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Monday, 5 November 2012

5 November 2012. A Whisper about Ted Heckman… and the Grapevine Speaks on the Paris Drobots


I got this in:

Word now is that Fr Ted Heckiman, who’s now rector of St Mark Church in Wrightstown PA, will be forced to retire in order not to be an obstacle to Lyonyo’s attempt to force the election of Tikhon Mollard’s as Metropolitan. Bloggers, including the Monomuckos brats, are complaining about his failure to discipline him for past alleged sexual misconduct.

In other words, Tikhon’s the Syosset candidate… a good reason to vote against him. This plot has Vinnie Peterson’s fingerprints all over it, and we all know how compromised he is. I think that the SOBs are going to vote Tikhon in regardless of how the popular vote goes. Nonetheless, it’s important to deny Syosset that figleaf. A vote for Mel is a vote for honesty. A vote for Tikhon is a vote for secrecy and skulduggery.

I heard the following from an informed voice on the grapevine who knows the Drobot clan (one of the litigants in the Rue Daru lawsuit is a Drobot):

The Paris Drobots were/are officially Rue Daru, but they plough their own furrow, never prayed for the Ecumenical Patriarch. They live like Old Ritualists (9 children, only spoke Russian). The one involved in the Paris lawsuit is a nephew.

I know from personal observation that Wsewolod Drobot said nothing at all for two weeks after the August events in the Soviet Union. Then, he switched to a vehement, “The communists are still in charge” (and an uncompromising support of Vitaly‘s illicit parishes in the former USSR), and kept that tune going until 2000. He pretended to be the pastor of the Albany parish, yet lived in Jordanville near the monastery. That’s the sort of First Family shit that’s got to end. You don’t pastor a parish from a remove of over 100 kilometres. God Himself couldn’t do it… it looks like the Paris portion of the clan is as crank as the American portion.

We’ve got a hell of a mess to clean up, but we can’t start to really do anything about it until we admit that we’re in the deep kimchi… but shall we? The first thing that we have to do is to shitcan compromised bishops such as Vinnie Peterson, Matthias Moriak, and Fathausen… they all disgraced the episcopate… the only thing to do is to demote ’em down to regular priests. If we did that, it’d signal to God, to the rest of the Church, and to the believers here in the USA and Canada, that we’re serious about putting things right. If we don’t do it… need I continue?


Update per Grapevine 6.11.12:

Ted Heckman IS retired and Tikhon told the parish personally on 24 October (per several different grapes). What does Heckman know that they don’t want out? Hey, I don’t know everything, and I appreciate shouts from the truly informed… on the other hand, First Family and hyperclericalist voices can suck wind.



5 November 2012. A Point to Ponder Before Election Day


I’d call you to recall a man of deep Catholic faith and ringing patriotism, who had a tear in his Irish eyes for what we would call, the ‘uns’… the un-employed, the un-insured, the un-wanted, the un-wed mother and her innocent, fragile un-born baby in her womb, the un-documented, the un-housed, the un-healthy, the un-fed, the under-educated. Government, Al Smith believed, should be on the side of these ‘uns’, but a government partnering with family, church, parish, neighbourhood, organisations, and community, never intruding or opposing, since, when all is said and done, it’s in God we trust, not, ultimately, in government or politics.

Timothy Cardinal Dolan


This is why you must vote for Barack Obama tomorrow. ‘Nuff said.



As John Robles Sees It… USA Bans OSCE Observers: What are They Trying to Hide?


The American states of Texas and Iowa {both have undemocratic Republicans as Governors: editor} openly stated that OSCE Election Observers will face criminal prosecution if they come anywhere near election polling locations. What hypocrisy! The country that lectures the world on “democracy” is afraid to allow international observers to view its election process. That speaks volumes and brings into question the very fundamental legitimacy of that power. The world superpower that natters to every country on earth about democracy, transparency, and the rule of law, the country which attempts to justify aggressive invasions and the assassination of leaders of countries it doesn’t care for, for one reason or the other, by throwing around the word “democracy”, whilst it launches invasions and arms terrorists to remove rightful leaders, looks absolutely absurd and hypocritical in light of the fact that it’s attempting to intimidate and bar international elections observers from observing its “democratic” presidential election process.

Once again, the USA violates another international treaty or agreement it has signed or is bound to. This isn’t unusual and is more the rule for the USA than the exception, examples includes the Geneva Conventions, the Vienna Conventions, international anti-racism agreements, agreements regarding the treatment of indigenous peoples, prisoners of war, and scores of other agreements. Other areas where the USA does as it pleases include international standards and laws regarding the declaration of war, international arrests, territorial and sovereign integrity, pollution, labour practices, extra-judicial executions, and the list goes on. This time however, the double standards and absolute hypocrisy couldn’t be clearer.

The Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) plans to deploy up to 100 elections observers all around the USA on Election Day to monitor polling and other associated processes. This comes after a warning, according to the web site thehill.com was issued to OSCE official Daan Everts earlier this month by the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights (LCCHR), the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) regarding “a coordinated political effort to disenfranchise millions of Americans, particularly traditionally disenfranchised groups like minorities”. Rather than welcoming international observers, as one would logically assume any country would do which claims to be the world leader in “democracy”, rightwing and “conservative” groups, include the supposed anti-election fraud group “True the Vote”, have come out screaming against international observers.

For those not blinded by the constant rhetoric and aware of the racist agendas of the far-right, this isn’t surprising. It’s one thing to suppress minority voters and throw up every barrier one can think of to keep them from the polls, and have them disgruntled and screaming racism, it’s yet another when that’s documented and observed by respected members of a respected and solid international inter-governmental body like the OSCE. After the election débâcle of 2000, when George W Bush’s brother Jeb Bush suppressed minority votes in Florida leading to George Bush’s winning the presidency in the Supreme Court, raised the interest of the international community as to the fairness of the American system, the OSCE was invited to observe American elections by George Bush himself in 2004, after UN observers were refused, although they’d been doing so since 2002.

The states in question, which threatened OSCE observers with arrest and imprisonment, currently include Texas and Iowa, with others likely to follow. Iowa has stated that it will arrest OSCE observers who come within 300 feet of polling locations with Texas issuing similar threats. The USA, as one of 56 OSCE members is supposedly committed, as are other member countries, to allow its elections to be observed, this has been true since 1990. Although the USA is supposed to allow observers, the OSCE agreement isn’t legally binding, and includes wording that calls for domestic laws to be followed, which allows individual US states and local authorities almost carte-blanche to do as they see fit.

According to the web site the Axis of Logic the head of the OSCE’s Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR), Ambassador Janez Lenarčič, wrote a letter to the US State Department of State and Hillary Clinton denouncing threats made against OSCE observers. He wrote, “The threat of criminal sanctions against international observers is unacceptable. The United States, like all countries in the OSCE, has an obligation to invite observers to observe its elections. Our observers are requested to remain strictly impartial and not to intervene in the voting process in any way. They are in the USA to observe the elections, not to interfere in them”. The USA has a lot to hide when it comes to elections, much more than most of the international community realises. The fact that domestic American human rights organisations have requested international observers should be triggering alarm bells worldwide.

The problems with the American election process are many. Starting with the actual voting process, the USA has shown that there are problems with electronic voting machines, such as the Diebold machines, which caused widespread scandals during the Bush elections, including counting votes for Bush, when the other candidate was selected, which are known to be easily manipulated. Then, there’s the fact that there are locations where there are no paper ballots and, hence, no reliable way to verify votes. Another problem is that observers aren’t allowed in many polling stations in many locations where there are paper ballots; to observe that the actual ballots are placed in the boxes and that they’re sealed and not tampered with. There are scores of other suppression and illegal tactics taking place in the steps leading up to the actual voting booth. Amongst these are limiting who’s allowed to vote, and actions taken by right-wing “conservative” racist groups to keep segments of the population away from the polls, as a rule, black and minority voters, along with the poor and the elderly, that is, voters who generally vote for Democratic or third party candidates.

Such tactics include varied and widespread voter purges which have been manipulated all over the USA, including those supposedly purging felons, voter ID laws that target the poor and elderly, and an array of activities designed to intimidate and otherwise keep minorities, the poor, and the elderly away from the voting booth. For example, there are reports in areas with large concentrations of Spanish speaking voters of leaflets distributed by rightwing groups with the wrong date of voting printed on them. There are also widespread reports of billboard campaigns stating that improper voting or mistakes in the voting booth may be felony offenses, a clever move to frighten people into thinking if they make some little mistake then they may go to prison. There are also rightwing groups deploying millions of “observers” who may intimidate “selected” voters by making them provide proof of their identities before allowing them into polling stations.

According to the site CNSNEWS.com, “The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and others urged OSCE observers to deploy in states where they allege there is ‘a coordinated political effort to disenfranchise millions of Americans’, especially minorities and low-income groups”. Of all of the problems there are also complaints about the arcane and archaic Electoral College system, the re-zoning of electoral districts in many states such as Texas, where votes are taken away from minority and poor areas and moved to “white” areas, and even claims that there are only 32 counties in the US that’ll decide the vote, and 41 out of 50 states are being ignored because they are either red “Republican” or blue “Democratic”.

Another problem in the USA is access to the media, only available to candidates with millions, if not billions of dollars, effectively making it impossible for third party candidates to compete. Then, there’s the entire presidential debate process, which is decided by private corporations, and third party candidates are effectively banned from participation. Unfortunately, these aren’t the only problems. There are also a slew of problems making it almost impossible for many third party candidates to get on the ballots in many states. Add to that, unfair federal funding practises and impossible thresholds that are supposed to be met, and you have a system that only benefits the wealthy and is completely controlled by those who are already in power.

Perhaps, the USA could take lessons from Russia on democracy and running fair elections? Russia, for example, has web cameras in the polling stations allowing anyone to observe, transparent voting boxes with an observable secure process from start to finish, hundreds of thousands of observers, nine parties, all with equal television air-time, inclusive debates, and the right of every citizen to vote. That’s unlikely, the USA has a fine-tuned system to keep the wealthy white class in power and keep everyone else as subjects. “Everyone else” includes all “minorities” (who are, in fact, not minorities in many states), American Indians, the poor, the disabled, the young, students, migrant workers, displaced people, the elderly, and everyone else not fitting the wealthy white ideal.

Lastly, the USA has become a country controlled by corporations and big money, they control the government and the political processes, this is a fact few would argue with. The system is designed to suppress a huge segment of the population on racist and other lines. According to any dictionary, by definition, the USA has slipped into a state of Fascism, or neo-Fascism, if you prefer. Of course, such a system wouldn’t welcome election observers. They can’t allow the “secret” to get out of the bag.

6 November 2012 (MSK)

John Robles

Voice of Russia World Service


Editor’s Note:

Most real ethnic Orthodox are Democrats, as the Republican bosses treated them badly (and cheated them horribly) when they came to this country. Quite often, this persists even if they become affluent, as they remember the base cruelty, greed, and racism of most Republicans.

The konvertsy are mostly Hard Right anti-government loon Republicans. They have nothing in common with us socially or politically. They’ve made common cause with the remnants of the Hard Right anti-commie loons in the ROCOR… for now. You see, the ROCOR anti-commies will come around to reason… their ethnos/narod will trump their politics. Then, the konvertsy will stand alone…

Be patient, God IS sorting things out…



4 November 2012. Group from Paris Cathedral Taking Gabriel of the Rue Daru Bunch to Court


A group from the St Alexandre Nevsky Cathedral fell out of agreement with Archbishop Gabriel de Vylder, so, five individuals (Deacon Jean Drobot, Karin Wothe, Basil Tiesenhausen Viktor Loupan, Vadim Tichonicki) filed a lawsuit against him. There’s not much available at present, so, there’s not much to say, I’ll have to research it more. The two protagonists (not surprisingly) on either side of the dispute are Seraphim Rehbinder and Serge Runge. Apparently, the whole brouhaha’s over the fact that Gabriel’s sick with cancer and hasn’t appointed a warden for the Rue Daru cathedral. In short, not only is the OCA falling to pieces, so are their Parisian pals. This bears watching, as OLTR seems involved in some way.

Interesting that one of the litigants is from the Drobot family, whose American branch is one of the ROCOR First Families. Wsewolod Drobot is the least intelligent and dullest priest that I’d ever met in my life, but he finessed his family connection to the Paris bunch (his brother Yuri was a Paris bunch priest) and his knowledge of the po-nashemu dialect (remember Lavr Škurla spoke that language) into a Ruritanian position at Jordanville (when it still the de facto Church centre of the ROCOR). One wonders if the French side of the family is as Grand Fenwickian as their American cousins…


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