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Yes, that was a Scientology ad you saw during the Super Bowl. Here’s what’s in it.

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For the fourth year in a row, Scientology has aired one of its ads in some local markets during the Super Bowl. And, as usual, the ad has produced a lot of hilarity on Twitter as viewers around the country react in pretty much the same way: “Was that really a Scientology ad I just saw?” This year is no different, as you’ll see in the Twitter reactions below. But first, let’s review the ad itself first.

As in past years, Scientology saved money by only buying local-market spots in some areas, which we have been told adds up to about a $1 million cost, rather than airing a 30-second national ad, which this year ran about $5 million.

Which cities got the ad? We’ll have to judge from the Twitter reactions. But in the past, Scientology leader David Miscavige has aired the ads in cities where his local members have put up the cash to open an “Ideal Org” as a way to punish those cities that haven’t yet ponied up for a new church.

Do these ads actually help the church recruit new people? Probably not. They’re just too hilariously bizarre to rope in newbies. Our experts tell us the ad is really aimed at existing members, to convince them that their donations are being spent to propagate Scientology.

OK, so here’s the minute-long version of the 30-second ad you saw on television…

 

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We live in an age of technological wonder
Extended life
Endless connections
Limitless possibilities
At the touch of a button
In a fraction of a second
The worldโ€™s knowledge at our fingertips
A seemingly infinite source of answers
To any question we might ask
Except for one
The one we thirst for
The one that leads to understanding
Our world
Our choices
Ourselves
The question that lies at the intersection of technology and spirituality
Who am I?

And some reactions…


 
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3D-UnbreakablePosted by Tony Ortega on February 7, 2016 at 20:20

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  • Dice

    I guess DM got his Bowel-movement last night! But Why? Why do we have to feel the same after those ads!

  • Intergalactic Walrus

    Remember when Per Wickstrom showed up at the Sundance Film Festival a couple of weeks ago? I guessed it was associated with his YouTube channel and sure enough, he’s posted 8 new videos. The current wife of Motley Crue’s Nikki Sixx is now shilling for Choices Recovery. Here she is with actor Jason Ritter (John Ritter’s son). Sam Neill is in another one of the videos. I wonder if they know they are being used to sell a CO$ program? SMH

    https://youtu.be/2oce9YfEjy4

    • jazzlover

      Nikki Sixxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx has been dead about 12 times already. My guess is that he’d shill for the devil if he asked him, just because he feels thankful to be alive.

      • Enturbulated Masterbator

        Right?! My first serious thought was “he’s still alive?”

        • jazzlover

          Some guys have all the luck ๐Ÿ˜‰

          • Enturbulated Masterbator

            He seems to have the key to eternal life so perhaps he can teach $cientology something.

            • jazzlover

              I know, right? The guy seems to have mastered the art of ODing. Reminds me of one of these reality type programs I once watched about drug addiction. One of the segments focused on an older guy who was addicted to heroin. He was talking about it like it wasn’t a big deal. When he casually mentioned that he had OD’d AND survived at least a dozen times, I figured out why. Like Sixx, he hadn’t yet been introduced to the most serious side of all of that. People eventually learn. It just takes some longer than others. Let’s hope it has finally stuck with Sixx. That being said, no excuses, he can’t be teaming up with the wrong people here.

    • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

      Not Jason Ritter, what?! I really like that dude. I highly doubt he has any idea how he got used, and by whom. He’s always struck me as thoughtful and conscientious. I think he’s someone who can be enlightened if people reach out to him about it.

      • daisy

        I choose to believe he doesnt know. I love him.

    • MaxSpaceman

      Quick aside– what’s Choices Recover, again? Connected to NarCONon ?

  • CoS on their Super Bowl ad:
    http://www.scientologynews.org/press-releases/activity/church-of-scientology-to-debut-who-am-i-ad-on-super-sunday.html

    Still nothing on their feeds about VMs at the Taiwan earthquake. How hard would that be if they had the numbers and support that they claim? No doubt some photo op images will surface in a couple weeks.

    • Doc M

      That’s odd, by now you’d think there must be a few hundred “Pastoral Counselors” there.
      I love the way they use the above term. It’s just so…so…Scientology.

      The church is so humble, I would guess they’re really there, they would just like to keep it under the radar, so they can do all their good work! (sic)

    • AsSeenOnOkra

      There was a short VM ad in Tampa last night…

    • Intergalactic Walrus

      But they have a CO$ mission in Tainan. They’d probably just have to walk across the street.

  • Newiga

    JAW has truly been busy getting his stats up during the Super Bowl frenzy.

    Remember this article from last year, guys?

    https://twitter.com/johnalexwood/status/696620856307482624

    This is also a pretty hilarious one. Playing the religious bigot card like a pro….

    https://twitter.com/_S_T_A_N_D/status/696557611492061184

    • jazzlover

      That’s not all he’s gettin’ up. Didn’t his young hottie admit on twitter that she gave him a blowie the night before ๐Ÿ˜‰

      • Newiga

        What!??? NOOOOO!!!! I could’ve lived without that piece of information.T_T

        • jazzlover

          Somebody tweeted that oral sex was not allowed in SciFi. The girlfriend chimed in with: “that’s news to me. I must’ve been a bad girl last night”. Nice! An argument for eliminating social media in 1 second flat ๐Ÿ™‚

          • Newiga

            Gonna have a couple of these…F5. BRB.

    • Dee Findlay-DeElizabethan

      S/he left off the Tall

      • Newiga

        Yes! Epic fail! However, maybe “still standing” is something to be proud of in Scientology. x47!

  • Mark

    If you thought the Scientology advert was revolting, you should see what we have to endure in the UK (and yes, this ad was made by the same people who brought you the ‘Poo-Pourri’ one. Just bear that in mind before viewing incautiously; you have been warned):
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YbYWhdLO43Q

    • Intergalactic Walrus

      Oy! This is what happens when Tony takes a day off… JAW blowjobs and pooping unicorns! LOL
      I’m grabbing my jammies and heading for the Tampa Org ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Mark Foster

      Awesome! All the ideal orgs and sea borg slave quarters need these! Not to mention Fleet Admiral Wankstain.

      • Mark

        I’d guess a couple of those plastic LRH Philadelphia Congress cassette-cases under each foot would have much the same beneficial effectโ€”far better than listening to them.

        • Mark Foster

          Indeed. The PDC lectures are whack-central, definitely.

      • Missionary Kid

        Fleet Admiral Wankstain has been added to DM’s nicknames. I’ll post it later.

    • Frodis73

      This commercial is oddly hypnotizing. That unicorn is scary/freaky looking tho.

  • flyonthewall

    Today’s post came yesterday? We’re living in the past, man! Contemporize!

    • Robert Eckert

      We’re stuck in an electronic incident! We need to come to present time!

      • jazzlover

        Either that, or we’re starring in a Bill Murray movie ๐Ÿ˜‰

      • Mark Foster

        Here, have some coffee ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Cheap & Nothing Wasted

    Finally, a good reason to stay living in Chicago.
    No $cientology ads here!

    • flyonthewall

      Chicago Scilons are downstat deadbeats! They cannot make their Ideal Org go right. No SuperBowl ad for them. They will be ground into dust!

      • Cheap & Nothing Wasted

        Downstate?
        They’re currently on the North Side at Lincoln & Belmont.
        They used to be in a large bungalow at the south end of Rogers Park, just a few hundred feet from the Streets & San garage.

        • flyonthewall

          No, no downstat as in their stats are down and they cannot scrape up enough cash to fix up their Ideal Org and open it

          • Robert Eckert

            It would be really downstat to move downstate.

            • flyonthewall

              Forget Chicago, Springfield Ideal Org in 2016!

            • richelieu jr

              They only got into Harlem because they heard it was Uptown.

      • Rasha

        They need to listen to a blast from the past…

        • flyonthewall

          what!? That’s crazy talk! Stop talking crazy right now!

          • Rasha

            “Thank you for listening… to mah CRAZEH!!!

  • Mark Foster

    Regarding the intersection of science and spirituality: where is the scientific method/proof evident in scientology? Why is doubt, an essential component of scientific inquiry, a ” lower condition” or a crime or a “problem to be handled” in scientology? If it is, indeed, the “technology that is senior to life itself and handles it”, why is it that valid criticisms and critiques of it aren’t welcomed and proven false with logic, homo novus compassion, and hard, independently replicable data?
    Allegedly, scientology, “if applied correctly”, is 100% effective. Hubbard ” taped the path.” No changes are allowed and no evolution is necessary. The code has been cracked, the ” secret” has been revealed, there is no mystery. It’s perfect, albeit expensive, but….hey, what’s the big deal with droppin’ a few hundred grand when your spiritual freedom, FOREVER, is at stake?
    I ain’t feelin’ any science OR spirituality in that…It’s, to quote a great ecclesiastical leader, “provable bullshit” .

    • jazzlover

      You bring up something else for me, Mark. I haven’t been able to figure this out until now, but I find the use of the word “handle” in SciFi pretty damn creepy. It’s a verb which implies domination of some sort. I wonder if this was a conscious choice.

      • ze moo

        Yes the use of ‘handle’ was a very deliberate choice. The Guru wants his devotees to be subservient to him in all things.

        • richelieu jr

          Well, you know, I gotta hand it to the ol’ guy– There just aren’t a lot of oher words that rhyme with “candle’.

      • Mark Foster

        Yes, of course, jazzlover. That’s your “theetie-weedy”, wog inability to handle the cold, hard reality of reactive-mind-driven insanity that underpins the MEST universe and all human interactions. Put your fuckin’ TR’s in and get some auditing, lad. And knock off that H, E, & R (human emotion and reaction)!

        • jazzlover

          Very off-putting. I noticed that reaction in me from the get-go when Haggis described his experiences getting into the cult in “Going Clear”. If someone had ever said “I can handle the problems you’re having with your girlfriend”, I probably would’ve thought “mafia” and said get away from me.

          • Doc M

            That’s your Italian Queens roots showing Jazz ๐Ÿ˜‰
            Do you still have your baptismal garrote you received?

            • jazzlover

              LOL. Even us Italians know better ๐Ÿ˜‰ I share a last name with a Brooklyn “family”. Growing up, I was always asked if I was related. My answer depended on whether or not I liked you ๐Ÿ™‚

            • Doc M

              That’s pretty funny.

          • Mark Foster

            Yes, jazzlover! Right? I had a, more or less, constant cognitive dissonance running on that phenomenon the whole time I was in…and would push it away with the thought that I was “dilettante-ish” and ” not tough enough”. What a fucking lie I bought into…

            • jazzlover

              Probably would’ve been cheaper for you to hire that nasty hitman to take out the problematic girlfriend ๐Ÿ˜‰

            • MaxSpaceman

              You were a 10 year man, iirc, Mark – weren’t you?

            • Mark Foster

              15

            • MaxSpaceman

              Dude- I feel your pain and sympathize. It’s so great your out and regaining your humanity, your compassion, your love.

              The H, E and R. That sh1t makes one’s humanity disappear.

            • Mark Foster

              Thanks. Yeah, itยดs good to be human, good to enjoy simple things in a much deeper way. Good to jettison the jargon, the viewpoint, the mind-fuck. ..and to continue to decontaminate my mind/heart…

        • MaxSpaceman

          I love the empty-souled Scilon lingo-

          “Knock off that H, E & R ! ”

          (uhm, I can’t feel things about things, and then I can’t think about those feelings either?!?)

          Hubbardthink in Hubbardworld. Up the Bridge to Total Emulsion

          • Mark Foster

            Exaaaaactly.

          • ze moo

            Teeth joke, how Hubbard of you.

      • Doc M

        Jazz, one thing you have to say, Hubbard knew how to use words. Not Dickens or Hemingway or even Bob Dylan, but still. I’m sure every word he used, every expression he developed for his religion was deliberate. He was not a stupid man. Evil yes.

        • richelieu jr

          Well, he had a bit of trouble with punctuation, spelling, adjectives, adverbs and split infinitives, prepositions, run-on sentences, proper nnouns and defintions thereof…,

          …but yes indeed, he did write a LOT of words.

          And he meant to do it.

    • Bunker Buggy Betsy

      Well said, Mark! As always! โค๏ธ๐ŸŒน๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘ฝ๐Ÿš€๐ŸŒ‹๐Ÿ’ฐ

    • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

      My question: can you see the intersection of science and spirituality from the front porch to infinity? Or do you have to go ’round to the back porch for that?

      • Mark Foster

        Well, actually, you have to audit out the ” the dog poop incident”, which is, as you know, the one in which a dog eats us and then we come out of his butt as poop. I am not making this up. We ALL have that ” incident” on ” the whole track” according to the Tilden Turd. So, once we clean the shit off…and get rid of those pesky BT’s…and realize that we know who we are NOT(OT8), then…THEN…we will know the answer to that question.
        You are welcome ๐Ÿ™‚

        • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

          Thank you, Mark. I now feel more “me” than ever!

        • Bunker Buggy Betsy

          Maybe someone put the flaming dog poop on the front porch of infinity!

          • Mark Foster

            Or maybe Xenu is lobbing turds at the top of the volcano…

  • Thirty years ago today:

    Hubbard Left Most of Estate to Scientology Church; Executor Appointed February 8, 1986, Associated Press

    Seems legit.

    Fourteen years ago:

    Scientology reaches out to troubled with ad campaign February 8, 2002, Deborah O’Neil, St. Petersburg Times

    Act of terrorism = business opportunity!

    more today

    • Jimmy3

      (F5) One year ago today, this happened:

      • daisy

        And the Gods smiled on the bunker.

      • Observer

        Gah!

      • Royce Harlow

        Yass. Last yearยดs best attempt at famewhoring.
        Joy really needs to step up her game if she’s to top herself this year.

  • Fink Jonas

    “The worldโ€™s knowledge at our fingertips” true… that’s why am at the fringes of the internet all the time every day reading both sides of the story and not just what the cult wants me to believe

  • Doc M

    Let’s be fair, the commercial is revolting to us because we know what Scientology really is…probably more than the average person. However, it’s actually pretty nicely done. The computer tech is dated but it’s good enough for those still in the cult whose concepts of everything are still from the 1950’s. After all the ad was made for those Scientologists, not the public. Whatever the cost for advertising, I’m sure it will cause some of the rich Scientologists to pull out the checkbook once again.

    • Mark Foster

      I see your point. For those still drinking the kool-aid, its vague generalities dovetail nicely with their post-auditing “key-outs”. Still, if I were a gung-ho believer in the tech, I just MIGHT allow myself to wonder why there are no specific benefits mentioned or any testimonials about miraculous results delivered…

      • Doc M

        I would think, it’s just enough to make the Scientologists go Wow.

        The general public is starting to catch on, they probably didn’t pay much attention to it.

        Again, just my ex NY’er opinionated opinion!

      • Satansthetan

        Wondering is forbidden, exterminate, exterminate……

  • Bunker Buggy Betsy

    https://twitter.com/johnalexwood/status/696554793859477504

    John admits his daughter is in the SeaOrg. Very sad!

    He accuses a woman of being delusional, a hater, bigot, all the greatest hits. Wood thinks he’s a PR expert.

    Unreal!!!

  • Jimmy3

    O/T: Lent begins this Ash Wednesday, and I’m going big with my sacrificial commitments this season. I’m really, really trying my best to ensure that I get raptured. So I wrote a list of all that I’m giving up this year:

    Being less than 100% American 100% of the time
    Big Pharma
    Medium Pharma
    Suppressing before noon
    Traffic lights
    Traffic signs
    Traffic markers
    Traffic
    Locking Peeps in the microwave just to tease them
    Bath salts before noon
    Personality tests
    Crabs
    Clams
    Rueing
    Ruing
    Rooing
    Word clearing
    World cleaning
    Mr. Cleaning
    Touch assisting before noon
    Pennies
    Smoking cigarettes, for good
    Smoking cigarettes for evil
    Lying about my ability to quit anything
    And if you say “The spirit is willing…” one more time, you are getting shanked.
    Shanking
    Both upper *and* lowercase ‘I’ internets
    Fringes
    Freebasing entheta
    List-making before noon
    Drinking before noon
    Drinking the night before drinking before noon
    Most forms of exercise
    Lint
    Accidentally logging in on the wrong sock account
    Ah, hell… I’ll just quit doing anything before noon
    All the stuff before noon
    Rollerblading
    Speaking to my parole officer
    Making lists
    Calling days ‘Fat’
    Cheating on my origami tutor
    The ‘ugh’ in ‘doughnut’
    Gas station calamari
    Gas stations that offer calamari
    Fabric softener before June
    Lying about getting a spray tan
    Percent Daily Value
    Changing the time on my phone so I can pretend it’s after noon
    Taco Bell for breakfast
    NASCAR
    Disappointment
    Glossaries
    Sporking
    Not taking Lent seriously

    • jazzlover

      No peeps in microwave? What about gremlins?

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bu6NGUDoi30

    • A bird in the chimney

      Donut give up. Stay strong until June.

    • daisy

      Thank rabbit you are not giving up little pharma.

      • Jimmy3

        Yeah. Jesus understands.

        • daisy

          Ramen, please be seated ( thank you Pan.)

    • NOLAGirl (Stephanie)

      I cannot approve NASCAR as I’ll want to gossip with you about it. I applaud you leaving ‘rouxing’ off the list. One should never have to give up roux, at any time. ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Jimmy3

        Don’t tell Jesus, but I don’t watch or follow or care about NASCAR at all. I sorta padded the list by agreeing to give up some things that I don’t do anyway. It’ll just make it slightly easier, you know..

        • NOLAGirl (Stephanie)

          For me it’s the filler until football starts up again. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • aquaclara

      And there’s this to add to the list. Fretting about much of anything before Thursdays at 2.

  • Science Doc

    Science Doc presents the intersection between Science and Spirituality. F5

    • Sid (Phil Jones)

      ,,, of which Scientology has neither.

  • Susan black

    I just got a whiff of the Scientology soap opera playing out in Israel. Thank you for the link, mockingbird. My disqus is acting up this morning and won’t let me reply to you:(

    Leni limberger wants Tony to interview him so bad, he just can’t stand it. They’re so happy! And so BIG.

    • Eivol Ekdal

      He wants Tony to touch the wall for hours until he gives up his critical thinking skills.
      I really don’t think either of them have the time.

  • Eivol Ekdal

    1000

  • Doc M

    This is a great song for Scientology. Killer words and killer music.

    The first line is:

    “this is the day of the expanding man”

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yykSHeVXD8I

    • ze moo

      One of my favorite songs…..

      • Doc M

        Me too, everything on that entire album is just great!!!

        • jazzlover

          The Shorter solo on the title track is MIND-BLOWING. And Gadd ain’t half bad on the track either ๐Ÿ˜‰

          • Mark Foster

            Wayne Shorter and Gadd, yes! Keith Carlock played drums on some recent tours and nails the solo on that tune, in his own way…

            • jazzlover

              And just think: Gadd was sent a tape by Becker and just told to do something ๐Ÿ™‚ That’s how those guys worked, especially when Becker was living in Hawaii. Recording’s gotta be a real bitch when you have such long waits between conception and completion. Not like the jazz guys from days gone by. It seems Miles used to knock out 4 or 5 albums in an afternoon. LOL

            • Doc M

              Steve Gadd’s drum solo on the song “Asia” is just beyond belief!

            • jazzlover

              Asia? Wrong band. Very wrong band. Bad career choice for one of our other faves – and I ain’t talking about Skeletor Howe ๐Ÿ™‚

            • Doc M

              Sorry, should be Aja…the spell check is faster than me and I need to look at the keyboard, while I type

              I just noticed the problem!

            • jazzlover

              Just playin’, Doc. Nobody knows how to spell on the internet ๐Ÿ™‚ I just took the opportunity to call out Wetton for his fall from grace and his disappearing bass sound. God, they were horrible.

            • April

              But…but Asia’s Astra is one of my favorite albums of the 80’s. ๐Ÿ™

            • jazzlover

              Is that the one with “Go” and a different guitarist? Mandy Meyer, iirc? They were a huge disappointment for me, is what is coming across. I saw them in concert, I think right after “Alpha” came out. The singer/bassist was a monster before he went “Hollywood”. This is the REAL John Wetton:

              https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y0UF46z2m_0

            • April

              Yep it’s the one with Go. I was in middle school when Astra came out, so that may speak to my tastes in 80’s music, lol.

            • jazzlover

              I’m not scoffing at your tastes, but yes, perspective plays a huge part in anything. Listen to the track I posted. That particular version of Crimson literally turned my head around as to what was possible in music. Without that, I never would have gotten into jazz. So, when Wetton showed up live looking all dapper in his white tuxedo and bow tie, with his bass now sounding like a wimpy wet noodle, I couldn’t believe it was the same guy. Remember, at the same time, Trevor Rabin was kicking ass and taking no prisoners reviving Yes, so Howe playing power chords in Asia seemed a little off to me too ๐Ÿ™‚

            • April

              I fucking love Steve Gadd. His intro groove on Paul Simon’s song 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover is perfection. For that matter, the whole of Steely Dan’s Aja album is also perfection.

            • Mark Foster

              Check out his current band ๐Ÿ™‚
              https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xacF8JG-00Y

            • April

              Holy shit. That’s awesome.

          • Doc M

            The whole album is Classic Steely Dan. Not one bad song, but than again, I can’t think of any bad Steely Dan Songs. I always loved their work. You had to be the best to play on a Steely Dan album!

            • Rasha

              Not a music aficionado, but Rasha luvs Steely Dan. Fagen’s Nightfly and Kamakiriad are also on constant loop.

            • Doc M

              Yes the Fagan albums are really great also!

              BTW, why the third person thing?

            • Rasha

              Jes’ cuz. ^_^

          • Doc M

            The entire list of musicans playing on all the Dan Albims through Gaucho are a who’s who of the best musicians of the times.

            • Mark Foster

              Still is the case: Wayne Krantz, Tom Barney, Keith Carlock, Chris Potter , Walt Weiskopf , to name a few…bad mofo’s.

            • jazzlover

              Wayne Krantz is the Sex Mob guy? Yes, he’s a killer. Btw, I notice Dave Douglas has hooked up with Marc Ribot — another geetar killer!

    • jazzlover

      I thought Fagen was always referring to his expanding waistline in that lyric.

      • Doc M

        Ya know, I saw him on the streets of Manhattan one time in the late 70’s and couldn’t believe what a short frumpy little guy he was

        • jazzlover

          Man, we say that so often around here ๐Ÿ™‚ Is everybody in entertainment a midget or something? I once passed Rod Stewart in midtown. Now he was short.

          • Doc M

            But Fagan was really a surprise, considering how great he and Walter are. I expected a normal looking person, but he was the type any bully would knock over with one breath.

            • jazzlover

              Now,now. Great things can come in small packages ๐Ÿ˜‰ Look at Mickey Rooney ๐Ÿ™‚

            • Doc M

              Not just small, but so frumpy, so disheveled…walking in a slumped over manner. If I didn’t know better, I would have thought he was some street person.

            • jazzlover

              Don’t some celebs do this on person in order to NOT be recognized? I was once standing on a corner in the upper west side with my kids. All of a sudden, my son leans in (he couldn’t have been more than 10 or 12 at the time), and says “dad, there’s Niles”. I look over and it’s David Hyde Pierce dressed in a crappy looking rain coat with the collar up and a baseball cap hanging low to hide his face. When he noticed that we noticed him, he turned on his heels and walked in the other direction. LOL

        • Mark Foster

          Saw him sit in(on piano, no vocal) in a little club in Glendale around 99 or 2000 and he sounded good…

    • richelieu jr

      I just want DM to drink his Big Black Cow** and get outta here.

      • richelieu jr

        **(big black cow= tiny painted shetland pony, or DM’s fave epithet for
        any woman of colour wiht the good sense to sue his lying, ankle biting,
        POS ass.)

        • Doc M

          I think you might mean Jenna’s fave

      • jazzlover

        roflmao

  • skiesareblue

    One Scientology Super Bowl Ad = Hours of quality entertainment on the Bunker.

    • Bunker Buggy Betsy

      Cost of Scientology OTVIII : Millions

      Reaction to Scientology Super Bowl ad…PRICELESS!

  • richelieu jr

    “Yes, Virginia, there is an insanity clause–
    It’s a billion-year contract, after all…
    The whole damn thing is an insanity clause!”

  • Juicer77

    While things are quiet… a couple more travel photos… (f5)

    • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

      Very nice pics. I do love the English contryside.

  • Juicer77

    The view from another recent hike. (f5)

    • Eivol Ekdal

      Ready for “Pancake Day”?

      • Juicer77

        Oh, yes. ๐Ÿ™‚ The lovely thing about the UK food stores is they have lovely premade pancakes in various sizes and flavors. Convenient!

    • Rasha

      Like a detailed oil painting.

    • vicariousthrill

      Oh lawd take me there

  • Still_On_Your_Side

    A seemingly infinite source of answers
    To any question we might ask
    Except for one

    Can I get a refund?

    • Juicer77

      Can I talk to the International Justice Chief?

      • Still_On_Your_Side

        We live in an age of technological wonder
        Extended life
        Endless connections
        Limitless possibilities
        At the touch of a button

        No

        Edit: our telex is broken

        • Juicer77

          *snort*

    • daisy

      Oh they don’t mind the question, but the answer is always NO.

      • Mark Foster

        Yes, Daisy, you’re right. They can order you to do an ethics program, sec checks, an amends project, donations to the IAS and social betterment programs…to ” handle” the obvious ” out-ethics” situation embodied in such an obviously “evil” action…
        Cha-ching!

        • jazzlover

          Again with the “handling”? What’s up with that? ๐Ÿ˜‰ Even in the days of yesteryear, the worst my dad ever said to me was “you better straighten up and fly right, sonny”. LOL

    • Newiga

      or “Where’s Shelly Miscavige?”

  • richelieu jr

    How the hell does “Who am I?” exist at the “intersection of technology and spirituality”?

    For a Robo-Pope, sure, but is Miscavige trying to convince us he some sort of tiny cyborg?

    Because he convinced me of that a long time ago.

  • Dee Findlay-DeElizabethan

    I’m happy they put in the cans and meter again. Thanks for all the tweets to retweet.

    • Allie

      Oh yes. It keeps the general public seeing their silly nonsense.

  • Joe

    What I don’t understand is why in all of the commercials when people are being audited they are laughing and smiling. Aren’t you supposedly re-living traumatic experiences when you audit? Maybe they’re trying to show the alleged cathartic feeling of whatever the hell it’s supposed to accomplish?

    • MaxSpaceman

      it’s just a marketing ploy – it’s too boring to simply show a ‘real’ look of a session, it would look like a candid, and that doesn’t sell.

      so they tart it up, as all advertising does

      • Mark Foster

        Yeah, it’s a song about heroin, but…yeah, it’s kinda on the same wavelength as the ad, though… they don’t tell you in the scamatology ad how much money those smiling people paid to hold the dildos, er, cans:

        “Time Out Of Mind”

        Son you better be ready for love

        On this glory day

        This is your chance to believe

        What I’ve got to say

        Keep your eyes on the sky

        Put a dollar in the kitty

        Don’t the moon look pretty

        Tonight when I chase the dragon

        The water will change to cherry wine

        And the silver will turn to gold

        Time out of mind

        I am holding the mystical sphere

        It’s direct from Lhasa

        Where people are rolling in the snow

        Far from the world we know

        Children we have it right here

        It’s the light in my eyes

        It’s perfection and grace

        It’s the smile on my face

        Tonight when I chase the dragon

        The water will change to cherry wine

        And the silver will turn to gold

        Time out of mind

        Children we have it right here

        It’s the light in my eyes

        It’s perfection and grace

        It’s the smile on my face

        Tonight when I chase the dragon

        The water will change to cherry wine

        And the silver will turn to gold

        Time out of mind

        • Doc M

          Many songs Becker and Fagan were about the darker side of life.

          I once heard Fagan being intereview in the 80’s and he said that he couldn’t write songs like “Silly love Songs”

          • jazzlover

            I guess things weren’t as peachy as one might think up in Annandale ๐Ÿ™‚

            • Doc M

              I was smokin with the boys upstairs
              When I heard about the whole affair

            • jazzlover

              That reference to Macca was hysterical, btw. He hasn’t written anything near profound since 1970. The only post-Beatles Macca rekkid I listen to anymore is the first one, recorded all by himself in his dungeon ๐Ÿ™‚

            • Doc M

              But as he told Terry Gross, he’s totally aware of it, but he can’t give up so he keeps trying.
              For that statement, he gets points!

            • jazzlover

              I guess, and really, he has still left quite a legacy. Boy, when he finally kicks, I think the world will self-destruct ๐Ÿ˜‰

            • Doc M

              No denying it! Huge legacy. In that same interview, he told Terry that he and Lennon saw themselves striving to be Irving Berlin or Rodgers and Hart. with their body of work, they sure accomplished it.

            • jazzlover

              Except, how many songs exactly did they really write together like the Gershwins and the rest of those tin pan alley songwriting partnerships? I’d bet there were very few “complete collaborations”. Their personalities were just so different.

            • Doc M

              Apparently many, but their personalities just smoothed them out I believe.
              Later on one would write the main part and the other would would add or tweak.

              Great example “Day in the Life.” Lennon did the verses, McCartney did the “Woke up, got outta bed” part.
              This really shows their different personalities.

              As a whole, I like Lennon’s work more but that’s only saying that as great as Mc was I thought Lennon a bit better…lyrics and musically. Or Lennon resonated with me more due to my personality.

            • jazzlover

              With me as well, as you might be able to tell from my snarkiness ๐Ÿ™‚ He was my first musical hero.

            • Doc M

              He surely left his mark on me! I would bet underneath the talent, he had his faults just like the rest of us.
              I always marvel at what type of force allows both of them to write so many incredible songs with very few blunders. Than the force turns off and that’s it.

            • jazzlover

              Lennon was a psychological minefield, for sure. I think McCartney had it more together. I try not to worry about what made them so talented. It just is. But, I think George Martin still, after all these decades, gets less credit than he deserves. He was able to keep them focused in the midst of all the pressure and craziness. Think about this — there are zero clean Beatles concerts available because the music was always drowned out by hysterical fans. When has that ever happened before or since?

        • I am always amused when I’m in a store and that song, or “Hey Nineteen” (The Cuervo Gold The fine Colombian Make tonight a wonderful thing) comes on in the background.

        • jazzlover

          Ok! I’m in!

  • Sid (Phil Jones)

    Standing at the intersection of Science and Spirituality is a lonely Scientology body router, finding that neither his science nor his spirituality is sufficient to disseminate more effectively than the truth being offered by a single educated SP.

    • skiesareblue

      Powerful comment.

    • ze moo

      And more are educated and graduate to the ranks of SPs everyday.

      • Sid (Phil Jones)

        I never got my certificate.

        • Newiga

          Here you go, Phil! F5

          • Sid (Phil Jones)

            When I was a kid I once won a bowling trophy. Our team won because they used a ‘handicap’ method of taking the poorest player’s score in each team. So, we actually won because I was so bad. I’m going to hang this right next to that trophy.

            • Newiga

              Really? I was always picked the last at gym class because I was the short kid. ๐Ÿ™

              Anyways, to us, you ARE AWESOME! ^_^

            • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

              Awww, that’s so sad, Newi. But at least you turned out to be a wonderful person – and you are smart, funny and creative ๐Ÿ™‚ In other words – you are AWESOME!

              Some even say “good things come in small packages” XD

            • Newiga

              *^_^* Thank you! Blushing here. ๐Ÿ˜‰

            • L. Wrong Hubturd

              Don’t think short. Think fun sized.

            • Newiga

              Yes! Fun-sized, I like that! ๐Ÿ˜›

        • jazzlover

          It’s in the mail ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Lousy Ratatouille

    I see that there is no new post up yet,
    I include a vid of a Dutch program about Scientology. It has English subtitles if you press the button for subtitles.
    (Please note Dutch people do know who is ANGRY, REAL ANGRY!!)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Md5Sw4dp6qI

    • daisy

      The guttural language suits the narration. yecch , glirst . grmpt

    • JaxNGold

      Tony said last night that since he posted two stories yesterday, he was gonna take a little break for today.

      • Allie

        And he said he was working on about a half dozen upcoming stories. Ooohh….the anticipation.

    • Qbird

      No hypnotism -or- intimidation involved. No. Simply trust Scientology.

      umm… No.

  • Mark

    With apologies to the shades of John Logie Baird and Philo T. Farnsworth (Refresh rate 240Hz):

    • jazzlover

      Now that’s some serious hi-deaf!

    • Rasha

      Is their 24-hour Global Broadcasting programming available yet?

      • Mark

        Only in 30-line definition late at night, with the picture transmitted first, then the sound ๐Ÿ˜‰

        • Rasha

          [disappoint] …Oh.. that’s what that was. Sheesh! I warmed up the vacuum tubes for THAT?

  • Lousy Ratatouille

    This is a German movie on Scientology, based on a real life story. It is possible to press the button for subtitles in Engish. It’s part 1 through 9. The title in English is Until Nothing Remains.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0HlG2zZ-B2E&list=PL962B89C18CF304CE

  • Bunker Buggy Betsy

    Trinity update…college contacts Scientology

    http://trinitynews.ie/scientology-advert-features-image-resembling-trinitys-long-room/

    Update at end of article.

    Trinity does not approve of their iconic library used to promote another cult…I mean Scientology.

    Seriously, good for them! Scientology clams think the work is their oyster.

    • Jenny Griffith

      …..Contact is being made with the Church of Scientologyย on the matter.โ€

      • Bunker Buggy Betsy

        Ok Nero Wolfe

  • Missionary Kid

    I finally asked my oldest sister about her involvement with Dianetics in the late 50s. (This was at the A.E. van Vogt home. He didn’t go for $cientology and kept the Dianetics movement going for a number of years after LRH founded Co$.)

    It turns out that sis was having some problems, and she’d been getting free counseling at the University she attended, but when she dropped out, she no longer had access to it. She needed to continue with a therapist. My dad, who was having numerous health problems, had changed his diet, thanks to a chiropractor he was going to, and it helped him substantially.

    The chiropractor recommended Dianetics counseling, so she signed up. It turns out that she was audited by van Vogt’s wife on several occasions. What caused her to leave was the constant pressure for money and the cult-like feel.

    I’m glad she left, but she’s spent the rest of her life searching for Jesus’ real meaning. She’s been moving from one relatively benign cultish fundamentalist Christian sect to another. At least, she practices kindness and has never practiced disconnection.

    I wish that she’d gotten some real psychological counseling, but that whole chain of events was over 55 years ago when she took that path. She’s not going to change now.

    • jazzlover

      I think the “kindness” part supersedes all else in an imperfect world, MK.

      • Missionary Kid

        Very true.

    • Van Vogts’ chaotic and inconsistant fiction was very similar to Hubbards’ careless and shallow writing – including perchant for ridiculously huge (and unscientific) numbers. He was redeemed by his imagination.

      It’s kind of disappointing to learn that Van Vogt was as greedy as Hubbard – but it’s poetic justice that he had to return to writing fiction to subsidise his own version of dianetics which he turned to after he could not accept ‘previous lives’.

      I’m sorry that this is the best thing I can say – but “relatively benign’ trumps Scientology.

      • Missionary Kid

        I don’t know if van Vogt was greedy. I think that possibly the whole organization was probably running on a shoestring and needed every dollar. It seems that the participants were true believers.

        It was run out of the van Vogt’s large, craftsman style house in Hollywood, IIRC. All of the meetings were held downstairs, and I got the sense that the family lived upstairs.

        • As I said, he did return to fiction writing specifically to subsidise the dianetics project… so you are probably right.

          Yours is a fascinating little bit of Scientology history.

  • Chee Chalker

    Ok, I’ve got the scoop of the century! Shelly Miscavige is in Antarctica! I found out from a scientologist who lives in East Grinstead.

    Gemma Harris (@gemthetwit) tweeted at 11:42am – 8 Feb 16:

    @CheeChalker Yes I’ve said shelley is in Antarctica

    I will expect my Pulitzer to be delivered shortly!

    I still cannot figure out how to cut and paste tweets…someone here was kind enough to tell me before, but I could not figure it out, so I just had to cut and paste.
    But her name is gemthetwit (which I love) and apparently she is pals with John Alex Wood. Need I say more…
    She is indeed a gem

    • jazzlover

      I think she’s a different kind of “buddy” with JAW than you think ๐Ÿ˜‰

      • Chee Chalker

        Uh oh…..well from her picture I could see them together. She appears to be a Python fan (the ‘Twit’ handle)

        • jazzlover

          She’s the one who tweeted last night about oral sex ๐Ÿ˜‰ I’m pretty sure that’s his girlfriend. The Python fandom is what got them in trouble with Eric Idle, btw.

          • Andrea ‘i-Betty’ Garner

            You’re right, Gemma is JAW’s gf ๐Ÿ™‚

          • Chee Chalker

            Ugh I missed that.
            Is it wrong that I am happy these two misfits found each other?
            For some reason I feel better knowing they have each other to lean on while in.

            Though they would probably write a KR on each other at the drop of a hat

            • jazzlover

              You’re right. But no, it’s not wrong to want people to find one another. It seems to be rare these days ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Royce Harlow

    Wow, this ad really has opened my mind and made me realize that we are in transitional and cosmic time, inbetween technology and spirituality. I think I’m going to try this out.
    – said no one ever.

  • Qbird

    A commercial from France: where technology meets reality ~ https://youtu.be/13GTbEW0bco lol

  • Observer

    The snow is really coming down here. Thank Xenu it’s too warm for it to stick.

    • Juicer77

      Be careful anyway!

  • nottrue
    • April

      WTG Trinity College. Rip ’em a new one.

    • Andrea ‘i-Betty’ Garner

      Oops, I’m so sorry I reposted this above, nottrue. Serves me right for not checking.

  • Lousy Ratatouille
    • Lousy Ratatouille
    • April

      Patience? I scoff at your patience.
      I’m more like George Costanza in that Seinfeld episode, running around screaming “serenity now! Serenity now!”

    • flyonthewall

      *humming* said sugar make it slow and we’ll come together fine
      *whistles*
      Yeah, I sound just like Axl don’t I? Damn I’m good

  • Juicer77

    This ad is just a rehash of last year’s ad. Word tweaks, some new images and voila. Even those minute changes probably took the entire year to get signed off by Mismanage.

  • nottrue
    • jazzlover

      Simple answer: because CBS has to pay mad money to the corporate entity known as the NFL for the privilege of airing it’s annual “look how awesome we are” concussion-fest.

  • Andrea ‘i-Betty’ Garner

    Tony, would you please clarify something for me? I don’t want to argue with anyone about this but I believe I am right when I say that the Headleys paid every penny of Scientology’s recovered attorney fees themselves and only afterwards was a fundraiser set up to help offset what they had been forced to sell. Thank you in advance *curtsey*

    • jazzlover

      Shhhhhhh. Tony’s gettin’ some shut eye ๐Ÿ˜‰

      • Andrea ‘i-Betty’ Garner

        Still?! Would someone please knock on his door? Threaten coffee if you must ๐Ÿ™‚

        • jazzlover

          LOL. A margarita might work better ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Tony Ortega

      Yes, that’s correct. Only after they had paid that $40,000 in attorneys fees — by selling a vehicle, raiding their savings, and even selling some backyard gym equipment — did they then open a gofundme. Our readers who then donated were donating to make them whole, not to pay their bill. And remember, they had decided to pay that money rather than take Scientology’s offer to wipe out the fees if they would spy for the church.

      • Andrea ‘i-Betty’ Garner

        Thank you for getting back to me so quickly ๐Ÿ™‚

        • jazzlover

          You’re welcome ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • nottrue
    • jazzlover

      Is she talking south of the Canadian border?

  • It’s wonderful that you just know that the only tweet that sounds positive (“That was cool. I’m going to check out Scientology”). Is sarcastic. Their PR is so bad that only members would see it as anything else.

    • $cnMonkeyNut$

      Clams wouldnโ€™t understand anyway… sarcasm doesnโ€™t appear on the tone scale ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Andrea ‘i-Betty’ Garner

    Did an advertisement for the Church of Scientology that played during Sunday nightโ€™s Super Bowl feature a cameo by Trinity [College, Dublin]?

    In a video entitled โ€œWho Am I?โ€ which aired during the game, viewers can catch a quick glimpse of a room (below) resembling the Long Room of Collegeโ€™s Old Library.

    โ€œThe image used in the advertisement for the Church of Scientology bears a strong resemblance to the 18th century library. No permission was granted by Trinity College Dublin for its usage and it does not endorse it in this form of promotion. Contact is being made with the Church of Scientology on the matter.โ€

    http://trinitynews.ie/scientology-advert-features-image-resembling-trinitys-long-room/

    ETA: Thank you to John Robertson at SPs. 2nd ETA: apologies to nottrue for double-posting this.

    F5/Refresh

    • jazzlover

      I suspect they’d have better luck hiring an army of Christian henchmen to “handle” the discussions ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Tony Ortega

      It’s entertaining to see Trinity College acting upset, but I’d bet that was just stock footage, and there’s probably nothing the college can do about it.

      • Andrea ‘i-Betty’ Garner

        Isn’t it gorgeous, though? I want to lie on the floor and look up at the barrel ceiling.

        • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

          It makes me think of the Doctor Who “Silence in the Library” episode. Which in turn, makes me start singing the Fall song “No Bulbs” (“I’ve got / the biggest library yet…”). Which then makes me…never mind. It’s a beautiful library, is what I’m trying to say. ; )

          • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

            “Hey, who turned out the lights?”

            • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

              “Count the shadows…”

            • $cnMonkeyNut$

              โ€œ…Donna Noble has been Saved!โ€

          • Andrea ‘i-Betty’ Garner

            You have a very interesting mind ๐Ÿ˜€

            • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

              Not really, but it is like a pinball game in there sometimes.

      • Royce Harlow

        Probably. But it is kinda funny that this billion dollar church that has one of the best equipped studio in the country, decides to resort to stock footage

  • jazzlover

    Totally OT, but humorous nonetheless because of the sheer craziness of the thought of Kim Jung-un becoming an assistant coach for the New York Knicks:

    http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2016/02/08/dennis-rodman-knicks-coach/

  • Qbird
    • Andrea ‘i-Betty’ Garner

      Someone has written this comment which made me giggle like a child:

      “I like it better when they ask “Why are we here?”

      (Answer: To provide a safe haven for tape worms)”

    • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

      I enjoyed “meat popsicle.”

      • Qbird

        so funny, their brand is trash, yet they are big…

        • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

          OK, now I just wanna go watch the wiener dog commercial again from the Super Bowl!

  • new bollocks https://www.scientologybollocks.com/8160-2/

    bonus gif

    kitteh knows [Ross Voice] Kah Rah Tay http://i.imgur.com/jMGmREa.gif

    • Andrea ‘i-Betty’ Garner

      I wonder whether John Alex Wood had to leave his hand in caustic acid overnight after Tony shook hands with him at the Louis T premiรจre.

      • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

        Lol. He probably ran home to get on the cans XD

        • Andrea ‘i-Betty’ Garner

          Wasn’t it the greatest thing, Johnny? ๐Ÿ˜€

          • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

            Made a great evening even better. He certainly got an SP overload. I bet he rued that day XD

      • reminder

        pic

        • Andrea ‘i-Betty’ Garner

          Pete’s tinfoil suit messed with JAW’s neurotransmitters!

          • daisy

            LOL – I love, loved loved this suit. Where did he get it? When my brother wanted a yellow mustard satin suit ,my neighbor had to sew it.

      • Newiga

        “SP cooties!!!! Ron, heeeeelp meeeeee!””

        • Andrea ‘i-Betty’ Garner

          Bah, you should have been with us that weekend! Lots of people asked where you were and we had to wipe away many tears when they found out you couldn’t come *shakes fist furiously at your employer*

          • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

            *Pssst* you have to persuade her to come to… you know what ๐Ÿ˜‰

            • Andrea ‘i-Betty’ Garner

              I thought you had emailed her! I shall email her this very second ๐Ÿ˜€

            • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

              I did – no reply yet :’-(

            • Juicer77

              WHAT?!? ๐Ÿ˜‰

            • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

              Lol ๐Ÿ˜‰

          • Newiga

            I was so sad that I couldn’t be there! :'( I would’ve loved it!! Btw. Didn’t Tony ask JAW to give his opinion about the movie?

            Ps. Kinda happy to hear that my absence caused tears though. ๐Ÿ˜›

            • Andrea ‘i-Betty’ Garner

              Tony said “I’ll look forward to hearing your thoughts afterwards” – or words to that effect. I think it took JAW 10 more minutes before he scarpered. He certainly wasn’t in the theatre. To give him his dues he did shake hands with Tony (although I think he was taken by surprise), and when Pete asked whether he should stop filming he said he was ok with it. He attempted his TRs on all of us, including Johnny Tank and Juicer, but Pete’s tinfoil suit interrupted their flow.

            • Andrea ‘i-Betty’ Garner

              You have mail ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Juicer77

        Heh heh.

  • Panopea Abrupta

    In their ads to flog their fake infinity,
    A stolen image – the Long Room at Trinity.
    They’re so quick to sue
    But will steal for woo –
    T’was the teaching of their false divinity.

    Knock knock
    Woo’s there.

    Knock knock
    Woo’s there?
    Reg
    Reg woo?
    Rejoice, I’m from the IAS

    At the intersection of technology and spirituality

    We got rotary phones
    We got telex too
    Our tech is full
    Of $cientific woo
    Late at night
    If I’m feeling blue
    I’ll pull your folders
    And laugh at you.
    Then I’ll send PIs
    For some OSA stew
    Or OT John Allender
    And his creepy crew.

  • Rita G

    I feel I’ve stumbled into a strange new world. An unfamiliar world, where Tony Ortega takes a day off. Enjoy it sir!

    • jazzlover

      We’ll just call it a Brave New World. Of course, that’s a whole other can of worms entirely, as Huxley may have indeed been as off the rails as LRoon.

      • a Rue New World, thankyouverymuch…..

    • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

      Rueing is hard work – he deserves a day off.

      • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

        A good roux takes time and a slow burn.

      • jazzlover

        Roo you, buddy ๐Ÿ˜‰

        • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

          Hebbo!

          • jazzlover

            Tarvuism? LOL. I’m a kangaROO, not an octopus ๐Ÿ˜‰

            • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

              Then I can’t talk to you – I can only talk to octopi.

            • jazzlover

              Is that 3.14 octopuses?

            • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

              Octopus pie?

            • jazzlover

              Yum ๐Ÿ™‚

      • most definitely!!! more than one!

        • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

          Let’s not get carried away. I need my daily Bunker fix.

          • the man deserves time off!! he works daily—like sea org slaves…..

            • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

              But without the beatings. He’s a workoholic – let’s not suppress it ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • he’s soaking in all the rues he’s been receiving….if we had a rue counter here in the bunker, besides it being straight up and vertical, our rues would be WOW, just WOW, THERE man!!! Just SO on point!

      • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

        Our rues are the bomb diggity, baby.

        • and they’re semicolon clear too!!

    • flyonthewall

      A day off!? No sleep till Clearwater! Then he gets one day of sleep then after that no sleep till LA. *nods*

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=07Y0cy-nvAg

      • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

        Man oh man, did I have a mad crush on young Ad-Rock in my junior high days…

        • flyonthewall

          Ikr, who doesn’t like Beastie Boys!? Commies, that’s who.

          I saw them on their Intergalactic tour and the girls were going crazy. Not in a stupid screeching Beatles fan type of way but in a cool its a party lets get down and dance type of way.

          • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

            That’s awesome. I only saw them live once–at Lolla in…1994? George Clinton joined them on stage. It was easily the best set of the day.

            • flyonthewall

              I’m so jealous, that is very cool. I never went to any Lollapaloozas bc in its heyday I was still under the thumb of a crazy, oppressive parent. I literally had to hide my music bc it would be destroyed and I would be punished if it was found.

              Here’s a youtube vid of them in Vegas for the 1st stop of the ’94 Lolla show

              https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=slgbeO0s_xY&t+1m3s

            • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

              Yep, that’s about right! Only, I was at the West Virginnie show. Honestly, you didn’t miss much in ’94. The Breeders were good, and the Beasties, of course, and Clinton and crew, a couple of the second stage acts, too. Nobody blew my mind, though, and the rest was meh. I’d have traded it all to have seen Fishbone a few years earlier.

            • flyonthewall

              You know, I’ve always seen their logo here n there on t-shirts etc but have never actually heard them till now w/a few youtube samples. Holy crap! This is a deep rabbit hole indeed ๐Ÿ™‚

            • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

              Ohhhh…I am resisting the urge to pop your Fishbone cherry with vid after vid…OK, definitely look for their live stuff, they were insane-o on stage. Even their spots on the late-night circuit (SNL, Arsenio, etc.) were like shit I’d never seen on my tee-vee before. My little girl mind was blown to bits. I was converted.

            • jazzlover

              I’ve posted this before, but it’s cool enough to post again:

              https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0E6fvVaVgOQ

            • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

              Yeah, I love this!

            • jazzlover

              For me, it showed they could play instruments. They were kickin’ it there. Dig that wicked organ playing ๐Ÿ™‚

            • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

              I especially appreciated their nod to rock history, and the fact that they basically gave up one of their slots to somebody else’s tune. For me, it confirmed again that they were good eggs.

            • jazzlover

              All New Yawkas are ๐Ÿ˜‰

          • Jimmy3

            I never saw them live, but Hello Nasty was the first album I ever bought on the day it was released. Get this–there was an actual fricken store (with walls and a roof) where all they sold was music and music related accessories.

            • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

              First and only record I’ve ever bought on date of release was The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. Then spent all day driving around the city with the windows down, just letting it sink in. It was a beautiful day.

            • flyonthewall

              Memories! lala-de-da *hums*

              They still have those here n there but I’m convinced they’re just hipster money laundering operations now

            • Ella Raitch

              Vinyl or cd?

      • SucculentDuck

        I grew up in a small town called Brooklyn, not NY, and this song was a main part of my High School Rebellion Soundtrack. One Internet Bonus Point if you can name the guy that plays the solo without looking it up.

  • Lousy Ratatouille

    No news yet.
    May I suggest to you this talented and charming little girl’s rendion of Stromae’s famous song “Formidable”?
    No need to understand any French to understand.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Crtb_rNwFE

    • what are you waiting for news on?

      • Lousy Ratatouille

        Tony posted a comment yesterday evening (if you sort by best it’s the first one) that made me think there might be news very shortly. Something about some cool stories that are coming later.

        • MostEthicalPimp

          I thought it was him saying not to expect anything today but don’t worry he is working on several great stories for later in the week!

        • Not gonna search, think MEP has it right….give the man a day off….you’ll be okay…..

  • MostEthicalPimp

    This was found near CC Int. The lies lifted straight from Dianetics are hilarious. Clears don’t have doubts? Oh, wait they get those from BTs Fork over $200,000 and will see what we can do about them. Also, it sets clears up to not admit to having doubts.

    • MostEthicalPimp

      Have to comment on just how insane the text is when you known why Hubbard ordered the Volcano be placed on the cover of his master piece. The Single Source is in conflict with OT3 volcano that tells you yor problems are the result of BTs. Well, I guess maybe it’s the reactive minds of your BTs.

    • Newiga

      There is a single source of self-doubts, anxieties, insecurities and unreasonable fears.
      It suffocates and restrains all those things you like most about yourself.
      Itโ€™s not your reactive mind, itโ€™s Scientology.
      And thereโ€™s a way to get rid of it. BLOW as fast as you can!

    • ze moo

      Whenever I have a chemical imbalance, I have another Bourbon…. and call a taxi.

    • Newiga

      Doesn’t that volcano look a bit like the monster from the movie Tremors? F5

      http://www.lonepinefilmhistorymuseum.org/images/stories/Tremors_WWorm_300.jpg

    • BosonStark

      Why wasn’t that Scientology crap in the Super Bowl ad, I mean, rid yourself of your reactive mind? Instead the whole ad looked like it was for a tablet. Even showing a volcano would be loony.

  • Jimmy3

    Every bag of Oreos proudly says, “Milk’s Favorite Cookie”, right? Well I was curious and decided to ask Milk about this, and it says it absolutely never made that statement. It says it likes Oreos just fine, of course. They’re good. But Milk said it doesn’t ever play favorites and would never say anything like that. In fact, the whole ordeal has soured Milk’s opinion of Oreo so much so that IF it did play favorites, Oreo wouldn’t even be in the top 10.

    Lying-ass cookies.

    • Jimmy3

      This post is off-topic, by the way. Sorry I forgot to put that in.

    • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

      This post is very off-topic. Should be labeled so >:-(

      • no no no, the topic is commercials….i’m sure there was a cookie commercial, so yeah, it’s on topic….and i’m sure lrh ate cookies…. ๐Ÿ˜€

        • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

          The only connection I see is advertising containing lies and deceit. I’ve never heard of lrh eating cookies, but his teeth did seem to bare the scars of being ravaged by sugary substances.
          OK – I’ll allow Jimmy some leeway on this, just to see where it goes.

          • that’s very kind of you! and um, heads up, i might post something OT later, tomorrow, the next day, etc ๐Ÿ˜‰

            • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

              As long as it has something to do with Eddie, crows or cats then it’s OK.

            • you’re in luck! ๐Ÿ™‚ well i might post some other bird pix, gotta see how they look….there is a phone call with edward i had today ๐Ÿ˜€

            • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

              Edward is cray-cray – in a good way. Lol.

    • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

      This response is on topic because Hubbard was a lyin’ ass bitch. Also, because I just mentioned Fishbone downthread.
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1OuiuolN1r4

    • MostEthicalPimp

      Oreos, the Scientologists of cookies.

      • Acherontia

        Hey now, let’s not say mean things.

    • i think you should contact the milk council or whatever they call themselves and ask them why they dislike THE american cookie–chocolate chips and prefer oreos….did oreos make ’em a deal? did they kill the keebler elves or have them tied up in a tree somewhere so they can’t complain? What’s the deal with this? this is some unholy marriage here!!

      • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

        Big Cookie is in bed with Big Milk..?

        • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

          Ugh… I just pictured what a mess that would be :-/

          • crumbs everywhere!!

            • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

              Just a big pile of soggy mush – like your brain on scientology.

  • Mark Foster

    Just a reminder: If you can point out the lies, inconsistencies, contradictions, nonsense, and pseudo-science in Dianetics and Scientology, you are an SP. If you provide documentation of the ” church’s” sordid criminal activities, lawsuits, fraud and abuse, YOU are a criminal. If you dare to point out Hubbard’s factual war service record, school grades, family history, and medical history, you are a degraded being who can not differentiate between a (whack) “philosophy” and its (malignant narcissist) creator…If you mention the church’s financial assets or the IAS’ lack of accounting transparency
    or wonder how a tax-exempt, “non-profit” organization makes its members pay fixed fees, into the hundreds of thousands of dollars, you are a “hater” spreading “black pr” .If you can’t wrap your head around an entity such as OSA, which harasses and surveils and has been known to commit or sponsor criminal actions, or disagree with practices such as forced abortion, disconnection, and fair game, well, by golly, you are a dead-in-the-head wog meat-sack who simply doesn’t understand the true nature of the MEST UNIVERSE or comprehend the seriousness and urgency of the scientology universe-salvaging mission. If you point out that scientology orgs are empty…or refer to books by ex-members, YOU ARE A RELIGIOUS BIGOT.
    And these motherfuckers wonder why the world looks askance at them????

    • jazzlover

      Askance is cool and all. Now it’s time for action. I’ve said this before, but the whole tax-exemption thing alone should piss off every tax-payer in the world.

    • April

      Well said. You are on point today, Mark.

    • Sid (Phil Jones)

      ,,, or if you have someone on your Facebook friends list who fits any of the above, even though you may not have talked to them in years, or even decades, then you are subject to the same labeling and fair game as they are.

    • Ella Raitch

      Awesome post is awesome

    • Lighthouse

      Beautifully summarised!

  • ze moo

    Discus is not always my friend, but it showed me something strange today. RD Beeson went into the 3 months ago story on Cathroina White and posted this.

    http://tonyortega.org/2015/09/30/jim-carreys-scientologist-girlfriend-on-srd-when-she-killed-herself-friends/#comment-2502205170

    F5 Troll or something else?

    • ze moo

      If Donald Trump is ever waterboarded, can I watch? He stated that waterboarding is not torture in the last repub debate.

    • Jimmy3

      Crazy people are cute, but it’s best not to try to pet them. Often times they don’t understand the difference between good touch and bad touch.

      • ze moo

        Show me on the doll where the clam man touched you.

        • Jimmy3

          *pulls out the doll’s pockets*

          • Jimmy3

            Name the episode, fly

            • flyonthewall

              idk, did it involve Rod and Todd?

            • Jimmy3

              I think it was when Bart sued to become an emancipated minor.

            • flyonthewall

              I shall consult the DVD collection and return with my findings ASAP, sir!

              eta – looks like that is season 14 and I only have up to 12 ๐Ÿ™ Also I’ve never seen that episode but from the wiki page description that does sound like the right episode

            • MostEthicalPimp

              Here:

            • Jimmy3

              That’s the one! Good work

    • flyonthewall

      Hilarious that’s what! I don’t understand one thing, is he saying that the members should be seized by the State as ill-gotten gains? It’s an intriguing suggestion but not very practical

      • ze moo

        Not so hilarious, perhaps an attempt to equate the Bunker with dangerous ‘hate speech’?

        • jazzlover

          That’s what I think. He’s being ironic, based on the numbskulled comments I’ve seen just at Rathbun’s place.

          • Mooser42001

            “comments I’ve seen just at Rathbun’s place”

            Went over there to see what, if anything, he had to say about the suit and fired legal team.
            What on earth is his sudden resentment of Tony Ortega and the Bunker all about? Has anybody on earth given the suit a more detailed and sympathetic coverage?

            And then the comments. Wow.

            • jazzlover

              The people commenting there are largely clueless. Calling this place a cesspool filled with never-ins who have little right to an opinion is a HUGE sign of that.

        • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

          Yes. Do not engage.

        • flyonthewall

          Let’s try to stay on topic here and get back to the seized members. Now, bc recruitment is deceptive, members could technically be classified as ill-gotten gains. But what is the govt going to do? Take Tom Cruise and any other Scientologist for that matter, lock him in a box and put him in a warehouse until someone comes to claim him? That’s absurd! Or is it…

          • Kestrel

            Sometimes a seized member is a good thing.

        • OOkpik

          I seem to have missed any Bunker reference, but then, I seem to miss a lot.
          ETA: Duh…Didn’t see the Bunker link.
          MODERATOR!

    • Kestrel

      RD Beason is promoting violence. As much as I despise what Scientology does to families and individuals, I cannot support what is being said in that comment.

      • ze moo

        Pretty much everything in that rant is a violation of the constitution and the accepted rules of law. No legal or law enforcement professional is going to take that rant seriously.

      • ze moo

        Beason has only 25 comments in Discus and his comments are public. He seems to be interested in politics in Alberta. Doesn’t seem to be a clam plant, but how could I tell?

        • Robert Eckert

          Looks nothing at all like a clam plant. I did put a message of disapproval in response, in case CoS ever tries to cite the existence of the post as evidence that Bunkeroos advocate violence.

    • Free Minds, Free Hearts

      Troll or just bat shit crazy, hard to tell.

  • OOkpik

    Many thanks to whomever is holding the fort while Tony takes a well-deserved break.

    • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

      I say we re-arrange the furniture in here while he’s away. Then when he comes back he’ll be like: “What the f… FLY!!!”.

      • flyonthewall

        Sir, I am unaware of any such activity or operation… nor would I be disposed to discuss such an operation if it did in fact exist, sir.

        • You are the one who requested your hotel room have no furniture. This is a fact that is known. Any furniture is missing from the bunker, we’ll come looking for you! ๐Ÿ™‚

      • phoebequeen

        Glue everything on ceiling..

    • Sid (Phil Jones)

      That would be the cats. The Bunker is in good hands,, er,, paws.

      • OOkpik

        Yes, while the Boss cat’s away the paws will flay.

      • phoebequeen

        I am standing my post. You need me on that wall. You want me on that wall. Uh, erbody, I need to go to litter box right now. Whose turn is it?

    • Jimmy3

      Oh shit, the owl is right… we were supposed to have someone guarding the fort.

      • OOkpik

        Good luck with that. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • OTD:OutTheDoor

    Just finished Troublemaker. Go Leah!

  • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

    So…let’s see…I could post the Elfmans’ new podcast ep. Or, I could go put pins in my eyes. Tough choice.

    Pisses me off that their podcast is under the Nerdist umbrella now. Not sure how that happened. Goddamn you, Chris Hardwick!

  • nottrue
  • flyonthewall

    So here’s a random bit of real world crazy. I have a friend who is a radical lefty and moves in those circles. Someone put this in his mailbox last night. (f5)

    • They give printing a bad name! That’s really funny!! A fucking badly written note….hahahahaha…..

      • flyonthewall

        ikr. They should of used letters cutup from a magazine

        • THAT would have been brilliant!! One year—obviously before 9/11—a friend and i made wacky valentines. We decorated brown paper lunch bags according to what we put in them.

          Bunnies said “You’re the pick of the patch” and had a can of saurerkraut
          Bats said “You drive me batty” had plastic bats inside
          Vincent Van Gogh said “I’d cut off an ear for you” with a can of corn inside

          one special one, just one of these, went to his evil evil ex-gf, we drew a deer and it said “You’re dear to me” and inside was a #1 of deer meat that was leaking and quite foul. We left it outside her apartment door.

          all the other ones we just randomly put on porches……one halloween we got trick or treat bags and put 1 necco wafer, 1 army guy, 1 balloon, and 1 penny and put them in people’s newspaper box (didn’t wanna mess with the post office)…..someone knew someone who got one and they had to play it straight when the person kept saying “WHAT DOES IT MEAN?!”

          • Rasha

            BEST. REBUS. EVAR.

          • flyonthewall

            Oh that is all classic! Rancid meat in a bag!? “WHAT DOES IT MEAN!? Excellent work all around.

            In the spirit, I will share a prank we did. There was an apt building near us which we constantly messed with just bc it was funny and convenient. Once we smeared mash potatoes on the door knob and waited for someone to come and open the door. We didn’t have to wait long and gd it was hilarious. The guy was revolted and pissed, looking around all crazy for who did it and not knowing what to do with his hand. Oh man. I’m cracking up just thinking about it.

            • Jimmy3

              And the legend of Potato Knob was born

            • flyonthewall

              if we were genuinely crazy we would of waited on the roof with a bucket of gravy and dumped it on him after he grabbed the door knob. That is just movie level pranking right there, who would believe it? No one.

            • WHAT DOES IT MEAN?!?! ๐Ÿ˜€ that is fucking funny and makes me think of that beastie boys song…..”if this is gonna be that kind of party i’ll stick my dick in the mashed potatoes”

    • Rasha

      Oooooo.. shot through the heart….

      • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

        Ha! First thing that went thru my head, too. Not my heart, though.

  • TOT: couple pix then phone call with edward and then edward’s son being edwardlike!

    when i got home—no snow accumulation yet—it was snowing fat flakes and i saw these 2 blue jays and 1 cardinals in the bushes in the backyard next to me (that’s eddie’s garage behind ’em)….cardinal at 1pm, blue jays at 4pm-ish and 11pm-ish…..http://ic.pics.livejournal.com/misstia/5549708/1009521/1009521_800.jpg

    the crowmance is going well!! i thought it was just ONE crow up there, waiting for crows to be leaving for the day, as the other night there was a crow traffic controller; but nope….i saw one move, then saw the other…..they’re a courtin’! http://ic.pics.livejournal.com/misstia/5549708/1009674/1009674_800.jpg

    no photo, but the idiot squirrel brothers have a i dunno what….a roommate? one of them has a boyfriend? maybe they got a case manager or someone to help them in squirrel-land? but they now come over and go home with another male squirrel…..they all get along fine….so whatever their situation i’m happy for them and will of course include their friend in peanut butter sandwich day….

    so despite aching all over, i went to all 7 stores this morning, actually 8 since i got some gas as i saw it was $1.35/gallon….so i have rations now (the critters always have rations)….driving home from my last stop, grinch ring tone (edward collects grinches)….

    yeah?
    are you home?
    you can’t look out your fucking window?
    i told you i can’t see your van
    i’ve been in your house i know damn well you can see where i park from that window, what do you want from me?
    how do you look up an address?
    what do you mean?
    how you found gary’s [gary is his brother, let that sink in]
    switchboard dot com
    they aren’t in the phone book
    look up property records in their county by their name
    it isn’t in their name
    then ask them, dafuq? who’s address do you need?
    JT’s [JT is HIS SON]
    why don’t you call HIM and ask him for his address?
    i don’t have his number
    [heavy sigh] how many years have i have been giving you his #?
    the same you’ve been giving him mine [JT calls me asking for his dad’s #]
    i’m driving, i’m not looking at my phone address book, i’ll stop in front of your house in about 2 minutes and give it to you
    can you write it down?
    BRING OUT PAPER AND PEN and YOU can write it down! [then i hung up]

    i pull up, and give him the #…..go home, put perishables away, the others stuff can wait til tomorrow, made a sandwich and came up here to eat……about 30 minutes later JT CALLS ME…..

    yeah?
    what’s my dad’s cell #?
    what the fuck is this, connect milton father-son day?
    he called me from his home # but said to call his cell but didn’t leave it for me
    and of course you don’t have it
    no ma’am i do not
    you know your father called me to get your phone #
    you’re our operator
    i need a raise
    [then i give him the #] can you maybe put it in your phone cuz you both seem to always have MY #???
    will do
    i don’t believe it
    [he laughed]

    they don’t have their #s….but always mine…..FFS! i’d say i wanna run away and join the circus but i already live there….

    • Free Minds, Free Hearts

      ROFL Miss Tia, that is the funniest interchange of the day.

      • I can sometimes read ‘phone call with edward’ transcripts months later and find some humor but usually at the time they’re painful….though the time he thought his KEYBOARD was the control panel and his volume button was his display lighting adjustment button was hysterical at the time and is STILL funny as fuck….he of course still doesn’t find that funny….

        • Free Minds, Free Hearts

          I just love imaging your interactions!

    • jazzlover

      Don’t be offended, but I’m sittin’ here in stitches ๐Ÿ™‚ You should seriously consider taking the Edward family out on the road as a comedy act. You’d clean up!

      Nice photos and descriptions, btw. You certainly have a way with words ๐Ÿ™‚

      • he doesn’t realize ‘phone calls with edward’ get posted to the internet to the extent they do….there’s been a couple where i say “this is going online” and a couple times i’ve said “let me refer back to our call transcript” and i’ll go back over the call and he’ll ask how i have that and i’ll tell him “i blogged it dude”…..

        i gotta try to get a pix of the idiot squirrel brothers and their buddy…..i’ll probably never knew his relationship with them, and i sort of feel bad i might misconstrue it, so i’ll just call him their roommate….that should cover it—friendship, romance, social worker, etc….

        the blue jays and cardinal stayed in that bush quite some time…..such striking colors a midst the brown branches and the blue jays were obviously acting contrary to their ‘fighting’ stereotype…..

        • jazzlover

          That first part is hilarious!

          I love your bird pics — keep ’em coming!

        • Rita G

          You should write a book, ‘Phone Calls With Edward’. I smell a very entertaining best seller!

          • probably an entertaining bathroom reader…..edward probably would have no idea…..someone at his work could have a copy and he’d look at it and think “that sounds familiar” and it’d probably turn into a phone call from edward……can you imagine? ‘there’s a book about phone calls with a dumb guy with my name’…..uh huh…..that cracks me up thinking about that…..

            • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

              Just don’t let Tony review it. We know how that will end :-/

            • Rita G

              Any criticism from Tony means he “HATES it” with a white hot rathful burn.

            • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

              He is a hard man to please.

            • well it wouldn’t be scientology based ๐Ÿ™‚ i think i’d have skittles review it…..

              Skittles gives this book 5 inches of projectile vomiting!!

            • Rita G

              You might be looking at a multi-volume project. ‘More Phone Calls With Edward, Vol. II’.

            • shit, i’ve been told to write about my life and that would be a couple volumes! ๐Ÿ˜€ then add in phone calls with edward? EEK!

            • phoebequeen

              snort.

    • Rasha

      So Douglas Adams / James Thurber, these events!! ^_^ Need to be compiled….

      • i do compile them…..i have years of these calls….

        • Rasha

          CORRECTION: ^_^ Need to be published…

          • i’m gonna put them on a tumblr or something….all in one place….

    • phoebequeen

      Good Lord, it’s like whose on First? You are so nice to help them and the critters. I too watch the birds and squirrels. We used to have a nice gay couple, Cerill and Earl who were squirrels and lived together. Very happy together. Love looking for Chickadees and Cardinals too.

      • i wonder if Cerill and Earl were brothers? i know my idiot squirrel brothers are brothers (they’re also idiots, obviously, hence the name)…..their buddy might be a boyfriend, i dunno….i do know the idiot squirrel brothers have zero interest in female squirrels as it was mating season a month or so ago and a female squirrel was trying to get the brother’s attention and they were busy playing tag with each other….she got fed up and went looking for another squirrel or a q-tip…..

        i’ve got chickadees….hard to get their pix as they flit away so quick at times!!! use to be just one or two, but now there’s about a dozen or so chickadees….mostly sparrows….lots and lots of sparrows…..and of course cardinals and blue jays….starlings….can’t think of their names–nut hatches? that’s not right…..wood peckers—several different kinds…..of course the crows….young mr. hawk (cooper’s hawk)…..the red tail hawk….LOVE watching the birds!!

        REAL reality tv! ๐Ÿ™‚

        • phoebequeen

          Love red tailed hawks too. I have a love hate relationship with woodpeckers. They have destroyed some trees in back yard. Weird thing is, I haven’t seen any adult Cardinals this winter. I have seen the young ones from last seasons hatchings, but no big daddy. Strange as this place is lousy with them. We also have the yellow finches too. I love watching the chickadees in spring and summer . I have small bird houses on the walls of my front porch. Decorative really. I put steel wool in holes, but they made it their homes. I can sit in rocker, reading paper and they pay me no mind when they are building nest or feeding the babies. They are very good parents. I have only been able to catch a glimpse of a baby chickadee leaving the nest once.

          • lots of male cardinals around here with their womenfolk….i love how they check the area out first, then call for their lady to join them and will watch the area to protect her…..i had cardinals nesting in my back yard last summer…..i did NOT go back in that area AT ALL as i didn’t want to scare them away! i haven’t seen any gold finches this winter….had them all spring and summer though…..

            i had mourning doves nesting where the soffit? came down a couple years ago….above a window in the computer room…..they had 3 clatches of babies before the gutter and area got repaired—and i ensured their babies had flown the nest and no new eggs laid before that happened too!! mourning doves are great parents…..hell, watching a robin build a nest last year then feed her kids, they’re great parents too!! i got video of that….cuz obviously i will go video such things…. ๐Ÿ˜€ never seen a baby chickadee—that’d be awesome!!!

            ETA: a couple years ago, there was a red headed woodpecker and 3 of their kids and it was fascinating watching them teach them how to peck holes and then feeder them from the suet feeder and then making them feed themselves…..

            • phoebequeen

              Wow. Getting to see woodpeckers teach how to peck would be cool. And loud! I love the doves. They are so sweet as parents too. Had a family that was taking the kiddies out when they were just learning. The two babies, sat next to each other, warming themselves on our deck. The moms and pops were close by keeping a very close eye on them.
              I got to peek inside one of the bird houses a few years ago in between chickadees parents comings and goings. I had to be fast as they literally tag team. They will perch outside of nest with worm, do a chirp, one flies out, the other one flies in. That’s when I jumped up and , wearing gloves and had flashlight, looked in. Three teeny, tiny heads with yellow , open mouths and no sounds greeted me. Quickly put back house and sat down. I swear , I think I got a look. Whachoo talkin bout Willis?

            • i got pix of the woodpeckers somewhere…..wasn’t really loud at all!! mourning dove parents work together….it’s amazing the babies leave the nest 10-12 after they’re born!! dad will still feed them for a few weeks though……but not in the nest…..baby robins are GREEDY! they just want worm after worm after worm…..i felt so bad for the mama robin going after worm after worm after worm…..

              mourning doves tag team when the babies are small too!! robin’s don’t….the dad is around but he doesn’t sit on the nest at all….

            • phoebequeen

              So true about robins. Once, after all the other babies had flown away, one, fat , little sucker was left. I watched him hop up on deck. Chirp, chirp, chirp, for mom. Looks left and right. Hops up on table. Again, looking around for moms. Then, he realizes moms has left the building, and starts to get his wings flapping. Flap, flap, flap….he takes off…he is in flight….and…lands head first into playset. I couldn’t help but laugh at the poor little thing. I saw him move up higher on playset ,so I am assuming he finally learned flight.

            • i tried to take video a baby robin learning to fly this past summer by dv-pos was blasting his bass and kept yelling over to me, grrrr……the mom was trying to entice the baby to fly up to a higher branch by having berries in her mouth…she’d swoop down let him taste the berries then fly away and chirp for him….took him FOREVER—like HOURS before he flew up a couple feet—probably the tree vibrating didn’t help from the bass…..after awhile, she ate the berries, then got him a worm….then she got more berries to entice him again….

            • phoebequeen

              That is so cool. It’s always such a welcome site around here around the end of March, when we see a Robin. We know that the snow will leave and spring will sprung.

            • i posted a pix a couple weeks ago of robins i saw by the target about 5-7 minutes from me……though i haven’t seen any around my house….for me, it’s not officially spring until the toads come out of hibernation ๐Ÿ™‚

  • mon elle

    This should have been on last night:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YbYWhdLO43Q

  • nottrue

    OT8isGreat is great in this and so was his Cat……go to 12:50 for Jeff…https://youtu.be/ePqIg3FSics

    • jazzlover

      Unfortunately, he was the only one.

    • ze moo

      How did Jeff keep a straight face?

      • jazzlover

        There were a couple of times where I thought he was gonna lose it. Somehow he managed to recover. I’m not sure “Vanilla Ice” would’ve noticed, though.

  • MostEthicalPimp

    To Jimmy3 and FLY: F5 again

    • MostEthicalPimp

      I just tweeted this to nacy…

      • Jimmy3

        Excellent!

    • flyonthewall

      *claps* Good show old chap! Yes yes, magnificent

  • Observer

    Thank Xenu that’s over! I had to go to the office today to train someone. I honestly don’t know how I got through the 4.5 years I worked in the office without going on some type of murder spree.

    • jazzlover

      That’s the spirit! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Jimmy3

      Hey, there’s always tomorrow.

      • Observer

        I don’t have to go in tomorrow. The second worst part of the whole thing was having to actually get dressed.

        • Jimmy3

          WTF??? You should get hazard pay for having to do that.

          • Observer

            Or at least matching funds to help pay for my PTSD therapy.

            • Jimmy3

              Or at least a gift card for TJ Maxx or something.

        • BabySmurfette

          I’m a work from home-er too. The hubby is shocked when he gets home and finds out I showered that day.

    • Rasha

      Don’t. If you relieve that stress all at once, you’ll get complacent and stay another 4.5 years. Office Tectonics. Nah, best bet is a tiny bit of mercury in th– ….ahem ..a, uh…. bit of mer-er-ertime off once in a while is good.

      • Observer

        I hadn’t had to go in for about six months, so I had no grounds to try to weasel out of it.

        • flyonthewall

          you should of shot yourself in the foot! literally

          • Observer

            Drat! I’m not a Scientologist, so I am not proficient in the art of footbulletry.

    • Ben Franklin

      The Benjamins saved you.

    • aegerprimo
    • Bavarian Rage

      Great restraint!

  • phoebequeen

    I didn’t see ad. Upstate NY. Irony when I saw images of the internet. Like they are allowed to look.
    I have a question that just popped in my head when I read yesterdays post from Txlawyer. Has anyone had a thought, that Marty and Monique went back in? The only reason I ask, is I went back and read up on the history of how long Marty and Mike and Cob have know each other. All that they did together and what finally drove him away and the years since. It just dawned on me. I hope I am wrong. I probably am. Stranger things have happened though.

    • phoebequeen

      I know Monique was a never in also.

      • aegerprimo

        Monique is a never-in and recently Monique and Marty adopted a baby. No fly zone for joining the Sea Org.

        • phoebequeen

          True. Just something that popped in my head. I should probably go yell at a wall now or something.

          • aegerprimo

            Take two aspirins and call me in the morning.

    • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

      Who’s Marty – we don’t know any Marty.

      • jazzlover

        LOL.

      • Rita G

        You shall live to rue the day you forgot his Rathfulness!

        • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

          Go ahead and fair game me – see if I care.

          • Rita G

            Sorry, just spouting the “hive mind” verbiage. It’s like I’ve been subjected to mind control exercises.

        • What about Rathburn?

          Rathburn, definition: A pathetic attempt at a ‘burn’ (ie: insult) by an individual with the last name Rathbun. Example: You will rue the day. There is no burn to recipient of said remark; but much mirth and merriment is made at the Rathburn’s expense. Leading one to suppose, they will rue the day, they made a Rathburn.

          • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

            You’re good. You could get a job as a word clearer!

            • somewhat OT, one time in college, in a history class—one of the basic ones you had to take—the professor gave us a list of 50 items to define….she said if we defined them all, we’d basically know everything we needed for the final exam…..there was a guy in class who always was missing…..dr. k asked if i’d help him with the definitions for the final….i did tell her i wasn’t happy about that; but she said he told her his mom had been ill…..okay fine….so i met him in the student center and he tells me his mom wasn’t ill, that was bullshit he told dr. k…..oh buddy, i thought to myself, you’re gonna regret this….he thought i was gonna basically just give him a copy of MY 50 definitions…..he was like, why don’t you just give me yours when you’re done….well hey, better idea….i’ll finish mine, then you give a copy, then help you study them so you’ll do well on the test….oh he LIKED that idea…..cuz he really needed at least a B on the final cuz he was failing…..

              i made up ALL the definitions…..some of them i didn’t even try….”industrial revolution: al jourgenstein created ministry” <—what i actually put….."war of 1812: the british came back to try to take over washington DC" "Jacksonian Affair: Andrew Jackson's wife had an affair with Thomas Jefferson's son" i mean totally bizarre shit…..he learned every single one…..he knew them frontwards and backwards and the dumb fuck had NO CLUE i was fucking him over……my roommate at the time, against MY better judgment, told me i should tell him so with 3 hours before the final i called and said they were all made up definitions and that's what he got for skipping classes and expecting someone to do the work for him……i met with dr. k before the exam and told her what i had done and why and told her how he knew all this bullshit….she laughed and laughed…..she couldn't believe he dind't pick up on some of them…..she was pissed he had lied about his mom too….he showed up right before we started taking the exam and she took him out in the hall and we could hear him, he was telling her it was MY fault he wasn't prepared cuz i gave him the wrong definitions…she told him it was HIS fault and he could take the exam or just leave but she was failing him….oh he was pissed…..i bet he never did that again, if he survived his freshman year at kent……his name was chuck….chuck was FUCKED….haha…..

            • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

              That was pretty funny. Jerk got what was coming to him XD

          • Rita G

            Oh burrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrn!

    • Jimmy3

      Instead of just doing his A to E’s, he’d have to go through entire alphabets.

      • flyonthewall

        yeah, he would be like 250yrs old by the time he got done with his amends, there’s no way.

        • Ben Franklin

          just the meat body

        • Jimmy3

          250 yr old Marty, still shaking his fist in the air and shouting about how people long dead will rue the day.

  • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

    I’m trying to find the intersection between spirituality and technology, but my GPS won’t find the coordinates. I have the ‘Garmin 47 SP’ model. Can anyone help me?

    • flyonthewall

      you should of turned left at Albuquerque!

    • sounds likes it’s working just fine! ๐Ÿ˜€

    • Jimmy3

      If you’ve smashed your car into the front porch to infinity, you’ve gone too far.

      • Ella Raitch

        What if you crash your Infinity into the front porch?

        • Jimmy3

          Well, they say at OT10, you can park anywhere you’d like.

      • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

        I’m at a bridge – it says ‘This way to total freedom’. Should I go up the bridge, or not..?

        • Kestrel

          Freedom is just another word for nothing left to lose. In that light, ‘total freedom’ means they’ll take everything from you they can.

          • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

            Better not go there then :-/

        • aegerprimo

          NOOOOOO! Wrong turn!

          https://youtu.be/yEAE9i44rVM

          • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

            Hey, Henry Rollins is in that! I’ll have to check that out some day.

            • aegerprimo

              Be careful.

        • Of course going “up” a bridge is just one of the many stupids of Scientology.
          One goes across a bridge. Up a ladder.

    • aegerprimo

      Oooohhh, I can send you a link to get answers at a REAL science site….

    • aegerprimo

      Uh…. if you got the 47X model you would not have this problem !!!!1111!!!!!111!

      • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

        I figured I’d save the 20 bucks the X-model cost more. Now I’m rueing.

        • aegerprimo

          Of course you are rueing.
          I’m sure if your purchase was less than 30 days ago, you can return it and not have to live with the regret of buyer’s remorse.

        • Rita G

          See, I told you. Instant karma.

    • BabySmurfette

      Take a left at the front porch of infinity and it’s there on the right.

      • Rita G

        Wait, the first left or the third left? There is no second left…

        • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

          Oooh, good one ๐Ÿ˜‰

        • BabySmurfette

          Nice!

        • flyonthewall

          *blank stare* Oooohhh!!!! *light bulb turns on* ISWYDT. It took me a sec but I got it

        • Vaquera

          Clever

      • mon elle

        Isn’t 2nd star to the left closer?

    • Oh damn. I think you are on to something.
      Scientology should come out with a combo e-meter/GPS in which the only destination is that intersection.
      And they probably will.
      (Shoopers come forward)

    • mon elle

      I found a place in Florida near the intersection of Pines Blvd. and NW 196th Ave. in Pembroke Pines, FL.

      Not sure if it’s a smart business or a WISE company.

      ETA: Googled intersection spirit technology

      • phoebequeen

        Is that near Wayward Pines? snark.

    • i bet the semicolons need refuckulated!

      • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

        I’ve heard there’s only one guy who can help me with that – some guy that’s 4 inches tall, or something..?

      • aegerprimo

        At first I thought you were making up a word Miss Tia…
        Then I Googled it.

        Urban Dictionary says…..
        refuckulate
        To fix something which has at one point, been fucked.

        • i always try to speak in real words! ๐Ÿ™‚

          • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

            Good for you!

          • Kestrel

            Doing so enhances your havingness of beingness.

            • my beingness wants known of that havingness! ๐Ÿ˜€

          • aegerprimo

            Sorry I doubted you.

            • i’d like to add to the vernacular, but i doubt i ever will…..

    • Eivol Ekdal

      It can only be found with a sextant!

  • nottrue

    I like that Need Gone..Must have seen Going Clear….http://www.kijiji.ca/v-other/london/scientolgy-dianetics-collection/1138874164

    • aegerprimo

      They don’t have a garbage can and garbage service?

      • flyonthewall

        he tried that, the garbage guys take it out of the can and leave it on the curb. They did that like 5x. It sat there for a month once and he got fined for littering. It’s turning into a real problem. The neighbors are starting to talk

        • mon elle

          I hear flies won’t even go near garbage cans with that stuff …

        • RK

          Can they borrow or rent a truck and take it to landfill? Maybe several trips?

          • flyonthewall

            tried it. no go. Always mysteriously appears back in the house by the time they get home from the dump

    • flyonthewall

      It’s like the Dybbuk box. He can’t just throw it away, he has to give it to someone to be rid of the evil.

    • mon elle

      I will take for a one thousand pennies.

      We always need kindling.

  • RK

    Damn. Someone from Scientology has found my work number and I’m now on a call list at my place of work. I’m getting daily phone calls, even after I tell them that I cannot take their phone calls at my place of work and to remove the number from any list that they have. I tell her that I know of no organizations, with the exception of aggressive collection companies, where it is so hard to get off of a mailing list or call list. I finally lose my temper and tell her that I know that they must have googled my name to get this number and I suggest that they google Scientology and read a little about what information is out there. The person angrily asks, “You actually believe that stuff, with all that you’ve read and done in Scientology?” I decide respond that she since she called me without my permission that she had no right to goad me into an argument. I tell her again not to call me at work and end the call. This is one of the reasons I do not have a landline. I’m now getting repeated phone calls with no one on the line when I answer. Damn.

    • Frodis73

      Tell them you know all about Xenu and the upper levels…they should leave you alone after that.

      • Ella Raitch
        • RK

          Their heads might melt like that scene in Raiders of the Lost Ark.

          • Frodis73

            TRue, but they will leave you alone at least.

          • aegerprimo

            I think you are supposed to get pneumonia when you read that.
            (LOL)

      • Jimmy3

        Someone just commented here the other day that they were getting calls everyday, and they started mentioning Going Clear and Tonyortega.org , and they are less frequent now, but they still call.

        • Frodis73

          Wow. Desperate cult is super desperate.

          • Jimmy3

            It’s because of low turnout at central file organizing parties, I think. They don’t get any work done at those parties.

        • RK

          Amazing that they still call after that. Probably there’s a stat that discourages the whittling down of any contact information. Likely there is some LRH blurb on how many times a person needs to be called to get them to do what you want.

    • Jimmy3

      Maybe look into having your company’s phone provider block the number(s)

      • RK

        I work for state government. Really hard to get this done. I’m thinking that I should just have all my phone calls go to voice mail for awhile.

        • Jimmy3

          You should have an IT department then, right? Maybe they have a solution. Or the voice mail thing.

        • Mark Foster

          Donยดt avoid them. You can make them stop calling, without wasting your time. See my suggestion above. Wishing you the best.

    • TonyOrtega

      Ask, “Where’s Shelly?” and don’t stop until they give up.

    • Doc M

      Tell them, you’ve been declared suppressive. Maybe that would help?

    • Bernie

      Suggestions:
      1. What is your full name? How old are you? What is your post. What is your phone number. When are you on post? Thank you. I will now call the police and complain about you and ask them to visit you. If the person is underage, bonus! Report to the school authorities that they should be in school but are not.

      2. Please let me talk to your senior. What is your full name? Etc.

      3. Every time I get a call from Scientology I petition the Internal Revenue Service to revoke the tax exempt status of the church, especially after your church paid $1 million dollars for a SuperBowl ad on TV. Thousands of people getting unwanted calls are doing this daily.

      4. I am now going to read you the OTIII materials.

    • Mark Foster

      Suggestion: It might be uncomfortable for you, but be very, very clear, forceful, and rude. Itยดs a ” bridge” worth burning. I used to get OT committee emails. It wasnยดt until I wrote, in really large letters, STOP SENDING ME THIS SHIT, that the emails stopped. If you get this person on the phone, tell them to fuck off. Period. And hang up.

    • OOkpik

      Tell them the Xenu story. Gets them every time. They will rue the day…

    • April

      File a complaint with the FCC. It’s illegal to continue calling you at your place of work after you’ve told them to stop. Go to https://consumercomplaints.fcc.gov/hc/en-us/articles/202916660-Unwanted-Telemarketing-Calls-and-the-National-Do-Not-Call-List?from=home
      then scroll down near the bottom of the page where it says “file a complaint online” and select it.

      It will help to have dates and approximate times of the calls. When you told them to stop calling you, etc.

    • TheMirrorThetan

      Ignoring the calls wont help. You need to start talking to them until they deem you too risky of an SP.
      Talk about how long it has been since Shelly has been seen. Talk about Travolta bad touching his masseuses. Talk about Tony, Marty, Tory, Karen and Mike and mention things you have read on their blogs.
      Keep talking to them. Ask about the persons loved ones and family, how long has it been since they have seen them. Point out how all the orgs are ghost towns and how DM keeps spreading the scientology propaganda that it is expanding. You need to not lose your temper, just give each caller an engram or whatever it is called. Until they wont let anyone else call you because it is too risky.

  • Intergalactic Walrus

    PHOTO CAPTION – *PLEASE SHARE EVEN IF YOU’RE UNABLE TO ATTEND!* Op Chanology on Wednesday,
    February 10th @ noon on 6724 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028 Church of Scientology Information Center. Everyone bring a umbrella. Compact is best, but any will do. Also don’t forget to cover your face (scientologyattackscritics ) and bring your picket signs + other ideas, get creative! ๐Ÿ™‚ EVENT LINK IS IN MY BIO, DM FOR FUTHER INFO #OpChanology #losangeles #scientology #opclambake #opsnowwhite #opfreakout #xenu #weareanonymous #wedonotforgive #wedonotforget #expectus #churchofscientology #projectchanology #cult

    https://www.instagram.com/p/BBi2YWBMqbS/

    • flyonthewall

      right now at PAC they are drilling on how to run around like a chicken with its head cut off.

      eta – Come on guys! Anonymous is gonna be here in like two days we need to get this right!

      • mon elle

        This different from normal drills … How?

    • Satansthetan

      Fuck, I will be out of town. Hope there is a good turnout.

  • Frodis73

    OT Rant-
    Man, I need to bitch about a couple things. One the cost of concert tickets is just off the charts. Two, what happened to the days when a motivated young music lover could “camp out” hours ahead of time and get kick ass tickets? Now 99% of shows have a general release date but tickets actually are on sale before that if you are a member of some GD credit card or some BS. I seriously went to concerts at *least* once (more like 3 times) a fricken week “back in the day” and I saw everything from stadium shows to small clubs. Kids these days are really getting screwed when it comes to concerts. I *never* had crappy seats to shows…always in the first 10 rows. These days you have to fork over a ton of cash for decent seats.
    Rant over. So annoyed.

    • Jimmy3

      Book your tickets through YouTube

    • what were you trying to get tix for?

      • Frodis73

        Monkees 50th Anniversary. Just checked last week if it had been announced. It was announced 3 days ago and tix on sale in 2 days. Totally not enough time to save up for it.

        • Vaquera
          • Frodis73

            Awww. RIP Davy.

          • Jimmy3

            I like the one they did about Judy something. Hey Judy

            • Frodis73

              smartass!

          • flyonthewall

            ok am i just a repressed homosexual or does it looks like the red shirt guy is spooning the white shirt guy in this still from the youtube vid link?

            sorry, i don’t know the Monkees.

            • Jimmy3

              Yes and yes. Both.

            • flyonthewall

              thanks sailor

            • Now, wait just a second, mister. Who died and made you master of homosexual innuendo? I believe I’m far more qualified to pass superficial judgement about what’s going on down in the deep recesses of our legophilic friend’s psyche. Stand back! I’m going to turn on the Gaydarโ„ข!

            • Wow. I’ve never actually seen negative readings on this thing before. He really likes girls, I mean really.

        • flyonthewall

          I just yelled to Fly Lady and asked her if she thinks the Monkees will come to STL and she goes, ‘What monkeys!?”

        • Vaquera

          I’ve never met one of The Monkees, but I did once share an elevator with David Cassidy circa 1996.
          Very disappointing.

          • Frodis73

            My aunt was so in love with him…I’ve heard nasty things about him!

          • Doc M

            Why? Was he human with all the faults, personality quirks we all have?

          • flyonthewall

            was he impotent?

        • Tony Ortega

          I had lunch with Mickey Dolenz a few years ago. He wanted to talk to my music editor about a possible TV project. It was a lot of fun. And then Mickey asked if my music editor was going to finish his french fries.

          I would totally have lunch with Mickey again, and buy an extra order of fries the next time.

          • Frodis73

            He’s a really nice guy! I have met all them a few times…with the exception of the elusive Nesmith.

            • Jimmy3

              Nesmith!

          • Enturbulated Masterbator

            Tony, I love when you let your hair down and join in the fun as a regular Joe like the rest of us! I hope you enjoyed your day!!

        • mickey dolanz [sic] was at the moondog a few years ago, right after davy passed away….he did a great show….i think i have most of it recorded too…..moondog tix are the same price every year—$63 for the good seat…..we were in the front row last year….we got 3rd row this year—best i could do cuz i had to get them during the WMJI pre-sale as the next day was the Q pre-sale (how i got front row last year) but also this year was a rock hall pre-sale and livenation pre-sale, dafuq?! i knew tix would go SNAP cuz michael mcdonald is playing and CC-not R….plus the spinners (great show) and donny iris…..

          • Frodis73

            I hate not having a fucking credit card at times…this is one of times! Micky always puts on a great show…I shouldn’t whine as I have seen them dozens of times…but they are all going to die soon!!! LOL.

            • shit, the rate this year is going, this might be the apocalypse and we’re ALL gonna die!!

        • Rita G

          No show in St. Louis or Chicago. Davy is dead and Nesmith is busy. Booo!

        • seriouslyWTF

          I still have my bubble gum cards of the Monkees. Mickey Dolenz was at a charity event here and I had him sign one. Funny thing.. as a kid, my favorite card was the one of the car.

        • jazzlover

          I was gonna answer your earlier rant, but seeing that you wanna see the Monkees, all bets are off ๐Ÿ™‚

          Seriously, I feel your pain. I think a lot of it has to do with corporate sponsorship. Bands sell their names harder than a hooker in need of a fix. Thank your lucky stars you’re not trying to see the Rolling Stones.

        • they do that shit all the time…..announce then tix on sale days later….like the moondog….announce the 22nd, pre-sale the 27….of course since they’ve done this FOR YEARS, we know….but still…..

          • Frodis73

            Yes, makes it very hard for people that don’t have disposable income like that. I need a hell of a lot more time than 3-5 days to put aside that kind of cash. Times like this I wish I had a credit card.

            • i know, totally fucking ridiculous…..even if you HAD a credit card, you’d have to have hundreds available…..usually eddie and i go to decently priced shows—moondog, as i said is $63 and you get 4 bands and those are the ‘good’ seats….the america tix last year were like $35 each and we were 2nd row center….the most expensive tix we had were elton john, they were like $150 each for the very last row in the pavilion at blossom…..sooooo worth it!! i can’t recall how much paul simon was….i wanna say $75….that was worth it too….

    • mon elle
      • Frodis73

        Yes, that too.

    • SP Wogsy

      I’m lucky I got the opportunity to watch Lindsey Stirling at a local theatre . I paid like $40 bucks to be front row/orchestra stand up area. Now that she’s getting popular, I’m sure I won’t be able to get away with that again. I feel you . Its ridiculous .

      • Frodis73

        I just want to go back to the 80’s dammit.

        • flyonthewall

          there ain’t no coming back man! This is the really real world, there ain’t no coming back!

          • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

            Was that a “The Crow” reference..?

            • flyonthewall

              ding! ding! ding!

            • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

              Awesome!

        • Jimmy3

          Be honest: you know you look amazing with a perm, right?

          • Frodis73

            LMAO. If my house hadn’t burned down I’d post a pic.

      • aegerprimo

        WOGSY!

        • SP Wogsy

          Hi AP!!!!! *waves hello*

    • flyonthewall

      I went to the venue the day TOOL tkts went on sale, was there maybe an hr before they opened and was able to get tkts. There were maybe 30 people in front of me and by the time they opened there was maybe 75 behind me. People in line were watching ticketmaster aftr sale time and it appeared to be crashing repeatedly. So you may have luck if you go to the venue box office early the day they go on sale.

    • Doc M

      The modern world. I can remember vividly paying $5.50 for a great orchestra (bacony was $3.50) seat in the Fillmore East and seeing such bands as Jethro Tull, Derek and the Dominos, Sam and Dave, CSN&Y and so many others. No ticketmaster, no add on charges.

      Always 3 bands on the bill and people actually sat in their seats so you could see everything. The FE had 2000 seats…all assigned seating. The sound was great.

      Things change and you go with the changes.

      In Oakland Ca, we have Yoshi’s…great sounding small club with all the great Jazz people passing through. Tickets used to be $10 to 15$ (only 10 years ago) with 2 drink minimum, now for bigger names it’s $60, or $80 or more.

      What can you do. No point bitching I guess, unless it makes you feel better.

      Baseball games are just as expensive.

      • jazzlover

        Yo man, she’s not trying to buy a ticket in 1845, ok?

        • Doc M

          Ok, How bout 1970?

          • jazzlover

            LOL. The only reason I’m jealous of you for being older is that you got to see shows at the Fillmore East you bastard ๐Ÿ™‚

            • Doc M

              We never appreciate what we have till it’s gone. Always the case.

              Btw, I did get to see Davy Crockett with an Andrew Jackson opener back then!

            • jazzlover

              LMAO

    • RK

      You should buy tickets to festivals, such as BottleRock in Napa or Outside Lands in San Francisco – open seating in beautiful locations with top entertainers. There’s also the free festivals such as Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival in San Francisco where it is like a Summer of Love reunion at times. Smaller venues, more intimate experiences. None of these expensive huge concert venues. Some of the best music I’ve heard is in small music venues in small towns.

      • Frodis73

        I know all about festivals, but I am in Cleveland.

        • RK

          Oh, I’m so sorry…..

          • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

            Frodis is just messing with you – nobody would admit to living in Cleveland ๐Ÿ˜‰

            • Frodis73

              lol

            • jazzlover

              You know so much about here that I’m starting to believe you’re an American spy living in Norwegia.

            • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

              I watch TV from USandA 24 hours a day – of course I know all about you!

            • jazzlover

              Uh oh. The jig is up ๐Ÿ˜‰

        • jazzlover

          Simple. Move to a place with festivals ๐Ÿ˜‰

      • Doc M

        I’m down the block from where they have Outside lands. We can hear the music from my house.

        Only problem, it destroys Golden Gate Park and it takes 6 months to repair the damage. People believe that they can pee all over the park and that the park is their personal garbage cans to throw their empty beer cans and used pampers.

        • RK

          I guess Burning Man clean up crew is really needed there.

          • Doc M

            True, ya know Burning Man started on the beach near my house. Only about a couple of hundred at the first one.

        • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

          Saw a few shows at GG Park when I lived in SF. It’s a beautiful place, but I hated the weather on that side of town.

    • Enturbulated Masterbator

      It’s outrageous what is charged. I stopped going to live concerts about 15 years ago. Honestly, I never liked the enormous venues with big names. I much prefer the sound of a studio recording. My only exception are really small venues like Joe’s Pub in NYC. I saw Ute Lemper therere a few years ago and you could hear a pin drop. It was sublime. I hate all the screaming at big concerts.

      • Frodis73

        I’ve been to a couple shows like that and sublime is the perfect word to use.

    • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

      I don’t know how it is in your area, but around here (DC/MD/VA) virtually no one sells tix at the venue anymore. Everything gets funneled online, which adds scads of ridiculous fees. Even the venues that will still sell tix in advance onsite generally tack on the fees anyway. It’s frustrating, and I’m generally not going to big arena shows or anything. I just wanna go down the fucking Black Cat or 930 Club. Like you, I used to see lots of great shows, multiple times a week. Now, it’s a big production and it generally involves me competing with 20-something suburbanites on the internet. I’m too old and cranky for that shit.

      And don’t even get me started on the festivals…There’s a way to kill a touring band.

      • Frodis73

        I’m with you all the way.

      • Mark Foster

        The cool thing about DC/MD/VA is that there are alternative performance spaces where you can hear good music for reasonable prices and know that the bands are getting a good chunk of whatever is collected at the door…

        • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

          Very true, Mark. We definitely have it better than other places. I think it stems from the old straight-edge punk and go-go scenes, which were very artist-centric. One of the best shows I ever saw in DC cost me, like, 6 bucks for 3 bands. And yeah it was after-hours so the show didn’t even start till midnight, and yeah it was about 112 degrees in this half-condemned industrial loft, but man, was it an awesome time.

          Now if I could just keep the suburban kids from scarfing up my tickets, I’d be happy.

  • mon elle

    BTW … checked in on Marty (via his blog) … still a day to rue.

    • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

      Maybe they went on vacation – to A-rue-ba.

      • OOkpik

        How rue-mantic! He could rent a lovely rue-m, order in for rue-ben sandwiches,
        play rue-lette, rue-t around for shells on the beach… the possibilities are endless.

        • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

          How t-rue.

          • Cars

            What’s rue for you is rue – LRH

            • Rita G

              You win the internets today, Cars!

            • Cars

              Thank rue!

            • Are_sics

              Cars should be elected to the supreme rue-lah. Just so long as there’s no goofing of any floofs, that is

          • Sid (Phil Jones)

            You beat me on this one.

        • Rita G

          He could rue a boat.

        • jazzlover

          You have the answer with the most rues.

          • Rita G

            She rue-nd it for the rest of us.

          • OOkpik

            There’s always ruem for more.

            • jazzlover

              But of course. There’s no need to be rued about it though ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Enturbulated Masterbator

      I know of his huge importance but honestly I have looked at his blog just once or twice. I do not feel a connection with his story. Not that I belittle it…I just don’t have empathy with him. I hope he has a peaceful life. But I am extremely curious about their decision to fire attorneys.

      • mon elle

        I was asked by one of my Scientologist frenemies who has heard of the tiff about my views of Marty and Tony (not verbatim, general gist).

        My perspective is that Marty tends to be a bloviating boor on his blog.

        I understand the legal reasons why he tends to play things close to the vest when it comes to his activities as Inspector General. There is, however, no moral reason for him to not be fully transparent. If he is responsible for even a percentage of the ruin attributed to him then he should spend his life in penance. I’d hate to see his family suffer, but that is a form of justice as well. What an example of contrition, humility and grace he could provide his son.

        In the end, I swing by his blog only when it seems to have some relevance to content here.

        Or I need something to sleep.

    • Can we at least get a date so we can put it on the calendar. I barely have any time for ruing the rest of this month, and I feel like next month is going to rapidly fill up. :-/

      • Sid (Phil Jones)

        You mean you can’t do it in Feb-rue-ary?

        • Wait. Did you just figure out the answer to Marty’s riddle.

          • Sid (Phil Jones)

            That may be t-rue.

            • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

              Hey, I just used that one! (see below)

            • Sid (Phil Jones)

              Well, these are acc-rued similarities, likenesses, and identities.

            • flyonthewall

              you guys are good, I’m in over my head here *wipes forehead*

            • Jimmy3

              Really good. Almost too good to be rue.

            • flyonthewall

              ain’t that the rueth.

              Yay! I did it!

            • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

              Congrat-rue-lations!

              Ugh.. That wasn’t any good :-/

            • flyonthewall

              You have to give yourself time to reload, you’re not a machine!

            • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

              A machine? You mean like a ruebot?

            • Jimmy3

              You hit that one out of the park like Babe… Babe whatever he was called

            • flyonthewall

              Babe pig in the city?

            • Jimmy3

              There are plenty of puns for everybody. Sharing is not going to ruen the fun.

            • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

              He totally scrued me over!

            • Jimmy3

              Sharing is caring, Johnny. Rueminate on that.

            • SucculentDuck

              here’s a Ruety Tooty Fresh & Fruety to help you feel better!

              http://www.ihop.com/menus/main-menu/pancakes/rooty-tooty-fresh-and-fruity

            • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

              You guys have the best food joints evah! I’m guessing I’ll gain 20lbs or more when I visit for HowdyCon.

            • SucculentDuck

              But y’all have that yummy fish thing… rue-tefisk? Wish I could make it to HowdyCon
              ๐Ÿ™

            • Sid (Phil Jones)

              Yes, let’s not be c-rue-elle to each other.

        • Jimmy3

          It’s just too damn hard to find ruem on the schedule

        • SucculentDuck

          these jokes are so ruedimentary i’m not even gonna … dammit!

        • I used to be a bruenette. Does that count? Should I be worried?

      • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

        Y’all have been rue-minating way too much on this.

        Oh shit: J3 beat me to it.

      • mon elle

        I vote for February 30th …

        • Feb 30th is always a good day.

  • I’m a day late and a dollar short, but I am concerned about Ray Jeffrey because if there is no settlement already in place, then it’s not likely he is going to get paid. He put a lot of work into this trial, and if he took it on a contingency basis I feel horrible for him. On top of that I feel even worse that he stuck his neck out for a former Scientologist’s wife and she has potentially chopped it off. Which is upsetting since the market for lawyers who’ll stand up to Scientology is slim to fucking none. I don’t care if there’s a settlement or not. If Ray doesn’t get paid for his hard work I’ll lose my shit.

    • flyonthewall

      How about if Marty cuts Ray’s lawn for the next 50yrs? I think that’s fair

      • If this trial closes and there’s no settlement, I would rather Ray submit to Tony the costs that he’s incurred on this trial so we can raise some money to help him recover. I don’t imagine that we’d ever be able to collect all of them, but at least we can try.

        • flyonthewall

          o_O That’s crazy talk. For real this time.

          You have a big heart Derek but…idk. Dandar didn’t get anywhere with his plea, Ray wouldn’t either.

          • This time?

            • flyonthewall

              I made a crazy talk joke way earlier, sorry there was no way you’d get it, sometimes I am my own audience

            • No but I meant, of all the times that I talked crazy. This one is for real?? Haha.

        • Tony Ortega

          Ha. Yeah. Got a million bucks on ya?

          • Shooooooot. I’ve seen a million bucks once. On a wall in a Shreveport riverboat casino.

          • Frodis73

            Another reason I should have been the one to win that dumb lottery! I would have paid that bill (and then some so he could help others) in a hot minute.

          • Mockingbird

            Ask big pharma.

          • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

            I’ve got a million Rue-bles, if that helps.

            Sorry, but his rue thing is really taking over my life right now :-/

    • Observer

      “If Marty thinks he knows more about David Miscavige than Ray Jeffrey does, I suspect Marty is about to find out that he knows way less about the courtroom than Miscavigeโ€™s lawyers know.” – Texas Lawyer

      • Lucille Austero

        *whispers* perhaps Marty will rue the day?

        • Observer

          *nods*

      • Phil McKraken

        The sad thing is that when the TRO is cancelled and the dildos start arriving in the mail, Mosey will not be able to hire another lawyer. One would think that Miscavige has more pressing matters on his mind, but then nothing is more pressing to him than the grown-up equivalent of pulling wings off of insects.

    • Mockingbird

      Marty can offer his auditing services in trade ! (Ducks incoming rain of bullets in response)

      • Um yeah if Ray gets to OT III he’s basically been repaid right??

        • Mockingbird

          Ha ha ! I think it would be hard to sell that deal ! Good luck !

        • Mockingbird

          Imagine ex Scientologists racking up bills all over and telling people to “squeeze my cans” in exchange for services rendered ! Ha ha !

    • jane456

      So well put, agree 1000%. These lawyers are pretty far above the crowd. Whatever issues that may have happened with the Rathbuns, it’s hard to imagine that Jeffrey, et al, would not have worked with them in some way. Whatever issues, why couldn’t they work it out with these people who did such amazing work for them. I am with you, they need to get paid.

  • don’t know if this has been posted or not…. I’ve only skimmed it but it did look kinda interesting as we get to look at Hubbard’s old South Africa house and hear what a clam spiel is like…. this one I partucularly liked:

    “โ€œAs far as I know, Tom Cruise is OT VII,โ€ replies Puneet. โ€œJohn Travolta is OT VIII; he has to audit himself [solo audit] because his speed of thought is so fast.โ€

    … same guy also says that 8 channels from church are coming out next month

    http://www.jozirediscovered.co.za/2016/02/08/thegodproject-the-l-ron-hubbard-house/

    • Tony Ortega

      Here’s the comment I left on her piece. Let’s see if she approves it…

      I noticed that you refer to yourself as a โ€œjournalistโ€ in your bio. But is a journalistโ€™s job really just to retype the PR that a company spokesman tells you? Nearly all of the L. Ron Hubbard biographical details that you present, for example, were thoroughly debunked by British journalist Russell Miller in his book โ€œBare-Faced Messiahโ€ in 1987. Yes, nearly 30 years ago. It really wouldnโ€™t have taken much time to check some of the things you were told by the huge volume of material thatโ€s easily accessible online. Sure, thatโ€™s more work, but thatโ€™s what a journalist does.

      • Jimmy3

        Journalism 101: Check your facts, check your facts, check your facts, then check them again. It’s a very basic ruel.

      • Frodis73

        Mic drop.

      • she did throw a teeny little bit of snark [see pic] but maybe she ‘played nice’ to get this Puneet guy to open up a bit… must admit the Travolta bit is comedy gold [for me anyway]… I also left a comment…will be interesting if she does, in fact post them

      • Mockingbird

        Is she ruing the day ?

      • Doc M

        I don’t see your comment Tony, just went to the site. Either it takes a while to get up or she can delete it. I saw one comment, seemed to be from her friend.

        Either way, anyone can call themselves a Journalist. It dilutes the profession.

        • well, it is 4am over there right now so I doubt they’ll be no new comments until she wakes up and approves them…. or not

          • Doc M

            It’s really a pretty Mickey Mouse piece of Journalism.

      • Lucille Austero

        Bazinga!!

      • UPDATE: just checked the site again… she did put up your comment (and mine)

      • pluvo

        My comment got put up too (immediately):

        pluvo

        February 9, 2016 at 1:50 pm – Reply

        โ€œWhatโ€™s an โ€˜ex-Scientologistโ€™?โ€ counters Puneet. โ€œTheyโ€™re the people who were in Scientology, but they couldnโ€™t handle reaching the high levels, so they feel they have to be right, no matter what.โ€

        There is a list of โ€œFormer_Church_of_Scientology_members_who_have_spoken_outโ€ (2664 names currently). Many of these have reached the โ€œhigh levelsโ€! Puneet probably doesnโ€™t know because normally members of the Church of Scientologists are forbidden to read or listen to negative reports about Scientology and L. Ron Hubbard. If they do so anyway, they are subjected to interrogations and to disconnection from their family and friends. There are many stories about such situations on the Internet.

      • flyonthewall

        she did let it through

    • Doc M

      Or course his speed of thought is so fast, it has to be because he’s had so much Botox in his face, his lips can no longer move.

    • Doc M

      I watched that part of the DM video on the site, though I’ve seen the whole thing, again, DM is a disaster in an interview. The church is smart to keep him away from the press.

      I’d still like to wipe that smug little smirk from his face…Jazzlover style!

  • You guys and this Tony guy have bitter avatars. Like you never smile. No wonder.

    • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

      What? Look at me. I’m a happy little 1.1!

    • Lucille Austero

      I look slightly stoned. I think that counts as happy ๐Ÿ™‚

      • beauty for ashes

        I’ve grown very attached to that slightly dizzy pic. Makes me happy to see it ๐Ÿ™‚
        Truth about my avi ~most significant thing I share with it is that I like to draw on my hand!

    • kemist

      Mine is riding a squirrel. How can it be unhappy ?

    • Robert Eckert

      I’m not sure if my avatar is smiling or not.

  • MaxSpaceman

    “Rue Day Afternoon”

    Rue day, afternoon,
    I’m just beginning the flows,
    Now I’m on my way,
    I am just starting to glow,
    Rue-ing the clouds away.

    Something, calls to me,
    Thetans are drawing me near,
    I’ve got to find the scene
    Those cluster voices I hear
    Explain it all with a scream!

    Rue day, afternoon.

  • flyonthewall

    You mean I don’t have to work until midnight tonight!?
    No just go ahead and clock off, thanks
    But..what will I do…? *wanders off dazed*

    • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

      Wait…you’ve been working? Heh heh. Yeah.

      • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

        The jig is up – He’s OSA!

        • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

          I knew that dude was shady.

        • jazzlover

          Can’t be. He has down-time.

          • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

            Maybe he’s upstat. He did get a lot of rueing done today.

            • jazzlover

              What kind of world are we living in where rueing is upstat all of a sudden? Sheesh.

    • Gertrudis

      Come play with us … Fly …

  • beauty for ashes

    …Y’all are too funny, Have I told you bunker how much I love rue lately?? F5

    • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

      Aw man, why is everybody so good at this and I’m totally junior varsity? I feel like I need to turn in my Bunker cred card.

      • beauty for ashes

        Ps, I thought this was totally stoopid and corny. Don’t be afraid to just try. ๐Ÿ™‚ Open pixlr and see what happens. I will sometimes spend hours on something I end up hating, and never showing anyone. But it is good practice.

        • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

          Thx, Beauty. You’re such a sweetheart!

          • beauty for ashes

            Nah, I just read the book ” the Artist’s Way” and it had a profound effect on me.

            • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

              Hmm, interesting…I don’t know that book…

            • SP Wogsy

              Wait until you start doing your “Morning Pages” ๐Ÿ˜Š . You are going to feel a huge difference.

            • beauty for ashes

              Oh, I did it years ago! Tooootally agree though! Best therapy ever!

            • SP Wogsy

              I do them on and off. But lord knos im NOT a morning person. It’s always on the top of my list when I write down my goals.

    • Scoob wants in on the rue fest . . .

      • beauty for ashes

        Rashes!!!!!! AHHHHH Artuzi! I just laughed so hard my stomach hurt. I love this, it is so delightfully cheezie weezie!!! The smiling, it hurts! I can’t stop!

        • Never let it be said that I did not bring the fromage from time to time . . .

  • Jimmy3

    As I was making this, I had a cognition. I realized that I really am beginning to rue that day. When will it stop? (F5)

    • beauty for ashes

      When you have the cognition You can stop the Rue anytime you want.

  • Panopea Abrupta

    I have a small feverish young man to watch over.
    Coming back from ski lessons, he says “I don’t feel good.”
    Little dude was heartbroken he couldn’t kiss his baby brother goodnight.
    So I’m sitting here watching y’all play.
    I love the Bunker!

    Da Bunker

    There’s Christians and pagans
    Ex-$cientologists too
    Alll kinds and complexions
    Of ex-believers in woo
    There’s Yankees and Texans
    And lovers of crows
    Sweet-talking Finnish
    And Russians, who knows

    There’s Pete and McGhee
    From the Emerald Isle
    And the Hole down in Florida
    Singing with style
    There’s Scotsmen and Frenchies
    And Indies who troll
    An occasional OSA
    For that five foot one Pole

    There’s Aussies and Kiwis
    Even good pals from Perth
    South African posters
    All full of mirth
    There’s kitties and caek
    There’s young and there’s old
    A bar from New Orleans
    There’s crazy, there’s gold

    There’s shoops and there’s memes
    And weird inside jokes
    Of Sea Org shenanigans
    As they pass around smokes
    Stories of horror
    And stories of glee
    And stories to make
    The most jaded flee

    There’s pics and there’s tweets
    And haiku from hell
    Some most indiscrete
    As their adventures they tell
    There’s punks, there’s rockers
    There’s hippie and straight
    What joins them is love
    And disdain, not hate

    Some shoot from the hip
    Some play it with style
    Some give it the lip
    But they’re all worthwhile
    Argument, difference,
    Opinions and thoughts
    Telling the truth
    Yeah, Hubbard is naught

    • Doc M

      You are good Pan!!!!!

      I’d love to see you publish some of your work.

    • Jimmy3

      Pass me one of those smokes please

    • TexasBroad

      Thank you Pan. I needed a smile and pulled up the Bunker to this post just now. Just lovely. Get well wishes sent to sweet big brother!

      • Jimmy3

        Oh Xenu, don’t scroll down. You will …regret this day.

        • TexasBroad

          Truely! Grueling! Unruely! Just kidding…it was bruetiful

    • jazzlover

      Still waters truly do run deep. They also notice and observe. I’m impressed, but not surprised. Hope your little skier breaks fever soon.

      • Qbird
        • jazzlover

          Nice Q! This man produced my favoritist U2 albums — Unforgettable Fire and Achtung Baby.

          This is baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaad ๐Ÿ™‚

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IyfaYHMNIuA

          • Qbird

            tks Jazzman, think I’m-a gonna buy this whole album. ๐Ÿ™‚

            • jazzlover

              Go right ahead ๐Ÿ™‚ I gravitate towards artists who aren’t afraid to take chances. Based on his production style alone, it’s probably safe to say that he qualifies.

    • Gertrudis

      So good … thank you.

    • Beautiful, Pan. Wishing your young man very soon recovery.

    • Supper Powers

      I am so grateful for you.

    • That’s wonderful!! I’m sure you kissed the baby for him by proxy! ๐Ÿ™‚ Hope he feels better in the morning!

    • Bernie

      Maybe the little dude could blow a kiss to the littler dude. Float it over there little guy.

  • kemist

    Is this the day we’re supposed to rue ? Because I think my ruing outfit has shrunk in the dryer.

    Either that or I ate too much caek.

    • We are to rue any day that ends in -y….

  • I wish I was into cosplay, because I think Rue de Daye would make a great drag name.

    • jazzlover

      I thought Rue was the bassist with Otis Daye and the Knights.

    • beauty for ashes

      Or a great burlesque name. I knew some girls who did funny/surreal burlesque. ๐Ÿ™‚

      • I know several who are in Jamie De Wolf’s Tourettes troupe. I rather like burlesque people.

        • beauty for ashes

          Aww, I’m jealous! You have no idea how much I wanted to go! I miss SF crazy, its so much more enjoyable than Florida crazy.

    • SP Wogsy

      I still think Rue Paul is the best drag name . Damn, I couldn’t help myself.

    • Rue de Daye sounds like a perfume!

  • Panopea Abrupta

    For Artoo45:

    Like A Co$play Cowboy

    I’ve been walkin’ these streets so long
    Singin’ the same sad song
    I know every crack in these dirty sidewalks of Broadway
    Where hustle’s the name of the game
    And nice guys get washed away like the snow and the rain
    There’s been a load of compromisin’
    On the road to my horizon
    But I’m gonna be where the lights are shinin’ on me

    Like a Co$play cowboy
    Riding out my remorse from that scar-strangled rodeo
    Co$play cowboy
    Gettin’ cards and letters many years after you blow
    And hustles still comin’ on the phone

    Well, I really don’t mind the rain
    And a smile can hide all the pain
    But you’re down when you’re ridin’ the train that’s takin’ the long way
    And I scream at the things they do
    With a subway token and a dollar tucked inside my shoe
    There was a load of compromisin’
    On the road to my horizon
    But I’m gonna be where the lights are shinin’ on me

    Like a Co$play cowboy
    Riding out my remorse from that scar-strangled rodeo
    Co$play cowboy
    Gettin’ cards and letters many years after you blow
    And hustles still comin’ on the phone

    Like a Co$play cowboy
    Riding out my remorse from that scar-strangled rodeo

    FADE

    Like a Co$play cowboy
    Riding out my remorse from that scar-strangled rodeo

  • Mockingbird

    Cam Newton is ruing yesterday.

    • jazzlover

      I know he didn’t do himself any good with that pouty-wouty act after the game.

      • Mockingbird

        He can be disappointed. I think people mistakenly project onto celebrities and paint them as pue evil or good in unrealistic ways. He didn’t commit a crime.

        I run into people constantly who buy into the myth of celebrities being oversimplified false heroes or villains. Real people aren’t what celebrities are portrayed as.

        I meant he is ruing the loss of the game and lost opportunities.

        • jazzlover

          This has nothing to do with painting him as a hero. It’s about humility and good sportsmanship. If you’re gonna celebrate when things go your way, you have to be willing to show humility when they don’t.

          • Mockingbird

            My point is strictly speaking it’s not our place to put our values on him. It’s arbitrary and too capricious. We are not above him to judge him so harshly.

          • Mockingbird

            You are applying a false dichotomy to him. You don’t have to have those values or behave that way. I deal with issues involving human rights abuses and violations. If a person at a job chooses to be celebrating and enthusiastic some times and withdrawn and sullen at others and they aren’t violating human rights I have no objection or place to object. It’s not my place.

            In projecting onto celebrities people make unwarranted judgements in my opinion. I try to not place them on pedestals to have to take them down. I understand acting like they are supposed to fulfill my desires in their character is wrong and can even be dangerous.

            • jazzlover

              You are misunderstanding almost everything I say. I am not disappointed in his behavior. Many of his own peers (read: football players) have expressed disappointment. In a way, Newton has betrayed a code that most of them try to live by. Nobody in sports likes a spoiled sport. If he’s willing to take credit and hear accolades for his good performances, he has to be willing to hear the criticisms and be willing to answer the tough questions when he has a bad day. There are simply no two ways about it. THIS is what mature people do — accept responsibility. Unfortunately, given that he’s an entertainer, he has to do that publicly. It’s what you sign on for when you agree to be paid huge amounts of money for performance.

  • Observer

    Good night, Bunkeroos

    F5

    • Rasha

      Night, Obs! Much Pillow! Very Dream!

    • Good night Obsy and your cute racoon panda.

      • Rasha

        …thought it was an otter bear….

      • TexasBroad

        Cheek marmut.

        • Skinny wombat.

          • Rasha

            Fullback Guinea Pig

          • TexasBroad

            If I had a nickel for every time I’ve been called that!

    • Kay

      OK that made my serious lifelong rodent phobia awaken….I don’t know what that is and I’m sure many think it’s cute but I will have nightmares of little claws on my face whilst sleeping tonight. shivers

      • Observer

        It’s a baby otter.

        • Frodis73

          It’s so adorable.

    • Rita G

      Those cute little claws shouldn’t otter be so close to her face.

  • Rasha

    Shhh! Obs missed it! So I’ll sign off for the night with…..

    ‘Night, Bunkerues!!!

    (fist pump) yesssssssss

    • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

      Damn you! Fine. I’ll just sit here on the junior varsity bench all by myself.

  • Acherontia

    My entire Superbowl experience was lived through twitter. I still have no idea who won.

    It was horses vs cats, right?

    • Audi won. Or Jeep. Not sure.

      • jazzlover

        At least we know it wasn’t scientology!

  • sizzle8

    Somebody’s going to rue for sure.

    • mon elle

      …..

  • L. Wrong Hubturd

    You will rue the day you accidentally step off the front porch to infinity. It’s a looooong way down.

    • mon elle

      Not these guys?

  • C’mon Bunkerites, the whole rue thing is getting old. Marty was never our personal army.

    • Sherbet

      I admire any Bunkerite who says something that might be unpopular. You’re truly OK in my book, Dodo.

    • L. Wrong Hubturd

      I just got here and I’ve got ruem for plenty more. Party pooper.

      • EmmaDaoust

        et tu, Bruete?

      • Ella Raitch

        Shouldn’t the person who called us g-rue-pies expect a whole bucket-load of asinine behavior?

        • Rita G

          I almost spelled it that way above but I was being serious. I’m so glad you did it!!!!!

    • L. Wrong Hubturd

      Besides, don’t warriors usually lead armies?

      • mon elle

        I was told two warriors never make a wright.

    • TheMirrorThetan

      Are you trying to take away our Xenu given right to be childish, silly and ridiculous?
      It is the 47th amendment if I remember correctly.
      If I was going to have a personal army I wouldn’t have picked him to lead it.
      In or out, he is just a taller carbon copy of the Demented MiniPope.

    • mon elle

      I have never made me enemy (which what I assume by calling him an army), and I’m sure he would say the same.

      That said, it should be clear he threw the first limp-wristed slap (not that there’s anything wrong with that type of slap). We do retain the rights to include some Marty J&D as long as we refrain from certain overts (like pretending we’re doing a documentary on the Squirrel Busters for the 2017 Oscars.

      • Robert Eckert

        “Not Your Personal Army” (NYPA for short) is a retort used especially among Anonymous to people who insist that everybody has some obligation for fight for [whatever just cause]. What Dodo is saying is that we all might wish Marty to fight with Davey to the death, but he doesn’t owe that to us.

    • Douglas D. Douglas

      We’re bored and it was a dramatically stupid thing to stay. A volatile combination…

    • Rita G

      I never felt he was. I was happy someone was taking them on, yes. I’ve never felt we were owed anything. I hope Monique and the little guy do quite well. However, Marty has made it clear he doesn’t want any “groupies” cheering him on. So be it. If he could put up with Miscavige I’m sure he can deal with some J & D from those he deems beneath him. It will pass when we get bored with it, probably sooner than later. Love ya Dodo.

    • daisy

      Dodo, I think it may no longer be an issue with Marty but the usage of the word rue. It has become bunker lexicon. It is no different than the Jenna ,horse thing, you rape babies, YSCOHB, etc, It is just a funny word. It will ebb soon, but probably not die.

      • Ella Raitch

        Like the fish puns we play with occasionally – just for the halibut

        • OOkpik

          Were we being sailfish?

        • Jack99

          Is it any flounder?

    • as others have said, it goes beyond him and just the saying itself….rue is now part of our vernacular and since it’s a new toy for us, we’ll use it a lot; but soon enough, we’ll put in the toy box with YSCOHB, etc to bring out for occasional mirth and merriment…..

      • OOkpik

        Right. When Marty thrue out the rue, it looked like a play toy…and play we did!
        Sorry DoDo. It was fun.

        • the dodo rue the dodo rue….

    • Jimmy3

      You seem to be assuming Marty is the butt of jokes as a direct result of the legal decision they made. Butt He’s actually being mocked for his idiotic response to the reporting of that decision on this blog.

      How about this… Say you can’t speak about the case, that it’s a difficult situation, and that you appreciate all the support and well wishes… How hard is that? That’s what a normal person would post. Instead, he makes an extremely vague threat and publicly accuses all those involved of a crime he doesn’t understand the definition of. Because he’s a Scientology Warrior, and that’s just how they ruell.

  • Kay

    Another response to “rood-ness”

  • Snippy_X

    Probably posted already, but …

    *Did Trinity College feature in a Super Bowl advert for the Church of Scientology?*

    “No permission was granted by Trinity College Dublin for its usage and it does not endorse it in this form of promotion. Contact is being made with the Church of Scientology on the matter.”

    http://www.independent.ie/irish-news/did-trinity-college-feature-in-a-super-bowl-advert-for-the-church-of-scientology-34434564.html

    • OOkpik

      “A spokesperson for the Church of Scientology advised Independent.ie that
      the library interior is a set constructed by their own crew.”

      Resounding FLUNK on TR-L.
      https://scientology101.org/scientology-secrets/l-ron-hubbard/on-lying/

      It’s not even close to being an acceptable lie, never mind an acceptable truth.
      Scientology knows no shame.

      • Snippy_X

        Omg, they LIE (and cheat and steal) . Caught red handed, but they think they are getting away with it. Wow!

        • OOkpik

          They’ve gotten away with it for decades…why change it if it ain’t broke?
          I’d like to see real photos of the set they built. It must be amazing! ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Jerseygram

        No shame whatsoever.

  • Jack99
  • Ella Raitch

    Riding this wave until the new post…

    A bit of G-rue-ve Armada (sorry Dodo)

    https://youtu.be/ccZqnCTPgEc

  • Dave Reams

    A Scientologist looking through a telescope … priceless! “Son, now lets point the scope to that brightest of points in the sky – Venus – LRH once raced cars there, exact copies, the Chevy Nova was the exact copy of Ron’s car except the Nova’s cooling runs off a fan belt … “

  • Intergalactic Walrus

    HAPPY DANCE!!!!
    (posted by Karen on Instagram tonight)

    PHOTO CAPTION – “We’re filming some new #survivingscientology videos tonight. David Miscavige better get all the sleep he can now, because he’ll need it when these new videos get released!” #scientology #karendelacarriere

    https://www.instagram.com/p/BBjx4KsNdJG/?taken-by=survivingscientology

    • chuckbeattyexseaorg75to03

      Karen certainly knows of all the pearls of the Scientology practices, she’s done the highest level delivery of those pearls to people.

      ————————-

      It’s hard though, to see that Scientology came to any different end than the end it has come to today, as covered in the last 3 substantial outsider/journalist/writer’s books: Lawrence Wright, Janet Reitman and Hugh Urban.

      Scientology the Prison of Belief.

      David Miscavige, current Scientology Cult Leader Trapped In His Cult Leader Trappings.

      Current Scientology is well covered.

      But still uninspected in exhaustive detail are every single theoretical and subjective square foot and inch of the whole Hubbard Bridge to Total Freedom layout of writings and procedures.

      Karen, a former Class 12 Case Supervisor would be priceless to interview for the full route of Hubbard’s whole shebang of pseudo-therapy procedures.

      Some former L Rundowns recipients who had spiritual gains from the L Rundowns and who are able to speak publicly without going into L. Ron Hubbard defensive/self-muzzling/prevarication mental mode and who can talk sensibly about their L Rundowns, I wish both they and Karen would give some raw facts about the L Rundowns, which are Scientology’s highest spiritual pseudo-therapy and which were intended to result in the out of the body experience guaranteed.

      (Hubbard neatly packaged his pseudo-therapy into Rundowns. That lends itself in turn for detailed compartmented explaining by a smart highly trained ex member to do a really in depth historical [showing Hubbard’s full history of each step] to a neat chapter by chapter, detailing the theory and practice of each of these substantial [to Scientology] Rundowns.)

  • JackTheGiantKiller

    I watched the Superbowl but I must have walked away to take a Miscavige
    and did not see or hear the $cientology ad as I flushed. Thanks Tony for posting this article.

    The words of that ad are clearly the rehashed mindfuckery snippets of L.Ron’s Cabin Boy Davy. The resemblance of the voice to Davy’s is striking; albeit not as raspy, coarse or labored. But the oratory skill of COB can only be achieved through the religious rigor of 40-plus years of smoking four or five packs a day.