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Sunday, 18 October 2015

18 October 2015. Truth Comes In All Sorts of Packages



Wednesday, 23 September 2015

23 September 2015. Yo, Yog! Now, He’s with the Immortals

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One of the best…

In his own words, “If you can’t imitate him, don’t copy him”. Truer words were never spoken. Our world is the poorer…


Saturday, 29 December 2012

29 December 2012. The Conversation on JP Rolls Ever Onward…

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We ought to attend to our people’s needs, not do what we’re doing now.

Viktor Chernomyrdin

It ain’t over till it’s over.

Yogi Berra


Here’s what one Cabinet member said:

Let’s all hope that IF JP does go to the ROCOR, he and his disciples will stop playing the martyr game, which we all know that he took out of Gleb Podmoshensky’s handbook…

I replied:

After all, JP was GP’s main disciple… but do look at the good side of it all. Brum and Eliel will never become bishops.

That elicited:

Ha, ha, ha… really… now, THAT would’ve been a disaster!

Another one of the old sweats opined:

Why does he deserve a big settlement? He resigned! He was incompetent and he resigned! None of us would get a big settlement if we resigned our jobs. Let him go though, let him go, and, then, see what happens. He’ll mess up… he’s very conflicted and he’ll mess up. I do wish the Monomoron crowd would wake up… the gay rumours will be his downfall…

In short, the situation is far from over, it’s very much in flux and by no means set in stone yet. The ROCOR hasn’t accepted El Gordo. The OCA Holy Synod hasn’t issued Fathausen a canonical release, nor is there any solid information (or even top-shelf leaked rumour) that they are going to or have done so. There’s NO final settlement on Fathausen’s demands in re financial matters. The OCA Holy Synod would do well to give him NOTHING. There are no legal grounds, as Fathausen didn’t have a contract, either implied or written.

Indeed, it was an “at will employment” situation, so, JP should accept his comeuppance, as his rightwing pals say that’s the only thing that all employees deserve (after all, JP spoke at the Far Right American Enterprise Institute, he should accept the consequences of his profession of “economic freedom”)… why is he special? Is it because he comes from a pampered upper-middle milieu? Is it because he was an ordinary monk for only one year before becoming an “abbot?” Is it because he’s special because he’s part of the K Street parasite crowd?

Nevertheless, there was NO contract… therefore, the OCA Holy Synod should give him a swift kick in the arse for arrogance and cheek. I know that Bishop Mel would LOVE to do precisely that, but Peterson and Dahulich may yet throw a spanner into the works. Peterson would do so to hide his spotty past; Dahulich would join in out of overweening ambition (don’t forget… Dahulich and Nicholas Smisko had a real knock down-drag out brawl… watch your back around Dahulich). Liolin’s sick… Mollard’s a ditherer… Moriak’s spoilt goods… Maymon’s a joke.

It’ll all depend on the three real bishops… and on which of the two sides represented by them the bovine majority of the Holy Synod will choose to follow. That’s still up in the air… it’ll depend on where Lyonyo and Bobby land (both have more clout than any bishop has, unfortunately)… and that’s by no means certain (Bobby could support Mel just to fuck up Lyonyo… that’s how things happen in the real world).

Let’s look at two more quotes from Chernomyrdin and the Yog:

We wanted the best outcome, but it turned out as it always does.

Viktor Chernomyrdin

If you don’t know where you’re going, you might not get there.

Yogi Berra

The OCA Holy Synod’s a headless chicken careering about the farmyard, spraying all and sundry with blood n’ gore. As they don’t know where they’re going, they’re not going to get anywhere. They didn’t want the “best outcome”, so, it turned out worse than it always does. If this isn’t proof that the Russian Orthodox in this country need and want UNITY under the Mother Church, well, I can’t help you.

We can afford no more James Paffhausens… and that’s all that there’s to say on it…

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Saturday 29 December 2012

Albany NY 


Monday, 10 October 2011

10 October 2011. A REAL “Yogi” Bear… “When You See a Fork in the Road, Take It”

Some wisdom from the Yog:

  • If you don’t know where you’re going, you’ll wind up somewhere else.
  • It ain’t over ’till it’s over.
  • We made too many wrong mistakes.
  • When you come to a fork in the road, take it.
  • A nickel ain’t worth a dime anymore.
  • The future ain’t what it used to be.

Apply the above to the present Church situation… it fits, doesn’t it? Why drag in the Holy Fathers when the Yog will turn the trick well enough? We’ve got work to do…


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