Thatcher’s legacy. It begins: Margaret Thatcher, the friend of Chile’s fascist dictator General Augusto Pinochet and supporter of the apartheid system of racial discrimination in South Africa, has died of a stroke at the age of 87.
Then a few paragraphs later, it adds: Margaret Hilda Roberts embodied everything that is narrow-minded and philistine in the English middle class. She was preoccupied solely with self-advancement and enrichment, owing much of her success to having secured a rich husband. Her political talents, such as they were, consisted of the nasty cunning and ruthlessness of the social climber.
And now her waltz with Reagan makes perfect sense--they really were the perfect partners. I wish I believed in hell, because eternity is forever.
And I don't care if this is a fucking trial balloon. No democrat should ever allow cuts to social security or medicare to be offered to make a deal. No doubt this is part of Obama's 11th-dimensional chess and we are too stupid to see how brilliant this plan is--that is what his fanbots are saying, I'm guessing. Here's what I think it comes down to: Obama is in the big leagues. After his second term, he will make millions giving speeches and doing "good works"--and I mean real millions, like more than $100 million, and in short order. He will be going to resorts we don't even know exist. Rubbing shoulders with the rich criminal families of Europe, Asia, North and South America, and African despots. He and his wife and kids will never wont for a thing. So why should he care if his social security check is a little smaller? And yes, I don't think he or his circle understand just how important this is to the average joe. Sadly, I don't think they give a shit either. They are taken care of.
When you consider the French police raider her fucking apartment, that she's the chief of the fucking IMF, and that the "[i]nvestigators suspect her of complicity in embezzling public funds after she overruled objections from advisers to proceeding with the €285m (£244m) payment to Tapie," what isn't possible?
Phone hacking: Rupert Murdoch hit by 600 fresh claims. The Guardian reports: Sources say Scotland Yard detectives believe they can identify as many as 600 new incidents after obtaining the phone records of an insider who is now being lined up as a crown witness. As a result of the new information, the force's Operation Weeting is recalibrating the timetable for concluding its investigation, which had been due to be completed with the conclusion of trials this year. Police now expect their work to continue into 2015.
Between the legal fees and the settlement costs, and in light of Murdoch's spin off of the "news" bit of News Corp. from the entertainment assets, I'm guessing that filthy old piece of shit understands that part of his biz may go boom. Now the question is whether the spin off actually protects the entertainment assets. I'd like to believe those assets can be tapped to make victims whole. We shall see. That said, I guess I should say something nice about the old fucker. Hmmm, oh yes, click the link and look at the photo. His stylist choose a nice shade of lip gloss, no?
Secret papers show extent of senior royals' veto over bills; Court order reveals how approval of Queen and Prince Charles is sought on range of bills. That this parasitic family is ceded authority to do anything other than decide which car window they will use to wave to the masses is a fucking insult. I hope the Brits are appropriately outraged and kick this unless institution to the fucking curb. Getting people to accept that some people are breed to rule because a super special sperm met a magical egg is exactly how we get to the lack of prosecutions with the Goldman designed financial crisis. Some people are too special to prosecute. Some people must be consulted before bills may advance. What a shame that the French Revolution and the end of the Romanov family didn't send a strong enough message to these filthy self-appointed elites. They never learn.
Monster in the white house wants you to live like a pauper in your old age. And why not? He'll never have to rely on social security, and neither will his kids. Oh, and according to the comments, that old multi-millionairess Nancy Pelosi is cool with it. And why not, she'll never have to rely on social security, etc. You know what? Next time I may not even vote. Someone tell me why I should bother. No, really.
Silvio Berlusconi sentenced for tax fraud. Ok, his four-year sentence was reduced to one-year in jail because of some fucking amnesty law, but this filthy asshole might finally serve jail time. Yeah, he should die in jail, but in a world were Pres. Obama calls Lloyd Blankfein and Jamie Dimon "savvy businessmen," I'll take whatever I can.