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Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Random Quote

“As of now the name of Danish pastries will give way to Rose of Muhammad pastries.”
– An order issued by the Iranian confectioners’ union, renaming Danish pastries in response to the publishing of cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad by a Danish newspaper.

In Iran it is blasphemous to draw a picture of Muhammad, but it is acceptable to rename a doughnut after him.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's almost as ridiculous as "Freedom Fries." But, you know, here in America, it's an honor to have a dish or food named after you. Certainly you've heard of "Name Your Own Burger" at various restaurants. And, if they are re-naming a doughnut in his honor, imagine how good that doughnut must be!

Wed Mar 01, 05:25:00 AM  
Blogger Publius said...

Everyday, I start my morning with Freedom Toast. For lunch I have a beef patty on a President roll (not a Hamburger and not on a Kaiser roll) with Freedom Fries. And for dinner I have Southwest American beef in corn flat bread (not Mexican tacos) or I might have a small salad with creamy orange dressing and a Freedom baguette (not French dressing).
Either way it’s stupid. But, there is a history of renaming food in America when we are at war. If you look back to World War I and II we renamed frankfurters to hotdogs and sauerkraut to liberty cabbage. And yes the name change of Freedom Fries and Freedom Toast was spearheaded by two republicans, Rep. Bob Ney, R-Ohio, and Walter Jones , R-North Carolina.

Wed Mar 01, 10:54:00 AM  
Blogger Oncorhynchus Mykiss said...

The difference is that we were involved in wars with Germany and changed the names of German foods. Here, we are at war with no one in particular, and are changing the names of French foods out of spite for a former ally unsupportive of our occupation of Iraq.

Wed Mar 01, 12:19:00 PM  
Blogger Publius said...

When exactly was France an ally? Or are we going back to the Revolutionary War here?

For some more recent history, remember it was French Indochina where France lost control of its former colony which led to Vietnam being split between communist North Vietnam and democratic South Vietnam in 1954. In 1957 fighting between North and South Vietnam led to advisors being sent by the U.S., and then soldiers which led to the Vietnam War where 58,226 U.S. Soldiers lost their lives. Because France lost, American soldiers were put into combat.

That was more an anti-French rant than anything having to do with this discussion. But, doesn’t it seem odd that in World War I, World War II and the first Indochina War it was France that either made the mess or requested help and the U.S. came to France’s aid, but when the U.S. asked for the same assistance it was France that turned their back on us?

Wed Mar 01, 02:28:00 PM  
Blogger Oncorhynchus Mykiss said...

I'm not saying the French don't harbor serious animosities (from envy mostly) toward the US or that the US should not hold animosities toward them for the reasons you've enumerated, but WERE officially allies. It seems more like a relationship like kids and parents through. The kid, although weaker and dumber, looks at his parents with disdain at the dinner table because he thinks he's cooler than the parent until he gets his ass whooped by a bully, and then he calls on the parent crying and wants the parent to do something about it. Kids.

Wed Mar 01, 02:47:00 PM  

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