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Leah Remini: Scientology’s new attack has a Katie Holmes angle they aren’t talking about

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[A dapper David Miscavige finally takes a swing at Leah Remini]

 
Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath premiered Tuesday night to the highest ratings for an A&E series debut in two years. The audience of 2.1 million viewers even outpaced the 1.65 million who tuned in last year for the debut of HBO’s 2015 Scientology documentary Going Clear.

How would Scientology respond? Leah says she learned the answer to that as she was doing press for her show in New York yesterday afternoon. “I was just about to go on the Dr. Oz show and they showed me the website,” she told us last night by telephone after she’d landed back in Los Angeles.

She was referring to the website titled “Leah Remini • Aftermath: After Money” that popped up some time yesterday morning. Its main copy is labeled “Statement of the Church of Scientology,” even if the rest of it doesn’t really resemble what the church’s official sites look like. But that connection is pretty obvious once you start reading.

Leah Remini’s “reality” show, like her last one, is nothing more than a scripted, rehearsed, acted and dramatized work of fiction. She and the other anti-Scientologists in her program have been expelled from the Church for unethical conduct.

We’d recognize that sneering tone anywhere.

When Leah Remini’s memoir Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology came out last year, the Church of Scientology’s response was surprisingly muted. The most the church could manage as return fire was to put out a one-page press release that also sneered at Leah like a schoolyard taunt…

“She needs to move on with her life instead of pathetically exploiting her former religion, her former friends and other celebrities for money and attention to appear relevant again.”

It was nothing like the extensive (and expensive) campaigns the church has waged against Going Clear director Alex Gibney, or against Ron Miscavige and his memoir Ruthless, which came out in May. Gibney’s film was met with full-page ads in New York and Los Angeles denouncing Going Clear as unfair and biased, and Gibney was personally attacked in slick videos made at Scientology’s sophisticated studios. Ron Miscavige, meanwhile, has been hit with months of sleazy attacks on a website that’s clearly the work of the church but contains no identifying information about its origins.

Until yesterday, Leah had escaped that kind of treatment, and it was a bit of a mystery why. But now, Remini has her very own personal attack site, which has been one of Scientology leader David Miscavige’s favorite forms of revenge going back several years.

The website’s main message is very similar to the language in letters that Scientology spokeswoman Karin Pouw was sending to A&E executives for the last few months. (We published one of Karin’s longer exhortations about Leah last week, and then we published the letters that Leah’s attorney sent the church, demanding a retraction and $1.5 million in damages.)

The website also features videos that seem very familiar. One of them is an updated attack on former Scientology spokesman Mike Rinder, calling him a “wife beater.” (Rinder has addressed those allegations at length at his own website.) And another video features Scientology executives taking shots at their former colleague, Amy Scobee, who was the focus of Tuesday night’s episode. Her former co-workers have so many mean things to say about her work performance, it makes you wonder why Miscavige kept promoting Amy for years until she was one of the highest ranking officials in the organization. What a puzzle.

The Rinder and Scobee videos are in the same mold as vids that took aim at Alex Gibney and Going Clear, and they use the same voiceover artist as narrator. She’s Jana Sheldon (who also spells her last name Shelden), and if you’re an Animal Planet fan, you might recognize her distinctive style.

 
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[Jana Sheldon]

 
Compare this short segment from one of the Gibney videos with this excerpt from the Animal Planet show Fatal Attractions.

We first learned about Jana’s involvement in Scientology’s smear videos last year and sent a message to church spokeswoman Karin Pouw with some questions about it. She never responded.

But it’s the website’s lead video that we were most interested in. Rather than produce a similar slick Jana Sheldon-narrated video attack on Leah Remini, the church instead has provided a short statement from two Scientologists, Todd and Cristin Woodruff.

 
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In the video, Todd and Cristin talk about being tracked down by Leah with the use of private investigators, just like Leah accuses the church of doing. Here’s the full transcript of what they have to say…

Todd: I used to work for the church. I decided to raise a family. I’m still a church member. I don’t work for the church anymore. Leah Remini called me on the phone and I had not given my number to her or, hadn’t communicated with her for quite some months. And I asked her, how did you get this number? And she said that she had had me tracked down, had my residence tracked down and knew where I was living. And that she had my phone number tracked down. And, you know, we were dealing with a lot at the time and, you know, I had a new job and trying to get settled. And she kept insisting that the church was the one saying that I couldn’t be in touch with her, which was, couldn’t be further from the truth. No one from the church had ever told me not to talk to Leah Remini.

Cristin: We had an instance at my house where I was actually getting dressed in my bedroom and I looked out the window and there was someone taking pictures outside my house. And it really startled me. So I called my husband right away and I said, you know, there’s someone taking pictures outside of our house. You know, what do I do? Or what do you think, or whatever. And he said, you know, don’t worry about it. I’ll be home soon, we’ll figure it out, and then it wasn’t but a few weeks later that Leah called Todd and he said, oh how did you get my number, you know, and she said that she had her ways. And I don’t know if the two were connected but somehow, you know, she tracked us down. It just makes me feel uncomfortable, you know, because, you know, I don’t, we don’t live secret lives by any means, but we do like to live somewhat private lives, you know. And we’re really just trying to get on with things and raise our family and, you know, that’s all we’re trying to do.

Todd: You know, to now be treated this way and be tracked down by a private investigator, and have to drag my family into this. And…It’s just not right.

 
Now, if you’ve read Troublemaker, you know that Leah’s own Scientology auditor was a man named Todd, and that her celebrity “handler” was a man named Shane. In fact, Todd and Shane Woodruff are brothers, and for years they were a very important part of Leah’s life.

Both of them were Sea Org members who worked out of the president’s office of the Hollywood Celebrity Centre, and over the years, Leah included them in some of her family’s most important milestones.

Shane Woodruff, for example, can be seen here with Leah and her newborn daughter, Sofia, at a Celebrity Centre gala…

 
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And here’s Todd Woodruff with Sofia at the wedding of Leah’s sister, Shannon…

 
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Leah, Todd, and his wife Cristin, with three other friends, enjoy Sofia’s sixth birthday party…

 
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And here are Todd and Shane at Leah’s 40th birthday party…

 
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As Leah’s auditor, Todd had a very intimate role in her Scientology experience. But Leah wasn’t his only celebrity client.

Todd Woodruff was also the auditor for Katie Holmes.

Katie gamely tried to fit in as a Scientologist after she began dating Tom Cruise in 2005 and then they had their daughter Suri in April 2006. They were then married in a castle in Italy in November 2006, and if you’ve read Leah’s book you know what a critical role that event played in her life.

It was at the wedding that Leah noticed that Tom’s best man, Scientology leader David Miscavige, was canoodling with his personal assistant, and David’s wife Shelly was nowhere to be seen. When she asked about it, Leah was yelled at for daring to ask such a question. Leah later wrote up a report about Miscavige’s behavior at the wedding. Meanwhile, upset at Leah’s impertinence, Katie Holmes wrote up a report about Leah, as did several church officials.

Leah was then subjected to three months of brutal interrogations in Clearwater, Florida, and was billed $300,000 for it. And when she got home, both Todd and Shane Woodruff dealt with the wedding’s aftermath, attempting to “handle” Leah and her upsets.

“Todd’s job was to get me to forgive them for the treatment they had put me through,” Leah says. But over time, Leah began to convince church officials that she had been mistreated in Clearwater. Her $300,000 was even refunded. But it bothered her that the report Katie had written about her was still in her file, and she couldn’t get it removed. And when she would ask Todd about it, he continued to defend Katie for writing the thing.

And he also asked her to stop bringing up David Miscavige’s wife.

“He pulled me outside, where there were no cameras, and he said, ‘I need you to stop asking about Shelly. I don’t have the authority to ask about her, and I need you to stop doing that’.”

And then, six years after the wedding, Katie pulled off a stunning escape, filing for divorce while Tom Cruise was out of the country. Katie’s calculated move caused a firestorm of bad press for Cruise and Scientology, and when that happens, Scientology looks for someone to blame.

Todd Woodruff then faced a difficult question. As Katie’s auditor, someone who should have been questioning her regularly about her most intimate thoughts and secrets, how did he have no clue that she was about to pull off the greatest escape from Scientology in church history?

But Leah says she had her own question for him. The day Katie filed for divorce, she says she called Todd and asked him, “What do you have to say to me now?”

In Troublemaker, Todd answers: “I guess you can expect to have that report taken out of your folder.”

But Leah tells us he also described Katie with a choice anatomical term, and labeled her “1.1.”

In Scientology’s “tone scale of emotion,” someone who is “1.1” — or one-one — is considered “covertly hostile.” In other words, Woodruff was saying that Katie had completely hidden her plans from him because she’d managed to present a pleasant front to him that he couldn’t see through.

But Leah says that made her just as angry as Todd’s constant defense of Katie. “There he was, defending her for six years until she crossed Tom Cruise. And then suddenly she was a piece of shit to them. ‘You should have defended her to the end,’ I told him.”

And then, like Shelly Miscavige and many others, Todd Woodruff was suddenly made to disappear.

After having been a fixture at the Celebrity Centre and handling such important clients, he vanished.

“Todd got busted and kicked out of the Sea Org because of what Katie did. Because anything done to Tom Cruise is the highest crime against humanity,” Leah says. “And the fact that Todd missed that she was planning the great escape, that was the biggest overt [transgression] ever against humankind.”

Concerned about Todd’s disappearance, Leah started asking around about what had happened to him.

“The first thing they told me was that Cristin was pregnant. Oh, well, then let me call them and congratulate them, I said. But then the story changed. They were lying,” Leah says.

Eventually, Shane Woodruff told Leah that his brother had been “removed from the lines” because he had “messed up as an auditor and had committed crimes” against both Leah and Katie.

Leah protested, saying that she didn’t want Todd to be disciplined for something she had done (that she had dared to ask “Where’s Shelly?”).

When she asked Shane to put her in touch with his brother, he told her, “He doesn’t want to talk to you.”

Leah became determined to find out what had happened to her auditor, someone who had been such a big part of her life and practically a member of the family. And that’s why she tracked him down, finding that he’d been moved to Texas. But she says it was just a matter of doing an Internet search and finding a phone number for him. She denies that she hired a private investigator to track down the Woodruffs, and she has no idea who Cristin saw taking photographs of their house. Leah says that to this day, she has no idea where the Woodruffs live. She only ever had a phone number for them.

(We called that number ourselves and left a message last night for Todd. He hasn’t responded yet.)

When Leah reached Todd on the phone, she told him that she’d heard he’d been kicked out of the Sea Org because his auditing had harmed her, and if that was the case, she apologized. She told him that he was the best auditor she’d ever had.

“He broke down and told me, ‘I love you Leah, but you know I can’t talk to you about this’.”

And that was the last she heard from him. Until, that is, he showed up in the video yesterday, talking about her tracking him down.

“I’m only saddened because it’s the first time someone I loved in Scientology is saying something like this about me. I had defended him. But it’s right in line with the way they turn on someone so quickly,” she says. “I feel bad because Todd is such a sweet guy. He was such a dedicated Sea Org member, and to see him do this, and compromise his integrity, I feel heartbroken for him. He knows the truth.”

 
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David Miscavige, a towering thetan of our time

While its new attack website popped up yesterday to go after Leah Remini and her show, at the same time Scientology’s propaganda rag, Freedom, really outdid itself with a “special expansion issue.” And the brain trust over there decided the best way to lavish praise on David Miscavige for being so ecclesiastical was to shoot him like he was a fashion icon in a men’s magazine.

 
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Yeah, that’ll reverse the dwindling spiral.

 
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Spaceman is blasting off, and his cat needs a home

Longtime commenter MaxSpaceman, who lives here in New York, has decided to change his orbit and fire his booster rockets for parts west. But there’s not enough room in his capsule for his rakish companion, Chico, and so we’re trying to get the word out that this handsome young guy — who obviously has great taste in reading material — needs a new permanent home.

Can you help us out? Please drop a line to the fine folks helping Spacemen find Chico new parents at randisrescues@gmail.com

 
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Chris Shelton on ‘Scientology’

 

 
And here’s your proprietor, talking about Leah Remini’s show with KABC 790’s John and Jillian…

 

 
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Go here to start making your plans.

 
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3D-UnbreakablePosted by Tony Ortega on December 1, 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

Our Guide to Alex Gibney’s film ‘Going Clear,’ and our pages about its principal figures…
Jason Beghe | Tom DeVocht | Sara Goldberg | Paul Haggis | Mark “Marty” Rathbun | Mike Rinder | Spanky Taylor | Hana Whitfield

 

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  • Dave Reams

    I’ll say one thing for Diamond Dave Miscavige, he sure nuff looks snazzy in dem 5000 dollah suits! But, wassa matter wit you hat? A Stetson would round out the outfit just fine (and add an inch or two to his fizz eeck … and make him look taller too)

  • Draco

    Todd: ” And, you know, we were dealing with a lot at the time and, you know, I had a new job and trying to get settled.”

    The one true thing he said. It is a lot to deal with when the “religion” you thought you were a part of, kicks you out for nothing you did wrong, but for something dear leader actually started way back in 2006. It is a lot to deal with when you have to start a whole new life with no money and possibly no non-cult experience.
    Possibly this was “suggested” to him as a way of delivering an effective blow to the enemy as he tries to work his way back into their good books?

    • Juicer77

      My thoughts exactly.

    • gtsix

      Of course it was “suggested”. If by “suggested”, he was told he HAD to do it or his “Church” would declare him and his wife suppressive persons.

      • chukicita

        Something else occurs to me. It could easily be ‘suggested’ that not only would you be declared suppressive, but your loved ones’ confessionals would be leaked.

    • Harpoona Frittata

      Todd and Greg Wilhere need to get together and compare notes because they’re both former auditors of TC’s wives whose case was messed up through lil davey the homewrecker’s interference, then thrown under the proverbial bus to take the fall for him!

      In this particular instance, since Leah managed to escape with her whole family with her from $cn’s scheming hands, they had no relatives that they could coerce to speak out against her, so they fell upon her former auditor in a lame and transparently orchestrated effort to project onto Leah the exact same kind of unethical activities (i.e, stalking, harassment, invasion of privacy) that the cult is itself engaged in.

      One wonders, how were Todd and his wife coerced into making their statements? Was he threatened with expulsion from the cult and with the (ulp) prospect of losing his “Eternity” for next 100 million lifetimes? Or does he still have family members, like his brother Shane, still in the cult and was threatened with disconnection from them if he didn’t do $cn’s bidding?

      There’s a much deeper and more revealing story here, I’m sure of it!

      Notice that whenever someone has really got the tiny tyrant’s goat and held his shortarse up to public ridicule he seeks revenge by coercing whoever had a personal or familial tie to the person he blames to sacrifice their own personal integrity by becoming the instrument of his vengeance. It’s a particularly vicious and sadistic move that reveals the truly dark heart of the real Super SP in $cn who has all but destroyed the organization from the inside.

      Exactly how long will it take for still-ins to get that Dear Leader is the true sociopath in their midst, NOT the hundreds, if not thousands, of $cientologists he’s had declared? Vicious megalomaniac sociopaths are nothing new or particularly powerful in their own right. It’s only when they assemble a mob of followers behind them and submit to his absolute control en masse that they become truly dangerous. Thus, waking the fuck up and realizing that the cherch is being led by a sadistic monster who’s not even clever enough to disguise his evil work is exactly what Todd and Shane and Karin and everyone else who’s been kept under the thumb of this incompetent, violent, lying, scheming destroyer of the Cherch needs to do yesterday!

  • Lousy Ratatouille

    “I don’t care what they say …… “, a nice contrast to all the Scientology smear sites in a 1981 song:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0P2a6aLDkkM

  • Today’s post translated into Hubbardian Space Opera . . .

    Miscavige thought he’d had her for sure. This would be his secret weapon if she ever pressed the button. And man, had she pressed it. The USS John Lobb had been dead in space and now she was in pieces. Sea Org bodies floated amid the detritus like so many glittering Popsicles in the hard vacuum.
    Miscavige had climbed aboard the his tiny, luxurious lifeboat, The MacCallan, at the first sign of trouble. With his flagship in tatters he had only one Hail Mary pass left to try.

    The Mini Machiavelli took a deep drag on his Kool and commanded Laurisse to launch the Woodruff Torpedoes at the USS Queen of Kings. They sizzled silently across the void toward the enemy. Surely this would destroy her, or at least cripple her ship. But as he and his Loyal Officer watched in anticipation, their hearts sank as the weapons puffed almost imperceptibly against the vast ship’s shields.

    Admiral Remini swiftly turned her attention toward the firing station “Captain Ortega, fire phact phazers at will!”

    “Where should I aim? The Lobb’s in pieces!” The dashing captain replied, shooing a cat off the console.

    “Just look for some small piece that’s retreating. There! That tiny, gold-encrusted escape pod, target that!”

    Captain Ortega’s sure hands flew over the firing console and the great ship shuddered as the weapons fired.

    He turned to her with a serious expression, “I almost feel sorry for him,” but then a sly smile spread across his face, “I said ‘almost.'”

    EDITED FOR TYPOS

    • Frodis73

      That is all kinds of awesome!

    • Draco

      Which reminds me…still waiting for the next chapter…

      • (Skulks off in shame . . .)

    • Andrea ‘i-Betty’ Garner

      Amazing!

    • Mrs. V.

      “Phact Phazers”. I love it!

    • Juicer77

      *shooing a cat off the console* LOL

  • iampissed

    Why is it always Texas?

  • nottrue
  • Mrs. V.

    Ah yes. The Leader of Mankind’s Only Hope, The Most Ethical People on the Planet and The Only Group Who’s Doing Anything to Clear the Planet is once again blackmailing his members to do his dirty work for him.

    Way to go, Dave. Make sure you get those SPs, even if you have to threaten people who once cared about them very deeply with the loss of their livelihoods, friends and family. LRH said this is what you’re supposed to do, so you have no choice. Right? I mean it’s fine to “invalidate” their wins in order to make more money, even though LRH specifically said invalidation is a great big no-no, but the Fair Game, Disconnection and “Black PR” policies cannot be ignored and must be followed to a T. Seems legit.

    I also love Mike Rinder’s comment on his blog today, about how scientology always labels ex members as “bitter”. You’d have to think that when people watch documentaries, read books and articles explaining all the horrible things that happened to these ex members, it’s no wonder they’re bitter. I think bitter is an excellent adjective and these people have every reason to feel that way.

    • Ann B Watson

      Mrs.V I love your comments.Miss Ann will Now with much Intention say,” I have been bitter as hell & still am,but the winds blow in our favor now.We know the Truth.We lived the Lies.💖

      • Mrs. V.

        Excellent words, Ann. They made me mentally stand up and fist-pump! (I’d do it in real-life but I’m at work)

        • Ann B Watson

          💞💌💝

    • Draco

      Nothing wrong with being bitter when you have been right royally shafted!

      I think if we exes are totally honest, we all have at least some bitterness about being conned by scn. Many of us were in it for decades before the internet and those brave souls who spoke out opened our eyes to the truth. Hell yeah. I’m bitter. I’m especially bitter about what they do to families with disconnection.

      • Mrs. V.

        There’s a lot to be bitter about, and I’m sure the reasons and intensity vary for each ex member.

  • Clear#4213
  • GrangerFX

    Off topic – I have been playing the new Watch Dogs 2 game. It has a cult called New Dawn that the player goes after in the early stages of the game. The names and locations have been changed but it is a total knock off of Scientology. There is even a Tom Cruise character which the player audits. The game got off to a slow start in sales but is doing better in the weeks since it was released. Millions of young players are learning everything they need to know about the COS and this is additional evidence that no one fears the cult any more.

    Here is a video showing the infiltration of a location that looks a lot like the Washington DC org.
    https://youtu.be/fXPUt6VInTc?t=6m33s

    • GrangerFX
    • I have a strong suspicion the game’s authors might be among our lurkers 😉

    • GrangerFX

      You don’t have to watch the whole video. Here is the TC auditing session:
      https://youtu.be/fXPUt6VInTc?t=20m20s

    • Andrea ‘i-Betty’ Garner

      Observer and I have been keeping an eye on Watch Dogs 2 for that reason. It also looks pretty good. Would you recommend it?

      • GrangerFX

        Absolutely. I was not impressed with the game play of the original Watch Dogs but Watch Dogs 2 is amazingly fun. I have completed the main story line now and am having fun just exploring San Francisco. The level of detail rendered on a Playstation 4 Pro is amazing. The best part of the game is the jumper robot and flying drone.

        • Andrea ‘i-Betty’ Garner

          I read you can enable/disable San Francisco’s fog on the PC version which made me laugh 🙂

    • DoveAlexa

      I could tell it was going to be a dead-ringer from the one measly ‘first look’ I watched some youtuber play. Have you ever played Dead Space? The Unitarians are copies as well.

      • GrangerFX

        I have seen the Dead Space movies but only played one of the demos of the game. I prefer open world type games like GTA V (which also has a clone of the COS) and Watch Dogs. In GTA V the Michael character is talked into joining a cult and goes on a long quest to find himself but ends up ripping off the cult leader at the end. It starts with an “Identity Evaluation” like a personality test.
        https://youtu.be/q8v39HUPSrk?t=42s

  • Jeb Burton

    Im listening to Roger and JP on 102.5 the bone and they are talking about Leah. It is interesting because they know next to nothing about Scientology. They are amazed at what they are hearing from callers. A Scientologist is on right now. The callers are all misinformed he says. He’s going with all religions are quirky. He says he has been in 20 years and has never seen anything like what Leah is talking about. Frustrating that they don’t know what questions to ask.

    • Graham

      The Scientologist who reckons we are all misinformed should be encouraged to tell his ‘church’ to sue (Instead of whingeing). Then he/she would find out for certain who’s misinformed.

  • Iconoclast Six
  • flyonthewall

    Those pix of Miscavige are going to provide Elle with at least a year’s worth of wanking material.

    • Andrea ‘i-Betty’ Garner

      Cut-Price GQ Man.

    • Kim O’Brien

      oh god . the though of him being in someones spank back ……ugh .

  • Todd Tomorrow

    Todd: Am I the only one locked out of the smear videos?

    • Draco

      No. I was too. I went to the actual website, much as I hated to…

      • Todd Tomorrow

        I couldn’t find the second one. Thanks but Tony would blow a gasket if I asked you for the second link.

  • Porterville Putz

    New here but just wanted to say how much I enjoy this site.

    Especially the comments.

    • Username

      Welcome!

    • welcome, there will be good times and bad times, but you will not be disappointed

      • Porterville Putz

        Thanks SD.

      • flyonthewall

        way to put the pressure on, Duck

        • good point. should i strike “not be disappointed” and revise to “eventually read some stupid bullshit that pisses you off to the point of an epic rage quit” ?

          • flyonthewall

            neh, let’s string him along for a bit

      • thetastic

        A tale of two bunkers….

    • Andrea ‘i-Betty’ Garner

      Hi OP, great to meet you 🙂

      • Porterville Putz

        Hi Andrea.

    • Jeb Burton

      Hope you make it through the hazing. If I were you, I’d get out while you can.

      • Jimmy3

        GO SUCK AN EGG JEB

        • Jeb Burton

          Hey, I’m just trying to warn him. I don’t think he knows about the billion year contract Tony requires.

          • chukicita

            *eyeroll*

      • Porterville Putz

        I was in a fraternity a long time ago. I can handle it. Nice folks here.

        • Jeb Burton

          I was voted most popular Bunkerite in 2015, and I’m here to help. Good luck.

          • Porterville Putz

            Thanks.

            • Jeb Burton

              No problem. It’s why I’m universally loved and admired. Heaven knows how I stay so humble.

            • NOLAGirl (Stephanie)

              *whistles*

              Hey…sweetie!! My drink needs refilling. 😀

            • Porterville Putz

              The key I’ve found on internet forums is to be nice and most importantly be honest.

            • would you cut me a couple spares of that key real quick? … i misplaced mine recently and wanted to give some out as gifts this holiday season

    • NOLAGirl (Stephanie)

      Welcome to the nuthouse honey. We’re sweet and salty. Have a seat at the bar. ; )

    • vicariousthrill

      welcome! You echo the sentiments of most of us here. This is a wonderful, kind, funny and brilliant group.

    • Juicer77

      Welcome!

    • Ella Raitch

      Wilkommen! Bienvenue! Welcome! Come on in…

  • Jimmy3

    Boy’s Warehouse: You’re gonna like the way you cult. I guarantee it.

  • Andrea ‘i-Betty’ Garner

    I do so hope Max finds a good home for his gorgeous cat. Best of luck in all your endeavours, Max!

  • nottrue
  • stillgrace2

    David Miscavige has decided to double-down on his attack on Leah because he has realized that there are seven more weeks of horror stories yet to be exposed to the world. “Going Clear” on HBO opened the floodgates to a huge, interested audience that are just waiting for next Tuesday.
    I loved it on Mike’s blog when he called the kid “a big crybaby.”

    • Username

      I loved that crybaby comment too!

  • Jimmy3

    I left my TV on A&E, not really paying attention, I just like the background noise… But every now and then my ears perk up when I hear, “THE POPE OF SCIENTOLOGY JUST BEAT THE SHIT OUT OF ME!!!”

    • stillgrace2

      Jimmy, I think we are going to see more of Marc in future show(s). That sentence was a great teaser.
      My new wish is for Debbie Cook to be featured on the show. That could stir the pot, right?

      • Jimmy3

        I don’t think she can, right? She’ll be sued into oblivion.

        • stillgrace2

          I thought of that, but maybe there’s a loophole in her agreement that she could slide through. (I just really wanted to give the kid something scary to think about.)
          BTW, I loved your “LeBron James lands the plane safely” joke the other day.

          • Jimmy3

            Guy is having another monster season… But the Warriors look just as good. It’s a cheap pick but I bet we see Cavs – Warriors again

            • stillgrace2

              I look forward to it.

      • ze moo

        The Headly story is one of the most egregious one in $cieno history. I do hope that Laura DeCrescenzo’s story makes the cut too. Her story needs a lot of attention.

        • stillgrace2

          One of my favorite mental images is Claire sitting on her purse in an airport, refusing to cooperate with the sciloon handlers. I wish Annie Broeker Tidman had the courage to do what Claire did when she was accosted at the airport during her attempted escape.

          Annie’s life would have been so different and hopefully less tragic. Scientology has much to answer for. I hope Laura’s lawsuit opens that door.

      • Missionary Kid

        Debbie may well have a Non Disclosure Agreement as a part of her settlement.

        • stillgrace2

          She and her husband do have an agreement with Co$. (See below)
          They signed the agreement and got BIG BUCKS … now living the life.
          The best ending to a Co$-generated lawsuit ever.

  • Username

    There seems to be a direct relationship between the amount of bad press Scientology receives and the number of (bogus) articles about Tom Cruise leaving Scientology. Sure looks orchestrated to make sure his star stays intact and the gravey train of cash keeps flowing into the coiffures. Coward.

  • Kestrel

    O/T: Looks like Junior is still grounded. This time, it’s the Adventure of the Seas’ lines and stern blocking the Freewinds’ escape. The https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/f106a9054f60b74670f915f1d2a830ab957406aaa12142d4f4e350622d614c98.jpg Carnival Conquest is the other cruise ship.

    • Were you ever a mariner?

      • Kestrel

        You mean like in a past life? Yes, I manned the helm of the HMS Victory, Lord Nelson’s flagship at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805. I didn’t make it out alive. Thanks for the restim.

        • No, in this life.

          • Kestrel

            I helmed a pleasure craft through locks on the River Thames in England. Other than that, it’s just bass boats, pontoon/party boats and canoes for me. Not bad for a raptor, if I say so myself.

            • “I helmed a pleasure craft through locks on the River Thames in England.”
              That’s something.

            • Kestrel

              I’d never encountered a locks system before, so we tied off. As the water level in the lock dropped it was clear I had made a big mistake. We got the lines loosened just in the nick of time. Otherwise, the boat would have been an ornament hanging off the side of the lock. I blame the beverages at the riverside pubs for such an error.

            • Andrea ‘i-Betty’ Garner

              Hahaha!

            • Kestrel

              Oh, I can laugh about it now, but at the time I was trying to impress two rather attractive British Airways flight attendants. One of them was from Maidenhead, which, as I recall, was a source of some amusement. I’m easily amused.

            • Andrea ‘i-Betty’ Garner

              You have the MOST interesting life! It’s so funny that you should bring up “Maidenhead” today. Yesterday we were explaining to the youngest member of staff – early 20s – what that word actually meant in ye olde days of yore when we heard him making arrangements for a delivery there. He thought it was much cooler than “virginity”.

            • Qbird

              XD

            • Yeah. That’s funny, but an easy error to make. You got a story to tell.
              Locks are completely amazing things and have altered the course of mankind.
              Been through a few. Its weird when you’re in one designed for big ships, and you, in a small craft, are the only one going through.

    • chukicita
      • Todd Tomorrow

        I bet the elderly folks being tossed over blindfolded with their wrists tied makes these big cruisers list when people run to that side to study the ancient cult custom of discipline.

      • Juicer77

        LOL

    • Todd Tomorrow

      Floating feed lots.

    • ze moo

      Is the Fleecwinds behind in there moorage payments? Perhaps their liquor distributor hasn’t been paid lately? ‘Fleecy’ isn’t going any where until the big ship leave. I guess all those ‘seminars’ that Fleecy holds haven’t sold out.

      • Kestrel

        It’s routine for the Freewinds to be moored for days at Aruba.

      • JJ

        Name change? Fleecy-Mcfleece-face?

    • Flying High

      No movement until all staff get their locked-up passports back!

      • Kestrel

        Mutiny on the Freewinds?

    • PickAnotherID

      I’ve seen a cruise ship, and the Fleawinds ain’t no cruise ship. Unless they’re calling it one because TC’s been on it.

  • Lousy Ratatouille

    All smear sites and smear videos brought to you by state-of-the-art Scientology Media Productions:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s637-5A9Gro

  • flyonthewall

    If I don’t want to leave the house or brush my hair or take a bath that’s my business

  • Observer
  • Flying High

    I definitely see a well deserved Pulitzer Prize award for our proprietor in the near future! https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/721630fd25474eedb66740ea3a96cbfa62ac4992c48a2cbbe30ac1251e756e9c.png

  • FredEX2
    • Missionary Kid

      I love the image of a slingshot, but I believe that what Leah is launching is more like something out of a Howitzer or even a nuke.

      • Todd Tomorrow

        Remember nukes waste just makes them thrive. What she needs is to hit them in their bank accounts. Not ’cause they are broke but that it might set a precedent.

        • Missionary Kid

          You’re right. End their tax exemption. Money is their goal, and that would definitely drive Davey nuts.

          • chukicita

            This.^^^

    • David/Goliath metaphor noted.

  • Lousy Ratatouille

    “And that she had my phone number TRACKED DOWN.”
    In the old days it seems that people carved their numbers on eachothers’ walls:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_LLS5iL7nT0

  • Katy_Lied

    I read the White Paper on Amy Scobee. I was especially interested in this part:

    “[Amy Scobee’s] lies included:
    – I used to have horses. I’ve never had a horse before…”
    – I’ve said that I know how to play the guitar but I don’t and actually go blank every time I pick it up.
    – I say that my uncle flew the plane that was on the Six Million Dollar Man show… I dont have any idea where that came from, but I don’t think it’s true.
    – I say that I used to take modern jazz lessons and I was good at it. I took lessons for a very short period of time and only remember two steps I learned and cannot dance modern jazz.”

    This is what I thought when reading this: How far back into her folders did they have to go to find these gems? These sound like the agonies of a 12 year old girl, trying to come up with something to confess.

    • GrangerFX

      Such an ethical church respecting the confidentiality of the auditing sessions of their members. If they want to talk about lies, they should start right there.

      • flyonthewall

        when they did the same to Ron Miscavige (except they posted scans of his handwritten O/W’s) JAW said that O/W’s are not auditing sessions so it was ok to post them

        • sizzle8

          Anything in an Ethics folder is covered by the Priest/Penitent privilege and thus confidential. JAW lied – as usual.

          • flyonthewall

            Stuff from Laura DeCrescenzo’s folder was turned over by the cult as evidence in her lawsuit so it can’t be that confidential.

            Not saying it isn’t scummy (to post people’s O/W’s), it is, just saying it’s not really confidential. Lots of people handle those folders, there’s nothing confidential about them.

            • sizzle8

              Well, what policy (and the law of the land) say and what is actually done are two different things.

              https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/c1af5992608f7b71179416d4ebf4fb2e34adc5a2d645df13ea5b558e190b25e3.jpg

            • flyonthewall

              ” Unlike in a Catholic confessional, DeCrescenzo’s auditing sessions were not only recorded by auditors, but those notes were reviewed and shared by case supervisors and other church employees — the church itself admits that some 250 officials compiled or reviewed these notes, which contain intimate secrets about DeCrescenzo’s private life. When she demanded the documents — which fill about 140 folders and were compiled over a decade — the church tried to keep them secret under California law that protects priest-penitent confessions (even though it was the penitent — DeCrescenzo — who wanted the material). The superior court in Los Angeles ruled that because Laura’s notes were shared by so many church employees, that law didn’t apply, and the church has already lost an appeal of that decision.”

              http://tonyortega.org/2013/05/04/scientology-to-california-supreme-court-states-priest-penitent-law-is-unconstitutional/

              The law of the land said that these folders are not confidential and they were turned in as evidence.

            • Princess Squishy

              Yeah they can stamp on it whatever they want, but what actually holds up in court is different.

            • flyonthewall

              and that’s all it is, a stamp. The whole reason why the courts said it wasn’t confidential is bc the cult itself didn’t treat it confidentially. If they had, then the courts may have sided with them and not forced them to turn it over.

              eta – The cult’s own processes and procedures ensure that the folders are not confidential. So many people review and pore over those files, the notion that they’re confidential is absurd. It’s a fig leaf, just like the rest of their religious cloaking.

          • Juicer77

            HELLO IRS – there’s your clear violations of the tax exemption, right there.
            AAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRGGGGGHHHHHHHHH

    • Missionary Kid

      The Chirch of $cientology = The chirch of mean girls.

    • chukicita

      Sounds like stuff a 12 year old girl who is told she has previous lives would make up, too.

      (And anytime Amy wants to learn guitar I will be more than happy to show her!)

    • Ella Raitch

      Or these were statements she made in desperation after being locked under guard for hours on end and being told she must have withholds

    • Free Minds, Free Hearts

      It seems like the kinds of fantasies she may have had when imagining her past lives and for some reason they told her to deny them afterwards.

  • Pierrot

    *** RED X +–+ +–+ RED X *** Thursday, 01 December 2016.

    Good day Bunkeroos,

    JJ is back in Boston, still trying to entice foreign students in the clasp of $cientology.
    He has been absent for more than a year, maybe he thought that we would forget about him.

    Flag the lies, whack a few bait & switch ads : https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1-Kvg78kCcvo5gL7UfPcmhmbsagTNtdj0y2LAiHVFrCU/pubhtml

    New Bunkerites make sure that you read the RedXtips.

    F5…for Praying squirrel by StillGrace, recovered by Cars & flickred by AegerPrimo https://www.flickr.com/photos/120371503@N05/14217098694/in/set-72157642802079293

    • Todd Tomorrow

      Welcome back and thanks for all you do! My nephew wants money to go the movies tonight so I’m putting him to work now.

      • Andrea ‘i-Betty’ Garner

        Nice!

        • Todd Tomorrow

          He’s a good kid. 6’4″, 1/2 cracker, 1/2 Hawaiian with a heart of gold. My sister did a great job with this one. Grows his hair clear past his bottom every year and donates it to, Locks of love, which makes natural wigs for woman with cancer. And he sure grows a great deal of it in one year!

          • Andrea ‘i-Betty’ Garner

            He sounds like a chap to be very proud of 🙂

            • Todd Tomorrow

              He really is.

    • Pierrot

      I do not know what Disqus is doing with the uploads these days! 🙁

      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/907858b5f22d0199990335d72570d43af3314e80fe9c49fe0005f632a7443e1e.jpg

      • stillgrace2

        Hey, there’s my meme! Thanks for re-posting this.

    • Juicer77

      On it! *waves hello*
      ETA: a quick peek at a just a couple ads shows they have removed any reference to the word “Scientology” and the buildings don’t show listed as “Churches of Scientology” on the maps. The cockroaches are scattering…

  • sizzle8

    I wonder who Miscavige is dressing up for – his lawyers, his terrified brown nosers, Tom Cruise?
    Don’t scientologists and Sea Orgers see him flaunting the wealth that he’s ripped off from others.

    One thing Hubbard was right about was ‘getting rich by starting your own religion’.
    http://myfirstclasslife.com/top-10-ludicrously-wealthy-pastors/?singlepage=1

    • Missionary Kid

      Oh, no! He deserves all of that wealth. After all, he’s working 24/7/365 to save the planet. BARF.

      • Todd Tomorrow

        Where did he find the time? His obsession with brushing and flossing one would think would have kept him busy, busy, busy.

  • nottrue
  • Kim O’Brien

    can I send the hipster office assistant to a scientology recruiting meeting ? He is limpin around the office cuz he hurt his big toe when he was in his ” jason bourne judo class ” and is whining like a little bitch . 24 hours of labor with ZERO pain meds ….and this twat is telling people he needs to go home to ” ice it ”

    Maybe we can do some sort of scientology/wog swap . ” sacrifice the one to save the many ”

    ugh

    • Andrea ‘i-Betty’ Garner

      Walk behind him really casually holding a pair of scissors, occasionally allowing them to make a snipping sound. His man bun will shrivel up like a cold testicle.

      • Kestrel

        Yikes!

        • Andrea ‘i-Betty’ Garner

          Hur hur 😛

      • Kim O’Brien

        nice image LOL

    • chukicita

      If he hurt his toe in a judo class, he’s doing it wrong.

      • Kim O’Brien

        that is what i said to him . he glared at me and i smirked . 😉

      • NOLAGirl (Stephanie)

        ^^^^That. When he advances out of Judo for Kids to Muay Thai have him get back to me. LOL

        • Kim O’Brien

          pretty sure your kid can take him with both hands tied behind his back . Pretty sure we could make a bajillion $$$ off of it . I have a feeling that a TON of ppl want to see the hipster get his ass kicked .

      • kemist

        Indeed.

        If he was doing Kung Fu, yeah, that can happen. But judo, WTF…

    • LongtimeLurker

      Jason Bourne judo is not a thing.

      I wonder if his fascination with self-defence is a subconscious awareness that the world wants to beat him up.

      • Kim O’Brien

        you are a wise man

    • Princess Squishy
      • Kim O’Brien

        TOTALLY !! LOL

    • Show him a Touch assist using a knife?

  • Elizabeth Lavet

    Cristin and Todd want to live private lives, then why are they going so public making a smear video. Contacting someone by phone that you used to be close friends with is not stalking. It might be annoying if you know they know the church HAS told them not to talk to you. But they cannot admit this, no. Scientology steals your self determinism. Come on Todd and Cristin, man up. One phone call, come on, big deal. I am sure you have caller ID and jumped at the chance to speak to Leah one more time, until the cult asked you to smear her. Shame, Shame on the cult and you both.

    • chukicita

      Somehow I don’t think making a smear video was their idea.

  • sizzle8

    Finding Todd Woodruff takes all of 30 seconds. Interesting friends list.
    (Is he John Woodruff’s son, Orange County org’s old Executive Director?)
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/dd549d72abae8603aa481020eabba1f0893962adb86d52837d2ed451c5a92809.jpg

  • Lousy Ratatouille
  • nottrue
  • Lousy Ratatouille

    As long as there’s a commission to be earned, problems are there to be solved and expensive suits can be brought over from the boys’ clothing department to MENSWEAR.
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/cdd7aeb4307b9aec6f6803b8d8da42e97d9cca96741ff8cf5b46b31e1e7b2c40.jpg

    • LongtimeLurker

      Don’t worry about it being too snug in the groin, it will loosen up with wear.

      • i don’t think that will be an issue … what with the ‘roids and all

      • Scott H

        Methinks the dickless wonder would need a codpiece to get anywhere near snug…

        • LongtimeLurker

          COBpiece

          HA!

    • Iconoclast Six

      But is he FREEEEE?

  • LongtimeLurker

    From Tony’s Twitter.

    “#Scientology attacking @LeahRemini
    with poor sap it banished for not reading
    Katie’s mind before she ditched Tom! ”

    Love it.

  • PreferToBeAnon2

    Apologies if this has been posted… but here is a recap of Leah’s Reddit interview:
    http://www.aol.com/article/entertainment/2016/11/30/leah-reminis-reddit-ama-reveals-juicy-secrets-of-scientology/21617933/

    Hats off to Ms. Remini!

  • OTVIIIisGrrr8!
    • NOLAGirl (Stephanie)

      COB!! You made it. So good to see you Sir. Did you wake up in a pile of your own stomach contents again this morning?

      • OTVIIIisGrrr8!

        COB awoke to find that someone had shit his pants. Who, he wondered, was the mysterious SP that kept doing this to him?

        • rofl. here, where i “work”, we actually have a term for when someone else shit’s your pants … it’s a Tennessee Will Call™. not even joking.

          • OTVIIIisGrrr8!

            A Tennessee Will Call? Well now COB at least has the correct technical term to begin a proper investigation. In the meantime, Lou is needed with wet naps…

            • i’d use them sparingly, sir … not sure if you’re aware, there are, like, at least 7 more weeks of this still to come … hmmm, unless

            • OTVIIIisGrrr8!

              Unless what? Throw us a lifeline here!

            • oh, I wrote that out loud? unless … unless… (come on duck, be cool and don’t piss on the kid’s parade here)

              aha! unless you and Lou want to rent a powerwasher for your future TWC situations

        • NOLAGirl (Stephanie)

          I’ll find out for you if you send me that goldenrod I’ve been begging you for. I’m quite obviously a degraded being Sir, you’d be doing all of Scientology a favor by warning them of my 1.1 status. 😀

          • OTVIIIisGrrr8!

            You may only see your goldenrod if you come into the Org. However, as you have have been declared you are not allowed to step foot inside the Org. Therefore, you can’t see your goldenrod. However, COB personally showed it to everyone in all of the Orgs and told them all about what a truly horrible person you are and the many, many, many suppressive acts you committed and continue to commit.

            • NOLAGirl (Stephanie)
            • OTVIIIisGrrr8!

              Do you see that Lou? Do you see the way Stephanie backflashes me? She must think J&D is a laughing matter.

            • NOLAGirl (Stephanie)

              It’s true Lou.

              Best not to bother her right now Sir, she’s got quite a mess to clean up and then her daily “Under The Desk Formula” begins.

    • by “on Scientology Media Productions”, do you mean The Kid will be standing on top of the building yelling a bunch of acronyms at the top of his lungs while flailing his arms like a li’l boss?

      • OTVIIIisGrrr8!

        No we mean COB’s new series will premiere on SMP as opposed to A&E where that suppressive attack on Mankind’s only hope of salvation premiered

        • *triple checks TV Guide (or whatever thing was used in the 60s-70s) for channel listing*

          🙁

    • stillgrace2

      Is it just me or does the kid resemble Howdy Doody more and more as he ages? I can’t NOT see it. Meanwhile, Leah continues to look fantastic.

    • Looks like a “Boys’ Wearhouse” ad.

    • pluvo
    • Ivan Mapother

      Two-thirds scale GQ.

  • “Todd’s job was to get me to forgive them for the treatment they had put me through,” Leah says.
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/2ad220155da507178b9a58edbf3cb3be987ea194789126baecf107bae9ea37c7.jpg

    … unless i forget. huh?
    -cosigned, SucculentDuck

  • PickAnotherID

    Just got off the phone with a staffer in my Congress dude’s office. He’s a Leah fan, and did see the show Tuesday night. He is not happy with what he saw about how $cientology operates, and plans to watch, and DVR, all of the future episodes. The staffer said he was especially upset about ‘statutory rape’ being swept under the rug by a “church”, and a “church” coaching a young girl to lie to her dad.

    I specifically asked if he had any plans for any type of investigation of the church, or inquiry into their 501(c)3 status, and got a, “No comment at this time.”

    • Juicer77

      Excellent!!

  • Welcome to the neighborhood Pence.
    “Mike Pence’s D.C. Neighbors Are Putting Up Gay Pride Flags to Send Him a Message”
    http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2016-12-01/mike-pences-dc-neighbors-use-gay-pride-flags-to-send-a-message

  • ze moo

    Leah Remini is on the Dr. OZ show today. More tasty $cieno clams being served up!

    • Helen Van Patterson Patton

      Dr. Oz to Leah: Are you a victim? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zNwkJXxRUlk

      • ze moo

        Ozzie is going into a lot more detail than I though he could ever do. Seems the clampire has ‘called him’ 5 times in the last 24 hours.

        • Helen Van Patterson Patton

          5 calls in 24 hours repeating the same tired lies about Leah. Duplication tech at it’s finest. Yeah, that ought to work.

        • GrangerFX

          Insanity: Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. -Albert Einstein.

      • pluvo

        She is so good and so authentic. She is using also her Scio PR training that she got to promote the CoS now to fling The Truth at Dear Leader and The Cherch.

      • Mymy88

        Hot damn! Leah tells it straight up. “The government, giving them tax exempt status, validated that they are in fact a bonafied religion and so because of that they are able to continue to abuse people and defraud people out of their lives, their money, and their children and their families.”

        • ze moo

          The CO$ tax exemption is used by them to proclaim they are a real religion. In reality, the IRS can’t determine if a ‘religion’ is ‘real’. They can only determine that the corporate structure conforms to a 501c whatever, and therefore is granted that tax exemption.

          If $cientology were to lose its exemption tomorrow, the only that would happen is that the clampire would raise it rates by 38% (or whatever the tax rate is). Nothing else would happen. Yeah mobs (if a few dozen is a mob) of torch and pitchfork wielding clams would descend on Washington, but they would be out numbered by people in Guy Fawkes masks.

          The IRS took away the clampires tax exemption because of Lron inurement. Once his skanky ashes were dumped, the clams only had to come up with a corporate structure that appears to conform to 501c whatever requirements.

          Now, if only the IRS looked into how that $cieno structure actually works, they’d revoke their tax exemption in a NY minute. It certainly does not conform to the 93 agreement. And the IRS should never have caved in to set fees for $cieno ‘training’.

          • I thought the CofS would have been in serious trouble if they hadn’t blagged that tax exemption because they were liable to billions in back taxes.

            If they were to lose it, and were not found liable for back taxes, they might well raise their charges – but it would have to be by quite a lot, and the membership is on the thin end already. It would be a considerable blow.

            • Techie

              I don’t think it is unusual for the IRS to assess back taxes in cases where someone is found to be violating the tax codes. Not an expert on this, but if they did a little investigating into Dave’s lifestyle the way they did with Tammy Faye Bakker etc. they would find enough inurement to put a pretty big dent in the International Association of Scientologists war chest. Which is probably why there are so many corporate cutouts and so much money laundering going on with special accounts administered on the Freewinds etc. Dave can call himself a sort of performer for the events and get away with calling all his fancy suits “costumes” and so on, and he can call his $100,000 listening setups “production equipment”. He can show his personal accounting and there will not be one receipt for a flight on a private jet or a custom job on a motorbike with burl wood pens hand crafted by JB etc. because he does not pay for that personally.He just calls out “LOU! I need to set up a trip to the Cayman Islands! See to it!” And Lou knows he wants the private jet borrowed from Tom Cruise or First Class or whatever and the billing goes to “transport expenses for Freewinds Maiden Voyage Anniversary Event”. Not “Dave Miscavige perks”. So he gets to live the life of the rich and famous without being either rich or famous.

            • Techie

              Jim Bakker and his gold faucets and air-conditioned dog house got caught. Why not Dave? F5 https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/1c862b9b8e859ce5b8d0269c4536c43d92b6a16eddfe91c42fa87cdc84c6ada3.png

            • like ze moo mentioned above, i always thought the tax exemption provided the status/illusion of an actual religion, which they use to hide behind the 1st Amendment here in the U.S.

              i have zero lawyer skillz but here’s the Cliff’s Notes version of what’s in my head:
              a) no 1st Amendment protection means they are just a business, w/ prison camps, that abuses it’s employees & screws it’s customers, and the CA/FL/etc State Labor Boards would be on this tout de suite

              b) w/ 1st Amendment protection, they kick and scream and plead that we are infringing on their rights to practice their religion according to their protected beliefs and sacred/secret/expensive scripture

              imo, slightly less to do with making/hoarding money, more about not getting caught doing it

              (minor edits/additions over the last hour)

              ?

          • Harpoona Frittata

            Spot on!

            The whole tortured construct of a set fee for counseling service being called a “donation” is Doublespeak at its worst. If the fee charged for cherch counseling services was on a sliding scale and only assessed to defray the actual cost of providing those services, then that would be one thing. But the set fees for exorcising imaginary space alien spirits is out the roof, and no one but the wealthy and incredibly indebted can afford the prices that they charge.

            It’s a blatant violation of the rules governing tax exempt religious charity operations and never should have been allowed to begin with. Indeed, the entire IRS case should be re-examined from top to bottom because it sure seems like the cherch had some coercive leverage over both the agency as a whole and some of the key officials within it!

  • Jgg2012

    Davey wears nice suits for a man who supposedly earns $40,000 a year.

    • ze moo

      I think his official pay is 200k/year.

      • Techie

        And of course his suits, shoes, haircuts, motorcycles, flights on private jets, apartments all over the world, high end audio listening setups, vans with built-in offices and satellite TV etc etc are “necessary for production”. He does not pay a penny for anything like that. When he wants to watch a first run film in a surround sound theatre he just calls up his buddy Tom Cruise and has a 35 mm print sent to the base, where someone will set it up for him to see at his convenience. No need to wait for it to come out in theatres or pay a penny out of pocket. If he wants to watch TV he just turns on the satellite TV in his office or in the “Officer’s Lounge” or the “Exercise Building” or “Billiard Room” and watches away. But mostly he has someone record it for him so he can watch at his leisure. All these locations are set up for him alone and not available to anyone but Dave or his guests. These perks are what a Scientologist’s fees and donations buy. As long as there is an International Association of Scientologists war chest Dave will be well supplied with John Lobb shoes and scotch.

      • Jgg2012

        Who determines his salary?

  • Observer

    A-shoopin’ and a-chortlin’…

    • Phil Jones

      Waitin’ and a-chucklin’…

  • Out and about

    Just saw Leah on Dr Oz, excellent!

  • Science Doc

    Episode 1 is free on iTunes. Looks better on the big screen. Some good drone footage.

    • SarahDB

      I was wondering if it’s the same footage that Tony showed here.

      • Andrea ‘i-Betty’ Garner

        It was 🙂

        • SarahDB

          very cool *snuggles in for a hug* how are you? You must have been up mighty early yesterday!

          • Andrea ‘i-Betty’ Garner

            *Snuggles* Do you mean the morning-after Leah? I think I finally went to bed at 7am! I decided in my deranged exhaustion that I was going to push through and go straight into town for breakfast but, alas, I crashed 😀

            • SarahDB

              glad the streaming link worked for you!

            • SarahDB

              BTW- if you are ever hopping across the pond to Boston, we have to meet up! Sherb too!

            • Andrea ‘i-Betty’ Garner

              I would love that! I’m not going to make it to Howdycon, but I plan to see more of America and Massachusetts/Connecticut are near the top of my list 🙂

            • Now I haz a sadz.

            • Andrea ‘i-Betty’ Garner

              I wish I could 🙁 It’s just so much money for a weekend, Artoo. I could tour the French Alps for two weeks for the same cost, or stay in a really nice hotel in Rome for a week, and when I look at it that way I just can’t justify it. I need to discover something vital that the world didn’t know it was waiting for, and make my fortune 🙂

            • I hear you. I have multiple friends in the Mile High City who’ve been bugging us to visit for some time now, so our lodging is free. We can also choose to drive (we love a road trip) or fly. You don’t get that choice, as they haven’t built the Atlantic Tunnel yet, and the toll would be murder!

            • Davka

              I’d meet you for coffee 😊

    • Andrea ‘i-Betty’ Garner

      The drone footage was bound to be put to good use sooner rather than later. I hope our wonderful drone pilot is aware.

  • Phil Jones
    • MarcabExpat

      Absolutely superb.

    • Observer

      Ohhhh, that’s good!

    • Eivol Ekdal

      It’s so he can get on the big rides.

  • Evey Hammond
  • nottrue
  • Hamtaro

    @Scientology, the official twitter account of the world’s fastest growing religion, has 85,500 followers.
    @LeahRemini, the official twitter account of an actress whose career peaked a decade ago, has 425,000.

    Conclusion: actresses with so-called fading careers are 5 times more popular than Scientology.

    • Juicer77

      Who knows if she’s peaked? Maybe she has big plans ahead…

      • Andrea ‘i-Betty’ Garner

        I would even suggest Leah is more powerful right now than she has ever been.

        • NOLAGirl (Stephanie)

          I would agree. She was pretty powerful at the height of King of Queen’s but she was still under the thumb of Miscavige & CoS. As a truly free person she is not only breathtakingly ballsy, she’s showing a whole other side of herself. There is so much more to this wise-cracking, sassy NY girl. Leah could bring something new and fresh to interviews/TV/storytelling.

          • Andrea ‘i-Betty’ Garner

            And with Leah riding this wave of popular support there’s no telling how far she will go. #TeamLeah! (I like to yell that at least once a day.) 😀

    • Harpoona Frittata

      Stats are fun!

      2.1 million viewers for the 1st episode of Leah’s 8-part series on the cult vs. umm, let’s see here davey, can you give us the figures for your new hate sites, please?

      If they total more than a very small fraction of the the series’ viewership, I will take on all your BTs for you, davey…because I know that you never actually partake of auditing yourself 😉

  • Kim O’Brien

    the ” defenders of the faith ” seem to be ….absent from here . Huh ..that’s weird . Looks like there is a real
    ” warrior” now …and no one seems to want to fuck with her 😉

  • Andrew Robertson

    Just revealed in the special straight up and vertical ‘Freedom’ expansion issue is a dashing shot of Captain Miscavige with two senior Sea Org executives:

    Andrew

    [Picture]

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/2e85b5e9825f365787acfbd7c1bbbfbcabf3910e5234b69b6ef09b837912abd7.jpg

  • Intergalactic Walrus

    HA! It looks like Santa saw “Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath”…
    That poor stuffed bear stand-in is gonna be awful lonely!

    PHOTO CAPTION – “#Scientology and #Santa have a lot in common in that they’re both fake and take a lot of your money.”

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

  • harry
  • Observer

    The pic of Sugg is from the Clearwater Library book signing, where he showed up to try to intimidate both Tony and Paulette.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/56f428412fbebcc59a179225089abcff6afcd03adef1e0886363633d18ee6ab9.jpg

    • i could use a plain “Making the Violence real” maybe!

      • Observer

        Then I couldn’t have used the Sugg/Renfield thing…

        • i know… what font is the “AMPIRE”?

    • flyonthewall

      Sugg is ok but I still think Tom Waits did the best Renfield

      • Observer

        But Sugg is a real life Renfield!

    • GrangerFX

      Now do that for the other photo but remove his head in the reflection. That was my first thought when I saw that other photo.

      • Observer

        I thought about that too, but this took far more time than I expected, so I abandoned the idea

        • GrangerFX

          Just the fangs and the reflection should do the trick. I bet that cloak took all the time.

          • Observer

            The hard part would be finding a set of vampire robes photographed at the right angle. That’s half the shooping time, seriously.

            • GrangerFX

              Ya skip the robes. He looks creepy enough already.

    • Jeb Burton

      People here in the bay area remember when Suggs was the asshole, question authority writer for the alt weekly Creative Loafing. I despise what he is doing now, but I have a feeling he is banking the money and thinking I am going to have a hell of a story when I finally get sick of this shit.

      • Frodis73

        I myself have wondered about that…I am sure DM had him sign NDA’s out the ass tho.

      • Evidently his fearless, radical, muckraker, man of the people thing has always been more or less an act. At least according to a colleague of mine who worked with him for years. What he really is is a money grubbing contrarian. Hating on Scientology is in vogue? He’s gonna go the other direction. Defending the indefensible is the New Edgy. Welcome to Trumpfuckistan.

    • Sherbet

      Forget Nazanin Boniardi’s dentition. I see a pair of incisors that need drastic filing.

  • Jeb Burton

    I wonder what Scientology will try next? Leah’s attack site is laughable and even someone who is ignorant of the cult will see it for what it is. They have 8 more weeks of radio and TV talking about the series. I expect the church to go nuclear. It will be fun to see what they come up with. They will have to put somebody out there to go on the talk show circuit. Hey Tommy, what are you doing nowadays?

    • nuclear 🙂 i scio lingo it’s Reactive but i guess some of them have attested Nuclear already.

  • Jon S

    Someone has posted Leah’s show on YouTube for anyone who can’t see it outside the USA
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NeTFTAae30M

    • Interested2

      Thank you for this. Truly grateful. Amazing am close to tears. She is an amazing woman.

    • Free Minds, Free Hearts

      I just clicked on it and it said A&E had it taken down on copyright grounds.

  • allioops

    true; ironically, last evening my Bro called and asked me to call a business associate of his that had admired Cardone & his financial success…..thus being advised by Cardone to read Dianetics….I called this chump; who is money-struck (instead of star struck or love struck) and planned to visit an Org to find out more info….I hope i talked him out of it. But, as an example of how foolish people are he was on the fence/ He also supports Drumpf…I suggest a pattern here.

    • kemist
    • Free Minds, Free Hearts

      Yes there is a pattern. Falling for the con artist.

    • Missionary Kid

      Google grant cardone scam

    • Juicer77

      Good job trying to give him more info. I hope he now realises any involvement with Cardouche or the Co$ will end up costing, big-time.

      • allioops

        i blundered & asked him if he voted for Drumpf…I was hoping he did not..(he seemed youngish).I meant to give a comparison..Too late; he is a suburban white man: voted for the creep…so then I think I lost him. Oh well; maybe he will think about what I said regarding L R hell’s lies, etc/

        • Juicer77

          Not all who wander are lost… I hope.

          • allioops

            Very Good News. This guy called my Lil Bro & told him that he tried to read a few pages of dianetics and now wants to get his $ back from the purchase of the book, or flush the pages down the toilet! So I guess my talking to him was not what needed to help him see the stupidity of being in the cult…The writings of L R. huubbaa was enough to turn him off! Good enough for me!

            • Juicer77

              🙂

  • Joe

    Did you all watch the previews for the upcoming episodes? I hate to admit it, but I am kind of excited to watch Leah and Mike Rinder call out and confront the PI’s following them. I mean you have (1) Leah who isn’t scared of anything and would get right in their face without flinching and (2) Mike Rinder who pretty much knows every play in DM’s playbook since it hasn’t changed since he left and can anticipate everything they say and do. So the PIs don’t have a chance.

    • Eivol Ekdal
      • Sherbet

        I’m curious whether the “Jenny at LAX” footage will be shown during Leah’s series. That is one of the most vivid examples of church craziness captured on film. It’s just plain insanity. And it never fails to get a WTF reaction. Before and after photos of Jenny would be helpful as well. This is your brain (and face) on scientology.

        • Missionary Kid

          At least a flash of it was shown in the teaser. I’m hoping it is.

          • Sherbet

            Yes, I noticed it, too, so I’m hoping.

  • AmoVolare

    In the meantime… https://youtu.be/MEk1lY8P8Fw

  • HillieOnTheBeach

    *hopelessly behind*

    Todd:
    “And she kept insisting that the church was the one saying that I
    couldn’t be in touch with her, which was, couldn’t be further from the
    truth.”

    Dangnabbit them Freudian slips!

  • Intergalactic Walrus

    Another interesting tidbit from the Freedom Mag article about the Harlem Org re-opening. Rangel, WTF?
    (refresh)
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/c639a764d322a6c5b2b598be55d35b0ab382b022eeafe23c100bae3b0f56980e.png

    • It’s weird how all Scientology writing seems to emulate a characteristic of Hubbard’s, What he says only seems to make sense at first glance – when you think about it for a moment it is meaning-free.

      What does “constant, insistent drumbeat of action” actually mean? In what way does a drumbeat denote action? A drumbeat might be characterised as a call to action… but not action itself.

      Scientology writing is peppered with phrases which sound as if they might make sense but, when examined there is none to be found. The people who write them are putting together phrases which they think sound impressive with no regard as to whether the result actually makes any sense.

      • Sherbet

        I was wondering if the writer (!) meant to say “incessant” drumbeat. It’s still stupidity, but more accurate stupidity.

        • The fact that even you puzzle over what it might mean shows how that kind of writing was functional for Hubbard.

          He didn’t have anything interesting to say, so he strung together some words that sounded significant, and left it to the reader to struggle to find a meaning for them. They were reading this stuff in a social environment where Hubbard’s supposed wisdom was venerated. They could not imagine that is was just rubbish – instead they thought it was too profound to understand easily.

          It was “the emperor’s new clothes” all over again.

          Everyone came up with a different version of what the guru ‘really meant’ and thought they were clever for having done so. Thanks to the policy of ‘verbal tech’, everyone thought that they were on the same page, and did not realise they were fooling themselves.

    • Sherbet

      There’s no excuse for ignorant public servants. Even Wikipedia is a better source than no fact-checking at all.

      • is Wikipedia that bad? I sometimes hear that wikipedia is not to be trusted, how can that be?

        • Sherbet

          My understanding is it’s not “that bad.” I rely on it for a lot of fun facts, but I wouldn’t write a Doctoral dissertation based on information picked up from Wikipedia.

    • Free Minds, Free Hearts

      He should know better.

      • Noesis

        Odds are 90% and up that Rangel never even knew.

        A staffer can get practically anything into the Congressional Record…which is then read and quoted by – exactly no one (that matters.)

  • Narapoid

    Got some fun stuff going on and I am gone again, but I have been thinking of the Bunker today and I wish all you pilgrims a great evening!

    • Missionary Kid

      Enjoy.

  • April

    Found out today that I’m related to Will Rogers, the famous early 20th century ‘cowboy philosopher,’ writer and actor.

    Thought I’d share with the CO$ one of my favorite Will Rogers quotes:
    “Never miss a good chance to shut up.”
    And another good one: “When you find yourself in a hole, quit digging.”

    Somehow I don’t think they’ll take the advice, though, since it didn’t come from that twisted fuck LRH.

  • Asillem4

    Can we start a twitter campaign promoting next week’s episode on ‘fair game’ so local, regional, and national law enforcement tunes in? They need to see the crimes of ‘the church’ so they realize what’s going on with some of the harassment still going on.

    • been going on for days… but we could use more tweeters

    • Frodis73

      LA and CL water should be targeted…will have to see if they have twitter accounts.

    • April

      I wonder what the bounce rate is for all those CO$ website “hits.” How many people stayed on the site for more than 1 minute.

      And how many hits were teenagers doing it for shits and giggles, without any intent of utilizing the information found there.

      And how many hits were media folks just researching their stories about Leah’s show.

      • 100% I must be the only one in the world who spend 5 minutes on there!
        Thing is… John Alex Wood and his BGF is draining the $COS for money as they have this PR company. They are not doing anything in Scientology other than hanging out at Saint Hill, and Conning those people who are easy to Con. Selling them a peace of his junk PR scam!
        I have seen so many of those people who are using Scientology Org’s for either, Recruitment or Business pool to enrich them-self. But of course they are also a member of WISE so this makes it alright.

        • Harpoona Frittata

          Fleecing the sheeple, 24/7, from now until they turn the lights out on us and we have to move on to our next flock.

  • Free Minds, Free Hearts

    The internet is magic, but maybe Todd and Cristin and Shane don’t know that because it is scary. Peoplefinder lists 10 Todd Woodruff and gives the ages and cities. Leah probably knew his age. I think if I plopped down $9.95 I could easily find Todd’s current phone number and call him, and if I can do it in less than 3 minutes, I bet Leah could too!.

    • April

      Yep. No fancy schmancy private investigator needed if you have any internet savy at all.
      Poor CO$ saps.

    • Noesis

      Because of the dozens of firms like the one you mention who aggregate / sell information from multiple public and semi-private databases, it is possible to locate the phone number and address of almost anyone in American in just a few minutes.

      One can choose to go “off the grid” if they want, but the old breadcrumb trail may take a while to go cold.

      Once the trail is cold, PI’s, lawyers and others can still find just about anyone with a tiny bit of effort. The good old days of taking off in a BlueBird motor home and disappearing are gone for good. Lol.

      • Free Minds, Free Hearts

        That is so true. We will easily find little DM when his cult goes down. He can run, but he can’t hide.

        • JJ

          But he can fit into most overhead storage bins…

  • Eclipse-girl

    Thank you Tony O.
    Thank you for having the contacts, and filling in the holes. This is WHY I come and read everyday.

    • Juicer77

      Nice to see you. 🙂

    • Missionary Kid

      I guess I’ve been missing you when you’ve been posting. The other day, I was wondering where you were. Every time there’s an astronomical event, I think of you.

      • Eclipse-girl

        We have made plans to see next summer’s eclipse that travels across North America 😃

        You should make plans to get someplace so you can see it.

        Mon Aug 21, 2017

        • Missionary Kid

          When is it, and what is the path?

          • Eclipse-girl

            Here is a link to an interactive map

            http://www.eclipse2017.org/2017/maps.htm

            It is Mon Aug 21 2017. We are going to be in the area of Carbondale Ill.

            • Missionary Kid

              Thank you. I’ve got friends in Portland, OR. It will be an excuse to visit them.

            • Eclipse-girl

              You will be in good company. Lots of people will be in Oregon.
              Carbondale is the closest to us, in Wis.

              Try to have some treat for celebrating a clear sky experience.
              I think champagne is appropriate.

  • These are really good B&W shots of Diva.

    • Juicer77

      I’m sure he only approved the best ones.

  • Missionary Kid

    I don’t know if this has been posted before, but I’m finally watching the Dr. Oz Show that I recorded earlier. I’m not a fan of his, but LEAH KNOCKS HER INTERVIEW OUT OF THE FUCKING PARK! This is the best interview I’ve seen. After the first commercial break, they show Amy Scobee talking about her rape.

    Leah then says that they should sue her (Leah), but they won’t because they would have to be deposed and release information. Dr. Oz just lets her go.

    • Princess Squishy

      I don’t care for him either but I would’ve recorded it if I had realized she was going to be on it.

    • Missionary Kid

      Leah was asked what she has gone through. She talked about fair game, and said that she had the advantage of having all these people (indicating the audience and the public) who provide her with protection, but there were many people who didn’t have that, and it made her angry to see people hurt and bullied like that.

      They talked about the hate website the chirch put up. Dr. Oz read from it. Leah said, “What church does this to people who have left?”

      As to just letting it go, Leah said that there are times when she goes into the shower and cries, but she also has family, and that it was great that her daughter really was absorbed with her own problems, and that, in essence, grounded Leah. She said that she wished that she could be on a sitcom, and forget about all of this, and just complain because the bagels weren’t there for her, but she wants to correct the injustices that she has discovered..

      She talked about all the money they have amassed, 3 billion dollars because of their tax free status.

      I’ve only written a part of what went on, but Leah had her shit together. Dr. Oz gave everyone in the audience a copy of Troublemaker, talked about her documentary, and urged everyone to look at it and make up their own minds.

      For once, there was only the one disclaimer quoted from $cientology.

      • LongtimeLurker

        Thanks MK, sounds like Oz got something right for a change.

        Going to go find the episode.

        • Missionary Kid

          All that Dr. Oz has right now is the teaser.

  • Princess Squishy

    Finally got to watch Leah’s show. We DVR’d it Tuesday but didn’t get to it until today. It was very good, very moving. Mr. Suishy liked it too, and he had questions so I got to pause it and explain a few things to him. One of the rare times he actually interested in something that I know more about than him.

  • OT 15 never looked so good.

    • Harpoona Frittata

      “Time to 10x my salary and perqs, hang on as long as I possibly can, then flee to Bulgravia, with the dirt on EVERYBODY safely locked away and ready to hit the mail if something, umm, unfortunate were to happen to me.”

  • Tony Ortega

    Ugh. Just realized I never made public those two short video segments so you can compare the narration on them.

    They’re public now.

    • Princess Squishy

      Are you going to make an appearance in Leah’s show?

      • Tony Ortega

        Whoops, not sure I’m supposed to say anything. Let’s just see how the series goes.

        • Princess Squishy

          I hope you make it. I was telling Mr. Squishy about you and this blog today. Today was the first chance we had to see the show from Tuesday night.

        • iampissed

          Promise low…Aim High

        • iampissed

          Editorial can be a bitch…hope your not on the floor.

          • sizzle8

            “All right, Mr. DeMille, I’m ready for my close-up.”

    • iampissed

      Happens

    • pluvo

      Her intonation in the video about Gibney is exaggerated – and sounding nasty and repulsive like in all Scio critics videos – compared to in “Fatal Attraction”.

    • Are_sics

      Cool — when I checked in, hurriedly, this morning, I thought you were linking to something Co$ was able to take down as a result of your link! Yup, now I see. Hear, I mean. Jana sounds like Jana.

    • GrangerFX

      I was talking about projection earlier. That’s where someone accuses another person of the crimes they know that they themselves have committed. The person who projects this way often does not even realize it.

      I just watched the video from Todd and Cristin Woodruff that COS posted. They claimed that Leah “tracked them down”, somehow found their phone number and possibly sent a private investigator to take pictures outside their house. Now who do we know that does all of these things routinely to their ex-members?

      “To be treated this way and tracked down by a private investigator and have to drag my family into this, and … it’s just not right.” I could not agree more.

  • HTC

    Anybody watch “a normal heart”? An incredible bio on the AIDS epidemic in the 80’s. Just makes me more pissed off at this smarmy cult and our atty general Pam fucking Bondi

    • Frodis73

      I saw it, great movie.

  • Liberated

    Four days till the anniversary of Lisa McPherson’s death…..I think before and after photos of that beautiful girl would prove to be so powerful in the argument against this god awful cult.

    • iampissed

      So very sad.

  • iampissed

    I know that it’s getting to the end of day for the bunker, but I have been thinking about
    this for a bit. There is a thing called Little Free Library, https://littlefreelibrary.org
    If you have a copy of a book or have the means to buy a few extras maybe go on the
    website above and drop off your favorite apostate, bigot, whatever there. Just a thought.
    I’ll probably repost tomorrow.
    ETA: I hear tell that Miss Lovely and Miss Remini LOVE little library’s

    • iampissed
      • Sherbet

        Where did you get the picture of Vaquera, there on the right?

        • LongtimeLurker

          She’s rockin’ those.

          • Sherbet

            Yup.

        • iampissed

          Well the interwebs thing.

    • Tony Ortega

      There is no end of the day in the Underground Bunker. It’s the middle of the afternoon for our Aussie Bunkeroos.

      • Sherbet

        It’s sort of comforting. During a bout of insomnia especially, it’s nice to find the lights on in the Bunker.

        • Juicer77

          Why are we awake? Let’s go watch How Grich Smeared His Critics. XD

        • FredEX2

          Someone’s usually always here. 24/7 🤓

        • LongtimeLurker

          Ikr?

      • Juicer77

        Super early AM in the UK. Good morning!

        • iampissed

          I would so love to have a cup of Tea in the U.K, Someday…waiting is.

      • iampissed

        Thank you for reading.

        • iampissed

          Ok I’d like to reply to my own post. What is the thought on saying thank you here?
          As a WOG I think that it might be a trigger word for those who were or are in.
          (If your lurking) But my watch word for travel is you must know three things.
          Please, Thank You, Beer, Bathroom. It’s the way I work and I use it a lot, it works for me.

      • LongtimeLurker

        *waves lazily*

      • Eivol Ekdal

        The sun never sets on The Underground Bunker.

    • Liberated

      I love little libraries….I contribute to the one close to me.
      I just drive up, open the little door and put the books inside.

      • iampissed

        Don’t forget to take one out.

        • Liberated

          I’ve got so many new books I plan to read……but I spend all my time at the bunker.
          Yes, I think I have a problem.

          • iampissed

            Me to

  • Nat-leficent
    • Missionary Kid

      If you go back earlier, you’ll see that Baby is doing fine and feeling better.

      • iampissed

        Thanks MK

      • Nat-leficent

        Thanks. I don’t scroll since the “Going Clear” influx, but it’s good to know.

    • L. Wrong Hubturd

      That’s a pretty good impression of how she looks as she struts into the room…..vape in one hand and a hard lemonade in the other.

      • Nat-leficent

        XD

  • Bernie

    It looks like all those posed photos of L. Ron Hubbard might be heading for the back burner as Dave rolls out his version of the “look” of the new saviour of mankind (I love his mafia suit).

    • Sherbet

      It was either that or a copy of the Dalai Lama’s robes. Dave’s wardrobe screams, “I’m a serious religious leader, dammit!”

      • Bernie

        LOL. I’m sure you loved Mark’s picture of Davey on the Cross wearing a loincloth….a nice wardrobe addition don’t you think?

    • Liberated

      Expect to see the “new savior” on every wall of every Ideal Org…..pronto!

  • Sir Hemet TC Burlwood, VIII

    Greetings Bunkerites, I’ve been on sabbatical. I hope I haven’t misssd anything. Anything new?

    • Juicer77

      Nope. Lol 😉 Nice to see you!

    • LongtimeLurker

      David Miscavige is President Elect of the US.

      Canada invaded Mexico.

      Ruth Bader Ginsburg won Dancing With the Stars.

      • iampissed

        Ill accept the last two. The first one well we may have done that.

        • LongtimeLurker

          Yes. Good point.

    • Ella Raitch

      Good evening Sir H TC B VIII

  • Looks like Dave is pissed. They registered 50ish Leah Remini domains. My minions are sorting through them now.

    • Andrew Robertson

      Oh dear…Leah has now forfeited her eternity and will be left shivering in agonized darkness for the next trillion years! Still, it could be worse:

      https://youtu.be/L2Wx230gYJw

      Andrew

      • Liberated

        Eric Idle and John Cleese were on Colbert the day after the election and sang that song….it didn’t help.

    • Juicer77

      Yawn. 😉

    • I think Dave’s minions offer a batch of registered domains to him as a balm for Dave’s raging butthurt. Something seemed to touch him off on September 8th.

    • LongtimeLurker

      Seriously? 50?

      What are they even thinking?

      • It wasn’t all at once.
        ..
        https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/22263f7f9e232417419bc5025ea1a001cd00f33d83d374830a270b7911bade14.jpg

        They paid big money for that DA site, with expensive distributed hosting.

        • LongtimeLurker

          Love the notes column.

          But more is not always more effective, y’know?

          If I’m me but without knowing Scientology, I see one or two sites with info about Leah, maybe I’ll read one.

          If I see 10, and with similar elements across all, I’m suspicious.

          It’s counterproductive, in true Scientology fashion.

        • pluvo

          But why the “Dave is a Pitty Little Bitch”?

          • LongtimeLurker

            That’s not actually on the domain registry site, it’s part of RMycroft’s search and discovery process.

            That wasn’t a good explanation…do you know what I’m trying to say?

  • Frodis73

    Nightline is doing a segment about Leah and the show. It just started and she is the 3rd (and final) story. Not sure how long it will be or if it is new or just a repackage.
    eta-I lied it is on next, in about 3 minutes

    • LongtimeLurker

      Thanks Frodis.

      (And everyone who keeps The Bunker informed).

  • Jack99
  • littlefish

    I have a deep dark love of bad reality TV – so I was pleasantly surprised to see Leah on Watch What Happens Live on Bravo tonight. She was plugging book + docuseries. It was interesting to see the host (Andy Cohen) ask the questions about Katie Holmes and Shelly. I wonder if that means all SCIO celebs will be banned from doing his show from here on out.

    • Shayne

      Leah appeared on Ellen recently, too, and Ellen didn’t hold back on her negative view of Scientology.

  • LongtimeLurker
  • Elegant Mess

    Has Chico had any luck finding a home? If I didn’t live across the frickin’ country, I would be more than glad to take him in. I just can’t put the poor dear through the trauma of a long trip, though.

    • LongtimeLurker

      Anyone know how old Chico is?

      Max? Tony?

      • Tony Ortega

        Chico is 6 years old.

        • LongtimeLurker

          Thanks Tony.

  • Quick while no one’s looking:
    Watch Chance the Rapper Perform at the White House Tree Lighting Ceremony
    http://www.vulture.com/2016/12/chance-the-rapper-performed-at-wh-tree-lighting.html

  • Fink Jonas

    Since Scientologist don’t believe Jesus was born, does that mean they celebrate Christless instead of Christmas? Whatever they celebrate they putting up winter wonderland again on Hollywood Blvd, look at the handlers covering up and watching a little girl Santa rehearsing her role https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/1777b16f3e621fffe275dec228b97937c2bfa61d8fe3c6ef83c66513d5d52698.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/2647de8b049d2056b0ed594722926ccef1da4401ac392c3581c8f4c24f102d74.jpg

    • Ann B Watson

      Yuck! I certainly do not remember that in the 70s in Sea Org at ASHO F.Alice on the Dianetics float in 74 but hey,only Ron was Santa Claus!Lol!💗

  • Missionary Kid

    Somewhat OT. (It’s about niacin)

    In an article on the treatment of depression and anxiety that can accompany treatment of cancer patients with psilocybin that was published in Atlantic magazine, http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2016/12/the-life-changing-magic-of-mushrooms/509246/ I found this nugget about the use of niacin – as a placebo.

    The New York University study was very similar, but it had only 29 participants and used niacin, a vitamin, as a placebo. (Halfway through the experiment, the participants switched groups.) It also included a more formal psychotherapy component, in which the participants would discuss their trips. That study similarly found that the psilocybin had both immediate and enduring effects. Six months after the treatment, 60 to 80 percent of the participants saw improvements in various measures of depression and anxiety, and 70 percent considered it one of the top five most personally meaningful experiences of their lives.

    Take that, $cientology! Your trusted niacin is a placebo, and the use of mushrooms was far more effective.

  • Ella Raitch

    Just watched ‘Aftermath’ #1
    1. frikken awesome
    2. did I see Int Base footage from our fabulous drone pilot
    3. so happy Amy and her mum got to spend some wonderful time together, and that Bonny had her loved ones all with her at the end. So many others aren’t as lucky.

    • Vault Digger

      Yes, Mr. Drone Pilots handy work looks like it made its way into the episode (flying over Int Base).

    • Ann B Watson

      I Love That Drone Pilot and all the films I archived that were here.He or she go on my heroes wall,as do Amy and her lovely Mum before she passed,and well All of you who continue to carry our banner of Truth.💘

  • Suzy

    Huffington Post says about the “Aftermath” website “Leah Remini apparently poked the Scientology bear one too many times”….I think they should rephrase it as “Leah Remini apparently poked the Scientology DWARF one too many times”

  • JJ

    Not sure what the point is, CoS is trying to revenge on the A&E show that good Scientologists are not supposed to watch anyway…? “The good news to their bad news” issue. A magazine read by dozens of people? Chance to show Mr. Miscavige’s new duds? (Iron then take photos!)

    reading..

    “The vision was first “enunciated”? Jesus who says that?

    Never-mind, I am sure the car he drives is parked under the carport, on the edge of infinity…

    “Expansion: the act, or process of expanding…”

    This will be on the test.

  • AnnieO17

    Scientology’s attack is an epic fail, from the little I’ve seen so far. They have a “suggested post” on Facebook for their website that slams Leah Remini and her show, and all 230(+) comments for the post are in support of her. Gotta love it! People are seeing right through this “Fair Game” crap. (Sorry, but it really is crap!) 🙂

  • deathtoallpoliticians

    as always, mr. ortega, excellent work. however, your posting took on a distinctly poignant vibe with me when reading about spaceman and chico. i do not know spaceman’s problems, intentions and/or plans, but i can say that i would never, ever leave my furry fat cat behind while i moved away. my kitty kitty is a part of my life and family. if the place i was planning on moving to would not accept kitty kitty, then i would want no part. i take better care of my cat than i do myself and that is a point of personal pride, no matter how twisted another may think i am because of it.

  • Walter JB

    Leah, I was captivated by your expose re: Scientology. Sad thing is that some people have to go thru it first hand in order to expose the evils. Even then it is difficult to convince others. One subliminal, nagging feeling some get, even after leaving such a suffocating trap, is that part of them may slightly believe that they have left God down. Never my dear EVER think this for one second! In truth, He most likely sheds tears of joy that you have finally seen the truth and cries for those like Tom Cruise who is still trapped. God is pained that people actually believe He would be associated with so-called “Christian” counterfeit organizations that have rejected what God wanted for us (a RELATIONSHIP with Him) and taken instead the lies and imprisonment of soul crushing slavery. I am so happy for you and although at times it may seem that the firey arrows against you are too much and you even start to question your own motives, well THE HECK with what you may even think your underlying motives might be, in your heart you know what your true motives are. None of us are perfect and God smiles at the fact that you stepped out in faith and whatever courage you had in the midst of doubt and are doing the right thing. My dear, I believe in all that, He is smiling at you. In your gentleness, you will find His strength.