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December 9, 2006
POP CULTURE: Driven Astray

So let me get this straight: we know that Princess Diana's driver was drunk, speeding and trying to flee paparazzi, and she wasn't wearing a seatbelt...and yet some people still find her death mysterious?

Posted by Baseball Crank at 10:58 PM | Pop Culture | Comments (15) | TrackBack (0)

That shouldn't be surprising.
We saw the planes fly into the towers but you still have idiots like James Brolin who refuse to believe that it really happened that way.

Posted by: RW at December 9, 2006 11:52 PM

I think the controversy is why her car was travelling at high speed. It's sexy to say she was murdered, not a clear fact that a plowed driver can't control a 5000 pound car in a tunnel. I assume he swerved because he saw a grassy knoll on the left.

Posted by: Daryl Rosenblatt at December 10, 2006 9:42 AM

...and wasn't George Bush seen in one of the other cars?

Posted by: Maryland Conservatarian at December 10, 2006 11:31 AM

The CIA must have found out something while listening to her phonecalls - and had to eliminate her.

Posted by: Mark at December 10, 2006 5:00 PM

The only I find mysterious is that anyone finds this story in any way interesting.

It was unimportant when it happened 9 years ago. It's even less so now.

Posted by: Mike at December 11, 2006 7:12 AM

I've given this matter some serious thought, and now realize who killed Diana and her boyfriend (and the driver):

Colonel Mustard, in the study, with the candlestick.

Posted by: Daryl Rosenblatt at December 11, 2006 10:15 AM

I was thinking Professor Plum, but you're right Daryl. It was Colonel Mustard: those military guys can never get away from the fighting.

Posted by: Mike at December 11, 2006 11:31 AM

I thought it was A-Rod.

Posted by: rbj at December 11, 2006 5:08 PM

He tried but he swung and missed.

Posted by: jim at December 11, 2006 6:02 PM

It was the Mossad. 4000 Jews who were supposed to be in the car didn't show up that night.

Posted by: Attila (Pillage Idiot) at December 11, 2006 9:21 PM

Okay okay, a little respect for the departed if we may. Yes, the royal family gets more attention than it deserves in comparison to what it contributes, just like Paris Hilton, Liz Taylor, et al, but nonetheless, people who meant something to their families did die here.

Despite all this though, this story about the Secret Service surveilling her on the night in question is irrelevant. It basically fits the standard for a motion to dismiss for failure to state a claim to a T: even if all the alleged facts are true, the plaintiff (whoever that may be in this case) has no claim to injury and damages. Diana died because of what was stated in Crank's post.

Posted by: Thom at December 12, 2006 5:51 AM

a little respect for the departed if we may . . . people who meant something to their families did die here

Is Di's mother a regular here at The Baseball Crank? Or maybe you're talking about her ex-husband who treated her so respectfully in life.

C'mon, Thom, gimme a break. She's dead 9 years now. Enough with the false sentimentality.

Posted by: Mike at December 12, 2006 6:17 AM

False sentimentality? Tell me, when have we met? Look, I'm no lover of the "royal family" or of people who get attention for doing nothing in general, but since when did asking for a bit of respect for the dead become BS? Good grief.

Posted by: Thom at December 12, 2006 6:50 AM

Where has there been any "disrespect" for the dead in this thread???

If someone had died at any time in world history, no one can make a joke that relates even tangentially to their life or their death? Can I speak irreverently about John Wilkes Booth, or is that disrespectful to Lincoln's family?

At what point is it ok to indirectly joke about Di's death? 2017? 2010, but only if we can be certain none of her family members are present? 2008 if no Brits are in the room, but 2011 if they are?

Posted by: Mike at December 12, 2006 7:54 AM

Nobody here is gloating over her death or celebrating it. And nobody is really even making diparaging remarks about her or her death, so lighten up, Thom. This is a baseball blog, not TIME's letters page.

I had an British girlfriend at the time of the accident, so I had a glimpse into why it mattered to her, but I never understood the fascination with Diana for the rest of THIS country.

Her premature death falls much more neatly into the category of "Stupid" than "Tragic" for me. As the Crank's brief summation demonstrates.

Posted by: Mr. Furious at December 12, 2006 10:39 AM
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