Voices from Russia

Thursday, 4 August 2011

4 August 2011. Some Russian Proverbs and How They Got Me to Think on the Current Church Crisis (and How They’ll Help You, Too)

OUR HEROES! Not money-grubbing godless filth such as Ayn Rand, Rush, Boehner, Ryan, Hannity, Palin, Bachmann, and Buchanan… the konvertsy bow low before those false prophets of the Great (False) God Mammon. We respect the heroes of the VOV… they showed us the way. Filthy Lucre or Selfless Courage… Compassion or the Tea Party? Whadaya want? I know what I want! What about you?

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Editor’s Foreword:

I’m NOT going to develop the themes in these sayings… it’s for you to think about in the coming days as the confusion continues to unfold. Let our ancestors’ wisdom guide you… they DID know a thing or two (despite their “lack” of academic credentials)…

BMD

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They said that they’re getting milk from chickens!

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Devils lurk in still waters.

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“Maybe” and “somehow” never seem to add up to anything in the end.

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If you cooked it that way, you’ve got to eat it that way.

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Anyone who tries to sit on two chairs at once falls flat on their face.

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Things always tear at the thinnest point.

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Not everyone in a riassa is a monk.

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Use a sharp axe for a tough tree.

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Wolves don’t eat wolves.

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He looks big… but he’s done little…

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Two bears can’t live in the same lair.

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Don’t divide the pelt until you kill the bear.

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You’ll find out who your friends are when trouble knocks at your door.

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Trying to teach the incorrigibly ignorant is like trying to raise the dead.

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The truth is speechless when money talks.

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Don’t eat other people’s bread.

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Don’t say, “Hop”, until you’ve made it to the other side.

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If you do anything, you’ll make mistakes.

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Don’t dig a pit to entrap others… you’ll end up in it yourself.

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There aren’t bad ships or ill winds… there are only bad captains.

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I ran from the wolf only to bump into a bear.

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Honest labour will never win you a soft bed in the palace.

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Drunks can sleep it off… ignoramuses can’t.

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The altar is NEVER empty…

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Wise people like to learn… fools like to teach.

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Pharaoh was pompous, but he drowned in the sea.

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As long as God’s asleep, the devil will play.

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Before we go on, I wrote this in an earlier post… its good raw material for further thought:

I stumbled upon a nutter GOC (Greek Old Calendar) website, the True Orthodox News Forum… well, it was just as full of bloviating “Readers” as the Orthodox Forum is… both extremes DO meet, Eric Hoffer was right. Well… it was as fulla beans as Mr Mattingly was. It was rotters bloviating about “True Orthodoxy”… that’s to say, marginal uncanonical Ruritanians sitting in judgement on Lived Orthodoxy, just as Mr Mattingly was, from the other extreme margin. Yes, there are unmitigated embarrassments such as Vassa Larina, Vanya Behr, Lyonyo Kishkovsky, Hilarion Alfeyev, and Andrei Psaryov… but their ecumaniac goofiness does NO harm to the canonicity of the Church in the end. Be careful of BOTH fringes… you’re rather too close to the edge in both.

In short, read the above proverbs, and think on the above paragraph. They’re full of wisdom that’ll teach you a great deal on what to do in the coming days. Much will appear to be what it’s not… much won’t make any sense whatsoever. Just keep ordinary good-sense in mind. After all, the Church existed long before the konvertsy came amongst us… it’s going to exist long after they leave us. Keep this meditation uppermost…

Reflect on the entire history of our blessed and long-suffering Russian Motherland, be aware of the full path of our people, and grasp the totality of the spiritual heritage that flowed from the Baptismal Fount in the Dnepr…

If you can do that, the caterwauling of the konvertsy and their teabagger pals won’t lead you astray. God calls upon us to love and transfigure the world in very tangible, down-to-earth, and mundane ways… not to hate it in perpetual “culture warfare”, not to wish for a crackbrained utopia that can never be, nor to obsess over one’s ill-gotten gains in a tawdry and shoddy McMansion. You can have Patrick Reardon, JP, and the “OCA Truth” squad, or, you can have His Holiness, “Charlie”, and the crazy Cossacks who just wore out their boots walking all over the rodina for Batiushka Serafim… for me, that’s an easy choice… what about you? Christ or the Tea Party? Fr Vsevolod or Fred Phelps? The brave KPU guys who stood tall for Christ’s Church or the money-grubbing rightwing Free Marketers who attacked it? What say you?

BMD

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The Funeral of World-Famous Russian Pianist People’s Artist of the USSR Nikolai Petrov will be in Moscow

Nikolai Arnoldovich Petrov (1943-2011), People’s Artist of the USSR… eternal be his memory!

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On Friday morning, the Last Farewell for pianist Nikolai Petrov will be at the Great Hall of the Conservatory, then, the funeral will take place at Ascension parish in Nikitsky Gates, with the burial following at the Troekurov Cemetery, the press service of the conservatory informed Interfax. As Aleksandr Gindin, Honoured Artist of Russia, a friend and colleague of the late pianist, told Interfax on Thursday, “Petrov will remain forever in my heart, because such people don’t die, but they live forever. Nikolai Arnoldovich marked an era in our culture, in pianistic art, and music”, he emphasised. In May 2010, Gindin and Petrov were going to perform in Minsk at the opening of the Магия рояля (Magia Royalya: Magic Piano) music forum. During the tour, Petrov suffered a stroke. The pianist died in Moscow on 3 August in the 69th year of his life. Petrov was one of the greatest musicians of our time, not only in Russia, but also in the world.

4 August 2011

Interfax-Religion

http://www.interfax-religion.ru/?act=news&div=41740

4 August 2011. “OCA (Un)Truth” Issued Attack on Leonid Kishkovsky and All Orthodox Who Disagree with Their Extremist Rightwing Teabag Delusions

In the Name of Life!

Nikolai Boot

1963

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Read this:

http://www.ocatruth.com/?p=1060

I’m not going to quote from such rot. Ponder this… the Church SUPPORTS the KPRF… the Church SUPPORTS the KPU… Gennady Andreyevich and Kirill Mikhailovich are friends… the MP supports Free Socialist Cuba and it DEMANDS the end of the rightwing American blockade against it… the Church condemns the US/NATO aggression against Libya. That’s the REAL DEAL, kids. The Church supports governmental social welfare programmes (indeed, it sees them as a vital part of any true Pro-Life ministry) and it condemns all those who’d rip up the social safety net for the benefit of the oligarchs (who’ve redistributed income… the top one percent now hold 35 percent of the country’s wealth (compared to 8 percent in 1981)… over half of the nation’s wealth is in the hands of the Five Percenters). In short, the Church condemns the Tea Party… it condemns Paul Ryan… it condemns Dropout Scott Walker… it condemns the Bush tax cuts. FULL STOP. The Church condemns the “Free Market”… His Holiness called it a fraud. It supports socialism and social justice… it REJECTS greed, the Five Percenters, and the “invisible hand of the market”.

The konvertsy are pulling the same gag that they attempted in the TEC. They want to seize the Church, subject it to their extremist delusions, and run out all of us who disagree with their Anti-Christ, godless, and Mammonistic heresy. My Anglican friends are right… Reardon et al are evil people bent upon forcing their political and intellectual notions down everyone’s throat. I, for one, will NOT be silent about this… neither should you. If I were alone, I’d still stand tall, even if it meant defeat. However, I’ll confide that I KNOW that I’m not alone, and that most of you are as pissed off with these snot-nosed nappy-wearing blowhards as I am.

Let’s give ‘em hell, kids… IN THE NAME OF LIFE!

Barbara-Marie Drezhlo

Thursday 4 August 2011

Albany NY

4 August 2011. Webster Knifes Stokoe in Back at JP’s Behest… Hannes Jacobses Publishes It… Both oca.org and Stokoe are Silent About it

Read this:

http://www.aoiusa.org/blog/2011/08/fr-alexander-webster-open-letter-to-the-ethics-committee-of-the-orthodox-church-of-america/

The attack’s begun. Alexander Webster knifed Mark Stokoe in the back at El Gordo’s behest. I’d say to Mel Pleska, “Pull this bastard and Hannes Jacobses in, throw ‘em on the carpet, and give ‘em the third degree. If there was a legit ethics complaint, such a cheesy attempt at self-serving publicity just queered it, and permanently. It shows that the konvertsy are rebellious brats, only fit for slapping down. Sir… do your duty. Defrock Webster and demand that Dimitrios Trakatellis defrock Jacobes… Webster’s knifed the OCA Holy Synod in the back… Webster’s made a mockery of the OCA ethics process (yes… it WAS in tatters… Webster just ground what was left of its cred into the mud of the gutter). Why was Webster silent about JP’s dishonesty concerning Podmoshensky? Why was Webster silent concerning Fathausen’s refusal to issue information on why he canned Dickie? Webster was silent at the time of Peterson’s drink-driving arrest and at the time of l’Huillier’s well-known escapades (it’s why he left Paris to come here, according to well-informed Parisian sources). I seem to find Mr Webster’s outrage SELECTIVE as all hell, sir”.

Mark’s silent about this, and so’s oca.org. Mark’s silence is mystifying; he should be putting up a loud, public, and vigorous fight against these sleazy bastards. I would… that’s one reason that they’d leave me alone. I’d advise the Winnipeg magistrate, “This is another proof that the upper reaches of the OCA are populated by lyin’ sacks o’ shit. You know whom to talk to… I know ‘em, too. They’re reliable, and they’ve the scars to prove it”. The oca.org silence is obvious… they obviously are using Webster as a stalking horse. They’re gonna say, “We had nothing to do with this… Fr Alexander was truly disgusted at Mark’s behaviour”. What utter rubbish… it’d be on the level of ,“We admit no guilt or wrongdoing”. They said that, often enough (especially in the cases of Sidebottom and Koumentakos). This is so obvious a fakery that I’m amazed that they did it… it’s dumb as dirt, for all it does is to shred the cred of JP’s cabal… it also smashes the credibility of the OCA, at large. That’s why Mel Pleska and the OCA Holy Synod have to defrock El Gordo, Peterson, Webster, Brum, Dresko, Eliel, and Dickie. They’re a cancer in the Church’s vitals… and unless we cut it out completely, it’ll come back and kill us.

By the way, as I’ve noted before in an earlier post, Hannes Jacobes’ website isn’t popular, it’s one of those poorly-run konvertsy gathering places, according to Quantcast it can’t be measured, that is, it has less than 2,000 readers a month. In comparison, I’ve recovered from the usual mid-summer doldrums, and I’m back up to 22,000 readers a month. Mind you, most of the readers of these clerical blogs are addicts… most log on daily, so, Jacobes may have over 60,000 hits… that’s what you can accumulate over 30 days if your readership logs on daily… but you’re not reaching any new people.

Jacobses is so stupid that the Blunder impresses him (and he passes on the Blunder’s propaganda)… everybody at the Centre knows that the Bolshaya Ordynka crowd’s overrun with golubiye (look at HA’s little pal in Paris… I rest my case) and everybody in-the-know in Moscow appreciates that Alfeyev’s ambition is dead on arrival. It’s of a piece, isn’t it? Mr Jacobes isn’t offended by the fagorama roiling in the upper reaches of the OCA (hmm… Paffhausen, Brum, and Eliel… what about them, Mr Webster?), so, why should the overeducated greasy eunuchs surrounding Alfeyev bother him? As for me… give me an honest and open golubiye such as V. Gene Robinson… they’re a known quantity… rather than closeted poofs such as Fathausen, Brum, Eliel, Peterson, Soraich, Brittain, and Dickie. Do recall, El Gordo made a point of serving publicly with Feodosy and Hermie… both are queerer than a three-dollar bill. It’s not getting any better, is it?

Mark… cosh these SOBs, do it publicly, and do it NOW. You’ll have no cred unless you do. By the way, THIS is how the poofter cabal in the OCA repaid Mark for his defence of them over the years. Note well that Webster was the chosen instrument… he does live in the District’s MSA, doesn’t he? If that doesn’t mark him as a member of the Paffhausen-Potapov-Swezey mafia, nothing does. Bishop Mel… you can’t wait for the Sobor… Fathausen’s got to go… for if he doesn’t, you won’t have a Church in November… and I’m NOT jestin’ or jokin’. Step up, or, shut up, sir… only a friend would say that to you.

God do help us.

Barbara-Marie Drezhlo

Thursday 4 August 2011

Albany NY

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