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Titan CEO vs France Round 3: "The Wackos Of The Communist Union Destroy The Highest Paying Jobs"

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The saga of the capitalist vs the socialist goes on with Round 3, following round 1 in which the "Titan CEO Crushes Socialist "Work Ethic", Tells France "You Can Keep Your So-Called Workers" and round 2 in which "Socialist France Responds To Titan CEO, Hilarity Ensues." With the entire "developed" world now a real-time parody of itself, in which the truth about the true state of affairs is only revealed in grotesque, farcical, ad-hominem repartees between various members of the insolvent status quo plutocracy, we can only hope for many more rounds of this didactic back and forth.

Excerpted from Titan CEO Maurice Taylor's follow up letter in response to Arnaud Montebourg's letter responding to Maurice Taylor.

You letter shows the extent to which your political class is out of touch with real world problems.


You call me an extremist, but most businessmen would agree that I must be nuts to have the idea to spend millions of US dollars to buy a tyre factory in France paying some of the highest wages in the world.


Your letter did not mention why the French government has not stepped in to rescue this Goodyear tyre factory.


The extremist, Mr Minister, is your government and the lack of knowledge about how to build a business.


Your government let the wackos of the communist union destroy the highest paying jobs.


At no time did Titan ask for lower wages; we asked only if you want seven hours pay, you work at least six.


France does have beautiful women and great wine.


PS: My grandmother named my father after French entertainer Maurice Chevalier, and I inherited the name.


I have visited Normandy with my wife. I know what we did for France.


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Fri, 02/22/2013 - 16:35 | 3267953 PSEUDOLOGOI


USA is now France's problem/enemy... Let's see how French people sip this up in those coffee shops...

theater. for. the. masses.

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 16:45 | 3268018 Stackers
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en' garde !!!

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 16:56 | 3268058 Doubleguns
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touche' would be more fiting.

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 17:29 | 3268194 ToNYC
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douche' is more like it.

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 18:00 | 3268326 BKbroiler
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yeah, now he just sounds like a whiny bitch.  outclassed by a frog.... damn

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 19:47 | 3268636 boooyaaaah
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President Andrew Jackson

Migrated the Indians who refused to work
to reservations in the Western USA

We should start thinking about moving the
recepients of government entitlements to reservations

Easier to care for

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 20:14 | 3268729 Fish Gone Bad
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The Chinese have force labor camps for anyone who gets on a politician or policemans nerves.  I am thinking that forced labor would fix the US's immigration problem.  Each parent will have to perform 1 year of hard labor for each child that is in the US.  Only one parent?  Oh wow, now that parent gets to do double the time.  Four kids and no father?  Now that will get a person 8 years of forced labor.

This recipe can be "fixed" for other groups of people that are in need of fixin' as well.

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 20:50 | 3268814 phyuckyiu
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Whiny bitch? What letter are you reading? He says to the French, if you like them so much, nationalize it. Then he reminds the minister how dumb it was to mention Americans dying for the helpless French 70 years ago. This is what's known as the last word. Spin it any way you want, that's how it's gonna be seen here in the ussra.

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 21:36 | 3268888 notbot
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Sat, 02/23/2013 - 03:49 | 3269455 A Nanny Moose
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Under such a system, Octomom is fucked. you got my vote.

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 20:54 | 3268815 DanDaley
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You mean Andrew Jackson, the unrepentant slave-owning founder of the modern Democratic party who murdered thousands of Cherokee, Creek, Seminoles and others?  That Andrew Jackson?  Just wondering.

Now another Democrat named Obama is going to try do something similar to you and me as Jackson did to those Native Americans. Get ready.

Sat, 02/23/2013 - 04:46 | 3269481 TPTB_r_TBTF
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No, the other Andrew Jackson, the one who was against the Central Bank.

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 20:59 | 3268828 phyuckyiu
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So lets see, trying to convince nomadic tribes that don't use Jooobucks to value their life as a slave to the Rothschilds, and if that fails, we just give them a few hundrew square miles in the most desolate parts of Wyoming or Arizona.

And that relates to fat Mexicans popping out 6 kids and driving an Escalade paid for by welfare payments how exactly?

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 17:00 | 3268075 kaiserhoff
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There are "beautiful women" in France?

Shit far.  Seems like I would have noticed. 

Now if he's talking about the Norse tourist girls....;)

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 17:07 | 3268102 Manthong
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In reality this (late) former French model may be more emblematic of French economic policy and financial condition than Brigitte Bardot.  

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 23:51 | 3269192 Edmon Plume
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That's sad.  Real sad.

Sat, 02/23/2013 - 02:24 | 3269394 e-recep
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Fri, 02/22/2013 - 17:22 | 3268167 Hulk
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The prettiest ones braid their pit hair, gives a place for the fleas to hide...

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 17:29 | 3268199 Likstane
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...and they smell like the YMCA

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 17:36 | 3268220 kaiserhoff
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French formula for curing a bad case of the crabs, using only an ice pick, a match, and lighter fluid.

Step One:  shave half of pubic hair.

Step Two:  soak remaining pubes in lighter fluid

Step Three:  set lighter fluid on fire

Step Four: when the little fuckers flee the fire, take the ice pick...

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 18:14 | 3268368 chubbyjjfong
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I think she could still lose a few pounds, just a little bit CHUBBY for me.

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 17:59 | 3268324 johnconnor
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it is too bad they shower once a week

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 23:09 | 3269108 Jon Bong Jovi
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Awesome, I was kind of disappointed with the FKK clubs in france. Maybe if a few more factories go bust, you'll actually find french girls in the French FKK clubs. 

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 17:17 | 3268149 Being Free
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theater. for. the. masses.

yup. this fits...


Fri, 02/22/2013 - 17:22 | 3268165 The Heart
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Darn! Ripped from the lips truth. DISTRACTIONS IN ALL SORTS OF COLORS!

Thanks for saying exactly what the first thoughts were when seeing this story...again.

Cool reporting no less, and entertaining at best, but the truth is, something wicked this way comes. Purim? Sholom??

What exactly IS important to DO on a crashing plane in the last days of Pompeii?


Fri, 02/22/2013 - 17:40 | 3268245 Bandit und Buster
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Distractions, yep!

Sholom? Indeed!

Purim indeed, but those that bring purim are not Hebrew, never were. Rather mongul Turks mixed w/ every race on the planet.

The synagogue of satan rising.  Read the book 


Fri, 02/22/2013 - 21:11 | 3268853 phyuckyiu
Sat, 02/23/2013 - 04:37 | 3269476 Tom_333
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Never argue with an idiot.The only result is that you will end up lowering yourself to the same level of idiocy. Albeit the fact that the Titan CEO has a number of good arguments - his latest missive just shows what an complete ass he himself is.

"PS: My grandmother named my father after French entertainer Maurice Chevalier, and I inherited the name.


I have visited Normandy with my wife. I know what we did for France."


Why don´t you visit Verdun and Somme as well to find out what France did for JP Morgan and Uncle Whiskers - the prime recipients of the goods of the wholesale destruction of that part of the world.Fool.

The EU need to institute a TSA and then go hog-wild on Maurice´s ass.He will be one of those spectacular cases where an infintesimal but yet oh so important part of the travel documentation is lost and then forced to reside in some neutral corner of the airport entertained by daily stripsearches and pokings.



Fri, 02/22/2013 - 16:33 | 3267964 buzzsaw99
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The highest paying jobs go to CEOs and they are in no danger whatsoever.

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 18:02 | 3268332 johnconnor
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when someone makes over $3 million dollar a year is so easy to call everyone else lazy and unmotivated....

Sat, 02/23/2013 - 05:48 | 3269515 Tom_333
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Usually not.But the world is a complicated place. Sometimes,just somteimes an Eloi turns the wrong corner and meets a Morloch.Call it chance.Call it Karma...whatever. But those are the type of things that makes you feel a bit more happy about the world.

The highest paying jobs are not without their own dangers. Ask that Exxon exec that was gunned down outside a restaurant in Brussels.Being shot in the face a couple of times and a couple of taps to the chest - he won´t be telling us what he thinks about that.But I am quite sure he may be miffed out being taken out in the prime of his life.And in his peak earning years.

Now the police within minutes prononcounced this to be a robbery gone wrong.Howvever MO and circumstance point in other direction.

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 16:33 | 3267965 Greshams Law
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Touche, Mr. Taylor.

Or should I say "Shake and Bake, that just happened!"

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 16:55 | 3268057 ZippyBananaPants
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I can't take it anymore.  Are all these idiots on CNBC and Bloomberg actually that stupid to act like the market is going up for any other reason than the 85 Billion going in every month?

How do these people get paid?

Why did I decide to be an honest person and make not one of these tools blowing dia-rita out my pie hole every day?

I need to turn it off.

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 17:44 | 3268266 CH1
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I need to turn it off.

Please do. You'll find that the time and energy you wasted on it was huge, and that you will be both happier and more productive away from it.


Fri, 02/22/2013 - 19:22 | 3268557 Freddie
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TV and Hollywood are good for sheep who liked to be brainwashed.  You watch it - you support it.

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 21:18 | 3268864 phyuckyiu
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Sadly teh womenz require frivolity and fem centric programming, never met a woman that can handle a whole night without media distractions. But yes kill your television.

Sat, 02/23/2013 - 04:57 | 3269492 TPTB_r_TBTF
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Some guys just donT have the ability to keep women "occupied" all night.

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 16:56 | 3268059 JLee2027
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There are few real Americans left, but Taylor is one. I'd share a foxhole with him.

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 17:12 | 3268134 Kinskian
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People like maury taylorwitz aren't found in foxholes. 

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 17:13 | 3268139 Helvetico
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Taylor is 67. World War II ended in 1945. Unless he fought in utero, he can't talk about "what we did over there." Yet another civilian who likes to take credit for battles he never fought. Typically American.

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 17:43 | 3268256 Stoploss
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Why don't you hop a plane and come say it over here?

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 17:47 | 3268283 Stoploss
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Of course we will have to bail your pansy ass out yet again in Mali.

Hey, it could be worse. When were all gone, the fucking French will STILL be relegated to this rock.  LOL!!

With no one to turn to except yourselves.

That's funny..

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 21:21 | 3268872 phyuckyiu
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Hey Helvitco, your fearless froggy comrade leader brought up the topic to begin with DOUCHEBAG, not the yank. Reading comprehension much?

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 19:37 | 3268594 Anusocracy
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Didn't the Russians fight 80% of the German army?

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 21:22 | 3268876 phyuckyiu
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Sat, 02/23/2013 - 04:59 | 3269494 TPTB_r_TBTF
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Yes, the Russians were being punished for not setting up a Central Bank.

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 21:27 | 3268597 Sizzurp
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This is a John Galt moment for Maurice Taylor.  The idiots running these governments are being exposed for the pathetic charlatans they are.

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 16:56 | 3268060 Stock Tips Inve...
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Many people do not want to talk about it. But the French government is taking the worst possible measures to resolve the crisis. This driving away private investment (domestic and foreign), is increasing spending beyond its means and is trying to politically attack all critics. From my point of view, France will undoubtedly be the next problem in Europe.

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 17:04 | 3268092 buzzsaw99
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private investment, that's a good one! there is no private, there is only the fascist banking fuck job

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 17:33 | 3268212 ToNYC
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It's rope a US dope until they find the next best way to hide the crime so deep it will be more easily forgotten, if not noticed in the first place. Viva la pouilly-fuisses.

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 19:24 | 3268561 Freddie
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How are the French any worse than Obummer and the Dems?

I know red team blue team.

Stop falling for the traps where the French suck and so does Oceania.

These are f****ing union parasites like American govt and UAW parasites.


Fri, 02/22/2013 - 16:34 | 3267970 Dr. Richard Head
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Oh god, the old "You'd all be speaking German" line.  

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 17:10 | 3268126 DosZap
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Face it,FROGS will always be FROGS.

They will soon join LON-DONNNN as the minority ethnic race in Paris.

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 17:33 | 3268210 Dr. Richard Head
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I guess why the dis on France over the great wars is that those same ignorant fucktards that spout off about French laying down their weapons and running often forget about France's part on our Revolutionary War.  The way I see it, we are even.

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 17:39 | 3268237 ToNYC
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Without Lafayette's skill set and Louis XVI's treasury sources for the Enemy of its rival England, we-O. we-O,we-O and off to work we go.

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 19:27 | 3268567 Freddie
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All wars are banksters usually the House of Roth.  I forget which war it was.  I think Japan-Russia 1908 (? or so).

Japan was a huge underdog so they could not get funded.  The little nip bastards showed how tough they were so investors became interested.  It was posted here on ZH!  Bankers "invest" in wars 

Wars are threater and business where poor suckers are killed.

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 21:24 | 3268881 phyuckyiu
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"Wars are threater and business where poor suckers are killed."

Fred's got the big picture finally, very nice.

Sat, 02/23/2013 - 04:41 | 3269479 Tom_333
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Schiff , Kuhn and Loeb.

They supported Japan as payback for Czarist anti-semitism.

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 16:34 | 3267973 Buckaroo Banzai
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"I have visited Normandy with my wife. I know what we did for France."

Look, let's face it, this one's on us. We should have let the Nazis keep France. Our bad.

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 16:39 | 3267997 shovelhead
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Even the Nazi's only wanted the part with that metal thingy.

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 16:44 | 3268014 Mrmojorisin515
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what we did? i don't even know what this arrogant asshole means.  Its like a northern person going to an african american and say i know what we did for you people.  Except he wasn't alive, and he didn't fight and die, or the fact that the war wasn't even about slavery.  Some how this man is worth all the money he is paid.............

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 16:51 | 3268043 hannah
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Mrmojorisin515 so by your reasoning, why do the blacks today deserve affirmative action...? they were never slaves....

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 17:00 | 3268080 Mrmojorisin515
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No Hannah, what i am saying is that a person saying that did not march at gettysburg or fredricksburg or any other battle for that matter.  Didn't get shot at or suffer terrible medical conditions or that the fact that the Civil War was fought for the same reason as any other war....... POWER.  "If I could save the Union without freeing any slave I would do it, and if I could save it by freeing all the slaves I would do it; and if I could save it by freeing some and leaving others alone I would also do that. What I do about slavery, and the colored race, I do because I believe it helps to save the Union; and what I forbear, I forbear because I do not believe it would help to save the Union." The south was losing power in the federal government, the north was gaining seats from massive immigration, interests between both regions were diverging.  The north essentially broke the south to its will, and the us only went into france because it had an interest to do.  Not because the French were suffering under Nazi Germany.  No one deserves affirmative actions, so hannah answer me this, why do veterns deserve affirmative action?

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 17:27 | 3268183 Mrmojorisin515
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There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil to one who is striking at the root, and it may be that he who bestows the largest amount of time and money on the needy is doing the most by his mode of life to produce that misery which he strives in vain to relieve.

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 21:30 | 3268895 phyuckyiu
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Could you turn up the pompous meter just a little higher? I'm sure that will help you get your message across.

Sat, 02/23/2013 - 12:35 | 3269846 Mrmojorisin515
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when i need that little extra push i turn it up to 11

Sat, 02/23/2013 - 00:22 | 3269258 Edmon Plume
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And there are a few hundred million watching tv.

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 17:30 | 3268202 Oldwood
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My father didn't go over there to fight to save the French. He fought to keep the Nazis from coming to America, or at least that is what he thought. I have no problem laying claim to France's freedom on behalf of America and my father. They fought and died there and there are plenty of graves left to prove it. Obviously you have a pretty low opinion of America, so feel free to denegrate those who fought and died for your freedom to be a dumbass. We will at least know to not count on you for anything other than possibly liberating others of there money because its the "right thing to do".

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 17:59 | 3268219 Mrmojorisin515
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i have a high opinion of america, i think its ideals were one of the most wonderful things mankind has ever come up with.  What i have a low opinion of is people who come on this site and complain about the corruption and don't understand how the country came to its current state. The freedom to be a dumbass..... the freedom to consume, to go into debt, why do you even come to this site?  What have you learned from your entire time reading this site?  Who bankrolled the Nazi's you jackass?


"We will at least know to not count on you for anything other than possibly liberating others of there money because its the "right thing to do"."  What????????? What does this even say?

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 18:10 | 3268352 hannah
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Mrmojorisin515 - veterans that fought in a 'declared' war like WW1/WW2 didnt have a choice but they went a died or were maimed fighting. could even add in korea or vietnam because of the draft. anyone that dodges bullets should get a  bit of favorable hiring or whatever when they get back.


fighting in the middle east today is just for the corporations. terrorists are not in alabama attacking the moonshiners.....corporate temp 'veterans' really arent veterans. let the corporations pay their benefits.


europe owes its ass to the americans and for the trillions of dollars poured into after the war....same for the japs.

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 23:22 | 3269125 Jon Bong Jovi
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"europe owes its ass to the americans and for the trillions of dollars poured into after the war....same for the japs."

america owes its ass to the chinese and for the trillions of dollars poured into after the drone wars...same for the euros.

Mon, 02/25/2013 - 21:39 | 3276117 BigJim
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  Mrmojorisin515 - veterans that fought in a 'declared' war like WW1/WW2 didnt have a choice but they went a died or were maimed fighting.

They had no choice in WWII, exactly because their fathers failed to exercise any kind of moral autonomy and refuse to go and kill a bunch of foreigners (who were no threat to us) to support a handful of monarchical European police states. They 'went and died or were maimed' killing other people.

US involvement led to the 'allies' being strong enough to impose the ruinous Versailles Treaty on defeated Germany... which resulted in the conditions that directly led to the rise of Hitler.

There's always a choice. And if the doughboys had chosen not to commit evil and 'serve' our government, WWII in all likelihood would never have happened.

It's laughable how many Americans today - the vast majority of whom had no involvement in WWII whatsoever - expect the French to be pathetically grateful for us joining the war (very late in the day, it should be added) and 'saving' them.

Europeans have been invading each others' countries since time began. They don't need saving... at least, not by us.

Sat, 02/23/2013 - 04:46 | 3269480 Tom_333
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And the British want their gazillions of sterling back - then. You know all the outlandish war profits made by Uncle Sugar and the JP Morgan combine. In fact war has indeed proven to be racket for those that sat on the fence until the outcome was virtually assured.

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 16:50 | 3268039 EINSILVERGUY

Q.  How many French does it take to defend France?

A. None, its never been tried

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 17:25 | 3268178 kaiserhoff
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Well there was one afternoon at Agincourt, when the English were exhausted from campaigning and badly outnumbered...,

but no, that didn't work out for them either.

Sat, 02/23/2013 - 04:52 | 3269485 CompassionateFascist
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try '14-'18. 1,000,000 French soldiers dead, 1/3 of the country devastated. A wound that never healed.

Sat, 02/23/2013 - 07:03 | 3269557 Tom_333
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- Non.Non.Don´t talk about such theeengzz. The "story" will only be told about zee nine-eleven. How something like 3 000 people perished that day. What ar zeee sums of 1 000 000 DEAD soldiers against that!!

- Hell - At Somme the British took something thing like 200 000 casualties only the first day - and then kept going. While l JP Morgan and Uncle Whiskers robbed their empire of money for war supplies.

- 200 000 casualties - do ya thank yoyre something ya whiny puny Brits!

- At Yalta that scion of the New England robber baron dynasty De La Nuy (err, sorry , French ancestry) and the Roosevelts (errr...Dutch freedom fries) pompously proposed that only countries with an army of more than 5 million soldiers would be considered for a say in matters in the future UN he was setting up. Uncle Joe (you remember him - his country broke the neck of the Nazis) just smiled and said - maybe we should put it at 5 million DEAD soldiers.

- Schh - carerrefull don´t talk about zeese zzzinnngs or zeee Americans will be so angry. We alwayzz neeed to talk about the correct "story"...zeee american story


Sat, 02/23/2013 - 05:35 | 3269510 Tom_333
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At least the French managed to invade and then colonize Algeria.And keep if for hundred years. The US didn´t last a full decade in Iraq.BOY.

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 19:29 | 3268574 Freddie
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Let's face it - wars are business and invetsments by bankers. Young French, German, American, British and other boys ended up dead along with the citizenry.   Meanwhile the banking families made billions off these "wars."

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 16:34 | 3267974 michael_engineer
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When is ZH going to start featuring guest posts from Gail Tverberg?

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 16:36 | 3267986 fourchan
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nice site.

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 16:50 | 3268041 El Viejo
Fri, 02/22/2013 - 18:02 | 3268331 ATM
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Never I hope. The only one of her 12 Reasons Globalization is a Huge Problem is the 8th. But that is a self-rectifying problem.

The rest are just ignorant and contradictory. 

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 16:35 | 3267975 catacl1sm
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Very nice. Keep 'em coming. This is truly the circus.

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 16:35 | 3267977 Bam_Man
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What does Brigitte Bardot have to do with this?

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 16:36 | 3267984 McMolotov
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She's hot, so who gives a fuck?

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 17:05 | 3268098 McMolotov
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The years have been kind

of bad to her.

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 17:31 | 3268207 QQQBall
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Nice chin?

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 18:03 | 3268335 ATM
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Which one.

And is that a box of candy corn in her mouth or are those teeth?

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 19:00 | 3268502 Whoa Dammit
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She's 78 years old now. Can't expect her to look like she once did.

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 17:46 | 3268282 CH1
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Hot? Really?

Yes, really. Find some old photos.

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 16:36 | 3267985 shovelhead
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6 HOURS! Merde!

This is not the French way.

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 16:37 | 3267989 A Lunatic
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So neener neener, bitchez.........

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 16:37 | 3267990 batz
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How to get long political risk?


This is like bumfights: soveriegn edition. 

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 16:38 | 3267991 Joebloinvestor
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He got it wrong, the French government will bail out the tyre factory when they can't find someone dumb enough to buy it.

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 16:43 | 3267995 kevinearick
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On the margin, where o’ where, EXACTLY, did California get that $4B to project a positive result from its tax increase, in a landscape of negative GDP?

So, you have a pendulum, which is a virtual fulcrum with relative time and orbiting centers, from the implicit perspective. To switch scales, atomic, etc, simply change perspective, tune. The universe gives you an input and expects an output. So long as your feedback, tied into its limit switches, performs within its parameters, you can do anything you want within your subsystem. From the pendulum hinge, add elevators with relatively independent pendulums and gear each to give you differential torque…add GENERATOR dimensions to create the space you need for your development.

The Fed subsidizes bad choices, which is the only possible outcome, in a system that proffers equality, reducing itself to the least among itself, the poorest possible behavior habits, and must steal the fruit of your labor to do so, which is why anyone with half a brain cell STEPPED out.

The Fed cannot save both Boeing and Microsoft, and they are joined at the hip, along with everything else in the cycloptic hydra. The green curtain is majority peer pressure and the man behind it is just the latest scapegoat, throwing others off the cliff.


Fri, 02/22/2013 - 16:48 | 3268026 LawsofPhysics
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Bingo, see my posts below.  Print and backstop all you want with magical accounting gimics (mark to unicorn etc.), eventually the folks providing those essential commodities are going to demand something real  in exchange.  When the SNAP card doesn't work or doesn't buy enough for survival, all hell breaks loose.

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 16:40 | 3267998 steve from virginia
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What is it w/ Johnny Titan? Does he have a rash on his ash?


If he doesn't like French factories or workers why not simply bow out and find a factory in Italy ... or Slovenia?


BTW: The 'Butcher of Lyon' Klaus Barbie worked for the CIA after the Second World War: longer for the US than for the Germans ... does that count?


: )

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 21:55 | 3268942 phyuckyiu
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Hi Steve, reading comprehension much? Did you actually spend the 10 minutes to read the previous two articles so you know wtf you are talking about? The French approached him FIRST.

Btw: Wtf does Operation Paperclip have anything to do with this? DERP.

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 16:46 | 3268019 dick cheneys ghost
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Fri, 02/22/2013 - 16:44 | 3268015 LawsofPhysics
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"I have visited Normandy with my wife. I know what we did for France."


Indeed, one must be left to wonder if France will do anything for America when the SNAP cards stop working and all hell breaks loose.

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 16:57 | 3268063 Clowns on Acid
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SNAPeyvous !

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 17:07 | 3268106 LawsofPhysics
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People give me shit about this and always ask, "don't you have fiath in your fellow man?"  My answer is always the same.  I have faith in some of them and trust even less.

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 17:12 | 3268133 DosZap
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Dead on.

Scripture say's in order to have friends BE ONE.

And it also say's a man with MANY friends, soon comes to ruin.

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 18:27 | 3268408 harami
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It's precisely that wishful thinking bull shit that has gotten us where we're at now.  Even better when people say, "The consequences were out right destructive, but at least he had good intentions!"

Can't judge a man by his actions any more, have to go by his intentions.  Fucking horse shit.

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 18:48 | 3268463 Shell Game
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Love it. Goes over well with the Kumbaya crowd I'm betting...  ;)

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 17:11 | 3268131 magpie
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Easy, make the USA more like France.

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 17:18 | 3268152 Toolshed
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Well, I am thinking by the time that scenario comes to pass France will be a smoldering wasteland.

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 16:49 | 3268034 Henry Hub
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The average American doesn't have a clue about France and the French. France is thought of in stereotypes and trite cliches: Maurice Chevalier, beautiful women, great wine. You could add that all the men wear berets and have little pencil thin mustaches.

This guy Taylor is your typical willfully ignorant moron.

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 16:53 | 3268052 wonderatitall
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the only thing the french do well is....SURRENDER

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 16:58 | 3268067 Spastica Rex
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I like Calvados.

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 20:00 | 3268685 akak
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With foie gras.

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 22:01 | 3268953 phyuckyiu
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And freedom fries.

Speaking of trite cliches, how does Henry Hub's avatar vs. his invective strike you?

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 23:44 | 3269174 Henry Hub
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What the fuck is that supposed to mean, douchbag?

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 16:57 | 3268065 Thisson
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He may be culturally ignorant.  He certainly smacks of hubris ("what we did for France," etc).  However, economically, he's correct.  France is killing the golden goose, and will continue losing jobs as a result.  You dont build a prosperous economy by driving away businesses.

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 18:45 | 3268451 Ms. Erable
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I've always maintained that France would be a great country if it wasn't full of French people.

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 19:59 | 3268679 Anusocracy
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You can't build a prosperous economy with a forager's mindset.

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 17:38 | 3268225 Oldwood
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My father spent several years there durring WWII and came back with a pretty low opinion of the French. But of course he believed in hard work and cleanliness which evidently the French did not.

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 16:50 | 3268035 NEOSERF
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Now I know why I haven't put Michelins on my car in over 20 le Nankang!

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 16:53 | 3268054 It is a bargin ...
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"I have visited Normandy with my wife. I know what we did for France."


Ya see they tend to forget shit like that cos they is Frenchies, in the DNA, so best not to mention

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 20:38 | 3268779 Anusocracy
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Maybe they have another perspective.


"if America had been true to its Founders’ non-interventionist foreign policy and had refused to enter World War I there would have been a negotiated treaty in 1917 and no harsh Versailles Treaty forced on Germany. Without the harsh Versailles Treaty, Hitler and Nazism would not have come to power. If the war had ended in the early part of 1917, there would have been no successful Russian Revolution and no successful birth of Communism. In short, there would have been no World War II. Admittedly, both of these arguments by the interventionists and the non-interventionists are counter-factual arguments. However, you can call as your primary expert witness in support of American non-interventionism none other that Winston Churchill. He made a statement to William Griffen, editor of the New York Enquirer in August of 1936 and it was reported by Mr. Griffen as follows: 

America should have minded her own business and stayed out of the World War. If you hadn’t entered the war the Allies would have made peace with Germany in the Spring of 1917. Had we made peace then there would have been no collapse in Russia followed by Communism, no breakdown in Italy followed by Fascism, and Germany would not have signed the Versailles Treaty, which has enthroned Nazism in Germany. If America had stayed out of the war, all these ‘isms’ wouldn’t to-day be sweeping the continent of Europe and breaking down parliamentary government, and if England had made peace early in 1917, it would have saved over one million British, French, American, and other lives.


Same shit the US government is pulling all over the world now: fucking with everybody's lives.

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 17:03 | 3268062 Schmuck Raker
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<= You see a picture of a Young Lady

<= You see a picture of an Old Hag


Fri, 02/22/2013 - 17:00 | 3268078 Tsar Pointless
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The United States didn't get involved in WWII to "save" any country.

The US got involved in order to keep Adolf Hitler from gaining power over the wealthy industrialists and bankers who had too much at stake in Europe to lose the entire continent to a megalomaniac.

Benito Mussolini wasn't *the* man. Hitler was.

So he had to be stopped. By any means necessary.

Hence, the necessity for Pearl Harbor.

The rest, as they say, is history. Poorly understood history, but history nonetheless.

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 17:21 | 3268160 MieleBauknecht
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its always interesting to see that americans don't know shit about history.
At the moment d-day started hitler was already defeated by the russians. The only reason the US and UK "liberated" europe is because they were afraid that europe would become part of
the USSR.

for the titan CEO: of course a factory with
mexican slaves makes more money than any european one. But the fact
is that productivity in france is still much higher than in the US, even if they have a few more days vacation

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 18:11 | 3268358 The_Dude
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Data please.....

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 17:25 | 3268177 booboo
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I thought is was because he stopped using the central bank phunny munny

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 17:30 | 3268197 Tsar Pointless
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Why can't it be "all of the above"?

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 17:06 | 3268109 janus
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say the ladies are insane there...,


Fri, 02/22/2013 - 17:12 | 3268115 Aliblahblah
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>> have visited Normandy with my wife. I know what we did for France.<<


Cheap shot.


If it wasn't for the French, that uncouth twit from Texas Tire would be speaking Lyme.


It was the French (and their allies at the time, Spain and the Dutch Republic, who supplied provisions and weapons) that allowed the American Colonies to become independent. The Continental Army was stuffed with French commanders notably Lafayette, Comte de Rochambeau, and many others; most importantly it was Admiral de Grasse, who broke the British blockade at the naval Battle of Chesapeake Bay, that thereby allowed George Washington with Rochambeau's soldiers to defeat Cornwallis at Yorktown thus winning the war.


The treaty giving America her independence was known as the Treaty of Paris and by the way who gave the USA that marvelous Statue of Liberty in commemoration of that fact?


Arrogant bastard.


Fri, 02/22/2013 - 17:24 | 3268174 MR166
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We repaid our debt to the French in WWII and they have looked down on us ever since.  Western Europe is a progressive/socialist basket case.  Eastern Europe has learned their lesson and should prosper. 


When I was in grammer shcool in the 50s I remember how it was common knowledge that the Russians/Communists  took control of the media and used it to promote their propaganda, controled the schools to promote their propaganda and controlled the unions.


Hummmm, does that sound anything like the US today???????????

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 18:09 | 3268349 harami
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No comrade, why do you ask?

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 22:58 | 3269088 TheLastMan
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He might be speaking Arabic.  A french guy named Charles Martel stopped the Mohammedan invasion into Europe.

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 17:07 | 3268116 Yikes
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"Your government let the wackos of the communist union destroy the highest paying jobs."

Here's the problem:  That should be an insult, but for the French, it's not.

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 17:56 | 3268315 Black Markets
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That's right France doesn't want high value added workers (70% tax band + free movement of workers within EU) and they don't want anybody to get laid off.

Schumpter would be laughing his head of at them. As everyone else is.

The thing is everybody has a good chuckle at France and the French don't see it as an issue that their national identity is a joke.

It's the only place on earth where the guy who opens the hatch at a drive-thru fast food place actually talks down to you!!

Almost everybody I know has learnt that French people have no social grace and are simply rude. Their purpose in life seems to be as the butt of endless jokes and anecdotes.

The reason this story is funny is that the French minister has played his stereotype perfectly by getting offended by the truth as did the so-called-workers at the "factory".

France, full of busy people doing nothing.

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 17:10 | 3268124 Lord Of Finance
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Oohhhhhhh yeah man! Keep it comin'. I have no more stress and worries over my investments, because there aren't any. I got out end of last summer. Just got some solid metal stuff and I wont have to worry about sellin that for years.


   I just love to sit back with a solitary beer or five, and watch the folly unfold in front of me every single day, and quite often, several times a day, thanks to this site and its founders/contributors.


  It never ceases to end. The folly of mankind is a sad reality. It has reached to new heights this millenium.

    As an aquaintance from the emerald isle always tells me, 


            "Mike. You have to laugh, to keep fom cryin."


Fri, 02/22/2013 - 17:14 | 3268143 Defcon1 USA
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Mr. Taylor has fallen into a French trap!!!

Under this much pressure, the French will surrender to Titan, leaving him with ownership of the company after all.

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 17:19 | 3268156 Black Markets
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France is a shithole.

Even Sarkozy has moved to London.

I'm not a big subscriber of stereotypes but the French are all some ridiculous charicature who think they are fantastic (they think they have a scandanavian social democracy) but are actually backward and clueless (they just have unions).

The only country who listens to France is Germany, and that's only because Germany aren't allowed a military and France is on the security council.

You don't want to do business with a French company just in case you have to go there (which isn't too bad) and meet with French people (which is fucking awful).

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 18:04 | 3268338 Peter Pan
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No nation is a shit hole unless politicians make it so.

Sat, 02/23/2013 - 05:10 | 3269500 Tom_333
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That´s good. Stay in the continental USA and keep your high quality of food stuff,culture,architecture and of course non-manipulated mighty dollars.

I´ve never felt better than when in Houston admiring their wonderful zoning laws , their strip malls with all the high-quality foodstuffs that you ever could wish for. The six-lane highways that mixes up beat-up commercial trucking with family transportation at the peril of the latter.Though it´s usually only the mexers that get creamed.Everything is so big. BIG - I tell you. Also the people. They are really big.And the women.Their hair is BIG. And their silicone,very big.The BIG plus is that they all belive in God. That he will make them personally very rich that is.Riding into to Houston-veawing may way inbetween the rusting hulks of slobby commercial cargo traffic,soccer moms in SUV´s and open trucks crammed with 20 or so little brown people on their way doing their gardening work for the man who still thinks he is the MAN I came to admire the latest scientific and technological achieviements known to world.Was it another blast-off from Space ...those BIG...huge I tell you billboards advertising latest science breakthrough... 1-800-DNA.Who´s the father?


Fri, 02/22/2013 - 17:25 | 3268169 debtor of last ...
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So let the trade wars begin, as expected.

Don't need no fuckin' spare Titan tire in my Peugeot. Fuckin' TitanTerrists

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 17:24 | 3268175 Itch
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One thinks that he is a diplomat, while the other is a French man.

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 17:28 | 3268184 Helvetico
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So why is this fat prick a hero? Because he's creating jobs that pay less than one Euro per hour in Asia? Because he claims credit for a participating in a war that ended before he was born? Americans admire this kind of economic turncoat? Pathetic.

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 17:29 | 3268195 magpie
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Where's FPs take on this, 'American hick takes second swing at Spirit of 1789' ?

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 17:58 | 3268297 Volaille de Bresse
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A - Maurice needs slaves from all over the world to work in his sweatshops.


B - He realizes he won't find them in France where some workers still have the balls to give him the finger. Balls that everyone from the labour class had in the 1920-30's (yeah even in the US).


C - out of spite he gobs at France. 

End of story... When China is dry/too expensive he'll move his plants to Africa. I'd say Liberia where rubber trees are. 

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 21:17 | 3268861 toys for tits
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Why is wrong of the CEO to want his employees to work 6 hours for 7 hours of pay?

Fri, 02/22/2013 - 17:54 | 3268310 TheLastMan
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Though a long time ago - credit to the French for Martel the Hammer.


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