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My response to Councilor Chateauneuf

2016/02/02 in Absurd, Chateauneuf, City Council, Civil Rights, Classism, Holyoke, Lawsuit, Masslive, Mike Plaisance, pronography

UPDATE: POST NOW INCLUDES THE INCRIMINATING PHOTOS / VIDEOS BELOW MY RESPONSE

One of the offensive images.

Sent to Mike Plaisance on 02/01/2016 in response to the story he was drafting which can now be found posted here.

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This is all ridiculous, but I do want to thank Councilor Chateauneuf for creating such spectacularly absurd political theater here. Very well done; and I do hope that it may it come back to bite you next election cycle. This all reminds me of another councilor who- when upset with a PhotoShop I created portraying her as “The Joker”- (as you surely have seen many times over with elected officials at all levels) went on a public tirade and abused assets like email lists to smear me for poking fun at her. Well, that only ended up with an at-large councilor that normally won in the top five of eight seats falling off the map that next election. And this really is what this is all about here – not just Councilor Chateauneuf. I heard it once from Councilor Chateauneuf in the courtroom, and again in a conversation with Lt. James Albert, “you harass people” and “he has gone after several councilors”, etc. Yes, I lampoon, poke fun at and have exposed crimes and misdeeds of several local politicians – and this has contributed to at least three of them losing election. This was all via a long tradition of free and political speech in this country – making fun of politicians is as American as apple pie, racism and police brutality. And these pols all should have lost because they were clearly not suited for the post. Public criticism is a concern for people like Councilor Chateauneuf; and it is her lack of understanding of the Bill of Rights and civics that shall be her undoing.

Some may wonder why I went after Councilor Chateauneuf and Nick’s Nest. Well, there are several reasons. First, the long history of Holyoke electing unqualified political hacks that get elected on name recognition only or for their connection to certain cliques in the city. There are several on the City Council at this moment. I heard a number of people say that she won because she “saved Nick’s Nest”. No, she bought an established successful business and did not fundamentally change what was was already a formula that worked. This does not really take any sort of savvy, certainly does not amount to a “saving” and not qualification one for office. Second, she does nothing on council. Often when she does speak she frames it in her experience at Nick’s Nest as if that place is a barometer for all things Holyoke – it is not. In that, she opposed the meals tax – an order that I supported –and similar such revenue programs have been successfully implemented in neighboring cities and towns and will provide our city with much needed tax revenue. Third, she supported an anti-panhandling ordinance in Holyoke. This is another attempt of hers to quell free speech. Any lawmaker that is paying attention should know that anti-panhandling ordinances have been shut down in at least three other Massachusetts cities after costly ACLU lawsuits. Not only that, she suggested that if we could not create an ordinance that we should find a way to shame them. The council, which is mostly white, already does not represent the 48% Latino population – now here we have classist comments like hers while near one third of the population lives below the poverty line. This is not acceptable. Lastly, Nick’s Nest is gross and the describing a restaurant on the website and in commercials as “good for kids”, a restaurant that does not sell a single healthy item on its menu, is indeed false advertising.

As far as her claims of sexual harassment: Councilor Chateauneuf has brought me to court three times. Twice for show of cause hearings and once for a no-contact / no-harass order. She lost in all three. The Honorable Maureen Walsh said it best: “I can think of a lot of things that I could say to describe Mr. Bickford’s work here, but one of them is not harassment.” Not harassment and clearly not sexual harassment. In the show of cause hearings the magistrate compared my creating of memes to those that have flooded review websites like Yelp and Trip Advisor over the political positions made by private businesses. We have all seen this, a wedding cake baker refuses to service gay marriages or a business claims to not serve Muslims and they get thousands of negative reviews in response. Also, I am not alone in targeting Nick’s Nest: there were others that gave Nick’s Nest one star reviews due to her politics. In forums and on Twitter one Holyoke citizen stated that they were going to picket her restaurant (on public property, the sidewalk across the street) over her classist comments – and in Councilor Chateauneuf‘s scorn she sent him a preemptive no-trespass order. Also, Councilor Chateauneuf said it herself, “a hot dog that looked like a penis”. Yes, hot dogs are made with lips and buttholes, do indeed look phallic and jokes are often made about “wieners”. Pointing that out is not “sexual” unless the context is clearly a sex act or the person viewing the image has some sado-sexual fixation. If the fact that you sell hot dogs bothers you that much you are in the wrong business. If political commentary and lampooning related to your political post results in your seeking to suppress free speech then you are again in the wrong business.

As far as your request that I be removed from posts in the city; from unpaid, volunteer positions on understaffed committees where I can provide valuable work (Holyoke Local Cultural Council, Cable Advisory Board and Holyoke Creative Arts Center) – Well, this plays into another one of your political games. We all know you do not support our Mayor and you’d love to put him in a pickle like you are trying to here. The problem is that you are so out of touch. My service on the Holyoke Local Cultural Council ended and while I could have re-upped I decided not to as I am too busy with other projects. The Cable Advisory Board was created to negotiate the new contract with Comcast and technically dissolved after we did so two and a half years ago. The Holyoke Creative Arts Center is a non-profit in the city, is not a municipal entity and the Mayor does not make appointments.

I already have taken the first steps to suing HPD and the city over Councilor Chateauneuf‘s use of the police as an armed enforcement wing of her campaign. I will also be going to the State Ethics Committee with a similar complaint. Your press conference and call for my removal from posts only adds to my case. Thank you.

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One thing that I left out, that was mentioned by her was the fact that I did send an email before this all escalated.  It was a polite and reasonable email explaining my concerns about the panhandling ordinance and her sending the HPD to my home for what amounted to three images posted to FB, one attached to a negative review of Nick’s Nest.   I am her constituent and she failed to respond – which should be her duty to do so.  Had she responded this may not have escalated.

Councilor Chateauneuf claims these images / videos to be “sexual” in nature.  Please review.  In her letter to the Mayor she cites:

sexy tube meat

1.

sad hot dogs

This is actually a vintage WTF internet image. I have no idea what is happening here and I am not aware of there ever being any explanation for this image. Hot or not?

2. 

When this one was presented in the courtroom I said: "yeah, I made this, this one is my favorite." Hot or not?

3. 

 

This is a video from a Filipino band called “Hot Dog”.  That is a tongue coming out of the radio (not a jukebox) on the album cover.  Councilor Chateauneuf is the one that sees something else.  Yeah, it does kinda look like like a penis now that she mentions it, but it is also clearly not.  Hot or not?

Additionally, Western Mass News felt the need to censor this image. Why? Is it indeed lewd or are they trying to make it appear that way for the folks that would only see the edited version? And why censor the text? So that people could not search for the original? It makes no sense, that is clearly an anthropomorphic radio sticking its tongue out.

 4.

pigbuttholes

Crude? Yes. Sexual? No. Hot or not?

5.

cyriak?

This is a still from a gif (not a Vine as was suggested). It reminds me of a video from cyriak ( https://www.youtube.com/user/cyriak/videos ). It is strange. Not at all sexual. It is also not a hot dog. Rather, it appears to be a popsicle. Hot or not?

These images and videos are clearly not sexual… unless, as I stated above, you have some sado-sexual fixation with tube meat.  Her accusations are nothing but surreal and the fact that her attorney would come out and make statements like he did on television is absolutely bizarre.  Also, Councilor Chateauneuf and her attorney make claims about children viewing such images on Facebook.  Hello, forget the fact that these images are not “sexual” as you suggest, please remember that Facebook is 13+.

Lastly, the Mayor’s response to Councilor Chateauneuf’s requests is nothing short of an “FU”:

Important issues in Holyoke?  How about protecting free speech Councilor Chateauneuf’?  That’s such an important issue that it is #1 in the Bill of Rights.  You do not send the police to people’s homes over silly posts on Facebook.  Unless you want us to instead embrace fascism?  Looking at the dialog in the national election I guess I should not be surprised here.  .

 

Check Out This Douchebag.

2015/07/25 in Bresnahan, City Council, Elections, Franco, Masslive, McGee, pronography, pronosound, Sexism, Shame

I WAS NOT BREASTFED

In case you do not know this knuckle-dragger’s story, when he’s not being arrested for missing jury duty Mike Franco has been a serial candidate and serial loser in almost every election for the past decade or so running for a number of posts from Governor’s Council, State Senate, State Representative, Animal Control Officer – and now he’s running for At-Large City Council in Holyoke.  Nobody is really certain where he lives because he’s run from East Longmeadow, Springfield, Chicopee and Holyoke.  Franco is an MRA, Donald Trump fan, Conspiracy Theorist, Tea Party Extremist and an adult man that cannot grow a decent mustache.  As you’d expect his platform is something like : everyone that does not work is lazy, feminism is worse than Nazism, Obama the “socialist” is building reeducation camps and everyone that does not agree with Mike Franco should move to France.  That’s him in a nutshell (pun intended).

Many may remember that wonderful hot mic indecent back in October of 2013 where misogynists Todd Murphy McGee and Daniel Breezy-D Bresnahan let the world know what kind of assholes they are when they spoke the truth at a time that they thought nobody could hear.  It was comedy, but it was also very disturbing…  My recording of this event was picked up by local and regional news, some popular feminist and some political blogs.  It really shamed these two man-children as they deserved but it also exposed what is most certainly a hostile work environment inside those council chambers.  Now, almost two years later and as promised a much needed training was scheduled for all on City Council to attend.

So, here is Franco’s first salvo at who he’s deemed to be a political opponent.  As a result of the the training that Franco calls “forced and potentially iron-fisted indoctrination training” and councilor Jossie Valentin’s suggestion that the session be open to the public he lashes out at her:

Classy, Franco...

What a fucking jerk, huh?  He’d certainly fit in with those other two morons in council… that is if he could ever win.  I can only assume that he’s just comic relief in this election…  not very good at it, but he tries his best.

You can read his entire post HERE on Franco’s meetup.com 2014 State Senate campaign page.  In the event that he removes this post I have archived it HERE at archive.org and HERE as a screen capture.

 

 

 

Diversity in Holyoke

2014/10/01 in Absurd, History, Holyoke, pronography

Not diverse enough?

“Paint a couple of fucking shamrocks on the thing and shut the fuck up!”

Dan Bresnahan: The Most Interesting Man-Child in Holyoke

2013/10/04 in Bresnahan, Elections, H.U.S.H., McGee, pronography, Sexism, Shame

man-child

The most interesting man-child in Holyoke.

Please play the theme music while admiring this image:

The War on Sesame Street

2012/10/05 in Absurd, Elections, Federal, H.U.S.H., Lies, Neoliberalism, Press, pronography

Meanwhile We Ignore The Snuffleupagus In The Room

(I added a few things and people / puppets to this image.  See if you can spot them all.)

Sometimes the Democrats surpass all understanding – not the politicians themselves, rather their supporters. Republicans, they always make a certain kind of logical sense. If to be a total asshole requires doing A, B and C, you can be pretty sure the Republicans will make it platform and proceed forth with A, B and C to the fullest. But the Dems?  They do the exact same thing as the Republicans and get away with it.  Why?  Their actions do not get resistance from their opposition because they are doing what the Republicans would want.  Republican leaders cannot make noise here as they would appear soft to their base and then lose political capital in the fear department.  However, if McCain made it to office then liberals would be in the streets protesting and their pundits would be denouncing the attacks on labor, the use of drones, extra-judicial executions of US citizens, escalation of war and the oppressive attack on 1st Amendment rights on the home-front via the NDAA and the Patriot Act.  Why then, would there be the noise if roles were reversed and Democrats were not in power?  Democrats only demonize crimes against humanity when they are not the ones committing them – if you do not talk about it then it is as if they are not happening!  So, instead we talk about Big Bird.  Bravo.  What a fucking distraction.  As much as it is so far from what should be discussed in the public sphere I gotta say it is brilliant in its powerful manipulation of the message.  Bernays would be getting an erection right about now.  Yes, to be fair it was indeed Romney that started this conversation, but the media and the party PR machines are crafting the public dialog and I am certain that Romney is as much pleased as Obama that we are not focusing on our wars, income gap, drones, oil and military industrial profits.  The controlling interests that benefit from those issues are where the real campaign dollars come from.

I do miss Mr Rogers.

(Thanks to L.H. on the lifted A, B, C inspiration / plagiarism.)

Sights on Greenfield

2012/07/21 in Absurd, Council, Greenfield, H.U.S.H., Homophobia, Mailbag, pronography, Quote

Meet Greenfield City Councilor Brickett Allis.

On a Facebook discussion here is what Brickett had to say about the Boy Scouts of America members recent protest where Eagle Scouts are returning their badges in response to the BSA stated anti-gay discrimination policy.

Copy / Pasted exactly as it appeared:

“you know what I would say to this! I resent that base on your opinion you woudl ellude to the fact that if we don’t send them back we are somehow homophobic. thats a bunch of shit this makes me pretty mad.   look im not a homophobe, but i am a realist, you put gay men in a group of other boys/men there is a higher liklihood that it could lead to any number of things some of which may not be appropriate…….exactly the same point as you put a group of heterosexual men in a room with women and they tend to do things that may or may not be appropriate. the issue is that scouting is not teaching boys its wrong to be gay, they are taking the same stance the millitary did don’t ask dont tell and i know you wont agree but i think its the right stance. secondly scouts is based in part on being reverent to god, and like it or not that god was the christian god the one that that all you libbies out there cant stand. and based on that god and that religion homosexuallity is not okay. do i give a shit about what someone is??? NO!!! but that goes across the board i dont care if you are fucking a horse just shut up about it and there will be no problem. if no one talked we would all be equal. but unfortunately everyone wants to make a “point” about thier sexuality. and the underlying message of this picture is to say that the only “good scouts” are the ones that send back their awards. well good for them feel free to feel better about yourself, i personally dont care how these morons sending them back feel. I just hope that they get enough back that they can send them back out free of charge to the new eagle scouts. this whole fiasco I find disgusting!”

Link to a full resolution screenshot from Facebook.

Fucking brilliant!  Only a cartoon character could say it better.

 

 

 

I AM HOLYOKE

2012/04/06 in Art, H.U.S.H., Holyoke, pronography, Rob Deza

PRONOBLEM IS HOLYOKE

Today as part of Rob Deza’s Faces of Holyoke project we (Mojo and I) were photographed by the Pine St fire demolition.

I Am Holyoke

I Am Holyoke

Rob Deza Photography

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the General Assembly

2012/03/10 in Art, Eschatology, H.U.S.H., Occupy, pronography, Weather

This was pretty damn cool.

Today I met a young woman with a beautiful smile…

She had a tattoo on her left wrist…

That she had created from a graffiti she had seen…

Which was created using one of my stencils!

(My friend Damian Cote also made a wood block cut for me.)

This just really made my day.

Full disclosure:  I made this stencil and created t-shirts as well as a few graffiti here and there.  I also released it into the wild.  I handed cut stencils to a few folks that I knew would put them ANYWHERE and they did.  I published it on the internet in a few places.  I am not sure if it appears outside of Western Mass but it may.  I painted it on sidewalks, lampposts, power conduits and telephone poles…  never on private property.  I say this because I have seen it somewhere I would not have done myself.   Not me!

I created this stencil back in 2007.  For those that are not aware, those creatures are kodama (tree spirits) and, of course, the date was at the time what I thought would be a hot topic as it approached…  or that people would make it a dialog and I was doing my part to make it so?  There really is no relevant connection between the image of kodama and the 2012 date when I created the image.  It was made solely to have people ask “why”?  But now that I look at it today I imagine that there is a sort of man versus nature / our time is up scenario.  After I saw the tattoo I arrived home to read some extremely depressing news.  We have witnessed the first ever migration due to climate change circumstances.  The Micronesian nation of Kiribati (population 100,000) has relocated to Fiji due to rising sea levels.  Also, a few weeks ago I read that the rate of extinction on this planet was 1000X what the normal rate was except for an Extinction Level Event (ELE – like an ice age, caldera or asteroid hitting the Earth – something that would kill 20-90% of life).  Essentially meaning that the human species’ behavior on this earth is approaching that of a disaster.

I still act as if things can be and are worth saving even though part of me believes that this house of cards will soon fall; that we are on a path to destruction well past any tipping point that we should have been paying heed to for a long time.  I don’t know, is it true?  Eschatology provides many possibilities from a number of faiths and prophecy.  However, I do know one thing; I am not at all afraid.  If there is some sort of cataclysm or apocalypse that will bring humanity to its close I want a first class front row seat.  I have indeed seen it all.  Sure, more experiences are appreciated…  but is there a point?  Don’t get me wrong, I am not some New Age freak that believes that some Mayan prophecy is our end.  I am simply wishing that there was one to prepare for as that would give me comfort that we (all living things) might actually come together, for once… if only for the end.

Thank you HFD and HPD!

2012/03/07 in Eschatology, Fire, H.U.S.H., HFD, HPD, pronography

Many thanks to the Holyoke Fire Department and Police for their hard work last night.

 

Last night four buildings were taken out by fire in my neighborhood.  I awoke to the sounds of police knocking on the door of my neighbor shouting “Get out, get out!  FIRE!”  Within minutes I could feel the heat from my porch and in less than an hour a two story house was a pile of mud and charred debris only a few feet tall.  A change in wind to a more westerly direction would have surely had my home at risk.  At 3am my 7yo daughter was literally floating around the room on her tiptoes bug-eyed and chanting “we have got to get out of here” .   It was crazy, but thankfully nobody was hurt.

View from my backyard

View from my neighbor’s backyard

From 3am to 10am four hoses blasted this building on Pine St.

This morning

This may seem silly in the light of such devastation but HUSH would like to honor the hard work by our public servants so we will be providing them with a supply of tasty treats from the BYOR kitchen.
To the right on the sidebar you will see a poll.  Please vote…
So what will it be?

 

Cupcakes?

Or cookies?

H.U.S.H. in the Advocate again.

2011/12/28 in Activism, Art, At-large, C.R.U.S.H., Casino, Chickens, Elections, H.U.S.H., Holyoke, Mailbag, Patti Devine, Press, pronography

The Halos and Horns edition gives Patti Devine her second (or third?) set of horns; this time for her bullying of CRUSH to censor my work.

Thanks to the Advocate for your continued support of Holyoke and your stand-up defense of free expression.

…and special thanks to Patti.  What would we do without a nemesis?  I am indeed somewhat sad that you lost.  You were inspiration.  Most of all, thank you for coining the term ‘pronography‘.  That was brilliant.  I hope you have a happy New Year.

For those arriving for the first time here is the back story:

Meet Our Founder

H.U.S.H. in the news

H.U.S.H. Mailbag

Thank You! Thank You! Thank You! Thank You!

H.U.S.H. in the Advocate again.

Potty Divine

 

 

 

Occupy HCC

2011/11/13 in Activism, Art, H.U.S.H., HCC, Occupy, Politics, Press, pronoblem, pronography

OCCUPY an impromptu peoples art show

I will have two pieces in this show.  Stop by Thursday Nov 17, 5:30 – 7:30 for the reception.

Taber Gallery Holyoke Community College

 

Occupy Holyoke

2011/11/04 in Activism, Anarchism, Art, H.U.S.H., Holyoke, Jobs, Occupy, Politics, Press, pronoblem, pronography

Poster I made for a local Occupy art show…  300dpi for print quality available to those that are at OWS events.

Holyoke Charter

2011/11/01 in Bresnahan, Charter, Council, Elections, H.U.S.H., History, Holyoke, Politics, pronography

 Industria Et Copia

(Elizur Holyoke and the Founding Fathers of Holyoke create our beloved charter)

H.U.S.H. is opposed to the Charter Change due to its broad reach and numerous undesirable changes.  I can agree with only one measure in the proposed charter and that is a 4-year term for mayor.  This could happen without the charter proposal being passed.

Read the charter for yourself HERE. (if someone could send me a translated Spanish version in PDF please do)

There exists a Facebook Page called Holyoke Charter Change NO that lays out these reasons to opposition:

VOTE NO on the Proposed Charter Change:

Holyoke cannot afford this risky proposal!

Dear Fellow Voter:

There is going to be a referendum question on this year’s ballot  that proposes to change our City Charter and it has lots of fine print you are not being told about. This risky proposal would:

Weaken Voter Power:

  • Voters will no longer elect the City Clerk or City Treasurer
  • Voters will no longer elect a majority of their City Councilors
  • Only vote for the Mayor every 4 years not every 2 years which could be problematic especially if you get someone who is not doing a good job.

Eliminate Checks and Balances:

  • We already have a very strong Mayor: we should not consolidate nearly all power in one person!
  • Proposes to weaken the City Council and make the Mayor even more powerful
  • Mayor would appoint the Assessors, Tax Collector, Auditor and Treasurer instead of the City Council therefore eliminating the independence of their financial oversight roles.
  • Abolishes most city commissions including the Public Works and Fire Commissions and gives those powers to the Mayor. Also makes the Mayor a member of most remaining commissions.
  • Allows the Mayor to abolish or create any city department without the Council having the opportunity to amend the proposal.
  • Terms of office of city department heads are eliminated and they would serve at pleasure of the Mayor.
  • Recommends eliminating non-political civil service independence for city employees
  • Allows the Mayor to appoint a majority of the future commissions who will review our city charter and our city ordinances.

Make Expensive Changes we cannot afford in these tough economic times:

  • Gives the Mayor a 14% pay raise from $85,000 to $97,000 per year.
  • Creates a New Chief Financial Officer position appointed by the Mayor that would likely cost over $100,000 per year.
  • The proposed new charter is a risky exploration into a new form of government which no one fully knows for sure how it would work and could be the source of expensive future litigation.

Make other foolish changes:

  • The War Memorial Commission would no longer be made up exclusively of veterans.
  • Makes it harder for citizens to run for office and get on the ballot.
  • Eliminates Residency Requirements for city department heads.

Instead of making some simple common sense changes the voters could easily understand, the Charter Commission scrapped our entire charter for a new 53 page confusing and harmful form of government. Their proposal is so complex and confusing that it reads more like mortgage then a referendum. Holyoke’s voters deserve better!

Please Vote NO on the Proposed Charter Change and protect our city!

Outstanding

2011/10/30 in Activism, Art, Bresnahan, Charter, Council, Elections, H.U.S.H., Holyoke, Lisi, Murphy, Politics, pronography, Vega

H.U.S.H. on the streets.

As HUSH readers witnessed in our readers poll we have decided to support Dan Bresnahan.  On a chilly October Saturday HUSH members stood out with our Bresnahan banner.  It was fun.  We did get a lot of smiles, honks and many hand gestures in the forms of waves, devil horns and a few middle fingers.  We certainly stuck out from the crowd and unfortunately may have detracted from other campaign efforts held at the Yankee Peddler corner.  Just as we were to wrap up our standout HUSH was blessed with a visit from Dan The Man himself (as seen in the image below).  He thanked us, offered to buy the banner and invited us to his victory party on election night.  Also on the scene were candidates Lisi, Vega and Murpy.

Dan, if you are reading this, the banner is $500.  Fair price for an original hand-painted design and almost $100 worth of paint and materials.  You can contact me via the contact link if you wish to purchase.  It will be available after the election as we do plan on standing out with it a couple more times.

Team Pluta Photoshop

2011/10/29 in Activism, Alex Morse, Art, Casino, Council, Elections, Holyoke, Lies, Lisi, Mayor, Pluta, pronography

Who on Team Pluta thought that this was a great idea?

(Lisi = null)

H.U.S.H member Krampus Boardway forwarded me this link, Elaine Pluta’s Community Service Page.  If this page changes between now and your reading, here is a screen shot.  Just click to view full resolution:

Once again, here is another website that I added to Archive.org. There was a snapshot from Feb 2011 but nothing since.

Why would you edit out “Lisi” from these signs rather than simply using a different image? There was no historical record of this page at Archive and Google Cache has this as current.  I wonder, was the image previously of these signs with the name included?  It would be interesting to know if the image changed after Lisi gave support to Morse.  Either way, it is an odd move.  The page simply lists Pluta’s service history so the image is not really relevant to the content…  so, any image could takes its place.  Why use an image that is obviously altered and makes a statement about Lisi?  Odd, I say.

There is one thing I regret in this election cycle.  I saw Pluta standing out on the Beech and Northampton intersections holding her sign BACKWARDS for over a minute displaying a wood stick and staples to the traffic.  I took my time to yell at her “your sign is backwards” while she cupped her ear “Huh?”.  I yelled three times before a supporter standing with her corrected it.  It was beautiful.  I wish I snapped a photo rather than heckled her.  Oh well.