Monday, April 08, 2013

The LuLac Edition #2392, April 8th, 2013

Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. (Photo: 


If you were alive in the 80s and following the news, Margaret Thatcher was a key player in the formulation of Foreign Policy in the World. The significant thing about that was that not since WWII had Great Britain had a strong, leading voice in how events played out on the world stage. Thatcher was in power since 1959 when she was first elected to a seat in Parliament. But it wasn’t until her stint as Secretary of Education and Science under  Edward Heath's conservative government was when people took notice. 
Though Heath was an honorable man, his time in office was plagued by oil embargoes that threatened the British economy. Thatcher wrested control of the Conservative party from Heath and became the leader of the opposition in 1975 after Heath’s control fell to a coalition government that was primarily dominated by the Labour party. In 1979 Thatcher ran a savage race against the James Callaghan government and became the first female PM in British history. 
She became the middle part of the troika that dominated the world stage in the 1980s. Pope John Paul II’s election in 1978 and Ronald Reagan’s win in 1980 cemented a trio that held fast against Communism and totalitarianism throughout Europe and the world. Thatcher did not always agree or trust Reagan criticizing his foray into Grenada in 1983 but the two stood as staunch allies throughout. Thatcher’s claim to fame or infamy was the privatization of industries. Opponents said it was the death knell for labor, proponents said it increased productivity. Thatcher also opened up discussions with Northern Ireland giving that government a voice on the Anglo-Irish Inter-Governmental Council which at least opened up a dialogue. 
Like Reagan and John Paul II, she escaped an assassination attempt in the mid 8-0s and continued to forge ahead. Her relationship with the Monarchy was sometimes tenuous due to her outspoken opinions and while she had her supporters, at times her approval ratings hovered in the low 40s. Thatcher served until 1990. Like Reagan, her successor John Major was like minded in many of his opinions on Conservative rule. Major served until 1997 giving the Thatcher wing of the Conservative party 18 years in power. 
Congressman Lou Barletta offered this comment on the death of Margaret Thatcher, “The Iron Lady rose from humble beginnings and helped hoist Great Britain out of stagnant and discouraging economic doldrums. She also stood shoulder to shoulder with Ronald Reagan in the great struggle against the forces that denied personal and economic liberty to individuals in nearly every corner of the planet. With her assistance, great strides were made in spreading democracy, and even the Berlin Wall came down. “There can be no doubt that she loved her nation and the notion of freedom for people around the world. She truly earned her place among the giants of the 20th Century. She will be missed, but her memory and accomplishments will be cherished by millions for generations.” 
Barletta words ring true for everyone who followed events during her time in power.
The late Annette Funicello. (Photo:  CBS).


For people of a certain age in America today, their childhoods officially ended this afternoon. The passing of Annette Funicello is a benchmark in the lives of many baby boomers who grew up watching the Mickey Mouse Club as well as the all American girl with the big smile. Walt Disney signed her after seeing her perform in “Swan Lake” and she became the star on the Disney Mickey Mouse Club in 1955. She later starred in the Zorro series with Guy Williams and other Disney movies like "The Shaggy Dog" (1959), "Babes in Toyland" (1961), "The Misadventures of Merlin Jones" (1964) and "The Monkey's Uncle" (1965). She starred in a few beach movie venues with Frankie Avalon and carried her wholesome girl image throughout those appearances. 
She was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 1988 but kept that under wraps until 1992. She set up a foundation for research for the disease under her name. In 1995 CBS did a movie on Funicello’s life called A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes: The Annette Funicello Story. At the start of the show, Annette appeared introducing the movie. She was seated in a chair but it was clear that the disease had taken its toll. I was in a room of people my age. To see her was a shock. But she was still there. But when this segment came on, we all lost it. She was more than America’s Sweetheart, she was an icon that never disappointed. The ideal on film stayed constant until the end. Which was today.


At 8:37 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Both Maggie and Annette were authentic down to their soul.

Who didn't have the "hots" for Annette and respect for Maggie?

At 11:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, in keeping with the integrity of LuLac being fair and balanced, I will be the first to acknowledge that Madam Prim minister was the right person at the right time. She did an outstanding job of bring England back from the edge. But there is another half of the Britons that we seldom ever acknowledge. Do you recall that when Lord Mountbatten was blown up on his yacht, the first response from Thatcher was to refer to the Irish as "pigs". Nice! Can you image if an American president made such an unbelievable comment. She didn't say the IRA or the terrorist, she said the Irish are pigs.

At 11:29 PM, Blogger David Yonki said...

Do you recall that when Lord Mountbatten was blown up on his yacht, the first response from Thatcher was to refer to the Irish as "pigs". Nice! Can you image if an American president made such an unbelievable comment. She didn't say the IRA or the terrorist, she said the Irish are pigs

At 12:48 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"and now its time to say goodbye...

Mic-Key-Mouse, Mickey Mouse"

Eating diner in front of the TV with the damn ears on! I was seven.
Annette was twelve...She was pretty, she was talented and you could tell she was nice. Annette fought a 25 year battle against a crippling disease . I hope now she can dance and sing again.
Smooth Sailin, Mousekeeter.
You were sort of my first girlfriend all the way back in "55.

PJ Noone

At 4:48 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mrs. Thatcher! Ding dong the witch is dead. I bet she's closing down the furnaces in Hell and making the demons redundant. I lived through Thatcherism in Britain. It was awful. She was awful. Such a schemer, that one. She put me on the dole. She closed the factories and the schools and destroyed our jobs and our lives and sicked the police on us when we spoke out about it. I hope the hag is rotting in Hades where she belongs!

At 5:36 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So long, sweetheart. And no state funeral, either. "Privatising" it might be a more fitting tribute to her legacy. That same legacy is everything that's wrong with Britain today.

At 1:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

A contrast between two icons. Your reports on their deaths only confirm that you are the best blogger around.
What you do that others fail to do, except for maybe Steve Corbett is give a personal anecdote and connection that we can all relate to.
Great job my man!

At 2:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

David, I agree that her comment about the Irish was not her finest moment and I'm sure that if she had time to think about it, the comment would never had been made but it does give a clear insight as to how England blue bloods feel about Ireland and the Irsh in general. But all that aside, Margaret Thatcher was a brilliant individual who really did save England from a certain fiscal death. Wil

At 5:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sounds like 4:48 got of the gravy-train in England to ride the one in America.

You cleaning chimneys here now or on disability?

The blokes I met visiting America at Thatchers time were some of the most arrogant and entitlement minded in the world. It opened my eyes.

At 5:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yo 4:48, I bet that was you in the "Viva Hugo Chavez" t-shirt at the block party?


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