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Cranquee en France – Parte Deux

December 7th, 2011 at 6:12 am by Cranky

Bienvenue and welcome to the Quel Surprise edition of Cranquee en France. For three decades I have heard that Parisiens are rude and arrogant. Well, yes. But if you’ve spent any time in New York City then you really got nuthin’ to complain about. Some are and some aren’t is my deep insight of the day.

Ninety-five percent of the attempts I’ve made to communicate with a waiter, sales person or someone on the street has been decent. No, they aren’t thrilled to see me, and none want to be my best friend, but they are courteous and helpful. Total douchebags* encountered: 3.

Here’s some more pix with commentary:


Hot wine on a chilly December night? How bad can this country be? A: Not bad at all!

Mythbusted #1 – French don’t like Americans. In the circles our media and celebrities run in, perhaps this is the case. It doesn’t seem jibe with the facts on the ground and I have been in tourist and non-tourist areas.


Perhaps the original title was “Down and out with the greedy, stupid troglodytes”



No doubt a relic of World War II. But it does show some appreciation for our nations involvement in liberating Europe. Possibly also a tip of the hat to the Tennessee Valley Authority.

Mythbusted #2 – The French are incapable of badassery.


These commando looking types were at every major landmark being visible and carrying firearms that would make Eric Holder consider a Euro straw man purchase just for his cartel amigos.


There was a parade down the Champs Elysee for France’s surviving WWII vets.

* Not a bad word here. Go figure!

Cranquee en France

December 5th, 2011 at 6:59 pm by Cranky

Dear Buffet Friend,
I am corresponding this week from France. Why France, the land of Socialism, chic anti-Americanism and steadfast opposition to “Le Cowboy, Bush”?

Short answer, free airfare and distant cousins who live here. Also, waaaaay before I became conservative back in high school, I wanted very much to visit the place.

So, time and jet-lag permitting, I will correspond with you dear reader from the City of Light; Paris.

I Hate Saying I Told You So

June 3rd, 2011 at 1:04 am by Brian

We’re a little over a year removed from the Great Nashville Flood of 2010.  Through it all, I remember the countless visions of neighbors helping neighbors.    That didn’t include Police Chief Ronal Serpas who abandoned the city a week after the rains hit for greener, golder and purpler pastures.

No, that was the first sign that the city was recovering.  As I watched the turd of his ascendancy, buoyed by the rising waters of the Cumberland River, as it floated towards the bowl of New Orleans – I couldn’t help but feel sorry for them

May 15th, 2010 “And This Little Piggy Went Wee, Wee, Wee All The Way Home”

What has happened (to New Orleans)recently???  I’m at a loss unless…wait…there was something that happened just this last week:

Nashville Police Chief Ronal Serpas takes job in New Orleans

Did the bouquet resemble fried bologna, Old Spice, jowl sweat and feet?  Because if it did, I think we’ve found our culprit.

For a city that prides itself on bacchanalian revelry, the stale sock of Chief Teetotaler is about to drape across the nose of your good time for the foreseeable future.

I’d say to prepare for the jump in violent crime and unsolved murders too (our’s is close to 40% now), but thanks to the Legacy of Naginomics you all should be ready to make that drunken, hobo stumble into Chicago gangland numbers.

Congratulations to your up and coming funeral home industry and may it replace all the French Quarter businesses forced to close once he starts enacting the same DUI laws that he did here.

Damn, it sucks to be so right.

 

New Orleans murder studies show rate is 10 times national average

Published: Saturday, March 26, 2011, 1:45 PM

Murder.

How prevalent is it? How do police stop it? What can be done?

The two analyses, the result of months-long studies conducted late last year by the federal government, attempt to shed light on the myriad factors that conspire to make New Orleans the nation’s most murderous city.

With reams of data and statistics, federal experts determined that New Orleans’ homicide rate is 10 times higher than the national rate and five times higher than the rate for comparably sized cities.

This is just for starters.  Serpas has only been there a year.  His solution is going to be to break out a computer and start feeding it garbage statistics to make you forget all those bodies you’ll be seeing on the news every night by putting a COMSTAT graphic on the Internet to make you think he’s doing something.  And prepare  for a full-scale assault by NOPD to bring the full, pedantic force of traffic law enforcement down on the heads of the citizenry scofflaws  to solve the murder problem.

It makes sense as Serpas was recently and curiously cleared of any wrongdoing in a scandal where the contract for reviewing traffic tickets was awarded to his best friend and a myriad of other double-dipping, doling out sweetcake off-duty police work assignment scandals that might sink the average bullshitter.

Indeed, NOLA.  It sucks to be you.  Flush Serpas now before he starts lulling you into a false sense of security by repeatedly defining rapes and sexual assaults  down to “Matters Of Record” like he did to juke the stats here.

 

 

About That Whole “Arab League” Asked Us To Invade Libya Fallacy

March 20th, 2011 at 11:24 am by Brian

Much like fixing the intelligence of the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill, turns out the Arab League didn’t exactly give Dumb-0 carte blanche to attack Libya:

Western forces pounded Libya’s air defences and patrolled its skies on Sunday, but their day-old intervention hit a serious diplomatic setback as the Arab League chief condemned the “bombardment of civilians.”

But Arab League chief Amr Moussa said what was happening was not what Arabs had envisaged when they called for the imposition of a no-fly zone over Libya.

“What is happening in Libya differs from the aim of imposing a no-fly zone, and what we want is the protection of civilians and not the bombardment of more civilians,” he said.

He said, “I want you to paint me a picture of Libya based on my specific directions for what I hope will happen and I will criticize and second-guess your every brushstroke but never, ever, ever pick up the brush to paint the picture myself.”

Your “broad coalition” just fell apart and has turned into an invasion by Western white people of another Muslim country for their oil interests.  And surprise, the US gets to be the knuckledragging henchman to do the heavy lifting and pick up the tab for French business interests.

The more you hear backstabbing heathens Arab leaders, the more you can appreciate the integrity of a shifting sand dune.

Unexpectedly: Republicans Increase Unemployment Rate

February 17th, 2011 at 10:19 pm by Brian

By nine.  Luckily, this won’t increase the rate in the long run because the jobs are gone and won’t be coming back.  It’s the New Normal ™! Get used to it, Commies.

The House voted Thursday to dethrone nine White House “czars.”

Republicans successfully added an amendment to the continuing resolution that would leave President Barack Obama’s senior advisers on policy issues including health care, energy and others out of a job.

Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) offered the amendment that blocks funding for various policy advisers to combat what he called “a very disturbing proliferation of czars” under Obama.

“These unappointed, unaccountable people who are literally running a shadow government, heading up these little fiefdoms that nobody can really seem to identify where they are or what they’re doing,”

No more kings.  No more czars.  No more government funded cars.

The jobs on the chopping block: White House-appointed advisers on health care, energy and climate, green jobs, urban affairs, the closure of the Guantanamo Bay detention center, oversight of TARP executive compensation, diversity at the Federal Communications Commission and the auto industry manufacturing policy.

Communists and economic illiterates every one.  I know I give Republicans hell for being milquetoast, jelly-spined crapweasels but this is definitely a step in the right direction.

Now, on to overturning the oil moratorium before the Middle Eastern tinderbox explodes and oil skyrockets to $200 a barrel.

The jew-hating Ron De Paulle is already trying to spark a sequel to the Six Day War.

And This Little Piggy Went Wee, Wee, Wee…All The Way Home

May 15th, 2010 at 12:00 pm by Brian

New Orleans has a problem with stank.   Not to confuse our seven readers, but a new stank – not the old one.

I’m going to question the timing:

NEW ORLEANS — At almost 300 years old, somewhat moldy from the remnants of Hurricane Katrina and surrounded by muddy water and swamps, this city is not exactly known for being lemony fresh.

But from the French Quarter to New Orleans East, people here have been complaining about a tinge to the air that is unsettling even by local standards.

What has happened recently???  I’m at a loss unless…wait…there was something that happened just this last week:

Nashville Police Chief Ronal Serpas takes job in New Orleans

Did the bouquet resemble fried bologna, Old Spice, jowl sweat and feet?  Because if it did, I think we’ve found our culprit.

For a city that prides itself on bacchanalian revelry, the stale sock of Chief Teetotaler is about to drape across the nose of your good time for the foreseeable future.

I’d say to prepare for the jump in violent crime and unsolved murders too (our’s is close to 40% now), but thanks to the Legacy of Naginomics you all should be ready to make that drunken, hobo stumble into Chicago gangland numbers.

Congratulations to your up and coming funeral home industry and may it replace all the French Quarter businesses forced to close once he starts enacting the same DUI laws that he did here.

To Hell With The Saints

February 6th, 2010 at 4:06 pm by Brian

Who doesn’t love an underdog?  Year in and year out for decades the lowly Aints have struggled to even make it to a playoff but now they’re in The Big Game.  Are we supposed to be surprised when they can’t act like they’ve been there before?

NEW ORLEANS – A student at a Maurepas school was sent home by the principal for refusing to take off an Indianapolis Colts jersey, according to a statement from the American Civil Liberties Union.

“(T)he Principal of Maurepas High School, which had declared that students could wear jerseys in support of the New Orleans Saints, punished a student for wearing a jersey in support of the Indianapolis Colts,” said ACLU Executive Director Margie Esman in an e-mail.

“The student, who had lived most of his life in Indianapolis and has an outstanding academic record, was called out of class and told that he was not allowed to wear that shirt. When he refused to change his shirt, the principal sent him home.”

We’re just talking about one out-of-control, tinpot fascist here – right?  A rogue principal whose school spirit borders on North Korean nationalism.  But then you delve into the comments section and see how far some people are willing to go to support his actions.  Running the gamut from calling for permanent expulsion of the student, to veiled personal threats of the student because “they know who he is”, to calling for arresting his parents with a few “whodats” peppered inbetween.   Rules are rules!

Maurepas High Valedictorian, Lootie: Just following the rules!

It’s easy to think some people are engaging in a bit of pre-Super Bowl hyperbole but since most Saints fans can’t spell “hyperbole” I dismissed that out of hand.  They’ve expelled one of the brighter students at their school for engaging in a harmless bit of free expression because he didn’t read the DRESS CODE.  This criticism coming from people who couldn’t watch a weather forecast for an entire week warning them to get out of the way of a CAT-5 hurricane the size of Germany.

Dumbasses don’t follow rules.

Rule #1:  Big Hurricane = Move.

But seriously, folks – Go Colts!

And if by some miracle of animal sacrifice and voodoo magic New Orleans is able to win then the police will need to be on standby.

To prevent Houston from being burned to the ground.

The Golddigger and President Pyrite Keep Giving Honduras The Shaft

October 1st, 2009 at 11:11 pm by Brian

And I don’t dig it.  But Jim DeMint does rock.

On Thursday morning, the freshman Republican announced that he would lead a congressional delegation to Honduras on Friday ahead of the country’s Nov. 29 elections.

“While this administration has failed to act decisively in Afghanistan, it is has no problem cracking down on a democratic ally and one of the poorest nations in Latin America,” DeMint added. “Now, President Obama and Democrats’ blind support for this would-be dictator and friend of Hugo Chavez will prevent members of Congress from learning the truth first hand.”

Lurch McKetchup is trying to obstruct DeMint’s fact-finding mission to Honduras so that DeMint can be present for a Foreign Relations Committee vote where justice and competency are sure to lose to two more Obama comminees.

Typical for the guy who ran around undermining Bush abroad to our ostensible allies when he was making his case for the office in 2004 or who all sat idly by when Jim McDermott and David Bonior ran off to Baghdad on the eve of the invasion.  Or when Natasha Pelosivic rushed off to Syria to lick the boot heel of Baby Assad.

What’s good for the goose.

What’s the worst he can do after all they’ve done? Censure you on the floor?

Honduras is a friend of ours.  If Zelaya gets back in it won’t be anymore.  There would be a bloody crackdown on everyone who enforced their Constitution.  The judges would be thrown in jail.  The opposition killed.  Dissenting publications squelched.  And blood on Obama’s already filthy hands.

Do it, DeMint.  Shine the disinfecting sunlight of the truth on the tools of Venezuela in Washington.

Did He Really Say That?

November 7th, 2007 at 11:06 pm by annika

No, I’m not talking about Pat Robertson’s surprising endorsement, although that’s an eye-popper too. I’m talking about what the President of France said in his address to a joint session of Congress earlier today.

You won’t find it in the headlines, so here it is:

Today the President of France called the United States “the greatest nation in the world.”

I hope you were sitting down for that. Yes, I said the President of France today called the United States “the greatest nation in the world.”

I can understand why the mainstream media is burying that lead. The MSM certainly doesn’t agree that we’re the greatest nation in the world and they must feel a certain betrayal when they hear a Frenchman say it.

But I think its stunning to hear those words, coming from any man who holds the office De Gaulle once held. It’s like an old long lost friend, with whom you haven’t spoken for years, suddenly calling out of the blue to renew your friendship.

Here’s the key quote, and don’t miss Sarkozy’s point. It reveals a man who understands the essence of conservative philosophy.

America did not tell the millions of men and women who came from every country in the world and who–with their hands, their intelligence and their heart–built the greatest nation in the world: “Come, and everything will be given to you.” She said: “Come, and the only limits to what you’ll be able to achieve will be your own courage and your own talent.” America embodies this extraordinary ability to grant each and every person a second chance.

Here, both the humblest and most illustrious citizens alike know that nothing is owed to them and that everything has to be earned. That’s what constitutes the moral value of America. America did not teach men the idea of freedom; she taught them how to practice it. And she fought for this freedom whenever she felt it to be threatened somewhere in the world. It was by watching America grow that men and women understood that freedom was possible.

What made America great was her ability to transform her own dream into hope for all mankind.

[emphasis added]

But I got teary-eyed reading these next words.

The men and women of my generation heard their parents talk about how in 1944, America returned to free Europe from the horrifying tyranny that threatened to enslave it.

Fathers took their sons to see the vast cemeteries where, under thousands of white crosses so far from home, thousands of young American soldiers lay who had fallen not to defend their own freedom but the freedom of all others, not to defend their own families, their own homeland, but to defend humanity as a whole.

Fathers took their sons to the beaches where the young men of America had so heroically landed. They read them the admirable letters of farewell that those 20-year-old soldiers had written to their families before the battle to tell them: “We don’t consider ourselves heroes. We want this war to be over. But however much dread we may feel, you can count on us.” Before they landed, Eisenhower told them: “The eyes of the world are upon you. The hopes and prayers of liberty-loving people everywhere march with you.”

And as they listened to their fathers, watched movies, read history books and the letters of soldiers who died on the beaches of Normandy and Provence, as they visited the cemeteries where the star-spangled banner flies, the children of my generation understood that these young Americans, 20 years old, were true heroes to whom they owed the fact that they were free people and not slaves. France will never forget the sacrifice of your children.

To those 20-year-old heroes who gave us everything, to the families of those who never returned, to the children who mourned fathers they barely got a chance to know, I want to express France’s eternal gratitude.

On behalf of my generation, which did not experience war but knows how much it owes to their courage and their sacrifice; on behalf of our children, who must never forget; to all the veterans who are here today and, notably the seven I had the honor to decorate yesterday evening, one of whom, Senator Inouye, belongs to your Congress, I want to express the deep, sincere gratitude of the French people. I want to tell you that whenever an American soldier falls somewhere in the world, I think of what the American army did for France. I think of them and I am sad, as one is sad to lose a member of one’s family.

That was a really nice thing to say, and he didn’t have to say it in the way he did. But I, as an American born in Europe, really appreciate Sarkozy’s words, which I believe are heartfelt.

The MSM doesn’t want you to know it, but not everybody hates America. And I think there’s reason to be hopeful as long as we have friends like Anders Fogh Rasmussen of Denmark, John Howard of Australia, Angela Merkel of Germany, and now Nicolas Sarkozy of France.

Read the whole speech here.

Here at Six Meat Buffet we’ve had a lot of fun hurling epithets at “The Filthy French,” but when the president of France turns out to be more patriotic than the spokesman for Budweiser, it’s time to recognize it and say Vive la France.

Start Investing In Hanta Virus Vaccine Now

October 29th, 2007 at 9:19 pm by Brian

Walt Disney may be rolling in his cryogenic chamber but at least he’s safe from the trends his studio keeps turning out:

Cause: Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End global box office $960,998,993.00.

Effect: Pirate attacks worldwide jumped 14 percent in the first nine months of 2007.

Cause: Ratatouille global box office to date $515,410,872.00

Effect:

Newspapers said Britain faced a rodent population explosion; the wet weather meant we would be inundated by the creatures.

That was before Ratatouille. Thanks to the latest Disney/Pixar’s digital animation studio box office hit, featuring a lovable French rodent, the reputation of the rat is undergoing a PR renaissance. Children are now desperate to get their hands on a pet rat.

Mickey Mouse was unavailable for comment. Coincidence? I think not.

Magical Molson Mystery Tour

May 20th, 2007 at 6:00 pm by Smantix

What the hell is going on with Canada?

First, they start complaining about Prince Albert taking inconvenient liberties in his Oscar-winning crockumentary and now they rebuke Michael Moore’s new autobiography “Sicko”?

Please god. Let some things never change.

*Pfew*

A Paris festival celebrating US music and culture has been called off following a series of anti-American threats, organisers said on Sunday.
[...]
“At first we thought it was a joke when we received a letter with a mixture of threats, mentioning Al-Qaeda and full of spelling mistakes,” said Chantal Tenot, the festival’s press officer.

But after several threatening phone calls the organisers decided Friday to file a police complaint and call off the event.

Good thing that letter wasn’t spelled correctly or they may have had to stuff a return envelope with cash and a note reading “don’t hurt me”.

Finally, the world makes sense again.

Let Them Eat King Cake

February 17th, 2007 at 1:42 pm by Smantix

“Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard.”
H. L. Mencken

For anyone whoever wondered, the Chocolate City has a blood-red cordial cherry center. Ask any of the 9 people shot for the start of Mardi Gras.

Considering New Orleans’ increasing unpopularity with the US public, I suggest a non-binding resolution cutting all funding to the city. We will undermine their national efforts at tourism and strategically redeploy the New Orleans Saints to Utah and reunite them with The Jazz.

When given the choice, Americans are overwhelmingly choosing to vomit and piss themselves elsewhere.

It’s absurd that we keep trying to force democracy on these people at the end of a gun beer-soaked parade of crossdressers on party floats.

Head Nagin in Charge
New Orleans – Victims or complicit of rampant Nag-lect

They are clearly not ready to govern themselves.

Let them eat King Cake.

Of Cults, Non-Ian Astbury Related

February 17th, 2007 at 12:30 pm by Smantix

Heretical hijinks afoot in the island nation of Vanuatu. The self-proclaimed “World’s Happiest Place” has taken their beachside blasphemy to the streets to celebrate a mystical white saviour:

World War II and the arrival of US troops on Vanuatu was a defining time for the movement. They had a name for their spiritual deity. He was John Frum.

Villagers believe that their messiah was responsible for delivering to them the munificence of the US military.
[...]
They were awestruck by the army’s cargo of tanks, weapons, refrigerators, food and medicine.

“One day he will come back,” he says.

“John is our god,” declares village chief Isaac Wan, who beats his fists into the ground to emphasise his words.

Preston may have to start re-thinking his options about where to move considering this development.

You could rule Vanuatu as as their albino god with an i-Pod and a Sam’s Club membership. And unless my CIA book is wrong, you can buy some lagoon-front mansion for $40k US.

About 20% of Tanna’s population of 30,000 follow the teachings of one of the world’s last remaining cargo cults.

Other islanders can barely disguise their contempt for it.

A Christian youth worker told me how he thought the cult was childish. “It’s like a baby playing games,” he insisted. “Those people are holding on to a dream that will never come true,” he said.

Those crazy kids. While lacking a consistent source of potable water, it appears they are experiencing a surfeit of irony.

We may have to take a road trip and straighten everything out.

Da Plane Da Plane

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s three white guys from Tennessee, one from Philadelphia and a smokin’ hot chick from California!
We’re saved!

Lee Harvey Oswald Does The Oscars

September 17th, 2006 at 12:53 pm by Smantix

The High Clerics of Canuckistani Cinema awarded Gabriel Range the much ballyhooed and heavily competitive Bush-hater of the Year Award for his film celebrating the hope that someone will eventually assassinate the sitting US President in the next two years:

Death of a President, which received largely negative reviews, won the Prize of International Critics “for the audacity with which it distorts reality, to reveal a larger truth,” the jury said in a statement.

More like the audacity with which it distorts truth to reveal an alternate reality that leftards live in everyday.

Blame Canada? Now, now…we’re past all that. We’re well into arctic Fuck Canada territory now. Fuck you in your pasty, white, Tarte au Sucre eating, snow puckered asses.

Death to Michael J. Fox.

Death To McFly
Allow me to distort reality to show you a larger truth, Mr. McFly.

Wow, assassinating Canadians is like eating Chinese food! An hour from now I’m probably going to want to assassinate another one.

Time – 14:48PM CST

Operation: Chartreuse Chanteuse

Sooo…you screw Def Leppard’s producer?

Not So Much
Bang! That don’t impress me much either. Another silly bitch down.

Operation: Let’s Lynch The Leftard

Lynch The Leftard

I was afraid someone might mistake Michael Musto for Jello Biafra and assassinate him by mistake. It was a risk I was willing to take for our national security.

Boris Badenov Revisited

August 1st, 2006 at 7:25 pm by Smantix

Darwin Award judges were rapt with anticipation earlier today as a busload of frogs almost met their amphibious end:

OSLO, Norway – A bus carrying 40 elderly French tourists toppled into a ditch by a motorway in central Norway on Tuesday after passengers demanded the driver get closer to a moose grazing by the roadside so they could take snapshots…
[...]
Eager to photograph the moose “in its natural environment,” the tourists had asked the driver to get closer to the animal, after which the bus skidded off the edge of the motorway, district police officer at Gudbrandsdal, Sigmund Kaapvik, said.

Moose No Squirrel
He shot a man in International Falls, MN just to watch him die.

I don’t know what’s worse – the driver surrendering to busload of French blue hairs or the damage to the reputation of our species when the moose tells this one back at the lodge.

Raskolnikov
Raskolnikov!

Random Quote From The Case Of In Re: Why The French Are So Fucked Up

July 10th, 2006 at 2:50 am by annika

Prosecution lawyer: “Your honor, I’d like to mark this document as exhibit number 1,349,225 for the prosecution.”

Defense lawyer: “Objec-tion! Sacre bleu, your honor. Zees evidence ees needlessly cumulative!”

The Horrifying Epidemic of American Patriotism

July 8th, 2006 at 8:58 am by Preston Taylor Holmes

Every Independence Day, Americans offend the entire world by wearing red, white and blue and brandishing their country’s flag in all manner of display. This particularly horrifies the cheese-eating-surrender-monkeys in Paris, who cower in the corner and wet themselves when they come within 100 yards of Old Glory.

It’s a true epidemic: the red, white and blue, stars-and-stripes banners are everywhere in the United States – on house facades, front lawns, cars and clothes.

Hitting an high point on the July 4 US Independence Day holiday, it is a genuine phenomenon of American national pride that, inevitably, gets a good but also sometimes unwanted boost from commercial exploitation.

“It’s a little strange, this obsession of the flag,” French author Bernard-Henri Levy wrote after traveling across the country.

“Everywhere, in every form, flapping in the wind or on stickers, an epidemic of flags that has spread throughout the city,” Levy wrote in “American Vertigo” of the riot of banners he saw.

This past Independence day, the Holmes clan went to an area celebration where there were Stars and Stripes in abundance. If you have the stones, you can see some of the evidence of this epidemic after the fold. I must warn you that these are graphic images and are not for the weak of Constitution.

(more…)

Who’s Really Behind The France Riots

March 25th, 2006 at 8:50 pm by Cranky

This is one for you conspiracy theorists.

What do the Muslim riots in the suburbs and the current student riots have in common?

carburn.jpg

That’s right, burning cars!

Now ask yourself, “who would profit from this?”

If you guessed the Neocon Jooooos, then give yourself a good pat on the back!

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No Really, Socialism Works! (Socialists don’t)

March 20th, 2006 at 9:49 pm by Cranky

Thought I’d just let the news speak for itself…

Best job market in 5 years for grads: report

U.S. college graduates are facing the best job market since 2001, with business, computer, engineering, education and health care grads in highest demand, a report by an employment consulting firm showed on Monday.

Unions step up opposition to new employment contract

Trade unionists on Sunday said they would launch a general strike this week if Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin doesn’t withdraw his proposal for an employment contract that would make it easier for firms to lay off young workers without reason.

You know the only thing worse than an eeeevil greedy corporation is an eeeevil greedy corporation raking in so much cash that it needs to hire more graduates.

“We are approaching full employment and some employers are already dreaming up perks to attract the best talent,” said John Challenger, chief executive of Challenger, Gray & Christmas.

Really, what we need are companies that recognize their social responsibility.

Over the past two weeks, peaceful student protests have escalated into outright confrontations with the police and the overnight occupation of the Sorbonne University as French youth resist a measure designed to tackle the country’s No.1 social problem. More than one in five young people in France is without a job.

Did I mention that you’re cute when you’re angry? I know that everything is owed to you, so you’re understandably upset. But didn’t anyone give you a hint of “tough love”?

But Challenger said graduates should not assume the improved labor market will guarantee everyone a job.

“Even as demand and salaries rise, college students should not be lulled into thinking that the job search will be easy or that jobs will be handed to anyone with a degree,” he warned.

Meanwhile…

Opponents of the planned Contrat de Premiere Embauche, also known as CPE, claim it will create systemic insecurity by making it more difficult for young workers to get a mortgage, for instance. In addition, they say the CPE would scupper France’s founding principles of solidarity and equality by treating workers differently depending on their age.

Oh, nevermind. At least you got solidarity, which along with $3.95, gets you a latte.

On Saturday, about 1.5 million protesters took to the streets in mass demonstrations. Trade unions gave de Villepin until Monday night to withdraw the proposal.

Bonus thought – next time you are being made to feel guilty because conservatives are so selfish. Remember these altrusitic young ‘uns.

UPDATE: The People’s Cube, as usual, are all over it.
A teaser:

Most French intellectuals agree that the ‘work for your money’ rule is an insult to French culture, claiming that the very survival of the legendary French work ethic may be at stake. “More work, personal responsibility, and efficiency are all dangerous signs of encroaching Americanization,” says the head of the philosophical department of the French Academy of Sciences. “We are happy to see so many young people today in the streets, willing to defend our traditional way of life based on idleness, arrogance, and corruption.”

France Riots, Muslims Upset

March 19th, 2006 at 8:40 am by Cranky

LauraW at Ace finds that, in lieu of working hard, learning skills and generally strengthening the economy, the workers of France would rather riot.

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“I risk working for two years for nothing, just to be fired at any moment,” said Paris student Coralie Huvet, 20, who had “No to the CPE” written on her forehead. Pointing to painted-on tears, she added: “That’s depressing, that’s why I’m crying.”

More

This has created some obvious tension for France’s Muslim population, which is understandably feeling displaced.

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I risk emmigrating to a country where I can freely express outrage at every offence, real or perceived, and having “The Street” yanked out from under me.

Besides, the youth of this country, with their piercings and protest theatrics, frankly scares the Baba Ganoush out of me.

How Now Cash Cow?

February 8th, 2006 at 7:06 am by Smantix

Mayor Ray “The Bus” Nagin is internationally exploiting his victim status and looking for his chocolate milk money elsewhere citing Washington not infusing the tens of billions of dollars in federal aid as fast as he got those cheese wagons rolling at Thunderdome. Not that I mind. It’s about time the deadbeats of the rest of the world chipped in after all we’ve been giving them:

“France can take Treme. The king of Jordan can take the Lower Ninth Ward,” he said, referring to two of the city’s neighborhoods.

I hope no Hashemite rules on alcohol and transvestite strip clubs come attached with that filthy lucre, but as the nice ladyboy says, “I’ve always depended on the kindness of Jordanian businessmen.”

Even perennial do-gooder France is getting in on the action in an effort to make us look bad:

French Transport Minister Dominique Perben, leading the French delegation to a city that was founded by France in 1718, said, “This catastrophe has deeply upset the French people and the French government.”

France, Perben said through a translator, “wants to be a long-term partner for Louisiana and New Orleans.”

Good luck with that. Instead of the Somalia of the South, we can have the Ivory Coast.

Considering France’s record with protecting it’s own citizens from the weather, expect Nagin to be looking for a more sizeable handout from the people whose faces he just spit in come this summer.

Global Warming Fails to Protect French Homeless

November 29th, 2005 at 11:06 am by Preston Taylor Holmes

The global warming crisis is coming too little too late for the French homeless population. Latest winter chill kills five of France’s homeless population.

PARIS, Nov. 27 (Xinhuanet) — Five homeless people were killed in the latest winter chill in France, local reports said on Sunday.

The government has raised winter rescue plan to the second level, which is usually launched when the temperature falls to between -5 and -10 centigrade at night and is negative in daytime,by providing further shelters and strengthening rescue teams.

But never fear, Frenchies, the good muslims of your country are “racing” to help.

Racing to offer help and shelter to the homeless hit by the snow wave, the Islamic Relief has offered food aid to the victims.

French mosques were also quick to provide shelter to protect people from the elements, according to IOL correspondent.

He said many homeless people flock to nearby mosques after the `Isha’ (night) prayers to take shelter till morning.

Another way that French “youth” are helping out is that – instead of randomly burning cars on a nightly basis – they will begin a new program that targets cars which are used by the homeless as shelter. This new policy will guarantee that the French homeless will no longer freeze to death.

Paul Krugman – Visionary

November 14th, 2005 at 8:01 pm by Cranky

Call it gloating. But I believe that France’s current misery gives us a rare teachable moment on the absolute failure of liberalism and other “visualize world peace” utopian platitudes.

To illustrate, let’s review the words of our favorite New York Times columnist and unapologetic leftist idealogue Paul Krugman:

Americans are doing a lot of strutting these days, but a head-to-head comparison between the economies of the United States and Europe – France, in particular – shows that the big difference is in priorities, not performance. We’re talking about two highly productive societies that have made a different tradeoff between work and family time. And there’s a lot to be said for the French choice.

First things first: given all the bad-mouthing the French receive, you may be surprised that I describe their society as “productive.” Yet according to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, productivity in France – G.D.P. per hour worked – is actually a bit higher than in the United States.

Now, just for fun we’ll add in a recent column by the International Herald Tribune’s John Viconeur (Via No-Parasan!)

An Arab-French kid in Clichy-sous-Bois may not articulate it, but what rage it must create to hear he lives in the greatest, smartest, most fair country in the world, revered as Islam’s best friend in the West, from Algeria to Oman, and then have to deal with a French reality of racist scorn and rejection.

Not to mention the French state which, clothed as the ideal republic, runs the school, the bus and the Métro, owns the housing project, operates the job center, and fails, in relation to immigrants, on all those levels.

It’s true that France’s G.D.P. per person is well below that of the United States. But that’s because French workers spend more time with their families.

O.K., I’m oversimplifying a bit. There are several reasons why the French put in fewer hours of work per capita than we do. One is that some of the French would like to work, but can’t: France’s unemployment rate, which tends to run about four percentage points higher than the U.S. rate, is a real problem. Another is that many French citizens retire early. But the main story is that full-time French workers work shorter weeks and take more vacations than full-time American workers.

The point is that to the extent that the French have less income than we do, it’s mainly a matter of choice. And to see the consequences of that choice, let’s ask how the situation of a typical middle-class family in France compares with that of its American counterpart.

In the country of the 35-hour week, where the state is hardly the symbol of the work ethic or civic sense in the land of the continuous public service strike, administrative and school buildings have become the choice targets of the rioters’ Molotov cocktails. The republic’s social welfare payments are there, but accompanied by private-sector job creation so enfeebled and hiring discrimination so real that they turn any young person taking up the state’s offer to wield a broom or toilet brush into his neighborhood’s collaborateur.
But there are compensations for this lower level of consumption. Because French schools are good across the country, the French family doesn’t have to worry as much about getting its children into a good school district. Nor does the French family, with guaranteed access to excellent health care, have to worry about losing health insurance or being driven into bankruptcy by medical bills.
François Bayrou, leader of the centrist group that with the neo-Gaullists makes up Jacques Chirac’s presidential majority, describes France as a “sick state, a state swollen into impotence” with “a democracy that doesn’t work well.” This means, he said, that “reality never enters political discussions.”

But asked why the riots were happening here, since France’s neighbors seemed to be escaping its misery, Bayrou offered a response that, like the answers of the other politicians he condemned, hid from the specifics of both responsibilities and solution:

“As long as French democracy doesn’t change,” Bayrou said, “these accidents are going to continue.” He left it there.

Fun!

UPDATES: Here’s a economic stat we can all enjoy; the price elasticity of Paul Krugman is real low.

Schedenfrog! Heh indeed!

Feisty: I assume you’re referring to the ones they didn’t abort.

Projecte Quel Dommage

November 7th, 2005 at 9:13 pm by Cranky

In the spirit of Sorry Everybody (some background here), it’s time to show our friends across the Pond how much we stand with them! Let’s reciprocate the love and honor their commitment to celebrating diversity, multi-culturalism and, of course, Socialist values.

Now is your opportunity to take part in this historic bridge-building exercise! If you’re a blogger, simply put up your own “Sorry France!” post and trackback to this one. Just like all our trackbacks, they’ll appear underneath the post just like a linky-link.

If you’re not a blogger, don’t worry. You can still be sorry too. Send your pictures to Gordon or Preston and we’ll put it up.

The photo gallery continues to expand. Please click “continue reading” to see them all…

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Crisis In France – America Responds

November 7th, 2005 at 7:44 pm by Cranky

Shadenfreud.. uh schedanfroid? Sinn Fein? Whatever it is, I’m overwhelmed with it.

Sorry, France. The cowboys just don’t get the nuance of this whole “Jihad d’Europe” thing.

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