Voices from Russia

Saturday, 19 November 2011

19 November 2011. “Tell Us About the Old Times…” There was LIFE in the Metropolia

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Memorial Day pilgrimage at St Tikhon Monastery. South Canaan PA USA

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Metropolitan Leonty Turkevich (1876-1965) with Bishop Nikon de Greve (1895-1983) at St Tikhon Monastery. South Canaan PA USA

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Metropolitan Leonty Turkevich and Fr Joseph Pishtey

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Metropolia Holy Synod

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No, Virginia, Russian Orthodox life here in the USA didn’t begin with the posturing schmidiots at SVS… it started in thousands of humble homes across the Northeast and industrial Midwest. THESE are the TRUE founders of our Church… not the “scholars”… not the “converts”… not the “tithers and marchers”. These were people who worked in the mines and mills… who took the lead on the work-site and on the picket-line. They fought hard for JUSTICE… and they mostly won it. This is our heritage and legacy…

Don’t let posturing “Pan-Orthodox/rightwing” fanatics take away our Church. Remember our babas and dedes…

BMD

19 November 2011. Was Dickie Wood “Invited” to His Nibs’ Birthday Bash Today? If so… I’d LOVE to Know What Went Down…

“Come on in, dear boy… we have a thing or two to discuss…”

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The big birthday bash for His Holiness was this morning at Christ the Saviour. All perspirin’ minds are wondering the same thing… was Dickie Wood “invited”… and if he was, what did His Holiness say to him? I woulda loved to have been a fly on that wall for that one! We’ll have to watch the news… after all, Dickie didn’t just shaft His Nibs by going to that oligarch bash… don’t forget, he made Archimandrite Tikhon Shevkunov look stupid, too (Tikhon’s the superior at the Sretensky Monastery and a big sweat at the Centre that Dickie’s been sucking up to for years)… and Archimandrite Tikhon’s the confessor to the Putin family. Bright move, Dickie… now, the ball’s in Syosset’s court… shall they do the right thing and can this idiot? We’ll have to see…

BMD

19 November 2011. Yes, Virginia, There WAS a St Platon Seminary… We Lost it Due to Incompetent Bishops and Bad Loans… Sound Familiar?

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The above image shows St Platon Russian Orthodox Seminary in Tenafly NJ sometime before 1920. I’d tell people that although lightning doesn’t strike twice in the same place in nature, it does amongst people, as we too often refuse to learn from our elders’ mistakes. As Prince Otto von Bismarck put it:

You’re all idiots… you all think that you learn from your experiences; I prefer to learn from other people’s errors, then, I’ll avoid their mistakes myself.

The Iron Chancellor’s right… do ask questions about the Honesdale Loan and how its secured… do ask questions about the questionable “reduction” in assessments” passed at the recent Sobor in Seattle (it’s worded so vaguely that the OCA could go to court and claim that they’re not bound by it)… and do make sure that your parish’s property and bank accounts are safe from Syosset’s minions (including many priests… they’re not bad… they’re simply weak reeds). The Metropolia lost this prime property in a chi-chi neighbourhood due to dodgy loans and clueless bishops. That sounds much too much like today for comfort, doesn’t it? Remember, the Church lost about six hectares (@14.5 acres) of primo real estate the last time… what’ll they lose this time? After all, they probably “had” to borrow to pay Dickie Wood’s tab at the Vanil Restoran (Moscow’s notorious for its high prices)… I wonder what Alexander Lebedeff would say about THAT use of the “widow’s mite”… perspirin’ minds DO wanna know!

Barbara-Marie Drezhlo

Saturday 19 November 2011

Albany NY

19 November 2011. Reardon’s Spouting Rightwing Drivel on Monomakhos… Here are MY Heroes!

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Glory to October!

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We Stand for Sevastopol!

Vasili Nesterenko

2005

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Our Fathers were the Heroes of October! Glory! Glory!

Viktor Ivanov

1963

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The Purpose of the Loan is to Speed Victory Over the Enemy

Unknown Artist

1914-17

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Glory to Great October!

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Everything for Victory!

Unknown Artist

1914-17

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Glory to October!

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Forward! For the Motherland!

D O Maksimov

1914-17

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Stand Up!

Nikolai Zhukov

1942

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Toys for the Children of Fallen Soldiers

L Brailovsky

1914

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Let’s NOT forget the memories of those who “didn’t come home from the wars”.

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The Unbeaten

Vasili Nesterenko

2005

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Any ONE of the genuine heroes pictured above is worthy of respect; all of the rightwing gasbags out there… including Patrick Henry Reardon… are beneath your contempt. THIS is what I stand for… the Holy Anointed Monarchy of the White and the Social Democracy of the Red… if Jack Layton (Blessed be his Memory) had become Canadian PM, he would have knelt before the Governor General (the Queen’s viceroy), as is right. He would also have ruled the country in a Social Democratic fashion and fought the rightwing Corporatist swine, which would also be right. I’m a determined and inflexible opponent of American Radical “Conservatism“, with its rejection of all the timeless verities (including God… the Religious Right has no REAL religion in it at all). I stand for the Cross AND the Crown AND the Red Banner… all at once, they’re not contradictory!

Pat Reardon is gassing his usual rightwing rubbish on Monomakhos. I’m not going to go on and on… that’s really the topic of another post. Ponder this… Tsar St Nikolai the Royal Martyr Passionbearer was NOT imprisoned by the Reds! The bourgeois pigs of Kerensky’s Masonic junta locked up our annointed tsar (don’t forget, ADS was a member of Kerensky’s zapadnik faction in Paris). The Church wouldn’t let Kerensky’s body be buried in consecrated ground… he was a Mason and the ultimate murderer of the tsar. Without Kerensky’s action, Tsar Nikolai Aleksandrovich and his family may have survived (certainly, the children would have, at least). That’s to say, the mercantile bourgeois cabal that pulled off the February Revolution were the same as contemporary American “conservatives“… just as Radical, just as godless, just as heedless of Tradition and Truth, and just as contemptuous of Legitimacy and Patriotism (after all, the New Right believes, “Let the poor die for our country… I have more important things to do”). Think on that. Here’s what His Holiness has to say on the attitudes that are the bedrock foundation of Me First American “Conservatism”:

If false values about what’s important, which are now being implanted in every way in the minds of our youth, take over… “It’s your life, seek pleasure, wealth, money, and success”… does such a system of moral orientation allow people to disregard their selfish impulses, to lay it all to the side, so that they could give their lives for their country? No, I don’t see how you could do it.

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Consumers who wallow in luxury, who set great store by extravagance and comfort, aren’t capable of great deeds.

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The modern economy is built largely on fraud; it creates money out of thin air. Money’s a token of human labour and of our God-given resources, such as coal, ore, and oil, along with our intelligence, physical labour, culture, and spirituality. However, every company produces its own money in the form of shares, which is passed onto the secondary market, becoming not just simple securities; they’re traded and used as items of speculation. If these mere phantasms earn billions, not even backed by labour or real capital, then, how can such an economy exist? Who’s going to pay for all of this? Why, the simple worker is going to, who produces the value behind all of this bubble. We need a fair economic system where money and capital are equivalent and are the expression of real work.

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An economic system built only on the striving for profit, on indifference to the fate of people, on disregard for moral norms, is deprived of stability, and can collapse at any moment, burying the fate of people under its rubble.

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Of course, there’s MUCH more from His Holiness, but this is enough for now. Here’s your choice… Reardon (and Paffahausen and all the rest of the ignorant konvertsy) or His Holiness. You can have Social Justice and Selfless Patriotism as His Holiness teaches or you can have Selfish Greed and Unpatriotic Cowardice as Reardon et al teach. I’ll give you a hint… Reardon looks favourably upon such amoral filth as Rush Limbaugh (four-times married and a coward who refused to serve) and Newt Gingrich (three-times married and another Chicken Hawk coward). Birds of a feather DO flock together! It sure tells you volumes about Reardon! I’m for His Holiness… even if I stand alone! I’ll confide that you won’t let me be solitary in my stand, though….

One last thought… when His Holiness attacks “Liberalism”, he attacks Classical Liberalism, which is the ultimate wellspring from whence American Contemporary “Conservatism” sprang. That is, he’s foursquare AGAINST the entire American “Conservative” project… that’s something that you should know, isn’t it?

BMD

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