I Really Like This New French President

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  1. Memphis Slim Registered

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    Every since Sarco took over, the relations with France have improved. He really holds our country in high regard. Better, sadly, than some of our politicians on the left.

    To France, 'you are heroes'
    French official gives U.S. vets of WWII the highest award for service to his nation

    One by one, the World War II veterans in their 80s stood straight as a representative of the French government pinned the Knight of the French Legion of Honour medal to their chests.
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    Dedicated: Paul Moxley’s regiment was known for its
    distinctive marking on its jeeps, guns and helmets
    – three A’s with a bar through it that stood for “anything,
    anywhere, anytime, bar none.” He’s show at his home
    - Michelle Pemberton / The Star


    ABOUT THE FRENCH LEGION OF HONOUR
    The award was created by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1802 and is the highest award given by the French Republic for outstanding service to France, regardless of the nationality of the recipients.

    In 2004, French President Jacques Chirac decided to give the medal to World War II veterans who had fought in France in honor of the 60th anniversary of the Allied landings in Normandy. Veterans can submit documentation of their war record for consideration for the award.

    Since 2004, the French Consulate in Chicago, which serves 13 Midwestern states, has issued 62 Legion of Honour medals, including 10 to veterans from Indiana.

    Over the years, the award has been presented to sports figures, actors and authors, including Audie Murphy, a World War II Medal of Honor recipient and actor; author Victor Hugo; and actor Clint Eastwood.



    [​IMG]The ceremony in the General Pershing Auditorium at the Indiana War Memorial on Thursday was the latest gesture by the French government to thank, more than 60 years after the invasion of Normandy, the men who freed their country from the Germans.
    "For us, the French people, you are heroes," Jean-Baptiste de Boissiere, the consul general of the French Consulate in Chicago, told the veterans.
    Proud of their service, yes. But heroes, no, the Army veterans insisted after the ceremony, in which five veterans from Indiana, one from Illinois and another from Kentucky received the medal.
    "People have called us heroes at times," said Jack Wilson, 83, Rockport. "We weren't heroes. We came back; we were survivors. The heroes didn't come home."
    The Legion of Honour medal is the highest award given by the French Republic for outstanding service to France. In 2004, in recognition of the 60th anniversary of D-Day, then-French President Jacques Chirac invited World War II veterans who fought in France to apply for the honor.
    Among those who accepted the offer was Paul Moxley, 86, who grew up on the Southside of Indianapolis and was a star on the Cathedral football and basketball teams.
    As Moxley stood in the lobby of the memorial with the medal hanging from a red ribbon, he said he could remember the voices of scores of people singing the French national anthem after U.S. troops liberated Cherbourg.
    "They had been under the thumb of the Germans for five years, and they needed some way to express how they felt," Moxley said. "That went right through me, to see these people, older people, with tears in their eyes."
    After attending Indiana University for a couple of years, he left school to take a job with the Illinois Central Railroad, and that's when he got his draft notice in 1942. He ended up going to officer training school, becoming a "90-day wonder," he said of his training.
    When D-Day arrived, Moxley had yet to see combat. His group, L Company of the 39th Infantry, 9th Division, landed on Utah Beach four days after the start of the invasion on June 6, 1944. His regiment was known for its distinctive marking on its jeeps, guns and helmets -- three A's with a bar through them that stood for "anything, anywhere, anytime, bar none," Moxley explained.
    A sergeant from Pittsburgh, Mike Natale, who had seen combat in Africa and Sicily, took Moxley under his wing. Moxley recalled having difficulty telling the difference between the sound of incoming and outgoing shells. Natale solved the problem by tapping him on the shoulder and advising Moxley to duck when he did.
    Moxley was wounded twice, once by a sniper.
    After the war, he returned to Indianapolis and went back to work for the railroad, retiring after 40 years. He raised a family with his wife, Marion, who died in 2004.
    Sitting in the front row of the auditorium were a granddaughter, Jennifer Longardner, Carmel, and her children, Marion, 2 months, and Quintin, a 2-year-old.
    Longardner said Moxley has started speaking about the war only in the past few years. "It was amazing to hear some of the things he went through and the courage he must have had to go through it," she said.
    "It was incredible to see him up there," she said of the ceremony. At least 20 members of his family watched as he received the medal.
    Clyde Cutrell, 86, Newport, said, "I saw my share" of action in the war. He was wounded three times.
    "I couldn't believe I was getting it (the medal)," Cutrell said. "I didn't think I had done anything that outstanding to get an award like that." Besides, he said, "all of them boys that didn't make it back, they are the heroes."
    Arlis Sizemore, 84, Logansport, said the ceremony made him think again how lucky he had been to live through the war. "The Lord was with me, I guess."
    Billy Wells, 82, Linton, said he was amazed to be getting such an honor.
    "I don't have the words to express how humble I feel that the French president would take time to honor a lowly American soldier," Wells said of the certificate that bears the president's signature. "That's something to have the president of France to go clear out and touch me after all these years."


    This is great stuff.
     
  2. jaguarr Be Your Own Hero

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    "That's something to have the president of France to go clear out and touch me after all these years."

    :eek:

    jag
     
  3. SuBe Voluntaryist

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    Thank you Mephy, I really do like Sarco also. He's not stuck in Petty French Ideals like Jaque was. Sarco seems to really appreciate what we Americans have done for his country. In WW1 and WW2.
     
  4. Wilhelm-Scream Registered

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    Yeah, I heard him speaking on PBS and he was kicking ass. It made me stop and go "Whoa", because you could hear in his tone that he was verbally slapping people who blindly hate all Americans just because of George Bush, in the face.


    Next,
    I guess the Lord didn't like the other 60 million that got killed as much as he likes Arlis. :huh:
     
  5. PaulGilbert Registered

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    France > America = Fact (Oxford English Dictionary)
     
  6. Wilhelm-Scream Registered

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    It's weird how you have latched on to me, trying to prod me into responding to your 3rd grade Trolly declarations. You must really savor the taste my b**** slaps. :huh:

    Anyway, no, of course...




    • The French Language sounds like a sickly old lady who's had a stroke is trying to clear her throat while going down on someone. :down
    • The French are incapable of producing good music, except for unintentionally funny Rap music. :down
    • I've seen scores of French films....never seen a good French film. :down


    In many of the more authentic French restaurants, they are so arrogant that you can't even order your own food.
    Now arrogance is cool (if deserved), but arrogance without the balls to back it up is supremely uncool.

    If you want coffee WITH your dessert, to them that's an abomination. You HAVE to have coffee AFTER the dessert, because of their rigid, reptilian adherence to bulls*** ritual.

    So what they're thinking is, "You Philistine. You will get no coffee until I deem it to be coffee time! :cmad:".
    BUT, they're too timid to educate you about their backwards French sense of customer service, so, they'll smile politely and say, "Yes. :)"
    But then they just won't bring out the coffee till all of your dessert is gone.


    • I'm not even going to go into how repulsive their hairy, emaciated..."women" are compared to our corn-fed, busty blonde sex cows.

    For these, and innumerable other reasons...no, France sucks pale, hairy ass. :(
     
  7. PaulGilbert Registered

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    Haha comedy gold :woot: - I have no idea who you are nore do I give a ****, I can't even remember reading one of your posts before :confused:

    I recommend you deflate your ego kid.
     
  8. Hudson Registered

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    He got pissed at 60 minutes during an interview.
     
  9. PaulGilbert Registered

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    :up: She's definatly....ammm......fed. And busty? Yep, all over.

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  10. Wilhelm-Scream Registered

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    Hahaha, "busty all over".
     
  11. ShadowBoxing Registered

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    Actually, he's right...compared to America, France...and basically most of Europe really does kick ass.
     
  12. Wilhelm-Scream Registered

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    Oh, dude...you're a bad liar. :(
    When I told you that I had trouble taking you seriously because your screen name is the name of the sucky guitarist from 80's/early 90's Hair Metal sell-outs "Mr. Big", you said, "Well I have trouble taking you seriously after reading all your previous posts."

    So you're either lying now or you were lying then. :trans:

    And this kind of ties in to yesterday's "latch on and Troll" behavior when I jokingly said I wanted a custom made steel sign for my sex dungeon and you wondered if my Mom would object.
    I'm 36 years old, so if I'm a "kid" to you, what are YOU ? :eek:
    Like, in your 70's? :huh:
     
  13. Wilhelm-Scream Registered

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    No. All of Europe kicks ass except for France.
    France is the turd in the delicious casserole.
     
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    I was over in France visiting a cousin who lives in Paris. It's awesome. And they have News anchors over there that look like this....
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  15. Wilhelm-Scream Registered

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    Yeah, she is a pants-exploding exception to the rule.

    I must admit though that I'm biased as all I really care about is music and movies, and seriously, JAPAN has better bands than they do....and their movies are on a whole different planet. :eek:
     
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    American movies are awesome because we need some sort of excuse to sit in a dark room and oogle beautiful people in attempt to hide the fact that most of us are fat and disgusting. If Americans got thin again we all be out...I dunno...doing something.

    In Europe they have topless beaches, and pubs where you just sing, dance, f*** and drink all night long. In America it's like "Yeah, I wanna have fun...but could we please make sure I can keep my shirt on, and maybe preferably everyone around me can either be fixated on something else or completely bombed so they don't notice how fat I am".
     
  17. jaguarr Be Your Own Hero

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    If I can't see your abs, then you aren't beautiful, Shadowboxing.

    jag
     
  18. Wilhelm-Scream Registered

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    Quit talking about "EUROPE".
     
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    :huh: you should watch "amelie". "paris, je t'aime" is good, too, though it's basically a bunch of vignetes directed by different directors from around the world, but it's all about france.
     
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    Thats not called lying, I dont remember you because you are a nobody to me, I have very little reason to remember you or this exchange of posts you say we had. To me it was just another exchange with a faceless user. Really, it seems like you've latched onto me if you can remember random posts like that. Sorry to disappoint though, I dont swing that way.

    Might wanna try n get an appriciatation for good music too, that or post a video of your amazing guitar skills.

    Laters mother****er :yay:
     
  21. bell110 Drunk on Capitol Hill

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    I don't get the France bashing.
     
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    :up:
     
  23. Warhammer Half Monk, Half Hitman

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    Europe is great. At one time, I lived in Germany. :up:

    You won't see me comparing America to Europe, though. There are no end-all, be-all reasons why either one is better than the other. Well, West Europe >>>>>>>>>>>East Europe.

    :o :up:
     
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    Then where did the sexy French maid stereotype come from?:huh:
     
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    Celldog approves of a French citizen? This is a sign of the apocalypse isn't it?
     

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