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Scientology invited local business owners to its Clearwater celeb party. Well, except one.

 
On Tuesday, Church of Scientology leader David Miscavige invited the business and property owners of Clearwater, Florida’s Cleveland Street for an unusual private presentation at the Fort Harrison Hotel, centerpiece of the church’s Flag Land Base that takes up much of Clearwater’s downtown area.

Tracey McManus of the Tampa Bay Times revealed that Miscavige had invited the Cleveland Street “stakeholders” to pitch them on his plans for a revitalized downtown, and he’d even brought along top Scientology celebrities John Travolta, Kelly Preston, and Kirstie Alley to bolster his pitch. (And we spotted Scientology billionaire Bob Duggan in photos of the event as well.)

Miscavige is trying to throw a wrench into the city’s $55 million, 10-year redevelopment plan it calls “Imagine Clearwater,” the city’s latest attempt to resuscitate a town that was invaded by the church (operating under a fake name) in 1975, and a downtown that has been strangled of life in the decades since by Scientology’s presence. One of the elements of that plan is a 1.4-acre parcel that an aquarium company has committed to sell to the city for $4.25 million, pending a vote by the city council next week. But Miscavige wants to derail that transaction, offering not only $15 million for the parcel, but also promising to spend some $8 million for new facades on the buildings along Cleveland Street.

Based on what one of those Cleveland Street business owners, Leif Oskarsson, told us yesterday, Miscavige was clever to pit those stakeholders against the city’s plan. We don’t know, however, if that will be enough to derail next week’s vote.

Anyway, at some point yesterday, we realized that there was one Cleveland Street business owner we hadn’t noticed in any of the reporting or photographs of the event, and so we gave him a call.

Lucky Anchor pub owner Clay Irwin seemed to know why we were calling.

“I wasn’t invited,” he said. “And I’m hot. I’m really unhappy about it.”

If there’s someone who symbolizes the city’s struggle to revitalize itself despite the presence of the Church of Scientology, it might be Clay Irwin. In December, he opened his pub on Cleveland Street and talked optimistically about bringing life back to the downtown district — and with the involvement of the church. On his Facebook page, Irwin posted photos of Scientology workers visiting his bar like they were all fraternity brothers. And he’s told us that he was happy to be in the church’s shadow and didn’t perceive any problem with them.

 

[Irwin with church staffers at his bar in February]

 
But that was before the trouble started.

The last time we told you about Irwin, he’d caused a stir when one of his bar guests, a construction worker, offered to take him on a tour of the Tom Cruise double-penthouse being constructed down the street. Irwin broadcast his visit to the unfinished penthouse on a live Facebook stream, which one of our readers then shared with us a few days later.

Within about an hour after we posted the video, Irwin was visited by a church representative who demanded that he take the video down from the Internet.

And now, a few weeks later, he was conspicuously left off the invite list for David Miscavige’s big celeb party at the Fort Harrison Hotel, during which the church leader revealed plans for giving facelifts to businesses that would presumably include Irwin’s Lucky Anchor bar.

“I know what they’re all about now,” he told us during our phone call yesterday, sounding decidedly different about Scientology than he has in our previous conversations.

But wasn’t he excited about the prospect of Scientology paying to give his business a facelift?

“I’ll take them to court before I let that happen,” he said, insisting that he likes the way his bar looks now.

“I had the whole city government in here yesterday. The mayor, everybody,” he said, and he talks about having a good relationship with his landlord, implying that he’s there for the duration, even if he’s now no longer such a happy neighbor of the Church of Scientology.

Hey, Clearwater residents. If you’d like to see the city stand up against David Miscavige and his attempt to scuttle the city’s development plans, you could do worse than to stop in at the Lucky Anchor and support Clay Irwin by buying a beer.

 
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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 4,720 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 1,823 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 2,317 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 1,357 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy in 1,069 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 595 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 4,684 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 1,824 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 2,144 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 2,119 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 475 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin in 4,777 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 884 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis for 1,286 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 1,159 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 740 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike in 1,245 days.
Mary Jane Sterne has not seen her daughter Samantha in 1,489 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 12,598 days.

 
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3D-UnbreakablePosted by Tony Ortega on April 14, 2017 at 07:00

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Learn about Scientology with our numerous series with experts…

BLOGGING DIANETICS: We read Scientology’s founding text cover to cover with the help of L.A. attorney and former church member Vance Woodward
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  • Rasha

    O/T, but I was watching Steve Oedekerk’s “The Blair Thumb”…. again….. and finally this caught my eyeballs. As Stressy is displaying the books she used for preparation for the project……

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/19af8d5e8fc7c47acb220bf9eca20fe0ec04a4d4e7791e6ace7f9e8ccf18c08e.jpg

    • Observer

      Hahaha!

      • Rasha

        She’s a “Super-duper preparamedic”…

    • well, until about 30seconds ago i didn’t even attempt to understand this and now i know what i’m watching all weekend.

      • Rasha

        Thumb Wars
        Frankenthumb
        The God Thumb
        Bat Thumb

        The Blair Thumb
        Thumbtanic

        … I guess they couldn’t get the rights for “Thumb Matrix”, but some day…. some day…..

        • just know this: if our thumbs are ever in the same place at the same time, we WILL recreate Battlefield Thumb

          • Rasha

            THIS ^^^^^^^

            • Rasha

              TONEH!!! We need a Bunker movie studio!

            • chukicita

              Yes, please Unca Tony? I know where there’s one that has all the equipment, but for some reason has generated no movehs.

          • Rasha

            “BattleThumb Earth”

    • gtsix

      Oh thetan my thetan.
      .
      I did not know this was a thing. And this is a thing I will now be thumbing through. Bunkeroonians have so much to share. Ta Rasha.

  • nottrue
    • Rasha

      *in awe* …..they could completely fill the stands at a little league game.

    • The auditors state: “For this reason, we have not verified the accuracy or completeness of the accounting records and explanations you have given us and we do not, therefore express any opinion on the statutory financial statements.”

      It’s a cooked book!

    • Harpoona Frittata

      Umm, sell them off one by one and make sure you get a good price for each one?

      Scilons are used to indentured servitude and mistreatment, so actual slavery shouldn’t phase their thetans that much more!

    • chukicita

      Wow! Thanks for tha link. See the ish you can find out when your country has financial transparency laws?

  • WhiteCentauress

    Found this little jewel on Reddit AMA, after reading through hundreds of questions she didn’t answer. I found her reply quite telling when she was asked about the voice of her imaginary character. 😜

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/c892d14e124f20d82494f9e2de1e702057e40a4c9179be08bcaca887e547adcc.png

    • Jimmy3

      Shallow as hell. Rachel Dratch has more talent in her sleep.
      But something similar has been brought up here before. Jenna answered some interview question with a similarly dismissive attitude. It was as if she was saying, “if this shit sucks, it’s her (Dratch’s) fault.” Paraphrasing, obviously. But that really sucks, because I love Rachel Dratch.

      don’t buy it.

      • WhiteCentauress

        Real Reddit users weren’t buying it either.

    • machiabelly

      I wondered if that was a deliberate omission/slight on Jenna’s part because Rachel participated in that Billy On The Street comedy segment about escaping Scientology?

      I wouldn’t be shocked if Jenna was maybe kept insulated during the AMA by her handlers reading out selected questions and then transcribing answers so she never saw anything directly. If those were her requirements, she’s a bigger coward than I thought.

      Having to remain aware of who she’s supposed to hate without reading or watching any of the heretical material must be migraine inducing. Drink some more of your special water, Jenna. Lying makes your skin so dewy!

      • WhiteCentauress

        I think having been born into Scientology, thoroughly indoctrinated, then pampered, and given star treatment is certain to ruin any child. Not everyone has a defining moment of clarity like Leah, Tory, Chris……When the end comes for the cult, and reality finally hits the remaining believers, I can picture the remaining few being wrapped in blankets and led out like released POW’s. Some won’t be able to handle it, and I feel that those hanging by a thread of sanity, just may snap.

    • Juicer77

      What a cold, wordy response. Weird. So much for making nice with a longtime fan.

      • WhiteCentauress

        I’m assuming both questions and answers were pre-written. Neither seem spontaneous or relevant.

        • Juicer77

          They sure read that way.

  • iampissed

    To Carrie Fisher and all the fine ladies here.

    ” … she’s looking down from the celestial stratosphere with those big
    brown eyes, that sly smile on her face as she lovingly extends me the
    middle finger.”
    ETA: that is a Mark Hamill quote

    • Rasha

      Ramen

      • iampissed

        Pho.

        • Rasha

          …onions and ginger…. oooo yah.

          • iampissed

            please yes!

    • Jimmy3

      You see the trailer ?

      • iampissed

        Not telling.

    • stillgrace2

      … and then she says “WORTH it!” and sips on her Coke. I so miss her.

      • flyonthewall

        I saw her from a distance at a comic-con once but there was a huge line to meet her and the kids were done for the day so we didn’t wait.

        That’s my Carrie Fischer story

        • stillgrace2

          You can watch HBO’s Bright Lights and get a front row seat to watch Carrie at a Comic-con.

          • flyonthewall

            meh, I’m not a super fan or anything

            • stillgrace2

              She called Comic-con a “celebrity lap dance”.

    • Username

      I miss her too. Great, brave Princess.

    • Marshall

      Yes, I cried when I watched this and I’m not even a Star Wars fan

      https://youtu.be/sE99le5FBrY

      • iampissed

        Never a huge fan myself….but she showed up at the right time and was the right person.

        • April

          Huge fan myself. She was perfect for the part. 😀

          • daisy

            She is one of my heroes . I forgive her for that silly film she made when she was young , that I never saw.

      • iampissed

        Yea thanks for this. made me cry to. Jenna if your watching this what will you leave?

      • April

        This tribute includes a clip from when she spoke at the 2005 AFI lifetime achievement award ceremony for George Lucas. I highly recommend viewing her entire speech; it’s only 4 minutes long. Hilariously funny imho.
        http://video.afi.com/videos/play/lZ97s396kb0/carrie-fisher-roasts-george-lucas-at-afi-life-achievement-award/

        • iampissed

          Oh my freaking lord…there is someone in the audience that I use
          to work for quite a lot…..Thanks.

    • gtsix

      She was such a good writer. I’m still FY2016 over her. Too Fucking Soon.

  • stillgrace2

    A brown-nosing, ass kissing David Miscavige! I like this.

  • Missionary Kid

    Leah Remini on the Dr. Oz show is a rerun that was used to promo her documentary’s first season.

    • iampissed

      Someones on vacation.

  • nottrue
  • Andrea ‘i-Betty’ Garner

    Sorry if this has already been posted. John McGhee sent it: “The Irish Church of Scientology returned to profit last year.”

    http://www.thejournal.ie/irish-church-of-scientology-3341748-Apr2017/?utm_source=shortlink

    • L. Wrong Hubturd

      Booooooo!

    • Kestrel

      From the article: “Auditors for the Church, Kilcoyne and Co Accountants state that “you consider that the Church of Scientology Mission of Dublin Ltd is exempt from the statutory audit requirement for the year”.
      They state that they have not been instructed to carry out an audit or a review of the financial statements of Church of Scientology Mission of Dublin Ltd.
      The auditors state: “For this reason, we have not verified the accuracy or completeness of the accounting records and explanations you have given us and we do not, therefore express any opinion on the statutory financial statements.” ”

      In other words, the financial statements could be fiction.

      • madame duran

        The source of the auditing information is solely based on church information and not coming from an independent regulatory body. The auditing firm seems to be just reporting what it’s been told by the cult. Cult doesn’t specify if all, most or some the money came from orgs in Los Angeles, Clearwater, elsewhere in Europe or exclusively from the 87 Scientologists in Ireland. The income numbers could be complete fiction made to impress, much like the “12 million Scientologists worldwide” figure. Can’t have reports of significant decline in revenue after setting up Ireland’s National Affairs Office last year, now can we?

    • ombrifuge

      There are some interesting comments to that article.

  • Liberated

    New season of “Mystery Science Theater 3000 ” on Netflix….yay !

    • Rasha

      OMX OMX OMX Say nothing! Nothing, I tell you!!!!!!

      WATCHING!!!!

      • Rasha

        Return of the Invention Exchange!!!!

        • Rasha

          Yes, I will live blog this, unless our Proprietor says otherwise.

        • Rasha

          Tom flies…..

        • Rasha

          Secret Agent Superdragon reference… ^_^

        • Rasha

          “You know, an aquarium is a pet store that doesn’t sell anything”

        • Rasha

          Gypsy makes an appearance in the theatre….

        • Rasha

          “A perfectly preserved specimen of a reptile…..”

          “…dysfunction”

        • Rasha

          …map one more genome, then it’s off to bed….

        • Rasha

          …the blood shower’s on!

        • Rasha

          ….excuse me.. Sailor Moon?

        • Rasha

          “Granulation!”
          “Thank you.”

        • Rasha

          “Every Country Has A Monster” song….. and Movie sign…..

        • Rasha

          Tom hovers into the theATer. Must accept that.

      • gtsix

        Say nothing, eh. Rasha needs phraseclear tech. Yours for only 14,000 thetabux.

      • Observer

        We’re saving it for tomorrow

        • Rasha

          I’ll stop blogging…. fair’s fair.

          • Observer

            No, it’s fine. Spoilers don’t dampen my enjoyment of something. I’m weird like that.

            • Rasha

              Just finished. Have some thoughts, but will see it through. Made it from Joel to Mike, and will allow the intro stage. Overall, like the new Gypsy, need to learn the new voices for the characters, but appreciate the spirit.

    • Kay (aka Nasty Lady)

      Yay !

  • nottrue

    ” Mirror mirror on the wall .. When is Scientology going to fall “.. …. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/b4b7366e2c6b2e682b5193a0e43c0ad553774a588feef15cecfc6e3e4674c6f3.jpg

    • Liberated

      Leah’s so cool !

      • JaxNGold

        …and gorgeous. Totally got a girl crush goin’ on…lol

  • Username

    OT… have been enjoying the series, The Arrangement. The writers/creators did a great job at dramatizing what damage high control groups can do to their members in general, and specifically (but without direct acknowledgment) the shit storm Katey Holmes found herself in with that nut bag Cruise. Definetly worth a watch. Any other Scientology watchers find this series amusing or entertaining?

    • Yes

    • stillgrace2

      Thanks! I am on the lookout for a new binge watching opportunity. This sounds good. I must remember to have Mr. Grace set it up (I only have three working fingers.) That’s why I have trouble with remotes and why my comments these days are so short. Thanks again.

      • califa007

        See above. You’ll love The Path on Hulu.

      • Username

        May a voice activated remote be in your future my friend 😉 Yes… and The Path for me. Enjoy!

    • califa007

      Also watch The Path on Hulu with Aaron Paul from Breaking Bad. Definitely mirrors Scn. The second season finale is next Wed. Hope there’s a season three – it’s really good. With 10-13 episodes per season they have time to develop the characters really well.

      • Username

        Thanks! I will definitely check it out. Aaron Paul… big fan! Sounds like something I’m in danger of serial watching this Easter weekend.

  • Observer
    • Don’t get spit on.

      • Observer

        That’s why Xenu made zoom lenses.

    • Kay (aka Nasty Lady)

      Beautiful pictures !!

    • Sherbet

      Your spring is way ahead of the Massachusetts spring. Just a few lonely forsythia are blooming around our house. A crocus here and there, or a bunch of daffodils.

      • stillgrace2

        California had so much rain lately, my viola volunteers are rocking right now. Photo courtesy of my son. F5 https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/65282c55005bca3edf914afc36f0f4df235828c64a1db3b4f52361fe160b2397.jpg

        • Tough little weeds! We only have a tiny patch of lawn in the back yard and they invade it regularly. I always feel bad about mowing their little heads off, but to be honest, all it does is make them mad.

          • Sherbet

            My violets are like that. But they’re finished blooming after a few weeks, so it’s OK to mow them down. You can’t kill them.

        • Sherbet

          Gorgeous! You’re the only other person (besides my brother-in-law and myself) to use the word “volunteers” regarding plants. It’s kind of cute.

          Are those also known as Johnny-jump-ups?

          • stillgrace2

            They are descendants of several species of violas that have been popping up in a very large window box I have. One of the founding seedlings were Burpee Johnny-Jump-Ups. They are the ones with yellow and purple on the petal portion of the flower.

            • stillgrace2

              My avatar was born many years ago in this same window box.

            • Sherbet

              I guess I can call you Viola, then. 🙂

            • stillgrace2

              Viola’s Mom and Caretaker.

            • Sherbet

              My middle name is Rose, so we’re both quite floral.

            • stillgrace2

              I love the name Rose!

            • daisy

              I always thought you were a purple teddy bear lol

            • stillgrace2

              Daisy, make sure you’re not wearing your Mom’s eyeglasses!

          • Missionary Kid

            I think that gardeners and farmers have been using the expression “volunteer” in referring to plants that grow on their own for probably at least a hundred years.

            • stillgrace2

              My personal philosophy is any plant (except what I consider weeds) that chooses to grow in my garden is more than welcome. I make a commitment to their survival.

            • Missionary Kid

              Some of the best tomatoes that grew in my sister’s garden are volunteers. Since she composts, I suspect that they came from some purchased tomatoes. She buys at a farmer’s market, as well as organic groceries at supermarkets.

            • stillgrace2

              My grape tomatoes survived four years of the drought. Last year was the first time they failed to produce. I did get some volunteers pop up this year, but they came up too early and got frosted in January.

            • Missionary Kid

              My sister lives in San Diego, so no frost problems.

            • Juicer77

              Heirlooms FTW!

        • Juicer77

          I just love these!

    • MarcabExpat

      “not much to photograph” how can you say that while posting these pics????????? beautiful.

    • 5 Feet Long and Luminous

      Holy gorgeous, Obs. These are lovely shots, and really sharp and clear. I’d give anything to see those alpacas this close and personal.

  • flyonthewall

    If anyone needs a pick me up happy song, this will do the trick

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g7gutsi1uT4

    • Jo

      Love this tune.

      • flyonthewall

        i’d literally kill someone for tkts to one of their shows.

        • Jo

          Prob, would too, haven’t heard Portishead in ages.

          • flyonthewall

            90’s for the win…AGAIN!

            • We have a Porti-shed in the back yard. It never sings. Must be broken.

  • flyonthewall
    • L. Wrong Hubturd

      Some people will do anything for some Cherry Garcia. We each have our price.

    • Rasha

      Worst birthday party EVAR……

      • flyonthewall

        take it off! woooh!

        • Rasha

          I was gonna say “Bachelorette Parteh”…. but no……

    • April

      What a delicious, delicious sellout. Can’t blame him.

    • iampissed

      Free ice cream for life….all I’m saying.

    • Sherbet

      If we can’t have dignity in a former presidential candidate, then at least we can have crushed Oreos and marshmallow creme.

      • daisy

        Him sitting in a waffle cone covered in chocolate sauce, sprinkles and whip cream still more dignified than the current president.

        • Sherbet

          You’ve got that right!

        • You left out the tutu and the Viking helmet.

      • MarcabExpat

        And if anybody would be a proper judge, it would be you!

        • Sherbet

          That’s right. I’m the frozen dessert packaged in a space ship.

      • Noesis

        There is another former Presidential candidate who also has no dignity – the problem is now he is actually the President.

        Lol.

    • Juicer77

      To be fair, so did Ben & Jerry! 😉

  • TonyOrtega

    Heard from Clay Irwin this evening. He said the story “nailed it,” and he was getting calls about it all day.

    • iampissed

      Clay….it’s always worse then ya think.

      • Rasha

        THEN it gets bad…..

        • iampissed

          There is that also.

        • daisy

          Told a friend that Leah was having a second season, She said there is more ? It is like she never listens to me.

          • Rasha

            …there is never NOT more…..

          • Sherbet

            She thought there were only 8 nasty stories about the church?

            • iampissed

              x47000

            • Rasha

              …just 8 at a time. Still takes all week to list them, though….

            • daisy

              She thinks I often exaggerate to make it more interesting. I usually am. The COS is stranger and more evil than anything I could think up.

            • Sherbet

              My sisters thought I was overreacting about scientology until one watched Aftermath and the other read Miss Lovely and Troublemaker.

          • iampissed

            We’re in a 30 second world. Keep working it.

          • Liberated

            Oh good you’re here….I would love for you and me to go to Clay’s bar and get hammered.

            Then every time we see some sea org. idiot marching down the street, shout out…

            ” what time does happy-hour end ? ”
            ” what’s the soup du jour ?”
            ” check please ”

            Then when they look at us like we’re crazy….say ” oh sorry…thought you were my server “

          • Kay (aka Nasty Lady)

            Isn’t that annoying ? I had a similar thing happen with a friend of mine. She never listens to me either. sigh

    • madame duran

      Calls from who? Scientology? City officials? Other downtown businesses? Angry residents? Other media? All of the above…and then some?

      • iampissed

        Wait for it……..

        • madame duran

          I’m not a very patient person.

    • Very cool. Besides being rude, excluding him was just plain stupid.

      • iampissed

        Rude is a given….stupid expected.

      • madame duran

        It gives everyone an idea of how Scientology will go about handpicking which retailers will get the greenlight to setting up in the cult-controlled retail district. It will have nothing to do with profitability or bringing in the types of businesses that meets local demand. Anyone who is willing to speak out or stand up to the cult, provide services contrary to Scientology values or appears favourably on Tony’s blog will be shut out. The cult will cultivate its favourites and shun the rest. If big “wog” retailers won’t fall for the bait, I don’t think the cult will care much and would just settle for having its zombie members fill the gap.

        Side note: it’s been a while since we’ve employed the “THANKS LEGOLAND” line. Perhaps the company would be foolish enough to jump right in bed with Scientology again?

      • I’m no PR expert, but I would have thought that the dissidents would be exactly the people whom you would take the most trouble over – to try to bring them around or, failing that, make them look like trouble-makers who might spoil a sweet deal to their peers.

        Miscavige just does not have subtlety to even understand this kind of approach. All he has is brute force an ignorance.

    • Sherbet

      Media calls?

    • Nice.

    • Rasha

      Has he logged in yet?

    • Chee Chalker

      Did he happen to acknowledge the first time you wrote about him where I called him ‘sweet sweet naive Clay’?

    • Did he mention if the Mayor asked why he wasn’t at the celeb love meeting?

    • Juicer77

      Hopefully people stopped in for a beer, too!

    • Mark Foster

      Making a difference, yes; keep doing what you´re doing.

    • MarcabExpat

      That is dazzling. *applause*

    • Jo

      Lol, no one in Ireland has heard of Scientology, well, not as far, as I know.

    • Graham

      As someone said in the comments “All this talk of profit and trading surely lifts it out of the religion bracket.”

      I see a comment there from some guy named John McGee 😉

  • Missionary Kid

    Leah Remini is going on the new Match Game on Sunday? I saw her in a promo for the show, but she’s not listed on the info of the show. It’s on at 9 pm PDT.

    • outraged

      They are bringing back Match Game??
      omg, next it will be Truth or Consequences. lol

    • Liberated

      I think it’s a repeat.

      • Missionary Kid

        It’s a new one, but it’s listed as Season 2 Episode 9. Perhaps Leah was on an earlier one, and they used that for the promo.

        • Liberated

          Ok, I’m gonna watch.

    • Its on local Chan 7 (free TV) at 9p. Says 2017 Alex Baldwin. Thanks MK.

    • Liberated

      Happy Easter dice….wait a minute, I forgot, you’re a pastafarian.
      How does your “religion ” celebrate this holiday?

      Does a rabbit hide pasta ( rigatoni..ziti ) all over your house and you have to find it Sunday morning, or do you just wake up to a wonderful dish of Easter lasagna ?

    • madame duran

      “Safe for children”??? Uhhh….safe as in “appropriate”?

      Well, at least it confirms the site is legit and not a scam like Scientology.

  • Liberated

    I’m watching the new season of Chelsea Handler….and she’s already made two scientology jokes and there’s 40 min. left, I had to stop and tell you guys.

    It’s true, the cult certainly has become the laughing-stock of Hollywood and pretty much every where else.

    • Kay (aka Nasty Lady)

      I don’t know if anyone’s mentioned this, but the home page on Yahoo today had an article about all of the questions people were throwing at Jenna Elfman online about the CoS this week, including “where’s Shelly Miscavage?” I know that PR faux pas was talked about here in the Bunker, but I was surprised to see an article on Yahoo that said that it was pretty much a disaster. I think that’s real progress, since just a short few years ago, people wouldn’t even have known enough to ask her those kind of questions. I agree, it has become a common punchline nowadays.

      • Liberated

        I agree… remember ( maybe 2015 ) when Jenna was chosen to represent a charity at a Christmas event at Legoland ? Of course she represented a cult front group and gave them $10,000….well, I think it’s clear, that would not be happening today.

        I think Leah’s show had a lot to do with the change of public opinion.

        • Kay (aka Nasty Lady)

          I agree….I think Leah’s show really did a lot to raise awareness about Scientology. I have had friends whom I have complained to about Scientology for years, but they just didn’t seem to get it until they watched Leah’s series….then the lightbulbs went off.

      • Juicer77

        Mr. Juicer said Fox News mentioned the AM A disaster briefly.

        • Kay (aka Nasty Lady)

          Hi Juicer !!! Thought about you the whole time I watched MST3K…..there was your avi ! Wow, Fox news mentioned it as well? Things ARE progressing !! Yay

  • Kay (aka Nasty Lady)

    Off topic but brought up earlier: New season of Mystery Science 3000 on Netflix. I’m so glad someone posted that since that is one of my all time favorite TV shows. Anyway, watched the first episode and just laughed my head off. They are being very true to the original format and concept. Enjoy if you are a MST3K fan. 🙂
    (Juicer, where are you? This is your thing !)

    • Juicer77

      Going to savor it today. Glad you enjoyed it! 🙂

      • Kay (aka Nasty Lady)

        I’m going backwards from down thread. You will like it. It’s nice to be able to have closed-captioning on this new version….not that I have hearing problems, just because in the old MST3K, sometimes their lines were delivered so rapidly I missed things. This way I didn’t miss anything. There were some really funny lines, and the movie was just beyond ridiculous, which makes it all the better. My favorite of the old series was a Shirley Temple film that they overdubbed as if she were the exorcist. Laughed my head off. I’m going to enjoy this, and I hope they keep doing it. They’ve gotten good reviews so far, BTW.

  • Dave Reams

    Regarding the photo above of the 2 Scientologists in Irwin’s bar:
    1. What are their uniforms? (what job, public or SO?)
    2. Is it usual for Scientologist staff to have the time and money to pick up thetans in wog alcohol / glycol injection facilities? Don’t they know that beer taps are cooled with Glycol ??? Oh, no case of beer on post.

    https://www.kegworks.com/draft-beer/glycol-dispense-items/glycol-cooled-beer-towers

    • They are Scientology Sea Org Flag Land Base staff. The gentleman in the center has a Super Power pin on the right side of his vest (left from our perspective). It is the pin with a triangle within a circle.

    • Snippy_X

      Yo D

    • Newiga

      10 years is nothing to an eternal being like a thetan.

      • Johnny Tank (Forever Autumn)

        Patience is a virtue. Rushing into things isn’t a sensible thing to do. Take your time, and make sure you do things right – even if it takes 10 years.

  • Juicer77

    Welcome, newbies and lurkers and under-the-radars. Lots of J&D here, but also coffee and friendship. Make yourself at home. f5 https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/7c12bafe4655bf7059c0ea5f4be861180f94467da96f354902ca64d94d1585d1.jpg

    • Baby

      That is so cute Juicie.. I had to study it for a minute..

  • Snippy_X