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Why are New York politicians such easy marks for Scientology?

[Scientology’s latest patsies, Kevin Parker and Eric Adams]

Way back in 2013, we first told you about how easily a couple of sharp Scientology operators, Queens dentist Bernard Fialkoff and his daughter Meghan, were finding it to infiltrate New York City’s schools with Scientology propaganda, and with the willing participation of the NYPD and local gladhanding politicians.

At that point, they had convinced then-city councilman Dan Halloran to celebrate them with a proclamation honoring the Scientology front group they run, a regional chapter of the Foundation for a Drug-Free World.

Halloran had his own interesting notoriety — he was, as far as we could tell, the first “heathen” to be elected to public office in this country. Halloran was “prince” of the NY area in the Germanic paganism he practiced, but he tried to downplay it when he ran for office. He was later caught in a bribery scandal and is currently spending time in prison.

But heck, this is New York we’re talking about, and politicians going to prison for corruption isn’t unexpected. What does surprise us, however, is that New York pols, sharp operators though they may be, continue to get rooked by a couple of Scientologists.

One of our sharp tipsters noticed that a New York state senator who represents part of Brooklyn, Kevin S. Parker, as well as the Brooklyn Borough President, Eric L. Adams, both produced proclamations honoring the Fialkoffs and their Drug-Free World chapter before their recent annual awards gala.


Oh, brother. Time and again, Scientology’s “anti-drug” strategy has been exposed as pseudoscience whose real goal is to spread awareness of L. Ron Hubbard among young people, a softening up of the field to prepare the public for the expansion of Scientology. Real drug experts have repeatedly shown that the propaganda spread by Scientology’s front groups about drugs are misleading and full of outdated claims.

In other parts of the world, Scientology’s attempt to get into schools has been met with derision and the church being forcibly removed. But in New York, of all places, the local pols and police just can’t seem to buy a clue.

Here’s the proclamation that Parker obtained for the sneaky Scientologist infiltrators…


The Citatation from Adams is equally ornate…


We sent emails to both politicians, asking them if they were aware that Drug-Free World is a Scientology front.

Along with those emails, we sent a photo of the Fialkoffs accepting their Freedom Medals from the Church of Scientology for doing such a good job spreading the church’s influence with New York’s schoolchildren.


Honestly, it doesn’t get much more blatant than that — this is Scientology’s highest award, given only to the church members being recognized for spreading Scientology’s influence, and the one and only thing the Fialkoffs do is gladhand New York politicians and police officials in order to get access to school kids.

As always, we’ll let you know if we hear back from either Parker or Adams.


In Nevada, voters went for entheta

The results of the Nevada primary are in, and two Scientologists running for Republican nominations — a husband and wife team — both went down to defeat yesterday.

Brent Jones failed in his bid to become the Republican nominee for state lieutenant governor, coming in second with 18 percent of the vote to Michael Roberson, who pulled in 46 percent of votes. Roberson will face Democrat Kate Marshall in November’s general election.

Aimee Jones fared a little better in her race for Brent’s old Assembly seat in District 35. She managed to get 42 percent of the votes in a losing effort to David Schoen, who got 59 percent. Schoen will take on Michelle Gorelow in the general.

But they’ll always have Real Water, right?




Hey, we’re only 8 days away from this year’s HowdyCon in Chicago, June 21-23. As in past years, we’re looking forward to meeting readers of the Bunker, culminating in Saturday night’s main event.

The biggest difference this year is that our Saturday night event is separate from that evening’s dinner. Chee Chalker is setting up an inexpensive pizza dinner that you don’t need to pay for ahead of time, after which we’ll walk over to the theater where our event, hosted by Chicago Fire star Christian Stolte, will take place. Because it’s a separate event, we’re asking that you pay $10 each to get into the Saturday night event, which will help us recoup what the Bunker paid for the venue. (We have never made a penny on our HowdyCon meetups, we only try to break even.)

Please email your proprietor (tonyo94 AT gmail) in order to reserve your spot for Saturday night’s main event. Seating is limited, and we’re going to have some really interesting people on stage and they may make a few announcements that you don’t want to miss.



Scientology disconnection, a reminder

Bernie Headley has not seen his daughter Stephanie in 5,144 days.
Katrina Reyes has not seen her mother Yelena in 1,747 days
Brian Sheen has not seen his grandson Leo in 290 days.
Geoff Levin has not seen his son Collin and daughter Savannah in 178 days.
Clarissa Adams has not seen her parents Walter and Irmin Huber in 1,353 days.
Carol Nyburg has not seen her daughter Nancy in 2,127 days.
Jamie Sorrentini Lugli has not seen her father Irving in 2,901 days.
Quailynn McDaniel has not seen her brother Sean in 2,247 days.
Dylan Gill has not seen his father Russell in 10,813 days.
Mirriam Francis has not seen her brother Ben in 2,481 days.
Claudio and Renata Lugli have not seen their son Flavio in 2,741 days.
Sara Goldberg has not seen her daughter Ashley in 1,781 days.
Lori Hodgson has not seen her son Jeremy and daughter Jessica in 1,493 days.
Marie Bilheimer has not seen her mother June in 1,019 days.
Joe Reaiche has not seen his daughter Alanna Masterson in 5,108 days
Derek Bloch has not seen his father Darren in 2,248 days.
Cindy Plahuta has not seen her daughter Kara in 2,568 days.
Claire Headley has not seen her mother Gen in 2,543 days.
Ramana Dienes-Browning has not seen her mother Jancis in 899 days.
Mike Rinder has not seen his son Benjamin and daughter Taryn in 5,201 days.
Brian Sheen has not seen his daughter Spring in 1,307 days.
Skip Young has not seen his daughters Megan and Alexis in 1,710 days.
Mary Kahn has not seen her son Sammy in 1,582 days.
Lois Reisdorf has not seen her son Craig in 1,164 days.
Phil and Willie Jones have not seen their son Mike and daughter Emily in 1,669 days.
Mary Jane Sterne has not seen her daughter Samantha in 1,913 days.
Kate Bornstein has not seen her daughter Jessica in 13,022 days.


3D-UnbreakablePosted by Tony Ortega on June 13, 2018 at 07:00

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