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Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Oleg Volk, Mar 14, 2003.

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  1. Oleg Volk

    Oleg Volk Moderator Emeritus

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    Ladies, gentlemen and everyone else,

    The bashing of French, however helpful to your feeling of superiority, it not the High Road. We can keep on recycling the same old "cheese-eater" monikers or we can get on with the more pressing issues...and in the act of attending to our domestic problems first, we'll appear to be a little more serious and a smidgen less chauvinist to the forum lurkers.
     
  2. Dain Bramage

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    Uhhh..I know this is a private board and all, but are we really here for the forum members or for the lurkers? The antis aren't going to like us no matter how nice we are.

    I also don't see us banishing political expression on this forum. It is a giant part of the firearms scene today.

    I appreciate the whole sentiment of the "High Road". Limiting violent talk, trolling, and vile language are actually liberating actions for a free exchange of ideas on a higher level.

    All the "French" stuff was just a healthy release for some pent up political resentment. Sure some of the cheese got piled high, but I don't think most of it crossed any boundaries.

    Just some of my own opinion here.
     
  3. Oleg Volk

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    Not worried about hard-core antis, only about fence-sitting lurkers of which we have quite a few (sometimes one per member present). I am not saying that French-bashing is all that evil, only that it makes us look rather less credible and serious than we'd otherwise appear. That, and it is a self-perpetuating stereotype which insures that no French members ever join us.

    Look, it was/is fashionable to hate the USSR/China but some folks from there are making TRH a better place. Give the French individuals a chance, no matter what their government might be doing to annoy you. You may be pleasantly surprised at the quality of some people from that country.
     
  4. Dain Bramage

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    Well, I can respect your stand if you think some of the hyperbole reached too high a level. Of course, I think most of the members recognized it as such. The high dander was in response to recent political events, and would have trailed off naturally on its own.

    I do want to add a fact about me that even most of my friends don't know. France was the first stop for my family after we emigrated from Yugoslavia. I spent two years as a toddler in Paris, while we waited for a visa to the USA. My mother says I was picking up the language and progressing on my way to being a little frog-eating, America-basher.

    Luckily, the visa came through, and we left France in 1968 for the freedom-loving state of New Jersey! I still remember shooting there as a kid when the place was still half-way normal. The escape to a free state is a whole other story.
     
  5. DeltaElite

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    Ok Dad, no more Frog jokes. :(

    Can we pick on the Germans now? :neener:
     
  6. telewinz

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    I agree with Oleg, this is not the proper forum to vent your rage. There are other forums for this elsewhere. BTW had some "Freedom Fries" and California wine with dinner tonight. Tasted sooo much better than what I used to eat in the recent past that I gave the cook a 15% tip also.:D

    BTW I am !00% German and I give my permission to bash my distant relatives.:D
     
  7. Steve Smith

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    Why am I so dadgum tempted to lock this??!!!


    OT!!!!


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  8. Old Fuff

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    Yup, I think Oleg is right. The purpose of this forum is to discuss firearms and issues related to firearms. I have no liking for the current governments of France, Germany, China and Russia - nor anyone who is supporting them - including our own anti-war protesters. But all of this is outside of the core issues that The High Road was established to cover.
     
  9. Gewehr98

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    I'll just bash them in private, no problem!

    Since they wouldn't let us overfly them into the CENTCOM AOR from RAF Mildenhall during the Persian Gulf war, making my sorties 22+ hours... :fire:
     
  10. Oleg Volk

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    Gewehr98,

    I was unclear in my original comments. Bashing specific government or agency or people for cause is fine and dandy with me. I am only wondering about the recent spate of badmouthing aimed at the French people in general. Just as you and I did not approve of Clinton's policies, I am sure not all French approve of the ways of their government.
     
  11. Gewehr98

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    No problem, Oleg.

    I know where you're coming from. And I'm sure the KC-10 and KC-135 folks enjoyed the extra Air Medal points for refueling us as we went the long way around. They even said as much when they bought us pints of Guiness stout post-mission... ;)
     
  12. ahadams

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    well shoot Oleg! Since the French see themselves as the cradle of liberty, equality, and fraternity, why don't some of those French folks who disagree with their government speak up?

    [note to foreign readers: "well shoot" is an American archaism that translates roughly as "wait a minute here" or "that's rather upsetting". It is in no way intended to indicate either that I want to shoot Oleg, or that I want anyone else to shoot Oleg; ain't dialect wonderful?]
     
  13. I will keep my bashing of the French gun related. Tanks do have guns, right?

    Why do the French have rear view mirrors on their tanks?
    So they can watch the war!!!!!!!!!!!:barf: :neener:
     
  14. Oleg Volk

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    :D I give up...
     
  15. Ryder

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    Alrighty

    How about this?

    I just turned down a huge discount on a purchase of Estee Lauder. $200 worth of this French product for $40. I get this offer a couple times a year through work and usually buy the women in my life large quanities of this "stuff".. They seem to like it but I agree with you Oleg, we need to show seriousness and be non-chauvinist.

    Promise not to buy anymore TOTAL gasoline from now on also just to stay in touch with my feelings on a daily basis.
     
  16. Autolite

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    I have a proposal ...

    How about we bash 'French Canadians'. I mean, the're not really 'French' and most of them don't consider themselves true 'Canadians' so who are we offending? This works for me ...
     
  17. Gewehr98

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    Heck, even the Canadians...

    don't consider Quebec to be part of Canada! :D
     
  18. hso

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    Oleg's right that the wholesale bashing of French culture, military history :scrutiny: , and the French people is no more appropriate than the French officer that picked an American service person at random to bash as if she were all Americans - reckless, immature, pouty, dangerous children. If not racist in tone it is certainly statist and a pathetic sort of demonization of an entire culture over the disagreement between two govenments over state policy.

    Mike
     
  19. Ryder

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    No way Autolite

    Those French Canadians might be small but they have a huge temper. :what:
     
  20. JohnBT

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    And they bring their families down here and swim in the ocean while we're still wearing long underwear and parkas.

    John
     
  21. Wildalaska

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    Oleg...are you French??:neener:

    WildyaknewthatwascomindidntyaAlaska
     
  22. telewinz

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    Whats in a name?

    Why is the French jet fighter:)barf: ) called the Mirage ?: The closer they fly to combat, the more they seem to fade away.:D
     
  23. moxie

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    For Ahadams:

    For the sake of literary precision.

    There is a comma between well and shoot.

    As in, "Well, shoot!"


    Let's get serious about the serious stuff.
     
  24. redneck2

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    Hey, y'all oughtta be nice to the French

    they gave us some place to squash the Germans without blowing up our own stuff

    and, all the old military rifles from the US, England, Russia, and Eastern Bloc countries are usually all beat up and worn out

    I saw 3 French MAS rifles in unfired condition at a gun store 2 days ago. Even the store owner commented about "how nice the condition is".....



    I suspect the French will get theirs pretty soon. Do you wonder why the US is letting reporters go in with front line troops?? Our Prez wants objective, unbiased witnesses to all the crap that's going to be found. Chemicals, bio stuff, and the infamous nuclear reactor. All the banned weapons the UN "can't find", but they'll have French and German labels.

    Note that Arab reporters will be right along with Western ones. The only reason the French and Germans resist so much is they have "too much stink on 'em".

    I heard an Iranian refugee on radio the other day. His father and some other family is still in Iran. He said when Iraq falls, Iran should be days away from total revolt

    We'll send some SF guys into Iran to do "strategic" operations and the rest should take care of itself.
     
  25. El Tejon

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    How can we "bash" a nation that produces such great wine and food?

    The French have an enormouse welfare state to support. They need the Benjamins that Iraqi oil produces for them. The French have longed for influence in the Mideast for centuries but got pushed around and beat up mostly by the Ingerish. They thought they had an opening in Iraq and then the Americans come back in snorting and stomping. Tre unlucky.
     
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