The Royal Wedding

So I wake up this morning, somewhat confused (normal day), and church is on TV? Took me a minute to realize it wasn’t Sunday, and then I figured out that two Europeans were getting hitched or something.  And it’s a national event, here and there. Go figure.

I can’t believe these people decided to move in on the royal turf that belongs to our own Dr. Jay, and his incredible wife Tricia who must have unlimited patience and be half blind.

Happy Anniversary Jay and Tricia Melvin.

And yes of course, OPEN THREAD:


  1. Charlie says:

    I’ve just received an email from Beth Merkleson that says “Please change the title of your open thread to ‘Happy Birthday David Shafer’.”

    We’re locked into the headline, but Happy Birthday Senator Shafer.

  2. saltycracker says:

    It is admirable that the British follow a tradition showing great respect for their history and their royality which continue pomp & cermony and attention to social duties. We Americans idolize the anti-socials, the outrageous and express shame for our history. Politically we’re both going in the same direction, extreme public debt.

    • TheEiger says:

      Salty – Really? The taxpayers of Britian are paying for a Royal wedding that costs millions of dollars and you call it a wonderful tradition. I love my country and respectfuly disagree with you on not having traditions of our own. Such as the 4th of July where we fought for our Independce. Every four years we have the most peaceful transition of power that has been running longer than any other nation. We also started Thanksgiving and the real Football tradition.

      • Ed says:

        “The taxpayers of Britian are paying for a Royal wedding”

        No. They aren’t.

        And the Royalty is just as much a national symbol as the Washington Monument, and they actually play a role in the country and are beneficial qua philanthropists.

        • Junius says:

          Not to mention the tourism dollars they generate for national economy. I read yesterday that revenues from all of the Crown Properties and investments go directly to the treasury and amount to roughly 3x the roughly $35MM per year allotment the family receives back from the government.

          • Ed says:

            Exactly. I mean come on, you can’t have a nation if you don’t have some defining symbols and something that represents you as a people. You just can’t.

        • jm says:

          I’ve lost my source, but what I read was that the Middletons are paying for the dress ($125,000!), the Royal family is paying for the wedding, and the taxpayers are paying for the security, extra police, etc. on the streets. However, the same source said that the tax revenue from the hotels, restaurants, bus fare etc. is expected to more than cover the security costs. Here’s another source that backs some of those figures up:

          Security costs – $33 million, while revenue to the city will be around $177 million.
          Interesting – the loss of productivity due to the holiday that was declared for the wedding may be the largest cost. It comes after the Easter holiday, so folks who take off three more days this week (and a lot of them apparently did) got 11 days off. Interesting.

    • Junius says:


      I share your sentiments and admire the way in which the Mother Country still carries these things off.

      On the politics side, I have to give the British Coalition Government higher marks than what we are seeing happen – or more precisely NOT happen – over here. They made the sensible decision to proceed with austerity measures to reduce debt as a percentage of GDP 80% by spending cuts and 20% through revenue increases. If only the hard right and left in this country could wake up and realize this is roughly where we are going to have to end up if we are going to save ourselves from fiscal ruin.

      • B Balz says:

        Junius puts a pragmatic perspective on the most pressing short/medium term issue America now faces. I have stated many times, usually in the context of some pol battle, that the ‘tail ends of the Bell Curve’ do not wag the dog’ and maintain that sentiment now. Both Parties are composed of many with good hearts, driven to resolve the same issues, by differing methods.

        21st century connectivity, new found interest in the pol process, the sheer magnitude of our fiscal crisis will all help propel a pragmatic solution. There will be winners, losers, compromise. In the end, I believe America will follow the Brits, most of Europe, in adopting austerity measures. We have little choice.

        As programs and services are cut, eliminated, rates of growth curbed, many people who actually have legitimate needs will be displaced. Americans who have made good life choices and are now in a bad way due to illness, will all be adversely affected.

        It is incumbent on non-profits, churches, fellow Americans, the private sector, and government to develop pathways so that those who are in legitimate need can continue to survive. We are a compassionate Nation, and those who are in true need, ought not be seen on TV eating beanie-weanies under a bridge.

        Hooverville is not a desirable destination.

  3. Three Jack says:

    royal wedding? who cares…hawks win, falcons make a big trade to get the playmaker they need, roger mcdowell verbally assaulted a giants fan (who then hired gloria allred) and derek lowe got drunk yesterday.

  4. LoyaltyIsMyHonor says:

    It seems like every other month is either Dr. Jay’s birthday or anniversary on here.

    How do we know he actually exists?

    And Three Jack, that Falcon’s trade was gutsy or idiotic, depending on what happens. I couldn’t help but think of the Dallas/Herschel Walker trade. Dimitroff is a Belichick disciple, but he would never have mortgaged the future with a ridiculous trade like that on a yet unknown product.

      • LoyaltyIsMyHonor says:

        Thanks Three Jack for the good read and refreshing my memory. I loved this one passage though:

        Seventeen years later, the trade was still an easy target for satire: one ESPN columnist, assessing the impact of free agency on the NFL, noted that it had almost entirely replaced significant trades and by doing so “took away one of the greatest shortcuts to becoming a Super Bowl champion: fleecing the Vikings.”

  5. It’s all a bit disgusting. We fought a revolution to boot the king of England out of the colonies and establish a republic, and now we slobber over their monarchist trappings.

    • Junius says:

      I prefer to think of it as another upside of our victory in 1783. We get to have our cake and eat it too. We are independent Americans but still can, for free, feel some emotional tie to our old monarch when we want to.

    • saltycracker says:

      Good grief – My grandmother was a proud president of the DAR & I took my turn as a kid as prez of our local CAR. The Royals were the enemy of my ancestors…..That has little to do with saying it is great the Brits are enjoying a most positive time in their culture & heritage….

      We can appreciate something like this without becoming part of it and throwing rocks in a glass house. The ABC nitwits when I turned on the TV this AM were debating, during the coverage, that it was time (for women’s rights) that they change the line to the throne. While that may be a subject for debate it was a rude and disrepectful time to air it out.

      If you want to make a past war statement, boycott something more current – say cars built by Japanese, German & Italian companies……and protest their car plants in the U.S.

  6. Three Jack says:

    anybody interested in hearing a straight up political speech including a few f bombs, go to youtube and type in ‘donald trump las vegas speech’. parts 1,2,3. not saying i’m on the trump bandwagon, but he is at the very least an in your face dealmaker which might be just what this country needs when taking on china, iran, saudi arabia and the rest.

  7. drjay says:

    thank you charlie, we had a wonderful anniversary, and funny my birthday was mentioned, because charles and diana chose my birthday for their nuptials back in 81. i’m not a falcons fan, but i think julio jones was a reach, but maybe it will work, and i suppose philosophically, all of us can ask ourselves if we are reall from time to time…

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