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Even in Mexico, Scientology bullies people with hired muscle — but for now strikes out

 
Rod Keller continues to keep an eye on things going on south of the border for us…

Last week we reported that local officials in the greater Mexico City neighborhood of Lomas del Olivo had shut down renovations being done on Scientology’s new Advanced Org Saint Hill LATAM facility because of an expired permit. This week Scientology played a cat and mouse game with officials as it attempted to continue work despite the ban. The banners announcing the closure that had been torn by unknown parties were taped back together, but trucks and workers continued to use the gates.

 

 
In an interview with news site La Silla Rota entitled “Scientologists have documents in order,” Scientology spokesperson and Sea Org member Jonathan Rico said “I do not see that there is anything wrong, there must be an administrative confusion because we have our papers in order, and if there is anything that needs to be remedied, we will be carrying out the necessary administrative resources and clarifying the confusion.”

 

 
Neighbors questioned officials about the permit status, leading them to issue a statement that renovations were still on hold, and that anybody at the site are not workers, but security guards. The alleged security guards came with trucks, construction materials, tools, and were photographed on the scaffolding on the exterior of the building.

 


 
On Thursday the police visited the site to examine the permits. Valid permits were not presented, and work was stopped for a second time in as many weeks.

 

 
Despite the battle over permits, the AOSH LATAM facility is among the most likely of Scientology’s many empty buildings to open in the near future.

 
— Rod Keller

 
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Aaron Smith-Levin talks Clearwater

Says Aaron: “My thoughts & comments on Scientology’s boycott of businesses in downtown Clearwater, and how Ben Shaw inadvertently admitted that it’s real.”

 

 
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Bonus items from our tipsters

Rod Keller also spotted this tattoo on Facebook…

 

 
Meanwhile, on eBay, this Ray Bradbury title page signed to Mark “Marty” Rathbun in 1984 is on sale from a seller in Sacramento. We have no idea.

 

 
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Countdown to Denver!

 

 
HowdyCon 2017: Denver, June 23-25 at the Residence Inn Denver City Center. Go here to start making your plans, and book your room soon!

 
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Scientology disconnection, a reminder

Bernie Headley has not seen his daughter Stephanie in 4,743 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 1,846 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 2,340 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 1,380 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy in 1,092 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 618 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 4,707 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 1,847 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 2,167 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 2,142 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 498 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin in 4,800 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 907 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis for 1,309 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 1,182 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 763 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike in 1,268 days.
Mary Jane Sterne has not seen her daughter Samantha in 1,512 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 12,621 days.

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

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

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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Our Guide to Alex Gibney’s film ‘Going Clear,’ and our pages about its principal figures…
Jason Beghe | Tom DeVocht | Sara Goldberg | Paul Haggis | Mark “Marty” Rathbun | Mike Rinder | Spanky Taylor | Hana Whitfield

 

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  • Panopea Abrupta

    The Case of The Missing Missions

    We are still in Florida.

    And somewhere close to the epicentre of all that is $cientology.
    Today we will look at

    The Mission of Clearwater
    100 N. Belcher Road,
    Clearwater,
    Florida

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/4e1b687ca88d0ff7fa7aa1fac0ec42d3753bfaa231b262bbc5153c505879ccd9.jpg

    Their sign is tiny and virtually invisible:

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/1098502c21213b00c80c9f278d21b4076a822be13c60c561ab938d434c635590.jpg

    Co$ are tenants here.
    The building is currently for sale:

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/5b068ecd1fa046b22d9fcad22cbf675f85abf1fc7990bee6ea135f980bf95d99.jpg

    Ann Gurney Manierre, 76, is Mission holder:
    http://www.truthaboutscientology.com/stats/by-name/a/anne-gurney-manierre.html
    with her ex-SO husband Carter on staff:
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/81b3c8d042d591abb8ecbb41fef7aad804ddb488d7a5dbf4c67e9d2ed4ecd1aa.jpg
    http://www.truthaboutscientology.com/stats/by-name/c/carter-manierre.html

    Book sales in the 2014 Birthday game after 4 weeks:
    Ann Manierre: $594
    Cory Judge: $95
    Carter Manierre: $15

    for a miserable total of $704

    Kelly Jordan spoke to Tony some time ago about being on staff there:
    http://tonyortega.org/2016/11/18/sea-org-hours-at-a-local-scientology-mission-kelly-jordan-tells-us-her-tale/

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/b000c0586cb23373d7c76d4dbdb6f1c8f906618e434e2c25904859bd9a04d07e.jpg

    In comments on Mike Rinder’s blog:

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/282d00f043ea4e6188204ef209605a036dcbb8959f6a6a0870f7de028eeb39f6.jpg
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/fbf7c52dc8111320981224d6779caac1ee25c42bbf690940d7bf3b3739d2dc59.jpg

    Since then, “Going Clear,” Leah’s first season and, most recently,
    the whole downtown debacle will have made things ever more
    tenuous and troubled for this Mission that has struggled for decades.

    If you can’t KSW in Clearwater, perhaps it can’t be done.
    Verdict: a bird with a broken wing, limping along towards oblivion.
    It is hiding away, pretending to be a Mission.
    This is a moth.
    The Mission network is proving to be a myth.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/261de3c22a7cda2d55e860593f357eca96d928c600c8fbe3765d0686c6ea8c16.jpg

    • Keep up the good work Panopea.

    • Andrea ‘i-Betty’ Garner

      This series is absolutely wonderful, and so appreciated.

    • Robert Hanna Moore

      As Wayne and i-Betty said, well done! Compelling evidence of the decay of Scientology. Are these compiled in one location that I could bookmark?

    • Vaquera

      Is Fian looking for me? I’m not coming downstairs unless that charmer is looking for me with outstretched arms.

      • Get one of your own.

      • Jimmy3

        Oh, not again.
        Pan, you just need to go open the door for her.

        • Vaquera

          You’ll always be my first.

          • Jimmy3

            <3

    • madge filpot

      Wow Carter and Ann Manierre.. I remember them from flag. Cannot believe they are still in and still issuing orders from a mission. But then, I can’t believe I read the Bunker daily after being out for over 32 years. SMH at me.

    • mark

      At first glance I didn’t think it was really a SCN building, then I noticed the empty parking lot and was reassured.

      • Dee Findlay-DeElizabethan

        Looked like that for the 30 years I lived near the area. We were amazed each time we drove by.

    • WhiteCentauress

      These reports give us hope. It’s sad that she’ll probably die very poor, with a garage full of books she’s bought to raise her stats, and clutching a copy of “The Way to Happiness.”

    • joan nieman

      Pan, this is so much better than Tom’s mission impossible series. You have discovered more than he could ever make.

    • GrangerFX

      I am really enjoying your posts about the Scientology missions. I did a little research into the ones near me and could find no exterior evidence of them but I did no where near your level of investigation. Thanks for doing this!

    • You made it to Mike R’s Opening Post. Congrts 🙂

  • Andrea ‘i-Betty’ Garner

    Ooh, the actual nerve. I suppose you can’t accuse Scientology of inconsistency: if there’s a local ruling preventing work being carried out, Scientology will fly in the face of it. RIP trees.

    • mark

      SCN, their mission is to Clear the planet… of trees.
      The Clear Cutting Rundown , now available at your nearest empty org
      The SP, PTS and Tree handling course
      The third ring of fire is fueled by trees
      Any living thing taller than DM will bow down or be cut down
      “In the beginning was the decision and the decision was to cut down trees”
      “And the viewpoint extended from that viewpoint points to view”, then someone cut them down

      Sorry for the rant riff, I really like trees. And cats, i really like trees and cats. Best of all I like to see cats climbing trees.

  • Kestrel

    “Repairs are being made.” No, that’s a full renovation.

    “Those are security guards.” No, those are construction workers.

    “We are the most ethical people on the planet.” Ethical people don’t lie through their teeth.

    • chukicita

      Permits? We don’ need no steenkin’ permits.

      Permits are for wogs.

      • joan nieman

        That’s right chukicita. It’s what they do.

    • Tracy Schmitz

      ethics? remember, anything for the greater good!

    • Noesis

      I had a young friend over the other day who was having some very bad headaches.

      The security guards on the property did not have anything else going on so I had them do some exploratory surgery on my friend’s brain to see if they could source the problem. Sure enough a tumor was found (a pilocytic astrocytoma) and they were able to remove it without having to reschedule for later.

      After they were done I had them replace the carpeting in a couple of spare rooms and build a new set of shelves in the study.

      It’s great to have folks around who are able to multi-task.

    • Observer

      Nor do ethical people drone on about how ethical they are.

  • EDN/laineybin

    All that money, time and negative energy spent on what will largely be an empty building.

  • Faux Gibbler

    I knew Scientology would arrange of boycott of non Scientology businesses

    • George Layton

      Just their way of showing how much they are concerned about community development.

      • ExCult.Jan

        And communication.

    • dungeon master

      Maybe it’ll work out better in the long run. SO/staff don’t have much disposable income, and publics are supposed to spend their $$ on courses and Flag accommodation and canteen. Would it be wrong to suggest those businesses might experience less theft? I know, they’re the most ethical people on the planet, but their disdain for w-g law and Source’s example (Hubs wrote bad checks, stiffed suppliers) might have rubbed off on some desperate folk.. edit for a/c

  • dchoiceisalwaysrs

    parsing time again.
    ” an administrative confusion because we have our papers in order”
    means either
    1 )I wasn’t expecting this and our only order is right here in the telex from DM that says “ignore the city CICS’ RPF for you if you don’t”
    or version
    2) I am confused we just finished getting CF papers in order and all the legal notices from the city are properly filed unopened in either someone’s IN basket or as we have been instructed to do, not opened and ‘Dead Filed” perfectly in the date order they were post marked.

  • OOkpik

    Clearly, the security guards are in mufti (like the Clearwater SO) and only seeing that supplies are delivered so the ERF/RPFers can continue renovations when the local officials come to their senses and realize that the papers are indeed in order. Right?

    ETA: With all the lying and cheating that Scientologists do, you’d think they would be better at it by now.

    • mark

      Isn’t Mexico and it’s government officials infamous for their acceptance of “gifts” to smooth the way? How has CoS missed this? Or am I the victim of Hollywood movies and stereotypes?

      • Susan black

        You’ve got it right. Maybe some cherchie forgot (or was late) the monthly payoff to local officials.

  • Religious shunning, it’s what they do and what they indoctrinate their members to do. Shun family and friends, shun communities, critics and, of course, shun the laws of a land, if they don’t get in line with Miscavige’s dictates. Some church.

  • LongNeckGoose

    Scientologists are never as happy as they are when they think they’re fooling the wogs, thereby reinforcing their own sense of superiority.

    • Tracy Schmitz

      true, they LITERALLY get off on it…

  • madge filpot

    Is DM at FH now or Cali? Anyone know who is issuing orders on his behalf if there is such a personage… DM has GOT to be running this ridiculous boycott campaign hisself. Just wondering who gets to be his “messengers” to relay all the “Orders of the Day” as it were.

  • ze moo

    Has $cientology played poorly with its neighbors? Did they get approval for work done on the building? Mexico City has some fairly good building codes in place because of past earthquakes. Is the new Idle mOrg compliant with those codes? Leave it to Davy to piss off everyone he can piss off. No cerveza for you Davy!!

  • Robert Eckert
    • pluvo

      I should pray instead of reading the Bunker. There are forces who are hard at it to divide the European community and repress its spirit to weaken it.

      • Rasha

        …History pauses, sighs, repeats itself.

        • I have a vague recollection of this thing called history.
          It used to be a thing, no?

          • dungeon master

            Yes. And they had this class called Civics, which has gone the way of History (I wonder what bits they drop out of the books every year so it can still be taught in a semester) and Mythology. If video games hadn’t been invented, nobody’d know about a lot more. Thank goodness all the computer nerds who used mythologies in video games.

            • Its like the kids who listened to White Stripes.
              They were actually getting schooled on Delta Blues.

    • But, but, its Sunday.
      There will be too high of a high turn-out.
      Why can’t they be like us and have it on a work day to keep the crowds down?

      • ExCult.Jan

        Except in Oregon where it’s like a take home test that arrives a couple weeks before it’s due. You can actually look up information instead of guessing. Then you drop your ballot in a special postage-free mailbox on your way to work.

    • daisy

      I hope , I hope , I hope .

    • Kay (aka Nasty Lady)

      I just got back from France late last night U.S. time. The French are obviously stressed out over this election…the last debate which was held when we were there was more like a cage-fight. If le Pen wins, I think from what I could make out, there will probably be some riots and or demonstrations. There seemed to be a really excessive amount of police cars and motorcycles running everywhere every night in Paris. It was so bad the first night I was in Paris that I thought there had been some sort of terrorist incident. It was worse than NYC and worse than the last time I was in Paris. I’m concerned for France, and for the rest of Europe for that matter.

    • WhiteCentauress

      Obs has her own station? COOL!!!

  • Rasha

    Now those are dedicated security guards. “Hell, since we’re here anyway, we’re just gonna renovate the building for ya!

    • dungeon master

      And they’re only there during daylight hours and they drive construction vehicles. AND their ‘security company’ uniforms look suspiciously like work clothes. I, well not pity the lying liar who liesspokesperson who thought such transparent efforts at avoiding the stop work order would work. He’ll be running around in a boiler suit before long. Where I worked, there were financial penalties that doubled every day the violation continued, with the possibility of misdemeanor charges. That they allowed the permit to lapse is telling. Ah, the smell of w-g justice in the morning!

  • pluvo

    Scientology’s Boycott of Clearwater Businesses

    Aaron, your video analyzing the situation and showing what is really going on, showing David Miscavige’s mindset and how he and cohorts are taking revenge because people didn’t obey his wishes, is excellent.

    • mark

      the store owners aught to be running ads like this, “Downtown Clearwater is safe once again, Scn is boycotting it. Come shop Cleveland Street in Total Freedom”.

    • Sea Org must have special powers if they’re completely unrecognizable as Sea Org just by slipping into civvies.

      That’s the dumbest acceptable truth story so far.

  • Jimmy3

    I love typo tats
    Supposed to read “Man Is Basically Goods”

    • dungeon master

      At least they lined up the triangles and tilted the ‘S’. I think it looks better that way.

    • daisy

      In Canada we have a goods and services tax. I will let you guess which benefits me .

      • Jimmy3

        I will service those goods for both our benefit. Don’t you worry about a tax.

        • daisy

          The difference , my sweetie , between you and me is , that genius of a joke would take me hours to craft and you can just rattle it off .

          • Jimmy3

            Yes, you’re right. I was joking.

    • Typo tats as bad as Chinese symbols that don’t mean what they think it means.
      “No, that says ‘you a ladyboy’.”

  • Keeping Scientology Waning

    You can never have too much scaffolding security.

    • Kay (aka Nasty Lady)

      Laugh!

  • Sibs

    That tattoo is going to symbolize so much regret years from now.

    • The text is completely pointless.

  • natalie905

    The joke is literally on him. CoS will sue him for trademark infringement.

  • pluvo

    “Scientology Massive International Expansion Lies”

    http://www.mikerindersblog.org/scientology-massive-international-expansion-lies/

    Mike Rinder:

    I noticed this comment on Tony Ortega’s blog a couple of days ago and thought it worthy of being preserved in a more easily searchable place.

    Thank you Panopea Abrupta — I quote your comment in full and then add some further thoughts below:

    (My thoughts the last days).

  • Intergalactic Walrus

    From the Clearwater port-a-pottys to dinner with the president. 106 days? It didn’t take the CO$ long to get a clam close enough to start safepointing Trump. I guess since he did such a good job on Bill Clinton, Travolta would have been the natural choice. Wonderful pic of Travolta looking creepy as usual too. http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/nsw/stars-and-stripes-celebrities-flock-to-trumpturnbull-dinner-aboard-battleship/news-story/1f27104da1d9ea72ff17659a405b55a2
    (refresh)
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/57f59216d7d30d3c3b247563acaf36d52f329b072d2c5710cbd3eeb8771076c4.jpg

    • WhiteCentauress

      I haven’t felt right about shooping him (except when he showed up in Clearwater), but this makes me want to shoop him….and not in a good way.

    • Harpoona Frittata

      Caption to read: “But, but…they were all therapeutic massages; I would NEVER EVER make my favorite massage boys do anything of a sexual nature. I’m a practicing Scientologist and a practicing heterosexual…cross my hearts!”

  • chukicita
  • Lousy Ratatouille

    I hope the crazy Scientology tattoo is only a temporary one and meant as a joke.
    Like I hope this one is:
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/2e64187e2481aff1e19c7909a56e7ec264f2867d107388c5850e9733b437b411.gif

  • Sunny Sands

    A sea org boycott of downtown Clearwater would have no material effect, because they have limited disposable income. What Ben Shaw is not saying is that sea org spend most of their money at Walgreens, which recently moved to Court St., still walkable for sea org but away from the downtown area. Sea org patronize the downtown Bank of America and post office. I don’t think either business cares if sea org go there or not.

    A public scientologist boycott of downtown might slightly impact a few businesses. Part of the fun of going out-of-town is walking around, so I think the out-of-town public wouldn’t like being told they can’t go to the produce stand or get a slice of pizza or a coffee. Local public probably don’t shop downtown anyway, there isn’t really that much there.

    • Jimmy3

      Haha. Get a slice of pizza. I see where you went with that.

    • Dee Findlay-DeElizabethan

      Yes, nothing there for local people. Thanks for good info.
      Love Levin’s Talk!

      Hearing from some citizens of CW who care… There will be a “Last Friday” of June, July and August, held 5-8 PM, street event. Anyone can bring whatever one wants to sell, no charges. May be interesting.

      • Dee Findlay-DeElizabethan

        I have lots to sell, but luggin’ that stuff is just too much for me. One person said last year she sold only one item for $6.

  • Jimmy3

    Oh wow. The Marty Rathbun memorabilia collector market must be going nuts.
    Edit: Never mind, Barbara Schwarz just bought it.

    • Vaquera

      ^^^^^

    • Glen

      After a fierce bidding war with Oracle.

  • JustSheila

    A Scientology boycott of downtown Clearwater! LOL! It’s like a dream, having the mouthy person you can’t stand who criticizes everyone and produces nothing suddenly walk away and disappear. Locals must be completely stoked to be able to freely walk around without weird, intimidating culties eyeballing them and asking personal questions. If I was a CW resident, I’d be lovin’ this and out and about spending money and enjoying the brief freedom from cultic presence. Great move, COS, and thanks for starting my day with a good laugh.

  • Sunny Sands

    This boycott of downtown may cause some sea org to re-think. Many of the sea org on the sidewalks were just walking between the Coachman building and Flag, or taking an after lunch walk. Now the cherch tells them they can’t take a little walk and get some fresh air. “Your doubts are valid”.

    • ExCult.Jan

      The boycott can’t be good for the regges’ stats, either.

  • Observer

    So many smiling, uptone faces in Mexico City!

    • Jimmy3

      I’ll admit to a degree of schadenfreude when I see them with their hands behind their back. Even if that’s not really the case here, it’s a step in the right direction.

  • GrangerFX

    I sent the following tip to Zero Hedge today. They are covering the situation in Venezuela but seem to be unaware that the rich Venezuelans who sucked that nation dry have so much money that they can give millions of dollars to Scientology:

    Tony Ortega has the definitive blog for news about Scientology. One story that appeared earlier this year showed that $11.5 million was donated to Scientology by rich Venezuelans in hopes of gaining superpowers and immortality while the rest of that nation is starving. Four of the top ten donations world wide last year were from Venezuelans. Please contact Tony for more information. This story is a real eye popper.
    http://tonyortega.org/2017/02/24/whale-watching-2017-edition-whos-keeping-scientology-from-sinking/

    @Tony: I really think that this could become a huge story if you write about it. The timing is excellent right now.

  • Deb

    They should have left that page in the book.

  • Phatpharm

    I don’t know how any city allows them in anywhere any more. This story and so many more show that Scientology has no regard for laws and does what ever they want and destroy things that cannot be replaced like very old trees. They lie and do what they want. I would never want them in my township if I was a leader. With all the information available about how underhanded and vindictive they can be. This is what makes them a virus and cancer. They are killing the Clearwater downtown because they are trying to isolate themselves. I don’t get how in this day and age anyone is still bowing down to Scientology lies and scare tactics.

  • “Permits? We don’t need no stinkin’ permits!”

    ETA: Ha! I’m late on the chain. I just noticed Chukicita said this way earlier.

  • Observer

    Starting bid is $99 + $19 shipping on the signed page. If it were more reasonable (there are a lot cheaper Bradbury signatures) I’d get it.

    • Jimmy3

      If it were signed on a $100 bill, I’d gladly pay $99 for it.

    • ExCult.Jan

      But do they also have the deep irony of Bradbury and Rathbun sharing ‘Dark Carnivals’?

  • nottrue
  • TheLesso111 .

    How did you guys get a picture of my penis tattoo?

    • Jimmy3

      Why did you get a photo of a framed Ray Bradury title page tatted on your penis?

      • TheLesso111 .

        Hahaha….because man is basically good.

        • Chee Chalker

          I wonder if women count and if so, where do we put our tattoos…..

          • dungeon master

            I heard one of my former co-workers saying he was dating a woman with a snake body tattooed on her inner thigh, with the head theoretically disappearing into her.. umm. Don’t want to say things like hoohoo, snatch or even vagina. The imagery makes me shudder. Private parts? (Ha!)

            • dungeon master

              I just flashed on someone having ‘Abandon all hope, ye who enter here’ tattooed in olde English script, maybe a 1/4″ tall around her.. here we go again.. umm.. well, you get the picture. I’m blaming Jimmy and TL111 for putting the thought in my head. It wouldn’t be any more off-putting than the Sci Snake and ARC/KRC triangles on an unaroused penis, I suppose. If one bothered to break the mood and read the fine print.. it’d fit right in with Baaadabings Medusa example. Please pass the brain bleach!

          • MrsShark

            Miscavige and LRH on each ass cheek comes to mind
            A fitting place

            • Harpoona Frittata

              Hahaha…$cn’s very own Mt. Bum’sRushMore!

    • flyonthewall

      I got a tattoo of Jesus on my weiner so that people when I’m bonin’ them can say, why the fuck do you have a tattoo of Jesus on your weiner??

      • GrangerFX

        Why the fuck do you have a tattoo of Jesus on your wiener??

        • flyonthewall

          ssh shh shh

      • Jimmy3

        That’s funny because we know the real punchline. You did a switcheraoo right there.

        • flyonthewall

          i try to switch up the act a little now and then, keep it fresh

    • Chewkacca

      OSA got it and gave it to everyone in your neighborhood.
      WAAAUUGN!

    • Robert Eckert
  • Chee Chalker

    Good video Aaron!
    My thoughts on the ‘boycott’…..
    I think the Co$ absolutely wanted people to know there was a boycott. They just don’t want to cop to being so petty.
    Perhaps even the Co$ realizes that a boycott by staff/SO members won’t have much effect because they don’t have be the $$ to spend. The Co$ has to make sure peoee feel threatened.
    So they’ve clearly told a few people to ‘admit’ there is some kind of boycott occurring, while officially the Co$ can deny it.
    It will be interesting to see if the Co$ instructs visiting parishioners to boycott as well. I’m going to guess that is where the businesses will see the most impact – not from SO members.
    It will also be interesting to find out (if we ever do) what impact that kind of instruction has on the out of town parishioners, who may not have access to a car while they are at Flag. The biggest inconvenience will be to those people.

  • Vaquera

    A perfect epiloge to a lovely weekend…belly up to the local bar with Pan, cold beer, watching the ARS v MU match, talking Scientology and cured meats.

    • Jimmy3

      Must have been a very brief conversation. Scientology has never cured any meat.

      • Chee Chalker

        Or meat bodies

        • Jimmy3

          There’s a bingo!

    • flyonthewall

      I also had a lovely weekend. Me and Flylady saw Tears for Fears last night. Hall and Oates was also there and we had fun laughing at them

      • Jimmy3

        That’s not what I heard. Oates texted me this morning and said you threw your panties on the stage. Didn’t have your number but wanted to know if you want them back.

        • flyonthewall

          do I want my panties back?? No, I can’t go for that

        • Vaquera

          And you bring it full circle, back to a “brief” conversation.

    • Pezza

      I too ate cured meats and had cold beer. #fuzziesforlife

      • Vaquera

        Priorities

    • Juicer77

      Jelly. 🙂

  • GrangerFX

    Whether or not Scientology is boycotting downtown Clearwater, it hardly makes a difference. The real issue is that Scientology has replaced the normal people who would live and work in downtown Clearwater with Sea Org members and staff who have almost no money to spend. The cult has broken the city economics. They only suck money out but don’t put any money back except for the occasional construction project. Worse they discourage non-cult members (wogs) from visiting downtown Clearwater with their oppressive security and scary uniformed Sea Org members walking around in large groups.

  • Observer

    Aaron, please tell me you’re coming to HowdyCon…

    • Pezza

      I hope he’s coming too.

    • Aaron Smith-Levin

      I’m planning on it!

      • Observer

        Woo-hoo!!

  • Sci-Fi

    I have a feeling that Bradbury page legally belongs to Rathbun and when he blew, it was appropriated by the church and then has passed hands ending up now on ebay.

    • GrangerFX

      I bet that one page sells for more than entire books by LRH on eBay.

      • abdaman

        Well that wouldn’t be hard, if it sells for .02¢ it will meet that burden. Hyuck

    • Observer

      How much did he steal from others as Inspector General or whatever he was? Family, reputation, livelihood, possibly even (indirectly) life. Seems fair that the entity for which he stole so much from others should take something MESTy from him. A minor sacrifice.

  • After Chris and Jeff’s video yesterday, and Aaron’s today, maybe one of the Chambers of Commerce in Clearwater (confusingly, there seem to be two) might consider distributing some flyers along these lines locally, and really make Shortarse’s spiteful boycott blow up in his face? (Reprint & redistribute as required):

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/fa680b635db11c36ff0dd69a90d729de370543c75635c5e25cbbc3f3616d5e86.jpg

    • madame duran

      SCIENTOLOGY LIES
      …to the IRS
      …to the general public
      …to the government
      …to business owners
      …to the media
      …to law enforcement officials
      …to its own members
      …in the courtroom
      …in schools
      …about being scientific & medically safe/approved
      …about compatability with other religions
      …domestically, in the USA
      …internationally, in countries around the world
      …to everyone
      …online
      …offline
      …in the morning
      …in the afternoon
      …in the evening
      …at night time
      …24/7
      …for eternity

      ^^^
      Future protest signs or a message to post on a storefront.
      Clearwater, y’all know it’s true. Stand up and take back your city from the vindictive cult. Support those local businesses with no ties to Scientology.

      • Missionary Kid

        I stole this from someone else:
        The Laws of Scientology:
        1) It’s always worse than you think
        2) It never ends well
        3) The beginning and the middle are not so good either
        4) If someone says or writes “I’m not a Scientologist but…” they are

        • madame duran

          Sounds like something Helluva Hoax would say on ESMB.

          • Missionary Kid

            I don’t know where I stole it from, but it fits.

    • Perfect.

  • MrsShark

    If the person who got that tattoo already spent thousands in Scientology,
    he should consider how much he will spend for laser removal or covering that tat over
    once he snaps out of this. (Not to mention therapy costs, building his life back, etc.)

  • Panopea Abrupta
    • Observer

      The story of Something Wicked This Way Comes (my favorite Bradbury book) is just as apropos for Scientology.

  • 3feetback-of-COS

    Phoney dianetics benefits, phoney OT soul-flying, phoney ethics, phoney social betterment front groups!

    $cientologists are the most insincere people on the planet.

  • WhiteCentauress
  • joan nieman

    Very good update on the status of Clear water. Thank you Aaron.

  • Pezza

    Call me crazy but I would buy the Marty eBay item if I had an extra 100. Someone brave should email him and ask if it’s legit. Rod is my only eBay poster competition on fb, I love his finds.

    • Chewkacca

      Brave is right. Anybody that emails Marty will have their name and info given to OSA.
      WOOAAH!

      • WhiteCentauress

        He’s certainly gone dark, hasn’t he?

  • RexAinsfree

    Those Security Guards are really good at doing construction work!

  • Draco

    OMG! The guy with the tattoo! I remember very clearly how I felt when I woke up to the reality of scn. If I had that thing on my arm at the time…I probably would have cut my arm off to get rid of it!

    • RexAinsfree

      Yeah, it’s gonna take one helluva laser to blast that thing off!

      • Missionary Kid

        Skin graft.

        • RexAinsfree

          Yes! Or arm graft LOL

    • ExCult.Jan

      Yah, and he probably got it as a strategy to overwhelm and drown out those pesky cognitively dissonant thoughts, so the tattoo will still be bright and not yet sagging when he wakes up to the reality of Lientology.

      • Taffy Sinclair

        Is that the same reason Tommy Davis got that lame-ass Sea-Ogre tat??

        • ExCult.Jan

          Except they get mailed to everyone automatically. And now when you get/renew your driver’s license, you automatically are registered to vote unless you opt out. Amazing concept, eh, to facilitate voting for all.

    • We have finally found a tattoo that’s lamer than the guy who got a tattoo of the logo for Microsoft’s “Zune” media player (its blunderingly ill-designed answer to an iPod, which basically sunk into the swamp after selling only a few thousand units a decade ago). The snark value of backing what you think will be a great winner but which everyone else knows is a complete reeking turd of loserhood is immense. In fact, the guy who got the Zune tattoo covered them up with something less loser-oriented: a Dick Cheney tattoo. Reference: https://www.wired.com/2009/09/zune-tattoo/

      So what will this Scientologist cover his/her tattoo with at some point down the road?

      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/4375e755d2132d887157f127cd5b472e7635dd3f3629265e0f2202b9df5a99ad.jpg

      • $cnMonkeyNut$

        … although I think the large, perplexed-looking gentleman in the image above slightly failed to understand the concept of a ‘cover-up’ tattoo. Having read the article and seen the alleged ‘covered’ arm, I happened to notice that the Zune logo was still very prominent–above ‘devil Dick’s’ right eyebrow. I would also question the logic of ‘covering’ an angular, colour tattoo with a black line-drawn face with large areas of un-inked skin (one of which incorporates the area wanting to be covered). If the Scientologist wants to cover up their tattoo, I hope they stay away from the ‘artist’ that ‘covered’ this poor sap’s logo!

      • Draco

        “The snark value of backing what you think will be a great winner but which everyone else knows is a complete reeking turd of loserhood is immense.”
        Such a nicely crafted sentence 🙂

  • WhiteCentauress

    Grandkids coming, my computer time is done…thought someone might enjoy making their own “saying”.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/0016525359863911b89aea07c6df2ae94a1278eb745960b44435b860475eadbe.jpg

    • Jimmy3

      Man Is Basically Good
      But Not When You Pass Out Drunk In Clearwater

      • flyonthewall

        remember when you said we’d get tattoos at the last Howdycon but then we didn’t? Why you lie so much?

        I have a problem. No matter how many blankets I wrap myself in I’m freezing cold. Also, I’m constantly thirsty and I shit straight blood, lots of it. WebMD said I probably have massive internal organ failure but I don’t think that’s right. Prob just a flu, right?

        • Jimmy3

          That’s a normal weekend morning for me. Couple ibuprofen, cup of Wal-tussin, you’ll be fine in an hour or two.

          • flyonthewall

            great! thnx

        • Missionary Kid

          Somebody hit you with a fly swatter? Take care of yourself, even if you’re joking.

        • Taffy Sinclair

          Heroin withdrawal. Or Niacin poisoning.

        • daisy

          Cure for everything , Nyquil Mint Juleps

          • Missionary Kid

            That’ll kick your ass, and probably make you spaced out.

            I can’t take Nyquil. It swells my prostate.

    • WhiteCentauress
    • RexAinsfree

      Man Is Basically Cash

    • ExCult.Jan
      • WhiteCentauress

        LOL….

    • Lousy Ratatouille

      “Ceci n’est pas une religion.”

    • Harpoona Frittata

      “Free Xenu…75 million years in prison is plenty enough punishment!”

      “Body thetans NEVER have a nice day!”

  • Missionary Kid

    I was lucky to have met Ray Bradbury a couple of times. I never asked for an autograph, but did have one brief conversation. His support of the Los Angeles Public Library alone makes him a hero to me.

    • Dale

      Wow. What a great memory to have.

      • Missionary Kid

        I saw a play composed of 3 different stories of his in about 1962 in Hollywood. I was familiar with the stories, and it was an excellent. I wondered what happened to it.

        Years later, I got the chance to ask Ray about it. He told me that they were made into a really crappy movie (I’m putting my own words to what he said) that was made because a car dealer thought he could be an artist. The movie had Rod Steiger in it, but either the writer or director really screwed it up. The movie? The Illustrated Man. It truly is boring. Sad.

          • Missionary Kid

            Yup. That’s them, but I saw them a decade earlier than the publish date of the plays. I guess that Bradbury decided to publish the play years later.

            The Veldt is particularly chilling.

            • It was. It is. “The Veldt” was also produced as an episode of an old British series of dramatisations of SF stories, whose name escapes me – along with “The Little Black Bag” by Cyril Kornbluth and others.

            • Missionary Kid

              “The Little Black Bag” was also a Twilight Zone episode. Kornbluth is one of my favorite authors.

            • His ideas were good – but I could have done without his misguided support for eugenics in the best of them (“The Little Black Bag” and “The Marching Morons”).

              I do member liking “The Syndic” and his classic collaborations with Fred Pohl (such as “The Space Merchants” ).

              PS: IOf youe haven’t read Pohl’s “Man Plus”, do it now 🙂

            • Missionary Kid

              I thought I had read it, but I haven’t. When it came out, I was very busy raising a family. I’ll look it up.

          • Missionary Kid

            It turns out that The Man in the Ice Cream Suit was also made into a film called The wonderful Ice Cream Suit in 1998, featuring Edward James Olmos and set in Chicano East L.A. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Wonderful_Ice_Cream_Suit

    • Always, always, always get a personalized signature.

      • Missionary Kid

        People now take selfies. The memory is mine. I didn’t want to bother Ray.

  • madame duran

    That tattoo…has the same effect of pairing the phrase with an image of the poop emoji. The picture of the colourful orchid doesn’t make crap look any better.

    • Taffy Sinclair

      Like putting lipstick on a pig.

  • HTC

    I like a good tat but that shit is horrifying

  • I knew that former shopping mall reminded me of a warlike redoubt: jealous of where we hang out, Miscavige plainly wants his own Dwarfenführerbunker—and probably thinks he’s Emperor Maximilian II of Mexico into the bargain… (Ready for a quick chorus of ‘Wir fahren gegen Engeland’? Eins, zwei, drei):

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/5271943f54010cbd73df80ead6c51d71da38d7f47bf6734cf185806bf613e5e6.jpg

    • Missionary Kid

      It does kinda look like a German flak tower, come to think of it.

      • Or part of the “Atlantic Wall”.

        • Missionary Kid

          I’m nodding my head in agreement.

  • Lousy Ratatouille

    When you regret the tattoo you had set when you were blind drunk or completely brainwashed by a cult,
    “remember sunshine can be found behind the cloudy skies, so
    let your hair down and go on and cry”:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XfoqXwQlsmc

  • Missionary Kid

    Two good news items. Today, France voted down Marie Le Pen by a large percentage. The French are celebrating.

    Yesterday, it was announced that Tony Alamo, preacher and child molester died. I hope he roasts in hell, if that’s what he believed in.

    • Andrea ‘i-Betty’ Garner

      I’m delighted for Macron and France, but terribly troubled by the 34.9% historic high for the French far right.

      • Missionary Kid

        She, like Trump, focused on unemployment, and also used immigrants as scapegoats.

        • Andrea ‘i-Betty’ Garner

          We’ve been watching the French election process like hawks because it has been something of a test case for the right in Europe post-Brexit and following the American election.

          • Missionary Kid

            Do you think it is possible to reverse Brexit? You’ve got an election coming up, don’t you?

            • Robert Eckert

              It is not up to the UK whether they can reverse Brexit. The treaty says once Article 50 is invoked it would take unanimous consent of the members to undo it: if the UK rejects the deal they are offered, they are just out, with no deal.

            • Missionary Kid

              Wow. Maybe Scotland will secede and apply for entry. That would be interesting.

            • Robert Eckert

              Spain has already announced they would veto a separate admission for Scotland (they are concerned about secessionists in Catalonia and the Basque region and wish to set a precedent that member states cannot be broken up).

            • Missionary Kid

              Good points. Spain’s civil war is much closer in time to ours, and the Basques have been laying down their arms, but the desire for separation is still strong.

            • Mark Foster

              Yes, and not just the Basques…

            • Andrea ‘i-Betty’ Garner

              Tragically, no, Mish. Article 50 has been enacted so there’s no going back. Two years from the date of enactment we will be severed from the EU. There are some who think we may very well rejoin the very next day (unlikely) as the reality becomes clear the closer we get – and ultimately there is certainly nothing stopping us rejoining, but we will never regain the special privileges we had before.

        • Liberated

          They just referred to Le Pen’s party as “quasi-nazi”…..unbelievable!

          • Andrea ‘i-Betty’ Garner

            That’s absolutely what they are, despite Marine’s efforts to make the party outwardly more palatable.

            • Liberated

              Wasn’t her father a holocaust denier ?

            • Andrea ‘i-Betty’ Garner

              He certainly was. He was and is a dreadful man. The apple fell just far enough from the tree with Marine that she at least knew that to appeal to the popular vote she would have to cleanse the party of her father’s stench, but she is still his daughter and the party still sits firmly on a foundation of his building.

            • ExCult.Jan

              Ivanka is taking notes.

            • Andrea ‘i-Betty’ Garner

              *Shudder*

          • Missionary Kid

            His father was an open holocaust denier. She is somewhat like a cleaned-up David Duke. She has put a more friendly face on the ultra-right wing.

      • madame duran

        Perhaps if Marie Le Pen shared a can of Pepsi with Macron or tattooed a colourful orchid + Scientology logo on her face, she would’ve won the election. Alas, we’ll never know.

      • daisy

        Trump effect . All the idiots are emboldened by thinking bigotry has become socially acceptable .

    • Liberated

      Vive La France !

    • HailToTheSheep

      Le phew!

      • Missionary Kid

        As I understand it, there are parliamentary elections upcoming. It will be interesting to see how well her party does then.

        When Renault was selling the Le Car in the U.S., and they had Le Car in big letters on the side, I saw an old, beat up truck with Le Truck in large letters on the side.

    • I used to see lots of Tony Alamo leaflets on cars in the swanky Upper East Side neighborhood that’s home to the Global Capitalism HQ-issued penthouse apartment. Pretty ugly stuff, with lots of anti-Catholic screeds. Hard to imagine that it would have an effect in this extremely wealthy, highly educated neighborhood. I have known people in my life who were sexually abused by clergy. To say that it messes you up is an understatement. So I agree: hope he rots in hell for what he did.

  • Andrea ‘i-Betty’ Garner

    Ahem. Is it just me, or is Aaron S-L scrumptious? I do like a man with a brain.

    • Missionary Kid

      I feel the same about women.

    • GfldedKim

      He is very scrumptious! 😂. And yes, very smaht…👨🏼‍💻

    • daisy

      Not just you.

      • WhiteCentauress
        • daisy

          Who are you calling old. I am only 80

          • WhiteCentauress

            I asked my thirteen year old grandson if he could believe his sister would be twenty-two her next birthday. He said, “I know, I can’t believe she’s so old.” Guess it’s relative.

            • daisy

              My mom was in a ward room at the hospital, Her room mates were in various conditions. One of them obviously on the way out. Her mate whispered to me , she is only 80. My mom 86 still asks me put on a little bit of lipstick on her , even when the ambulance comes Heavens know she wouldn*t want to look sick.

            • Missionary Kid

              After my mom died, my dad remarried at 85. He married a young chick. She was only 72.

            • WhiteCentauress

              Oh, good for him!

            • Missionary Kid

              Bad for her. She thought she was marrying someone who could take care of her. He was used to my mom taking care of him. My step-mom’s late husband had done everything, so she didn’t even know how to balance a checkbook. She hadn’t learned to drive until she was 40. She was a very nice person, and I advised my dad against the marriage. Not for his sake, but for hers.

              I’d known her since I was about 8 years old.

            • WhiteCentauress

              That’s so cute. I bet your mom was a character, too.

            • Missionary Kid

              When I was in junior high, I wrote something about the unreality of TV westerns. In it, I described the dance hall girls as being old at 30. My late 20’s, attractive teacher gave me static over that. I wasn’t even thinking of her then. I learned.

            • GfldedKim

              Quote from a student turning six when I jokingly asked “Are you turning 26?” Student: Oh No!
              That would be…like….Grandma age!! 😂😂

            • dchoiceisalwaysrs

              Yes but at 6 with all the full perspectives on life one is old enough to sign a Billion year contract: Beyond Belief https://www.amazon.com/Beyond-Belief-Secret-Scientology-Harrowing/dp/0062248480

            • GfldedKim

              I read Jenna’s book Yrs. ago. 💔 That is what started me down this never, ever ending rabbit hole…😳

          • Missionary Kid

            O.K. That moves me down to the 4th or 5th oldest. I’m a young pup at 72.

            • WhiteCentauress

              I’m 72, sir.

            • Missionary Kid

              My birthday is in January.

            • WhiteCentauress

              March…..I’m younger…😉

            • Missionary Kid

              At least that didn’t knock my position down any further. Dee is about the oldest, then I believe there’s at least a couple of others, including Daisy, then myself, then you.

              I’m hoping that we hold those positions for a long time. 🙂

        • Though much is taken, much abides; and though
          We are not now that strength which in old days
          Moved earth and heaven, that which we are, we are,
          One equal temper of heroic hearts,
          Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will
          To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.

          🙂

    • abdaman

      He is an egg with a beard though

  • Harpoona Frittata

    In a fit of unparalleled ecclesiastic butt hurt at not getting his way, lil davey lashed out like a wet, hungry and tired infant at everyone that was handy without regard to whether or not they were responsible for his upset.

    Downtown business owners didn’t oppose selling him the parcel he coveted, yet his decision to force his $ea Borg vassals to shop elsewhere will hurt them directly. Flog $ea Orgy staff didn’t screw the pooch in this major failure of “command intention,” yet they’re being inconvenienced and have had yet another aspect of control over their own lives taken away from them. The CW city council didn’t make the decision to not sell the parcel to the cult, the aquarium made that decision, yet the cult’s rhetoric implies that it’s the council’s fault.

    When are $cilons going to take back their religion from a tantruming infant who lashes out at anyone who’s close by in an effort to blame everyone but himself for his non-stop failures!!?

    • EmmaDaoust

      Um, never.

    • Andrea ‘i-Betty’ Garner

      I think Aaron’s got it right when he says that Miscavige isn’t necessarily concerned with hurting the people. His fight is with the government of Clearwater and he knows that hurting the people will hurt the government.

      • Harpoona Frittata

        Yep, reflexive lashing out at everyone and anyone that’s handy in an attempt to displace blame and avoid taking responsible is consistent with the more general conclusion that lil davey isn’t concerned about hurting people…even his own people!

      • Kestrel

        It wouldn’t surprise me to learn that the Cof$ is trying to field its own candidates in future local elections.

        • Andrea ‘i-Betty’ Garner

          Scream!

    • Noesis

      “…ecclesiastic butt hurt…”

      Lol.

    • dchoiceisalwaysrs

      EL Ron set the example and embedded it deeply into his slaves of sleep.

  • Panopea Abrupta

    Our Bunker buddy is gone, leaving smiles in our hearts and beer in our cellar.
    Love this place.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/a7f70feda5a3707a89410fe51378ebf1830f58ddd10a9c188dc82a4a31cc7880.jpg

    Safe travels 🙂

    • Andrea ‘i-Betty’ Garner

      Love those three humans 🙂 Safe travels, V! I’m so glad you’ve all had a lovely time.

      • Vaquera

        Maison Abrupta mends the soul. I banked masses of hugs and baby kisses.

    • daisy

      So much Beauty !!!

    • Vaquera

      Home and already missing “Cheeks” and my Uno partner.
      xoxoxo

    • Baby

      Oh adorable..

      the kids are cute too..( tee hee) I haven’t figured Texas out.. She is everywhere..Just pops up..With her boots on..

      I really want to be her when I grow up.

      • Vaquera

        Show up with growlers of local craft vanilla porter and hoppy spring ale. I promise, even strangers will open their front door and offer you a guest room for the weekend.

        • Baby

          Who doesn’t love you Texas? You look like a Damn Super Model ..and THEN you bring gifts? You never fail to amaze me.. or any of us!

    • Juicer77

      🙂

  • AntoniaW

    O/T but; meanwhile on the windswept Cornish coast, a certain $cilon truimvirate continue to show how the Tech works for them and their business:

    “Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile
    Perplexed.

    Stayed in the Classic Four Poster bedroom with stunning sea views. Where do I start?
    At the beginning of my Cornish odyssey having arrived at this surreal venue we were asked the question, “Are you friends of Ted?” It transpired that Ted was a part-owner of the building and resident artist with very much a push towards the art everywhere you look.
    The room was exceptionally tired with a truly bizarre shower / toilet box that had a pungent odour which majestically wafted through my sinuses for most of my stay. This was set to become less of an irritation whilst attempting to sleep as I was hypnotically kept awake by the wind rattling a poorly maintained casement window. It was then that it dawned on me that someone far more pragmatic and practical than I had seized upon the idea to ram toilet paper into the gaps of other windows. I plagiarised this top hole fix with the offending window and calm prevailed although it did diminish my sea views somewhat further.
    This stay was comedic in the true sense. I highly recommend the Camelot News which gave a true sense of the narcissism that will be apparent when you wander through reception. John and Irina Mappin, together with Ted Stourton now feature in my life experience for all the wrong reasons.
    I can assure you that it was a very close call not to abandon ship as I cannot describe my disappointment at what could have been so much more. However it was only one night and having driven several hundred miles to get there we were in reality left with a Hobson’s choice before moving to our final destination. We paid £170 for this experience. I would suggest until they get their act together or at least have the decency to wear a tricorn hat, mask and reinforce their demand for payment with a flintlock pistol, you don’t.
    Poor show!
    Stayed: April 2017, travelled as a couple

    Reviewed yesterday via mobile
    TM
    Didn’t get the rooms as we booked which should be 3 deluxe sea view rooms, but two small rooms with no view. The reason was we checked in too late that was around 5:00 pm! The owner’s attitude was very arrogant & bad! He said: this is my home, you don’t like here, just go!

    How could he say something like this? Is this OK to say in UK?
    Stayed: May 2017
    Ask a question about Camelot Castle Hotel”

    • Missionary Kid

      Fawltey Towers, brought to life.

    • Jimmy3

      Do you know Ted? Have you met Ted? Wanna meet Ted? I know Ted. Let’s go meet Ted.

      • AntoniaW

        Been there, done it, found it awfully hard to keep a straight face.

        • Jimmy3

          Yeah, I remember your review / email exchange posts. I enjoyed them, but I think your complaints can be rectified. Let’s go talk to Ted about it.

          • AntoniaW

            You don’t understand how mentally scarred I am. And until some nutter has serenaded you with “Delilah” in a dark hotel basement service room, you will not understand.

            • Jimmy3

              Classic Ted.

            • flyonthewall

              Me and flylady had a fight and she smooshed a hotdog on me. We’re probably getting a divorce.

            • Kestrel

              Did she do it with relish?

            • Hot diggity dog! That pun is a wiener. Let me be frank, we should compare puns next time we meat and ketchup.

            • daisy

              Oh see now I thought he was going for alliteration ton of bun pun fun

            • scottmercer

              I see you mustered up a lot of puns in your post.

            • ExCult.Jan

              rolling with laughter

              Edit: J3 just nudged me to say they’re called hot dog buns, not rolls…

            • Awesome! We’re on a roll now.

            • Jimmy3

              Did you still eat the hot dog at least? Smooshed doesn’t mean ruined.

            • flyonthewall

              i won’t give her the satisfaction. I’m gonna eat it in secret later

            • Jimmy3

              It’d be a shame to divorce such a clever man.

            • AntoniaW

              You can keep her. Take her to the Camelot Castle Hotel for a romantic break, go for an absent-minded wander on the cliffs, and return just in time to rescue her from The Basement and Delilah. She’ll love you for at least a decade.

            • salin

              yikes!

            • Missionary Kid

              Auditing can help you with that. NOT!

      • Baby

        But wait.. wait.. DID YOU FORGET THE LIGHT BOX?

        Just snooped on their webpage .. ( Why God, Mary and Joseph..oh and Baby Jesus..Why?)
        BUT I read this line..

        Are they encouraging Sea Org to Blow? Does COB know this? Hmmmmm
        …………………………………………..

        ” Reduced rates for individual escape”

        • Jimmy3

          I think they mean if you have to taxi out of there to escape.

    • Harpoona Frittata

      With all the very witty and well-written bad reviews that Muppin’s hotel has earned, I’m surprised that no one has snarked it up by referring to this Ferengi-owned and operated place as the Scam-a-lot Castle!

      May John and Ted be forced to wait on the Front Porches of their Eternities surrounded by execrable art and salespeople every bit as ravenous and insistent as a Flag reg right before 2p.m. on Thursday!

    • WhiteCentauress

      But what a rare and beautiful thing to find toilet paper there.

    • salin

      The Camelot Castle Reviews. Always inspire some horror (imagining assuming a normal experience, when stumbling instead into this… er… experience) laced giggles.

  • nottrue

    JAW calls what happened in Tenn. FakeNews. .. … https://twitter.com/johnalexwood/status/861292751987630081

    • WhiteCentauress

      You find the jewels. Kudos!
      JAW and Gemma…..”the blind leading the blind.”

    • Observer

      It must be exhausting to keep that bubble intact.

    • scottmercer

      “Fake news” has a very specific meaning and it isn’t “a news story filled with facts that are inconvenient for me.” Same thing with the word “cult.” That has a very specific meaning. They need new dictionaries.

  • J. Swift

    O/T on autographed books. My signed copy of The Game of Nations: The Amorality of Power Politics by Miles Copeland. The dedication reads: “To his Excellency President Ferdinand Marcos with respect and good wishes. Miles Copeland.”

    Miles Copeland was CIC in WWII. After the war, Copeland was CIA and worked in the Middle East for decades, often as a consultant for the big oil companies or as an employee of big oil. I met Mr. Copeland several times when I was young man in the early 1980’s. Miles Copeland (1916 – 1991) is the father of Stewart Copeland who was the drummer for The Police and is one of the greatest drummers of all time.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/15a8f7bd32ffc58d81f4ae6427a7baa1b9f5be5cc55467b2e9aba84cabd463bb.jpg

    • Baby

      That’s a nice Keepsake Jeffrey.. I forgot to tell you.. Great post yesterday! Hi to Karen!

      • J. Swift

        Thanks Baby.

        • Baby

          looking around quickly for Karen…

          You are welcome handsome.. xxoxox

  • nottrue

    …. Sorry Jenna no help from scientology on that one.. Leah blew you out of the water.. And Leah gets a 2nd season . You get cancelled..Elfman and her big white BT was just terrible.. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/2d105659825e7d061e6be370c1d386a4ab2cb8343192e6a53b2e1ea691774ca1.jpg

    • Jimmy3

      It was Rachel Dratch’s fault!

      • WhiteCentauress

        Has it actually been cancelled? She will look like more of a dufus if she blames Rachel.

        • Jimmy3

          But I just told you who she will blame it on.

          • WhiteCentauress

            Yes, you are wise. 😉

            • Jimmy3

              No I am not. Those assholes wanted a minimum 10% of my backyard dentistry business and I told them to screw off.

            • WhiteCentauress

              I constantly trip on their acronyms.

            • Jimmy3

              Then you should probably just staad still.

            • WhiteCentauress

              Now that’s especially funny. “Koodoos”

            • Jimmy3

              I cant outdo the koodoos.

    • Liberated

      Poor thing must be PTS 🙁

    • Baby

      She pulled it in..

  • mockingbird

    Come on, every Scientologist know a reference or twenty to justify violating wog laws.

    • Liberated

      Sure…we’re the elite and the most ethical people on the planet.

      Wog laws are for wogs.

      • mockingbird

        Yeah, lowly wigs.

    • Jimmy3

      “Somebody some day will say ‘this is illegal.’ By then be sure the orgs [Scientology organizations] say what is legal or not.”
      – L. Ron Hubbard, Hubbard Communications Office Policy Letter, 4 January 1966, “LRH Relationship to Orgs”

      Revised: “Somebody some day will say ‘this is illegal.’ By then be sure the…ahh, fuck it, just completely disregard the legality.”

      • Baby

        This quote of Dr. Hubbfub

        Can you imagine the Hubris and the Arrogance of this Man? errrrrrgh

        • Mark Foster

          “In any event, any person from 2.0 down on the Tone Scale should not have, in any thinking society, any civil rights of any kind, because by abusing those rights he brings
          into being arduous and strenuous laws which are oppressive to those who need no such restraints.”
          L. Ron Hubbard, SCIENCE OF SURVIVAL, 1989 Ed., p. 145 (The “Tone Scale” is Scientology’s measure of mental and spiritual health.)
          So, yeah, meat-sack slaves, acknowledge our superiority. If you don´t, you are bigots and degraded beings. And, yes, we get to be fascists because, well, it´s for your own good. Damn it, we´ve got a planet of bank accounts and minds to ¨clear¨ !

          • Baby

            ” Damn it, we´ve got a planet of bank accounts and minds to ¨clear¨ ! ”

            Brilliant. Sums it all up.. I can see where the women fell all over him though Mark.. He was a good lookin dude.. ( OK just threw up in my moth..)

        • Jimmy3

          I don’t really have to imagine it. I’ve read, seen and heard it documented quite thoroughly. 😛

          • Baby

            UGH.. I love how the Indies scream.. ” Miscavige asshole.. Hubbard King ”

            ( Yeah King of the Assholes..ha)

            • WhiteCentauress

              Lord Hubris

            • Baby

              Good One!

            • Jimmy3

              nottrue had a really good line about that that stuck with me. I forget exactly how it went, but to paraphrase, “Praising Hubbard while criticizing Miscavige’s Scientology is like saying you love Satan but hate Hell.”

            • Baby

              I just said out loud.. ( and I’m alone)

              ” Oh Yeah..that’s good..” Gawd I need company.. ha.

            • Observer
            • Baby

              YEP.. that about sums it up Obs..

              You looked so cute in your HowdyCon poster.. haha.. Loved it!

            • WhiteCentauress

              He looks so villainous and yet proud. The worst thing about doing a Hubbard shoop is having to look at that face for a couple of hours. Love it!

              Edited to say: THE SHOOP, NOT THE FACE!!!

            • GrangerFX

              Paranoia Agent flashback there for a second:
              https://youtu.be/-anabfAg06U?t=5s

            • Observer

              That anime was a freak show.

            • WhiteCentauress

              I have another nomination for that title (Speaking for a friend who’s currently in witness protection.) https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/51ff9577af6cbb8cc0e1381e97d4e9fbff7de0cacfb08109bf3ca07997f0980b.jpg

            • Baby

              Oh hell yes.. Since the other KIng Asshole is dead..

              But yes yours is definitely more uh.. Creative.

      • Mark Foster

        “When you move off a point of power,pay all your obligations on the nail, empower all your friends
        completely and move off with your pockets full of artillery,potential blackmail on every erstwhile rival, unlimited funds in your private account and the addresses of experienced assassins and
        go live in Bulgravia [sic] and bribe the police.”
        L. Ron Hubbard, Hubbard
        Communications Office Policy Letter, 12 February 1967, “The Responsibilities of Leaders”

        • dchoiceisalwaysrs

          I can’t seem to find Bulgravia on the map of Target II.
          Oh wait, there it is: in orbit around Target II is a large ass_moon labeled:
          ” Bulgravia; home to dead shysters running their asses off.”

      • mockingbird

        Bingo

  • Supper Powers

    I just bought $18 worth of Beck music. I can’t help it! I love him! #guilty

    • Baby

      Sup.. I rationalize that the only Scn that I will watch is Giovanni Ribisi because he was born into it.

      Beck’s dad was into it before Beck was born..so I will be more than happy for you to use my rationalization.

      • Supper Powers

        Yes, thank you. If it helps me listen to Guerro and Black Tamborine on repeat, then yes, please.

        • Baby

          It is my gift to you sweetie.. Just glad you came back. You stay here and I mean it!

          • Supper Powers

            Oh I am. It was a courtesy break. You’re stuck with me and my cooking.

    • Beck is good not because of Scientology, but despite of it.

      • Supper Powers

        Truefacts.

  • OTVIIIisGrrr8!

    Secret Flag Land Base Briefing to all Sea Org Members

    Please be advised that COB has ordered Flag Land Base to disconnect from, and impose an economic embargo upon, Downtown Clearwater. This action was ordered after the hateful bigots in the Clearwater City Council and the Clearwater Marine Aquarium attacked the Scientology religion by depriving us of land needed to build a swimming pool that was vitally needed for Planetary Clearing. The fate of every man, woman, and child on this planet is now in great jeopardy because Scientology cannot build a swimming pool.

    Battle Plan: The $15,000,000 COB had budgeted to purchase the land will be reallocated to elect Kirstie Alley as the Mayor of Clearwater. Other members of OSA will be elected to the City Council. Once OSA controls the City Council, the land will be sold to the Church. In the interim, any Sea Org member caught Downtown will be beaten and shipped to the construction crew in Mexico.

    • OTVIIIisGrrr8!

      No Sea Org member may watch Chris Shelton or Aaron Smith-Levin’s videos. COB wants Sea Org members to get this as a technical fact: Watching videos made by ANY Sea Org member who blew and attacked the Church is a HIGH CRIME as such videos contain entheta and forward enemy lines.

      Ideal Org Fundraising videos may be watched:

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=as5FA5vVwcE

      • Baby

        Damnit Jeffrey you know I have ADHD.. Now I’ll be watchin this shit all day.. errrrrgh .. That’s what I do.

        Wait.. is that a butterfly on my deck.. off to watch butterflies on youtube.

        • Missionary Kid

          T-shirt I saw:
          I’ve been told I have ADD
          Look! A bunny!

          • Baby

            hahaha .. Yes. That is me to a T ( shirt) groan..

    • Baby

      Yes Sir 8.. As a Member of the Elite Sea Org I vow to follow your orders. I have never been to downtown Clearwater. Come to think of it I have never been outside of the dumpster with my toothbrush.

  • Kay (aka Nasty Lady)

    YEAH for Macron !! I wish I had stayed in Paris just one more day, this would have been something to see. I am SO happy this election turned out the way it did….I was really quite worried seeing the TV coverage there, and feeling the tension in the streets. Way to go, France !!

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/0a80f7a38a5156dbd15ad4921441e7850675a2d05812fdbc9073f45be0dce60b.jpg

    • Liberated

      I’m jealous you went to France.

      • Kay (aka Nasty Lady)

        I was very lucky…..Mr. Kay said he had a big surprise for my birthday, and this trip was it. On the downside, they sent my luggage to Copenhagen, instead of Paris, then lost it again, then said they found it, then nobody seemed to know where it was or when I would get it. Then when they thought they actually found it, they said they couldn’t deliver it for four more days because it was a “Bank Holiday” in France. This was after three days. I don’t even know what a Bank Holiday means, but the whole country shuts down. I only had my purse. The only shops nearby were Designer shops i.e. Gucci, Hermes, where the underpants alone are like $200.00 Sooo…..I just figured “hey I’m in Paris, it’s all good. Nobody’s here to look at me, I’m here to look at Paris !!” So I washed my clothes out every night for three to four days with hotel shampoo and slept in the complimentary hotel bathrobe until my luggage finished it’s world tour and returned to France.
        First Lesson: Drip dry clothes are a good thing.
        Second lesson: Always have a carry on bag with essentials…first time in my life that I didn’t do that. Stupid.
        Third: Never throw out a boarding pass on a trip until the trip is done because the luggage tag tracking number is attached to the back of it. That’s the only way they can even begin to track your luggage.

        • Missionary Kid

          Thanks for the heads up.

        • iampissed

          You sound like my kind of traveler. Kudos to you for not letting it ruin your trip.

          • Kay (aka Nasty Lady)

            Well I felt a LOT more comfortable when we went to the ballet and the featured ballerina was wearing a completely transparent top..and I mean totally see-through. Figured I could walk around Paris half-naked if I needed too…LOL.

        • ExCult.Jan

          Happy Birthday! And WTG, Mr Kay!!

          • Kay (aka Nasty Lady)

            Thanks for the BD wishes….and yes, Mr. Kay is a generous man who is really good at surprises. He was more upset about my luggage than I was by far because he wanted everything to be perfect. I was just happy to be there.

            • Robert Eckert

              No trip is complete without a disaster. The story of washing your clothes with little bottles of hotel shampoo will linger in your memory.

    • jane456

      Here, here. Cheers, Paris! Cheers France! This makes me happy. I flew out of CDG 11/10/2016, people there were horrified by what had happened in the US, truly horrified.

    • A bas les fachos!

    • ExCult.Jan
      • GfldedKim

        That. Is. Epic!

      • redfisch

        That was, IIRC, first crafted during George W. Bush’s first term.

        • ExCult.Jan

          The manufacturer gets another crack at selling items they’ve had in storage for 8 years.

  • $cnMonkeyNut$

    monkey saw the unfortunate (and quite large leg) tat and thought it could be improved with some of LRH’s actual quotes (not the asinine nonsense spewed in the way to hcrappiness leaflet!)… https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/5101c30da0ecf2c4469398831ac5c7cf3186b38eb4f2218a2d9c49e4a1cca3ed.jpg … we all know this infamous one… https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/3f2d2b7e2c19bf22dce1fbcfb4163d91c5fa88ebc58e8f5cf87c90eb9286db39.jpg … and this admission of the basic tenets of $cn by LRH is also fairly well known… https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/d5f0a1eaa3aba39192cda625fd2b12119f37390aae8ae5987d4ddc901c961dd9.jpg … but this one definitely needs a wider circulation… Hello! IRS! Are you paying attention!

    • Juicer77

      Emailed you. Not urgent. Off to bed. Goodnight!

      • $cnMonkeyNut$

        Okies–will get back to you in the am. Sleep well 🙂

      • Supper Powers

        Do you have a British accent now? Cause I’m starting to read your comments like you do.

        • Juicer77

          Lol! No accent but the lingo has taken over quite a bit.

          • Vaquera

            Your mimic is spot on. 🙂

    • ExCult.Jan

      Nice tats, Monkey!

      • $cnMonkeyNut$

        Thanks, Jan–so glad my ink’s a million miles from these tat tats!

    • MarcabExpat

      Excellent font choice as well 🙂

      • $cnMonkeyNut$

        Thanks, Marcab–spent about an hour trying to get as close a match as I could to the original 🙂

        • Kestrel

          Those were great!

          • $cnMonkeyNut$

            Thank you, Kestrel 🙂

    • Do you have 3 legs?

      • $cnMonkeyNut$

        It was originally going to be two, but when I was confirming the ‘Make money’ quote I saw the ‘is not a religion’ quote (which I had forgotten!) and thought that it should be made more generally available!

    • Eclipse-girl

      My fave is the first one.

      • $cnMonkeyNut$

        Glad you liked them, Eclipse-girl (good to see you about in the Bunker again, too 🙂 )

  • Observer
    • WhiteCentauress

      Will there be pitchforks and torches? What a thug. 😳

      • Observer

        I so wanted to post “*commander-in-chief” but managed to squash the urge. Something tells me he knows it all.

      • Kay (aka Nasty Lady)

        Colbert can say whatever he wants, we still have freedom of speech, (if we can hang onto it) and the freedom to say stupid things like “commander and chief” as Observer pointed out. I love Stephen Colbert….I hope the network doesn’t fire him. It maybe wasn’t the best thing to say on national TV, but hey this is the same network who gave Letterman a pass when he was sleeping with a subordinate female employee. I think Colbert had just had it and finally let it fly.

        • ExCult.Jan

          Late night comedians are paid to make fun of whoever is president at the time. Did Joe Phelps just fall off a turnip truck?

          • daisy

            I believe he may be the turnip dropped off .

          • Kay (aka Nasty Lady)

            Yup he did. And you are absolutely right….late night has been making fun of Presidents for years and years….and I’m glad they can do that. It balances things out and helps us all let off some needed collective steam. They can say whatever they want because they are not considered to be part of the press. I’m glad.

          • Robert Eckert

            Yes. Yes, he did.

    • daisy

      So much for free speech. My guess is his approval rate is higher than the commander in stupidity

    • Jimmy3

      Joe Phelps knows we can see his selfie pic, right?

      • Observer

        He’s counting on it.

        • Jimmy3

          Ok. Cuz the main reason I don’t go around calling people ugly is that I’m not sure if they can see me or not. It’s the house made out of glass stones thing, or whatever they say.

          • Observer

            You are the opposite of ugly (and I mean that in a non-weird way).

            • Jimmy3

              It’s ugly how good I am at compliment fishing tho.

            • Robert Eckert

              It’s too bad you’re hetero, and I mean that in the weirdest way.

      • ExCult.Jan

        Just glad he cropped his naked ass out for his avi. The shoulder was already a bit much.

    • Missionary Kid

      I wonder if this guy got as upset about others disrespcting Obama when he was Commander In Chief. Yes, I thought the comment was a bit much, and NBC will probably end up being fined, but it was, after all, late at night, and one has to wonder about Trump’s inability to say anything negative about Russia or Putin. He even charged that the DNC had links to Russia in a recent tweet.

      Colbert’s ratings are beating even the Tonight Show’s.

      • daisy

        What comment ? I must of missed it.

        • Missionary Kid

          This is from Politico, where he apologized for his choice of words because they could be taken as homophobic. http://www.politico.com/blogs/on-media/2017/05/03/colbert-walks-back-crude-trump-putin-joke-237961 I supplied the word, “cock” that they chose to delete.

          On Monday’s program, Colbert hurled a barrage of insults at President Trump for abruptly cutting off a “Face the Nation” interview with Dickerson, a colleague of Colbert’s at CBS.

          “Sir, you attract more skinheads than free Rogaine, “Colbert said. “You have more people marching against you than cancer. You talk like a sign language gorilla who got hit in the head.”

          The next remark, Colbert acknowledged Wednesday, went too far.

          “In fact, the only thing your mouth is good for is being Vladimir Putin’s cock holster,” he said.

          The comment was met with sharp criticism online, where the #FireColbert hashtag previously used to campaign against him at Comedy Central was revived. Colbert jokingly alluded to the calls for his resignation during Wednesday’s opening monologue, introducing himself as “still the host” of “The Late Show.”

          As for Trump, though, the gloves remain off for Colbert.

          “He, I believe, can take care of himself,” he said. “I have jokes; he has the launch codes. So, it’s a fair fight.”

          • daisy

            I actually watched that show and didn*t know it was controversial. Never even dawned on me it might,. I feel bad that he was so crude to the PUSSY SNATCHER.

            • daisy

              I find it hard to believe the gay community is upset.

            • Missionary Kid

              I don’t think the gay community is that upset.

            • EmmaDaoust

              That’s pussy GRABBER.

          • Robert Eckert

            The concern-trolling about how it was “homophobic” did not come from any actual homosexuals, but from /b/chan Pepe trolls. It would be very problematic for FCC to issue any fine when “political” is one of the kinds of speech mentioned in the statute as exempt from scrutiny for obscenity (and that is before courts would even get to constitutional questions about it).

    • $cnMonkeyNut$
    • Commander in Chief (of the armed forces, that is). That’s a big difference.
      Despite what he and his supporters think, Trump is an elected representative, not king.

    • abdaman

      One day people will be giving colbert the nobel prize for reporting that Trump and Putin are cock gobblers before all the other journalists. It will happen.

    • Robert Eckert

      “commander and chief”: I think I see the M/U right there

  • OOkpik

    All Scientology executives should be Baker Acted for the Greatest Good.

  • Evan Wecksell on STAAD thinks that all Scientology jokes fall flat.

    Why Scientology Jokes Fall Flat

    As a comedian who’s been at this for 15 years, I look at what’s wrong with the world around me and joke about it. However, desperate for material, some comedians will search for anything “controversial” and try to use it as a jumping-off point. That’s where jokes about Scientology come in.

    I have heard my religion incorporated into all kinds of contexts in many forms of “comedy.” Here’s why the jokes fall flat: there’s nothing wrong with Scientology. The jokes made have nothing to do with the religion. They’re more rumors that have been passed down from degraded mouth breather to degraded mouth breather, the comedian being the last of them.

    You might know Evan Wecksell from his Speedy deleted Wikipedia page. Copy: http://speedydeletion.wikia.com/wiki/Evan_Wecksell

    Some of that flat humor:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fOpapeX6Vzs

    • Observer

      [3] On February 3, 2012, Evan correctly tweeted a trivia response on CNN.

      He must be a supergenius! I’m so ashamed of my mouthbreathingness…

      • chukicita

        *Degraded* mouthbreathingness. If it’s not “degraded,” it’s not Scientology.

    • MarcabExpat

      The greatest thing SNL ever did, besides Tina Fey’s Palin and Alex Baldwin’s Trump.

      • Robert Eckert

        Don’t forget Melissa McCarthy’s Sean Spicer

        • MarcabExpat

          Melissa McCarthy’s Sean Spicer has smashed its way into history.

    • Observer

      Evan’s Wikipedia deletion log: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Articles_for_deletion/Evan_Wecksell

      Summary: “Sorry, Evan, you’re not notable enough.”

      • WhiteCentauress

        But he was Wikipedia-considered, right?

        • Observer

          Yeah, considered not notable enough. Haha!

    • Ah, I see the problem! He probably confused it with the We Stand Tall video, and didn’t realize that it was funny (and sad) because it was so true.

    • WhiteCentauress

      “…passed down from degraded mouth breather to degraded mouth breather, the comedian being the last of them.”

      Either he doesn’t understand ambiguous reference, or he’s admitting he’s a degraded mouth breather. ( or it could be both)

    • iampissed

      Maybe he needs to have coffee with Jamie DeWolf.

    • Evan Wecksell is lowtoned

    • Missionary Kid

      It’s always a matter of whose ox is gored. $cientology has become more and more high profile, with books, movies, and television shows that document it’s evil. No wonder there’s so much Joking & Degrading of it going on.

      The only place that those jokes fall flat are with clams.

    • abdaman

      whats with hating on people with stuffy noses. degraded mouthbreathers?

      • WhiteCentauress

        I think he’s trying to be cool. It never works for Scientologists somehow.

    • Michael Leonard Tilse

      I would suggest that Evan Wecksell is himself not “flat” on humor. In fact, Evan has an Misunderstood Word on humor. He cannot laugh at himself, at his life, and especially he cannot laugh at his religion. To laugh one has to have some sort of connection, some sort of empathy. If you cannot, indeed MUST NOT be a joker or a degrader as is dictated by his so-called religion, then how can he have empathy for the common man, laughing at the twists Scientologists get themselves into.

      Laughing is the relief of ‘it could have been me.’ Evan, it’s funny, you see, it IS you.

  • PerpetualOutflow

    In his latest excellent video embedded above, Aaron talks about he boycott of downtown Clearwater businesses by the sea org. The excuse $cientology has given publicly is that they don’t want to offend people by having their uniformed members walking the streets. So I’m confused. Isn’t the sea org uniform today the vest ensemble that makes them look like waiters rather than the military regalia? If so, why would that be off putting to anyone? It just makes it look like there s a convention of professional waiters meeting in Clearwater. Why would that be intimidating? Or do some sea org personnel still wear their faux military uniforms?

    • Missionary Kid

      It can be off putting to people to have many people in uniform running around in uniforms that are not recognizable to someone not familiar with $cientology, or that the Wonderful World Wide Flag Base for the mult-imillions of claimed $cientologists. In fact, there are so few $cientologists that one rarely sees their presence anywhere else in the world.

      It can also be off putting to see the uniforms if one knows what they represent.

      • chukicita

        True. They could be in clown suits, and it would still creep people out.

        • PerpetualOutflow

          LOL, well of course clown suits would creep people out. We have a bit of a problem with that right now.

          • redfisch

            I thought that problem disappeared on last January 20th.

          • chukicita

            You’re right. I have had that remake of Mr. King’s “It” on my mind.

            Well, is Ben if they were in velour track suits. Or those inflatable samurai suits. Or unicorn costumes.

      • PerpetualOutflow

        I think the waitron outfits have defanged their rough ‘n tough, bad boy image. But you’re right, if people realize what the waiter uniforms really represent, especially after seeing Going Clear or Leah’s show, yeah, I guess it would tend to creep out the tourists.

        • Missionary Kid

          I imagine that just seeing a semi-zombie group, dressed alike, that unless they’re body routing, that tends to keep to themselves could be enough to cause unease. They’re not exactly Mormon missionaries.

    • outraged

      As a thank-the-heavens-how-did-I-escape-never-in, those uniforms have ALWAYS creeped me out. But it is both the cloth and the body underneath. The sea-orgers wear the uniform or the uniform wears them. Either way it is sad and depressing. The ones who strut around seem like impostors in navy costumes and others look scared and out of place as a rabbit in the wolf den.

    • Bleuler

      Waiters of the World Unite – In Clearwater !

  • Ever met an SP?

    Regarding the Ray Bradbury title page, something about that didn’t pass the smell test so I did a bit of internet research and found evidence that in 1984 a Mark Rathbun was credited as having co-compiled an illustrated bibliography of Richard Matheson, another celebrated sci fi author. “Marty” Rathbun was six years into his career as a Scientology staff member by that point, so it’s hardly likely he’s the man responsible for it. If that’s correct and there are or were two Mark Rathbuns (or Marks Rathbun?), the one who was active in sci fi literary publication would seem to be the more likely recipient of a signed title page from Ray Bradbury than the one we’re more familiar with.

    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/RICHARD-MATHESON-HE-IS-LEGEND-1984-bibliography-Robert-Bloch-Jack-Finney-/371694408553

    • Missionary Kid

      Good catch. Thank you.

    • Eclipse-girl

      I do not know shit about Arkham publishing

      I do know a smidge about Sauk City. It is small and therefore rural. It is NW of my town, Madison.
      I have heard of Arkham publishing , but I did not know it was located in Sauk City.

    • Kestrel

      According to this, Bradbury wrote an introduction to the Rathbun/Flanagan work. Or maybe one of the stories.

      https://www.abebooks.com/book-search/author/richard-matheson-mark-rathbun-and-graeme-flanagan/

      • Ever met an SP?

        Excellent! I gave up after identifying the work to begin with, but that proves Bradbury knew the Mark Rathbun who wrote that book. All we need now is to show Marty Rathbun isn’t the same man, and that’s that mystery solved.

        • Robert Eckert

          Barbara Schwarz has been trying to tell us for years there were two of them!

          • JustSheila

            Rolling on the floor!

    • Michael Leonard Tilse

      That’s really good news. I had wondered if ‘Marty’ was reduced to selling those collectibles he had accumulated while at ASI, to make ends meet.

      I’m glad it wasn’t our ‘Marty.’

      And even more happy that Bradbury never gave our whiney Marty an autograph.

    • Graham

      Well spotted!

    • Kestrel

      It was not the same Mark Rathbun. This Mark Rathbun passed away in 2007. A reference to this work is included in this obit.

      http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/chicoer/obituary.aspx?n=mark-rathbun&pid=86129114

  • Missionary Kid

    OT, and also late. The National Enquirer finally catches on to Jenna Elfman’s disastrous Reddit “Ask Me Anything” chat. The headline reads. CHILLING CHAT!
    Jenna Elfman’s Online Humiliation Over Scientology
    Actress ambushed by questions about bizarre church!

    http://www.nationalenquirer.com/celebrity/jenna-elfman-scientology-reddit-chat/

  • DexterSka

    Before you ask, yes “Man is basically good” is Hubbard at his most quotable.

    • Missionary Kid

      As to, “Man is basically good”, Hubbard wasn’t.

      • DexterSka

        He may have been okay in small doses.

        • Missionary Kid

          My opinion is that it was only good when he wanted to get something.

    • Shivani33

      But what did he say while he was alone in his bathroom?

    • Michael Leonard Tilse

      “but women could use some improvement. I like dick.” That was the part left out of the quote.

  • DexterSka

    I wonder how my wife would react if I called her “basically good”.

    • Jimmy3

      Basically sleeping on the couch?

  • Vaquera

    Run As One #Moreyball

    Ok, as you were.

    • Vaquera

      And there you go. #ClutchCity

  • GrangerFX
  • Off topic. Friend of ours is our guest tonight and he made a soup using onions, mushrooms and some magic, I am pretty sure. The smell and taste is delicious on steroids. Art of cooking.

    • WhiteCentauress

      Dodo, I love the way you share your life.

  • WhiteCentauress

    This guy does request shoops…..Be careful what you ask for….

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/1e826d1e38fde60957b1586e9fc33bc1df626c98b0c093ef57c1471fdb75f181.jpg

    He is hilarious, and has a whole series of these.

    • JaxNGold

      Oh, that’s just classic! He could have been nice and asked to please have the woman taken out of the pic. Instead, he was a total prick. Hope he feels like a fool now.

  • chuckbeattyxquackologist75to03

    curandero-estafa-ologia

    How do “body-thetans” translate?

    cuerpo-thetans-exorcismo-estafa-ologia

  • WhiteCentauress

    Those SP’s at the Bunker say I have a drinking problem and that I lie. It’s just not so…..whine, whine, wine, wine, whiskey….more whiskey…

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/9687690d96b5b66a29236df4699cd242c0d081cb338cac46f0018e576945ff31.jpg

    • EmmaDaoust

      Whisk whisk whisk him away.

    • Michael Leonard Tilse

      He’s just angry because standing on tippy toe all the time makes his soul hurt.

      • WhiteCentauress

        I’m convinced he doesn’t have a soul.

    • Davy Grog-Blossoms! 🙂

    • GrangerFX
      • WhiteCentauress

        He and WC Fields were my inspiration. I was going for “bulbous”.

    • Graham

      Looks like Hubbard’s cyst.

  • EmmaDaoust

    OT: Steven Fry under police investigation in Ireland for “blasphemy”.
    http://www.cbsnews.com/news/stephen-fry-blasphemy-investigation-police-refuse-comment/.

    • Missionary Kid

      One of the sources said that it was doubtful that he would be charged, especially if you read what he actually said. It was all basically along the lines that if there was a god, that he wouldn’t inflict the misery on people.

      • EmmaDaoust

        One would hope. It was from a 2015 interview, and one person complained, under the Defamation Act.
        The last part of Fry’s response to the interviewer’s question: “The god who created this universe, if it was created by god, is quite clearly a maniac, an utter maniac, totally selfish.”

    • Graham

      It is illegal to utter or publish any material “grossly abusive or insulting in relation to matters held sacred by any religion” where intent and result is “outrage among a substantial number of the adherents of that religion.”

      Does this include financial scams hiding behind a flag of ‘religion’ I wonder?

      • EmmaDaoust

        “Religion” is so fragile, isn’t it. Yet so protected and ultimately powerful.

        The Flag (wink) of religion hides much wrongdoing indeed. Ultimately the truth will out.

  • the AOSH LATAM facility is among the most likely of Scientology’s many empty buildings to open in the near future

    Since I live close by an idle-mOrgue-to-be which was scheduled to open last year (or was it the year before?), I’m very pleased to report that I see no reason to disagree with the assessment. Good.

    • Andrew Robertson

      There are probably quite a few people around the world in the same situation, Jens! The number of unfinished Ideal Orgs is expanding.47 times. .

      Andrew

      • ombrifuge

        $cientology has the fastest expanding collection of unfinished ideal orgs than any other religion!

  • Fink Jonas

    Once they learn the Mexican authorities accept payola, the most ethical group on Earth wont hesitate to use that method, all for the greatest good, anything goes. I don’t know what’s worst drug lords or Scientology either way the Mexican people are DSOL

  • AngryNotSoOldHippy .

    Always crime with these shitting Scientology crooks. Always.