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Monday, 23 June 2014

Something to Think About… The Last Letter of the Rosenbergs to Their Sons…

01 Commuist believers in Mukachevo

A “Red Believer”… that’s what I am… if you have a problem with that, I do daresay that YOU have a problem…

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Editor:

A hostile interlocutor called me a “commie”. Here in Albany NY, I registered as a Democrat, but that’s because that’s what one does in this town. I’m rather to the LEFT of that. In fact, I’m closest in spirit to the People’s Republics in Novorossiya… Orthodox with an obvious leftist social justice definition. I can’t associate with or give any support to any position of the Republican Party due to its obvious defence and subservience to evil (nor can any other decent person). The Rosenbergs fought that… so do I. If that makes me a commie, then, so be it… I’ll wear such a title with honour… it means that I’m not a nihilistic greedster warmonger like George W Bush or Rick Perry (the latter is a particularly cruel, vicious, and corrupt man… his “religion” is a mockery and imposture).

You can stand for Almighty God or for the Almighty Dollar… choose well. I think that the letter below STILL rings with truth, after 61 years…

BMD

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June 19, 1953

Dearest Sweethearts, my most precious children,

Only this morning it looked like we might be together again after all. Now that his cannot be, I want so much for you to know all that I have come to know. Unfortunately, I may write only a few simple words; the rest your own lives must teach you, even as mine taught me. At first, of course, you’ll grieve bitterly for us, but you won’t grieve alone. That’s our consolation and it must eventually be yours. Eventually, too, you must come to believe that life is worth the living. Be comforted that even now, with the end of ours slowly approaching, that we know this with a conviction that defeats the executioner! Your lives must teach you, too, that good can’t really flourish in the midst of evil; that freedom, and all the things that go to make up a truly satisfying and worthwhile life, must sometimes be purchased very dearly. Be comforted then that we were serene and understood with the deepest kind of understanding, that civilisation hadn’t as yet progressed to the point where life didn’t have to be lost for the sake of life; and that we were comforted in the sure knowledge that others would carry on after us.We wish we might have had the tremendous joy and gratification of living our lives out with you. Your Daddy who is with me in these last momentous hours, sends his heart and all the love that’s in it for his dearest boys. Always remember that we were innocent and could not wrong our conscience.

We press you close and kiss you with all our strength.

Lovingly,

DADDY AND MOMMY

JULIE             ETHEL

https://portside.org/2014-06-20/rosenbergs-were-executed-61-years-ago-today-rosenbergs-last-letter

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Friday, 2 May 2014

Are the Konvertsy Right on the Death Penalty?

00 Ilya Repin. St Nicholas Prevents the Falsely-Accused from Being Executed. 1889

St Nicholas Preventing the Falsely Accused from Being Executed

Ilya Repin

1889

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We have loud voices amongst the konvertsy who wish to ally the Church with the most retrograde elements in the Republican Party. In essence, their argument is that the Republican Party and the Church are in accord. Izzat so? Well, what DOES the Church say? Here’s an authoritative text for Russian Orthodox Christians:

Often, the Church assumed the duty of interceding before the secular authority for those condemned to death, asking for mercy and leniency. Moreover, Christian moral influence fostered a negative attitude toward the death penalty. Thus, in Russia since the mid-18th century to the Revolution of 1905, it was a very rare thing. For the Orthodox consciousness, human life doesn’t end with bodily death… which is why the Church continues her care for those condemned to capital punishment. Abolition of the death penalty would give more opportunities for pastoral work with sinners and for them to come to repentance. It’s also clear that the death penalty can’t be reformatory, misjudgements are irreparable, and it provokes mixed feelings among people. Today, many states abolished the death penalty in law or in practise. Remembering that mercy to fallen man is always preferable to revenge, the Church welcomes these steps by state authorities.

Bases of the Social Concept of the Russian Orthodox Church

(translated from the Russian text)

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The preamble to this document makes it clear that it’s a guideline… like the canons, it isn’t “law”… it’s a “standard”, a “norm”. However, it’s clear from the above that the Church views the death penalty with great scepticism. Hmm… that’s only one voice, though… here’s another:

Our Lord Jesus Christ in His Sermon on the Mount said, “Ye have heard that it was said of them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgement (see: Exodus 20.13). But I say unto you, that whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgement” (Gospel according to St Matthew 5.21-22). Thus, according to the authoritative interpretation of Scripture, according to Christ, not only does it prohibit the killing of another person, but even the anger of one person against another. As for murder… that goes even more so. It’s worth noting that according to the law given by God through Moses, the penalty for premeditated murder was death. “The murderer shall be put to death” (Numbers 35.16-18).

Then, came the Messiah, the Saviour, Our Lord Jesus Christ… and the Apostle said, “Therefore, if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new” (Second Epistle of St Paul to the Corinthians 5.17). Thus, because of Christ’s commandments given to us in the Sermon on the Mount, we must deny any kind of murder. From this, it follows that the commandments of the Lord, according to the teachings of Christ, that we shouldn’t kill in war or execute criminals (as it was in the Old Testament). This is the New Law. We should realise that everything else, no matter how we explain the particular circumstances or how they’re motivated… everything else deviates from the law… that is, it’s sin.

Metropolitan Filaret Vakhromeyev of Minsk and Slutsk

Exarch of all Belarus

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Here’s what Vladimir Putin believes:

In applying the death penalty to its citizens, even criminals, the state educates its citizens in cruelty; in an endless cycle, it generates brutality, on the part of citizens against each other and against the state itself. That is, it’s harmful and counterproductive. In order to fight crime effectively, we need a balanced and effective economic policy, an efficacious social policy, a competent and modern civilised penal system and law enforcement agencies. That’s hard to do, harder than the death penalty is.

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Rick Perry demonises V V Putin… fancy that. Yet, one can see that V V Putin is a real Christian whereas Mr Perry is a posturing blood-drenched phony (he’s only a “Born-Again”, after all, not an actual Christian). Tsar Aleksandr Aleksandrovich, one of the strongest tsars, routinely commuted all death sentences to 10-15 years at hard labour, save for crimes against the state. Tsar Aleksandr… he was faithful to his wife, was a loving father, hid a bottle of brandy in his boot, and routinely commuted all death sentences… what’s not to like? I’d say that he was a REAL Christian, unlike Mr Perry, Franklin Graham, Willy Romney, Rick Santorum, and others of their ilk.

The late Patriarch Aleksei Ridiger and Patriarch Kirill Gundyaev both opposed the death penalty. Are you seeing a pattern here? I am… the Church and leading Russian figures are sceptical of the death penalty… but the Republican Party isn’t… it advocates the noose and the prison cell as nostrums, which has made America “the prison-house of all the nations”.  In short, for Russian Orthodox Christians, the konvertsy drive to ally us with the Republican Party is evil beyond redemption as it goes against what the Church believes, what it states, what it teaches, and what it lays out as an ideal. It also goes against the political practise of conscious Russian Orthodox rulers such as V V Putin and Tsar Aleksandr Aleksandrovich.

You can follow V V Putin or you can follow Rick Perry… that’s the choice on offer. Choose well… oh, yes… do be aware that the Monomoron crowd has chosen Rick Perry… I just thought that might interest you…

BMD

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Friday, 4 April 2014

Police Disperse Anti-Austerity Protesters with Water Cannons in Brussels

00 trades union rally in Brussel. 04.04.14

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Around 15,000 people participated in a European Trade Union Confederation anti-austerity rally in Brussels. Activists threw oranges and cobblestones at police, who closed off the area to traffic and fired water cannons at demonstrators. Bernadette Segol, the General Secretary of ETUC, said, “Our message is simple; it’s one which EU leaders don’t want to hear… that their policies for dealing with the financial crisis aren’t enough, they’ve caused a mounting social and economic crisis. Our message is that austerity isn’t working”. She pointed up that although EU leaders acted as if the crisis was over, “they haven’t yet tackled the crisis of unemployment and poverty”.

Editor:

The Belgian police acted more harshly than the Ukrainian police did… does that mean that the EU will demand that the Belgian government resign and depose the King and Prime Minister in a CIA-fomented coup? Will the EU call the Belgian government “illegitimate” for using force against peaceful protestors (in its “home city”, no less!)? Methinks that not only do double standards exist in the West; in particular, they’re remarkably blatant and corrosive in the USA. After all, Rick Perry puts more people to death in a year than Yanukovich did in his entire term (in fact, his cosiness to tycoons and his reputation for corruption exceeds that of “The Family” in the Ukraine… fancy that)… I’d ask, “Why isn’t Mr Perry deposed for his callous disregard of human rights? Why isn’t Texas invaded for its tolerance and fostering of a culture of violence, both in the private and the state sphere?” Yes, indeed…

None dare call it hypocrisy…

BMD

4 April 2014

Voice of Russia World Service

http://voiceofrussia.com/news/2014_04_04/Police-disperse-protesters-with-water-cannon-in-Brussels-8143/

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Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Sevastopol Greeted Returning Berkut Soldiers as Heroes with Flowers and a Band

00 Sevastopol. Spetsnaz. 25.02.14

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On 22 February, Berkut spetsnaz MVDU troops returned from Kiev to Sevastopol. That morning, thousands waited on Nakhimov Square for the buses carrying the soldiers from Kiev. At 11.00, they were on the square to greet the MVDU soldiers; they waited a long time for them to return. However, the PPS (traffic patrol) reported that a bus broke down in Simferopol. Whilst they waited, they held a meeting, at which their leaders read out the decisions of the provisional council in Kharkov, and the crowd endorsed them. Then, some of the people went to the Black Sea Fleet HQ, and handed over petitions with thousands of signatures, asking for aid to set up roadblocks at all access points to the city.

Finally, the buses arrived. The officers couldn’t line up the troops because family and strangers rushed to embrace the fighters. The women said, “Thanks for coming back. We won’t let you go back there for more!” The crowd shouted, “Thank you!” The enthused crowd saved its best for the arrival of the Berkut troopers. The crowd didn’t let them move away from buses. They gave them flowers and sweets, telling them, “We’re proud of you!” Then, they sang the Sevastopol anthem. This moved the soldiers to tears. At last, the officers lined up the troops and marched them to the Nakhimov monument. The crowd parted to let them pass. The commander informed the people, “Our unit carried out its duties of maintaining public order in Kiev; our personnel return to our base without reproach”. The people present greeted the fighters with great emotion; one man even fell to his knees in front of them.

24 February 2014

Russkaya Narodnaya Liniya

http://ruskline.ru/politnews/2014/02/24/sevastopol_vstrechal_vernuvshihsya_iz_kieva_bojcov_berkuta_kak_geroev_s_cvetami_i_orkestrom/

Editor’s Note:

Do see how the Western media won’t tell you the whole story. The junta in Kiev are lying sacks o’ shit. They don’t control the East and South… and that’s that. It’s so bad that Yuliya‘s preparing to hustle herself out of Kiev, using medical care in Germany as an excuse. The junta is a troika, which makes it inherently unstable… all three have to agree on all matters, or they’re in gridlock. What makes it worse is that although Yuliya’s the supposed head of the junta, she’s only a chairman, not a leader. That makes things worse, for she doesn’t have a vetoTyagnibok’s a brute… Klichko’s a naïf… Yatsenyuk’s a clueless puppet… Yuliya’s preoccupied with getting out of Dodge… what a buncha maroons!

In short, anarchy reigns… and the West cackles in glee. Catherine Ashton, kiss my ass! You’ve no right to lecture anyone after what the West did in Serbia, Iraq, Afghanistan, and Libya.  John McCain, you can go to hell! You claimed that there was no money to extend UIBs, but you have money to throw at kleptocrats in Kiev. That makes you a liar in my book. All Orthodox who supported (or support) Republicans should hang your head in shame. John McCain is typical… they have money to cause destabilisation and mayhem in the Orthosphere, but they claim that they have no money to help distressed Americans. I’ll be blunt… any Orthodox Christian who supports the GOP after this, supports evil, and we should hold them to account.

Only the gullible take the Timoshenko junta at face value. One of my Russian friends thinks that Yanukovich did this deliberately, to fuck up the opposition. Trust me, in less than a week, they made Yanukovich look good (their vengeful vapourings are only the cherry on the sundae)… they’re MORE corrupt than Viktor Fyodorovich is. Yanukovich is no prize, but he’s head n’ shoulders above the junta. In the real world, you never have “perfect” as a choice. Looked at that way, Viktor Fyodorovich isn’t all that bad… after all, he doesn’t steal as much as the typical US Congressman does nor is he as spectacularly corrupt as a Rick Perry is. Do keep a sense of proportion…

BMD

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