Archive for November 2008

Dan Murnan Teaser

November 30, 2008

A new video has appeared with Dan Murnan spouting much of the same things he did to me back in 1999.

The complete version will be going up on Vimeo according to gonehome1433.

Angry Gay Pope Gets a Stress Test

November 30, 2008

Normally, I have reservations about Angry Gay Pope.  Not to start a flame war, but I think the ultra-confrontational approach he takes isn’t the best tactic.  This is my own personal opinion and I know AGP has a lot of fans who enjoy his tactics.

His anger is certainly justified.  Hubbard’s views on homosexuality were extreme.  He believed gays were below 2.0 on his tone scale and therefore should be “disposed of quietly and without sorrow.”

In this video, he is invited inside the Dianetics Center to take a stress test.  

I liked how he used the facts in Dianetics to make his point.  I think facts over harassment will win everytime. 

BTW, Scientology has claimed they can cure homosexuality.  Their theory is that since we have all lived millions of lifetimes as both men and women, being gay is merely being stuck on the whole track, confused about your gender in this current meat body you inhabit.  With Scientology auditing, they can “bring you up to present time” so you become unstuck and go straight.

I imagine it works as well as praying the gay out.  Meaning, not so much.

Scientology on YouTube Review

November 29, 2008

YouTuber devildogmre takes a look at Scientology’s footprint on the webs most popular video sharing channel.  He does a good job of pointing out some things we were well aware of and contrasts the results with real religions.

Funny how Scientology claims “10 million members” yet little old SP me has five times as many subscribers.

I’m a trifle bit embarrassed that the top video to show up in a search for Scientology, under the paid ad, was me signing a boob.  That draw was entirely due to mommychan, of course, but I think even that video has more value in the content than one of Scientology’s.

Portland Anonymous At Flag World Tour

November 29, 2008

Scientology was setting up for an event in Portland when an Anon drops by to leave a welcoming gift.

“You kids — get outta my yard!”

Scientology Exploits Tragedy

November 28, 2008

Time and time again, Scientology has exploited an event to promote their cult and their agenda.  We saw it after 9/11 and whenever and wherever disaster strikes. 

In this case from 2007, the CCHR exploited a school shooting to protest the use of psychiatric drugs — even before there was any indication they were used.

FOX News should be commended for calling this exploitation tasteless.

How any “church” is allowed to keep its tax-exempt status while spending a fortune trying to destroy an established medical field is beyond me.

UPDATE:

Tom Newton wants to understand Scientology’s exploitative nature better.  I’d suggest looking at the latest documents from Wikileaks.   There you can discover that all of Scientology’s front groups, including the CCHR, are meant to recruit new members to this disturbed organization.

Death at the Celebrity Center

November 24, 2008

On Sunday, a security guard at the Celebrity Center in L.A. shot dead a former Scientologist who approached him with two samurai swords.  

The L.A. Times report also says that the shooting was in self defense.  The police viewed footage of the attack.

“The evidence is very clear the security officers were defending their safety,” said Deputy Chief Terry S. Hara of the Los Angeles Police Department.

Police did not release the name of the guard or the man killed in the shooting, which occurred about noon. An investigator said the man had a history with the church but was not a member now. The tape showed the man arriving at the Celebrity Centre’s Bronson Avenue parking lot in a red convertible, getting out of the vehicle and approaching a trio of security guards and waving a sword in each hand, Hara said.

He said the man, who was described as being in his 40s, was “close enough to hurt them” when the guard fired. The man was taken to County-USC Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

Det. Wendi Berndt said the man was involved with the church “a long time ago.””There was a previous relationship, but it is unclear to what degree,” she said.
I have no reason to doubt that the shooting was self-defense.   I think it should go without saying (but I’ll say it anyway) that no one at a Scientology Org should be put in that situation.   Violence is not a solution to anyone’s problem with Scientology.  

UPDATE: MONDAY

We are now learning the man’s name was Mario Majorski and there seems to be a deeper connection to Scientology than the organization is letting on.  If the people at whyweprotest are correct, Scientologist attorney Moxon represented Majorski in at least one lawsuit against “an evil psych,” in this case it was Jolly West.

UPDATE: TUESDAY

A newspaper in Oregon has much more on Mario’s troubled background.

In 1993, Majorski was listed as a plaintiff in a lawsuit brought by the Church of Scientology in Santa Monica Superior Court against a nationally known psychiatrist and professor at the University of California Los Angeles, who was an outspoken critic of the church.

Majorski was a student at UCLA at the time. He and a classmate, John Van Dyke, sued Dr. Louis J. West on behalf of the church for waging “a smear campaign of religious intolerance and hatred on university time.” The lawsuit was dismissed.

Majorski has since had en-­counters with local authorities.

In June 2007, he was convicted of two misdemeanor counts of stalking Lane County Circuit Judge Debra Vogt with a dangerous weapon, after “repeated and unwanted contact” with the judge, and sentenced to probation. The charges came “after a case in which he did not like her decision and had made threats against her,” according to a news release issued Monday by Lane County Sheriff Russ Burger.

On Oct. 26, officers in Florence responded to a phone call from a representative for AAA, whom Majorski reportedly was threatening with an ax.

Majorski had called AAA because he ran out of gas in the middle of Munsel Lake Road, according to a police report.

The representative, Doug Bush­war, told police he arrived with a can of gas and found Majorski standing on the passenger side of his Toyota pickup, which had its flashers on. Behind the truck, there were “small kids’ toys lined up in a row on the street,” Bushwar told the officer. “He thought this looked very strange,” the report said.

When Bushwar approached, Majorski became upset and agitated, according to the report, yelling at Bushwar to stay where he was, then threatening him and ultimately telling him to leave. Bushwar tried to explain who he was and to calm Majorski down, but Majorski grabbed an ax from the truck and threatened Bushwar with it, according to the report.

Florence police officer Brian Goss arrived to find Majorski walking down Munsel Lake Road. Goss asked Majorski to talk to him, but Majorski walked away yelling and cursing, eventually threatening to shoot Goss. Majorski eventually ran into a nearby house, came to a window and told Goss he had hostages inside, then he came back outside and stormed about the yard.

“He told us we have rifles aimed at our heads right now and that at his count of three we would be executed,” Goss wrote. “He then counted to three.”

Majorski also said there were explosives in the house. Another officer eventually got handcuffs on Majorski, who was arrested for menacing and disorderly conduct. He pleaded not guilty to the menacing charge and was scheduled to appear in court on the other charge in December.

May the Best Man Whine

November 20, 2008

I get a lot of right-wing lunacy sent to my email box.  We’ve all seen it.  “Obama’s a Secret Muslim!”  “Obama not born in the U.S.!”  Wild-eyed stuff that has been long since disproved yet taken to heart by people who don’t want to know the truth.  

BTW, why do I never see any left-wing equivalent:  “McCain Faked Being a P.O.W.!  Spent years in four star hotel as traitor to country!”  Liberals aren’t always right, but why don’t I see them writing chain-mail lunacy?  Or am I just on the wrong lists?

I try to keep politics out of the blog and while I enjoy passionately discussing the issues of the day with people who disagree with me, I try not to be disagreeable.   But sometimes I have a short fuse.

I received a right-wing column the other day that was pretty disagreeable and I wrote back.   We exchanged several emails in which he stated some strong opinions   Now, I would normally keep such conversations private but he is a public figure.  The man ran for City Council in 2001.

Kevin Hancock

Kevin Hancock

Here’s what’s puzzling me.  Kevin Hancock was declared an SP and kicked out of Scientology in 1991 but he still believes in the tech.  I’m not sure where he is on the bridge but he seems pretty confident about his position in life and the knowledge he has gained using Hubbard’s tech.

Yet, of all the candidate in the City Council race, he came in 7th with only 168 votes.  That means six other people who weren’t Scientologists (to the best of my knowledge) beat him.  

Six people who had millions of lifetimes of unhandled engrams, and were covered head-to-toe with invisible Body Thetans which must have caused the Wog candidates untold problems.   They had no Hubbard tech.  None.  Nada.  Zip.

Still – they beat the guy.

How is that possible?  Why do we have non-Scientologist leaders in virtually every field (except sometimes at the box-office) when such worthy candidates as Kevin Hancock offer their advanced abilities to the public?

There is only one answer that explains it.  Scientology is nonsense.  It doesn’t work.  it doesn’t create powerful beings.  It creates delusions.  Most of them are harmless.  However, some people have their lives destroyed.  Which is why I speak out against Scientology fraud and abuse.

Kevin is really upset with Jason Beghe.  He thinks Jason has MU’s or screwed-up the tech somehow to not get its benefits.  But if I may paraphrase Jason:

“Kevin, show me the mother-fucking clear!”