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Sunday, 10 September 2017

10 September 2017. Animal Funnies… I Forgot Her Birthday!

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In reality, this cat saunters into a bar every day in Nawlins (that’s the local pronunciation of New Orleans), and the bartender gives him something (non-alcoholic) to drink. Truth IS stranger than fiction is!

BMD

Thursday, 4 July 2013

4 July 2013. More Whispers from the Cabinet… OCA Parish to Jump to MP… Dreher May Start “Western Rite” Parish in LA… Observation on the OCA

 

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I got this from one of the Cabinet:

A parish is leaving the OCA and going over to the MP.

That’s interesting… it means that the 1970 Tomos is a “dead letter” in all but name. I can’t give the location, as I’ve given my word to keep that under wraps. Here’s another titbit:

Roddy Dreher is setting up a Western Rite ROCOR parish in St Francisville LA.

Dreher’s making huge noises about how St Francisville is a “small town”. That’s bullshit. St Francisville is part of the Baton Rouge Metropolitan Statistical Area… that is, its part of the Louisiana “Capital Region” (“the 225” in local parlance). St Francisville is NOT a stand-alone rural town, as Dreher implies. Rather, it’s an exurban village in a larger metro area of nearly one million people. Dreher doesn’t know when to quit, does he? “Western Rite parish”… Dreher doesn’t know shit from shinola about Orthodoxy, but he’s going to be the leading light of a “parish”… God DO help us. A clerical source said this about the OCA situation, in reference to Tikhon Mollard:

All other alternatives are worse at the moment. What an alternative… handing it over to the Greeks. Definitely worse.

That is, voting for Dahulich was tantamount to voting for the OCA becoming part of the EP. That’s why it was STOOPID for the OCA to have accepted Moriak and Dahulich (and Maymon, too) as bishops. These two were EP-vetted clergy without grounding in the “Metropolia culture”. Dahulich, in particular, is TOO close to the papists, and much too cosy with the Uniates. SVS pumped up Dahulich’s candidacy for the white hat. Was this an attempt to join together the OCA and the Paris gang? Was it an attempt to save St Sergius in Paris by pumping in American money? If it was, it failed… big-time. Tikhon Mollard’s a walking disaster area who’s going to stumble from blunder to blunder… but it’ll still be better than what Dahulich had in mind. He would’ve handed us over to the Greeks and shit all over Russian culture. Think on that…

BMD 

 

Thursday, 15 November 2012

The Separated States of America

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A petition campaign for secession launched in several American states is gaining momentum. A day ago, Texas succeeded to collect more than the 25,000 signatures needed for the petition to receive a go-ahead. Now, there are already seven states where the number of signatories has exceeded the needed threshold… besides Texas, they’re Louisiana, North Carolina, Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, and Florida. Although in any foreseeable future any secessionist move by the above states (and an unknown number to follow) is unlikely to bear fruit in terms of real secession, one should regard the move as a signal that the question is being included on the American political agenda.

The US Constitution doesn’t allow the possibility for any state to secede from the Union. The memories of the Confederation of 11 Southern states and the Civil War that followed are still fresh in the national memory. Probably, no one in the USA would like to repeat that experience, although in regional popular perception (most overtly expressed in Gone with the Wind) the southerners have the reputation as people of honour defending the core values of a free society.

The only state that has a formal exemption from the constitutional provision banning secession is Texas, which joined the Union as an independent state, and is still nicknamed the “Lone Star State”. It’s hardly surprising that the deeply-conservative state was the pioneer of the current secessionist campaign and was the first one to exceed the 25,000 threshold. It’s collected more than 100,000 signatures. However, even Texas, legally speaking, is highly unlikely to be granted independence… as far back as 1868, the US Supreme Court ruled in Texas v White case that states lacked the power to unilaterally secede from the Union.

Some critics of the petition campaign point out that the underlying reason for it is purely political and that this is nothing more than just a reaction of Romney supporters to their electoral defeat. In this sense, one can compare the campaign to the proclamation of the Confederation in 1860 as a reaction to Abraham Lincoln’s election. Nevertheless, one should not only note that Barack Obama is far from being a second Lincoln, but one should consider another small fact. Amongst the seven states that have so far collected 25,000 or more signatures, Obama defeated Romney in Florida on 6 November.

Other critics say that the secession of the states seeking it would serve the Union well and badly affect the states themselves. According to this point of view, the states seeking secession are amongst the weakest in terms of economy. “The Confederation of Takers” is what the Washington Post commentator Dana Milbank called the possible (or, rather impossible) future composition, writing, “If Obama were serious about being a good steward of the nation’s finances, he’d let them” secede, further including into the Confederation such relatively-poor states as Alaska, West Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas, and Mississippi. Well, the above states may be relatively poor, but amongst them, only Tennessee is among the seven that have collected the needed amount of signature. Definitely, the label of “poor state” can’t be applied to states like Florida, and even less so to Texas, whose economy is booming due to vast oil reserves, and who would become the world’s 15th ranking economy in case it succeeded in gaining full independence.

Again, for the time being, such considerations don’t constitute anything more than wishful thinking. Still, the very idea of secession may not be ripe, but they’ve definitely sown the seeds for it. Back in mid-90s, I saw a map published in one of the American newspapers depicting the country in 2017. Apart from the Lone Star Texas as an independent, it showed sovereign entities like the Dixieland Confederation, Theocratic Kingdom of Utah, the Wild West and New England Republics, and some others.

However, seriously, even if one may disregard the idea of secession for the time being, one shouldn’t exclude it altogether. Do you remember what enthusiasm surrounded the enlargement of the EU some eight years ago, in May 2004? What’s become of European integration now? It’s best if we didn’t dig deeper into it, in order not to frighten the Americans. Lastly, supporting secessionist movements in countries that aren’t eager to follow American policy has become one of the basic principles of Washington‘s attitude towards global issues… from Kosovo and other parts of former Yugoslavia, to Baloch separatists in today’s Pakistan. Maybe, Washington strategists should remember the old maxim… “One who lives in a glass house shouldn’t throw stones?”

15 November 2012

Boris Volkhonsky

Voice of Russia World Service

http://english.ruvr.ru/2012_11_15/The-Separated-States-of-America/

Editor’s Note:

Texas isn’t “rich”… it has one of the most pronounced gaps between the Affluent Effluent and the rest of us in the USA. Its labour laws are laughable and union organisers are beaten and killed in the state regularly, with the perps never found. If the federal military bases and the federal government apparat were to leave Texas, it’d fatally harm its economy, and the Texas Grand Old Perverts know it. The other states of the Old Confederacy are even deeper at the federal slop chute. You see, the “conservatives” who scream about “rugged individualism” would be sunk if they weren’t sucking off “libtards” in New York, New Jersey, California, Washington, and New England. If we didn’t have to support the rightwing parasite states, we’d be in far better shape. Such is the TRUTH of America…

I say, “Let the bastards secede! Go! It’ll destroy the rightwing in what’s left of the USA”. Besides that, we could erect trade barriers against the “New Republic” (as they wish so badly to be “rugged individualists”). (sigh) Let’s be honest… these thieving holier-than-thou sanctimonious mofos aren’t going to leave us… their leaders realise that if they left, their personal finances would be affected, and that’s paramount to the greedy and godless (especially those who maintain a “religious” veneer).

BMD

Monday, 12 November 2012

Nutters in 18 States Filed Petitions to Secede From the USA

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One day after the presidential election, a Louisiana resident filed a petition requesting that Louisiana be allowed to secede from the USA to “create [their] own new government”. Now, petitioners in 18 states have made similar requests. Experts say these petitions are “a physical symbol of the deep resentment for the direction in which the USA is moving under the Obama administration”. The Louisiana petition created on 7 November has obtained more than 12,000 on-line signatures already.

On 9 November, “Micah H” from Arlington TX filed a petition at the White House “We the People” site requesting the same for Texas, “in order to protect the standard of living Texans now enjoy”. Over 15,000 Texas residents have signed the petition. On 10 November, “Kristopher W” of Tillamook OR opened a petition saying, “The people of Oregon would like a chance to vote on leaving the Union immediately”. He explained, “The Federal Government imposed policies on Oregon that aren’t in Oregon’s best interests”. The petition garnered fewer than 3,000 on-line signatures. Other petitions were filed from 13 states. Now, each petition has 30 days to reach a threshold of 25,000 signatures in order for the Obama administration to consider their request.

12 November 2012

Voice of Russia World Service

http://english.ruvr.ru/2012_11_12/18-states-filed-petitions-to-secede-from-the-U-S/

Editor’s Note:

Truly, you can’t make such shit up! The righties have gone ‘round the bend. It’s clear that the Republican Party is headed for a smack-up that’ll leave it in two or three pieces. One part is definitely going to be the Born Again/Mormon/Pentecostalist nutters… they’ll rule the American South and parts of the Mountain West, and they’re going to do their best to resurrect Jim Crow and to reimpose a joyless neo-Puritanism on the area. Another part will be the Grover Norquist teabag loons… “NO NEW TAXES” (especially for the Affluent Effluent… “Only the little people pay taxes“). There may also be a third part, of more moderate sorts (probably, found more in the Northeast, Pacific Rim, and Upper Midwest). In short, 2012 was a realigning election, and the Democrats are in the driver’s seat for the next generation.

Orthodox people here in the USA should be aware that the konvertsy loons who make up Fathausen’s claque are also political nutters who agree with such secessionist rubbish. However, they’re not long for us, so, don’t get too hot n’ bothered about it, simply oppose these zipperheads wherever you find them. They’ll be gone soon enough, I’ll warrant, when they find out that they can’t hijack the Church.

BMD

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