NO comment needed… great, ain’t it?
Here’s a model of St Philip the Apostle parish church, which the MP’s building in Sharjah, in the United Arab Emirates. Many Americans, misled by Fox News propaganda, and by lies spread by the likes of Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck, believe that Christians are persecuted in all Muslim countries, especially in the Middle East. This isn’t the case… as this project indicates. The UAE, Oman, Bahrain, Tunisia, Jordan, Iran, Syria, Kuwait, and Palestine allow Christians to worship freely. The large Christian communities in Egypt and the Lebanon have weathered many crises in the past… they’ll do so again. Christians and Muslims have lived together in this region for some 1,200 years… the periods of peaceful coexistence far outweigh the relatively short periods of persecution. In modern days, US intervention in the region has stirred up militant Islam, and the local Christians have suffered unfairly as a result. Indeed, the USA is directly responsible for the decimation of the Christian population of Iraq, by removing the Ba’ath government, which restrained the Islamo-kooks.
Yes, it’s time to applaud a new Orthodox church in the Gulf… and to see how far the Mother Church has come since the removal of restrictions in 1985. You’ve come a LONG way, baby… both geographically, and psychologically. Stand up and cheer!
I found all of these quotes thought-provoking… even those that are evil (those are in italics). Always keep yourself informed of all sides of a question; even if you find that some of them, like the Laissez-faire Neoliberal Free Market, Wilsonian Interventionism, Radical American Sectarianism, and Ayn Rand Egotism, are objectively malevolent… you must know what foe you face.
Not all those respected as noble men are actually worthy. Some employ sham benevolence to hide how treacherous and wicked they truly are.
I said that a solution to the problems right now, I told Bush, is a Marshall Plan. He got angry. He said the Marshall Plan is a crazy idea of the Democrats. He said the best way to revitalise the economy is war, and that the United States has grown stronger with war… those were his exact words. The Democrats had been wrong. All of the economic growth of the United States has been encouraged by wars. He said it very clearly.
Fascism was really the basis for the New Deal.
I’m fighting because I want to be able to look my children in the face some day and say to them that America wasn’t afraid to fight once again for an ideal, the ideals that’ve made America great. I love peace, but I hate war for the shocking waste of everything that it is; but even war is preferable to supine acquiescence in international murder, not merely of the body, but of the spirit.
“To Be Able to Look My Children in the Face”
Why I Fight (a WW2 era book)
The people we see protesting in Madison are the equivalent of Hosni Mubarak apparatchiks, who’re trying to hold onto their privileges despite the will of the people, who’re being exploited to pay for them.
(The above is theatre of the absurd, is it not? It proves that Rush’s grasp on reality is tenuous in the extreme. He was talking about school teachers and office clerks, not government functionaries and politicos. It DOES take all kinds… BMD)
In another part of the camp, they showed me the children, hundreds of them. Some were only 6 years old. One rolled up his sleeves, showed me his number. It was tattooed on his arm. B-6030, it was. The others showed me their numbers. They’ll carry them until they die… I could see their ribs through their thin shirts.
The defence policy of the United States is based on a simple premise… the United States does not start fights. We’ll never be an aggressor. We maintain our strength in order to deter and defend against aggression… to preserve freedom and peace.
(This is one of the greatest lies ever uttered… ask the people of Serbia, Afghanistan, Iraq, Grenada, Panama, Libya, and Iran… the US either attacked or threatened all of these countries. Dotty Ronnie was one of the most evil men of the 20th century, although his avuncular “sincerity” and method-acting fooled most of his interlocutors (as Val Zorin of VOR reported) BMD).
The real difference between a cultured person and an uneducated boor is that the former continues to learn, they don’t believe that they’ve learnt it all.
All in all, unprecedented terror must seem necessary to ideologically motivated attempts to transform society massively and speedily, against its natural possibilities. The accompanying falsifications took place, and on a barely credible scale, in every sphere. Real facts, real statistics, disappeared into the realm of fantasy.
This is an impressive crowd… the haves and the have-mores. Some people call you the élites; I call you my base.
If there’s no struggle, there’s no progress. Those who profess to favour freedom, and yet depreciate agitation, are men who want crops without ploughing up the ground. They want rain without thunder and lightning. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters. This struggle may be a moral one; or it may be a physical one; or it may be both moral and physical; but it must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will. Find out just what a people will submit to, and you have found out the exact amount of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them; and these will continue till they are resisted with either words or blows, or with both. The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress. Men may not get all they pay for in this world; but they must pay for all they get. If we ever get free from all the oppressions and wrongs heaped upon us, we must pay for their removal. We must do this by labour, by suffering, by sacrifice, and, if needs be, by our lives, and the lives of others.
When a great truth once gets abroad in the world, no power on earth can imprison it, or prescribe its limits, or suppress it. It is bound to go on till it becomes the thought of the world.
You know, Paul, Reagan proved that deficits don’t matter. We won the mid-term elections; this is our due.
I think [that Sarah Palin] has pretty thoroughly… and probably irretrievably… proven that she’s not up to the job of being President of the United States.
No business, which depends for existence on paying less than living wages to its workers, has any right to continue in this country. …
The test of our progress isn’t whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it’s whether we provide enough for those who have too little. …
They who seek to establish systems of government based on the regimentation of all human beings by a handful of individual rulers… call this a new order. It isn’t new, and it isn’t order. …
(Am I being catty in pointing up that the Neocon Republicans and the Wilsonian Interventionists both call their ideologies the “New World Order?” The Nazis used that same title! BMD)
Unhappy events abroad have retaught us two simple truths about the liberty of a democratic people. The first truth is that the liberty of a democracy isn’t safe if the people tolerate the growth of private power to a point where it becomes stronger than their democratic State itself. That, in its essence, is fascism… ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power. The second truth is that the liberty of a democracy isn’t safe if its business system doesn’t provide employment, and produce and distribute goods in such a way as to sustain an acceptable standard of living. Both lessons hit home. Among us, today, a concentration of private power without equal in history is growing.
A little twist this time on what’s driven my thinking… look at not only what I found edifying, but at what I found repulsive… it’ll give you real insight into my character and personality. God willing, it’ll give you a moment or two of reflection, as well.
Captain Wrongway Peachfuzz… he’d be an improvement on whomever did this botched “update”…
After all the ballyhoo and missed deadlines… the last deadline was missed by over 36 hours… the “new” OCA main website appeared. Look at it:
There’s nothing radically “new” about it. There’s no new news format… there’s the same shitty low-res images… there’s no change in the piss-poor writing and mawkish cheerleading… in fact, the “look” is far chintzier than the old website, it looks like one of the more el-cheapo minimalist WordPress formats manipulated by a clueless bozo.
Here’s some news, kids… Ray Velencia and Joe Fester are still listed as OCA clergy on the Archdiocese of Washington page! That means that whoever was doing the makeover did NO re-editing, they did NO galley-proofing… they did NOTHING beyond putting the material into a cheesier-looking format, kids… I wonder how much they jazzed Fathausen for this paragon of lazy and slapdash work. Oh, yes… I saved the page and sent it on to trusted friends… I want the Winnipeg magistrate to know that of 11.00 EDT 12 July 2011, long after both men were supposedly “released” to other archdioceses, the OCA still listed Fester and Velencia as active clergy of its diocese in Washington DC.
Things haven’t changed for Fathausen & Co, have they? I wonder why Hilarion Alekseyevich is putting up with this incompetent and posturing weasel. If this doesn’t prove to you that the First Families are running the show, doing nothing, and pissing on you, to boot, nothing shall. I’ll bet ya that the incompetent geek who did this lackadaisical redesign was a “FOV” (“Friend of Victor”)…
Oh, one last thing… the OCA news item datelined 11 July announcing the new website is a lie, kids… it didn’t go up until after 09.00 EDT today, 12 July 2011, I checked last night and this morning. Watch for Stokoe to lie outrageously on his site to do CYA for Fathsausen. If they can’t tell the truth in small matters, they certainly won’t in larger ones, either!
Oh, well… did we expect otherwise? Dear God, let someone take out the humane killer to put this unthrifty beast down… otherwise, too many people are going to be scandalised.
Tuesday 12 July 2011
Several people have reported to me that it’s harder to navigate around the oca.org site; everything takes longer to load. They should’ve keep their mouths shut until they’d worked out the bugs, then, rolled it out to great fanfare (THAT would’ve shut up their critics). That’s the way grounded and competent people do it… for they know that Murphy rules, and that you’ll go through several deadlines before you can put it all to bed. All in all, it was handled incompetently and bungled publicly. There’s nothing wrong with hitting a snag… there’s everything wrong with loudly trumpeting a goal, and, then, falling flat on one’s arse in full view of the peanut gallery. It shows that Fathausen isn’t fit to be head of a squad of “honey dippers” (all you old PA hands know what I’m talking about)… he doesn’t know when to be quiet. Sheesh… it’s like having Alfred E Neuman as First Hierarch…