Sunday, October 22, 2006

archieves 1-11-05 to 1-22-05

7-22-06 South Park's spoof on Scientology pulled from air. "Trapped in the Closet", a South Park spoof on Scientoloy first aired in November 2006, was scheduled to be re-run this past Wednesday, but was pulled form the schedule at the last minute. The segment is the best true overview of this controversial religion and can be seen here. story

5-16-06 Have the Sembler's violated medical privacy? Well Mel Sembler is suing his former employee Ray Bradbury for violating his privacy. In the process has Sembler used medical privacy records obtained from Straight against Mr. Bradbury? And if so how many other former clients are the Semblers holding medical data on? story

1-24-06 Maia Szalavitz article on "Tough Love" makes front page of Sunday's Washington Post story

1-23-05 WWASPS: No More Nightmares at Tranquility Bay? by John Gorenfeld Gorenfeld shed's light on the controversial WWASPS programs and gives hints of what is in Maia Szalavitz's new book Help at any Cost link

1-22-05 MELVINSEMBLER DOT COM--a new link to THESTRAIGHTS DOT COM The link, points to It should not be mistaken with Shelby Earnshaw ' s excellent web page on Sembler's misdeeds at Of course Mel Sembler's own web page remains at

1-22-05 When Love Is Not Enough A new book reinvents Mel Sembler's idea to alarm kids in bedrooms link

2-18-06 George Bush and his "buddy" Mel Sembler Jeb Bush calls Betty Sembler "Mrs. Ambassadorable." Now brother George calls her hubby Melvin "Buddy" Sembler "buddy." link

1-22-05 Underground network moves children from home to home link

1-20-05 WWASPS: Growing number of Internet discussion forums talk about the Republican-backed WWASPS behavioral modification program story

1-18-05 Update your links to include Fight Institutional Child Abuse link

1-17-05 Winter Garden, Fl: Sembler has come up with $9 M to widen State Road 50. Now its up to the local citizens to find $23M and the rest of Florida to front $23 M story

1-17-05 Kirstie Alley says, 'Scientology Couldn't Help Me Lose Weight' story

1-17-05 WWASPS: Robert Lichfield and political contributions to Republicans link

1-13-05 WWASPS:Academy at Ivy Ridge announces it has withdrawn from WWASPS press release

1-13-05 Winter Garden, Fl.: Pollution and the cost of doing business with Mel Sembler. link

1-11-05 Environmentalists go after Sembler plan to fill a stream and wetlands in Canton, Ga. Environmental groups are challenging Sembler's plan to fill in a mile stretch of stream and a half acre of wetlands so it can build a shopping center. Environmentalists say the Cherokee darter is an endangered fish that would be threatened by Sembler's proposal. STORY

1-11-05 PumpGate: Court denies Sembler's request to retain Judge Rondolino as trial judge On Dec. 30, Sembler's attorneys filed a motion to retain Judge Rondolino as the trial judge for PumpGate. On Jan. 9, 2006 the court denied the request.

Archieves 11-28-05 - 12-29-05 and 1-5-05 to 1-7-05

1-7-05 Sembler bails from Centro Ybor STORY

1-6-05 Dead: James T. Russell, former states attorney for Pinellas County, Florida. He just could not believe Straight was abusing kids so he gave the Semblers the protection from law enforcement they needed to work their handicraft STORY

1-5-05 Think Progress - Abramoff: The House That Jack Built A must read summary on who's in Abramoff's pockets LINK

1-5-05 Lobbyist Melvin Sembler: update on national influence buying First of all let's call a spade a spade. Melvin Sembler is not, foremost, a political fundraiser. He is one of the most successful lobbyist of our time who raises money for the Republican Party as part of that lobbying effort. Continued

1-5-05 GOP Scandal Scorecard by Wayne Madsen LINK

reprint from 11-13-05 Sembler's neighbor to handle legislation for gambling despite a gambling junket paid by the industry STORY

1-5-05 Florida Congressman Mike Bilirakis took 11 fact finding trips to Las Vegas--all perfectly legal, of course LINK

1-5-05 US Rep. from Florida Tom Feeney accepts junket from Abramoff When Jeb Bush ran unsuccessfully the first time Betty Sembler was his finance cochair and Tom Feeney was his running mate. Later Feeney received a contribution from Abramoff and took a Scotland vacation on Abramoff.

1-5-05 What does Mel Sembler know about all this? Jack Abramoff has been donating money to the Republicans since at least 1994 when he donated $1,000 to Oliver North's campaign. From 1997 to 2000 Mel Sembler was Finance Chairman for the Republican National Committee. What does he know, if anything, of Abramoff's machinations? CONTINUED

1-5--05 Fired Up America: GOP Culture of Corruption LINK

reprint from 11-28-05 TBRNews: The Corruption Corner Bill Frist, Tom DeLay, Rick Santorum, Grover Norquist, David Safavian, Jack Abramoff and the K Street project--articles by John Byrne and by Matthew Continetti. LINK

12-27-05 Former Sembler gossip columnist joins 6th Circuit Grievance Committee by Wes Fager. For 15 years The St. Pete Times was the world's foremost authority on Straight's abuse. So why is the new Tash Times the world's biggest promoter of Straight's founders? Read about the Times' gossip columnists. story Related article: story

12-06-05 Straight founder Mel Sembler lobbies Republican commissioners and wins another rezoning request--this one in Seminole Our STORY perm link ....RELATED STORIES: Sembler has a history of getting elected officials to vote his way against the advice of their own staffs Our STORY Sembler contributions to local elected officials Our STORY

12-29-05 Even the German's are talking about Mel and Betty link

12-28-05 Rev. Doctor L. Ron Hubbard discovers cure for the common cold link

12-27-05 Fight Institutional Child Abuse features Sembler and the abuses of Straight link

12-23-05 Add spammer Charlie Crist to your black list In 2004 Florida Attorney General Charlie Crist pushed for new legislation to let him prosecute companies that send "unsolicited and deceitful commercial e-mail." Now he's sending "elect me for governor" spam himself. story

updated 12-24-05 Mel Sembler is one big hypocrite--Sembler's op-ed on human rights by Wes Fager story permalink

Mel Sembler is not the only guardian of human rights with an anti-drug message in Pinellas County, Florida. The Scientologists are just as concerned. link

12-23-05 The Little Yellow House deal: Church member sells home and "donates" half a million dollars to cover future Scientology™ courses to last her a life-time story

12-23-05 Lawmaker seeks probe of teen boot camps to root out possible fraud, abuse SLT

12-22-05 Tampa's Centro Ybor: Sembler's gigantic $41.6 million folly makes it to MSNBC (includes the trolly deal) folly

Saturday, October 21, 2006

Archieved articles 12-2-05 thru 12-19-05

12-17-05 Todd's story (Straight Sarasota 81 - 82) by Todd story

12-19-05 CANNONFIRE: Republican Child Abusers by Joseph Cannon STORY

12-19-05 WWASPS giving heavily to them Republicans STORY

12-19-05 Abuse at Straight Springfield LINK

12-14-05 The joke of the year. Mel Sembler tries to stall his trial by going to Israel for the Passover. Our STORY

12-17-05 Rigorous Intuition Board having a lively, knowledgeable discussion on Sembler and Straight LINK

12-17-05 Uhurus say Sembler partner Daryl Rousson sold out the black community LINK

12-16-05 It hasn't gone unnoticed by Joshua Marshall and Justin Raimondo that the man raising money for Libby is the man who was in charge of the Italian Embassy when the forged uranium documents showed up there STORY [Mel Sembler has spent his entire adult life trying to be recognized publicly. We think it is a just matter of time before these guys learn who he really is.]

12-16-05 Exclusive - Florida Bar Raises First Amendment Issue In Tampa Attorney Case STORY

12-14-05 Wikipedia, the Internet's free encyclopedia, adds Melvin Sembler and his Straight program wikipedia sembler straight

Representative George Miller (D-Ca.) Introduces Legislation to Curb Child Abuse in Residential Treatment Programs link

12-10-05 Parent Advocate has a problem with Straight's former national executive director, Mel Riddile, receiving high school principal of the year award. PA is an independent watchdog on public policies and schools in the United States.LINK

12-03-05 Deputy mayor of Paris leads protest against Scientology™ while Pinellas County Commissioner Susan Latvala models a hot pink party dress (with feather boa) for them. Dep Mayor Anne Hidalgo Commissioner Susan Latvala

12-10-05 Seventh Steppers renounce their Straight graduation status in droves Our STORY

updated 12-02-05 Sembler Company CEO Craig Sher doesn't think $500 contributions from Mel Sembler and gang can influence politicians. We disagree. The blog version only has been version tampaindymedia version

updated 12-02-05 Update on Sembler political contributions buy