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Scientology’s latest filing in the Trout Run zoning fight: We bleed for all religions

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The saga at Trout Run continues as Scientology’s property arm produced another court filing and let loose with a whine of epic proportions.

We’ve been following developments in Frederick County, Maryland where Scientology tried a stealthy move to put one of its Narconon drug rehab facilities in a rustic location through an end-around of local zoning rules.

Scientology, through its property-buying front group, Social Betterment Properties International (SBPI), paid $4.85 million for a location known as Trout Run, a decaying fish camp that had stood in for Camp David on The West Wing. Although the parcel was not zoned for a drug rehab center, SBPI learned that if the property could be put on the county’s list of historic places, it could get a special exception as a group home.

So SBPI set about convincing the county’s Historic Preservation Commission that Trout Run fit several criteria for a historic place. It only then needed rubber-stamping by the county council, which had always agreed with the commission in the past. Through April that appeared to be what would happen, even though the council heard from concerned citizens who didn’t like Scientology’s caper. Then, on June 2, the council stunned everyone by voting 6-1 against putting the parcel on the historic places list, saying that Trout Run really wasn’t all that unique or historic.

Scientology then filed a petition for judicial review, saying that in fact the council had succumbed to discriminatory talk about Scientology.

The county answered that Trout Run’s suitability for the historic list was legitimately in doubt, and that the council was not a rubber stamp but could, in fact, make its own decision, regardless of what the Historic Preservation Commission had found. SBPI had simply failed to persuade the council of its case, the county’s attorney told the court.

In other words, the county says its decision was legally sound, and Scientology can go fish, as it were. And even though the county won’t go there, we can certainly tell you that Scientology’s drug rehab network is mired in controversy after numerous patient deaths and scores of lawsuits over its essentially deceptive nature. Narconon is bad news, and local governments are gradually getting wise to it, refusing zoning requests recently from Australia to Canada. But anyway, that’s not (officially) the issue in Maryland.

And now, Scientology gets a chance to reply, and it swings for the fences, as it always does. Hey, Scientology, you want some bread with this whine?

It should be noted that the decision of the Court has important significance not only to the Petitioner [SBPI] but to all religious organizations, particularly in this day and age in which we are all reminded to practice tolerance for different religions and not to stand in judgment of beliefs that may be different from others. If the Council’s decision is left to stand, the Court will be sending a message to the Council that it is acceptable to value and treat a group differently because of what it is alleged to believe or not believe, and adherents of different religions could be in jeopardy of future unequal treatment.

After nailing themselves to that cross, Scientology’s attorneys then go back to their original argument, that plenty of evidence was submitted to the county council that should have convinced it to name Trout Run historic, and only religious discrimination explains the June 6-1 vote against it.

Also, as a sideshow, Scientology filed numerous motions asking that submissions by local citizens be struck from the record. This is after the county had notified those people, telling them that it was proper for them to do so, since they had identified themselves as interested parties.

We sure are curious to see whether the court allows those reports, and whether it will back up the county council’s decision.

Here’s Scientology’s court filing. We look forward to your thoughts on it!

Trout Run: Petitioner's Reply

 
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  • beauty for ashes

    How much is this costing the Gov’t? Or does Sci have to pay for all these hearings and motions and work because they aren’t getting their way? Seriously I’m sure local funds could be used sooo much better!

    • Gerard Plourde

      I would think that the defense is being handled by the County Attorney who is an employee of the county and is most likely in a salaried position.

      • Sunny Sands

        Yes, and they only have so many hours in the day. Sci wants to overwhelm the system, because they think the county will cave.

        • TheHoleDoesNotExist

          A common tactic too.

    • daisy

      Beauty Will you send me a reply so I can see if E-mail working.

      • beauty for ashes

        No, I wont, I don’t feel like being helpful. 😉

        • daisy

          LOL- I got I, my sister is wonky. The problem is with her. Than you so much .

          • beauty for ashes

            Yeah! UR welcome so much.

  • Cars

    Has anyone heard of this book or writer?

    https://twitter.com/MariusJeanPier/status/675898733511491584

    • First time I hear about it.

    • TheHoleDoesNotExist

      OT levels were made up by the government and other stuff, so scientology stole it. Yeah, I know.

      https://whyweprotest.net/threads/you-dont-know-the-truth-about-scientology-i-do.110732/
      This is from 2013)

      http://whois.domaintools.com/hacsonet.com

      Oh my so many books yet to come out – !
      https://whyweprotest.net/threads/twenty-upcoming-books-on-scientology.124766/

      • Cars

        Oh hell and damn. Just scanned wwp dot net and got the gist of it. Thanks. Going back in to read some more…

        • TheHoleDoesNotExist

          Leave breadcrumbs for this one. We may have to send a search party:)

          • Cars

            More than that, I’m tying a rope around my waist bumper and to the Bunker door handle. I’m also taking in fresh supplies and pharmaceuticals, I think the writer will need them. brb

            • TheHoleDoesNotExist

              Don’t forget a record player and some Marley:) Oh, and that picture on book cover – not him I don’t think. Haitian. WWP has picture from his twitter account. LOL, now I’m lost.

            • Cars

              You’re being bad… and I like it!

              While I’m gone… woman no cry.

            • TheHoleDoesNotExist

              I’m not goin’ back down there, no way! You takin’ one for the team? While you’re away, I’ll write you a little ditty for your brave, brave deed:

              “Getting Lost on Highway WWP”

              They’re crawlin’ outta the woodwork, Cars
              I don’t know how they slid in
              From the darkest corners of the Land of Mars
              And far beyond the rim

              Another sign of the Reckoning’s last stretch
              You know the end is now near
              When even the ones scientology rejects
              Are booking the time they went clear

            • Cars

              Ok, just came up briefly for air to tell you this: I swear I heard my name and you singing a new little ditty while I was deep in those subterranean levels of conspiracy theories about scientology and US covert agencies. Eerie, heh?

              But I digress… while crawling down there through the dark crazies, I remembered this Lawrence Wright tweet from a few hours ago, “Here is at least one victory the CIA can claim.” He linked to this story http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/modern-art-was-cia-weapon-1578808.html It is titled, Modern art was CIA ‘weapon’ Revealed: how the spy agency used unwitting artists such as Pollock and de Kooning in a cultural Cold War

              If it had been suggested by anyone but Wright, I wouldn’t have bothered. Instead, I found it fascinating. You might it interesting as well. If you go, don’t forget the breadcrumbs…

              BTW – Wow, those verses are good! You’re fast, too!

            • TheHoleDoesNotExist

              Will read tomorrow – I faintly remember something about Pollock – and yes, I think this Wright fellow gets it right! Yeah, i’m fast on the draw.

    • Swim To Get Out”

      One summer day in 1994 while watching television, I saw a commercial about “the reactive mind” for a book called Dianetics. Upon further investigation I discovered it was by L. Ron Hubbard, the founder of The Church of Scientology.

      I called the number, went to the Dianetics and Scientology Organization in New York City, bought a few books, and started basic courses. Before I knew it, I was sucked into his world and I became a Scientologist, methodically following L. Ron Hubbard’s teachings and principles.

      By 1997, I moved to Atlanta to join the staff of the Public Contact Division as a “Dianetics auditor.” Auditing about 1,000 hours of Dianetics, I met new people everyday who wished to learn about Scientology and the services we offered.

      I was doing so well in getting new people buying Scientology Training & Auditing courses with Dianetics, the Atlanta Org sent me to The Flag Service Organization in Clearwater, Florida as part of their TTC (Technical Training Corps) to train full-time as a Scientology Class V Auditor which was a privilege as far as scientologists are concerned.

      Then I came back to Atlanta before completion so I could be recruited by Flag for Scientology’s para-military organization: The Sea Org, in addition to the Flag Service Organization (FSO) in Clearwater, Florida.

      The FSO is considered “The Mecca of Scientology.”

      While I was there, many events shook the FSO and Scientology as a whole. The Super Power “groundbreaking event” in 1998 along with Lisa McPherson’s medical and auditing scandals impacted the organizations.

      Eventually I became a Medical Liaison Officer as part of a well-trained and educated team in the Medicial Liaison Office (MLO). The MLO was restructured under former Captain FSO, Debbie Cook, who was the face of the organization around the world & now out of the Sea Org.

      As a trained medical liaison officer/driver, my job was to make appointments and coordinate with the doctors and clinics outside the Flag Land Base, as no staff members or parishioners were allowed to go see a medical specialist without my department taking charge of the issue.

      Driving in the real world outside the base was a huge deal while working in the Sea Org. I had to go through many courses and drills and eventually gave assistance to the Flag Crew (when they called for “all hands”) while picking up parishioners at the airport – including some famous Scientologist celebrities.

      In spite of how much I contributed, I was kicked out of the Sea Org. in 2000 and sent back home.

      The process of kicking you out of the Sea Org is very interesting.

      After a staff member who was under our care lost his battle with cancer and the fact that his wife & his son respectively in the Sea Org and in the Cadet Org in order to see him had to get a waiver from HCO—Hubbard Communications Office.

      His family loved him, but couldn’t care for him. We became good friends not because I was the closest family he had during that time, nor was it because I could see him everyday and take him to his chemotherapy treatments off base. But he was also a good man.

      When he passed away, I was upset & since they write KRs (Knowledge Reports) about you everyday; they reported that I was Nattering — being critical about the Sea Org & that I wanted to leave. And they put me on the E-meter and the auditor said I was in serious Ethics & Auditing trouble (according to the E-meter reads) then they said I was no longer fit for the Sea Org.

      Being kicked out of Scientology left me utterly alone. Before heading back home, I had disconnected myself from family and friends as part of Scientology’s Potential Trouble Source/Suppressive Person (PTS/SP) program.

      The required training to dissociate myself with all my ties involved auditing on how to handle or disconnect myself from anyone who disagreed with Scientology or the Sea Org. Anyone who disagreed with my decision was labeled Anti-Scientology or Antagonistic to Mr. L. Ron Hubbard and Scientology.

      When I got off the plane and called my brother to come pick me up, he was confused. They never expected that I’d come back.

      Somehow, family and friends accepted me back and did the best they could to support me, but I wasn’t in a good shape mentally and spiritually. I stayed home all day isolated, depressed, and unsure about my decisions.

      I lost confidence in myself, dwelling on past lives and Overts/Withholds—transgressions or sins.

      I spent many sleepless nights thinking about Scientology’s “Ethics Conditions,”trying to figure out what “Ethics Conditions” applied to the situation I was in. I pored over my Introduction To Scientology Ethics book.

      Thoughts of my failure haunted me; I was at the most Advanced Scientology Organization and couldn’t make it. I’m used to the saying, “If the auditors at the Flag Service Organization can’t do it” (help you discover the true you through processing) “then nobody else can.”

      Voices echoed in my troubled mind. “People who get kicked out of the Sea Org never amount to anything in life…they are failed souls.”

      These are the things the MAAs (Master-At-Arms)and the Ethics Officers say to you on your way out; they become hostile.

      Long story short, I was in need of help. I was in the real world now, and things had changed since I left.

      While sitting home one day, I decided to check out some CDs, particularly Kompa, or Haitian music, that came out while I was gone. While listening, there was one particular song that really set my soul on fire: Djakout Mizik’s “Naje Pou Soti”(Swim To Get out) off their album Septieme Ciel (Seventh Heaven).

      According to Webster’s English dictionary, “Seventh Heaven” means, “the highest of the seven heavens of the Islamic & Cabalist doctrines; a state of extreme joy.”

      After listening to my music, so reminiscent of home, something interesting then happened. I became aware, awake, and cheerful. I felt like a big weight had been lifted off my shoulders. It was a feeling that a Scientology auditor would call “a win.”Feeling energized and confident, it was as if a light just came on.

      Suddenly,there was hope for me. I could confront my problems. As a previous DJ and MC, I learned how to listen and understand the artist’s point of view on the lyrics, tempo,and the rhythm. Music actually spoke to me.

      After the song “Swim To Get Out” I thought, When you had just came back from the Sea Organization with nothing but guilt and remorse for signing a Billion Year contract, you left friends and family for years and ain’t got nothing to show for it except rejection & disappointment…the music made sense & had really gotten my attention.

      Everything bad that happened to me is only my fault, I thought glumly. Thank God, I felt like God was talking to me through something that I had been in love with since I was a kid: music… I was so scared, hurting mentally and spiritually.

      Throughout my whole life, I loved music so much; I was always around bands and radio stations growing up. The city of St-Marc’s most popular band, “Les Formidables de Saint-Marc,” used to practice at my auntie’s house.

      Before their albums were released, I could practically sing all the lyrics. Since I was fourteen years old, I was talking on the radio playing records.

      After that I joined Radio Continentale (Saint-Marc, Haiti), Radio Tropicale, Long Island, NY, and hosted a cultural segment on a local weekly television in Rockland County, NY, while being hired to MC parties, birthdays, weddings, first communions, etc. I was also very active in my community by taking part indifferent activities, for example, “Parade of Unity” celebrating Haitian Flag Day & promoting Peace and Unity in Rockland County.

      To say the least, music was a vessel for life’s messages. It spoke to me when nothing and no one else could.
      Through music, I was getting answers, inspiration, and enlightenment. I felt like I was being processed out of the cult’s training and procedures. It was hope and therapy when I needed it the most. God is good!

      Scientology’s Sea Org before landed at Flag, was founded at sea by L.Ron Hubbard aboard three ships: The Diana, The Athena and The Apollo.

      They decided to come ashore in Clearwater, FL and established in different buildings and properties they bought along those lines on their arrival…The Flag Land Base (FLB),operates like a military base comprised of major units/organizations such as: Flag Service Organization (FSO)/Flag Crew, OSA (Office of Special Affairs), CMO (Commodore’s Messenger Organization – a messenger is typically a high ranking officer who has power over all the units or organizations except RTC because they believe to be directly connected to “Source” (Division 7,Department 21: L.Ron Hubbard’s office) and The Religious Technology Center (RTC), which runs by David Miscavige as Chairman of the Board.

      Before his life was about Dianetics and Scientology, and even before he became a famous science fiction writer, L.Ron Hubbard served in the US Navy as a second lieutenant during WWII. Eventually he was wounded and discharged, but claimed to be recovered through his own processes: Dianetics…Lol.

      Truthfully, Mr. Hubbard did some valuable research that could be helpful as far as mental health and self-help, but David Miscavige and his management got it wrong.

      A fight had been going on between L. Ron Hubbard and the US government since the FBI raided the Church of Scientology in Washington D.C.and Los Angeles in 1977 (but LRH calls it Game or playing the game).

      That was the fuel that he needed to unleash his powers. He became unstoppable on his “Advanced Auditing and Training” and the “OT Levels” (look up Operating Thetans & Xenu).

      The Sea Org was established in 1967 with the motto Revenimus, which is Latin for “We come back.” Eerily enough, my former US Army Battallion, the 80 Ordinance, has a similar motto.

      Established in 1927, its motto is Renovimus, which derives from the Latin word Renovo: renew, revive, and restore. Therefore Renovimus stands for “We renew” (re-enlist) and “we revive” (we come back).

      The FSO (Flag Service Organization) and Flag Crew was a US Flag (the Star Spangled Banner) detail, an old hat dated way back before we even thought about sending people to the moon in the quest of the “Pursuit of Happiness” and Eternity,which authorities and scientists at that time didn’t consider a fairy tale, Alice in Wonderland, or science fiction.

      L. Ron Hubbard is a very powerful man. The Super Power Processes, “The Bridge to Total Freedom”, and his famous “Organizing Board” were unfinished business that he said he got from somewhere else “at another place and another time.”

      Well, he’s obviously referring to another world or worlds. Nevertheless we all know continuously training & processing human beings into Exteriorization—“the detachment of one’s spirit from the body while yet fully conscious and aware”…may really detach you from the reality of this world and lead you into thinking “You’re Here To Save The Planet With L.Ron Hubbard’s Tech”.

      As a matter of fact, Mr.Hubbard gave command to his staff to create a new world in our world & they never look back.

      He says, speaking of Superpower; …this is the means that puts Scientologists into a new realm of ability enabling them to create a new world” & Scientology’s NWC (New World Corp) is hard at work trying to recruit everyone, including celebrities to accomplish that goal.

      Scientology believes that Man is not his body his mind or his brain…He, a spiritual force,energizes the physical body.

      Scientology says: “The Super Power Processes are so fantastic and powerful they can revive the dead.” I do not doubt it. Some people in Haiti know how to do that and have even performed such rituals countless times. A voodoo priest that I spoke to once told me that, “it is easier to revive a dead person than to kill one.”

      Fortunately such an act is frowned upon in Haiti, as the majority of the population accepts change & reaching toward the Christian faith. To further put a stop to it [in the community where that was happening] the local Catholic Church threatened to stop holding funerals. The community had come together and threatened to get the law enforcement involved. Therefore they stopped doing that and kept the formal and traditional way: “Rest In Peace”.

      Sometimes God wants you to be at a certain place at a certain time. I joined the Sea Org at Flag in the midst of three major events: Lisa McPherson’s death scandals at the Fort Harrison at Flag (while performing Scientology auditing), Super Power Building Foundation (a very powerful process intended to make scientologists into Super Beings, the necessary process to “Clear The Planet”), and the release of the Battlefield Earth movie (based on one of L. Ron Hubbard’s science-fiction books) .

      It was a turning point for the Church of Scientology with it’s “Going Global Campaign”. It is fair to say that some of L. Ron Hubbard’s findings belong to the United States Government. Whether he calls it the “The L’s Rundowns” or “The Congress Lectures”, it is a national treasure.

      Scientology’s OT Levels are not religious retreats; they are investigative research & secrets that the US government was doing in the field of human mind & spirits as part of an advanced interrogation technique with the help of Psychiatry &Psychology.

      Nevertheless they’re powerful techniques (when you ask a question,what do you address? The Mind or The Spirit?….and how do they relate or interact with the body?

      Wether or not you believe in ghosts, or aliens, these are Not materials that should be made available to the general public just because they’re on “Scientology’s Bridge To Total Freedom” as they might fall into the wrong hands.

      Sometimes people shove off former Scientologists without realizing the impact of the organization on their well being.

      Records show time after time that Scientology divides families, makes people quit their jobs, sell their belongings to join the Sea Org, sign a billion year contract, and then kick them out after a few years – of course, labeling them as SPs and Anti-Scientologists.

      They need help. I’m grateful for the blessings and the opportunity to share my story with you in hopes that their struggles will become known. And that the government will ban Scientology’s Tax Exempt Status & Stop their Superpower Project.

      Thank You and God Bless!

      Sincerely Yours,

      J. Marius Jeanpierre
      Facebook.com/Marius Jeanpierre
      Mariusjeanpierre.com

      • the website no longer works and this is the proper facebook link https://www.facebook.com/mariusjeanpierre

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      • B4you

        They might fall in to the wrong hands! – what an idiot 🙂

      • Chee Chalker

        I hope to God he has an editor for that book…

        • Mark Foster

          *It’s all good, God is his editor.*(sarcasm)

        • I wrote this [from my next blog post]

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          • Chee Chalker

            It would be nice to hear from him. Clearly English is not his native language and he also appears to be in the ‘L. Ron was a genius…..right?’ phase.
            The Bunker would open his eyes.
            I think he has an important story to tell…..I just think he needs to tell it in a way that makes sense

    • Intergalactic Walrus

      Tate Publishing is a Christian publishing company: https://www.tatepublishing.com/beliefs.php

      • TheHoleDoesNotExist

        Anyone know who’s solider picture is being used for this book cover?

        • Intergalactic Walrus

          It looks like its a stock photo.
          (refresh)

          • TheHoleDoesNotExist

            Thanks Just wanted to make sure he’s not ripping off personal photos.

    • Illinoisian

      My search turned up this, from 2013.

      https://whyweprotest.net/threads/you-dont-know-the-truth-about-scientology-i-do.110732/

      [eta: should have checked downthread; already noted]

  • leahcim

    Wow. They must be desperate in order to bring the fear of terrorism into this argument – day and age in which we are all reminded to practice tolerance for different religions !
    On the other hand perhaps it is quite appropriate and revealing about with whom they identify. In their way, indeed they are just that type of organisation.

  • aegerprimo

    I miss Panopea Abrupta (aka Pan Ab).

    • TheHoleDoesNotExist

      Me too = but imagine the fun they are having – imagine them painting the baby’s room with all kinds of magical and mystical creatures. Well, maybe not fun for Mrs Pan, but you know:)

    • beauty for ashes
    • daisy

      Me too. I have coffee read him, then go back to read column then repeat him. I do not like that he has a RL.

      • aegerprimo

        We all have a RL Daisy.

        • daisy

          Yes of course you are right. I meant he has an exciting event to prepare for. I am very happy for him.

    • Nat-leficent

      Daddy’s not coming home! Stop asking!!!!

  • Intergalactic Walrus

    If you are still Christmas shopping… Boy, what a great DEAL – 68% off!!!
    Ew, I think I’d prefer a lump of coal!
    (refresh)

    • TheHoleDoesNotExist

      Will he have scheduled dates marked for where and when he and Trump will be stumping?

      • Intergalactic Walrus

        I image there is a lot of shirtless pics, hence the drastic price reduction. That and he’s a total douche.

    • Kestrel

      They could offer them for free and I wouldn’t take them. For one, I don’t want to be on his mailing list. For two, I don’t have 10 enemies.

      • Intergalactic Walrus

        I thought there couldn’t be a more idiotic Cardone product than those awful clown socks he’s trying to sell but at least you could re-gift them to a homeless person. They can always use socks.

    • kemist

      He really wanted to sell 10 calendars of himself for $250 ???

      Is he insane ?!?

      I can get a free one with cute kitteh and puppeh in it from the place I buy my cat food from…

      • Intergalactic Walrus

        If you think that is ridiculous, he was originally trying to sell them for $39.99 EACH!
        Somehow that postulate just didn’t happen. Duh!
        Note the “this is a steal” on the new $14.95 marked down price! LOL
        (refresh)

      • madame duran

        “Is he [Grant Cardone] insane ?!?”
        Is that a legitimate question?

        • kemist

          I get that he’s a self-absorbed douchebag, but from there to actually believe he’ll sell calendars with pictures of his not-so-hot, bizarre and creepy self for over $25 a piece ?

          • madame duran

            Scientology logic:
            I’m willing to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars to become fully OT but will settle for finding empty parking spaces and lost car keys as evidence of my greatest “win”.
            I’m willing to pay tons of money for something that should essentially be offered for free (spiritual knowledge) but will look at spending $25 for a set of 10 calendars as a “great deal”.(“Look! The new price is a 60% DISCOUNT off the original price! What a steal!!”)
            Yes, people can truly be that stupid, kemist.
            You were right to assess him as a self-absorbed douchebag (I’d also add “arrogant”). No need to figure him out beyond that as it will hurt your brain.

          • Frodis73

            IKR? I don’t even think a calendar with somebody super duper famous in it would fetch for that much cash. He is truly delusional.

  • Intergalactic Walrus

    Yep, that’s the first thing I think about whenever I enter my local church…
    NOT!

    PHOTO CAPTION – “Wonder if I’ll pass the credit check?”https://www.instagram.com/p/_P1f_KTXan/?taken-at=851005

    • Mark Foster

      …as he checks his bag for that roll of toilet paper…

  • Zeruel (Sebastian)
    • L. Wrong Hubturd

      Saw the original in Boston on July 4th. Packed house, the place was electric.

    • Frodis73

      Just found out Brent Spiner’s character will be back too. 🙂 Data!!!

  • Dean Fox

    The filing appears to raise some legitimate points regarding previous actions of the county when it comes to making decisions of sites of historic importance. They argue the county is acting differently towards this case because of the church of scientology’s (intentionally not capitalised) involvement; this may bite them if they ever try to claim the church of scientology has nothing to do with the NarCONon facility at that site; it might be the back door to getting Davy in court, although this will undoubtedly only occur after some tragic event has occurred at the site.

    What is bizarre is that the county rules allow sites of historic interest to be arbitrarily re-zoned to what ever the owner wants. Not sure on the logic of this but it seems flawed. I hope this filing fails and the church of scientology gets burned for their investment, it should if there is any justice in the world but then justice and the law do not necessarily go hand in hand.

    • Kestrel

      “What is bizarre is that the county rules allow sites of historic interest to be arbitrarily re-zoned to what ever the owner wants.”

      It does seem backwards. Perhaps the county should take action on that now and prevent its use as something other than a fish camp or wildlife preserve.

      • Juicer77

        Not necessarily “arbitrarily” to whatever the owner wants. They have to prove what it will be used for and how it will impact on the community. They wouldn’t get approval to put an industrial facility there, for example. As for making it a permanent fish camp or wildlife preserve, those are great ideas but if the property is privately owned the government cannot “make” it be anything. Now if it were donated to the Maryland parks dept they could do it.

    • Missionary Kid

      It really doesn’t matter because the decision, according to the County, was based on the historic value. They cited that there was no real historic evidence that met the threshold for declaring it historic.

      The recommendation of the Historic Preservation Commission, is, by law, simply a recommendation. The board is tasked with making its own decision. It can weigh the board’s conclusions, and follow them or disregard them.

      The board cites enough evidence: the age of the different buildings, and the lack of real proof that anything historic ever took place there in their decision.

      The only person who raised the significance of $cientology or NarCONon was the board member who voted in favor of it.

      It doesn’t matter that many speakers spoke against the cult. It is the right of the Council to ignore them, and, by ignoring them and focusing on the historical aspect.

      Those factors, IMO, will make it very difficult to get any traction in any court. The filing is one, long whine.

  • Intergalactic Walrus

    This photo would be cute if it wasn’t taken 3 days ago inside the Flag Building 🙁

    PHOTO CAPTION – “Good place to be!”

    https://www.instagram.com/p/_Ho3V8wW8z/?taken-at=292620441

    • daisy

      I wish the caption read- A good place to be FROM

      • ThetaBara

        Totally. The “Way to Happiness” is the other direction! Run, run!

    • outraged

      That is the most depressing photo I’ve seen recently.
      This baby has no idea. The floor may look all shiny and new.
      When in fact, he/she is heading toward a lifetime of misery.
      SHAME ON YOUR PARENTS WHOEVER YOU ARE.
      SAVE YOU CHILD. LEAVE SCIENTOLOGY

      • Intergalactic Walrus

        Nothing more upsetting that CO$ kiddie pics.
        Here it looks like a leash is on the shoulder of that Sea Orger but I can’t tell if it’s connected to the baby or what the deal is. SMH
        (refresh)
        https://www.instagram.com/p/-JzPXbwW_2/

        • beauty for ashes

          The girl on the right scared me because I thought she was Tatiana Maslany, the actress, whom I loooove in Orphan Black.

        • Ella Raitch

          The baby looks barely old enough to crawl. Maybe the leash is for that CICS mother

      • Liberated

        Boy, the slaves sure keep that floor clean and shiny.

    • Nat-leficent

      FIFY

    • madame duran

      I wish the stroller’s wheels would’ve made huge, black track marks on the white floor.

    • Sid (Phil)

      May he never experience a baby watch.

    • Juicer77

      🙁

  • outraged

    Born, raised, schooled in Merryland.
    I RESENT the intrusion of this poisonous most dangerous greedy lying useless slave driven organization pretending to be a religion.

    STAY OUT OF MY BACKYARD MISCAVIGE. YOU HAVE ENOUGH LAND AND BUILDINGS ALREADY.

    • Sarah James

      I was in Damascus for a couple of years and I feel the same.

    • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

      I hear ya. Baltimore born and raised, and now live in DC. I’m proud of my home state, and my Frederick neighbors, for refusing to roll over.

    • Juicer77

      Holla!

  • SCIENTOLOGY IS A DEAD END ROAD

    Scientology as a group never resolved its Service Facsimiles,
    which in essence make them right and everyone else wrong.
    A great Irony there !

  • sashiebgood

    Narconon and Scientology can never help people get off drugs, because the whole idea is to substitute the drug for scientology itself. It’s basically trying to supplant an addiction to a substance with an addiction to the “wins” or highs of the trance like state that scientology techniques are supposed to get people into. what’s working against them in this regard is the fact that DM and his plans have completely eradicated the system that Hubbard put into place to teach people to be good auditors who could get new people to experience those “wins”. I’m not saying that anyone who is or was an auditor has the desire to make someone who is a drug addict an addict of scientology, but the things that made scientology work for people are not being taught anymore. Based on various blogs, the few auditors there are are being forced to reg people. constantly instead of actually auditing them.
    now, I may have never been in the COS, but I have been addicted to drugs, and I’m positive that sitting in a sauna and taking shit tons of vitamins were not going to help me get off drugs, particularly if there was little to no actual medical help or even therapy of any kind being adequately put forth. from what I have learned about narconon, they have suffered the same fate as the organisation all over the world… people are expected to give a whole lot of somethin’ (money) for the promise of all these great wins and advances, only the people there are delivering a whole lot of nuthin’ because the main organisation doesn’t care about actually giving the people working for them what they need to deliver it. they’re just supposed to make it go right with spit and a prayer. and that is dangerous

  • Intergalactic Walrus

    I earlier posted a pic of the calendars Grant Cardone is trying to sell.
    I think this product of his is aimed exclusively at his fellow $cientologists.
    I’d be tempted to buy a bunch and hand them out to clams in front of the Ideal Orgs!
    At least they could say “I joined the CO$ and all I got was this lousy T-shirt!” 😉
    (refresh)

    • Anonymouse

      The easy answer to that question if you are a clam is : David Miscavige!

    • kemist

      Please tell me no one is stupid enough to actually buy anything from that obnoxious douchebag ?

    • JaxNGold

      Oh lord. Is that for real? He’s actually selling those lame t-shirts? What a putz. Who’s got my money? Ummm, let me take a gander…Miscavige? Down to $9.95 and one customer review. Laughter!

      • Liberated

        I think what he really wants to know is “who’s got my fake tan and my bull-shit hair” ??

    • Liberated

      Good luck finding an ideal org.

    • Ella Raitch

      Wouldn’t it be fun to buy a load of these and sekretly screen print entheta messages on the back…..hmmmm…….

    • Juicer77

      THAT. IS. HILARIOUS.
      We can tell you right quick, Cardouche!

  • salin

    OT very old (90s) Cranberries song. Interesting cadences, harmonies and fusion of musical styles evoke a smile. Perhaps it will bring a smile to other bunker denizens. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G6Kspj3OO0s

    • Gus_Cox

      Love the Cranberries!

    • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

      Dolores O’Riordan’s voice was other-worldly. Though I wasn’t a Cranberries fan as a rule, I always liked her. She’s definitely wrestled with some demons, though.

      Hope you’ve been doing well this weekend, wrapped up in friends and loved ones…

    • Juicer77

      We were thinking about you yesterday.

  • beauty for ashes

    What a Scientologist might say, if you were actually bleeding. F5

    • Sid (Phil)

      “Stop dramatizing your case”.
      “You’re pulling it in. What are your crimes”.
      “What a degraded being”.

      • beauty for ashes

        You must be PTS.

        • Sid (Phil)

          The C/S found some errors in your folders. You’ll need to pay $30,000 for some auditing correction. If they can sew your hand back on we’ll get you in session right away.

          • beauty for ashes

            I had a convicting moment, when I looked again at the comic, and replaced the you with I. Like this is what I would tell myself, if I was a scientologist. I felt overwhelming sadness and empathy and then I felt like a jerk for making fun.
            Does it ever bother you Phil, when we never -ins make jokes? Or am I just having a moment?

            • Sid (Phil)

              The subject is in itself sad and difficult. I find the humor helps to balance things out a bit. In Scientology there is little humor. Bring on your best J&D. Unless there is a current situation with someone that might make it inappropriate, then I enjoy it all.

            • beauty for ashes

              Yes, I guess it is any emotion at any given time.
              🙂 Lron did have ridiculous teeth though, that, I’m sure we can agree on. 🙂

            • Liberated

              It doesn’t matter if you were never in or not. Keep calling out their cruelties and hypocrisies, that is exactly the right thing to do. Don’t ever apologize for making fun of that God awful cult. They deserve everything they get .

            • OOkpik

              Sadly, Scientologists are trained to accept and internalize these and much uglier “truths” about themselves. It’s a sign of healing when we can finally step back and express the ridiculousness of it all, not a lack of empathy or compassion. Sometimes it might be a case of “if I don’t laugh, I’ll cry”. Even in grim circumstances, a more positive attitude allows us to remain more effective.

              As Leonard Cohen wrote, “There is a crack, a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in.”

              ­­­For me, well-meaning never-ins are welcome to join in the fun.
              Lumi, we know you care or you wouldn’t be here. Have your moment…then feel free to laugh with us. 😉

              https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6wRYjtvIYK0

            • Sid (Phil)

              Well said.

            • OOkpik

              Thank you, Dahlin’.

              You inspire me! Hugs.

    • “I get that” means “I’m totally ignoring it” in Scienolingual.

      • Sid (Phil)

        “Thank you for telling me that.” Means I’m not really interested.

        • I totally hear what you’re saying.

          • Sid (Phil)

            Ha! I duplicate you on that.

    • Supper Powers

      Hello FDA, MDA, anyone…anyone. This is disturbingly on point.

    • kemist

      “Dont you worry that it’s changing you from who you really are?”

      No. What I really am without my medication is called “dead”, dear.

  • Intergalactic Walrus

    Uh-oh! It looks like maybe the LRH Winter Wonderland trap might have snagged someone.

    Last week she posted this:
    PHOTO CAPTION – “Happy Holidays, friends! Blessings of so much love & light!”
    #happyholidays #merrychristmas #winterwonderland #santa #hollywood

    “… This was in Los Angeles at the center near Hollywood and Highland”
    https://www.instagram.com/p/–Wyk3S2xr/?taken-by=jessicasavano

    And tonight she posts this:
    PHOTO CAPTION – “#dianetics #churchofscientology #improvement #spirituality #selfhelp #donthate #courses”https://www.instagram.com/p/_QiYNuy2wA/?taken-by=jessicasavano

    Ugh…I wonder if she knows about Hubbard’s opinion of the LGBT community. RUN! 🙁

    • Liberated

      Well, at least she got a really nice cert. Good for her!

    • Frodis73

      I had never heard of her before so I looked her up. I’m heading to bed but I will have to see if she’s on Twitter and tweet her some info tomorrow. They are the last people she (or anybody for that matter) needs to be hanging with.

      • Intergalactic Walrus
        • Frodis73

          Thanks for the links. I don’t have instagram but I did check out some of the pics and they look suspect, as in they may have been taken at CCI. I will have to look at it when I am more awake. I was wondering if they even know she’s transgender, but she is very open about so, duh, they would know. Which made me think maybe they are trying to capitalize on that.
          @media_lush:disqus Check out her instagram and see if you recognize any of those folks…you usually have a good eye for that stuff.

      • Scream Nevermore

        @jessicasavano on Twitter

    • Sid (Phil)

      I noticed that Winter Wonderland in Clearwater is charging for rides now. All proceeds go to Dave’s Christmas present?

      • Intergalactic Walrus

        THERE ARE NO FREE RIDES IN THE CO$! THIS IS TRUE!
        How long before they tap into the Bingo market down there? 😉

      • Juicer77

        Seriously? So much for being a community service event.

      • madame duran

        Does the charge apply to everyone or just those who happen to be taller than David Miscavige (which is close to everybody in Clearwater)? Maybe it’s vengeful Davey’s way of getting back at those who refused him any carnival rides because he was too short…even in his late teens.

  • late night shoop for the lulz

  • Intergalactic Walrus

    Another Narconon Opening – in Madrid? What is that, like 4 or 5 openings in the last week? SMH
    (refresh)

  • NOLAGirl (Stephanie)

    *puts on coffee and whispers*

    Is Tony finally getting some well-deserved sleep?

    • MrsLurksALot

      Good morning. Coffee is served. F5.

      • NOLAGirl (Stephanie)

        He’s quick on the draw. No sooner did I post that then he had today’s story up. 🙂 Oh well….always room for cute raccoon’s and coffee.

  • curious1956

    The biggest question of all is “Why does the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) continue to recognize the Church of Scientology (COS) as a 501c3 religion for tax exempt purposes. The US Supreme Court said “NO” in 1989.The US Tax Court said “NO” in 1984. The Ninth Circuit Court said “NO” in 2002 and stated that the proper course of action was to file a law suit to force the IRS to comply with the Supreme Court ruling. When the IRS is questioned about that issue, all questions are forwarded to the Exempt Organizations Division (EOD) and over the years the EOD responds by saying “The IRS code includes taxpayer privacy provisions that Congress enacted to protect the privacy of tax return information of all tax payers”. WE ARE NOT ASKING FOR TAXPAYER INFORMATION. WE ARE ASKING THE IRS TO JUSTIFY THEIR GRANTING OF A 501c3 TO THE COS IN VIOLATION OF EVERY HIGH COURT RULING. THAT SOUNDS VERY MUCH LIKE A COS TEACHING WHICH TRAINS PEOPLE TO ‘TELL AND ACCEPTABLE TRUTH” in order to deflect people from continuing to ask
    questions.

  • curious1956

    The biggest question of all is “Why does the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) continue to recognize the Church of Scientology (COS) as a 501c3 religion for tax exempt purposes. The US Supreme Court said “NO” in 1989.The US Tax Court said “NO” in 1984. The Ninth Circuit Court said “NO” in 2002 and stated that the proper course of action was to file a law suit to force the IRS to comply with the Supreme Court ruling. When the IRS is questioned about that issue, all questions are forwarded to the Exempt Organizations Division (EOD) and over the years the EOD responds by saying “The IRS code includes taxpayer privacy provisions that Congress enacted to protect the privacy of tax return information of all tax payers”. WE ARE NOT ASKING FOR TAXPAYER INFORMATION. WE ARE ASKING THE IRS TO JUSTIFY THEIR GRANTING OF A 501c3 TO THE COS IN VIOLATION OF EVERY HIGH COURT RULING. THAT SOUNDS VERY MUCH LIKE A COS TEACHING WHICH TRAINS PEOPLE TO ‘TELL AND ACCEPTABLE TRUTH” in order to deflect people from continuing to ask questions.

  • richelieu jr

    “Hey, Scientology, you want some bread with this whine?”

    Well, they did use up the rest of the world’s cheese building the Super Power Building…

  • RK

    Local zoning is just that – local. Without local support, out of town developers (and that’s really what they are) rarely win these arguments. The Court can merely decide that the council did not act in an arbitrary manner and the argument is lost. That the Church of Scientology is so clearly trying to get around local zoning laws is enough of an argument against their case.