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Sunday, 19 August 2012

Locals Attack Tax Police in Greece

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On Sunday, the Greek government said that it would strictly punish citizens for tax evasion after the residents of the small island of Hydra tried to resist the police after they arrested a restaurant owner who didn’t provide receipts to clients. A government spokesman, Simos Kedikoglou, said in a statement, “We won’t let this ruin the state”. He added that tax evasion is a “scourge in Greek society” and that we should end it, decisively and immediately. According to local TV, this weekend, riot police came to the island of Hydra near Athens to calm raging locals who were protesting the actions of financial police. The government spokesman said that the state should rebuff “tricksters” who try to weasel out of paying taxes. The parliamentary opposition called the actions of authorities unnecessary and harmful.

19 August 2012

RIA-Novosti

http://en.rian.ru/world/20120819/175317007.html

Editor’s Note:

The chances of ending tax evasion in Greece are slim to none. For Greeks, tax evasion is a minor Olympic sport, almost as popular as the old pankration was. In short, if the ND/PASOK coalition tries to shake down Greeks violently, they’re going to learn a very sharp lesson very quickly with very painful results. Remember the old saying, “Russians aren’t Germans”… if that’s true of us, it goes double for Greeks (who haven’t forgotten the nasty German occupation in World War II). To expect stodgy Teutonic “honesty” from Greeks, Russians, Romanians, Italians, Spaniards, or any other Latin/Slavic nationality is crackbrained and without foundation (Israelis and Arabs are artful dodgers, too (Moshe Dayan was NO Angela Merkel)… pecunia non olet). Episodes such as this are only a foreshadowing of the death of the Euro… at least, as a “common” European currency (it may end as a common currency for Germany, France, and the Benelux region).

It won’t be mourned…

BMD

19 August 2012. Today was Apple Spas… Did You Eat Your Apple Today?

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In Russia, the Transfiguration is also known as Яблочний спас (Yablochny Spas: Apple Spas… Our Lord’s Apple Day). Nicky and I had our apple (a Golden Delicious) as we took a little motor today. Did you have yours? If not… for shame!

BMD

19 August 2012. Something to Think About from HH…

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19 August 2012. A Photo Essay. The Feastday of the Transfiguration at the Holy Mountain of Grabarka with HH… It’s the People!

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“It’s the people”… it’s not the bishops… it’s not the clergy… it’s not the buildings and property. That’s what Christ’s Church is all about, kids. It’s US… not excuses for bishops like Matthias Moriak and Benjamin Peterson (nepotism and drink driving are NOT part of the Apostolic Deposit)… not slippery clergy like Iggy and Eric Tosi… not arrogant snotties like Freddie M-G and Patrick Reardon… not clueless neophytes like Rod Dreher and Terrence Mattingly… not scheming apparatchiki like Lyonyo and Lebedeff… not overblown empty suits like Mark Stokoe or Vlad Berzansky Jr… not snooty academics like John Behr and Vassa Larina. It’s why I believe that things will work out in the end in the American Russian Orthodox diaspora. The people will have the final say… even if it’s only “voting with their feet”. Remember, The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath, and do remember WHO said that. Our Lord Christ would’ve been right at home in Endicott NY, Mayfield PA, or Parma OH… he’d take the cat o’ nine tails to SVS, Jordanville, or Syosset. You have made my Father’s house a den of thieves… reflect on that…

Barbara-Marie Drezhlo

Sunday 19 August 2012

Feastday of the Transfiguration of Our Lord

Albany NY

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