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Leah Remini book out Nov. 3: ‘Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology’

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Ballantine Books announced today what we’ve known for some time: Leah Remini’s memoir is finished and coming out soon. Titled Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology, the book is scheduled to be released on November 3, and we expect there to be a tidal wave of publicity over it.

Since her very public defection from Scientology (a story broken here at the Underground Bunker in July 2013), Leah has worked hard to raise her profile, appearing on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars and then in her own reality series, It’s All Relative. Along the way, she’s talked about leaving Scientology, but in largely vague terms.

What she hasn’t said, but has held back for her book, are the really amazing details about her long process of disaffection from Scientology that we first detailed here at the Bunker. They include a spectacular scene in 2006 at the wedding of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes in a castle outside Rome, which included Leah daring to ask why Scientology’s leader, David Miscavige, was there without his wife, Shelly.

For daring to ask that question, and then following it up with a “Knowledge Report” about Miscavige, Leah was summoned to Scientology’s Flag Land Base in Clearwater, Florida, where she was subjected to three months of interrogations and behavior modification until she agreed to drop her complaint about the head of the organization. For that three months of brutal treatment, she was also billed $300,000.

These are the kinds of details we’ve been waiting to hear from Leah that she’s been keeping out of her interviews. But now, her book will be filled with them. We’re very much looking forward to it.

Here’s the official announcement from Ballantine Books:

New York, NY –September 24, 2015–Ballantine Books, an imprint of Random House, announced today the acquisition and publication of a memoir by actress, talk show host, and reality television star Leah Remini. In the book, Remini shares her deeply moving and eye-opening account of her thirty-year-plus association with the Church of Scientology. Entitled Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology, Remini’s book will be published on November 3, 2015 in the U.S. in hardcover, e-book, and as an audio book read by the author/actress. Executive Editor Pamela Cannon acquired from APA Talent and Literary Agency.

In Troublemaker, Remini, best known as the star of the popular long-running sitcom King of Queens, will detail for the first time her life growing-up in the Church of Scientology and her rise to fame in Hollywood. Indoctrinated into the church as a child while living with her mother and sister in New York, Remini eventually moved to Los Angeles, where her dreams of becoming an actress and advancing Scientology’s causes grew increasingly intertwined. But when she began to raise questions about some of the church’s actions, she found herself a target, which led to her—and her family’s—break from the church. Bold, brash, and bravely confessional, Troublemaker chronicles Leah Remini’s remarkable journey toward emotional and spiritual freedom, both for herself and for her family.

 
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BOOK NOTES
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We didn’t get a chance to include photos in our book, so we’ve posted them at a dedicated page. Reader Sookie put together a complete index and we’re hosting it here on the website. Copies of the paperback version of ‘The Unbreakable Miss Lovely’ are on sale at Amazon. The Kindle edition is also available, and shipping instantly.

Tony Ortega’s upcoming appearances (and check out the interactive map to our ongoing tour)…

 
Sept 24: Minneapolis, Grumpy’s Bar & Grill, 2801 Snelling Ave, Roseville, 7 pm, sponsored by Minnesota Atheists

Sept 27: Portland, Friendly House, 1737 NW 26th Ave, 12:45 pm, sponsored by Humanists of Greater Portland

Sept 28: Seattle, Razzi’s Pizzeria, 7 pm, with Seattle Skeptics and Seattle Atheists

Sept 29: Vancouver, BC, Seven Dining Lounge, 7 pm

Oct 23: Sydney, Giant Dwarf Theatre (with Sen. Nick Xenophon)

Oct 25: Melbourne, venue secured (announcement coming later)

Oct 28: Adelaide, Wheatsheaf Hotel, (with Sen. Nick Xenophon)

Oct 30: Perth

Past dates: Santa Barbara (5/16), Hollywood (5/17), Orange County (5/17), San Diego (5/20), San Francisco (5/22), New York (6/11), Chicago (6/20), Toronto (6/22), Clearwater (6/28), Washington DC (7/12), Hartford (7/14), Denver (7/17), Dallas (7/20), Houston (7/22), San Antonio (7/24), Austin (7/25), Paris (7/29), London (8/4), Boston (8/24), Phoenix (9/15), Cleveland (9/23)

 
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Posted by Tony Ortega on September 24, 2015 at 11:45

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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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  • These are very special times, my friends. And I am not just throwing big words or referring to Leah’s book alone.
    In my years of hanging at VV and here in The Bunker, on a daily/nightly basis, it just feels different. It’s a very good feeling. May be it’s just me. End of rumination.

    • daisy

      For us new to this , it makes me happy how happy you and the exes are. You are due.

    • PlanetJ

      I hope the Clampire fails like dominos! ((hugs))

    • EmmaDaoust

      light keeps shining brighter

    • Ruby

      I think so too, Dodo.

    • aquaclara

      It does, for sure. Every day brings something positive. And exes like you, and Ruby, who is right here, find peace.

      Winning is starting to feel good. We will get there.

    • Free Minds, Free Hearts

      My God, I hope you are right Dodo.

  • Kay

    HEY ROMANESCO: Thanks for the link….I clicked on that and can now see the Leah Remini post, plus around 350 comments that I have not been able to see for the past couple of hours even though I refreshed several times. I could not imagine no new comments posted in the Bunker for hours…I thought everyone had been “raptured” or abducted by aliens. LOL. I must be having server problems.

    • romanesco

      You’re welcome. The server must be stuck in an incident.

      • Kay

        Actually I have both screens still up (the old one that was weirdly silent and the screen from the new link I used from you) and in comparing them I realize now that I was missing over SIX HUNDRED comments over a period of 3.5 hours. Very Twilight Zoney. It was like no one was here until thankfully your reply to my comment popped up all by itself. I was tired of logging in and out and refreshing. Whew !! I have a lot to catch up on now……thanks again.

        • romanesco

          Enjoy!

  • Cars
    • Observer

      I’m glad you’re back with us. 🙂

      • Cars

        You are too kind. Thank you for saying that. *shy and blushing, a little*

        I was with all of you last night, in spirit anyway. You made it a very special night for the rest of us. Thanks for letting us know you got home safely.

    • Jo

      Hi Cars, happy to see you back x

      • Cars

        Thanks! I was never far away. I was in the Bunker’s Lurkers’ Closet for a while. *cough* *cough* Oops! I meant to say that I was in the garage, getting an overhaul and tune-up, getting my tires kicked, etc., then ended up getting a whole new car. Out with the vintage gullwing Mercedes and in with a flying Tesla concept car. Toot! Toot!

        Lovely to see your avi here, too!

        • Jo

          Toot! Toot!

        • L. Wrong Hubturd

          Lucky you. I’m stuck with one of these “green” VW diesel cars that turn out to not be green at all. Grrrrr!

  • Panopea Abrupta

    While we await updates from Grumpy’s,
    there are those more grumpy than us.
    I just wrote this song for Lou:

    Lou’s Blues

    Lou, you gonna wake up one mornin’,
    Find your bad man gone
    You gonna wake up one mornin’,
    Find that bad man gone
    Write him a letter and send it in the US Mail
    Write him a letter care of the San Quentin Jail
    Gonna be years of weepin’, child
    Cos’ he’s goin’ down without fail

    Well, I’m goin’ where the water tastes like cherry wine
    Goin’ where the water tastes like cherry wine
    That Goddamn Hemet water,
    Well, it tastes like turpentine
    Yeah, that ole Hemet water
    Sure taste like turpentine
    Write him a letter and send it in the US Mail
    Write him a letter care of the San Quentin Jail
    Gonna be years of weepin’, child
    Cos’ he’s goin’ down without fail

    When Bubba gets to meet him
    He’s gonna squeal, holler ‘n wail
    When Bubba gets to meet him
    He’s gonna know he’s total fail
    All his high-priced lawyers
    And still his ship won’t sail
    Write him a letter and send it in the US Mail
    Write him a letter care of the San Quentin Jail
    Gonna be years of weepin’, child
    Cos’ he’s goin’ down without fail

  • L. Wrong Hubturd

    Has Fly been around today yet?

    • Nat-leficent

      No. He had a loooooooong drive.

      • L. Wrong Hubturd

        Hopefully not in his chair. Where in the world did he have to come from? I thought he was within a few hours….

        • Nat-leficent

          St. Louis, no?

          • L. Wrong Hubturd

            How dare you answer my question with another question.

          • Miss Tia

            You’re correct!

        • Robert Eckert

          Nat is correct. I just heard from him that he is back safe and sound.

      • Dave In Ajax

        I thought a fly could fly??

    • Miss Tia

      I’m sure (and hope) they checked out at the last possible minute to be fully rested for the drive home! They came from St. Louis—long haul!!

    • Frodis73

      He just emailed me 12 mins ago and he has arrived home. He’s exhausted, but maybe he’ll pop in to say hello.

      • Miss Tia

        THANK YOU for this update! Totally understandable if he doesn’t check in til tomorrow and WOW—will he have the comments to catch up on!!

        • Frodis73

          I was thinking the same thing (about all the comments). Glad all of the Bunker crew made it back home.

          • Miss Tia

            Took me a few hours to go thru yesterday’s comments, then both of today’s articles! I’ll email you tomorrow. I’m sort of tired today and gotta head off to bed to get up early tomorrow for an early appointment.

            Very glad everyone made it to and from a-okay!!!!

            • Frodis73

              Same here, the Bunker has been very busy the past two days. I’m also going to try and get to bed early tonight…snort. I hope to anyway.

            • Miss Tia

              It’s sort of weird reading comments about yourself and/or that you’re involved in, isn’t it?

            • Frodis73

              Lol. I agree.

      • chukicita

        That is some awesome Lego work he did.

        • Frodis73

          I will have to post mine. Either tonight or tomorrow when I post my little review. They were so cool!

      • L. Wrong Hubturd

        Thanks.

    • Observer

      He just commented on one of my posts from last night.

      • Vaquera

        Same here.

      • L. Wrong Hubturd

        I KNEW he’d be buzzing around as soon as possible.

    • aquaclara

      I asked that, too. The Clevelanders said he and the very cool Mrs. Fly were heading back today, in a ten hour drive.
      Love their commitment! Bunkerites are the best. Look below, Vaquera posted a pic of Fly and Jimmy3 to tide us over. Vaquera flew in, btw.

      • L. Wrong Hubturd

        Yeah, she could start her own, personal travel agency. Maybe corner the market on all of the Bunker business.

  • L. Wrong Hubturd

    The Leah book news is of gu LAK tic proportions. The hits keep on coming. Yes!

    • Dave In Ajax

      I just hope her book sales earn her triple the 300K the church stole from her

      • L. Wrong Hubturd

        That would be sweet revenge.

        • Dee Findlay-DeElizabethan

          Or simple pay-back!

          • L. Wrong Hubturd

            You got that right, Mama! I hear they’re a bitch.

  • ShoopZ

    • EmmaDaoust

      best ever

    • L. Wrong Hubturd

      Clean, simple, effective message. 1,000 internets to you.

  • SP Wogsy

    Go Leah!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    O/T: The Steve Jobs doc by Alex Gibney is a MUST SEE! I plan on seeing it for the second time, tomorrow.
    F5 for hot chocolate hugs

    • Hey! You back, good to see you.

      • SP Wogsy

        Thank you❤️❤️❤️❤️
        Just a quick drive-thru.

    • Robert Eckert

      Last night at the pre-event dinner at the Schnitzel House, Tony was chatting but his phone rang and he excused himself “I have to take this, it’s Alex Gibney.” We were duly impressed.

      • Frodis73

        Yes, very impressed. That was a high light for me. I’ve been in love with him since he made the doc about Enron. How cool is Tony that Alex freaking Gibney just calls him?

      • aquaclara

        How very cool, Robert. Wow. Yes, that’s probably a good call to take…. Leah, Alex….this is so much win.

  • Vaquera

    42 hours after crawling out from under the electric blanket, I have safely redeposited myself beneath it’s comfy coziness. Whew, what a whirlwind.

    Still no word from the Mini Apple?

    • Miss Tia

      I feel like you last night, it’s been 20 minutes without a new comment!!

    • Ella Raitch

      Just one comment from King of Sweden as far as I can tell

  • Vaquera

    Another most excellent photo of Tony from from last night. Tick freakin’ Tock, DM.
    KnitNut, you made this pillow, right? Sorry, my brain is fried.
    (Dang Discus is flipping again.) f5

    • Miss Tia

      The pillow was made by Anita, who use to post here under ‘mewog’. KnitNut knitted Tony a lovely scarf!

      • Vaquera

        Thank you. I’ll correct it.

      • L. Wrong Hubturd

        Y’all are a crafty lot…..in more than one sense.

      • Frodis73

        Oh wow. Make sure to tell Anita how much we all love it!!

        • daisy

          Who is the girl in the blue shirt with the headband, Is she a bunkerite ? If she doesn’t want to be known that’s ok too.

          • Frodis73

            I don’t know if she wants her name revealed or not, so we can all just call her Mrs. Fly. =)

            • Ella Raitch

              Aha! Waves at Mrs Fly. Hopefully she is forgiving about us dragging Mr Fly away for Bunker pursuits. Of course she could always join in!

            • Frodis73

              She was a real sweetheart and very understanding. In fact, there a quite a few spouses/SO that seem to be pretty supportive of their partners obsession with sci. 🙂

          • Ella Raitch

            I haven’t id’d the one in the Cleveland tshirt either

            • Frodis73

              That’s me. Funny that I have a Browns shirt on too as I so don’t care about football. Lol.

            • Ella Raitch

              Hello you!!!! Nice to see you!

        • Miss Tia

          will do!! the other side had the sci symbol morphed into SP…

          • Frodis73

            Very, very cool.

        • Miss Tia

          She popped in today on the current thread! 🙂

      • aquaclara

        There is no way to top Cleveland. You all are incredible. Talented, generous, fun….is this what snow does???

        • Miss Tia

          i’d be inclined to say ‘no’, but that’s just me personally……i’m more creative—-so i like to delude myself into thinking—-when it’s spring/summer/warmth enough to be barefoot……winter, especially last winter’s lingering cold cold cold, just takes a toll on your soul after awhile……but i’m sure others are just the opposite!! 🙂

          i bet EVERY book tour stop with bunkerites was fantastic and equally on par!!

          • aquaclara

            I was at the NY book tour, and am just so abso delighted to see so many Bunkerites enjoy this, too. But you and the others added so many remarkable touches….your cross-stitch is a work of art. I did one years ago, hung it up on the wall forever, and never could muster up the courage to do it again. Tipping my hat to you, ma’am. I am in awe.

            • Miss Tia

              I’ve never kept a cross stitch of mine! I’m thinkering of stitching myself a Goodyear BLIMP!!!!!!!! 😀 That one I’d never ever EVER give away! 🙂

              I bet there were remarkable touches at EVERY book tour stop—and all the ones to come too! I’ve never been to NY, can you believe that?

            • aquaclara

              You would love NY. It’s filled with all kinds of stuff, so there is something for everyone. Just for one tiny example, google the West Village and the littlest house and you’ll see an area where you can still spot carriage houses and former stables ( pre-auto era) hidden among brownstones. Or Katherine Hebburn’s Turtle Bay home. Or dog parks on the Upper East or Upper West side….because the puppies need their play time!

              There are so many regular neighborhoods in between the posh ones that it’s easy to feel at home. I love the quirky, the old stuff and the touristy all equally.

              When you’re up for a trip, I will be happy to show you around.

            • Miss Tia

              if i ever go i know a couple things i wanna see…..the whitney, as i’m a huge gertrude vanderbilt whitney fan, central park, and some of the old gilded age homes/apartment buildings….thanks for the offer!! 🙂

            • aquaclara

              Oh, that would be a lot of fun. I love this stuff. Here is my fav website for quirky old stuff in NY (you can see why).

              http://untappedcities.com/2012/02/01/remnants-of-the-vanderbilt-mansion-in-new-york-city/

              And just for fun, http://daytoninmanhattan.blogspot.com/2013/09/the-lost-wm-whitney-mansion-no-871.html
              How did you get interested in her? From her art, or from the Gloria story? Fascinating stuff….

            • Miss Tia

              the book ‘little gloria happy at last’ got me into GVW and then of course i read the excellent bio on GVW done in cooperation with her granddaughter…..as we know now, kidnapping as the premise of ‘little gloria….’ was sort of correct but not by strangers….i so loved gloria vanderbilt’s books about her life….she’s an incredibly strong woman…..GVW with her duality of character is just truly fascinating and i don’t think she’s given proper credit for all she did for american art…..at the time, and i believe even now, she was dismissed as just a wealthy patron–which yes she was BUT she was also an artist herself and at times allowed herself to live that life, hidden of course, from her wealthy friends……

            • aquaclara

              GVW is totally fascinating. The women’s lives then were so largely defined by who they married (even the property transactions still use only the men’s names!) yet she and many of her friends, accomplished so much. The Little Gloria story captivated me, too. That’s how I had heard of her. Now you must plan a trip one of these years!

            • Miss Tia

              Not only who they married, but how wealthy their own families were, which GVW didn’t have to worry about. GVW obviously felt constrained by the ‘gilded cage’ and broke out of it in her own way but always returned and sat on her perch when required.

      • Robert Eckert

        Wasn’t Anita also the one who arranged the red velvet cake? (which I totally pigged out on)

        • Ella Raitch

          So it was YOU the destroyed the cake in the photo? And I wrongly blamed Jimmy (not that that he doesn’t deserve it)

          • Robert Eckert

            I had not yet begun to do damage to the cake at that point.

        • Miss Tia

          yes!!! anita very kindly took over caek duties when i realized i couldn’t pick one up beforehand…..she did an excellent job and half red velvet half white was genius!!

    • Kay

      Wow that Ohio crew gives the best presents….I wanna have my next birthday there.

    • Andrew Robertson

      More flipity flip

    • updated to my blog

  • Silence of the Clams

    If she is her brutally honest self, this will make Going Clear seem like an opening salvo. That is in no way to diminish Gibneys documentary, it is just because of the celebrity of of Leah. I was so hoping she would do this. I have to say im impressed with her ability to keep (basically) quiet while she penned what i hope to be a devastating blow to the church and that diminutive wimp Miscavidge.

    • L. Wrong Hubturd

      Cheers to that!

  • Supper Powers

    Tony is breaking news and fire codes and Leah is breaking Miscavige’s balls again. A good day for us all.

    • Ella Raitch

      Great summary of the day

  • SarahDB

    Good evening Bunkerites! At the end of a long day, join me in blasting a few scammy clammy ads on CraigsList https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1-Kvg78kCcvo5gL7UfPcmhmbsagTNtdj0y2LAiHVFrCU/pubhtml

    Two ways to fight back, emailing CL to complain, or flagging actual ads. Check out the Red X Tips tab on the spreadsheet.

    I’m celebrating because I was called a suppressive by a troll this morning, a badge of honor!

    Don’t forget to give the heart some love and don’t forget Co$

    we are watching you!

    • Helen Van Patterson Patton

      Congratulations on your suppressive badge of honor, Sarah! You know you’re doing the right thing when that happens.

  • on topic Enty blind item…. the celeb tower is crumbling….

    • … although this guess would be so much better for the lulz

      • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

        Eh, when was the last time Jenna could even sniff the A list from where she was standing? But I love that her “have you raped a baby” freakout has become legend.

  • Minneapolis! Hello?! Anyone got locked out?

    • aquaclara

      They are all behind locked doors, apparently!

      • Ella Raitch

        Another fire code breach!

        • L. Wrong Hubturd

          Hopefully this guy didn’t show up:

    • Here’s an interesting fact about Minnesota: we only lock our doors 6 months of the year.

      Why?

      The other 6 months the doors are frozen shut.

  • L. Wrong Hubturd

    While we are all waiting for a twin cities update, I’ll post this drink I saw today that made me sad about Howdy.

      • L. Wrong Hubturd

        I dunno, I think Arp Cola could have done better. The percussionist, Lenny Castro, was with Toto last month when I saw them in Clearwater.

      • outraged

        This is great! thanks. I love Bonamassa.

    • Kim O’Brien

      you are killin me . Thank you

      • L. Wrong Hubturd

        Might go pretty well with a little potato juice.

    • Kay

      I wish I had known Captain Howdy. What a great compliment it is to him that so many people love, revere, and miss him.

  • Cars
    • salin

      Wicked humor, great tweets. Thanks for sharing these, cars.

  • Kay

    I don’t know if anyone has posted this yet. I hope this link works, if it doesn’t maybe somebody can figure out how to attach it. It’s on the ET site.

    http://www.etonline.com/news/172527_nicole_kidman_reveals_how_she_stays_in_touch_with_her_two_kids_with_tom_cruise_isabella_and_connor/

    • Kay

      Sorry…forgot to add that this is an item about Nicole Kidman and how she communicates with Isabella and Connor Cruise.

    • Frodis73

      This popped up on yahoo and there were some idiots in the comments saying some nasty things about her being a horrible person because she only texts them. I don’t have a yahoo ID or I would have enlightened them about *why*. Grrrr.

      • Kay

        That IS annoying. I have often thought about her and how humiliating it must have been for her after her divorce not to have custody of or access to her kids, and how difficult it must have been not to be able to even tell people why. I’m sure many people have judged her over the years, although now hopefully more people will understand what probably went on there. Those nincompoops on Yahoo….they need to get a clue. Frankly, I’m surprised that her kids will communicate with her at all and was happy that if this is accurate information, at least she can text them.

        • daisy

          I think anybody with a few brain cells knew it wasn’t her choice. I think TCs popularity started to decline the instant he announced the divorce. She is luckier than most, those kids would disconnect with her altogether if it wasn’t for the bad publicity.

          • Kay

            I thought that her kids hadn’t been allowed to contact her at all after the divorce, but maybe that isn’t accurate. I always thought it was awful that she apparently had no physical custody over them and was never seen or photographed with them after the divorce. I agree that TC’s popularity started to wane when he divorced her because he just did that out of the blue, which is a crappy thing to do. I remember reading an article about it, and she said was in complete shock as she had no warning nor explanation. That made Katie Holme’s actions quite satisfying, as that was Karma IMO.

            • daisy

              The kids went to her wedding COS knew it would look bad if they didn’t. They overplayed their hand when Tom announced that the kids called Katey mom early on. Peoople were disgusted. I loved the way she escaped. That was the most important role she has ever or will be ever to play. — pretending to still be in love with a nut job

            • Kay

              I didn’t know they went to her wedding…..yup that would have looked horrible if they hadn’t. SO true about Katie Holmes…that was an Oscar-worthy performance. I will always admire her hutzpah for that well engineered departure. That took guts.

  • in the mean time…. there was a photo of the amazing flower display procession Amesterdam put out for the Van Gogh Museum and I came across a few of the other floats… quite mind-blowing!

    • Frodis73

      Whoa! Those are fan-freaking-tastic!

    • Kim O’Brien

      man …i LOVE that city …everything there is just so beautiful . The celebrations of art and beauty are just layered with so much history. Here in America …it is difficult to remember how young our country really is . We are kinda like those teenagers who date for 6 months and think that they understand love .

      • Kay

        So true !!

      • check out my Queens Birthday post with pics I just added below the original post

        • Kim O’Brien

          beautiful !

    • SarahDB

      takes my breath away…

    • Kay

      Wow !!!

    • Baby

      The amazing beauty of this put tears in my eyes Lush.. touched me deeply..

    • I must admit I adore Amsterdam and when my uni buddies worked there I visited every month… a great time to go is the Queen’s Birthday [see pics] but make sure to book in advance [and make sure to book one of the canal boats for an incredibly slow journey around the canals]. One of the really cool things about is all the free concerts throughout the city but what a lot of people don’t know is that the city council agree to remove all the “rubbish” from the sidewalk next day which the locals have turned in an amazing garage sale tradition…. all the residential streets have all the stuff people want to get rid of [furniture, knick knacks, vintage clothes etc] and they’ll often provide free booze to the browsers … the wonderful off-shoot of this was you could go down a side-street and they’re be a small party going on with a bunch of people sitting on a living room suite in the middle of the road and others dancing. Of course you have to wear orange.

      Everyone, but everyone smiles all day… IMO beats the Rio Carnival hands down!

      • daisy

        Are you sure your mentioning all the wonders of Amsterdam ? You may have left out a few things.

        • the thing is that once you’ve done Red Light District and the “Coffee Shops” you’re pretty much done with them as a regular visitor…. I must have visited a couple of dozen times and only the first two involved the above…. well, actually I tell a lie… if a 3rd party came over and it was their first trip then we we felt obligated to get it over with.

          • daisy

            So sorry Lush, I sometimes get you and Todd mixed up, similar avi s I guess. Yes I agree, once you have seen the rough stuff it loses its romance to want to frequent it, for 3 times only. lol

      • Draco

        That’s a LOT of orange!! Great pics 🙂

      • gtsix

        Amsterdam is one of my favorite cities. I was there for Queens Day and you are correct – it is quite awesome event. The whole city is a pedestrian mall of fun. And I went to the Keukenhof gardens – they had this display image of Beatrix done with tulip bulbs. So excellent.

  • Robert Eckert

    I got seven phone messages from people I never heard of wishing me Eid Mubarak. (I have a new cell phone; evidently the former owner of my number was Muslim with multiple friends.)

    • And I got no “sweet sexy fuck ladies” offers in my spam folder today, for a change. Interesting.

      • Ella Raitch

        You check your spam folder?

      • jazzlover

        LOL. All of ’em the same. Only the names change 🙂

    • Miss Tia

      Should I feel amiss if I don’t wish you Eid Mubarak? 😉 When I had to change my # last year, they said they only waited 60 days now before reassigning a #. I pitied whoever got my old # cuz I had it for 14 years. If you keep getting calls, messages, etc you definitely could get it changed free of charge, though of course not free of inconvenience.

  • Narapoid

    I googled “Leah Remini” under news, (Her name was prompted after typing just Lea!) and found this little nugget with Nicole and Leah. http://lbpost.com/life/2000007151-boys-and-girls-club-of-long-beach-receive-new-dreamcourt-as-safe-place-to-play

  • outraged

    Leah!!! Leah!!! You are a hero!!!
    I KNEW she would come thru eventually.
    After Going Clear, Mis Lovely and now we have Surviving Scientology.
    Full House, we got all the cards.
    Miscavige and his Krew are going down down down down……:::

    https://youtu.be/aaKRByNhb0Y

    • Baby

      Awwwww honey.. psyched.. I can hear your enthusiasm from here.. xo relax and put your feet up.. baby

    • jazzlover

      Are you a model, a photographer or Bruce Springsteen?

      • outraged

        None of the above.
        I am a video archivist, shoot dance performances in NYC.
        Also a mom, Telecommunications Analyst and an artist. Like Baby.

        PubLeeze!!! Can we have a reunion/dance/ get together/meetup/SP;s unite or something somewhere in or near NYC? Even Philly? I would LOVE to meet some of you guys but will never make it across the country to these book events.

        • aquaclara

          Count me in.

          • aquaclara

            We know a fun bar in NY.

            • outraged

              I hope more than one. :/

            • aquaclara

              This one is part bar, part restaurant. Great margaritas. You never know who might turn up.

            • outraged

              What’s the name?

          • outraged

            Yes!! I can scout out a venue cheap and big.

        • jazzlover

          That’s great! I missed the tour in NYC. I hope Tony will reconsider and do another one there.

          Rosa Mexicano at Lincoln Center for pomegranate margs and fresh guac would be a good idea 🙂

          • outraged

            Yes! Great idea.
            What day?

            And Tony and Baby HAVE to be there or no deal.

            • jazzlover

              Any day. It would be a hoot to meet as many of you as possible. I’d just walk in, and say in my best Michael Keaton voice — “I’m……….BATMAN” LOL

  • Baby

    Before I go to bed..

    It always amazes me to see pictures of Bunkeroos together and the bond that instantly has formed IRL .. I have felt it of course myself with all I have met.

    Tony has given us all the opportunity to meet and gab and laugh together on the Bunker .. and now again IRL.

    Tia is the only one in the world who could have done what she did with her stitching. I was just teasing yesterday when I said “I could..I just don’t want to.. ”

    Well.. NO I COULDN’T.. NEVER.. and didn’t want to take the limelight away from Tia.. ( Help me.. I know she has a temper..haha)

    Thanks to all who live blogged and shared with us.. you included us in your special grouping. Loved all your pictures. .. And of course your writings..

    and Vasquera..( Texas) has been to more of Tony’s events than Tony has.. so she seriously Represents.

    Love you all and will see you tomorrow. Good job you guys.. We are all proud of you! xo baby

    • outraged

      ♡♡♡
      Oh Baby, you always go right to the heart of the matter.
      ♡♡♡

      • Baby

        Oh outraged.. There is a lot of heart in the Bunker, huh? It always just amazes me how connected we are all..xo

    • daisy

      Good night Baby, sleep well and take care of yourself ooxxoo

    • Miss Tia

      You know I don’t like the limelight! Now if there was a lemonlight? 😉

      You’re so right about the bond we have online and how that transfers instantly IRL. We KNOW each other!! We’re together almost daily, sitting at the lovely banquet table Tony has set for us.

      • Baby

        Yep..we know each other.. Warts and All.. You deserve the Limelight honey.. You are truly loved on the Bunker.

  • Todd Tomorrow
    • outraged

      that’s a very strange song.

    • Todd Tomorrow

      You are all going to flip when you find out who it is. Yes the are a Bunkerite; 6 months ago I met them here!.

      • Donna Cline Sargent

        are you gonna spill the beans ?

        • Todd Tomorrow

          Eventually.

          • daisy

            Oh Todd , I didn’t read down thread , I am so happy for you, enjoy the beginning its so much fun

            • Todd Tomorrow

              It just seems to be getting better just one spat in over 6 months. Lasted until the next day.

            • Douglas D. Douglas

              Good to hear you had a spat. If you never fight, it isn’t real.

              This is true.

            • Todd Tomorrow

              I figure when/if we move in together that’s when it usually starts. But making up is fun. Neither are grudge holders.

            • Todd Tomorrow

              Any other words or wisdom for a healthy relationship, DDD?

            • Todd Tomorrow

              Thank you very much. This person is a known poster. Gotta wait until a slow news day to tell people. Wonder if it has ever happened here before?

            • daisy

              Well darling , I cannot wait til you reveaI her secret identity. You deserve it. Take care of each other. Well time for fat beagle and I go to bed. I reread your post. I am so sorry about your other wife Just read your note ,wedding favors, YEAH

            • Todd Tomorrow

              Night Daisy, at the wedding i’ll bring you a special treat/treats, our little secret.

        • Todd Tomorrow

          We are going to do it together.

          • Kim O’Brien

            now you got me believing in love again …

      • daisy

        What are we talking about Todd ?

        • Todd Tomorrow

          I met someone here and well, we’ve been dating! Who would have thought? Never ever had a blind date but this one worked!

          • Frodis73

            Love in the Bunker? How awesome! Maybe we’ll get a Bunker marriage out of it! 😉

            • EmmaDaoust

              And not Archie and Edith.

            • Todd Tomorrow

              We talked about it and we would invite you all. The best relationships I’ve had always start out as friends. That’s how it happened.

            • Douglas D. Douglas

              I always told my friends who were lookin’ fer luv– go out and make friends, the lovin’ will follow.

            • Todd Tomorrow

              All my long term ones have started out that way.

            • Frodis73

              I agree about starting as friends. Good luck TT. I am very happy for you. Also, wow, can you guys imagine how great a Bunker wedding would be? I’m tickled pink at the thought.

          • EmmaDaoust

            Aw sweet. Bunker love.

        • Todd Tomorrow

          You know a little of the old in and out.

          • Donna Cline Sargent

            thats not very romantic

            • Todd Tomorrow

              I was funning. No we’ve become so close and boy that sure feels nice!

            • Donna Cline Sargent

              it really does and i am so happy for you

            • Todd Tomorrow

              Thank you we even write each other postal love letters. I got married young, for 12 years at 21. My second one of 10 years ended in Lukemia. Took a break but we never argue, laugh all the time..I’ve been such a happy boy!

            • Donna Cline Sargent

              wow so sorry for your loss,i hope this works out- good luck

            • Todd Tomorrow

              Thanks it will.

  • well, how about that….

  • aquaclara

    So this thing in Minneapolis? It happened, right? The cone of silence is deafening.

    • 1) We’re a very private people.
      2) Tony is trying to decide what to try first: lefse or lutefisk
      3) We’re very humble. It was so awesome we don’t want anyone there to feel bad for missing out.
      4) We’re the Land of 10,000 Lakes not Land of 10,000 Wi-Fi Signals
      5) We’re the place that allowed our former Science Museum to become an Ideal Morgue and once we start talking about it, we just can’t shut up

      • One Human

        Vuz you dere?

        • Wish do I. Experience though guided my proposal of the most likely reasons for the silence.

          • One Human

            Ancient phone, subtertainian wi-fi, and Tony’s charisma reasons for much delay.

    • One Human

      It was f’ing awesome, and Tony is as wonderful as has been mentioned before!
      T’was lovely to meet King of Sweden, Q-Bird, Skiesareblue, and a huge crowd of those less familiar w/ COS!

  • Supper Powers

    Another Scientology cruise where participants are made to believe they will get rich. How spiritual.

    Congress, bust this fraud and instruct the IRS to collect the back taxes this country is owed.

    • Sine music is a theme tonight, the first thing that sprang to mind was:

      The Scam Boat

      Greed, exciting and new
      Come aboard. We’re expecting you.
      Greed, life’s worst quality.
      Let it flow, it floats back to you.

      The Scam Boat soon will be making another run
      The Scam Boat promises something for everyone
      Set a course for delusion, your mind on a new false premise.

      And gullibility won’t hurt anymore
      It’s a fake smile on an uncaring face.
      It’s a scam!
      Welcome aboard
      It’s time to reg!

      edited couple typos

  • a thought occurred to me; regular readers here will know that ABC is the one network that is actually sitting on a goldmine of cult stuff that they’ve always been too scared to broadcast and/or publish… given that they seem toi be the channel that’s got the first exclusive TV interview you have to wonder whether they’re really going to go balls out and make this a multi-feature “thing”… Dear ABC Producer of this upcoming show: If you hadn’t thought of this then THINK ABOUT IT NOW!!

      • EmmaDaoust

        hey we’re all over this up here 🙂

        • I’m sure you are but from constant blogging, google news reports etc it’s rare I come across a Canadian site reporting scientology [outside of David Love’s] … sure it’s all down to algorithms….

          • EmmaDaoust

            you’re right, m_lush. i am seeing more of late than i did when i was googling back in the spring.

      • Robert Eckert

        “Frank Lee” (actually a woman) shows up in the comment thread. Tony told us in Cleveland that “Frank” (Betty) sent an e-mail saying she was never coming back to the Bunker unless Tony did something about Jimmy3, Robert Eckert, and Kim O’Brien.

        • richelieu jr

          WTF???

          I feel kind of left out, honestly…

          • Robert Eckert

            Tony also told us that “Frank” was the gal who insisted on him wearing a bolo tie for a book signing in Texas. The Bunker was pretty much agreed that this was not Tony’s style.

    • ABC has TONS of great stuff. Talked to a producer there this week.

  • Jimmy3

    Live, from beautiful Minneapolis: THE UNBREAKABLE MR. KIRBY PUCKETT.

    He has a beard. He can open doors for you. He has it all.

  • Before Wm. Morris merged with Endeavor, I was in the lobby waiting to see an agent and Leah was there with a couple of pals. I didn’t say anything because to her I would’ve been a big ole SP at the time, so I just sat back and listened. I was highly impressed at how she could cuss like a sailor in full sentences for minutes on end. I expect her book to be just as entertaining and eye-opening.

    • Jimmy3

      does u know ari from entourage

      • No. Same birthday, though. Picks up chicks at Starbucks in Malibu. (I have watched this.)

        • Jimmy3

          If I was going to pick up chicks (I don’t know how), I would probably go to a Starbucks in Malibu, too.

          • Kay

            You don’t have to know how…..apparently everyone wants to pick YOU up. Lucky Leprechaun you are Mr. Jimmyness x 3.

    • daisy

      You are my new best friend, can you introduce me to David Letterman ,if you can not you are demoted.

      • Who are you, an ethics officer?

        • daisy

          lol

    • Derek had a great story about how she was the only celeb who actually gave a shit to the ‘minions’…. I wonder if she’s going to bring in any J-Lo scientology stuff… can you imagine!

      …EDIT… AND REMEMBER ALL THE VILE COMMENTS KRUSTIE THREW HER WAY…. THE [POSSIBLE] PAYBACK COULD BREAK THE LULZOMETER!

      • Fuck yeah she will!

        • …. just remembered the amazing story where she apparently trolled Krustie during Halloween trick or treat night in unidentifiable costume… it’s somewhere in my terrabytes of clam guff

          • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

            Ha, that’s brilliant! I don’t know the story, but just the idea of it makes me laugh.

    • Tony Ortega

      If only. She has two modes — the one you saw, and then there’s America’s Sweetheart. I think we’ll get more of the latter. But still, it will be a helluva book.

      • Kay

        Hey I think that anyone who has to try to survive show business (much less Scientology) probably ends up cussing like a sailor at times. Oops….posted before I was done. I was going to add that I think she seems like a sweet person and that’s more important.

        • I thought so, too. I’m just usually impressed by women who cuss like a sailor as a means of expression.

          • Kay

            Oh, OK !!

      • I’m going with if only because I know how much she’ll want to unload, particularly on Krustie. The deal is, NOBODY (that includes Larry Wright) has truly written the inside of Celebrity Centre, certainly not from first-hand participant, and the particular time she was inside is truly ripe. I could do it up to mid-90s but I decided my story really isn’t about $cientology, it’s a love story. Just Leah’s title alone tells me she’s going to rock, though. DeGeneres will be expecting it and so will The View (if they’re still on the air in 2016). Fallon, Colbert, Kimmel – this is all calling for “you go girl.”

        • Krustie’s been prolific on twitter all week and her last two tweets might be be saying more than she thought… the first one is the important one …hmmm, the second one today is one that she probably couldn’t help herself from replying to. What’s interesting is that she’s obviously ‘on’ twitter tonight and all this week she’s been spouting bollocks but the recent silence coordinates perfectly with the her finding out about Leah’s book… a constricting Krustie ringpiece is initially an unpleasant image but if you can get that actual picture out of your head it then becomes far more acceptable.

          edit… forgot to add pic… see my reply to this to see it

          • … shit, forgot to post this

            • double bollocks… wrong pic… THIS IS THE ONE….

            • Todd Tomorrow

              Her ferrets get out again?

            • daisy

              No they are still running around her brain.

            • Donna Cline Sargent

              i thought her lemur was showing again

            • daisy

              Do they give sarcastic Oscars?

            • yes, they’re called The Raspberries!

          • You know what the deal is with Krustie? She’s one of the most insecure women I ever met in my life. Did you ever know a serious cokehead? That’s what they usually are, extremely insecure. She told me the year before she got into the cult she and her boyfriend in Wichita spent $100,000 on cocaine. You have to be SERIOUSLY messed up to do that, and I don’t see she’s changed one whit during $cientology.

            • daisy

              Unfortunately common among addicts, switching one addiction for another, scientology is her new addiction. She should have picked anything else, less destructive

            • I posted a minor thing on my blog a couple of weeks ago where she posted a [RT?] pic on twitter [and I think someone else posted the original on instagram] where she was in her hometown drinking it up in a bar with a couple of girlfriends… her comment was literally something like ‘having fun with my homies’… nothing special about that I guess but then later that day one of the local papers put out a piece where genuine “locals” made a point of saying how embarrassed they were about her and how they wished she stopped coming back… as I’m still learning my new blog I have shit search tags in place … but it’s definitely there!

            • Bingo. Pretty sure some of the Rounds kids (Coleman Lantern heirs) are still in the cult, and I doubt they hang with her. Her old pal that I dated, Anne Relihan (had been married to Bobby Rounds), might have passed by now, pretty sure she wasn’t connected with her. So that’s the Wichita, KS crowd she hung out with, rich kids and I’d bet they were all embarrassed by her from maybe 1990 on.

            • makes you wonder if she’s actually more terrified than C.O.B., lol

        • One Human

          Something with Tony on Lip.

        • Tony Ortega

          Oh, she’s going to dish. No question. But what I’m saying is that she has very, very different personas. The public only gets to see America’s Sweetheart — a little bit of Brooklyn edge, but she wants you to fall in love with her. In private, though, as you noticed, she’s very different. The book will be a devastating takedown of Scientology, but it will be couched in a voice you are expecting from “It’s all Relative.”

          • Gotcha, and you’re right about that but don’t you think she’ll get a much wider initial audience? Previous books drew mostly “Oh my god, $cientology is horrible!” always serious media reactions. Paul Haggis saying he read OT3 and what the fuck are you kidding me, was good, but not like stories Leah can tell. Spanky having to sleep on a wet mattress on the roof sounds horrible (actually, everyone on the RPF did at that time), but it’s not like Miscavige turning on Leah for simply asking where Shelley was, and then being told “you don’t have the rank to ask!” Her America’s Sweetheart personality will allow her to make people laugh at the cult’s outrageous idiocy and most folks will think it’s great when she unloads because they love her so much going in. What every single book has for the most part missed is that there was a whole lot of social fun to be had within the cult and the CC social network in particular, and that was part of the draw.

            • Tony Ortega

              I’ll say it again — the book is going to be killer, and for all the reasons you’re citing, and more. I’m talking about the voice of it, not the impact.

            • I think it’ll have a subtle impact that maybe people aren’t thinking about and here’s why. Going Clear, expertly written, hinged on our friend Paul, who is one of the best people I’ve ever met but he’s behind the scenes. Crash was fabulous and deserved Best Picture but it didn’t have the impact of even Urban Cowboy culturally. Someone who is on a long-running and beloved TV show, or someone who stars in movies (and I’m not talking Jason Beghe with Demi Moore, though he’s great), that’s a different story with the American public. So the American public didn’t “know” Paul like they feel lke they know Leah – what you’re saying. So… if she writes what I think she’ll write and it’s how it was a family thing and the social circle of celebrities and happy happy then she asks one simple question and it all starts falling apart and her friends turn on her and she thinks if she leaves she could lose her family… and most book buyers are women, with 80% women on Pinterest, etc… you know what I’m saying. Could be huge impact.

  • Frodis73

    I’m not 100% sure these are public. CFI has posted some pics from Cleveland last night. Let me know if you can’t see them.
    http://www.meetup.com/CFI-NEO/photos/26429287/?a=pu3.2_l

    • Helen Van Patterson Patton

      Showing up for me. Tony is such a dapper fellow.

      • Frodis73

        Thank you very much…I wasn’t sure.

    • the best pic

      • EmmaDaoust

        gorgeous shot

      • The most interesting man on the Internet does not always bash $cientology, but when he does, he does it right.

  • Mrs. Dodo says Hi! to Bunkerites. Happy Friday to all!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=168&v=t8lA3MZ2av8

    • Jimmy3

      At yesterday’s bookstop in Cleveburg, there were a few people of whom I thought, “I wish so and so were here.”
      Of them, you were at the top of the list. Second was Mr. Rogers from Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood.

      • Frodis73

        ^^^This. I was very excited when Dodo announced he was coming up…then very sad when he said he couldn’t make it. Not trying to guilt trip you DTL, I totally understand that you couldn’t make it. You were def missed.

        • Jimmy3

          I’ll bet Dodo only has one sweater, tho.

      • Todd Tomorrow

        Did, Subgenius 1 show?

        • Jimmy3

          Yeah. Hilarious guy.

      • Robert Eckert
      • Thanks, Jimmy.

    • daisy

      Tell her I am sorry to play flirt with her young son.

      • Kay

        I don’t know what you are talking about, but I thought your comment was funny anyway.

        • daisy

          Dodo posted a picture of himself. He has a sweet, handsome, baby face, I felt like a pedo for pretend flirting with him. He said he was 41( I have my doubts ) now I am just cougar

          • EmmaDaoust

            oh daisy

          • Kay

            LOL

      • Draco

        I think he is referring to his wife as Mrs Dodo, not his mom 😀

        • daisy

          Yes I know , that was the joke.

          • Draco

            *facepalm* sometimes I’m a bit slow.

    • outraged
    • Todd Tomorrow

      Hi Dodo,
      Hope you have a great Fri.!

    • EmmaDaoust

      🙂

    • Todd Tomorrow
    • Draco

      Hi, Mrs Dodo!

  • Kay

    Hey people….from having to backtrack down through over 600 comments due to my computer (or lack of intelligence about computers) issue earlier, may I say that it was very interesting to do so, because there are more new people posting than I have ever seen before. The Bunker is rocking.

  • KingofSweden

    So very glad to report that tonight’s TUML event at Grumpy’s in Minneapolis (Roseville) was an unqualified success… HUGE thanks go out to the people at MN Atheists and Freethought House. What a blast to help out Tony and meet other Bunkerites in the flesh!!!

    • Ella Raitch

      Details please…..

      • KingofSweden

        Well the venue was way better than expected (I had been to the building years ago when under different management, and it had been significantly remodeled since then).

        The crowd, which organizers had no way to predict (except by Meetup & Facebook RSVPs), roughly tripled our expectations (SRO with people standing in the hallway to hear), and there were lots of fun Bunkerites in attendance too… (since I’m not sure of their individual comfort levels, I’ll leave it to them to post & comment about what they will, but I have never met any other Bunkerites in person before, so it was quite fun).

        Tony spoke in front of a large slideshow presentation, and these visuals combined with his polished yet genuine presentation made a real impact on the audience, with instinctive gasps of delight when shown the photo of Paulette and her sister Suzy finally safe in the orphanage after the successful bribe of the Nazi official in charge of the transition camp. Another special moment I mentioned before, when Tony told about how Sylvia’s husband refused to disconnect from her and left the Co$ at her side… the crowd clapped at that. Tony concluded with a Q & A session and then there was generous time for book signing and hangout time.

        • Ella Raitch

          Awesome…thank you.

        • aquaclara

          Great recap, King. So glad you got the chance to go.Tony is easy to listen to, and has so many tidbits to share….

          Standing room only- way to go, Minneapolis!

        • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

          You guys got a slide show? Fancy. Thanks for the report!

    • One Human

      King, you definitely stepped up to take good care of our proprietor, a medal is in order for you sir.

      • Ella Raitch

        You were there too?

        • One Human

          Uh huh, and I regret nothing but not having more time.

  • outraged

    does anyone know how aegerprimo is?

    • daisy

      She was here earlier, yay

      • outraged

        yay!!

    • Todd Tomorrow

      She’s had an emergency circumcision to do.

      • daisy

        Oh was that you ?

        • Todd Tomorrow

          No, I still am suing my parents for mutilating my genitals.

          • Jimmy3

            I’m just curious… If you had given it five more minutes of thought, do you think you could you have come up with a more awkward comment to post? I’m not asking you to. Just a yes or no would be fine.

            • daisy

              My fault I asked.

            • Jimmy3

              You’re fine.

            • Todd Tomorrow

              Yes.

  • outraged

    Check this out!! From Lainey, I love it!

    • added to my blog… and given prominence as the 2nd pic!

      • outraged

        She seems like such a sweetheart wrapped up in a very courageous honest woman. I love her.

        We are here for you Leah!!!!

    • romanesco

      They don’t have the rank to intimidate troublemakers. At least not any more.

  • willloomis

    It’s kind of a bummer that the thing that prompted Leah to leave was Tommy Davis being rude to her at a party. She seemed ok financially supporting the abuses in the cult for years, not bothering to research all the abuse online. I’m glad she’s speaking out now but It’s hard for me to give her too big of a pat on the back here.

    • Jimmy3

      The only reason Tommy was rude to her in the first place was because she started asking questions. She wanted to know where her friend was. Her heart was in the right place. To say she only left because someone was rude to her is quite an awkward slant on the story.

      • romanesco

        More inaccurate thsn awkward, imo.

        • Jimmy3

          than*

          • romanesco

            Yeah, I often miss the ‘a’ and hit the ‘s’ on this device. No web access from the pc right now.

            • Jimmy3

              I’m just missing with you.

            • romanesco

              Now, that’a swkwsrd.

      • Todd Tomorrow

        Why is repeated as fact constantly, even by her?

        • Jimmy3

          Huh?

          • Draco

            What Jimmy said…?

          • Todd Tomorrow

            Sorry, meant to reply to someone else. But why didn’t she ask years earlier about her,”friend”? If it was a buddy of mine I’d have gone to the cops years earlier. I realize BM flirting set her off but come on.

            • Donna Cline Sargent

              that’s when it was all happening-cruise marriage 2006 i believe,shelly last seen 2007

      • Observer

        Thee Jeb Burtonitis is spreading!

    • … which reminds me why this book is actually so MEGA…. behind the scenes at tiny tommy’s wedding!

      I anticipate a massive bidding war amongst the daily’s to serialise this if there’s good stuff there…. hell, even if there isn’t just “behind the scenes at Cruise’s wedding!” is massive, massive clickbait!

      • 0tessa

        More fall-out for Cruise. How much more can his reputation take?

        • Missionary Kid

          Plenty. There are any number of Cruisebots who won’t believe anything negative about TC, even as their numbers are dwindling, there are still a lot of them.

    • Tony Ortega

      As Jimmy said, you’re mischaracterizing it. Tommy being rude led her to write a Knowledge Report. The Knowledge Report led to her going through Truth Rundown and paying $300,000. Arguing over that payment with Miscavige led to more ethics trouble, until she finally threatened to go to the FBI. One final confrontation with Miscavige and then she left, but only after making sure her entire family went with her.

      It’s an epic story, and I have no doubt she’ll tell it very well. And like all Scientologists who leave, she had a lot to lose but did it anyway. Yeah, I think she does deserve a pat on the back.

      • One Human

        Damn straight!

    • Kay

      I respectfully disagree with you…I think she deserves a huge pat on the back. That was a tough and scary thing to do.

    • looking through your comments I came across this amazing anecdote [see pic]… can you expand on this as it’s quite a doozy!

      • Todd Tomorrow

        HaHa, what a douche bag. He proves it every chance he gets!

      • willloomis

        I want him to tell the story to Tony in more detail, I recounted everything he told me about that incident. Maybe if I keep badgering him he’ll at least tell it anonymously. It’s especially interesting because Q knew Arthur Hubbard pretty well, and that guy doesn’t get talked about much. He said something about Arthur being in to air planes and not fully believing Scientology. Q also said Chick Corea first tried to sell Mad Hatter on the open market for 2 million but couldn’t get any buyers even when he lowered the price to 1 million and eventually Chick Corea decided to donate it to the church as a tax write off. I’ll continue to share what I hear from him

    • Todd Tomorrow

      I agree, but when your a kid and you get filled with that bullshit the bubble is hard to leave. It would be so hard to lose my Mum.

    • indie8million

      Willloomis – You’re presuming that she had any clue that these abuses were going on. A person could go to Catholic Mass for decades, take the bread and the wine and tell other people that Jesus/God is the way to their personal salvation. All this while never knowing, suspecting nor having any REASON to suspect that their very own Cardinal was getting blow jobs from and having anal sex with underage boys. So, why would that good Catholic even have reason to look.
      That’s the way a lot of Scientologists are. They are so happy, hanging out with their friends, going in session to improve their lot in life, training to help more people, that they never even think that there’s anything to look for!
      I don’t think that Leah even know that she had a hold of that string with the Sherman Tank at the end of it. She might have thought she was going to pull a volkswagon but ended up getting her own, personal atom bomb at the end of that string. There was nothing to look for until it happened with her.
      Plus, she missed the HELL out of DM’s withhold about Lou! haha
      I vote pat on the back.

    • Draco

      You could accuse all of us exes of the same thing. Remember we were taught not to believe anything bad we heard about scn in the media. We “knew” the media was full of SPs and dedicated to taking scn down. A grain of truth, becomes the whole truth to people in cults. After all, daily news generally has a lot of sensationalism in it, and it is pretty obvious that most news broadcast is bad news of some sort or another.
      It can be difficult to see past all that.
      I give her lots of pats on the back. Getting out with pretty much all the family intact is not a story we often see. Having family in makes it very, very hard to leave.

      • romanesco

        I like the part about the grain of truth becoming the whole truth. I’ll have to remember that one.

        • Draco

          Thanks – it came to me as I was writing. And when I think about it, that’s what a lot of cults rely on. Give them a little something that is true and build the bigger lies on top of that.

      • Edward Clarke

        I would suggest that for a celebrity, having a family in you wish to get out is a whole different story. A. Who wants to disconnect from a celebrity and B. The last thing the church needs is the destruction of a celebrity’s family.

        • Draco

          Granted, CoS has to be more careful about celebs. But if you have read anything about Leah, you will know it’s not just family, although they would be a first priority, but life-long friends disconnected from her and her family in droves. Leaving is not an easy thing and it takes as long as it takes for each individual.

        • willloomis

          True. Everybody fauns on celebrity’s inside and outside of the CO$. I feel for ex sea org workers, celebrity millionaires who finally wake up….not as much

    • Please don’t take this wrong, but I’m sure she’ll be just fine with your big pat on the back (just like she’ll do fine without hearing from me).

      The last thing anyone leaving is looking for is a big pat on the back. Maybe a hug or assurance that although life beyond the 8-dynamics is just as horrible as they have been told it can be there is much more good that things will be good.

      The day she makes a Tom Cruice black-sweater Medal of Valor video telling folks she should get a pat on the back for leaving, then we can all call foul.

      Until then, she’s shown a level of savvy in leaving that she is a pint-sized tyrant’s worst nightmare. She knows she has learned the way the Church will vacuum her folders for her wins and O/Ws and that she’s they type to double-finger flip hm off if the Church goes anywhere to unsavory.

      That alone makes her deserve an “attagurl” and potential pat on the tucchus if not pat on the back.

      • willloomis

        Not sure if I’d call writing a KR on DM ‘Savvy’. Its adorable, naive, funny in a tragic kind of way, but not savvy. It’s like writing the KGB about what a jerk Stalin is being. durp

        • I wasn’t referring to her ways while still in. I’m talking about the savvy to understand how to leave with her family intact.

          • willloomis

            By your logic your saying Leah Remeni was smarter or more ‘savvy’ then all the people who couldn’t get their families out in tact, people like Sara Goldberg. Leah was lucky to get her family out, the church doesn’t want to harass celebrities because its bad pr. Also Leah was fortunate to have the resources to get her family out and start over, a lot of Scientologists are afraid to leave because they worry how it will affect their business.

            • Wow. A compliment to one is an insult to another. Yeah. Not the way I think. But OK.

              As I understand it the two are very different stories and circumstances.

              Sarah was put into a position of choosing between her children (a sadly tragic condition the church likes to put folks into) and was dealing with the fact that the daughter was clearly choosing the Church over the family. This was a complete no-win scenario for Sarah. She could either lose a son and remain in an organization she knew treated like this or lose her daughter and retain a measure of self-honor.

              Leah on the other hand had a set of circumstances (which I’m sure will be shared in great detail in her book) where she was able to not only get herself out but keep her family intact. It’s not common, although not unheard of (remembering a story a few months back where a wife audio recorded being declared and the husband chose to stay with her).

              That the cult would create either scenario is obscene and that both made it out is a good thing.

    • Edward Clarke

      [speaking as a never-in] I have this reaction quite a lot. I found Sara Goldberg heartbreaking in Going Clear, but the fact remains that the daughter who has disconnected from her was brought up in Scientology thanks to her mother. To turn a blind eye to what your Church might be doing is bad enough, but to do it whilst indoctrinating your kids into it?

      I’ve watched the Scientology response videos which illuminate it even further. The daughter is damaged goods. Do you guys watch the Scientology vids?

  • outraged
    • Missionary Kid

      I’ve still got the cookbook that has the paper-backed phonograph record.

  • Enturbulated Masterbator

    OT: I was in Vancouver for a long weekend and look what I stumbled upon. It was dead, dead, dead at high noon on Saturday for all the big beings at CO$. But Madame Body Snatcher (I mean Router) came out to check the rain. What a life.
    So thrilled and anxious to read Leah’s book!

    • Todd Tomorrow

      Has anybody seen a busy one?

      • EmmaDaoust

        this old song just popped into my head: “Pass me by, pass me by-aye-aye, if you don’t happen to like me pass me by..”

    • Ella Raitch

      Another Ideally empty Org

    • Ella Raitch

      The lady with her arms spread looks like she’s saying ‘where the f@#^ is everybody?’

  • I think the only way this story could get any better is if it’s leaked that a whole chapter is dedicated to Grant Cardone!

    • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

      And that it’s filled with nothing but baked ham recipes.

      • romanesco

        Ham hock.

        • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

          Can you not bake a hock? I have no idea. My cooking skills extend only to bacon and sausage. Honestly, in the universe of porcine products, I feel like Cardone ranks at about scrapple level.

          • romanesco

            You can bake anything, but the ham hock is most often roasted here.

            • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

              Indeed. And deliciously. ; )

          • Donna Cline Sargent

            you can put ham hocks in black eyed peas or navy beans

            • romanesco

              You could put the ham hock in the fake navy’s beans, but you’d still have to serve it with rice.

            • Donna Cline Sargent

              never had them with rice,idk what you mean by fake navy beans. they are white beans

            • romanesco

              Okay, I’ll spell it out for you. The proprietor here often describes Grant Cardone as a ham hock. The Sea Org is a fake navy, and they are sometimes restricted to a diet of rice and beans.

            • Donna Cline Sargent

              yes i get it now

            • romanesco

              Sorry–I didn’t see your reply earlier.

            • Donna Cline Sargent

              its all good 🙂

            • Donna Cline Sargent

              doh i get it now

          • Missionary Kid

            Offal level, and I mean the stuff that’s removed.

  • Excellent news! And I’m waiting to take delivery of David Love’s new book to tide me over until then 🙂

    • aquaclara

      Can’t wait to read this, too.

  • Are_sics

    Love Leah!

  • Fink Jonas

    So many books so little time!!!
    Pretty soon there will be more prominent suppressives than prominent scientologist.

    • Bob

      Already are.

  • Pierrot

    *** RED X +–+ Reminder +–+ RED X *** Friday, 25 September 2015.

    Good morning Night Owls and Early Birds,

    Sunday 20th: Detroit did well and leads SFBay.
    Monday 21st: Boston scored a couple and saved the day.
    Tuesday 22nd : LA leads SFBay & San Antonio
    Wednesday 23rd : sorry RedX team: NO SCORE
    Thursday 24th: Boston scores a couple and leads NY and SFB

    I guess that after Leah’s book hit the street the RedX team will be redundant, the general public will then know what we know and will not be taken by the co$ bait and switch ads. Thanks Leah .
    Leah’s book will also be a boost for the other co$ critical books as the public will now be curious about co$ criminal endeavors.

    RedX tips & Complaints procedures are included in the google doc under the RedXTips tab.
    Flag the lies, whack a few bait & switch ads : https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1-Kvg78kCcvo5gL7UfPcmhmbsagTNtdj0y2LAiHVFrCU/pubhtml

    F5… Take ‘em down by Baby flickred by AegerPrimo: https://www.flickr.com/photos/132611082@N08/17172459673/in/album-72157652596135800/

  • 0tessa

    What a lovely troublemaker she is!

  • Andrew Robertson

    A slight glitch in the fabric of the space-time continuum caused the Bunker to vanish for a while.

    I can’t imagine any organization that would have contributed to such a malign and dastardly act.

    Andrew

    • Elegant Mess

      I, too had some issues logging in for a bit. Maybe it was just us?

      • Ella Raitch

        Nope me too…and it was just this site

        • Elegant Mess

          Ruh-roh! Well, I’m sure glad things are back up and running.

          • Ella Raitch

            Maybe something spontaneously combusted after 48 hours of intense activity (apart form DM’s brain).

    • Jimmy3

      Cinnabon must be pissed that Tony dissed them.

    • Kay

      I lost the Bunker for several hours earlier today, so I think there is some kind of problem going on. (that’s the first time I’ve had that happen) Plus, it was just this site..I could still log into CNN, my email account, and the NY Times website. Odd.

      • Kay

        P.S. I am still missing posts from earlier, the comments before 10 AM have disappeared.

      • Edward Clarke

        This site was down for me too.

        Comments on Mike Rinder’s blog – where I went to see if anyone mentioned this site being hacked – indicated another website hacking was happening this morning, so likely to be related. (The other website belonged to someone called Steve)

        • Intergalactic Walrus

          Yep, it was down for me too.

          • EmmaDaoust

            me too

        • ScaramouchenFandango

          If you are having trouble getting onto a site you can use this link to check it’s status http://www.isitdownrightnow.com/

          • Kay

            Thanks, that is a great site.

      • FollowTheMoney

        Same here.

    • Davescomm

      Not just this site. See Rinder’s site comments,
      another-outside-the-church site was down. Could be a mystery. Does it
      look like a mystery to you? I mean, it could be the same host, and an extraneous event, it could be coincidence, but it was not just this site down.

      • Narapoid

        It puts me into mystery.

  • MaxSpaceman

    A Leah spot on Yahoo

  • Intergalactic Walrus

    Kelly Preston has really been pimpin’ for the CO$ the last few weeks: Ojai, Mexico and now the “Slavery Free World – Youth for Human Rights event. With JennaElfman, Erika Christensen & Marisol Nichols.
    (refresh)
    https://instagram.com/p/7-_B83nZQ5/?tagged=slaveryfreeworld
    https://instagram.com/p/78XipEI9rp/?tagged=slaveryfreeworld

    • Ella Raitch

      Three ladies who will see their fan-bases shrivel even further when Leah’s story comes out

  • Miss Tia

    so glad to see how successful Minneapolosis’ event was!! YEAH!!!

  • birkowashere

    Can’t wait. Went over to Amazo to see if it was listed, but not yet.

    I did see this though

    Scientology in Popular Culture: Influences and Struggles for Legitimacy
    Apr 30, 2016
    by Stephen A. Kent and Susan Raine Ph.D.

    http://www.amazon.com/Scientology-Popular-Culture-Influences-Legitimacy/dp/1440832498/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1443179988&sr=1-1&keywords=scientology

    • Juicer77

      Nice!

  • Sejanus

    Damnit, away for one frickin’ day and I miss the official word!
    Kick that runty tyrants ass Leah!

    Midgetman is about to get the snot kicked out of him by a lady who outranks him in every measurable way!

  • willloomis

    Mon elle – Not sure if I’d call writing a KR on DM ‘Savvy’. Its adorable, naive, funny in a tragic kind of way, but it’s like writing the KGB about what a jerk Stalin is being.

    • Mymy88

      Yeah! Because Leah rocks beyond some people’s puny imaginations, but for others it’s not fawning. She gets my dedicated admiration because it was hard earned even before I knew she was a scientologist, back when she still was. Now she blows me away, is the only way I can think of to put it.

  • Lighthouse

    Great stuff, Leah! I’m looking forward to reading your book!

    And at the end of Leah’s confessionals, she admitted that it was all her fault that Miscavige is an a^*@ hole, dictator sociapath.

  • BlondesAreDumb

    I buy very few books. This will definitely be one!

  • Mymy88

    You go Leah! I LOVE watching you as you twist Miscavige’s balls!

  • thetastic

    You know what’s really warm and fuzzy about this? When I think of all the posts we had around here of how sure we were that Leah was biding her time, that she would say something when she was ready. We were RIGHT, y’all!!

  • Observer

    Waiting for Mr Observer to finish farting around on the Tower. It’s such a pretty game.

    Refresh

  • SassyBeach

    I cannot wait to read this book….going over to Amazon right now to see if I can pre-order. I love Leah’s reality show and her family is a HOOT, every one of them. I’m so proud of her for not backing down. I predict her book will be a huge bestseller and I hope she makes a FORTUNE from it. And I’m loving that the cult won’t get one penny from her. Go Leah! Please make all the trouble you can!

  • And I’m Cute, Too

    Just heard about this today. No doubt it’ll be worth the wait.

    So happy for Leah and her family. Looking forward to hearing the reactions from the reading public!