Saturday, December 24, 2011

No Greater Joy

No Greater Joy Ministries has almost 10000 fans.

It also has a body count.  This fall, Hana Grace-Rose Williams became the third child killed by parents who used the Pearls' book "To Train Up a Child."  The first two were Sean Paddock and Lydia Schatz.  Not too surprisingly, Michael Pearl has denied any responsibility and claimed that the actions of the parents were "diametrically opposed" to his group's teaching.

Oh really?  Let's take a look at a video of the Pearls in action teaching parents how to use "the rod."  Given that the YouTube video contains original commentary and excerpts, it appears to fall under the definition of "fair use."  But given that the Pearls filed a copyright claim to get an earlier version of the video taken off YouTube, we can assume that they've basically admitted that the videos do indeed depict them and things that they've said.

Friday, December 23, 2011

More arrests

According to CTV Calgary, Clement John Murray was arrested for sharing child pornography via Facebook.  I vaguely remember a middle-aged Canadian white guy who went by "Clem Murray" and had some obvious pedos on his friends list.  One anonymous source said that he was in a "nepi" group, which apparently involved babies.

Another Canadian, Alexander James Kennedy, has been arraigned on charges of posting 10 child pornography images to his Facebook page.

In Australia, John Raymond Zimmerman was sentenced to up to 16 years on charges of manipulating a number of underage girls into sending him explicit photos of themselves.

Shane Pleads Guilty

According to the Lloydminster Meridian Booster , Shane Pattison, formerly known as "Shane Ispedo" has pleaded guilty to 53 counts related to child pornography.  Robert Hull had sent Pattison some of his handiwork, and Pattison's arrest led to Hull also getting caught.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Lydia Cacho Takes on Facebook

Last month, the Daily Beast ran an article about Facebook taking heat from activist Lydia Cacho about the sexual predators.  It's not too surprising that their perspectives differed.

Perhaps we can shed some light on the issue.  First, let's start with something that both the Facebook safety team and Cacho would probably agree on:  most people strongly dislike child pornography.  However, many of the pedophiles who collect the stuff are apparently somewhat compulsive about it.  When they get busted, they generally don't just have a handful of images; it's more like hundreds or even thousands.  

The internet makes it a lot easier for pedophiles to exchange material with like-minded people.  Peer-to-peer software has often been used for this, but it's not too hard for law enforcement to automatically scan for known child pornography files on P2P systems and pick off the idiot who's sharing it.  Social networks allow pedophiles to look for validation and acceptance as well as trading partners, so it's not too surprising that they've shown up on Facebook,, Grouply, MySpace, Google+, etc.

Facebook is currently the biggest player in the social network arena, with over 500 million accounts.  They've made an effort to curb predators by scanning for known child pornography and certain kinds of anomalous behavior.  But it's very hard to detect some things automatically, and it's impossible for them to do it manually.  Therein lies the rub.

Joe Sullivan, Facebook's security chief, used an example of an account that sent all its friend requests to teenage girls.  However, predators may also be looking to connect with other pedophiles.  He also pointed out that Facebook is using PhotoDNA to scan photos.  PhotoDNA is basically an improved approach to detecting known child pornography.  Earlier this year, a man in the UK took photos of himself sexually abusing his 2-year-old daughter and uploaded them to Facebook so that other like-minded users could view them.  PhotoDNA would not have been able to flag this because the image would not have been in its database.  So it's commendable of Facebook to make the effort to use this technology, but it's still no silver bullet.

Because of the sheer volume, a lot of the Facebook account shutdowns are done automatically, with no human intervention.  In the example Sullivan provided, the system might notice that a lot of friend requests are being sent to teenage girls and disable the account.  However, if an account that tripped off some flags and got automatically shut down was also posting child pornography that PhotoDNA did not detect, no human would see it and it would consequently not get reported to law enforcement.  It's possible that the failure to report some of this material is related to this, rather than willfully ignoring the law.

If Facebook continues to work on combating predators, it may encourage many of them to relocate to a different social network.  But that's probably about as good as it's going to get.

Paolo Ghelardini Gets 12 Years

According to translated news stories, Paolo Ghelardini was sentenced to 12 years for his extensive collection of child pornography.  Although he'd also bragged about sexually assaulting children, it was apparently impossible to prosecute him for that.  Nevertheless, he's apparently claiming that 12 years is too harsh and filing an appeal.  I wonder if they could reconsider and give him a longer sentence?

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Westboro Baptist Church

Westboro Baptist Church may be the ultimate scam organization.  It's unclear whether there's anybody outside their organization that can stand them, and they're very good at eliciting reactions from people.  Some of them are lawyers, which comes in handy when they file lawsuits claiming that their civil rights were violated.  Do they actually believe the nonsense they spout about gay people?  I have no idea.

Their Facebook page gives a pretty good idea of the level of discourse.

Not too surprisingly, the idiocy has also made its way to Twitter.  One tweet by Margie Phelps is priceless.  She announces that the WBC plans to picket Steve Jobs' funeral.  According to Twitter, this was posting using ... *drumroll* ... an IPhone.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Preteen Girls

This guy says, "I made a preteen group before and was blocked by some kind of freak."  Gotta love the way that his concept of "freak" apparently means "someone who does not like child pornography."

Monday, September 12, 2011

War Against America

Not too surprisingly, some apparent jihadi groups have found their way onto Facebook.  One of them posted a 9/11 video, which received a number of "likes."  Where does this end?  I don't know, but the U.S. invading other countries does not seem to be improving the situation.


Here are some screencaps gathered over the past couple of weeks.  As you can see, some of the user name choices aren't too subtle.

Facebook's apparently gotten smarter about "PTHC" as an interest, so some users we saw are now listing "Pthc.littlegirls.9" as an interest.

Ray Gould -- presumably as in "R@ygold."

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Whited Sepulchre

DaySpring has a Facebook page with over 50000 fans as well as an electronic greeting card app with thousands of monthly users.  Its overview section says, "DaySpring's purpose is to help people know and share God’s love in fresh, true, and inspiring ways."

Roy Lessin, DaySpring's founder, has written a number of books.  Let's take a look at his approach to child-rearing.  "Spanking: Why When How" has received quite a bit of feedback on Amazon.

The title is a little creepy, but we ain't seen nothing yet.  Let's take a look at some of the contents.
Once my wife needed to give our young son a spanking.  She was in a hurry to go somewhere, and didn't want the spanking to take up a lot of time.  She took him into the bedroom, had him bend over the bed, and quickly gave him a spanking.  When she finished, he turned to her and said, "Mommy, could you spank me again?  Only this time let me pull down my jeans.  It didn't hurt enough."  I was as surprised as my wife was when I found out about the incident.  But it helped us to realize how much children need effective discipline in order to bring them release.
Just .... ewwwww.  We've seen a fair number of users on Facebook who find "release" through "discipline" but most of them seem to engage in this with other consenting adults.  Many of the Amazon reviewers were equally disgusted.  Below is an open letter to Roy Lessin by Bethany Fenimore.

Dear Roy, 
After 19 years I have found the courage to write you this letter declaring how your choice to teach and write about spanking has affected me. My purpose in writing you this open letter is to share with you and others that the spanking approach you recommend is harmful. My parents both know my view on this issue. I have talked to them, as well, about how their decision to implement your spanking recommendations affected me. I have a mission. My mission is to warn new parents who are innocently trying to raise happy, healthy children. Should just one parent spare their child the kind of pain that I endured at the hands of my parents implementing your spanking recommendations, my pain will have more meaning than it does now. I want to begin by talking about your spanking approach so that we'll both be using the same language. In your book, you describe a process by which a parent performs a spanking on their child. 
The first step is to use the right instrument; if a parent uses their hand, the child might become fearful of the parent's hand. 
The second step is to spank promptly. 
The third step is to find a private place in which the parent can conduct the spanking. 
The fourth step is for the parent to explain to the child why they are going to be spanked. 
The fifth step is to get the child into a good spanking position (when my parents and other adults - such as your wife, Char - spanked me, the ritual involved removing the child's clothing); you recommend bending the child over a bed, or bending a smaller child over the parent's lap. 
The sixth step is to hit the child on the buttocks with a stick or other spanking implement. 
The seventh step is to continue spanking until the child yields a broken cry, which indicates a broken will. 
The eighth step is reconciliation. You recommend that parents comfort the child until sufficient time has passed, and then ask the child to stop crying. You recommend that parents spank a child who displays a "wrong attitude" by continuing to cry too long after a spanking. 
The language in your book is much more "sugary" than what I've just written. But my description does not come close to what it feels like to receive a Roy Lessin spanking. So I'll describe what a Roy Lessin spanking is like. 
My first spanking was when I was six months old. My mother spanked me for crying after she put me to bed. She had to spank me repeatedly to teach me to not cry when she put me down. I know about this incident because my mother used to tell all new mothers about how young I was when she started spanking me. My last spanking occurred when I was thirteen years old. The Roy Lessin spankings that I remember most vividly took place between the ages of three and seven, because I hardly went a few days without a spanking at that time. I'd like to share with you, and others, what it was like receiving a Roy Lessin spanking. 
The moment I found out I was going to get a Roy Lessin spanking, I felt physically ill. Because the Roy Lessin spanking is a ritual, the ordeal could take a long time. (When I refer to a spanking ritual, I'm referring to the steps you outline in your book.) This was hard for me because I had a child's sense of time. The dread bubbled up and consumed me, and stayed with me until the spanking ritual was over. My parents usually sent me to a private room, such as my own room, and there I would wait until one of my parents came. (My dad spanked me the most, so in my illustration let's assume my father is conducting the Roy Lessin spanking.) My father would explain the reason for the spanking. This was an excruciating process because I had to listen while knowing what was coming. Since I might face back-to-back Roy Lessin spankings, I had to be careful not to be disrespectful in my listening to my father. I had already developed irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and would feel my guts cramp up with anxiety during his speech. Then he would ask me to take off my pants and underwear. I would feel deeply embarrassed because my father was not supposed to see me naked. (My family had a high standard for modesty.) My humiliation and fear would grow immeasurably as I leaned over the bed, my father's knee, or whatever was around. My private parts were helplessly exposed as my dad laid his hand on my back. Trying to pull away and defend myself would only mean that the spanking would be longer, or I'd get a back-to-back spanking. The stick, paddle inscribed with scripture verses, or belt would swish violently through the air before slapping painfully on my buttocks or thighs. I would scream in pain and anguish. I cannot remember a moment of thinking of resisting, rebelling, or trying to "win" anything, as you recommend parents should watch for as they hit their children. I just tried to survive the best way I knew how. The screaming, the hitting, and the pain would continue for unknown amounts of time. When the gruesome pain ended, I would begin to battle with my emotions and my body. I knew that crying too much could mean that my father would start a Roy Lessin spanking ritual all over again to correct my "wrong attitude." 
My parents were never concerned about the marks they left on my body. We never talked about the painful marks on my body, or how clothing, baths, chairs, etc. hurt. The message was clear: there was no pain. Pulling up my pants was incredibly painful, and so was sitting on my father's lap. Because "there was no pain," I had to pretend my buttocks and thighs didn't hurt even though they did, while my father would wrap his arms around me and "comfort" me. I was not like the idealized children you describe in your book, not knowing the difference between the spanking implement and the parent. My father caused me that pain - not a stick! My father's arms scared me, and I feared my father like I've feared no other man. His touch repulsed me. I was the same with my mother. (To this day, I cannot physically tolerate either parent touching me. I feel physically ill at their touch.) My father would pray, and I could hardly go along but for fear of yet another Roy Lessin spanking. After we prayed, it was time for me to be happy. But my insides would be a mess. Tears would threaten to come back and cause me more pain and anguish. I had to pretend that I wasn't sad, and that I wasn't in pain. This would be my greatest lesson: to be happy no matter how I felt inside. It would take me a few back-to-back spankings, but I would learn. It would be a lesson I'd learn for life - being falsely happy regardless of how my body felt. 
One aspect of receiving a Roy Lessin spanking is the sexual aspect. It's taken me years to even begin to allow myself to speak of this aspect. You see, as a child I had no idea what sex was. I just had this funny sensation that came and went during the Roy Lessin spanking ritual. To my great dismay, I learned that sexual stimulation can be cross-wired with the painful ritual of spankings. This cross-wiring was a real problem for me. Because I couldn't cope with the double message of love and pain, I avoided developing an intimate relationship with a man for a very long time. It took years for me to find a healthy sexuality outside the memories I have of the Roy Lessin spankings. I struggled with this double message as a child. I feel a deep sense of shame as I remember hitting and torturing my dolls and Barbies when no one was around. I needed some way to express the fear, pain, and sexual confusion I felt inside; yet my childish mind couldn't comprehend the significance of what I was doing. 
My parents were your "A" students. They followed your eight steps occasionally reducing the entire Roy Lessin spanking ritual to a few swats - not very often, though. My butt and thighs would sting for a long time after a Roy Lessin spanking ritual, so I'd go into the bathroom and use my mother's mirror to look at my behind. I remember seeing red stripes crisscrossing my buttocks and my thighs. At times, I had old marks underneath the new marks. My parents conducted several Roy Lessin spanking rituals a day when I was a young child. I remember a teacher at school asking me one day why I didn't just sit still. I couldn't tell her that it was because the marks on my butt hurt so bad sitting in the little wooden chair. 
Now that we've established what a Roy Lessin spanking is and what it felt like to receive one, let's move on to wrong attitudes. I'd like to begin by telling you a story of what it was like having an adult, in this case your wife, address my "wrong attitude." 
One day my parents were moving. I was four, and woke up to a house that I no longer recognized. I asked my mother what was happening. Whatever answer she gave, I didn't understand. She sent my brothers and me to your house, where your wife Char was to baby-sit us. On the way out the door, I saw our small parakeet Chirpy sitting in his cage outside our house near some bushes. Now, Chirpy wasn't supposed to be outside. A dark feeling of dread came over me. I was frightened as I walked to the car, looking at Chirpy frantically chirping in his cage next to a stack of boxes. At some point, at your house, Char put all of us down for a nap. The confusion and fear filled me, and I wondered if I'd ever see my home again. When the room was quiet, my emotions burst out of me. I cried. Char came in and told me to stop, and I couldn't. So she performed one of your spanking rituals. I went back to my napping spot. I lay there for the remainder of my nap - unable to sleep, afraid to move, filled with emotions of dread and fear so large I thought I'd explode. But I had to make Char believe that I was cheerfully obeying her. I put on whatever face I could to convince her, and pretended to be asleep. I had to pretend I felt different than I did inside. 
There are two points I'd like to make about bad attitudes. The first is that, as you can see above, adults do not have "powers" that allow them to read the minds of children. My parents made this mistake over and over again. They weren't much better at reading my mind or how I felt than your wife was that day I stayed at your house. You see, parents make mistakes. There's no getting around this. But when a parent uses a force as violent as a Roy Lessin spanking, mistakes are truly damaging, especially when the spanking ritual involves breaking the child's will - or breaking any part of a child's psyche! 
The second point about "wrong attitudes" is that you tell parents that their children will be happy with your mode of discipline, or even prefer being spanked. I want to say that I didn't experience that joy. I built myself a cheerful, obedient shell. I lived in that shell, only peeking my head out when I felt safe, for 30 years. It took me another seven years to actually try taking the cheerful, obedient shell off - only to run back into it when something felt like the "old fears of my childhood." I have not been happy living in this shell, constantly pretending to be happy when I felt miserable inside. When I think of a happy child, I think of a child who feels free to express their ideas, thoughts, and emotions. I think that a parent's job is to teach a child how to express their emotions, not hit them with a stick until the child displays the emotion of the parent's choosing. 
You write about parents disciplining children for disobedience. It seems pretty simple. The parents set up some rules and the children follow them. When disobedience is based on a child doing or behaving just as the parent asks, following those rules becomes much harder. As your teachings played out in my growing-up years, I found that I violated more rules than I could keep track of. Not only that, one of the rules was to follow through without my mom or dad asking a second time. So perfection became the rule, and perfection was something I failed at miserably. Even in the cheerful, obedient shell, I was not completely safe. The life lesson I took away was that there is no such thing as second chances. I took this lesson to school, and found that I was afraid to try. Not that my parents didn't encourage me - it was just that if the encouragement didn't work, which it often didn't, they'd spank me for getting letters backwards, words wrong on spelling tests, and so forth. Basically, they spanked me for not trying hard enough. I haven't even mentioned the hundreds of other issues they spanked me for. I learned how to live helplessly. Not only did I face my own internal disappointment at not getting something correct, I faced a Roy Lessin spanking at home when I wore out my encouragement. I grew up thinking that I was mentally handicapped. Later, as a grown adult, I found out that I'm dyslexic - something a Roy Lessin spanking would never cure. 
For most of my life, I worried that I'd remembered all this wrong. About eleven years ago I called Char and asked her to listen to while I recalled a Roy Lessin spanking for her. I described to her in as much detail as I could remember the beatings I endured again and again. Char told me that my memories were exactly what you and she had taught my parents. I had not remembered wrong! 
I read your book a few weeks ago. I was again surprised to realize I knew and remembered your teachings very well. After the years of growing up around your family and hearing you preach at Outreach, your book brought back your painful teachings and the painful memories I've been trying so hard to live with. I kept wanting to grab my cheerful, obedient shell because to this day I feel scared when I think of all the Roy Lessin spankings and teachings. 
Both Char, during my call with her, and you, in your first book, talk about spankings having a higher purpose in saving the soul. You reference Proverbs 20:30: "Blows that wound cleanse away evil; strokes make clean the innermost parts." Those "blows" left horrible marks on my body that made sitting difficult and bathing with soap sting horribly, and they terrified my spirit. 
Feeling terrified isn't the only outcome I live with. Ten years ago a gastroenterologist diagnosed me with IBS, a condition I've had since I was around three years old. Because of the fierce anxiety I felt because of the Roy Lessin spankings, I had terrible chronic stomachaches and diarrhea while I was growing up and as an adult. Five years ago my psychiatrist diagnosed me with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and I began to work through my deeply rooted fears of my parents and the Roy Lessin spankings. Later a physician associate (PA) diagnosed me with asthma and severe allergies from a poor immune system, a result of my chronic anxiety. The same PA told me that I'm at high risk for colon cancer because of the years of IBS as a result of my anxiety. Roy, these problems are all due to my parents implementing your teachings using Roy Lessin spankings to correct a multitude of childhood blunders and attitudes. I can't imagine why a parent would want these outcomes for their child. I may have looked happy and acted lovingly towards my parents, but I was emotionally and physically sick inside! Your teachings gave me no option but to live a horrible lie of looking happy when I was miserable. 
For almost every day of my life, I fear people. If people like my parents, and friends of my family such as you and Char, would hurt me this badly, what horrible things would others do to me? I was supposed to be safe with my family and friends growing up! I especially fear men in authority roles. I occasionally look even at people I know, and who I know to be safe, with terror just because they've spoken in a tone that reminds me of those early times. I fear making mistakes. I choose not to have children of my own because a child's screams scramble my insides. 
Remember all those sermons at Outreach that you, Don Leetch, Dean Kerns, and a few others delivered? I still hear children screaming as their parents spanked them outside the church sanctuary during Sunday morning service during those sermons. I remember the screams of my siblings. I remember on a Friday night, someone was preaching and a dad took a baby outside for a spanking, and a neighbor called the police. We stopped the church service, and you went out with your bible to explain to the officer why it was fine for the parent to spank their baby. All of us inside prayed that the officer would understand and not take the baby away. 
As a grown woman I still fear Roy Lessin spankings. I sometimes wake up in the middle of the night begging my husband to "not let them get me." 
My father and I have talked several times about Roy Lessin spankings. He has asked for forgiveness, and is horrified by what he has done. These conversations have been incredibly painful for both of us, and I'm now 37 years old! I believe that he thought he was doing the right thing. You were a leader in the church he believed in, and you were his friend. Our families socialized together. This was not some teaching he picked up somewhere, and then went off to make the best of it. 
I hope that by this point you begin to see how your simple, sweet words about raising children are actually harmful. Perhaps you're wondering if I want to have a dialogue with you, and talk about what you really meant by your early book. Perhaps you've adopted a policy of grace, and now recommend that parents spank less and not on bare skin? The truth is, I don't want to know. If I needed justification or reasoning for your teachings, I could use your book as a reference. What I'd like you to do is reconsider your position after carefully looking at how your teachings affected me. Would a loving parent really want to raise a child to fear people, to wear a cheerful and obedient shell, or to live with PTSD and other ailments? I hope the answer you come to is No. I hope that you realize that hitting a child for any reason is not loving. Then, I hope, you join the cause to end corporal punishment in the homes of children. I came into this world a happy, healthy baby. For no other reason than the Roy Lessin spankings, I now fight for my physical and mental health. Please help others and me so this doesn't happen to any more children. Help end corporal punishment. Help end child abuse. If Jesus said, "Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him if a great millstone were hung round his neck and he were thrown into the sea," (Mark 9:42), I can't image that God would condone such behavior in people who claim to be loving parents. 
Bethany A. Fenimore
Another reviewer also regretted following Roy Lessin's teachings.
Thank you for bearing your soul, no matter how painful. I too used Roy and Charlene's methods and can also say that the results were disasterous. Seeds of this discipline led to separation, divorce and alienation from the Lord Himself. This is nothing against Roy, the discipline just goes way, way, way, too far. Please don't give up on God because somebody is off-the-wall. I know what has become of two of the kids from Outreach, because they are mine. Those of us who gave our lives to Outreach built a business, not a ministry. We must all be careful who we follow, because we might not like, in the end. where they are going. 

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Mara Salvatrucha 13 Pages

MS-13 also has some active pages, one with over 5000 fans.

The fans of the group below were apparently not turned off by the description of MS-13.

Ansar Al Mujahideen

One of the most active Jihadi forums online is Ansar al-Mujahideen Arabic Forum, also known as AMAF. There's a very similar looking closed group on Facebook.

If you take a look at some of the members, there are a fair number of profile photos depicting weapons and Osama bin Laden.  The group may get shut down, but the underlying anger and despair is unlikely to go away.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Holocaust Denial

Last month, a group of Holocaust survivors asked Facebook to remove Holocaust denial pages.  Facebook concluded that those pages, while "repugnant and ignorant," were considered free speech and did not violate terms of service.

Let's take a look at the page featured in one of the articles.  It's safe to say that the posts speak for themselves.

So who is this "Tyrone Washington" guy who keeps showing up?  He looks like a sockpuppet stereotype of a black man.  Yeah, I know -- hard to imagine these racially sensitive folks doing such a thing.

Wonder if whoever created the "Tyrone Washington" profile was also responsible for "Kentuckyfried Chickeniqua?"

Monday, August 8, 2011

Poetry Slam

It's been said that sometimes conservative Christians and spanking fetishists are singing from the same hymnal.  This may be the best illustration I've seen yet.  Below is a poem someone posted to the group "My parents didn't put me in time out, they whooped my ass."  It starts out kind of creepy and goes downhill from there.

Let's see.... Emma Young shows up on the friends lists of users like "Anita Paddlin" so we could reasonably assume that she's a fetishist.  But when we take a look at Wendy Jackson's profile, she just appears to be a conservative Christian with no obvious red flags.

So what is this "" site?  Well, it appears to be offering stuff like spanking stories, multimedia, and role playing.  I'd guess that even many conservative Christians would agree that some of the stories that "" has written are obscene.

Young Girls

Here's yet another closed group.  Given that one of the members had what appeared to be child pornography posted to an open wall, I suspect it may not be a Bible study group.  Just a guess.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Paolo Ghelardini Indicted

Paolo Ghelardini, who was arrested this spring, has been formally indicted in Romania.  According to news accounts, he had over 9500 child pornography images and 1000 videos.  At this point, he has not been charged with production.

He allegedly had 19 different Facebook accounts, and was apparently active between January 2010 and May 2011.

He had also used the alias "Paul Grechiadan" among others.

Pro Spanking Mom

Molly Anderson claims to be a "pro spanking mom" with five kids.  She lists "parenting toddlers" as an interest, but her friends appear to be spanking fetishists.

Let's see, she's got a video of someone talking about spanking kids and a picture of a girl getting spanked with her pants down, among other things.

Preteen Lesbians

Jeff Pingle, like one of the users in a previous post, claims to be interested in "preteen lesbians."  This term apparently translates to "yet another sick way to exploit young girls."


Facebook's apparently gotten smarter about certain keywords, such as "PTHC."  So some users came up with a new interest called "pthc.incest.young schoolgirls 10.11.12.daddys littlegirl."  It's like a cascade of crap.