Random Quotations – July 15th, 2019.

Seven items in total…

“Last month, a committee on ecclesial (sic) law met in Moscow and recommended ending the practice of blessing missiles and warheads, and suggested that priests should instead bless only individual soldiers and their personal weapons… The proposal to end the blessings for larger weapons has yet to be approved by Patriarch Kirill of Moscow, head of the Russian Orthodox Church… Weapons systems, including Topol-class intercontinental ballistic missiles, are frequently blessed by members of the Russian Orthodox clergy during military parades and other events… In Russian Orthodoxy, the patron saint of Russia’s nuclear weapons is St. Seraphim.” – Catholic News Agency, “Russian Orthodox Church considers ending blessings for nuclear weapons” – July 10th, 2019.

“The original fundraising campaign that Michelle Malkin kindly started for me while I was hospitalized, is now over. Thank you all for standing by me. I will use those funds for my medical costs, therapies, security, and replacing stolen and damaged equipment. Funds not used for those purposes will go toward pursuing justice for what happened that day. This may include legal counsel and support for advice and representation for any issues that arise from the assaults. Thank you so much.” – Andy Ngo, updating his GoFundMe page on July 11th, 2019.

“…you would much rather be visiting the Department of Justice and engaging a conversation about what you saw rather than making the DoJ find you… There’s a much greater potential for influencing the parameters of an interview and the scope of cooperation by going in voluntarily than becoming a compulsory guest.” – Jacob Frenkel, former federal prosecutor, quoted by Nicole Einbinder in “From Bill Clinton to Naomi Campbell: Here are some of the famous people who have flown on Jeffrey Epstein’s private plane, which has been dubbed the Lolita Express” – insider.com, July 10th, 2019.

“In an interview with the South China Morning Post, John McCallum said China should go easy on Canada over the Huawei case to help the Liberals in the coming election… ‘Anything that is more negative against Canada will help the Conservatives, (who) are much less friendly to China than the Liberals,’ McCallum told the news outlet on Monday… ‘I hope and I don’t see any reason why things will get worse, it would be nice if things will get better between now and (Canada’s federal) election (in October)’.” – Brian Lilley, “McCallum calls on China to interfere in Canada’s election” – Toronto Sun, July 10th, 2019.

“The data, gathered by Axios and the social media analytics company Newswhip, shows that even on topics focused on the Democrat primaries, articles from conservative sources like Breitbart News generate significantly more traffic than their left-wing competitors… This is despite the fact of widely documented bias against conservative media by big tech companies, including algorithm suppression, search engine manipulation, and social media bans of popular internet personalities who previously shared articles from conservative media to their large online followings.” – Allum Bokhari, “Axios: Breitbart defines Democratic presidential field by dominating social media” – Breitbart, July 10th, 2019.

“But these days, our politics has instead become dominated by highly-divisive social issues of much less practical significance, with the latest example being the astonishing focus on ‘transgender rights,’ which impacts only the tiniest sliver of the population and would have been universally ridiculed as pure political satire just a few years ago. Is it so farfetched to suggest that these issues have been deliberately promoted as popular distractions, lightnings rods to divert attention from the simple reality that most people have grown much poorer, even while our ruling elites have vastly multiplied their wealth?” – Ron Unz, “American Pravda: The power of organized crime” – The Unz Review, July 15th, 2019.

“Some of the federal government’s top bureaucrats have been warned that China and India might try to use their respective migrant communities in Canada to advance their own interests… The stark warning is in a secret report prepared for deputy ministers attending a retreat on national security last year that also flagged the challenge in preventing foreign countries from launching ‘hostile actions’ against Canada… Such actions include cyber-attacks, spreading of misinformation and using diaspora communities, either directly or indirectly, to steal technology, influence elections and target the Canadian economy and infrastructure.” – Cdn. Press, “Officials warned China, India could use communities in Canada to advance agendas” – Toronto Sun, July 12th, 2019.