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2013-05-22 12:05:40 AM
A true QILF.
 
2013-05-22 12:11:52 AM
F*ck the queen

/useless waste of tax money
//of course, if we had one here in the US, the Republicans would likely be all for it
 
2013-05-22 12:15:22 AM

MaudlinMutantMollusk: F*ck the queen

/useless waste of tax money
//of course, if we had one here in the US, the Republicans would likely be all for it


You know, you're right. She should just get off the national teat. Yep, she should take back all that property and its revenue she gives to the Nation from her inherited holdings, and give the English back their civil list. I'm sure that would work out well, financially.
 
2013-05-22 12:19:32 AM

Benevolent Misanthrope: MaudlinMutantMollusk: F*ck the queen

/useless waste of tax money
//of course, if we had one here in the US, the Republicans would likely be all for it

You know, you're right. She should just get off the national teat. Yep, she should take back all that property and its revenue she gives to the Nation from her inherited holdings, and give the English back their civil list. I'm sure that would work out well, financially.


So you're supporting the concept we fought a war to dump?

/no, I'm sorry. Hereditary monarchy is as silly to me as religion
//what real purpose does a primarily symbolic monarch serve?
 
2013-05-22 12:22:26 AM
"She stayed in character for the whole thing. Oliver thought she was the real Queen, and well, that's good enough for us,"

While a sweet gesture, part of me questions the ethicality of this.

Oh and the link in the middle is gold:

Helen Mirren, Dressed as the Queen, Tells Street Drummers to fark Off
 
2013-05-22 12:34:10 AM

MaudlinMutantMollusk: F*ck the queen

/useless waste of tax money
//of course, if we had one here in the US, the Republicans would likely be all for it


The Royal family brings in an incredibly high amount of tourist money.

She's also 87 years old and her health isn't the best any more.
 
2013-05-22 12:37:24 AM

Bathia_Mapes: MaudlinMutantMollusk: F*ck the queen

/useless waste of tax money
//of course, if we had one here in the US, the Republicans would likely be all for it

The Royal family brings in an incredibly high amount of tourist money.

She's also 87 years old and her health isn't the best any more.


But she's not the last of them

/and how much does the "Royal Family" bring in vs their cost?
//how much would it be if their properties were like our national parks?
///royalty is an absurd and outdated concept on any level
 
2013-05-22 12:48:32 AM

MaudlinMutantMollusk: Bathia_Mapes: MaudlinMutantMollusk: F*ck the queen

/useless waste of tax money
//of course, if we had one here in the US, the Republicans would likely be all for it

The Royal family brings in an incredibly high amount of tourist money.

She's also 87 years old and her health isn't the best any more.

But she's not the last of them

/and how much does the "Royal Family" bring in vs their cost?
//how much would it be if their properties were like our national parks?
///royalty is an absurd and outdated concept on any level


Says the guy from California.

The royals bring in way more than they cost. Not even counting the tourist money, the last figure I saw was that they give the State huge revenues from private land holdings, and the State gives them about 20% back in Civil List income. And no, that doesn't count state-owned properties and parks, just the land holdings that belong to the family privately.

I live in one of her dominions. Her job is pretty-much like the ceremonial side of the White House, only bigger. There's no real power, so it really doesn't bother methat she's a hereditary monarch.
 
2013-05-22 12:49:29 AM
Seriously?  No one in the royal family could have helped this boy with his wish?  That's BS.
 
2013-05-22 12:49:32 AM
Too bad she didn't show up in this outfit:
binside.typepad.com
 
2013-05-22 12:51:04 AM

Benevolent Misanthrope: MaudlinMutantMollusk: Bathia_Mapes: MaudlinMutantMollusk: F*ck the queen

/useless waste of tax money
//of course, if we had one here in the US, the Republicans would likely be all for it

The Royal family brings in an incredibly high amount of tourist money.

She's also 87 years old and her health isn't the best any more.

But she's not the last of them

/and how much does the "Royal Family" bring in vs their cost?
//how much would it be if their properties were like our national parks?
///royalty is an absurd and outdated concept on any level

Says the guy from California.

The royals bring in way more than they cost. Not even counting the tourist money, the last figure I saw was that they give the State huge revenues from private land holdings, and the State gives them about 20% back in Civil List income. And no, that doesn't count state-owned properties and parks, just the land holdings that belong to the family privately.

I live in one of her dominions. Her job is pretty-much like the ceremonial side of the White House, only bigger. There's no real power, so it really doesn't bother methat she's a hereditary monarch.


Whatever

/defend pointlessness if you will
//it remains pointless
///WTF does being from California have to do with it?
 
2013-05-22 12:51:53 AM
I'd say that's an upgrade.
 
2013-05-22 12:51:53 AM
Third runner-up was Dame Elton John.....
 
2013-05-22 12:57:31 AM

Atomic Spunk: Too bad she didn't show up in this outfit:
[binside.typepad.com image 500x870]


xfinity.comcast.net

img2-1.timeinc.net
 
2013-05-22 12:57:37 AM

MaudlinMutantMollusk: Benevolent Misanthrope: MaudlinMutantMollusk: Bathia_Mapes: MaudlinMutantMollusk: F*ck the queen

/useless waste of tax money
//of course, if we had one here in the US, the Republicans would likely be all for it

The Royal family brings in an incredibly high amount of tourist money.

She's also 87 years old and her health isn't the best any more.

But she's not the last of them

/and how much does the "Royal Family" bring in vs their cost?
//how much would it be if their properties were like our national parks?
///royalty is an absurd and outdated concept on any level

Says the guy from California.

The royals bring in way more than they cost. Not even counting the tourist money, the last figure I saw was that they give the State huge revenues from private land holdings, and the State gives them about 20% back in Civil List income. And no, that doesn't count state-owned properties and parks, just the land holdings that belong to the family privately.

I live in one of her dominions. Her job is pretty-much like the ceremonial side of the White House, only bigger. There's no real power, so it really doesn't bother methat she's a hereditary monarch.

Whatever

/defend pointlessness if you will
//it remains pointless
///WTF does being from California have to do with it?


The California comment was to point out that you're a self-appointed advocate for a group of people (the oppressed masses yearning to breathe free under a monarchy) you really have nothing to do with. You have no dog in this fight - why the passion?
 
2013-05-22 01:02:39 AM

Benevolent Misanthrope: MaudlinMutantMollusk: Benevolent Misanthrope: MaudlinMutantMollusk: Bathia_Mapes: MaudlinMutantMollusk: F*ck the queen

/useless waste of tax money
//of course, if we had one here in the US, the Republicans would likely be all for it

The Royal family brings in an incredibly high amount of tourist money.

She's also 87 years old and her health isn't the best any more.

But she's not the last of them

/and how much does the "Royal Family" bring in vs their cost?
//how much would it be if their properties were like our national parks?
///royalty is an absurd and outdated concept on any level

Says the guy from California.

The royals bring in way more than they cost. Not even counting the tourist money, the last figure I saw was that they give the State huge revenues from private land holdings, and the State gives them about 20% back in Civil List income. And no, that doesn't count state-owned properties and parks, just the land holdings that belong to the family privately.

I live in one of her dominions. Her job is pretty-much like the ceremonial side of the White House, only bigger. There's no real power, so it really doesn't bother methat she's a hereditary monarch.

Whatever

/defend pointlessness if you will
//it remains pointless
///WTF does being from California have to do with it?

The California comment was to point out that you're a self-appointed advocate for a group of people (the oppressed masses yearning to breathe free under a monarchy) you really have nothing to do with. You have no dog in this fight - why the passion?


Because I think "Her Majesty" could have been a bit more human under the circumstances. Where I live is totally irrelevant, as is your "self-apointed advocate" comment

/It's my personal opinion, and I shall express it as I will
 
2013-05-22 01:05:16 AM

MaudlinMutantMollusk: Benevolent Misanthrope: MaudlinMutantMollusk: Bathia_Mapes: MaudlinMutantMollusk: F*ck the queen

/useless waste of tax money
//of course, if we had one here in the US, the Republicans would likely be all for it

The Royal family brings in an incredibly high amount of tourist money.

She's also 87 years old and her health isn't the best any more.

But she's not the last of them

/and how much does the "Royal Family" bring in vs their cost?
//how much would it be if their properties were like our national parks?
///royalty is an absurd and outdated concept on any level

Says the guy from California.

The royals bring in way more than they cost. Not even counting the tourist money, the last figure I saw was that they give the State huge revenues from private land holdings, and the State gives them about 20% back in Civil List income. And no, that doesn't count state-owned properties and parks, just the land holdings that belong to the family privately.

I live in one of her dominions. Her job is pretty-much like the ceremonial side of the White House, only bigger. There's no real power, so it really doesn't bother methat she's a hereditary monarch.

Whatever

/defend pointlessness if you will
//it remains pointless
///WTF does being from California have to do with it?


Because in California (aka Hollywood) we worship and idolize random human beings because they can sing, dance or giggle their ass the right way.

At least with the Royals, they come from respectable families that (for the most part) have had great leadership skills and some semblance of honor. Loyalty is something that America is starting to run out of, and at least in the UK the loyalty that most people have to their Queen is something that unites generations.

/It's only pointless to you. To others itz srs bsns and you should respect their opinions in the same way that they tolerate yours.
//Douche.
 
2013-05-22 01:06:25 AM
She should have visited him as her character from Caligula. At least send the kid to the grave with a hard-on that will make the casket difficult and incredibly awkward to close.
 
2013-05-22 01:07:00 AM

ng2810: MaudlinMutantMollusk: Benevolent Misanthrope: MaudlinMutantMollusk: Bathia_Mapes: MaudlinMutantMollusk: F*ck the queen

/useless waste of tax money
//of course, if we had one here in the US, the Republicans would likely be all for it

The Royal family brings in an incredibly high amount of tourist money.

She's also 87 years old and her health isn't the best any more.

But she's not the last of them

/and how much does the "Royal Family" bring in vs their cost?
//how much would it be if their properties were like our national parks?
///royalty is an absurd and outdated concept on any level

Says the guy from California.

The royals bring in way more than they cost. Not even counting the tourist money, the last figure I saw was that they give the State huge revenues from private land holdings, and the State gives them about 20% back in Civil List income. And no, that doesn't count state-owned properties and parks, just the land holdings that belong to the family privately.

I live in one of her dominions. Her job is pretty-much like the ceremonial side of the White House, only bigger. There's no real power, so it really doesn't bother methat she's a hereditary monarch.

Whatever

/defend pointlessness if you will
//it remains pointless
///WTF does being from California have to do with it?

Because in California (aka Hollywood) we worship and idolize random human beings because they can sing, dance or giggle their ass the right way.

At least with the Royals, they come from respectable families that (for the most part) have had great leadership skills and some semblance of honor. Loyalty is something that America is starting to run out of, and at least in the UK the loyalty that most people have to their Queen is something that unites generations.

/It's only pointless to you. To others itz srs bsns and you should respect their opinions in the same way that they tolerate yours.
//Douche.


Yeah... because all of California is Hollywood, idiot

/it remains pointless
 
2013-05-22 01:10:08 AM

MaudlinMutantMollusk: Bathia_Mapes: MaudlinMutantMollusk: F*ck the queen

/useless waste of tax money
//of course, if we had one here in the US, the Republicans would likely be all for it

The Royal family brings in an incredibly high amount of tourist money.

She's also 87 years old and her health isn't the best any more.

But she's not the last of them

/and how much does the "Royal Family" bring in vs their cost?
//how much would it be if their properties were like our national parks?
///royalty is an absurd and outdated concept on any level


In 2011, the Crown Estate brought  £230.9m to the UK Treasury; in return, the Queen received  £32.1m from the state.

Of course, it's not that simple.

http://blogs.channel4.com/factcheck/factcheck-qa-does-the-monarchy-p ay -for-itself/10711
 
2013-05-22 01:11:00 AM
In a related article:

"Not much shocks you on the gay scene," said parade organizer Mark McKenzie. "But seeing Helen Mirren dressed as the Queen cussing and swearing and making you stop your parade - that's a new one."
 
2013-05-22 01:19:52 AM

MaudlinMutantMollusk: Yeah... because all of California is Hollywood, idiot

/it remains pointless


You know what else is pointless?  Quoting and requoting a huge block of text conversation. Just quote the relevant text.
 
2013-05-22 01:20:29 AM

ng2810: MaudlinMutantMollusk: Benevolent Misanthrope: MaudlinMutantMollusk: Bathia_Mapes: MaudlinMutantMollusk: F*ck the queen

/useless waste of tax money
//of course, if we had one here in the US, the Republicans would likely be all for it

The Royal family brings in an incredibly high amount of tourist money.

She's also 87 years old and her health isn't the best any more.

But she's not the last of them

/and how much does the "Royal Family" bring in vs their cost?
//how much would it be if their properties were like our national parks?
///royalty is an absurd and outdated concept on any level

Says the guy from California.

The royals bring in way more than they cost. Not even counting the tourist money, the last figure I saw was that they give the State huge revenues from private land holdings, and the State gives them about 20% back in Civil List income. And no, that doesn't count state-owned properties and parks, just the land holdings that belong to the family privately.

I live in one of her dominions. Her job is pretty-much like the ceremonial side of the White House, only bigger. There's no real power, so it really doesn't bother methat she's a hereditary monarch.

Whatever

/defend pointlessness if you will
//it remains pointless
///WTF does being from California have to do with it?

Because in California (aka Hollywood) we worship and idolize random human beings because they can sing, dance or giggle their ass the right way.

At least with the Royals, they come from respectable families that (for the most part) have had great leadership skills and some semblance of honor. Loyalty is something that America is starting to run out of, and at least in the UK the loyalty that most people have to their Queen is something that unites generations.

/It's only pointless to you. To others itz srs bsns and you should respect their opinions in the same way that they tolerate yours.
//Douche.


Wait wait wait.  If you live in California you have to worship Hollywood?  OMG I was doing it wrong all those years!
 
2013-05-22 01:20:30 AM

CaptainFatass: She should have visited him as her character from Caligula. At least send the kid to the grave with a hard-on that will make the casket difficult and incredibly awkward to close.


He's 10.. perhaps she'd give him his first and last one?
 
2013-05-22 01:25:44 AM
She's looking good for her age. I'd still strap my spaceship to hers and boost her out out of Jupiter's gravity well.
 
2013-05-22 01:30:12 AM
static.tvtropes.org
"It jus' gah Dusphy in here, Tony Schivonne!"
 
2013-05-22 01:33:19 AM

Apos: A true QILF.


And what a dame.
 
2013-05-22 01:35:02 AM

Benevolent Misanthrope: The California comment was to point out that you're a self-appointed advocate for a group of people (the oppressed masses yearning to breathe free under a monarchy) you really have nothing to do with. You have no dog in this fight - why the passion?


This is farking retarded.  Congratulations.
 
2013-05-22 02:32:12 AM

fusillade762: Atomic Spunk: Too bad she didn't show up in this outfit:
[binside.typepad.com image 500x870]


What are those from?
 
2013-05-22 02:37:23 AM

Neeek: fusillade762: Atomic Spunk: Too bad she didn't show up in this outfit:
[binside.typepad.com image 500x870]

What are those from?


SNL.

Digital Short: Helen Mirren's Magical Bosom
 
2013-05-22 02:52:31 AM
Good for the Queen on saying no. Someones got to teach these special snowflakes that important people have better things to do with their time than placate the whims of some unknown kid.
 
2013-05-22 03:01:08 AM
Couldn't settle for having a soccer star score a goal or to meet the mayor, huh? Why not ask for a beej from Kate Upton while you're at it?
 
2013-05-22 03:10:50 AM
The royal family are useless...I keep hearing about the tourist dollars that they bring in. But do they? Do people honestly travel to England thinking they are going to meet the queen, or see her drinking tea at a McDonalds? No, they go there to take photos of themselves in front of landmarks...and oh, the argument is that the royal family owns those landmarks...really? Do they? Or does the populace just not bother to take that property back and claim it as historical sites run by the government...Get rid of the royal family and people will still travel to Britain to take photos of themselves in front of all those same landmarks.

The queen had one real job, to serve the people, and she couldn't be bothered to help a special little boy carry an amazing memory with him into that long good night...f**k her.
 
2013-05-22 03:14:14 AM
"She stayed in character for the whole thing. Oliver thought she was the real Queen, and well, that's good enough for us,"

That is horribly depressing.  I get that parents lie to their kids all the time, but going out of your way to publicize the fact that you tricked your kid into believing he will be buried as an actual English knight?
 
2013-05-22 03:21:14 AM

Bathia_Mapes: MaudlinMutantMollusk: F*ck the queen

/useless waste of tax money
//of course, if we had one here in the US, the Republicans would likely be all for it

The Royal family brings in an incredibly high amount of tourist money.

She's also 87 years old and her health isn't the best any more.


My English Nana is 100 this year. I wonder what they put in the water.

/she is a raving coont
//in a cool way.
 
2013-05-22 03:33:20 AM

Wolf892: The royal family are useless...I keep hearing about the tourist dollars that they bring in. But do they? Do people honestly travel to England thinking they are going to meet the queen, or see her drinking tea at a McDonalds? No, they go there to take photos of themselves in front of landmarks...and oh, the argument is that the royal family owns those landmarks...really? Do they? Or does the populace just not bother to take that property back and claim it as historical sites run by the government...Get rid of the royal family and people will still travel to Britain to take photos of themselves in front of all those same landmarks.


Versailles gets more visitors than Windsor Castle and the French executed theirs.

It's heritage that people come here for. We've got whole towns that look like they did back in the 18th century.
 
2013-05-22 03:35:30 AM

HotWingAgenda: "She stayed in character for the whole thing. Oliver thought she was the real Queen, and well, that's good enough for us,"

That is horribly depressing.  I get that parents lie to their kids all the time, but going out of your way to publicize the fact that you tricked your kid into believing he will be buried as an actual English knight?


[i'mokwiththis.jpg]

/also okay with the kid believing in Santa and the Easter Bunny
// or Hanukkah Harry whatever
 
2013-05-22 03:35:49 AM

farkeruk: Wolf892: The royal family are useless...I keep hearing about the tourist dollars that they bring in. But do they? Do people honestly travel to England thinking they are going to meet the queen, or see her drinking tea at a McDonalds? No, they go there to take photos of themselves in front of landmarks...and oh, the argument is that the royal family owns those landmarks...really? Do they? Or does the populace just not bother to take that property back and claim it as historical sites run by the government...Get rid of the royal family and people will still travel to Britain to take photos of themselves in front of all those same landmarks.

Versailles gets more visitors than Windsor Castle and the French executed theirs.

It's heritage that people come here for. We've got whole towns that look like they did back in the 18th century.


So....are we arguing the same thing? ;) Get rid of the royals and people will still come...
 
2013-05-22 03:39:52 AM
Kinda an angry bunch in here, ain'tcha? Lotta knickers in a twist.
 
2013-05-22 03:42:28 AM

HotWingAgenda: "She stayed in character for the whole thing. Oliver thought she was the real Queen, and well, that's good enough for us,"

That is horribly depressing.  I get that parents lie to their kids all the time, but going out of your way to publicize the fact that you tricked your kid into believing he will be buried as an actual English knight?


Yeah, this is kinda farked up. I get that everyone's heart was in the right place and that you can't really tell a kid with a horrible disease "Well, we can't give you what you wanted, but here's an actor", but it is kinda shiatty to go along with an act instead of seeing what they could do about his *next* biggest wish or something. Nice things are nice but maybe in time they'll wish they did something more legitimate. But what do I know, I don't even have a kid, let alone one with a terminal health problem. Just struck me as weird, is all.
 
2013-05-22 03:46:08 AM

Wolf892: farkeruk: Wolf892: The royal family are useless...I keep hearing about the tourist dollars that they bring in. But do they? Do people honestly travel to England thinking they are going to meet the queen, or see her drinking tea at a McDonalds? No, they go there to take photos of themselves in front of landmarks...and oh, the argument is that the royal family owns those landmarks...really? Do they? Or does the populace just not bother to take that property back and claim it as historical sites run by the government...Get rid of the royal family and people will still travel to Britain to take photos of themselves in front of all those same landmarks.

Versailles gets more visitors than Windsor Castle and the French executed theirs.

It's heritage that people come here for. We've got whole towns that look like they did back in the 18th century.

So....are we arguing the same thing? ;) Get rid of the royals and people will still come...


Yes. I was just adding more data.

The fact is, if people were coming here to see the Queen, tourism would have died years ago. "I went to the UK to see the Queen and the biatch didn't show up".
 
2013-05-22 04:10:26 AM
"She stayed in character for the whole thing. Oliver thought she was the real Queen, and well, that's good enough for us," Oliver's father James Browne is quoted as saying.

so you fooled a dying retarded kid.  gg no re.
 
2013-05-22 04:11:09 AM
Why would your dying wish be to meet Queen Elizabeth?
 
2013-05-22 04:19:33 AM

fisker: Why would your dying wish be to meet Queen Elizabeth?


Maybe he was hoping to take her with him...but he wasn't fooled as we all suspect by the impostor....
 
2013-05-22 04:26:09 AM
MaudlinMutantMollusk:
//what real purpose does a primarily symbolic monarch serve?

She is in charge of the violence inherit in the system.
 
2013-05-22 04:42:40 AM
www.freakingnews.com

What a monarchical queen may look like.
 
2013-05-22 04:44:42 AM
I was wondering why he would want to meet the Queen. Thought to myself "That's retarded." then I read he has Down's Syndrome. It all makes sense now. Yeah, almost felt like an ass. Almost. Coincidence, really.
 
2013-05-22 04:44:51 AM

MaudlinMutantMollusk: But she's not the last of them/and how much does the "Royal Family" bring in vs their cost?


There are various estimates, I think the total costs were supposed to be about $11b/year (and not a bunch of this is from state visits and security, so could be considered equivalent to the US spending on ex-Presidents going around being diplomatic and having lots of security assigned to them still), and the total value around $70b/year, which makes them more profitable than Apple's entire world operations, or Exxon's global profits, or whatever you want to compare it with.

http://business.blogs.cnn.com/2012/05/29/does-the-monarchy-pay-its-w ay /
 
2013-05-22 05:13:55 AM

MaudlinMutantMollusk: F*ck the queen

/useless waste of tax money
//of course, if we had one here in the US, the Republicans would likely be all for it


Ahem.
 
2013-05-22 06:02:20 AM

ng2810: MaudlinMutantMollusk: Benevolent Misanthrope: MaudlinMutantMollusk: Bathia_Mapes: MaudlinMutantMollusk: F*ck the queen

/useless waste of tax money
//of course, if we had one here in the US, the Republicans would likely be all for it

The Royal family brings in an incredibly high amount of tourist money.

She's also 87 years old and her health isn't the best any more.

But she's not the last of them

/and how much does the "Royal Family" bring in vs their cost?
//how much would it be if their properties were like our national parks?
///royalty is an absurd and outdated concept on any level

Says the guy from California.

The royals bring in way more than they cost. Not even counting the tourist money, the last figure I saw was that they give the State huge revenues from private land holdings, and the State gives them about 20% back in Civil List income. And no, that doesn't count state-owned properties and parks, just the land holdings that belong to the family privately.

I live in one of her dominions. Her job is pretty-much like the ceremonial side of the White House, only bigger. There's no real power, so it really doesn't bother methat she's a hereditary monarch.

Whatever

/defend pointlessness if you will
//it remains pointless
///WTF does being from California have to do with it?

Because in California (aka Hollywood) we worship and idolize random human beings because they can sing, dance or giggle their ass the right way.

At least with the Royals, they come from respectable families that (for the most part) have had great leadership skills and some semblance of honor. Loyalty is something that America is starting to run out of, and at least in the UK the loyalty that most people have to their Queen is something that unites generations.

/It's only pointless to you. To others itz srs bsns and you should respect their opinions in the same way that they tolerate yours.
//Douche.


Respectable families? The Nazi sympathizers?
 
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