Monday, March 07, 2005

Señor Frog declares War on Spain

Rarely has flok dekoke world come across such a juicy bit of news in the media. Orange County is a wealthy enclave located south of Los Angeles in our beloved California Republic. You may remember them from the early 90's when they gambled away over $2 billion dollars of county funds in some cockamamy derivatives scheme.

Well, they are in the news again and this time it is bizarre even by California standards. The OC Weekly reports that Orange County's Saddleback Community College is canceling their study abroad summer program in Santander, Spain. Lucky Saddleback students have been going there for the past 15 years and they had no reason to believe this was to change this summer. That is until they ran into Señor Tomás Fuentes, former chairman of the Orange County Republican Party from 1984 until last year. Señor Fuentes is not only a notorious local caudillo, he is also a trustee for the South Orange County Community College District.

In Mr. Fuentes' own enlightened words, "Many of our students in this college, and of its sister college Saddleback and Irvine, past and future today, fight on the battlefield of Iraq under the flag that is behind us. Spain has abandoned our fighting men and women, withdrawing their support. I see no reason to send the students of our colleges to Spain at this moment in history." He adds that these programs are elitist and that Spain is a dangerous place for the students.

Fear not, OC Weekly reports the students are left with a bounty of choices for study abroad programs this summer: Cambodia, China, New Zealand and Vietnam. Clearly all staunch supporters of the war in Iraq and distinguished members of the "coalition of the willing". We could go on and on with jokes about this but we'll let the news speak for itself this time.

By the way, note the timing of the announcement, this news is hitting the papers just two days before the first anniversary of the March 11 train bombings in Madrid. Nice touch Señor Frog. And yes, Spain pulled it's troops out of Iraq after the conservatives lost power, but they were in Iraq and Afghanistan from the start and they too have lost sons in both conflicts.

Update: While checking the Irvine Valley College website I notice they only list one study abroad program now: China. I wonder if Vietnam, Cambodia and New Zealand are victims of Señor Frog too? Let's hope he puts his foot further in his mouth in tomorrow's papers!

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