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XENU VICTORIOUS: Scientology bamboozles USA Today to help it fight the ‘evil psychs’

 
You really have to hand it to Scientology. It just never gives up.

Sure, the church may be shrinking and on a collision course with oblivion, but the people who remain after all the theetie weetie dilettantes have been chased off are hardcore fanatics, and church leader David Miscavige has them pushing Scientology’s sneaky front groups in all kinds of directions and with all kinds of clever efforts at subterfuge.

One of our eagle-eyed tipsters noticed a very subtle and successful new move by someone we’ve told you about before. He’s Kenneth Kramer, a private investigator who helps Scientology agitate against the psychiatric profession, which L. Ron Hubbard hated with a passion. Even today, as it dwindles, the church believes that it’s on a mission to destroy the psychiatric profession utterly.

Yes, the entire industry. David Miscavige himself said in a speech at one of Scientology’s big international events that the church’s operatives had “booby-trapped” the entire psychiatric profession and were going to blow it up so Scientology could replace it.

It’s a lot of hogwash, of course. But Scientology’s most unhinged front group, the Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR) does what it can to demonize the psychiatric profession. In Los Angeles it operates a Sunset Boulevard house of horrors, the “Psychiatry: An Industry of Death Museum,” where it makes the bogus claim that the Holocaust was caused not by Adolf Hitler and his maniacal antisemitism but by psychiatrists. (CCHR is less talkative about L. Ron Hubbard’s claims that psychiatrists originally come from the planet Farsec and have been sabotaging us with damaging mental implants for trillions of years.)

Kramer’s role as a private investigator is to track down records of psychiatrists who have been disciplined or jailed. He runs a website, psychsearch.net, where you can report your local “psych,” and where Kramer posts news of psychiatrists behaving badly. Last year, he posted stories about approximately 90 psychiatrists around the world who had been convicted of everything from alcohol abuse to fraud to sexual assault and even to murder.

If that sounds like a lot, it might be important to keep in mind that there are about 50,000 psychiatrists working just in the United States, which has been described as a severe shortage in recent studies. (Also, in that earlier story, we noted that Ken had some pretty interesting ideas about what ails the psychiatric profession.)

Anyway, the last time we wrote about Kramer, we had sent him a message asking about his announcement to expand his database into Canada. But now, he’s celebrating a new victory.

On March 13 — which just happened to be the birthday of L. Ron Hubbard — Kramer managed to place an article at USA Today!

Identifying Kramer as a columnist, the piece was about what a good thing public government records are. And we agree! We couldn’t do our job otherwise. We completely agree with the sentiment of Ken’s column, that it’s crucial to our democracy that citizens can get their hands on documents in the government’s possession.

And Ken was super smooth. In his entire column, this was his only reference to his usual hobby horse: “You can find out if a psychiatrist was ever disciplined for sexual misconduct, substance abuse or has a record of overdrugging children.”

So we sent him a message because we wanted to know, does this mean that he’s going to be writing regularly for USA Today? And will he be using that position to write more openly about his passion for the psychiatric profession, and his connection to the Church of Scientology?

We’ll let you know if he gets back to us. But for now, we have to hand it to Ken. He really scored one for Xenu’s team this time. We sense a Freedom Medal in his future.

 
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Student film gets East Grinstead Council riled up

A few days ago, several of our correspondents forwarded to us a short student film that had been made about East Grinstead, the English town where Scientology’s UK headquarters is located at Saint Hill Manor, where L. Ron Hubbard lived from 1959 to 1967.

We thought it was a very well put together video. The students who shot and edited it clearly had excellent skills as filmmakers. We did have a few concerns about how Scientology was characterized and some of the conclusions that the film came to, and so we decided not to write anything about it here. But it still had a very legitimate central thesis: How much influence does Scientology have on the leaders of the local town?

That question turned out to rile up the council itself, which denied that it was too friendly to Scientology at a public meeting on Monday, which the Surrey Mirror reported on.

But then the council proceeded to explain why the students were, in fact, asking exactly the right questions.

In the film, for example, ex-Scientologist Stephen Jones shows the filmmakers where Scientologists had planted trees next to the road that faces the entrance to Saint Hill Manor. Planting the trees there was purely strategic — they block off the verge on the side of the road where protestors might stand. With the trees in the way, protestors would have to stand in the roadway itself and face arrest (or injury).

Asked about that the questions in the film the East Grinstead Council on Monday gave the most pathetic response imaginable. Yes, they admitted, the Church of Scientology had unilaterally cut down trees for a carpark last year without permission, and then applied for permission after the fact, which is what Scientology often does (and usually gets away with). The town council indicated that it had rejected the church’s plan in September 2016 and again in January 2017, but that it still required “a further recommendation for refusal and is now waiting to be scrutinised again at the district council before a final decision is reached.”

Yeah, real terrors they are. In the meantime, Scientology gets what it wants, and continues to ply the councillors with charity donations, which the council defended because Scientology is one of the largest entities in town. (Our readers in England point out that the town council on its own can only make recommendations, and that it’s the responsibility of district councils to take action on planning matters. So we’ll cut the town some slack on that until we learn more.)

In other words, the questions the students were raising were spot on. But alas, the video itself has been taken down, whether from legal threats by the town or by the church, we don’t know. If you know the students who made the film, tell them we’d like to hear about it.

Until then, East Grinstead will continue to stand up to the Church of Scientology with impressive fortitude.

 
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David Miscavige ups the ante in Clearwater game of brinksmanship

Another excellent report from Tampa Bay Times reporter Tracey McManus revealed yesterday that David Miscavige has upped the Church of Scientology’s offer for a plot of land in downtown Clearwater to $15 million, even though the current owner — an aquarium company — plans to sell the parcel to the city for $4.25 million, which is what the land has been assessed at.

The aquarium still says it’s committed to selling the parcel to the city, pending a vote by the city council. Why is the aquarium — which is trying to raise money for its own expansion elsewhere — turning its nose up at such a huge amount of cash? And why is David Miscavige so determined to get his hands on the parcel that he’s willing to pay so much over market value?

The parcel is right next to Scientology’s Fort Harrison Hotel, the most holy location in the “Flag Land Base” that makes up Scientology’s presence in downtown Clearwater. It’s also adjacent to another hotel that the church owns, the Oak Cove. Miscavige has told the city that he wants the land so he can build a swimming pool for visiting Scientologists while they’re in town.

A swimming pool. Visiting Scientologists are under so much pressure to be interrogated and fleeced while they’re going through the vaunted upper level secret rituals of the Flag Land Base, none of them has time for swimming. So why does Miscavige really want the land so bad? And why won’t the aquarium sell to him?

Well, keep in mind that the aquarium owns that piece of property because at one time it had grand plans to move from its current location near the beach to that downtown plot. But who ruined that plan? That’s right — it was David Miscavige and the Church of Scientology, working behind the scenes, that reportedly made that project fall apart, and that’s why the company is now selling the land it once had such great plans for. So maybe it’s no wonder that the aquarium company is in no mood to do business with the church.

As for Miscavige, we asked former Scientology spokesman Mike Rinder if the church leader is mostly concerned with simply keeping control of the area.

“I have said repeatedly – Miscavige wants to keep wogs away,” Rinder says, using the Scientology slang term for non-Scientologists. “He looks at this as a long term proposition. $15 or $20 million is nothing in the overall scheme of things for Scientology. They have hundreds of millions invested in those properties. What if someone built a condo there that overlooks the Fort Harrison and Oak Cove and all those prying wog eyes are watching, 24/7. Catastrophe. So, no price is too high for him and he is going to try to put pressure on the aquarium to do the ‘right thing’ to benefit the aquarium and its cause.”

It’s quite a tug of war. And as Scientology continues to dwindle in the rest of the world, it’s becoming clear that Miscavige is putting more and more emphasis on Clearwater as the church’s most important location. As we told the NY Post recently, for some time now it’s felt to us like Clearwater is where Miscavige knows that the church will be making a final stand of sorts. And that’s why control over its downtown area is so crucial to him.

Now, can he spoil the city’s deal for the parcel? It’s great drama, isn’t it?

 
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Countdown to Denver!

 

 
HowdyCon 2017: Denver, June 23-25. Go here to start making your plans.

 
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Scientology disconnection, a reminder

Bernie Headley has not seen his daughter Stephanie in 4,713 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 1,816 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 2,310 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 1,350 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy in 1,062 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 588 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 4,677 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 1,817 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 2,137 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 2,112 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 468 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin in 4,770 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 877 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis for 1,279 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 1,152 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 733 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike in 1,238 days.
Mary Jane Sterne has not seen her daughter Samantha in 1,482 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 12,591 days.

 
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3D-UnbreakablePosted by Tony Ortega on April 7, 2017 at 07:00

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The Best of the Underground Bunker, 1995-2016 Just starting out here? We’ve picked out the most important stories we’ve covered here at the Undergound Bunker (2012-2016), The Village Voice (2008-2012), New Times Los Angeles (1999-2002) and the Phoenix New Times (1995-1999)

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
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  • dagobarbz, fine Italian shoes

    It seems Clearwater and East Grinstead are both “not controlled” by Scientology.

  • Harpoona Frittata

    “…as Scientology continues to dwindle in the rest of the world, it’s
    becoming clear that Miscavige is putting more and more emphasis on
    Clearwater as the church’s most important location…where Miscavige knows that the church will be making a final stand of sorts.”

    The good citizens of Clearwater need to understand that by concentrating $cilon forces in their fair city, lil davey has put that completely undefended city directly in the cross-hairs of the long-overdue Marcabian space alien invasion that Elron warned us was sure to be coming our way.

    Unless all these Oatee $cilons can finally get their super powered postulates to work a whole lot better than they do now (and NO, finding parking places WILL NOT DO IT HERE!), it’s going to be a total massacre, with dead and vaporized Scilons and innocent local residents everywhere.

    Sure, it could all be completely made-up, sci fi nonsense, but the $cilons completely believe it as their Gospel. So, by turning Clearwater into the cult’s world-wide HQ, they’re putting every non-$cilon within the blast radius of the Marcabian’s weapons at dire risk! No amount of cult cash is enough to make up for that!

    For that reason, voting against any expansion plan the cult puts forward is a vote to keep the community safe from space invaders!

  • flyonthewall

    I never understood the pussy hat thing until yesterday when flylady explained it to me. I thought maybe the pointy tips were suppose to be ovaries or something, like how is that hat a pussy? Then flylady told me they were cat ears. Cat, pussy ok now I get it.

  • nottrue
  • Missionary Kid

    There used to be a black and white picture of me when I was about three years old where I had positively angelic expression on my face, standing there, with my flaxen hair, cute as a bug in a little velveteen suit with short pants.

    My sister tells me that I also had my pants full of crap.

    • Rasha

      …because sister. XD

      • Missionary Kid

        A few years ago, I looked carefully at my face in the mirror and noticed all sorts of wrinkles. In talking to that same sister, I mentioned that it was probably die to all the sun I get out here in the desert. Her answer? “You’re just getting old.” I had to laugh.

      • Missionary Kid

        Another story. I’m 6 years younger than that sister, and I was a freshman in college and 3″ taller than her when we went to the supermarket to get some food. When we got in the checkout line, she told me that she’d forgotten cookies, so she sent me off to get them. When I got back with the cookies, she’d gone to get something else a short distance away, and wasn’t there and I was standing there with the cookies. The cashier looked around and totaled up the order without the cookies. I said, “Wait a minute, aren’t these supposed to go with that?”

        The cashier looked at me, startled, and said, “She told me she’d sent her little brother to get some cookies.”

        I believe it was then that she stopped calling me her little brother.

        • Rasha

          XD

  • TexasBroad

    1983 with the my BFF. We still are. I’m the one on the left, sporting the shoulder pads and big hair. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/b62daa970f7b45554f33266d6c83411fe02dcc0b58f06cd5ff795502bde2414f.jpg

    • Kestrel

      Yow!

      • TexasBroad

        ‘Twas a LONG time ago. πŸ™‚

        • April

          Beautiful! Legs for days.

        • Kestrel

          I saw you last year. You looked just as young.

    • Sherbet

      Phoebe Cates’s understudy?

      • TexasBroad

        I wish. I loved her! Goodness, whatever happened to Phoebe Cates??

        • Sherbet

          She’s married to Kevin Kline, that’s all I know.

          • TexasBroad

            Kevin Kline’s brother was my mother’s mailmain. True story. If she was still alive, I’d have her wait for him on the porch in her wicker rocker and “ask after her” πŸ™‚

            • Sherbet

              Cute!

        • Liberated

          She owns a shop in new york and says she doesn’t act anymore cause she doesn’t want to.
          Says she loves being out of the biz.

          • TexasBroad

            There is no question under the sun that some Bunkerbug doesn’t know the answer to!

            • Sherbet

              Bunkipedia

            • TexasBroad

              Perfect!

    • WhiteCentauress

      Model worthy. πŸ˜‰πŸ‘

    • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

      Very Dynasty shoulder pads.

    • gtsix

      beautiful.

      • TexasBroad

        So long ago. 33 years later, I am trying to figure out why I have lemon pepper and cocoa on my roll top desk???

    • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

      You haven’t aged a day πŸ™‚

      • TexasBroad

        Ha! You get points for that Johnny Tank.
        (I have no idea where you can redeem them though. Do we have a Bunker canteen?)

    • daisy

      I remember 80*s hair and shoulder pads. You and I are personally responsible for at least half the ozone problem.

    • Jimmy3

      I have to say you’ve aged remarkably well. The shoulder pad style, not so much.

      • TexasBroad

        One time, one of those boogers became unfastened from the shoulder and slipped down the front of my shirt. My very serious, not-usually-funny pentecostal sister deadpanned – “Be careful what you pray for. Did you pray for more boobs?”

        • Jimmy3

          I was thinking the same thing before I got to your next sentence. But I was thinking so she just unfastened the other one right?

    • redfisch

      Wow! Gorgeous!

    • thetastic

      Sexy legs, then and now.

  • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

    Had a right laugh looking through the box full of old photos. Found the perfect one for your viewing pleasure. Apparently I have been flashing my buttocks for ages. This is from 1996 (or thereabouts):

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/e45c5a83eca10c11b41a19c50fdac464123344d0c66eecf8598872a06edd23d4.jpg

    (Poor quality is due to phone pic of actual pic)

    • Liberated

      ASSMAN..!!

    • Jimmy3

      Hey, cool hat.

    • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)
    • Sherbet

      Is this some old Norwegian tradition, or is this strictly Johnny Tank?

      • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

        Mostly me, I think, unless there is a whole sub-culture of Norwegians getting nekkid in nature that I don’t know about.

        • Sherbet

          I got part of my sex education from National Geographic, and I just cannot recall naked Norwegians. People south of the Equator, yes, but Oslo naturists? Oh, no.

    • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

      Somebody get this man a pair of assless chaps so he doesn’t have to bother undoing zippers anymore.

    • Kimmy3

      Ohhhh, baby got back.

    • Rasha

      Interesting outcropping.

    • ExCult.Jan

      Poor quality? Nope.

  • Intergalactic Walrus

    Well, that rock Leah “climbed out of” is called the Church of Scientology! She’s well rid of it now and she ain’t going back. And she sure has a lot more to live for than the of debut SMP-TV! SMH
    (refresh)

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/20d8744abbb3586cfa804c746789e41513316c84d35359f350433baf36790407.png
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/051265d84a1afb650f91d662149da37c7270b6e390ab7e028609f6f7b93f63f4.png

    • Sherbet

      Is that person flirting with suicide? Sounds like it, and that the IAS magazine saved him with its message of hope and booming growth. SMP is not going to be anyone’s salvation. This doesn’t look good.

      • Intergalactic Walrus

        IKR. But he’ll come back with “full recall”! Where are these clams who have come back with that? Shouldn’t every org be overrun with talking baby geniuses by now? WTF

        • Sherbet

          Silly Walrus, pointing out the lapses in logic.

    • Harpoona Frittata

      Normally, when a real person engages in this kind of “pie in the sky” future predictions we call it “wishful thinking,” but when clams do it the more apt expression there is “wishful STINKING ”

      These silly Thetanists are just so damn gullible you have to feel sorry for them. Don’t get me wrong here, I’m waiting with bated breath for the premiere of XenuVision TV just as anxiously as any delusional $cilon, but I’m pretty sure our expectations of how infinitely stellar it’s all going to be diverge markedly πŸ˜‰

    • April

      TV is something to live for? WTF?

      Also, “telling your story” is not going to help if no one (a) watches the channel, or (b) actually believes the bullshit. There’s currently more ex-scientologists than scientologists; Leah and Mike have only just barely dipped into the destruction that the CO$ has wreaked on peoples’ lives. The Aftermath series could go on, and on, and on… without repeating a single story.

    • Observer

      What a sad little clam. I hope he or she wakes up soon.

  • Jimmy3

    That day Observer turned the Bunker into the Yearbook Committee.

    • Observer

      I didn’t do nuffin’.

      • Jimmy3

        This is all your fault. I can feel the acne kicking in already.

  • Taffy Sinclair

    Does Scientology have a hotline number to donate?

    I love to mess w/ those fake DEA & IRS collectors, I wondered if $ci-lon-tology had one….

  • itsIBBy

    If we’re doing the yearbook thing, a 17 yr old Ibby from 1999. No longer blonde, but I look about the same.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/17a8166153bba5242a0b69f774c1caa146bcd7169b0fab218a61612c75b1147d.jpg

    • Sherbet

      Very pretty. Oh, the black drapes the photographers used…I remember.

      • itsIBBy

        and the requisite creepy photographer. he kept trying to adjust the drape and my mom was like yeah.. I’ll take care of that. I had to reschedule my photos because I’m early in the alphabet but got a wicked sunburn at band camp

        • Sherbet

          That’s creepy, all right.

          • gtsix

            Yea… band camp is like that.

    • daisy

      Pretty hair , you are good looking in all the photos I have seen you in .

      • itsIBBy

        well geez youre gonna make a girl blush!

    • Observer

      Adorable!

      • Qbird

        huggable!

    • WhiteCentauress

      All that cuteness in one photo. Thanks for sharing this.

  • Love all the photos! This is a fun day in The Bunker. Shortly after graduating high school.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/dfc8170796f571f38d464e69244769acdaa7463c6727e25e0d2f9a625cdf32d4.jpg

    • Sherbet

      Whoa! With your cool accent, too.

      • No accent at the time. Straight Russian.

        • Sherbet

          And KUBA Ka thinks he’s got the smoldering thing down pat. THIS is textbook smoldering.

          • Jenyfurrrrr

            Yeah he’s got a bit too much of the fake tan & HGH thing going on… the “cool without trying” PLUS the whole foreign language/later sexy accent thing?!?! Sorry Kuba – this is what ladies who don’t all have bottle platinum blonde extensions plus bolt-on DD’s are into – even now…

    • Liberated

      You look like John Cusack in “High Fidelity ”
      That’s huge compliment !

    • Kim O’Brien

      i totally would have loaned you money and listened to your band so you would pay attention to me

      • I always pay attention to you.

        • ExCult.Jan

          That’s even more sexy than you pic.

    • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

      Some people don’t have to take their pants off to be cool *jealous*

      • These are ripped jeans pants around my neck under the leather jacket.
        So, you are safe, brother.

        • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

          Strange. And did you wear t-shirts on your legs?

          • gtsix

            In russia, pants wear you!

            • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

              Lol.

          • Sometimes.

            • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

              Ha ha ha!

    • gtsix

      When did Bono go to Russia?

      Sexy young thang.

    • daisy

      i would have listened to any music you played . Even that metal crap. Yowza the bunker has beauties .

      • Jenyfurrrrr

        SERIOUSLY we do!

    • TexasBroad

      Smokin’ Dodo!

    • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

      Good gravy, what a pretty young thing! With the aviators and the gee-tar and the whole aloof look…mercy.

    • flyonthewall

      how do you afford your rock and roll lifestyle?

      • It takes a lot of rocking and rolling and stuff.

    • Vaquera

      Us speaking different languages would not have been a deterrent. Just sayin

      • Jenyfurrrrr

        UM… wasn’t that the BEST kind of guy? “Ssshhh PLEASE don’t say anything… just stand there and look pretty or you’ll ruin it!”

    • Rasha

      Ass has been kicked.

    • GfldedKim

      Oh my…so handsome in a Johhy Depp kinda way…

      • It was my Joe Satriani phase.

        • GfldedKim

          Just googled the Joe guy…you win! πŸ˜‚

          • Jenyfurrrrr

            Check out JS’ musical ability and yeah… definitely better than JD

        • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

          Satch rules! Surfing with the alien!

    • WhiteCentauress

      May I call you “gorgeous”? ( notice no comma after “you” πŸ˜‰)

    • Observer

      *wolf whistle*

    • Jenyfurrrrr

      I swear I have a pic of your doppelgΓ€nger that I dated around 89! Total deja vu right there!!! He always had to include artsy drawings of his favorite band logos on the envelopes to me too… The Cult, COncrete Blonde… I’ll have to see if I can find the pic – it would crack you up to see your near-twin!

    • chukicita

      Daaaaaang!

  • j238

    $ci is advetising attack sites on Google. Google an opponent and an ad for at attack site may appear. They would be labeled ad advertisements.
    Click on the site & the church has to cough up some buck to Google.

  • WhatAreYourCrimes

    “…psychiatrists originally come from the planet Farsec and have been sabotaging us with damaging mental implants for trillions of years…”

    Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha! Oh LRH, you are so amusing and have such a ridiculous imagination. Yep, I would follow any religion founded by that buffoon, yes-sir-ee!

  • Chris from the Come Get Sum Podcast reviews Cathy Schenkelberg’s one woman show Squeeze My Cans about Scientology.

    https://twitter.com/MiamiSixthMan/status/850399485591203840

  • TexasBroad

    Tony. You need to post a picture, hon. Early 1980s, please.

    • gtsix

      Apr 7, 2017: The day the bunker exploded.

      • Liberated

        I know…and I thought it was gonna be just another boring Friday night with nothin’ going on.

        You guys are so much fun…wearing old clothes, or in some cases no clothes…whatever.

        Bunkerites are ” good people “

    • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

      Didn’t we already see that one where he looked like he was a roadie for Loverboy?

      • TexasBroad

        We did. Obviously, we’ll be wanting a different one. πŸ™‚

        • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

          Bon Jovi, then?

  • Intergalactic Walrus
    • Jimmy3

      She spelled leashure wrong

      • Intergalactic Walrus

        For a clam, I think her .500 batting average in spelling it correctly is actually pretty good πŸ˜‰

        • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

          She got ruthless right, though.

    • gtsix

      Wow. That’s just. Nope. Wrong.

      • Intergalactic Walrus

        Reminds me of that old Harry Chapin song. “Clams in the Cradle”? πŸ™

    • Observer

      nvm

      • WhiteCentauress

        But she was a “few mere miles away”….sounds right….never there for them. I hate their use of excessive adjectives. I want to whip out my red pencil..πŸ“

  • Axiom142

    Re The Curious Incident of the Cult and the Planning Consent that wasn’t (given), I previously did a full write up here: http://www.forum.exscn.net/showthread.php?42694-CoS-Can’t-Wait-For-Planning-Application-at-St-Hill

    But, in summary, the CoS had submitted a planning application last September, to build a parking area for a fleet of coaches on the St Hill Estate. What is supposed to happen is that the applicant submits the application,
    and the planning process is started. This includes examining the plans and allowing members of the public to comment on those plans, including raising any objections. It also includes making sure that safety concerns are taken into consideration. This process normally takes several months.

    However, the CoS couldn’t wait for the process to complete (it was the period leading up to the IAS shindig, so I’m guessing they had to have some good news to report to Dear Leader) and started work on their
    parking area almost immediately. This involved cutting down several trees, digging up an area of turf and laying a sizeable area of tarmac as well as erecting a large parking garage. It also involved removing an area of verge to widen the entrance to this parking area. The last point is important as it is illegal to remove such a verge (a public right of way) without approval from the council.

    So I wrote to the planning department, expressing my outrage at this flagrant abuse. Quite apart from the arboreal vandalism, the CoS was intending to have large, 40+ seater coaches enter and exit onto a narrow,
    but very busy road with limited visibility. There was quite obviously a safety concern here.

    Anyway, I received a reply from the case officer informing me that they were aware that the CoS had already started work. Apparently, if an applicant starts work before planning consent is received, the planning
    application process has to finish BEFORE the council can take action! I know, daft, isn’t it?

    However, them are the rules. However, if the application fails, then the miscreants would have to return the property to the exact condition that it was in before they vandalised it!

    I plan to keep up the pressure. I’ll keep you all informed…

    • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

      Thank you!

    • WhiteCentauress

      “Arboreal Vandalism” is the perfect term for what they do. How could they possibly “put it back the way it was” when it takes three or four hundred years to grow those heritage trees. 😑 (Of course, they have no intention of ever doing that. Grrrrrrr…..😑)

    • Observer

      COB needs to be turned over someone’s knee and given a good paddling.

    • Last October, I was wandering around the place while everyone else was protesting or going in for the IAS ‘event’. I did think it was an insane place to park coaches because they blocked the whole road when (carefully) entering or leaving and were likely to be rammed by someone coming around the nearby blind corner.

      Even then, well outside of Saint Hill grounds, I was followed about by a stern chap who nearly fell in a ditch because he was concentrating on holding a compact camera on me, instead of looking where he was going.

      *BTW – most people would use ‘phones for video – are Sea Org issued with compact cameras ‘cos they can’t be trusted with ‘phones?*

      The main entrance to Saint Hill is just as bad – one coach got stuck, and scraped its rear on what (thanks to you) I now know to be trees planted on public land by the CofS to keep protesters away. This is probably the only time they have actually planted trees – and then they try to mow them down with a long-distance coach.

      PS: I have an idea for an (unrelated) complaint to East Grinstead council, which I will pass on after I’ve done a little research.

  • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

    College, 1995–back when I hated wearing bras and clothes that fit. Photo of a photo, so excuse the quality.
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/2a54e38f1e713f7b6ab311e4c476d090ae099bb71e53ee27f1ca699762ab3037.jpg

    • itsIBBy

      for what its worth, i still hate wearing bras and clothes that fit

      • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

        Mah people!

    • TexasBroad

      Great picture! That look on your face…like “I dare you!”

      • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

        Ha, thx! I think I might’ve been trying for “mysterious,” or some such silliness. I blame it on being 21.

    • Vaquera

      luminous

      • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

        TY, V. ; )

    • Rasha

      That is a neat package of trouble.

      …just sayin’.

      • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

        I’m flattered. ; )

        • Rasha

          …srsly….

    • WhiteCentauress

      Rasha said it best! πŸ€—

    • Kim O’Brien

      i love that pic ….you look like my aunt Rosie

      • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

        Funny…A friend calls me Rosie as a nickname. I can’t remember why now. It’s not even close to my actual name.

    • gtsix

      Hey girl….

      • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

        Hello, there…I’ve got the new Womyn of Destruction cassette in my nifty corduroy bag here. Wanna listen?

        I couldn’t be more 1995 in that photo if I tried.

        • gtsix

          Sweet. I’ve got Sleater kinney, we’re rocking the night away.

          • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

            Grrrrls

    • chukicita

      I still hate wearing bras and clothes that fit.

      • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

        Me too!

      • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

        Free Boobers unite!

  • Vaquera

    I’m waiting on my sister to find my high school graduation pic, but in the meantime:
    1984 with my favorite ex-boyfriend who is still single, lives in Denver….and, yes, we are getting together for cocktails during HowdyCon.
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/48fe4ccb8a0d9e1fb140c39806bb0d2512022a88a6a541a2079b9a4593e31864.jpg

    Jimmy3 is making me post this one from 1967. My mom had obviously forgotten that it was school picture day. I also wore powder blue cat eyeglasses back then, but took them off for the pic.
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/63527ffed377b1af246f976f5b7903e7bd324e272743e56531896faaccb096e0.jpg

    • Jimmy3

      I just wanted you to post it so I could say I had a bedset with that exact same plaid pattern. We are plaid siblings.

      • Vaquera

        I knew we had a special connection.

    • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

      So, are you going to bring him home to meet the Bunker fam, then?

      Love the grade school pic! I also have one of those picture day pics where my mom made me wear my uniform. I’m also 6 and had just lost both my front teeth, but I’m still smiling wide like a toothless doofus.

      • Vaquera

        It wasn’t uniform. I can still remember how much I disliked that ensemble.

        • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

          Oh! Oops.

          I really wanna see a pic with the glasses, though.

          • Vaquera

            Those are in a box in storage.

            • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

              You still have them? Cool.

            • Vaquera

              The photos, not the glasses. πŸ™‚

      • Vaquera

        And no, I doubt it.

        • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

          Alright, well, we’ll leave a light on for ya.

    • chukicita

      LOVE the dress you’re wearing in the top pic!

      • Sherbet

        Always stylin’, our Vaquera.

    • thetastic

      Why do you look the same? Wow!

  • Intergalactic Walrus
    • WhiteCentauress

      πŸ˜‚πŸ’¦ “How to Win Friends And Influence People”. It’s like they read it and then did just the opposite. Good find!

  • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

    This is the last last one, since there are so many TX wimmen here. Gettin’ my cowboy on:

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/b448541eafb1f2bfee960dab9a49a705c18ad8cc6a47482120810cbcee9aeb74.jpg

    • Syd

      Adorable!

    • TexasBroad

      Awwww…. Texas thinks you’re adorable.

    • Kim O’Brien

      omg that is just too cute

    • flyonthewall

      Fake news. No cowboys in Norway

      • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

        This is true. Traditionally it was women who tended the barn animals. They were called Budeie:

        https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/ea190be29db30e75144550855c2529451376a6af09369fbeba4205a6e38d48d9.jpg

        And before you get all huffy, the men worked in the fields or the woods, or down the coal mines.

        • chukicita

          Why don’t American kids dress up like Norwegian archetypes?

        • Sherbet

          Oh, I see you found another picture of me tending Ol’ Olaf, my favorite cow.

          • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

            Sherb! Cows are female – Olaf is a male name. If you try milking a male cow, you will be in for a big surprise (pun intended). Most popular cows name: Dagros (translates to something like ‘day rose’).

            • Sherbet

              I saw the horns and couldn’t discern any udders down there. Hence, my confusion. Here, the traditional cow name is “Bossy.” I think. I hate farms.

            • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

              It’s not safe to keep the bull together with the cows. Bulls can be even more horny than 16 year old boys.

            • Sherbet

              I think that’s their job. The bulls, not the 16 year old boys.

            • Like the young man and woman in a pasture, and the bull and cow start mating.
              The guy says suggestively to her, “I’d really like to be doing that.”
              The girl responds, “Don’t you think the bull would mind?”

    • Observer

      Those cheeks! (the ones on your face, I mean)

      • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

        XD

        I didn’t find any really old pics of me from behind.

    • chukicita

      That face! Why does it look like you’re about to take your pants off?

      • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

        Hah! Perfect comment XD

      • ExCult.Jan

        His mom made him put them on for the pic. Or else it was that scratchy saddle.

  • Kim O’Brien

    I’m the bottom right ..at my mom and step dad’s wedding ..I call him Da and he still looks like a Kennedy https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/09bbf78ee4ab8a2311183c314022b7757d8344496e5b80d7478073be2f8ce732.jpg

    • Jimmy3

      I stand and recite the Pledge of Allegiance whenever I see anyone even resembling a Kennedy. I don’t know if I’m the only one…

    • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

      That face you’re making is too adorable…Is that your mom right behind you? She’s a beauty.

      • Kim O’Brien

        that’s her …hippie πŸ˜‰

    • chukicita

      Even though I’ve never seen you in person, that expression on your face is the one I always imagine when I’m reading your posts. Perfect πŸ˜€

  • Qbird

    The photos are wonderful & so much fun. I had to go thru a bunch of hard copies & then figure out the scanner.
    holy crap.
    These two: Me & my boss/friend @ work. and then just me. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/ddd8b94b81c6c4722096e7cad5ecef5e9069edd5b61af036d0f8f885bceab752.png https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/a4ff6f39343e60bd1fbd2f459534fe7cfa1cc8e8b8ab9108254b9b6a12f81872.png

    lol

    • Qbird
      • flyonthewall

        now I know the Q in Qbird is for qute

        • Fly Lady

          Snack ideas…

          • flyonthewall

            I’m trying to flirt over here woman!

            • Fly Lady

              My bad. I just scrolled till I saw you. Carry on.

            • Qbird

              bwahahaha ~ where’s u pic, sweet Fly Lady?

            • flyonthewall

              she’s doing groceries. Better buy me some cheesy poofs, hmpf

            • Jimmy3

              You know those Cheetos that are shaped like cheetah paws? They are so much more delicious but I feel guilty about eating them. It’s a problem in these burbs.

            • flyonthewall

              could be the paw shape provides a wider surface area for the cheesy powder? Or possibly the addition of cheetah blood? You know where my money’s at

            • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)
            • Jimmy3

              If you get him Pringles you can save the can and beat him with it. Put that on the grocery list.

            • Jimmy3

              Hey tell her to get two cans of Pringles. That way you can defend yourself.

            • flyonthewall

              Be better if I had a big ol ham. Those things hurt…I know.

      • Kim O’Brien

        hottie !!

        • Qbird

          That Farrah hair deal! XD

          • Kim O’Brien

            i tried for HOURS to get my hair to ” feather” like that LOL …never worked

            • Qbird

              yep, hold brush, blow dry, spray…
              constant issues with the giant window’s peak & an unruly cowlick!

      • Observer

        *wolf whistle*

      • gtsix

        Damn lady. Youse loverly.

      • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

        It’s a babe-a-rama up in here today!

        • Qbird

          ah, youth!

          • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

            Wasted on the young…

    • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

      Tweety bird is packing heat?

      • Qbird

        yeah, man.

        • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

          Awesome! We should go shooting some time πŸ™‚

          • Qbird

            ok, fine as kind there Johnny Tank (foreverAutumn), when next I’m in the Norway neighbourhood… πŸ˜€ !
            But I’d rather go fishin’…

    • Liberated

      Did you work at Crate and Barrel ?

      • Qbird

        haha, no ~ just a little restaurant / general store in the middle of a wilderness area. North woodsy kind of place. Good eats, goofy friendly place.

    • Observer

      Aww, what a beautiful pic

    • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

      No gee-tar?

      Kidding. This is adorable. You both look like dolls.

    • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

      This wins the ‘Adorable Cuteness’ pic of the day.

      • Qbird

        brothers & sisters (?) holding hands… very very sweet.

    • chukicita

      OMG! que adorable!

  • Ann B Watson

    Thank you Tony for all the news today. I know the hardcores are the last to fall. I so agree with Mike R that the cult is circling the wagons in Clearwater. I also think there will always be the RTC compounds for the criminal elite to run to when the waters churn and the implosion arrives. Btw Observer I Love your pix.😘

  • TheLurkingHorror
    • Qbird

      are they juggling fire all around you?

      • TheLurkingHorror

        Actually, I think it was just the two guys on the far right and far left of the picture. The one behind me seems to be eating the fire.

      • TheLurkingHorror

        Yup. πŸ™‚

    • chukicita

      I hope that’s not flammable liquid you’re carrying.

      • TheLurkingHorror

        It was probably… um… somewhat flammable. πŸ˜‰

  • Tenacious Texan

    70s some time… not really sure but the backdrop gives away the poor college student vibe… not sure if it’s rotated incorrectly… sorry ! https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/d1de81589ec895806cc4ec18c8b2bfe8ea348842e2dbce97c1b259cbb54a1a31.jpg

    • Qbird

      wanna join the Junior Peace Corp with me? πŸ˜‰

    • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

      I’m getting a young Kate Jackson vibe here. A natural beauty.

      • Tenacious Texan

        Bahaha. I wish. One of the few pics of me I like… but you are sweet to say so.

    • Rasha
      • April

        My gawd. I had no idea the bunker has so many gorgeous people.

        • Rasha

          IKR???? o.O

        • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

          So there are like 10 guys here, and 100 wimmen? I like that.

          • Mark Foster

            Exactly. As your agent, it pleases me to know that your wardrobe costs continue to be minimal. This aligns with the referenced male/female population ratio you mentioned. Well done, Assman πŸ™‚

            • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

              You have taught me well πŸ™‚

            • Mark Foster

              No, young Butt Walker, strong is the gluteal force with you: your wisdom is innate. May it bring you great remuneration, in whatever form you fancy. πŸ™‚

      • Tenacious Texan

        Thanks, Rasha! Wow, we need to do this every day! This has been fun. Look, ma, no wrinkles!

  • itsIBBy
    • Kim O’Brien

      Santa looks like he might have had some booze and his chestnuts are a little toasty in the suit LOL . You look like you know it’s all a set up …too cute πŸ™‚

      • itsIBBy

        I always haaaated seeing santa and the easter bunny. I was and still am painfully shy and i was just not into it, yet mom made me every year till my sister and i were about 7 and 5 respectively

        • Qbird

          you & me both, IBBy – I screamed holy hell when Santa approached me for the first time when I was six. It freaked my parents out. My dad was mad, because he didn’t understand at all, but my mom, she shielded me. Once I calmed down and saw how the big giant man in red was with all the other kids, I stop screaming, but I never let them get close to me. Eventually, I grew up.

    • April

      Ha. That’s an “I am not impressed” look if I ever saw one. Either that or you were so much in awe of Santa Claus as to be incapable of forming any other facial expression.

      • itsIBBy

        definitely the former lol

  • Intergalactic Walrus
    • Harpoona Frittata

      Totally hilarious! This person had the cult pegged for exactly what they are in a matter of minutes! She even talks to JWs and find time to listen to Mormon youngsters, but I’m afraid the cherch has lost another prospective customer with her.

  • Rasha

    Hey, OSA.

    Dis is mah fam. Look at ’em.

    • Jimmy3

      Image didn’t attach

      • Rasha

        Nope. It’s everything below.

        • Jimmy3

          Yeah, there’s nothing there. Are you clicking the little mountain button?

          • Rasha

            James Jimothy Jimmy. Scroll down. Keep scrolling down. Repeat.

            • Jimmy3

              Could just link to it but I’ll go find it

            • Rasha

              JAMES! I – you…. the whole… what I was….. Someone! Help here???

            • GfldedKim

              πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

            • Rasha

              We love the little booger, but sometimes….. *pops cork* …. ya gotta just take a “breather”…..

            • GfldedKim

              Yes Ma’am!! 🍾

            • Rasha

              *clink*

            • Jenyfurrrrr

              Or a drink (or 3)…

            • flyonthewall

              i knew what you were talkin’ bout

            • Rasha

              ….kids!!!

    • ExCult.Jan

      *camera shy, but squeezes into the pic just in time*

      • Rasha

        *hugz*

  • Kestrel
    • April

      mmmmm

      • Sherbet

        I second that…in a motherly, platonic way, of course.

        • April

          Well mine was totally not platonic. πŸ˜€

          • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

            Kestrel has aged well – I’m just sayin’.

            • Kestrel

              Thank you, young man. Now, go find some pants to put on.

            • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

              Never!!!

    • Jimmy3

      Why did they kick you out of Creedence?

      • Kestrel

        I kept humming Lynyrd Skynyrd tunes in the studio.

    • Rasha

      …kinda short hair for the ’70s…. -_^

      • Kestrel

        I’d cut my hair and shaved my beard a year or two earlier. This was on my way to looking like I should work in a financial institution.

        • Rasha

          ’70s were big for “creative appearance”. Long hair is just cool.

          • Kestrel

            I liked having long hair and a beard.

    • TheLurkingHorror

      Rock star!

    • Liberated

      Were you in Buffalo Springfield?

      • Kestrel

        I’ve been in Buffalo and I’ve been in Springfield. Hold it. I feel song lyrics coming on.

    • flyonthewall

      you know you fine!

    • Porn star.

      • Kestrel

        Sometimes you do what ya gotta do to make ends meet. As it were. I made money doing what I loved to do, and I got to meet a lot of friendly girls.

        • Sherbet

          And the rash cleared up eventually, right?

          • Kestrel

            Oh, yeah.

        • Hey, I hear you.
          I had a job dressing strippers once.
          Only $50 a week, but it was all I could afford.

      • ExCult.Jan

        Which one did you see?

        • All fthem.
          What I lke is that he takes off his socks.

    • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

      Aww, look at you, handsome devil! You look like you’re about to drop some heavy thoughts on us.

      • Kestrel

        I’m pretty sure I was full of profound observations back then.

    • ExCult.Jan

      Wait, Kestrel’s a guy?

  • Intergalactic Walrus

    UPDATE: He made the cut.
    If there is going to be a CCHR show on SMP-TV, I guess this is the kind of guests we can look forward to :O
    (refresh)
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/af61196b025e4e8d0fb4d9d17959054d9ab6fe61164281c5fbd45371f3db1727.png https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/a8f15a156553d1d01dd3f0e434df5fe1ed889b94d144d8c928c334aeba11b6be.png

    • Sherbet

      Google is your friend, Alphonso.

    • Mark Foster

      Dude, youΒ΄re being used. Sigh…
      What Sherbet said…

  • Jimmy3

    This has been so much fun but my dog is trying to call the APL on me. No idea how he unlocked my phone.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GeJuUqDqY00

  • April

    Ok thank you for all the pics. Now I have a crush on half the bunker.

    • GfldedKim

      Me too!!

    • Sherbet

      Rebel!

    • Rasha

      There we go. Shhhbap!

    • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

      That is 100% Bill Hicks right there!

    • Ha!
      “No Smoking”
      Perfect.

    • Mark Foster

      Straight Eastern European Gangsta Metal Head- great photo πŸ™‚

  • Liberated

    All right..which one of you guys broke disqus again ?

    • GfldedKim

      So frustrating. Grr

  • Marshall

    Throwback Friday has been fun and I thought I’d join in. Here is a shot from my first AND last modeling job πŸ™‚ I worked very cheaply – like for nothing! https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/8330ba1efc679b572a3d120325048e0fd969997f1ee0b748fa7de063d0450496.jpg

    • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

      You didn’t even get to keep the tea-set?

      • Marshall

        Well, my grandfather was president of the toy company – which sound like it would be great right? And you’d think we had toys all over the place but we got to pick one toy every Christmas and that was about it. Just different times I guess.

        • Sherbet

          Your grandfather was an elf?

          • Marshall

            More of a stern German business man – definitely wouldn’t see him in elf clothes πŸ™‚

    • Sherbet

      And all the time she’s thinking, “Lucky boy model got to play with the big Tonka semi, and I have to sit here in my perm and pretend I’m June effin’ Cleaver.” You were a feminist even back then.

      • Marshall

        Ha! I should always post this next to my photo from the Women’s March in DC to balance things out.

  • Sherbet

    Hey, Bunker. I think Tony abandoned us tonight.

    • Kestrel

      He’s probably rummaging through his old photographs even as we type.

      • Sherbet

        He’s probably wondering when he lost control of this place.

      • Robert Eckert
        • Kestrel

          I’m just glad it wasn’t me.

        • Sherbet

          “Give to me your leather. Take from me my lace.”

          • Robert Eckert

            I saw Stevie Nicks in concert, and Don Henley came up to do that duet with her: Stevie was all professional, but Don still looked totally smitten (I hope Mrs. Henley was not watching)

            • Sherbet

              Very cool! How long ago was that?

            • Robert Eckert

              2008 maybe?

            • Sherbet

              Nice.

          • GfldedKim

            My wedding song! For real! πŸ˜‚

        • Vaquera

          Handsome devil, n’est pas?

        • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

          Tell me that pic doesn’t make you want to start singing Working for the Weekend, though.

    • Mick Roberts

      Can’t blame him. We’ve turned his Bunker into our own little Instagram party.

  • Vaquera
    • Kestrel

      You look great! Why do I think of Wonder Woman when I see these pictures?

    • Sherbet

      The Sisterhood of the Traveling Yellow Belt.

      • Vaquera

        Except I apparently never shared.

        • Sherbet

          It was a twist on the basic story.

    • I am a yellow belt fan now.

      • Vaquera

        //rummages through boxes long forgotten//

        • Remembering our first meeting at HowdyCon..

          • Vaquera

            Dodo!!!

            • How can I forget?! Some of the best hugs I’ve had were from the strangers in the Bunker.
              Strangers who became some of the best friends.
              You wore the Vaquera boots and hugged me accordingly. Thank you.

            • Vaquera

              Sharing the Bunker love. I was SO happy to finally meet you!

            • I could tell. Same here!

    • It clashed with everything.

    • flyonthewall

      everybody coveteth my yellow belt! I had it since I was a child!!

    • Panopea Abrupta

      I have a 7 year old who says you haven’t changed a bit πŸ™‚
      Minus the yellow belt, mind.

      • Vaquera

        His check is in the mail.

    • Observer

      Glamorous from the get-go!

      • Vaquera

        I was the shortest one in my class, knob-kneed, bespectacled, braces, shy as a mouse.
        Thank god for puberty.

    • K2P2(KnitNut)

      Beautiful then, beautiful now. πŸ™‚ Hug.

    • April

      You remind me of Molly Ringwald in the first pic.

      • Vaquera

        You and J3. Ha! I’ll take it. πŸ™‚

  • $cnMonkeyNut$

    OK–monkey’s turn… 1983… maybe ’84… https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/47b563148f4bec0a3c111febe5edc10a44e88ec3c4fc47a1b43c482074ebdd8b.jpg … aaah, halcyon days πŸ™‚

    • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

      Wut, no beard???

      • $cnMonkeyNut$

        Not until around 2005! (well, I could grow hair on my face, but it never really joined up convincingly until then πŸ™‚ )

    • Taffy Sinclair

      WASP’s R HOTT!!!!

      • $cnMonkeyNut$

        Thank you, Taffy πŸ™‚

        • Taffy Sinclair

          Totes’ Mc’Gotes, My special $cimonkey, and yr nut$

    • Sherbet

      Aw, blondie locks.

    • Marshall

      Made me word clear halcyon days – thanks for my new word of the day!

      • $cnMonkeyNut$

        My work here is done :)ETA: Not really… I’ll be back tomorrow!

        • Taffy Sinclair

          No, it’s not, you beautiful $ncmonkeymannut$

    • Sherbet

      You weren’t standing in line for a copy of The Way To Happiness, were you?

      • GfldedKim

        Ice cream truck…

      • Taffy Sinclair

        NOT my $cimonkeynut$!!! Not ever!! He knowz the way to happiness!!

      • $cnMonkeyNut$

        No… it was a Scripture Union Beach Mission (before we walked to the beach!) and the pic was taken at the start of the day. I think it’s the reason I’m so atheist now (and looking slightly uncomfortable in the pic)… I’m thoroughly allergic to tambourines and guitars as a result of the indoctrination received there! πŸ™‚

        • Sherbet

          Sort of like body routers with musical accompaniment?

          • $cnMonkeyNut$

            Happy clappy body routers with added evangelism… still in therapy…;)

            • chukicita

              Up with people?

    • Rasha

      …one of the few photographs capturing the moment that the Kamehameha Spirit Bomb was being used…..

      …oh! And MONKEH!!!!!!!

      • $cnMonkeyNut$

        :)Sorry about the flash… too lazy to scan the pic (and it’s 1 am… )

        • Rasha

          …oh. Kinda wish it was really a Spirit Bomb. …

          ….still! MONKEH!!!!!

    • Vaquera

      Adorbs

      • $cnMonkeyNut$

        Thank you, Vaquera πŸ™‚

    • chukicita

      blonde monkey!

  • Fly Lady

    This is me.. laughing as always… somebody who knows better than me… tell me how to make it not sideways??! https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/abd3404d2a781b9b8e1c6323c159143c75cd8c61463788b3c9fd9d3ef9bcbaed.jpg

  • Mick Roberts

    Damnit Bunker, got me looking at old high school/college photos now. Here I am on a college trip in Dresden Germany with a couple of friends plus the lady who would become my wife about 9.5 years after this photo was taken (the red head on my left). Loved that Guess shirt. Wish I still had it.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/08400c78cf95e996ded12e012c74352c85d85cde0d0af6866a4476dcddc521bc.jpg

    • Taffy Sinclair

      My high school yearbook includes Kim Zolciak from Real Housewives of Atlanta, lolz! Too bad she only lasted 1 year….

    • flyonthewall

      you married one of your hoes!? Man, that is the biggest mistake a pimp can make

      • Mick Roberts

        What can I say? Had a blonde, brunette, and red-head in my Hoard of Hoes…..and I find red hair to be just too irresistible.

        • Rasha

          There is that, yes. Freckles, too.

        • iampissed

          Dam straight.

      • Fly Lady

        it’s true. I did it.

        • Mick Roberts

          Damn! ^^^This^^^ comment deserves to get the record for the most upvotes. Looks like fly met his match…..then he married her!

    • Mick Roberts

      9.5 years later. Honeymoon in St. Lucia. Ahh, to be young and without kids again!

      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/2ea7733170a2d640b0ab87875cb63b910a701b45b64c8b7d63965ccfa6e4080b.jpg

      • Kestrel

        She is beautiful.

        • Mick Roberts

          Yeah, I married WAY over my head!

      • Jimmy3

        You’re both good looking humans, so why do you have dog names?

        • Mick Roberts

          Dogs are beautiful creatures man!

      • WhiteCentauress

        Sweet. πŸ”

      • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

        Very lucky guy.

    • Jenyfurrrrr

      Mick- I had one of those Guess sweatshirts… but then I got into the whole Genera shirt/Z Cavaricci’s look! With my pegged pants of course… memories! How fun that you’ve known eachother for so long and GREAT looking couple!

    • iampissed

      Did you say REDHEAD!

  • What’sup
    • $cnMonkeyNut$

      Nice… when was that taken?

      • What’sup

        Seems like a lifetime ago.

    • Sherbet

      You goof!

    • Mick Roberts

      Are you the Momma or the little cookie?

      • Taffy Sinclair

        The sexxxy one πŸ™‚

    • flyonthewall

      such a sweet little monster. So sad you ended up like this

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TGTYgRh-PI8

    • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

      Did anyone ever tell you that you have your mama’s eyes?

      • What’sup

        Yeah….ping pong balls.

    • iampissed

      You look a little blue.

    • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)
  • Taffy Sinclair
    • Taffy Sinclair
      • Taffy Sinclair

        Johnny, can you tell I’m Norwegian???

        • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

          If I squint a lot, and tilt my head to the left.

          Ow, my neck hurts now.

          • Taffy Sinclair

            DO NOT make fun of my lip injections!! Cuz they ain’t there!! But seriously? I always wanted some, but mama said, Taffy, hell to-the-no!!! You have beautiful lips!!

            J.Tank, I appreciate you…

            • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

              You don’t need lip injections. IMO it rarely looks natural, or good.

              (I hope no one here has them, and kicks my butt for saying that) Stay natural, wimmen – inner beauty is real beauty!

            • Taffy Sinclair

              My real lips are ok?? (There are 2 pic of Taffy’s real lips, so,,, please give honest opinion….)

            • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

              Yes *two thumbs up*

            • Taffy Sinclair

              I still think I should get ’em a little bit bigger…….

              Am I insane??

            • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

              Yes, you are insane – we’ve known that for a while now. Didn’t you get the memo?

            • Taffy Sinclair

              Yes, I did. I realize you believe I AM beautiful the way I am…

            • Taffy Sinclair

              Thank you, Johnny.

            • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

              Thank your gene donors. I’m just a pantsless Viking on the fringes of the internet.

            • Taffy Sinclair

              I love yr support!!!

          • Taffy Sinclair

            My paternal side g-parents are.

        • What’sup

          Are you wearing pants? If “yes” probably not.

          • Rasha

            Good point.

          • Taffy Sinclair

            For what??

          • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

            Lol.

    • Jenyfurrrrr

      Obs has the seriously gorgeous bedroom eyes (hope that’s not offensive – I think they’re gorgeous!)

      • That’s how she trapped her handsome husband.

        • Jenyfurrrrr

          Lol not so trapped… giddily entangled!

    • Taffy Sinclair

      I think she’s a hot mutha fucking babe!!!

      • Rasha

        …well, there is that, yes…. -_^

    • Rasha

      …she even snagged Tom Servo???? WOAH!!!!

      • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

        Obs and Juicer!

    • Vaquera

      Dreamy

    • iampissed

      Is that the meritorious bombastic shooper award I see there?

  • Jenyfurrrrr

    Alright… can’t find my senior pic but my senior prom pic got posted on FB and nope, that’s not a perm… https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/d5cdd7463e595d2d42fdef9e4ca21c032141167add11d5e73190191a29d4cac3.png

    • Rasha

      Wowsers…

      • Jenyfurrrrr

        Thx Rasha – my big “Gina” hair makes me laugh! I don’t know how I even HAVE hair after all that hairspray in the 90’s!

    • What’sup

      How you doin?

    • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

      Not a perm?! Girl, don’t tell me that. Do you know how much permanent wave solution I poured into my hair from about 1985-1990 to zero effect? How I wanted those spiral curls…[le sigh]

      • Jenyfurrrrr

        LOL oh I wanted the spiral curls too and all my friends had those spiral perms. But yeah that’s all natural curl – the big bangs and wings on the side? That was courtesy of that classic huge black can of Vavoom! hairspray and hogging the bathroom every morning! I wanted straight hair SO badly back then but I learned to appreciate having curly hair (plus once flat irons came out I could live in both worlds for a bit).

        • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

          You always want what you can’t get, right? Like you, I finally learned to appreciate my hair for what it is–completely straight. But like you, it took lots of cans of hairspray in my younger days to get there. Plus, you found the flat iron, I found hot rollers. ; )

          • Jenyfurrrrr

            Exactly! If we’d known each other back then, I’d have been SO jealous of your hair (still can be…) imagine hair that you can leave the house with still wet and it dries to shiny, straight and looking brushed?!?! But it is handy to go swimming or esp to the beach and chlorine or saltwater plus hair air drying can actually equal a pretty awesome hair day. Pluses and minuses πŸ˜‹

  • Vaquera

    1978 1976. I’m the one with the squinty eyes over the right shoulder of the guy front and center.
    Ruffled tux shirts!! Good times.
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/62bb496e60d067ae08838b1989efb0d0269fc7aa70fe09ad27b03d9e9efa6c9c.jpg

    • Jenyfurrrrr

      You don’t age – it’s not fair! You’ve only gotten even prettier with the years!

      • Vaquera

        Thank you, sweetie. I still talk to all of them, except the three who’ve passed away.

        • Jenyfurrrrr

          That’s so special – nothing quite like friends with whom you’ve a lifetime of history!

    • WhiteCentauress

      Those smiles look real.

      🎢Ain’t nothin’ like the real thing, Baby🎡

      • Vaquera

        The red head to my right was my date that night. I was so excited to dance with him to Stairway to Heaven.

        • Jimmy3

          The single most depressing Bunker comment ever.

          • Vaquera

            Youngster

            • Jimmy3

              I’m old enough to know that even Robert Plant himself hates Stairway to Heaven. πŸ˜›
              But I’m young enough to still use emoticons when I type.

            • Vaquera

              But he didn’t always hate it. I danced to it in real time.

    • Is that prom? I asked a girl to prom when I was in high school. Her father wouldn’t let her go with me. Haa. Bad boy.

      • Vaquera

        No. Just one in a long list of formals we had to attend.
        You hang on to that bad boy status. The Philster!

        • I’m just old and boring now.

          • Vaquera

            Hardly!

  • Mick Roberts

    Tony? You still around? Or have we scared you out of your own Bunker yet?

  • Chukicita, we know you have more photos.

  • What’sup
    • No way. lol

      • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

        No tattoos – not me.

    • ExCult.Jan

      You never disappoint!

  • OOkpik

    Anyone remember hand tinted photos?
    In the spirit of today’s fun (thanks, Obs), here’s one of me and my twin. He’s a foot taller than me now and still good-looking. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/188eecaafd4bbd4ddefd5d48d354dd86fc0e14684159332b67a1e4b724c8fbff.jpg

    • flyonthewall

      those are great, wish we had some. Maybe the in-laws do?

      thnx for sharing, didnt know you had a twin

      • OOkpik

        Yes. Mom used to line us up with our other siblings and have them guess which were the twins. We always came up as the least likely combo. It always amuses me that when I mention my twin brother and someone asks if we are identical twins!

    • Marshall

      I remember them – a friend’s mother used to do the tinting. I can still picture her at their kitchen table doing the photos.

    • WhiteCentauress

      Awwwwww….cuties!

    • Qbird

      i do remember these! very cool, Oopik!

  • iampissed

    And to think somewhere in the basement of big blue someone has the task of
    putting up all of these photos up on a cork board…..thinking I could be having fun also.

    • Mick Roberts

      Then hell, let’s just give ’em some photos where they can laugh at our misery (they need a little humor in their lives). Here’s what happens when you have kids Big Blue Basement people. My daughter pelting the hell out of me…..now I forever have to live with the shame of knowing that I officially got “owned” by a 6-year old girl in a snowball fight….

      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/e7d3d7e8231271c8136914610c608d7743a2d2680cbc60defd083be01623ae29.jpg

      • iampissed

        Man she tagged you.

        • Mick Roberts

          No shit. My wife just happened to catch this moment. Made me drop my gloves too.

          • WhiteCentauress

            Hilarious!

          • ExCult.Jan

            You took your gloves of during a snowball fight why?? Tipped your hand(s)! Nyuk nyuk

      • iampissed

        You look just like your avatar….I look nothing like mine.

    • They will have fun once the universe is Cleared,,, in a billion years. No ice cream until then.

      • iampissed

        I like my ice cream in presence tense.

  • Rasha

    Pictures, Friday night…
    Can’t stop laughing, Bunker kids
    Tony’s catching sleep?

    • iampissed

      Tony is wondering how we all got high at the same time.

    • Tony Ortega

      Tony’s working.

      • iampissed

        Hi Tony we’re being good I promise.

      • Rasha

        Guys, stop jumping on the sof—- Ah! Haha! No, it’s all good. We’re… good… *waves everybody back*

        • iampissed

          Rasha got a Tony Pog.

          • Rasha

            IRK???

      • flyonthewall

        all work and no play
        makes Tony…something something

      • iampissed

        Do I dare ask for a old time pic?

      • Because of course.

      • Jimmy3

        waiting for the …it. with acid washed jeans and a doo rag!

      • Susan black

        Good. That’s the way we like it.

  • Rasha

    Rasha catches heat
    Don’t let your guard down, you guys
    Tony never sleeps

    • Jimmy3

      Time out time. You can have my corner.

      • What’sup

        You change the litter?

        • Jimmy3

          No. Litters need to be changed? I don’t do cat stuff. Dogs just shit wherever and it’s absorbed into the ground somehow. I don’t know why people like cats so much.

          • Rasha

            My uncle always said, it’s a good idea to keep a litter tray in your car, so that way, if it ever gets too full, you can just throw it out the window.

            …wise words.

    • Vaquera

      You can join me in the corner ball pit.

      • Rasha

        Jumpin’ in with Boots
        Omagarsh this is so fun
        Crankin’ up the tunes

  • Rasha

    Don’t worry, Tony
    Rasha watches Perfume vids
    You do your VooDoo

  • iampissed

    Tony….You put pot in the blog again. I thought we talked about that.

  • Rasha
  • Fly Lady

    Rockin my Return of the Jedi shirt my mom sewed for me. Crazy eyes in full effect
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/92814e4eae97f856ace72e9ac38c01fd2b43d2d12f44125482ea8eba23cd8ccc.jpg

    • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

      How old were you in that photo?

      • Fly Lady

        hmmm…I don’t know, how old am I now?

        • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

          Younger than you are tomorrow.

          • Fly Lady

            I’m older than I’ve ever been and now I’m even older

            • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

              Is this one of those Jedi mind tricks?

            • WhiteCentauress

              I sense that you and fly are made for each other. 😘😍

      • 10. Tricky candles.

    • Pizza Cake.

    • Rasha

      The pizza is strong with this one…..

    • iampissed

      It’s always the eyes

    • Jimmy3

      Is there any of that pizza left?. I don’t care how old it is, it looks delicious

    • TexasBroad

      I am affected by your crazy eyes!

    • THis is not the pizza you’re looking for . . .

  • iampissed
  • Tony Ortega
    • Vaquera

      Tease

    • What’sup

      Nephew Sam?

    • iampissed

      No that won’t do

    • iampissed

      Dont up that.

      • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

        Too late :-/

        • iampissed

          You hit before you look.

          • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

            I don’t make the rules, I just follow them – The Proprietor always gets an upvote.

            • iampissed

              Next thing ya know he will start thinkin he’s Miscavage, then we have another
              religion to make fun of.

            • Mick Roberts

              No way. TO’s the antithesis of DM. Tony actually shares information with us, not withhold it. And we’re free to come and go at the Bunker as we please. And he’s never hit anyone either (although I’m sure he’s been tempted to at times).

            • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)
            • Mick Roberts

              Oh, I thought that big photo at last year’s HowdyCon was a play on the whole LRH portrait everywhere.

            • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

              Tony never told us why he brought it with, and hung it up everywhere.

            • Observer

              That’s Shorpy’s handiwork

            • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

              I know. I was just trying to get Tony a bit worked up about it – I know he was not a yuge fan of the whole “worship” thing. Lol.

            • Kim O’Brien

              that poster MUST be in Denver . MUST

            • iampissed

              It’s amazing he can do all this on an iPhone.

            • Todd Tomorrow

              I know a friend who makes 12 grand a month on his iphone only.

        • iampissed

          Suck up.

          • Rasha

            -_-

    • Jimmy3

      NERD!!!!

      • Jimmy3

        dammit. I typed that before I clicked to view

    • TexasBroad

      Both lame and clever, in equal measure.

  • iampissed

    Ok I have to go to the store…price I pay to let you folks look at redheads.
    While I’m gone let do a chant of.
    Tony
    Tony
    Tony
    We either get a pic or it’s the first human DOS attack.

    • iampissed

      I’ll be checking in…dam Tony I hope I can make it to the store. This shit is strong.

  • Since The Proprietor revealed his younger photo finally, here is younger Dodo.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/2d8875e8a469eb0834c43aa0243cd984479f395ae0f59ebc404cbef93dbfba1a.jpg

  • Todd Tomorrow
    • chukicita

      You’re James Dean?!

      • Todd Tomorrow

        No.

    • But not the last?

      • Todd Tomorrow

        No. Let me try and find another.

        • Todd Tomorrow

          • Should we start calling you by your prison name,,,, Blade?

            • Todd Tomorrow

              LOL, I’m on the square now, see. I’m just kidding I’m more crooked than a corkscrew.

  • Vaquera

    Houston Rodeo, 1966. First year it was held at the Astrodome, which you can see in the background.
    A vaquera from the start.
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/9dae61025bd0013d363dd46b9022ed7baef78b9fbe2eb9450dbe787cf8f83692.jpg

  • Todd Tomorrow

  • flyonthewall

    ya’ll fugly. You know dat right? Suckas! Peace out

    • What’sup

      you were a cute little maggot I guess?

      • flyonthewall

        fugly ass muthafucka

        • Rasha

          …but a cute maggot. Don’t dodge the question.

    • Jimmy3

      U G AL WHY
      I caint smell no alley pie
      You fugglee
      Yepp yep
      You fugglee

    • Rasha

      Early night for some
      Fugly Rasha laughs and drinks
      You get beauty sleep

    • Taffy Sinclair

      Takes one to know one!!!

  • Mick Roberts

    Well crap. I can’t find any baby pics of myself. But a couple of years ago around Christmas, I re-enacted my first Santa picture. I have one just like this (minus about 40 years) floating somewhere around here. In this one single moment, I ended up embarrassing my wife, shaming my kids, and pretty sure I managed to piss off Santa Claus too.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/ec472bfea69d8a769a93f454fb1a17818949feadb26acc957cb54dc9a16bb2ef.jpg

    • stillgrace2

      Did you pee on him? They HATE that!

      • Mick Roberts

        Don’t remember if I did when I was 4-5 months old, but I didn’t pee on him when I was 40 in this pic (at least I’m pretty sure I didn’t).

    • iampissed

      Your on a roll my man.

  • stillgrace2
    • Todd Tomorrow

      Gorgeous!

      • stillgrace2

        Thanks. Those were the days.

    • Rasha

      That’s a smile the sun would be jealous of!

    • Mick Roberts

      Very nice.

    • Pretty.

    • Qbird

      ha! Hawaii ~ niice!

    • Newiga

      You look like a young Kim Cattrall.

  • Todd Tomorrow

    My first Greyhound. Rosie https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/1cd48089008ab706cc20de95f11180ba6c93a38fb2cb5e7ec78b9d335678a9be.jpg
    Edit;13 months old in this picture she lived 18 years. I’ve had two do that.

    • WhiteCentauress

      Awwwww….greyhounds are poetry in motion. I love seeing them run.

      • Rasha

        They are graceful and so sweet.

    • Rasha

      Okay, I’m in love with her. Was she a rescue?

      • Todd Tomorrow

        Sort of. Long story. But i just got my 24th Greyhound, recently(last Sat,).

        • Rasha

          Thank you.

        • Rasha

          This is for each one of them…. Rasha has very hugs for many doggehs and kittehs in my life….

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CZa4fyhQXBc

            • Rasha

              Oh, you! Yes, they’re autotuned, but it’s the spirit that counts! So, pppbbllbbtttt!!!!

              *attaches airhose to compressor*

              …I just think that they’re sweet and…..

              *slaps in fresh nail coil*

              … well, it’s just a nice way to…. to….

              *adjusts pressure valve…*

              …. present a nice message….. Anything else?

              (…..hehehe ^_^ Sillyhead.)

  • Vaquera

    The Bunker has been a joy today. Friends from across the fringe sharing, giggling and good-nature snarking. Cheers to this random band of caring critics.

    • If opposites attract then OSA is going to love us.

      • OSA is like WTF is this? It is what it is. That’s what.

        • They will likely think all humor is joking and degrading. We do the joking and they are already degraded.

          • Hopefully, some will blow for good to join us.

            • Mick Roberts

              Yeah, it seems like it’s a helluva lot more fun out here in the real world. Would love for them to get out and tell us their stories.

            • Yep. People will help.

  • Vaquera

    ….and thank you to Observer for being the impetus!

    • iampissed

      Yes Obs…Thank You.

  • Intergalactic Walrus

    Come on Clearwater, just sell us the Aquarium property already. Did y’all know that we love you so much that we are throwing you a party? http://finance.yahoo.com/news/church-scientology-announces-spring-block-155614192.html?_fsig=TVc61iCOwNKF94jEtecdfg–
    (refresh)
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/e34d2780c8bf751175a68ace6745a81086edd59232b5ec82e6897f7d48118550.png

    “…guests participate in games such as raffles for gift certificates donated by downtown merchants and a $500 VISA gift card donated by the Church of Scientology.

    Wow, I hope they can afford that!
    Uh-oh! There’s a CATCH!

    “In addition to the fun, this Block Party attendees will also be able to find out about the humanitarian initiatives supported by Scientologists the world over. These include: drug prevention, immorality, reinforcing human rights and championing mental health rights.”

    • WhiteCentauress

      They support immorality?

      • Intergalactic Walrus

        It ain’t a real party without a little immorality, AMIRITE!

      • Todd Tomorrow

        I was just gonna ask what that front group is called?

      • iampissed

        I’ve been needing one of those….immorality supporters.

        • Moralityanon.

          • iampissed

            Thanks….looks sheepish, but I’ll leave it.

            • iampissed

              Oh it really was immorally…I’m off the hook. I thought it was in mortality. I’m not off the
              hook am I.

            • iampissed

              Never mind.

            • You were right the first time. They just won’t live for a billion years to enjoy the fruits of their labor. No immortality during their immorality tenure in Scientology this lifetime.

            • iampissed

              I hope Michael has a good birthday. Blessings to you and yours.

            • Thank you. We tried calling but they never let us through.

            • iampissed

              Yea I read….SUCKS!

            • iampissed

              I have a question, if one were to send a amazon card to him as a present. What would happen?

            • They open and monitor all mail in and out. They would not let anything through that is from an SP.

            • iampissed

              What if it wasn’t from an SP?

            • iampissed

              Someone they have never heard of.

            • Not sure. It might still not get through if they have any doubt about its origin. The OSA person who opened the mail might just keep it and use it either for themselves or possibly to buy something for the Org if they felt the pressure of guilt. The gift card might get through but also might not.

            • iampissed

              Thanks I was wondering about that today.

            • madame duran

              Yet the cult has no problem in letting one of their clams contact someone in (former) relation to you to get to you. One-way control of information.

            • TexasBroad

              Hugs Phil. We all went a little crazy after your early comment about Michael’s birthday. I know today weighed heavy, but I hope you got a chuckle. I just know you’ll get your birthdays and everydays back again…

    • “Reinforcing human rights,,,,, or else!”

      • WhiteCentauress

        They are so full of…..irony!

    • madame duran

      At first, I was expecting the line to read, “In addition to the fun, this Block Party attendees will also be asked to sign non-disclosure agreements…”

    • chukicita

      A GIFT CARD?!?! How out-exchange!

  • Jimmy3

    If you’re keeping score like I am, Howdy is batting 1.000. All the ladies he was fond of and kind toward turned out to be very good looking. Supernatural.

  • Mick Roberts

    With everyone hijacking today’s comment section of the Bunker, I can’t help but wonder just what the hell someone must be thinking who has come here for the first time to read Tony’s article today and looked at these comments. Oh well, we have fun around these parts (we need some levity from time to time with some of the stories Tony shares with us). Thanks for the fun today. Good night you beautiful people.

    • Todd Tomorrow

      G’night Mick

    • iampissed

      Thanks for the pics.

    • Rasha

      Very pillow! So sleep!

    • Jimmy3

      You figured it out, right?

      • Rasha

        No spoilers!! …. still working it out……

      • Mick Roberts

        Yeah. I guess if I can figure it out, anyone can.

    • Taffy Sinclair

      G’nite, Mick!! Enjoy our beautiful pics!!!

  • Todd Tomorrow

    Fuck, I have a photo with Ted Kennedy and his son from High School but it seems to be lost in the cloud. Damn.

    • Vaquera

      His nephew was my first kiss.

      • Rasha

        …nuh uh. Wait. Like….. srsly? C’mon, Boots…..

        • Vaquera

          Ted had lots of nephews. My first crush was one of the many.

          • Rasha

            …gotcha. -_^

      • Todd Tomorrow

        Wow, he was really nice.

        • Rasha

          Well, he was really lucky, anyhoo….

      • TexasBroad

        Someday I’m going to ply you with tequila and get all your stories!

      • iampissed

        Dox

      • Omigod!! Me too!

        • Rasha

          …just lost another glass of wine there…..

        • Vaquera

          I knew you and I were copacetic.

    • Taffy Sinclair

      I have a relative that once did coke w/ Ted Kennedy (no son involved)

      • George Washington slept here . . .

  • TexasBroad

    Paging Kim O’Brien. 1978 at CASA BONITA (Denver, Co) with my mom. St. Patrick’s Day 1978 (12 yrs old) sporting the green velvet leisure suit.
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/5b82a5650c72b03d4faecf2aceab78c6efbde342bd972aacdd8edf15b366094b.jpg
    eta; Just got back – can’t wait to scroll!

    • iampissed

      I think discus has had to much of this, did not work.

    • Jimmy3

      Delete the ‘o’ in the front of the url

      • iampissed

        Thanks

        • iampissed

          No that’s to much trouble, it’s Friday.

          • iampissed

            I’m on a freaking IPad.

            • Jimmy3

              I know, me too. But for me it’s Wednesday. Some weird hypervac thing I’m testing. Makes it easier to copy/paste and remove characters

            • iampissed

              Ya….No.

            • Jimmy3

              I know. They have me sleeping upside down in a vacuum sealed bag. It really fucks with my awareness of time and space, but my skin feels incredible.

      • TexasBroad

        thanks Jimmy3 – crazy keyboard and “helpful” cat

    • TexasBroad
    • So darn cute!

    • Kim O’Brien

      i can smell the chlorine LOL

  • Intergalactic Walrus

    Ooh, this is good. I’m gonna use it. Short, no-so-sweet and right to the point! Hehe
    (refresh)

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/1ba6cd6828aaea47da017144e1e462b4dcab6d3eaa27ae3acb877e13729d7650.png

    • MarcabExpat

      AWESOME

    • Missionary Kid

      A story about giving $cientology your name:
      I was with Tory Christman at the Hollywood $cientology Testing center building, and we were taking pictures of The Unbreakable Miss Lovely in front of the building, in front of the brass sign designating it a $cientology building and in other places, including the displays of the LRH books in the windows so we could post them on the Bunker. (For those of you who weren’t here, then, Tony had a contest to see who could produce the best picture. Since then, there have been pictures taken of TUML all over the world, including the ranch where LRH died, with celebrities, and all sorts of $cientology orgs and businesses.).

      At that time, $cientology didn’t know what TUML was because it had just been released. They thought I was taking pictures of Tory, and they were saying things to her like, “Tory, you need to fix your hair” not realizing that I was shooting TUML and the background, not Tory. We were laughing our asses off because they were so clueless.

      One of the guys who seemed to be from OSA (he wasn’t in any uniform, but he was in charge) challenged me with a tone 40 order, “WHAT’S YOUR NAME?”

      I answered, laughing, “SP.” He gave up.
      *********************************************************************************
      The rest of the day:
      After the testing center, we continued west on the south side of Hollywood Blvd. and took pictures in front of businesses and inside with permission. When we told the workers what we were doing, they loved it because they at least disliked or even hated $cientology, they often invited us to come on in and take pictures.inside the businesses. For example, the Ripley’s Believe it or Not Museum ladies just loved us and urged us to take pictures all over the displays in the foyer. That was repeated in one tourist business after another. The body routers have pissed off the locals, big time.

      We took a break and stopped for a snack at Mel’s Diner, just around the corner from the boulevard. We were giddy with our success, and still laughing at the cluelessness of $cientology. When the waitress came, we warned her that we wouldn’t be ordering much, and told her what we were doing. When she brought our orders, she stopped and told us that she had to walk past the testing center on her way to work every day, because her school (it was post secondary) was just up the street from it.

      She said that she already found the $cientologists to be creepy when one day they grabbed her as she was walking by and hauled her inside. Needless to say she was freaked out. She got out of there as quickly as she could. She couldn’t do enough for us while we were sitting there. When we went to pay the cashier, it was obvious that they’d been told what we were doing, the way that they were smiling at us. After we paid the bill, Tory decided she wanted to buy something in the case, but didn’t want something that large. The cashier gave it to her with a smile and refused payment. That could get them fired, but they were so happy that something was being pulled on $cientology.

      We crossed the street to the north side, continuing west, and took shots with all the bizarre sights, including a dancer who was wearing a Guy Fawkes mask in font of the Dolby Theater.

      We hit other Co$ buildings on the north side of Hollywood Blvd., including the place where DM lives when he’s in Hollywood. It’s got a high wrought iron fence in front and razor wire on top of chain link in back, and some nasty security guards covering the entrance to the parking structure in front of it.

      A couple of weeks later, some other Bunkaroos tried the same stunt, IIRC in Clearwater, and they were heavily harassed because the security guards knew about TUML.

      WARNING: If you demonstrate or do anything even close to $cientology property DO NOT GO ALONE, do not go on their property, and, if possible, have a video camera shooting the event. They will lie in order to sue and/or harass you using the legal system or calling the cops.

      • Intergalactic Walrus

        I wonder if it is legal to wear a hidden video camera (button or eyeglasses camera) when touring a CO$ building and then posting that video later. They don’t want you taking photos inside unless they think you are a big spender, eager (and gullible enough) to sign up for something. Which of the CO$ buildings does Miscavige live in?

  • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

    Are we all going to have to re-create our photos at HowdyCon?

    • Taffy Sinclair

      YES.

  • Intergalactic Walrus

    Whoa! I’d have thought it more likely that the Ant Anti-Defamation League would have sent a representative to
    complain about that line. I think ants have much better taste than to go chomping on that unappetizing old gasbag LRH!
    (refresh)

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/3190ced7f7fc9030bae47a59975f3045011ca08eeadf252a41fcdae061ba1f3f.png
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/8db73ff9768c94f5c334b76c9200503fc79467503294b53060f2ddc6383f8744.png

    • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

      No shit! Interesting story…I loved KOTH, btw. And that joke wasn’t even at the expense of Hubbard. Paranoid much, Dave?

  • Taffy Sinclair

    EWWWWWWW!!!!!!! One of my facebook friends “liked” a CCHR post!!!!!! what the fuck do I do??? Do I chastise him? Assume he was just “liking” something?” Unfriend his stupid-ass?? I’m so grossed out!!!

    • Taffy Sinclair

      Sorry if I sound like a terrible person.

      • Intergalactic Walrus

        Do you know if they are a $cienologist?

        • Taffy Sinclair

          Not that I know of!!

          • Intergalactic Walrus

            Send them a link that exposes CCHR as a $cientology fraud. Don’t call him out about liking it. If they are not a clam, there is a huge chance that they have no idea who the CCHR really are.

            • Taffy Sinclair

              When I think about it, at the time, we lived in Sarasota, dangerously close to Clearwater…. but his FB says he lives in Sudan now (if thats real)

            • Intergalactic Walrus

              If they are not a clam, chances are they will appreciate knowing that they liked a cult post and will not ignorantly do that again. If they are a clam they will probably unfriend you.

            • Taffy Sinclair

              you’re prolly right, walrus! I just can’t believe I ever was friend w/ a clam!! Not to sound snobby……he seemed so… normal!! There I go again!!

            • Intergalactic Walrus

              Social media often exposes things about our “friends” that we’d rather not know about. But yeah, knowing that someone you know fell for this awful scam would be pretty hard to take. πŸ™

            • Taffy Sinclair

              esp. when he wanted to “out 2-D” w/ me, lol!!!

            • Intergalactic Walrus

              Oh dear! I’ve heard that body thetans are harder to get rid of than the clap! I’d buy some of those full-body condoms, just in case. Better safe than sorry πŸ˜‰
              (refresh)

              https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/69e884ca3f4d65fecf6b5227d8f73fb49265db215a868c411e743bd164ab02df.png

            • Taffy Sinclair

              The naked Gun, starring Leslie Nielson!!!

            • Intergalactic Walrus

              That Leslie was smart. Priscilla Presley was crawling with BTs!

            • Taffy Sinclair

              BT’s, and HP’s (A,C) & industrial silicone injections. ASk her non-accredited plastic “surgeon.”

              BTW, that wasn’t a joke. She was in a scam-injection ring, along w/ Lionel Richie’s ex-wife. You cannot make this stuff up!!

            • Intergalactic Walrus

              Oh, I know it. I saw her on TV once and her face was blown out. It reminded me of that kid in the Cher movie Mask. Her mouth hardly moved and looked like some kind of chelsea grin. It was scary. I thought whatever entheta she “pulled in” went straight up into her face and stayed there πŸ™

            • Taffy Sinclair

              pulled in, indeed!

            • thetastic

              Love that scene.

            • chukicita

              Sarasota is miles and miles away from CW. Not everyone here knows that CCHR is a front – it’s not likely to pop up on most people’s radar. I remember calling them once and asking if they knew that people’s human rights are being violated in CW every day – they quickly said they were only interested in psychs, and I asked why they use “human rights” in their name, then, if they were only interested in mental health professionals.

    • iampissed

      Ask and educate.
      ETA: chastise, No. Assume, No. Unfriend No…see above.

      • Taffy Sinclair

        You’re right…..

    • JJ

      Ask if they are O.K. and need you to help them get groceries or take them to the doctor or something…

  • Fink Jonas

    Bastards! hunting the Psycs that are actually doing real work in the world, I had to use psych meds after scientology due to PTSD caused by Scientology, the psych meds help me to balance my out of control thinking caused for doing so many crazy Scientology TRs, look at that wall, walk over that wall thank you, spot a spot on the wall and change your mind about it, thank you, stupid crock of s#@t

    • ReallyMGM

      The criminal agenda of the CCHR is that mental illness is a “character defect,” not an illness. They drive the movement so they can “sell” their non-med fixes or worse, no fix at all. Unfortunately many non-scientologists feel the same way about the mentally ill and addicts. The REAL statistics are th Americans will suffer a mental illness in a given year (the severity ranges from very minor to severe) But the the fact is the mentally ill have sub-par health care, poor access to the medications needed (often expensive) and safe housing, and benefits are being cut drastically with the new administration (and they were awful before that!).
      It is one on my crusades to end the stigma against mental illness, and lend a helping hand and support to anyone who needs it.
      http://www.nami.org for info about mental illness that is CCHR free.
      BTW, I am a PTSD survivor.

  • thetastic

    This is way too fun not to join in. Sorry so grainy, pic of picture. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/881322aa7df913a8c9173ed0028b0de7dd6a8eb9fefa77e7292da738b10c0383.jpg hopefully that attached, never tried this before.

    Eta: me in college, 1996 or so. I thought my thrift shop grannie slips were the height of cool.

    • iampissed

      Worked…lovely.

    • iampissed

      Your dentist is proud.

      • thetastic

        Oh, if only those teeth had lasted!

    • Taffy Sinclair

      Isn’t it fun to show ur pic??

    • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

      Message from a fellow mid-90s college student: your thrift shop granny slips WERE the height of cool! Don’t let anybody tell you otherwise. ; )

  • MarcabExpat

    Well, I don’t have any high-school pics — there are chunks of my life during which I was not being photographed. And I don’t have all the ones that were taken. But I did find this

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/ceb3002a4ecdedaa853716b7b07be9b4295acfa68962a753f74373d3c191275e.png

  • Taffy Sinclair

    I’m thirsty. Someone please bring me one glass half full of Cristal, one half Beluga caviar.

  • TheMirrorThetan

    Psst. Now that everyone has gone here are my pics. Sorry about the flash I dont have a scanner.
    Told you I looked like Kermit the frog as a kid. LOL.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/b256de1cc636fc3f1e54b7ac30cf8c96a7ca8c5b4d09fb6124019bc116df0dc0.jpg
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/426748ba8b7fb71af9a818d9b655990a468bdfb1e62b2130f6bf96ba9c55afe8.jpg

    • Qbird

      Aaaagh ~ ya little pumpkin! Ya grew into pretty cowgirl ~ from when the photo of you & the horse?

      • TheMirrorThetan

        Thanks. The photo was when I was 18 yrs old. So it was a little while ago. LOL.

    • flyonthewall

      adorbz! That’s still a thing right?

      • TheMirrorThetan

        Thanks Fly. Loved your pic much earlier with the piercings.
        Bet the nose bridge one really hurt.

        • flyonthewall

          No, not at all, just looks painful. Doesn’t go through bone or anything, just soft tissue, same as an earlobe. Inner part of outer ear (conch) hurt the worst, lots of thick cartilage.

          • Rasha
            • flyonthewall

              he is so hardcore

            • Rasha

              …none of that “soft tissue” stuff. Skull and brain, man!

          • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

            Ooof, just seeing those conch piercings make me cringe. Those puppies had to hurt. When I was a young’un, I wanted to get an upper ear piercing. Then I saw a few friends with them end up getting nasty infections, and that put me off. I decided it was better to stick things through the fleshier, more adipose parts. (Although the navel doesn’t entirely count because the going in is easy, but the going out makes you see stars. At least it heals fast.)

    • chukicita

      love that smile! *and the bangs!*

      • TheMirrorThetan

        Oh Gawd. If Mum had to trim my fringe why oh why did she do it the day before the school photo and make it so short. πŸ™‚

        • chukicita

          Maternal actions the day before school photos are why I’m glad all mine were lost in a flood in the early 80s.

    • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

      I’m with Chuki. Microbangs FTW!

  • Robert Ramsay

    I’m the guy on the left. Mariposa folk festival many many … many …years ago.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/1eade2cfb9348f054c1f624e4edbc1905a8243395511112584ebe34563c42fc7.png

    • Intergalactic Walrus

      From this pic, you look like a young Terry Reid.

      • Robert Ramsay

        ahhh the New Yardbirds !! it was all a dream. πŸ™‚

        • Intergalactic Walrus

          I was hoping you knew who that was because it was meant to be a compliment. He was quite a looker back in the day. Good musician/singer too.

          • Robert Ramsay

            I do and he is. What has always mystified me is there is sooooo much talent out there and it has always been a struggle for people (extremely talented ) to be acknowledged.

            • Intergalactic Walrus

              Yeah, unfortunately there is such a thing as being packaged for success. Sometimes that’s all there is, just packaging and no real talent involved. I hate to admit this but there was a time when I was trying to recover from a romance gone wrong and listened to this song about 20,000 times through a set of cheap headphones, choking up every time it hit the 3 minute mark. I suspect that this effective “therapy” for a broken heart is the reason I’d never need auditing. I guess I should thank Terry Reid, because he saved me a lot of money πŸ™‚

              https://youtu.be/zDYMSHV50I8

            • Robert Ramsay

              That’s a great tune. I’m still a slave to Hollow Reed by Seals and Crofts… πŸ™‚ Funny how tunes anchor us.

            • Kestrel

              Like some fickle finger of fate where some talented people just never got that break.

            • chukicita

              It’s more than fate – it’s hard, hard work. Talent is not even required.

              If you want to retain artistic control you also have to be a negotiator, a marketer, and a businessperson. Or you need to pay a layer of people between you and your audience; or you compromise your art to the direction of marketers and others who are not artists. You starve, and so does your family, or you acquiesce to the demands of non-artists as to what clothes you wear, how your hair is arranged, what art you release, the topics you can address in your art, etc.

            • chukicita

              It has nothing to do with talent. It’s the people with dollar signs for pupils between the artists and the consumers of art that decide who people are going to like.

        • ReallyMGM

          Weren’t the “New Yardbirds” the first name for Led Zeppelin? And wasn’t Terry Reid who Jimmy Page wanted to be the lead singer but he turned him down? To think Robert Plant was second on the list!

  • MostEthicalPimp
    • Intergalactic Walrus

      That looks like it was awkward. I wonder if the kid in the middle making the cross-eyed funny face got in trouble.

    • chukicita

      You look like you’re ready to bolt!

    • GfldedKim

      I have often wondered if JT tried to get Oprah in…they seemed to be good buds back in the day..

  • Douglas D. Douglas

    I have been working like a bird dog all day, and peeking in from time to time. I really want to post a vintage image, but I also do not want to put my photo in this forum. Even one with my brothers, all of us in contrasting leisure suits (not one a color or fabric found in nature) and hair styles to match.

    Sorry.

    • I will just picture you as your Avatar – I always have btw πŸ™‚

      • Douglas D. Douglas

        What’s odd is that it looks almost exactly like me… or does it?

    • thetastic

      I was wondering if there would be some folks with this problem. Scientology really sucks!

      I promise we are imagining your leisure suit and giggling.

  • Qbird

    Can anyone link me to a reference page listing the abbreviations for Scientology entities?
    I’m searching but not having much luck.

    • Missionary Kid

      http://www.xenu.net/archive/dictionary/

      I also have a list of Bunker memes and sayings that I haven’t updated in a while. I’ll post them soon, along with the over 1,600 nicknames for DM.

      • Qbird

        yup. I found that & passed it on. thx Kid!

  • For nerds: “What β€˜The Master’ Tells Us About Scientology”
    https://filmschoolrejects.com/what-the-master-tells-us-about-scientology-536345624c24

    • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

      I like FSR. They did a good job with that video, especially for film lovers who may not know much about the actual practices of scientology. I know PTA originally intended for The Master to tell much more of the scientology story, but I still thought it was fantastic–wonderfully acted, beautifully shot. I am an unapologetic PTA fangirl, though, and I know enough about scientology to make the connections.

      An interesting six degrees factoid: In 2002, PTA worked with a digital graphic artist named Jeremy Blake to do interstitial animations for Punch-Drunk Love. Blake and his long-time partner, Theresa Duncan, would eventually claim that scientology was after them, and they both died by apparent suicide in 2007. PTA says The Master had been long-gestating as a film idea, but I always wondered if his relationship with Blake partly inspired scientology as a subject matter.

  • Faux Gibbler

    Can you imagine buying a home in Clearwater and not knowing the cult of Scientology is right there? Like in your back yard?

    • Susan black

      Maybe home sellers in Clearwater, as a way to protect themselves from future lawsuits, need to declare to buyers that they have “nuisance neighbors” who have continuously caused problems in the past.

    • chukicita

      Many Scientologists seem to become realtors. Perhaps the skill sets that develop in Scientology are useful in that industry. Nothing like buying property from a WISE company, I’m sure.

      • JJ

        Money free time and info on how to skirt possible issues in real estate while making a Scientology Homeland…

    • FredEX2

      I bet I know exactly who wrote that. His initials might be TS.

  • Shivani33

    Is it true the Adele lives in East Grinstead? It is true that she’s coming out with a song called “Trolling in the Derp?”

    • Newiga

      LOL!!!

    • i love the word – Derp! πŸ™‚

    • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

      I have read that she is moving there. Her Wikipedia page says she moved there in March of this year.

  • OOkpik

    Tony was too busy to play today but I found this in an old shoebox behind the Bunker bar.
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/0ff86bc461ea54413b485253d0163a9cf424b731a645043d9ae4d8526c3bb5c1.jpg

    • Rasha

      One of the few people who still know what a “platen” is….

    • omg πŸ™‚

  • Newiga

    Ya’ll beautiful people! <3