I don't mind questions
The Catholic church and others are pretty notorious for some serious tithes, too. Let's just say that burial plots and a place in the Pope's heaven don't come cheap.
Ever drive by a big cemetery? Think you'll be buried there one day?
Democratic and Republican parties
You get out of something what you put into it, and you always pay to play. [b:9933fc2c22]Welcome to the real world.[/b:9933fc2c22]
Lastly, about plagiarism. If a more recent discovery is found to imitate an older practice, then who plagiarizes whom?
And Santa Claus is really your Dad, too. Sorry.
History is a tough teacher, so crying about who plagiarized whom isn't going to solve your problems.
Find something that does.
Tom Cruise Rewards Scientology Honchos
Sunday night, Tom Cruise rewarded high-ranking members of the Church of Scientology with tickets to a private screening of his new movie, "Lions for Lambs."
This is the provocative anti-war movie which he executive-produced for United Artists with partner Paula Wagner.
I rather doubt that director Robert Redford, who's also a co-star, and Cruise's other co-star, Meryl Streep, had any idea that the screening room at the Museum of Modern Art and the cocktail party following was full of Scientologists, including the two big honchos of the New York division.
But others from the standard screening-invite list recognized strangers in their midst. As one inside observer snipped, "Who are all these people?"
While Streep and Redford's guests included family, friends and associates, nearly all of Cruise's retinue came from the Church.
They included Rev. John Carmichael and president of the New York chapter Lori Alpers.
Other Scientologists whom Cruise invited included Jim Woodworth and Carole Hamaker, each of whom have taken extensive classes in the organization. Another couple, Marian and Cal Henry, also have dozens of classes under their belts.
Cruise's other Scientology guests were Randy Hepner, a jet pilot, and John Danielson, partner with former Bush Department of Education Secretary Rod Paige in Chartwell Education.
In 2005, Danielson, according to published reports, tried to push Applied Scholastics, a Scientology education program, in the St. Louis public school system.
Just in case something went wrong, he also invited Scientology's New York lawyer, Eric Lieberman.
All of the Scientologists, said keen-eyed observers at the screening, wore little gold pins in their lapels.
Considering how Cruise's proselytizing about Scientology may have cost him ticket-holders during the promotion for his last movie, "Mission: Impossible 3," it's certainly curious that he risked having so many of his church pals in attendance — especially with United Artists' financial investors from Merrill Lynch and other banks also there.
But as one insider put it, Holmes, who'd just finished the New York marathon, seemed "robotic."
He's really out there, hitting the talk shows and screaming about his love for his new gf, while she remains quiet and scurries away when he tries to drag her onstage on Oprah (Oprah sees nothing odd about his behavior, BTW).
From a recent article:Quote
May 23, 2005
Has Tom Cruise received a medical degree in his spare time? The megastar is openly questioning the treatment Brooke Shields received for her crippling postpartum depression, a struggle she details in her new memoir, "Down Came the Rain."
Tom, sticking close to Scientology's anti-psychiatry party line, believes Shields, despite experiencing what she has described as suicidal thoughts, should have avoided taking the anti-depressant drug Paxil following the birth of her daughter, Rowan, in 2003.
"These drugs are dangerous. I have actually helped people come off," Cruise proselytizes, er, says, in an interview with Access Hollywood set to air Thursday (via the New York Daily News). "When you talk about postpartum, you can take people today, women, and what you do is you use vitamins."
According to Dr. Tom, "There is a hormonal thing that is going on, scientifically, you can prove that. But when you talk about emotional, chemical imbalances in people, there is no science behind that. You can use vitamins to help a woman through those things."
(And somewhere, a "War of the Worlds" marketing exec smacks his forehead and tries to convince himself that moms really won't comprise too much of the movie's opening weekend audience.)