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Caption Lance Armstongs New Helper Controlling Leftist Union Protests to Stop Tour De France
AP Wire ^ | July 17, 2003 | Eric Gaillard

Posted on 07/17/2003 9:37:27 AM PDT by ewing



TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Extended News; News/Current Events; Political Humor/Cartoons; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: lance; stage11; tour; visitor
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Ya know Lance Ive got a few weeks before this election thing in California starts up..
1 posted on 07/17/2003 9:37:27 AM PDT by ewing
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2 posted on 07/17/2003 9:39:30 AM PDT by Support Free Republic (Your support keeps Free Republic going strong!)
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3 posted on 07/17/2003 9:41:54 AM PDT by ewing
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4 posted on 07/17/2003 9:44:02 AM PDT by ewing
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To: ewing
Why do leftists want to stop the Tour?
5 posted on 07/17/2003 9:44:53 AM PDT by Portnoy (Fahrenheit 451...Today's Temperature is hotter than you think...)
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To: Portnoy
Because it's there?
6 posted on 07/17/2003 9:49:09 AM PDT by anoldafvet
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To: Portnoy
Why do leftists want to stop the Tour?

1 To protest the arrest of a nut sheep farmer.

2 Because out of work actors have to work 504 hours a year to get a years worth of unemployment.

PLEASE do not ask me to explain (I cannot), but these are the correct answers to your question.

7 posted on 07/17/2003 9:49:39 AM PDT by HoustonCurmudgeon (PEACE - Through Superior Firepower)
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To: Portnoy
Some French actors formed a barricade over government unemployment benefits and cost Lance 20 minutes, but the all the leaders were with him so it was okay.
8 posted on 07/17/2003 9:50:54 AM PDT by ewing
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To: ewing
Arnold is...everywhere.
9 posted on 07/17/2003 9:51:58 AM PDT by Registered (77% of the mentally ill live in poverty, that leaves 23% doing quite well!)
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To: Portnoy
Strike threatens Tour de France From correspondents in Gap, France

July 15, 2003 A REGIONAL group of performing artists has threatened to interrupt the Tour de France cycling race if the government does not abandon a plan to cut their unemployment benefits.

Group spokesman Laurent Eyraud issued what he called a "solemn appeal" to President Jacques Chirac to maintain the benefits that French performers, theatre workers and others still enjoy.

If Chirac does not comply, "the Tour will not come to Paris," Eyraud told France 2 television.

The Tour de France, cycling's premier race, is scheduled to end in Paris on July 27.

The remarks by Eyraud, who represents a group of performers based in the Haute-Alps region, were immediately disavowed by the national Communist-backed CGT union, which has spearheaded the strikes.

Protests and work stoppages have forced the cancellation of prestigious festivals and cultural events across France this summer.

"He (Eyraud) explained the position of the contract workers very well, the agony of professionals," said CGT spokesman Claude Michel, "But he then got out of control by saying that he wanted to block the Tour."

Directors of the Tour de France declined to comment on the threat.

France has a unique unemployment fund for artists that takes into account their downtime between shows. But the fund has a $US950 million ($1.45 billion) shortfall, and Medef, the powerful business federation that helps run the system, is pushing for change.

The group wants to reduce the number of performers who receive benefits.

And now for my comments... 1) France has a unique unemployment fund for artists that takes into account their downtime between shows.

Hey, our artists here in America have have their own between gig funding system; it's called WAITING TABLES!!!!! Maybe if Frenchie hadn't pissed off the American tourist so effing bad their brie bistros might be doing enough business to warrant hiring a few of these lazy-assed, B O infested, non-leg shaving, commie bastards.

2) Personnel working in the performing arts currently have to work 507 hours a year to qualify for 12 months of unemployment pay.

Under the new proposal, they would have to work 507 hours over 10.5 months to win benefits for eight months.

As always, doing the math helps clarify everything:

OLD PROPOSAL: 507 hours (including their "downtime" as stated above) equals about 13 weeks or 3 months and a week assuming Ze French work a 40 hour week, which they don't. Ze French work a 32 hour week which would work out to 16 weeks or 4 months.

That means that under their old deal Ze French "arteest" had to work only 4 months (including "downtime") to qualify for a full years worth of unemployment benefits.

NEW PROPOSAL: 507 hours over 10.5 months works out to a work requirement of 12 hours per week (including downtime). Ya do this, ya gets 8 months of paid vacation, er, I mean unemployment benefits.

AND THEY"RE THREATING TO STOP THE TOUR OVER THIS?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!

Yet another reason I hate Ze French.

10 posted on 07/17/2003 9:52:58 AM PDT by Zansman
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To: HoustonCurmudgeon
A Sheep farmer??
11 posted on 07/17/2003 9:53:08 AM PDT by ewing
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To: anoldafvet
The best explaination.
12 posted on 07/17/2003 9:53:17 AM PDT by MEG33
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To: ewing
The link does not work for me and I am having a little problem understanding the headline ....
13 posted on 07/17/2003 9:55:17 AM PDT by cinFLA
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14 posted on 07/17/2003 9:55:57 AM PDT by ewing
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To: cinFLA
See post #10
15 posted on 07/17/2003 9:56:35 AM PDT by ewing
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To: ewing
Look at that guy . . . doesn't he look like Gray "Squat" "Lights out" Dufus?


16 posted on 07/17/2003 9:56:46 AM PDT by w_over_w (A dollar's still a dollar at The Dollar General Store!)
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To: ewing
"Come with me if you want to live."
17 posted on 07/17/2003 9:56:52 AM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts ()
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18 posted on 07/17/2003 9:58:58 AM PDT by ewing
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To: ewing
A Shhep farmer?

"protesters, including three carrying banners in support of (Jose) Bove. He was jailed last month for destroying genetically modified crops and served about six weeks in jail in 2002 for ransacking a McDonald's restaurant construction site."

19 posted on 07/17/2003 9:59:20 AM PDT by HoustonCurmudgeon (PEACE - Through Superior Firepower)
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20 posted on 07/17/2003 10:02:10 AM PDT by ewing
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts

21 posted on 07/17/2003 10:03:45 AM PDT by ewing
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To: ewing
Maybe the thread headline should be changed from:

Caption Lance Armstongs New Helper Controlling Leftist Union Protests to Stop Tour De France

to:

Caption: Lance Armstongs New Helper! (Controlling Leftist Union Protests to Stop Tour De France)

22 posted on 07/17/2003 10:03:48 AM PDT by cinFLA
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23 posted on 07/17/2003 10:05:20 AM PDT by ewing
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To: HoustonCurmudgeon
He was jailed last month for destroying genetically modified crops and served about six weeks in jail in 2002 for ransacking a McDonald's restaurant construction site."

He must of found out that the "McRib" sandwich is actually SPAM pressed in the shape of babyback ribs.

24 posted on 07/17/2003 10:05:21 AM PDT by w_over_w (A dollar's still a dollar at The Dollar General Store!)
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To: cinFLA
Good idea!
25 posted on 07/17/2003 10:06:04 AM PDT by ewing
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To: Registered; msdrby
Arnold is...everywhere.

Just like Tourist Guy. Could they be one and the same?

26 posted on 07/17/2003 10:08:05 AM PDT by Prof Engineer (I'm a man, But I can change, If I have to, I guess)
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To: Zansman
Wow -- I'm a writer. If my assignments stop coming in, will the French government pay me? I'm sure I write at least 4 months out of any given year...
27 posted on 07/17/2003 10:09:37 AM PDT by laurav
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To: Portnoy
Why do leftists want to stop the Tour?

Hmmmmm,perhaps it's because Socialists enjoy hindering individual creative success.

28 posted on 07/17/2003 10:12:57 AM PDT by Pagey (Hillary Rotten is a Smug, Holier - Than - Thou Socialist)
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To: ewing
Higher . . . little more to the left . . . little lower . . . ahhhhh!.


29 posted on 07/17/2003 10:17:29 AM PDT by w_over_w (A dollar's still a dollar at The Dollar General Store!)
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To: Portnoy
"Why do leftists want to stop the Tour?"

I can answer that question! Leftists want to stop competition on all levels of Society. Leftists want to make everyone equal, and no one individual to have more than another. In other words, leftists want Communism. Leftists refuse to recognize Communism as a failed form of government. Leftists think that "if they had just done ________ differently, then it would have worked."

30 posted on 07/17/2003 10:18:47 AM PDT by Destructor
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To: Destructor
Well said!
31 posted on 07/17/2003 10:21:48 AM PDT by MEG33
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To: w_over_w
He must of found out that the "McRib" sandwich is actually SPAM pressed in the shape of babyback ribs.

But some of us love Spam!

32 posted on 07/17/2003 10:23:57 AM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts ()
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To: Zansman
Strike threatens Tour de France From correspondents in Gap, France

July 15, 2003 A REGIONAL group of performing artists has threatened to interrupt the Tour de France cycling race if the government does not abandon a plan to cut their unemployment benefits.

Group spokesman Laurent Eyraud issued what he called a "solemn appeal" to President Jacques Chirac to maintain the benefits that French performers, theatre workers and others still enjoy.

If Chirac does not comply, "the Tour will not come to Paris," Eyraud told France 2 television.

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Newsflash: Chirac has summoned his Administration to his secluded Villa, to discuss terms of the French government's Surrender!

33 posted on 07/17/2003 10:28:30 AM PDT by Area51
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To: MEG33
Thank you. Glad to find a fellow traveler.
34 posted on 07/17/2003 10:36:11 AM PDT by Destructor
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To: Destructor
You'll be pleased to know there's a lot of people on FR who know it from the 1800s to 2003.
35 posted on 07/17/2003 10:41:37 AM PDT by MEG33
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To: ewing
Aaaah'll be back... in the Governor's Mansion.
36 posted on 07/17/2003 10:52:11 AM PDT by detsaoT (Socialism Is Bankruptcy - just ask Kalifornia (or The City Of Evil!))
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To: detsaoT; Registered
That is great.. worthy of Registered!
37 posted on 07/17/2003 10:54:56 AM PDT by ewing
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To: ewing
Aren't theses 'cyclists' the same type who block traffic with their 'Critical Mass' rallies in San Francisco?

I call them 'DOB's' (Dorks On Bikes) and they are the worst road hazard out there as you always seem to come up to them around a blind curve where you have to swerve into the oncoming lane to avoid hitting them.

If these clowns want to 'share the road' then they should have to register and license their bicycles like the rest of us who pay for the roads!

38 posted on 07/17/2003 11:13:09 AM PDT by rockfish59
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To: ewing
Hehehe, thanks. I've got a better idea, let me see if I can crank it out real quick...

;) ttt

39 posted on 07/17/2003 11:21:46 AM PDT by detsaoT (Socialism Is Bankruptcy - just ask Kalifornia (or The City Of Evil!))
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To: ewing
"I'm going to pump...(clap)...your tires!"
40 posted on 07/17/2003 11:23:03 AM PDT by Physicist
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To: ewing
Lance Has The Power!
"Iiiiii Haaaaaave Theeee POOOOWWWWWERRRR!"

;) ttt

41 posted on 07/17/2003 11:34:59 AM PDT by detsaoT (Socialism Is Bankruptcy - just ask Kalifornia (or The City Of Evil!))
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To: ewing; All

Arnold is showing up in more places than Tourist Guy (tm)


42 posted on 07/17/2003 11:44:51 AM PDT by jriemer (We are a Republic not a Democracy)
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To: Zansman
"Protests and work stoppages have forced the cancellation of prestigious festivals and cultural events across France this summer."

So since no one cares about these self-pretentious "festivals" and "cultural" events being cancelled, it seems that the out of work "Actors" feel compelled to find other ways to make the working population care about them.

Sheesh, even the rest of the freakin' French are gonna hate these people...

43 posted on 07/17/2003 11:56:33 AM PDT by Southack (Media bias means that Castro won't be punished for Cuban war crimes against Black Angolans in Africa)
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To: ewing
French actors formed a barricade over government unemployment benefits and cost Lance 20 minutes

I think that should read 2 minutes not 20.

44 posted on 07/17/2003 11:58:12 AM PDT by HoustonCurmudgeon (PEACE - Through Superior Firepower)
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To: jriemer
Arnold is going to the French Premiere of T3 in Marseilles tonight and stopped by to root for Lance..what a tough life!
45 posted on 07/17/2003 1:09:13 PM PDT by ewing
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To: rockfish59
We were suggesting on earlier threads that Lance could get a 30 second time bonus for running over the unemployed mimes/out of work 'French Actors'
46 posted on 07/17/2003 1:11:09 PM PDT by ewing
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To: HoustonCurmudgeon
I think your're right, it was a misprint in the story I saw.
47 posted on 07/17/2003 1:12:59 PM PDT by ewing
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To: ewing
You get france, and I get California!

48 posted on 07/17/2003 1:16:20 PM PDT by lawdude (Liberalism: A failure every time it is tried!)
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To: lawdude
It only takes Lance 3 weeks to conquer France just about the same as a regular army..
49 posted on 07/17/2003 1:19:02 PM PDT by ewing
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To: rockfish59
The eco/labor freaks are the same the world over..
50 posted on 07/17/2003 1:20:38 PM PDT by ewing
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