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Tuesday, 22 July 2014

22 July 2014. A Point to Ponder… Is ”Anti-Abortion” “Pro-Life?”

Life's a Bitch. 04.12

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Barbara-Marie Drezhlo. Respect for Life from Beginning to End. 2012

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“If you think fertilised eggs are people, but refugee kids aren’t, then, you’re going to have to stop pretending your concerns are religious”.

That quote is a show-stopper. I have a friend whose mother is really conservative, and really Christian, who’s “Pro-Life” and “Anti-Abortion”, literally stop cold in her tracks, and recant her belief about these refugee children needing to be deported yesterday. The most amazing about-face I’ve ever seen a conservative make when presented with such overwhelming and incredibly simple logic.

http://proudtobeafilthyliberalscum.com/2014/07/22/shoot-kids-crossing-border/#comments

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There are people who call themselves “Pro-Life”… but they’re for warmongering in foreign parts… they’re for the death penalty… they’re gun nutters… they’re against single-payer healthcare for all… they’re for insanely long prison sentences… they’re for smashing unions so that the Affluent Effluent can steal more of the country’s substance… but because they’re anti-abortion, they’re “Pro-Life!”

I think not… Bernie Sanders is more Pro-Life than the lot of them… yes, I know that he’s “Pro-Choice”, but when you add up all of his other good points, they outweigh this bad point. In like manner, Rick Perry and Sarah Palin aren’t Pro-Life at all… all the other evil that they advocate overwhelm that one good point. Like it or not, we face a full-blown moral dilemma, which we shouldn’t turn into a cartoonish caricature. It isn’t a simple matter… I wish that it were! Neither position is purely ”good” or purely “bad”. However, I’d say that the Church teaches that a strong state is a necessity in our fallen world, it supports government-sponsored healthcare, and it teaches that the death penalty is a rare resort (like for the Minsk Metro bombers or for the Uniate putschists in the Ukraine). The Republican Party fails on all points. Its anti-abortion plank fails to rescue it. Orthodox Christians can’t vote for warmongering racists in good conscience.

The Republican Party is the party of “Greed is Good” and “God has a plan for your life”… neither one is good. The first contradicts our Lord Christ (The love of money is the root of all evil)… the second destroys Free Will, thus destroying all truly Christian concepts of theodicy (“Why is there evil?”). Don’t forget what the Apostle said, “Love God… and do what you will”… that isn’t a manifesto for licence. Do think on it… the matter is too serious for childish and mawkish posturing. Unfortunately, that’s all that we’re getting now… from both sides.

This IS a point to ponder…

BMD

22 July 2014. You Can’t Make Up Shit Like This… “Let ‘Em Eat Cake” Department

00 Unknown  Artist. The Love of Money is the Root of All Evil. 26.06.13

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I saw this on RT:

David Von Spreckelsen, the senior vice president at Toll Brothers said, “No one ever said that the goal was full integration of these populations. So now you have politicians talking about that, saying how horrible those back doors are. I think it’s unfair to expect very high-income homeowners who paid a fortune to live in their building to have to be in the same boat as low-income renters, who are very fortunate to live in a new building in a great neighbourhood”.

In a new building in Manhattan, the wealthy residents in a new building get to use the front entrance… but “affordable housing” residents have to use a “poor door” in a back alley. Note how this rich bastard defends that… yes, read it… it’s the Republican Party writ large. It’s why I hate the GOP and everything that it stands for… it’s why I despise the konvertsy and their caterwauling. They defend this… Potapov does… Paffhausen does… Dreher does… I needn’t go on. I’ll be clear… an anti-abortion plank in the Republican platform doesn’t wash away the sheer sin of the above attitude. That’s what I believe… if you don’t like that, tough tukhus (that’s “tough ass” in Yiddish, it’s “tough shit”, but twice as sarcastic). A “poor door” exemplifies contemporary America… God do help us, we’ve fallen, and not only do we refuse to get up, we refuse to even admit that we’ve fallen. What a buncha maroons…

There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus (Epistle of Apostle St Paul to the Galatians 3.28)… except in this new building… David von Spreckelsen said so! After all, those affordable housing people aren’t SUCCESSFUL… eek, oh, the humanity!

BMD

22 July 2014. SHAME ON YOU, Bob Casey! He Echoes “Ukrainian Orthodox” Swine from McKees Rocks

00 galician UPA Democracy 01. 29.04.14

THIS is the face of UKRAINIAN NATIONALISM… THIS is what you support, Bob Casey!

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In tribute to the brave Orthodox warriors of Novorossiya

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here’s our Russian anthem… remember the dead of Slavyansk, Kramatorsk, Odessa, and Krasny Liman murdered by the Uniates… THIS is what the people of Novorossiya want, NOT Uniate hillbilly backwoods “Consciousness”

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US Senator Bob Casey Jr (D-PA) said the following:

The Ukrainian people want and deserve a unified, stable, secure, and prosperous country free from Russian interference.

Firstly, Casey is an ultramontane papist, so, the fact that he kisses the ass of the Uniates is no big surprise. However, Mr Casey should know that there are MORE Russian Orthodox people in PA than there are Uniate apostates. He pissed on all of us with this statement. I should hope that Russian Orthodox people in NEPA, Yinzertown, and all around the state wouldn’t forget this act of treachery and hate on the part of Mr Casey. His subservience to the Uniates is unseemly and without defence. No Russian Orthodox person should vote for this bastard… full stop.

Here’s another POS quote from a “Ukrainian Orthodox” priest, Fr Timothy Tomson, pastor of St Mary Ukrainian Orthodox Church in McKees Rocks PA:

Russia is for Russians and Ukraine is for Ukrainians. If people (in the Ukraine) consider themselves Russian, they should move back to Russia.

Compare that the murderous manifesto issued by the OUN in 1941:

Long live the Ukraine without Jews, Poles, and Germans; Poles behind the River San, Germans to Berlin, and Jews to the gallows.

Note well that this “priest” echoes that… without shame! No decent Orthodox people can have concourse with fascist filth like that. To give you a better idea of the hate that animates “Ukrainian nationalism”, read the following:

The nationalists who emerged in Galicia following the First World War, much as in the rest of Europe, adopted a form of nationalism known as Integral nationalism. According to this ideology, the nation was the highest absolute value, more important than social class, regions, the individual, religion, etc. To this end, OUN members were to “force their way into all areas of national life” such as institutions, societies, villages, and families. They saw politics as a Darwinian struggle between nations for survival, rendering conflict unavoidable, and justifying any means that would lead to the victory of one’s nation over that of others. In this context, willpower was more important than reason, and they glorified warfare as an expression of national vitality. The OUN’s conceptualisation of this idea was particular in several ways. Because the Ukraine was stateless, and powerful neighbours surrounded it, its emphasis on force and warfare emerged as acts of terrorism and not open warfare, and they glorified illegality. Because Ukrainians didn’t have a state to glorify or serve, they placed emphasis on a “pure” national language and culture and not a State. There was a strain of fantastic romanticism, where the unsophisticated Ukrainian rejection of reason was more spontaneous and genuine than the cynical rejection of reason by German or Italian integral nationalists.

John Armstrong, Ukrainian Nationalism (1963). New York: Columbia University Press, pp 20-22

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Also note this:

The OUN wings disagreed on strategy and ideology, but shared a commitment to the manufacture of a historical past based on victimisation and heroism. The émigrés developed an entire literature that denied the OUN’s fascism, its collaboration with Nazi Germany, and its participation in atrocities, instead presenting the organisation as composed of democrats and pluralists who’d rescued Jews during the Holocaust. The diaspora narrative was contradictory, combining celebrations of the supposedly anti-Nazi resistance struggle of the OUN-UPA with celebrations of the Waffen-SS Galizien, a Ukrainian collaborationist formation established by Heinrich Himmler in 1943.

Per Anders Rudling, “The Return of the Ukrainian Far Right: The Case of VO Svoboda”. In Wodak and Richardson, Analysing Fascist Discourse: European Fascism in Talk and Text (2013). New York: Routledge.

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It’s time to stand for Holy Rus… we MUST oppose the Uniate snakes and their murderous ideology… we MUST oppose the pro-American running dogs of the putschist junta in Kiev… we MUST oppose the so-called “Ukrainian Orthodox” for breaking the Unity of the Russian World… BUT WE MUST NEVER HATE! Yes, our compatriots must kill these parasites when they find them, but we mustn’t harbour hate in our hearts! The present war is bad… the only justification is that the godless tyranny of the Unia and of “Ukrainian nationalism” is far worse. Yes… we live in a fallen world. Yes… sometimes, good people must use “tainted means”, for that’s the only thing at hand… but we mustn’t let hate live in our hearts, we mustn’t kill more than is necessary, and we must show mercy to the fallen or surrendered enemy, even if the soulless Uniate pigs do not (the hospital massacre in Krasny Liman and the murders of priests in Slavyansk are proof of that).

We must be like the fighters of the VOV. “Don’t cry, baba… we’ll make them pay for this!” Forgive… yes, a thousand times, yes! I forgive the Uniates, schismatics, and nationalists for what they’ve done; I hope that God shows them mercy in the hereafter. However… forgiveness doesn’t cancel out earthly consequences for earthly crimes. I’d put the noose around the necks of S Yu ShevchukA P YatsenyukF A Denisenko, and P A Poroshenko, and I’d trip the trap with no emotion. Nevertheless… the solution, although necessary, isn’t good in itself, and I’d have to confess it. A greater evil doesn’t cancel out the sin of a lesser evil. It merely underlines necessity; it DOESN’T exculpate it.

We live in a fallen world. It’s especially fallen now. It’s a time of moral dilemmas and temptations to unbounded hate and violence… God do help us…

BMD

Monday, 21 July 2014

“St Sergei Radonezhsky as a Symbol of the Russian World”: G A Zyuganov to His Holiness Kirill Gundyaev Patriarch of Moscow and all the Russias, and to All Those Participating in the Celebrations Honouring the 700th Anniversary of the Birth of St Sergei Radonezhsky

00 Patr Kirill and Pres Lukashenko 01a 14.10.12

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When the people (народ) remember their moral revival under St Sergei, it makes political revival possible, as it renews the essential living rule that our political foundation is strong only if it sustains its moral force.

V O Klyuchevsky

Today, all Rus, the entirety of the Russian World, celebrates the 700th anniversary of the birth of St Sergei Radonezhsky, a prayer-warrior of the Russian Land, a great statesman, a key figure in our country’s history. It’s gratifying to know that thousands of pilgrims gathered in Sergiev Posad for the occasion, and millions of our fellow citizens pay tribute to and give respect to our illustrious compatriot in these days, as well.

His great faith and his continual service to others and to the Motherland played a key spiritual role in the victory of the united Russian forces on the Kulikovo Field; it made St Sergei a symbol of the Russian World, a personification of national revival and of the victory of light over darkness. The saint blessed Grand Prince Dmitri of Moscow before the battle, predicted his victory, and sent such warrior-heroes as Peresvet and Oslabya to fight in the campaign, who had taken monastic vows as Aleksandr and Rodion. However, when the prince hesitated whether to proceed to the Don, cutting off retreat, the Great Starets once again encouraged him to dare to do a podvig. He sent a letter blessing him to march to the Don, not to retreat, to dare…

Today, this call… “Don’t retreat, dare”… inspires us to fight for a revival in our divided motherland, surrounded by foes and beset by various sanctions.The battle with Mamai in the Don Land, at Nepryadva, wasn’t merely a struggle between the Horde and the Rus. The border wasn’t ethnic, it wasn’t religious; rather, it was moral and geopolitical.The men of Moscow, of Vladimir, of Suzdal, of Yaroslavl, of Rostov, from all of Muscovite-Vladimir Rus marched to the Kulikovo field under a Red Banner; they went forward under a red and gold banner with the image of the Saviour “Not Made by Hands”. Along with the men of Rus marched men from Lithuanian Rus… from Smolensk, Polotsk, and Bryansk. This combined army crushed not just the hordes of Mamai, it also brought low those Westerners, Genoese and Teutonic Knights, who fought under his banners.

It was a geopolitical confrontation, repeated many times later in Russian history. The balance of power on the Kulikovo Field resembles the current situation, where Good, Order, and Unity face Evil, Chaos, Aggression, and Adventurism. Now, destructive forces in Malorossiya and Galicia, the “temniks” with Euromaidan and Western allies, the New World Order gendarmes of the USA and Romano-Germanic Europe confront multinational Russia, insurgent Novorossiya, likeminded Belarus, and those Ukrainians who revere our common past.

However, St Sergei gave not only spiritual leadership in that great battle of ancient times; he still affects current times, after seven centuries of veneration. Peering into Russian history, into the very fabric of our national culture, we find that the remark of the philosopher Pavel Florensky is just… there isn’t a single thread that doesn’t lead to St Sergei, to this seminal source. Our moral ideology, our conception of statehood, our painting, our architecture, our literature, our schooling, our science… all these facets of Russian culture meet in St Sergei. In his personality, our people realised themselves… the nexus of our cultural and historical place, its essence, and its main tasks. Only then, realising itself, did it have a right to independence and greatness.

One can’t separate the concept of “Holy Rus” from the veneration of St Sergei. One can’t separate his name from his foundation, the Trinity-St Sergei Lavra, the most sacred site of the Russian people, the “spiritual fountainhead of our Motherland”. Through a new self-identity, the dying New Rome passed its genius to the young Russian people. St Sergei awakened this transition, in greatness of spirit and creativity, along with such like-minded saints as Aleksei and Kiprian of Moscow, Dionisy of Suzdal, Fyodor of Rostov, renowned podvizhniki and disciples of St Sergei, who founded a quarter of all Russian monasteries. These monasteries became centres of spiritual enlightenment, these podvizhniki enriched agriculture, construction, and crafts, laying the foundations of a mighty state. He bequeathed great selflessness, inspired service to the Motherland, spiritual elevation, and continuous moral improvement to our monastics and ordinary people… he became the intercessor for the rulers and people of the Russian Land. His hard work, patience, humility, purity of soul, and unfeigned love for all… he left his personal example to his monastic brethren and to his spiritual children.

This great Russian podvizhnik had a multifaceted life full of spiritual creativeness. Service, faith, and Motherland, the people and the state drove the life and deeds of St Sergei. St. Sergei’s “quiet and gentle sayings” could act on the most callous and hardened hearts, reconciling warring rulers, softened the manners of his spiritual children, “causing repentance without exasperation” (V O Klyuchevsky). “The hand of Sergei stretched out like a deep river, a quiet stream” (Epifany the Wise). Nevertheless, he was determined and adamant when the Motherland was in danger.

In a famous speech delivered over a century ago, The Meaning of St Sergei for the Russian People and State, prominent historian V O Klyuchevsky said, “One of the hallmarks of a great nation is its ability to rise to his feet after a fall. No matter how hard the humiliation, at the appointed hour, it’ll gather its scattered moral strength, and embody it in one great man or in a few great people who’d put it back on its temporarily-lost direct historical road… in bringing forth the memory of St. Sergei, we examine ourselves compared to his moral reserves. The great builders of our moral order bequeathed them to us, we update them, adding to them as we spend them”. We must do the same… check our spiritual roadmap, update our moral stock, replace incurred expenses, overcome spiritual schisms, comparing our historical era to our great ancestors and teachers. After all, historical fate sets before us a choice… we can stay in the marketplace of evil, or, we can flee from that, not retreating, to find solid ground in the works of righteousness and justice. Much serious effort lies ahead of us, but our great guide St Sergei Radonezhsky is with us, inspiring and enlightening us with the light of Goodness, Truth and Truth. 

00 G A Zyuganov 201117 July 2014

G A Zyuganov

Head of the KPRF faction in the RF Gosduma

Chairman of the KPRF Central Committee

KPRF.ru

KPRF official website

http://kprf.ru/party-live/cknews/133045.html

Editor:

Let’s not dwell on things nor shilly-shally about. You may follow G A Zyuganov in the above text, or, you may follow Victor Potapov’s foolish attack on I V Stalin on the ROCOR official website. You MUST choose… you MUST choose one or the other. Your choice is between Orthodox Socialism and the Theomachistic Free Market (with its “Evangelical”/Mormon/Pentecostalist fellow travellers)… there’s nothing else on offer. You may follow G A Zyuganov, HH, V A Chaplin, and V V Putin… or you can follow Victor Potapov, Jonas Paffhausen, Chad Hatfield, Lyonyo Kishkovsky, and Michael Dahulich. The choice is yours… I can’t make it for you.

Choose well…

BMD

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