Just for Lulz…

I guess one day I’m “libel” to rue the day of speaking out about Co$ and those who support it, and standing up with those who have reportedly suffered abuses, but I will not stop speaking out, hopefully these voices will be heard. πŸ˜‰

 

Hate-gate, Arizona Indy, and the curse of Co$

So late last week Arizona Indy decided to take a swipe or two at me and my little blog here. In fact, beyond just claiming I was stupid, Indy also proclaimed that I operate a “Hate Blog”. As of this moment, I challenge this person to either file a complaint or provide documented proof that I have either stated, promoted, or requested any type of hatred or violent action on this blog. Arizona Indy will either ignore this challenge, or use it as a reason to post more smear on Twitter behind a block wall. Since February, Arizona Indy has shown time and time again that they are willing to stoop to any level to try and elicit a nasty or “veiled” response. Yet, it is this person who has called others such things as “rapist”, “stupid”, “evil”, “socks”, “trolls” and even stated that you shouldn’t have dinner with one specific person as they would attempt to poison you. And now, they would want you to believe that my thoughts and ideas on Co$ are somehow classified as a “Hate Blog”. I have no idea what end-goal Arizona Indy has, but it is clear that they are willing to publicly accuse others of hate even when they threaten to go to LA to physically confront the IJC.

Beerunch – I had the opportunity to go to the local “World of Beer” yesterday for brunch. My partner had beer infused Belgian Waffles with strawberries and cream, and I had the Heuvos Rancheros. We were able to sit outside in the sun, and not only enjoyed the food, but enjoyed a few beers as well.Β  I quite enjoyed the Rivertowne Brewing Peaches & Cream Nitro (did not taste like a beer at all πŸ™‚ ), Julius Echter Premium Weissbier Hell, and shared a glass of Bell’s Brewery Kalamazoo Stout. The stout was served from cask, so only carbonated from natural fermentation, and at room temperature. My partner also enjoyed the Green Flash Brewing Co Passion Fruit Kicker. All in all, it was a great start to the day and a very pleasant way to end out a holiday week. I definitely recommend everyone give this place a try.

From my perspective, I tend to evaluate by words and actions, not by who you are (or who others think you are) in the public space. Deciding to launch a stream of vicious/slanderous/libelous tweets simply because someone does not agree with you, is viewed as petty and misguided. I’m sure I have resorted to this tactic in the past to some degree, but I’m trying to be more cognizant of it these days. Due to the recent “actions” of STAAD, adding many of us to a block list, it is important to not go after individual members of this group. Rely on facts and truth in pointing out their hypocrisy and how they employ the same tactics that they supposedly are against. In my opinion, they are no more for “free speech” and “religious tolerance” than any other Co$ front group. Unfortunately, they are simply following the policies and procedures that are documented by LRH and COB. The curse is that they cannot/will not stop and reflect on this truth, they simply plod along like a good scion without questioning the impact or hypocrisy of their actions.

Do not allow folks like Arizona Indy, the East Grinstead Trolls, Clownface, or STAAD to intimidate, bullbait, or label you. We all must Stand Up, Speak Out, and Be Heard – even in our own unique way. As long as you deal in truth and facts, they have no control over you, and can only attempt to use threats and accusation against you. In the end, they will block or ignore you if they cannot suppress your words and actions.

 

Friday Five – Post 4th Recovery :)

Well, hopefully everyone enjoyed the holiday, I know we did.

Black Raspberries – first, these are by far my favorite fruit. So, we went to a local “pick your own” farm and harvested 7.5 pounds of them. They are very rare to find in the grocery store produce section, and these were as organic as possible. We froze quite a bit of them, so will be enjoying well into the winter – Yay me πŸ™‚

Parties – yeah, we had a few. We hosted a “graduation” party for our daughters and their friends. 120 pounds of ice, a long day in the pool, grilling during a thunderstorm, and a great time with friends and family – Chocolate Cake Shots as well. A post party swim hangout the following day, followed by a party hosted by another family on the 4th – ribs, beers, quinoa salad, and kamikaze shots…all in all, a very good extended weekend.

Beers – Shiner Bock, Shiner Strawberry Blonde, Sam Adams Porch Rocker, Sam Adams Summer Ale, Leinenkugel’s Summer Wheat, Evil Genius Purple Monkey Dishwasher…and maybe 1 or two others πŸ™‚

Trolls – seems Mr. Middle Path’s #alternativefacts videos have pulled the usual trolls out of the woodwork – Arizona Indy, the Twit, and Clownface have emerged from hibernation to continue to spew misinformation, personal digs, and create dissention or chaos – I doubt the will have much success.

#OpScientology – Global protests are being planned for September 9-10th around the world. Please consider supporting as best you can.

Stand Up, Speak Out, and Be Heard!

Return of the Trolls?

So, seems we have a return of “Arizona Indy” and at least 1/2 of the East Grinstead troll brigade recently on Twitter. I wonder why? Could it be that public opinion of Co$ and LRH’s policies, actions, and beliefs are at an all-time low? Or, is there a new “arraignment” between Co$ and Indies? Did they all find a “savior” in the little videos from the “middle path” guru? Seems they are very “enturbulated” recently, especially as a result of someone speaking out about the “ASC Troika”.

For those of us who are not ASC, outer banks, or some other secretive group, this line of attack is laughably impotent. We don’t care about who is supposedly leading the cause, as we are not card-carrying members. I do find it interesting that Arizona Indy wants to have the protestors focus on “current management” rather than the policies themselves. It is another overly simplified example of someone out of touch with what the majority of us are against. It is as laughable as Arizona Indy suggesting that Anonymous, just as OSA, works for Co$, or that some of us are socks, trolls, or OSA agents. This person seems to be operating under the impression that if you “throw out enough BS”, some of it is bound to either be true or at least cast some doubt. Yet, they are just accusations with no amount of evidence.

As for the other troll, no matter the topic, we are sure to get a “Nope”, #facepalm, “Oh Dear” response, rather than any real facts or answers. Neither, by the way, would ever have the courage to participate in a serious examination of Co$, LRH, or policies, practices, or beliefs. They are happy to engage from a distance, with one-sided lies, deflections, innuendos, or smear, but do not have the capacity to actually engage in a meaningful dialog where they cannot attempt to control the situation.

In the end, trolls like these two are the effect, not the cause. Until they can prove to have the capacity to honestly have a frank discussion about policy, action, or beliefs, they are simply a tool being used to infuse false information, distraction, or provoke a reaction that can be labeled as “violent” or “bigoted”. There is no real substance to their activity, and no real value in their “thoughts”. They are contributing as much to “planetary clearing” as I am to quantum physics…

Stand Up, Speak Out, and Be Heard!

New global #OpScientology protests scheduled for Sept 9 & 10, 2017.

 

Friday Five – It’s the end of the world as we know it (and I feel fine)…

Save yourself, serve yourself. World serves its own needs,
Listen to your heart bleed dummy with the rapture and
The revered and the right, right.
You vitriolic patriotic, slam, fight, bright light,
Feeling pretty psyched.

[Chorus:]

It’s the end of the world as we know it.
It’s the end of the world as we know it.
It’s the end of the world as we know it, and I feel fine. – R.E.M.

 

CCHR & Faux “children’s rights” – Ok, ok, who among us is willing to argue that, in a perfect scenario, children should be labeled as ADHD, ADD, or with some other mental disorder? And, furthermore, who wants to force medication on them? Anyone? Bueller?…Hmmm, so then what is all the hubbub about this group and their “meager” protests in this arena? I think it is safe to say the general consensus of normal humans with any shred of decency do not support the forced medication of anyone, let alone children. So, this is a no-brainer. They use this as the leverage needed to attract attention and donations. Beyond the polarizing “childhood is not a mental condition” rhetoric, they also want you to believe that EVERY psychiatrist, government agency, and evil person is pushing these medications down the throats of EVERY child. It’s all part of Co$’ larger “doomsday” campaign. As part of the foundation of this campaign, they highlight “Big Pharma” as creating these conditions, and medications, as a means to make a profit. Sure sounds evil, right? While there may be some truth to that statement, you also need to remember that most of us live in a capitalist society, and one of the main goals of any business is to maximize profits. So, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that even pharmaceutical companies are “in it for the money”. As a parent, and a rationale adult, I understand that sometimes these medications are needed, do help, but should be used under strict medical care and observation. I find it far to easy for groups like CCHR to highlight suicides and other violent side effects without digging into what level of care was being delivered, or how strictly they were being observed by doctors or parents. And, until proven otherwise, I will always side with trained medical practitioners over the non peer-reviwed “ideas” of LRH that are employed by CCHR, NarCONon, and their other front groups.

STAAD League – Yeah, it’s not STAND…I’ve spent a decent amount of time reviewing some of the “protest” letters sent by supposed scientologists to companies like A&E and Disney. You would think, based on their rhetoric, that there is an all-out violent assault on each and every scientologist. They use buzzwords like “bullying” and “terrorize” to build their case. Everything from losing 2 recent girlfriends to teachers mocking a student, just because of Co$. From my perspective, I have never supported the use of violence in matters like this, and most of the people I know are the same. We do not wish harm on anyone just because of their “beliefs”. I’d rather highlight the irony, hypocrisy, or irrationality of their “religion”. Unfortunately, you will find violence in every walk of life, but to use examples of it to employ a “victim” mentality is unacceptable. Especially when you compare it to the actions the “church” has taken against those who speak out against them. Anyone remember Paulette Cooper? I suggest they come down off their moral “high horse” and stop trying to label everyone who speaks against them as bigots, violent, or evil. For as much as they have a “right” to pay to go up the bridge, we have a right to point out the lifted ideas, lack of verifiable facts and figures, and reported abuses that are baked into scientology. Co$ and scientologists are not “the only ones” who can do something about this…

ASC – As I covered in my podcast earlier this week, while I protest the policies, actions, and beliefs of Co$ and all their front groups, I am not in some cult. I do not get ideas or orders from some hierarchical “chain of command”, and I do not blindly believe everything that I hear or read, especially without backing evidence. I am not a member of some super secret/not so super secret group like “Outer Banks”, and I never envision a situation where I would want to be. I do what I do, because it seems to be the right thing to do, not because I’m trying to make money or become famous. As seen on Twitter, I highlight other groups and issues as well. So, to me it is always about seeking the truth, highlighting the stories of abuse, and revealing what others wish to keep hidden.

Beers for the weekend – I highly recommend virtually anything from Shiner, Victory Brewing, and Evil Genius. I recently tried the Shiner Strawberry Blonde (nice), and want to try their Peach Wheat ale. They also have a very nice ruby red grapefruit wheat – Ruby Redbird. What I love about Shiner is they work with other local towns in their brews. For example, the strawberries come from another small Texas town, Poteet, for their Strawberry Blonde, and the grapefruit are grown in Texas as well. It’s nice to see businesses supporting each other this way.

Fourth of July – While we are hosting a party this weekend, we will also be reflecting on the historical significance of the date as well. You can blame my love of history, but I think it’s always important to understand why we celebrate national holidays. πŸ™‚ So, eat, drink, be merry…but be safe. There will be no home fireworks for us, so if you do, be very careful!

Stand Up, Speak Out, and Be Heard!

The Road Not Taken…

The Road Not Taken

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I β€”
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference. – Robert Frost

 

As we each make our way through life, we are often met with two divergent paths, maybe one light and one dark, or perhaps the lesser of two evils or some other variation therein. While the general sense is that choosing “the one less traveled by” is an example of one expressing their freedom of thought and ability to plot their own course, it can also be read as not caring which path is chosen, and not willing to look back and reconsider if the best choice was made.

To me, the importance here is not which path, but the understated lack of care for which path is chosen, or any future reconsideration of that choice. While one could argue that Frost was fine with “making the best of the situation”, to me it is the constant reevaluation your choices that is more important. Constant analysis of your choices, both past and present, is key in gaining wisdom and perspective.

Disregard for past decisions, can be seen in both politics and the recent videos from a former high-ranking Co$ executive. In both cases, it is far more convenient for one to disregard their past words and actions, and attempt to deflect from them, by prescribing the blame or criticism on someone else. Whether they are choosing the road less traveled, or the more popular path, there appears to be no remorse or hindsight gained from the journey. And, that is a true tragedy.

I’d suggest that we all ponder which path to take and make the most of that decision, but always look back and learn from the consequences were missed as a result. One can always revisit the yellow woods and choose a new path, but only if you reflect on your decisions.

The other option, that Frost doesn’t mention, is to forge a whole new path. Rather than follow the only defined “paths”, there is not always a hard rule that does not allow you to determine a path on your own. But, I would warn that this choice may be the less comfortable path, must be done with conviction and employ all relevant wisdom and knowledge available. And, you cannot disregard the benefit of reflection.

In the end, we are all free to choose any path we like, or forge a new one, but only those who take the effort to reconsider their choices, and adjust as needed, will benefit from gained wisdom and knowledge. And that, makes all the difference in the world.

Stand Up, Speak Out, and Be Heard!

Friday 5 – Some heads are gonna roll…

Ok, let’s not get crazy…referring to lyrics from Judas Priest, not literal.

#OpScientology – well, here we are on the doorstep of the first wave of protests against Co$. I hope the volume of in-person and online protestors is significant. We need numbers to show Co$, MSM, and onlookers that this Op is real, has widespread support, and will not be pushed around or ignored. While there may be more protests coming, we all need to get out there, either to a local org/mission, or get online and spread the truth. There are so many tools to use – TheUndergroundBunker, Mike Rinder’s Blog, Chris Shelton and Aaron Levin Smith’s videos, YouTube vids (think Angry Gay Pope, Tory Magoo, Gate Crashers, etc), tons of memes, tons of actual Co$ documents, etc…just keep posting and sharing these stories as best you can. I believe, any and all resources and efforts will be greatly appreciated.

#DogMeatFestival – Yulin China. I’m not going to provide any details, as it is just too gross to discuss. But, we all need to learn about it, and vow to end this type of cruelty as quickly as possible.

ACHA – It’s imperative that every American read this new healthcare plan. Don’t just look at it from your perspective, but also how this could have a very real, very sobering impact on those with pre-existing or long-term medical conditions, anyone who currently benefits from the VA or Medicaid, or anyone who cannot afford the cost of modest medical services. Should you be moved to contact your congressional representative, you can find that information here.

NBA Draft – The biggest takeaway from the draft, for me was, 16 of the first 30 picks were freshmen. I don’t blame any of these athletes for jumping at the chance to earn millions of dollars, but I can’t help but feel sad that most will not continue on to get their degree. Also, is one year of college ball enough to determine how successful they will be at the pro level? I would be hesitant to sign some of these players to multi-million dollar contracts, knowing that they need to continue to grow physically and mentally into the pro game. I wish the new pros well in their careers, and I hope that they all provide value to their teams. For my home team, the 76ers, it’s time to show the fans who have trusted “the process” that it was worth it.

Timely Quotes – Benjamin Franklin

For having lived long, I have experienced many instances of being obliged, by better information or fuller consideration, to change opinions, even on important subjects, which I once thought right but found to be otherwise.

As we enjoy great advantages from the inventions of others, we should be glad of an opportunity to serve others by any invention of ours, and this we should do freely and generously.

I am for doing good to the poor, but I differ in opinion about the means. I think the best way of doing good to the poor is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it.

Those disputing, contradicting, and confuting people are generally unfortunate in their affairs. They get victory, sometimes, but they never get good will, which would be of more use to them.

Tricks and treachery are the practice of fools, that don’t have brains enough to be honest.

 

Stand Up, Speak Out, and Be Heard! Have a GREAT weekend!!

 

 

An ill-advised game of chicken

Hopefully most of you know about the game of Chicken.

I can see this game being played out at many different levels – whether it’s Trump v. Un, Trump v. Comey/Mueller, Sessions v. Comey/Mueller, Ossoff v. Handel, Left v. Right, Liberal v. Conservative, White Nationalism v. Globalism, “ASC” v. Co$, Indies v. “ASC”, etc.

There are two main problems with this dichotomy. First, if the two “players” are singular individuals or groups, such as leaders of a nation-state or “organized religion”, they are playing this game with all of us already in the ditch, filled with flammable materials. They don’t seem to care that the general public or other individuals may bear the full brunt of their actions even if they don’t swerve. And, are there adequate checks & balances on what “tactics” they employ? In other words, who will adhere to the “rules of engagement”, or “rules of war”? Can these leaders or groups be trusted to not push us to the precipice of annihilation? I don’t want to be a fear-monger, but if actions mirror words, we should all be concerned about what means these “leaders” are willing to use without regard for collateral damages. We all must question the authenticity/legitimacy of the power they wield and how they chose to wield it. I, for one, do not wish to be an unwilling victim of their overly-aggressive pursuit of power, real or imagined.

The second, is the belief that there are only two sides to nearly every issue. Now, I’m not going to preach about some great “middle path” as others have, but I will argue that a majority of the time, in my opinion, neither side is completely honest or correct. They employ hyperbole to garner support or play on the fears of the public. Whether it’s the exaggerated claims of “Evil Psychs” that rape and pillage, Paid Protestors who are just in it for the fame or money, policies that seek to regulate population growth, or “silence” critics…the only thing worthwhile is the pursuit of the unbiased, unmanufactured truth.

I have no time or patience for “made up” facts or stories, no interest in existing as a “tribute” or follower of a false cause, no need or desire to be a member of a “secret” group or one which hides behind lies, smears their critics, or engages in illicit activities to justify their authority. Their power lies only in the ability to label like-minded individuals as part of a particular group or party. But, it too is a fallacy. Being liberal or conservative on one topic does not necessarily mean that an individual uses the same logic or thought process for ALL. Labeling is used to simplify the rationale of why one should support or criticize, to love or hate, to attack or defend.

I refuse to be labeled as “liberal”, “democrat”, or “ASC”. I may hold a liberal approach to some topics, such as universal healthcare, I may be registered as Democrat, and I certainly stand against the reported abusive policies, actions, and beliefs of Co$, but that does not mean I have stopped thinking, researching, assessing, or seeking truth. I am beholden to no one but my family, my friends, and my mind. So take your simple labels and put them in the same orifice that your head seems to exist… ( . )

Stand Up, Speak Out, and Be Heard!

 

You be Frontin’

Of all the non-religiousy things that Co$ does to promote itself, one of the most disgusting is the use of front groups that appear to have little, if any, connection to Co$. One that has popped up over the past month, due to terrorist attacks and other horrific events, is the Volunteer Ministers (VMs). They are not new, but have recently tried to grab photo-ops by appearing near these events. They may have handed out some drinks and snacks to the first responders, but their underlying mission seems to be handing out “The Way to Happiness” pamphlets. While containing some “common sense” idioms, their true purpose is to recruit the unsuspecting into going to a local mission or org, take the personality test, and to begin their journey to the bridge. The also “help” by offering “touch assists” for free.

In regard to the recent horrific building fire at Grenfell Tower, it seems most who happened upon the VMs there, had the same reaction –Β https://www.scientologybollocks.com/londons-grenfell-towers-tragedy-residents-tell-scientology-vulture-volunteer-ministers-fuck-off/#_tbi

andΒ https://twitter.com/Vinny_LBC/status/876410497888903169

Just a little more background info on Co$ Vms –Β http://www.xenu-directory.net/scnorgs/vm1.html#_tbi

YouTube video exposing how Vms tried to scam after 9/11 –Β https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KNAxHKjYA8s#_tbi

First Hand account of VM “help” in Haiti –Β http://gawker.com/5462117/scientologists-in-haiti-a-firsthand-account#_tbi

What LRH had to say about the purpose of VMs –

“The program is the successor to earlier Scientology outreach efforts, notably the “Casualty Contact” program for recruiting new Scientologists (called “preclears”) from hospitals, the scenes of accidents and other places where people might have experienced trauma. As Hubbard put it, “One takes every daily paper he can get his hands on and cuts from it every story whereby he might have a preclear. […] He should represent himself to the person or the person’s family as a minister whose compassion was compelled by the newspaper story concerning the person. […].”[1] ” (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Volunteer_Ministers )

There are a whole host of “front groups” that can be researched, and I may do so in the coming weeks, but thought this one in particular was timely, based on recent activity.

Stand Up, Speak Out, and Be Heard!

 

Friday 5…WTF?

Been sitting back taking in all that’s been occurring over the past week or so…boy, I need a drink or two πŸ˜‰

Cosby – While I have my own personal thoughts, I wasn’t in the courtroom and didn’t hear all the evidence, so I can’t really speak to guilt or innocence. But, I can speak to the jury coming back deadlocked. With that being the case, and the judge forcing them back to deliberation, can ANY verdict be accepted? Without knowing if it is one or more jurors who truly disagrees with the majority, additional time to coerce them to change their opinion seems unjust. I assume that they have voiced their reasons for their stance, otherwise they would be dismissed if they were tainted or looking to nullify the jury. In my opinion, the court of public opinion is often easier to convince than a small jury of peers, which is why some of these cases end up in court, yet fail to satisfy the public. In such cases, I always look to the performance of the prosecutors and defense attorneys. Did they push an “unwinnable” case? Did they rely on public opinion too much, and assume a certain outcome? I suspect that in this case, we end with a hung jury, and if we do, I don’t suspect it will be re-tried.

Comey/Sessions – I watched both testify, and I can’t help but feel Comey was the more honest party. I can’t say that I believe every bit of his testimony, but he had less to gain/lose from not being truthful. He had already been removed from his position at the FBI, so as a private citizen, he was no longer bound by ideas of loyalty to the administration. Sessions, on the other hand, seemed to use the time honored tradition of “I don’t remember” as a valid response. While I can relate to missing or forgetting details of a specific event, I cannot believe he didn’t have the thought to go back and look for any amount of evidence to confirm or deny what actually took place. His answers often seemed off-point and a tactic to stall while the time allotted to each senator ran out. Invoking some unwritten privilege to not speak about conversations with the President was a weak attempt to deflect from the truth.

Influence/Obstruction/Ignorance – So, whatever side of the “aisle” you may find yourself, I find it asinine to ignore the evidence of tampering with truth. Private meetings with the Attorney Generals, Head of the FBI, foreign politicians or dignitaries in hope of swaying favor is simply unacceptable from any party or politician. And then, to try and hide this information from the public, is an even worse crime in my book. Open and honest should be the rule of law. Anything less should be reason for removal…period.

Animal Cruelty – I’ve seen lots of tweets regarding dog and cat meat markets and the process by which the animals are handled. I was truly sickened by the mere idea that this is acceptable in any society. It must be stopped…

#OpScientology – Stand Up, Speak Out, and Be Heard.