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Fry Rapprochement

The language of love can once again be spoken in the halls of your House of Representatives today, as GOP leaders have quietly - almost furtively - re-labeled "Freedom Toast" as French Toast.

The switch in the House basement cafeteria, first reported in this morning's Washington Times, came at some point yesterday, the first week of an extended recess for the House. A trip downstairs this morning by yours truly confirmed the change: there, plain as day, the sign reads "French Toast" and "Fries."

Recall that it was the now embattled Rep. Bob Ney, R-Ohio, along with Rep. Walter Jones, R-N.C., who were in the vanguard of the campaign to rename the comestibles "Freedom Fries" and "Freedom Toast." They took their stand during the run-up to the Iraq war as the French were demurring in the face of efforts to get them to contribute men and materiel to the invasion.

Now, three and half years later, Jones is a Republican pariah due to his lonely call for withdrawal of American forces from Iraq. For his part, Ney has been forced from the chairmanship of the committee in charge of running House operations after former House aides tied to Jack Abramoff pled guilty to bribing Ney with "a stream of things of value." Times do change.

A spokesman for Rep. Vern Ehlers, R-Mich., Ney's replacement as chairman of the House Administration Committee, says, "It's no big deal," and, "It's not news." This notwithstanding the fact that Ney and Jones had a big ol' press conference at the time of the initial change. The new spokesman is refusing requests for a photo-op.

But a new day has dawned and a new regime is in place. Word is that members had been asking about the change, and so, when not many people were looking, the switch was made.

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Is this a sign that Congressman Ehlers believes that France was correct to oppose the invasion of Iraq?

I feel so much more confident in our democracy now. I only wish they would bring back the word "Constitution." It seems our government has forgotten it. We supposedly want every other country to be a democracy, but our own is slipping away. It is a sad time.

I'm just glad that NBC was there to report it to us...

I think it is appropriate coming at this time when Iran is starting to remove words from their language. In Iran pizza is now known as elastic loaf, chat is small talk and cabin is small room.

Remove words of foreign origin is restricting speech and I'm glad Congress is seeing the error of their ways.

Welcome back Free Speech to America.

It only took - 3 years? - for that Roman Senate to figure out how stupid and pointless that was? Now, "Stupid and Pointless" are their names. The biggest bunch of useless millionaires on the planet. The only thing they're good for is voting themselves raises.

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