English concert pianist Stephen Hough has a wonderful blog. Today he writes about what it’s like to get a visa at the US embassy in London, a squat totalitarian toad of a building on Grosvenor Square.
UPDATE from Rob Worsnop:
The picture of the embassy in London reminds of when I used to spend quite a bit of time working near the US Embassy in Dublin. Also hideous. Actually, I don’t think that image does it justice. You really have to see it in the context of the surrounding architecture to appreciate what an eyesore it is.
UPDATE from John Saxton:
Yeah, but I’d rather they stay in that “a squat totalitarian toad of a building” than spend a BILLION dollars stolen from workers’ paychecks to build a magnificent new palace to the state. P.S. I love LRC; thanks for making it.
UPDATE from Chris Ciancio:
Hough didn’t mention it but I thinks stories like that are, in part, machinations to build public support for that asinine glass-steel-moat monstrosity the State Dept. wants to build in London.
UPDATE from John Williams:
7:46 am on July 7, 2010 Email Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr.
The questionnaire for U.S. Visa approval at the London Embassy, which Steven Hough excerpts on his weblog, sounds more like an application form for the CIA.
• Have you committed, ordered, incited, assisted, or otherwise participated in extrajudicial killings, political killings, or other acts of violence?
• Have you ever committed, ordered, incited, assisted, or otherwise participated in torture?
• Have you ever or do you intend to provide financial assistance or other support to terrorists or terrorist organizations? Etc.