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Bill Maher: Vive La France!

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Posted on May 6, 2007
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The “Real Time” host says that conservatives have to stop rolling their eyes at the French, who have the best healthcare system, an informed and active electorate, public intellectuals and, above all, the common sense to stay out of Iraq.

Not to mention the fact that, unlike Americans, “they’re not a nation of 6-year-olds who scream and giggle if they see pee-pee parts.”

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By beeline, June 18, 2010 at 3:10 am Link to this comment

I love going to France. Its so laid back - a lot of places shut for 2 hours over lunch and nowhere is open after lunch on a Sunday, a welcome change from the 24 hour society that has evolved in places like the US.

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By Nicolas Laget, May 16, 2007 at 3:31 pm Link to this comment
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Oh please…  Let a French remind you of some simple facts…  Our unemployment hasn’t dropped below 10% in 20 years (while Americans panick and call Bush names when it hovers around 6%) we think working more than 35 hours per week is tyranny, our favorite pastime is going on strike while getting paid or finding any other ways to be unproductive and a burden on society, those who speak of hard work and rewards are called dangerous capitalist pigs, our doctors and lawyers are taxed 60% of their income while our poors sit on their butts collecting those taxes, and ANY IDEA THAT COMES FROM AMERICA IS BY DEFINITION PATHETIC, WRONG, ANTI FRENCH, and DEVILISH.

The reason why 85% went to vote?  Because there were panicked at the mere notion that Nicolas Sarkozy, our new president, intends to reform some of the ridiculous socialist policies which keep France from reaching its full potential.

And when it comes to Iraq… the French didn’t abstain because they thought it was a bad idea.  They didn’t go because they don’t have an army to speak of and because Saddam owed France billions of dollars.

Just because this election shows the French have decided to change for the better (ie US) is not a reason to think they are brilliant.

But yeah.  that was funny and I laughed.

A bon entendeur Salut.

Nicolas Laget.

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By David Eve, May 15, 2007 at 7:37 am Link to this comment
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How deadly accurate!  Not only humorous, but insightful.  Poor America!  How you have fallen in the eyes of the world.  In the not too far distant past, your country was considered the saviour of Europe and Great Britain.
  By constant interference with the affairs of other countries, coupled with a growing disregard for the concepts laid down in your own constitution, America is now seen as a corrupt bully.

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By jensonee, May 9, 2007 at 1:27 pm Link to this comment
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the usOa seems to get all its real political commentary from comedians.  if the real political commentators don’t catch on noone will be listening to them.  good, noone should listen to them.

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By Douglas Watts, May 9, 2007 at 2:05 am Link to this comment
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That was a funny and perceptive essay by Bill Maher that builds upon some half decent background research—which somehow the NYT et al. cannot find time to do. Again, how come a comedy show can do better factual research than network news shows ? Very Mark Twain-ish.

The quick shots to Sean Penn laughing uncontrollably were deft as well.

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By louis stroud, May 8, 2007 at 8:11 pm Link to this comment
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that is a good one!!! liken’!!! also haven’t heard much out of k.r., unless it was today, about the 6 supposed terrorists at fort dix, maybe it was but with the track record of the bushies, they may have engineered the whole thing, with the ability to grab anybody and whisk them away to guantanomo, or some secret torture base in europe, no one would know and they could continue their fear tactics to convince the congress and all of the world that they saved us!!, i can’t believe anything they come up with, it is just too many lies from them, please just pack your bags and leave!!

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By Bo, May 8, 2007 at 10:59 am Link to this comment
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Didn’t know whether to laugh or cry. Well done…

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By Dr. Knowitall, PhD, PhD, May 8, 2007 at 5:01 am Link to this comment

The whole French toast to Freedom Toast thing is a metaphor on the stupidity and arrogance of the USA.  We are so stupid and arrogant that we are repeating the 60’s and 70’s and, I bet, stupid and arrogant enough to repeat it all again, if we’re around, a couple decades from now.  It didn’t take Maher telling us the French had it right; we knew four years ago.

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By Bukko in Australia, May 7, 2007 at 11:32 pm Link to this comment

Before I say anything else, I should point out that I like France, speak the language passably, have visited there many times and plan to spend a month in Paris, Provence, Auvergne and the Pyrenees this (Northern Hemisphere) fall. Ya gotta love the HUGE amount of holiday time we get in Oz!

BUT—I have my doubts about the French medical system. Before I emigrated from the U.S., one of my co-workers was a young American nurse who married a French guy. She had their first child in Paris. She told me horror stories about her time in hospital battling a post-birth infection, such as how the nurses NEVER EVEN TOOK HER TEMPERATURE! They’d come in and touch her arm to see if she felt warm. She finally sent her husband out to buy a thermometer so she could track how she was doing. Then there were the 15,000 mostly old people who died during the 2003 heat wave, due to poor planning and medical care. I’ve seen stats saying French people consume more medications per capita than almost anywhere else in the Western world due to rampant over-prescribing.

So while French society has much to admire, and I’d rather be in exile there than here, the medical side is not as good as Maher cracked it up to be.

And Cynthia, people are getting oil from Iraq. It’s just that it’s not being monitored due to deliberately missing flow meters. Meters that were supposed to be installed by Halliburton. But why meter Iraqi oil when you can simply steal it and sell it, keeping all the profits? Check out this link:

http://www.corpwatch.org/article.php?id=14427

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By Eric, May 7, 2007 at 4:02 pm Link to this comment
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Laughed and laughed and laughed.  Then I cried because the fact is that they vote, and we could care less. 

Eric

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By Dale Headley, May 7, 2007 at 3:40 pm Link to this comment
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The French just don’t get it.  The duty of a government is to make certain that the rich become wealthy beyond all fantastic imagination, and the powerful become omnipotent beyond challenge.  The duty of those who remain in a shrinking middle class is to work their tails off to make that happen.  And, of course, the poor must have the decency to stay hidden.  Those deluded Frenchies think that a government’s primary responsibility is to be “of the people, by the people, and for the people.”  How naive!

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By cynthia in Paris, May 7, 2007 at 3:19 pm Link to this comment
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To Tom,
Ding dong you’re wrong. France gets most of its energy from the 17 nuclear plants it has. It didn’t buy into the war in Iraq (it has 1000 troops in Afganistan currently) because the UN voted against it, and unlike the United States, France chose to respect that.
BTW, is anybody getting oil from Iraq lately ??

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By Louis, May 7, 2007 at 10:25 am Link to this comment
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dear tom,

if that’s true it makes sense. at least they paid for it legally.

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By kevin99999, May 7, 2007 at 8:45 am Link to this comment
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Don’t worry..these cons roll their eyes at every one who is not a moron and scam artist like them.

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By Tom, May 7, 2007 at 8:03 am Link to this comment
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The only reason France stays out of Iraq is because that is who they have bouth there oil from.  It is totally financial not political

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By Verne Arnold, May 7, 2007 at 6:43 am Link to this comment

That is a hoot!  I howled.

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By louis, May 6, 2007 at 10:52 pm Link to this comment
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thats some funny shit

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