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Monday, June 02, 2014

King Juan Carlos I of Spain is stepping down at age 76 after nearly 40 years on the throne. Crown Prince Felipe, 46, will succeed his father. Carlos said that it is "time to hand over to a new generation -- younger, with a lot of energy -- that can, with determination, take on and carry out the changes that the current situation demands." In 1981, the king took a decisive stand to halt a right-wing military coup, declaring on television that the monarchy would not tolerate attempts to interrupt democracy by force.

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Any story that mentions Generalissimo Francisco Franco takes me back to Saturday Night Live's early days...
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#1 | Posted by cbob at 2014-06-02 11:09 AM | Reply | Flag:

This just in; Generalissimo Francisco Franco is still dead.

#2 | Posted by lee_the_agent at 2014-06-02 11:29 AM | Reply | Flag:

Considering all the royal scandals, bravo for Juan Carlos for making the logical decision. Now when Qeen E kicks the bucket, I hope Charles will do the sensible thing as well.

#3 | Posted by CrisisStills at 2014-06-02 11:46 AM | Reply | Flag:

"Born in Rome in 1938, Juan Carlos didn't set foot in Spain until he was 10. In Franco's Spain, he carried out military training and became the first Spanish officer to hold the rank of lieutenant in all three branches of the military.

In 1969, he was invested as crown prince and the designated successor to Franco."

I realize that Franco was just a dictator and there really is no legitimacy to anything he did.

But if you're going to be a royalist and recognize Juan Carlos' divine right to rule then he should have stepped down and let the kind take over as a ten year old.

#4 | Posted by Sully at 2014-06-02 11:46 AM | Reply | Flag:

"after nearly 40 years on the throne"

that musta been one heckuva plate of frijoles con salchichas he ate back in 1974...

#5 | Posted by NerfHerder at 2014-06-02 11:49 AM | Reply | Flag:

Sully, Juan Carlos father was the rightful heir to the throne and abducted to his son, then a young man. I do not favor any 10 year old assuming a throne. The UK situation is completely different.

Nerf, frijoles are not Spanish, so you probably mean fabadas or judias, both excellent winter meals, and with chorizo, not salchichas.

#6 | Posted by CrisisStills at 2014-06-02 02:16 PM | Reply | Flag:

crisis--

frijoles = beans (in spanish).
salchichas = hot dogs (in spanish).
joke = over your head (in english).

#7 | Posted by NerfHerder at 2014-06-02 03:00 PM | Reply | Flag:

"Sully, Juan Carlos father was the rightful heir to the throne and abducted to his son, then a young man. I do not favor any 10 year old assuming a throne. The UK situation is completely different."

I was talking about Franco handing over power to the king.

#8 | Posted by Sully at 2014-06-02 03:32 PM | Reply | Flag:

It's good to be the King.

#9 | Posted by JROD at 2014-06-02 07:24 PM | Reply | Flag:

Nerf, not only you know nada about Spanish cuisine, look up the difference between Spanish and Castellano. And spend the 15 bucks to get yourself a new keyboard.

#10 | Posted by CrisisStills at 2014-06-03 07:44 AM | Reply | Flag:

#7 | Posted by NerfHerder

Good one ner.

#11 | Posted by Sniper at 2014-06-03 10:15 AM | Reply | Flag:

Juan Carlos deserves credit for being a major player in moving Spain away from the fascism of Franco as soon as actual power was passed to him.

Not a small thing, walking AWAY from power.

A man far less than perfect, even a fool at times, yes. Not the least bit PC, yes. A hero for that one deed, Yes.

#12 | Posted by USAF242 at 2014-06-03 12:14 PM | Reply | Flag:

Well said USAF. And how he thwarted that military coup, possible helped by the fact that his wife, the Queen, is Greek.

#13 | Posted by CrisisStills at 2014-06-03 01:16 PM | Reply | Flag:

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