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Viva La France!

By ATWadmin On May 7th, 2007

Isn’t it funny how often political analysts and pundits are wrong? And isn’t it grand that they were wrong about France? Publius Pundit THinks so:

 

“Whodathunk?

 

After all, isn’t France the country that four years ago was branded ‘cheese-eating surrender monkeys’ for its opposition to the U.S. war in Iraq? Wasn’t France solidly socialist to the bone? Weren’t there a lot of analyses out saying that the French abhorred change, couldn’t lift itself from its cafes, hated globalization and definitely didn’t want a wild man like Sarkozy as president out wrecking the country? It’s just amazing how mistaken so many observers were. There’s a whole different country out there that none of them, neither enemy nor familiar, really seemed to know…

…There’s no doubt Sarko wants change. But he wants it for different reasons than leftists often do. Leftists want to create a New Man. Sarko wants to save France so that it can be France, not turn it into another cookie-cutter Berkeley or Ann Arbor, as has been happening. Sarko’s a flag-waver. He’s extremely passionate and energetic, and he will make a difference. His proposed economic programs to keep France powerful and competitive, will do just that, as French voters read it, because that’s a big issue that resonated.”

 

 

83 Responses to “Viva La France!”

  1. France’s social programs will remain untouched in reality. Its foreign affairs will be unchanged (they will merely say "no" in a more pleasant way).

  2. My god I have to agree with Mahons…LOL

  3. Troll: An uncomfortable moment of agreement for the two of us. Witness the ability of the French in unite us Yanks.

  4. Mahons and Troll: You both agree? I’m gobsmacked…

    Hope you’re wrong. Think you might be right. Time will tell.

  5. Troll/Mahons

    Hey will you two stop agreeing with each other. It’s very unnerving and could end up ruining both your reputations 🙂

  6. Colm: You think the detente between Troll and I is bad? My sources tell me that Andrew is about to issue a post announcing he is seeking to start up Sinn Fein in Yorkshire, and Chris Gaskin commented it would only be acceptable if Her Majesty allowed it.

  7. Mahons

    Is it true that at this moment Monica has insisted that Troll lies down while she takes his temperature certain that there must be something wrong with him …."Doctor doctor come quickly , my hubby has agreed with Mahons three times today …!!

  8. Andrew and Chris G united? Good Lord, this site would explode and crash!

  9. Colm: I doubt Monica is taking it so lightly. The rightwing survialist handbook they live by probably requires that she report him to the C.I.A., lower the family flag to half-mast and lock herself and the children in the panic room.

  10. LOL, you guys are funny….

  11. Mahons

    I think you ought to consider locking yourself in the panic room…

    ..Monica stormed out of the house a loaded gun in each hand… "AAhm gonna find that evil lawyer, he’s poisoned my man with a dose of reason and moderation and I sure as hell aint gonna let him get away with it….

  12. Daphne: Don’t encourage us (especially Colm). Poor Patty is wondering why her analysis of Sarko has descended into my visions of Monica and Troll’s home. They aren’t even French.

  13. Colm: Not to worry, the abudance of evil lawyers in New York City alone means that EVEN Monica would run out of ammunition before she got to me.

  14. Plus she’d have to cope with her hubby running in front of her shouting.."Monica, stop it! Mahons my new best friend. He’s not like other lawyers !!!

  15. Colm,

    Thanks for the words of support on the ‘Liberalism kills’ thread, – appreciated…

  16. I’m actually waiting for an on-line reconciliation between Mr.Smith and Alison.

    When that happens I will know for sure that the center didn’t hold and that the beast has finally slouched his way into Bethelehem.

  17. Colm: You think the detente between Troll and I is bad? My sources tell me that Andrew is about to issue a post announcing he is seeking to start up Sinn Fein in Yorkshire, and Chris Gaskin commented it would only be acceptable if Her Majesty allowed it.

    Mahons, are you drinking some of that Galway water?? 😉

  18. Chris: My doctor has restricted me to a strict whiskey and beer diet.

  19. Nice one Patty – France under Sarko = patrie patrie patrie.

  20. By Whiskey I hope you mean Irish, everything else is just horrible mouth wash. As for Beer only two types of bloke drink beer. Pussies and cheap b*******! 😉

    Perhaps you are using the Galway water as a mixer with the Whiskey. I would assume that you New Yorkers wouldn’t be able to handle the golden stuff neat.

  21. Chris – if you are ever in San Francisco try a pint of Anchor Steam. Best drink I’ve ever had.

  22. Chris – if you are ever in San Francisco…

    I think you are confusing me with Colm 😉

  23. Chris: Of all the slights, to attack beer? You truly are without shame.

  24. I think you are confusing me with Colm 😉

    Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh – bitchy miaowwwww! 😉

    Wonderful place ! You’d LOVE Kennedy’s Irish Pub and curry house on Columbus – and it’s only a short distance to a proper bar where they’ll even allow you to enjoy a fag with your swally!

  25. Madradin: In San Franciso enjoying a fag has a different meaning than in your neck of the woods.

  26. >>n San Franciso enjoying a fag has a different meaning than in your neck o>>

    ROFL!!

  27. Mahons

    How do you know which meaning Mad intended 🙂

  28. Chris: Of all the slights, to attack beer? You truly are without shame

    Mahons, it’s a very simple equation

    Beer = Toilet water

    MR

    My claws are good and sharp after today 😉

  29. even allow you to enjoy a fag with your swally!

    I’m now sure you are confusing me with poor Colm. 😉

  30. This is gone beyond a joke.
    Andrew’s gone and deleted all the comments again, and now his post is again at the top of the list.

    David, your call now I’d say.

  31. Cunningham

    I guessed it was only a mistake and not a change of heart . This could be the start of a new game on ATW. Next time Andrew forgets to switch the comments off, lets see how many comments we can all post before he notices and starts deleting them. See if we can make 100.

  32. Colm: Good point. It may have been different when he was there, after all a lot of things were destroyed in the Great Earthquake of 1906.

    Chris: As Bredan Behan said one drink is too many and a thousand not enough. Your antagonism to beer is tragic misdirection.

  33. Cunningham & Colm: Ah let him go. The period of comments on was probably intentional to see who would bite.

  34. >>after all a lot of things were destroyed in the Great Earthquake of 1906.<<

    Right. Nietzsche said we should build our cities on the lips of volcanoes, so let’s take up Colm’s idea.

    Strange, however, that he first deleted Frank O’Dwyer’s comment, which was of the Saint Ignatius Xavier genre. A late dawning in May?

  35. Mahons

    Behan had some great saying all right, beer is still p*** though!

  36. oh no Monica just took my pain medication away…..

  37. Ah well, I suppose at least it means there’s more beer to go round for the rest of us!

  38. Cunningham: anyone caught advocating for Nietzsche will be deleted forthwith. All else admissable..;)

  39. I’m now sure you are confusing me with poor Colm. 😉

    Ever seen Colm in a ‘raging fury’ ? ( Captain Hurricane reference !)

  40. Troll – get your revenge and blog that picture of her in the Burqa 😉

  41. So, that’s a pint of Bass for Tom, a pint of anchor steam for me, a pint of Miller for Mahons , a Daiquiri for Troll, a snowball with sparkler and pink umbrella for Colm and a pint of Mundies ( or Buckfast if they don’t have Mundies) for Lord Kermit of Dromintee 😉

  42. I like beer

    Irish whisky doesn’t compare to Scotch

    I think Frank’s comment was deleted first because it was the first..Boring but true.

    Nietsche is cool

    Troll has woken up… everyone run !!

  43. Mad

    I’ll drink them all if your paying 🙂

  44. Mad: I’ll take a Bud, I drink Miller for Lent.

  45. I’m not a whiskey man (except for a capful in a cup of hot tea when I have a cold) but I have to say that Jamesons and also either Paddys or Powers (I forget which one, I know I liked one but not the other, when I visited the Dublin distillery) are the smoothest whiskies I ever tasted.

  46. Nietzsche is the philosophical conduit of all modern evil.

  47. Bud it is Mahons – you want a maraschino cherry in it ? 😉

    Colm – you’ve obviously never met mundies LOL

  48. Hard to beat good poteen if you can find it Tom 🙂

  49. Thanks Mad, hold the cherry. I had some poteen from an ancient relation in Kerry about fifteen years ago and I believe it is still burning a hole somewhere in my body.

  50. Speaking of which Mahons, this is a first class read.

    http://www.ecampus.com/book/0862817684

    Interesting as well as funny – I live in the "ether triangle"

  51. Thanks, I’ll check it out.

  52. Patty

    I don’t really think Nietzsche is cool, I know nothing about his writings but I guess he’s one of the founders of racial – specifically Aryan – supremacism .

    Mad

    As a child I once poured a gallon of Poteen into a relative’s vegetable plot in the garden thinking it was just water. My uncle had bought it back to London from a trip to Galway . To say he was angry is an understatement, but I think everyone particularly enjoyed his tomatoes for several months afterwards 😉

  53. "thanks Mad hold the cherry…

    Oh the innuendo that could be made out of that line 😉

  54. a pint of Mundies ( or Buckfast if they don’t have Mundies) for Lord Kermit of Dromintee 😉

    Remember Brookside? I have a very nice patio out the back 😉

    I like beer

    I’m not surprised LOL

    Irish whisky doesn’t compare to Scotch

    PHILISTINE!!!!!

    You can tell you are a Londoner, your drinking palette is as discernable as that of a sewer rat 😉

    Scotch? I wouldn’t feed it to a dog!!

    but I have to say that Jamesons and also either Paddys or Powers (I forget which one, I know I liked one but not the other, when I visited the Dublin distillery) are the smoothest whiskies I ever tasted.

    Cooley whiskey is one of the best. We sell it to the Yanks as Michael Collins whiskey but it’s very smooth.

    Crested Ten and Bush are also nice.

    Hard to beat good poteen if you can find it Tom

    Very hard to beat! and it’s spelt Poitín 😉

  55. Colm: I dismayed as soon as I hit send.

    Chris: No wonder Sinn Fein can’t win a majority, all this time I thought it was the nationalist agenda, but it is your prejudice against beer.

  56. I always think any Irish Whisky tastes like a watered down Scotch.

  57. Mahons

    You are either a real drinker or you’re not, people who drink beer are the latter.

    Bunch of girls the lot of ye!

    I always think any Irish Whisky tastes like a watered down Scotch.

    Irish whiskey is spely with an "e" i.e whiskey

    The Scots aren’t allowed to spell their whiskey that way after the Jameson case because it’s not real whiskey.

    You know the way you hear all these planks on TV describing how they can taste "the earth" in Scotch.

    Real whiskey isn’t meant to taste like that!!!

  58. Hmmmm – if whisky is the generic, then Irish whisky would be quite proper – Irish Whiskey would be wrong as it would be a tautology?

  59. Surely the Irish had to add an e (and a weaker drippier taste) because the original real Whisky was Scottish ?

  60. Irish Whiskey would be wrong as it would be a tautology?

    I agree however a distinction has to be made when you have crap like Scotch on the market.

  61. Bourbon and Shiner – that’ll make a girl happy!

    Scotch smells like burnt earth, undrinkable stuff.

  62. I wish Andrew had comments ON for his latest post, that one looks like it would make for lively discussion.

  63. Surely the Irish had to add an e (and a weaker drippier taste) because the original real Whisky was Scottish ?

    Colm

    It was the Irish that invented Whiskey, from our tradition of "uisce beatha"

    For a while the Scots spelt their Whiskey with an E but the Jameson case changed that.

  64. Scotch smells like burnt earth, undrinkable stuff

    Finally, a lady with taste and class 😉

  65. Chris

    What does that comment say about the other ladies of ATW 😉

  66. nah good vodka or tequila mmmmm

  67. Wow! Troll admiring a commie drink and something that sneaks across the southern border 😉

  68. Why do ya’ll make your beer so dark, heavy and thick? You almost need utensils to drink the brew and one just about makes a meal. 🙂

    Chris, blowing you a kiss 🙂

  69. What does that comment say about the other ladies of ATW

    From my experience of ATW there are none 😉

    *ducks for cover*

    Chris, blowing you a kiss

    Go raibh maith agat 😉

  70. Colm a little good can come from anywhere….

  71. Go raibh maith agat 😉

    Should I be insulted or pleased beyond belief?

    I’m off to baseball practice – so don’t get too drunk while I’m gone, I would hate to miss all the fun!

  72. Should I be insulted or pleased beyond belief?

    It means thank you "as gaelige" (in Irish) 😉

  73. Daphne

    It sounds like a kinky suggestion – forget baseball practise, get yourself round to Chris’s.

    Troll – Will you be recommending a French drink next, a nice Cognac or something ?

  74. >>Wow! Troll admiring a commie drink and something that sneaks across the southern border ;)<<

    Colm, that’s nothing. At 10:25PM we had Chris Gaskin praising Bush!

  75. Nothing wrong with a bit of vodka!
    Martini Rosso with grapefruit juice is also nice.
    Ah what the heck, anything alcoholic will do. Drink! Feck! Drink!

  76. forget baseball practise, get yourself round to Chris’s.

    Is that a double or a triple entendre? 😉

    we had Chris Gaskin praising Bush!

    Cunningham, I have always let it be known that I am partial to a nice bush 😉

  77. Darn you Chris

    You got the ‘bush’ joke in before I could!

    It’s that time of night again isn’t it, when all jokes go south 😉

  78. It is colm 😉

  79. This is one of the best things about ATW, when every few days a thread becomes the "open thread".
    Right, I’d better get back to typing, I’m in the middle of writing up a post on, er, Northern Ireland (first time I’ve stuck my oar in on that subject).

  80. Tom

    Feck Northern Ireland ! , lets continue arguing about drink and sex and everything else that really matters 🙂

  81. Well the Chilean White is going down a treat. As for, y’know, the other thing (s**) (sorry, I’m a catholic) I’ve been single for 4 years now, not so much as a kiss on the cheek since!

  82. Sex is good, drinks are good – what’s to argue Colm!

    Tom, you need a nice wife. I’ll keep an eye out for you, there’s some pretty good pickings in Texas.

  83. Daphne, good Catholics don’t marry twice!