington only done 3-2 to Mets.

Olde tymie slang is funny.

Posted by: bonhomme[/i][/b][/i][/b][/s][/s] at March 31, 2014 08:47 AM (9PrpA)

306 >>227 "Cauchemaresque" means couchfucker, right?" Exhibit A of why French has long been considered the language of Romance. …..but that's actually futonfucker

Posted by: ontherocks at March 31, 2014 08:48 AM (tmfG5)

307 All the Dems on TV today that I heard are lying their asses off about the obamacare numbers They'll make it to 7 million sign-ups if they have to sign up your dead granny 2 million times.

Posted by: AllenG (DedicatedTenther) Ah, F It. at March 31, 2014 08:48 AM (PYAXX)

308 Because I know that I always bellow out my fraud in WalMart. Posted by: alexthechick - SMOD/Orion Death Star 2016 at March 31, 2014 01:44 PM (mf5HN) wow. multiple questions, but let's start with "so when her kids are 65...?"

Posted by: tangonine at March 31, 2014 08:48 AM (x3YFz)

309 *points wildly*

Guard your boys, boys.  She's gesticulating.

Posted by: bonhomme[/i][/b][/i][/b][/s][/s] at March 31, 2014 08:48 AM (9PrpA)

310 Guard your boys, boys. She's gesticulating.

Posted by: bonhomme at March 31, 2014 01:48 PM (9PrpA)



Hey, that rhymes with 'testiculating'!

Posted by: EC at March 31, 2014 08:49 AM (GQ8sn)

311 Jane's Magnolia, sometimes called a tulip tree. We have one in our front yard that I'd guess is at least forty years old. Beautiful flowers (but messy when the petals drop) whose blooming time has gotten cut short by cold snaps in about 40% of the seventeen years that we've lived here.

Posted by: Krebs v Carnot: Epic Battle of the Cycling Stars [/i] [/b] [/s] [/u] at March 31, 2014 08:49 AM (HsTG8)

312 They're dropping them dirt cheap through DRMO (if it's called that anymore). Police depts can pick them up for a song.


How do they plan to get them back across the pond from Afghanistan?   I'm guessing the military isn't going to foot that bill or they'd just keep 'em.

Posted by: MWR, Proud Tea(rrorist) Party Bossy Assault Hobbit (or Beth for short) [/u][/i][/s][/b] at March 31, 2014 08:49 AM (4df7R)

313 Interesting. I can't imagine local U.S. races swinging between left and right like that. So much of our politics is locked in due to demographics.
Posted by: CJ

That's probably my biggest concern.  No matter how big a failure Obama and Democrats are, you're not going to see many non-whites changing their mind.  I don't know what changes that dynamic.

It's really only the white part of our electorate that's "up for grabs" and that percentage keeps shrinking. 

Had we had the same demographics we had in the 80's, Romney would have won an epic landslide.  He actually got a larger percentage of white voters than Reagan when he won 49 states.

Posted by: McAdams at March 31, 2014 08:49 AM (dZ1C9)

314 Teenaged son probably pissed off his Dad. So Dad said, "I haven't embarrassed you enough lately, howzabout this one..."


In this day and age, i really doubt it.   Especially if   the guy was talking on a cellphone.

Posted by: MWR, Proud Tea(rrorist) Party Bossy Assault Hobbit (or Beth for short) [/u][/i][/s][/b] at March 31, 2014 08:50 AM (4df7R)

315 Had we had the same demographics we had in the 80's, Romney would have won an epic landslide. He actually got a larger percentage of white voters than Reagan when he won 49 states.

*spits*

Thanks for that, Ted Kennedy.

Posted by: bonhomme[/i][/b][/i][/b][/s][/s] at March 31, 2014 08:51 AM (9PrpA)

316 "I'm not sure if they understand what "anti-fascism" means."

They know what it means. It means the same as anarchist means to people in the UK.

nothing.

Posted by: testing at March 31, 2014 08:52 AM (9R4HJ)

317 In a shocking, epic turnaround, the Democrats only won 85% of the African-American vote and not their usual 95%. The crazy flip-flop electorate of modern America.

Posted by: Future Headline at March 31, 2014 08:52 AM (ZPrif)

318 How do they plan to get them back across the pond from Afghanistan? I'm guessing the military isn't going to foot that bill or they'd just keep 'em. Posted by: MWR, Proud Tea(rrorist) Party Bossy Assault Hobbit (or Beth for short) at March 31, 2014 01:49 PM (4df7R) They don't plan to. That is the whole point. They will blow them up over there before they do that. As I said when you cut and run, this type of shit happens

Posted by: Nevergiveup at March 31, 2014 08:52 AM (t3UFN)

319 In this day and age, i really doubt it. Especially if the guy was talking on a cellphone. It was 20-ish years ago.

Posted by: AllenG (DedicatedTenther) Ah, F It. at March 31, 2014 08:52 AM (PYAXX)

320 Wait, what? I can sell my son's SSN for profit? My comment on the RR thing is that obviously her husband is a moron cause the morons here have been telling us ettes for years that it is a moisturizer. I believe at one point there was even a move afoot to bottle it and sell it.

Posted by: ParanoidGirlinSeattle at March 31, 2014 08:52 AM (RZ8pf)

321

That's probably my biggest concern. No matter how big a failure Obama and Democrats are, you're not going to see many non-whites changing their mind. I don't know what changes that dynamic.

It's really only the white part of our electorate that's "up for grabs" and that percentage keeps shrinking.

Had we had the same demographics we had in the 80's, Romney would have won an epic landslide. He actually got a larger percentage of white voters than Reagan when he won 49 states.

Posted by: McAdams at March 31, 2014 01:49 PM (dZ1C9)

 

 

We'll fix that with Amnesty by another name!

Posted by: Your GOP at March 31, 2014 08:52 AM (D+lxs)

322 Well Adam Laroche hits 2 run dinger and now Washington only done 3-2 to Mets.

Olde tymie slang is funny.


A home run is called a "dinger" because George Washington hit one off the Liberty Bell at the Polo Grounds during the American Revolution. It was the first home run ever broadcast live in slow motion on TV.

Posted by: Joey B. at March 31, 2014 08:52 AM (hHFOx)

323 How do they plan to get them back across the pond from Afghanistan? I'm guessing the military isn't going to foot that bill or they'd just keep 'em. Posted by: MWR, Proud Tea(rrorist) Party Bossy Assault Hobbit (or Beth for short) at March 31, 2014 01:49 PM (4df7R) Well, can't be leaving them there. Some do get sold to *cough* friendly nations under SOFA agreements, most get C-130/141/5'd home for parts. Then operational TOE says you keep 20, if you have 23, you drop 3 on the DRMO market and the money goes to pay for Obama's next round of golf.

Posted by: tangonine at March 31, 2014 08:53 AM (x3YFz)

324 Um, no. Lee's Retreat refers to the Army of Northern Virginia running away from Grant and the Army of the Potomac in 1865. Ending with the surrender of the South at Appomattox Court House.

Gettysburg was 1863. But you are correct that Grant was in Vicksburg at the time.And while Lee did retreat from Gettysburg the North did not follow.

http://www.civilwartraveler.com/EAST/VA/va-southside/index.html


Posted by: drill_thrawl at March 31, 2014 01:43 PM (rdiUQ)

 

I'm something of a Civil War buff and I've never heard or read of those expressions before; i.e., 'Lee's Retreat', 'Grant's Advance'. And while I'm no big fan of either General Lee or the Confederacy, it isn't true that Lee 'ran away' from Grant at Petersburg, the final campaign of the Civil War. Grant would continually strive to flank Lee; Lee would then move and adjust his lines to check the flanking maneuver. This went on for months until--finally--attrition through death, disease and desertion was too great and Lee could no longer hold back the Union Army. Whatever that is, it isn't 'running away'.

Posted by: troyriser at March 31, 2014 08:53 AM (2jF2B)

325 As Insty noted, we're all becoming conspiracy theorists now. Posted by: alexthechick - SMOD/Orion Death Star 2016 at March 31, 2014 01:47 PM (mf5HN) You are not paranoid if they ARE out to get you. You are not an Islamaphobe when you have read, and have a RATIONAL Fear of Islam and its teachings. You are not a Sexist when you acknowledge the physical fact that Men and Women are different. You are not a Racist, when its their CULTURE you do not like... or when you want them to follow the same rules as are put on you... oh.... and TANSTAAFL....

Posted by: Romeo13 at March 31, 2014 08:53 AM (84gbM)

326 >I don't know if they have a national dance per se, but the French have contributed quite a bit to the history of dance. The minuet, the gavotte, the farandole, the rondeau, just to name a few. And there's always the can-can.

Posted by: MWR, Proud Tea(rrorist) Party Bossy Assault Hobbit (or Beth for short) at March 31, 2014 01:28 PM (4df7R)<



Can-can plus trampoline equals epic win.

Posted by: Muad'dib at March 31, 2014 08:54 AM (sjdRT)

327 @290 That was why I was confused with your reference, because the Yankees did not follow after Gettysburg. You are talking about Lee leaving Richmond after the siege of Petersburg in a last ditch attempt to find food and hook up with the forces from Martinsville. Unfortunately the trains and food had been destroyed. Glad you won?

Posted by: Nip Sip at March 31, 2014 08:54 AM (0FSuD)

328

Hey, if we want to be more like Europe we should...

kick the socialists out!!

Posted by: UncleJefe at March 31, 2014 08:54 AM (25KoS)

329 And Bryce Harper starts the season with a concussion as he tries to chop block to break up the double play. Lasted a whole two innings without a self-inflicted concussion. Charlie Hustle of Frickin' Idiot?

Posted by: Flatbush Joe at March 31, 2014 08:55 AM (ZPrif)

330 Glad you won? Posted by: Nip Sip at March 31, 2014 01:54 PM (0FSuD) LOL... the Civil War never actually ended. Not a judgement, just an observation.

Posted by: tangonine at March 31, 2014 08:55 AM (x3YFz)

331 Well suck my blue cheese, what else can I say?

Posted by: I can't see Russia from here at March 31, 2014 08:55 AM (ld2OA)

332 That's probably my biggest concern. No matter how big a failure Obama and Democrats are, you're not going to see many non-whites changing their mind. I don't know what changes that dynamic. This.

Posted by: AmishDude at March 31, 2014 08:56 AM (T0NGe)

333 It feels like I win when I lose . . . Waterloo!

Posted by: ABBA earworm at March 31, 2014 08:57 AM (BAS5M)

334 314 Had we had the same demographics we had in the 80's, Romney would have
won an epic landslide. He actually got a larger percentage of white
voters than Reagan when he won 49 states.


*spits*

Thanks for that, Ted Kennedy.
Posted by: bonhomme

Yep, and it didn't help when Reagan granted blanket amnesty.  The very next election after amnesty, Hispanics rewarded Republicans by giving around 70% of their votes to Michael Dukakis.  Yet there's still dumb conservatives that think this time will be different.

The Great Society programs of LBJ also didn't help, it made the inner cities baby making machines.  More babies, more checks.

Posted by: McAdams at March 31, 2014 08:57 AM (dZ1C9)

335 My comment on the RR thing is that obviously her husband is a moron cause the morons here have been telling us ettes for years that it is a moisturizer.


It is true.

Posted by: EC at March 31, 2014 08:57 AM (GQ8sn)

336 Guard your boys, boys. She's gesticulating. Posted by: bonhomme at March 31, 2014 01:48 PM (9PrpA) *** FUN FACT: The human gesticulation period is 40 weeks, or roughly 9 months.

Posted by: S. Muldoon at March 31, 2014 08:57 AM (g4TxM)

337 Thank God for baseball.

Posted by: grammie winger at March 31, 2014 08:57 AM (oMKp3)

338 "... Sarkozy's party, l'UMP) ... Should we really be expecting le Things Good from the Lump Party?

Posted by: Arbalest at March 31, 2014 08:58 AM (FlRtG)

339 Can-can plus trampoline equals epic win.



*awards free use of ampersands to Muad'dib for the remainder of the day*

Posted by: EC at March 31, 2014 08:58 AM (GQ8sn)

340 And Bryce Harper starts the season with a concussion as he tries to chop block to break up the double play. Lasted a whole two innings without a self-inflicted concussion. Charlie Hustle of Frickin' Idiot? Posted by: Flatbush Joe at March 31, 2014 01:55 PM (ZPrif) He stayed in

Posted by: Nevergiveup at March 31, 2014 08:58 AM (t3UFN)

341 @333 - you've got to convince the white vote to come out, rather than just staying at home and doing meth or hoping their retirement portfolio will save them from catastrophe.

Posted by: JEM at March 31, 2014 08:58 AM (o+SC1)

342 The baseball fan map in the sidebar is hilarious. Apparently nobody outside of NoVA cares about the Nationals.

Posted by: joncelli at March 31, 2014 08:59 AM (RD7QR)

343 We can compete for asian and hispanic votes, we have no hope with the black vote. But we have to try so we can get the suburban white women vote, who don't want to vote for the "racist' party (as defined by the leftist media.) For the hispanic vote, I predict many future Republican candidates named Rodriguez. Or we can just run George P Bush.

Posted by: Flatbush Joe at March 31, 2014 08:59 AM (ZPrif)

344 &&&&&&&&&&

Posted by: Muad'dib at March 31, 2014 08:59 AM (sjdRT)

345 336 Thank God for baseball.

Posted by: grammie winger at March 31, 2014 01:57 PM (oMKp3)

 

I know it's the Great American Pastime and everything, but I think baseball is terribly boring.

Posted by: Insomniac at March 31, 2014 08:59 AM (DrWcr)

346 LOL... the Civil War War of Northern Aggression never actually ended. Not a judgement, just an observation. Posted by: tangonine at March 31, 2014 01:55 PM (x3YFz) True dat, and the same liberty loving people are still fighting the same statist people. For what the uinpleasantries cost we could have bought every slave his freedom twice over and not had the destruction that lasted 100 years. No one was thinking of bribes/buyouts back then.

Posted by: Nip Sip at March 31, 2014 09:00 AM (0FSuD)

347 Where in trouble! What should we do? Quick someone resign and then we'll just replace him someone equally awful! That should work!

Posted by: French Socialists at March 31, 2014 09:00 AM (oFCZn)

348 I was once in line in WalMart behind a woman who was very very loudly discussing selling her kids' SSNs to other people for them to use for the earned income credit and the amount of kickback she was getting per kid Srsly? Because, wow. Just wow.

Posted by: Citizen X at March 31, 2014 09:00 AM (7ObY1)

349 For the hispanic vote, I predict many future Republican candidates named Rodriguez. Or we can just run George P Bush. Posted by: Flatbush Joe at March 31, 2014 01:59 PM (ZPrif) Felix Velazquez, who runs a BBQ stop just over the county line outside San Antonio. At this point, why freaking not? Can't be worse than what we have, and BBQ.

Posted by: tangonine at March 31, 2014 09:01 AM (x3YFz)

350 Throw up your hands/Stick out your tush/Hands on your hips/Give 'em a push/You'll be surprised, you're doing the French Mistake/Voila!

Posted by: Buddy's Singers at March 31, 2014 09:02 AM (BAS5M)

351 I know it's the Great American Pastime and everything, but I think baseball is terribly boring. -------- You just need more booze.

Posted by: Adam at March 31, 2014 09:02 AM (Aif/5)

352 341 The baseball fan map in the sidebar is hilarious. Apparently nobody outside of NoVA cares about the Nationals. Posted by: joncelli at March 31, 2014 01:59 PM (RD7QR) You think that's bad - look at the fan base for the White Sox.

Posted by: grammie winger at March 31, 2014 09:02 AM (oMKp3)

353 The baseball fan map in the sidebar is hilarious. Apparently nobody outside of NoVA cares about the Nationals.

Posted by: joncelli at March 31, 2014 01:59 PM (RD7QR)


You think THAT's bad.  Check out the poor   Miami Marlins!

Posted by: MWR, Proud Tea(rrorist) Party Bossy Assault Hobbit (or Beth for short) [/u][/i][/s][/b] at March 31, 2014 09:03 AM (4df7R)

354

It's too long to cut n paste (and I fear embarrelment), but there's a poem called "The Crack of a Bat" that can unite the French and baseball threads here. 

 

It used to be published in the IHT every year on opening day.  It's from the PoV of an American expat in Paris, missing baseball.

 

http://nyti.ms/1dIhgnP

Posted by: Frumious Bandersnatch at March 31, 2014 09:03 AM (JtwS4)

355 Baseball's Opening Day: The president was on the mound to throw out the first pitch, put his first one in the rough outside the third base line, chipped back onto the fairway then laid up short of the green. Laying 3, he shanks a five-iron into the backstop. Foot wedge to get clear and chips up to home plate, three putts from there. "Mark me for a par on that hole" he called to his Secret Service escort.

Posted by: S. Muldoon at March 31, 2014 09:04 AM (g4TxM)

356 Socrates blew!

Posted by: Aristotle and Brony Fan Club President at March 31, 2014 09:04 AM (bUmSq)

357 I don't know what changes that dynamic. Posted by: McAdams at March 31, 2014 01:49 PM (dZ1C9) Legalizing 20+ million conservative leaning folks. oops.

Posted by: RWC at March 31, 2014 09:05 AM (fWAjv)

358 <i>I'm something of a Civil War buff and I've never heard or read of those expressions before; i.e., 'Lee's Retreat', 'Grant's Advance'.</i>


Go down to the area of Appomattox Courthouse. There is a trail marked with those yellow and blue historical markers and it is called Lee's Retreat. I had never heard of it until I was actually down in the area. Area folk are rather proud of it and I nearly got killed when I jokingly called it Grant's Advance.

Posted by: drill_thrawl at March 31, 2014 09:05 AM (rdiUQ)

359 Nooood

Posted by: MWR, Proud Tea(rrorist) Party Bossy Assault Hobbit (or Beth for short) [/u][/i][/s][/b] at March 31, 2014 09:05 AM (4df7R)

360 I hear MLB is looking to expand again. Portland is top prospect. A Carolina team as well. I do wonder what the limit for # of teams in a pro league is. NFL has 32. As America's population keeps growing the league's will keep expanding.

Posted by: Flatbush Joe at March 31, 2014 09:06 AM (ZPrif)

361 Hmm, I always thought you could only catch crotch rot from another person (such as laying your towel on a gym bench that's been infected), since it's a fungal infection. But it turns out (because I just now read it online) that you really can get it from not drying the nethers properly. Either way, thank Gaia for fast actin' Tinactin.

Posted by: Citizen X at March 31, 2014 09:07 AM (7ObY1)

362  I was once in line in WalMart behind a woman who was very very loudly discussing selling her kids' SSNs to other people for them to use for the earned income credit and the amount of kickback she was getting per kid


Srsly?

Because, wow. Just wow.

Posted by: Citizen X at March 31, 2014 02:00 PM (7ObY1)

 

 

-----------------------------------------------------

 

 

A cellphone pic and an email with it attached to the FBI might give that woman pause.   Or not.

Posted by: Soona at March 31, 2014 09:08 AM (NM86I)

363 A better link of "Lee's Retreat" It's a Southern Va. thing.

http://www.civilwartraveler.com/EAST/VA/va-southside/retreat.html

Posted by: drill_thrawl at March 31, 2014 09:08 AM (rdiUQ)

364 Schadenboner = "Ils sont foutous."

Posted by: perturbed at March 31, 2014 09:11 AM (TXq4O)

365 "...liberty loving people are still fighting the same statist people."

Posted by: Nip Sip at March 31, 2014 02:00 PM (0FSuD)

 

Bullshit. Equating the Confederacy to a resistance movement of noble freedom fighters is historical revisionism at its worst. Enforcing and maintaining the institution of slavery is not the mark of a 'liberty loving' people. 

 

It's a noble thing to honor the bravery of your ancestors. It's another thing entirely to celebrate the rotten, evil cause they fought for.

Posted by: troyriser at March 31, 2014 09:19 AM (2jF2B)

366 J'accuse les Franch of having bon publicity agents, non? Posted by: Citizen X at March 31, 2014 01:09 PM (7ObY1) __________________________ Your obvious mastery of French is....is.....magnifique, oui?

Posted by: alwyr at March 31, 2014 09:37 AM (V0j3u)

367 I am proud to say i signed up for healthcare and support our black president.

Posted by: Dorcus Blimline at March 31, 2014 09:40 AM (UQuFF)

368 Cue the breathless speculation that the entire western hemisphere is on the brink of a permanent conservative majority.

Posted by: DamnDirtyRINO at March 31, 2014 12:19 PM (m0h0I)

 

Not quite.  Nor that the western hemisphere is on the verge of a permanent socialist majority.  What we have - I think - is another example of the populace expressing their desire for peace and plenty, and not to be bothered.*  Please show some competence in governing and administration, don't make a complete Charlie Foxtrot out of everything foreign and domestic (especially domestic), keep the country safe, prosperous and stop bothering me when I have to deal with the problems in my own life already.

 

*Rather a normal person's reaction - everyone has plenty of their own business to mind without some jackwagons in teh capital completely screwing things up and adding more for the average Joe, Jacques, or Hans to deal with.

Posted by: Mikey NTH - Stay Outraged, My Friends at the Outrage Outlet at March 31, 2014 09:41 AM (hLRSq)

369 Gettysburg was 1863. But you are correct that Grant was in Vicksburg at the time.And while Lee did retreat from Gettysburg the North did not follow. http://www.civilwartraveler.com/EAST/VA/va-southside/index.html Posted by: drill_thrawl at March 31, 2014 01:43 PM (rdiUQ) __________________ And because Gen. G. McLellan did NOT pursue Lee (after Gettysburg), Abe Lincoln fired McLellan's sorry butt (actually demoted him), dragged Grant in from Vicksburg, MS, made him General of the Armies (and Mclellan's boss), whereupon Grant advanced on Lee (pretty much non-stop) until Appomatox.

Posted by: alwyr at March 31, 2014 10:01 AM (V0j3u)

370 Sorry! NOT Gen G, McLellan; Abe L 'fired Gen G. MEADE after Gettysburg for notm chasing after Lee

Posted by: alwyr at March 31, 2014 10:08 AM (V0j3u)

371 European far Left: Communists. European far Right: Racist Communists. Comments desperately needed at my blog.

Posted by: Dave M at March 31, 2014 10:40 AM (Vm3v/)

372 Lee's Retreat and "running away". Seems like Drill Thrawl or whatever his name is is from north of the Mason Dixon Line. Now I will agree that Grant gave the Confederate Arm(ies) a whuppin' at several different times and places in the Civil War--or the "Late Unpleasantness" as some of us like to think about it. But Grant was a butcher. One of the first modern generals in that regard. Cold Harbor remains a stain on his name.

Posted by: Comanche Voter at March 31, 2014 10:41 AM (wdHk6)

373 "Note this is not the President (Hollande), who will remain in office even longer than Obama." Assuming we can actually get Obama to leave at the end of his term, anyway.

Posted by: Michael at March 31, 2014 11:30 AM (smKbx)

374 371 But Grant was a butcher. One of the first modern generals in that regard. Cold Harbor remains a stain on his name. Check out Pickett's charge. Over half the casualties of Cold Harbor in something under an hour.

Posted by: Michael at March 31, 2014 11:37 AM (smKbx)

375 Have to hand it to the French. For once they are making a change without slaughtering each other or other Euros.

Posted by: PJ at March 31, 2014 11:53 AM (ZWaLo)

376 "the President (Hollande), who will remain in office even longer than Obama (the next presidential election is sometime in 2017, probably March)."

Hollande wasn't elected until 2012. He has a five-year term, so if he loses the next election he will have served less time than Obama.

Posted by: Joshua at March 31, 2014 12:27 PM (oCZ4e)

377 "The elections for the French Senate will be held this September..."

Yes, but the French Senate isn't popularly elected. It's elected mostly by members of the municipal councils ... that is, the councils that just had a lot of Socialist members voted off of them. So one can expect that the Socialists will be disappointed this September, too.

More relevant to popular opinion is the European Parliament elections which will be held in May. The Socialists have been running in third place in the French opinion polls for that, behind both the UMP and the FN.

Posted by: Joshua at March 31, 2014 12:41 PM (oCZ4e)

378 Actually, the French know the difference between the Battle of Quatre-Bras, which occurred on June 16, 1815, and Waterloo, which was fought on June 18. First, Quatre-Bras was fought under Wellington and Ney, and was a pretty significant defeat for the British. Ney was only prevented from pursuing by the lack of reinforcements. Second, the Battle of Waterloo to the French is called the Battle of Mont St. Jean, which was the key British position, whose capture late in the day by the Armee caused Wellington's army to begin to unravel until an unanticipated offensive by Bulow's corps turned the tables.

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