Archive for October 19, 2009

This post deserves linkage simply for making a connection between Archbishop Rowan Williams and the Doctor’s Arch Enemy the Master. Money Quote:

Well, the Master had his flaws, I’ll give you that. One of which was an unwavering commitment to the forces of evil. But at least he didn’t waffle, like Dr Rowan Williams. He wasn’t always strictly truthful, but unless you were massively gullible you knew where he stood. He was in favour of unbridled greed, tryannical world domination, the enslavement of entire galaxies, and the ordination of women bishops.

I don’t think much of Williams myself but I see though Thompson’s unflattering comparison with the 3rd doctor’s foe. He knows Rich’s comic blog has a New 3rd doctor story in progress and is engaged in shameless blogwhoring in the hopes of getting crossover hits.

You can’t fool me.

You have to think of the way things were back in the middle ages and before.

You had a group of elites. Some were wise some were not, they got their wealth from inheritances of lands granted by royalty and lived off the labor of the tenants on the land.

They would patronize entertainers and artists and scientists. Those people would humor their patrons who were amateurs in their fields in order to maintain their funding and comfort. They would also have squires and knights who would serve them and depend on their largess for their place in society.

These Lords would compete with other lords for the favor of the king and the largess that he would supply them, but the King also knew that if the Lords turned on him they would be another Royal house in charge.

Since wealth wasn’t the big issue the primary worry was status. Who was considered the most important.

Because they were elites they also enjoyed the king protection when their actions crossed lines of propriety.

And beneath all of these people were the freedman, the tradesmen, the serfs and the slaves, they actually grew the foods and created the tools and did the work and saw the majority of it. They were expected to do the work, pay the taxes and not complain.

When you wonder about Hollywood and Polanski, about the White House’s attack on Fox, about reporters sucking up to Letterman and Polanski, about networks pandering to the president, about the NRCC and the New York 23rd, about conservatives becoming big spenders and about CPAC west and their treatment of John Ziegler, keep the above in mind and it will all make sense to you.

Update: Salena Zito elaborates.

My review of the Masterpiece Theatre version of the Last of the Mohicans is available at here.

This was a favorite of my youth and age has not lowered the quality of the adaption one bit. For Doctor Who fans you will notice a ton of supporting players from the 1st to the 7th in both TV and audio.

A real winner