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—————- In anticipation of her biggest day in court yet, Laura DeCrescenzo and her attorneys hit the Church of Scientology with 928 pages of new filings —————- Details from 18,000 pages of evidence show how Scientology manipulated a child to keep her working under slave-like conditions —————- A key document describing DeCrescenzo’s unwillingness to have her coerced abortion is missing from the evidence Scientology was ordered to produce By Tony Ortega Wednesday afternoon, Laura DeCrescenzo filed explosive new information in her four-year legal odyssey against the Church of Scientology, submitting 928 pages of new declarations and exhibits in anticipation of a crucial October 23 hearing in her lawsuit against the church which alleges abuse, including allegations that she was forced to have an abortion at only 17 years of age. Key to the new filings is information gleaned from thousands of pages of previously secret files that the church fought mightily to keep under wraps. But on Monday, the U.

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An Interview with Brandon Ogborn About His Play, The TomKat Project

Brandon_OgbornBefore Brandon Ogborn’s play The TomKat Project blows up even bigger than it already has, we thought we better get to know him a little — before he becomes so famous he won’t return our phone calls.

Fortunately for us, Synthia Fagen caught the Chicago production and first clued us in that it was a riot. So we asked her if she would interview Ogborn for the Underground Bunker.

The idea behind The TomKat Project is deceptively simple: Ogborn took all the insane media coverage of Katie Holmes’s split with Tom Cruise last summer and constructed from it a parody of our obsessions with celebrity (with Scientology getting a skewering along the way). With a small cast that has actors playing numerous roles each, the play weaves together actual language from media coverage with lines invented by Ogborn. The result is a smash, say critics, and the small production is sold out in Chicago through April, with hopes for bigger things soon.

Synthia: Welcome Brandon, and thanks for being here.

Brandon: Thanks, Sindy, and thanks for checking out The Tomkat Project. I’m really excited to say hello to Tony and his zillions of beautiful readers and fans, be they SPs or OTs. Before we move forward they should know we are conducting this interview inside a brown paper lunch bag and that I now begin every sentence with “allegedly,” even if I’m booking a rental car from Avis.

Synthia: Your show is getting a huge response. Even Bert Fields, Tom Cruise’s attorney, has chimed in about the play.

Brandon: If anyone in the world could sue us into meteor ash, it would be Bert Fields and Tom Cruise. I think they would enjoy the show very much and I’m happy to hold them complimentary tickets.

Synthia: Tell us a little about your background.

Brandon: I was Media Student of the Year at Fruitport High School in Muskegon, Michigan. I was so drunk on that power that I moved to Santa Barbara to study film in college. I wanted to be Steven Soderbergh. After making a few short films, I needed to learn how to better direct actors so I took an acting 101 class. Incidentally, the only production I performed in was The Laramie Project, which, ten years later became the model for Tomkat. I started doing improv at The Second City Training Center in LA. Around that time, Dein and I got married and decided to make the move to Chicago because we didn’t want to raise my stepdaughter in LA. Then, four years later, I wrote this play. I’ve done sketch comedy shows before but I wanted to do something more substantial.

Synthia: I was struck by the amount of detail in your play. You must have done a considerable amount of research.

Brandon: I relied on the Internet. Every corner of it from the New York Times to ex-Scientologist videos that I would transcribe. The seed, really, was when I read about the divorce. I just pictured Katie Holmes in front of a phone, for days, hesitating. The next two weeks was a shit show of gossip magazines — it was fascinating to me. I was thinking, “Why do I give a shit about this stuff?” It was like something bad was happening to a distant family member. Also, there was Scientology, slave camps, the innocent — Suri — who’s in the middle of it, and Katie trying to save her from a “cult.” The story had stakes, which is why we read about it. I sat down in a Starbucks and wrote an outline before knowing any of the facts or dates. I wrote a draft in two weeks. I watched Jason Beghe’s interview, thinking, man, this is a language I do not understand. And I went to the official Scientology website to read the liturgy that David Miscavige reads at the wedding in the play. I watched videos of Martin Bashir grilling Tommy Davis and the BBC show where Davis gets John Sweeney to snap. I was overwhelmed with how rich the Scientology material was dramatically.

Synthia: You’ve been getting good press. The Chicago Tribune gave you four stars and called the play “genius.”

Brandon: Yeah, pretty generous.

Synthia: Were you expecting this amount of interest?

Brandon: Not at all, not even a modicum of the interest that it’s gotten. I thought it was going to be just a fun, weird little comedy show and maybe we’d get 50 of our friends to see it. We never imagined that the show would run long enough to be reviewed. We’ve had such good response, especially having you and other ex-Scientologists take interest, along with people from Australia and LA, asking us to bring the show there.

Synthia: In the beginning you had characters in the play that are not in the story now.

Brandon: Yes, in the first draft of the script we had a number of additional characters. Marty Rathbun, Marc Headley, Mike Rinder, Greg Wilhere — we re-enacted the whole Maureen Orth Vanity Fair article about Nazanin Boniadi.

Synthia: The story moves along at a rapid pace. There’s so much to watch.

Brandon: It’s a fun show. I feel lucky to be in it and have these actors. It’s a difficult show to do for comedy people like us. It’s two hours! Micah Sterenberg, who plays David Miscavige, among many others, is a comedy machine. He’s probably got pages of jokes that didn’t get into the show because we needed to keep him realistic. David Miscavige may be running a business enterprise cloaked as a religion, but he’s a human being, so we have to portray him as a man with wants and fears. There is a scene in the show when Katie calls Nicole Kidman and Nicole says, “I hope you get out before your child calls you an SP.” I cried when I wrote that, and hold back tears every time I see it performed. It’s the point in the show when the audience goes, “Holy shit, these are real human beings.”

Synthia: After ex-Scientologists saw the show and talked about it on the Ex-Scientologist Message Board, you said it gave you a different perspective. What did you mean by that?

Brandon: Nobody in the show anticipated that ex-Scientologists would take any interest in it. We were taken aback when you said, “You have no idea how accurate this is.” It was humbling and terrifying at the same time. To have you guys laugh at those insider things was so rewarding.

Synthia: Did you know that the Scientology Center in Chicago is pretty much right down the street from the theater?

Brandon: The one on Lincoln? I used to work three doors from there at a furniture store. I used to peek in. That was a few years ago when I didn’t even know the difference between Scientology and Christian Science. I’ve considered inviting them because I would be interested to know if they would like the show or not.

Synthia: I think it would be very cathartic and therapeutic for them if they could.

Brandon: Who knows, maybe COB will reward some RPFers with free tickets. It’s sad they don’t laugh at themselves because most of my laughter, during the day, is at myself. LRH even seemed to have a good sense of humor about himself. With The Book of Mormon, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints embraced the show. They even put in ads for the church in the Playbill that say, “The Book is always better.” I doubt Scientology will do the same but it might be a lesson for them in public relations, especially at this rough time in their history. Most of what I read in Dianetics I can get behind. I believe that we’re spiritual beings having a physical experience. I believe exploring the vast potential of the human mind and our spirits is what our experience is about on Earth. Any religious organization, when it’s new, there’s difficulties, mistakes. Christianity has been around for thousands of years. They learned that we don’t need to go do the Crusades every three hundred years to share the teachings of Jesus. Whether you believe that Scientology is a religion or not, I don’t think you need all those bells and whistles to do good here. What do I know? I can only hope that whatever I end up doing with my career, I make people laugh and they come away wanting to do good to other people. That’s my soapbox.

Synthia: Are you reading Lawrence Wright’s book?

Brandon: I’m about halfway through, and it’s so good I get angry at whatever force requires me to put it down.

Synthia: Wright has said that Scientology’s celebrities have a moral responsibility to address the allegations of abuse in the organization. Do you agree?

Brandon: If someone like Tom Cruise is that high up in the organization, you would imagine that he’s aware of some of these heartbreaking stories of disconnection, intimidation, and violence. Or, he could very well be insulated from it. He may not even know Wright’s book exists because of that isolation. Or, he may know all of these things and simply doesn’t care because he is in such a place of power. There are a dozen possibilities.

Synthia: There are many people who would love to see your show who don’t live in Chicago. What’s the next step?

Brandon: We submitted the play to the NY Fringe Festival where we hope to perform next. Then LA would be next. The actors have been very generous in terms of keeping our earnings in a pickle jar for the future of the show. My dream would be to have it running in New York and LA simultaneously with different casts. Maybe even Clearwater — why not?

The TomKat Project is playing through May 29 at The Playground Theater on 3209 N Halsted St, in Chicago.

 

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Parker and Stone Writing a Scientology Musical?

ContactMusic posted an unbylined and oddly written story last night that relies on unnamed sources to claim that Matt Stone and Trey Parker are working on a Scientology musical, and that Tom Cruise isn’t happy about it.

Stone and Parker are the creative duo behind South Park, which savagely parodied Scientology in a 2005 episode. That episode, “Trapped in the Closet,” accurately portrayed Scientology’s space opera beliefs and suggested that Cruise was a closet case. (We’re convinced he’s not one, but that’s another matter.)

The two went on to write the Broadway smash The Book of Mormon, which has fun at Mormonism’s expense and has prompted many to ask when they might do something similar for L. Ron Hubbard’s odd cabal.

But we’re somewhat dubious of this story. Not only does it attribute to an unnamed source that Stone and Parker are actively writing a new musical, but the source somehow also knows that Cruise “wasn’t happy” about it.

Another odd thing about the story: it spends as much time talking about Cruise’s friendship to Australian billionaire James Packer, which appears to have little to do with a musical by Parker and Stone.

Well, we’re skeptical, but we’d love to hear that Parker and Stone are actually working on a Scientology extravaganza.

 

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What Does the Church Have on You?

Karen de la Carriere describes how the Church of Scientology compiles data about its members…

 

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Posted by Tony Ortega on March 8, 2013 at 07:00

 

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  • Bella Legosi

    I was just reading an article out of Chicago about tbis TomKat play! Sems very interesting. And I always look towards another of Parker and Stone’s genius. Even a updated Scientology episode would be fantastic. Especially at this time. Who knows. That source could just be testing out the waters. Good way t see if anyone would want to watch it as weull as flush out the ones who dont.

    • i-Betty

      Haha, Bella! :D

  • Observer

    omg, Brandon is hilarious! “If anyone in the world could sue us into meteor ash, it would be Bert Fields and Tom Cruise.” After howling with laughter as I read this I now really want to see the play, but alas, it will never be anywhere near here.

    And Scientologists, did you see the part where ex-Scientologists commented on the play’s dead-on accuracy? Wogs can and do understand Scientology without ever setting foot in the trap, so please, less of the “You don’t know if you haven’t tried it.”

  • mook

    Update on the Kerry Kennedy story, this time with a disturbing allegation in the comments section
    http://www.showbiz411.com/2013/04/07/rfk-daughter-kerry-kennedy-to-speak-at-hollywood-scientology-salon

    Also isn’t it a pure coincidence that Kelly P tried to blackmail Roger Friedman a few years back?

    • i-Betty

      Thanks so much for the update, Mook.

    • Captain Howdy

      From the comments section: “Robert Kennedy would never have appeared at a Scientology event”

      Maybe not, but he had no problem appearing at a Joesph McCarthy “event” as Joe’s right hand man. Some folks remember what they want to remember..

      • FistOfXenu

        yeah that bothers me too but I never had the stones to ask why he did it. I think RFK grew up since McCarthy but we’ll never know how much.

  • http://twitter.com/MarcabHardParty Marcab Hard Party

    Will there ever be a “Trapped in the Closet 2 / Electric Boogaloo” on the horizon? Inquiring minds want to know… Oh, and some possible renderings (lulz)

    • sugarplumfairy

      oh, yes, yes, pleeeeeease..

    • i-Betty

      Too funny :P

    • sugarplumfairy

      Omg….. I just saw it.. The kids in the hole.. And Debbie cook in the trash can……. We neeeeeed another ‘Trapped in the Closet..’ the world needs another ‘Trapped in the Closet..’ I can’t wait to see where Shelley is!

      • i-Betty

        Hehe. For those who haven’t yet seen the genius that is Trey Parker and Matt Stone’s Southpark episode called ‘Trapped in the Closet’, here it is: http://www.entheta.net/southpark/southpark-closet.wmv

        • FistOfXenu

          Thanks iBetty. I had this on my computer but lost the file when I changed computers. Been meaning to get it again. You’ve cheered me up.

          • i-Betty

            Hooray! xxx

            I finally found it several weeks ago on – where else? – xenu.net. Should have guessed Andreas would capture and store it for posterity and LOLz :)

        • Bella Legosi

          Not enough respect has been made for the episode, “The Return of Chef”

          • stillgrace

            You mean the one about the fruity little club that killed Chef? Love it!

            • Bella Legosi

              Yuuuup. Didnt you love how The SUPER Adventure Club’s sign is a UFO? ;) How much you want to bet Co$ really hated that episode in all it’s wonderous subletys?

          • Missionary Kid

            Bella, I’m replying way back here, ’cause I’m a bit paranoid. Guess who did some sleuthing in your town & sent pictures to Tony? The shades were up, and I got a good look. Probably Tony was looking for additional confirmation before he announced anything.

            I never got info from the $cions, but I talked to some businesses close by & know construction.

            • Bella Legosi

              I don’t blame you for being paranoid. And I and my mom were quick to take the pics we had around there. It took maybe 60 sec of me taking close up pics of that building for someone to come out on their phone. I told my mom to get a parking spot that was legal just in case.

            • Missionary Kid

              As far as I could tell, nobody came out or followed me. Maybe I wasn’t careful enough. All I saw were professional workmen, except for one person who was doing something inside when the shades were up.

              I’ll have to tell my kid to be wary of anyone asking questions.

            • Bella Legosi

              I was deeply in to conspiracy theory (and in some ways still am) so my sense of paranoia is overly honed. When I was around that building I took note of who was around me as well as who came out and if they were on a cell. A few days after kept vigilant watch around my house of any suspicous looking types (PIs for starters)so I may confront them on camera. I am dead serious about going to media should they begin to fuck with me. I believe that not being afraid to go public with the smallest amount of harassment makes their job a hell of a lot harder. I live like a nomad as it is so I know they can’t harass a job that I don’t have and as for my family who know not where I may be from week to week will tell them to fuck off. I should not tempt fate tho. But, should they ever even attempt harassment of me or mine…….Tony is getting that exclusive for sure as well as the local media (should they want to run it). I got very little to lose and I believe that is the worst type a person people like Co$ need to agitate.

            • Missionary Kid

              I know that there’s no such thing as a kinder, gentler, Co$. I’ll know in a while if they saw me.

            • Bella Legosi

              I hope you will have flown under their radar! Thanks for the reply back (about Johnson and Nixon)! I would have replied but been in Supernatural mode tonight. I am seriously considering creating my own word press account so I can live blog every week and converse with fellow fans like we do here in the bunker. If I do it I shall thank Tony O for giving me the idea!

            • Missionary Kid

              One of the things that happens is that, having lived through a time, then to have looked back on it with more information, the history is imprinted on one.

              I have a saying that “Youth has no memory.” What it means is that since they haven’t experienced something, they often assume it hasn’t happened, or they assume that things have always been the way they are.

              Would a blog allow Co$ to track you down?

            • Bella Legosi

              I don’t think the blog would have much control against a hacker who would have the drive and capability to find and track someone down. I have aired a lot of personal stuff here at the Bunker that would make it soooooo easy for a hacker to find me, and I have yet to be confronted (as far as I know).

              Youth does not have memory. That is so true. I believe because when you are a youth all you are concerned about it making the memories. However, I can say that when I was growing up I was told that just because it isn’t written or talked about does not mean it never happened! I have to thank Uncle Cosmo for this upbringing, because it told me at a young age that I should pay attention to the past as well as the present and that even though a person or organization should be trusted does not mean that they are infallible!

      • http://twitter.com/MarcabHardParty Marcab Hard Party

        Kyle:”Scientology killed Kenny!”

        • sugarplumfairy

          lol.. Can. Not. Wait. Parker and Stone are GODS..

          • Ze Moo

            The next ‘season’ of South Park won’t start until Sept 25, 2013. That’s a long time to be trapped in the closet.

        • richelieu jr

          Those Bastards!

          • richelieu jr

            How odd that someone actually gave me down vote for this..

            Down voter
            ,a re you among us? Can you explain why (not looking for a fight, honestly curious)

      • TheHoleDoesNotExist

        Great episode title: “Where’s Shelly?”

      • BuryTheNuts2

        Poor Shelly. She is the Scientological version of Wheres Waldo.

        • FistOfXenu

          I bet Waldo was having more fun while he was lost than Shelly is.

          I wonder what it would cost for us to run a “Missing $cientologists” campaign, you know with ads including photos and last known sightings?

          • i-Betty

            I would contribute :)

          • Ze Moo

            Can we use milk cartons?? And the sides of city buses??

            • FistOfXenu

              Milk cartons and definitely the buses. So much for $cientarCONon’s think for yourself bus-paper if other buses are carrying “Have you seen ___? Last seen: imprisoned in The Hole by $cientology on [date]” with a photo.

      • TheNextMrsTomCruise

        Fairy it worked!!! I actually managed to sign in. No more lurking, wheeeee

        • sugarplumfairy

          Yay!

        • Captain Howdy

          You honestly expect us to believe it took you this long to figure out how to sign in? Oh wait, you are planning to be the next Mrs. Tom Cruise, right ? Nevermind.

          • TheNextMrsTomCruise

            rofl, and if that weren’t bad enough, Fairy had to tell me how to do it! Just practicing for the role of the next Mrs. Imma have to dumb myself down, else sensible things might fly out of my mouth without my being able to control them. Things like, you do realize Tom, that your association with wee Davey just makes you look like even more of a lemming? Xenu is a figment, just like your talent? LRH was a big fat drunken blowhard? Then where would I be? Even the vapid TC would be wise to me then. Perhaps Imma need a lobotomy first.

            • Midwest Mom

              Hi! It’s good to see you, again!

            • Sherbet

              Ditto that. Missed you.

            • TheNextMrsTomCruise

              Thank you Sherbet, it’s soooooo good to be back :)

            • TheNextMrsTomCruise

              Thank you MM. Perhaps a few celebratory lemon bars might be in the works?
              Missed you too :)

            • Captain Howdy

              Lemon bars? F that. It’s Moonbatshine time baby!

            • Midwest Mom

              I’m on it!

            • elar aitch

              Yay TNMTC – I was thinking of you the other day and gonna ask SPF where you were at but I’m always at these parties ultra early or ultra late – dratted time difference. How’s it going wearing down the Tomster….any biatches you have to take care of that are getting a little to close?

            • TheNextMrsTomCruise

              Beyotches always getting too close. It’s all good though. I will win eventually. Just have to file down my frontal lobe first, along with those pesky incisors.

    • Bella Legosi

      Is that Chef pulling the last set of OT levels outta Little Boots ass??????? I’d watch it!

      • FistOfXenu

        No, that’s normal auditing procedure for somebody that lives as far up his own ass as Miscavige does. It’s the only way to maintain good TRs with him.

        • Bella Legosi

          I bet he totally blinks :)

          • FistOfXenu

            “O the fumes! The fumes! They burn my eyes! They burn! AHHHH!”

            • FistOfXenu

              And that’s why DM hardly had any auditing. Even a Class XII can’t keep his eyes open for long up there. As for DM, his eyes are lidless, like Sauron.

            • Bella Legosi

              lol I know I am gonna think that the next time I see Lord of the Rings

            • FistOfXenu

              Funny. $cientarCONon is what I think of every time I see it. Sometimes I even make lists in my head of who’s who. LRH is Morgoth, that’s okay but of course Morgoth is the book not the movies. DM should be Gimli for his size but instead he’s Sauron because he’s an evil bastard. Saruman, well right now he’s Rathbun but I hope Rathbun will make it all the way out and then he can be Theoden. Like that. But it all breaks down as I work through the characters because I can see problems with a lot of them and keep changing my mind. It gets worse when I get to the good guys. And Smeagol = Gollum, well, sometimes I think that’s the whole IRS, sucking up to the cult, and sometimes I think it’s Farrakhan or somebody like that. But then I get so into the movie I don’t care. And I don’t want the cult to completely infect all the things I enjoy.

            • Bella Legosi

              lol I love ya fist……I am never going to see Lord of the Rings the same way after that.

            • TheNextMrsTomCruise

              Marc and Claire Headley are Aragorn and what’s her name (the one Liv Tyler played in the movie). And Anonymous can be the race of Elves.

              OMG, this is so addictive…

            • i-Betty

              Arwen :)

            • FistOfXenu

              The Headleys as Aragorn and Arwen. I never thought of that. Thanks. And Anonymous as Elves is interesting. I was leaning to making Anon = Ents because the Ents don’t think the wars of the 3 races have anything to do with them until they see that if Sauron wins nobody’s safe not even trees and Ents. Like Anon and the internet wars?

              I also like Atack for Gandalf and Tory for Galadriel. Andreas Heldahl for Elrond. Oh hell, I’m starting this list a-gain.

            • stillgrace

              I was thinking Wise Beard Man for Gandalf.

            • FistOfXenu

              I was saving him for Treebeard. Too literal?

            • Observer

              Kirstie Alley as Shelob

            • elar aitch

              yes yes yes – she likes her meat fresh

            • http://www.facebook.com/people/Robert-Eckert/100002715429426 Robert Eckert

              Tony O is Bilbo, just kicking back and writing it all down in a big long book, that he intends to finish some day.

            • TheNextMrsTomCruise

              No, No, Anonymous must be the Elves. Shadowy and not seen unless they wish to be. All knowing, and all seeing. Fearsome opponents.

              Now the Ents, that’s a hard one to cast. I’ll have to consider that.

              But I do think Tony Ortega could be cast as Tom Bombadil :D

            • stillgrace

              Welcome back TNMTC! I think we’re going to have to go with CG for the Ent visuals. However, we could imagine who could voice them. I vote for Trey Parker and Matt Stone. They have multiple voices “up their sleeves”, so to speak.

            • Bella Legosi

              No, Farrakhan is the half orc/goblin creature that is birthed out of the tree.

            • Bella Legosi

              And I don’t want the cult to completely infect all the things I enjoy.—-I know exactly what you mean. I have to tell myself that every time I watch Natural Born Killers now. But I honestly can not stomach Tom Cruise movies past Risky Business (with the exception of Interview With the Vampire……sorry was your typical Anne Rice loving teen back in the 90′s……prolly why I hate Twilight so damn much)

            • RMycroft
            • Missionary Kid

              Geez. What a POS piece of poor art. It looks like it was something dreamed up on Futerama for some hokey award. Who needs to satirize Co$? They do it themselves. Footbullet.

            • Missionary Kid

              Thinking about it further, I realized that whatever is at the center of the globe resembles the vertical slit in a snake’s eye.

            • Observer

              I think a shoop is called for, but it’ll have to wait till I get off work.

            • stillgrace

              Cruel-Davey is well-suited to play Gollum!
              (credit to Zanoni over at WWP)

            • Midwest Mom

              Grace, I hope I don’t have nightmares with that image in my head!

            • FistOfXenu

              How about Tom as Gollum? You know, ambitions to have it all and be the Big Bean that controls everything, delusions of grandeur and willing to do anything? Controled by the big fear of what Sauron could do to him?

            • Observer

              Oooo … Imma incorporate that …

            • FistOfXenu

              Don’t forget The Tooth. :)

            • Observer

              Wait till you see what I’ve got in mind … muahahaha!

            • Observer

              Nice!

            • TheNextMrsTomCruise

              His eyes are also all-seeing, all the time, also like Sauron. Only with the height of a hobbit.

    • FistOfXenu

      Caption on pic 1 = Did you know you’ve got a pair of cans stuck up there?

      Caption on pic 2 = So that’s what BTs look like when they leave a dead body?

    • http://twitter.com/MarcabHardParty Marcab Hard Party

      Not to get anybody’s hopes up too high, these are just wishful shoops from a last summer when the Travolta massage snafu came out. Though, would be nice if it came to fruition.

      • sugarplumfairy

        Good job anyway!! We’ll all postulate our butts off to make it so..

      • TheNextMrsTomCruise

        Or maybe the shoops are leftover from John’s disastrous Christmas album with Olivia Newton John?

    • Chocolate Velvet

      LOL! Those are great!

    • http://twitter.com/media_lush media_lush

      stole this pic for my bollocks post today

  • sugarplumfairy

    Wow! Synthia is a pro! What a great interview! Brandon sounds amazing and so does the show.. I think my next vacation destination may have to be The windy city.. I wanna go soon, before he takes out any more characters..

    • BuryTheNuts2

      I was thinking the same thing!

      Time to hop on a plane. I want to see this show.

      And how can you not love a guy who now begins every sentence with “allegedly,” even if he is booking a rental car from Avis.

      • sugarplumfairy

        I’ll meet you there.. you can always get hubby to drive you.. Maybe you can stop for lobster rolls..

        =)

        • BuryTheNuts2

          If I am going to Chicago…lt’s Giordano’s baby!!!

      • FistOfXenu

        BTN, should we all start doing that? Beginning all our sentences with “allegedly”?

        Allegedly, it could be fun for awhile. Allegedly it could get old pretty quick. Okay, maybe not. Oops, I mean “Allegedly, okay, maybe not.” No wait, “Allegedly oops, I….” ….. ALLEGEDLY, uhh, where am I up to?

    • ParticleMom

      Sounds like a good reason to hold an SP party in Chicago!

      Brandon, there seems to be a large number of Co$ watchers in Boston ;)

      • Sherbet

        There are three of us, anyway, PM.

  • i-Betty

    Hooray for Synthia – brilliant interview! I was roaring with laughter, especially at “Before we move forward they should know we are conducting this interview inside a brown paper lunch bag and that I now begin every sentence with “allegedly,” even if I’m booking a rental car from Avis.” Oof, got the giggles again :D I expect Brandon Ogborn would like to be my new best boyfriend.

  • chris sutton

    I want to see the play!! But will it ever come to DC? If it doesn’t, I’d like to at least read it, if possible.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001007868067 Synthia Elizabeth Fagen

      Let’s see where it goes. That would be great if it went to DC.

  • i-Betty

    I learn so much from Karen’s videos. Are there really people with folders numbered in the hundreds? My God, every word you’ve ever spoken in session, every ‘misdeed’ recorded forever, ready to be pulled out and used against you when you put a foot wrong. Confidential, my arse.

    • Bella Legosi

      Does Co$ actually defend itself outting these private files by saying, “Well, these are bitter apostates that are actively seeking the destruction of our religion! Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain! See what awful stuff we have on him/her? See, we are just warning you about a potential terrorist! We dont’ really stomp on the privacy of fellow beings! We just do that to the ones who stopped drinking our Kool Aid!”? I think I know the answer to that one…….sadly yes.

      • i-Betty

        Sadly……………………………..yes :(

        • Bella Legosi

          Just another glaring fact that Co$ is not a religion

  • i-Betty

    Something else that’s giving me the giggles today is the photo (in AGP and Karen’s video) of Lawrence Wright looking all sinister and evil on the hate page that was set up in his name. I bet it gave him a good chuckle, too :)

  • sugarplumfairy

    I’m really loving Karen and AGP’s videos.. Right now, I’m wondering what Synthia and Brandon’s co$ threat assessments look like.. And omg.. I wonder how many volumes Tony’s is up to by now..

    • i-Betty

      It makes you realise quite how much of a threat Karen is to Miscavige. She knows so much, and has the ability to disseminate (is that the right word?) CoS practices so eloquently.

      • Observer

        Davey’s cruelty and arrogance earned him one relentless and implacable enemy, that’s for sure. Well, more than one, obviously, but I think Karen’s strength caught him by surprise. I bet he thought she’d go curl up and die somewhere. Surprise!

        • FistOfXenu

          DM didn’t exactly have great parenting from the people that left him in the hands of LRH to finish growing up, so he has no idea about normal parents. He has no idea that the only chance you have to get away with messing with somebody’s kids is to make sure you teach the parents that loving your kids and protecting them is unnatural. As long as you let the parents keep being normal parents, if you fuck up their kids they will hunt you down without mercy. Karen didn’t learn to stop loving her son. Miscavige deserves everything she does to him and everything we can help her do.

          • http://www.facebook.com/george.layton.756 George Layton

            They took the child away
            In those young years when every sight is made of wonder. With that Freedom to look where your wandering might lead you and the Serendipity in each discovery and a parents smiling face comforting and encouraging in each and every one. But this one is led down narrow halls, with no smiling parent near, with no comforting hand or gentle word to say. They took the child away.
            On that sunny beach with friends to chase through the salty waves. Then back up to wrap in fluffy towels to dry the cold away and instantly forget the cold when you see Dad has begun to build a sandcastle! Of course you and your friends need to show him just how it must be done. But this one must kneel in the sand to pull the weeds out by the roots. No sandcastles here real or imagined, having been forsaken by that “greater good “, that one and only way. They took the child away.
            Those camping trips of tracking through the fern filled forest. Those calling birds and squirrels chattering down from lofty trees. Those pungent smells kicked up by tiny feet tromping through the fallen leaves. Or sitting quietly watching, waiting, laughing when that chipmunk finally skitters down to the bread crusts left by you and Dad. But this one is fed on this day, not but crusts and water, for wistfully looking at the forest when she should be carrying the stones that here in the bottom of the creek bed lay. They took the child away.
            And oh those wondrous camping nights! When suppers over and we get to watch the camp fire flames lick the darkness, knowing that soon will be the time for smores! So hard to decide which is more delicious, making them or eating them! And just to own that knowledge that the best dirty hands are smore hands. But this one knows no campfire songs, no treats that can be made thereby, has no recall of flames licking the night time. After the evening dinner comes the repetition of the only worthwhile speaking one needs learn to say. They took the child away.
            Oh what fun to be had with the four colored cans of play doh Mom bought today, just because she saw them there. To make any multi colored art that comes to mind. He’s made that and it makes me think of this and mine makes him think of something even more fantastic. On and on in our laughing delight we’ve made up every sort of, out of this world, art. But this one is given another’s idea and told to form that and only that idea from clay. They took the child away.
            Those hikes along the foothill trail to the boulder field that seems to run for miles to the granite cliffs towering above. With the tickle of fear and excitement as you begin your clime upon and through the strewn boulders. Mom of course above to lend a helping hand if needed. Dad of course below in case you slip downwards. The scraped knee from one such slip that Mom and Dad are both so concerned about but you consider a battle scar in your triumphant conquer of a mountain. But this one’s scrapes and scars come from the rock walls needing building, and no sense of accomplishment comes with the drudgery in the labor that she does every day. They took the child away.
            Even in the night when fitful dreams might come to frighten you. Those tree branch fingers at your window on those stormy nights, scratching there to scare the happy dreams away. Mom is there to shoo those scary specters off with a story from your favorite book or a nighttime lullaby and send you back to sleep. But this one’s parents can’t be there for her to keep the fears at bay. They took the child away.
            Schools out and summer vacation has begun! With all your friends on bikes you pedal fast as the wind down to the swimming hole. With a large rock to dive off of and a real rope swing that carries you all the way to the middle of the pond! To spend an entire lazy hot day swimming and swinging. A sack lunch, Mom insisted you take, is so delicious because she put in a cream filled sponge cake! So many perfect days each summer simply filled with kid fun. Any fun idea you can come up with is yours for the making. But for this one there in no summer break, barely any school time. Too much to be done to clear the way. They took the child away.
            To never see the child, to never be the child. To take away the wonderment that each and every one of them is born to. To lose your chance at those incredible incites the children have to share. To take out of the world our salvation in the childlike act, in the childlike thought, in the childlike experience, in the childlike trust, in the childlike love. To give the childlike world away in exchange for…
            Whatever else you work for. Whatever else you pay for. Whatever else you look for. Whatever else you strive for. Whatever else you shout for. Whatever else you believe in. Don’t take the child away.
            Anonymous.

            • i-Betty

              Oh, man. I have a lump the size of a tennis ball in my throat.

            • aquaclara

              This is so beautifully written….thanks, George.

            • TheHoleDoesNotExist

              thank you for this.

            • ParticleMom

              Reading this brought me to tears, imagining my own children languishing alone in dirty diapers or put to heavy labor. The contrast to reality is harsh. I had just finished helping my grade-schooler with his homework. He gets an extra 15-minutes of “Guaranteed Snuggles” if he doesn’t whine – and he will do anything for extra snuggles! Meanwhile, ParticleDad was out on a walk in the woods with our toddler.

              My heart breaks for all the kids out there who had their childhood stolen.

          • i-Betty

            Bravo.

          • Captain Howdy

            “DM didn’t exactly have great parenting from the people that left him in the hands of LRH to finish growing up,”

            So who left Alexander Jentzsch in the hands of the Sea Org to finish his growing up?

            • Trustmeonthis

              Both of his parents did, as with all the other sea org kids.
              I know people love to hate on Karen, but Heber is also to blame. And he is still in! Although I doubt he can do much KSW from the hole.

            • FistOfXenu

              Heber was supposedly in a position of power (bitter laughter here) where he could’ve protected Alex from the worst or done something and he did nothing. Karen was cut off and even after she tried to reach her son they kept her away from him. Is she without any guilt? Guess not. But she at least she stripped off the bOrg conditioning and tried.

            • Captain Howdy

              I’m not “hating” on anybody– especially folks I don’t even know — but on the other hand i don’t believe in turning a blind eye in order to maintain a positive front.. My sister undoubtedly put her kids in the Sea Org, and for that I could never forgive her.

            • Trustmeonthis

              I have to have compassion for the exes because they were so manipulated. They were so indoctrinated, they actually thought it was the right thing to do. But they somehow got out, and now they are trying to do better. I totally feel you with not forgiving your sister (there are things in my life that I can’t forgive). But I also hang onto hope that people can change and see their mistakes. That’s part of why, for me.

            • ParticleMom

              DMs parents seemed to be afraid of him, based on Wright’s book. He was a sociopath even as a child. Good parents probably would not have helped much.

  • http://www.mediabistro.com/fishbowlla/author/richardhorgan Richard Horgan

    When I attended a preview event last fall at the LA Pantages (w/Parker, Stone Q&A following), they talked about Scientology being the initial topic before Mormonism, and the problems they had coming up with a good CoS play. Maybe the raging, ongoing success of BOOK OF MORMON has got then finally revisiting? Would make sense.

    • i-Betty

      We can only keep our fingers crossed and hope!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001007868067 Synthia Elizabeth Fagen

      Well, I can tell you that Brandon’s script is brilliant and that he said there were about 10 other scripts or pieces he could write from the material he pulled during his research on Scientology and that he had to limit that for this play as he didn’t want it to take over the whole thing as it’s not inherently a story ONLY about Scientology.

      My point is that he, as a comedic writer, found the subject a treasure trove.

      • http://www.mediabistro.com/fishbowlla/author/richardhorgan Richard Horgan

        It’s clear (pun intended) from your interview how quick-witted, clever Ogborn is. And re: Stone-Parker, I am already imagining the possible musical numbers: “Personality Test”… “The WASP is now an SP”…

  • Bella Legosi

    Wow…..listening to Karen speak about the ways they use your info really sounds like a Cold War Era tactic……I swear my conspiracy theory engrams are being stimulated here! I am starting to think maybe old Hub got the Dr.Feelgood (Gotlieb?) treatment

    • TheHoleDoesNotExist

      close. not Like a Cold War Era tactic. It IS a cold war tactic. Here’s just a taste: “Investigation Officer’s Checksheet”

      http://www.gerryarmstrong.org/50grand/cult/osa-int-ed-508r.html

      • BuryTheNuts2

        I think LRH was Sun Tzu somewhere on his whole track!

        • FistOfXenu

          If ‘his whole track’ = his narcissistic and drug fueled fantasy life, I think you’re right BTN. No matter where we look at Hubbardstein’s monster, it always turns out to be worse than we think.

      • Bella Legosi

        Its shit like this that really really creeps me out guys. lol I was already 3 degrees away from moving into a shack in the wilderness of Alaska, while I master Tin Foil habadashiry, and bust out my manifesto on a really old type writer. I do not need to read stuff like this! :)

        • FistOfXenu

          Make sure you cover your whole body in aluminum, Bella. DM uses our BTs as spies to report back to him but if they’re covered in foil they can’t communicate with him. And if you can stand to sunbathe covered in foil like that you can even cook your BTs and eat them. They taste like ..
          clams.

          • Trustmeonthis

            Don’t forget to undertake the Garlic and Salt Rubdown before applying the foil!

          • Bella Legosi

            Aye but that is the only way this old vampire can stand being out in the sun! Hub actually stole that from me to lower his tolarence from all the opium he and Parson’s were smoking. Leave it to Hubbard to never be original. :)

      • Captain Howdy

        Wow, I knew about the “Art of War” thing, but I didn’t know they had to study Carl von Clausewitz also. Well, at least everything they read isn’t L Ron nonsense. Thanks, your Holiness.

  • http://www.AlanzosBlog.com/ Alanzo

    An OSA Folder!!

    Thanks Karen! That would definitely be something an attorney would be interested in.

    Alanzo

    • Ze Moo

      It appears to be impossible to get an OSA folder. Unless you can ‘mission impossible’ a break in and steal one the CO$ would never even admit the existence of such evidence. Any subpena would be greeted by a ‘we don’t have one’ answer and the shredders would work overtime if need be. It would be in keeping with CO$ mindset to have multiple copies of any info in multiple locations. Finding which location to raid is the problem. It would be fun and legally advantageous to find the smear and dead agent plans for various exs…

      • FistOfXenu

        I read that they kept the paperwork on Op Freakout in Canada. Wouldn’t they could just move OSA folders to another jurisdiction so subpenas won’t work? That way they don’t have to shred all that valuable dirt they collected.

        • Ze Moo

          I don’t think they would shred the dirt they collected either. I agree they would just hide or move it. It would be easy to just digitize it. It is much easier to hide and move electronic files. I am surprised that CO$ hasn’t hit up their loyal minions for money to convert paper files to electronic one. And it makes hacking a fun and profitable venture.

          • Ms. B. Haven

            I had never heard of OSA folders until today. Doesn’t surprise me tho’. I think a handy location for storage would be those nifty underground silos with the titanium plates. By all accounts, church members are unaware of these silos or their location. (That in itself doesn’t make any practical sense because in the case of some catastrophe, church members should most definitely know these locations so that they would immediately have access to the ‘tech’ to save their asses once the cosmic shit has hit the fan). The silos would be perfect because they are not only bomb proof, they are practically subpoena proof.

        • grundoon

          At the top-secret CST Twin Peaks compound, there are semi trailers which Angry Gay Pope thinks may be pre-loaded with sensitive documents and backup tapes, ready to roll at the first sign of an FBI raid. Twin Peaks has instant communications with Int Base outside Hemet and Pac Base in LA, via dedicated private microwave links – so they’ll be alerted when the FBI breach the perimeter of any of the sites.

          • stillgrace

            In that case, when the FBI raids INT, they should already have warrants and roadblocks set up around Twin Peaks. The exit routes there are very predictable. Problem solved.

          • Missionary Kid

            Twin Peaks: 34°13’44.45″N, 117°15’0.53″W

            I’m sure that you noticed that according to Google Earth, there is a
            frontage road parallel to Highway 18 that comes off of Highway 189 that
            is appropriately named “Squirrel Inn Road.”
            Is that appropriate, or what?

      • TheHoleDoesNotExist

        Many of the original Guardian’s Office players in Operation Snow White are still around. If any of them show up in an unemployment line, hungry for work……

      • Ms. B. Haven

        I had never heard of OSA folders until today. Doesn’t surprise me tho’. I think a handy location for storage would be those nifty underground silos with the titanium plates. By all accounts, church members are unaware of these silos or their location. (That in itself doesn’t make any practical sense because in the case of some catastrophe, church members should most definitely know these locations so that they would immediately have access to the ‘tech’ to save their asses once the cosmic shit has hit the fan). The silos would be perfect because they are not only bomb proof, they are practically subpoena proof.

        • stillgrace

          I can tell that they are working on it, however. Note to Disqus programmers: check for bugs in the code of the “append” functions!

    • Roger Larsson

      In scientology selling stuff is promoted, not attorneys stuff. What’s selling is promoted and stuff against scientology is written down in folders as “bank”. An OSA folder could be the thing.

  • http://www.AlanzosBlog.com/ Alanzo

    Synthia: Wright has said that Scientology’s celebrities have a moral responsibility to address the allegations of abuse in the organization. Do you agree?

    Exactly Synj!

    Tom Cruise needs to get the Church of Scientology’s ethics in! He needs to “clean that place up!”

    Great interview.

    Alanzo

  • FistOfXenu

    I like Ogborn. Funny guy. Nice attitude in general. And I don’t want to nitpick but when he says “Most of what I read in Dianetics I can get behind. I believe that we’re spiritual beings having a physical experience. I believe exploring the vast potential of the human mind and our spirits is what our experience is about on Earth.” well, WTF? Does that mean he can hardly read Dianuttics because it’s so batshit crazy he’s only read 2 pages of it? Or does it mean he’s one of the only 10 people in human history that read the whole thing without ending up talking to tomato plants? Or what? And what does he mean he can get behind most of what he read in Dianuttics? That pushes me to the only 2 pages theory because he sounds too intelligent to get behind LRH’s “ebil womb” theory and all the rest of the horseshit. Should somebody maybe send him links from Vance’s whole series here so he can check all his MUs? Then ask him again about if he can get still behind it?

    I still like him. But I wonder if everything connects up right in his mind. I’m not meaning that to be rude, just that he knows how destructive the cult is and how batshit crazy it is and that’s in 1 compartment, and then he has this idea of what he thinks Dianuttics says and he can get behind that because he’s leaving out A LOT of important parts of what the book really says. And the stuff he left out of “most of what I read … I can get behind” is the stuff that looks just like the destructive batshit crazy stuff he knows about. So how does that work for him?

    Just wondering.

    • Bella Legosi

      I thought the same when I read that too. But, I am guessing he is being diplomatic. Could you imagine the OSA cogs steaming into full boar if he came out with teeth and claws? I am sure he doesn’t want what could be a smash for himself and the cast/crew utterly destroyed by what he says in any media. Hell, from the sound if it the play does most of that job already!

    • Observer

      Yeah, I caught that, but my initial thought was that he got lost in Hub’s bloviating verborrhea and didn’t absorb everything LRH was saying. Lord knows that’s happened to me when I’ve tried to read Dianetics. You can only reread nonsensical paragraphs so many times before giving up and moving on.

      • FistOfXenu

        Proves he’s no $cientarCONonist or he would’ve spent months and moolah word-clearing it until he thought it made sense and could attest to the amazing genius LRH and his amazing insights into the human mind. Or until he went completely apeshit and imagined the Beatles were sending him secret instructions in the White Album.

        • Observer

          Just like former Scilon Charles Manson. The secret messages in the White Album, I mean.

          • FistOfXenu

            I knew I could count on somebody here to get the reference. :)

            • richelieu jr

              Political Piggies…

              Rise.

            • Captain Howdy

              Free Bobby Bouselli!

            • richelieu jr

              I think you mean Bobby Beausoleil, natch.. ;-)

            • Captain Howdy

              Of course. I copied the wrong thing.

            • Captain Howdy

              The only people here that didn’t get the reference are OSA or ex-scilons who routed out yesterday.

            • FistOfXenu

              Ah true. But a lot of people maybe wouldn’t've bothered picking it up and then it would’ve been wasted. But not here. Here we practice conservation and recycling. Save the planet (from $cientarCONon)!

    • Ms. B. Haven

      I’m going to disagree here. Dianetics and scientology are a complete fraud, but there are threads of truth running thru them. I think when Ogborn, says something like “I believe that we’re spiritual beings having a physical experience. I believe exploring the vast potential of the human mind and our spirits is what our experience is about on Earth”, he is charitably referring to these threads. The fact is, when dianetics came out in the early 50′s it was something of a sensation (for whatever reason). It should have fared as well as any other fictional pseudo-science and most likely gone away on its own. Hubbard was a world class con man though, and once scientology was created out of the ashes of dianetics, the con was truly on. Being able to hide behind the cloak of religion and convince desperate people that their eternity was at stake, we are where we are today with this swindle. I would bet that he would change his tune after he was introduced to some of the core aspects of scientology culture like knowledge reports, sec checks and reg cycles.

      • FistOfXenu

        I hear you, Ms B. Haven. I even agree that there are things LiarRon Humptydumpty says that are true. You can’t plagiarize from so many people like he did and never quote anybody that knew what they were talking about. I would’ve gone the same way you did except he said “Most of what I read in Dianetics I can get behind.” Most of? So I suggested either he’s only read 2 pages or he’s got no idea what it all means and he’s got tons of MUs. Either way he needs Vance’s series “Dianuttics Clearing Course” that he’s been doing here with Tony.

        It would’ve been different if he’d said “I read a few pages of it once and it made sense” or “I read he stuff on the back cover and didn’t disagree” but when he comes out with “Most of what I read” and he can get behind it I’m full of questions what he means.

        By the way I’m not saying Ogborn’s bad or wrong or something. I’m just saying I can’t figure out a way to make complete sense of all the things he said there if I take them all together. Blame me. I must have MUs on “most of” and “what I read” and “I can get behind”. That’s gonna be 1 helluva lot of word-clearing and it looks like Ogborn’s got the dictionary he used all to himself. I need him to share it. :P

        • http://lliira.dreamwidth.org/ Lliira

          Here’s how I can make sense of the things he said: he doesn’t want to get sued. Also, he said “what I read in Dianetics” — I doubt he read much of the thing. It’s a hell of a slog. He’s got a bit of New Agey all religions are good and we’re all spiritual beings moral equivalency blah blah in there, though. But the thing about writers is, they don’t usually reveal themselves in interviews. They reveal themselves in their writing.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001007868067 Synthia Elizabeth Fagen

        Always remember that you don’t know what Brandon said that didn’t make it into the final edit. Ms B Haven, you are exactly right.

        • TheHoleDoesNotExist

          Thank you, Synthia! Okay, so I’m shredding his Declare now. That was close. And thank you for the interview so much. If I ever get to Chicago….

        • Trustmeonthis

          Great job on the interview, Synthia! I’d been hoping to learn more about the show. Chicago has an awesome live theater and art scene. I sure hope they make it out here.

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001007868067 Synthia Elizabeth Fagen

            Thanks. Me too!

  • i-Betty

    A fantastically funny video (SURELY not the final version?!) of Melbourne’s version of ‘It’s You…It’s Me…’ You have never heard such flat, off-key singing in your lives: http://rutube.ru/video/16ebb6d3a86612d49f571657fb9ab6f7/

    Quote:

    A leaked internal music video from the Church of Scientology in Melbourne for the International Association of Scientologist (IAS). Despite filing copy write claims against us on Youtube and getting it take down there, here it is. We strongly encourage you to download this and post it everywhere you can. Scientology is a dangerous cult. http://chanologyleaks.blogspot.com.ar/2013/02/its-you-its-me-melbourne-edition.html

  • TheHoleDoesNotExist

    Dear Brandon:

    You had me at “beautiful readers”, lost me at “David Miscavige is human”. No, Brandon, No. I’m already thinking in terms of a Scientology Consultant/Editor, and hey, I know one right in Chicago and she improvises on the spot interviews with playwrights! You may know her.

    If you have the play in Clearwater, my casa is your casa. We have a hospital nearby with a heliport in case you need to make a quick escape. Ruth Eckerd Hall has a small Capital Theatre down the street from the Flag headquarters, however I hear the Super Powers Mecca is still not open, so maybe you could rent the 6th Floor. Customers would have to run around the room while watching the play, but it would give them a well grounded feeling for what it is like being a real scientologist. After the show, they can be herded by ushers dressed as Ethics Officers down the auditing floor where they will be threatened with losing their family if they don’t write up a glowing success story. Also, names and cell phone numbers of all their family and friends who they attest Must buy tickets for the next play. Next, they will be cattled into the Florida by the sea Basement, at an extra cost of course. There they will be given a quota of how much cash they need to donate before they will be allowed to leave. Once all the nondisclosures are signed in blood and they smile so surveillance gets a good snap, the money deposited, and OSA gives the All Clear… they will all be declared SP’s and released at 3:00 am at the Greyhound bus terminal downtown.

    We’re talking HBO TV Series with a full catalog of merchandising SMASH HIT here, Brandon. now….Expecting Scientology to laugh at themselves is like expecting Dick Cheney to smile. However, give them a New Enemy and scientologists Might give you your very own Hate Site and special edition in Freedumb Magazine, where they will all laugh at You.

    I was all set to invite you as an Honorary Bunkerette electorate until I gagged on the whole Dianetics is Digestible thing. But you have great promise, grasshopper. Also, DVD’s. Just sayin’.

    [note to Poison Ivy: You asked: Who would buy it? heh]

    • BuryTheNuts2

      Girl crush!

      • TheHoleDoesNotExist

        Okay, Okay. And BuryTheNuts2 gets the bar concession which would of course be set up in the Super Powers 1st Floor Giant Shredding Room. (I wonder if Brandon knows there really IS a giant shredding room there?)

      • TheNextMrsTomCruise

        There are now two BTN’s??? Hooray!

        • http://www.facebook.com/andrewr47 Andrew Robertson

          “There are now two BTN’s??? Hooray!”

          Are you sure young lady? My own calculations suggest that the powerful effect of two BTN’s could have grievance consequences by distorting the tau neutrino – W boson balance with the resultant space time anomaly causing the Earth’s orbit to become wildly eccentric plunging Florida into eternal darkness for the next trillion years.

          This would cause severe problems for both the grape and hop growers and make the price of booze skyrocket which would not be a good thing.

          Though people would worry less about global warming.

          Andrew

          • Trustmeonthis

            That’s just what the OSA wants you to think.

  • BosonStark

    At one time, I considered writing a satire about Scientology, and of course I see many humorous and satirical aspects of it still, but I kind of got overload and it’s enough to hang on to Tony’s blog for the wild ride, as the cult unfolds or unravels through the stories of ex-members.

    Had I been introduced to Scientology through the whole TomKat thing with Vanity Fair article, I think it might have been quite different. That was all just too hilarious.

    I think Tom Cruise’s reality is about as average as that of a severe schizophrenic with no treatment, part of that because he’s bought into the myth that he’s a legendary superstar of earth shattering importance and the other part that he is a “big being” Scientologist here to save this sector of the galaxy, using the “technology” and “all the answers” of L. Ron Hubtard.

    Kat and even Naz, re-enacted the fantasies of millions of people, ones that most of us have — it’s a cultural pattern — to crave a connection to celebrity, or someone important or powerful — someone famous really likes us, or is attracted to us, and how this would elevate our lives or help us fulfill a potential. We would like them back, for a while at least.

    There’s the more obvious aspect of being drawn into a movie, relating to Cruise’s character or his love interest or something. That’s what movies are made to do.

    For the people who do get to actually experience the reality of Tom Cruise, the outcome — as it was for Naz for example — can be quite different than what they’d hoped for.

    Anyway, it’s a big risk for Brandon to write this, and I hope it’s a big success, because more people need to appreciate the humor and irony or our celebrity-worshiping society, with its Tom Cruises and Katie Holmes’s, and ourselves. We have to laugh at ourselves once in a while otherwise the human condition becomes overwhelming.

    • FistOfXenu

      Makes me think of Schwarzenegger’s “Last Action Hero”. Except in that film Jack Slater knows he’s not real. Cruise thinks he’s real.

    • Trustmeonthis

      I have a feeling Brandon had no idea what he was getting into.

      I keep waiting for more and more of these dramatizations, because there is just so much drama and crazy behaviour for material! You wouldn’t have to make up a thing!

  • aquaclara

    Re: the TomKat project. Don’t we all wish we had thought this up?!
    Synthia, such a great chat with Brandon. Will be watching for the film festival, so I can see this live, because of course, when I was in Chicago last month, I actually ATTENDED my conference. Darn.
    Brandon, your comedy sketches will never be the same after this play. So much material to work with, just waiting for you. The Bunker here can load you up with ideas….
    Like Giant Shredders and more. Oh, and take a look at Ireland. Pete’s having too much fun there lately.
    Best of luck with the play!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001007868067 Synthia Elizabeth Fagen

      LOL If you are in Chicago in May, go see it.

      • aquaclara

        Oh, I burned up the 2013 approved travel expenditures already. Rats. I would love to see it!! Love your interview!! If I can get there, I am going! Thanks!

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001007868067 Synthia Elizabeth Fagen

          I’m glad you liked it. It was very funny to do. :)

  • Snippy_X

    :)

  • Midwest Mom

    Brandon, what a small world it is. I used to visit your high school when I was an Admissions Counselor/Recruiter for a university in the lower peninsula and I lived in Grand Rapids for five years when I was a newlywed.

    Congratulations on the success of your play! I look forward to seeing it. ;)

  • dagobarbz

    So…SOME of the people you see in Starbucks pecking away at their laptops are actually DOING SOMETHING????

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001007868067 Synthia Elizabeth Fagen

    Thia show is absolutely hilarious! I have seen it twice and intend to see it again (if I can get a ticket. It keeps selling out!)

  • Missionary Kid

    Here’s a brief trailer on YouTube for THE TOMKAT PROJECT, done Feb. 15, 2013

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8t3NG6NHlb8

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001007868067 Synthia Elizabeth Fagen

      Can you tell which one here plays Miscavige? :)

      • Missionary Kid

        I’d say the guy in the middle. How does he make himself short enough?

        • 1subgenius

          Knee pads.

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001007868067 Synthia Elizabeth Fagen

          No, he plays Tom Cruise

          • Missionary Kid

            I cheated and looked online. It’s Micah, the guy on the right.

      • stillgrace

        “Can you tell which one here plays Miscavige?”
        Far left.

      • BuryTheNuts2

        The dude on the right.

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001007868067 Synthia Elizabeth Fagen

          Right!

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001007868067 Synthia Elizabeth Fagen

        You guys are so funny. You picked all three! It’s the one on the right. BuryTheNuts2 WINS :)

  • dbloch7986

    I hope you make it to LA, Brandon. I’d love to see the play!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001007868067 Synthia Elizabeth Fagen

      I think we should all get together and do a kickstarter to get it to LA. It takes dough to uproot everyone and go on the road, away from their day jobs, etc. I would love to help them get there. It would be sold out every night.

      • dbloch7986

        I agree. I would love to do something like that.

      • monkeyknickers

        I’m right there with you. I’d be happy to help and there are LOADS of places that would house the show. I live in LA and I’m a musician and have some ideas and strings. Plus I now have an enormous crush on him because he is funny and cute and uses lovely grammar.

        But honestly – since he’s getting the level of positive press that he is, and he’s overselling his venue . . . I can’t imagine that the wheels are not already turning for LA and NY. Does he have a manager?

        This play is sorta giving me a Hedwig and the Angry Inch vibe . . . basically “disseminating” to all major metros with a local cast and director and being really awesome. :)

        Anyhow. There you go.

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001007868067 Synthia Elizabeth Fagen

          Thank you. Please friend me on Facebook or write me here:

          sfagen08@gmail.com

      • Trustmeonthis

        NorCal is also a good possibility. If they were out here anyway it wouldn’t cost much more to come up and do a bay area run. There’s a strong indy theater scene here too, and if the timing was right they might even be able to get into a festival and really make the most of the tour. Not having to deal with transporting sets is a big money saver!

  • jensting

    Here’s what the English branch of the criminal organisation known as the “church” of $cientology declares to collect. Scroll down a bit, it’s worth it…

    http://www.ico.org.uk/ESDWebPages/DoSearch.asp?reg=5941722

    • i-Betty

      More than worth it! That’s a really valuable document, Jensting. It’s all worth a read, but the section that stands out the most is ‘Purpose 3′ where CoS are obliged by the Information Commission to list the subject of, and their reasons for, transferring staff data overseas to the States:

      Purpose 3

      Staff Administration

      Purpose Description:

      Appointments or removals, pay, discipline, superannuation, work management or other personnel matters in relation to the staff of the data controller.

      Data subjects are:

      Staff including volunteers, agents, temporary and casual workers
      Relatives, guardians and associates of the data subject
      Previous and prospective employers of the staff and referees

      Data classes are:

      Personal Details
      Family, Lifestyle and Social Circumstances
      Education and Training Details
      Employment Details
      Financial Details
      Racial or Ethnic Origin
      Religious or Other Beliefs Of A Similar Nature
      Physical or Mental Health or Condition
      Sexual Life
      Offences (Including Alleged Offences)
      Criminal Proceedings, Outcomes And Sentences.

      Sources (S) and Disclosures (D)(1984 Act). Recipients (1998 Act):

      Data subjects themselves
      Current, past or prospective employers of the data subject
      Healthcare, social and welfare advisers or practitioners
      Employees and agents of the data controller
      Central Government
      Voluntary and charitable organisations
      Religious organisations

      Transfers:

      USA

      • jensting

        You will want to keep reading down to section 8 “Crime Prevention and Prosecution of Offenders.” Where all of a suddent we have entire paragraphs in ALL CAPITAL just like we’re looking at a late edit, or something. Oh, and this is the one where they declare filming and otherwise observing groups including MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC.

        Full disclosure indeed.

        They also declare obtaining information from “SECURITY ORGANISATIONS” which may refer to a “Community Safety Partnership.” Not a very nice thought.

        • FistOfXenu

          And don’t miss this bit:

          “Purpose 5

          Trading / Sharing in Personal Information

          Purpose Description:

          The sale, hire or exchange of personal information.

          Data subjects are:

          Staff including volunteers, agents, temporary and casual workers
          Members or supporters
          Complainants, correspondents and enquirers
          Donors and lenders

          Data classes are:

          Personal Details
          Family, Lifestyle and Social Circumstances
          Financial Details
          Goods or Services Provided
          Membership Details

          Sources (S) and Disclosures (D)(1984 Act). Recipients (1998 Act):

          Data subjects themselves
          Employees and agents of the data controller
          Persons making an enquiry or complaint
          Voluntary and charitable organisations
          Religious organisations
          Members including shareholders

          Transfers:

          USA”

          Wait, so if you make a complaint your data could be sold on? So on top of all the other crap they do to critics they sell your data too? Does it really mean that?

    • Sherbet

      Nosy, “Fair” Gaming, underhanded crooks.

    • FistOfXenu

      Wow. Just wow.

    • aquaclara

      I knew we loved England. Wow.

  • turkeybrain

    Karen de la C … great job on the vid. The only comment about the “church” obsessively filing everything is that that is true in theory, but the “church’s” “out admin” is legendary … humongous stacks and boxes of “to be filed” particles that seemed to be everywhere. All hands to get unfiled stuff filed, missing pc folders, blah blah blah, you name it.

    • Trustmeonthis

      Karen and AGP have been kicking ass and taking names!

  • SP ‘Onage

    I’m still LMAO when he said “I’m really excited to say hello to Tony and his zillions of beautiful readers and fans, be they SPs or OTs.”

    Anyway, I’d like to thank our roving reporter, Synthia Fagen and Brandon Ogborn. Great job!

    I really hope THE TOMKAT PROJECT comes to the City of Fallen Angels. I’d love to see them rip on Miscavige and Cruise in their own back yard.

    Knowing OSA, they’ll probably buy out every theater in advance to stop THE TOMKAT PROJECT from coming here…they hate comedy.

    • Sherbet

      Hey, I’ve done some acting. Road company! Coming to Boston soon!

      • Captain Howdy

        “I’m ready for my close-up, Mr Ogborn”

      • SP ‘Onage

        The Road Company that did Rent?

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001007868067 Synthia Elizabeth Fagen

      Like I said earlier, I think we should all get together and do a kickstarter to get it to LA.
      It takes dough to uproot everyone and go on the road, away from their
      day jobs, etc. I would love to help them get there. It would be sold out
      every night. I don’t know what their resources are or what their plans are but I want to see this get huge. In Chicago, there’s a big buzz about it…sold out.

      • SP ‘Onage

        I’d donate. :)

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001007868067 Synthia Elizabeth Fagen

          You’re so cool. :)

          • SP ‘Onage

            Why…thank you! So are you. :D

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001007868067 Synthia Elizabeth Fagen

    Matt Stone and Trey Parker should go see Brandon Ogborn’s play. Seriously.

    • Captain Howdy

      They should go see it and bankroll it, if it’s as good as you say.

    • Bob

      Synthia, Thanks for doing the interview. Sounds like a play that every clam needs to see right away before they get too far up the bridge. Brandon sounds like a humble and very bright guy. I think he will get a lot of support for what he is doing.

    • TheHoleDoesNotExist

      Yes, please!

  • http://www.facebook.com/michael.tilse Michael Leonard Tilse

    Great Interview Synthia!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001007868067 Synthia Elizabeth Fagen

      Thank you. Oh how I wish everyone could see this play.

      • TheHoleDoesNotExist

        Wanted to suggest that Brandon get in touch with Bill Edwards. He’s known as having the “midas touch” when it comes to spotting hot properties and bringing them to life with the right vehicle and funding. He’s done wonders with The Mahaffey Theatre here in St Petersburg. I’m thinking he would have some fantastic ideas of making this project Straight Up and Vertical expanding! I almost started hipping there. But I’m serious about this… here’s a basic link.

        http://www.billedwardspresents.com/about/our-mission/

        http://www.billedwardspresents.com/

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001007868067 Synthia Elizabeth Fagen

          Thank you. I’ll pass it on.

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001007868067 Synthia Elizabeth Fagen

          Looks like that’s only music acts, no?

          • TheHoleDoesNotExist

            Correct. But I was thinking he is the type that would know what to do with this project to get it into full bloom. Has the networking, creative brainstorm conceps, and could help.

            • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001007868067 Synthia Elizabeth Fagen

              Yeah, I’m not saying he’s helpless. I’m sure he’s resourceful, but it does take A LOT of backing and support to something like that produced and I think we could all do our fun part in that too, if people were into that kind of thing :)

  • Bob

    Karen’s exposé on folders was excellent. But there is one more folder that all clams have. That is their Central Files folder for every org and mission they have bought service. All copies of receipts and letters go into that folder and you have a folder in evert organization where you have done something. That’s how they keep track of what they send you and keep sending you!

    • FistOfXenu

      Good point Bob. After all how can they KSW if they don’t track the flow of money?

      • Bob

        FOX, Absolutely. Also it is there contribution towards destroying more trees as they send us useless junk mail and pointless personal letters.

        • Trustmeonthis

          IDK, the junk mail wasn’t useless in my case. It actually made me see that it was a pyramid scheme!
          But then, I never got the indoc. I moved into an apartment formerly inhabited by some poor clam who also got crap from herbalife – the fact that he was smart enough not to give either one of them a forwarding address gave me some hope for the guy.

          • Bob

            TMOT, yes that has a value. Most clams I know never see that as an issue even though they all get aggravated by it. It is so wasteful.

    • Ruby

      And let’s not forget the student folder that is kept of all the courses you have done AND the essays required as part of some of the courses…essays which can also be quite personal depending on what you are asked.

      • Ruby

        Oh ya…AND your Treasury folder of what services you have paid for and done, or made payments for…

        • Bob

          YES AND YES! The church has more folders on us that the government has on suspected terrorists.
          So that means for just one org. You would have 6 files:

          PC
          Ethics
          OSA
          CF reg file
          Treasury
          Student

          WOW!

          • Ruby

            Hey Bob…Maybe we should invest some money into Staples or Office Max.

            • Bob

              LOL. I will do some research and find OUT who they buy from. With tens of thousands of new people coming into the church we could get rich on the right stock.

            • Ruby

              yes! All those 10′s of 1000′s of new members every week!
              That is A LOT of file folders!
              But, just so ya know, it may be difficult to do the research on where they buy folders …speaking from experience, it is rather rare that the “Church” actually purchases needed materials for a staff member to do his job. I spent most of my meager pay, when there was any that is, on buying my own folders and reams of paper. Staples was my “go to” place.

  • stillgrace

    Threat assessment of Karen? … deliciously high. Red alert, Davey!!

  • PreferToBeAnon2

    Karen is really rocking it!

    Question: On Karen’s second interview with the AGP about Alexander’s death she
    mentioned that the case was still open with the police. For some reason
    I thought that was resolved… Tony (or anyone else), is there still an
    active investigation or is the issue of legal criminality and liability
    still looming for the Co$?

  • Captain Howdy
    • BuryTheNuts2

      If we are posting obituaries…..what about Annette Funicello?

      • Captain Howdy

        Why don’t you postulate someone and we’ll see if the tech works.

        • BuryTheNuts2

          hehehe

          • Captain Howdy

            To be fair we’ll give people a choice.. (A) George Soros (B) David Koch

            • BuryTheNuts2

              (D) Donald Trump

            • http://www.facebook.com/people/Robert-Eckert/100002715429426 Robert Eckert

              (D) Antonin Scalia
              He’s the one for whom death really is the only way to remove his malignant influence

            • Sidney18511

              Robert…you hit the nail on the head! This dude is an evil evil man.

            • Sidney18511

              If there really was a god, David AND Charles Koch would be struck by lightning.

            • BuryTheNuts2

              If there really was a god, upon reading David Koch’s will (after the unfortunate lightning accident), we would find out that he secretly had a crush on BTN and left her all his money!

            • Sidney18511

              Are you kidding me? He will take EVERY PENNY with him. Now….I have no problem with grave robbing.

            • Captain Howdy

              There was a show on 740 Park ave (the richest apt building in the world) on PBS. They had an ex-doorman on who said that David Koch gave him a check (not even cash) for $50 for a xmas bonus.

        • FistOfXenu

          You thinking of anybody in particular?

          • Captain Howdy

            Yeah, whoever was responsible for canceling “Deadwood”..cocksuckers!

            • Sherbet

              I agree, Howdy. I’ve had to be satisfied with “Justified,” when I remember to watch it.

            • FistOfXenu

              So they’re on Hollywood Blvd?

            • Guest

              Wut?

      • Missionary Kid

        For those of you too young to realize who she was, Annette started out as a Mousekateer on the original Mickey Mouse Club, (starting in 1955) then later starred in a bunch of teen-oriented, very innocent movies.

        While she was a talented performer, and was a favorite of Walt Disney’s, what really made me and my pre-teen male friends notice her after the first year was that she was the first Mousekateer to sprout boobs.

        • FistOfXenu

          Y-y-y-y-up!

      • Sidney18511

        Rodger ebert died the other day, so maybe the “happens in threes” is complete.

        • http://twitter.com/MarcabHardParty Marcab Hard Party

          Do “freindly fire” deaths count? Seems Margret’s hashtag on twitter caused a bit of a stir, because it could also be read as Cher’s death… oh internet. you crack me up!

          #Nowthatchersdead more: http://myfox8.com/2013/04/08/after-thatchers-death-many-on-twitter-thought-cher-was-dead/

          • Trustmeonthis

            LOLOL! Poor Cher!

          • Douglas D. Douglas

            Now that Cher’s DEAD?

            NOOOOOOooooooooooooooo…….

      • Midwest Mom

        Lilly Pulitzer died, too. The flags have been lowered to half mast n the Hamptons, The Cape, Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket, Palm beach and Houghton.

        • BuryTheNuts2

          Lilly Pulitzer? Florida fashion has died.

          I am bumming now.

          • Captain Howdy

            There you go. That’s #3

        • ParticleMom

          Indeed. I know a 6 year old girl and a bunch of moms who are heartbroken.

    • http://twitter.com/MarcabHardParty Marcab Hard Party

      ….and Annette Funicello @ 70. Who’s No.3 gonna’ be?

      http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/09/movies/annette-funicello-mouseketeer-dies-at-70.html

    • 1subgenius

      Has anyone driven the stake through her heart yet?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001007868067 Synthia Elizabeth Fagen
  • Observer

    Dear Fist of Xenu:
    Disqus is hosed and when I tried to post my shoop in response to your comment that Little Davey is like Sauron, the reply box is so compressed that I can’t click on the photo upload icon. So here you go.

    EDIT: And now for some reason it has posted it twice. Sorry.

    • FistOfXenu

      Uhh. I’m sure if I’m patient enough it’ll appear.

      • Observer

        Try viewing by newest. I can see both of them.

      • Observer

        Wow. Every time I refresh Disqus it gets worse. I think I’ll go eat dinner or something. I hope you can see it someday.

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001007868067 Synthia Elizabeth Fagen

          I can’t believe that only a handful on new comments have been made in the last 4 hours! Come on Disqus

          • Ms. B. Haven

            I agree. It must be a conspiracy. I have been having trouble viewing and commenting for almost a week now. OSA shenanigans I suppose…

          • FistOfXenu

            You can’t believe anything about FOADisqus, Synthia.

      • Observer

        Well, now *I* can’t see the pic, just the text.

        • FistOfXenu

          Finally! I can see the pix but I’ve been signed out somehow and I’m having trouble signing back
          into Disqonnectus for the last 40 min! I’ll try to send this answer but it may not happen.

          Good shooping there. DM is especially eerie. Now let’s see what FOADisqus does next.

          • Observer

            I feel like Rose when the Doctor was burning up the star to talk to her in a parallel universe. You got through, but the door is closing. lol

            Thanks! Luckily for shoopers everywhere, Davey seems to like being photographed looking sinister.

          • TheNextMrsTomCruise

            Fist, I was not able to sign in for WEEKS! All I could do was lurk. It was killing me.
            Fairy told me it works if you use your email to sign in instead of your name. Worked for me finally.

    • Sandy

      Discus appears to have random problems for diff users. It’s gonna be a bitch to troubleshoot …

      • FistOfXenu

        It even has random problems for the same users. It sometimes shows me “new” comments that I read hours ago, makes comments disappear then reappear, and scrambles stuff around in general. After it gets past about 100 comments it gets so bad I have to reload and it’s pretty common for it to go from a high number to a lower number of total comments. I even posted a couple of days ago how it said we had all these comments but it only showed 5. It’s like it was designed to be a pain in the ass.

    • Midwest Mom

      This should be used for the poster for Tom’s new movie!

      (You weren’t kidding, Obsie. It is super creeeeeepy, )

    • BuryTheNuts2

      Awesomeness!

    • Douglas D. Douglas

      Looks like a Face Book cover photo to me!

    • SP ‘Onage

      Very well done! This would be a great poster to hang in my home theater room. It’d be fun to laugh at!

    • TheNextMrsTomCruise

      OMG, that pic is FABULOUS!

    • 0tessa

      Wow, the devil incarnate!
      The evil bastard.

    • SP ‘Onage

      “Not fair! not fair!” he hissed. “It isn’t fair, my precious, is it, to ask us what it’s got in it’s nassty little pocketsess?”

  • 1subgenius

    This just in: Mike Rinder thanks anonymous
    “Thanks to the vigilance of anonymous this subterfuge was exposed and the evidence preserved. ”

    http://www.mikerindersblog.org/church-of-scientology-ashamed-of-their-own-websites/

    • Captain Howdy

      Nice, but he forgot to capitalize “Anonymous”.

      • 1subgenius

        So did i, boy yer picky.

  • stillgrace

    Disqus news flash. Now when I click for more comments, it doesn’t delete all the previous comments. It appends the new comments to the old. Progress! Does this now work for anyone else?

    • Captain Howdy

      Yes, for the moment. Hip hip hooray! This calls for a toast!

    • FistOfXenu

      It did, but it signed me out at the same time. :) And it lost some of the comments – random I think.

    • Observer

      Yes, at least for now. And the comment count is increasing at a more reasonable rate.

  • FistOfXenu

    Disqonnectus is obviously creating another reality around us that replaces the laws of time and space with chaos and randomness so I think I’ll go off to eat soon and see you guys tomorrow. Have fun.

    • Captain Howdy

      No, it is WORKING

      • http://www.facebook.com/andrewr47 Andrew Robertson

        So it is! And the reason is because I remotely audited DISQUS and removed the body thetan who had woken up and was reliving an unpleasant experience which happened 98,375.338 years ago.

        His hand got stuck in a door on a routine interstellar flight from Zog to Marcabia and this caused a massive engram.

        But all is well and he’s gone off to find a maternity ward to pick up a body.

        The ‘Tech’ works!

        Andrew

        • Captain Howdy

          More like you went to one of those Incident 2 volcanoes near your house and and threw in a sheep.

          • http://www.facebook.com/andrewr47 Andrew Robertson

            Well, as there are rather more sheep here than virgins it seemed a sensible choice.

            New Zealand has a lot of active volcanoes and a high frequency of eruptions. So visitors should be fleet of foot and ensure they’re wearing asbestos vests. For coastal marine travel, the ‘Freewinds’ would be preferred over any of the ‘Carnival Cruise Lines’ vessels.

            http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_volcanoes_in_New_Zealand

            Andrew

            • Missionary Kid

              Years ago, I had a friend who went to New Zealand to lecture about alcoholism treatment. He loved the people and place, but he summed it up with, “Lotta sheep.”

            • sugarplumfairy

              Do sacrificial sheep have to be virgins?

            • http://www.facebook.com/andrewr47 Andrew Robertson

              I’ve been trying to find on Google Images without success, a cartoon I remembered from the now defunct ‘Punch’ magazine.

              Two Aztec priests standing on the rim of a volcano, one saying to the other “Do you realize that was our last virgin!”

              Andrew

            • Bella Legosi

              If they follow Black Santeria…….prolly not……poor sheep.

            • PreferToBeAnon2

              you might ask Dolly’s mother

    • Missionary Kid

      I think that Disqonnectus exists in a wormhole and randomly sticks its head out and grabs the bits and bytes of our postings that it again randomly regurgitates them back to TonyOrtega.com in this dimension just to keep us on our toes.

  • Sherbet

    I don’t want to jinx Disqus, but after several days of its goofing the floof, it’s working fine right now.

  • Captain Howdy

    Man-animals come out of your caves. The Psychlos have deserted the planet. We have won!

  • Leftthecult

    Hey Brandon. I was in Chicago (Oak Park) a month ago, spending time with my mother, a famous literary critic who is slipping into dementia as she approaches 80 (sometimes while driving, unfortunately. But that’s Mom). She is on a great new med that has her, at times, almost as sharp as I remember her and we spent some time talking about the 15 years I spent (wasted) in $cientology (it’s a pity the person who first used the dollar sign for the S didn’t copyright it. At least the ¢hurch didn’t). When I told her about TomKat she was very excited and assured me she would see it and send me her review. Sadly, she lost the ability to use email last year, and I expected she would forget all about our talk in a day or two. Well, Mom called last week to deliver her review over the phone. She hasn’t lost the ability to laugh. Tell everyone involved that Lyle says thanks.

    • stillgrace

      What a great story! Thanks! Best to your mother.

      • Leftthecult

        Thanks, Grace.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001007868067 Synthia Elizabeth Fagen

      That’s f@#king beautiful! Now that’s what it’s all about.

    • Trustmeonthis

      That’s sweet. All best to your mom.
      All of this Chicago talk is making me miss the place – especially the music and food!

      • stillgrace

        You gotta love a town that sets off fireworks twice a week during the summer!

    • TheHoleDoesNotExist

      I would love to hear her review if she would be willing to share. if not, at least thank you for sharing Your precious moment story with us here at the Bunker. I so understand this one.

    • aquaclara

      Your mom sounds like a wonderful person. I wonder what she was thinking during your missing 15 years. Equally, it sounds like she is right there with you in your new, post-cult life, sharing and even laughing over the muck. I think I love your mom, too.

    • http://www.facebook.com/brandon.p.ogborn Brandon Paul Ogborn

      Thank you for the beautiful story. I shared this with the cast.

  • Douglas D. Douglas

    Bwaaaaa hah hah ha ha…

    I was just googlin’ around the ‘nets and found this intriguing item on the official site for Artists for Human Rights. Under the heading “Emergency action: protect a human rights defender,” it says:

    “Artists for Human Rights is taking a supporting stance to help Kerry Kennedy with his campaign to protect human rights attorney Paul Muite in Kenya…”

    HIS campaign? If Kerry Kennedy or any of HER people did even a cursory search on this org, er, group, they would have found that they were not even aware of Ms. Kennedy’s gender…

    http://www.artistsforhumanrights.org/pages/action_alerts.html

  • Bruce

    Whoa, I guess I missed the announcement on site changes!

  • http://twitter.com/media_lush media_lush

    A game I like to play now and again is to put an ‘appropiate’ random phrase into google image and see how quickly a Scientology pic comes up. Today I chose: “pompous psycho midget”….. I was not disappointed.

  • 0tessa

    The studytech: it is almost sickening to see how every datum in Scientology is made absolute. Every datum is a dogma, once and for all. The end of observation, of thinking for yourself, of intelligence, of creative powers.
    In that sense however Scientology becomes more and more a religion. You just have to believe their dogma’s.
    Something that started as a ‘science’ or a ‘technology’ is, because of its own tenets, becoming a religion, where every datum is a law. And if you transgress these laws, you get punished, even so far as being barred from the bridge. That might seem a lucky escape (for us, for me), but for the true-believers it is like hell. Paradise denied. The ultimate punishment. It is becoming more and more a true, oldfashioned religion, like there were before and during the Middle Ages. Therefore it will not survive.