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Sunday, 13 September 2015

13 September 2015. Vote AGAINST the Republican Anti-Life Programme

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I wrote this 2½ years ago… it’s still as true as ever…

The so-called “March for Life” is coming up. The usual cast of suspects is making the usual Sturm und Drang concerning it. At one time, before I wised up, I supported the Pro-Life Movement. Then, I looked beneath the surface, and what I saw appalled and repelled me. The same pols who supported so-called “Pro-Life” measures were also for:

  • perpetual warfare in foreign parts
  • the gutting of the social safety net to fund corruption-riddled defence contracts
  • opposition to single-payer healthcare to benefit their corporate paymasters
  • derisory tax rates upon their wealthy contributors
  • the promiscuous use of the death penalty
  • the increasing role of the “security state”
  • using prison as a “solution” to the so-called “drug problem”
  • shitcanning all labour and environmental regulations in favour of libertarian “economic freedom”
  • the extending of personal and human rights to corporations

Whew… and that’s NOT exhaustive! In short, they OPPOSED what the late John Cardinal O’Connor rightfully called “the seamless garment”. There’s a reason why Timothy Cardinal Dolan didn’t come out in favour of Wet Willy in the late presidential election… Willy was AGAINST the “seamless garment”, and Dolan couldn’t support him without ripping up Catholic social teaching.

We have loud sorts amongst us. Follow the money… Potapov is (or was) a mid-level US government flunky (a propagandist targeting the Orthosphere, no less!)… Freddie M-G is (or was) an apparatchik at NPR… Dreher and Mattingly are rightwing stink-tankers… Webster is a stink-tanker and a chaplain in the US Army Reserve. When you add in that Lyonyo’s a member of the CFR (Anne Schmemann works in a CFR office that issues mendacious and self-serving apologias for American aggression abroad) and that Serge Schmemann and Sophia Kishkovsky are part of the New York Times Pravda-machine (the jewel in the crown of the American Corporate Media), well, what does that tell you? They’ve all sold out to the godless powers-that-be for a comfortable life and above-average incomes. You can follow Christianity or you can follow Sergianism. It’s interesting… the ones who loudly accused the MP hierarchy of “Sergianism” during the Sov era now stand exposed as Sergianist cheerleaders for Free Market buccaneering and bloodsucking. Fancy that… what they criticised, they now espouse. God DOES have a sense of justice, doesn’t He? Do you want to honour Christ, or shall you worship Mammon (the Almighty Dollar)?

Choose well… your eternal destiny does rest upon it…


Friday, 4 September 2015

Bishop On Leave Pending Sexual Misconduct Investigation

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A Michigan Orthodox bishop is on leave and can’t work as a priest following allegations of sexual misconduct. On Tuesday, Dearborn Heights Archbishop Nathaniel Popp publicly disclosed that his auxiliary bishop, Right Rev Irineu Duvlea, is under investigation for sexual misconduct. In a statement, Popp said that Duvlea, 53, is presumed innocent, but is now on leave and is banned from working until the investigation is complete. The church didn’t announce any information about potential victims. Popp added that the investigation is highly confidential and urged his followers not to speak about the matter. Popp said in the announcement, “No one should discuss the investigation with anyone”. Duvlea served as the Bishop of Dearborn Heights and auxiliary bishop of the Romanian Orthodox Episcopate of America.

Members of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, said they welcomed the fact that Popp made the investigation public. However, the group feels the archbishop isn’t going far enough because the investigation remains confidential. Melanie Jula Sakoda, the Orthodox Director for SNAP, said in a statement, “Investigations into sexual misconduct should always be made public, and I was very pleased to see that Archbishop Nathaniel had made this announcement. Such disclosures encourage others who experienced witnessed or suspected abuse to come forward”. Cappy Larson, also of SNAP Orthodox, added, “The Church should also supply additional information. Did the misconduct involve a parishioner? If so, was the victim a child, an adult, a male, a female? How many victims have come forward? More complete disclosure can help to jog memories and reassure other survivors, producing additional testimony and evidence”. Duvlea was a monk in Romania before he came to the United States in 2001. He founded The Ascension of The Lord Monastery in Clinton MI. He was the head of the Western States Vicariate of the OCA Romanian Orthodox Episcopate of America. His territory included parishes in Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, Texas, Oregon, and Washington.

3 September 2015

Jodi Rempala

Dearborn (MI) Press and Guide



This legal threat appeared as a comment:

My ACLU attorneys (aclu@aclumich.org) will contact you today for clarifications regarding the allegations done against me for church political gains. + Irineu, Bishop of Detroit, ROEA, OCA.

If the above comment is on the up and square, it shows that Irineu is an arrogant son of a bitch. You simply don’t make such implied threats in the USA. He can’t sue me for pointing that up. The last thing that he needs is an unsuccessful legal action. If his lawyer told him to do this, he has incompetent counsel. No, we won’t be silent! Who accused Duvlea of misconduct? When did the alleged incident take place? It smells as if the OCA is trying to sweep this under the rug. They tried doing that with Storheim and it blew up in their face.

Remember the nasty tactics used by Gindin, Storheim’s shyster? One wonders, is Duvlea’s counsel going to do the same? That is, are they going to smear the accuser in public in an attempt to discredit them? It didn’t work in Winnipeg… although that bastard Gindin did his best to bad-dog and attack Storheim’s accusers. Storheim ended up convicted, and Mr Justice Mainella, the judge involved, was rather emphatic in his condemnation of Storheim and totally trashed Storheim’s credibility in public. Duvlea had best watch his step. This isn’t Romania… it’s the USA, where the judiciary wouldn’t be inclined to help any putative coverup.

Duvlea’s lawyers can’t sue me for the above. However, his clumsy “comment”, if genuine, shows a total lack of understanding of the American legal system, and of how it works. If it’s secret, there’s no real investigation. Full stop. An MP priest once asked me, “Which of the OCA bishops isn’t reputed to be gay?” Antics like this don’t help such questions. Come clean, Nathanael. If not, it just may come to haunt you…

If Duvlea’s lawyers attempt to pressure me legally, I’ll be sure to post on it and tell you. After all, a threat of a lawsuit is a public action, it’s an “act of public record”, and I’d have every right to publicise it. Just a friendly word of advice… do be cool.


Thursday, 3 September 2015

3 September 2015. None Dare Call It HYPOCRISY… Kentucky County Clerk Who Refuses to Issue Marriage Licences Four-Time Divorcée

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Kentucky Fried Bigot

Andy Marlette



All the konvertsy were gushing over this sow in Kentucky… well, it appears that she’s had four marriages and three divorces! I need say no more. A paragon of MORALITY, no? It does prove that shitbirds of a feather flock together…


Thursday, 27 August 2015

Court sentenced Ukrainian Director Sentsov to 20 Years in the Slam for Terrorism

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Our correspondent on the scene reported that the North Caucasus District Military Court in Rostov-on-Don sentenced Ukrainian director O G Sentsov to 20 years in prison for organising terrorist attacks in the Crimea. The judge said, “For the set of crimes committed, we sentence defendant Sentsov to 20 years confinement to a strict régime penal colony”. Sentsov’s co-defendant, Aleksandr Kolchenko got ten years in an ITK. According to the SK RF, Sentsov created a terrorist cell in the Crimea under the Right Sector, a Ukrainian extremist movement banned from activity in the Russian Federation under Russian law. The SK RF stated that in April and May 2014 this group set ablaze the offices of the NGO “Russian Community of the Crimea” and the local branch of the United Russia faction, both in Simferopol. The defendants in the case are also faced charges of trying to blow up a statue of Lenin in Simferopol on 9 May 2014. During summation, the Procurator asked the court to sentence Sentsov to 23 years in a strict régime ITK, two further years. For co-defendant Kolchenko, the Procurator asked for 12 years imprisonment, with restricted freedom of movement for another 18 months. Two other defendants in the case, Aleksei Afanasyev and Gennady Tsirny, already received seven years in an ITK.

The Right Sector is a Ukrainian association of extremist nationalists. In January and February 2014, its gunmen clashed with the police and seized administrative buildings, and in April 2014, it attempted to suppress patriot protests in the former eastern Ukraine. In November 2014, the Supreme Court recognised the Right Sector as an extremist organisation and banned its activities in the Russian Federation. In January 2015, the Right Sector was on the register of organisations banned in Russia. Earlier, the RF Genprokuratura opened a criminal case against D A Yarosh, the leader of the movement, for incitement to terrorism.

25 August 2015

RIA Novosti



John McCain is one of the most vehement supporters of the Right Sector terrorists. Ergo, all of his fulminations against “terrorism” are sheer bullshit. He’s all for terrorism when it suits the USA. He’s all for drone strikes against innocent civilians. He’s all for aggressions like those in Iraq and Libya, and he wants to attack Syria and Iran. He’s been a loud supporter of the rightwing elements that made up the death squads that murdered Archbishop Romero back in the 80s. Let’s keep it simple. If you vote for Republicans, you vote for terrorism. If you support the Republicans actively, you’re either a dupe or you consciously abet evil. Whiteford is a dupe, Dreher is a semi-dupe (he’s not bright enough to be evil, I’m afraid), and Potapov, Paffhausen, Webster, and Reardon have consciously abetted evil through their strident advocacy of the GOP… that’s the way it is.

You must stand against terrorism and all those who abet it. The worst terrorists in the world today do NOT live in the Middle East or Central Asia… they’re all comfortable “nice” people in the “right” DC burbs. Evil is what it is, and it’s damnably hard to see it (most evil people aren’t ugly nor repulsive on the surface). Have a care… as I always say, the times ARE evil…


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