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Glory, Hallelujah

June 22nd, 2017 by G.

 

The new political science—rightwing, online, intellectual—tends to think of a regime’s political formula as a pure act of will.  As the product of design.

 

But in fact political formulas do happen naturally and they can’t just be anything.  There are only a few broad types of formulas that souls will respond to.  America’s political formula, for instance, is not democratic legitimacy (though its been shifting that way for decades, the worse for us) but rather the American Dream, or, in other words, “a decent live for decent people.”  It arose naturally from frontier conditions.  Some might say “freedom,” in the sense of being left alone by a distant government, but that is also a natural part of the frontier condition and is just a subset of a decent life for decent people.

 

If you were somehow to plot different political regimes and their political formulas, you’d get an unusual cluster around Monarchy on the Y axis and Glory on the X axis.  “The king is the fount of honors.”  La gloire et l’empereur!

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June 22nd, 2017 07:30:29

More than 3 Million Immigrant Voters

June 22nd, 2017 by Man SL

Could be, anyway.  That’s a lot.

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June 22nd, 2017 04:51:34

The Great Divorce

June 22nd, 2017 by MC

This part of Peter Beinart’s attempt to bring liberals to sanity on immigration stood out to me:

Between 2008 and 2016, Democrats became more and more confident that the country’s growing Latino population gave the party an electoral edge. To win the presidency, Democrats convinced themselves, they didn’t need to reassure white people skeptical of immigration so long as they turned out their Latino base. “The fastest-growing sector of the American electorate stampeded toward the Democrats this November,” Salon declared after Obama’s 2008 win. “If that pattern continues, the GOP is doomed to 40 years of wandering in a desert.”

The increasing aggression and stridency of the Left is not monocausal, but surely the sense that the Left didn’t need white voters anymore (specifically, white Christians) helps explain why even supposedly moderate lefties did almost nothing to rein in or dissociate themselves from the extremists on campus, in Black Lives Matter, etc.

I’ve mentioned before how the very possibility of divorce makes marriage itself worse. Marriage requires total dedication, a lot of compromise, and self-denial. And fidelity in marriage requires us not to even acknowledge that there are options besides sticking around. Once you commit to be with someone, you think of every reason why you should be with them. You cultivate the love that you have; you see your spouse through Marriage Goggles.

But once you start thinking about divorce, you take the Marriage Goggles off. You may even put Divorce Goggles on. This is how marriages end.

The Left and Right in this country used to at least try to live with one another. But then the Left’s eye began to wander to those younger, more exotic and exciting immigrants. They work so hard for such low wages! They appreciate the Left’s ideas in a way the Right never could! They make such delicious sandwiches!

But what happens when bringing someone new into the home doesn’t result in the eviction of the old spouse?

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June 22nd, 2017 00:45:12

A Darn Tough Bullet to Chew

June 21st, 2017 by G.

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June 21st, 2017 14:51:16

Desecrating the Power of God

June 21st, 2017 by G.

Early this morning my wife was exercising.  She put on “Eye of the Tiger” that Rocky  made famous.

 

Why “the eye of the tiger”?  I thought.  There is no established meaning of the eye of the tiger.  There is no cultural weight there.  If I mentioned that someone was “tiger-eyed,” you wouldn’t know what to think.

 

But the song is popular for a reason.  The band succeeded in making “the eye of the tiger” mean something about the will to win.  They made their own little myth.

 

So it hit me.  We are all naturally mythmakers.  We tell stories and we try to live out stories, and those are all acts of creating myths. (more…)

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June 21st, 2017 14:45:28

Transcontinental Eclipse of ’17

June 21st, 2017 by John Mansfield

Out early this morning, I was fortunate to see a beautiful thin old moon. I first saw it before 4:30, three quarters of an hour after it rose, and an hour and a quarter before sunrise. The moon should be an aid to navigation, but I found it quite a distraction working my way through the roads leaving Dulles airport. Its shadowed side was centered at 2:30 relative to the horizon, and Venus was at the moon’s 1 o’clock. They were also striking in a different way at 5:20, after the sky had begun dawning.

Seeing the moon two days before its new phase of course brought the thought, “Only two more orbits until the eclipse.” So, any plans to catch some shade under the path of totality? For myself, I will spend the weekend camped on the shore of Lake Greenwood in South Carolina, five miles south of the central line. Lake Greenwood is also twenty-five miles from I-26 which crosses the state on a bearing remarkably close to that of the eclipse’s path, so depending on cloud forecasts, we may set out Monday morning for the coast near Charleston or the other way toward Tennessee. Totality reaches South Carolina in the afternoon 2:36:10 and departs her coast at 2:49:01.

For any thinking about what they want to do on Monday, August 21, here is a link to NASA’s helpful webpage: link and alternate link.

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June 21st, 2017 06:17:16

Fentanyl deaths: Screw-up or conspiracy*?

June 20th, 2017 by Bookslinger

(*Americanized version of a Dr. Charlton post’s title.)

So a lot of addicts have died recently because there’s too much fentanyl or carfentanyl  mixed  in the heroin that they are injecting or otherwise ingesting.

Heroin has always needed to be diluted or “cut” with an inert filler.  Pure heroin kills. At least according to the TV shows and movies I’ve seen. So, when adding the cheaper and more powerful synthetic opiod fentanyl to heroin, it would need  to be diluted even more. 

Some heroin addicts die every year just taking  “standard” concentration heroin. In their stupor or desperation, they carelessly just take too much.  But when dozens or hundreds of people in a geographic area all overdose in the same day or two, something else is in play. (more…)

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June 20th, 2017 15:15:38

Family Preparedness

June 20th, 2017 by G.

Reading an old Welfare session of General Conference is an interesting experience. It’s very temporal and in a petit bourgeois way. Class instincts you didn’t even know you had rebel.

So it was a relief to see a talk by Spencer W. Kimball about “Family Preparedness.” At last, something about strengthening the family, instead of about food storage! (more…)

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June 20th, 2017 07:12:41

Sustainable Society

June 20th, 2017 by Patrick Henry

At some point I fell out of the conventional political spectrum.  Maybe it was when I talked to the old about the history they’d lived, which was different from what was in the textbooks.  But I think it was actually when I first asked myself two questions.

  1.  What kind of people are needed to sustain the kind of society we have?  and
  2. What does our society do to preserve or create those kind of people?

The answer to the second was it does jack all. Worse, it degrades those kinds of people. Our society was a spendthrift. It was spending down the social capital whose earnings it relied on. Our society was unsustainable.

But no one who mattered seemed to care.

And the problem was worse than I realized then.

At the demographic level, modernity selects systematically against modern populations. The people it prefers, it consumes.

-from here.

We live lives of ease and luxury. We are history’s gentry. But we are the gentry in a 19th C. novel. We are the heirs, but the current holder of the property is a degenerate drunk who is mortgaging heavily and trashing the estates. We can count ourselves fortunate if its only our inheritance and our family name that is ruined.

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June 20th, 2017 06:48:22

Earthly Father, Heavenly Father

June 18th, 2017 by G.

A perennial Fathers’ Day favorite:

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June 18th, 2017 18:22:33

It’s the Faith that Counts

June 18th, 2017 by G.

From Margaret Gay Judd Clawson’s account of crossing the plains, found in I Walked to Zion, by Susan Arrington Madsen:

One cow in our team was very intelligent; she was so bright that she used to hide in the willows to keep from being yoked up, but when father found her and yoked her, she was a good worker and a good milker. She got very lame at one time and could scarecely travel. My parents were very much worried, having already lost one cow. They were afraid they could not keep up with the company, and so Mother said she would make a poultice and put it on as soon as Bossy lay down for the night. Mother made a very large plaster that covered all the cow’s lame hip. Well, the next morning when Father went to get the cows up, he called out, “Why, Mother, you have poulticed the wrong hip.” Mother said, “Never mind; it’s all right, it has gone clean through;” and sure enough, Bossy limped very little that day and was soon as well as ever. I know there was a great deal of faith mixed up with that poultice.

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June 18th, 2017 18:05:11

The Cult of Authenticity: Multiple Personality Edition

June 17th, 2017 by Zen

Ponder this:

“Consider the musical ‘Grease’, where Sandy sheds her goody-goody persona to become a leather-clad, pelvis-thrusting bad girl. Surely all this smokiness and gyration is Sandy. But just as surely, this is a performance designed to gain the approval of her peers, not the ‘real’ Sandy.” (more…)

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June 17th, 2017 22:28:09

Ansel Adams moment

June 17th, 2017 by Vader

Friend of the Junior Ganymede, Kent Budge, seems to have had a wonderful vacation combining temple marriage with sedimentary geology.

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June 17th, 2017 20:03:28

Heaven is Glory

June 16th, 2017 by G.

The scriptures are aggressively old school. Who talks about glory any more? The scriptures do. The prophets from the beginning down through Joseph Smith used glory to describe the afterlife, in a way that makes it seem that glory is not just a description but somehow the essence of the thing. The scriptures mention glory more than they mention love.

They are “kingdoms of glory,” or “degrees of glory.” Judgment determines the glory that we can endure. Heaven simply is our current existence, plus glory. “That same sociality which exists among us here will exist among us there, only it will be coupled with eternal glory.” Glory was God’s object in the council in heaven, and desire for it was the motive of Satan’s rebellion.

Indeed, we call God’s realm “the heavens,” or in other words, the sky, where clouds pile up, white on white, light on light, glory on glory.

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June 16th, 2017 07:15:41

Worth Sharing

June 16th, 2017 by G.

Here a couple of tidbits I ran across.

1. From I don’t remember where, a fellow saying that post-war America was a gigantic marshmallow experiment, where we ate out the inside the marshmallow, gobbled down the second marshmallow as a reward, and have now given our heirs a marshmallow shell for their inheritance.

What an optimist, that fellow.

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All masculinity is toxic, because if it’s not, then it’s good, and there can’t be anything good that isn’t equally female, and therefore not masculine by definition.

-from a conversation with Friend of the JG @Handle

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June 16th, 2017 06:55:21