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Call Me a Traitor – I’m Pulling for France

Superfrenchie alerts us to a truly appalling exit move by the Bush Admin:
Less than a week before it leaves office, the Bush administration has sparked anger across the Atlantic by tripling the import duty rate on roquefort cheese to 300%, a move which the US hopes will "shut down trade" in the sheep's milk product by making it prohibitively expensive. The decision, part of Washington's attempts to force the EU into dropping its ban on hormone-treated beef, was greeted with disbelief by the French government and by farmers in the south-western Aveyron region who depend on the industry for their livelihoods.
I'll be buying a half pound of Roquefort this week.


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  1. In Last Official Act, Bush Repeals English Language

    In what he hoped would be the capstone to his eight years as President, George W. Bush today signed an executive order repealing the English language.

    Scrawling his name on the official document, Mr. Bush said that in abolishing English he had vanquished his “greaterest enemy.”

    For Mr. Bush, the executive order represents the realization of a longstanding dream that began in 2001 when he declared an official War on Grammar.

    The president followed up that declaration of war in 2003 when he signed an executive order canceling the agreement between nouns and verbs.

    Mr. Bush’s decision to repeal the English language could complicate matters for his successor, President-elect Barack Obama, who is scheduled to deliver his inaugural address tomorrow, presumably in English.

    But thoughts of Mr. Obama seemed far away during today’s jubilant Oval Office ceremony, which Mr. Bush summed up in four words: “I can has legacy.”

    Mr. Bush’s executive offer also drew high praise from a fellow Republican, Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska: “Being that the English language can and has been used in confusing and also too in harming ordinary Americans, knowing that it no longer can or will be used in doing that is something positive that this is doing also.”

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