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Narconon Tackles NFL Legend Jim Brown, Anne Archer Snags a Kennedy

The great Jim Brown, struggling to understand what he's doing here.

The great Jim Brown, struggling to understand what he’s doing here.


On Sundays here at the Bunker, we like to bring you the latest Scientology mailers and fliers that our tipsters have forwarded to us. We call it Sunday Funnies, and we have another set of items that we think you’ll find interesting.

But first, we wanted to bring a little context to the explosion of stories we’ve been posting about Scientology’s drug rehab network, Narconon.

As is becoming crystal clear, there’s strong evidence that just about every step in Narconon’s business practice involves a level of deceit. From generic websites that pretend to be impartial but actually push potential clients to Narconon for hefty bounties, to the way Narconon hides its connection to Scientology and its lack of medical oversight.

But it’s also important to note that Narconon’s controversies are not limited to its Oklahoma flagship or its Atlanta facility, which are each caught up in government probes and civil lawsuits.

As we pointed out recently, the network of Narconon centers in Southern California were caught using scripts to convince callers that they were being given impartial advice about rehab choices. In Florida, meanwhile, Narconon businessman Kurt Feshbach was recently dealt a setback in court.

And then there’s Per Wickstrom.

Wickstrom is a longtime Narconon operative who has mostly worked out of Michigan. Like the others, Narconon centers in Michigan have been the subject of lawsuits. In particular, there’s a distressing case of a Narconon patient, Richard Teague, who was severely burned when he caught fire with an aerosol can and a lighter. We don’t know yet whether a court will find that was his own fault or Narconon’s. (A Michigan freelance journalist recently started a blog that is stirring up info about the Teague case and other Michigan Narconon controversies.)

What really sets Wickstrom apart is that, unlike other people behind the Narconon network who tend to stay out of the public eye, Wickstrom seems to seek out the limelight. (He’s also in the vanguard of getting away from the tarnished “Narconon” name, redubbing his rehabs with names like A Forever Recovery — but they’re still Scientology.)

We have a feeling you’ll be reading more about Wickstrom here in coming days, as whistle blower Eric Tenorio brings out more documents about his experience working in Michigan.

But for now, we thought you’d enjoy this video of Wickstrom gladhanding NFL legend Jim Brown at a charity event. Get to know that face, folks.

That’s Per, all about helping the “youths.”

 

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Anne Archer’s Scientology Front Group Snags a Kennedy

The Church of Scientology’s various front groups never seem to have been busier. And why not? The church itself is mired in some of the worst publicity in its history. So it’s all hands on deck for the various “good works” groups that Scientologists run, including Artists for Human Rights, a clubby little organization run by high-level Scientologists Anne Archer and her husband Terry Jastrow.

We reported previously about their celebration of a filmmaker, but this time they’ve really landed a big fish. According to a flier forwarded to us, Archer’s cabal has roped in human rights activist Kerry Kennedy, seventh child of Robert F. and Ethel Kennedy, and former wife to New York governor Andrew Cuomo.

Take a look…

KerryKennedy

 
Kennedy has a solid history fighting for human rights, so it’s especially galling that she’s fallen for Scientology’s recent and cynical embracing of that cause. Scientology’s “human rights” efforts are purely for show, but worse than that, is there anything more depressing than an organization pretending to be about rights when so many people who have left the church in recent years recount tales of being held against their will, forced to have abortions, extorted with the threat of losing contact with loved ones?

You can bet Kerry Kennedy won’t hear about that at Anne’s house. The question is, why didn’t she do her homework before accepting this invitation?

 
And now, on to our regular Sunday Funnies. Let’s start in Taiwan, where L. Ron Hubbard is going like gangbusters.

RonTaiwan1RonTaiwan2RonTaiwan3

 
We are sorely disappointed that we missed this great opportunity to see Nancy Cartwright and happy shiny Dave Petit.

CCGraduation

 
This eye-searing flier is encouraging Scientologists to take long bus rides (or flights) to Clearwater, Florida to learn about an “idea org” (oops) “alliance.” We saw a similar idea being floated in Northern California, and we think it can’t be good news. You only try to combine forces when those forces are dwindling, right?

SoutheastIdea

 
Oh boy, what do you do if no one wants to be trapped on your barge for days of courses and lectures and money-grubbing while the world goes by outside? You lower prices, that’s what you do.

FreewindsDiscount

 

Once again, we want to thank our great tipsters for helping us out. Keep those mailers and fliers coming, campers!

 

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Posted by Tony Ortega on April 7, 2013 at 07:00

 

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  • mook

    here’s contact info for Kerry Kennedy if you guys want to ‘poon her with info about the cult.
    http://rfkcenter.org/contatti-8?lang=en

    • Renee G

      Already pooned, you beat me to it. Good add for the catholic league. Hopefully the RFK center will stand up and take notice if enough of us bleat at them.

      • Trustmeonthis

        Right behind you two. Thanks for the 411, mook. I was just going looking myself, and noticed that KK has a legal issue right now – perhaps why they reached out to her at this time. Readying poons.
        Hi, RG!

    • If you go to the bottom of rfkcenter.org then it lets you pick “staff”. Kerry Kennedy has a Facebook and Twitter account that messages can be sent to. I say we hit Twitter hard. What say anyone else?

      • stillgrace

        Twittered and emailed and spread the word.

        • Great!!! I’m anxious to see if we can actually make a difference with this.

    • I am also emailing her, through the PR (media inquiry person). Any suggestions welcome. I am going to send the email probably tomorrow. I think I’m going to break out the thesaurus for this one. Ah heck, I need to break out the “common sense” for this one!

  • Chocolate Velvet

    you know, it’s really starting to look like a Viking funeral for narCONon. It couldn’t happen to a more deserving organization. Burn baby, burn!

    Also I think Kerry Kennedy could use a little more info on the group she’s endorsing. A good email project for my Sunday afternoon…

    • Poison Ivy

      Go for it CV!

      • Chocolate Velvet

        Done!

        A happy Sunday to you, Poison Ivy! 🙂

    • Kitz

      Ah, but those funerals were only for the honorable. Their fate would have been to be hung from a tree, stabbed with a spear in the side, and left for the ravens and wolves to devour.

      • Captain Howdy

        Dam, my ancestors where cool!

        • Kitz

          They even have a fitting end to DM… A blood eagle. (Gruesome warning for early morning)

      • Chocolate Velvet

        Man, that is badass! Sounds like a fitting end for the con to me. 😉

        • Kitz

          Prisoners of war, and those that were outlaw – enemies of the community – were dealt with that way or bogged as sacrifices to Odin. I doubt he would consider them a worthy sacrifice though…. 😉

    • i-Betty

      I couldn’t find an email for Kerry Kennedy, but I’ve emailed the addresses here: http://rfkcenter.org/contatti-8?lang=en

      • BuryTheNuts2

        I used the media inquiry contact because I am pretty sure they will be checking that one right regular.

    • OTVIIIisGrrr8!

      NO CHOCOLATE VELVET NO!

      It does not look like a Viking funeral for Narconon.

      Actually, what has actually happened is that Narconon is expanding at record-setting levels and is screaming and straight up vertical expansion.

      The demand for Narconon services has led to the purchase of a mansion in Ojai that will cater to an exclusive clientele who, in their vulnerable state, can be turned into Scientologists by means of love-bombing and other means of high-powered persuasion, and this includes locking these rich idiots in Purif sauna for six or ten weeks while they sweat out their heebie-jeebies:

      http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~dst/Narconon/images/effects.gif

      • Chocolate Velvet

        Oh my dear OTVIII. I am truly worried about you! Narconon is indeed “in screaming”. And it is over all this entheta spinning out of control, just because it happens to be “true”, and “horrifying”.

        All the while, David is napped out in a scotch stupor, hidden away in a heating duct! OTVIII, maybe you in the RTC should stake out your own duct, and get a little rest! Then, when you realize the wisdom in blowing NOW, there is much help available.

        You don’t have to be “in screaming” anymore, OTVIII! Get. Out. Now.

  • richelieu jr

    I’d like to thank my wife for kicking me out of bed…

    • mook

      JT is that you?
      (lol)

    • Midwest Mom

      Maybe he was in bed with someone else?

      • richelieu jr

        If he were in bed with someone else, I think he might have stayed…

  • Patty Moher

    Back in the mid 70’s, a woman named Patty O’Neill Schwartz, who was the Narconon Connecticut PR chick at the time, managed to finagle having NBA Hall of Famer, John Havlicek, unwittingly read a Narconon PSA (Public Service Announcement) into a tape recorder. FYI, John Havlicek was a big deal! Narconon then turned that recording into a radio PSA that played all over New England. It brought in a lot of business.

    Because there was no internet, Narconon was able to get away with it. Now we have guys like Tony O and the readers of this blog taking action and exposing the lies and the con. So a big hug and thanks to all of you.

    I love the internet.

    • TheHoleDoesNotExist

      But later…was he a Bitter?

    • FLUNK_101

      Havlicek didn’t get paid for his voice over! That’s criminal. It’s almost the advertising equivalent of unwittingly getting someone to touch a piece of paper, so it has their fingerprints on it, like they did to Paulette Cooper. ( the stationary was later used for a bomb threat, and Cooper would have gone to prison if it weren’t for an FBI investigation of the church that was going on at the time.)

      • FistOfXenu

        *gasp!* You mean $cientarCONon is guilty of …. CRIMINAL EXCHANGE? :O

      • Captain Howdy

        Messin’ with the Immortal Jim Brown is bad enough, but messin’ with part of the Holy Trinity, Russell>Havilcek>Bird, is unforgivable. As far as a Kennedy doing something stupid/sleazy..MEH

      • Douglas D. Douglas

        Not paying someone for services rendered is factually criminal, don’tcha know…

    • Snippy_X

      That’s also right when they came to my high school and ran the bogus Criminon study in the Delaware prisons.

  • richelieu jr

    Scientologists may indeed take “long bus rides to Clearwater”, but unless I am mistaken it is on the short bus, right?

  • richelieu jr

    1; Do youplan on taking advantage of the above offer?
    2:

    • Poison Ivy

      LOL! (I’d like to thank Mr.PoisonIvy for kicking me out of bed this morning in time to read my Ortega before breakfast.)

    • i-Betty

      Mwahahahaha!

    • OTVIIIisGrrr8!

      PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT FROM COB RTC MR. DAVID MISCAVIGE

      “Due to the rampage of sudden attacks on Narconon that are being orchestrated by Dr. Tony Ortega, the CEO of SMERSH, the Church of Scientology is asking for heroic and phenomenal donations to fight these incessant and withering attacks.

      “Specifically, the Church of Scientology is in a crisis of magnitude due to these attacks! The only answer for the Church is to immediately purchase a series of super-expensive luxury mansions in expensive locations in order to create a new class of “Mini Ideal Orgs” wherein the wealthy OT strata of the Church can meet in privacy away from the filthy Ideal Orgs that are falling prey to a lack of daily maintenance due to Psych attempts to sniff out and nuke Church funding lines.

      “Nevertheless, and more to the point, Dr. Ortega has attacked The Freewinds by calling it a “barge” and saying that NO ONE wants to go on it. The fact is all Scientologists are lined up to go on The Freewinds; they just haven’t discovered their purpose to do so yet. And that is why we’re discounting rates: We just want to help.

      “And now, our guest speaker for today is Mr. Steven Fishman to explain the Church of Scientology to wogs who may be reading this:

      http://youtu.be/roN9C–bg-w

      • Captain Howdy

        3 1/2 hrs of Fishman? Bring back waterboarding !

        • OTVIIIisGrrr8!

          Exactly.

          And if Fishman fails, we in RTC will use Cardone Torture on you:

          http://youtu.be/roN9C–bg-w

          • BuryTheNuts2

            NO! CARDone is an ASS HAT!!!NO.no and Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

      • richelieu jr

        THIS SHOULD IN NO WAY BE CONFUSED WITH SELLING YOU THE SAME OLD CRAP IN A NEW WRAPPER YET AGAIN.

    • FLUNK_101

      I would act to add one question to your questionnaire.
      I don’t think it’s from the OCA, but I remember it from “The Master” and I think it hits the nail right on the head:

      “Are you mixed up?”

      • richelieu jr

        I used to love taking the piss out of the big $cilon sign in Hollywood that went “Are you confused? Hungry? Lost? Come in!” and variations thereof 24/7….

        “Are you stupid? Persuadable? Too rich? Come in?”

        “Are you unsure of yourself? Easily intimidated? Definitely not a journalist? Come in!”

        • BuryTheNuts2

          Do fish swim?

  • wannabeclear

    Someone needs to send Kerry Kennedy some info about this Co$ front and all the human rights violations they have perpetrated.

  • sugarplumfairy

    The US has 45,973 opinion leaders? If the population is 315,000,000, that’s like 6,851 opinion followers per opinion leader.. (maybe.. I am limited to right brain math).. I am officially declaring my chosen opinion leader to be TO.. no pressure, Tony, but I anxiously await your next opinion..

    • Mighty Korgo of Teegeeack

      The Hubbard concept of opinion leader seemed to involve things like, “Bob Dylan’s opinion on the implications of the Higgs Boson.” “Pam Anderson discusses the North Korea’s search for a long range missile.” “Heidi Klum on the national deficit.” Sadly, Hubbard understood that a small portion of the population is led by these sorts of opinions, but a small portion of the population was all he needed to fill every org. The opinion leader model worked especially well if he could put the boots to the journalists.

      Well, that model just isn’t working anymore.

      • sugarplumfairy

        Oh.. In that case, my chosen opinion leader is now Kim Kardashian..

        • Mighty Korgo of Teegeeack

          Hey, I’ll never be an opinion leader of any sort.

          • Ze Moo

            Every one who posts here is an ‘opinion leader’. We just don’t need to be covered in blue asbestos to do it.

        • BosonStark

          I think she’s my opinion leader too, even though I still don’t know WhoTF she is, but she seems like a logical choice if you had to pick one.

        • I tell her to butt out!

        • Captain Howdy

          Wrong. Let go and go with the..

          • sugarplumfairy

            Oh yes.. Absolutely..

          • If she ever joined forces with the Gecko and the Mayhem Guy, she’d be unstoppable!

            • BuryTheNuts2

              I am in love with Mayhem guy!

            • Trustmeonthis

              What about the esurance chick?

            • I’m with Flo rather than her. (I’m also with Betty over Veronica, and Mary Ann over Ginger.)

          • Missionary Kid

            I find her annoying. Are you sure she doesn’t head up an ideal org?

            • BuryTheNuts2

              i luv her!

            • Missionary Kid

              At least she isn’t a Kardashian. I don’t bother to change the channel when she comes on. I do wonder what she looks like in real life.

            • stillgrace

              “She’s pert, if you like pert!”

              (describing Teri Garr’s character in “Let it Ride”, spoken by Jennifer Tilly as she tries to steal Teri’s husband, played by Richard Dreyfuss) I know, I know …TMI. I love Jennifer Tilley, probably because I can do a decent impersonation of her.

        • Missionary Kid

          Sorry, but as to being an opinion leader, Kim Kardashian rates just above DM for me. At least she isn’t evil, just vacuous, like her whole family.

          • Captain Howdy

            But she is evil, MK. I saw it on “Katie”. Millions of teenage girls across America are injecting their buts with silicone they bought at the hardware store in a dangerous attempt to emulate Kim’s bubble but.

            • Missionary Kid

              Bubble butt? I say big ass. At least, she’s not advocating it herself. When she’s the topic, I change the channel, turn the page, or click on something else.

            • stillgrace

              She was recently photographed from the side in a two-tone dress, black in the back and white in the front. The Shamu jokes and “reverse pregnancy jokes” were priceless.
              OK … I found it. Forgive me.

            • BuryTheNuts2

              i cant love this enough!

            • Missionary Kid

              No forgiveness necessary. The killer whale can’t read.

            • Captain Howdy

              THAR SHE BLOWS!

      • BosonStark

        Opinion leaders are out. The Internet is in.

        • The concept of opinion leaders is still very valid. In the internet era, they include popular blog authors. However, one of the fastest ways to lose your following and become the laughing stalk of the Internet is to start shilling for Scientology. The reaction would be powerful and immediate. Have you noticed that except for a few small password-protected secure sites, there there is no online community of “good-standing” Scientologists?

          • Douglas D. Douglas

            There is no community of “good standing” Scientologists on OR off the internet. They have to run those buses all over this great land just to fill an auditorium these days.

      • John P.

        Regarding “Bob Dylan on the implications of the Higgs Boson,” the Bard of Hibbing Minnesota nailed it, presciently in a song released two years before Peter Higgs postulated the existence of the particle named after him. Recall that the Higgs boson is just the tangible proof of the two more far more important aspects of the theory: the Higgs field and the Higgs process. It’s been said that a field is sort of like a quantum physics “wind.” So of course Dylan predicted it when he said, “the answer, my friends, is blowin’ in the wind, the answer is blowin’ in the wind.”

        • TheHoleDoesNotExist

          groaning

  • TheHoleDoesNotExist

    Kennedy…being studied and groomed to learn her How To get legislation passed that increases Funding. listen for the money line.
    Per…sniffing out the money, but looking like he’s been sniffing embalming fluid.
    Taiwan…listen for the wriggle lie. Reaches millions means they spammed area with Hubbard, killing a forrest in the process. Sniffing for raw meat recruits.
    Freewinds…Sounding Desperate for cash. Bring your own paddle and engine scrubbing kit.

    • Observer

      And hip waders for the bilge!

      • TheHoleDoesNotExist

        great…now I have to repack

    • FLUNK_101

      Excellent, Your Holiness! (to paraphrase Captain Howdy)
      Artists For Human Rights?
      Ay yi yi.
      Hubbard said that artists operate “in advance of science,” because they envision new realities.
      I knew an “artist” who wrote a Broadway musical called “Ataria: Planet of the Artists.”
      LOL. (it didn’t happen)
      She moved back to LA, married David Campbell and became Beck’s stepmom.

      • RMycroft

        They have a few of these groups sitting in a filing cabinet. Even now and then, they dust them off. Writers for Human Rights, Poets for Human Rights, etc. Where’s Chilly Willy and the Rappers for Human Rights?

      • TheHoleDoesNotExist

        Cool story. Artists are treated like third class citizens in scientology, unless you hit it big. Then you get to move your belongings from the gutter to the celebrity center’s VIP floor, and sit on golden porcelain thrones. Most artists don’t have the dough, so they are used as shills or free artwork/entertainment. They are Very Special Slaves.

        • FLUNK_101

          Thank you, THDNE. It’s horrible how they manage to exploit artists the way they do.

          BTW, David Campbell continues to do strings arrangements for some of the biggest names in the music industry.

          I was surprised to find evidence on his website that “Artaria” is still on a back burner, so to speak. (see photo)

          • BuryTheNuts2

            ‘Planet of the Artists’ has been er, uh, “creatively?” changed to ‘Reinvention is the only option’.

            Apparently reinvention wasn’t an option to help revive this dead cat.
            And “Raven Kane”?
            Serisly?
            I would so not be able to tell anyone my name with a straight face!

            • FLUNK_101

              Yah..
              This musical was the butt of many jokes with my NY ex-Scientology musician friends.
              We’d joke about her “planet of the artists” getting attacked by musicians from the “planet of the jazz fuck-ups.”
              Even “Planet of the Punks” would be hipper than her planet of the artists.
              And now, reinvention is her only option!

            • BuryTheNuts2

              I think she should change her name to Crowkane!

            • FLUNK_101

              Now you’re messing with my head. Last Saturday night, I was at a party on a boat cruising around Manhattan. I got all confused as a conversation wandered from the Black Keys, The Black Crows, and The Counting Crows.
              Crowkane. Pretty hip. Yeah, if she only knew!

            • BuryTheNuts2

              Flunk! You love my superposition metaphor?
              Lol, of course I knew better!
              Want to play a game?
              You know I will win baby……..Muah!

              Oh, and the answer is still…Cherry REd!

            • FLUNK_101

              Ohhhhhhh …. he said, like he was letting out his last breath.
              No one likes to see their dream lying in the street!
              And that’s all I’m gonna say. And I respectfully suggest you do the same.

  • BosonStark

    Goodbye Orgs, hello Org Alliances! They’re the NEXT GREAT THING in Scientology, along with renaming all Narconon facilities to names like “The Humans Right Helping Place.”

    With the new Org Alliances, you might be able to get a whole room of suckers together at least, and you can reg the hell out them. I take it they’re encouraging Thetans to take the bus, so they’ll have more money to “help” with at Flag, or rather, help Scientologists to help, because they’re all about helping.

    So, $1000 for room and meals on the Asbestos Winds but they aren’t saying how much the course package is. They’re going to get you there I bet, unless it’s all about regging you for your last dime.

    Kerry Kennedy didn’t know what hit her. She just saw this as penetration into old Hollywood money with her worthy causes. She’s got to read Lawrence Wright’s book and get a clue.

    I think they’d be better off bringing the Nutterpedia to the “opinion leaders” of Mars. When not busy at the implant stations or fighting off Marcarbian invader forces, I hear the opinion leaders there are open to that kind of multi-volume crazy.

  • The ‘Uniting the Southeast with Scientology’ flyer was disturbing for more than just the colour scheme.

    ‘There is a new plan to clear the Southeast…It’s never been done before’. New? Never? Is there an HCOPL reference for this ‘new’ plan? If Ron didn’t write it, it isn’t true.

    I suspect some sniveling jackanapes, knee-high to a grasshopper, has been squirreling the ‘Tech’.

    And the flyer below is just as ‘Out-Tech’: ‘Reduced accommodation rates.on the Freewinds’. Ron never reduced prices, he always increased them! Regularly.

    The Merchants of Chaos have clearly infiltrated the once proud and noble Church of the Immaculate Thetan and are destroying its integrity and profitability by contradicting ‘Source’.

    Andrew

    • sugarplumfairy

      You sound very opinionated.. I imagine co$ counted you when they so carefully figured out that the UK had 7,477 opinion leaders.. You have to give them credit.. They sure do know their numbers..

      • Though I used to live in London, I now reside in a small island off the coast of Antarctica which Scientology’s map ignores, perhaps because it has no opinion leaders.

        But what if the writer of the garish blue and orange flier had suffered from dyslexia? Would the header have read ”Untying the Southeast with Scientology’

        Andrew

        • John P.

          So that makes you sort of like the “Canada” of Antarctica?

          • BuryTheNuts2

            Rimshot!

          • sugarplumfairy

            So, New Zealand must be a small but pleasantly appointed territory of Antarctica? good to know..

        • Captain Howdy

          “perhaps because it has no opinion leaders.”

          How can you say that when you have the likes of PeterJackson, Lucy Lawless, Sam Neill, Neil Finn and last but not least Anna Paquin?

  • TheHoleDoesNotExist

    Dont have links now, but google l ron hubbard and president kennedy. I forget what slanderous labels Hub slapped on the president, but the usual. Blamed him for the fbi raid because he wouldnt take a meeting about training the astronauts with his superior tech which the Russians wanted. of course they did. cant make this shite up. you can find the 2 letters ron wrote. its like a hidden sunday funny egg.

  • Observer

    Taiwan: Funny, Ching Yao’s resume says nothing about spiritually advising the president. They must mean he blessed him once or something. http://www.zoominfo.com/#!search/profile/person?personId=282254197&targetid=profile

    As for Scientology’s impact on drug abuse in Taiwan, well, according to this article it’s getting worse: http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/national/national-news/2011/06/16/306386/Watchdog-censures.htm

    Nutterpedia: opinion leaders, governments, blah blah blah, now fork over the dough!

    Graduation: featuring the oh-so-aptly named Mad Hatter musicians, and guest speaker Nancy Cartwright, who is soaring toward godhood on the back of Bart Simpson. Gah.

    Slavewinds: Just run aground on a reef or something and put everyone out of your misery.

  • Observer

    Taiwan: Funny, Ching Yao’s resume says nothing about spiritually advising the president. They must mean he blessed him once or something. http://www.zoominfo.com/#!search/profile/person?personId=282254197&targetid=profile

    As for Scientology’s impact on drug abuse in Taiwan, well, according to this article it’s getting worse: http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/national/national-news/2011/06/16/306386/Watchdog-censures.htm

    Nutterpedia: opinion leaders, governments, blah blah blah, now fork over the dough!

    Graduation: featuring the oh-so-aptly named Mad Hatter musicians, and guest speaker Nancy Cartwright, who is soaring toward godhood on the back of Bart Simpson. Gah.

    Slavewinds: Just run aground on a reef or something and put everyone out of your misery.

    • L. Wrong Hubturd

      I was wondering about the Mad Hatter thing. That was the name of Chick Corea’s old studio in LA. I think he gave it to the Scilons years ago. I’ll bet he composed the music. I was going to go to Clearwater the other weekend to see his concert with Bela Fleck at the Ruth Eckerd, but it got cancelled. I really wanted to do some Sci watching as I’m sure they were planning to turn out for their boys appearance in town.

      • I wonder how much of Co$’s music is written by Mark Isham. He seems to be one of the more devout and successful scilon musicians. (He tried hard but failed to keep Paul Haggis “in”.) I actually stopped watching “Once Upon a Time” because every time the music swelled I was reminded of the appallingly misguided devotion of its composer. I met Mark’s late father Howard a few time and he was a lovely gentle academic with an interest in the romanticism of the Sea in literature. I wish I’d asked him what he felt about his son’s chosen “religion”. At least they weren’t disconnected – I saw a (scilon!) Christmas card from Mark on Howard’s piano once.

        (Edit: I thought of Mark because he was listed as one of the hosts of the Kerry Kennedy bash.)

      • TheHoleDoesNotExist

        “The Mad Hatter is an album recorded by Chick Corea and released in 1978.

        The track names for the album, as well as its title, are derived from the children’s fairy-tale Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll.”
        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Mad_Hatter_%28album%29

        Of course, Alice in Wonderland is the book used in Hubbard’s Community Courses. Chick’s studio Used to be awesome, and his engineer, Bernie Kirsch. I shudder to think what Miscavige has done to the place. Bela Fleck and the Flecktones are likewise awesome. (note to self: download thesaurus)

  • Sherbet

    Tony, contacting Kennedy sounds like an interesting thing for YOU to do. Did you? Will you? You have credibility in the wipe-out-scientology field. Please consider.

    • Captain Howdy

      Sherbert, as a fellow masshole you should realize by now that the Kennedy’s are a clan of inbred cannibals who the Lawd put here to plague us and give us schadenfreude.

      .

      • BuryTheNuts2

        There has got to be a good “Dead Kennedy’s” joke in you somewhere?

        • Captain Howdy

          You just said it.

      • Sherbet

        Oh, is that why they’re mostly pretty homely — in-breeding? Still, there are lots of native New Englanders (I know you’re not one of them) for whom the Kennedys can do no wrong. My only hope is they get confused with the KK and think it’s Kim Kardashian involved with Ann “Do I look brainwashed” Archer.

  • Espiando

    I just realized another of Scientology’s crimes: extreme abuse of the color blue and shades thereof in those mind-numbing flyers. Stop abusing my favorite color like that, Scinos!

    I don’t blame Kerry Kennedy too much for this. She’s just tapping into the Hollywood network to get some attention for her foundation (I’d only be worried if there was also an RFK Center Day to go along with it), and having Anne Archer and Kelly Preston provides said attention. I don’t think she thought there was a quid pro quo from the Scn side, but those of you who are better at soft soap than I am should inform her of who these people are and what they do. I’d suggest concentrating on child labor, the Hole, and those quotes from LRH that THDNE found vis-a-vis Ms. Kennedy’s uncle (and by extension her father in his days as Attorney General). With the quotes, do make sure to mention that Scn regards every utterance of LRH as Infallible as the Pope when talking ex cathedra about faith and morals.

    • 0tessa

      According to LRon, who also happened to know all about colours, the color blue, and especially light-blue attracts attention the most.

      • TheHoleDoesNotExist

        hence…Big Blue

        • 0tessa

          Yes, probably.

          • TheHoleDoesNotExist

            Yes, Actually. Hubbard’s OT knowingness of colors. I’ve mentioned before about the colors inside went from Hello Psychedelic Sixties, to Morgue Mood to Military Jockstrap Sweats. I can only surmise these brilliant LRH paint color orders came about based on what color his meds were at the time…. pinks and greys and diarrhea brown would describe the bottom half of one of the halls.

        • Captain Howdy

          “hence…Big Blue”

          • TheHoleDoesNotExist

            I see blue dead people.

            • Midwest Mom

              “…And that was how Scientologists came to be known as Smurfs.””

      • Is there volume of the Roncyclopedia on his work as a colorologist?

    • stillgrace

      “I don’t blame Kerry Kennedy too much for this.”

      I do. She needs to be smarter than this. She needs to do her homework (or at least get her staff and/or advisors to do her homework for her). Her credibility is seriously compromised by this May 1 date with a human-rights-abusing front group!

      Edit: Just wrote down on my to-do list this week:
      1. Educate Kerry Kennedy
      2. Get her to cancel her May 1 engagement by all means possible

      • How many of her staff are cos that she might be unaware of?

  • johnny d

    “Elpin da yutes, dats all dat maters”

    • Bradley Greenwood

      ZAPPA!!!

  • BosonStark

    Following the renaming of Narconon — a different name for each center — they’ll then have to go about renaming L. Ron Hubbard, followed by the renaming of Scientology, followed by the renaming of Tom Cruise.

    A good name for the cult would be, The Helpers. Their motto can be, “We’re here to help.” And it will strike fear in the hearts of men.

    • sugarplumfairy

      a good name for TC would be Xemu.. or Alice.. Alice is nice..

      • Observer

        Alice Cooper might object.

        • sugarplumfairy

          I was thinking more Alice in Wonderland..

          • Observer

            Oh, well … in that case I propose that Tweedledum might be a better fit.

      • BosonStark

        Tom Cruise can be Xemu Mapother III, and Tommy Davis can be Xenu Davis.

        • Captain Howdy

          And their theme song cold be FNM’s “We Care A Lot” except it would be “We Help A Lot”

          • BuryTheNuts2

            Howdy…Don’t you dare ruin that song for me!!!!

            • Captain Howdy

              “We help a lot about disasters, fires, floods, and psychosomatic disease.
              About D.M’s lear jet gassed and ready to leave.
              We help a lot about enturbulation and the implants the psychs brought.
              We help a lot about aborted babies rock, L Ron, rock.”

            • BuryTheNuts2

              I just sang it to myself!

              Psychosomatic takes a bit of work, but I like it!
              Good job!

            • Captain Howdy

              It’s all in the phrasing “psychO-somatic”

        • Douglas D. Douglas

          And instead of wogs, they would refer to the rest of us as… frogs?

  • Observer

    Per Wickstrom comes across as a loon. A dangerous loon.

    • Have you ever noticed how, especially in the very early days, many Scientologists had very strange names? If you read “The Aberee”, a newsletter that went out to Dianeticists and Scientologists in the early 50’s, you’ll see names like “Wing Angel” and “Harry Palmer”.

      I think that, originally, Per Wingstrom was driven into Scientology because of his name. It was his “ruin”, and Scientology promised to handle that for him.

      When you have a name like that, you’ll do anything to escape yourself. Including joining something like Scientology.

      It’s just a theory I’m working on in my laboratory.

      Carry on.

      Alanzo

      • TheHoleDoesNotExist

        those were their version of avatars. conservative engineers and proper mothers by day, had their alter ego come to life at night at their iowa dianetics group in the back barn.

        • Absolutely. It was a way to be “alternative” before there was an alternative.

          Part of the reason I myself joined Scientology (besides the ability it afforded me to escape myself) was because no one else I knew was a Scientologist. I could be unique and forward-thinking among all my peers. I could proclaim “I’m a Scientologist!” and people would respond by saying “Ooooooo! What’s that?”

          In my early 20’s, I thought being a Scientolologist would get me chicks.

          Some things work out. Others don’t.

          This is what I learned in Scientology.

          Alanzo

          • Captain Howdy

            Alano, if you wanted to be “alternative” in the 80’s you could have saved yourself a lot of trouble and money by simply dying your hair and moving to Minneapolis.

            • Now you tell me.

              Thanks a lot.

            • Captain Howdy

              Well Alanzo, I lived through 70’s Punk, early 80’s hardcore, late 80’s alternative and whatever passed for a scene in the first half on the 90’s, and most of of my friends from those time periods are dead, but at least they had some really good times before their number came up. I don’t think scientologists can say the same.

            • By the way, you do know that the name “Alano” means “The Asshole” in spanish. That name would have gotten me into Scientology.

              As it happens, my name is “Alanzo”, which got me out of Scientology.

              Thank you very munch.

            • Captain Howdy

              LOL!

            • Truthiwant

              Hubbard says that there are implant stations on Venus and Mars. I think that they’re on Uranus.

            • Missionary Kid

              I wonder what the Spanish-speaking AA members think of the name of all the Alano Clubs.

            • Davka

              I will now have “Alex Chilton” running through my head all day, thank you very much 🙂

            • Captain Howdy

              Hey, no problem and don’t forget this one:

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

      • Truthiwant

        I guess people like Chew Kok, Rusty Kuntz and Willie Stroker should maybe think about getting in to Scientology!

        • Something can be done about it.

        • Captain Howdy

          I knew a guy IRL whose name was Richard Hertz. Of course all the kids called him “Dick Hertz”. He said it ruined his life and made him turn to a life of crime. Srsly.

          • Truthiwant

            Well maybe if his Dick Hertz he should stop seeing Chew Kok!

          • Missionary Kid

            The perfect punk rock name for getting out of $cientology: Lee Ving.

      • Roger Larsson

        Per Wickström is a common name in Sweden. Some hold on to the American dream that there’s more money to make on $cientology in Michigan than in Sweden. Unlucky tries their luck over there in the land of milk and honey.

        • Captain Howdy

          To me Sweden is the Land of Milk and Homey, Roger.

      • Observer

        Per is a fairly common Scandinavian first name. I had to look this up to make sure I had it right, but it’s also the middle name of the Justin Bieber of the mid/late 70s, Leif Garrett. I have no idea why that has stuck in my head all these years, because I was not a fan. My tastes ran toward Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, Joe Walsh, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and (oddly, given my overall taste), Three Dog Night.

    • i-Betty

      Who loves himself.

      • i-Betty

        And the sound of his own voice.

  • BuryTheNuts2

    Listening to Per Wickstrom ramble about “help” and “kids” totally creeped me out.

    Seriously,… like I need a shower type creepy.
    And does he pluck his eyebrows?

  • I think that Nancy Cartwright poster had 10 different font styles/sizes on it. Not the easiest thing to read. That’s a good thing!

    • BosonStark

      Even so, the yellow one with the buses looks psychopathic. For example, why is one bus photo lined up, yet the other three transportation images are cockeyed? Then, in the lower right hand corner, the words “Ideal Org” are slightly off.

      I actually figured out the thing with the buses and plane. You’d be flying “up” from Puerto Rico or busing it down from Atlanta but Orlando would be pretty much a straight shot to Flag. “Eye searing” is definitely a good description.

      • Somehow I think you are taking this whole flyer thing too literally.

      • John P.

        I particularly like how they didn’t wait until the fine print to slide in an utterly obvious typo. It says “Southeast Idea Org” on the upper right. The first line of text in the brochure. Way to go! They’re homing in on the spelling of some of those Tea Party protesters.

    • RMycroft

      The org didn’t have anyone qualified to do the poster, and they couldn’t afford to hire anyone, so they found someone who had been a graphic designer in a previous life on planet Regulac. The poster perfectly conforms to Regulacian design standards.

  • sharon brown

    I smell Total desperation from the boat loads of entheta coming from the last few weeks alone ! Grab a Celebrity or 2, make an Ideal Org coalition, Lower prices to stay on the Freewinds for a week ! Somebody’s feeling enturbulated astheir stats are going Down, way down ! It’ll go easier Davey if you don’t fight it and Accept this Is your fate !!! … No ? You Still want to fight ? Here’s to seeing you in court real soon !!!

    • I agree that they’re getting desperate and I think this desperation is fueled by cashflow problems. These will only accelerate once the cash stream from Narconon begins to dry up. Contributions from whales alone can’t keep the operation afloat.

    • Missionary Kid

      I think it’s too early to call it desperation. They’re still pulling in new clams – not at the rate they did before, but still enough to keep them afloat.

      It will take a long time to give Co$ as negative cash flow because they have such huge assets already and they have plenty of slaves to do crap for nothing.

      We have to keep nailing them on the illegal practices, the slavery, and pierce the fictitious veil of separation so that lawsuits not only hit separate corporate entities like Narcocrap, but Co$ itself.

  • SP ‘Onage

    Hmmm…I guess Kerry Kennedy doesn’t care about one of her relatives being an enemy of scientology, the FBI did when they raided the cult.

    The church kept an enemies list, which included files on Senator Edward Kennedy, Jacqueline Onassis, five federal judges (including John Sirica of Watergate fame), the U.S. Better Business Bureau and the American Medical Association.

    http://www.holysmoke.org/cos/cult-keeps-enemy-list.htm

    • TheHoleDoesNotExist

      Here’s a few links:

      Short clip, Hubbard talks about the aims of taking over the governments of the world
      http://youtu.be/z9j0UuBTRts

      Hubbard, President Kennedy, FBI
      http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~dst/Library/Shelf/wakefield/us-01.html
      http://www.american-buddha.com/cult.pieceofbluesky.3.7.htm

      Hubbards views on giving to any charity meant you were Making someone into a criminal. Other views, you would make the person ill. (giving to The Hub was the Only way).
      ” When you let a person give nothing for something you are factually encouraging crime.”
      Scientology Admin. Dictionary, Hubbard’s definition of Criminal Exchange

      Kennedy, John Jr. (Politician):
      “I learned today that after George Magazine did its article on Germany and Scientology, David Miscavige flew east and met with John Kennedy, Jr. After the self-appointed cult leader left the meeting Kennedy thought and said: ‘what a nasty piece of work he is.'” – Graham Berry.
      http://www.factnet.org/node/1370/#johnkennedyjr

      Above all, perhaps Kerry Kennedy should simply ask to see the Financial Records of scientology’s “charities” to see where the money actually goes. Oh, and if she gets some, could she pretty please share them with Tony Ortega over at The Bunker? Just for accuracy you see.

      • Midwest Mom

        I predict a future comment will read:

        “Ms. Kennedy works with many groups all over the world to promote activism and human rights issues and is respectful of all religious groups and their rights to practice their beliefs.

        While Ms. Kennedy is not a Scientologist herself, she welcomes any and all support for her efforts to promote awareness by encouraging others to stand up and fight for justice for those suffering from human rights abuses.”

        • Ken_Delusion

          “Ms. Kennedy works with many groups all over the world to promote activism and human rights issues and is respectful of all religious groups and their rights to practice their beliefs.

          “While Ms. Kennedy is not a Scientologist herself, she welcomes any and all support for her efforts to promote awareness by encouraging others to stand up and fight for justice for those suffering from human rights abuses.”

          • Midwest Mom

            ha ha! Very well done, Mr. Delusion!

      • SP ‘Onage

        Thanks for the links. It would be hard to believe Kerry Kennedy isn’t aware of who she is dealing with. Something stinks!

  • Sherbet

    A quick search in truthaboutscientology.com of the Artists for Human Rights’ “Executive Team” finds name matches for everyone except for Thomas (Tom) Dine. WTG, Kerry Kennedy, for lending credibility and the face of a political dynasty to a scientology front group.

  • John P.

    Again, I’m mostly on vacation, but while I’m waiting for room service on this quaint island hideaway to bring breakfast, I just wanted to point out one thing: the Taiwan letter sounds oddly similar to the hilarious press releases put out by the Korean Central News Agency, the official state flacks for North Korea. Some of the adjectives are quite reminiscent of the loopy non-native English writing style of the North Koreans. Check out this report of a March 11 “guidance trip” of Nut Boy 3.0 (Kim Jong-Eun) to a fish farm. See how many similarities you can spot!

    Kim Jong Un Gives Field Guidance to Fish Farm

    Pyongyang, March 11 (KCNA) — The dear respected Marshal Kim Jong Un gave field guidance to the Ryongjong Fish Farm.

    He said the Ryongjong Fish Farm is a typical fish farm of the Songun era built at the initiative of leader Kim Jong Il and under his energetic guidance.

    He recollected the long and tiresome journeys made by Kim Jong Il, exerting devoted efforts to bring about a fresh turn in fish breeding as required by the new century, saying he could not forget November 21, 2010 when he visited there, accompanying the leader.

    At the general control room he watched the real-time measurement of the quantity, temperature, pH and oxygen content of water in indoor and outdoor fish ponds with the help of computers and underwater cameras’ monitoring of the physiology of fishes.

    What is important in fish breeding is to put fish farming on a scientific basis, he noted, adding this would make it possible to keep fish production going at a high rate.

    He went round the fish ponds built along the water way of the Ryongjong spring.

    He was pleased to watch sturgeons and fishes of various other species in the ponds.

    Watching the Ryongjong spring from which water was flowing into the fish ponds in an endless stream, he recalled that when water stopped gushing out from the spring, service persons and employees of the fish farm turned out to restore it into its original state. Water supply is of particular importance for fish farming, he added.

    Feasting his eyes at the food factory and protein food factory standing near the outdoor ponds, he said with deep emotion that they were visited by Kim Jong Il.

    He said people cannot substantially benefit from fish farms if the supply of food for fishes is not put on a par with fish production no matter how many modern ones are built.

    Seeing the letters displayed in the compound of the fish farm “Sturgeons go to sea while the DPRK advances into the world”, he told the officials to add the letters “Satellites enter space”. World-startling miracles are being worked in various parts of the country through a dynamic drive for breaking through the cutting edge under the wise leadership of our party, he added.

    Noting that the Ryongjong Fish Farm is crystal of Kim Jong Il’s love for people, he proposed erecting a monument to the undying leadership feats of Kim Jong Il and displaying his portrait in the compound of the farm to convey his loving care to posterity.

    He told the officials and employees of the fish farm to play a pioneer’s role in translating the desire of Kim Jong Il to provide the people with more fish into reality.

    He was accompanied by Choe Ryong Hae, Kim Kyok Sik, Kim Yong Chol, Pak Jong Chon, Rim Kwang Il and An Ji Yong.

    • BuryTheNuts2

      I find this all a bit fishy!

      • What, that all the fish are straight up and vertical?

        • Midwest Mom

          Straight up and vertical,
          Why they’re quite versatile!
          I’m chillin’ out with Tai farm fish in my submersible.

    • N. Graham

      That sounds good! Especially the monument part. There just aren’t enough Kim Jong Il statues yet.

    • Snippy_X

      Who brought the recall from the immemorial age
      Who left the wishes from the thousand years age
      Is there still have songs without lyrics
      with the romance love will endless forever

      Oh Oh I see mountains after mountains
      Mountains after mountains
      Mountains after mountains chaining together
      Ya LA SO It is the Qinghai Tibet Plateau

      Who gazes at the blue sky day and night
      Who wishes endless dream forever
      Is there still paeam songs
      Or there still are unchangeable dignified spirit.

      Oh Oh I see mountains after mountains
      Mountains after mountains
      Mountains after mountains chaining together
      Ya LA SO It is the Qinghai Tibet Plateau

      (cryocannon blasts)

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FkBeIJ68lhU

      “Tibetan Singers just wonderful very powerful voice when they singing on
      the sea level area. Let’s enjoy their singing together!”

    • Midwest Mom

      J.P., I have a feeling that you’re not alone on this vacation. You sound very smiley. 🙂 I hope you’re having fun! (Don’t forget to wear sunblock, boo.)

      • John P.

        Thanks for the reminder about the sunblock. Yes, I’m not alone. And yes, it is fun! Supermodel #1 is the official sunblock monitor. You can only imagine how worried supermodels can be about unsightly blotching from uneven exposure. So having her along is in this sense just like having a sensible thoughtful Midwestern mom along for the trip.

        • Midwest Mom

          I found just the bathing suit for your special lady. It has 50+ UV protection and is blotch-proof, and also, no more worrying about tan lines from bikini ties!
          http://www.muslim-swimwear.com/cat/index.cgi/shopfront/view_product_details?category_id=7503;product_id=370465
          I can’t tell from the photo if there is exposure of the t & a areas (toes and ankles).

          I ‘m glad you’re having a good time! It snowed here last night and in the morning. (Don’t be too jealous – not everyone is lucky enough to be having the fun that I’m enjoying by clearing off my car and pushing my yooper scooper along my driveway and walkway!) Try not to think of that while you are enjoying your cocktails and relaxing on your chaise lounge. 😉

          • John P.

            MWM, thanks for the link to the ultimate UV-proof swimsuit. As you know, supermodels will gouge each other’s eyes out for a chance to have the cover of an exciting new swimsuit catalog. I checked with several of the junior supermodels to see if they remembered this one; a couple of them went for the audition. But when they saw what they were going to be wearing, they figured it wasn’t worth their time. Why go through years of waxing, exfoliating, exercising, dieting and all the rest if the readers aren’t actually going to see you? Apparently, the producers went and got a couple of eyelash models (a highly specialized form of face model) to do the job for cheaper. According to Supermodel #1, who has much experience in such things, it’s the first time she ever heard of a swimsuit shoot that went begging for talent in Los Angeles.

            PS: Most supermodels never have tan lines from bikini ties. That’s because they are always able to sun themselves au naturel at the waterfront estates of capitalists like me all summer long.

    • Captain Howdy

      Confucius say: “if you don’t feed the fish you don’t eat the fish”

    • Snippy_X

      “Feasting his eyes at the food factory and protein food factory standing
      near the outdoor ponds, he said with deep emotion that they were visited
      by Kim Jong Il.”

      For me, this creates images of Soylent Green, but for N.Koreans and Scientologists alike, it meets the requirements. Hungry people like food references. Pride and nostalgia trigger the emotional side of the brain, shutting down the critical thinking (which is fine at times), but now perhaps we have people believing the spirit of Kim Jong Il hovers over Kim Jong Un near fish ponds the same way LRH’s spirit hovers near the special clams while they toil and sleep.

    • Bradley Greenwood

      I love all the old generals standing nearby, taking notes of all he says… to be published later and sold in NK bookstores that only carry titles from one two or three authors. Sound familiar?

      • Observer

        That’s two or three times more authors than Scientology bookstores carry …

    • Artoo45

      Like I always said, North Korea is the closest thing to a Scientology country here on Earth. Think of Pyongyang as Clearwater, where all the higher ups live. Think of the rest of the country and one gigantic RPF.

    • Ze Moo

      “Water supply is of particular importance for fish farming, he added”. The ‘Great Leader’ went to the same ‘nu clear’ training school that Lron used. I think that one was written by Shecky Green….

  • That bright yellow bug splat poster is quite the craptacular. But the best part is how they make sure that the Puerto Ricans know not to try to get there by bus.

    As usual, you are invited to an event to find out the details of some future plans that will inevitably not come to fruition. What kind of delicious details are revealed that keep customers coming back for more than one of these big strategic gatherings?

    • BuryTheNuts2

      Its Huge! Its Strategic! Its never been done before!

      • BosonStark

        Other than those valid (on Mars) reasons, the only thing I can think of is that the Orgs are so empty, that some of the Thetans in the 4-person Orgs, like Puerto Rico, might like the idea of forming an alliance with a bigger 20-member Org like Atlanta just to feel that they’re not alone. We are not just a 4-person Org. We are part of the expanding Southeastern Org Alliance! The planet will be clear soon!

  • Snippy_X

    The title of Kerry Kennedy’s talk is “Speak Truth to Power” – maybe she intends to plant some seeds.

    • Midwest Mom

      You can bet your boots that she is being compensated. Her brother spoke at the university here in my town for a hefty fee, first class air fair and hotel accommodations, paid meals and limo (which I will add is what many other speakers receive, as well.) However, he would not attend any other parties or meet and greets unless he was paid extra or donations were made to his Waterkeeper Alliance.

      • For speaking engagements Kerry Kennedy is represented by Keppler Speakers. Here is her page there:

        http://www.kepplerspeakers.com/speakers/?speaker=Kerry+Kennedy

        Kerry Kennedy

        International Human Rights Activist and Author

        Why Kerry Kennedy?

        You want to hear a prominent voice for human rights and a passionate pioneer for social justice around the globe.

        Your audience will be captivated by personal stories, uplifting profiles in courage that demonstrate the capacity of the human spirit.

        Her mantra: “Speak Truth To Power.

        • Midwest Mom

          Bingo, Mr. DeWitt! 🙂

  • What is the SMERSH name for April 2013?

    Gape-ril?

    Ache-ril?

    I know the SMERSH name for May:

    It’s YAY!

    Alanzo

    • RMycroft

      A Peril

    • TheHoleDoesNotExist

      Aprilpalooza

    • FistOfXenu

      How about ZAP-ril?

      • Midwest Mom

        I like it!

    • Observer

      EnturbulApril

    • Yeppir

      I like “Flapril.”

      • aquaclara

        AprilSHOWERS for the sh**tstorm of docs, lawsuits and chaos descending upon the cult this month. We forecast a fine, rainy month ahead!

  • N. Graham

    Here’s the gist of my e-mail to the RFK group:
    Hi!
    I was very disappointed to see Kerry Kennedy, a major spokeperson for your program, was at a Scientology function giving her support and representing your organization. This happens at a time when the news is rife with information about this organizations’ human rights abuses, among other problems with Scientology. What kind of vetting does your organization do before supporting someone? I’d say you have some major communications breakdowns.
    And I signed my real name!
    Let’s see if I hear back.

    • Midwest Mom

      N. Graham, she hasn’t appeared yet! She’s supposed to attend on May 1st. There’s still time to warn her to stay far, far away, though. 🙂

      • N. Graham

        Thanks MM. I’ll send an update to my message saying I jumped the gun. Or that I was exterior in an alternate timeline where the event had happened already. Or I could send the same message and say I was a practicing clam and see if that scares her off.

    • stillgrace

      Good for you! I added to my email to the RFK group: “Please note: the front group for the scientology cult named ‘Artists for Human Rights’ will most likely contact you and Ms. Kennedy instructing you to ignore messages from ‘terrorist groups’ that are ‘religious bigots and haters’.

      We are not terrorists nor bigots. We are simply TRUE human right advocates that are painfully aware of a multitude of serious human rights violations directly attributed to scientology and its many front groups. This is a bad time for scientology, since there are many lawsuits (involving death and fraud) that are up front and center in the news.

      I cannot believe that you and Ms. Kennedy are unaware of the serious human rights violations perpetrated by the organization that sponsors ‘Artists for Human Rights”. PLEASE DO SOME SIMPLE RESEARCH. You can start here:
      http://tonyortega.org/2013/04/07/narconon-tackles-nfl-legend-jim-brown-anne-archer-snags-a-kennedy/#more-5802

      I urge you to become aware of the true picture and realize that Ms. Kennedy is being USED as PR control. I urge Ms. Kennedy to wake up and cancel her engagement with Anne Archer. Ms. Kennedy’s credibility has already been seriously damaged by her (perhaps unintentional) blindness. Stop it now! Cancel the May 1 engagement!”

      • BuryTheNuts2

        Great job!

        • stillgrace

          Thank you. BTN, you asked me a question why I don’t post at WWP yesterday. I tried to answer on my iphone (was on the road), but Disqus wouldn’t cooperate. When I arrived home, I tried to find your question using my Mac, and I truly couldn’t find it. “Best”, “Newest”, “Oldest” be damned!!

          Here’s my answer: Up to this point, I’ve been a bit intimidated to post at WWP. Although WWP continues to educate me daily (plus, they have the BEST shoops), I don’t feel the camaraderie of the Bunker. If I ever feel I can contribute to a thread at WWP, I probably will.

          • BuryTheNuts2

            purfect answer!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • einsteinonthebeach

    I’m curious what rating guide assigns the Freewinds restaurant 5 stars. I know the scientologists go apoplectic about “cheese and fruit displays” and “3 course meals”, but I’m having trouble imagining the menu even having correct spelling.

    • John P.

      The five-star rating was not assigned by the Michelin Guide, which only goes up to three stars. I’m guessing it won the coveted five star award from the International Association of Junior High School Cafeteria Ladies. Further, I’d say that the judges particularly cited the grilled cheese sandwiches, chicken fingers, “lice on rice” and sliced turkey with mashed potatoes and yellow gravy to be particularly noteworthy. For dessert, I am sure no one can pass up the chocolate pudding straight out of the Sysco Institutional Food Services cans.

      • RMycroft

        They should have an SOS Special on the menu. (Chipped beef on toast. A sprig of parsley makes it special. SOS usual stands for “shit on a shingle”)

        • Captain Howdy

          Chipped beef on toast? That’s a Howdy staple. Where do I sign up ?

          • Missionary Kid

            Cap’n, you weren’t in the military, were you?
            The dish was reviled for years, because that’s where all the mystery meat ended up, and it was a staple at meals, sometimes the only meal.
            At least when I got in, there were alternates available.

            • Captain Howdy

              No I wasn’t in the military, but I was in the war on drugs. You really should try the Stouffers chipped beef, it’s delizioso!

            • Missionary Kid

              What made creamed chipped beef on toast so unpopular was that it was the only thing available for a meal, and often served. That’s why it got the nickname of SOS. Imagine having it every day for breakfast for a month.

              This was true, I believe, through WWII and the Korean War.

              By the time I got in the service in the middle 60s, menus were more diverse, but the antipathy still lingered.

              Maybe I’ll try the Stouffer’s.

            • There’s nothing really wrong with Spam either, but the UK got tons of it during WWII, hence the continuing reputation.

            • Missionary Kid

              The Spam of today isn’t the same as the spam of yesteryear.

              There used to be a big glop of jelled fat that would come out of it. Now, it seems to be much less fatty.
              In Hawaii, where they consume more of it per capita, it’s practically gourmet.

              I use it all the time when I do stir-fry. Not that much, but enough to add flavor.

            • Sandy

              Ah – being a Minnesotan, I was born & bred on Spam. Fry it- it is THE BEST!!!!!

            • Missionary Kid

              Sometimes I do that, and put garlic powder on it when it’s done.

            • I’m from Hawaii, now live in Minnesota and can’t get enough of my beloved Spam, so I’m with you Sandy.

            • Bella Legosi

              I am fighting the urge to transcribe the “Spam & Ham” skit from Monty Python’s Flying Circus! God, I love my mom for showing me that show when I was developing my mind and motor skills! Yellowbeard forever man!

          • Snippy_X

            It’s known as “shit on a shingle” to some.

    • Douglas D. Douglas

      Those five stars came from the Longstanding Right Honorable Food Riters Of New Technology. They have also given their highest rating to such fine establishments as the Rabbit Hole Cafe, the Annie Rose Deli, Pangea Cafe, Angie’s Restaurant, the Garden Pavilion of the Celebrity Center (Hollywood), Scientology Centre Cafe (Ascot Vale), and have already bestowed SIX stars (and two thumbs vertical and straight up) on the unopened Lobby Cafe in the Super Power Building of Clearwater, Florida. Sadly, the actual reviews are not available to the general public, as it would be unethical to allow the unprepared to read material that would, quite frankly, drive them mad.

      • I just had a thought.might it be that when lrh said it would drive the unprepared mad, he ment it would drive them angry?

      • Ze Moo

        What, no where called ‘The Squat and Gobble”? And of course “MOMS”? Do these people believe everything? Oh, yeah, their critical thinking skills have been turned off.

  • What you may not know, Tony, is that Jim Brown’s neice is ED Int’s Communicator and has been since forever. Her father is Jim Brown’s brother who was Lionel Hampton’s manager way back in the day. As far as I know Faith is still at Int and is a super cool lady. I would love to see her again.

    • Ms. B. Haven

      ED Int’s Communicator? I have not been ‘in’ for a while, so maybe it’s just my ignorance, but there hasn’t been an ED Int around to communicate with for quite some time. Also, no President either, or Ms. COB. If reports here at the Bunker are accurate, they may be hanging out in the Hole or whatever it might be called these days.

    • TheHoleDoesNotExist

      Managers, besides his wife, Bergacs and Leshin. Which other manager?

  • Ms. B. Haven

    “Kerry Kennedy… is the founder of Speak Truth to Power.”

    I’m guessing that Ms. Kennedy hasn’t done her homework or more likely, some of her people haven’t done their homework here. Why would someone of her stature, influence and ancestry align themselves with a group built on a culture of ‘knowledge reports’, ‘sec checks’, gang bang ‘sec checks’, disconnection, osa sleaze, rpf camps, hidden storage vaults, alien invaders, shadowy front groups, shell corporations, etc.? Someone in her group needs to get on the internet.

  • On 03/06/2013, Forbes published an article written by Richard Miniter entitled “Naive Line in the Sand in our Ongoing War on Terror”, in which Mr. Miniter said Kerry Kennedy was an “unwitting al Qaeda Ally” and that she had been “skillfully manipulated by shadowy groups linked to terrorism” leading her to support the Polisario, who Minter says, “has been repeatedly and credibly linked to al Qaeda affiliates.” Any messages sent to Kennedy about the upcoming May 1st event at Anne Archer’s home may reverberate loudly for her. Perhaps she is being systematically “used”?

    • RMycroft

      Maybe she’s just stupid?

      • Midwest Mom

        She must have gotten her Ambien mixed up with her thyroid medication, again. (wink-wink)

        • AnyOldName1

          LOL. You would think she’d want to stay clear of any additional controversy right now.

        • TheHoleDoesNotExist

          Oh hello. God, now I’m reminded why I just loathe scientology. Now it makes sense. Ann Archer is most likely grooming her by “helping” her promote her way out of a sentence of anything more than community service by doing charity events before the court decides. And you can bet there’s an attempt to get her into Narconon, or a private Purif program. Maybe that’s what prompted a quick sale of Larry Hagman’s mansion spread … for a private celeb Narconon except they wouldn’t call it Narconon now. If her thyroid condition is at a disease stage, she is going to have some serious problems on the Hubbard detox quackery.

          Maybe a few links to the recent criminal activity and wrongful deaths lawsuits about Narconon should be included in her instant education/innoculation. Run, Kerry, Run!

          http://www.cnn.com/2013/03/08/us/new-york-kerry-kennedy-court/

      • Something is awry – her latest book, “Speak Truth to Power” followed by her public support of two-more-than “shadowy groups” within two months strains any credibility. She has 3 weeks to extricate herself or punt.

      • Artoo45

        Money, intellect and education are not necessarily a guarantee of cognitive clarity. As someone who once fell for the gamut of new age/alt med crap, I can tell you that fear and wanting something to be true can warp one’s reasoning and lead to false conclusions. Once disillusioned, college night courses in logic and critical thinking were humbling, and changed my life for the better. Kerry’s seemingly smart brother RFK, Jr. is a notoriously conspiracy-minded, antivaccine nut, still flogging the now thoroughly dead horse of “vaccines cause autism.” Another example, the Kennedys are also famous for being renewable energy champions . . . unless it threatens their view . . . http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/29/science/earth/29wind.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

  • j238

    The Artists for Human Rights site doesn’t have any obvious hints os Sci, so they were able to pass a superficial vetting.

    Hopefully, someone will follow-up and report if she attends or gets smart and backs out.

    • TheHoleDoesNotExist

      Not if you used certain devices like, oh I don’t know, the internet. Also, these are Scientology Celebrities so that would be another clue.

      • BuryTheNuts2

        My snarky email to RFK Center was basically…Hello! Google!

  • Bradley Greenwood

    “We have big news, but we HAVE to tell you in Florida!” Nice way to gather “Ronnies” together, lock the doors, and fleece them. It’s kinda like answering a Craigslist personals ad, only to be assaulted when you meet the person; that’s gotta suck.

  • FistOfXenu

    I just have to ask, is there some reason why Disqus says there are 141 comments posted so far but it won’t let me see all of them? I “load more comments” until there are no more reloads, but there’s still not anything like 141 comments here. This is the 3rd day in a row it’s been broken for me. Am I the only one?

    • BuryTheNuts2

      Disqus has become an “energy force field”……….Are you feeling weak Fist?

      • FistOfXenu

        I must be! After I posted that, I decided to count how many comments I actually could see. only 63. But 1 of the comments I couldn’t see was my own. It vanished! So I reloaded and all that. This comment is here again but now supposedly there’s only 135 comments here. Are people unspeaking or something?

        I’ve run out of ideas and my life isn’t getting any longer while I whittle it away on wrestling Disqus. They should change the name of their “service” to “FOAD!”.

        • BuryTheNuts2

          Are people unspeaking or something?

          Disqus Disconnection!

          • FistOfXenu

            You mean Disqonnection? 😛

            • Captain Howdy

              Disquis has attained self awareness and is starting it’s own cult w/ TO levels,disqonnection and “aaayieee HELP ME!”

    • TonyOrtega

      We have it set to show 75 comments. When you hit the button to load more, it’s supposed to add the next 75 to the ones you can already see. But for several days now, instead it loads the next 75 and the previous 75 vanish. I don’t like it. Readers don’t like it. But does Disqus give a crap? Who knows.

      • FistOfXenu

        Better and better, I tried to answer you Tony, but FOADisqus kicked me out, made me sign in again and lost the answer I’d typed. This is getting old. Like me. I can feel new wrinkles forming in my skin while I fart around with FOADisqus.

        Anyways, I just wanted to thank you for taking the time to explain what you did, and speculate about the possible attitude that FOADisqus is displaying. Now that I’ve found my aluminum foil hoodie I know I’m safe from Them if I say I think FOADisqus is a puppet of a $cientarCONon business and they’re doing all this to sabotage discussion here.

        • Bella Legosi

          The real fun discussions are the one’s outside the internet, I have come to find. Like this weekend? Hell, I have told at least 5 people in my little social circle about all the Narconon news; which they never have heard (none of them watch NBC, much less RockCenter), introduced 2 people to the uber awesome fantastic ToryMagoo44 chan, and got 1 other to agree to show up and support any protest that may be in the works for the Ideal org here in PDX. =)

          “When you keep gettin pelted with shit balls Deputy; you gotta grab a shitbat!” And the ultimate shitbat here is word of mouth. For that spreads farther and faster then any “good works” propaganda. (The quote was taken from a drunken trailer park supervisor by the way =) )

      • Missionary Kid

        To screw things up, it takes a human. To really screw things up, it takes a computer.

      • I notice on the DISQUS ‘Service and Status’ page that there are rather a lot of issues with variations of “We’re working to resolve this as quickly as possible, sorry for the inconvenience.” messages.

        http://status.disqus.com/service/admin/

        Andrew

    • No, the comments count is often rather random. Disqus appears to be stuck in an electronic incident.

    • Captain Howdy

      You have to make a “fixed’ donation to read the next TO comment level

      • FistOfXenu

        Can’t I be declared a Natural Commenter and given a pass on the donations?

        • Captain Howdy

          HAH!

  • Jefferson Hawkins

    How do you convince people that you are doing something for human rights when you aren’t? In fact, let’s say you are even a member of a fanatic church that has a deplorable record on human rights. But let’s suppose you have a bit of money. Easy! Start some sort of foundation and give it a “corny” name (as Hubbard suggested) like, oh, I don’t know, “Artists for Human Rights” or something. Then connect up with someone who IS actually doing something for human rights, like, say, Kerry Kennedy, and throw a big party for her at your mansion and invite your friends and celebrate all the wonderful things she has done. That will convince people that you are “active in human rights” when really, you are doing absolutely nothing yourself except a lot of talk and empty PR gestures. After all, appearance is everything – who needs actual substance? And be SURE not to mention your fanatic, abusive church in any of your event promotion.

    • stillgrace

      Wow. Talk about “that’s it in a nutshell”! Tell me Mr. Hawkins, did you wince when you saw the above bright yellow and blue “bus-poster-from-graphic-design-hell”?

      • Artoo45

        That was a whole lotta Swiss 924 or some other Helvetica ultra condensed font, kerned way too tight. Let’s not even talk about their layout or proofreading skills . . .
        As I said earlier, the cult is all over the place with their branding, with some pieces clinging to Miscavige’s favored glitzy, rococo, sooper-shiny, Ming the Merciless meets Mafia Princess design language (all rendered in 3-D overkill), while more moneyed orgs use the sleek, spare, modernist/blue period, look of the new commercials and PR videos. Most of the fliers we see here are hapless hack jobs done by some mission volunteer who happens to have a passing acquaintance with CorelDraw and MS Word. But they do make my Sunday . . .

        • stillgrace

          Agreed! Maybe the mission volunteers don’t realize there is much that the simple Windows programs can do. For example, with Paint and Powerpoint, they could have eliminated the rectangular white backgrounds on the busses and airplane. I guess they have never heard of the effectiveness of white space … oops … I mean “horrid-bright-yellow” space.

    • RMycroft

      Don’t forget the rubber chicken dinners where they hand out those ludicrous L. Ron Hubbard Humanitarian Awards to people who want their ego stroked. (Maybe even an ego BJ.)

      As if Hubbard ever cared about any human rights that wouldn’t make him money!

      • Missionary Kid

        “As if Hubbard ever cared about any human rights that wouldn’t make him money!” Or recruits.

        • RMycroft

          But the recruits are just to make money, make more money…

          • Missionary Kid

            Yup. He didn’t care about the recruits themselves, just the money they’d bring.
            It’s all about the money.

      • Observer

        I thought that *was* LRH’s human rights stance: every human being has the right to make him money.

    • Ze Moo

      The political, charity, ego stroking business has always be run like this. Spend a few bucks for snacks and wine and pat each other on the back and say ‘what good you are doing’. CCHR and all the scamatologist front groups do this. All talk and no walk. Only now outsiders get to see it and can call ‘bullshit’ on the self-satisfied fools. Holding Kerry Kennedy responsible for her public relations and alignment with CO$ is the order of the day.

    • Scientology/Hubbard borrowed its PR techniques straight out of the bible of PR work, “Effective Public Relations”, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Effective_Public_Relations

      Jeff, you remember the special edition, which includes in red print, in the margins and sometimes full paragraphs in blank spots, Hubbard’s annotations and he even struck out sections he claimed were “useless”.

      But we trained our PRs on the “Effective Public Relations” book. I trained dozens of PRs for the church, Graeme Wilson in the UK, Yvette Shank in Canada, and others, still on the job today.

      All used the above text, annotated and “improved” by Hubbard’s “PR Series” bulletins.

      For sure, this is one of the long term reasons for the intransigence of why Scienotlogy, corporate official Scientology hierarchy of organizations, isn’t quick to collapse.

      There’s a huge amount of internal indoctrination, that befuddles the members, keeps them going, until they finally wise up and bail out. And by that time, a new crop of in progress befuddled members are holding the fort, until it comes their time to bail out. The extensive training in house system of filling the positions, training the staff to hold the positions, following the voluminous administrative hierarchical setup, is a whole internal unseen world behind the exteriors of these renovated Ideal Org buidlings.

      Staff are trained to go to Hubbard’s writings, and sanctioned texts like “Effective Public Relations” from which Hubbard drew the tactics for gaining media for the supposed “good works” that Scientology is doing and which Scientology supports.

      Chuck Beatty
      ex green volumes staff course supervisor

      • Snippy_X

        It isn’t working that well anymore in some places. Australia has been importing Taiwanese kids and the recent abuse case (where the poor girl was held captive and left mentally disabled) can’t be helping their image in Taiwan. Maybe that’s partly behind the Narconon PR, but I hope the Taiwanese connect the two.

    • Michele Manion

      I think Kerry Kennedy is just following the proud tradition of her family in failing to do any actual homework before jumping in as the face of a cause. Her brother, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., was one of the most vocal (and uninformed) anti-vaccine activists out there during the Andrew Wakefield years. Now that Wakefield has been exposed as a fraud and a conman and Kennedy’s assertions have been debunked and exposed for the scientifically illiterate hyperbole they were–often by embarrassing retractions of stuff he actually published–he has been strangely silent. He may have had legitimate concerns about these issues, but he failed to fully understand either the science or the players involved in the Wakefield MMR fraud before he dove in headfirst and ultimately made a fool of himself. They appear to look before they leap or to be particularly gullible or something–in other words, perfect celebrity fooltools for Scientology.

  • In Taiwan they don’t use Narconon’s name for anti-drugs any more, because of the link to their expensive rehab. They use Criminon! And that’s only limited to the county where Narconon is, with the ex-mayor heading Criminon and support of the local DA’s office. Their anti-drug efforts are mostly limited to outdoors. It’s so hard to find targets that they just brought scnists from all over Taiwan as volunteers to spread the anti-drug message at the Spring Break mecca of Taiwan. You don’t bring young or old scnists to spring breaks anywhere! I think they are still shocked and recovering if not blown already.

  • FistOfXenu

    Okay, so this and then I’ll stop. The page tells me 193 comments, but I can only see – wait for it – 5. No shit. 5.

    • Captain Howdy

      We believe you..seeing as how this has been going on for 4 DAYS!

      • BuryTheNuts2

        I kinda like it. Makes me feel kinda stoned or something….but without wanting to eat pizza!

        • Captain Howdy

          when I saw 700+ comments for the Rock center live thing I was “WTF!”, people posted 700 comments that went straight to oblivion.

          • BuryTheNuts2

            Damn Tom Cruise!

            • Bella Legosi

              Someone should flood his email with shit like this……lJKLASKJL:SDKFJOGIVkmnlsdkgjaopifguoadfigkbfoihiodfahgfldakn vl;fkvjoadfighal;kngv;lkb ngkfjadopi how much you wanna bet he would think either his dyslexic engrams were restimulated or the dyslexia is back? No wonder he can’t have cause over MEST lmao

            • BuryTheNuts2

              It was that bitch “Cher”. She gave him a hummer that rocketed his ass to Big Beingness.
              Fuckwad~!!!

          • FistOfXenu

            What’re the odds that right at this moment some $cienTROLLogist that was sent here on lower conditions is trying to decide if he can get away with writing it up that he took down FOADisqus with OT powers and it’s his big win?

            • Scientology has a long history of slithering people into organizations where even in a lowly ranked position can ‘Keep Scientology Working’ by gathering information and destroying records unfavorable to the Church.

              In this instance I think the hugely talented DISQUS staff can screw things up without any outside malfeasance, but I remember being staggered by the scale and audacity of Operation Snow White”

              […]

              Operation Snow White was the Church of Scientology’s name for a conspiracy during the 1970s to purge unfavorable records about Scientology and its founder L. Ron Hubbard. This project included a series of infiltrations and thefts from 136 government agencies, foreign embassies and consulates, as well as private organizations critical of Scientology, carried out by Church members, in more than 30 countries; the single largest infiltration of the United States government in history with up to 5,000 covert agents.This was also the operation that exposed ‘Operation Freakout’, because this was the case that initiated the US government investigation of the Church.

              […]

              http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Snow_White

              Andrew

            • Bella Legosi

              Thankfully Snow White occured back when you could use your sexy 007 “communication” skills to worm your way into an organization or office. Now? It’s all computers baby! Seems to me anyone sent to distroy or disrupt this site has to have a lot more computer skills then just using “”,= +, in a google search. Someone educated enough to know computer code and such. I doubt OSA has anyone that fits that criteria and thus has to outsource that job to someone who does know their shit. But we all know Anon owns the net. That makes me feel better at night!

            • FistOfXenu

              I get your point about FOADisqus. I was just imagining some Lower Conditions guy wondering if he could get away with claiming he sabotaged us. It was meant as a joke but I guess it worked better in my head. Sorry!

              I remember Snow White and Freakout. Until I learned about them I thought $cientarCONon was slightly dangerous and padded their reputation out pretending to play hard ball. These operations convinced me the cult was really dangerous the way mobsters are dangerous. The only thing that’s changed since then is now I think the comparisons with mobsters missed how dangerous they really were. At their worst I think the cult was a terrorist organization that bordered on treasonous.

              I said “was” because for now at least, they’re running search and destroy on their enemies and critics with much less vicious efficiency than they showed back then. I don’t mean they’re not dangerous at all anymore, just saying they’ve lost a lot of the ferocity that used to terrify book publishers, newspapers, broadcasters and others. We have momentum now and we have to keep it growing and not lose it, but $cientarCONon isn’t what it was.

        • FistOfXenu

          Eating pizza’s part of the fun of being stoned. The novelty’s worn off and I can’t be bothered getting high if I can’t feed a good case of munchies. Especially with pizza.

      • Bella Legosi

        I know!!!! It was really bad the night of the live blogging! Kinda why I have been lurking.

        • BuryTheNuts2

          But we liked it!
          And “WE” are usually drunk!

          Edit: which we also like 🙂

          • Bella Legosi

            he he he the real Masked Mauraders! The Underground Bunker’s Merry Gang
            of Tipsy Masked Mauraders “clearing” the planet of bad science fiction
            and deploying turth bombs where ignorance and Kool Aid has been spilt? I
            like the sound of THAT. By the way I haven’t been able to start a new
            paragraph on my disqus today and as I type this only get to see half of
            the disqus box! But screw it. If it is Synet or the Scilons I bit my
            thumb at them all! 🙂

            • BuryTheNuts2

              Disqus is the Debilllllllllllllllllllllllll!!!

            • Bella Legosi

              I second that! I love it how I will reload this page and have it set to newest and I see comments from 8 hours ago or when I go to check my little red disqus and the link takes me to a page saying forbidden! That started the night of RockCenter and has continued (at least on my end) to today. Oh well. There are many many computers and ways of connecting to the net and when there is a will there is a way damn it! I hijacked my bro’s puter and am rocking out, drinking my coffee, and looking for the device that allows me my “inhalation” therapy =( Damn gnomes are messing with me again I know it!

            • hogarthian

              What’s a ‘turth bomb’?

            • Bella Legosi

              oopsie…’truth’

      • hogarthian

        lol!! Fist has a bee in his bonnet, and really, really needs us to understand! I get it 😉

  • Sister727

    Thanks to whoever posted the email link for Kerry Kennedy. I just sent an email asking why is she involving herself with Scientology front groups. I also included the flier so they know what I’m refuring to.

  • Ze Moo

    From the Kerry Kennedy flyer: “and federal legislation which increased funding for the protection of the defenders”. Defenders of what? For those who line up in front of the soccer (football to you euros) goal??? English majors (or just people who use English properly) must cringe when they read these.

  • Great stuff. I continue to be astounded at the lack of research from high profile individuals before accepting invitations and allowing their photos to be plastered on cult fliers. It could not be a worse decision or time to connect up to the Church of Scientology.

    Thanks for your unrelenting, dauntless and defiant coverage, Tony.

    Thank you to all the amazing regulars here who keep the vigil and light shining on the abuse and injustice.

  • BosonStark

    I’m struggling with the concept of a Southeast Org Alliance. It sounds like it is their way of finding super dupes for a money squeeze, because you can’t tell me that the “unforgettable experience” isn’t going to involve donating to make it happen.

    But seriously, WTF is it? Who is it supposed to appeal to? Is it suppose to give the zombies the delusion the whole Southeast is ready to fall to Sciloontology? I can see how someone might want to go to Flag for some high level brainwashing or a ride on the astronaut rides, or even to have an oil level checked, but for this? Most of these Orgs are hard pressed to keep themselves supplied with toilet paper. Do the Orgs need more regional spirit or something? Aren’t the stat competitions enough? Regional spirit isn’t going to get anyone up The Bridge to Total Xenu.

  • I’m reading Luke Catton’s excellent book on his Narconon history.

    Per Wickstrom strikes me as a narconon squirrel, mainly in terms of bucking the Hubbard ABLE (Narconon is a sub front social reform group within ABLE which is the church managed umbrella social reform organization overseen by Church of Scientology International Watchdog Committee Member for ABLE).

    So Per’s NOT sending the weekly commission cut of profits he makes at his rehab center up to Sea Org Reserves via ABLE. He’s cut ties, he does the Hubbard “tech” in his rehab, but doesn’t pay the Scientology movement it’s cut!

    Per’s cut his ties, he’s a “freezone” or “independent” Narconon, and he uses parts of other rehab programs, but seems mainly a narconon like setup.

    I noticed in Luke’s book, that Luke, like many other narconon PR people, excel at networking, and helping. Like Per, Luke in his book tells of how Luke enjoyed working with other similar organizations, in society, but that Scientology put a damper on Luke’s networking successes and continued efforts.

    The same fate befell Heber Jenztsch’s efforts at networking with other religious groups!

    It all points to Hubbard’s failed organizational bureaucracy tight leash money corporate jealous self motivated atmosphere.

    In a sense, the cooperative networking would be the normal inclination, and a positive direciton, but official Scientology can’t let that go too far! It want’s people more moving towards Scientology paid services so the money goes the Scientology direction, not the other way.

    Per seems to be using the PR tech networking socializing he excelled at running his Narconon setups, to his new unleashed, free from ABLE’s money leash dipping into his narconon’s weekly profits!

    I should add, for history, the Hubbard PR networking and media event PR work comes from NOT Hubbard, but the sanctioned PR bible that the church PR people study, which is “Effective Public Relations” a classic PR textbook. There’s a special edition we used in training church PR people, which contains Hubbard’s annotations in the margins of the book, so church PR students can absorb Hubbard’s personal PR preferences (prejudices).

    I’d say Wick is just good at the PR basics that Scientology itself uses, from current PR basics from this book:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Effective_Public_Relations

    • Miss Fortune Traverse City

      Thank you for your comments

  • Scientology actors are clueless so often, when playing their PR roles for Scientology.

    I lovedLawrence Wright’s poking fun at Anne Archer and her husband Terry Jastrow’s supposed improved Hubbard communication skills.

    from page
    332, “Going Clear” by Lawrence Wright

    ” ‘Our relationship really works, ‘ Jastrow said. ‘We attribute that essentially a hundred percent to applying
    Scientology.’

    “The two spoke of the techniques that had helped them, such as never being critical of
    the other and never interrupting.”

    …..

    “…She added that Scentology is growing despite the public criticism. ‘It’s in a hundred and sixty-five countries.’

    “Translated into fifty languages!’ Jastrow interjected. …. “When you study historical perspective of new
    faiths, they’ll all been —–,’

    “ ‘Attacked, ‘ said Archer. ‘Look at what happened to the —- ‘

    “ ‘The Christians!’ Jastrow said simultaneously.”

    This was one of the funniest moments in Wright’s book, for me.

    Premiere model Scientologists don’t seem to be any different from average human beings, and instead they are mildly strident and clueless of their non skills.

    .

    .

    • BuryTheNuts2

      OMG! me too! That was a huge highlight…them interrupting the shit out of each other

  • SP ‘Onage

    NICE!

    RFK Daughter Kerry Kennedy To Speak at Hollywood Scientology Salon

    This is just about as weird as it gets. I’ve just been sent a copy of an invite to top Scientology couple Anne Archer and Terry Jastrow’s Hollywood home. It seems as though on May 1 the Jastrows are hosting a salon at which Kerry Kennedy, daughter of the late Robert F. Kennedy Jr and ex wife of New York governor Andrew Cuomo, will address the crowd. Kerry Kennedy is the featured speaker.

    The other hosts are all Scientologists including composer Mark Isham and actress Kelly Preston (aka Mrs. Travolta). Archer and Jastrow have held this kind of salon before, and I’ve reported on it. The invitation says it’s for a group called Artists for Human Rights, which is a Scientology group. Kennedy is coming a spokesperson for the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Foundation, named for her late father.

    The story was first reported by the indefatigable Tony Ortega on his website, http://www.tonyortega.org

    http://www.showbiz411.com/2013/04/07/rfk-daughter-kerry-kennedy-to-speak-at-hollywood-scientology-salon

    • Snippy_X

      Nice. 1 edit/
      “Kennedy is coming a spokesperson”

    • sugarplumfairy

      Yay! Short and sweet.. “…Kennedy could easily had read Lawrence Wright’s new book, “Going Clear,” or the new book by Jenna Miscavige Hill– niece of the cult’s leader, David Miscavige– to understand the countless acts against human rights perpetuated by the organization…” gotta love that..

  • Jane

    Does anyone know by what means the Church of Scientology is ‘connecting Opinion Leaders to Source’?

    I would like to be able to call people’s attention to it. I know that celebs etc meet with them but this seems more organised – perhaps something like ‘Common Purpose’ in the UK?

    • ParticleMom

      I think that means the Ron Encyclopedias. They are being sent to “Opinion Leaders” around the world.

      • Jane

        Thanks. That makes sense.

  • I just noticed this bit on the blue-yellow poster: fine print in the bottom “Grateful acknowledgment is made to L. Ron Hubbard Library for an excerpt of the copyrighted works…” Let’s try to guess which bit of deathless prose on the poster is excerpted from Source. Maybe IT’S HUGE! IT’S STRATEGIC! IT’S NEVER BEEN DONE BEFORE!

  • Schockenawd

    So this Buddhist master implemented LRH’s “drug rehab tech” in a Tawainese prison, huh? That means some enlightened prison official allowed this Buddhist master to come into the facility, install a sauna, send a bunch of drugged out prisoners to sit in it for 5 hours a day (whilst the non-drug-addict prisoners dig ditches, no doubt) and make sure they all take their daily hoard of vitamins. Oh, okay, I’m buying that.

  • BuryTheNuts2

    Er, Uh =….Whatever!

  • J.W.

    Lol the Freewinds dining room is a 5 star dining room? Who gave them that rating, themselves?

  • BEST NEWS I’VE HEARD ALL DAY…..

    ‘South Park’ and ‘Book of Mormon’ creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker are working on a musical about religion Scientology, which has left follower Tom Cruise horrified.

    HOW FRIKKIN’ BRILLIANT IS THAT….. ooooh, the enturbs, the enturbs I’m feeling them now, lulz

    http://www.contactmusic.com/news/matt-stone-and-trey-parker-plan-scientology-musical_3589358

    • TonyOrtega

      Very oddly-written story with no attribution. Color me skeptical. I have a note about it in the morning’s post.

      • … thought the James Packer bit was a bit weird also….. either way, if the stories bogus [site looks legit..ish], I’m sure they’ll hear about it and think hey…. what a great idea!

  • hogarthian

    Ok, I’ve emailed KK at the RFK Centre. As an aside… An artists’ “salon”? At the “residence” of Anne Archer? Who the fuck do these people think they are….. Byron, Shelley and Keats?! Get OVER yourselves! ugh.

  • JustCallMeMary

    Great stuff, here, Tony!

    We appreciate your attention to and info on Per Wickstrom and his Narconon related facilities, along with linking Miss Fortune’s wonderful blog write ups about what’s happening in MI with Narconon and it’s front groups, A Forever Recovery and Best Drug Rehab Center. I feel sorry for Jim Brown and his foundation. I hope you get a response from them on your article. Per Wickstrom is the man originally behind the marketing strategies set into motion in using fake referral websites. Yes, remember that face, that ugly face wherein lies one of the most narcissistic and dangerous scientologists.

    I was dismayed to see Kerry Kennedy Cuomo promoting Scientology’s art front group. I hope we get some answers as to why she got herself hooked up with them. No doubt however, as we have seen from Lawrence Wright’s book, Ann Archer’s enthusiasm and ability to spout the Koolaid, she pursued the woman with vigor.

    I love Karen’s videos. Some of the info in this one should come as a surprise to many former members and members alike. Keep up the good work, Karen, AGP and J Swift!

    It makes me sick to see how Scientology infiltrates areas of the world, especially when they are targeting the children. I know it’s a lot to ask of exes but any help is appreciated in trying to break these connections and prevent new ones from popping up. Remember, scientology zealots are working hard to reach all corners of the world and there is probably some level of activity going on in one’s area, one’s county or state or country being targeted, if not targeted already. Readers can contact me for more information and assistance in finding out where they could be of help and how. Every little bit helps! (Mary McConnell email xscientologist @ gmail. com )

    Having once been an official “opinion leader’ for the church, flyer really cracked me up. They probably label anyone who ever brought someone into scientology an “Opinion Leader”, lol!

    Thanks for posting all these event flyers, and thanks to those who send them in. It’s amusing to see how the church propaganda is used to keep fools in the fold.