Archive for January 2009

Mary DeMoss

January 30, 2009

I’ve been hearing from a lot of people who have discovered Mary DeMoss’ blog this week.  I hope we don’t see widespread harassment of her.  Whatever her actions were on the streets of Clearwater, she deserves a little peace.

Here’s a little video I did last year about her.

I’m not posting a link to her blog but it isn’t hidden.  I’m sure by now most have found it.  I would urge people to leave her be.   

I have dropped her a friendly note a couple of times in the past year and she can decide if she ever wants to say hi.

Second Chance Flap

January 28, 2009

Wow!  Is this the biggest story a Scientology front group has ever produced?  Second Chance not only blows town without paying their bills but they take with them violent criminals they were housing.  This has the potential to really resonate with people who pay little attention to Miscavige’s safepointing projects.

A newspaper article states the inmates have been moved to other jurisdictions but gives no details on where or whom.  But it does give more background on the troubles the front group has been having.

City of Albuquerque officials had given Second Chance until Jan. 31 to vacate the building. The city terminated the program’s lease for violations that include housing violent offenders and making unauthorized changes to the building.

The facility appeared deserted Saturday, with just three cars in the parking lot, gates ajar, and a few employees inside. There was no sign of any inmates. From the entryway, items could be seen heaped into shopping carts.

Albuquerque Chief Public Safety Officer Pete Dinelli said Saturday that he learned from a Journal reporter that the old jail building appeared deserted. So he sent police officers there to see what was going on.

“If there’s free access to the building, I want to know about it,” Dinelli said. “If it’s abandoned, we need to secure our asset. And I want to know if there has been damage to the building.”

The city is still considering whether to go forward with a civil lawsuit against Second Chance, he said. An audit shows Second Chance may owe as little as $20,000 or as much as $100,000 in water bills and unpaid rent.

Someone might want to look into these reference materials Scientology touts.

Hitler Gets Some Bad News

January 27, 2009

The Evil of Scientology has added some new subtitles to a terrific German film about Hitler’s last days called Downfall.  As I watched Valkyrie (yes, I saw it) I kept wishing the makers of Downfall had tackled that story.

But I digress.  We are here to be amused by that Evil wag and amused we shall be.

DOH! Bart Shills for Scientology!

January 27, 2009

Nancy Cartwright uses her Bart Simpson voice to let Scientology members know she is on New OTVII and wants everyone else to move up the bridge, too.

So Fox had the original video taken down.  They went after the YouTube user instead of the voice actor who actually exploited their property.  This is why copyright laws need to be amended.  Cartwright is the offender.  The YouTube user brought information to the public’s attention.  The video was newsworthy.  The robocall was wrong.

Russian Students Protest Scientology

January 22, 2009

Last March, more than 700 students, graduate students, and professors of the Bauman Moscow Public Technological Institute, in coordination with the movement “Russia Young” held a protest at the entrance of the main building of the MPTI. Scientology had leased a factory located near the university. The protestors wanted Scientology out.

I Like Tom Cruise

January 20, 2009

Really.  I’ve always been a fan.  And this is one of those moments when he does something right.  An Anon asks Tom to sign his V mask and Tom’s security grabs the mask.  Cruise gets it from security and signs it, adding a peace sign.  No drama.  No spectacle.  Well done.

It reminds me of when those TV pranksters squirted him with water from a fake microphone.  He handled that well, asking them why would they do such a stupid thing.    I wish we all could react as well under these circumstances.

Tom Cruise autographed a German Anon's V Mask

Tom Cruise autographed a German Anon's V Mask

Casting Stones

January 16, 2009

I broke my long silence to applaud Anonymous on their 1 year anniversary and also talk about Supervisor Jeff Stone and the protest ban in Riverside County.

Tony Ortega also printed some comments from me today in the Village Voice.  He has been very upset about the Pubes Kid affair.  He wrote a scathing piece two days ago and then had comments from Jason Beghe yesterday.

He thinks I let them off the hook but I wrote what I thought.

Riverside County Protest Ban

January 14, 2009

Angry Gay Pope at Gold near Hemet (L.A. Times)

Angry Gay Pope at Gold near Hemet (L.A. Times)

UPDATE: Wednesday 1/14/09

Not so fast Supervisor Stone…   The ordinance has been delayed thanks to the embarassment brought about by the L.A. Times story.  Here’s the followup from the Times:

The Riverside County Board of Supervisors today temporarily suspended an ordinance it passed last week to limit protests outside a large Church of Scientology compound near Hemet.

Protesters show up about once a month outside Golden Era Productions, home to 500 Scientologists, on Gilman Springs Road. In an incident last week, protesters were swarmed by sheriff’s deputies trying to enforce the ordinance. After a vigorous debate among supervisors, the ordinance was suspended today.

So, they hope a month from now people will have forgotten.  Think again.

Tuesday

 

I wish I had been able to attend these meetings.  Watching last week’s proceedings made my blood boil.  I want to share it with you.

 Supervisor Jeff Stone has allowed himself to be used by Scientology to shut down all protests at Gold near Hemet.

The speakers all did a fine job but the board passed the ban.  Several on the board wanted to be assured that people could still protest at Gold.  “Yes, yes,” they were told.  However, in the past week some protesters tested the waters and had sheriff’s deputies come to answer Scientology’s frightened 911 calls.

Luckily, the protesters brought along a reporter from the L.A. Times who witnessed Scientology’s attempt to stop free speech.

Soon after demonstrators arrived, four Riverside County sheriff’s cruisers pulled up. Deputies spilled out and demanded identification. They asked for the driver’s license of a reporter covering the event and tried to question him.   

“This happens every time we come out,” Berry said. “Meanwhile real crime is going on elsewhere.”

Sgt. Joseph Nardone asked the demonstrators if they were protesting individuals or the church. He said he had received 911 calls about the rally from inside the compound.

“We are not here to stop any right to free speech,” Nardone said.   

Sheriff’s officials, aware of recent incidents at the compound, said members often call 911 about demonstrators.

“We prefer to respond with more rather than less people,” said Lt. Patty Knudson of the sheriff’s Hemet station, which handles the area. “Sometimes Golden Era will contract with us for extra patrols and we assign two deputies for that. They have probably done that four or five times over the past year.”

As deputies questioned protesters, church officials gathered just inside the gate. They were clearly unhappy.

Fraser got on the phone to the Riverside County counsel’s office to see if the demonstrators could be pushed farther down the road.

No answer was immediately forthcoming. The county counsel was unavailable for comment Friday.

“We want to get them away from this whole sector,” Fraser said, looking at the three middle-aged demonstrators. “Everyone has the right to protest, but we don’t want them endangering our staff.”

Informed about the incident, Supervisor Wilson expressed concern.

“The church assured us that they could protest outside the main gate. We have not prohibited that,” he said. “If they start restricting locations and start applying this ordinance to mean you can’t protest Scientology at all, then we will have to revisit it.”

This week, more people spoke out in Riverside addressing the events in this article.  I hope the video is made available soon.
Jeff Stone

Jeff Stone

Jeff Stone should be ashamed of the actions he’s taken at Scientology’s behest.   Stone is right.  People should be allowed to join any church of their choice.  But when Catholic priests sexually abuse children, the people have a right to protest outside that church.  When Mormon’s fund an anti-gay measure, people have the right to protest outside the temple.  When Scientology commits fraud and abuse, people have the right to protest.

Watch this video from December of Jeff Stone forwarding Scientology’s DA material about Anonymous.  It’s shameful.  He shows some disturbing images and language from the chans and accuses all Anonymous of being racist hate mongers.
I’m not defending any of those images or words but I know the net has a subculture of people who like to shock others to watch the reaction they get.  At work, the infamous 2 Girls, 1 Cup video spread like wildfire last year.  I never watched it.  But you can’t make a blanket statement that everyone who watched it and spread it was an evil, sick pornographer.  Yet that is exactly the type of message Jeff Stone wants you to believe about Anonymous.
Stone should apologize and withdraw this bogus protest ban.

Tom Cruise Audits Marc Headley

January 13, 2009

Over at Why We Protest, Marc Headley describes how and why he was brought out to work at Gold and how he wound up being audited by Mr. Top Gun himself.

When I went up to RTC, I was met by an RTC staff member who led me in to see Marty Rathbun. I sat down in front of his desk. He started off by saying that I was one of only two people on the entire base that was qualified to get this auditing! He told me that I was not allowed to tell anybody about my auditing. I was not to tell my co-workers, I was not to tell my family members, nobody. I would be going in session every day and under no circumstances was I to be un-sessionable on any given day. I would be doing this for weeks and I would have to do whatever was needed so that I could go in session at the same time each day. He told me that all of my seniors were briefed that I would be on “study” on a special program and that RTC would be directly overseeing my progress.

This was a lot to swallow in one go. I was a bit shocked by all this, but never the less, I was game. Oh yeah, one other thing, my auditor was going to be Tom Cruise.

The penny dropped. Staff had been working day and night for weeks to get the houses ready where Tom Cruise was going to be staying. He was supposedly coming to stay at the base for several weeks or months and was bringing Nicole Kidman with him. It was all starting to make sense now. Tom Cruise was coming to do his Academy Levels. He was going to do his auditor training and he needed someone to audit and this person had to be very low on the Bridge.

The next day I started going in session with Tom Cruise as my auditor and this went on until he was done with his introductory auditor training.

There’s plenty of fascinating details and it’s one more great reason we should be glad Marc has Blown For Good.

Tommy Davis on Jett’s Death

January 10, 2009

Anonymous put together this contrast between what Scientology’s spokeman tells reporters and what Hubbard actually tells Scientologists.

An expanded Anonymous video goes even further,  pointing out more lies.