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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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Monique Rathbun tries to slap down Scientology’s ‘anti-SLAPP’ motion in court today

RathbunsWe’re expecting another eventful day in New Braunfels, Texas, where Monique Rathbun’s lawsuit against the Church of Scientology and its leader David Miscavige is back in the Comal County courthouse for another hearing this morning.

On January 8, Scientology’s attorneys presented their arguments supporting an ‘anti-SLAPP’ motion against Monique’s lawsuit, accusing her of filing a harassing suit that infringes on the church’s free speech rights. After the church turned over new evidence last week, Monique is scheduled today to present her argument against the motion.

But as we indicated last week, we expect Monique’s attorney, Ray Jeffrey, to object to the way the church turned over that evidence, which the church designated as “attorney’s eyes only.” Jeffrey complained that it prevents him from sharing the evidence — a huge number of videos — with his own client. He’s going to start out the day asking Judge Waldrip to take that designation off the evidence and then give him more time to share the videos with Monique and her husband Mark ‘Marty’ Rathbun so they can properly prepare to argue the motion.

If he succeeds, this may be a short day in court. But over the last few hearings, little has unfolded as we expected it to, and long days in court have been the rule.

Once again, Nick Rogers and Mike Bennitt will be in the court as our eyes and ears, and we’ll post live updates to this article as we get them.

Monique filed her lawsuit in August, alleging that Scientology had subjected her to years of surveillance and harassment because her husband, Marty, had once been a high-level employee of the church who left Scientology in 2004 and began publicly criticizing Miscavige in 2009. Monique is suing a couple of different Scientology corporate entities, as well as Miscavige and some of the private investigators and operatives who carried out the years of surveillance. She was granted a temporary restraining order against the defendants which prevents them from any additional surveillance of her. That TRO is still in effect while other motions have prevented a hearing on converting it to a temporary injunction from being completed.

Miscavige filed a “special appearance,” denying that the court has jurisdiction over him because, he said in a sworn declaration, he had nothing to do with the surveillance operation and has never done business in the state of Texas. Monique then had her husband file his own declaration which essentially called Miscavige a liar, so the church then filed a motion trying to disqualify Monique’s attorneys, saying that they had acted unethically by submitting Marty’s sworn statement. That motion eventually failed. Scientology then filed its anti-SLAPP motion, admitting that one of its entities was behind the years-long surveillance of the Rathbuns, but arguing that such surveillance was protected free speech and Monique’s lawsuit should be thrown out of court.

As for Miscavige’s “special appearance” denying that the court has jurisdiction over him, Judge Waldrip was convinced by Monique’s arguments that in order to settle whether the church leader really has had nothing to do with the numerous spying and surveillance operations in Texas going back many years, he should sit for a deposition. Miscavige’s attorney, Lamont Jefferson, has offered numerous arguments why the judge should change his mind about Miscavige being deposed, so far to no avail. But the deposition itself may take some months to schedule. In the meantime, Monique was able to depose former Scientology spokesman Tommy Davis, and she has stated her intention to depose actress Leah Remini in the future.

So, to review, the case has proceeded on several different fronts.

1. A temporary restraining order that Monique is trying to turn into a temporary injunction. This is on hold for now.

2. Scientology’s attempt to get Monique’s attorneys disqualified for supposedly violating ethical rules. This motion was unsuccessful.

3. Miscavige’s “special appearance” to get him out of the suit: Judge Waldrip granted Monique the right to depose Miscavige to decide this matter, but Ray Jeffrey told us he expects Scientology to petition a higher Texas court for a writ of mandamus to reverse Waldrip’s decision.

4. Scientology’s ‘anti-SLAPP’ motion labeling the lawsuit a harassing action and asking Judge Waldrip to dismiss it entirely. On January 8 the church presented its arguments for the motion, and on January 27 turned over video evidence as ordered by the court. Monique is scheduled to argue her side of the motion today, but she’ll be asking for more time to review the video evidence.

We know this case is complex. But it’s also turning into one of the biggest legal challenges David Miscavige and Scientology have ever faced, and so it’s important to get it right. We’re encouraged to see more media beginning to pay attention to it. We hope they can do all of its complexities justice.

While we wait for matters to get underway at the courthouse, we have a couple of videos to tide you over…

 
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The gang’s all here

Karen de la Carriere explains Scientology’s predilection for ganging up on vulnerable members in a new video…

 

 
Meanwhile, a tipster alerted us that Scientologist actor and impressionist Jim Meskimen posted a short video of himself performing Hamlet’s soliloquy in the style of Philip Seymour Hoffman, who died yesterday in an apparent heroin overdose. At the end of the clip, Meskimen plugs “a link below” for anyone who is also facing drug problems, and he’s provided a link to Scientology’s embattled drug rehab network Narconon. Just yesterday we reported on yet another lawsuit that was filed against a Narconon facility for a litany of deceptive practices. Nice plug, Jim.

 

 
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Posted by Tony Ortega on February 3, 2014 at 07:00

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[Live updates will appear below this line]

10:02 am

We’ve heard from both Nick Rogers and Mike Bennitt, who are in the courtroom this morning. And now we can reveal that we have another special correspondent in Comal County — Jeffrey Augustine, a/k/a J. Swift and OTVIIIisgrrr8!

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10:05 am

Mike Bennitt reports — John Allender and Ed Bryan are in the courtroom. THE SQUIRREL BUSTERS ARE IN THE HOUSE!

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10:14 am

Marty and Monique have arrived. Still waiting for Judge Waldrip to come in.

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10:25 am

Kendrick Moxon in the house. Also, Mike Bennitt says there’s an Austin DSA in the back row of the courtroom. That would be a local representative of the Office of Special Affairs, Scientology’s intelligence and spying wing. We’ve been meaning to ask Ray Jeffrey when he’s going to bring up to Judge Waldrip that there have been increasing signs of Scientology surveilling the lawsuit that is supposedly preventing them from doing an surveilling.

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10:36 am

This morning’s bombshell: Ray Jeffrey has filed a new motion accusing Scientology of submitting video evidence that is “incomplete and defective.”

You remember that last week, we told you that Scientology had turned over evidence it was required to submit, but marked it “attorney’s eyes only.” What was that evidence? A terabyte of video. It was supposedly all of the footage that the Squirrel Busters and other Scientology operatives had shot of the Rathbuns in their surveillance operation.

But even though Monique’s attorneys couldn’t share that video with Monique and Marty, the attorneys themselves discovered that what Scientology had turned over was incomplete and misleading.

How did they do that? We can explain.

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10:40 am

Back in October, we told you about the crazy chance meeting between Marty Rathbun and Israel Cardoza, a videographer who had worked for Scientology to film the Rathbuns before the Squirrel Busters operation. Well, Mr. Cardoza had footage to share with Monique’s legal team, and it shows that the evidence Scientology turned over last week is missing key moments that tend to show Scientology in a bad light.

In other words, busted.

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10:44 am

As we said, Jeff/Swift/OTVIII is in Comal County, but he’s not in the courtroom. We don’t know WHAT that guy’s up to.

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10:48 am

Judge Waldrip has entered the courtroom. And hold onto yer butts — Mike Bennitt thinks he may have spotted Joanne Wheaton!

Marty! MAAAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRTY!!!!

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12:31 pm

J. Swift is out of the courtroom, and he says Ray Jeffrey showed the one minute, no audio video that the church had supplied, which showed Monique pulling up to her house. Then Jeffrey showed the complete 10-minute clip with sound.

Monique pulls up, sheriff’s deputy arrives, asks the videographer who he is and what he’s doing. He says that he’s working for Eliot Abelson and Monty Drake.

It’s very damaging, J. Swift is saying.

It was a shock in the courtroom, he says. Ray asked if he found any other discrepancies, could he submit those, and Judge Waldrip replied, if you find any other time bombs, you can.

Wow.

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12:32 pm

The judge said very sharply to Cedillo that there was no reason to parse that video.

Cedillo didn’t respond, Swift says.

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12:36 pm

Swift says there was a back and forth fight about Ray even showing those videos, but Waldrip allowed it. He’s now going to head back into court.

He also says that Jeffrey Riffer is in the room. Remember Riffer’s over-the-top letter describing David Miscavige as “one of the greatest individuals of our time”? Amazing.

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1:28 pm

Swift: “Devastating L. Ron Hubbard ‘Fair Game’ policies just quoted.”

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2:01 pm

Already out for the day. Starting up again tomorrow. Getting an update from Swift and Nick…

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2:20 pm

So after talking to Swift and Nick, we’ve learned that the morning was taken up with fights over the video evidence, as we mentioned. Then, attorney Marc Wiegand began presenting Monique’s arguments against the anti-SLAPP motion. Then, the hearing recessed for the day as Judge Waldrip had other matters scheduled for the afternoon. So they’ll reconvene in the morning and continue with Wiegand’s presentation.

So now, on to some pretty juicy details…

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2:29 pm

It was an extremely contentious day, Nick tells us. “Judge Waldrip got pissed. He actually went silent for a few moments to compose himself. I haven’t seen that before.”

The day started with Ray Jeffrey arguing about so much material being labeled “attorney’s eyes only. But Scientology attorney Ricardo Cedillo complained that if they didn’t do that, “They’re only going to put that stuff on the Internet.”

But Judge Waldrip asked, how is a photo of the Rathbuns confidential? It’s not proprietary.

Nick said that Ray suggested labeling them confidential instead.

When Waldrip seemed amenable to allowing Monique see the videos, Cedillo still didn’t want Marty to have access to them — because he was the target of the investigation.

Nick says Judge Waldrip said, “There has to be a pretty compelling reason for me to invade the sanctity of marriage.”

So both of the Rathbuns get to see the material, and it will be labeled “confidential.”

Then, Ray wanted to show video in court, and things really got contentious.

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2:32 pm

As we said before, Ray showed what the church turned over — a 1-minute, no-audio video segment, versus the original material, which was a 10-minute video with sound.

But Nick says Judge Waldrip was very resistant to Ray about the presentation. How did it address the anti-SLAPP motion?

But he was equally unhappy with the editing job by Scientology.

Nick says Ricardo Cedillo tried to justify it by saying they had people working 18 hours a day to produce this information for the court.

Waldrip’s answer, Nick says, was cutting: “What you’re telling me is that you have people 18 hours a day cutting stuff.”

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2:36 pm

Nick says Cedillo responded to the judge by asking him if he wanted the church to give him the full terabyte of video.

Judge Waldrip: No, I want you to give it to them.

And he added: “This just keeps going on and on. If you cut stuff you’re just picking a fight.”

Cedillo claimed that he was just following the letter of Waldrip’s order, and Nick says that seemed to really anger Judge Waldrip.

Waldrip said, We’re spending time doing nothing except burning money and wasting resources. I’m about up to the limit of your tilting at windmills, he said to Cedillo.

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2:41 pm

But Nick says that Waldrip seemed almost as upset at Ray Jeffrey.

Put yourself in our place, Ray said to the judge.

Judge Waldrip was apparently not convinced that playing the videos was relevant to the anti-SLAPP motion, which is about trying to decide if Scientology’s surveillance operation was protected free speech.

Ray explained that it did pertain to the motion because it undercut Scientology’s argument that what they were doing had a religious purpose.

Nick said it wasn’t until Leslie Hyman, an attorney who works with Elliott Cappuccio, told the judge that the video cuts bring up relevant questions about Scientology’s true motive in the operation that it seemed to placate the judge.

But Nick says the judge was clearly unhappy about the cuts to the video, saying to Cedillo, “That’s the problem with taking a paring knife to discovery. Take your paring knife and dull it.”

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2:50 pm

As we pointed out earlier, Nick said that Judge Waldrip used the words ‘time bomb’ when he referred to the differences in the two videos played, and it seemed to alarm Cedillo.

“Do you call that a time bomb, your honor?” he asked.

“Call it whatever you want. There was no reason to parse that video,” Waldrip responded.

Nick said Marc Wiegand began his presentation arguing against Scientology’s anti-SLAPP motion. One thing he was trying to do was make the judge understand what it was like to be followed, photographed, and protested for day after day — until it stretched into four years. This was not just some free speech protest, but surveillance that was intended to create “soul-crushing despair.”

He quoted L. Ron Hubbard policies about Fair Game which direct Scientologists to “ruin utterly” their enemeies. And when Cedillo objected, Judge Waldrip overruled him.

Weigand’s presentation will pick up again tomorrow.

Nick called back to tell us about another moment he thought was important: Judge Waldrip said to the Scientology team that at some point, he was going to need an explanation for what these different entities — CSI, RTC, etc. — actually do.

Yeah, we’d like an explanation too, judge.

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3:00 pm

Here’s a short video segment from today’s action from Mike Bennitt.

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3:04 pm

That’s the extent of our updates here.

We’ll try to talk to Ray Jeffrey later on, and if we do we’ll save it for tomorrow morning’s post to start day two of this hearing.

Thanks again to our great team — Nick Rogers, J. Swift, and Mike Bennitt!

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  • Eivol Ekdal

    Listen again to Tony on 830 WCCO…
    http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/audio/1385-the-john-willams-show/
    Tony @ 16m 45s

    • Sergeant Pepper

      Thanks, I missed it live.

    • Snippy_X

      Oh, that was fun! Thanks!

    • Elen

      Thank you for the link & time. :-)

      Very nice Tony!

    • Mark

      Thanks, Eivol. I’ve just realised – the music to the advert sounds like it was pinched from ‘The Sims 3’!

    • Unex Skcus

      Good one, Mr O!

  • Espiando

    So, going through the live blog now that I’m at home, relaxing, I just realized something. We had one of Miscavige’s hagiographers/suck-ups and DSA Austin Org in the building today. Why? They’re obviously there to feed information to “interested parties”. But why were they doing it? In all previous rounds at the Comal County Thunderdome, it’s been Toxin and Dingaling on the bats-phone. Why do the switcheroo now?

    Do you think that Tyrion Lannister, Only Shorter And With Fewer Morals, doesn’t trust the info he’s getting from his representatives on the Parliament of Lawyers? Have Toxin, Dingaling, and Soter Pop lost the confidence of the God-Emperor of Hemet? If that’s the case, then it’s one helluva development in the whole saga, not just the Mosey part of it. It shows that his paranoia and isolation are really out of control. He’s driving the SS out of the bunker and he’s just about ready to load the pistol for himself and Eva Suckmycock.

    He is now truly alone. And that makes him very vulnerable indeed.

    • And I don’t rent cars!

      I just naturally assumed he (DSA) was wearing a tampon camera so the boy pope could get a live feed.

    • http://www.tumblr.com/blog/scientoonery Natalia M
      • Science Doc

        I agree that he’s Joffrey – Tyrion is a very complex character who would at most times make a very good friend to have. Joffrey is the inbred uber-Lannister with all of the cruelty and none of the skills of the rest of his family. Give Joffrey the gift of a crossbow and if he can’t shoot a peasant from the walls you can be sure there will be a dead cat in a few minutes.

        • http://www.tumblr.com/blog/scientoonery Natalia M

          And Hubbard = Mad King Aerys

          • Science Doc

            Sea Org = White Walkers

            • Jimmy Threetimes

              Anonymous = Guild of the Faceless Men

            • Science Doc

              Squirrels = Dragons

      • Jimmy Threetimes

        It’s fun to think of him as Robert Arryn, as well.

        • Science Doc

          “I want to see the bad little man fly”.

        • Captain Howdy

          i prefer to think of D.M as Theon Greyjoy.

          • Jimmy Threetimes

            I was like “What? Ohhhh…”

          • sugarplumfairy

            I prefer to think of him as Louie DePalma, but without the charm..

      • Cat Daddy

        I hate that boy, when does he die in the series?

        • Jimmy Threetimes

          *SPOILER ALERT*

          He doesn’t die in the series. He takes Daenarys as his Queen and they legally adopt Rikkon Stark, just because they think he’s really cute. The White Walkers thing was just a big hoax, and there is peace in Westeros.

        • http://www.tumblr.com/blog/scientoonery Natalia M

          Dunno. I’m only on the third book.

      • Seannie5

        looks like Nellie Olsen from Little House on the Prairie

    • IBBy

      One can only hope that he doesnt survive the red wedding

      • Science Doc

        The other wedding.

    • Robert Eckert

      Everyone leave now, except for Keitel, Jodl, Kreb, und Buchdorf.

      • Science Doc

        Keitel – Hanged
        Jodl – Hanged
        Krebs – Suicide
        Burgdorf – Suicide

      • Ardent

        ha ha ha ha….well said.

    • YSYSYSYSYS

      DM is definitely not Tyrion.

      ETA. Damn. I had a pic to insert here. It’s not working for some reason. Hmm.

      • YSYSYSYSYS

        Can’t post the pic so I’ll post the accompanying quote:

        “When you tear out a man’s tongue, you are not proving him a liar, you’re only telling the world that you fear what he might say.”

        I don’t think that’s DM’s motto.

      • Eclipse-girl

        Tyrion is way too smart to be DM.

        • YSYSYSYSYS

          Exactly. See below quote from Tyrion.
          DM would be wholly in favour of tongue tearing tech, imo.

          • Eclipse-girl

            DM would have done it to Marty if he had known,

        • Sandy

          Guess I’m gonna haffta reread the books! I don’t generally watch TV, but the book series hooked me. At least the first book. I kinda slogged down in the second.

      • Ardent

        Yeah, I actually LIKE Tyrion – I get the height gag, but I think DM is much more Joffrey in his insanity. Tyrion is far from insane. But it is a quibble, and off-topic, sorry.

        • YSYSYSYSYS

          Agree. Tyrion is da man.

    • aquaclara

      ooh, this is a good theory. It could also be a bit of “belt and suspenders” action, since OF COURSE we all know that 22 (or is it now 23) lawyers just is not sufficient.
      I love your nicknames.

    • Missionary Kid

      God-Emperor of Hemet is a new nickname for DM. It’s the 610th. I’ll post it on the list later. Eva Suckmycock is a new one. I added that it refers to Eva Braun. It’s on a sub-list at http://tonyortega.org/2013/10/12/tomkat-project-in-los-angeles-heres-your-chance-to-help-the-show-get-to-tinseltown/#comment-1084224788

    • Captain Howdy

      I’m sure you’ve noted the resemblance

      • cs sarabia

        He looks an awful lot like Nellie Olsen from “Little House on the Prairie,” too.

    • Mooser

      Funny, Miscavige seems willing to pay almost anything for outside hired help, but won’t pay the people who work for him, and long service is not rewarded with position or money. And in many cases, his closest associates turn against him.

      • Ardent

        It goes to show what a cheapskate short-term thinking idiot he is.

  • TXCowgirl

    An article from San Antonio that was posted an hour ago.
    Scientology suit moving too slow for judge
    http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/local/article/Scientology-suit-moving-too-slow-for-judge-5200722.php

    • TXCowgirl

      “Exclaiming ‘hush,’ and hurling his spectacles to the courtroom floor, Judge Dip Waldrip gave both sides a good tongue-lashing.”

      • cs sarabia

        I had just copied this comment to paste here. Remarkable and dramatic for a judge!!!

        • RMycroft

          He might need a bulk deal on glasses before this is done.

    • Missionary Kid

      Thanks. Unfortunately, in order to read further, one has to be a digital subscriber.

      • TXCowgirl

        Oops. Didn’t see that part.

      • TXCowgirl

        I wish you had an avatar. It would make it so much easier to spy your comments…so it’s a selfish wish on my part, but still!

        • Missionary Kid

          I’ll try to come up with one, just for you. Give me a couple of days.

          • MissCandle

            Yay. It’s about time.

            • DeElizabethan

              I concur!

        • Casabeca

          I agree…too much personality for a blank avatar.

        • Missionary Kid

          Does this show up? It’s a plane that I like, the Bearhawk LSA, which is light, able to take off in a small space, and for the power, fast and efficient.

          • TXCowgirl

            Perfect! Thx, MK!!

            • Missionary Kid

              Disqus wouldn’t let me upload anything for a while. It was a PITA.

            • Missionary Kid

              Thanks for prodding me, it brought about action.

            • TXCowgirl

              Happy to help. It’s what good mom’s do.

      • Eclipse-girl

        I got in by clicking the link. I have not subscribed.

        • Missionary Kid

          For me, there was no link to click on. I had to cut and paste.

          • Eclipse-girl
            • Robert Eckert

              At the bottom it says “To read more about the case, go to expressnews.com” but I can’t.

            • DeElizabethan

              I tried that too but looks like for subscribers only. Also it did show me and it was only a short piece. One can sign up at comments. Read my comment above.

            • Eclipse-girl

              I did not follow that. It is not a link in the article

            • Missionary Kid

              Sorry, I was trying for the “read further” link. I got the main article.

            • DeElizabethan

              Good you’re set!

      • DeElizabethan

        I don’t have an avatar there but signed OK last time and it remembered me this time, neat. You don’t need the express mail, just do it at the article when asked. Oh heck I forget, but try, wasn’t hard. We may be in Texas for a long time so it’s worth the trouble.

    • Great White Clam

      Maybe a subscriber can point out to the paper that there’s an advert for cult on that very page.

    • Free Minds, Free Hearts

      Here is the story if you couldn’t link through.

      NEW BRAUNFELS — Upset with bickering lawyers, constant delays and objections, a state district judge reached his limit Monday in a case involving the Church of Scientology.

      Exclaiming ‘hush,’ and hurling his spectacles to the courtroom floor, Judge Dip Waldrip gave both sides a good tongue-lashing.

      “We’re spending time doing nothing, nothing except burning money and the court’s time and resources, and the Comal County taxpayer’s money,” he exclaimed, adding, “I’m about to the limit.”

      The suit filed by Monique Rathbun, the wife of Scientology dissident Mark Rathbun, accuses agents of the Church of Scientology of conducting a four-year campaign of harassment, dirty tricks, and surveillance.

      On its surface, the six-months-long court case is about the church’s alleged misconduct toward Mrs. Rathbun. But the plaintiff’s hope to depose church leader David Miscavige to prove he was the mastermind of the hostile actions against her.

      Miscavige’s lawyers are fighting to avoid this, and are expected to appeal an order by Waldrip, renewed Monday, that he come to Texas to give sworn testimony.

      To read more about the case, go to expressnews.com

      • Miss Tia

        Thank you for posting this!

    • DeElizabethan

      Great thanks Texas. A good one to tweet and comment on.

    • aegerprimo

      Great comments by Eclipse Girl there!

  • sugarplumfairy

    Wow! The more I read about Judge Waldrip in court, the more impressed I am.. Any one of these comments by the Judge would be terrific.. When they come up one after another, it’s just frkng awesome..

  • mook

    here’s Meskimen’s Twitter if you wanna point out to him what a scumbag he is
    https://twitter.com/jimrossmeskimen

    • media_lush

      just tweeted him this….

  • Jimmy Threetimes

    “Nick says Ricardo Cedillo tried to justify it by saying they had people working 18 hours a day to produce this information for the court.

    Waldrip’s answer, Nick says, was cutting: “What you’re telling me is that you have people 18 hours a day cutting stuff.”

    I am still catching up on all the happenings of today, but am I correct in assuming that this is our winner for Footbullet of the Day?

    • sugarplumfairy

      Gonna be reeeeally difficult to choose today..

    • Eclipse-girl

      Can’t we wait for Michael Bennit’s tape?

      This is clearly a contender

    • Drat

      I also liked the time bomb and tilting at mills.

      • Robert Eckert

        But this one was self-inflicted. By admitting his people worked on producing the edited tapes, Cedillo was implicating himself.

        • Drat

          True. Was Joanne Wheaton really there? This puzzles me somewhat. Do they intend to squirrelbust Judge Waldrip?

          • Eclipse-girl

            I hope he would have the ability to have law enforcement protect his family and home.

            • Missionary Kid

              Believe me, he does.

            • Espiando

              That won’t help with Joanne Wheaton. You need a full squadron of trained velociraptors to deal with Psycho Bitch.

            • Eclipse-girl

              I think you may be correct on that one.

            • Mooser

              Well, we go again tomorrow, if I read right. The Judge is losing patience. I wonder if he feels this case is starting to dominate his calender.

            • Eclipse-girl

              yes, he is. I think he is frustrated that they can even examine the stupid evidence that was ordered for the anti – SLAPP motion.

              He has to be unbiased. I hope he has a way of relaxing and letting this court stuff go when he takes off his robes.

        • Missionary Kid

          I read that as having people working 18 hours a day to produce the demanded evidence, but I like your interpretation better.

        • Ardent

          I agree. they are simply supposed to hand over the stuff, not “work on it”.

      • Eclipse-girl

        yeah, but that was the judge referring to the scientology case.
        It is not quite a foot bullet coming from the lawyers representing scientology

        • Drat

          I thought it was quite the footbullet, pissing the judge off to that extent.

    • Missionary Kid

      It is only the tip of the iceberg, IMO.

  • valshifter

    Well after today I don’t think the lawyers gangbanging mentality of the cult is working. that judge is not a fool. I like the way he deliver a sting to the cult lawyers as deserve it; that means he is not afraid or intimidated by the gang.

  • outraged

    I am afraid to read any comments or anything tony wrote about after this morning. Can someone just answer yes or no? (yes it is going well, no it is not.)

    • Ardent

      I would say WELL. But don’t dance yet…

      • outraged

        okaaaty,,,,,,that sounds good. I am signing off. until 8:oo pm.

        • Qbird

          ignore down votes – whatever meaning they have for you, you apply it – think… does it really affect your life – fuck no!

    • outraged

      this is a wonderful video that may have something to do with this trial. :-}

      It is for Cat Daddy who inspires me with all kinds of music and has been for weeks.

      http://youtu.be/sxTrVsKOVFg

  • Ardent

    That was pretty good. It seems the judge has just about run out of patience with the tactics of the Scientologists. That’s just as well! And I wish I’d been in the room when the ‘Fair Game’ policy was read out. Talk about hoist on your own petard. It seems a pity this ruination takes so long to unfold.

  • Eclipse-girl
  • Mooser

    “Nick called back to tell us about another moment he thought was
    important: Judge Waldrip said to the Scientology team that at some
    point, he was going to need an explanation for what these different
    entities — CSI, RTC, etc. — actually do.”

    An explanation which can be put into evidence, and one which can be examined in the light of, well, a lot of different things. Oh my.

    • Ardent

      Yes, Mooser, my ears pricked up when I read that too. It should be mighty interesting to have all those little coals raked over the fire.

      • Mooser

        I don’t think they can do it, anyway. And long lack of scrutiny has made them careless, and I bet they don’t even adhere to the money-and-legal structure they set up.

        • Ardent

          The question is: what structure? I suspect every nickel that isn’t spent on the crap food and electrical bills gets sent from every corner of the Earth to DM’s vaults ‘o plenty. Or an equivalent. It would be fascinating to have a forensic accountant go over the cult with a fine-toothed comb.

          • NOLAGirl

            ” It would be fascinating to have a forensic accountant go over the cult with a fine-toothed comb.”

            This is what I want for my birthday. :)

            • Ardent

              Throw a penny in a fountain! I’d love you to get your wish.

        • Zana

          If the court inspects the corporations, will that mean that the Board Members have to be transparent as well? Does that mean some undernourished ghosts have to appear from out of the Hole? I hope hope hope that they delve deep to discover what exactly is going on here.

          • Ardent

            That would be soooo sweet!

          • Sandy

            Please, please depose every single member in The Hole. Please…

            • Zana

              Right on! May the Truth be revealed!!

  • Science Doc

    Long-shot prediction: tomorrow is the day they knock over the chess board. Wild, wild crazy stuff. Hence the gathering of the Loyal Officers in court today. COB wants this dispute handled his way and resolved according to his command intention. This arguing motions stuff isn’t cutting it.

    • Mooser

      I’ve been feeling that, too. Perhaps a demonstration of the uncontrollable, albeit completely independent, passion of the faithful in defense of Scientology heterodoxy?

      • Science Doc

        If a spontaneous demonstration happens in court – turning it into a circus – and the judge reacts, then you might see a long delay while writs get filed and reviewed.

        • Eclipse-girl

          A judge has the right to maintain decorum within their court.

          • Mooser

            And everybody has to make it back to their home or office okay, and get back tomorrow. You would think those guys (Squirrel Busters) would want to stay as far away as they legally can from this. Are they trying to dare the TRO?

            • http://frankdisalleisadummy.wordpress.com/ Get Chutney Love

              That would be twice as dumb as riding in to court on a Brahma bull. Texans do not look kindly on outsiders engaging in disruptive antics, but these Nazgul for COB might fear his texts more than they would fear Texas justice.

    • Eclipse-girl

      I would think those people causing trouble could be hauled off into jail.
      I don’t think anyone has the religious right to cause trouble in a courtroom.

      I would also think it would he heard by other judges, not Waldrip. The case should not be able to stopped because the squirrel busters made asses of themselves.

      • Ardent

        Yes, he could clear the court. Serious offenders can be fined and then jailed, I believe (according to ‘Law & Order’). And then Scientology would have such a layer of shit on its’ face almost no scrubbing could remove it. The judge would, no doubt, be livid.

        • NOLAGirl

          And in light of the fact that the Judge is already over the nonsense, this would be a realllly bad time to disrupt his courtroom. No outbursts are going to help them. Although a couple nights in a Comel County Jail cell probably wouldn’t hurt….well, it wouldn’t hurt my feelings, lets put it that way. :D

          • Mooser

            Or, their could be a “spontaneous” demonstration against the Rathbuns, but not in court.

            • NOLAGirl

              Oh please….whatever deities may be listening…please let these fools protest their right to stalk, harass and invade a woman’s privacy. The flow of stupid is wide open and spewing out like a broken dam.

            • Ardent

              “Flow of Stupid” he he he. Thanks, NOLAGirl.

            • Mooser

              Why would they even come near that courtroom unless subpoenaed? Maybe we will find out tomorrow.

            • NOLAGirl

              I share your questions Mooser. Why did they all of the sudden show up today?? I saw the pics Mike posted of the “operatives” posted in the back of the court room. They were as intimidating as a box full of bunnies. There is a reason they’re there…I’m just not sure it would make any sense to rational people. Tomorrow should be interesting.

            • Mooser

              Why would they come near the place? I hope they do nothing, or at least nothing desperate.

            • Ardent

              Yeah, and that would go over like a lead balloon. Imagine how that would look, especially now the San Antonio press seem to be interested in the case. If it happens, I sense a lot of schadenfreude for all of us.

  • media_lush
    • Eclipse-girl

      I do not know where you got the Jayden Smith tweets but he appears stupider now than ever.

      I want to make that kid do some hard labor for six months or longer just for being as dumb as he is.

      • Ardent

        I found the tweets distressing. I’d force him to go to school.

      • YSYSYSYSYS

        He seems to have a permanent expression of constipation.

        • Ardent

          Self-importance. But since, according to Media, his folks are splitting, he is probably scared and overcompensating (I don’t follow much Hollywood news, I fear).

        • SandiCorrena

          I was trying to find the words to express a very similar thought! You are so right!

        • EnthralledObserver

          Are there any photos of Jayden NOT pulling that stupid expression?

      • Panopea Abrupta

        Hard labor
        Send him off to Scientology …. oh, wait a minute

    • Ardent

      Thanks Media. Nice edition. That Smith kid is plain loopy. The pedophile tweet was disturbing as any I’ve read in a long time, and his anti-education barfs? Is Will Smith a crap parent or what? What gives?

      • YSYSYSYSYS

        Whoever is teaching him needs to try harder. Decased?

      • media_lush

        [I think] it’s well known that children of parents going through a divorce react in bizarre and sometimes disturbing ways…. throw in unlimited amounts of cash and a celeb status and you just add to the mix… I mean, look at Lohan

  • PreferToBeAnon2

    No sign of the esteemed Chief Justice Wallace Jefferson today. Too bad. Wonder what he would have scribbled on his notepad in today’s session.

    • media_lush

      “NO PAYCHECK IS WORTH THIS”

      • Jimmy Threetimes

        Haha, I was going to go in the other direction and suggest that he repeatedly scribbles his hourly rate over and over and over.

        • Ardent

          Some kind of mantra to help him cleanse his guilty conscience?

      • Mooser

        Wallace Jefferson was by all accounts, an excellent Texas Chief Justice. Je had all kinds of offers, as soon as he left the bench. And why shouldn’t he? First African-American Texas Chief Justice, a solid Bush Republican, he would have been in demand everywhere. He did not have to do this.

        • sugarplumfairy

          How do you know for sure that he didn’t have to do this? co$ Spends lots of time, energy and resources developing offers folks can’t refuse..

    • Mooser

      Thanks, wondering about him.

  • PreferToBeAnon2

    A 13-minute version of Mike Bennitt’s taping is up: http://vimeo.com/85764852

    • DeElizabethan

      Good day. Thanks Mike. What sort of people sit to the left in that box. News maybe?

  • Espiando

    Hey, Downvote On Sight, you’re still a coward. Come out and admit you’re doing it so I can respond to you, man to syphilitic douchebag whore. Or if those words are too big for you, I’ll keep it easy to understand: Lick my asshole clean. It’s all you’re good for.

    By the way, with the Tyrion line, I was just going for the midget comparison, not a character comparison. I don’t even like Game Of Thrones, or anything George R. R. Martin has done other than the Wild Cards series.

    • Jimmy Threetimes

      I know who dunnit …

    • Missionary Kid

      Espi, you’re too kind to Dildo Downvote.

      • Missionary Kid

        Oooooh! I got one. Yipeeeee!

      • Espiando

        I may be too kind to Dildo Downvote, but this is a Bunkeroo who’s doing it. Bunkeroos normally aren’t cowards. This one is, and I want to know why.

        The other two downvotes here are either OSA or George R. R. Martin fanpoodles.

        • Missionary Kid

          It’s been a long time since I read old R.R. I considered it more fantasy than science fiction, but my recollection is hazy, and I haven’t sought his writing out.

          It’s passive-aggressive not to show themselves, but that’s Co$’s pattern for everything.

    • Baby

      I get em too darlin

    • DMSTCC

      Looks like they’re winning. And I added the second one.

      You know better that this. You have some great posts, but now even you are derailing the spaceship.

    • Still_On_Your_Side

      Up until today, down voting was free. The down voters had to sit through hours of classroom study where OSA explained what the Internet is, what a blog is, how not to read anything on the screen, and how to down vote. Today Miscavige learned of this and was furious when he learned it was free. He immediately issued an order that people must pay for the privilege of downvoting. Now, every down vote puts $$$ in Miscavige’s pocket. It’s part of the new theology Miscavige has introduced called “pay to pray.” In order to publicize it, Miscavige has “borrowed” from the new Volkswagen ads which borrow from “It’s a Wonderful Life.” He has ordered Golden Era Films to make a film based on the concept that “Every time someone down votes Tony Ortega’s blog, Miscavige gets his bling.”

    • Sergeant Pepper

      I downvoted.

  • EnthralledObserver

    I loved that interview with Tony regarding the Super Bowl Ad… hahaha… I especially liked the more straight forward ad suggested by the interviewer. Good job, Tony!

    • Ardent

      I couldn’t find it. By the way, I hope things are OK with a certain person?

      • EnthralledObserver

        It’s down a bit… If someone doesn’t get it first, I’ll re-post the link up top to the radio interview Tony did.
        Yeah… she’s fine. I have hopes the whole thing is over with… just watching to make sure I catch it if it recurs. Thanks for your concern.

        • EnthralledObserver

          REPOSTING from below:
          Eivol Ekdal

          • 3 hours ago

          +

          Listen again to Tony on 830 WCCO…
          http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/
          Tony @ 16m 45s

          • Free Minds, Free Hearts

            What is the program on this radio station? It just gives the web site, there are lots of programs randomly listed all over the page… I don’t know how to find the one Tony was on.

            • EnthralledObserver

              It was the one in the ‘box’ when I clicked on it. Just press ‘play’ or the symbol for play… I can’t remember exactly which it was. If it’s updated since then there is a list of programs down the bottom, just click on the relevant one and then it should appear in the ‘box’.

  • SandiCorrena

    Thinking how surely the judge will empathize with Monique if he himself was so frustrated he needed a moment to compose himself just dealing with them in court.

  • Seannie5

    I see Lisa Marie Presley had a birthday party last weekend. Besides her kids (allegedly) and Priscilla (allegedly) I don’t recognise any of the following as scientologists??

    “Other friends and family in attendance included Lisa‘s love Michael Lockwood, her son Ben (with girlfriend Alexa), Kristen Stewart, Zoe Kravitz, Ellen Page, Lisa‘s best friend Linda Ramone (with boyfriend J.D. King of the band The Olms), Jacqui Getty, Riley‘s boyfriend Ben Smith-Petersen, Priscilla‘s sister Michelle Beaulieu Hovey, and Jared Eng.”

    http://www.justjared.com/2014/02/03/lisa-marie-presley-birthday-riley-keough-priscilla-presley/

    • Baby

      Seannie.. Lisa and Priscilla I am sure are keeping the Ruse so disconnection won’t happen.

      To my knowledge Lisa hasn’t really ” Come Out..” her music indicates otherwise, but NOTHING official announcing her departure..

      • TXCowgirl

        For such a well known mother/daughter duo, do you really think Co$ would demand disconnection? I believe that would make the hole in the sinking Freewinds rowboat all that much bigger.

  • Still_On_Your_Side

    I don’t think Miscavige’s lawyers knew that he had not provided all of the videos. I think they were as shell shocked as Waldrip. Notwithstanding, their job is to protect their client from himself, which is what they tried to do. Moxon, however, is acting as a “consigliere.” Most people don’t know this but lawyers are not supposed to be actively involved in covering up their clients bad acts. They are not supposed to be “consigliere.” I don’t know what Waldrip will do tomorrow. I think he is very angry at what is happening in his courtroom and he wants Ray Jeffrey to focus on the a Anti-SLAPP motion. If he is going to deny the Anti-SLAPP motion, and possibly sanction Miscavige, he doesn’t want Ray falling into traps set by Miscavige. It would very easy to get into a brawl over all the bad stuff Miscavige is doing, in fact Miscavige wants a brawl. If there is no clear “adult” in the courtroom, it makes Waldrip’s job harder, and helps Miscavife’s appeal.

    I don’t know what Allende, Wheaton et al are doing in that courtroom perhaps they think they will “psyche” out Marty, or perhaps they are Miscavige’s eyes and ears because he doesn’t trust his lawyers. Whatever it is, their play book is old and they haven’t got a clue who Marty and Monique are.

    • Ardent

      Can the lawyers who find this continued BS from Miscavige offensive release themselves from his employ?

    • Jimmy Threetimes

      Cedillo told the judge they have people working 18 hours a day to “provide” them with the information. Why would it take that long to gather up the raw, unedited footage? You think most on the defense team are “shell shocked” that the videos are incomplete and have the audio removed? I don’t buy it.

      • Still_On_Your_Side

        Well, if the lawyers advised the church to submit only a small portion of what the judge ordered, they have some serious explaining to do. I would like to know how 22 lawyers could agree to disobey a court order. I also have never heard of the “we withheld it because they’ll put it on the Internet” reason for labeling something “for attorneys’ eyes only. ” They must be getting a lot of money from Miscavige because they are destroying any respect Waldrip has for them. I imagine the San Antonio legal community will be gossiping about their sad sack maneuvers for a long time.

        • Jimmy Threetimes

          This is speculation, but maybe they don’t consider it “disobeying” a court order, but rather using their own “creative interpretation” of what the judge ordered to be turned over. It appears that’s what they’re doing, anyways.

          • Sibs

            To which I repeat my query from a long long time ago: … just how do they interpret “all” to mean “edited”?

    • Science Doc

      If you’re loosing the game of chess, knock over the chessboard. Total chaos, with the judge throwing his glasses onto the floor and clearing the courtroom would work for them as long as the judge is approximately equally disgusted with both sides. Tomorrow might be a good time to make sure the loose cannons are clearly on their side and not both.

      I agree that Moxon is in consigliere mode and the litigators were blindsided by the spoliation of evidence.

  • cdub

    A really big day in court. This man is looking out for the taxpayers money. DM probably doesn’t even know what that means.

  • EnthralledObserver

    REPOSTING:Eivol Ekdal • 3 hours ago

    +

    Listen again to Tony on 830 WCCO…
    http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/
    Tony @ 16m 45s

  • RMycroft

    Remember Riffer’s over-the-top letter describing David Miscavige as “one of the greatest individuals of our time”? Amazing.

    Huh. I didn’t think anything else today would top that apparently the Ford family (Rob Ford) like to think of themselves as the Canadian Kennedys. It’s a tough one, but I’ll have to give the crazy call to the locals boys this time.

    • Priscilla

      hahahahaha!

    • Ardent

      I think my brain just exploded. the….Ford brothers in all their gut-swingin’ glory? (bangs head on desk)

    • InterestedObserver12

      It has taken me over an hour to recover from that one. I may have damaged the cartilage between my ribs, and I have definitely upset a great deal of furniture. The Fords are the Canadia… OMG, I’m losing it again… Kenne…SOMEBODY CALL 911

  • Missionary Kid

    The Huffington Post cites Tony in its coverage of the $cientology Super Bowl ad. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/02/04/church-of-scientology-super-bowl-ad-video_n_2615703.html

    • Ardent

      Pity is isn’t an interview with Tony. But I dream.

    • Tony Ortega

      That’s from last year.

      • Mooser

        “That’s from last year.”

        That’s right, some team won the Super Bowl last year.

        • Missionary Kid

          Check the date on the post. Tony’s right, and it is the old ad.

        • Jimmy Threetimes

          Two teams played in last year’s Super Bowl, right?

          • Snippy_X

            More shamrocks please.

            • Jimmy Threetimes

              For some reason, you can’t crop or resize avatar images in the Disqus menu while using Safari on iOS. I have a new shamrock I’ll add later.

            • Snippy_X

              Très agréable.

          • Mooser

            Was there even a Super-Bowl before this year?

      • Missionary Kid

        Oops. Sorry. I saw something at Bollocks’ post, and didn’t double check. I’ll edit it to change it.

  • Baby

    Thought you would get a chuckle out of this..

    I am tired.. Rough day at work..

    So I went to put in the search.. TonyOrtega (dot) org and typed in

    TONY ORLANDO… haha

    • Ardent

      You risk being called ‘Dawn’…. ; )

    • Sherbet

      Well, you’re out of the groupies.

      • Baby

        Shit.. I already paid my dues.. sigh

        I will throw my Sycophant card away..

    • Ruby

      hahaha! I’ve done that before too!
      eek…we are showing our age! :))

    • IBBy

      Tony Orlando is also a cool cat. But I dont think “Tie a yellow ribbon” is about scientology ;)

      • Baby

        Oh I think he was way before his time Ibby..

        ” Tie a Yellow Round the Old Oak Tree..”

        Cut them down for

        Stupid Scientology…….

      • Robert Eckert

        It’s about someone who disconnected from his family years ago and is finally blowing. But of course Tony Orlando couldn’t make that explicit in the song because the danger of lawsuits was so much greater then.

  • Hubbub

    O/T, but this seems like something this crowd would enjoy… While some people were being treated to Scientology commercials during the Super Bowl, Georgia was treated to this commercial about a criminal defense attorney who decided to stop defending criminals. Maybe DM’s legal team will have this kind of turnaround. http://youtu.be/jr2gdPY-88w

    • NOLAGirl

      Saw that this morning…and it got more positive feedback on Twitter than the Co$ commercial. LOL :)

    • DMSTCC

      The message is admirable, but there’s just something off on this one. Time to dig out my hearing aid.

      • Hubbub

        Yeah. I think I know what you mean.

    • Sidney18511

      It looks like this guy is trying to get his own reality show.

    • Baby

      Damn that is one expensive commercial.. I could watch a movie based on this commercial..

    • Jimmy Threetimes

      Close-up of a burning sledgehammer dragging through graveyard soil… TV ad for personal injury lawyer or WWE promo for The Undertaker’s match at Wrestlemania?

  • Snippy_X

    What’s with the missing avatars? It happened to me on Thursday afternoon. There was a perfectly spooky explanation for that, but today it’s Mooser, Science Doc and Jimmy Threetimes. Hmm.

    • Science Doc

      I’ve never set an avatar. I really should though.

      • Jimmy Threetimes

        May I suggest Christopher Lloyd as “Doc” from Back to the Future?

        • Science Doc

          Or John Lithgow from Buckaroo Banzai?

          • Mooser

            Avatar? That’s what I ride, but I have to buy a new battery this spring.

            • Qbird

              jesus Mooser – why don’t you have an AV?! I’ve been sending you photos of my neighbors since you first came on the scene. wtf

            • Mooser

              What an inspiring sight he is! Sort of makes you wonder if Man is really the last word in Creation. I mean, if you don’t count womens, an entirely different species of gender.
              But as you can see, he will never fit in the small space allotted for an avatar.

            • Mooser

              Are you in Alaska? Canada?

            • Mooser

              You know, sometimes when I look into a Moose’s rheumy eyes I can almost see all the stupidity of the ages therein.

            • Shirley Eugeste
        • Snippy_X

          Or Mr. Peabody.

      • Casabeca

        Sheldon Cooper? Or Dr Spaceman from 30 Rock?

      • InterestedObserver12

        I love you just the way you are.

    • Missionary Kid

      I finally got one. I can see it, but you?

      • Captain Howdy

        After all this time you finally got an av and it’s a Cessna?

        It couldn’t have been a P-38 or a P-47?

        • Missionary Kid

          Neither of those planes can get into short, out of the way, backcountry landing strips, or carry much payload in relation to their gross weight. They also suck gas at an incredible rate.

          The internal fuel load of a P-38 is 410 gallons. Both planes also carried external drop tanks. That 410 gallons would probably take the Bearhawk LSA 8,000 miles. Different missions, different airplanes.

          • Captain Howdy

            I knew you had the RIGHT STUFF!

            • Missionary Kid

              Thanks for the compliment, but the modern Thomas Wolfe wrote a book that was based on a distortion of values. It was basically a retelling of the old movie cliche of, “You wouldn’t send a kid up in a crate like that.”

              It is true that Chuck Yeager had a lot of courage, but, in spite of being a brave individual, he prided himself in his caution and analytical powers of observation. He knew the systems of his aircraft very well, and was careful not to exceed what he knew to be limits.

              Yes, he pushed the envelope, but every test pilot does. That’s their job: to determine what the true limits are. If the plane doesn’t respond correctly, he’s supposed to bring it back, along with the data, so that it can be examined.

              Yeager was chosen for the job as a test pilot because he would bring planes back whole. He is very proud of his maintenance record.

              While he “only” had a high school diploma, he strove to understand all the elements of flight, and he consulted with those who had the degrees and experience to help him.

              Sorry about the rant, but the book and movie were entertaining, but bullshit. Yeager’s book was much better for me, because it was truer to what flying is.

        • Missionary Kid

          It’s NOT a Cessna. It’s tougher and more efficient.

      • aegerprimo

        It’s an airplane!

        • Missionary Kid

          Yup, a Bearhawk LSA. It cruises at between 100-125 mph, depending on the engine. It can take off in 400 ft. at gross weight.

      • Snippy_X

        It’s beautiful. Ignore grumpy old Cap’n Howdy.

        • Captain Howdy

          Exactly

      • Casabeca

        It is perfect!
        My uncle used to fly one much like that, was a missionary to Japan in the 60s.
        Great avi for you :).

        • Missionary Kid

          If I build one, I’m not using it for missionary work, that’s for sure.

          • TXCowgirl

            Use it for fly-bys of idea log openings. Actually, I doubt there will be many, if any, more of them.

            • Casabeca

              Ooh he can go on secret missions for the Bunker!

            • Missionary Kid

              Unfortunately, I couldn’t fly as low as a helicopter, or make as much noise, dammit. At least, with a great telephoto, one could do a good body count.

          • Casabeca

            You should use it for fun, enough missions for you ;).
            If you fly over the desert, I’ll be the one by the orange trees waving at you.

            • Missionary Kid

              I live in the desert, east of Los Angeles. It’s so clear here most of the time that I’ve let my Instrument rating lapse.

          • TXCowgirl

            Rescue missions in and out of Hemet!!!

      • Qbird

        Sweet!!!

        Rules Of The Air:

        Every takeoff is optional. Every landing is mandatory.

        • Missionary Kid

          Maintain thy airspeed, lest the ground come up and smite thee.

  • 3feetback-of-COS

    Just saw this:

    https://www.sportsbusinessdaily.com/Global/Issues/2014/02/04/Marketing-and-Sponsorship/Adidas-Scientology.aspx

    “Adidas Contract With Bayern Munich Players Forbids Scientology Membership
    Published February 4, 2014

    Football players who have a contract with adidas
    “are not allowed to be members of Scientology and spread the philosophy
    of its Founder L. Ron Hubbard,” according to DER SPIEGEL. The
    information “comes from a kit deal that adidas signed with a current
    German national team and Bayern Munich…”

    • Missionary Kid

      That probably wouldn’t be legal in the US, but in Germany, it probably is.

      • Captain Howdy

        You weren’t allowed to hold certain government jobs in Germany in you were a scientologist or belonged to another group that was considered totalitarian. Don’t know if that is still the law.

        • Hubbub

          “The company said on demand with ” diversity and tolerance are fundamental values ​​of the Adidas Group Scientology , but other anti-constitutional organizations and associations are so incompatible This passage is something like this in principle and without distinction as standard clause in our . . contracts. It’s not about individual athletes. ” (Online translation; perhaps someone with German skills can help that Adidas quote make more sense.) http://www.spiegel.de/spiegel/vorab/adidas-gegen-scientology-a-950569.html

          • Robert Eckert

            “Diversity and tolerance count among the basic values of the Adidas Group. Scientology however, like other organizations and associations that are enemies of the constitution, is not compatible with that. This clause or such-and-such that is similar in principle is invariably found as a standard clause in our contracts. It is not directed at any individual athletes.”

          • http://frankdisalleisadummy.wordpress.com/ Get Chutney Love

            The German word keiner is a negative adjective/pronoun which appears in the article, and from the context I think it would translate as:

            Accordingly, the professional had to assure that they “do not belong to any organization or association which represents the principles of L. Ron Hubbard or applies or distributes any of the respective techniques.” In the same paragraph Adidas also made it a condition that the player ” belongs to no organization or association which is monitored by the intelligence services.” Otherwise Adidas reserved the right to waive the negotiated contract of June 30, 2012, immediately.

    • media_lush

      …. ha, ha,

      love this!

      (I have a sports journalist friend… will forward it to him)

    • TXCowgirl

      Look at that, a morals clause. Tee-hee.

      • Casabeca

        Woo hoo!
        Anyone else just see the Sci commercial run during Almost Human?

        • TXCowgirl

          $ci doesn’t do product placement in Houston. A metro area of well over 6 million people and there are no whales to speak of, only a handful of minnows.

    • aquaclara

      Excellent find.excellent clause. Wow.

  • media_lush

    …. well, this is interesting…. can anyone confirm?

    • Jimmy Threetimes

      It would have to be a re-run. NBC is airing “Sports Illustrated Swimsuit: 50 Years of Beautiful”

      • InterestedObserver12

        Thanks for the alert, Jimmy. I am now watching “Sports Illustrated Swimsuit: 50 Years of Beautiful” too, with a perfectly reasonable explanation if I get caught.

        • Sandy

          Old men staring at young girls has always made me very uncomfortable. Guess it’s just me …

          • InterestedObserver12

            Lighten up, Sandy. For your own sake.

            • Sandy

              For my own sake?

          • Jimmy Threetimes

            I was born during the Reagan Administration. I’m going to keep staring without fear of making anyone uncomfortable.

          • Mooser

            “Old men staring at young girls has always made me very uncomfortable. Guess it’s just me”

            Don’t look.

            • EnthralledObserver

              Don’t look… at the old men? Good, solid advice… cheers!

          • EnthralledObserver

            Not just you… ;)

    • Captain Howdy

      Law and Order has had a couple of scientology inspired episodes over the years that I remember.

      • Jimmy Threetimes

        This one I recall off the top of my head. The group was called “Systemotics”

        http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1031366/

        • Captain Howdy

          Very good. And I think there was another one. I’ve been looking for any sight that lists movies & TV episodes dealing with cults or scientology specifically and I’ve yet to find one.

          I know Hawaii Five-O and Quincy had episodes and there was a show on CBS a couple of years ago that had an episode that was obviously based on scientology but i can’t recall the name..oh wait! It was the Mentalist.

          • Victoria Pandora

            nip/tuck had pretty much an entire season… season four i think. two main characters got caught up in $cn. spent all their money and generally ruined their lives.

            i started a thread when i first joined esmb with the intention of documenting every reference in the media. some of them were quite esoteric! But real life got the better of me and i never managed to follow up.

            i would love such a sight with that list, it would take quite a bit of dedication.

            • Victoria Pandora

              it was explicit, e-meters and everything.

            • Captain Howdy

              The Hawaii Five-O was a two parter called “Once Upon A Time”.

              I remembered the site TV Tropes which is as close as we’re going to get for a list of cult related entertainment.

              http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/Cult

            • Great White Clam

              Such a thing already exists. It seems like all it would take is some $$. I’m sure the clams already pay for such a service, so maybe a good service would be able to just send you a copy. Check the fine print. You might have to agree to keep it confidental/not put it up online.

          • media_lush

            I was looking for The IT Crowd episode that took the piss out of a cult very similar to scientology and came across this little video I’d never seen before…. scientologists in Bethnal Green?

            http://youtu.be/cXJ-57FHjxQ

            • media_lush

              …. there’s also this scene from Ricky Gervais’s “Life’s Too Short”

              http://youtu.be/Y__X4HRXOKA

            • Mark

              They were in Stratford Broadway a couple of years ago. The wind wasn’t doing them any favours (any more than the locals telling them to piss off).

            • Captain Howdy

              Any TV dramas?

            • Mark

              The nearest trannie pub’s in Mile End ;)

          • sugarplumfairy

            Wasn’t there one where they called the cult Systemotics?

            • Captain Howdy

              Si

        • http://frankdisalleisadummy.wordpress.com/ Get Chutney Love

          There’s also the L&O:CI episode, Con-text, that’s very CoS-influenced, and had the late Karen Black in a minor role. Great writing, as usual:

          Doug Morgan:
          No!

          [rises from his seat]

          Doug Morgan:
          It’s – it’s – it’s how you see it. It’s the story you tell. It’s not the
          way it is. *You* can’t differentiate one thing from another, you…

          [bangs on interrogation-room door]

          Doug Morgan:
          I know how it is. I get it. You don’t. You’re not a “clear”!

          http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0629518/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1

          • Captain Howdy

            Yes!

        • sugarplumfairy

          Oops.. Sorry.. Didn’t mean to repeat..

    • outraged

      what????????

      I think my girl is watching that show right now.

  • Eclipse-girl
    • Priscilla

      Can I flag each entry more than once?

      • Robert Eckert

        It won’t count unless you get a different IP address. If you don’t know the voodoo of proxy servers, you can get a new IP by, for example, taking your laptop to a Starbuck’s.

        • Mark

          What about Pirate Browser, Robert? It uses Tor.

          • Robert Eckert

            I have no idea what “Pirate Browser” or “Tor” even mean.

            • Mark

              It’s an anti-censorship clone of Firefox published by The Pirate Bay that uses the Tor (Vidalia) client to access things like torrent sites if your ISP has blocked them. I thought it might be an easy way to get repeat flaggings on Craigslist.
              http://piratebrowser.com/

            • Robert Eckert

              This is what I mean by the “voodoo”. Some people are into that kind of thing but I am not one of them.

            • Mark

              I know what you mean: “Ooh, make sure you set up a VPN if you want to download any movie torrents!” my more net-experienced friends told me when I got online from home for the first time. All it did was make the computer sluggish, until I discovered it hadn’t been working all along; as the MPAA hadn’t been hammering at my door I ditched the VPN in favour of Pirate Browser.

            • media_lush

              there’s the Opera browser if you’re on a mac:

              “Among other advantages, Opera has Off Road mode, a clever feature designed to improve speed. Rather than accessing sites themselves, this mode makes Opera check first for an optimised version of a site stored on Opera’s own servers. (If it isn’t stored there, your browsing experience will proceed as normal.)

              This has the side effect of often allowing you to access sites that have been blocked by ISPs in the UK, such the Pirate Bay. Other browsers, like Chrome, have extensions (Unblock The Pirate Bay) that enable you to bypass the block (using proxies) but Opera is by far the cleanest and easiest way we’ve found of bypassing the Pirate Bay blockade. It will be interesting to see how Opera fares when UK ISP’s implement the filters the UK government has requested. Opera could well be onto something with its Off Road mode.

            • Mark

              Luckily the UK government seems to be making its usual complete balls-up with anything involving computers; they’ve stopped trying to menace the ISPs (for the moment) in favour of heavying Google: http://torrentfreak.com/uk-government-plans-to-ensure-that-google-hinders-online-piracy-140202/

            • media_lush

              I never use torrents… way too easy to track etc… I’ve been subscribing to usenet via eu.news.astraweb.com for years now…. they only release info with a court order and are based in NL (and change their address every few months) and would rather die than do that [type thing]…. at $15US per quarter for unlimited downloads is the best deal on the net.

              (edit… and you’re always guaranteed the complete file… unlike torrents which can linger on 98% for days)

            • Priscilla

              Thanks, Mark and Robert. Follow-up question: What if I use 2 different computers from the same address/home network?

            • Robert Eckert

              On my browser (Google Chrome) and several others, an easy way to tell is that Craigslist ad titles show up in blue if you have not already opened them with the same IP address, in purple if you have (so that you shouldn’t bother).

            • Eclipse-girl

              NO. because to the outside world the two computers will have the same IP

      • Eclipse-girl

        just flag each ad on each list once. TY

    • Mark

      Phew! All done.

    • Freethinker

      Done. Now *that’s* what I call clam spam!

  • Silence of the Clams

    “We’re spending time doing nothing, nothing except burning money and the court’s time and resources, and the Comal County taxpayer’s money,” he exclaimed, adding, “I’m about to the limit.”

    Oh boy, he doesn’t realize the scilon lawyers are just getting started.

  • media_lush

    been awhile since I had a look at Kirstie’s twitter page…. she’s obviously still getting a lot of flack… which is nice

    • media_lush

      sent her a bit of enturbulation…..

    • DeElizabethan

      What a hateful Liar!

    • Shirley Eugeste

      So did Kirstie read the “quote from her religion”? What, exactly, does she try “to follow at all cost”? This quotation doesn’t actually say anything about doing anything, or taking any action in any sort of demonstrable way. So to you, LRH, I say: WTF? Seriously, how did you get so many people to invest so heavily such drivel? Did it start as satire?

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QrJlyapt6OY

    • Shirley Eugeste

      Or… was LRH’s first writing job in a flower-power fortune cookie factory?

  • media_lush

    just got this posted in my comments section on my blog…. not sure, think it was some kind of bot… what is interesting is the info it provides… “spend rank”, “airing rank” etc…. http://www.ispot.tv/ad/7TFZ/church-of-scientology-super-bowl-2014-higher-states-of-existence#actors

  • And I don’t rent cars!
    • media_lush

      lol, everyone’s nailing them!

  • http://www.4chan.org/ Vistaril

    So. Much. WIN!!!111!!!

  • Baby

    Just a quick comment.. and I’m going to bed..

    Lurked over at the Celebrity Scn. site.. ugh..

    If 1,000 people were walking down the street I would be the last that you would think of as a prude.

    I couldn’t get past the language.. Just too much.. Good Lord.

    Yes, they say don’t read it if you get offended..but thought it would say the usual words that people get offended by.

    But I want to get to their story. It was just ridiculously stupid… just a waste of time trying to get through all the crap.

    OK rant over.. and yes to reiterate ..They did warn me. The language didn’t offend me it was just Overkill.

    • EnthralledObserver

      Linky?

      • media_lush
        • Baby

          Thank you Lush..I was just going to post this..

          Also check Steve Mango’s comment in the comment section.. Wasn’t impressed with him either.. ugh

          • media_lush

            I think you can say the site divides quite a few people who comment here… personally I find it quite amusing and always look forward to the next post though I understand some might find it offensive. In his/her defence and from what I’ve been led to understand, language like that is the norm [if not worse] for those who work in the cult full time so I have no problem exonerating it. In fact I also like to be quite obtuse and vulgar in the headers for my own blog (http://scientologybollocks.blogspot.co.uk) as, well, it makes me laugh and annoys those who the posts target. In real life I hardly ever swear as I find it it lazy and suburban, besides- insulting someone to their face without effing and blinding is often more devastating and is chock-full-a-lulz

  • DeElizabethan

    I found this on FB. Had to watch twice. Hilarious and it’s fast. Hope it hasn’t been posted.
    SCIENTOLOGY SUPER BOWL AD: HIDDEN MESSAGES YOU MISSED
    funnyordie.com

    Edit: not sure one finds it easily like when I copied. Hoping!!

    • Baby

      Cars just posted this Rev.. Yes Hilarious

      • DeElizabethan

        Good things just can’t stay away from here, eh? thanks sweetie! I would’ve missed it here until much later. Media Lush did great!

    • media_lush

      … few people said it was too fast…. here’s the relevant bit [spoiler BTW]

      • DeElizabethan

        Yaaaaaayyy! thanks love.

    • Sir Hemet TC Burlwood, VIII

      OMG, hilarious indeed!

      It’s as important to vote this up as funny as it is to vote their bullshit commercial down!

    • DodoTheLaser
  • media_lush

    …. here’s a minor bit of good news for our Sunday Funnies 80’s poster boy, Paul Haggis

    [edit: .... actually, I suppose $12M divided by four is a bit more than "minor" good news]

  • Troy MacGyver

    Did you like the COS’s super bowl ad? Neither did I. Lets vote it down and leaves some comments!

    Scientology Super Bowl Ad 2014: Spiritual Technology (Official)

    Church of Scientology Int. Church of Scientology Int. ·482 videos

    Subscribe

    34,696

    Like 500 Dislike 352 Link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QavEOfgeOi4&feature=youtu.be

  • AlphaRomeo

    Tony can you please add a counter as part of your sunday funnies which shows the traffic to your site and CO$ site?
    I know that some other members do the same but not on periodic basis.
    I (sure others as well) would like to see the impact of CO$ in terms of traffic on both sides.

    • Eclipse-girl

      JohnnyTank does it every morning using ? Alexa

    • media_lush

      there are numerous reasons a site like this doesn’t have a counter… I’m sure Tony would have put one up when he created it if he wanted one… that kind of information would actually be useful to the other side, if you know what I mean

  • WhamBham

    Love love love love this judge…..

  • deathtoallpoliticians

    mr. ortega, can you please tell me why every single one of my posts is getting flagged and deleted? this is very, very annoying and i would like some answers, if possible. seriously, my last 5 posts, all legal in nature given the proceedings today, have been flagged and deleted. JUST WTF IS GOING ON HERE? cheers! (ps – i am going to re-post my last 2 posts that were flagged. please keep an eye on them)

    • deathtoallpoliticians

      enough is enough. my re-post was re-flagged. wtf?

      • Jimmy Threetimes

        ~15 minutes ago I got a database error on a refresh on the page. I noticed your post immediately before this.

  • EnthralledObserver

    OT… I think my Stepson’s WIFEYMakemerich is faking her pregnancy! In a photo she posted to facebook of her pregnancy it seems she’s wearing a different engagement ring to the one my stepson gave her, of which there is a separate pic posted the year before (the phone the pic is taken with – seen in the pics as they are reflected by a mirror – is different in two photos as well, but the second pic could be anyone… you can’t see the girl’s face at all – I now suspect the girl isn’t my stepson’s wife, but a pic stolen from the internet). I suspect the photo is from her previous pregnancy with her previous boyfriend/fiancé. I wish I could zoom in on the pics better… just to be sure.

    • Mooser

      There seems to be an epidemic of false pregnancies going around. Probably the weather.

      • EnthralledObserver

        I don’t know if the stepson is in on the ‘fake’ or is being fooled too. How stupid would a guy have to be to be able to be scammed like that? They spend so much time together. Is that even possible?

        • Mooser

          I can assure you, Madam, I know nothing about birthing any babies. I’m not really sure how real pregnancy occurs, and I have no idea how a false one starts. Of course, if it happens to me, I’ll have to read up on it, but that’s what the web is for.

          • EnthralledObserver

            She’s supposed to be due in March… her belly is large. But my Brother-in-law said in December when he hugged her, her belly was soft and squished in – like a pillow. he’s been a Dad himself, so he knows what a pregnant belly normally feels like… and he was very surprised at how she felt. I haven’t seen her. All these little clues are starting to build a fuller picture.
            In addition to her engagement ring being the wrong shape, her wedding ring is absent. Plus she recently (25th Jan) posted a comment about ‘waiting at the hospital’ and further commenting something about ‘he’s not cooked properly yet, I hope he doesn’t come early’.
            Catfish again? Though what her angle or goal here is I’m not sure.

            • Mooser

              As the song says:

              “…one of sixteen vestigial vegans, headed for the coast,
              and although my eyes were opened,
              They ate chipped beef on toast.
              And so it was, that later…”

            • EnthralledObserver

              As apparently you are talking to yourself (I don’t even want to know what that ^^^ was supposed to mean lol)… consider that I am too. :)

            • Mooser

              Sorry, but pregnancy, or anything to do with it, has always made me very nervous.

            • Mooser

              “he’s been a Dad himself, so he knows what a pregnant belly normally feels like”

              Now I’m even more nervous. If it could happen to him, it could happen to me.

            • Jimmy Threetimes

              You might as well start buyin extra packs of cigs now. All babies just eat, cry, sleep, potty and bum smokes. Get a job, baby.

            • DodoTheLaser

              Your free membership in the bunker is about to expire due to the lack of avatar.

            • Jimmy Threetimes

              Here you go, please renew my membership, Dodo. Can I get a new lanyard, too?

            • DodoTheLaser

              Beautiful. :)

            • EnthralledObserver

              Pregnant bellies are normally hard/stretched… especially late in pregnancy. They DON’T feel like pillows.

            • Jimmy Threetimes

              Mooser was joking, and it was funny. But if you keep responding to him with pregnancy facts, that might be funny, too.

            • EnthralledObserver

              He sounded like he needed at least that fact… it might come in handy one day. ;)

            • Sibs

              I dunno if there’s a whole lot you can do personally if your stepson is still believing it. Keep your eyes and ears open though! And be ready for whatever happens…

            • EnthralledObserver

              If they lived closer I could suss it out better… but we are 8 hours drive away.

            • Scream Nevermore

              Well, if bridges have been burnt, stepson is the more likely target of a scam – but how could he not know if the woman he’s sleeping with is heavily pregnant or not?? I look forward to seeing their pics in the Daily Fail, complete with sadface pics! (It does all sound a bit weird, IMHO.)

            • SS

              Maybe the motive will reveal itself when the due date draws nearer. Sounds like there’s already enough skepticism on your part that you won’t turn over any cash to them if asked. Sounds like a crazy situation, I’m sure that you hope you’re wrong. Good luck.

            • EnthralledObserver

              Oh… if you’d been following my saga you’d already understand that bridges have been burned regarding this relationship and us (my hubby). The slag made false allegations to the police about my hubby threatening her and her previous child’s life during a phone call (it DIDN’T happen, I heard the entire convo) and my hubby had to go to court. So, money from us probably isn’t the thing… but I did consider compensation/stress money, but without hospital records confirming a ‘real’ pregnancy being lost I don’t know how she’d try that one on. I really can’t work out what the purpose is.

            • Shirley Eugeste

              Has the “dad”-to-be been to a doctor’s appointment? Been to official prenatal anything?

            • EnthralledObserver

              I don’t know. It is implied, but we’ve never directly asked. Can’t now. This girl has been so devious and lied so much over the last two years we seriously wonder at the things she could be getting up to and it is my suspicion that he hasn’t been to any appointments. She’s the type to make an appoint, organise to meet you there, then next thing you know the appoint has been changed, brought forward, etc… and she’s done it alone. She did this to my hubby when he tried to go to a Dr appoint for his son when he was sick with bowel issues and hubby just wanted to ‘verify’ a few things and see her in action (as we suspected she had something to do with it). Same with psychologist appoints… she’s always with the stepson when he goes… so that never leaves an opportunity for him to talk about ‘her’. I’d say the appoints would come to an end should the psychologist insist.
              She once said: “I’ve seen a psychologist before… but I know more than him anyway… so there’s no point me still going” I’m sure this girl has mega issues that are undealt with.

            • Shirley Eugeste

              Gosh, sounds like a nightmare. If she is faking the pregnancy, that will be a painful thing for your stepson to have to deal with. If she’s NOT faking, then this woman is about to be someone’s mother and that doesn’t sound like it’ll be a walk in the park for that poor baby. How about contacting police/social services in your stepson’s town? This kind of behavior, unfortunately, is probably not altogether unheard of and with any luck there are people somewhere who know what to do…? Reading your story has reminded me how lucky I am that no one in my family is a particularly high-achiever in the general area of mental disturbances.

            • SS

              My bad, was late to the party. Your daughter-in-law sounds like a real winner, I’m sure you’re very proud. Now I’m interested, keep us posted if you figure out what she’s up to.

  • deathtoallpoliticians

    (another re-post that was flagged and deleted twice for some gosh darn reason) in
    fact, the services of attorney jefferson’s new firm definitely
    suggest the co$’s upcoming legal strategy given current events: trial
    legal support including PRESERVATION OF ERROR and lead counsel on
    appeal for ALL APPEALS AND MANDAMUS PROCEEDINGS. these services
    highlight exactly what attorney jefferson is doing in the court on
    behalf of the co$ and dwarvenfuhrer (when he is there):
    http://www.adjtlaw.com/services.html. cheers!

    • EnthralledObserver

      you have to be quick

      • deathtoallpoliticians

        hey there, eo! thank you very much for your response. quick to what? am i being censored by the co$? cheers!

      • EnthralledObserver

        too slow to answer the others, they are ‘not active’

        • EnthralledObserver

          I saw someone say below something about if the message has be responded to it won’t just be deleted when flagged… so I tried to respond to all of yours quickly.

          • deathtoallpoliticians

            thank you so much for the info, eo. i am sooo confused as to this system. mais, c’est la vie, je pense. thank you again. cheers!

    • Snippy_X

      Is this standard? This is their playbook so far.

      PRE-TRIAL LEGAL SUPPORT »

      Law-based motions. Handle law-intensive motions addressing jurisdiction, venue, and choice-of-law, and motions for summary judgment.

      Discovery and evidentiary issues. Handle motions, hearings, and mandamus proceedings involving discovery disputes, evidentiary matters, and expert issues.

      Case management. Provide objective advice about claims and defenses to narrow the focus of discovery and control costs.

      What does this mean?

      Preservation of error. Assist trial counsel with preserving error during jury selection, …

  • deanblair

    It appears to me that Miscavige and his church of Scientology are in trouble. The physical universe and Ray Jeffery are putting ethics in on the asthmatic dwarf and it is time. Tick tock Davey. Tick tock.

  • deathtoallpoliticians

    to whomever keeps unjustifiably flagging and deleting my posts, let me speak in terms you understand: i will be getting in comm with mr. ortega to make things go right relative to your enturbulating censorship. here’s to hoping that you will be over-boarded for your entheta sins. cheers!

  • media_lush

    Kudos for David Love

  • OrangySky

    Thank you so much to the team on the ground and thank you Tony.
    And thank you Judge Waldrip, who I’m thinking wishes he hadn’t drawn this case right about now.

    • DodoTheLaser

      The good judge is under some stress, I am sure, but this is one in a lifetime kind of case.

      • ParticleMom

        He can only hope!

    • Ardent

      Orangey, I share your best wishes to the judge. I worry Mr. ‘Cap’n’ Psychotic will try something truly awful. I think of dead dogs in swimming pools and get uneasy. So, all good vibes and wished for Judge Waldrip.

  • DodoTheLaser

    I am pretty sure Scientology’s ‘anti-SLAPP’ motion is already slapped into the oblivion.
    What will magnificent 22 lawyers do next to prevent Miscavige’s deposition?

    Help us Xenu!

  • media_lush

    good choice Montreal

    • YSYSYSYSYS

      I dunno. I saw The Master as in in-flight movie. Maybe it was the itty bitty screen (and it possibly didn’t help that I can’t stand Joaquin Phoenix) but I didn’t think it was all that good. The word “meh” comes to mind. Doubt would probably have been my choice of movies for a tribute.

      • Scream Nevermore

        But it is the movie you would show if you were sending a message to the {church}, n’est-ce pas?? ;-)

        • YSYSYSYSYS

          Fair point and one that occurred to me after I posted. I concur.

        • Ardent

          Oui!

  • DodoTheLaser

    Brilliant spin-off.

    “Atheist Superbowl Commercial – Best Commercial on the PLANET”

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ORGyNo9H0GA&sns=fb

  • Freethinker

    How about a little more flagging before bedtime (or breakfast)?

    http://boston.craigslist.org/search/cls?zoomToPosting=&catAbb=cls&query=%22617-266-9500%22&excats=

    (Fairly long list)
    TY

    • valshifter

      Done, it just grows like fungus. yeak!

  • Sydjazz

    Oohhh nice. I bet slappy is getting really pissed now

  • Great White Clam

    Refresh

    • Shirley Eugeste

      Hubbard claimed to have been “taught” to masturbate when he was 11? Is there no end to this guy’s ick factor? (Please God don’t let Simon Cowell make that his next reality teevee/talent show.)

      • Sibs

        To be fair, he didn’t admit that publicly, it was in his affirmations.

        This is in no way a defense of LRH. He’s still icky.

        • Ardent

          Who was the teacher? And to that teacher: have you no taste or discernment?

          • richelieu jr

            Hey, I’d have preferred he pass his whole life fapping, as opposed to destroying lives, livelihoods and families. That guy who taught him may have been trying to do us a favour.

            Of course, a single blow tot he back of the head would have been better, or however Davey managed it…

          • Cat Daddy

            maybe that army fellow he studied freud with

        • Shirley Eugeste

          Thanks, Mlle. Bouvier, I mean, Sibs. Scientology probably teaches against jumping to conclusions (esp. those unflattering to Scientology). I thought that “the Affirmations” were like a non-SNL version of I’m Good Enough, I’m Smart Enough, and Doggone It, People like Me: Daily Affirmations with Stuart Smalley.

          Ick indeed… Everyone Masturbates, Men Are My Slaves, and Doggone It, There Are No Snakes in the Bottom of My Bed: Daily Affirmations with L. Ron Hubbard. Peeling back the layers of this particular onion, one a) really wants to stop peeling back layers, and b) gets a pretty strong whiff of psychosis and self-loathing. Instead of OT levels, he should have learned to dance…

          It’s madness to be always sitting around in sadness, when you could be learning the steps of gladness. You’ll be happy when you can do just six or seven.

          (I’ll take Gershwin over Hubbard any day… you and your fetching chapeau have sent me back to the dvds!)

          http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Affirmations_(L._Ron_Hubbard)

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

          http://www.allthelyrics.com/lyrics/george_gershwin/ill_build_a_stairway_to_paradise-lyrics-1105648.html

          • Sibs

            Thanks, Shirley, now I have this song stuck on my head. “I’ll build a stairway to paradise, with a new step every day…”

            • Shirley Eugeste

              I’ve got the blues, and up above it’s so fair
              Shoes, go on and carry me there

              One of my favorite couplets ever.

  • The Dakini

    Just wrote a post on Jim’s youtube channel. Interesting, there seems to be no negative reviews up. Which with this group surprises me.

    Lets see how long my comment remains.