Voices from Russia

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

DNR OK for Winter Heat… The Uniate Junta Not So Hot

00 coal. 20.09.14

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At a meeting with Russian journalists, DNR Chairman of the Government A V Zakharchenko stated that there’d be no problems during the winter heating season as the DNR had adequate coal reserves, saying, “We’re in the 15th day of the heating season. Currently, the frost hasn’t hit yet, so, everything’s on standby. We’ve tested all the pipes… the only problems are with those in the combat zone. Obviously, we couldn’t carry out repairs on them. It isn’t that we lack the materials… it’s just impossible to do anything under constant bombardment. I think that people will slowly settle into a winter routine, we’ll get along, it’ll be difficult, but we’ll survive. We have enough coal, so, we can face winter confidently. As long as we have coal, we can heat our homes. That’s really the easiest part”.

On 20 October, junta strongman P A Poroshenko issued instructions to start the heating season throughout the country in all homes “without exception” at the end of the week. At a meeting with Deputy Prime Minister of Regional Development, Construction, and Housing V В Groisman, he said, “Every Ukrainian home should be warm by no later than Friday”. Meanwhile, Russia and the Ukraine failed to sign an interim agreement in Brussels on gas supplies. EU Energy Commissioner Günther Oettinger said, in comments on the tripartite EU/Russian/Ukrainian negotiations, also involving RF Energy Minister A V Novak and Ukrainian Minister of Energy and Coal Industry Yu V Prodan, the main obstacle is that the Ukraine refused to pay its debts for gas already delivered. Novak noted that the European Commission hasn’t yet decided how it’s going to pay the Ukrainian gas bill.

21 October 2014

ITAR-TASS

http://itar-tass.com/mezhdunarodnaya-panorama/1523271

Editor:

The heating in Ukrainian homes will only be at 16 degrees (61 Fahrenheit) AT BEST, instead of the normal 20 degrees (68 Fahrenheit)… in Kiev, where the foreign media congregates. That means that provincial centres will be at a lower level. The Ukraine REFUSES to pay its back bills. This is how the arrogant Uniate nationalist nutters have been since 1991. Russia put up with them for 23 years. Today… it doesn’t have to. The Crimea has rejoined the Motherland and the main industrial regions either are under patriot control or shut down. To put it bluntly, the junta has to pony up or go cold. That’s the way it is…

BMD

Brum to Become “Bishop”… Tikhon Fitz Puts Another Crank Pal in the Episcopate

00 same ol' shit. 29.05.12

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The OCA made David Brum, who now calls himself “Igumen Daniel”, Vicar Bishop to Peterson. Click here for the confirmation. Brum has NO monastic formation… indeed, he has NO Orthodox priestly formation whatsoever. Tikhon Fitz ordained him directly without ANY scrap of Orthodox formation. That is, Brum only has a papist formation, which means that we’re nuts to make him an Orthodox bishop. All things being equal, if Brum only has a papist formation (he dropped out of GTU with Fatso), it means that his grasp of Orthodox practise and theology is shaky indeed. Tikhon Fitz has had three pals of his become bishops… all are walking disasters. Nikolai Soraich, Paffso, and Brum are all shitbirds of a feather. Well, Fitz is batting 1.000… they’re ALL crank! By the way, Brum’s background in papist canon law isn’t transferable at all, as our view of the canons and the juridical view taken by the papists aren’t compatible. In fact, they’re completely antithetical! Of course, oca.org slobbers over that, as ignorant konvertsy run that outfit. Brum ensconced himself at Syosset until he ran away in late ’05 to escape the blowback from Hermie’s escapades. He’s another Paffso… Paffso, Brum, and Eliel are Three Gay Caballeros… all three went to GTU together, and all three dropped out together (their history of higher theological education is as murky as Dicky Wood’s). All three kissed Gleb Podmoshensky’s ass big-time. Did they share Podmoshensky’s proclivities? You pays your money and you takes your choice.

The OCA bought itself a shitload of trouble with Brum, maybe, as bad as the situation around Fatso. Peterson doesn’t need an auxiliary… I’m smelling Brum for Bishop of the South… he’ll bring in Fatso (with Dreher and Shaw as cheerleaders) and if you thought that it was a circus under Royster… just you wait! The OCA SOBs have a death wish. They’re lemmings running for the cliff and they don’t give a royal red rat’s ass… thankfully, when the OCA does implode, it won’t affect most real parishes. That’s the consolation. Otherwise, it’s monkey business as usual in Syosset…

BMD

22 October 2014. Latest Sitrep Map from the Front…

00 novorossiya. sitrep map 01. 22.10.14

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The above map comes from OFFICIAL reports… not the unfounded bullshit that one sees on the ‘net from Galician Uniate nutters. There are also unconfirmed reports from the patriot side that one has to discount. The three pockets are STILL in existence… given that the ground is unsuitable for large-scale operations due to the rasputitsa, that’s no surprise. There can be NO major operations until the ground hardens after the frost. The frost has begun near Moscow, but the weather has only just gone below freezing at night in Novorossiya… the frost won’t begin in earnest there until the end of the week at the earliest, and more likely the beginning of next week. Even then, it’d take a little bit for the ground to harden sufficiently to allow unimpeded movement. However, the junta forces are in the shitter… and their morale is even lower.

BMD

Chick-fil-A Celebrates My Birthday

01 a woman at the riverbank

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1 August was my birthday. I heard they also had a big stonkin’ bigot party at Chick-fil-A. I spent the day at home with my exceptionally smart trophy wife and my two clever and funny children. There wasn’t a homophobe in the room. This birthday got me thinking about my 18th, 39 years ago, and of what I thought the world would be like by the time I was pushing 60. One thing I never imagined was that bigotry, racism, and sexism would still play such outsized roles in our public life. However, they sure did back then.

To give you some idea of how much other things have changed, in 1973, I used a newly-available “correcting electric typewriter” to write something. After going through the five-step process to change an errant “s” to a proper “a”, I remember thinking to myself, “Wow, it can’t get any better than this!” It’s been a wonderful life. I’ve skydived under old Korean War surplus parachutes, crossed the Continental Divide on a motorcycle during a snowstorm, been lured to Arizona by a cult, and been rescued by good friends. I came to love the West and its people, most of whom aren’t racist like Joe Arpaio or dumber-than-a-cactus like Jan Brewer. I was just in Tucson last week, so, even the cult experience had an upside.

Nevertheless, my history precedes even me. My Pop, Henry, saw electricity, the telephone, and the automobile arrive at my grandparents little family farm in Capitol Heights, Maryland. He lived through the Great Depression and always feared we would make that mistake again. I thought he was being silly. The Vietnam draft ended 30 June 1973, just one month before my 18th birthday. Before that, they chose draftees by “lottery” drawing from a glass jar, then, shuffled envelopes, then, a rotating raffle bin. If they picked your number early, you simply prepared to go. Lottery Day always felt like a national day of mourning. Mothers agonised and cried. After living through the upheaval of Vietnam, I never imagined we’d attack another country in a pointless exercise of American imperialism. We’d lost so much by destroying Vietnam and losing the war, and we damaged so many tens of thousands of our young men. I was sure we’d never forget the cost of our foolishness.

Having witnessed the correcting typewriter, I was kind of expecting big things to happen… they have. I’ve lived through the birth (and now death) of the desktop computer and the emergence of the internet as our new town square. Automobiles have gone from lasting about two years to lasting ten. Clothes, which used to be expensive, are now cheap. Gas, which used to be cheap, is now expensive. I also came of age during a time of both introspection and birth control pills. There was a lot of sex, a lot of sex. I wouldn’t call it “casual”, but it was friendly, and it was liberating. I don’t know anyone damaged by it. I remember saying I’d quit smoking if the price ever got to 50 cents a pack. Of course, by then, I was hopelessly addicted, so, I ended up quitting quite a few times. I didn’t quit for good until a miracle drug, Chantix, came along. It blocks nicotine receptors. Back in 1973, we wouldn’t have understood the brain well enough to even head in that direction.

A few problems continue to haunt us. We still haven’t figured out how to keep rich guys from using their money to tilt democracy in their favour. If anything, we’ve gone backwards, what with Citizen’s United and all. The other thing that really hurts my heart is our incomplete progress in ending bigotry and racism. Of course, we’ve made significant progress. However, when I was 18, I believed that intolerance would end when the old rednecks died. Instead, dumb uneducated rednecks raised dumb uneducated children, who continue to hold dumb uneducated views about black people, Muslims, women, Hispanics, and people who love the same gender.

This brings us back, I suppose, to Chick-fil-A. They’re “Christians”, they say. One religious group or another endorses so much bigotry and hate these days. Besides, we now have something called “Prosperity Theology” that teaches that God speaks to you through profits. Still, we’re heading in the right direction. My 19-year-old daughter encounters only a minority of bigots her age (mostly men, she says.) Recently, my 9-year-old son explained to a friend that “gay” isn’t an effective insult. It was his only experience with bigotry so far. I wonder what things will be like when those kids are pushing 60.

2 August 2012

Jimmy Zuma

Tucson (AZ) Sentinel

http://www.tucsonsentinel.com/opinion/report/080212_chick/chick-fil-a-celebrates-my-birthday/

Editor:

I grew up in this world. I’m only one year older than Mr Zuma… he was born in 1955… me, in 1954. I’ve seen the same changes. Some people scream that the “good ol’ days” were better and more moral. I remember hearing that as a kid, too. I don’t think that’s true. There’s always been evil and skulduggery afoot. There’s also always been goodness and right about, too… generally, most of the changes were neutral, though. I disagree emphatically with those who wish to use to use the law to punish those whom they disagree with. I also disagree with those who want to repress the “different”. The worst of that lot are those who confuse Real Religion with Mere Respectability. They obsess over gays, abortion, teenage sex, and condoms. Indeed, they’re VERY concerned about the world’s sins… but don’t do overly much about their own! As for me, I’m going to work on my many faults. That’s why I can’t abide sorts like John Whiteford or Freddie M-G… one gets the impression that they’re not only busy-bodies, but repressed persecutors. Of course, I guess what most rankles me about Whiteford, Freddie M-G, Rod Dreher, and Paffhausen (to name a few) is that one can tell that they’re putting themselves up as exemplars. I’m far from that… I know what I did (and I know that the sorts that I named have just as many sins on their plates).

This world would be a MUCH better place if religious people would remember the point of having a religion. It starts with working on YOURSELF… ’nuff said…

BMD

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