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Sunday Funnies: Oops, Scientology reveals a key fact about the size of its membership

Nancy_Cartwright2We hope you’re having a great holiday weekend and we’re happy that you could drop in at the Underground Bunker for some Sunday Funnies.

It’s our weekly feature that allows us to show off the best Scientology mailers and fliers that have been forwarded to us by our great tipsters. And we’re going to start off with a slick new ad for the Sea Org that contains an interesting admission.

“Over 6,500 strong, Sea Org members operate on an international level and implement strategies LRH put in place to effectively clear the planet,” says the flier we’re about to show you. At the bottom of it, you can clearly see that this is an official message from the American Saint Hill Organization (ASHO), which is part of the “Big Blue” complex in downtown Los Angeles which was once the Cedars of Lebanon hospital.

Why is this significant? Because Scientology just gave up a key fact about its true overall size. Let us explain.

Scientology has always blatantly lied about how many Scientologists there are in the world. In 1969, its New York org spokesman told the New York Times that Scientology had 15 million members worldwide. Since then, church figureheads like Heber Jentzsch claimed anywhere from 6 million to 12 million. More recently, Scientology mouthpieces like Karin Pouw have been more cautious, saying “millions of members” without naming a number. However, in a 2012 television ad, Scientology claimed to be attracting 4.4 million new members a year, and recently, Kirstie Alley claimed that there were 20 million Scientologists on the planet.

It’s all bunk. Under oath in a deposition in the late 1990s, Jentzsch, the nominal president of the Church of Scientology International, admitted that the numbers they throw around represent every human being who has ever purchased a book or taken a class in Dianetics and Scientology history, which goes back to 1950. Those figures in the millions, in other words, have nothing to do with how many paying, active members the church has now.

In 2011, we gave detailed reasons why we estimated worldwide membership at 40,000. The same experts we relied on then believe the organization has continued to shrink, and we would estimate current active membership at around 30,000, planetwide.

Scientology itself has never admitted to having such modest overall membership. But for some reason it is more open about the size of the Sea Org. The claim of 6,500 in this flier is almost certainly an exaggeration — even Scientology’s own website (scientology.org) only claims a Sea Org size of 5,000. And our experts concur that the true size of the Sea Org — which contains Scientology’s most hard-core followers, who sign billion-year contracts and work for pennies an hour — is around 5,000.

Which raises the question: If Scientology really has “millions” of members around the world, why is its Sea Org so tiny? Assume, for a moment, that Scientology really has 12 million active members, which it has claimed in the past. At that size, only one in 2,400 Scientologists would be a Sea Org member, which any Scientologist of any experience would tell you is a ludicrous ratio.

Scientologists — particularly the children of church members — are under intense pressure to join the Sea Org, and many of them do join it. But what is the current ratio of public and staff compared to Sea Org?

Former Scientology spokesman Mike Rinder told us a more realistic ratio is about 6 to 1. He estimates 30,000 overall membership, with about 5,000 of those in the Sea Org.

Chris Shelton independently told us the same number — 5,000 Sea Org members, based on actual enrollment data he had access to while he was still inside the Sea Org himself. He also said 5 or 6 to 1 was a more realistic ratio.

So, while ASHO’s claim of 6,500 Sea Org members is almost certainly an exaggeration, it helps solidify once again that our estimates of the overall size of the organization make sense, and is nowhere near the “millions” that church press releases claim.

 
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And just one more note about membership estimates before we go on to our other Sunday Funnies. We see that other members of the press usually cite the American Religion Identification Surveys (ARIS) of 2001 (55,000 members) and 2008 (25,000) in order to make the point that Scientology is shrinking rapidly. We referred to those numbers in our 2011 story, but we also explained that an estimate by Jeff Hawkins — at 40,000 — was the most solid information because he’d had access to actual enrollment data while he was an executive in the church.

The church is shrinking, but the ARIS numbers could have been reversed and it would not have been proof that the church is growing. We know that sounds confusing, but the ARIS study was built to estimate the numbers of much larger religious organizations — those with followers in the tens of millions. It just wasn’t designed to count tiny religions, and Scientology’s entire membership is within the study’s margin of error. An old colleague of ours at the Phoenix New Times asked an ARIS researcher this, and he said anything less than 325,000 is really just a guess. So the next time ARIS produces numbers, in 2015, Scientology’s numbers could go up again — and it wouldn’t mean a thing. Please keep that in mind (but we know our colleagues in the mainstream media won’t).

It’s far better to rely on experts who had access to actual enrollment documents, like Hawkins, as well as on tallies from the Australian or English census, which actually count individuals instead of extrapolating from a tiny sample. Census results in Australia (2,163) and England (1,781) are completely consistent with a worldwide membership of about 30,000.

 
OK, on to more Funnies.

Gail Carroll is daring to cross the mountains from Pasadena to party with the Valley folk!

 
autumn gala letter - gail

 
Hey, @jack, Scientology is now using the fact that you tweeted about them handing out copies of The Way to Happiness in Ferguson, Missouri as a way to raise money. How do you feel about that?

 
ferg

 
Maybe if we make it look like donating more money for Ideal Orgs is like a game, they’ll give us junior’s college money!

 
grid iron game launch

 
The most ethical people in the planet, using little kids to raise money.

 
guar

 
Scientology tool of an actor.

 
JAym-25Aug+800

 
Nancy! We sure wish we could have been at your graduation. It was for OT 7, we believe. Someone get us the video!

 
nancy

 
It’s not often we hear from Perth. Isn’t it funny that they insist on these group photos, which only provides hard evidence that Scientology is made up of only handfuls of people around the world now?

 
perth

 
Looks like they’ll be shipping the Rock of Ages theme around and we won’t have only Atlanta to kick around soon. Bleccch.

 
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The Scientology choir? Singing LRH’s greatest hits?

 
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This is elder abuse.

 
status upgrade - krackow2

 
Bob Twaalfhoven is an Ideal Org icon? Can anyone tell us why?

 
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And finally, Denver Ideal Org has increased books sold to raw public by 5 times! Or are they counting parking money for baseball games? We better check with Marc Headley.

 
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Thanks again to our great tipsters!

 
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Posted by Tony Ortega on August 31, 2014 at 07:00

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  • chukicita

    Someone needs to hook up our Scots Wha Hae guy with this article in Herald Scotland about how Drug-Free World isn’t really a pipeline into Narconon, but a “fully secular” program that just happens to be funded by the IAS: http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/home-news/scientology-boss-we-want-to-help.25168015

  • MaxSpaceman

    There are wrongful deaths and suspicious deaths all through the cherch, across the continents, spanning decaes, for nearly 50 years or more. One being Shelly’s mom.

    THE DEATH OF FLO BARNETT, Mother-in-Law of Dave Micsavage. From- Vicki Aznaran, former Inspector General RTC, then Chairman of the Board R T C (circa 1987). UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT, CENTRAL DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA, CHURCH OF SCIENTOLOGY, DECLARATION OF VICKI AZNARAN 4 April 1994.

    “11. Flo Barnett’s suicide was a scandal within the inner circles of Scientology. This was not due to the fact that she, supposedly, committed suicide, but due to the fact that she had become a member of a declared. enemy group, David Mayo’s Advanced Ability Center. She was receiving auditing and assistance from this group and at the time of her death, possessed a pack of the NED for OTS (secret upper level auditing procedures) which were believed to have come from David Mayo’s group. Flo Barnett’s membership in this group made her a suppressive person as she was actively “squirreling” and a member of a suppressive group. The fact that David Miscavige was linked to her by familial ties was extremely repugnant to him and to his wife, Michelle Miscavige.

    “David Miscavige’s comment upon her death was that “the bitch got what she deserved.” His wife Shelly, did not appear to feel any different about it than David. I asked Shelly if she was doing alright since receiving this bad news. She said that personally she was doing just fine and that this was an excellent opportunity to find out where the NED for OTs materials had come from and to use it as leverage against Mayo. She also stated that it was not surprising that this happened to her mother since she had been “squirelling”. The circumstances of the deaths of both Flo Barnett and Yvonne Jentzsch are very relevant to the issues in this case, as I understand them to be.”

  • outraged

    waaaaaaaaayyyyyy off topic,

    omg, those pictures. those stolen cell phone pictures. omg. and Selfies, all cellfies!
    why oh why do these women put NFSW pictures on their phones???
    and the disgusting gross hackers and their cringeworthy friends are gloating all over 4chan.
    ugh uck ew wow.

    • Chee Chalker

      What did I miss?

      • Espiando

        Apparently, 4chan found Shelly.

        • richelieu jr

          Nekked.

          (But she did it to her selfie).

      • J Law pics here [nsfw]….. http://tofangsazan-the.blogspot.co.uk

        • jeff

          I thought you meant Jude Law.

        • Captain Howdy

          That’s alot more of Jennifer Lawrence nekid than I ever wanted see. Good actress but she’s no Jennifer Connelly in her prime.

      • outraged

        not much.
        stolen nude selfies.
        of female celebrities

  • Frodis73

    Stumbled across this on accident & I’m posting the link ’cause I’m sure I’m not the only the person that missed this one. It was pretty good…Rinder was a lot younger, but he lies with such ease. His comments on Jonestown are disturbing too. I’m sure he doesn’t feel that way now (I hope!). I’d love to hear his thoughts on this show. I’d love to know when he had his first serious doubts creep in.
    Anyway, Investigative Reports with Bill Curtis is kinda fun. Plus, they actually talked to dm! I thought the Nightline interview was the only tv interview he ever did. Enjoy! Oh, part 1a appears to be MIA.

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

    • MaxSpaceman

      nice find, Frodis – thanx!

      Jon Atack, back in the day.

    • Aslansown

      Mike, Mike, Mike…”Jim Jones & his activity was really a fairly a mainstream Christian church. They weren’t some weird gang that had just been invented by a Johnny-come-lately – they were Christian.”

      I’m so glad that you’re now exposing the lies that you were instructed to tell for years.

    • Captain Howdy

      Thanks. Man that was long but well worth watching. I’ve seen snippets of it before. Everybody looks so young.

  • Panopea Abrupta

    $cientology: the kiss of debt

  • MaxSpaceman

    Executing the Long Con. Lafayette Ron Sr.’s 1963 statement on Ron research, it’s empirical truth.

    “Hubbard was very specific on this point [belief vs. truth] and added at the end of the bulletin:

    “(Note: This HCO Bulletin is based on over a thousand hours of research auditing, analyzing the facsimiles of the reactive mind, and with the help of a Mark V Electrometer. It is scientific research and is not in any way based upon the mere opinion of the researcher. This HCO Bulletin is not the result of the belief or beliefs of anyone. Scientology data reflects long, arduous and painstaking research over a period of some thirty years into the nature of Man, the mind, the human spirit and its relationship to the physical universe. The data and phenomena discovered in Scientology is common to all minds and all men and can be demonstrated on anyone.

    “Truth does not require belief to be truth any more than water requires anyone’s permission to run down hill. The data is itself and can be duplicated by any honest researcher or practitioner. We in Scientology seek freedom, the betterment of Man, and the happiness of the individual and this comprises our attitude towards the data found. The data, however, is simply itself, and exists whatever the opinion of anyone may be. The contents of this HCO Bulletin discover the apparent underlying impulses of religious zealotism and the source of the religious mania and insanity which terrorized Earth over the ages and has given religion the appearance of insanity. As the paper is written for my friends it has, of course, a semblance of irreverence).”

    [L. Ron Hubbard, HCO Bulletin of 11 May 1963, “Heaven”]

    • Guest

      “The data, however, is simply itself, and exists whatever the opinion of anyone may be.”

      Sure, LRH. Let’s see you’re “data”. LOL

  • Guest

    It has been explicitly stated by the founder of Scientology, LRH, that the point of his invention is to drain money from people.

    And it has been widely posted on the internetz.

    For those remaining in the cult, get internet access. You will probably have a miserable life unless you get a clue.

    • Espiando

      And how do you suppose that members of the cult without Internet access will read your suggestion? OT powers?

      • richelieu jr

        Hearsay.

  • richelieu jr

    It is worth nothing that although Jayme Aymerich lists the Twilight films and Iron Man on his poster, they sure as hell aren’t on his IMDB.

    Fat Actress is tough. Go figure.

    • Captain Howdy

      According to IMDB he wasn’t in any of them except Fat Actress and the two telemundo ones.

      • richelieu jr

        Yup.

        Youc an’t say he learned nothing from L Ron… Surprised he isn’t draped in medlsl from Th Battle of Krusty’s Sandwich…

        • Captain Howdy

          And the one good thing he was in “Weeds” they don’t even list.

          • Vaquera

            He was in the Weeds episode, Thwack, when Pilar is discovered under the pool tarp. I suppose he was one of the two drunk bodyguards that were going to jump off of the roof and into the pool.

          • MaxSpaceman

            Weeds rocks. Great to be able to catch the entire thing on Netflix.

    • full bio is sooo clam… I mean, the first sentence!!:

      Born in Mexico City, Jaime’s acting skills and personal dynamics were evident since childhood. While still in high school in Mexico, he studied acting every possible spare minute, until one day, on a day off from school, he just took off without thinking, to Televisa San Angel (the country’s largest TV station) and asked for a job as an actor (which he got!) and never looked back.

      He then pursued his acting career in theater, cinema and television earning many awards from the Dramatic Arts Center in Mexico. On stage, he starred in plays like “El Tintero” (The Inkman), “El Fin” (The End), “Quiero Vivir” (I Want to Live), and many others. Jaime further developed his acting career in sketch-comedy theater in Mexico, receiving more awards from the Comedians’ House. This led to his immediate success in Los Angeles, where he landed a TV role on the hilarious Martin Short comedy “Prime Time Glick”, followed by a Japanese short film called “Not Near, Nor Far”.

      Jaime continued his television career starring in “The Educating Teacher” and later reached the world wide public when he starred in the American soap opera “Acapulco Bay”, a Televisa-Fox production.

      Jaime made his film debut in “Un Secreto De Esperanza” (“A Beautiful Secret”) sharing the screen with Golden Globe and Academy Award winner Katy Jurado. This film earned 11 prizes in several international festivals, marking a new level of success for Mexican cinematography.

      In Hollywood, Jaime went on to appear in the comedy “Party Animalz” (from Lions Gate) as a Mexican cowboy, followed by the recurring role of “Little Jorge” with Kirstie Alley (Look Who’s Talking, Cheers, Veronica’s Closet) in her Showtime series “Fat Actress”

      Jaime continues with his career in Hollywood leading the short film ” Chances Are ” along the side of actress Keiko Agena (Gilmore Girls) an American production seen in the Short Film Corner of Cannes.

      Not leaving the Latin audiences Jaime Aymerich stars in the Television series Doña Risa where he interviews celebrities like Capulina, Pompin Iglesias, IE. and at the same time creating several comical characters and sketches in the show for channel 22/NBC/Telemundo.

      Jaime continues his cinematographic career in the United States with a leading role in the movie “Makeup” drama that brings the renaissance of the Latin cinema.

      – IMDb Mini Biography By: Julia Carolina Vargas Flores

      • Douglas D. Douglas

        Academy Award winner Katy Jurado? She’s real, but she never won an Oscar.

        • not sure if you caught my edit but the bio was written by his wife Carolina Aymerich but she calls herself Julia Carolina Vargas Flores for the sake of imdb

          • Douglas D. Douglas

            IMDB is such an unreliable site. I have friends who amuse themselves during slow times at work by inventing performers and inserting them into films and television programs.

            • HappypantsDance

              My kind of friends 🙂

      • richelieu jr

        A quibble but Katie Jurado was only ever nominated for an Oscar- She didn’t win it.

    • Vaquera

      Aymerich was in the Bunker’s Sunday Funnies last year, March 13, 2013:
      http://tonyortega.org/2013/03/10/hurry-scientology-needs-your-pr-help/

      Last year, his class cost $25, this year it is free; perhaps to lure more than one gullible wanna-be in the doors?

      • richelieu jr

        Gotta be.

  • Tony, you nailed it again. What happened to Mary Lee and Eric Krackow is indeed elder abuse. As we know from yesterday’s story, getting the money is what the criminal organisation known as the “church” of $cientology is about. Patrice VIC proved that the organisation is willing to drive people to death to get the money. Raul Lopez had brain damage, but the registrar took his money! http://www.xenu.net/archive/ronthenut/lopez.htm

    • Frodis73

      That story really gets to me. They must be stopped. Think how many victims are out there that we don’t hear about. (shudder)

  • Frodis73

    I found another video I haven’t heard of. It’s called “Missing in Happy Valley” about the RPF.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uyNfEm8Vo8Y

    • Lots of tags for that one:

      Categories: 1999, Anne Broeker, Burglary, Cadet Org, Childrens RPF, Church of Scientology International, Citizen’s arrest, Clearwater, Copenhagen, David Miscavige, Ethics, False imprisonment, Fort Harrison, Frank Oliver, Germany, Gerry Armstrong, Gilman Hot Springs, Guns, Happy Valley, Ina Brockmann, Int Base, Inurement, Jesse Prince, Knowledge Report, L. Ron Hubbard, Lisa McPherson, Los Angeles, Mike Rinder, Office of Special Affairs, Peter Reichelt, Rehabilitation Project Force, Robert Vaughn Young, Sea Org, Slave labor, Stacy Brooks, Susanne Schernekau, Vicki Aznaran, Video, Wiebke Hansen, YouTube.

      Missing In Happy Valley – Scientology Slave Camps│1999-02-25

      • MaxSpaceman

        You RMyc- I don’t see the Bill Curtis A&E investigative report on the list. The one Frodi posted the other day?

    • MaxSpaceman

      Can you post the Bill Curtis video again? I can’t even find it using search on Youtube, I don’t know why. Thanx.

      • Frodis73

        Thanks Max! I didn’t see the first part or the last one; glad you found this link!

        • MaxSpaceman

          Frodi- it’s a big Thank You! cuz I never woulda found Kurtis’ show.

  • Pierrot

    *** RED X +–+ RED X +–+RED X +–+ RED X *** Monday the 1st of September

    Good morning Early Birds and Night Owls.
    Nothing much happened on Sunday in flagistan, where are they? They have not given up and
    must be flying under our radar somewhere!
    http://whyweprotest.net/threads/taking-down-co-on-craigslist-co-ads-on-craigslist.113779/page-112#post-2481604

    If you have 10 minutes to spare, Re-flag the last 3 days from Friday 29th
    http://whyweprotest.net/threads/taking-down-co-on-craigslist-co-ads-on-craigslist.113779/page-111#post-2481005

    Hyder produced a Regional list last Monday,CHECK to see if your area is cleared of Blues:
    http://whyweprotest.net/threads/project-clearcraig.45949/page-14#post-2480100

    FREELOADER Debt is ILLEGAL and CAN’T BE ENFORCED.
    DON’T route out, BLOW, Get HELP, get OUT. CALL 1-866-XSEAORG

    Ty Dodo and the artist

    • Pierrot

      To facilitate the task of flagging the last 3 to 4 days a new sheet has been created in the spreadsheet.
      It is the second tab named *Last 3 Days”
      Today it contains 233 ads at 20 ads per minutes it is 11 to 12 minutes flagging.
      https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1-Kvg78kCcvo5gL7UfPcmhmbsagTNtdj0y2LAiHVFrCU/pubhtml

      If you do the 3 days list do not do any thing else except for the updates that will come after this post.
      I hope that you will enjoy this new facility.

      • DodoTheLaser

        Impressive. Thanks, Pierrot.

      • I like this way, when I got interrupted in the middle it is easy to go back and see where I had done up to.

  • DeElizabethan

    I’m a little late, but Sunday Funnies do Rock!

  • DodoTheLaser

    I don’t know what Marty is secretly working on, but I think I like it a lot.

    For those who didn’t read it earlier in the comments or read Marty’s recent post,
    he cryptically mentions 2009 (The Truth Rundown) and 2010 (Anderson Cooper)
    and says 2015 and 2016 will make 2009 and 2010 look like child’s play.
    http://markrathbun.wordpress.com/2014/08/31/reality-check/

    The early predictions are – it’s either involves Tom Cruise blowing (Espi and Howdy)
    or IRS (insert any other government agency). Could be both for all we know.
    Or something entirely different, but nevertheless exciting, I am sure.

    • DodoTheLaser

      Oh, also, may be Leah Remini is writing a book, on top of other things.
      “When events of 2015 are in full roar..” ~ Marty
      Ha!

    • AmoVolare

      You know what they say:
      forecasts are really hard to make, specially those concerning the future!

      • DodoTheLaser

        True. Marty is a doer though, despite of all the fancy talk.
        Just like when he was in.

      • Sir Hemet TC Burlwood, VIII

        Yeah, but if you make vague enough predictions, you’re Nostradamus.

        • Missionary Kid

          Perfect!

  • 0tessa

    I still wonder why Marty made that cryptic statement yesterday. If it is all so secret, then why announcing it, especially when the ‘happening’ is only next year or so?
    Could it be especially directed to Miscavige, to give him some more to break his head over?

    • DodoTheLaser

      May be Marty is so confident in the outcome of his secret project, he just want to give everyone early heads up, clear the air and show the middle finger to RTC, as a lulzy bonus.
      http://www.forum.exscn.net/showthread.php?36853-WTH-is-Marty-talking-about-Reality-Check-Sept-1-2014&p=960310&viewfull=1#post960310

      • 0tessa

        You could be right. There might be another strategic motive.

    • Tone

      I think he’s a sad and pathetic man, who knows that he’s wasted his life and rolled quite cruelly over a lot of people in the process. Then the outfit that made him such a big shot turned on him, as it always does. I think that the world outside of the cult must at times still be very mystifying to him, and this often shows in how he communicates. He tries to be deep and imponderable when he writes but like Hubbard, never quite pulls it off. He seems hollow and lost to me. He is very fortunate to have a good woman like Mosey by his side.

      At any rate I pay little mind now to anything he says. It’s all just so much noise.

      And I wonder if Tony is doing a Monday update or perhaps he’s taking Labour Day off?

      • DodoTheLaser

        I understand how you feel. Are you Ex? Or Never in?

        • Tone

          Ex public, from Toronto Org. Was drawn in as a university freshman when I was seventeen, stayed ten years, then resumed my life. That was in the 1980’s. I cannot imagine the difficulties that someone like Marty, who spent his whole life in the cult, must face.

          • DodoTheLaser

            I see. I am sorry. On a positive side, boy do we know about cults and mind control now…
            And yes, not to undermine your experience as a public, life as a staff and a especially
            the sea org member of high rank is a whole different game.

            • Tone

              It is a whole different world. I did not understand that until I started to hear the stories of staff.

            • DodoTheLaser

              And this is why I think we should try to give Marty a break, no matter how hard it is.
              OSA is already working overtime on painting him all kinds of evil. You see?

            • DodoTheLaser

              Not SO, Mission and Class 5 Org level.
              I am very familiar with SO though.

      • endoftheQ

        +1 and I think that’s true for a lot of us, once we’ve looked behind the curtain. I’m not totally cynical, just that I’ve got a lot more out of other practices, than I ever did from expensive confession-with-a-lie-detector.

  • DodoTheLaser

    Can someone wake up Tony’s cats?

    • HillieOnTheBeach

      *presses electric can opener handle*

      • DodoTheLaser

        I will take a can of “Denial”.

    • Missionary Kid

      We’re a bunch of addicts, aren’t we?
      Hi, I’m Missionary Kid, and I’m a Bunker addict, and I need my Bunker fix!

      • DodoTheLaser

        Nah, I just happen to stumble upon this blog.
        Also, Hi, I’m Dodo, and I am a Bunker addict.

      • endoftheQ

        What have I told you about sniffing $uperGoo?!

  • RBE

    New post up

  • MaxSpaceman

    Frodis 73 posted A&E’s Bill Kurtis piece on $cientology Inc. Dave Micsavage appears. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qn_hZzkjsew&list=PL4DA05CC262BBEDAF

    • MaxSpaceman

      This wasn’t enough to scare everyone off- ETA: pic not attaching- disqus.

  • KingofSweden

    My favorite usage error of the day (from the Ferguson MO, themed flyer):
    “The Way to Happiness St Louis banned with other local community groups…”

    …if only! If we all banded together, we could make the ban (of WTH flyers) happen! Now that’s a way to happiness!! Strike up the banned! 😉

  • Prim torturer

    I’m seriously doubting the intelligence of anyone who would attend an event where the guest speaker is a clown voice “actor”. Not a real actor. Someone who sits in a recording booth for a living reading words off a page written by a real writer, albeit one who writes cartoon dreck. My disgust with everything Bart Simpson knows no bounds as does my estimate of the intelligence of its creators to pay huge sums of money to this idiot woman.

    • Missionary Kid

      She happens to have the right voice for a 9 year old boy. She isn’t incapable, but, as you pointed out, she does read other people’s scripts. There is ability required to do what she does. I dislike that she’s a clam, and I feel sorry for her.

  • R Lynn

    Mountain View “Silicon Valley” must be determined to bankrupt every last member anywhere to get their ideal morgue. All of the whales have already given a million or more and they still, after 7 years aren’t there yet.

    The Morgue that will make Clearing the planet a reality however, as everyone knows once you Clear Silicon Valley the rest of the world will follow… or something like that.

  • PeteMiless

    The only reason Denver has sold more books is because they trade books for parking places at the Rockies games. Watch the drop off in October.

  • violetskyye

    Gah! The North Hollywood one is near my home. Maybe I’ll drive by and let y’all know about the giant turn-out.