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Seriously, didn't we get rid of Kings?

Didn't George Washington refuse to be king of America because he thought that it was wrong?

While I wish nothing but health and happiness for the new bundle of joy (My money is on his being named Elvis Sid Vicious Jello Biafra Mountbatten-Windsor, but I could be wrong), but this wall to wall coverage is driving me bugfuck!!!!!

I understand the Beeb going crazy, but doesn't CNN have to look for a missing white woman or something?

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  •  Tip Jar (12+ / 0-)

    I would love to hear what British (small "r") republicans (anti-royalists)  think about all this.

    6/24/05: Charlie the Tuna Creator Dies En lieu of flowers, please bring mayonnaise, chopped celery and paprika.

    by LunkHead on Mon Jul 22, 2013 at 02:44:46 PM PDT

    •  Ok. My wife is British and an anti Royalist (7+ / 0-)

      She's just fine with it.  In fact, she's very happy for William and Kate.  Also, the Royal family, while being disgustingly wealthy, do bring a lot of tourist dollars to the UK economy and with the birth of the Prince of Cambridge, it's expected to help to the current slow economy.

      can we all...just get...along-Rodney King

      by nspguy on Mon Jul 22, 2013 at 03:23:40 PM PDT

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    •  From a would be Leveller (0+ / 0-)

      I come from Bolton in the North West of England so am a natural Parliamentarian and a sympathizer with the Levellers & Diggers

      I go with Cromwell on this

      Royalty is but a feather in a man's cap; let children enjoy their rattles.

      The sycophantic fawning and massive over coverage by the 24hr newsfelch landlocked BBC and ITV / Channel 4 news is getting on my tits, but otherwise.....

      meh.

  •  Two words. (9+ / 0-)

    It. Sells.

    Warren/3-D Print of Warren in 2016!

    by dov12348 on Mon Jul 22, 2013 at 02:48:30 PM PDT

    •  Anyone whose primary source of information is (1+ / 0-)
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      mainstream media is going to be continually frustrated by the superficiality of the news they find there. Because it sells.

      Instead of complaining, why don't these people use alternative sources?

      "I was a big supporter of waterboarding" - Dick Cheney 2/14/10 UID: 8519

      by Bob Love on Mon Jul 22, 2013 at 03:22:18 PM PDT

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  •  As Carl Castle said yesterday on NPR: (9+ / 0-)

    He was to do a send-up of covering the royal birth if there was any developing news.  When the host cut to him, he said:

    "Babies are born every damn day! Get a life, people!".

    To which I add my endorsement.  Why indeed do we care the least about another country's ruler-by-inheritance?

    I'm part of the "bedwetting bunch of website Democrat base people (DKos)." - Rush Limbaugh, 10/16/2012 Torture is Wrong! We live near W so you don't have to. Send love.

    by tom 47 on Mon Jul 22, 2013 at 02:51:44 PM PDT

  •  I don't care who Selena Gomez dates, either (8+ / 0-)

    but that doesn't stop anyone from trying to tell me.

    Righteousness is a wide path. Self-righteousness is a bullhorn and a blindfold.

    by Murphoney on Mon Jul 22, 2013 at 02:52:06 PM PDT

    •  Yup (0+ / 0-)

      That's about it: no one asked US what we want to know!

      I'm part of the "bedwetting bunch of website Democrat base people (DKos)." - Rush Limbaugh, 10/16/2012 Torture is Wrong! We live near W so you don't have to. Send love.

      by tom 47 on Mon Jul 22, 2013 at 05:40:23 PM PDT

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  •  No harm being informed (4+ / 0-)
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    It's a big deal to a lot of people around the world.

  •  Because if every day is filled with politics and (5+ / 0-)

    social issues, we would all go nuts.  Silly, fun stories are like dessert after a good meal.  You don't really need it.  it's not really helping anything.  But it sure tastes good.  Priorities are everything.  So if you're able to keep silly stories in perspective, there  really isn't any harm.  Now when does Duck Dynasty start its new season--these reruns are killing me,

    •  Oh please. Silly fun stories generally take less (0+ / 0-)

      than a minute to report. No one is objecting to it being reported. They are objecting to the amount of time devoted to it.

      One failed attempt at a shoe bomb and we all take off our shoes at the airport. Thirty-one school shootings since Columbine and no change in our regulation of guns. --- John Oliver

      by voroki on Mon Jul 22, 2013 at 06:05:45 PM PDT

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  •  Same shit when Michael Jackson died. (1+ / 0-)
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    I wanted news on what was actually happening in the world, not the "scandals" surrounding the death of a musical artist I didn't (and don't) give a piss about.  I'm pretty sure House Republicans at the time were up to something but you know what?  I can't remember because the only thing anyone was talking about was MJ.

    "There are no atheists in foxholes" isn't an argument against atheism, it's an argument against foxholes. - James Morrow

    by kirrix on Mon Jul 22, 2013 at 03:01:10 PM PDT

  •  babies are nice. The parents seem nice. (8+ / 0-)

    A little joy in the world is nice.  Why do you hate babies so much?

    And we sail and we sail and we never see land, just the rum in the bottle and a pipe in my hand...

    by Mortifyd on Mon Jul 22, 2013 at 03:08:48 PM PDT

    •  Alot of nice parents have nice babies every day (0+ / 0-)

      Hell, make that every minute.

      One failed attempt at a shoe bomb and we all take off our shoes at the airport. Thirty-one school shootings since Columbine and no change in our regulation of guns. --- John Oliver

      by voroki on Mon Jul 22, 2013 at 05:55:58 PM PDT

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      •  true. but they don't happen to be the great (2+ / 0-)
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        grandsons of the woman who happens to be the titular leader of 1/6 of the earths surface, either.  Kind of makes it news whether you like it or not.

        And we sail and we sail and we never see land, just the rum in the bottle and a pipe in my hand...

        by Mortifyd on Mon Jul 22, 2013 at 06:03:58 PM PDT

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        •  LOL. Keep trying. No one has said its not news. (0+ / 0-)

          But this blanket coverage is ludicrous by any reasonable definition. One person's "titular leader of 1/6 of the worlds surface" is another persons "figurehead of a former empire that is currently not considered a world power by anyone with half a brain"

          One failed attempt at a shoe bomb and we all take off our shoes at the airport. Thirty-one school shootings since Columbine and no change in our regulation of guns. --- John Oliver

          by voroki on Mon Jul 22, 2013 at 06:17:04 PM PDT

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          •  so you don't like monarchies - ok. so don't. (1+ / 0-)
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            But like it or not, that means that heads of state will send congratulations, that there will be photo montages and we don't have to hear about super!zimmerman or Kanye and that blow up doll he's with and their baby for a while.  I for one am a bit grateful.

            Add to that the whole OMG white Murricans are of British stock... and you suddenly have a whole different reason people are interested - because they want to hop on ancestry dot com and see how they are related to him.

            It's not the kid's fault who his parents are.

            How about you head on over to POX spews where the bloviating heads are going on about how the President wants to install a monarchy here if it makes you feel betters having your boxers in a bunch about a royal baby.

            And we sail and we sail and we never see land, just the rum in the bottle and a pipe in my hand...

            by Mortifyd on Mon Jul 22, 2013 at 06:22:44 PM PDT

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            •  What the fuck are you talking about? I'm an (0+ / 0-)

              american living in the uk. I married a brit. My daughter is a brit. I have no strong feelings about the monarchy. My wife is a teacher who is having to deal with the horrendous changes to the education system being made by the Tories on a daily basis. So fucking pardon me if  I think that  blanket coverage of a kid being born instead of  coverage of changes being made by a David Cameron and his ilk that are having hugely negative impacts on the most vulnerable in society is excessive.

              One failed attempt at a shoe bomb and we all take off our shoes at the airport. Thirty-one school shootings since Columbine and no change in our regulation of guns. --- John Oliver

              by voroki on Mon Jul 22, 2013 at 06:35:56 PM PDT

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              •  well excuuuuuuuuse me, I wasn't aware of your (1+ / 0-)
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                special need for the fucking British news not to cover the birth of the future British monarch - I thought you were bitching about too much coverage in America.

                And we sail and we sail and we never see land, just the rum in the bottle and a pipe in my hand...

                by Mortifyd on Mon Jul 22, 2013 at 06:42:33 PM PDT

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                •  Are you being intentionally obtuse or are you (0+ / 0-)

                  just not very bright? I could have referenced any number of issues that were happening in america (oil pipelines, implementation of obamacare, NSA spying, etc) which would have more importance in america than a baby being born into the monarchy of a mid level european power.

                  One failed attempt at a shoe bomb and we all take off our shoes at the airport. Thirty-one school shootings since Columbine and no change in our regulation of guns. --- John Oliver

                  by voroki on Mon Jul 22, 2013 at 06:49:27 PM PDT

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                  •  no, I just think you're not the arbiter of news (1+ / 0-)
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                    Darmok

                    of the world and need to lighten the fuck up - or buy out Murdoch so you can let us all know what you think is more important than a little bright news in the form of a baby for a day.

                    And we sail and we sail and we never see land, just the rum in the bottle and a pipe in my hand...

                    by Mortifyd on Mon Jul 22, 2013 at 06:53:48 PM PDT

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  •  It bothers me because... (4+ / 0-)
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    It limits the time that news channels give to stories that truly affect me...This is absolutely irrelevant.

    •  Really? (3+ / 0-)
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      There's no other way to find news that affects you?  Thirty years ago, you'd have a legitimate complaint, but now??  

      And it's not exactly like news channels really report on news that affects us all anyway, given that it's mostly superficial fluff as it is.

  •  I totally agree! (3+ / 0-)
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    It is just a distraction from real events!

    I hope that the couple has a healthy baby and for the mother to have a textbook no complications delivery.

    But how does a "ROYAL BABY" have any consequence?  And why are we celebrating a baby who is obviously being born into privilege?

    What makes THIS baby worth all the attention and super excellent medical care and not a poor average random mother's newborn?  

    All life is precious and I just won't get why all the hype for a specific child (but not the many many other children in the world)

    Never underestimate stupid. Stupid is how reTHUGlicans win!

    by Mannie on Mon Jul 22, 2013 at 03:15:30 PM PDT

    •  Born in an NHS Hospital (2+ / 0-)
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      St Mary's Paddington is an ordinary NHS hospital with an excellent gynecology department serving the local community. It has special care baby units and other diagnostic and treatment facilities.

      The Lindo Wing is a private (ie paid for) facility which although is a separate building from the main, virtually brand new, hospital share these special facilities

      The extras for private patients are basically 5* hotel facilities and the individual services of gynecologists which are really unnecessary for ordinary births. Usually NHS birthing centres rely mostly on midwives to guide the mothers all the way through childbirth. Clearly this does not apply if anesthesia or surgery is needed to deliver or after.

      The quality of care and caring does vary from hospital trust to hospital trust but St Mary's is part of the Imperial (College) Hospital trust which is considered one of the better.

      The Cambridges likely had a suite type "room" in the private wing but the de luxe en suite rooms plus consultant gynecologists and a second night's stay is just over £12,000 for a vaginal delivery. That equates to about US$18,000 which is roughly the same (actually just under) the average cost of the same in the USA.

      With the Windsor's longevity, the kid is unlikely to ascend the throne until his 60s but will likely still be on the currency of Britain, Canada and a number of other countries as head of state at the turn of the 22nd century.

      We will work, we will play, we will laugh, we will live. We will not waste one moment, nor sacrifice one bit of our freedom, because of fear.

      by Lib Dem FoP on Mon Jul 22, 2013 at 04:32:33 PM PDT

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    •  Just to clarify one point (0+ / 0-)

      When I said all life is precious, I did NOT mean that in the RWNJ anti-choice way.  

      I meant that every child BORN (ie mother chose to carry) is precious.

      Just wanted to clarify so that this wouldn't be misunderstood.

      Thanks, and I am sorry for using that phrase that the RWNJs have basically branded.

      Never underestimate stupid. Stupid is how reTHUGlicans win!

      by Mannie on Mon Jul 22, 2013 at 05:13:33 PM PDT

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  •  One reason is the historical continuity (12+ / 0-)

    of English royalty dating back the Alfred the Great. Some people find the whole thing interesting, and the depth of tradition involved quite moving.

    There are many things to be upset about in this world. If you think this is one of them, your gripe list needs a pair of scissors.  

    "I was a big supporter of waterboarding" - Dick Cheney 2/14/10 UID: 8519

    by Bob Love on Mon Jul 22, 2013 at 03:18:32 PM PDT

    •  LOL. Yeah, CNN is big on "historical continuity". (0+ / 0-)

      CNN is reporting on this because of historical continuity. They are reporting it because they have become the People  magazine of cable news.

      One failed attempt at a shoe bomb and we all take off our shoes at the airport. Thirty-one school shootings since Columbine and no change in our regulation of guns. --- John Oliver

      by voroki on Mon Jul 22, 2013 at 05:59:03 PM PDT

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  •  Time to pull this guy back out again. (8+ / 0-)

    You know, there's a part of me that hopes that this little boy still grows up to be a queen. An openly queer monarch would do so much good for the UK, and it would really fuck with the kind of people who are obsessed with this sort of thing.

    There's a part of me that wouldn't wish that kind of pressure on anyone.

    Considering that he's the future King of England, Wales, and Northern Ireland, I think he'll be okay either way.

    An Fhirinn an aghaidh an t'Saoghail. (The truth against the world.) Is treasa tuath na tighearna. (The common people are mightier than the lords.)

    by OllieGarkey on Mon Jul 22, 2013 at 03:29:56 PM PDT

    •  and while we're at it, how about (5+ / 0-)

      a Wiccan queen? or at least something other than Church of England.

      Bloody Mary still needs her revenge. :-))))))

      Dogs from the street can have all the desirable qualities that one could want from pet dogs. Most adopted stray dogs are usually humble and exceptionally faithful to their owners as if they are grateful for this kindness. -- H.M. Bhumibol Adulyadej

      by corvo on Mon Jul 22, 2013 at 03:35:50 PM PDT

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      •  That'd be awesome. (5+ / 0-)
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        Or a druid. You know, someone who went dancing naked around stonehenge from time to time.

        An Fhirinn an aghaidh an t'Saoghail. (The truth against the world.) Is treasa tuath na tighearna. (The common people are mightier than the lords.)

        by OllieGarkey on Mon Jul 22, 2013 at 03:37:31 PM PDT

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      •  Bloody Mary wasn't a wiccan and (1+ / 0-)
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        would be horrified at being called one.

        Racial hostility, homophobia and misogyny are braided together like strands of the same rope. When we fight one, we fight them all. - Charles M. Blow

        by blueoregon on Mon Jul 22, 2013 at 03:45:43 PM PDT

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        •  Oh, I wasn't intending to call her one. (1+ / 0-)
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          I just thought that a Wiccan would be more exciting, as non-CoE options go, than another dreary recusant with eyes for his own sex.  That's so nineteenth century, don't you think?

          Dogs from the street can have all the desirable qualities that one could want from pet dogs. Most adopted stray dogs are usually humble and exceptionally faithful to their owners as if they are grateful for this kindness. -- H.M. Bhumibol Adulyadej

          by corvo on Mon Jul 22, 2013 at 03:53:01 PM PDT

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    •  and now he'd be able to have his royal wedding too (1+ / 0-)
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      thanks to Grandmum

      Righteousness is a wide path. Self-righteousness is a bullhorn and a blindfold.

      by Murphoney on Mon Jul 22, 2013 at 05:14:22 PM PDT

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  •  We did not get rid of kings.... (4+ / 0-)
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    Kennedys, Bushes, Roosevelts....innumerable "bloodlines" exist in U.S. politics. Certainly children emulate their parents, but there is a little piece of the monarchy that has survived since colonial times.

    OK...I could be full of s**t!

  •  I'm grateful for the wonderful 24/7 coverage (4+ / 0-)
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    it gives me yet another reason not to watch cnn.

    A learning experience is one of those things that says, 'You know that thing you just did? Don't do that.' Douglas Adams

    by dougymi on Mon Jul 22, 2013 at 03:40:26 PM PDT

  •  Well cause I am also Canadian! (5+ / 0-)

    I love the Queen for all that she does.  I have seen her close up.  She is a hard working Royal.
    So I am glad when her great grand baby is born.

  •  People freak out about celebrity babies (2+ / 0-)
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    here,  in the US instead of established royalty we have handed that over to movie stars/reality stars/athletes possibly not the same amount of constant coverage, but just as inane. I just hope the baby and mother are healthy other than that do not care.

  •  I didn't care about the Royal baby long before it (5+ / 0-)

    was popular to not care about the Royal baby.

    The sun's not yellow, it's chicken. B. Dylan

    by bgblcklab1 on Mon Jul 22, 2013 at 05:12:17 PM PDT

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