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That’s Queen Bea again, taking the Scout Oath. -=Kidding=-. That’s her and Prince Claus on her Coronation Day in 1980. Then they went off to live in Castle Drakensteyn.

I bet you thought that’s where Scrooge McDuck lives.

Anyway, I don’t have anything meaningful to say today, so I thought I’d tell you my one Dutchman story.

I used to hang out in USENET back in the day and in this one newsgroup there was a particularly obnoxious Dutch guy. You know the type: boring faux-sophisticate European smarty pants always ragging on Americans.

Oh, you Americans and your flag and your pledge and your primitive nationalism and your silly patriotism, always chanting U-S-A…U-S-A. We Europeans have moved beyond such childish notions of blah-blah-blah-blah-blah. I think he lived in a committed threesome with two women and drank a lot of wine. You know what I’m talking.

Well, one day, I made a remark about Queen Beatrice. It wasn’t even particularly rude remark — I think I referred to her as “Queen What’s-her-name” — and the man came unstrung. I mean howling and screaming about respect and my betters. The bulgy eyes and flecks of spittle were implied, as this was in the days of text only.

Um-hm. Because nothing says ‘modernity’ like groveling subservience to royalty.

Have a good weekend, folks!


Comment from Timothy S. Carlson
Time: April 26, 2013, 10:54 pm

Wow. She hasn’t aged well in 33 years, has she?

Neither have I for that matter *sob*

BTW: speaking of almost dead things – no CDP winner yet?

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: April 26, 2013, 10:59 pm

Nope. Somebody had George Galloway and somebody had George Soros — and I would have been delighted had it been either of them — but no George Jones.

Honestly, I didn’t know he was still alive.

Comment from EZnSF
Time: April 27, 2013, 12:29 am

Europe is so 90s.
Like, when will they leave already?

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: April 27, 2013, 12:55 am

Because nothing says ‘modernity’ like groveling subservience to royalty.

I’d modify that to subservience to authority. Watching the Boston and Massachusetts and Fed thugs rumble through Watertown dragging people out of their homes at gunpoint and searching without benefit of warrant or even believable exigent circumstances was utterly sickening. But even more sickening was the reaction by those whose Constitutional rights were defecated on: obsequiously thanking the abusive jackboots.

Comment from tomfrompv
Time: April 27, 2013, 3:12 am

1 man 2 women is next on the agenda once the Progs get 1 man 1 man passed by the Supremes. So your Dutch guy will think better of us. Isn’t respect from Europeans what every American wants?

Comment from Rich Rostrom
Time: April 27, 2013, 3:17 am

but no George Jones

There’s a woman in Chicago who did shows where she’d show films of old country music shows, like Tex Ritter’s “Ranch Party”.

I remember one with George Jones. Ritter introduced him by saying “He’s little but he’s loud.”

Comment from mojo
Time: April 27, 2013, 3:39 am

Queen Bea: TAXI!
Prince Claus: I hate it when the limo breaks down.
QB: You hate it? I’m the monarch here. How do you think I feel?
PC: I’m just saying.
QB: Well, don’t.

Comment from Christopher Taylor
Time: April 27, 2013, 4:28 am

During the World Baseball Classic, they would show crowd shots and they would be full of people waving flags and chanting, singing songs, dancing, wearing costumes, etc. Its that way for all multinational soccer (futbol) games as well. And the usual “chanting USA makes my panties bind” types are perfectly fine with that, even supportive. Those countries are proud, how wonderful for them!

Its only when the USA is proud and chants and so on that they get all squeamish and shocked and uncomfortable. These are the same people who wear I *heart* NYC shirts and yell I LOVE THIS TOWN!!!

Comment from SCOTTtheBADGER
Time: April 27, 2013, 6:13 am

When has Mainland Europe, in the last 60 years, done anything to EARN our respect ?

Comment from Mike C.
Time: April 27, 2013, 8:25 am

as a commentor on a blog once wrote “America isn’t Europe, and hasn’t been since 1776. That’s the whole point of America.”

Comment from Redd
Time: April 27, 2013, 4:51 pm

Personally, I’ve seen more flag waving and bunting in the countries of the people who are constantly whining about it.

Comment from ‘Murkan from Murka
Time: April 27, 2013, 5:22 pm

On the QueenB’s pimp robe, are those black ermine tailtips?
Can you make them animated like in the GIF?

Comment from Redd
Time: April 27, 2013, 8:41 pm

I always enjoyed BlackAdder when he had an “ermine robe” which was really made of cat fur including their collars and name tags. Wish there was a youtube clip, but alas not…

Comment from jwpaine
Time: April 28, 2013, 12:42 am

Yeah, that “two chicks for each guy” thing sounds real good until you start to imagine the hell your life currently is just trying to keep just one of them happy. The Chinese immortalized the reality of that thousands of years ago with their ideogram for misery.

Comment from orabidoo
Time: April 28, 2013, 4:43 am

Let us be cognizant that this blog is administrated by a Slinking Whizzle who fled the Republic to engage in an unholy inter-specie union with an unabashed, unrepentant burrowing monarchist.
Caveat Le Source.

I was also wondering what is the exact meaning of hanging out at an Usenet group?
Would you say that this protuberant-buttocked mustelid hangs out at this fine Usenet automobile??

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: April 28, 2013, 11:17 am

Go home, Orabidoo. You’re drunk.

Comment from orabidoo
Time: April 28, 2013, 5:53 pm

But home is where all the booze is!

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