Monday, February 20, 2017

Conservative Star Milo Yiannopoulos Appears To Say It’s OK For ‘Older Men’ To Have Sex With Children

Conservative role model.
Mod: Tony Brandenburg wrote about this dirtbag a couple of days ago (link). But, as a refresher, Milo Yiannopoulos is one of the reigning star editors at the website Breitbart. Milo is so highly regarded in certain of the more countercultural alt-right circles that he has been scheduled as the keynote speaker at this year's Conservative Political Action Conference, or CPAC. A very big deal event for celebratory reactionary types. Breitbart is the famous so-called conservative fake news source that Steve Bannon helped to create. And Steve, as you must know by now, is today one of the most trusted and closest mighty whitey advisors to President Trump. Quite a little daisy chain for us to contemplate on this President's Day, right? So when a noted Breitbarter of Yiannopoulos's considerable stature is captured on tape advocating for pedophilia, it is a big event and needs to be as widely discussed as possible. Here is how the website Occupy Democrats puts it.

Video Just Surfaced of Milo Yiannopolous Defending Pedophilia ( link): Conservatives are frantically distancing themselves from Trump cheerleader, alt-right darling, and white “nationalist” Milo Yiannopoulos after remarks strongly advocating pedophilia have surfaced online during a 2015 interview with podcaster Joe Rogan.

“We get hung up on this sort of child abuse stuff,” Yiannopoulos is heard saying in a video, “to the point where we are heavily policing consensual adults.”

“In the homosexual world, particularly, some of those relationships between younger boys and older men — the sort of ‘coming of age’ relationship — those relationships in which those older men help those young boys discover who they are and give them security and safety and provide them with love and a reliable, sort of rock, where they can’t speak to their parents,” he added.

The comments are, of course, completely unacceptable.

“It sounds like molestation to me,” said Rogan. “It sounds like Catholic priest molestation to me.”

“But you know what? I’m grateful for Father Michael. I wouldn’t give nearly such good head if it wasn’t for him,” Yiannopoulos replied, using a euphemism for male oral sex.

The story was broken by the far-right conservative media outlet The Blaze only 24 hours after it was announced that Yiannopoulos was scheduled to speak at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC).

Unfortunately for Milo, video exists and there will be little he can do to claim he didn’t openly and proudly defend child rape, molestation, and pedophilia.

Mod: Let's go to that video tape, shall we?

Video link here.

Mod: Here are some biographical tidbits on Yiannopoulos from Wikipedia (link).

Mod: Recently Yiannopoulos was scheduled to speak at UC Berkeley. His mere presence there was the cause of a riot, however, and the event had to be canceled. President Trump was so incensed by this turn of events that he actually threatened to defund UC Berkeley. Here is a Huffington Post article that describes Trump's anger over what happened there to his favorite advocate for man-boy love.

Donald Trump Defends Far-Right Troll Milo Yiannopoulos (Huffington Post link): President Donald Trump lashed out at the University of California, Berkeley on Thursday after the school canceled an appearance by conservative provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos.

Yiannopoulos, an editor at Breitbart, had been invited to speak at the university by the Berkeley College Republicans, but Wednesday’s event was called off after protests against him turned violent. Trump didn’t refer to Yiannopoulos by name, instead referring to “innocent people with a different point of view.”

Over 1,000 people gathered on Wednesday to protest Yiannopoulos, who was kicked off Twitter last year after he led a brutal harassment campaign against comedian Leslie Jones. The Breitbart editor, the self-proclaimed “most fabulous supervillain on the internet,” has been accused of using hate speech to incite his followers.

“In our view, Mr. Yiannopoulos is a troll and provocateur who uses odious behavior in part to ‘entertain,’ but also to deflect any serious engagement with ideas,” Berkeley Chancellor Nicholas Dirks said in a statement last week, noting that it’s unconstitutional for public institutions to ban “expression based on its content or viewpoints, even when those viewpoints are hateful or discriminatory.”

Yiannopoulos is a vocal supporter of the so-called alt-right, a white nationalist movement.

Trump’s comments were posted shortly after Fox News aired a segment on the event, with host Todd Starnes also calling for the school to be defunded.

Trump senior adviser Kellyanne Conway told “Fox and Friends” later Thursday morning that “the president has a point. It’s like [Berkeley students] don’t welcome free speech.”

It’s not entirely surprising that Trump would defend the notorious Breitbart editor. He also hired Steve Bannon, a former Breitbart executive with ties to white nationalism, to be one of his top advisers.

Mod: The creep effect at the Trump run White House continues to grow. Una mas:


The largest conservative conference of the year – known as CPAC – is in the process of self-immolation after the invited keynote speaker, professional bigot Milo Yiannopoulos was recorded not only defending pedophilia but actually encouraging it. 

In a hangout session recorded and posted online, the Breitbart writer is seen explaining to the group (including one person inexplicably wearing a wrestling mask) why raping children isn’t always bad. His justification was horrific. 

“This arbitrary and oppressive idea of consent, which totally destroys the understanding that many of us have of the complexities and subtleties and complicated nature of many relationships.” 

The relationship he was specifically referring to was talking about an adult having sex with a 13-year-old boy. Even the guy in the wrestling mask seemed embarrassed to be a part of this.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Donald Trump's presidency 'likely to be second shortest in history', says presidential historian

Mod: An interesting article from one of Great Britain's leading on-line news sites, The Independent.

Donald Trump's presidency 'likely to be second shortest in history', says presidential historian (The Independent link): Donald Trump’s presidency is likely to be the second shortest ever, a leading historian and author has claimed. Professor Ronald L Feinman predicted that the former reality TV star will stay in the top job "between the 31 days of William Henry Harrison in 1841", who died pneumonia and the "199 days of James A. Garfield in 1881", who died 79 days after he was shot by an assassin "after terrible suffering and medical malpractice".

Even if his time in office is "dragged out", Professor Feinman predicted that Mr Trump is unlikely to last the 16 months and 5 days of 12th president Zachary Taylor, who died of a digestive ailment while Head of State in 1850.

The 20th century American history professor, who recently published a book about the unfortunate fates of US leaders, added that he thought the “Pence Presidency” was inevitable. He was referring to Mr Trump's Vice President, Mike Pence, who would take over if Mr Trump was to leave the leadership.

In a blog post, he added that he thought it was likely that Mr Trump will be impeached or forced to resign in a matter of weeks.

His prediction comes shortly after the White House admitted the President was told several weeks ago that his National Security Adviser Michael Flynn had not told the truth about a telephone call with a Russian diplomat.

The news fuelled broader concerns about his closeness to Russian President Vladimir Putin and the role his country may have played in helping Mr Trump's election.

Professor Feinman, who teaches at Florida Atlantic University, suggested the businessman turned politician is more generally unsuitable for office.

“Many foreign policy professionals are shaking their head at Trump’s inappropriate behaviour and language every time he speaks in public, or issues a Twitter comment, and his instability and recklessness”, he said, citing Mr Trump's decision to hold a security meeting over the North Korean missile test in a public space in earshot of other people as “a sign of his failure to act responsibly”.

“The fact that Vice President Mike Pence played a major role in pushing Flynn out is a sign that Pence is already asserting himself with Trump” he said, adding the Vice President often appears uncomfortable with Mr Trump’s “freewheeling and careless behaviour”.

No US president has ever been successfully impeached, although attempts were made to impeach Bill Clinton and Andrew Johnson both were acquitted by the Senate.

Richard Nixon also resigned before he could be impeached for serious wrongdoing in the Watergate scandal.

Lawmakers say Trump's words matter — and hurt the country's standing abroad (Chicago Tribune link): A growing roster of Republicans and Democrats on Capitol Hill say they believe President Donald Trump's pugnacious rhetoric and unpredictable behavior threaten to diminish the United States' standing around the world, do real damage to fragile diplomatic relationships and even weaken global stability.

Lawmakers are speaking in increasingly urgent tones about Trump's unusual foreign policy statements and his tendency to pick fights with domestic and international figures. They say it has taken a toll on the way key allies, foes and other foreign observers view the United States. Even members of Trump's own party are having difficulties vouching for him.

"A country's more than one person," said Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., when asked whether he is concerned that the president's words have harmed the U.S. image. The senator, who dined Wednesday with Trump but has also criticized the president's posture toward Russia, added: "There's more than one voice in America."

In a striking speech to international defense officials gathered Friday in Germany, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., suggested that the survival of the Western world is at risk from some of the ideas Trump has embraced.

"The next panel asks us to consider whether the West will survive. In recent years, this question would invite accusations of hyperbole and alarmism. Not this year," McCain said, according to prepared remarks delivered Friday at the Munich Security Conference. "If ever there were a time to treat this question with a deadly seriousness, it is now."

McCain did not mention Trump, who did not attend the conference, by name. But it was clear that he was lamenting the policies and practices of the Trump administration - and their threat to global stability. He imagined how disturbed the security conference's founders would be. The forum was formed 50 years ago, at the height of the Cold War, to bring world powers together to discuss and further global stability.

"They would be alarmed by the hardening resentment we see toward immigrants, and refugees, and minority groups, especially Muslims," McCain said. "They would be alarmed by the growing inability, and even unwillingness, to separate truth from lies. They would be alarmed that more and more of our fellow citizens seem to be flirting with authoritarianism and romanticizing it as our moral equivalent."

In an interview for Sunday's "Meet the Press" with Chuck Todd, McCain was asked about Trump's Friday tweet that the press is the "enemy of the American people."

McCain warned that a free press is "vital" to "preserve democracy as we know it."

"And without it, I am afraid that we would lose so much of our individual liberties over time. That's how dictators get started," McCain said, clarifying that he was not calling Trump a dictator but warning that dictators start by "suppressing free press" and "we need to learn the lessons of history."

Bipartisan Senators Just Took Measures To Keep Trump From Destroying Russian Treason Evidence (Occupy Democrats link): Try as he might, President Donald Trump has not been able to cover-up his collusion with the Russian government and their involvement in changing the course of the presidential election. The director of the FBI, James Comey, met in secret with members of the Senate from both parties to discuss the looming investigation into Trump. During this meeting, protocols were put in place to prevent individuals in Trump’s administration from destroying documents which may be later used as evidence of the administration’s complicity.

The actual minutes of the meeting are unknown, as the members of the Senate Intelligence Committee are staying mum on what was said. However, that the meeting happened at all is terribly bad news for Trump.

What is bad news for the rest of the nation is that a secret meeting had to be held in the first place, rather than discussing the matter in a public forum. Trump has shown himself to be willing to go to great lengths to silence his critics for the pettiest of reasons – let alone on the very serious subject of him laying in bed with Russian dictator Vladimir Putin.

The leading Democrat who sits on the intelligence committee, Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) confirmed the committee is actively pursuing an agenda to stop Trump and his team from destroying evidence:

The committee has put in place a process to ensure the White House does not destroy documents lawmakers need for their investigation.

Warner further warned that he does not wish for the integrity of investigation to be lessened through partisan bickering, “What we are trying to do…is to not have this devolve into a partisan food fight that doesn’t serve the public purpose. This is so important that we get it right.”

Warner also commented on his exasperation with how Trump supporters – and the Republican Party as a whole – are willing to turn a blind eye towards the obvious involvement of the Russian government which has been confirmed by the NSA, FBI, and the CIA.

Trump's attacks on CNN aren't hurting it one bit (Los Angeles Times link): President Trump keeps calling CNN fake news, but his administration’s positive effect on the cable news network’s business is real.

CNN President Jeff Zucker said Thursday that the recent ratings lift fueled by viewer fascination with the early days of the Trump presidency is putting the Turner Broadcasting unit on track for another record year of profitability.

“There is a tremendous amount of interest,” Zucker said during a press lunch held Thursday.

Zucker said CNN has set new highs in profit in the last three years, and 2017 will be no different. The network budgeted for a 25% decline in ratings for 2017 because 2016 was boosted by the unpredictable and often bizarre presidential election campaign. But the ratings and demand for ad time on the channel have remained strong in the early part of 2017. Zucker said CNN’s profit will be up again, hitting $1.1 billion.

(Late Add) Trump cites fake attack in Sweden (USA Today link): President Trump is taking ridicule for commenting this weekend on a terrorist attack in Sweden — because there wasn't one. "Sweden? Terror attack? What has he been smoking? Questions abound," tweeted former Swedish prime minister Carl Bildt, a frequent social antagonist of Trump.

In claiming a link between refugees and terrorism, Trump told a political rally in Melbourne, Fla., on Saturday: "You look at what's happening in Germany. You look at what's happening last night in Sweden ... Sweden ... who would believe this? Sweden, they took in large numbers, they are having problems like they never thought possible. You look at what's happening Brussels, you look at what's happening all over the world."

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Tony Brandenburg: Como se Llama, Proud Boys?

War Boys at play
Mod: Tony returns with a tour of the Alt-Right underworld. A Breitbart fueled orb of self-aggrandizing stars and race hustlers, all seeking a truer media glory in the era of Trump.

War Boys
My favorite insane adventure/ dystopian/ action movie is Mad Max Fury Road. I really love it and saw it like a billion times. That is the truth, and there is nothing alternative about it. More than the other films in the franchise, Fury Road had a focus on the War Boys, an army of sacrificial bald guys in white face and quasi spooky make-up. They drive fast and blow stuff up. Muy mas macho. In fanboy land you can get your groove on (click here) and get lost in it all.

Go ahead, spray some chrome paint in your mouth.

War Boys are hand picked at a young age .... and are indoctrinated as zealots in the cult of V8 with Immortan Joe as their immortal leader. They were based on the Japanese Kamikaze pilots of World War II. They are completely loyal, blindly following their leader, never questioning the morality of his actions. They view death in service ..... as an honor.

The War Boy comes across - to me at least - as more like Hitler Youth than the Kamikaze they are supposedly based on.

Is it Performance Art?
Two of the three most famous names in the Alt-Right movement have caught my interest. Mostly because I think they are funny. They are so over the top and out of line that I can't take their rhetoric very seriously.

While Steve Bannon has made his move - and it was a bold one - both Gavin McGinnis and Milo Yiannopoulos have  come across as clowns trying to squeeze into a Jetta. Both of these guys have found love in the Neo-Conservative online magazine Takimag. That is where you can find some of the .... uh .... talent that they have to expend.

Based on the fact that Jim Goad and Joe Bob Briggs are contributors to Takimag as well - not only opens up the very strong possibility that this is a put on at the expense of the gullible at the very least - or a biting satire at its absolute finest.

Devil's advocate
I know it is hard to see this as performance art, but it is. Let us define performance art, shall we? Performance art (click here) is a:

... performance presented to an audience within a fine art context, traditionally interdisciplinary. Performance may be either scripted or unscripted, random or carefully orchestrated; spontaneous or otherwise carefully planned with or without audience participation. The performance can be live or via media; the performer can be present or absent. It can be any situation that involves four basic elements: time, space, the performer's body, or presence in a medium, and a relationship between performer and audience. Performance art can happen anywhere, in any type of venue or setting and for any length of time. The actions of an individual or a group at a particular place and in a particular time constitute the work.

I have seen some of the most insane performance art up close, and I hate to say it, this is performance art. Maybe I am naive, but I think Gavin McGinnis and Milo Yiannopoulos are putting us on. I really do.

No leader can be that misguided. Oh. Wait.

Gavin McGinnis
A quick neutral bio should kick this off. So. Here is about as mellow and milquetoasty as I can find (click here).

He was born in England, raised in Canada, and now resides in New York City. He married publicist and consultant Emily Jendrisak in 2005. They have three children. In 2013 he said that having children convinced him that he should be pro-life and that he went from being a lifelong atheist to a born-again Roman Catholic.

Roman Catholic? The religion born out of the Middle Eastern black prophet, Jesus, and the Southern European Vatican?

Gavin McGinnis is a comedian.  That means he performs ART for a living. He may not be funny, but satire often isn't.

Don't get the impression that I am excusing anything. I am not. What I am saying is it is very possible that this movement is based on trademarks, copyrights and infamy, i.e. fame at whatever the cost.

No really. He is a comedian (click here), a writer, and a founder of Vice mag. He was bought out, probably for acting a fool. According to one of my frequent reads, Brooklyn Vegan (click here) Gavin McInnes was somebody who fit right in on a bill with future Run the Jewels collaborator Despot, comedians David Cross & Eugene Mirman, and Marnie Stern.

FYI, I hear those are funny people.

Plenty of comedians went the talk show route. Politics pays big money. In the era of Trump, what we are being shown by your president is to lie, cheat, and steal. Not too different from past presidents.

Except for the white power/orange man part. That isn't so funny.

McGinnis is among the funniest guys I have seen on Faux News. I can't help it. He cracks me up. He is funnier than Baskets (click here). Clearly the guy is under Pee-Wee's Bigtop, in the center arena, juggling Trump's balls. The ones Melania keeps on the mantle back at Trump Tower.

McGinnis can best be defined in his own words, which are often an atrocity, but his jewel in the crown for the time being is a little fraternity called Proud Boys. That doesn't  come across as loopy as the rest of his art damaged spiel or rhetoric. It certainly doesn't imply that it is totally farcical, even if its members are so clueless that they are being laughed at. It also doesn't imply that this fails as performance art.

Or maybe. Maybe. Maybe I am the comedian, and McGinnis is simply a troglodyte.

Me, the cultured one. That is pretty damn funny.

Proud Boys Uno
The Proud Boys movement was started by Gavin McGinnis. They are pub crawlers with a mission from their pasty white god. It sounds vaguely familiar. From the same mold that brought all those other good ol' boy clubs like the Bohemian Club (click here) and its ilk. Not unlike the KKK, except these white power guys have the moxy to use their own names.

Probably a bad idea for the followers, no doubt. They will be seen as racist, while the jokers who set this in motion will eventually be seen as artists. The artist gain infamy, the followers forced into a lifetime of quasi regret.

There are differences in the exclusivity of membership for this club.  Everyone can join, if you are white or can fool the panel that you are. And as long as you aren't a chick. If you are, you get a high ranking subservient role, you princess, you. You don't have to be rich to join the club. You just need to be either in on the joke (leadership) - or gullible to a fault (the rest of the dudes buying in).

Once this performance art falls into the hands of followers it loses all credibility as an art and becomes something far more ominous. It becomes just another stupid movement born out of a warped sense of humor, and planting evil as its byproduct.

Performance art, or not, McGinnis is a gang leader. He lets others hit, and take the beatings - while he gets to hang out and cash the checks.

At some point in time he's gotta give up the game and let us know he means it for reals ... or that he is just screwing with us very gullible Americans.

Penis de Milo
Milo Yiannopoulos is an alt-right performance artist. A journalist/ speaker/ senior editor at Breitbart mag. He also writes for Takimag, a neo-conservative online rag funded by some Greek millionaire dude. There is lots of money in free (hate) speech.

Milo's big thing is speaking at universities, outing immigrants who are in America bettering their lives, and outing gay and trans people. Milo is a real work of art (click here).

The 31-year-old, boastfully gay Breitbart writer—or “dangerous faggot”—has quickly become a hero to young conservatives and libertarians for smacking down the ridiculous out-of-control “social justice warriors” who troll college campuses. If Donald Trump defies political correctness, Yiannopoulos—an avid Trump supporter prone to calling The Donald “daddy”—obliterates it.

Milo also a Brit. And Greek. Why he wants to make America great again baffles me, mostly because he doesn't know what a great America is, was, or will be. In fact, I have as much right telling British students how to think, as he has telling my college-age kids the same.

I love that we quibble over the free speech rights of a guest in our country. Here is how the Daily Beast further describes him (link):

Online, he flirted with neo-Nazism, going by the handle “Milo Andreas Wagner,” donning a Nazi iron cross necklace and posing with Hitler tomes, before making a name for himself as a contrarian voice in the #Gamergate controversy and popular voice of the “alt-right”—the trendy moniker for white nationalism. Yiannapoulos is also a wealth of contradictions. He is openly gay, yet appears to despise gay people; tan and camp, yet just a few years ago was unkempt and far less theatrical. In opposition of gay marriage, he once wrote, “[Gay people] see themselves as faulty, so they exaggerate their imperfections in the company of others they see as similarly defective. Ironically, it’s precisely that profound feeling of being somehow broken that means a gay man’s sexuality often comes to be the defining characteristic of his personality. Who wouldn’t want to protect a child from a path that leads to such destructive self-loathing?”

Yiannapoulos is also transphobic, singling out and harassing individual trans students during his controversial college speaking gigs; helped launch a racist online harassment campaign against Ghostbusters star Leslie Jones that got him booted from Twitter; and is an avowed misogynist, penning piece after trolltastic piece for Breitbart—a website which former exec (now Trump advisor) Steve Bannon characterized as “a platform for the alt-right”—mocking feminism, including the piece: ‘Birth Control Makes Women Unattractive and Crazy.’ His campus speaking gigs have provoked protests, most recently by an outside anarchist group at UC Berkeley that turned violent.

His right to speak out against anyone he wishes to - in my country? OK. But I have the right to shout his loudmouth down. He can play whatever card he wants.

This movement is young, they do defy taboos and unfortunately, the alt-right has become impossible to ignore. Because it’s racist. I don’t mean “racist” like the left does, where merely being white and male is a sin. I mean rationalizing that you’re intellectually or culturally superior because you’re white. I mean believing that black and brown people are less valuable to society and should be viewed with contempt.

Does that sound ok to you?

Where do the nationalism and isolationist viewpoints stand now, Moderate Whitey to the Righty? Where is the indignation? Why are the anarchists the only Americans telling Milo to stfu?

The same Trump rules on imports should be applied to Milo as to every other foreign product. Hold him in secondary detention at the airport, check his butthole for explosives or whatever, and make him scale the same wall everyone else now has to jump over in both directions.

Milo is, simply, an outsider. He is an import. We need to tax his ass, check that visa - it is a work visa - and show him the same disrespect he shows Americans.

Just like those other imports with incendiary rules and mores that seem to piss everyone off when it comes from brown people.

Never mind that Milo is Greek and bleaches his coif.

Is he Rand Paul, or is he Ru Paul?

Is it to enhance his whiteness? Is it to poke fun at whitey? Is it simply performance? Is this just to play the game as an outsider? To prove to the northern European descendants in America that they are stupid, racist, heterosexual hypocrites? Is this simply a game?

Is this just the rantings of a flamboyantly gay performance artist?

The Complications of Race
Did I mention that Gavin McGinnis is another Brit with dual citizenship? Yep, Brit-Canadian.

Married an American woman with an eastern European surname. Sounds like Czech or Slovakian to me (click here).

She is part Native American. Like many of us, she is as American as Apple Piroshki. She is, like me, Heinz 57. McGinnis has three kids with his wife. Sounds like they are Heinz 58.

Hitler considered the eastern Europeans to be mongrels, which leads me to the next question. Does that sound like a card carrying member of Stormwatch?

Are you catching my drift? Maybe he is just messing with us.

Proud Boys Dos
Why are the alt right Brit imports so interested in America? I mean outside of making lots of money off the gullible minions? Not sure, but the journalism is probably secondary to the speaking engagements and tv gigs.

But the Proud Boys are nothing to laugh about. They use clever trigger free words, sometimes, and actively promote "white pride" and male chauvinism (click here).

There were about fifty men at this gathering and no women because women are not allowed. The basic tenet of the group is that they are “Western chauvinists who refuse to apologize for creating the modern world.” Like Archie Bunker, they long for the days when “girls were girls and men were men.” This wasn’t controversial even twenty years ago, but being proud of Western culture today is like being a crippled, black, lesbian communist in 1953.

They would like you to believe they are not alt-right, not racist, and terribly misunderstood by outsiders.

Like Milo Yiannopoulos, the Proud Boys confuse the media because the group is anti-SJW without being alt-right. “Western chauvinist” includes all races, religions, and sexual preferences.

Like most manifesto styled bowel movements, the Proud Boys have basic tenets. They are laid out by McGinnis as degrees. There are three of them.

First Degree
You publicly declare you are a Proud Boy. This means you make your Western chauvinism public and you don’t care who knows it. If you support Trump (how can you not if you’re a Proud Boy?) and it comes up in the cafeteria, you proudly state your stance ... Our forefathers died in battle to protect our freedoms. The least we can do is be inconvenienced. There is no anonymity in pride.

Interesting. A Canadian telling Americans about our forefathers. Last I checked, the United States and Canada have different forefathers. He also lets his followers know up front that they need to discard any anonymity they wish to have. In other words, suckers, paint a target on your back.

Second Degree
You must get the crap beaten out of you by at least five guys until you can name five breakfast cereals ... The rationale here is we all need better “adrenaline control.” Both physical fighting and arguing require you to maintain your composure and not get petty with ad hominem attacks or “I just … can’t” forfeitures. Defending the West against the people who want to shut it down is like remembering cereals as you’re being bombarded with ten fists. The bonding and camaraderie this violence produces is inspiring.

In other words, you are jumped in. I'm surprised they aren't calling their chicks mamas, and flying the stars and bars.

The other half of the second degree is #NoWanks as espoused by the “prophet” Dante (his name is often followed by “peace be upon him”). This program allows porn only once every 30 days and insists a man can only ejaculate if he is within one yard of a woman with her consent ... It gets young men off the couch and talking to women and it gets married men away from their computers and back into bed with their significant other. (Gay Proud Boys are exempt from #NoWanks because they are doing just fine for intercourse.)

If this sounds to you like a bunch of jocks getting psyched for the big game, I have to say, 'Yes, it does.' Don't you love the perks for gay men? That is how you cross over. Tweak the rules at the last sentence whenever a new issue arises. Proud (Gay) Boys rejoice. You can jerk off to other Proud Boys as long as you have their permission.

This degree sounds like quite a sticky proposition.

Third Degree
While retaining the principles of the first and second degrees, the third degree involves getting a tattoo that says “Proud Boy.” 

Because what is a tough guy gang without a mandatory tattoo?

Frequently painted as the new bad guys by the people who brought you by your wanna be fascist government, Antifa are probably the single, semi-organized street team who actively stand up to people like McGinnis and the thugs that have collectively embraced him.

Yeah, I know. They are anarchist and they get blamed for vandalism. BFD. I hate the banks too.

It doesn't make it true, it just means people blame it on them. Take my advice people of the left. Ridicule your opposition. You won't lose your mind that way, and it pisses them off way more.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Former Sierra Madre Mayor Joseph Mosca Votes In The Affirmative: Encinitas May Allow Marijuana Farms

Mod: It would appear that the marijuana issue is sprouting everywhere. Cities that would never have considered enabling marijuana commerce within their precincts in the past are now beginning to smell the green. Cash that is, though they might be enjoying a big whiff of that other variety as well. Here in Sierra Madre the downtown folks are bringing in a new City Manager, someone who actually managed to balance the once at-risk General Fund of his former Colorado jurisdiction through enhanced sales taxation on its many new cannabis businesses and specialty medical dispensaries. What goes around, comes around. As they used to say. Below is an excerpt from an article that appeared yesterday in The San Diego Union-Tribune

Encinitas may allow marijuana farms (The San Diego Union Tribune link): A North County city that was once known as the poinsettia-growing capital of the world is now exploring whether to allow some of its struggling flower farmers to cultivate marijuana as a way of preserving the city's agricultural heritage and keeping new housing from covering all the farmland.

The Encinitas City Council agreed Wednesday night to start collecting information that could be used to produce new regulations, including rules about where marijuana-growing operations could locate in town, what security measures the growers might need to provide, and how much they ought to pay in city taxes. The vote was 4-1, with Councilman Mark Muir opposed.

"I think our agricultural industry desperately needs this opportunity to compete," said Councilman Tony Kranz, who will serve on a subcommittee that will handle the issue.

For his part, Muir said he supported people's rights to use marijuana for medical reasons, but thought that allowing commercial marijuana growing in Encinitas would create a host of problems the city could do without. Encinitas shouldn't be considering replacing the poinsettia on its city seal with a marijuana leaf, he joked.

The impetus for the council’s debate was California's recent passage of Proposition 64. Approved by voters in November, it legalizes adult, non-medical use of marijuana, directs the state to establishes business regulations and imposes taxes on marijuana sales. The act's sections on recreational use and possession went into effect immediately, while the parts regarding regulatory control of marijuana sales businesses have until January 2018.

Cities across the state are now struggling to craft their own marijuana rules, including whether to allow commercial pot growing operations or just growing for personal use; whether to permit the manufacturing of products that contain marijuana; and whether to let retail stores sell the drug.

Adding to their challenges is the fact that it's illegal under federal law to use or possess marijuana. And, there's speculation that the nation's newly elected president might be more likely to enforce that federal law than his predecessor.

Won't you let a flower grow?
Mod: Long story longer. Here is the Mayor Mosca portion of the article.

Councilwoman Tasha Boerner Horvath, who recently conducted a non-scientific Survey Monkey poll on residents' views on the new state law, said she thought the council ought to support storefront sales because residents appeared to want them. That's what she found with her informal poll and it was backed up by the city's vote totals for Proposition 64, she said, noting that Encinitas had the highest passage rate in San Diego County on the proposition.

"I struggle with the retail sales," Boerner Horvath said, mentioning that she has two elementary school-age children and worries about them being exposed to marijuana use. "My sense is yes, we should (allow the storefronts) because that's the will of the people."

Newly appointed Councilman Joe Mosca said he wanted the city to take a "slow and measured" approach to making changes in response to the new state law, and said he wasn't sure he had enough information that night to take a position on the various regulatory issues.

Mod: Yeah, but Joe did have enough information to vote "yes" on this item. Proving that his talent for taking two sides on an issue, and at the very same time, has not gone away. So will Encinitas eventually open pot shops within its city limits? Sure, why not? Just like any other CalPERS debt strapped California city, there is precious little they won't do for cash. 

Here's a giant image of Putin caressing a pregnant Trump projected on a New York Apple store (Business Insider link):

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Preserve Sierra Madre: City Council Approves Changes to Demolition Ordinance

Mod: The following e-mail from Preserve Sierra Madre went out to its membership yesterday. 

Dear Supporters: After a thoughtful and informed discussion, our City Council unanimously approved the changes to the Demolition Ordinance recommended by our Planning Commission. By law, it will only go into effect after a "second reading", but it's gratifying to have our City Council working with our Planning Commission and City Staff to advance the cause of preservation in Sierra Madre.

The City Council had only one minor change to the ordinance that was reasonable and appropriate. Because of the importance of these improvements to the Demolition Ordinance, Planning Commissioners Frierman-Hunt and Hutt were on hand to explain the changes and to take questions from City Council Members. We appreciate that they took the time to do that.

We are also encouraged that the City Council and Planning Commission are going to take up the issue of having a city-wide Historical Survey to determine which houses may have historical significance. This is something that almost every city that takes historical preservation seriously has done, and Preserve Sierra Madre would support such a survey wholeheartedly. It would have many beneficial effects including among other things:

1. Removing the guess work by letting owners, buyers and developers know in advance whether a property has historical significance.

2. Reducing the burden on owners because of ordinances that now apply to all homes that are 75 years or older but yet may have no historical or architectural significance regardless.

3. Reducing costly litigation because buyers and developers are on notice that when they buy a property on the list, they will face additional scrutiny if they want to make changes to the outside facade.

Thank you for your continued support, your emails and your interest in preservation. As we start a new year, we are also looking for people interested in serving on our Steering Committee or who would like to assist us with maintaining our websites and social media platforms.

We currently have two websites one of which is active: and one of which is dormant but ready to be revived if necessary: Email us if you wish to help in any capacity. While we have an exceptional City Council, Planning Commission and supportive City Staff, there is always work to be done.

Pasadena Star News article on the Henry A. Darling house

Mod: I believe this article is in today's issue of the local daily newspaper of record. Note again the unfortunate use of the word "vitriolic" to describe Sierra Madre's Planning Commission. This is now the second time such language has been used publicly by Kefalas's attorney. Apparently such attacks on the Planning Commission have become an important part of their legal strategy.

Historic house in Sierra Madre gutted for renovation, unleashing a new controversy (Pasadena Star News link)

Mod: The rest of this PSN article can be accessed at the link provided above.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Trump Campaign Aides Had Repeated Contacts With Russian Intelligence

Mod: What many had suspected has now been confirmed. The Russians not only hacked the last presidential election, the Trump campaign was helping them do it. Something unprecedented in American history.

Trump Campaign Aides Had Repeated Contacts With Russian Intelligence (The New York Times link): Phone records and intercepted calls show that members of Donald J. Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign and other Trump associates had repeated contacts with senior Russian intelligence officials in the year before the election, according to four current and former American officials.

American law enforcement and intelligence agencies intercepted the communications around the same time that they were discovering evidence that Russia was trying to disrupt the presidential election by hacking into the Democratic National Committee, three of the officials said. The intelligence agencies then sought to learn whether the Trump campaign was colluding with the Russians on the hacking or other efforts to influence the election.

The intercepts alarmed American intelligence and law enforcement agencies, in part because of the amount of contact that was occurring while Mr. Trump was speaking glowingly about the Russian president, Vladimir V. Putin. At one point last summer, Mr. Trump said at a campaign event that he hoped Russian intelligence services had stolen Hillary Clinton’s emails and would make them public.

The officials said the intercepted communications were not limited to Trump campaign officials, and included other associates of Mr. Trump. On the Russian side, the contacts also included members of the Russian government outside of the intelligence services, the officials said. All of the current and former officials spoke on the condition of anonymity because the continuing investigation is classified.

‘That’s the definition of treason’: Democratic lawmaker levels serious charge against Trump administration (Raw Story link): Rep. Seth Moulton (D-MA) used the word “treason” when describing Gen. Michael Flynn’s actions. However, his concern is not Flynn but the role the president played in these series of Russian scandals.

“The bigger problem, the scandal of the century, not the scandal of the week, is this ongoing relationship with Russia,” the former Marine told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer Tuesday. “There is no question it’s the unequivocal conclusion of all our intelligence agencies that Russia wanted Donald Trump to be elected president. Either that’s just because they think Trump is Putin’s buddy and he is going to do his bidding or because they have material they can use against the administration. We don’t need to just know what Flynn knew or when his associates in the White House knew, we need to know what Russia knows and what they still hold over the heads of the people in the White House.”

Moulton said he doesn’t believe anything in Washington happens in a vacuum, whether it’s a meeting or a phone call.

“Let’s not lose perspective on exactly who we’re talking about here,” he continued. “If members of the administration are essentially conspiring with Russia, either through the campaign earlier, now than the — look, Wolf, that’s the definition of treason. This is a very, very serious affair. We all have to understand what’s going on with Michael Flynn, but we can’t let this little scandal or perhaps a big scandal at the moment let us lose sight of the much bigger scandal, which is what is the overall connection between Russia and the Trump administration.”

Moulton now serves on the House Armed Services Committee and served in the Iraq War.

Mother Moo Creamery Makes Some National News

Mod: Apparently the international vanilla bean crisis is hitting home. Right here in Sierra Madre that is. CBS News This Morning report came to the Foothill Village to examine its effects.

Vanilla bean shortage in Madagascar drives up prices in U.S. (CBS News This Morning link): Vanilla bean prices have soared because of a shortage in Madagascar. The island country has more than three-quarters of the world’s vanilla fields. The ingredient is used in plenty of desserts, baked goods and, of course, ice cream. But supplies are low and demand has spiked, in part because consumers are demanding natural ingredients.

Nestlé Crunch bars now use real vanilla instead of artificial flavoring, but the vanilla shortage has become a bitter pill for businesses to swallow.

At Mother Moo Creamery in Sierra Madre, California, vanilla ice cream is showered with sprinkles, blended with brownies and rolling in root beer. As their number-one seller, its appeal is pretty simple. Owner Karen Klemens says it’s all about the ingredients.

“How important is that Madagascar vanilla?” CBS News correspondent Ben Tracy asked her.

“My vanilla ice cream would not be the same without it,” Klemens said.

Yet these days, she’s losing money on every scoop. Vanilla has surpassed dairy as her biggest cost. The price she pays for a gallon of organic vanilla extract has nearly quadrupled since she first opened her doors five years ago.

“When something goes from a hundred dollars to four hundred dollars, what does that mean to your bottom line?” Tracy asked.

“Well, I just kind of hope that we were going to make it through the season,” Klemens said.

Seventy-nine percent of the world’s vanilla fields are in Madagascar. A shortage there has helped drive up the cost of vanilla beans from about $11 per pound in 2011 to $193 by the end of 2016.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Tonight's Sierra Madre City Council Meeting Live

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NYT: Michael Flynn Resigns as National Security Adviser

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Mod: It's less than a month into the Trump administration and today we have a scandal of epic proportions. The big question now is how deeply have the Russians infiltrated the Trump administration. Nobody knows yet. But that is the question a lot of people in Washington are asking. Just don't say we didn't warn you.

Michael Flynn Resigns as National Security Adviser (New York Times link): Michael T. Flynn, the national security adviser, resigned on Monday night after it was revealed that he had misled Vice President Mike Pence and other top White House officials about his conversations with the Russian ambassador to the United States.

Mr. Flynn, who served in the job for less than a month, said he had given “incomplete information” to about a telephone call he had with the ambassador in late December about American sanctions against Russia, weeks before Mr. Trump’s inauguration. Mr. Flynn previously had denied that he had any substantive conversations with Ambassador Sergey I. Kislyak, and Mr. Pence repeated that claim in television as recently as earlier this month.

But on Monday, a former administration official said the Justice Department last month warned the White House that Mr. Flynn had not been fully forthright about his conversations with the ambassador. As a result, the Justice Department feared that Mr. Flynn could be vulnerable to blackmail by Moscow.

In his resignation letter, which the White House emailed to reporters, Mr. Flynn said he had held numerous calls with foreign officials during the transition. “Unfortunately, because of the fast pace of events, I inadvertently briefed the Vice President Elect and others with incomplete information regarding my phone calls with the Russian Ambassador,” he wrote. “I have sincerely apologized to the President and the Vice President, and they have accepted my apology.”

Mike Flynn might be done – but Trump’s nightmare has just begun (Irish Times link): Cast your mind back to four months ago, when Donald Trump was just a long-shot candidate with a hot-headed adviser by the name of Michael Flynn.

It was the homestretch of the presidential election and national security wasn’t some side issue, mentioned in passing. Trump promised he would be a tough national security president with the toughest national security team.

In fact his closing argument was that Hillary Clinton couldn’t be trusted with the country’s national security because, he claimed, she couldn’t be trusted with her private email server. It sounded ridiculous at the time. But after a month of this gonzo president, our memories are already fading. Propaganda will do that to you, as George Orwell warned us all in 1984. Sometimes two and two are four. Sometimes they are five.

Still, it’s true that the Trump campaign seized on the preposterous FBI investigation into Clinton’s emails to issue this press release: “Clinton’s Careless Use of a Secret Server Put National Security At Risk.”

Less than a week later, at their second presidential debate, Trump took the attack one step further, threatening to jail Clinton if he ever took power: “She didn’t know the word – the letter C on a document. Right? She didn’t even know what that word – what that letter meant.”

Let’s just pretend that Trump knew that C means Confidential, not Classified, as he was suggesting. Let’s even play along with the notion that Clinton’s server was a security risk to the country. What do Michael Flynn and Mar-a-Lago mean for national security?

BREAKING: Russia Scandal EXPLODES In Trump Admin.; Top Russian Stooge Is OUT (Addicting link): Donald Trump and his entire administration seem to be nothing more than Russian stooges. And no, this is not merely rumor; after all, even the intelligence community is so sure that the Kremlin has infiltrated Team Trump that they are withholding key intelligence from the White House. Now, it seems that things have gotten so hot that Trump’s loyal and treasured national security adviser, Retired General Michael Flynn, has resigned.

This move comes after a flurry of reports concerning Flynn’s pre-inauguration contacts with Russian officials. At first, the Trump team – including Mike Pence – went on national television and gave the whole “nothing to see here” speech regarding the phone calls. Flynn even flat-out denied speaking about important matters, such as sanctions, with the Russians.

Then, within the last few days, it was revealed that there were transcripts of the calls, and indeed, they reveal that Flynn discussed the sanctions that the United States had leveled against Russia in retaliation for interfering in the presidential race in order to help elect Trump. Apparently, Flynn lied to Pence about this, thus forcing Pence to lie to the American people. All of this seems to be too hot to handle for the Trump White House, so late Monday night, the news that Flynn was gone broke via CNN.

This administration is clearly compromised by Vladimir Putin and the Kremlin. There needs to be a thorough vetting of everyone in the Trump White House, and if there is evidence of criminal activity of any kind, those people need to prosecuted – and yes, that includes the president, Donald Trump. Our very security and lives and the survival of the republic depends on it.

It’s Official: The CIA and DOJ Believe Trump’s Team Is Under Russian Blackmail (Occupy Democrats link): Before being fired last month by President Trump, then acting Attorney General Sally Yates warned the White House that national security adviser Michael Flynn was potentially vulnerable to Russian blackmail.

It is now believed that Flynn communicated with not only Russia’s Ambassador to the U.S.Sergey Kislyak, but other Russian officials inside the Kremlin including President Vladimir Putin to discuss the possibly lifting sanctions against Russia imposed by former president Barack Obama.

When questioned, Flynn told Vice President Mike Pence that they did not discuss the Obama administration’s sanctions against Russia. This is now confirmed by multiple sources to be untrue as evidence suggests that Flynn likely made promises that Trump would quickly review the sanctions. It was later discovered that Flynn even used encryption technology for some of his communications.

Troublingly, there is no evidence to suggest that Pence – or anyone in the Trump administration – was ever unaware of Flynn’s actions. Given the nature of Trump’s relationship with Putin, it is not hard to believe that Flynn could have been acting under Trump’s direct orders.

US Spies Withholding Intel from White House Because they Know Russia Is Listening ( link): U.S. intelligence operatives are withholding sensitive information from the White House for the first time in history because they believe that Russia will find out anything they tell Pres. Donald Trump and his aides.

The New York Observer — which is owned by Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner — reported Sunday that the intelligence community (IC) is “pushing back” against an administration it believes is incompetent, dishonest, leaky and “penetrated by the Kremlin.”

“Our Intelligence Community is so worried by the unprecedented problems of the Trump administration — not only do senior officials possess troubling ties to the Kremlin, there are nagging questions about basic competence regarding Team Trump — that it is beginning to withhold intelligence from a White House which our spies do not trust,” wrote former analyst for the National Security Agency Jack R. Schindler.

‘What did he know and when did he know it’: David Gergen asks when Trump knew about Flynn blackmail risk (Raw Story link): Saying “This is very serious,” former White House adviser David Gergen invoked the ghost of the Watergate cover-up after it was reported that President Donald Trump was warned Gen. Michael Flynn was a possible security risk subject to blackmail by the Russians.

Late Monday night, the Washington Post reported that the Trump White House had been warned that Flynn was a risk by acting Attorney General Sally Yates — an opinion seconded by former CIA director John Brennan and former director of national intelligence James R. Clapper.

Yates was famously fired by Trump for failing to back his immigration ban on Muslims and refugees.

Discussing the bombshell report, Gergen, who wrote former President Richard Nixon’s resignation letter, said the report is a major development and could impact more than Flynn.

“David,” a stunned CNN host Anderson Cooper said to Gergen, “It doesn’t stop. We don’t have the reporting on this, it comes from the Washington Post.”

“What is missing from the story so far is the president of the United States. When did he know and when did he know it,” Gergen said, invoking former Sen Howard Baker’s comment that opened the gates for Nixon’s resignation in the face of impeachment.

“If they had a report to the legal counsel, the general counsel would have presumably reported to the president, why is Flynn still there?” Gergen continued. “It’s unimaginable that the White House general counsel would sit on it, not tell anybody else in the White House. In every White House I’ve ever been in, this would go to the president like that,” he said as he snapped his fingers.

“This is very serious stuff. If you’re told that your national security adviser is potentially vulnerable to blackmail by the Russians, that is extremely serious,” he concluded.

Monday, February 13, 2017

William Kefalas's Attorney Writes a Letter to the City

It appears that a legal strategy in the form of an attorney's letter has now emerged in the rapidly escalating row between the people of the City of Sierra Madre and the fellow who essentially razed the deemed historic (and now quite red-tagged) Henry A. Darling house. It sketches out for us the very apparent threat of a lawsuit, and then suggests an overly plausible fig leaf of an excuse for City Hall to cave in and settle this unfortunate matter out of court. A test of wills, as it were.

The following is taken from an agenda report for Thursday's Planning Commission meeting. It can be found in its original City Hall setting by clicking here.

Basically what Carlson is tossing out here is if the city allows Kefalas to do what was in his original CUP, and with no loss of any square footage, generic Hardie board siding, or chain store obtained windows, and without any further involvement of Sierra Madre's "vitriolic" Planning Commission, he will magnanimously accept that.

Contemporaneous notes and all.

There is also no mention of any historical findings, despite the fact that it was Mr. Kefalas who, and at the specific request of the Planning Commission, paid to have an official historical report done. An interesting omission from Carlson for sure.

Here is how one reader describes this:

So let me get this straight. Kefalas demolishes a house in violation of the city's demolition ordinance without getting the required Historic Resource Report. When that report is eventually done it reveals what every sentient being already knew before the demolition was done, namely that the Henry A Darling House was historically significant. Now Kefalas gets a lawyer and threatens to sue the city unless they allow him to proceed without regard to the historic significance of the house as revealed in the report. Unbelievable. That's why I'm boycotting The Only Place in Town where he is the owner and where he evidently uses the money he earns to destroy historic homes in Sierra Madre.

Be aware that while this letter is included in the Planning Commission packet for the February 16 meeting, the date of this event will likely move again.

Carlson has the date for this week's Planning Commission "hearing" as February 19th, which is on a Sunday this year. So yes, it looks like he really will need that extra month to get his act together. Out of courtesy to Mr. Carlson, here is a calendar page for February 2017.

One more thing. There is a closed session of the Planning Commission just before this Thursday's public meeting. Any guesses as to what that is about?

It would appear that Mr. Kefalas continues to offer such generous gifts to this city. 

Hold the mayo. 

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Tony Brandenburg: My Sordid Libertarian Past

Mod: Tony Brandenburg is back, and not a moment too soon as far as I can tell. But you don't have to wait to read him on this site. His own blog is called Thee Brandenburgs, and it can always be accessed by clicking here.

My Sordid Libertarian Past
I was a once a Libertarian. I was introduced to the ideals of the Libertarian Party (click here) back in 1980 by my friend Randy. His dad was a Libertarian. Randy also listened to Crass. Well, for a little while. He wouldn't loan me his Crass records because after listening to the lead off song Asylum (click here), he reacted by scratching the record with a nail. It wouldn't be long before Randy became a full blown Born-Again-Christian. It is probably better that way. For him, anyway.

Anyway, in 1980, and later when I turned 18, the Libertarian Party was very attractive. They were opposed to forcing young men to register for Selective Service - a hangover from the party's founding at the end of the Vietnam Era. They were hands off when it came to guns. They were pro-women's rights. They advocated for legalized prostitution and for legalization of marijuana.

For a young man, what wasn't there to like?

Like many of the follies of youth, the shine of the Libertarian Party started to wear off over time, and as their membership numbers increased - for the wrong reasons - my interest in their party waned. Eventually I reregistered as a Demoncrat, and then as an Independent. Then back. Ultimately it didn't matter back then, and it doesn't matter now. Maybe the Dems shoulda noticed there were more than a few people like me at the party table. I dunno. In any event, they missed the opportunity to nab the borderline folks had they used one iota of the talent that Trump bought.

I really don't buy into any of those parties anymore.

The message seems so simple. Legalize pot. Shut down the business of prisons. Be cool to each other.  Leave the women alone to use their bodies as they see fit. Shoot your guns responsibly. Regardless of which bathroom you choose, don't piss on the seats.

Where There's a Void, There's a Butt Plug
Richard Spencer, a white nationalist, says that he is not a Neo-Nazi, and that both the KKK and Neo-Nazis hate him. Liar liar, pants on fire; retribution was swift.

This is a video of Richard Spencer getting punched in the face. Ouchie.

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When I saw this footage on my favorite TV news station, Russia Today, Spencer said that it looked worse than it was. I dunno. Looks like it hurt to me.

I have to admit that when I first saw the footage I felt bad for him. I couldn't hear anything. I was just puzzling on why he had one of those bad 1930s German haircuts, and why he had a froggie pin on his lapel. I didn't know who he was, but he just looked so defeated.

So I listened to him speak, and I read his writing. Screw that guy.

Fun and Games
When Trump took these boneheads under his wing he sent a pretty strong message to us all. He doesn't care about any of us. Playing games matters, it's just like a vacation. Fun, fun, fun. There is even a fun new Nazi punching game (click here).

In Punch a Nazi, gamers are encouraged to coldcock Spencer and Breitbart writer Milo Yiannopoulos. They also get a chance to deck Adolf Hitler himself.....The game is designed in the style of NES classic Mike Tyson's Punch Out, although your opponents won't punch back. 

I have no doubt this will only serve to encourage more naughtiness.