Voices from Russia

Monday, 7 April 2014

7 April 2014. A Picture IS Worth a Thousand Words… Abandoned Soviet-Era “Dom Kultury”… The Money HAS to go to Bloodsucking Oligarchs, Dontcha Know!

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This is an abandoned Soviet-era Dom Kultury (House of Culture). Why did this happen? It’s American-style crapitalism in action! You see, the money that supported such “good works” now goes into the pockets of oligarchs. That’s for our own good according to the US Republican Party. You see, the rich only have our betterment at heart… we don’t deserve such things… we’d only ruin them, dontcha know. Remember this picture when you vote in November… remember that the Republican Party BLESSES such ruin so that the rich party hearty. American consumerist godlessness is worse than any formal atheism in the USSR… most of the American “Me First” consumerists are “Born Again” hypocrites who spout smarmy religious rhetoric at every turn… fancy that. Woe to those who call good “evil” and evil “good”. After all, the tree is known by the fruit thereof. THIS is the fruit of crapitalism… any questions?

Oh, yes… such desolation is the REAL meaning of “Pro-Life” as taught by the Republican Party. Anti-abortion agitation, attacking Planned Parenthood, and vandalising clinics doesn’t equal Pro-Life activity (that’s why Republicans such as Bilirakis, Issa, and Amash (an “Unholy Trinity” if there ever was such) are posturing and amoral hypocrites)… compassion, aid, and government social intervention DO (standing against the overuse of the death penalty and aggressive wars also count). To aid one unwed mother without fanfare outweighs all the Marches for Life in God’s eyes, I believe. That’s another thing to bear in mind when you mark your ballot…

BMD 

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Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Clergy Sex Abuse Victims Beg OCA Holy Synod to Defrock Archbishop Seraphim Storheim

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Storheim was OCA’s Highest Ranking Cleric in Canada: Found Guilty of Sexually Assaulting a Young Boy

SNAP to church officials: “You’re breaking your own abuse policy”

For more information:

Members of an abuse survivors’ group are urging OCA officials to defrock Canada’s highest ranking archbishop, who has been found guilty of molesting a child. Leaders of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, say that the denomination’s panel which is responsible for disciplining clergymen is breaking church policy by not permanently ousting Archbishop Seraphim Storheim, who was convicted in January of sexually violating an 11-year-old boy.

http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/local/Archbishop-Storheim-found-guilty-of-sexually-assaulting-altar-boy-241849391.html

The synod of bishops of the Long Island-based Orthodox Church in America (OCA) will begin its spring session in Syosset NY tomorrow. Among the items on their agenda are further “decisions” concerning Storheim.

http://oca.org/news/headline-news/holy-synod-to-begin-spring-session-march-18

http://www.pokrov.org/wp-content/uploads/2014.03.02-Letter-from-Metropolitan-Tikhon-to-SNAP.pdf

The Policies, Standards, and Procedures on Sexual Misconduct, approved by the OCA’s synod at their Fall 2013 meeting, state that “Any clergy … found to have committed child sexual abuse … shall be deposed by the Holy Synod of Bishops, and shall be permanently prohibited from exercising any functions or responsibilities of parish ministry. …”

http://oca.org/PDF/official/2013-10-PSP-Sexual-Misconduct.pdf

Cappy Larson of SNAP said, “This is a no-brainer and should’ve happened weeks ago. Both Archbishop Seraphim’s guilt and church policy are crystal clear. Church officials’ delays and indecision are helping a criminal and hurting his victims”. SNAP is writing to the synod, pleading with them to enforce their abuse policy. Melanie Jula Sakoda, also of SNAP, said, “Let’s make sure that this convicted child molester can never again use his religious titles or roles to get access to and hurt another child”.

From 1990 until his suspension in November of 2010, Storheim headed the OCA’s Archdiocese of Canada, based in Ottawa ON. Prior to that, he worked in Edmonton AB, Winnipeg MB, London ON, Charlotte NC in the USA, and in Finland.

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The text of SNAP’s letter, sent today by fax and email to nine bishops (names at bottom), is here:

Dear Sirs: 

Archbishop Seraphim Storheim was convicted of the sexual abuse of an 11-year-old boy on January 24, 2014. Section 10.05(B) of your newly adopted Policies, Standards, and Procedures on Sexual Misconduct states clearly that, “Any Clergy who … is found to have committed child sexual abuse … shall be deposed by the Holy Synod of Bishops, and shall be permanently prohibited from exercising any functions or responsibilities of parish ministry. …”

Please Gentlemen, Archbishop Seraphim has been found guilty in a court of law of child sexual abuse. Although the judge did not find that there was enough evidence to convict the archbishop of abusing the boy’s twin, his allegation is certainly credible and should also be taken into account.

We know that there is a very active group supporting the archbishop and urging you to hold off taking action until any appeals are completed. As members of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, the three of us know first-hand the devastating effects of child sexual abuse. We are pleading with you to send a strong message to your flocks. If the sexual abuse of children truly is not tolerated in the OCA, defrock Archbishop Seraphim now.

Policies do not protect children. Actions protect children. The archbishop has been convicted. Do the right thing and follow your own guidelines.

Sincerely,

David Clohessy

St Louis MO, Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests

(314-566-9790 cell, SNAPclohessy@aol.com)

Cappy Larson

San Francisco CA, SNAP Orthodox Director

(cappy@rlarson.com)

Melanie Jula Sakoda

Moraga CA, SNAP Orthodox Director

(925-708-6175 cell, melanie.sakoda@gmail.com)

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Metropolitan Tikhon Mollard

Orthodox Church in America

PO Box 675

Syosset NY 11791

Tel:

(516) 922 0550

Fax:

(516) 922 0954

E-mail: 

metropolitan@oca.org

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Archbishop Nathaniel Popp

PO Box 309

Grass Lake MI 49240-0309

Tel:

(517) 522 4800

Fax:

(517) 522 5907

E-mail: 

nathaniel@roea.org

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Archbishop Nikon Liolin

PO Box 149

Southbridge MA 01550

Tel:

(508) 764 3222

E-mail: 

bpnikon@aol.com

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Archbishop Benjamin Peterson

1520 Green St

San Francisco CA 94123

Tel:

(415) 567 9378

E-mail: 

vikenty@msn.com

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Archbishop Alejo Pacheco-Vera

Av Rio Consulado E Iruapato #53

Col Penon De Los Banos

Mexico, DF 15520

Tel:

5784-5198

Fax:

5784-5198

E-mail: 

obispoalejo@yahoo.com.mx

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Bishop Melchisedek Pleska

PO Box 1769

Cranberry Township PA 16066-1769

Tel:

724-776-5555

Fax:

724-776-5555

E-mail: 

melchisedek999@yahoo.com

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Bishop Michael Dahulich

33 Hewitt Ave

Bronxville NY 10708

Tel:

(914) 779 6580

Fax:

(914) 779 6581

E-mail: 

bishopmichael@nynjoca.org

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Bishop Alexander Golitzin

519 Brynhaven Drive

Oregon OH 43616

Tel:

419-693-9540

Fax:

419-693-9541

E-mail: 

alexander@bdoca.org

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Bishop David Mahaffey

7031 Howard Ave

Anchorage AK 99504-1899

Tel:

907-538-9318

Fax:

907-677-0646

E-mail: 

otyetz@hotmail.com

17 March 2014

Barbara Dorris

SNAP: Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests

http://www.snapnetwork.org/ny_clergy_sex_abuse_victims_beg_synod_to_defrock_archbishop

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Editor:

Do make your voice heard… that’s why the contact info is here. We shouldn’t have a convicted criminal as a bishop. By the way, he wouldn’t be “laicised”; he’d be stripped of the episcopate. The Church only allows “one punishment” per crime. That is, deposition from the episcopate entails reduction in rank to the ordinary priesthood. The Mother Church had an analogous case in Vladimir Oblast (the problem was a priest, not a bishop). It didn’t go to court because the ruling bishop acted with dispatch… you see, the Moscow tabs got wind of it, publicised it, which galvanised the Patriarch into action, who built a fire under the local bishop. The local bishop forbade the priest involved to have contact with children and fired him from his post (which satisfied the Prokuratura, which didn’t bring a criminal case). That is, the Church punished the perp, so, there wasn’t need for a trial. Had the OCA done likewise, there wouldn’t have been all this shitstorm.

Contact the bishops… state your mind… state it clearly… demand that they follow their own rules. Then, they should send Seraphim off to a monastery with no access to children (which is, I believe, what the Canadian government really wants). That’s fair to everybody.

For God’s sake, let it not be “business as usual!” However, the news that the Holy Synod chose the unsuitable Mark Maymon (he disobeyed Philip Saliba’s direct orders… therefore, he’s unfit to serve as ruler of a doghouse, let alone a diocese) as a ruling bishop gives me little hope. If the Holy Synod elevates disobedient and hubristic SOBs to its dioceses (what’s more, someone championed by the questionable Paffhausen and who had an anti-Orthodox un-Christian Evangelical formation)… it’s quite possible that they’d be impervious to reason and logic. However, we MUST make an effort. We shall see…

BMD

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Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Graffiti-Spraying 84-Year-Old Nun Jailed for Three Years for Breaking into Nuclear Facility

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On Tuesday, local media reported that a federal judge sentenced an elderly nun who broke into the supposedly-most carefully-guarded nuclear facilities in the USA to nearly three years in prison. Sister Megan Gillespie Rice, 84, cut through fences and several layers of security at the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge TN along with two other members of Transform Now Plowshares (a part of the Plowshares Movement pacifist group) in July 2012. They spent two hours in the complex before security guards caught them. During that time, they hoisted banners, spray painted messages like “work for peace, not war”, and tossed human blood on a building used to store and process highly enriched uranium used to make nuclear bombs. The incident prompted a congressional review of security at American nuclear facilities.

Rice, imprisoned since her conviction last year, urged the judge to impose the maximum sentence for her crimes at a four-hour sentencing hearing. The Tennessean quoted Rice as saying, “Please, have no leniency on me. To remain in prison for the rest of my life would be the greatest honour you could give me”. Federal judge Amul Thapar {a Hard Right appointee of G W Bush: editor} said that he struggled to find the right sentence to balance Rice’s past good works with the need to deter others from breaking the law to pursue political goals. Thapar didn’t oblige, but he did say that breaking the law wasn’t the right way to pursue political goals. He said that he hoped a significant prison sentence would deter others from following the same path and bring them “back to the political system I fear that they’ve given up on”. The newspaper reported that he sentenced Rice to 35 months in prison. Thapar sentenced fellow anti-nuclear activists Michael Walli, 64, and Greg Boertje-Obed, 58, to five years and two months in prison because of their “criminal histories”.

The court didn’t immediately update its records to show the sentences imposed and we couldn’t reach either the prosecutors or the Plowshares group for an immediate comment. The New York Times said that Rice, a native New Yorker, has had 50 arrests for acts of civil disobedience and once served a six-month prison term. It said that the authorities arrested her in 1998 she at a protest at the School of the Americas, a US Army school at Fort Benning in Georgia that taught Latin American soldiers to fight leftist insurgencies. It said that some went on to commit human rights abuses. Rice served six months in federal prison. She said in a 2012 interview with the Times, “It was a great eye-opener. When you’ve had a prison experience, it minimises your needs very much”. Rice said that nuclear arms were “the issue”, the most pressing one of our times, noting, “It’s the criminality of this 70-year industry. We spend more on nuclear arms than on the Departments of Education, Health, and Transportation, disaster relief, and a number of other government agencies that I can’t remember”.

19 February 2014

Voice of Russia World Service

http://voiceofrussia.com/news/2014_02_19/Graffiti-spraying-84-year-old-nun-jailed-for-three-years-for-breaking-into-nuclear-facility-1570/

Editor’s Note:

Judge Thapar is an extreme Hard Rightist… not only was he a Bush appointee, he hangs around with nutter groups such as the Federalist Society, a Hard Right “libertarian” group (they believe in “free enterprise” anarchy with no government regulation to protect people from the rapacious rich). One can see why he sentenced these “criminals” to such disproportionate terms. It looks like he wants to muzzle the left… but that he doesn’t want to seem to be “unconstitutional” about it (at least, that puts him a notch above McCarthyites, who didn’t care how they attacked people).

Betcha that Thapar makes a fuss about “Russian totalitarianism” in his rants at the country club and amongst his rightwing pals. His sentence proves that the clamour raised by the USA about Russian “illegality” and injustice” is just mere wind. The USA DOES have political prisoners and I’d say that judges like Thapar are the Freislers of today. The USA has no grounds to complain about the Pussy Riot sentence or the Russian laws on homosexuality and minors… the USA puts people in prison for embarrassing the government. I’ll bet you that one reason Thapar issued these sentences was that his greedster pals at the country club would ostracise him if he didn’t, and he’d lose his entrée to Hard Right venues. Of course, I don’t know this for certain, but it isn’t without the realm of possibility. Shitbirds of a feather DO flock together. The nun and her pals deserved a year in the can for trespassing, creating a public nuisance, and vandalism… that is, the judge should’ve sentenced them to “time served”. The sentence he actually passed was overly harsh and out of proportion. You can see what hanging around Hard Righties does to one’s sense of propriety, don’t you?

One last thing… the security at the nuclear site was “privatised“… that is, the greedsters cut corners on operations so that the owners could get more “return” (it also shows us that entrusting our security to private corporations is a joke). They were the ones who deserved to be in the dock. If there was real (not bogus) security, the activists would’ve never even gotten in. Note well Judge Thapar’s SILENCE on that. Ah, yes, they JOYS of the “Free Enterprise” system…

BMD

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Monday, 10 February 2014

10 February 2014. I Oppose Racism and Bigotry Wherever I Find It… It’s Why I Oppose the Republican Party and the Far Right Ukie Nationalists

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“Keep the White House White”… “Put the White Back in the White House”… Willy DIDN’T condemn that… do keep that in mind

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Yes, Virginia, there ARE good people in Texas… they’re NOT all Rick Perry and his godless hypocritical ilk… however, the state’s origins lie clearly in manifest evil, and one is remiss if one doesn’t point this up

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This is what I believe… if you don’t like it… tough beans. I won’t close my mind to suit any political, social, or religious Neanderthal. I’ll stand for what’s right, come what may. ‘Nuff said!

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Not all Ukies are sicko Far Right nationalists… this vid shows some of the good sorts, with a healthy anti-racist attitude

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Some wonder why I oppose the so-called “Pro-Life movement” so vehemently. Well, it’s nothing but a figleaf for the greedsters of the Republican Party, for one. That is, most of the strident voices against abortion are also those who want to smash their boot heels full-force into the faces of the poor. Food prices went up, so these Republican greedsters CUT SNAP. That’s not very pro-life, is it? They’re also promiscuous abusers of the death penalty… that should be a very rare punishment for crimes against the state or for single instances of mass killing.

However, that’s not the major reason I oppose the “Pro-Life movement”… I find the racism tolerated by the Republican Party disgusting and beyond the pale. Allied to that is their demonisation of Muslims and their inordinate fear of Hispanics. These three things intermingle… one finds them not only in the GOP, but amongst nativist Radical Sectarianism as well. The demonisation of Muslims is recent, and the least seated of these three pathologies. We’ll leave it to the side for now. The same is true of their well-known cosseting of Southern racist anti-black sentiment… it’s serious, but it’s well-known. Let’s look at a less-obvious reason for now.

One of the major underpinnings of Republican racism is that the Southwestern USA is really Northwestern México (and it still has a substantial, and growing, Mexican population). It started with the Tejas Slaver Revolt in 1836. México decided to enforce its anti-slavery laws in its province of Tejas, and the American slavers resident there chose to defy the law and revolt… that made them criminals, didn’t it? Certainly, it puts the Alamo in a different light. Instead of freedom-loving heroes, the Tejas rebels were nasty proponents of human bondage, who’d do anything to keep their power over their human chattel. Indeed, they were 19th century Nazis, right down to a theory of a Master Race, of Untermenschtumen, and of Lebensraum (“Manifest Destiny”). It’s no wonder that the State of Texas has a crank political and business culture, given its beginnings.

President Van Buren refused to take in the slavers, but President Tyler was tireless in championing the slavers’ cause, which led to President Polk declaring war on México. To cut to the chase, the USA defeated México, and took Northwestern México as war booty. This is the only part of the USA with a large native non-Anglophone non-American population (and which was part of another country for centuries). That means that it’s an area in contention. The Mexican state (do note the difference between “México” and “Mexican”… it follows the difference between “México” and “Mexicano” in Spanish) recognises this, and does its best to keep in contact with the local Mexican population via its consular officers. That is, it’s the only part of the USA where there’s “tenuous occupancy”, where another country has a legitimate claim to American territory.

This gives the local Anglo population the willies. Not only is the Hispanic birth-rate outstripping the Anglo birth-rate, greedy American businessmen encourage illegal immigration by hiring illegal migrants to depress wage rates. That’s to say, one of the Republican core constituencies is a major cause of the very “problem” that the GOP decries. Of course, this has its inevitable outcome… the Republican Party caters to rich businessmen… rich businessmen bring in wetbacks to fatten their boodle bags… so, the Republican Party turns a blind eye to it, whilst at the same time it vociferously condemns it. Here’s an interesting wrinkle… the USA becomes less Anglo by the year… and non-Anglos mostly choose to support the Democratic Party. Indeed, had the Anglo proportion of the population stayed the same as it was in 1980, Wet Willy would’ve won the election.

Here’s the conundrum… the Republicans support the rich… but the rich bring in non-Anglos to depress the job market. These illegals stay, but their kids are native-born citizens, who saw how the Anglos treated their folks. That is, they’re not inclined to support the GOP! In order to appeal to Hispanics, the GOP has to go against THREE major blocs in its base:

  • Rich businessmen
  • Nativist Anglo-Saxons
  • Radical Sectarian “Evangelicals”

Of course, there’s a great deal of overlap, but there’s also some tension involved, enough tension to upset the delicately balanced GOP coalition. The so-called “Pro-Life” movement is a sop to the Sectarians… as the Sectarians could sink the GOP coalition if they left it. Do note that the GOP follows NONE of the conditions that Cardinal Bernardin laid down in his Seamless Garment thesis. That is, it’s anti-abortion… NOT pro-life. The distinction isn’t minor. It means that the Republican anti-abortion plank is an hypocritical mask over a ruthless anti-working class programme meant to carry out a vicious class war to install a neoliberal dictatorship over all people and things. Ergo, no decent person can support the GOP.

Shall we have a TRUE Pro-Life movement? I haven’t seen it yet… however, the present movement isn’t what it claims to be. Therefore, I (and many others) don’t support it. It’s not pretty is it? It isn’t simple and it isn’t black n’ white. However, you must oppose those who just cut off 0.5 percent of the population… the most vulnerable Americans… and they want to cut the social safety net even more. Oppose such evil… to support someone who’s pro-choice (even though one doesn’t support that position) is less evil than to support a “Pro-Life” politician who intends to grind their heel into the face of the poor. Close your ears to their mewling justifications… look at the blood and gore on their boots. That should tell you what to do…

Oppose evil… God demands that of you…

BMD

 

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