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Sunday, 18 September 2011

18 September 2011. Where in the World is oca.org? They DID Promise Us a Story on Peterson’s Trip to Czechia… Well… Where’s It Hiding, Ginny?

They said that there’d be a story this week… where is it?

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With a flourish, oca.org promised us a story about BP’s trip to Czechia during the week of 11 September… now, that week is over, with NOTHING delivered. For those not in the know, at the end of August, JP and BP were supposed to go to Czechia for the fifth anniversary of Metropolitan Kryštof Pulec, the First Hierarch of the Local Church of Czechia and Slovakia. At the last minute, the Czechs canned JP’s invite (as happened in Bulgaria earlier, by the way). For a Local Church that supposedly “recognises” the “autocephaly” of the OCA, that’s odd behaviour. JP went off in a sulk to Dallas, where Archbishop Dmitri’s death gave him “cover” for his failure vis-à-vis the Czech trip (there’s more than one observation on the Dmitri coverage, but one thing at a time).

The so-called photo album posted on oca.org dates from 28 August, only two days into the trip. There’s no captioning or accompanying text to tell you what’s where and who’s who… that’s a sign of absolute laziness and general dogsbody slothfulness on the part of Ginny and her whole team. That’s NOT professional… I’d not do it that way… but I’m not going to offer Ms Nieuwsma and her bunch of dilettantish poseurs pointers… I’ll merely observe that Ms Nieuwsma is NO journalist… she’s a paid flack, a talking head, a shill, a mercenary for hire… and not a very good one at that. For instance, there’s no image of Peterson with Mark Golovkov in the above-mentioned album, Mark WAS incountry at the time. As all aware people know, Archbishop Mark’s KMG’s TRUE advisor on external affairs (the Blunder’s just an ecumenical bit-player… retained for his usefulness amongst the papists, ecumenical gas-bags, and the Neoliberal oligarch faction at the Centre). Peterson didn’t meet with Vladyki Mark… my sources tell me that BP et al had lunch with the Ukrainian Ambassador to Czechia, but not with the Russian Ambassador. Didn’t the OCA receive its Tomos from the MP?

Why didn’t BP meet with the Russian ambassador… could it be that the RF was paying back the OCA for SVS’s support of the Paris Gang in re the St Nick’s controversy in Nice? BP et al didn’t meet publicly with any MP bishop, clergy, or official assigned to the MP Podvorie to the Czech Church. BP et al didn’t meet publicly with any high-ranking Czech secular officials, nor did they meet with highest-echelon Roman Catholic ecclesial dignitaries. Obviously, Syosset, JP, and Lyonyo are trying to portray BP’s trip to Czechia as simply an overseas junket of a diocesan bishop rather than a high-level official visit to an Autocephalous Local Orthodox Church that “recognises” the “autocephaly” of the OCA. Maybe, that’s why they only posted it on the OCA Diocese of the West website. It gives them “deniability”… you see, “We did post something… it wasn’t accessible… we didn’t allude to it on the main site… we forgot”. These people are being PAID for issuing this impenetrable and obscurantist fog… they’re stealing the “widow’s mite”, aren’t they (where’s Alexander Lebedeff to scream about the widow’s mite, now?)? However, the actions of Ms Nieuwsma et al should convince you that she’s not an ethical journalist… she’s a “spin doctor”… a dense, mediocre, and incompetent one, to be sure, but a “spin doctor”, all the same. For instance, the only coverage of Archbishop Dmitri’s funeral was a single low-res image on the TOC insert on oca.org, a “reflection”, and an “interview” with Fathausen. The most-senior bishop in the OCA dies (and the first convert bishop) and there’s NO straight reportage of his funeral on the OCA main website… NONE. I guess that the layabouts were expecting ME to do the work so that they could post it under their names on oca.org… my refusal to do so may have hurt their campaign badly. I’ve never seen a lazier or a nastier bunch (it’s all in the name of “religion”, interestingly enough).

Compare that derisory and unsatisfactory coverage with what came out of the ACROD after Metropolitan Nicholas’ death… and the Johnstown po-nashemu guys don’t have a pot to piss in! It was ALL “volunteer” work… yes, it was “good works”… but it was “good work”, too. They did everything in a prompt, competent, and proper fashion. The only cavil that I had was that some of the images were shitty… but they did what they had to do with what they had at hand… and they did well enough (that’s why Photoshop exists… you use it to pump up el rauncho images… not to insert the head of a pol onto the photo of a senior archpriest). Would you call me catty if I were to remind you that the ACROD guys had a giant “NOT WELCOME” mat out for Fathausen at Nicholas’ funeral? They invited Herman Swaiko… why not? That’s the time-honoured old-time Hunkie Way. You suspend all feuds for a funeral… Bishop Mel got an invite… Metropolitan Constantine Buggan of the Ukies showed up… he was a real old-school stand-up guy! He had his bishops in tow and they had their condolences up tout suite on their website, no fuss, no delay about it. I DO have my quibbles with his bunch, but in this, they not only did right, they did right in spades, and I, for one, congratulate them for it.

Yes, Fathausen’s OCA apparat is secretive… worse than Herman’s old gang. Where’s Dickie? What’s up with him? Is he is “in” or is he “out?” Dickie’s website is back… but there’s no news concerning it or him on oca.org… is Dickie reinstated or what? If so, why didn’t the OCA apparat report it on the main website? Is Lyonyo back from Moscow? Did he do anything in Russia other than serve a Pannikhida for the 9/11 victims? Did Lyonyo reinstate Dickie? If so, why is there silence on his part and on the part of Syosset? Besides the silence on oca.org concerning substantive topics (hidden by fluff posts like the “Wonder Blog”… that’s so treacly, it sets my teeth on edge), the other members of the “usual cast of suspects” are quiet, too. Stokoe’s very quiet. He hasn’t posted anything subsequent to the 9 September piece, nor has he updated the comments section. Love BT is quiet (he just piped up… I wonder what Yuvenaly Kirillovich thinks of him now (especially after finding out about BT’s pal Madison many moons ago)?), Silver has fallen off the face of the earth, and Jesse Cone and the Coneheads haven’t posted anything on OCATruth since 10 September. Lastly, and most importantly, where is El Gordo hiding these days?

DO remember October ’08, Fathausen said, “It’s all over”… it IS, but not in the sense that he meant. There’s nothing but blood, toil, tears, and sweat in our immediate future as “Church” after the collapse of Schmemann’s Folly and the OCA’s demise… but, at least, we’ll be on the road Homewards. The people of my generation won’t see the end of the rebuilding in this life… but we MUST start. That’s our God-given task… and that’s what He’ll judge us on. Who’ll lay the first brick with me? It’s almost that time…

Barbara-Marie Drezhlo

Sunday 18 September 2011

Albany NY

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Monday, 12 September 2011

12 September 2011. Mystery Deepens on Lyonyo in Moscow…

Both links for the story on Lyonyo in Moscow no longer work. A few hours ago, the Ukrainian version DID work. I wonder if they’re going to be down permanently. I just got up after taking a several-hours nap; I wanted to up at 02.00 EDT (10.000 MSK 07.00 UTC 23.00 11 September PDT), refreshed and ready to go in case the story reappeared on patriarchia.ru. None of us can be sure about this until then… it’s 01.30 EDT (09.30 MSK 06.30 UTC 22.30 11 September PDT) now, it’s too early to start looking around, the work day (and work-week) at the Centre’s just beginning.

In related news, a Vietnamese Catholic friend from the Gulf coast of Texas e-mailed me (I remember them from my days in the service) telling me about an interesting thing on SET (a Vietnamese cable TV channel). They told me that they were visiting family in California and that the SET 19.00 PDT news programme showed footage of Lyonyo and his sidekick from the MP DECR serving Pannikhida at the St Catherine OCA Podvorie in the presence of the US Ambassador and others… the telecast was in Vietnamese. In the past, other Vietnamese friends down in Louisiana told me that SET has good coverage of Russian events. For example, they covered Fr Daniil Sysoev‘s murder and some of the services for him. My, my, my… the Vietnamese media on the left coast covers OCA (and general Orthodox) events better that the propagandist clowns at oca.org do!

I wonder if Lyonyo saw Dickie or Vlad Berzansky in Moscow…who knows? Another thought occurred to me… maybe Dickie leaked the info that the vagante Mogutnov posted on Portal-Credo.ru. Remember, whenever you deal with uncanonical and/or schismatic Orthodox or with Uniates on the former Soviet space, one often finds the American special services lurking in the shadows (don’t forget, Potapov, Lyonyo, Webster, and Dickie all have “trails” that lead to Langley). Maybe, if the shit truly and righteously hits the fan, Dickie might go the vagante route. His immediate predecessor at the OCA Podvorie in Moscow, Archimandrite Nicholas Iuhos, ended up going over to the HOCNA. Dickie doesn’t have a college degree, and he was tonsured a riassaphor when he was only 20… he can’t go back to “the World” at age 40 (he’ll be 41 on 7 January ’12) and start all over again… his whole identity is wrapped up in his “Church service”. In fact, if Dickie gets deposed by the OCA, I bet that he’ll definitely go the vagante route with or without Fathausen… his ego wouldn’t let him be a simple unordained “lay” monk in a canonical Local Church… he needs ornate vestments, adulation, and attention.

One of the most egregious offenders in this entire situation is oca.org… it refuses to tell “the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth”. It REFUSED to give the straight story on Dickie… they should’ve posted, “Archimandrite Zacchaeus Wood was suspended in connection with allegations of sexual abuse; he’ll remain under suspension until the conclusion of the internal investigation”. That would be truthful, legal, and informative. It REFUSED to give us ANY reportage or images of Royster’s funeral in Dallas. NONE. A ruling bishop of a diocese dies and the official website REFUSES to post information on it. I’ve never seen the like… NEVER. It’s been eleven days since the funeral… what gives? Now, this… it REFUSED to post ANY information on Lyonyo’s junket to Moscow. This is proof positive (even for the slow learners) that we need to take John Matusiak and Ginny Nieuwsma (and all of the so-called “web team”) out at dawn and (figuratively) shoot them for dereliction of duty (there wouldn’t be any trouble finding volunteers for the task, I’m sure).

What shall the upcoming Sobor do about all of this? We shall see…

Barbara-Marie Drezhlo

Monday 12 September 2011

Albany NY

Friday, 9 September 2011

9 September 2011. Lyonyo’s Patsy Uses Schismatic Website to Issue Lyonyo’s Dezinformatsiya on the Dickie Wood’s Saga

Mark Stokoe isn’t the only internet patsy used by Lyonyo Kishkovsky to get his propaganda across. Another one of his stooges is a Russian “journalist” named Svetlana Vais, who’s identified as a long-time parishioner of the OCA Chancery chapel. That means that she’s a patsy of Lyonyo, and isn’t objective in the least (if she didn’t post what he wanted, he’d retaliate… that’s the MO of the Syosset/SVS set). She posts most of her material on Portal-Credo.ru, a dubious website that mostly caters to heretic/schismatic elements such as those led by Denisenko and Rusantsov. Her latest effort (in Russian) is at:

http://www.portal-credo.ru/site/print.php?act=news&id=86173

I just can’t translate it… it’s so full of lies, innuendoes, and misrepresentations that I just can’t stand being in its presence. Note this:

Actually, I understand that Fr Zacchaeus is in the prime of life and full of energy, he competed in Greco-Roman wrestling, he’s attractive and has charming manners.

Which planet is she from? Dickie’s grossly corpulent, as fat as Paffhausen is, and the smart word has it that Dickie’s tied in with the crowd around JP… and we all know what that means (“Veronica Lake” anyone?). Everyone I knew was flabbergasted to find out that a WOMAN fingered Dickie… let’s just say that his known tastes are “otherwise” (he’s a Turtle Creek commando, for those in the know). Ms Vais casts aspersions on Dickie’s accuser… she’s emotional and illogical… sound familiar? Don’t forget, Ms Vais fibbed outrageously about Dickie’s educational CV in the past… you do NOT earn a kandidatura nauka in one year. It’s impossible… end of story. She’s also VERY vague about Dickie’s “hospitalisation”. It’s true… it’s a Soviet-era dodge to hide from the army or the courts in hospital. However, if there were no truth in the allegations against Dickie, if they were truly without merit, the MP would make an official statement. They wouldn’t use such suspect venues as Portal-Credo.ru. A post would appear on patriarchia.ru, from the patriarchal information service (you have to watch for this… sometimes, posts come from the DECR or foreign sites that don’t reflect the Centre’s viewpoint). It would also be posted on Interfax, with Vlad Legoida or Fr Vsevolod doing the honours… not the Blunder… not Ovchinnikov… not the ROCOR. The only truly righteous material comes from Legoida or Fr Vsevolod (nothing else comes from KMG himself).

As someone familiar with the sources, I can tell you that where something appears is as important as what appears. If Ms Vais’ article had appeared on VOR, RIA, TASS, Interfax, or patriarchia.ru, I’d say that there might be some credence to it. Since it appeared on Portal-Credo.ru, it’s clear that it’s total and unmitigated rubbish; it’s a meretricious attempt to manipulate the discussion. Birds of a feather DO flock together… and since Portal-Credo tolerates posts from the Denisenko and Rusantsov cabals, it’s clear that the source is irretrievably tainted, and the article itself is a confidence trick on the part of Lyonyo… it’s a flim-flam, it’s a scam. I only cover this stuff because it’s “newsy”… I find NO pleasure in it. I’ll say this, I find the self-righteous bleats of some konvertsy difficult to take at times. You don’t show how “holy” you are by averting your face from evil… you face it… you wrestle with it. I’m no heroine… I’m quite ordinary, as all of you are. Nevertheless, the fire has erupted in our time, and it’s our duty to beat it out. No… it’s not “fair”… but life’s not “fair”… the recent tragedy in Russia with the hockey team proved that. You can either fight evil or accommodate yourself to it. There’s no “third way”… there’s no “compromise”. I’ll be glad when the war’s over… but as long as the battle banner flies, I’ll do my duty… and my duty (and yours) is to report the truth and act accordingly. THAT is what God expects from every one of us… and it’s not only “doable”… it’s “winnable”. We need only go a bit further more on the road… but shall you carry on, or, shall you punk out? I can’t answer that for you…

NB:

“This is all I can stands, and I can’t stands no more”… that’s from that great philosopher Popeye the Sailor. I’m going to walk away from this for a bit… one does one’s duty, but it’s not pleasant in the least. Thank God, Nicky and I have plans tomorrow. I need some R&R…

Barbara-Marie Drezhlo

Friday 9 September 2011

Albany NY

Sunday, 4 September 2011

4 September 2011. Dickie’s Website is DOWN…

Check it out:

http://www.st-catherine.ru/

As of 00.52 EDT 4 September 2011, a message on the site reads:

Сайт временно закрыт по техническим причинам.

The site is temporarily closed for technical reasons.

I wonder what it means… your guess is as good as mine is…

BMD

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