La Marseillaise

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French fries...

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  3. should be renamed 'freedom fries'

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  1. Jude

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    Poll regarding the French

    La Marseillaise
    (The Song of Marseilles)


    English Translation
    Ye sons of France, awake to glory!

    Hark! Hark! the people bid you rise!

    Your children, wives, and grandsires hoary

    Behold their tears and hear their cries!

    (repeat)

    Shall hateful tyrants, mischief breeding,

    With hireling hosts a ruffian band

    Affright and desolate the land

    While peace and liberty lie bleeding?


    CHORUS

    To arms, to arms, ye brave!

    Th'avenging sword unsheathe!

    March on, march on, all hearts resolved

    On liberty or death.


    Oh liberty can man resign thee,

    Once having felt thy gen'rous flame?

    Can dungeons, bolts, and bar confine thee?

    Or whips thy noble spirit tame?

    (repeat)

    Too long the world has wept bewailing

    That falsehood's dagger tyrants wield;

    But freedom is our sword and shield

    And all their arts are unavailing.


    CHORUS
     
  2. Baptist Believer

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  3. BrianT

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    I don't find it funny. I find it offensive and rude, and totally inappropriate for this forum.
     
  4. Jude

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    Frankly Brian, most of us Americans find the French policies and attitudes (of late) offensive and rude. We bailed the French out twice, and helped it to rebuild. We helped rebuild Germany as well. Both countries have forgotten the great debt that they have to both the U.S. and the U.K.
    I would imagine that a U.S. citizen-lead boycott of French goods and travel is in the offing. I for one will support it.
     
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    [​IMG] ...and I laugh just as hard at satire directed toward America. ;)
    Gina
     
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    So what??? You're saying that when you think someone is acting rude, you should act rude in return?

    It alarms me that some are using the Baptist Board as the Bigot Board lately. Nationality jokes have absolutely no place here. You probably don't even realize how many participants here have ties to France that you offend with such flippant posts. I guess that because the majority of participants here are American, that makes it OK.

    Yes, I am a bleeding heart prude, with a soft-spot for France. So sue me.
     
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    I agree with Brian on this matter. The attitude Americans are now displaying towards France is disgusting.
     
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    I hear the French have developed a new tank. It has five gears: four reverse and one forward (in case they're attacked from the rear).

    Going to war without theFrench is a bit like going fishing without an accordion.
     
  10. Baptist Believer

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    Not gonna sue you... [​IMG]

    I thought it was very funny, but I enjoy jokes like that. Being from Texas and from the South, I hear jokes about Texans and Southerners all the time. When I was growing up around Cajuns, I used to hear all the Cajun jokes. I can also appreciate jokes at the expense of the "ugly American" without taking offense. :D

    I have no ill will toward France or French people, but I sometimes find their stereotypical attitude toward the United States rather strange. (And yes I know that people in the U.S. are not always good world neighbors.)
     
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    Mais le fruit de l'Esprit, c'est l'amour, la joie, la paix, la patience, la bonté, la bénignité, la fidélité, la douceur, la tempérance; la loi n'est pas contre ces choses. Ceux qui sont à Jésus Christ ont crucifié la chair avec ses passions et ses désirs. Si nous vivons par l'Esprit, marchons aussi selon l'Esprit. Ne cherchons pas une vaine gloire, en nous provoquant les uns les autres, en nous portant envie les uns aux autres.
     
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    Amen!
     
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    Can't argue with scripture Brian. [​IMG]
    Ok, the poll didn't appear to be offensive to most, but at least one Christian brother is offended by it and the subject is NOT one a question or argument that has to do with the doctrine or whater, so my opinion is that it doesn't need to be posted on anymore.
    The poll was done in fun, some people aren't finding it funny, so it won't hurt anyone to quit. [​IMG]
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    La charité est patiente, elle est pleine de bonté; la charité n'est point envieuse; la charité ne se vante point, elle ne s'enfle point d'orgueil, elle ne fait rien de malhonnête, elle ne cherche point son intérêt, elle ne s'irrite point, elle ne soupçonne point le mal, elle ne se réjouit point de l'injustice, mais elle se réjouit de la vérité; elle excuse tout, elle croit tout, elle espère tout, elle supporte tout.
     
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    Methinks our French Canadiens seem more French than Canadian. To take offense at this obvious satirical humor is their right, but I would not apologize for it. It is humor and each of us enjoys different kinds. :eek:

    Did it demean the French? Or describe them? Neither one. It is humor. :eek:

    To react negatively sounds French to me. If someone wants to poke fun at Bohunks (like me) go for it. I'm in the mood for a good laugh! :eek:

    Just want to encourage everyone to "lighten up". :rolleyes:
     
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    Me too. They are free to support or not support anyone they choose.
     
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    Sorry. I don't agree. After all that we have done for the French, it would seem appropriate that they ACT like an an ally. Individually, I could imagine that there are decent people in France. But corporately, their actions/policies are cowardly and selfish. And some have already seen the inconsistency of their policy in light of the words of their own national anthem.
     
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    Why? Because I find jokes based on nationality in poor taste?

    Wow, now stereotypes and generalizations. Good timing, Bob.

    Excuse me, but Europe has been experiencing violent terrorist attacks for decades. Where was the US? And Iraq has been doing "business as usual" for years also - why no talk of war from the US until now? It's not until the US also got a bloody nose that it sits up a takes notice. And now the US expects the rest of the world to mobilize at their whim, and gets upset when the rest of the world sees the US's reaction as simply based on personal revenge?

    Does "In God we trust" ring any bells?

    Would you really? What would you do if you found something in your posession that was made in France?
     
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    "All that we have done for the French" has been in our own interest.

    Although it's harder to defend Chirac after his bone-headed remarks about the other Europeans' supporting the war.

    Seems like he, in his own words, missed "an opportunity to shut up."

    BTW, I was once head of a French delegation to a model UN and had a wonderful time sticking my thumb in the Americans' eyes.

    Vive la France.

    "What's the difference between Americans and the engines of the jets on which they travel abroad?

    After they land, the engines of the jets quit whining."

    [ February 19, 2003, 01:14 PM: Message edited by: rsr ]
     
  20. Jude

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    "Il y a des amis qui menent a la ruine, il y en a qui sont plus chers qu' un frere." Les Proverbs 18.24

    Proverbs 18:24
    There are friends who pretend to be friends,
    but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.
     

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