Yevgeny Yevtushenko: RIP

Just a little over an hour ago, I found out that Yevgeny Yevtushenko, the acclaimed Russian poet, passed away. I beg everyone's forbearance for the hurried nature of what follows but there's no way I can do justice to such a larger-than-life figure in so short a time. But here goes: Several years ago, I had the pleasure of meeting the Yevtushenko who had recently taken up residency at the University of Tulsa. Shocked, really when I thought about it. Here was the world's greatest living … [Read more...]

Paratrooper Priests and Inflatable Churches

Stories like this makes Monomakhos happy. We used to do things like this. Now I imagine the Army would only be allowed to do this if gay marriages could be performed there. Sigh. On another note, it looks like our foreign policy in Syria has decided to abandon neoconservatism. For all the Russian hacking nonsense, the grownups under Tillerson are coming to grips with reality and abandoning America's slavish adherence to "democracy uber alles". Give peace a chance! What a novel idea. … [Read more...]

The Council of Crete: a Critique by Fr Peter Heers

Almost before the ink was dry on the proceedings of the last year's Cretan Council, dissatisfaction was immediately apparent. For one thing, if one listened to its cheerleaders, we were told that the "success" was "in the meeting taking place at all", or some such blather. That's what those who play poker call a "tell". In the political sphere, whenever I hear such breathless announcements, I know that there was no substance whatsoever. There were other problems as well. We reported … [Read more...]

This Time, the Archbishop Gets it Right

What a difference an election makes. Eight years ago, His Eminence, Archbishop Demetrios Trakatellis of the GOA, did not cover himself in glory when he grovelled before President Obama, calling him "another Alexander the Great". Yesterday (which was Greek Independence Day), His Eminence spoke glowingly about President Trump and the role that Greeks have played in American history. Specific mention was made about the Greek mercenaries who augmented the first Marine expeditionary force in … [Read more...]

Not a Good Sign

You gotta hand it to the Phanar. They've been dealt a bad hand ever since 1453 but they've always managed to find a way to not play it if at all possible. On the other hand, on those occasions in which they do play it, it tends to make matters worse for Constantinople. According to the semi-official website of the Moscow Patriarchate (Pravoslavie.ru/english/101923.htm), His Holiness, Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople is stoking anti-Muscovite embers in Ukraine, widely dropping hints … [Read more...]

The Abdication: Some Thoughts on the 100th Anniversery

Yesterday was the centennial of the day that ended the Church Age. I'm speaking of the forced abdication of Tsar Nicholas II of Russia. Liberals, Democrats and other assorted Republicans finally got their wish when a delegation of them forced Nicholas' train to a standstill and presented him with the instrument of abdication. Nicholas was at the end of his tether and because of the disastrous Great War, saw no way out. Worse, his heir, Tsarevich Alexei was a hemophiliac, a fact that … [Read more...]

Watching Official Narratives Die in Real Time

I realize that it's a bit premature to celebrate the existence of the Internet. Don't get me wrong, it's been a boon of gigantic proportions. It's every bit as revolutionary as Johann Gutenberg's invention of the printing press way over half a millennium ago. But like all inventions, there's always a downside. As Wikileaks just proved with its release of Vault 7, our electronic gadgets can (and often are) used against us. Smartphones, smart TVs and our web-browsers can be turned on at … [Read more...]

This is How the Long Game is Played

I've long marveled at the capacity of the Russians to play the Long Game. This includes the ability to provoke at the right point, absorb painful setbacks, feign defeat and then come roaring back consolidating their gains on the geostrategic battlefield. Syria is one such battlefield, Ukraine is another. First, let us consider the consolidation of the eastern Ukraine by the Russians. Oh, you haven't heard? While no one was looking, Vladimir Putin got the eastern part of that country. … [Read more...]

This is what “Flooding the Zone” Looks Like

You gotta hand it to the Trumpster. He's playing for all the marbles. We're seeing an example of it here: it's called "Flooding the Zone". What's his endgame? To strike at the former King (i.e. Obama). As Frederick the Great said: "L'audace, l'audace, toujours l'audace." Obama is about to learn a thing or two about audacity --as well as setting up a shadow government. This is an exciting point in history. We're actually witnessing a high-stakes poker game played on a … [Read more...]

What I Saw at the Reburial –Part III: Finale

It's been exactly a year since I had the great honor of attending the translation of the relics of the Venerable Dmitri of Thrice-blessed Memory. I realize that's a long time and it's been a disservice to many of my readers here. For that I apologize. Anyway, where was I? Ah yes. It was about one o'clock when the hearse from the cemetery pulled up with his remains. A few more people had started coming. Milos Konjevic of course was there. Fr Gerasim had asked me to put on an … [Read more...]

Judge to priest who stole $100K from church: You abused position of trust

Source: The Chicago Tribune A Greek Orthodox priest from Chicago who pleaded guilty to stealing more than $100,000 from his church had his felony theft conviction reduced to a misdemeanor Wednesday. A judge in Milwaukee agreed to instate the lesser conviction after the Rev. James Dokos satisfied the terms of his yearlong probation, including 40 hours of community service, which he fulfilled by volunteering in a Chicago church. Dokos, 64, will continue to avoid jail time if he pays a … [Read more...]

Move Along, Nothing to See Here: Sweden Edition

That poor dear, Donald J Trump, 45th President of the United States. He keeps on misspeaking doesn't he? It seems he stepped in it big time last Saturday, when at a rally in Florida, he said "look at what happened last night in Sweden". Immediately, people pounced on him. "Why, there was no terrorist attack in Sweden last night, you silly old fool!" "What have you ignorant red-staters done to us? You've saddled us with a serial liar who makes up facts as he goes along!" Except that … [Read more...]

As We Enter into Great Lent…

...I ask for forgiveness from one and all. Forgive me my failings, trespasses and sins. As God forgives, I forgive. Let us pray for each other. … [Read more...]

Regarding the Matter of Milo Yiannopoulos

As a conservative, I've come to admire Milo Yiannopoulos. Despite being a flamboyant homosexual, he's done more to destroy the cult of Political Correctness than any ten movement conservatives I can think of. (I'm looking at you George Will, Evan McMillan and Rich Lowery.) That's not to say I approve of his lifestyle. Far from it. But here's the thing: the same PC culture that he's helped overturn, has made it impossible for ordinary Christians, conservatives and traditionalists to … [Read more...]

Turkey, the US, the Deep State and the Police State

INTRODUCTION Denzel Washington recently said something profound: "If you don't read the newspapers, you're uninformed; if you do read the newspapers, you're misinformed." (He also refused to reveal who he voted for.) I'd say he hit the nail right on the head. That's something we need to bear in mind. I'd add a corollary: "Today's villain was yesterday's hero." These pithy thoughts are worth considering because at the end of the day, truth doesn't really matter, not as far as the … [Read more...]

Now I See Why They Got Rid of Benedict

This is one of those times in which I don't known whether to laugh or cry. I realize that the title for this blog posting is a bit inflammatory but there's no other explanation I can think of for the hasty resignation of Pope Benedict XVI. And now that we know that it was the product of a secret conspiracy by certain liberal cardinals, it's all starting to make sense. Yesterday, Pope Francis made an "impassioned plea". He said that "Moslem terrorism doesn't exist" but that the … [Read more...]

Pornography is an Affliction for Young Men. And It’s Been Mainstreamed.

It comes from the depths of hell to destroy their characters before they can grow into a healthy sense of who they are. Source: Minneapolis Star and Tribune February 12, 2017. By Fr. Johannes L. Jacobse I am old enough to remember the sexual revolution and its dubious promises that once moral restraints on sexual behavior were removed, a new golden era would dawn in which everyone would live happily, carefree and satisfied. It didn’t turn out that way. Today I deal with the … [Read more...]

Time for another Time-Out? Civil War Edition

As it seems to happen every so often on Monomakhos, tempers seem to flare. The latest brouhaha is about comments made by some (myself included) regarding the imminence of civil conflict. Now, I want to make something perfectly clear: I am not advocating nor am I agitating for any type of civil conflict. Ever. Period. I can't make it any more plain than that. Therefore, I reserve to ban anybody who advocates one or insinuates that I do. That being said, what I wish to be --or not … [Read more...]

Super Bowl LI: Some Thoughts

Well, that was the game of the century. Probably the millennium. I used to wonder who was the greatest quarterback of all time. Dan Marino? Joe Namath? Johnny Unitas? Now we know. No more need for guessing. Tom Brady is that man. This was poetry in motion. We'll probably never see a game like this ever again. OK, now for some random thoughts (in no particular order). 1. The Left is still in major freak-out mode. The "curse of Trump" was supposed to doom his team. It's … [Read more...]

Isn’t Free Speech Wonderful?

It's times like this that I'm glad I live in a country in which free speech is protected by the First Amendment. Oh, please forgive me, I must have been dreaming. As I write these words, Milo Yiannopoulos has had to cancel a lecture he was going to give at UC Berkeley. There's full-blown riot; fires are being set. Mayhem is everywhere. Thousands of "scholars" who are in hock for tens of thousands of dollars in order to be exposed to different ideas are behaving in ways that would make … [Read more...]