Goon or not, you have to have a badge to enter the party.
Here's the thing, the Ninjas provide an event that has become a mainstay for Defcon attendees for years. They ask for nothing in return. There is no door fee, no fee for drinks, nor anything else. They don't ask you to stroke their egos, nor do they ask for anything at all in return. What other organization can you say that about? Do you know how much time and money are put into these events? The events are to honor those worthy of honor, those in our community that make a difference, in whatever small way. Ninja Networks tips their hat to these individuals, for no other reason than because it's the right thing to do, and people seldom do this sort of thing - especially to people in our community. Ninja Networks takes their time to make sure these people are appreciated and respected, in some small way, for the work those chosen few do.
For those Nay Sayers out there, try and do something even remotely as constructive with your lives. Other than that, I won't waste any words on you.
For those that appreciate this, I look forward to meeting you at Defcon.