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Saturday, 15 June 2013

A View from Moscow by Valentin Zorin… Spy Scandal: Anything Goes

00 Sergei Yolkin. Old-School Spy Mania. 2013

Old-School Spy Mania

Sergei Yolkin

2013

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The recent seizure of a Moscow-based CIA spy who was caught trying to recruit a Russian as an agent received wide publicity in the press. Media outlets quickly picked up the story of the CIA agent’s clumsy work, but dropped it several days later after sneering at the white wig, the dark glasses, and other spy paraphernalia found on the scene. However, the most important fact regarding this ugly incident… the one that deserves particular attention… was missing from media reports. That was the time chosen by the unfortunate agent’s bosses for the operation. Shortly before the arrest of Ryan Fogle, US Secretary of State John Kerry handed President Putin a letter from US President Barack Obama. Putin’s reply was ready and his representative was ready to deliver it to the White House. Thus, the scandal broke at a time when political circles in Russia and the USA were busy discussing forthcoming meetings of Presidents Putin and Obama, which could bring a “whiff of fresh air” to rapidly deteriorating Russia-US relations. The spy scandal came right out of the blue, concocted right on the spot, and was ostensibly at odds with the emerging thaw in bilateral relations. This could hardly be a coincidence!

Evidently, some influential groups in Washington disapprove of President Obama’s tentative attempts to bring back the “reset”. As if by magic, domestic political scandals directed against the president have become particularly frequent recently, replacing one after another at an alarmingly fast pace. In a recent development, President Obama fired Steven Miller, the head of the Internal Revenue Service, over a high-profile scandal. Miller was one of the key figures in the US administration; he was a close presidential adviser. After the media reported that phone conversations of Associated Press employees were being hacked and someone was eavesdropping on them, the far-right press was quick to draw a parallel with the infamous Watergate scandal, which began with reports of interceptions of phone conversations and ended with the resignation of President Nixon.

However, this was not enough for the masterminds of anti-presidential scandals in the USA. As a result, they’ve brought old reports about the killing of the US ambassador in Libya back to newspapers and TV news. Republican leaders used the killing in an attempt to manipulate public opinion to prevent Obama’s reelection to a second term. Nonetheless, since then, even though there’s been no new information regarding the case, they’re using it again, to escalate their campaign against the president. Bogged down in political bickering, Washington’s ruling élite is obstructing the resolution of important political issues to the detriment of their country’s national interests. A turn for the better in US-Russia relations left the leaders of the military-industrial complex scared of losing their main asset… the so-called “image of a foe”, which is a source of hefty profits for the “Cannon Kings”. When profits are at stake, all means are good as long so they serve the purpose. Even the catching of a small-fish of an agent roaming the streets of Moscow in a white wig will do.

00 Valentin Sergeyevich Zorin. 26.04.131 June 2013

Valentin Zorin

Voice of Russia World Service

http://english.ruvr.ru/2013_06_01/Spy-scandal-anything-goes-9957/

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Friday, 25 January 2013

25 January 2013. More on the Unfolding Saga in DC… Part One (More Tonight)

01 Woman Drinking Coffee

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Firstly, I didn’t post yesterday as I was feeling poorly. Like so many others, I have a touch of the flu, but since I lack sick pay (thank you, Slobberin’ Ronnie), I had to go to work half-ill anyway. One of the Cabinet sent me this:

When Bishop Basil Rodzianko was alive, the deed of his apartment/chapel was in the name of Marilyn Swezey’s mother. I assume Marilyn either cajoled her mother into purchasing the unit (a condominium) for Bishop Basil or not charging him rent.  In any case, Bishop Basil lived there rent-free.

That’s to say, Darlin’ Marilyn has been deeply involved in Potapov’s incestuous little cabal for quite some time (Rodzianko died in 1999). Add it up… Potapov has been gathering a claque over the years, he runs a spurious “charity” on the IRS shit list, and, now, he’s trying to get Fatso into the ROCOR as a rootless retired bishop resident in the District. It adds up to a rum go, no matter which way you crunch the numbers. The only reason that Potapov’s pulling this shit is that Hilarion Kapral‘s health is poor (he has beaucoup serious complications from diabetes), making him unable to be completely in control of the situation.

One last thing before I go… today is the so-called “March for Life“… that’s a misnomer if there ever was such. I know many in the so-called “Pro-Life Movement“, and, in the main, they’re dupes, not evil sorts. They’re pleasant enough (invariably, they’re “nice” people), but they can’t see that the pols behind this movement are cynical rightwing bastards who support the gun nutters, perpetual warfare in foreign parts, the “security state”, coddling of the One Percent, and the promiscuous overuse of the death penalty. In short, the Republican Party opposes what the late John Cardinal O’Connor called the “seamless garment” principle, ergo, they’re hypocritical manipulators of the worst sort. The Prolifers are their clueless dupes and fellow-travellers. Anti-abortion is NOT Pro-Life… but don’t argue with such sorts, they won’t listen. They’ve drunk the rightwing Kool-Aid, and that’s that.

See y’all later (got to get to work, kids)…

BMD

Wednesday, 23 January 2013

23 January 2013. “Holy Archangels Foundation” on the IRS Shit List… Send NO Money to Them…

01 Wolf In Sheeps Clothing

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I got this from one of the Cabinet members, it’s read n’ heed, kids:

Guidestar, the source for information on non-profit organisations, says about “Holy Archangels Foundation”:

Legitimacy Information

  • This organisation is NOT registered with the IRS
  • This organisation is required to file an IRS Form 990-N

The IRS automatically revoked this organisation’s exempt status for failure to file a Form 990, 990-EZ, 990-N, or 990-PF for three consecutive years. Further investigation and due diligence are warranted.

I wonder if the outfit that gave them a 10,000 USD grant (Trust for Mutual Understanding, an 80 million USD enterprise) were aware of their shaky (if not shady) status? This is sleazy beyond words… but it’s the sort of thing that one expects from Potapov and Fatso. Bear in mind, Potapov used the official ROCOR website to attack a fellow member of the Rodzianko clan, and Fathausen would be sweetness n’ light when criticised, but then he bided his time, and sandbagged his interlocutor when he felt that they had their guard down. It’s how he dealt with the OCA Holy Synod… it isn’t surprising that they shitcanned him and gave him his walking papers for such rubbishy behaviour.

This is more of the same ol’, same ol’… it sure doesn’t speak highly of George Michalopoulos and the Monomuckos cretins, does it? I wish that someone would take out the humane killer and end the OCA’s misery. Furthermore, I wish that the Centre would do something about Potapov… he’s getting rather gnarly and arrogant. Stay tuned… no doubt, there’s more where this came from…

BMD

This Just In:

Another Cabinet member sent this nugget on:

I’m told that Marilyn Swezey is the goddaughter of Fr Victor Potapov’s Matushka. Also, sources tell me that the address for that foundation is Swezey’s home address in DC.

No doubt there’s more gold in them thar hills. Stay tuned in, and don’t adjust your sets…

BMD 

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