If you’ve been following us for a while, you know that we aren’t fans of the Scientologists. There’s been so much information from former members, and family of members, that show that this organization is no bueno. Way back in 2015, they bought a piece of property near Thurmont on which they wanted to open a Narconon facility to treat drug addicts. ( You can read our stories from that time period here.) The problem? They have no idea what they are doing. In fact, these facilities are dangerous and have been shut down in other jurisdictions. The story in today’s Frederick News Post also talks about the 4 deaths in 200 bed facility since 2009.
We checked case search every now and again, and kept seeing that the Scientologists were given extension after extension and extension. This week some compromise was met that will allow them to have an 8 bed facility. Why even bother? Hopefully they won’t be able to sucker 8 people, who are desperate and therefore very vulnerable to this kind of thing, into their “facility”. Sure we have a huge opioid problem in our county, but sticking people in saunas isn’t the answer to it.
Thank Zeus on his high mountain that tonight’s meeting has been divided into two parts! We need the break! Now on to our fine reporting.
Billy’s no where to be found, ran in late. So Kirby had the sole job of objecting to budget transfers. His issue? We have no proof that the bay can be saved by trees and stuff. We’ve heard this before. Science isn’t his thing. Passes and we moved on.
Installment Purchase Program Easements get no objections. Even talk to what a fine program it is. Protecting our agricultural land!
It seems like the budget season gets the tempers a flarin’! We are going to go back to our budget posts of a year ago to see how much of the rhetoric is the same. We predict A LOT. Tony, Billy and Kirby want the constant yield to be called a tax raise, all M.C. wants to do is take a vote to have a hearing on this issue so the public can discuss. How dare she interrupt their grandstanding? Billy informs us that we should all come into his world, it’s nice there he says.
Tony wants an answer as to whether or not the hearing equates to increasing the constant yield. Exasperated lawyer says this question should have been asked before the meeting so they could research the answer. Jerry then points out two of the members were on the BOCC, so shouldn’t they know the answer to that? What’s that Kirby and Billy?:
The hearing will be on May 3 for those of you who are interested.
Now, fellow Yokels, in all seriousness we are concerned about Kirby. Has he been audited? Because we remember commending him for voting against the Trout Run historical designation way back when. But tonight he’s singing a different tune. When the resolution, which is essentially the answer to Social Betterment’s lawsuit, was presented he voted no. No explanation just no. Billy wanted to know if he really had to vote for it at all since he was the lone wolf on the original vote, to which he was informed he in fact did.
We do really hope this hasn’t happened to Kirby:
We end with a nice presentation on a Maryland Development Block Grant. Meeting reconvenes at 7:00 for a public hearing on the budget.
We thought we’d mix it up a little this week. Here’s your agenda. In case you do feel compelled to drink at any point, we’ll recommend you toss back an Alien Secretion and encourage Xenu to scamper on outta here.
At the April 19th meeting the county council is going to present their findings in response to yet another lawsuit brought forth by Social Betterment Properties (AKA Scientology, Narconon, Xenu’s leftovers). Read the whole resolutionhereif you please, or just read through our highlights:
First off, many structures on the property are not that old. (That’s right young’un’s the 1960’s was not that long ago.)
Anecdotal information does not meet the standard of proving whether or not something is historic. You will have to do better than that!
The structures on this property are neither unique nor rare.
The criteria was not met and this decision was NOT based on religious discrimination of any individual, group or person. (Tangent-What’s the difference between an individual and a person?)
Billy is still the only hold out. But to the rest of our council members: We here at the Yokel salute you! Thank you for sticking to your guns and not allowing litigation to bully you into changing your minds.
What the heck is even going on? A judge has remanded another frustrating thing back to the Frederick County Council, saying that they did not explain the reason for their vote that kept Trout Run from receiving a historic designation. (Umm…they said it wasn’t a special piece of local history?) Nobody apparently told Judge William R. Nicklas, Jr. about the shall versus may voodoo. Maybe the people who have since trotted that line out with regard to other issues should use the argument more conservatively.
What all this means is…Well, we don’t know for sure.
Judge William R. Nicklas Jr held a hearing earlier this month, and then this week came out with a ruling that seems to have confused nearly everyone. Researcher Mary McConnell declared that it was good for the county council, the local NBC station announced that it was a clear win for Scientology, and even more expert local observers don’t really explain whether this is good for one side or the other.
But maybe we will get Billy Shreve on Kojo Nnamdi’s show again, feverishly defending the need to have these exploitative, abusive whackadoodles run a campground for drug addicts to spend all day reading Dianetics and dehydrating in a sauna up in the northern reaches of Frederick County. What in the great and bizarre-o Milky Way Galaxy is driving his advocacy of this deadly nonsense?
As reported by the Frederick News Post yesterday, the owner of Trout Run (which is to say by the transitive property of mathematics, where a = owner = b = The Social Betterment Society = c = The Church of Scientology) is asking that a judge reverse the denial of the historic designation that would allow the property to become an abusive drug spa marketed as a treatment center. If that is too confusing, please see some other resources on the matter. We are entirely bored with these mother-shippers. Who would have thought that with e-meters and the reactive mind and Dianetics this schtick could get old?
It’s hard to find the words to attack a costumed children’s character. Not really. We’ve been doing that since the first viewing of Barney, obviously. We thought Xenu and the Thetans and and e-meters were weird, but a local resident who penned this LTE in defense of Narconon has a special angle to delight and/or terrify our children, who really sometimes like to meet people in goofy costumes even less than grownups do. And that is Gumption the Dragon. Check out No Narconon at Trout Run’s links and information, including Gumption’s movie. Gumption has (allegedly) made several public appearances in Frederick and Washington Counties. Imagine the unfortunate soul hiking the Appalachian Trail alone for weeks when he stumbled across Gumption the Dragon interrupting his solitude.
The end of the video has a text slide announcing: Gumption the Dragon Shares Secrets of Power. It was mostly a cheesy, low-rent, kid’s birthday party kind of thing, until the end when it went full kool-aid.
We here at the Local Yokel have previously written our concerns regarding the Trout Run property being transformedinto a drug treatment center by the deranged followers of Lafayette Ronald Hubbard. Our friends over at “No Narconon at Trout Run” on Facebook supply a wealth of information about the dangers of Narconon and what Frederick County will inevitably be in for if they are allowed to set up shop here. However, unlike some of our county council members, we don’t want to just say no, no, no without talking about some real solutions.
So being a thinking sort of people, we would like to discuss the positive efforts that have been put forth to combat the very real drug problem that we have here in Frederick County. In yesterday’s Frederick News Post we were delighted to learn of a partnership between the Frederick Police and the Frederick County Health Department. In a pilot program scheduled to begin June 1st, the two departments will work together to pair a recovery coach with an addict. Most of these recovery coaches have overcome a similar addiction and will be made available to help an addict regain control of their lives. We enthusiastically applaud any and all efforts by our governmental agencies when working together to make our community a better place to live.
We would also like to see recovery and treatment programs based on scientifically proven methods open their doors in our fair county. The work of Dr. Lance Dodes is a great place to start. The treatment of drug addiction is as individual as the addict. We need to have a wide variety of PROVEN treatments available to our neighbors who suffer from addiction, not ones that are preying on our most vulnerable citizens in an effort to make them a part of their alien fairy tale.
In closing, we would like to make our readers aware of the Town Hall Meeting scheduled to take place on Thursday, May 28th at 6:00: