Archive for January 2007

Hello Vince Daniels Fans!

January 27, 2007

BROADCAST DATE:  January 27th, 2007

The Many Moods of Vince Daniels

I had the great pleasure of appearing on the Vince Daniels radio show yesterday. I was a last minute replacement after Greg Beha received a hefty settlement from Scientology’s front group, Narconon. Greg got his money back and signed a gag order. That left Vinnie with a huge whole in his show which I tried to fill with a whole lot of me.

In case you didn’t catch it, you can listen to the show on Vinnie’s site or check out my segment here.

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Right after college, I worked in radio as the morning guy on a station in the mid-west. I was never a fan of radio growing up. Never listened to much of it at all. I stumbled into it because of my love of old radio shows. On my college station, I did a weekly half hour comedy show with actors and music and sound effects.

It was a salute to the golden age of radio drama called “The Air Adventures of Little Orphan Armstrong!” It had a Rocky and Bullwinkle format and sensibility. Each show was bookended with a chapter in the ongoing saga of retired flying ace Captain Jack, local mailman and friend to all Uncle Gus and a plucky newborn babe wearing a decoder diaper, Little Orphan Armstrong who had the answers to any and all problems. Between the chapters were segments spoofing soap operas, westerns, detective shows and so on.

This drew the attention of a local commercial station who hired me to be their morning guy where I did things I had no real interest in doing, like spinning records, hosting swap meets and even playing Radio Bingo. This was not Howard Stern time, folks, but very similar to the first station you see Howard working at in his movie “Private Parts.”

The station was in a converted house with the sales staff working in the basement, while my studio was in what I’m sure was once a bedroom. I used to announce that the show was coming from the penthouse headquarters of our massive broadcasting complex but, in reality, I could look out the ground floor window at the unmowed field in its rural midwest setting.

It was a small station in a small market and I used to joke that we’d get knocked off the air when a neighbor down the street plugged in a toaster and the coffee pot at the same time. I would do some sketches on the show but I was primarily doing the stuff that the station wanted me to do. I tried to bring my sensibility to it but ultimately it wasn’t something I was particularly suited for, interested in or made me happy.

Vince Daniels, on the other hand, is passionate about radio. He gets it. He loves it. He embraces the chance to connect with an audience and to try to make the world a little bit better with every broadcast. We went out to lunch after the show yesterday and it was clear that Vinnie is wholeheartedly committed to his show and wants to use it to reach out and help others. I admire that.

It was a lot of fun appearing on his show and even more fun chatting over lunch about big and small issues from politics to the media. From Bush, the Clintons and the 2008 election to Jack Benny, Burns and Allen and St. Elsewhere.

I’m going to come back on his show soon and I’m looking forward to it. I think I started out a little slow yesterday, being frazzled by the late arrival. By the time I got comfy, the show was over.

In case you haven’t heard the earlier shows Vince has done on Scientology and Narconon, I have them archived here:

First show on Scientology

First show on Narconon

Narconon Followup

Before leaving to do the show yesterday, I put together a quick reference guide to some of the videos or topics I thought we might discuss.

Here are a collection of newscasts on Narconon. These stories deal with Narconon setting up a rehab facility on an Indian reservation in Oklahoma. The editor of a small weekly newspaper, Bob Lobsinger, wrote a series of terrific articles about the event and the uncovering of the Scientology connection. I highly recommend reading these articles.

Of course, the best place to find out about Narconon is the website of Dr. David Touretzky.

For info on Lisa McPherson, including tv shows and court transcripts, check here.

You might want to see people picket my home, attack me with a hammer, surround me on L. Ron Hubbard Way or have me arrested.

For two years I lived in Clearwater Florida. I put together a video about the bias against us exhibited by Clearwater police on the Scientology payroll. And one of the nice things about living there was being able to speak at city council meetings.

We didn’t get to talk about Lisa McPherson this time or go into depth on some of the other harassment issues but those subjects and more will come up in later show.

Thanks to those who called the show including Barb, Arnie, Lee the Scientologist and especially to Anthony in Pasadena who says he’s a big fan of XENU TV.

And thank you, Vinnie, for having me on as a guest.

Jesus H. Cruise!

January 25, 2007

A recent news  article suggested that Scientology views Tom Cruise as their Christ figure.   Okay, the article didn’t suggest it, they came right out and said it.   According to the Sun, diminutive Scientology leader David Miscavige believes:

…that in future, Cruise, 44, will be worshipped like Jesus for his work to raise awareness of the religion.

A source close to the actor, who has risen to one of the church’s top levels, said: “Tom has been told he is Scientology’s Christ-like figure.

“Like Christ, he’s been criticised for his views. But future generations will realise he was right.”

The story was picked up by Drudge and rocketed around the world, making Scientology look like…well…just like the wacky UFO cult they are.

Although Scientology has denied the story, that didn’t stop Keith Olbermann from turning it into his number one story on the Countdown.

By the way, if you don’t watch Keith Olbermann every day on MSNBC, you are not an informed citizen.  It’s the best damn news show on TV.   That comes straight from an Emmy winning journalist, my friends.

Now, I knew this Christ story was fake from the second I read it.   It made no sense at all.   Why would David Miscavige, the tiny keeper of the tech, say that Cruise was a fictional character?

L. Ron Hubbard himself declared that there was no Christ, that some madmen stumbled upon part of Hubbard’s tech 2000 years ago, misinterpreted Hubbard’s material and came up with the whole “man on the cross” story.

That’s a pretty wild statement and I wouldn’t expect you to believe me when I tell it to you…which is why I’m happy to be able to have L. Ron Hubbard tell it to you in his own voice.

For more on why Scientology is not compatible with Christianity, check out this site.

And tune in to Vince Daniels this Saturday when he once again tries to get justice for families defrauded by Scientology’s front group, Narconon.

Don’t Cross Vince Daniels

January 6, 2007

There are very few people in the media willing to take on Scientology. Vince Daniels is one of them. He has challenged Scientology’s front group Narconon to do the right thing and refund money to parents whose kids were booted out of Hubbard’s dangerous drug-rehab program.

In previous shows, Vince has talked with Greg Beha whose son was dumped in a seedy motel with $10 to his name after the kid said he thought Hubbard was full of crap. On this show, Vince does a quick recap of Beha’s story with an update on the lack of progress but the bulk of the show is an interview with another parent, Denise Crosby, who shares a story very similar to the Beha’s.

Meet Me In St. Louis, Screwy.

January 6, 2007

Scientology is taking their madness on the road with a traveling exhibit about those evil psychs who Hubbard believes were behind all the ills of the world since the dawn of time.  Here is a report from Missouri, the latest stop on their “Stop the Madness…Choose Our Madness Instead” tour.

I remember going into the Org in Los Angeles back in 1998 or ’99 and getting my own private late nite screening of Orientation.  They had some young teenage boy babysitting me while they rounded up a projectionist.  As we made small talk, the kid starts talking to me about evil psychs. 

He asks me “You know the Salem witch trials?” 

I replied, “Yes.”

“That was the psychs who did that,” he informed me.

I told him that there were no psychiatrists back in that era and he responded, “No, not the psychs…I meant the pharmaceutical companies.” 

I gently broke it too him that he was wrong historically with that theory as well. 

It is sad that this is the type of education which Sea Org kids get.  They are brainwashed from a young age to buy all the crap that L. Ron Hubbard could conjure up.

My thanks to good friend Shirley Jean Wilson for digging up this video.