[SpamCop-Social] Re: Replica of French Battle Flag on Ebay
Antoine J. Mechelynck
antoine.mechelynck at skynet.be
Wed Feb 26 22:02:50 EST 2003
"Peter Jensen" <mrqzanmj001 at sneakemail.com> a écrit dans le message de
news: b3j6oa$hp0$1 at news.spamcop.net
> Antoine J. Mechelynck wrote:
> > > It's a perpetuated stereotype which Americans (and others) like to
> > > raise from time to time and mostly done as harmless fun.
> > Harmless fun, eh? So how come we Europeans get flamed down to hell
> > when we dare criticize Usonian political mores in this newsgroup?
> Perhaps because we are slightly outnumbered? Well, let's just throw a
> political flame back: The US should not criticise the UN for being
> ineffective, until they have paid all their back dues.
> > Someday I'm gonna try and find back what Lamartine wrote about the
> > real French flag (a three-couloured flag in blue, white and red,
> > and, no, it's got neither stars nor stripes on it). I see your
> > "harmless fun" as just one more form of scorn coming from the
> > self-styled "moral arbiters" of the world. Go sweep your own
> > doorsteps, for Chrissakes!
> It's to be expected from a country founded by a mixture of criminals
> and puritans ... See! A political flame with religious undertones! In
> some newsgroups, this could get ugly ... ;-)
> > And before you ask, my own national flag is black, yellow and red,
> > and my own national anthem has words that sound pretty ridiculous in
> > today's context, but it is my privilege, not yours, to say so.
> I know what you mean. My national anthem basically consists of hailing
> the lush nature (which is limited these days) and ancient mythological
> gods and wars ... To top it all off, it is virtually impossible to
> sing in the intended way (lots of subtle toneshifts).
At least mine is an eminently singable march-song (see my reply to S-kat)
> > I won't make fun of "God Bless Our Noble Queen" or, on the same
oops, not bless, save.
> > tune, "...Sweet Land Of Liberty".
> OK, so what can we poke fun at? I like to walk the fine line between
> boring peace and all-out war ... :-)
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