Glass Houses, Stones, You Know the Drill

Today, we are operating under two moral panics. The first one deals with the fictitious "Red Scare", i.e. the idea that the Russians "hacked" the election. It's ironic that while there is no evidence of Russian involvement in Wikileaks and its sequelae, Russian involvement in our politics has been proven --although not to the Democrat's interests. If anything, it appears at present that it's the Democrats --and more specifically the Clintons--who have been caught with their hands in the … [Read more...]

Freemasonry: Part I –An Overview

Now seems as good a time as any to discuss the issue of Freemasonry and whether it is compatible with Christian observance. (This being due to a flurry of recent comments --both pro and con.) Before we begin, I want to stress that what follows is neither exhaustive nor authoritative; it is however based on the historical facts as we know them.) The question inevitably rises: is Freemasonry a distinct religion or not? If it is, then no Christian --of whatever denomination--can belong to the … [Read more...]

Veteran’s Day

I've been very remiss lately to honor our veterans, mainly because of work and other things. I hope that this YouTube will make up for it. It's very moving and the musical score is by the incomparable John Williams, perhaps the greatest living composer today. I hope that you all enjoy it and if you haven't had the chance to do it, please thank a veteran for their service. Likewise, I want to take this opportunity to thank all the veterans who read this blog for all they have … [Read more...]

St Nektarios of Aegina, Pray for Us!

Today is the feast day of St Nektarios of Aegina, as most of you probably already know. Why am I mentioning this? A couple of reasons. As you know, this blog is not a personal one (for that I have a Facebook page). Instead, I've tried to comment primarily on topical issues of importance. Things like religion, politics and culture. I've strived mightily to never make it about me with only peremptory mentions of personal experiences. That's partly because my mother raised us to not draw … [Read more...]

First Anniversary: Unbridled Joy!

Today is the first anniversary of the Election that Saved Western Civilization and I'm feeling particularly giddy. Therefore, I bring you two starkly opposite perspectives from that very night. The first is an edited meltdown of The Young Turks (caution: very foul language). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KBH5RpmzdyI&t=1362s The second is Stefan Molyneux singing The Star-Spangled Banner". https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HkinzV7pxn4 Enjoy! P.S. Happy namedays to all … [Read more...]

Another Perfect Storm (With an Orthodox Angle)

Some of you have taken me to task for this Blog's emphasis on politics and such and not as much on Orthodoxy. Fair enough. Well today, you're in luck because I've got a two-fer, one that includes politics as well as Orthodoxy, at least on the surface. Please take the time to watch this short but eye-opening interview with John Kiriakou, a former CIA operative who is now spilling the beans on the Podesta brothers and their solid links to the whole false Russian "collusion" narrative. … [Read more...]

All the News that’s Fit to Curate/Kevin Spacey Plays the Gay Card

My, my, my! It's been a busy couple of weeks, hasn't it? This one's a twofer. Where to begin? How about here: It's long been my suspicion that we don't have investigative journalism anymore (if ever). Instead, we have "news" organizations that curate the news, not report it. A story is only broken when one of two things occurs: it's time to take someone down or the story can't be contained any longer. Then there's this: unless you've been living under a rock, you should know that … [Read more...]

A Way Out for the GOA?

Things continue to careen from bad to worse for the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America (GOA). That being said, is there a way out for this jurisdiction? Curiously, Archbishop Demetrius Trakatellis may have let the cat out of the bag. The cat in question being a call for real American Orthodox unity and (possibly) independence. Yours Truly was alerted to this by a comment made by Gail Sheppard, one of our more prolific contributors. If you all don't mind (and I pray that she doesn't), … [Read more...]

It’s Official: The Inmates Have Taken Over the Asylum

I was thinking about entitling this essay "I Told You So". And then like the deranged Jack Nicholson character in The Shining just writing those words over and over and over again. And again, and again, and again. Ten thousand --nay a hundred thousand times--would not be enough to scratch the surface. What elicits this cry of despair on behalf of Yours Truly? Only the fact that we are truly caught up in the grips of a cultural insanity that shows no sign of abating. Specifically, the … [Read more...]

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...]