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BILLBOARD UP IN FLORIDA: Scientology ‘disconnection’ on view near Clearwater ‘mecca’

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We just got word from Phil and Willie Jones. Their second “Call Me” billboard just went up in Largo, Florida, bringing attention to Scientology’s “disconnection” policy just a few miles from where the church has its international spiritual “mecca” in the town of Clearwater.

They had previously posted a similar billboard in the Echo Park neighborhood of Los Angeles, and it garnered a huge amount of press interest. The billboard is at the southwest corner of East Bay and 20th St. SE, and faces west.

 
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[What the location looks like on Google Earth]

 
Phil and Willie will be holding a dedication ceremony at this location on Saturday, and we want to hear from you if you go.

We have a feeling that Scientology leader David Miscavige is not happy about this billboard going up near a town that the church bullies at every opportunity. And judging by the last-minute attempts to derail the billboard, we would imagine that Scientologists will be instructed to keep away from this intersection.

And we just got this statement from Phil…

We’re very excited. There are so many people in the Clearwater area who have been affected by Scientology disconnection and I hope this message brings their situation into the public eye. The support for this project has been overwhelming. Love will win out over Scientology’s abusive practice. The official launch is at 11am this coming Saturday and I hope there are lots of people who come out to join us. We’re so happy that Clear Channel stuck by us also. They’ve been terrific. We have some good things coming up. I hope it all culminates in the end of Scientology disconnection.

 
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More details when we get them. In the meantime, please see this morning’s earlier post for a look at the trailer for Louis Theroux’s My Scientology Movie.

 
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3D-UnbreakablePosted by Tony Ortega on July 20, 2016 at 09:05

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Learn about Scientology with our numerous series with experts…

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

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

Our Guide to Alex Gibney’s film ‘Going Clear,’ and our pages about its principal figures…
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  • beauty for ashes

    Um~ Willie is seriously beautiful. Look at that face in natural light. Gorgeous! It’s like you are lit from pure love or something! XOXO

  • order66

    I’d like to repeat what I said the day the first billboard went up:

    To everyone in OSA who might be reading this:
    So how’s your day going?

  • Amazing what kind of information twitter has on people F5

  • Observer
    • daisy

      I agree for once , but the point is? Not exactly profound Krusty.

    • Jimmy3

      Random nonsense breeds a WTF?

    • order66

      Don’t be too proud of yourself, Kirstie. Even a stopped clock is right twice a day.

    • daisy

      It is sad for your children that your idiocy breeds scientologists. ( not a judgement , just sad ) I reserve the right to judge her other matters.

    • Rasha

      no….. no……

    • daisy

      Ridiculous breeds ridicule .

    • Rasha

      …yes, we’ve heard of Scientology. So the opposite is….????

    • beauty for ashes

      there should have been a spaceship in that line of emojis, then this would make more sense. or a blunt 😉

    • Harpoona Frittata

      Kirstie is, of course, one of the invited contestants to the unofficial Shermanspeak contest now underway on Mike’s blog http://www.mikerindersblog.org/maiden-voyage-event-1/#comment-139833 And be sure to check Mike’s blog post from yesterday for additional examples of DM’s ‘Pulitzer-considered’ speech writer’s magisterial command of purple prose

      Torturing the English language is sooo much better than torturing humans, so we encourage all $cilons, exes, never-ins and inside-outs to join in the fun and do your best to do Shermie one better!

      And, who knows, maybe he’ll adapt a few of our best contributions and you’ll have the hilarious good fortune to hear them flowing from Dear Leader’s very own mouth sometime soon;)

    • JaxNGold

      For christ’s sake, Kirstie. Sounds like you’re literally describing the CO$. Will you ever wake the F up?

      • Anony-Lurker

        She never will, the Kool-Aid runs deeply through her veins.

    • Anony-Lurker

      Kirstie is a truly despicable person. If she was asked to speak at the RNC, she do it in a heartbeat, but I suppose she is even more irrelevant than Chachi.

    • Phil McKraken

      Now for the ridicule breeds …! contest. Provide your entries below:

      Ridicule breeds smiles
      Ridicule breeds Red Angus beef
      Ridicule breeds plutonium-239
      Ridicule breeds entheta
      Ridicule breeds Trumpism

  • Phil McKraken

    In light of the Louis Theroux movie, I just noticed that a Youtuber I subscribe to has done a vid analyzing how Louis asks questions and engages subjects in his documentaries. Very smart stuff.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i1uHmRrEvXA

    • beauty for ashes

      Oooh Oooh! I was just watching a doc from a Brit I swear was trying to be Louis Theroux, and failing miserably. And I thought what is it besides devastating charm and deadly good looks that this guy is missing? Now I might get some answers!

  • Holy shit. I just saw the Louie Theroux trailer. I want to see that movie right now.

    • aegerprimo

      Me too! Can’t wait.

      • I will get all blowjobby with Louis if he’ll let me see it.

        • aegerprimo

          I’d love to see you and Louie Theroux engage in an interview.

          • Meh. I’m not nearly as interesting a character as Mary Rathbun, and not nearly as apt a character for the movie he was making. I offered myself to him when he was seeking Scientologists, but he didn’t seem interested and I see why now that I watched the trailer.

            • flyonthewall

              No that wasn’t why. It was bc Louie isn’t gay.

            • Stop being jealous and trying to derail the conversation.

            • flyonthewall

              making jokes is not derailing! “I offered myself to him..but he wasn’t interested” Come on, how could I resist?

            • You know you can’t resist me hence your jealously and subsequent joking and degrading.

            • flyonthewall
            • aegerprimo

              Maybe interviewing a wack-job ex-leader of a dangerous cult who is secretive and as unpredictable as a serial killer (did I just say that?) – for a documentary – is more interesting than interviewing an honest victim ex-member of a dangerous cult who grew up in it and survived and who now helps others survive by speaking out.

              Just sayin’

              (Derek, I think you are an interesting character, and I appreciate all you have done and do in speaking out about the dangerous “Church” of Scientology and the Sea Org….) ♥

              ETA; Tell ya, I have tried to like Marty Rathbun, but I just don’t. I feel sorry for Monique and the baby.

            • Thank you. I might be an interesting character on a small scale, but unfortunately I have no knowledge of Scientology’s “int base” or celebrities or anything like that. Just a simple, boots-on-the-ground kind of story. Folks like us haven’t been getting that much attention, but that will change soon. You’ll see. It will be Scientology’s turn to rue (Tony can take a break from his undoubtedly exhausting rue-tine).

            • TexasBroad

              Derek, your boots on the ground story has been very compelling. In and of itself, but particularly in your telling. You have talent

        • JaxNGold

          Dying!! 😆

        • daisy

          Who are you kidding , you don’t necessarily need to see the movie. Not judging I wouldn’t need to either.

          • If there’s no movie then I demand at least a dinner and introduction.

            • scottmercer

              If you can’t get Theroux then try for his doppelganger Mo Rocca.

  • Wog

    AWESOME SAUCE Phil and Willie Jones. “Doing Something About It” is fun!! VWD!

  • flyonthewall

    ever seen a meth tweaker hunting for Pokemon? Me neither but I’d like to

    • Jimmy3

      can’t see me cuz be I hidin in yo bushes jackin all yo weedles

      • flyonthewall

        …..

    • aegerprimo

      He better not come in my yard.

    • order66

      No, but I once saw a tweaker steal a cash box from Girl Scouts selling their cookies. A pothead would have tried to negotiate a deal.

      • flyonthewall

        that’s bad. i once saw a junkie steal a muffin. He probably traded it for more junk

        • order66

          You have to be a special kind of bad to steal from Girl Scouts. Fortunately nobody was hurt.

        • Fly Lady

          you usurped my Amsterdam junkie muffin story. or I was there at least… or?? who remembers?! the same day we saw the other junkie begging for spare change while gnawing on a turkey leg. what fun.

          • flyonthewall

            why is it only yours? I was there too!

            • Fly Lady

              was that you?? I thought I recognized you. you’re the guy from the train station who got me started smoking coke, right?

            • flyonthewall

              u always knew i was a gypsy whore

            • Fly Lady
            • flyonthewall

              nice job!

      • scottmercer

        A pothead would buy all the cookies.

        • daisy

          EAT all the cookies.

    • Rasha

      ACK! No! I cannot imagine a meth twerker even TRYIN– oh wait…. (re-reads)

      “…tweaker…” Oh. Oh, I see. Okay. Oh, sure! – those are all over the place. Tweakers? Ha! Oh, gawd, yeah. Can’t swing a Mankey without hitting a meth tweaker around here! Hahaha!!

      (quietly sneaks away…)

      • $cnmonkeyrob$

        … can’t swing a what???… oh, wait… …nevermind…:)(ETA: … PS. What’s a “tweaker”?…)[ETA2: PPS … come to that… what’s a “twerker”, too?… ;)]

        • Missionary Kid

          Tweaker is someone high on meth, moving oddly, talking to non-existent people, and divorced from reality. They really are 3′ back of their heads.

        • Robert Eckert
    • outraged

      I have a Poke It Mon go question:
      Don’t laugh at me please – never played the game.

      When someone snatches a pokemon somewhere, let’s say my backyard, does another one reappear in the app for someone else also playing the game? Or is that spot now empty forever.

      • flyonthewall

        can’t help you there, I don’t even have a smart phone

    • Franklin Adams

      I’m surprised I haven’t yet. Albuquerque/Rio Rancho and all.

      Fun fact, the High School that Walter White teaches at in the beginning of Breaking Bad is Rio Rancho High School, my wife’s high school and one of the two that we have.

      They’d shoot after hours and I’m pretty sure she’d graduated by the time they were filming the first season, but it was kind of unreal for her to see it as we were living in Florida at the time she watched the first season.

      Then again, despite our portrayal in Breaking Bad, Heroin’s the real problem here.

  • Susan black

    The trailer for Louis theroux’s movie was awesome. I had to watch it again just to savor the scene of “Dave” getting in Marty’s face and screaming at him. The little one ain’t gonna like this.

  • Jimmy3

    Pam Bondi up next at the RNC

    • aegerprimo

      Did she get her law degree at Trump University?

      • Franklin Adams

        Might as well have. Bondi isn’t the worst Florida AG, she didn’t authorize secession from the Union. But I’m struggling to think of a worse one.

    • Franklin Adams

      And on the Florida taxpayer’s dime no doubt.
      Governor Baldymort spoke yesterday right? How many times did he plead the fifth this time?

  • Jimmy3

    Roger Ailes is texting her right now
    You can hear her phone buzzing

  • Jimmy3

    I’m gonna go soak my head in a warm tub

    • Jimmy3

      Tell my Pokemon I love them. Except for Charmander. Let him know he was always a disappointment.

      • daisy

        Your avatar looks like a sick acorn. The head soak should help. Remember to come up.

        • Jimmy3

          Your avatar looks like my balls when I’m dehydrated. I even put that same hat on them.

          • daisy

            ROAR !! Yes you are right.

            • flyonthewall

              it’s funny cuz it’s true

          • Scott H

            ouch baby, very ouch. good stuff

          • daisy

            Dox or STFU.

  • nottrue

  • iampissed

    Jimmy you were my gray guy soul mate…what have you done!
    Dice hated both of us….OK he didn’t hate me. I took the selfie.
    But he give me grief about gray guy!

  • Fly Lady

    Today, I was casually binge-watching youtube videos and came across this little gem. It made me think of all of you… you’ll know why. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vDhyrkMlvnI&t=0m40s

    • daisy

      Psst Fly- explain your wife*s video. I don’t get why ? Don’t tell her. I don’t want her to know I am stupid just yet.

      • Fly Lady

        This is me not him?

        • daisy

          Well I did mention the stupid thing.

          • Ella Raitch

            Yeah – I just read your comment, shook my head and thought ‘too late!’

            • Fly Lady

              Fly tells me you are the one responsible for our watching stranger things… thanks for the recommendation. we are liking it so far.

            • Ella Raitch

              Oh awesome! Yes, it was quite a ride, especially for a child of the ’80’s like myself! And just when I think I have run out of things to watch, I see Mr Robot is back on. I will also take Fly’s recommendation and watch Making of a Murderer

    • Baby

      OH MY GAWD.. HAHAHHAHA Fly Lady.. hilarious.

      • ExCult.Jan

        She lives!

  • Franklin Adams

    I’m amazed that Clear Channel had the guts to do this. Good for them. And that’s saying something coming from me, except for them donating large amounts of time on their radio stations for the National Flood Insurance Program’s advertisements, and some of Ready.gov’s PSAs, as well as for other preparedness programs like ShakeOut! and Cascadia Rising, I tend to not have much good to say about them and I believe they only do that now to try to make up for not having anyone physically in North Dakota, despite owning most of the radio stations in Minot. During a train derailment/HAZMAT incident it took them several hours to say anything about and that people could have easily been killed during it. And this isn’t going into their censorship, use of paid shills, or the topic of media consolidation in general.

    And good for Phil and Willie, I certainly hope that their campaign winds up getting through to their kids and the we see a reunited family at some point in the near future.

    This is one of the times that I wish I had Larry Ellison or Warren Buffett levels of money, because I’d donate enough to get a billboard up in every city with even something as small as a mission.

    • Bobby Tolberto aka TDA

      They’re trying to reinvent themselves as iHeart radio, with their own apps for streaming, and experiments like a comedy radio station now playing @ AM 800 out of Bakersfield, CA.

    • scottmercer

      Their radio business is dragging down the company due to declining ad revenue, and I have read that the billboard business is the only part of the company that remains profitable.

      • Missionary Kid

        The expensive contract with Rush Limbaugh, with declining revenues from his show have hurt Clear Channel.

  • Fly Lady

    This one did too, but for different reasons! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qjklfGi6aC0

    • $cnmonkeyrob$

      Naughty Mrs. Fly… :)… carry on!…

      • Baby

        MONKEY!!

        • iampissed

          BABY….how ya doing!

          • Baby

            Getting better.. xo

            • iampissed

              XO to you to

            • Baby

              Thanks pissed.. I need it. I feel so discombobulated .

        • $cnmonkeyrob$

          BABY!!!(many hugs)Sorry to hear you’re not too peachy at the moment… hope doc says you’re good for the CW dedication…(sorry, been lurking for a while recovering from Cleveland!)

          • daisy

            I am sorry Monkey I thought you have been here.

            • $cnmonkeyrob$

              (I have, it’s just that I count upvoting as lurking 🙂 )

          • Baby

            I will have to wear a MOO MOO when I go.. The steroids have put on so much weight and my stomach is so distended. But I’m past caring how I look. I just want to feel 100% again.

            God I sound like such a hypochondriac..I can’t stand it. These past years have been a real bitch.

            • Dibythesea

              I know exactly what you are talking about with the steroids and weight gain. The steroids help my back but the weight gain hurts my back so damned if I do.
              Hope you get relief soon

            • Baby

              HI Di.. OMG ridiculous.. and my sternum hurts so bad I can’t wear a bra.. I’ve been going to the hospital without one and I don’t even give a shit..

              Thanks boo.. xoxo

            • Vaquera

              You can’t wear a bra? Thank goodness for silver linings! mwah!

            • Snippy_X

              Well then maybe we’ll all wear Moo Moo’s. It could be a thing.

          • Dibythesea

            Did we have too much fun in Cleveland Monkey?
            Yes we did! Miss you!
            HowdyCon 2017 Denver or Bust

            • $cnmonkeyrob$

              We had a fantastic time, monkey got all partied out… thank you 🙂 (saving up already for Denver!)

            • Jenyfurrrrr

              Where’ve you been? Haven’t seen you comment much lately, but saw your up-vote and came to say hi… “HI!!!” 😋 Glad to hear you’ll be in Denver next year – I will NOT be missing it next year so I finally can meet you guys in person! Hope all’s well w/you!!!

            • $cnmonkeyrob$

              monkey is more by nature a lurker than anything else 🙂 “Hi!” *waves* All good in Englandshire, keeping busy 🙂 (going to take a lot of saving, so probably won’t know until quite close whether I’ll make it or not… again! {wasn’t certain until 6 weeks before Cleveland})

            • Jenyfurrrrr

              Totally understand that one! I’d thought I was making Cleveland until about 6wks before. Denver’s much closer though and I have friends out there so it’ll be much easier to pull off! *Waves back* and busy in Englandshire is always good! 😋 Take care!

            • Baby

              OMG yes.. You know I will be there! I love you guys.

            • Franklin Adams

              Hell, I drive to Colorado all the time. Some of my Army buddies that are still in are at Fort Carson and a good friend of mine from my music days owns a label and promotion company in Colorado Springs. I’d definitely be there for that. Just couldn’t get up to Ohio this time.

    • Baby

      OMG.. hahahah BITCH ..like every other word

  • Baby

    I have a Dr.’s appointment on Thurs. ( I have gone daily) He will let me know whether or not he will give me permission to go to Clearwater for dedication. Monitoring Heart Rhythms ( irregular ) Kidney infection and ulcer..

    OMG.. But right now.. I see the light at the end of tunnel. My back spasms have decreased.. sternum still tender .. etc…. but today is Wed. and in 2 days I should be good to go..

    So I am excited to support Willie and Phil..and my bunker buddies. Love baby f5

    • daisy

      So glad you are feeling better. Keep resting and don’t over do.

      • Baby

        I have been sleeping around the clock Daisy.. I have alarms set for all 4 medications I have to take to counter attack the Gawd awful Ciproflaxacin ..

        When I get organized I am going to join a Class Action Suit against this Drug. I pray that it isn’t permanent damage. So many lives have been ruined by it.

        • Franklin Adams

          Let me know where to sign up. I blew my PCL and ACL because of it, after having that same joint damaged to the point I got put out of the Army over it.

          • Baby

            OMG Franklin I will. It is so dangerous.. and yes the tendon damage is absolutely ridiculous.. I should NEVER have been given it..

            You are NOT supposed to take it with steroids and I was given Dexamethasone4 and Prednisone.. with the Cipro..500mg..

            Kidney damage.. and heart.. and joints.. DEVASTATING ..
            http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2015/07/23/devastating-and-surprising-side-effects-of-ciprofloxacin-cipro/

            ” I work in a dialysis clinic and several years ago had a young man in his early twenties who had taken Cipro and ended up on dialysis as the medicine caused irreversible kidney failure.” Janet ( a comment)

            • Franklin Adams

              The only person I know who didn’t have issues from it (and its the antibiotic of choice in AMEDD’s medical system for Soldiers) is my mother. There are much less dangerous quinolones out there, but getting them prescribed is difficult in a lot of cases,

        • Cedilla

          “I have been sleeping around”
          What?

          • Robert Eckert

            She’s been sleeping around with a clock, apparently. Tick Tock, Daisy.

          • Baby

            ha Ced.. Only you..ha

    • Franklin Adams

      I’ve been dealing with some health issues myself lately Baby (bilateral kidney stones that I’m going to have to have surgically removed, a herniated disc from trying to be superman in the backyard, and a broken metatarsal bone from having a truck being driven by one of the Forest Service firefighters run over my foot during a functional exercise in early June with the city Community Emergency Response Team, Sandoval County Volunteer Rural Fire Department, State Defense Forces, USFS, and NM Army National Guard, fun stuff). One of the reasons I’ve been kind of a stranger around here for a couple of months aside from it being exercise season. I hope you get permission and feel better of course. Sending love and prayers your way my friend.

      • daisy

        OMG , thank you for your service. Hope you heal soon. It is too bad you need surgery for those stones , still probably less painful than passing them,

        • Franklin Adams

          Well, I’m not in the Army anymore and I was never in the Guard. I might join the NM State Defense Forces to get an Emergency Management qualification you can’t get otherwise (the MEMS Badge) which would be beneficial as one of my duties is liason to the Defense Support for Civil Authorities function, but since I’m employed in the field, I’m not sure that I can.

          I was an Active Duty multimode signals intelligence collector (my avatar is my Brigade’s shoulder sleeve insignia even) and an Army Reserve career counselor in a Route Clearance unit (as well as Individual Ready Reserve, but anyone who leaves the Active duty Army, doesn’t take a Reserve or National Guard contract to finish and isn’t on the Total Disability Retired List is automatically in the Individual Ready Reserve until their 8 year Military Service Obligation is up). You can stay in the active component for all 8 years and not have a reserve commitment also, or do 8 years in a reserve component and never have to be in the Individual Ready Reserve at all. Everyone enlists for 8 years with some time in the Active Component and some in a reserve component. Its usually 4 and 4, sometimes 6 and 2, very rarely all 8) but you’re welcome regardless.

          I’m just an Emergency Manager nowadays. Its still public service, and I love my career but its not as “sexy” as being a first responder or guardsman.

          And oh yeah, the surgery’s easy. Its just a small incision. But I’m waiting til after exercise season and fire season are over because I don’t have time for it right now.

          • Free Minds, Free Hearts

            Thank you for all you have done and are still doing And cool to know about your avatar.

            • Franklin Adams

              Its 470th Military Intelligence Brigade’s.

              The symbology behind it is that Silver Grey and Oriental Blue are the MI Branch’s colors dating back to World War , and the way they’re laid out is to suggest the Panama Canal, as the Brigade was originally stood up in the Panama Canal Zone. The Griffin is the guardian of secrets, especially in regard to communication and the black coloring represents secrecy as well as the danger inherent in our work.

              Yeah I still remember all that. Pretty sure it was a question on the Sergeant’s promotion board interview,

            • Free Minds, Free Hearts

              Very cool.

      • Baby

        Good Lord Franklin.. OUCH.. I am so sorry you are going through that. The truck running over your foot ..OMG I am getting chills.

        I have a brain tumor that was diagnosed in 2009 ( Pineal gland ) and I have Left side weakness. I have just learned to live with being unsteady and running into doors.. It’s actually funny.

        When I went to the Dr. and he gave me that Ciproflaxacin July 5th my life turned upside down.

        My husband Mac said that all the color drained from me and my eyes were vapid. The symptoms are very scary. I wouldn’t wish them on anyone.

        Thank you honey.. fingers crossed.. He said that it was a 50-50 shot when I asked him if I could go out of town. He’s worried about me driving for 3 hrs.

        Sending love and prayers to you too Franklin.. You get fixed Mr. and thank you for such great service to the community.. love baby

        • Franklin Adams

          I’ll be fine but thank you of course.

          The surgery for the stones is easy, one week ill do one side, and two weeks later I’ll do the other, its outpatient. I’ve had Kidney stones since I was 14 and they usually pass without too much difficulty or pain (though I have a very high pain tolerance, so its likely really bad). They’re just too big to pass this time.

          And fortunately the bone wasn’t shattered, so no pins or anything, Just having to try and keep off of it, til it heals, which is hard with a very active 4 year old.

          • Baby

            Well.. GET ‘er done Mr. awww a 4 year old.. I love that age.. Tries to be big boy/girl but still so much baby in her/him..

        • MadisonAgain

          Ciprofloxacin can make you crazy! I’m so sorry this is happening. Sending healing thoughts!

          • Baby

            Maddie.. absolutely crazy.. xo thank you

        • Allie

          Many hugs to you, Baby. I’m sorry you’re having such difficult health issues.
          Get rest and keep a positive attitude. Sending prayers, hugs & love.

          • Baby

            Thanks Allie..xo

      • Free Minds, Free Hearts

        Ouch, you had better take care of yourself, young man!

    • Kestrel

      I love good news at the end of the day, and this is great news! Take care of yourself, Baby.

      • Baby

        Thanks Kes.. It is good news. A week ago I thought that I would never feel even this good again.. xo

        • Kestrel

          Hugs … when you’re 100%.

          • Baby

            You are so sweet Kes.. xo

    • Dibythesea

      Sending love and hugs to you Baby!😗😗😗😗

      Get well soon:)

      • Baby

        I need love and hugs.. I have been so down..thanks Di.. OK tears now..

        • Snippy_X

          Aw Baby, you’ll be well soon. XOXOX

    • Rasha

      SHNUGGLES! Some rockin’ Zen for ya. Full screen, Headphones on. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q6T0wOMsNrI&list=PL1WVPoc9631XEHtiNvBSst3REv88Rg6L_

      • Baby

        This is nice Rashie.. thank you.. I’m going to lay down in a minute and will listen to it.. xo

    • dungeon master

      I think my ulcer is acting up in sympathy with your ulcer..

    • Free Minds, Free Hearts

      Well rest yourself up as you try to get ready to go, but don’t push yourself too hard.

    • Jenyfurrrrr

      Hope you are able to go, Lovely Baby! But if not, I hope you LISTEN and continue to get better and heal. Thankful to hear that things are abating a bit so you’re not in constant excruciating pain!
      Love and laughter to you!

      • Baby

        thanks Jen.. xo

  • daisy

    OT – When did being politically correct become a bad thing ? The Trump boys are a chip off the old block , Trump hair the original oiliness table. The ability to blow smoke up their own asses is truly amazing. He must have forgotten killing of endangered species. A real pillar of society entitled orange smurfette. He says – Dad you are my example. True.

    • Franklin Adams

      Its not unless you use it to suppress viewpoints that you don’t like.

      There’s a lot of that going on. But what Trump and Co. refer to as being politically correct is not that at all, its a demand for civility and they have a really hard time with that.

      I have an issue with any tactic used to stifle someone else’s opinions (even if they’re facually incorrect, offensive or dishonest), but asking for a minimum level of respect and civility in speech and writing is not a bad thing at all.

  • Baby

    Night good people.. gotta lay down.. xoxo baby

    • Kim O’Brien

      snuggles , hugs , and nite nite punkin . feel better

      • Baby

        Thanks sweet Kim.. I can’t wait to go to the Dr. tomorrow.. I will tell him it is a 3 hr. drive but I will stop every hour.. and I will not push myself .. and once I get there I have my buddies who will take care of me.

        and a Hospital close by if I need one.. blah, blah.. love you.. baby.. night..xo

        • MadisonAgain

          Love you, Baby! Hope you feel better soon and sweet sleep tonight 💜

        • Cedilla

          Baby, you’re not driving yourself?

          • Baby

            heading to Dr. now.. Oh Ced.. yes. by myself… Mac is working…I promise I will monitor closely..and be attuned to my symptoms.

    • Franklin Adams

      Again, feel better. And don’t push yourself too hard.

    • daisy

      Hugs after your kidneys have healed.

    • SarahDB

      Xoxo Baby! *tucks you in*

      • Baby

        xo thanks honi

  • Intergalactic Walrus

    This Thetan-A-Way infomercial is so stupid. Yet it does make more sense than anything LRH came up with, so I’m torn… 🙂
    https://youtu.be/mczxXwrJSCw

  • Intergalactic Walrus

    WTF is “video-grahpy”? The Pasadena Org is looking to hire a graphic designer: https://www.workpop.com/jobs/3bJeNG7kxLB73WAaW

    “The TEAM is young hip and think for themselves… ”

    “This is not a typical corporate environment. Most every one is a rebel of some sort yet dedicated to a greater cause…

    “…tired of the hum-drum of existing and you want a real challenge right in your own back yard, come and see me…”

    “Staff members are constantly learning (training is mandatory) about themselves and the posts of an organization. You can achieve things you might not have even thought possible. ”
    (refresh)

    • Intergalactic Walrus

      The clams should realize that even if a wog’s “ruin” is unemployment, very few (if any) are stupid enough to jump at a CO$ job. The clams aren’t hip, they are a joke…
      (refresh)

  • daisy

    I have got to stop watching the RNC , it is triggering my benzo cravings. They keep saying Trump never quits, except Trump water, Trump steaks , Trump Plaza casino, Trump the game , Trump Magazines., Trump Airlines……

    • Franklin Adams

      Trump never quits being an uniformed, racist, misogynistic moron. He also didn’t quit trying to seek a gaming permit from the Nevada Gaming Commission until they told him in no uncertain terms that they would never approve his application due to his 11 bankruptcies.

      But look at it this way, there was a political party called the Whigs that faced the same sort of situation the Republicans do now (changing demographics and social mores mostly), and a faction inside of them formed around nativism and populism called the Know-Nothings. Within four years of the Know-Nothing takeover of the Whigs, they ceased to exist as anything like the coherent political force they had been. The GOP is heading for the same thing, and they’re acting the same way. You cannot win a general election without the Hispanic and Bachelor’s Degree holding female vote anymore.

      I’m not much on Hilary Clinton either, because she represents more of the same dysfunction and disconnection from the common people that isn’t doing anyone any good, though a lot of it is as a result of congress on both sides of the aisle being so blindly partisan that nothing is getting done. I’ll likely vote for Gary Johnson because people around here say he was the best Governor we had during the modern era, but I’d still take her over Trump any day of the week.

      • daisy

        My criticism of Trump is not approval for Hilary. I just think she would listen to advisors. This Cheeto is a loose cannon. I have a real problem with his thin skin , and how he lashes out to critics. He reminds me of Hubbard.

        • Franklin Adams

          Yeah of course she would, she’s a professional politician and has experience running one of the most complex cabinet departments (DoD and DHS are the most complex at least from personal observation and experience working for or with both) in the executive branch where you have to listen to your subordinates all the time.

          He reminds me of Hubbard as well with a lot of the same bad personality traits.
          I didn’t like him from the get go, after the whole Birther idiocy with regard to Obama and a misunderstanding about Birth Certificates being copies, I thought he was stupid. After the whole getting his foreign policy advice from “the shows” thing I was convinced that he’s not only stupid, but proud of the fact. But then again, I’m one of those elitists with a degree and I’m working towards a graduate degree. And to make it worse, I’m a “lazy” Government employee in my Ivory tower.

        • America has survived dunces, scoundrels and crooks before. I don’t think it could survive four years of a nutcase like Trump without major damage, including much collateral damage to friends.

          • daisy

            I would stay away from Rosie if he were elected. He never forgets a slight . He really is a narcissist nutcase. Who would have thought Ted Cruz is a moderate in comparison.

          • Anony-Lurker

            I don’t for a second believe Trump would ever win, however it’s interesting to speculate what a Trump presidency would be like, “A Handmaid’s Tale” by Atwood comes to mind.
            Or Christie as Attorney General, Carson as Surgeon General, Donald Jr as Secretary of State and Hope Hick’s in the Press room.

            Katrina Pierson would be in charge of keeping the White House Harem staffed and ready!

        • SarahDB

          Both narcissists! I read something yesterday about how narcissists’ self esteem swings from extreme lows to highs which is why any perceived attack is met with such vitriol for that wounded ego.

    • Robert Eckert

      He does actually give up, and he lets you down, and he runs around and deserts you
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9KtzdP7mR-4

    • Anony-Lurker

      Daisy, the RNC is theater, nothing more, one big show…very much like professional wrestling and difficult to take seriously.

      • daisy

        I agree. I usually watch US politics with bemusement , I have no idea why it is pissing me off tonight. It bothers me seeing that many people supporting him. I sometimes get mad at active scientologists who refuse to examine the facts too. This weekend a very good friend of mine said she would support Trump ( if she lived in the states ) That bothered me on a personal level

        • Anony-Lurker

          It pisses me off because it’s so damned crude and ugly and bombastic with the audience in ecstatic waves of passion. It kind of reminds me of one of those cult religion things that headquarters in Clearwater.

          It really shows the hateful and evil underbelly of the U.S.!

          • daisy

            Exactly , it is the hateful nature of this race. It kinda reminds me of Nazi*s rallies and fundamental religions.

            • Anony-Lurker

              Well some say Hitler’s slogan was: “Make Germany Great Again” but there is no proof for that and anyway Hitler’s speeches were filled with details of each of his policies, something Trump has yet to do (and probably never will).

              They both manipulate emotion with lies and rhetoric for their own gains.
              Just horrible!

            • InterestedObserver12

              All due respect, young ‘uns, but this must be the first time you’ve watched a U.S. presidential primary. The current RNC convention is rather subdued in my experience (watched the ’60 convention squashed between my parents on the couch). Don’t miss the DNC convention next week. Same shit, different day.

            • dchoiceisalwaysrs

              Mais Oui. Zoos have been around a long time. I went to the one on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Canada in July 1969. Bunch of Monkeys throwing insults across the aisle at each other.

            • 0tessa

              Deutschland uber alles!

    • ReallyMGM

      Years ago Comedy Central had nightly live coverage of BOTH of the conventions. I have never laughed so hard in my life. The corespondents were so funny, chasing the other news network’s “stars,” running amuck w/ drunken reporting. It was priceless and I have never been able to watch a political convention again. CC still covered the conventions, but it pales in comparison to that first year!

      • daisy

        I am enjoying the late night comics coverage of the whole race. Our late Rob Ford had more dignity than the players in this race.

    • Ella Raitch

      I deliberately avoid politics because it tends to feed anger and depression in me, but have made in exception in the last couple of days. The big T actually has me feeling sorry for small c conservatives …..

      • Douglas D. Douglas

        Thank you.

        The horror… the horror…

        • Ella Raitch

          You deserve better…

      • daisy

        This is not politics , it is a theater of the absurd. I have so much more respect for the conservative party . The ones who boycotted the convention . I never thought I would utter the words , I admire Ted Cruz

    • ithilien

      Trump the husband

  • daisy

    PPP

  • Intergalactic Walrus

    This is interesting and makes me wonder if Hubbard’s takeover of Clearwater would have been possible with the internet around. http://www.bloomberg.com/features/2016-newvistas-mormon-utopia/
    (refresh)

    • Robert Eckert

      At first, they were wanting to do this in upstate New York, around Palmyra where Joseph Smith was originally from. A friend of mine is from a family that has been there forever, and says that his crotchety dad told the Mormon who wanted to buy his land, “We are the people who BURNED YOU OUT, and we’d do it again!”

  • TexasBroad

    I can’t wait for My Scientology Movie!!! Do you think Mascavige has seen it yet?

  • MaxSpaceman

    OT

    Kitten getting bathed.

  • Qbird

    What’s going on ~ https://youtu.be/JEp7QrOBxyQ

    • Kay

      Love this !

  • ReallyMGM

    So happy for Willie and Phil! They are super heroes for their fight for all disconnected families who have lost loved ones to this insidious organization. I only wish I could donate $$ for the cause, but incredible medical bills (even though we have health insurance) has us strapped. All I can say is I support you in every other way I can. My bumper sticker is on my car at every event I attend to spread the message!

    I’ve mentioned my husband’s 8 year battle with dilated cardiomyopathy before, but he also has an aortic aneurysm where the aorta accents into in his heart. While his wonderful cardiologist calls him “her miracle” regarding his improvement after almost dying of the cardiomyopathy (his original ejection fraction was 15 and is now holding steady at 45-50), the discovery of the aneurysm and eventual surgery hangs over us heavily. He undergoes echocardiograms and CT scans regularly to monitor it for leakage and possible dissection.

    As much as I wished to attend HowdyCon, it just wasn’t possible. Maybe Denver….
    I don’t know why I am sharing this here, but I’ll freely admit it this scares the shit out of me and tonight I’m feeling it.

    • UhLasare

      (((((Hugs)))))

      • ReallyMGM

        Ty 😊

        • FredEX2

          {{hugs}} and prayers.

    • UhLasare

      Praying for him now.

    • Ella Raitch

      I get it. Some days in the Bunker a success story can be cathartic when other stuff is happening in real life. Your family is your priority.

    • Draco

      So sorry for your hubby’s health problems, MGM. that is really scary 🙁
      Hugs to both of you. You guys just concentrate on getting him better – from the looks of things, Howdycon will be around for a while. xxx

    • OOkpik

      Sending (((hugs))) your way, sweetheart.
      I wish it could be funds too.

      • ReallyMGM

        Thanks for hugs. Those all that are needed. 🙂

    • MadisonAgain

      Sending hugs, too, and healing thoughts.

  • Intergalactic Walrus

    Calling all CLAMS! :O
    (refresh)

    • Draco

      $1,000 – from a billionaire – “A $1,000 gift was given in 2006 to a “controversial Scientology program that administered treatment to firemen who inhaled toxins while working on the World Trade Center pile” known as the New York Rescue Workers Detoxification Project,”
      Hardly breaking news, it happened 10 years ago! The clams are really reaching with this one. Or are they trying to schmooze him? Pathetic.

  • Jack99

    Why isn’t Kirstie Alley in Cleveland, praising Trump? They didn’t ask her?

    • Missionary Kid

      She doesn’t have the star power of Scott Baio.

      • Douglas D. Douglas

        You took the words right out of my mouth!

        • Missionary Kid

          GMTA.

    • Douglas D. Douglas

      She’s not mean and hateful enough for the Trump-fest.

  • Howard Roark

    Not only digital ‘attention’ sign over street traffic at left to draw driver eye attention to “Call Me” billboard at right but the billboard pole stanchion itself is bored into the parking lot of a German restaurant [google maps]/
    https://www.google.com/maps/@27.916527,-82.766831,3a,37.5y,185.25h,90t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1s_cG0NACdGPDB7rwRjSER3g!2e0!7i13312!8i6656

    “Jagerstuble” German restaurant Largo Florida “reviews and photos”/
    https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g34379-d7893261-Reviews-Jagerstuble-Largo_Florida.html

    Great reviews/ [5 stars]/
    “If you want authentic German then this is the place. Split in half – one side is a deli open during the day and the other a cozy restaurant seating about 25 people maximum. Reservations are highly recommended. Food was great with generous portions sure to fill any hunger. Husband and wife (owners) are the chefs and prepare everything fresh…”

    So one not only gets to see the “Call Me” billboard while driving but can pull over right underneath it for some great German cuisine. I’ve all of a sudden become hungry for some bratwurst and sauerkraut! Well done to Phil and Willie Jones..;)

  • Bob

    Fantastic, Willie and Phil. Up with “Call me” and down with disconnection. Scientology the cherch that welcomes all. NOT.