David Miscavige, leader of “the world’s youngest and fastest growing major religion” is unwilling to appear in public, and afraid of ever doing a media interview (let alone appearing in court). So, he relies on his in-house propaganda organs to hype his accomplishments as a “true leader”. The “Dear Leader” moniker has already been claimed, so it seems he is trying out a new one for himself.
Here is one of the promotional items for the latest puff piece in Freedom magazine.
22 likes in a day? That’s not impressive. I guess they didn’t info the click farms on this one. Probably once this blog post appears they will crank it up.
Why this article now? Season 3 of Aftermath is looming. New books from Nathan Rich, Michelle Sewar and now Jesse Prince are searing indictments of both Miscavige and scientology. He cares far more about the former than the latter, but either way, he has nowhere to go to counteract the barrage of “attacks” other than to his own outlets.
Here is the latest article on the Freedom website. Seems there is a new edict not to show True Leader too close up — it’s full length shots only. Perhaps the evidence of Botox or hairplugs is getting hard to hide?
Some excerpts from the article itself:
Leadership. It is a powerful word that summarizes a phenomenon of faith. It encompasses trust, defines responsibility, and is built upon goals, the passion of belief, a dedication to the commonweal and a perception of things to come. It is also what has defined the life of the ecclesiastical leader of Scientology, David Miscavige. He leads people toward a more peaceful, compassionate and ascendant civilization, following a path first trekked by Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard. How is leadership displayed? Location and words are not the defining ingredients of leaders, but they can be signposts indicating the intense commitment of people who command allegiance—David Miscavige. In 2017, those signposts were emblazoned with accomplishment, deeds that could only be achieved by a true leader.
Wow, that is a lot of words to say nothing. It’s the opening paragraph of a lengthy article short on specifics. Admittedly it is not easy puffing up a puffer fish…
Unsurprisingly, they peg his True Leader status to the “expansion” of scientology.
In broad strokes, Mr. Miscavige’s leadership depicted the continuing expansion of the Scientology religion, which this year was marked by the opening of new Churches in eight major cities on four continents, by official religious recognition declarations in three countries, and by the Church’s able response to natural disasters around the planet.
Of course, this is the only measure of his True Leadership: yanking the ribbons on more empty buildings in 8 cities that demonstrated no interest in scientology. It is the only thing that is EVER mentioned in scientology.
They are not shy about this. It is THE crowning accomplishment of Miscavige: …the implementation of those “ideal” Churches is a cornerstone of David Miscavige’s leadership.
The only detail offered concerning this magnificent achievement is that Mr. Miscavige repeatedly traversed the globe, inspiring Scientologists, embracing humanitarian leaders, bringing the religion’s spiritual and secular solutions to communities on every continent.
It then literally offers up his travel itinerary: Auckland, New Zealand; San Fernando Valley, California; Miami, Florida; Copenhagen, Denmark; aboard the Scientology ship Freewinds in the Caribbean; Saint Hill Manor, West Sussex, England; Dublin, Ireland; Birmingham, England; Amsterdam, Netherlands; Johannesburg, South Africa.
Wow, if that’s the criteria for being a “True Leader” there are a lot of airline pilots (and flight attendants) far more qualified than Mr. Miscavige to be glorified with that overblown title.
They also describe his voice as “a commanding and inspired clarion call” that spoke “In tones that ranged from understanding to triumphant” — perhaps Dan Sherman had a hand in this article? Though I didn’t spot one “moreover” or “not to mention” or “notwithstanding” so perhaps not.
They do make reference to True Leader’s phony “humanitarian” medal as proof of the gratitude of the world for his true leadership but that’s just unfortunate timing it seems given the uproar in Colombia. How was Freedom to know this fakery would be exposed and not something else. It’s hard when everything they write is fakery.
The grandiose fluffery just keeps rolling:
The words Mr. Miscavige uttered, the places he brought his message of goodwill—had real impact for the world. And it is one of the highest degrees of leadership.
Say what? Garbled garbage is proof of degrees of leadership?
And then this:
As emergencies multiplied in 2017, as war, famine, massive population displacement and terrorism burned across the world—modern day’s apocalyptic horsemen—Mr. Miscavige unleashed his religion’s resources and leadership to salvage Mankind.
Well, if that was “unleashing his [?] religion’s resources” then his religion doesn’t have much in the way of resources. As there was NO impact in “salvaging mankind” in 2017 or any other year.
And the final words:
Leadership. Vision. Commitment.
Isn’t he even slightly embarrassed to have such drivel put out in the publication of HIS religion?
Obviously he has completely lost touch with reality, living entirely in the bubble of scientology where sycophants are conditioned to tell him what a great man and True Leader he is. He has bought his own bs. True Leader is emulating Dear Leader in more ways than one. But no matter how critical you are of Mr. Miscavige- there is one measure of the man where he has Dear Leader beat. Hairplugs or not, his trademark bouffant smokes whatever you call that weird mess atop Kim Jong-un.
Jere Lull (38 years recovering) says
Yup! LEADership: Taking them lemmings right over that cliff.
Alisa Miscavige says
David only had to bring the burning train of scientology to the abyss. And then nothing will happen to him – he has already died inside.
Lone Star says
Damn! Lil’ Davey isn’t aging well. He looks weeeeeeird!
C’mon. David has done the impossible, There is no more alpha man than this. . He has manipulated his way into the Top Dog in an organization which teaches people how to spot Supressive people when he is the definition of it and no one in THE ENTIRE RELIGION is the wiser. Damn, even people who have read the Data Series and the KSW series and even the one true hallmark in the history of the universe and of Scientology tech to keep it from not failing … Div 5 Qual….. has been fooled …. and everyone is blind as shit and this man keeps rolling. That is a true leader
But true that!
Jere Lull (38 years recovering) says
About them “ideal orgs”™: I’m surprised that they’re not called cathedrals of Scientology and marketed as contributing to a 21st century Renaissance™
Wow, just wow. How can a person’s self image be that far removed from reality? The bubble walls must be thick as a brick. I suspect David is a bubble within a bubble (a double bubble, if you will).
Terri Gamboa says
I remember that quote about evil that someone posted recently, the last part was something like: “The worst type of evil is when the person really thinks they are doing good…..” Miscavige personifies that.
Kat DePIetro says
He is just a horrible example of anything good. Where the hell is his wife? What a horrible man!
How about “in as much”? Did they use in as much in the article?
This man-child is really going to have a tough time behind bars once all the fellow inmates get multiple copies of his fashion-spreads, sent by various sub-groups of 4Chan.
Gus Cox says
Oy, I think I’m gonna puke.
Any word Mike on just when Season 3 of Aftermath will begin? You know everyone here can’t wait and can’t wait to see the effect it further has on the COS abomination. Here it is September 19th and I’m surprised no word from A&E. I know though like a bottle of fine wine you will “air no show, without some devastating ammo.”
Mike Rinder says
It will likely begin airing in November sometime. There are other shows and scheduling issues we have no control over. There is no official date yet set.
It will certainly predate OT 9 release.
John F. Sugg, author of the tribute, was showing up on Marty Rathbun’s and Tony Ortega’s blogs a few years ago under an assumed name and stirring the pot. He has a distinct writing style which he couldn’t disguise and which eventually outed him. On Marty’s blog he got into a lengthy exchange with Alanzo and Alanzo finally revealed his own true name and challenged the alleged Mr. Sugg to reveal his true name but the guy wouldn’t cave! That’s scientology for you. It looks like he’s gotten a promotion and since his writing is being referenced here he might take a look. HI JOHN!
Someone in OSA has probably informed John that his literary talents are being discussed here. How can he resist taking a peek? Right, John?
Hey the Thursday deadline is in a matter of hours. How are those stats looking these days? Dave you must be so proud of yourself and your minions. Wonder what ole’ yeller LRH would think of the job you are doing.
Bara V says
Do tell your elected officials of the human rights abuses and how it is not a religion and how the so-called religion is not and needs to be investigated.
Stefani Hutchison says
One has to actually be able to SEE to have Vision…
Miscavige should try to look less like a Tiger Beat pretty boy, and more like a “gangsta” in prep for his life behind bars.
Gangsta is right. I remember the first time I ever saw him. It was at an event at my local org. When he walked out on stage, my first thought was “He looks like a thug.”
Chee Chalker says
A small thug…..
Miss Q says
Even back in the day I would not have bought into momentous BS of this magnitude.
What a lot of hot air without any substance.
I do think the little creep is getting very wizened and worn-out looking these days.
Not surprised he doesn’t want close-ups any more.
I thought the mind over MEST stuff was for real? They can just will themselves to look 25 forever, right?
Jere Lull (38 years recovering) says
Lil’ Davey is not only ‘leader of “the world’s youngest and fastest growing major religion” ‘, but the smallest leader of a multi-billion dollar multinational organization. Any way you measure it, he comes up short, UNLESS you’re paying attention to how well he’s disintegrating Scientology while maintaining a fa çade of unlimited expansion. What’s unlimited is the bottom, no auditors, no WDAH, no Clears, no IX, no X, no F/Ns for anyone.
His head gets larger in proportion to his body with every photo I see. No wonder he has to lean on the doorway. Otherwise he’d rip over
Miss Q says
Remember how Nancy Reagan’s head always looked too big for her body as she got older?
Alex De Valera says
It’s because of his rising I.Q thanks to Scientology tech. He is an Homo Novis with developed brains instead of an Homo Sap poor ole Wog!
David who? I have heard of Franklin Graham and how his team has been and is present at all of the various catastrophes around the country. I heard just today on the news that Graham’s relief organization will be going to the hurricane areas. I have yet to hear one mention of Junior Fishlips and the Space Patrol helping anyone anywhere. All they ever help is themselves to other peoples money.
Alise Lynch says
Two things. The layout on the front Iif that article looks created by an 8th grade graphics design student, and! Long shots are best to convey height, esp with no actual anything with which to measure against. These long full length photos of DM not only hide any make up, botox, hairplugs, etc, but also to trick the eye into thinking the subject is actually tall enough to ride Xenu’s ship
” Admittedly it is not easy puffing up a puffer fish…” good one.
The little man is aging like milk, that’s probably why the long shots with nothing nearby to betray his status as a Little Person
Alise Lynch says
Hrs just too vain to let anyone know he’s shorter than his lover, Tom Cruise, and as an OTVIII or whatever, cause over matter, should mean he can just elongate himself to the height he wishes. The only true way to do that is trucks of photography.
Never mind his face, this Ecclesiastical Dorian Grey.
Never mind what he looks like or what he does to his face to look good. David Miscavige is a Lost Soul.. His heart long ago withered. Many years back his soul curdled and is now a putrid puddle,, a maggot-ridden, stinking mess. And he knows it. You bet he does.
So much for the compliments, how do you realllly feel about him?
@ Jim, LOL!!
Aging like milk. Bwahaha he’s curdling.
Hate to tell him, but the botox isn’t working. Those gullies lining his face are getting deeper in every retch-inducing picture.
“Wow, that is a lot of words to say nothing.”
Mike, your snark brightens my day 🙂
You have to admit that his voice is PERFECT for the voice-over for the Hall of Presidents at Disney World!
James Rosso says
ALFRED E. NEWMAN
When you said “Seems there is a new edict not to show True Leader too close up — it’s full length shots only. Perhaps the evidence of Botox or hairplugs is getting hard to hide?” I looked at the picture below and i just noticed the ears and thought: “Huh. Actually he kinda looks like Alfred E. Newman.”
So maybe it’s not the crow’s feet, or hair plugs or bronzer he’s got but his projecting ears that he’s embarassed about?
Gonna try putting google image links in here: images of Alfred E. Newman vs. images of David Miscavige
Comparing them, i notice that almost every image of Alfred E. Newman is looking at him straight-on whereas DM is usually looking off-camera at an angle that conceals one ear and overlays the other ear with the side of his head. But some photos show the protruding ears. So why? If i had to guess, it would serve dear leader’s reputation to look like he’s speaking to an audience more than a more personal direct-to-camera take; but now i’m beginning to wonder if he was just being self-conscious about his ears…
What would “serve” David Miscavige would also serve everyone else.
If he would just use Scientology’s VAST wealth and his utter control over it to actually HELP people, they WOULD love and admire him, and NO ONE would give a tinker’s damn about his aging face, his thinning hair, or his height. They’d be too busy honoring him, writing articles about him and clamoring for his interviews. He’d be too busy meeting with heads of state and foreign leaders
Yeah, yeah, I know…: “IF”.
Might as well state it this way: “IF” David Miscavige were not a sociopath…”
Narcissists can’t help themselves.
Chris Shugart says
DM’s headline should read, “Making the Delusion Real.” It’s splendid irony that a good chunk of Freedom Magazine’s readership comes from this blog.
FreeToBeDumb is a dependable source of amusement.
Mike should make a magazine called FREED-FROM and put in pics and interviews of post Scientology members/victims.
@ JJ. YES!!!
When will David Miscavige be arrested for something by someone?
He is already tried and convicted by the court of public opinion (and despised quietly by most of the “still-in” shrinking crowd, as we all know). The gears of justice grind slow, but they do eventually follow the will of the people.
Obviously, nothing like this would be made public without Miscavige’s approval. It is pretty telling that he would approve this outrageous, over the top, cringeworthy praise for his reign of terror/parasitical perch on top of Scientology organizations and bank accounts. And does he really think he looks good in those photos? This is truly indicative of a person who really has lost touch of the reality of his existence and place in the world.
SOA it is interesting that when I was routing out over time, I would see articles praising the leader or the unprecedented expansion, and I knew the scene was not like that and the article was BS, and that, added to everything else, nudges the UTRs further away. Similarly over-the-top claims at events, adds to the disquiet.
This puff piece may actually help those starting to think and wonder and consider all that is wrong. Seeing the article, or similar, further convinces you that someone is lying.
Other than that, the sycophants lap it up. Only them.
Well, no one outside of Scientology is saying anything good about him. With the exceptions of Leah Remini, Mike Rinder and Tony Ortega, no one outside of Scientology is saying anything about him AT ALL. So what’s a narcissistic sociopathological ecclesiastical leader to do, for cryin’ out loud? No one’s feeding his ego so he has to feed it himself!
No kidding. The diminutive midget must be shaking in his boots now that “annual data released by the U.N. indicates Colombian coca cultivation increased 17 percent to 171,000 hectares (660 square miles) in 2017. This could mean cocaine production grew by an estimated 31 percent to 1,379 metric tons”. Whoops. And this just following Little Davy being awarded a medal by the Colombian Police for work in “saving humanity from violence, evil, terrorism, drug dealings? Shit hitting the fan once again.
“…shaking in his boots…”?
I doubt it.
Miscavige’s Still Innies In Good Standing don’t read because they believe that the Main Stream Media spews only lies.
Even if they did manage to absorb this data somehow they’d reject it because it conflicts with what their cherch tells them is true.
If it conflicts, its AUTOMATICALLY Fake News, you see.
Or, in Scientology Speak, just more lies from The Chaos Merchants! More lies and bad news being spread in order to extort the attention of the general public while keeping them fearful and angry and at the same time hiding from them the REAL STORY about all the good works “spearheaded” by Miscavige and the Church of Scientology.
THIS is what these idiots TOTALLY believe.
i used to be one of them.
I USED TO operate this way, on this belief.
For a Scientologist in good standing, the ONLY trusted, reliable, and therefore ALLOWED source of information ABOUT the Church of Scientology IS the Church of Scientology.
Downright medieval, I’d say. Poor stupid devils.
And did I mention that I was once one of them?
Bruce Ploetz says
John Sugg is on the by-line. Looks he has sold his soul, just like Danny Sherman.
Hope the money is good. Nothing else about that gig is.
My experience of the “leadership style” of David Miscavige is a little less flattering. Can you really call it “leadership” if the prisoners enter the cells on your orders, as long as you brandish your gun? Does a powerful charismatic leader really need to use threats and violence to inspire his followers?
Miscavige wouldn’t have a beagle following him if he didn’t have Hubbard’s old dictatorial oppressive apparatus behind him.
Some listen to him because they know he could force them to disconnect from their family and friends if they cross him, others fear punishments comparable to the Soviet gulag, others because they would lose their jobs. But he only seems to have that power because of the arcane twisted reasoning of the Founder.
It never seems to occur to him that all his power is based on lies. When the truth peeks in his “loyal followers” evaporate with the morning dew.
David Bates says
The only closeup picture of Miscavige that we are interested in is the “mug shots” that will be taken as he is led away to meet his new boyfriend in prison. Those pictures will circumnavigate the globe faster than superman can fly. They are the pictures i want to see real soon.
Rip Van Winkle says
and every day… every day it gets worse for him.
Thanks Mike! Thanks to you and Leah and alllll the others … writing books, doing interviews, TV programs…
We used to dream of Scn being a household name… when everyone had heard of it… we just KNEW that by the time we were known world wide, we’d be unstoppable and would have salvaged mankind.
and it’s just as we’d imagined..the world knows about scn… and has “cognited on the truth”.
It’s all bullshit!
What I love about the ideal org program is that you just can’t hide the results.
Nope. (smacks lips in satisfaction)
You can’t hide the empty course rooms, the mounting bills, the way the public stays away in droves.
You can’t hide the decimated field, ruined with over regging and heavy ethics, followed by those who leave disillusioned as the truth and reality echo … in the emptiness.
it’s just going to grow and get worse for Davy.
Every single day the stats must just PISS-HIM-OFFFFFF.
I wonder… in ten years….. oh my!
Mrs. B says
This is what critics need to keep asking Scientologists – why is your leader unwilling to be seen in public? Should he not lead by example in the effort to “clear the planet”? Keep it simple. Just keep hitting and hitting on the fact that their knight in shining armor is a recluse.
EVERY Still IN Scientologist in good standing “KNOWS” that David Miscavige CANNOT give interviews to the mass media because the media – ALL the media – are SUPPRESSIVES (Sociopaths) who LIVE for the downfall of the Scientology religion!
“The media” would NEVER print the truth, if they interviewed Miscavige.
“The Media” come to Scientology with their stories ALREADY WRITTEN.
The actual facts , i.e., “the real story” would NEVER be told – only lies, or at best, twisted half truths to make Miscavige look bad and to prove Scientology and L Ron Hubbard EVIL.
THAT is what Scientologists in good standing believe, Mrs. B – or if they don’t 100% believe it, they make sure to pretend 100% that they do!
Because L Ron Hubbard SAID all of this, about the media and journalists. Its in writing, It is SCRIPTURE. Church scripture.
By the way, does any of this nonsense sound familiar? Because this same concept is being tweeted today by the President of the United States of America!
“The media is the enemy of the people”…Don’t believe what you hear and read, its all “Fake News!).
On Target 2 or wherever he is, LRH must be VERY proud, and Miscavige must be laughing his ass off.
Miss Q says
He’s just following precedent. He’ll probably die holed up in a trailer somewhere.
I have always thought he might go just like Saddam – down a hole in the ground.
Or maybe Osama – hiding out in one of his many abandoned properties.
Hiding and shivering – all alone and watching over his shoulder – watching for the bullet he will never see coming – just like LRH was always watching for that bullet – I would expect he would catch it somehwere in between his upper teeth and lower teeth.
I just wish they all (the celebrities and Little Davey) could be trotted out to the cult faithful and each be required to perform very obvious super-power moments that couldn’t be described any other way, no matter how “gauche” it may be to show them off.
Oh and Tom the power of ego doesn’t count and Kristie the power to pound back the carbs and fatty foods also not a power. Ditty with Revolta flying planes and attempting to seduce masseurs.
Oh my, such sickening b.s. My message to those still in, UTR or whatever, that still strongly believe in the technology, ask yourselves:
Where is the Briefing Course?
KTL and LOC?
Class 8 and above auditors being made?
Any auditors being made?
Where are the pc’s, how many clears per year in my org?
And I can go on and on, well start there and get your questions answered. You know, like applying that basic TR3 that you learned way back when or has that been redefined as well like the ‘FN’?
Yes, he is panicked. Oh ya he always looks that way.
Looking forward to the new season !!
Karl Myers says
The first impression I get from seeing this, is the TV commercial where a guy accidentally uses his wife’s body wash and she tells him it’s for her V.
Here’s my take on this and it’s merely an opinion; Miscavige could be terminally ill and needs to stay out of sight so that the image of a strong and charismatic leader can be maintained. I mean, the man is approaching sixty and won’t be around forever. Besides, the idea of an OTVIII slowly dying of some incurable disease would shoot down the idea that OTs are at total cause over matter and make people question whether it’s really worth it to shell out thousands of dollars to do the yet to be released OTs IX and X. This is what dictatorships and even monarchies have done when a strong leader is approaching their final hours. There is a need to keep the masses believing and it’s hard when the object of their belief is wasting away.
Just my humble opinion.
Komod Dragon says
I think that is a very interesting observation. Being that he has a long history of cigarette smoking -a proven cause of lung cancer, and chronic drinking of Scotch-a proven cause of cirrhosis of the liver, and pancreatitis. He very well could be harboring some terminal cancer cells in that miniscule body of his. And let’s not forgo the karma factor of his treatment of all others he is involved with.
Shannon from Texas says
If his asthma was as bad as reported, his lungs were already scarred before he got into scieno, which (especially with the smoking) means a high likelihood of COPD.
Asthma treatments advanced tremendously between ca. 1995-2005. I would love to know if anyone now out was near enough to know if he used a rescue inhaler at all after about 2003. If he was using one even once a day, I’d be willing to bet he’s got COPD now. It could even be a contributing factor to his absence from Int/Gold for the last few years.
It’d be very ironic if he literally can’t handle the “altitude”.
(I’m not gleefully rubbing my hands together and cackling, here, really. Slow suffocation is not a death I’d wish on, well, even on him.)
He probably chain smokes to keep his weight down. His adrenaline glands are probably shot, and if he didn’t smoke he’d crave sweets and carbs and blimp up quickly. As William Duffty explains in “Sugar Blues”, its ALL a sugar habit; nicotine, alcohol, caffeine, cocaine, or edible sweets, its all a craving for sugar. Nicotine effectively kills the appetite. Unfortunately for him it will kill him too. No doubt he’s aware of this – who isn’t, nowadays?, But vanity and addiction are obviously stronger than his desire to be healthy.
Well, why would he care about being healthy? After all, he will live for a billion years in some scieo fantasy future mystery misery. Won’t he?
Interesting, Skyler. I always assumed he BELIEVED that but lately I’ve been wondering: does he REALLY? Does he REALLY believe scripture or is he just pretending, and, like the Wizard of Oz, a TOTAL humbug?
Aqua my idea is that like the Wizard of Oz he is a total humbug with a big, narcissistic ego He will freeze himself cryrogenically so that he can come back and be young when he rules again.
🙂 Cindy. At present, too bad we can’t get him a hot air balloon to leave in, like the Wizard. How fitting.that would be.
Also, his long-term anger problem is not good for his heart or blood pressure. He’s a classic case for early burn-out.
Since he’s not a creator he can’t drop his body for research purposes; Wonder what his excuse will be?
Alex De Valera says
He’ll drop his body to handle the old man’s blotched up job on target two!
He’ll go after the semi colons and colons and commas on Target Two.
His temper/ rage could be attributed to the steroids in an inhaler.
Right! I’ve heard that about inhalers, that the steroids induce rage.
But then I knew and worked under someone with severe asthma who had an inhaler with her at all times and yet was very even tempered; a good boss and an effective business owner in a high pressure field. She never blew up at anyone. We all liked her. So there has to be something else because if it were only the steroids…oh, well, this is another mystery to solve 🙂 Maybe this former boss of mine was an exception to the rule.
Well Hubbard was a junkie alcoholic who had like half a dozen FRESH needle marks on him when he died so Dwarfenfuhrer Dave could of easily picked up a ‘habit’ specially if he’s suffering from pancreatitis pain from the alcoholism – the steroids in the inhalers mixed with alcohol and some other ‘drug’ can cause impulse rages, paranoia, narcissistic behaviours, egotistical behaviours and other nasty attributes.
Plus there’s that old saying that “Absolute power Corrupts absolutely” so if he still sees himself as the Pope for this CULT then that alone can change the behaviour, attitude and actions of a person and NOW more than EVER this CULT is in the firing line with the everyday public and it must be very stressful to have to keep up the lies and BS propaganda to membersso he can continue to rip them off for every last cent they have!
Looking at the photo my first impression is that he looks unwell. If I had to say why, it’s that he almost looks gaunt, like he’s sick or has a chronic illness. I’m not saying this out of meanness or to be sarcastic; he looks unwell.
That is a good observation, Alcoboy. He has a drinking problem which ages you. But I thought he did NOT smoke cuz of his asthma? Can anyone confirm whether he does or does not smoke based on first hand interaction with Miscavige? If he does smoke, that could explain the deep wrinkles and lines. Smoking makes more wrinkles and lines than if you didn’t smoke.
I saw him from a distance at the CCNashville ribbon yanking and it seemed like every time I saw him he had a cancer stick in his mouth just puffing away. I had forgotten about the asthma, probably because he says Dianetics cured it.
He certainly was in 2005 when I caught him lighting up after his fly by to London org as is his habit at IAS event time. It really surprised me.
Regarding the asthma, don’t know if this was unique to me or whether it’s common in others but my childhood asthma coincidentally and dramatically subsided at 12 yo when I took up the nicotine habit.
And when I suddenly quit 34 years later Allen Carr’s psychology-based method – brilliant) I immediately started getting attacks again. (I subsequently identified the trigger as cat’s hair, which I’d always been around but not any more)
It seems the nicotine suppressed the symptoms quite effectively so it wouldn’t surpise me if it’s having the same ‘benevolent’ effect with him.
Having myself escaped the nicotine trap relatively easily once I had got my head around it, it provided me with further evidence of the sham that is scientology with the simple observation that it’s two top guiding lights with all their super duper all-encompassing understanding and knowledge of everything this universe has had to offer over the last 75 gzillion years were nevertheless unable or unwilling to do what simple un-Clear me was.
Paul Cocovinis, Very Well Done on kicking a very addictive habit, smoking. You sound like you are very aware.
Wow, the answer to ‘How is leadership displayed?’ really baffled me, as did all the excerpts. Is it just a collection of big words or have I had a stroke….?
Ann Davis says
Sarah if you had a stroke so did I! Lol. I guess that’s the result when there’s really nothing good to report about. It reminds me of wading through Hubbard’s BS.
Jaye R says
omg…. I have a headache from trying to wade thru ALL THOSE unrelated words!!
Jere Lull (38 years recovering) says
Sarah, it IS just a jumble of big words; I had MY stroke a decade ago and never lost my verbal skills according to my significant other (the type of SO everyone needs). We still play word games with each other, one of the things which has kept our relationship new for almost 3 decades. I’m honored to be able to play that friendly game with such a wordsmith and be able to hold my own.
Michael Crosby says
I imagine a picture of Kim Jong-un “Dear Leader”, juxtaposed with Miscavige “True Leader”. The caption reads: Which is most evil?
The hagiography today was about the worst I’ve ever seen in $cion, and that’s saying something. And yes, it’s just as bad as incessant drivel about Kim Jong-un that the North Koreans are constantly bombarded with.
They had my BS metter pegged at ‘commonweal’.
Great post! This hagiographic drivel reminds me of the best adjectives used to describe Uncle Joe Stalin by his sycophants. Pardon me for showing my ignorance of the upper administrative levels of Scientology, but should the COB expire whom, in your estimation, would follow as the Church’s leader? Or would the succession be similar to that of Miscavige?
Jburtis – in answer to your question, ‘should the COB expire who, in your estimation, would follow as the Church’s leader?’, why Marty Rathbun, of course, and probably by the same means. HA! HA! HA!
What can I say, I’m a cockeyed optimist with a twisted sense of humor.
There’s always someone who could be worse, ready to ride the coat tails of the sociopath who just stepped down or died. Miscavige is not the disease, he is the symptom of the disease. Miscavige is just what shows on the surface as what’s wrong and getting rid of him would be a band-aiding of the situation, a treating of the symptom, as it were.
Good question, JBurtis, and one I’ve wondered too. IF DM died, my bet is he would not have anyone set to step in his place cuz he would think he is invincible, just like Ron did. At this point there is no one capable of leading the church cuz all the powerful leaders have left the church or have died. All that is left inside the church are sycophant sheeple, not leaders.
I think it will be Tom Cruise. A true believe with a paranoid/narcissistic streak who will want to continue spreading his “beautiful religion” around the globe. I doubt he has more leadership skills than pure adrenaline, but that, combined with celebrity and money could keep it kicking along for a bit. If there is nothing really ‘there’ in Scientology, which I believe there isn’t, it can maintain as a quirky, reactionary space hierarchy that some celebrities espouse. In this day and age does it have to be anything else? Fade Out.
Jere Lull (38 years recovering) says
jburtis: I’m also of the opinion that he hasestablished NO successor, so he/she will have to claw their way to the top of the heap the same way Dwarfenführer did. What with his disappearing all capable execs who could threaten his position, they won’t be any more knowledgeable about the “tech” or admin, and probably will be just as uneducated academically.
Peggy L says
Ain’t semantics great! Building implies a place where possibly there may be people. At least that’s probably where a person’s interpretation goes.
Ever play the hand game here’s the church, here’s the steeple, open the doors and see all the people. In the kid’s game there are 6, so that’s probably a pretty good estimate of the maximum congregation, on a good day of trucking in some folks from who knows where to the Miscavige tabernacle of lies and pain.
Makes me wonder just how much longer this little pissant can keep up the deception.
All of the ass kissing shown in the $cieno copy is reminiscent of J. Peterman on Seinfeld.
Then in the distance I heard the bulls. I began running as fast as I could. Fortunately, I was wearing my Italian Captoe Oxfords. Sophisticated yet different; nothing to make a huge fuss about. Rich dark brown calfskin leather. Matching leather vent. Men’s whole and half sizes 7 through 13. Price: $135.00.
— J. Peterman (John O’Hurley)
Ann Davis says
Yes! Hilarious. ☺
“Hairplugs or not, his trademark bouffant smokes whatever you call that weird mess atop Kim Jong-Un.”
Mike, I’m dying 🙂
I’m going to give your final sentence the hardy laugh it deserves after I throw up everything I have ever eaten! What a load of crap piled on top of refuse!
What bothers me is how many young, impressionable, vulnerable people will buy into this. I wonder how Suggs defines his life now.
No new people of any age are coming into Scientology.
That’s the GOOD news.
The BAD news is that there are indeed “young, impressionable, vulnerable” people who will “buy into this”.
They are the children and grandchildren of those long in. These young people will most certainly “buy in”.
Steeped as they have been from their infancy in cult beliefs by their families, taught as they have been by their parents and grandparents to accept without question whatever they are told by David Miscavige, yes, these unfortunates, brainwashed from infancy by their Scientology “in good standing” families, WILL “buy in”, .
Scientology’s obsessive, thought-stopping “study tech” is actually a hinderance to understanding. They can’t form a sentence without defining every word. It’s laughable.
They should look up “fraud”, “gullible”, “risible”.
I expect I’ve just taken up some OSA dweeb’s afternoon.
Well, without being obsessive about it, it does help, when one is forming sentences, to understand the words one is using to form them.
This was one of the best blog posts ever!!! Mismanage has to be fuming with all of this new book writings and daily blog postings. DM is a complete wimp unless he stay in the bubble and that i partly why he does.
Alex De Valera says
Wow! Simon Bolivar, Joan of Arc and Winston Churchill should finish their OT VIII in order to acquire full recall and then start taking leadership seminars with the “most compassionate man I know” I am sure he doesn’t appear in public because of his modesty and the fact that he would rather praise and validate Sea Org staff than receive compliments himself.
Sarita Shoemaker says
Does he really have hair plugs and use botox? Like for REAL?
It’s nauseating to read but the truth is we are all witnessing the flailing arms of someone drowning. His last efforts to stay afloat in an ocean that he can’t control. The rest of his world has already sunk beneath.
It is happening faster than ever and doesn’t know how to swim.
Ammo Alamo says
There was a comment which I don’t recal verbatim. Something like this:
Lil Davey turned to a subordinate and did something like pulling back on his scalp, or bending over and showing off his hair, or something similar. He then asked the worker “See? Doesn’t it look real?” and then he smiled his crafty BS smile.
disco george says
Well, sure — nothing says LEADERSHIP!!111!!!!! like a good unprovoked face-punching of an isolated, underfed, unpaid subordinate, after all.
Li’l Davey’s Lament
Isn’t it rich; isn’t it queer?
Losing my timing so late in my career.
And where are the clowns?
Quick, send in the clowns . . . . .
Don’t bother, they’re here.
From: David Miscavige COB RTC
Re: Making up insulting songs about me.
This song you wrote is the most offensive thing I’ve seen! You think you can make fun of me? Well, I can make fun of you, too! Listen to this:
Belynda is a poopypants!
Doo doo! Doo doo!
Belynda is a poopypants!
Oh, doo doo doo!
There! Now we’re even!
Off to the RPF with you!
Marie Guerin says
” he leads people towards a peaceful, compassionate and ascendant civilization ”
Now I usually stay pretty calm reading the puff pieces but this one pissed me off.
First of all I am reading Nathan’s book and it is beyond heartbreaking and as the holidays get near I reflect on the state of my broken family. No sisters , no longtime friends at my table again this year. And the knowledge that I am a terrible person in their mind , all thanks to this man and Hubbard’s paranoia.
So peaceful? Not so much.
God help us if a civilization ever looked like scientology.
Marie, I am sincerely sorry for your losses . . . .
Marie, you post touched me. What an awful thing to have to live with. I hope you can find some peace and happiness.
Mary Kahn says
I hear ya Marie. My heart breaks for you and all of us who have to suffer the ramifications of disconnection.
Marie Guerin, I seem to remember that one daughter who disconnected had a baby and you showed up at the hospital anyway and that you and your husband and daughter then reunited. At least you got your daughter back didn’t you?
Marie Guerin says
Yes Cindy , we did and it is a blessing.
Like Mary said the ramifications of disconnection seem to be never ending and touch one part of our lives or the other.
I know what you are going through and I stay connected to this blog and the books so as not to forget and help if I can. As long as people are suffering I do not want to become blasé and consider it business as usual.
The declaration of peace and compassion just set me off today!
Thank you for caring and wanting to help, Marie G.
Jaye R says
…and male hormone/steroid shots account for the muscular “horsey face” look. I’ve seen it on a friend up close. That angular, lumpy skin definitely indicates its use.
Got it, Jaye R, but what are the male hormone/steroid shots FOR? To beef up his muscles? For added energy?
Jaye R says
It’s a complex subject . Without doing a ton of research here are the basics: Anabolic steroids are for getting big muscles. Testosterone and HGH (Human Growth Hormone) can cause other effects and are used/abused in conjunction with steroids. NONE of them are approved for this type of use.
It seems to be the HGH that enlarges the skull, facial bones. And then there’s “roid rage”. I was able to find this: “The only medical use of growth hormone is in replacement therapy in growth hormone deficient children. There are no substances that one can take to elevate growth hormone “naturally” although many claims are made. Side effects may include changes seen in the disease Acromegaly (like Andre the Giant, and “Jaws” from the James Bond movies). This is a disease where the pituitary gland secretes too much growth hormone. The fingers, toes, facial bones, and skull become enlarged and the skin becomes coarse. One’s lifespan is shortened and the heart and kidney increase in size.” https://www.momsteam.com/team-of-experts/steven-horwitz-dc/performance-enhancing-drugs/what-are-anabolic-steroids-and-how-do-?page=0%2C1
Thanks, Jaye. These drugs sound HORRIBLE.. For an asthmatic like DM, what’s wrong with drinking a lot of water, eating and exercising sensibly,(which in fairness no doubt he does), NOT smoking or breathing in second hand smoke EVER, and carrying an inhaler around?
Years ago I worked for someone who controlled her asthma those ways. She was very effective and lived a completely normal life. Along with her husband, she was functioning head of a successful business that employed 20 people, some on salary and most on commission..She also had an 8 year old daughter. She controlled her severe asthma responsibly and functioned just fine in a high pressure field.
This is just common sense, and if DM is taking those awful drugs it would have to be for vanity’s sake and not health! In other words, to make himself taller, and to inflate his muscles.
Thanks again for these details, Jaye.
Jaye R says
you’re welcome, Aquamarine.
Well, lets be not that harsh about this little character, he has some records under his watch:
-the highest number of departures of veteran Scientologists, Staff, Executives and long time Sea Org Members – amounting to 1,000s. Up-statistic!
-highest ever recognition of the criminal acts, abuses and scam this leader has perpetuated – yeah, yeah OSA and Miscabage call it entheta, yet the facts have been let known to the “wogs” and the published entheta has reached its highest ever under his leadership
-an increased number of wrinkles and signs of exhaustion on every photo published about this delusional leader; no matter the photoshop’s attempts to improve his image, he looks worse and worse as the minutes go by. Hum, maybe is because he works soooooo much; poor little devil.
What’s a “commonweal” ?? Maybe it’s getting so bad at Scientology “HQ” they can’t afford spellcheck???
Golden-Era Parachute says
The bouffant is to add 2 or 3 inches and claim it as height.
Golden-Era – Never thought about that , but I think you’re spot on!
@ Belynda, LOL!
Miscavige LOVES gold. Also blue, he’s got this thing for blue. Check out his Int Event sets. Lots of gold, plenty of gilt-edged things, lots of blue. David Miscavige’s “taste” could be linked to what John Gotti would have conceived as being Italian Renaissance. Newly Rich South Philly Thug meets Long Island Mafioso Renaissance. You get the idea.
Jaye R says
Not many 58 yo men can boast a head of hair like that. Enhancement is obvious, even if it’s just a lot of volumizing product and a stiff high blow out.
Mike Rinder says
It’s a bit mysterious. Some men retain their hair – knock on wood I wood – I am one of them. But David’s father and brother have both got pronounced receding hairlines… so it seems just a bit odd that his looks like the Black Forest resides above his forehead.
You have great silver hair, Mike. And thank God and all the saints you don’t dye it. I think grey hair is beautiful, and that men should never worry about their hair, its color or its abundance or lack, so long as whatever hair they do have is clean and decently cut or shaped. Hair does not make a man, IMHO. But that’s just me.
That’s why Mike is so cool! He shows us his real side even in his appearance. Unlike a certain dwarf who goes in for hair plugs and botox.
No, not Billy Barty!
Jaye R says
Yes, It is and looks odd, too/ Davey is obviously obsessed with his looks. With unlimited funds, why shouldn’t he enhance his features to the nth degree of body dysmorphia?
Like his BFF Tom Cruise he has to be terrified of weight gain. He’s only 5 feet tall and with those little shoulders it wouldn’t take much to make him look (literally) square. Like most heavy drinkers and chain smokers, plenty of Scotch and one cig after another largely satisfies his appetite so he can still eat small portions of the gourmet meals he’s served. But – let him stop? Stop the alcohol and the nicotine. Blimpo. He’ll get ravenous and crave candy, ice cream, cakes, chocolate , pasta and potatoes, “and so forth” 🙂 to compensate for keeping his blood sugar artificially high with alcohol and nicotine. He probably has a heavy caffeine habit too which also keeps the blood sugar high and manages the appetite down. But just let him stop and its sugar, sugar sugar and cheap carbs all the way. A real torment. That’s what happens when you wreck your adrenal glands. I would doubt he’ld ever stop his drinking or smoking for these very reasons because there’s no way he doesn’t know all of this.