Friday Frivolity – (Mostly) Political Style


Stuff I didn’t know until I decided to go trashing around the intertubes today:

Item the First:

PARIS: For President Nicolas Sarkozy, a day does not get much darker than this.

On Thursday, the 52-year-old French leader was struck hard on two different domestic fronts: a wave of strikes that swept through France and an official announcement that his 11-year marriage had come to an end.

Poor bastage. Apparently there was some history here…

The question is whether the breakup of his marriage will negatively affect the way Sarkozy governs France. Known for his quick temper, suffering episodically from migraines, he has openly professed his dependence on his wife.

“Even today, I have difficulty talking about it,” he wrote in his 2006 campaign book, “Testimony,” of their months apart when she left him apparently for another man in 2005. “I had never known such an ordeal. Never would I have imagined that I would be so profoundly distressed.”

And then we have:

Item the Second:

George “Macaca” Allen, the former Virginia governor and senator famous for hating brown people, is helping out the Fred Thompson campaign, proving that when it comes to lazy, stupid ex-senators, things work better in pairs.


And finally, our non-political story:

Item the Fifth (3 is way out):

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – A poll of Europeans showed people of different nationalities liked each other more after getting to know each other, except in the case of the British — who became less popular.

A project organised by the Notre Europe think tank brought together 362 citizens from 27 EU states for two days of deliberations in Brussels last weekend. They were asked their views on a range of issues before and after the event, including how much they liked or disliked German, French, Polish, Italian, British and Spanish people.

…all nationalities gained in popularity, bar the British who went from a 70.3 percent approval rating at the start of the weekend to 68.1 percent by the end.

Well, all I can say is personally, I like fatdave the more I get to know him…



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  1. There’s only so much gloom and doom one can handle on a Friday afternoon.

  2. I’ll post this here too…

    Just for kicks.

  3. Their food, not so much. One of my grandmothers, now off in the otherlands, was a wonderful person but her cooking …..ick.

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    • Alma on October 19, 2007 at 21:48

    One of my fondest memories from the orange place was when I got to call him a slave ship owner in the Election Race Diary Roundup on International Talk Like a Pirate Day.

  5. and bust into the room thinking I was hiding a puppy from him. Glad to know other people are as unnaturally obsessed with their animals as I am. I wonder is that porcupine a pet? Cute but not sure I would want him cuddling me in bed at night.

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