Scotland the Brave

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On Thursday, the people of Scotland will go to the polls to vote on seceding from the United Kingdom. It will be a historic vote if they succeed. Now, being an Anglophile, I'm going to say something paradoxical. I think the Scots should have their independence. Both England and Scotland are ancient countries with their own traditions, dynasties and folkways. The only reason that Scotland was brought into union in 1707 was because several Scottish lords (mostly of Anglo-Norman descent) … [Read more...]

Enoch Powell: Vindicated!

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Perfect storms rarely happen but when they do --well, then you know why they're called perfect storms. (Forgive the tautology.) There's one brewing in England right now. It's so big that it even skipped the Pond and made waves here in the States. In England itself, it's as big a news story as Edward VIII's abdication. Recently, in Rotherham, England, the sun, moon and stars all seemed to align to create a perfect sociocultural firestorm of controversy. Over the last fifteen years or so, … [Read more...]

Festivals Uber Alles

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An editorial by a member of the Orthodox Christian Laity (OCL) was published recently. It's a very well-crafted, thoughtful essay by George Matsoukos, the long-time Executive Director of that fine organization. (Full disclosure: I have been a member of the OCL for many years and they have published several of my articles.) You can read it for yourself on the OCL website. It offers much food for thought on the current state of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America (GOA). I don't agree … [Read more...]

The Surveillance Engine: How the NSA Built Its Own Secret Google

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For those who are conflicted about the career of Edward Snowden (and I count myself as one), the fact remains that whether good, bad or indifferent, he did us a favor. Thanks to his espionage, we are now aware of several things. Among them: 1) that the Federal Government spies on its own citizens and 2) that it does so with impunity. Those of us who remember the Cold War remembered what it meant for a nation to be a police state. Those of us who actually lived behind the Iron Curtain … [Read more...]

More Thoughts on Ferguson: Crimestats

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We here at Monomakhos have kicked up yet another firestorm recently. Specifically with the story about the horrible shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed, African-American teenage by a white policeman in Ferguson, MO. As in all things racial, the temperatures rise. I think its an evolutionary thing if you ask me. Regardless, it's not a Christian thing. Anyway, the official narrative of young black men being gunned down by white, racist cops was quickly derailed by facts which came out … [Read more...]

Black Cop Shoots Unarmed White Teenager in Utah: Mormons Riot!

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Nah, just kidding. About the last part. The first part however is real. These are the facts as we know them presently: Last week, an African-American policeman in Salt Lake City, shot an unarmed white youth named Dillon Taylor. The details are sketchy, but it seems that Taylor was walking out of a 7-11 with his brother and his cousin when a police cruiser came speeding onto the parking lot. The policemen ordered the three youths to immediately lay on the ground, face down. For some … [Read more...]

Irony

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Things have been hectic on the personal front so Your's Truly hasn't been keeping up with things as much as he'd like. Still, things are popping up all over. Looks like we got a Trayvon Martin redux in the works in the Show Me State. Then the great Semitic Squabble of Gaza seems like it's never going to end. Fret not: Monomakhos is endeavoring to write something magisterial about both issues in due time. There is some good news however. The Neocons who are forever banging the war … [Read more...]

Magna Carta: Houston, 2014

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Recently, Your Humble Correspondent took a few days off to visit Houston. The occasion was my father-in-law's third year memorial. While there, we noticed that the Magna Carta was on display at the Houston Museum of Natural Science. It was almost three years ago that me and my two sons took a trip to Great Britain. We had intended to go to Salisbury Cathedral to see the Great Charter but time constraints forbade us. Imagine our glee when we saw that it was on display in Houston. Anyway, … [Read more...]

Yet Another Indication that the Tomos is a Dead Letter?

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This is gratifying on many levels. I particularly like the close cooperation between the Catholic Church in Mexico and the Russian Orthodox Church. This is a display of Christian charity and fellowship that we would do well to encourage in other lands. It's a good type of ecumenism, what I call an ecumenism of the trenches. I'm especially gladdened to see that Bishop Alejo of Mexico City participated in the service. From what I gather, His Grace "gets it" regarding evangelism. I was … [Read more...]

Finally, Some Good News

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Yours' Truly has often been taken to task for not reporting good news on the Orthodox front. Invariably I reply that "I would if there was any to report." Though there's a grain of truth to my riposte, I must admit that more often than not I say it in a flippant manner. For too long I've taken the tack that because the official publications and websites of institutional Orthodoxy put out tedious propaganda, our job was to hold their feet to the fire. I still stand by that but truth be … [Read more...]

Nothing to See Here, Move Along Now…

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Or: "I thought all you right-wingers were nuts about the government interfering in religious matters." It's getting rather tiresome at this point to mention the obvious. That the modern libertine movement and all its subsidiaries -- especially Gay, Inc -- would be used by the Federal government to suppress the free exercise of religion. But here's the proof. Oh, I realize that the IRS will only "monitor" sermons for "hate speech," not actually do something, like arrest preachers. But … [Read more...]

Drawing More Trump Cards

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You gotta hand it to old Vlad. He's a master strategist. Not only is he defanging the Neocon warmongers in the Ukraine, he's cleverly severing the EU from the US. It's a long game but he's in it for the long haul. Time is on his side and he knows it. [Editor's note: I have refrained so far from writing about the downed Malaysian airliner because things have been really hectic what with the move and all. More to follow in due time.] And now he's added another salient on the front … [Read more...]

Head of Southern Command Says Border Security an “Existential” Threat to the U.S. Main Stream Media Yawns

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Source: VDARE | Thomas Martel | July 22, 2014 The longer I live, the more convinced I am that the United States is governed by a hostile elite who are only in it for themselves. Once they're done plundering this country, they'll go somewhere else and work their magic. Perhaps "traitors" is too strong a word for such people --at the present. But there can no longer be any doubt that the Border Crisis to our south will make us a Third World nation in due time. Don't believe me? Then heed … [Read more...]

A False Flag or Fog of War over Ukraine?

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Source: Chronicles A Magazine of American of Culture | Srdja Trifkovic | July 18, 2014 A Malaysian Airlines Boeing 777 bound for Kuala Lumpur from Amsterdam was shot down in eastern Ukraine Thursday afternoon, killing all 298 passengers and crew. It was hit as it cruised at 33,000 feet above the war-ravaged Donetsk Oblast, 35 miles west from the Russian border. The airliner’s demise has the potential to escalate the Ukrainian crisis to an entirely new … [Read more...]

Fr Touma Bitar on the Situation in the Patriarchate of Jerusalem

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The other day, I received the following plea from a group of concerned Arab Orthodox in the Middle East. They asked me to publish it as is. The gravamen of their concern should concern all Orthodox, even those of us here in America. To my mind, it's stunts like the ones they're describing which make jurisdictional unity a near-impossibility. The fact that certain Greeks feel that they can get away with stuff like this is shameful and only makes it harder for the other jurisdictions to … [Read more...]

Greece: 1, Germany 0: An Oldie but Goodie in Honor of the World Cup

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Well, that was something! Germany did not let me down. Just a little walk down memory lane until we get caught up here, courtesy of Monty Python's Flying Circus. … [Read more...]

Dokos charged with a felony: Accused of improperly spending funds from trust account

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Source: FOX6Now.com MILWAUKEE/GLENVIEW, ILLINOIS (WITI) — A Greek Orthodox priest, who used to serve in Milwaukee, accused of improperly spending more than $110,000 from a private trust has now been criminally charged. 62-year-old James Dokos — who currently lives in Chicago, was a longtime pastor at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church in Milwaukee. He was transferred to the Saints Peter and Paul Church in Glenview, Illinois in 2012 — where he most recently served. Last … [Read more...]

OCA: Sentence announced in Archbishop Seraphim case

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Source: OCA SYOSSET, NY [OCA]The Orthodox Church of America has learned that the retired Archbishop Seraphim (Storheim) was sentenced today—Wednesday, July 9, 2014—to eight months in prison following his January 24, 2014 conviction for one count of sexual assault. Speaking on behalf of the Holy Synod of Bishops, His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon, Primate of the Orthodox Church in America, said, “We ask, first and foremost, that everyone keep the victims and their family members in … [Read more...]

Playing with Fire: What Previous Popes Had to Say about Socialism

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Recently, Pope Francis seemed to indicate that there was nothing wrong with socialism. This was of a piece with confusing things he has previously said about economic affairs in general. Last week, he did hid himself even better when he said that "Communists had stolen the Christian flag." The implication was that we Christians had allowed the Communists to steal our rhetorical thunder. I guess. This is most unfortunate. What His Holiness doesn't understand is that that in using … [Read more...]

Archbishop Joseph Elected Metropolitan of All North America

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Source: Antiochian Archdiocese His Eminence Archbishop Joseph has been elected Archbishop of New York and Metropolitan of All North America by the Holy Synod of Antioch, led by His Beatitude Patriarch John X, meeting in Balamand, Lebanon on Thursday, July 3, 2014. Axios! His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph was consecrated to the Holy Episcopacy on June 30, 1991 at the St. Mary Cathedral in Damascus, after many years of serving as a deacon and a priest. His Eminence was born in Damascus, … [Read more...]