Boycott the French?


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cheygriz
March 15, 2003, 05:47 PM
Should we boycott all French **Guns and Ammunition,***(gun related) and all other products made in France?

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10-Ring
March 15, 2003, 06:49 PM
I ran into a guy at work who has taken this boycott thing to the extreme of not even using "FRENCH's" Mustard :rolleyes:
Reality check please! :scrutiny:

Skunkabilly
March 15, 2003, 06:51 PM
Yes, and Vietnamese food because they use French bread :rolleyes:

EJ
March 15, 2003, 06:55 PM
I don't think I've ever used a French shooting product--

It's hard--Their government and leadership has always been weak and obnoxious--
Individually and those French that have decided to live and/or work here through import sales -- and/or desire to market in this nation--I don't know that it is effective to attack those French that are NOT anti-American???

I don't want to support the French Government nor it's decisions as regards the US--\

But I don't support a lot of our own Government's decisions--

I guess I just want to remain Free and reasonable--Maybe that's no longer possible---:banghead:

Mastrogiacomo
March 15, 2003, 07:17 PM
I've got to ask -- I've never understood why people call them "Frogs." Can anyone explain?

MacPelto
March 15, 2003, 07:47 PM
Sorry for the ignorance, but what French shooting products are there to boycott?

Skunkabilly
March 15, 2003, 07:52 PM
Mastro, it's probably because of the frog legs, a French dish.

Kind of like calling the Germans 'Krauts', Koreans 'Kimchees', and English 'English food', none of them terms of endearment. Thankfully the English ruled Hong Kong for 150 years so they had some decent food for a while :D

Mastrogiacomo
March 15, 2003, 08:01 PM
NOW I understand! Well, at least the name makes sense given their diet. The only thing left to figure out for me is where "Dagos" came from...:D

Regarding the French guns -- I have to admit, I'm ignorant here too. German guns I know but I'll be damned if I can name one French gun -- probably a copy of the Italian Beretta.:p :)

Charles S
March 15, 2003, 08:03 PM
The French are not acting much like they support us, are they?:fire:

I personally will choose not to add to their GNP any.

Just my thoughts.

Charles

Skunkabilly
March 15, 2003, 08:21 PM
The only thing left to figure out for me is where "Dagos" came from...

LOL. I should ask my dad. All the Italian he knows is from when he worked on the Godfather. I can't say his favorite line from the movie here, but it's the one where Robert Duvall retorted, "I'm German-Irish" :D

Regarding the French guns -- I have to admit, I'm ignorant here too. German guns I know but I'll be damned if I can name one French gun -- probably a copy of the Italian Beretta.

Other than the FAMAS, you're probably talking handguns? Well they DID talk the Italians into making a decock-only Beretta for the Gendarmes, hence the G suffix, also known as the G-Thang on the Berettaforums.

fallingblock
March 15, 2003, 10:59 PM
I thought this might be a boycott of anurans....:rolleyes:

Eastern Australia has a terrible problem with cane toads:uhoh:

oh, well....

D_Burchfield
March 15, 2003, 11:52 PM
Absolutely, energetically, pro-actively! The preponderance of evidence seems to reveal that the FROGS are tied at the hip with Saddam to the tune of about $ 22 Billion annually. You know, exocets, mirages, etc. are the nuts and bolts stuff of food for oil aid. :scrutiny: They also are the ones who sold Iraq their Nuclear Reactors(2). As most of you probably know the Israelis took out one of them around the time of Desert Storm. :D Maybe they can be convinced to show an instant replay.:evil:

Stevie-Ray
March 16, 2003, 12:00 AM
Robert Duvall retorted, "I'm German-Irish"

LOL, I remember that. I think the guy says something like, "Now listen here you guinea whop dago greaseball" and Robert Duvall came up with the above line to which the bigot replied, "I don't give a damn, you kraut mick!":D I hafta say that was funny.

Chris Rhines
March 16, 2003, 12:03 AM
No. There's no reason to punish the individual for the actions of their government (assuming you happen to disagree with their government...)

- Chris

MPFreeman
March 16, 2003, 01:33 AM
Do what you want, it's your money and your choice. Don't tell me how to spend mine, I won't tell you how to spend yours.

If you want to participate in a voluntary boycott for a reason, do it. If you want to attempt to persuade others to join you, do it.

I for one, will not buy any *&* firearms. I won't give money to the Klinton Library either. Because boycotts, and the percieved threat of a boycott does matter to those who want you to buy or donate. And I have some limited scruples, I think...

MPF

pax
March 16, 2003, 01:55 AM
Just edited the thread title and got rid of the racial slur. High Road and all that.

I think this discussion, which is a good one, can be continued without any further racial epithets. Right? :scrutiny:

Carry on.

pax

All languages carry in them a portrait of their users and the idioms of every language say over and over again, 'He is a stranger and therefore a barbarian.' ... It is the only joke that God ever repeats, because its humor never grows stale. -- Robert A. Heinlein

notbubba
March 16, 2003, 02:15 AM
I can't think of many French products.
Wine, Aveon(sp?), and Peirrie, none of which I drink.
Total Oil is owned by the French.

What else?
Who am I supposed to boycott?

Tropical Z
March 16, 2003, 03:14 AM
The french are a bunch of PANSIES!!!:cuss:

CWL
March 16, 2003, 07:43 AM
France earns quite a bit of it's GNP from tourism, the best way to 'boycott' is to not visit.

Mastrogiacomo
March 16, 2003, 10:07 AM
The funny thing for me is I am German, Scotish, Irish, Greek, Sicilian -- and of course, American. :D Our family laughed through that Duvall scene because every insult fit us!:p We love the Godfather movies -- except three. The second being the favorite when Vito visits Sicily.

telewinz
March 16, 2003, 10:54 AM
I voted NO on the boycott because although it is a grass roots effort, I want a more tangible effort made by our government. Our troops should be coming home from western Europe or maybe be deployed to one of the eastern European countries like Romania who have a sincere desire for our presence and have already submitted a very generous lease agreement. Government should be run like a business, little or no emotion involved in decision making. I give Germany a pass, since they are still VERY Sensitive about WW2 and are terrified of hostile World opinion. I give Turkey a pass because they are still a good, reliable ally but under the circumstances their democratic legislature had no choice but to vote against our wishes, (95% oppose war).
I PREFERE THAT THE US GOES IT ALONE AGAINST IRAQ:what: We have the means and the will to do so and our doing so sends a very powerful message to the World. To be the lone SUPER POWER in the World means we must have been doing something right for a good number of years. What great super power (or any other power) in World history ever asked for permission to wage war if they felt war was in their best interests? I feel the Iraq situation/War is just a tool being used by France and others to vent their frustrations, anger, and ENVY at the US. Remember if the EU ever got united (a big IF) they still would be hard put to match the awesome economic and military might of the US. Boycott, NO! lets make allies with the eastern European countries (and Russia also ?). Isolate the influence of the French to their own borders, they can only "talk the talk" but they are unlikely to ever "walk the walk" (what blow-hard does ?).:fire:

clem
March 16, 2003, 11:04 AM
When and if this thing gets over and our troops are in there. It will sure be interesting to see what kind of EVIDENCE they find with France's, Germany's and others fingerprints all over.

I'll bet that a lot of no-no stuff was sold by these countries to Iraq over the last 12 years and they sure don't want this information in front of the world.

Yes, boycott everything French! Jerks!

Skunkabilly
March 16, 2003, 01:19 PM
The funny thing for me is I am German, Scotish, Irish, Greek, Sicilian -- and of course, American.

Great...get yourself an accordion, bagpipe, pennywhistle and mandolin, and a USP, Enfield, Armalite and more Berettas.

Gotta be multicultural, ya know :D

Zundfolge
March 16, 2003, 06:07 PM
Unless the French businesses you wish to boycott are owned by the government I say no.

Believe it or not there are Frenchmen who are on our side. They tend to be of the business owner class too (much like in the US, those who practice capitalism on a day to day basis are generaly more conservative, whereas those who live on the tit of the state tend to be more liberal).

I am an individualist ... and a free market capitalist. I believe in viewing people as soverign individuals and don't believe in "group think". Based on much of the political discussion here on these forums I believe there are a large number of people who feel as I do.

Therefore, unless I know for sure that the heads of a particular French company are against us, I will continue to engage in business with them (although other then a bottle or two of wine I can't for the life of me think of any French made products I use).

BTW, if any of you "frog haters" has an FAMAS you want to dispose of, please PM me :evil:

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