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Don't give a bloody hoot about The Wedding? Well, maybe you will after seeing John Oliver's coverage from his hometown of London. After all, as his poignant report demonstrates, The Wedding was in fact the most important and wonderful day in the history of the world.

Indeed, in a time of austerity, Britons were lucky to have a Prime Minister with the compassion to declare a national holiday and the wisdom to defend the millions of pounds of public funds spent on organizing the affair as an economic investment.

Or something like that.

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  •  You know who else... (13+ / 0-)

    organized affairs to benefit the country?

    Newt Gingrich.

  •  I don't give a stuff (12+ / 0-)

    I loved it.

    and then there was this:

    It is bad enough that people are dying of AIDS, but no one should die of ignorance. ~Elizabeth Taylor

    by GlowNZ on Fri Apr 29, 2011 at 07:54:38 PM PDT

  •  oh, ffs, isn't it over yet? (7+ / 0-)

    Though, I guess for the $30 million the UK taxpayers had to fork out to see the nuptuals of two upper class twits, they should get their money's worth.

    Nothing against the Bride and Groom, I wish them all the best. However, William's dad owns a large chunk of western England (ie Cornwall) and his grandma is still listed as the richest woman in the world.

    Funny, then,  that people like my mum had to pay for it via her taxes.  

    I'm a sanctimonious purist. Whatchya gonna do about it?

    by speedingpullet on Fri Apr 29, 2011 at 08:01:49 PM PDT

    •  Why the Daily Show was indispensable this week (2+ / 0-)
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      Pd, Matt Z

      Jon and John gave me all the news I needed about the "wedding" of the century.   I know I didn't miss anything by not watching any other news channel.

      An observation -- the English seem to be over supplied in twits.  I'm trying to figure out who would be an example of an American twit: Ben Stein? Jonah Goldberg?  William Krystal? Steve Forbes?

      I grew up in Peoria, Illinois and now live 60 miles east of Kansas City, so I don't have much experience with the kind of person that comes out of our finer private schools on the East Coast and then go to some Ivy League.  W. is just not my notion of a real twit.

      Mit der Dummheit kämpfen Götter selbst vergebens.

      by MoDem on Fri Apr 29, 2011 at 08:17:18 PM PDT

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    •  So, your argument is (0+ / 0-)

      that taxpayer funds ought not to be used to do things like tourism development? That is at least part of the claim in Britain: the royals are tourist attractions and their existence brings travelers and money to the UK.

       I'm pretty Mr. Obama had us kick in tens of millions of "Troubled Asset Relief" bucks to fund various tourism initiatives that rival this wedding in plausibility as PR.

      •  crown property is tourist atractions & they don't (0+ / 0-)

        own the crown properties = palaces, jewels, and art

        The queen's grandfather gave them all over to the gov for tax payers to pay to keep up

        ditch the family and the tourists will still come to see the palaces, jewels, and art

        •  Suree they will (0+ / 0-)

          In huge numbers, just like yesterday—they'll be lining up at the Tower just like on ordinary days.

          Answer this one—if we stop throwing those Inauguration
          shindigs, do you think the D.C. tourism industry will simply smile and say, "No matter; the tourists will still stream in to see the Declaration and the Smithsonian. In fact, that will happen even if we move the capitol to Dubuque."

          Get real.

          •  U get real, u prove my point but don't realize it (0+ / 0-)

            People flock to dc every day to see the monuments , museums, etc and never go to an inauguration

            So how many tourists get to sit and have tea with the queen

            MONARCHISTS are out of touch with reality

            •  No (0+ / 0-)

              Human beings are out of touch with reality. They will line up for hours in the hopes of merely getting a glimpse of someone, even of just their car, their house, their dress or anything that belongs to them.

              Imagine Obama winning the presidency, then announcing that he wasn't going to show up for a formal inauguration. He'll just take the oath privately,  but, he says, please feel free to go ahead and throw a celebration—but I won't be showing up at any balls. Now, how many fewer people will show up in D.C. for this party without Obama? How much air gets let out the whole thing because the Obamas aren't even around?

              Doesn't matter that you won't get to have tea with the queen. It makes a difference to people that she exists, lives (for real!) in that big house, buys her tea from Harrods, all that crap. Monarchists are no more in touch or out of touch with 'reality' than the rest of the world. Just ask any of the many, many millions who tune into "reality" TV. That's really real, isn't it?

    •  As witnessed by this thread, no its (0+ / 0-)

      not over yet.

      In a world of the blind, the one eyed man is a pariah. Ask Galileo. Ask Darwin.

      by OKParrothead on Sat Apr 30, 2011 at 03:46:04 AM PDT

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    •  Only security was taxpayer funded (3+ / 0-)

      The wedding itself was all paid for by the Queen, the Prince of Wales and the Middletons.

      The taxpayer expense, about $30million was all for security, and even that number is deceiving.  I'm sure there are increased costs for overtime, etc., but those figures always include what all those police, etc would have been paid anyway no matter what duty they were on.

      Beyond that, the Mayor of London said the entire event served as a great one day rehearsal for many of the operations that will be needed for next year's Olympic games.

    •  Prince William's Grandma is J.K. Rowlings? (0+ / 0-)

      apparently due to ancient hardware and the transition to dk4 I can't recc tip jars or comments any longer so in lieu of the 'standard nod' you'll see a variety of replies until this gets fixed or becomes a mighty big fucking pain in the ass

      by oopsaDaisy on Sat Apr 30, 2011 at 09:12:06 AM PDT

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  •  Feh! (4+ / 0-)
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    flumptytail, KayCeSF, Pd, Matt Z

    And I mean that in the nicest possible way!

    Float like a manhole cover, sting like a sash weight! Clean Coal Is A Clinker!

    by JeffW on Fri Apr 29, 2011 at 08:09:50 PM PDT

  •  They're different than us. (5+ / 0-)

    If the prince and princess were American, they'd allow a camera crew into their bedroom tonight, make a sex tape, sell it over the internet, and then sue each other over it.

    I'm in the I-fucking-love-this-guy wing of the Democratic Party!

    by doc2 on Fri Apr 29, 2011 at 08:12:36 PM PDT

  •  Same pomp & excuses as for Bush's tax cuts (1+ / 0-)
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    DEMonrat ankle biter

    with the same result -- everyone brings home one less day's pay and the rich have a big party with the difference

    It seems curiosity has killed the cat that had my tongue.

    by Murphoney on Fri Apr 29, 2011 at 08:14:10 PM PDT

    •  We have parallel financial problems (0+ / 0-)

      in the US and UK, with rich getting richer at the expense of others, corps not paying fair share (UK Uncut/US Uncut), etc.

      So here the extremely wealthy have reassured the middle class that "You, TOO, can achieve this status..." by bringing a 'commoner' (named MIDDLEton, no less) into the fold.

      Despite the fact that after Diana/Charles, a "marriage for love" is desirable, it still seems like rather a coup to keep the lower classes thinking "She 'did it'; we can too..."

      "Fairytale" stuff, indeed.

  •  Sooner or Later They're Gonna Figure Out (2+ / 0-)

    that they don't need the monarchy to have the periodic pomp and circumstance that nobody else in the world beats, which aside from internal values, is quite a tourist draw.

    After all, one of the US's biggest holidays commemorates a feast that occurred a century and a half before we stopped being Brits ourselves.

    Horse guards, brass & bagpipe bands, carriages and wot-not, a downsized assortment of palaces and monuments --keep all that, I wonder if the UK could still save most of the costs of the monarchy by ditching the royal family itself.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Fri Apr 29, 2011 at 08:18:25 PM PDT

    •  If they did that, (0+ / 0-)

      ditched the royal family, that would remove the central point around which all the bands and carriages and horse guards revolve, and thus remove any reason for keeping on said bands and carriages and horse guards.

      Plus, I suspect that upkeep of all the horse guard kit is probably more expensive even than all of those royal cousins with their curious hats.

      Yesterday's weirdness is tomorrow's reason why. -- Dr. Hunter S. Thompson

      by Mnemosyne on Sat Apr 30, 2011 at 09:58:01 AM PDT

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  •  About time (2+ / 0-)

    What a disgrace for these two people to allow themselves to participate in this charade. After they're divorced within 5 years, will the state get it's money back? When this mofo is crowned King, I hope he has the good sense to abdicate and end this stupid motherfucking nonsense for eternity.

  •  How were The Wedding's all important (0+ / 0-)

    .. Nielson ratings I wonder. CNN and MSNBC need to sell commercials too.

    I expect the viewing demographic also keeps close tabs on the goings on at the Kardashians.

    An imbalance between rich and poor is the oldest and most fatal ailment of all republics - Plutarch

    by Anthony Page aka SecondComing on Fri Apr 29, 2011 at 08:25:22 PM PDT

  •  We still have royalty in the 21st century? (3+ / 0-)


  •  This is my 27,000th comment. (6+ / 0-)
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    shrike, sap, amk for obama, jts327, Matt Z, grover

    I thought I would drop it here where some of the best hang out.

  •  I'm a Canadian (3+ / 0-)

    Every year, according to the Monarchist League, fifty million of our tax dollars are spent to support the royal family. That's fifty million dollars that could go towards schools, reducing poverty, or any number of things that are a hell of a lot more important than spending money on a bunch of rich white people who never did anything to deserve it aside from being born into the right family. Don't even get me started on how annoyed I am that, in the 21st century, we don't have an elected head of state, and instead have to pay tribute to an old white lady an ocean away who was born into the position and maybe comes and visits once every decade or so.

    Frankly, there are a lot of things about the US I don't want Canada to copy, but if we had a chance to become a republic and sever our ties with the royals, I'd support it right away. The monarchy is an anachronism and I only wish more Canadians would realize that instead of knee-jerk defending them out of "national pride". I don't hate them personally, but I don't want to be ruled by them any longer.

  •  WRONG! (9+ / 0-)

    Kate's parents are footing some of the bill along the the Queen and Charles who are picking up most of the tab.  The only thing that the public will pay for is costs for security, which seems fair to me since tens of thousands came out to celebrate the wedding.

    Also, it's insisted that the money that is brought in to the UK because of these royal events is huge.  From Tourists, shops and pubs (you name it) staying open later, selling celebratory items and hat and a clothes and food, etc. etc.

    So go google.  It's been explained by the Royals over and over, but it seems people in the U.S. want to take jabs at them and instead of wishing Kate and William congratulations, we once again look like the ugly Americans who think EVERY nation should be run like ours.

    And I can tell you, there are many posts by citizens of the U.K. who say they wouldn't change their way of running their country for ours, not for anything.  

    I watched the wedding.  It was awesome.  I watched the people (not just from the UK, many American tourists) happy and celebrating and for a while they are not stuck in their regular routines and instead get to rejoice at a beautiful wedding while having a great time.  Why would you want to take that away from them?  Why do you care when you live in "the good old USA" anyway.  

    Here's one link out of many saying the same thing:

  •  Oliver missed interviewing ... (0+ / 0-)

    ... the one who said:

    "I'm so thrilled to be one of the poor sods willing to sacrifice to admire my betters for vicarious glory".


    Evolution IS Intelligent Design!

    by msirt on Fri Apr 29, 2011 at 09:26:00 PM PDT

  •  David Tutera... (0+ / 0-)

    ... eat your heart out!

    Evolution IS Intelligent Design!

    by msirt on Fri Apr 29, 2011 at 09:27:29 PM PDT

  •  Who cares! Firefighters hate Democracy! (0+ / 0-)

    I blogged about it earlier.

    Corporate Dog

    We didn't elect Obama to be an expedient president. We elected him to be a great one. -- Eugene Robinson

    by Corporate Dog on Fri Apr 29, 2011 at 09:36:23 PM PDT

  •  I liked the pagentry and the show. (1+ / 0-)
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    I also liked this

    I have an awful neighbor

    There is this huge house in our street. The extended family is run by a grumpy old woman with a pack of irritable dogs that are allowed to run without leads.

    Her car isn’t taxed or insured and doesn’t even have a number plate, but the police still do nothing.

    To the best of my knowledge, she has never worked a day in her life.

    Her bad-tempered husband is notorious for his racist comments.

    All their kids have broken marriages except the youngest, who everyone thinks is gay.

    Two grandsons are meant to be in the Army but are always out partying in nightclubs.

    They are both out of control. And it is not even known if they have the same father.

    God, I hate living near Buckingham Palace !

    One bitter fact is two bit hacks populate the third rate fourth estate who are truly the fifth columnists.
    A No-Drama Obama Site & Some Straight Talkin'

    by amk for obama on Sat Apr 30, 2011 at 12:23:38 AM PDT

  •  Hip, hip, hooray !! (3+ / 0-)
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    Matt Z, oxfdblue, Mnemosyne

    We hired out to the uppity colonists, Knox particularly, to help 'em move cannon cross the Berkshires. But push come to shove we went loyalist. Had to decamp to Canada for a bit...

    Mum loved Diana.

    This was a delight. Certainly worth every pound.

    And congratulations, William and Kate !!

    Financial criminals + Angry White Males + Personality Disorder dreamers + KKKwannabes + George Will =EQ= The GOPer Base (-4.38,-3.74)

    by vets74 on Sat Apr 30, 2011 at 04:56:18 AM PDT

  •  Technically, he's a Brummie (0+ / 0-)

    Birmingham-born, but lived mostly in London, sure.

    If there was a law they was workin' with, maybe we could take it, but it ain't the law. They're workin' away our spirits, tryin' to make us cringe and crawl, takin' away our decency. Tom Joad

    by Uosdwis on Sat Apr 30, 2011 at 06:34:07 AM PDT

  •  Don't Understand (1+ / 0-)
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    I will never understand anyone's fascination with the inbred, entitled, pompous elite, but enough about Donald Trump

    "When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross."

    by dankester on Sat Apr 30, 2011 at 07:03:34 AM PDT

  •  If one likens it to a sporting event (1+ / 0-)
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    then the expenditure on behalf of taxpayers seems pretty minor.  $20 million for a once-every-3-decade type of event is small potatoes, and if it brings the UK public some happiness and pride, it's well spent.

    At least the bride and groom appear to be decent human beings, from what little I've seen.  Hopefully they'll spend their royal tenures engaged in the kind of activism that made Diana so well-loved.

    •  They will (1+ / 0-)
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      because the royals do.

      Even the minor royals are obligated to spend a certain amount of time each year engaged in ambassadorship to Britian by attending charity and supporting charitable causes.

      Prince William sponsors charitable foundations.  He already spends time going out into the public and attending functions aimed at helping UK citizens.

      Prince William served his country over in Afghanistan, and he's serving in the military right now.  When he's done with his military gig, he and Duchess Catherine will be spending increasingly more time doing ambassadorship visits out of country.  He'll be doing that as Prince Charles and the evil Camilla wind down from the international visits that they do.

      What the royals do provide the UK (besides the Crown Estates and providing employment to a sizable number of citizens), is they provide something we lack and are badly hurting for -- a stable center for guiding people to give thought to the more intangible points of a civilized society.  Like in WWII, when the King and Queen walked among war-ravaged London boosting morale.  Like Friday, when they gave all of the UK an excuse (take it or not) to drop all their cares and just party out of extreme joy because the UK in all its time-honored glory will have a tomorrow.

      I'd say this country needs some figureheads that aren't in it for a corporatist buck, who aren't getting our attention in some nasty reality TV type way.  We need people to remind us that beauty and ritual matter, that civility matters even when we dissent.

      In the evil Gilded Age, we had the robber barons here, but we also had ladies' societies who did a lot to go out into the public and do charitable works for the poor.  It was part of what was done, by the upper crust.  How much do today's 1% in the US do the same?  There is the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, though they seem to maybe not be so pure.  A lot of actors and actresses and sports starts get quietly involved in charities.  Or not.  But where do we as a whole rally when our collective spirit is hurting?

      The royals behave badly sometimes, but they aren't celebrities, who are really just trading fame so you'll buy their latest movie, record, whatever.  They are the real deal as opposed to celebrities, in that they are indeed incredibly privileged, but in return they take on responsiblity for "being there for their people".  

  •  Actually, I do care about (0+ / 0-)

    the "Royal Wedding"... I care that the nation we arguably regard as our closest ally is still mired in the belief that some are born "better" than others... The class system in England may be officially a thing of the past, but as long as the "royal family" remains as important to the English as it obviously does, the ultimate goal of social progress will remain unattainable.  I'm also dismayed by the number of anglofiles in America who attach themselves emotionally to comings and goings of members of the "royal family."

    We also have royalty in America, except the birthright to it is not based on bloodlines -- it's based on dollars.

    All "royalty" must be dissolved if the promise of democracy is ever to be achived.

    Kick apart the structures - Seth

    by ceebee7 on Sat Apr 30, 2011 at 01:01:46 PM PDT

  •  You know what bugs me? (0+ / 0-)

    People who obsess about the relatively trivial costs of something like this wedding compared to the literally billions of pounds being slashed due to austerity measures. Yes, they care about those things as well, but for some reason they seem to be even more upset about the cost of a wedding then the cost of conservative ideology.

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