Ever wonder how to define petulant and stupid. Here's how.
In short, as rebuke to the ever troublesome French, two elected republican representatives took some time out of their busy schedule of throwing darts at a map labeled 'Countries to Bomb', and had the menus in three white house cafeterias remove French Fries and French Toast and replace them with ...
Freedom Fries, and Freedom Toast
I think my friend Rob expresses a better response than I could, so I'll just borrow his words.
"So, now we have not only some silly restauranteurs in the U.S. removing the word "French" from their menus, as a protest against France's opposition to U.S. military action in the Middle East, but now the Capitol beaneries are doing it as well.
That's right, it is now official U.S. Gov't policy that cafeterias in the three House of Representatives office buildings can no longer serve French Toast, or French Fries. They are now known as "Freedom" fries, and "Freedom" toast. This is apparently aimed directly at the heart of French pride, their culinary arts. Reaction from the French is apparently expected to be mortal anguish - after all, the country famed for its chefs and cooking, the country synonymous with fine wines and haute cuisine, will surely be devastated if we gauche Americans stop referring to our peasant cuisine as French - right? I mean, they'll be heartbroken!
No word on whether La Tour d'Argent intend to stop serving pizza in reaction.
In a related story, the Italians have decided to continue referring to syphilis as "the French Disease".
Of course, I find all of this ludicrous. But then again, what's happened in Washington, DC, over the last several years that wasn't? I think it's perfectly reasonable for the French to veto any resolution in the U.N. that leads to war, as the logistics of calling up their military reserves so as to be able to surrender in an organized fashion is really an unreasonable burden on an already fragile French ego. (sorry - couldn't resist ). In all seriousness, though, I also personally oppose this war. Does that mean that the IRS will now have to engage in "Highway Freedom-redistribution-ery?"
Sigh. Can we stop electing politicians, already? Isn't it obvious to everyone that people who want to be President and receive a major party nomination for the Presidency are the least-qualified people on the PLANET for the job?