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Tom Cruise rant: Sensible Covid frustration, or insane Scientology screed?

The social media reactions to the Sun’s big scoop, a recording of Tom Cruise going off on the Mission Impossible 7 crew for not being careful enough about social distancing, are all over the place.

Many are giving the actor high marks for expressing the frustration against poor pandemic protocol that many of us feel, but others are pointing out how much Tom seems to be channeling his best pal here, Scientology leader David Miscavige.

First, here’s the recording in case you haven’t heard it…

And here are some of the reactions, starting off with Mike Rinder and Yashar Ali…

For others though, Cruise is fighting the good fight here…



Marlow does some word-clearing and makes an interesting point…


Source Code

“I was up there at Oak Knoll for about a year, Oak Knoll Naval Hospital. And I used to walk around — all I had to do — I was a line officer and all I had to do was take off one collar ornament, and I became a doctor….And a little doctor up there by the name of Yankewitz, I used to prowl around there once in a while, Yankewitz was a pretty good guy. And he came, he headed this project, and it had to do with endocrine system. They were trying to do something for people released from Japanese prison camps. These people couldn’t eat. And if they did eat it went immediately into fat. They couldn’t absorb any protein. And I had discovered that there was an immediate index between protein and healing tissue. I used to talk to Yankewitz about it, and he’d listen tolerantly, because he didn’t think I was doing anything, see….And it was out of that year’s study that I concluded rather conclusively, on a very large series of tests, that the body cannot be monitored by what we call structure. And by monitored, I meant healed. It can be changed by structure, but only deteriorated. It’s a one-way route….I’m sorry that I don’t have the records. I’m sure they’re still at Oak Knoll, because I know nobody in the government ever read any records, they just make them.” — L. Ron Hubbard, December 15, 1953


Avast, Ye Mateys


“We have 2 or 3 fellows who are trying to run away from it all to escape to some fancied bliss. Now and then I try to tell someone, ‘don’t go diving off that cliff’ and now and then they say cheerily ‘But I’ve GOT to, you see…’; and away they go. I just don’t like that dwindling scream followed by the thud.” — The Commodore, December 15, 1969


Overheard in the FreeZone

“Max Sandor, real name Joachim Steingrubner, dropped his body around 2 AM local time Dec 4, 2020 in São Paulo, Brasil. Anyone who knew Max from his involvement in various self development groups (Psycho Energy Auro Technology, Ifa, Scientology) should understand he has not entered the between-lives/Bardo, and will reincarnate without being wiped. Max was a charming fellow, and powerful magician/OT, and will be missed by all who knew him. I wish him the best in his next set of adventures.”


Past is Prologue

1996: PA News reported that a member of the British House of Lords has announced he is a Scientologist. “A Liberal Democrat peer today disclosed he is a member of the Church of Scientology, as a Home Office minister warned of the ‘potential dangers’ of becoming involved in such organisations. In Lords question time exchanges on the operations of the organisation, Lord McNair, 49, declared: ‘I have to tell the House that I have an interest — and that interest is that I am a member of the Church of Scientology.’ Tory Baroness Sharples earlier told the House: ‘Those who have left the cult, a number of them, have been both threatened and harassed and a considerable number of them have been made bankrupt by the church.’ Home Office Minister of State Baroness Blatch said: ‘People should be warned of the potential dangers of becoming involved in organisations of this kind.'”


Random Howdy

“The irony is that a supposed spiritual technology that is claimed to be based in science and logic to some degree is actually the most fundamentalist ‘religion’ ever created. The Westboro Baptist Church and the Taliban have nothing on Scientology when it comes to fundamentalist dogma.”



Full Court Press: What we’re watching at the Underground Bunker

Criminal prosecutions:
Danny Masterson charged for raping three women: Masterson’s demurrer denied Oct 19, arraignment delayed to Jan 6.
Jay and Jeff Spina, Medicare fraud: Jay’s sentencing delayed for ‘Fatico’ hearing on Jan 19.
Hanan and Rizza Islam and other family members, Medi-Cal fraud: Next pretrial conference set for Jan 12 in Los Angeles

Civil litigation:
Luis and Rocio Garcia v. Scientology: Oral arguments were heard on July 30 at the Eleventh Circuit
Valerie Haney v. Scientology: Forced to ‘religious arbitration.’ Petition for writ of mandate denied Oct 22 by Cal 2nd Appellate District. Petition for review by state supreme court denied Dec 11.
Chrissie Bixler et al. v. Scientology and Danny Masterson: Dec 18, re-hearing on motions to compel arbitration; Jan 29, Masterson’s request to stay discovery pending the criminal case
Matt and Kathy Feschbach tax debt: Eleventh Circuit ruled on Sept 9 that Feshbachs can’t discharge IRS debt in bankruptcy. Nov 18: Feshbachs indicated they will enter into consent judgment to pay the debt.
Brian Statler Sr v. City of Inglewood: Second amended complaint filed, trial set for Nov 9, 2021.

Concluded litigation:
Author Steve Cannane defamation trial: Trial concluded, Cannane victorious, awarded court costs.
Dennis Nobbe, Medicare fraud, PPP loan fraud: Charged July 29. Bond revoked Sep 14. Nobbe dead, Sep 14.
Jane Doe v. Scientology (in Miami): Jane Doe dismissed the lawsuit on May 15 after the Clearwater Police dropped their criminal investigation of her allegations.


SCIENTOLOGY BLACK OPS: Tom Cruise and dirty tricks

The Australian Seven News network cancelled a 10-part investigation of Scientology and its history of dirty tricks. Read the transcripts of the episodes and judge for yourself why Tom Cruise and Tommy Davis might not have wanted viewers to see this hard-hitting series by journalist Bryan Seymour.


After the success of their double-Emmy-winning, three-season A&E series ‘Scientology and the Aftermath,’ Leah Remini and Mike Rinder continue the conversation on their podcast, ‘Scientology: Fair Game.’ We’ve created a landing page where you can hear all of the episodes so far.


An episode-by-episode guide to Leah Remini’s three-season, double-Emmy winning series that changed everything for Scientology watching. Originally aired from 2016 to 2019 on the A&E network, and now on Netflix.


Find your favorite Hubbardite celeb at this index page — or suggest someone to add to the list!

Other links: Scientology’s Ideal Orgs, from one end of the planet to the other. 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 a weekly series. How many have you read?



[ONE year ago] Scientology trying to use its UN connections to fight its favorite bogeyman, psychiatry
[TWO years ago] Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman: Spied on by Scientology until it ripped them apart
[THREE years ago] Louis Theroux’s showdown with Scientology over a public road: The nutty new chapter
[FOUR years ago] CLAIM: ‘Frail’ looking Shelly Miscavige spotted near Scientology compound in California
[FIVE years ago] Today in L.A.: Can Scientology kill a forced-abortion lawsuit in the name of religion?
[SIX years ago] More about the goons Scientology sent to intimidate Marty Rathbun and Louis Theroux
[SEVEN years ago] Sunday Funnies: Scientology celebrates the holidays!
[EIGHT years ago] Scientology Leader David Miscavige: Getting Desperate?
[NINE years ago] Martin Bashir Compares Newt Gingrich to Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard


Scientology disconnection, a reminder

Bernie Headley (1952-2019) did not see his daughter Stephanie in his final 5,667 days.
Valerie Haney has not seen her mother Lynne in 2,151 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 2,655 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 2,175 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 1,195 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 1,086 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 4,393 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 2,261 days.
Carol Nyburg has not seen her daughter Nancy in 3,035 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 3,839 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 3,155 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 11,721 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 7,640 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 3,808 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 3,389 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 3,650 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 2,688 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 2,401 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 1,926 days.
Julian Wain has not seen his brother Joseph or mother Susan in 281 days.
Charley Updegrove has not seen his son Toby in 1,456 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 6,007 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 3,156 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 3,476 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 8,331 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 3,450 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 1,806 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 6,109 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 2,215 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 2,617 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 2,489 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 2,072 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 2,567 days.
Mary Jane Barry has not seen her daughter Samantha in 2,821 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 13,930 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on December 15, 2020 at 21:35

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