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DOX: Florida Officials Fight Attempt to Hide Drug Rehab’s Scientology Connections

Kurt Feshbach: Shhh, he's a wealthy Scientologist

Kurt Feshbach: Shhh, he’s a wealthy Scientologist

Officials in Hernando County, Florida aren’t backing down in a lawsuit brought by a wealthy Scientologist who wants to expand a Narconon drug rehab site against the wishes of local residents.

The Narconon center’s landowner has asked federal Judge James D. Whittemore that the facility’s connection to Scientology, and the recent deaths of three Narconon patients in Oklahoma, be kept from a jury if the lawsuit goes to trial. We have copies of two motions that Hernando County filed this week pushing back on that request.

And actually, we can think of several other things that a jury should hear if this case gets its day in court.

Tampa Bay Times reporter Barbara Behrendt has been all over this story for three years, and she’s carefully explained how a simple zoning request in a town about 60 miles north of Scientology’s Clearwater, Florida spiritual headquarters turned into a federal lawsuit.

But even the Tampa Bay Times has left out key details about who is behind the zoning request, and just how deep the connections go between the Narconon facility in Brooksville and the Church of Scientology itself.

In August 2008, a Clearwater company, Toucan Partners LLC, purchased a 3-acre site in Hernando County that was home to an assisted living center for elderly residents. Those residents were then moved out, and a drug rehab program, Narconon of Spring Hill, took over, creating something it called Suncoast Rehabilitation Center.

The Times has mentioned numerous times that Toucan Partners is “a firm with ties to the Church of Scientology.” But actually, the truth is more interesting than that.

A quick check on Florida state public records shows that Toucan Partners is one of Kurt Feshbach’s companies.

The Feshbachs are one of the most interesting Scientology families that ever picked up the cans of an e-meter. High school dropout Kurt and his younger twin brothers, Joe and Matt, became notorious in the 1980s for their success at the predatory practice of “short-selling,” and at one point controlled half a billion dollars of investor money as they looked for stocks to destroy. The Feshbach brothers were featured in both Time magazine’s infamous 1991 cover story on Scientology, “The Thriving Cult of Greed and Power,” and a lengthy profile in a 1991 issue of Spy.

The Feshbachs were also known for donating fabulous sums to the church, and in the mid-1990s their generosity was rewarded as they were given a sneak peek at the “Super Power” routines being developed at Scientology’s International Base east of Los Angeles. Intended to give Scientologists superpowers, the new routines were being worked out for a new $100 million facility in Clearwater — the Super Power Building — which broke ground in 1998 and is still not open.

In 1995, Marc Headley writes in his 2010 book, Blown for Good, the Feshbach brothers were brought to Int Base for special trials in the new routines. “After a few weeks the Feshbachs ‘completed’ the pilot rundowns and donated at least $4 million to the Super Power Building,” Headley writes.

Another member of the family, Joe Feshbach’s daughter Jessica, became somewhat famous for her own contribution to Scientology — as a spokeswoman who was assigned to be the handler of Katie Holmes. During Katie’s early years as Tom Cruise’s third wife, she never seemed to be without Jessica, who was so protective, she became known for answering reporter questions during interviews of Katie. (Jessica married top Scientology spokesman Tommy Davis, but both are now out of the church’s “Sea Org” and are not talking about their time working for Scientology leader David Miscavige. And sadly, in 2011, Jessica’s father Joe Feshbach collapsed and died while on a bicycle ride.)

Kurt Feshbach may not be the high-rolling short seller he once was, but he’s apparently doing well enough to participate in rich person things, like commissioning a painting from Scientologist portraitist-to-the-wealthy, Dick Zimmerman, who has a studio in Clearwater as well as one in Los Angeles. (Zimmerman estimated the price of a similar portrait, one he did of Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim, at $300,000.) Here’s the one Zimmerman did of Kurt and his young wife Kannon, which the artist still shows off at his website…


Feshbach apparently saw in the 3-acre plot of land in Hernando County a good business opportunity. It was part of a larger 11.6-acre parcel that had been permitted for “adult congregate living,” with permission for up to 15 buildings and 150 beds. But that larger parcel was cut up into smaller plots, and by the time Toucan Partners purchased the 3-acre piece of land for $450,000 in August 2008, there were homes nearby that hadn’t been there when it was previously zoned.

The county’s staff initially agreed, however, that Toucan should be able to add three new buildings and expand Suncoast Rehabilitation Center from 21 to 54 beds.

But when the county asked for input from residents, it got an earful about what it was like to live next to a Narconon facility. Residents complained that rehab patients were walking the streets at night, and were noisy. And they hated all the construction traffic as the place prepared to expand.

After taking that input, the county decided to deny Toucan a special permit to expand the Narconon center. And that’s led to the federal lawsuit.

Toucan filed in federal court because it said the county’s refusal violated the rights of disabled people — which is how it characterized patients in rehab. (Toucan is asking for $6 million in damages.)

In depositions preparing for the lawsuit, Toucan objected that the county’s attorney was asking witnesses whether they knew of the ties between Narconon (which runs Suncoast) and Scientology, and whether they were aware of the investigations going on in Oklahoma, where three patients died in only a nine-month period at the flagship facility there, Narconon Arrowhead.

Toucan cried foul, saying that Narconon facilities are independent of the church, and that it would unfairly bias a jury to hear about the Oklahoma deaths.

As we’ve documented numerous times before, the Narconon drug rehab franchises claim to be independent non-profit corporations, but they are really a well-oiled front for the Church of Scientology — Narconon facilities are licensed only through Scientology’s “social betterment” arm, the Association for Better Living and Education, which is in turn staffed only with Scientology “Sea Org” executives. Several witnesses tell us that ABLE’s president, Rena Weinberg, has been a prisoner of Scientology’s bizarre ecclesiastical prison for top officials, known as the “the Hole,” since at least 2007.

Church leader David Miscavige promotes Narconon as an arm of Scientology’s expansion at every public event, and Narconon International was designated a “Scientology-related entity” by the IRS when the church received tax-exempt status in 1993.

More importantly, “students” at Narconon facilities don’t, as advertised, get drug counseling, but instead are trained in Scientology routines almost exactly the way new members of the church are trained.

For example, beginning Scientologists are put through routines called “TRs,” one of which involves shouting instructions at an ashtray. At Narconon, patients are put through the exact same routines. But Narconon officials insist that the “life skills” they teach based on the writings of L. Ron Hubbard are “secular” and not related to the “religious” activities of the church.

If you can tell us when shouting at an ashtray is religious, and when it’s secular, we’d love to know the difference.

But perhaps the most troubling thing about Narconon is the way that deception seems to be a cornerstone of its business model. As explained to us by Lucas Catton, who was once president of Narconon Arrowhead in Oklahoma, the Narconon program is really just “watered down Scientology,” and patients are not told that before they come to the facility. The connection with Scientology is also played down on slick websites that are intended to look like generic referrers to various drug rehab programs, but are in fact designed to funnel people to Narconon. (Catton ran dozens of such sites, which are paid $3,000 for every patient referred to a Narconon facility.)

And in one of the most extreme examples of Narconon deception, court records show that the executive director of the Narconon facility in the Atlanta area deceived a Florida drug court, intentionally giving the impression that she ran an in-patient center with round-the-clock supervision, when her facility was never licensed to give that kind of care.

Deception. Deaths. Bait-and-switch tactics that rope in distraught parents looking for a legitimate rehab facility for their drug-addicted children. Aren’t these things that a county should know about before subjecting its citizens to such a facility?

We’ll be very interested to see if Judge Whittemore decides that a jury should hear any of it.

For now, here are the motions filed by the county this week.

First, the motion about whether Suncoast Rehabilitation’s connection to Scientology should be heard by a jury…

Opposition to Toucan Motion Re Scientology

And second, the motion about whether the jury should hear about the deaths in Oklahoma…

County’s Opposition Re Narconon Deaths

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  • Tony Ortega, unleashed.

  • “If you can tell us when shouting at an ashtray is religious, and when itโ€™s secular, weโ€™d love to know the difference.”

    When David Miscavige says so.

    Seriously, though, why I don’t want to get my hopes up, all of these investigations and litigation that are coming to light do make me want to do the tiniest of happy dances. We may never get the large explosion we’d all love to see, but a “death of a thousand cuts” will be just as satisfying a result.

    • sugarplumfairy

      Lol.. Great line.. And btw, if you shout carnal obscenities at your ashtray, it’s secular AND sexual..

      But seriously, what is florida thinking? why begrudge an honest, hardworking, civic-minded feshbach the opportunity to make some more scratch? The octopus has to be fed…

  • Whydothespikesfacein

    Awkward family photos dot com…. wow

    • Gabbyone

      No amount of money can buy good taste. I really wish I’d never seen that.

    • TheHoleDoesNotExist

      My immediate thought: scenes from “Invasion of the Body Snatchers”

      • BuryTheNuts2

        Perfect assessment.

    • I am glad the other half of the equation isn’t hanging out, brilliantly lit.

      • John P.

        It would have been small enough that the casual viewer of the picture would have missed it, even if it were included.

    • AnyOldName1

      Go for it! I dare you ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Feshback is so sleazy. My girlfriend let him invest a lot of her money back in the mid 80’s. He was always calling her to his office to sign papers. No one was allowed to come with her, it was all top secret. This was not at her request, it was at his demand. She had no idea what he was doing and he didn’t want her to.

  • Observer

    I’m relieved to see there are at least some Florida elected officials who haven’t been bought by Scn. I hope that the recent publicity about the “church’s” dirty ops will make DM think twice about running a program on them.

    That painting! OMG! The artist has succeeded in making them look like androids rather than humans (which I suppose is appropriate for Ronbots). The naked pregnant pic of Demi Moore on the cover of Vanity Fair in the 90s was beautiful. This, however, made me throw up in my mouth a little. It’s just grotesque.

    • sugarplumfairy

      C’mon.. They’re not ronbots.. They’re big beings.. There’s a difference, right??

      • Observer

        My mistake. Run-of-the-mill Ronbots don’t have the means to perpetrate Big Being-level ethically questionable financial stuff. ๐Ÿ™‚

        • sugarplumfairy

          Hey, if you steal just a penny, you’re still a thief..

          You had it right, Observer..

    • BuryTheNuts2

      This area is a lot different makeup politically than further south. Now we are starting to get into the scrub. We still have hanging judges in them thar trees!

      • Observer

        I just hope there’s a noose with NarCONon’s name on it.

        • BuryTheNuts2

          Ditto O

  • Chocolate Velvet

    That . Portrait. Is. Grotesque. He is wearing a tux, complete with bow tie. She has her belly hanging out, shining like a full moon.

    Yikes. I suppose the thousand-yard stare was deliberate. It is still disturbing…

    • sugarplumfairy

      Yah, I’d like to see the wrinkled, scary-looking portrait of him that must be hidden upstairs in their attic..

      • ermergersh

        I suspect his Dorian Gray portrait to resemble the dancing old guy from the Six Flags Amusement Park commercials.

        • sugarplumfairy

          Lol.. And from now on, so will I..

        • BuryTheNuts2

          Don’t make fun of MR. Sixx…..he can dance like a crazy MF

    • 0tessa

      Yeah, a shining example of very bad ‘nouveau riche’ taste.

      • True: you can’t buy class.

        • sugarplumfairy

          Actually, I think Nordstrom has it on special this week..

    • I really think he should have posed with his hand on her breast.

      • Observer

        It would have been just as classy.

    • Rick Mycroft

      He could have had his portrait done by Ted Stourton, with plastic butterflies and glitter. Classy!

  • ziontologist

    Spy was great!

  • Creeps and criminals at every turn.

  • ze moo

    The way other Narconon facilities operate is very germane to this law suit. If the current residents don’t like the Narconon clients walking around at all hours and being noisy now, wait until the staff starts selling them booze and drugs. I would hope a ‘public good’ standard is applied to this zoning request.

    While using zoning laws to limit Narconon is an acceptable tactic, these facilities should not be accredited rehab centers. The state government of Florida and its Department of Health should have closed down all Narconon facilities by now. The potential profits of this center must be immense, otherwise no one would be funding this suit. The municipality that is fighting the zoning law suit should be putting pressure on their state department of health to shut this one down.

    • California

      Florida, like many other states, is in the process of revising their rehabilitation facilities laws, rules and regs. They had counted on the rigorous insurance company guidelines to do that for them, I think, reasoning that if the insurance companies did not cover these bogus rehabilitation facilities that the bad ones would go out of business. And most of them did. But Narconon does a relatively low price, compared to legitimate facilities, and has a high Internet presence advertising their facilities and the unwary pay for nothing and rarely, if ever, get refunds when they realize that they have been scammed. Please support all the states in getting reasonable laws, rules and regs for rehabilitation facilities: that is how the fraudulent ones will close.

  • Bruce Hines

    Some information about Narconon’s ties to the “church” of scientology:

    In the early 90s, the written materials that are used to teach Narconon clients what they are supposed to do (like training routines, or TRs, and objectives, and “ethics conditions”) were compiled at the international headquarters of the “church” at Gilman Hot Springs, California. It was worked on by a woman named Eileen Champagne. The last I knew, in 2001, she was on the RPF (rehabilitation project force). It was in a unit in the sprawling management structure called “RTRC” (they are quite fond of acronyms), which stands for, iirc, Ron’s (LRH’s) Technical Research and Compilations. All of the technical (i.e. having to do with training and processing) and administrative writings, since Mr. Hubbard’s passing in 1986, issued for use by scientology organizations at all levels were prepared by RTRC and ultimately approved by David Miscavige. The Narconon directives were taken from the “church’s” technical bulletins and other writings. The Narconon clients are supposed to do their auditing and training and ethics actions the same way that all scientologists do.

    In late 1991 or early 1992 I was sent from Gilman Hot Springs to the Narconon facility in Chilocco, Oklahoma (the forerunner of Arrowhead) to inspect and correct the technical application of these writings there. I was supposed to get them doing everything by the book, according to scientology “scripture”. I was accompanied by a lady named Denise Bolstad, who was also from the int base. Gary Smith, who has some high position at Narconon Arrowhead currently, was also at Chilocco. While we were there, people from the Office of Special Affairs International (OSA Int) in Los Angeles had travelled there to deal with some legal and PR issues at the time.

    By the way, yelling at an ashtray is, technically, not part of the Objectives. The ashtray thing is part of the Training Routines and occurs during “TR-8”. The Objectives are auditing procedures, or processes, and are distinct from training actions like TRs.

    At the international headquarters there was a body called the Watchdog Committee, or WDC. It was the most senior unit in the church management structure below the Religious Technology Center. The committee’s members were supposed to be responsible for making sure that the various sectors of scientology internationally were being properly managed. So, for example, there was a WDC CC who was over the various Celebrity Centres in the world (Amy Scobee held this position for a number of years). There was a WDC Reserves, a WDC SMI (over missions), a WDC SO (over sea organization service orgs), and several others. One of them was WDC ABLE, which Tony describes in his post. In other words the Narconons in the world were managed from the very top of the international management of scientology.

    • TonyOrtega

      Fixed. Thanks, Bruce.

    • TheHoleDoesNotExist

      This is the kind of origin and witnessed facts that are important in affidavit form. I do remember distinctly when all the WDC subunits were created and announced. btw, is Eileen related to Kaye (Champagne)? and Denise related to Maureen?

      There is no unit affiliated with scientology that is not managed, and by that I mean micromanaged, by the very top strata of the scientology corporate structure. Some are managed monthly, most weekly, and some annoyingly hour by hour, day by day. Per Luke Catton’s reports and other on the ground former staff Narconon’s are managed daily. I was surprised to hear this because it is one of the front groups of scientology structure. Then I heard the obscene income and profit levels of the Narconons today and I understood. Any unit or subgroup of scientology that is pulling in at least 1/2 $ Million or more for David Miscavige, scientology’s lead man, is going to be hounded by scientology Sea Org upper strata executives hour by hour. Hey, if OSA can (illegally? allegedly of course) pull up phone records of anyone they damn well please, it would seem that U.S. officials could legally extract phone records of Narconons and see who is zoomin’ who hour after hour. Oh my, maybe Miscavige and his pod people will have to revert back to telex and mimeo now. lol

      • Bruce Hines

        Hi THDNE,

        Kaye Champagne had a son named Bob, who was also staff at the int base. Bob and Eileen and I were all on the RPF during the same time period. Eileen was related somehow, but I can’t remember exactly how. She had been married and then divorced from some relative, I think. Denise Bolstad was the sister of the guy that Maureen had been married to, Bruce Bolstad. That would make them sister-in-laws. There were 3 or 4 Bolstad siblings, from a New Zealand family, who had made it to int level in the sea org, and were either at the int base or at CST Twin Peaks near Crestline. CST stands for Church of Spiritual Technology and is also known as LRH Archives.

        • TheHoleDoesNotExist

          Thank you. Seems the die hard fundraisers so often have family in one Hole or another. Oh, I understand CST. I’m x-SO

    • Great stuff Bruce.

      I would also like to add that while on staff in Chicago, sometime in 2001, I believe, Ms. Marla Filidei, VP CCHR California!search/profile/person?personId=37682415&targetid=profile came to the Chicago Org on some sort of project for CCHR. She told me directly that Narconon had the highest conversion rate of patients to those who eventually ended up on their OT Levels. Clearly, not only is Narconon inextricably connected to the C of S but it is a highly lucrative feeder unit that, should it be severed, would be a great blow to the cult.

  • I tried covering him up on the portrait to get an untainted view of her, but it was too late. I can’t unsee this now:/

  • California

    It is time for the legislators in the Florida state government on the committees that over-see rehabilitation facilities to revise and tighten up the laws, rules and regulations that are supposed to govern rehabilitation facilities. For those of you in Florida or with ties to excellent rehabilitation facilities, please contact the appropriate officials and get reasonable laws passed to stop these bogus and dangerous Narconon scam facilities.

    • dagobarbz

      Oh, California, YOU are one to talk! You got Narconons out the wazoo!

  • John P.

    First, Tony, we have to have a chat about your torturing your readers. Yesterday’s schmaltzy video with John Travolta (featuring skeevy chin pubes) and Olivia Newton-John was bad enough. But today, you had to subject us to the narcissistic portrait of the two zombie-stared douchebags celebrating Mr. Feshbach’s geriatric virility, as evidenced by his ability to knock up the oddly named woman nearly 20 years his junior. It’s too bad I work in an office building instead of a chemical lab, because chemical labs have eyewash stations to aid in getting toxic material out of one’s retinae.

    Second, on legal grounds, I continue to be amazed that the cult and its backers fail to understand how the Web provides sunlight to their skeevy little schemes. They don’t get how a few minutes with Google can expose the truth that they want hidden in another jurisdiction. The complaint here seems to be that the Narconon operation is harmed by exposure of its ties to Scientology and to other Narconon facilities — and that the sole agent spreading this damaging information is the evil Hernando County bureaucracy. Good for the County to fight back on such a ludicrous case, especially in using the cult’s own words against it. They’re not a huge, rich place like Pinellas County (Tampa, Clearwater, etc), so it’s good that they’re not rolling over and caving in to save money. I am not a lawyer, so I can’t handicap the odds of success here, but I’m keeping my fingers crossed.

    • sugarplumfairy
      • John P.

        If that discussion is accurate, then Kurt Feshbach married the help. As anyone named Tiffany who has set foot in a shopping mall would say, “O! M!! G!!! Like, you can’t be serious!” Real capitalists don’t need to marry the help.

        I am but a moderately high level capitalist (below the exalted rank of partner; I’m only a managing director) and I don’t have any problem meeting women who want to marry me; in fact, I usually have to work hard to avoid excessive attentions of women who have a distorted idea of what it means to be a capitalist and who thus try too hard to ensnare me and others of my ilk. That’s why so many capitalists give up on true love and instead settle for a series of empty, meaningless flings with an ever-changing gallery of supermodels.

        Good thing Kurt is in semi-retirement after his fund blew up in the 1990s. He’d never be accepted as a real capitalist today. Marrying the help and then having to memorialize his virility in a black velvet Jesus-style painting. Think of all the parties in the Hamptons he’ll never be invited to!

        • BuryTheNuts2

          Thank gawddddd. Beady eyed little bird like man.

        • BuryTheNuts2

          Oh, and did u say ILK.
          Duck JP, here come the brain lickers.

        • sugarplumfairy

          Lol.. The help, huh? Wonder if she bakes him pies..

          And by capitalists, you mean those folks like my mom who insist on SHOUTING WHEN THEY TEXT?? I’m very fond of those folks.. I always try and help them cross the street when traffic is bad and they look a bit confused..

          In all honesty, the feshbachs and their ilk scare me.. Who the heck wants to be superman? Even if such a thing really were possible? Very few men look good in tights and a cape..

          • John P.

            I loved your definition of CAPITALISTS. I was thinking of my kind of capitalists. We don’t shout by using upper case letters in text messages. We let our jets, exotic sports cars, immense yachts, waterfront estates, American Express Black cards and all the other paraphernalia speak for us. Mostly, we’re just quiet and nerdy, unless we’re striking fear into the hearts of CEOs around the world with our proxy fights and hostile takeover deals.

            • sugarplumfairy

              Hey.. We have something in common.. My Amex card (not black, btw) speaks to me too.. In a lovely Aussie accent.. Mostly it says ‘sweetie, pleeeease.. even a sea orger gets a break once in a while..’

              I’m thinking your card probably sounds a lot like James Earl Jones..

        • California

          Your wife, John…….

          • John P.

            California, If you read my comment carefully, it does not say that I engage in endless tawdry flings with hordes of nameless blonde supermodels, only that many other capitalists do such things. You are also assuming, on the basis of absolutely no information, that I am married, and are thus implying that I am unfaithful. Everyone I have been involved with from junior high onward will tell you that I have been utterly monogamous when in a committed relationship. This is not a point of righteous pride, since resisting fooling around on the side seems approximately as hard as resisting the temptation to drink drain cleaner. I have many shortcomings but infidelity is not one of them.

      • Sandy


        • Sandy

          did you peeps read SPF’s post?

    • sheepherder

      Thank you, John P. , for your eloquence. All I could manage was ‘aaaaaagggggh….!!!”

    • TheHoleDoesNotExist

      Excellent. Just wanted to add torture of two rapping videos in a row to the complaint dept. I’m pretty sure the cats are in charge of Tony O’s Complaint Dept. though.

    • ermergersh

      I think that the only thing missing from this photo is a giant pair of sunglasses and a tinfoil hat on her belly.

    • bland_man

      Kannon isn’t that odd of a name… it is the Japanese term for Buddha… (the photog company Canon is similiarly named).

      • sugarplumfairy

        Yah, my sister Buddha agrees with you.. And I’m sure all the many other folks I know named Buddha would agree as well..

  • TheHoleDoesNotExist

    I hope this Judge also gets a good education on how patients are immediately turned into scientology salesmen, (FSM, or Field Staff Member) as soon as they are “released” from the program (I won’t use their false word of “graduated”, the hefty amount of commission $ involved to these sometimes homeless, usually broke people. Also the fact that they fraudulently pass themselves off as “counselors” per some of the leaked stories via David Love’s and Luke’s timely exposes.

    Financial trails of individual Narconon franchises and Narconon Intl sometimes don’t add up, but they all eventually lead up to ABLE, Scientology all the way. I don’t even see why much is necessary to provde considering Scientology’s very own promotional materials showing Narconon as part of … scientology. Jeesh, some of these guys have been lying so hard so long to bobblehead bots they’ve forgotten that in the real world, pulling the blanket over your head does not work. And the Feshbach’s are just more evidence that scientology doesn’t work, but money scams do.

    • sugarplumfairy

      Lol.. I love it.. Exhibit #1

    • TheHoleDoesNotExist

      Thanks. That’s my favorite. Reminds me of The Times mag scientology octopus front cover.

  • Capt. Howdy

    I have temporarily escaped the clutches of the V aliens (V for Verizon and the aliens being some very friendly but hard to decipher folks in India I’m guessing). I basically haven’t had any internet since Nov. 25, except for when they “fixed” it the other day for about a half an hour.We’ll see how long it lasts this time.

    I have some catching up to do.

    To all my friends

    • BuryTheNuts2

      Glad ur back!

    • sugarplumfairy

      Yah, back at ya..

    • TheHoleDoesNotExist

      Howdy neighbor, howdy! (this is mean, I know. Sorry. I’ve been rationed to 2 coffees a day and my adjustment period has not been pretty)

  • BuryTheNuts2

    Ow, need eye wash….STAT!

  • Anononyourside

    Why does the CoS make the same mistake over and and over again by suing, and then screaming “how dare you victimize us by fighting back?!!”?

    The Toucan lawsuit opens the door to so many possible discovery avenues, such as financial interrogatories (Toucan and Narconon claim the County has cost them big bucks, now the County should be able to see their books). I bet Toucan tries to shut that down.

    Where does Narconon’s money come from? Key questions 1. How much of the “treatment” is paid for by the “patient’s” health insurance? 2. How much is paid by courts or cities or counties or states, i.e., through court mandated drug treatment programs or Medicaid or other public healthcare funds?

    Next three questions, 1. How long before the insurers stop covering Narconon treatment? 2. How long before public agencies stop paying? 3. How long before private “patients” stop going to Narconon, and thus Narconon loses that money? One of the exhibits posted was a portion of a transcript where a Narconon person says they have experienced a slow down, but that was due to “summer” vacations, not due to the deaths and bad publicity. (Of course, because we all know young people with drug problems never go on the Internet).

    One more question, how long before insurers claim Narconon committed fraud by taking insurance payments for treatment they were not licensed to provide?

  • He may be rich, but he, and his wife, have tacky taste in art. An image like this would be more at home on velvet. Pregnancy is a wonderful thing… but… wtf?

    • BuryTheNuts2

      Yeah, but usually when you are dressed to go see, let’s say….Madame Butterfly.
      You cover up that lovely pregnant belly, with, lets say….some damn fabric!!!

  • BuryTheNuts2

    OMG, I been huffing saltwater and sea foam today and I just heard about that school shooting.
    This is freaking horrific! Kindergartner’s…Whah!!!
    What kind of sick fuck would kill five and six year olds.

    • It’s unconscionable.

    • John P.

      This is utterly devastating. Newtown is a delightful place, a real community in every sense of the word. Anyone in America would be thrilled at a chance to raise a family there; it’s a more modern version of the sort of life that Norman Rockwell romanticized. I know the place well: when I was a wee capitalist with a young family, my first choice was to move to Newtown, but commuting to Lower Manhattan, where I worked at the time, would have been impractical, so we settled for a lesser quality of life in a closer-in suburb.

      We in Global Capitalism HQ are glad that the families of our Greenwich (Connecticut) based colleagues who live in Newtown are all safe. But it is fearfully likely that, over the next few days, word will trickle in of a former colleague, a rival, or a customer who has lost someone in this tragedy, since many capitalists live in that formerly idyllic burg.

      Unfettered access to assault weapons have no legitimate use other than to slaughter as many people as quickly as possible. That enables killers to cause far more damage, often to innocents, than they would with almost any other tool. The underlying craziness is dangerous enough, and it’s impossible to contain. But “tech” whose only purpose is to ruin lives must be eradicated because it allows crazies to do far more damage than they would be able to do in olden times. Those words apply not only to tragedies like this, but (in slower motion) to the cult that we oppose.

      Please keep these families in your thoughts.

      • BuryTheNuts2

        Roger that! John P.
        I am just so ..dunno….something sad…..

      • sugarplumfairy


  • sizzle8

    From the IRS closing statement,

    “The social benefit and other public benefit entities discussed at pages 1-28 through 1-42 of the June submission along with all subsidiaries, subordinate chapters, subordinate organizations, or sublicensees thereof (e.g., organizations that are permitted to use particular names, copyrights, service marks, and/or technologies) are Scientology related entities. Thus, for example, Citizens Commission on Human Rights, National Commission on Law Enforcement and Social Justice, Scientology Defense Fund Trust, Association for the Better Living and Education, Applied Scholastics Incorporated, Narconon International, The Way to Happiness Foundation, and the Foundation for Religious Freedom are Scientology-related entities.”

    • sugarplumfairy

      Egggcellent.. The Feds have already recognized narcanon as a co$ related entity.. It’s like the ending of Miracle on 34th St..

  • D.Geiger

    Synthia,I was just wondering if you knew a girl named Judy Wright while you were in Chicago.The time is about right.Just curious.

  • Rick Mycroft

    Here’s the reaction of the neighbors to a Narconon on the left coast:

    Narconon drug rehab home in Newport Beach to shut down. October 31, 2008, Jeff Overley, Orange County Register

  • Merci Tony for the link luv, I’ve often attempted to make more considerate responses and comments here over the past week or so but, er, the past week or so has pretty much been a blur of office Christmas parties I’ve (gate crashed) been invited to…. And next week looks worse.

    I have loads of stuff for my scientologybollocks site I’ve come across from the bowels of the internet that needs some semblance of editing…. so maybe after 25th.

    One thing I can share though is that Scientology image search results turn up a lot more gold than just the regular search…. you have to go to the site where the image was posted to see what I mean. It’s often one of the last pics you see that has stuff that doesn’t make the normal google search [hint: just hover your cursor over the pic and you get a pretty good idea].

  • koki

    this is WHY we, in Croatia , small part of LRHs Bulgravia,have said B I G N O to narCONon…
    they were here year or two,but citizens raise up and do big NO to them…
    big hello from LRHs Bulgravia…

  • BuryTheNuts2
  • Should one make fun of a painting of an adoring couple, Spring and Winter celebrating the impending result of their nuptials?

    On reflection I think the answer is yes.

    It’s a pity that Dutch fellow, Hieronymus Bosch isn’t still around. A superb painter of fantastic imagery.

    Sadly he dropped his body on 9 August 1516.

    So he can’t.


    • sugarplumfairy

      Lol.. Too bad.. Some of his paintings would have made amazing Freedom magazine covers..

  • moxon moxoff

    Further to one of the convos on the DHS thread re scilons’ propensity to scream persecution whenever they don’t get their way, I found this part of the first motion on point:

    “Despite Plaintiff’s contention, Defendant is not seeking to inject religious views into this case to attack or support Narconon’s credibility on the basis of religion, as contempated and prohibited by Federal Rule of Evidence 610.”

    Here is Rule 610: “Evidence of the beliefs or opinions of a witness on matters of religion is not admissible for the purpose of showing that by reason of their nature the witness’ credibility is impaired or enhanced.”

    So Toucan is accusing the county of trying to improperly admit evidence of the Narconon/Scientology affiliation as a way to show that Narconon is run by religious nutbags and therefore nothing they say is credible. Under the federal evidence rule, you cannot try to introduce evidence of someone’s religious beliefs to impeach their credibility. The county’s response to that accusation is, nooooo, that is not why we are trying to introduce evidence about the affiliation–we are trying to introduce evidence of the affiliation because it goes to the question of damages being sought by Narconon against the county in this case. Namely, what effect would such an affiliation have on Narconon’s bottom line? Since one of Narconon’s claims against the county is for lost profits due to denial of the zoning permits, Narconon has to show what it’s profits would likely be. And the county is saying–when potential customers hear of the SCN connection, does that tend to result in more business or less?

    According to the depo testimony attached, in some cases the affiliation attracts people and in some cases it scares them away. That it is to say, the connection is in fact relevant to the question of demand for Naconon’s services and thus it’s bottom line. I could argue this the other way too, however. If it’s basically a wash–meaning the increase in demand by some people and the decrease in demand by others are relatively equal so as to offset each other–then how relevant is it really?

    Either way, there is usually broad latitude to admit relevant evidence. Does the probative value outweigh any potential prejudice to Toucan’s rights? I guess we’ll hear from the judge on that.

    Meanwhile, I leave you with this:

  • noeld

    Hernando County is doing the right thing. I hope they win. They should have allies. And they should follow the money. There may be two additional parties with something to say in this kind of project. The lenders, first, for any kind of loan for real estate, construction or other business purposes, should be looking at the kind of risk and exposure presented by this company. History of problems at similar companies or affiliates can be taken into consideration. If funded by any bank, then there is an additional avenue through the bank regulatory examiners who oversee risk management practices within US financial institutions.

    And second, the insurance company involved….as we can see from the Narconon Georgia case and World Wide pulling out. (Interesting also to note Narconon Georgia is a California resident for purposes of that filing).

    Bank loans require insurance. Insurers look at risk, and loss avoidance.

    Unless the funding for the planned expansion is funded by cash…..

    Hmmm. Follow the money….

  • J. Swift

    Narconon Florida 2012 Tax Return. Kurt Feshbach and his Toucan Partners firm appear in this return”