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BILLBOARD 2.0 — Phil and Willie Jones set their sights on Scientology’s mecca in Florida

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Fresh off of their media conquest in Los Angeles, former Scientologists Phil and Willie Jones have a new target for their bright idea to highlight Scientology’s toxic “disconnection” policy with a prominent billboard near a major church center.

In April, the couple paid for a billboard in the Echo Park neighborhood of L.A. after crowdfunding about $12,000, in large part with the help of the readers of this website. The billboard had a positive message rather than a critical one, asking members of Scientology to call their loved ones. It also provided a link to a website that explained how the church splits up families by enforcing disconnection.

It’s disconnection that keeps Phil and Willie from seeing their own two grown children, Emily and Mike, who are both workers in Scientology’s “Sea Organization,” which asks its members to sign billion-year contracts and work for pennies an hour.

Phil and Willie, who live in Las Vegas, chose Los Angeles for the “Call Me” billboard because that’s where their children work for the church. But now, they’ve decided to raise funds for a second billboard in Clearwater, Florida, another major center for Scientology with a large concentration of Sea Org workers.

“Willie and I lived in Clearwater for about 26 years,” Phil tells us. “It’s considered the spiritual center for Scientology, and those who are going up the Scientology ‘Bridge’ will eventually go there. For a small town Scientology owns a larger percentage of property there than any other city or town in the world. Clearwater is where our daughter first joined the Sea Org.”

Phil says he’s attempting to raise $5,400 at a donation page in order to make the Florida billboard a reality. In the meantime, he let us know that the Echo Park billboard in Los Angeles is currently down, but he says his goal is to get both billboards — in Los Angeles and Clearwater — up at the same time next month.

The Los Angeles billboard, which had been up since April 4, came down about two weeks ago because of a small snafu in making a payment on time. But there are funds already in place to keep it going, so it will be going back up in July, Willie says.

And he’s aiming to get the new billboard, in Clearwater, unveiled on the same day that the L.A. billboard reappears.

When the L.A. billboard first went up, it garnered a huge amount of press, partly because the Joneses had struggled to get it put up. Two billboard companies signed contracts with Phil for his sign, and one planned to post it only a block from the Hollywood Boulevard offices of Scientology leader David Miscavige. But both of those companies caved to pressure from the church and rescinded those contracts. The third company they approached, Lamar Media, didn’t buckle and posted the sign.

Will the couple find a company in Florida that will post their billboard in Clearwater, so close to Scientology’s spiritual mecca, the “Flag Land Base”? We may soon find out, but only if enough donors can contribute to the cause.

“Because it is such a large center of Scientologists and ex-Scientologists, there are many people in Clearwater who have lost loved ones, family members, and friends to Scientology disconnection. I have heard from many of them. They are tragic stories of families broken apart in the name of religion,” Phil tells us. And that’s why he’s working to post a billboard in Clearwater, even though his own children don’t live there. “When Willie and I started this project, it was originally going to be a message directed at our kids. Once we started, we got message after message from those who wanted to donate because they had lost loved ones to Scientology disconnection. We then made it our mission to provide this medium for all those who were affected by Scientology’s disconnection abuse and fight to end this practice for all of them.”

 
JonesFamily

[Before disconnection: Phil and Willie Jones and their children, Emily and Mike]

 
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“Squeeze My Cans” gets its first review

Cathy Schenkelberg premiered her new one-woman show, “Squeeze My Cans” at the Hollywood Fringe Festival last night, and take a look who attended and then posted a note about it in our comments section…

 
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That’s a great endorsement for Cathy to get, and most of you probably know why. If you went to the show, please add your own review to our comments section.

 
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3D-UnbreakablePosted by Tony Ortega on June 11, 2016 at 07:00

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Our book, The Unbreakable Miss Lovely: How the Church of Scientology tried to destroy Paulette Cooper, is on sale at Amazon in paperback and Kindle editions. We’ve posted photographs of Paulette and scenes from her life at a separate location. Reader Sookie put together a complete index. More information about the book, and our 2015 book tour, can also be found at the book’s dedicated page.

Learn about Scientology with our numerous series with experts…

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

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

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  • Panopea Abrupta

    Yeah, Phil and Willie!

    Meanwhile @
    ((($))) SMP ((($)))
    Oops, 2 weeks and counting

    BwaaaHaaaaHaaa –

    $cientology, changing the world for the better
    by producing 0 movies, 0 tv shows, 0 pod-casts, 0 streaming media,
    No radio
    No You Tube channels
    Nada, niente, zilch, diddly squat.
    Not even a single frickin’ Tweet!

    DM, yet another footbullet fail-boat
    This is embarrassing, Dave.
    Hot on the heels of “Ruthless” – and a re-edition of “Battlefield Earth” won’t redeem you.
    Nor will the audio version, schlocky muzak ‘n all.

    Is that the ticking of the clock?

    • shasha40

      TICK , TOCK , tiny cock … It’s getting louder !!!

      • Roger Y

        Did you really mean “tiny clock” or did you mean both tiny cock & tiny clock? Because you know DM definitely has one of them……..

        • shasha40

          You’re killing me , I definitely meant cock , but good point on the clock . You hear that davey ? Your countdown clock is as tiny as your cock !!! I know, I know , too much use of cock , but it fits him so well !!! ( insert hysterical laughter here !)

    • Dice ✓

      What IS that noise ?!?

      • NOLAGirl (Stephanie)

        Dave wetting himself. 😀

    • Bob

      PA, you just wait!
      Something big is coming from SMP.
      It’s going to rock our world!

      It’s going to the blow both of DMs feet off forever.
      Bullets the size of 50 gallon oil drums. That’s how big an effect it will have on world wide media.
      And Davey will become the tiny tot he’s always been, for real.

  • Dr_Orpheus

    There will be a lot fewer billboard companies in the Tampa area than the LA area, making it very difficult to get a spot anywhere near Clearwater.

    • Tony Ortega

      I can understand why you might think that’s the case, but it isn’t actually true. I can’t say more, however, because Phil has asked me to hold back certain details.

      We wouldn’t want people inclined to donate to think that this is not going to happen. Phil and Willie have already shown themselves to be enormously resourceful.

      • Perky

        Have donated, I followed the link, couldn’t
        change the amount paypal box ? Had to
        donate a smaller amount ?

    • madge filpot

      I would also think, just knowing how marketing/sales and networking goes, that the Billboard company that had the integrity to put up the sign in L.A., knows of comparable companies throughout the States.

      And you’ve got to know that there are many folks who want the Church gone from CW. WHile there are those who have been bought and paid for.. there are others who want their town back.

      • Dice ✓

        “many folks who want the Church gone from CW.” — Hey Now! 🙂 That’s right he he

    • chukicita

      Sorry, I work closely with media buyers in the Tampa Bay area. There’s spots, believe me.

    • OOkpik

      “Difficult” doesn’t seem to scare Phil and Willie. It must be far more difficult to be cut off from their kids.

  • It’s a win-win situation.

    If there are no problems in finding a billboard company, the message is out there where it will do the most good. If they prove to be afraid to take the job on (or take it on, then back out for no apparent reason) that will attract the attention of the media again.

    If Scientology actually gets caught using commercial or other pressure to try to censor this message, they will only attract media attention and prove how repressive they are.

    Here’s hoping both billboards soon appear… but only after a fight.

  • Narapoid

    I can’t make Cathy’s show in LA, but here is Roz Cohn’s show from a couple year’s ago that I have been enjoying. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wPohnvI3Rqo For Phil and Willie, a badass sign in Clearwater or Tampa on the way to CW would be awesome!

    OSA, did you hear that? You are going to have to get off your lazy ass and quit killing families long enough to start bribing and buying up every billboard in Florida as you did in LA, though it still won’t work.

    • Skabetti

      Thank you. I’ve never seen this. It’s very powerful.

    • Linda Clement

      Thank you so very much, Nara. It was as funny as all get-out until that beautiful, poignant ending. What a brave, loving person she is! And I’m proud of her friend for not disconnecting from her, too.

      That’s the thing about moments of crisis: you see the worst in people, but you also see the very, very best, and the best is so good that your world opens up along with your heart.

  • OOkpik

    Thumbs up, Phil and Willie. If anyone can make it happen, you can. Thank you both.

    • aquaclara

      I’m in awe of Phil and Willie. They have accomplished so much, with the support here and all around. I’d love to see this billboard in Clearwater. Those Flag buses ride all around, and any chance to get the word out would be worthwhile.

      I remember Scientology had a billboard spot for years there, right on Rte 60, promoting Dianetics. After Hubbard disappeared, the true believers kept insisting he was coming back, and pointed to the sign as proof.

      Even in the 1990s, there were those who insisted Hubbard was still alive.

  • aquaclara

    It’s terrific to see supporters like Carrie show up for Cathy’s show. It sounds like a great event, joining Roz and Derek in their own body of stand-up work. And have to include Jamie in this mix, too.

    Probably have to wait for morning, Cali time, to hear more….

  • Ron Schmidt

    Good morning, thought you all would enjoy this, Ron Miscavige made the front page of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Just a little more “black PR” for the CO$.
    BTW I’m a “never in” and kind of became fascinated with the CO$ and like so many other people can’t believe this is happening in the United States currently. I feel part of why I became so interested is I can relate because I belonged to a “high demand group” or cult back in the 1980s, my experience was with Aesthetic Realism and they use all the tactics.

    • Dice ✓

      Thanks man! 🙂

      • Ron Schmidt

        my pleasure

    • OOkpik

      A belated Welcome to you, Ron. 🙂

      • Ron Schmidt

        thank you!

    • BraveBloggers

      Welcome. Glad you got out of your group.

    • NOLAGirl (Stephanie)

      Welcome Ron. Thanks for reminding me to take a look at the football schedule for this year. Praise Xenu we don’t have to play in Lambeau. 😀

    • Also in the New York Times review list:

      http://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/19/books/review/inside-the-list.html

      (Not a review, just a capsule blurb.)

      • Noesis

        When Ted Koppel won an Emmy for his 1992 interview of David Miscavige by asking a series of questions, then letting the pompadoured one skewer himself with tortured answers that showed in public what an unschooled imbecile he really was…Miscavige claimed that the Emmy was really “earned” by himself because of his “performance.” Incredibly, the official RTC website still suggests the Emmy was awarded not to Koppel (which it was) but to Miscavige (which it most certainly was not.)

        Does this mean that should the elder Miscavige win some type of literary award for his book “Ruthless” that it will really be the Davie the Younger that “won” the award?

        Lol.

    • ze moo

      Ron continues to get book reviews and general interest stories in all sorts of places. I be so happy for that.

    • Bob

      Thanks Ron. Appreciate your support and empathy.

    • Free Minds, Free Hearts

      And this from the online NY Times book review. #1 in the religion category.

    • Baby

      Hi Ron.. Welcome to the Bunker.. We are all crazy here.. Just warning you.. Grab a beverage and settle down on our sofa.. We always have popcorn.. xo baby

  • Panopea Abrupta

    Christianity: The family that prays together stays together
    $cientology: The family that preys together …

    $cientology – the sad sad reality is that families are torn apart
    That is why the “Call Me” campaign is so powerful.
    Everybody can relate to this stark indictment of this criminal sham.

    Of course, you have this version from ex-$cientologist Charles Manson:
    The Family that slays together stays together.

    When the FBI finally pull DM, Duggan, Cardone, TC and others of that ilk in to question them
    about the criminal racketeering of Co$, will they take the prints of whales?

    DM’s Psalms on Alms :
    “Yea, tho I stalk through the Valley Org like the shadow of Debt, I will shear so evil,
    For the cowed are with me, thy copper rod and thy staph, My cult runneth over, ”

    • Out and about

      Brilliant!!!

    • Missionary Kid

      Christianity: The family that prays together, stays together.
      $cientology: The family that pays together, stays together.

  • chukicita

    Donation DONE. No high-pressure sales required.

    • NOLAGirl (Stephanie)

      I’m still half asleep but omg am I giddy about one of these being in Clearwater. Muwhahahaha!! 😈

  • Sid (Phil Jones)

    I will update the balance on the donation page as the day goes on. Thank you so much to all who have donated so far. Between us we will bring an end to Scientology’s disconnection abuse.

    • NOLAGirl (Stephanie)

      Tell Willie she has permission to take a Benji out of my purse next this happens and I’m passed out in the back. 😀

      Let me get some coffee in me and I’ll get it out on my Twitter.

      • Dice ✓

        Yes 🙂 Tweeeeet…

        • NOLAGirl (Stephanie)

          I’m going to, I was just watching my TL and it’s dead. I think everyone is still sleeping or just waking up but I plan to do blasts all day. ; )

          • Dice ✓

            Yeah! just checked the time zones he he… ill bet Phil has been on it all night.

    • Bavarian Rage

      Your tenacity is inspirational. Scientology screwed with the wrong papa and mama bear.

      ETA: It must be so cathartic to be able to do something tangible and potentially a real difference maker in the fight against disconnection.

      • Linda Clement

        The proof that “call me” works is provided by Fred Haseney’s photos of the faces of Sea Org personnel when they see it. Even sneaking peeks when a SG (hi Otto!) is watching. I bet we’re going to hear one of these days about families being contacted by their lost ones.

        • Bavarian Rage

          Wow, somehow I’d never entertained that mental picture. What a cause for rejoicing that will be. (Kind thought the billboard’s success would end at drawing tons of awareness and create a sort of pang/pause for thought to those in. But, you’re right – it really could hit that right nerve in some lonesome soul.)

      • richelieu jr

        Yes, it is the tenacity that makes it work and must scare DM et al..

        Usually it the COS that is relentless as cancer or a river wearing a groove with endless pressure, but here, it is

        Must be like trying to kill a cockroach that keeps coming back (sorry guys, I mean in tenacity, no slight implied- tot he contrary!), or some unsightly zit or blemish that you just cannot seem to cover up and which pops out at the most embarrassing moments..

        • Bavarian Rage

          If I were them, I’d also take some perverse pleasure in knowing that I had come on the radar of DM, and was the irritating sliver underneath his fingernail. He’s caused others sooooo much pain, that it’s cool to stand up and be counted among the sources of his!

    • Roger Y

      I thought it was a great idea & made 3 small donations. I will gladly donate to the one in Florida. Much luck to you, your wife & your family!

      • Roger Y

        Oops I did it again! Hope it makes the local news, as I live in Mighty Miami.

    • ExCult.Jan

      Shunning by my husband and community was the most painful part of escaping cult insanity. 100% of those who risked speaking to me and learned why I was leaving, ended up leaving, too. That is the entire reason cults practice it. Thank you for your work, and stay strong.

  • Only to a mind-control dependent organisation, like the criminal $cientology one, would this message be a problem.

    I urge you to be very careful, Phil and Willie, as you go ahead with this. Captain David “he is NOT insane!” Miscavige will not take kindly to this, and his followers are too fanatic to be trusted to act within the law.

  • BosonStark
    • Dice ✓

      And then we crowdfund an implant-station with electronic wires!

  • Jeb Burton

    It will only be effective if it is somewhere downtown. Seeing as billboards are the state flower here, they should be able to find one. Clear Channel Media owns many of them, I don’t know if the cult does business with them. Im curious with what the snafu was in LA. Didn’t they raise the money they needed?

  • endoftheQ

    Tony, is there a reason why the request for new donations isn’t going through one of the normal crowd funding sites but appears to be being channelled directly to a Benevive LLC aka Clean Body Detox? Thanks.

    • Dice ✓

      I saw that too…but it is phil’s account… (link removed)

      • endoftheQ

        OK, thanks, that’s good to know, however I’m still reluctant to hand over all my personal details, I’d rather contribute anonymously via a crowdfunding site.

        • Dice ✓

          That’s totally fine and it’s good that you are aware of this 🙂

  • Sid (Phil Jones)

    The Paypal account is an old one that I thought I’d use because it’s cheaper than GoFundme. I’ll try to change how it reads. It’s been a long time so it might take me a bit to figure out. In the meantime if you want to donate through GoFundme just put a note with it that it’s for Clearwater Billboard.

    http://www.gofundme.com/reconnectingfamily

    • Dice ✓

      I can do a test-run on this paypal and forward you what i get on my mail, back to you – when your ready!

      • Sid (Phil Jones)

        I ran one. It has the company name but still shows that it’s for the billboard. Maybe you could run $1 and see what comes out on your end.

        • noseinabk

          Receipt for your donation to Benevive LLC
          Hello xxxxxxxxxxxxx,

          This email confirms that you have donated $xxxxxxxxx USD to Benevive LLC (pjones@ij.net) using PayPal.

          Donation Details

          Confirmation xxxxxxxx
          Donation amount: $xxxxxxxxx
          Total: $xxxxxxxxxx
          Purpose: Clearwater “Call Me” Billboard

          • NOLAGirl (Stephanie)

            ^^^^Same one I got. Everything went through smoothly. I personally don’t care if Phil & Willie have my info. If they want to come get some gumbo they’re welcome to just like everyone else. 😀

            • Dee Findlay-DeElizabethan

              Me too! I’ll get them some key lime pie.

            • NOLAGirl (Stephanie)

              Party at Dee’s!! LOL

            • Dee Findlay-DeElizabethan

              I’m almost ready, soon…..

    • Dee Findlay-DeElizabethan

      Thank you Phil, for the info.

      And done!

    • endoftheQ

      I’d suggest putting it up on GoFundMe as well, as you’re probably losing more in donations from people like myself who are wary of providing details to an unknown PayPal account than you’ll lose from the percentage GoFundMe will take as its cut. You also gain exposure via GoFundMe itself, which you won’t get by hosting it on your own webpage. Just my 2¢.

      • Sid (Phil Jones)

        Good point. I’ll set that up today.

      • downtherabbithole

        Very good point. I have donated a couple times on the GoFundMe site but would not on a PayPal site as I do not have an account there nor do I want to create one there. Phil I will donate to the CW billboard on GFM page and make note on the donation. You and your wife are incredibly loving and strong people. There will be a day when your children thank you for all you are doing not only for them, but for the many others suffering from disconnection.

    • noseinabk

      I get it Phil. I still have my old obnoxious screen name from the aol days on my paypal account. Too lazy to change it since it is linked to my eBay account .

    • Carol Crawford

      I didn’t see a place for paypal. The only method of payment I saw was credit card.

      • Sid (Phil Jones)

        I took the Paypal link out and put the GoFundme one in. People seemed more comfortable with it. Let me know if the only way you can donate is with Paypal and I’ll get you a link.

        • Carol Crawford

          I’ll get my credit card out later on to do a donation. Thanks

        • Carol Crawford

          I can donate the way it is now setup.

  • Hey! Changes to the California licensed detox list!

    https://chhs.data.ca.gov/Facilities-and-Services/Department-of-Health-Care-Services-DHCS-Licensed-R/rzbp-crfv

    I’m still checking to see what happened at other California locations (real change or data formatting change) but one location, Huntington Harbor House (Narconon Fresh Start) dropped off the list completely. I was expecting something to happen as their listed license had expired February 29, 2016.

    Page unchanged because Argon didn’t handle the case of a gone Narconon:

    Category:Huntington Harbor House

    • So far, the other changes look like data clean-up. They had redundant addresses for facility and location. Hmm… Sunshine Summit Lodge still shows as expired March 31, 2016, and yet Science Doc has passed by and seen them open after that date.

      • Science Doc

        Many times in fact. No dramatic changes over the past two years.

        • The CHHS list updates monthly, so if Huntington Harbor House (expired February 29, 2016) is an example, I’d expect Sunshine Summit Lodge to change or drop mid-July.

          Meanwhile, I’ll keep checking for a name change. Nope, nothing in Warner Springs except Sunshine Summit Lodge and Narconon JLB Ranch down the road.

        • Missionary Kid

          Did you feel the earthquake? I slept through it.

          • Science Doc

            I was awake, and I felt it. It was felt from Santa Barbara to Tijuana. Gold base lies right on top of that fault. I’m sure they got a good jolt out of it. They are at some risk for damage from a big quake on that fault and could get soil liquifaction as well.

            • Missionary Kid

              The news said it was centered around Borrego Springs.

          • JaxNGold

            Me, too. Which is strange since I always wake when there’s an earthquake — even a tiny one!

  • Dice ✓

    “Terra Cognita” – wrote an interesting story on http://www.mikerindersblog.org/am-i-still-a-thetan/

  • sashiebgood

    I wonder if anyone has received calls from loved ones as a result of the billboard?

    • Juicer77

      If they do I can’t blame everyone involved for staying really quiet.

      • sashiebgood

        oh absolutely they should! but I hope that anyone who is reunited by the impetus of the billboard would let Phil and Willie know.

  • PickAnotherID

    Considering the impact magnetic sign drive-by and walk-by is having at ‘Big Blue’, as reported by FGH, the same things should work great in Clearwater. It would be an entertaining way to pass the time until a billboard does go up.

    • Dee Findlay-DeElizabethan

      I have the magnetic signs, just waiting for right time to go out.

      • ze moo

        Your camcorder is your friend. As are your friends. And sometimes random strangers on the bus.

  • Douglas D. Douglas

    Meanwhile, down in the Valley, the Ideal Org is… MOVING AHEAD! Sort of.

    After years of benign neglect, the Valley Ideal Org project is… doing something. At the very least, part of the property is starting to look like an Ideal Org. It is completely closed off to all view of the outside world. Could this be the ultimate development of Shutter Tech?

    The bulk of the building, alas, continues to fall apart in plain view. Maybe they don’t care. Or maybe… it’s all part of a Master Plan. Yeah. That’s it. It’s all happening just the way it is supposed to be.

    (And do you find the sign reading “Smile, You’re on Camera” as amusing as I do, considering they have a whole film and video facility that’s been open two weeks with nary a moment of camera work produced?)

    (refresh!)

    • ze moo

      It still looks like a Volvo Dealership. And the tent looks like fumigation for bugs or mold or something. Given all the ads and exhortations to ‘get Valley done’, maybe some cleaning out is being done to keep the sheeple interested?

      Can that Shell station service my Volvo? Is it ‘ideal’ enough? Hell, I’ll settle for a Slurpie and a Slim Jim.

      • The other possibility is that they are tying to hide the the most rotten parts of the building from from local government, who might decide that it’s a hazard to the public and order them to do fix it.

        • ze moo

          Or asbestos is involved and they are actually cleaning it out in the right way? Permits?? We don’t need no stinkin permits! Could they actually be obeying the laws?

          • While they could get away with igniring the law regarding asbestos on te “Freewinds”, surely they wouldn’t try to pull as a fast one in the middle of the US… would they..?

            That sheeting might be worth watching closely with telephoto lens.

            • Linda Clement

              Someone who has been ordered to “make it go right” might just come up with a solution that looks right but isn’t, e.g. the cosmetic repairs to Big Blue that are having to be undone and re-done.

      • Simi Valley

        GMTA! I was thinking fumigation too.

    • Free Minds, Free Hearts

      Thanks for the drive by, Triple D. I love the golden age of sheet tech that they seem to have developed recently.

      • Chewkacca

        Remember the Soviet “Iron Curtain” and Chinese “Bamboo Curtain”? This might be the “Tissue Curtain”…. as in “tissue of lies”. Just sayin….. GROWLOOO!

    • PickAnotherID

      Well, the sign does say “Demolition Personnel Only”. Maybe the city finally got disgusted enough with the building’s condition they’re making $cientology tear it down. I know, wishful thinking on my part. But it would be nice if it were true.

    • Robert Eckert

      They are producing lots of camera work, of puzzled bystanders walking by, in the middle of hours of absolutely nothing since this is hardly prime foot-traffic area.

    • Gus_Cox

      Jeezus, that place looks like a derelict shit-hole. How long have they been squeezing money for it? 7 or 8 years?? What a piece of crap.

      • Douglas D. Douglas

        Ahem.

        12 years.

  • DexterSka

    I really enjoyed Ross and Carrie’s take on Scientology. It was funny and helped me to put my own experiences in perspective. I hope other bloggers do the same thing since it really seemed to put a bug up Miscavige’s ass.

  • Sid (Phil Jones)

    Okay, I set up a separate GoFundme campaign for this one. Don’t worry about the Paypal donos they will ‘all’ be used for this campaign as well.

    https://www.gofundme.com/floridabillboard

    • NOLAGirl (Stephanie)

      Thanks Phil. I didn’t care about using Paypal but this link will fit more easily into a tweet. 👍

      • Sid (Phil Jones)

        Sorry for the confusion. I thought I’d use Paypal because the fees were less but didn’t realize that we’d get less donations so it worked against us.

        • NOLAGirl (Stephanie)

          Don’t stress it. Now you have both so people can use either one. Some people trust Paypal more, so it’s good to have both options. I’ll be tweeting the GoFundMe link though, just because of the character limit on Twitter.

          • Sid (Phil Jones)

            I changed the link on the StopScientologyDisconnection site to the GoFundme page. I think having just one will make for less confusion.

            • endoftheQ

              When you have a sec. don’t forget to add a link to your old GoFundMe page from the new one. It can sometimes help with GoFundMe promotion, they seem to like successes combined with second rounds. 😉

            • Sid (Phil Jones)

              Done. Thanks for the suggestion.

            • endoftheQ

              I’ll keep my fingers x’d that you make it into one of their promo emails. 🙂

            • NOLAGirl (Stephanie)

              That’s cool Phil. Just toss my Paypal donation in with the rest and we’ll get that GoFundMe link out as much as we can. ; )

          • endoftheQ

            Is Twitter still counting links, I thought they’d stopped? You can always use bit.ly or d.pr ie. http://d.pr/11HWs

            • NOLAGirl (Stephanie)

              I’m not sure Q. It still counts mine so…yes? I hadn’t heard they were going to stop counting links.

            • endoftheQ

              Aw, maybe it hasn’t been implemented yet, it’s due any day according to various media.

            • NOLAGirl (Stephanie)

              It’s going to be great to have that extra space. Thanks for the heads up Q.

        • endoftheQ

          No probs. it’s sorted. 🙂

        • Always Amazed

          I just added more donation to offset your fees. I get my Amex points and a donation, and the best part is I feel like I am actually helping to hopefully make a difference bringing families together. Thank you all who helped make this happen.

    • endoftheQ

      I’d also add in the text a link to your previous success https://www.gofundme.com/reconnectingfamily

    • Always Amazed

      I started us off!!!!

  • ze moo

    Hell, put the ‘Call Me’ signs up by every might mOrg and put one by Golden Era in Hemet too!!

    Now, how do you say ‘Call Me’ in Russian, Hungarian, Ukrainian and all the other Eastern European languages?

    • jazzlover

      How about a “Call Me (we need something to do)” sign pasted right on the face of the SMP building?

      • Sid (Phil Jones)

        I thought about that but the place seems pretty deserted. Maybe once they start using it.

        • ze moo

          The ‘once they start using it’ thing might not happen until some ’emergency’ makes it a priority. The hollow echo from the SuMP is tremendous.

        • jazzlover

          LOL. Sounds like it bee a plan 😉

      • Jazz, Joey Alexander was just a mind blowing set. Prodigy is such a strange phenomenon. He’s so good technically I can only imagine what he’ll be like in 20 years with more experience under his belt. The communication between him and Dan Chmielinski and Ulysses Owens, Jr. was joy inducing and thrilling. Those two are Alexander’s equal in every way. I’ve never seen a better bassist play live.

        • jazzlover

          Bass players? You need to get out more 🙂 Dave Holland, Drew Gress, Scott Colley are 3 that come to mind. Oh and don’t sleep on Branford’s longtime bassist, Eric Revis!

          Yes, Joey Alexander’s a phenomenal talent. I hope he gets the right advice, and that he doesn’t fall too fully into the Wynton Marsalis mindset. Maybe a talk with another prodigy (Keith Jarrett) is in order. Although, Joey better not bring his camera 😉

          • Yeah, I do need to get out more. We have our concerns about Joey getting good advice. So famous so young can be perilous. And yeah, no cameras!

  • Lousy Ratatouille

    SMP: still radio silence.
    Radio is sound salvation, so you’d better listen to the radio:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0E6fvVaVgOQ

    • Holy shit how did I not know about this?
      Greatest thing ever.
      Many thanks.
      “And the radio is in the hands of such a lot of fools trying to anesthetize the way that you feel.”

    • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

      The Beasties know their music history, don’t they? They were never afraid to salute past masters and rebels.

  • madame duran

    TWO WEEKS since SMP officially opened…still no live programming from this fancy studio. What gives?

    http://www.tickcounter.com/countup/1464462000000/america-los_angeles/owd/FFFFFF3B5998000000FF0000/No_On-Air_Programming_since_SMP_Grand_Opening

    It doesn’t speak well of OT ability of “making it go right” when a bunch of SPs can plan, co-ordinate and attend an event but Miscavige hasn’t produced a single thing from Scientology’s new media centre. HowdyCon 2016 will be comin’ at ya next week Friday!!!

    http://www.tickcounter.com/countdown/1466161200000/america-new_york/dhms/FFFFFF3B5998000000FF0000/HowdyCon_2016

    • Maybe they have a low-power pirate FM station? Pirates do seem to be their theme recently.

      • Science Doc

        I don’t understand why they don’t do this. One can mock 100 W, but this is the tech behind most college radio stations. They could work it the kinks while serving their core constituency in LA and stream the broadcast to a separate Clearwater liscence plus Orgs. A better explanation is that everything is in a complete state of paralysis awaiting COB’s sign off.

        • A sign-off which will never come because

          a) Nothing will fufill his power-fantasy of how SMP supposed to covert the world to Scientology
          b) This failure can only be due to an SP in the ranks
          c) Miscavige enjoys the exercise of power more than he enjoys getting things done
          d) The man is an idiot with no education, and doesn’t understand what he needs to do in any case.

          It’s teling that all the jobs that Miscavige considers to be important are done by ‘wog’ mercenaries (especially the vital task of keeping him out of court, personally). Even they, they don’t seem to be able to choose competant mercenaries (witness the clowns he set to watch his own Father).

          I suspect that running a daily 30-minutes news show is now beyond the organisational capability of the CofS can you imagine how they would get items approved a timely manner (I can’t ) and what would happen whenever they made the slightest mistake (or Miscavige was just feeling stroppy)?

          Even if they started broadcasing tomorrow, the result would be one ‘flap’ after another.

          • ze moo

            The clampire doesn’t want to reveal their mystery sandwich. I can see day long rants from the CCHR or the other social betterment groups, but they have to provide content. Content that DM must approve. In any other organization, someone like Bennie Hinn would delegate that oversight. Is there no clam who can step up and get the ball rolling? Apparently not.

            This fits the current pattern of some squirrel hiding the balls under the couch. Harlem mOrg is all ready to open, but the staff were not trained up to GAT 2 ‘standards’. So everything waits for that to be done. Why DM didn’t get all of the staff, present and future trained before hand is an incredible indictment of his leadership. The lack of planning speaks to management by emergency, always a recipe for disaster.

            Now, who is going to call DM on it? Volunteers? Come on, someone call him on it!

            • Juicer77

              They could broadcast LRon spouting off. Lord knows there’s tons of material. Best comedy network ever!!

            • ‘Management by emergency’ may actually be functional – like the mass of pointless make-work that Scientology creates it keeps members distracted and insures that they do have time to think.

              If you are constantly stumbling from one crisis to the next, trying to stay out of the RPF, you just don’t have the spare cognitive capacity to ask yourself why things are so disorganised, let alone assign blame.

              I’m not suggesting that Miscavige understands this, or does it deliberately. I doubt that he does. However, this is how it has always been done in Scientology, and it keeps the troops under control. This is important than getting things done efficiently

          • Juicer77

            Good point about the mercenaries. Apparently Mismanage sees his flock as the most UNable of all beings.

            • Strangely, I think Scientologists often have historically proven themselves to be quite resourceful if left alone,.

              This is why Scientology was relatively prosperous under Hubbard’s rule – not because he was a great administrator (he wasn’t) but because he didn’t interfere too much. As long as money was coming in, he left well enough alone.

              It’s not that Scientologists are necessarily incapable – it’s that nobody can get anything done under Miscavige’s capricious micro-management. Scientology only functions because he can only interfere in one place at a time.

              Mercenaries can get things done, partly because Miscavige knows that outside professionals won’t tolerate being treated like Scientologists and leaves them alone.

          • nailed it again, O_B. I especially like your use of covert in point a)…

            • *sigh* I’m typing on a tablet via one of those covers which incorporates a plug-in mechanical keyboard…. which I can almost cover with one hand.

              Itza a micicule t hat wot I tipe makez anee senze at awl! 🙂

            • ;D

          • Gus_Cox

            “c) Miscavige enjoys the exercise of power more than he enjoys getting things done
            d) The man is an idiot with no education, and doesn’t understand what he needs to do in any case.”

            Is that ever the truth.

            • As an outsider, it’s hard to get your head around just how dysfunctional and out of touch with reality Scientology management is.

              I think that future historians will look back on Miscavige’s rise to power as the beginning of the end because, once he was established, Scientology had no chance of long-term survival.

              What might have been could be the subject of an interesting ‘alternative history’ novel.

  • Sid (Phil Jones)

    I updated the Clearwater Billboard page on StopScientologyDisconnection.com to reflect the new GoFundme campaign link as well as the amount raised on the Paypal donations.

    • Bob

      Thanks for what your doing Phil. Clearwater needs some truth to pierce it’s lie Dome (Steven King).

      • Dice ✓

        I think a lot of Angry CW people will welcome this one!

        • Bob

          Very true. It will brighten up that dreary psuedo Pleasantville.

          • Dice ✓

            and maybe someone will open up a thrift store with “Needful Things!” Ohh… i love that one with Max von Sydow. Real Xenu pleasure 🙂

    • Commodore H. McCringleberry

      On another post, I asked for some ideas of plaques of some type to help out my metal casting business. We’re trying to formulate our own bronze alloy later this summer. Someone helpfully suggested that we base the prototypes on the billboard, which works great for us if its okay with you. We need the practice with a new alloy, molding plaque shaped objects consistently (there are three ways to do it), and in using the new finishing station we designed to cut and polish poured items and with aging and texturing. We’ll send you the finished product, or at least the ones that don’t look like total metal crap.

      • Dice ✓

        Funny… i am doing casting too, but not of the billboard. I want to cast DM in weird position 🙂

      • Sid (Phil Jones)

        I’m not sure I fully understand the concept but go for it. More Call Me is better.

        • Dice ✓

          it could be used as an Award bronze thingy, just with the billboard as a shape and motive. It would way cool 🙂

        • Commodore H. McCringleberry

          Cool. It’s a two part thing. For one, we need practice making plaques and signs. We’ve made all sorts of 3D metal casted objects, which is often easier- you just carve the item out of styrofoam, bury it in sand, and pour the metal in there. I had an iron throne made of real recycled iron, but someone made me an offer I couldn’t refuse. With a more 3D object, you do the styrofoam first, then either make a one-use mold in sand and pour metal into the cavity it makes, or if you want to make a bunch of the same object, you pour the first one in styrofoam, polish up the casting, then make a rubber mold of the object. Once the rubber is dry, you fill up the cavity in the rubber with wax over and over again, as often as you need that item, and make molds with the wax pieces.
          With a plaque, we’ll cut it out of styrofoam and pour it (the molten metal flash melts the foam as you pour, making an instant cavity). Parts of it wont come out right because metal shrinks when it solidifies or the texture will be too rough to fix in areas, or some places might not get filled in because metals all pour at different rates, not like water. Once that’s ironed out, we’ll make a wooden or fiberboard plaque that accounts for pouring problems (some letters will be bigger or smaller than they’ll ultimately appear, one side might be thicker than the other, etc.) and we’ll use that as the master. Once we have the master, we’ll experiment with different blends of metals until it we get it looking right. Then we’ll send you the final product. The pros, like the people that probably did the plaque at the test center buy their metals from the metal factory all ready to go, and have all sorts of high tech instruments to regulate temperatures and provide instant metallurgical analysis, etc. We recycle everything and do it by feel as much as we can. I could go into a big long speech about how its greener and more authentic to how its traditionally been done in bygone eras, but really its cheaper and the only way a few former corporate IT monkeys can do it.

          ETA- we’re making GoPro videos of castings and other parts of the process that we’ll be putting on YouTube at the end of the summer, hopefully, so you’ll be able to see the process.

          • Sid (Phil Jones)

            Incredible. I look forward to seeing the videos. What an amazing project.

      • Are you making EndDisconnectivis CallMeritorious awards? That’s Metal!
        m/ m/

        • Commodore H. McCringleberry

          I’ll take a stab for sure. Also, that bust of LRH that every org has- you know the one that has a texture that looks like someone did it with their fingers? I NEED the plans. There has to be a CAD drawing or some other computerized image out there, since all of the orgs have the same bust. Unless they’re all made in one shop from a master, but it doubt it would be in-house for Bridge or Gold since if they were going to put out for the equipment to make it, you’d see a lot more metal art, so either they have plans, or they have a go-to shop. Probably the same people that did the Max Power Lobby and the bowling trophies. If I can get the plans, or a 3D file (looking at you, underground lurker still-ins!), I’ll add a crow in the same style perched on and taking a dump upon his head. I’ll offer it as 3D printed or as a deluxe statue in several sizes, all proceeds to benefit whomever we decide. The Call Me Fund might make a good recipient. I’m guessing that if I wander into an org with a laptop and an XBox Kinect to make my own rendering, I’m going to get more than just a few weird looks. . .

          • I wanna say there was one on eBay a few months ago. Might have been a joke, tho. If you request this again during the week on the day’s newest post, east coast early afternoon’ish time, you’ll likely have more eyes on it from the Bunker mastershooperz that will most definitely help you find what you need. Observer, OTVIIIisgrrr8!, Mark, and RMycroft might already have a resource for the specs.

            In the meantime -http://wiseoldgoat.com/papers-scientology/hubbard_vs_nwo1_lrh_era-of-adoration.html#icon

      • beauty for ashes

        Good luck, you have so many new things going!

    • Perhaps a direct link to the GoFundme page will be helpful:
      https://www.gofundme.com/reconnectingfamily

  • Bob

    Kathy S. Is very talented. She went through hell. She deserves support for what she has created.

  • Panopea Abrupta

    Ron Miscavige Sr., in his 20/20 interview about “Ruthless”,
    said he used to change DM’s diapers.
    The odds are good Dave will need some help this A.M.
    Cap’n Dave, dude, there’s a special at Costco on Depends, the Extra Small size.

    Two $cientology haiku:

    Under the tall pines
    Elegant, the dog fox waits
    Beware – danger lurks

    Vulture soars higher
    Sailing down the wild West wind.
    Hubbard glided too.

    And a snatch from a country song for DM:

    Each night through the bars,
    Dave looks at the stars
    And wonders about Target 2,
    But here we applaud
    As he does time for fraud
    In his honkytonk prison of woo

    • Bob

      Haiku response:

      David Miscavige
      You are making history
      Dave equals evil.

  • JanInThePan

    Does CO$ own the billboard companies in Clearwater? They seem to own everything else there.

    • Dice ✓

      LRH never wrote about Billboard’s So they don’t have the – “Tech”

    • ze moo

      I bet that some local clam owned or managed company does own some, but the nationals,
      like Lamar have agreements and own many themselves. It should not be a
      problem, but the locations nearest to the Fort Harrison may be taken. I
      expect $cieno buys of all of the nearest billboards in the next week.

  • downtherabbithole

    There are blogs that advocate and support change and then there are others. Enough said. Best wishes to Phil & Willie. Off to enjoy all this day has to offer. Make yours a great one!!

  • Skabetti

    Good Morning everyone. OT: school’s out and I’ve had 3 cups of coffee in a row. That’s because now, I don’t have to hold it for hours. I can pee any old time I feel like it.

    • Juicer77

      Celebrate the small things! XD

  • Supper Powers

    When does the press release about the billboard go out to Tampa papers and stations?

  • Donation made to Phil and Willie’s fight against DM’s War on Families.

    • Free Minds, Free Hearts

      Go Dan!

    • JaxNGold

      About to do the same. Miscavige is gonna be pissed..both with anger and drunkenness…lol

  • Goodness me, where’s this all going to end? That’s what I’d like to know 😉 (Refresh contents of very large paste-bucket):

    • Supper Powers

      I see 9 Call Me signs. How many do you see?

      • Ten (look at the side of the truck in front of the Fort Harridan car-park) 🙂

        • Dice ✓

          party breaker :-/

        • Supper Powers

          Indeed! Love your work!

        • Jeb Burton

          Car park? Good morning England.

          • At least it has the virtue of brevity compared to “parking garage”. And count yourself damn’ lucky I didn’t call that “truck” a lorry! 😉

            • jazzlover

              Unfortunately, far too often, parking garages in America have become places known for ye olde sleight of hand. Now you see it, now it’s gone 🙂 Just slight of bland? Nah, it’s always a case of “clueless and slightly slack”. If changing the name changes the perception, I’m all for it.

        • Dice ✓

          I see eleven!

          • Have you been at the red biddy again, Dice?

            • Dice ✓

              Who me?

      • outraged

        I found Waldo with a Call Me sign.

        • Graham

          I thought we were playing “Where’s Slappy?” I should have known better. No use searching for someone who’s permanently stuck at minus eight on Flubtard’s crappy Tone Scale.

    • Sid (Phil Jones)

      This is great!

    • outraged

      I like the flying elephants. Now, if we could only do that for REAL, then the floodgates would open up.
      “We want a flying Rhino Call Me! We want a flying Gorilla Call Me!”
      “How about a flying Lion Call Me!”

      • Dice ✓

        it could be done with helium

      • Linda Clement

        I thought one of those was a pig.

        • Kestrel

          You are correct.

    • Dice ✓

      You should make a ticker-tape parade with Call Me flyers droppings from flying elephants
      ETA: maybe on Wall Street

    • Linda Clement

      Scrumptious!

    • OTVIIIisGrrr8!

      Mark, you’ve gone too far this time with your J&D.

    • Mighty Korgo of Teegeeack

      You can’t lead a happy life if you haven’t heard Chris Montez sing, “Call Me”.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rf4bXRMu3R4

  • Jeb Burton

    I think this is going to be huuuuuge Tampa bay. If you have money left over, it would be great if you placed an ad in the alt weekly Creative Loafing for a couple of reasons. First, I see the scions downtown reading it because it’s free and there are boxes on every corner. But the best reason is Creative Loafings landlord is the Tampa Org. The cult bought their building years ago. Good luck Mr. And Mrs. Jones.

  • Panopea Abrupta

    Eat your little shriveled black excuse for a heart out, DM.
    Phil and Willie have raised over $1,100 in a few hours.
    Nary a reg in sight, no scam, we know exactly what we are getting up front.
    You have fronts but you couldn’t do “up front” or “front up” if your miserable
    little tawdry existence depended on it.
    Hey, it does.
    You’ll be running to keep ahead of the posse all your days.
    Hint: we’re gaining on you.

    Lord Hubris’ boat in which he sailed up to Alaska was “The Magician.”
    Is DM a magician too?
    He walked in on Travolta with a massage therapist and said:
    “Nothing up my slaves.”

    Fed Ex truck just came by.
    Damn right.
    They weren’t fed when they were in, were they?
    Should be called Well Fed Ex and good for them 🙂

    DM -reader of books?
    Nah, leader of crooks
    Bleeder of kooks
    Needer of rooks
    Kneader of flukes
    Wielder of dukes
    Feeder of spooks

    Watching $cientology?
    Sometimes it’s like a martini – I am shaken but not stirred.
    Sometimes, I am shaken and stirred.
    Gonna use that righteous anger 🙂

    • Susan black

      You use that righteous anger in such a positive, funny, and snarky way, pan. What would the bunker comments be without you?

    • JaxNGold

      A gem, Pan! One of your best. Cheers!

    • Dice ✓

      it’s up on $1800 with the GoFundme

  • Tim Lobb

    What I find most puzzling is why anyone would give COS advance warning of their plans to such bill boards. The first one in LA would have been much easier if not for the fact it was so widely publicized before even being put up. This gave COS tons of time to make their pre-emptive moves. Now here we have the same thing again so don’t be surprised if COS now goes out and buys up all the boards in Clearwater. This publicizing is tantamount to telling an enemy all about your planned sneak attack on national TV. Kind of foolish methinks.

    • endoftheQ

      Yeah, but it’d be a bit difficult to fundraise if you can’t tell anyone what you’re fundraising for, huh?!!

      • endoftheQ

        Hmm, that said, it did work for the South Sea Company back in 1720:
        “A company for carrying out an undertaking of great advantage, but nobody to know what it is.”

        • Dice ✓

          ha ha!

          • endoftheQ

            I’m surprised Hubbard didn’t steal that idea… oh, wait a minute, he did… 😉

            • Dice ✓

              Yeah! and kept it as a secret!

    • Any “pre-emptive moves” will be more than outweighed by the enturbulation it causes Shortarse Miscavige and his goons—just as happened in LA.

    • Science Doc

      And yet the evidence is that CoS got their asses kicked last time. I saw 5 or 6 news or doc crews at the opening. Maybe it’s like Babe Ruth pointing to the wall when he steps up to the plate.

      • Susan black

        Yes! All eyes are now on Clearwater billboards. What will Dave do now to suppress and shatter his enemies? We’ll all be Watching to find out.

    • Observer

      Is it foolish? Would it have had nearly as much press without Scientology’s shenanigans adding some spice to the story? I highly doubt it. Not to mention that Scn’s interference confirmed everything the Joneses and other exes have accused them of.

    • Dice ✓

      even if they do, buy up all the billboards, we done our job 🙂

    • daisy

      I hope so. It is called * giving them enough rope* It worked out so well for them last time.

    • Skabetti

      Foolish like a fox. Whenever I hear doubts, I mosey over and add a little more $$ to the campaign.

    • NOLAGirl (Stephanie)

      (f5)

      • Robert Eckert

        Tim’s posting history says “7” comments, but 3 are apparently deleted; one is a conspiracy-theory post, one about bicycles, then one more beside this one on the Bunker, instructing us how to do a correct touch-assist.

    • Jimmy3

      I love your shoes

    • Lucille Austero

      Preemptive moves? The billboard is up. A second one is on the way.

    • Because that was part of the plan?

      The fact that several companies backed out after accepting a contract was wonderful publicity, attracting additional medial attention. It was an excellent build-up.

      There’s nothing wrong with forewarning your enemy if he can be relied upon to draw his gun and shoot himself in the foot.

      • Tim Lobb

        Yeah, I guess that could be. Still woulda’ been pretty cool if that first location in LA had worked out. The important thing is that ultimately, justice be served.

        • The press scrum that developed around the unveiling of the first billboard (and the subsequent coverage) was more than enough compensation.

          An advertisement in LA would have cool, because it would have annoyed Miscavige – but I for one will pass that opportunity up for local and international media coverage.

          The idea was to bring the cruelty of ‘disconnection’ to the attention of the public and Scientology’s typical reaction can only help.

  • Dice ✓

    OT: Meme the Cat brought me a Bird this morning F5 – The Bird is fine and free, no harm done. But good catch!

    • (((dagobarbz)))

      I don’t recognize it…what kind of bird is that? Almost looks like a mockingbird except for the white face.

      • Dice ✓

        hmm! i have no clue, except that it is young one or what you call it? a chick 🙂

      • Panopea Abrupta

        It’s a Willie Wagtail – appropriate for the Billboard 🙂

        • Dice ✓

          Loool

        • (((dagobarbz)))

          Ah, thanks!

          Uh oh… “… It was widely featured in Aboriginal folklore around the country as either a bringer of bad news or a stealer of secrets.”

        • jazzlover

          I always thought that was the name of a new dance craze 😉

    • Skabetti

      A bird in the hand…is one less in Meme’s paws.

    • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

      So Ms. Meme is both a well-dressed lady AND a fierce hunter! I’m glad the bird was OK. One of my cats recently pulled a bird out of the air after it got trapped on the screened-in porch. This one was not OK, unfortunately. But I did learn that my my cat has some pretty amazing and balletic leaping skills. He lost porch privileges, though.

      • Dice ✓

        Meme drag it through 2 cat-doors and maybe even picked it up from the parking lot (i have a No Scio parking sign) and jumped up on a garage, to the first floor and put it under my desk! Unharmed. I could not have done that!

        • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

          Wow, that’s impressive!

    • JaxNGold

      Aww…so glad the birdy wasn’t hurt. I know it’s a cat’s nature to hunt, but I hate it!

      • Dice ✓

        I was surprised too, but it’s Meme’s first catch and she might change the odds next time he he. Even the Vet was asking me if she had begun coming back with “presents” to me. So i guess i have to get used to it. I did show her how “happy” i was. Good Lord 🙂

        • Kestrel

          Yes. Get used to receiving live presents from the cat. They get confused if the gift freaks you out.

          • Dice ✓

            I kinda knew that and was very appreciative in a high pitch voice (lol – what you do for a Cat?) and at the same time taking her away from the bird, so i could take the pictures and bring it outside after i checked it for any bites. It just took off from my hand!

        • Juicer77

          Put a nice pretty bell on her collar (breakaway kind please, for safety) and the birdies will hear her coming. 🙂

          • Dice ✓

            I thought of that today, but not about the “breakaway” i will check in to that – Thanks 🙂

  • Jimmy3

    Why is there nothing for me to make fun of here? I NEED MY WRONGNESS
    WHERE IS MY WRONGNESS

  • Cars

    I’m not sure who is behind this new clever Twitter account, but here you go Phil and Willie – news about Billboard 2.0 is already on the move.

    https://twitter.com/iWantMySMP/status/741662339175485440

    • Jimmy3

      Name is taken from a bunker joke
      But yeah

  • Observer

    The pursuit continues…

    refresh

    • beauty for ashes

      That’s so reminds me of North by Northwest with Cary Grant. 🙂

      • Cedilla

        But Grant was sophistication personified.

      • Missionary Kid

        He doesn’t even come up to the standard of Archibald Leach.

        • Cedilla

          “He doesn’t even come up to the standard of Archibald Leach.”

          Nor C.K. Dexter Haven.

        • richelieu jr

          He doesn’t even come up the standards of any self-respecting leach.

          They are against dusconnection on principle,,,

        • beauty for ashes

          Quite right Mish. Definitely missing the vaudeville training! Especially the comedic tumbling!

    • Lucille Austero

      Very well done!

    • Baby

      Wow.. This is absolutely Brilliant Obs. I continue to be amazed by your talent.. xo

    • Dice ✓

      I tweeted this shoop to JAW, just so he has something to show OSA#2

  • Jane Doe 2

    Phil, can you post the site where we go to contribute to the billboard?

  • MostEthicalPimp

    Dear DM: Looks like this Clearwater billboard is going to burn like summer? But will Phil drive away The First of September? Nope, he’s already funded into well into September at least here in LA. But we’ll see if something that bright has to burn out sometime. or maybe you’ll be nothing but a clearwater beach memory once that billboard rolls in wild and free. You thought you had hold of PR area control in clearwater like the moon pulls at the tide? Nope those bottle rockets are now seen for what they are nothing but sparks. It’s sublime to hear how much hotter and hotter it’s going to be to be a clam in Clear Water at 17. Maybe, they can pull a white t-shirt over their eyes before driving near that one boardwalk or their car will be on fire. Surly their OT powers will allow them to use their knowingness get to through traffic.

    I am bad person sorry.

  • Dagnabit

    Scientology is not on the list.

    Yet.

    • Dagnabit

      “… believers in Richmond, Calif., persuaded the City Council
      to pass a resolution banning space-based weapons that they believe
      could be used for mind control. A similar lobbying effort is underway in
      Tucson, Arizona.”

      • MostEthicalPimp

        Like they do realize that Richmond, CA would have like no ability to regulate what’s over head in space?? Just like they can’t stop those “Chem-Trail Planes” from flying over head. You know what a basic understanding of civics is probably the least of their problems.

  • ..

    • Jimmy3

      +1 smashed whiskey bottle

    • richelieu jr

      They put on the biggest unused space in Clearwater:

      David Miscavige’s forehead.

      And nobody has dared tell him fen thou it’s been there for three weeks (replacing the “Where’s Shelley? Have you seen my wife?” Decal…

  • Jimmy3

    Your call has been forwarded to an automated voice messaging system.

  • Dagnabit

    A finely tuned and edited re-cap of Scn from 2008 through 2015’s seeing Lawrence Wright’s book released; he appears in the 2nd half of this 11 min. piece, interviewed by Anderson. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DNkbQtWEfFM

  • WOG with Attitude

    https://twitter.com/catsandrage/status/741631518276243456

    Hey look: It’s a crowd interested in Scientology. No doubt jamming into an org, demanding info, after Scientology Media Productions opened & drowned out all the entheta…oh wait…

    Oops! It’s for “My Scientology Movie” at Sheffield Doc Fest!

    • Its getting closer to me (US).
      I want to see this more than I did “Going Clear”.
      In large part because (I hear) its funnier.
      “Going Clear” was one of the few non-comedies I let myself watch.

    • Phil McKraken

      “My Scientology Movie” — That must be an SMP production. What else can it be? Wow, when Miscavige puts his mind to something, he sure moves fast.

  • Jimmy3

    eeeeeeeeeeeeeeee
    http://youtu.be/9MEScGjsUCQ

    • WOG with Attitude

      “Ah sweet mystery of life, at last I’ve found you!”

      • Jimmy3

        eeeeee

      • Dagnabit

        “Ah! Sweet Mystery of Life” – sung by Jeanette MacDonald & Nelson Eddy,

        Set in New Orleans in 1780. On Broadway in 1910. Filmed in 1935.

        Lyrics by Rida Johnson Young

        Ah, sweet mystery of life
        At last I’ve found you,
        Ah, I know at last the secret of it all
        All the longing, seeking, striving, waiting, yearning

        The burning hopes, the joy and idle tears that fall
        For ’tis love and love alone, the world is seeking
        And ’tis love and love alone that can repay
        ‘Tis the answer, ’tis the end and all of living

        For it is love alone that rules for aye
        Love and love alone, the world is seeking
        For ’tis love and love alone that can repay
        ‘Tis the answer, ’tis the end and all of living
        For it is love alone that rules for aye

        “Naughty Marietta” is an operetta in two acts, with libretto by Rida Johnson Young and music by Victor Herbert.

        • Cedilla

          “Naughty Marietta” is an operetta in two acts,”
          Yes.
          Performed by Madeline Kahn.

    • Observer

      There’s yer wrongness right there

      • Jimmy3

        eee

    • daisy

      I like the iguana farting in the bathtub better but this is almost as good.

    • Humping a Croc. Is that wrong? Should I not have done that?

      • Susan B.

        I hope he was wearing a condom to avoid contracting foot fungus.

    • madame duran

      “The Turtle and the Croc shoe”: the untold Aesop’s Fable.
      Do you think this is what sex is like between John Travolta and Kelly Preston (I’ll let you debate amongst yourselves which one is rubber/plastic and who is the dried up reptile)?
      I will try to remember this video the next time I see a Scientology testimonial video. All those fake expressions of euphoria over unspectacular wins. Hey, at least the turtle showed REAL passion (check out that “O” face! The lovemaking sounds are…cute).

  • Cars

    Cathy Schenkelberg posted the first review of her show last night on her Squeeze my Cans FB page. https://www.facebook.com/squeezemycans1/

    For folks who don’t do FB, here’s the text:

    ~First review in after opening last night to a full house! A great way to start our Fringe adventure! Tix online or pay at the door!

    REVIEW BY ANONYMOUS CERTIFIED REVIEWER
    WHAT I LIKED
    I loved Cathy. I found her to be animated and engaging, funny and poignant. I got lost in the story, and found it fascinating and enlightening. I was moved to tears – and also, thought it was laugh out loud funny at times. I thought the visuals and sound effects helped elevated the show, adding drama and richness to the story. Oh – and the chairs were really comfortable.

    WHAT I DIDN’T LIKE
    Got nothing but positive stuff to share!

    MY OVERALL IMPRESSION
    A rare and highly entertaining peek into a bizarre world through the eyes of a beautiful, likable, funny kind soul. I would recommend it to friends and encourage anyone who’s curious about Scientology to go!

    http://www.squeezemycans.com

    • Cars

      This is a 9+ minute audio version of Cathy Schenkelberg’s performance on Nov. 10, 2014, titled Cheap. IIRC, this was just prior to her first one woman show in Chicago. It would be interesting to know if this is incorporated into or served as the foundation of her current show.

      https://soundcloud.com/sparkoffrose/cheap-01-cathy-schenkelberg

      • Qbird

        good. good. tks, Cars!

    • Elizabeth Lavet

      TERRRRific review. How exciting.

  • Dagnabit

    “Mission Earth” is the 10 part epic by L Ron Hubbard, which will follow the Battlefield Earth release.

    – Invaders Plan (fr) (October 1985, ISBN 1-59212-022-9), 559 pages hardcover
    – Black Genesis (March 1986, ISBN 1-59212-023-7)
    – The Enemy Within (May 1986)
    – An Alien Affair (August 1986)
    – Fortune of Fear (October 1986)

    – Death Quest (January 1987)
    – Voyage of Vengeance (May 1987)
    – Disaster (June 1987)
    – Villainy Victorious (September 1987)
    – The Doomed Planet (September 1987)

    • That’s real, but I thought it was a joke.
      Thank you, Mr. Google, Dagnabit.

      • Dagnabit

        Real as rain, yeah–

        The series’ initial publisher, Bridge Publications coined the word dekalogy, meaning “a series of ten books”, to describe and promote the novel.

        Made up of about 1.2 million words, the epic is a “satirical science fiction adventure set in the far future.” Each volume in the series topped numerous bestseller lists.

        The second volume, Black Genesis, was nominated for the 1987 Hugo Award in the Best Novel category. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mission_Earth_(novel)#Volumes

        • Dagnabit

          It has an album with songs by L Ron Hubbard (uh…), performed by Edgar Winter

        • Robert Eckert

          I coined the word “dreckology” to describe it. Nathan Johnson read it so that we don’t have to:
          http://missionspork.blogspot.com/p/table-of-contents.html

          • Ann B Watson

            Hi Robert, It is really good to meet you.” Dreckology ” I love your word.Years ago after I got out of Sea Org I bought Battlefield Earth.I could not believe how bad that book was.Never went any further with the series.That book was so bad,it made parts of DMSMH understandable when I first read it, in a creepy sort of way.Always

        • MM

          “The series’ initial publisher, Bridge Publications coined the word dekalogy, meaning “a series of ten books”, to describe and promote the novel.”

          Hilarious! Maybe they coined the word in their own minds, or maybe in the world of “What’s true for you is true” – but they certainly didn’t in reality.

          Just as an example, F5 for a scan from Stefan Zweig’s Biography of Romain Rolland, in which Zweig called Rolland’s original plan for Le Théâtre de la Révolution a “dekalogy” back in 1921 when the publication of Mission Earth was still 64 years ahead in the future of the time track:

          • Dagnabit

            perfect !

        • “Black Genesis” was nominated for a Hugo Award, but when votes were cast for a winner, it earned the distinction of placing 6th in a field of 5 books http://www.thehugoawards.org/hugo-history/1997-hugo-awards-2/

          This happened because voters have a ‘No Award’ option, which they can exercise if they think none of the contenders deserve to win. The no5 spot was taken by ‘No Award’. “Black Genesis” came 6th and last.

          Edit I’ve subsequently learned that:

          A vote for “No Award” other than as one’s first choice signifies that the voter believes the nominee(s) ranked higher than “No Award” are worthy of a Hugo in that category, while those ranked lower are not

          Since “Black Genesis” came after ‘No Award’ voters implicitly expressed the feeling that it should not have been on the ballot.

          Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hugo_Award

          Think about that – a book so bad it came 6th out of 5 because none of the voters thought it deserved to be nominated.

          It really is that bad, too. The first volume of “Mission Earth” (“The Invaders Plan”) earned this wonderful review from “The New York Times”.

          In his introduction, Mr. Hubbard assures us that what follows is satire, a form of literature whose origins he carefully explains in what I take to be a satire on ponderous, self-serving pseudoscholarship. What actually follows is a paralyzingly slow-moving adventure enlivened by interludes of kinky sex, sendups of effeminate homosexuals and a disregard of conventional grammar so global as to suggest a satire on the possibility of communication through language.

          “Black Genesis” is not much better. So… how did it happen to be nominated?

          Hugo Award nominees and winners are chosen by supporting or attending members of the annual World Science Fiction Convention, or Worldcon.

          Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hugo_Award

          Considering Scientology’s penchant for gaming best-seller lists, I wonder if there was suspicious peak in voting members in 1987… just enough to obtain a nomination.

          The voting membership subsequently repudiated that nomination, so it shouldn’t really appear on the book’s cover.

          • Kay

            “What actually follows is a paralyzingly slow-moving adventure enlivened by interludes of kinky sex, sendups of effeminate homosexuals and a disregard of conventional grammar so global as to suggest a satire on the possibility of communication through language.”

            That is so good that I’m going to save it. What a hilarious review !!!

            • Robert Eckert

              “The asterisk leads to a footnote explaining that a “dekalogy” is “a group of 10 novels.” Yes, Hubbard apparently had a thing for making up words, and I’m sure a psychologist could reach a lot of conclusions about a person striving to control the world through the power of names. Yes, just about every time the not-word “dekalogy” shows up there’s a footnote defining it, in case readers can’t reach their own conclusions about the misuse of the “deca-” prefix. No, I’ve never seen anyone else use the term to refer to a series of ten books. Also note how it’s the “biggest” sci-fi “dekalogy” ever written, not “greatest” or “best” or anything like that. So out of a field in which only Mission Earth competes, the best they could say about it was that Hubbard wasted a lot of paper and ink printing it.”

            • Oops – didn’t reference it – that review is the last on this page http://www.nytimes.com/1986/01/12/books/science-fiction.html

              Why was “Mission earth” so bad? Well…

              After the pulp magazines were killed off by radio and TV, science fiction was one of the few few pulp genres which made the leap to book publishing. SF authors then had the time to polish their work, and access to professional editors. The literary quality steadily improved over the years.

              Serious historians of science fiction mention Hubbard only as a embarrassment https://scicrit.wordpress.com/2014/05/24/l-ron-hubbard-literary-genius-or-hack/ He wrote “Battlefield Earth” and “Mission Earth” 30 years after he finished his last pulp story, and had learned nothing in the interim. They really are throwbacks to an age of tight deadlines and penny-a-word writing.

              He wouldn’t even tolerate an editor – Robert Vaughn Young, a Scientologist at the time, had to divide up the 1.2 million word manuscript of ME because it was provided as one huge story – and that’s a tale in itself https://scicrit.wordpress.com/2014/09/11/l-ron-hubbards-ghost-writer/

              The reason each volume goes on from the previous without telling a story of its own is that ME was written as one continuous 1.2 million word narrative . It never quite made a point or reached an interesting resolution. It was just an insanely long pulp story.

          • Dagnabit

            Good show ! Dadgumm good show- thanks!

            • One thing you can rely on about Scientology – if you see a claim to an award, or a favourable quote, there is probably a story behind it that reveals a quite different picture.

              Scientologists use a favourable quote from the New York Times to support the book “Dianetics”. I looked into that and it turned out to be taken from a Scientologist’ letter to the editor.

              The words did appear in the NYT – but were presented in a grossly misleading manner.

              Never take their word for anything.

      • Dagnabit

        It’s dadgumm all right then.

  • Dice ✓

    Bad People, Bad People!!!
    https://youtu.be/s2WZLz8x8xY

    • Susan black

      Once again, Scientology proving how much they care about their neighbors.

    • MadMaxi

      Bad people. Never gets old, I love this lady.

      • Dice ✓

        We need more like her 🙂

        • Susan B.

          I’ve never seen that before. I laughed so hard my neighbors across the street are probably wondering. Loved the music, it was perfect for this video. I wanna t-shirt with this woman’s picture on it and “Bad people, bad people!” in large letters and a footnote on the back about CO$. It’s so good to laugh so hard!

          • Dice ✓

            The only thing that is missing, is her swinging her handbag at them 🙂

    • Skabetti

      GO feisty, feisty lady! I adore this and will watch over and over just to feel good!

    • Kay

      She’s fabulous !!! They ought to re-enact this with actors for that show “What would you do?” to see what bystanders would do to help her.

    • Captain MustSavage

      The most succinct description of corporate Scientology I’ve ever heard. Bad people. BAD PEOPLE.

  • OTVIIIisGrrr8!

    Announcing the New “Freedom From Oxygen Rundown” Only At Flag!

    https://otviiisgrrr8.files.wordpress.com/2016/06/srd-2.png?w=500

    “Guaranteed to crack any case, the new Freedom From Oxygen Rundown results in almost immediate unconsciousness followed by permanent full exteriorization within a few minutes,” enthused Scientology spokesman Ken Delusion.

    “As COB RTC Mr. David Miscavige has made clear in the secret materials of GAT II, MEST oxygen is an enforced ‘must have,’” explained Delusion. “Therefore, the Freedom From Oxygen Rundown literally frees the being from his or her utter dependence on MEST oxygen. This new rundown also frees the being from all other forms of MEST.”

    “This is true permanent and stable exteriorization,” explained Delusion. “COB found the ‘why’ for OT’s not remaining permanently and stably exterior. The ‘why’ is oxygen; the Founder never understood this because he smoked.”

    “As proven by actual research, oxygen keeps the thetan stuck in the body. This ‘must have oxygen’ is a deadly Farsec implant dating back trillions of years. Designed to trick the thetan into thinking they are only their meat body and must therefore have oxygen to breathe, the entire MEST trap is sprung and the thetan is pulled down into the dwindling spiral. The thetan suddenly believes they must also have food, shelter, clothing, a fedora, a job, an automobile, cash, stocks, bonds, credits cards, and even aberrative medicines to survive. And so why the thetan is eventually playing video games, taking Psych drugs, and wondering why life their doesn’t work.”

    “COB’s brilliant Freedom From Oxygen Rundown goes to the very root of this diabolical Farsec implant and nukes it using a patented GAT II plastic barrier system.”

    “The Scientologist pre-attests to having completed the Freedom From O2 Rundown by preparing a simple document that leaves behind all of their MEST to the Church of Scientology. Thus, after full exteriorization, the Church receives a wonderful 3rd dynamic gift from the permanently exteriorized OT.”

    “This is truly a win-win for every Scientologist!” said Delusion.

    • Mmmm! Mint Cheetos!

    • Ivan Mapother

      Thanks for the clarification. I thought it was a Sea Org MRE.

      • OTVIIIisGrrr8!

        I thought it was a Sea Org MRE.

        It is a Sea Org MRE. The plastic is a cooking pouch.

        https://i1.wp.com/tonyortega.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/JenniferAlpers-e1464579221731.png

        • i know i don’t have the f**k!ng rank to ask this, Sir, but is that also why everything coming out of Golden Era Workers Punishment Paradise (GEWP) tastes like packing peanuts, and is it true the grates were installed in the floor to reduce time spent cleaning pee stains?

          • daisy

            Peeing takes time out of a work day, we are efficient , you should see the poop grates

            • OOkpik

              The Fleewinds has a poop deck!

            • Techie

              True, Ookpik, but it is considered officer country.

            • OOkpik

              Perfect!

            • Techie

              I know you’re kidding, daisy, but there was a guy that actually got in trouble for peeing in the grates in the Dish Land, right around the corner from where the photograph was taken. For some reason this so impressed David Miscaviige that he made a point of announcing it to the whole crew at a briefing. Maybe he was just jealous….

            • OOkpik

              How in hell did the crew keep a straight face???

            • Techie

              Sheer terror is a powerful antidote to mirth. The main thought in the minds of those being “briefed” was relief that he found someone else to hound and anxiety that you might be next on his list. Of course, to sneer in disgust at anyone Miscavige does not like is perfectly acceptable.

            • OOkpik

              Party pooper! 😉

            • daisy

              SMH

            • Susan B.

              “peeing in the grates in the Dish Land, right around the corner from where the photograph was taken” –can you please translate this into “never-in-speak?”

            • Techie

              You see the grates under the kettles in the photograph, there to make clean-up easy. There are similar grates in the room where the big conveyor-belt dishwasher lives, colloquially known as “Dish-Land”. The dishwasher I speak of was a long-time Sea Org member, and came up with the idea of simply peeing in the grate instead of taking a rest room break, right there at his machine.

            • Susan B.

              Thanks. Who could blame the dishwasher as they were probably sleep deprived and malnourished and less able to use good judgement about relieving themselves.

            • i’d prefer not to … but are you implying there’s an OTVIIIisPoopGrate! ?

          • OTVIIIisGrrr8!

            “They’re not packing peanuts; they’re mint Cheetos as correctly spotted by RMycroft. The discarded meat bodies of Freedom From Oxygen Rundown completions are cooked and flavored with mint Cheetos to tamp down that bitter ‘rice and beans fed’ taste,” explained Ken Delusion.

            “COB says that Scientologists taste like sheep,” Delusion noted. “And COB would know because he has fresh New Zealand lamb flown in when Freedom From Oxygen Rundown completions are not available — as often happens after IAS banquets.”

            “COB likes to eat Scientologists whole: skin, bones, and internal organs, basically everything so that there is nothing left of a person. But instead of having Scientologists seasoned with prepackaged mint Cheetos, COB prefers a freshly prepared mint sauce. Bon apetit!

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hHhcpKdr9zE

            • great, Grrr8!, now i have a pee stain in my undershorts.

            • burythenuts

              What the fuck happened to the velveeta? Huh?
              These beans taste like caca!!!

  • Elizabeth Lavet

    Question: How would staying 5 more years in Scientology help Cathy try to recoup her money – as per Carrie Poppy’s review above of Cathy Schenkelberg’s show?

    • “try to recoup” … my guess is there was a spiderweb of unkept promises re: refunds that would be granted if she filled out more forms, routed to the proper channels, etc

      • Elizabeth Lavet

        Thanks, that makes sense. There are many videos out there testifying to how long and drawn out scientology makes routing out and how, after leaving, it is almost impossible to get money out of them, even if it is legitimately owned to the person.

  • Intergalactic Walrus

    But these “WINs” on the CRRD sound like losses to me… (refresh)

    I STOPPED THINKING: “I no longer ‘consult’ the body for how ‘I’ feel or consult the body as to whether or not I take action. There is no thought to it I just simply and comfortably ACT.”

    I GOT REGGED AT FLAG: “…one main win was while here on CRRD I came to a TOTAL certainty that my assent up the Bridge would be fast and would be easy. From this certainty I had (un-communicated btw) my reg arrived! (That parts not that amazing as I am at FLAG!!) but what was amazing was that WE BOTH (not just him) got on board with this intention together and worked out how I could secure my Super Power and my whole Bridge from Clear thru OT 7 and we when forward and I did just that. It’s a done!”

    I MUST RINSE & REPEAT, RINSE & REPEAT… : “If you have done it before DO IT AGAIN! I know I will; and many times.”

    • Helen Van Patterson Patton

      That’s some sad shite, right there.

    • Susan black

      All those words just to say “Ima fool, and you can be too!” All those “spiritual” wins, yet he just can’t resist bragging about how much money he’s making. And he got laid! You were kind not to mention his name.

      • daisy

        So many douches to choose from. My guess Cardone.

    • Elizabeth Lavet

      OMG !

    • OTVIIIisGrrr8!

      Once the Scientologist cancels reasonableness in his or her area, there is no need to consult with the body about how they feel. There is no Q&A. They just do and the body moves accordingly. However, there is one body thing a Scientologist will not do and that is to pee on the bathroom floor. No seriously, that is a HIGH CRIME.

      Here is New OT VIII Grant Cardone just doing with no Q&A with his intelligence. Cardone puts blazing fireworks up to his face because he can. He just does without thinkingness.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Why0ZZz8b0

      • daisy

        Sometimes it can*t be helped. Seeing Cardone this close to supper puts me off my food. He could make good money as a diet product. Putting the ASS in horses ass since birth.

        • OTVIIIisGrrr8!

          Daisy, you’re just mocking it all up and going solid on it. You are overly restimulated and freewheeling through your implants. Please report to your nearest Ideal Org immediately. We are the only ones who can help.

          • daisy

            Huh? Sorry I don’t understand idiot speak on the weekends.

            • OTVIIIisGrrr8!

              Then please come in on Monday when you do understand it. We in Scientology are here to help you help yourself.

            • daisy

              Sorry already doing something much more fun. The dentist is grinding down my teeth into nibs without an anesthetic.

      • Kay

        I would expect this behavior at a frat party or from young guys on leave from the armed services blowing off steam, but seriously, a full-grown man? This is disgusting.

    • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

      The title of this one should be, “How I Stopped Thinking and Learned to Love My Reg.”

      I really really hate reading these things. I don’t know why I do it. They just make me sad and angry.

      • daisy

        I do it because I make everyone else listen to LRH , DM speeches, watch their video or read his books. This I can tolerate, because there is hope for these poor deluded souls. ( unless it is Cardone, I want him in )

  • SS

    Many of you are probably way ahead of me on this, but I highly recommend delving into the pre-Scientology backlog of “Oh No, Ross & Carrie!” podcasts…… they’ve got about five-years worth of material and everything I’ve listened to so far is just as smart, funny, and entertaining as the Scientology series.

    They infiltrate other wacky groups and in one episode, they report back after attending a Teresa Caputo (Long Island Medium) show – she’s so full of shit.

    • Qbird

      It is really fun to listen to those two talk, smart AND funny… and fair-minded. yup!

    • Juicer77

      They even had one group back on to argue when they felt they weren’t treated fairly (Atherians, sp?). Great episode!

  • worstcultever

    Well, Tiny Mac will certainly be pulling out every stop to forestall this fresh act of enturbulative impudence. And right there in his private bought burg! Da noive! Why I oughtta …

    $ and further success to Phil and Willie and their beautiful SHOUTING.

    Cathy’s thing sounds great, and how cool (yet oddly unsurprising) that Carrie P would be there to support and dig it.

  • outraged

    For want of a nail the shoe was lost;
    For want of a shoe the horse was lost;
    For want of a horse the battle was lost;
    For the failure of battle the kingdom was lost—
    All for the want of a horse-shoe nail.

    Substitute heart-soul spirit and you got Scientology.
    For want of a heart the kingdom is lost.

  • Cars

    This is a May 28th interview titled Hollywood Fringe Preview: An Interview with Cathy Schenkelberg, Writer/Star of ‘Squeeze My Cans’ http://blogcritics.org/hollywood-fringe-preview-an-interview-with-cathy-schenkelberg-writerstar-of-squeeze-my-cans/

    Snip:
    “I also felt it was the right time. I had raised my daughter as a single mom and wanted so desperately to sing and perform again. It was she who pushed me to audition, write and put myself back out there. She knew how much I missed it while I was trying to keep up with what the COS demanded of me in terms of time and money. As I always say, I was “broke but not broken,” but to tell you the truth, I am a bit broken. Thankfully, the pieces seem a bit easier to put together since I left Scientology…

    I didn’t have access to such information back then. I think the only thing I found was a 1991 Time Magazine exposé, and Scientology had already created a publication to counterattack all that was written about them. We were given, as new members in the “church” (it’s difficult for me to refer to it that way without quotation marks), a magazine refuting everything in the Time story. It’s still creepy now when I think about it.

    There’s even a magazine called Freedom that the “church” gives to its members. My accountant at the time (before he and others “disconnected” from me) said it was his only source for the truth about what’s going on in the world. Scientology spins it any way it can! Oh, I could easily go down the rabbit hole trying to explain things, but I’ll try to keep on point…”

    • Missionary Kid

      Cars, you’re doing some great digging!

    • daisy

      Very good article and interview.

      • Cars

        Isn’t it? I think she will have a hit on her hands. The timing is right for it, imo. She also tweeted yesterday that her show ‘is travelling’ – so it sounds like it might have legs beyond Chicago and LA.

        • Dagnabit

          You can really drive, Cars 🙂

          • Dice ✓

            Ha ha… Oh brother!

            • Dagnabit

              Dadgumm clever, I know 🙂

    • Dice ✓

      She did good… i really hope she can bring in audience enough to keep going!

  • Feck! For Texas, it’s easy to find the state page for applying for a license to operate a substance abuse center, but where the heck is their list of licensed centers? *grumble*

    • Kestrel

      I asked someone who might know.

    • TexasBroad

      I’m out with friends and can’t really look, but is this it…
      https://www.dshs.state.tx.us/lcdc/

      • Close. That’s for the Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselors, not rehab locations, but maybe I can work with that.

    • stanrogers

      “If you can’t find one, be one!” The spirit of rugged individualism and self-reliance is alive and well in Texas.

      • I suppose it’s better than Florida, which filters out Canadian IP addresses.

  • Intergalactic Walrus
    • daisy

      This guy looks like Prince Charming next to LRH.

      • Intergalactic Walrus

        This is true.

    • Dagnabit

      Yikes !!!

    • Nat-leficent

      That guy looks like Thurston Howell III and Skipper had a baby.

      • Rasha

        Frighteningly accurate assessment….

      • Intergalactic Walrus

        Can you imagine the horror of being marooned on a deserted island with LRH? Ack!

        • daisy

          I would go back in the water after the 1st hr.

          • Intergalactic Walrus

            You’ve got more staying power than I think I’d have!

            • daisy

              I always factor in being dead drunk.

      • Kay

        Laugh !

      • Kestrel

        Now I can’t unsee that.

    • He could pass.

      • Rasha

        I thought he did.

    • Dr_Orpheus

      I don’t see the on-Sauce rotting teeth! After a dentist on the psych’s payroll attempted to murder him in the 1930s, Ron avoided those evil dental chairs!

  • Intergalactic Walrus

    Minister Louis Farrakhan schmoozing it up with Arnold Schwarzenegger at Muhammad Ali’s funeral yesterday.

    (refresh)

    https://www.instagram.com/p/BGhYvyrB1o3/?taken-by=steventhentheletterx

    • Nat-leficent

      I listened to all three hours of that funeral.

      • Kay

        How was it? I really wanted to listen to it but wasn’t able to. I adored Muhammed Ali.

        • Robert Eckert

          BIlly Crystal was surprisingly moving.

          • daisy

            Very nice eulogy , I wasn’t surprized at all. He has made a lot of moving speeches. He is one of the founders of Comic Relief. I have always considered him and Robin Williams as more than comics. They are – were good men who use their talent to REALLY improve the world

        • Nat-leficent

          It was very political but had good moments. Like any great dignitary. Billy Crystal was amazing.

          • Natasha M. was amazing. What a powerful young lady.

    • Shameless considering Ali repudiated him and the horse he rode in on.
      Hope/glad they didn’t let him talk. They’d all still be there by now.

    • Didn’t notice that it was Arnold.
      Arnold touched shit, and he didn’t even have gloves on.

    • Strange, since Ali converted to real Muslim along with the core of Nation of Islam before Farrakhan reanimated the corpse.

      • Intergalactic Walrus

        Also odd because Ali was friends with Malcolm X (whose daughter eulogized Ali).

  • Intergalactic Walrus

    I’ll call this photo “That moment when you realized that Grammie & Gramps have probably pissed away your inheritance on the CO$”…

    https://www.instagram.com/p/BGbeLd9unb2/

    • Dagnabit

      Dagnabit !

    • Rasha

      Small typo there… you accidentally included the word “probably”……

    • Juicer77

      Oh, dear…

    • Kay

      That’s just so sad. It makes me furious.

    • JJ

      Is it under glass?…. Red Light!!!

  • Rasha

    Willie and Phil, you’ve identified and broadcast two simple words that Scientology just can’t confront, shatter, deal with, or even acknowledge. You’ve communicated more effectively than they ever could, and those two words will have greater impact than a certain Crimson Clown’s endless drivel. Total heroes. <3

  • Intergalactic Walrus

    In case you haven’t seen this yet, here is a link to the video of Going Clear being honored by the Television Academy. Spanky Taylor & the producer accept the award and host Dana Delaney briefly shares her encounter w/the CO$. http://www.emmys.com/video/going-clear-receives-2016-television-academy-honors-award

    • daisy

      I have never seen this, thank you for posting.

    • Kestrel

      That was a powerful introduction. I used to flow admiration particles toward Dana Delany. In fact, I still do. Got me nowhere.

    • JaxNGold

      Wow..what an excellent video. Thanks for posting this!

  • Intergalactic Walrus

    HA! More evidence that LA residents are loving on the SMP…

    PHOTO CAPTION – “So Scientology has a fucking media center now? This used to be PBS!!! Who doesn’t NOT know that this is a cult by now? Ugh.”

    https://www.instagram.com/p/BGe4dUVklth/?taken-by=canterbury25

    • Kestrel

      I wonder what they’d say if someone walked up to the guard shack and said they were looking for a job.

      • probably something similar to what was said to us during the Grand Opening like, “GET OFF OUR FUCKING SIDEWALK, SCUMBAG!”

        • Kay

          “You don’t have the RANK to ask for a job !! “

        • Baby

          Duck.. When Rev Mama Dee, Bury the nuts and I walked around Clearwater they said that we had no business walking around THEIR CITY.. THIS IS OUR CITY.. You do not have permission to walk around ..

          ” You’re too Old, Too Ugly.. blah, blah.. freakin blah” .. ha.. What a joke.

          • that’s one of the worst jokes I’ve ever heard, Baby 🙁 I almost wanna say let them have Clearwater… build a wall around it to make sure no one slithers out, but that’s not right, either. there are good people already stuck “inside” the Church walls and they just need help. let me know if you need to borrow my ass-kicking boots for your next hike.
            xo

            • Baby

              Oh Duck.. I got Shit Kickin Boots..

              My favorite.. Where did you get your Stupid lookin Hat? You guys are a joke…Bury said..

              ” OK you are confronting us.. but you know we don’t feel shattered..What does that tell you?

              THE TECH DOESN’T WORK! “

            • oh, I know you do (have boots & will use them), darling!
              my response prob woulda been something like “I got the stupid lookin’ hat when I signed up for courses at one of your iDeal Orgs… you know all about the Stupid Hats Course, don’t you?”

            • Baby

              bawwwwwwwwwwwwhahahahhaha.. That is funny Duck.. Because my hats really Bug them..ha

          • Missionary Kid

            There is very little confront and shatter in L.A. The OSA security guy that we decided looked like he came out of Raiders of the Lost Ark didn’t confront me, except for trying to keep us off of the sidewalk he was standing on.

            There were no insults thrown our way when we were demonstrating, but I didn’t have my hearing aids in, but I was watching them pretty closely.

            Ignore tech was the action of the day, and during the few other times that I’ve demonstrated. I think that the major difference is that L.A. has many people who have nothing to do with $cientology and that probably tones down their behavior. The proportion of scions/general public is much lower in L.A. Also, it was a public event, with a lot of cops, traffic officers, and hired security around, as well as video cameras.

            Video cameras make up the petard that $cientology gets hoisted on. Everyone has video cameras, and it’s real easy to make them look like assholes.

            • daisy

              How easy, point the camera

            • Missionary Kid

              The video that was taken when “balloon lady” yelled at all the scions on the stairs to, “turn around” and they all did, on command shows the lock step groupthink they all were involved with.

            • Baby

              Yep SAME CIRCUS DIFFERENT CLOWNS.

            • Missionary Kid

              But no confront. I’m wondering if the confront and shatter is still in effect in CW.

            • Baby

              Protesting.. like in a larger group.. NO.. but when you are walking around like the 3 of us do with phones and AntiScn. books in our hands yes.. absolutely..

              as they are of course filming us .. they get all up in your face with Questions..

              ” What’s your name..? Where do you live ? What are you doing here? Where did you get your hat? Is that your real hair? .. You set one foot in our park we are calling the police.. etc..etc.. yuk

            • Missionary Kid

              Either it’s because it’s a West Coast / East Coast thing, or they feel more powerful or they don’t hassle men, but about the only thing I’ve gotten is, “What’s your name?” and even then, I’ve learned to answer, “SP.”

              Around Big Blue, Odo and another security guard may follow me around, or try to block what I’m shooting, but it’s pretty tame. I’m never alone.

              The “call me” signs seem to get to them more..

            • Baby

              They always ask me my name Kid..

              ” What’s your name?”

              Me: Nunya Them: ” What?”

              ” Nunya Business.. “

          • burythenuts

            This was coming from “Scarecrow”!
            A 99lb, 6′.2″ Scandinavian with a Microphone sticking out of his shirt like he was the Secret Service….NOT.
            And what happened when we asked him about the OT levels?

            Run, Forest,….Run

            • Missionary Kid

              Ya gotta pay the money to hear about OT levels. He probably doesn’t have any.

            • burythenuts

              That little shit has never even got near clear. (as most SO)
              He is looking thru Vasaline lenses……………Shit head.

            • Missionary Kid

              I believe that while it’s a long term project to confront sea org and staff, that the publics are the ones that the call me signs resonate the most. They look and read the signs.

              Next time I’m demonstrating, I’m going to ask them to check the number of the newest clear, then divide that by the number of years that Co$ has been going.

              Since the population of Teegack is growing much faster than that, let alone the population of a good sized city, they’re losing ground. So much for clearing the planet.

            • Baby

              bawwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwhahhahah.. Poor Scarecrow.. sigh.. He was so tired so we left.. xo me..

        • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

          For real?

          • i was paraphrasing for comedic effect. so no, not exactly, or using those specific words. assuming you’ve seen the pics of Raiders of the Lost Ark Guy, who was literally 20ft from me at that time, that was def the vibe I was getting. although I personally did not interact w/ anyone from ScientoloCorp that day, I did overhear comments directed toward us/gen public from various sec guards who were, at times, a little testy w/ anyone attempting to step foot beyond their imaginary line.

            eti: actually, my wife was semi-threateningly told “be careful where you walk” as we passed the Pacific Cafe on LRH Way. it honestly seemed so silly that we weren’t too concerned. added only cuz it’s kinda relevant to this convo now that I’ve been thinking about it.

    • Susan black

      That Scientology building is just cryin’ for a “call me” banner.

      • Kay

        Yes it is…a huge one that covers the wall where the other signs are. I also have thought from the first picture I saw of those that they look weirdly like Phil and Willie’s “call me” signs as far as color and the fonts. That bugs me.

        • Susan black

          Their sign DOES vaguely look like the philboard, but don’t let it bug you. Their banner says nothing. The philboard is simple but profound. If they’re copying it, I think Artoo would consider it a compliment!

        • daisy

          That is by design, I am sure. Reasoning to neutralize the poster ie) taking over cult awareness network.

        • No, actually, I used their design vernacular on purpose.

          • daisy

            Oh how clever, I thought they copied you. Yeah !

    • edge

      Still nothing out of SMP. The place looks dead and all the blinds are drawn. How inviting. I do believe however they’ve swapped in new title cards to all the internal videos they’ve produced to read “Scientology Media Presents”

    • Supper Powers

      I did notice that the 14 photos they put on Instagram labeled with #scientologymediaproductions were removed the other day. That’s amusing.

      • Juicer77

        Really? Hmmmmm….. *rubs chin thoughtfully*

    • Dice ✓

      It’s the wrong billboard – FAIL!

  • Susan B.

    Anyone thought of getting t-shirts and bumper stickers made, selling them and using the profit to fund the billboard? Or would there not be enough profit to make an endeavor like this worthwhile? I know there’s places on the internet where you can go and design a t-shirt yourself and they ship them to you. Anyone have any experience with this kind of thing? I’d be willing to help and do some sort of crowd-funding to raise the $$ for getting a batch of stickers/t-shirts made. Anyone game or is everyone too terminally busy? Or maybe there’s already plans in the works for this?

    • Dice ✓

      If you can do it, do it! It’s free for anyone to print those billboards on anything. Here is the link: http://stopscientologydisconnection.com/?page_id=615
      The only one that cost $, is the magnets and also those you are welcome to make on your own.
      If you make a profit, it’s up to you to donate what you want.
      The important thing is to display them in public!

      • Susan B.

        wonder if Phil & Willie are planning to expand from car magnets to other items to purchase online. how about it, Phil & Willie?

        • T shirts are not real money makers. too much overhead, and time eaten up in production and especially shipping. Treat them as an advertising expense and give them away on the street during protests.

          • Susan B.

            that’s what I was wondering about, whether there’s money to be made in a post above. thx.

        • FredEX2

          I think they should have the “Call Me” logo printed on T-shirts anyway, and everyone could pay a bit over the cost it takes in overhead….and we could all wear one…as we sing and dance flash-mob style …in front of Big Blue and other Orgs…make people start asking everywhere what is this “Call Me” all about?…just another way to spread the word…I dunno. Just an idea. 😊

          • Susan B.

            Bunch of people wearing call me t-shirts under their jackets walk into a local CO$, really pack the place and then on cue everyone takes off their jackets and acts like nothing happened. OSA: pretend you didn’t read that! Or better yet this big bunch of people walks into any local neighborhood cafe and removes jackets on cue creating interest in the other cafe patrons and starting up conversations about disconnection.

    • Dice ✓

      Hmm.. how did it get that dark blue color?

      • Susan B.

        I used the MSWord Snipping Tool to make that image. I don’t know what’s up with the color.

  • Intergalactic Walrus

    I should probably say something about this pic but I just can’t. I’m too mad/sad…
    ETA: Field Auditor on the left & auditee on the right (in electric wheelchair).
    (refresh)

    • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

      I feel nauseous.

    • Rasha

      I’m sure he can cash in that Long-Term Care policy, and there must be a buyer for that motorized wheelchair, because he won’t need THAT, right? Let’s get up that Bridge! Wooo!

      …..bastards.

      • Intergalactic Walrus

        That’s what I was thinking too. An auditor wouldn’t be flying into Columbus from LA for chicken feed, would he? UGH!

        • Rasha

          Rictus smile. Clenched eyebrows. Unsmiling, staring eyes. Body language: leaning in for pic, but arms pulling away from victim. Announcement that he’s scored and will be “home”.

          Full message: “My ass is covered. Take that, whoever is going down in my place!”

          …now, on to next urgent scramble to find some way to push someone else under the Stat Bus…. Maybe an elderly person with a pension, or a young actor with a dream…..everything can be cashed in…..

          • Counting his commission.

    • So… They have no auditors available in Columbus?

    • Juicer77

      Dave can’t be happy about this. Not his target demographic!

  • Lousy Ratatouille

    Pete Griffiths has just completed his new OT IX and X levels. He describes his wins very accurately in the following vid:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nGM7IXqsLjM

    • daisy

      LOL Look at all his hats. I do believe he has even got a conical Asian hat.

    • Supper Powers

      What a goof! Love it.

    • Elizabeth Lavet

      Can we have one more WOW please!

    • burythenuts

      I truly love this man.
      I also love that “Satans thetan” guy!!!
      🙂

  • Susan B.

    Hey, I just discovered that I can ride my bike to the Mt. View CO$ via the Bay Trail and then the San Tomas Aquino Trail. I can also take the ride without stopping at the church. I’d at least want to bike around the neighborhood and see the outside of it. Never been in or very near a CO$. Gotta get myself back on the bike and do some daily riding to work on it so this is a good way to get started on a weekend. Maybe tomorrow.

    http://www.rhorii.com/STACT/SanTomasTrl.html

    • Pix.

      • Susan B.

        fer sher

    • Missionary Kid

      Be careful, there may be a lot of loose thetans running around! 😉

      Aside from the thetans, please watch out for cars.

    • Juicer77

      Maybe put a Call Me sign on that bike? 😉

  • order66

    From Wiktionary:
    1) Beard the lion in his own den: To confront an adversary in his or her own environment.

    2) What Phil and Willie plan to do in Clearwater. Good luck to you.

  • Rasha

    “I just helped somebody…. Now I’m going home to LA…. nnnggghhhh!!!”

    • Intergalactic Walrus

      He posted this a few days ago. I wonder if this is “Auditor” related? 🙁
      (refresh)

      • Observer

        Nosy bunch, aren’t they?

      • Baby

        Yeah Let me help you with that.. here is his email..

        YOUhavegottobefuckinkidding@kissmyass.hurl

        • daisy

          giggle -Do you talk like that around the grandkid ? Hope so.

          • burythenuts

            Baby never swears in public…(OK…sometimes…but not too much)
            Dee and I however………..swear like dock workers.
            🙂

            • daisy

              Sounds like a fun group

            • burythenuts

              You have NO idea 😉

          • Baby

            No.. and it kills me.. My own I can say Damn ..hell shit..

            but because my Granddaughter brought her friends I wouldn’t embarrass her with my mouth.. sigh

            • stanrogers

              For that you need some proper high-toned, lady-like, pretending-to-the-upper-class dressing-down routines. Think John Cleese as Basil Fawlty possessing Julie Andrews as Mary Poppins. With a sharpened brolly and a brick in her purse.

            • Baby

              Hahahhahaa.. I’ll try it Stan..xo

    • Susan B.

      who is this guy?

      • Intergalactic Walrus

        An field auditor shown in a photo, a few comments back.

        • Susan B.

          I didn’t catch the part about the victim being in a wheel chair until way too late. Before I knew that I thought maybe he was someone recognizable from CO$.

          • Susan B.

            But wait, what threw me too is that IW posted below a screenshot of something this guy posted about an old PO Box Number –or have I confused things? : )

            • Robert Eckert

              That’s the same guy, apparently trying to figure out how one of the guys he regged managed to get money out of his reach.

            • Susan B.

              but how did IW match the post by the guy with his picture?

      • Rasha

        an entrapped soul who has been sold.
        a cold terminal of cash flow.
        a person, once, and maybe again….

        there is always hope.

    • daisy

      Draw a toothbrush mustache under the nose . Heil !

  • Vaquera

    “Happy Saturday from Flag- 3 stories up and still smiling:)”
    It appears he’s wearing safety gear, but she (the poster of the photo), not so much. OSHA? f5

    add: Maybe she only posted the pic as that does not look like a woman on the lower rungs. Just the same, the OSHA question remains.

    • Intergalactic Walrus

      The one on the ladder wearing the hat could be female and not wearing a harness like the guy above, that I can see.

    • Sid (Phil Jones)

      That photo looks like it was taken from the second floor balcony on the north side of the auditorium.

      • Vaquera

        Is the man at the top of the ladder standing next to a balcony and if so, why the heck is he on a ladder? 🙂

        • Missionary Kid

          That may not actually be a balcony, but some of the architectural riff-raff that was put above the entryway to make it appear grander. It may just be a roof.

        • Sid (Phil Jones)

          Haa! No, the photo that we are looking at here was taken from the balcony by someone not in the photo.

          • Vaquera

            I get that, but it also looks like the ladder is leaning on a balcony. Guess not.

  • Intergalactic Walrus

    C-R-E-E-P-Y!
    (refresh)

    • pluvo

      You will be probably under surveillance. Posting here made you already an enemy (SP) and you will probably be reported because of posting this here. I would enjoy the beach, but if your friend wants to go anyway just be aware of it and I wouldn’t let him alone.

    • daisy

      ooo

    • burythenuts

      Yikes!
      All you have to do to get info on someone is to pay like 50.00 a month on any of the PI Friendly searches. Do these people not realize how easy it is for the loons to look up everything about them…
      Sorry, Obviously a rhetorical question.
      Sheesh people….there are even FREE websites to do that kind of easy search.
      It isn’t magic.
      It is the internet.

      OK….Rant over…..

    • Free Minds, Free Hearts

      creepy!

  • Sejanus

    Billboard 2.0
    The Spreadening!

  • Dice ✓

    Billboard 1.0 One i haven’t seen before
    https://youtu.be/3JizTYY0GCs

    • OOkpik

      Last ditch effort? Bwaaahahah!
      They ain’t seen nuthin’ yet.
      Go, Phil and Willie!

      • Sid (Phil Jones)

        You make a good point. We’ve only just begun.

        • gtsix

          We’ve only just begun…

          Sing it people!

          • Robert Eckert
            • daisy

              Played at every wedding, graduation ceremony from 1983 until 2001

            • Susan B.

              1983?

            • daisy

              I was to lazy to look up the real dates ,but still wanted to say the joke.( I don’t know why, its not funny )

          • Juicer77

            f5

            • gtsix

              You make me giggle so very much.

    • What religion wouldn’t want to HELP a family through a difficult time? Communication is the key to understanding the problems. A church advocating severing ties by hiding behind a “voluntary policy”… ffs, man, really? Get these people in a room together to discuss whatever these serious issues are and if they still can’t work it out themselves, HELP THEM.

    • Susan black

      Second time watching this and was reminded that Phil and willie are making a documentary about their journey…or something. I’m really curious about that. So is our guy, Dave. Will DM be able to resist sending out spies and PIs to snoop and make trouble? I doubt it.

      • Juicer77

        I’m 100% sure the Co$ will tail them, try to interfere and scare participants away. But that will only add to Phil and Willie’s determination! 😉

  • Dice ✓

    This is a video from yesterday by Fred G. Haseney – he placed the camera on the billboard sign, giving a weird effect.
    https://youtu.be/Pu3XRAbR0FY

    • Elizabeth Lavet

      Having security guard at the door of a church seems pretty creepy to me. I wonder what he does if someone like those two with backpacks enter. Does he search them for bombs or guns or is he just there to keep out SPs?

      • Dice ✓

        SP’s don’t have bombs, they have evil intentions – that’s what he is checking!

      • Juicer77

        They can’t have anyone get into the building with information that might pierce the thought bubble for those inside. If you say or ask something that makes them think, that’s bad. Really bad. The only way the Co$ can keep people in line is by keeping their thoughts ONLY on Hubbardthink.

    • Commodore H. McCringleberry

      Nothing against AGP and his more in-you-face style, but I like this kind of protest tactic that Fred does. He’s not shouting, or really even talking- letting the sign do the work. Since he’s passive about it, he doesn’t get much of a response from the security guard and there’s a much higher likelihood of people working inside seeing what he’s holding and thinking about it. Its much easier for the Clams to explain away to their followers some seemingly disturbed person screaming about a Lord Xenu that they’ve never heard of and never will.

      • Missionary Kid

        If you get a chance to protest, remember to have fun. That bugs them more than anything else, IMO. You aren’t being the hostile or crazy person that they have all SPs designated as.

        The locals HATE the testing center and its body routers. The tourists, for the most part don’t care.

        • Commodore H. McCringleberry

          I wish I had more opportunities to protest, but its tough here. I guess that’s a good thing, though. No org. The Houston Mission is like a fortress or a prison. It’s in a very small strip center in the corner. On one end there’s a Mattress Firm and on the other end is a Mexican place that’s been there forever. They have a spot on the main strip mall sign, but its dark green and you’d totally miss it if you weren’t looking for it (I didn’t notice it for awhile even when I was looking). There is an open area at the bend in the structure which was probably once open for people to walk through, but now its covered on both sides with spiked tip 1/2″ prison looking steel bars eight feet tall and the front door to the mission is around a bend past the spiked gate entrance and barely visible. The threshold to their property is very, very clear and I’d hate to get hauled in for trespassing. The Houston PD is pretty good as far as large city police forces go, but catch the wrong cop on the wrong day with a pack of clams squealing loudly about it, and it might not go your way. I used to live a couple blocks away and there’s no discernible pattern to people being there unless it’s an event viewing day for the IAS gala or whatever, or else the CCHR is in town doing their thing. Since the affluent clam is sort of out of place in that neighborhood, when they’re in there, the parking row directly in front is filled with white/silver/champagne Camrys and various Lexus models. Considering most other people are there for the Mexican place, they stand out. When they try to drag the military into one of their CCHR shitshows, I go down there and leaflet all of the clam cars with fair and polite, yet direct statements about how its noble to take care of vets, but that CCHR isn’t what that looks like. I’ll wait outside for a half hour, but nobody comes out (there are copious cameras), then I’ll go grab something to eat with my guys and when we come back 20 minutes later, all of the clams are gone. When I’ve advertised an event here, there will be a dude in Sci uniform that chain smokes and ducks in and out of the mattress store, but he scurries inside as soon as we notice him. Always on the cell phone, that one.

          • daisy

            I am happy that there is no reason to protest around here as well. I would like to do it though, even just to meet other people who hate the cult. Maybe we can all party together when it finally ends. I hope my liver holds out. My dream is to protest with Tory. I would like to hear her say . Hey …. F**k you and see the sci*s scatter like flies. I am a simple girl.

          • Missionary Kid

            Is there a tie-in with the mattress shop? Perhaps the owner is a clam?

            All the security people have phones, and they get on the phone to alert everyone else when SPs are around. Of course, when they have a lot of security, then they all have walkie-talkies.

            I’ll bet that what they do is watch for you to leave, then pick up all the leaflets & scoot.

    • Captain MustSavage

      What does the hippy dude say to him?

      • daisy

        I heard – Can I take your picture ? F**k these people . Fierce face at the security .guard

        • Captain MustSavage

          Thanks

  • jazzlover

    O/T: I’ve been seeing an awful lot of this commercial for a drug rehab center called The Addiction Network lately. It’s creepin’ me out. I’m talking Narconon level creepy. The same scare tactics and dissemination of information as fact. Surely a sign that when one falls, there’s always another to pop up and take its place:

    https://www.ispot.tv/ad/Anrb/the-addiction-network-drug-or-alcohol-problem

    • daisy

      First thing of note is , no addiction therapists needs the full doctor regalia scrubs, stethoscope , 2nd no legitimate treatments center addresses cost or insurance. Comments are perceptive .

      • Rasha

        Haha. Silly. No one can be a professional doctor or therapist without a stethoscope. That, and the large reflector headband.

        • Kestrel

          And a tongue depressor in the pocket. Gotta have a tongue depressor.

          • jazzlover

            Everyone knows that if an addict is depressed, all his/her body parts are depressed, not just the tongue 😉

            • stanrogers

              So the “doctor” should have a tongue-cheerer-upper instead. Why do people not research these things before starting a scam op?

            • jazzlover

              This, my friend, is what we do here. It says a lot that tons fall for things like this everyday. It also says a lot about how scientology was started here so easily. It’s a mindset — “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free – so we can scam ’em”. Complete and utter disrespect for the people.

            • Susan B.

              Having an uninsured addict crying at the end is despicable. The reviews of the commercial at the bottom of the page are all negative.

            • jazzlover

              Yeah, that was one of the creepiest aspects of the commercial. Not only that, but it gives the impression that all addicts come from the trailer parks of America – like only the dumb and poverty stricken can be addicts. Ughhh.

        • jazzlover

          You forgot to mention that child molester look about him.

      • jazzlover

        Absolutely, on all counts. Pretty despicable, and as I said, creepy as well.

  • daisy

    Funny bit on TV with People*s list about Tom Cruise, just about 5 min long. Just quoting him, therefore making him sound like the ass he is.

  • trunklesstree

    I do believe billboard signs are prohibited within the city limits per code.

    • Supper Powers

      Link to your reference?

      • trunklesstree

        Life experience. I live here. And I know the city has gone to court at least twice over their regulations.

        • Supper Powers

          Link to your reference?

        • trunklesstree

          All I have googling so far is this from an October 2015 newsletter:

          http://www.myclearwater.com/gov/depts/hr/pdf/retiree/Connection_1015_1115.pdf

          The Sign Amortization Program was established in

          1985 to create new sign code regulations designed to improve

          the city’s appearance, Weaver said . The program impacted

          all signs to meet the new code

          . It also impacted billboards,

          although the program wasn’t designed to solely focus on

          billboards, Weaver said . Still, there have been 41 billboards

          removed since the program went into effect

          . The last billboard,

          located on Gulf-to-Bay Boulevard, is scheduled to be removed

          this fall .

          • Supper Powers

            Thank you.

          • burythenuts

            Quite true.
            It also impacted Scientology when they put up a giant tent to flaunt themselves for the IAS.
            Oh wait…they (the Sciloons) just ignored the order to take that shit down and I expect they just paid the tiny little fine….eventually.
            Kind of like they did with the trees.

            Somehow…I think Phil and Willie Jones are much more creative than that putrid little maniac Miscavige.
            Sometimes the best offense is just a damn good offense.

            • trunklesstree

              I still have not gotten over that tree. 🙁

            • burythenuts

              You and me both!

            • daisy

              tree story ? Couldn’t find it on google. Is the story the reason for your name ?

            • Missionary Kid

              I think runklesstreee means all the trees that $cientology has chopped down in Clearwater, just for their own “fun.”

            • Dagnabit

              A specific tree in a Scn area. They whacked it. Story somewhere on the Bunker. Don’t know how to find it.

            • daisy

              thx

            • Robert Eckert
            • daisy

              Thanks Robert, that tree is more chatty than the unsociable ones around here.

            • trunklesstree

              Sorry, but I had someone stop over so got off shortly after posting. Yes, I took this name in memory of that poor beautiful oak tree.

            • Juicer77

              ^^^
              Grrrrrrr…..

      • chukicita

        It’s true. Like other tourist towns, Clearwater years ago decided to limit signage, including permanent business signs as well as billboards. However, there are lots of creative outdoor media options. There are also billboards on the highway and from the airport.

        • Supper Powers

          Just looking for a reference. It seems logical but wants to read it.

        • Commodore H. McCringleberry

          A small, yet helpful aspect of the troubles the Jones’ had with getting the first one up is that they undoubtedly have some contacts in the industry that can help them navigate the local laws. Lamar is pretty much nationwide, I think.

    • Commodore H. McCringleberry

      Its worth looking into. I remember being shocked at the sheer number and pervasiveness of billboards when I moved from the DC suburbs to Texas. You don’t really notice that they aren’t there until they’re literally everywhere.

  • outraged

    Are we sure this guy is not related to L. Ron?

    • OOkpik

      Edited. Removed a boo boo.

    • Ben Franklin

      The name Hubbard is forever cursed. That’s all I have to say.

    • Commodore H. McCringleberry

      Nothing will ever be as gross as that Governor you all have there and his puke-in-mouth sex scandal. They say STDs are rampant with the geriatric crowd. . .

  • Rasha

    O/T. I love Perfume. Much fanciful. This vid is energy and expression. Very eyes. So fill space with motion. This is what the world is up to outside the bubble.

    Much life to all. Night, Bunks.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q6T0wOMsNrI

  • Sid (Phil Jones)

    First day for donations on the Clearwater billboard so far put us nearly halfway to the goal, including the money that came through Paypal. That’s pretty good.

    https://www.gofundme.com/floridabillboard

    • Dear James Packer, you can do it. PayPal or otherwise. Thank you.

    • endoftheQ

      Congrats! I’ve never used GoFundMe but on another similar site, I can send a message to donors of previous fundraisers. If you can communicate to all the LA donors, and let them know about FL and provide them with a link, that might be good. Just a thought. 🙂

      • Sid (Phil Jones)

        Great idea. Thanks.

  • Thank you, Cathy.

  • Cars

    From http://www.hollywoodfringe.org/projects/3443?tab=reviews, two more reviews of Squeeze My Cans:

    WHAT I LIKED
    Cathy Schenkelberg gives a powerful, constantly surprising performance in this emotional and very funny one-woman show. As she portrays her experience trapped in the Church of Scientology, she becomes a wide range of characters, from her auditors, to her own father, to her Scientology peers, to a young, naive version of herself. Her intensity mounts as we watched her rising monetary debt, projected on the back wall, and we felt her pain and confusion as she learned about Martians in volcanoes and crawling on her skin in real time. I would totally recommend this show to anyone – the performance is as stunning as the story is devastating.

    WHAT I DIDN’T LIKE
    No bathroom in this theatre. 🙂
    ——————————————————————————————————————————————

    WHAT I LIKED
    It’s funny, moving, and fascinating. Cathy does a great job commanding the stage and sharing this incredibly personal story.

    WHAT I DIDN’T LIKE
    Nothing!

    MY OVERALL IMPRESSION
    Really interesting story. I highly recommend this show.

  • Intergalactic Walrus

    Anybody see this short film? It apparently screened today and is based on Marc Headley’s “Blown For Good”. There’s a trailer on IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3108568/?ref_=nm_flmg_prd_3

    PHOTO CAPTIONS – “Great turnout today for the #Escapethefilm #screening #scientology #blownforgood”

    “Screening of “Escape”! Thank you for having me as a part of this amazing project!”

    https://www.instagram.com/p/BGiN5LkqNnK/?taken-at=6020835

    https://www.instagram.com/p/BGic9EVw5LS/?taken-by=alexandrabayless

  • Jimmy3

    I thought I had a cognition, but my doctor said it was probably just indigestion.

    • stanrogers

      Either way, the cure’s the same. Put the lime in the coconut and drink ’em both together. Put the lime in the coconut, then you’ll feel better. (A little rum with the lime in the coconut might help with the cognition thing too.) Don’t believe me? Call the doctor. Wake him up.

  • JJ

    Been watching Chris Shelton’s Tim DeWall interview on Youtube. Could someone please tell me what the: “Nine Things You Are Not Supposed To Say At Flag Base.” might be…?

    • jazzlover

      1. Pull my finger
      2. I’m bankrupt
      3. I have extra toilet paper if anyone needs it
      4. I make a helluva rice and bean casserole
      5. Where are my wife and kids?
      6. What is the URL of that place that Ortega runs
      7. Can anyone direct me to the nearest FBI office?
      8. I have to call my mommy
      9. Do you have a pamphlet that describes the disconnection policy?

      • JJ

        Well alright then!

        • jazzlover

          Fact: If you can’t laugh, you cry. Those are but 9 reasons to laugh associated with scientology.

          • JJ

            I can hardly laugh or cry I am swirling on Orlando…MY GOD Scientology needs to pull it self the hell out of the anti gay crap.

            I honestly wonder what Scientology would look like if Dianetics had been written in 2010, or even 1990. Just the same tech; in a less reactionary era would be interesting.

            • jazzlover

              The anti-gay stuff is baked into the tone scale inherent in Dianetics and scientology. Scientology, by definition, is an extension of eugenics. Regardless of when it was created, could that have possibly been different? I don’t believe so. There is no workable tech, especially when it’s something conceived by such an evil, narrow-minded charlatan.

            • JJ

              Flaming charlatan. Is there any cult or religion that doesn’t at some point disintegrate into a core of absolute lunatics, usually with a mad man at the head who is benefiting personally on so many levels, and insulated by cowards and enablers.

              Does David Miscavige really believe the Scientology stuff? All of it, some of it? or is it just a graft machine? I just really wonder.

            • jazzlover

              First, let me put it out there that I’m a never-in. As such, my only focus is on eliminating the criminal abuse of human rights. I believe that the only way to do that is to throw out the baby with the bath water. There is absolutely nothing worth keeping or saving here. I would, however, disagree that all long-held religious beliefs within the religious construct today could be classified as fanatical. That being said, I wish I had the answers regarding Miscavige. He could know that he’s deceiving people, or he could be a complete and utter deluded lunatic. We may never find out for sure.

  • Baby

    The Bunker Burning Candle… To help those disconnected to find their way back home. f5

    • Juicer77

      I love this.
      Secretly, though, I’m afraid that glass is going to explode. LOL I’ve hand candleholders do that more than once.

      • Baby

        Ouch Juice..

        This is very very very special glass.. it will NEVER explode..always burn brightly.. xo

        • Juicer77

          🙂

  • Intergalactic Walrus

    I was perusing the Hollywood Business Advocate (the mag for the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce) and it shows that in February, Susanna Furios of the CO$ was elected onto the Board of Governors of the East Hollywood Business Improvement District. I seem to recall Fred posting earlier about a swarm of clams in his polling place while voting. Besides John Goodman (Phil’s son-in-law) being a director of the Chamber of Commerce, I see that Margaret Marmolejo of CCInt has just joined the Chamber.

    What I find interesting is that the Chamber has a foundation and they list the organizations that the foundation has assisted in the most recent fiscal year with grants and funds. The Hollywood Fringe Festival is listed. With “Squeeze My Cans” there, does this mean that the Chamber clams are now PTS or even SPs? It looks like somebody is responsible for a safe-pointing fail. HeHe

    • Juicer77

      When Stupid Spreads Itself Too Thin
      XD
      f5

      • JaxNGold

        Never get tired of this pic….LOL. Kitteh’s expression is just too good!

    • Supper Powers

      Great find.

  • Patricia Lathrom

    Another review of Cathy’s show:

    REVIEW BY ANONYMOUS CERTIFIED REVIEWER
    WHAT I LIKED

    I loved Cathy. I found her to be animated and engaging, funny and poignant. I got lost in the story, and found it fascinating and enlightening. I was moved to tears – and also, thought it was laugh out loud funny at times. I thought the visuals and sound effects helped elevated the show, adding drama and richness to the story. Oh – and the chairs were really comfortable.

    WHAT I DIDN’T LIKE

    Got nothing but positive stuff to share!

    MY OVERALL IMPRESSION

    A rare and highly entertaining peek into a bizarre world through the eyes of a beautiful, likable, funny kind soul. I would recommend it to friends and encourage anyone who’s curious about Scientology to go!

    http://www.squeezemycans.com

  • Dagnabit

    “Call Me” by Tony Hatch. For Phil & Willie

    If you’re feelin’ sad and lonely
    There’s a service I can render
    Tell the one who loves you surely
    I can be so warm and tender

    Call me, don’t be afraid, you can call me
    Maybe it’s late but just call me
    Tell me and I’ll be around

    When it seems your friends desert you
    There’s somebody thinking of you
    I’m the one who’ll never hurt you
    Maybe that’s because I love you

    Call me, don’t be afraid, you can call me
    Maybe it’s late but just call me
    Tell me and I’ll be around

    Now don’t forget me ’cause if you let me
    I will always stay by you
    You’ve got to trust me, that’s how it must be
    There’s so much that I can do

    If you call I’ll be right with you
    You and I should be together
    Take this love I long to give you
    I’ll be at your side forever

    Call me, don’t be afraid, you can call me
    Maybe it’s late but just call me
    Tell me and I’ll be around
    Call me

    • Intergalactic Walrus

      Thanks, now that song is stuck in my head 😉

      https://youtu.be/Rf4bXRMu3R4

      • Dagnabit

        Love that song. So heartfelt. And true.

        • Intergalactic Walrus

          I’ve sung along to it more than once! LOL

      • Susan B.

        I always thought that it was a chick that sings this song –we’re talking decades. I HATE when that happens!

        • Scream Nevermore

          Same here – I choked on my tea when I heard that!

    • Robert Eckert

      He’s never going to give you up, he’s never going to let you down…

  • I Like Ham

    Congratulations to Phil & Willie! The only piece of (hopefully) constructive criticism I have is that it seems that the writing on both the top and bottom of the billboard should be bolder and bigger, if possible. The thinness of the letters appears (in photos, at least) to make it hard to read them from a distance which loses the message.

  • Intergalactic Walrus

    I watched that Red Booth TV show with Emily Jones tonight. It was basically a “Battlefield Earth” infomercial. The first segment’s audio was a garbled mess but it sounded like she said it was currently the #1 bestseller for science fiction at Barnes and Noble. Nope. I just checked and the only way I could find it at all was to search for the title. It doesn’t show up on any of their genre or pre-order bestseller lists at all. I wonder if they were counting on the clams to pre-order it and the tapped out clams didn’t come through. Heh

    • Juicer77

      Great point. Mismanage is really backed into a corner on this one.

    • JaxNGold

      #1 at Barnes & Noble?? Oh that’s too embarrassing for words. Can’t believe they said that. Perhaps they thought they could “postulate” it. So much for superpowers.

      • jazzlover

        Is Barnes & Nobles even a major player anymore? I think Amazon killed them too.

        • JaxNGold

          Yeah, Amazon definitely kills the competition when it comes to book sales. But I’m pretty sure B & N is still going somewhat strong. I was at a local Barnes & Noble a couple months back just to sit and read and have coffee. The place was packed.

          • jazzlover

            I know there are still a few around, but they’ve closed many of their physical stores over the last 4 or 5 years. I don’t know how their internet business is doing these days, but I gave up on it after a couple of bad experiences a few years ago.

  • Supper Powers
    • JJ

      No the REALLY important part is where you put the semicolons!

      • Supper Powers

        What does that mean?

        • JJ

          I don’t know anymore. The stuff with DM editing out all the semi colons and the reselling the books as new, improved, perfected…

    • JJ

      From personal experience I have met people connected to psychiatry, psychologists, counselors, MS, etc. I have found that they usually fall into one of three types or motivations for their interest.
      Group One: is someone interested in psychology as a subject, the study of the mind.
      Group Two: is someone who cares about people and wants to help them with their problems.
      Group Three: is someone who has major issues and hang-ups of their own and finds the best way to deal with them is to lord it over the monkeys.

    • JJ

      Excellent vid.

  • richelieu jr

    OK, Wille n’ Phil, take my money!

    I don’t have much at the moment, but Incannot think of a better way to spend it.

    I just love that the idea you guys are even trying must be getting the fickle finger of Der dwarfenfurher poked into a lot of subaltern’s chests….Mir inspires a lot of people to wonder how they got to this point… I wonder they get a whiff of Tom Cruise on it from time to time..?

    And I am sure it keeps l’il Davey up nights, like a stone I his shoe, or the feeling he has. Hair in his tongue he can’t get rid of…

    In fact he has a conjoined twin, a twisted, cysted humunculus Calle L Ron Hubbard and his twisted paranoia factory… Enjoy that cash, CoB! Nobody likes you, everyone IS talking behind your back, and you may live longer than Hubbard’s film-flam family dicer and cash outlet… And if you do, then what? LRH got a trailer and you cutting his com lines and castrating the impotent potentate potato-head… Will it be a series of courtrooms, press throngs and then the silent lacing I your solitary confinement? You’ll be known and a lot of cons ha e had brushes with your play religion, lost people and have nothing better to do that open you to all you’ve denied yourself zith TC.

    And the Black Muslims? Think they’ll like the fact you scammed them mad public in court? The Aryan Nation boys won’t like your having dealt with NOI, no matter how racist and s,mall-,
    Minded you are one granular level..

    So solitary for you, buster. If you are lucky..

    But Inthink you are. Runner. A squealer, as the Joker said.

    Why it try Tahiti? The DomTOM.? Andorra. Not taxes! Or Monaco? I am writing from there. And would love to see a punch up with a miniature Pope and his Good Chip Napoleon complex and whoever calls him out on his total failure to take millions, a proven scam, a slave force of thousands and keep it going. That is poor management of Trumpian proportions!
    Or perhaps he could form COB casinos,hotels, etc? That “Holiday inn” “Late Ba’ath Party” style his total gauche Philly. Y way ofmJersey mobster taste he is so well own for..

    Nope, that would take initiative and work. He just want to skim the cream and beat people who can’t fight back.

    Coward, piece of shit, lug little muppet.

    From the Bully Pulpit, to just Bully Pope Muppet.
    Hey, your dad stil, says he loves you and can forgive you, so that is proof that Scientology doesn’t totally zwork and that he certainly didn’t get any ,ore intelligent or discerning jumping through hoops and calling his kid “sir” instead of calling the police and mental health professionals.

    ,most would say it is too late for you, Davey, but I disagree. We decide every day to continue Bing who we are or to change.

    So the next rime you make some poor peon jump in dirty lake so you can treat yourself to good handjob later, why it join them? There are lot of short piers to take long walks off of, and a big boy like you has a lot of shallows to get lost in.

    You could drown I a single, sincere tear of one of your victims of separation…

    But the you won’t go near that..

    So I suggest you take a single sheet of go,de rod, declare yourself PTS to LRH and then painfully, repetitively slit your tiny, doll-like wrists with it… If it doesn’t hurt, that’s ok, if it optimum, as long as the blood comes in spurts, not just a trickle like truth fromTommy Davis’ well-trodden lie-hole.. If it hurts, so much the better…

    I do not imagine there is anyone out he planet who knows anything true about you who considers that the world would not have been better off had you never been born, or died, torturously from in of your God-given asthma attacks…

    But I do. You are ,idling HubbRds runaway rip-off satanic slave machine in the quickest way possible… Failing Charles Manson having taken the reins,my li were truly the man for the job.

    Now finish it. And disappear up your own ‘LRH Research Hole”

    You, your organization, your attitude, accent, presence, ideas and approach are not OK.

    Not OK.

    This is true.

    ML,
    Rjr