Indies Day 2012

by Christie Collbran

Plans for the 3rd Annual Indie 4th of July Party are well underway.  This year we will gather in a State with more miles of waterfront than Hawaii, California and Florida combined, location of the largest Mall in the United States, state where waterskiing was invented – the land of 10,000 lakes: Minnesota!!

It will take place over the weekend following the 4th of July (July 7th & 8th). The weather in Minnesota in July is party perfect!

We have chosen a wonderful facility for our event this year. The specific details will be sent to you by private invitation. Here are just a few of the activities that will be available:

Swimming in a lake or a pool

Relaxing on the beach


Paddle boats

Ski boats




Bonfires with Smores





and much more…

If you plan on flying, book your flights to the Minneapolis St. Paul airport (MSP). Arrive and depart when you like, but most activities will take place on Saturday July 7th and Sunday July 8th.

Invitations with more details will be sent out soon. The event is being hosted by the irrepressible Natalie Hagemo, with the help of Christie Collbran.

All Independent Scientologists, and supporters are welcome. The only qualification to be invited is your public announcement of your independence or departure from corporate Scientology.  OSA and company can hold their own party all by themselves.

If you would like to be invited and you have not received an invitation within the next two weeks, please send an email to Natalie and Christie at:

112 responses to “Indies Day 2012

  1. Sounds like fun! Can’t wait! Minnie here we come!

  2. Nice! I am sure you will have a great time.

    We have regular independent meetings here in Sweden, and it’s awesome.

  3. I’ll be there. Never been to Minnesota and always been a huge Gopher fan since Bobby Jackson who had serious game by the way Marty….. and Im back in America for the July/August

    I’m so there

  4. Posted independents! I love it!

  5. Check out the weather in July. Divine!!

    I’m not one for extreme heat & humidity which is why I didn’t go to last year’s event. But Minnesota gives me something to think about!

  6. You could not have made a better choice of venue and timing. As a Minnesotan, I’m prejudiced, but summers outdoors in Minnesota are usually exactly what people think of as the ideal of what a summer ought to be, and around mid-July the weather is likely to be very nice, especially since it sounds like you will have a lake to cool off in if it turns out to be hot and humid that weekend.

  7. …and what we consider hot&humid would make people from the south laugh.

  8. Wish you all a fruitful New Year.

    Ever since I got out and started reading the internet (2003), I noticed and then concluded that the whole freezone and indpendent Scientologists splinter movements of Scientology are where official Scientology movement is inevitably heading.

    You guys ARE factually tolerant. Hope a lot more join you this summer.

  9. Minnesota is more to my Nordic body liking.

  10. What about something like this for the European indies? Something central, perhaps? I yearn for those of us here on The Continent to have some such party, too .. interest? Reality?

  11. A perfect opportunity to escape the Texas heat. We look forward to the details.

  12. Yay!!!

  13. You say “and supporters” and yet the qualification is a public declaration of independence from the church of scientology. I guess that covers both ex and indy scientologists but what if some of us “never have been” scientologists feel like meeting some of you?

    Can’t say I can make it because I’m in the UK but I would be curious were I able to come.

  14. I would like to come, if I possibly can.

    Michael A. Hobson
    Independent Scientologist

  15. Dean,

    Is that you helping keep OSA off the front page on the Texas Monthly comments ? If so, much obliged, Pahd-nuh 🙂

    Michael A. Hobson
    Independent Scientologist

  16. Sorry to get off track here, but is anyone going to the new church David is opening in Sacramento, California tonight?

  17. Definitely have made plenty of public statements on this board that I do not support RCS, nor dm et al.

    I am wondering though if it means I must make a declaration on this board of my actual name, as obviously it’s not windhorse 🙂

    If it’s not necessary to make a public blog announcement of who I am – count me in.

    Am hoping George White comes — need another buddhist for balance 🙂


  18. Sounds wonderful and thank you Natalie and all for hosting this year’s Indie event! Christie and Nat, I will be in touch by seperate e-mail to work out our travel plans and how we can best fit into the org board! You know I’ll be there to help out on whatever is needed 🙂

  19. Yes thank you. Their feeble attempts at black PR only work against them.

  20. Karaoke? Seems like it doesn’t fit in with the rest of the outdoor activities since it requires a karaoke machine and electricity. Perhaps singing around the campfire while someone plays an acoustic guitar would work better.

  21. Sounds like all the fun without all the sweat of Texas of Florida in July. Question you said, “All Independent Scientologists, and supporters are welcome. The only qualification to be invited is your public announcement of your independence or departure from corporate Scientology.”

    Does this mean no showing up uninvited and making an announcement at the party, “Oh, oh, oh dear, I am such a lame victim, woe is me, why I just got declared yesterday but I haven’t made a public announcement yet because _____________ (excuse, excuse, excuse) and then trying to see who’s on the list to attend, and then happening to show up at 9 pm at night in the office “to get more towels” asking specifically where key people are staying, and doing everything that OSA plants do like getting on everybody’s lines, and a year later still making excuses instead of making a public announcement… but she’s not an OSA plant uh-huh, no way, just a poor hapless victim of circumstances unable to do the right thing. Did I get that right?

  22. Can’t wait! My first Indie Party, yeahhh 🙂

  23. Great!
    I’ll shoot for that event. Never been to Minnesota.
    Plenty of time to get into the local groove by listening to comedian Garrison Keillor Saturday 6pm PST 91.7.
    Hmmm, anti-mosquito stuff – probably a ‘must bring along’!

  24. Another event I’d like to go to but only to protest it.

  25. Random Stranger

    Church of Spiritual Technology
    COB, RTC

    Personal Notepad

    O P E R A T I O N R A T H B O N E

    Mission X
    Program DCLXVI


    1) Step up the manufacturing pace on those remote-controlled fake Moose.

    2) Buy some of them damn Minnesota fu@%ing lakes.

    3) QC those plastic video recording loons for long range lens capability.

    4) Get more undercover agents into the Mall starting immediately.

    5) Air drop leaflets of Marty’s Head on a Squirrel & Rinder swigging those Bud Lites.

    6) Get a hacker to scramble the words on their fu@%ing karaoke machine.

    7) Get fake trees in place now.

    8) Buy that kick-as ‘Rain-O-Matic’ weather control system you’ve been wanting.

    9) Cause some kind of trouble for Jason Beghe so he can’t go, just to piss Marty off. Tom’ll be impressed with this one.

    10) See if Tom is available on that day to do one of those Fly-By Glares we keep line-charging about.

    David Miscavige
    COB, RTC

  26. I for one don’t think it’s necessary – and as someone who meditates regularly, I look forward to talking with you!


  27. I’d love to go but I got important things going on tonight… Like taking the trash out.

  28. Minnesota, eh? Land of 3M, formerly Honeywell, Pillsbury, Hormel, Best Buy, Target and a recent favorite of mine, Buffalo Wild Wings. The original Mayo Clinic is also there (Rochester) if I recollect.

    Multifoods Tower still there? May have to pay my respects.

    I’m in. Such a gracious offer by Ms Natalie and Ms Christie, the First Lady of Independence I cannot turn down. I must pay respects in person.

    #100 on the Indie 500

  29. Random Stranger


    1) DUNK-THE-POPE – throw a ball, hit the target, dunk the Pope on a Box and win a prize.

    2) TOM CRUISE IMPERSONATIONS – your chance to do the ‘Risky Business’ dance or the slick conniving Car Dealer character from Rain Man, or that fake German dude he tried to portray with some weird accent that doesn’t even exist. Winner gets an autographed picture of Tom and Dave glaring at a red light on their motorcycles, commanding it to turn green. (Contest will be surreptitiously videoed and secretly viewed to determine winner)

    3) LIE LIKE COB – as a warm up for karaoke, tell the best lie you can, see if you have what it takes. Contest will be judged by ex-OSA Int agents who know top quality lies when they see ’em.

    4) FIND-THE-PADDLE BOAT SPY – as you peddle your paddle-boat out into the lake your team’s mission is to find the spy in the bushes, in the trees, or even on another paddle boat. Winner is the first one to fire and hit the spy boat with their team’s designated color paint ball. Prize is a chain-saw sculpture of DM’s head on a chipmunk.

    5) OUT-CURSE THE POB: mock situation, you react with the longest most venomous string of continual curse words you can muster up. Most continual words in the shortest length of time wins the prize: POB Cupie Doll.

  30. Being from Seattle I need a definition for “hot and humid.” LOL Just joking!

  31. Is there a common Independence Day for Europe? The Norwegian 17th of May got changed from “Independence Day” (independence from Denmark) to “Constitution Day,” ( I guess more politically correct?) Does France still have a Bastille Day? And England a Guy Fawkes Day? Maybe just choose Midsummer’s Eve when there’s lots of daylight. I’d really like to hear what celebratory days different countries have.

  32. Windhorse, the deal is that if you go to the event, OSA’s spies will likely find out who you are anyway, so you might as well just say it.

  33. Tony DePhillips

    I think if you come it will be like a public announcement as OSA will be watching I’m sure. Maybe that’s not the criteria as it could be a way for OSA to try to creep into the party. My point is that if you are willing to be outed by OSA then it’s not much difference to come out as an Indie on the blog and “cleanse” yourself (not you specifically :-)…) of any possible OSA affiliations.

  34. Tony DePhillips

    Hi Christie!!
    That’s exciting news!! My wife an I will be coming to the party. We have been to all of them so far and don’t want to end our streak. They are always fun and you get to hear lots of great stories and party with the elite of the reformation.
    Toga! toga!! toga!

  35. Independent Scientologist

    My wife and I will definitely be there! Last year’s celebration was fantastic, but – Lord, it was hot and humid! And I speak as somebody who lived in Houston for six years. Minneapolis is a great choice for an indy get-together.

    – Ron Matlock

  36. Tony DePhillips

  37. Thanks Christie and Natalie for hosting this.
    Wouldn’t miss it for the world !

  38. Thanks Shannon! 🙂

  39. You got it Steve, my man, 100%. 😉

  40. Tony DePhillips


  41. Looking forward to see you and your lovely wife! 🙂

  42. Tony DePhillips

    I couldn’t resist….

  43. Ha ha! Too funny!

  44. The last one was excellent. Met a lot of new friends and met up with a lot of old friends I hadn’t seen for ages.
    Count us in.

  45. I can think of a few other cats that could use a good “cleanse” too… “coffee enema-boy” chief among them.

  46. Oh, this is too…something. I would love to attend and certainly love the venue. Last year is best remembered by me with only photos…LOL! It was so melting. I am not very likely to attend this year, however, but will definitely be there in spirit and wish you all a lot of fun. Will plan to attend the following year, but things can change and I might show up after all!

    Much Appreciation to Natalie and Christie, et al, for their time and efforts to put it on.

  47. Gary Morehead. Aka Jackson

    Boo yah Steve!

    Right in the kisser!

    — Jackson

  48. It should be a wild party with Natalie at the helm!

  49. Thanks Christie and Happy Birthday!

    I will be there again this year and am looking forward to spending some summer days in Minnesota with all my friends.

    I plan on working on some more of our Vegas friends to join us this year.

    Try not to miss this event everyone. If you haven’t attended before, please try and make it. You will be happy you did.

  50. As usual, I’m out qualed.

  51. World of difference IMHO.

    One is their (OSA) outing and one is my own choice.

    JUST because OSA is going to out me (which as I said they already have) is no reason for me – unless I choose to – come make a public statement.


  52. Christie and Natalie: I mentioned that I’m happy to help as needed, just let me know …


  53. You can always sing the I-95 A’hole song and dedicate it to DM.


  54. Nordic Warrior Princess!!!!!

  55. Christie,
    That time of year its 115 under the shade of a mesquite tree around here. So the weather is certainly enticing but that’s right when the family makes its annual rendezvous to another location.
    You see, much like your man did, I married a younger bride and made more kids. I’m quite happy about it and all but it does present problems at that time of year.
    Besides, I’d have to rent a friggin bus!!!!!!

  56. You are the funniest sonnagun in the world!!! Your sense of humor and your pen are a velvet sledge!!

  57. Thank you Don — I look forward to talking with you as well!


  58. Windhorse: The big difference is that we know you personally, and we also know what OSA has done to try to black PR you. Steve’s comment was spot on — weeding out the people with bad intent who are not planning on contributing to the purpose of the event is a pain in the butt. Classically the common denominator of them is that they appear out of the blue with long-winded stories and excuses about how they have just been “declared” and they are “going to” make a public announcement right after the party blah blah blah. It’s a good initial filter. This party is sort of for “Marty blog participants” but putting it that way is factually too exclusive as it really is open to any linked minded people. So it comes to pass that because Christie is the one in charge of invites, outside of the people she or I know personally, the criteria for an invitation is having made a public announcement. It’s easier that way. And let’s not continue to engage in any debate about it as it only promotes discussion about whether its “fair” or how the criteria gets applied and its not really useful to anyone. If you don’t get an invitation (and rest assured, you will) and you think you want to be there, send an email. 🙂

  59. Tom Gallagher


    I’d love to attend and meet up with this band of rowdy renegades! Sounds like a plan.

    Sarge, look forward to meeting you, too! Right?

    Tom Gallagher

  60. TroubleShooter

    Right On Dean ditto on the thank you. I had to leave and knew once I did that luanne was going to go for the last word – it must be the stat they have to report up or something.

  61. TroubleShooter


  62. Sir, at the risk of severely misevaluating for you (and the general relations), I fail to see that you have any problem. Rendezvous, rent the bus(es), road trip, respite from the heat in those parts.

  63. Ingrid misses the fact that in Texas she would have hot and cold running cowboys begging at her feet.

  64. Dude! I want to make sure you bring your yoga mat this time, and expect you to punish people again by teaching a class, doing your spectacular “moves” having middle aged out of shape men hurt themselves trying to look good to everyone else mimicking your moves.

  65. LOL on these activities!

  66. Minnesota in July is a beautiful thing. There will be much fun to be had, and great times with friends old and new. I’m looking forward to seeing you all again, and meeting those that I have yet to meet.

    I’d also like to publicly out Tony DePhillips, as a karaoke star. 20 years ago I witness a performance by Tony that is spoken of to this day. I challenge him to another performance during the party weekend!

  67. Tony, this one is hilarious…never seen it before 🙂 🙂 🙂

  68. Random Stranger

    Church of Spiritual Technology
    COB, RTC

    To: Marty Rathbun

    Dear Marty,
    I can hardly believe you’ve betrayed me and LRH like you have. You’ve violated so many policies I’ve had to build an extension onto the RTC building just to warehouse the gargantuan number of oversize filing cabinets which document your never ending atrocities. If LRH had a grave he’d be rolling around in it.

    I’m THE leader of the Church of Scientology. I have created an empire of Ideal Orgs across the globe. I have built astronomical reserves to fight the many wars going on in the battlefields of Earth, so we can win the day, save the planet, obliterate the enemies and then get on with the rest of the galaxy.

    I have THE top actor on the planet as my constant companion and best, best, best friend! I have a safe full of gold and watches and stacks of stashed cash, I ride on private jets, I have custom made motorcycles, the stitching on my suits is impeccable, my hair is shiny, my face polished, I have my nails done three times a day, I am a quality guy like no other on this planet, well except for maybe Tom.

    Please come back into the fold. I will grant you complete and total amnesty, I’ll give you your rank back and a new uniform with extra lanyards and a new swagger stick. I cry uncle. I cannot beat you, so please join me once again so we can get this show on the road and fight the real battles that need winning.

    Please invite me to your Independents Day Party, I will come by helicopter, so I’ll need a good place to land. I’ll bring party favors and some beer. It’ll be such a great reunion, you can help me bring all the others back into the fold too, so we can stop this nonsense and get on with it, a combined effort, well…with me in charge of course, but I’ll grant you wide-sweeping powers and some more free dental work if you need it. Mosey can come, too.

    What do you say?


    David Miscavige
    COB, RTC
    Still Holder of the Copyrights

    PS: Ok, you can bring your dog too and yes he can have a uniform.

  69. David Miscavige,
    I asked a few days ago if you would send me a guitar player w/ bass baritone vocals. I aint seen it yet, dammit.
    Now this needs to finished and recorded in time for Kareoke camp fires this summer.
    I’m serious—send me the g*****m guitar player, would ya?
    (Remember? Think Johnny Cash—Folsom Prison Blues.)

    My Own Prison Blues

    I hear the feds a’comin
    They’re rollin round the bend.
    I haven’t had a straight day since I don’t know when.

    I’m stuck in my own prison and time keeps draggin on.
    And that public keeps on leavin’, it must be about my tone.
    When I was only 16, I slapped my first pc. He
    Finally learned his lesson, and never whined at me again.
    Oh I’m certain when they take me, he’ll hang his head and cry.


    I’ll bet there’s fat cats eatin, those ones I got real soon
    The ones who had the missions, who were fillin’ all those rooms.
    Well, I came and popped the bubble, I took the whole thing down.
    And when it gets me thinkin,
    I drink enough to drown…

  70. Dean,
    No worries, my friend! You are with us in spirit every year.
    Love, Christie

  71. Thank you muchly, WH! 🙂

  72. Is there a minimum IAS Status Qualification required? Just checking? Like Gold Idiotorious etc. LOL…

  73. wonder if Minnesota is ready for Max

  74. Chiquita will bite your nuts off if you call her a guy again.

  75. Yes, either “graduated from” or “dropped out.”

  76. Mosey, how about “Successfully Refunded” ? 🙂

  77. Yeah, that too.:)

  78. Sorry, but got to dramatize this one out: How about “After-Event-Regging” or donating towards the new E-Meter in the works – the one that has a red light come on as soon as the PC has a “Three-Swing-FN”?

  79. Last year a number of us participated in a “Sharp-Shooter’s” event and we had great fun! Will there be a place for this in Minnesota for us gun-slingin’ Texans?

    Yee Haw!!

  80. martyrathbun09

    No regging. No tripping. No drama. Oh, can’t wait.

  81. haydn (T Paine)

    The James Gang want some of that!!

  82. It was fun while it lasted, I currently have the last word with a little piece on the real issue, that being the amount of money David Miscavige throws around on activities such as harassing Marty all of which comes from the donations of subscribers to the church of scientology. Mind you that’s okay because it’s a “holy” crusade. ;D

  83. that is really funny. that guy NAILS it! no one could not do a better impersonation of tom cruise than that.

  84. Shannon, thanks again for hosting the party last year! Wonderful memories that will last forever . . . Can’t wait to see you and Hiro again! Hiro, we need you to catch some more of those good-eatin’ fish; hopefully they’ll be as fat in Minnesota as they were in Texas! Hmmmm . . .

  85. Tony DePhillips


  86. Tony DePhillips

    I hope Marty doesn’t accept… 🙂

  87. You could say it’s to have that last word, but not quite. On Texas Monthly, the latest comment appears on the main article page in a comment box with a link to the rest of the comments. “Louanne” (and sockpuppets) was trying to keep a link to one of the anti-Marty web sites in that box at all times.

    Michael A. Hobson
    Independent Scientologist

  88. Tony DePhillips

  89. Here is, hopefully, the embedded version:

  90. Yeehaah! Great one Dean!

    ML Tom

  91. Ziba you are so funny I really lol on this one!! hahaha.
    By the way I would love to go there. But I am in Taiwan I think is long way.
    Please send pictures ok.

  92. Tony DePhillips

    Natalie… backs a bitch..

  93. martyrathbun09

    We look forward to meeting you too.

  94. And I volunteer to organize a nature hike/bird watching outing for all fellow tree huggers. Don’t forget your binoculars and fanny packs! 🙂


  95. Bert Schippers

    This sounds great! We are in and look forward to seeing you all!

  96. Yes! Definitely! 🙂

  97. LOL! That was funny, Randy. It will be great to meet you and Kay in person, and have some fun at the party!

  98. Yoga on the beach with Brian!

  99. Bring it Seattle! We will show you how we throw down in Minnesota.

  100. Lady Minn I wouldn’t bring a gun 😉 Our State isn’t as gun friendly as Texas. Though, there are probably nearby shooting ranges.

  101. Fabulous idea! I’ll add it to the activity plans. Let’s stay in touch on that.

  102. Can’t wait to see you all!

  103. V & V are so there also.

    The Land of 1,000 Lakes; know it well since my family is from Wisconsin.

    We were already planning to visit and now we know when.

    Great stuff,


  104. Firebreathing Frog

    Some more ideas:

  105. I think I will definitely HAVE to work it out to get there for this encore performance by Tony!

  106. I’m in!

  107. Being on this board and interacting with so many true OTs, it feels like I have rekindled some basic failed purpose in my life. I would be proud to consider myself an independent Scientologist, and want to help if I can. Not too interested in giving OSA a stick to whack me with, but what the hell, it turns out I’m more-or-less un-destructable 🙂

    I would really love the chance to meet many of you.

    This is me:

  108. hmm, premature post:

    my URL:

  109. martyrathbun09

    Welcome Bruce!

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