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Wednesday, 17 August 2011

Tyotya Vara Says, “Conspiracy Theories are For the Birds… Why Drag in Non-Existent Bogeymen When Plain Ol’ Hutsky-Klutsky Explains it ALL?”

The bogeyman doesn’t even go bump in the night (it’s nothing but a “monster under the bed”)… do fear ignorant enthusiasts and self-interested “operators”… they CAN do you harm…

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A great hue-and-cry has issued forth in response to Matt Moriak canning Mark Stokoe from the MC and the Archdiocesan Council. Firstly, Mark is a known member of Lyonyo’s faction, so, if a toady of JP (and JP’s Bobby’s sock-puppet) became Bishop of the Midwest, it shouldn’t have surprised him that such happened to him. Actually, if I were in Mark’s shoes, I’d have resigned before Moriak kicked me out, forcing Matt and JP’s party to recalibrate… and since they’re not overly bright, it would’ve screwed them up for a month, at least. There’s nothing funnier (or more satisfying) than to force a foe to punch empty air… there are few pleasures so deep and gratifying (your enemy looks like one of the Three Stooges, whilst you look like Einstein explaining the Unified Field Theory).

This is a good time to talk about the LACK of a conspiracy in the higher reaches of the OCA. Trust me… it’s been this hutsky-klutsky from the beginning, but since Lyonyo had complete editorial and production control at TOC (assisted by his loyal Sancho Panza, Connie Tarasar), that meant that he kept any competing “narratives” from circulating. Especially, in the salad days of the early 70s and early 80s, the propaganda line was that the OCA was the “coming thing”, and Lyonyo allowed no one to disseminate an alternative version (remember the noise about “six million Orthodox Christians in the USA” and “Orthodoxy, the fourth major religion in America?” … I haven’t heard either of those old whoppers in years). This was easy to do in pre-Internet and pre-PC (personal computer, that is) days. There was NO conspiracy involved at all. Simply put, printing was expensive, which meant that only an organisation could issue official-looking documents. In fact, if you’ve seen some of the original printed official OCA (and ROCOR) documents or publications from that period, many look unusually shoddy and second-rate, because Lyonyo had to produce much of it on the cheap (using stapled-together poor-quality newsprint, with ordinary paper covers), as the OCA (or the ROCOR) never had any serious money, and white elephant prestige items such as the Syosset mansion and SVS ate up what little money they had. Then, once you’d produced your material, you then had the problem of distributing it… there was no e-mail, everything had to move in hard-copy form via snail mail. In short, if a determined group of individuals wished to control information, they could… with no need of “conspiring”.

Ever since Metropolitan Leonty’s passing in ’65, a coterie of about 100-200 interrelated individuals centred on Syosset and SVS ran the OCA/Metropolia (some of them are relatives in the literal sense, hence the title, “First Families”). Frankly, they were the only people at any OCA institution with any serious money at their disposal (and that was little enough, the OCA has always been a hand-to-mouth organisation). If “money talks and bullshit walks”… you get the picture. ADS ran the show from the mid-sixties until his death in ’83. He wasn’t the brains of the outfit (Ivan Feofilovich von Meyendorff was twice as intelligent, and four times as prudent)… but he was something a great deal more indefinable… and far more necessary to the success of the project. Aleksandr Dmitrievich was a “rainmaker”… he could make people “believe” in Autocephaly, even though anyone could see that it was nothing but a transparent phantasm ginned up by Rotov at the Centre. Objectively speaking, ADS wasn’t an original scholar nor was he free of his problematic mentor’s (Bulgakov) hobby-horses. He had something far more important in human affairs… whether one called it mana, or charisma, or élan vital, or numen… an indescribable, yet very real, ability to “manufacture” luck and to “convince” others of his notional plans. That’s to say, ADS possessed what Weber called “charismatic authority”… and no one else did… not at all.

Before we leave the topic of ADS’ charisma and his undoubted charismata (in the psychological, not religious sense of the word), do consider the following. This doesn’t apply fully to ADS… a unique and charismatic (although deeply-flawed and fatally-myopic) character, but parts of it do adhere to him, and his “successors” were fully in the mould described below. An egotistical leader (again, in the psychological, not vernacular sense), gathers around themselves compliant and reliant sorts to reinforce their behaviour. Almost inevitably, this leads to the organisation deteriorating over time. Egotists may assert institutional loyalty outwardly, but they’re only committed to their own agendas; thus, their decisions centre on their own interests rather than the interests of the group as a whole or the standards of the larger outside society. As a result, a certain kind of charismatic leader can run an organisation on thoroughly-injurious principles for a time, but people DO wake up from their pleasant dream sooner or later. In short, ADS was a successful moonshiner; he convinced people that his potent cheap spiritual vodka was New Wine… but when he died, there was NO one to replace him, and there was no one who could produce the requisite soma.

You can’t teach someone charisma, least of all in an academic setting. You can’t find charisma in books, scholarly journals, or weighty dissertations. That’s a fool’s errand… what’s more, you can’t allocate charismata per a TO&E schedule. Therefore, when ADS croaked, it killed the OCA. You see, ADS WAS the OCA; he WAS the “Autocephaly Project” incarnate. He was never able to articulate his vision adequately, probably, because he himself wasn’t clear on what he wanted or meant. When ADS died (with no replacement), in essence, his followers treated him like Lenin in the Red Square mausoleum. Interestingly enough, the role of post-mortem totem would’ve horrified both Vladimir Ilyich and Aleksandr Dmitrievich… both were personally modest (which was a cardinal factor in their success, by the way), neither one had grandiose personal delusions (actually, both men were only concerned with essential means and actual authority… the trappings and “rewards” of power interested them not in the least).

There’s no conspiracy in the OCA… there’s a community of interest in maintaining a crook narrative, which isn’t the same thing at all. That’s why so many untutored and poorly-catechised converts have been ordained. They buy into the mythos, as they don’t have contact with Living Orthodoxy. Of course, such a “community” looks like a conspiracy, but the distinction is, I’d say, that the conspirator actually wishes to do evil. On the other hand, the deluded think that they’re doing good… and the cynical don’t bloody care one way or the other, so long as they benefit from the situation. To be evil, you have to know that you’re transgressing the moral law, and that you don’t care tuppence for it. In any case, most mischief comes amongst us not from premeditated malevolence but from ignorant hutsky-klutsky or self-interested manoeuvring.

For instance, Mark Stokoe is both a deluded autocephalist fanatic and a self-interested former Syosset drone. Truly, he believes that only he and his “band of brothers” (Hunchak, Hopko fils, and Wheeler) can steer the Church correctly. Does he see how Lyonyo uses him and his pals? That, no one knows. Matthias Moriak is a petty dictator (did he jump from the ACROD out of ambition or was he tossed out… or was it a bit of both?)… he’s trying to insert his son as rector of a parish that’s “above his weight” and he slapped down a deacon high-handedly, not just Mark. Abuse of power isn’t evil… it’s simply bad business and it isn’t according to the institutional culture of the OCA Diocese of the Midwest (Moriak’s in for a rude awakening). Rather, evil is Ray Velencia blabbing personal intimacies of a parishioner to the OCA MC… oh, I forgot… “We admit no wrongdoing”… how silly of me! It’s also Paffhausen’s guru-disciple relationship with the sodomite Gleb Podmoshensky (Podmoshensky was a guru to Freddie M-G and Dreher, as well)… JP refuses to repent of it.

The OCA has been living on its accumulated capital, both actual (monetary) and spiritual (ideological), since the death of ADS. Today, the cupboard’s bare… all of Kishkovsky’s horses and all of Stokoe’s men won’t be able to put Syosset back together again (as for the ROCOR, that’s not germane here… the reason for their decline is intrinsically different from that of the OCA, and it deserves separate treatment). They’re demented children dancing about a decaying and putrid corpse. Won’t anyone give this cadaver decent burial? That’s one of the acts of Christian mercy, isn’t it?

Barbara-Marie Drezhlo

Wednesday 17 August 2011

Albany NY

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Fr Vsevolod Chaplin Urged the Authorities to Vigorously Hunt Down Distributors of Internet Kiddie Porn and Punish Them Harshly

Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin (1968- ), the head of the MP Department for Church and Society

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We should lock up recidivist paedophiles and throw away the key…

Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin, the head of the MP Department for Church and Society, felt that Russia isn’t being vigorous enough in its efforts to identify and punish distributors of Internet kiddie porn. On Wednesday, he told Interfax-Religion, “Russia lags far behind many other countries in fighting against sexual exploitation of kids and teenagers. We need to be more severe towards perps than we are at present. Well, both the President and the Gosduma haven’t only talked about it, they’ve done something about it, but there’s still more to be done”. He pointed up that some proposed “chemical castration, which isn’t very effective”; he rejected that, “but that doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t keep looking for solutions. We should lock up recidivist paedophiles and throw away the key. Undoubtedly, we should enact more stringent controls on the Internet”.

Yesterday, Российская газета (Rossiskaya Gazeta: The Russian Newspaper) published an article by Aleksandr Torshin, the Acting Chairman of the Federation Council, and Mikhail Barshchevsky, the government’s delegate to RF higher courts, which called for tougher action against paedophilia on the Internet. Fr Vsevolod noted, “This idea’s very good and long overdue. I’m glad that two very different people, who hold quite different philosophical and political views, proposed it. I’ve known Mr Torshin for quite some time; he’s a believer. On the other hand, I’m mostly at loggerheads with Mr Barshchevsky ideologically; we disagree on most points, we often argue in public forums”. However, he went on to say, “It’s great that two such greatly-disparate people issued a similar call for law enforcement to severely crack down on those who use the Internet to involve children in sexual contacts or for the production and distribution of kiddie porn”.

In his opinion, Fr Vsevolod thought that the authors of the article were correct to point up that, today, only concerned members of the public track paedophiles and distributors of Internet kiddie porn. He said, “What these guys do is quite admirable, but we need the state to get involved, as well. We should immediately identify anyone who uses the Internet to encourage children to engage in inappropriate sexual contacts or to distribute kiddie porn, and we should hold them accountable for it. We have the technical means to do this, and we have enough law enforcement officers to enforce it”. In conclusion, Fr Vsevolod summed up by saying, “We should show no mercy to those who commit such crimes, which means, firstly, that severe retribution is inevitable. I’m convinced that the people’s preference regarding this is clear… the overwhelming majority of the public would support such a course of action”.

17 August 2011

Interfax-Religion

http://www.interfax-religion.ru/?act=news&div=41868

17 August 2011. Let’s Give Respect to Our REAL Heroes… Let’s Give Scorn to the Blasphemous Poseurs!

Here’s our heroes:

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Now, we go from the sublime (and honourable) to the ridiculous (and blasphemous):

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Should I mention that Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Reinhold Reince PriebusBill O’Reilly, Paul Ryan, Glenn Beck, and Michael Savage (Michael Alan Weiner) are unpatriotic SOBs who refused to serve in the forces (they had more important things to do, dontcha know… yet, they’re loud warmongers)? Oh, one last thing… Rick Perry couldn’t make the cut in the USAF to be a frontline combat pilot… he ended up as a non-combat C130 pilot… the aerial equivalent of a truck driver. He wasn’t a upfront warrior… he was a skulking REMF (Rear-Echelon Mother-Fucker)… am I being catty in pointing up that Senator George McGovern was a decorated WWII combat bomber pilot and all-around standup guy? I thought that you’d like to know that…

ANY QUESTIONS?

BMD

ADDENDUM ON THE INORDINATE ROLE OF RUSH LIMBAUGH IN THE REPUBLICAN PARTY:

On 1 March 2009, in response to a question on CBS’s Face the Nation as to who spoke for the Republican Party, Rahm Emanuel, President Obama’s chief of staff,  said it was Rush Limbaugh because “whenever a Republican criticises [Limbaugh], they have to run back and apologise to him, and say they were misunderstood. He’s the voice and the intellectual force and energy behind the Republican Party. And he’s been upfront about what he views, and hasn’t stepped back from that, which is he hopes for [President Obama’s] failure. He said it. And I compliment him for his honesty, but that’s their philosophy that’s enunciated by Rush Limbaugh”. In remarks aired by the CNN program D.L. Hughley Breaks the News on 1 March 2009, Steele said he, rather than Limbaugh, is “the de facto leader of the Republican Party. Rush Limbaugh’s an entertainer. Rush Limbaugh’s whole thing’s entertainment. Yes, it’s incendiary. Yes, it’s ugly”. On 2 March 2009, Limbaugh said on his radio show that Steele wasn’t fit to lead the Republican Party, asking of him “Why do you claim to lead the Republican Party when you seem obsessed with seeing to it President Obama succeeds?” After the show, Steele called Limbaugh to apologise, saying “I have enormous respect for Rush Limbaugh. I was maybe a little bit inarticulate. There was no attempt on my part to diminish his voice or his leadership. I went back at that tape and I realised words that I said weren’t what I was thinking. It was one of those things where I thinking I was saying one thing, and it came out differently. What I was trying to say was a lot of people want to make Rush the scapegoat, the bogeyman, and he’s not”. Steele later issued another statement to say that Limbaugh “is a national conservative leader, and in no way do I want to diminish his voice. I truly apologise”.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Steele

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That says it all… Mr Steele had to apologise to this ignorant, pill-popping, four-times-married, cowardly “white feather” popinjay… it tells you much about the intelligence of all those who listen to and attend to Rush’s lies, doesn’t it? It also tells us why Mr Steele lost his position as RNC Chairman… he didn’t kiss Rush’s arse enough in public, so, Rush had an inexperienced, drooling, nappy-wearing kid (Reinhold Reince Priebus) appointed in Steele’s place. If you vote for the Republican Party you vote for Rush Limbaugh… if you vote for Rush, you vote for gluttony, cowardice, greed, and immorality personified… do ponder that…

BMD

17 August 2011. A Photo Essay. “I was in Prison, and you visited me”… Archbishop Georgi Danilov of Nizhny Novgorod and Arzamas Visited Women’s Correctional Colony Nr 2

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THIS is REAL Orthodoxy… here in America, we don’t have it. We’ll have to chase out (or reform) the First Family and konvertsy squatters before we can do likewise. Let’s keep our eyes on the prize… and on the standard that the Mother Church sets for us. We’ll have to clean out the Sectarian/Anglican contamination that some of the converts have brought with them… we have NOTHING to teach the Centre (American Exceptionalism, Sectarian prissiness, and Anglo-Saxon hubris be damned), but they’ve PLENTY to teach us… as the above images show. Let’s get with the programme…

BMD

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