Thursday, 13 January 2011
Here’s a short little vid (2 1/2 minutes) on the brave Carpatho-Russian people. Reflect on this… the Republican Party supported (and supports) the Galician Uniate nationalist nutters. That is, if you support the GOP, you support a political party that not only coddles the enemies of the Church, it helps them in their attacks upon us. It’s one thing for Sectarians to support such nastiness… but Orthodox people should not. You can support the courageous Carpatho-Russian people, or, you can support the Tea Party… but not both. You must choose… do choose carefully and do choose well.
If you believe the popular media, Haiti’s a land overrun by voodoo, witch doctors, and the occult. No doubt, it’s there (and much more than it should be)… but Christianity is there too. On the one extreme, you have the witch doctors and their necromancy… on the other extreme, you have proselytising Sectarians with their enthusiastic excesses. In the middle, one finds Christian believers (mostly Catholic, but there are some Orthodox, too).
Yes… there’s much that’s WRONG in Haiti… but NOT everything is crank. Don’t listen to the Proddie propaganda… look at the Haitian woman with her rosary… now, aren’t you ashamed of listening to Anglo-Saxon triumphalistic rubbish?
Grow old along with me!
The best is yet to be,
The last of life, for which the first was made:
Our times are in His hand
Who saith, “A whole I plann’d,
Youth shows but half; trust God: see all nor be afraid!”
But I need, now as then,
Thee, God, who mouldest men;
And since, not even while the whirl was worst
Did I, to the wheel of life
With shapes and colours rife,
Bound dizzily, mistake my end, to slake Thy thirst:
So, take and use Thy work:
Amend what flaws may lurk,
What strain o’ the stuff, what warpings past the aim!
My times be in Thy hand!
Perfect the cup as plann’d!
Lest age approve of youth, and death complete the same!
Rabbi Ben Ezra
Here’s a link to the complete text of the poem:
Writing about worthless gutter trash like Sarah Palin and prattling posturing poseurs like Gregory Jensen leaves a very sour taste in my mouth, so, I wanted to find something about a wonderful and positive person… and I did. Let Lyudmila inspire you with her true beauty…
Lyudmila Mikhailovna Korolyova… In the course of our chat, I naïvely asked her when she planned to get together with her friends. She replied that she’s hardly got anyone left anymore… she’s almost 90, almost all of her friends and relatives have passed on. Nevertheless, despite this, she hasn’t lost heart; she carries on, even though she’s almost completely alone in life. Her mind is sharp, her memory is excellent, she’s full of zest for life, and she still loves to read. Every day, she takes a walk, she doesn’t feel down at all, although she shared with me that she has to remind herself to not to forget to remove the key from the door. She had a rich and eventful life… there were many difficulties, but there were light-hearted moments, too. Through her aunt, her family is related to Tolstoy. In Soviet times, she worked as a teacher at the institute, and she was involved in the theatre there. Despite her external fragility, she still has “backbone”, she has internal resources rarely seen amongst younger people of our generation. She didn’t have any complaints about life; I could only discern two things to which she expressed opposition. One was Stalin. The second was, “Too many people are stealing these days, that’s unfair”. As I said, she’s got no complaints about life. Yes, now, it seems that she’s fond of reading German books on philosophy…
On the wall… a portrait of her mother painted by her father…
When I brought the camera in closer for a closeup of her hand, she asked, “What were you shooting?” I replied, “The lines of your life”…
Despite the vast difference in our ages, our communication was easy and unforced…
There was a rare moment of outside contact… one of her remaining friends rang her up…
She used to play the piano… not anymore… not with her hands the way that they are now…
11 January 2011
This post reminded me of the great poem by Robert Browning, Rabbi Ben Ezra… that’s why I prefaced it with quotes from it. Yet, I found, in the end, this was just another way I had of dealing with Denise’s death… no doubt, it’s going to crop up now and again as a motivator and leitmotif, for a while, at least. Death is a mystery… you won’t go away unscathed from its touch, that is, if you were truly close to another soul. I haven’t plumbed the depths of this yet… it’ll come, in God’s good time, and in His ways, which aren’t ours. However, I do know one thing… I must stay the course… come what may. Life is too serious and much too short. You must choose… either you can follow the truth, or, you can follow comfortable lies… I choose the former, what about you?
Why Do “Orthodox” Websites Support Sarah Palin? Her “Blood Libel” Comment Placed Her Beyond the Pale…
I’d LOVE to see her Teleprompter go on the fritz! She’d stand there like an imbecile with her mouth open with no idea on where to turn! I’d PAY to see that happen…
Sarah Palin demonstrated that she has little interest… or capacity… in moving beyond her brand of grievance-based politics. Barack Obama reminded even his critics of his ability to rally disparate Americans around a message of reconciliation. Palin was defiant, making the case in a taped speech she posted online why the nation’s heated political debate should continue unabated even after Saturday’s tragedy in Tucson. Seeming to follow her own advice, she swung back at her opponents, deeming the inflammatory notion that she was in any way responsible for the shootings a “blood libel”.
Let’s be frank… Sarah Palin has no ability whatsoever as a politician, she lacks any basic knowledge of the world around her, and she shows a decided lack of even the slightest trace of breeding, manners, and tact (Jed Clampett (a true gentleman, if there ever was such) would tell you, “Ooh dawgie… I wouldn’t vote for that one if I were you”). She’s nothing but a trained television presenter who can read copy off a Teleprompter whilst looking “sincere”. Don’t forget, her sock-puppet Joe Miller refused to concede the election graciously to Lisa Murkowski, he kept the official count in the courts until the last second on flimsy pretexts, and his goons handcuffed a reporter. What Mr Miller did was with the full support of Ms Palin… that tells me that Sarah Palin lacks any scrap of character, and that she’s no one that any Orthodox Christian should emulate or should put forward as an exemplar. In any case, she’s a Sectarian… a Holy Roller, for God’s sake. Orthodox shouldn’t be endorsing Sectarians… that’s an indirect endorsement of Sectarianism, which is violently anti-Church (and, therefore, profoundly anti-Christian) in its orientation.
We should stand tall for what our Church stands for… if you don’t know what His Holiness says, well, log on to the Russian websites and find out! If you lack facility in Russian, I do my best to translate his major statements and post snaps of his important doings here on this site. Bear this in mind… His Holiness believes that the current neoliberal political/economic system in the West is “fraudulent”… that’s his word, not mine. You can stand with His Holiness… or you can stand with Sarah Palin and the rest of the GOP Tea Party nutters. One or the other… the lady, or, the tiger? It’s your choice, after all…
Thursday 13 January 2011
Colonel Mohamed Alí Seineldín (1933-2009), a hero of the Malvinas War, he commanded the 25th Infantry Regiment in battle against the Thatcherite invaders… what religion do you think that he confessed?
Luchamos por el mismo objetivo, que es la nacionalidad y la fe cristiana.
We fought for the same goal, for our nation and for the Christian faith.
Colonel Mohamed Alí Seineldín
There has been much rot spouted by the wingnut commentariat and posted on rightwing websites on the subject of the “Ground Zero mosque”. A good deal of it is rancid anti-Islamic hatred. Do be careful… not everyone named “Mohammed” is a Muslim… they may very well be conversos! If I’m informed correctly, the family of former Argentine President Carlos Saúl Menem were also formerly-Muslim conversos (I believe that Sr Menem himself was baptised Catholic as a baby, though)… so, do be careful when you see “Muslim” names in the press, you could be wrong (especially if you depend on such inaccurate and notional news sources as Rush Limbaugh, Sarah Palin, and Fox News). As for Colonel Seineldín, he was a principled and vehement foe of the USA and neoliberalism, seeing both as anti-Catholic and nihilistic forces… that’s not at all bad, is it?
As for uninformed diatribes against Islam… I’d simply refer you to the Egyptian Muslims who offered themselves as “human shields” to protect Coptic churches from Islamocist attacks. Also ponder the fact that Limbaugh, Palin, Beck, et al support the Islamocist Karzai junta in Afghanistan… a régime that wants to put Muslims who convert to any other faith to death. I see something seriously wrong here… don’t you?
Just remember… the first glance may be misleading… after all, the loud GOP wingnuts support Islamocist oppression in Afghanistan (and always did… they supported the Islamocist mujahideen and opposed the secular DRA back in the 80s… that laid the groundwork for 9/11, unfortunately). Not quite what you thought at first look, is it?