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Wednesday, 19 June 2013

19 June 2013. Vox Pop from the Cabinet on the Abortion Issue

01 Monkey Poo for you


One of the Cabinet wrote me:

Regarding the abortion bill… it’s so discouraging and frustrating to hear the congressional debates on this topic. Yet again, the two parties are absolutely talking past one another. One touts women’s rights, freedom of choice, health services, and sanity. The other advocates respect for life, defence of the innocent, and compassion. How could anyone possibly oppose either? Do you get the feeling that some nuances are being lost here? Maybe, do you think that compromise or common ground is the farthest thing from anyone’s mind? I’m not sure that any of them care much about women or kids. Lord, do help us all.

I do agree. The pols don’t give a rat’s ass about morals… it’s all about one-upmanship and smoke n’ mirrors on both sides of the aisle. It disgusts me to no end. However, the fact that some clerics (and some deluded laypeople) are getting involved in this foo-fight isn’t standing up for “Pro-Life”… it’s becoming speardraggers for the Rightwing.

Excuse me whilst I hurl…




19 June 2013. Beliefnet Fucks Up Royally… See Who They Named as the Head of “Today’s Russian Orthodox Church”

00 same ol' shit. 29.05.12


A Cabinet member sent me this link to Beliefnet. I noted that the piece seemed lifted in places, word-for-word, from a translation I posted on WordPress in November 2007. However, this howler was part of the post:

“Gagarin also became well-known for the phrase he is said to have stated, a phrase that was used extensively by the atheist propaganda of the time,” writes Nafpaktos Hierotheos Vlachos, the head of today’s Russian Orthodox Church.

That’s chowderheaded ignorance, kids. I posted this on Beliefnet:

Nafpaktos Hierotheos Vlachos is the head of today’s Russian Orthodox Church? I think not… that honour has gone to His Holiness Patriarch Kirill Gundyaev of Moscow and all the Russias since 2009. Who proofread this? That’s one of the worst howlers I’ve seen in a while. What do you expect from right-wing “culture warriors”, though… by the way, I translated an Interfax interview with Col Petrov on Yuri Gagarin back in Nov ’07. It’s available at:


Nevertheless, to think that no one proof-read this before posting stuns me…

Let’s see… who posts on Beliefnet? Hmm… Freddie M-G, Rod Dreher, Terrence Mattingly… my, my, my… and none of these “Orthodox” so-called-experts caught this. Speaks volumes about them, doesn’t it? As I posted in Beliefnet, the “culture warriors” seem to be lacking a certain something… knowledge… expertise… competence… simple diligence. What a buncha maroons…



Rouhani Set to Ease USA-Iran Tensions… “Won’t Budge” On Nukes

00 USA Iran. 19.06.13


US President Obama and Iranian President-elect Rouhani appeared to be willing to improve ties between their nations Monday, but made it clear that progress in resolving the dispute over Iran’s nuclear programme requires a great deal of work. In his first news appearance since his election as Iranian president on Friday, Hassan Rouhani ruled out suspending Iran’s nuclear enrichment program, saying, “Those days are behind us.” Many consider Iran’s uranium enrichment the biggest source of tensions between the nations. Mr Rouhani said, “All should know that the next government won’t budge in defending our inalienable rights”. A former nuclear mediator, Rouhani is to take office on 3 August. Speaking at the news conference, he said he called the animosity between the two sides “an old wound that must be treated”.

Obama also appeared to rule out any easing of economic sanctions soon, saying, “Those won’t be lifted in the absence of significant steps in showing the international community that Iran isn’t pursuing a nuclear weapon”. The ban slashed Iranian oil revenue by over a third and drastically reduced the value of Iran’s national currency. Rouhani outlined several preconditions to beginning of a “constructive dialogue” with the USA. He said, “First, America mustn’t interfere in Iran’s domestic affairs based on the Algiers Accords”, referring to the agreement that ended the Iran hostage crisis in 1981. “They have to recognise our nuclear rights, put away bullying policies against Iran. If such is so, and they have good intent, then, the situation will change”.


President-elect Hassan Rouhani expressed hope Monday that Iran can reach a new agreement with other international powers over its nuclear programme, saying they should reach such a deal through more transparency and mutual trust. He said, “To settle the nuclear dispute, I’d first show more transparency for strengthening trust (with the world) and whenever our trust is tarnished, I’d try to rebuild it again”. Rouhani, a moderate cleric, won the Iranian presidential election on Saturday, ending eight years of conservative rule, also described the sanctions imposed against the Islamic republic over the nuclear issue as unfair and unjustified. The 64-year-old’s victory raised hopes of an easing of strained ties with Western nations, but he used his first news conference on Monday to rule out a halt to his country’s controversial enrichment of uranium.


On Monday, Iranian President-elect Hassan Rouhani vowed to pursue moderate policies during his first press conference, after beating hardliners close to Supreme Leader Grand Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Rouhani told reporters in Tehran, “This was more than an election; it was a call by the majority of the people for moderation and respect, and against extremism. Iran has started a new chapter of moderation. I’ll not forget the promises I made before the elections, but what I can say now is that the era of sadness has ended”, he added, referring to the eight-year presidency of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

18 June 2013

Voice of Russia World Service




Editor’s Note:

Let’s keep it simple. Rouhani is taking a hard line on the nuclear programme for two reasons. Firstly, it makes him more amenable to the circle around Ali Khamenei. Secondly, it means that Russia and China have given Iran guarantees. Both mean that Rouhani isn’t going to cave to the West… no way, no how. In any case, Rouhani is a close and devoted disciple of Grand Ayotollah Ruhollah Mostafavi Musavi Khomeini. He’s a solid Twelver, and a believer in the concept of an Islamic Republic. Don’t believe the lies circulated by Fox News and the Israeli media… Iran isn’t a cheerless and retrograde police state (Ayotollah Khomeini’s fatwa on transsexuals is proof of that). Iran has powerful enemies who wish to demonise it due to it being an Islamic Republic and a semi-socialist society. Be careful… the corporate media usually lies by omitting things…not by making things up (although it does lie when it thinks it can get away with it… as most of their audience is ignorant, they get away with all too much). Have a care…


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