Prince Charles goes off leash?

Her Majesty’s a pretty nice girl
But she doesn’t have a lot to say
Her Majesty’s a pretty nice girl
But she changes from day to day

I wanna tell her that I love her a lot
But I gotta get a bellyful of wine
Her Majesty’s a pretty nice girl
Someday I’m gonna make her mine oh yeah
Someday I’m gonna make her mine.
(McCartney, Her Majesty, Abbey Road)

I thought of McCartney’s little backhanded slap to Queen Elizabeth as I read about Prince Charles touring Canada with Duchess Camilla. Charles reminds me a little of George W. Bush, a man of little talent born into powerful circumstances. He is kept on a leash and allowed to imagine himself a serious man. President and Prince Fredo. Like Elizabeth, we learned yesterday, Charles does not have a lot to say.

Vladimir Putin is in China right now, signing trade agreements that will supply Russian gas to China for decades to come. We are witnessing the formation of a huge power bloc, one that surely has raised concerns on Wall Street and in London. That visit is not covered well in the west. But as JC suggested in a comment over at 4&20 yesterday, the indictment of five Chinese citizens for economic espionage was probably meant as a message to Putin.

Actually, I think that Holder’s actions are more about the build up of the propaganda war in Asia against the Chinese, drawing the attention away from what Putin and Chinese president Xi Jinping’s summit is accomplishing right now.

That is how state-managed news rolls in this country, supplying the news cycle with a fake story to squeeze out the real one.

Wait, hold it. Charles is a photographic gift to the world, British royalty’s own Alfred E. Newman. Enjoy the photos that follow below the fold before we move on to Prince Serious.

Charles has a way with children. Meanwhile, Camilla is wearing a real live swan.

Charles has a way with children. Meanwhile, Camilla is wearing a real live swan.

On arrival in Canada, Charles asked Camilla to turn her swan upside down.

On arrival in Canada, Charles asked Camilla to turn her swan upside down.

That charming non-knowing smile

That charming non-knowing smile

Hey hey ... guess what I got in my pocket for you! (Hint, I'd like to be your tampon.)

Hey hey … guess what I got in my pocket for you! (Hint, I’d like to be your tampon.)

Hey kid,  pull this.

Hey kid, pull this.

Wood, baby. I got wood too!

Wood, baby. I got wood too!

OK, on with serious business. In a Daily Mail story, Prince Serious is quoted as saying that Vladimir Putin is behaving like Hitler. Here’s some of the actual words from that instructive piece of journalism:

  • In a withering verdict on the actions of the Russian president in Ukraine, he told a woman who lost relatives in the Nazi Holocaust: ‘And now Putin is doing just about the same as Hitler.’
  • Observers have compared the crisis in Ukraine with Hitler’s takeovers of Czechoslovakia and Poland.
  • It is likely to be seen as a criticism of the West for failing to confront Mr Putin over his seizure of Crimea. The annexation was the first by a major power in Europe since 1945.
  • Former US secretary of state Hillary Clinton sparked uproar in Washington recently when she said very much the same as the heir to the throne. Lashing out at Moscow’s plan to issue passports to ethnic Russians in Crimea, she said: ‘Now, if this sounds familiar, it’s what Hitler did back in the 1930s.’

The comments were said to have been made in passing and in private conversation, and of course would have been suppressed were the whole affair not a staged ‘gaffe’ to allow yet one more notable Western figure invoke the Godwin on the newest Hitler of the moment, Russian President Vladimir Putin, who is for real, by the way, a serious man.

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One Response to Prince Charles goes off leash?

  1. JC says:

    Let’s see if you get the same laugh out of this series of articles from Reuters that started running today,as I did:

    “Billion-Dollar Medical Project Helped Fund ‘Putin’s Palace'”

    MOSCOW, May 21 (Reuters) – In 2005, President Vladimir Putin personally ordered up a vast program to improve Russia’s poor healthcare facilities. Five years later, authorities found that suppliers were charging some hospitals two or even three times too much for vital gear such as high-tech medical scanners.

    Dmitry Medvedev, serving as Putin’s hand-picked successor at the time, went on national television to denounce the alleged scam. The perpetrators, he said, had engaged in “absolutely cynical, loutish theft of state money.” Medvedev instructed Russia’s top law enforcement agencies to make sure that “everyone who participated in this is seriously and sternly punished.”

    Suspects were rounded up in far-flung places, and in 2012 the police ministry said 104 people had been charged in connection with overpriced scanners. Several local officials and business executives were convicted of fraud and sent to prison.

    Change the names, and this could just as easily be our country. Except Reuters & Co. would never dive into this sort of “investigative journalism” over crony capitalism in our country,

    Oh, and our DOJ would never prosecute over a hundred corrupt Wall Street or health industry persons. One or two token sacrificials, tops.

    And of course, the real intent is to prep the masses by stigmatizing a foreign leader for the inevitable hegemonic attempts to take Putin down in the near future.


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