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Monday, 22 December 2014

Sputnik International Presents… There’s Christmas in the Air!

00 christmas 01. tokyo japan. 22.12.14

This past weekend , a traditional pre-Christmas Santa run took place in Tokyo (Tokyo Prefecture. Greater Tokyo Area. Kantō Region) JAPAN. Some 500 Tokyo residents dressed as Santa Claus participated in a 2.5-kilometre charity run at a local park.


00 christmas 02. sao paulo brazil. 22.12.14

Vitor Martins from São Paulo (São Paulo State. Southeast Region) BRAZIL has more than 90 percent of his body covered in tattoos, some of them in reference to Christmas. However, that doesn’t prevent him from working as Santa Claus.


00 christmas 03. berlin germany. 22.12.14

One of Berlin’s entertainment agencies hosted an event with a Santa Claus “flying” 98 metres (322 feet) above a hotel in the German capital.


00 christmas 04. milano italy. 22.12.14

Metropolitan Cathedral of the Nativity of Saint Mary in Milano (Milano Province. Lombardia Region) ITALY is the fourth-largest in Europe, after St Peter Basilica in the Vatican, St Paul Cathedral in London, and Seville Cathedral. It’s the largest Gothic cathedral and the third-largest church in the world.


00 christmas 05. las vegas nv usa. 22.12.14

Last weekend, model and television personality Holly Madison dressed as Santa Claus; she appeared at a street performance in Las Vegas (Clark County. Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise MSA) NV USA


00 christmas 06. england uk. 22.12.14

A traditional Christmas parade for four-legged Santas was held in Loughborough (Leicestershire. East Midlands Region) ENGLAND UK.


00 christmas 07. sao paulo brazil. 22.12.14In São Paulo (São Paulo State. Southeast Region) BRAZIL, a man wearing a Santa Claus costume rode the metro to celebrate the Christmas season.


00 christmas 08. newry me usa. 22.12.14

Skiers and snowboarders dressed as Santa Claus participated in a charity race down a slope at the River Ski Resort in Newry (Oxford County) ME USA.


00 christmas 09. newry me usa. 22.12.14
According to the event organisers, 250 skiing Santas raised some 3,000 USD (165,000 Roubles. 18,670 Renminbi. 190,000 INR. 3,490 CAD. 3,690 AUD. 2,450 Euros. 1,925 UK Pounds) for charity at the event.


00 christmas 10. seoul rok. 22.12.14
In South Korea, divers dressed in Santa Claus costumes have a tradition of swimming in an aquarium in Seoul before Christmas.


00 christmas 11. 22.12.14
Santa Claus, also known as St Nicholas or Father Christmas, is a cultural figure with legendary, folkloric, and historic origins. In many Western cultures, Santa Claus is believed to bring presents to the homes of good children the night before Christmas.


00 christmas 12. germany. 22.12.14
Some 800 participants dressed as Santa Claus took part in the fourth annual Santa Claus running competition in Michendorf (Kreis Potsdam-Mittelmark. Bundesland Brandenburg) GERMANY.


00 christmas 13. 22.12.14
Generally, depictions of Santa Claus show him as a portly, joyous, white-bearded man wearing a red coat with white collars and cuffs, white-cuffed red trousers, and a black leather belt and boots. He carries a bag full of gifts for children.


00 christmas 14. reading pa usa. 22.12.14
Local artist Ed Terrel from Reading (Berks County. Philadelphia-Reading-Camden CSA) PA USA created a giant Santa Claus costume. Days before Christmas, the artist put on the costume as he walked through the city streets in the evening.


11 December 2014

Sputnik International



Saturday, 16 November 2013

16 November 2013. Nikolai Soraich Pops Up in Lost Wages ROCOR Mission

00 Who's that under my bed. 09.12


One of the Cabineteers sent me this (for more images, click here). Firstly, Nikolai Soraich popped up in Las Vegas NV. That’s no surprise, as he founded a parish there many moons ago. However, he surfaced in a ROCOR mission, not in an OCA facility. There’s no evidence, so, there’s nothing to hang a conclusion on to, that is, one doesn’t know if there’s still bad blood between the OCA and Nikolai (although Tikhon Fitz is still one of Nikolai’s vociferous backers… no surprise, as Nikolai was his Chancellor and protégé). I did some research; Nikolai is NOT on the ROCOR hierarchs’ page. Interesting, that… he’s also NOT in the ROCOR clergy directory. One of the Cabinet wrote me:

He’s still a “retired” OCA bishop, with permission to serve (not sure if there are any restrictions from the OCA), and ROCOR let him serve in LA. Now, ROCOR set up this new mission, and since he lives in LV, it gives him a chance to “play church”.

As for the “retired bishop” shtick, here’s what I wrote in a note to another post:

The fact that Nikon Mironov is a “retired bishop” indicates that such a status is fully-canonical, and that those who question such a status aren’t in the mainstream of the Church. For instance, Nikolai Soraich is a “bishop”, so is Jerome Shaw, but neither are “ruling bishops” or “vicar bishops”, they’re “retired bishops”… kapish? They CAN serve as clergy, but they have NO authority (they CAN wear a mitre, but one doesn’t serve hierarchical liturgy when they’re present). To make a “grey” situation even “greyer”, in 2013, Nikon was made a vicar bishop of the Diocese of Perm, thus “unretiring” him (the MP HS said that he might become a ruling bishop again if he was a good boy)… confusing, but that’s Orthodoxy for ya! If you want consistency, join the papists

One wonders if his “boy” Innocent Brittain serves there, as well? Hmm… one of the Cabinet said, “I was told that three of the ROCOR bishops are that way”… I wasn’t able to get any corroboration (actually, I got different “names” from this-and-that source, making it all gobbledygook… its a “you pays your money and you takes your choice” situation), but taking Nikolai’s past into account (remember, Feodosy Lazor, Dmitri Royster, and Herman Swaiko were amongst his consecrators in 2001)… don’t be fooled, we STILL have an overflowing cesspit to drain here in the diaspora (both in the OCA AND the ROCOR). It’s just “All Quiet on the Syosset Front” for now…


Wednesday, 9 May 2012

9 May 2012. Love BT Rides Again… Tries to Skewer St Nicholas the Passionbearer and VVP… Spins the HTC Story and the Payout in the Civil Suit

A Portrait of Tsar St Nikolai Aleksandrovich

Ilya Repin



Whom do you wish to emulate? The gentle Tsar St Nikolai… called “Bloody Nicholas” by Love BT… or, the all-Powerful, most-Puissant, and multi-Talented Tikhon Fitzgerald? That’s not a hard one, is it?


Love BT entertains us yet again with some more nuggets of wisdom. Here’s the first one:

Thanks to Diogenes {most sources identify “Diogenes” as Eric Wheeler… protestations notwithstanding: editor} for pointing us to the article about the Russian President getting his blessing in Church from the First Hierarch of the Church as he begins his next period as President. As an Orthodox ruler, he shares many character traits with the Orthodox tsars of previous centuries. It’s unfortunate that he’s undergoing, probably with some justification, the same kind of protests and public indignation from large crowds as did the last Tsar, Nicholas, sometimes called “Bloody Nicholas”, for his penchant for using armed troops and especially mounted Cossacks to IMPOSE order. Some, especially the lock-step intellectual infantry of the EP, gasp in righteously expressed indignation at the APPARENT and REAL Symfonia of Church and State in Russia, which seems to eclipse the subservience of the Phanar to the Sublime Porte.


Firstly, St Nikolai was not “Bloody Nicholas”… in this, Love BT’s repeating the bullshit spouted by ADS and the rest of the aristo zapadnik Parisian cabal. In fact, one could say that St Nikolai’s compassion led to his downfall… had he loosed a Cossack squadron or two on the Petrograd mobs, chances are he’d have kept the throne (maybe not as an absolute autocrat, but Russia would’ve remained a monarchy). Secondly, how does BT justify the phrase, “It’s unfortunate that he’s undergoing, probably with some justification, the same kind of protests and public indignation from large crowds as did the last Tsar”… he should enlighten us as to why VVP’s a legitimate target of “protests and public indignation”. I believe that the answer’s simple… BT’s a former employee of the World Bank and he parrots the generally-held opinions of the Western Goodthinker Class.

In short, BT comes from a profoundly Russophobic anti-Orthodox milieu, and his formal conversion didn’t affect him that much, as his current comments indicate. In short, if I were to choose between Love BT and Tsar St Nikolai… there’s no conundrum. Love BT is, by far, the inferior of the two. If one were to compare him with VVP, it’s the same result. When the Raspadskaya Mine in Mezhdurechensk blew up, VVP was on the scene, and he saw to it that the social welfare system treated the miners’ families right. Love BT has balked at paying his fair share of the bills at the rectory where he lives, according to publicised parish documents. Who’s the more estimable human being… why, VVP, by any standard.

Also, note how Love BT sidesteps the whole issue of the Phanar’s subservience to the US government and to Langley. After all, they orchestrated a 1948 coup to depose Patriarch Maximos Vaportzis, and replaced him with an American running-dog, Athenagoras Spyrou (it was of the most successful “black ops” of the CIA in its early years). Don’t forget, the US authorities gave Athenagoras the use of the US presidential VIP transport for his flight to Turkey. Maximos’ sins were that he wanted close cooperation with the MP and that he was a socialist politically. However, that’s too hot a potato even for Love BT… so much for his pose as a “courageous truth-teller!”

Secondly, Love BT issued a rather long apologia of the Holy Trinity Cathedral (HTC) scandal in San Francisco. Here’s what he said (WARNING: Bullshit in enormous quantities ahead… but Love BT MUST speak in his own voice… it convicts him of self-interested hypocrisy all the more):

Unlike “Centurion”, I was never ever convinced that children were molested at Holy Trinity Cathedral, as has been claimed. A parishioner there called me up once to report that children had been molested at Holy Trinity Cathedral and that the perp was in jail. I heard her out, and I opined that if that had indeed happened, we should at least be grateful to God that the perp was already in jail and we need not go through all kinds of investigations and court appearances, perhaps involving public testimony my children, to establish his identity.

An almost deafening scream of “NEVER!” was the next thing I heard. One of the mothers whose child had allegedly been molested explained that this was nothing to be thankful for because she couldn’t “get at him” in jail. I met with a group of the parents in San Francisco. I learned that the occasion of the alleged discovery of acts of abuse was one of the parents learning that a convert in the parish for whom she had developed a great antipathy, had been put in jail as a sexual criminal, a molester of children. From that point on, the alarmed group of parents who disliked Sam Allen, began to interrogate their children and send them to “professionals” from whom they “learned” that their children had been molested.

I assigned my chancellor, Fr Nicholas Soraich {later removed as OCA Bishop of Alaska and reputed by some to be a homosexual (the jury’s still out on that): editor}, to investigate and report to me. He went to San Francisco, investigated, and reported to me. He was greeted by and accepted with great enthusiasm by the parents. He even went throughout the Cathedral plant blessing everything with Holy Water. To make a long story short, no molestation of children at Holy Trinity Cathedral was ever proved in criminal court; however, a civil court did find the Cathedral to be guilty of negligence in its supervision of children in its custody, and civil fines were levied.

I admit I was distressed by the proclivity and readiness of some of the parents to magnify and publicize who their children had been “damaged”. This, it seems to me, was not evidence of putting their children’s welfare first. One of the parents was an attorney, and she gave at least one interview to a popular Bay Area newspaper a couple years later when her son was in school, reporting that he had been molested and thus was damaged. I was once a boy, and I know how boys in school act when they learn something like that about one of their number. Another mother managed to make one of her daughters into a crusader against “Clergy Sexual Abuse”. She and her mother liked to appear at either HTC in San Francisco, or at the Cathedral in Los Angeles, standing outside on the sidewalks, rather than worshipping and glorifying God in the Church, carrying placards on poles which stated “Stop Clergy Sexual Abuse!” on the Feast of the All-Holy Trinity.

I believe that Sam Allen, interviewed by an investigator in prison, did admit that he had intended to commit abuse at HTC, but never got around to it since he was arrested for offences elsewhere. I’ve always been disappointed that some of the families left off glorifying God in Church in order to devote their lives to exposing sin, to wit, “clergy” sexual abuse.” I still wish that the Pokrov ladies WOULD get a life, a life with Christ. Yes, sir; yes, indeed! Protodeacon Eros (aka Eric) Wheeler did come out to the Bay area in connection with the civil negligence suit. One attorney-parent threatened me AND HTC, AND the Diocese with utter and outright financial failure and bankruptcy. Never happened. I have no recollection whatsoever of ever having striven to have Greta Larson prevented from speaking anywhere at all, and I can’t imagine what “other bishop” I could have manipulated to attempt that.

I wonder if the clinical psychologists and social workers who made their livings “discerning” evidence of sexual abuse in children and uncovering suppressed memories and so forth around the country back then are still at it. Anybody?


As always, ask “Cui bono?” In this case, ask yourself, “Would Love BT benefit from lying?” The answer to that is an unequivocal “yes”… he was the ruling bishop of the OCA Diocese of the West (DOW) at the time, and any sexual scandal within his jurisdiction would reflect upon his competence and fitness to hold any sort of clerical office. Next, ask, “Was there any adverse court decision regarding these allegations?” The answer to that is also “yes”… note how Love BT attempts to spin that one. A civil court judgement is an adverse court ruling… full stop. Ergo, the OCA DOW did have to pay up due to a court verdict… it didn’t matter if it was in criminal or in civil court, the fact remains that the OCA DOW was subject to an adverse court judgement whilst Tikhon Fitzgerald was ruling bishop.

Next, one asks, “Who’s related to whom, both in formal TO&E terms and in terms of personal affiliation?” One can say that Nikolai Soraich, Benjamin Peterson, and Jonas Paffhausen (and by extension, David Brum and Gerasim Eliel) are protégés of Love BT. Nikolai Soraich was BT’s Chancellor, Peterson was BT’s successor, Paffhausen was an abbot under BT’s omofor, and Brum was received and ordained (on the same day) by BT. Therefore, one can’t expect an objective evaluation of them from him. Then, there are the widely-known ties of Soraich and Peterson with Bobby K and Rock in Vegas, the ties of Paffhausen, Eliel, and Brum with the sodomite Gleb Podmoshensky (GP) in Platina, and the inconvertible fact that the cops nicked Benjamin Peterson for DUI. In short, it appears that Love BT’s protégés aren’t exactly a sterling lot.

Lastly, ask yourself, “Are there any pending situations that BT’s trying to hide or divert attention from?” That would be the still-simmering Storheim case in Canada. He’s on tenterhooks because there’s no statute of limitations on child molestation. If it doesn’t concern him personally, it could concern any one of his protégés or former subordinates (especially those having close ties to the oddbod lot in Platina… the ROCOR Holy Synod did depose GP and most of the brotherhood did leave him as a result). If there’s an adverse ruling in the Storheim trial (and the fact that the Crown offered Storheim a plea deal shows that the evidence is rather strong), it would reverberate in the DOW. Indeed, it could lead to someone opening a case.

Therefore, to conclude it all, Love BT’s using the same “bait and switch” and delaying tactics that the RCs used before their child abuse situation blew up on them. I believe that it’ll come to the same result. The OCA has no one but itself to blame. Note well that those posting on Monomakhos refused to post their names; they hid behind “usernames”. That means that Love BT approves of such craven cowardice and nasty evasiveness. Indeed, a little bird told me that Love BT doesn’t post on one Orthodox venue because the moderators told him that he’d have to follow the same rules that everyone else did. Love BT stamped away in annoyed petulance… that does speak volumes about BT’s character, doesn’t it?

Take no wooden nickels and take no BS from the likes of Love BT… then, take a hit from the jug, and cross yourself… repeat as necessary.

Barbara-Marie Drezhlo

Wednesday 9 May 2012

Victory Day

Albany NY

Friday, 29 July 2011

29 July 2011. The Pot Calls the Kettle Black, Syosset Edition

Bobby and Lyonyo are playing up to the ignorant fancies of the rightwing konvertsy… for now. They’re going to fall out, and in short order, mark my word… Bobby will try to knife Lyonyo (and vice versa), and the konvertsy will find both of them “not pure enough” for their tastes. It’s certainly NOT boring…


It’ll certainly be to the advantage of Paffhausen and to Bobby’s camp if they can prove that Dickie’s involved with something “homosexual”. For example, there are stories out there (if I’ve heard ‘em, they’re widespread… I don’t claim “insider” knowledge on this) that he “groped” Fr John Dresko (presently Rector of St Paul parish in Las Vegas NV… Wood’s mother, Nadine, attends liturgy there). That may or may not be true, but it’s a fact that Dresko’s a dirty-handed former Syosset operative… and part of Bobby’s faction. Bobby’s playing up to the crackbrained notions of the konvertsy gang, who’re spinning the split in the OCA as “noble Paffhausen, who signed the Manhattan Declaration” vs “Mark Stokoe, who lives with another man”… let’s not forget that Dickie had a hand in Bobby’s downfall with the tape he made in Moscow. I wouldn’t be surprised if Bobby’s behind Wood’s fall. All the not-so-clean players at high levels in the OCA may be thinking the same thing… they’re wondering who’s next, especially if things don’t break the way Bobby wants them to… that is, Paffhausen retains his puppet sinecure, Potapov remains the Éminence Grise of the OCA-ROCOR duopoly, Bobby receives public absolution, and Bobby and his cabal retake their place as the power behind the throne in Syosset (the fly in the ointment is Lyonyo… Bobby’s going to try to cut his throat, which may bugger it all in the end).

Bobby’s playing with fire… all too many saw him at Veselka’s in the old days, and know what’s what. All too many know the truth about him and HIS proclivities. It’s why he fell, in the first instance. Bobby got on famously with Feodosy, Herman, and Pierre… all those “in the know” need no prompting to appreciate what I’m talking about. Bobby’s trying to take down Dickie as a perv, so, Bobby’s past may come back and bite him. After all, Bobby’s not subtle, nor is he an educated or cultured man. He’s clever, there’s no doubt on that; he’s a political animal, a George Washington Plunkitt in a riassa (without the wit and wisdom). He did extort (legally) 250 Gs from the OCA via a thinly-veiled threat… someone stupid couldn’t do that. So far, his close connections with Feodosy, Pierre, and Herman haven’t stuck to him… but that doesn’t mean that they won’t.

Don’t forget, the konvertsy have the conceit that they’re “pure”… that God has deputed them to “purify” the Church. This is especially so in the case of the former Episkies, and most definitely so in the case of Touchstonistas such as Reardon, Freddie M-G, and Mattingly… yes, the Terrible Trio named are officially in the AOCANA, but the konvertsy are Gnostics who ignore Church boundaries… they’re “above” all that, dontcha know! The first two are former Episkie “culture warriors” who lost a power struggle in the TEC… as a perceptive priest-friend of mine in the MP put it, “The Anglicans said ‘good riddance to bad rubbish’, and there’s more there than meets the eye at first glance”. Mattingly’s a former Baptist Sectarian with pretensions of being an “expert”… obviously, he was one of those sorts ashamed of his “Born-Again” roots. Yet, the konvertsy crowd ignores the glaring evidence that Fathausen fibs outrageously about his intimate relationship with Gleb Podmoshensky (remember GP? He appears to keep popping up to dog JP at every turn)… and the stories that won’t die concerning Mel Webber and Gerasim Eliel.

Bobby does have the lumber over Fathausen… after all, JP served openly with Izzy Brittain, and JP continues to shelter Peterson, even though it’s openly bandied about that BP’s a closeted gay. There’s one thing about the konvertsy that JP’s forgetting… they’re manically single-minded. Make no doubt on it, Bobby’s going to tell JP, “Do what I say, or, I’ll go public with what I know about you, GP, and BP”… that is, Bobby thinks that he’s got things sewed up in the bag. However, he’s already made threats against Reeves, and that’s a stupid move. In addition, Lyonyo may have his reasons for deep-sixing Dickie, but he’s no ally of Bobby’s… nor is Potapov. Potapov’s a former government official (he’s rumoured to have American intel ties… so much so that RF Embassy personnel avoid his parish, even though it’s closer to the embassy and more traditional than St Nick’s) and Lyonyo’s a CFR member with State Department ties (he got his daughter a job at the International Herald Trib). Bobby’s an embarrassment to them… he’s useful, but a “low” sort. If Bobby tried to move against Lyonyo (probably, by striking at Lyonyo’s protégé, Stokoe), Lyonyo could go “public” with what everyone knows about Bobby. That would discredit him with the konvertsy permanently.

That’s not to mention the angle with Fr Tikhon in Moscow. Obviously, Fr Tikhon knows about Dickie’s drinking problem, and, maybe, he knows about his proclivities as well. Fr Tikhon doesn’t play kid’s games, so, this is why his relationship with Dickie may have reached the breaking point. Bobby and Love BT, amongst others, contend that Dickie’s an RF Humint asset, passing intel from the American and other foreign embassies to the FSB/SVR. I tend to think the opposite… probably, he was an American asset controlled from the US Embassy in Moscow. It’d explain why Lyonyo didn’t move against him earlier. Obviously, Dickie’s cover at the Centre was blown in some unmentioned way (that’s not come out, it’s fruitless to speculate on what it is… there’s simply no intel whatsoever); he was of no more use to his controllers, giving Bobby an opportunity to strike (I believe that the RF gave him the standard “get out of Dodge in 48 hours” order… that’s how unmasked oppo assets are usually treated). Mind you, I don’t believe for a moment that Bobby’s allied with Lyonyo… their feud is that serious and that deep. Lyonyo merely decided that defending Dickie wasn’t worth the risk, so, he cut Dickie’s throat without any shame, pity, shilly-shallying, or compunction; their years of working together meant nought to Lyonyo and Potapov… “It ain’t personal, it’s only business”.

Despite it all, I’m a believer… I believe that God WILL put things right… but only if WE act as His instruments. What kind of Church do you want for your kids and grandkids? Think on that with some care before answering it…

Barbara-Marie Drezhlo

Friday 29 July 2011

Albany NY

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