Family Values

The American media is married to the political-administrative elite, literally.

So closed-minded is the community of right-thinkers who live in the Northeast corridor, who work at our banks and universities and media outlets and governments, that the slightest hint of alternative thinking causes them to spasm in revolt. At times the revolt can be petty and snarky and mocking, as in this recording of journalists laughing at Weekly Standard writer John McCormack’s serious questioning of Nancy Pelosi on late-term abortion. At times the revolt is furious and unrelenting, bringing political measures such as boycotts, firing, even legislation to bear to suppress dissent—as in the hysteria that has accompanied discussions of Charles and David Koch possibly buying the Los Angeles Times. What unites these reactions is the shared sense of tribal affiliation. We, the objective, the rational, the scientific, must not be tainted by the faithful, the irrational, the zealous.

Overprotective, over-solicitous, making excuses, indulgent, sympathetic, understanding, partial, antagonistic to outsiders—this is how the mainstream media has behaved during the years Barack Obama has been president. And it is exactly how you would behave, too. If your family were at stake.

June 14, 2013admin 13 Comments »
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  • Thales Says:

    Bonus Cathedral points: political alliance via marriage is also European.

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    Posted on June 14th, 2013 at 2:49 pm Reply | Quote
  • spandrell Says:

    The unbearable lightness of ethnogenesis.

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    Posted on June 14th, 2013 at 6:02 pm Reply | Quote
  • survivingbabel Says:

    Well, if that’s their strategy, then it seems to have a short shelf-life, given how many on the left are refusing to marry and have children. Well, at least the activist left; the moneyed left isn’t that stupid.

    Oh, well, I’m doing my part, at least. All married and everything, countdown to children starting now…

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    Nick B. Steves Reply:

    5 months to go eh?

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    survivingbabel Reply:

    Heh, no, unlike myself, our children won’t be able to do math and figure out that they were at our wedding 😛 She wants a few months of just being married before I make her big as a house.

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    Posted on June 14th, 2013 at 6:30 pm Reply | Quote
  • spandrell Says:

    They not only marry each other, they also screw each other’s wives:

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2341825/Tony-Blair-strongly-denies-affair-Wendi-Deng-outrageous-rumours-sweep-internet-reason-Murdoch-divorce.html

    Not really family values but related surely.

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    fotrkd Reply:

    The fallout from Leveson continues?

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    admin Reply:

    That wins weirdest story of the week from me.

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    spandrell Reply:

    Let’s use Who-whom framework to analyze the relationship between Government and the Media.

    Who screws whose wives?

    Do more politicians screw media men’s wives,
    or media men screw more politician’s wives?

    If we had some data we could deduct with certainty where the real power reside.

    With PRISM we can actually answer this question.

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  • fotrkd Says:

    We pick up the story of the wife share in Dee’s biography:

    Dee did not understand. Share in what sense? he asked – in the sense of “carnal use, contrary to the law of the commandment, or of spiritual love and charitable care and unity of minds, for the service of God advancing?’”

    A vision Kelley then beheld in the stone settled the matter: “Upon a scroll, like the edge of a carpet, is written: ‘I speak of both.’”

    Not surprisingly, at the end of the séance, Dee was in a state of “great amazement and grief”, but such was his faith in the spirits that he agreed to go ahead. His diary tells us that his wife Jane was still less impressed by the idea, and we can only guess at how Kelley’s wife Joanna, felt about it. Before fulfilling the pact, the four of them signed a solemn covenant:

    “… O Almighty God… at this present, [we] do faithfully and sincerely confess, and acknowledge, that thy profound wisdom in this most new and strange doctrine (among Christians) propounded, commended, and enjoined unto us four only, is above human reason.”

    On 21 May 1587, Dee confirmed that the wife share had taken place, with just two words in Latin in his diary: “Pactum factum” – pact fulfilled.

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  • Thales Says:

    Related:

    http://blog.jim.com/culture/speaking-truth-to-power.html

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  • John Hannon Says:

    @fotrkd

    The pact broke down only a few weeks later though, due to Dee’s wife being far less gullible than her husband, and Kelly’s wife knowing just what a devious little con artist her old man could be.

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    fotrkd Reply:

    Whilst I’m inclined to agree (and certainly it is recorded as the beginning of the end of Dee and Kelley’s ‘actions’), there is another way to explain Dee’s susceptibility (wandering briefly off topic and setting aside modern cynicism) – the subordination of reason to something else:

    Ultimately, however, Dee’s faith in the actions rested not on the quality of Kelley’s performance, but on the visions themselves. The material he had received may have sometimes been incomprehensible, but it seemed too compelling, too philosophically sophisticated, intricate and elaborate to be invented. It fitted perfectly the patterns he had witnessed through his work and his life: the Nova and comets, the ecclesiastical schisms and bloody wars, the acclamations and denunciations, the ancient texts and new worlds, the arrests, the burnings, the loss of friends and making of enemies, the spying, ciphers and secrets. The world was on the brink. Such an outpouring of spiritual activity was inevitable.

    But not this. This idea of sharing wives did not fit at all.

    ‘Your own reason riseth up against my wisdom,’ Madami told Dee. ‘Behold, you are become free. Do that which most pleaseth you.’ He had become free. Throughout his career, Dee had struggled to reconcile reason with wisdom, understanding with faith. The angels had apparently provided him with the means of reconciling the two. His faith had delivered the message, his understanding would enable him to make sense of it.

    …It was a test of his faith. Dee had to decide whether it was a divine instruction, which his faith must lead him to believe, or an elaborate deception, as his reason might otherwise conclude.

    In undertaking the actions, Dee had ‘offered my soul as a pawn’, as he put it.

    …A lifetime was focused on this decision, like a beam of light projected into a darkened room.

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