Editorial: Jack Thompson a Curious Choice for Freedom Award

July 3, 2008 -

Jack Thompson is a hero.

At least, that's the word from America's Freedom Festival, an event taking place in Provo, Utah this week. As reported by the Deseret News:

America's Freedom Festival at Provo honored four individuals with 2008 Freedom Awards Wednesday night... The honorees... personified some or all of the festival's four traditional values of family, freedom, God and country...

 

A lawyer dedicated to protecting children from violence, obscenity and pornography in the media, Jack Thompson was honored especially for his defense and support of families.

 

Thompson... said that while his life has been filled with persecution and ridicule, he would go back and do it all over again, with even more fervor than before.

Now, Utah County, where the festival takes place, is an extremely conservative corner of the United States. So it is perhaps understandable that organizers there value Thompson's conservative Christian agenda. That's their call.

However, to consider Thompson only on his values crusade ignores a troubling list of negatives that stretches from Orem to Salt Lake City. Consider that this "American hero":

  • has been recommended for a 10-year disbarment by the Florida Bar
  • has been judged guilty of 27 ethical offenses by a Florida judge, who is sending her recommendation to the Florida Supreme Court
  • the 27 offenses include things like: "Knowingly making a false statement", "Engaging in conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit or misrepresentation" and " Engaging in conduct in connection with the practice of law that is prejudicial to the administration of justice"
  • may no longer submit filings to the Florida Supreme Court, in part because he included porn pictures in a motion (and NOT in a pornography case)
  • included gay porn pictures in a federal court filing (also not a pornography case)
  • received a cautionary visit from the U.S. Marshals following a federal court filing in which he wrote "...enemy combatants at Guantanamo are to get more due process from federal judges than what I am to have. I guess my "mistake" was not killing 3000 people to make my point..."
  • called for the impeachment of Utah's Republican Attorney General when the AG suggested that a video game bill written by Thompson would be unconstitutional

These items are strictly a matter of record, and do not include Thompson's strident cultural rhetoric (with which one may or may not agree) or his penchant for sheer vitriol. Moreover, Thompson himself has written that he expects to be disbarred by the Florida Supreme Court.

There seem to be two possibilities here. One is that the selection committee did not conduct due diligence on its nominee. The other is that they just didn't care. Perhaps the committee was aware of Thompson's issues but chose to believe that they are part of some vast cultural conspiracy against him waged by liberals, the video game industry, the Florida Bar, Florida Supreme Court, US District Court, gays, shock radio, the Republican Blank-Rome law firm, various judges, the Alabama Bar, etc. 

But at some point the idea of a conspiracy that large becomes silly. What's happening to Thompson now is more like a judicial consensus on the man's behavior.

How did America's Freedom Festival fail to see that?

GP: We've made several attempts in recent weeks to get an explanation from the committee as to why Thompson was chosen for the award, but got little more than the fact that he was nominated and ultimately selected. That lack of openness is especially troubling in light of the fact Utah County's government is the sponsor of the award event (i.e. - the taxpayers footed the bill for this award).

More local coverage in the Provo Herald-Extra...


Comments

Re: Editorial: Jack Thompson a Curious Choice for Freedom Award

I've been a reader of GP for a while now but I've never actually commented. Actually, I've never even read the comments, but when I saw in the shoutbox Jack himself replied, I scrolled down and now I've been following ever since.

Dennis, I just wanted to say that I (and many other people, I'm sure) am very impressed with your professionalism. I check the front page daily and your reports are always unbiased, and your dealings with this arguementive old man are nothing but level and sensible. Not once have you provoked him or spoken in a way to deserve the insults and ramblings your getting. 

I don't know you as a person, but if more people of law and power acted like you do, the system would not be the joke it is today.

Thompson, take your award and go do some good for once. Your brandishing it around because you thinked you earned it, but you really haven't aided anyone but yourself. Your nothing but a bully Jack. A facist. The only way you could be more like Adolf Hitler were if you were to take your abuse of power for personal gain to a holocaust level. 

This website is browsed by many gamers, and I know many gamers personally, and I can safely say, they are much saner and mature then you are. You don't deserve the little amount you have left as a broken lawyer, and frankly, if it weren't for the stupidity and dramatics of your career, you'd have lost that power long ago. Never the less, you will be disbarred Thompson. You can run as fast as you like, that train will hit you, and we'll all be here to see it :)

As far as the award goes... statistically, someone has to agree with you, and it might as well be Utah. A real achievment there, huh? Hanging out with like minded people and agreeing with each other. Your award is a joke, and the entire business of you recieving it is as puzzling as it is pathetic.

My words (and everyone elses) are being wasted on you as you clearly have a problem with listening. I think its called fanaticism :P

Perhaps go and pick up some trash? There won't be a camera in your face but you'll be doing some good for once.

Re: Editorial: Jack Thompson a Curious Choice for Freedom Award

Yeah that does paint Mr Thompson, yet again, as a liar and a bitter old man. Dennis, truly you are one of the few remaining professional journalists. Not too many people remain that polite after being ignored three times in a row.

This is just making it seem that Jack just really really has it in for you.

Re: Editorial: Jack Thompson a Curious Choice for Freedom Award

Ah, Jack, Jack, Jack..

You silly boy, you.

I'm not even going to comment on the validity of your winning this... rather poorly named, insignificant award. No... My point of amusement comes from your response.

Your usual attacks on Dennis are expected, but you write off this website, the only place that gives two shits what you're up to, because the gamers who you insult, belittle, threaten, and attempt to legally restrict have negative comments about you?

You act all injured that you were called a "douchebag" in the comments section of a website. You complain that this website is covering you "improperly" by not talking about your wonderful achievements (of which there are none) but at the same time, complain if your name isn't appearing on their pages?

There's just no pleasing you, is there jackie boy?

 

On another note, I like the picture of Jack with his copy of GTA4 better.

Re: Editorial: Jack Thompson a Curious Choice for Freedom Award

Oh Jack. Jacky, Jacky, Jacky, Jack. I'm very pleased to inform you that your time is almost up. With your looming disbarment, you'll have to find another job, and nobody who was stupid enough to listen to you will take you seriously after you've been busted for lying and sending cruel emails to god knows how many people now. (is anybody keeping track?)

Calling us nazis isn't going to change that. Your award isn't going to get you anywhere, and even if it does I doubt you're smart enough to keep your prize for long.

The gas tank is empty, and it's going to take ten years of your life to fill it up again.

Re: Editorial: Jack Thompson a Curious Choice for Freedom Award

Has JT ever done an speaking arrangement in a high school?  That's the best way to get parents teachers scared about video games.  He should visit East Lansing High School.  It would be interesting to see how teachers from a succesful school(Top 3 percent of the US) would react to Jack Thompson because violent video game play is common here.  Yet this is a succesful area.  I for one would love the comedy show that he is when he speaks. 

He has credentials too.  He can just talk about his recent award when asked about his credentials.  As long as he doesn't mention he got it in Utah he might just get to talk to us about "murder simulators". 

I really want this to happen so that the teachers and parents in our area learn not to take him seriously when he appears on "Faux News".

Plus he makes me laugh.  It's a strange thing that hypocrisy is always entertaining.

So Jack, you up for it?

 

Re: Editorial: Jack Thompson a Curious Choice for Freedom Award

Kind of a side note, but has anyone sat down and calculated how much money JT has cost taxpayers nationwide on failed legislation that he has helped to author?

 

 

 

 

Trust is the sound of death.

Trust is the sound of death.

Re: Jack Thompson a Retarded Choice for "Freedom" Award

Let's see, I know at least $92,000 from Louisiana, but as far as I can remember, that's the only one that got to the courts.

Re: Editorial: Jack Thompson a Curious Choice for Freedom Award

Nah, to honor Irony and what its about, the "Jackies" or "Jack-offs" awards should be handed out at video-game shows to honor those video-games we all love and praise as being "GAME OF THE YEAR" material. 

Or you can go further and only give out those awards to the most violent and gory video-games that only jack himself would dub "murder simulators" or whatnot.

Yours truly,

Anonymous

Re: Editorial: Jack Thompson a Curious Choice for Freedom Award

If the evangelical Christians can make up stilly awards, why can't we?

We could make cute little trophies called "Jackies" or "Jack-offs" or something along those lines.  And send them to people who are making the world a worse place by attacking easy targets like games, movies, and music.

I'm sure most people would decline the award, but Jack would be at the ceremony with a full tux.  He'd take any award as long as it keeps him in the spotlight.

Re: Editorial: Jack Thompson a Curious Choice for Freedom Award

To Jack Thompson:

This is a real hero: Ingrid Betancourt.

She faced FARC terrorist organization and was kidnapped by six years. She faced a real threath and not some imaginary monster like you do. Also, she doesn´t abuse of the Bible and the name of Jesus and God like you often do.

You, Mr. Thompson, are living in a peaceful country like USA but you still have the guts to create discord and hate in the people. And you think that self-masturbatory prize you won is a prove of anything? You are wrong.

The cynical side of videogames (spanish only): http://thelostlevel.blogspot.com/ My DeviantArt Page (aka DeviantCensorship): http://www.darkknightstrikes.deviantart.com/

Laughing and feeling very proud :)

Well it seems that Mr. Jack Thompson himself took note of my post.

Apparently because I posted my speculation that he nominated himself for this award he felt he had to come on here and defend his selection from the thousands of other entrants I'm sure.

Wow - I feel honored.

Mr. Thompson - you are a living joke.  Furthur proof can been seen thorugh the legal community - when your filings appear people laugh.  You are not taken seriously by the legal community.  Just ask the South Florida Justice Blog.

We gamers just laugh at your antics.  And the more you come here and post - the more we laugh.  We will never be convinced that you are anything other than a useless troll.  We do not care to read your court filings - the only reason we read them is for the comedy and the laughter we get from your "motions". 

Should you wish to continue posting here despite the ban from posting comments - by all means please do - however do not ever think we will change our oppinion of you.

Enjoy your time in Utah - and tell us how you have the hearts of the people of america in your corner when more americans now play video games than go to church.  (maybe not a true statistic but damned it if you can make up facts then so can I).

 

Jack, your son is gonna be a great game developer...

He is going to produce a series that will rival the sales of the GTA and HALO series combined. He will make a series that will have violence that rivals MANHUNT. It will be played by millions of people, including children. Your son will be successfull, happy, and will have a loving family. He will be the greatest game maker in history, and his ideas will inspire generations. THIS IS THE FUTURE I WISH UPON YOU.

 

Hooah.

 

 

-If shit and bricks were candy and tits, we'd all be livin' large. For information on games and psychology, look up: Jonathan Freedman(2002)Block & Crain(2007)Grand Theft Childhood, by Harvard Medical School researchers Larry Kutner and Cheryl Olson

Reality/////////////////////////////////////Fantasy. Seems like a pretty thick line to me...

Re: Jack, your son is gonna be a great game developer...

That's also Karma's gift to Jacky Boy.

Re: Editorial: Jack Thompson a Curious Choice for Freedom Award

Jack forgets to mention that in response to Ice-T's announcement that subsequent releases of the album Body Count would not contain the single Cop Killer, the record-buying public purchased 330,000 copies of Cop Killer in the following week.

@ Jack Thompson:

How many copies of Out of Harm's Way have you sold? Are you past the 330 mark, yet?   

Re: Editorial: Jack Thompson a Curious Choice for Freedom Award

If Amazon's reviewer ratings and sales ranking are any indication, Jack's autoboigraphy, Out of Harm's Way, received a rating of 1 star (out of a possible 5 stars) and a current sales ranking of 804,183. In comparison, Ice-T's autobiography, The Ice Opinion: Who Gives a F*ck?, received a rating of 4 and 1/2 stars and a current ranking of 493,319.

Ice beats Jack. 

Re: Editorial: Jack Thompson a Curious Choice for Freedom Award

He also won a case labeling 2 Live Crew's lyrics as obscene and convinced Time Warner to remove Ice T's song "Cop Killer" from stores worldwide.

Uhhh....has he listened to hip hop on the radio in the past 10 years? Lest with a low-pressure suit to keep his head from exploding upon the first drop of the lyrics. Stuff that will make 2 Live Crew sound like a Sesame Street sing-a-long.

Re: Editorial: Jack Thompson a Curious Choice for Freedom Award

I remember hearing a rap song around five years ago that contained the lyrics, "your sister, she swallers" or something like that. It's a bit vague since I wasn't paying a lot of attention to it. Point is, I agree

岩「…Ace beats Jack」

岩「…I can see why Hasselbeck's worried about fake guns killing fake people. afterall, she's a fake journalist on a fake news channel」

Re: Editorial: Jack Thompson a Curious Choice for Freedom Award

He's obsessed, that's why he doesn't notice. He's a total hypocrite to what he preaches.

Re: Editorial: Jack Thompson a Curious Choice for Freedom Award

I will personally open a bottle of Dom Perignon the day you are disbarred Jack.  For too long you have hid behind your mantle of authority as a lawyer and spat vitriol at any subject you choose.  Hopefully your disbarrment will defang you for a few years so that you will wither unattended and ignored.

Semper Fidelis Tim Shull Cpl Ret USMC

Semper Fidelis Tim Shull Cpl Ret USMC

Re: Editorial: Jack Thompson a Curious Choice for Freedom Award

Wow, it's so scary that this man, one of the worst, most vicious, most outright mean I've ever encountered, for some reason thinks of himself as "the good guy". As a matter of fact, it quite the oppossite. His little crusade for children may be a good ideal in and of itself, yet everything he does and the way he acts negates any "good" in it. He is one of the few people I would actually call evil, and the fact that he's stated that he IS going to Heaven, no doubt about it, on several occasions, only cements what an egotistical, evil man he is. And the best part is that Jack will never realize any of this; he'll only continue to dilude himself into believing that he's God's prophet on earth. It's pretty sad, actually.

Re: Editorial: Jack Thompson a Curious Choice for Freedom Award

Talking of Wikipedia, I can't wait for the time to come when the Jack Thompson page gets renamed to "Jack Thompson (Ex-Attourney).

Along the top, it could say "You have been directed here from Jack Thompson (Attourney)."

That time is coming.

P.S. Always be suspicious of anything that has "Freedom" in its name. Like "People's Republic of China" or "Discovery Institute", these words just get appropriated by groups who have little interest in what those words purport to mean, and everything about pushing their own agendas.

Re: Editorial: Jack Thompson a Curious Choice for Freedom Award

Does anyone else think it's weird that they have a freedom award where freedom is only one of four conditions?And that ol' Jackie doesn't even qualify for freedom, and he only qualifies for one condition (God).

Re: Editorial: Jack Thompson a Curious Choice for Freedom Award

You know, I had no clue about this award, it having been weeks since I last checked GP.  I went to the parade this morning, and who should I see but ... Jack.  ****ing.  Thompson.  I was almost sick.  I turned to my wife and said "No freaking way.  Why is that piece of horseshit here?"  Unfortunately, she doesn't know who JT is, so she couldn't really indulge in my anger.  I want to know if there's a website for the organizers of this parade, so we can tell them exactly what JT has done in the last while.

Also, I only got to read the first few comments, but the whole "freedom to practice conservative Christian values" should come as no surprise to any that are familiar with Utah and its politics, especially the part of Utah that Provo is in.

Re: Editorial: Jack Thompson a Curious Choice for Freedom Award

Dude... That sucks. I heard there were some protesters following him. Was that at least a little comfort? Or were they not even allowed to partake?

 

-"A fanatic is one who can't change his mind and won't change the subject." -Sir Winston Churchill

-"A fanatic is one who can't change his mind and won't change the subject." -Sir Winston Churchill

Re: Editorial: Jack Thompson a Curious Choice for Freedom Award

considering that it was supposed to be a Freedom Festival, it would be ironic if they weren't allowed to partake.

岩「…Ace beats Jack」

岩「…I can see why Hasselbeck's worried about fake guns killing fake people. afterall, she's a fake journalist on a fake news channel」

Re: Editorial: Jack Thompson a Curious Choice for Freedom Award

I said it before, I'll say it again: If you actually knew what goes on in Provo, Utah, you'd know why getting a freedom award from these fuckheads is a laugh and a half.

Re: Editorial: Jack Thompson a Curious Choice for Freedom Award

I was selected for this honor because the Committee read my book which delineates not only my efforts to protect children from pornography and violence but also the twenty-one years of harassment by the entertainment industry and The Florida Bar.

The Committee chose to honor me BECAUSE of my Bar problems not inspite of them.  My book delineates the current wave of efforts to deny my First Amendment rights, for example, to nail Howard Stern and speak out against Take-Two.

Apparently Dennis McCauley can't bring himself to report that people are chosen who not only have stood for American values but have paid a price for doing so.

Jesus said, as I noted in my extremely well-received speech, "The world hates you because it first hated me."  The people of faith who honored me in this way "get it," and of course Dennis McCauley doesn't get it.  He has faith only in the dollar and gaming "values."

This site has been afraid to interview me about all of this, because then it would have to tell my side about all of this.

And finally, I'm not going to be disbarred.  I'm well on my way to defeating this fascist effort to punish a Christian for preaching the truth.

One more thing:  The Festival organizers and I have spoken much and repeatedly about what this site has done to try to un-invite me to the Awards Gala.  They concluded that I had told them EVERYTHING about my Bar troubles, and they also concluded that the vitriol and downright ugliness of the comments coming from this site, orchestrated by McCauley, was strong proof that they had made a wise and a good choice.

Said one person on the Committee:  "If what we are getting from GamePolitics is typical of your critics, then we couldn't be more pleased to be honoring you for putting up with such nonsense."

So, thanks to all of you pixelantes from making clear what really everyone with a brain in the US knows:  Children are worth protecting from the corporate onslaught on their innocence and on our safety.

I'm on the winning side of this debate. McCauley knows it, which is why this sour grapes "editorial" is up at this addicts' site.  Jack Thompson

Re: Editorial: Jack Thompson a Curious Choice for Freedom Award

@WHODOYOUTHINK

Ummm....Jack.......I hate to tell you this...but......We ARE the children you're trying to protect! We don't want YOU to protect us! We want others like us to protect us! Stop trying to mow down our entertainment medium with your rampant, baseless religiosity! We're not the ones who are trying to interfere with your leisurely activities, are we? We won't burst into your house, grab your books and newspapers and music and television and computers and what ever else you have, throw them out onto your front lawn, start a bonfire, and howl, "We're just trying to protect you and your family! These things are dangerous! They could turn you all into mindless, murdering psychopaths!" NO! We are just sitting here, exercising our Constitutionally-protected freedom of speech by commenting on about how we think that this award is nothing more than a hunk of metal, wood, resin, plastics, and/or whatever the heck it was made out of (instead of the "prestigious" award it should've been)...and you espouse this fountain of rank, bigoted bull$#!7 at us (like you have before), and continue to claim that your protecting the world's children's innocence (even though said "innocence" is lost as soon as those pesky hormones kick in). We're just talking! Our words--hell! anyone's words--don't really matter! We could post, talk, write, and preach absolute nonsense (just like you!), and it wouldn't matter. It's just a freedom that we choose to exercise because we can!...You know, like you're doing now. See? Isn't it fun? Now please, we're only voicing our complants and bringing forth solid, proven evidence that you're borderline insane and this award only feeds the ego. Hope you have a nice day!....And please, stop trying to "protect" us! We're doing just fine without you.

Game on, brethren and sistren! Game on!

Re: Editorial: Jack Thompson a Curious Choice for Freedom Award

You, sir-or-madam, have won the Internet.

I AM A LOST SOUL, CONDEMNED TO HAUNT THE DREAMS OF JOHN BRUCE "JACK" THOMPSON UNTIL HIS CRUSADE AGAINST VIDEO GAMES ENDS. SOMEONE, PLEASE! END MY SUFFERING!



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I AM DOOMED TO HAUNT JACK THOMPSON'S DREAMS UNTIL HIS CRUSADE AGAINST VIDEO GAMES ENDS.

Re: Editorial: Jack Thompson a Curious Choice for Freedom Award

Glad you enjoyed your masturbatory activity Thompson. Howm uch longer will you be congratulating yourself for this?

Re: Editorial: Jack Thompson a Curious Choice for Freedom Award

Facist? Wow. You've already lost, Jack. First conspiracy, now propaganda. You're just a half step above Lyndon LaRouche, aren't ya? Good luck with THAT.

 

Life begins and ends with Choice. Anything in your life that unlawfully or immorally steals Choice from you should be excised immediately, totally, and destroyed utterly.

Life begins and ends with Choice. Anything in your life that unlawfully or immorally steals Choice from you should be excised immediately, totally, and destroyed utterly.

Re: Editorial: Jack Thompson a Curious Choice for Freedom Award

I'm still waiting on whether Judas took the silver or refused it, and whether he died from rupturing of the middle or hanging himself. Jesus also said to sell everything you have and give all the money to the poor. You are in fact, richer than Dennis is.

Now why don't you go follow Matthew 19:12 and castrate yourself for the kingdom of heaven's sake. Oh that's right, you won't because you're not a true christian.

You certainly don't "get it", and you probably can't even "get it up"
Evidently, the committee never saw all the insults you threw at us.

岩「…Ace beats Jack」

岩「…I can see why Hasselbeck's worried about fake guns killing fake people. afterall, she's a fake journalist on a fake news channel」

Re: Jack Thompson a Retarded Choice for "Freedom" Award

No, Jack, the world hates you because you're a self-righteous, self-serving, hypocritical asshole vulture who preys on both the dead and the living.

Jesus Christ will be laughing hysterically at you for even trying to get into the Kingdom of Heaven.

You want to talk about "fascist efforts to punish people for preaching the truth", then go look in the mirror, since everyone that's had to deal with your worthless ass has seen you make fascist efforts to get that disagree with you silenced from Neil Rogers to Howard Stern to Take-Two to even Dennis himself.

If the so-called "Festival organizers" agreed with your worthless ass, then they're dumber than a jar of mayonnaise.

Everyone with a brain knows that children are being "protected". They're being protected by the First Amendment from technophile pedophiles like you and the Parent Trash Cult. And anyone that's raised a child knows that children are hardly innocent, they lie just as much as their parents(they even lie to their parents).

And actually, we've been winning this debate since your worthless ass got involved. The courts have repeatedly ruled in favor of the video game industry since 2001.

You should talk about sour grapes, considering that you're criticizing the only news source that reported on you getting this "Freedom" award, which as I've been saying, is the equivalent of giving former KKK Grand Wizard David Duke an award for promoting racial equality.

Practice what you preach, worthless turd: Grow up and get a life.

Re: Editorial: Jack Thompson a Curious Choice for Freedom Award

Mr. Thompson, the Florida Supreme Court isn't punishing you because you're a Christian. It's punishing you because YOU ARE LYING. I know that in your world, everything christians say is true and cannot be disproven ever, but on planet earth, you're a filthy lier.

It doesn't matter what motivates you for what you're doing, whether it be christianity, or even if, God forbid, a family member or friend of yours was injured or killed in some way. You're still lying.

(watch as he thinks that as some sort of death threat even though i have no way to travel where he is from where i live straight across the country)

David Gagnon, Mature Human Being, and You're Not

Re: Editorial: Jack Thompson a Curious Choice for Freedom Award

It's been said that if there's anything worse than a sore loser, it's a sore winner.  So shut the fuck up, Jack.  Go home and enjoy your Booby Prize.  It really means nothing beyond those who gave it to you.

And if you're right and they chose you because of your troubles with the bar, then it only confirms what Dennis and others have speculated: that it was given because they agree with you that we're all part of some grand conspiracy against you, and that they are just as ignorant, bigoted and narrow-minded as you are.    It's also been revealed that the organization behind the event is out to tear-down the court system, which is also what you want to do just so you can escape accountability.  So why quibble about that if it turns out we were right?

And by the way, considering you've lied and over-inflated your own self-importance before, I'll consider your statement about that as suspect as everything else you've said in the past.  Which brings me to my next point...

You say you're going to win now?  Earlier as Dennis said, you were fairly sure you were going to be disbarred.  As you say so often to Dennis, get your story straight.  If you consider throwing a tantrum in the courtroom, and storming out thus waiving your right to argue mitigating curcumstances a winning tactic, then yeah, you've got it in the bag, then.  Though I have to wonder, you indicated that if you're disbarred that you would continue on no matter what.  Apparently then your law license doesn't matter to you that much if it's not a factor.  So if that's the case, why are you turning around now talking as if you're determined to keep it? (On a side note, I find it fascinating how you turn around words like "fascist" and "Nazi" to demonize your opponents when they can just as easily, and more aptly, be applied to you.)

Oh and one other thing, Howard Stern is still on the air, dumbass.  He's on Satellite radio.  Any child can still hear him if their parents have a subscription and are careless enough to have him on while in the car or in the home.  But you can't sic the FCC on him like you used to anymore because they have no jurisdiction over satellite, never will despite their efforts to change that and you know it.  So just admit that you gave up on that front.

You ruined Memorial Day with your outrageous comments and now you're doing it again today.  So again, shut up, enjoy your booby prize and go home and stop besmirching the days honoring those who know what true freedom is with your presence. 

Re: Editorial: Jack Thompson a Curious Choice for Freedom Award

1. You absolutely have written (more than once) that you expect to be disbarred. Everyone else expects it, too.

2. My only contact with the festival people was by way of asking: who nominated you and on what basis. I've got all of the e-mails to prove it. Frankly, given your current legal circumstances, to not ask those questions would be remiss. By the way, they still haven't answered, other than to say you were nominated and selected, which suggests to me that this was a highly political award.

3.) this editorial ignores all of your subjective views on gamers, games, etc. and looks only at your documented - and rather staggering - legal troubles.

4.) interview you? I interviewed you at some length in Sept. 2005. I'd be willing to do so again, however there are some obstacles, the primary one being that I'm concerned it would become acrimonious on your part, as I would not let you dominate the conversation as many interviewers seem to do. Beyond that, I find you very non-responsive to questions put forth in e-mail. I'm not sure I have a reason to expect anything better in a phone interview. Aside from that, I know your side, I've read it in all of your many court filings and posted many of them here for the "pixelantes"

5.) what the readers don't know is that yesterday while I was typing this editorial, you were sending me whiny, menacing e-mails, complaining that I was refusing to mention your award. To wit, this one, which you cc'd to CNN, CBS, Dr. Carole Lieberman, an attorney, Kotaku and GameSpot. 

Dennis, you are such a tool.  You will print every single negative thing you can think of, even if it's not news, and yet you can't bring yourself to report what happened here last night, a night you tried to stop for me through your site.  Oh, the Festival people have told me all about you.
 
When you get on the witness stand in the upcoming case, you and Hal and your little libel enterprise are dead meat.
 
Jack Thompssn
 

...and yet the truth is that GamePolitics was the ONLY gaming site to cover your award at all. A couple of games sites linked to our coverage after the fact. So, another baseless accusation.

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"1. You absolutely have written (more than once) that you expect to be disbarred. Everyone else expects it, too.

2. My only contact with the festival people was by way of asking: who nominated you and on what basis. I've got all of the e-mails to prove it. Frankly, given your current legal circumstances, to not ask those questions would be remiss. By the way, they still haven't answered, other than to say you were nominated and selected, which suggests to me that this was a highly political award.

3.) this editorial ignores all of your subjective views on gamers, games, etc. and looks only at your documented - and rather staggering - legal troubles.

4.) interview you? I interviewed you at some length in Sept. 2005. I'd be willing to do so again, however there are some obstacles, the primary one being that I'm concerned it would become acrimonious on your part, as I would not let you dominate the conversation as many interviewers seem to do. Beyond that, I find you very non-responsive to questions put forth in e-mail. I'm not sure I have a reason to expect anything better in a phone interview. Aside from that, I know your side, I've read it in all of your many court filings and posted many of them here for the "pixelantes"

5.) what the readers don't know is that yesterday while I was typing this editorial, you were sending me whiny, menacing e-mails, complaining that I was refusing to mention your award. To wit, this one, which you cc'd to CNN, CBS, Dr. Carole Lieberman, an attorney, Kotaku and GameSpot. 

Dennis, you are such a tool.  You will print every single negative thing you can think of, even if it's not news, and yet you can't bring yourself to report what happened here last night, a night you tried to stop for me through your site.  Oh, the Festival people have told me all about you.
 
When you get on the witness stand in the upcoming case, you and Hal and your little libel enterprise are dead meat.
 
Jack Thompssn

 


 

...and yet the truth is that GamePolitics was the ONLY gaming site to cover your award at all. A couple of games sites linked to our coverage after the fact. So, another baseless accusation."

Dennis, FTW!!!

Hit the road, Jack. And don't you come back no more, no more, no more, no more! Hit the road, Jack. And don't you come back no more!

I AM A LOST SOUL, CONDEMNED TO HAUNT THE DREAMS OF JOHN BRUCE "JACK" THOMPSON UNTIL HIS CRUSADE AGAINST VIDEO GAMES ENDS. SOMEONE, PLEASE! END MY SUFFERING!



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I AM DOOMED TO HAUNT JACK THOMPSON'S DREAMS UNTIL HIS CRUSADE AGAINST VIDEO GAMES ENDS.

Re: Editorial: Jack Thompson a Curious Choice for Freedom Award

I'm not sure, but since he has threatened suit against you, can't you go to the PA courts and request an injunction or order to show cause?  I don't know if you would just rather leave it, but there has to be a way to make him put up or shut up (and do so in Pennsylvania rather than Florida).

Re: Editorial: Jack Thompson a Curious Choice for Freedom Award

Re @ #4

Good one, especially pointing out his control issues and just how when pressed with questions he AVOIDES THEM!

As for #5, LOL!  Again with the SLAPPing, but we all know his track record of carrying his lame threats out.

You know what this is really about? Jack is furious that NO SUCH MEDIA GIVE A DARNED ABOUT HIM OR HIS "AWARD!"  It also goes to show how much of a sham this award is, and how little it brings to his already low creditability.

Yet I think we should thank him for posting, it is nice of the April Fool to visit us on the 4th of July and provide us with some laughs....

 

Re: Editorial: Jack Thompson a Curious Choice for Freedom Award

Argh, both the plain text with html and this fancy system keep changing things even after I preview them!

Testing two break tags again, last time I posted in html it ate them.


Testing 3 breaks, and... Ok that is odd, in reply mode my comment shows up like I wanted it to, while in the story it only has the right formating until "As for #5...."

Re: Editorial: Jack Thompson a Curious Choice for Freedom Award

Dennis, you have posting up here calling me a douchebag and the like.  Nice that you enforce your posting policies--not--when it comes to me.

Further, you have up at this site the assertion that I lobbied to get myself nominated for this award.  I didn't know anything about it until these folks called.  You were told that.  The Foundation told you that, and yet this site is nothing more than an opinion toilet where gamers who have absolutely nothing better to do make up "facts" as if this were some kind of Sims game.

The Foundation knew ALL about my problems with the Bar.  I told them.  The fact is this:  Dennis McCauley and his little lemmings here were so cruel and so bigoted and such liars that what went on here confirmed their choice and made the award all that sweeter.

I sat on the back of a convertible today at the parade, riding by 200,000 or more people, with mothers of kids on their laps waving and saying "Thank you for trying to protect our kids."

You fascist immoral jerks can have your games.  I have the heart of America.  And you, Dennis, are a liar.

Jack Thompson

 

 

 

Re: Editorial: Jack Thompson a Curious Choice for Freedom Award

Facist? You are the one trying to take away peoples freedom. You are the one that are trying to force your chistian views onto everyone else. You dont want to play these games or watch porn thats your right, but everybody else has the right to do so if they want to. THAT is freedom.

You do not have the heart of any country, you have the heart of a few conservatives in Utah, a minority.

"you can have your games" - You

Thats all we ever wanted, however you are the one that are trying to take games and freedom away from people. Its called tyrany. Yes Jack you are a tyrant. You just think because you have a certain religion that makes you infallible.

Re: Editorial: Jack Thompson a Curious Choice for Freedom Award

Jack, the difference between your insults and my insults is I can PROVE you're douchebag.

Of course, I don't have any restraining orders against me for trying to run someone I don't like off the road, so I'd bet I'd be able to win that argument.

Re: Editorial: Jack Thompson a Curious Choice for Freedom Award

"I have the heart of America."

*Hysterical laughter* 200,000 people as deluded as yourself does not constitute the "heart" of America.

For one so upset by language you have no problem using it yourself:

"JT: Do you recall my cursing at you?

CJ: I do not recall you cursing...

JT: In fact, I told you to "go fuck yourself," didn't I?

CJ: You may have..."

Practice what you preach. You wanna call us cruel, but you have no problem using terrible tragedies to push your agenda. Your narrowminded views of gamers are insanely bigoted. We're not all brain dead sociopaths. I'm in the top of my class, in the gifted program with an IQ of 142. I currently have a job, and in two weeks I'm going on a mission trip with my local youth group, even though I don't believe in God. And of course, calling us liars. Lying is at the top of the list of why you're bein disbarred, not because you fight for Jesus.

 

-"A fanatic is one who can't change his mind and won't change the subject." -Sir Winston Churchill

-"A fanatic is one who can't change his mind and won't change the subject." -Sir Winston Churchill

Re: Editorial: Jack Thompson a Curious Choice for Freedom Award

And your ass is facing disbarrment and we're not! Hooah! ;)

Re: Editorial: Jack Thompson a Curious Choice for Freedom Award

 

Dear Thompson,

Dude, the 'Heart of America,' as you put it is oblivious to what you really do.

 

Warren Lewis

Consumer responsibility is just as important as Corporate responsibility.

Re: Editorial: Jack Thompson a Curious Choice for Freedom Award

 

Main Entry:

 

 

fas·cism

 

Pronunciation: \ˈfa-ˌshi-zəm also ˈfa-ˌsi-\

 

Function:
noun
Etymology:
Italian fascismo, from fascio bundle, fasces, group, from Latin fascis bundle & fasces fasces
Date:
1921

 

1often capitalized : a political philosophy, movement, or regime (as that of the Fascisti) that exalts nation and often race above the individual and that stands for a centralized autocratic government headed by a dictatorial leader, severe economic and social regimentation, and forcible suppression of opposition
2: a tendency toward or actual exercise of strong autocratic or dictatorial control <early instances of army fascism and brutality

 

Seeing the definition of fascism Jack I think you're way more guilty of it than anyone. The simple fact of the matter is that you ignore those parts of Christ's teachings that you feel are inconvenient. Things like love thy neighbor as thyself, do unto others as you would have them do unto you and the like. You routinely bear false witness against people who hold a differing opinion than your own, you lie about the facts in order to suit your own ends and when you get called on it and shown the actual facts you try to threaten and destroy those who oppose you. You lust after a personal legacy and power and have openly said that it's ok to do the things you do in your moral crusade because you're a righteous man trying to protect children. (Despite the teaching of Christ that there ARE no righteous people, no not one)

Now as a Christian man myself I ask you this, does your attitude reflect Christ or the Pharisee?

 

Re: Jack Thompson a Retarded Choice for "Freedom" Award

Oh, and you never had the heart of America, you give America heartburn.

I'd say that you're a part of the ass of America, but you live in a state shaped like an erect penis.

Practice what you preach: Grow up and get a life.

Re: Editorial: Jack Thompson a Curious Choice for Freedom Award

"You fascist immoral jerks can have your games."

That's just it, Jack.  Your whole platform, when you're honest about it, is "no video games for anybody."  You sometimes try to say otherwise, but you've let it slip in the past and it's on record.  So yeah, call us names if it makes you feel better, but let us spend our leisure time how we choose as responsible adults and leave us the hell alone.

Re: Jack Thompson a Retarded Choice for "Freedom" Award

As Pee-Wee Herman would say,  I know you are, but what am I?

You're the one making up "facts" as you go along, worthless turd. That's why you're being disbarred, Metropolitian Moron of Miami, not because you're a "Christian" who really worships a Demon Pretender to the Throne of the Kingdom of Heaven. 

You're the bigot, since you've made racist remarks in the past about Scottish and Japanese people.

Being born and raised in the home of Mardi Gras(where at least a million people converge on New Orleans and the surrounding areas for the two weeks worth of parades every year), I am not impressed that you were in a parade with only "200,000" people, some of them more likely to chant "Asshole", "You Suck", or "Shut The F*** Up" at your worthless ass.

Look in the mirror for a fascist immoral jerk, asshole. Practice what you preach: Grow up and get a life.

 
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IanCErm so they shouldn't sell edutainment at all? Why?04/17/2014 - 4:42pm
MaskedPixelanteNot that linkable, go onto Steam and there's stuff like Pajama Sam on the front-page, courtesy of Night Dive.04/17/2014 - 4:13pm
Andrew EisenOkay, again, please, please, PLEASE get in a habit of linking to whatever you're talking about.04/17/2014 - 4:05pm
MaskedPixelanteAnother round of Night Dive teasing and promising turns out to be stupid edutainment games. Thanks for wasting all our time, guys. See you never.04/17/2014 - 3:44pm
Matthew WilsonAgain the consequences were not only foreseeable, but very likely. anyone who understood supply demand curvs knew that was going to happen. SF has been a econ/trade hub for the last hundred years.04/17/2014 - 2:45pm
Andrew EisenMixedPixelante - Would you like to expand on that?04/17/2014 - 2:43pm
MaskedPixelanteWell, I am officially done with Night Dive Studios. Unless they can bring something worthwhile back, I'm never buying another game from them.04/17/2014 - 2:29pm
PHX Corphttp://www.msnbc.com/ronan-farrow/watch/video-games-continue-to-break-the-mold-229561923638 Ronan Farrow Daily on Video games breaking the mold04/17/2014 - 2:13pm
NeenekoAh yes, because by building something nice they were just asking for people to come push them out. Consequences are protested all the time when other people are implementing them.04/17/2014 - 2:06pm
Matthew Wilsonok than they should not protest when the consequences of that choice occur.04/17/2014 - 1:06pm
NeenekoIf people want tall buildings, plenty of other cities with them. Part of freedom and markets is communities deciding what they do and do not want built in their collective space.04/17/2014 - 12:55pm
Sora-ChanI realize that they have ways getting around it, but one reason might be due to earthquakes.04/17/2014 - 4:42am
Matthew WilsonSF is a tech/ economic/ trade center it should be mostly tail building. this whole problem is because of the lack of tail buildings. How would having tail apartment buildings destroy SF? having tail buildings has not runed other cities around the US/world04/16/2014 - 10:51pm
Matthew WilsonAgain the issue is you can not build upwards anywhere in SF at the moment, and no you would not. You would bring prices to where they should have been before the market distortion. those prices are not economic or socially healthy.04/16/2014 - 10:46pm
ZippyDSMleeYou still wind up pushing people out of the non high rise aeras but tis least damage you can do all things considered.04/16/2014 - 10:26pm
ZippyDSMleeANd by mindlessly building upward you make it like every place else hurting property prices,ect,ect. You'll have to slowly segment the region into aeras where you will never build upward then alow some aeras to build upward.04/16/2014 - 10:25pm
Matthew WilsonSF have to build upwards they have natural growth limits. they can not grow outwards. ps growing outwards is terable just look at Orlando or Austin for that.04/16/2014 - 4:15pm
ZippyDSMleeIf they built upward then it would becoem like every other place making it worthless, if they don't build upward they will price people out making it worthless, what they need to do is a mix of things not just one exstreme or another.04/16/2014 - 4:00pm
Matthew Wilsonyou know the problem in SF was not the free market going wrong right? it was government distortion. by not allowing tall buildings to be build they limited supply. that is not free market.04/16/2014 - 3:48pm
ZippyDSMleeOh gaaa the free market is a lie as its currently leading them to no one living there becuse they can not afford it makign it worthless.04/16/2014 - 3:24pm
 

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