Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Bear?

You got to give it to The Donald. The collective freak-outs by the Establishment began back in June of 2015 and only accelerated after his election. Once elected, the paroxysms of agony have only gotten worse. First there were riots, then recounts, then insipid, pathetic PSAs. Golden Showers, "Hamilton electors", "fake news." You get the story. Now it's Russian hacking. It's a done deal, why everybody agrees. Throw anything at all and see if it sticks. It can't be because Trump won … [Read more...]

Obama’s Real Legacy

At the end of every President's term, there is always talk about his "legacy." It's inevitable. It's been said that every President is remembered for one or two things, usually distilled into a sentence or two. You know: Lincoln preserved the Union and freed the slaves. FDR ended the Great Depression and won WWII. Reagan presided over the greatest economic expansion and brought down the Soviet Union. Things like that. Sure, they're simplistic and all that and honest historians … [Read more...]

The Deep State Loses Another One

Yesterday's press conference was like a delicious six course meal of bone-in rib-eye with all the trimmings, ending with a chocolate-and-strawberry-topped cheesecake, with a fine single-malt scotch and big fat cigar afterwards. It was that good. For starters, the Trumpster humiliated CNN at his first ever press conference. Then he destroyed the entire Golden Showers meme that had been conjured up against him. Worse (for them), he tied it like an albatross around the mainstream media's … [Read more...]

Why I Still Don’t Believe in Hate Crimes

Recently, a discussion about "hate crimes" came up on Monomakhos. Brian, one of our esteemed commentators took me to task because I thought that that moniker was a redundancy. In other words, that it was unnecessary. The debate between Brian and myself was honest and in good faith; which is most appreciated. I for one, respect the fact that both sides have valid points to make. For awhile, I refrained from further commentary, retreating into some introspection. Probably because the thread … [Read more...]

Christians Who Pray to ‘St. Marx’ are Building the Next Gulag

Source: The Stream This essay is part of a series examining how American religious, economic, and political freedom are compatible with Christian views of a good society. It was provoked by the publication of the Tradinista Manifesto, which called for “Christian socialism” and an established national Church. (Ed.) By Fr. Johannes L. Jacobse The Tradinistas (Traditionalist + Sandinista) make up a new “movement” of mostly young Catholics who drank the heady wine of … [Read more...]

Another Indication that Crete is Withering on the Vine?

Recently, the Holy Synod of the Romanian Orthodox Church issued a decree in support of the Council recently held in Crete. It is clear from the plain text that Bucharest is in favor of the proceedings. Unfortunately, it is equally clear that the Romanian church will brook no opposition. Ironically, it trots out Christ-like brotherly language and twists it in order to quell dissent. To my mind, this is at best indelicate. You can read the text for yourself here (courtesy, Byzantine, … [Read more...]

Generation Snowflake

I trust everyone had a good Yuletide. Except for a bout of an intestinal bug, I did as well. I'd have liked to have started the New Year with an essay about something momentous but instead, I want to get a few last licks in about our decrepit culture. We know that the election of Donald Trump has caused paroxysms of rage. But there's a reason for that. And I believe it's because younger people have been molly-coddled beyond all reasonable bounds of propriety. Having said that, … [Read more...]

Ring Out the Old…

The arrogance, narcissism and envy that characterized the outgoing Obama regime never ceases to amaze me. Throw in the unnecessary hazards that follow such Caligulan petulance and we can imagine what the summation the historians will draw about this sorry Administration. Think of it, in accusing the Russian Federation of "hacking", these United States are toying with the idea of war. Make no mistake, that's what these countermeasures imply. Actual hostilities could ensue. Luckily, they … [Read more...]

Christ is Born! Glorify Him!

Christ is born! Glorify Him! We thank you all for taking the time to read this blog, for commenting and for engaging in lively discussion. Speaking for myself, it's been a joy! I pray to our Lord and Saviour that you continue to reap His blessings in the upcoming New Year! … [Read more...]

Looking into the Eye of the Tiger

The brutal killing of an ambassador is always cause for alarm. Given the tinderbox that is the Middle East, what happened in Turkey the other day is more so. Andrei Karlov, Russia's ambassador to Ankara, was shot in cold blood by an off-duty Turkish policemen, apparently as an act of revenge against Russia because of its involvement in Syria. All the usual Islamist fingerprints were there: right after he shot Karlov, he yelled in Arabic "Allahu akbar!" It doesn't take a Sherlock Holmes to … [Read more...]

Rogue Won

Well, now it's official. Donald J Trump is President-elect Donald J Trump. This is powerful stuff. So powerful in fact that I believe we are living in momentous times. If I may be so bold, I truly believe that the entire election from the announcement to the primaries to the nomination to the actual election itself was providential. Now I realize how hurtful and even scandalous these words may sound, especially given the garrulousness and obnoxiousness of the President-elect. He is no … [Read more...]

The Long, Cold Civil War: Part II-Trump and the Rise of the New Jacksonians

INTRODUCTION I can't believe it but it's been a year since we first discussed the great demographic divide known as "The Long, Cold Civil War." Now, in the aftermath of what is possibly the most dramatic election in our lifetimes (if not in American history), seems as good a time as any to delve further into the demographics which drove this election. Before we can do so, we have to properly set the (historical) table. The thesis was basically this: that the demographics of the historic … [Read more...]

I Guess We’re All Conspiracy Theorists Now

It's amazing, isn't it? Just six weeks ago, when candidate Donald Trump was talking about how "rigged" the system was he was widely mocked. Then at the third and final debate, he said because this was rigged, he wouldn't necessarily concede on election night. The conniption fits thrown by the Democrats, the Mainstream Media, and all the Talking Heads were astounding. Hillary Clinton herself said that such dangerous demagogy was ruinous to a democratic republic. And she was right. As … [Read more...]

Patriarch of Constantinople’s Letter to Archbishop of Greece: Defrock & Sever Communion with those Opposed to our Council in Crete

Source: Orthodox Ethos Troubling and Divisive Intervention into the Internal Affairs of another Local Church latest show of Papal Pretensions In divisive fashion the Patriarch of Constantinople, Bartholomew, is demanding that the Archbishop of Athens and the Holy Synod of the Church of Greece depose and excommunicate leading hierarchs and clergy of the Church for their opposition to the "Council" of Crete and its innovative organization and decisions. The Patriarchal letter names … [Read more...]

And the Battle Goes Ever On…

You would think that the Lavender wing of the various Orthodox jurisdictions would get the hint by now that the normalization of sodomy ain't happening. No doubt this book was planned before the election. Judging by the responses of some of our correspondents, I'd say that the loss of the uber-compentent Hillary to an oafish, garrulous billionaire was more than they could take. So why now? Why is this magnum opus on the wonderulness of homosexuality coming out now? My guess is that there … [Read more...]

“Apocalypse” Averted

Source: American Orthodox Institute By Archpriest Alexander F. C. Webster In A Christmas Carol, a seasonal favorite that Charles Dickens wrote in 1843, the miserly misanthrope Ebenezer Scrooge is privileged, thanks to the silent, ominous Spirit of Christmas Yet to Come, to glimpse his miserable future and lonely demise. Before he turns to read the tombstone inscribed with his own name, Scrooge asks the specter with great trepidation, “Are these the shadows of the things that Will … [Read more...]

What’s the Genesis behind the “Fake News” Meme?

If I didn't know any better, I'd say that the Dissident Media has drawn some serious blood. Hence, in order to discredit these upstarts, we are told that they are peddling in something called Fake News. Despite the speciousness of this charge, the MSM is going to keep on using it for the simple reason that the old anti-dissident meme of "Conspiracy Theory" has lost all saliency. (Mainly because too many conspiracy "theories" turned out to be true.) Truth be told, I myself used to … [Read more...]

The Legacy Media & “Fake News Networks”

This is really delicious. I suppose I should follow Napoleon's advice and step out of the way. You know, when your enemy is in the process of imploding in all that. It's better to let him take himself out; if nothing else it saves you a lot of time and effort. What I'm talking about is the current meme going around Democratic circles that it was "fake news" that took Hillary down. And that it was perpetrated by Our Man Vlad deep in the bowels of the Kremlin. As Jon Lovitz used to say … [Read more...]

“Blessed are they Who Are Persecuted for Righteousness’ Sake”

Well, I guess it was only a matter of time before the Gaystapo found another target for persecution. It appears that Chip and Joanna Gaines, the wholesome couple who star in HGTV's Fixer Upper are devout Christians who attend a church who's pastor doesn't (get ready to grab the smelling salts here) believe in gay marriage! Imagine the shock. The horror. I suppose the tremendous loss that the Left recently experienced at the polls combined with the internal, incessant guilt that … [Read more...]

The Best of Russia –July 10-22

These have been a tumultuous couple of months, I think on this point we can all agree. As you all know, I've finished my travelogue on my recent trip to Russia. I hope you all enjoyed it. Truth be told, I'm afraid I didn't do it justice and for that I ask for your forgiveness. My mind is still overwhelmed by the experience --so much so that I have every intention of going back. On that note, I'd like to direct your attention to "The Best of Russia: 2017." Please take the time to read … [Read more...]