The most asinine item of the week (or maybe the month) is the proposed boycott on French wine. In a recent online poll that I took it seems well over 50% of Americans feel the French are ungrateful for the work we did for them over 50 years ago in World War II. In another poll 63% support Pennsylvania lawmaker Steve Barrar in his boycott efforts.
Has it occurred to these people that France is a soverign nation that is doing nothing more than proposing what more than half of the world wants, which is a diplomatic solution to war? It seems that because we saved their ass in World War II they are supposed to be our lapdog forever.
If these Conservatives were logical about this – and who expects them to be – they would stop buying California wine too. After all 21 counties in California have passed a City and County Council Resolutions Opposing Preemptive War in Iraq. Nationwide 124 counties have passed such a resolution. When will Americans start boycotting America?
How’s this for an anti-French PR campaign? Free wine!
Even some in Hollywood are getting involved in this boycott. They must be upset because they can’t make movies as good as the French.
This column by Al Martinez get's it right. He considers changing the name of French kissing as well boycotting another anti-war nation; Russia by denying ourselves borscht and boiled potatoes.
In the overblown-media-story-file look to the story in Maine about teachers making children of soldiers cry. Every right-wing talk show personality has chomped on this one yet it seems that the story just doesn’t have legs.
When will the U.S. begin to produce world class long distance runners again? We got trounced in the recent LA Marathon by the kings of the long distance running: the Kenyans. They took 10 of the top 15 places.