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Vance Woodward’s lawsuit dismissed as judge grants Scientology’s anti-SLAPP motion

Vance Woodward

Vance Woodward

On Monday, Judge Michael Johnson of the Los Angeles Superior Court granted an anti-SLAPP motion and dismissed Vance Woodward’s lawsuit against the Church of Scientology.

Woodward filed his lawsuit in March, saying that he had been harmed by his years in Scientology and asked for money back that he gave for services that he would never have use for after leaving the church. If you recall, we reported in June that Scientology filed a motion to compel Woodward to dismiss the suit and submit his grievances to Scientology’s internal arbitration procedures instead.

Scientology’s attorneys also filed another motion, which they asked to be heard after the arbitration matter, which amounted to an anti-SLAPP. At the time, we noted that it was a back-up plan, and we didn’t expect it to become an issue yet.

However, on September 29, Scientology switched strategies, and asked to hold off on the motion to compel arbitration and hear the anti-SLAPP motion first. Judge Johnson then granted the motion, and we have a copy of his order.

California’s anti-SLAPP statute is particularly strong. It was designed to protect people who are the target of bullying litigation by deep-pocketed firms or organizations who attempt to silence a critic through the courts. That kind of lawsuit is called a Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation, or SLAPP, and it’s intended to infringe on the protected activities (i.e., free speech or free religious expression) of the lawsuit’s target. An anti-SLAPP motion allows that overmatched defendant to stop a bullying lawsuit in its tracks.

In this case, Scientology claimed that its protected activities of religious freedom were infringed by Woodward’s lawsuit because he complained not so much about a financial dispute, but instead filled his court filings with complaints about the way Scientology itself works. Judge Johnson agreed…

[Woodward’s] claims all relate to religious instruction, counseling and related religious services. And [Woodward] has made a wholesale challenge to the principles and practices underlying Defendantsโ€™ religious doctrine. All of this involves religious speech, which is protected under the free speech clause of the First Amendment.

In other cases we’ve been following — particularly a similar lawsuit filed on the federal level by Luis and Rocio Garcia, and a harassment lawsuit filed by Monique Rathbun in Texas — the attorneys in those lawsuits have gone out of their way to make it clear that they are not trying to litigate the way Scientology works, but instead are suing over matters like fraud and harassment, which have nothing to do with Scientology’s claims to be a church.

Woodward declined to comment on the judge’s order.

Said one of our legal experts, “Woodward didn’t seem to litigate this case for a refund. The over-the-top number of pages in his filings, and the personal attacks on Scientology doctrine seemed more therapeutic than anything else. He filed hundreds and hundreds of pages of Scientology writings and asked the court to take judicial notice of the documents. It is a shame because Scientology leader David Miscavige will see this as a victory.”

Here’s the judge’s order…

 

Woodward v. Scientology: Order

 
For those who see Scientology’s ‘religious cloaking’ as a cynical manipulation, this is frustrating stuff to read. We’ve seen Scientology say that it’s a church when it results in an advantage in court, but in other lawsuits, namely the Debbie Cook case, we’ve seen the same organization, using the same attorneys, say that its relationship to its employees is purely contractual. In other words, Scientology is a “religion” only when it’s convenient. After all, L. Ron Hubbard sold Dianetics and Scientology as exact sciences before he decided, in 1953, to try the “religion angle.” (And longtime Scientologists will tell you that inside the organization, it’s still a science, and the “religion” stuff is for the lawyers.)

Successful legal challenges to the counseling processes and internal rules of Scientology — and not just about claims of harassment or retaliation or other forms of harm — have been mounted by former members such as Lawrence Wollersheim. But they are exceedingly complex and can take many years. Wollersheim proved in court that Scientology itself was harmful to him, but it took seven years to litigate and another 16 years to collect a judgment. In that sense, perhaps Vance is better off with a quick loss. We wish him the best in future pursuits. And we’re still very partial to the great job he did with us reading Dianetics from cover to cover last year.

 
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UPDATE: Miscavige making more changes

Some of our tipsters have been telling us they’ve been getting some really persistent calls from the church, telling them to make sure and be at the annual IAS celebration (Oct. 17 in England, a week later at local orgs) so they can witness Scientology leader David Miscavige make the biggest announcement ever.

We wondered what that announcement might be, and this morning Mike Rinder, at his blog, has an inkling about what’s going on.

It looks like Miscavige is rearranging the way some of the church’s “social betterment” programs are organized, and the new lineup is already up at Scientology’s website, scientology.org. Under the new rubric, several front groups — The Truth About Drugs campaign, the “human rights” noise, CCHR’s anti-psychiatry parade, The Way to Happiness booklet, and the yellow-jacketed Volunteer Ministers — will be under something called “Voice for Humanity.”

What you’ll notice is NOT in that lineup is Scientology’s embattled drug rehab network, Narconon, which is steadily going up in flames over patient deaths, government investigations, and proliferating lawsuits.

Rinder had predicted to us some time ago that Miscavige might simply jettison Narconon altogether, and he wonders in this morning’s post if Narconon will get shoved off to fend for its own. We’ll see.

But expect the folks at the IAS gala to get an earful about how this rejiggering is the greatest thing for humanity of all time, and then they’ll be told about all the new fundraising opportunities for them to contribute to. Bring your checkbooks!

 
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Posted by Tony Ortega on October 10, 2014 at 07:00

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  • Morning y’all! I’ve been having a horrible time with a black cloud of depression the past 4-6 weeks that will not just GTFO despite my repeated entreaties for it to do just that, so my creativity has been somewhat hit or miss or just downright lacking. Then I had another kitty pass away the other day (I’m getting my ‘crazy cat lady’ phase out
    of my system before i am too old and feeble to care for many kitties ๐Ÿ˜‰ who had had kidney failure for around a year, so that wasn’t unexpected, but still….but damn, i discovered that when i get some food in the house and eat decently for a couple days BOOM, i can HAIKU!!! and i feel a bit better too! the power of food! imagine that?
    ๐Ÿ™‚ i actually have more haiku i did yesterday, but i’ll save them for tomorrow and add to them, as they’re all based along the same ‘theme’….

    NarCONon’s ‘fresh start’:
    Permanently closed, money
    refunded. Justice.
    @narconon @Narconon_Fresh #ScientologyFront #haiku #fraud #Justice

    Rehab for rehab
    narCONon victims need that
    That isn’t normal
    @narconon #ScientologyFront #haiku #NotLegitRehab #Fraud

    Post Traumatic Stress,
    added to compound problems
    that caused addictions.
    @narconon #ScientologyFront #haiku #NotLegitRehab #fraud

    They refer themselves,
    via phony set up fronts.
    It’s all just a sham.
    #NarCONon #haiku #ScientologyFront #CanTheyGetShutDownPLEASE

    70 percent
    success rate they claim. Even
    AA claims ’round 5.
    #NarCONon #haiku #ScientologyFront #fraud #StopTheLies #ShutThemDown

    Not accredited
    No scientific basis
    No medical proof
    #NarCONon #haiku #ScientologyFront #front #StopTheFraud #Liars

    Never have so few
    given up so much for so
    little in return.
    #scientology #haiku #TooManyHaveDied #SomeSoldKidneys #Disconnection

    Drinking the Kool-Aid
    Blindly marching behind the
    naked emperor.
    #scientology #haiku #NiceSuitSirniblet

    [for some reason twitter won’t give a photo link now….photo is by Douglas D. Douglas, which obviously is the basis for the haiku!]

    https://twitter.com/misstia/status/520521957075197952

    • ObsessedReader

      Miss Tia, I’m so sorry about your kitty and that you’ve been feeling bad. I noticed you hadn’t been writing your blog for awhile and was concerned – so glad to hear you’re feeling better!

      • yeah, i just haven’t felt like updating my blog at all….i did start a post last night and will finish/post that today some time and it will be very long and blathering—uh, the usual typical post ๐Ÿ™‚ ….whereas i am still depressed, i do indeed feel better….i never have been so down for so long….i think just a total accumulation of a multitude of things….

        • DodoTheLaser

          “Time in Peace” (hug)

          • thanks Dodo! that’s a lovely image!

    • Sejanus

      Sorry about yer feline. Pets always hit us hard.

      The depression thing grabs me at times too that is when I usually hit the sauna and overdose on Niacin…lol.
      Honestly though Gatorade helps me, not sure why.

      • gatorade probably helps with their electrolytes? i might pick one up next time i get to a grocery store!
        or perhaps the ‘purif’ would fix me? ๐Ÿ˜‰

        yep, pets always hit us hard….

    • Just Dee

      Feel better Tia, I’ve missed you! Sometimes you just have to let yourself feel depressed and if you are anything like me, winter really makes it worse! So this year I actually joined a gym & will go (that’s why I haven’t joined in the past, I wouldn’t go) I am determined to break the vicious cycle & even though I don’t feel like it, moving & excising does help.
      Sorry about your kitty – I am not the huggie type but have a few cyber hugs xoxoxo ๐Ÿ™‚

      • change in season definitely doesn’t help—especially since i love to sit out front in the street in a chair!! ((hugs))

    • Eclipse-girl

      Please take care of yourself.
      I am sorry for your loss. I know you lost at least more more recently.
      It is never easy.

      Yes, good wholesome food can do wonders wonders for you.

      Wonderful Haikus

      • thanks! yes, i lost another almost 2 weeks ago from a blood clot to his lungs…

        i take care of furbabies first, me last–hence my lack of food but they always have plenty!

        • Bob

          Miss Tia creates,
          Love from the like commenters
          Happy you returned.

          • oh that is so sweet and wonderful!!! thank you so much for this haiku! โ™ฅ

            • Bob

              It’s wonderful to have a poetess in our midst.

            • well i’m not sure if i’d call myself a poetess! but thank you! ๐Ÿ™‚

        • Eclipse-girl

          Who will take care of the fur balls if you are not well? Hence the need to take care of yourself, too.

          • yeah, i know….but with my childhood abuse i always put myself last…some mental chains are easier to break than others…..furbabies ALWAYS come first though, ALWAYS! gotta get ready in a few to wait for my ride to get mabuse to the vet…..

            • Eclipse-girl

              Been there, had lots of therapy for that.

              You get a sense of self worth by tending to your furballs. That is wonderful.
              You have been taught that it is bad to selfish, which in general it is.
              However, you give so much of yourself that you do not take care of yourself.
              You need to learn to be a bit more selfish so that you take care of yourself.
              No one is going to come in and tell you that you need to take time for yourself.
              No one, except you, is taking care of you.

              Sometimes, not all the time, you need to to stop and try to be objective.
              Would you allow someone to run themselves ragged the way you let yourself run ragged?
              If you answer no, you would help that hypothetical person, then take the time to help yourself.

              (((HUGS)))

            • yeah, i had like 12 years of therapy…..now i’ve learned coping techniques as some things you cannot ‘fix’ and you just have to learn to work around, etc…..i wasn’t necessarily taught it was bad to be selfish, it was more that it was ingrained into me that i was worthless, ugly and stupid (on loop for 23 years i heard that, only one that did not stick was ‘stupid’ as i knew i was not)….

              i so struggle with that all the time—giving too much of myself….whereas it is rare i would have extra money to help someone, i will always volunteer time or effort or research or anything i can do to help a friend in need….you do that often enough and it’s almost like it’s expected of you…..woe betide when you try to declare ‘hey i need some time for myself’ then the guilt trips get laid on you, etc….for some one with PTSD already depressed or overtly anxious that’s just not a good time to do that….sometimes there’s just not fight left, ya know? i mean i had a couple broken bones in my foot a couple months ago and was in a walking boot and apparently i was expected to hobble all over, uh no….

              i would NEVER let someone run themselves ragged like i do myself!!! but then that springs mindtraps….gah! abusive childhoods are the gift that keep on giving, eh?? i am seriously so humbled by everyone’s kind words today, it really means a lot…..

              ((HUGS))

            • Eclipse-girl

              I know that loop of ugly and worthless.

              I give my dad credit for taking that stupid away from my own pain.
              And given your word play, you are NOT stupid. We all have different talents. You have MANY talents.

              YOU can not save every furball, or help everyone who needs help.
              There are times when others – social services – need to be called because the problem is more than you SHOULD do, not more than what you are capable of, because you are so damned capable. More than what you SHOULD do.

              Some day – maybe we can talk about the crap we each endure. I have a feeling mine crap doesn’t compare.

              We are both here because we care, because we give a damn, because we have empathy AND empathy is a crime in $cientology.

              Take care of yourself. I am ORDERING it.

              (((HUGS)))

            • those loops are hard to stop once they start spinning too!! i do have a site with the ‘highlights’ of my childhood on it—to keep that woman away from other kids, she actually hired an attorney to try to get that site removed, i put that letter up and my reply and i never heard another thing ๐Ÿ˜€ and it’s still up…it’s obviously the ‘vivian’ link on misstia(dot)com …i want her name google-able in case during the time she WAS around other children she did do something and they don’t say anything for awhile….i also know how that is too!
              EVERYONE handles things differently! two people can go thru the same situation and one person can be severely traumatized and the other could just shrug it off and maybe have some minor trauma that deal with…..i don’t think there’s anything to compare with anyone….anyone who had a bad childhood—for any variety of factors—can understand the feelings of anxiety, helplessness, fear, etc that’s just something you KNOW even if someone is telling you a situation you didn’t experience you can empathize with the feeling….though of course people who had GOOD childhoods can also empathize, but i believe you know what i mean….
              i think many of us who weren’t in Co$ and perhaps have had bad experiences in our lives (childhoods, relationships, etc) have a plethora of empathy for those caught in that….i know i do, especially the sea org and those born into it….we do all care, and empathize and are giving a damn HAS and WILL continue to make a difference!
              i DO take care of MY furballs….and unfortunately i seem to be the ‘go to’ person for a lot of people i know, and my neighborhood (i know who to contact and i usually am the one who contacts places—usually about criminal activity)….i can usually balance all that fine, but when you get overwhelmed—with the pantry that took fucking forever, helping one friend pack up their house so any friend can move into that same house, broken bones in a foot, GAH! just on and on…..
              yes, THANK YOU!!!! i shall take your orders and if i am asked to do something i’ll say ‘no, eclipse-girl ordered me to take care of myself” ๐Ÿ˜€
              and thank you so much for your kind words and orders!!
              (((HUGS)))

            • Eclipse-girl

              Some day. a cup of tea or a glass wine.

              remember that we (the bunker) gives a damn.

              (((HUGS)))

            • beverage of our choice! ๐Ÿ™‚ yes, i have learned that…i just wanted to say why i hadn’t been posting and i figured a couple would comment but i had no idea! it was overwhelming, humbling and if i may say so, positive…..
              i think the bunker ONLY exists to give a damn! ๐Ÿ™‚

              (((HUGS)))

            • Eclipse-girl

              It is why so many of us are here.
              We care.
              (((HUGS)))

              I am grateful to Tony for doing what he does in publicizing the antics of the criminal enterprise

            • Yes, thank goodness Tony has devoted so much of his life and time to this endeavor!

    • NOLAGirl

      You and I have talked already so all I can say is I love you, and this too shall pass. (((((HUGS))))))

      • thanks! yeah, it took me over a week to reply to an email of yours too! love you too!! (((HUGS)))

        • NOLAGirl

          No problem. I’m bad about checking my email anyway. I need to work on that. I’m sure Co$ could help me with it. Hehehehe!!

          • yes, i believe the co$ has an email comm course! ๐Ÿ˜‰ will check email after replying here….gotta get ready as friend picking me at around 11:20 to take us to vet (us = me and mabuse)….XOXOX

    • Stacy

      Oh, Miss Tia, all the sympathies and hugs in the world to you. Depression sucks. So does the fact that our kitties don’t have longer lifespans. I went through a similar patch last fall where I lost several aged kitties all at once, including my dearest one, who developed a cancerous growth on his spine. At the same time, 2 of the feral kitties I was feeding died too. It’s very traumatic. I wish I could do something more for you than offer sympathy, but you have it; my deepest sympathies for your kitty losses.

      I prefer “cat activist” to “crazy cat lady.”

      • “cat activist”—gotta remember that one!! thank you for your sympathy!

        now today i gotta take a cat to the vet today cuz i think she has a dental infection…fml….fortunately a friend is coming to take us—i have van problems which of course just contributes to stress….damn cats…..

        • Stacy

          Glad you have some kitty support.

          • i am VERY thankful and grateful i do too!! if need be i would have risked driving my van—i have a leak in my power steering line—but i’d prefer to only drive it within a few blocks of my house til i can get it fixed instead of driving about 30 miles round trip to the vet and back…..

    • Kim O’Brien

      hugs Tia ..i just had to say goodbye to my cat familiar of 20 years a couple of days ago. She saw me through 2 husbands ..the birth of my child and thousands of more times in my life .

      • Eclipse-girl

        (((HUGS)))

      • NOLAGirl

        Sorry for your loss Kim. Sending lots of hugs and love your way.

      • DodoTheLaser

        … (hug)

        • Kim O’Brien

          thanks guys …now you made me cry ๐Ÿ˜‰

          • DodoTheLaser

            … for you Kim and Tia … From the Bunkerites

            • Bunkerites are the best! ((HUGS))

      • I’m so so sorry Kim!! ((hugs))

      • noseinabk

        20 years. I am so sorry Kim.

      • Kittery

        So sorry for your loss, Kim. Your kitty must have had a wonderful life with you.

      • PP

        “There are no ordinary cats” : Colette

      • Robert Eckert

        “Expected” deaths somehow hit just as hard. Om mani padme hung, dear kitty.

    • noseinabk

      Glad to hear you are feeling better. We have quite a few bunkerites who can relate, especially in the fall and winter.

      • thanks! yeah, seasonal depression hits quite a few people too….i think i might have a tinge of that with a lot of other causes tossed in too! just too much overwhelming….

    • Kittery

      Miss Tia, I’m so sorry for the loss of your kitty, especially so close to the last one. Last year I lost my 3 greyhounds in less than 12 months, 2 to bone cancer and 1 to embolisms. It was devastating. Please take care of yourself, you need to eat properly and hydrate often!

      • i’m so sorry to her about your greyhounds! that is devastating! ((hugs))

    • 1subgenius

      You are loved.

      • i definitely feel the love today! i cannot thank everyone enough! โ™ฅ

    • L. Wrong Hubturd

      So sorry Miss Tia, about the furries and the depression. My mother suffered her whole adult life with terrible depression and it was awful to watch. As others have said, eat well and get some exercise, both of which can help. If it gets really bad, do you have the assistance of Big Pharma to help you? Take care my lady.

      • if need be i could go to my psychiatrist for the depression, i get treatment for anxiety….i have to say though, after a couple days of eating decently i’ve started to feel better….eating well is at times a challenge with low income and cuts to food stamps and pantry/back porch roof draining me in more ways than one!! i also ALWAYS put my furbabies first, always have always will….

        having said that though, the pantry/back porch roof is DONE (along with a couple of other unexpected repairs) so i was able to do regular spending this month, yeah!! ๐Ÿ™‚ i think in about a week of eating 3 meals a day if i don’t feel better i will make an appt. with my psychiatrist…..definitely….i think though, i WILL feel better…..

        exercise is a good idea, though my regular dr. doesn’t want me to lose weight–i’m suppose to gain it, i can’t gain weight…but i think walking around the hood wouldn’t really be ‘exercise’ or cause weight loss…..gets me outside too!!! thank you for your kind words L. Wrong! XOXO

        • Sherbet

          So sorry, Miss Tia. I can relate. Hang on.

          • I’m sorry you can relate. We’ll hang on together, okay? ๐Ÿ™‚

    • joan nieman

      Never have so few
      Given up so much
      For so little in return.
      Love it! Take care of yourself Tia and hugs sent your way.

      • Thanks joan! Sending hugs back!

    • i-Betty

      Oh, no ๐Ÿ™

      It sounds to me from reading a post further down that this is a temporary (welcome) respite, but that you’re not yet out of the woods, so take care of yourself, darling Tia; spend time only with people who love you, eat lots of fresh fruit and vegetables, steer clear of sad or scary movies and books, get out in the fresh air every day, walk, cuddle your remaining Furbies, and you will come through this.

      Lots of love x

      • thanks i-Betty! i know i’ll come through this, just seem to have lost my way on the path it seems!

    • Free Minds, Free Hearts

      Oh Miss Tia I am so sorry about your little kitty, also if you have been depressed already it sounds like you also need to take care of yourself! Eat, nap, and also get fresh air, exercise or walking around.

      • Thank you. Taking care of me has always sort of come last. Like I said above, eating has helped me feel better already!! (concept eh?) The Summit Metro Parks have a fall hiking spree thru Nov. 30—suppose to hike 8 different trails and I do hope to be able to do that as soon as my van is patched up. That’s always usually peaceful too—and a good opp to take photos!

        Summer ended really abruptly. One day it was in the 80s, the next day in the low 60s, gray and rainy!! Been pretty much gray, rainy and in the 50s since then.

        • Free Minds, Free Hearts

          Miss Tia, please consider moving taking caring of yourself a bit higher in your priority (you don’t need to become a total narcissistic sociopath like the scilons, but it wouldn’t hurt to take a bit of care of your precious self! The hike and photos sound like a very good move.

          • well that has been and probably always will be a life long struggle putting myself higher on the priority list! but i shall try!!! a friend has offered to pick me up to go on a few hikes, til my van is fixed, so once i’m over this heavy cold we shall do that! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Jean Boon

      One more hug… I have nothing to do with that, but here in Quรฉbec, Canada, we closed Narconon so easily, no nurse, no doctor, no Narconon.

      • One more hug returned! ๐Ÿ™‚ Hooray for Quรฉbec closing NarCONons!! May more places follow your lead!!

        • Jean Boon

          If you want to know more you can make a search for “Trois-riviรจre Narconon” and you can find good news report and a documentary. You can find version with English subtitles. If you read this message, let me know with a reply and I’ll give the links.

    • deathtoallpoliticians

      love my kitty so / unlike that dick miscavige / won’t cry when he’s gone

      • i don’t even think $cienos will cry when he’s gone! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • deathtoallpoliticians

      felines are awesome / miscavige is a dickhead / will he please just die

    • deathtoallpoliticians

      love kitty kitty / makes me smile and laugh oh so / scilons must miss this

      • that’s true, they certainly would miss that….

    • deathtoallpoliticians

      there is no warmth there / the rpf sucks balls hard / but kitty purrs on

    • deathtoallpoliticians

      love for my kitty / a beatdown for miscavige / that sounds about right

      • i wish someone would beat him down! i’m not one to advocate violence, but that would be self-defense!!

    • deathtoallpoliticians

      i am so sorry tia…i don’t know how i will deal when my precious kitty kitty eventually passes…i am so sorry from the absolute depths of my soul and heart…but please smile and know that you gave those kitties a life worth loving unlike that dickhead, worthless sob cob…you are nothing short of a hero and awesome in my opinion…don’t know you but love you nonetheless ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Thank you so much! I can tell you from personal experience that when (and i hope it is many years from now) the time comes for your precious kitty kitty, you will of course be devastated and a mess but you will also know, you will truly feel it—though part of you would want to deny it—that it is the right thing to do because you love them and don’t want them to suffer. Believe me, they know. A couple of mine have just looked at me with eyes that said “I give up”. One was a day after they were at the vet for a condition we were managing and the dr. had said they were doing fine. (He had uncontrolled diabetes for years but within 12 hours he just basically gave up). I respected that, though I was upset.

        And those prior to me knowing they were deteriorating, sometimes it’s so minute you can’t tell for a day or two, the other kitties will know. Animals can sense these things. Just know that they are ALWAYS going to be with you, ALWAYS. No one can remove memories or their love from your heart—NEVER, and they will BE there! โ™ฅ

  • DodoTheLaser
    • DodoTheLaser

      • ObsessedReader

        Man, I wish I looked that hot in armor!

        • DodoTheLaser

          You just have to find the right armor.

        • villagedianne

          If I looked like that I’d need armor too!

    • ObsessedReader

      These never cease to amaze and disgust me.
      Now offering “Public Speaking” classes – In Your Home! Hilarious…but very frightening. Whatever you do, don’t open that door!
      Thanks for your hard work, I like the spreadsheet.

      • DodoTheLaser

        I hear you. Kudos to Pierre and Hyder for all the work.
        I just post RED X graphics and flag the ads.
        Thank you.

  • aquaclara

    Damn, damn, damn Scientology. This is not the headline I wanted to see this morning.
    Vance, your day will come. It has to.

  • It’s a shame, but I’ve seen many cases flounder in a sea of documents as they try to prove how awful everything in Scientology is, while losing track of what the case was specifically about.

  • ze moo

    I hope Woodward refiles his suit within guidelines that the court can act on.

  • DodoTheLaser

    Although it’s not right that Vance can’t get his money back and scientology will consider it as a legal victory,
    what it really is, is another huge foot nuke, imo. They just don’t get it.

  • Truthiwant

    Vance is a very talented person and a couple of years ago he wrote a very good book portraying his time in Scientology. I think he took the book down from Amazon after a certain period, so it’s not maybe available any more.
    However, with his experience and his writing skills, I would not be surprised if he will produce another book, or maybe he’s already writing one. Whatever, one day he will even the score with Scientology.

  • Observer

    Gloat while you can, little man. You may have won this battle, but you can’t stop the internal leaks, you can’t stop the mass exodus of your formerly faithful followers, and, certainly not least, you can’t stop people who have left from speaking out and telling the world what a grotesquely cruel and corrupt little gnome you are. The tide of the war is turning against you.

    *refresh*

    • Just Dee

      If it made him feel a little better, then I am gonna look at it as a win. (going to be a Pollyanna about this), Love your shops but this is really hard to look at first thing in the a.m. It needs a warning label!

      • Observer

        I like to think of it as exposing the inner COB. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • InTheNameOfXenu

      This small victory will amount to nothing but a lesson for anyone who pursues a refund via litigation. Vance has only to blame himself for the direction he took. This was a purely financial matter and should have treated it as such instead of attacking Scientology on religious matters.

      I believe the Rathbuns and the Garcias will succeed. Both have enough knowledge(especially Rathbun) of how the cult operates and how to attack it’s vulnerabilities. In any case, MiscaDick spent more money defending this case than he would have if he just refunded Vance. At this rate, his ‘war chest’ will run dry as long-time Scilons walk away from a criminal organization that is dying by the day.

      As Chris Shelton pointed out in a post last week. As soon as MiscaDick is gone, whether by dying or fleeing, the game is over. There is not one competent left to run the cult in dear leader’s absence. He made sure of this when he dismantled Int. management and the watchdog committee. Both these bureaucracies were put in place to prevent someone like Dee Midget from taking over. Now they are broken down, enslaved and imprisoned in the ‘Hole’.

      Most of us will live to see Scientology’s fall because MiscaDick is already 52 by now, looking terrible, chain-smoking filterless Cools, and drinking heavily. This life-style plus the impending doom lingering over him will speed up his demise sooner than later.

      • Eclipse-girl

        Miscadick is 54. Born in april 1960.

        I agree he looks terrible. I think co$ doesn’t want the public to know that smoking / drinking / steriod use / ass holeishness have all taken a toll on his internal organs

        • PP

          AKA Rabid Miscarriage

        • Stacy

          I think DM (from the videos and pics I’ve seen of him) looks like he’s had plastic surgery. I don’t know if CoS’s anti-doctor crusade extends to plastic surgery though, especially for its “stars” in the public limelight. He still looks terrible though. And has that crooked face thing too.

          • InTheNameOfXenu

            He looks like stir-fried shit!

          • Eclipse-girl

            You would have thought he would go to Tom Cruise’s surgeon who clearly is very skilled at his job.

            • Stacy

              Scary thought…maybe he did.

        • Verve

          There’s a “touch assist” for that.

      • Observer

        He’s 54 … two years closer to whatever end is in store for him.

        • InTheNameOfXenu

          Even better.

          • richelieu jr

            “DM 54, where are You?????”

        • Verve

          Ain’t gonna be anywhere nice, that’s for sure.

      • Bob

        Now the lawyers can swarm to Monique’s case. Not so easy. They can’t SLAPP their way out of that one. The label suits Davey. That will always be his solution to any problem person. Slap it.

      • DodoTheLaser

        I strongly disagree with some key points:

        1. Cools is squirrel version of Kools
        2. It’s Camels non-filters actually.

        You SPs always alter the truth like that.

        • InTheNameOfXenu

          LOL!

      • Jean Boon

        it is so sad that you are right…. (the beginning, not the end… ; )

      • Lady Squash

        “There is not one competent left to run the cult in dear leader’s absence. He made sure of this when he dismantled Int. management and the watchdog committee. Both these bureaucracies were put in place to prevent someone like Dee Midget from taking over. Now they are broken down, enslaved and imprisoned in the ‘Hole’.”

        I agree that no one will be left to run the show once Miscavige is gone. But I don’t believe that the International Management system that Hubbard put in place before he went off to target two was ever meant to work. He didn’t pilot this “program”. And as far as I know he also did not widely publish his big idea. KSW got a lot of play everywhere in SCN, but not his plan for keeping the show on the road once he departed. Makes no sense.

    • Jean Boon

      Very well done… the devil is in the details… Can we make a fundraising to put it on a billboard on the side of a highway going to L.A., with no name, nothing written, just let the people talking about it… Or make 100 different versions of this one, print those 2ยฝ inches by 3ยฝ inches and give 5 of them free in a pack with a bubble gum… We may start a humorous trend among the general public…

    • Jean Boon

      This portrait is VERY well done… the devil is in the details… Can we make a fundraising to put this portrait on a billboard on the side of a highway going to L.A., with no name, nothing written, just let the people talking about it… Or make 100 different versions of this portrait, print those 2ยฝ inches by 3ยฝ inches and give 5 of them free in a pack with a bubble gum… We may start a humorous trend among the general public…

    • OTVIIIisGrrr8!

      COB loves to gloat when he wins.

    • Verve

      Why anyone follows this midget idjit at this point is baffleing.

  • Just Dee

    If Vance represented himself, he obviously was too personally connected & should have had someone represent him. However, if this helped him therapeutically, it was worth it. Not to mention cheaper than paying for more scientology. I wish him the best.

  • Once_Born

    The failure of this case seems to have due to a flaw in the way it was argued which allowed the anti-SLAPP legislation to come into effect.

    I agree that “It is a shame because Scientology leader David Miscavige will see this as a victory.โ€ However, on the biright side, perhaps this ‘victory’ will lead Miscavige to rely on the same defence in cases which have carefully avoided this pitfall – and lose more heavily.

    Pride cometh before a fall.

    • kemist

      They have to “repeat successful actions” as per Hubbard, so we’ll see it used in other lawsuits where it does not make any sense.

      Perhaps that’s the actual reason behind all the WTF arguments we see in some lawsuits. Perhaps there’s more to them than micromiscavigenagement.

      Maybe this should be precisely documented by lawyers who want to take on the cherch. It would allow to predict and explain the defense, and prepare accordingly.

  • Sejanus

    Is it just me or did the court tell Vance how to file to win?

    • i sort of picked up on that too….basically to stick with the ‘refund’ part and only that….

  • Silence of the Clams

    Finally some good news for the big IAS event!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    No worries Vance, not all judges work common sense into their thinking processes. I’m half expecting a RICO suit against the Bunker now. Why not right?

    • NOLAGirl

      Well of course, we’re insulting him across state lines, that’s RICO in his imaginary kingdom. Expect to be served papers soon my friend. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • AmoVolare

      What the hell is a RICO suit? Tx.

      • Douglas D. Douglas

        Anti-conspiracy statute. It implies racketeering among the Bunker denizens.

        • AmoVolare

          DDD: I do not dare to write what Google translate puts out when feed with your second sentence.
          On the other side, anti-conspiracy is clear enough.

          So thank!

      • Observer
        • AmoVolare

          “Troppa grazia, S. Antonio!” (which means one recevies a lot more than what asked for. The full story beeing about a man who was trying to get on his horse but did not succeed. So he asked for an help to S. Antonio; at his next try he jumped so high that he fell on the other side of the horse. His comment was: “Troppa grazia, S. Antonio!”).
          But I got it.
          Tx Obs.

  • PRenaud

    Hey Miscavige…

  • Elar Aitch

    Well that sucks. Vance, whether you decide you’ve had enough, or file again – all the best, Your filings this time gave us many lulz.

  • AmoVolare

    A great California win and a beautifull example of a single bulling a poor poor church smashed down!
    (Snort, it does not make any sense to me, but I’m not from the Freedom State, of course)

    • NOLAGirl

      No AmoV, not a win for us. A win for Co$. It’s hard to explain the Anti-SLAPP but the “cherch” won this one.

      • AmoVolare

        Hey, it was sarcastic (but probably my english impeded it…..).
        The Antislapp in california seems to work reallly badly if it is used to make a multimillinaire churc make rid a single guy.
        Thanks anyway NG.

  • DodoTheLaser

    Anti-SLAPP my ass. Because someone had to say it.

    • AmoVolare

      DDL: your english if far more better and concise than mine, but this is EXACTLY what I ment. Anti-SLAPP my ass. Eleventy trillion times!

      • DodoTheLaser

        Your English is just fine, AmoVolare! It’s always good to hear from you. Thanks.

  • NOLAGirl

    I hope Vance won’t take this as a knock against him, because it really isn’t.

    When engaging in court with an entity like Co$, who has unlimited financial resources plus a blood-lust to win you really shouldn’t represent yourself. Some of the best attorney’s I know have said that while we have the right to represent ourselves, you should always go into court armed with the best you can bring with you. Not necessarily the most expensive attorney but someone who specializes in that kind of case. I don’t doubt that Vance has strong legal skills, but if he pursues this, I hope he’ll get an attorney who does this all the time and knows all the tricks.

    Either way, I wish you the best Vance. Just going up against them took balls. Best to you and yours.

  • Espiando

    Going for the anti-SLAPP first is a sign of despair by the cult. They can’t risk exposing their kangaroo courts and fake arbitration process to the light of judicial review, especially in California, where the process would probably be laughed out of court. This is what they’re shitting bricks about in Florida with the Garcia case. If one judge in one influential state (read: California or Florida) says that the arbitration process is a fraud, every Ex with money still on account will be on the phone to an attorney within seconds. So, better to go for the high-risk-high-reward of the anti-SLAPP, and it paid off for them.

    This time.

    Just remember, Scilons, California is not Texas. There will be a day of reckoning.

    • NOLAGirl

      Morning Espi. Didn’t you recently have something done to your knee? How are you feeling?

      • Espiando

        Had the surgery a month ago to repair the torn ligament (I have the pictures and it looked ugly). Went back to work a week and a half ago. Saw the surgeon on Wednesday and he said it’s healing up nicely. Still doing physical therapy. Other than that, it feels great not to be in constant pain.

        • NOLAGirl

          Glad to hear it. Luckily, through all my years in gymnastics, dance and high heels, I never tore up my knees. My sister had to have a surgery similar to yours and I remember she was in agony for awhile. I hope the rest of your recovery goes well. (((hugs)))

          • Espiando

            Actually, it’s healing so well that my main source of pain today is my teeth, thanks to some cleaning a couple of days ago. Well, it got rid of the coffee and nicotine stains.

        • Ardent

          Very pleased to hear that, Espi!

        • Free Minds, Free Hearts

          I am glad the pain is gnu and of course keep up the PT!

    • ze moo

      What ever clam lawyer trotted out the SLAPP defense is {for this week only} on the dwarfenfรผhrers good side. I hope they know that won’t last. If I read the decision correctly, Vance can refile and he still stands a good chance of getting his money back.

      The ‘monies on account for courses’ part of the scam is a very active bleeding pustule. If the stories of stealing from those accounts are proven true, the clampire is going to have to bring some money back from those off shore accounts to pay off. It would be very much fun to watch the clam arbitration scheme declared unlawful and dumped. If that ever happens a flood of refund suits will result, a flood that the idle mOrgs and missions can’t afford, Corporate will have to bail them out, otherwise what’s left of the mission network collapses and the Idle mOrgs are next.

      • Stacy

        Ooh, are there rumors of a little funds appropriation from the litigation accounts? I sincerely hope so!

        I can’t believe I just cheered on crime.

    • “…every Ex with money still on account will be on the phone to an attorney within seconds…”

      Only if they hear about it, and only if the victim’s fees are ordered to be paid by the crooks. ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s up to us to make sure that every ex-customer is aware that they can get their money back and that if the crooks fight it in court that Judges order their lawyer fees to be paid by the crooks also.

    • Anonymous
  • Nobody Nobodyson

    This suit served an important purpose. It forced more information into the public forum and helps guide the next litigation against COS. It further demonstrates (albeit perhaps not legally) that COS is primarily concerned with protecting its assets and that will help when the IRS is compelled to revoke its 501c3 status.

  • BosonStark

    I guess I see how Lance made a mistake in legal strategy, in not making it all about the money. But I thought his point was to show how Scientology is a fraud, a system of control, including their internal arbitration, designed around extracting money, with a lot of false promises and wild fantasies meant to entice and trap a member, for the purposes of extracting extraordinary amounts of money.

    I guess, legally, this is all okay, as long as it’s a religion…

    • DodoTheLaser

      I think Vance knows exactly what he is doing. Time will show.

      • BosonStark

        Perhaps, if getting this all in court record serves some purpose. To me it seems like Scientology is having some crazy success at using these laws meant to protect the individual.

        • DodoTheLaser

          Thanks for defining anti-SLAPP. Vance is a lawyer AND an Ex. I have a good feeling.

          • BosonStark

            I wish Wollersheim’s case would mean something, in relation to Scientology’s tactics and the legal system. That is, even when the guy wins big, Scientology draws this out over 23 years, before he gets paid!

            The only way for a quick settlement is to have some really damaging shit on David Miscavige, like Debbie Cook, combined with having the cult blunder into a suit against you.

            And people wonder why they didn’t sue Marty or Mike, for all their trademark violations and use of unregulated emeters etc. The cult would have lost doing that.

            • DodoTheLaser

              Something tells me Wollersheim’s case will be smashed in the history hard.
              And used as a reference many times over.

            • Nobody Nobodyson

              COS wouldn’t have much to point to if the next plaintiff has a good attorney. COS can only say that his suit wasn’t specific enough, not that he was wrong.

            • DodoTheLaser

              And that’s the beauty of it. Thanks.

      • Sergeant Pepper

        “Plaintiff has also failed to carry his burden on the merits. His claims are based upon a contractual right to repayment from Defendants, without alleging whether the contract was written, oral or implied”. Surely Vance would have been aware of this gap in his argument. Is he applying Hubbard’s strategy of harassment as opposed to winning? I don’t know, but I’m not too dismayed by this result.

      • 1subgenius

        I’m trending to this view.

        • DodoTheLaser

          I like the way you trend, every time you tend to agree with me.

          • 1subgenius

            I’m moonboggled that you picked up on that.
            Noticing is an art. A lost art.

            • Ardent

              Lost and found.

            • DodoTheLaser

              Haha! Nice ๐Ÿ™‚

            • DodoTheLaser

              I guess we both are capable to remember things. Neat ๐Ÿ™‚

            • Once_Born

              I’ve noticed that.

            • 1subgenius

              It can be a curse.
              What has been seen cannot be unseen.

          • 1subgenius

            I, too, admire the wisdom of those who agree with me.

  • FromPolandWithLove

    Hmmm today I’m like : ( refresh )

    • DodoTheLaser

      Slow down ๐Ÿ™‚

      • FromPolandWithLove

        I’ve just stuck deep in closet in my trylion scarves and shawls. And I think I’ve just seen Johnny Travolta’s tupee. So deep in closet I am ;p

        • DodoTheLaser

          Just think of Johnny Depp instead, it usually helps.

    • Kim O’Brien

      i just posted this on my FB page …totally rocks! When i was little ..i told my mom i was running away to Narnia ..she helped me pack LOL

      • Ardent

        Really? What a cool mom!

      • NOLAGirl

        Your Mom rocks! When I told my Mom I was running away (at about age 10) she said to make sure I took my dirty laundry with me. Suddenly, leaving didn’t seem like such a good idea. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • LOVE THIS. I am a huge fan. I would live in Narnia.

    • Qbird

      Know whatcha mean Poland Love ~
      http://youtu.be/XL6dvRAdDaI

  • DeElizabethan

    It’s to early for me to discuss. I do feel for Vance and support him all the way, in whatever he does next.

    • Bob

      If Davey is smart he will ignore the whole thing and not make any mention of it anywhere. It’s a hollow win. Screwyoutology is not about religion it’s about fraud. It’s a clear statement to future litigants to focus on the fraud. That will always be provable against the cherch.

  • RadioPaul1

    I am amazed that the court would see this as a ANTI SLAPP case all the same. It just does not fit the profile. I hope Slappy gets over confident and falls on his face, thinking the rest of the cases will go like this.

  • RadioPaul1

    Anti SLAPPY lawsuits are future of Scientology.

  • flyonthewall

    Will this help CoS with their anti-SLAPP in TX? Does this set a precedent favorable to them?

    • Espiando

      Each state that has passed an anti-SLAPP law has different burdens of evidence, different requirements, and different situations where it might be applicable. In the article, it says that California’s is one of the most stringent and favorable to the person bringing suit under the law. Texas’ law is too different to make this into something that might cross state lines and set precedent. Besides, it’s pretty certain that the Texas appeals court has already made up its mind.

      • flyonthewall

        *pheww* That is reassuring

        • Observer

          Maybe not …

          • flyonthewall

            U think it may help CoS in TX Obs? Snake and Espi’s arguments make sense but since I don’t know law it wouldn’t be hard to convince me either way. Here’s hoping this won’t hurt Monique’s case

            • Observer

              I just meant that I didn’t necessarily find Espi’s comment reassuring. The California ruling will have no bearing on the Texas ruling, and there’s really no way to predict how Texas will rule.

        • Eclipse-girl

          The appellate court has not released its decision.
          It is one we wait for, unsure of how it will decide.
          If the decision does not go is Monique’s favor, the litigation is ended

          • NOLAGirl

            Wouldn’t it be great if their decision (in favor of Monique) came down later today? A sort of balancing of the universe for us. ๐Ÿ™‚

            • Eclipse-girl

              Yes, it would be

              Other positive news – the SCOTUS has barred implementation of WI voter ID law. A fed appellate court ruled that it could be used for Nov 4 election, in early sept. It meant less than 2 months before the election, the rules were changed. Also, thanks to Scott Walker, most rural DMVs where such IDs are issued, are only open 1 or 2 days a week. Making it even more difficult for some to get their ID>

            • Sandy

              Eclipse-girl. This was all over the Twin Cities evening news tonight. ๐Ÿ™‚

            • Eclipse-girl

              Many are happy as the race for Gov is going to be tight.
              Several congressional races are going to be close, too. I, for one, would love to see Pauly Ryan thrown out and Rob Zerban take the district, But it has Wakesha – upper middle class typically republican and has floated the district for the last 2 elections

              The law has still not gone through all of the courts.

              Essentially, the SCOTUS agreed that trying to implement new rules less than two months before the election – after many absentee ballots had been returned – was not enough time for a fair election.

              Right now, the standing law is that voter ID is the law. Though Judge Prosser,one of 10 judges at the federal appellate level in our area petitioned the full court to revisit that decision.

    • Snake Plissken

      They are two entirely different cases, Monique Rathbun was never associated with Scientology nor did she ever seek to be associated with Scientology, nor did dhe ever attack the teachings of their organization, they stalked her and harassed her because of who she married.

  • MyFavoriteSP
  • Snake Plissken

    The Scientology Crime Syndicate is involved with enough fraud and racketeering to go after them without dragging the batshit craziness aka “teachings of the Scientology organization” into it.

  • Tony Ortega

    POST UPDATED with an additional story

    • Snake Plissken

      So the ‘biggest announcement ever’ which David Miscavige will make at the annual IAS celebration is that Narconon is going up in flames

      • Tony Ortega

        Um yeah, sure. Actually, it will be very interesting to see how he talks about Narconon this time. If he doesn’t mention it at all, that will be rather shocking.

        • NOLAGirl

          I am laying my money on him not mentioning it all but still using the logo in those gaudy event videos. Just because he thinks he is clever.

        • Snake Plissken

          I think it won’t be mentioned and will be airbrushed right out it’s it’s history as if it never existed, just as is done with every single Scientologist who has left the cult.

          • It will always have been William Benitez’s fault.

            • Robert Eckert

              We have always been at war with William Benitez.

        • DodoTheLaser

          What’s Narconon? He will talk briefly about drug rehabilitation only.

    • Science Doc

      I don’t see how this will immediately help them with existing or future Narconon suits. If the church and it’s new and existing front groups omit all mention and recruitment to Narconon and simply passively accept licensing fees that will make it more difficult to establish jurisdiction against them in out of state venues. They won’t operate Narconons without a lot of the money moving up lines, and hiding that after the discovery in the current suits will be next to impossible. One week ago today there were 16 or so vehicles parked at Narconon Warner Springs/Sunshine Summit and a half dozen young adults milling around outside. No going out of business signs. Probably a few hundred clams, some of them fairly high level, employed by Narconons, Per Wickstrom, and related scams. It’s one thing to stop using Narconon to raise money at IAS, but can DM actually man up and stop the flow of blood?

    • Huh. I thought Youth For Human Rights International aka International Foundation for Human Rights and Tolerance was always under ABLE.

      Reorganizing the labels might make sense. When the 1993 IRS agreement froze things in place, they were caught with a few groups or programs on the religious side of the fence. Still, damned if I can see how the Scientology Volunteer Ministers and their faith-healing fingers can claimed to be secular.

  • L. Wrong Hubturd

    Why am I imagining the lawyers for this case, sitting in their offices today, having a toast and saying,”Can you believe we got away with this anti-SLAPP argument?”

  • sam

    I really fucking hate this country sometimes. If Rathbun loses to the anti-SLAPP motion, I’m going to hate it even more.

  • Anonymous

    “…Scientology switched strategies, and asked to hold off on the motion to compel arbitration and hear the anti-SLAPP motion first. Judge Johnson then granted the motion, and we have a copy of his order…”

    Unfortunately, this is a tactic that one can fully expect with Scientology. They are going to argue whatever nonsense they think will win, regardless of any principle or other merit. Recently they have been watching the political weather vane and have determined that emphasizing that they are a “religion” has expedient utility, so that is their fallback position in many cases. They simply want their own way, period.

    In a post about another case (Garcia et al.) I gave some unsolicited advice to attorney Babbitt on this very concern: http://tonyortega.org/2014/09/30/does-a-judges-order-in-the-garcia-fraud-lawsuit-suggest-trouble-for-scientology/#comment-1613046717 .

    The advice was this: “Be careful about arguing any matters which if ruled against them, the church will later appeal as a disallowed intrusion by the state into a religious dispute.”

    One can be deliberately lured into making these sorts of (religious doctrine) arguments, then later see a switch in tactics and be defeated in a case by the church then pointing to the very arguments one was baited into making.

    In Woodward’s case, it looks like the venting aspects of his original arguments (about the infernal nature of Scientology itself) gave Scientology the very weapon it needed to defeat his argument (via a SLAPP motion) that he should receive a refund. Not all states have SLAPP statutes, but similar arguements can be won using related, relevant arguments.

    A lesson to be learned for the future.

    • Ardent

      As usual, Anon, very nicely put.

  • villagedianne

    Even though this case is very different from the Garcia and Rathbun cases, will COS try to use this as some sort of precedent?

    • April

      Of course they will.

  • Ruby

    It tickles me that Rinder and Tony are announcing the big, monumental news of the IAS before captain David Miscavige even wakes up this morning,

  • “Voice for Humanity”, huh? I wonder this plays against the IRS agreement, which tends to lock the organization into a particular format.

  • Anonymous

    “What youโ€™ll notice is NOT in that lineup is Scientologyโ€™s embattled drug rehab network, Narconon, which is steadily going up in flames over patient deaths, government investigations, and proliferating lawsuits.”

    This is EXACTLY what I expect to see at the IAS Gala. Some how, some way, Miscavige is going to turn the Narconon disasters completely upside down and claim PR VICTORY while staring at total defeat.

    How this will be spun is a mystery but something along the lines of this is likely: ” Because we have now firmly established Narconon as the preeminent drug rehabilitation technology worldwide we are upgrading all of it’s facilities to “Ideal” status and initiating a fully new corporate structure / rebranding process to accommodate the absolute flood of people demanding our services. Please see the IAS reg to help fund this bold initiative. ”

    The wog translation is: We are closing Narconon completely and shifting all of it’s assets to another corporation before those assets are ordered seized in the more than 20 lawsuits currently pending in that fraudulent arm of our global scam. The name of the new corporation is “Scamalot” in honor of the reality of what we actually do (on this planet.)

    • Once_Born

      According to the CofS webpage on Mike Rinder’s blog, the new line-up of “‘social betterment’ programmes includes “The truth about drugs: creating a drug-free world”.

      Is it possible they have recognised that Narconon is such a potential liability that they are better off without it, and will replace with some sort of ‘drug education’ organisation?

      This may seem uncharacteristic but money is a powerful motive the CofS. Narconon may have become a loss-maker (and if it’s not now, it soon will be). Replacing this with a ‘drug education’ scam might enable them to make money and do some recruitment.

      • Anonymous

        Several outcomes are probable:

        Scientology will attempt to separate itself from the Narconon name / scandal

        Scientologists will be told lies about what really happened at / to Narconon

        Several someones (not named Miscavige) will be scapegoated and publicly sacrificed to take the fall for the Narconon scandal

        A new scam will replace the old scam

        Several new layers of byzantine corporate camouflage will be added to protect David Msicavige from legal liability in the new scam.

        All attendees at the IAS gala will be regged relentlessly to finance the above

        • Stacy

          I’m assuming if CoS jettison’s Narconon they will immediately lose use of all LRH trademarked/ copyrighted material? That wouldn’t remove CoS from the Narconon lawsuits, would it? Since CoS and DM are specifically, named, they’d still be defendants I hope.

          • Anonymous

            NO…the trademarks and copyrights are owned by RTC. Those items are “licensed” as needed to various other branches of the global Scientology hoax…providing (technically anyway) arms-length legal protection to Sea Org Captain and COB RTC David Miscavige and Scientology. Sort of.

            That particular corporate fiction is at the heart of several lawsuits and has worked well as a defense…so far.

            It is only a matter of time before the charade (and the veil) is pierced and Humpty Davey will take a great fall.

            • Stacy

              Quite alright. If ever an organization deserved mixed metaphors, it’s CoS.

        • Free Minds, Free Hearts

          Anon, I vote for all of the above…

          • Anonymous

            Agreed.

            They were not intended to be an either / or description of outcomes, but rather a likely sequence of steps that when completed, will replay the 60+ year history of Scientology leadership making excuses and blaming others for the complete failure of Hubbard’s “tech” and “policy” to deliver results he promised.

  • Douglas D. Douglas

    The Supreme Ecclesiastical Leader of the Church of Scientology triumphantly declares himself the Voice for Humanity at the 30th Annual IAS celebration, fundraiser, and whale hunt:

    • April

      His hair looks like that of a 1980’s tv evangelist.

      • Anonymous

        Speaking of 1980’s tv evangelists…take a peek at these “before and after” pics of another 1980’s tv evangelist.

        Now, compare David Miscavige to Jim Bakker.

        What do they have in common?

        Both are notorious for real estate scams.

        How are they different?

        Only Jim Bakker has already been to prison for his scam.

        • April

          There’s no pics here?

          • Anonymous

            Refresh…they will show up eventually.

        • Todd Tomorrow

          Jim Baker is back on the air.

          • Anonymous

            Yep… the “after” picture above is on his website, which among other things has an e-commerce section selling…believe it or not….stuff to survive the apocalypse.

            It’s a predicted apocalypse not entirely dissimilar to the one that outfits like Scientology have been using to sell stuff to survive some sort of apocalypse for centuries.

            It is more than a bit ironic that the URL of the website is http://www.jimbakkershow.

        • Ardent

          Jim Bakker has at least had the guts to admit his crimes.

          P.S. Not that I think he’s worth a pinch of dog-snot.

          EDIT: P.S.

          • Anonymous

            IIRC correctly, Bakker was convicted after a Grand Jury indictment and lengthy trial.

            He did however admit to one thing during the trial…he once met Jessica Hahn at a hotel in CLEARWATER, FL.

            You cannot make this stuff up.

  • Ardent

    It is a shame for Vance. However, I suppose the judge was correct, given the nature of the complaint. Damn. It irks me to imagine Miscavige dancing around his office gleefully, as if this were some great triumph. It isn’t. More power to you, Vance.

    • Snake Plissken

      It sure is a shame for Vance, but I think Miscavige is smart enough to realize he’s so far beyond fucked he couldn’t catch a bus back to fucked,. He knows the cult is dying, he’s just trying to stretch out the death as long as possible, and this small win is just a drop in a leaking bucket.

      • NOLAGirl

        “couldn’t catch a bus back to fucked.”

        That is funny. ๐Ÿ™‚ I may borrow that in a future tweet if you don’t mind?

      • Ardent

        Possibly. I am not sure how the guy’s mind works, Snake. All the evidence I have thus far points to the man being a sociopathic delusional, and cunning in his own way. I think he’s hard to read.

        • April

          I think he’s not-too-bright in terms of book smarts and logical thinking, and just delusional enough to believe his own lies. So I tend to agree with you Ardent.

          • Ardent

            Thank you. Very kind.

        • shasha40

          You nailed him, most important part though is sociopath . He’s not cunning , he’s ” conning” , he’s pretty good at that .

          • Ardent

            Heh. Oh yeah, he’s a con-man. The whole damn outfit is basically a long con, and the fact that the Feds in the U.S. have not twigged to this yet displays something of not only old Ron’s cunning, but the sneaky way Davey-me-lad is wending his way around obstacles. I believe, however, we are seeing the thorns and pricks beginning to draw a little blood – perhaps this cult will die the death of a thousand cuts?

  • noseinabk

    Anyone else found spam like this when re-reading older bunker posts?
    About 12 of them can be found here. (sort to newest)
    http://tonyortega.org/2013/04/17/love-in-the-time-of-miscavige-a-scientology-tale/

    • Douglas D. Douglas

      It’s “penny-a-post,” work-at-home posters doing what they do. I feel sorry for them.

      • Ardent

        What a dreadful job that must be!

        • Douglas D. Douglas

          Yep. They should get on the payroll of Big Pharma. It’s made all of us here RICH!

          • noseinabk

            I see all the time elsewhere, just never here.

  • Douglas D. Douglas

    Hmmm.

    “Voice for Humanity” makes sense for the CoS, as all they ever do is talk about helping humanity, as opposed to actually doing anything.

    • Ardent

      Perfect. The Hot Air brigade marches on, tootling from both ends.

    • DodoTheLaser

      Scientology announces its “Voice for Humanity”.
      Humanity keeps ignoring scientology and their voice.

  • Snake Plissken

    The big announcement will be …

    Kim Jong Un is not battling health problems nor has he been deposed, he has spent the last 30 days doing the Purification Rundown at the brand new Scientology Celebrity Centre in downtown Pyongyang

    • Ardent

      HA HA HA HA HA! You’re on fire today, Snake! Good one!

    • Douglas D. Douglas

      And here is that CC in Pyongyang:

      • Douglas D. Douglas

        Can you see it? I can’t. Here it is… again!

        EDIT: Third times a charm… an evil charm that brings duplicate images…

        • Ardent

          Nope. ๐Ÿ™

        • Ardent

          Got it now, DDD! Fantastic. Very amusing! Cheers!

    • shasha40

      Bahahahaha !!!

  • Hamtaro

    Scientology is actually the “Voice for Inhumanity.” Which is incontrovertibly demonstrated by their conduct.

    • Observer

      Or possibly Vice for Inhumanity.

  • Stanislav

    Scientology is winning before the courts, Headley, Ratbun, Texas, City of Clearwater, California, Europe, Russia… Everywhere. Unstoppable. Courts have to uphold the laws and operate on evidence. They can’t operate on propaganda as you guys. Cheer up. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • April

      Nice try, troll.

      • Stanislav

        Tell that to the courts. Dandar didn’t get away either.

        • You’ve obviously not been watching the Narconon cases. Y’all are losing miserably to the point that they scrubbed Narconon from your website. ABLE and Miscavige paid to get out of those lawsuits out of pure desparation.

    • whingeybingey

      Yeah, Scientology – as much win as rats from a sinking ship! Lol!

      • Stanislav

        Take it easy, you little rat… ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Douglas D. Douglas

      Oh yeah. And that Wollersheim. Not ONE THIN DIME. In truth… a lot of dimes…

    • This guy has no idea what propaganda is.

    • Snake Plissken

      I completely understand why you’re here, I looked around and couldn’t find any Scientologists either

    • Sid

      I know, right? Scientology is winning not just in the courts (well, except maybe the court of public opinion), but they are also helping to feed starving comedians by donating their name and activities to give out comedy gold wherever and whenever a comedian needs it. Just the mention of Scientology or L Ron Hubbard by a comedian will illicite a laugh, thus providing much need succor in a starving industry. The world needs this healing laughter. And thankfully Scientology provides.

      Now, if there was just a photo op available in there somewhere.

    • lucille austero

      Stani! I see you back swimming in the pool of entheta, yes?

    • Hingle McCringleberry

      I’m not real good at the shooping like some here, but I made one for you anyway. I hope you enjoy it.

      (refresh)

  • shasha40

    Damn, I was rooting so hard for you , Vance . When are these judges going to start educating themselves on how Scientology plays dirty legal games !!! I hope to Xenu that tiny dick’s going to announce he’s dropping his body !!! That would be the Greatest thing never for humanity ! I know there’d be a Big Azz party here at the bunker if he did ! I’ve got party favors to hand out here just in case !!! Bahahahaha !

  • whingeybingey

    Oh, my God, the people that drafted that legislation need to go back to Legislation 101 if judges feel permitted to interpret it at a complete 180 degrees from its intention. They are putting the weapon in the hands of the oppressor and squeezing the trigger for them. What a load of rubbish!

    I’m sure I could write it better than that. How to write something to NOT get the job done in one easy lesson.

  • Ruby

    Appears “Voice for Humanity” is already taken as a name by another group in 2009…Update over at Rinder’s on this.

    • 1subgenius

      He he. The plagiarisms roll on.

    • Douglas D. Douglas

      Oh, the Humanity…

      Here’s an image from Scientology.org, in case they take it down in haste. Please disseminate at will:

      • DodoTheLaser

        It gets better. Rinder just updated his post. F5
        http://www.mikerindersblog.org/monumental-announcement-under-the-big-top/

        • Espiando

          And now I’m having trouble getting over to Das Rinderblog. I wonder if OSA’s restarted their DOS after today’s revelations.

          ETA: Ignore that. It just loaded for me.

          • DodoTheLaser

            No problems here. Restart your device and try again.

      • aquaclara

        Thanks. Oh, and they still have this up. There are lies in every paragraph. As per their usual….

        “L. Ron Hubbardโ€™s discovery that drugs and other toxic residuals accumulate in the body led to an innovative breakthrough in drug rehabilitation. Mr. Hubbard developed a safe, healthy and thorough method of purging drugs from the body.

        Narconon Mediterraneo in Spain is one of the network of rehabilitation facilities spanning five continents, with a success rate four times the international average.

        A tissue-cleansing regimen of vitamin and mineral therapy with exercise, intensive sweating in low-heat saunas, and adequate replacement of fluids and oils proved to reduce the long-term physical and mental effects of drug residuals in the body.

        Implemented in Narconon drug rehabilitation as the New Life Detoxification Program, students routinely report a marked increase in clarity of thinking, peace of mind and well-being. They also report that the program greatly reduces or eliminates cravings for drugs, the result of eliminating the hidden drug toxins from the body.

        More than four decades of studies and follow-up reports have validated the theory and practice of this procedure.”

        • Observer

          *refresh*

          • aquaclara

            Friday giggles are the best. Thanks, Obs.

            • Observer

              My pleasure!

        • Todd Tomorrow

          “low heat sauna”,when did they turn those furnaces down?

        • Ardent

          Isn’t there a law about truth in advertising?

    • Observer

      Consarn those suppressive wogs, always harshing the theta!

    • http://voiceforhumanity.org
      I’m sure I’ve seen their site before, so likely CoS has previously used the term and I checked it out.

      • Yeah. Checking their press releases, they’ve been working Voice for Humanity into their stuff since at least August. (There’s probably a thread on WWP, but…)

  • Are_sics

    Will one Anti-SLAPP victory (I’m choking on the word) make it easier for others, or is it really just down to this case was argued, or filings made, that just made it easy for the church? I was looking forward to Vance getting his money back for his sake, but also looking forward to his being a thorn in the side of the scammers for a good while.

    On the rejiggering… it’s probably not “fundraising opportunities” that will get people all moist, it’s the opportunities to “move up in status!”

    • April

      I think it was the way the case was argued, but IANAL.

    • I don’t believe this case will affect Monique’s case. They are in two very different states in two completely separate court systems. They are also two very different cases in many ways.

      • Are_sics

        Of course Monique’s case comes to mind because of Anti-SLAPP, but I wasn’t necessarily referencing that case. I just wonder if one “victory” might make others easier. I don’t expect this to be the last case in L.A…. Indeed, though, perhaps it’ll just be instructive for future lawyers to craft their cases.

        • Fortunately or unfortunately, however you look at it, our legal system deals with each case on an individual basis. Even if you put the Rathbun case and the Woodward case under the same judge in the same court system, they would each be treated differently because the cases are different. That’s one of the reasons our legal system is so damn expensive.

    • NOLAGirl

      The appeals court is already ruling on it and Co$ can’t go in and say “Look, this judge ruled in our favor” now (if they ever could, which I doubt). Like Derek says below, different cases, different states and both cases argued in very different ways.

  • aquaclara

    Vance, I hope you are holding up better than some of us are…it is positively sickening to see the cult jam one more down the throat of both the legal system, and another victim.

    You’re an immensely talented writer, far too good to limit yourself to crafting legal briefs (although I have to say, they made for some of the most entertaining legal reading ever). I wonder if you are tempted to write another book. Or perhaps put the Scientology totally farcical arbitration practice to the test. Just to see what happens. Or if a hammock on a beach with a fruity beverage awaits.

    No matter what, you win. You’re out of the cult, with a life that is far richer, far more rewarding than the one David Miscavige is living. And you’ve given back far more than that Diminshed Dimwit will ever share, by speaking out, showing no fear, and exposing the truth about a dangerous cult.

    I call that a sweet victory after all. And somehow, I get the sense you’re not done yet.

    Illegitimi non carborundum.

    • shasha40

      Ditto * standing ovation * for your spot on words, Aqua and you ,Vance for having won the best prize ever , your life and your sanity . We’d Love another book Scientology related or not . I love the humor in your writing .

    • Qbird

      Illegitimi non carborundum =
      “Don’t let the bastards grind you down”

    • Ardent

      Aqua, you put that very, very well, and I concur. Vance, you do have the support of The Bunker, and I am so sorry the attempt failed…This time. Let me second what Aquaclara wrote. All best wishes for future work, Vance!

  • NOLAGirl

    Disqus, I yell at you sometimes but baby, I do love that you give me the option to close a thread. You’re the best. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Espiando

      Don’t worry about Stanislob, NOLA. I’ve got that covered. It’s not a busy day today. I’ve got time for a little claw sharpening.

      • NOLAGirl

        Watching you work Espi.

        Be sure to post OTIII as well, cause you know…pneumonia and stuff. ๐Ÿ™‚

        • Espiando

          Well, you could watch me work if someone wasn’t removing my posts.

          • Tony Ortega

            And more of those kinds of personal attacks and you’re going to get removed entirely.

    • Observer

      I’m still wishing for an ignore button to make their posts invisible to me.

      • 1subgenius

        I’ve got one in my head.

  • Well this judgment just scohb. What a bummer.

  • Panopea Abrupta

    $cientology: occasionally winning battles but losing the war

    Haiku for $ci

    Insatiable
    ravenous rooking reivers:
    Hubbard, Miscavige.

    • Observer

      And all the good little sheep clap for and grovel before COB as he guts Hubbard’s teachings, altering them to suit himself. Of course, Hubbard did the same thing. The captain learned well from his master.

      *refresh*

      • ze moo

        The ghost busters reboot could use a miscavage to put in the ectoplasmic dump.

        • lucille austero

          yes yes – starring Sandra Bullock, Melissa McCarthy, Amy Poehler, Tina Fey and Chris Pratt. And maybe throw in Anna Faris in a supporting role. This could happen.

      • joan nieman

        The perfect shoop OBS! Bravo to that.

      • Ardent

        That is a REALLY good one, Obs! I love it!

  • PinxEngrayz

    G**dammit. How in the world can we get the courts/government to stop with the fiction that $cientology is a legitimate “religion”?

  • Science Doc

    I’m sure the fine people at Gold don’t mind completely redoing all the graphics (presentation and print) for next week’s IAS gala in light of this morning’s revelations. They weren’t planning on sleeping anyway.

    • aquaclara

      I was just thinking that very same thing. Here it is – the 10th – and Slappy is making up new stuff, demanding that it get out there, and well, now look at what’s happening. Davey, your cult is leaking.

    • Snake Plissken

      They know the drill … time to go into panic overdrive mode, today must be a day that ends in ‘y’

  • “The over-the-top number of pages in his filings, and the personal attacks on Scientology doctrine seemed more therapeutic than anything else. He filed hundreds and hundreds of pages of Scientology writings and asked the court to take judicial notice of the documents. ”

    Maybe he scored a personal victory of sorts.

    • DodoTheLaser

      Yeah, and said “fuck you” to scientology in the way only lawyer can.
      Talking about public service.

  • In other words, Scientology is a โ€œreligionโ€ only when itโ€™s convenient

    It really is a floor wax with these insane crooks.

    David Miscavige make the biggest announcement ever.

    My guess is the insane crook is going to proclaim NarCONon has finished it’s totally excellent and totally works work, and will be dropping that money-loser program to move on to the next step in the totally already world-clearing project that is totally successful world wide with 47 millionary “parishioners.”

    Or something.

    • Snake Plissken

      Narconon has finished all the goals it intended to complete and has dropped it’s body to be with Elron on Target II

  • “VoiceForHumanity.Com” is available by GoDaddy wants almost $1000 for it, the bastards. The insane crooks registered VoiceForHumanity.Org already, the bastards. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Ha! These Scientology crooks also registered “VoicesForHumanity.Org” and VoicesForHumanity.Com

    • That’s not them. It’s a existing group that’s had the domain since 2003-01-14.

  • I’ll comment on Woodward’s behalf: “Uhhh, I guess I kinda screwed up.”

  • ze moo

    The ABLE and NarCONon jobs used to be a reward for loyal minions, what no loyal minions left? I can see cutting NarCONon loose, it always had a limited shelf life and the internet sees to it that its reputation ends up in the dumpster of history. Any such re-org of the ‘social belittlement’ ‘charities’ of the clampire wont’ effect any lawsuit currently filed. Narc International and ABLE are still on the hook for any future lawsuits that address the pre-re-org dates.

    Mike Rinder separates the ‘charities’ into those the deliver something and those that don’t. That is a very important distinction. Any ‘delivery charity’ runs the risk of liability for their actions or inactions, this dooms NarCONon. Criminon does not seem to deliver anything but correspondence courses and tests, not much liability there, but not much return on investment either.

    It does put the franchisees on notice that they are on their own and can look forward to continued paying of 10%+ of the gross to another corporate entity. Probably ASI, they own all Lroons utterances. Any insurance fraud that has gone on previously can be paid back from ABLE and NarCONon Int, but not any future claims. The franchisee is now going to bear the risk of all their actions, a prospect that must be very frightening. Going to a ‘half-way house’ business model is not going to work, the feds and states are not going to pay them for sauna time or much of anything else.

    The current set up of NarCONon will not change much, they will still pay a large bounty to the web sites and phone ‘counselors’ that send them meat. Any insurance fraud that is has been going on will probably continue, after all, no one has been indicted for that, yet. Georgia has not gone after any individual, and Oklahoma may indict in the future, but I am not hopeful. The way the Ok Dept of Mental Health and Substance Abuse buried things is very disheartening.

    All I can is a lot of saunas and vitamin dealers and not going to be happy, the rehab scam is on its last legs. They will be ‘assigned risk’ for liability insurance and that alone could put them out of business.

    • Science Doc

      If they try to disband ABLE, NN West and NN Int, Hamilton may have to pierce the veil to the next level to collect from up line entities.

      • ze moo

        Current and future lawsuits for damages will still reference ABLE and the Narc administrators. They are still on the hook for any one who went to a NarCONon. Claims for future admissions may be different, but I can’t see Davy giving away that 10% or more that represents Lroons cut. Where will that 10% go? ASI? They own all of Lroons words, but that is too close to Davies person. Will Davy give away all of Lroons wisdom to NarCONon? If Davy were smart giving away the books would happen, but Davy isn’t that smart. He wants that 10%.

        Hiding money sent out from the NarCONons is not going to happen. Too easy to find. Hambo still has deep pockets to go after.

        • Espiando

          Well, CST technically owns all of the licenses for the Tech, and that’s where NN Int and ABLE have to pay their license fees and royalties for their operations. And Davey has a nice little patsy inside of CST that he can completely and totally trust. You may have heard of her. Name of Shelly…

          • April

            DM could totally pull an LRH and set his wife up to take the fall.

            • Dr_Orpheus

              His Oiliness was afraid to bring her out in public in a highly controlled setting to squash rumors of her disappearance. Would he want to risk putting her on a witness stand where she might break down and say all sorts of embarrassing and incriminating things about him? Shelly’s nonexistence for the last several years also works against her credibility as a fall gal. In contrast, Mary Sue gave a good better imitation of actually running the Guardians Office.

            • Eclipse-girl

              To be put on a witness stand usually requires a summons. Serving that could be difficult.

              No one knows if Shelly would sacrifice herself for davey or $cienology.

            • Dr_Orpheus

              Lou is a more likely scapegoat than Shelly. His Oiliness has already been using her as a front to transfer orders to his subordinates. Whose to say that she hasn’t usurped her boss’s authority and forged messages allegedly coming from him? There is no guarantee that she would be loyal either, but Shelly can always use a new roommate in neverneverland.

            • Eclipse-girl

              I think you are correct. Lou is more likely to be thrown under the bus.

              Claiming that Lou forged messages is going to be tough, IMHO.
              It used to be drummed into messengers to bet transmit their messages without errors.
              Wouldn’t DM be aware – or anyone else using a messenger, personal communicator – be aware of messages not conveyed, or wrong messages conveyed?

              IF the Rathbun case does go forward, and IF the tactics that were used against John Sweeney are able to be used (I know they were introduced as evidence to have DM deposed) , We may get our first glimpse at that type of defense.

            • Dr_Orpheus

              I didn’t say it would work, but it’s the sort of thing that he would try.

            • Eclipse-girl

              Because being an ecclesiastical leader means you never have to take responsibility

        • April

          Davey’s greed will be his downfall.

      • Ardent

        That would be interesting.

  • BosonStark

    Voice for Humanity, LOL, puke. Let’s face it, Scientology has to call itself anything but Scientology to fool people. They should have picked something like Loons for Moneysucking or Obliterating the Evil Psychs.

    Teegeeack is now drug-free! Ditching Narconon is going to present some interesting issues. I suspect some of those Narconon execs are not going to be the fall guys for this when Narconon runs aground.

    • April

      I wish there was a way to force the CO$ to clearly indicate that each front group is sponsored by or affiliated with the CO$, on websites, flyers, any public relations material, etc.

  • DEALING WITH ATTACKS ON SCIENTOLOGY

    A lecture given on 26 June 1961, Saint Hill Special Briefing Course

    [..]well, it’s just like quicksand. Quicksand. It’s an interesting trick. Every time they shoot at you on the right side of the horse, you’re on the left side of the horse; and then they prove conclusively you’re on the left side of the horse, you prove conclusively that you’re on the right side of the horse.

    Nuke the horse.

    • Anonymous

      Yes.

      Ron outlining on tape, the deliberate, orchestrated, intentional BAD FAITH of Scientology.

      He forgets to mention that the “attacks” usually come from people who have been defrauded or otherwise harmed.

      • My comments in 2010 after reading the whole thing:

        (In reading through the whole lecture, it’s clear that there are no real paragraph breaks in his lectures. He might pause briefly, but nothing really begins or ends in each section. It’s more like a stew where things roil to the surface and then get sucked under in turn. It leaves the listener with nothing solid to get a grip on, and I’m sure that many listeners trance out as their brain goes on vacation.)

        Boiling all that gumbo down, Hubbard said:
        * Never let them pin Scientology down. Keep changing what you say it is from moment to moment because no one can keep track of what you previously said.
        * No one is capable of attacking Scientology and getting it shut down everywhere at once.

        Hello Mr. Hubbard, this is the Internet. Welcome to the 21st century, biatch.

        • Anonymous

          And all of the above was put into motion and legally re-arranged (yet again) in the 1980’s Corporate Sortout.

          I do so very wish Denise Brennan was still here to comment.

          http://paulsrabbit.com/LHBvol1a.pdf

          • That lecture was from 1961, and was always Hubbard’s strategy. The Corporate Sortout was just the last iteration of it. The thing to do now is to pin them down and not let them shift from moment to moment. Snagged the pdf, and I’ll drop this:

            The Affidavit of Lawrence Brennan: ex-Scientologist bigshot May 27, 2008, NewYork420420, YouTube

            • Juicer77

              RIP Denise Brennan. I’m sorry you aren’t here to be with your family, and to act as an expert witness against the Co$ shenanigans.

            • Anonymous

              Understood.

              That YouTube is an oral presentation of the Brennan declaration I posted several days ago where Larry (later Denise) makes it clear that because of his intimate knowledge of the Scientology corporate structure, if he were to die unexpectedly (by suicide) that others should consider the possibility that his death was caused by another. (That aspect of this recording can be heard at approximately 1minute and 30 seconds from the beginning.) A transcript of the original declaration is here: http://www.lermanet.com/reference/brennan-dec.pdf.

              And I agree with you that Hubbard operated by deceit for as far back as one cares to dig. He was constantly embellishing his achievements, misdirecting his supporters, seeking scapegoats for his own failings and tricking his “enemies.” It was a lifelong pattern beginning even before he wrote DMSMH.

              By the time Hubbard died he saw virtually everyone in the world as an “enemy” or a potential threat, and was purposely living in hiding with tiny handful of sycophants as his baby-watchers, while he sank into physical decline and dementia.

  • Asbestos Inspector

    “Californiaโ€™s anti-SLAPP statute is particularly strong. It was designed
    to protect people who are the target of bullying litigation by
    deep-pocketed firms or organizations who attempt to silence a critic
    through the courts.”

    Sounds like the perfect thing to use AGAINST the cult, not for it. What kind of crack is this fucking judge smoking?

    • Robert Eckert

      In my experience, the California judiciary is thoroughly corrupt. In my case, judge Mark Pierce made two rulings directly contrary to the law, and while I was appealing, the other side made statements about how she “owned” the local courts. I brought this to the attention of Jacqueline Duong, the senior appellate judge on the panel of three, and the ruling I got pretty much was “hell yeah, we’re crooked, what you gonna do about it punk?” She cited as controlling precedent a case that required ruling in my favor, and without explanation ruled the opposite way; and acknowledged that Pierce’s other ruling was an error but called it “harmless error”, citing a stunningly irrelevant case picked seemingly at random.

  • Eclipse-girl

    Every one get their fingers ready for flagging.
    It is important to show that corrupt business that WE mean business

    We are here and we are not going away.

    https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1-Kvg78kCcvo5gL7UfPcmhmbsagTNtdj0y2LAiHVFrCU/pubhtml

    • aquaclara

      Flagging makes the cult world go away.
      I hope everyone who can take a moment today red x’s what they can. Let’s see how long it takes to get them all down.

      There are some new ones poking the embers in Dublin that cropped up last night, too. California shouldn’t have all the fun, and well, why IS Scientology in Texas, anyway?

      Pounce, people -it’s Friday.

  • Jgg2012

    Most suits are for breach of contract or personal injury from fraud or negligence. You don’t sue over personal disagreements with church doctrine. you sue over the church not doing what it promised or defrauding you, the way Garcia and Ryan Hamilton are. In those suits, the correctness of religious doctrine is NOT an issue.

    • There’s a trap in refund cases: You have to include just enough to show that Scientology’s claimed internal refund process is a sham, but not so much that Scientology can claim that it’s a religious 1st amendment issue that the courts can’t touch, or use an anti-SLAPP if the arguments are all over the map.

      • Jgg2012

        That’s why the Narconon cases are doing so well. Narconon claims to be secular. Patients are defrauded. They sue. Can Narconon turn around and say “it’s a religious dispute”? No. Judgment for plaintiff. Then, when they collect the judgment, they will go after Davey and what he controls, which is why you have all this shuffling now. Davey runs Narconon, or did when those plaintiffs were defrauded. But no one cares about Davey’s religious beliefs.

        • Ardent

          I certainly hope you’re correct, Jgg.

  • Truthiwant

    I’ve just collected today’s mail from my letter box. This is outrageous. Just one day’s post! How many forests do these idiots have to cut down so that they can send out all this glossy junk…

    • 3feetback-of-COS

      Oh they want to “recover” you so badly!

      • Robert Eckert

        As in: did you hear the one about the upholsterer who fell into his machinery? He’s completely recovered.

    • Todd Tomorrow

      That’s what all those TV preachers use it and apparently it works. Yep,direct mail.

      • Todd Tomorrow
        • I used to love watching him in short bursts. So obviously fake and hilarious with the whole speaking in tongues bit!

        • Frodis73

          It sounds just too easy to suck ppl in…if I wanted to make old ppl eat cat food & send me SSI checks, this is like a beginners guide to do that. I wouldn’t be able to sleep well though.

    • aquaclara

      They just want to make sure you’re coming! Ha ha ha. Thanks for sharing these tidbits of fun and merriment!

      • Truthiwant

        If they send me any more, I might just go to the IAS event!
        Actually, if you look at that flier on the far right, it is an invitation to an IAS event on the Freewinds, the week after the IAS event in Saint Hill. I ask myself, how anybody, including a whale, could possible be in Saint Hill, England, on the 17-19 October, and again be on the Freewinds in, I suppose, Curacao, the weekend after, on the 25th October? This is totally insane. Do these idiot Scientologists not see that the IAS is after just one thing?

    • Anonymous

      I started throwing all daily Scientology mail into a box just to see how large a pile would accumulate. In six months the box weighed 80 lbs and had to be replaced with a new box. The inbound pace remains about the same years later.

      I’m keeping all of it as future kindling / evidence, depending on the content.

      • aquaclara

        Thank heavens someone’s got a bucket to catch stuff for the Sunday funnies.
        whew.
        You’re taking one for the team, A. Good job.

    • Ardent

      I know for a fact Postal workers find this crap very, very amusing. I have a friend…

    • Robert Eckert

      “How many forests do these idiots have to cut down”? How many you got?

    • Douglas D. Douglas

      Shiny!

      • lucille austero

        Do I perhaps detect a fan of Firefly?

        • Douglas D. Douglas

          The fam, m’dear. The fam.

    • April

      One of those is so important that they want you to read it 3 times!

  • Todd Tomorrow

    I was afraid some lawyer would get to, lil’ D and tell him to distance himself from,Narcaloon. Just think how much they’d make if they played by the book and not try to shove clam crap down every addict’s throat. It is such a big business and getting smaller as the,Betty Ford Center and others get bought up by big business. I bet he’d sell it and I bet somebody would buy it. Funny, I was trying to find a rehab for a friend’s sister and we looked at 20. Opting to send her to one in ,Thailand that was cheapest but still five star. Didn’t see a clam one on the list and I was sure they didn’t get her one.

    • Captain Howdy

      Thailand? Don’t they have any public detoxes where you live?

      • Todd Tomorrow

        Yes they do but she keeps leaving them with her boyfriend. This will make it more difficult. Last car she totaled she would have been decapitated had she not been passed out. Hit a semi that was stopped at a red light. Her parents are alcoholic from the,”cocktail era” so it’ll be good she is away from them,too.

        • Frodis73

          Holy smokes. I hope she makes it. It’s tough, but can be done. I wish her the best.

    • Frodis73

      I’m surprised to find a 5 star rehab in Thailand. Wow. Do you mind sharing a link to the site?

      • Todd Tomorrow

        I guess it is a 5 star rehab at a mid price point. My mistake but here is is.
        http://afterpartychat.com/dara-review/

        • Frodis73

          Man, I would *love* to go to a place like that. It looks like a vacay. She will def be far away from her bf!

  • Still_On_Your_Side

    Interesting that Miscavige chose Voice for Humanity, not Voice of Humanity.

  • Jgg2012

    Removing Narconon is what prosecutors call “consciousness of guilt,” like OJ fleeing in a Bronco or someone buying one way airline tickets.

    • Anonymous

      Astonishingly, OJ’s attorneys were able to squash all evidence related to the white Bronco freeway police chase prior to OJ’s arrest. That evidence (including the helicopter news video) was never presented in open court and the jury was admonished to ignore anything they had personally heard / seen about that multi-hour car chase as irrelevant to the trial.

      • Ardent

        That whole case was one gigantic SNAFU. (still seething)

        • Anonymous

          Several law firms made a bunch of money because of that case.

          And without the notoriety, the Kardashian sisters would be probably flipping burgers somewhere for a living.

          • Ardent

            Always what I think when I see those eedjits.

            • Anonymous

              Would you like fries with that?

  • Truthiwant

    I’ve got quite a few more Ron And Mary Sue comics up http://wp.me/p3a0JR-kS if anybody wants a laugh, even if today’s news is not of the finest.

    • Michael Leonard Tilse

      Love them!

  • Michael Leonard Tilse

    I expect that Disgusting Mucus will present his new cognition:

    “Scientology makes the able more able. Drug addicts are not the able. Trying to help them, and Ron knows we tried to help them, has gotten our important work of Scientology mired down in the courts with lawsuits from the PTS druggies and their Big Pharma pushers.

    So with a heavy sigh for what could have been, we are cutting lose all those thousands of PTS and SP druggies and former druggies we sincerely took so much money from and throwing them under the bus. That means all the Narconon students. That means all the staff. That means all the druggie graduates in Scientology and the Sea Org. Gone. After paying for sec checks to give us blackmail material of course.

    Ron didn’t even invent Narconon. Some druggie in prison did.

    Face it, drugs are whole track suppression right here, right now. We have tried and tried to handle. Now it is time to disconnect. Lou, where is that godamn Hubbard quote I told you to find? I need it now. What’s this doing on the teleprompter?

    After a careful thorough spot-on standard Gag-me-with-a-spoon III Denial Series Evaluation, I can tell you we have found the fundamental WHY for Scientology’s lack of global expansion!

    It was the druggies! Scientology has been PTS to Narconon and drug users and didn’t even know it!

    The Psychs are the entire reason for the decline of this universe and the Narconon program was a long therm undercover attack by them to attempt to disable Scientology. It was really invented by them to drive a wedge into the success of Ron’s mission. Now the second phase of their diabolical plan is to use Lawsuits for the criminal acts and failures of THEIR OWN PROGRAM to bring down Scientology.

    I am here to tell you tonight to tell you that once again, the Psychs have Failed! Scientology’s ruin them utterly doctrine has triumphed again with the success of global settlement talks to end the threat of endless lawsuits!

    The war is over! MAAs are now going through the aisles to spot-declare any ex-druggies and Narconon graduates, impose non-lawsuit agreements and throw them out of this auditorium and out of Scientology’s road to global victory forever!

    And anyone, ANYONE who complains or disagrees with this hard and fast slamming in of LRH tech is toast!

    That means you Savik! And all your flying monkeys too!

    So in final boring and obvious conclusion to this butt-numbing four hour marathon face-ripping display of how excellent I, COB, truly am and how you are all a bunch of counter-intentioned cock suckers, which is to say this, the door opens now to a bright future of upward expansion for all Scientologists except those fake ex-druggies pretending to be, and a bright future for Earth, the Universe and my Caribbean bank accounts.

    Good night.

    That should hold the suckers for another few months until I can think of something else. Where’s my Scotch? Who put this part on the screen?

    Lou!!!”

    • aquaclara

      Brilliant. He’s running out of things to say, but that’s never stopped Davey before.

      • Observer

        I heard somewhere, maybe Mike Rinder’s blog, that Danny Sherman isn’t looking too good these days. I wonder what Davey will do when Danny drops his meat body.

        • Buy a thesaurus?

        • aquaclara

          Rearrange the semi-colons, of course.

        • grundoon

          DM can just recycle Sherman’s old speeches. It will never be noticed. In fact he may be doing this already.

    • Truthiwant

      Michael, I personally think you write better than Dan Sherman!

      • Michael Leonard Tilse

        Uh, is that much of a complement? Going forward, because otherwise we would be going backwards, or sideways maybe, I want to assure you that I take your comment under advisement and assure you that I know that I write better than Dan Sherman. Dan Sherman was never a friend of mine. I’m no Dan Sherman.

        Thank you anyway. You are very kind.

        • Truthiwant

          Let’s put it like this. If you had written all of Captain Miscavige’s speeches, like your very funny post, then Scientology would be something already forgotten by now!

          • Michael Leonard Tilse

            Thank you! High Praise indeed.

    • Ardent

      You know Michael, it would be such a gas to completely re-jig a video of His Evilness and make him appear to spout the kind of amusing nonsense you wrote here. I suppose it would be an enormous effort, and expensive, but, man, I do like imagining it. Thanks for the ‘script’. : -)

      • Michael Leonard Tilse

        I view it a little like one of those Mad-libs in action: Take a compendium of Drab Mumbler’s presentations, cut them into phrases. Sort them as to body position (The famous Distinguished Muppet pose) and make a library of phrase video clips. Then feed them into a random number generator and out pops the next IAS/Auditors Day/New Years/Ron’s B-day/Dianetics B-day speech.

        If you were good you could auto-size and re-orient, adjust for color and sound quality, zoom in and out and make it almost seamless.

        • Ardent

          Well, I suppose that could work! Hmmm…

        • ze moo

          Maxheadroom Miscavage at your service!

    • Captain Howdy

      Yeah, originally LRH said that scientology could cure the insane, then he changed it to scientology wanted nothing to do with the insane and that the psychs were welcome to them.

      • deathtoallpoliticians

        what’s up, ch? always looking forward to your comments ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Techie

      I didn’t get a chance to reply when I saw this at work earlier today, but this is a true classic. You must need at least a few pitchers of ice water to get the bad taste out of your mouth after descending deeply into the muck like that. The funny part is, he really does spend hours “rehearsing” these convoluted speeches, wringing the last semicolon out of them while the Event Crew stands by practically exhausted. Every minute is recorded with three cameras and full sound equipment so if he blows it at the actual event they can cut in the rehearsals. Then after the event the completely exhausted crew stand by long into the night to re-record any flubs that cannot be fixed with rehearsal tapes. These marathon “rehearsals” stretch on into the wee hours of the morning, after which he goes home to sleep in while we have to get up in an hour or two to start in again setting up. Every cameraman, the truck crew, stage hands and all have to stand by while scratches out lines and fixes things up. Maybe 25 people hanging on every whim of lil’ Dave at the podium in full makeup and lights, trying desperately not to be asleep when he calls for a visual. This may go on for days. It was worse when Mike, Marty, Guillaume, Heber and others used to also give speeches. He would sit in the hall and make carping criticisms until they were practically shaking in fear, and then criticize them for not smiling!His teleprompter operator is a non-Scientologist who comes to the events with a little dog, who gets treated far better then any of the crew. God I am glad to be out of there! I thought of that when we heard from Maureen Bolstadt, when she spoke of having to hold a heavy camera. You might think she was a wimp to not be able to hold a camera for the three hours of the event, but it is not just the event. It is literally days before the event. And even when it is “over” the camera crew have to roll up all the cables and secure all the equipment etc. Not a cruise for the faint of heart.

      • aquaclara

        What a story, Techie. You’re a good story-teller, and all the more important because it’s true.
        Thanks.

      • Lurkness

        Thank you for sharing. Sorry you had to go though this, but it is important to help document the insanity and abuse.

  • Mark

    Far be it from me to make suggestions about possible changes of tack to Shortarse, but… (refresh):

  • sugarplumfairy

    Stupid judge…

    • Captain Howdy

      I put as much faith in our legal system as I put in…

  • ze moo

    Don’t be so sure that NarCONon and Criminon and their ilk are going away. In the past NarCONon was worth 8-10 million a year to the clampire. Criminon, not so much. I have no idea what money they sent ‘uplines’. but it was probably not too much. The business plan for Criminon depends on grants and government money, who is going to pay them? Only the clams would do that.

    NarCONon may be under siege, but it still is worth money to Miscavage. Putting some distance between them and the rest of the clam scam makes sense, but it won’t save NarCONon or the reputation of $cientology. Both are beyond redemption in the public mind.

    Applied Scholastics is in the same boat, is it producing enough income to put up with the pr disaster it has become? Does anyone know how much AS is worth to Davy?

    ABLE still has the management genius of Lroon to sell and it membership ( WISE) to service. Does anybody know how much money ABLE actually brings in? That number is the determining factor in ABLEs existence. It is always about the money, except when it’s a floor wax.

    • Science Doc

      I want Narconon stay for the duration. It is the most vulnerable part of the target.

  • Well this is certainly disappointing but in light of the legal details understandable I suppose. Still sucks though, hope things work out better for the Garcias.

  • nottrue

    If you want to make alot of money start a religion..It doesn’t matter who you hurt, how much money you steal, how many lies you tell, how many lives you ruin…Just call it a Religion….SICKENING

  • Stacy

    So while 3 West African countries continue to be ravaged by Ebola and virtually every church in the world is raising money or sending volunteers to help, CoS’s big news is they’re re-arranging the organizational structure of their supposed social betterment programs? This makes me feel so unbelievably ill.

    • Jimmy3

      Oh god. I’d hate for one of those poor little Ebola viruses to contract Scientology.

      • Stacy

        Ok, that made me feel a little bit better

      • Science Doc

        It’s really hard to contract Scientology these days. Unlike Ebola, handling the victims of Scientology helps build up immunity.

      • Captain Howdy

        Ebola is an engram caused by your mother going to the zoo and being knocked unconscious by some flung monkey dung.

      • Baby

        JImmy did you get my post to you? xo

        • Jimmy3

          Yes, don’t worry about it xo

          • Baby

            cool.. we are in together my man..

    • outraged

      Scientology, all about the bass no treble. ScientoLIEogy, all about us, not you. We are here to give to society by giving to just us. Because we are the MOST important beings on the planet.

      I still don’t understand how those who are still-in can justify doing good for mankind when all of their money just goes back into DM’s coffers. All of their work is for themselves. Nada for anyone else. As if these, dare I say jerks, think that giving to themselves, lining DM’s pocket, is giving to the world.

      And not only is it the most narcissistic religion on earth, they take PRIDE in their selfishness. Doublespeak. We are the world, so giving to us is giving to the world. Selfish losers. Deluded beings.

      The still-ins need to do the ice bucket challenge, if only to clear their heads.

      I have been reluctant to ask this, but all of you here at the Bunker, all of you great people, working to bring down this vicious cult, how did YOU justify doing good at ScientoLIEogy. What did you tell yourselves in the deepest darkest hours of the night? Did you have doubts all along? Was the koolaide too strong? I want to understand. and I think this will help those who still remain.

      • Techie

        I see nobody answered your question, outraged. I can’t say I never had doubts, but it was pretty easy to give your all for the cause when you are fully convinced that the cause is all. Imagine – ebola is spreading in the world, having discovered how to spread by airborn vectors. Imagine you have the cure. Would you hesitate to stay up all night, or give up earthly possessions, or offend your family, if you knew with absolute positive certainty that if you did not, millions would die? The pitch of Scientology is even more desperately urgent than that. Not only will millions die if we don’t get LRH Basics Libraries in every library in the world, all mankind will end up shivering in the dark, alone. It is not just bad guys versus good guys, it is the very cause of all evil, insanity and war versus the spacemen in white, loyal officers of a galaxy long long ago. Who would not give their all for even a chance to stop all hunger, inequality and suffering? Who would not take up arms, or even hurt another, in such a just cause as this? I could say we believed the lie, but the truth is you can see through the lie pretty easily if you just look. We didn’t want to look. We wanted to think there was at least a chance, maybe just a slim chance, that Hubbard was right on the big picture even if the local scene showed he was massively wrong. The stakes were eternity. What is a little rice and beans while you run around a pole, measured against your eternity?That’s another reason why it is sad that these poor excuses for Scientology lawyers were able to buy a judge and defeat Vance. His book is a pretty good explanation of how you get hooked by the gateway drugs of early successes in Scientology and end up a believer in something you don’t really understand. “When you believe in things/ That you don’t understand/ Then you suffer…/Superstition’s not the Way….Rid me of the problem, do all that you can/ Keep me in a daydream, keep me goin’ strong/ You don’t wanna save me, sad is my song /….Superstition’s not the Way http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QQAbzLUl9ns

        • outraged

          Thank you so much.
          YOu have NO idea how much I appreciate your answer.
          I felt a little intrusive?.

          You have made me feel much more comfortable.
          Down with SciFi!!
          Dow with Cults
          down with the dow. (kidding…)

      • April

        But…but…but warning people about those evil deadly psychiatrists is helping people!! If medicine can’t cure mental illness, then it should not be treated with medicine. Kind of like diabetes.
        And teaching people how to look words up in a dictionary; that’s priceless tech that no one else ever thought of before LRH!!?!

    • Todd Tomorrow

      you’d fucking think they’d cancel this years,”gala.” to go help. But no,they have a new corperate structure to announce. Well,what you said,Stacy.

    • Jgg2012

      Only Co$ can save the planet. Forget the Red Cross, World Vision, UN refugee agencies, firefighters, doctors without borders, etc.

  • Jimmy3

    Voice for Humanity, huh? How’s about Zip it for Zip it.
    http://youtu.be/fK8mneO8yvU

    • Observer

      Those subtitles are whack.

  • Science Doc

    So Davy needs a name for a new startup. I watched South Park the other night and learned that The Washington Redskins is available as a name that can not have trademark protection, unlike Voice for Humanity. The kids on South Park even came up with a logo and a slogan that are very much in keeping with Davy’s esthetic as well.

  • Eclipse-girl

    OK, time for the late afternoon (US) shift to get their fingers working.
    You are angry about this court decision. Take your anger out by flagging these offensive CL ads
    You know how much better you feel when are done.

    https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1-Kvg78kCcvo5gL7UfPcmhmbsagTNtdj0y2LAiHVFrCU/pubhtml

    • Pierrot

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    • Vaquera

      One ad from Las Vegas says, “Tired of money problems? Does the thought of one more bill make you crazy? We can help you and your family with your money issues. We have quick inexpensive courses that will help you get out of the financial hole you’re in.”

      ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!!

      • FromPolandWithLove

        I would rather say ARE YOU F…ING KIDDING ME ?!!

      • Jimmy3

        They’re not lying. If money is a problem for you, they have a solution.

        • Observer

          Yeah, but their solution is the same as the casinos’. The difference is you (the general “you”, not you specifically) can have fun in a casino without being forced to prance around in a superhero costume made for someone 30 years younger and 100 pounds lighter. And there’s a small chance you actually will win in a casino.

          • Jimmy3

            Of course you can have fun in a casino without being dressed as a superhero, just not as much.

            • Observer

              You, sir, are incorrigible.

  • Omg what is wrong with you guys. Scientology is the victim here. Vance was obviously about to sue them into bankruptcy with his immeasurable fortune. Get with the program. Religious freedom ftw

    • Douglas D. Douglas

      Your Cognition is AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • cdub

    Considering their ongoing contraction, just what is the mindset of the still-ins?
    That the psychs have joined forces with an international police organization — all backed by the banking industry — in a conspiracy to suppress their “movement”?
    That upper management is nuts and members are just passing time til Ron returns?
    That it’s “all my fault” and if I can just, grunt, get both my ethics and my team’s ethics IN, well then the org will start growing.
    That upper management knows all, sees all, and is all wise. Thus changing all the 2-/12 and 5 year staff contracts to billion year sea org contracts will be exactly the right action at the right time. (My guess for the big announcement at IAS.)
    FOR THE UBER-RICH: I’m just here for the promises that I can carry my ability to remain amazingly rich from lifetime to lifetime.
    That evil aliens heard what Scientology is doing at planet Earth and are working night and day to destroy it.
    That thousands of suppressives were originally attracted to it in the 50s-60s-70s-80s and they’ve been purged so we’re kinda starting over again.

    • Cosmo Pidgeon

      All of the above maybe.

  • 1subgenius

    Hmmmm, no Volunteer Ministers at the sites of Ebola breakouts.

    No touch assists, or even pamphlets.
    DM should dispatch some immediately.

    • Dancing Cranberry

      Unfortunately, the VMs might return with the virus on board and, given their reluctance to use the mainstream health care system, the VMs might infect a lot of people before they’re stopped. So, perhaps they should sit this one out.

      • 1subgenius

        You are forgetting about the super powers.
        And the fact that Ebola is likely just a state of mind.

      • Captain Howdy

        Seeing as how there’s still no flight ban to West Africa and the mainstream health care system in Texas sent “Ebola Marty” home, telling him he had a cold, I think the vulture ministers are the least of our concern.

    • yeah and we have ernest angley here in cuyahoga falls who has gone to africa and waved his hands over crowds and ‘cured’ them of aids, so why isn’t he going to do that with ebola? and let’s get some $ci touch assists for ebola….i mean all they need is TWTH pamphlets, touch assists and the purif right? SMDH…

      i think this ebola crisis is of such a magnitude only DM HIMSELF could properly personally apply it….

      • Frodis73

        Argh! I hate that sleaze bag Angley. That fake hair is awful, but he’s a scammer too. The guy he replaced, I’m blanking on his name now….damn. My dad worked there for awhile and they were all pretty open about what a scam it was. A lot of the same folks still there, so nothing has changed. Say it with me Tia: Bay Bee!

        • remember when it was discovered all the buffay workers were ‘volunteers’ after that guy murdered the teen girl in the kitchen? the dept. of labor stepped in and they had to start paying them minimum wage….

          i can vaguely ‘see’ the guy angley replaced but am blanking on the name….my friend eddie does a perfect impersonation of angley’s “bay bee jesus!”

          i shake my head now every time i drive by there….

          • Frodis73

            Yes! Lol. Well, the murder isn’t funny. My distrust of folks like that was either implanted early (ha) by my father or I’m just that way. I did go up there with him a few times when I was really young-I remember not liking it & everyone seemed too nice, or fake. Something was off even in this 6 yr olds brain.

            I keep thinking Rex something or another. Humbard!! That’s his name. A real sleaze bag too. The whole family is pretty bad. They brag about going to these remote places in Africa–to viewer’s they say look how many ppl came to hear “the word”. In reality there is *nothing* around for miles and miles and nobody speaks English….start a concert up with music and ppl will come flooding in no matter what your message is.

            • Yep REX!! cuz they call that ‘tower’ rex’s erection!! Rex Humbard….

              that trip to africa though, waving his hand (this was ernest) over people with aids then claiming they were ‘cured’–DESPICABLE!!! and until THAT we would occasional go to the buffay, good food! but after that? uh no….

              the fake sincerity and niceness just oozes from some of those people…they are the most hypocritical people ever!

            • Frodis73

              LOL, how in Xenu’s name could I forget Rex’s erection? I’m dying over here.
              Yes, they are just despicable to say they have a cure for anything…hey, sounds familiar. I wish they’d all go live on an island themselves…they can pray & audit each other til the end comes.

            • yeah, rex’s erection still standing tall after all these years!! i’m all for that—send those evangelicals and scientologists on an island somewhere! WITH rex’s erection!!

      • Observer

        I remember the first time I stumbled across him, back in the mid-80s. I sat frozen in horrified fascination for a few minutes before moving on.

        • Frodis73

          It’s kinda hypnotizing a bit…I check in for laughs from time to time. Then at the end they hold their palm up and tell you to touch your palm to his and Jeebus’ power will heal you via the tv screen. ROTFLMAO that ppl do and believe this.
          ETA-I bet he looks exactly the same to you,just more wrinkles. His hair is Trump/JT awful.

          • Observer

            It was the pompadour/white shoe combo that mesmerized me.

        • i use to be transfixed by benny hinn in the early 90s on cable….i was in college and would get home from work late and watch his show and his ‘healings’ and just be sort of a combination of awe and anger of how he basically tricked those people to believe he cured them and they believed it at that moment….i always wondered what their faces were like when the reality hit them probably the next day….the best was when he ‘cured’ a woman with chronic sinus problems and she yelled “god cured my sinuses” i yelled back “but he clogged them first!”….i’ve always been strange ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Gerard Plourde

        He’s still alive? I remember seeing him on TV about twenty years ago.

        • yep, he’s 93….i don’t think he’s as active as he use to be though….

        • Frodis73

          He looks dead with that wig and all the make up. I wonder at times…

    • Captain Howdy

      They may be crazy but they’re not stupid.

      • FromPolandWithLove

        I thought that Ebola disease is state of mind. Ask Jenna Elfman ;p

        • Captain Howdy

          In the scilon world, just like in the fundie world, you get HIV/AIDS generally speaking from being a “degenerate”. That narrative doesn’t work with Ebola.

          • FromPolandWithLove

            Just for clarity: “fundie ” it means fundamentalists ( usually WASPs , right wing whackos) ?
            We also have them in Poland ( christian, right wing fundamentalists) ( I know “christian” and “right wing fundamentalist” should be oxymoron, but in this world they often are synonyms)

            • Captain Howdy

              Yes.

          • Eclipse-girl

            You mean that Ebola crosses all barriers, where as HIV / AIDS was a “gay” disease?

            Only assholes promote that idea (not that you did)

            In Africa, HIV / AIDS was primarily a disease of straight people.

      • 1subgenius

        That’s kinda where I was going with this.
        Which of the “OT’s” wouldn’t break out of their delusion when confronted with this kind of reality?

        • Baby

          Good point sub.. Selective, huh?

  • Just Dee

    I think a lot more people should be suing. Everyone was sue happy when it came time to sue the IRS. Exes actually have legitimate reasons to sue scientology. (fraud at the very least) Are people waiting to see how the handful of current lawsuits go – The Garcia’s Monique, Laura’s? The N.A.F.C. & Ryan Hamilton will eventually destroy Narconon, but a few more exes (a few hundred) should all be filing lawsuits against scientology.

  • Sherbet

    OT: I probably won’t be around for a few days, but I’ll be back eventually. Keep pummeling scientology with wit and intelligence, Bunkerites.

    • Observer

      I will miss your, er, asherbic wit. Take as long as you need, but come back as soon as you can. ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Sherbet

        Oooooh, excellent pun, Obs.

        • Observer

          I wouldn’t pun for just anyone.

    • Captain Howdy

      As long as you have a (mad) doctor’s note when you return, it’s cool.

      • Sherbet

        Will a chiropractor suffice?

        • Observer

          You’re poking the bearshark …

        • Captain Howdy

          That or a Nautopath will suffice.

    • NOLAGirl

      I’ll miss you Sherb. Hurry back. ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Sherbet

        I’ll try, NOLA. Circumstances are beyond my control, but I’m doing my best.

        • NOLAGirl

          No pressure. We’ll save your seat for you for as long as you’re gone. (((hugs)))

    • Eclipse-girl

      Have fun. I hope it is for fun. I want a lift in that ship, some time

    • aquaclara

      Hope things are ok. Come back soon. We’re saving your seat.

    • April

      Take care, Sherbet.

  • nottrue

    Sorry Vance….May your wishes all come true….

  • Observer

    OT, but I need suggestions from the Bunkeroos. I want to do an epic
    year-in-review shoop, and I can’t decide which events to put in (except
    for the Hambo juggernaut, of course). So many big things have happened this year that they’re all kind of blurring together. So what are your favorite stories? I’ll keep a tally and do the top five or so in addition to the Narconon apocalypse.

    If you haven’t seen it, below is the New Year’s Eve shoop I did last year, and this one will be along the same lines.

    *refresh*

    • Vaquera

      Vanity Fair’s story on Shelly Miscaviage.

      • Tony Ortega

        Weak.

        • Anonymous

          Not to kiss ass too blatantly, but how about this:

          Tony Ortega’s original breaking news story on the disappearance of Shelly Miscavige.

    • Jimmy3

      Please include everything from this article: http://tonyortega.org/2014/01/10/black-hearts-and-burning-crosses-scientology-litigation-is-getting-weird-in-texas/comment-page-1/

      Captain Blackheart and the “she thinks my e-meter’s sexy” kid. Pls thx.

      • Just Dee

        That’s a great shop, although she does have to change his face. He looks a lot more old, stressed, & sickly looking.

      • Jimmy3

        Not a picture of the kid in the shoop. I’m thinking like make an e-meter look sexy somehow.

        • Observer

          You mean like in this one? refresh

          • Jimmy3

            Haha yes.

    • Just Dee

      I want to think about it a little. Like you said, it’s an epic year. So many choices!

      • Observer

        You can give more than one.

    • Unex Skcus

      Love your shoops… if possible could you you use some more recent pics of DM, such as the ones from the Sydney org opening?

      • Observer

        I think the Sydney opening would be a great event to include, especially with the rehearsal pics. Haha!

        • I was just going to suggest the Sydney rehearsal. Davy looked like shit without his hair and makeup on. Or perhaps something referring to the two side by side pics that were going around taken just months apart where he looked like he had suddenly lost tons of weight and looked really ill.

          • Baby

            Yep Evil Ages ya Kitteh

    • NOLAGirl

      An NAFC space-fighter firing a giant laser in the Narconon side of Davey’s Death Star, leaving a massive, smoking hole in it.

    • aquaclara

      The Proprietor making a certain someone crazy, of course. It is the story. Rinder making him crazy-that’s two. Ryan Hamilton. Certain lawyers in Texas, etc.

      • NOLAGirl

        That would make a great separate shoop “The Horses of the Scientology Apocalypse” with all the people you mentioned on horseback galloping towards Flag.

        • Observer

          I’ve already done a similar one. refresh

          EDIT: I need to add the Bunker.

          • NOLAGirl

            Can’t believe I missed that one. Another of your greats Obs. ๐Ÿ™‚

          • aquaclara

            This is a thing of beauty at the highest orders of magnitude. You are the shoop d’artiste.

            ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Mark

      Something involving Shortarse exploding in a shower of shit would be niceโ€”or what about the way the cult’s started losing money so fast?

      • Observer

        Since the first one hasn’t happened yet I can’t do it (though it would be a hoot). The second one has definite possibilities.

        • Anonymous

          By the way, just rummaging around for images a few days ago I found this…provided here for one reason only and that is as a possible inspiration for other ideas along a similar artistic vector. This artwork is quite something.

      • Anonymous

        SOS?

        • Mark

          Or in Shortarse’s case, SOB: Shower of Bile?

          • Anonymous

            I see what you did there.

            COB = Cornucopia of BS.

    • Frodis73

      I can’t add any suggestions at the moment, but I know it will be epic.

      • Baby

        ” but I know it will be epic

        ( Your suggestion or Obs project Shoop?) ha

        • Frodis73

          lol, Obs shoop, def not my musings. Hope you are all better btw.

          • Baby

            Thanks doggie.. sigh ; / .. xo

    • Eclipse-girl

      Barbara Cordova

      Garcias?

      Monique Rathbun – depending on the result from the appellate court.

      Manueal Oliveira , if it is true she got our of SO.

      Jeff Augustine’s podcasst and Money Project

      — too many. I apologise

    • Just Dee

      Kim Poff & Mike DeLong’s lawsuits for wrongful termination. Their reports being burried about the recommendation to close Narconon in Oklahoma because they didn’t want to take them to court.

      • Observer

        That’s a great story, but it would be a bit difficult to put into a shoop. It needs to be something that can be easily represented visually.

        • Just Dee

          Hmmm okay – the couple that was accused of having an affair could be having sex on the desk with the reports underneath….. errr never mind lol

          • Observer

            o.O

          • Lurkness

            While this is a stand alone photo–not good for a composite, but a base for burying the report in Oklahoma.

            provenance is Burying the Body of Joseph (illustration from the 1890 Holman Bible)

        • Lurkness

          Perhaps a visual of burying the report.

        • aquaclara

          The crashing and burning of Narconon. Hambo, Oklahoma, Michigan, Georgia, California, Canada, Florida, and the note I saw on RFTTP that there have been 84 lawsuits against NN. Much richness here, and room for Tony’s Bunker puppy dog.

    • Anonymous

      Some possible thoughts; not proposing these as a TOP 7, but just among the many events / items you might want to consider including by way of some visual reference:

      Something about Nancy Cartwright – possibly the Baby Buddha thingy

      The George White confirmation that the original OT VIII essentially was: LRH = Lucifer (sort of, anyway)

      The Hamilton suits against Narconon (as you already mentioned)

      The evolutionary turn of Marty becoming a flat-out anti-Scientologist

      The Super Power / New FLAG building flop (not last year’s opening, but the subsequent low traffic)

      The nearing collapse of PAC Base as evidenced the Sea Org takeover of LA Org

      Just some ideas…I realize that some of the above would be more difficult than others for conveyance via a simple visual reference.

      Looking forward to seeing your masterpiece!

      • Lurkness

        While SP/Flag opening was last year (depending on how you are measuring) with the Florida IAS event, the flying Apostates/Rinder is a classic and I think it has caused continuing entheta for event planning. Absent something new from the UK, it is worthy for inclusion.

      • Stephanie Loving

        Brilliant art-slamming at it’s finest. Anon wonderful suggestions. I love the way you guys encourage each other and the work just gets better and better. A high traffic of talent on Tony’s Bunker. I rarely post but as I said above, Obs should do a ‘Shoop Book’ … peelable stickers of his best and then folks can sticker the Orgs ala Banksy style (at night).

    • Illinoisian

      Flag Down should be on the short list.

      • Observer

        Excellent!

    • Illinoisian

      Multiple Org buildings have been purchased and are now in states of neglect and deterioration (and subject to legal action). There are some great images of them. (Actually, there are so many that an entire opus could be devoted them.) Not sure that this could be considered an ‘event’ for 2014, however. Many were bought years ago. On the other hand, the events of this year have made it certain that they will never be fitted out as Orgs.

      • Baby

        Oh Lincoln that would be great..

    • Illinoisian

      Last year, Anon Godzilla. This year, The Incredible Shrinking Membership?

      • Mark

        • aquaclara

          This is funny. Even though I am predisposed to pigs.
          Lol
          Thanks, Mark! Love when you get your crayons out.

        • Stephanie Loving

          You too Mark — perfect irony for the take-down. You should also put a sticker book together … send it out in PDF format to the Bunker and I’m sure people with access to labels and a printer can get busy and printing and stick your work up near their local “org” … along with Observer. Would love to see the SO minions scraping off the stickers furiously with their Goo Gone. Might be reading while scraping?

    • Sir_Real

      Perhaps not so much a major event but one certainly not to be forgotten, the excruciatingly embarrassing appearance by Sylvia Stanard at Chautauqua Institution.

    • Just please don’t include a certain Portrait Painting that freeks some of us out ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Baby

        PUHLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLEASE FOR THE LOVE OF XENU..

        Edit..I mean Please don’t..( I agree with cute Kitteh)

    • Baby

      Potemkin village..

    • Todd Tomorrow

      You have to put the parking signs for,”The Extras” they brought in to open flag. lulz

      • Todd Tomorrow

        also,those that have escaped the cult!

    • Baby

      OMG so many stories..so little time..hahaha .. but wow last years was fabulous.. so don’t think of any pressure to top it.. xoxo

    • Stephanie Loving

      Observer your work is amazing. Funny. Ironic. Angry. Concise. Intelligent. And did I say funny? Have you considered an “Ob-Shoop-Shoop” coffee table book? You can make a book online. Print a few … leave them, or have them left, at the Org doorsteps. Do you know Ron English? Graffiti and Sticker artist? He did a wonderful book called “Ron English’s Stickerable Art Offenses” (google it). All his art in the book slamming so much in our commercial moneyworld societay is in the book in peel-off format, so you can peel and post or stick his art-protest anywhere. The stickers for the cereal aisle in your local supermarket are especially perfect. If you decide to do a Obs-Sticker-Shoop tome, you could sticker every flat surface on LRH way ;o)
      FYI–I love reading the Bunker (don’t really post) but I feel this group of thinkers is one of the best collections of writers and stalwart agitators I’ve ever come across. Highly talented people and better, people with moxie. Troopers in the best sense of the word. Thanks so much.

    • FollowTheMoney

      Feckin’ cool, Obs. Re your query..

      How about some of the cool (for us) and stupid stuff that was said by them during court cases e.g. Are you trying to pick a fight with scientology? And – even if my client has a black heart…

      Also: the story about the release of historical documentation that outlined the need for only one hours ‘family time’ a week Was heart breaking and infuriating.

      I’m with Sir Real, too. Sylvia Stanards appearance at Chautauqua really gave us the best view we’ve had of scientology in ages and how poorly it deals with tough questions from genuine people.

    • grundoon

      Lumberjack Dave cutting down the trees
      IAS donor dress-up
      Fearless Leader with claymore
      Chris Shelton speaks out

  • Eclipse-girl

    Bunkerites —
    You have fingers
    I need them

    You need to go an flag these ads

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    • Juicer77

      Punch buggy Red-X ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Juicer77

    Take a few minutes while you’re winding down from a busy week and Red X those pesky Craiglist ads! Here’s the google document https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1-Kvg78kCcvo5gL7UfPcmhmbsagTNtdj0y2LAiHVFrCU/pubhtml

    • Eclipse-girl

      I was out to dinner and when I returned I posted this when You did

      GMTA

  • DeElizabethan

    OT. WWP is back up and running.

  • Lurkness

    With the recent developments favorable to Scientology and their SLAPP strategy, although not yet final or conclusive, there is always the possibility that the Dwarfenfuehrer doubles down eventually with NarCONon by moving this from a purportedly secular endeavor (we know it has been a profit center and cult recruitment tool) and trying to fully cloak it in religiosity. After all, that is directly from Tubbards own playbook when FDA and other authorities cracked down on emeters/dianetics/scientology.

  • Sydjazz

    Ohh man a win for dm ๐Ÿ™ didn’t want it but half expected it they are desparate

  • Lurkness

    I also hope future lawsuits press the issue of “repayments” (funds provided to Sciendollary for future services) relative to their agreement with IRS. Their purported arbitration process and other new procedures are in DIRECT CONFLICT with their representations and agreement with the IRS. If nothing else, perhaps a court or two might direct the IRS’ attention to this violation of the tax exemption agreement.

    The IRS agreement provides as to “refunds” and “repayments”:

    “It has been a long-standing policy of the Church that if someone is dissatisfied with their Scientology services and asks to have their contributions returned within a three month period, these amounts will be returned. Likewise, if the person asks for return of contributions for which no services were received (i.e. an advance payment), there is no three month limitation period. Anyone newly enrolling in services at a Church of Scientology is informed of the policies and signs an agreement to abide by them. As a further condition of receiving a refund or repayment, the person understands that they may not again receive services from the Church.

    Within the Church, there are two separate terms: A “refund” refers to a return of contributions to a parishioner within 90 days of participating in religious services while a “repayment” refers to a return of a parishioner’s advance payment before he or she has participated in religious services. For simplicity, the following discussion will use the term “refund” to describe both types of transactions, because both involve a return of parishioner contributions.

    The Church’s refund policy is exceedingly fair. If someone isn’t happy with Scientology — which is a very small minority of people — he simply has to make a proper request for his donations back, agree to forego further services and his donations will be returned. For the Church, in addition to the fact that this policy aligns with Scientology principles of exchange, it also serves the purpose of allowing our churches and the parishioners who are very happy with Scientology, to carry on without the unhappy few in their midst.”

    • Anonymous

      Great point.

      I especially like this line from the church’s application to the IRS:

      “The Church’s refund policy is exceedingly fair.”

      Well, yes the policy is fair…or it least it sounds fair. But the application of that policy is anything but, as in, it is extremely difficult to get one’s unused advance payments back and one is subject to Fair Game just for asking.

      But that is always the way with Scientology leadership…they will say / agree to just about anything to get their way…they then will subsequently do whatever they damn well please.

      • Lurkness

        Exactly! Lying liars who lie–with impunity.

      • Lurkness

        Funny too how “exchange” was such a fundamental principle that they didn’t even contemplate Dwarfenhuehrer’s straight extortion for regged “donations” (to avoid lawsuits and refunds) in the agreement with the IRS.

        • Anonymous

          Most Org’s actually did operate on the idea of exchange…a long, long time ago. It was fairly easy to document some weirdness, show it to the right folks and get a correction. That is so far gone now that it is almost hard to conceive that it ever existed. But that very concept of out-exchange is probably at the heart of the grievances of many ex-Scientotlogists.

          And good observation…decades old policy did not anticipate the straight donations of the current environment and is incapable of providing workable guidance to handle disputes. Break out the Declares and Fair Game…which is sort of the default “solution” to most disputes today.

    • sookiesookie

      I’ve never seen this before – thank you for posting it. I’ve been disgusted with the outcomes of trials before, but now that I’ve read this, I just do not understand how any plaintiff asking for a refund could be denied satisfaction in a court of law?!?! I’m flabbergasted at the amount of deception that they’re allowed to get away with.

      And it takes a lot to gast my flabber. ๐Ÿ™

  • (refresh)
    “I am the Great and Powerful Voice for Humanity
    What do I say?
    Caption contest

    • Todd Tomorrow

      Freud would have a field day with this pic. Look at how many things you see.

    • Douglas D. Douglas

      Is that an ear fart???

      • Todd Tomorrow

        No,never heard of fire in the lobe.

    • ShoopZ

      “Pay no attention to that Munchkin under the curtain.”

    • Baby

      Uhm… Sanity? You Had it all along..

      Scientology took it away

      • Lurkness

        what r you doing up? Back to bed and feel better soon!!!

        • Baby

          Thanks Lurk.. I’m heading right now.. I couldn’t sleep because my freakin ear is on Fire.. Another apt. on Monday..xo

          It went to itchin and now absolutely burning.. I can NOT begin to tell you how much it hurts. It feels like a hornet’s nest inside. And around the outside of my ear. It is absolutely insane.

          It is really inflamed.. nerve endings..ugh

          ( I’m not looking for sympathy you guys..no need to respond) night xoxo

          • Lurkness

            That’s awful–ear infections can be the worst. Hope it heals quickly and you are feeling better really soon. Take care please!

            • Baby

              Ugh..I have never had one like this before… Thanks Lurk..I always love seeing your avi
              ” Poppin up..” ( ha)

  • Captain Howdy

    I am so done with PBS/WGHB, I can’t even speak..and these idiots wonder why they’re on the verge of losing the Senate.

    • Frodis73

      I have to ask what were you watching?

      • Captain Howdy

        A show on public broadcasting that was celebrating how white people were becoming a minority in America.

        • Robert Eckert

          That’s actually happened several times. “White” originally only meant Anglo-Saxons. The panic in the 1850’s by the “Native Americans” (that did not mean “dirty injuns” back then) was about the swarms of Germans, who were increasingly coming over after the 1848 troubles. After the Civil War, “whites” was redefined to include all northern European Protestants, but of course Irish, Italians, Poles, etc. did not count, and there were rants about the creeping “Romanism” of the country, not to speak of the Jews (who were most certainly not what was meant by “white people”). It wasn’t until Protestantism started to fall to around 50% of the country that whiteness was restored to majority status by accepting Jews and Catholics of sufficiently pale shade, although Latinos have continued to be seen as too brown– rather arbitrarily really, since some Sicilians, say, might be swarthier than some Mexicans. The solution to “whites becoming a minority” will simply be to accept Latinos and Asians as honorarily white, and unite everybody against the Africans: you know that is what it is really about.

  • Couch_Incident

    “Voice for Humanity” is all fine and well, but who here among us shall step forward to be the Voice for Marcabians???

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  • Truthiwant

    There are a few more Ron And Mary Sue comics published just now http://wp.me/p3a0JR-kS

  • Eivol Ekdal

    Yesterday I was on the phone with a network engineer with our company…
    Where do you work from?
    – London, but today I am working from home.
    Ah, where is that?
    -West Sussex
    Where about in West Sussex?
    – East Grinststead
    Hmm, I am trying to remember what is in East Grinstead…
    – (pause)…Well there is the Scientology place here, but I am NOT a Scientologist.
    Oh yeah! Hey did you know that their annual gala is next weekend at Saint Hill?
    – No
    Yeah you should checkout tonyortega.org, a website run by a journalist that has been covering their shenanigans for years.
    -Thanks

    • Baby

      OMG Eivol.. I LOVE IT.. I wonder if he is one of us? hmmm

  • anoni81b4u

    My dad always told me ” A fool and his money are soon parted”
    I am guessing that L Ron Hubbards dad told him the same thing…
    but it had a different effect

  • PoisonIvyHerself

    Although logically I understand this is the loss of one minor skirmish over one crumbling castle in what is the equivalent of a 100 year’s war, the judge’s easy acquiescence to the “religious free speech” argument and the bitter irony of THIS organization using “Anti-Slapp” as their defense still saddens me on an emotional level. One of the reasons I’ve been away most of the time is my own first experience with the LA Superior Civil Court (and its judges) and I’m beginning to think justice is not blind, but arbitrary, moody and capricious. IMHO, the law seems to be set up to protect wrongdoers in every way possible until they finally run out of the hundreds and hundreds of loopholes the law gives them in which to hide. But that’s just me.

    • Robert Eckert

      It’s not just you. It does depend somewhat on where you are in the country, but the judicial system is rigged towards those with money everywhere, and the California judiciary is one of the worst.

  • chuckbeattyexseaorg75to03

    “… perhaps Vance is better off with a quick loss. We wish him the best in future pursuits. And weโ€™re still very partial to the great job he did with us reading Dianetics from cover to cover last year.”

    Thankyou again Tony for this incredible coverage of Scientology ongoing history, particularly these legal cases.

    Scientology’s mess is only 60 or so years young, and the victories over Scientology’s mess to me are mainly in the smart people who’ve summarized Scientology and Hubbard’s bad nature and reasons to stay away from it.

    Thanks for even taking on Scientology, it is a long term job really understanding it and those who like Vance are compelled to extract some justice back out of this created subject!

    All the clever analogies about Hubbard and Scientology are so true.

  • Deeana

    Wouldn’t the lawyer who drew up the complaint have known what should and should not have been addressed in the suit? Who was the lawyer?
    This one seems to be not so much that Cof$ won, but that the plaintiff lost.

    • daytoncapri

      Very important post. Thank you.