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Warning: If you stay here long enough you will gain weight! Grazing here strongly suggests that you are either omnivorous, or a glutton. And you might like cheese-doodles. BTW: I'm presently searching for another person who likes cheese-doodles. All cheese-doodling ended in 2010, and there hasn't been any in far too long. Please form a caseophilic line to the right. Thank you.

Monday, April 16, 2012

BAD NEWS FROM FRANCE

Damned letter cropping up again. Specifically, the e-mail entitled "very bad news from the Jewish community in France" that details attacks in Montpellier, Strasbourg, Toulouse, Aubervilliers, and other places with names that are impossible to pronounce.

It's still completely and entirely bogus.

But sincere opportunists have sensed a need to heighten the sense of panic, and have dusted it off.
Gullible recipients are forwarding it on to everyone they know.

Read this:

Post 1.
http://atthebackofthehill.blogspot.com/2009/11/bad-news-from-france.html.

And this:

Post 2.
http://atthebackofthehill.blogspot.com/2011/06/attention-bad-news-from-france-e-mail.html.


Here's what I received today:

QUOTE:

I received this email today and was asked to forward it on. please read!  Once again, the real news in France is conveniently not being reported as it should.
To give you an idea of what's going on in that country where there are now between 5 and 6 million Muslims and about 600,000 Jews, here is an E-mail that came from a Jew living in France ..
Please read! "Will the world say nothing - again - as it did in Hitler's time?" He writes: "I AM A JEW -- therefore I am forwarding this to everyone on all my e-mail lists. I will not sit back and do nothing.

Nowhere have the flames of anti-Semitism burned more furiously than in France.


1. In Lyon , a car was rammed into a synagogue and set on fire.
2. In Montpellier , the Jewish religious center was firebombed;
3. so were synagogues in Strasbourg and Marseilles ;
4. so was a Jewish school in Creteil - all recently.
5. A Jewish sports club in Toulouse was attacked with Molotov cocktails
6. and on the statue of Alfred Dreyfus, in Paris , the words 'Dirty Jew' were painted.
7. In Bondy, 15 men beat up members of a Jewish football team with sticks and metal bars.
8. The bus that takes Jewish children to school in Aubervilliers has been attacked three times in the last 14 months.
9. According to the Police, metropolitan Paris has seen 10 to 12 anti-Jewish incidents PER DAY in the past 30 days.
10. Walls in Jewish neighborhoods have been defaced with slogans proclaiming 'Jews to the gas chambers' and 'Death to the Jews.'
11. A gunman opened fire on a kosher butcher's shop (and, of course, the butcher) in Toulouse, France
12. A Jewish couple in their 20's were beaten up by five men in Villeurbanne , France (the woman was pregnant).
13. A Jewish school was broken into and vandalized in Sarcelles , France . This was just in the past week

 
So I call on you, whether you are a fellow Jew, a friend, or merely a person with the capacity and desire to distinguish decency from depravity, to do - at least - these three simple things:


First, care enough to stay informed. Don't ever let yourself become deluded into thinking that this is not your fight.

I remind you of what Pastor Neimollersaid in World War II:
'First they came for the Communists, and I didn't speak up, because I wasn't a Communist
Then they came for the Jews, and I didn't speak up, because I wasn't a Jew.
Then they came for the Catholics, and I didn't speak up, because I was a Protestant.
Then they came for me, and by that time there was no one left to speak up for me.'


Second, boycott France and French products. Only the Arab countries are more toxically anti-Semitic and, unlike them, France exports more than just oil and hatred.


So boycott their wines and their perfumes.
Boycott their clothes and their foodstuffs.
Boycott their movies.
Definitely boycott their shores.


If we are resolved we can exert amazing pressure and, whatever else we may know about the French, we most certainly know that they are like a cobweb in a hurricane in the face of well-directed pressure.


Third, send this along to your family, your friends, and your co-workers. Think of all of the people of good conscience that you know and let them know that you - and the people that you care – about need their help.
The number one bestselling book in France is.... 'September 11: The Frightening Fraud' which argues that no plane ever hit the Pentagon!


PLEASE PASS THIS ON. LETS NOT HISTORY REPEAT ITSELF! THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME!

[END QUOTE]


POST-SCRIPTORAL HARANGUE

As previously stated, the e-mail is an opportunistic bit of paranoia and hysteria prompting fluff.
It's propaganda, and bad propaganda at that, which caters to the segment of the public that sees conspiracies and deliberate media obfuscation everywhere.

French wine is STILL worth buying - no, it's not as good as California wine - and so is their perfume.
Their movies are still quite as doubtful as ever. But if you like that stuff, there is no reason to not go see some mediocre French farce. Go ahead.  Enjoy.
Have some fine French food after the show (with a bottle of California wine).

And for craps' sake stop quoting pastor Martin Niemöller. That's 'Niemöller'. Not 'Neimoller'.
I'm heartily sick of that quote, and it is not nearly as relevant as people think it is. It reflects a far different time, and a paradigm of society which is no longer applicable.

Now please send apologies and disavowals of this damned epistle to your family, your friends, and your co-workers, and especially ALL people of good conscience that you have afflicted with this thing.

Thank you.



---ATBOTH
April 16, 2012.



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