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Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Making Money Insulting the President / Gagner des Sous en Insultant le President!

(Didn't I just tell you that people here have a lot of ideas?)
(Fallait y penser! Quand je vous disais qu'on a tout plein d'idées ici?!)

Another sidewalk artist has done some engraving
Quelqu'un a engravé "Bush = Diable" sur le trottoir


While the opportunities to make fun of the President are abundant, somebody came up with the idea of turning it into a business. Without further ado, I give you ... (drum rolls) ... "Insult the President" ... at insultthepresident.com ... "because everybody deserves an FBI file!"

C'est pourtant pas les occasions qui manquent de se moquer du Président, mais quelqu'un a eu l'idée d'en faire une entreprise. Sans plus attendre, je vous présente ... (roulements de tambours) ..."Insultez le Président" ... à insultthepresident.com ... "car tout le monde mérite un dossier au FBI!"

They even have an online store/ils ont meme de la marchandise


Fear not, all of you expats (here in the States or abroad), you already have one! However, the thickness of said file is still totally up to you! ;-)

Entre parentheses, les expats (ici aux Etats-Unis ou de l'autre coté de l'Océan), c'est pas la peine de vous faire du soucil, car vous en avez tous déjà un. Ceci dit, l'épaisseur du dit dossier dépend completement de vous! ;-)

Freedom of Speech


Le ruban jaune dit "Support Our Troups"


By the way, when you visit the site, note this interesting comment on their FAQ:
Au fait, quand vous visitez le site, notez ce commentaire intéressant dans leurs FAQ:

"Must I be a US Citizen?
Heck no! In fact, we are banking on the fact that the French and Canadians will provide us with enough insults to put our kids through college."

Faut-il être citoyen des US [pour participer]?
Pas du tout! D'ailleurs, nous comptons sur les Français et les Canadiens pour payer les factures d'université de nos enfants."



Une voiture sympa dans une rue de San Francisco!
A friendly car in San Francisco


(Thanks Michael for the idea!)

11 Comments:

Blogger DoctorDentons said...

I have a serious question...Why is it "free speech" when you insult the US or its President but it is "hate speech" when you even question comments made by the people who make these remarks ?

Just asking.

4:03 AM  
Blogger Louis la Vache said...

Louis la Vache has noticed the same phenomenon that DoctorDentons has noticed - and has the same question.
For example Louis la Vache was practically physically assaulted in Berkeley, home of the so-called "Free Speech Movement" for wearing a t-shirt with a picture of President Reagan on it along with the inscription "What Would Reagan Do?"

6:16 AM  
Blogger Elisabeth said...

Free speech is an objective concept (although it is constantly defined and redefined), whereas, I believe, hate speech is a subjective concept. Insultthepresident.com can label as "hatemail" any message that attacks its basic raison d'être. You could as well label any of those insults to Bush "hate speech." It all depends on what perspective you take.

But, really, hate speech is usually much much more extreme than the innocuous stuff that insultthepresident.com may generate. Bill O'Reilly's discourse often borderlines on - it it does not qualify outright as - hate speech.

6:44 AM  
Blogger DoctorDentons said...

Elisabeth:

Icould not agree with you more. I just find that a lot of the time those that complain the most about "hate Speech" are they themselves the "haters".

7:53 AM  
Blogger Tomate Farcie said...

Ideally I wanted to post both a pro-Bush message as well as a anti-Bush message (because, you're right, Free Speech goes *both* ways), but I drove around the neighborhood for *a while* and still couldn't find anything pro-Bush, not even a sticker on a pick-up truck or something, and I just didn't feel like driving an hour 1/2 out of my way to illustrate a blog post.

You got to admit, though, the idea of trying to capitalize on the way 1/2 the country feels is not half bad!

9:35 AM  
Blogger DoctorDentons said...

At the cost of gas and with an ailing auto, you may well have been on a suicide mission trying to find anything pro-Bush in SF. I do not like politicians in general but I also dislike people of any particular strata that can actively "hate" another. How is the ankle and are you planning another "photo trip" around the City? If you do, please take lots in the Marina...my old neighborhood.

11:09 AM  
Blogger Michael said...

LOL Tomate! One never knows what people will say on one's blog! Glad you found the site funny.

11:18 AM  
Anonymous Le Nerd said...

En effet très créatif.

Un énorme merci pour la photo de DS dont je suis un fan absolu (see http://www.flickr.com/photos/esausse/sets/936230/)

11:22 AM  
Blogger Tomate Farcie said...

Michael: Indeed, you never know :)

Le Nerd: I remember :)

Dr. Denton: I don't know what the probably of finding a pro-Bush sticker in SF really is but I know of one little place ... Well, I'll just have to go and take a picture of it, you'll see. Roger that on the Marina pics. Ankle is slow to heal. :(

11:54 AM  
Blogger Michael said...

Tomate....here's something else I just discovered. I've put it in this post vs your most recent to not offend too many people right away.

http://www.selltheranch.com/

P.S. I just noticed the voiture in the photo. Quite funny to see in SF.

9:35 PM  
Blogger Tomate Farcie said...

Thanks Michael, you're so thoughtful and considerate! :-)

Yeah, seeing that car was a real treat. I should probably post it on this blog and let the other expats enjoy it as well. Maybe in the near future.

10:44 PM  

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