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  • Boycott the Royal Wedding I almost wrote a full rant about this myself. There is only one reason that we fawn over the decedents of the religious dictators that tried to kill our founding fathers, our education system is failing.

  • Superman Renounces U.S. Citizenship And Mike Huckabee hates the global melting pot. I do think If George Washington was alive to see the cable coverage of the royal wedding he would have done the same.

  • Atheists Seek Chaplain Role in the Military

    n the military, there are more than 3,000 chaplains who minister to the spiritual and emotional needs of active duty troops, regardless of their faiths. The vast majority are Christians, a few are Jews or Muslims, one is a Buddhist. A Hindu, possibly even a Wiccan may join their ranks soon. But an atheist?

  • Unwinding "Hide the Decline"

  • Is the US Becoming a Third World Country?

    The simplest way to say whether a country is rich or poor is to add up its cumulative wealth, which is usually stated in terms of GDP. Sometimes this number is divided by the number of people in a country to say what the average wealth is: GDP per capita. And for a lot of purposes, including the overall economic strength of a country in an international context, that's a useful definition of wealth. But it's not a sufficient criterion for determining whether a society is wealthy.

  • Bush's Grandfather Planned Fascist Coup In America

    New investigation sheds light on clique of powerbrokers, including Prescott Bush, who sought to overthrow U.S. government and implement Hitlerian policies

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Peter Sinclair really does yeoman's work in his Crock of the Week videos. Battling propaganda made for the morons is thankless, boring, and absolutely essential.

re: Royal Wedding

Ah now.... T'is true the mini-bus parade was uninspiring. And I agree the speeches by the clergy and the bride's brother were, well, rather religious. And yes, I also found the music a bit turgid. But all is forgiven for the sight of those HATS! Oh my. The Ascot Opening Race meets Dr. Seuss. Imagination in all it's glory. Never have I seen such a display of frivolity all in one place. Brilliant. Wouldn't have missed it for the world.

Sooooo... You are saying you watched?

The whole thing went by and I don't know what day it was.

it was the same day several US towns were completely destroyed by massive tornadoes.

Royal Wedding Rant: Just to say, as one English pedant who spent Friday watching cricket and snooker on the telly - I wish people such as Mark Oppenheimer would do a little research (or perhaps even get a little education) before sounding off. HRH is a title not applied to Kings and Queens. And to complain about calling them "the Queen Mother," "Prince Charles," or "Your Highness," instead of the more American, and more dignified, "Mrs. Windsor" or "Charles." is to bemoan politeness. The English refer to "President Obama" even though he is not our president! And why this US obsession with royalty? - Karen Cerulo Sociology professor from Rutgers university suggests "The lack of royalty or monarchy historically makes it especially interesting for Americans - there is perhaps a gap that is filled in the pageantry” In other words "You yearn for the bling. mates."

And why this US obsession with royalty?

For some of us, its that they used to own our country. For others, their fathers called them princess as part of a marketing plot by disney.

As usual, I only find out about this crap from the late night comedians. Celebrity culture is everywhere though. I just can't understand the fascination people have for other people who do nothing. I understand people crying over Lennon (though it seems a bit much to me personally), but Diana, I don't even understand, which makes it hard to criticize. I don't think these people are particularly stupid or uneducated, since I know some.

Maybe it's cause their own real world fairy tale story protagonist is being killed off. Sort of when fans cried when Harry Potter was over (I assume some of them did).

re: Red Seven - "Sooo.... You are saying you watched?"

Perhaps, as Pedantsareus suggests, it's about the pageantry. The Royals do that rather well. I like watching the carriages and horse guards. I was also really glad to see everyone having a lovely time at such a happy holiday.

I did think about that last night when we heard about Osama. The TV news showed hundreds gathering outside the White House to cheer. Somehow cheers over a dead body, have a cold tone to them when compared with those for a young couple in love.

Do you suppose the Bin Laden mission was the reason why the US Ambassador was the only invitee to the Wedding from the US govt? Everyone else was just too busy to attend? I wondered about that.

Ah Pageantry

Catholics, tyrants, and awards shows can't be wrong.

re: Pageantry

Indeed. I never miss the Fourth of July Parade either. We always go into town for it. Weaverville (population 3000)goes all out for the Fourth. All are invited to bring bells for the bell ringing at the band stand. Then the parade down Main Street is grand. We even have a marching band. The band is open to all, they start practicing a few days before hand, the crew is heavy on percussion - washboards, sticks, pots and pans. Uniforms are often outstanding, with more than a few tie dyed outfits.

All the little nearby community volunteer fire departments bring out their rigs. Since most of our fire engines are donated from wealthier fire departments, the parade has an excellent display of antique fire trucks. Last year the ER Doctor careened a patient down Main Street. His trusty nurse cavorted along side the gurney, shaking cat-sup onto the 'bandages' with high abandon. It's warm on the Fourth, so the Congregational Church on Main Street does great business with their Ice Cream Social. Pies and Cake never run out, for the good ladies in town have been baking for a week before hand. All this and a Demolition Derby followed by a pig chase and a mud race too! I felt so proud when one of the more ladylike of our granddaughters actually hit the field for the pig chase. She didn't catch the pig, but she got plenty muddy. That's my girl.

Ah yes. I just love pageantry.


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