The mess that Bush created continues to rage in the Middle East. Citizens of the former Soviet Union continue to shoot at one another, despite a cease fire. People continue to die in Africa, because drug companies are not willing to invest in discovering medications that do not turn a profit. The Dutch continue to ignore the truth about who killed hundreds of their citizens with a surface-to-air missile, despite having the evidence in their hands. Scotland continues to hope of freedom from their English overlords, despite having lived peacefully with them for centuries. The United States Government continues to not function, despite the ability to talk ceaselessly. Humans continue to lose every battle with Nature, despite copious evidence proving that they should not try.
But, hallelujah, there is a bright spot in news. An untalented young woman, who married a privilege, untalented young man, who will inherited a huge plundered fortune, has been forced to stop working. In this case, "work" entails dressing up, smiling foolishly, and shaking one or two hands. But, hordes are rejoicing over the reason of her sloth: she is pregnant with a child, who will also be born with immense privileges and will someday inherit a large, unearned fortune. Along the way, he or she will, like his nearest relatives, become a tourist attraction and be drooled over by countless girls or boys, who all want to marry into that life of privilege. For anyone living in the Commonwealth, no other news is of any significance....
If you want to lose some money, London bookmakers will take bets on the child's sex and it's name.
Although few would admit to such an opinion in public, most know that the first born son of the old lady living in Buckingham Palace in London is not the sharpest pike in the throne room. This guy has been known to open his mouth and reveal what little is computing upstairs.
He and his father are known for speaking before thinking...or just speaking.
Republicans (those are British folks that want to end the monarchy) are raging over the latest gaff by the leading freeloader. Not having learned much in history lessons, he has compare President Putin of Russia to Adolph Hitler. If he meant that both were elected by a majority of each country’s citizens, then he would be correct. But, he was not. He was confusing events in Crimea.
This is from a guy whose ancestors sent armies and navies around the world to plant their flag and plunder whatever country in which they set foot. He should know a thing or two about taking over a territory, but nothing about the will of the people. I wonder if, should Scotland decided to leave “Great” Britain, he will try to raise an army and march north...as his ancestors did.
I scan a few British newspapers each day, not because I am a big fan of Britain or the British. Each has the distinct advantage of being printed in English, albeit a bastardized form. The news of England does not interest me, because I do not live there, but these media often have good articles on a wide range of subjects. Many writers are excellent.
Unfortunately, I cannot avoid the salivating over the “royal” family. I do not understand why anyone is interested in the private life of a bunch of spoiled and privileged morons. Of course, a great deal of this is driven by the “firm”, as they call themselves, which uses the latest PR techniques to drum up interest and fervor.
P.T. Barnum is supposed to have said something about fools being born each minute. The birthrate of people interested in this foolishness is high.
Because, when scanning British media, I cannot avoid scenes of obscenely rich members of the “royal” family meeting or pretending to comfort/sympathize with the less well-off of that society, especially the military, who do dumb and dangerous jobs for low pay and then are tossed aside, I cringe at the hypocrisy.
Occasionally, I think about how I would act and the the film Little Lord Fauntleroy comes to mind. I would not give away all my wealth, but I would share it with the less fortunate and would fight to improve the lot of the poor. That is not socialism or communism, that is compassion and charity...all the things hypocritical christians preach, but few practice, especially if one is posh and enjoys unearned wealth and privileges and thinks they are better because they were lucky to be born into a certain family.
Do these people take themselves seriously?
From the safety of his London club, some retired government official--of course, an aristocrat--demands that the British government increase the military by 3000 to be stationed in Germany. These would prove British “strength”, scare Russia, and act as a deterrent.
Send troops to Germany to counter Putin, says Lord Dannatt
Former military head calls for 3,000 troops to be retained and based in Germany
to tell Russia the West is not weak
I am certain the Mr. Putin will suffer sleepless nights, concerned about 3000 poorly equipped and trained soldiers (from press reports in British media) parked in Germany. Of course, German bars, taxi drivers, restaurants, and other small businesses will be happy.
Here’s another story to add the the media series “Scrapping the Bottom of the Barrel”:
"Princess charged in cockfighting case
Exiled Romanian king 'profoundly saddened' as daughter is accused of running rooster 'derbies' in Oregon where she lives"
Still, this raises several “who cares?” questions: such as about Romania, former Romania “royalty”, offspring of any aristocratic family, appeal of cockfighting, and so on.
This also raises the question about who knew that there was cockfighting is Oregon...or anywhere outside states bordering on the Gulf of Mexico?
(As a side note to non-UK residents, this story is of interest to UK residents because of the influx of poor Romanian immigrants from the hated EU. These people take low-paying jobs, shunned by the Brits, but are criticized and blamed for all the ills of a declining society, much like Mexicans in the US.)
In most instances where people claim/pretend to defend “liberty” and “freedom”, they are actually protecting or increasing their turf.
For example, during the War of Roses in England, princes fought with intrigue and then weapons to increase landholdings (many now enjoyed by the latest generation of aristocrats).
On the other side of the Atlantic and a few centuries later, the “princes” of Washington battle to increase budgets and clout. The best way to accomplish this is with war, phony or otherwise, so wars must be drummed up and sold as Freedom Fries.
Noticing the photos of the recent “excitement” in Holland, I was once again struck by the foolishness and delusion of old men in uniforms, which are meaningless. Each must need an ego boost, because they wield only imagined power and influence.
And, this shows the stupidity of humans, who honor and follow such empty suits...I mean uniforms.
Protocol at international events is always mystery to outsiders. One gets a flavor of this when watching a royal event in England: arrival order, seating plan, who gets to ride in carriage, a car, or a bus, etc.
I could not avoid a few minutes of the show in Rome today, when “dignitaries” from around the world showed up to have their photo taken with an old man shrouded in white. What surprised me was the order of people standing in line. The president of Argentina came first, since she has fought with the guy in the past; the president of Italy followed, since the Vatican is illegally parked in his country; the king of Belgium--Belgium--was next. I cannot figure out Belgium’s importance to the Catholic Church, a county no one would miss if it floated off into the Atlantic Ocean and disappeared. An even bigger surprise was the next supplicant: Prince Albert of Monaco. Perhaps, all the cardinals keep their fortunes in that tax haven. Who knows why this clown precedes the great nations of the world. It can’t be the number of worshippers in all those luxury apartments. The “royal” family is Catholic, but most, if not all, members have sinned in many ways. Just read the tabloids. The guy has spent a lot of time at confession.
After that, I switched off. Watching bowing and scraping is not my idea of entertainment.
I wrote the other day about another inanity filling the media in England (I know that I should write Great Britain, but insist on using the two terms interchangeably. I do not care about protocol...which brings me to the subject).
What happens if Kate Middletown, now Mrs. Wales, or duchess of something and princess of something else does not “curtsy” (dumb word) to “blood princesses”? (Why do I think of “bloody” princesses?) Will one or the other run crying to the Queen? Will the prettier one be locked in the tower, as was Jane Grey (look up that one!) or Anne Boleyn? Will they cut her clothes allowance? Will her husband refuse to become King (if the royalty survives with his father pottering around the country)?
For such a serious transgression of national security, punishment must be swift and harsh. The entire fabric of society is in danger of rending, if a mere commoner is allowed to get away with disrespect to such hallowed souls as the children of Fergie or whatever inbred spawn of some dusty title.
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.