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  • The Christian phrase behind the Star Wars greeting #maythe4thbewithyou

    05/04/2017 3:18:51 PM PDT · by NYer · 15 replies
    Aletelia ^ | May 4, 2017 | Philip Kosloski
    On #StarWarsDay, discover the original inspiration of "May the Force be with you." According to author Alan Arnold, in 1979 “Margaret Thatcher … won the election and became Britain’s first woman prime minister. To celebrate their victory her party took a half page of advertising space in the London Evening News. This message, referring to the day of victory, was ‘May the Fourth Be With You, Maggie. Congratulations.'”This resulted in a yearly fan tradition of calling May 4 “Star Wars Day” or “May the Fourth be With You Day,” in reference to the Jedi phrase used in the movies,...
  • Reagan Invited Thatcher To Join The Top Secret F-117 Program

    01/07/2017 4:51:35 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 23 replies
    The Drive ^ | JANUARY 3, 2017 | TYLER ROGOWAY
    Dubbed Project Moonblower, during the height of the F-117 Nighthawks secrecy in the mid 1980s, the Reagan administration, and even the Gipper himself, offered an invite to the UK Ministry of Defense to join the highly classified program. In newly unsealed UK National Archives files obtained by The Guardian, Reagans offer to his good friend and Prime Minister of the UK Margaret Thatcher was casual as can be, with Reagan penning a diplomatic cable that stated in part: Dear Margaret, I am delighted to hear that you will be able to see Cap (Caspar Weinberger, the US defence secretary at...
  • New files show Kissinger, Gorbachev upset by Thatcher's fall

    12/30/2016 7:02:49 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 30, 2016 9:08 AM EST
    Newly released British government files show that leaders and top diplomats were taken by surprise and deeply upset by former Prime Minister Margaret Thatchers fall from power in November 1990. One of the first responses to Thatchers removal as Conservative Party leader and prime minister came from former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, who said in a note to Thatcher it was worse than a death in the family. [] Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev wrote an affectionate note that for the first time referred to the iron-willed Thatcher as Margaret.
  • Thatcher and Reagan part 2? Trump & May 'WILL make UK-US relationship stronger than ever'

    12/27/2016 10:16:16 PM PST · by GonzoII · 23 replies
    Express ^ | Wed, Dec 28, 2016 | Aletha Adu
    DONALD Trump and Theresa May have vowed to make the special relationship between Britain and the US stronger than ever, Britains ambassador to Washington has revealed. The President-elect and second British female Prime Minister have agreed over a series of phone calls to build on the legacy that President Reagan and Prime Minister Thatcher forged. Sir Kim Darroch, praised the billionaires historic and impressive victory that was like no other in history and called leaders to embrace the future that lies ahead.
  • Obama to Send More Senior Reps to Castro Funeral than to Thatchers

    11/30/2016 8:52:06 AM PST · by detective · 9 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 30 Nov 2016 | Nick Hallett
    U.S. President Barack Obama is to send a more senior representative to the funeral of Communist dictator Fidel Castro than he did to the funeral of Margaret Thatcher. Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes will attend the funeral of the anti-American firebrand along with Jeff DeLaurentis, the countrys top diplomat in Cuba, as an unofficial delegation. By contrast, President Obama was accused of snubbing the funeral of Baroness Thatcher in 2013, sending two aging former Secretaries of State to lead a delegation that included no representatives from the incumbent administration.
  • Six things to know about Francois Fillon - 'The French Thatcher' Who could be the next President

    11/21/2016 11:40:13 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    The Local ^ | 11/21/2016
    After a stunning result in the first round of the rightwing presidential primary, Franois Fillon is now favourite to win the runoff and as a result next year's presidential election. Here's what you need to know about the open admirer of Margaret Thatcher. Hes a big fan of Margaret Thatcher Openly saying you are an admirer of the former Conservative British Prime Minister is normally risky business for a Frenchman. She and Ronald Reagan are often seen as the bad parents of the neoliberal economic revolution in the 1980s that France has never really adjusted to. But Fillon, who was...
  • 'Declassified UK files reveal Israel sold arms to Argentina during Falklands War'

    08/29/2016 12:12:43 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 44 replies
    The British Foreign Office has recently declassified documents that allegedly prove that Israel sold weapons to Argentina during the 1982 Falklands War between the Latin American nation and the UK. The British government's National Archives department released the files dated November 16, 1984, which include a memorandum from a senior British diplomat who provided details on the Israeli arms sales to Argentina, the London-based Telegraph reported Wednesday. Israel was one of the few countries to supply Argentina with arms during the Falklands conflict and has continued to do so, wrote C.W. Long, the UK Foreign Office's then head of the...
  • The Lesson of Margaret Thatchers Demise and the Brexit Vote

    07/01/2016 4:55:55 AM PDT · by detective · 7 replies
    The New American ^ | 30 June 2016 | Steve Byas
    No, no, no! British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher (shown) told the House of Commons on October 30, 1990, to a proposal for a more centralized government in Europe. European Commission President Jacque Delors had announced his support for centralizing power in Europe, away from national governments such as the United Kingdom. He proposed that the European Parliament become the democratic body of the European Community, with the Commission as the executive and the Council of Ministers the senate.
  • Britain Was Warned by Lady Thatcher

    06/24/2016 5:53:50 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | June 24, 2016 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Let's go back to 1990, October 30th, 1990. It's in London, in Parliament, Margaret Thatcher, during a debate on rejecting a move toward a more closely united Europe. Do you know what it was costing the UK every year to be a member of the European Union? It was something to the tune of $18 million a year. Had to pay 'em $18 million a year for privilege of membership in the European Union. (interruption) No, no. I'm aware. I've even got some stuff I printed out here, show prep websites who think this has nothing to...
  • Margaret Thatcher does the Dead EU Sketch (sorta)

    06/24/2016 6:35:16 PM PDT · by reed13k · 8 replies
    I was actually looking for some humor to lighten a Friday and stumbled upon this. I had never seen this and about busted a gasket given the vote yesterday. I couldn't imagine anything else that makes more sense to post then this in a most appropriate salute to the Brits vote yesterday!
  • Sky News Declares Brexit A winner!!!

    06/23/2016 8:44:28 PM PDT · by CWW · 136 replies
    Sky News ^ | 06-23-2016 | Cww
    Sky news just declared victory for Brexit!!!!
  • Could This be Spain's Own Maggie Thatcher?

    02/18/2016 10:19:06 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    The Local ^ | 15 Feb 2016
    She is blonde, a conservative hardliner and has forged ahead in a sphere dominated by men, The Local gives you ten reasons why Esperanza Aguirre is Spain's answer to the Iron Lady. Fresh allegations of corruption within the Madrid branch of the Popular Party has led to Aguirre tendering her resignation as regional head of the party. At The Local we don't believe for a minute that this is the last we will see of a woman who puts personality into politics. The Local gives you ten reasons why Esperanza Aguirre is Spain's answer to the Iron Lady. 1 -...
  • How Margaret Thatcher Won the Cold War

    12/26/2015 6:18:45 AM PST · by Cecily · 25 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | December 23, 2015 | Charles Moore
    As we confront a hostile Russia today, the West is unsure what to do. For guidance, perhaps we should look back to the Soviet era, when we possessed a decidedly stronger sense of allied purpose. In February 1984, Margaret Thatcher flew home from the Moscow funeral of the Soviet leader Yuri Andropov. Frustrated by his equally aged successor, Konstantin Chernenko, the British prime minister told her aides, “For heaven’s sake, try and find me a young Russian.” She was searching for change. In London in April 1975, as leader of Britain’s opposition, Thatcher had her first one-on-one meeting with a...
  • Maggie (Thatcher) sale makes millions as bidders scramble for a piece of history

    12/16/2015 8:24:54 AM PST · by C19fan · 6 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | December 16, 2015 | Robert Hardman
    Flattering it might have been. But the lady herself would probably have had something to say about all this rampant inflation. How could a little silver bowl, with a guide price of £400, reach £47,500 in a couple of minutes? How could a signed photo — and she must have signed hundreds, if not thousands — rocket from £600 to ten times that sum in a blink? Moments later, it was snaffled by a mystery buyer in Singapore for a tidy £13,000. Such was the premium attached to anything with the imprimatur of Margaret Thatcher yesterday evening as many of...
  • The Christian Convictions of the Iron Lady

    10/31/2015 7:09:32 AM PDT · by markomalley · 11 replies
    National Review ^ | 10/31/15 | Eliza Filby
    “Economics is the method; the object is to change the soul.” So said Margaret Thatcher. The Iron Lady always believed that democratic capitalism involved the transformation of values as much as it did the improvement of Britain's ailing GDP. Yet few people are aware that Thatcher was a woman of profound faith. She had been a lay Methodist preacher while a student at Oxford University. Later, she would transfer this missionary energy from the pulpit to the political podium. The solid Christian base for Margaret Thatcher's politics goes back to her strict Methodist upbringing and, more specifically, to her father...
  • Fiorina outlines hawkish policies on Iran, Russia (US-enforced no-fly zone in Syria)

    10/07/2015 9:39:14 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 30 replies
    Concord Monitor ^ | 10/7/15 | MEGAN DOYLE
    Should Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina win the Oval Office, she wouldnt be making any calls to her counterpart in Russia. I wouldnt speak to Vladmir Putin, Fiorina said. She would, however, rebuild a missile defense program in Poland and conduct military exercises in the Baltic States. I would guarantee you that after four or five or six months of that kind of behavior, Vladmir Putin will speak differently with the United States of America, she said. Its how people behave. Hes a bully. Fiorina, the only woman seeking the GOP nomination, is the former CEO of Hewlett-Packard. She ran...
  • Fiorina a Rising Conservative Star: Some Folks Need to Deal With It.

    09/27/2015 5:56:39 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 106 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 27, 2015 | Ken Blackwell
    Recently some detractors and uninformed people have called Carly Fiorinas conservatism into question. While Im unaffiliated with any campaign and uncommitted to any candidate I do think its imperative to state Ms. Fiorina has more than earned her conservative stripes. First and foremost, Carlys pro-life credentials are outstanding and shes proving it consistently on the campaign trail. As the hideous Planned Parenthood videos have circulated, no candidate has been more vocal in calling for defunding Planned Parenthood than Carly. In spite of the national medias refusal to cover the videos, Fiorina forced the issue onto the national agenda with a...
  • Carly Fiorina, American 'Iron Lady'

    09/22/2015 7:42:51 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 74 replies
    The Hill ^ | 9/22/15 | Lee Cohen
    One of Britain's greatest prime ministers, Margaret Thatcher the only woman to hold the position, to date famously addressed her 1980 Conservative Party Conference with the phrase "The lady's not for turning," which became synonymous with her confident, principle-based approach. An impressive figure has burst on the American political stage who embodies a similar style and America might just need her now as Britain needed Thatcher then. With Carly Fiorina's emergence as a formidable Republican presidential candidate and as the only woman in the lineup naturally, comparisons are being made to Thatcher. While it is easy...
  • Margaret Thatcher on Socialism

    06/02/2015 9:53:40 PM PDT · by Ray76 · 2 replies
    Video snip of Margaret Thatcher's last speech in the House of Commons on November 22, 1990. partial transcript: Mr. Hughes There is no doubt that the Prime Minister, in many ways, has achieved substantial success. There is one statistic, however, that I understand is not challenged, and that is that, during her 11 years as Prime Minister, the gap between the richest 10 per cent. and the poorest 10 per cent. in this country has widened substantially. At the end of her chapter of British politics, how can she say that she can justify the fact that many people in...
  • London as neoliberal theme park: The Platform 9 economy and the Tories shocking victory

    05/24/2015 12:13:26 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 18 replies
    Salon ^ | May 23, 2015 | Andrew O'Hehir
    Nothing quite so blatantly sums up the victory of neoliberalism in 21st-century London, and that citys relentless commodification of every aspect of its literary and historical legacy, like Platform 9 at Kings Cross. If anything, the vulgarity and banality of Platform 9 are too blatant; its a crack in the faade that demonstrates how thoroughly London has become Londonland, a nearly convincing scavenger-hunt simulation of itself, chock-full of royal bones and references to Dan Brown novels. To enter Westminster Abbey which is still nominally a house of worship for the Anglican Communion, rather than a historical theme...