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  1. I wonder if they planned to use it no matter if they had a boy or a girl. A friend of mine went that way...they had the name Barrett picked out (I think it was a family name) and it was both their girl and boy name. They had a boy.
  2. veronicamers

    Kids Baking Championship

    Y'all, I had a Kids Baking Championship encounter this weekend! I was with my kids at one of those indoor climbing places yesterday and guess who else was there? Misha! I recognized him right away and polled my kids to see if they thought it was him. We were in Maryland where he lives so it made sense. Anyway, I got my chance to introduce myself. He broke into a big smile when I asked him if he was Misha from KBC. We chatted a bit and he was super nice and polite. I told him my family loved him on the show, thought he went out too soon, but know he'll go on to do great things. He was with a group of other kids around his age and they all seemed to get a kick out of the fact that he was recognized in public. A fun experience even though my kids were too shy to talk to him directly!
  3. Yep, Jason Dohring is a big time Scientologist. Loved him on Veronica Mars (obviously), but feel tainted now that I know his affiliation. Check this out:
  4. Hey there fellow Tarheel! I'm originally from the "other" boro...Greensboro. I'll echo everyone's sentiments that this was an amazing episode. I knew quite a bit about Lisa McPherson's death as Janet Reitman's book goes into a lot of detail about it. She met a horrible end and COS is 100 percent responsible for it. I can sense real contrition in Mike. And while on its face it might seem odd that he forged a relationship with the Mintons, I can kind of understand it. What the Mintons went through was all consuming and traumatic and when something like that happens in your life you tend to go real deep into a "Why? Why? Why?" sort of place. Mike Rinder was their link to COS and probably one of the few people who knew the whole sordid story of how they found themselves in this untenable situation. So while it is sort of twisted they'd be reliant upon him for answers, for guidance, for sympathy...I can sort of see it.
  5. That's what I recall as well. I'm pretty sure he never came to Clearwater and peaced out with another woman, leaving Leah, her mom, and two sisters to make it on their own. Ironic that he's the one who led the family to Scientology, then never had to suffer living under their structure in Florida and California.
  6. This was a fascinating episode. I appreciated seeing Leah get emotional about her childhood years in Clearwater. A lot of that ground was covered in her book, but I feel like it is rare on the show that she opens up about her personal experiences. I found it quite moving. I had a work trip to a resort in Clearwater Beach a couple of years ago. I made sure to drive through downtown Clearwater to see Scientology "mecca." I agree that the streets were oddly quiet. I snapped some photos of Ft. Harrison from the car to send to my fellow Scientology obsessed BFF. On the way back to the airport, I stopped at a bagel shop in Clearwater that I saw some good reviews online for. It was delicious, but y'all know I was looking for clues as to whether the owners were Scientologists!
  7. Yeah, I thought that was a bit strange. I didn't realize it was known as a pacifist religion. I grew up Quaker which is one of the historic peace churches (along with the Mennonites and Brethren). There are pacifist factions in all Christian denominations, but I was not aware it was a central tenant of The Jehovah's Witnesses. I'll have to do some reading on this.
  8. Hadn't heard about this string of arsons targeting Kingdom Halls in Washington state: https://www.washingtonpost.com/religion/2018/12/09/another-jehovahs-witness-center-has-been-destroyed-month-rash-arson-attacks/?utm_term=.c8e13c878a1f
  9. veronicamers

    S03.E03: Spies Like Us

    I've long thought that going after Scientology's human trafficking is the best path for legal/legislative action. What they are doing to children (holding them under coercion, forced labor) fits the definition. Addressing their tax exempt status is fraught because of the issue mentioned above...so many other "mainstream" religious groups who have a ton of political influence would see it as setting a precedent and a veiled attack on their own status. This episode was infuriating. I don't know how anyone could withstand the pressure tactics Robert was describing. Having people approach your neighbors, show up wherever you go, causing scenes in public places? Unreal.
  10. Oh, how horrible to witness that that. My son had RSV when he was 11 months old and it was so scary. He was in the PICU for several days and needed help breathing. Luckily he came out of it fine, but it was a rough time. That baby is like really new, right? And they flew? I'd have to veto that idea.
  11. What a lovely, genuine person. She's a real asset to the team.
  12. I voted for Ashlee. Her determination and drive inspired me. Other faves are Bridget, Erin, Cianna, and Jalyn.
  13. The ones I think we know: Amy, Kashara, Lacey, Miranda, and Christina
  14. What the what? I grew up in North Carolina and have never even heard of World of Faith Fellowship. These cults man....operating in the shadows, destroying people's lives.
  15. A sentiment made unforgettably by Tory in the documentary Jesus Camp!