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The Republican Party, cults and their money

Use to be people thought of the Moonies as a cult. But now, thanks, in part, to George and Barbara Bush who get $100K a pop for giving pro Moonie speeches, they are not perceived that way. For starters see GOP and Straight; GOP and Scientology™; FACTNET.

Friday, March 25, 2005

Who am I

Paul Krugman

I just took Quizalla's on-line quiz that is suppose to decide which New York Times Op-Ed columnist I am most like. Here's what they say, thank you very much.

You are Paul Krugman! You're a brilliant economist with a knack for both making sense of the current economic situation and exposing the Bush administration's lies about it. You somehow came out as the best anti-war writer on the Op-Ed staff. Other economists hate your guts for selling out to the liberals. To hell with 'em.


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Sunday, March 20, 2005

Melvin Sembler--The Ugly American.
Miguel Martinez's blog on European opinion of wealthy Americans

Last year Miguel Martinez, an Italian, published a web page, in Italian, about Mel and Betty Sembler and their Straight program. His page is here:

Now, just moments ago, I received an eMail from Miguel. He has written a blog on Sembler's latest scandal--getting US taxpayers to buy him a $113 million monument to himself. Here is his eMail to me:

The US gov't has just bought a huge building in Rome and added it to the US Embassy. What is interesting is that Congress has called it officially "The Mel Sembler Building". It isn't Sembler is still alive, but he has buildings named after him by the government - reminds me of Stalingrad and Saddam City :-))Obviously the construction tycoon wanted what every European jokingly says about the American super-rich: to get immortality by having his name big in the city of the Vatican and the Colosseum. However, Sembler apparently didn't trust them to do so when he was dead, so he pressured them into doing it while he was
still alive.

I wrote something in my blog about it (in Italian only) here:

However below is the full article on the topic from the website of the US embassy.

Good luck,
Miguel Martinez, Italy

US Embassy website on the Mel Sembler Building

MY RESPONSE TO MIGUEL FOLLOWS:

Dear Miguel,

Thank you for your eMail about Ambassador Sembler's latest folly and thank you for helping educate the Italian people about who this guy we sent you really is. Unfortunately, the American political process has evolved into electing a President who has raised the most money because he is the one who can buy the most advertising time on TV and in the press. In return for their money, our presidents often reward their wealthy contributors by giving them ambassadorships to beautiful European countries. Merit has nothing to do with it. And we, the American people, suffer because of the bad name these pampered, rich elite give to all our countrymen. Personally, I was deeply offended for years over the way Americans are perceived by Frenchmen, in particular, since many of our soldiers died liberating France from Germany. However, since meeting Melvin Sembler I can finally understand how such a small handful of influential US envoys and businessmen have given us all a bad name.

It's funny that you compare Sembler's monument to the naming of Stalingrad and Sadam City because yesterday I wrote a blog comparing repression in the US Embassy in Rome to repression in Iraq under Sadam Hussein. That link is here.

The story of Sembler's monument in Rome actually goes much deeper than what has been reported in The Washington Post. A fuller accounting can be found in an article by me here.

Thank you,

Wes Fager,
USA

Saturday, March 19, 2005

Repression in the US embassy in Rome by Wes Fager

The St. Petersburg Times has lost its objectivity and its respect as a major news source once known for its ethics in journalism. It has chosen, instead, to become the progaganda arm of the Pinellas County Republican Party--the same as FOX News and Rush Limbaugh are mouth pieces for the National GOP. On or about February 23, 2005 the US Embassy in Rome apparently notified the Times (the hometown newspaper for US Ambassador to Italy Melvin Sembler) that a building in Rome would be named for the Ambassador on February 24. Without any further investigation the Times reported this announcement in an article on February 24.

Last week Al Kamen of the Washington Post reported the real scoop. He broke the story that Ambassador Sembler and Congressman Bill Young had concocted a scheme whereby Mel Sembler would personally negotiate the buy of an $83 million mansion in Rome and Bill Young, chairman of the House's Appropriation Committee, would see to it that funds would be appropriated plus another $30 million would be set aside to refurbish it. And then the two named the building and its great hall as a monument to themselves! The cat is out of the bag, yet the Times will not report it. And now the Embassy's web page links to the Embassy-fed Times article, but does not mention the embarrassing Post article! What is the difference between this intentional ommission of the true facts and Sadam Hussein's claim that he holds free elections and always gets 100% of ALL votes!

This is just garden variety "repression" of which Mel Semler is expert. For 17 years he ran a program to brainwash and crush the spirits of 50,000 American teenagers and children. In his Straight program he forbade kids from reading a newspaper or watching the news--in some cases for almost two years. Certainly embassy employees, assigned CIA agents and guardian Marines read the news when off duty. And just as certainly they know the man for whom they work is not allowing the whole story to be told. It makes him a lame duck and ineffectual.

George Bush would have us endanger the lives of American soldiers in Iraq by defending their electoral system and government officials, while he is jerked around on puppet strings by an Ambassador who is an ever-growing embarrasment to this nation and who will not let the President fire him.

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Thursday, March 03, 2005

Jeb Bush joins Straight's Advisory Board

Jeb Bush joins Straight's Advisory Board

President Bush and faith-based treatment by Wes Fager

President Bush and faith-based treatment by Wes Fager

The State of the Union: Scientologists, Moonies, Doctors and Iraq

Editorial by Wesley M. Fager

Bush family financial scams

Story

Scientology™ finally pays Wollersheim

The Church of Scientology™ finally paid former parishioner Lawrence Wollersheim $8,674,643 (that's $ 8.6 million) for abuses he sustained at that church. story

The court also ordered Scientology™ to pay him another $500,000 for engaging in a SLAPP suit against him. story

The Year of the Rat: They went after Bill Clinton for all the wrong reasons

They went after Bill Clinton for all the wrong reasons. The high crime charge should have been treason! Get The Year of the Rat by Edward Timperlake and William C. Triplett. Ed

review/order

Fortunate Son by J.H. Hatfied. The story on George W. Bush--buy it!

I first saw a copy of Fortunate Son in our local Crown Bookstore I made a mental note to get it one day. Then I heard on the radio that J. H. Hatfield, the book's author, had been involved in a murder plot. I immediately knew the book must be explosive and made a bee line for Crown. Too late! The owner had already sent all copies back to the publisher. I ran to my car and made it across town to Borders. A clerk told me they had taken all copies off the shelf but he could get me one from the back room, which he did. I bought it. Ed
The Republican Regents have too much money tied up in the Bush name to let the likes of J. H. Hatfield pop the bubble. St. Martin's Press is not publishing Fortuane Son anymore. J. H. Hatfield is dead. But Sander Hicks of Soft Skull Press is publishing a softback version. That's a story all by itself. Ed story order

Papa Bush paid to give Moon speeches while junior is mooned in Europe

The Bush's have done as much as anyone to popularize the Moonies and other controversial religious sects in return for money just as they have helped make Sembler-based synanons fashionable. Above the Europeans are directing some mooning of their own on George W. story

Religiosity as social policy by Robyn E. Blumner

There was this church in Texas that ran Jesus-based rehabilitation programs for teenagers but lost its license because state health officials accsued the program of abusing children. So church officials complained to then Governor George Bush. No problem said the governor. We'll just inact legislation saying that church-run social programs will be exempt from state scrutiny. And I'll do one better than that he said. When the businessmen who run this nation make me President, I'll make my faith-based initiative the law of the land and I will use federal tax dollars to reimburse established churches, abusive churches and newage cults to do what ever it is they do. SP Times story

Jeb Bush promises to extend medical malpractice caps to Floridians

George Bush is something. There is a hospital in Florida that cut off a man's leg--the wrong one. So they had to go back and cut off the correct one--now he has no legs! A medical facility in Michigan read the wrong Xrays and told a woman she had to have both breasts removed. After they cut them off they discovered the error. Now she has no breasts. A girl a Duke was given a donor organ but nobody, anywhere bothered to check to see if it matched her body. She died. These weren't malicious acts; they were grave mistakes. But the doctor in Virginia who intentionally injected her patients with their own feces, now that is evil. Just like the numerous doctors who drug women and then have sex with them. Pound for pound the medical profession makes enormous salaries and law suits cut into their salaries. So they went to George Bush as a group and contributed money to get him elected if in return he would put a ceiling cap of $250,000 on all medical malpractice suits. Bush took the money. During his state of the Union message this year he stated that, "Because SOME medical malpractice suits are frivioulous, we must place a cap on ALL medical malpractice suits." As L. Ron Hubbard would say that is a "non sequitor" and completely stupid. The whole Bush family is a stage of marionettes, patsies for big businessmen and priviteers, medical doctors and newage cultist. What will they leave for the rest of us as Jeb Bush adopts his brothers $250,000 medical malpractice ceiling cap for Floridians. story

Salon Magazine features story on the Moonies, Republicans and money

Ever hear of a church where the guru encourages his followers to "cherish and punish your 'love organ' (with pliers if necessary)"; or where teenagers in a youth group are instructed to spit in a cup, exchange it with another student and then drink it! If not you'd better read John Gorenfeld's account of Reverend Moon and the Unification Church in Salon magazine. The Bush's have their hands in Moon's pockets, but Bush the father says of the Moonies, "this group is about strengthening the family and that's what President and Mrs. Bush are deeply focused on." Recall what he said about Straight? story Wes Fager's letter to the editor at Salon related article on Betty Sembler

Bush croonies to get Iraq money

DFAF got a government grant, not to set up drug free workplace environments, but to be a consultant to advise other companies on how to set up a drug free workplace environment. Now other Bush croonies have formed a corporation, not to rebuild Iraq, but to be a consultant for other American companies to rebuild Iraq. story

103,412 Federal Jobs In Privitization Study

George Bush's pupeteers have directed him to privitize the federal government so that they can bid on government jobs. No they do not want a government job; they want their management companies to manage those jobs. Congress told him to prove he can save money so he's had his minions spending millions verify him. GAO has just released a report studying at least 103,412 federal jobs up for grab. story

Clearwater Sun on Scientology™

Story

Where did L. Ron Hubbard get his idea to use lie detectors in church confessionals?

Story

Who really got Nancy Reagan involved in Straight?

Story

Hare Krishna files for Chapter 11

The Hare Krishna has filed for Chapter 11 protection stemming from a $400 million child abuse lawsuit brought against it by former students who attended Krishna boarding schools in the 1970s and 1980s. In a related story last December 29 a confidential meeting was held between former Straight survivors and an unnamed law firm in the Pinellas Park Public Auditorium to take statements about their abuse at Straight. story related story1 related story2 related story3

Margaret Thaler Singer dead

Margaret Thaler Singer, Ph.D., author, Professor Emeritus of Psychology at the University of California, Berkeley died on November 23, 2003. She was 82. Dr. Singer was a world renowned expert on cults and brainwashing. She was twice nominated for a Nobel Prize for her work in schizophrenia. Editor Wes Fager spoke with her on several occasions about the Straight cult. In 1986 she was used by authorities from the state of Ohio as an expert witness in its successful move to close Straight - Cincinnati. She was on the advisory board of the American Family Foundation, one of world's leading cult awareness organizations. She was a great lady and will be sorely missed.

Scientology™ special agent comes in from the cold

Gary Weber's story.

Gary Weber's public apology to former Clearwater Mayor Gabe Cazares.

Wednesday, March 02, 2005

t r u t h o u t - Tom DeLay's PAC Goes to Trial

t r u t h o u t - Tom DeLay's PAC Goes to Trial