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Saturday, 14 July 2012

14 July 2012. First Documentary Evidence that MP Acknowledges Officially that JP’s Gone


Note this (click here for the whole megillah in Russian):

During the Liturgy, Vladyki Yustinian commemorated the OCA Metropolitan locum tenens, Archbishop Nathaniel Popp of Detroit, elevated to that office by the OCA Holy Synod on 9 July in connection with the resignation of His Beatitude Metropolitan Jonas Paffhausen. Since the MP awarded the Tomos of Autocephaly to the OCA, the clergy at St Nicholas Patriarchal Cathedral in New York City commemorate the OCA First Hierarch at the Great Entrance during the Divine Liturgy.

That’s the full extent of the MP’s OFFICIAL reaction to Fathausen’s resignation publicly. The OCA announced a meeting between Popp, Dahulich (both puppets), and Lyonyo (the puppeteer). Click here for the blurb on oca.org. Note this:

The varied facets of the administration’s operations and outstanding work and projects were discussed, together with critical issues that need to be addressed in the immediate and near future. There was much discussion on a wide variety of issues.

The above treacly blather was from Tosi. He expects us to swallow it whole and without demur. He issues it as His Master’s Voice. It’s clear that Lyonyo is the main actor in this little Kabuki play. Note how little is conveyed in the above quote. Indeed, it says NOTHING. Lil’ Mizz Ginny just grins a cretinish smirk of approval and posts this lying rubbish, and collects her pay-cheque for bring such a good girl. I wouldn’t turn my back on her… neither should you, if you have an ounce of the good-sense that God gave you. “Outstanding work”… I’ll retire to Bedlam with Mr Scrooge…

They’re digging themselves in deeper. When shall Lyonyo’s junta fall of its own weight? From what I hear, there’s ZILCHO support out there for the putschists. Nobody gives a hoot in hell about the dispute between Bobby and Lyonyo; nearly everybody wishes that both of them (and their crackbrained feud) would just “go away”. If the Centre were to put out the word that it’d cover all OCA priests on current pensions and if it were to make it clear that it’d depose Ray Velencia for daring to sue a priest in-good-standing without episcopal approval, why, that would sew up the matter…

Barbara-Marie Drezhlo

Saturday 14 July 2012

Albany NY


14 July 2012. A Multimedia Presentation. Il est le Quatorze Juillet… la Fête Nationale (Bastille Day, for all You Anglophones Out There)! Pour les Barricades…


la Marseillaise (complete version)


Ossuary of Douaumont on the Verdun battlefield… one of the most “sacred” secular spots in France


Michel Sardou sings Verdun


The Marquis de La Fayette (1757-1834) at la Fête de la Fédération, 14 July 1790


Verdun “On ne passe pas… French military song


d’hommage aux morts pour la France 


Homage to those fallen for la Belle France…


14 July 2012. A Point to Ponder… THIS is the “Invisible Hand of the Market”…


THIS is the “invisible hand of the market” in its visible incarnation. It’s around our throats… and if you vote for the Grand Olde Phonies, this what’s awaiting all of us who aren’t part of the affluent effluent. After all, Mittens issues thundering threats at Iran and Venezuela… but he refused to serve his country during the Vietnam War (he fled to Darkest France as a “missionary” for two years). None dare call it self-absorbed hypocritical cowardice. Compared to that, the minor pecadilloes of the Occupy set pale into nothingness, don’t they? If you vote for Wafflin’ Willy, you vote for a man who refused to serve his country… and let some other poor sod go in his place. Any questions?


Will Bradley Manning Face Charges of “Aiding The Enemy?”


A lawyer for Bradley Manning, the US soldier imprisoned for suspicion of leaking classified documents to WikiLeaks, said that chances of a terrorist having a fair trial are higher than for American soldiers in the USA. The lawyer insisted that both the court and the prosecution made many mistakes during the investigation.

Hearings are scheduled for next week, and Manning’s defence thinks that the government will stick to its already-chosen line. “Aiding the enemy” is the gravest of the 22 charges facing Manning; it could bring him a life sentence in prison. Actually, this charge is equal to treason and carries a death sentence, but the Pentagon said it wouldn’t insist on such a verdict. In view of this, David Coombs, Manning’s lead lawyer, thinks that an ordinary US soldier has fewer chances of receiving a fair and unbiased trial than a terrorist. More than once, the defence criticised the court for attempting to delay the trial and bypass some required procedures. For quite some time, the prosecution wouldn’t let the lawyers familiarise themselves with the evidence. Since his client’s arrest two years ago, Coombs said that the Pentagon hasn’t checked all the evidence, which is required before passing the documents over to the defence. Under US law, the prosecution has to release any document that could be useful for a defendant. Manning’s defence eventually achieved its goal after the court officially obliged the government to familiarise the lawyers with all information they needed on the issue. Still, there are few chances, however, that the court’s verdict would prevent the army élite from sending Manning to prison.

Evidently, the government hopes to blame Manning for its own grave mistakes. The investigation into the case has already resulted in bringing to light some unpleasant details about army leaders. Many witnesses testified that the security level at Manning’s station in Iraq was very low. Moreover, the question is how Manning, who’s said to be in a fragile mental state and never hid his critical attitude towards US foreign policy, received such a difficult post as being an intelligence analyst? This all reminds me of another scandal; when military physicians refused to diagnose soldiers with post-traumatic stress syndrome in order to save money.

It’s quite clear that what most-of-all outraged high-ranking army officers was video footage of an Apache helicopter shooting at and killing 12 civilians, journalists among them, in Baghdad in 2007. Manning handed it to WikiLeaks. That’s why the Pentagon and the government have emphasised the “aiding the enemy” charge. To find Manning guilty of this, the court has to prove that he had purposely handed the classified data to WikiLeaks, and that he was aware that al-Qaeda would acquire it. Now, since the prosecution can’t do that legally, Manning’s defence should certainly get prepared for new tricks from the prosecution.

13 July 2012

Vladimir Gladkov

Voice of Russia World Service


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