Tomorrow, the Queen of England is going to be making her little to-do. I assume it's more interesting and lucid than whatever the goose in the White House is going to say. And I also assume her speech has less platitudes than Mr. Brown's rhetoric garbage presented as an hor d'oeuvre or after dinner mint. What I always wonder, at this time of year, is why England still has a monarchy? I mean absolutely no disrespect. America has tons of flaws, including the guy in charge and the millions of people who voted for him, but really? A monarchy? I understand the Royal family has like no political power, but why aren't people upset about paying money to somebody who gets to live in a palace? Over the past couple years some Americans and French have been struggling to throw off our nations' close cultural ties. I feel bad for the French nobility--a lot of them were unjustly executed, but I understand the reason why the French wanted their to be no monarchy. Je comprone les francais. Nous famille. It just seems wrong. Of course, I'm an American, and before that one part of my family was taken from Africa, and another left Ireland in no small part due to English policy. So culturally, I just don't have the history. Doesn't it piss you off that people are given money for the family name they were born under? Or that you can't go to national sites like the Royal family retreat you all built. Or that national park that they have tucked under their heel? Just wondering. :wave: James.