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We have your Scientology ‘Maiden Voyage’ robo-call invitation, Los Angeles!

[Partying on L. Ron Hubbard Way]

Starting tomorrow, L. Ron Hubbard Way in Los Angeles will be transformed into the Caribbean Sea as the always naval-minded Church of Scientology celebrates one of holy dates on its space-age calendar.

Over the next four weeks, Scientologists around the world are being called down to their local orgs for a series of videos that were shot recently on the church’s private cruise ship, the Freewinds, which spends its time in Caribbean waters (but as we reported earlier, has fewer places to drop anchor).

In June, Scientology leader David Miscavige invites his most wealthy donors and other bigwigs down to the spiritual barge to preview new initiatives. The fat cats get a special sneak peek, see. But now the rest of the membership gets to see what happened on the ship, watching videos of Miscavige speaking for hours at a time. It’s a gas.

So if you’re a Scientologist in the Los Angeles area, you would have received this robo-call in the last few days. One of our tipsters in the church forwarded it to us. Tell us, would this get you down to L. Ron Hubbard Way for the festivities, which will no doubt include appeals for more donations? Let us know.

 

 
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HowdyCon 2017 is all about the Bunker community

Wow, what a great time we had last night, with old friends coming together to meet new friends in Downtown Denver for HowdyCon 2017.

Kim O’Brien really set us up well at the Curtis Club, where we imbibed while watching My Scientology Movie and got some great behind-the-scenes anecdotes from one of the movie’s stars, Marc Headley.

Marc even put a slide show together about it, and so we’ve decided to add his presentation to tomorrow night’s big event, along with his wife Claire, journalist Steve Cannane, and actress Cathy Schenkelberg.

As for today, we’ll be scattering around town to get the genuine Denver experience, and then meeting again for happy hour drinks tonight.

 




 
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Scientology disconnection, a reminder

Bernie Headley has not seen his daughter Stephanie in 4,790 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 2,547 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 1,893 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 2,387 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 1,427 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy in 1,139 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 665 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 4,754 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 1,894 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 2,214 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 2,189 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 545 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin in 4,847 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 954 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis for 1,356 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 1,229 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 810 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike in 1,315 days.
Mary Jane Sterne has not seen her daughter Samantha in 1,559 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 12,668 days.

 
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3D-UnbreakablePosted by Tony Ortega on June 23, 2017 at 07:00

E-mail tips and story ideas to tonyo94 AT gmail DOT com or follow us on Twitter. We post behind-the-scenes updates at our Facebook author page. After every new story we send out an alert to our e-mail list and our FB page.

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
SCIENTOLOGY MYTHBUSTING: Historian Jon Atack discusses key Scientology concepts

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

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

 

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  • At least the threat in Joel’s robo-call is not so implicit this time. Don’t go! IT’S A TRAP!!! (refresh):

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/83014684df6b9f0ef444512cb7f0dfd275e61e1d0897d322d0eda73111422aff.jpg

  • Lousy Ratatouille

    Robo-calls are no doubt illegal in many countries, but $cientologists will have to put up with it if they want to remain in good standing.

    Let me see ….. yes … or opt out? What would I ….
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LwLABSm0yYc

    3
    NO MORE ROBO-CALLS!!

  • Eivol Ekdal
    • daisy

      Can you tell me your bunker name . I got Cathy*s . It is so much fun putting faces to names., Thanks in advace/

      • Eivol Ekdal

        you will have to guess.

    • disco george

      Thanks for the livestream yesterday… it was worth it for all of us to see Baby’s rendition of Don’t Cry For Me Argentina on the way to getting kicked off Morgue property!

  • J. Swift

    Marty explains the ASC Part 2

    https://youtu.be/eBCFzCJxdbI

    • Rasha

      Rasha Explains Marty…..

      https://youtu.be/Fru5Ez2uWp8

      • flyonthewall

        short and to the point. Good job

        • Rasha

          If you loop it 17 times or so, it addresses all the points made in his previous vids….

          • flyonthewall

            oooo

            I like the part with the egg

            • Rasha

              I gotta say, it’s not my quote, but it’s a profound response…

      • Puget Buckeye

        Warning to all of you reading the Bunker while you’re still at work. Do not watch this at work. Your laughing will get you busted. And then you’ll have lots of splainin’ to do.

    • GfldedKim

      That was definitely the best vid so far. ๐Ÿ˜‚

    • Kestrel

      It’s important to note that Marty Rathbun did not contradict himself even one time in this offering.

    • Harpoona Frittata

      Perfect! Now I understand completely!

    • Love it. Great editing.

    • Just saw Pt. 1 too.
      Love it. Great editing.

    • Rasha

      Need a BadLipReading treatment on this……

    • Eileen

      Hilarious, perfectly sums up the entire series.

    • Bob Crouch

      Once you strip away his references to “narrative” (needless to say, NEVER his own!) this is what’s left: Marty getting to the point!

    • Eileen

      Can you do one of Marty saying “Literally”? Pretty plz?

    • MarcabExpat

      Genius. We need this like America needs Mark Hamill’s Trumpster.

  • Little Brother Joey (3-7-77)
    • Rasha

      To be fair, that looks a lot more safe than what Obs and Derek had perching on their shoulders earlier on…..

      • Little Brother Joey (3-7-77)

        He’s a BT sidekick! Much easier to spot but immune to auditing.

        • Puget Buckeye

          Looks like a sharp needle will take care of it.

    • MarcabExpat

      Snortimer?

      • Michael Leonard Tilse

        I have it on good authority that is an official Howdycon BT.

        • MarcabExpat

          Good, Snortimer shouldn’t look quite so… puffy.

  • Dibythesea

    HOWDYCON UPDATE- ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰Cocktail party tonight on the 8th floor patio at 4:00-6-6:30
    Walk through the gym to get to the outdoor patio.
    We will have wine, beer, water, and munchies.

    We are having such a good time! Wishing everyone could have joined us:(

    • Rasha

      How do the stars look at night?

    • flyonthewall

      of course you will have munchies, you’ve been smoking that funky buddha all night and day!

      • Rasha

        Can’t wait for the blurry, skewed pictures from this one! ^_^

    • Little Brother Joey (3-7-77)

      Make sure to bring your room card. You need it to get into both the gym and the patio

    • Chee Chalker

      Where you headed after that?

      • Kim O’Brien

        text me

      • Dibythesea

        Lucky strike bowling alley as far as I know

  • o hai guise! potential new Underground pet … can we keep him or do we wait and vote once the upperclassmenpeople return from the mile high field trip? https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/9c752eff798ffb9fd8e4e6e471c03f09280a84fca85951b03dbb253de381e47d.jpg

    • flyonthewall

      oh god, what dat? You collect exotic reptiles?

      • is that what that is? he was just chillin’ in front of my workspace: https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/fa58bc711dbfb8cf2d59358ee1734c927e7e4ee1444e2fe7e50ad6b80af5d464.jpg

        • Rasha

          KITTEH!!!

        • flyonthewall

          ahhh

          critters in my neck of the woods are possums, squirrels, rabbits etc

          • ah, you mean “food” ya?

            • flyonthewall

              maybe if we were starving and didnt have a choice but to hunt varmints that eat from the garbage

        • MarcabExpat

          That happened at my workplace once and it was an eight-foot alligator.

          • yikes, i woulda needed a slightly bigger box

            … and, as you do, you’ve reminded me of that time i was about 6-7yrs old, playing on the swing set in my backyard, when my momz came running out of the house in hysterics and grabbed me … ‘cuz a snake had made its way over from the neighbor’s pond and was headed straight for me. if i had to guess, and the way my momz tells it, the thing was at least 40ft long and would have swallowed me whole. upon further reflection of this event, i’m thinking it was probably a hair bigger than your average pet snake.

            • MarcabExpat

              LOL that’s so mom. Mine got used to panicking in one place we lived, because it was the edge of a swamp and we’d get water moccasins in the yard. My dad got good at killing them with a hoe. I probably ought to just get out of Florida, but my own current house sits among only black racers, which are beautiful and harmless.

              Did you find out what the little guy was? It’s kinda cute ๐Ÿ™‚

            • not sure, just a bit larger than a run-of-the-mill L.A. desert lizard. seemed a little scared. he has been relocated to the shade near water and sunshine and insects and all of the things i think a lizard would like.

            • MarcabExpat

              Awww, you’re a good ‘un…

        • Puget Buckeye

          What the hell is that? And where do you work? (Geographically speaking) And should I be worried? Is there an infestation of some sort?

        • chukicita

          Is that an anole? My boys used to hang those from their ears. There are probably about 25 of them on my deck at any given moment.

          • MarcabExpat

            I’m guessin’ there’s a helluva story behind the words “used to.”

            • chukicita

              Well, when they were like eight or nine. “Lizard earrings.” Although I wouldn’t put it past them now, either.

            • MarcabExpat

              “lizard earrings”

              BOYS.

          • hmmm, i don’t think so. i was hoping for something more Illuminati-like, but i dunno:
            http://www.latimes.com/la-sh-lizard-people-throwback-thursday-20140123-story.html

            • chukicita

              Aw, man, some white guy fell for the Lizard People story, and now he’s digging up L.A.?

              smh

            • if by “some white guy” you mean ol’ Duck here … uh, *puts down shovel*

              *whistling random 80s earworms* what? nothing, officer. wasn’t me.

            • chukicita

              I’m not really sure about the Lizard People story, but a lot of folks on the rez laugh about the stuff that white folks are told just to get them to go away.

              When explorers came looking for gold, they were pesty and stinky and the people got sick of them. “Sure, there’s a whole freaking city made of gold and it’s about ten days’ walk from here” pointing to a swamp or a rival’s homeland.

        • Supper Powers

          That is so super awesome!

        • NOLAGirl (Stephanie)

          Love those things. We have hoards of them and I don’t let the dogs or anyone mess with them. They stay fat & happy in my yard eating the mosquitoes.

          • Kestrel

            I love them, too. They taste like chicken.

            • NOLAGirl (Stephanie)

              *snort*

              Get a couple handfuls you can make kabobs. ๐Ÿ˜€

            • Kestrel

              No point in being greedy. Besides, I can’t light a fire without opposable thumbs.

            • NOLAGirl (Stephanie)

              I’ll light it for you. I’m not doing anything. I’m so bored, I’d go shopping if someone asked me to right now. LOL

    • Liberated

      We’re not keeping him son…no way – no how.

      • GfldedKim

        Bein’ just a newbie here not sure if my vote counts..but ya..no way – no how is my vote too! ๐ŸฆŽ๐ŸฆŽ๐ŸฆŽ

      • *pouting/preparing for arbitration* … what if I make Kubaยฎ take him for walks?

        • Liberated

          Yeah, where is master Kuba ?

          • Rasha

            And where’s Daisy?

            • GfldedKim

              And Monkey…

            • Liberated

              Yeah, where is Daisy ?
              Let’s put out an APB.

            • daisy

              She is here monitoring the reptile who has to go !!!!

            • GfldedKim

              According to Chukicita they are just earrings …๐Ÿ˜ณ๐Ÿ˜‚

            • Liberated

              New rules for HC participation:

              Must sign in and be sec-checked – no exceptions missy !

          • wasn’t he required to legally change his name and abandon all hope of Hollywood Superstardom?

            • Liberated

              I thought Tony invited him to HC.

            • sh!t, did we just ruin their Saturday surprise?

            • Liberated

              Oh no….did we ?

    • gtsix

      I vote yes. Cute little dragon baby.

  • Observer

    Is there going to be food at the 4 o’clock shindig on the roof of the hotel? Hungry stomachs want to know.

    • flyonthewall

      cheese and munchies

    • Dibythesea

      Yes

      • Observer

        Food food or just snacky stuff

        • Kestrel

          I’m under the impression that it’s snacky stuff and then we head out for real food. At least, I will.

          Supposedly the Ideal Org Colorado is putting a spread together tonight and all are welcome.

  • flyonthewall

    Rage doing a cover of KRS One’s Sound of da Police. Never heard it before. Interesting but I much prefer the original.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u2x_2RKB8Oc

    • not a cover, but a nod to KRS during the breakdown here, too:
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a_0xYamFYYI

      • Kristen

        Is Body Count back??? They’re one of my faves. Along with Neil Diamond & John Denver. Go figure.

        • yes, their new album “Bloodlust” came out a few months ago and is much heavier and waaaaaaay more topical (as an album) than anything they’ve done previously.

          i’d give it a solid 8.5/10 – there are only two songs i deleted, the rest are in daily rotation in my playlists.

      • flyonthewall

        yup! at 2:42. Nice. Very cool song/video too

  • Lousy Ratatouille

    What date will The Freewinds again drop anchor in Dutch waters?
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EIbuf0iZKq8

    • NOLAGirl (Stephanie)

      When Dave’s been assured that the right official has been bribed/harassed enough to halt the inspections. And not a moment before that.

  • Panopea Abrupta

    Gotta love this place.
    A repost from a coupla years ago:

    Da Bunker

    There’s Christians and pagans
    Ex-$cientologists too
    All kinds and complexions
    Of ex-believers in woo
    There’s Yankees and Texans
    And lovers of crows
    Sweet-talking Finnish
    And Russians, who knows

    There’s Pete and McGhee
    From the Emerald Isle
    And the Hole down in Florida
    Singing with style
    There’s Scotsmen and Frenchies
    And Indies who troll
    And occasional OSA
    For that five foot one Pole

    There’s Aussies and Kiwis
    Even good pals from Perth
    South African posters
    All full of mirth
    There’s kitties and caek
    There’s young and there’s old
    A bar from New Orleans
    There’s crazy, there’s gold

    There’s shoops and there’s memes
    And weird inside jokes
    Of Sea Org shenanigans
    As they pass around smokes
    Stories of horror
    And stories of glee
    And stories to make
    The most jaded flee

    There’s pics and there’s tweets
    And haiku from hell
    Some most indiscrete
    As their adventures they tell
    There’s punks, there’s rockers
    There’s hippie and straight
    What joins them is love
    And disdain, not hate

    Some shoot from the hip
    Some play it with style
    Some give it the lip
    But they’re all worthwhile
    Argument, difference,
    Opinions and thoughts
    Telling the truth
    Yeah, Hubbard is naught

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/35f5ac780c030c556f40e17e15f3986a3090651027649075eec59b2e043cc6ce.jpg

    • GfldedKim

      So true…so good!

    • MarcabExpat

      Awe. Some.

  • Interested2

    I am green with envy…..

  • Observer

    Derek and I have been gallivanting around Denver so we’ll be late to the roof.

    • Kestrel

      You went to get something to eat, didn’t you? There is no dinner, is there?

      • Observer

        We’re sitting in a dispensary at the moment.

        • gtsix

          Good on you. I’m hitting old school, had northern lights delivered.

          • Observer

            I’m a total boring square. I’m here to support Derek in his hour of need.

            • Nat-leficent

              We know. It was just a funny thought ๐Ÿ˜‰

            • Observer

              Thank Xenu! I’ve worked very hard to establish that total boring square rep.

            • Nat-leficent

              Cemented.

            • Observer

              Yessssssssss!

            • Sherbet

              I didn’t work hard for mine. It comes naturally. Sherbet, blah blah blah.

            • gtsix

              Friends help friends in their hour of weed.

            • Observer

              Exactly

      • Nat-leficent

        Wouldn’t you?
        I would XD

  • Jimmy3

    If yall aren’t feeding my Observer, there will be KRs.

    • Nat-leficent

      She’s in a dispensary right now — she will most likely be hungry XD

      • Jimmy3

        Having to buy weed on the sly for so long, those places still seem weird to me. You show them your ID and they start telling you their specials. I was like SHHHH KEEP IT DOWN LADY BE COOL

        • Kestrel

          Kept your head on a swivel, didja?

        • Nat-leficent

          *snortle*

        • Kristen

          Same thing happened to me! I had to tell the guy “I come from a place where we’re not allowed to do this, so we don’t actually, you know, get a selection. You’re gonna have to help me out here.”

          • Jimmy3

            “Yeah… What do YOU recommend?”
            Works

        • Puget Buckeye

          Everyday, on my way to or from work, I generally pass at least one of those sign spinners drumming up business for one of the many pot shops. Then there are the bill boards, A-board signs on the sidewalk, newspaper ads and Val-Pac coupons. I guess I haven’t realized how accustomed to it I’ve become.

        • Juicer77

          Lol

    • NOLAGirl (Stephanie)

      Don’t ask questions later when she’s eating Cheetos dipped in peanut butter. Just be cool. XD

      • Nat-leficent
        • NOLAGirl (Stephanie)

          Not yet I’m not. LOL

        • daisy

          not cake in a bush high but 2 donuts in a car high , Does that count..Give me 20 min. to find a bush

      • downtherabbithole

        Cheetos dipped in peanut butter? Like Cheetos and love love peanut butter, but the two together is simply wrong

        • NOLAGirl (Stephanie)

          It was delicious when I ate it. I was high as f**k though so that probably had more to do with it. LOL

    • Sherbet

      Or evil shoops.

  • iampissed

    Question for someone with a better memory then mine. It at the Marriott city center right?

    • Observer

      It’s at the hotel where we’re staying

  • Ivanka Trump friend and Scientology member Joy Villa of Donald Trump Grammy dress fame tweets Stacy Francis attack on Leah Remini.

    https://twitter.com/IndieScieNews/status/878360347773607936

      • Sherbet

        Joy Villa thinks she’s besties with Ivanka. What she doesn’t realize is she got the consolation prize, because President Donald said, “Someone, go take a picture with this nut and get rid of her.”

        • gtsix

          “But get a donation first.”

      • NOLAGirl (Stephanie)

        Girlfriend, you appearing on any Grammy red carpet is a pure disgrace. The trump dress didn’t make you any more morally superior. When you have Leah’s achievements & talent, then you can mouth off. Until then……
        https://vignette3.wikia.nocookie.net/degrassi/images/6/63/Bye_Felicia.gif/revision/latest?cb=20150801020240

        • Nat-leficent

          ^^^^^^

        • Kristen

          My guess is Leah is LOLing at this (all the way to the bank!)

      • Sherbet

        I see she employed “Use a bad photo so everyone will know this person is an SP” tech.

        • MarcabExpat

          Never realizing she does the same thing to herself every time she posts.

      • pretty sure she profits from her career as an in-demand actress … everything else is obviously for funsies *eyeroll*

      • Sherbet

        What is a scientology godmother, anyway?

      • moonnfire

        I am confused.I thought Scientologists didn’t believe in God. I thought Godparents were a christian thing

        • Sherbet

          It seems to me Leah Remini has said she had to disconnect from her “godchildren,” so I’m not sure what that means in scientology. Just a honorary title, like having a best man or maid of honor at one’s wedding?

          • Nat-leficent

            Maybe it means you ignore them as they grow up if something happens to their parents and they aren’t available to ignore them as the grow up?

            • Sherbet

              Ha! Then Stacy Francis has nothing to gripe about.

            • Nat-leficent

              I mean they are already grown thetans . . .

        • Liberated

          The cult uses Christian rituals when it makes them look normal…that’s all.

    • Nat-leficent
    • April

      And Villa profits off representing that religion.

    • daisy

      two girls willing to be pimped out depending on price, Not a brain or granule of sense between, them , But aaaaw yes they look good. What a shame that it just doesn’t matter.

  • Jimmy3

    Has Scientology had Baby deported yet?

    • iampissed

      Had their chance last night….Fail.

    • Nat-leficent

      Back to Themyscira?

      • flyonthewall

        No, to Atlantis where her spitting cannot hurt anyone

        • Nat-leficent

          Jimmy used to think Themyscira was Femme-Obscura and I keep thinking that would’ve been a better name XD

          • Jimmy3

            I still think it’s called that. It makes more sense.

            • EmmaDaoust

              I still say you Nat and fly are the troika.

            • Kay (aka Nasty Lady)

              That is sooo true ๐Ÿ™‚

            • Nat-leficent

              Awwww, check’s in the mail ๐Ÿ˜‰

          • flyonthewall

            Well, it is hidden or “obscured” from the world and femme is apt so yeah I’d go with it

  • Intergalactic Walrus
    • NOLAGirl (Stephanie)

      I think this would be their second grand opening. ๐Ÿ˜€

      • NOLAGirl (Stephanie)

        Saturday July 8. The night Roger Waters plays New Orleans. I wonder where the people will want to be?? Hehehehe!!

    • Sherbet

      I thought that was the Boy Scouts of America logo (the fleur de lis).

      • NOLAGirl (Stephanie)

        Also the Saints trademarked logo and they have gone after people for using it on knock-off merchandise.

        • Sherbet

          A little trademark never scared cos from doing anything they want.

          • NOLAGirl (Stephanie)

            True. And this isn’t really selling anything so they probably wouldn’t waste their time with it. Just so typical of Co$, use any logo, who cares who it belongs to.

  • Marty Rathbun’s videos are being advertised on Youtube. HT @Betsy_Manning on Twitter.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/9cde8afd4e636097bd7c5560c74b117bbe318e3ce794dd79e24b4ac5375ec6cf.jpg

  • downtherabbithole

    I have been capturing all the HC 2017 pic’s to date and being “technology” challenged, I am now having the thought that I will need to learn how & where to publish them.

    Yet another rabbit hole I fell into….

    ETA: Keep posting the pic you party goers, I will figure it out eventually. When is the question…

  • Sherbet

    I feel like I’m at the 8th grade dance in the gym with its tacky crepe paper decorations, wearing my sister’s old Easter dress and a wilted corsage, and trying to make clever conversation; while somewhere down the road — say, Denver maybe — some of my best friends are having a real blast and feasting on gourmet food and beverages, laughing uproariously at bon mots uttered by some very special guests, and staying up all night. Do you guys feel that, too?

    Sigh…

    • MarcabExpat

      *sigh* yeah….

      • Sherbet

        So it’s not just me.

    • NOLAGirl (Stephanie)

      Yep.

      • Sherbet

        Not too vivid an imagination?

        • NOLAGirl (Stephanie)

          Nope. Feels exactly like that, including missing the sleepover after the dance cause we have to be home by 10:30.

          • Sherbet

            Uh-huh.

    • flyonthewall

      would it make you feel better if someone fell off the roof and plummeted to their death? It could happen. Don’t lose hope

      • Sherbet

        Well, yeah, there’s that.

        • flyonthewall

          *nods* There there

          • Sherbet

            Wanna cup of fruit punch?

            • flyonthewall

              no thnx, mom says I’m allergic

            • NOLAGirl (Stephanie)

              I’ll take one if you have a straw. Gotta get around my braces headgear. ๐Ÿค“

            • Sherbet

              I hear ya.

      • outraged

        hahahah. NO it would not help. lol

    • downtherabbithole

      The bunker needs to find us a whale or two that are willing to pay all travel expenses for future HowdyCon events

      • Liberated

        Yeah, maybe Mathers can hook us up.

        We’ll tell him we just love his Hawaiian shirts….for real.

        • MaxLuvsDaBunk

          But, but, would we have to allow him to put his arm around our waists in a creepy fashion?

          • Liberated

            That’s a big negatory.

    • Liberated

      Oui..

      • Glen

        Ennui..

    • Aslan’s Own

      You nailed it.

    • Glen

      yeah….can you pass the bon mots?

      • Sherbet

        I’m all out.

    • Juicer77

      Sigh… yeah.
      I am going to bed. After midnight here and a big day of campanology tomorrow. Night, all!

      • Sherbet

        You do keep yourself busy!

        • Juicer77

          Indeed! Life is too short not to.

          • Sherbet

            Sweet dreams.

            • Juicer77

              Thanks, you too. You know, after the dance is over. ๐Ÿ™‚

            • Sherbet

              Hey, I’m wicked busy too. I’m doing a crossword puzzle.

            • Juicer77

              ๐Ÿ™‚

            • GfldedKim

              Did you watch Fenway retire Papi’s #?

            • Sherbet

              Not yet. I’ll watch it on NESN. I did watch the game, though.

    • daisy

      sigh yes. It was a nice surprize to get such a lovely picture of you the other day though,

      • Sherbet

        Thanks. We had a fun day, Vaquera, Pan, and I.

        Next I’m going to plan a meet-up with the Massachusetts Bunkeroos.

        • GfldedKim

          Can. Not. Wait. ๐ŸŽ‰

        • Davka

          And we can have fried clams, and clam chowder, no clams casino, and on the half shell, and…..I have no idea, but there has to be at least one clam at the party!

    • TheLurkingHorror

      I would never wear my sister’s old Easter dress, but otherwise, yeah, you got it right. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • MaxLuvsDaBunk

      Yes, I feel like all of that, only I’m 15 and already at the after party surrounded by peers who are all making out and I’m not.

  • nottrue

    TROIKA ALERT ….TROIKA ALERT.. That is a Cluster if I’ve ever seen one.. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/603870c2e7be3f7874563f02c09b77b97bce3d06053ca3027296f5c44a016d30.jpg

    • Liberated

      Watch out…there’s trouble brewin’ !

    • outraged

      Baby!!!!

      • Baby

        OUTRAGED… !!!! love you darlin

    • gtsix

      I got these! (L to R):

      — we can be friends or I can kill you. Act, and I shall choose accordingly.
      — i will hug you to death. Whether you giggle or die is your choice.
      — My smile is lovely. It could mean I like you, or I’m planning your disembowlment. It’s a Texas thing, you’ll love what I choose.

    • K2P2(KnitNut)

      Beauty Alert! What a Troika indeed.

    • PerpetualOutflow

      Only an artist wears aqua colored glasses perfectly matched to her t-shirt.

      • Baby

        Hahaha Purely by accident PO … and my underwear matched.. Never matched in my life and didn’t discover it until I peed.. xoxo Wish you were here..

        • PerpetualOutflow

          So glad you had fun. What a great group of people!

    • daisy

      Tony*s angels only prettier ,(at least after I cleaned my screen and baby doesn*t actually have black teeth )

    • Syd

      Beauties!!

      • Baby

        smooches Syd..xoxooxoxoxox I love these girls. xoxo baby

  • TexasBroad
    • NOLAGirl (Stephanie)

      First pic is Pete & Kim, help me out with the others, I think I know but I’m not sure. ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Nat-leficent

        That’s “Two Guys” and “One Guy”. You’re welcome XD

        • NOLAGirl (Stephanie)

          LOLOLOL!!! That clears it all up, thank you. XD

      • Glen

        Not sure but I think baseball cap guy is Student of Life.

    • Aslan’s Own
      • daisy

        Who are you sweet heart. Name and bunker name if that is ok. You are too cute for me not to know you,

        • Aslan’s Own

          I was wondering who that is too!

    • TexasBroad

      This is artoo45 and his partner (Artoo’s Sidekick on his nametag)
      Edit: that is Student of Life…I can see a thing on my cell phone when I’m trying to attach pics

      • PerpetualOutflow

        Thanks. Artoo is ballcap guy and partner is beard guy? Hi Artoo!

    • daisy

      Let me get this straight Artoo is in the blue cap and has pink balloon , sitting beside his handelbard mustache partner or the guy below. Either way they are all good looking. too bad about that gay thing though,

      • Kestrel

        The guy with the pink BT balloon is StudentofLife.

  • TexasBroad
    • gtsix

      Phil and Willie are an adorable couple. He is a lucky man.

      • PerpetualOutflow

        Who is the other gentleman?

        • TexasBroad

          Amovolave…from Italy

          • GfldedKim

            Wow. How cool is that?!

  • TexasBroad

    Gift from Pete

  • TexasBroad
    • flyonthewall

      wahh?? Awesome

      • Sherbet

        Their slogan: “Betcha can’t have just three”

    • Andrea ‘i-Betty’ Garner

      Ha, brilliant!

    • downtherabbithole

      Can someone do flip tech for photo album?

    • Nat-leficent

      How’s it taste?

      • Jgg2012

        Better than rice and beans.

      • Kestrel

        Really good. Some kind of fruit and chocolate

    • Juicer77

      Now that is funny!

  • outraged

    Hallooo Halloo to Denver!!
    Keeps the cards and photos coming!
    Someone have a vodka martini straight up with a twist on me!

    • downtherabbithole

      Sharing with you

  • nottrue

    Over 60 in a row of people for Stand hit the scientology Hashtag just now… I guess they are making a statement.. They all look like this but all different people…They all tweeted the same thing.. . https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/ec977c6200b7f2d8946f560fbfb877b478a7f7f92276be37901c18f143e6eee2.jpg

    • Intergalactic Walrus

      60 out of 11 million clams? I am not impressed. Y’all sit back down.

  • Panopea Abrupta

    Mike Rinder took a photo of the parking lot at Valley at about 6pm one evening recently.
    Note how Ideal it is – only the VM yellow van, the same wreck Three D has documented
    so ably for years:

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/bb1e3614e97da7894a54882066f496c645980e37fa264e7c200f29ff7bb12757.jpg

    I also noticed something interesting in another item he posted:

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/fbecb14fd1168b2a6d49c3b428cad28f3112482a3d48cc30b9d85962c57e9d51.jpg

    Look carefully at the top left business – it’s a detective agency.
    I checked.
    In fact, there’s a second detective agency as tenant in the same building.
    Perfect for $cientology – dicks all round.
    A kind of glory-hole for First Amendment cons.

    Tick tock

    • MaxLuvsDaBunk

      And! Immigration Attorneys ready on hand should any problems arrive from their human trafficking of deceived foreigners (with confiscated passports). And! The requisite Dentist for the *cough cough* Mission funnelling ~ so handy ~ right next door.

    • RexAinsfree

      The big “Dianetics” banner: are they embarrassed to call it “Scientology”?
      Have they figured out that no one wants to join $cientolol now?
      Are they hoping to draw in unsuspecting people who are looking for Diane?

  • Observer
  • Lynne Cawley

    I just want to say that I’ve been reading this blog for a couple of months now. I’ve never been in but I cannot turn away from the heart-wrenching stories I first saw on Aftermath. I now feel like I know you guys. Seeing all of you having joyous fun and enjoying each other’s company at HC is so weirdly wonderful that I hardly know what to say. I recognize many faces but don’t know many others (only by your screen names) and I wonder if anyone can put names to faces for us new people. I understand that might not be possible but it sure would be cool.

    I also wonder what you thought about “My Scientology Movie” since you watched it together last night, right? I watched it too and I had a lot of questions. The questions can wait – have fun and be together and keep posting because lots of us are watching and attending in spirit. If there’s a next year in Clearwater, I want to be there.

    This is sent with a lot of love and respect for each of you.

    Lynne

    • Glen

      That’s really a nice intro, Lynne. Glad you’re here.

    • downtherabbithole

      Welcome to the bunker. Sit back and enjoy the ride.

    • salin

      Welcome, and glad you decided to step into the conversation.

    • Juicer77

      Welcome!

    • gtsix

      Welcome! Names will come eventually, it’s a long weekend.

    • Syd

      Hi Lynne!!

    • EDN/laineybin

      Welcome to the Bunker!

  • Jeb Burton

    Attention Howdycon people. Good news. 15% off those who are 60 +at Applebees on all meals, Dennys give 15% off those with AARP cards. Denver loves the seniors.

  • salin

    Visiting to read the updates of HowdyCon, spy the antics of the HowdyCondians – then click ‘Recommend’. Surely this event is worth an upvote for the day’s installment, the glorious pictures, and the hilarious commentary of we virtual participants. Heck – things are so electric that Saturn came out of hiding and was seen dancing last night. I think it was the Alignment of Bunkaroos at the Denver Org – sort of like when Mars in the seventh House and Jupiter algins with Mars….

    Surely this is a bigger than a 130 rec. Day!

    http://spaceweathergallery.com/indiv_upload.php?upload_id=136441&PHPSESSID=nhgnt0203mlvtdbl0mqrko3370

  • Eivol Ekdal
    • salin

      Double wins: Timely candybar – and a sweet way to participation from afar from our dear assman.

    • Princess Poopypants

      One thing I have loved about the ASC is the use of labels.
      In Scientology, labels are so damn serious. You spend your entire Sea Org career trying to not to get labelled this or that. (Oh, she’s PTS, or Type II or Type III, or SP, or L1 R/Ser, or RPF bait, or or or).
      Seeing these labels in non-serious, light hearted fun things blows off pressure… whatever you want to call it, it makes me laugh about shit that was so fucking serious for decades. Ah, funny stuff, you all!
      Carry on!

      • gtsix

        Oh this has me smiling bigly. J&D Tech, FTW. Happy you’re playing with us in the sandbox princess.

        • Princess Poopypants

          Yes, I am always around.
          I take a few beatings (light ones) sometimes around here, but it’s no biggie. I get back up.
          I understand and respect where others are coming from.
          Thank god not everyone agrees with everyone else around here, or shit would be incredibly boring!

          • UhLasare

            And cult-like.

  • Vaquera

    Finally with the Bunker crew after a 4.5 hour lunch with the fav college ex-BF.
    He asked what brought me to Denver for the weekend. I put my face in my hands, smiling, and said, “Ok, I’m going to tell you, but please don’t think I’m weird…then started down that explaintion path that we’ve all been on when outing our ASC interests to friends and family, knowing that he likely will look at me askew.

    Lo and behold, he’s seen Aftermath and Going Clear and thinks it’s really cool that
    1.) There is a journo who is focused on the chult
    2.) There is this place called The Underground Bunker where we cyber gather
    3.) And very impressed that we now actually meet in person and have made good friends

    He’s a good egg and is going to start lurking. We floated possible screen names.
    Hey Team Bunker, we may have hooked another one! ๐Ÿ™‚ https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/a4c21b03ecff6335d2f96fb3deb121c8e54559fb8bc59187b171ffe3f881bc21.jpg

    Add: Ladies, FYI, he is newly single (as of 4 days ago) and on the market. The line starts to the left.

    • Glen

      Vaquera, I say this jokingly and with the best possible intent…..you are a charmer and a honey pot.

    • Puget Buckeye

      Good job! Now, go out and gather more victims, errrr, members. We need to build our army so our cult, errr, group and take over the world!

    • downtherabbithole

      You are upstat and the old ex bf is looking good as well

    • flyonthewall

      gooba gaaba blah blah you know the rest

      • PerpetualOutflow

        Are you jelly?

    • K2P2(KnitNut)

      Good job V. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • daisy

      oooooooh his is a keeper !!! Lie to him and tell him we are all as good looking as you.

  • Part 2 of Chris Crimy’s Come Get Sum Extra Interview with Victoria Britton – The Kyle Brennan Scientology Story.

    http://www.blogtalkradio.com/cgshere/2017/06/23/come-get-sum-extra-scientology–victoria-britton-p2-the-kyle-brennan-story

    /

    • PerpetualOutflow

      This story enrages me. Thanks for keeping the spotlight on this sickening saga. I hope his mother gets justice somehow.

  • Pezza
  • I love you guys :). I’m so glad you are all alive! See ya next year ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Intergalactic Walrus
    • madame duran

      Nowhere in this announcement does it mention WHAT the threat is. Whatever that threat was (I’m guessing it’s the existence of psychiatry), Scientologist Ken Kramer’s response is to order locals to harass Swartz and take a selfie with him in the background?!?? Not calling the police or reporting Swartz to regulators but instead holding up a ridiculous sign that doesn’t convey any crime except in a Scientologist’s mind. Remind me again of who’s the threat in this situation?

      There never seems to be any time reserved for thinking in Scientology…just jumping into action after being called on.

      “The more selfies, the better!” — oh, so it’s a game now? Collecting photos like the useless Volunteer Ministers at disaster sites who spend more time taking PR shots then actually helping people. Scientology is a despicable scourge on society.

  • TexasBroad
    • flyonthewall

      just J3 trivia?

      • TexasBroad

        He sent trivia questions…we’re playing

        • flyonthewall

          cool

          • daisy

            Never mind you were no help

        • daisy

          girl in the black poncho ? and other girl in blue jueans and white vest she iis talking tooo guy sitting on the end of that couch with mutlticolored shirt and black lether jacket.

          • PerpetualOutflow

            White vest girl is Kim, isn’t it? Multicolored shirt guy is the Italian guy. Dunno about black poncho girl.

            • daisy

              Thank you so much. Kim had a pink shirt earlier.

            • PerpetualOutflow

              Wish we were there!

            • daisy

              So do I .Maybe next year

    • PerpetualOutflow

      Thanks for posting the pics TexasBroad. Lots of us are glued to the screen for new scraps from you all. BTW, who is the ball cap guy to the left? Is the ballcap guy to the right our very own Dodo?

      • TexasBroad

        Dodo isn’t here (sadly). Do you mean the guy in the blue vest? Student of Life.

        • PerpetualOutflow

          Disqus is acting wiggy on me, so I can’t get back to the photo. Just wanted to know who the buys in the ballcaps are.

      • That’s your very own me.

        • PerpetualOutflow

          So great to see you all there having fun. We live vicariously.

    • Glen

      Is that Dodo back there? Next to little brother jimmy in the cowboy hat?

      • gtsix

        No. Dodo not there. Other birds are. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Nat-leficent

      Who won?

      • Baby

        We ended up giving it to those who traveled the farthest Nat… Andreas from Italy and Pete from Ireland… and then Tony.. and I’m too loaded to think of the others..hah

        • Nat-leficent

          That’s fun

  • Bert Leahy, who was instrumental in exposing the Squirrel Busters, has responded to the Marty Rathbun saga as follows.

    https://twitter.com/bertleahy/status/878398714141966337

    • Andrea ‘i-Betty’ Garner
      • Andrea ‘i-Betty’ Garner
        • NOLAGirl (Stephanie)

          Wow.

          • Andrea ‘i-Betty’ Garner

            Has Marty really thought through all the ramifications of his epic tantrum? You stab your friends and supporters in the back and, guess what, they don’t like it.

            ETA. I should add that Bert obviously can’t know whether a settlement was reached. If Marty’s legal team doesn’t know then nobody does. But I bet they’re digging deep…

            • gtsix

              “Can’t hear you over the sound of my rising bank account. “

            • Marty’s not a young man. He has no talents or training that make him employable in the wider, and it’s too late to start a new career. What employer would want to put up with the smartest (but least qualified) man in the room?

              I got the impression that he was counting on his novel to begin a new career as an author. He carefully promoted it with little mention of Scientology – on Amazon he promoted himself as a crime reporter for US newspaper. It turns out he had been interviewed by the real crime reporter about…. Scientology.

              One thing I won’t mock him for is writing that book, however bad it might have been. Telling a story in 80,000 – 100,000 words is not easy. He likely put a lot of time and effort into it.

              I can understand that, when you are desperate, you can place unrealistic expectations on something that offers you a way out – and can be devastated when it bombs.

              I wonder if he simply saw no other way of preparing financially for old age than selling out – and thought he would be able to make a good deal. He’s now realising that he is back at the mercy of Miscavige and having to toe the line.

        • MarcabExpat

          “I paved the way for him to reach a settlement.”

          Ho. Ly. Shit.

      • Harpoona Frittata

        There you go…the shoop captures it all!

        The only major question remaining to be answered here is: Was Mutty paid to be lil davey’s mouthpiece or was he threatened/blackmailed into doing so

    • salin

      keeps getting stranger and stranger.

  • Andrea ‘i-Betty’ Garner

    I’m sure this has been posted here already but for anyone who hasn’t seen it Tory Magoo has recorded a #Howdycon message.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7VUbUTMZIn4

    • OOkpik
    • Nat-leficent

      I watched Tory’s channel for a full year before coming to the bunker. There was a period (2011 – 2012) that she ended every video with a pitch for Tony’s blog that finally wore me down XD

    • Free Minds, Free Hearts

      I love Tory so much!

    • Pia Pill

      Tory,
      You are a truly special gift to to the world! I am a “never-in” but I unfortunately witnessed first hand the destruction Scientology does to others. It has been about 35 years ago and any chance I could, I would tell others about the scam and ruthlessness of this evil organization (I still do it today). I am so glad many people were able to eventually “see through the fog” and get out understanding that they deserved a better life than the ones they were enduring while being in scientology. I am so glad that Scientology did NOT “suck the lifeblood out of most everyone” ….. meaning the core essence of each individual stayed basically intact (kindness, compassion, intellect, sense of humor, and integrity etc)! I am sure Scientology is SO PISSED that they were ultimately unsuccessful in draining every last drop of “personality” from everyone and that their “Stepford Wives” program wears off once a person takes that scary and brave “leap of faith” that they deserve a better life for themselves and their loved ones. (Hope this makes sense.) V/R Pia

  • TexasBroad
    • flyonthewall

      I also sent trivia questions! Kim’s in trouble if she didn’t use them

      • Kim O’Brien

        i will use them tomorrow ๐Ÿ™

    • Nat-leficent

      Who answered the one about how many semicolons were replaced in Science of Survival? I wrote that one XD

      • flyonthewall

        didnt use my god damn questions see if i give a shit

      • Kestrel

        I did. Zero semicolons were replaced. However, 47 were removed.

  • TexasBroad
    • Andrea ‘i-Betty’ Garner

      Pete always looks like he’s planning his next mischief! Ladies, you look completely gorgeous.

    • John McGhee

      Never knew that Tom Waits was gonna be showing up ๐Ÿ˜

    • K2P2(KnitNut)

      So fabulous!

  • Andrea ‘i-Betty’ Garner

    OT. Pete Griffiths has changed the name of SPs R Us on Facebook to ASCs ‘r’ Us ๐Ÿ˜›

    • dungeon master

      Just snorted my screwdriver!

  • Chee Chalker

    The Chee has landed

    • flyonthewall

      Howdycon cxld. Very sorry. You can go home

    • downtherabbithole

      Enjoy and tip a glass or two for your home bound bunker friends.

    • salin

      Safe and speedy traversing from the airport and to the Main Event.

    • EmmaDaoust

      Your hair looks wonderful!

  • willloomis

    “You’ve chosen ‘opt out’ please press 0 to connect to an ethics officer or 7 to buy a new edition of The Basics” haha

  • K2P2(KnitNut)

    Not being in Denver hasn’t stopped me from trying to feel like I’m there. I went to the local beverage store and bought some “brewed in Denver” craft beer. So, I’m reading the Bunker and enjoying a Pancakes Maple Porter, which is “offensively delicious” (says so right on the can), brewed by Renegade Brewing, Denver. Next up, Hibernation Ale (English Style Old Ale) brewed by Great Divide Brewing, Denver. Toasting to all of you!

    • GfldedKim

      Great idea. Wish I thought of it…

      • K2P2(KnitNut)

        Not too late for tomorrow night!

        • GfldedKim

          True! Will do!

    • Nat-leficent

      You’re LARPing Howdycon?!
      Lol.

      • K2P2(KnitNut)

        Exactly. ๐Ÿ™‚

        • Nat-leficent

          ๐Ÿ™‚

    • downtherabbithole

      Not a beer drinker but you sure are making them sound good. Tipping a martini with you & your beer – cheers.

  • Intergalactic Walrus

    Okay, which one of those sexy HOWDY-CON’ers is body routing unsuspecting Denverites into the Bunker? ๐Ÿ™‚
    (refresh)
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/c2505bcfb8eeef23f6f40e3dec6e97874c4891977882a35aec265d83aebed74b.png

  • Eivol Ekdal
    • flyonthewall

      i don’t recognize the bunkeroo in the black shirt and pants on the right with the tag thingee clipped to his waist.

      • PerpetualOutflow

        That’s not Joey’s little bro?
        ETA: LOL, or is it the waiter?

      • Eivol Ekdal

        That is our waiter!!

        • flyonthewall

          you turned a fellow bunkeroo into your waiter?? That’s rude, should just let him relax and enjoy Howdycon

      • PerpetualOutflow

        How about the couple in the back left?

    • downtherabbithole

      Baby – sit down, read the menu and make a selection. You need to eat my dear.

      • Baby

        Hahahahaha It doesn’t look from the picture that I’ve missed many meals rabbit.. xoxoxo

    • Liberated

      Sorry to bother..EE but can you ask Kim to check her mail ? thanks

    • daisy

      Later Evol will you take a group shot with bunker names for us. Volunteer of course. I know people here and there,, but I would like to put names to faces including yours,

  • flyonthewall

    I found some nice dinner music for you guys to listen to while you eat. You’re welcome

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U0u-OB7ztMg

  • Jimmy3

    Hey now. Don’t let it turn into RowdyCon

    • Vaquera

      Way too late/
      We been talking about you, clover boy. (all good)

      • Jimmy3

        For the last time, I was only on that lineup because I *looked like* the guy that did it. FFS

    • Fly Lady

      That’s right. But don’t dull it down to the point where it becomes PoutyCon

      • Jimmy3

        FLY YOUR LADY IS COPYING ME make her stop.
        I expect this sort of behavior from you, but she’s supposed to be the mature one.

      • Mick Roberts

        Oh God Fly Lady. Please don’t start duplicating Jimmy-cubed. One of him is the most we can handle around here!

    • beauty for ashes

      Hey now, Hey now..

  • Vaquera
    • Bavarian Rage

      What a delightful, full sized leprechaun! His looks and personality seem perfectly matched.

  • Fly Lady

    Hey now. Don’t let it turn in to RowdyCon

    • Jimmy3

      That’s right. But don’t dull it down to the point where it becomes PoutyCon

    • Observer

      Waaaaay to late for that

  • TexasBroad

    Cheers chalker, Mrs Shark and Chocolate Velvet in for hugs!

    • aquaclara

      Pssst. Are you sharing your shoe secret? How on earth do you do these? They are incredible, and not just because of the red soles… Sigh….for once.

      We need a new award around here for Texans who rock the footwear. Vaquera may have to relinquish the crown.

      • gtsix

        Vaquera, footwear, relinquish…. earrings would be off for this, if not for.friendship.

  • Harpoona Frittata

    PSA: The propaganda term “ASC” (anti-$cn cult) that Mutty has been promoting has been picked up by several internet idiots in the sub-troll blogosphere. Similarly, the “usual suspects,” plus some brand new posters, over at Mutty’s Moving On Down a Little Farther blog have picked it up and are using the term non-ironically, as if it wasn’t a propaganda term, invented by the cult to forward the cherch’s entire false narrative counter-offensive attack on Leah, Mike and Tony.

    In order to make that important distinction crystal clear to everyone concerned, I’d like to suggest that we explicitly designate it as a propaganda or nonsense term by referring to it as the “f-ASC.” for fake or faux anti-$cn cult, or the “so-called ASC”.

    Language is important, especially when sociopathic tyrants use it for propagandist purposes to deflect attention away from their cult’s long history of crimes and abuse and their ongoing perpetration. If you listen closely now you may hear what I hear, which is the beginning of the cult’s organized strategy of counter-attack against Leah and crew, which is going to feature an attempt to hang the hate label, “ASC,” around the necks of every $cn-critical activist who speaks out to end cult crimes and abuses (including impromptu visits to local Idle Morgues ๐Ÿ˜‰

    So, please join me in explicitly identifying this cult-coined term as being propaganda by denoting it as “faux ASC” or “f-ASC,” or some other variation on that theme.

    • A long time ago, the tobacco industry realised that it couldn’t counter the scientific evidence that smoking caused cancer on it’s own terms.

      They resorted to the tactic of casting doubt on studies, scientists, even the reliability of science itself (e.g. they tell that something is bad for you one day, and good for you next week – they’re always changing their minds).

      One technique they used was false equivalence – put a doctor and highly qualified researcher up against an industry spokesperson on TV as if their opinions on this subject were of were of equal value. This is what the CofS is doing with Marty, and any useful idiots who jump on their bandwagon.

      We know who Marty is and his betrayal annoys us. However the real world has no clue. They know who Leah Remini is, however. This campaign is partly about inoculating Scientologists from “Aftermath” series two, not reaching the general public (they can’t).

      Consequently, taking any notice of propaganda terms used by true believers – even mocking or refuting their nonsense only draws attention to it. The best tactic is to ignore than and go on with what you were doing before, because that has evidently got them very riled up.

      Hurricane Leah is approaching. It’s going to be interesting to see how they cope with cope with that. I think the public-facing response will be just as impotent as before (although possibly more aggressive) and all of their dwindling organisational resources will be poured into closing the ears of their own people.

      • Harpoona Frittata

        So very well said!

        I completely agree, this current effort featuring Mutty, the flipped flipper, is primarily intended to reach those on the inside and to bolster the counter-narrative that the cult trotted out last time around, which featured the alliterative , but superficial slogan, “Leah Remini’s Aftermath series should have been titled ‘After the Money'”.

        Unfortunately for the cult, featuring Mutty, The Sage of $cientology, is just more of the same with a twist, which is not going to have any more of an effect on counter-acting the cult’s “dead and stinkin'” public image than lil davey’s Ideal Org program has had on clearing the planet and booming the cherch’s growth.

        Best to just leave these foot bullet experts to their favorite past-time and keep the focus on the lives of those who’ve been negatively impacted by the cult’s greed, violence, psycho-terrorism and destruction of families – a task which season two of Leah and Mike’s hit series promises to continue to accomplish in aces!

  • Vaquera
    • Frodis73

      Aww, much love to all of you, but especially to my “almost” rommie. Hugs. xoxo

      • K2P2(KnitNut)

        Hi there! Hugs.

      • Mick Roberts

        Hi Frodis! ๐Ÿ™‚

      • salin

        Frodis! *sending hugs* been binging on the Bunker recently – and have missed you. So glad to see you. ((Frodis)).

      • gtsix

        helllooooooo!

      • FredEX2

        Frodis! Yaaaay! Where have you been? ๐Ÿ˜˜

      • TheMirrorThetan

        Hey Frodis. It is great to see you.

      • Dibythesea

        ๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜

    • beauty for ashes

      lol why does she have a coffee mug of tomato sauce?

    • FredEX2

      Look at those beauties! ๐Ÿ˜˜

    • I love these girls.

      • Vaquera

        We love you, too.

    • As lovely in life as they are in photos.

  • Sending Denver lots of love from Cincinnati!

    • Eivol Ekdal

      Missing you Sir.

  • Observer
    • aquaclara

      Tony not typing??!!! Must be the magic of Denver…..

      You all look so relaxed!

    • Vaquera

      ^^^

    • Puget Buckeye

      Tony, love the expression on your face! Blissfully relaxed.

  • beauty for ashes

    Beautiful Bunker people are Beautiful <3 <3 <3

  • Eivol Ekdal
    • aquaclara

      Wow!

    • gtsix

      And many in the bunker swoon. (I admit to wanting that shirt, great colours)

    • disco george

      heeeeeyyyyyyy

    • Supper Powers

      Swooooooon….

    • salin

      Cheers!

    • chukicita

      I just got home from work, and this happened an hour ago. Rawr!

  • Illinoisian

    Hey, all you Howdycondorians. Sending hugs, and raising glasses of prosecco here in the flat land — and wishing we were at high altitude with all of you. Oh, Denver! Why are you so far away? And why couldn’t I get those letters of transit? I knew I’d regret that. Maybe not today. Maybe not tomorrow, but soon. Oh well, the problems of two (really) little people in Illinois don’t amount to a hill of beans in this crazy world. Have a great time, guys.

    • beauty for ashes

      at least there’s prosecco. <3 ((((hugs))))) you are always compassionate to others, so let me say I commiserate.

    • Kestrel

      I was thinking about you today while we were standing around talking.

      • Illinoisian

        Wish I could be there!

  • Supper Powers

    I bought a new vehicle a few months ago. They keep sending me surveys with offers to win a gift card https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/c6b1d1faaefe3cb809c9e85e496ab24b0fc1673fed1eb44cf040ce8ee73f9c90.png if I participate. Well, I really like my vehicle, so I filled it out. Here was a question they asked.
    F5

  • Observer

    Baby just almost got run down by a trolley!๐Ÿ˜ฎ

    • Joe Hurtado

      Did you get a good look at the driver? Was his head visible over the steering wheel?

    • Sherbet

      Did Tom Cruise rush over to help?

      • JJ

        HE’s the only one who can…..!

        • Sherbet

          Zackly.

    • salin

      Relieved by the word *almost*. Hugs to you all, but esp to Baby (someone check her heart rate – sounds like a stressful moment.)

    • Jimmy3

      Prediction: Baby will be abducted by aliens by Sunday

  • salin

    Bid this wonderful community – both in Denver, and those (like me) virtually participating good night. Most of tomorrow is tied up, so I will be binging on catching UB Comments (and pics/videos) sections on Sunday.

    That said – uhm – remember to click the Recommended (upper left from the comment box). Seriously. Such a big day and 149 upvotes/recommends.

    The gathering, and our conversations are setting off galactic glory such as this: http://spaceweathergallery.com/indiv_upload.php?upload_id=136343&PHPSESSID=nvvqhr92lgibgdhamvkfb1via3

    • Puget Buckeye

      Nighty night.

  • Vaquera
    • Sherbet

      The top pic — are those the Jets or the Sharks?

      • iampissed

        Sharks

        • Sherbet

          I want to see them break into their ballet. Or rumble. Either one.

          • Puget Buckeye

            I hope they don’t come across Officer Krupke!

          • iampissed

            We tried to rumble last night….wasn’t happening

      • Glen

        Snarks.

    • Sherbet

      Aaron’s there?

      • Observer

        Yep. Steve Cannane too.

  • Eivol Ekdal
      • FredEX2

        That’s perfect! ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Puget Buckeye

        Our crew is better looking.

      • Gus Cox

        Awwww, man, I miss that version of Las Vegas!

    • FredEX2

      โค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธ

    • Jimmy3

      Looks like a gang of street tough hoodlums have taken over the city

      • Jimmy3

        Im gonna tweet Trump about this. You know hes been itching to send in the National Guard somewhere, anywhere

        • Peter

          With the recent actions of the progressives, including attempted murder, he may have good cause to do just that. It would surely get my applause.

      • OTD:OutTheDoor

        I just hope LRH does not pop up and beat their asses like he did with those 3 rowdy soldiers back in the day. He took on all 3 you know. I worry about the HC people.

    • gtsix

      Cannane with the ASC cup. And… what’s with Proprietor”s shoes? Vaquera or TX Broad to the Bunker shoephone (Pete could do in a pinch)

      • chukicita

        They’re not John Lobbs.

    • Supper Powers

      That looks like an awesome cluster.

    • chukicita

      There are TWO troikas in this picture!

    • Vaquera

      Love

  • Eivol Ekdal
    • Supper Powers

      Phil and Willie. Damn those are fine people.

      • chukicita

        No doubt. I want them to be able to talk with their kids so bad. I know it has to happen.

        • Supper Powers

          Me too. Those kids will be so proud of them once they know the truth. And I will cook them a family supper when it happens. It will happen.

          • chukicita

            Best get out your pots and pans.

      • Observer

        They are even better in real life.

        • Jimmy3

          Stop braggin about all the fine people you know
          Jeez

          • Puget Buckeye

            But Obs know you, right?

            • Jimmy3

              Yeah and she wont shut up about it
              Jeez

      • iampissed

        They are both wonderful people. There are many wonderful folks here, quite a few with stories that you probably haven’t heard.

    • Supper Powers

      Aaron…what in the hell?!

    • Aslan’s Own

      Thanks so much for keeping us supplied with pictures!

  • chukicita

    Wherever more than two are gathered in Howdy’s name, there is a troika.

    • Bavarian Rage

      Almost Biblical. Almost.

      • Puget Buckeye

        But we already have a bible. Remember?

        • The holy writ of Saint Lawrence The Right. PBUH

    • Qbird

      Here’s to blowing out your ear buds!
      ~fair warning~
      https://youtu.be/AcOKE2qHs9c

      :::a song Howdy posted here in the bunker:::

  • iampissed

    Night all…from glorious Denver.

    • Puget Buckeye

      Nighty night.

  • TexasBroad

    My cheeks from smiling.
    Goodnight Bunker.

  • Sitting in the hotel lobby this morning, talking with Tony, MTT, Kim, Texas Broad, Willie and Phil, it occurred to me that it didn’t even feel the slightest bit out of the ordinary. I do this almost every morning. Can’t wait for tomorrow. Night Bunkeristas around the globe! Oh yeah, and these people are great huggers. Especially Baby.

    • Chocolate Velvet

      So good to meet you tonight, Artoo45! See you tomorrow ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Wonderful to meet you too! I’m supposed to be taking a nap before we head out for the night, but failing so far.

    • Baby

      I am absolutely in love with BOTH OF YOU artoo… Seriously.. BOTH OF YOU.. love baby…xoxooxoxoxox

      • Well, the feeling’s mootual!

  • Chocolate Velvet

    Just wanted to stop by and say goodnight — I’m back home in Boulder after a very fun and somewhat overwhelming evening with so many good people. So many names I’ve known here, and some from the old days at the VV blog too! So good to meet you all, so hard to keep all those names and faces straight LOL! And as I left, I got to share an elevator with Steve Cannane! How cool is that! I can’t wait for tomorrow night, looking forward to an amazing time.

    Here is one of my photos from this evening. I managed to catch six Super SPs in one picture. Score!

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/b1593bdfb81f5cf7b399eb973f872112704a9061b856e2474e2d199e2d78f73d.jpg

    • Oh that’s a great pix!

    • I cried seeing Mark and Claire. Not too many marriages make it out of that cult in tact. Sad.

  • Jimmy3

    If there was a bear/shark/gorilla hybrid, it would be called Howdy Kong
    #themoreyouknow

    • You know I’m having a hard time today…no one to talk to. No shoulder to cry on. I feel like between lives or something. I thought we’d get a live HC feed. Guess I was dreaming again.

      • Jimmy3

        I think tomorrow night. Sorry you’ve had a rough day :/
        Keep your head up

        • My head is permently erected ‘up’ by the one and only. I’m trying to get that LRH out. Out. Out. There is more left over. Wish I could know but I can’t. I try.

          • JaxNGold

            Tigger, hope you’re doing better today. I wish I could say the perfect thing to lift your spirits. Just know that there’s a ton of supportive people here — many who are going through the same thing. If you need to talk about it, we’re always here.

      • ReallyMGM

        Lean on us when you need an ear or heart to listen. ๐ŸŒป

      • Pia Pill

        Do you need someone to talk to? Is this move a good thing or a bad thing? Sending you warm thoughts for strength and a few cyber hugs as well! (((hugs))) Sincerely, Pia

      • Ann B Watson

        Tigger, I have been there. Here is my email abwatson@cox.net. I try to be a good listener. Getting Ron out is like picking shards of glass from your skin with tweezers. Horrible while happening but believe me there is light, laughter and love right here waiting for you. Sending you love,โค๏ธ

      • Pia Pill

        Tigger,
        I am a “never-in” but have witnessed the devastation of Scientology first hand since the mid 1970s because of a loved one. I have HATED this cult since then but was powerless to do anything about it because I was so young (in my teens). Believe me when I say “hatred” is an understatement about the true depths of my feelings … there are no words strong enough to depict my feelings and beliefs. Over the span of approx 35-37ish years, I have valiantly tried to protect, assist, counsel, support and prop-up my loved one as best I could as they try and pick up the pieces of their SHATTERED soul/life as a result of their involvement in Scientology. I count myself fortunate because I did not lose my loved one to suicide, medical interference (i.e. Lisa McPherson), or an “accidental death” (if you know what I mean). Since I did not know what happens within Scientology (teachings, treatment, badgering, brainwashing, etc), I was ill equiped to truly understand what was going on … which lead me to the Underground Bunker several years ago. I really can’t remember how I literally stumbled upon the knowledge of the site; I think it may have been some cross section of luck and serendipity but because I had NO CLUE about the workings of Scientology (only the awful impact) until I started reading the Underground Bunker on a daily basis which then led me to the other sites and books that covered Scientology … I have been like a sponge soaking up all the data I could to understand what my loved one went through all those years ago because we have never spoken about Scientology because I was too afraid of what those memories might stir up and revictimize them. It has been very hard on me to read all the data and quite honestly I am unable to read all the comments on the daily postings because of the volume of comments alone.

        As a result of all this research I have been able to access through the Internet has been a blessing and a curse. Blessing because I now have better insight into what was happening “behind the scenes” sort of speak and can somewhat have “ah ha” moments of understanding of the mental turmoil my loved one has faced in the past and sometimes struggles with even today. It is like I have been able to systematically put the pieces of a terrible NIGHTMARE of a puzzle together as I look back over the years. The curse is that I now realize how many wonderful people and children were mentally raped and physically assaulted under the cloak of a “religious scam” of protection. It makes me SICK that this is still happening today and that the Government believes they are powerless to intercede and have chosen to do nothing in an attempt to curtail or stop it! Then back to the blessings because I am able to confirm that even through Scientology’s best and subversive diabolical practices, “life” still “finds a way”; meaning at some given point, people intuitively take the brave and uncertain leap of faith that they deserve a better life/treatment and take the extreme and dangerous methods to finally leave the cult knowing what is going to happen to them and the loved ones left behind. In my book, these are the true heroes because “but for them” and their stories, society as a whole would HAVE NEVER understood what was happening and never been able to “crowd source” a grassroots movement to expose and undermine Scientology’s despicable practices and hopefully hold them accountable to all the trauma, devastation, and illegal shananigans they have wreaked onto others for the sole purpose of essentially benefiting one (or now 2) MANIAC(S)!

        As I have stated before, until recently I have been too chicken to post comments because (a) no one knows me, (b) paranoia of strangers “comes with the territory” because of Scientology’s actual practices and subversiveness (really never understood why my loved one was so paranoid at times but after reading all the stuff I have, I NOW UNDERSTAND what was going on) and (c) I really did not think I could add any value to the comments and the crowd can be really tough on strangers (understandably so … because, you know (one word) … Scientology). But my love for my loved one runs deep as it does wide and I thought if I start communicating with other victims of Scientology that maybe I can help them even more. So I took the big “leap of faith” and dove in …. slowly and sporadically because I, too, need to protect myself and my loved one. You see how Scientology has created this vicious circle that can impede progress and healing!!! It really PISSES ME OFF TO NO END!!! ๐Ÿ˜ ๐Ÿ˜ก But I am a fighter and I truly belive that eventually “good” can forsake “evil” …. obviously not on my “timetable” (which would have been over 35 years ago at least). But it seems as if the slow tide of exposing this disgusting and subversive organization is gathering more steam and vast exposure is becoming the norm!

        Anyway, to make this long story even longer, several weeks ago I read one of your posts where you were having such a bad moment, you posted your phone number.
        For me, it demonstrated how vulnerable and urgent your situation was that you publicly posted your number so that everyone knew you were having a crisis. Trust me when I say, “I have been there; done that situation” with my loved one. So when I read that, I was truly very worried and scared in terms of what you were facing. I will tell you I was so concerned I, myself, picked up my phone to call you! But then I thought, “CRAP! Since you don’t know me, I could make the situation even worse” … so I put down the phone but kept reading the comment section focusing on how you were doing and if you were alright. I still have your number (THAT is how concerned I was) because your comment triggered me to the many many times when my loved one faced a vulnerable and upsetting episode and needed someone to talk to.

        I was born and raised in Northern California (had to move out of state for my job in the mid 1990s) and noticed that your phone number area code is from California; maybe we have “friends in common” (stranger things have happened right)! So the bottom line is when I read your post comment that you were having a bad day, I again, picked up the phone several times to call you … BUT AGAIN, I was concerned that because I am literally and figuratively a “stranger”, I might make it worse on you because a perfect stranger is calling you out of the blue to make sure you are okay (and only 1 word need be suffice; Scien-fckng-tology)!!

        But I just want you to know that I am here for you, if you ever need to talk, just let me know and I will call (I can share with you my story as an outsider looking in trying to help, protect, and support my loved one that has been so victimized by this insidious cult even today) … my thoughts and prayers are with everyone impacted by this awful and unspeakable organization that victimizes, brutalizes, and bullies others at the expense of THE FEW. The many people who have been able to break away from Scientology and heal their wounds and try to make sense of the trauma they have withstood at the hands of the few people that eagerly and enthusiastically brutalized and victimized them for their own self-serving greed and dominance ARE THE VERY ESSENCE of a hero. And the ones that have been brave enough to publicly share their stories to expose this cult are like the archangels trying to protect society at large from any further devastation to the unwitting people that otherwise would have become ensnared into the dark web of deceit had they NOT BEEN ABLE TO BE EXPOSED TO THE STORIES AND EVENTS OF OTHERS!. For me, there is a special place in “heaven” for these brave and Noble souls.

        Hope this makes sense; sorry so long but reading today’s story of events was very impactful …so much so, I was crying reading the two items (Claire’s & Phil/Willie Jone’s segments)! Haven’t gotten to Marc’s item yet; that is next after I post my “novela”!! ๐Ÿ˜†

        V/R
        Pia

        P.S. I tried not to hurt myself as I got down from my soapbox! My feet hurt from standing so long, my knees hurt from climbing up AND down from the soapbox, and finally my toes hurt from when I dropped the microphone on them at the end of my rant (for dramatic effect)๐ŸŽค …. ๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ˜Š

    • Today I took down all my pictures. Moving.

    • Bavarian Rage

      I like your brain.

  • Lousy Ratatouille

    Thank you good people in Denver for all the wonderful pictures! (I’m catching up at 9 in the morning at breakfast.)

  • Baby

    Good Lord.. Everyone pooped out on me and I’m the oldest here. Still could have some beer.. Jeeze..what a light weight group..Although standing around the fire 6 of us gave it a good shot.
    I can only post on this computer..sigh. I don’t have a tablet ..my phone is shit. So anyway. What a great evening.
    Like the perfect storm of meeting those you have been posting with for years. Oh shit..I gotta go I just got a notice that this computer is shutting down for maintenance..
    WTF?? Love you guys. You are in our hearts. Love baby.. ( Damn computer) ugh

  • 0tessa

    Amid all the festivities, something to think about regarding Rathbun.

    Rathbunsโ€™ lying

    The ease with which Rathbun tells numerous and obvious lies is astonishing. But of course, he had excellent training in lying with Scientology. Its propaganda is nothing but lies (verifiable).
    But still, on an individual basis, the lying done by Rathbun is his videoโ€™s, raises concern. I mean, he cares for his family, he left Scientology and spent lots of effort to denounce it. You would expect his lying days were over.
    But no.
    Here might be the reason why. His brain might be affected.

    Researchers (Dan Ariely, Neil Garret) from University College (London) seem to have demonstrated that lying does something to the brain. Repeatedly lying shrinks the emotional centre of the brain, it gets less and less sensitive. With every lie it gets easier to tell a next one. Also the power of moral discernment is broken down gradually. One risks becoming amoral and immoral. Less and less sensitive to reactions of other people, of any harm done. One could become criminal. It is a downward spiral.

    Staffmembers in Scientology, especially those involved in propaganda and the Office of Special Affairs (the Intelligence unit) could be very well risking brain damage, i.e. becoming an anti-social motherf****er

    • Pia Pill

      Or; they always had an undiagnosed personality disorder all along and that is why they bought into the scam so easily because they intuitively knew that if they ever went to a mental health appointment, the jig was up …. much like Hubbard. In my opinion, the reason Hubbard hated mental health professionals is because he KNEW they would see right through his lies and bullshit. (Just my opinion)

  • Eivol Ekdal
  • valshifter

    At Big blue, they setting up a giant screen on the street at LRH Way I was told they will be screening the AIS greatest achievements on Saturday’s block party, “all are welcome” except SP’s. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/813e4ecc09a880952ef1f89a0549e32e51fb6cf30ef464224122ddc58a63183c.jpg