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Former Scientologist found guilty of defrauding other exes — ALSO: 1998 film re-release

Frank_PateOn Tuesday, a federal jury convicted Frank Pate, 47, of two counts of wire fraud and one count of mail fraud after a five-day trial in Sherman, Texas. He is in custody and will be sentenced at a future date.

Previously, we told you about Pate, a former Scientologist who, according to some of his former clients, used their connections as former church members to convince them to invest with him.

Pate ran something he called the Infinity Companies, which he used to attract investors for foreign currency trading. But at trial, Pate was unable to show that he’d actually invested the money people gave him — instead, the FBI testified, he’d used the money for personal expenses.

His indictment described his business as a classic pyramid or Ponzi scheme, with money he took in from newer investors to pay off some earlier ones.

One of those was Michael Laws, a former Scientologist who told us he’d become suspicious of Pate and asked for his money back in time to avoid losses. Laws said he’d cooperated with the FBI and encouraged others to come forward. He told us yesterday that Pate’s trial had been scheduled for the 18th, but Pate didn’t show up. “He was arrested and trial began on the 20th. He fired his attorneys and represented himself,” Laws told us.

We talked to one person who attended the trial and who lost considerable money in Pate’s scheme. “Frank used Scientology terms a lot during my investment with him and spouted his ‘huge wins’ with his version of Scientology,” the person told us. But he said he’d still trust another former church member. “You may not know this or not believe it but most Scientologists are pretty moral and honest people. Frank is an amazing exception.”

Pate faces up to 20 years in prison on each of the three counts. We’ll keep an eye on his sentencing.

 
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David_Miscavige2Going Clear success prompts 1998 film’s re-release

A common misconception among Scientology watchers is that church leader David Miscavige hasn’t given an interview since his 1992 Nightline appearance with Ted Koppel. For some reason, his involvement in a 1998 documentary that was aired on A&E has been somewhat forgotten.

But footage from that special, which also featured Mike Rinder as Scientology’s spokesman, showed up in Alex Gibney’s hugely successful HBO film, Going Clear.

That’s prompted the producer of the 1998 doc, Jonathan Stack, to bring out that fascinating film as a web release.

In 1998, the show aired on A&E as “Investigative Reports: Inside Scientology.”

Now titled “Going Deeper: Inside the Church of Scientology,” Stack has released the documentary as the full 1998 film, at $4.95, or for $14.95 a series of three full interviews of Mike Rinder (who was then the church’s spokesman), Aron Mason (then the editor of Scientology’s Freedom magazine), and Scientology leader David Miscavige.

In the trailer Stack posted, we spotted Jon Atack, Dennis Erlich, Robert Vaughn Young, Mark Ebner, and Prof. David Touretzky. Interesting!

 
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That Dutch program on Scientology

We mentioned this “undercover” report on Scientology last week. Now there’s a YouTube version with English subtitles.

We’re actually not big fans of this kind of reporting approach, but we understand why it’s getting a big reaction out of some people, so we’ll let you decide how you feel about it.

 

 
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BOOK NOTES

 
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NEW: Check out the interactive map to our ongoing tour.

We didn’t get a chance to include photos in our book, The Unbreakable Miss Lovely, so we’re posting them at the Underground Bunker. We’ve created a dedicated page for them, and we hope you go through them all, then come back here and tell us your thoughts!

Copies of the paperback version of ‘The Unbreakable Miss Lovely’ are on sale at Amazon. The Kindle edition is also available, and shipping instantly. Isn’t technology cool.

 
Our appearances…

June 11: New York City (with Paulette Cooper) We’re keeping the venue on the down-low at this point. If you’re interested in coming to this unique event — Paulette in New York talking about Scientology where her story began — drop us a line so we get an idea how many are coming.

June 20: Chicago (with Christian Stolte) The Annoyance Theater, 5pm: This event is SOLD OUT.

June 22: Toronto (with Paulette Cooper) Toronto Public Library, 40 Orchard View Blvd, 7:30 pm, sponsored by the Centre for Inquiry-Canada
June 23: Toronto (with Paulette Cooper) The “Getting Clear” conference

June 28: Clearwater, Florida (with Paulette Cooper) Clearwater Public Library, 2 pm

July 12: Washington DC, Center for Inquiry

 
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Posted by Tony Ortega on May 28, 2015 at 07:00

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Learn about Scientology with our numerous series with experts…

BLOGGING DIANETICS: We read Scientology’s founding text cover to cover with the help of LA attorney and former church member Vance Woodward

UP THE BRIDGE: Claire Headley and Bruce Hines train us as Scientologists

GETTING OUR ETHICS IN: Jefferson Hawkins explains Scientology’s system of justice

SCIENTOLOGY MYTHBUSTING: Historian Jon Atack discusses key Scientology concepts

PZ Myers reads L. Ron Hubbard’s “A History of Man” | Scientology’s Master Spies | Scientology’s Private Dancer
The mystery of the richest Scientologist and his wayward sons | Scientology’s shocking mistreatment of the mentally ill
The Underground Bunker’s Official Theme Song | The Underground Bunker FAQ

Our Guide to Alex Gibney’s film ‘Going Clear,’ and our pages about its principal figures…
Jason Beghe | Tom DeVocht | Sara Goldberg | Paul Haggis | Mark “Marty” Rathbun | Mike Rinder | Spanky Taylor | Hana Whitfield

 

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  • Kat

    Totally off topic, but what ever happened to Stacy Brooks? I enjoyed her interviews with LMF. She seems like a cool woman and I kinda miss her.

    • Susan_Qbird_Poche

      I too have wondered this myself, Kat. I am hoping she is alive & well & staying so far away from anything Scn., Inc. related that the organization can never ever hurt her again.

      • Dee Findlay-DeElizabethan

        Heard she’s not in the US and doing well.

        • Susan_Qbird_Poche

          oh yea!

          • Dee Findlay-DeElizabethan

            I was relieved and happy to hear that too.

    • Puppy avi!

  • Jimmy3

    So it turns out that Frank Pate, our man of the day, has a Disqus account. Some jerk was trolling him on old article (pictured).

    • Jimmy3

      I think BTs stand for Butt Throbbings. But I’m not sure.

    • sugarplumfairy

      I sooo wanna up vote that, but it seems so unladylike..

    • Observer

      More of that superior Scientologist IQ on display! He can’t even spell his own “religion” right, and can’t spell it the same way twice.

      • Sookie Sookie

        Absent-mindedly according it the respect it deserves.

      • Observer

        Also, he apparently thinks he’s landed some kind of third-degree burn on Marty with his post, but like so many of Scientologists’ limp zinger wannabes it does the opposite. Why would Marty, after being instrumental in getting Scientology “accepted” in Germany, go back years later and denounce it? Well, obviously something so bad happened that it shook him out of his rabid Scientologist attack-dog valence and he blew. Not exactly a scathing condemnation of Marty or shining recommendation for Scientology.

    • Eileen

      Scientoogy, I like it! Scienstoogey is more like it.

      • Rasha

        Ha. The only two times he uses the word – in the same sentence, no less – he manages to misspell it 2 different ways. What a looser… luser….luuz….. What a dumbass.

  • nottrue
    • Robert Hammond
      • Juicer77

        Looks like her story on the docs/testimony being considered by the Council will run in the paper on Sunday. I don’t see on the website when the next meeting is scheduled.

        • PickAnotherID

          It’s either June 2nd or 6th, can’t remember which.

    • PickAnotherID

      Pointed her to ‘Reaching for the Tipping Point’ and ‘narCONon Reviews’. narCONon Reviews has a whole section set up especially for journalists.

    • Juicer77

      Is she legit? Going to do some research now…

      • PickAnotherID

        Yeah, her bios on the Frederick News-Post site.

      • Robert Hammond

        She appears to be a legitimate reporter for the Frederick News-Post. She responded to me on Twitter after I sent her the Narconon links saying she is only looking at the “historical designation issue” right now. At least she has the information.

    • Just Dee

      Face Book has a group – No Narconon at Trout Run

    • Just Dee

      The two Youtube videos where they interviewed the old caretaker of the property. She can call out the BS that was put in the applications to begin with.

  • Observer

    Dear Volunteer Ministers:

    THIS is helping. YOU are not. Disaster survivors need doctors, not someone poking them while droning “feel my finger.”

    http://blogs.msf.org/en/blogs/nepal-earthquake-emergency-response/in-fear-for-his-life

    • Eileen

      I think it is “pull my finger…”

  • PerpetualOutflow

    Is undercover reporting ethical? The Society of Professional Journalists’ Code of Ethics says: “Avoid undercover or other surreptitious methods of gathering information UNLESS [caps are my emphasis] traditional methods will not yield information vital to the public.” Clearly a judgment call here. The footage definitely showed how quickly CO$ will move to turn family and friends against each other in order to keep someone involved, which is a public service. But it would have been nice if she’d stayed a little longer until she expressed enough doubt or resistance that that they made her take the PTS/SP course and then disconnect with critical family members and friends. Would have shown it all in its full “glory.”

    • ReallyMGM

      I thought they had not done enough background preparation work before they walked in. It almost seemed like they were pulling a prank rather than working on a serious report. The men’s “stories” were flimsy and fell apart at the party. Then the young woman used her own name?

      • Paddo

        She used her name on her passport and not the name she uses in normal life. She was already a reporter for some newspapers here so she couldn’t use her “normal life” name as google would have given some hits.
        And the guys in the beginning really didn’t have a clue how to handle. But as this is a weekly program checking out all sorts of scam (car repair huge bills for little work, etc.) they probably didn’t have time to do some homework.

  • Stephanie Loving

    OT: 4:56 PST San Francisco on Channel 2 at end of TMZ live was a NEW Co$ commercial extolling L Ron Hubbard’s life and military career and ended with the url lronhubbard.org as the place to go to check out this amazing ‘guy’. It was like Ron Regan’s ‘Morning in America’ commercial in tone and honey-colored light. All about how LRH was the greatest guy who ever lived. Made me retch. Anyone else see this?

    • MaxSpaceman

      Targeted to Mt. View Scilons, Silicon Valley & S.F.

      • Stephanie Loving

        they say the word “scientology” only one time in the commercial. It’s all LRon all day. Wonder if some rich silicon valley tech money paid for it. Ugh.

        • MaxSpaceman

          Here’s maybe the biggest Scilon whale in Silicon Valley:

          “Here we go again, Bob Twaalfhoven is a “legend.” Is that simply because he wrote checks of legendary size?”

          From: Sunday Funnies: Scientology is going down in style!
          http://tonyortega.org/2014/09/07/sunday-funnies-scientology-is-going-down-in-style/comment-page-1/

          • Stephanie Loving

            That last name. Twaalfhoven sounds so twatty. Unfair to all the good Dutch with that last name but when it is applied to Bob … his fundraiser face on … his name just drips with that special flowery twats flavor.

        • Sibs

          It’s because even $cientologists know that the mention of $cientology makes people run away.

          • Miss Tia

            and l ron has such a pristine image of goodness and righteousness! HAH!

    • Tony Ortega

      It’s a slightly new edit on an ad they put together a couple of years ago, which we wrote about then…

      http://tonyortega.org/2013/03/02/scientology-mythbusting-with-jon-atack-that-new-l-ron-hubbard-ad/

      It’s obviously being shown so much as damage control after Going Clear.

      • Mockingbird

        Ineffective damage control ?

      • Suzanna Nielsen

        Wonder how that is workin’ out for them?
        hur hur.

        • Juicer77

          Silly $cis, they keep forgetting we have the internetz and the freedom to look stuff up 🙂

        • Miss Tia

          Like using a band aid instead of stitches after open heart surgery….

          • ReallyMGM

            +1 Tia

      • Stephanie Loving

        Thank you Tony … I read the 2013 article “Scientology Mythbusting with Jon Atack: That L. Ron Hubbard TV Ad!” …. Atack does another great job

    • FollowTheMoney

      So, can they be hauled in front of any sort of advertising standards body or consumer advocacy group for false advertising?

      • Stephanie Loving

        Yeah honey-toned lies with pictures of warships and young Ron in uniform. Every picture a real pose. The Captain. The Inventor. Ron with a pipe. Galling really … when the truth is out there about his service record and plagiarisms ad nauseam.

    • Jenny Daniels

      Saw it last week in Seattle.

  • Robert Hammond

    Another Scientology from group, apparently on Craig’s List (thanks RedX Brigade). Art Class. see: (refresh) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CsWrS-U-MuA&feature=youtu.be

    • Robert Hammond

      Got this video from Bert Leahy. Apparently Jennifer Sandova found an “Art Class” on Craig’s List and ended up in Scientology.

      • ReallyMGM

        This is a great video. Glib. Where have I heard that word before?

        • Robert Hammond

          Another good video follows that one, Mark Bunker exposes another Scientology front group. Mary DeMoss and the Foundation for Religious Tolerance. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9o9dad_9AMc

          • FollowTheMoney

            Mary DeMoss… awful woman. Wish they’d been able to show clips of her bullbaiting behavior on this program.

            • Todd Tomorrow
            • Todd Tomorrow
            • ReallyMGM

              Mary is a nasty piece of work. Tory, on the other hand, is a rock star!

            • FollowTheMoney

              Yeah, this one is a classic. The most interesting part for me is when DeMoss shuts down the scientologist who tried to taunt Mark about Lisa McPherson. She did NOT want that debated AT ALL. Unfortunately Mark didn’t step around Mary and try to continue his conversation with the fellow. Mary stopped it because Mark started giving facts.

            • Jgg2012

              She has since left Scientology.

            • Todd Tomorrow

              I’ve researched this and some are not so sure! I hope so..

            • Skabetti

              She has the answers for everything. And she doesn’t shut up. Who is Mitten?

            • Todd Tomorrow
          • Todd Tomorrow

            Mary is insane and out of the cult. She works in Boulder but has a different last name. She never picks up her phone but hides behind google v mail. Such crazy Clam. Glad she is gone!

      • Skabetti

        I want to read Jennifer’s research paper. I noticed today that several of the schools in my district have ABCMouse.

        • The Dude

          Did they get back to you yet at ABCMouse?

          • Skabetti

            Of course not.

            • The Dude

              I am dying to hear what they have to say.

            • Skabetti

              I did start passing the word today informally (lunch, etc.) but will write a letter to the district recommending that they consider the source of the games. I wonder if that company makes any others.

            • The Dude

              I am reading their website now. Googled the COO, Lee Borth. Apparently he has been off the bridge since 2006. But he goes back a while..I just found 2 more in their management team. But it does not look like they have any other product.

            • Skabetti

              Thanks for the research. School’s out in a week and a half. I’ll poke around more when I’m finished.

            • The Dude

              Company name is Age of Learning.

  • GaEagle1023 – Tom

    Do you swear to tell an acceptable truth, the whole acceptable truth and nothing but the acceptable truth?

    • Juicer77

      Nyuk nyuk nyuk!

    • Mockingbird

      You have completed TR L ! Congratulations !

      • GaEagle1023 – Tom

        Thank you sir!!!

        • Mockingbird

          COB would like you to report to OSA for training !

          • GaEagle1023 – Tom

            Only if I can write a $ucce$$ $tory about Investing with Frank Pate!

            • Mockingbird

              It will be like Scientology success stories! You take a loss and are told it is a gain.

            • GaEagle1023 – Tom

              where right is left and up is down! Or as my daughter says “it’s Opposite Day!”

            • Mockingbird

              Exactickley !

  • Kim O’Brien

    Just want to note that the scientologist follow up lady actually told the female ” first time i have ever been here ” young woman ..that her husband was kind of like Hitler and to come back for another “session” without telling her husband she was doing it.

    First time . It’s obviously part of the “pitch” in the org. Amsterdam of all places . What assholes

    FUCK SCIENTOLOGY RIGHT IN THE PU**Y

    love that the scientologists and the questions on the street ..were met with ” WTF ?” and ” this is creepy”

  • Sarah James

    The video proves scientology is glib in any language.

  • LordXenuCruise

    I am sorry you are not going to make a trip to Seattle.

    • TonyOrtega

      I want very much to set up a swing to Portland-Seattle, a trip through Texas, and more midwest and eastern cities. There are several variables involved. One, of course, is cost. And only through the generosity of the Bunker’s subscribers has there been any touring so far. And we are grateful for that.

      • TonyOrtega

        Oh, and Denver. We want to get an ass-kicking from O’Brien at some point.

        • Eivol Ekdal

          She has a tincture for that.

        • L. Wrong Hubturd

          Hoping to beat you……erm, get beaten before you…..um, that doesn’t sound right either. Shutting up now and trying out my fitted sarong.

          • Kim O’Brien

            😉

        • Robert Eckert

          I’d make a cross-country trip to see that!

        • Kim O’Brien

          hey ..i heard that 😉 Bring a sarong LOL

      • Todd Tomorrow

        Worldwide tour!

      • gotababynamedspike

        Oh I hope you’re able to make Texas! I’m in a neighboring state and could probably swing that one!

  • Miss Tia

    I wrote a few twitter haiku this AM while reading this but had no time to tweet ’em as I had scheduled my PT for 8:30AM. Had almost forget to tweet ’em, but remembered (obviously) before I go feed the dogs before I go to bed.

    Was robbing people
    Applied #scientology
    That’s what the ‘church’ does
    #haiku [then i included a link to today’s story, rather redundant here]

    Represents himself
    Has a fool for a client
    Should have kept lawyer
    #haiku #scientology #FrankPate #AppliedTheTech #Convicted

    Ponzi scheme rip off
    Robing Peter to pay Paul
    Everyone loses
    #haiku #scientology #FrankPate

  • Todd Tomorrow

    Lets go do some crimes! I got to meet Tory, last week. She is more beautiful in person!
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b5AFmeJZR90

    • Libertylover

      Sounds like Jenny from LAX. The more of these I watch the more they sound like clones. Actually I feel sorry for them, they really are missing out on so much in life, but they have a billion more of them so they won’t see it that way. What a waste to give it all to Ron Hubba dubbas cray cray sickness, and he isn’t even around to say thank you. He should have been back like 10 years ago right?

      • Sookie Sookie

        Mark had the most gracious reaction to Mary. He’s a truly compassionate man. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VqmsTR6e6_8

        • Skabetti

          Tough way to get a date, Mark.

          • MaxSpaceman

            Poor fella- broke down a little there at the end- seems he’s got a bit of a crush on Mary. 🙂

        • ReallyMGM

          As invested in COS as Mary seemed to be, things must have gotten really rough for her to blow.

        • Todd Tomorrow

          Bunker. she blew! She’s not dead but works in Colorado. But don’t try to call her she hides behind voicemail!

  • Sookie Sookie

    Mike rinder has posted his take on the latest in the DeCrescenzo case, as the judge rules that Scientology can have a psychiatrist of its choice examine Laura. http://www.mikerindersblog.org/scientology-psychiatric-hypocrisy/

    While the source quoted in Tony’s post today insists that “most Scientologists are pretty moral and honest people,” I like Mike’s take on the collective Scientology scam: “It is truly an immoral, profane and inhumane organization.”

  • Scientologists ripping off other Scientologists was always a consistent problem. This was one of the reasons why WISE was created. This situation was not at all due to the arguably cunning nature of Scientology but rather due to a trait that is common in humans to exploit the weakness, vulnerability and ignorance of others. For all of their identification with being money hungry, Scientologists as a general rule demonstrated (in my experience) a tremendous lack of knowledge of how money works in the American system. It is sort of like a boorish warrior who eats indiscriminately at a viking festival without understanding that he’s creating indigestion problems for himself. Tony – if you want to dig up some old scandal, you can search Peter Warren, the former Port Captain of the Apollo who was found guilty of horrendous security fraud but escaped punishment by living in France. He was also on the people who was punched in the face by DM.

    • MaxSpaceman

      simply f y i — typo

      • … yeah, I was staring at that and felt something was wrong…. even googled it [see pic] and still felt something was wrong after these results….

  • MaxSpaceman

    .
    Mary DeMoss– phone home !
    .

    • Todd Tomorrow

      No!

  • Tao of Lepton

    Tony… any chance you could do a second appearance in Chicago, since your first one sold out?

  • QoFE

    Ugh. Just saw a comme coal on channel 5 KTLA for lrohubbard dot org

    • Jerseygram

      I saw that yesterday in the NY market. Instead of saying he was a nuclear physicist, it says he took the first nuclear physics course EVER! Smartest man ever, ever, ever!

  • Jimmy3

    Here is a song I love that i cannot provide context for. It is about a man and his dog.
    wtf>>>>
    shut up and dance.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JKq-gF7S2bw&list=PLWRhxvQASiJ6LuXaqarhtsj6g8PwRvbD6&index=10

    • Supper Powers

      Dancing with one’s dog needs no explanation nor context.

      • Jimmy3

        i like doggies

      • Ben Franklin

        Several cats would like to dispute this statement.

    • ReallyMGM

      T-minus 2 weeks until R Plant concert.

  • Pierrot

    *** RED X +–+** RED X ** +–+ RED X *** Friday, 29 May 2015
    Good morning Night Owls and Early Birds,
    Sherbet and the Boston gang did it again, many ads have been removed leaving 6X 2500 years books, 3 Financial stress and 5 others, why aren’t they banned outright and then we can concentrate on somebody else!
    Sacramento did well. keep on the pressure! There are now only 14 live ads left in Boston! Any
    suggestion for who to take next: Sac, SFBay, LA, Tampa, NY ?

    SpamTrack have been updated today 29th May at 2:30am est : https://whyweprotest.net/threads/taking-down-co-on-craigslist-co-ads-on-craigslist.113779/page-120#post-2536816
    RedX tips (including how to complaint to CL) : https://whyweprotest.net/threads/taking-down-co-on-craigslist-co-ads-on-craigslist.113779/page-120#post-2533632
    Flag co$ lies : https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1-Kvg78kCcvo5gL7UfPcmhmbsagTNtdj0y2LAiHVFrCU/pubhtml
    F5… Mysterious Cult by Gyaban enhanced by DodoTheLaser for RedX, flickred by Aeger Primo
    : https://www.flickr.com/photos/120371503@N05/16030744658/in/set-72157642802079293

  • A&E “Investigative Reports: Inside Scientology.” (1998) documentary is excellent. It was done will the full cooperation of Scientology and Miscavige. Scientology was given equal time throughout the film. This makes it an excellent historical piece. I used it during an intervention (deprogramming) as a meaningful premise to make points that led to a 27-year member leaving Scientology. We discussed statements made by Miscavige, Rinder and others and the inherent contradictions they illustrated. In my book “Cults Inside Out” within the chapter “Scientology Intervention” the A&A documentary is quoted repeatedly. Much like a Larry King interview the documentary allows Scientology to sink itself through its own words. Miscavige cannot easily trash this film because he fully consented to and cooperated throughout its production. The doucumentary is proof of how Scientology attempts to obfuscate its intent and mislead people through carefully crafted statements and by parsing its language, though often just seems like lying. Must see for anyone interested in researching Scientology.

  • Sookie Sookie

    Can’t tell if these cold sweats are from my fever, or because it’s 7:06 and no new post yet.

    • Rasha

      Glad I’m not the only one.

    • Andrew Robertson

      Perhaps Tony has gone over to the dark side and is in the course room at the New York Org opening his ‘Identifying Suppressive People’ Pack! But I’d be happy to be proved wrong.

      Andrew

    • MrsLurksALot

      Good morning, neighbor

      • Sookie Sookie

        Morning, Mrs. L!

  • Jack99

    Krusty, the philosopher:

    Kirstie Alley ‏@kirstiealley 7 mins7 minutes ago

    Further activities that better serve all people…ignore or help change the ones that don’t ..live like a dove, soar like an eagle

    • Mark Foster

      Kirstie: peristalsis or sphincter paralysis?

      • MrsLurksALot

        Good morning, Mark!

        • Mark Foster

          Good morning, Mrs. LAL 🙂

    • Juicer77

      She sure does spout off about stuff she doesn’t do.

  • Pierrot

    Unfortunately, TO seems to be late and I must be away soon. Can some one post a RedX reminder once the new post is up.
    Thanks

    • SarahDB

      Sure Pierrot, I will.

  • NOLAGirl (Stephanie)

    The Bunker right now (including myself). (F5)

    Morning all!! 🙂

    • MrsLurksALot

      Happy Friday. And, remember, good things come to those who wait….

      • NOLAGirl (Stephanie)

        *fingers crossed*

        Please say someone blew from Gold/Int.

        • MrsLurksALot

          We can only wish….

    • Jerseygram

      Morning NOLA Girl!

      • NOLAGirl (Stephanie)

        Morning Jersey! Hope you have a smooth, cool Friday. 🙂

    • wutangclam(‘sup)

      Me right now.

    • Draco

      Morning Nola

      • NOLAGirl (Stephanie)

        Morning Draco. 🙂

    • Miss Tia

      morning y’all!

      • NOLAGirl (Stephanie)

        Morning Tia. ; ) How are the toads?

        • Miss Tia

          ooooo the oldest tadpoles should be forming little legs soon—probably this weekend!! AND since we had a torrential downpour the other night, toads were out all day yesterday trilling and finding ‘love’! 🙂

          • NOLAGirl (Stephanie)

            CUTE!! Take pics. 🙂

            • Miss Tia

              i have been!! haven’t uploaded ’em yet!! 🙂

            • NOLAGirl (Stephanie)

              Awwwww! Can’t wait to see the little cuties. 🙂

  • HTC

    Withdrawals have set in…

    • NOLAGirl (Stephanie)

      *hands you a paper bag*

      Deep, slow breaths HTC. 🙂

    • Bleuler

      Hop in the sauna, will cure it for sure. Don’t forget the potentially toxic niacin dose while you’re at it.

      • Ben Franklin

        Sounds like the Purification Run Down to me

        • Bleuler

          No, no no… It’s a secular program, based on science. Can’t show you the data, but it’s soooper effective.

          • Draco

            OK then – just remember to take the ashtray into the sauna with you, and you can get all the yelling done while you sauna!

        • Miss Tia

          oh thanks for clarifying that….i thought bleuler was giving a recipe for brownies…..

          • Draco

            Interesting idea…”brownies” and niacin…

            • Miss Tia

              and a sprinkling of cal-mag!

            • Draco

              Now you’ve gone and ruined the recipe!

            • Miss Tia

              oh no no no….the cal-mag balances out the cup of toxic sweat that you put in ’em…..

            • Draco

              Ah well – just throw in a cup of all-blend oil while you’re about it.

            • Techie

              Don’t forget the half cup of vegetable oil. If the noxious “cal-mag” and handful of vitamins does not succeed in making you hurl the oil will do the trick. You’ll feel so much better when you have purified your insides all over the floor of the sauna.

            • Draco

              Snap 🙂

            • Miss Tia

              no no, throw up in a ‘slop bucket’ to recycle that for rpf rpf-ers….okay, i’ve grossed myself out…but i CAN actually see them try to make people eat vomit….i really can…..

            • Draco

              AAAAAARGH!!!!

  • Draco

    Where Tony???

    • Victor

      Maybe if we all yell very loudly he will appear

    • NOLAGirl (Stephanie)

      Do I need get you a paper bag too? LOL 🙂

      He’s probably working on something. You know Tony. He isn’t going to post a damn thing without all his facts checked, I’s dotted and T’s crossed, etc. Just come sit with the rest of us who are jumping up and down with anticipation. 😀

      • Ben Franklin

        I bet you it is a video access problem

      • Jack99

        99 bottles of beer on the wall, 99 bottles of beer…

        • Miss Tia

          take one down pass it around 98 bottles of beer on the wall…

          • Ben Franklin

            When it gets to Jimmy’s round, he will take 3

            • Newiga

              Well, it is Friday after all. 😉

            • Judith Sylvester

              Thank you for that reminder. The weekend!!!

      • Observer

        I hope he’s sleeping in.

        • NOLAGirl (Stephanie)

          In the unselfish part of my mind, I hope so too.

          The other part is dying to know. LOL 🙂

          • Newiga

            Hahahhaaha! I feel the same. 😀

      • shasha40

        And you know we spoiled Bunkerittes have to whine … Got any cheese to go with it ? : D

        • NOLAGirl (Stephanie)

          It’s a little early for cheese, can I offer you some coffee cake? 😀

          • Miss Tia

            it is NEVER too early for cheese!!!! though coffee cake sounds good….cinnamon crumble topping….nom nom nom…..

            • NOLAGirl (Stephanie)

              And it’s my mother-in-laws homemade pecan coffee cake. It will change your life. LOL

            • Miss Tia

              um, you know my address! 😉 HAH!

            • NOLAGirl (Stephanie)

              Just watch me find out if you can ship coffee cake today. Hehe!

            • Miss Tia

              i know you could, but it would depend on the perishability of it…..if it didn’t need refrigeration, then priority mail would work….OR you could just send me the recipe! 🙂

            • NOLAGirl (Stephanie)

              It doesn’t have to be refrigerated. I am going to find out today when she’s making another batch. The one we have is hopelessly ravaged. 🙂 I’ll make sure she makes an extra next time.

              “Hello, Federal Express…This is Stephanie, can we talk coffee cake?” 😀

            • shasha40

              Send me some , I need a change in my life . 😀

            • NOLAGirl (Stephanie)

              Hehehehehe!! Just my opinion, but I like you how you are. I’d still send you coffee cake though. 😀

            • shasha40

              I will be waiting patiently by the mailbox . Or you could send it by drone ? Ha ha : D

            • shasha40

              Thank you for explaining that one ,MissTia . 🙂

          • shasha40

            No , I wwant cheese with my whine ! : D

            • NOLAGirl (Stephanie)

              *opens fridge*

              Well hon…I have some Swiss, shredded Cheddar, Gouda and a little bit of Camembert. Make yourself at home. 🙂

            • shasha40

              Awww, thank you , NOLAGirl . Xoxo… 🙂

            • Sid

              I ate it all. I would say that is a feta complete.

            • shasha40

              Why you have to eat my cheese ,Sid ? Why ? 🙁

            • Sid

              Because it was so gouda.

            • shasha40

              Bahahahaha ! Cheesy , but hey ,did I mention I like cheese ? : D

            • NOLAGirl (Stephanie)

              Even the Swiss Sid? Damn. I was hoping to put that on a ham sandwich for lunch.

              If there’s some strange lady in your fridge around noon, just ignore her. LOL

            • Sid

              Sorry if my bad pun on feta complete (fait accompli) was a bit too obscure.

            • Jack99

              Obscure? Gouda tahere!

            • Sid

              Yessir! All the way to Monterey Jack.

            • NOLAGirl (Stephanie)

              No worries. I cracked up laughing. 😀

            • Sid

              You’re welcome to anything in our fridge. My wife made brownies.

      • Draco

        I love paper bags. I got lots! I’ll bring a whole bunch over so everyone can have a paper bag!

      • Juicer77

        The nerve of him! 🙂

  • Mockingbird

    We are all spoiled ! Where is our free fix of journalism ?

    • Draco

      I know! We are like a bunch of brats in the back of the car going “Are we there yet? Are we there yet?”

      • Mockingbird

        Gimme free excellent stories on the terrorist mind control cult Scientology ! At great personal risk !

      • Mockingbird

        Better that than Scientologists saying”Are we clear yet?”.

  • SarahDB

    While we are waiting, I was just noticing how smooth and unravaged DM’s face looked in ’98 compared to today.

    • Draco

      I also noticed that – he looks so different I can almost believe the conspiracy theorists that say he died and this is his doppelganger…

      • Jack99

        David Miscavige – the Paul McCartney of Scientology.

        • Draco

          That is a question I have just never asked myself 🙂

    • Observer

      He’s wearing his crimes on his face.

      • SarahDB

        Was thinking the same thing Obs!

      • Draco

        Growing into the face he deserves.

        • Rasha

          Not fast enough, though

          • Draco

            Well, he has a plastic surgeon trying to counter all the bad stuff as he goes along. That’s bound to create a real mess.

    • Ben Franklin

      Back then DM had a wife helping him take care of his looks.

    • Judith Sylvester

      Well, my face looked quite different 17 years ago too, but there’s a change in his skin that doesn’t exactly seem age related. Today he looks like a person who had deep and scarring adolescent acne, not so in this picture from 98.

  • Observer

    Here’s a little early morning vegetable humor:

    F5

    • Ben Franklin

      This carot just needs to Keep Calm and Get into the blender. I already won the Dance off. I can use a smoothie right about now

    • Draco

      I would not be able to kill that carrot…

      • shasha40

        He is kinda cute , ain’t he ? 😀

    • Sid

      Could make a carrot salsa.

      • Draco

        😀

  • Rasha

    Waiting to get to work before seeing today’s post is gonna make the commute that much less bearable. Worth it, but unbearable.

  • Panopea Abrupta

    Alternate headline for 2 days ago –
    Ambulance Chaser Succeeds

    Following Tony’s post about Greta Von Susteren’s husband,
    a cancer survivor attacked by his heart,
    the question arises:
    where is the shoop John P ?

    Tony is stuck on the Tube with Miss Lovely. somewhere around Westbourne Grove.
    It was an alien who had hijacked the train.

    • Ben Franklin

      I blame it on that evil overload Xenu.

    • Sid

      “where is the shoop John P ?”

      Okay, that was funny. The Beach Boys are going to have to change their song.

  • Draco

    New post is up!