Scientology Uses Its Movie Stars to Woo Politicians, Says Former Top Exec (OR: Tom Cruise Loves Coconut Cake!)

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Want to have Tom over to your place for dinner? Apparently all it takes is some yummy coconut cake.
Another revelation this afternoon from Marty Rathbun, formerly one of the highest executives in Scientology who defected in 2004 and since 2009 has been criticizing church leader David Miscavige at his blog, "Moving On Up a Little Higher."

Rathbun once worked very closely with Miscavige, who today he describes as a man who sees everything as a game, and one that he wants to win at any cost. (Miscavige himself has not given a press interview in many years.)

In particular, Rathbun mentioned a concerted campaign by Scientology, as it was suffering one of its worst public relations disasters after the death of parishioner Lisa McPherson, to go on a charm campaign to woo and influence Florida public officials.

How did the church intend to loosen up Florida's pols? By setting up lunches and dinners with its stable of celebrities.

This is very relevant today, when in Los Angeles, Scientology's influence over Sheriff Lee Baca has suddenly become a news item.

But in the period of 1999 to 2003, Scientology's need for damage control was particularly critical. McPherson had died in 1995, but it wasn't until a year later that the public started to become aware of her unusual death at the Fort Harrison Hotel in Clearwater, Florida -- one of Scientology's most important landmarks. (For the best write-up of McPherson's entire history, make sure you pick up a copy of Janet Reitman's compelling history, Inside Scientology, which we reviewed in June.)

The Church of Scientology was indicted on two felony counts in 1998 over the death of McPherson. Through the next year, press attention on the church was unsparingly negative. Rathbun says it was the third worst tidal wave of bad press in Scientology's history, after the 1977 FBI raids following Scientology's widespread infiltration of government offices, and the 1982 lawsuit filed by Ron DeWolf (formerly L. Ron Hubbard, Jr.) for control of his father's estate.

As the criminal case and a civil wrongful death suit made their way through the courts, Rathbun says the church hit on the idea of trying to influence Florida's opinion leaders.

"The point was to win these people over to Scientology, and support it politically and get the word back down to the courts," he says. (The state dropped its criminal case in 2000, but negative publicity over McPherson was still a problem for several years as the civil case continued.)

The best way to counter the negative press, he adds, was with Scientology celebrities like Tom Cruise, John Travolta, Greta Van Susteren, and soap star Michelle Stafford.

But Rathbun says the church needed help bringing together its stars with Florida's political influencers. For that help, Scientology turned to Republican operative Mary Repper.

In 2003, the St. Petersburg Times reported that Repper had held a dinner at her house that brought together Tampa's mayor at the time, Pam Iorio, and Scientology's biggest star, Tom Cruise:

Repper met Cruise about a year ago at a political function sponsored by the Church of Scientology at the Fort Harrison Hotel in Clearwater. Cruise is one of Scientology's most famous believers, and Repper has helped the church build political contacts.

Repper denied then to the St. Pete Times that the church had anything to do with setting up the dinner, and she told me that as well, this morning, by telephone from her Florida home.

She told me she was embarrassed that the St. Pete Times story reported the dinner, and denied that the church had anything to do with it.

"That isn't true. I wasn't working for them. That's a lie," she told me. "How it happened was, I had met Tom Cruise and some discussion ensued about a coconut cake. Jeez, I said, I make a great coconut cake. He said, 'That's my favorite cake in the world.' About two months later he was in town. He called me. I can't tell you how excited I was getting a call from Tom Cruise. He said he wanted the coconut cake. I intended to bring it down to the Fort Harrison Hotel, but he said he'd come over. While he was there at the house, my son said, 'If you love her cake, you'd love her dinners.' He said, 'But I've never been invited.' And that's how it happened. It was certainly nothing about the church."

"So if that's true, how did [Tampa mayor] Pam Iorio show up?" Rathbun counters with a laugh after hearing Repper's version of events.

Iorio herself, now a few months out of office after eight years as Tampa's mayor, says she doesn't remember Rathbun being at the dinner. She remembers Tom Lee, a Florida state Senator, attending with his girlfriend, and Iorio was there with her husband, and Tom Cruise. (The St. Pete Times story also indicates that an attorney named Stephen Mitchell attended.) I didn't get a chance to ask Repper if Rathbun was present, and she didn't answer a second phone call.

"Mary Repper is a political consultant. She called me up one day and said she was having Tom Cruise to dinner and invited me and my husband," Iorio told me. Repper never worked for her, and Iorio says she never had a relationship with the Church of Scientology during her eight years as mayor. During the dinner Cruise did mention Scientology, she says, but what she remembered most was his talk about movies.

"He had just filmed The Last Samurai. He had brought some footage and was showing it to us. That's what I remember more than anything," Iorio says.

I also asked Repper if she was involved in bringing together Florida politicians with Greta Van Susteren, John Travolta, and Michelle Stafford.

She denied that she had Travolta to dinner at her house. (Rathbun, however, says she did have him over for an afternoon lunch. "She didn't have him for dinner. She had him for an afternoon with about 30 women politicians," Rathbun told me. I asked him if he attended the lunch. "Absolutely.")

Rathbun says Greta Van Susteren sailed a boat down to Clearwater and then hosted dinners on the craft. Among the people Rathbun says she was asked to sway was Barry A. Cohen, a larger-than-life defense attorney in Tampa. (I put in a call to Cohen and am waiting for a reply.)

Repper denied that she had anything to do with arranging Van Susteren's events. "They invited me to come to dinner. That happened a couple of times," she says.

As for Michelle Stafford, the soap star? "I had a brunch for her with all my sisters, who were all big fans. I met her at an event. I asked her. I was never affiliated with the church at that point," Repper says.

"She's such a liar. We hired her in, it must have been 1999," Rathbun says.

That's also the recollection of Mike Rinder, who was Scientology's chief spokesman until he left the church in 2007.

"I introduced Mary Repper to Michelle Stafford at a Hollywood Celebrity Centre event, and it was the biggest day of her life," Rinder told me by telephone today. "She was flown to Los Angeles for a gala event. I was her host...I'd been to her house a few times, too, when I was the chief spokesman for the church. I actually took Tom deVocht to dinner at her house one day. Anyway, that's an absolute -- I'm not sure what the correct word for it is. It's just lying, that's the correct word," he says, about her claim that she wasn't "affiliated" with Scientology when the politician charm campaign was happening in 2003.

"I remember hiring her in 1998 or 1999. Marty is absolutely right. He was there and so was [church leader David] Miscavige. There was a lunch in the Hibiscus room in the Fort Harrison Hotel. It was Miscavige, Marty and, me, and that was her first time at the hotel," Rinder says.

Choosing Repper to help them with Lisa McPherson damage control was no accident, Rinder says. "She was the campaign manager that ran Bernie McCabe's election campaign. He was the state's attorney bringing the state's case against the church at the time...There needed to be influence, there needed to be ways of controlling the process. The police department was going after the church, the FDLE was going after the church, the state's attorney was going after the church, Ken Dandar in the civil case was going after the church. It's true probably anywhere, but particularly in a community that has an old boys' network, if you're not in the 'in crowd,' you're a nobody. If you're in the 'in crowd,' you get a lot more leeway and respect."

Rathbun and Rinder both say Repper was hired to help the church influence political leaders in 1998 or 1999, and the state eventually dropped its criminal case in 2000.

"Honestly, I don't think she had any influence [on the state dropping the case]," Rinder adds -- the state's case fell apart when medical examiner Joan Wood changed the cause of death to an "accident."

Still, Repper was something of a "kingmaker" in Pinellas County, Rinder says, and the church found her useful. He didn't think much of her story of how Tom Cruise and major local pols ended up in her dining room:

"Tom Cruise just happened to hear about her coconut cake, and then he called her up and asked to be invited over. Nothing to do with Scientology whatsoever," he says sarcastically.

Repper denied that she was affiliated with Scientology at the time of the dinners, but she says she is working for Scientology today. "I do work for them now, yes. After I retired, I moved up here to Hernando County. I do whatever I can to help them because I believe in them. I think they're good people. The people in that church, I'm proud to know them. I used to be proud of Marty."



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Tony Ortega is the editor-in-chief of The Village Voice. Since 1995, he's been writing about Scientology at several publications. Among his other stories about L. Ron Hubbard's organization:

The Larry Wollersheim Saga -- Scientology Finally Pays For Its Fraud
The Tory Bezazian (Christman) Story -- How the Internet Saved A Scientologist From Herself
The Jason Beghe Defection -- A Scientology Celebrity Goes Rogue
The Robert Cipriano Case -- A Hellacious Example of Fair Game
The Paul Haggis Ultimatum -- The 'Crash' Director Tells Scientology to Shove It
The Marc Headley Escape -- 'Tom Cruise Told Me to Talk to a Bottle'
The Aaron Saxton Accusation -- Australia turns up the heat on Scientology
The Jefferson Hawkins Stipulation -- Scientology's former PR genius comes clean
The Daniel Montalvo Double-Cross -- Scientology lures a young defector into a trap
A Church Myth Debunked -- Scientology and Proposition 8
Daniel Montalvo Strikes Back -- Scientology Hit with Stunning Child-Labor Lawsuits
When Scientologists Attack -- The Marty Rathbun Intimidation
A Scientologist Excommunicated -- The Michael Fairman SP Declaration
The Richard Leiby Operation -- Investigating a reporter's divorce to shut him up
The Hugh Urban Investigation -- An academic takes a harsh look at Scientology's past
Giovanni Ribisi as David Koresh -- A precedent for a Scientology-Branch Davidian link
Janet Reitman's Inside Scientology -- A masterful telling of Scientology's history
The Western Spy Network Revealed? -- Marty Rathbun ups the ante on David Miscavige
Scientology's Enemies List -- Are You On It?
Inside Inside Scientology -- An interview with author Janet Reitman
Scientology and the Nation of Islam -- Holy Doctrinal Mashup, Batman!
Scientologists -- How Many of Them Are There, Anyway?
Roger Weller's Wild Ride -- Scientology When it was Hip
The Marc Headley Infiltration -- A Scientology Spying Operation Revealed
Placido Domingo Jr: Scientology's Retaliation is "Scary and Pathetic"
An Interview with Nancy Many, Former Scientology Spy
The Paulien Lombard Confession -- A Scientology Spy Comes Clean
The Deputy Benjamin Ring Hard Sell -- Scientology wants your 401K


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Deborah Katz
Deborah Katz

I will say...he really does like coconut cake. That part is fo realz.

Sid
Sid

Dear Tom Cruise

I am hugely concerned about your support and indeed active promotion of the Church of Scientology.

You have become the willing stooge of what must be one of the most sinister and threatening cults in modern history, and that ultimately your place in history will be defined by this and by your relationship with David Miscavige.

When the full horror of his reign is fully known and revealed, your reputation will, I believe, be correspondingly shattered for all of history.

However, my wife is a huge fan of yours, and I have been requested by her to state in unequivocal terms that her interpretation of Coconut Cake may well be the finest of that genre in the northern hemisphere.

I therefore look forward to welcoming you to our humble abode at your earliest convenience.

Yours sincerely,

Sid + wife.

scilonschools
scilonschools

Do you suppose TC is familiar with the outcome of The Nuremberg Trials ?

DuckBenway
DuckBenway

@fd7426b0555c945a7b7d889e0970de48:disqus ; in answer to your question....

"Do you suppose TC is familiar with the outcome of The Nuremberg Trials ?"

... I would say no, TC has only had a $cilon $chool education. IOW, dumber than a sack of hammers.

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Portal

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jgg
jgg

Tony, I think you misinterpeted Pepper.  I don't think she said "coconut cake."  I think she said "cuckoo nut" cake, ie a cake for something who is cuckoo like this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

Download File
Download File

they know(i mean scientists) what they are doing, and they are trying to keep society in good scientifical mention, I found some similar documental movies on http://www.usemeplz.com

Zander
Zander

Hey Marty&Mike, tell us about how medical examiner Joan Wood was coerced and manipulated into changing the cause of death to "accident."

Michael Hobson
Michael Hobson

Zander, your comment presumes facts not in evidence - to whit: coercion and/or manipulation was applied to Joan Wood. As such, it's an example of a Complex Question Fallacy.

It would be more proper to simply ask Mike Rinder and Mark Rathbun what they know about Ms. Wood's change of verdict and whether either of those two things occurred to the best of their knowledge.

Michael A. HobsonIndependent Scientologist

Zander
Zander

Not in evidence? This is not a court hearing or a trial, oh troubled Marty acolyte.

Michael Hobson
Michael Hobson

Bullshit is bullshit, in or out of court, and the Fallacies of Argument apply in any venue.

For instance, calling me a "Marty acolyte" in response to a point of argument seems to be both an Ad Hominem and a Appeal to Motive.

For the record, I have very little contact with Mark Rathbun beyond posting comments on his blog. Your attempt to position me as some sort of follower of Mark is seriously mistaken, in any case.

Michael A. HobsonIndependent Scientologist

MarkStark
MarkStark

We're supposed to respect the Indies, because as the cult fails, they are the only ones who can clear the planet, before it's too late! They are the only ones with real OT powerz doing 100% LRH tech.

Other things it'd be nice to see Marty spill: How he "recovered" Tom Cruise, after Cruise became disaffected after his "what is this Xenu sh*t" slash OTIII experience.

Did he tell Tom that it was symbolic? Did he tell Tom that he was needed because the planet needed to be saved and he was the only Thetan with the powerz? Did he tell Tom that Xenu was added because Hubbard needed to make his scam into a religion? Did he remind Tom that they knew an awful lot about him from his auditing folders?

Casey B.
Casey B.

Due to Mary Repper's close ties with Bernie McCabe along with her admitted involvement with the Church of Scientology an outside investiagtion is needed in the suspicious deaths of Kyle Brennan and Shawn Lonsdale.It's time for the Justice Department to step in!   

anjullyn
anjullyn

Last sentence says it all...'I used to be proud of Marty.'  Yeah, Ms. Repper...but now he's an SP and "enemy" of Scientology so you can't be proud of him anymore. What a tool.

Hunterdogs
Hunterdogs

Thanks for organizing this stuff and bringing it to public attention.

scilonschools
scilonschools

Marty continues to release revelations that do not surprise hardened critics, but are sending shockwaves elsewhere!!I applaud his courage and integrity, and before too many 'Marty should tell all NOW!!' comments, i would remind some that many things in life are about timing.

Ron
Ron

According to Marty Rathbun, David Miscavige cheats at *everything*. In that case, I wish that he'd open up as to how Miscavige cheated against the IRS to obtain Scientology's rather unusual charity status agreement in 1993.

Rathbun was closely involved in that process, so he must know the details. I'd like to hear them.

Michael Hobson
Michael Hobson

Mark already told that story in the St. Petersburg Times Truth Rundown series and his video interviews therein.

Michael A. HobsonIndependent Scientologist

Ron
Ron

Yes, I've seen those, but they only seem to scratch the surface of the iceberg.

sizzle8
sizzle8

Tony,  Since Joan Wood recently passed away, your sleuthing skills might come in handy in getting some of the back story from her survivors.

XenuBodyThetan
XenuBodyThetan

Great journalism, getting these conflicting memories.   The actual daily paper trail that Scientology staffers at variuos echelons keep, there's a pretty intense amount of softcopy and hardcopy paper that would seal the truth of these events you report on, were it to be found and leaked.   Depending on the money Scientology used in these political efforts, there's an internal treasury division paper trail (softcopy and hardcopy) somewhere, unless it's been shredded.   Lots of the Celebrity Centre Scientology churches engage in all sorts of sensitive "influence peddling" and there's a paper trail at each of those churches and at the Celebrity Centre International church in Los Angeles there in Hollywood.   Believe me, the Scientology churches are heavy on putting things in writing daily, weekly, but they shred a lot of their stuff, but there are loads of potential leakable paper trails, for leaking to Wikileaks, as a rule, for the future, only because Hubbard was so big on having church administrators DO so much paperwork, keep files in all the various divisions, staff are heavy on their files for their jobs!   There are "International Data Files", put on the computer today also.   Hubbard ordered unbelievable amounts of files to be kept, and it's THERE, should someone inside leak some chunks of it to Wikileaks!

Operatingwog
Operatingwog

Tony I really appreciate the work you do. (Really.) But I get frustrated that you never ask Marty or Mike any hard questions.

You write,' "Honestly, I don't think she had any influence [on the state dropping the case]," Rinder adds -- the state's case fell apart when medical examiner Joan Wood changed the cause of death to an "accident." '

So the reporter's next question (I would've thought) is ... "How did the Church arrange that, Mike? What did you do to Joan Wood to get her to change the cause of death?"

Marty says, "Props to Tony for consistenly doing what mainstream media doesn't have the conjones [sic] to do." I'm not surprised he loves you so much, you pretty much publish whatever he and Mike feed you.

I say: qualified props to you and your cojones until you start applying proper journalistic rigour in reporting Marty and Mike.

TonyOrtega
TonyOrtega

I could say, "how do you know I'm not asking those questions?" but of course all that really matters is what I put on the page. For me, it's still early days with these new really amazing sources of information that we didn't have not so long ago. But of course it's important to go after them to fill in dark areas that still need illumination. I'm running a newspaper and still managing to do some reporting on Scientology at the same time, so things will never go as fast as both you and I want them to. But even with that handicap, I certainly do want to dig up every old secret, solve every old mystery. It's not for a lack of trying, believe me. But I do deserve to be held to high standards, and I welcome this kind of skepticism and, frankly, good advice. I will try to live up to it.

Zander
Zander

Glad to hear that. Scientologists, including Independent Scientologists, love to manipulate "wogs" (non-Scientoogists). Marty is "playing" you, but if you know it, and "play" him back, and take maximum advantage of Marty's feud with Miscavige, then that's excellent news.  

Operatingwog
Operatingwog

Thanks for the frank reply Tony. I'm really glad you're working on this subject and producing such good, informative stories.

Michael Hobson
Michael Hobson

Tony, I reckon you're a good guy. 

Just keep sticking to the Truth, good, bad, ugly or indifferent and you will always win. 

Be careful not to let *any* faction in this fight against Co$ manipulate you, is the only warning I might give you.

Michael A. HobsonIndependent Scientologist

Guest
Guest

You wouldn't have such an enthusiastic following if you weren't on the right track.  

Tracy Chap
Tracy Chap

Scientologists lying? Shocking! Tom Cruise loving coconuts? Priceless! Not that there is anything wrong with that.

Scientology is Corrupt
Scientology is Corrupt

Those aren't movie stars. They're attention hos. They are corrupt political PAWNS.

Some oblivious, some unwitting (and witless), others know full well what is going on and justify corruption.  Tom Cruise, John Travolta, and the few "money makers" they trot out as "stars" are on the inside.  How can they not know?  Then there's all the  little artists who have some name, like Martin Kove, Philip Proctor of the Firesign Theatre who are current on world news but suck up and work for Scientology.

Great article.  And this is the tip of the iceberg.

mjm
mjm

so it looks like Oprah is getting an Honorary Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Oscar for being... Oprah. who wants to bet her $cientologist pals had an imput in this?

BLiP
BLiP

What's missing from this story is the fact that the template for identifying and grooming local politicians, movers and shakers had already been laid down in Clearwater in 1975 as part of L Ron Hubbard's "Operation Normandy". The scheme as laid out by Marty wasn't so much a major job as simply letting the OSA minions loose on Scientology's well-maintained database of contacts. Overwhelming potential enemies with an orchestrated "Affinity Offensive", cash,  and, if that failed, outright extortion has been Scientology policy since the 1960s when Hubbard compiled the manual.

TheGuest
TheGuest

I had to run back to 1998 (via the Google time machine)  when Jesse Prince laid it all out "Scientology's foolproof method of judge tampering".  These politicians must have missed this eye opener.

Nope, no coconut cake enticements there.  But hey, Tom Cruise is a creative type, so this must have been creative improvisation.  

I make a terrific tropical pina colada.  What scientology celeb can I get to come over?  

Jersy
Jersy

 How about Amy Winehouse?

DuckBenway
DuckBenway

Amy's kinda busy being dead, these days.

Robert
Robert

Yes, I think the statement was less about the desire to help and more about trying to claim she had the power to actually change anything.

Robert
Robert

Juliette talks about how Narconon helped her.Except she doesn't mention that she grew up in scientology

So why did she get in trouble with drugs to begin with?.

mjm
mjm

Juliette Lewis, who's a known druggie herself, tweeted a link to Narconon (or probably her OSA handler did) after she reminisced about meeting Amy. she needs to wake up and go to Betty Ford Centre Boot Camp.

DuckBenway
DuckBenway

As one of "...the most ethical people on the planet..." I suppose that Kirstie believes that she may have failed to be one of those people for Amy.

An off-day for a "clear," "OT" homo novus when she should of been applying a brilliant touch assist and causing a miraculous healing. 

This suggests that she may even have what's left of a conscience, but I doubt it.

It's show biz blab, Robert. $cientologi$t$ don't give a dead-dog's-dick about anybody except for some of the retards in their precious cult.

If I was forced to be in close proximity to Kirstie Alley for long periods of time, I expect that I would drink myself to death.

Robert
Robert

Kirstie was quoted the day after Amy died as saying that she, Kirstie, wished that she had reached out to her more because of course, she could have helped her.

DuckBenway
DuckBenway

@a44d6d75ca0acaa88c625c3a65fc66af:disqus ; ask Mark Miglio about that.

Mark Miglio knows e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g about Medical matters in the cult of <spit> $cientology!</spit>

Jersy
Jersy

 Wow, I wonder if that was an accredited medical detox center?

DuckBenway
DuckBenway

@a44d6d75ca0acaa88c625c3a65fc66af:disqus ; she did the whole purif rundown.

Wrote rave reviews about it, and these were published all over the known worlds and galaxies!

But as of July 23rd, 2011, she's dead. Completely dead. Deader than an ideal org!

As dead as L. Ron Hubbard. Very, very dead.

Disappointed? Don't be. Remember, dead people are less frightening than live people.

Jersy
Jersy

 No way, I thought she did Scientology detox back in '08

TonyOrtega
TonyOrtega

I think I should have titled this piece, "Tom Cruise Will Come To Your House for Coconut Cake." Man, I wish I had a do-over.

jgg
jgg

Tony, every time I have made coconut cake, Cruise has come over.  I wish he'd call beforehand, but he doesn't.  Oh, and the fact that all these celebrities Ms. Repper brought in were scientologists, that's just a coincidence.  They all have the same birthday, too.  And the politicians they were introduced to just happened to be walking by.  Repper didn't know them.  Oh, and LRH really did learn an entire Indian language in one night, liberate Australia all by himself and cure nearsightedness (I know Heber Jentzsch wears glasses, but those are decorative.

Jacob
Jacob

Let's not forget Hubbard's humanitarian history.  He was very much active in racial issues such as Apartheid. He was a huge fan of it. 

MRinder
MRinder

Or, "Bake the Cake and Tom Cruise Will Come"

DuckBenway
DuckBenway

@TonyOrtega:disqus ; and I wish that I had a $cientology Cook Book!

Just imagine the dessert recipes in that tome!

Body Thetan Pie!

Sweet & Sour Body Thetans!

Deep Fried Body Thetans!

Whole Track Coconut Cake!

The mind reels!

Mark Miglio? Are you paying attention, yet?

Jonathan van der Berg
Jonathan van der Berg

I am sorry but you are all apostates. We found some mistakes in the old cookbook so you have to buy the updated version. Only $3500! Buy it today and get a 25% discount. Out-tech cake making will not be tolerated.

Old OT7
Old OT7

Hey Duck!

You forgot, Implant Station  Pie & Xenu Upside Down  Cake!

Ghost of Charley
Ghost of Charley

google Commodore Hubbard's 'Dianetics Fried Chicken' it's open 24/7..I recommend you try the Volcanic Hot wings "LRH Flavor Tech" mmmmm,so good!

DuckBenway
DuckBenway

@0feeb23c1752e46af8fa0fc42c00f783:disqus ; whenever I'm feeling down stat, I make a beeline to Commodore Hubbard's "Dianetic Fried Chicken!'

I'm very fond of "The Chicken Bucket" with mixed vegetables and a side of thetan fries! 

Man! Those thetan fries are yummy!

I was so sorry to see the "Paul Haggis Haggis" discontinued.

However, I always finish up with:________________________________________________________________ARC PIE! Apples, rhubarb, cherries, and a crust so light, you'll OT zero for it! We have an affinity for great pies. That's just reality, and we have to communicate how great ours are! ...........................................8.00_____________________________________________________________________

I'm upstat for days after dining at Commodore Hubbard's "Dianetic Fried Chicken" but I think the dessert menu could expand, just like the cult, no... wait... it's not... oh... never mind.

MarkStark
MarkStark

Coconut is a funny word, and Tom Cruise and anything with "nut" in it goes together naturally, but I would have entitled it:

Tom Cruise Cuckoo for Coconut

Guest
Guest

This reminded me of a song.  I'll bet Tom Cruise's mom played this on the transistor radio in the 50's, by Eileen Barton (singer since a child w/Milton Berle, comedian, and Frank Sinatra).  It was a real humdinger!

"If I'd Known You Were Coming, Id've Baked A Cake"

Sarah
Sarah

I call my secret recipe:

The Cuckoo Cruise Coconut Cake

Guest
Guest

edit"  "If I knew you were coming, Id've baked a cake."

mjm
mjm

Judy Garland also sang that song on the radio. we all know that Cruise and Travolta are Friends of Dorothy....

Anti-Rathbun, Mark Miglio
Anti-Rathbun, Mark Miglio

Scientology Uses Its Movie Stars to Woo and Influence Politicians, Says Former Top Executive UPDATED: "Tom Cruise Will Come To Your House for Coconut Cake"

TonyOrtega
TonyOrtega

Mark, you are right. Thanks for the tip!

Robert
Robert

^^^Clarification on the above-it is being used on police involved in drug raids. 

Robert
Robert

Let's spell that out, GOC, so everyone knows what you are talking about.the National Federation of Women Legislators.  Scientology has placed members on their board and on their committees.  This has resulted in government officials pushing Narconon and Criminon. The purification rundown is now being re-packaged as the "treatment that worked for NY Rescue workers after 9/11, supported by Tom Cruise" for law enforcement officers in Utah.  The Utah Attorney General is in support of this.  It is being used on all manner of agents, local and federal in Utah, and they have also appeared in uniform on propaganda sites for Narconon.  

Ghost of Charlie
Ghost of Charlie

ask Mark and Mike about Scientology's involvement/infiltration with the NFWL and Sharron Angle ..or John Bopal Coale involvement with Sarah Palin or Scientology's lobbying efforts in DC

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