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To Scientology’s Emily Jones: We have a message from your mother


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

Earlier this year, Phil and Willie Jones came to us when they wanted to raise money for a billboard in Los Angeles that would urge Scientologists disconnected from their families to pick up the phone and call their loved ones. Our readers came through in a big way, helping to raise enough money for that “Call Me” billboard to appear in the Echo Park neighborhood, garnering a huge amount of media attention.

Phil and Willie are separated from their two grown children, Mike and Emily, who work for Scientology’s “Sea Organization” in L.A., and who have cut off all ties from their parents since Phil’s sister, another longtime Scientologist, turned the couple in for expressing doubts about the organization.

More recently, this website once again helped Phil and Willie raise money for a similar billboard in Clearwater, Florida, which is where Scientology has its spiritual headquarters. Phil explained that their campaign was about more than their own children, and they had heard from many ex-Scientologists in Florida whose families have also been ripped apart by disconnection. This week, the Tampa Bay Times wrote about Phil and Willie, and the newspaper received a letter from Emily Jones, accusing her parents of exploiting their children for monetary gain. Emily’s letter can be seen in full at the end of the Tampa Bay Times article.

One of the unusual things about this situation is that Emily has been so visible. For most former church members who have been cut off from their loved ones, it can be near to impossible to get any information about their family members still in the church, especially if they are in the Sea Org. But Emily works for Galaxy Press, Scientology’s publisher of L. Ron Hubbard’s science fiction, and she’s been active promoting the republication of Hubbard’s 1982 novel Battlefield Earth, appearing at science fiction conventions and in other ways that put her in the public eye.

“We truly believe they are exploiting our family in this way motivated solely by money,” Emily writes in her letter to the newspaper. “It is a scam, as is their fundraising efforts to finance their ‘billboard.’ And now they have decided that the course of saying and doing harmful things to us, and our reputations is their chosen course for money!”

Actually, although Phil and Willie have been successful in raising enough money to keep a billboard up in Los Angeles for several months, and to put up another one for at least a month in Florida, the money they have received just barely covered those costs — and that’s not counting the money the Las Vegas couple has spent traveling to California and Florida as part of their campaign.

If this is a money grab, as Emily charges, it’s not a very lucrative one. Emily also accuses her parents of being motivated by the money they’ll make from a television series that is filming their story. Phil assures us that the production company that has filmed them has paid them nothing for their appearance.

Phil contacted us, refuting everything in his daughter’s letter, and he sent over something else — a response from Willie.

He said that they had sent the letter to Emily via email addresses that they are not sure are valid anymore.

“Willie wrote a letter to Emily but we really have no way of reaching her. We’ll try to get an email to her, but we’re wondering if you want to post it,” he said.

We sure do want to, Phil. We sure do.

To my dearest Emily,

First and foremost if you get a chance to read this I want you to know and understand that the decisions your dad and I have made, as imperfect as they are, were made based not only on the love we have for you and Michael but also having had the ability to view this from inside and outside Scientology.

You state in your response to the Tampa Bay Times that we were the ones who disconnected from you. I am not sure exactly what you were told, but nothing is further from the truth. After we received your letter, we tried to contact both you and Michael. We tried for almost a year and a half, calling every week no fail. We tried getting into Celebrity Centre and Author Services to talk to you personally. We were stopped every single time. After one of our visits to CC, we were told our only terminal is the IJC (International Justice Chief). We both know what that means, utter and complete disconnection from any and all Scientologist. That was the nail in the coffin. We knew in that moment we were 100 percent cut off. We were never allowed the opportunity to give you another side of the story.

In the following months we learned just how many families have been torn apart. I always thought Scientology was supposed to bring people together. But sadly, I found out just how many people were affected by disconnection and it was staggering. In failing to contact you we knew we had to do something not just for us but for all the families affected.

Emily, Michael, the charge that what we are doing is motivated by money is heart-wrenchingly sad. You know us! How could you think that we would choose money over our children? Deep down, I hope you truly know this is not the case. I want you to know that even if we were offered millions of dollars to go away and be quiet forever, my answer would be “never.” Never, Emily! Money is not the motivation! A family intact is much more powerful than that.

We may have a difference of opinion, but that doesn’t mean we cannot maintain a healthy relationship. Your dad and I love and miss you both more than you know. We will never disconnect from you, our arms will always be wide open no matter what you do in life.

Love always,

Phil and Willie are holding an event to dedicate their Clearwater billboard on July 23. As soon as the billboard is up, we’ll reveal its location.


Chris Shelton on Battlefield Earth

Clearly, Chris Shelton is still traumatized for having been forced to watch John Travolta and his codpiece five times back in the day. Enjoy…



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  • Trump bribe recipient and Scientology butt-licker Bondi to speak at Donald Rump Convention.
    Why does this not surprise me?
    “Rick Scott, Pam Bondi, Tim Tebow will speak at Donald Trump’s GOP convention”

  • gtsix

    Terrorist attack in Nice, France. Truck driver deliberately runs over crowd of people watching fireworks in celebration of Bastille Day. Estimates of 70+ dead. I just don’t have words.for.this.

    • “‘Good people’ need to do something.”

    • Robert Eckert

      Haven’t been to Baghdad or Dhaka, but I’ve been to Paris, Brussels, Istanbul, and Nice. Loved all those places. These fuckers are not just the enemies of life, but of love and beauty.

  • Baby

    OMG.. So Bronchitis.. fuckin cold from hell.. ( Mac said from now on any visitors will have to bring a Note from their Dr. saying that they are Healthy.. Damn..

    So blah, blah, blah..inhaler, steroids, antibiotics ( AGAIN) I have had a runny nose for 3 years.. I have felt like SHIT for years.. and I told my DR to Fix me.

    So I wake up ..thinking.. That shot I got in my Ass might just do it.. it will all just be a nightmare in my past.
    AND NOW?


    Just shoot me now.. Seriously.. I have been in so much pain..Agonizing Pain..

    So no caffeine, no diet coke, No acid.. I am on Prilosec ( AM) Zantac ( PM) Reclining sitting up sleeping..

    I have been eating.. Chicken ( skin off roasted) a little.. watermelon and bananas for 4 days. And drinking water..

    You would think I’m losing weight.. OH hell no.. The steroids ( still on) and of course that was in the Shot my Dr. gave me too.. Oh love the Steroids.

    Nothing to me is more boring than some old woman talkin about her health.. So I thought I would bore you..because I can’t sit at the computer. I can NOT sit up.. I have to do that whole Freakin reclining Bullshit.

    So haven’t been able to be on the computer much.. cause right now I am and I feel like I have a knife in my sternum area..


    Oh and on top of that.. I looked at my Bank Account and was charged by a Private Cab Driver that picked me up at Cleveland Airport.. $344.27 .. Instead of $34 on his Square.. NOW I GOTTA RUN THAT DOWN..

    So any help would be an assistance.

    FEELING THE BURN ( literally in my gut, throat, blah, blah.. ) IN FLORIDA. ERRRRRRRRGH

    Wah, Fuckin Wah..

    • have any pictures ?

      • Baby

        of what Diceman

    • Fuck that no good how could any help you ?

    • Observer

      Big hugs, Baby

      • Baby

        thanks Obs. sigh.. teary eyed

    • Kestrel

      It’s probably a good thing you’re not allowed to do acid right now. Sorry about the no caffeine or diet Coke, though.

      • Baby

        killing me.

        • MaxSpaceman

          you need to have drunk your very last Diet Coke, Missy.

          It is the WORST for your health. In the years your in, especially, and future.

          No joke– no more of that. Google it, kiddo. You’ll see– it’s off the hook awful for you.

          Here’s the recipe: Water. Lots of lemons. Lots of ice. Big, tall glasses. And drink that.

          1 cup of coffee per day, max. If you use milk, only 100% whole milk.


          • Kestrel

            Here’s a better recipe. Honey, lemon, fifth of Jack, ice (if desired).

            • Advice is to be avoided, at all costs, unless requested, and then given only reluctantly.
              But here’s mine:
              When nothing else works, go with the opiates.

            • MaxSpaceman


            • daisy

              My dad when we were kids, made us drink a oz. of apricot brandy ( and he had 3 ) piled the covers on us to sweat it out. ( it worked sometimes ) They didn’t have an active Child Services in those days.

    • “Nothing to me is more boring than some old woman talkin about her health.. ”
      Feel the warm embrace of the Bunker. Its all we got.
      “Oh love the Steroids.”
      Well, there’s that.
      I couldn’t believe how well I could hit a golf ball, when I was on some steroid medication.
      And I just thought I had found the secret to that infernally difficult thing.

      • Baby

        I am roid ragin

        • Send hubby out of the house. He doesn’t deserve it, after putting up with you for all these years.
          Pokemon Go.

          • Baby

            He is fishing

            • I can actually feel his bliss.

            • Baby

              I’m tired.. Starved.. thirsty.. in pain.. bitchy.. can’t breathe.. can’t sleep..MISERABLE.

              ( Oh and no HOOKAH )

            • Although we can’t, and don’t actually feel your pain, some can imagine when they were in the worst pain of their lives, and empathize.
              Some do not have the empathy gene.
              Being a mother, I know you’ve felt “discomfort” on a scale beyond mine (I’ve never shit a watermelon), so I know that you are hurting.

              Vaporized cannabis.

            • Maybe he can come home and pack your body in red snappers.
              Reminds me of a joke.

            • Baby

              Ok.. back to stupid layin down on ramp in day bed. xo

              ( That is an Old joke Shorp) I know it ..

            • Oh, you heard about the woman who went out fishing with a bunch of guys and came home with a big red snapper?

            • Baby

              OMG THAT’S THE ONE..

            • It probably hurts when you laugh, but how could it be much worse?

            • Robert Eckert

              Give a man a fish, and he’ll eat for a day. Teach a man to fish, and he’ll drink beer all day.

    • daisy

      Oh I am sorry you are in so much misery. Some people just catch everything. Continue with rest and fluids.
      (((( hugs from a distance )))

      • Baby

        I can’t sleep daisy.. I have to sit up.. and I am a big baby who sleeps on tummy with arms wrapped around pillow. errrrrrrrgh.. OK..back to reclining love you sweetie.

        • daisy

          Love you back. Not sleeping is the worst.

    • Opiates are preferable to intransigent pain.

      • daisy

        Not with compromised breathing

        • I hear you.
          And yet I think of the guy up a tree with a rabid racoon.
          (I actually heard this story told on a very local radio station….the mountains kill the signals…. in Spruce Pine North Carolina):
          “Shoot! Shoot! One of us has got to go!”

    • Kim O’Brien

      walk it off ya wimp 😉

      p.s. if you can queue up and watch the show the TV show ” Spartacus” ….it’s pornlicious and full of eye candy . Oh , and history and shit

      • “…walk it off ya wimp ;)…”
        I’m glad I didn’t say that. As much as I wanted to.

        • daisy

          You had the right instinct , only those who have had a baby can tell another who had one a wimp. Men are therefore banned except to other men.

      • Baby

        Gurl..just finished oatmeal .. back to recline. BLEH I’ll look for Spartacus

    • Rasha

      Hey, Babbeh. I can only speak to the GERD. I had the worst reflux evar a few years ago for about a year, woke up breathing in stomach acid now and again. Turned out to be a bad lower esophageal sphincter. Yes, I said ‘esophageal’, so stop laughing you guys. Stuff just flowed right back up.

      Anyhoo, I ended up getting a Nissen fundoplication ( about 3 years ago, and haven’t had one problem since. And hell, I’m up for anything that sounds that much like “fun duplication”. If your LES is the problem, the antacids and stuff won’t help, but there is a solution.

      • beauty for ashes

        ****sphincter .. snort**** is a medicaa hahaha medical word. 🙂 glad you got relief from your evil sphincter **bites lower lip** Rasha <3

        • Rasha

          *recovers composure* Who knew one could have so many?!?! I s’pose one is bound to go bad….

      • Baby

        Thanks Rashie.. I really appreciate the information. I am going to really work on getting this under control. It can’t continue like this.

        Before I am poked and prodded I’ll go with the
        GERD symptom control..

        If it doesn’t settle down I will take more drastic measures.. ugh.. xo

        Losing weight, if overweight
        Decreasing the size portions of meals
        Avoiding certain acidic foods, such as tomato sauce and citrus fruits or juices, that can irritate the esophageal lining
        Limiting fried and fatty foods, foods containing caffeine (including chocolate), peppermint, carbonated beverages, alcoholic beverages, ketchup and mustard, and vinegar
        Eating meals at least three to four hours before lying down, and avoiding bedtime snacks
        Keeping your head six inches higher than the rest of your body when lying on your back. Raising the level of your head helps gravity keep your stomach’s contents in the stomach.
        Quitting smoking
        Not wearing a tight belt or tight clothing that can increase the pressure on the abdomen — such as control top hosiery and body shapers
        Taking medications after eating to reduce acid in the stomach. These over-the-counter medications include antacids, Gaviscon®, or H2 blockers (such as Pepcid AC® or Zantac®).

        • Rasha

          (reads…and reads) Mm-hmm. Basically, do not eat or experience anything you like. I know that regimen well, and it sucks. Glad that’s over with, and good luck to you. I’m currently on another restricted diet, but for a completely different reason, and it also sucks – no tomatoes, peppers of any kind, red meat, shellfish, white flour, booze… basically – again – anything good, and yes, I cheat, although I know the diet works for what I’ve got. It’s just really hard to want to stick to it. ;P You can do this, if I could.

          • Baby

            Absolutely.. and yes the Regimen sux.. although I did just have oatmeal small bowl ..with a half banana ..

            The funny ( not haha funny) is that you would think I would lose weight.. NOPE..damn steroids.

            Well your diet sux too.. I will be cheating too.. Life is too short..shit. When I feel like my system is settled down.. I will slowly introduce..

            Thanks Rashie for lettin me vent and gab about boring health..ugh

            • Rasha


            • Baby

              and back.. {hugz}

    • Robert Eckert

      That must have been some cab ride!

    • You might be partly in the throes of caffeine withdrawal, Baby; I recently had the doctor read me the riot-act (like Max Spaceman below) about too drinking much coffee (pint mugs of Colombian blend!) and Diet Coke. The first few days on tea with breakfast and fizzy mineral-water instead of Coke were fretful, but the indigestion and headaches went in the end. Then you’ve just got the constipation to look forward to 😉

      If your oesophagus doesn’t recover by itself with the drugs, there’s more direct methods, as Rasha says 🙂 Sending you get well soon ‘fluences, sweetie.

      • Baby

        Oh Mark.. ugh .. Yes.. withdrawals. Me without caffeine is frightening.. Mac said that I’m talking like a ” Rat A Tat Machine gun ..”

        I would have thought I would have been the opposite without Caffeine. It is weird.. MY thought process is off.. I mean Just off..

        ( Yep dreaded constipation has made it’s way into my life.. Yay me)

        I also think it’s weird that I did NOT get the withdrawal headaches.. I expected it.. I was drinking a lot of Diet coke.. I don’t drink coffee or tea
        ( Never had a sip)

        So I find that weird. I have such an addictive personality.. My drug of choice is diet coke. But going through this.. ugh.. I am drinking nothing but water..

        ( Yes monitoring closely ) xo baby

        • Not getting the headaches = 1 up to your brain 🙂

    • beauty for ashes

      YUCK!!!!!! You don’t have Munchausens, if anything blame it on your Doctor. I’m sure you would rather be doing anything but feeling like this right now!!!!! Wish I could grind up some fresh ginger and squeeze it into some ice water, or make you some peppermint tea. An odd thing that helps me is those super minty Listerine strips that melt really quickly on your tongue.
      ((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((gentle hugs)))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))) <3 <3 <3

      • Baby

        Oh Beauty.. MY system is just so out of Whack .. It’s just.. OK I have this.. and look it’s almost cured..and then I am not kidding a day later I have something else.

        It makes me look like a hypochondriac ..but I’m sure you have felt like that so much.. because of what you and Kelly have.. That’s why I connect with those who understand health issues like you..

        It is so frustrating.

        • beauty for ashes

          When I was young I had frequent sinus and ear issues. At one point it turned from a regular infection to a fungal infection in my ears. But my normal Dr. was still giving me antibiotic drops and flushing out my ears with water. Then gave me pain drops, then my ears swelled shut. Finally my mom took me to an ENT, and he looks and is just like oh you have a fungal infection and what the are doing is feeding the infection. So he put tubes in my ears and gave me drops. Next day when I woke up the tubes actually fell out of my ears because the swelling subsided so much. Much Relief! But now I still get them, although not frequently, although my ears always itch. And when I get out of the shower I put a drop of vinegar in both ears and that helps. I remember you talking about your ears, and I totally related so I was like yelling at you to go to an ENT, cause I was afraid your Drs were doing the same thing to you.
          I think it can be crazy making to have a body this sensitive to everything! I’m so sorry that Drs are not helping that. You deserve to be healthy! And pain free. Sending you white light and healing, and most important~ resilience! <3 <3 <3 also let me know what I can do to help:)

          • Baby

            Ugh.. I still have the itchin and crap in my ears.. You are right.. I should have gone to the ENT .. You sound like you were absolutely miserable.. Poor baby

            Resilience.. absolutely.. You are doing everything you can.. validation is so important to those who think that they are losing their minds..hahaha Love you beauty..

            • beauty for ashes

              I just hope your heartburn gets no worse. Seriously, I don’t think I could take it for that long. <3

            • Baby

              It is so painful.. I can only sit up for about 10 minutes at a time .. I spend most of time propped up on bed incline.. and I’M BITCHY..

              Those steroids are absolutely wrecking my system..

            • beauty for ashes

              Pain makes me soooo cranky too. I’m sooooo sorry. I hate it too. This really put me into a deep sleep, which I’m sure you could use. <3<3<3

            • Baby

              thanks honey.. I saved it..xoxox Yes.. CRANKY … I told Mac today not to come in my office where my Day bed is..

              because I am not going to responsible for what I say and do!

    • gtsix

      Feel better baby.

      • Baby

        Thanks 6 .. sigh..

    • JaxNGold

      I’m really sorry to hear you’re so sick. I’ve never felt sick for years straight, but can relate a bit. I had bronchitis 4 times in 9 months — two of those times turned into pneumonia. It was pretty bad. Anyway, hugs to you and hope you feel better soon!

      • Baby

        Thanks Jax.. I am sick of being sick. 4x in 9 months? OMG that is bad honey..ugh

    • kemist

      GERD sucks, especially when it degenerates into reflux eosophagitis (which BTW, is the most frequent cause of chronic cough in adults).

      I have a chronic form (because of a weird malformation of the stomach) which I manage with dexilant, occasionally supplemented with zantac when I have flare ups. When that happens, I am often unable to keep anything down, at all. Fortunately, it does not happen much anymore because I am aware of the signs.

      • Baby

        kemist.. sorry for you kem.. it just started to calm down.. will continue to do what I’m doing.

        Yes.. You know for me it’s the whole anxiety crap that has messed my system up for years.. Gastritis.. but since moving to the island.. settled down.

        Now this.. ugh.. xo baby

    • UhLasare

      I’m so sorry (((hugs from a distance)))

      • Baby

        Thanks Uh.. xoxoxo

    • Missionary Kid

      Call your credit card company or bank immediately.

      Cheapo Missionary Kid paid $1 (Sr. citizen rate) to go from the airport to the hotel. Yes, I did have to walk almost 4 tenths of a mile from the Tower Station to the Radisson, and maybe a block from the airport to the train station.

      Round trip, it cost me $2.

    • Cedilla

      hiatal hernia

      • Baby

        Hey Ced.. Yes.. I am really monitoring this.. I have been poked and prodded so much ( last year..was hellashish year.. OMG Ulcerative colitis ..

        So before I go for any tests I’m going to let this settle down.. Thanks honey.. That is the first thing I thought of.

        “How is a hiatal hernia treated?
        Most hiatal hernias do not cause problems and rarely need treatment. However, since some patients with a hiatal hernia have symptoms of GERD, treatment starts with methods used to manage GERD. These include making such lifestyle changes as:

        Losing weight, if overweight
        Decreasing the size portions of meals
        Avoiding certain acidic foods, such as tomato sauce and citrus fruits or juices, that can irritate the esophageal lining
        Limiting fried and fatty foods, foods containing caffeine (including chocolate), peppermint, carbonated beverages, alcoholic beverages, ketchup and mustard, and vinegar
        Eating meals at least three to four hours before lying down, and avoiding bedtime snacks
        Keeping your head six inches higher than the rest of your body when lying on your back. Raising the level of your head helps gravity keep your stomach’s contents in the stomach.
        Quitting smoking
        Not wearing a tight belt or tight clothing that can increase the pressure on the abdomen — such as control top hosiery and body shapers
        Taking medications after eating to reduce acid in the stomach. These over-the-counter medications include antacids, Gaviscon®, or H2 blockers (such as Pepcid AC® or Zantac®).”

    • Mymy88

      Gurrrlll, I hear that. I take Prilosec every day. It’s working pretty damn good too. It takes a week or two to start working to optimum. I still need to be in a reclined position at one degree or another at all times and if I can’t I’ve got to do the best I can (examples are leaning back and a little and to the left if I am standing a lot or washing a lot of dishes, etc.). The leaning to the left a little if need be and especially sleeping or lying on your left side was recommended by my doctor because the larger part of your stomach is on the left, that way there will be more room for the acid to stay longer in your stomach versus how fast it would leak into your esophagus if you were on your right side. In turn there will be more time for the acid to die down as your food digests if you are on your left side versus your right. Also remaining still as possible when you are having a bad attack will amazingly speed up getting through it. I don’t have them anymore but when I used to have a super duper bad attack I would lay on the couch on my left side reclined as much as possible without being uncomfortable. I would try to not move a muscle for at least 30 minutes. It made the difference between having flames licking at the sides of my esophagus for the whole day or being burn free. Anyway, I know everybody is different but I just thought I would share. I hope you get better soon as in lickity split!

      • Baby

        Thanks 88.. Yes.. I have been doing the Left side thingy.. xoxo I appreciate your post.. xo baby

    • Juicer77

      Tender hugs to you, Baby.

      • Baby

        Thanks Juicie.. sigh xo

    • MrsLurksALot

      (((HUGS))) Take care of yourself, Baby.

      • Baby

        Thanks sweet Holly.. xox

    • Ann B Watson

      Hi Baby, I just found this thread and I want to send you Waves Of Love & Healing.It was thought at first I had what you have colitis wise,but it was colon cancer out of left field.Now 17 years free of that one in March but doing battle with breast cancer.Like you I am tired of labs,tests,more tests and waiting for results of tests.I have the entire hospital system down.Been everywhere for everything there! Be Well and I send ❤️ XO

      • Baby

        Oh Ann.. thank you so much.. Yep when the Colitis/ colon route.. You have been through the wringer honey.. I am so sorry..

        I have followed your plight over at Mike’s and put positive energy your way..
        I was too shy ( I really do get shy) about commenting to you. I am sorry that I didn’t.

        Thanks honey.. I had a tumor diagnosed in 2009 .. in my Pineal Gland. I was scared at first because my twin died of a Brain tumor. But they can’t give me any information about benign or malignant. It is too close to the brain stem.

        I’m not worried. I have left side weakness.. ( Hemiparesis) I run into things and lose my balance ..ha.. Seriously I laugh at myself. Like if I go to a restaurant I run my head right into the salad bar guard.

        Or when I get in my car I hit my head because I didn’t clear it.. OMG.. sometimes it is so funny. My Neurologist told me the last time..

        When I asked him what I should do about it.. He said.. ” Watch what you are doing and where you are going. ” ( OK that was about a $1,500 bill..) jeeze.

        You are a sweetheart honey..thank you.. Ohhhh who ya got in your Avatar? Darling..

        • Ann B Watson

          Hi Baby, Thank you Angel for your heart felt post.Oh you mean my hubby Walter.He is a never in and we met on a blind date organized by both our late Moms who neither of us got along with.Me especially with mine.Anyway he proposed after one week,this not being my first rodeo I accepted.And married 35 years 7/11. But Baby we can really have fun with each other because we are Total Opposites.He born 2/14/50 & me 8/1/51. Exact opposites.How we have stayed together this long with my nearly dying and having a miscarriage / hysterectomy at 39 and losing five units of blood I do not know! Between us we have Scottish on both his late parents side and English,Spanish a great grand mom of mine was from The Castille region of Spain and a little Hawaiian.Of course I do not have to subscribe to any of the former preferring to be me as I know me to be and continuing to try and spread Laughter, Light and Love.I truely believe my connection with those three elements has helped me survive.I hear all that is going on with you and again I walk with you on the medical branch of our path.Yet I know we are so much more.Shine On AlwaysXXOO💌

  • J. Swift

    Mike and Emily’s letter has the same whiny and disingenuous tone as the videos on the Ron Miscavige hate website. This whiny, prissy, phony, and self-righteous posturing Scientology uses is just more soap opera.

    The issue here is about Disconnection and not money. And yet Mike and Emily use distraction tech to shift the real issue of Disconnection to an accusation that their parents are doing this to make money. This is especially hypocritical given that Scientology is merely, and only, about making money.

    The non sequitur in which Mike and Emily engage, as do all Scientologists, is to falsely equate a criticism of Disconnection as constituting an “attack on their religion.”

    This is the central non sequitur of Scientology and of all Scientologists: Ignore the substance of criticism, stick their heads in the sand, and hysterically scream that (fill in the blank) is an attack on their religion. Scientologists are a bunch of damn whiners who can dish it out but can’t take it. This is particularly true of the petulant and preening nancyboy David Miscavige and his increasingly decrepit henchmen in OSA.

    • jazzlover

      Well said. I wonder if scientologists would scream “religious persecution” if someone mentioned shunning among Jehovah’s Witnesses to them. Or would they say that it’s not “persecution” at all since it’s not a direct criticism of scientology?

      • It’s not about that. It’s more direct hypocrisy. They persecute people who no longer want to be part of Scientology or even people who were actively mistreated by the Church of Scientology itself and even people who are supporting the people who were mistreated. All while claiming that they are being persecuted by the people who they are persecuting.

        • jazzlover

          Those of the religious order cannot complain about being persecuted unless they are willing to defend ALL other religions against same. It’s sort of a brotherhood. That was my point. I understand the hypocrisy involved here. In other words, it’s yet another way to say “they aren’t religious at all”.

          • Scientology will defend the practice of shunning in other groups. So by your definition they are not hypocritical.

            • jazzlover

              Just out of curiosity, have you heard someone defend the shunning in groups outside of scientology?

            • Yes of course! How is Scientology going to practice shunning and then act like it’s bad when other people do it? The fact that other groups practice it justifies their own practice of it. They hold it up as proof they are right.

    • This we know.
      Now let’s finish the fight.

    • gtsix

      How dare you give nancy boys such a bad reputation by saying that petulant fucking scumbag is worthy of being called such! For shame! He’s a fucking scumbag, end of.

      • Cedilla

        Damn right.
        I’m not kidding!
        Disparage Nancy boys not, Swift.

  • Magapo

    I totally agree with Emily.

  • Observer

    I thought it had been pretty quiet the last couple of days. *click*

    • Yeah, I’m lurking more.
      That might be it.

  • Panopea Abrupta

    Meanwhile, back on Amazon, OT III since 2007 and IAS Patron Glenn Warren is doing his best for “literature.”

    Check out his nasty (and weak) attempt to black agent Larry Wright 2 years ago in the comments to this excellent blog.

    Slime is as slime does:

    • beauty for ashes

      Had to laugh, your response to the review sounded like you typed it while wearing a monocle and sipping tea with your pinkie out! And a smoking jacket too! 🙂 🙂 Quelle Pastiche!

    • Mark Allen Shreck

      well, they are really making the push to sell enough to get on a best seller list – practically giving it away for $0.99…

  • JaxNGold

    A quote from the video regarding Battlefield Earth:

    “It’s like a cross between Star Wars and smelly ass”

    I couldn’t stop laughing for five minutes straight. Oh, and Roger Ebert’s review is priceless. LOL.

    • beauty for ashes

      that is super accurate!

  • MaxSpaceman

    Did Fred H. meet his goal? the goFundMe, for his legal?

    And some Advocacy for Housing in Los Angeles, from whatever the Housing Authority of the City is called. Applications for all the Housing that is available and will be available need to be checked out.

  • The worst prison is truly the prison of belief. It creates dead souls and dead bodies. Love to France and to all.

    • Rasha

      Can I have 2 $47s for a $100?

      • No!

        • Rasha

          Fine. I’ll just up my status and take the bowling trophy…

        • gtsix

          Can I have 2 benjamins for a Godiva?

      • See the ONE HUBBARD DOLLARS? That’s why!

      • MaxSpaceman

        I would gladly give you two $47s on Tuesday

        for a $100 today.

        • Rasha

          Classic Wimpynomics! ^_^

  • Intergalactic Walrus

    On a lighter note…
    If you have ever wondered what kind of a clown would go to Harlem to work at the new Ideal Org, I have the answer…

    FIZZ-BO FUNSTER the clown is now a FLAG trained auditor and will be “freeing” the people of Harlem. Here is a photo of him wearing his balloon bow tie and in full clown drag. You can’t make this stuff up, folks! HA!

    • jazzlover

      LOL. That pasty white ijit will find himself bent over the hood of a car in Harlem in no time flat.

      • Intergalactic Walrus

        Just don’t pop that bow tie! 😉

        • jazzlover

          If he’s smart, he won’t be seen wearing that 🙂

          • Intergalactic Walrus

            “If he’s smart”?

      • gtsix

        Stop enticing him!

    • Ella Raitch

      More reason to have a clown phobia

    • Paul V. Tupointeau

      Maybe I’ve been online too long today… But does Fizz-Bo in makeup remind anyone else of Donald Trump? Something about that expression… 😮

      • Intergalactic Walrus

        Not to me, but that balloon bow tie of his reminds me of Hugh Jackman’s neck testicles in Movie 43. That’s not really a good look, if you ask me.

  • Intergalactic Walrus

    Woo-Hoo! We are invited to a block Party! Are “Disconnection” signs welcome? Hehe

    • Rasha

      “First Annual….” They are optimistic, aren’t they?

      • Intergalactic Walrus

        Considering the clams’ infamous spelling abilities, I’m surprised that it doesn’t say “First Anal Block Party”!

        • gtsix

          Fist anal block party? Ohhh how much are tickets?

          • Intergalactic Walrus

            Well, it’s sponsored by the CO$, so the answer would have to be “How much have you got!

  • Intergalactic Walrus
    • daisy

      I will kick them out for you.

  • Intergalactic Walrus

    I can get audited by a Russian/Ukrainian clam over the internet? Sounds legit…

    • daisy

      How do you find all this stuff ?

      • Intergalactic Walrus

        We walruses are blessed with an innate ability to sniff out tainted clams. Kinda like hogs & truffles. 🙂

      • Liberated

        Hi Daisy, I had a realization, I don’t think little Davey has the slightest intention of scoring Tom Cat a girlfriend, or wife. He wants Tommy boy all to himself. Every single inch of him ( ha ha, I made an inch joke).

        • daisy

          Too bad they aren*t gay , they would save 2 future wives from bleak marriages. I just recently realized why they were called the inch wives. An inch is probably all they have between them.( ha ha now I made an inch joke )

        • Juicer77

          I agree for a different reason. Mismanage willl use the search for a worthy mate as another carrot. Exactly like OT powers. As long as Cruise is single his attention will never waver. A love interest would only be a distraction from his complete devotion.

  • Linda Clement

    Completely irrelevant Ted Sturgeon quote: “I had a rush of brains to the head,”

    • daisy

      It is about time he put them in his head. They have been no help housed in his ass.

      • Linda Clement

        That was his point. He had become dazed and confused by the sight of an attractive female, a long-term disorder which he attributes to a glandular condition.

        • daisy

          I am soory
          I thought he was an active scientologist

          • Linda Clement

            Nope. Just a brilliant science fiction writer who wrote some great short stories for the pulps in the same era that Hubbard was providing them with filler (i.e., “Oh crap, I’ve got X amount of empty space left for this issue. Wonder if I can turn that last piece of garbage Hubbard submitted into something readable.”

  • EnthralledObserver

    I’m curious about the other brother that’s not in Scientology that Emily mentions in her letter… without hunting, is that true? Do both her and Mike and a good relationship with this other brother? And is that brother also disconnected from his parents? Didn’t sound right, so just wanted to clarify.

  • Commodore H. McCringleberry

    Hey Y’all! Just got my first letter reg email from Flag!!! They want me to do the Cause Resurgence Rundown. Considering I’m getting contact from them, I think I’ll resurge my cause to attend more fun events. Woohoo!

    OT- does anyone here know anything about guitars? I was filing baseball cards into my new system from a storage unit that I haven’t totally gone through and I found one. I know that Jimmy Page played a Les Paul and sometimes a double necked Gibson SG, and Springsteen plays a Telecaster, but that’s about it. This one is acoustic. It’s a 12 string Martin and there’s a sticker inside the hole in the middle that says J12-15 Mahogany Top Jumbo and further up in there is what appears to be a serial number or model number on the bottom of where the neck goes in which is a six digit number. Other than the smallest string being broken, it looks brand new and it has a nice case. Is this a good guitar to learn on or is 12 strings too much? Also, I’m a lefty, so do i string it backwards or learn to play upside down, or do they even make a left handed one I could trade it for? I have no idea what to do with it, but I know there’s some musical talent present here. Anyone have any advice?

    • jazzlover

      First of all, please never mention Jimmy Page and Bruce Springsteen in the same sentence again 😉 I wouldn’t recommend playing a righty guitar as a lefty. I would seek out the nearest music instrument store and see if you can arrange a trade. Maybe see if you can get someone to appraise what you have first, so you’re not taken to the cleaners on a trade.

      • Commodore H. McCringleberry

        Sorry about that. I found that I could fit my guitar knowledge into one sentence, and that was it. I do sports memorabilia, but occasionally find something else in there. For sports stuff, you can give me pretty much any item and I can give you authenticity, probable quality grade, and pricing, about 80% accurate every time. Show me a DiMaggio autograph, and I can tell you whether he signed it or his secretary or the bat boy. I get a cut of the sales, but I can also keep a certain portion, and I’ve got some room in the keeper pile. The only things I need left for my personal collection are rare but not expensive.

        You mentioned an appraisal, so this thing is probably worth something, and I wouldn’t get around to learning to play it for a year or so, even if it were appropriate to learn on. Also, I’d probably tear it up a bit in the process and it looks like its never been touched. Still smells like newly cut wood and everything. Thanks for the heads up!

        • jazzlover

          As someone who deals in sports memorabilia, appraisals should just be a part of the “process” for you. Perhaps you know of someone who could recommend an appraiser who deals in music collectibles? That would be the way I’d go. Always best to know your starting point.

          Just teasing re: Page/Springsteen. But seriously, no comparison.

          • Commodore H. McCringleberry

            There’s actually a local appraisal club. Its basically just a list of people to contact with their specialties. I just got some help from the furniture lady!

            Its a little bit of a different game with sports. I rarely write them for insurance purposes, and nothing I need to know can be filled out on a form (other than what the item is). Our trick is that to get a hard grade or a certificate of authenticity from one of the reputable companies is really expensive, and people want to know if their item is going to pass or what grade it’ll likely get before they send it in. The company keeps the money, even if your item is fake, so people like to know before they shell out $500 on the Babe Ruth letter they found at a flea market. There’s also the issue of what’s known as the “non-malicious forgery”, which is where an athlete gets lazy and hires someone to do his autograph on his fan mail. Those can be hard to spot if you’re not a computer at the authenticator’s office. Joe DiMaggio was notorious for this. I have a DiMaggio ball with Marilyn Monroe on it too. I could tell the DiMaggio was bad, but I sent it in to see about the Marilyn. Turns out she signed his name for him! Thanks, handwriting analysis computer!!

            The other issue is whether a card is worth sending at all. If you can tell it’s real and mid-grade and there’s not an appreciable difference in value from a grade 4 to a grade 6, don’t send it. Really, the only reason to talk to someone like me before sending something in is that the grading process is really subjective, can actually hurt the value of your item if it comes back lower than you think (and every collector unconsciously tacks two grades onto anything they own), and for things that aren’t signed. you need an impartial assessment on whether its worth doing at all. Sometimes a little doubt can help if the dealer that’s buying can be convinced to gamble a little bit.

    • That’s a pricey, magnificent instrument you got there. Learning on a 12 string is great if you like bloody fingertips. But seriously, a very good guitar.

    • chukicita

      I teach guitar… Suggest you start with a six string to learn on, but hold on to that Martin. If you aren’t going to play it, though, take all the strings off so the neck is less likely to warp. It is a Vera nice guitar. You can get a decent lefty to start on without spending a lot. I always start students on less expensive guitars with high action (distance between fretboard and strings)–builds up calluses more quickly and then it will be easier to play that twelve string!
      Edit…consider renting a lefty six string for 3 months. You will probably know by then if you want to make the investment. Many of my students have had nicer guitars but those who learn on cheaper models end up being able to play well on any guitar.

      • Commodore H. McCringleberry

        Hmmm. Wouldn’t get around to it for at least a year or so. I’ll go ahead and google getting the strings off. I just spoke with its owner and he doesn’t care if I keep it or sell it and doesn’t want it himself. The unit I found it in had been locked over by court order for five years, but other than the one broken string (there’s a set of replacements in the case) it looks like it’s never been out of the case and the neck doesn’t look bent. It smells really nice (that “new guitar” smell. haha) and a bunch of documentation it came with is underneath it. Looks like I’ve got a trip to the guitar store next week. I imagine its probably better to go to one of the mom and pop shops rather than a place like Guitar Center, right? Or should I just look up the price range and go the Craigslist route?

        • Kay

          Geez I wouldn’t sell that right now if you can afford not to…..take your time, do your research DIRECTLY with the Martin company…they can give you a good price range to expect, tell you what that model and seriial number is worth, etc. That way you will know exactly what to ask for when you sell it. Guitars also vary from guitar to guitar depending on the sound, etc. so you might even be able to get more than the regular price. Anyone who knows guitars and sees that one coming could try to deceive you, so make sure you contact Martin.

          • Commodore H. McCringleberry
          • Commodore H. McCringleberry

            I came to that conclusion on your other comment. I’ll call my partner in this whole venture again and discuss it with him. I doubt he’ll want it and he’ll agree to whatever makes sense. It’s kind of an unorthodox situation. A friend of mine had a gigantic sports collection with another giant bunch of other stuff thrown in. At the start, it filled up half the space in a decent sized storage facility (not half of a unit- like half of all of the units in the whole building). He was a bit savant-ish and didn’t trust a whole lot of people, plus he made all of his money inventing things, so he’d get paid usually a huge lump sum once a year and would spend the rest of the year blowing the money on anything and everything, and we’d make sure he was taken care of and his bills were paid until the next check.

            A couple of years ago, he passed away after a fairly long battle with a heart defect, just before his 70th birthday, which sucked. In his will, he left almost everything to his brother with all sorts of stipulations, individual item and categorical bequests to me. He wrote it himself and it was messy, but luckily I’m good friends with his brother, so we just hashed it out among ourselves and shook hands. Because he wrote the will himself, there were issues with wording and every ex-girlfriend, ex-partner, and ex-acquaintance piled on in court trying to get their hands in the pot and it took years for us to fend everyone off.

            I was one of the few people who he showed anything to and we collected stuff together for a long time. The majority of the units are sports memorabilia, but there are units full of Danish furniture, valuable looking Chinese artwork that I have to research still, Persian rugs, random assorted junk from QVC and the Home Shopping Network like whole cases of cheap pocket knives, clothing that had never been worn, a unit entirely stuffed with tools (that was a good day for me), etc. Every unit also has about 10% random stuff- hence the guitar. He was also a bit of a hoarder. Why have an analog coin-op pinball machine, when you can have three? There were multiple jukeboxes, cases of 8 track tapes, a complete 85 Toyota Camry disassembled with chunks in different units, and on and on. Last year, I emptied an entire 10×20 unit stacked floor to ceiling with boxes of magazine back issues. Luckily, he was fastidiously clean, otherwise that could have been a nightmare.

            So, already too long story short, the stuff is in Texas with me and his brother lives in Florida, coming here every few months to help out. Rather than going through the mountain of individual items, we agreed on a split percentage. I go through everything, keep inventory, put aside the objects that either of us want to keep, research what we don’t know about (like guitars), make donations, and liquidate the rest. It’s been two years next month since the court case finished, and I’m about 70% of the way through. It’s been endlessly fascinating. Thanks for the advice!. I’ll do my best to keep it. At minimum, I’ll put it in a safe space and not do anything with it until this project is complete and see where we stand at that point.

            Pics below:

            • Juicer77

              I’m sorry your friend is gone. What an amazing treasure trove he left behind. I hope he took some of those items out and used and enjoyed them sometimes.

            • Kay

              Wow that’s quite a story….I’m glad you were able to hash it out with the brother without much drama…estates can do such weird things to people. It sounds like in some areas, your friend had great taste, so you are on sort of a treasure hunt 🙂
              Pics below are good..that guitar looks absolutely pristine. Don’t let random people pick it up and muck about with it unless it’s someone who is helping establish what it’s worth, because of now you don’t have a single scratch on it. Boy what a find !!

            • TexasBroad

              I’m sorry about the loss of your friend Commodore.
              What a project you have….sounds fun to me. Treasure hunting. 🙂

        • chukicita

          Getting the strings off is easy – just unwind them from the knobs at the top until they get so loose you can gently pull them out from the top. At the guitar bridge, you might need some needlenose pliers to gently pull out a plug and free the bottom part of the string. But it is important to get them off – the tension on the neck is uneven if only some of them are on (and tight), and warping isn’t always visible.

          I really wish they bottled that new guitar smell!

          And YES, go to a mom and pop – preferably one that sells used. Even if you go to a box store, you shouldn’t have to spend more than $125 on a cheap lefty starter. As long as it feels comfortable to you, it’s the right guitar.

          If I were you, though, I’d keep it – at least until you know you don’t want it. It’s probably worth some dough. Check out the serial number here:

    • Kay

      Hang onto that…….Martins only go up in value. The dumbest thing I ever sold was my Martin D 28…I have regretted that for years. Chukita’s right…learn on a 6 string guitar, twelve string guitars are a more advanced thing. Start on a “lefty” guitar, dont play a regular one upside down.

      • Commodore H. McCringleberry

        So, it’s an investment type piece? All sorts of good advice. You all are great. There’s a certain range in sports memorabilia that’s considered “investment quality”, but those items are hard to come by since investment potential is based on rarity rather than condition. I have a pretty big personal collection and only one piece falls into that category- a misprinted 1912 T206 tobacco card. The guy’s name was Magee and they spelled it Magie. Sounds dumb, but its so rare that the value can’t really go down. Thanks for the help! I’ll discuss it with the owner and try to find a safe space for it.

        • Kay

          YES YES YES….a good Martin is very much an investment piece. I bought mine when I was gigging years ago, and it has gone up several times in worth….that’s why I regret selling it. It was a 6 string, 12 string Martins are worth even more. Plus it sounds like it’s in pristine condition. It will only go up in price. I agree with Chukita about taking the strings off…plus keep it in it’s case. If the case is original that’s even better. See what I said downstream about contacting Martin Co. They keep really good records on every guitar manufactured, and can give you good advice as to what it’s worth. It sounds like you have the original warranty and serial number…that is a huge plus as well.

  • EnthralledObserver

    I just realised that Battlefield Earth is the movie version of Brexit. Only think left to do is to exterminate and eject the aliens left in Britain ????

  • Intergalactic Walrus

    And I thought Trump & Clinton were bad candidates! A clam for president? Uh, no thanks.

    • Because at this point whatthefuckever.

    • jazzlover

      Chick must be getting hit up hard.

  • Robert Eckert

    OT: truck assassin in Nice identified as a 31-year-old Tunisian. Tunisia is supposed to be one of the countries with the least extremist influence.

    • Who shot him?

      • Everyone by the end of his run.. The truck was riddled with bullets.

    • YellowSubmarine

      What a sad sad day again…

  • Intergalactic Walrus

    This PR newswire post claims that Narconon’s 40 rehabs graduated 1000 addicts in the last 10 months. If true, that is an average of 2.5 every month at each location. Or 30 a year, per each location. That seems like pretty small potatoes, doesn’t it?

    • JaxNGold

      Yeah, those numbers (if even true) are a joke compared to actual, legitimate, medical rehabs. Every poor soul who suffered through their quackery and niacin-overdosing deserves a medal — and they’re lucky to be alive.

      • I made it 4 times. Do you have a badge for that? (I’m kidding)

  • 0tessa

    Another sad day in France.
    How vulnerable we are.
    Just one violent criminal is enough.

  • Lighthouse

    Here’s to the success of the billboards, in LA and in Clearwater. I hope my son sees the one, too. We’ve not been disconnected but it’s a possibility.

  • OOkpik

    For all those touched by the tragedy at the Bastille Day celebrations in Nice….

    The angels weep.

  • Todd Tomorrow
    • Mymy88

      Love. I grew up in Detroit and boy, this great music was on the radio all of the time. I think I know the words to all these great Motown era songs.

  • DexterSka

    Look at her parents, exploiting the way Scientology exploits people.

  • DexterSka

    Scientology is not a very Lucrative thing. It has only made 2 people rich, and not simultaneously. Unless you’re a lawyer defending the church there is little financial gain to be had from it.

    • Dee Findlay-DeElizabethan

      “The morning of my second day as a PokémonGo-er finds me at the Church of Scientology Pokéstop on Dublin’s Middle Abbey St where I collect an egg to incubate and three Pokéballs which is two less than I am given by Freemasons near the Dail.”