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Got a Purple Heart? Scientology wants to exploit you


Rod Keller keeps an eye on Scientology social media for us, and this week he spotted something he decided to dive into in more depth. Take it away, Rod…

On August 7 Scientology held a Purple Heart Day Banquet at the Fort Harrison Hotel in Clearwater, Florida. The Purple Heart is a medal awarded to those wounded or killed in combat in the U.S. armed services. The event was sponsored by CCHR, the Citizens Commission on Human Rights, Scientology’s front group that is dedicated to fighting the psychiatric profession.

CCHR has an office in Clearwater on a block along with Scientology’s other “Fourth Dynamic” groups such as Criminon and The Way to Happiness. In Scientology, the Fourth Dynamic refers to all of humanity, so CCHR exists to foster survival of the human species. This excerpt from the booklet “Clear Expansion Committees” explains how they intend to do this.


These words are taken directly from the Code of a Scientologist, written by Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard.

The Purple Heart event’s invitation spelled out the purpose of the event: “To honor all recipients of the Purple Heart. Some gave all and all gave some. You will also hear about the impact of psychotropic drugs on our military and what real solutions exist to help veterans.” But two invitations were prepared – one with wording about psychiatric drugs was sent to Scientologists…


…but the one sent to non-Scientologists left off that language. The listing on also omits the mention of drugs.


Non-Scientologists at the event included two speakers – Robert “Father Bob” Swick, who is a Marine, a Catholic Lay Pastoral Minister, a Chaplain with the Clearwater Police Department, and is active in more than a dozen local veterans and civic groups.


There’s a poor-quality video of his talk online. We’ll quote its most relevant passage:

We’re celebrating this national recognition of the Purple Heart. It’s a unique medal. It is for the unsuspected, they’ve been doing their job. This medal is not sought, it’s not given. It’s given to people who are wounded in combat or pay the supreme price, and die and are awarded posthumously to their families.

And those who have been in combat carry that experience with them the rest of their lives. Rarely is it talked about, but it’s always there. And as a result we have a lot of walking wounded, they may not have scars on the outside, but they do have the scars on the inside. It’s been said after study after study, about one-third that have been brought into a combat zone come home with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Some have experienced even more than that – Traumatic Brain Injury.

Also speaking was Jonathan Walser, a Marine, President of the police labor union Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #10, and Detective for the Clearwater Police Department.


From his remarks…

I want to especially recognize my brothers and sisters serving in the United States military…When they return to difficulty or transition to civilian life they face the loss of identity. They no longer have the camaraderie that goes with being a part of the armed forces. Then, there are the stresses that keep them tied to the incidents of the battlefield. Mental triggers if you will that can infiltrate their daily life. It may be a smell, a certain taste, a radio call sign – something that can remind them of the negative incident which occurred while they were in service…It is in transitioning from military life to civilian life that our brothers and sisters are in the greatest need of help. If we do not help them in this transition, as God has commanded us that we do, we end up with veterans that go to crisis and seek the wrong outlets. They spiral in substance abuse and domestic abuse situations occur. Violence and more – loss of self-worth.

Detective Walser didn’t return my phone calls, but I did speak with Father Bob about the event.

Q: I want to thank you for your service. I understand you served in the Marine Corps in Vietnam and received the Purple Heart and Bronze Star.

A: Yes, that’s right.

Q: I saw parts of your speech at the Purple Heart awards dinner at the Fort Harrison Hotel. How long have you been affiliated with CCHR? How was this event special to you and the other award recipients?

A: I’m not affiliated with CCHR. I was just a speaker at the event. It was special because it was held on the day designated by the Order of the Purple Heart to honor the recipients. We held an event prior to the banquet in Dunedin, which is the first Purple Heart City in Florida. Now there are 27 of them in Florida, and we’re working to have portions of Route 60, which is Gulf-to-Bay Boulevard, designated as the Purple Heart Trail.

Q: You’re a chaplain for the Clearwater Police Department. How has the relationship between the police and the Church changed during your tenure?

A: No comment.

Q: I noticed that PTSD and service member suicide was a theme of the event. How can non-profit organizations assist service members with these conditions?

A: That was not the theme of the event from my standpoint. It was more recognition for the service rendered by those awarded the medal. The part about PTSD was just part of a speech from the CCHR people.

Q: CCHR believes that these conditions are mostly due to prescription of psychiatric medicine. Is that your experience also?

A: No.

Q: One of the speakers mentioned that L. Ron Hubbard, the founder of the Church, received a Purple Heart. His service record doesn’t reflect that medal. How does that make you feel as a genuine recipient of the medal?

A: I guess I don’t know for a fact that he received it. I don’t have any information on that.

Father Bob is incorrect, the theme of the event was anti-Psychiatry, but that fact was withheld from him by CCHR. It’s clear that Father Bob was given the non-Scientologist version of the invitation, and may not have attended if he had been told the truth. The key to understanding why Scientology is involved in veteran’s affairs at all is in the policies of Scientology’s PR series, and there are many that apply. One of the most important is The Safe Point, written in 1972, but issued later – on April 1, 1982. Scientologists often speak of “safepointing” Scientology, which means targeting and acquiring allies that will help defend Scientology when it comes under attack.


One can be in the situation of attempting to sell and deliver a product or service and suddenly find it necessary to defend himself in the same place from attack. The attack can make the point dangerous to such a degree it becomes impossible to deliver from. […]

The most important action to undertake when going about making a safe point is to carefully and painstakingly find out who exactly are the top dogs in the area in financial and political circles, and their associates and connections, and to what each one is hostile.

A handful of allies with impressive-sounding titles and positions is not enough. Viability depends on having all areas and persons who could affect or influence the operation under PR control. Most important are the groups who survey out to be the key, real powers in an area. These persons mayor may not be those who occupy high political or social positions. They mayor may not be the titular heads of large economic concerns. Research and survey alone can determine this.

The key non-Scientologists to recruit as allies are described in the policy “Opinion Leaders,” also known as OLs.


An “opinion leader” is that being to whom others look for interpretation of publicity or events. Through wisdom, proximity to data sources, personality or other factors including popularity itself, certain members of the group, company, community or nation are looked to by others for evaluation. […] Surveys for the identities of opinion leaders would then become a MAJOR activity of PR in any area and for any type of message or event.

Father Bob and Detective Walser may not know it, but they were identified as Opinion Leaders in the Clearwater area veterans’ community through the use of surveys, and Scientology is attempting to place them under PR control. That veterans organizations were identified as a well-respected part of the community and a good target for Scientology’s PR apparatus was also the result of a survey. But rather than simply invite them to an open house, CCHR and OSA decided to add multiple aspects to the program to boost their stats. In addition to safepointing, the theme of the event was guided by the policy “Targets, Defense” which is a clear statement by Hubbard that Scientology is opposed to Psychiatry and wants others to hate Psychiatry also.


The names and connections, at this time, of the bitterly opposing enemy are:
1. Psychiatry and psychology (not medicine).
2. The heads of news media who are also directors of psychiatric front groups.
3. A few key political figures in the fields of “mental health” and education.
4. A decline of monetary stability caused by the current planning of bankers who are also directors of psychiatric front organizations would make us unable to function.
5. The cold war is being fought on home ground and has an apparent target of degrading western society to a point where we are finding it difficult to operate; a degraded society can be swallowed up easily by an enemy.
6. The public is somewhat sympathetic already but in a democracy trials are by public opinion. To win all the way, the bulk of public opinion must be at the level of love us – hate the enemy.
7. Many groups exist with similar aims. They need organizing and uniting.

CCHR staff members at the event spoke to honor the Purple Heart recipients, but also to place the blame for service members who have PTSD or contemplate suicide at the feet of psychiatry and psychiatric medicine. Speaking to make that case were Sebastian Egloff (below, center), a Sea Org member and the Executive Director of CCHR Florida.


From Egloff’s speech…

The Citizens Commission on Human Rights has always strived to work together with like-minded organizations and concerned citizens. The doors through which you passed tonight, are likewise open to the entire community, all in the interest of working together and collaborating and with a common goal of bringing about a science that chooses human rights for all, especially our most vulnerable.

Diane D. Stein is the President of CCHR, and spoke to honor the veterans, but also to add the third stat boost: She claims that L. Ron Hubbard was wounded in combat and won the Purple Heart medal, which is the real reason Scientology had a Purple Heart event at all.


She said…

I’m honored to be here tonight to pay my respects to the recipients of the Purple Heart, and particularly to those who are with us this evening. Thank you. As President of the Citizen’s Commission on Human Rights Florida, we are particularly honored to be co-hosting tonight’s event. The Citizens Commission on Human Rights was jointly founded in 1969 by Psychiatrist Dr. Thomas Szasz and the Church of Scientology. Dr. Szasz was critical of the direction psychiatry had taken because of the over-emphasis on pharmaceutical drugs as virtually the sole source of care. He wrote several books on the subject. L. Ron Hubbard, the founder of the Scientology religious philosophy, was himself a veteran of World War II, and a recipient of the Purple Heart. He also wrote extensively on the subject of mental health. As early as the 1940s he developed and perfected therapies, some of them peer-to-peer based, which provide an effective, low cost and non-drug based solution to what we would call today Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

The subject of L. Ron Hubbard’s war medals is a sensitive one for Scientology. In 2005, when a Scientology critic, David Rice, put out a press release saying that Scientology was falsely claiming that L. Ron Hubbard had been awarded a Purple Heart, the church struck back with a press release of its own, claiming that in fact Hubbard’s military records indicated he had received 21 military medals, including a Purple Heart.

Scientology made a similar claim to New Yorker writer Lawrence Wright, sending him a supposed photo of Hubbard’s medals, including the Purple Heart with a star, indicating that he’d been injured multiple times…


But Wright obtained a photo of Hubbard’s “separation notice,” which is the definitive document in the U.S. military. It lists four campaign medals, but none for valor and none for being wounded.


Obviously, that hasn’t stopped CCHR from continuing to claim that Hubbard was wounded. But that’s because Scientology is operating on instructions left behind by Hubbard himself: Positive press or recognition of Hubbard counts on OSA’s stats as “Profitable Images” and negative mention as “UI,” or Unprofitable Image. When UI is found, OSA is required to send a response, called “theta press” to get equal space, or have a retraction issued.

CCHR and OSA scored triple points for this event. They brought in two new Opinion Leaders who could be allies if Scientology comes under attack. They attacked the “psychs” in the minds of veterans and the public, and they scored points for Profitable Images of L. Ron Hubbard. They then documented their successes in a press release:


I’m sure they saw no irony in having a a U.S. Marine color guard at an event dedicated to denying them access to mental health care.

— Rod Keller


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  • Wog

    Got a BLACK HEART?

    Scientology wants to HIRE YOU.

  • Shanester

    I just discovered the block user feature. How lovely!

    • Liberated

      I know, isn’t it great?

  • Fink Jonas

    When I was a slave at CC Hollywood we were forced to attend some events because there was not enough wogs coming just to fill up seats, on one of the events (don’t remember what was it about) but they pull up a screen, on the screen appeared pictures of Psychiatrists from LA at a psychiatrist convention, and they all were wearing dark sunglasses on the pictures and I remember the scienos made fun of them because they look like “psychos” and I remember saying to myself how do they look like phychos just for weraring dark sunglasses that doesn’t even make sense, but it was an excuse to show us who the enemy was, and now I see the picture of Diane D. Stein very proud wearing dark sunglasses above, I guess she looks like a Psycho too.

    • Todd Tomorrow

      She does look like a psycho.

  • Supper Powers
  • Todd Tomorrow

    I wasn’t going to comment today since this subject just boils my blood. My step brother wasn’t right in the head after serving time in the Marine Corps. All that money they promise you for school is a fucking joke. I’d drive him 100 miles to the nearest office in Denver where his check “was ready.” Well, we never left with it so he ended up having to take out student loans which put him in major debt. He didn’t talk about the war things he saw but told me one story. During basic training he had no trouble as a long distance runner, however, some were not that lucky. Guys would join that were not in top physical condition. During his first month he saw two die for a total of three from just being ran too much. He stopped to help one and landed himself in trouble. This my friend’s was just basic training. He never spoke about the small amount of combat he saw. After moving back in with his parent’s he got a job at a gas station and sent every penny he made to pay off his student loans. He figures he got about 1/3 from the Marines that they promised him after risking four years of his life.

    • jazzlover

      You may have hit on the reason why the gub is all to happy to let the psychs take the fall 🙂

    • beauty for ashes

      That sucks!

    • OOkpik

      I’m so sorry, Todd.

      • Todd Tomorrow

        Chuck went from The Marines to being an Under Cover drug and vice cop. Now he jumps out of airplanes fighting fires during the season. They had an accidental child come along so he spends the rest of the year with his son. He’s now well adjusted and happily married with three wonderful kids. He even beat the odds and is still married to his first wife.

        • OOkpik

          That is wonderful news. I was afraid to ask since so many veterans end up permanently broken – or worse. It is disgraceful that so few get the help and support they often desperately need.

          PS No child is an “accident” in my books. “Unplanned”, yes? 🙂

          • Todd Tomorrow

            They didn’t plan on having anymore children. After working his way up the law enforcement totem pole he is so glad to be able to stay home with his son since he was absent a great deal when the others were little. He’s still an obvious adrenaline junky since fighting fires is very dangerous.Often times he is out of cell range and you won’t be able to contact him. I’m always worried but he loves it. Especially in the off season when he volunteers and takes care of his young son.

            • pkatz

              Smokejumpers rule. eta All wild land firefighters, too.

            • Todd Tomorrow

              They sure are. You break several bones in your foot every season, wrap it up and keep on fighting those fires!

        • Juicer77

          Glad he is doing so well. He really has beaten the odds, on many counts. Good for him.

  • Jo

    They can’t catch up with their lies, ever.

  • Jimmy3

    somebody stole my valor

    • Jimmy3

      nvm I found it

      • Vaquera

        Are we trying for a fantasy league or was last year’s measly response the first and last effort?

        • Jimmy3


          • Vaquera


            Wait…yes to which query?

            • Jimmy3

              I’ll have it up tomorrow

            • Vaquera

              You’re the best.

            • Ella Raitch

              What’s this for? I might be able to get Mr Raitch interested

            • Vaquera

              NFL fantasy football

            • Ella Raitch

              I will check with him (although he’s just arranging to take a bunch of 13 year olds on an interstate ski trip so I won’t get much out of him for a couple of weeks)

            • Vaquera

              Jimmy will have the info up mañana.

            • Juicer77

              Don’t forget meeeeeeeeeeee!!!

    • MarcabExpat

      i told you not to leave it on the carport

    • FredEX2

      Fly took it. I saw him do it. He went that way 👉

  • Panopea Abrupta

    Breaking News 08/14/2016
    Hemet, CA

    Cult Denies Stolen Valor
    with our war correspondents Don T. Heelspur and R. J. Forty-Five

    Spokesliar for the “Church” of $cientology, F. Iddlers Green, issued a strongly worded statement
    denying accusations of stolen valor on the part of Lord Hubris, the Turd of Tilden.
    “It has been categorically shown that he had no con-cept of valor whatsoever and would not have
    recognized it if it bit him in his ample arse,” she said.
    “The very notion that he could have stolen something he couldn’t touch with a 61″ Pole is risible.
    Anyways, he was at Princeton that day, preventing Armageddon.
    With his second wife, who he never had.”
    She further said that, due to his ulcer and con-junctivitis, he would have been unable to drive
    the getaway Bluebird.

    Donald Trump said that he regretted he was unable to attend the Purple Heart Banquet hosted by
    the CCHR as he needed more accomplished liars to coach him.

  • Ella Raitch

    In a completely random event, on my walk to work this morning and thinking about the Bunker today, I found a US $5 note on the ground. So very weird.

    And the guys walking ahead of me who were picking up not-quite-finished cigarette butts off the ground walked right past it!

    • Supper Powers

      Hey, that’s mine. I dropped it.

      • Ella Raitch

        ORLY? So what does it look like then?

        • Supper Powers

          There’s a drawing of an old crusty white guy on it. Mine!

          • Ella Raitch

            OMG!!! You’re right! There must be some wormhole between your pocket and Albany Highway.

    • What’sup

      Move to NZ and live life in luxury.

      • Ella Raitch

        All the Watties I can eat

        • What’sup

          In 18c gold tins.

    • If it looked like this it’s mine F5

      • Ella Raitch

        Naah – serial number is different 🙁

        • Nooooooooo How can that be?

          • Ella Raitch

            Is is normal on the reverse side to have the 5 in bottom right hand corner in a shade of pink?

            • so it’s counterfeit…. keep it!

    • Todd Tomorrow

      I had a friend who hit the economic skids. He’s disabled and decided to get up at 4 am and supplement his income by recycling bottles and cans. He said he found money all the time. The people he met at the recycling center turned out to be nice and helpful and from all walks of life.

      • Jenyfurrrrr

        Ive become friends with an older gentleman who comes to salvage recyclables from out trash areas (condo complex too cheap to pay for recycling service) and he’s incredible! He started because of tight times, but now he does it to “keep busy& working so he doesn’t get too old” (he’ll be 80 in November!!!) so we started setting aside all recyclables for him & asked other neighbors to do the same so now instead of him having to dig through, we just go out and hear his stories from his Navy service, to working for Lockheed. Incredible human being! After I told him about all my reading here, he started telling me stories from back in the day of the rumors (& truths) of when Scientology was trying to be out here (Riverside county…) on the down low. He keeps recycling because of the aforementioned reason and because he made so many interesting friends at the recycling center!

        • Todd Tomorrow

          What a great story. As I mentioned my buddy is disabled and tried to work several times, part-time but ends up having to leave when he gets too tired. We went out for lunch and he told me about how friendly the people he met were. They’d help the elderly people lift and sort their bottles into the proper bins.. As an artist he found all sorts of things to incorporate into his art and a bit of extra money to keep him in paint. But the best thing was it got him up and out of the house. Sadly, the city and Safeway decided that the people lined up in the morning were an eye sore, closed the recycling center and moved it to a place that basically requires car to get to now. It is against the law not to recycle in my city although I’ve never heard of anyone doing time for not doing it. Finally, my mate decided to relent and let the city continue with its gentrification and moved to Portland, Oregon where the cost of living isn’t so high and his government check goes much further.

          • Jenyfurrrrr

            That’s so sad! Especially when you meet people like him that were really making the most of the program! And honestly, who cares who uses the program so long as it’s getting used?! sad that he moved but is Portland somewhat close to you? Sorry to hear he moved though! I’m from Northern Cali originally and talk about gentrification so I totally understand! But thankfully out here in Riverside they’re a bit slower to fund that. We were in Orange County beforenthat and that’s what (along with the skyrocketing rents & home prices – OMG!!!) drove us inland.

            We had a homeless guy steal our Uhaul truck from right in front of our condo so everyone on the board here got on the bandwagon that no more “odd looking people” (um let’s define THAT?!?!) could come get trash, but a bunch of us made a big deal about our older friend still being able to come collect recyclables so everyone else backed down. But I’m noticing the same around here, just a slower progression. Its sad how insulated people want to be to all of our detriment. I love that you got to know him, went to lunch and weren’t on the bandwagon chasing him out. I remember as a kid that it was always the “crazy older people” that taught us the most important lessons, once we got past initial assumptions.

            • Todd Tomorrow

              It is sad if he wasn’t so much happier now. For the first time in his 40 years he’s seen snow. He was one of the few that had a rent controlled abode here so I think it was a big decision to leave. He lost his only living relative, his mother, to alcoholism. I think it got him thinking that there were numerous places in the world he hadn’t seen. He often talked about leaving but none of us expected him to get up and leave. We hear from him and it seems like he is no longer in poverty. For once he lives in a house and loves being away from the rat race which is what are city has become. If you don’t have some ability to make a large amount of money then it’s difficult to thrive here. It wasn’t that way before and those that could have sold out.

            • Jenyfurrrrr

              That’s such a cool direction for his life to take! Didn’t even think of it that way – and to have to give up rent control means making a “for good” decision. So happy it sound like he’s found true happiness and is enjoying new experiences through really getting to live life!

  • Supper Powers
  • Whatever


    • Ella Raitch


    • Juicer77

      This is so good. May I borrow to tweet? With credit, of course!

      • Whatever

        sure. whatever.

  • Observer


    • What’sup

      Hah, that’s hilarious.

  • aquaclara

    Great job, Rod. I hope these honestly deluded folks see what a scam this is. I am afraid we need to go back to posting pics and stories of Lisa. How do they not know this?


    Thank you.

  • Cedilla

    Goodnight All, 10:08 PM and all’s well.

    Scientology-Serious reportage but entertaining as hell.

    • richelieu jr

      I love this musical so much!

      I actually quite prefer it to the universally esteemed ‘classic’ Singing in the Rain, which it resembles in some ways.

      I have always loved musicals, but somehow never got around to seeing this one (I think I judged it by the posters and trailers and decided it was the “SITR”-type of show, which I suppose it is, but so much FUN!

      • Cedilla

        Oscar Levant, Tula Ellice Finklea, Walter John “Jack” Buchanan, Frederick Austerlitz, Nanette Fabray-

        A talented actor by any other name would still smell talented.

        Love that curmudgeon Levant.

  • everyone to whom the criminal organisation known as the “church” of $cientology reaches out a slimy tentacle is being lied to. “Safe Pointing” can lead to national ridicule, as seen in London, UK, where the City of London Police got laughed at all winter for cautioning a young person with a correct protest sign (“Scientology is not a religion, it is a dangerous cult.”)

  • In a word: sick.

  • Todd Tomorrow

    Clearwater, FL – Police have arrested 62-year-old Kathleen Steele after she left her 6-year-old son alone with her newborn, and he proceeded to beat the baby to death.
    Steele has been charged with aggravated manslaughter of a child after she went to a cellphone store to have her phone repaired, leaving her 6 and 3-year-old son alone inside her minivan with their 13-day-old sister.
    When the baby girl started crying, her older brother killed her by beating the ever-living crap out of her. But before I get into those details, let’s discuss the events that lead up to them. Besides, I’m sure some of you have already asked yourselves why a 62-year-old woman has a newborn.
    Back in 2009, Steele and her late husband, Philip, was featured on the reality show I’m Pregnant and 55 Years Old. She explained that she worked as a broker, putting in 60-80 hours a week, when she met her husband in her 40s.
    The couple tried for 12 years to conceive a child via vitro fertilization, and Steele finally became pregnant in 2009 at the age of 55. Her husband would die from cancer two years later. Using frozen sperm from her dead husband, she would proceed to have her two youngest children.
    On July 29, the baby was only three days old and brought to the hospital with minor bleeding on the brain. Steele told doctors that they were staying at a hotel temporarily because of an accidental fire at her residence, and that a fire alarm at the hotel had went off in the middle of the night.
    As she was carrying the baby down the hotel stairs, she tripped and the baby fell out of her carrier. The baby stayed at the hospital for two nights before being released back to Steele. Because of a call that had been made to a child abuse hotline, Steele was to meet with investigators on Aug 1. Steele canceled the meeting and rescheduled for Aug 10.
    On August 2, the Department of Children and Families visited her after getting reports of inadequate supervision. They found nothing wrong during their visit and took no action. On Monday, Steele took the baby to the doctor because she was not eating. The pediatrician found nothing wrong with the baby and noticed no signs of injuries.
    After leaving the doctor’s office, Steele went to a cellphone repair shop to have her phone repaired. She turned off her minivan, rolled up the windows and went inside — leaving her three kids in the vehicle.
    The 6-year-old would later tell police that the newborn started crying and he tried calming her by mimicking what his mother did. This consisted of the boy repeatedly slamming the baby’s head into the minivan’s ceiling, dropping her on the floor, flipping the baby over and over and beating her face into a bloody pulp.
    “The baby was beaten and traumatized,” Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri said. “There was gross swelling in her face. Her skull was cracked in numerous places. It was one of the worst things I’ve ever seen, especially for a 13-day-old.”
    When Steele returned to the minivan 38 minutes later, the 6-year-old told his mother something was seriously wrong with the baby. Steele ignored him and stopped at a car rental business before driving to their rented home. That’s when Steele noticed the baby’s injuries.
    Despite the noticeable injuries to the newborn’s face, Steele decided not to call 911 but rather call a neighbor who is a nurse. She found the baby dead but performed CPR until paramedics arrived. While rescue crews were trying to revive her daughter, Steele was reportedly putting groceries away in the kitchen.
    When police interviewed Steele that evening, deputies say she was “aloof” and never asked about the condition of her daughter. When she was informed her baby was dead, Steele reportedly replied: “I guess I have to plan a funeral.”
    Steele was arrested and being held in the Pinellas County jail in lieu of $100,000 bail.
    The sheriff said the “very bright” 6-year-old will not be charged, claiming he is just as much a victim in this situation as his sister.
    “The mistake is with the adult Kathleen Steele,” Gualtieri said, “not a 6-year-old boy.”
    He went on to say that Steele was trying to turn the boy into a surrogate father for his siblings. Both boys are now in DCF custody.

    • Intergalactic Walrus

      Reality show folk seem to have a larger instance of batsh#t craziness surrounding them offscreen than the average population. Nothing that happens to anyone who has sought their 15 minutes of fame via one of these shows surprises me anymore. That being said, this is especially horrific. SMH

      • Todd Tomorrow

        It once was harmless but now it seems that people will do anything to get their 15 mins. of fame. I recall when a bloke claimed his little boy floated away in his home built kite. The entire town was shocked and prayed as the police took to their helicopter’s looking for “balloon boy..’ It wasn’t until a Larry King interview that the truth came out.

        • richelieu jr

          Yes, I remember this.

      • richelieu jr

        Reality show stuff has never been harmless.

        Arguably the very first was The Loud Family in ’73 or so. When I lived in LA, used to hang around with Lance Loud (the teenager who ‘came out’ on the show, scandalizing 70’s America, and he certainly seemed to think that the situation created something between a pressure cooker and veritable crucible in their suburban household. Even then, a quarter of a century afterwards, his band was called ‘The Loud Family’, etc… It brought divorce and suicide attempts on their family, and this was decades before people we pre-selecting ‘interesting’ (meaning, disruptive, ideologically opposed, etc) candidates and forcing them to live, travel and argue together..

        I honestly believe the people filming Lance’s family meant well, even that they truly brought some amazing, hitherto-unseen things (on national TV at least) to light. But at what cost?

        And if you think the people doing it today are anywhere near as much journalistic integrity, I have a fat-ass Kardashian to sit on your face until you stop thinking like that…

        This is what I meant when I said I hoped the Willie and Phil had good legal counsel and representation (not necessarily the same thing!), and was yet again roundly shot down (though this time, more in PMs, FWIW).

        These producer’s duty is to deliver exciting television,not to reunite families -, or see rehab patients though, or handle divorces, or interventions, or anything else on your dial.

        One of the better ones I have seen was ‘Hoarders’, a series for which one of my oldest, dearest friends was a ‘writer’, and where for alt he ‘caring’, mental health disorders of the highest order are turned into big profits for people who probably haven’t written their own family on years.

        Believe me: So-called ‘Reality television’ is closer to a forced and rehearsed ‘Disconnection Letter’ than to a true documentary– Real human lives, memories and suffering used to fill in the blanks in a pre-approved script.

        This is not to say that the stories are all bullshit, or that the creators are all cynical, vile, CoB-esque Sociopaths– far from it. Nor that the format is impossible to turn into a truly enlightening and worthwhile enterprise. Simply that that is harder work, and that the pay is the same, providing it works, If it doesn’t, you’re out of work, as are your collaborators– Your subjects have opened their hearts and lives, even exposed themselves to risk, danger and death for… Cancellation (perhaps in every sense of the word, for the so-called ‘Mob Shows’).

        Lest i seem to for up on my High Horse, know that I myself am developing a Reality Show right now (not my first), one that I hope will avoid all these pitfalls, whilst shining a revealing light on not only the lives and situations of the subjects themselves (note the Royal Tone– These are my subject, I am the Creator, the Artist!), but on the very process itself and the people who make it… Stay Tuned, and US producers, give a thought calling me– My Ex-Scientologist version has a better chance of making it to the air first here than in the US or UK, an afterwards, Success will do a great deal towards stiffening some squishy network spines…

        Or keep making excuses and waiting until it’s too late, or until Alex Gibney makes Going Clear Part II: The UnWussifying of Hollywood… (… or steal my idea and hear from ICM and my Lawyers– (The person I am talking to knows who they are)…

        Best to Willie and Phil and I hope they have reps, both legal and H-Wood to protect not only their interests, but themselves, from the Scilons, yes, but mostly from their own ‘producers’)
        One additional Heads-up:

        Remember the Billboard companies caving?
        And W&P valiantly carried on tilt hey found one, then two, then…? Hopefully a s many as needed (and I will continue throwing the few meager sheckels I can their way (no boasting here- it has indeed been meager, regretfully)..

        Well imagine the same thing on a MUCH bigger scale– Now, I don’t mean to shock you, but Film and TV Producers are NOT ALWAYS the MOST UPSTANDING CITIZENS!

        There! I’ve said it!

        And it is not unknown to make cut-rate production or event to merely buy the rights to a property (even for a hefty sum) simply to make sure the project never gets made, either because they already have a similar project, or they fear a copyright or plagiarism suit (even if frivolous– though who would engage in a frivolous lawsuit? It is to laugh! HAHAHA… :-/…)

        You can sell your story to someone who seems perfect only to find that they have sold it, or lost it in foreclosure, or whatever, to someone who doesn’t have your best interests at heart..

        And t happens not just to “Rubes” (Not that I have any delusions that the clearly intelligent, cagey and best-of-all persistent W&P are anything of the sort (they not only came up with this cracking good idea, and refused to cave when the Scilons started throwing elbows and playing “Who Got Da Big Chèquebook, Baby?”, but who actually moved from highly-clever and righteously motivated White-Knights to outright heroes in ml book when they refused to cave to their own Daughter’s (scripted) pleas to drop their campaign in exchange for regaining the connection and communication they had lost through the ol’ COB-up-their-Tailpipe, DM-witted, LRH-Brand Fam-Damnly Bother/Blister, Smother/Fister, Sinner/Docker, Amoral Lice n’ Dice (and lakes Julienne of Cardone Ham-Hoick

        • Intergalactic Walrus

          I remember watching “An American Family” when the local PBS station re-aired it on the 10 or 15 year anniversary. It was fascinating and I got hooked. I can still hear that theme song with the shattered glass climax. I think I remember a band Lance was in called The Mumps 🙂

          • richelieu jr

            Oh gods, yes, that glass sound! I can hear right now as I read your post!

            And yes, he was in the Mumps for a bit (fun fact- I was upset because I felt they had stolen the name from me– It was one I had proposed for my group, and there were some future Mumpians and Mump-humpers in the vicinity. It was long ago, and who knows or cares, right?

            Funny how it seemed so important at the time. How life-like, right?)

    • OOkpik

      My heart is filled with sadness for all three of those precious children.

    • Juicer77

      Horrible. Stories like this break my heart. I would take and cherish those little ones in a flat second.

  • Good week to all.

  • Juicer77

    f5 Good morning, Bunkeroos. Make today a good one!

    • Ella Raitch

      My Monday is drawing to a satisfactory close!

      • Juicer77

        Well done, then. 😉

    • OOkpik

      Good morning, Juice.
      If that kitty eats trolls for breakfast, it should be a good day. 😉

  • The useful idiot.
    “Secret Ledger in Ukraine Lists Cash for Donald Trump’s Campaign Chief”
    “Trump’s World Crashes Down As Secret Stash Of Putin Cash To Campaign Manager Uncovered”
    “Vladimir Putin Has Already Won Our Election”

  • OOkpik

    I was just out watching seven raccoons on our small lawn…yes, seven. No wonder the neighbour’s grapes get eaten the minute they ripen!

    • Juicer77

      Keep your trash cans tightly shut!

  • FOTF2012

    I hear North Korea modeled their military medals on the Hubbard CASE system (copy and steal everything):

  • richelieu jr

    Top-notch work, Rod!

    Really sensitively approached (to judge by your interview excerpts), and to the point.

    I certainly hope there is more of thisin your future, na ny number of deserving subjects.

  • richelieu jr

    LRH: Pin Some Metal on the Honky (and call it a medal).

    A Purple Heart? Tons of Purple Prose is more like it.

  • thetastic

    Great article, Rod! All your points were pulled together really well. Thank you!

  • Hana Eltringham Whitfield

    Priceless! Thank you, Rod, for putting this together so well.