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Wednesday, 28 November 2012

President Obama Visited Damaged Malankara Orthodox Church on Staten Island: “He Spoke to Us as If He Knew Us for a Long Time”

This is the damage to the present building of the parish… there’s a link below for the parish… click on it, and there are directions on how you can contribute to them. Send ’em a fin or two… repairs ain’t cheap and money doesn’t grow on trees.


When US President Barack Obama visited Staten Island on 15 November, the New York City borough devastated by Hurricane Sandy, he met with members of St George Malankara Orthodox Church, which suffered moderate damage. Sunny Konniyoor, a member of the church, told India Abroad, “We didn’t expect to meet the President. We stood near the church, hoping to see the President going that way. Instead of driving through, Obama walked in the New Dorp Beach neighbourhood, inspecting damage and interacting with residents. Only those who live in the area can remain there. Konniyoor said, “Since we’re members of the church, the Secret Service allowed us to stand near the church”.

When the President saw the group, which included Vicar Fr Alex Joy, Dr Skaria Oommen, Konniyoor, and his son Martin, he walked towards them. Martin, an accountant, congratulated Obama on his election victory. The president inquired about his work. The team described to the President the extent of damage to the church, which was the first Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church building in North America. The church didn’t have flood insurance. They didn’t expect much help from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Konniyoor, an Obama supporter, said, “He spoke to us as if he knew us for a long time”.

The President suggested they take a photograph. A state lawmaker took a camera from Martin and clicked a photograph. New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo, New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg, US Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY), and several top officials accompanied Obama. After walking down a block that had been all-but-demolished in the storm, Obama said, “We’re reminded that we’re bound together and have to look out for each other. We’re going to have to put some of the turf battles aside. We’re going to have to make sure everybody’s focused on doing the job, as opposed to worrying about who’s getting the credit, or, who’s getting the contracts, and all that stuff that sometimes goes into the rebuilding process”. Of 43 deaths attributed to the storm in New York City, 23 were on Staten Island.

29 November 2012 (IST)

Rediff News


Editor’s Note:

You hear much bloody noise from Paffhausen, Dahulich, Reardon, Freddie M-G, Dreher, and Mattingly about how the Church is allied to “conservative” rightwing politics. Nothing could be further from the truth. The majority of real ethnic Orthodox (and converts in real parishes, as opposed to konvertsy conventicles) voted for the President. Don’t forget, ethnic Orthodox votes put the President over the top in the Valley. Real Orthodox came home… as for the loudmouthed konvertsy, they lie… there’s no kinder way of expressing it. St Aleksei Toth blessed the Wobblies… not the greedy bosses. HH blessed Hugo Chávez Frías… not the warmongering Republican Party.

Get with the programme…



Wednesday, 31 August 2011

31 August 2011. You Can’t Make Shit Like This Up…

THIS is the world of the rightwing nutters… Orthodox people should realise that THIS is what JP, Webster, Potapov, Dreher, Mattingly, and Whiteford want to impose on Christ’s Church…


I don’t know how much God has to do to get the attention of the politicians. We’ve had an earthquake; we’ve had a hurricane. He said, “Are you going to start listening to me here?”

Michele Bachmann


I’ll guarantee you Obama was hoping this was going to be a disaster as another excuse for his failing economy… If he’s out there blaming tsunamis, if he’s blaming earthquakes, and whatever natural disasters there are, this one was made to order, but it just didn’t measure up.

Rush Limbaugh


How many warnings do you think you’re going to get, and how many warnings do you deserve? … If you’ve waited [to prepare and stockpile food], this hurricane is a blessing. It is a blessing. It is God reminding you… as was the earthquake last week… it’s God reminding you you’re not in control. Things can happen.

Glenn Beck


FEMA‘s “system of bureaucratic centralized economic planning… is a policy that is deeply flawed… I want to transition us out of this dependency… The whole idea of FEMA is a gross distortion of insurance. It’s so far removed from the market and what insurance should be about… There is no magic about FEMA.

Ron Paul


We will find the money if there is a need for additional monies [for FEMA disaster relief. But] those monies are not unlimited, and what we’ve always said is we offset that which has already been funded.

Translation: No disaster relief funds without equivalent spending cuts.

Eric Cantor


All the above taken from:



Here’s something related:

Former VP Cheney Defends Practice of Waterboarding

Former Vice President Dick Cheney says there’s no contradiction in advocating harsh interrogation tactics against suspected US enemies and opposing those practises when used against American citizens. Cheney was asked about a hypothetical case in which Iran would decide to use waterboarding on an American suspected of spying. Cheney replied, “I think we’d object on the grounds that we have obligations to our citizens”. Cheney, who’s promoting his new memoir In My Time, has been associated with waterboarding, considered by many to be torture. Asked on NBC television‘s Today show if he was embracing a double-standard, he said, “These aren’t American citizens”. In the interview that aired Tuesday morning, Cheney also conceded he’d been a lightning rod for criticism during the Bush administration. “I’m Darth Vader”, he said, referring to a movie villain.

30 August 2011


As quoted in Yahoo News


Editor’s Note:

Mr Cheney said, “I think we’d object on the grounds that we have obligations to our citizens”. He’s hoist on his own petard, isn’t he? If this doesn’t show you that the rightwingers are nothing but godless and self-absorbed “might makes right” nihilists, nothing will. Don’t let their cries of “Jayzuss” fool you…



Here’s the proper reply to all of the above horseshit:

Irene and Heartless GOP/Tea Party’s Politically Motivated Disaster Budget Offset Demands

Excuse me, but if a government doesn’t take care of its people in a time of true crisis, what exactly is its purpose? GOP/Tea Party House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) and Presidential Candidate Representative Ron Paul (R-TX) both competed Sunday for “heartless bastard of the year” honours by declaring on US national television repeatedly, the USA shouldn’t be in the business of bailing out those whose property was damaged by Hurricane Irene unless further politically motivated budget cuts and offsets were found beforehand? Now FEMA’s budget will become a fall GOP/Tea Party blackmail-laced political football just like air safety was at the beginning of the summer. Moreover, all of this because spending on so many disasters has already used up all of their money. Excuse me for rarely using an obscenity, but what the fuck are they thinking?

This was Cantor’s third foray into this murky pool this calendar year alone having earlier made similar remarks following last week’s earthquake, which largely and karma- or comically (your choice) affected his constituency home district! (They just are so proud of him!) He started this meme before the bodies were discovered, recovered and buried following the horrific levelling this spring of Joplin MO, Tuscaloosa AL, and other parts of the south and Midwest USA by tornadoes. Every time he opens his mouth, I’m completely gobsmacked by what spews out.

Can you imagine in 1953 (and again in the 1980s), the Dutch Tweede Kamer saying to thousands of people flooded and clinging to rooftops by the failure of the dyke system, we’ll get out there to rescue you when Parliament is done debating offset cuts. Hang in there? Not only did the government help those people, it built the world’s most sophisticated system of water and tide management dykes to prevent a recurrence. In the USA, the Army Corp of Engineers still can’t protect New Orleans and admits the levees there will likely fail again.

Or, what if the Japanese Diet followed the same GOP/Tea Party logic and said after the tsunami, “Sorry, you’ll have to wait because we need to find budget offsets before we dispatch rescue crews to help you find your loved ones washed away, and that gentleman clinging to your roof 60 miles out to sea, we need to have a discussion on whether or not to expend the fuel to save you? Oh, you farmers harmed by nuclear radiation? No subsidies for you until we take it out of the school system’s budget, those collective bargaining extravagant teachers are the cause of all things evil?”

Even Communist China, after the massive Szechuan 8.0 earthquake had killed 70,000 people, mobilised unprecedented government efforts to help survivors. They’ve rebuilt and made 500 billion dollars (14.45 trillion Roubles. 346 billion Euros. 306 billion UK Pounds) in investments in trains and infrastructure, while Cantor’s party cannot even debate let alone approve funds or taxes to build/save existing crumbling bridges and roadways?

As British PM David Cameron is learning the hard way, mindless cuts and austerity come with a price. Cutting police and tying their hands behind their back with paperwork created a disastrous riot situation a few weeks ago. What if, instead of ideological cuts (that haven’t saved a penny and, indeed, have cost the treasury money) out of the box 15-months ago, the PM instead said to Deputy Dawg PM and human paintball target Nick Clegg, “We’re not going to cut anything until you do what Al Gore did in 1993 and ’94. As Deputy PM, I want you to go department by department and take on the Civil Service. Your remit is but one thing, cut all waste, fraud, and abuse across the UK government. Then, we’ll tally it all up and see what we need”.

Labour would’ve been hard pressed to fight any of those actions and might even have signed on for the good of the country. OK, that last line was a bridge too far… but the poisonous nature of politics today isn’t solving any of the big issues needing “courageous” attention, Minister. The UK and US are on a slippery slope to decades of decline unless real leadership is found across the board. At least here in the EU though, when people are in true need from a disaster, we rally around and help each other.

So, to the grieving parents of the 11-year old boy killed when a tree fell on his apartment in Newport News, Virginia leaving them bereaved and homeless; the hundreds of homeowners whose houses and roofs were destroyed or taken away by the powerful sea; and the 2 million people on the east coast without electrical power… if Eric and Ron have their way? You’re on your own. Since I started with an obscenity, I’ll blow the publication’s £1 in the swear jar for each usage wad in this one article. “Compassionate conservatism, my ass”. You should be ashamed of yourselves.

29 August 2011

Denis Campbell

UK Progressive



Editor’s Note:

Let’s start with an aside to Orthodox Christians… Rod Dreher, Freddie M-G, Terrence Mattingly, Jonas Paffhausen, Stephen Freeman, Patrick Reardon, Victor Potapov, Alexander Webster, and John Whiteford are all rightwing fanatics unworthy of our support. They stand in opposition to what our Church actually teaches… they prefer to support the godless and Satanic programme of the American rightwing… they want to smash their boot full-force into the faces of the poor and unemployed in order to curry favour with their richer parishioners (in Fathausen’s case, his father was a “real estate developer”, one of the more feral varieties of “middlemen” out there). Don’t tell me how “nice” they are… Ray Velencia, Sam Greene, Panteleimon Metropoulos, and Gleb Podmoshensky were “nice guys”, too (you can’t tell the goodness of someone by their seeming niceness… the ignorant children haven’t learnt that yet).

As for the general tenor of the people quoted above… they’re “people without chests”, as C S Lewis so famously put it. They DEMAND that all the rest of us sacrifice so that they can live in comfort and ease. They, on the other hand, not only will NOT sacrifice anything, they intend to take MORE. If you listen to Rightwing Talk Radio (any of ‘em… they’re all the same), you listen to Satan’s propaganda, pure and unrefined. That’s why we must fight this corrosive hate with all our forces (an aside to Orthodox: that’s why we must fight JP, Potapov, Webster, and Whiteford… it’s why we must destroy the influence of their lies)… it’s why we must see to it that we silence such filth and make them harmless. If not, Satan laughs… and he’ll do so by using “religion”… fancy that…


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