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—————- In anticipation of her biggest day in court yet, Laura DeCrescenzo and her attorneys hit the Church of Scientology with 928 pages of new filings —————- Details from 18,000 pages of evidence show how Scientology manipulated a child to keep her working under slave-like conditions —————- A key document describing DeCrescenzo’s unwillingness to have her coerced abortion is missing from the evidence Scientology was ordered to produce By Tony Ortega Wednesday afternoon, Laura DeCrescenzo filed explosive new information in her four-year legal odyssey against the Church of Scientology, submitting 928 pages of new declarations and exhibits in anticipation of a crucial October 23 hearing in her lawsuit against the church which alleges abuse, including allegations that she was forced to have an abortion at only 17 years of age. Key to the new filings is information gleaned from thousands of pages of previously secret files that the church fought mightily to keep under wraps. But on Monday, the U.

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Sunday Funnies: Scientology Says It Bought a SUPER BOWL Ad!

Super_Bowl_XLVII_logoOn Sundays, we bring to you the latest fliers and mailers and e-mails that Scientologists have received as the church encourages them to donate to one campaign after another. It’s dizzying to keep up with all the requests for cash that church members get hit up for, and this week we received a lot of interesting things to choose from. We call our weekly feature Sunday Funnies. So let’s dig in!

UPDATE 8:05 PM — The “Knowledge” Ad just ran during the AFC game, as promised. See our update below.

Our tipsters really came through this week. We were just sent this first flier, which claims that not only will Scientology’s “Knowledge” ad run during tonight’s AFC Championship game, but it also says that the church has bought an ad for Super Bowl XLVII on February 3!

That’s big news, and church members are being hit up for donations to help finance the ad. But is it really happening?

Advertising in the Super Bowl is a huge deal, and the ad industry watches it very closely. Over at the Ad Age website, a very close watch is kept over every ad purchased — ads which are running about $3.8 million for a thirty-second spot this year.

Noticeably missing from Ad Age‘s list of 2013 Super Bowl advertisers, however, is the Church of Scientology. So we have to wonder, is a bogus claim being made in this mailer?

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We’ll keep an eye on the Ad Age site to see if the church really has bought a spot for the big game. (Update: As John P. points out in the comments, the church may well have purchased local ads in the Super Bowl, which may not show up on the Ad Age list.) In the meantime, let’s all watch for the ad during tonight’s AFC championship between the Baltimore Ravens and the New England Patriots. Please post a report in our comments if you see the ad during the game, and make sure you let us know what city you saw it in.

As for the ad itself, the “Knowledge” spot is just the latest slick come-on that sells Scientology exactly as L. Ron Hubbard advised — as a “mystery sandwich.”

In other words, it consists of a lot of alluring images of mostly hip young people looking wistful as they wonder about the universe’s big questions. It’s intended to make Scientology look edgy and free-spirited. Here’s the script…

To the curious, the inquisitive, the seekers of knowledge
To the ones who just want to know about life, about the universe, about yourself
Not cute questions, big questions, ones that matter

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To the rebels, the artists, the free-thinkers, and the innovators
Who care less about labels and more about truth
Who believe nonconformity is more than a bumper sticker
That knowledge is more than words on a page
You’re young, you’re old, you’re powerful beyond measure

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And the fuel of that power is not magic or mysticism, but knowledge
The things you see, the things you feel, the things you know to be true
Sure, some will doubt you. Let ‘em
Dare to think for yourself. To look for yourself. To make up your own mind
Because in the eternal debate for answers, the one thing that’s true, is what’s true for you
[Scientology.org]

Well isn’t that special. But it’s funny that somehow the ad doesn’t mention that if you join Scientology, you’ll be reading nothing written by anyone but this guy…

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Or that to be a real rebel and get that upper-level knowledge you crave, you’ll end up paying about $1,000 an hour for the privilege.

And that once you get to those secrets of the universe, the big reveal is that your body is infested with alien souls called “body thetans,” and that for several more years you’ll be buying more counseling at tens of thousands of dollars a throw for 1950s-era electronic exorcisms.

How edgy!

Well, perhaps that’s just too much to get into a one-minute ad.

Speaking of which, if Scientology actually did manage to buy a full minute during the Super Bowl, it would run something like $7.6 million. That’s some IAS grant!

(The International Association of Scientologists is something every church member is pressured to join. As Lawrence Wright pointed out in his book published last week, Going Clear, even with every Scientologist forced to join, the size of the IAS is only about 30,000 members, not the millions of members the church claims.)

We find particularly quaint the notion that such ventures are being paid for with IAS “grants.” It’s something we noticed relatively recently, and comes off like a concerted initiative. Perhaps because “we decided to use the thousands of dollars we squeezed out of you in a way that has no religious purpose” just doesn’t have the same ring.

 
Our second item is almost as hot. Marc Headley brought to our attention an exchange he had Thursday night with actor Bodhi Elfman on Twitter. Here’s how it started…

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Ouch. Headley’s zinger refers to that night’s NBC Rock Center episode that featured Lawrence Wright and the subject of his book, director Paul Haggis, who NBC’s Harry Smith called the most famous Scientologist ever to leave the church and speak out about it.

Headley says that Elfman then “followed” him on Twitter so that he could send Headley a private direct message. Here it is…

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After sending that message, Elfman then immediately blocked him, Headley says. But Headley responded publicly…

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Well, living well is the best revenge, and the Headleys sure have things going for them now. (Jenna Elfman’s show, meanwhile, isn’t doing very well with critics. But at least Bodhi seems thrilled by it.)

 
Hey, remember that Harlem Night promotion at the Times Square org we told you about? If you remember, we said its $150 price tag seemed kind of steep to hear Alfreddie Johnson bloviate about the history of Scientology uptown. But now, we have to rethink our position. Just look who’s been added to the bill!

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If we knew Pat Harney was going to show up in her cape, we’d pretty much have to be there.

And here’s another event happening at the New York org…

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Meanwhile, Author Services hits the road down to Orange County, and puts on a dramatic reading in Spanish!

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Hey, tomorrow night! Grab a seat as Matt Feshbach reveals the secrets of the financial world! Maybe he’ll even put on a demonstration of his Super Powers. (Long story.)

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Thanks again to our great tipsters. Keep those mailers and fliers coming!

UPDATE 8:05 PM — A THIRTY-SECOND VERSION OF THE “KNOWLEDGE” AD JUST AIRED DURING THE AFC CHAMPIONSHIP. Sure enough, as promised, the ad aired, and during a tight game — so it must have been seen by quite a few people!

Some Twitter reactions…

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UPDATE 8:25 PM — AND NOW AN AD FOR TOM CRUISE’S SCI-FI FLICK “OBLIVION” JUST AIRED

Now that’s some synergistic marketing.

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Posted by Tony Ortega on January 20, 2013 at 07:00

 

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  • John P.

    Super Bowl Ad: I actually believe they’re going to run the ad in those specific markets during the Super Bowl. I strongly suspect that the Ad Age list is of national advertisers whose ads are running in all markets; because there are a limited number of slots that local advertisers can claim, those are not listed in the trade press coverage of the upcoming ad battle. The choice of some of the markets is obvious — LA, Clearwater, Bay Area. But how many Scientologists are in Sacramento, Minneapolis/St. Paul and Seattle?

    They won’t pay the full $3.8 million for a national spot, since those were sold last fall in the “upfront” sales period; all the national advertisers are big customers of the networks with extensive campaigns, so no network is going to bump their (custom-made for the event) spots in favor of a single insertion from the cult, the way they did during American Idol. That said, the cult probably bought the space in the spot market and could actually be paying more than $3.8 million because they’re outbidding people who already owned the inventory. Again, Miscavige’s inability to plan is likely to cost the cult a bundle.

    Regarding the ad itself, it’s interesting that they’re hinting at “you’re young, you’re old, you’re powerful beyond measure.” That sounds like an appeal to the existing membership, who need to be reminded that all their achievements in moving up the “Bridge” confer super power status — interesting that they’ve moved the focus of the ad a little bit from the size of membership, perhaps because it’s so easily exposed in members’ recent experience to be shrinking, and focused instead on the reminding people that they have special abilities that they’ve gotten after spending all that money. Somehow, I suspect this will only highlight the cognitive dissonance of what members thought they were going to get from being in the cult and what their lives are actually like. Another foot bullet.

    The picture of Hubbard, showing the dental work of a Neanderthal, is positively scary.

    Twitter War with the Elfmans: Bodhi seems to be a little slow in understanding social media. Some people who knew him from Celebrity Centre have suggested he’s not “nuculer physicist” material on the best of days. The 2006 episode when he confronted a mocker of Scientology on the street in Hollywood is perhaps an example: http://www.tmz.com/2006/06/13/when-elfmans-explode/.

    Yeah, that’s it, the “wogs” are just jealous of Scientologists. You keep telling yourself that, Bodie! And keep rooting for Jenna’s show to succeed, because if it craters, she won’t be doing much until she is invited on some reality show for washed up stars, and you’ll be unemployable in Hollywood after your sleazy agent firm continues to unwind.

    Harlem Nocturne: So does the new flyer mean that Alfreddie Johnson is not going to speak at the Harlem Round Table event? That’s an upgrade on the program, though I can’t imagine what low-grade local PR shill Pat Harney, who is no Karin Pouw even on her best days, brings to the party. And of course, let’s not forget that the Harlem event is being held at the New York org, near Times Square, and a long ways from Harlem itself, even though Harlem is becoming pretty gentrified these days.

    Global Hatting Campaign: This is interesting, because it suggests that the cult is coming under increasing scrutiny from members about how the money raised for Volunteer Ministers and CCHR is being spent, so they’re desperately trying to recruit people to actually go out and implement some sort of visible effort for these things. As I recall, the 2012 American Psychiatric Association meeting was supposed to be the target for big protests (remember the ad of people holding up signs that was so badly photoshopped that some of the protesters had 11 fingers on each hand), but there were no credible reports of protesters from CCHR or the cult actually showing up (there were protesters from other organizations). So this sounds like they’re trying to get some action going here to try to prop up the cash stream from these front groups — another data point that makes me wonder if the front groups are struggling as much as the rest of the cult. Of course, it’s not surprising that a financially tapped-out member public would be slowing down donations to the front groups; it’s interesting to see this implicit acknowledgement of this fact. That could end up signalling that a renewed focus on Narconon will pay huge dividends in crippling the cult.

    Author Services World Tour: I can hardly wait for a “theatrical” reading of Hubbard’s story, “Tough Old Man.” Somehow, when I imagine this performance, I doubt any of the celebrities trained by Milton Katselas will be involved. I am thinking something more along the lines of community theater, so ably portrayed in the movie “Waiting for Guffman.” A truly horrendous experience. And I can hardly wait to see what the “Friends of Ron” group with their “Ambassador” program offers the member unwary enough to show up for this event. Is this a Sea Org recruitment come-on? I am sure that, these days, if I were a cult member, I’d be terrified of any invitation to an event that doesn’t have any clearly stated agenda…

    Finance Seminar with Kurt Feshbach: I shudder to think what sort of financial advice failed hedge fund manager Feshbach will offer to the Public. Will he offer some unique insights on shorting stocks, which he did OK at back in his heyday nearly thirty years ago, back when he could attack thinly traded stocks with fraudulent managements? Or will he share his more recent theories, like shorting large-cap names on valuation, which blew up his fund? It’s interesting that he’s now apparently in the position of being a “reg,” one of those guys that makes tons of money earning 10% commission for every dollar extracted from the suckers. I don’t recall Feshbach doing these events in the past.

    Perhaps he’s feeling a little strapped for cash after his 20-year younger wife was with child, a pregnancy memorialized in this oh-so-tasteful painting: http://www.dickzimmerman.com/viewlarger.php?id=feshbach, showing that even in his advancing years, he has the “firepower” to knock up a girl whose family was apparently the “help” for his family for years.

    • i-Betty

      Oh noooo, that painting! How funny. John, I thoroughly enjoy your posts, thank you :)

      • http://www.facebook.com/dee.fogger Dee Fogger

        Beyond being of questionable taste, it’s an odd painting. The light sources and highlights are different – a huge highlight on her hand results in attention to how strangely her arm is posed and the bright glow between their heads distracts from their faces (which I would rather pay attention to than her exposed belly). It reminds me of pregnant belly cakes at baby showers.- I don’t want to eat them any more than I’d want to stare at this painting. http://www.cakewrecks.com/home/2009/2/23/hey-everybody-thish-cake-ish-from-holland-ishnt-that-veird.html

    • http://twitter.com/sandyshores50 Sunny Sands

      I think the poster says Matt Feshbach.

      • Unex Skcus

        Two Feshbachs too many?

      • John P.

        Oops. I stand corrected. Comments about his brother’s financial wizardry apply equally to him, however.

        • TheHoleDoesNotExist

          Hey, you’re getting pretty tough yourself, JohnP. Welcome to the dark side! [wicked cackle insert]

    • Observer

      Maybe they’ll get the brilliant Scientology comedy troupe Laughworks to do the reading of Hubbard’s “humorous story”. If his sense of humor is as funny as his wisdom is wise, I predict a very bored audience.

      • Poison Ivy

        He’s hilarious! Come on, “Floof the goof”? (Isn’t that his famous saying?) Makes me laugh every time.

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Gerard-Plourde/1127841398 Gerard Plourde

          I think it’s “goof the floof”. I’d like to put in a vote for “I was up in the Van Allen belt.This is factual. And,uh, I don’t know why they’re scared of the Van Allen Belt because it’s simply hot. Uh, you’d be surprised how warm space is.”

          • Midwest Mom

            I’m hoping that they’ll serve Floofernutter bars, Smershmallow Krispie Bars, and Engram Crackers for refreshments.:)

            • http://www.facebook.com/people/Gerard-Plourde/1127841398 Gerard Plourde

              LOL

          • Poison Ivy

            Of course, I got Hubbard Dyslexia for a moment there! Yes, the Van Allen Belt comment is definitely one of the classics, along with the freight trains on Mars…

            • http://www.facebook.com/people/Robert-Eckert/100002715429426 Robert Eckert

              The freight train was on Venus: you’re goofing the floof again. But don’t call a Marcabian Fifth Invader a Venusian; he’d probably shoot you, because that would be a terrible insult.

            • http://www.facebook.com/people/Gerard-Plourde/1127841398 Gerard Plourde

              touche.

    • EnthralledObserver

      Haha… just went and read that Elfman piece – it’s old, but I am new to this. So… just wondering what is the correct response to “What are your crimes?” shouted in one’s face, should I ever be confronted with it???

      • John P.

        I would love to experiment with this, except that the number of die-hard Scientologists who would say this in public to somebody irritating them seems to keep plummeting for some reason. But my guess is that this would mess with their heads:

        While they are saying that, smile quietly and indulgently like a bystander witnessing a particularly ludicrous tantrum thrown by a three year old. Then confidently and authoritatively say

        I know why you are saying that. Your religion tells you that this will ‘confront and shatter’ suppression. You said that with lots of intention, heck you were probably at Tone 20, which is “action.” Whatever tone level you are is certainly way above mine. But I’m not exactly shattered. So you applied the tech correctly, but it didn’t work. You might want to think about how that fits with what they telling you about the tech working 100% of the time when it’s applied standardly — here’s a case where you did a magnificent job of doing everything you were supposed to do but absolutely nothing happened. Could that mean that other parts of the “tech” is equally bogus?

        • 1subgenius

          Nice.
          I think I might just go, “Bwaa-ha-ha, wouldn’t you like to know.”

        • sugarplumfairy

          eggggcellent.. And I would add, “so, hey.. How much did it cost you to learn how to do that?”

        • Poison Ivy

          That would FREAK someone out, particularly someone new to confront and shatter protocol!

        • Midwest Mom

          My super duper supremo trick is to respond to the person in the Lithuanian language (lietuviu kalba). Do I speak Lithuanian? Ne. You don’t need to be fluent in Lithuanian to slam the brakes on someone else’s crazy talk or behavior. You say “I don’t speak Lithuanian ” in Lithuanian and you’ll be speaking Lithuanian. It’s that easy! It’s super duper effective and loads of fun, too. Try it the next time you need to tone down the crazy.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b36SXjsfCmA

        • Anon Nom Nom

          To sum that up: “You haven’t ‘shattered my suppression,’ so either your ‘tech’ sucks or you’re an idiot with horrible application. You also sound insane when you respond to my logical arguments with crap like ‘what are my crimes?’ Please go word clear ‘non-sequitur.’”

          • John P.

            Actually, my version is a little different. I figured that Jenna Elfman would be even more vain and egotistical than most actresses. I figured that complimenting her on her inherent acting ability to mock up emotions, plus the added Super Powers that being a good Scientologist would confer, would absolutely positively mean that she was doin’ it right. And that would mean that the tech is wrong. Giving her an either-or choice, that it’s her execution or that the tech is wrong would lead them to believe, as they’re trained to do, that if Scientology doesn’t work, it’s their fault. By telling her what a great job she’s doing mocking up “Tone 20,” that would focus on the fact that the tech is not getting it done.

            • Anon Nom Nom

              But there’s only so much time for a quick reply. You’ve got to keep things sharp and short.

              I understand your point, though.

      • DMSTCC

        How ’bout – I was the one that put illplaced puctuation in your old books and that’s why you had to buy everything all over again.

        • Poison Ivy

          Ha ha!

      • Chee Chalker

        Try this:

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8wRXa971Xw0

        (relevant response advice at 0:59)

        • scnethics

          That’s awesome. :)

        • ParticleMom

          Hysterical. The follow-up video was great, too.

      • http://valerim9.com/ Valerie Ross

        I think the correct response would be a nice calm, hmmm, “Do I know you?”

      • http://www.facebook.com/soul.garage.studio Tony Williams

        EO, I found a beautific Buddha smile worked quite well, and seemed to really enturbulate the poor cultist assigned to get my goat. You have to decide how to respond to the physical stuff; when they were bumping me on the picket line I figured there were three responses available. Tit for tat would go against my non-violence beliefs, plus would likely end with us both in jail! Falling to the ground while screaming for help might let the jerks feel at cause, which is something one should never permit when dealing with Scieno-culties. So I took the course of ignoring their little bumps and shoves, and just smiling louder and louder, so they wouldn’t have to word-clear my message!

        ’til next time; wynot

      • Observer

        “I’m an advance scout for the Marcab invader force.”

      • stanrogers

        I believe the canonical response is: “Littering… and creating a nuisance”. You’ll probably get the hairy eyeball and all kinds of mean, nasty things between the “littering” and the “creating a nuisance”, but eventually you’ll all have fun there on the Group W bench.

      • LaLa104

        Well, whatever you do don’t start shouting “I’m a Baby Raper”… that’ll just give Jenna some smug satisfaction…

      • Midwest Mom

        I would sing, “I’m guilty; of love in the first degreeeeeeee………………”

      • grundoon

        “Are you auditing me?”

        • Ziontologist

          Excellent, Grundoon!

      • Anon Nom Nom

        How about the following: “Do you realize how crazy you sound right now? Please go word clear ‘Non sequitur.’”

    • 1subgenius

      “The picture of Hubbard, showing the dental work of a Neanderthal, is positively scary.”

      I just thought of something I read, I think, in John Sweeney’s book.
      There’s an evil (French, I think) psych who speculated that LRH had a psychotic episode after receiving nitrous oxide during dental work.
      Extrapolating from that speculation, that may explain his apparent subsequent failure to maintain his dental health.
      (And now that I hear that in my head, maybe too, his mental health.)

      • sugarplumfairy

        Lol.. Also from Sweeney’s book:

        “…hubbard is the assumed prototype of the most perfected human being that Scientology can offer. He is their model. And they mimic him. You could even say that the whole auditing process of Scientology and it’s courses are a way to make you more hubbardist or Hubbard-like…”

        Eeewwwww??

        • BuryTheNuts2

          Makes you want to run to the nearest Org so you can achieve such beingness, eh?

          Actually looking at the pic of him above just makes me want to floss…a LOT.

          • sugarplumfairy

            Haaha.. I was flossing as I read that..

            • BuryTheNuts2

              See how easy LRH can hypnotize you?
              And the fucker is dead!

          • Poison Ivy

            Absolutely. Hubbard himself maintained that his was a prototypical “case”, didn’t he? Damn, that’s scary. The fish stinks from the head down….

        • Midwest Mom

          Eeeeewwwwwwww is right. How this man was able to find women willing to get anywhere near him intimately is beyond my capacity to understand. He is so disgusting! I can’t imagine that face up close, let alone in smooching mode. EEEEEEEEEEEwwwwwwwwwwwwww!!!!!!!

          • LaLa104

            The mere thought of kissing that fugly mug and my gawd looking at those disgusting teefers make me cringe to think he married 3 times and procreated to boot.. (multi~tasking as I type this and floss simultaneously).

            • Midwest Mom

              Hubbard is so hideous, he makes Mick Jagger look attractive.

            • LaLa104

              Hell even Keith Richards seems attractive compared to that Red Headed Slimey Toothed Rooster!

            • BuryTheNuts2

              Hey….don’t diss Keef. He be alright…..especially now that he got the teeth fixed.

            • BuryTheNuts2

              What makes you all think ANY of these women actually kissed him?

            • LaLa104

              Bwwaaaahahahaha… That’s whatcha call a double bagger my friend.. A bag on his head and a bag on hers!

            • Midwest Mom

              Check and mate!

          • BuryTheNuts2

            This has been something I have been trying to figure out my whole life!
            My mother was one hell of a good looking woman and she worshiped the ground this guy walked on (and according to her she did more than kiss him!).
            I remember looking at his picture on the book jackets and trying to figure out what I was missing (well that and it was easier than trying to actually read them).

            She even smoked those damn Kools….want to guess why?

            • Midwest Mom

              Your mom actually revealed that to you? You poor girl. I wish I could go back in the wayback machine and have a long talk with that woman (about a lot of things)!

              You don’t have red hair by any chance,do you?

            • BuryTheNuts2

              No way, my mother was not fertile.I am adopted.
              She was way hotter than Marjorie Cameron though.
              Yeah, she revealed tons of things to me …but she was a strange bird. She treated me like an adult even when I was five.
              Don’t get me wrong, I did not have a bad life at all.
              But it was unique.

            • Midwest Mom

              I’ll bet she let you wear Go-Go boots, too!

            • Observer

              Ohhhh, that was a sore spot with me. My mom would never let me have a pair!

            • LaLa104

              I didn’t get the Go Go boots either but I thought I was the shitz when she let me have my first pair of Indian moccasin fringe boots.. Groovy and far out man…..

            • BuryTheNuts2

              Ditto on those moc’s!
              They were so cool.

            • BuryTheNuts2

              She let me borrow hers.

      • http://www.facebook.com/VictoriaPandora Victoria Pandora

        That nitrous episode is also covered in Wrights book. Seemingly Hubbard came up with the Excalibur material during his nitrous daze.

      • John P.

        Another possible explanation for Hubbard’s pathological avoidance of the dentist is childhood sexual abuse. Remember all that stuff about “Snake” Thompson, who had an unnaturally close relationship with the teenage Hubbard in his travels?

        I did a quick Google search and found a bunch of articles dealing with childhood sexual abuse and dentists. Here’s a journal article from 1994 on this phenomenon in women: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1300/J070v05n04_04. No reason that similar patterns of fear of dentistry would not accrue to men; I don’t have the time to do a more thorough search on this issue, but it is credible enough that it’s an alternative explanation worth thinking about.

        • 1subgenius

          I have long believed he was sexually abused as a child.
          And now that I think of it, I believe this is one of the risk factors in Narcissistic Personality Disorder.

        • Deckard__Cain

          Wow, JP. I’ve never even heard of this connection. I’ll have to research this further….I learn so much from you!

          Also, on another topic, I haven’t seen anything from you (unless I missed it) regarding Wright’s book. I’m almost done with it and dying to read your analysis.

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Robert-Eckert/100002715429426 Robert Eckert

          Come on now, John. Accusing Thompson of being a pedophile, based on nothing, is rather worse than the unsourced rumor about Oppenheimer and Carmichael being college buddies which you were so eager to squelch. Here:
          http://www.forum.exscn.net/showthread.php?5390-Commander-quot-Snake-quot-Thompson
          is a fascinating thread full of research about the reality of “Snake” Thompson, whom L. Ron appears to have met once during a ship voyage from West Coast to East through the Canal, and to have envied: many of the fantasies that Ron tells about his life appear to incorporate elements of things that Thompson actually did; Thompson was much smarter than Hubbard, picking up Sanskrit and Japanese with little effort, becoming expert about snakes, beetles, and cats just because they interested him, assigned to some dangerous espionage because the Navy knew him to be wily, and then getting involved in the early Freudian movement before coming to be seen as a radical.

        • richelieu jr

          Little LRon, “Golly, Mr Johnson, that’s no snake!”

          “No, Elron, that’s my johnson!”

      • John P.

        I just checked with a good friend, a card-carrying world famous pharmacology researcher and anesthesia expert. He said that it is incredibly rare for nitrous oxide to cause significant hallucinations. If that did happen, it is easily managed within a minute or two by cranking down the nitrous and cranking up the oxygen. It does distort your sense of hearing but that’s not quite the same thing.

        He said that it is unlikely in the extreme that use of nitrous in a dental procedure would lead to a psychotic episode of any significant duration, unless other meds were involved. Nitrous is sufficiently harmless that it’s not highly regulated the way that almost every other anesthetic agent is. As he points out with a certain amount of contempt in his voice, it’s so simple to use that even dentists can master it.

        Nitrous burns out of the body very quickly. Sorry, Hubbard, no drug residue remains in your system for any appreciable length of time. No need for a “purification rundown” here; move along.

        • grundoon

          Ether was still in use, alone or added in small quantities to nitrous oxide, for anesthesia as late as 1944 and probably later. Sub-anesthetic doses of ether can reportedly produce altered mental states.

    • Poison Ivy

      “you’re young, you’re old, you’re powerful beyond measure.” Except against out mega-powerful fundraising machine and we-get-blood-from-stones-every-day-reggers!

      John P, do the Fesbach Brothers still have most of their ill-gotten wealth?

      • John P.

        I don’t have any way to find out how much money they actually have.

        What is well documented, however, is that after a few years of making money shorting the stocks of scumbag small companies with crooked managements, they tried shorting the stocks of big companies when opportunities to do what they were best at started to dry up — a lot of people got into the game of shorting stocks in the early 1990s, even before hedge funds ramped up. And they made the classic mistake that rookies do when shorting large-cap names: they “short on valuation,” meaning that they see the price of some stock as being too high, so they short it and wait for it to go down. But stocks don’t predictably decline in price just because they’re overvalued against some set of benchmarks… the late 1990s Internet bubble is testament to this. So they got crushed with some real rookie mistakes, and lost a lot of assets, eventually winding up the fund.

        Their investment style has zero chance of working today, given computer-driven trading and all the hedge funds in the market looking for short selling opportunities.

        While the brothers are probably not so broke that they have to get actual jobs, I am sure that they are a far cry from where they were in their heyday.

        • Rick Mycroft

          When they were digging dirt on the companies they shorted, they seemed to hire PIs from the same pool as Scientology. If they got back into the game, perhaps they could rent the Squirrel Busters?

    • http://valerim9.com/ Valerie Ross

      All I could think of when I saw that they had ads was “I’m so glad I have DVR and always pause during commercials then fast forward past them.” I hope I don’t have to get a new DVR after it gets contaminated, though.

    • Midwest Mom

      What if you don’t live in an area with an Idle Morgue? Are you telling me that I am (again) going to miss this ad? What if I’m a non-conformist who wants to conform with other non-conformists? These Scientologists are geographic/demographic bigots!

      I have to giggle at the Super Bowl Ad idea, since everyone knows that if a Super Bowl ad isn’t memorably funny (Remember Betty White’s Snickers Spot?) or adorably sweet (usually involves animals), the ads aren’t effective at all. The Co$ ad will give viewers the opportunity to quickly switch to the weather channel or dash to the bathroom.

  • http://twitter.com/sandyshores50 Sunny Sands

    Super Bowl ads are famous because of their uniqueness and originality. Scn says they are airing their “Knowledge” ad during the Super Bowl, It’s also airing today. Isn’t that the same one that’s been in Times Square for weeks? Stale ad being aired is a yawn fest and money pit.

  • koki

    i lOve thiS gAme!!!

    the greatest (I think so…) Reality Show ever…..

    the news are just coming and COming…..or ,they just Bring more and more foot bullets….

    anyway ,…or as $cios mean – Amway….
    big hello from LRHs Bulgravia…

    • Observer

      Scientology watching is the most entertaining spectator sport around these days!

  • AnonymousSP

    Sunday Funnies never disappoint. Thanks Tony et al!

  • t1kk

    I heard it wasn’t Scientology but Lawrence Wright that took out the Super Bowl ad. Kidding, but he’s going to be the biggest beneficiary so he might as well have.

    • sugarplumfairy

      Lol.. ‘Going Clear’ is no. 7 this morning on Amazon’s top sellers list..

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Robert-Eckert/100002715429426 Robert Eckert

        It may get an even further boost: Kinsley’s review for the NYT is on the front cover of the Sunday “Review of Books” section with a gorgeous graphic of L. Ron surrounded by flying saucers and moons with Fifties-ish people gazing up at him, reminiscent of the “Space Station 33″ video. Any of you who have not seen that video, it’s a must: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KpHhJKeTYxI

        • BuryTheNuts2

          Oh my god…this is what happened to Tom Cruise’s wives!
          Engram on ’33′?

    • BuryTheNuts2

      The Scientology PR machine is the master of unintended consequences.
      Every press release, advertisement, internal e-mail or those comical ‘legal’ letters to editors just keeps making it all easier and easier for the likes of us.
      Davey should have ran the numbers better on the amount of competent staff he could confine to the hole before reaching critical mass of brain drain.
      But of course that would have taken some proactive planning on his part and well…lets just say we know his poor planning skills are on that very long list of his weaknesses.

      • Poison Ivy

        From everything I’ve read, even when he had the competent staff, he didn’t really listen to them (when they told him things he didn’t want to hear.) Bad Management 101.

    • TheHoleDoesNotExist

      Good point. Miscavige might even help put Larry up to #1 on Amazon by Thursday at 2:00 pm. I’m picturing the wicked witch melting in a puddle.

      • BuryTheNuts2

        I wish I was a fly on the wall at Davey’s house this week. I just picture him foaming at the mouth and biting himself in between swallows of McCallan’s.

        • LaLa104

          Makes ya wonder how many people McSlappy and his tiny fists have been slapping around the fortress lately. One can only imagine how twitterpatted and constipated he is these days. All grunt and frothing at the mouth, yipping and yapping like his little OSA uniformed dogs..

  • Observer

    OMG, I cannot stop laughing at poor little Bodhi’s feeble attempt at confront and shatter! He sends Marc a “u jelly?” PM that sounds like it was written by a 15-year-old girl, then blocks him and scuttles back into his Scientology hole where, no doubt, he and Jenna “Have You Raped a Baby?” Elfman were high-fiving and posting private FB statuses about pwning that dirty SP Headley.

    I’ll tell you one thing: Claire Headley is orders of magnitude more beautiful than Jenna on the outside, and is beautiful on the inside as well. Jenna is just a pretty husk filled with LRH’s babblings.

    • VickiStubing

      ^^^^ THIS! ^^^^ (been reading my mind lately?)

      • Observer

        Yes, of course–with my SP sooper powerz!

        • Poison Ivy

          I think Jenna is gorgeous and a great comedienne. But “the empty husk” part is true. I can’t really watch her anymore without the “baby raping” screed coming back into my head.

          • TheHoleDoesNotExist

            Jenna thinks she’s gorgeous too. She has these imaginary rear view mirrors on each shoulder. She tosses her hair to the side to steal a quick glimpse. If you get within 10 feet of her, you can smell plastic ego burning. No, really, it is That bad in this one.

          • richelieu jr

            Haven’t hear the BR screed.. Where might one partake of this nectar?

          • http://twitter.com/Scientology_411 Scientology_411

            And let’s not forget her brilliant comment about AIDS being just a state of mind. Between that and her psychotic baby raping question it makes me wonder how many brain cells she really has. It’s a shame, she’s talented and I loved her in Dharma and Greg but her behavior IRL kind of ruins her for me.

    • BuryTheNuts2

      This post made my morning. What a spot on observation, er, uh…Observer.

    • Captain Howdy

      Jenna is just a pretty husky giraffe who needs a lobotomy.

      • BuryTheNuts2

        It appears she has already had the lobotomy…Scion style.

        • Midwest Mom

          “Lobotomy, Scion Style” – Wasn’t that a ’70′s TV show?

      • Deckard__Cain

        That’s mean to all other giraffes in the world. And she’s not pretty, imo.

        • Captain Howdy

          I didn’t say she was pretty. I said she was pretty husky. And i like giraffes as much as the next guy.

    • http://valerim9.com/ Valerie Ross

      I used to enjoy Jenna’s stuff. The last few shows have been so feeble I watched one episode and quit. Now I don’t watch for ethical reasons. She made a guest appearance on “Two and a Half Men” for a couple of seconds and even that fell flat, maybe she can still escape.

    • TheNextMrsTomCruise

      And Marc Headley is far better looking than Bodhi. Whenever I look at Bodhi, my eyes begin to burn and I find it hard to breathe. Must be that super inflated ego sucking all the oxygen out of the atmosphere. Either that or his marked resemblance to Kenneth Bianchi, a.k.a. The Hillside Strangler.

      • BuryTheNuts2

        Kenneth Bianchi was way better looking than Bodhi.
        Just sayin.

        • Deckard__Cain

          Girrrrll, don’t make me get all Dr. Laura on you.

          • Midwest Mom

            You are grrrowling just like OT8isGrrr8!

          • BuryTheNuts2

            Just pointing out a fact.
            I didn’t say it was a good one (lol).
            He can stay rotting in jail where he belongs until he is as dead as his cousin!
            btw, why do so many serial killers seem to end up in the Pacific Northwest?
            Is there some super secret serial killer clubhouse up there in the woods somewhere?

            • Deckard__Cain

              It is a scientific fact that something happens to humans once they travel north from Southern California (the northern borders of SLO, Kern, and SB Counties is the cutoff). There is some type of magnetic polar brain alteration that messes with people’s brains. It makes unbelievable smugness in most humans but it also creates serial killers and cult leaders to those with the pre-disposition. Serious…fur shure.

              Actually the west coast has produced many of these psychos and knowing that Hubbard spent a lot of time in the Pacific NW seals my theory (for me).

            • BuryTheNuts2

              Valid observation!
              I like your theory and am adopting it….(this is somewhat similar to how LRH came up with Dianutty now isn’t it).

            • Captain Howdy

              “why do so many serial killers seem to end up in the Pacific Northwest?”

              Great dumping grounds, all those woods and furry friends to clean up the mess. And there’s been as many S.K’s in the South as the North. if you want to read an interesting book about S.K’s. see if you find “The Gates of Janus” by Ian Brady.

            • BuryTheNuts2

              Just ordered it.
              Thanks.

            • Captain Howdy

              Also “Beyond Belief ” by Emlyn Williams, which is about the Moors Murders and the best non-fiction crime novel ever written along with “In Cold Blood”.

            • BuryTheNuts2

              In Cold Blood was what sent me down the “True Crime” rabbit hole forty years ago.
              That is still one of the best books I ever read.

            • Midwest Mom

              You were reading “In Cold Blood” when you were that young? I was still reading Nancy Drew!

            • BuryTheNuts2

              I think I was twelve or thirteen.
              I totally never was exposed to Nancy Drew or the Hardy Boys except on TV.
              I read East of Eden when I was about ten.
              I loved Steinbeck.

            • Midwest Mom

              Bury, You led such an unsheltered life. I have so much to teach you, my friend.

            • BuryTheNuts2

              Lol, Mom.
              Un sheltered on one hand……..while I was reading BUtterfield 8, I was also not allowed to walk to school alone…
              And here is another “odd gem”… I was not allowed to wear black until I was sixteen.
              WTF? I still don’t know what that was about.

            • http://www.facebook.com/people/Robert-Eckert/100002715429426 Robert Eckert

              Because once you go black, you never go back!

            • BuryTheNuts2

              Lol That must be it!

            • liz_alice

              It’s called the Waterfront Tavern in Bellingham Wa. This dive has seen the likes of Ted Bundy, The Hillside Strangler, and The DC Sniper, and there are probably more. Not sure of the draw, perhaps it was the quarter beers. If you go, best to check the tide schedules, low tide can be a little whiffy for some.

        • stillgrace

          “You’re a criminal! … Criminals are HOT!!” What movie?

          • http://twitter.com/StipeLeslie LeslieStipe

            Transformers…and I think I’m ashamed to know that at my age!

            • BuryTheNuts2

              I am glad you knew what that was all about….I thought stillgrace was stuck in an electronic incident.

            • stillgrace

              We are movie nuts in this household with teenagers! We play “What movie” all the time.

    • sillyrabbit

      What i find interesting about scientologist’s response to criticism is that they invariably end up communicating the exact thing that they themselves are doing and/or feeling. Seriously. Bodhi is a classic example. Imagine his tweet being sent to him. He is jealous beyond reason. His life is nothing without fame and recognition and yet he has none. Marc needs none of that and yet he has bucket loads.

      But try it out the next time Tony posts a scientologist’s response.

      They seem incapable of drawing from anything else but their own subconscious which is filled with hypocrisies like ten pounds of shit in a five pound bag.

    • villagedianne

      “The bigger they come, the harder they fall”
      Fanatical true believers like Jenna and Bodhi, not to mention Cruise, are going to have the hardest time when the whole thing finally unravels.

      • Observer

        Agreed, and I’d include Kelly Preston in that list. I’m thinking all John Travolta will feel is relief. Maybe he’ll finally get to live *his* life.

    • Anononyourside

      See, this is what happens when you don’t stay up to date with the news about the church, you send out tweets that end up making you look like a total fool. Bodhi, you twerp, do you have any idea how may thousands of people support Marc and Claire Headley? Do you have any idea how may thousands of people are now reading your ridiculous response to Marc and feeling sorry for you for being in a cult that keeps you so ignorant? Next time, ignore the tweet if all you know about a person is told to you by David Miscavige.

      • BuryTheNuts2

        Bodhi, do you realize how many people know you don’t know how to spell Jealousy?
        lol, Bodhi, do you realize U tweet like a preteen girl? lol

  • TheWidowDenk

    The first flyer says the TV ad is currently airing during Dancing With The Stars and The X Factor, among other shows. Yet Dancing With The Stars has a season premiere on March 18 and The X Factor had the second season finale late last year. American Idol is now running so perhaps it was just a major typo.

    • mirele

      Good catch.

      Plus, to emphasize what John P said above, advertisers usually roll out something never before seen (or, in the case of Apple’s infamous 1984 ad, never seen again) for the Super Bowl. This ad has been around. It’s obviously for the churchies, not for the raw meat.

  • California

    The text is very similar, if not identical, to the TV ad during “The Good Wife” of a couple of weeks ago. I wonder if they are going to just run the same ad again during the AFC game?

    Interestingly, they are not even considering running an ad during the NFL game, which starts at 12:00 pm (PT), with the 49′ers v Falcons.

    Bob Adams was, very briefly, a 49′er but after making at least one telephone threat around Narconon Drug Education in the San Francisco Unified School District in 2004 and receiving the gentle attention of NFL security and front office afterwards, his resume no longer includes his 49′er stint.

    Now, no one but us 49′er faithful had any expectation that the team would be playing today but I am still grateful that DM is apparently boycotting the NFL.

    We can only hope that during this year of 2013 SCN foot-bullets and crashes that they can seriously annoy the AFC.

    On the positive side, I cannot wait to hear the responses of the people who watch that ad……..

    I hope that someone will respond to their tweets and guide them over here…… that may even lead to the local markets (I agree with JohnP appraisal of the national vs local ad markets) pulling the proposed Super Bowl ad.

    • TheHoleDoesNotExist

      This made me tingly all over: “Can you imagine what would happen to the information contained in the
      “confidential” Narconon folders? We could and shared that information.” Thank you, mwah!

    • Captain Howdy

      Have we forgotten that 49er semi-great John Brodie was a scientologist for a number of years and with the exception of a clown named kyle williams the 49ers would have been in the super bowl last year ? So I think expectations were already pretty high for this year and with the addition of Johnny Jihad, the sky’s the limit.

      Anyway as someone who had to leave the Best Coast for the Least Coast,, a 49ers-Pats Superbowl… I WIN !

      • Midwest Mom

        I didn’t forget it. I never knew it in the first place!

    • Poison Ivy

      “Bob Adams wanted to introduce Narconon Drug Rehab treatment into the NFL, for the players’ families. Can you imagine what would happen to the information contained in the “confidential” Narconon folders? We could and shared that information.” Once again, California, I see you are quietly doing heroic things behind the scenes…

      • California

        Thank you but the people who deserve praise are the ones in the NFL sports world who listened (all night long from my first phone call for help…. at least I had a good number to call) to one of their own who was very knowledgable. The NFL and the SF PD responded appropriately and fast on several levels.

        Some of the stories of what happened to Bob Adams and to SCN PI Eugene Martin Ingram the following days are very funny and if I ever go to an SP party, I will be more than happy to share them.

    • ze moo

      Three months ago I picked the 49ers and Patriots to go the super bowl. Too bad I only bet $10.00. As I have seen the 60 second and 30 second spots the CO$ has been showing, I’ll tell you what I learned.

      1. Some cute girls with odd eyes and expressions in it
      2. ‘What’s true for you, is true for you’ These folks live on delusions….

      In the mid 80′s Bill Cosby did a stand up routine about drugs. His thoughts on cocaine were:

      Bill: What does cocaine do for you?
      Coke head: It intensifies your personality.
      Bill: But what if you’re an asshole?

      • California

        I do love Cosby’s humor….

        Never saw a SCN ad at the NFL game on CBS. Did I miss it?

      • ze moo

        There goes $10.00 I’ll never see again. Ok, the guy I bet with, bet that the super bowl would be Green Bay and Texas. We’ll just exchange ten dollar bills and then have a beer or 3. No CO$ ad in my market (albany ny)

  • Unex Skcus

    That Knowledge ad flyer has me a bit puzzled… the first girl has very strange eyes, compared with the second pic of her. And the second girl looks like Noomi Rapace – tell me that’s not her pls – just watched “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”, which I really enjoyed.

    • mook

      “And the second girl looks like Noomi Rapace”

      it isn’t her.

    • BuryTheNuts2

      Noomi rocked that role.
      Make sure you watch the other two.

      • Flunk101

        I saw “Prometheus,” and Noomi Rapace blew me away.
        Ridley Scott (Blade Runner, Alien, Thelma and Louise) is a great director. There was a very original and emotionally compelling scene in “Prometheus” that highlighted the importance of abortion rights – even in outer space!

        • BuryTheNuts2

          I will put it on my Redbox list. I had forgotten about that one….and I loved the Alien movies.
          I am glad you reminded me!

      • Unex Skcus

        Sure will, if I can get the DVDs.

    • Peter

      The reason for the strange eyes has to do with coloured lenses. Nowadays, you can pick your colour and many choose “unusual” colours just to be noticed. Quite standard in modeling and show biz.

      • Midwest Mom

        My eyes are the same color, actually, naturally. They look more greenish or blueish depending on the day and look aqua sometimes. When I lived in Ohio for a short time, they actually put aqua down for my eye color. When I moved back to Michigan, they said that aqua wasn’t one of the eye colors that I could have, so the woman told me I had to choose either blue or green.

        That same girl has a deviated septum and her hair is a brassy color, which means she uses the wrong hair color hue. She needs to see a good colorist and an E.N.T.specialist…

        • BuryTheNuts2

          Meow.

          Who are you?…we want Mom back.
          ~~~Don’t try to fool us with those aqua contact lenses.~~~

          Our Mom has REAL aqua eyes and she would never make fun of a bad dye job or something as tragic and disabling as a ‘gasp’ deviated septum.
          Yeah, you may know her geography….but we know you are a “pod” mom.
          If you don’t give her back post haste, then we will give you to the Scientologists!

          • Midwest Mom

            I tooooold you I was working hard at not being judgmental. i’m not always successful! I was not trying to be cruel, though. I’m trying to help the poor girl. Those cultie auditors are not doing that girl any favors. She could have severe breathing problems, which leads to less oxygen intake that effects her blood oxygen levels and oxygen to the brain and also contributes to cardiovascular disease, strokes, and high blood pressure.

            I am trying to save that poor girl’s life!

            Regarding the hair color remark. Uhhhmmm…it’s a beauty intervention. Yes! That’s it. I am trying to help her get to the root of her (((SNAP!))) hair catastrophe. Meeeooow……

            • Midwest Mom

              Bury, on a humorous note, I did not realize it, but when I was writing the above post, I must have said “Meeeeoooow” out loud, without realizing it, because Midwest Husband said, “What were you meowing about?”, then threw me a wink. :)

            • BuryTheNuts2

              Lol, I do that sometimes too! Glad I am not alone.

      • grundoon

        Colored lenses, or Photoshop.

    • Gus_Cox

      The first girl looks kinda like Erika Christensen (scilon actress), maybe?

  • sugarplumfairy

    Well.. That’s not fair.. Stevens Creek(!!?!?) gets the Superbowl ad and Philadelphia doesn’t???

    And GREAT comment, Marc!!

    • VickiStubing

      I’m with ya on both counts. With friends and family scattered all over (and I do mean ALL over the continent and some abroad), I STILL can’t visit anyone in their marketing areas. So I’m thinking that this is for the faithful, again to counter Debbie Cook’s allegations that there is no outreach. But I still can’t wait to see the Twitter-world freakout when the ads air!

    • John P.

      Stevens Creek refers to Stevens Creek Boulevard in San Jose, the shopping heart of Silicon Valley. There’s a mission there. Of course, ads intended for San Francisco are also seen in San Jose, since it’s a single media market.

      • No more

        The “Stevens Creek” Org was originally on Stevens Creek Boulevard in the ’80s. It has since moved twice and is now on Lundy Avenue in San Jose. I went to the recent re-grand opening of Stevens Creek as an Ideal Org just to see how many people were really going to be there. There were a few hundred, maybe even 500 but many were staff from as far away as Sacramento (a two-hour drive) and Los Angeles (a 5+ hour drive). I was asked to not take any pictures by a Sea Org person from “Gold” and when I asked him why not he said that pictures and videos were being used by SPs on the internet and so they had this new policy. I still took some with my iPhone. I can only assume that since Sea Org members aren’t allowed to have cell phones they might not know about these new-fangled “smart phones”!

        I also thought it was interesting that the only people honored at the event were the big financial contributors. Not one auditor or staff member was honored for actually using LRH technology which is the alleged purpose of an Org.

        • stillgrace

          I remember seeing the official cult pictures of that event. I remember some creative shooping. I’ll see if I can find them.

      • stillgrace

        The “Stevens Creek Org” may be named for the famous Stevens Creek Boulevard, but it’s located no where near Stevens Creek Boulevard. The Boulevard turns into San Carlos Street right at the “shopping heart” (I love that) of “Silicon Valley”. That’s where the “Valley Fair Mall” of my youth and the newer, upscale “Santana Row” are located. Continue east down San Carlos Street and you’ll run into Japantown and downtown San Jose. San Jose is a large city, and sub-divided into many named communities: Japantown, Downtown, Willow Glen, Berryessa, and Cambrian Park are just a few examples.

        My point is: Co$ is very inventive and directionally-challenged when it comes to naming their establishments in the Bay Area.

        There IS a small mission on Winchester Blvd, located about a half mile or so north of Valley Fair and Stevens Creek Blvd, at the corner of Pruneridge Ave, right next to a chronically rundown building, and right on the border of Santa Clara. Co$ calls it the “Mission of San Jose”, but they could have just as easily named it the “Mission of Santa Clara”, based on their geographical logic.

        If you hop on I880 from there, and travel about 8 miles north, you’ll be in the Berryessa community, and that’s where you’ll find the “Stevens Creek Ideal Org”, located at 1865 Lundy Ave, San Jose, CA.

        The most pretentious geographical “leap in logic” in naming their Bay Area orgs is the other actual “ideal org” located in San Jose, located at 650 Saratoga Ave, San Jose, CA, about two miles west of Valley Fair, and ironically, less than a half mile from Stevens Creek Blvd. This is their “Los Gatos” org. (I’m pausing to laugh; Los Gatos is a separate and affluent “town” located about 10 miles south, in the foothills). The “Los Gatos Org (snort)” is still open for business, as I drove by last Wednesday and saw their hopeful “free personality test” placard out on the sidewalk.

        In a new twist, Co$ has a brand new (very small, rents are high here) Dianetics Center, actually located in Los Gatos this time, at 10 Jackson St, Los Gatos, CA. As of last week, there was no $cio signs up, or indication that they are there. I’ll keep you posted, as I live nearby, and I’ve heard from the grapevine that some of the other tenants of 10 Jackson St. are not too happy about this development.

        I apologize for the long post, but I just had to set the record straight regarding $cio’s creative approach to Bay Area geography.

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Robert-Eckert/100002715429426 Robert Eckert

          Jackson Street??? I didn’t think there was any commercial real estate there except the 7-11. I’ve moved back to Michigan so my memory of the geography may be hazy.

          • stillgrace

            Good memory, Robert! The 7-11 is still there and right next door. Score!

            10 Jackson St (on the corner of Main St.) has many alternative heath businesses and some real estate and one beauty spa. It’s been there for some time now.

            • http://www.facebook.com/people/Robert-Eckert/100002715429426 Robert Eckert

              That’s right across from the high school. During the lunch hour the 7-11 is swarmed with teeners. Hey, Scilons, leave them kids alone!

          • Midwest Mom

            You’re in Michigan, too? What region?

            • http://www.facebook.com/people/Robert-Eckert/100002715429426 Robert Eckert

              Grosse Pointe.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Gerard-Plourde/1127841398 Gerard Plourde

      I wonder how active the Philly Org is. They’re still operating out of their location on Race Street where they’ve been since the ’70′s. The last time I was past new Idle Morgue building on Chestnut Street (just before Christmas) I saw posters in the window but no signs of renovation activity. I suppose there could have been work going on inside, though.

  • DMSTCC

    Dscover the full history of Scientology’s growth into Black America and contribute to its future!

    Experience Harlem with soul food

    But don’t go to Harlem, it’s scary

    • Rick Mycroft

      If they’re experiencing Harlem without the Harlem, what’s the “soul food” like? KFC party buckets?

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Robert-Eckert/100002715429426 Robert Eckert

      Yeah, DEE-scover it. Wouldn’t be Sunday Funnies without a stupid typo. Their proofreading perceptives don’t seem to be very clear.

  • Ivan Mapother

    I wish the Cult of Scientology would expand their play-off and Super Bowl ad buys. There are people in the Atlanta and Oklahoma markets who would love to hear more about Scientology’s drug treatment programs.

  • mook

    coincidentally, Doug E Fresh and MC Lyte are performing at the Hip-Hop Inauguration Ball tonight in DC.
    http://www.cnn.com/2013/01/18/politics/inauguration-celebs/index.html

    here’s some contact info of the people who run this, so you can call and complain
    https://www.eventfarm.com/tokens/event/50c63cb7-2e58-4174-bb1c-584d0ab3bc15/transactionId:DHyGgdYDwHUXlgO8IfaHY1GA9facwqR8Ksirgym6W1

  • sugarplumfairy

    Ok, I think that first chick in the knowledge ad is trying to hypnotize me..

    • BuryTheNuts2

      Quick, look away!
      Do not look directly at her…she has evil intentions.

      • richelieu jr

        Well, now I’m interested….

      • MO Mom

        Don’t blink!

    • Observer

      It’s that fixed, dedicated glare …

      • TheHoleDoesNotExist

        I can just hear Miscavige screaming at the ad agency: No no no, you %@#%$%, More Dedicated, More Glare, dammit. You call That a Glare, piss ant? I’ll show you a glare…Here, make her look like me…oh, and YSCOHB.

        • Midwest Mom

          “Look into my eyes… stare……………stare………….deeper…………deeper…………swim in the abyss………….keep swimming……………….you are getting tired…………….soooo tired………….”

    • Poison Ivy

      I wonder if they used Scientologist actors or just hired the pretty faces?

  • BosonStark

    The way I see it is this. You have your Bridge to Total Xenu, but upping your status to the IAS is like helping the entire planet go up their Bridge. It’s the Bridge to Total Xenu for the entire planet. So, even if your wins stopped years ago, and you’re close to bankruptcy, you can still help the entire planet up their bridge, by seeing a loan shark, for example. It’s a win/win situation.

    Tom Cruise has helped over a billion people on Teegeeack learn about LRH tech, and right now the Orgs need to be expanded further to accommodate all these Thetans. You aren’t just you anymore — you are your Thetan!

  • 1subgenius

    DM’s business acumen reminds me of Scott (“Dilbert”) Adam’s brilliant “You Are Wrong Because”

    For your convenience, I have circled the brain
    malfunction(s) that most closely resemble(s) the one(s) you recently made on
    the topic of (fill in topic):

    22. UNCLEAR ON THE CONCEPT OF SUNK COSTS

    Example: We’ve spent millions developing a water-powered
    pogo stick. We can’t stop investing now or it will all be wasted.

  • scnethics

    The free-thinking artists targeted in that Super Bowl / AFC Championship ad are not exactly the group most likely to be watching a football game, are they? These ads are just for show, just for church members, hence the email telling members about them.

    • Poison Ivy

      Well, not necessarily. I know a lot of artist types who watch the Super Bowl. I am not one of them.

      • scnethics

        Oh sure, but they aren’t the most likely group to be watching. The ad is highly targeted, so if they really wanted to reach that target, I know there would be more efficient ways to do it. For what it’s worth, almost all the scientologists I know watch football. I think they are the real target.

        • Poison Ivy

          That’s interesting about all the scientologists you know watching football! And you are probably right because it seems 99% of all CO$ propaganda is based on convincing the members themselves that everything is better than ever. But I could see some disaffected teen being interested in an ad like that. However, it’s 2013, not 1975. Any disaffected teen will have access to google.

          • scnethics

            Ha Ha, now that I think about it, I didn’t watch football until I got into scientology. It’s just been so long now, I’d forgotten about that!

            You’re right, and thanks to google I think this ad will bring more people to xenu.net than to scientology.org.

    • Sidney18511

      And free thinking artists are not exactly loaded down with cash either.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=664333811 Paul Sheehan

    This just proves DM never learns. If they do run the ad it will mean people will research the web and then see what a scummy cult they are. It also would not surprise me if they do run it during the SB but on another channel.

    This is clearly a desperate internal PR move of the worst type. It is only being shown in major cult strongholds where they have some bodies left in the ORG’s. NOTE DC is not on the list LOL. There is no way the cost of these adds will be recuperated by them. They are not going to make 3.8 million in sales of books or courses from this add. The worst part is the members are voluntarily donating for their continuing brainwashing.

    • villagedianne

      Yes, the very people these ads are designed to appeal to, young, hip, and edgy, are also the most internet-savvy.
      They might do better with the segment of retirees who either don’t own computers or don’t go near the computer they bought years ago.

  • TheHoleDoesNotExist

    TV Ads: Emphasizes continued support to remind customers that you can’t get away with dropping a mere $100,000 last week and not cough up even More NOW (up your status).

    Super Bowl local ad Cities: This tells you which areas are the top SP hot spots (the most number of staff blows, customer refund requests, legal problems, media blasts. Appealing to Nonconformists who will be Doubted if they hook up with their local eMeter Maid is pretty much going straight for the Mental Market. Seems like they now know this is the only customer type that would walk into a center now, reinforced by using faces with that glazed over spaced out glare. In other words, they’re desperate for unqualified staff, so sounds like the qualifications might be getting tossed out the window along with the slaves that just flew out that window, as well as those who must be getting offloaded for illness.

    Marc Headley is on a roll, isn’t he? Just love that guy and his family picture says it all. The Jenna and Bodhi are living in high pressured hell every minute of every hour and not even their arrogant narcissism can help them ease the stress you see in their haunted eyes. Yeah, we’re All sitting here wishing we could be you, Jenna.

    Pat Harney: Shame on you, woman. You have sold out women, you have sold out your race, you have sold out all your friends, while you run off … hey, wait a sec. Sending Pat Harney out of Flag, on tour, means they are desperate for staff. I mean, Pat’s the only one that can lie without blinking even to wailing mothers of lost children. Oh, and Pat, yes Harlem has more money bait, but honey, you can bet your sour puss they ain’t givin’ the likes of you one damn cent. They’re on to you.

    Feshbach on Tour? LA Org? All I can say, Matt, is you better extract plenty of bucks because you’ll soon be having competition for your Tours Reg gig. Might want to get an app to keep up with Reed Slatkin’s Release Date. Lol

    Global Campaign Hatting, Author Services Tours?! Okay, this and all the above add up to one thing: They must be losing staff (Even Sea Org Now !) as fast as customers. Miscavige already deputized All as salesmen, and now All seem to be Tours personnel.

    Summary: Desperately Seeking Staff

    • Poison Ivy

      I think it’s time Tory Christmas re-started her campaign to warn the black community.

    • John P.

      Interesting that Sacramento, one of the most recently opened Idle Morgues, is seeing enough staff defections and other chaos to be worthy of inclusion on the list of local markets for an ad…

      • TheHoleDoesNotExist

        The orgs are dead, JohnP. The events are 100% Truman Show.

        • John P.

          I understand that the orgs are dead. My surprise was at Sacramento, figuring that there are even fewer culties per capita than in other cities in the US. I can understand throwing money at NYC — the biggest media market, and while I’m not sure how many culties are in the area, you might pick up a handful of new bodies to come in and get a free personality test. But Sacramento???

          • California

            See my post above, JohnP. The ad is for the politicos.

      • Deckard__Cain

        I have the misfortune to drive past the Sacramento Org on a regular frequency (at different times of the day) and sometimes I actually pull into the alley beside the Org to watch the activity inside. I have yet to see anyone except Org staff (maybe SO, I can’t tell which is staff and which is SO) inside this building. There are plenty of pedestrians passing by and there is a popular mall right next door. I’ve even seen the same homeless people around the building on multiple occasions. But I’ve never seen anyone in regular street attire inside the building.

        The Sacramento area has some of the highest foreclosure rates in California (if not the entire US). It is a company town (State of CA employees) that has been battered and beaten consistently since 2008. Scientology is aiming very low if they are targeting for new Public and SO recruits.

      • California

        It is for the politicians who are stuck up there for Super Bowl Sunday. Sacto is the capitol of California…… and the politico Super Bowl parties if a California team is in the fight are legendary.

    • Rick Mycroft

      Supposedly they’re still trying to staff the Super Power building by cannibalizing the cream of staff from the rest of the organization. 1500 staff is a significant percentage of the total of remaining active Scientologists. Two years ago they still needed 500 staff. Now they probably need more due to defections and what not.

      As fast as local orgs can recruit staff (and how fast is that?), someone from Flag will be there trying to take them away.

      • TheHoleDoesNotExist

        It’s actually the other way around now. No one wants to join staff. The Idle Orgs when they open seem to have OT 8′s that were pressured to run them, and the rest are Sea Org execs who are stolen from whatever SO org they came from. Just another sign amid all the reports that staff are leaving, but these ads above tell me that Sea Org are bailing too. And the older SO have got to be keeling over, dead or too ill to serve their Master, so they’ll be kicked to the curb. There will always be an excuse not to open Super Power because the rundowns don’t exist, except running around a pole, which most of the wealthy and aging customers won’t be able to do without crippling themselves or inviting heart attacks. As far as the space rides, they don’t exist either, and even if something got dreamed up, (good luck getting permits) those contraptions would definitely kill off the remaining platimonious meritorious old geezers. Miscavige would probably have them sign over their Last Will and Testament assets in his name before allowing them on the spinning rides, along with the 12 inch thick promise to not sue.

  • subsilentio

    This is rather unlike Old Scientology. Old Scientology would buy the nationwide ad, no matter what the cost. There are two possibilities.

    One is that they got turned down. While the recent Atlantic kerfuffle makes this remotely possible, the Atlantic targets a different audience than the Super Bowl, and I think if the Super Bowl had issues, they’d just charge more. As much as the cult itself is rotten, this particular ad is as innocuous as the Mormon ads you sometimes see in mass media.

    The other is they can’t afford it, but more importantly, they instead targeted local ads in areas where they already have orgs, that is, where they have probably done all the recruiting they can and are at saturation. So it won’t get any new members. Why do it? It’s to convince their remaining members that they’re the kind of mainstream organization that has ads in the Super Bowl.

    Most of their propaganda efforts seem to be aimed inward these days. They seem to have realized they’ve lost the larger world. The Atlantic ad was somewhat different, but still, had more the look of North Korean propaganda, not expected to be believed by anyone in reality.

    • mirele

      The ad would have to be structured carefully for the Super Bowl–to wit, this vague nonsense would pass, because it’s inoffensive crap. I remember there was some heat over the Focus on the Family ad last year featuring kids chanting John 3:16. But that was allowed, because, well, people show up to football game end zones with John 3:16 signs. (I am just so glad that my cousin who does the football fan dress-up deal chooses to go as Kid Rock and doesn’t wave a sign with a Bible verse.)

    • John P.

      You’re absolutely right that the propaganda is aimed inward, to stop defections, particularly of the richer “whales” and of the older entrepreneurs who fund a lot of the cult’s adventures.

      It is unlikely in the extreme that the cult’s bid to advertise in the Super Bowl was turned down because of the cult’s reputation, particularly in the wake of the mess at The Atlantic. The ads for the Super Bowl are the most coveted slots on TV. They are sold by the network that runs the Super Bowl as part of the “upfront” season, which typically takes place in May. In the “upfront,” the networks host big multi-day events to roll out their new shows. And the big national advertisers (Budweiser, Chevrolet, Procter & Gamble, etc.) sign deals to make large buys on various shows. By signing early, they get the best prices versus “spot” purchases made right before a show airs. Super Bowl ad slots are typically only given to the network’s best advertisers, and almost all the slots are spoken for by the end of the upfront season.

      So the reason that the cult did not get a national slot on the Super Bowl is that they didn’t bid for one during the upfront. They probably only hatched this plan a few weeks ago. It’s another example of Miscavige being reactive as well as ill-informed about the nature of the TV business. Even if the cult had offered to buy a Super Bowl slot, it’s not likely that they would have had that offer accepted. And that has nothing to do with the fact that the cult is a scam and a repellent abuser of human rights. It’s because the networks ration slots to their best customers.

      Incidentally, the cult may have had to outbid local advertisers to get into those markets by a substantial margin, so they could have ended up spending more than the $3.8 million cost of a 30-second spot as priced in the upfront back in May, just because they’re desperate and they’re very late to the game.

      • ze moo

        Using only metropolitan area census info, all of the Super Bowl ad buys total potential 26.1 million viewers. I know, I am under counting total TV viewership in these areas, but 40 million viewers total for the ads seems too high.

        Remember that just because a local broadcast station sold a CO$ commercial, doesn’t mean that Comcast or Time Warner or what ever local cable station is carrying the super bowl isn’t going sell their own commercial to run over the CO$ spot. Billy Fuccillo could preempt the CO$ very easily.

        If they had spent 3.8 mill and bought a national spot, they would have saved money and guaranteed their viewership. There aren’t that many scieno’s in Seattle, Minneapolis or Denver, why are they included? Those 3 cities don’t make sense for ‘preaching to the choir’ or as ‘just a numbers’ buy.

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Gerard-Plourde/1127841398 Gerard Plourde

          Didn’t a new Idle Org open in the Twin Cities recently? The Minneapolis buy could be another sign of damage control. The consequences of the Debbie Cook email may be revealing themselves.

          • ze moo

            Covering the new Idle Morgs is the only strategy that makes sense. They are indeed, preaching to the choir…..

      • 1subgenius

        “It’s another example of Miscavige being reactive as well as ill-informed about the nature of the TV business.”

        Have you found him to be adept or well-informed about the nature of ANY particular aspect of business? Even the mind control cult pyramid scheme business?
        I’m picturing all the family businesses that petered out when the second generation, without the “skills to pay the bills” inherited the concern. Born on third, they think they hit a triple.

    • AnyOldName1

      I think The Atlantic ad was also internally focused straight at the high rollers who contribute mega bucks for the Ideal Morgues & IAS. The Atlantic’s demographics are upper class, intellectual and cultural types (or wannabes). Always good to be able to drop a mention of the latest issue on the cocktail circuit. The non-scn readers aren’t going to be impressed with the number of new morgues opened.

    • LongNeckGoose

      I watched the game but didn’t see the ad. One of several advantages to living a hundred miles away from a Scientology Mission.

  • Matt D

    “(The International Association of Scientologists is something every church member is pressured to join. As Lawrence Wright pointed out in his book published last week, Going Clear, even with every Scientologist forced to join, the size of the IAS is only about 30,000 members, not the millions of members the church claims.)”

    Or, in the case of my father-in-law, they get pressured into buying lifetime IAS memberships for their non-scieno family. My wife, her mother, and 3 siblings were all signed up (at $5000 per member) against their knowledge and no matter what they do, cannot get removed from ‘the list’.

    • mirele

      Well isn’t that interesting. So even the IAS membership rolls are inflated.

      • TheHoleDoesNotExist

        Verrrrrry interesting, mirele. New lows exposed weekly. Oh, and I am probably still one of their membership stats, so if I subtract all of us SP’s, they got maybe 3,000. IAS was mandatory at certain upper orgs and by now probably everywhere. I would say that 3,000 is all public, but since staff are now being regged, who knows. Buying membership for non scientologists, though. That is a Winner for best sign scientology’s cash flow is circling the drain. Big smile. Thanks, Matt D for info, sorry about the hassle for your family. Tell them to use those stamped, return envelopes that come with their trash and print out a review of Lawrence Wright’s book and put it in the envelope. That should do it.

        • Matt D

          Ha.Yeah, and the mailers find us every time we move. I’ve sent them back with every possible offensive thing I can think of. Keep meaning to start forwarding it all to Tony.

  • Sidney18511

    Check out that vampire tooth that Hubtard has! TC would of had that sucker filed down stat!

    • Rick Mycroft

      That’s not a vampire tooth, that’s the tooth who lived. The rest are dead down to the gum line. Eugh!

      • nevarmore

        No cause over dental decay? sad…

    • stillgrace

      His inner upper lip flesh has flaps that flare down to cover parts of his upper teeth. Ew.

      • http://www.facebook.com/kim.obrien.775 Kim O’Brien

        oh dear god..that was the best description ever

    • grundoon

      Piltdown Tooth

  • candace6

    Well doesn’t Bodhi sound like quite the asshat. Not surprising, Jenna “have you ever raped a baby?!” has to be among the nastiest of Scientologists. Yeah Bodhi, we “dig”.

    • TheNextMrsTomCruise

      Jenna is as nasty and as cowardly as her talentless 2-D. I can’t wait till her stupid show goes off the air, and they have to rely upon Bodhi’s talents to get up the funds to make their hourly IAS donations.

  • BosonStark

    Be a non-conformist — join the fastest shrinking money-sucking scam in the world! Just doesn’t seem to have the same allure as it did 30 years ago. They should go for something really edgy like:

    A lot of people hate us — join us and see why.
    Sure, Scientology is a scam, but how much do your really know about the clusters of dead alien souls inhabiting your Thetan?
    Ignore documented facts — join us to find out what is true for you.

    You are not your body — you are your Thetan. Will your Thetan be paying in cash, check or credit card?
    A lot of people say that Scientology is a money-sucking scam. How much money are you willing to spend to find out if that is true for you? You won’t know unless you try.

    • Rick Mycroft

      Yes, we are an evil abusive money-grubbing power-hungry scam posing as a religion, but we don’t worship rabbits and we have oiliness tables, so we’re okay!

      • richelieu jr

        What? IF there’s no rabbit worship involved, I am so out of here!

        (now if I could only find someone who want to buy a giant rabbit costume with removable crotch,and super-directional microphones int he ears…)

        • 1subgenius

          Why does that bitch hate rabbits?
          BTW, I’m interested in that costume. Call me.
          (I’m not only interested in fing like a bunny, but have recently got into binaural recording.)

          • richelieu jr

            Fatal Attraction?

          • BuryTheNuts2

            So do binaural beats really get you high?
            Enquiring minds want to know?

            • 1subgenius

              Although binaural beats are intriguing, what I refer to is NOT binaural beats, but binaural recordings. Google the diff.
              Binaural recordings produce an amazing 3-D reproduction. Basically microphones positioned and configured like ears.
              I’m focused on nature and ambient sounds. I actually have some silicone ears on order. And I already have a head (seperate from my own).
              I’ve been doing field recording for a while.
              You’ll have to hear “My Vacation 1982″ sometime. A train trip from Detroit to San Francisco and back. Although not binaural, its pretty fing funny.

            • BuryTheNuts2

              Interesting!
              I will hit the Google as now I am curious…

            • BuryTheNuts2

              OMG am listening to this now………..cracking me up.
              You are not right! lol

            • http://www.facebook.com/people/Robert-Eckert/100002715429426 Robert Eckert

              Obviously he’s not right. He took a trip from Detroit to San Francisco– and then he went BACK. (This is an in-joke on myself, having recently moved back to Detroit from the Bay).

            • BuryTheNuts2

              Um no, you actually make a very good point.
              I love SF.
              Detroit sounds uh…scary to me.

            • http://www.facebook.com/people/Robert-Eckert/100002715429426 Robert Eckert

              Nothing wrong with your perceptics!

            • Deckard__Cain

              You obviously have not spent much time around/near the Tenderloin then. I’ve seen things in the Tenderloin that I can never erase from my brain. It involved a tranny hooker, a prosthetic limb, and human feces. I’ll just leave it at that.

        • DMSTCC

          Now I wanna protest as a sad, dejected rabbit

  • Artoo45

    Okay, the ad, the ad, the ad . . . it restimulates me.

    But seriously, it pushes my bully button bigtime. If there is one image for Hubbard and the cult it’s that of the cowardly bully. You remember him or her? The kid who was a bit bigger than all the others who managed to scam all the adults into thinking they were the nicest kid whilst they shook-down you and all your friends for lunch money and broke your Lost in Space thermos? Their best trick it to go on a rampage of intimidation and playground violence behind the adults backs and then, in an Oscar™ worthy performance, gin up some real tears and transform into the beaten, bruised victim and get the teachers to yell at you.

    Fuck you to the ad agency that produced this slick, appealing ad for these callous monsters.

    Oh, and fuck you to Gensler who does the same thing for their empire of rotting, third tier landmark buildings.

    Leave my bully button alone.

    • BuryTheNuts2

      GO Artoo45!

  • Oyster Bay

    All of their events sound so boring, I’m surprised the church didn’t die years ago from member apathy.

    • BosonStark

      Haven’t you ever wanted to learn how to run a successful global campaign event? Clams have to learn this type of imaginary skill, since they’d die of embarrassment if they had to admit to a neighbor that they belong to a space cult.

      • DMSTCC

        You are one talented space Blinker Cat

      • ze moo

        You must live down south, it is too cold to go without a hat up here in the great white north. At least put on some tin foil. As the CO$ runs on ‘what’s true for you, is true for you’ and the power of positive postulates, you can ‘cognate’ (imagine) your ‘successful global campaign event’ in any way you want. If you believe it to be successful, it is successful. The power of positive delusions should not be ignored. At least that is what Napoleon told me when I put the straitjacket on him.

  • ze moo

    Another Lawrence Wright book review in the NY Times:

    “That crunching sound you hear is Lawrence Wright bending over backward
    to be fair to Scientology. Every deceptive comparison with Mormonism and
    other religions is given a respectful hearing. Every ludicrous bit of
    church dogma is served up deadpan.”

    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/20/books/review/going-clear-lawrence-wrights-book-on-scientology.html

    The review is rather humorous, for the NY Times anyway. This book is getting mega attention everywhere, someone should buy LW a beer or two…..

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Robert-Eckert/100002715429426 Robert Eckert

      Kinsley goes on to say that all this just makes the book an even more damning indictment.

      • mirele

        It’s that one statement which makes the review stand out. Wright is so evenhanded, yet everything he comes up with (all true) makes Scientology just that much worse.

  • brendon

    Did anyone see the new commercial they ran the same night as the Wright interview? It was on here in LA later in the evening and it was one I’ve never seen before. I don’t have a DVR and, not being a Clear I don’t remember it particularly well (had my typical mouth-open shock at the gall). Anyway, don’t follow the comments close enough to know if anyone else saw it. (It was NOT the “Knowledge” ad.)

  • http://twitter.com/BradGreenwood2 Bradley Greenwood

    Bodhi’s comment underscores the incredible childishness of those defending their “faith”; it’s hard to believe that comment was made by a grown man. Sad.

  • http://twitter.com/BradGreenwood2 Bradley Greenwood

    I will be manning the Sacramento Sly-Deal Org’s edition… will send info. Then, I will hit the station’s comment section to foster a little enturbulation.

  • http://valerim9.com/ Valerie Ross

    Wow oh boy! I can learn to rip people off just like Matt Feshbach did. Gotta be there!

  • BosonStark

    After I’m “hatted” in “how to run a global campaign,” I’m looking forward to getting my hat in several other areas:

    How to control the weather using intention.
    Harnessing the collective energy of cats worldwide.
    Growing mushrooms in your basement, on Mars.

    • richelieu jr

      We’ve found you, Boson, and your pal, Higgs!

      We’re gonna do to you what we did to your cousin Ned!

      Signed,

      David M. Lannister, dwarf

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Gerard-Plourde/1127841398 Gerard Plourde

    Just read the Times’ review. It’s devastating. I’m not sure the criticism of Haggis is warranted. I’m under the impression that his discovery of the Sea Org abuses followed his upset about the CO$’s support of Prop 8.

  • sizzle8

    I tell you, Miscavige must be getting paid under the table for promoting Lawrence’s Wright book.
    To put an ad for Scientology during the SuperBowl will just boost book sales straight up and vertical.

  • richelieu jr

    Well, they said the ad would ‘air DURING’ the games, not ‘on’ them.. They also listed the cities–
    Perhaps it is a package of local ad buys (don’t know if they still do that, I’ve been out of the States a very long time!), of perhaps they will be on other channels ‘during’ the games, or even just playing on a DVD player in an empty ‘ideal’ org somewhere…

    Not a ‘lie’ mind, you– literally true (which makes it 100% truer than most of Scientology and true than 99% of the words that ever came out of Hubbard’s mouth)…..

    It reminds me of the two men drowning in the ocean..?

    One turns to the other and says, “Where’s the bag of money? We can float on that!”

    And the first says, “It’s OK! I’ve invested it on a SuperBowl ad (and Ideal orgs)!”

    • richelieu jr

      Oops! I see that John P got there first (as always!).. Damn you, JP (shakes fist) ,-)

      (Actually , I’m just glad that I wasn’t totally outdated in my knowledge…) Thank you, John P! (unshakes fist)

    • Rick Mycroft

      Like sugar bomb cereal ads, “not so much part of as adjacent to this healthy breakfast”?

    • Dean Fox

      Doh, you said it better.

  • http://www.facebook.com/kim.obrien.775 Kim O’Brien

    I swear – i have never seen a scientology commercial..either on TV or Hulu. Since i live in Denver ..and born in Boston ..i will for sure be watching the games . ;)

  • Dean Fox

    So why does the Super Bowl flier specify which cities the ad will be shown in? Will it be played in the ideal orgs perhaps rather than on TV? Perhaps they’ll have TVs showing it in the windows.

  • 1subgenius

    Off topic:

    Jennifer Lopez Talks Men, Marriage & ScientologyOn Scientology:
    “I know a lot about it because of my dad [he's been a member for 25 years; Lopez is not a Scientologist]. My favorite thing about it is the communication and the breakdown of what communication is, because I feel that it’s the basis for life.”

    http://www.starpulse.com/news/index.php/2013/01/20/jennifer_lopez_talks_men_marriage_sci

    • Midwest Mom

      It certainly helped in her three failed marriages.

      • Sherbet

        But Jennifer Lopez isn’t a scientologist. If she were, then she never would have three failed marriages.

        Oh, wait. Never mind.

    • aboutandout

      I must admit I am very confused? People practicing Scientology are always praising communication and how it teaches you how to communicate. Yet every time I hear or read something from someone deep in Scientology they talk in circles? it all comes out as garbled. I am not being rude in my comment, I am being honest. I can never get what they are trying to say. It is like the bulls&T, baffles, brains routine. It is not good advertising for a communication course when the person promoting it can’t talk straight or am I missing something?

      • 1subgenius

        No, you got that right.

      • Sherbet

        There are countless YouTube videos of members of Anonymous or the Angry Gay Pope conducting raids on cos facilities, and the scns Say Nothing. They don’t make eye contact, they don’t smile, they don’t offer to engage in a discussion. They stare straight ahead, walk hurriedly away, and pretend Anon or AGP doesn’t even exist. How’s that for exemplary communication.

      • http://www.facebook.com/kim.obrien.775 Kim O’Brien

        Well..you need to really know about the knowingness..and knowing how to know it …ya know ? I mean ..it’s really that simple ( snark)

        • Midwest Mom

          It’s a good thing Kenny Rogers isn’t a Sci. Can you imagine how weird his song,”The Gambler” would have been if the word “knowingness” was used instead of “know” as is “You’ve got to know when to hold ‘em…” etc…?

        • aboutandout

          LOL…good one Kim and here is how I hear it in my brain…I add the “like”…lol.

          “Well like…you need to like really know about the like knowingness..and like knowing how to like know it …like ya know ? Like ..it’s really that simple”

      • Anonymookme

        So glad you brought this up. What passes for “deep” thought (cough) by Marty & his commenters is just long winded word salads. They talk in circles, spirals, figure 8′s & helix & say absolutely nothing. It’s like a pissing match to see who knows the most Sciloon jargon. Who the hell could ever sit through these BS courses / lectures without shrieking & running out of the room?
        Marty also seems to have a Messiah complex. He really seems to think that HE is at the epicenter of all things Sciloon related. To imply that a Pulitzer Prize winner would have benefited from a charleton like Marty is hysterical. Marty thinks very, very highly of himself.

        • http://www.facebook.com/dee.fogger Dee Fogger

          Yeah, I found his review pretty funny….and sad. The idea that Wright should have let Marty fact check his book prior to publication is simply ludicrous.

          • Anonymookme

            Marty cannot abide the premise that there is all these narratives out in the real (wog) world that he has no ability to influence. That only a practicing Sciloon has the stones to research & document the CO$ and its lunatic, pathological founder.
            Come all of the way into the water, Marty. LRH was a pathological liar & a con man. He established a silly “religion” based on his really bad & really silly sci-fi books.

          • http://www.facebook.com/jeb.burton.50 Jeb Burton

            Me too. Maybe Marty should let DM fact check his next book.

            • http://www.facebook.com/dee.fogger Dee Fogger

              LOL!

            • Deckard__Cain

              Letting Marty “fact check” Wright’s book is like letting the Pope (you know, the one with the funny fish hat) fact check an anthropology text book.

        • http://twitter.com/tetloj tetloj

          I mostly avoid Marty’s site as it drives me bonkers, but read the ‘Transcend’ comments yesterday. Wow! Talk about people twisting themselves inside out to make Hubbard not responsible for the giant hoax that is the bridge to total freedom. And all the squirrel tech that is responsible for people not getting wins to OTVIII. Absolutely cringeworthy. I think I’ve had my Marty allowance for another 6 months.

    • 1subgenius

      My comment:

      More witless, unwitting apologia/damage control for the world’s most sinister scam.
      Hey Jennifer, read a book once in a while. Maybe Lawrence Wright’s new book “Going Clear:Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief”
      I know you love your dad and all, but its no excuse for remaining ignorant. Of course if you spoke out against it, that would be the last time you would hear from your dad due to the disconnection policy.

      • whingeybingey

        That was excellent.

    • Observer

      Oh, Lord, another vapid, shallow celebrity trying to be deep. Seems to me that, as carbon-based life forms, carbon would be the basis for life.

    • http://www.facebook.com/kim.obrien.775 Kim O’Brien

      LOL..word salad from JLo..

    • sugarplumfairy

      Another celeb family member trying to say something not negative about co$.. like nicole kidman a few days ago.. I’m imagining that co$ henchmen corralled members with celebs in the family and are holding them for ransom.. Ransom being interviews that mention something (anything) positive about co$..

  • 0tessa

    Marty Rathbun doesn’t seem to like Wright’s book.

    • 1subgenius

      Let’s see.

      Pulitzer Prize winning author vs. high school grad.

      Pulitzer Prize winning author vs. high school grad.

      Pulitzer Prize winning author vs. high school grad.

      Hmmm, a close one.
      (Caveat: I don’t know that Marty even made it that far.)

      • Deckard__Cain

        Marty has fairly decent writing skills (except for his penchant for the passive voice) and could really be a benefit to this world if he would stop shilling the poison sauce. It’s too bad that he can’t get his head out of his ass and get a real job. Well…..and he does have that little problem of “paying back society” for his crimes. It’s too bad that he hasn’t used his time outside of the cult better because it may be shorter than he expects. He may be spending his declining years next to Bubba and Miscavige in prison.

    • 1subgenius

      Marty the book reviewer (check out the second sentence though):
      This is a partial list containing only items that Wright was either informed were false or reasonably should have known were false. Granted, the verifiable allegations condemning Hubbard and Scientology in the book are legion. And I recognize that the list of inaccuracies doesn’t put a dent on Wright’s conviction of both the founder and Scientology. But, they highlight the velocity of the rush to judgment Wright was apparently engaged in.

    • 1subgenius

      “Wright chose to simply ignore the latter and shoot the sluggish, fat fish the former placed in a barrel before him. Good work if you can get it. But, do not delude yourself that Going Clear is any insightful, definitive, and least of all, balanced look about either L. Ron Hubbard or Scientology.

      Now that the big guns have issued, I can settle down to attempting to deliver something more along that line.”

      Oh yes, Unskilled and Unaware.

      http://mastercodeprofessional.com/library_files/Kruger-Dunning—Unskilled_and_Unaware_of_It_(2009).pdf

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Gerard-Plourde/1127841398 Gerard Plourde

        “The sluggish, fat fish” – an apt description of LRH if ever there was one.

    • Deckard__Cain

      He’s just a sad little lonely goofball and jelly.

    • 1subgenius

      Sorry, but it bears repeating:
      “Granted, the verifiable allegations condemning Hubbard and Scientology in the book are legion.”–Marty Rathbun.

      • http://www.facebook.com/dee.fogger Dee Fogger

        I think I’ll include that gem in my Amazon review.

    • http://www.facebook.com/kim.obrien.775 Kim O’Brien

      LOL..infer to his minions ( don’t read it..no need..nothing to see here ..wanna come over for some auditing ?)

  • pdxuser

    It sounds like they’re buying ads on local affiliates, since they list specific cities. Ad Age wouldn’t monitor that.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Gerard-Plourde/1127841398 Gerard Plourde

    Re “going Clear” – Just checked out Marty’s web site. He’s none too pleased about the treatment LRH got. Claims it’s a rehash of “Bare-Faced Messiah”. Also disappointed with “disjointed account” of post-Hubbard years.

    • 1subgenius

      Marty will, because the tech is fail, start to foot-bullet as bad as DM.
      Thanks for the reference to the fantastic book “Bare-Faced Messiah”, Marty.
      Many of your sycophants may not have heard of it before.
      (and for all you non-Marty-sycophants, its a must read, and, if I’m not mistaken, available free….google it)

      • BuryTheNuts2
        • 1subgenius

          BTN2 delivers.
          It really is seminal (not in THAT way), and a must read.
          And since Marty doesn’t criticize it, but only criticizes Wright for ripping it off, it must be good, right?
          Really, download it and read it. The author is one of the giants upon whose shoulders we stand.

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Gerard-Plourde/1127841398 Gerard Plourde

            Along the lines of Marty’s failure to criticize Miller – one of the commenters laments that LRH’s lies about his biography obscure the discoveries he made in Dianetics and should just have come clean about his embellishments. We’re really beginning to split hairs aren’t we?

            • TheHoleDoesNotExist

              Embellishments? Like threatening to kill his daughter if he didn’t get his way, or getting his way but still telling his wife that he dismembered his child and cut her up in pieces and threw her in the river, those kinds of embellishments? I’ll bet obstructing justice and destroying evidence concerning a preventable death, and thereby keeping a psycho criminal free to harm and damage thousands more for years longer is something Marty has to tell himself was just a little embellishment too. He was just protecting the tech? He is still promoting the end justifies the means and I’m sorry, but that is the same old dangerous attitude that leads to destruction and death. It starts with claiming that a Pulitzer Prize author’s book is riddled with errors.

            • http://www.facebook.com/people/Gerard-Plourde/1127841398 Gerard Plourde

              To be clear, it wasn’t Marty who made the embellishments remark. It was one of the commenters. But, as they say, denial isn’t just a river in Egypt.

          • scnethics

            I couldn’t agree more.

        • 1subgenius

          Oh shit, I forgot how much I loved this book.

          The introduction:

          “I would like to be able to thank the officials of the Church of Scientology for their help in compiling this biography, but I am unable to do so because the price of their cooperation was effective control of the manuscript and it was a price I was unwilling to pay.”

          Balls. Of steel.

      • Artoo45

        A really fantastic read and a scary, open door into Hubbard’s megalomania.

    • TheHoleDoesNotExist

      Oh darn, I already bought and (gasp) read the book. If only I had known Lawrence Wright didn’t take up Marty’s offer to fact check it for him. Not arrogant at all. But this all we need to know he said:

      “To true-believer Scientologists, Lawrence Wright’s book Going Clear
      will be an extreme test of faith. To independent-minded
      Scientologists the book will be a test of how well they understand
      Scientology and correspondingly how well they differentiate the
      technology of Scientology from personage of its original author.”

      And that, my friends, covers at least 3 signs you’re Still in a cult.

      • scnethics

        Yeah, Marty thinks his ability to “understand” how scientology is still valuable, even though its creator lied about everything, including the creation of dianetics and scientology, comes from his deep understanding of the “tech”, when really, this “ability” is predicted by cognitive dissonance. This is exactly what you do in scientology with new public. You fret over what information they are going to come across, fearing that they won’t be able to understand something so nuanced as the Disconnection Policy. Marty is fretting over the newly free. Will they be able to “understand” that Hubbard abandoned his first wife and kids, committed bigamy, asked for psychiatric help, etc.?

    • villagedianne

      Yes Marty is still in the trap. He now admits that Hubbard had faults. But he doesn’t like outsiders pointing these faults out because they won’t see the whole picture his way or understand the context of why Hubbard acted this way.
      Once again similar to a battered wife, who makes excuses for her husband beating her. He was protecting the Tech!

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Gerard-Plourde/1127841398 Gerard Plourde

        I do hope that he wakes up. It does take some time to come to terms with the abuse and Marty, like Mike Rinder, was in for a long time.

        • Anonymookme

          Since they were both perps of the fraud that is the CoS, I think it’s going to be a long time before they walk away. He’ll, Marty’s attempting to position himself as LRH Lite

  • Sherbet

    Somebody may have already mentioned this (I haven’t read all these posts, and I’m a busy gal at the moment), but cos must have got the bargain advertising package for their ad tonight during the AFC football game. Baltimore vs. New England, but no ads in either geographical area. Aw, I feel cheated.

    As for the Super Bowl ads, which are traditionally the talk of the office the following day, I can just imagine how hilariously clever and memorable the cos ad will be. Will it involve CGI beavers or Betty White or a precocious talking baby? I think not.

    • BuryTheNuts2

      Volcano’s?…oh wait…they did that already.

      • Sherbet

        Yeah, but this time it will be spewing Jell-O Brand chocolate pudding instead of space cooties immersed in lava.

      • TheHoleDoesNotExist

        Yeah, but those were Exploding volcanoes. Let’s have some Truth in Advertising for once and see some Imploding volcanoes!

  • Sherbet

    The Global Campaign Hatting flyer: “Learn how to” be redundant? Seems to me that 4-5 of the 8 listed skills promise pretty much the same thing.

    • BuryTheNuts2

      Roger that on the ‘event’ ….I am hatted just from reading the flyer!

      • Sherbet

        Good luck with your event and your guaranteed referrals and re-invites. (How much will it cost me to attend?)

        • BuryTheNuts2

          Well since I paid the event planner (I was too lazy to do it myself), and the caterer and the cost for the hall…lets see in total …around 50K.
          I invited 250 people (and they will all come or there will be dead dogs in their future).
          Mmm….$160,000.00 per person ought to cover it.
          That will take care of the Superbowl ad after expenses and a little fluff for my trouble of having to make the phone call the event planner in the first place.

          • Sherbet

            That’s no crazier than actual cos economics.

  • Sherbet

    For those who can’t attend the Author Services Event, here’s the text of “LRH’s humorous story: Tough Old Man.”

    http://www.unz.org/Pub/StartlingStories-1950nov-00116

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Gerard-Plourde/1127841398 Gerard Plourde

      Thanks for providing the link. An exercise in wild west combined with outer space, Incongruity abounds.

  • SP ‘Onage

    Bwahahahahaha! Bodhi who? He’s a nobody riding on the coattails of his looney OSA wife. I watched 1600 Penn a half hour before the Rock Center aired, what a waste of 30 minutes of my life, srsly.

    I laughed when somebody wrote this about 1600 Penn – “Avoid it at all costs. If you’re on a plane and it comes on, request a parachute.”

    Way to go Marc, you ganked that non-confront chicken-shit! *I almost threw up from laughing to hard*

    • scnethics

      What? Bodhi was awesome in that Diet Pepsi commercial starring Cuba Gooding Jr. that aired 12 years ago. He delivered his line like a pro.

      • SP ‘Onage

        Ha ha! :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/kim.obrien.775 Kim O’Brien

    How is Bodhi related to Danny Elfman ? I LOVE Danny Elfman..was the lead singer in Oingo Boingo back in the day and his movie score career is amazing ( did Beetlejuice and a ton others ) please tell me that Danny is not a scientologist and Bodhi is his retarded cousin or something …

    • No more

      He’s Bodhi’s uncle. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Danny_Elfman No mention that Danny is a Scientologist.

      • http://twitter.com/tetloj tetloj

        Pretty Sure Danny is NOT a scientologist

    • Observer

      Weird, Jenna’s got an uncle who’s a professional musician too. Tony Butala, lead singer of The Lettermen since 1958.

    • LaLa104

      On an unrelated note about Danny (I so loved his music in the 80′s) is married to Bridget Fonda which I just recently found out that litte trivia tidbit. I don’t think he has anything to do with C0$.

    • LaLa104

      On an unrelated note about Danny (I so loved his music in the 80′s) is married to Bridget Fonda which I just recently found out that litte trivia tidbit. I don’t think he’s involved in C0$.

      • stillgrace

        Oingo Boingo rocked!!

        • LaLa104

          Oh the memories of rockin to the Boingo in my cute 80′s attire at the Seven Seas nightclub in Hollywood back in the day…

          • stillgrace

            Remember “Let’s Take the Whole Day Off!”?

            • LaLa104

              Yeah, then there’s Stay, Turning Japanese, Only a Lad, Dead Man’s Party just to name a few.. Jeez them were the days!

      • Deckard__Cain

        I’ve read that Danny Elfman is none too pleased with the Elfman name being associated with a disgusting cult.

        And yes, Oingo Boingo was the best. I saw one of their very last concerts at the House of Blues and it was an acoustic show. Absolutely amazing.

  • DMSTCC

    This is how I see The org’s Super bowl Party:

    BYO food, bevs and dinner wear. IAS status check before being allowed to participate

    Mingle, mingle, mingle

    Uppers are aware of when the Ad will run, but will not say.

    Lower level members find out anyway and spread the word, but have to act like they don’t know. (Uppers catch wind and KRs are started)

    The Ad plays: All eyes are glued to what they have already seen over and over.

    The Ad ends: OMG!!! High fives, hugs, salutes, hip-hip-hoorays abound.

    Unless it’s the last ad shown, watching the game is over from this point on. Now the real party starts…

    A special briefing is announced and all must flow to the “chapel”

    …IAS REG-FEST!!!

    • stillgrace

      Grand finale: the Niners win the Super Bowl!

      • ze moo

        Sorry, the Patriots will have that honor. Atlanta really impressed me today, their desire was tremendous but the niners were not to be denied. Great game….

        • stillgrace

          It was closer than I anticipated. Mr. Grace just called to me … the game’s started. Let’s see if the Patriots get the job done.

        • ze moo

          Brady blew it, got to give Baltimore credit for wanting the title. They had a great game.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001007868067 Synthia Elizabeth Fagen

    Scientologists: Nobody does DENIAL better. Nobody!

    • TheHoleDoesNotExist

      Armstrong tried, but not even close.

    • scnethics

      A scientologist would TOTALLY disagree with you.

  • Guest

    Thanks, Tony. Only recently have begun my facination with this CoS thing… Knew of it growing up and vaguely curious. Now that my life has slowed somewhat, have been stopped in my tracks for the last four weeks reading your blog, Rathbunn and ESK. Just wanted to commend you for your persistence and talent with a pen. You’re a good writer, dude. And you’re using that talent, along with your curiosity, to great effect. Thanks for the content.

  • mook
    • SP ‘Onage

      Wow. Lawrence pwned David Miscavige! I cheered when he said, “l’m here, where is David Miscavige?” Touche!

      • whingeybingey

        Miscavige is such a coward. He obviously still hasn’t recovered from the humiliation of the Ted Koppel interview. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fP6yXOEgHjs

        • SP ‘Onage

          LOL! Every time I watch it, I wonder if he is sitting on a booster seat?

  • scnethics

    Tony, thanks for creeping up my Sunday with that choice Hubbard photo.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jeb.burton.50 Jeb Burton

    Marty Rathbun is now trashing Wright’s book because he didnt like what he said about LRH. Says its all undocumented.He says he wanted Wright to give him a copy of the book before it was printed so he could tell him what to print. To me, he really sounds like he is going back to the good old days of seek and destroy enemies, except now its LRH critics, instead of COS enemies.

    • Anonymookme

      You know, I almost feel sorry for Marty. He is desperate to be relevant. For a huge chunk of his life he was the second in command Poobah of an evil cult. He was the top hatchet man. He did whatever to displease the Grand Poobah of the evil cult. He is attempting to recapture the power & glory of his days as Big Cheese of the evil cult.
      He’s got the fawning followers, just read his sycophant commenters, he’s got a captive audience, those followers who just cannot say out loud that they’ve been duped and that their “religion” is a fraud, a con & abusive. He trashes Wrights book, sneaks in a plug about HIS upcoming tome, which, of course will be the one, true Sciloon tome & most of his fawning followers decide to not even bother buying Wrights book because Marty deemed it not credible. See a pattern in any of this?

      • http://www.facebook.com/jeb.burton.50 Jeb Burton

        i wish he would let Tony Ortega fact check his next book.

        • Anonymookme

          Actually, Marty using the words “fact” & “check” in any context is ironic.

        • EnthralledObserver

          That kind of objectivity is what will be needed…
          I tried to think of a response to Marty’s garbage to post to his site, but nothing I thought of I believe will make it through his culling of entheta. Shame.

          • DeElizabethan

            Yes, of course, me too. Was very disappointed in that post. Wright said some positive things about Marty I thought, so far, then Marty turns so ugly to him. True- shame!

        • Captain Howdy

          What isTony going to “fact check’ ? Reincarnation, Astral Projection, Telekinesis ?

          • SP ‘Onage

            LOL!

  • http://www.facebook.com/dee.fogger Dee Fogger

    About 5:15 in the Bay Area, CA – just saw the Knowledge ad on channel 5 Baltimore game.

    • California

      OK. Looks like I missed it……

  • Cymboli Starsong

    This makes no sense. If there are millions of scientologists then wouldn’t the ad be appropriate for a nationwide spot? Why only in select areas? Could it be that there are far fewer scientologists than the CO$ claims? hmmmmm????

  • LaLa104

    Just tweeted my thoughts on the C0$ commercial.. On another note has anyone seen Rathbun’s blog today?.. He’s not lovin Wright’s book and discrediting his “unbalanced view” of LRH. Have a gander folks for a good chuckle or two… http://markrathbun.wordpress.com/

    • Deckard__Cain

      Rathbun could learn a thing or two about ‘pot-kettle-black’ when it comes to claiming Wright has a bias in writing about Scientology.

      • LaLa104

        Ya think? Seems down right hypocritical.

        • Deckard__Cain

          Marty is a guy who sells the cultish practices of a cult to cult members and then points a finger at “corporate Scientology” and calls them a cult. So…..this is a man who quite obviously has not word cleared ‘hypocrisy’.

          Marty Rathbun and his merry band of morons are the poster children of hypocrisy.

          • LaLa104

            +1000…. I like the sound of that – Marty & his Merry Band of Moronic Hypocrites.

  • BuryTheNuts2

    Love the tweets about the Scientology commercial on Tony’s update.
    Sounds like the masses are flocking to the Org’s as I type this. Or not.

  • Captain Howdy

    Patriots suck ! Good thing I’m from S.F !

    This game shouldn’t even be close.

    • California

      Go Niner’s…. what a spectacular weekend here.

  • scnethics

    LOVE the scientology commercial. It gives people who have gathered for the game a chance to share with each other how awful they think the whole thing is.

  • DMSTCC

    I think they may need to put this one on a 5 minute loop…
    Scientology The Way to Happiness Public Service Message: Do Not Murder

    • whingeybingey

      Oh, I love it!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Shannon-Doherty/46600972 Shannon Doherty

    My girlfriend knows how much I keep up in Scientology. We were at a bar watching the AFC and during the commercial I went to go get us beers. She ran up to me and went “SCIENTOLOGY COMMERCIAL SCIENTOLOGY COMMERCIAL!!!”,, everyone in the bar thought we were crazy. Excellent.

  • California

    I did not see a SCN ad on CBS for the football game and, of course, nothing on FOX for the 49′er game but then I did not expect to see one there.

    Did I miss it on CBS?

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Robert-Eckert/100002715429426 Robert Eckert

      Which TV market were you in? We seem to have established that they did not manage to get the ad to run nationwide.

      • California

        SF Bay Area

        • BuryTheNuts2

          My sister did not mention it and she is in Reno, NV.
          Had she seen it, she would have pinged me.
          Just like she has about the 49ers win.

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Robert-Eckert/100002715429426 Robert Eckert

            Nevada probably didn’t get it. Bay Area though should have been covered wall-to-wall.

        • stillgrace

          I saw it in the Bay Area, South Peninsula, towards the end of half-time. I didn’t realize it was the SCN ad for about 10 seconds or so. Slick and predictable.

  • The Dakini

    Back in country and with wifi once again. And WHEW! that was a lot to catch up on. Reading Tony’s posts on the tv airings and all of your commentary was a treat. Sounds like I missed a fun party…

    Now to the Funnies!
    The Knowledge commercial flyer is of special interest to my professional side, being in Marketing. Not due to the blatant and ostentatious pilfering of money, but in spite of it. Looking at the flyer reveals a lot of information about MAINLY, the ongoing state of their membership and the churches efforts to add to the ranks with youth. SECONDARY, is to those who left and indies. THIRD, to loyal membership blind to all criticism.

    Looking at the mood and language of the ad and where it is running, this looks to be a strategic move to recruit young, public Scions as an ongoing SO recruiting campaign. If you note the focus is on being a part of something revolutionary, not how to be a better person or spiritual enlightenment. This acts as the soft sell portion of what we saw happening in late summer with the very direct questionnaire aimed at young members. Not only was this distributed to families, but they were also targeted with a special Freewinds trip, which every person here recognized as a SO recruitment effort. What is interesting about the actual language is the SoC might have some outside (paid) help. The messaging is very common is academic marketing and military recruitment efforts. We know that SoC has lost all of their talent, which makes me suspect this was scribed by a writer familiar with this type of messaging effort. Mr. Jeff H could provide more insight to this.

    I agree with John P. the running of the Super Bowl ad is thru the affiliates, not the national network. Which is odd, all by itself. To run a spot at that time in 7 first tier areas and 7 second and third tier cities is a hefty chunk of change. More than just running a network spot. A theory is that nobody was thinking ahead, and they had to create a fix with buying spots at more money to feed Little Fists ego, or the network shut the whole campaign down and rejected the spot. Super Bowl spots are hot real estate, and huge not just for the network, but for the advertising industry as well. Upon request advertisers may choose to give the network a sneak of the spot, esp. when the relationship is new. The flap SOC is causing with their ad efforts might have been caught early on by the CBS sales dept., and kindly told all slots were filled. Either way, that’s a huge blow to DM.

    Back to those locations…. Major places where SOC has an audience in both major and minor markets. Complementing this are cities where many, many, many freed exes and indies are located. The spot defiantly has the F___YOU, we are young and relevant kind of thing going on. Too bad those youth have access to the Internet or friend that do, and know how to use it. To our second audiences, SOC is trying to effect the sense that our indies cannot recruit or ‘turn’ beautiful young innocent on to LHR ways like DM can. My cynical nature is the defining character of my generation. Skepticism is the signature of today’s youth. Both SOC and indies are going to have a hard time with building a flock with the history of LHR, DM and others so freely in the public sphere.

    Not much needs to be said about the third audience… Die hard, SOC is great, tracking malware is on my computer for the betterment of humanity, etc.. We already know this story.

    BTW, my sibling, The Other Dakini was sitting next to Crazy Jenna at the pedicure salon. With much effort being exterted on my part, TOD did not read out loud the texting dialogue we were having. Although, TOD did give the skunk eye to Ms. elf-man every time she looked up from the phone. BTN, PI, MM and TNMTC you would have been proud.

    I could continue to examine that one flyer for another 3 hours, and would love to comment on the social media dialogue (Mr. H is brilliant) but I have a plane to catch. No rest for the skywalker!

  • http://www.facebook.com/bob.gravlin Bob Gravlin

    As for the Harlem flyer I and my wife recently saw Lincoln,
    the movie and I was thinking of how if the slave owners had been members of COS
    they would have convinced their slaves that they were all a part of the only
    way to clear the earth and to save the universe. And they would have tried to convince the slaves that their
    sufferings were for the better good in that they were furthering the cause.
    Thank God COS wasn’t around then. And other religions were used to further
    slavery and other evils in the past as power can corrupt any good thing. And
    yet the way COS is set up in it’s cultlike form it is especially open to the
    abuse of persons as we have seen.

  • http://www.facebook.com/michael.tilse Michael Leonard Tilse

    Isn’t that “knowledge” add a rip-off in tone and presentation of the Apple “crazy ones” ad? Which is itself I think based on a Jack Kerouac riff.

    http://www.panhala.net/Archive/To_the_Crazy_Ones.html

    • scnethics

      Indeed. :)

  • California

    Is the commercial on YouTube?

  • EnthralledObserver

    I just signed up for a twitter account – but now I don’t know what to even do with it, let alone how to operate it… sad, sad mid 30′s woman that I am… *sigh*

  • Sid Snakey

    Marty Rathbun has posted a somewhat confusing review of Lawrence Wright’s book at his blog. I don’t have to time to completely review his review (!) but he makes some very interesting statements.

    Overall, he is very negative about the book, suggesting it is extremely anti-Scientology and anti-Hubbard, and he claims it makes no attempt to understand the subject, and the possible benefits therein. He also suggests the book is riddled with inaccuracies, and goes on to list some. The items he lists are somewhat odd, since they are mostly very minor, for example quibbling with dates over exactly when he audited Tom Cruise.

    He goes on to write the following astonishing paragraph:-

    “Granted, the verifiable allegations condemning Hubbard and Scientology in the book are legion. And I recognize that the list of inaccuracies doesn’t put a dent on Wright’s conviction of both the founder and Scientology. But, they highlight the velocity of the rush to judgment Wright was apparently engaged in.”

    So Marty confirms the allegations are verifiable, they are legion, and they condemn Scientology and Hubbard. Okay, we agree on that point.

    He also has to concede that this small list of somewhat irrelevant inaccuracies doesn’t make any difference to the conviction of Scientology and Hubbard. Wow, we agree again!

    So – tell us again Marty…given this legion of verified allegations against Scientology and Hubbard, and given that some small inaccuracies don’t make any difference to the findings of the author, your complaint about the book is what exactly? I wonder if your real, underlying complaint is that it’s another bullet in the reputation of the man on whose philosophy your income depends?

    I guess in Marty’s eyes, Wright broke the golden rule – you can criticize Miscavige and his church all you want, but DON’T GO AFTER HUBBARD!

  • DeElizabethan

    Great reading the Sunday funnies on Monday. Been into Wrights book.

    Regarding those Finance Seminars and other topics, I attended, 95% of the talk was quoting Hubbards words. People in the audience take notes, they would have to keep asking oh give me the HCOB number again ec cetera.

    I was quite disapointed in their talks as it was all shilling from tech and maybe 5% from themselves or their experiences. Damn robots and they were mostly OT 7 & 8′s or trained auditors. I’d say only 2 % of them I liked at all were helpful or were enjoyable to listen too.

  • Scoosch

    Wow.

    Have you seen the lronhubbard.org commercials that are running?

    I’m in the Minneapolis/St. Paul market and I just saw one on my NBC affiliate.

    Pretty heavy stuff. I sure hope most people actually go to Wikipedia before they visit the advertised site.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_VaMOa5Hh7E

    I guess they aren’t very new, but I’ve never seen one on tv before.

    • DeElizabethan

      Hate to give them a hit and won’t in the future, but thanks anyway for trying.. I see comments are with ‘uploader approval’ so changed my orginal.

  • LaLa104

    Excuse the lenghtly copy and paste that I’m about to post…. On Marty’s site drom Jan. 20th, Mark Bunker commented there and not ONE person responded to his post ….. I don’t wanna sound disrespectful to Marty’s band of Kool Aid drinkers but I gotta say they’re like the “in” crowd in HS and if you’re an outsider ya just don’t exist.

    “Mark Bunker | January 21, 2013 at 10:42 pm | Reply

    I have had a couple auditing sessions, one on camera and one not. They did nothing for me but I could see how others could benefit from them. I’ve listened to plenty of Hubbard lectures but not nearly as many as you have.

    Let me ask this, did someone need to be a member of the Nazi party to write about Hitler’s Germany? Must Doris Kearns Goodwin have been a member of Lincoln’s cabinet to have written her book about his administration?

    Journalists everyday write about subjects they themselves are not part of, whether it is politics, science, entertainment, sports and so on. Why does Scientology rely on the “they’ve never even been a member” defense and why do you feel it is valid? The former members and current indies that I’ve met and talked with were involved in the group. Their experiences are part of what I rely upon to form an opinion of Scientology. You examine what they say, look at the evidence pro and con and try to come to the right conclusions. What seems evident is, that contrary to what Scientology says, disconnection, freeloader bills, the Hole, forced abortions, and so on are part of what gives Scientology its bad name. Scientology defends these practices or denies their existence. If I were to become a member of Scientology to objectively write about these abuses, I would likely not write about them because Keeping Scientology Working would then become the greater good and I would likely shut down those negative thoughts so they wouldn’t get me in ethics trouble. At least that is what it seems like to an outsider who has been looking into this for a number of years.”

    I thought it was a well thought out post and worthy of a comment.. Like I said NO ONE that I could see responded to his post…..

  • http://twitter.com/Racnad Racnad

    “To the rebels, the artists, the free-thinkers, and the innovators
    Who care less about labels and more about truth
    Who believe nonconformity is more than a bumper sticker”

    Sorry but rebels and free-thinkers who care more about truth than labels and value non-conformity are definately not welcome in Scientology. And what it true for you is only true when it does not conflict with what was true for L. Ron Hubbard.