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Margaret Thatcher's family are 'appalled' at Meryl Streep film
Telegraph.co.uk ^ | 7/17/10 | Richard Eden

Posted on 07/17/2010 7:55:21 AM PDT by originalbuckeye

Although the prospect of Meryl Streep playing Margaret Thatcher may have pleased some admirers of the Conservative former prime minister, her children have been horrified to discover more about the film. Mandrake hears that the screenplay of The Iron Lady depicts Baroness Thatcher as an elderly dementia-sufferer looking back on her career with sadness. She is shown talking to herself and unaware that her husband, Sir Denis Thatcher, has died. Fiennes family home for sale“Sir Mark and Carol are appalled at what they have learnt about the film,” says a friend of the family. “They think it sounds like some Left-wing fantasy. They feel strongly about it, but will not speak publicly for fear of giving it more publicity." Cameron McCracken, the managing director of the film-maker Pathé, confirms: "It is true that the film is set in the recent past and that Baroness Thatcher does look back on both the triumphs and the lows of her extraordinary career. "It is a film about power and the price that is paid for power. In that sense, it is the story of every person who has ever had to balance their private life with their public career." He says Lady Thatcher's health will be featured, but insists that it will be “treated with appropriate sensitivity”. He adds of the film: “Although fictional, it will be fair and accurate.”

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Surprise, surprise! Baroness Thatcher is diminished in a Leftist Bio-pic starring raving Leftist Meryl Streep. My favorite quote.....'although fictional, it will be fair and accurate'. Yeah, right.
1 posted on 07/17/2010 7:55:27 AM PDT by originalbuckeye
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To: originalbuckeye

“Although fictional, it will be fair and accurate.”

The world truly has gone insane.


2 posted on 07/17/2010 7:58:10 AM PDT by ozark hilljilly (Had enough, yet?)
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To: originalbuckeye
Fake, but accurate.

Paging Mr. Rather, Dan Rather, please pick up the courtesy phone...

3 posted on 07/17/2010 7:58:53 AM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (Sarah Palin - For such a time as this...)
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To: originalbuckeye
“Although fictional, it will be fair and accurate.”

Screenplay by Dan Rather, I see.

4 posted on 07/17/2010 7:59:11 AM PDT by RansomOttawa (tm)
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To: originalbuckeye

There is so much trash to boycott.
I think I’ll go see Mel Gibson’s next film instead. He needs the money to pay his lawyers.


5 posted on 07/17/2010 8:01:25 AM PDT by devere
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To: originalbuckeye
I pray it bombs. Although, I'm sure the critics will say it wasn't because of Streep's acting. It was because of Thatcher's unpopularity.

Can't win no matter what.

6 posted on 07/17/2010 8:03:46 AM PDT by lysie
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To: originalbuckeye

In my opinion, this film will bomb big time. They are attempting this smear of Lady Thatcher at a time in our history when conservatism is in its ascendancy. Those who will view and appreciate such a film will be few. And too, it is encouraging that these leftists keep trying and failing.


7 posted on 07/17/2010 8:07:25 AM PDT by davisfh
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To: originalbuckeye

Conservatives won’t see a film that attacks Margaret Thatcher.

Liberals won’t see a film about Margaret Thatcher.


8 posted on 07/17/2010 8:11:42 AM PDT by Our man in washington
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To: originalbuckeye

That also stood out to me: “although fictional, it will be fair and accurate” How is it that fictional can be considered accurate when dealing with a non-fictional life?

The viewer of this movie will no doubt be forced to sit through Streep’s reprisal of Isak Denison’s character, in ‘Out of Africa’, who, being elderly and ill, is lying in bed, mumbling “I had a farm in Africa” only it will be a fictional account of Lady Thatcher and play out with her lying in bed mumbling “I once had power in Britain” or some such nonsense. Streep no doubt is relishing her role as demolisher of truth.


9 posted on 07/17/2010 8:11:48 AM PDT by Outlaw Woman (Those with the most to lose, did the least in preventing its happening)
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To: originalbuckeye

No surprise here. Thatcher is conservative, and therefore all the lefties feel that they have the right to trash her. Changing history and destroying good people is what lefties like to do.


10 posted on 07/17/2010 8:14:46 AM PDT by Leftism is Mentally Deranged (leftism: uncurable mental deterioration)
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To: Our man in washington

Brilliant. I believe you are correct.


11 posted on 07/17/2010 8:19:45 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy
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To: originalbuckeye

Well, surprise surprise. Another leftist rewriting history.

I’m so mad at all this, I could spit nails.

I am writing lesson plans for my homeschoolers - and I look for different historical documentaries. Most of them make me ill, because so have completely rewritten history to fit their agenda.

(By the way, if anyone has a resource where I can find accurate documentaries please let me know!)


12 posted on 07/17/2010 8:21:05 AM PDT by justsaynomore (The Hermanator - www.hermancain.com)
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To: originalbuckeye

Frankly, a movie about Thatcher wouldn’t be appealing to most simply because of the average Americans lack of knowledge in history. Which was made insanely apparent in Nov ‘08 and continues today. This film was made STRICTLY to trash Thatcher and to “enlighten” the great unwashed. It will likely be featured in the classroom by leftist history teachers as is Gore’s piece of trash.


13 posted on 07/17/2010 8:21:47 AM PDT by albie
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To: originalbuckeye
I posted this, a few weeks ago, right as it was announced that Streep would play Thatcher.

http://www.freerepublic.com./focus/f-chat/2545142/posts

Some people took issue with me because I had a real problem with Streep in the role. Their thought was that Streep is a great actress, and there was no reason to believe it would anything less than great performance.

It appears however, that my fears were well-founded.

14 posted on 07/17/2010 8:25:12 AM PDT by OldDeckHand
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To: originalbuckeye

Funny, I can’t recall ever seeing a film which depicted as insane - or even in the grip of dementia - Lenin, Stalin, Mao, Che, Pol Pot, or Uncle Ho.

Heroes of the Left are sacrosanct.


15 posted on 07/17/2010 8:29:07 AM PDT by Jack Hammer
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To: originalbuckeye
Shocked! /s

I was watching an old (1969-1970ish) Monty Python skit and they made some comment about stupid people and promptly flashed a photo of Margaret Thatcher on the screen. I was shocked because I hadn't realized lib hatred of her extended that far back in time. Their hatred hasn't improved any since then.

16 posted on 07/17/2010 8:29:30 AM PDT by Flag_This (Real presidents don't bow.)
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To: originalbuckeye

Yet another film that nobody will watch or care about that wins an Oscar.....?


17 posted on 07/17/2010 8:29:51 AM PDT by edpc (Those Lefties just ain't right)
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To: Our man in washington

“Conservatives won’t see a film that attacks Margaret Thatcher.

Liberals won’t see a film about Margaret Thatcher.”

And I will bet that there is a sizble number of the population who don’t even know who Margaret Thatcher is. That concerns me.


18 posted on 07/17/2010 8:30:36 AM PDT by Stormdog (A rifle transforms one from subject to Citizen)
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To: Stormdog

sizble = sizable (sorry)


19 posted on 07/17/2010 8:31:49 AM PDT by Stormdog (A rifle transforms one from subject to Citizen)
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To: originalbuckeye

Would we expect anything less from Hollywood? They will always portray conservatives in the wort possible light and depicting Lady Thatcher, as they did Ronald Reagan, as dementia addled fits this model very well.


20 posted on 07/17/2010 8:36:18 AM PDT by The Great RJ (The Bill of Rights: Another bill members of Congress haven't read.)
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To: originalbuckeye

Anytime leftist kooks make a “movie” about a conservative, you can guarantee that it will be nothing more that pure bull****.


21 posted on 07/17/2010 8:39:33 AM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Holder needs to resign! Now!)
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To: justsaynomore
"Well, surprise surprise. Another leftist rewriting history."

I'm not sure how conservatives fight this - we have two very powerful and ubiquitous forces working against us at all times - education (at virtually every level), and the media to include both journalists and Hollywood.

I can't think of a single political biopic that has been fair to conservatives or history. I watched John Adams a couple years ago on HBO - it was horrific. Cinderella Man, a movie about a devoutly Catholic boxer during the depression, all but ignored his faith - the most fundamental element of his life, and a thread woven into every decision the man made, yet it was entirely ignored by the director, Ron Howard.

The few - and I mean minuscule - conservative "movies" that are made every few years, usually are horrible - horrible writing, horrible acting (because no named actor will participate) and horrible production values. The one exception is Passion of the Christ, and look at the grief Mel Gibson took for that. That movie - and its liberal backlash - is what I believe to be at the root of his problems today and his relapse into alcoholism.

It's virtually impossible to be a conservative in Hollywood, and it really hurts us.

22 posted on 07/17/2010 8:41:13 AM PDT by OldDeckHand
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To: originalbuckeye


23 posted on 07/17/2010 8:42:17 AM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: originalbuckeye

Sue to stop the release becuase of their vile lies.


24 posted on 07/17/2010 8:45:11 AM PDT by chris_bdba
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To: Stormdog

“And I will bet that there is a sizble number of the population who don’t even know who Margaret Thatcher is. That concerns me.”

A majority of people think Oliver Stone presented the truth about the JFK assassination.

After seeing this hit-piece film about Margaret Thatcher, people will wonder why the UK gives her the first state funeral for a Prime Minister since Winston Churchill’s. It’s all so confusing to the gullible sheeple.


25 posted on 07/17/2010 8:47:33 AM PDT by devere
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To: originalbuckeye

Sounds like time to use the insane British libel law for a good cause for once.

It is so wacky a law, that it has resulted in “libel tourism”, of foreigners traveling to England so they can sue another foreigner, all because of the tiniest association with England.

Unlike a sane law, the truth is *not* a defense against a libel suit in England. All that matters is that you feel “offended” by being written about.

A Saudi terrorist financier successfully sued an author for identifying him as a terrorist financier. It was totally true, but he did not like seeing it in print. And some small number of the authors books were sold in England, which was all the excuse that was needed.

So Baronness Thatcher and her family should be able to sue the producers of this movie for every penny they might earn in England and then some.


26 posted on 07/17/2010 8:48:46 AM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy
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To: originalbuckeye

Surprised? Appalled? Some people deserve the shock they get.


27 posted on 07/17/2010 8:56:32 AM PDT by BallyBill (WARNING:Taking me serious could cause stress related illness.)
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To: originalbuckeye

I just think it’s FUNNY how they call US the ‘party of no’..

Seems ALL Hollywood can do is to make films TRASHING conservatives, Christians, Republicans, etc...

THEY aren’t ‘FOR’ anything - but tearing down.


28 posted on 07/17/2010 9:00:05 AM PDT by J40000
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To: BallyBill
It would be interesting and enlightening if you would expand on your remark and clue us in to whom it applies.

Leni

29 posted on 07/17/2010 9:00:13 AM PDT by MinuteGal
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To: originalbuckeye
They think it sounds like some Left-wing fantasy.

Postmodernistic libtards believe that opinions and beliefs are fictions in the sense that they are stories we have been told by our society.These stories do not correspond to reality or anything objective or true because there is no objectivity, truth, or reality,and stories can vary from culture to culture and over time.So they don't care if they tell lies.

30 posted on 07/17/2010 9:04:37 AM PDT by mjp ((pro-{God, reality, reason, egoism, individualism, natural rights, limited government, capitalism}))
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To: Flag_This
In the UK Mrs Thatcher stopped the free daily milk ration given to every child at school - a leftover from the war.

We were all taught to shout “Margaret Thatcher Milk Snatcher”

That was her first run-in with the British electorate.

Sadly I understand that Lady Thatcher is now suffering with some form of dementia.

Nothing would get me to see this film, she deserves better but is unlikely to get it - she is hated by the left and marginalized by the right in the UK that she saved from the full force of socialism.

Sad.

31 posted on 07/17/2010 9:05:06 AM PDT by vimto (To do the right thing you don't have to be intelligent - you have to be brave (Sasz))
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To: originalbuckeye
The left in this country seems to have a strange, sick obsession with Thatcher. My daughter's civics teacher last semester was always trashing her - I thought obsessing over a foreign leader was a bit odd until considering what she did to the social welfare structure over there.

The piggies at the trough here are smart enough to see Thatcher's mindset as a grave threat to their livelihood.

32 posted on 07/17/2010 9:10:32 AM PDT by skeeter
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To: originalbuckeye

Reminds me of how I feel when I see one of those History Channel or A&E dissertations on Biblical archaeology or King David or Jesus the Christ (expounded upon by a panel of experts who believe not a word of it). What is their point? What is the point of the Thatcher hitpiece? I think we know the answer to both. It is to discredit.


33 posted on 07/17/2010 9:12:37 AM PDT by Migraine (Diversity is great... ...until it happens to YOU.)
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To: OldDeckHand

I do find it odd that some of the people who post here don’t seem to have political awareness — it’s as if they are living in a Hallmark greeting card.


34 posted on 07/17/2010 9:20:31 AM PDT by kabumpo (Kabumpo)
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To: ozark hilljilly
“Although fictional, it will be fair and accurate.”

Compare that with contemporary news media, where the information presented is fair and accurate, but fictional.

35 posted on 07/17/2010 9:22:11 AM PDT by Mr Ramsbotham ("O nation miserable . . . when shalt thou see thy wholesome days again . . . .?")
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To: OldDeckHand

Unfortunately I don’t think there’s any quick fix. The left marched through our institutions and now it’s paying off for them. They can basically make these kinds of movies with impunity and without even any competition. Fixing things is going to take changing the basic culture of the movie industry, which would be a huge effort, practically a revolution in itself, or at least building up a credible counterculture.

Re Mel Gibson, I think rather than the Passion of the Christ, the model should be his Apocalypto, which had a subtle but very powerful pro-Western-civilization message embedded in it. He made the arrival of the Spanish galleons at the very end a happy ending, contrary to all Hollywood conventions.


36 posted on 07/17/2010 9:24:41 AM PDT by Yardstick
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To: vimto
"We were all taught to shout “Margaret Thatcher Milk Snatcher”"

Interestingly enough, we were taught that Reagan wanted to substitute ketchup for vegetables in children's school lunches. Evidently, the left doesn't possess an original thought - it just rehashes old ideas.

Thank you for the information. As I said, I had no idea that the left's antipathy for her went that far back.

37 posted on 07/17/2010 9:26:34 AM PDT by Flag_This (Real presidents don't bow.)
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To: originalbuckeye; Fiddlstix; flaglady47
Is this the same Meryl Streep, the renowned scientific expert and medical doctor, who testified before Congress during the Alar Apple Scare because she had played a farmer's wife or something in one of her films?

The environwhackos (of which Streep is one) damn near ruined an entire industry in the contrived panic they induced over Alar, a harmless but useful substance used in specified amounts to increase yield.

But, to be fair like Bill O'Reilly, there's no telling how many lives Meryl and her addled cohourts saved by getting parents to keep their children from eating over 50,000 pounds of Alar-sprayed apples a day, the point the spray ingested would start effecting the kiddlies little tummies.

Meryl Streep is not worthy enough to play Lady Thatcher's shadow on a London Street. Some day, the equally-worthless leftist fanatic, Susan Saranwrap, will be cast to play Sarah Palin and Ed Asner to play the First Dude.

Don't you just love Hollyweird....the marxist entity which continuously grabs YOUR dollars it collects through cinemas across the fruited plain in return for the garbage and propaganda it sends to YOU?

Such a deal!

Leni

38 posted on 07/17/2010 9:27:35 AM PDT by MinuteGal
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To: originalbuckeye

Future movies:

1) Bill Clinton -a choir boy president who treated females with utmost respect and was framed by right wing extremists

2) Joe Biden-Misunderstood Genius

3) Ted Kennedy-the John Wayne of the Senate

4) Bill Ayers-America’s Che

5) Al Gore- America’s late 20th century Thomas Edison who was denied the presidency by theft engineered by Karl Rove

6) Barrack Obama—saved the American economy and led the nation,like FDR, through the 30 worst years in history with six unprecedented terms in office.

7) Samir Shabazz—the American Hero whose New Black Panther party kept ‘peace’ and enabled ‘economic justice’ in the urban area’s of the USA

8) Sarah Palin—a treasonous, anti-feminist, religious extremist who hatefully refused to except the new Social Justice US Constitution developed by the People’s Supreme Court.

9) La Raza- the Organization the re-established Mexico’s real historical Borders

10) Tea Party Movement—America Nazi party that was outlawed and it’s members ‘properly reeducated’.


39 posted on 07/17/2010 9:30:37 AM PDT by Le Chien Rouge
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To: devere

Is she deceased? You seem to be saying so. I don’t know one way or the other. I guess if you are saying that she had the first state funeral since Winston Churchill I guess she is.


40 posted on 07/17/2010 9:32:02 AM PDT by napscoordinator
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To: Yardstick

Apocalypto? I dd not see that. Actually most people didn’t. They said it was no where near as good as the passion.


41 posted on 07/17/2010 9:35:50 AM PDT by napscoordinator
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To: napscoordinator

“Is she deceased? You seem to be saying so.”

No she is alive.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1034634/Lady-Thatcher-honoured-State-funeral.html


42 posted on 07/17/2010 9:36:16 AM PDT by devere
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To: originalbuckeye
Baroness Thatcher played a *very* important role in the fall of the Soviet Bloc.That's something that leftists worldwide...and particularly those in Hollyweird....will never forgive.Thus this insulting hit piece.
43 posted on 07/17/2010 9:37:07 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (''I don't regret setting bombs,I feel we didn't do enough.'' ->Bill Ayers,Hussein's mentor,9/11/01)
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To: originalbuckeye

I would dearly love to watch a movie about Baroness Thatcher. I will NOT be watching this garbage.


44 posted on 07/17/2010 9:37:33 AM PDT by Gator113 (God save the Republic.....)
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To: MinuteGal

I think she will do alright. She only reads what is given to her. Should we be pissed at the writers? Yes!!!! Meryl was hilarious in her latest film. She did alright as Julia and nobody got mad at her for doing it.


45 posted on 07/17/2010 9:38:33 AM PDT by napscoordinator
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To: napscoordinator

Well, those people were wrong, I think. The Passion was an overwrought religious tract that did an above average job of preaching to the choir — and of course the whole choir bought tickets. Apocalypto was more sophisticated in the way it went about its business.


46 posted on 07/17/2010 9:43:35 AM PDT by Yardstick
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To: devere

It seems like she is going to die soon according to the article if they are worried about having enough troops to line the streets. That is something that would not be a worry if she had a year or two. Unfortunately her timing is horrible with England worrying about finances. This new government is cutting out everything they can to say the government. Hopefully people will understand that spending this money on her will be worth it for history.....I think that they need to begin the process of getting people on board with this now before the day it happens. There would be nothing worse than having people objecting to this funeral...it would be tacky if they don’t take care of it now.


47 posted on 07/17/2010 9:44:06 AM PDT by napscoordinator
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To: Yardstick

Interesting....I can’t argue one way or the other. I watched passion and am done with Mel at least for the moment. He hasn’t done a good movie in a decade or more. The Patriot was brilliant IMHO!!!! I used to like Mel and Tom Cruise but both are very eccentric and can’t bring myself to watch any of their movies anymore. Tom’s latest movie is supposedly very good but I refuse to watch it or any other film he is in. I still have visions of him jumping on Oprah’s couch like a wacko...he is done in my household!!!


48 posted on 07/17/2010 9:48:34 AM PDT by napscoordinator
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To: devere

Yeah. The Mel Gibson Story. Writen by Executive Producer, Directed and Starring Mel Gibson. Musical Consultant: Mel Gibson. Costumes by: Mel Gibson. Director of Cinematograpy and Steadycam Operator: Mel Gibson. Catering by: Mel Gibson. Etc, etc....


49 posted on 07/17/2010 9:59:46 AM PDT by onedoug
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To: originalbuckeye

When I first heard Streep was playing the Baroness Thatcher, my immediate response was, “oh THIS is a Hollywood hit piece!” And it IS. No surprise here. I won’t waste my $$ Seeing the “Iron Lady” denigrated by worthless Leftists with hateful agendas...


50 posted on 07/17/2010 10:14:39 AM PDT by patriot preacher (To be a good American Citizen and a Christian IS NOT a contradiction. (www.mygration.blogspot.com))
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