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;-) I can't image the French ever liked Americans calling fried potatoes "french fries" anyway. In Japan, which is not known for its good sense in naming things in English, we call these things "fried potato," which sounds like an extremely practical position in this debate.

House restaurants change name of 'french fries' and 'french toast'
Anger over France's position on Iraq

Tuesday, March 11, 2003 Posted: 11:21 AM EST (1621 GMT)
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The restaurant menus in the three House office buildings will change the name of "french fries" to "freedom fries," a culinary rebuke of France, stemming from anger over the country's refusal to support the U.S. position on Iraq.


Well er, and on top of that, those "french fries" are actually a Belgian invention - more at ;-)

The main question is, do American junior high school teachers want to encourage 'freedom kissing' or not? It's hard to be against freedom.

Well, in England, we call them 'chips'. The adjective 'French has other connotations, as in 'french leave', 'french kiss' and 'french letter'.

My analysis is that this statement is basically the Republican Guard expressing what is clearly 'narcissistic rage' at France's -an extension of the US corporate 'body'??-'insubordination'. ;) *laugh*

So all mention of them must be removed.. they must be excised.. like a cancer..

'If your eye displeaseth you, pull it out'.. so to speak.. Do you follow?

Ask the psychologists about narcissists.. It clearly applies..

Hey guys.. (talking to them here..) what about that VERY important thing called "Free Speech"??

What does changing the name of French Fries have to do with free speech? At best it's a totally irrelevant gesture; people usually just call them "fries" anyway.

Well, how more pathetic can they become?
Since everybody know the name French Fries, replacing French by Freedom is more likely to make people associate French with Freedom! So it's fine by me.

Recent study tells that "Freedom" actually might be doomed. :-P

Bill proposed to allow return of U.S. vets buried in France

Move signals frustration over Iraq stance

Thursday, March 13, 2003 Posted: 6:13 PM EST (2313 GMT)

WASHINGTON (AP) -- In another swipe at the French, a Florida congresswoman has proposed that the government pay for families who might want to bring home from France the remains of Americans who fought and died in the world wars.