The curious ghoulishness of Thatcher-death celebrations

posted at 9:21 am on April 9, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

Don’t get me wrong — I can appreciate taking any excuse to party, get drunk, and pretend that the world has been set aright in one fell swoop. (I’ve been waiting 25 years for the Dodgers to win another World Series for that very reason, and 20 for Notre Dame to win a football championship.) But this is truly, truly strange — and very revealing, in a number of ways:

Hundreds took to the streets as macabre ‘Thatcher death parties’ were held late into the night across the country, organised by critics of the ‘Iron Lady.’

Smashed shop windows, paint bombs and police being attacked were all consequences of the Left’s sick ‘celebration’ of Baroness Thatcher’s death from a stroke yesterday morning.

In Brixton, south London, riot police were deployed as the crowds, which had been drinking since 5pm, started to become more aggressive smashing shop fronts and throwing paint bomb.

In Liverpool, flares and fireworks were set off outside Lime Street Station by revellers, while in Bristol, seven police officers were injured – one seriously – as violence erupted at a street party of 200 people and police were pelted with bottles, cans and rubbish.

What exactly were they celebrating? Thatcher hadn’t been in power in over 22 years.  An entire generation has gone by since Thatcher left office, and the Tories have held power only briefly since.  If these people are so miserable and put her in the center of that misery, perhaps they should ask why their lot in life hasn’t improved since she left office.

Normally, this kind of celebration takes place when brutal dictators die while still clinging to power, not when elected leaders pass away 22 years after they honored the will of the electorate.  That’s a key point, too — Thatcher didn’t seize power and rig elections to keep it, like the mullahs of Iran or (arguably) Hugo Chavez in Venezuela.  The voters of the UK made her Prime Minister, and kept her in place as she rolled out the policies that returned the British to economic, military, and diplomatic strength.  If these ghouls want to protest, they should probably protest their own people instead of a long-retired popular leader whose place in history won’t be threatened at all by people who struggle to spell correctly:

It’s not even possible to be angry at these people, only to marvel at how empty and petty their lives must be. If they have been holding this kind of grudge for 22 years, on what kind of hate will they be able to live now?

Queen Elizabeth wasn’t fooled. She’s breaking with tradition to attend Thatcher’s funeral, which while perhaps not intended as a rebuke to the ghoulish hooligans in the street certainly acts as one:

The funeral of former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, Britain’s longest-serving leader of the 20th century, will be held in St. Paul’s Cathedral on April 17, officials said Tuesday.

Queen Elizabeth II and her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, are expected to attend what will be the most elaborate funeral to be staged in London since the death of the queen’s mother in 2002. It will be the first funeral of a prime minister that the queen will have attended since Winston Churchill’s in 1965.

Thatcher, who died Monday at age 87 after years of declining health, will be given a ceremonial service with military honors, a service almost indistinguishable from an official state funeral.

Dignitaries from around the world will be on hand to remember the “Iron Lady” who transformed Britain through her free-market policies and thrust the country back onto the world stage through her staunch Cold War alliance with the U.S. and a war with Argentina over the Falkland Islands.

The hooligans will be left in the dustbin of history, and given their performance last night, that’s justice.


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So, you never mourn the loss of anyone whom you didn’t know personally?

Solaratov on April 9, 2013 at 11:23 AM

verbaluce on April 9, 2013 at 11:32 AM

You didn’t answer the question, drone.

Solaratov on April 9, 2013 at 12:12 PM

lostmotherland on April 9, 2013 at 11:35 AM

How about the incovenient FACT that more have died under OBAMA’s administration?

http://www.justforeignpolicy.org/obamavsbush

PJ Emeritus on April 9, 2013 at 12:14 PM

She never won more than a third of the electorate…..

libfreeordie on April 9, 2013 at 10:12 AM

Stupid much?

The UK has a parliamentary system and more than 2 parties. The people do not vote for PM. The people vote for MPs, but it is more about party than individual candidates. The leader of the party with the most MPs – unless the party decides otherwise – is asked by the Queen to form a government.

For example, NO ONE VOTED FOR GORDON BROWN TO BECOME PRIME MINISTER. NO ONE. He became PM because he and others in Lab brought down Blair. Blair stepped down and the Queen then asked Gordon Brown to form a government because Labour had the most MPs in Parliament.

Resist We Much on April 9, 2013 at 12:15 PM

Thanks for the reveal.
It explains a lot.

verbaluce on April 9, 2013 at 11:46 AM

Awwww. Did we say somethin’ harsh about your anc heroes? Did it hurt your little feeewins?

Are you gonna cry, little communist toady?

Solaratov on April 9, 2013 at 12:18 PM

As a Top Gear BBC fan, I can tell you that Jeremy Clarkson is a complete anti-American tool, but I will have to admit, this is classy of him:

http://anglicanmemes.com/2013/04/08/jeremy-clarkson-to-lead-lady-thatchers-privatised-funeral/

PJ Emeritus on April 9, 2013 at 12:22 PM

Forgot the /s – sorry

PJ Emeritus on April 9, 2013 at 12:23 PM

In spite of the celebrations on the Left over her death, one thing is undeniable:

She won and she changed Britain.

Even after Labour won in 1997 (and until they lost 13 years later), no serious politician ever argued for a return of the UK that Mrs Thatcher ‘inherited’ when she became PM. NO ONE. None has argued for a return to state ownership of whole industries. NONE. And, today, only the far left believes that the welfare state is fine, noble, and should be expanded.

Recent polls show that 64% of Brits think the benefits system “doesn’t work”; 78% think that if an unemployed person turns down a job, his benefits should be cut; and 84% believe there should be tougher work-capability tests for disabled people.

According to a British Social Attitudes survey in 2003, 82% of people on benefits agreed that “the government should be the main provider of support to the unemployed”, but by 2011, three years into the downturn, only 62% did. The proportion of working-class people who agreed with that statement fell from 81% in 2003 to 67% in 2011.

Agreement that “unemployment benefits are too high and discourage work” has risen steadily among the less well-off. Only 40% of benefits recipients agreed with it in 2003, while in 2011 59% did. 38% of working-class respondents agreed in 2003 that welfarism discouraged work; 58% agreed in 2011.

When a journalist, who has worked for both Labour and unions and describes himself as a ‘Blairite cuckoo in the Miliband nest’ writes this:

‘Those who support it need to understand the welfare system that has existed since the war is finished. Dead. Kaput. Fighting to save it is like fighting to save a sandcastle from the incoming tide.’

It’s obvious that the pre-Thatcherite days are never coming back and all of the hate in Brixton is not going to change that.

Resist We Much on April 9, 2013 at 12:26 PM

Old/busted:
 

NRA Sets 1,000 Killed In School Shooting As Amount It Would Take For Them To Reconsider Much Of Anything
‘Yeah, Something Like 1,000 Dead Kids,’ Reports Spokesperson
 
verbaluce on December 21, 2012 at 2:16 PM

 
New hotness:
 

It’s tasteless to celebrate her death here…
 
verbaluce on April 9, 2013 at 10:16 AM

rogerb on April 9, 2013 at 12:34 PM

Ed – I’m late to this party and haven’t even read the entire post. But I had to stop reading to respond to your baseball reference.

SHUT UP about your so-called pain as a Dodger fan. HOF players galore and a colorful history going back to their days in Brooklyn. Take your violin and get several blocks behind the Cub fans, Cleveland fans, Seattle fans, Houston fans, San Diego fans etc.

Rant over. Will go finish reading the rest of the post.

MOC

moc23 on April 9, 2013 at 12:36 PM

Not curious at all. This is exactly the leftist mentality over here; utterly classless, utterly clueless about the true source of their angst and difficulties, and eager to blame whoever the leftist media tells them is at fault, all evidence to the contrary.

Imagine the rejoicing when Bush/Cheney die, by people who have been destroyed by liberal policies, under the current regime, and told all the while that Bush was to blame. Thatcher’s ‘death parties’ will pale in comparison.

Midas on April 9, 2013 at 12:38 PM

Awwww. Did we say somethin’ harsh about your anc heroes? Did it hurt your little feeewins?

Are you gonna cry, little communist toady?

Solaratov on April 9, 2013 at 12:18 PM

Dude, are you ok?
You come off…..odd.

verbaluce on April 9, 2013 at 12:42 PM

Thatcher was a living, breathing, effective disruption and piercing counterargument – as well as a constant reminder – to their bullshit Liberal narrative. Of course they’re going to celebrate. What else are they supposed to get for selling their souls so cheaply ??

moc23 on April 9, 2013 at 12:44 PM

Dude, are you ok?
You come off…..odd.

verbaluce on April 9, 2013 at 12:42 PM

Are you still masturbating to the Newtown shootings?

sentinelrules on April 9, 2013 at 12:46 PM

Dude, are you ok?
You come off…..odd.

verbaluce on April 9, 2013 at 12:42 PM

You were not even born when Thatcher was alive…you have zero perspective.

ClassicCon on April 9, 2013 at 12:47 PM

verbaluce on April 9, 2013 at 12:42 PM

You still haven’t answered my question, hypocrite.

You really are a phony piece of shyte, you know.

But, you’re a leftist; and they aren’t known for their honesty.

Solaratov on April 9, 2013 at 12:48 PM

verbaluce on April 9, 2013 at 12:42 PM

Are you still masturbating to the Newtown shootings?

sentinelrules on April 9, 2013 at 12:46 PM

Only because they wouldn’t let him roll in the blood.

Solaratov on April 9, 2013 at 12:49 PM

It’s no wonder the Left identifies with Islamists who celebrate death. These are all future comrades who would happily take their position in the firing squad when the capitalists are put up against the wall. Because, in the end, the best arguments the Left has against free markets and free choice is intimidation, force, and death.

Socratease on April 9, 2013 at 12:52 PM

She never won more than a third of the electorate…..

libfreeordie on April 9, 2013 at 10:12 AM

And the Extra Special Stupid Award for the day goes to…

…what is scary is the above individual claims to be a
Professor…..HotAir, meet WARD CHURCHILL

ToddPA on April 9, 2013 at 12:52 PM

verbaluce on April 9, 2013 at 12:42 PM

Are you still masturbating to the Newtown shootings?

sentinelrules on April 9, 2013 at 12:46 PM

Only because they wouldn’t let him roll in the blood.

Solaratov on April 9, 2013 at 12:49 PM

Not only are you guys OT…but in a batsh*t crazy kind of way.
And I’m the ‘troll’?
Ha.

verbaluce on April 9, 2013 at 12:53 PM

1. Friends with Pinochet
2. Supported apartheid
3. Armed the Khmer Rouge
4. Economic policies increased the British poverty rate.

This is a woman to celebrate!

libfreeordie on April 9, 2013 at 11:20 AM

Pinochet was that crazy cat that killed all the socialists and communists in his country? You say that like it is a bad thing. We should have done the same thing in the 60′s. We didn’t and now we have faux-American children like yourself running the country.

Meh…C’est la vie

ClassicCon on April 9, 2013 at 12:54 PM

Are you still masturbating to the Newtown shootings?

sentinelrules on April 9, 2013 at 12:46 PM

Seriously…where did that come from?
I haven’t mentioned a word about Newtown…Ed’s post has nothing to do with it.
Maybe you and Solaratov are huffin’ from the same bag or something.
Weird.

verbaluce on April 9, 2013 at 12:56 PM

verbaluce on April 9, 2013 at 12:42 PM

Are you still masturbating to the Newtown shootings?

sentinelrules on April 9, 2013 at 12:46 PM

Only because they wouldn’t let him roll in the blood.

Solaratov on April 9, 2013 at 12:49 PM

Not only are you guys OT…but in a batsh*t crazy kind of way.
And I’m the ‘troll’?
Ha.

verbaluce on April 9, 2013 at 12:53 PM

No, not really…..

Donny Do*chbag’s show has been cancelled after one week on
CNN…..see, now THAT’s OT…

ToddPA on April 9, 2013 at 12:59 PM

Weird.

verbaluce on April 9, 2013 at 12:56 PM

Did you miss your post on December 21, 2012 at 2:16 PM?

sentinelrules on April 9, 2013 at 1:00 PM

This must be what it’s like when a plague of locusts find out that the Orkin Man died.

Rich H on April 9, 2013 at 1:03 PM

What’s really ghoulish, beyond the topic, is yesterday. Obama, the carrion-feeding president, and the parents with him, are the most despicable people on Earth.

There is no shame and no decency left in the USA. Obama killed it all.

May he choke on all that carrion.

Schadenfreude on April 9, 2013 at 1:04 PM

This may very well be why the Left hates the death penalty so much. Instead of seeing it as a sober and judicious method of final sanction, exercised with the reluctant discretion of only our most capital of crimes, they imagine that the Right wields it with glee and disregard of humanity, as they regard life.

They think we’re just as base and callous as they are.

Texan on April 9, 2013 at 1:05 PM

Weird.
 
verbaluce on April 9, 2013 at 12:56 PM

 
Did you miss your post on December 21, 2012 at 2:16 PM?
 
sentinelrules on April 9, 2013 at 1:00 PM

 
Seriously guys, cut him some slack:
 
http://hotair.com/archives/2013/01/15/breaking-obama-to-announce-gun-control-proposals-tomorrow/comment-page-4/#comment-6649182

rogerb on April 9, 2013 at 1:07 PM

. . . but, but, but, but . . .

… culture of tolerance! /s

dissent555 on April 9, 2013 at 1:09 PM

Sorry if I’m repeating this, but from the videos I’ve seen, the majority of these so-called partiers couldn’t have even been born when Thatcher was the PM.

Just this morning on Varney’s show, he said that unemployment was over 13% when she took office and around 5% when she left. How on earth did low unemployment hurt the lower classes or any classes?

Sometimes there’s just no cure for stupid.

moonsbreath on April 9, 2013 at 1:11 PM

1. Friends with Pinochet
2. Supported apartheid
3. Armed the Khmer Rouge
4. Economic policies increased the British poverty rate.

This is a woman to celebrate!

libfreeordie on April 9, 2013 at 11:20 AM

Do you have a single consistent bone in your body, libfree? No, that one doesn’t count; it’s not actually a bone.

Pinochet is bad, but leaders who killed twice as many are good. The ANC is fine, but the Khmer Rogue is bad. A worsening economy is bad, unless it’s under Obama.

Good Solid B-Plus on April 9, 2013 at 1:12 PM

“If they attack one personally, it means they have not a single political argument left.”

- Margaret Thatcher

Resist We Much on April 9, 2013 at 1:12 PM

“If they attack one personally, it means they have not a single political argument left.”

- Margaret Thatcher

Resist We Much on April 9, 2013 at 1:12 PM

And as we can see here by the celebratory trolls, they had no cogent argument to even begin with.

whatcat on April 9, 2013 at 1:17 PM

4. Economic policies increased the British poverty rate.

This is a woman to celebrate!

libfreeordie on April 9, 2013 at 11:20 AM

The definition of poverty was changed in the UK in the 1980s to define anyone earning less than 60% of the median income and/or being disadvantaged as compared to the majority. For example, the inability to go on vacation or send children to private schools also counted toward labelling someone ‘impoverished.’

The Left hated Margaret Thatcher not only because she was extraordinarily successful in destroying their little fiefdoms and saving a country that had to be bailed out by the IMF in the 1970s (£2.3 billion rescue package – the largest-ever call on IMF resources up to that point – and conditions for which included deep cuts in public expenditure and IMF-oversight of domestic policy), saw sky-high inflation, and was plagued by chronic, nationwide strikes that shutdown the country and the economy leaving people freezing, rubbish piling up, rotting dead bodies unburied, trains and buses parked, and hospitals reduced to admitting only emergency cases, but because she mocked them.

Britain’s ‘Winter of Discontent’ did not happen during a Tory government. It occurred during the Prime Ministership of Labour’s ‘Sunny’ Jim Callaghan. If Sunny was the poster child for Britain’s ‘Winter of Discontent,’ Mrs Thatcher became the sign of hope in the ‘British Spring.’ Like Reagan, all she had to do was to ask if people wanted to go back to the so-called ‘good, old days.’

They didn’t, which is why and how she became the longest-serving Prime Minister of the United Kingdom in the 20th century.

Resist We Much on April 9, 2013 at 1:21 PM

4. Economic policies increased the British poverty rate.

This is a woman to celebrate!

libfreeordie on April 9, 2013 at 11:20 AM

ust this morning on Varney’s show, he said that unemployment was over 13% when she took office and around 5% when she left. How on earth did low unemployment hurt the lower classes or any classes?

Sometimes there’s just no cure for stupid.

moonsbreath on April 9, 2013 at 1:11 PM

I wonder if there was a huge uptick in immigrants that were poor.

Vince on April 9, 2013 at 1:21 PM

…he said that unemployment was over 13% when she took office and around 5% when she left. How on earth did low unemployment hurt the lower classes or any classes?
 
moonsbreath on April 9, 2013 at 1:11 PM

 
Because shut up racist homophobe and now I’m fleeing the thread.
 
There. I saved us all a lot of time.

rogerb on April 9, 2013 at 1:31 PM

Wait another 10-20 years when the United Kindgom becomes the Islamic Republic of Britain.

I don’t think their Muslim masters are going to be allowing many of these protests (ask the Coptic Christians in Egypt for example).

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/the-islamification-of-britain-record-numbers-embrace-muslim-faith-2175178.html

The Islamification of Britain: record numbers embrace Muslim faith

The number of Britons converting to Islam has doubled in 10 years.

http://www.jihadwatch.org/2013/04/islamic-republic-of-great-britain-under-president-charles-windsor.html?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

The Prince has given many speeches on the need for greater understanding between different religions. In March 2006, His Royal Highness addressed over 800 Islamic scholars at the Al-Azhar University in Cairo, Egypt, and called for greater dialogue between the three Abrahamic faiths: Islam, Christianity and Judaism. The Prince was awarded an honorary doctorate from the university for his work to encourage inter-faith dialogue and was the first Western man to receive this honour.

During the same overseas tour with The Duchess of Cornwall, His Royal Highness repeated his call at Saudi Arabia’s most senior Islamic University, the Imam Muhammad bin Saud University in Riyadh, the first Christian to speak there.

His Royal Highness also set up The Prince’s School for Traditional Arts in Shoreditch, London, to bring a wider appreciation of the arts and craft skills which have deep roots in all the major faith traditions.

The school teaches Islamic architecture, icon painting, Islimi and Arabesque craft, and stained glass skills to pupils of all religions and backgrounds. The school has developed outreach and education programmes for young people and is also working with a number of governments in Arab and Asian countries to build links with institutions.

and this from the Boston Globe in 2005.

http://www.boston.com/news/globe/editorial_opinion/oped/articles/2005/11/06/a_war_of_values_not_religion/

The Prince of Wales was at the White House last week, hoping, the Daily Telegraph reported, ”to convince President Bush of the merits of Islam . . . because he thinks the United States has been too intolerant of the religion since Sept. 11, 2001.” This is a drum Prince Charles has been beating for years. In 1993, for example, he scolded those in the West who peddled ”unthinking prejudices” about Muslim culture — for example, ”that sharia law of the Islamic world is cruel, barbaric, and unjust.” Two months after 9/11, he was lambasting the American attitude toward Islam as ”too confrontational.”

PappyD61 on April 9, 2013 at 1:32 PM

“If they attack one personally, it means they have not a single political argument left.”

- Margaret Thatcher

Resist We Much on April 9, 2013 at 1:12 PM

This late in the thread…and now you give me that quote?
Could have come in handy a few times.

verbaluce on April 9, 2013 at 1:32 PM

http://www.salon.com/2013/04/09/the_woman_who_wrecked_great_britain/

libfreeordie on April 9, 2013 at 11:13 AM

LOL! Best laugh I’ve had all day.

First of all, your “source” is a penny dreadful whose stock price is currently pennies a share. It’s only been able to stay alive all these years due to Rich Democrats who keep wasting their money on it.

But your main problem? The “author” of this tripe is only 25 years old. Which means he was only 2 years old when Thatcher left office. Hardly an “expert” on her at all, except to folks like you who desperately want to believe what he is shoveling.

F-

Now, tell us once again how Maggie called Nelson Mandela a “terrorist”. We want her exact words, and when and where she said them.

(Starts Stopwatch)

Del Dolemonte on April 9, 2013 at 1:32 PM

She never won more than a third of the electorate…..

libfreeordie on April 9, 2013 at 10:12 AM

And the Extra Special Stupid Award for the day goes to…

…what is scary is the above individual claims to be a
Professor…..HotAir, meet WARD CHURCHILL

ToddPA on April 9, 2013 at 12:52 PM

Well, a perfesser of Post-Dada Lesbian Haiku, and awarded on an AA basis at that.

slickwillie2001 on April 9, 2013 at 1:34 PM

She never won more than a third of the electorate…..

libfreeordie on April 9, 2013 at 10:12 AM

Setting aside your woeful ignorance of parliamentary elections:

United Kingdom General Election 1979
Conservative 53.4%
Labour 42.4%

United Kingdom General Election 1983
Conservative 61.1%
Labour 32.2%

United Kingdom General Election 1987
Conservative 57.8%
Labour 35.2%

steebo77 on April 9, 2013 at 1:35 PM

1. Friends with Pinochet
2. Supported apartheid
3. Armed the Khmer Rouge
4. Economic policies increased the British poverty rate.

This is a woman to celebrate!

libfreeordie on April 9, 2013 at 11:20 AM

You left out #5.

“Called Nelson Mandela a Terrorist.”

Oh, that’s right, she never did so, did she?

Del Dolemonte on April 9, 2013 at 1:36 PM

he said that unemployment was over 13% when she took office and around 5% when she left. How on earth did low unemployment hurt the lower classes or any classes?

moonsbreath on April 9, 2013 at 1:11 PM

Her policies made it easier for employers to pay less and she raised taxes on the poor. Those two things meant that despite good employment numbers, real wages were such that poverty increased. *HINT* These are the arguments conservatives levy against Obama touting increased partinme work numbers as a jobs recovery.

You know I think I’ll think of Margaret Thatcher the way Bette Davis thought of Joan Crawford upon her death. ““You should never say bad things about the dead, you should only say good . . . Joan Crawford is dead. Good.”

libfreeordie on April 9, 2013 at 1:37 PM

I guess you gave up looking for your lie about her calling mandela a terrorist?

hawkdriver on April 9, 2013 at 11:21 AM

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/from-terrorist-to-tea-with-the-queen-1327902.html

libfreeordie on April 9, 2013 at 11:26 AM

She called the ANC a terrorist group. Never mentioned Mandela once in that quote.

Now please give us her exact quote where she personally called Mandela a Terrorist, and we’ll stop laughing at you.

BTW, how do you explain our current pResident’s love for Hugo Chavez?

Del Dolemonte on April 9, 2013 at 1:40 PM

Quick quizz!

1 – Who said the following?

I believed that the NHS was a service of which we could genuinely be proud,It delivered a high quality of care — especially when it came to acute illnesses — and at a reasonably modest unit cost, at least compared with some insurance-based systems.

2 – Who oversaw a rise of the ratio taxes/GDP in the UK from 33.1% in the fiscal year 78-79 to 35.4% in 89-90? source: Institute of Fiscal Studies

3 – Who said

The danger of global warming is as yet unseen but real enough for us to make changes and sacrifices so that we do not live at the expense of future generations.

4 – Who oversaw the passage of the Firearms (Amendment) Act 1988 which outlawed semi-automatic weapons, changed requirements on registering guns, allowed police to refuse a weapon to anyone they saw unfit, and allowed the Home Secretary to add other guns to the list of banned firearms?

1215 on April 9, 2013 at 10:02 AM

STOP IT TROLL!

Durandal on April 9, 2013 at 1:40 PM

You know I think I’ll think of Margaret Thatcher the way Bette Davis thought of Joan Crawford upon her death. ““You should never say bad things about the dead, you should only say good . . . Joan Crawford is dead. Good.”
 
libfreeordie on April 9, 2013 at 1:37 PM

 
Why hint at it? Say it, professor.

rogerb on April 9, 2013 at 1:40 PM

Her policies made it easier for employers to pay less and she raised taxes on the poor. Those two things meant that despite good employment numbers, real wages were such that poverty increased. *HINT* These are the arguments conservatives levy against Obama touting increased partinme work numbers as a jobs recovery.

libfreeordie on April 9, 2013 at 1:37 PM

Ah, yes, lib-world, where it’s better to be starving and unemployed than it is to be ‘exploited’ and working. Good times.

Good Solid B-Plus on April 9, 2013 at 1:44 PM

Y’all get the reference…yes?
Included was calling the recently deceased a ‘prick’.
Enough said.

verbaluce on April 9, 2013 at 10:16 AM

You need to clean Teddy’s shrine now and then.

katy the mean old lady on April 9, 2013 at 1:45 PM

Libfree, what was so bad about the Khmer Rogue? Weren’t they just oppressed yellow men being kept down globally by whitey? They did what they had to, just like the ANC planting car bombs. It’s not their fault a Dem hero like Kennedy poked his nose into Vietnam, is it?

Good Solid B-Plus on April 9, 2013 at 1:45 PM

There isn’t a comment there calling mandela a terrorist.

hawkdriver on April 9, 2013 at 11:28 AM

Mandela was the first President under the ANC. So clearly she’s talking about him.

libfreeordie on April 9, 2013 at 11:29 AM

First of all, the ANC was formed in 1912 and assumed its current name in 1923. How could Mandela be its first President at the age of 5? Your “students” must be so proud of you!

But your childlike belief that she did call him a terrorist personally is totally unsupported by your evidence. You can believe she called him personally a terrorist, but until you can prove same you’re not helping your cause here at all.

Del Dolemonte on April 9, 2013 at 1:47 PM

You know I think I’ll think of Margaret Thatcher the way Bette Davis thought of Joan Crawford upon her death. ““You should never say bad things about the dead, you should only say good . . . Joan Crawford is dead. Good.”

libfreeordie on April 9, 2013 at 1:37 PM

Lies, lies, you dirty Jezebel, why, why don’t you go
to……

ToddPA on April 9, 2013 at 1:48 PM

Ah, yes, lib-world, where it’s better to be starving and unemployed than it is to be ‘exploited’ and working. Good times.

Good Solid B-Plus on April 9, 2013 at 1:44 PM

You were saying about intellectual consistency……

libfreeordie on April 9, 2013 at 1:49 PM

STOP IT TROLL!

Durandal on April 9, 2013 at 1:40 PM

Makes one wonder why the left hated her so.

darwin on April 9, 2013 at 1:51 PM

Mandela was the head of COMMUNIST organization (the ANC) sorry to burst any bubbles but helllllllllo he’s a Marxist.

Sure our media hails him as this Senior Statesman but doesn’t that tell you something?

PappyD61 on April 9, 2013 at 1:52 PM

They’ll do the same thing with W dies even though he averaged 5% unemployment and improved the lives of every American.

Well, except the few thousand who are dead fighting his wars.

lostmotherland on April 9, 2013 at 11:35 AM

You mean the wars that the current, and the previous, Democrats who were/are Secretary of State voted to authorize? And remember, Mrs. Clinton at the time said she based her yea vote on what her husband’s intel people told her, not what Bush’s people told her.

BTW, during the 8 years of Bill Clinton’s pResidency, more American service members died in training accidents and non-combat than have died in combat in Iraq and Afganistan combined.

F-

Del Dolemonte on April 9, 2013 at 1:52 PM

Bette Davis / Joan Crawford cat fight?

That’s like Hitler against Mussolini.

PappyD61 on April 9, 2013 at 1:53 PM

They are hero-worship cult-of-personality children.

and 20 for Notre Dame to win a football championship

Last year was pretty exciting, no?

John the Libertarian on April 9, 2013 at 1:55 PM

The Iron Lady RIP.

Bmore on April 9, 2013 at 1:57 PM

Her policies made it easier for employers to pay less and she raised taxes on the poor. Those two things meant that despite good employment numbers, real wages were such that poverty increased. *HINT* These are the arguments conservatives levy against Obama touting increased partinme work numbers as a jobs recovery.

libfreeordie on April 9, 2013 at 1:37 PM

Why don’t you just admit you’re a communist who hates anything that isn’t controlled by fat, corrupt, communist bureaucrats?

REAL wages have dropped under Obama but you’re silent. Unemployment has skyrocketed but you’re silent … in fact you don’t care.

darwin on April 9, 2013 at 1:59 PM

liveenslavedthendie, we are waiting for you to explain how Brits vote for the PM….

Resist We Much on April 9, 2013 at 1:59 PM

Bette Davis / Joan Crawford cat fight?

That’s like Hitler against Mussolini.

PappyD61 on April 9, 2013 at 1:53 PM

All four of them were bigtime leftists.

steebo77 on April 9, 2013 at 2:01 PM

You were saying about intellectual consistency……

libfreeordie on April 9, 2013 at 1:49 PM

All wages went up under Thatcher.

Your complaint is the same fielded by Thatcher as outgoing PM, that ‘inequality’ went up, and just like the honorable MP, you would rather the poor be poorer as long as it meant the rich were less rich.

Meanwhile, care to tell us why some leaders who kill millions of their people are worthy of praise/emulation, but some like Pinochet should be shunned?

Good Solid B-Plus on April 9, 2013 at 2:02 PM

Her policies made it easier for employers to pay less and she raised taxes on the poor.

libfreeordie on April 9, 2013 at 1:37 PM

Fck your lazy, parasitic poor. How do you raise taxes on scumbags that only leech off of the tax pool instead of contribute?

You live in a Hollywood fantasy world which explains why you hide in the childish world of Academia. There are no real poor people anymore.

ClassicCon on April 9, 2013 at 2:06 PM

You know I think I’ll think of Margaret Thatcher the way Bette Davis thought of Joan Crawford upon her death. ““You should never say bad things about the dead, you should only say good . . . Joan Crawford is dead. Good.”
 
libfreeordie on April 9, 2013 at 1:37 PM

 
So why won’t you say it?
 
No actual convictions (as always)?

rogerb on April 9, 2013 at 2:09 PM

Perhaps we should adopt the left’s tactics.

I ask you, is the world a better or worse place without Edward Moore Kennedy?

bw222 on April 9, 2013 at 2:11 PM

Nothing like celebrating a woman who saw poverty rates and class inequality increase in their reign.

libfreeordie on April 9, 2013 at 11:15 AM

On man, I’m just going to let these words speak for themselves for the next time you don your knee pads and start defending Obama.
The irony is thick, like your head.

RovesChins on April 9, 2013 at 2:12 PM

for the next time you don your knee pads and start defending Obama.

I never defend Obama’s economic policies on this board.

libfreeordie on April 9, 2013 at 2:22 PM

I never defend Obama’s economic policies on this board.

libfreeordie on April 9, 2013 at 2:22 PM

Please.

But, thanks, that’s a keeper, too.

Resist We Much on April 9, 2013 at 2:25 PM

“I’ll tell you what really annoyed us miners,” said Pete Mansell, sipping a pint of John Smith’s on Monday. “She said we were the enemy within. We weren’t. We were just looking after our lives, our families, our kids and our properties, everything that we ever had.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2013/apr/08/margaret-thatcher-death-orgreave-coal-miners

libfreeordie on April 9, 2013 at 2:44 PM

These morons do nothing but stigmatize, and stereotype the Brits….. The direct result of liberalism and socialism, and why, if there is not another Thatcher, England will fade away. Same with us……

ultracon on April 9, 2013 at 2:48 PM

liveasaslaveanddie makes it sound like the miners’ strike was something out of How Green Was My Valley.

steebo77 on April 9, 2013 at 2:49 PM

Ten deaths resulted from events around the strike: six picketers, three teenagers searching for coal, and a taxi driver taking a non-striking miner to work.

steebo77 on April 9, 2013 at 2:50 PM

http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2013/apr/08/margaret-thatcher-death-orgreave-coal-miners

libfreeordie on April 9, 2013 at 2:44 PM

Wow. Far-Left British Fleet Street rag interviews bunch of drunks in a pub. Then those drunks blame the actions of the police 30 years ago on someone else who wasn’t even there 30 years ago.

BTW, these Guardian links of yours are hilarious. Directly below this story is a long list of other Hate Thatcher stories, but curiously there was also a story about some git complaining because their partner won’t use sex toys.

Quite the accurate and objective “news source” you have there, Perfesser!

Del Dolemonte on April 9, 2013 at 2:57 PM

Notice the numbers…..4/5 big cities maybe 2/3 hundred? These are the usual rentamob zombies who turn up for trouble.
Their anger is the mark of her success……if these weasel didn’t hate her she would have been just another bland political suit with no cojones

callingallcomets on April 9, 2013 at 3:00 PM

libfreeordie on April 9, 2013

Go to hell, you piece of sh1t. Sick to f*cking death of you and yours; you’re a skidstain on civilization, and we’d be better off without you, you f*cking parasite.

I repeat, with emphasis and directions – go *straight* to hell.

Midas on April 9, 2013 at 3:05 PM

4. Economic policies increased the British poverty rate.

This is a woman to celebrate!

libfreeordie on April 9, 2013 at 11:20 AM

Imbecile, poverty is at record levels under Obama, yeah, the PoS who is fraudulently inhabitting the the WH currently….and that is a man to celebrate, ha!

jimver on April 9, 2013 at 3:14 PM

http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2013/apr/08/margaret-thatcher-death-orgreave-coal-miners

libfreeordie on April 9, 2013 at 2:44 PM

The Guardian, ROFLMAO, you might as well link to Pravda :)

jimver on April 9, 2013 at 3:15 PM

Ed, ghoulish as this is, it really isn’t curious at all. These pieces of filth did the same thing to Breitbart. a few years back, they did it after Tony Snow, one of the nicest, most mild-mannered and civil people in politics, died after a long battle with cancer.

This is what they do. This is who they are.

RINO in Name Only on April 9, 2013 at 3:40 PM

Liberal ghouls never surprise me. They are all classless. If you doubt me, please reference the ones who have posted on this thread.

kingsjester on April 9, 2013 at 3:42 PM

libfreeordie on April 9, 2013 at 1:37 PM

*HINT* F-TARD when unemployment is low wages are typically higher. Further professor moron you’re lying when you claim those are the same charges leveled at the retarded turd polisher you voted for. The next time one of you or yours whines about civil discourse be man enough to remember your gutless commentary. You won’t of course because that is exactly the type of cowardly scum bag you are.

jdkchem on April 9, 2013 at 3:42 PM

The Left here celebrated similarly when Breitbart died. They are also saying horrible things about Pastor Rick Warren and the suicide of his son.
From a sick political culture that celebrates a million dead babies a year can we expect anything else?

slickwillie2001 on April 9, 2013 at 9:28 AM

This. (I really do need to learn to read the thread before I comment.)

RINO in Name Only on April 9, 2013 at 4:17 PM

Just liberals doing what liberals do.

Nothing to see here folks, move along please…

JackM on April 9, 2013 at 4:27 PM

England needs Thatcher more now than ever.

Geez, the friggin’ animal rights whackos are running the country now.

JackM on April 9, 2013 at 4:30 PM

You know I think I’ll think of Margaret Thatcher the way Bette Davis thought of Joan Crawford upon her death. ““You should never say bad things about the dead, you should only say good . . . Joan Crawford is dead. Good.”

libfreeordie on April 9, 2013 at 1:37 PM

She stole that line from Moms Mabley….give credit where credit is due.

itsspideyman on April 9, 2013 at 5:03 PM

You know I think I’ll think of Margaret Thatcher the way Bette Davis thought of Joan Crawford upon her death. ““You should never say bad things about the dead, you should only say good . . . Joan Crawford is dead. Good.”

libfreeordie on April 9, 2013 at 1:37 PM

Furthermore, this was a feud between two vain movie divas who hated that each other was alive. If this is what your feelings are alluding to, you need to find a hobby.

itsspideyman on April 9, 2013 at 5:10 PM

It’s not even possible to be angry at these people, only to marvel at how empty and petty their lives must be.

Socialism, Ed, socialism. Socialists want to abdicated responsibility and decision-making to the state because they are too lazy, weak or stupid to do it themselves.

Mrs. Thatcher (and all conservatives) fight against that.

It isn’t so much Mrs. Thatcher that they hate, it’s the fact that she insisted (as do most conservatives) that people be responsible for themselves and improve their lot in lives themselves.

These weakwilled, lazy and stupid people will rejoice at the next dead person who insisted that they grow up and grow a pair.

I personally am very heartened by the reaction – it means she was extremely effective and I have a feeling she would find the whole thing rather amusing on a number of levels.

The hooligans will be left in the dustbin of history

They won’t even rate that. There is no note given to the faceless, random socialist. There is no “specialness”, just one of many. People don’t remember the drone, they remember the queen.

kim roy on April 9, 2013 at 5:47 PM

Liberal Progressives have completely come out of the dark crevice in which they have lived for years, beaten back by a majority who still embraced honor, integrity, ethics, morals…

They rebuke others for intolerance yet they have become just as intolerant as the Muslim Brotherhood, attacking Chrsitains/Christianity, Legal Gun Owners, the Constitution, our laws, and anyone or anything that stands in contradiction / opposition to their agenda!

Bloomberg ‘can’t see why’ someone would want/need a 32oz soda so he has to impose his will on everyone by outlawing them.

Liberals can’t see why Americans would want/need certain weapons or magazines so, despite what the Constitution says, they must outlaw them.

They make movies glorifying terrorist organizations like the Weatherman Underground and their killing of 1st Responders, calling it ‘romantic’ and ‘inspiring’…I wonder what the media would say if a member of a Conservative group perpetrated bombings that resulted in the murders of policemen & others the way that Obama’s buddy Bill Ayers did…or if a GOP Presidential candidate announced his intent to run for office in the living room of that convicted terrorist, a man who said he did not regret what he did and wished he had killed more?!

They no longer feel the need to hide their endless disdain and utter hatred for GREAT leaders, amazing people, like Margaret Thatcher…and news agencies like the AP no longer seek to hide their rabid Liberal bias!

Americans..our nation…our entire culture…is under seige by disgustingly disrespectful enemy that has ‘never been proud of their country’ and who vow to ‘fundamentally change’ the nation whoseConstitution & laws he vowed to protect and defend…before beginning to violate after his swearing in ceremony.

easyt65 on April 9, 2013 at 5:58 PM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S47N_xx2ee8

Video of critics celebrating. Poster’s comments, all negative toward Thatcher, included:

“In Glasgow, more than 300 people gathered in the city centre after organising the event on Twitter.

Members of organisations including the Anti-Bedroom Tax Federation, the Communist Party, the Socialist Party, the Socialist Working Party, the International Socialist Group, were joined by members of the public in Glasgow’s George Square.”

The only people vile enough to celebrate like this are the followers of Marx. We have them over here, too. They’re called Occupy Wall Street.

jmad on April 9, 2013 at 6:59 PM

People don’t remember the drone, they remember the queen.

kim roy on April 9, 2013 at 5:47 PM

^^^^THIS!^^^^

+100

Solaratov on April 9, 2013 at 8:06 PM

The curious ghoulishness of Thatcher-death celebrations

And some worry about Humanity blowing itself all to hell.

Why?

Dr. ZhivBlago on April 9, 2013 at 8:40 PM

These are Occupy-types who had Bush-Derangement-Syndrome before Bush was elected.

They hate Maggie because she was right and she pushed it in their vacant faces every day. Her economic success is the main reason the government can even afford their unearned benefits today.

She did all that without even trying to be personally likeable (and this explains the readiness of many to jump on the bandwagon of illiterate protest because they confuse being “nice” with competence).

virgo on April 9, 2013 at 10:47 PM

It’s obvious that the pre-Thatcherite days are never coming back and all of the hate in Brixton is not going to change that.

Resist We Much on April 9, 2013 at 12:26 PM

Wait a couple of years. Red Ed is sure going to try…

Gingotts on April 9, 2013 at 11:46 PM

“If they attack one personally, it means they have not a single political argument left.”

- Margaret Thatcher

Resist We Much on April 9, 2013 at 1:12 PM
This late in the thread…and now you give me that quote?
Could have come in handy a few times.

verbaluce on April 9, 2013 at 1:32 PM

“Sniff. Sob. I came to Hot Air, sniff, Mom, like I always do, Sob. And, and I was just poking at the Conservatives and sniff having fun. Mom, and they “attack” me and it hurt my, sniff, feelings.”

Talk about drama queens.

hawkdriver on April 10, 2013 at 7:50 AM

If you look closely at some of the ‘protesters’, they do appear to be younger people. They must have been in pre-school at the time MT was in charge and making all those changes that adversely affected their lives. With the lack of proper education in schools nowadays, I’m surprised they even know her name. Why are they celebrating with champagne and not a pint of stout? My guess would be that they are nothing but rent-a-mob types.

Kissmygrits on April 10, 2013 at 9:13 AM

“Sniff. Sob. I came to Hot Air, sniff, Mom, like I always do, Sob. And, and I was just poking at the Conservatives and sniff having fun. Mom, and they “attack” me and it hurt my, sniff, feelings.”

hawkdriver on April 10, 2013 at 7:50 AM

“If they attack one personally, it means they have not a single political argument left.”

– Margaret Thatcher

Ha.
Man, not your intention…you do bring the fun.

verbaluce on April 10, 2013 at 10:20 AM

This is your brain on Marxism, any questions?

Axeman on April 10, 2013 at 12:34 PM

Man, not your intention…you do bring the fun.

verbaluce on April 10, 2013 at 10:20 AM

Do you think you actually made a point. You used a tribute/observation thread to make a backhanded insulting remark to Margaret Thatcher. You’re the only one thinking otherwise. You never had an original point on the topic to remark about. Therefore, your crassness was remarked upon.

Grinning in the mirror and saying you’re smart to yourself doesn’t make it so, professor.

hawkdriver on April 10, 2013 at 5:18 PM

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