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Las Vegas attorney Ryan Hamilton makes it 29 lawsuits against Scientology’s drug rehab

Rod_CarewLas Vegas attorney Ryan Hamilton is back filing lawsuits against Scientology’s drug rehab network, Narconon. We’ve watched as he’s filed cases in California, Nevada, Louisiana, Florida, and now another case in Colorado.

Hamilton had taken a pause for a while as he attempted to consolidate his cases in a single Nevada federal court. But after that attempt failed, he appears to be ramping up his filings again.

In this new action, Thomas Ferrara Sr. and Jr, of Ohio, are suing Narconon Fresh Start’s “A Life Worth Saving” facility in Fort Collins, Colorado. They’re also suing Scientology umbrella groups ABLE, Narconon International and Narconon West US.

On June 15, 2013, Thomas Sr. went looking for a rehab center for his son. He got the usual pitch from Dan Carmichael of Narconon Fresh Start — that its sauna program had a 76 percent success rate at flushing out drugs and reducing drug cravings.

The Ferraras were told the program was secular and involved “cognitive behavior modification therapy.”

Instead, Narconon facilities offer Scientology training rather than drug counseling, and Hamilton once again submits a thoroughly detailed and meticulously sourced description of what actually goes on at Narconon clinics and how much they are controlled by Scientology, provide Scientology indoctrination, and recruit new members into the organization. (Hey, Frederick County councilors, how about reading one of Hamilton’s complaints? You might learn something.)

The Ferraras paid $33,000 for the program, but Thomas Jr “became ill” and suffered “embarrassing injuries” that he continues to deal with, the complaint says.

“Thomas Jr. also suffered emotional damages as a result of the strange methods Defendants used to treat his substance abuse.”

Here’s the complaint…

 

Ferrara vs Narconon: Complaint

 
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Paulette Cooper’s story in photographs

 
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We didn’t get a chance to include photos in our book, The Unbreakable Miss Lovely, so we’re posting them here at the Underground Bunker. We’ve created a dedicated page for them, and we hope you go through them all, then come back here and tell us your thoughts!

(Photo: Paulette and her adoptive father, Ted Cooper. From Paulette’s personal collection.)

 
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Claire on the air, and Lori and Mary Jane too

At 9:35 Eastern this morning, Claire Headley will appear on WOCA-AM 1370 in Florida to talk about Scientology, ‘Going Clear,’ and Disconnection.

Lori Hodgson will be on “America’s Talk Radio Network” at 8:20 am Eastern.

And Mary Jane Sterne will appear on the Bev Smith Show at 7:15 pm Eastern.

Gosh, these women rock.

 
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Bonus photos from our tipsters

The book gets around…

 
Flag

 
Louvre

 
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BOOK NOTES

 
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TODAY: We’ll be in studio at 5 pm with Jillian Barberie and John Phillips at TalkRadio 790 KABC to talk about the book. They’ve had us on the show a couple of times by phone in the past, but we’re looking forward to talking Scientology with them in person. Tune in!

But first, we hope you can listen in as we’re being interviewed about Miss Lovely on Irish radio at 10 am Eastern. We’re told that we’ll be on with Sean Moncrieff at NewsTalk 106-108 FM. Hey, Pete Griffiths, let us know how we do!

Copies of the paperback version of ‘The Unbreakable Miss Lovely’ are on sale at Amazon. The Kindle edition is also available, and shipping instantly. Isn’t technology cool.

 
Our appearances…

May 16: Santa Barbara Humanist Society (with Paulette Cooper) $2 for members, $5 for non-members. Here’s the schedule we’ve been given for this event…

2:30 people start arriving to socialize on the patio.
3:00 Meeting begins. President says a few words, makes announcements and then the speakers are introduced.
4:15 Move to patio while the room is set up for dinner. Wine bar. Time for book sales.
5:00 Buffet dinner.

Hey, these folks go all out. We hope some of our readers can make it. We’ll have copies of the book to sell for a discounted price, and we’ll be signing them at the event.

 
May 17: Center for Inquiry-West, Los Angeles, 4773 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, 11 am (with Paulette Cooper)
May 17: CFI Orange County (Costa Mesa), 4:30 pm (with Paulette Cooper) Check out this story about us from OC Weekly about this event.

May 20, San Diego: Kennedy Community Center, El Cajon, 7 pm, sponsored by the San Diego Association for Rational Inquiry (with Paulette Cooper) Hey, San Diego readers, help us get the word out on this late addition to our tour!

May 22: San Francisco (with Jamie DeWolf and Paulette Cooper) THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT. Aye, Chihuahua.

June 11: New York City (with Paulette Cooper) We’re keeping the venue on the down-low at this point. If you’re interested in coming to this unique event — Paulette in New York talking about Scientology where her story began — drop us a line so we get an idea how many are coming.

June 20: Chicago, The Annoyance Theater, 5pm (with Christian Stolte) This event is free, but reserve your tickets now!

June 22 and 23: Toronto (with Paulette Cooper)

June 27/28: Florida (with Paulette Cooper)

July 12: Washington DC, Center for Inquiry

 
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Posted by Tony Ortega on May 15, 2015 at 07:00

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  • Meepthorp

    The pictures are AMAZING! Thank you T.O.!

  • Kim O’Brien

    Tony , you are super cool . I remember sitting down with my daughter years ago …after one of your posts at the Village Voice. It was with Paulette Cooper and I was able to talk with my daughter about her being a survivor of WW2 camps . It was a wonderful history lesson and teachable moment for her. Now this book. Congrats to the both of you ! 🙂

    • Jimmy Threetimes

      I’m sorry your daughter went through that.

      • Sid

        I don’t know whether to laugh or to cry.

        • Jimmy Threetimes

          Someone has to be a smart ass here or this whole place will fall apart. Trust me. This is why they send donkeys to college.

      • Juicer77

        (giggling ashamedly)

  • OTVIIIisGrrr8!

    The long awaited book from Bridge Publications International now available:

    http://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n196/scienowriter/Command.Intention_zpshzqffizc.png

    • Juicer77

      Complete with Sea Argh typos! Somebody’s going to the RPF!

      • OTVIIIisGrrr8!

        SP Transcriptionists found, beaten, and declared.

    • Mrs. V.

      Shortest book ever.

    • Rasha

      “Global”, except for the Continent of Texas, which he’s never evar heard of…..

      • NOLAGirl (Stephanie)

        I don’t think the state of Oklahoma exists anymore either but “Captain” Miscavige would have to confirm that. 🙂

    • Sid

      Chapter One
      “Beating off the Executives”

      • Mrs. V.

        Ummmm….I don’t think he actually “beat them off”. I’m saying he didn’t physically assault them, because he did, I just think you may want to change your phrasing.

        • Observer

          I’m pretty sure his phrasing was intentional.

          • Mrs. V.

            I’m definitely seeing a pattern here now. Off I go to find my sense of humor.

            • Observer

              At least it’s Friday!

    • flyonthewall

      coloring book or seek-n-find?

      ETA – plz be seek-n-find

    • Sid

      Chapter Two
      “Showing the Executives the Hole”

    • Sid

      Chapter Three
      “Executive Seen on their knees in the bathroom”

    • Sid

      Chapter Four
      “Miscavige comes on Tom’s honeymoon”

      • Juicer77

        Seriously, though. Some day I really want to know exactly when it hit Katie Holmes that “these handlers are super creepy and WILL NEVER leave us alone.”

        • OTVIIIisGrrr8!

          It’s not “will never leave us alone.”

          It’s “COB constantly watches over us and takes care of our every need.”

        • arcinva

          I really, really, really, really hope some day down the road she tells her story. Not that I think she will; I would just love to know all the details.

      • OTVIIIisGrrr8!

        As a global ecclesiastical leader, Captain Miscavige suspected Katie Holmes of secretly harboring SP intentions and thought crimes.

        Captain Miscavige had a duty to be there for Tom Cruise on his honeymoon.

        Captain Miscavige sec checked Katie Holmes several times a day to ensure a flubless honeymoon for Tom.

        • El Con Blubbard

          I love you OTVIIIisGrrr8!

          You are on a roll

          and you got me rolling….LOLOLOLOL

    • Sid

      Chapter Five
      “Giving Tom a medal for a job well done”

      • OTVIIIisGrrr8!

        From the book:

        “Scientologist Tom Cruise trembled as he approached the golden glittering IAS stage to receive the highest medal ever given to anyone in Scientology.

        “He was in the presence of greatness.”

        “That greatness was me.”

        • Susan_Qbird_Poche

          TC: And I’ve met the leaders of leaders… all of ’em.
          I know what I’m talking about.
          Trust me.

          • El Con Blubbard

            what a fuck-wad – Tom Cruise

            That got to make his kids cringe

    • Sid

      Chapter Six
      “Miscavige performs his own semi-colon-oscopy”

      • OTVIIIisGrrr8!

        From the book:

        “One day I was accused of beating numerous members of an unincorporated religious order.

        “However, this couldn’t possibly be true because this religious order doesn’t legally exist and therefore has no members to beat.

        “Moreover, as the Leader of Leaders, i.e. the global ecclesiastical leader of the world’s fastest growing religion, I am always universally praised and acclaimed by other world leaders. Indeed, I receive 1000-2000 awards, keys to cities, Nobel prizes in Physics, Emmy’s, Oscars, etc. each and every day. These accolades require millions of square feet to warehouse but that is another story as are my secret HSBC accounts.

        “Given that I am spotless and without blemish before man and God, it offended my ecclesiastical sensibilities to have been accused of kicking, punching, choking, slapping, stomping, and slugging religious volunteers who work in unrelated parts of the Church I don’t know about.

        “For instance, what is Gold Base? What is CSI? What is Narconon? I don’t know and am not familiar with these entities. I manage only a very small department whose sole purpose is to terminatedly handle errant semicolons and other malicious punctuation.

        “Given the magnitude of these sudden and completely false SP Dead Agent attacks upon me, I made a quick and decisive OT Theta universe postulate to handle and presto! Suddenly 22 wog lawyers appeared to defend my good name and that of the Church.

        “Miracles really do happen!”

        • NOLAGirl (Stephanie)

          I have questions Sir. LOL

          • Jimmy Threetimes

            Ask for an AMA thread! Do it!!!!

            • NOLAGirl (Stephanie)

              Are you drunk? LOL If not, let me pour you one. 🙂

            • Jimmy Threetimes

              I’ve never been dfunk in my lifre and that is an insult inquestio.

          • OTVIIIisGrrr8!

            You may ask one question only.

        • El Con Blubbard

          THIS ^^^^^^ is hysterical.

          Gawd – it is like I am in comm with COB

          LOLOLOLOL

      • villagedianne

        I have a semi-colon myself. Crohn’s disease.

        • El Con Blubbard

          Awwww – that was cute and funny

          a semi-colon

          LOL

    • Sid

      Chapter Seven
      “Calling from his ecclesiastical throne that this is the final push”

    • OTVIIIisGrrr8!

      Includes never before seen photos of Tom Cruise piloting Super Power at Int Base:

      http://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n196/scienowriter/1TomCruise.jpg

      • OTVIIIisGrrr8!

        Chapter 112: Golden Shovels lead to Ideal Orgs!

        http://s112.photobucket.com/user/scienowriter/media/home5.jpg.html

        • Andrea ‘i-Betty’ Garner

          Initially read that as ‘Golden Showers lead to Ideal Orgs!”.

          • FromPolandWithLove

            You can say that in Ideal Morgs they piss on You ;p

          • Rasha

            …aaaannnndddd I’m currently dislodging a Dorito from my nasal passage…….

            • Andrea ‘i-Betty’ Garner

              Cor, that’s got to scratch! 😛

    • ze moo

      Neither of them knows how to salute properly.

      • OTVIIIisGrrr8!

        Not true. The salute shown is actually the “Secret OT Head Wave” discussed in the OT III materials. Fingertips to the temple…

        • ze moo

          Most folks don’t need to hold their heads when they ‘bobble wave’. F5

          • OTVIIIisGrrr8!

            Yes but most folks aren’t OT’s.

  • Cosmo Pidgeon

    And to think, in 1971 if I had come in contact with Paulette’s book and read it. What may have happened differently. At the time I was consumed in a world of sex, drugs, rock and roll, and the visual arts. ( By the way I would never and still never would have wanted to miss that. ) I may have not entered the dark cavern of Scientology and unfortunately dragged my High School sweetheart and a couple good friends with me. For myself I chalk it up as experiences and some missed opportunities, lost a girl I was deeply in love with.( You know teenage love ) and some apologies owed to those I brought along. My intentions were good for all that matters. And oh yeah. Paulette, apologies to you for any times I might have helped make some part of your life miserable. I don’t mean I stalked you or anything. I aided and fed the monster that was after you.. Scientology.
    I wish great success to the new book for Tony and yourself. You have the perfect person to tell your story. Scientology is small in number now and a wounded animal but they still can create great harm to those without the means to fight back.

  • nottrue

    People of Detroit just say no… https://youtu.be/vIbdv02Fd9w

  • Juicer77

    After I shared some info on Miss Lovely, a high school friend remarked that she just saw a $cientology documentary and wasn’t aware of half that stuff and is now interested in the book. I replied that she can search the Bunker by topic if so inclined.

  • Juicer77

    Tweeted by Silvertail Books: “24 hours after publication and The Unbreakable Miss Lovely by @TonyOrtega94 already has 9 five-star reviews. That’s a record.”
    🙂

    • Aslan’s Own

      Has jumped up to 12 now.

      • April

        Pretty impressive for a guy from the fringes of the internet.

        • Aslan’s Own

          Exactly!! Just checked and now there are 14 comments. I expect that number to keep rising as people finish the book!

  • Susan_Qbird_Poche

    I got it!!!
    Had to go to town for supplies & when I got back, my books were on my doorstep.
    SWEET!

    • Sid

      “I taut I taw a dewivewy twuck. I did! I did!”

  • Eivol Ekdal

    Bunker Service Announcement
    If you can, please donate or subscribe to “The Bunker Fund”.
    Book tours are not cheap. Let’s keep him comfy!
    Links at the top of every page, just look for the PayPal buttons…
    Thanks for your kind attention.
    (pic)

  • Sebastian L. Jackson

    Off-Topic: Oh dear sweet God, has anybody seen this new video of Jenna Elfman? She’s lobbying against the mandatory vaccination bill being passed in California, along with the anti-vaxxer movement.

    Trigger warning: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yoLg6GYUwZQ&feature=youtu.be

    • OTVIIIisGrrr8!
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        Not 1,
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        for a mere 1 billion easy payments of $47.47

      • Rasha

        Good thing I don’t use the “so called” ones. Nope, gimme the real ones, straight up, no chaser…

      • Kay

        Deadly “dead” viruses ??? bwahahahahahahahaha

      • Rasha

        …well, Dr. Tom is the only one who really knows and can help……

    • Jimmy Threetimes

      Goddamn it. I really liked her until I just found out she’s an anti-vaxxer.

    • ElleGee

      Celebrities should leave science to, ya know, the scientists.

    • What is she babbling about? Which specific court rulings and violations of the constitution is she talking about? And poor kids are the first vaccinated! Health mobiles — duh!

      • flyonthewall

        duh uh parental rights…freedom…sacr…aww fuck this shit WHO’S THE BABY RAPER HERE!? WAS IT YOU!? HOW MANY BABIES HAVE YOU RAPED!??

        • Jimmy Threetimes

          WHY DOES THE BABY YOU RAPED HAVE MENINGITIS??! HUH.?!! Is it… Ohhh it wasn’t… Okay.. I’m sorry.

          • flyonthewall

            How come the most deadliest diseases are always the most funny sounding? The world is strange like that

      • “I’m not against immunization at all — except when I’m totally against it.”

        • flyonthewall

          “I’m protecting a parent’s right to make other parents’ children vulnerable to diseases that were once extinct until morons like me came around”

    • Yes, there are epidemics in California, you stupid person.
      http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/whooping-cough-epidemic-in-california-1.2870294
      http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2015/01/27/californias-epidemic-of-vaccine-denial-mapped/

      Immunize your kids, or your little plague-carrier can’t come to school.

      • ElleGee

        “…your little plague-carrier can’t come to school.” Priceless!

      • The relatively low-income areas in the central valley also have low rates of vaccine opposition.

        It sounds like those poor working single moms that she’s defending don’t want to be defended by some rich self-important air-head.

        • kemist

          anti-vaxxing is a form of teh retards reserved for clueless, rich idiots.

    • NOLAGirl (Stephanie)

      Shut up Jenna. Uneducated bitch.

    • PickAnotherID

      What in the hell makes her qualified to comment on anything medically related?

      I am sick and tired of “actors” getting access to high places to shoot their mouths off about things they no nothing about just because they’re actors. And I’m really sick of politicians who listen to them just because they’re actors.

      • Juicer77

        This ^^^

    • ze moo

      She blames Big Pharma for SB277. She is a fool….

      • TheHoleDoesNotExist

        Too bad there’s no vaccination to avoid ice hearted, arrogant, self serving, mirror kissing, contemptible and callous bitches with a bad case of ignoramousness.

        Crawl back to your throne, Jenna, and get the hell off those kids’ lawn!

    • PerpetualOutflow

      What happened to the greatest good for the greatest number of dynamics? What about those in vulnerable populations who are exposed to children who have come down with deadly infectious diseases because they weren’t vaccinated?

      • Mrs. V.

        Excellent point.

    • don’t how long my comment will last…. just in case it’s removed here it is

      pic

  • ElleGee

    OT: BB “The Thrill is Gone” King died last night at 89. Saw him in early ’80s as a surprise guest performer with U2, in Fort Worth, TX. Muddy Waters and BB King were huge influences in my music development. RIP BB.

    • Susan_Qbird_Poche

      Long live the mayor of bluesville.

      • ElleGee

        I wonder who gets Lucille?

        • Rasha

          I had just visited Nashville last weekend, and, knowing BB’s degrading condition, it occurred to me as I passed “BB King’s Blues Club” what it would be like there when he passed. It must be awful there. Lucille is either going there or the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

          …or the Smithsonian. Too iconic for private collections.

          • ElleGee

            Yeah, that sounds about right. I do know that he called all his guitars “Lucille”, but one of his favorites had been stolen and then recovered and returned back in 2009.

        • Susan_Qbird_Poche

          The Smithsonian!

          • ElleGee

            American Made Treasure.

    • PickAnotherID

      Oh, man. Haven’t watched the news since yesterday morning and didn’t hear about this. I’ve got every albumn and single he ever did. He’ll be missed.

      Condolences to his friends and family.

  • Graham

    Today the Unbreakable Miss Lovely visited Sutton Courtenay churchyard to pay her respects to Eric Blair, aka George Orwell, author of ‘1984’ and ‘Animal Farm’, whose writings hold so much resonance for those of us who know Scientology for what it is. Power is in tearing human minds to pieces and putting them together again in new shapes of our own choosing.” [1984]

    • Graham


      .

  • CK

    Jordan Peele just found his next comedy bit in impersonating Rod Carew if he hasn’t already done so.

  • Jonathan Cummings

    Thanks for all the pics of Paulette and her friends and family. Her biological family’s history is similar to mine in that my grandparents were Russian Jews living in Poland shipped off to their death but their children had already been shipped of to the states. Miss Lovely sure fits Paulette as she has always been very beautiful, even as a young girl. I cannot wait to receive the book which is supposed to arrive from Amazon tomorrow. I need to get with the times and get a Kindle. If I had one I could already be reading! Thanks again!

    • CK

      Same on my mother’s side, although my grandfather was able to flee Russia before the start of the horrible stuff to affect Europe.

  • Observer

    Okay, inside with no errant wind gusts (unless you count gaseous wiener dogs):
    .

    • CK

      You look like you saw a g-g-ghost.

    • Susan_Qbird_Poche

      It just feels good to hold it in your hands,eh?!
      THEN… to read!

    • NOLAGirl (Stephanie)

      *waves* Hey Obs!! 🙂

      • Observer

        Howdy!

    • Jimmy Threetimes

      You cashed out the cool bank with your Rogue hair. I love that.

      • Observer

        I was so pleased when I started going gray in a big stripe in front. I earned that gray and I’m keeping it!

        • Jimmy Threetimes

          I wasn’t teasing, I think that’s a bad-ass look. I’d be afraid to touch you, tho.

        • ElleGee

          Me2! I think you look marvelous, dahling!

          • Jimmy Threetimes

            I see what you did there. She looks marvelous.

        • Eclipse-girl

          I just had my hair cut off yesterday.
          I lost around 11 inches.
          I am stort of jealous.

          Mine was alway tied back or in a braid, though

          • MrsLurksALot

            Wow, that is a big change. I bet it took you a while to decide to do it? I did the same about 3 years ago. Finally cut it all off and donated it to Locks of Love.

            • Eclipse-girl

              I have done it periodically.
              The last time I had my hair cut was 2 1/2 yrs ago.
              That hair was donated, too.

    • Mockingbird

      You look so different from your avatar!

    • CO$CUZ

      Gorgeous. Beautiful hair!

    • Super Power Wogsie

      Obs !!!

    • Baby

      That’s our girl.. That is a fabulous picture Obs.. I would kill for that gray streak.. I love your hair too…. Love you.. xoxo baby

      • Observer

        <3

    • Andrea ‘i-Betty’ Garner

      Ah, I’m so glad I stumbled across this picture from yesterday! You rock, Mrs O. You and Paulette have the same streaks in your hair in this photo.

  • PickAnotherID

    Wahoo! TUML just arrived! I’ll be back sooner or later. Where’d I leave that number of Jimmy John’s??

  • aquaclara

    Wishing the Ferraras good luck with their case against Narconon. When it’s your child that’s been harmed, it makes little difference whether it’s the first case or the 29th – it should never be allowed to happen.
    Frederick, Marylanders, wake up and smell the coffee. Narconon has killed people, and even THAT has not stopped them from peddling Scientology as a solution to the empty orgs and emptying coffers.

  • flyonthewall

    Pete just posted this in SP’s R Us. Radio interview Tony did about Miss Lovely that he mentioned in today’s post (the Irish radio one)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HmwuJLc18F0

    • Rasha

      In this frame, it looks as big as Gödel, Escher, Bach

      • One Human

        Psst…no one realizes Tony and DM are the same size….NAH! Just kiddin’!

        • Rasha

          Then again, just look at those paws! He’s still a puppy!

          • One Human

            HAHAHA!

  • L. Wrong Hubturd

    Wow, photos 24 & 25! Just two years worth of stress had a remarkable effect. So glad you are still fighting the good fight Paulette. Hope to see you in Florida!

    • One Human

      And she looks spectacularly beautiful today!

      • L. Wrong Hubturd

        Very much so!

    • MaxSpaceman

      We’ll be seeing Paulette in New York 🙂

      • L. Wrong Hubturd

        Lucky Spaceman!

    • Jimmy Threetimes

      Thank you

  • Eivol Ekdal

    5 minute warning…
    http://www.kabc.com/

    • TonyOrtega

      Sorry, I meant 5pm out here in LA

      • Eivol Ekdal

        You certainly get around!

    • Eivol Ekdal

      oops – I think it is 5PM Local time in Los Angeles instead of Tony Time Zone

  • Pierrot

    *** RED X +–+ Reminder +–+ RED X ***
    Removals for yesterday are again BELOW average only Seattle making a small show.
    I am sorry to say that our complaints have so far fallen in deaf ears, no results yet.
    Do not leave it to the next person do it, it is as easy as 1) have an email address, 2),
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    CL might check your IP to see if you are a “LOCAL”, it would help for “local” RedXers to complain.
    Complaining to CL did work well for Boston with 98 ads removed. See how to
    do it : https://whyweprotest.net/threads/taking-down-co-on-craigslist-co-ads-on-craigslist.113779/page-120#post-2533760
    Join us in complaining to CL about the blatant spamming for Boston & Los Angeles, all the evidences are here:. https://whyweprotest.net/threads/taking-down-co-on-craigslist-co-ads-on-craigslist.113779/page-120#post-2534712

    RedX tips : Updated to include: how to complete the
    CL complaint form & copy/paste post ids
    : https://whyweprotest.net/threads/taking-down-co-on-craigslist-co-ads-on-craigslist.113779/page-120#post-2533632
    Flag co$ lies : https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1-Kvg78kCcvo5gL7UfPcmhmbsagTNtdj0y2LAiHVFrCU/pubhtml
    F5… Longing the Dark Tower by Andy Factor enhanced by DodoTheLaser for RedX, flickred by Aeger Primo https://www.flickr.com/photos/120371503@N05/15888955519/in/set-72157642802079293

  • Vaquera

    Just now sticking my head in the Bunker. I’ve scrolled down a few hours worth of comments and did not see a thread discussion or link to this site. Apologies if I skimmed too fast and missed it down below.
    Video clip from this weekend’s upcoming Oprah show “Where Are They Now?”

    Leah Remini Says Dedication to Scientology Allowed for ‘Minimal Time’ with Family
    http://www.people.com/article/leah-remini-scientology-family-work

  • CO$CUZ

    As close as I wanted to get to the San Diego Org. Pardon my dirty glove.

    • Rasha

      LUV all the Miss Lovely Selfies…..

      • Dee Findlay-DeElizabethan

        Gee, just reminded me that I’d better get downtown one of these days soon and make one too. Maybe in front of the Fort Harrison Hotel?

        • Rasha

          YESH!!!!!

    • Tree

      I don’t blame you for not wanting to get any closer than this! These places are frightening, or stinky or otherwise just plain offensive.

    • Irregular Joe

      Do the people at the org know what you are holding? The back cover is pretty nondescript, but Paulette’s steely gaze speaks volumes.

      • CO$CUZ

        I drive by the org often for work and have never seen any people going in or out. It appears to me the parking lot is run by Ace, telling me that those cars are not COS members, but people simply using the lot. Even though I didn’t see anyone, I’d imagine they saw me. Creepy.

  • Mymy88

    My kitty’s name is Kiki. She turned one year old, nine days ago. Sorry for the poor quality. My camera is horrible AND I’m extremely technologically challenged.

  • Irregular Joe

    Just out of curiosity… Hamilton keeps filing these suits in which he specifically accuses Narconon/Scientology of being a religion. Can Scientology use these suits to bolster its claims of being a “bona fide” religion?

    • flyonthewall

      he’s not accusing them of being a religion, he’s just pointing out that that is how they portray themselves

      • Irregular Joe

        Bearing in mind that I know a lot less about law than I know about Scientology, and I know hardly anything about Scientology – isn’t one of the specific bones of contention in the complaint that the fact that Narconon falsely claims to be secular?

        It seems the complaint uses Narconon’s Scientology affiliation in order to demonstrate that Narconon’s program is religious, despite Narconon’s claims to the contrary?

        “Scientology is a religion — Narconon is Scientology — Narconon is religious”

        21. The pamphlet and Carmichael further represented that the treatment program Fresh Start offers is secular.

        23. Each of the above representations was false and misleading.

        26. L. Ron Hubbard was the founder of the Scientology religion. Hubbard is the sole source of all teachings and sacred texts in the Scientology religion.

        27. Although not disclosed to patients, the material in the Narconon books comes from religious texts in the Scientology religion.

        • flyonthewall

          You’re correct that one of Hamilton’s complaints is that Narconon represents itself as secular.

          If Scientology didn’t claim to be a religion then he would have no argument. However, Scientology promotes itself as a religion, at least when they’re taken to court or criticized in the media. Hamilton is just throwing that religious status they claim for themselves and turning it back on them.

          Besides, they wouldn’t point to him and say “Here look see! This guy Hamilton who is suing our Narconon drug rehab centers all over the country says we’re a religion so you better believe we are!” That doesn’t really make any sense for them to do that

          • Irregular Joe

            thanks

            • flyonthewall

              i’m not a lawyer either, just my impression

    • Jimmy Threetimes

      “Scientology is a bona ride religion. Multiple lawsuits filed against Narconon, a secular rehabilitation program that we do not administrate, supervise or have anything to do with, contain language that prove we are a religion.”

      Nah… I don’t see that happening.

      • Rasha

        “Scientology is a bona ride religion”. So true. Sounds better if you throw some sort of accent on it.

        • Jimmy Threetimes

          Sorry. Typing on an iPad. Plus I’m hammered.

          • Rasha

            “Hammered iPad Typing Tech” reveals a great truth. Wait! Fly and I have a flaming flatbed scanner for jumping onto from a balcony…..

            • flyonthewall

              I have no idea what you’re talking about. Stop making things up

          • Super Power Wogsie

            I would give you some strawberry belts to sober up but I ate them all…

        • The Dude

          Here you go. With a cool accent.

          F5

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=16-AK3wQaTQ

          • Irregular Joe

            “I’ll be somewhere lurking for the Lord?”

            • The Dude

              Nice. That’s funny. Back-alley preachers. Sneak up on you and save your soul.

      • ze moo

        While $cientology does ‘qualify’ by definition as a ‘religion’, so does worshiping a head of lettuce or George Carlin.

        • The Dude

          Or as Carlin said, “Pray to Joe Pesci. At least he can get shit done!”.

          • Mymy88

            Carlin also said (this is negative but it’s so funny, it makes up for it)… Committing suicide is mans’ way of telling God, “You can’t fire me. I quit!” lol

        • The Dude

          Or a Flying Spaghetti Monster.
          Or a Dude.

  • Dave Reams

    Why are these Federal law suits rather than state? Is it because Scientology commits crimes across state lines?

  • nottrue
    • Dee Findlay-DeElizabethan

      I really enjoy listening to Claire talk, as she speaks so well. Thank you Claire for doing interviews.

    • Andrea ‘i-Betty’ Garner

      Fascinating that Jefferson Hawkin’s book cover is still remembered so widely today. Scientology sure knows how to haemorrhage it’s best talent.

      • Juicer77

        Counterfeit Dreams was a study in bad management. Mr. Hawkins did an amazing job promoting Dianutty and at every turn he was underestimated, sabotaged and punished.

  • Super Power Wogsie

    WoW!!! Those two years certainly took its toll on Paulette – breaks my heart! She is still beautiful as ever and strong in spirit!

    • Mrs. V.

      I showed those two photos to Mr. V. and he was shocked as well. Crazy how they dare call them selves a religion.

  • That photo of Paulette with her father’s leather book cover is lump-in-the-throat stuff. Can’t wait for the book – it’s on order. thanks, Tony.

    • Vaquera

      I’m right there with you…lump.

  • L. Wrong Hubturd

    With a 29th Hambo lawsuit, other firms now advertising for clients and all of the bad press in general, something has me concerned. What are the legal and financial ramifications of NarCONon goes out of business? What if DM shuts them down in a whim and offloads all of the staff as liabilities?

    • flyonthewall

      then the staff can simply all go be scumbags somewhere else

      • Observer

        When do you start your new job?

        • flyonthewall

          Not soon enough. 8Jun. Same type of work but for better money and for what I hope will be a much saner company.

          I’m kind of pissed how my current job handled the whole thing. I told my sup 5mos ago that my pay was not acceptable and is actually shrinking every yr bc of increased healthcare costs. She was like apply for a new position but there isn’t a raise in the budget, maybe that will change. Yeah right. Fast forward to the other day when I tell them I got another job and what-do-you-know, they want to match the salary the new place is offering! Fuck that

          • Missionary Kid

            Your supervisor is probably someone who’s afraid to rattle the cages of her superiors by asking for a raise for people who work for her. I wonder if she even asked on your behalf.

            I hope they do an exit interview, where you can be polite but direct.

  • Dee Findlay-DeElizabethan

    Whaoo! I received my books today. I start reading tonight and tomorrow a friend will as well. The photo section Tony provides is really helpful.

    • Andrea ‘i-Betty’ Garner

      Your copies arrived? Brilliant!

      • Dee Findlay-DeElizabethan

        Yes, supposed to be Monday, so was nice, “sooo jelly”, found at my door when I returned home from shopping. Also cancelled dinner out because of having a storm move in. Briefly looked at the Lovely, but will read over this weekend, hopefully. Have a friend coming tomorrow to help arrange/clean out my garage and give stuff for a good benefit on Memorial Day.

        • Andrea ‘i-Betty’ Garner

          I wish I could be there to help but I’m really glad you have a friend coming over. Do NOT overdo things. x

        • Jimmy Threetimes

          Seems like everyone expecting their copies on Monday got them today. Amazon is a liar.

          • Andrea ‘i-Betty’ Garner

            Are Amazon’s pants on actual fire, Jim?

            • Suzanna Nielsen

              Please tell me the direction I need to “Pee” in.

            • Jimmy Threetimes

              Schoooooools outttttt
              for
              Non sequitur

              That’s I song a just wrote.

          • thetastic

            Amazon is the only company that lies happy.

    • The Dude

      Sooo Jelly…

    • L. Wrong Hubturd

      Mine finally shipped today, so I’m still on for next week unless they left from that new Amazon warehouse in Lakeland.

  • smew

    Ryan Hamilton has been busy. And of course Kirby Delauter (KIRBY DELAUTER KIRBY DELAUTER) misses the point: http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/scientology-backed-drug-rehab-triggers-a-furor-near-camp-david/2015/04/19/ee2b6dee-e2b1-11e4-81ea-0649268f729e_story.html

    • ze moo

      So, now I know that the current zoning prohibits group homes and medical uses, a ‘historical’ zoning would allow that. I still don’t see what is ‘historical’ about Trout Run.

      David Love did some very good ‘education’ of the local ant-narCONoners. I hope that helped.

  • Andrea ‘i-Betty’ Garner

    This must have been mentioned already. I really need to know whether Paulette still has her ball. Please will somebody ask her? That ball is emblematic of so much that she lost. Finally seeing the photo today was a kicker.

    • Don’t. Talk. About. The. B.A.L.L. I’m still at work . . .

    • Hamtaro

      Maybe it’s best left unsaid…
      If she still has the ball, everybody is going to cry.
      If she doesn’t have the ball any longer, everybody is going to cry.

      • Andrea ‘i-Betty’ Garner

        You know…you’re right. Thank you 🙂

        • Robert Hammond

          *sniff*

      • Suzanna Nielsen

        And either way…….she will always have her ball.

    • Irregular Joe

      Maybe it just slipped away?

    • thetastic

      This. That ball broke my heart.

  • Heroes . . .

    • Eivol Ekdal

      Stop it before I dig out the M-People.

  • PerpetualOutflow

    For the sake of work and family obligations, am trying to pace myself and resist the urge to hole up somewhere and read until I finish it, so I’m only on chapter 4. What’s struck me so far is how on earth people who fancy themselves to be such “ethical beings” are in fact staggeringly UNethical, committing the most deceitful, vicious and illegal acts time and again to try to destroy Paula, her family and friends. As many have noted here before, it truly is opposite world in $cientology. Tony, what a fantastic read! And the photos were a wonderful addition, heartbreaking though some of them are.

  • PerpetualOutflow

    Whoops…that would be Paulette. 😉

  • MaxSpaceman

    For Paulette. Indomitable, Unstoppable, Unbreakable. “Dance Me To The End Of Love,” by Leonard Cohen.

    (Although structured as a love song, “Dance Me to the End Of Love” was in fact inspired by that tragic time in history, which befell Paulette’s parents.) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W0LZ4wMV3zw

    • The Dude

      Gorgeous!
      Her natural vibrato is breathtaking.

    • Suzanna Nielsen

      This is very beautiful. But I think I still like Leonard’s best.

  • Sookie Sookie

    For those of us with mildly obsessive tendencies (shockingly pale feet optional), might I suggest Post-it brand Page Markers… (refresh)

    • The Dude

      Obsessio!

      • Sookie Sookie

        Who leaked my alter ego name?!

        Never mind, I’m obsessed with this book right now…

        • The Dude

          Do you print tiny footnotes on the color coded markers?

          • Sookie Sookie

            My husband just saw this and cracked up, because… of course I do.

            Embracing the Dork Within! Yeah!

            • The Dude

              God help him! LOL!
              Dork on, Obsessio.
              Dork on.

            • Sookie Sookie

              Lettin’ my dork flag fly…

    • Sergeant Pepper

      So scholarly, I’m impressed.

    • Eivol Ekdal

      Does your toenail polish match your avatar?

      • Sookie Sookie

        Not really. In fact, now that I look at it in real life, it’s more of a Joy Villa-type color clash. *shiver*

    • Ardent

      Someone has pretty feet….

      • L. Wrong Hubturd

        I knew someone would go there, I just was not sure who it would be. Congratulations.

        • Suzanna Nielsen

          I know rite? Pretty feet is a BIG DEAL!

        • Ardent

          Well, they are. And no, I do not have a ‘thing’ for feet.

      • Sookie Sookie

        Why thank you, friend. (My feet are blushing.)

        • Missionary Kid

          Beautiful beet, beautiful book.

  • outraged

    Ay caramba! There are SO many talks and events happening right now, it is overWHELMINGly wonderful.♡

    And i have never seen so many Bunker feet.
    EVERYONE is showing either the arrival, the reading, the re-reading of Miss Lovely.

    MR. David Miscavige, whatever hidey hole YOU are reading from,
    HA!

  • Mark

    Thanks for the pictures, Tony. I’m going to print them out and bind them into my copy of The Unbreakable Miss Lovely with your captions added (thus producing a first edition of potentially unsurpassable rarity: eat your hearts out, British Library, Library of Congress, &c.!)

    BTW, the e-book is now officially available as an EPUB download from Kobo, thus obviating my former harsh criticisms of Amazon/Kindle’s monopolistic tendencies, and rendering my efforts to make the Kindle version I bought useable on my e-reader nugatory at best. Kobo link: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/the-unbreakable-miss-lovely

    • flyonthewall

      you should also bind it in Nigerian leather

      • Mark

        That just goes to show what a cheapskate Shortarse is with his ‘heirloom’ Dianetics editions: Nigerian goatskin is serviceable but inexpensive binding-material compared to vellum or calf.

        • flyonthewall

          surely he would never push inferior product at exorbitant prices on his loyal flock just to make a tidy profit!? You’re so cynical Mark

          • Mark

            Realistic 😉

  • flyonthewall

    maggotonthefloor signing off!

    • Rasha

      So early! Well, have a good ‘un!

  • Somebody send Davey the message to go in seclusion and then Die! Just like the Old fart!

  • Vanfan

    Tony, how do I get you and Ms. Cooper to come to Vancouver to promote your book?

    • Cedilla

      Vanfan,
      By plane and then taxi.

  • This place is as silent as the library – are your all reading?

    • Suzanna Nielsen

      I just arrived after a couple of work days from hell. I started reading a couple of nights ago. I am trying to catch up on everything. Just saw all of the photos. The one of Paulette with the leatherwork was so beautiful.

      I am so far behind………GAH.

      • You got all weekend and i am going to do what you did, but next month – bummer!

    • Irregular Joe
    • Vaquera

      Taking a break for tacos and Galaxy Quest.

  • Cedilla

    Mr. Ortega,
    While you are on the road.
    If you need a secretary, my sistah is available.
    Has sterling credentials.

    http://brightcove.vo.llnwd.net/e1/pd/16991917/16991917_850123451001_img-blankenship-sword-480-164242809188.jpg?pubId=16991917

    • Suzanna Nielsen

      heh, heh.

    • The Dude

      One ringy-dingy. Two ringy-dingy……

      • Cedilla

        Young man,
        It’s a telephone. And Tony is on the radio right now.
        Get with it.

        • The Dude

          I just see Lily Tomlin

      • Ardent

        Ernestine, wasn’t it? Used to crack me up. Lily Tomlin is a far under-used comic talent.

        • Missionary Kid

          Apparently, other comics give her a lot of credit for changing the face of comedy, and she’s still touring and apparently even doing better than ever.

          • Ardent

            Good to hear!

        • The Dude

          When she used to do “The Little Girl in The Big Chair”. I loved that.

          • Missionary Kid

            She was offered a bundle of money to do her telephone operator routine for phone company advertising, but she turned it down. Than’s integrity.

        • Mymy88

          Oh my gosh. Me too. I had a best friend for many years that could do SUCH a perfect imitation of Lily doing that little girl in the big chair thing. FYI I lost that friend immediately after she had a religious experience and gave her heart to Jesus and told me I belong to the devil, until I do the same. 20 year friendship, down the toilet.

          • Missionary Kid

            Luckily, most people who get “saved” are usually, IMO, just obnoxious about it.
            Your former friend hasn’t realized that reaching out to the unsaved is a part of her new “mission.”

            Of Course, she could well be involved with a cult, or at least an all-enveloping social group that fundamentalist organizations provide.

            What she did is very similar to disconnection. When I was a Christian, I would have challenged her by asking, “Is your god too small, that god is so weak that an unsaved person can cause those who are saved to stray?”

            • Mymy88

              If it’s not a cult, it’s borderline. It’s a Southern Baptist fundamentalist church in Alabama and they do things the “old fashioned way” which means strictly using the King James Bible and generally taking the scriptures much more literally that lighter Baptist faiths o.O

              She sent me a Facebook message not long ago. I told her I could talk to her but only if we didn’t bring up anything about religion.

              Then she said something like this: “As a married mother of two, blah bah.” As if I didn’t know. WTF? I used to babysit her kids. Anyway, the bottom line was, she said it was impossible for her not to mention the Lord because in any conversation she had with anyone, for one thing, she’s been doing it so long she wouldn’t know how to, and because she thought it would be offensive to him not to honor him with her speech as she usually does, just because someone had asked that of her.

              Well since I am possessed by the devil and everything, I wasn’t surprised she felt that way lol.

            • Missionary Kid

              Is it a small church or a mega-church? It sounds like the former.

              I see her as being a person who either doesn’t have a husband any more or ignores him, and her kids are grown, so she has an empty nest, or she’s simply a lonely old lady. At least churches like that usually care for their own, unlike $cientology.

              Churches like that provide a complete social life, and they keep people busy, studying the bible, praising the lord, or spreading the gospel, so they have little time for anything else. Everyone’s identity is wrapped up in how close they are to Christianity as their congregation sees it.

              They are after the “true” word of god that they’ve declared is in the K J Version. Unfortunately, fundamentalists pick and choose what they are going to follow. They will quote passage after passage out of the OT against homosexuality, yet Jesus said nothing about it. He did say a lot about their equivalent to divorce, and how evil it was, IIRC. Fundamentalists have the highest divorce rate among Christian groups. They haven’t stoned anyone for divorce or adultery, have they?

              King James, who commissioned the bible she follows, was, according to some historians, gay. There is debate about this.

            • Mymy88

              It’s a very small church and she has the Christian persecution complex big time. She told me her husband and son were standing on the corner holding signs to wittness for the Lord and they were arrested just for that. I bet that’s not the whole story. I wish there was some way to find out the truth.

              LOL nah. I don’t think they have stoned anyone yet. They seem to hate the people that think gay people are like anybody else, even more than gay people themselves lol.

              What is IIRC? And yes, she has the empty nest thing going on but lots and lots of grand children being brought up in the ways of the Lord. Hallelujah!

          • Ardent

            One moment I was smiling, and then WHAM, another sad tale of someone jumping into whacko territory! I am so sorry you lost your friend to craziness.
            What quirk of the mind makes us so susceptible to so many extreme and bizarre belief systems?
            Back to Lily Tomlin: I think you are right – Ernestine was the little girl? What was the operator’s name? I know she was always calling “Mr. Beedle” about some sort of billing nonsense. Just wonderfully funny.

            • Mymy88

              Something to do with cognitive dissonance, I suppose. They should teach that in elementary school.

              Below are links for each (funny). Don’t forget to put the dot in.

              Ernistine and Mr. Beedle
              https://www.youtube (dot) com/watch?v=EOg7IiUnZ5Q&list=PL2RzsTTHhhwXXGL9zGitk_n36bQNcPcVy&index=11

              Edith Ann
              https://www.youtube (dot) com/watch?v=_Nwu2x_RhRA

  • Cedilla
  • Eivol Ekdal

    5 minute warning…
    Jillian Barberie and John Phillips at TalkRadio 790 KABC
    http://www.kabc.com/

  • Eivol Ekdal

    This is good, these people are clued up!
    http://www.kabc.com/

    • Missionary Kid

      Thanks. I’m listening to it now.

      Tony, of course, is hitting it out of the park.

      • Eivol Ekdal

        Currently crossing the Van Allen Belt and gonna bean LRH in the kisser.

        • Missionary Kid

          *Chuckle at the image* Of course, LRH is either in hell or has reached a state of non-existence, depending on your beliefs.

          He ain’t coming back, suckers!

        • Suzanna Nielsen

          And it will be ‘Warm”.

      • Eivol Ekdal

        Tony, “I don’t like bullies.”

        • Missionary Kid

          I don’t like bullies either, and I don’t like liars. Many $cientologists aren’t bullies, but they’re lied to from the beginning, and taught to lie to themselves, and ultimately to others. I also hate organizations that take money under false pretenses.

          I guess I could go on and on, couldn’t I?

    • Ruby

      Just saw this after I posted.. Thanks 🙂
      I missed the beginning.

  • outraged

    Miss Lovely is at the Louvre!!

  • Ruby

    Tony on live radio now.

    • Missionary Kid
      • L. Wrong Hubturd

        I chose “listen live”, right? It just sits there and spins, no audio. Did you all break it?

        • Missionary Kid

          I hope not. Refresh, or try a different browser? Computers Confusers can be frustrating.

        • Eivol Ekdal

          It should open a new window to…
          http://player.listenlive.co/24571

        • Anonymous

          It’s a Flash audio player…will not work on Apple devices…

          • L. Wrong Hubturd

            Derp. Yeah, I built a new little Intel NUC thingy last month and have not put flash on yet.

            • Eivol Ekdal

              I am on a NUC now. 🙂

            • L. Wrong Hubturd

              Cute, aren’t they? I got the newest 5th gen I5, 16 gig and a Samsung Pro SSD. Got station running now too. THX!

        • Anonymous

          Also…make sure you turn the audio up on the screen player….the default setting appears to be at zero volume…

  • Ruby

    A call in # for Tony on live…did anyone get it?

  • L. Wrong Hubturd

    Totally OT, but it’s the weekend and this is for Dodo and the Dude.

    Turn it up…..way up!

    https://youtu.be/e4Ao-iNPPUc

  • Sebastian L. Jackson

    Off-Topic/Self-Promotion: Added a new piece to my manga portfolio today…

    • Suzanna Nielsen

      Um, Nice boobs?

      • Sebastian L. Jackson

        I’m trying to be modest. :p Compared to other stuff, this is tame.

        • Suzanna Nielsen

          um yeah….we know.
          NOW BEHAVE!!!!! 😉

        • Mymy88

          I believe it! lol

    • Jimmy Threetimes

      Bulma looks pissed.

    • Mockingbird

      I like her passion – she can work for OSA !

  • aegerprimo

    My copy of The Unbreakable Miss Lovely arrived today! Here is my selfie with the book….

  • Eivol Ekdal

    Half-time break – Tony should be still on the air for another 30 minutes if you are tuning in late…
    http://www.kabc.com/

    • MaxSpaceman

      Thanx. Forgot.

  • Missionary Kid

    I’m having a tough time reading TUML. I get so pissed that I have to put it down for a while to cool off. It’s not Tony or Paulette’s fault, but $ciencefuckintology’s.

    • Suzanna Nielsen

      Thank you. Not just me. I have slammed it onto my nightstand twice….and decided to just sleep on what i read..
      I think this is a compliment to Tony.
      but I am not sure yet.
      I just know i get pissed and have to stop, and regroup.

      Glad again, it is not just me.

      • Ruby

        Me 3. Altho I did finish it up last night.

        • Suzanna Nielsen

          I am not even close. I have 75% to go!!! Sheesh!!!

          • Ruby

            You are in for one wild ride!! It really is unbelievable.

            • Missionary Kid

              Tony makes the unbelievable believable because he’s such a good writer.

          • Missionary Kid

            I have both the kindle and print editions, and I’m hopping back and forth.

            • Suzanna Nielsen

              LOL, me too…but I a havent even downloaded the kindle….
              This is one book I am turning each page on.

              It feels great.

        • thetastic

          Me too, then flipped immediately to page one to begin round two. I don’t do that very often, but goddamn.

      • Missionary Kid

        I already knew the basic story, but the way that Tony puts things together, and the precision that he reports it, and the way he puts everything in context makes it an informed page turner. Unfortunately, I feel so sympathetic for Paulette, I have to walk away for a while.

    • Jimmy Threetimes

      I am having a tough time reading TUML, but it’s because I struggle to sound out the words.

      • Ruby

        Love you, Jimmy.

        • Jimmy Threetimes

          Love you too, Reba

          • Ruby

            🙂

      • Monkey see?

        It takes so much time word clearing each word that I might not finish until next fall. 😉

        • Mockingbird

          It is a @#$%& to do primary rundown style.

      • aegerprimo

        Jimmy, you crack me up.

    • Mockingbird

      But remember ” Our organizations are friendly, we are only here to help you ” !

      • Missionary Kid

        Friendly? Only if you’re a prospect for their American version of the Nigerian “Gimmie money, so you’ll have a lot more in the future.”

      • Missionary Kid

        With “help” like that, it’s a good thing they aren’t in the healthcare business, or they’d be killing people. Oh, wait…

        • Mockingbird

          Narconon! For when you are willing to die to get off drugs !

    • Allie

      I’ve had the same reaction. CoS is just so damn audacious and outrageous and so evil
      that it’s hard not to get furious and pissed at their behavior toward Paulette. Ugggggghhh

    • lmnop

      yes, I’m taking a break now too, on page 287 and it’s only 1979 and I’m thinking, wow, today is 2015 and those MFs still exist!

  • Robert Hammond

    “Chicken George on Roots made more money than Sea Org workers.” – from KABC interview with Tony Ortega

  • Ruby

    Talking about Laura’s case! yes!

  • MaxSpaceman

    KABC Radio, L.A., runs so many commercials it’s like the “talk” part of the interview hour is less than the Ad. parts.

    • Eivol Ekdal

      Oh, I know, sheesh and the same ones, sometimes twice in a row!

    • Donna Cline Sargent

      Dangit

      • MaxSpaceman

        Dagnabitt !

        • L. Wrong Hubturd

          Dadgummit!

    • Beth

      jeeezus! my ADHD is on hyperoverdrive. “dream pizzas”, traffic reports, culver city toyota. HELP!!!

      • MaxSpaceman

        Forced to listen to all that seems as equally awful as doing the everf*#king Survival Rundown.f

        • Beth

          get me in the sauna! NIACIN – STAT!!! (oops wrong rundown)

          • MaxSpaceman

            Makes ya wanna run down to Culver City Toyata, grab a loaner, and get the f*#k outta town !

            • Beth

              i need a drink. or a pizza. or a toyota. I’m so confused.

    • Ruby

      It’s the price we pay to listen to Tony live. I love the phone calls.

      • L. Wrong Hubturd

        Yeah, pretty good callers.

    • Eivol Ekdal

      Fucking ridiculous!

    • Eivol Ekdal

      TIME TO RE-PAINT – YAY!!! – shoot me know

    • Sandy

      I am trying – but who can keep listening to this many commerc ials?

      • Ruby

        It’s a good time to multi task

        • Sandy

          I only have so much to devote to this –

          • Sandy

            After Howdy, I can only be here unless it is important.

    • ReallyMGM

      Fifth Valsar Reserve paint ad from Lowes in a row. Yeaahhh!!!!!

    • Robert Hammond

      If I heard BBQBFF one more time I was about to..

    • ReallyMGM

      With exception to the ads, it was a good interview. Good “reporters,” and good call-in questions.

  • Sebastian L. Jackson

    Friday Night Game: Let’s go back to our first and favorite game, coming up with Scientology-linked parody titles! I shall start…

    Ortega v Miscavige: Dawn of Justice (“Do you bleed?”)

    • Mockingbird

      Sanity vs Scientology !

      • Sebastian L. Jackson

        What title is that based on? One movie per title.

        • Mockingbird

          Oh , I did not know the rules .

          • Sebastian L. Jackson

            Less rules, more my preferences. Just to keep a little variety going.

            • Mockingbird

              The last BT

            • Mockingbird

              Remember the fifth invader force

            • Mockingbird

              The invader force abornig ultimatum

            • Mockingbird

              The last train to Venus

            • Mockingbird

              Xenu and the Furious

            • Mockingbird

              Dumb and Dumber three Hubbard and Miscavige

            • Mockingbird

              Clan of the Cultmen.

            • Mockingbird

              Mission Impossible : Get all of the orgs to Saint Hill Size for the Release of OT IX and X.

            • Mockingbird

              Sex and the Scientologist who had to pay a quarter million dollars for the confessional afterwards

            • Mockingbird

              Mission Impossible Rehabilitate Scientology’s public relations to a desirable level

            • Mockingbird

              LA Story: the town the cult fucked over

            • Mockingbird

              Can I have a little write up of the preferences ? That way I’ll be on the same page as everyone else .

            • Sebastian L. Jackson

              1. One title for one movie.
              2. Keep everything on the same stream of comments.
              3. No title that has already been used before.

    • Jimmy Threetimes

      Scavengers: Wages of El Ron

      • Sebastian L. Jackson

        Guardians Office of the Galaxy

        • Jimmy Threetimes

          Star Whores: A Lil Pope
          Star Whores: The Clampire Shucks Back
          Star Whores: Return of the Oh For Fucks Sake These Weirdos Again
          Star Whores: The Farce It Bakens

          • Sebastian L. Jackson

            Star Drek: The Motion Picture
            Star Drek II: The Wrath of Cook
            Star Drek III: The Search for Shelly

          • lmnop

            Return of the Oh For …. (hilarious!)

          • Missionary Kid

            Porn?

            • Jimmy Threetimes

              No, the Star Whores thing is just a play on how celebrities are pimps/whores in Scientology. It does sound like a porn parody tho.

    • MaxSpaceman

      “A Town Without Pity”

      • Sebastian L. Jackson

        The Town That Dreaded Rundown

    • Robert Hammond

      Boardwalk Clampire
      Scions of Anarchy
      Real Housewives of Clearwater

      • Sebastian L. Jackson

        Flag Bases of Our Fathers
        Sci and the City
        Psychs

        • Robert Hammond

          12 Years a Scientology Slave
          Clearwater Buyers Club
          Teenage Mutant Ninja Clams

          • Sebastian L. Jackson

            Clamageddon
            There’s Something About Miscavige
            Layer Clam

            • Robert Hammond

              The Chain Locker
              Midnight Clamboy
              No Country for Old Clams

            • Sebastian L. Jackson

              I think you’ve put some of those in before.

            • Robert Hammond

              Attack of the Killer Clamatoes
              Night of the Living Dianeticists
              Daughters of Thetan

      • Mymy88

        My #2 favorite. (Real Housewives of Clearwater) lol

    • Super Power Wogsie

      How Xenu got his groove back

      • Sebastian L. Jackson

        The Xenu-Files: I Want to Believe

    • Super Power Wogsie

      The Auditor’s Wife

      • Super Power Wogsie

        Thetan Rouge

        • Sebastian L. Jackson

          Notes on a Scion

      • Sebastian L. Jackson

        The Auditor (DM biopic ending with him running around naked and paranoid about thetans.)

      • Super Power Wogsie

        OT 1 Jumpstreet

        • Sebastian L. Jackson

          OT II: Electric Boogaloo

        • Super Power Wogsie

          The Clampire Diaries

          • Sebastian L. Jackson

            Tony the Clampire Slayer

          • Super Power Wogsie

            Meet the Broekers

            • Sebastian L. Jackson

              Broeker Arrow

      • Mymy88

        LOL I love this one!

    • Observer

      The Hunger Games: Sea Org

      • Sebastian L. Jackson

        Bridges to Total Freedom of Madison County

        • Mymy88

          I like this one the best. tee hee

    • Donna Cline Sargent

      The Last of the Thetans

      • Sebastian L. Jackson

        Clamboy Bebop

        • Mockingbird

          Nice anime

          Miscavige’s Rain

          • Mockingbird

            Black Lagoon Mission Into Time

            • Mockingbird

              Black Lagoon Xenu’s Revenge

            • Mockingbird

              Robotech the E Meter Wars

            • Mockingbird

              Ron Hubbard : Legend of the Overfiend.

            • Mockingbird

              The RPF’s Gate

            • Mockingbird

              The Neverending Story : Ron Hubbard’s thirty five million words of plagiarism and lies in his insane cult doctrine

    • Ruby

      The Silence of the Clams

      • Sebastian L. Jackson

        Already did that one.

        • Ruby

          oh.

          • Donna Cline Sargent

            i didn’t see it before

            • Sebastian L. Jackson

              I remember it from another title game we did.

    • Juicer77

      The Amazing Reg

    • Robert Hammond

      Hard to keep up with what’s already been done, but I’ll add a few more
      Soylent Clam
      Remember the Thetans
      Willie Wonka and the E-Meter Factory

    • Robert Hammond

      Ok, 3 more and I’m out:

      Clam of the Cave Bear
      Rosemary’s Thetan
      Blade Regger

      ETA: Scions and Sensibility

    • Peggy oh!

      Hot Sauna Time Machine

      Horrible Bosses (no need to change title)

      Overboard (again no need to change title)

    • Peggy oh!

      Nightmare on L. Ron Hubbard Way

    • Peggy oh!

      Whatever Happened to Lisa McPherson?

    • Peggy oh!

      Field of Stolen Dreams

    • Peggy oh!

      WISE Guys

    • Mymy88

      The Courtship of Tom And Dave
      The Sound of Musical Chairs
      The Six Million Dollar Clam
      Wednesday Night Fever
      Two Broke Squirrels
      Scobee Dooby Doo
      Clueless in Seattle
      OTVIII is Enough

    • Robert Hammond

      Xenu and the Volcano.

  • Eivol Ekdal

    Goodnight Bunker.

  • Mockingbird

    Taken 4 : Travolta’s heterosexuality

    • Sebastian L. Jackson

      We should keep this on the original thread too. 😉

      • aegerprimo

        Yeah, the rest of us who do not have time to read ALL the comments just go WTF? to whatever the above was.

        • Mockingbird

          You do not read ALL of the comments !!!

          • Mymy88

            She’s a doctor, not a mockingbird

            • Mockingbird

              Show off !

            • Mymy88

              (refresh) I’ll show you something in a minute. Keep it up and I’ll make sure I get him the right book, next time!

            • Mockingbird

              Arrrrgggghhh ! I got my name from that book !

          • aegerprimo

            Heh heh! Wish I could, but I need my daily beauty sleep.

            • Mockingbird

              Oh, the shame !

            • Mockingbird

              Me too.

        • Mockingbird

          People go WTF? To all of my comments… so…

          • Super Power Wogsie

            Your style is adorable and very educational !!

            • Mymy88

              sometimes…

            • Mockingbird

              Hey !

            • Mockingbird

              Thank you , that makes ONE person who will be nice to me .

            • Super Power Wogsie

              That’s not true Mockingbird!

            • Mockingbird

              You mean YOU won’t be nice to me !

            • Super Power Wogsie

              LOL…Holy Xenu mother to bob…that is not what I meant silly bird!

            • Mockingbird

              Hee Hee !

      • Mockingbird

        Huh ?

        • Mockingbird

          Oh , you mean under the same comments ?

          • Super Power Wogsie

            Yep ! You can’t color outside the lines !

            • Mockingbird

              Ha ha !

  • Mockingbird

    Mission Impossible: Tom Cruise- appear sane

  • Mockingbird

    Hostel 4 the Hole

  • bromo

    Headed to Gulf Shores early tomorrow morning with the Kindle in the suitcase. Gonna spend my next 3 days off with oldest son and his family and sit myself on the porch, looking at the bay, listening to the waves from the gulf and reading TUML. I am packing some Kleenex after reading some of your posts. Hope all of you have a great weekend.

    • Jimmy Threetimes

      I was just going to read it in my kitchen and try to keep my dog away from a giant bowl of ice cream. Now I feel like a loser.

      • bromo

        At least you have ice cream. My freezer is too depressing to look into. Blowing my grocery money on gas for the trip does have its drawbacks. But I never was one for making the most logical decisions. 😉

        • Jimmy Threetimes

          I’m sure your car will run fine on mint chocolate chip. You can split it. 🙂

          • bromo

            I love to share, however, I get seriously possessive of my ice cream. The grands won’t eat butter pecan, so that is what evil grandma buys for herself. I know that it will all be mine mine mine.

            • Jimmy Threetimes

              Ooooh… I’m not even a big fan of pecans, but butter pecan ice cream is amazing. You have good taste in ice cream. And even as I’m typing that I’m thinking how lame a compliment that is. It’s ice cream. It’s all good. No one has “good taste in ice cream.” I’m sorry. I will find a better compliment for you when I can.

            • bromo

              You made me smile after a long day. Thanks for that. It is all I needed to make my day. Off to pack. Give the pooch a head rub from me while you keep that bowl heavily guarded.

            • Jimmy Threetimes

              You are very sweet 🙂

            • thetastic

              Not true. I get unreasonably emotional when people like bad flavors. What a waste! They could be having tasty ice cream, but aren’t!

            • Vaquera

              When my kids were younger I bought a big, resealable bag of frozen cauliflower, dumped the contents, and then hid my fav pints of ice cream inside of it. No teenager is going to look in the freezer and think, “Hey, a bowl of frozen cauliflower sounds delish!”

              I never lost a pint.

            • Mymy88

              Wow, you are creative. You have excellent sneak lol.

            • Vaquera

              Also, If i had to make cupcakes for an elementary school party, but didn’t have the time to make them from scratch, I’d buy two dozen cupcakes with piped icing from the grocery. When I got them home, I’d use a knife to redo the frosting to look non-professional and put them in a cardboard box. Looked just like the ones mom used to make! Heh heh heh.

            • Mymy88

              You’re hired!

            • Jimmy Threetimes

              You’re the goddamned devil! 😉

            • Vaquera

              That’s about as tarnished as my halo gets.

            • Super Power Wogsie

              Note to self when I have children/boyfriend : )

            • Allie

              Very clever!

            • Missionary Kid

              Ice cream stories from my youth.

              Since I spent my early years in mainland China, I’d never had ice cream. When we finally fled to Hong Kong, I had my first ice cream. At first, I wanted to put the bowl on the stove and heat it up because it was too cold, IMO. I only recall having it that once, but I’m sure that I had it more times than that.

              Later, when we got to the U.S., we first stayed with my grandparents, who lived in town after they retired from farming. My grandfather would drive downtown nearly every day and walk around, seeing his other retired friends who hung out in the town square. At some point, he’d stop at a five and dime or other store and buy some candy or other treat. The first time he bought some ice cream, when we got back I came scurrying into the house, declaring, “Mommy, daddy, guess what! Grandpa bought me some ice cream, and I ate the cup, too!”

            • Jenstnick

              Brilliant!

      • L. Wrong Hubturd

        And just when are you going to share your Miss. Lovely photo, James?

        • Jimmy Threetimes

          Hair and makeup at 6am tomorrow.

          • L. Wrong Hubturd

            OK, so that covers your dog. How about you?

            • Jimmy Threetimes

              We go to the same groomer…

              “Who’s a good boy?!? Huh?! Who’s a good boy?!?!”

              “Me! Me! I am! I’m a good boy!!!”

              “Umm… Sir… I was speaking to your dog. Please, just go back and wait in the lobby.”

            • L. Wrong Hubturd

              I can’t imagine bath time at your house. Do you play rock/paper/scissors with the dog for who has to get bathed first?

            • Jimmy Threetimes

              No, and that’s a very insulting premise. i don’t play Rock Paper Scissors with my dog, I’m not an idiot.

              After a week or so I figured out that he always plays paper, so we came to a mutual decision that I automatically win.

            • Cedilla
      • Mymy88

        No Jimmy. If you really want your pet to leave you alone while you eat something they love, you go in the bathroom and shut the door. Have a little chair and table or “whatever”. That’s what I have to do anytime I come home with a chicken grilled cool wrap from Chick-fil-A.

    • ReallyMGM

      Enjoy! I am envious! I love that part of the Gulf Coast, but I haven’t been in years. After my favorite beach house was washed away in a hurricane, I haven’t found a place there I liked quite as much. It was pet-friendly to the max (actually catered to responsible pet owners w/ security features for the pets) and a block off the beach right near the epicenter of GS. I saw the Blue Angels practice for shows, ate some incredible seafood and saw my first waterspout while drinking coffee on the deck the 2nd morning.

      On the way home we stopped at an enormous roadside farmers market with some of the best produce I have ever bought. I spent more $$ there than at the outlet mall. Have fun, use plenty of sunscreen, watch out for the undertow/riptides and occasional shark.

      • bromo

        It really is a great place for families and the beach is just beautifully breathtaking. I love that I live close enough for a drive down for 3 days to be worth it. The house is in an area that is mainly houses with only 1 condo development nearby so the beach is never really crowded. Hope you find another place to go enjoy it again soon.

    • Mymy88

      Someone grab a hose! I’m on fire with jealousy! Nah, I’m not really that jealous, even though it sounds like HEAVEN!

  • lmnop

    Birdie loves Lovely…

    • aegerprimo

      That cockatiel has very good taste!

      • lmnop

        Yes, he’s a very good bird, I love him so much! Even when he eats my books and magazines.

    • Mymy88

      Birdies are so sweet. What a cutie.

  • gotababynamedspike

    O/T: My “baby named Spike” with the Unbreakable Miss. Just started, but fascinating so far!

    • lmnop

      Spike says, “Don’t mess with my Miss Lovely!” Nice guard dog!

      • gotababynamedspike

        He was adopted from a Paws in Prison program where he was trained by violent offenders (for purposes of rehabilitation) so I’m fairly certain he could ‘cut a bitch’ if needed. 🙂

        • Mymy88

          LOL!

    • aegerprimo

      SUPER CUTENESS! ♥

    • Mymy88

      Looks like Spike is thinking “Daddy? See how good I’m being? I want to tear a bunch of pages out and maybe even eat some of them, but I’m being good because I know how special this new toy is to you.” P.S. But it’s not easy.

      • Jimmy Threetimes

        I know that look. Spike is all about the bissits, no trouble.

        • L. Wrong Hubturd
          • Jimmy Threetimes

            I like that. I like that a lot.
            Although it is kinda weird to have a Barbie right fricken there in the video when the song is so clearly… You know.

            • L. Wrong Hubturd

              Exactly! Especially the one on the right. Whoa, Mama. I’m not even into blonds, but yowsa. Don’t over think it, just enjoy.

      • gotababynamedspike

        LOL, I’m a “Mommy” (my avi is Spike from Buffy the Vampire Slayer), but he for sure resisted for my benefit!

        • Mymy88

          Ooops, sorry. Spike says, Hey! That’s my mommy!

          • gotababynamedspike

            LOL. No worries! I don’t think I’ve ever mentioned that I was a girl on here before 🙂

    • L. Wrong Hubturd

      The canine version of “whatchu talkin’ bout Willis?”

    • aquaclara

      THAT is truly cute.

  • Panopea Abrupta

    On the Amazon site, beneath the reviews of “The Unbreakable Miss Lovely”, there is a forum.
    Jon Atack made the first comment.
    Here is my con-tribution – when you are done reading, y’all, post a review AND post a comment:

    “The end-game has truly begun.
    Membership numbers plummet. Scientology writhes and twists as the Internet and Anonymous
    lay open to the world the real stories behind the litigious and false facade of lies the “Church” has told.
    The brand-name is toxic and has become a laughing-stock, an easy laugh for stand-ups.
    The malevolence and the damaged lives and broken families are no laughing matter, however.
    A warped madman created a trap for tens of thousands.
    Paulette Cooper faced the monster down.
    Tony Ortega has done sterling service in continuing his honest and well-researched reporting despite histrionic braying from the cult’s mouthpieces.
    Now, we have the in-depth story of one told by the other – a wonderful collaboration.
    A grevious wound to an evil dragon.
    TICK TOCK, DM”

  • worstcultever

    This is my selfie and my opinion of the book so far. I hope I look pissed off enough.

    • Super Power Wogsie

      Message Received !!

      Worst Cult EVER !!!!!!

      • Mockingbird

        It is not an adequate cult ?

        • Super Power Wogsie

          Best Cult Ever??!!??!!

          • Mockingbird

            WTF ?

    • L. Wrong Hubturd

      Tone 40 mofos!

    • Beth

      YES and with you all the way.

    • CK

      In all fairness and as crazy as LRH was, he pales to the diminutive devil that is David Miscavige and your sign should say “Fuck you, DM.” Point still made, regardless.

      • Mockingbird

        I think Hubbard MIGHT have more murders under his belt…

    • Mockingbird

      May I post this as your impression after reading the book?

    • Susan_Qbird_Poche

      I quite love this pic! yeah baby – worst.cult.ever.

    • Verve

      I dunno, you could have attached laser to the glasses or something to go for that “Dr. No” look. 😀
      Nah, you rocked it!

  • Panopea Abrupta

    With all the selfies and photos, a couple of collages.
    Things are going to hell in a handbucket on Target 2:

    • Mockingbird

      Burn !

    • Mockingbird

      How about – I am sane ; is David Miscavige ?

  • Commodore H. McCringleberry

    So, uh, just got out of Mad Max: Fury Road. Most exciting movie I’ve ever seen (at minimum top 3). The reviews were right in that it makes a Fast and Furious movie look like Driving Miss Daisy. That said, the villain is totally a post-apocalyptic David Miscavige. When he’s making his big speech to his people before giving them water, and telling them not to get addicted to it, I couldn’t help but think that he was purposely designed to make Davey jealous. Henceforth, DM is King Immortan Davey! I’m gonna go see this movie again tomorrow.

    • Missionary Kid

      Like most tyrants, DM wants to make his minions grateful to him for everything, even every breath they take.

      • Commodore H. McCringleberry

        True, true. In this though, without getting too into spoiler territory, since there’s no money, he takes other things like blood and other things from his followers. There’s other Co$ hallmarks as well. While I guess the cult framework is in some ways universal, you can very easily draw comparisons between his people and the remaining clams. Maybe it’ll also end the same way. . .

        • Missionary Kid

          I don’t see DM setting up anything apocalyptic, but it just struck me that he’ll probably do something so overreaching that he’ll raise the negative profile of $cientology to the point that all that will be left will be the Praetorian Guard Sea Org and some whales because reality will be setting in to most of the rest of the publics that they’re just on a hamster wheel, and paying for its use.

          • Commodore H. McCringleberry

            It’s the movie that’s apocalyptic. Then the bad guys are lead by a very DM-like figure. Actually, on second thought, he really looks like an 80’s photo of LRH, what with the stringy long hair, fake military duds, and the failing body, but the speeches he gives and the way he treats people really smack of DM. The super-bass, super-loud tones he uses to address his people, then the fact that he goes into battle with basically a heavy metal concert on wheels complete with a dude with a double neck guitar/flamethrower (which, impressively was a practical effect and didn’t use CGI) seems to fit with the Miscavige ethos. . . You should check the movie out. I’m primarily a netflixer, but this one definitely benefits from the big screen.

    • Todd Tomorrow

      I’ll check it out tonight! Is that anti-semetic piece of trash staring in that one?

      • Commodore H. McCringleberry

        Nope! Tom Hardy is Mad Max in this one.

        • Todd Tomorrow

          Ok H., McCringleberryberry.!

  • MereCatWatcher

    Hi everyone. I guess I really wanted to get my copy of The Unbreakable Miss Lovely and wound up with two paperbacks and a Kindle version. I have read the Kindle version and was amazed by how much Tony was able to tie together in the book. His research was terrific as has been evident by this blog. I feel so fortunate to have been able to follow all the stories and unraveling of the phenomenon known as Scientology.

    I started Scientology watching by finding the Tom Cruise viral video when I noticed a late night comedian (Craig Ferguson) doing a ridiculous parody skit of the video and looked it up. From there the Anonymous participation in the pickets, Mark Bunker’s XenuTV, Operation Clambake at xenu.net, the Tony Ortega Village Voice, to here at the Underground Bunker. The commenters here are often so interesting, funny, poignant, and enrich the whole experience. I keep finding “Scientology, it’s always worse than you think” to be repeated again and again whenever something new is revealed. And this is true of Miss Lovely.

    I have thought about why I am so fascinated with Scientology and come up with several things. I was a child of the 60’s and think that I could have easily been taken in by the way scientology presented itself as the answer to making the world a better place…. In fact I joined an organization that had the same goals, except that we actually did things for social betterment. Fortunately, I had no problem leaving when I found things I could not accept. I remember the movie “The Manchurian Candidate” and read lots of cold war spy novels, 1984, and science fiction along with my study of all the sciences in my biophysics B.S. degree. So what I find shocking and compelling is that Scientology really does exist and has been able to perpetuate itself for so long with perverse dystopian ideas such as 1984 and Alister Crowley’s Magick. What Hubbard’s gigantic experiment with human nature supports is that humans can do awful things based on belief and peer pressure. These things have been demonstrated in wars and sociological studies such as the Stanford Prison Experiment and totalitarian belief systems, so the lesson is not just taking down Scientology, but guarding against other high demand, coercive thought systems.

    So coming back to Tony’s book, not only is it a mesmerizing read, but IT REALLY HAPPENED! I am still reeling from the impact reading it has had on me.

    So here’s a photo of my excess in obtaining multiple copies of the book (unintended, but I figure that I can give one away to someone who would like to find out what my obsession with the bunker is all about..

    • Mymy88

      Interesting. Thanks for sharing. I hope more and more people will begin to get a grasp, of Scientology is worse than you think, as much as they possibly can. After all, who can grasp the bottom of a bottomless pit?

    • Skabetti

      What MereCatWatcher said.

    • Robert Hammond

      We are living in very interesting times. I can relate to several things you mentioned. Also never-in, child of 60s, with related group experience. The momentum of public awareness and awakening is reaching a tipping point.

      • coonellie

        You know that interesting times is a curse in China?

        • Robert Hammond

          I do. Similar to the word crisis, which in China means both danger and opportunity. So these interesting times will be a curse to the oppressors from Scion but a time of liberation to all others who long to be free.

      • Jenstnick

        My parents were children of the 60s and I have never been more relieved that they used drugs instead of scientology.

    • Shanester

      Your comments about Scientology’s appeal to mid-century idealists really hit a nerve with me. It’s something I try to understand in a piece I wrote about my grandmother, who became a Scientologist in 1961. Lawrence Wright talks about it both in his book and in this long-form interview where he muses that one of the most appealing things about Scientology during the 60s and 70s was that it seemed to be the embodiment of the counter-culture — but without the drugs. And that was definitely an appealing thing during that time for those who were hippies in their hearts.

      • Mymy88

        Oh what a handsome man. Stop it… slapping myself in the face.

      • TheHoleDoesNotExist

        Very very true – counter culture without the drugs. We were mostly rebels, you know. That’s why Miscavige made those tv commercials about rebels, appealing to rebels. Someone somewere in sci management did some cockeyed survey searching desperately for why scientology roped in so many early on – and discovered this one piece of the puzzle. Of course, it was only one piece, so that exec will fail, never knowing why.

  • thetastic

    Those photos made me cry.

  • Scientology’s front worldreligionnews (yes, I am assuming that, because they only announce new stuff which always includes something on Scientology) actually has something that might be worth looking at even if it’s probably a softball interview by someone who was not a Scientolgist but:

    L. Ron Hubbard Gives an Introduction to Scientology in 1966 Interview

    In this exclusive interview with L. Ron Hubbard, filmed in 1966, Tony Hitchman asks Hubbard about the basic concepts of Scientology, and what Scientology can do for man.

    http://www.worldreligionnews.com/religion-news/scientology/l-ron-hubbard-gives-an-introduction-to-scientology-in-1966-interview

    Bleh. Their PDF of the interview is deliberately horrible — to discourage cut’n’paste analysis no doubt. Gosh. It would take me a whole few minutes to undo that line break after every character!

    • L. RON HUBBARD: Well, Mr. Hitchman, you’ve just asked a question like “What are the contents of the Encyclopedia Britannica? — answer in one word”.

      Survive.

      Aaaaand the gross gasbag shoots himself in the foot right from the start.

      • And yes, Tony Hitchman was a Scientologist. (I guessed that before I checked it.) It’s the colorized interview that people have seen bits of already.
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iXbPuJO5F-U

        Really old news is so exciting!

        • PappeKak

          That colorized interview item reveals L. Ron Hubbard, the founder of the cult of clams, as truly and palpably smarmy as he was in real life. What a piece of work he was. Yuck.

          • I admit that I don’t know if it was colorized. Old film stock sometimes looks odd to modern eyes, but the one big problem with it is that Hubbard’s teeth are gleaming white — impossible for a chain-smoker.

            • PappeKak

              It looks colorized to me. Doesn’t look like Hubbard composed the set, though.
              Hubbard moves his lips as though he was a poorly made and cheap clay animation.

              And that’s an opium poppy field in the background picture.
              Maybe they airbrushed his teeth white.

        • lmnop

          “I’ve slept with bandits in Mongolia and I’ve hunted with pygmies in the Philippines, as a matter of fact, I’ve studied 21 different primitive races including the white race and my conclusions were tat man, regardless of his state of culture and so forth, was essentially the same, that he was composed of a — he was a spiritual being and he was a spiritual being that was pulled down to the material — the fleshly — interests, to an interplay in life that was in fact too great for him to confront. And I concluded finally that he needed a hand.”
          ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
          When I heard him say this, about 03:30 in, it reminded me of a cartoon character from my childhood, Commander McBragg from Tennessee Tuxedo and His Friends, a blustering braggart. Apparently based on another cartoon character from the early 1900s, Col. Heeza Liar.

        • lmnop

          I guess once you convince people that they are spiritual beings, they become vulnerable to brainwashing, because they are no longer concerned with the here and now, the higher priority is in the spiritual realm.

      • PappeKak

        Yeah. Hubbard actually said “Brit tone ica” illustrating his superior grasp of wordness.

      • Draco

        “What are the contents of the Encyclopedia Britannica? — answer in one word”.

        “Information”

    • TheHoleDoesNotExist

      That site is run by a scientologist.

  • ReallyMGM

    “Miss Lovely” is an incredible book and has kept me intrigued from beginning to end. I threw in my 2 cents worth with an Amazon review (a first for me). Now my dilemma is how to take my TUML selfie on location. The iPad doesn’t do well in sunlight, yet I have the perfect spot. Hoping for cloudy late afternoon afternoon with no rain to pull it off. It should be epic.

  • Todd Tomorrow

    Go Hambo!

    • Looking forward to:

      -30-

      • Right, unpack. -30- was a land-line telegraph (Morse) code to signal end-of-story. It later was carried over to teletype newswires. No one has used it seriously for many decades.

        Still, looking forward to end-of-story for Narconon.

  • aurora50

    Fabulous B.B. King medley from 1971. Posted at Slate: https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=100&v=8TMO4mnV4oI

  • EnthralledObserver

    OT: Johnny Depp smuggling his dogs into Australia… wow, arrogance much?

    • Todd Tomorrow

      ?, What did he do?

      • He brought his pet dogs into Oz on his private plane, ignoring quarantine laws designed to keep rabies out of the country. We have the same laws in the UK. They have kept us rabies-free for many years and are taken very seriously indeed.

        • ReallyMGM

          He also took them to groomer and they were exposed to other pets, unbeknownst to their owners. Aussies (And Hawaii and UK) are strict about this rule for good reason. Rabies is a serious disease they do not want on their continent and islands. It’s not an new, obscure, hidden law…it is posted all over their websites. People who transfer there know about it and make arrangements for quarrentine. I’ve known many who have exported show dogs to Oz and never had a problem with the process…except missing their dog. (You can visit frequently)

          • EnthralledObserver

            Yes, he’d have to know about it – it’s in the paperwork he’d have to sign to get into the country. And now I’ve heard they are changing the rules – all arrivals, even those arriving on private jets etc, will now have to go through the airport customs line instead of the privileged process they’ve been allowed to enjoy. Good job, Johnny Depp… now Makemerich and Tom Cruise will have to be treated like the rest of the degraded beings!
            Oh… wait… the upside! *grin*

            • Draco

              Ha! I really feel for them!

          • Todd Tomorrow

            Hawaii, has gotten less strict.

            • ReallyMGM

              So has the UK. They allow exceptions now for certain dogs. But the criterion is narrow and only a few dogs fit. Hawaii has a shorter term too. I can’t find the documents, but year or so ago several street dogs brought to rescue from overseas to the US did have rabies. There is no cure. The US needs to crack down on this now that we are importing over 200K street dogs of unknown origin from foreign countries to supplement our “shelter shortages.”

        • EnthralledObserver

          Yep! And not just Rabies… quite a few other diseases we don’t have yet too. Irresponsible and arrogant putting not just other pets at risk, but entire agricultural industries, and native wildlife. He’s such a wank… used to be a fan, not anymore!

          • Todd Tomorrow

            I agree and haven’t seen him on anything including a tabloid cover at checkout in a long time. Funny, I’ve flown on international private flights several times and customs gets on the plane, and often checks the luggage. One would think they’d caught him. Oh, and I’m not rich, my sister’s ex- husband is up there with Duggan, as far as money goes. In fact before I knew who Trish and Bob were I sat at a charity auction with them. Robert Redford, was there and had such a bad chemical peel he looked like a burnt woman. Didn’t look like a man at all, his hair was styled like an elderly lady who looked like she had too much hair spray in it!

            • Mymy88

              OMG LOL!

            • EnthralledObserver

              lol poor rich people… they know not what they do, apparently.

              Story is one of the ‘aids’ slipped off the plane with a big bag (there are pics of her doing so) in which the dogs were suspected to have been stashed. She put it in the back of a car which drove off just before the customs officials boarded the plane, before Johnny and Amber got off with the rest of their stuff. So, if true, it was willful dodging of quarantine and customs requirements. They should really do jail time, but I won’t hold my breath.

          • In the UK the main target of animal quarantine is rabies (which is a terrible disease in humans). I defer to your greater knowledge of Australia. All I can say is that, if he pulled that trick here, his dogs would be in a 6-month quarantine (if they were lucky) and he would face criminal charges. I imagine many Australians feel that he was let off very lightly.

            This was indeed a dangerously dumb (&/or astonishing arrogant) thing to do.

      • ReallyMGM

        Another arrogant celebretard. Rules don’t apply.

  • Eclipse-girl

    This is slightly Off Topic

    Tonight, I attended a 3 hr graduation ceremony for a local community college.
    There were approx 800 people at the ceremony, and approx 2000 people in the larger area that this college services that were getting diplomas, certificates and degrees this May.

    I was also at the end of Paulette Copper’s book where she starts writing about the the truth and the lies of Ron’s life.
    She was aware of Ron’s extremely poor collegiate career.

    It struck me how ALL these graduates had done more than Ron in continuing their education, whether they got an associates degree or a certificate that allowed them to do heating / cooling / HVAC repair.

    ALL those people who graduated have more integrity that Ron Hubbard in that they worked hard, and pursued something of interest to them so that they could better themselves.

    Ron was a pathetic ass who demeaned higher education.
    Ron encouraged his adherents to believe “what is true for you is what I (Ron) tell is true for you.” which is the antithesis of an decent education.

    Anyways, I was proud for those people who actually accomplished something tonight.

    • Tree

      All of those graduating FINISHED something and should be proud. I hope they all have a brighter future than to end up dying alone and paranoid in a Bluebird.

    • Do you teach? What subject, if so? Feel free not to answer, just curious.

      • Eclipse-girl

        I used to teach HS level math.

    • Todd Tomorrow

      Me too, as many have to work and take classes at the same time especially ,in this day and age. What scares me is how many are allowed to borrow copious amounts money to attend these for profit schools. Even twenty some years ago this was going on when a great friend who wanted to be an electric engineer. The hard sell people told him that his credits would transfer to Perdue, a great school from his home state. Imagine, going back to Indiana, and finding the Phoenix Institute(or some such name) was just a scam. He’d worked hard all his life on the family farm and ended up having to borrow much more to end up with his degree. He even tried to fight the student loan people, as well as, the government but to no avail. He swore he’d never pay a dime back of money back to that school in Phoenix. His credit rating suffered the rest of his life but he ended up starting his own lucrative business where he got a wealthy friend to help him hide his winnings and putting him on a nice salary out of this country. He died a millionaire at 52 from AIDS but still was one of those people who helped and gave of himself to everyone he could. Rare to find humans being that taught me about life when I was younger. Never did he flaunt his wealth or act like he had any money, just was always there when people needed to talk to him. If someone needed to borrow 20 bucks he’d do it until people started to take advantage of him.

      • Eclipse-girl

        I can not stand “For Profit” colleges. That is another topic for another day.

        I believe Phoenix was one of the first. They are shysters.

        I am sorry for the loss of your friend. He sounds like a kind and generous person.

        • TheHoleDoesNotExist

          The tide is turning for these atrocious scammers. Just as one of OSA’s job is to sniff out the weak and vulnerable points in a society, other scammers are right behind.

          This country needs to catch up to the 21st century and make a meaningful education available to all to the level people need to survive in today’s world, along with healthcare. We have one too many sociopaths in our government web trying to prevent just this. I consider it insane and the two areas that could turn this country into an unrecognizable poor nation, poor in every way.

          • Eclipse-girl

            I am in total agreement with you.

      • AintMizBahavin

        im late but Todd i love you.. i was in the process of signing up at phoenix university to get a bachelors in business management i just started the student loan process…you just saved me.Thank You wow again Thank you

        • Todd Tomorrow

          I hope you enjoy this. Even has a $cion spin
          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P8pjd1QEA0c
          Glad, I was able to help. I’m in finance and we see these companies change their names only to open under other names. They have destroyed numerous lives! Love yah, too.

    • Mymy88

      “Ron was a pathetic ass who demeaned higher education.”

      Music to my ears. That was incredibly poetically beautiful, in a disgusting, degenerate and demented way. I LOVE it!!! It’s PERFECT! Let’s put in on a tacky looking plaque and mail it to Hemet “Attention OSA”. You are so right. LRH had absolutely no integrity or conscience or any desire whatsoever to do anything the right way. He wanted to do everything the L. Wrong way. He was convinced he was someone above it all and that he had a perfect right to lie, cheat, fraud, manipulate, torture, sadistically indulge in others pain, believed hate was justified whenever someone told him no, scheming, no good, rotten hearted, possible evil genius, with more than a few screws loose in his head.

    • Graham

      And I’ll bet everyone there has done something else Elwrong never had the courage to do- go to the dentist to get their dental health looked after.

      • Todd Tomorrow

        Those are asbestos fillings, crowns and his own dental glue!

        • Draco

          Yuck! Too graphic!

  • Tree

    OT for sure. I was just thinking about listening to BB King music this afternoon to Accordion music this evening. What a strange juxtaposition. Stan Boreson’s 90th birthday! Introducing Stan to my 83 year old father for the first time was priceless and I am so grateful and happy tonight. Here he is on the Lawrence Welk show. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2dbpqxXPJSY
    It gets good at about 2.6

  • Mockingbird
    • Mymy88

      This was awesome. Thanks for posting.

      • Todd Tomorrow

        Love then both.

  • Douglas D. Douglas

    Ugh. For the second night in a row the local Scientologists are running the LRH bio spot during Late Night with David Letterman. Both times my dear wife has turned to me and said, “That isn’t true! Doesn’t everybody know that this stuff is not true?”

    • Google is only a click away.

    • Mymy88

      Don’t worry. I believe the wild fire is continuing to spread and nothing will be able to contain it. It’s just too effin out there, like an anomoly that the Star Trek crew would run into. I think people are saying WTH is all this craziness about scien? They will talk about it, people will quibble about it, and then go to Google to find out the facts, I hope!

  • ParticleMom

    I didn’t realize Paulette went to Brandeis. There would be a huge interest in an alumnus and Holocaust survivor there! Tony, please, please, please come to Boston (or Waltham.) I have several friends who are alumni, I’d be happy to help in any way I can.

  • Pierrot

    *** RED X +–+** RED X ** +–+ RED X *** Saturday the 16th of May
    Good morning Night Owls and Early Birds,
    Removals for yesterday are WAY UP with at long last the wipe out of Boston, with Sacramento & Denver creeping in.
    CL might check your IP to see if you are a “LOCAL”, it would help for “local” RedXers to complain.
    See how to do it : https://whyweprotest.net/threads/taking-down-co-on-craigslist-co-ads-on-craigslist.113779/page-120#post-2533760

    RedX tips : Updated to include: how to complete the CL complaint form & copy/paste post ids : https://whyweprotest.net/threads/taking-down-co-on-craigslist-co-ads-on-craigslist.113779/page-120#post-2533632
    Flag co$ lies : https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1-Kvg78kCcvo5gL7UfPcmhmbsagTNtdj0y2LAiHVFrCU/pubhtml

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

    F5… Longing the Dark Tower by Andy Factor enhanced by DodoTheLaser for RedX, flickred by Aeger Primo https://www.flickr.com/photos/120371503@N05/15888955519/in/set-72157642802079293

    • Pierrot

      Today we celebrate the removal of 77 ads out of 94 from Boston following the removal of 98 ads last week. Complaints do work, we got to do it right and we got to keep on the pressure. My Granny used to say that patience & perseverance will get you anywhere!
      Do not leave it to the next person do it, it is as easy as 1) have an email address, 2) Call up the complaint form, 3) complete & send.
      F5… Anon Dance by Shoopz flickred by AegerPrimo: https://www.flickr.com/photos/120371503@N05/14030700007/in/album-72157642802079293/

    • Hamtaro

      Just got done doing the Regional List: Wow, looks like almost another 100 removals in Boston. Now we need a gang of spam complaints on Sacramento. Great job Pierrot and all my fellow Red-Xers!

  • Ella Raitch

    Just finished TUML and left the first review on Amazon dot com dot au. Fact dense but compelling. Made me momentarily depressed that Scientology is unkillable; that we may laugh a their idiocy but they keep on keeping on, and at the tax payer’s expense. Glad that Paulette found quality of life a the end of it all.Great addition to the Scientology library thank Tony.

    • Humans evolve. Scientology does not.

    • Observer

      Syphilis was unkillable too. Until penicillin was discovered.

      • Jay Wood

        Actually syphilis was out-evolved in 1909 by Salvarsan. It was discovered by Paul Ehrlich’s student Sahachiro Hata, whom I think was gypped out of the Nobel Prize because he was Japanese. Hata went on to found Kitasato University in Japan. His name indicates he was the 8th son in his family, but I’ve never been able to confirm this, as his birth name was Yamane, and he was adopted by the Hata clan when his parents died at age 14.

        Salvarsan was highly unstable in air, so penicillin was a vast improvement, but it’s kinda hard to imagine, from a distance of over 100 years, what an advance Salvarsan was over the calomel (an Hg salt) that was used for centuries before to poison both patient and invader. The saying used to be “a night with Venus and a lifetime with Mercury”. It was always an open questions of which would kill the patient first, the mercury side effects, or the disease.

        /medgeek 😀

        Sorry to derail, Hata is a hero of mine, and I like to plug his legacy.

        Back OT, like syphilis (actually a LOT like syphilis), the Co$ has no ability to evolve in the face of catastrophic environmental changes such as Salvarsan / the Internet. 😉

  • So where’s the Freedumb Mag now? Yeah, didn’t think so.

    • Jack99

      Not so tough now, is it?

  • Maxim Zbitnoff

    Nice job of making Paulette into a human. I had bought into the idea she was an SP… less than human…. and had never re-examined the idea since leaving the church some time ago. Thanks, Tony.