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Monday, 9 March 2015

8 March 2015. S L Kishkovskaya Continues to Write Russophobic Articles, Lyonyo is Still at the CFR, Potapov Still Works for the CIA, and Rod Dreher Still Writes for the “American Conservative”… Orthodox Perfidy Writ Large



S L Kishkovskaya, the daughter of the infamous Lyonyo Kishkovsky, is continuing to write snarkily ant-Russian articles in the media… her specialty is supporting pro-American shits in the Russian art world and subtly attacking healthy patriotic elements. However, what else would you expect from the daughter of the infamous Lyonyo… he’s still at the CFR, attacking Russia. In fact, the whole SVS/Syosset apparat is up to its neck in anti-Russian activity that goes back to the times of Schmemann. Don’t forget, ADS came out of the Paris Gang under the EP, which was in revolt against the Mother Church. My research indicates that during the Cold War, the Metropolia/OCA was as deeply mired with the CIA as the ROCOR was. Schmemann broadcast over the air of Radio Liberty, a CIA front. The “common knowledge” amongst Russian Orthodox believers in the 70s and 80s was that the OCA was pro-Soviet, and that the ROCOR was pro-CIA. We were wrong… both were Langley’s bought n’ paid for whores. That’s sad to say, but its true. As Lebedeff said, “We were grateful for the money”. It’s apparent that both the OCA and ROCOR sucked off the CIA’s tit. A friend at the Centre said, “We gave them autocephaly for two reasons. One, we needed a mouthpiece in the West. Two, we wanted to monitor CIA infiltration into the Russian Orthodox diaspora. Those were Nikodim Rotov’s reasons”. In short, the present perfidy of Lyonyo, his daughter Sofiya Leonidovna, SVS, and Syosset is nothing new… it’s old.

The same is true of Victor Potapov… there’s nothing new on that front, but its clear that he’s decided to cast his lot with the Russophobe elements in the CIA. He’s had a long time to disentangle himself from Langley and from “Conservative” (neoliberal/neocon) elements… eight years since ’07, and he’s still kissing up to every Russophobic and racist rightwinger in the District (he particularly shames the Church by his dalliance with Wesley Pruden, the racist editor of the Moonie Washington Times). He has no intention of dropping these theomachistic buddies… he also shows his contempt for Christ’s Church by his support of Fatso. Is he slipping Langley money to Fatso? The District is expensive, and Paffso doesn’t have a real job. Radio Liberty is a disinformation outlet that makes Fox News look positively truthful. Do we need a priest of the Church associated with such questionable and demonic elements? I think not.

Dreher is much of the same order as Potapov is. Anyone connected with neoliberal/neocon (“conservative”) circles is not in step with Christ’s Church. Dreher is a raving advocate of Free Market crapitalism (he benefits from it, dontcha know) and he’s friends with those who suck up to fascist elements (his pal Taki supports Golden Dawn in Greece)… that’s not what HH teaches. HH teaches that Socialism is good… Dreher is just a teabagger with a smoother exterior… he’s the same inside. He defends Sarah Palin… anyone who does so is deficient intellectually. Then again, Dreher had four jobs in eight years time… he got fired at the National Review, he got the sack in Texas, he got bounced from a stink-tank in the District, and he’s presently at Pat Buchanan’s last-chance outlet (there’s nowhere else to go… Dreher’s got a big mouth that he doesn’t curb). I pity his family… he sure didn’t give them a stable home life… and he calls himself a “conservative”… I’ll check into Bedlam with Mr Scrooge.

There are enemies WITHIN the gates. I don’t fear external foes as much as I fear traitors. The former are dangerous, but they’re obvious. The latter are cancerous and duplicitous… the goodthinkers tut-tut if you attack them (“You must be quiet for the good of the Church”). At a time when the American government is supporting the Uniate and schismatical enemies of the Church, its clear that we can no longer abide such in our midst. It’s also clear that we can’t support “conservatism” of the American sort… it’s driving ideology is a godless worship of the Almighty Dollar and of Exceptional America. Shall we have the guts to oppose the likes of Kishkovsky and daughter, Potapov, and Dreher? That’s up to you. I’d say that we must… or renounce the name “Orthodox”… yes, it’s that serious.



Saturday, 14 December 2013

14 December 2013. A Caveat Lector on the Monomuckos Gang



This passed between a dedicated Cabineteer and me:


They claim that Whiteford’s an AUTHORITY. What a joke… he has NO Orthodox seminary time; ergo, he’s no expert of any sort. At least, Fitzgerald and Schmemann had real credentials (Tikhon Fitz WAS at SVS for a year), as do Lebedeff and Oleksa (despite all their wrong opinions). Whiteford, Puhalo, Gillquist (or any of his crowd), Rose, and any HOOMie you could name had NONE (correspondence courses or informal training don’t equal real seminary formation). None of them had a real seminary formation. That’s not minor. None of these jerks had a degree equal to a kandidatura from the MDA. Is it worth my while to reply to this shit? I’m asking you… do you see a need to do so? I frankly find the topic off-putting. The religious hobbyists and all their vapourings are irrelevant. Besides, they’re their own worst enemies. Have a good one, and do pass the jug. The world hasn’t gotten less crank in the last 24, has it?


No, I wouldn’t waste time to reply to this crap. They ARE their own worst enemies. I sent it only because it added to a small point of history.


True to my friend’s advice, I’m not going to reply to the noisome rot posted on Monomuckos (it IS a waste of one’s limited God-given time); however, it’s good to say a word or two about some of the konvertsy “experts” floating around out there. John Whiteford doesn’t have Orthodox seminary formation… that, in itself, renders most of his opinions worthless. It speaks even more of the ignorance of those who put him up on a pedestal. He doesn’t even have Orthodox seminary under his belt, let alone an advanced theological academy degree. He doesn’t deserve mention in the same breath with Mark Golovkov, Vsevolod Chaplin, or Andrei Kuraev… like them or not, they all have kandidaturas. None of the konvertsy loudmouths has an Orthodox kandidatura (or its equivalent… and heterodox degrees don’t count), and most of them lack a real Old School Orthodox seminary formation. It’s GIGO on a major scale, kids. Yet, don’t try to break up the party in the sandbox… they won’t listen to you and they won’t modify ANY of their beliefs or behaviours (after, all they’re RIGHT, dontcha know).

They all seem to hate Lazar Puhalo. He IS a character (I met him), but he’s no ogre. My take is that he’s a dotty monastic with a “past”… the OCA should have taken him as an archimandrite and let him live out his life in peace. He’s no danger to anyone, let alone the Church at large. He isn’t really a bishop, in the best sense of the term, but some of his critics aren’t really priests, in the best sense of the term (most of his most vociferous detractors are shake n’ bake konvertsy clergy with no real seminary formation). It evens out. Again, my take is that he’s a harmless monastic living out in the sticks in BC, that’s all. He has no movement; he’s not trying to push rank heresy in the Church (he’s no Bulgakov, Berdyaev, Schmemann, Grabbe, or Florensky). Mostly, he simply holds different opinions on undefined theologumenae than the Monomuckos toddlers do, and they don’t like him for that. I think that we should leave him in peace unless he tries to pass off something as serious as Bulgakov or Florensky did, and he hasn’t yet (probably, he wouldn’t, for he wants a peaceful life as much as any one of us do).

Love BT is bloviating again. I shan’t reply to that, but I shall say that one of the most difficult things to learn in life is that our “take” on a given situation may very well be very wrong. People whom we thought were friends, were really enemies, and vice versa. Take his story on why he’s no longer Ruling Bishop of the OCA Diocese of the Western USA with a block of salt. Tikhon Fitz is one of the most controversial bishops that the OCA ever had, and he had more than his share of enemies (including on the Holy Synod). Obviously, he sees himself as an “innocent victim”… do keep your distance from such sorts, they tend to blow at the most surprising moments. As I say, more than one wanted his head… and he had a loud claque of supporters, too. I’d advise all concerned to avoid this particular cow pat… unless you must, and you needn’t, for he’s no longer a ruling bishop. Let him be and let him rant… of course, the toddlers will applaud him. Mark down who does so, and oppose them. Don’t waste your time in futile argument.

It’s not boring in Orthodoxy in the American diaspora, is it? Pass the jug, it hasn’t changed in the last 24, and it bids fair not to change in the immediate future (there’s hope in the longer term, but we’re stuck with the existing apparat now). In short, the Church is being its irascible self…


Saturday, 15 June 2013

15 June 2013. Midwest Calming Down After Booting Out Moriak

00 Lil Bub the Internet Cat. God Bless Us. 15.06


Got this from one of the Cabinet:

It’s sure been quiet in the OCA Midwest. I can’t tell you how welcome that is. I don’t know what’s going on, but the diocesan website hasn’t had an update since the end of Lent. From all accounts, Golitzin’s taking care of some things neglected during the Moriak mess. The OCA parishes I know are in the midst of the usual summer rounds of weddings, outdoor work days, and parish picnic planning. No drama, unless it’s from a bride when something goes wrong. Some things don’t change and I’m very grateful for that.

That’s GOOD NEWS, kids… it means that Golitzin is doing things the Old School Metropolia way, the way they’ve always done things in those parts. He’s not ordering people about or issuing bombastic ukases… no! He’s takin’ care of business the old-fashioned way… something that’s good to see. The OCA took a wrong turn under Schmemann and Meyendorff… now, it’s time to go back to the old true path and go home. This could be an earnest of that. Good on Alexander Golitzin.

If there’s good news, I’ll report it, and gladly. I’ll NOT cheerlead, but I’ll report the good as well as the bad. In short, I’ll never kiss ass, but I’ll be there to give out an attaboy, if it’s deserved. It’s deserved in this case. As I said, good on Bishop Alexander. May all the others get the hint…


Sunday, 26 May 2013

26 May 2013. Unhinged Nonsense from an Overeducated Idiot: “Is There Lent After Lent?”

05l Patriarch Kirill Oncology Visit Easter 2011

THIS is what Easter‘s all about… Mr Kostoff should get his nose out of the books and into REAL LIFE…


Firstly, here’s the piece I’m slicing and dicing. The whole premise of it is ridiculous and thoroughly un-Orthodox. Then, I noticed that the overeducated nudnik who wrote it works for the papists and takes their shilling. The whole ethos behind this screed is papist to the bone… it’s not Orthodox in the least. This is one of the problems facing us as a minority confession on the American and Canadian scene. There’s always a temptation to kiss up to papists or Proddies in order to gain a salaried position (usually, as the “token” house-nigger Orthodox faculty-member).

There’s NO “Lent after Lent”… you boob. Easter follows Lent. Feasting follows abstinence, joy follows reflection. That’s clear even to the simple… but it seems to evade the educated… especially, those educated under heterodox auspices or those working for the heterodox (who have to pay (at least) lip-service to the heresies of their employers). Lenten reflection should lead to Easter joy… it sure did, in my case. We went to Easter liturgy at Jordanville, and it was WONDERFUL. I didn’t engage in any semi-papist “soul-searching”… I let the Easter Spirit carry me away.

This guy shouldn’t publish such pseudo-intellectual dreck in an Orthodox venue. However, as one of the Cabinet observed about the OCA:

In re Schmemann and the OCA, “In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king”.

I fear that Mr Kostoff imbibed too much of Schmemann and too much of the papist claptrap that he works amongst… in short, an overeducated and underwhelming dweeb. He needs at least two years in a real parish full of Old School Metropolia sorts… that’d learn him good. However, I doubt that’ll happen… well, they do say that God helps drunks and fools…


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