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BACK ON: Scientology ‘disconnection’ billboard OK’d by competitor after Outfront Media bails

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Phil Jones needed just half a day to rebound from the disappointing news that Outfront Media had rescinded the contract he signed for a three-month, $8,200 billboard in Hollywood that would highlight Scientology’s “disconnection” policy.

Phil and his wife Willie are former Church of Scientology members on a mission to raise awareness of the policy, which prevents their grown children, Mike and Emily, from having any contact with them. Both Mike and Emily are Scientology Sea Org employees who work in the Los Angeles area after signing billion-year contracts, promising to work for Scientology lifetime after lifetime.

After raising money with the help from the readers of this website, Phil signed a contract for a billboard with the Los Angeles office of Outfront Media, but on Friday it was rescinded by Outfront’s New York office without explanation. Monday morning, Phil confirmed with Outfront that they were not interested in any changes to artwork or other alterations — there was no possibility of revisiting the contract. We’ve left messages with representatives at both of Outfront’s offices, and have received no reply.

But it took Phil only a few hours on Monday to find another company willing to approve the billboard, even after Phil explained that another company had turned him down.

As for the name of that company, location of the billboard, and the date of its unveiling, Phil has asked us to hold that information back to prevent any outside interference. As soon as we can share more of those details, you’ll be hearing about them here at the Underground Bunker.

 
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Scientology needs help on a new book

One of our readers forwarded this advertisement that Scientology’s Golden Era Productions has put out, looking for a freelance copyeditor to help with updating an 800-page book that will present the “history, background, beliefs, practices, churches and social betterment (community) programs” of a “new and fast-growing religion.”

 
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Based on that description, it sounds like Scientology leader David Miscavige has decided it’s time to update this garish 1993 doorstop…

 
WhatIsScientology

 
We must have been mailed at least three copies of this 4-pound propaganda bomb over the course of our career. Is Miscavige planning on killing a few forests to send out another round of them to journalists and “opinion leaders”? Oh joy.

 
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Meanwhile, in Comal County, Texas…

It’s now official.

Monique Rathbun v. Scientology: Order granting withdrawal

 
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Bonus items from our tipsters

Mark Bunker has today’s gem from the XENU TV archive: “Back on November 12, 2000, Jamie DeWolf came to Clearwater to host a benefit concert for the LMT. Jesse Prince got Jamie on the cans in front of the Bank Building and the Fort Harrison Hotel to seek out his overts.”

 

 
Hey, Harlem, here’s who Scientology says is going to create a new “Harlem Renaissance.”

 
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3D-UnbreakablePosted by Tony Ortega on March 8, 2016 at 07:00

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Learn about Scientology with our numerous series with experts…

BLOGGING DIANETICS: We read Scientology’s founding text cover to cover with the help of L.A. attorney and former church member Vance Woodward
UP THE BRIDGE: Claire Headley and Bruce Hines train us as Scientologists
GETTING OUR ETHICS IN: Jefferson Hawkins explains Scientology’s system of justice
SCIENTOLOGY MYTHBUSTING: Historian Jon Atack discusses key Scientology concepts

Other links: Shelly Miscavige, ten years gone | The Lisa McPherson story told in real time | The Cathriona White stories | The Leah Remini ‘Knowledge Reports’ | Hear audio of a Scientology excommunication | Scientology’s little day care of horrors | Whatever happened to Steve Fishman? | Felony charges for Scientology’s drug rehab scam | Why Scientology digs bomb-proof vaults in the desert | PZ Myers reads L. Ron Hubbard’s “A History of Man” | Scientology’s Master Spies | Scientology’s Private Dancer | The mystery of the richest Scientologist and his wayward sons | Scientology’s shocking mistreatment of the mentally ill | Scientology boasts about assistance from Google | The Underground Bunker’s Official Theme Song | The Underground Bunker FAQ

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  • Scientology raises it’s head in the OJ Simpson case/TV Show….. who knew Marcia Clark married Scientology administrator Gordon Clark… and that her first husband was also involved in the church

    http://www.bustle.com/articles/146265-who-is-marcia-clarks-first-husband-gabriel-horowitz-was-part-of-her-life-before-the-simpsonarcia

    makes you wonder if she ever got any advice from Kendrick Moxon at the time [probably, ands that’s why they lost, ed]

    • Missionary Kid

      A friend of mine retired from the LAPD, and his opinion, from dealing with her, was that she was definitely from the B team, not the varsity.

    • Free Minds, Free Hearts

      That is quite interesting!

  • larry thelisper

    Hey Tampa Bay!!!……..If you want a free stress test, you can get it at the Strawberry Festival, going on now until March 13th. They have a booth in one of the buildings. I was walking by but it didn’t register immediately. When it did I stopped in my tracks, turned & looked. The nice lady was smiling until I said “OH NO, Scientology!!!!” Then came her frown. I shook my head & said nicely “You need to wake up.” She said I’m entitled to my opinion & you are entitled to yours. I agreed and kept on waking. I was with friends who know nothing about it or I would’ve stopped. All day I thought about conversations we could have had. Oh well. (P.S. No one was in there taking the “test.”) Laugh out loud!!

    • chukicita

      Hm. Not sure if I’ll make it there this year, but the first question I ask will be: “Can you tell me how much your organization spends on private investigators and attorneys in an average year? Because that causes me a great deal of stress.”

  • Andrea ‘i-Betty’ Garner

    Dupont Circle Main Street silent auction.

    White Vase, donated by Church of Scientology
    Valued at: $100

    Maroon Shawl, donated by Church of Scientology
    Valued at: $100

    http://www.dupontcirclemainstreets.org/#!Auction-Items-received-so-far/c1ei8/56d8521e0cf2cacdc4230092

    • salin

      I notice that a number of other donations include free classes or services. I am almost surprised they aren’t donating ‘free stress tests.’ Then again, I imagine that the folks participating in the auction are a bit too sophisticated to fall for that.

      About that shawl… cynically I wonder, was that a garment left at the org by one who was later declared? What do we do with the Shawl, Monty? Why let’s look charitable and donate it for the Dupont Circle Auction!

      • Graham

        Unwanted women’s clothing, embroidered with the initials SM, kindly donated by the Church of Scientology.

        • Missionary Kid

          Sado-Masochist?

    • Liberated

      What, no ashtrays!!!

    • madame duran

      All the other businesses are contributing products/services that actually relate to what that business offers (e.g. a local theatre offering two free tickets to a show; a jewellery/fashion accessories store giving away a glitzy necklace; a hotel chain offering a weekend stay in one of their hotel rooms). The “Church” of Scientology is donating….a shawl? A vase? The cult is so hard up for money that it can’t even provide one FREE course? How friggin’ cheap is that??? I figured that the shawl was a discarded item from a Scientologist who had bolted from the Fort Harrison and the vase was offloaded from one of the ideal orgs that got sold off or went belly up. I’m actually laughing at Scientology’s lameness (quietly though…must not disturb the workplace).

      • Andrea ‘i-Betty’ Garner

        You may be on to something! Pete shared this Craigslist link earlier today.

        This is a old pedestal from the Cincinnati branch of the Church of Scientology. It is made of some sort of light composite material. Off white. Paint to suit.

        F5/Refresh

        https://cincinnati.craigslist.org/atq/5481147301.html

        • Sherbet

          Thank God they didn’t include the bronze of Ol’ Fishlips with it.

        • They left it behind in the old building and the new owner who is planning on turning it into apartments is selling it. Lol

        • Phil McKraken

          Oh yeah… pedestal made of some composite material and in need of a paint job. That’s the kind of thing you pick up for half a buck at a yard sale.

  • outraged

    Yay!! We did it!! Giving all credit to the Bunker for bringing back the billboard. :-}

    Now whenever I see Outfront Media on a billboard, which is often, I hiss.

  • Sir Derf

    Outfront sells space for Scientology propaganda so refusing to carry an ad that calls out Scientology’s human rights crimes and abuses is not a surprise. Outfront gets much more money from the crime syndicate, they’re not going to do anything that would anger the syndicate and put a stop to the in flow of filthy blood money. Fucking complicitory cowards!

  • flyonthewall

    Last night I had a dream that I was chasing and trapping a bunch of poisonous snakes let loose in my house. I got them all except one. I had that one trapped in a drawstring bag but my thumb got caught in the bag and I couldn’t get it out. The snake knew I was caught and was taking his time to bite me, savoring the moment like. Then I woke up just before he bit me.

    I don’t really have anything to add today so I just thought I’d share my weird dream.

    • skiesareblue

      So you were awake when he bit you? 🙂

      • flyonthewall

        yes. Thinking back on it I should of just stayed asleep then the bite wouldn’t of hurt me IRL. Whadda ya gonna do? *shrug* Live and learn

        • skiesareblue

          Touch assist?

          • flyonthewall

            r u offering?

            • skiesareblue

              My License has expired. Dang.

            • flyonthewall

              that’s ok, I can touch assist myself.

            • skiesareblue

              Is that allowed?

            • flyonthewall

              it’s only wrong if you get caught. That’s what my meemaw always told me

            • Robert Eckert

              a couple nights ago I dreamed that I was talking to Vladimir Putin, something about whether he’d let my book be published in Russia, but I couldn’t think of his name. I blurted out “Konstantin Chernenko” even though I knew that wasn’t right, and Vlad got offended and asked if I was suggesting he was going to die. I tried to come up with his name, but all I could do was rearrange the letters in Chernenko, but I knew that wouldn’t help.

            • flyonthewall

              is that a for real dream?

            • Robert Eckert

              Yes, I don’t remember my dreams very often (fortunately)

            • flyonthewall

              nice

            • daisy

              You even dream like an egghead LOL

            • EmmaDaoust

              Isn’t that a song by Divinyls?

            • jazzlover

              At the risk of getting everyone all a-jitter. But please note that they eventually changed their name to “DiCDs” 😉

              https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wv-34w8kGPM

            • EmmaDaoust

              Ooh, thanks! She sure knows how to drape herself on a divan.
              And Ouch.

    • Science Doc

      My recommendation about poisonous snakes is don’t eat them and you will be OK. Venomous snakes are really scary.

      • flyonthewall

        do not eat the dream snake – check! Thnx Doc! That is sound advise

        • ze moo

          Does a dream snake taste like chicken?

          • flyonthewall

            idk, this whole thread is making me want to go eat some shrooms though

      • Observer

        My grandpa had eaten rattlesnake, and he said it tastes like chicken. (Really!)

        • Science Doc

          There is an old joke about the Green Beret or Navy Seal that was invited to dinner by some civilians. He takes a bite of some meat served with gravy over rice and says, “That’s really good, what is it”? The hostess replys, “Chicken”. The guest says, “Tastes like snake”.

    • Illinoisian

      Don’t tell Baby about your dream. She’s still recovering from the r*t incident and this bears some similarity to that.

    • phoebequeen

      Ewww. I have had snake dreams before. They are terrifying.

    • beauty for ashes

      Do you have sleep apnea by any chance? I often think my brain makes adrenaline to wake me up so I will breath again. Hence the nightmares. This theory also came out of a session with an art therapist who was way into Jung and wanted me to write down all my dreams as if they were manna from heaven.

      • flyonthewall

        I don’t but I often wake up around 330a cen and can’t go back to sleep. That doesnt have anything to do with anything but just thought I’d throw it out there.

        It would make sense for Jungian guy to be obsessed with dreams. Personally, I think there is prob something to them but the subconscious is so vast and wild which makes the possibilities of interpretation almost infinite and thus futile. So I try not to dwell on any specific meanings but maybe just try to divine some overriding theme or feeling and see if it is applicable to any concerns I have or state of mind I’ve been in.

        • daisy

          It is because you flushed a dog. May you have bad dreams for a long time.

          • flyonthewall

            no you flushed the dog, you forced my hand. Besides I’m 85% positive he had gills and can breath underwater so I’m sure he’ll be fine.

          • L. Wrong Hubturd

            Is “flushing a dog” a euphemism for something? Like, “Man, that buffet killed me! I really flushed a dog on that one. 5 pounds lighter at least.”

        • beauty for ashes

          Ps, later that day I dozed of and started collecting snakes in a box in a room, almost like a memory scene from Eternal Sunshine of the spotless mind, and stopped myself and said, “No this is Fly’s dream I’m in.”
          I do like a good dream story. PS~ you said smart stuff!!!!

          • flyonthewall

            🙂

  • Michael Leonard Tilse

    The New “What Is Scientology” 2016 edition:

    http://www.tonyortega.org

  • Todd Tomorrow

    I was so bummed after the billboard was nixed I decided to take a break from doing anything except glossing over the headlines of the sight. Although I know we can’t count our chicken’s, this is great news indeed! I had bullied some friend’s to donate money after trying to explain the evils of $cientology in under 15 mins. before they lost interest. “All religions are evil” was a common reply and I’d really have to try and go into as much in dept as I could about how much worse this cult is. I know of at least four donated but fuck it all adds up!

    • NOLAGirl (Stephanie)

      A good way around the “all religions are evil” argument is just to ask “Name me any other religion that spends its tax exempt dollars to hire P.I.s and lawyers to stalk, harass and sue people who leave?”

      Then just wait. 🙂 As Gibney recently said “it’s the deed, not the creed.”

      • Tracy Schmitz

        good argument.. however, then some will counter with “yeah, but at least they don’t chop people’s heads off, or what about the inquisition and child abuse in the catholic church, and what about so and so!..

  • JOE BLOW

    Just a reminder: The Big LRH Birthday Event is almost here. Does everyone have their gaudy gowns and tuxes dry cleaned and ready. I heard the epicness of this event will be unrivaled in the entire history of the Guh-lax-y.

    • Simi Valley

      I’m sure Xander will be washing his jeans just for this.

  • Jefferson Hawkins

    Interesting comment on the state of Scientology that they now have no one inside the organization capable of editing a book.

    • Illinoisian

      Keen observation. We know that they have brought in large numbers of non-English speakers but, even so, any organization claiming to have thousands of members, many with OT powers, should have someone among their numbers with the skill to edit. Another sign that the end times are here.

      • Simi Valley

        As I mentioned in a comment recently, in 2012 I found out that a wog “punctuation expert” editor had been working at Gold for several years – no doubt to bleep out the armies of semicolons from the Basics. This woman rented a house nearby and went to work at Gold every day.

        • flyonthewall

          weirdest.job.ever.

          • Draco

            youcansaythatagain

            • flyonthewall

              i tried but discus says i already said that. Stupid spam filter

            • Draco

              IKR? I hate it when it does that. “You have already made that post” or some such garbage. And there’s no button you can click on that says “I know. I want to say it again, idiot!”

            • Missionary Kid

              Just add an extra comma.

        • Science Doc

          If I lived in Hemet and worked at Gold the only thing I would be able to write would be suicide notes.

    • Is Dan Sherman missing in action?

      • Graham

        They’re trying to wrap it up in 800 pages or less. If they let Sherman anywhere near it they’d have to publish it in two 800pp volumes.

    • OTVIIIisGrrr8!

      Now wate just a dam minot Hawkins! We hav plenny ah gud riters in Scientologee.

      But these gud riters are all buzee beeing letur regges and riting leturs to the milluns an milluns ah peepols that wanna do Scientologee.

      Thatz why we hafta higher sum wog riturs.

    • thetastic

      Well, isn’t that your fault?

  • Robert Eckert

    For the new Harlem Renaissance, Scientology is sending in their greatest reg: Minnie the Moocher.

    • Glen

      Love that Cab Calloway reference.

  • Michael Leonard Tilse

    I nominate Panopea Abrupta to write the new “What Is Scientology” in Elizabethan Iambic Pentameter.

    Na. Too good for them. It might be a bestseller.

    • Observer

      He could write whatever he wanted–they’d be so busy word clearing his vocabulary that they wouldn’t notice for decades.

    • EmmaDaoust

      He’s worth $1500 an hour.

      • Draco

        Nah … he’s priceless.

        • EmmaDaoust

          Infinitely!

      • jazzlover

        At least $1,500.47

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  • Jimmy3

    So do we think it was that shithead Bert Deixler calling every billboard company in LA this morning, or did they get some other lackey to do it?

    • flyonthewall

      his name is dixslurper

      • Sherbet

        “Hello, this is Attorney Bert Deixler calling on behalf of the church of scientology.”

        “Yeah, right. And, NO, I don’t have Prince Albert in a can.”

  • Free Minds, Free Hearts

    I love that Jamie DeWolfe exploded Jesse Prince’s emeter!

    • flyonthewall

      it happens sometimes, e-meters just explode

      • Jimmy3

        This is true. It is called spontaneous conbustion.

        • Draco

          😀

        • Newiga

          They are trying to go back to their native state i.e. Easy Bake Ovens.

          • Graham

            Wonderful image Newiga!

          • daisy

            lol

  • Fink Jonas

    Troller alert! Steven Aldrich below

  • Wog

    May we suggest you not tell a soul about the billboard – just do it. When it is up – then tell us. You have the money – now get er done!

    How about a campaign to put up Billboards in Clearwater and other strategic loations? We will contribute to the motion $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

    Love it!!

  • Panopea Abrupta

    Total/partial eclipse of the sun in parts of Australia/Indonesia/Japan/Hawaii today/tomorrow.
    This billboard will lead hopefully to an eclipse of the shun.

    A question for Princess Joy Villain:
    “If it wasn’t gratuitous and it was tastefully done,
    would you consider keeping your clothes on at the Grammys?”

    Gaudi was an extraordinary architect.
    Gaudi, DM, not gaudy.

    Nprth Pole, South Pole
    Is DM the Least Pole or MEST Pole?

    A dog and pony show?
    $cientology is a wog and phony show

    http://stream1.gifsoup.com/view7/4635617/total-solar-eclipse-o.gif
    http://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/SEplot/SEplot2001/SE2016Mar09T.GIF

    • Sherbet

      Don’t look at the eclipse of scientology without adequate eye protection!

    • flyonthewall

      should we have one of those viewer thingees to watch the gif? I don’t want to hurt my eyes

      • beauty for ashes

        Yes , you definitely need 3-D glasses.

  • Draco

    Night all. Nice to have some good news today. I shall wait patiently for the unveiling of the billboard. I hope with lots of media in attendance.
    And a lot of articles written about “The little billboard agency that wouldn’t”.

    • Andrea ‘i-Betty’ Garner

      Aww 🙂 N’night.

  • nottrue

    ..It would be great to see one there..

  • SucculentDuck

    i honestly thought this was headed in a more interesting direction:
    http://www.cracked.com/article_23578_6-successful-celebrities-who-sucked-at-everything-else.html

  • nottrue
    • Observer

      omg! If I could pull off a crop top I’d get one!

    • Newiga

      LMAO!! I know what I’m gonna wear for LRH’s birthday.. 😛

    • flyonthewall

      apparently Aloria also sells crack for the CIA. She seems like a fun gal

    • Nightmare material.

    • Andrea ‘i-Betty’ Garner

      That’s hilarious!

  • Call me? Boy, John Travolta is going to sue Phil for using his standard sauna line. I mean, now that he has that lawyering experience from the O.J. show. http://www.themortonreport.com/celebrity/hollywood/exclusive-scientologys-big-gay-problem-part-1/

    • Spike Robinson

      spring? what is this spring of which you speak? I’m still lookin’ at an inch of snow…

      • Well I posted pix….that should explain it….if my feet are bare it means the brick street is no longer holding ‘cold’…..tho’ true spring for me isn’t until the toads come out of hibernation….

        • beauty for ashes

          Toads!!! 🙂 I do hope David Bowie comes back.

          • I’m sure David Bowie WILL come back, I just hope I see him! 😀 I went like 5+ years not seeing Toadzilla!! Actually longer than that. I definitely wanna see David Bowie this year though! 🙂

            If it’s not raining tomorrow I’ll go start cleaning up winter dog shit so the toads don’t have to dig their way out of hibernation thru poo! 🙂

    • Feels like summer today. Great pix.

      • it really does!! suppose to be warm tomorrow too, though cloudy, but i’ll take it!! actually i looked and it’s gonna be pretty nice the rest of the month…..

  • Kay

    Seriously CoS? If I lived in Harlem and some organization said they were going to come in and “clear” Harlem, by sending in a bunch of white people, wow I can’t even……

    • Kay

      P.S. They are also going to create a Harlem Renaissance? Have they NO idea how rich in culture Harlem is? They certainly don’t need tacky pamphlets and cheesy books featuring a dentally impaired grinning creep on the cover. GEEZ they irritate me.

      • Harlem Renaissance with white peoples. Just….I can’t….

      • Kay

        HERE is the real definition of Harlem Renaissance. (Most of you in the U.S. I’m sure already know this) How offensive that they co-opted this, and how obviously stupid and insensitive they are. OK, I will stop ranting now…this just really irritated me. I think I will go take a walk.

  • Spike Robinson

    I’ll write their book for them … I mean, why not? I’m the one who finally managed to translate “A Piece of Blue Sky” into American. D’you think they’d let me have the job? Would a reference from the boss help?

    • I didn’t know it was written in a foreign language to begin with….

      • flyonthewall

        queen’s english into american english. Easiest.translating job.ever.

        • yeah, that would be really easy….did that need translating? who has a problem with honor vs. honour, etc?

          • flyonthewall

            honor vs what now? It’s like you’re speaking a foreign language!?

            • Spike Robinson

              yeah, see my comment above; it’s my way of being a brat to le boss. Seriously, it was an honor to get at that MS and know that I’ve actually contributed to the next edition, whenever it’ll come out…

            • i guess i’ve read so many UK edition books thru the years/watch UK shows, etc i never had a problem with such things and took it for granted…..

            • Spike Robinson

              the ‘translation’ bit is just my lil’ joke. It was the grammatical sweep and a few other things. For the record, the boss knows how to use a semicolon correctly; he just chooses not to do so, like, 85% of the time.

            • bloody hell fly!

        • Spike Robinson

          not so! British to American is actually a labyrinth of fascinating deviancies and linguistic byways. In fact, if it weren’t for standardized broadcasting, it would, indeed, be a separate language, akin to Spanish and Italian. (I’m a real language/grammar geek – ya don’t think the boss hired me for my looks!)

          • jazzlover

            brb c u l8tr

            • I’ll be there! I love a good barbecue!

    • flyonthewall

      so like you replaced all references to lorries into trucks and lifts into elevators?

      • and added a ‘the’ before hospital….

      • Spike Robinson

        and the double l’s of counseling, traveling, etc, to single l’s, not to mention the ou’s to u’s, plasticine to modeling clay (and modelling to modeling), and then there’s the whole thing of what to do with quotes and ending punctuations.

        it’s actually a lil’ joke between me and le boss. I also managed to fix all his errant fragmented sentences, removed a helluva lot of unnecessary commas, removed ALL of the incorrect semi-colons …

        much harder than one would think. The man’s brilliant but is brutal to his punctuation. I’ve never seen such casual abuse to commas.

        That said, I much prefer Jon’s nonfiction. Seriously. Go to Amazon.com NOW and buy “Voodoo Child.” You’ll be glad you did.

        • well yeah, semi-colons are the debil, just ask COB about that…..but someone’s punctuation is often their writing ‘style’…..if everyone used the exact same format reading books would be rather boring methinks…

          • Spike Robinson

            true enough, but I do draw the line at false appositives and misuse of semicolons. And, frankly, it’s just fun to debate grammar with another grammar geek. Really, I’m just a lil’ brat who’s way honored just to be able to do the work I do!

          • phoebequeen

            Hey hon. I have to tell you, I saw the post about your web page late last night and bookmarked it as I was falling asleep. I just read it. Holy cow sweets. I had tears in my eyes. I am sorry, sorry and sorry for all you have had to go through. You have come out a strong woman because of it and I so admire what you did to help prevent any further distress to other children. Giving you a big hug sweets. Hope you are feeling a bit better today.

            • daisy

              Do you have a link? I went back to scroll and didn’t find it. I may not have scrolled far enough, but would like to read it.

            • phoebequeen

              Yep. Hold on…

            • phoebequeen
            • daisy

              Thank you so much.

            • phoebequeen

              No problem hon.

            • Thanks. Um, no, not feeling better, that won’t happen til I start shitting cash to get dental care! So fucking depressing.

  • Kay

    Uh-oh….the Joy Villa dress is mutating into other dresses.

    • flyonthewall

      butter face

      • Jimmy3

        On the internet I be like, “What a dog. Woof!”
        In real life I be like, “Of course you can collar me and treat me like your dog. Woof!”

        • flyonthewall

          I lied about finding Bacon’s owner. I grew weary of him so I threw him in the toilet where he will remain.

          • phoebequeen

            Oh my.

            • flyonthewall

              Oh my is right. And don’t you forget it

            • phoebequeen

              Bossy!!

          • daisy

            YOU GET THAT DAMN DOG OUT OF THE TOILET PRONTO MISTER, OR YOU ARE IN BIG TROUBLE !!!

            • flyonthewall

              THE DOG STAYS IN THE TOILET UNTIL HE LEARNS TO SING HIS ABC’S AND THAT.IS.FINAL!

            • daisy

              I HAVE GOT THE SPCA ON THE PHONE.

            • flyonthewall

              *flush* Bye bye doggy! That’s all on you. Hope you can sleep tonight

            • daisy

              *tears. I hope your toilet clogs.

          • gtsix

            You are a bad fly. Poor doggie. Poop in his shoes when he sleeps, Bacon, the fly deserves.it.

    • Kestrel

      I see nothing wrong with your basic little black dress. Like this one.

  • Claire Swazey

    When I was still in Cof$, I was given the ewest edition of What Is Scientology. I was appalled to see a truly silly rant about evolution in the book. Wonder what lovely revisions are proposed for this one.

    • Long time, no see.

    • Andrea ‘i-Betty’ Garner

      It’s nice to see you here, Claire 🙂

  • Congrats to Phil and Willie for securing another billboard through a company that isn’t influenced by cults and their thugs.

    • I will join your congrats after that company will go through with it.
      For all we know they are negotiating a better deal with you know who.

  • nottrue
    • Why is his Scientology movie not on YouTube yet?

      • Missionary Kid

        Could it be because they want to make some money from it?

    • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

      Excellent! And Elisabeth Moss is in one of the films in competition. I hope Louis saves her a ticket.

  • Observer
    • flyonthewall

      fashion weirdos are weirdest weirdos ever

      • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

        I will never in a million years understand or care about fashion. Why anyone would want to wear anything but jeans and tee shirts is beyond my comprehension.

        • flyonthewall

          I personally am grateful that the ladies care about fashion 😉 Not the weird over the top stuff though. I don’t really see the point in wearing stitched together steaks for a dress etc but I am a lowly common midwesterner so that kind of thing is just beyong my puny brain

          • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

            See, the steak dress makes perfect sense. You’ve got both your meal and your outfit in one. It’s a model of efficiency.

            • flyonthewall

              But once you’re full, you’re naked? Kind of a catch-22 eh? Or maybe that’s the whole point! When we’re full and satisfied our naked greed and appetites are displayed and we stripped bare for the world to see who we really are. Woh, I should move to the big city!

            • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

              And–voila!–you just made art. Who knew all it would take were a couple of tenderloins…

          • It’s conceptual. You do conceptual very well.

        • I have a family background in fashion, my mother was one of the original Ford models back in the late 40s until she me my dad in 59. She couldn’t wait to get out of the industry, though she loves fashion to this day. It’s her form of expression. I swing between caring and absolute disinterest. I have a dozen black tees and six really awesome white dress shirts, straight leg jeans and cords. I do think it’s amazing art, and utterly laughable when taken too seriously. I love Zoolander.

          • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

            Bunker families have such interesting histories! I’m not a complete philistine–I appreciate the aesthetics of personal style. But I just don’t get the runway scene. At all. It’s all Zoolander to me.

    • Qbird

      there’s some metal dripping out her nose.. yeeaah. ok. whatever turns yer crank kids.

    • phoebequeen

      She is not cooler than us, she is stupid because she doesn’t have to go to school and says things like, ” Because living.” Bwwwahhh!!

      • Observer

        She had the bad luck to get the parents she did.

        • phoebequeen

          Did you ever hear her brother’s take on drivers ed? That it doesn’t really work because people still have car accidents! Lordy.

      • niçoise

        The Telegraph, 10 Dec 2010

        “Willow Smith, the 10-year-old pop sensation, has almost been manufactured for a life in the spotlight…

        ‘I never really get to go to school because I am always on tour or with my father. There is a tutor most of the time, but usually I am working so I never get to do the lessons. The worst thing about maths is all the kids are ahead of me because they go to school.'”

        Hopefully she’s been able to do a lesson or two since that confession. I get that pretty clothes are pretty and all, but a good education never goes out of style.

        • phoebequeen

          Amen.

    • SucculentDuck

      hair whip or then gtfo

    • Drama bird is awesome. I think it might be upset about the interior design crimes that surround it.

  • OTVIIIisGrrr8!

    Date 8 March 2015
    From: Bart Dixslurper Esq
    To: Golden Era Productions
    Re: Scientology Book Update — Legal Addenda

    Attached please find the 12,587 pages of legal addenda to be added to the foreword of the update for the “What Is Scientology?” Book.

    The legal addenda includes the materials all readers must read and sign before purchasing and reading the new book. Legal forms include:

    * Waivers of all legal and civil rights in favor of CST, RTC, CSI, IAS, IASA, CSRT, and all Orgs, auxiliaries, and the legally nonexistent Sea Org.

    * An bond requiring $5,000,000 in damages should the reader ever call COB RTC “Captain David Miscavige.” As you know, David Miscavige is not a Captain. Indeed, Mr. Miscavige cannot be a Captain in the legally nonexistent Sea Org as the Sea Org has no members or volunteers. The Sea Org cannot even be ceremonial as it has no members or volunteers to conduct ceremonies. Nor, as Mr. Jefferson noted, can the Sea Org give or receive orders as it has no one to give or receive orders.

    * The standard kidnap contract, i.e. Release of Damages for Rendering Spiritual Assistance

    * A full life history with an emphasis on sexual perversions, drug use, acts of crime, and other acts that may needed in future Fair Game actions.

    * Agreements to never sue COB, the Church, or its agents, heirs, or assigns since the beginning of time and for the duration of this universe.

    * An agreement that Scientology is a deadly serious activity.

    * An authorization to be Ecclesiastically Beaten in the event of Joking & Degrading

    * An agreement to never read entheta online or in any other medium.

    * An agreement allowing Scientology to search one’s home, computer, car, and other spaces at any time and for any reason.

    All rights reserved.

    Sincerely,

    Bart Dixslurper Esq

    • Mockingbird

      Did you write the TPP ?

      • OTVIIIisGrrr8!

        TPP?

        • Mockingbird

          Trans Pacific Partnership.

    • Observer

      *sing-song*

      Cap-tain Mis-ca-vige
      Smells like rot-ten cab-bage!

    • NOLAGirl (Stephanie)

      I’m assuming you’ll need signatures in blood Sir?

    • Missionary Kid

      $cientology is deadly, all right.

    • But, that’s not all . . .

  • TonyOrtega

    Louis Theroux’s ‘My Scientology Movie’ will have its US debut at the Tribeca film festival next month in NYC.

    My review….
    http://tonyortega.org/2015/10/15/louis-therouxs-my-scientology-movie-a-hilarious-take-on-an-unfunny-bunch/

    • JaxNGold

      NICE!! Great news day.

    • It needs to be leaked now.

    • Andrea ‘i-Betty’ Garner

      https://tribecafilm.com/stories/tribeca-film-festival-2016-lineup-midnight-spotlight-special-screenings

      “My Scientology Movie, directed by John Dower, written by John Dower and Louis Theroux. (U.K.) – International Premiere, Documentary. BBC journalist Louis Theroux joins forces with director John Dower to explore the elusive Church of Scientology. With the help of a former high-ranking Scientologist, Theroux sets out to understand the furtive goings-on of the Church, armed with his irreverent humor and biting irony.”

      • thetastic

        You get Going Clear,we get My Scientology Movie. It’s like we’re trading!

    • Why there is no MOD next to your name anymore?

      • Andrea ‘i-Betty’ Garner

        I think Tony has 2 accounts with identical avvies 🙂

        • I am sure he does, but I don’t remember seeing not Mod account lately/ever.

          • Jimmy3

            One is Batman, the other is Bruce Wayne. This one is Bruce.

            • Thanks. So Scott is Alfred.

            • Jimmy3

              Yes. And you are The Penguin. Because penguins are the closest we have to dodos.

            • You just called me Dodo The Penguin. You will pay, if I ever make it to Cleveland.

            • Jimmy3

              I think Bruce Wayne should pay… Because, you know…

            • Yeah, let’s make Fly to pay for everything.

            • flyonthewall

              two and a half words – dine n dash. All 47 of us

            • gtsix

              As a former server, them fighting words. Pay or die fly (grabs swatter).

            • Robert Eckert

              You are Robin the Boy Wonder. No, don’t even try to deny it.

            • niçoise

              lol… imagining Tony with his underpants on the outside

            • I totes didn’t recognize him. Amazing.

    • PerpetualOutflow

      Great news–finally! Happen to know what that might mean for us mere mortals who want to see it some time in the next decade but aren’t fortunate enough to live in NY?

      • I have a feeling it’ll make it to Netflix pretty quickly. I can’t imagine it making much of a splash in a theatrical run. It’ll probably do the film festival circuit and then maybe HBO or Shotime. I wish it would become a bit hit, but most people just don’t really care about the cult or the damage it leaves in its wake.

        • Kim O’Brien

          that’s not true honey … there are just too many horrific things to be horrified by . We have to pick and chose how much “truth” we can take in a day .

          • “Pace yourself” as my mother is wont to say.

    • Ella Raitch

      Yeehaw!

  • phoebequeen

    Let me guess, rewriting needs to be done to exclude the many exclamation marks!! Fast growing religion my ass.

  • JaxNGold

    Excellent, Phil! The billboard update made my morning. Dearest Xenu, please let this happen.

    So, one of hubby’s favorite shows is The Walking Dead. I pretty much stopped watching a while back when I found out Alanna Masterson is a clam. May sound severe, but I’m not gonna support a show with a $cientologist in the cast. Just feels wrong. Anyway, hubs was watching the after show – Talking Dead – and she was one of the guests. I walked into the living room just as the host mentioned she’d had a baby. All I could think of was how incredibly sad it is that her father will never see that child unless she wakes up and leaves $cientology. Even sadder that her child will be another indoctrinated soul. Damn shame.

    On a lighter note, it was kinda funny how she seemed to have some trouble completing a sentence or getting her thoughts out. Ironic, considering how they pride themselves on communication.

    • phoebequeen

      OMG, I posted about this on Sunday night too! I love WD, but was also sad to see her on it. I have wondered how the other cast members think of all of this.

    • phoebequeen

      Plus, she plays a gay character too. I wonder how that is allowed.

      • SucculentDuck

        celebz can haz different rulez

        • phoebequeen

          True that.

    • Lucille Austero

      I am a massive TWD fan also. I have decided to use my amazing cult-like brain powerz to deny to myself that Alanna is anywhere near my show 🙂

      • phoebequeen

        I am hoping she will get it next . I would clap for that one.

        • Lucille Austero

          Ooohhh. Me too!

      • JaxNGold

        Laughter!

    • JaxNGold

      Me, too. Considering the colossal amount of negative reports on $cientology, I wonder if any cast members have asked her about it. Or is it just a joke behind closed doors?

      • phoebequeen

        I wondered that too.

    • Chee Chalker

      She is my least favorite character on the show. I’m hoping a zombie gets her.

    • Kim O’Brien

      well ..i double dated with Norman Reedus for senior prom . His name was Mark then , his girlfriends name was Fiona …super nice. My date Brian , was his best friend , and he threw up in the back of the limo . My ex hubbie LOVED the show …until he found out about prom . Then no more TWD in the house . I have zero idea why that made a difference …but not watching because of a scio , seems more rational 😉

      • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

        That’s funny. I don’t know what it is about Reedus, but he makes that greaseball look work for him. I saw him in a magazine spread once about celebs and their pets. He was photographed all sultry with his black cat. I was like, “Well, shit, I’m no more good now…”

        • Kim O’Brien

          LOL ..it’s funny , but i did not recognize him until one of the other people i went to high school with , told me He was waaaaay cuter in high school . I think he was in a bad motor cycle accident that almost killed him . Now , he kinda looks like an asian crackhead. He can still pull off a sarong though LOL

          • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

            OK, I had to google images of him from when he was younger and holy mother of moly! Also, I’m going to guess that his sarong is totally made out of leather.
            https://img.buzzfeed.com/buzzfeed-static/static/2014-10/15/11/enhanced/webdr01/anigif_enhanced-12295-1413388013-1.gif

            • Kim O’Brien

              My friend Kristy camped out with him and slept on his chest 🙂 We all did an outward bound trip to Mexico ..senior class – we spent a month hiking , repelling , all that fun stuff . I was not in his ” patrol ” ( a group of 8 ) but SHE was 😉 He looks great in a sarong ..true fax ( not leather though haha )

            • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

              Girl, you’re just giving me the vapors now. Mercy!

            • Kim O’Brien

              funny thing ..he was never even into acting in high school . A few of us were in state theater competitions and did every high school show we could . He never did . The only other person i know who got any acting work …was also a friend of ours …but he got the job where you re-enact crimes on that John Walsh crime show …poor guy . He PLAYED the bad guys , and got the cops called on hm all the time because people thought he was a criminal LOL .

            • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

              Oh, your friend…that poor dude. Must’ve made if fun for him to go on dates.

              I think Reedus started out as a model maybe? I’m not convinced he’s much of an actor, but he certainly landed the perfect role on Walking Dead.

            • Missionary Kid

              Repelling? Did that mean you had to keep away from each other? I love it. Some of the best mistakes are funny as hell. I think you meant rappelling. I blame spell check.

            • Kim O’Brien

              duh …haha…thanks for the heads up . I think i spell it like that all the time . Took me forever to learn how to spell circus ( no idea why LOL )

            • Missionary Kid

              My spelling is so bad, when it used to be pretty good. I’ve gotten very dependent on spell check.

            • JaxNGold

              Wow…I never would have guessed that’s the same guy.

            • Kim O’Brien

              i know right ??!! Looks nothing like he does now . He was a sweet kid .

            • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

              Right?! He was a sweet young thing.

      • phoebequeen

        Really? That is so cool. You did tell hubby he wasn’t your date right?

        • Kim O’Brien

          it really was not that cool ..LOL ..but a fun story . My ex was a dick

          • phoebequeen

            Well, many of them are .

          • Missionary Kid

            The jealousy was probably only one part of his dickness.

            • Kim O’Brien

              we had different needs in our relationship . I needed to be treated well , he needed to treat me like shit . SO …there ya have it 🙂

      • JaxNGold

        What a trip! I had to google his name as I wasn’t sure which cast member he was. When I used to watch the show, I’d always forget his character’s name and be like “Who? The one with the hair?”. Lol…his makeup artist makes him look so werewolfy.

        Your ex-hubby banned TWD in the house because you went to senior prom as his friend’s date? Yikes. Talk about jealousy run amok. Before I was married, my boyfriend at the time blew a gasket when we were out for drinks one night because some guy I went to high school with came over to say hello. God forbid, apparently. The next day, he became my EX-boyfriend. What a freak.

      • Ella Raitch

        WHAAAAAAA!!! No waaaaaay! You double-dated Darryl Dixon.

        Man – it’s almost worth the price of the international fare to get to Howdycon to meet the woman who watched Darryl throw up in the back of a limo.

  • Observer

    Here are a couple more pics from Friday (I know, I had too shallow a depth of field on the ice one).

    It is currently 72ºF.

    refresh

    • phoebequeen

      Oooh, pretty.

    • aegerprimo

      Beautiful. ♥

  • noseinabk

    I sometimes wish I didn’t know the scientology celebs so I could enjoy some shows or events oblivious to the participants involvement with cos.
    We went to Longwood Gardens in PA and after getting a ticket I grabbed a brochure to check out upcoming events.

    • noseinabk

      Some nicer pics…

    • phoebequeen

      Not Yo Yo Ma!!!!

      • phoebequeen

        Oh ,wait. Chick Corea. Right. I have had to tell my husband about him too.

      • Robert Eckert

        You’ve heard of the black cellist from Detroit? Yo Ma Ma?

    • aquaclara

      Hope you had a good time! Wish they knew what Chick Corea was involved in.

      • noseinabk

        It was gorgeous and a great place for the kid to play with her new camera.

        • aquaclara

          The Philly Flower Show is also a great place to visit and see some lovely gardens right now…

          • noseinabk

            Will look into it, thanks.

    • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

      I know how you feel. When someone mentions a celeb they like who’s scilon or scilon-adjacent, it’s hard to restrain myself from saying, “So, you know…” It’s a bona fide crush-killer. My friends kinda hate me for it.

      Nice to see they let Chick out to play with non-scilons sometimes, though. I thought Celebrity Centre was just keeping him as a pet now.

      • phoebequeen

        I annoy hubby and son with my tidbits of scion info. Hated that I loved Parenthood with Erica Christensen on it.

        • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

          Among my friends, it’s mostly Orange is the New Black that I’ve ruined. No one seemed to know about Laura Prepon for some reason.

          • pat k

            I will not allow seventies show to be aired & I swear it’s autobiographical for me! They know I’m serious.

            • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

              I liked That 70s Show quite a bit the first few seasons it was on, but I have trouble re-watching it. It’s not Masterson’s and Prepon’s scilon connections, actually–I liked both their characters. It’s having learned that the whole cast was a bunch of entitled douchewads. Makes it hard to suspend my disbelief and enjoy the show.

          • phoebequeen

            Oh, yeah. I haven’t watched the latest season of ONB. Again, someone playing a gay character. I never watched Mad Men, much to the annoyance of my sister who wanted to dish on it with me. Elizabeth Moss was in West Wing and did a BBC production , Top Lake. Very good. I hated the she was in it though.

            • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

              I couldn’t get into either OITNB or Top of the Lake. I only watched a couple of seasons of Mad Men, but I thought Elisabeth Moss did a good job in it. I’m a fickle TV and movie watcher, I confess. Scilons don’t necessarily keep me away from a show, film, or song if I think it has merit. My tastes just don’t seem to overlap with theirs that much, I guess.

            • phoebequeen

              I know. One of my favorite movies , damn it, is War of the World’s!!! I hate that.

            • Ella Raitch

              Top of the Lake was fab and she was fab in it…. 🙁

            • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

              I feel like I need to give that one another try. I hear all good things about it.

            • Ella Raitch

              Ribisi is another one who does wonderful character pieces that I have to watch in spite of myself

            • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

              Lots of people seem to like him. The only thing I can remember him in is Lost in Translation, and he kinda blended into the background for me.

    • jazzlover

      I’ve virtually stopped listening to Corea — and in the world of jazz, he’s kinda important. But, if you can stand it, seeing Brian Blade drum could be worth the price of admission alone. He’s one of the most versatile drummers around today, in any genre of music. When Joni Mitchell was still playing, he was her drummer of choice, for instance. Here he is with his own group, which plays a fairly eclectic mix of music:

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=57-nzm1Tt34

    • L. Wrong Hubturd

      I grew up going there. Lovely place. Former DuPont mansion. I saw Pat Metheny and Bruce Hornsby play there last summer. Been to Winterthur right down the road? Another former DuPont mansion and gardens.

      • noseinabk

        A visit to Winterthur is on our agenda in a few weeks. We have driven by many times ( (I think thats the one) on our trips to Nuemours but back then the kid was more interested in the little children’s museum.
        We have visited Longwood more often because the fountains and children’s garden were great for the younger one who is now a teen who requested this visit. I was a little disappointed that on my oldest daughters first visit today the large fountain at Longwood is under renovation until 2017 but she wants to get a membership when it’s complete. Her daughter and I will be spending many days there in the future along with some evening fireworks and fountain shows.
        Is there another property to see near the museum and Winterthur?

        • L. Wrong Hubturd

          Hmmm, are you new to the area? I have many fond memories of growing up and seeing the fountain/fireworks shows on hot summer nights with Mom and Dad.

          • noseinabk

            We moved close to the MD/PA/DE line about 8 years ago and at that time we were unaware of the kid friendly venues that we are growing to appreciate over the last few years.

            • L. Wrong Hubturd

              Interesting. Grew up in north Wilmington myself. Hagley museum is also very nice. Yup, another former DuPont mansion and working gunpowder mill. Sensing a theme to the area? We called it DuPontville growing up. Inner harbor in Baltimore used to be nice too for an extended day trip. Not sure how it is now. Might have to dodge bullets.

            • noseinabk

              I am always in awe of the opulence that the Duponts lived in.
              Having grown up frequently visiting Baltimore from a nearby county I have a jaded view of the changes. The Aquarium is worth a visit but Harbor Place has lost all of its original intent in hosting small vendors in the two adjacent buildings. It is still a safe place to visit and the sports bars near it are ok. When I was younger we made frequent trips to fells point near the harbor but I would never recommend that today.

            • noseinabk

              Btw. Being a person who has always lived in county’s outside of the beltway in Md but has driven through Baltimore, Philly, DC, and N J. among others.. the Wilmington DE drivers scare the bejesus out of us the most. My daughter attended college there and called me in a panic numerous times because she had been run off the road and was just trying to escape the crazy.

            • L. Wrong Hubturd

              I’d little old Wilmington is your standard fire bad drivers, DO NOT drive in central Florida then.

    • Juicer77

      WHAAAAAA? Dang, I love Longwood Gardens.

  • Richard

    So, I’ve edited the new version of Ron’s life for the upcoming publication of What is Scientology…

    Once upon a time there lived an evil carrottop by the name of Ron.

    One day, after having awarded himself with a fake doctorate of philosophy, Ron decided that his real vocation in life was to make a million dollars.

    And so he invented a religion and he called the religion Scientology.

    The only way to make Scientology work was to lie to everybody, but that was not a problem for Ron, as he had a long and vast experience in telling tall stories.

    For thirty-six long years, Ron fibbed through his teeth to everybody that he encountered.

    Many, many whoppers later, Ron, by now a toothless druggie with an enormous cyst on his forehead, died of a stroke. He had achieved his goal a hundred times over of making a million dollars, but he eventually succumbed to life as a lonely, psychotic old man, without a friend in the world, and left behind a legacy where no fellow believer of his invention called Scientology lived happily ever after.

    • Kestrel

      I think Captain Miscavige will want to provide some feedback on this.

    • Dave Reams

      My personal favorite is the story of a teenage Ron running around China in 1928, from Shanghai to Mongolia to Tibet. At exactly that time China was in the middle of a present-day Syria style civil war – a very bloody war between multiple large war lord ruled armies with lots of foreign intrigue mixed in. Westerners, who were heavily invested in business in China were not appreciated! They were massacred in Shanghai and threatened everywhere. The U.S. had 5000 Marines in China in 1917-1918 and an imposing naval force to protect US business (and citizens) The Japanese had thousands of troops there for the same reasons.

      Anyway, the idea that Ron could have travelled freely in China is as ludicrous as his NASCAR career on Venus.

      • salin

        Caused by that bout of reasonableness, somewhere a venusian train just derailed.

      • My mother’s family lived in Shanghai during and after that period of time, and the thought that an American citizen who didn’t speak Chinese would be running around without incurring some sort of danger to themselves is ludicrous.

        If you were an American or other European citizen, you had extraterritoriality, which meant you could only be tried in American or other European courts, which existed in what was know as the International Settlement part of Shanghai. As my grandfather put it, “If you kept your nose clean, you could do a lot of things you couldn’t do in America.” His family had money, so they were well-insulated from the political chaos of the day. But I would say that there were probably some parts of Shanghai and China where they wouldn’t be welcome unless they were running guns or engaged in some other activity that would serve the interest of a warlord or the Green Dragon Tong, which was very powerful at that time as well.

        • Dave Reams

          Fascinating!

      • chukicita

        Oh, my favorite is the ‘blood brother’ story. Because the whole blood brother thing is a Hollywood construct. Just to make sure, I called my acquaintance John, who was director of Blackfeet Studies at Blackfeet Community College on the rez in Browning, MT, to ask if there was any possibility the story was true.

        I could hear his eyes roll over the phone.

        When Hub was coming up in MT, sacred buffalo… and Natives… were being shot from trains for sport. The friendship of an NDN elder and a snot-nosed little white kid, and being sealed by a nonexistent ritual, is about as likely as Hubbard being Maitreya.

      • PickAnotherID

        The book, and Steve McQueen movie, “The Sand Pebbles” is set in 1926-1927 and gives a pretty good description of the “gunboat” dipolomacy, and internal conflict between the war lords and communists, that was going on around that time. No way an American teenager would have been roaming through that on his own and come home alive.

        • Dave Reams

          I’ve been reading the autobiography and biographies of Marine General Smedley Butler who commanded in China at the time. At the time Westerners were holed up in highly defended areas unable to venture about. After one Chinese attack on a Western area, rescuing marines found a lone man, an engineer, quivering in the basement with the “women and children” while the men were on the roof with guns. That man, Herbert Hoover, would later rue the day he tried to court marcial Butler (for insulting el Duce! )

          I thought of the Sand Pebbles too!

    • ze moo

      Lron besmirches the good name ‘evil carrottop’. There is only one true Carrottop. All Hail Carrottop!!!!!
      F5

  • Good news about the billboard. It’s not over until it’s over, but here’s hoping.

  • A new low, even for the GOP, which created Donald Drumpf.
    The GOP said Tammy Duckworth doesn’t ‘stand up’ for vets. The problem? She lost her legs — in Iraq.
    The tweet was deleted about 10 minutes later. Why? Duckworth is a veteran. In fact, she lost both her legs while serving in Iraq, then came back and worked as an assistant secretary in the Department of Veterans Affairs.
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/wp/2016/03/08/the-gop-said-tammy-duckworth-doesnt-stand-up-for-vets-the-problem-she-lost-her-legs-in-iraq/

    But they will defend their statement to the end.

    • Frodis73

      They never fail to amaze and disgust me.

      • Malice and stupidity.
        At least we know where they stand, and who they are.

    • ze moo

      I sent that link to HBO’s “Last Week Tonight”. I think only Lewis Black can muster the anger needed to spread that story, but John Oliver will do.

      • I have a recording of George W. asking for the audience to “give a big hand” to a guy who had both hands blown off in his war.
        Clowntime is over.

    • Robert Eckert

      At his victory press conference, the Donald tried to hawk his Trump Steaks, a venture we thought had folded a long time ago. Is that what you would call “red meat for the base”?

      • He did? Really?

        • Robert Eckert

          Along with his Trump Water, to refute Romney’s assertion that his business ventures keep failing.

          • Everything he touted there was a lie.
            http://mashable.com/2016/03/09/donald-trump-infomercial/#bchSBEuFFZqM
            The only problem was, the steaks weren’t actually Trump Steaks. In fact, they said Bush Brothers on them.

            Village Springs bottles private labels for various convenience stores, grocery stores, and has many distributors that offer home delivery.”
            So basically, Trump Natural Spring Water is the same water you can buy at a gas station.

            Also, Trump Winery appears to be affiliated with Trump’s son Eric and not with Trump himself:

            Trump Magazine folded in 2009. It looked like this.
            Etc., etc., etc.

            • Robert Eckert

              “Bush Brothers”! Well isn’t that special…

      • Turns out that every product to he touted was fraudulent. Can’t find the article right now.

  • nottrue

    When the billboard goes up … “It is time to call “

  • Acherontia

    GOOD NEWS!
    Time for wine. I dedicate my glass (styrofoam coffee cup) of wine (dregs of wine from a bottle that’s been sitting on the work kitchen counter, open, for an indeterminate amount of time) to this good news. Let’s hope it stays that way and gets its airtime.

  • ze moo

    Having Jamie DeWolf getting on the cans with Jessie Prince is the very definition of insouciant. And a very good approximation of a sec check. How in the world of electrons can anyone put trust in 2 chromed cans connected to an Ohmmeter by alligator clips? Resistance is not futile, it is the law.

    My spies report that the ‘who am I’ TV ad aired at 5:45 on Buffalo’s channel 7 again. It does appear that the clams are running it for a 3rd week. Any good megachurch can tell you that you shouldn’t spend all your time preaching to choir. But in the case of the clams, no one else is listening.

  • Observer

    I couldn’t decide which one, so here they all are. I wonder if she’ll be celebrating Leah Remini today?

    refresh

    • daisy

      She can*t even further her own acting career.
      Maybe you should consider surgery.
      She either had surgery for loose skin or the best spanx in the world.
      Do not worry about the women , release the lemurs.

    • she promoted an acting school of one of her bff’s… this is the woman who held the ‘council of clam harpies’ at her house when they heard about Leah blowing if I remember rightly… a few pics from her twitter feed

      • Observer

        Yep, Leah’s former friend

  • Mighty Korgo of Teegeeack

    Please go to Amazon and write a review of “What is Scientology?”. Right now even the negative review are positive. Things like and I paraphrase, “A good book but read Dianetics instead”. http://www.amazon.com/What-Scientology-L-Ron-Hubbard/dp/1573181226/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1457481346&sr=8-1&keywords=what+is+scientology

    • chukicita

      You might mention the passages that pertain to celebrities who have left and spoken out about their experience in Scientology. 😀

    • SucculentDuck

      About the Author:
      “More importantly, there are millions of people around the world who consider they have no greater friend.”

      Yikes

    • HillieOnTheBeach

      Yet, a 4 star-er had this to say:

      “I bought this book, but never read it yet. It is in my garage somewhere.
      It did come as stated so I guess that is what I can say.”

      Lol

      • Mighty Korgo of Teegeeack

        I put up a review and someone flagged it (I suppose) as not being about the book but being about Scientology. It was taken down. That is why so many of the reviews are positive. It was taken down certainly within ten minutes.

        • Juicer77

          Sounds like our friendly Miss Lovely reviewer from the other day. I love to let those stand as a glaring example of Co$ mindscrew.

    • noseinabk

      Anyone who is on amazon please check this review as helpful.
      By Avid Reader
      This review is from: What Is Scientology? (Paperback)
      I received a copy of this book back in 1993 as a gift from a friend we’ll call Reggie. Reggie was always hounding me to donate more and more money to Scientology but never giving me anything practical in return. Finally, he gave me a copy of this book when it was first published. Wow, was I impressed! Unlike regular books, this one has many and varied uses, such as:

      1. Flyswatter-at nearly 7″X10″ it is an extremely effective flyswatter. During the first summer I owned it, not one fly could escape it’s 800+ page bulk. Also good for swatting ants, beetles, and other back yard critters.
      2. Height Enhancer-at almost 2″ thick, it makes the perfect prop to even out heights for photos. Did your wife, girlfriend or chairman of the board suddenly decide to wear extra tall heels to an important photo session? No problem, just stand on What is Scientology? and you’ll be fine.
      3. Wards Off Evil Spirits-I live close to a large university campus and receive a lot of unscheduled visitors at my front door. But with What is Scientology? displayed proudly under my arm, those pesky Mormon missionaries just say “have a nice day!” and move on to the next house.
      4. Halloween Costume Accessory-when paired with a bright yellow Scientology Volunteer Minister t-shirt, this book completes a costume that your friends will be talking about for years to come. Never again go trick or treating without it!
      BONUS FEATURE: once you purchase your copy of What is Scientology? you are automatically sent a lifetime supply of kindling for your fireplace (AKA Scientology promotional literature) each andevery month…forever! What is Scientology? is truly the gift that keeps on giving.

      If you’re looking for a book with 1001 uses, but never needs reading, you could do a lot worse than What is Scientology?

      • Juicer77

        “chairman of the board” LOL! Beautiful job, Avid Reader!!

  • Observer
    • aegerprimo

      …………….

      • Juicer77

        LOL

    • outraged

      WTF? LRH on pajamas?
      LIfe is so complicated I can’t tell if this is a joke or for real. lol
      This one is really strange:

      • Observer

        It’s for real

        • outraged

          Who the hell is Michael Burk?

          • Observer

            An artist/photographer in New York, I think.

            I think those shorts would be positively fetching on Jimmy.

            • outraged

              does he have nice hips?

          • SucculentDuck

            is this Jeopardy? yay! okay, your question is: this designer/artist/photographer is about to get sued into oblivion by Scientology for trademark infringement

            • Observer

              Depends on whether Scientology owns the copyright to those pics.

            • SucculentDuck

              doesn’t matter, the point is to discourage not to win ;P

              (edited to ask: who else would have the rights to those pics now? if the original photog has died by now, and supposing the church doesn’t, does that automatically make them public domain?)

            • Observer

              I wish I knew

            • aegerprimo

              It is my feeling that Michael Burk is a Scientologist…. otherwise WHY would an artist put L Ron Hubbard’s unattractive face all over clothing and THEN name it “LRH is my BFF”
              My thought.

            • SucculentDuck

              doubtful since he’s using #XENUROXMYSOX in his decriptions

            • Observer

              He also put “Xenu rox” on the clothing, and his photography business appears to cater to a gay clientele.

            • outraged

              That’s what I thought, he MUST be a Scientologist. Who ELSE would put LRH on their butt.

            • Observer

              Not with this printed on it:

              F5

            • L. Wrong Hubturd

              J & D all the way.

          • aegerprimo

            Very good question. I used Google and can only find that he is a graphic designer based in Berlin Germany.

        • Enturbulated Masterbator

          Fo’ rizzle?!

        • SucculentDuck

          !!!

      • aegerprimo

        Oh, I thought those were underwear.

      • Kim O’Brien

        can he custom make a bunch of sarongs for HowdyCon ??

      • JanInThePan

        That face, so close to a crotch?? Who would even?

    • flyonthewall

      I have a b-day coming up in a few months. Hint hint

    • Frodis73

      These are hilarious…if I had extra cash around I’d get something just to be a smart ass. I have a feeling the church will get wind of this and stop him from making these soon.

    • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

      I want that robe. I want to wrap myself up with the master of word salad after every cleansing.

      No, gods, no, I don’t want that at all. What am I saying?! Now I really do need a shower.

    • L. Wrong Hubturd

      Whoever gets the first item from this collection HAS to send a selfie into the Bunker. Deal?

    • Free Minds, Free Hearts

      Whoa!!!

    • Graham

      Do they do toilet paper?

    • Juicer77

      Now, that’s funny!!

    • Juicer77

      This is HILARIOUS! This man is a genius. If the photos are public domain there ain’t a thing the Co$ can do against him. LRH = public goofball. Perfect!!

  • jazzlover

    In other news, Charles Barkley continues to entertain. LOL. Here’s a direct quote from the Turner-CBS NCAA Tournament Media Day today:

    “All politics is rich people screwing poor people. Poor people are too stupid to know they’re just chess pieces in a game,” Barkley said. “All the poor white people, all the poor black people, all the Hispanics, they’re in the same boat. They’ve got no economic opportunities. They spend all their time blaming each other because rich people throw words at them like illegal immigration and racism and things like that. If poor people ever get smart, and realize we should band together, rise up, instead of fighting each other, we probably can make a difference.”

    • SucculentDuck

      he had me all the way up until “we”

      • jazzlover

        LOL. He musta lost all his money at the craps table the night before.

  • Cars

    Louis Theroux’s My Scientology Movie also about to be released in other countries.

    https://twitter.com/louistheroux/status/707342434775207937

    • salin

      Woo hoo! More exposure, more “wtf” realizations, and more chances for under-the-radar still-in (but discontents) to encounter information (by seeing the movie – or reading about the movie – or reading comments about the movie) that might move that ‘discontent’ to action.

    • Juicer77

      Beep beep! 🙂 Good news!!

  • Things Real Judges Have Said About #Scientology 16

  • Observer
  • Observer

    Sorry, i don’t mean to spam, but this is a shooper master class!

    http://cheezburger.com/747013/awesome-photoshop-trolling

  • salin

    Aurora post to remind folks to consider ‘upvoting’ Tony’s UB post today and the ensuing conversation. The Recommend = and upvote. It is just below the comment count, and to the upper left of the dialogue box.

    This photo is from yesterday – from the coast of Norway between Tromso and Hammerfest. I post it with memories of my Mother. We took this trip in mid November of 2011 – in hopes of seeing the Aurora’s. We didn’t see them – but found a deep appreciation of sky watching and noticing subtle differences in the sky.

    This summer we briefly considered another trip to see family in Norway, and ‘chase the Auroras’ this January. Life interrupted that plan.Even after we knew we couldn’t take that trip – because her health became unstable, it became our joking code for her health seeming stronger and more stable. Days before she suffered a massive stroke (and passed a few days later), we hugged after a really good physical therapy session, and I asked (not seriously, but in our code): “So can we talk about that trip to Norway?”

    Today’s Aurora post – from one of the coastal ships along the Norwegian coast – I share a photo of what Mom and I had hoped to share/experience. And vicariously I get to see and share.

    http://spaceweathergallery.com/indiv_upload.php?upload_id=123376&PHPSESSID=gqm19bk1q61b470bffbs93sfh3

    • Rasha

      Orion and the Seven Sisters in that pic…. <3 So happy you got to share the sky with your Mother.

      • salin

        What a cool catch per the stars also in the pic.

        Grief works in stages, thankful that I have moved from regret from what we didn’t get to do, to deep appreciation of what we did get to do. That shift lets me respond – Booya! For that sky watching trip, and the shared change view of the sky scape. <#

        • Rasha

          Yes. It was my Dad, who passed a year ago last Saturday, who helped me see how amazing the world and the skies are, and the grief is still like waves – some small and calm, some unexpectedly large, but all good. The skies and waves are still there, and are still the ones we looked at. 🙂

          • salin

            (((Rasha)))

    • jazzlover

      Something ethereal from my favorite Norwegian musician, guitarist Terje Rypdal, in honor of your mom and the stars:

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7jcrD3cHpaw

      • L. Wrong Hubturd

        Lots of great music from the ECM label for sure. Except Jarrett.

        • jazzlover

          You crazy, dude. Best label on the planet: Two of my “go-to’s” are “Bright Size Life” and “Gateway”. I listen to ’em both at least once a week. Let’s go “backwoods” for a second:

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HTGiT6-Oahc

      • skiesareblue

        This is stunning, love it.

        • jazzlover

          It’s great, isn’t it? Rypdal’s a master — he been at it for almost 50 years. That was recorded back in 2003 at a jazz festival in Norway. Stick with me, kid. I have music for any occasion 🙂

    • PerpetualOutflow

      So sorry about your mother. Surmising she did much to inculcate in you your incredible love of natural beauty and mystery. Thank you much for the inspiring and helpful reminder you give us all every night.

    • skiesareblue

      How beautiful, salin. My great-grandmother came from Melhus, near Trondheim, and you probably passed close to her village on your trip. I would love to visit there some day.

      • salin

        Very small world. I hope you get to make that trip.

    • Ella Raitch

      Heard at work today that the southern aurora was visible from my part of the world yesterday and immediately thought of you!

      • salin

        Aw. Thanks Ella Raitch. There was a gorgeous shot from New Zealand on Monday that made it’s way to the NASA/Spaceweather aurora gallery.

  • Qbird

    It’s International Women’s day? I did not know that.
    Check this: https://youtu.be/gXGfngjmwLA

    • Frodis73

      *tears* What an amazing story.

  • Supper Powers

    Hi. The story about the kidnapping and murder of my friend’s daughter is on ID Channel right now….

    • salin

      Deep sympathy for your friend, her daughter, her family, and all those who loved her.

      On Eastern time (and have an early am rise time), so I can’t try to watch now. What is the name of the episode, so I can search for it online, or find if I can get it ‘on demand’ through my cable company.

      • Supper Powers

        Must Find Mickey on See No Evil. Her story was told on Dateline and Southern Fried Homicide, too.

    • Free Minds, Free Hearts

      I am so sorry about your friend, Supper Powers, how tragic.

  • L. Wrong Hubturd

    In case y’all missed it, Mike Rinder has a nice post up today about what a genuine church experience is all about.

    http://www.mikerindersblog.org/real-humanitarians/

    • Bruce Ploetz says
      March 8, 2016 at 10:17 am

      To become super-human you have to leave your humanity behind.

      Unfortunately the compassion, passion and dismay of being human is
      all that you really have. When you have left that behind, when you have
      surpassed humanity to stretch forth your hand to grasp the divine, it is
      more likely Satan’s grip you feel than an angel’s. Angels love you as
      you are.

      The dream of the Uber-mensch is actually a nightmare, bereft of
      humanity, drenched in the nihilistic fervor of inhumanity. It is the
      concept that a human can become an elite being, can have concerns that
      trump the petty needs of mere mortals, that the ends justify the means,
      that make earth hellish enough to pass for the real Hell as Hubbard
      famously observed.

      Hubbard made it worse by promising that a human could become homo
      novis. Homo Sapiens is what we are, in all the glory and messy striving
      that it is to be human.

      Let us not disconnect from our fellow humans, friends, family,
      associates, countrymen, all, to follow some idealist inhuman dream. Too
      much suffering lies down that road.

      If any heed my advice, (don’t know why you should, I am just an old
      ex-SO from the Int Base who has seen too much elitist insanity to
      recount) I say try to stay connected and help who you can. In the long
      run that is what the churches and families and groups are all really all
      about, folks who feel for others getting together to do what they can.

      • Dice

        Thats a very good description on what is going on – and when you find out your not going to be a superhuman you are left with in-humanity and basically gone raving mad. (stolen)

    • I am not familiar with that church, but it sounds like a bunch of nice people with no other agenda.

  • Arbitration card played:

    Arbitration for worker allegedly fired for not attending Scientology classes March 8, 2016, Hillary Jackson, MyNewsLA

    Previously:

    DOX: Woman sues Pasadena company for forcing Scientology on her December 10, 2015, Tony Ortega, Underground Bunker

    • Douglas D. Douglas

      Unbelievable.

      I just spent twenty minutes scrolling back through comments to see if anybody had posted about this, then scrolled up to Newest Comments to find this…!

      AND… the three-month-old comment thread on Tony’s original post has been visited by a lame Scientologist whose Confront consists of dropping comments in dead threads. What a brave display of the awesome, awesome Tech!

      • The Scientology Secular Justice Chief is her only terminal!

      • Dice

        That dude is a lost soul trying to make something out of nothing.

      • Free Minds, Free Hearts

        Good confront and shatter!

      • Juicer77

        Whenever I look back at an archived post, I check the latest comments. Troll droppings everywhere.

    • Free Minds, Free Hearts

      It looks like the cult company lawyers are arguing for arbitration, and ask the judge to dismiss the suit – but they just filed the papers and the judge hasn’t ruled yet. They say her contract calls for arbitration, which supersedes the federal and state laws against religious discrimination. I don’t think that is correct, but this must be a settled area of employment law – this can’t be the first time it has come up.

      For example, a fifteen second internet search by a nonattorney (me) leads to this which is sort of related- http://www.eeoc.gov/eeoc/history/35th/thelaw/supreme_court.html says “In Alexander v. Gardner-Denver Co., the Supreme Court rules that an employee who submits a discrimination claim to arbitration under a collective bargaining agreement is not precluded from suing his or her employer under Title VII. The court reasons that the right to be free of unlawful employment discrimination is a statutory right and cannot be bargained away by the union and employer.”

    • Frodis73

      I hope they throw the book at them.

      • BeezleBobby

        Preferably What Is Scientology.

    • guy being sued: Wayne Chin, Owner, Lusida Rubber Products…. wasn’t there a story about him mentioned in the comments here a couple of weeks ago… something about WISE or something?

      • Frodis73

        I seem to remember that too…possibly in a flyer here or at Rinder’s site.

  • Liberated

    Totally O/T, For some reason I tuned in to check out “The People v OJ ” show. I watched the 1st episode, and some of the 2nd, so maybe I just wanted to try again to make sure it really was as bad as I thought. Well, it is. In fact it’s unbearable. Travolta ‘s performance was described as Kabuki theatre, that is accurate. The actors I usually like were disappointing. The only way this would have been watchable would’ve been the silhouette of Tom Servo and the gang in the lower left hand corner.

    • Juicer77

      Hear, hear!! I watched the first travesty (the real thing). That was enough.

  • Baby

    *** I was sure I wasn’t going to go to Howdyconbecause of my grandkids Vollyball game in Florida.. Then found out Their date.. and I could do both..

    NOW MY GRANDDAUGHTER asked if she could come to visit me before her Vollyball game. It looks like I may NOT be able to go after all.. sigh.. but You know kids come first with the Critics. I would love to be with you all.. all of you.. sigh..

    but I can not disappoint my 16 year old. She’s never been here before. I always go there. Shit I even paid for my Airline tickets..and NO reimbursement. xoxo love baby

    • Understood. Family is first.

      • Baby

        I was trying to figure it out logically .. so I could do both. But it overlapped.. and there was just no question about it.

        • I will slapp Jimmy for you.

          • Baby

            OMG Yes.. but NOT a PPffffffffffft I only reserve them for Scientologists..WHO GET IN MY GRILL.

            • So gentle ass slap it is.

            • Baby

              NOT TOO GENTLE.

        • MrsLurksALot

          Hey, baby. Just wanted to tell you I miss you! Grandmothers are special.i loved mine so much and miss her everyday. I also cherish our memories together. Enjoy your time with your granddaughter and don’t worry one bit about it. I’m still trying to figure out if Mr.LaLand I can even make it to Cleveland. Only issue is we’d have to do it on the DL, as ALL our family is in that area. IDK. Take care, girl!

          • Baby

            Smooches.. xox Holly.. Just follow your gut honey.

            • MrsLurksALot

              Smooches right back ‘atcha. i have to follow my gut and my bank account, if you know what I mean. :/

            • Baby

              Absolutely.. I am spending so much $ lately it’s like I’m printing it in the basement. errrrrrrrrrgh…xoxo baby

    • Free Minds, Free Hearts

      Baby you are so right – family comes first for all of us in the Bunker.

      • Baby

        Free.. absolutely.. For a 16 year old to want to spend time with her ( OLD) grandma is very special to me.

        • Free Minds, Free Hearts

          🙂

          • Baby

            Where we live is NOT exactly ” Spring Break ” environment..hahhaa..

        • Mark Foster

          My grandma on my Dad´s side was Da Bomb. When I visited her in the summers of my childhood, I would bring my books and writing paper(I was-and am-a bookworm)up to her room and we´d sit and read and talk for hours. Enjoy your grand-daughter, Baby!

          • MrsLurksALot

            Grandmothers are so special. 🙂

            • Baby

              My fondest memories are with my Grandma Miller.. She was your typical Cookie baking lemonade serving..apron wearing ..bun wearing grandma.. Always had lots of hugs and kisses..

              and always felt safe and loved around her. Thanks Holly.. xox

          • Baby

            I am a Book worm too Mark. It sounds like you have beautiful memories with your grandmother. You can never take those memories away.. and during dark times your mind just reverts back to them.

            When we moved to Florida one of the most difficult things for me to adjust to was being away from my grandbabies.

            Thank you for your support.. I can’t wait.

            • Mark Foster

              big smile 🙂

    • Frodis73

      I’m very disappointed Baby, but I understand. Bummer about the non refundable tix too. You will be missed very much, but we will toast to you.

      • Baby

        OH PLease toast to me.. doggie..

    • Tony Ortega

      Bring the granddaughter to Cleveland, fer crissakes. And stop yer whinin’.

      • Frodis73

        I like this idea!!

      • You think you can just post around as a Mod and not, order people around and post daily posts.
        Ty

        • Baby

          Yeah Dodo!

      • Baby

        Tony… OK.. She has Vollyball in Orlando. She is flying to Florida with my daughter and her hubby to go to that. So the Weekend before the VB game is HowdyCon..

        And they ALL are going to come to MY house.

        I’m trying to stop the Whinin but the Hand Bite..giving the dog away.. and then the R word.. Just has done me in..

        I’m trying.. I have been behaving Mr. The timing suxks..

        • chukicita

          Let them stay at your house while you’re at the ‘con. You’ll be back in time for the game, right?

          • Baby

            OH Chuk.. My airline tickets were for 5 days.. Thurs- MON. I wasn’t just going to hop in and hop out. I wouldn’t want to be gone away that long knowing I could be with them.

      • Baby

        Mark my words..I RUE the day you used the word FER .. Just sayin

      • Rasha

        …and thus, a new State Motto was born. I can just see that on Ohio license plates, the “Welcome to Ohio” road signs…. “Now Entering OHIO – Bring The Granddaughter To Cleveland Fer Crissakes. And Stop Yer Whinin’.

        • Baby

          Hahahhahahhahaha.. I just woke up and this Made my day already..

  • MaxSpaceman

    March 9, 2016
    Rewrite Update:

    For a new and fast-growing religion. Do not fail to use the best lines written since L Ron El Rey Hisself dropped the body:

    “We sit — as Sceintologists — at the intersection of Science (Drive) and Spirituality (Way)

    “On the front porch of infinity.”

    Best,

    Andy
    G.E.P.

  • found a little more info about OJ’s prosecutor, Marcia Clark:

    Here’s Toobin’s short version, for example, of the points of interest regarding Clark’s two marriages, which Charles Dickens could have never invented in 50 books: First husband Gaby Horowitz was a professional backgammon player (and hustler, according to many), who she divorced in 1979 to marry Gordon Clark, aged 22, one month later. They had met at Scientology meetings (though she never joined the church) and were wed by a lay minister of the Church. In 1989, her first husband Horowitz was accidentally shot in the head (and survived, if in a semi-vegetative state) while cleaning his guns with the same Scientology minister that married Clark and her second husband. And the Scientology minister’s lawyer during the investigation into the accidental shooting? Robert Shapiro.

    http://www.ew.com/recap/the-people-v-oj-simpson-american-crime-story-episode-6

    … so in essence Travolta’s character defended a scientologist…. wonder if that played a part in his choice to take on the role?

  • Xenu is my Homeboy

    John Alex Wood’s (infamous UK scientologist) father has died
    https://twitter.com/Independent/status/707480457802354688

    • Mark

      How very disappointed in his son he must have been.

      • Graham

        He spoke out against there-was-no-holocaust conspiracy theorists. Ironic that his son should have bought into Scientology’s “evil psychs caused the holocaust” conspiracy theory,

        [Edited for clarity]

    • Andrea ‘i-Betty’ Garner

      This is definitely John Alex Wood’s father, XEMH?

      “Mr Wood said his father had spoken to him of his wartime experiences as a child in the 1970s but had felt prompted to speak out publicly in recent years because of the rise of Holocaust denial.

      He told The Independent: “He became very active in the last few years – he could not bear Holocaust deniers.”

      How does Scientology’s stance that the Holocaust was caused by psychiatrists sit with John Alex Wood’s apparent pride in his father’s deeds?

      • Xenu is my Homeboy

        Biological father, yes. He was adopted by Ken Wood (of mixer fame).

      • Bunker Buggy Betsy

        Crazy-making, isn’t it? Scientologists are in lock step with a single crazy man who had master race ideals. How Wood compartmentalizes his adulation of Hubbard with his father’s work is a tribute to the grotesque and effective brainwashing by the cult. Terrifying!

  • Dave Reams

    Harlem ideal org ??? Stats down? “Wassa mattuh wit you hat?”

  • Chee Chalker

    Hello? Is there anybody in there??
    (Just nod if you can hear me, is there anyone at home?)
    I get worried when there’s no post at 7am/6 CST…..

    • Richard Grant

      *nods*

    • kemist

      I made bacon but I eated it.

    • Victor

      Tony is busy, updating an 800-page book that will present the “history, background,
      beliefs, practices, churches and social betterment (community) programs”

      • Chee Chalker

        Oh snap! It’s early, but that’s the Comment of the Day! (the COD)

  • TonyOrtega

    Sorry. Time set wrong. Story up now.

    • Chee Chalker

      Just as long as you’re okay 🙂