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Saturday, 9 March 2013

9 March 2013. You Can’t Make Up Shit Like This… Gun Nutter Governor in South Dakota Signs Bill Authorising Armed Guards in Schools… WHAT A MAROON!

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On Friday, CNN reported that South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard signed a controversial bill that allows school boards in the mostly-rural state to let school employees, hired security personnel, or volunteers carry guns in schools. Under the new law, which comes into effect on 1 July, school boards will be able to establish school sentinel programmes “to secure or enhance the deterrence of physical threat and defence of the school, its students, its staff, and members of the public on the school premises against violent attack”. All “sentinels” will have to pass a weapons training course similar to the one designed for South Dakota law enforcement officers.

The move came in the wake of a brutal shooting at a school in Connecticut in December last year that left 20 young children and 6 adult staff dead. It also reflects a deep divide between tough gun control advocates, including US President Barack Obama, and gun rights supporters backed by the powerful the National Rifle Association. Recently, Obama called for a ban on military-style assault weapons, a limit on the number of rounds in individual magazine clips, and a comprehensive background check and database for all gun buyers in the nation.

The Second Amendment of the US Constitution guarantees American citizens the “right to bear arms”. However, the historical and societal interpretation of those words is at the heart of the impassioned debate about guns in the USA today. Gun control advocates argue the Founding Fathers who drafted the Constitution and other documents didn’t necessarily mean that all citizens have the right to bear any kind of arms and have access to any amount of ammunition at any time and in any context. Gun rights supporters say the president’s proposals are unconstitutional and a violation of citizens’ rights.

8 March 2013

RIA-Novosti

http://en.ria.ru/world/20130309/179904006/South-Dakota-Arms-Teachers-Against-Violent-Attacks.html

Editor’s Note:

Let’s take a look at the text of the Second Amendment:

A well-regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.

Hmm… the “right” to bear arms is linked indissolubly with “a well-regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state”. That means that arms-bearing and militia membership go hand-in-hand. One could argue, using “strict constructivist” guidelines, that the only people who have an untrammelled right to bear arms are those who are members of a recognised federal or state military reserve unit (such IS the modern incarnation of a “militia”, after all). There is no “right” to have guns because one “wants to own them”… nor is there a right to own guns to “oppose a tyrannical government”. The only right granted by the US Constitution is that since guns are necessary to an efficient militia for the common defence, citizens shall have the right to own them. The wording of the Amendment does NOT confer an unrestricted or unrestrained right to own weapons… that is crucial to the intent of the Founders… do note that the clause concerning a militia comes first, implying that it trumps the later (subordinate) clause. This could mean that the government could ban handgun ownership, as handguns are militarily useless.

Strict construction requires a judge to apply the text only as it is. Look at the Second Amendment… it makes explicit mention of a “militia”, and that such a militia is “necessary” for the defence of the state. Therefore, strict construction, which is beloved of the Troglodyte Right, requires judges to strike down permissive gun ownership laws. In short, all pro-gun nutter judges are actually “activist jurists”, reading meaning into the Amendment that isn’t there. In fact, since there are well-regulated and legally-established military reserve units, with appropriate stored weapons and munitions, strict construction would lead one to the inescapable conclusion that the government could (and, indeed, MUST) ban most private-ownership of weapons (with the possible exception of registered hunters), as the already-provided-for military reserve is the modern “well-regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state”. There’s no way around it. The wording of the Amendment is clear; it isn’t at all vague or incoherent. The maintenance of an organised militia force and arms-bearing by citizens go hand-in-hand. The NRA and Governor Daugaard are chock fulla shit. They’ve invented a “right” that the Founders never intended to confer.

Isn’t it funny when the Righties bite their own arse? They can’t get around it without using the methods and arguments of “activists”. Reflect on this… they’re so stupid and dense that they can’t see the obvious truth in the Second Amendment. Do you really want such sorts in charge of the country? I don’t… and I’m not alone…

BMD 

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Zyuganov Sez Chávez Death Could Be American Plot

00 Zyuganov at Chavez memorial. 09.03.13

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On Wednesday, Gennady Zyuganov, the leader of the KPRF, speculated that the death of Venezuelan leader Hugo Rafael Chávez Frías from cancer may have been part of a plot by the USA to infect its enemies in Latin America with the disease, saying in comments carried on Russian state TV, “How did it happen that six leaders of Latin American countries which criticised American policies and tried to create an influential alliance in order to be independent and sovereign states, fell ill simultaneously with the same disease?. In my view, this was far from a coincidence. I urge an investigation under international auspices into Chávez’s death”.

Zyuganov’s claim echoed accusations by Venezuelan Vice President Nicolás Maduro Moros, who alleged last week that Chávez had fallen victim to an “imperialist” plot, noting, “The old enemies of our fatherland looked for a way to harm his health”. Chávez, who died on Tuesday at the age of 58 after an almost two-year battle with cancer, himself speculated that the USA might’ve developed methods to infect its enemies with the disease. Chávez… who once famously called former US President George W Bush “the devil”… said in late 2011, after he had been diagnosed with the disease, “Would it be so strange that they’ve invented the technology to spread cancer and we won’t know about it for 50 years?”

He spoke a day after Argentine President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner was diagnosed with thyroid cancer, adding, “Fidel [Castro] always told me, ‘Chávez, take care. These people have developed technology. You’re very careless. Take care what you eat, what they give you to eat … a little needle and they inject you with I don’t know what’”, he said in late 2011 after he had been diagnosed with cancer. Castro was himself the target of numerous American assassination plots, according to declassified documents published by the CIA in 2007. Among the other leftwing Latin American leaders diagnosed with cancer are Brazil‘s current president, Dilma Vana RousseffParaguay‘s Fernando Armindo Lugo Méndez, and former Brazilian leader Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva.

6 March 2013

RIA-Novosti

http://en.ria.ru/russia/20130306/179849093/Chavez-Death-Could-Be-US-Plot–Russian-Communist-Leader.html

Official Condolences of Patriarch Kirill Gundyaev to the Venezuelan People on the Death of President Hugo Chávez

00 Chavez and Kirill. Blessing. 08.10.12

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I offer my condolences to the state leadership and the citizens of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela on the death of President Hugo Rafael Chávez Frías. He was one of the most prominent political leaders of our time, he was a sincere patriot, and he made much effort to improve the living conditions of the Venezuelan people. Sr Chávez was widely known in the international community for his independent stance and principles. I warmly recall my meeting with the late President, held as part of my visit to Venezuela in October 2008. In the course of our dialogue, my companion proved to be a strong-willed politician, who attached great importance to the development of spiritual ties between nations. In this difficult and crucial moment, I send my sincere sympathies to the Venezuelan people, and I wish much strength and consolation to the family and friends of the deceased in their sorrow.

With sincere condolences

Kirill

Patriarch of Moscow and all the Russias

6 March 2013

Patriarchia.ru

Official MP Website

http://www.patriarchia.ru/db/text/2830161.html

Editor’s Note:

Do mark it down well that neither the OCA nor the ROCOR offered condolences on the death of President Chávez. That is, they posted nothing on their official websites. After all, the ROCOR has a bishop in Caracas, John Berzins. This smells like the malign influence of Potapov and his rightwing crowd. HH showed the way and the OCA and the ROCOR REFUSED to follow him, as there are members of both the OCA and ROCOR higher apparats who’ve sold out to the US government and its lies (mostly for a mess of pottage and/or (very) low seats at the “high table”).

These people are worthless poseurs and traitors who’ve sold out the Orthosphere in return for comfort and ease in American exurbia. You forget that at your peril…

BMD

9 March 2013. Here’s the Probable Reason for the St T’s Pow-Wow

00 a whisper in the loggia. 08.12

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I heard this whisper from an informant:

Here’s the deal. He and his lawyer refuse to accept the conditions that the ROCOR laid down to receive him. That is, he’d be “retired” and have no diocese… he’d just live at a monastery or a seminary. The OCA Lesser Synod of Bishops told him to show up last week at a meeting, but he was a no-show. A full Synod meeting is due next week and they might order him to appear.

I’ve been vetting this one… asking around to see what others have heard. As one of the Cabinet put it:

This makes sense. There have been rumblings that he was/is the stumbling block in the negotiations. Moreover, you can’t blame the ROCOR for their stance; they aren’t crazy.

There were other replies, but they were all in the same general mould. That is, this has been “out there” for some time, I’m reporting nothing new; indeed, the only thing that I’m doing is putting the general buzz into writing. This means that the pow-wow in the District between Potapov, Shevkunov, and Fathausen went nowhere fast. This is turning into an “instant replay” of the soap opera that surrounded the no-nun nuns in Maryland. Hilarion Kapral told them that they couldn’t have a starets that wasn’t under his authority (which makes sense… he wanted full authority over the convent and its doings). The dippy nuns refused, so, Hilarion said, “OK, it’s your bed; you lie in it”; he pulled the antimins and he shitcanned the lot of ‘em (which was the RIGHT thing to do).

Now, El Gordo AND HIS LAWYER are pulling the same gnarly shit. Note that, kids… “and his lawyer”. What’s wrong with that picture? If James Paffhausen had tried to pull off such a stunt with the likes of Leonty Turkevich or Anastassy Gribanovsky (or Laurus Škurla or Kiprian Borisevich), he’d be lunch. Tikhon Mollard is at sixes and sevens, since he’s a pusillanimous coward, he doesn’t know what to do. Ergo, he ran off to St T’s to confer with his sugar daddy Herman (remember Herman? He’s still alive n’ kicking) about what to do about this festering pustule.

Now, we all know that Herman’s a stubborn Hunkie and a maximalist. He’s been a “my way or the highway” sort for his entire clerical career. He’s always gone whole-hog… that happened with his mismanagement of the Mayfield PA situation (egged on by SVS and ADS… Fr Basil Stroyen told him not to do it, but he did it anyway). Herman wanted to shitcan Vinnie Peterson after the DUI incident… but Vinnie’s pals on the Holy Synod (with the hearty support of Tikhon Fitzgerald (Love BT)) torpedoed it. That was a case where maximalism was the right thing to do. Herman wanted to kick John Perich in the arse for his questionable activities on QVC, but Bobby quashed that (another case where maximalism was the right course of action). Herman went full-throttle for David Brum’s heretical “doctrine” that the Metropolitan is the “Primate”, the tin-pot dictator of the OCA with authority over all the bishops (the Orthodox view is that the First Hierarch (первоиерарх) is the “Chairman of the Board” of a loosely-held Synod).

Ergo, one can guess what Herman told his boy-toy protégé Mollard. My Nicky said (as we were driving to work Friday morning), “Herman told [Mollard] to shitcan [Paffhausen]”. There’s no doubt that’s what Herman told Mollard… it fits his personality, his history, and his standard MO. In this case, it’d be right. Leonty Turkevich would’ve tossed Paffhausen out on his ear. JP’s threatening to sue the Church! He’d do it… remember, JP allowed his suspended pal Velencia to sue a priest in good standing. There are no legal grounds for his suing the Church, but he’s making blustery threats. JP thinks that he can get away with it. I opined that the Centre wanted JP busted down in rank. As a Cabinet member replied to that:

JP’s supporters would go nuts and I doubt the Synod wants to deal with the fallout.

That’s what JP’s counting on. He’s counting on the fact that the Synod will be its usual craven and cowering self. Mollard knows that if he were to give in to JP, especially, if it involved money, it’d cause a kafuffle. He’s between two nasty cow pats, and he can’t avoid stepping in one or the other. Herman, no doubt, told him to shitcan JP… but Mollard, being a “nice guy” and a generally-clueless dweeb, is dithering. Which way shall he go? We won’t know until the Synod meeting, shall we? However, what I posted above makes a great deal of sense… and do note that you didn’t read it on oca.org, nor did you get it from Lil Mizz Ginny (who now appears to be working as a flack for SVS) or John Jillions. Indeed, quo vadis, Tikhon Mollard?

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