May 16, 2012 – MERCURY NEWS SERVICE HERITAGE FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES FOUNDING OF ANNUAL NEW PRIZE FOR “THUGGERY” – THE JOHN GOTTI MEMORIAL MEDAL.

“Waa? You lookin’ at me?”  His eyes speak so eloquently.

The Board of Governors and the Trustees of Ethics for the Mercury News Service are proud to announce the investiture of a new award exalting a rarely mentioned characteristic of the human spirit – thuggery.  In man’s parlance, thuggery is uttered often with the most pejorative of inflections, seemingly aimed to distance the speaker from the trait being discussed.  No more!  This characteristic, which has given the world some of its most colourful and exotic personalities…..personalities who have lit up Hollywood’s screens with raw energy and an apparently endless repertoir of very expensive suits, perfidious schemes and so many other quintessentially malevolent stratagems, all defended by a murder of sleazy attorneys or impenetrable “buffers” of maladroit, expendable goons, will now be applauded by the cognoscenti and other fancy-titled hoity-toities.  The prize is aptly named for the eidetic thug of the Second Millenium – JOHN GOTTI.   

We invite our readers to submit nominees for Thug of the Year and to do so with pride.  No nominator will be revealed except by appropriate sobriquet to be decided by our NICKNAME COMMITTEE headed by Mark “the Brit” Phillipoussis.  One name already tendered for consideration is that of MAHARISHI MAHESH SHREE RAJNEESH PROSCIA whose activities have turned the eyes of the world upon his mission on earth.


In this original photograph showing the “Great Thuggee” before his transformation, he smiled beatifically at the cameraman, who was reportedly later “drubbed” by one of the Guru’s penitents. 
Please submit all the names you like.  We will protect your identity.