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The disgraced sheriff, the Holocaust survivor, and Scientology’s most unhinged front group

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This may be one of the saddest photos we’ve ever posted here at the Underground Bunker. It shows the scene on January 31 at the Church of Scientology in Pasadena, California, and it was included in a press release put out by the church itself.

The occasion was a speech given by the woman you see in the center of the photograph. Her name is Mala Langholz, and she’s a Holocaust survivor. Last year, she co-wrote a poignant remembrance of surviving the Auschwitz death camp with a 101-year-old Armenian woman who as a child had survived the Armenian genocide in Turkey. But on this occasion, Langholz had been convinced to give a talk about her experiences for Scientology’s rabid anti-psychiatry front group, the Citizens Commission on Human Rights, CCHR.

Of Scientology’s many front groups, CCHR is the most unhinged. It maintains a museum on Sunset Boulevard whose name is Psychiatry: An Industry of Death, and one of the claims it makes in that house of propaganda is that the Holocaust was actually a product of psychiatry, not Nazism.

We have a feeling Ms. Langholz was not informed of that before she agreed to give her talk at CCHR’s gathering. But even more than that sad deception of a survivor, there’s something even sadder in that photograph.

It’s the tall man standing behind Ms. Langholz.

You probably recognize him. His name is Lee Baca, he is the former sheriff of Los Angeles County, and yesterday, just ten days after this photo was taken, Baca pleaded guilty to a charge of lying to federal investigators in a probe of violence and corruption in his jails, and he faces a bargained sentence of six months in custody.

So, two years after he retired as sheriff, and just days away from being disgraced in a corruption probe that had lasted years, Lee Baca was still shilling for Scientology. And you have to ask yourself, why?

Baca was always an odd public servant. We can still remember when he was first elected in 1998 and the LA Times noting that he didn’t talk like a sheriff. Baca sounded more like a New Age motivational speaker, and his progressive platitudes earned him the nickname Sheriff Moonbeam. Maybe it was inevitable that Baca would buddy up with Scientology, which used Baca in parades and events and found him to be reliably supportive for years.

 
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But all that should have ended two years ago when Baca retired under a cloud, right? We’re wondering what has kept Baca coming to Scientology events, even this one in Pasadena just a couple of weeks ago. Has Baca really got nothing better to do?

As our readers have been pointing out since the news of Baca’s guilty plea broke yesterday, you have to wonder if Scientology will continue to use Baca in its promotional materials.

Like, is the sheriff invited to the big event coming up on February 20? Check out the flier we were smuggled about it…

 
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We sure wish we could go. We just hope one of our tipsters will leak us a list of the special guests. And we can’t help wondering if Lee Baca won’t still make the scene.

 
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Bonus photos from our tipsters

Eduardo Galan has gone Clear!

 
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Hey, girl. Can I tell you about your human rights? (Thanks, Legoland.)

 
YHRIHeyGirl

 
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3D-UnbreakablePosted by Tony Ortega on February 11, 2016 at 07:00

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  • J. Swift

    May 24, 2003: Then Republican Congressman Mark Foley attends a luncheon at the Fort Homicide, receives leatherbound gift copies of Dianetics, TWTH, poses for photos with Scientologists. Flag Land Base is in Foley’s US Congressional district and Foley is very friendly with the Cult.

    Aforesaid Cult of Scientology gains bragging rights to yet another US Congressperson to add its small collection of 3-4 members of Congress. Scientology posts a photo of the Foley visit on its website:

    http://i40.photobucket.com/albums/e235/Swift77/1FoleyB_zpsf8gms2qo.jpg

    • J. Swift

      September 28, 2006: ABC News breaks the story of the anti-gay Republican Congressman Foley sexting with underage male Congressional pages during votes on the floor of the House. A political firestorm erupts. The Republican turns on Foley like a pack of savage wolves. Within microseconds of the crisis, Scientology’s page on Foley’s visit to Flag is purged from all Scientology websites. Thanks to the Wayback Machine I retrieved the copy posted above.

      Baca’s photo is still up at the webpage showing the April 2010 grand re-re-re-re-opening of Los Angeles. Scientology watchers should keep an eye to see if Baca is purged from Scientology webpages. My bet is that Baca will be purged as he is no longer of any PR value.

      • Juicer77

        Bingo ^^^

        • J. Swift

          Back in 2006 I wondered if Scientologist and inside-the-beltway player John Coale, husband of Greta Van Susteren, alerted the Church to how quickly the Foley story was going to explode. The anti-gay Foley had lobbied hard against pedophiles and was pro-family. After Foley resigned from Congress he told the media he was gay, alcoholic, and had been molested as a minor by a priest. http://www.theguardian.com/world/2006/oct/04/usa.danglaister

          The speed with which Scientology made Foley a non-person inside the Church set a record for “speed of disappearance.”

          Also missing from Scientology webpages are any mentions of Mary Sue Hubbard and Shelly Miscavige.

          • Douglas D. Douglas

            It goes without saying that Polly Grub and Sara Northrup are also absent. LRH not only never had a second wife, he apparently never had a first or third, either.

    • Sid (Phil Jones)

      Due to time constraints Congressman Foley’s speech was cut short before he was able to offer the Sea Org his services in helping them recruit 14 year old children for a billion years of service.

    • Sid (Phil Jones)

      Soon they’re going to have to hire actors for everything. Either publicly visible Scientologists leave, or Scientology allies with those of moral standards somewhat in line with their own. (F5)

      • TheHoleDoesNotExist

        Westworld had an open bar too as I remember. Why hire humanoids?

  • nottrue

    Scientology got rid of that video…Osama bin Laden’s psychiatrist caused 911..EDIT I cant find it BBB…….Pearl Harbor psychs did that too….. http://gawker.com/5155157/scientology-proves-psychiatrists-caused-911

    • Bunker Buggy Betsy

      I just watched it now.

      • MarcabExpat

        Do you have a working link? I can’t find a copy.

        • Bunker Buggy Betsy

          http://youtu.be/3mggDoEExqQ

          Here’s the link.
          It’s under cchr on YouTube.

          • MarcabExpat

            My apologies for being unclear, I was also referring to nottrue’s older video. I know I’ve seen that one before. If I find it, I’ll try to post it here.

      • Mark Foster

        link, please?

        • Bunker Buggy Betsy
          • Mark Foster

            I thought you had watched the video nottrue referred to, not this one above…

    • Sid (Phil Jones)

      I remember Dave (Cuch) Figueroa. He’s been with CCHR for years. I worked with him back in the early ’90s and he was with them then.

  • Bunker Buggy Betsy

    Little update about the German Scientology letter I posted earlier. The recipient never visited an org or gave them info. Evidently they’re just writing people out of the blue. Fortunately, this person knows what they are.

    I’d be really creeped out if Scientology ever wrote me a letter. I would also report them for attempting to defraud using the usps.

  • $cnMonkeyNut$

    All that needs to be said: F5/Refresh

    • Slap on the wrist in light of all that he’s done.
      So will he ever get charged for what he did? Or just that he lied about it?
      Seems kind of ass backward.
      Fucked up shit. Dirty rotten old boy insider deal.
      American Just-us.
      Think about that.
      He doesn’t get charged with the crimes, just that he falsely denied them.
      Which means they were true.

      • Mark Foster

        Same as it ever was, eh?

        • Indeed.
          Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?
          Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? is a Latin phrase found in the work of the Roman poet Juvenal from his Satires (Satire VI, lines 347–8). It is literally translated as “Who will guard the guards themselves?”, though is also known by variant translations.
          The original context deals with the problem of ensuring marital fidelity, though it is now commonly used more generally to refer to the problem of controlling the actions of persons in positions of power, an issue discussed by Plato in the Republic. It is not clear whether the phrase was written by Juvenal, or whether the passage in which it appears was interpolated into his works.
          https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quis_custodiet_ipsos_custodes%3F

  • sashiebgood

    cuz nothing says “human rights” like VIP after party with dancing. FML

    • SucculentDuck

      $ome human$ have more important right$ than others

      • Liberated

        Like Orwell says in “Animal Farm” we’re all created equal, but some of us are more equal than others.

        • SucculentDuck

          bingo, i thought that sounded familiar. lemme know when we get to Lord Of The Flies and it’s Tiny Dick Tater’s head on the stick.

  • Panopea Abrupta

    Breaking News

    2/11/2016

    Gravitational Dave Discovered

    with our pseudoscience correspondent, Merry Curry.

    Physicists have announced the discovery of Gravitational Dave, a rip-off in the fabric of spacetime that was first anticipated by Albert Einstein a century ago.
    “We have detected Gravitational Dave. We did it,” said Tony Ortega, executive director of the Underground Bunker Gravitational-Dave Observatory (UBGDO), at a press conference in New York.

    “He is even heavier than we had expected. In fact, Gravitational Dave
    has a mass over 35 times that of the sun in a very compact form.
    The precise location has not been revealed, though A-rue-ba is suspected.”

    The announcement is the climax of over half a century of speculation and outright fraud, 30 years of no trial and many errors, footbullets and profligate cruelty and 20 years perfecting a set of instruments so sensitive they could identify a distortion in spacetime a thousandth the diameter of one body thetan nucleus across a 4km strip of laserbeam, smoke and mirrors.

    The phenomenon detected was the collision of two black holes, $cientology and the Nation of I Slam. Using the world’s most sophisticated detector, the scientists listened for 20 thousandths of a second as the two giant black holes circled around each other.

    • ReallyMGM

      I love good Pan-isms in the afternoons. 🙂

      • jazzlover

        Don’t know if you know of or even remember a crepe franchise from years gone by. It was called The Magic Pan. With that in mind, and stealing one from Robert “Boo Radley” Duvall: “I love the smell of Pan in the afternoon” 🙂

        • Liberated

          I remember it well.

        • ReallyMGM

          I certainly do remember “The Magic Pan.” The local franchise was within a mile from my house and we frequented it often. 😊

          ETA: BTW, one month until Robert Plant concert!!!!!!!!

          • jazzlover

            It was great, and then it kind of disappeared 🙁

            • ReallyMGM

              It was good, and it wasn’t so fancy that my toddler could go and not be looked at sideways.

            • jazzlover

              Yeah, those places are too hard to find. I remember it like it was yesterday (both of mine are belligerent teens now) 🙂

            • Liberated

              Remember the Seinfeld episode about the M Pan ? Mandelbaum–Mandelbaum!

            • jazzlover

              LOL. I haven’t watched Seinfeld in years, but whenever somebody mentions something about it, I seem to develop an amazing sense of recall all of a sudden 😉

          • jazzlover

            Keep it cool, MGM. I don’t wanna read about any “incidents” occurring at the concert 🙂

            • ReallyMGM

              My husband asked what piece of lingerie I was going to throw on stage.

            • jazzlover

              He sounds like an understanding guy. Would you be similarly understanding? 🙂

            • ReallyMGM

              That is why I won’t buy tickets for him to go to a Joan Jett concert.

            • jazzlover

              LOL. Someone mentioned Courtney Cox last night — as in after the Springsteen “Dancing in the Dark” video, every man in America wanted to sleep with her. I posted a vid by the Pretenders. Chrissie Hynde was the object of my affections back in the early to mid 80s. Baddest rock chick at the time. She wasn’t pretty in a traditional way, but exuded more sexiness in her middle finger than Courtney did with her whole body. In my opinion, of course 🙂

    • Mark Foster

      Just spoke with Professor Jen N. Joose at The Institute of Advanced Interstellar Peristaltic Analysis. She said the name of the other black hole was “The Nation of Spam”…and that there was a faint fecal odor associated with that brief collision…

  • scottmercer

    Event is being held at the former Los Angeles Stock Exchange downtown. It is now a nightclub/event rental venue. I used to live around the corner for four years. 15 years ago the area was desolate and partially abandoned. Now, it’s way gentrified and loaded with hipsters. This is a pre-construction rendering. The building was constructed in 1930 and abandoned in the 1970’s when the entire Financial District moved about five blocks west to Bunker Hill.

  • Polly Anna

    Anyone else notice that tiny, frail, elderly, Ms. Mala Langholz appears to have a “handler” with a firm grip on her right wrist as if to discourage her from breaking free?

  • nottrue

    CD found in phone booth in 2008 in SF The History of Scientology..[home made] very interesting …https://ia601404.us.archive.org/13/items/HistoryOfScientology/01%20History%20of%20Scientology.mp3 ..http://grizzom.blogspot.com/2016/02/history-of-scientology.html ..thank you MM it is a zegel tape…googled it and found tapes .

    • Qbird

      wth is this, nottrue? Starting to listen to it right now.

      • Mark Foster

        Oh yeah, Hubbard was raking in maaaaad cash then and these asshats were scheming and scamming
        to keep the money hidden from the IRS, which was a LOT easier to do then.

    • Robert Eckert

      Found in phone booth???

    • MM

      No idea how this could be found ‘in a phone booth in 2008’, but this is a copy of the so-called John Zegel Tape No. 1 from the Eighties ( http://www.xenutv.com/blog/2009/06/19/the-zegel-tapes/ )

    • Qbird

      This person speaks very well & knows his shit, nottrue.

  • Qbird

    Quick question: Are all Scientologists potentially subject to security checking? Public, staff, Sea Organization alike? Is this something that all Scientologists are familiar with?

    • ReallyMGM

      With the exception of one Big Being. (Maybe another that does his own stunts.)

    • Sid (Phil Jones)

      Yes. Even kids in Scientology schools. If it isn’t done on a meter then it is done by an o/w write up. (o/w: overts and withholds in thorough confession with detail).

      • Qbird

        aww crap, I forgot about the children’s sec check. You know Sid, the first time I read that check sheet, the list of gd questions, I had to shut down & go for a walk… breathe some fresh air & move… go where ever I wanted. It really upset me, the very idea of it.

        So sec checks can be put upon you at any time while you are practicing Scn. – yeah?

        • Sid (Phil Jones)

          Can, and probably will be. Almost a certainty for any practicing Scientologist.

          • Qbird

            ok. tks. I was just wondering if maybe certain adherents (like public) were maybe exempt. Just want to have my facts straight.

            • Sid (Phil Jones)

              If you buy auditing, and go in session as a public, you will be asked “Has a withhold been missed” right at the beginning. This means; have you done something wrong and not saying. It is called ‘Flying Ruds’ (rudiments) that are supposed to kind of clean you up before getting into the meat of auditing. It’s sort of a mini-sec check, and can be run earlier similar overts or withholds if something comes up. Scientologists get so programmed to ‘reveal’ anything at all it becomes almost a compulsion to speak. In fact, once when I was at Scientology band camp,,,,

            • Qbird

              oh… bummer…
              and then laughing at the Band Camp reference.

            • TheHoleDoesNotExist

              It sounds more and more like if you breathe you get sec checked. How in hell do they keep sane at all anymore? I do not understand how this.

        • TheHoleDoesNotExist

          It truly is the worst. This child auditing and sec check – that was not happening in the beginning that’s for sure. It was another one of those shockers for me.

          It is pure 100% child abuse.

    • Mark Foster

      Yes, all will do sec checks if they stay on ” the bridge”. There is some kind of sec check on “Grade 2, Overts and Withholds”. There are sec checks before getting on the OT levels. They can also be given as part of an “ethics handling”.
      You can find the actual sec check lists and more information about the history behind their development online. Tony wrote about the Joburg sec check back in 2013, too…

      • jazzlover

        It seems like the sec checks are there as a set-up for failure (and paying more money). Does anyone actually make it to the end of the bridge (to nowhere) unscathed and without having to double-down in some way? And yes, I know DM is always promising new OT levels.

        • Mark Foster

          no

          • jazzlover

            Short and sweet. I like it 🙂

            • Qbird

              and true.

      • Qbird

        again, tks Mark, I have seen some lists.

    • pluvo

      Also – to add to Sid’s,THDNE’s and Mark’s replys – when you go on vacations (if you mange to get approval at all, what can be a nightmare itself) as a Sea Org member, you get sec checked to get clearance to go; when you get back you get sec checked again.
      When showing any BIs (Bad Indicators) to CI (Command Intention) you get sec checked. When you attract any negative attention to COB and RTC staff you get sec checked, among other things if you “have any bad intentions or thoughts about COB or management”. So you get even sec checked about your thoughts.
      It’s like being subjected to thought control by the Thought police in Orwell’s “1984”:
      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thought_Police

      Orwell’s Thought Police are charged with uncovering and punishing “thoughtcrime” and thought-criminals. They use psychological methods and omnipresent surveillance (such as telescreens) to search, find, monitor, and arrest members of society who could potentially challenge authority and the status quo—even if only by thought—hence the name Thought Police.[1] They use terror and torture to achieve their ends.

      • TheHoleDoesNotExist

        LOL – boy, did I get out in time. I never had sec checks. Had one of those confessionals once I think as some prerequisite. Ethics was a lot looser back then in general. It was a quick pass when I landed in the org lobbies off of tour. thanks goodness! hah

      • Qbird

        okay – yowza pluvo, what a rip-off. The Organization makes it so god damn hard on their own people; it’s amazing to me. No fun man.

  • Xenu is my Homeboy

    The girlfriend of the infamous John Wood is having a Twitter spat with a critic at the moment. She is trying to defend/deflect away from the 100+ hour work week for Sea Orgers and forced abortions. (Refresh for pics)

    • jazzlover

      So, if it happened in the past, it’s not a problem???

      • SucculentDuck

        #LRonic

        • jazzlover

          Watch it with dem Hubbard hashtags, will ya 😉

          • SucculentDuck

            (oops did i faux pas again?)

            • jazzlover

              Not at all. Just a play on words — as in “you’re liable to poke my eye out with one of those” 🙂

            • SucculentDuck

              phew! i thought i may have angered the mods or something much much worse O.o

            • jazzlover

              I am only a “mod” non-mod 🙂

            • SucculentDuck

              i’m a non-mod rocker so i think that means we can still be friends 🙂

            • jazzlover

              Well, if it means anything to you, “Quadrophenia” is one of my desert island discs, so………….

      • ze moo

        When caught, the clampire always falls back on that line at the end. After a lot obfuscation and straight out lying…

        • Qbird

          I hear that crap all the time from elle.

        • That never happened. That was in the past, and was by rogue members who were kicked out. We don’t do that any more (or less).

      • Tracy Schmitz

        notice how she never includes that such activity WAS WRONG!.. nice attempt at a dodge wouldn’t you say!.

        • jazzlover

          I would say. It’s almost the same as a serial killer begging to be excused because he stopped killing a couple of years ago. “I’m so over it.”

        • GemmaLouHarris

          I would say working children 100 hours a week is definitely wrong. But it doesn’t happen so…

    • ReallyMGM

      If she is so dedicated why doesn’t she join and save the planet? She could do so much more for Scientology than fighting on Twitter. 😱

      • Mark Foster

        Actually, um, no, she couldn´t ; it´s a truly lost cause 🙂

    • I think she means “Along with 100 hours, I think it’s highly unlikely they have time to do school.”

      • GemmaLouHarris

        They go to school. The 100 hours he is suggesting is ridiculous

        • Really? Why?

          • GemmaLouHarris

            Adults in the sea org don’t even do 100 hours of work a week and for the cadets – with school/studying there wouldn’t physically be 100 hours left to work.

            • So what is the policy setting the maximum hours in a week?

            • GemmaLouHarris

              I have no idea but everyone is looked after, fed, bedded etc. and every org member I see on a regular basis look really happy and healthy. They don’t do 100 hours a week.

            • So you have no idea of what the current policy or orders are concerning Sea Org hours. Got it.

              What kind of org are you observing? Advanced Org, CLO, Int management, Dissemination and Distribution Center, an easy berth like Author Services, or what?

            • GemmaLouHarris

              And neither do you. Advanced Org.

        • Robert Eckert

          Much worse than ridiculous, downright abusive.

          • GemmaLouHarris

            Ridiculous because it’s not true

            • Robert Eckert

              It is totally true. I am sorry to have to tell you this, but you need to face truth.

            • GemmaLouHarris

              Based on? Because I know the work hours of a few in the sea org and it’s not 100 hours a week

            • Robert Eckert

              Based on the people who have lived it. Jenna Miscavige Hill’s book is a good source http://www.amazon.com/Beyond-Belief-Secret-Scientology-Harrowing-ebook/dp/B008XOJ7C2

            • GemmaLouHarris

              I’m basing it on people who are living it today.

            • Robert Eckert

              I doubt that you really know the Russians lured to Flag under false pretenses with their passports stolen from them and all contact with their families cut off.

            • GemmaLouHarris

              And this has to do with 100 hours because?

            • Robert Eckert

              Because they work that many hours a week, routinely. You claim you know Sea Orgers. I doubt you do, and if you do any you certainly don’t know the typical cases.

            • GemmaLouHarris

              I very much doubt that. And yes I do know members of SO.

            • Robert Eckert

              You know that the horror stories are true, but suppress that because it would raise uncomfortable questions about your own complicity.

        • Frodis73

          Tell that to Laura D.

          • GemmaLouHarris

            Says someone who is completely missing the point of the discussion.

  • Jennhatesyou

    Great. now my 30th birthday has to shared with CCHR…and a few blocks from my home to boot. Somewhere, Xenu is getting a good chuckle out of this….

  • exccla

    I culd be wrong, but i got in the cult in 69, and i don’t think that cchr existed then (47th anniversary). They lie even then it’s stupid and serves no purpose. I should notbe surprised. I know they open their mouths. But they do it in all their writings of everything too.

    • Qbird

      interesting, exccla, when did you get free?
      eta: u got in 47 years ago! lol

      • Qbird

        laugh with me newbie!

        • phoebequeen

          So tasty, um, er, I mean, pretty. Pretty bird.

          • Qbird

            sweet kitty ~

            • phoebequeen

              LOL

      • exccla

        i got out about 1989. was in about 19 years. i was declared for something that was false. broke up my family.

        • Qbird

          yes… I’ve been reading your back posts, exccla. Ex CC in LA. gotcha fine as kind there.
          You’re not a newbie, just kind of a quiet one. Okay.
          YaY – I’m glad you’re here dear… I am sorry about ALL the stupid shit, the declare & your family getting caught up in all this b.s. that is Hubbard’s way.

          • exccla

            Wow-you wrote me some poetry here. And you’rer right i’ve been sort of quiet. My memory is not that great and i guess i feel a bit constrained because most of my family s still in. I still shift some dates and or other ‘facts’ because i’ve recently found out osa is on my tail.

            • Juicer77

              Ugh. How stupid and ridiculous and infuriating. I hope you get your loved ones back soon.

        • SarahDB

          very glad you are out and here! I wish all your dreams for your new future come true!

          • exccla

            Thank you, Sarah. I hope your dreams come true as well.

    • TonyOrtega

      It was founded in 1969.

      • exccla

        Thank you. It always amazes me that you know so much about the cult and were never in it. You are definitely a hero to me.

  • Xenu is my Homeboy

    Some more Twitter madness (Refresh)

    • jazzlover

      He “much loved” her! Nice 🙂

    • SucculentDuck

      are we talking R6 Implant Christians and Jews or … ? so much confuze

      eti: we don’t do that. oh shit, we got caught? well, we don’t do that anymore.

  • OOkpik

    Caught on camera: Scientology serenades another jackass.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P6_4skAIQro

    • jazzlover

      LOL. And here I was gonna ask if that was Chet Baker 😉

  • Spike Robinson

    So I’m sick. And I’m bored. I should be working but I’m taking the night off.

    And then my friend Perry on SPs R Us digs this bust up, available for 30 bucks on Ebay:

    • Spike Robinson

      So, here’s my challenge – I need to be cheered up. So Someone shoop me a shoop?

      here’s my humble contribution – not very good, but just a start.

      • OTVIIIisGrrr8!

        Date: 11 February 2016
        From: Bart Dixslurper, Esq.
        To: Spike Robinson
        Re: Cease and Desist

        Dear Spike,

        My firm represents the Religious Technology Center, the holder of the copyrights of Dianetics and Scientology.

        My client has informed me that you are marketing a “novelty table lamp home entertainment system” that uses the image and likeness of L. Ron Hubbard. Mr. Hubbard’s image, likeness, and signature are copyrighted by RTC.

        We demand that you cease and desist marketing, promoting, and selling the aforesaid “novelty table lamp home entertainment system” by 15 February 2016 or face very serious legal consequences as well as Scientology’s new and updated “Fair Game, Shame, and Blame” in which OSA moron John Alan Woodhead uses Instagram against you. It is a very terrifying experience from what I have been told.

        Please confirm your compliance soonest.

        Sincerely,

        Bart Dixslurper, Esq.

        • Spike Robinson

          I would try to reply in character, but –

          YOU. HAVE. JUST. MADE. MY. MONTH.

          Thank you!!!!

          • OTVIIIisGrrr8!

            Feel better 🙂

            • Spike Robinson

              if laughter is the best medicine, then I should be cured directly. 🙂

      • aegerprimo

        refresh….

        • Spike Robinson

          very nicely done. I like the deep colors of the grass particularly.

          Not to quibble, but isn’t pigeon poop more whitish green? or does it vary with area and diet? (out here it’d be a seagull, not a pigeon, for one thing)

          • aegerprimo

            I guess you have never been to a big city.

            • Spike Robinson

              well, I went to New York once, but I didn’t like it.

              I didn’t like Paris much, either. But I did love London. That said, I was fifteen and didn’t notice the pigeon shit because I was too misty-eyed to notice it (in New York, I was twenty and it was jaded disgust). However, I live in New England, where instead of pigeons we have seagulls.

              They eat pigeons when we aren’t looking.

            • aegerprimo

              Savannah has both.

            • Spike Robinson

              well, we have pigeons, too, in Burlington, but seriously, they look frightened at the seagulls.

              My big parakeet Oliver saw a seagull once. He nearly bust his lungs trying to make himself sound bigger…

              I think I’m going to go shoop m’self a kitchen Ron now… 🙂

            • Spike Robinson

              but seriously, good shoop. 🙂

            • aegerprimo

              Thank you Spike, and I hope you feel better soon.

            • Spike Robinson

              I’m already feeling better with all the lols!

        • Qbird

          I LOVE it Aegerprimo! Yeah Baby. XD

        • Juicer77

          XD

    • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)
      • Spike Robinson

        thanks – I wasn’t thinking. Bad Spike, no biscuit.

      • $cnMonkeyNut$

        Tee hee… $30 (and overpriced, at that 🙂 )

        • jazzlover

          Just read in the description that it’s only 8 inches tall. How is that a real bust? 🙂

          • $cnMonkeyNut$

            Didn’t get as far as the description–took one look at the photo, then the starting bid, laughed, and closed the tab.

            • jazzlover

              I was gonna say that the Plaster Casters casted bigger “objects” than that 😉

            • $cnMonkeyNut$

              Just made the cats jump laughing 🙂

            • jazzlover

              Glad I could entertain, AND give the cats some exercise to boot 😉

            • $cnMonkeyNut$

              Thank you 🙂 (They need it–lazy buggers, spend most of the day asleep anyway!)

          • Sherbet

            GAT II is a real bust.

            • jazzlover

              *snort*

          • Spike Robinson

            I dated a gal with an eight-inch bust once …

            • Sherbet

              Badump bump!

            • jazzlover

              Does she swing the other way? 😉

            • Spike Robinson

              It don’t mean a thing if she don’t give a swing…

            • jazzlover

              Remember me? I’m jazzlover, dammit:

              https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h2iEulpX910

            • Spike Robinson

              I’m sorry; I really am totally and completely not working in the head. But once I wrote a piece for Balinesian gamelan, entitled: “it don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got gending.”

            • jazzlover

              I was teasing about the fact that you were basically lobbing me “softballs” 🙂 You’re pretty dang clever, though.

            • Spike Robinson

              no, I think ‘dang’ are the bamboo drums from inland China… I’m sorry, professor Jafran, I forgot the ethnomusicology final was today…

              Toto, what are you doing here?

            • jazzlover

              LOL

        • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

          Looks kinda bronzy, but says it’s made of resin. Reminds me of the plastic lions outside Saint Hell XD

          • $cnMonkeyNut$

            Waaay overpriced, then!

            • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

              Put it ouside your house on Halloween – that’ll scare those darn kids away. Lol.

            • $cnMonkeyNut$

              Heh heh! True–but I don’t want to permanently mentally scar them!

      • flyonthewall

        oh God, there’s a bid on it! Smh. And just when my faith in humanity was being restored

        • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

          Hmmmm… Are you trying to make people feel bad about bidding on this? Are you bidding on this, Fly? Are you the bidder???

          • $cnMonkeyNut$

            I thought you were, Johnny–the way you were mentioning scaring children with it 😉

            • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

              It says no international bidders 🙁 I buy a lot of crazy sh!t, but even I have limits.

            • flyonthewall

              i am kinda confused by the international bidder thing. It’s on ebay.uk but is located in LA? So what’s considered international here? US or UK?

            • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

              I use worldwide search on ebay UK – gives me a lot more hits that with ebay dot com (for some mysterious reason). Anyway, the listing says the seller is in LA, and that it posts to US and “many other countries”, but in the description it says no international, so who knows :-/
              I think I’ll let you have it, if you still want it, Fly.

            • flyonthewall

              give me $50 and the bust. I will glue a dildo to his forehead and smear lipstick on him like a whore as well as other vulgarities my mind thinks up in the meantime then I will leave it on the local Org’s doorstep as a present.

            • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

              That would be totally awesome!

            • TheHoleDoesNotExist

              You have that arteest touch. heh

            • flyonthewall

              not that I would actually do it but do you think they would retaliate?

            • SucculentDuck

              in L.A. you say?!?!?

            • Ben Franklin

              Is that thing made of plastic? Even Goliath would break a sweat carrying that thing around.

          • flyonthewall

            yes, it’s part of my master plan to shame humanity into compliance with my will. Greatest good and all that rot, you know the drill

      • Spike Robinson

        I’m not seeing any shoops.

        WHY AM I NOT SEEING ANY SHOOPS?!?!?!?!?

        (sorry, a little bizarre in the brain tonight)

        • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

          Whoa there, horsie! I’m sure Mark or Obs is working on it. Genius takes time, you know.

          • Sherbet

            I’m not sure they’ve punched in. They could be on a different shift.

          • Spike Robinson

            LOL! Thank you… I’m laughing like an idiot. I think I’m gonna try to improve on the admittedly hack job below.

            For Sherbet – “Ron the Kitchen Appliance.”

    • Qbird

      I saw that on Sp’s R US. I’d like it only to set up outside so that all the birdies could poop on it.

      • Spike Robinson

        I would buy it and then raffle off chances to whack it to pieces with a sledgehammer, and then donate the proceeds to the very next Sea Org member who blew…

    • Qbird

      Wishing you get well wishes Spike!

      a smile for you ~

      • phoebequeen

        LOL

      • Spike Robinson

        Thanks, Qbird. It’s been making work interesting.

      • Spike Robinson

        Oh, I didn’t see that before! LOL!

    • aegerprimo

      It’s creepier than the bare-chested man boob version.

      • Sherbet

        You mean Gill-Man, the Creature from the Black Lagoon?

        • aegerprimo

          Yes, that’s the one, with the gaping fish mouth.

          • Sherbet

            Charisma, they say he had. Charisma.

            • Spike Robinson

              I like the late Terry Pratchett’s description of one of his more horrible characters, Nobby:
              “He has … charisn’tma.”

            • Sherbet

              Perfect.

            • $cnMonkeyNut$

              Nobby’s not horrible, he just has a very… different outlook on possessions and where they should be–relative to your average Sammy, that is!

    • phoebequeen

      You could put in yard and let dogs pee on it. I know mine would love to.

    • Sherbet

      It can’t be Ron. His mouth is closed.

      • $cnMonkeyNut$

        Exactly–where’s the startled guppy, that’s what I want to know.

        • Sherbet

          Does it have a cyst?

      • Spike Robinson

        That’s why my first thought was to put the disc drive there… see shoop below…

        • Sherbet

          That’s a good idea. An Eggo waffle would fit in there, too.

          • Spike Robinson

            LOL! Perhaps I shall play more. Yeah, f*** it. You want I should do Ron the Kitchen Appliance???

            • Sherbet

              I’m Shoopless, so go for it, Ms Spike!

    • EmmaDaoust

      Quart or two of cranberry juice oughtta fix you right up.

      • Spike Robinson

        yechhh. I hate the stuff and only drink it when (ahem) certain lady circumstances demand it.

        • Qbird

          okay, try your favorite tea, squeeze some citrus into it, a touch of apple cider vinegar & some raw honey. Stay hydrated and get plenty of rest sweetie.

          • Spike Robinson

            Thank you!

          • Sherbet

            Don’t stop there, Qbird. Tuck her in all cozy, too.

            • Spike Robinson

              Well, it is my husband’s bowling night. And it’s cold as a bitch and snowing and windy and stormy – ye gods, you should hear the wind blow.

            • Spike Robinson

              I don’t know what that had to do with shit. Did I mention I’m not quite well?

            • Sherbet

              Here too (wind, not snow). Massachusetts.

            • Spike Robinson

              Ahh, so we’re getting the same storm system. I’m in northwest Vermont.

            • Sherbet

              Ah, yes, probably.

            • Spike Robinson

              husband is addicted to weather channel, so I was made to look at the big spirals on the TV screen. They’re pretty big, and we’re just on opposite ends of the same big eyepatch of snow. Stay warm. Me, I’ve got a kitchen appliance to shoop. For medicinal purposes.

            • Sherbet

              You go, girl. (Yeah, cliche, I know.)

            • Spike Robinson

              Okay, here you go: El Kitchen Ron.

    • Sherbet

      Are you sure Perry is your friend?

      • Spike Robinson

        Yes. He’s a good lad. Some folks don’t understand his admittedly strange tastes, but take it from me, his heart is in the right place. I know. He just has some odd ways, yes, but if we all sat and thought about how odd we all are, we’d be here until Xenu broke out of his mountain jail and settled down to open a fry joint.

        So, yes, Perry is my friend. And I am his.

        • Sherbet

          Everyone needs at least one friend like that. You’re both very lucky.

          • Spike Robinson

            I try to be as good a friend as I can. We all need each other on this strange little ball of mud.

            • Sherbet

              Exactly. If we’re going to take the ride, we may as well have someone fun and loyal riding shotgun.

            • beauty for ashes

              Or someone who’s really good with a shotgun.

            • Spike Robinson

              *snort!*

            • beauty for ashes

              Can I quote you on that? That’s kind of adorable. And I collect quotes. 🙂

            • Spike Robinson

              I’m honored.

            • beauty for ashes

              Thank you Spike. I put them on a small piece of paper and put them in a box. And when I need inspiration, I go through them and try to pick out ones that feel applicable to what I’m going through, Or just crack me up. 🙂

            • Spike Robinson

              that’s wonderful! when I worked at the Alzheimer’s unit, we used to write down the bits of wisdom our residents said. It was inspirational.

              You should put up a blog of your slips. I bet more than one person would find them of use. 🙂

      • Spike Robinson

        oh, facepalm! I apologize… I totally missed the joke. My deepest apologies; I thought you were havin’ a dig at my lil’ nephew – you were talking about linking the bust!!!!

        Gawd, I must be sick…

        • Sherbet

          Yes, that was my joke. Would a friend send a picture of lrh to you?

          • Spike Robinson

            goooootcha. Sorry; apparently fever makes me paranoid.

            Unless you’re just trying to make me think I’m paranoid.

            Who are you working for? WHO ARE YOU WORKING FOR?!?!?!?

            • Spike Robinson

              ahem…

            • Sherbet

              I can’t believe it, Spike. I just went looking for that quote to post to YOU!

            • Spike Robinson

              LOLOLOLOLOLOL

              muah hah hah… perhaps it’s me who’s working for someone to make *you* think you’re you’re paranoid! …

              … or maybe I really, really, really should drink some more fluids.

            • Sherbet

              You’re dehydrated…and I’m off to bed to dream about grotesque Hubbard statues and the evil, self-serving CCHR. Which means I won’t sleep well. Ciao, all.

            • Spike Robinson

              gute nacht!

    • OOkpik

      Wishing you a speedy return to health, Spike.
      Some friend, that Perry! 😉

    • daisy

      He looks more like John Travolta (old JT) than LRH.

      • sashiebgood

        he does! poor scn, a bust of LRH doesn’t even have kitsch cred in any Williamsburg apartment.

    • Mark

      So the old fart fancied himself as Mussolini, too?

    • Juicer77

      Feel better, Spike!

  • Dawn Renee Radford

    I’m thinking Scientology was The Office before The Office was The Office…

  • Jeb Burton

    So Mr. Baca was found guilty of violence and corruption in his jails? I was wondering why he called his jails the Hole.

    • Qbird

      There is a wonderful shoop a ways down there, Jeb… you gonna love it.

    • Juicer77

      He was not found guilty – he PLED guilty. Which means he fessed up to the absolute minimum that would satisfy the prosecutors without hauling his *ss in front of a jury. He got off really, really easy.

  • J. Swift

    Twenty Things Judges Have Said About Scientology

    Posted on the Scientology Money Project: http://scientologymoneyproject.com/2016/02/11/twenty-things-judges-have-said-about-scientology/

    Source: Lermanet.com: http://www.lermanet.com/cos/whatjudgessay.htm

    “[The court record is] replete with evidence [that Scientology] is nothing in reality but a vast enterprise to extract the maximum amount of money from its adepts by pseudo scientific theories… and to exercise a kind of blackmail against persons who do not wish to continue with their sect…. The organization clearly is schizophrenic and paranoid, and this bizarre combination seems to be a reflection of its founder, L.Ron
    Hubbard.” —Judge Breckenridge, Los Angeles Superior Court

    “The facsimiles saying that scientologists are swindlers do not constitute insults since the church of scientology has already been convicted in our country for swindle (JT 1994 IV 140)” — July 8, 2005 Schedule – Office of the Examining magistrates of Porrentruy, Switzerland – Canton of the Jura

    ” Each [of the former Scientologists] has broken with the movement for a variety of reasons, but at the same: time, each is still bound by the knowledge that the church has in in possession his or her most inner thoughts and confessions, all recorded [in PC folders] or other security files of the organization, and that the church or its minions is fully capable of intimidation and other physical and psychological abuse if it suits their ends,”…”The record is repleat with evidence of such abuse … The practice of culling supposedly confidential PC folders
    or files to obtain information for purposes of intimidation and/or harassment is repugnant and outrageous” — California Superior Court judge Paul Breckenridge

    When the RTC first approached the Court with its ex parte request for the seizure warrant and Temporary Restraining Order, the dispute was presented as a straight-forward one under copyright and trade secret law. However, the Court is now convinced that the primary motivation of RTC in suing Lerma, DGS and the Post is to stifle criticism of Scientology in general and to harass its critics. As the increasingly vitriolic rhetoric of its briefs and oral argument now demonstrates, the RTC appears far more concerned about criticism of Scientology than vindication of its secrets. — U.S. District Judge Leonie Brinkema, Religious Technology Center v. Arnaldo Lerma, Washington Post, Mark Fisher, and Richard Leiby, 29 November 1995

    “Scientology’s purpose is making money by means legitimate and illegitimate” — (US District Court, Southern District of New York, 92 Civ. 3024 (PKL)

    “An individual processed with the aid of the E-meter was said to reach the intended goal of “clear” and was led to believe there was reliable scientific proof that once cleared many, indeed most illnesses would automatically be cured. Auditing was guaranteed to be successful. All this was and is false — in short, a fraud.” — Federal District Judge Gesell 333 F. Supp. 357; 1971 U.S. Dist

    “However, I am persuaded … Scientology is not, subject to one reservation, a religious institution because it is, in relation to its religious pretensions, no more than a sham…Its bogus claims to believe in prayer and other aspects of a creed based on a divine being, were ” no more than a mockery of religion. Scientology as practiced is in reality the antithesis of a religion” Supreme Court Justice Crockett – Australia 1980

    “That these defendants were willing to frame their critics to the point of giving false testimony under oath against them and having them arrested and indicted speaks legions for their disdain for the rule of law. Indeed, they arrogantly placed themselves above the law, meting out their personal brand of punishment to those ‘guilty’ of opposing their selfish aims. — Judge Richey in the sentencing of Mary Sue Hubbard and ten other Scientologists in October 1978 — US District Court, Washington DC.

    “The crime committed by these defendants is of a breath and scope previously unheard of. No building, office, desk, or file was safe from their snooping and prying. No individual or organization was free from their despicable conspiratorial minds. The tools of their trade were miniature transmitters, lock picks, secret codes, forged credentials and any other device they found necessary to carry out their conspiratorial schemes.” — Federal prosecutor’s memorandum to the judge urging stiff jail sentences for 9 top leaders of Scientology who had pleaded guilty to criminal charges

    “Scientology is both immoral and socially obnoxious…It is corrupt sinister and dangerous. It is corrupt because it is based on lies and deceit and has its real objective money and power for Mr. Hubbard… It is sinister because it indulges in infamous practices both to its adherents who do not toe the line unquestionably and to those who criticize it or oppose it. It is dangerous because it is out to capture people and to indoctrinate and brainwash them so they become the unquestioning captives and tools of the cult, withdrawn from ordinary thought, living, and relationships with others.” — Justice Latey, ruling in the High Court of London

    “In addition to violating and abusing its own members’ civil rights, the organization over the years with its ‘fair game’ doctrine has harassed and abused those persons not in the church whom it perceives as enemies. ” –-Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Paul Breckenridge, June 1984, in the Gerry Armstrong case

    “In January 1980, fearing a raid by law enforcement agencies, Hubbard’s representatives ordered the shredding of all documents showing that Hubbard controlled Scientology organizations, finances, personnel, or the property at Gilman Hot Springs. In a two week period, approximately one million pages were shredded pursuant to this order.” –California appellate court, 2nd. district, 3rd. division, July 29, 1991, B025920 & B038975, Super. Ct. No. C 420153

    “Scientologists believe that most human problems can be traced to lingering spirits of an extraterrestrial people massacred by their ruler, Xenu, over 75 million years ago. These spirits attach themselves by “clusters” to individuals in the contemporary world, causing spiritual harm and negatively influencing the lives of their hosts.”– US District Judge Leonie Brinkema 4 Oct 96 Memorandum Opinion, RTC vs Lerma

    “It is an organization with medical, social and ethical practices that are dangerous and harmful,” Judge Constandia Angelaki wrote in her [December 1996] ruling. “It claims to act freely so as to draw members who subsequently undergo … brainwashing by dictated ways of thinking that limit reaction capabilities. “

    “An IRS Closing agreement cannot overule Congress and the Supreme Court”….” If the IRS does in fact give preferential treatment to members of “…”Scientology” — “allowing them a special right to claim deductions
    that are contrary to law and rightly disallowed to everybody else — then the proper course of action is a lawsuit to put a stop to that policy. –Judge Reinhart – United States 9th Circuit court of Appeals 29 January 2002

    “When a person is subjected to coercive persuasion [as in Scientology] without his knowledge or consent …[he may] develop serious and sometimes irreversible physical and psychiatric disorders, up to and including schizophrenia, self-mutilation, and suicide. —California Supreme Court, United States v. Lee [455 U.S. 252,257,258 (1982)

    “Scientology is evil; its techniques are evil; its practice is a serious threat to the community, medically, morally, and socially; and its adherents are sadly deluded and often mentally ill…(Scientology is) the world’s largest organization of unqualified persons engaged in the practice of dangerous techniques which masquerade as mental therapy.” –Justice Anderson, Supreme Court of Victoria, Australia

    “Plaintiffs have abused the federal court system by using it, inter alia, to destroy their opponents, rather than to resolve an actual dispute over trademark law or any other legal matter. This constitutes ‘extraordinary, malicious, wanton and oppressive conduct.’ As such, this case qualifies as an ‘exceptional case’ and fees should be awarded pursuant to the Lanham Act… It is abundantly clear that plaintiffs sought to harass the
    individual defendants and destroy the church defendants through massive over-litigation and other highly questionable litigation tactics. The Special Master has never seen a more glaring example of bad faith litigation than this.” —RTC v. Robin Scott, U. S. District Court, Central District of California, No. 85-711-JMI (Bx) 85-7197-JMI (Bx), January 20, 1993, Memorandum of Decision

    “The government is satisfied that Scientology is socially harmful. It alienates members of families from each other and attributes squalid and disgraceful motives to all who oppose it; its authoritarian principles and practice are a potential menace to the personality and well being of those so deluded as to become followers; above all, its methods can be a serious danger to the health of those who submit to them…There is no power under existing law to prohibit the practice of Scientology; but the government has concluded that it is so objectionable that it would be right to take all steps within its power to curb its growth. ” –Kenneth Robinson, British Minister of Health

    “The court concludes that a preponderance of the evidence demonstrates that CSI (Church of Scientology International) and its agents are primarily engaged in the business of selling or leasing goods
    or services.” — Judge Dib Waldrip in Rathbun v. Miscavige et. al. March 14, 2014.

    • Qbird

      WoW ~ there a list worth saving! Wise judges, good with words.

      • jazzlover

        And yet, if the cult still exists, what is the ultimate benefit?

        • J. Swift

          And yet, if the cult still exists, what is the ultimate benefit?

          To make bronze statues for sale on eBay? BTW, I was told that this bust sold inside the Cult for $5,000. The eBay price is as heavily discounted as American fracking stocks.

          http://a.disquscdn.com/uploads/mediaembed/images/3195/8569/original.jpg?w=800&h

          • jazzlover

            Frack-tions of pennies on the dollar. Now that’s fracking hilarious 🙂

            • Spike Robinson

              groaaaaaaaan.

          • SarahDB

            those rubbery lips…*shudder*

          • Sergeant Pepper

            “THIS RESIN BUST STAND EIGHT INCHES TALL” A perfect replacement for the Hula Girl on any dashboard.

          • Juicer77

            I think that one is titled Anxious Effort.

      • J. Swift

        All credit to the indomitable Arnie Lerma and Lermanet.com

    • J. Swift

      Please turn each of these twenty quotes into jpegs and post them daily and widely on Twitter, Instragram, Facebook, etc

      Example: This jpeg:

      http://i40.photobucket.com/albums/e235/Swift77/Court.3_zpsekvwkaur.png

      Becomes a Tweet, an Instagram, a FB post, etc.

      http://i40.photobucket.com/albums/e235/Swift77/Court4_zpsh5n7dsm9.png

      • J. Swift

        I plan to create a series of lists that are social media friendly. These lists will serve the public by informing it of the dangerous insanity of the Cult of Scientology.

        Note to OSA: How long before you clowns are in orange jumpsuits along with your pal Lee Baca? I hear Ceaser’s Sports Book in Vegas is giving odds for 12 months.

        • jazzlover

          LOL. And. btw, I didn’t mean to diminish the value of your hard work with my earlier “wise crack”. I’m just wondering why the hell those words from judges, no less, didn’t have a more lasting effect. Obviously, there is tons of meat there.

          • J. Swift

            Many of these quotes were pre-internet or early internet and received scant attention because OSA routinely threatened journalists who were planning stories on the Church. There was a chilling effect in place. Scientology attorney Helena Kobrin would use her dirtbag “Kobragrams” to get ISP’s to shut down websites that used these quotes or were in any way critical of the Church. Scientology could be more terroristic in this era, but no more.

            The value of these quotes is that they are judicial in nature and thus part of the legal record.

            We can and should do our own “Planetary Dissemination” of these quotes in 2016.

            • jazzlover

              That would be great. But the judges themselves — they’re still living, breathing organisms. Have they long since retired, and if so, does the statute of limitations apply here as far as the law goes with regard to already entered judgments? I know this is more complicated than I’m making it sound, though, so no worries if you don’t want to turn this into THAT kind of conversation here.

            • J. Swift

              Is there a lawyer in the room?

              AFAIK, the court record is the court record. No statute of limitations applies to what a judge has said in the court record.

            • jazzlover

              Again, maybe too complicated, but why hasn’t the court record (which contains some serious indictments against SciFi) carried more weight in terms of shutting the “cherch” down? Is the answer as simple as the IRS’ caving ruined all of that?

      • here’s my first one…. I’ll be adding to them over time and will also post them on imgur https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/506a5db3359db0db338bebbbeb038019995d21e13c6ad580301a236f4a97fd22.png

    • OOkpik

      That’s a keeper.

      <3<3<3

  • phoebequeen

    Well, this is disturbing in so many ways. Makes me wonder if there was any connection still, to the visit the police did checking on Shelly. Where’s Shelly?

  • MostEthicalPimp

    https://www.facebook.com/gngcreative/ lovely clam advertising agency! I found it when I googled shadow hills after seeing it mentioned in Mike’s beating a dead horse last five lines. Now I’m not English scholar or even a Key to Life grad but doesn’t “Announced that Bonita Wilson and Shadow Hills Purif Center completed their 2nd Purif!!!” Mean that they’ve only had two Purif grads since opening? https://scontent-lax3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xla1/v/t1.0-9/12047007_1037731992965589_7753460110936035394_n.jpg?oh=830c292cce36cf08951932478f2b9b0c&oe=5766E15A

    • MostEthicalPimp

      Should point out, I don’t have proof of the advertising agency’s claminity.

      • TheHoleDoesNotExist

        Loooooon time whale

      • OOkpik

        The “proof” is in the product.

    • Observer

      The way it’s worded it sounds like Bonita did the Purif twice and so was both of the completions.

      • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

        A stat is a stat, you know.

        • beauty for ashes

          They should have a hymn with those words.

          • Sergeant Pepper

            A stat is a stat of course of course
            but no stat can ever be off source
            unless of course the stat in force
            pleases our Tiny D

            Endorse each stat without remorse
            and increase each week til you are hoarse
            lest you be ordered to divorce
            to please our Tiny D

            I’m sure you know the melody.

  • beauty for ashes

    I just don’t know why scientology thinks its okay to deceive Mala Langholz about their core beliefs. I just feel bad for her, I mean how would that make you feel to find that out later. Used? Icky?

    • jazzlover

      I think the bottom line is that they have no “social conscience”, which is ironic since they are claiming to have it by putting on such a dog and pony show.

    • Observer

      Deceiving people = KSW

      • SucculentDuck

        no, you see, that’s where we’re wrong. according to JAWkoff’s girlfriend, gemthetwit, they don’t do that anymore. they did, just like the Christians over 75 jizzillion years ago, but then they changed and now they’re all good! no more deception inception! it’s that easy!

    • Jimmy3

      I know, right? Why tarnish their long legacy of straightforward honesty by lying to an old lady?

      • Sid (Phil Jones)

        For some reason their ‘ acceptable truths’ seem less and less acceptable.

        • Jimmy3

          More and more stink for the trash receptacle, if you ask me. But don’t ask me.

      • flyonthewall

        *gasp* He de-lurked, grab him!

        • OOkpik

          My pleasure!

          • flyonthewall

            not there! Bad owl!

            • OOkpik

              You flies are all the same.

            • EmmaDaoust
            • OOkpik

              Beautiful bird, and great photography. Thanks, Emma D.

            • EmmaDaoust

              Isn’t she a beauty?

            • seriouslyWTF

              Hey. Check out what I just bought at the Gem and Mineral show. Refresh. doesn’t look as good in the pics as it does on my hand in real life.

            • Sherbet

              A lovely bejeweled OOkpik ring.

            • seriouslyWTF

              It’s really sparkly.. nice piece.. wish it showed better in the photos..
              We have the largest Gem and Mineral show in the world going on right now. I like to buy beads.. they make me happy. Now, my new ring makes me happy and I’m thinking about going back for a Tanzanite tennis bracelet that will make me even happier. There are shows all over the city. People come from all over the world to buy and sell. Major bucks. I have a friend from Australia that comes every year and sells opals that he and his father mine. He had one piece that was over a million dollars.. crazy stuff.. There is a theme at the final big show that is going on this weekend. Normally they pick a country, or a specific mineral.. but, this year it is just ‘Blue’.. so, it will be amazing blue stones.. They actually have a blue sapphire that came from the Smithsonian on display. There are also a lot of other things besides jewelry, gems and minerals.. Lot’s of really interesting stuff, and very inexpensive since they are mostly wholesale pricing.

            • Juicer77

              Those shows are a lot of fun 🙂 My problem is I think of 1,000 things I could make with those beads and gems, and have to have my credit card taken away by force. LOL

            • seriouslyWTF

              It is so much fun. And cheap. Strands of beads for .50 to whatever. i don’t make many things with them. They just make me happy having them. Sorting all the colors and shapes. Every once in awhile I’ll have people over and we make stuff. I spent yesterday with my nephew looking for fun stuff. Check out these bracelets I got for $1.75 each. Refresh. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/701ea17087d95b66d844441a5ce5a69a48f8dd261915bc94fb25d4c5db1d9b41.jpg

            • Juicer77

              Ooooooooo!!

            • Sherbet

              Go for the Tanzanite tennis bracelet next!

            • seriouslyWTF

              I know right? It matches the necklace, earrings and ring my husband bought me. I’m not a big jewelry person, but I do wear those pieces.

            • Juicer77

              Gorgeous!

            • beauty for ashes

              It’s either with the sharp talons or the giant wings, you can’t be picky with owls.

            • flyonthewall

              if I had a choice I’d take the wings, those claws are no joke. They will mess you up

            • beauty for ashes

              IKR? and their sharp beaks.
              You know they’d probably be really helpful when making pulled pork though.

            • OOkpik

              You’re jealous!

            • flyonthewall

              lol, I like Jimmy but in a strictly tectonic way

            • Jimmy3

              Every now and then our plates brush up against each other, but not in a weird way or anything

            • Ben Franklin

              There is no other way Jimmy.

      • beauty for ashes

        I also don’t know how sometimes I also think “You Jerk!” while laughing at your replies.

        • Jimmy3

          One time a kid told me I am very charming while I was giving him a wedgie. True story.

          • OOkpik

            1.1

    • OOkpik

      Yes, it must be difficult enough to tell such a horrific story without having it mocked in such a way. 🙁

    • flyonthewall

      I wish there was a way to get in touch with Mala so we can ask her how CCHR represented themselves to her and if they mentioned their psychotic museum and its psychoticness

      eta – striked out on 2nd thought bc it doesn’t seem like a good idea to be bothering an elderly person with a bunch of questions out of the blue.

    • aegerprimo

      No worries! THDNE sent her a copy of “The Unbreakable Miss Lovely.

      Link to her comment and quoted below – http://tonyortega.org/2016/02/11/the-disgraced-sheriff-the-holocaust-survivor-and-scientologys-most-unhinged-front-group/#comment-2508214953

      I sent a copy of “The Unbreakable Miss Lovely” to Mrs. Langholz. Included a gift card, note about who Paulette Cooper is, introduced myself as survivor of Scientology’s prison camps, and contact info if she has any questions. I also told her how sorry I was that no one told her about CCHR and Scientology.

      And OSA, I’ve made arrangements to confirm she gets the book and if she didn’t, then she’ll just know, won’t she? And I will send her another copy at a different prearranged address.

      • beauty for ashes

        Yeah HOLE! Very thoughtful, and proactive of her.

  • allioops

    this isn’t the C op that inquired into the whereabouts of Shelly; is it?

    • Jimmy3

      No, that was the LAPD. Baca was LA County Sheriff.

      • allioops

        ok, thanks; still LA ( i love that city though. Especially since I am freezing my patootie here in NYC

  • FredEX2

    This is off-topic…~You have GOT to be kidding me. Just now a Scientology commercial played on CBS at a break while the show ‘The Big Bang Theory’ is on. Are they going to be showing more commercials during prime time tv? What a waste of money. Everyone here got up and left the room.

    • flyonthewall

      did they run to the bathroom and throw up?

      • FredEX2

        No they just said “Are you kidding me? Really?”…THEN went to get some more popcorn.

        • flyonthewall

          you could have just lied and said everyone ran to the bathroom to puke, it would of been funnier

          • FredEX2

            Well, at least I tried flyonthewall. 😆 They keep asking everyone “Who am I?” and I’m just itching to tell ’em exactly who they are and where they can go.

            • flyonthewall

              i’m just messin’, you’re good

        • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

          Sounds like what we do every day in the Bunker. ; )

    • TonyOrtega

      That’s what they’ve done in past years. They post the ad to their YouTube channel, then play it on local spots during the Super Bowl, and then play it a bunch in prime time for several weeks.

      • FredEX2

        That explains it, but don’t they pay extra each time their commercial plays? ~Well, it’s a big waste of money for them to put these commercials on in this State where the majority are church going bible reading Christians. ~Not going to get the response they might be hoping for. ~There goes more IAS $$$ out the window.

        • Doc M

          At this point, any advertising they do won’t get any raw meat, it’s just to show their parishioners (sic) that the church is expanding like crazy (sic again). If it costs, they’ve got the money.

          I guess this helps so when the release the platinum age of tech pretty soon, they can justify making their people buy more. This time it will be “not enough commas.”

      • Juicer77

        Last year the ad popped up before nearly every video on YouTube that I watched. This year, nada. Looks like they trimmed and focused the ad budget even more this year.

    • Bob Crouch

      They’re also blanketing the internet with “news releases.” As far as I can tell, that’s not gaining a lot of traction. Curiously enough, Jim Cramer’s The Street is the only consistent taker that I can find.

      I find this strange as a site posting information that is supposed to help its readers assess the financial health and soundness of corporations is (or pretends to be) so blind when it comes to such a toxic brand. Doesn’t do much for the Street’s credibility if they are this gullible and/or greedy with the “news” they disseminate. Good thing that the “church” is not a publicly traded corporation–who knows WHAT the Street might “report.”

    • TheHoleDoesNotExist

      Tony explained it below – and here’s a promo piece I got in the mail this week – look at lower left hand column that might explain why Big Bang.

      http://i.imgur.com/tSQTztY.jpg?2

      • Ella Raitch

        Jim Meskimen as Australian bounty hunter?…..Cuh-ringe!

        I bet it was something like this:

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2hOLm_k6eCs

        • TheHoleDoesNotExist

          lordy yes

      • Sherbet

        Jim Meskimen’s gig — eRepublic smells a bit clammy.

        PS: I just noticed the photo of his mom on the screen.

  • nottrue

    Hey Scientology here is what a real WIN looks like….Put that in your Freedumb Mag….http://deadline.com/2016/02/laura-dern-star-alex-gibney-hbo-death-row-drama-1201701133/

  • Lurkness

    Tony,

    The 101-year-old Armenian who survived the Genocide was a woman, Yevnige Salibian, not a man. Unfortunately, she passed away last August. http://asbarez.com/139306/genocide-survivor-yevinge-salibian-passes-away/

    • TonyOrtega

      Fixed. Thank you.

  • MaxSpaceman

    ” Don’t Cry For Me, Sheriff Baca “

  • Observer

    Dear Spike:

    Be careful what you wish for.

    ML,

    Observer

    EDIT: the bobblehead effect is deliberate.

    refresh

    • salin

      Yikes! *rubbing eyes and shuddering*

      Well done, but… gak!

    • Observer

      btw, the body is the freakiest Buddha statue I’ve ever seen. But Ron said was the Buddha, so, you know…

      • flyonthewall

        agghh!! the nipples! why!? *shakes fist in air*

      • Sherbet

        Out of respect for Buddha and Buddhists, I won’t scream PUT A BRA ON! No, I won’t.

    • Jimmy3

      That could be an Advance magazine cover. Well done

    • Ben Franklin

      This is L Ron “the Muscle” Hubbard

    • jazzlover

      He’s just dying for a purple nurple.

      • Observer

        I ain’t touching those!

    • TheHoleDoesNotExist

      Don’t you like us anymore, Obs? What did we do?
      Gahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

      • Observer

        Hey, Spike’s the one who was complaining there weren’t any shoops of that bust. It’s her fault.

        • TheHoleDoesNotExist

          Spike! Damnation – Don’t you like us anymore? What did we do? Gahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

          • Observer

            Now watch–she won’t even see it. 😀

            • TheHoleDoesNotExist

              I knew I shouldn’t have peeked in on a break!

      • Ella Raitch

        That’s almost the Feshbach-engorged-belly-with-prprietal-hand-could’ve-been-painted-on-black-velvet painting

        I can just see the bobblehead going – nodding insouciantly

  • Jimmy3

    Some prison nicknames he may use:

    Lee “Radiator Vodka” Baca
    “Battery Socka Baca”
    “Moonbeam Cream in the Baca”
    Infirmary Lee
    Lee Pee-Pee Caca Baca
    Lee Ron Hubbaca
    Gen Pop Cop
    Sheriff of Nottingclam
    Sheriff Yo Pudding Cup

    • Observer

      I’m crying here!

    • Vaquera

      <3

    • Ben Franklin

      Chew bacca

      • jazzlover

        Lee ‘I can no longer’ Chew Bacca

    • Ben Franklin

      Lea Baca

    • FredEX2

      How about ‘Bubba’s new little buddy Baca’?

    • Jimmy3

      When you see what we’ve done with the place, you’ll come Baca.

      • Sherbet

        He’ll wish he were Baca the USSR.

    • TheHoleDoesNotExist

      Sock It To Me Sock It To Me Baca!

      • Jimmy3

        Wocka Wocka Wocka Fozz Lee Bear Baca

    • Ella Raitch

      Lee “Honey it will be six months before I get” Baca

  • salin

    I appreciate today’s post, and ensuing discussion. Nudging those of you who haven’t yet clicked ‘recommend’ to do so (just under the comments count, and to the left over the dialogue box.) Click it and make the ‘heart’ beat. (It sits at 136 – surely we can hit 150+)

    Also active today were the Auroras – and while the skycam at Tromso doesn’t have a great shot tonight – here are some photos taken earlier today in Abisko National Park, Sweden, and Manitoba, Canada.

    http://spaceweathergallery.com/indiv_upload.php?upload_id=122741&PHPSESSID=eodj2968mp1hkpqhg96fdrg136
    http://spaceweathergallery.com/indiv_upload.php?upload_id=122740&PHPSESSID=eodj2968mp1hkpqhg96fdrg136

  • Baca was a good sobaka.

  • ParticleMom

    This photograph is particularly sad for me. The woman in the photo bears quite a resemblance to my grandmother, also a Holocaust survivor. As lovely petite blonde girls, I can only imagine the extra horror they endured in the camps at the hands of Nazis (not psychiatrists) in return for scraps of bread. My grandmother now has Alzheimer’s and is reliving that nightmare every day. She is in a nursing home in Florida, even though her husband and son in that state are both deceased. She can’t be moved up north to be near family because the woods here trigger too many flashbacks to Germany. Scientologists should be ashamed of themselves for taking advantage of people like this.

    • TheHoleDoesNotExist

      Sorry to hear this in every way. Yes, Scientology has reached new depths in the bowels of depravity.

    • Sunny Sands

      My father was a medic with the troops who liberated the concentration camps. After open heart surgery, he, too, started flashing back.

    • salin

      Painfully poignant post. Thank you.

      The depravity of LRons ‘world’ continues to awe in its awfulness. Tragic for those entrapped who are acting “in good faith” following LRon’s word, who in following those words, act in ways that deprive others their dignity and humanity (or worse.)

    • ParticleMom

      This picture doesn’t show the resemblance as much as others might, but it was one of only a few I could get my hands on quickly. I wish I had the pictures taken with the troops in the weeks after the camp she was in was liberated. This was taken almost 30 years later.

      • ParticleMom

        forgot the picture..

        • Free Minds, Free Hearts

          What a beautiful couple.

        • Juicer77

          Rockin’ that dress and hair! Sweet picture.

    • Free Minds, Free Hearts

      I am so sorry Particlemom, for what your grandmother went through and having to relive that time in her dementia.

      This evil cult blames psychiatrists for the Holocaust and then takes advantage of an elderly survivor, lying about the connection to the Pasadena Human Relations Commission (in case you missed it, the Commission staff wrote Susan B that it was not a Commission-sponsred event, but member Nat Nehdar attended as a private citizen, also that he was not the Chair as they said in their flyer, but a member).

    • Juicer77

      Very sorry to hear this. (hugs)

  • nomorescio

    I met him a few times at various COS events in the 90’s. The insincerity just oozing from his every pore. He was treated as a big VIP. I thought of you bunkerites as soon as I saw the article.

    • Juicer77

      You mean US bunkerites 😉

  • daytoncapri

    My family is both old German and Jewish, populated by victims and perpetrators who still have trouble reconciling our heritage with our present and future. edited to add; Our last Christmas gathering, including a Holocaust survivor, and full-German-me was both poignant and painful. Go to hell, Baca, you stupid jerk.

    • Jimmy3

      Holidays must be fun. If you have a great excuse to not show up, I mean.

      • Ella Raitch

        Gives that old Fawlty Towers joke “don’t mention the war” a whole new meaning

        “I mentioned the war – but I think I got away with it”

        • Doc M

          Funny episode! Actually they all were hysterical.

      • daytoncapri

        They are great people, really, but I’m their version of Baca. I could kick myself for saying precisely the wrong thing, like “my cousins in Germany told me that they felt they were victims under Hitler (which is truely how they feel today) but what the hell possessed me to say such a thing to the son of a holocaust victim? I’m glad that his mom wasn’t in the conversation. Shit… BTW-Mom has a lapdog, friendly to just about everyone, but the dog growled and snapped at me.

    • Doc M

      Larry David had a great episode of his show where a survivor of the camps come to dinner with a survivor from the reality show. They get into an argument of which was worse. Only Larry David could come up with that and have it hilarious.

      • daytoncapri

        He was great on SNL. Larry David as Kevin Roberts, I’m still laughing

    • Juicer77

      That’s amazing. I’m glad your family is trying to heal those wounds. PS Looking forward to my next trip to Deutschland in a few months :)))

      • daytoncapri

        As a friend said to me smiling…may you have a gut fahrt

        • Juicer77

          XD
          Seriously, Mr. Juicer drives me crazy saying “ausfahrt” on the highway!!

  • Lee Baca will now be declared a bad sobaka.

  • Free Minds, Free Hearts

    I like Nevada, but… Has anyone mentioned in the 1,011 comments that Michele Fiore, the Nevada representative who talked the wackos in Oregon into surrendering, is a wacko herself, attributing mass shootings to psych meds? I especially like that they mention CCHR in this article about her, although there is no implication she is a clam herself- http://wonkette.com/594642/nevada-rep-michele-fiore-investigates-why-does-prozac-keep-mass-shooting-everyone.

    Nevada is also the state that gave us Senator Sharon Angle, who tried to get a Scientology-linked program into the prisons but denied she is one herself. She liked the Second Chance Program, based on Narconon, because it only had a 10% recidivism rate. Right.

    And lest we forget – the PR director for Las Vegas Celebrity Centre, Devon Newman, was arrested for conspiring to kill a cop.

    And they elected Scientologist Brent Jones to Congress in 2014. Edited – they elected him to the State Legislature not Congress.

    Is it something in the water, or what? I would like to hear from our Navadan Bunkeroos.

    • Robert Eckert

      On another board about the Oregon wackos:

      Mamas, don’t let your cowboys grow up to be babies!

    • Tony Ortega

      They elected Brent Jones to the state legislature, not to Congress.

      • Free Minds, Free Hearts

        Thanks Tony – I got it wrong due to my poor googling skills and will correct it.

    • dchoiceisalwaysrs

      What happens in Nevada stays in Nevada, unless it is potential blackmail material. OSA either concealing it until ready for Fair Game tactics , or creating it the case of Devon Newman. and Rex Fowler although in the Rex case I am certain it was removal of evidence of complicity. This time at least she/they got called on the carpet for it and I would imagine that in many states, as evidenced by Washington DC,, CA, FL (Snow White) oh they also got called on the carpet for it there. Of Course TX is included, Not to mention GA, OK, Utah,….which ones am I missing?
      It is one thing to have Rogue members committing crimes, but a whole other level reaching into the RICO statutes when, at the management level there is policy and education and orders and targets illegal or not to be carried out as one’s job. The delusional end rules supreme.
      It is a rather risky culture to have leaders following the apparent spiteful and vengeful ‘Gods and self anointed want_a_be demi-gods operating from such antisocial ideologies.
      (Not sure if it is the water, but maybe it is the Area 51 polluted air which brings about these things which seem so Alien to many of us. ) 😉

  • seriouslyWTF

    OT.. Twitter fun.. I posted this on yesterday’s post in error.

    https://twitter.com/EricDSnider/status/697979082575720448

    • Juicer77

      LOL!

  • EnthralledObserver

    Looks like $cientology isn’t the only dodgy CULT the good sheriff is accused of having ties to…
    http://pamelageller.com/2016/02/terror-tied-cairs-sheriff-lee-baca-pleads-guilty-of-corruption.html/

  • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

    Just saw this posted in the No Narconon at Trout Run FB group. The Frederick County Planning Commission recommended changing the zoning laws that Narconon is trying to exploit at Trout Run. Doesn’t affect that case, though.

    “The commission voted unanimously in favor of a County Council bill to remove group homes from the list of special-exception uses allowed on sites on the county’s Register of Historic Places. The council has scheduled a third reading and likely will vote on the bill Feb. 16, but it may not settle what happens to Trout Run, and Narconon’s plan for it.”

    http://www.fredericknewspost.com/news/politics_and_government/levels_of_government/county/group-homes-should-not-be-allowed-on-historic-properties-planning/article_4902fc54-e8f2-5429-be63-e808042eed97.html

    • jazzlover

      Just another case of local politicians not having a clue. All these meetings to do things like decide if there should be another vote or another meeting. Farking ridiculous!

      • Robert Eckert

        They’re following standard legislative practice. Professional advisers draft the bill to make sure all the i’s and t’s are dotted and crossed, and they have to hold multiple readings before taking the final vote. The bill cannot of course have retroactive effect on the case already decided but will prevent any similar debacles in the future.

      • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

        Actually, I think Frederick County has done an excellent job keeping Narconon at bay. Yeah, they missed SBPI buying the property in the first place, but I don’t think there’s anything they could’ve legally done about that. All of the CoS’s moves since then, however, have been met with methodical resistance within the legal strictures. And county officials have been very careful not to address the issue of scientology itself so they don’t end up derailed or facing unrelated accusations that would just tie them up in court. They have knowledgeable advisers, and they’re being careful to learn from the experiences (and mistakes) of other jurisdictions that have dealt with Narconon. I’m pretty impressed with my Fredneck neighbors.

        • jazzlover

          I was referring more to the unnecessary “fat” that exists in the local legislative process than anything else. However, it may not be any more bogged down in pomp and circumstance than government at any other level. I agree that they’ve done a good job, all things considered.

          • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

            Oh yeah, well, most government processes at all levels are marbled with fat. Makes for a tasty rib-eye, but a frustrating bureaucratic experience. I guess I’ve been a contractor long enough now that I’ve gotten resigned to it. Our system of governing is just never going to be nimble. As one of my fave historians Chalmers Johnson (RIP) would often remind people, our gov was set up as a “bulwark against tyranny.” It’s cumbersome by design, to be protective. But it also means forget getting the little shit done. I mean, you can’t use a cudgel to thread a needle, right?

            • jazzlover

              We have also checked and balanced ourselves into a state of being unable to get the important shit done. That’s why we’re here, isn’t it? Don’t know about you, but aside from being disgusted, outraged and offended on so many levels regarding scientology, I feel let down. And that is what laborious, overwrought and churning gub’ment eventually does to everyone. It may be a necessary evil, or come with the territory, but there’s no getting around the lack of efficiency, and swift and decisive justice.

            • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

              Yep. I second each and every one of those sentiments.

  • late night arrival…. had a quick skim and hadn’t seen this OT video posted; whilst I find their music so so I would have to say that their videos are consistently the most amazing ever made… OKGo’s new one is just incredible

    https://youtu.be/CUXafLUL5hs

    [too tired to check latest bollocks, will post tomorrow]

    • Susan B.

      OMG!

    • madame duran

      Fun!
      (this is how I’d like to spend a weekend. Just because.)

    • Juicer77

      I have a feeling HowdyCon will look like this. XD

    • Fantastic. Thanks.
      I would love to see a doc on the making of that video.
      How the hell do you rehearse that?

      • Juicer77

        I was thinking the same thing! Plus cleanup costs from all the paint XD

    • Ella Raitch

      Tres cool – I still prefer Here it Goes Again

  • Intergalactic Walrus

    PHOTO CAPTION – “I’ve never posted about a #book before, and hardly #read because of the nature of this book precisely. I, like #LeahRemini, experienced a very similar #story from a child to adulthood, lost a lot of my life and suffered greatly due to my experience and abuse there. With that in mind, this is so far the best written and most accurate way of explaining Scientology and life within that horrific excuse for a church… it’s even worse in the Sea Organization. Bravo and #thankyou for putting this out there. May #God continue to bless you and your family. For not everyone ends up with an entire family or friends out of #Scientology for many, they are unfortunately lost “forever”. Here’s to its demise, and our freedom. #exscientologist #troublemaker

    https://www.instagram.com/p/BBq4ZMYOCIW/

  • Lady Squash

    Lee Baca became a true believer. He had some wins and thought Scientology was great. He was treated like royalty and bit into the apple.

  • Fink Jonas

    Another proof that TR-L doesn’t work in real life. Busted!!!

  • Franklin Adams

    Well, you guys know what the word “baka” (馬鹿, ばか, or バカ, which is pronounced the same as the ex-Sheriff’s name) means in Japanese right?

    It literally means idiot.

    If the shoe fits, eh?

    • Ella Raitch

      I lived in Japan for a year and studied it for 5 and didn’t make the connection #iyadane

  • aurora50

    RW Press reporting Farrakhan going to be in Iran for a ‘drone rally’?! didn’t want to link to Breitbart or The Blaze…
    http://www.foxnews.com/world/2016/02/09/nation-islam-leader-louis-farrakhan-reportedly-to-speak-at-iran-drone-rally.html

    • Juicer77

      Oh, no. Just what Iran needs.

    • Observer

      Actual Muslms might not be as welcoming as Faux-Muslim Farrakhan may expect.

  • Tony Ortega

    Please make sure your seat backs and tray tables are in their full upright position and that your seat belt is correctly fastened.

    Here we go….

    • Chee Chalker

      Uh oh

    • NOLAGirl (Stephanie)

      Awwww shit!! Just let me grab my coffee.

    • Ella Raitch

      Gaaaaaaahhhhhhh!!!!!!!

  • Pineygrrl

    Human rights, huh. Why was my father allowed to progress beyond the 2nd dynamic when he hadn’t made amends to my mother or us children? Why did he die a millionaire when he left his wife and five children to rot? Louis Buckley is/was a sociopathic terrible man. Proof of the greatness that was Dianetics. Or not.