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Sidewalk SUVs and Freedom Fries

•  The Wall Street Journal writes about "Sidewalk SUVs": "Motorized scooters for the disabled are finding a lucrative new market: People just sick of walking." Related: SUVs undermine US foreign policy

•  Superfrenchie, an interesting blog about "French-bashing America", writes that the "U.S. Congress surrenders!" based on a report in the Washington Times that the congressional cafeterias do not list French Fries as "Freedom Fries" anymore. Superfrenchie opines: "I'm not sure something ever made the U.S. look as foolish, petty, bigoted and intolerant than renaming French fries to Freedom Fries. By an act of Congress no less!"
More shocking news: "Germany Faces French Fries Fiasco", writes Deutsche Welle: "Farmers' representatives recently announced that Germany's fabulous summer did horrible things to Teutonic tubers. There's less of them -- about 20 percent are missing."

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Don on :

What a typically american story, the one about healthy people using the carts intended for disabled. It's not enough that people drive everywhere in the US, but now they're saving their feet when in the mall. One reason I live in London is that here I can live a pedestrian lifestyle. Sometimes it is a pain like when I worked in Telford last year. Telford is one of those modern 'designer' towns which are built around the car. Almost like being in the US except that the bus service is better than it would be in most of the US. Not that much better - but better. London is a walker's city. I live in outer London where it's finely balanced, but further into London a car is more of a pain than an advantage. Even here the bus service is mostly very good. I live on a main road where the buses converge and rarely have to wait much more than 5 minutes. It's pretty sweet. So I walk ot take the bus or tube - everywhere.

David on :

Don, You are fortunate indeed to live in a great walking city. I travel on business quite often to New York and San Francisco - two great walking cities. I do notice far fewer overweight people there. Also, I don't know one Manhattanite who owns a car - walking and subway are the way to go!

Don on :

Another thing about London - note the portion sizes in the restaurants. They are maybe 2/3rd the size of in the US. When I first came they seemed small - but I've gotten used to it. I don't eat as much as I did in the US. I'm still fat but not like I was. When I go back to the US I can't finish the meals they serve.

JW-Atlantic Review on :

More sad irony: I saw this on [url=http://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2006/8/10/154413/270]Dailykos[/url] supported with various links and pictures: "The Memphis suburb of [b]Germantown[/b] doesn't have much violent crime and has never had a riot. What it does have is a brand new, $184,000, armored personnel carrier. The vehicle, called BearCat, was bought with a Homeland Security grant." I wonder who much oil that vehicle is consuming... A lot of oil is coming from Saudi Arabia... And several Saudi "charities" use part of that money to finance anti-American hate and terrorist groups... Thus this vehicle (like other SUVs) contributes to... [url=http://www.ajc.org/c.ijITI2PHKoG/b.1844567/k.9C53/AJC_Action_Center/siteapps/advocacy/ActionItem.aspx]The American Jewish Committee[/url] has a great campaign to change all this.

Possum on :

What a lame attempt to create the appearance of moral equivalence. You need a sense of humor to get the "Freedom Fries" joke. It was deliberately stupid, petty, funny, and harmless. That was the joke -- spoofing such pettiness. To compare that to the grossly offensive anti-American propaganda and imagery the French media bombard the world with daily is grotesque. There's no comparisson. The French media depict us as subhuman. Famous French people get on French TV shows and win applause for saying they wish they had been a pair of box-cutters on one of the flights that crashed into the World Trade Center. (Would have been bleeped on American TV if such a thing had been said in reference to ANY country. And the audience surely would not have applauded such brutishness.) Thinly veiled schadenfreudan in Le Monde on the very day of 9/11 with a cartoon depicting the Fall of Uncle Sam, above the fold, front page. Children running through the streets of Paris celebrating. Like I said, there is no moral equivalence between "Freedom Fries" and the abuse the French people and media dish out at America every day.

JW-Atlantic Review on :

> What a lame attempt to create the appearance of moral equivalence. What are you talking about? What are we attempting? How? > To compare that to the grossly offensive anti-American > propaganda and imagery the French media bombard the world > with daily is grotesque. We are not comparing anything. Please read this blog more carefully before you comment. > There's no comparisson. The French > media depict us as subhuman. Yeah, sure.

PARIS-OSLO on :

"The French media depict us as subhuman. Famous French people get on French TV shows and win applause for saying they wish they had been a pair of box-cutters on one of the flights that crashed into the World Trade Center. (Would have been bleeped on American TV if such a thing had been said in reference to ANY country." No, american media are way better: Glenn Beck on CNN: "10 reasons to hate the french" John Gibson Fox News in which he wished Paris would have gotten the 2012 Olympics because it would have been a treat to watch them deal with terrorist threats. Jay Leno: "the french resistance is a myth" Ann Coulter on Fox News "attack France" Bill O'Reilly and his "BOYCOTT FRANCE" I don't know where you've seen the same kind of bashing against the USA going on in french media. By way of comparison, the french are much more ridiculed in the US. I'm sure I can find tons of exemples like these. So think twice before daring talking about "propaganda".

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