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Billboard decrying Scientology ‘disconnection’ will be going up on Hollywood Blvd

Billboard

 
What a way to celebrate Leap Day. Early this morning, Phil and Willie Jones’ project to put an anti-disconnection billboard on Hollywood Boulevard reached its funding goal, and now Phil tells us that he’ll quickly get the papers filed to make the sign a reality.

Let us back up just a little so we can savor this moment. Saturday night, late, we were putting the finishing touches on a story here in the Underground Bunker that we were very excited about. Rod Keller had submitted the first of what we think will be a terrific series about Scientologists and social media, and we had spent a couple of days with him getting the details set. Then, out of the blue, we got an email from Phil Jones.

It turns out that he’d been working with The Hole Does Not Exist, Artoo, and others to come up with the billboard idea. They’d already come up with a design, and they’d even put together a website and a GoFundMe page. And what an idea. Right there in Hollywood, in the middle of territory Scientology considers its own, Willie and Phil are going to unveil a sign that will be eye-catching and controversial. It may garner a lot of press as well as eyeballs to the website, StopScientologyDisconnection.com. We could see immediately that it was a project with huge potential.

So we hastily wrote a quick story about it and added it to the end of Rod’s post. With the GoFundMe already live — but with only $70 pledged — we couldn’t afford to wait to make a post just about the billboard.

Then, at 7 am on Sunday, the story hit, and you, our readers, took over. By mid-morning, someone had anonymously donated $1,000 as the money poured in. And what fun it was to keep refreshing to see how high it had reached.

We haven’t had a day like yesterday since our readers at the Village Voice in 2012 raised $40,000 for the Headleys in a couple of days. And what a time that was.

“I am so grateful to so many people, all of whom care so much, and many who are embroiled in their own disconnection situations,” Phil tells us. “One thing I learned, of myself, is that this has grown bigger than Willie and me. Someone asked what we’d do if we got a call saying the kids would reconnect if we dropped the billboard. As heartbreaking as all of this has been I would not be able to desert the others. I didn’t hesitate. I would not accept any terms on this other than that which would include ALL of those who suffer from the abuse of Scientology disconnection. We are in it to the end.”

We hope the amount keeps growing. Phil pointed out to us that GoFundMe takes a cut, so they actually need to raise more than $8,200. But we assume the number will continue to grow. And thanks to the readers of the Underground Bunker for setting off this funding frenzy.

 
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[Willie and Phil Jones thank you all]

 
And one more minor detail we wanted to point out. For us, there was something very poignant and sad that underscored yesterday’s success. Purely by accident, one of the photos that Rod Keller had gathered for us happened to feature Emily Jones, Phil and Willie’s daughter, a Sea Org member who works for Author Services Inc., Scientology’s literary agency for L. Ron Hubbard.

She was one of three women pictured at the Long Beach Comic Expo recently selling Hubbard’s 1982 science fiction turd Battlefield Earth while wearing T-shirts with a phrase from the book, “Where the Crap Nebula?!”

Emily is the one in the middle.

 
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Said Phil in the comments yesterday: “I had tears of joy when I saw how much support we’re getting on the billboard, and had a bit of a lump in my throat when I saw Emily in the photo from the Long Beach Comic Expo post. I wish I would have known she was there. I’d have gone to try to see her. Well, the billboard, and other things in the works, and we’ll make some noise. Maybe they’ll hear us.”

 
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Bonus items from our tipsters

Mark Bunker explains today’s lost gem from the XENU TV archives: “One of my favorite Scientologists delayed me and Stacy Brooks from joining a picket with Bob Minton and others at the Fort Harrison. We always felt we were purposely being detained because while we had been talking to Steve, Scientology had goaded Bob into an ‘assault’ for which Bob had to stand trial. This clip is another fine example of Scientology bullbaiting.”

 

 
Our favorite Scientology poet, Eduardo Galan, hands out anti-drug literature in Quito.

 
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Ka-ching!

 
L12Gal

 
Narconon Turkey shutting down its social media feeds? Does this mean the clinic is shutting down too after its ED was busted for drugs?

 
NarcononTurkey

 
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  • aegerprimo

    I put the billboard graphic at my Flickr account. Ha haaa, that puts it on the internet FOREVER.

    https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1593/25388283785_8fb333446c_z.jpg

  • Jimmy3

    I think maybe peoples is confused about captions. All I mean is that if this weekly review is going to replace Sunday Funnies, they should have some humor to them. Not that Mr. Keller is bad, but he has a very matter-of-fact style.

    Bring someone funny in to bring some funny in. That’s all.

    • flyonthewall

      You’ve got a lot of nerve kid. I like that. You’re hired, on two conditions. #1. You’ll be paid in Big League Chew. #2. You’ve got to tell where you got those pants!

      • Jimmy3

        it better not be grape

    • Like commenters here will fail to bring some humor to these rather sad reviews.

    • Supper Powers

      Fuck funny.

      • flyonthewall

        yeah I’m with you Supper. Fuck funny right in the ear

      • Jimmy3

        I agree. Let’s be depressed all the ron damn time.

        • Supper Powers

          All the funny around here was just cheering me up, anyway.

          • Jimmy3

            And cheering people up is bad. I see a billboard…

      • flyonthewall

        Supper how come we never had a second date? Did I say something stupid? Bad breath? Corn in my beard?

        • Supper Powers

          No! We shall this spring. Only have been back to the Lou once since. I’ll holler at you when I head that way. I wouldn’t ignore my favorite Fly if I were in town!

          • Jimmy3

            So it was corn in the beard. Case closed.

          • flyonthewall

            • Supper Powers

              Hahahahha!

      • beauty for ashes

        Let’s drink some whiskey and guiness and learn some like sooooper sad irish songs about sailors never coming home and sing them at the top of our lungs. I think this sounds like a solid plan.

        • Supper Powers

          Just sounds like a Monday night at my house.

          • beauty for ashes

            If you have a basement bar, I am so gonna need to invite myself to your house.

            • Supper Powers

              Anytime, Beauty. Fully stocked.

            • beauty for ashes

              I used to bartend! I’ll bring you some hibiscus flowers and we’ll concoct something!

            • Supper Powers

              You had me at hibiscus!

    • Nat-leficent

      This is a serious news site blah blah blah

  • beauty for ashes

    Eduardo Galan has muchos self tanner on his face. What a poet. Yeah I got nothing. 🙂

    • aegerprimo

      Do you think he has hair extensions too?

      • flyonthewall

        i want to know whats up w/that ridiculous puppet. Maybe it’s his brother?

        • beauty for ashes

          I have a theory that any scientology entertainer/spokesmodel has reduced theirselves to the level of children’s entertainer.

        • aegerprimo

          Po Po puppet.
          Seriously, I cannot tell what is going on if you do a close-up of the symbol on the hat, and the name badge.
          Anyone…..?
          (F5)

          • flyonthewall

            it’s either some kind of govt kiddie mascot like Smokey the Bear or Galan’s brother. Both are equally plausible

            • aegerprimo

              Tru dat.

          • Robert Eckert

            meu nombre e Deputy Dan, del Departmente Sheriff del Conzalgo de Los Angeles
            Hi, my name is Deputy Dan, I work for the sheriff of the… that’s a very strange word there…
            del Conzalgo de Los Angeles
            oh yes, I work for the sheriff of the jail of Los Angeles

        • MM

          The puppet is “Paquito, el niño Policía”. He’s some kind of children’s
          mascot of Ecuador’s Ministry of the Interior (
          http://www.ministeriointerior.gob.ec/paquito-el-nino-policia/ )

      • beauty for ashes

        No it does look a little long though, I be he curls it with a curling iron. 🙂

        • Supper Powers

          He might use that seen on tv curly blow dryer thingy. Those are ideal curls.

          • beauty for ashes

            Nah that thing is crap! Maybe he sleeps in pink rollers!

            • aegerprimo

              LOL!

            • beauty for ashes

              IKR? This is why I need some shooping lessons.

  • Zeruel (Sebastian)

    Hey Bunklings, if any of you live in the Los Angeles television market, tune into the 11:00 p.m. news on KABC (ABC 7) tonight, and the 5:00 p.m. news tomorrow. KABC will be broadcasting a two-part investigation into my own cult nemeses, Jim Humble and the Genesis II Church, a.k.a. the guys who make sick people drink bleach. This is very fortuitous, since a prime-time report on Humble’s church will air on the fifth estate in Canada this coming Friday. Both reports were tipped on and assisted by yours truly, hence my months-long absence.

    If you don’t happen to live in LA, you should be able to watching the 11:00 p.m. news over a streaming feed at abc7.com. Feedback would be most appreciated!

    • daisy

      I am truly impressed and looking forward to Friday. Fifth Estate is one of my favorite programs. To those not in Canada this is a serious news program similar to 60 Minutes. Never tabloidy.

    • Missionary Kid

      Thanks. Assholes like that need to be prosecuted. They just spread dangerous ignorance

    • Kim O’Brien

      Holy Shit

      The Genesis II Church of Health and Healing’s Miracle Mineral Solution has poisoned at least 10 Victorians, prompting calls for it to be banned amid investigations by health authorities.

      ‘MIRACLE CURE’ EXPOSED AS BLEACH

      But American cult leader Jim Humble defended his untested, homemade concoction because “no one died after taking MMS”.

      In a vitriolic email to the Herald Sun, Mr Humble claimed the bleach “can save people’s lives and stop their suffering”.

      The cult recommends MMS to treat diseases including cancer, HIV/AIDS, asthma and autism, and even suggested it could treat Ebola.

    • Sid (Phil Jones)

      I remember when Scientology got caught breaking into their offices when they did a show on Scientology years ago.

    • Outstanding. The man is a delusional menace. Church my ass.

    • Susan B.

      Good work! You already deserve applause but I’m not able to upload a fun “applause” graphic while on my phone. Anybody?

    • ReallyMGM

      Yay! Take a bow, sir! 🍾

  • Kim O’Brien

    I really hope that this billboard is the start of exes NOT STAYING QUIET . They are told to keep their mouths shut and they comply out of fear of disconnection ..and it always ends up happening anyways .

    DO NOT BE QUIET . DO NOT SIT DOWN IN COMPLIANCE . SCREAM AT THE TOP OF YOUR LUNGS AND FIGHT

    • Jimmy3

      I started screaming and my dog joined in. AWWWOOOOWOOOO WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

      • daisy

        Please I just got Fat B down, you inconsiderate bastard.

        • beauty for ashes

          Oroooroooroooroo.fav childhood memory~ listening to this segment on a record player over and over . If this is not the cutest howl, ever you can take away my beautician’s license!
          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JN9RkBUUA40

          • Susan B.

            Utterly adorable. That’s from a full-length Disney movie?

      • ReallyMGM

        Another beagle??? lol

    • Supper Powers

      I love the line from this song: Hey, you can keep my things they’ve come to take me home!
      https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=uRQIic97g6U

      • Robert Eckert

        that’s “Salisbury”

        • Sherbet

          Nope, not for this song, Robert. It’s “Solsbury.”

          • Robert Eckert

            It’s spelled Fanshaw but it’s pronounced Throat Warbler Mangrove

            • Sherbet

              Yeah, that’s…just what I was going to say…uh-huh.

            • Supper Powers

              (When it doesn’t make sense, then you know it’s a Monty Python reference.)

            • Robert Eckert

              The Python reference is to the “Featherstonehaugh” family (pronounced “Fanshaw”), a more extreme version of what happened to “Worcestershire” (or “Salisbury”)

      • daisy

        Loved this song never heard of it before.

    • TheHoleDoesNotExist

      For chrissakes, Kim,, we’ve been screaming and shouting and speaking up for decades!

      But other than that, I approve this message 🙂

      • flyonthewall

        If an ex screams in the forest does it make a sound?

        • TheHoleDoesNotExist

          I don’t know. Let me ask my sound engineer. We’re in the middle of tweaking tracks. He knows everything. He just assured me of this.

          • flyonthewall

            that was my lame attempt at saying no one was listening to the ex’s

            • TheHoleDoesNotExist

              Well if there’s anyone here that has lame ears and brain cells, it’s me! I embrace it. heh

    • Illinoisian

      Willie and Phil Jones are leading the way, so it’s just a matter of . . . (wait for it) . . . keeping up with the Joneses.

  • Just donated again, on behalf of all speech writers.

  • Supper Powers

    I wonder what DM would be like on Ecstasy.

    • Todd Tomorrow

      It would leave him in a fetal position cryin’ for his mommy.

  • OTVIIIisGrrr8!

    Date 29 Feb 2016
    From: Bart Dixslurper, Esq
    To: COB RTC David Miscavige
    Re: Billboard Fundraising

    Dear Sir,

    As I informed you at our earlier meeting today in your secret hyperbolic oxygen tube — and I have to say that while it is a fully ideal tube in every way, the four foot circumference of the tube made me quite claustrophobic. I also did not like have to crawl on my hands on knees in the tube while you were able to set at your desk or get up and walk around. And to answer your question: I wore a medieval suit of armor into your oxygen tube quarters today as I did not appreciate you having kicked me in the ribs and the face when I last visited. My ribs still hurt and my face remains incredibly puffy and slightly disfigured on one side. This causes me to drool. One of my colleagues actually asked me if I had had a stroke.

    In the event, to answer your other question: My suggestion to out create that SP billboard is to have the IAS fund a massive billboard campaign featuring YOU as the best friend of everyone in the world:

    http://i69.photobucket.com/albums/i68/sadhu77/bEST.FRIEND.png

    • TheHoleDoesNotExist

      You are so cute, OTVIIIGrrrrr8!

    • dchoiceisalwaysrs

      LOL, oxymoron or am I just a CICS who can’t see any relationships between scientology friend and miscavige. Oh that is right, this is supposed to be all about the straight up and vertical D I S connection. So on sauce I am sure davey boy is packing his bags and following the disconnection policy, written and demonstrated so adequately by El Con, all the way to the # 2 target. One question why is it red on green rather than red on white?

      • mon elle

        David Miscavige loves people.

        (See Thursday’s post re: LRH opining on love and admiration.)

    • mon elle

      Mr. Dixslurper I must inform you that someone is up to make you look a fool.

      I also did not like have to crawl on my hands on knees in the tube while you were able to set at your desk or get up and walk around.

      If you cannot identify the errors with this sentence it will be clear you are overpaid for services rendered.

      Tsk tsk tsk.

      • Mockingbird

        How do you say that last name !?

        • mon elle

          Di-Ex-sloo-purr

          • Mockingbird

            That’s the strangest name in the ga-LUX-y. Oh well, I have a billboard to stand under soon. And many more to see put up.

            • mon elle

              I think his offices are near the billboard but I’m not sure …

              Don’t forget the selfies …

            • Mockingbird

              Can’t wait.

          • Susan B.

            En Francais: dees-lur-pay (or sumfin like dat)

        • OTVIIIisGrrr8!

          FFS! It is a Dutch name pronounced “Dikes-lurper.” The name means “a lurper at the scene of dikes or other inland navigable waterways.”

          • Mockingbird

            I think you insulted the entire LGBT community with that one. Gay women should not be called that by outsiders to the gay community. And your name sounds so much like “dick slurper” that it insults actual fellatio enthusiasts. They don’t want to be associated with David Miscavige. No matter how much SCOHB David Miscavige does. He is not welcome in that community, or any other.

          • PJK

            I can guarantee you that that isn’t a Dutch name: First of all the Dutch word for Dike is Dijk, the multiple form of which is Dijken. And we don’t have a word lurper in the Dutch dictionary.

            Taking this name as being streetslang my researches have given me the following possible meaning:

            Dike: an idiot who can’t spell dyke.
            ( see http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=dike ).
            Lurper: A person (usually high on meth) who rummages through your belongings and
            steals some random, insignificant object like nail clippers or a
            pocketknife. Lurpers won’t steal your stereo or television. They’ll take
            your razor or cologne. ( see http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=lurper )

          • mon elle

            This is a GLBTQSP friendly site. Please refrain from what some might consider homophobic designations. Thank you.

            PS: Assuming you misspelled dikes.

            ( ducks if offense given)

      • OTVIIIisGrrr8!

        Oops! More SP transcriptionist errors. Re-issued:

        I also did not like having to crawl around on my hands on knees in the tube while
        you were able to set at your desk or get up and walk around.

        Please send my office $5000 for fixing this error.

        • mon elle

          I believe you have it backwards. I did you a favor.

          I was going to do so for gratis. Since I am reluctant to share personal data with you I will merely encourage you and your firm to make a donation of your choosing to this fundraising venture:

          https://www.gofundme.com/reconnectingfamily

    • Newiga

      I suggest the background color to something that compliments the color of COB’s eyes.

      If you think the combination of green and red is going to restimulate something in people, you’d be wrong, sir. It’s more likely to cause seizures…Seizures from Sciento billboards = Black PR.

    • Susan B.

      Lol! And I mean for real laugh out loud. : )

  • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

    Oops…the Oscars In Memoriam tribute forgot about scilon Geoff Lewis. (And also Abe Vigoda, Tony Burton, and Uggie the dog.)
    http://www.usmagazine.com/celebrity-news/news/oscars-2016-in-memoriam-snubs-geoffrey-lewis-and-more-w165707

    • jazzlover

      Kinda inexcusable. I heard somebody joking today that everybody thought Vigoda was dead when he was still alive, and when he finally passes, nobody remembers.

      • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

        Yeah, that’s terrible. You’d think they’d have better researchers for that segment. It’s not that complicated.

        • jazzlover

          Seriously. These awards shows are like a comedy of errors.

          • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

            And it’s not like they’re trying to cut corners or anything. These things are marathons.

            • jazzlover

              I remember them being a lot worse. They’ve cut off winners mid-speech on countless occasions.

            • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

              They’ve really never been able to figure out how to make it a watchable telecast without pissing off the people actually being honored at the ceremony.

            • jazzlover

              LOL. How much longer before people stop showing up?

            • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

              Let’s see…when Hollywood egos stop measuring themselves by things like awards, seating arrangements, and party invitations? So, I’m taking best estimates for that right here.

            • jazzlover

              Yup. These shows will always be tolerated for ego’s sake.

            • daisy

              Except the Stacy Nash skit I thought it was the best show in 7 years. I hated the absence of comics hosting. Variety show hosts always sucked. To make it to pertain to scientology the speech of the short documentary winner was amazing, it could have been interchanged with us. Women and men who love them can change the world. The govt. of Pakistan changed the law because of her film. Are you listening IRS?

            • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

              Stacy Dash? WTH happened there? I’m legit asking, because I’ve bee seeing headlines and references but I didn’t see the segment.

            • daisy

              Well for the most part no one including myself knew who she was without googling, and the reference obscure at best. No timing.

            • Glen

              She made an appearance that puzzled most everyone who didn’t know the somewhat obscure backstory and joke. She is a right winger and so she represented another kind of diversity. She also, on her appearances on Fox news network has been against Black History Month. Hence, her appearance onstage to wish everyone happy Black History Month had another layer of irony.

            • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

              Oh…See, now that you mention it, her conservative ties ring a bell. But I never would’ve made the connection in real time. She’s not exactly a household name.

            • Glen

              You’re right, I think that’s why if fell flat.

            • Frodis73

              It was uncomfortable…that’s how bad it failed. I’d love to know who thought that was a good idea.

          • mon elle

            More of a black comedy of errors … which after last night makes me feel weird saying.

            • jazzlover

              Good ole Chris Rock 🙂

    • ReallyMGM

      I’ve heard so many complaints about the Oscars today it has made my ears bleed. I am glad I didn’t watch and just checked the website occasionally to see who won.

      • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

        I didn’t watch it either. Just picked up on the post-Oscar goss.

  • mon elle

    J. Lo on Watch What Happens Now with Andy Cohen throwing Cruise wedding shade.

    • Chee Chalker

      Do tell…..

    • daisy

      Network?

      • Bobby Tolberto AKA TDA

        The Bravo network.

        • DoYouLikeMyChins?

          Why don’t you tell daisy about your obsession with that fat slob Amanda Marcotte?

      • mon elle

        Bravo

    • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

      Report?

      • mon elle

        Andy says Leah was brave in writing book, J.Lo a bit hesitant when asked if she thought Leah in danger (finally answered “No”)

        Andy referenced the two of them surviving the Cruise wedding

        • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

          Interesting…So, J Lo’s dad is still in, right? Is he OT or what? Her relationship to the CoS has never been 100% clear to me (no pun intended). Regardless, I wonder how she feels now, given her BFF Leah’s experience.

  • Observer

    Sigh.

    • mon elle

      That’s a great weight loss program.

      Granted I’m thinking of the people leaving JC if/when KA’s toxicity reaches the masses*.

      *pun not completely intended

    • daisy

      Phoned Jenny- left a message- Me and 5 fat friends will join her program the minute they remove Kirstie Alley as spokesperson. Referred them to google scientology crimes. Will not work but it made me feel good.

      • Todd Tomorrow

        I thought it was funny when they used Sharon Osborn as their spokeswoman. She had admitted to having a stomach staple twice.

      • Susan B.

        Good on you!

    • Sejanus

      Hard times for Cliff and Norm having to go back down that road with the likes of her.

  • Todd Tomorrow

    OT but I got an”I like your shirt” walking my dogs in the park this afternoon. It reads”Scientology kills”.

    • jazzlover

      You’re just an attention ho, Todd. LOL

      • Todd Tomorrow

        That I am but I totally forgot I had it on. I’m 1/2 way through my dirty clothes and found this clean one in the clean grey t-shirt pile. Hadn’t seen it in ages.

        • jazzlover

          Gotta get ones for the pups too so they don’t feel left out.

          • Todd Tomorrow

            They don’t like to wear clothing. Thank God!

            • jazzlover

              LOL

  • Off topic. Remember or imagine dancing slowly with someone special in your arms.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ImKY6TZEyrI

    • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

      A modern classic, for sure. But if we’re gonna slow dance, I prefer this one. And these lyrics especially:

      Down by the Riverside motel
      It’s 10 below and falling
      By a 99 cent store
      She closed her eyes and started swaying
      But it’s so hard to dance that way
      When it’s cold and there’s no music
      Oh, your old hometown’s so far away
      But inside your head there’s a record that’s playing

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0P5jV4lHHR0

      • And Leonard Cohen.

        • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

          Oh, yes. Excuse the Greek subtitles (unless you can read Greek, and you don’t mind subtitles).
          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KVOYuqwUFeQ

        • daisy

          Dodo – I LOVE Leonard Cohen*s poems and 1 song Suzanne takes me down – Now will you take me back.

          • If Trump wins, you can take me back, Miss Canada. Miss you.

            • daisy

              I expect an influx of people crossing the border if Trump wins.

            • That or a shortest presidency ever.

            • Frodis73

              I may be one of them. lol

  • Mockingbird

    Way, way OT Donald Trump reportedly just had thirty black students removed before his event started tonight for standing silently. He has refused to repudiate the KKK in their endorsement of him and wanted a whites only event.

    Anybody that thinks Trump isn’t racist might also want to buy a bridge to total freedom. He didn’t want people getting “uppity”. WTF !?

    http://gawker.com/donald-trump-requested-that-a-group-of-black-students-b-1762064789

    • Todd Tomorrow

      Funny he wants students of the uni to leave their own school and used the Secret Service to do it because they are black! WTF?

      • Mockingbird

        He has a long history of racist remarks regarding black people and has a legal history involving discrimination. In a different time that alone would have disqualified him .

    • jazzlover

      The Republican Party can’t really get behind this guy, can they? It would be suicide and landslide (the other way) in one fell swoop.

      • Mockingbird

        I hope they cast him out. If not I deeply hope he never wins any elected office.

    • Frodis73

      This guy can’t fade away fast enough.

      • Mockingbird

        You’re telling me . I hope he is exposed and discredited effectively asap.

      • OOkpik

        Blow him down!

        Drag and tap.
        http://trumpdonald.org/

        • Frodis73

          I love that…his hair is too funny.

    • ReallyMGM

      I was pulling out of my drive this afternoon and noticed my neighbor has not one, but FOUR Trump signs in his yard. I thought about sneaking out tonight and removing them, but there is a heavy fine and he has security cams. Thankfully no one else in the neighborhood is flying their freak flags!

      • Mockingbird

        He can get his swastikas and white sheet going too. Trump supporters knowingly or not are supporting a man who has emboldened and stirred racists across the country. Some have already been violent. That version of making America”great” is nothing I want any part of.

  • Phil McKraken

    Did anyone note that Geoffrey Lewis was snubbed in the Oscar Deathroll last night? Terrible. And I just noticed that George Kennedy, Geoffrey’s partner-in-crime in “Thunderbolt and Lightfoot” just died.

    • jazzlover

      We were just discussing that a little down stream. Even worse that they forgot Abe Vigoda, especially after many have assumed for decades that he’s been dead.

      • Phil McKraken

        Yes, of course Abe Vigoda belonged in there. But then someone might say that he’s is remembered for being in only one movie, and is mainly known for television. Geoffrey Lewis, on the other hand, was a very busy character actor and was memorable from dozens of movies.

        • jazzlover

          Of course, but as far as poor Abe goes, this just confirms that his “state of being” has never been correctly asserted 😉

          • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

            Poor Fish.

    • ReallyMGM

      That sucks. I know he was a dedicated CoS, but he was a wonderful character actor and shouldn’t have been left out.

  • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

    Since it’s Bunker After Hours, I thought there were a few OG punks here that might get a kick out of this O/T tidbit. Look who’s halfway to an EGOT…
    http://www.stereogum.com/1862449/former-black-flag-bassist-wins-an-oscar-for-mad-max-fury-road/

    • MaxSpaceman

      don’t forget that Bunker “during hours” in ANZO is right now!

      so you’re always in “present time” as it were , so to speak, any time, day or night, wherever you may be, and so on and so forth.

      • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

        Wow, we really are on the front porch to infinity. You just blew my mind, Max! ; )

  • Liberated

    Turned on comedy central, saw the last few min. of south park’s. “Trapped in The Closet”. So great, so funny!!!

  • MaxSpaceman

    OT.

    A sister billboard announcing the following would be a lark:

  • ReallyMGM

    Wow…just wow! The power of the Bunker is strong. Don’t underestimate it. Ever. I totally missed it yesterday, so I am in for Billboard 2.0, name the date! Y’all are superpeople! I wish I could,be

    OT: I have been working the past few weeks and keeping up through reading our proprietor’s articles and reading as many comments as I could. I’ve been here, just in the background. I tried commenting last night though but things just went off the rails…bad. I had been seeing double, here and there, for the past few days but I was just putting it off to being tired. Last night things went crazy. I was seeing not only double text, but double iPads, my kindle had a twin, the text was all over the place…the last straw was when I typed, it looked like I was typing a foreign language. I left one last message about my iPad having a twin and went to bed.

    Lucky for me, I was scheduled for my 6 month neurologist checkup today (I have migraines), so was able to be seen by someone immediately. I’ll be having a MRI Thursday (as usual, the wait is on insurance) to find out if whatever is going on is neuro related.

    Tonight I’m not having double vision, but I’m dizzy and it is hard to focus to type. I’m just hoping this is not hoping this is not something that doesn’t affect my ability to read and write, the things I most love in my life besides friends and family.

    Thanks for letting me explain my crazy typing errors last night, and vent my frustration and, truth be known, fear.

    • I’m glad you’re getting looked at. It’s scary when our bodies do weird things and while the Bunker has your back, I hope you have some IRL support. Wishing you the best from California.

      • ReallyMGM

        Thanks Artoo, I just wanted to say something in case I typed something totally off the wall. I don’t know what the hell is happening, but it is scary as hell. I have RL support.

    • Aslan’s Own

      I totally understand your fear, and I hope it’s all migraine related and not something else. I called 911 with what were stroke-like symptoms about a month ago (left sided numbness and tingling, piercing and throbbing headache). After 3 days in the hospital and every test in the book (which were all negative) they diagnosed it as a migraine. Let us know how you’re doing.

      • MaxSpaceman

        those are close calls and very scary. thank Meepthorp all’s well.

        • Aslan’s Own

          Yeah, it was really scary, especially since there’s a history of strokes in my family. Thinking back I realized that something very similar (except without the headache) happened 5 years ago although they never came up with a diagnosis. Whenever it’s just one side I get really concerned….

      • ReallyMGM

        Thanks. I have had migraines since I was a teenager and have had a specialist for years now. I’ve had weird and varied symptoms over the years (one like yours, in fact) but this one is crazy as hell. I hope I get an answer quick.

        • Aslan’s Own

          I hope you do too. It’s really scary to have all this stuff happen and not know what’s causing it. I’m just starting to learn about it all. It seems like everybody I talk to has had migraines and almost all of them have different clusters of symptoms.

          • ReallyMGM

            I am pretty well educated on them. There are now four generations of them in my family. So far not a single one of us has not been affected to some degree. I remember my granddaddy having horrific ones when I was a child. I began having them as a young child (maybe 5-6 yo). My nephew was dianosed at age 5. Since my daughter has them, i will,be watching my grandson like a hawk for any signs.

            And screw COS for denying anyone meds that can prevent people going through this nightmare. Because the epilepsy meds that can help this COS considers a psych med.

            • Aslan’s Own

              Wow – four generations…and to get them so young.

              I get so upset about the whole “psych meds” thing. I was just over on twitter looking at John Alex Wood’s feed (I don’t know why I read it – it just makes me angry). That’s all he tweets about. People get their lives back with these medications whether it’s for a mental health diagnosis or something else, like migraines or epilepsy.

            • ReallyMGM

              My nephew could easily been diagnosed with adhd. He wasn’t typically a bad kid, in fact he was an exceptionally good kid except on “those” days. But on a migraine day he would start his day good, and go downhill. Getting quieter, not cooperating, isolating, refusing to play during recess, by the end of the day he might act out. By the time he got in the car he was crying and just wanted to go to bed. this would,go on about 3 days,,then he would,be fine for a few weeks. This great dr took a good family history and had his mom keep a diary before diagnosing ANYTHING.

              He’s that didn’t get misdiagnosed with ADHD, but he does have migraine headaches and has to take medication for it. He’s a Senior who will graduate with a 4.0 GPA, President of the National Honor Society and 4 year starter as shortstop his high school’s baseball team.

              No words about JAW. Simply. No. Words.

            • Aslan’s Own

              What a great success story! He must have been a VERY good doctor to take such a good history and have his mom keep a diary. In my experience, it’s kind of rare to find someone who will think along those lines instead of just going for the “obvious” diagnosis.

            • Frodis73

              F JAW, he is totally clueless and thinks mental health is stuck in the 50’s. Thankfully the new research that is coming out will help…probably not him though. I get the anger though, I want to smack him at times myself. I really worry about the very sick guy he has taken under his wing…that is super scary.

            • Aslan’s Own

              I don’t know about the sick guy. What’s that all about?

            • Frodis73

              He started tweeting a guy about pysch stuff and made friends with him and is trying to bring him into scientology. Turns out this guy has been committed a bunch of times for being violent and has been in and out of jails and psych wards…let me see if I can find his name and his website…very disturbing! I fear for this guy. JAW has him hooked up with the IDIOTS at CCHR now too.

            • Aslan’s Own

              That is very disturbing. I want to scream when I read the stuff they put out there. It’s like their ideas on this are stuck in the 1940’s or 50’s. I have a sister with schizophrenia and I’ve struggled with serious depression for a very long time. I know I wouldn’t be here if not for the “psych meds” and without them my sister would most likely be homeless and wandering the streets looking for food in dumpsters.

              I have to go to bed so I better stop thinking about all of this or it will take forever to fall asleep. Grrrrrr……

            • Frodis73

              I know you won’t see this tonight, but I hear you (and agree). They are dangerous with the lies they spew. Hugs and I hope you get some sleep.

            • Frodis73

              Can’t find his name or site right now. Either somebody that knows will see this or I will get it to you at a later date. It’s interesting to read the lies the cchr guys were laying on this guy…sickening actually. My favorite was the guy that told him he wrote the foreword to some book, but they changed the name or something. Wtf? Lol.

            • $cnMonkeyNut$

              Found him, see my response to Aslan’s Own.

            • Aslan’s Own

              I found it and now I’ve lost it, but I found it by googling vogueish ficction. He actually writes pretty well and sounds very clear-headed compared to his earlier blog I think (although I just read a couple of posts at the old one).

              I was really angry to read about the CCHR guy trying to get him to go off his shot and get pills so he can stop taking them.

              I had to laugh at a couple of things about JAW:

              Talking about the anti-scientology people who “attack” him on Twitter: “I still can’t work out if they’re being paid or not,” John says.

              Then “… John is telling me how his Indian prince godfather’s sister used to own the manor and sold it to Hubbard in 1959. John’s mother was a catwalk model, and his father liberated Belsen.” (then JAW clarifies in his comment: “For the record, my god father, the Indian prince, was the Maharajah of Cooch Behar, brother in law of the Maharajah of Jaipur, the previous owner of Saint Hill Manor.”)

              I followed JAW’s link to the “peer-review” of Narconon and then googled the doctor’s name. I clicked on a link to the doctor and immediately my antivirus popped up and told me it had blocked a high risk attack from that site….. healingnaturallybybee dot com. Hmm…..

              Thanks for all the info.

            • $cnMonkeyNut$

              It’s this guy:
              http://pynchonward.blogspot.co.uk/2013_06_01_archive.html This is an
              inactive blog (and has been since 2013), but not happy reading. He’d
              posted an (admittedly very lame) youtube video called voguish fiction.
              He’d tweeted how many dislikes it had got–and a Bunkerite had picked up
              on it here: http://tonyortega.org/2015/10/19/would-you-buy-a-used-car-from-this-man-scientology-and-refunds-a-primer/ In the comments, sort for oldest and it’s just after the first load new comments bar–the original comment has been removed, but the thread remains–and there is a link to the video further down it, but in the name of all that is holy, don’t click it… really… don’t do it! (and I, to my shame, left an immediately snarky comment).
              (this was from later in the day, the video had been reposted and it was agreed that poking this guy would probably not be appropriate–and it was deleted by the poster: https://disqus.com/home/discussion/theundergrondbunker/monday_59/#comment-2315451982 ) I just hope he is able to get the care and support he needs, but he is, unfortunately, very disillusioned with the UKs statutory mental health care, particularly when Sectioned under the Mental Health Act (which means that he was an immediate threat to himself or others–not good). Pynchon Ward is the name of the ward he was on at the Institution in which he was incarcerated. I did read some of his earlier posts but found them… unsettling, bearing in mind how closely he was aligning with the idiotic JAW.

            • Frodis73

              Yes, that’s him. I knew somebody would remember him. I’m still looking for the thing he wrote about visiting st hill and cchr with JAw though. It was more recent and also disturbing.

            • Aslan’s Own

              Thanks very much. I didn’t watch the video but I read a few of the blog posts. His experiences make him “ripe for the picking” for CCHR – it validates all of their beliefs about psychiatric treatment.

            • ReallyMGM

              i dont think this kid could have gotten better care if her had been at a big name medical center.

    • Newiga

      Sorry to hear you’re not feeling well. 🙁 Migraines are a nightmare. Take care of yourself and take it easy.

    • MaxSpaceman

      get thee to that appt. post haste !

    • skiesareblue

      I’ve been thinking about you today, and so glad you are getting this looked after.

      • ReallyMGM

        Thx😳

    • Free Minds, Free Hearts

      ReallyMGM this is distressing. I am so glad you are seeing your neurologist. Like Aslan’s Own, I hope it is a weird migraine symptom and not more. Please know that we at the Bunker are thinking of you.

      • ReallyMGM

        Thx. It’s good to know online friends are thinking of me.

    • pat k

      Try to use voice control so you don’t type text please. You are a treasure.

      • ReallyMGM

        Thanks!!! I forget all about that fancy thingy! You made my night. I hope it understands my Southern accent

        • OOkpik

          The more you use the voice thingy, the better it becomes. It “learns” your speech patterns.

          I know the fear caused by severe and sudden eye problems and am worried for you. Please get the care you need ASAP. I got the brush-off from so-called professionals and am paying for it now, and for my own inability to secure the help I needed at the time. Sight is too precious to risk.

          Whatever the cause/s, I hope it gets handled quickly and you feel better real soon.
          (((hugs)))

    • Frodis73

      Please keep us posted!

    • Juicer77

      I hope the neurologist can figure out what’s going on quickly. Take care of yourself!

  • TheHoleDoesNotExist

    thank you, Tony

    • Thank you, THDN

      • MaxSpaceman

        Thank you, DT Laser

        • TheHoleDoesNotExist

          Sometimes, you just gotta say, YES

          • Dice

            Yes!

        • Thank you, MaxSpaceman

  • Newiga

    $11.288?! Sweet! *takes another sip of morning’s first cup of coffee* Laughing my ass off at some of the comments. D. Sherman had to pawn DM’s podium. x)

  • “Good anti-disconnection billboard works best on Thursday before 2pm.” ~ Aristotle

    • coonellie

      You drank what?

  • ReallyMGM

    Help…my brain is scrambled. What is the name of the organization that hosted Tony’s book tour in LA? Are they national? I’ve been trying to find a skeptics group in Deep South (hah!) for daughter and was wondering about that group.

    • Free Minds, Free Hearts

      May 17: Center for Inquiry-West, Los Angeles, 4773 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, 11 am (with Paulette Cooper)

      • ReallyMGM

        Thanks! I doubt there is a Deep South branch (!) but want to find a group that has lectures, ect. She was lamenting tonight how she couldn’t make any advocacy statement, participate in a protest,like a group on Facebook or anything or possibly lose her job. THIS in 2016!!! Oh, if she wants to protest Planned Parenthood there wouldn’t be a problem.

        • Frodis73

          They have branches in TX and FL. Not sure where south you are looking. There are other groups you can find by typing things like skeptics and the city into google.
          http://www.centerforinquiry.net/

        • Free Minds, Free Hearts

          Good luck to your daughter. Every small step helps.

  • LOL – I thought I’d check out the GoFundMe page to see how it’s doing, and what a thrill to see that the following have all donated within the past few hours:
    -David Miscavige (“I miss my dad. *sniff*”)
    -Dan Shermannoodles (“Tired of writing awesome speeches”)
    -$5 from David Duggan (“I was going to wipe my ass with this but it’s not enough to bother. Consuela! Bring me the Benjamins!”)
    -John Sweeney (“This is for the Industry of Death museum, right?”)
    -Kellly Preston (“I pawned John’s ethics folders for this. Dave is such a cheapskate!”)
    -Oxford University (“If we contribute will you help us get the word out that Flubtard’s fake Oxford Capacity Analysis has NOTHING to do with us?”)
    -Lou Stuckinback (“I pawned Dave’s wedding ring for this. Do I get change?”)

  • Dave In Ajax

    way too crazy, i got an email message from Phil after i made my donation and he grew up about a hundred yards from where i currently live, sometimes you do things not realizing the connection, but this is way too weird, but i felt compelled to donate for some strange reason….. not sure what to call it , but feel good just the same 🙂

  • Fink Jonas

    Ooops! I gues is too late for Scientology to buy the domain “stopscientologydisconection.com” I guess their next move would be What-is-stopscientologydisconection.com

  • Dice

    This guy needs a sec check :
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yP7fQ7WmGpw

  • $cnMonkeyNut$

    Maybe… and I’m spitballing here… if enough money can be raised for the main poster… is there any chance of making a donation to the Peace Memorial Presbyterian Church, Clearwater, Fl. and see if they’ll permit the display of a smaller version of the poster on the lawn/railing of the Church at the junction of S Ft. Harrison and Pierce… like I say, jus’ spitballing…

    • OOkpik

      Do you have something against the Peace Memorial Presbyterian Church? CoS would make them rue the day. 🙂

      • $cnMonkeyNut$

        Nope–but it’s a prime piece of real estate with marvellous views of the Fraught Horrorson and the Stupor Powerz Blight on the landscapes 🙂

        • OOkpik

          You contributed even more than a suggestion. Phil and Willie will be pleased.

          • $cnMonkeyNut$

            (Already had–was one of the anons from yesterday, but thought such twisty thinking shouldn’t be restricted to the Bunker alone… and… well… a good idea needs promotion!)

            • OOkpik

  • JOE BLOW

    How about a march on Big Blue day of unveiling of billboard with identical signs.