Satanic-looking Drag Queen Reads to Children at Library Named after Michelle Obama

This story is beyond deeply disturbing, on so many levels. For one thing, it shows that we are pretty much at the end-stage of liberalism, pluralism, tolerance or what-have-you. I mean, really, is there any way any sane person could have imagined in a million years that these words could be strung together in such a fashion? Second, I begin to understand the conservative reaction to unbridled male homosexuality and why civilizations in times past had to bridle it. Compare this to those … [Read more...]

Will Trump Release the Files?

Barring any last minute encumbrances, President Trump will order the Federal government to release all the files relating to the assassination of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy tomorrow. Already, some in the Deep State are starting to sweat bullets. I fear however that we won't learn anything of significance because they will find some way to redact all the incriminating evidence. I hope I'm wrong. It's time to clear the air and let the chips fall where they may. To be fair, I have … [Read more...]

Ligonier, Its Aftermath and the Collateral Damage to the GOA

The title for this essay comes from a recent comment by one of our correspondents. If you'll permit me, I'll try to connect all the dots. As you may know by know, it appears that the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese is in free-fall. Several of you have contributed links to other sites which have detailed on a daily basis the avalanche of bad news that has befallen the largest Orthodox jurisdiction in America. I won't bore you with the details but the picture that is painted by The National … [Read more...]

The Luck of the Irish

You gotta hand it to The Trumpster. Fate continues to toss him softballs. I don't know how long this string of luck is going to last but he is especially gifted in his choice of enemies. My dear, sainted mother used to call this "the luck of the Irish". In this case, it was an Irish-American, Gen John Kelly (Ret-USMC) who caused liberal heads to explode. Exhibit A (this week at least) is the dust-up about the Gold Star widow. As everybody knows by now, Rep Fredericka Wilson (D-FL) … [Read more...]

Johnny Wet-Start, We Hardly Knew Ye: Part I: the Forrestal Incident

Forgive the allusion to JFK. It was written by admirers after his untimely death and in a positive light. My use of it is in contradistinction to Sen John S McCain (R-AZ). In other words, we're sorry we didn't get to know Kennedy better but we were never really given the chance to know McCain. And for a reason. Long a "conservative" stalwart, McCain --like Kennedy--had an impressive pedigree. Both served in the United States Navy. Both were involved in military catastrophes and both … [Read more...]

Vegas: What Happened?

Some of you have taken me to task for not writing about the recent atrocity in Las Vegas. As you all know by now, fifty-eight people were killed and over five hundred wounded at a Country Music festival held in the vicinity of the Mandalay Bay Hotel. The alleged shooter, one Stephen Paddock, 64, was either killed or committed suicide. From the outset, things didn't seem to add up. For one thing, Paddock was a multi-millionaire who regularly frequented casinos. As a high-roller (aka a … [Read more...]

The Patriarch’s Room: Continued

Several months ago, a correspondent sent Yours Truly an article about a documentary entitled The Patriarch's Room. It was created by an Israeli filmmaker who told the story of the former Patriarch of Jerusalem, Ireneus III. Long story short, it described what was a miscarriage of justice, in which the former patriarch was stripped of his title and sentenced to incarceration in a room. His supposed crime was selling church property to Israeli citizens, most likely extreme right settlers … [Read more...]

Who Says God Doesn’t Have a Sense of Humor?

I for one would never say such a thing. Exhibit A (this week anyway) is the self-inflicted bonfire of Hollywood vanities that is currently engulfing Harvey Weinstein, an odious a fellow if there ever was one. Weinstein, one of Hollywood's heaviest hitters matches to a "T" the stereotypical Hollywood producer of yore. Actually, he exceeds it in uber-disgusting fashion. Say what you will about Samuel Goldwyn or the various Warner Brothers, but they were suave men who acted in a … [Read more...]

Archdiocese Finance Chairman Received 900K over 10 Years

Source: The National Herald By Theodoros Kalmoukos NEW YORK – Archdiocesan Finance Committee Chairman George Vourvoulias, although his position is a volunteer one, received $900,000 from the Archdiocese over the past ten years for travel expenses. The National Herald has learned that this discovery was made by the newly appointed CFO, Fr. Soterios Baroody, who reported the finding to Archbishop Demetrios. In turn, Demetrios asked Vourvoulias for an explanation and directed the … [Read more...]

This Would Never Happen in Russia…

...or China or Romania or Saudi Arabia or Upper Volta or Greece or Turkey or wherever there are still sane people left. I can't imagine the Wild Men of Borneo acting like this. If you click on the link below, you will see an unbridled, unhinged example of anti-Christian bigotry that is beyond ugly. It's demonic. As you may know by now, a homosexual coffeehouse owner kicked out some Evangelical Christian patrons last night. Wisely, they surreptitiously recorded the entire incident. And … [Read more...]

NFL: End-game or End of the Game?

The capitulation of the NFL is now complete. Except for a few surly players who continue to make fools of themselves, the majority of the players and owners have now given up on their foolish tantrum. The cooler heads (obviously not Roger Goodell) are now surveying the wreckage wondering if anything is salvageable at this point. I can't tell you how pleased I am. Looking at this from the normal rhapsody of grievance that has plagued our country for several decades, I'm gratified on so many … [Read more...]

GOA: the Beginning of the End?

A few of you have asked me to comment on a recent top-secret meeting of all the hierarchs of the GOA. To be truthful, I hadn't heard anything until one of you mentioned it. Since then, I've only minor rumblings but nothing I could put my finger on. The one angle that kept popping up in my inquiries has been that there is a tremendous shortfall in revenue. To the tune of 8 million dollars and that certain restricted funds were raided to keep operations at 79th Street afloat. Of particular … [Read more...]

This is Getting too Easy

OK, please forgive me, I didn't want to write another essay about Trump, but it's almost impossible now not to as he clearly dominates the news. No, that's not completely true. He's making the news. Out of thin air. Even that isn't completely right: what we are watching now is a whirlwind, the likes of which will shape our culture in ways we cannot possibly foresee. What's worse for the left is that they're making it way too easy for him. At this point, it's like stealing candy from … [Read more...]

While We’re Talking about Luther…

OK, now that I got your attention, we weren't really talking about Luther. However, the old boy comes up every now and then, at least his movement does. Now, we Orthodox got our own problems but I fervently believe that they are jurisdictional, not doctrinal. The same can't be said of the Reformation. I found this short video on YouTube (admittedly from a Catholic site so take that for what it's worth) but it's very enlightening. It's worth watching. You'll be amazed at how internally … [Read more...]

Worse than Watergate?

Folks, if I've said it once, I've said it a thousand times: whenever The Trumpster makes a seemingly outrageous claim, he's pretty much telling the truth. The guy always has an ace up his sleeve. The list of his verbal outrages is a long one and every time he's been called on the carpet about it, he's more or less been proven right. The most recent one was back in February when he tweeted out that Obama had bugged him. The howls elicited by the media and the left (but I repeat myself) … [Read more...]

Sodom and Begorrah: A Catholic Perspective

As you all may know by now, I'm no moralist and the charity I feel for people who are afflicted with the various vices is real. I for one am conflicted about the Toll Houses but if they are real, then I have a pretty good idea which ones I'm going to be having trouble with. Having said that, there is one vice which I believe disorders the male of the species more than others and as such does more damage to the Church and society. I'm talking of course about sodomy. Rather than … [Read more...]

Will Our Bishops Condemn this Hatred?

Or not? Yours Truly received this Facebook posting earlier this week from one of my contributors. It really disturbed me as I think it would disturb most anybody else of sane mind. Frank Schaeffer basically went off the deep end. You can see his diatribe against President Trump for yourself below. Truth be told, I didn't want to say anything. You see, Frank did me a solid several years ago and I'll be forever grateful to him. In fact, he pretty much jump-started Orthodox evangelism … [Read more...]

Dreaming about DACA or Divide and Conquer?

OK, this is great. Brilliant actually. Clearly The Trumpster has brushed up on his Macchiavelli. As you may know by now, President Trump has "ended" DACA, Obama's unilateral rewriting of law which granted a temporary amnesty to the "children" of illegal aliens. More accurately, he has sent it to the Congress ordering them to deal with it legislatively. This was a brilliant maneuver on several levels. First, it honors his campaign pledge to end it, thereby pleasing his nationalist … [Read more...]

How to Rig the System

One of then candidate Trump's assertions during the election was that the "system was rigged". All the right-thinkers of course came out and castigated him en masse, as if he were some lunatic conspiracy-theorist. The people however agreed with Trump. They still do. One reason I imagine is that most people have built-in bullshit detectors that operate at different levels of accuracy and whenever it's important. It's intuitive in other words. Not wrong but mostly right. It's just … [Read more...]

How Trump Wins and Why the People Stand behind Him

INTRODUCTION: GLOBALISM VS NATIONALISM One of the enduring mysteries of modern politics (to my mind at least) is why Trump, a jet-setting New Yorker not previously known for his moral rectitude, has captured the ardent loyalty of so many tradition-minded conservatives. I think part of the reason is that we're talking about something bigger than traditionalists and/or conservatives per se. We are living in an age in which the old political paradigms, indeed the normal political … [Read more...]