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Monday, 21 October 2013

Kondratick Pleads Guilty To Embezzling From Venice Church

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It’s only just begun… now, we’ve got to clean up the mess that Bobby et al left for us. How sweet it isn’t!

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The former administrator of a Venice FL church, accused of embezzling funds, won’t go to jail as part of a plea deal. Police arrested Robert Kondratick in March for embezzling more than 50,000 USD from Holy Spirit Orthodox Church, 700 Shamrock Blvd. The case was supposed to go to trial this week, but court records show that Kondratick entered a guilty plea on 16 October to a second-degree felony charge of larceny instead. Assistant State Attorney Erika Quartermaine said that he agreed to serve two years of community control and eight years of probation and that he’d pay restitution. His defence attorney, Derek Byrd, said, “If he had pressed that case to trial, there’s a good chance he would’ve been found not guilty”. However, to avoid the possibility of a conviction and jail time, Kondratick agreed to the plea offer.

Church leaders told the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office that Kondratick requested signed blank checques to pay what he claimed were church expenses. However, an investigation revealed he cashed 28 checks made out to “cash” or to himself… totalling 53,950 USD. Byrd said evidence shows that instead of keeping the money, Kondratick may have given at least some of it away through a “Good Samaritan” fund. The parish fired him after it discovered the misuse of funds. It appears that this isn’t the first time Kondratick was accused of stealing from a church, the Herald-Tribune previously reported. In 2007, the Orthodox Church in America in Syosset NY, relieved Kondratick of his duties as priest following an investigation into financial misconduct. No criminal charges were filed in that case.

21 October 2013

Sarasota (FL) Herald-Tribune

http://www.heraldtribune.com/article/20131021/BREAKING/131029943/2416/NEWS?Title=NEW-Man-pleads-guilty-to-embezzling-from-Venice-church

Editor’s Note:

Byrd’s remarks have the smell of “spin” about them. After all, those who cop a plea usually do so on the advice of their attorney. I’d lay even money that’s what happened here. If Byrd thought that he’d win, he would’ve pressed forward. Indeed, it smells as thought the HS got tired of Bobby (and, perhaps, of his “threats”). Will they press Storheim to plea, too? Will they retire Iggy over the “unaccounted for” 115 Gs (“The records simply don’t exist”, as Tosi put it)? What about the fact that Fatso ran overbudget on some items? Hmm… there be a whole lotta shit in that there byre… maybe, that’s why so many flies are buzzing around in there!

It’s no fun to clean up the aftermath of a “toot”. This is no exception. I’d say, “Note well who defended who and when… and who savaged who and when… it’ll tell ya who’s naughty and who’s nice”. We could start with firing Tosi, retiring Iggy (frankly, that’s all we need to neutralise him, so, we shouldn’t do more), and sending Fatso off to a far-away monastery, far from the District and from the City (sending him back to Manton wouldn’t do… however, we could send off to Athos or Solovki, literally). If we don’t, we won’t have a real church, and that’s that.

BMD

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21 October 2013. Bobby Makes Formal Plea… Shall We Call Him “Felonious Monk?”

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One of the Cabinet told me this:

I heard Bobby accepted the Plea Agreement on the 16th…NO news on Monomoron.

Another Cabineteer said this:

Mr Kondratick made a formal agreement to pay restitution, plus he received two years of community control (house arrest) and eight years of probation.

Yet another chimed in with:

According to the court website, RSK made his plea last week, 10/16. I speculate this was to avoid the press, but can’t say for certain.

In short, Bobby’s guilty and a confessed felon. Love BT and Monkey James are SILENT… they’re MIA. The Sage of Michelorena Street is usually so loquacious! Betcha that they’re gonna spin this one HARD. Remember, Fatso supported Bobby, so, if Bobby takes the drop (and he did), that means that Fatso’s cred took a hit. If Fatso’s cred took a hit, it means that Love BT’s cred took another mauling, for Fatso was Tikhon Fitz’s protégé. Love BT isn’t a good judge of character; his protégés are all a bunch of Sad Sacks… Fatso, Benjamin Peterson the Drunk, Nikolai Soraich, David Brum, and Gersaim Eliel (plus all the HOOMies).

However, SILENCE from the Monomuckos toddlers. Now, that’s something that I (and many others) could get used to… are they going to be as silent when Storheim goes under? We’ll have to see, won’t we?

BMD

 

21 October 2013. Today is “Judgement Day” for Bobby K… Dum-da-dum-dum!

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Dum-da-dum-dum! Those of us “of a certain age” remember that as the opening of the theme music from Dragnet… a popular TV cop show way back when. One of the Cabinet wrote me:

Bobby’s trial is tomorrow. No news on Monomahkos… Love BT and Monkey Silver are very quiet!

Yep… Bobby faces the music today. All sources say that he’s gonna cop a plea. Now, what about Storheim? That bids fair to be interesting. Also, I got word from a well-connected source that Ray Velencia been’s gagged. Fatso allowed him to go about suing this one and that one. What I’ve heard is that the HS doesn’t want any more roiling of the waters. There’s going to be no more peeps from Sir Ray. Frankly, the HS should make Storheim cop a plea, too. Then, there can be healing. The Church has to put Bobby, Storheim, and Sir Ray behind it, and make sure that they can do no more harm. It must also do the same with Fatso, but I doubt that the will’s there… and Mollard lacks the guts and grit to send Fatty back to Manton where he belongs (he shouldn’t be allowed to squat any more in the District).

Overall, the Church needs peace. God willing, it’ll get it; if it does, we can then start to rebuild the shattered edifice of Russian Orthodoxy in the American diaspora. That’s what we need…

BMD

21 October 2013. Western Groups Lie About “Russian Crackdown on Homosexuals”

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Cossacks protesting a pro-Pussy Riot exhibition. Note well that they’re NOT violent and that they’re NOT attacking anyone. Cossacks aren’t like Limonov, Navalny, and Ksenia Sobchak, after all…

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I read this and found it a tissue of lies from start to finish (I’ll comment on it after you read this). Emphasis in the original was kept:

This earthshaking move could upend Russia’s brutal anti-gay crackdown

Coca-Cola executives are just days away from deciding whether to speak out against Russia’s brutal new anti-gay laws… and we need to show them the potential brand damage at stake if they stay silent. Coke is a major sponsor of next year’s Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. The Olympics should be about celebrating all that is good in humanity. Instead, the Sochi Olympics risks being known for hatred and homophobia, due to a draconian new Russian anti-gay law that criminalises even coming out of the closet {this is a lie: editor}. So far, Coke has remained silent on Russia’s LGBT crackdown… that’s why we’re joining with AllOut to show Coke how many people want the company to speak out against this law. If we succeed, we can set off an earthshaking domino effect that pushes other international sponsors to follow. This is the best shot we have at creating a billion-dollar problem for Russia that can ultimately push it to overturn its horrific anti-gay laws {there are NO anti-gay laws… there’s a law against suborning minors, quite a different thing: editor}.

Tell Coca-Cola executives meeting this week to condemn Russia’s anti-gay laws and call for their repeal.

Russia’s anti-gay law forbids anyone from “promoting non-traditional sexual relations”. In practise, this means anyone can be arrested and jailed for something as simple as coming out, wearing a rainbow pin, or demonstrating in public {not true… the law concerns the transmission of information to minors: editor}. Mega-corporations such as Coca-Cola invested millions in sponsoring the Olympics and billions in their operations in Russia. In effect, Coca-Cola and others are bankrolling the Sochi Olympics. This gives them huge influence on the thinking of the International Olympic Committee and the Russian government. It’s easy to think we can’t influence what’s happening in an authoritarian régime like President Vladimir Putin’s Russia. However, Putin craves legitimacy and glory. If we can get the companies that are paying for his personal public relations exercise to step up and criticise this vicious anti-gay law, then Putin’s Olympic games are in trouble.

As a community, we’ve shown what can be achieved when we work together for LGBT rights. We’ve fought against transphobia in newspapers like the Daily Mail. Together, we persuaded Pepsi to fight against Uganda’s anti-gay law, and we ran a huge campaign to thank Starbucks for supporting marriage equality. We’re defending the most basic of all human rights: the right to life, the right to live free of unfair arrest, and the right to be yourself. 

Tell Coca-Cola to support Russian LGBT people and condemn the brutal anti-gay law.

Thanks for all you do,

Martin, Anthony, Claiborne, Kaytee, and all of us at SumofUs

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As a leftist, I find the above lying cant disgusting, mainly, because it’ll turn good people against the Left, and the Righties won’t be laggardly in using it to imply that all leftists are immoral and without ethical standards.

Nothing could be farther from the truth. The KPRF SUPPORTS the present law… for it allows adult homosexuals the freedom to exercise their choice, whilst protecting children from the small minority of homosexuals who’re predators. Most homosexuals are aware that a great deal’s been done since 1991… mostly, it’s Western “activists” and a small number of Westernised pukes at the Centre and Piter making a great kafuffle all out of proportion to their size. There’s been NO “crackdown on homosexuals”. There’s been NO mass arrests of homosexuals. There’s none planned for the future. That’s the reality of the situation.

You can believe the truth or you can believe a lie. It’s up to you. By the way, the Right’s lies are as egregious and offensive as the Left’s lies are. I stand against BOTH. I stand against the Left’s lies that a crackdown exists and I stand against the Right’s lies that such a crackdown is laudable and necessary. BOTH are evil. That’s that…

BMD

 

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