L. Ron Hubbard wrote:
When you're close to power, get some delegated to you-enough to do your job and protect yourself and your interests-for you· can be shot, fellow, shot, as the position near power is delicious but dangerous, dangerous always, open to the taunts of any enemy of the power who dare not really boot the power but can boot you. So to live at all in the shadow or employ of a power, you must yourself gather and USE enough power to hold your own-without just nattering to the power to "kill Pete," in straightforward or more suppressive veiled ways to him, as these wreck the power that supports yours. He doesn't have to know all the bad news, and if he's a power really, he won't ask all the time, "What are all those dead bodies doing at the door?" And if you are clever, you never let it be thought HE killed them-that weakens you and also hurts the power source. "Well, boss, about all those dead bodies, nobody at all will suppose you did it. She over there, those pink legs sticking out, didn't like me." "Well," he'll say if he really is a power, "why are you bothering me with it if it's done and you did it. Where's my blue ink?" Or "Skipper, three shore patrolmen will be along soon with your cook, Dober, and they'll want to tell you he beat up Simson." "Who's Simson?" "He's a clerk in the enemy office downtown." "Good. When they've done it, take Dober down to the dispensary for any treatment he needs. Oh yes. Raise his pay." Or "Sir, could I have the power to sign divisional orders?" "Sure."
Hubbard, L. (1967, 12 February). Responsibilities of Leaders. Organization Executive Course (1991 ed., Vol 0 Basic Staff Hat, pp. 629-41)
For me this always brings Susan Meister to mind. Susan Meister always brings this to mind, as well.
Okay. THIS is weird. That indie Scientologist who gave the Janet Reitman book review over in another thread (Sponge posted) said this about David Miscavige:
All told, Janet Reitman’s Inside Scientology is a must read. She has sent an enormous boulder crashing through the glass house of Miscavige; those pink legs sticking out… well, I think you know whom they are attached to. It’s a strong statement that ultimately will help further our cause as Independent Scientologists. Read the book for yourself and see what you think.
Is "those pink legs sticking out" some sort of famous Hubbard line?
I would need to read the Hub quote above a few more times to follow what on Tee-geack he's talking about, but I don't want to try and get inside that guy's head. (I hate how I can see in my mind's eye Hubbard congratulating himself on his own purple prose: the position near power is delicious but dangerous, dangerous alwa
ys -- really? Does that explain your obesity issues, Ron? Power just too yummy?)
Susan Meister! Wasn't she supposedly "found" with a rifle
laying beside her, shot in the head, supposedly by suicide?
PS: Wieber, which play is that Shakespeare quote from?