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Tuesday, 1 May 2012

Thieves Steal 10-Ton Railway Bridge in Czech Republic

“How much can I get away with and still go to heaven?” That seems like the motto of a well-known cleric who’s doing his best to pack a particular Synod of Bishops with his pals and associates… I think that you know whom I have in mind…


The newspaper Právo reported that thieves dismantled and stole an old 10-ton railway bridge during broad daylight in western Czechia. The well-organised crooks used a crane and trucks to steal the bridge, built in 1901 over a river near the town of Horní Slavkov in Karlovarský Kraj. Pavel Halla, a spokesman for Czech Railways, said the thieves also stole some 200 metres (@656 feet) of railway track. He added that a police patrol stopped during the stealing of the bridge, but the thieves showed them forged documents stating that they allegedly had an agreement with Czech Railways to dismantle the old bridge. A police spokesman in Karlovy Vary said the total damage caused by the dismantled bridge and railway track, allegedly stolen for their scrap metal value, could total some 120,000 Czech Korunas (187,500 Roubles. 6,400 USD. 4,800 Euros. 3,900 UK Pounds), whilst Halla put the figure at over a million Korunas (1.56 million Roubles. 53,100 USD. 40,200 Euros. 32,700 UK Pounds).

1 May 2012



Editor’s Note:

The old merry larcenous Slavic spirit is alive and well in Czechia! That is, all Slavs are Artful Dodgers, finding a way around all burdensome government regulation and red tape (and you thought that Americans were the experts at such… do think again). It sounds like the story of the Sov soldiers who sold their tank for vodka money (no lie… it happened in the ’68 Invasion of Czechoslovakia). Slavs aren’t efficient Germans! Slavs aren’t dutiful Westerners! Slavs are like Irishmen, not Englishmen! That’s why the konvertsy are so clueless… they actually think that Greeks, Russians, Serbs, Romanians, Bulgarians, et al follow the canons… yes, they really do think that. What’s more, they think that we’re lazy and torpid… au contraire… the Slav (or the Greek or the Romanian) doesn’t stir until their backs are to the wall… then, watch out! If you have any doubt on that, ask the Germans and the French and the Poles. Oh, yes… the first man in space was Yuri Gagarin… and American cosmonauts have to hitch a ride into space on Russian capsules (do American male cosmonauts follow the Russian custom of peeing on the bus’ rear wheel before boarding the Soyuz? Perspirin’ minds wanna know…)… fancy that…



1 May 2012. RIA-Novosti Infographics. People Versus Trash



29 April 2012



Patriarch Kirill Acknowledged Bulgaria’s Contributions to Pan-Slavic Culture

Ss Cyril and Methodius

Unknown Artist

19th century



The visit of Patriarch Kirill Gundyaev of Moscow and all the Russias to Bulgaria has generated a surprisingly high level of public interest. However, the first visit of the First Hierarch of the MP to Bulgaria in recent times is especially remarkable for another reason… His Holiness Patriarch Kirill made an explicit recognition of what’s one of the most important achievements of the Bulgarian nation in global history, namely, Bulgaria’s role in spreading and promoting Greco-Roman Christian civilisation across a huge swath of the Eurasian continent by developing a distinct Bulgarian-Slavic (Western authors style it Greco-Slavic) culture based on Eastern Orthodox Christianity, the Slavonic language, and the Cyrillic alphabet. All the academic and practical disputes about the “Easternness” of the Slavic nations in Eastern Europe (Russia included) aside, the fact of the matter is that it was the work of the Bulgarian scholars and monks (themselves having just learned from the cultural, religious, and academic tradition of New Rome) that brought large parts of Eurasia into European civilisation some 11 centuries ago, with Bulgaria serving as the cultural Piedmont of the Eastern and Southern Slavic nations.

During his meeting with the Bulgarian President, Patriarch Kirill emphasised the fact that Bulgaria and Russia share a common religious and cultural heritage as Eastern Orthodox Slavic nations using the Cyrillic script, developed in the 9th century during the First Bulgarian Empire (681-1018 AD), saying, “The work of the holy brothers Ss Cyril and Methodius laid the foundations for the cultural identity of the Bulgarian, Russian, and other Slavic nations, and the first missionaries to bring new Christian values to Russia were Bulgarian priests”, referring to the key role that Bulgarian clergymen played in the 10th and 11th century during the Christianisation of Kievan Rus, the first medieval Russian state. In late 9th century Bulgaria, St Naum of Preslav and St Kliment of Ohrid, disciples of Ss Cyril and Methodius… the authors of the original Slavic Glagolitic alphabet… created a new Slavic alphabet, named “Cyrillic” in honour of their teacher St Cyril. The common history of the Bulgarian and Russian churches goes further, as, between the 10th and 18th centuries a total of eight Bulgarian clergymen held top positions in the Russian Orthodox Church, such as Bishop Cyprian the Bulgarian of Moscow (ruled 1379-1406), and Bishop Gregory Tsamblak of Kiev (ruled 1413-20). Apparently, up until the late Middle Ages, the Slavic languages in Europe were so mutually-understandable that the nations could freely borrow one another’s educated men.

In Sofia, Patriarch Kirill further declared that these cultural and spiritual ties survived throughout the ages, and motivated the heroism of the Russian soldiers in the Russo-Turkish War of 1877-78, when the Russian Empire liberated Bulgaria from Ottoman rule. The recognition of Bulgaria’s role in the creation of the Eastern Orthodox-Slavic culture might not seem to be a big deal in the age of post-9/11, post-2008 globalisation, as it was in the late 19th century Pan-Slav movement, or the 20th-century Eastern Bloc dominated by (Soviet) Russia. It mightn’t seem particularly impressive for a Western public that often views Russia as an ill-fated autocracy, or for the rising non-Western powers for which the Slavic culture stuff was some regional European matter way too long ago.

Nevertheless, Patriarch Kirill’s recognition of Bulgaria’s civilisational role in international history is still very important. For one thing, it’s the story of great brave men who ventured the creation of an entirely new culture (though a part of the Western civilisation) from scratch, eventually reaching much of the Eurasian continent led by the word of the Christian God recorded in the Cyrillic-Slavic script. For another, Bulgaria hardly ever gets positive international recognition by anybody. Even the Bulgarians’ cousins, the Russians, being the citizens of a great power, are generally reluctant to acknowledge the significance of the once-powerful Bulgarian empire, today, a minor Balkan state, for their history, culture, and identity. So, thank you, Your Holiness Patriarch Kirill, for bringing that up.

1 May 2012

Ivan Dikov


Sofia News Agency


1 May 2012. BOGO… Buy One, Get One… or, “Two, Two, Two Scandals in One…”


Firstly, got this from one of the Kitchen Cabinet:

The Chancellor and all of the Deans strongly recommend that you vote for Abbot Gerasim Eliel.

I thought that Mr Eliel was the Bishop of Alaska-in-waiting… that appears dead, at least according to this whisper. I wonder why? Nevertheless, don’t forget that David Brum, Gerasim Eliel, and Fathausen are all bosom chums and disciples of the sodomite Gleb Podmoshensky. They all kept contact with Podmoshensky, knowing that he was “spoilt goods”, that the ROCOR Holy Synod deposed him for due and proper cause (don’t forget that Lazar Puhalo, Rod Dreher, and Freddie M-G were also known habitués of Platina… birds of a feather, they say). These Three Caballeros all went to Berkeley Theological Union (where Fathausen dropped out… I think that the other two weren’t any better) together, and Fathausen’s been trying to get his pals “bishoped” ever since his election in late ’08. Is this going to fly? One thinks not… there wasn’t any coverage of this on oca.org, but did you truly expect any? Lil’ Mizz Ginny was her usual loyal running-dog lackey self, she’d throw herself under the train for Fathausen (odd, but true, I’d say).

Well, we DO have a BOGO, don’t we? Another Kitchen Cabinet member wrote me:

It appears that Fathausen received an RC priest involved in a major lawsuit. The following is from the Pokrov.org website:

Visit the STS website for an announcement of Rev Obico’s reception into the Church.


Lil’ Mizz Ginny didn’t cover this one either! I’d say to His Nibs, “Paffhausen likes the company of questionable characters. Do you want him (and his konvertsy pals) to continue to besmirch Orthodoxy’s reputation? Note that Paffhausen conveniently ‘forgot’ to mention anything about the 8.75 mill legal settlement. That ain’t chump change. Do talk to Cappy and Mel at pokrov.org… they’ve gone through hell because of the shenanigans of crook clergy”.

Let’s see… Fathausen defends people like the sodomite Gleb Podmoshensky (Lebedeff admitted on the Indiana List that the deposition for serving under suspension was a “cover”), the arrested public drunkard Benjamin Peterson (there are public records of his arrest), Gersasim Eliel (who stayed at Platina after all the real monks left), Ray Velencia (who made a hobby of litigation, it seems), and Matthias Moriak (whose first act was to feather his son’s nest… “He stuck in his thumb and pulled out a plum… oh, all for that good boy of mine!”). Now, he accepts a priest with a legal cloud over his head, one wonders why he’s leaving the RC priesthood? Is Fathausen going to make this jabronie a bishop, too? Y’know, His Nibs truly has to act to put this unthrifty beast down… God willing, he shall, and in short order. We can’t take too much more of this.

Barbara-Marie Drezhlo

Tuesday 1 May 2012

Albany NY

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