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Friday, 1 November 2013

1 November 2013. Testimony for Defence in Storheim Case Follows Tattered Papist Playbook

Courtroom

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Click here and here for stories on the Storheim defence. This is an old, old story… we heard the same things in all the Catholic sex abuse trials… the clergyman is innocent, the accusers are crazy, and no one believes them. Storheim’s lawyer is a putz if he thinks that he can make this tired old mantra fly. It didn’t work for the RCs and it won’t work for Storheim. Look, the Crown offered a plea… that means that they have damning evidence. Remember, two OCA priests broke the “black wall of silence” and testified against Storheim. This sorry-ass Mexican soap opera is gasping to a spavined conclusion. Yet, I don’t think that we’re going to see “scandal” from the outcome. It’s just one more outré OCA peccadillo… everyone’s just hoping for someone, somewhere, to bring out the humane killer to put this sick beast down.

Everyone’s TIRED of the whole sorry mess and wants it OVER. I don’t mean just the Storheim case… I mean the OCA experiment… it’s a failed prototype. We have a FAILED dysfuctional Church in the diaspora… both the OCA and the ROCOR (Jerome Shaw didn’t resign for nought). It’s time to admit our failure and go home. Our place at table IS waiting…

BMD

Unorthodox Communists? A Third of Party Members are Christians

01 Commuist believers in Mukachevo

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Gennady Zyuganov, the head of the KPRF, called Soviet opposition to religion a grave mistake, although he stated that materialism remains the party’s official ideology. He told reporters between sessions of the World Russian People’s Council (VRNS), an international forum chaired by Patriarch Kirill Gundyaev, “One of the principal mistakes of my predecessors was quarrelling with the Russian Orthodox Church. Categorically, they shouldn’t have done that. They should’ve combined their efforts and moved forward”. What Zyuganov referred to is most likely the relentless anti-clerical and anti-religious drive sustained by the Bolshevik government throughout the 1920s and ’30s. A large share of population supported the measures; it ranged from state-run aggressive atheist magazines to state confiscation of church property, demolition of churches, and, sometimes, direct attacks on and criminal prosecution of the clergy.

At the same time, Zyuganov described the change of the Soviet authorities’ attitude towards the Church after the start of the Great Patriotic War as positive, noting, “They restored the patriarch, and reopened many religious academies, publishing activities, and many more things. They should’ve further strengthened this line”. He said that the existing KPRF didn’t require its members to be atheists or pursue atheist propaganda, observing, “About a third of the party are believers; we treat believers with great respect. We guarantee freedom of conscience, even though we incline towards a materialist worldview, and actively preach our ideas and goals”.

The KPRF began in 1993 as an heir to the almighty KPSS; it remains true to its vision of a socialist and communist society. However, the latest version of the KPRF programme emphasises the protection of workers’ rights and anti-globalisation. In the mid-2000s, communists also embraced religious ideas, and, in the 2010s, long-time leader Gennady Zyuganov made several public announcements claiming that justice, equality, and fraternity were Christian values… values that are very close to communist ideology. Mass media also showed Zyuganov and other party leaders attending church services, especially on major holidays.

31 October 2013

RT

http://rt.com/politics/communist-christian-russian-zyuganov-084/

Editor’s Note:

Why did the people SUPPORT the early anti-Church drives? I’ll tell you why… the Black Hundreds and clergy who sucked up to the rich and to the Whites. Many of the crank clergy escaped abroad, where they became the core of the present ROCOR. That is, the persecution cleansed the Church in the homeland, but the Church in the diaspora remained full of rot (sadly enough… it was a classic illustration of “The Wheat and the Tares”). Bear that in mind whenever you hear a rightwing fanatic such as Potapov or some of the Lukianovtsy. They hate Stalin because of their past (or of their families)… after all, KONR WAS a filthy collaborationist organisation (firstly, it was a lickspittle of the Nazis, then, it was a faithful Stepin Fetchit for the West). Their agenda never changed… it’s time for us to take back our Church (do note that they hide their bestial ideology behind dodgy hardline religion that doesn’t reflect the true nature of Orthodoxy at all).

BMD

 

Polish FM Warns Kiev of Possible Delay in EU Deal

00 EU Evil Inside 01. 08.10.12

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On Wednesday, Polish Foreign Minister Radosław Tomasz Sikorski warned the Ukraine about a possible delay in signing an association deal with the EU if Kiev fails to fulfil all conditions, including the timely release of a jailed former premier. He told Polsat News TV that Georgia and Moldova plan to initial similar deals with the EU during this year’s summit and sign them in 2014, saying, “There’s an alternative that the agreement with the Ukraine would also be signed next year”. Sikorski said that the release of Yuliya Timoshenko, a former prime minister and head of the opposition Fatherland Party, remains uncertain to date.

The Ukraine, inching closer to joining the EU, is due to sign an association agreement with the bloc next month. However, last Friday, the European Commission’s president said that they’d postpone inking the deal until the Ukraine makes considerable progress in stamping out “selective justice”, including Timoshenko. Ukrainian Justice Minister Yelena Lukash replied that his country wouldn’t consider pardoning Timoshenko until all judicial proceedings against her are completed. In 2011, Timoshenko received a seven-year prison sentence for abuse of power over a gas contract with Russia that was determined to be financially unfavourable for the Ukraine. She insisted that the charges were politically motivated. A new case against Timoshenko on charges of abuse of office at the United Energy Systems of the Ukraine (ЕЭСУ: EESU), which she headed in the 1990s, has been pending in a Kiev court since April 2012. Timoshenko’s back problems have constantly postponed hearings. She also faces charges of organising the murder of a local politician in 1996.

31 October 2013

RIA-Novosti

http://en.ria.ru/world/20131031/184446653/Polish-FM-Warns-Kiev-of-Possible-Delay-in-EU-Deal.html

Editor’s Note:

Now, one can see why Yanukovich (of all people) was wooing the EU. It’s all for domestic political consumption, especially, amongst his powerbase in the Eastern Ukraine. You see, when the EU balks at accepting them as a member, he can say, “Well, I tried, but the SOBs put conditions that we couldn’t agree to without sacrificing our sovereignty and they wanted to interfere in our internal affairs”. Yanukovich is playing a wily game… give him ten points.

Do note the source. The Poles have claims on Ukrainian territory… and haven’t given them up. Hmm…

BMD

 

1 November 2013. You Can’t Make Up Shit Like This… Siberian Man Kills Housemate for Distracting Him From TV

00 Sergei Yolkin. Are All Unhappy Couples Lazy and Immature. 2012

Are All Unhappy Couples Lazy and Immature?

Sergei Yolkin

2012

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On Thursday, local investigators in Omsk said that a Siberian man fatally stabbed a woman living with him because she distracted him from watching television. Paramedics responding to a call discovered the body of a 50-year-old woman in an apartment in Omsk. Her 40-year-old housemate confessed to investigators that he’d stabbed the woman in the heart during lunch because she was trying to make conversation and distracted him from watching TV. The statement didn’t detail what on TV in particular had so enthralled the perp. Investigators arrested the man, who had a prior criminal record, and opened a murder case in connection with the incident.

31 October 2013

RIA-Novosti

http://en.ria.ru/crime/20131031/184455932/Siberian-Man-Kills-Housemate-for-Distracting-Him-From-TV.html

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