Oh my goodness.
I'm so very sorry for Robin and the rest of her family.
My prayers and thoughts are with them, and with Robin in particular as she forges ahead on her journey without her mom, but with Sally Ann and other loved ones beside her.
"In a world of pollution, profanity, adolescence, broccoli, zits, ozone depletion, racism, sexism, stupid guys and PMS, why the hell do people still tell me to have a nice day?" - Unknown
Wow! Good thoughts and best wishes to Robin while she fights her new opponent, MDS. Now she doesn't have her pillar of support with her. How much more suffering does she have to go through? I hope she beats this disease and comes back to GMA soon.
Sheldon Cooper: Woman, you're playing with forces beyond your ken
Penny: Yeah, well your Ken can kiss my Barbie.
Seeking form amidst the void.
But if that's not possible, gimme a Margarita...shaken, not stirred...and hold the salt, please.
The royals (particularly the queen) actually do play a role in government, both in the UK and in the Commonwealth (admittedly mostly symbolic, but still part of traditional government practice). Sure,you can debate whether the monarchy should be abolished or kept, but as of now and the foreseeable future, their role continues.
As for Diana bringing in new blood....same as with any bride marrying into the family, really. It's not like she was a "commoner" like Kate.
“When you're with someone, you put up with the stuff that makes you lose respect for them. And that is love.” —Erin, The Office
"If you're obsessed with TV, why don't you keep up with it in a timely way?!" - Mindy, The Mindy Project
Like CCL said, the debate about whether the monarchy should or shouldn't exist is a completely separate debate. What is fact is that it DOES exist and that Harry, as a part of the royal family AND an officer in the military, is held to higher standards of behavior. Whether that should be the case isn't the issue. These are the facts of Harry's life and the facts of the government and monarchy in the UK.
I wonder if, say, a President's son, who was also a military officer would be held to similar standards in this country. Would we all be laughing if a "first son" behaved this way under similar circumstances? All familial ties aside, the military doesn't look favorably on that kind of behavior. If drugs were involved and, God forbid, Harry was involved with that AND there's proof, I wonder what the military will do. Is that grounds for discharge in this country or do they not care?
Anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that 'my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.' - Isaac Asimov
I was thinking of the immortal words of Socrates, who said, "... I drank what?"
It is all bullsh*t to me.