Peering Into Boxes

We're sorry there's not more coverage of the playoffs here, but really, there's A LOT of it out there--on the Twitter and over at the FanHouse. If you aren't already, you should definitely be reading the Playoff Talking Points columns Shoals has been doing, and also check the epic Rookie of Year list that he and Ziller laid down this morning. And make sure you read the comments, too, so you can explain this to me: "guadeloupe , martinique , reunion island and french guiana are not colonie. They are french department like Paris is . Do you consider Hawai like a colony ?"


At 4/30/2010 4:04 PM, Blogger Teddy said...

A "departement" is an administrative region of France (France doesn't have "states", but that is the neareast U.S. cognate).

The commenter correctly notes that France has several "overseas departements" which are treated administratively as though they are a part of France, send deputies to the French national assembly, vote in French presidential elections, etc, etc.

They even (at least historically) followed French school curricula, which led to weird things like school-age Martiniquois being taught about "their ancestors, the Gauls."

Where all that fits on the colonialism-statehood spectrum I leave to the FD community.

At 5/04/2010 10:07 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am a homer...but I still take Rondo over DWill.

At 5/08/2010 6:19 PM, Blogger TR3 Guy said...

Of course, not all departements are treated alike. Just ask the Algerians.

At 5/09/2010 3:56 PM, Blogger TR3 Guy said...

Of course, not all departements are treated the same. Just ask the Algerians.


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