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Donna Fiore says Scientology is hounding her for dirt on stepdaughter Leah Remini

[Donna Fiore and her stepdaughter, Leah Remini]

Last week we told you about a new smear video that had been uploaded to the website the Church of Scientology uses to attack Leah Remini and her A&E series, Scientology and the Aftermath. The video was posted just hours before a new two-hour Aftermath special was aired on Memorial Day, last Monday night.

The video featured Leah’s estranged father, George Remini, 69, and his 36-year-old wife, Dana Connaughton. The two of them were apparently filmed at their dining room table, and during one point in the 18-minute video, we could hear a woman’s voice asking questions.

The video appeared on a page at the attack website that also contained an email written several years ago by Leah Remini’s stepmother, Donna Fiore. It was a brutal email, but we called up Donna and she explained that it was written just days after the death of her youngest daughter, Stephanie, Leah’s half-sister, and her emotions were raw. She characterized it as typical of “an Italian family,” and said it did not reflect how she felt about her stepdaughter. She said she had no idea how Scientology had a copy of the email.

Donna told us that she called the Church of Scientology and asked about the email, and also asked when she would get to film her own rebuttal video. She was told that Scientology was willing to fly her that night to the Washington DC to make her own video for Scientology’s use. She told us she wasn’t serious and was just “winding up” the people at the church.

But since that day, utter chaos has visited Donna’s life. On Friday, she told us that Scientologists suddenly showed up at her home, and they have spent several days showing up and calling her, hounding her about making a video. She even says they promised to indemnify her if, while recording the video, she said something libelous and Leah decided to sue her over it.

“The first time they came I was alone and I didn’t answer the door,” she says about the woman from Scientology and a man who was with her. “I ended up talking to her on Friday and left her with very clear terms. I am not doing anything derogatory to Leah, and that’s it.”

But then, Saturday morning, “the door rang at 8:30 am, then 9:30, and then 10 o’clock. And then I called the police. But they were gone by the time the police came. She then called me and asked me to lunch,” Donna says with a laugh. “I have been under some kind of invasion.”

Donna tells us she has no plans to give in to Scientology’s pressure tactics. Instead, she wrote for us a statement that she wanted to make public. And here it is.

My name is Donna Fiore, formerly Donna Remini. I am Leah Remini’s stepmother and have been for more than forty years, since she was five years old. She still is and always will be that to me. I was married to her biological father George Remini for 28 of those years.

George Remini, 69, and his current 36-year-old wife, Dana Connaughton-Remini, recently did a video interview for Scientology badmouthing Leah, (his own daughter) with lies, slander, and more lies. I’m taking this opportunity to refute George and Dana’s totally false and vicious narrative against Leah, as well as those allegations made against me.

I was never involved in any way with Scientology, and during the time Leah and her sister Nicole were members, I always felt it was trying to control Leah in every way possible, as well as trying to separate her from her family. If she and I hadn’t loved each other, our relationship would have never survived. We did, we do, and it has.

Scientologists masquerading as reporters for Scientology’s propaganda magazine, Freedom, have called me repeatedly and then showed up to my home. I never gave them my phone number or address and yet they showed up, unannounced, and have harassed me to give them dirt on my stepdaughter Leah, even offering to fly me to D.C to interview me there.

When I explained to them that Leah was a victim of an abusive and neglectful father (as were his four other daughters) they wanted nothing to do with that information, but continued to try and press me for “dirt.”

Clearly, they have an agenda and it is not an agenda to get the truth.

When I explained to the Scientologist who showed up at my home that I had nothing to say about Leah that could help them, she implied that if I said anything on video for them about Leah that was libelous, the Church of Scientology and its magazine Freedom would cover my legal fees.

Outrageous.

They have come to my home seven times in three days. On Saturday, I called the police in hopes that that they would get the message.

For Scientology to go to these extremes says a lot about what this organization is: An organization that knows no bounds to attack its former members.

This is not the work of a legitimate church.

As a child of a broken home — in the 1950’s yet — I empathized with Leah and Nicole going through divorcing parents, getting used to a new woman, and meeting new siblings. It was hard for me and because of that, I took my step-mothering responsibilities seriously. My feelings for them are maternal. Their mother Vicki and I never ever argued with each other in all that time, and we still haven’t. In fact, whenever we do get together, we laugh our asses off.

As for their father, George never had any time for his daughters, and I find his self-serving “poor pitiful me” act sickening.

I left George Remini in 2003, and I also left the state in order to get as far away from him as I could.

As for Dana, although she is younger than George’s own daughters, she is old enough to know exactly what she is doing. She is using Leah’s name to further her own agenda. Dana has met Leah twice in her lifetime; once when Leah flew her and George out to visit with her in California and another when they appeared on Leah’s TLC show. Dana is not Leah’s stepmother. She has never met George’s other daughters nor has she met any of George’s grandchildren. Two are now in college. Not one greeting card, not one call from either of them.

Sofia, Leah’s daughter, has consistently reached out to them over her 13 years of life, and not one email or call has been answered by either of them.

George is a criminal. He is weak, small, petty, greedy, vulgar, crude, a liar, a thief, a user, an abuser and a manipulator of the highest magnitude. And that is being kind.

These are not the words of a bitter ex-wife, but rather the words of a woman who put up with this for close to three decades and finally found my strength to leave.

These are the words of a stepmother who did the best she could do for her stepchildren, and now doing what I always tried to do for Leah and her sisters: to defend them the best I know. I did then and I will do it now.

This is the simple truth concerning George Remini and his wife Dana: Their exaggerations and lies bear no resemblance to the truth.

 
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Drug-Free New York infiltrators hold their annual awards

After a bit of a panic when it looked like they were running short of sponsorships just a few weeks ago (“We are 3 weeks away…We need 2 more tables sponsored in order to complete our budget!”), Queens dentist Bernard Fialkoff and daughter Meghan pulled off their annual Drug-Free Hero Awards gala last night in Great Neck, NY. According to Eventbright, they were looking for table sponsorships up to $40,000 (with a $1,219.95 fee), and we can only assume they managed to land a few judging by the size of the crowd.

We’ve been reporting for years that the Fialkoffs have been infiltrating New York City’s schools with L. Ron Hubbard’s malarkey about drug abuse, and that they’ve often hoodwinked the New York Police Department into helping them. And once again, they wrangled some folks into thinking they were attending some kind of worthwhile program last night, when the truth is, if L. Ron Hubbard wasn’t being promoted, the Fialkoffs wouldn’t bother.

Among the attendees was another tireless Scientology promoter, Kerri Kasem, handbag designer and Scientologist Rebecca Minkoff, and Joan Jett and the Blackhearts guitarist Ricky Byrd along with various NYPD officials and other minor political figures.

It looked like a fine time was had by all.

 

[The glamorous Meghan Fialkoff]

 

[Her father, Queens dentist Bernie Fialkoff]

 

[Handbag designer Rebecca Minkoff]

 

[Sober guitarist Ricky Byrd]

 

[Daughter of Casey Kasem and hard-working Scientology promoter in her own right, Kerri Kasem]

 
Here’s the full list:

 

 
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Bonus items from our tipsters

No lie, Sixto Ruiseco may be the most “fully hatted” Scientologist of all time…

 

 
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HOWDYCON ANNOUNCEMENT

 
Wow, we’re getting close to the start of HowdyCon 2017 in Denver. And we had a slight change in logistics from our caterer for our dinner on Saturday night, June 24. If you plan to go, make sure you have confirmed with Kim O’Brien, our coordinator, and visit our HowdyCon website where she has instructions for how you can pay for the dinner fee that night. You need to do that right away to make sure you’ll be included in the Saturday night festivities, which include:

— London-based Australian journalist Steve Cannane talking about his book Fair Game
— A spoken-word performance from former Sea Org official Claire Headley
— Cathy Schenkelberg performing for us scenes from her one-woman show, “Squeeze My Cans”

You don’t want to miss out, so please visit the convention page and get in contact with Kim.

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

 
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Scientology disconnection, a reminder

Bernie Headley has not seen his daughter Stephanie in 4,772 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 2,529 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 1,875 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 2,369 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 1,409 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy in 1,121 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 647 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 4,736 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 1,876 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 2,196 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 2,171 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 527 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin in 4,829 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 936 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis for 1,338 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 1,211 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 792 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike in 1,297 days.
Mary Jane Sterne has not seen her daughter Samantha in 1,541 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 12,650 days.

 
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3D-UnbreakablePosted by Tony Ortega on June 5, 2017 at 07:00

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

Learn about Scientology with our numerous series with experts…

BLOGGING DIANETICS: We read Scientology’s founding text cover to cover with the help of L.A. attorney and former church member Vance Woodward
UP THE BRIDGE: Claire Headley and Bruce Hines train us as Scientologists
GETTING OUR ETHICS IN: Jefferson Hawkins explains Scientology’s system of justice
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Other links: Shelly Miscavige, ten years gone | The Lisa McPherson story told in real time | The Cathriona White stories | The Leah Remini ‘Knowledge Reports’ | Hear audio of a Scientology excommunication | Scientology’s little day care of horrors | Whatever happened to Steve Fishman? | Felony charges for Scientology’s drug rehab scam | Why Scientology digs bomb-proof vaults in the desert | PZ Myers reads L. Ron Hubbard’s “A History of Man” | Scientology’s Master Spies | Scientology’s Private Dancer | The mystery of the richest Scientologist and his wayward sons | Scientology’s shocking mistreatment of the mentally ill | Scientology boasts about assistance from Google | The Underground Bunker’s Official Theme Song | The Underground Bunker FAQ

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

 

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  • Tracy Schmitz

    OFF TOPIC: IT LOOKS LIKE the religious “cough cough” expert/scholar and scientologist apologist reza aslan is in trouble over at CNN for his recent tweet about the prez.. bummer! (overflowing sarcasm!)..

    • GrangerFX

      He should blame it on something he ate.

      • daisy

        Howl , laugh

      • MarcabExpat

        At least one conservative tweeter did 🙂

      • Keeping Scientology Waning

        Or someone.

    • My needle is floating.

  • ombrifuge

    I bet $cientoloy hats cost a lot more than non-$cientology hats.

  • Scientologists are ‘rearming’ in Copenhagen: researcher

    https://www.thelocal.dk/20170605/scientologists-are-rearming-in-copenhagen-researcher

    /

    • Don’t you just love a guy who is prepared to make an ‘estimate’ for the press (and get his name out there) without actually even being aware of the special circumstance in this case – that the Ideal Org building programme is a combination of real estate scam and PR aimed mostly at members.

      He’s got publicity…. but now he’s known to be someone who has no idea what he is talking about.

  • outraged

    Scuttlebut…Leah is going back to TV on Kevin Can Wait???

    http://blindgossip.com/?p=85579

    • Tony Ortega

      It’s not gossip or scuttlebutt. It was announced publicly days ago.

  • Intergalactic Walrus
    • The questions I ask myself are:

      Where did I come from?
      Where I am going?
      Should I take a packed lunch?

  • Mick Roberts

    OT, but has anyone heard of an update to Irving Sorrentini, the body router whose picture was taken and who his daughter, Jamie, recognized? Tony wrote an article on it a week or so ago. Just curious if anyone knows his status.

  • FredEX2

    Donna Fiore’s letter was quite remarkable and brave. So glad she showed character, fortitude and love and stood by Leah and the truth…instead of capitulating to Scientology. Bravo. That’s the way to do it!

  • FredEX2

    Hey OSA! How’re ya doin? Saw your PI before he saw me! Look who got the picture! Neener neener…
    F5
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/e1adb7eec53bb5133b554282fa6f99bb1926c484ea1965ad822fbcfc56aac45a.jpg

    • Rasha

      Glad you had the wide-angle lens to catch THAT guy…….

      • FredEX2

        Just had my trusty smartphone! Grabbed it when I saw him but too late to get a pic of him pointing that thing directly at the door of the train car I was in…but quick enough to get him walking away as we pulled out to prove he was there…! What on earth do they think I’m gonna do? Talk to Leah? Hmmm. Now there’s an idea! LOL

        PS: Hey OSA I still say in a past life DM was a pink poodle with a pompadour. 😆
        F5
        https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/b3460367730e4ccf929ba620695bab54dc1af7f45d95616f19640569cfb91179.jpg

        • Rasha

          …come to think of it, to track him, a seismograph would have come in handy, as well….

          • FredEX2

            Lol!

        • Missionary Kid

          That looks like a standard sized poodle. DM would be teacup sized, wouldn’t he?

          • Puget Buckeye

            With an over compensating attitude to match.

    • daisy

      I do not know how you do it , and with such good humor and grace <3<3<4

      • FredEX2

        I get by with a little help from my friends 😘 xo

      • Jenyfurrrrr

        I’m w/you Daisy – she’s absolutely amazing! I think I get more fuming mad when this stuff happens to her – I’m sitting here SO angry that they’d dare!…

        • FredEX2

          Don’t be mad Jenyfurrrrr sweetie pie. I’ve learned to laugh at this stuff. They’ve been caught so many times on all the harrassment they’ve done to so many others…they’ve been exposed…there’s books, court files and all sorts of reports…and still they do this stuff.

          Who was it that said that “the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result”?

          I’ve had good coaching from the FBI & law enforcement contacts I have…What Scientology does is so ridiculous…it is laughable…sometimes. And when it’s not…I get by with a little help from my friends ( here and other places ) 😉

          • Jenyfurrrrr

            Well if anything amps up while you’re here I can get you my contact info so you have another safe place & friends happy to help.
            My brother (former special ops for my fave branch of the military) has great contacts & friends both still-in or who have moved on to similar Law Enforcement agencies & don’t take kindly to this kind of thing. He’s very aware that I’m on here & have friends here who get followed so he’s offered more than once to be present & help run interference if anyone decided to be invasive or stupid with me or someone I care about.

            • FredEX2

              That’s awesome Jenyfurrrrr to have someone so close to you have all that expertise and be supportive of you. Your brother sounds like a good person to know.

          • Jenyfurrrrr

            PS – it is ridiculous and laughable, I just hate that you have to deal w/that after all this time! I have that Eastern Euro/Italian passionate thing going on, so… I try to laugh, but mostly get protective!

  • FredEX2

    So, I’m traveling this week with a family member and also Miss Lovely came along for the ride…
    See 👉 F5 https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/7b131661b17b78f700226bc31c5dee856f28f2cc832f85a9a5755628aa14509c.jpg

    So anyways, I text someone close to me and let them know where I am…and what our next stop will be where we can get off the train and stretch our legs…and lo and behold…look what doofus shows up…less than 10 feet from the sleeper car we’re in…and the most likely door we might exit for a quick stroll to stretch…a PI with the biggest most unnecessary lense ever ( unless they wanted to be ‘noisy’ about it ~evidently )…and it was set up on a tripod pointed directly at the open door…possibly hoping to catch a certain someone!

    But guess who saw him first from the window? Yep! Little ole harmless me spots him…and at first I think he’s probably waiting to pick up someone… but then using my ‘critical thinking ability like Chris Shelton says….I says to myself…”hmm”… “there’s no one greeting him” …and I ask myself…”why does he have that great big ole lense pointing right at the open door to the car I’m in?” …and I see him as he was just staring intently at the open door to my train car ( which has the number on it which is also on my reservation…and we all know how OSA gets into people’s travel info and reservations by now…thank you Mike & Leah!) …so I watch him…as he stands there looking thru the ridiculously obnoxious lense…at an open…empty door…

    …and as everyone starts to board again in the other cars…he realizes I ain’t coming out…or maybe he missed me…or whatever…so he picks up his tripod and camera with the gynormous lense and toddles off…curses foiled again!!!

    Here’s a pic of the doofus. Wonder how much they pay him.

    F5
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/e1adb7eec53bb5133b554282fa6f99bb1926c484ea1965ad822fbcfc56aac45a.jpg

    I was told never to step foot in California again! Oh really?

    Next photo I post will be of both my feet firmly planted on California soil.

    ML
    ( FredEX2 on vacation )

    • FredEX2

      Another pic of him walking away as the door closed and the train leaves the station….he looks kinda familiar…
      F5
      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/10d78593466c2c2423861dc7a33002e3418601873599bcaedfb62b374ad9d81e.jpg

    • Liberated

      Who are they to tell you what state you can be in ? Do they think they own California ?

      • FredEX2

        Well, outside of Florida…California has the biggest number of Scientologists. The comment for me to ‘never step foot in California again’ was said to me by an OSA years ago…it was clearly just to try to upset and intimidate me. I’ve been back to California a number of times since. 🤓

        • Liberated

          To hell with them.

          • EmmaDaoust

            Oh they’re fast tracked for hell.

            • Puget Buckeye

              They’re on the highway to hell.

            • daisy

              /Are you going to Howdycon ., Emma ?

            • EmmaDaoust

              Nope.

    • Rasha

      Looks like they pay him in bacon double cheeseburgers.

    • Jenyfurrrrr

      Yay my Freddy is coming to my state! SOOO wish I could hang out w/you while you’re here! (Also can’t wait till you feel comfortable coming to HC!!!) 😘

    • Kim O’Brien

      hey you – email me when you have a sec – also …please make sure you go to the paypal link on the web site ( if you have not already )

      • FredEX2

        Kim, I’ll email you as soon as I can. Ok? I’ll get on the PayPal site too ASAP.

        • Kim O’Brien

          nope – no need . someone already paid for you ~

          • FredEX2

            What? Really? Oh my goodness how kind. I want to hug them. ❤️❤️❤️

    • Puget Buckeye

      The evil part of me would be sooooo tempted to step off the train and mess with him. Like ask where the nearest gas station was because the train had a flat tire. The quickest route to the interstate? Is pot legal in this state? Did you bring the briefcase? Oh, my mind could think of the wildest things!

    • Kari Harris

      Looks like the poor guy should be chasing you in a rascal O.o I’m not a skinny girl, but dang why does the cos always hire the biggest, fattest PI’s they can find?

      • Kari Harris

        He can roll faster than he can walk rofl

  • Observer
    • Rasha

      n/

  • Baby

    Smooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooches… running in and out ( pooped from my company but having fun) … love you guys.. Read Freddie’s PI post.. OSA.. Wow.. bawwwwwwwhahhahahahhaha You got Burned..

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/a906f65e299c762b44ee16732ae3436fe3222e915a47cc24ec46aada38315041.gif

    • FredEX2

      LOL! 😘xo

      • Kim O’Brien

        a patron has paid for your dinner . all done

        • FredEX2

          How can I thank them? Thank you so much whoever did such a nice thing. 😘❤️❤️❤️

      • Baby

        😘xo night sweetheart..

        • FredEX2

          Night Baby.

    • Puget Buckeye

      I gotta learn that move. It says it all!

      • Baby

        Yep.. xo

    • Jenyfurrrrr

      That was awesome Baby! 😘💋 Right back at ya and rest up for HC, lovely! Miss chatting w/ya more!

      • iampissed

        Your going right? I saw down thread that Fred is going or so I believe.

        • Jenyfurrrrr

          Oh yeah! I’m going to carpool with MK. I’ll be SOOO excited if Fred is going too – what a group we will all be?! Last year she’d opted not to and so I assumed she wasn’t this year when I didn’t see her name up there yet (last I checked).

          Can’t wait to meet you & hang out! Hubby & I just have to refigure the budget Fri since I was originally planning on being part of an crew in an RV but since that’s not happening I need to budget for a room. Just so excited to go – I’ll figure a way to make it happen!

          • iampissed

            We live close, I’m looking forward to it.

      • Kim O’Brien

        a patron has paid for you and your husbands dinner 🙂 all done

        • Jenyfurrrrr

          OMG I’m floored! 😢 Can’t believe someone would do that! No words!…

      • Baby

        xo😘💋 ( NEVER MOVE TO AN ISLAND) I’ve become quite popular with friends and family..ha)

        • Jenyfurrrrr

          I ❤️ The idea of moving to an island! And it doesn’t surprise me AT ALL how popular you’ve become – you’re fun-on-a-stick! Everywhere you go, fun (& crazy funny trouble) follows! It’s why we ❤️ you! 😘

          • Baby

            I’ve never been one of the popular kids Jen.. I think it’s the island..haha
            and everyone comes in the Freakin summer when it’s 90+ daily.. ugh..

            Yes trouble has always followed me..and IT’S NOT MY FAULT..! ha

    • Oh hi Baby. Got those OSA jiters too 🙂

      • Baby

        xo night boo..

  • Missionary Kid

    Yes, Leah has a permanent job. TC is mummied up, and it was announced that he’s gonna do Top Gun II. He’ll probably look like a mummy in it, too.

    • Michael Leonard Tilse

      This time it’s his goose that goes through the canopy when he ejaculates.

      • Puget Buckeye

        OK, I’m afraid to ask but I just have to. What the hell does that mean?

        • Michael Leonard Tilse

          Ok, it’s a pun. Did you never see the original TOP GUN movie?

          Well, The running man Tom Cruise plays a Navy fighter pilot who’s nickname is “Maverick”, to evoke images of a tough edgy fighter pilot. Since Navy F-14 Tomcats have two seats, he has a partner. The partner’s nickname is “Goose.”

          Some time in the movie, Tom puts the airplane into an unrecoverable spin over the water, and they have to leave the plane. But a further terrible accident happens as “Goose” ejects and he hits the canopy, breaking his neck. But Maverick survives and eventually gets a touch assist from Kelly McGillis and is all better. Does that illuminate?

          • Puget Buckeye

            OK OK, I admit it. I don’t think I’ve ever see the movie in it entirety. I’m familiar with some of the music – Righteous Brother and such. And the scene “I’ve got a need—-for speed”. But I don’t recall anyone ejaculating through a canopy. That must have escaped the high lights.

            • Missionary Kid

              It’s a word play on ejecting through the canopy.

            • I believe US fast jets shatter the canopy, before the seat ejects while UK jets have always blown the canopy off and away in one piece.

              Either way, hitting it, while riding a rocket powered chair, must be very bad news indeed.

            • Missionary Kid

              In the US, the canopy is blown off first, but in case it doesn’t fire, the seat back of the ejection seat breaks it on the way up.

              Older versions of the ejection seat, the Martin-Baker (invented in Britain) used an explosive shell to propel the pilot out. I believe they still use explosives, but also have rockets to orient the ejection path upward today.

              https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martin-Baker

            • By the by – I saw the UK version of the Eurofighter at an air show on Sunday. When the pilot lit up the afterburner it sounded like the end of the world.

              You can’t see one of those things without being very grateful that they are on your side.

              (Also a Spitfire from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight – utterly iconic and moving).

            • Puget Buckeye

              Yeah, I was teasing you. I guess it fell flat.

          • When I saw the film I didn’t understand it’s episodic nature – it was as if extracts from a TV series, or advertisements without their punchlines, had been joined together with extracts from footage taken on an operational aircraft carrier. Then there was a break, while somebody played a popular record.

            The story (such as it was) didn’t hang together at all.

      • Missionary Kid

        I accidentally replied to myself with what I meant to say to you: *Laughing and SMH*

    • Missionary Kid

      Oops, I meant to reply to Michael, and replied to myself.

  • outraged

    That guy in the hats and green shirt – does he ever move?

    • John Prince

      He probably died in 2008 and they just keep changing hats & snapping New pics 😎

  • Anybody hear from Jazz Lover lately? Sometimes people get burned out or rage quit or something happens to them and it gets buried in the epic comment threads and I miss it. We had some good music convos over the years.

    • daisy

      I am hoping to see five feet and lovely , Frotis , and Longtime lurker back.

      • Liberated

        Me too.

      • Me too.

    • MostEthicalPimp

      One could try connecting them through one of their old comments.

  • I can just imagine some OSA-bot “product officering” whoever is trying to get Donna to do the video. “Get the f*cking product now and your Comm Ev won’t recommend overboarding you into some shithole in South Africa!”

  • daisy

    Nite all , it is 4pm here time to covfefe

  • Russian Security Service (FSB) conducts search in Scientology Church of St. Petersburg.

    https://twitter.com/IndieScieNews/status/871998968732962816

  • Diane Mars

    I guess there’s a person to add in the “Scientology disconnection” reminder : Suri Cruise !!!!! more than 1’200 days, i think

  • Bert Allen

    That lady tells it like it is. Hopefully the COS will leave her alone now, rather than starting a dirty tricks campaign against her as well.

  • Noallball

    What a timely, encouraging, truthful and loving statement from someone who’s known Leah Remini far longer than anyone in scientology. I can say that last with certainty, because no one in scientology ever truly knew Ms Remini. It’s such a shame that Ms Fiore’s statement can’t be shown as video when you click on “Daddy’s” churlish, whining probably monetarily propped up endorsement of the cult.

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