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the dissident frogman 16 years and one week ago

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On display in Paris, one of the latest ads for the Eurostar is symptomatic of everything that's wrong with France in particular, and the Eurozone in general.

On le jour 359 de Sarko, Damian the last survivor of what was probably the most cleverly named blog ever ("Pave France, the British need more parking") brilliantly deconstructs the absurdity. Indeed, only in France could one devise an ad sporting a Communist sociopath as the Lord and Savior just to promote a leisure trip to an English pub—and these people, remember, fancy themselves as highly cultured and sophisticated.

With Cuba in a sort of post-Communist dictatorship limbo and China moving steadily towards Nationalism and Militarism hidden behind a gross caricature of Capitalism, my money is on France to remain the last of the genuine Communist country—spiritually, if not practically—after all have vanished in the cesspool of History.

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Visible à Paris, l'une des dernières pubs pour l'Eurostar est symptomatique de tout ce qui ne va pas avec la France en particulier et l'Eurozone en générale.

En ce jour 359 de Sarko, Damian, le dernier survivant de ce qui fut sans doute le blog le plus astucieusement nommé ("Pave France, the British need more parking") déconstruit brillamment l'absurdité. Il n'y a qu'en France, en effet, que l'on pouvait concevoir une annonce représentant un sociopathe Communiste comme le Christ Sauveur, juste pour la promotion d'un voyage d'agrément vers un pub britannique—et ces gens là, ne l'oublions pas, aiment à se décrire comme hautement cultivés et sophistiqués.

Avec Cuba dans les limbes d'une sorte de post-dictature Communiste et la Chine avançant inexorablement vers nationalisme et militarisme sous le couvert d'une caricature grossière du Capitalisme, je parie sur la France pour rester le dernier pays communiste—dans l'esprit, sinon dans la lettre—lorsque tous auront disparu dans la fosse d'aisance de l'Histoire.



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3492 - TooTall

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[quote]It sometimes seems that Che Guevara is pictured on more items than Mickey Mouse. I'm talking about shirts and the like (but mainly shirts). One artist had the inspiration to combine the two: He put Mickey's ears on Guevara. Guevara's fans must not like it much.[/quote]

I almost missed this in one of the links you posted in the article. An artist indeed! I wish I could find a shirt with Mickey Che on it.

3493 - the dissident frogman

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  • the dissident frogman France

TooTall: I've been trying to make and sell tee-shirts with my Che Guevara / Mickey Mouse (AKA "MiChe" Mouse) for years now, but with little luck so far. I briefly had them up on CafePress, until they shut down the account on (phony) grounds of copyright infringement—No big deal, as the quality of CafePress products is not very good anyway.

I was then contacted by a "libertarian" community site in the US who asked for permission to make and sell them, in exchange for a percentage on the sales. They still do, but since I regularly have to email and remind them to stick to their part of the agreement (the little "percentage of the sales" detail)—and with no luck in actually seeing the money—I hope you'll understand that I can't recommend them here.

As far as I know, they are still the only place online where you can find my Che Guevara design. Just know that if you order it, I'm pretty much being ripped off my share. These alleged defenders of free market Capitalism behave like Socialist spoliators as far as I am concerned.

I'm not done trying to find the proper outlet to produce these tees, particularly since I am holding out on my shelves quite a few other designs in the same spirit (though not all related to Che) for what could be, I believe, an interesting web store for the "right minded" online shopper. I had an eye on, in part because they would allow for a much better print quality than what CafePress or that Libertarian community has to offer, until I found out that this German company has people like that on the board:

"Schlauch has been a member of the Green party since 1980 and was elected into the Lower House of the German Parliament in 1994. At the beginning of the first red/green coalition in the fall of 1998, he took over the chairmanship of the Green fraction with Kerstin Müller which he ran until the end of legislation in 2002."

... And figured it would be pointless to reiterate the CafePress Incident, which would be a given if my designs had to go through the approval of a company with former chairmen of a "the first red/green coalition" on board. Compared to what I have in my drawers, the MiChe one is actually quite innocent :)

I'm still on the lookout however, not that I absolutely want to make heaps of money out of this (though that would be a fair bargain in exchange for running this site out of my pocket and without ads, I suppose), but simply because I know, in all modesty, that this is a great meme, and would like to see it out there in "the real world". I hope I can find a way to finally produce and offer my Che Guevara with Mickey Mouse ears design on all kinds of clothing as soon as possible.

(Incidentally, I exchanged a couple of emails with NRO's Jay Nordlinger, following the publication of that article. Nice fellow through and through.)

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3495 - TooTall

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Thanks DF. Keep us informed since I would really like one of the shirts (but not to the point where the "artist" gets ripped off). If and when you get it going again you will have normal sizes XXl, XXXL I hope. Remember, not all of us are effete like some of those in your country. (snicker)

3496 - Proof

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  • Proof Stockton, Callifornia, USA

Frogman: It is too bad that you are not reaping the fruits of your labor with MiChe Mouse.

However, heaping scorn upon the murderous Che is its own reward!