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Pasadena drunk kicks hole in Scientology door: Will this ‘hate crime’ be blamed on Leah Remini?

[The Pasadena org, when it was boarded up last year]

Scientology’s ‘Ideal Org’ in Pasadena, California is less ideal today after an intoxicated man broke the glass of its front door by kicking it on Friday evening.

According to Pasadena Now, Benjamin Patino, 40, was apparently drunk and disorderly when he tried to go into the building and was refused, so he kicked the door and damaged it.

Police arrested a man on suspicion of vandalism and a hate crime following a violent and apparently drunken outburst at the Church of Scientology in Pasadena on Friday evening, authorities said. The man showed up at the facility, 35 S. Raymond Ave., shortly before 7:40 p.m. and attempted to go inside but was approached by church staff, Pasadena police Lt. Anthony Burgess said. The man began making threats against the church and kicked a hole in the closed front door, according to the lieutenant.

Well, it’s been a while, but we’ve been here before.

We don’t know Patino and we don’t know why he got into an altercation with the Scientologists at the Pasadena Org. If he did kick the door, we don’t know if he actually meant harm to anyone or if he did it out of frustration.


We urge anyone reading this: If you have a beef of any kind against Scientology, do not go to a Scientology facility and try to take it out on the people there. The workers at an Ideal Org like the one in Pasadena are working for less than minimum wage and are as much victims of the policies of L. Ron Hubbard and David Miscavige as anyone.

The people who should be pushing in the doors of Scientology facilities are law enforcement investigators looking into the allegations of abuse in this organization, not random joes after downing a six pack.

That said, Mr. Patino will now discover that Scientology loves to pretend that its orgs are “places of worship” and will use the full extent of the law to make sure he is charged with a felony. We’ve certainly seen that before.

Also, Scientology will probably now come out with a new series of videos and articles blaming this “attack” on Leah Remini for “spreading hate” on her television series and now on her podcast.

It’s all so predictable.

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Source Code

“The Roman Catholic Church, somewhere along the line, through watching the dramatizations of people, picked up some little fragments of R6, and they make it look like it’s continued forward into present time. But the truth of the matter is that the loyal officers were not all killed. Xenu missed. And they were not all killed. Not by a long way…Somebody, somewhere on this planet, back about 600 BC, found some piece of R6. And I don t know how they found it, either by watching mad men or something, but since that time they have used it and it became what is known as Christianity. The man on the cross. There was no Christ, but the man on the cross is shown as every man so of course each person seeing a crucified man has an immediate feeling of sympathy for this man. Therefore you get many PCs who say they are Christ.” — L. Ron Hubbard, October 3, 1968


Avast, Ye Mateys

“Cmdr. Hana Eltringham is welcomed aboard. She is assigned to Deputy CS-1 and to part time study her FEBC. An Aides hat should be provided but other aides should groove her in. She has been CS-1 and CS-4 before. The Flag Org is full throttle getting trained up to FEBC and handling existing traffic and should be concentrating soon on Org Bd Hats for orgs, its overdue assignment. We are very glad to see some Veterans back to Flag.” — The Commodore, October 3, 1970


Overheard in the FreeZone

“‘Love and Freedom’ is the tool the 1.1s use to win (our own wrong-headed) support, as like, as our government that promotes and talks about freedom and service to all, while taking away freedoms and taking away our prosperity. Homosexuality and related acts are not freedom, theta, or logical in this universe, at least in the part that I live in — instead they are just another extension of the alien deep-state cabal push-and-pull and complete trap to hold us in the lower tones so we can be controlled and eliminated.”



Past is Prologue

2000: Tory Christman reported meeting a young Scientologist in Burbank, California. “A few weeks ago a family contacted the LMT and asked if someone, anyone could please help them talk to their child who had joined staff in Scientology. Since both Jesse and I were coming to LA anyways, we said sure. We brought some basic information for the person to read, and a few videos to watch. OSA intercepted the family in the parking lot and took the person. The father got this person and they all went into the reception to sit and talk. They sat on a couch in the lobby all crowded around each other, talking. I took a paper down to the father just to explain the essence of what we were going to do. I noticed 4 strategically posted Scientologists, one being the person who took over the Scientology Parishioners League I was asked to head up last October. He walked up to me and said ‘Tory HOW COULD YOU?’ I asked, ‘How could I what?’ He rattled off the party line of sleep deprivation, etc. I told him all we were going to do was show the person some information. Why couldn’t he look at both sides? He didn’t have an answer for that. Every time we would walk towards the family, a Scientologist would close in towards the family and say ‘Come with US’ the parents later told us ‘in a shockingly monotone voice’. Jesse alerted the hotel security that these people (the Scientologists) were not even guests of the hotel and they had lied and told the security earlier that this was their son. Security asked them to leave, they refused, so the police were called, I walked through the doors of the hotel, and there were 4 or 5 police cars, a helicopter hovering above and the OSA against the police car with their hands in cuffs, and the light from the helicopter shining down on them.”


Random Howdy

“I was just watching a documentary about ISIS, and they put out a monthly magazine and annual report (400 pages long) that is way more slick and professional than anything I’ve seen by the unchurch of Lientology. Even the crazy jihadis have their act more together than Scientology.”


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

Criminal prosecutions:
Danny Masterson charged for raping three women: Next hearing set for November 10. Trial tentatively scheduled for February.
Jay and Jeff Spina, Medicare fraud: Jay sentenced to 9 years in prison. Jeff’s sentencing to be scheduled.

Hanan and Rizza Islam and other family members, Medi-Cal fraud: Pretrial conference October 7 in Los Angeles
David Gentile, GPB Capital, fraud: Next pretrial conference set for November 19.
Joseph ‘Ben’ Barton, Medicare fraud: Pleaded guilty, awaiting sentencing.

Civil litigation:
Luis and Rocio Garcia v. Scientology: Oral arguments were heard on July 30, 2020 at the Eleventh Circuit
Valerie Haney v. Scientology: Forced to ‘religious arbitration.’ Petition to US Supreme Court submitted on May 26. Scientology responded on June 25.
Chrissie Bixler et al. v. Scientology and Danny Masterson: California Supreme Court granted review on May 26 and asked the Second Appellate Division to direct Judge Steven Kleifield to show cause why he granted Scientology’s motion for arbitration. Oral arguments scheduled for November 2.
Matt and Kathy Feschbach tax debt: Eleventh Circuit ruled on Sept 9 that Feshbachs can’t discharge IRS debt in bankruptcy. Dec 17: Feshbachs sign court judgment obliging them to pay entire $3.674 million tax debt, plus interest from Nov 19.
Brian Statler Sr v. City of Inglewood: Third amended complaint filed, trial set for June 28, 2022.
Author Steve Cannane defamation trial: Trial concluded, Cannane victorious, awarded court costs. Case appealed on Dec 23. Appeal hearing held Aug 23-27. Awaiting a ruling.



We first broke the news of the LAPD’s investigation of Scientology celebrity Danny Masterson on rape allegations in 2017, and we’ve been covering the story every step of the way since then. At this page we’ve collected our most important links, including our four days in Los Angeles covering the preliminary hearing and its ruling, which has Danny facing trial and the potential sentence of 45 years to life in prison.


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 BLACK OPS: Tom Cruise and dirty tricks. 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] STUNNING LEAK: Scientology’s entire asset portfolio the year it got IRS church status
[TWO years ago] Scientologist removed from L.A. court again after screaming at judge in fraud hearing
[THREE years ago] Jesse Prince talks about the grieving after L. Ron Hubbard’s death — and the partying
[FOUR years ago] Rerun Tuesday: ‘Leah Remini’ participants tell us what the series has meant to them
[FIVE years ago] L. Ron Hubbard in exile: When Scientology’s leader ran things while on the lam
[SIX years ago] ‘Going Clear’ Q&A: Mike Rinder and Sara Goldberg take heat from Scientologists
[SEVEN years ago] What VICE magazine got wrong about Scientology in the UK
[EIGHT years ago] LIVE FROM TAMPA: The Garcia v. Scientology Federal Fraud Lawsuit Mini-Trial!
[NINE years ago] Scientology’s Meltdown: A Story Told in Pictures


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 2,442 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 2,947 days
Sylvia Wagner DeWall has not seen her brother Randy in 2,467 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 1,487 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 1,378 days.
Christie Collbran has not seen her mother Liz King in 4,685 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 2,553 days.
Carol Nyburg has not seen her daughter Nancy in 3,327 days.
Doug Kramer has not seen his parents Linda and Norm in 1,657 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 4,131 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 3,447 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 12,013 days.
Melissa Paris has not seen her father Jean-Francois in 7,932 days.
Valeska Paris has not seen her brother Raphael in 4,100 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 3,681 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 3,942 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 2,979 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 2,693 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 2,218 days.
Julian Wain has not seen his brother Joseph or mother Susan in 573 days.
Charley Updegrove has not seen his son Toby in 1,748 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 6,299 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 3,448 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 3,768 days.
Roger Weller has not seen his daughter Alyssa in 8,623 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 3,742 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 2,098 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 6,401 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 2,507 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 2,905 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 2,781 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 2,364 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 2,859 days.
Mary Jane Barry has not seen her daughter Samantha in 3,113 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 14,222 days.


Posted by Tony Ortega on October 3, 2021 at 07:00

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