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A stunning Scientology call to arms for our politically divided times on this dirt ball

It’s not too often that we’re treated to a broadside like the one Scientologist Jeff Pomerantz shared with his fellow Hubbardites recently.

Pomerantz is very well known in Scientology. Not only is he the announcer at big Scientology events, but he is remembered for being on the “front lines” at the Religious Freedom Crusade, the Battle of Portland in 1985, something he reprised in 2018 by showing up at a rally in Hungary wearing the same kind of yellow “Scientology Works” shirt he wore in Oregon.

So it was fun to spot this rallying cry Pomerantz posted to Facebook, addressing our politically divided times and urging his fellow Scientologists to set an example of unity while the rest of the world seems to be burning down around us.

It’s inspiring stuff, but naturally, since this is a Scientology appeal, it eventually boils down to the usual solution: Send your money to the IAS. Ah, well.


Still, we thought you’d enjoy this prime example of Scientology zeal.


A Message from Jeff Pomerantz
IAS Freedom Medal Recipient

In 1985 thousands of Scientologists rallied to quite literally save Scientology. We were united in a desire to right a wrong and continue to work to improve our world.

Today there is dissension and disagreement within our country — and within our group, a unique group, which contains many thousands of truly well-intentioned individuals. I believe it is time once again to be united to right wrongs in our society.

As Scientologists I believe we should be acutely aware that in terms of politics there are “strings from above,” no matter what individual political view one has, manipulating puppets, “running” our governments. Meaning there’s “The Great Oz” behind the curtain, and things are most often not what they seem. Additionally, it would be good to step back occasionally and look at the fact that ALL the politicians and leaders still possess reactive minds. Yes, Congress, the Senate, The Executive Branch, the Supreme Court, ALL are composed of human beings possessing reactive banks.

All that said, rather than debating, besmirching, lambasting, name-calling, and exacerbating differences, alloying affinities within our group, etc ad infinitum and invalidating each other’s point of view & therefore wasting time, energy, and lots of theta, the real question is, WHAT ARE WE DOING ABOUT IT — because SOMETHING CAN BE DONE ABOUT IT!

Basically, the GENUINE ANSWER to ALL that we complain about and disagree about lies in the ULTIMATE SOLUTIONS that LRH has blessed us all with — i.e. all our Social Salvage programs: The Way to Happiness, Drug Free World, Volunteer Ministers, Narconon, CCHR & Applied Scholastics. All of which are funded through grants from the IAS — as are all new AOs and Ideal Orgs in strategic locations.

So, rather than arguing with each other the suggestion is that we channel our desire to change things for the better through supporting LRH SOLUTIONS — something we can all AGREE ON. And that means increased support of the IAS. THAT is SANE. THAT is wearing our hats as Scientologists.

I admonish each and everyone of us (myself included) to decrease “Facebook/Twitter time” — and increase our survival potential as individuals and as a country through our greatly vibrantly increased support of IAS.

It’s certainly about more and more monetary support but it can also be by being more active in those programs.

Let’s rehabilitate this dirt ball!

Thanks for reading this.

Jeff Pomerantz

And here’s a bonus: That photo at the top is taken from a video of Pomerantz at the website “,” where Pomerantz delivers this endorsement of Scientology’s leader:

That man has — you see an intensity, you also, if you observe him, see incredible competence and a tireless viewpoint. I mean, if the job needs to be done he will get the job done. I don’t think that man has ever, ever considered that somebody else should do a job that he would not be willing to do himself.

There is a dedication that exists in Mr. Miscavige and a real integrity. You know it’s — I mean these, these are just words in society. But he exemplifies those things.

I was about to become a father and I approached him and I said, “Sir, there simply is no one else I would trust my daughter with and I’d like you to be her godfather.” Not only did he accept but for 27 years he has never missed a birthday. He’s in comm with her and I try validating him about that — years later and he said, “When I take on a hat, I wear it.”


HowdyCon 2019 in Los Angeles

This year’s HowdyCon is in Los Angeles. People tend to come in starting on Thursday, and that evening we will have a casual get-together at a watering hole. We have something in mind, but for now we’re not giving out information about it.

Friday night we will be having an event in a theater (like we did on Saturday night last year in Chicago). There will not be a charge to attend this event, but if you want to attend, you need to RSVP with your proprietor at tonyo94 AT gmail.

On Saturday, we are joining forces with Janis Gillham Grady, who is having a reunion in honor of the late Bill Franks. Originally, we thought this event might take place in Riverside, but instead it’s in the Los Angeles area. If you wish to attend the reunion, you will need to RSVP with Janis (janisgrady AT gmail), and there will be a small contribution she’s asking for in order to help cover her costs.

HOTEL: Janis tells us she’s worked out a deal with Hampton Inn and Suites, at 7501 North Glenoaks Blvd, Burbank, (818) 768-1106. We have a $159 nightly rate for June 19 to 22.



Scientology’s celebrities, ‘Ideal Orgs,’ and more!

[Elisabeth Moss, Michael Peña, and Laura Prepon]

We’ve been building landing pages about David Miscavige’s favorite playthings, including celebrities and ‘Ideal Orgs,’ and we’re hoping you’ll join in and help us gather as much information as we can about them. Head on over and help us with links and photos and comments.

Scientology’s celebrities, from A to Z! Find your favorite Hubbardite celeb at this index page — or suggest someone to add to the list!

Scientology’s ‘Ideal Orgs,’ from one end of the planet to the other! Help us build up pages about each these worldwide locations!

Scientology’s sneaky front groups, spreading the good news about L. Ron Hubbard while pretending to benefit society!

Scientology Lit: Books reviewed or excerpted in our weekly series. How many have you read?



[ONE year ago] Newly released documents: Scientology leader L. Ron Hubbard tried to ‘buy’ an African nation
[TWO years ago] Scientology leader David Miscavige launches new personal attacks at Leah Remini
[THREE years ago] David Miscavige and a bussed-in crowd cut the ribbon on Atlanta’s new Scientology ‘Ideal Org’
[FOUR years ago] How Scientologists are dealing with the popularity of Alex Gibney’s film ‘Going Clear’
[FIVE years ago] We asked David Miscavige’s tailor for his exact height — and here’s what he told us!
[SIX years ago] LEAK: Scientology’s Rehab Went from $5,000 to $2.5 Million in Insurance Revenue in One Year


Scientology disconnection, a reminder

Bernie Headley has not seen his daughter Stephanie in 5,406 days.
Valerie Haney has not seen her mother Lynne in 1,535 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 2,039 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 1,519 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 582 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 470 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 3,777 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 1,645 days.
Carol Nyburg has not seen her daughter Nancy in 2,419 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 3,193 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 2,539 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 11,105 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 7,025 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 3,192 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 2,773 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 3,034 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 2,073 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 1,785 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 1,311 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 5,400 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 2,540 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 2,860 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 7,716 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 2,835 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 1,191 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 5,493 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 1,599 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 2,001 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 1,873 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 1,456 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 1,951 days.
Mary Jane Sterne has not seen her daughter Samantha in 2,205 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 13,314 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on April 3, 2019 at 07:00

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