Saturday, December 29, 2007

Accuracy of Celebrity News

My wife loves autobiographies, especially those by people in the entertainment industry. Her favorite autobiography is that of Michael Caine, the brilliant British actor. She's read it at least 10 times. Others she has read include Sophia Loren, Ingrid Bergman, Mia Farrow, Laurence Olivier, Lauren Bacall and Maureen O'Hara.

Although they came from completely different backgrounds and had very different lives, they all had one thing in common: the press continuously told lies about them.

It is fascinating to see that from the 1930's right up to the present day the press lies and lies and lies about celebrities. From these books it seems to go this way: the press will try to dig up dirt and when they can't find any they'll make it up.

Most of these celebrities were unable to do much about the lies because the press is very clever in how they report things. For example: "a source close to the actor told me …." What follows is a lie, but the reporter is not saying it is a fact, merely that someone told him it.

One of the few celebrities that had success in fighting this was Maureen O'Hara. If you have seen the movie "LA Confidential" then you will recall the magazine "Hush, Hush" which used dirty tricks and blackmail to get its stories. This magazine was modeled on an actual magazine of the 1950's called "Confidential". In Ms. O'Hara's own words, "there was no tabloid more popular and more destructive than Confidential magazine. Confidential was devoted exclusively to the misadventures of Hollywood movie stars and other celebrities."

In 1957 the magazine published an extremely salacious story about what Ms. Hara got up to in the back row of the Grauman's Chinese Theatre with her "Latin Lover". The story was completely false so she sued.

At first the industry was behind her, but as time went by that support evaporated, many said because the magazine used blackmail to protect itself. She even had to have two FBI agents to protect her when it was discovered that the magazine planned to break into her house in an attempt to find dirt they could use to blackmail her.

Finally, in a truly Hollywood ending, after the magazine's representatives had given the exact date and time of the alleged incident, Ms. O'Hara pulled out her passport and handed it to the Judge. The official stamps proved that she had been in Spain at the time and the magazine was found guilty and had to pay millions in damages. In her book Ms. O'Hara says, "My victory was the first time a movie star had won against an industry tabloid."

Sadly, in the 50 years since her victory, very few celebrities have been successful in suing the media for the lies they publish. So the scandalmongers continue the vitriolic tradition of the catty old women of ages past who whispered their hateful lies in back alleys and across garden fences.

So, next time you read some scandalous story about a celebrity, realize that it's probably a lie that has been worded carefully to prevent a law suit.

I leave you with a quote from L. Ron Hubbard: "News media is parasitic on those who make news. It is not true that those who make news need the news at all. Who needs cancer?"

Sunday, December 09, 2007

Latest Video from Michael Duff

Michael Duff writes great songs:

A culture is only as great as its dreams, and its dreams are dreamed by artists. — Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard

Friday, December 07, 2007

Will Smith on Tom Cruise and Scientology

Here is another unbiased outside observer giving his opinions about Scientology.

Will Smith Defends Tom Cruise & Scientology

A culture is only as great as its dreams, and its dreams are dreamed by artists. — Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard

Sunday, December 02, 2007

"Converting" to Scientology

I've recently seen several articles about Usher "converting" to Scientology. (Example: Usher Scientologist; Usher Converts To Scientology). Not being a close intimate of the singer I can't confirm or deny the reports about his interest in Scientology, but I can tell you that he has not "converted" to Scientology because there is no such thing as "converting" to Scientology.

The problem with the word "convert" is that it carries the connotation of rejecting one religious belief and adopting another. That is not how Scientology works. Most Western and some Eastern religions are exclusive, meaning if you are in the religion then you can't be in another one. So, for example, if you are a Christian you can't also be a Muslim. Scientology is not an exclusive religion, instead it is inclusive, meaning that you can be a Scientologist and member of another religion.

That's a difficult concept to get your head around if the only religions you are familiar with are those originating from the Middle East, such as Christianity, Judaism or Islam. Scientology is a religion of wisdom rather than belief and it contains no dogma about God (or Jehovah or Allah or Godhead or whatever other term you want to use for that concept). Instead it contains knowledge, principles and workable practices for living life and improving yourself spiritually. Because it deals with fundamentals that most religions barely touch upon and it does not make pronouncements about the things that most religions do, then it is possible to be a Scientologist and a member of another religion.

A good description of this is given in the Scientology FAQs: "Scientology seeks to bring one to a new level of spiritual awareness where he can reach his own conclusions concerning the nature of God and what lies in store for him after his present lifetime. Thus, like many Eastern religions, salvation in Scientology is attained through personal spiritual growth and enlightenment." (from: Does Scientology have a concept of God?)

So, next time you read that some celebrity has "converted" to Scientology you will know how much hard research the journalist reporting the event has actually done and you'll be able to evaluate how accurate his reporting is.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Suri --What a Lady!

I'm a sucker for my favorite little girl.

A culture is only as great as its dreams, and its dreams are dreamed by artists. — Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Bart Wants You to be Happy

Last night Nancy Cartwright gave a very moving presentation at the Alex Theater in Glendale on the subject of The Way to Happiness a common sense moral code written by L. Ron Hubbard.

The Way to Happiness has always been one of my favorites but now it's even better, with the production and release of 21 short public service announcements -- one for each of the precepts in the book.

This booklet is non-religious, so any group can use it and help raise the moral standards and happiness of their fellows. It's been used in schools all over the US and in other countries, and kids have participated in essay contests where they work out for themselves how to live more moral lives. It's used in jails and prisons to help inmates reevaluate their lives and decide, on their own, to reform. It's been used with drug lords in Columbia, with gangs on the streets of LA and streets of Lagos, Nigeria. And everywhere it is used it meets with incredible success because it contains so much truth.

Last night's event was a treat, but it is just the start. Nancy Cartwright announced that her group, called Happy House plans to distribute a million Way to Happiness booklets in San Fernando Valley to combat crime, improve relationships and help the people of the Valley live better, more decent and happier lives.

I've frequently heard David Miscavige talk about the importance of The Way To Happiness as a means to help people on a broad scale, and I agree it's a terrific means of reaching out. Anyone can do it.

After all, don't you want other people to be happy too?

A culture is only as great as its dreams, and its dreams are dreamed by artists. — Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard

Sunday, September 09, 2007

Jason Dohring Shares a Secret

Jason Dohring, a native of Glendale and a television actor, plans to attend the Way To Happiness Foundation’s premiere Monday of the “21 Ways to Happiness” public service announcements at the Alex Theatre.

Each video condenses one of 21 core principles outlined in author and Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard’s 1981 book, “The Way to Happiness.” The video of the house-cleaning boy depicts the principle: “Honor and Help Your Parents.”

The 21 precepts these illustrate appeal to Glendale resident and television actor Jason Dohring, who said he grew up with “The Way to Happiness” in his family library.

“The principles are not preachy at all, which is key,” he said. “I don’t think anybody likes being told that they must be moral.”>>

A culture is only as great as its dreams, and its dreams are dreamed by artists. — Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Julliette Lewis Taking her Licks and Giving them Out

I love Julliette. She is a natural born killer.

Watching her take BBC's John Sweeney apart was one of the highlights of the whole escapade, for me.

She's doing great with her band, The Licks, and here's an article
on how she's doing.

Juliette Lewis does just fine as a leading lady, thank you very much. ('Natural Born Killers,' anyone?) But the actress-turned-flamboyant punk frontwoman isn't too shabby when it comes to supporting roles, with which Lewis says she and her band the Licks are more than battle-tested.

"We've been together four years and we've played some of the toughest opener slots," Lewis tells Spinner. "We've opened for Turbonegro. One of the ways to earn your stripes is to open for that band 'cause their audience is very territorial. They're very much like a 'We'll beat you up after school' kind of audience -- which I love. Those shows were really exciting and we won that crowd over.">>

Wishing her the best of luck!

A culture is only as great as its dreams, and its dreams are dreamed by artists. — Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Giovanni Ribisi playing Einstein!

This just in: Giovanni Ribisi gets to play Albert Einstein in a yet-to-be-titled project expected for release in 2009. Meanwhile he is busy, busy, busy: with two movies out already this year, an appearance in the hit TV series "My Name Is Earl" and four movies in production or pre-production!

As an aside, I really enjoyed his performance in the 2004 hit, "Flight of the Phoenix". I thought he played a great nerdy, odd, kookie sort of guy who eventually saves everyone's butt.

Sunday, September 02, 2007

Carina Ricco - Viaje Personal

Carina Ricco has a new album and is touring to promote it. "Viaje Personal" is Carina’s third album. It was produced by well-known Spanish engineer and producer Rafa Sardina (a ten-time Grammy Award winner), and it’s co-produced by Argentinean musician Cheche Alara, who has thrived in both the Hispanic and English markets.

Many talented artists converged to create this project, most notably David Campbell (Beck, Alanis Morissette, Train, Rolling Stones, et. al) who arranged and conducted string. Campbell is a 33-time Grammy winner and two-time Oscar winner. On keyboards, you will find Patrick Warren, of Fiona Apple fame.

You can find out the latest venues and more at her My Space site: Carina Ricco

A culture is only as great as its dreams, and its dreams are dreamed by artists. — Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Jenna Elfman is Hilarious

Here is a video of Jenna Elfman playing basketball with some guys and using the "pregnant" woman card to wreak havoc amongst them. Very Funny!

Mama Jams with Jenna Elfman

A culture is only as great as its dreams, and its dreams are dreamed by artists. — Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard

Friday, August 17, 2007

Latest from Beck!

Snakes blog reviews this as follows:

The tune is titled 'Timebomb' and it will be available this Monday via iTunes, the single will be released on August 28th for all other digital stores. "The lyric of "Timebomb" echoes some of the dark themes from The Information but is packaged in digital gris gris thunder as only Beck can do it."

We're also told that the track features "a whole gang of studio visitors on back-up vocals." Can't wait!... well you don't have to (for a live ver.) click

A culture is only as great as its dreams, and its dreams are dreamed by artists. — Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Suri Cruise -- Wow What a Face!

What a great moment caught for posterity -- Suri Cruse at the Berlin zoo.

The magic of discovering the world around you -- guess that never changes! (no matter who your parents are!)

A culture is only as great as its dreams, and its dreams are dreamed by artists. — Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard

Friday, August 03, 2007

Tom Cruise takes to the sky

As reported in People magazine: "This week, the star and amateur pilot took the controls of a 1941 Boeing Stearman on the German location of his new movie Valkyrie and off he went, into the wild blue yonder."

Tom Cruise Takes Control of Double-Decker Plane

Tom Cruise is a qualified pilot and it sounds like he had a blast flying the huge Stearman. As he said, "Wow, wow, what a machine this is!"

A culture is only as great as its dreams, and its dreams are dreamed by artists. — Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Congratulations to Jenna and Bodhi Elfman!

Jenna and Bodhi Elfman
Jenna and Bodhi Elfman just welcomed a new member to their family! Story Elias Elfman was born on July 23rd.

Jenna Elfman Welcomes a Baby Boy

A culture is only as great as its dreams, and its dreams are dreamed by artists. — Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Cruising to the Beckham Bash

The "Welcome to LA" party for David and Victoria Beckham, organized by Tom Cruise, Katie Holmes and Will and Jada Smith, was "so much fun!" according to one guest and the list of attendees was enough to make a Hollywood Agent drool. Read all about it: Inside the Beckhams' Star-Studded Bash.

Monday, July 23, 2007

More Nominations for Michael Peña

I first saw Michael Peña in the Oscar winning movie "Crash" where he played a Latino who had managed to get his family out of a "bad" area but was still facing discrimination because he had tattoos and "looked like a gang member". He won an ALMA award for " Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture" for his performance.

This year he has received two ALMA nominations and has won a Black Reel Award for "Best Supporting Actor" in Walkout , the true story of a young Mexican American high school teacher, Sal Castro (played by Michael) who mentors a group of students in East Los Angeles. His students decide to stage a peaceful walkout to protest the injustices of the public school system.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Interview with John Travolta and the other Members of Hairspray

Great video of interviews with the cast members: Hairspray: Big Hair, Big Cast. John Travolta, Christopher Walken, Michelle Pfeiffer, Queen Latifah and Nikki Blonsky.

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

There's a terrific interview of John Travolta on MoviesOnLine about his role in Hairspray, which is going to be in theaters in the US on July 20th.

He describes how he evolved his version of Edna Turnblad including how she looked, what she wore, her accent and all the various bits that defined her.

From watching the preview, this is a must-see movie.

And I'm so glad Travolta got to play the part!

A culture is only as great as its dreams, and its dreams are dreamed by artists. — Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard

Monday, July 09, 2007

Elizabeth Moss

Actress Elizabeth Moss is only 23 but she has a filmography longer than your arm and she's already been nominated for a Young Artist Award and an Independent Spirit Award. That's quite some stats!

Next up is a starring role in the TV Series "Mad Men" and two movies in post production, El Camino and New Orleans, Mon Amour. Busy Girl!

Thursday, July 05, 2007

Kelly Preston - Broken Bridges

I just saw the movie "Broken Bridges" starring Kelly Preston. A great movie and awesome performances by everyone in the cast. Kelly was outstanding.
She is soon to be starring in a movie with, not only her husband John Travolta, but also with her daughter Ella Bleu Travolta! The movie is called Old Dogs and also stars Robin Williams and Matt Dillon. It will be released in 2008.

Monday, July 02, 2007

And Finally, Germany Says "Scientology's not an Issue...

Do you believe the latest "news" (any more than you believed the earlier reports) -- boy what the press will do for a "scoop"

So after all the hype last week, today we have the spokesman for the German Finance Ministry saying " will not be permitted to film at the Bendlerblock but this has nothing to do with [Scientology]," Olbermann told Reuters.

"We welcome the fact that such a film is being made. We don't think it would be appropriate to film there."

So what was that circus about last week?

Oh well. Chalk it up to free publicity.

A culture is only as great as its dreams, and its dreams are dreamed by artists. — Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard

Friday, June 29, 2007

Tom Cruise and Germany: The News Media gets it wrong again

Too often these days, the news media seems incapable of printing the truth. The recent frenzy over Germany banning Tom Cruise from filming at German military sites is a perfect example of that. In fact, there is no such ban!

The initial feeding frenzy was very noisy, with "reputable" news sources such as Reuters spewing forth authoritative pronouncements like, "Germany has barred the makers of a movie about a plot to kill Adolf Hitler from filming at German military sites because its star Tom Cruise is a Scientologist, the Defense Ministry said on Monday."

Time magazine even had the bad taste to print an article entitled "Why Germany Hates Tom Cruise". In the article they quote an anti-religious extremist, Ursula Caberta, who has a history of corruption which includes accepting bribes to attack minority religions. Wow, the Time reporter really did his homework before putting finger to keyboard.

And now, big surprise! We find that the German Defense Ministry never said any such thing. The very same "authoritative" source, Reuters, now has this headline "Germany now would welcome Cruise production". And we discover that the source of all this nonsense was a posting on the web site of a right-wing German politician. Does the press ever check their sources? Did anyone bother to call the German Ministry of Defense to verify the claim before printing lurid headlines about controversy, conflict and hatred? I suppose we mustn't let mere facts get in the way of a good story.

Will Reuters or Time apologize for lying to the public? I very much doubt it. They just don't have time to do the minor stuff like checking facts or apologizing for errors. They have new headlines to produce, they have to keep the public's attention so they can make a profit and keep the shareholders happy and if the truth doesn't make a couple extra bucks then forget it!

I want to acknowledge that there are journalists who care about facts. Unlike the Time Magazines and Reuters of this world, I don't want to make my article into a generality of "all journalists". There are journalists around who care. Unfortunately, it seems they are in the minority.

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Still My Favorite

Tom Cruise is still my favorite. One thing I love about him as an entertainment is the quality of his movies. There are a few stars you can always trust to pick a great script, work with a terrific team and come off with a film that was well worth seeing. He's one. I'm very much looking forward to seeing his new film, "Valkyrie."

And, by the way, despite the reaction to the film that's been carried in the press, the fact is that Scientology is thriving in Germany. The new Church of Scientology of Berlin, that opened earlier this year, is a model Scientology church and people are interested, looking into it, and loving what they find out.

A culture is only as great as its dreams, and its dreams are dreamed by artists. — Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard

Friday, June 22, 2007

The Critics Love Travolta

The movie critic for the London Daily Mail raves about John Travolta's performance in his next movie, "Hairspray."

Here is one quote:

The film - and Travolta himself - is certainly not lacking in energy. As Nikki Blonsky says: "This was the job of a lifetime and I got to have John Travolta as my mum. Life doesn't get much better than that."

The review and an interview with John are here:

John Travolta is 'all woman' in remake of classic film Hairspray

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

News on the Tom Cruise movie "Valkyrie"

The World War II movie "Valkyrie" that will star Tom Cruise is still in pre-production, but just look at the cast they are building: Tom Wilkinson, Carice van Houten and Kenneth Branagh are all confirmed and, according to IMDB, Bill Nighy and Stephen Fry are in negotiations. Those are brilliant actors, every one of them.

The movie is about an assassination plot against Hitler and although we know it failed, with a cast like that the movie won't!

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

John Travolta and Edna

In his next movie, Hairspray, John Travolta plays Edna, mother of teenager Tracy Turnblad who "teaches 1962 Baltimore a thing or two about integration after landing a spot on a local TV dance show."

John has been getting great reviews for his performance and here is an interview in which he "opens up about his family, embracing middle age and what it was like to play Hairspray's Edna."

A fun interview: John Travolta, More Than a Woman.

Sunday, June 17, 2007

Success from Tom Cruise's Detox Center for Ground Zero Rescue Workers

Here is a great article about the New York Rescue Workers Detoxification Project which was co-founded by Tom Cruise: Tom Cruise’s NY Detox Saved NYFD’s Joe Higgins

The media seems to revel in bad news about celebrities, so it's nice to find a positive article for a change.

Friday, June 15, 2007

Tom Cruise still a Power Player

Tom Cruise is #8 on the "Forbes Most Powerful" list!

Last year he moved from being an actor to being an actor and director of a movie studio: United Artists.

United Artists was founded in 1919 by movie greats Douglas Fairbanks, Charlie Chaplin, Mary Pickford and D.W. Griffith. It has produced some of the biggest and best known movie franchises such as "Rocky," "Pink Panther" and "James Bond" as well as highly acclaimed films such as "West Side Story" and "Midnight Cowboy."

Last year, after Viacom chief, Sumner Redstone, refused to negotiate a new contract with the Cruise/Wagner production company because of the revenue loss to large pharmaceutical companies who advertise on Viacom's many subsidiaries (CBS, MTV, etc.) when Cruise, on prime-time TV, exposed the harm their drugs cause, Tom Cruise and Paula Wagner formed a partnership with MGM to run their own studio. The big loser in all this was poor old Paramount Pictures which (according to estimates in Daily Variety) made 1/3 of its income from Tom Cruise movies.

The UA deal is a great boost for Cruise and will bring life back to a studio with an auspicious past that had been put into mothballs in recent years. Soon we will again see the UA logo on Hollywood Blockbusters.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

A Celebrity Slide Show

Here is a slide show of Scientology Celebrities from the website of a CBS TV station in New York. Not bad.

They also have a Celebrity Father's Day slide show which starts with Tom and Suri Cruise.

Saturday, June 02, 2007

John and Kelley Raise 1/2 mil for Narconon Hawaii!

Two really lovely people and great entertainers putting their energy into something that counts. Scientologists, John Travolta and Kelley Preston.

A culture is only as great as its dreams, and its dreams are dreamed by artists. — Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard

Suri Cruise Sends a Thank-You Note

Good manners is becoming something of a rarity in our modern society. When I open the door to let a woman go first I usually get reactions ranging from surprise to amazement. Maybe I'm just old fashioned but I think good manners is an important lubricant for the smooth running of the machinery of human relations.

In his article "Manners," L. Ron Hubbard says: "Good manners sum up to a) granting importance to the other person and b) using the two-way communication cycle"

"A person's importance is made evident to him by showing him respect, or just by assuring him he is visible and acceptable. To see and acknowledge the existence of someone is a granting of their importance. ... People have value and are important. Big or small they are important."

Good Manners seems to be a part of Scientology that Suri Cruise is learning very young (with a just little help from her mother): Suri Cruise Sends a Thank-You Note

Sunday, May 13, 2007

BBC's Tabloid Journalism

I must admit, I always thought of BBC as a bastion of culture, rationality, responsible news reporting. So I was shocked when I learned about John Sweeney and his outrageous bad manners and bias.

I found it particularly disturbing to see this clip on YouTube of him heckling John Travolta at the premiere of Wild Hogs in London. Is this what the BBC has descended to or is Sweeney just a blot on their reputation?

A culture is only as great as its dreams, and its dreams are dreamed by artists. — Scientology founder, L. Ron Hubbard

Saturday, March 31, 2007


Guenther Oettinger, in the governor of Baden-Wuerttemberg and he just had to try to force a local TV show from have John Travolta on as a guest. "By inviting Mr. Travolta to appear on your show, you're offering this organization a platform to address millions of viewers," Oettinger was quoted as saying in Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. "Mr. Travolta is a well-known member of that organization, which has only recently opened a new office here, and many people, parents in particular, are concerned about Scientologists and their aims."

Now, I know these aims run counter to some of the ideals of Germany:

"A civilization without insanity, without criminals and without war, where the able can prosper and honest beings can have rights, and where man is free to rise to greater heights, are the aims of Scientology."

I'm just not sure which of these aims are antipathetic to the German construct. Is it that they want insanity? Is it criminals they prefer? I don't think so. Maybe it's war. Now that's a possible. Honest beings able to rise to greater heights? That's probably what it is. Having been fixated with creating or being supermen under Hitler they want to prevent anyone excelling or living up to their true potential? Even that I can't believe.

No. It's more like they don't really oppose the aims of the Scientology religion. They've just bought nonsense being pushed out on what Scientology really is.

Now you don't suppose its psychiatry and Big Pharma, do you? I guess they do have a stake on increasing so-called insanity, by being paid to dole out the latest designer meds.

It couldn't been that the drug companies are profiting off keeping people in jail could it?

Monday, March 26, 2007

Travolta is Back - and Then some

Wild Hogs was the surprise hit of the season, and irrepressible JT is off and running again!

The Daily Record of Scotland put it this way:


I am always happy to see John Travolta do well. He is such a genuinely nice man, and he obviously enjoys himself so much. And what a lovely family! Good to hear he and Kelly are planning to have a third child. Good luck to them!

A culture is only as great as its dreams, and its dreams are dreamed by artists. — Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard

Friday, March 16, 2007

David Miscavige

Usually when you think of "Scientology celebrities" you think Tom Cruise, John Travolta, maybe Jenna Elfman or, if you are an online yellow journalist, you speculate about JLO and Penelope Cruz. But one Scientologist who you may not think of in the same terms is David Miscavige.

David Miscavige is the Chairman of the Board of Religious Technology Center, the senior ecclexiastical leader of the Scientology religion.

And what a leader he is!

A culture is only as great as its dreams, and its dreams are dreamed by artists. — Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Did the Press Lie?

Last year the press made a big deal out of some comments made by Sumner Redstone, the head of Viacom (owners of Paramount Pictures). They implied he was attacking Tom Cruise. Now Redstone has said to People Magazine: "What happened was, I just gave an interview to The Wall Street Journal. In the course of it, they asked me what was going on. I said, 'You know, he would no longer be in the lot,'" Redstone told the magazine. "They treated that like I was firing him. I didn't fire him! I had nothing to do with it. But they treated it explosively. And I didn't like it."

Hmmmm, don't tell me the press got it wrong. Is it possible that the media wanted to pretend there was a controversy when there wasn't? Is it possible they created the whole story because they thought it would sell more papers? Well, all I can say is that when you read or watch the news be very careful about what you believe because time and again you later find out that things weren't the way the press portrayed them.

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

At the Oscars

It was great, seeing John Travolta and Tom Cruise at the Oscars. What elegant, well spoken, distinguished men, both of them.

A culture is only as great as its dreams, and its dreams are dreamed by artists. — Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard

Friday, February 23, 2007

Celebs Award Human Rights Watchdogs

Actors Kirstie Alley, Kelly Preston, Priscilla Presley, Marisol Nichols (24) and Anne Archer (Patriot Games, Fatal Attraction) awarded mental health industry whistleblowers who have risked their professional careers to expose dangerous psychiatric practices and warn the public about the dangers and fraudulent marketing of psychiatric drugs.

A culture is only as great as its dreams, and its dreams are dreamed by artists. — Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

CCHR Event

There were Scientology celebrities galore at the 38th Anniversary of CCHR this weekend.

Four very deserving and courageous human rights advocates were awarded for their work to expose psychiatric crimes.

A culture is only as great as its dreams, and its dreams are dreamed by artists. — Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard

Monday, February 19, 2007

Psychs Busted

Look at this great picture of Kelly Preston, Kirstie Alley and Priscilla Presley at the CCHR 38th Anniversary Benefit Gala.

What an incredible evening this was.

I was completely inspired by the awardees and their courage in the face of real threat and harm. You don't take on the psychiatric/pharmaceutical consortium lightly. If they are (and the are) such criminals that they would falsify the facts that their "anti-psychotics"cause psychosis in children and teens, thereby killing children who go crazy on their drugs and commit suicide, what else would they do to protect their billions of dollars in revenue?

I have seen first-hand the kind of character assassination they and their minions carry out, and watched as people who trust the media pass these lies along.

Call it what you will, the Scientology magazine, called FREEDOM and Citizens Commission on Human Rights blew the whistle on Ely Lilly in 1989 when the adverse reports on Prozac started rolling in. The pressure Lily put on media to ruin our reputation is now a matter of public record. And nearly 20 years later the the truth finally surfaces. THEY KNEW THESE DRUGS CAUSED VIOLENCE AND SUICIDE AND WITHHELD IT FROM THE PUBLIC!

Make your own decisions on that one.

A culture is only as great as its dreams, and its dreams are dreamed by artists. — Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard

Saturday, February 10, 2007

Celestial Navigations - Valentine

Celestial Navigations is difficult to quickly describe so I'll call it a "band' to keep things simple. The members are all Scientologists, probably the best know are actor Geoffrey Lewis (father of Juliette Lewis) and musician/composer David Campbell (father of Beck and worked on over 400 gold and platinum albums).

The music accompanied stories they produce are magical and especially for Valentine's Day they have created a new story called (appropriately) Valentine. You can hear it on their MySpace site: Celestial Navigations - Valentine. Enjoy!

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Anne Archer in the UK

Here is a web page on the Church of Scientology in the United Kingdom, which includes a nice photo of Anne Archer with the Jive Aces.

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Exhibit on Scientology concerns psychiatrists

I love the way these guys put it:

Now, the St. Louis chapter of an organization founded by the Church of Scientology is hosting an
exhibit at the Missouri State Capitol that claims psychiatry is responsible for events such as the Holocaust and the Columbine shootings.

If you WATCH the videos in this exhibit you'll see it's not just a claim. It's a FACT.

So I'm glad the psychs are concerned.

It's about time they worried about their fraudulent diagnoses and their utter lack of results.

Friday, January 19, 2007

Anne Archer

Anne Archer is one of the most beautiful women I've ever met - not just her looks, which are extraordinary, but her personality.

Here she is being interviewed at the grand opening of the Church of Scientology of Berlin.

She is a gracious, lovely lady.

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Check out this story on Chick

I just found this in a Tampa paper:

Chick Corea up for two Grammys!

Clearwater, Florida - Most readers read to escape. They get lost in a story reading a book they can't put down. But when the words of a science fiction novel leap off the pages at jazz artist Chick Corea, he reads the story, and he gets lost in a melody.

His latest CD, “The Ultimate Adventure,” was inspired by the 1939 best-seller of the same name by L. Ron Hubbard. The music inspired by the novel has earned Corea two Grammy award nominations. The Clearwater native says the story takes him back to an Arabian village in North Africa called, “The City of Brass.” And he narrates a parelles of the story, while he plays the haunting melodies inspired by the tale.

Chick Corea, Jazz Musician and Grammy nominee:
“And the sun's just coming up, and it's shining on the brass towers of the city of brass. And it really evokes Arabia.

The Grammy nominations bring Corea's lifetime total to 50. He's recorded nearly 100 CD's from the 1960's to the present, and his latest is an art form he calls tone-poetry: He reads a story, and turns out music.

Chic Corea at the Grand Opening of the Scientology Church in Berlin

Chick Corea was there at the grand opening of the Church of Scientology of Berlin this weekend.

What an incredible event it was, too!

Thursday, January 11, 2007

Scientology Celebrities Attending Grand Opening?`

I heard there will be some surpise Scientology celebrities attending the grand opening of the new Church of Scientology of Berlin.

The whole grand opening is so exciting.

First of all, to have David Miscavige go to an event, you know it's a really special occasion.

Then, from what I understand there are going to be representatives from every Scientology church on earth attending seminars at this new church.

Then to have celebrities show up as well will lend it an even further air of celebration.

But I think the thing I like best about it is it signals a new era for Scientology in Germany. Right in the heart of the capital city. For years, Scientologists had to really fight for the right to practice their religion in Germany. Over the years, with court decision after court decision affirming Scientology to be a religion in Germany and with years of surveillance by the German version of the FBI finding absolutely no wrong-doing of any kind by any Scientology church of Scientologist in the country, to the point where the investigations have been dropped in nearly every German state, the opening of this church really feels like a new beginning of cooperation between the German government and the Scientology religion.

And another reason I find it so exciting is that Germany is such a productive nation, and has come so far in the past 60 years. Berlin suffered more in the post-WWII era than most other areas of the country, and 18 years after the fall of the Wall is still scrambling to catch up with the rest of the country.

I know that the social betterment programs and administrative technology the church has to offer can do so much to help those who are restore Berlin to the status it had before the War.

Monday, January 08, 2007