Jack Thompson Offers His Expertise to Sarah Palin

October 10, 2008 -

Q: What do you get when you cross a media sensation with a guy who loves to see his name in print?

A: A letter from Jack Thompson to Sarah Palin.

Facing imminent disbarment, the Miami attorney has written to the Republican vice-presidential candidate, urging her to take a stand against violent video games. And, of course, offering his own services in that regard.

In a letter to America's best-known hockey mom, Thompson writes:

The McCain-Palin campaign, with all respect, is missing the boat on this issue. I strongly urge your campaign to tell American parents that if elected you will present to Congress a bill that prevents the sale of adult games to kids while fully protecting the First Amendment. 

 

I have this crucial, constitutional legislation drafted and ready to go.  You will see voters flock to your proposal.  The American entertainment industry’s assault upon our children and our values must stop, and you are the person to stop it. 

Thompson's previous attempt at "this crucial, constitutional legislation," however, was declared unconstitutional in stinging language by a federal judge in Louisiana. Utah's Republican attorney general also dismissed a Thompson-drafted bill as a violation of the First Amendment. State legislatures in Delaware and Massachusetts have likewise passed on Thompson's proposal.

Full text of the letter after the jump... 

October 10, 2008

The Honorable Sarah Palin
Governor, State of Alaska
Vice-Presidential Candidate
McCain-Palin Campaign Headquarters
Arlington, Virginia Via Fax and e-mail

Re:  Federal Law Needed to Stop Sale of Mature-Rated Video Games to Minors

Dear Governor Palin:

Over the last decade I have appeared on more than 200 national television programs (Today eight times, 60 Minutes twice, Nightline, Oprah) alerting Americans to the public safety and health hazards posed by the video game industry’s marketing and sale of violent and pornographic Mature-rated video games to minors.  Innumerable school shootings have been caused by these murder simulators, including those at Paducah, Columbine, Red Lake, and Virginia Tech.  We are teaching our kids how to murder.

A number of reliable polls prove that 70% of the American people want a federal law prohibiting the sale of adult video games to minors.  We are the only nation in the world that does not have such a law. The United States Federal Trade Commission has proven that major retailers like Best Buy, Target, and Wal-Mart are violating the video game industry’s age rating system. These brazen sales by these huge retailers are occurring in stores and via the Internet.   I have sat in jail cells with these game-trained killers.  I have sat in the living rooms of the families of their victims.  Both sides in this carnage are bathed in tears.  The video game industry is sowing the wind, and the rest of us are reaping their whirlwind.  It is going to get worse.  Columbine times ten is on the way.  

The McCain-Palin campaign, with all respect, is missing the boat on this issue. I strongly urge your campaign to tell American parents that if elected you will present to Congress a bill that prevents the sale of adult games to kids while fully protecting the First Amendment.  I have this crucial, constitutional legislation drafted and ready to go.  You will see voters flock to your proposal.  The American entertainment industry’s assault upon our children and our values must stop, and you are the person to stop it. 

Regards, Jack Thompson
 


Comments

Re: Jack Thompson Offers His Expertise to Sarah Palin

I can see the irony here... Jack is now a member of one of his most hated organisations... which means he's going to be out of a job AND going to be banned from the site for being a pain in the neck.

When Life gives you lemons, you find a new god.

When Life gives you lemons, you find a new god.

Re: Jack Thompson Offers His Expertise to Sarah Palin

I also have it on good authority, via an email I received the other day, that you may be receiving another coming out of the closet kit, Jack - since your last one ended up being worthy enough to be put in one of your spam emails you call a press release.

 

He seems to especially love the fact the last one arrived to you as you were in hot water for giving judges gay porn. Seriously, keep your private hobbies out of the courtroom. 

Re: Jack Thompson Offers His Expertise to Sarah Palin

I also can't help but find it hilarious that Jack thinks he's still buddy-buddy with Joe Lieberman - especially considering I have spoken to the man and his staff, and they have gone on the record of saying they don't support you anymore, and that they "Just delete his emails".

Word to the wise Jack, between an attorney approaching disbarrment and the people who keep him elected here in Connecticut (and a lot of us have called regarding this), he's going to choose us, every time.

Re: Jack Thompson Offers His Expertise to Sarah Palin

Zevorick, you wanted me banned here?  I thought this site was for free speech?  Free speech only if it fits your tiny little worldview, Zevorick?  Nice fake name, by the way.  You sound worried, Zevorick.  You should be. 

Jack Thompson

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Re: Jack Thompson Offers His Expertise to Sarah Palin

Free speech is a two way street. 

You can't go around bitching that you want a post taken down by the admins within 10 minutes because it painted you as a gay porn surfer and then turn around and wave around the free speech flag.

But then again, since when have you ever been consistent?

Re: Jack Thompson Offers His Expertise to Sarah Palin

Thats funny Jack, you claim to be victim of free speech when your the one trying stomp out the first admendent in video games.

Re: Jack Thompson Offers His Expertise to Sarah Palin

Let me guess... you're planning to SUE!!!!!zomGbbQ!!!

 

Pathetic

Re: Jack Thompson Offers His Expertise to Sarah Palin

Now THAT is ironic.

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Re: Jack Thompson Offers His Expertise to Sarah Palin

I would be more worried about your upcoming disbarment proceedings...14 days and counting, Jack!

Sortableturnip's Law: As an online discussion of video game violence grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Jack Thompson approaches 1

Re: Jack Thompson Offers His Expertise to Sarah Palin

Mr. Thompson, you're one to talk about free speech only fitting ones own worldview, since you said that anyone who disagrees with you should be legally executed.

Those are YOUR words, not mine.

Think about it.

David "DavCube" Gagnon, Sane New Hampshirite, and You're Not.

Re: Jack Thompson Offers His Expertise to Sarah Palin

So, you're pretty stupid, huh Jack?  The first thing you teach anyone that wants to get out on the internet is you never provide your real name or anything that can be used to identify you.  This is not cowardice, but practicality in a time where identity theft is so prevelant and, frankly, easy.

I guess it's not something you typically need to worry about, though. I mean, after all, who in their right mind would want to be you?

Re: Jack Thompson Offers His Expertise to Sarah Palin

So you've gone from an attorney to someone who engages in flame wars on internet forums?

Really.  For shame Mr. Thompson.  For shame.....

Re: Jack Thompson Offers His Expertise to Sarah Palin

For someone with a handle like "Attorney and You Are Not" you'd think you would understand that free speech rights really only protects citizens from the government from taking away their speech. Internet sites can do whatever they please to their members.

For a troll like you, I would say a banning is a great response seeing as you're only going to re-hash the same old "right where I want them" bullshit over and over again.

Re: Jack Thompson Offers His Expertise to Sarah Palin

You'd think that someone with a handle like "Attorney and You Are Not" would understand that the constitution only protects us from the government oppressing our free speech. Internet sites can do whatever they want with their users if they deem it appropriate.

For a troll like you with nothing better to do with his time, I would say a banning is quite appropriate.

Re: Jack Thompson Offers His Expertise to Sarah Palin

Yeah, he should be worried, I mean, you might stalk him and jerk off on his car doors.

 

-Remember kids, personal responsibility is for losers!

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

Re: Jack Thompson Offers His Expertise to Sarah Palin

 Jack, we want you banned because you're insulting and abusive.  Nevermind your baseless legal threats against various members of this community in the past.

I'm now going to commit something Jack would likely say is libel.  It is, however, all fact, and I can back this up with evidence.  I welcome you, Jack, to try to track me down to sue me.  My countersuit will ruin you.

Jack (John Bruce) Thompson of Coral Gables, Florida, is a serial liar.  He is abusive, profane, and obsessive, often using unethical practices to haunt those opposed to him.  Jack, please, try to sue me.  Try to find out who I am.  I'm using a screen name to protect my identity, as I've been the target of ID theft before.  However, I've told you who I am once before, and it is not my fault you can't keep track of it.  Try to sue me for libel, go ahead - make my day, make me lots of money.  I'm sure your family can afford it, what with the $41k fees you have to pay and the ongoing medical costs your family is accruing.

 

 

Re: Jack Thompson Offers His Expertise to Sarah Palin

As a lawyer Jack, I'm sure you are aware that the first amendment applies only to state-actors.

Do I really need to give you a lesson in basic Constitutional Law? 

Re: Jack Thompson Offers His Expertise to Sarah Palin

Nice fake name, by the way.

the only people I've heard of that had 7 words in their name like you do happen to be terrorists. You sound worried, Mr. Not. You should be.

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 Offers His Expertise to Sarah Palin

You talking about Free Speech is like Fred Phelps demanding Gay Rights.

Re: Jack Thompson Offers His Expertise to Sarah Palin

Free speach is to be able to say what you want ... but it does NOT mean you have the right to force your words on us

you should be well aware of that concept shouldn't you? You continualy open your mouth, but never listen to others. That is the reason you cannot be interviewed ... cause in the end, its not an interview, its just you shouting that your being talked over and cencored when you talk over other people and try and make it sound pleasent by say "if I can just say" ... doesn't matter what you say, if you cut someone off, your violating there right to say what they want to say ... which is what you want us to do in regard to you.

Re: Jack Thompson Offers His Expertise to Sarah Palin

Free speach is to be able to say what you want ... but it does NOT mean you have the right to force your words on us

Which is why I play the "opression" card when he references his "religion"

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 Offers His Expertise to Sarah Palin

Really, it's the mods decision, Jack, if he feels that you're comments are appropriate to the discussion.   He can perma-ban you at any time...you don't even know if this server is located in the United States, ya MORON!

Sortableturnip's Law: As an online discussion of video game violence grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Jack Thompson approaches 1

Re: Jack Thompson Offers His Expertise to Sarah Palin

I wouldn't be threatening people like that Jack.  If someone were to sue you, you could have another thing in common with Mike Nifong, as in, you could go to jail.  But wait, maybe you want to go to jail.  After all, a closet homosexual may enjoy going there (and in case you can't figure it out, I'm talking about you).

"I may not be a lawyer, but I'm more qualified to be one than Jack Thompson."

"I may not be a lawyer, but I'm more qualified to be one than Jack Thompson."

Re: Jack Thompson Offers His Expertise to Sarah Palin

This site belongs to Dennis and the ECA.  Your rights end at the front door.  But your inability to understand the basics of the internet is quite well known.

-Ultimately what will do in mankind is a person's fear of their own freedom-

Re: Jack Thompson Offers His Expertise to Sarah Palin

It's about following rules and being respectful of others, not about slamming people left and right. You are free to disagree as much as you want, but what you've done today is just... beyond anything I've ever seen anyone, including you, done before "in the name of free speach"

Re: Jack Thompson Offers His Expertise to Sarah Palin

Being an asshole is not free speech, you attention whore.

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Re: Jack Thompson Offers His Expertise to Sarah Palin

Free speech only if it fits your tiny little worldview, Zevorick?

 

WOW.. the irony of JT saying that is IMMENSE. What a hypocrite.

Re: Jack Thompson Offers His Expertise to Sarah Palin

Why are you so obsessed with people using screen names? It's common practice on the internet to go by a short pseudonym, because many chat rooms, email systems, and games require you to pick something short, easy to remember, and unique. Historically many didn't allow you to use spaces, so people came up with mashup names.

In order to preserve your online identity, you then tend to carry that screen name to other places, even if you could use a different one. Chances are Zevorick is known as Zevorick on other forums, maybe on Xbox Live, maybe in his email address... It makes life easier to pick a name you like and stick to it.

Re: Jack Thompson Offers His Expertise to Sarah Palin

truth, I've been known as zel since like, 1998 and i've kept it in every game I play O.o hell when our CS clan would have lans in miami we all usually went by our handles since thats how we mainly knew each other, i prefer it personally.

and i'm sure he would LOVE a debate, it would put him back into the public eye. I for one wouldn't give him the helping hand.

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Re: Jack Thompson Offers His Expertise to Sarah Palin

IT'S OFFICIAL:

Look at the number of comments on this story: 228.  That's nearly the total of all of the other stories on the front page of this site combined.  That is a reminder, yet again, that I'm the best thing that every happened to GamePolitics.  I have made Dennis McCauley more money than he otherwise would have made.  You're welcome.

So, here's how Hal Halpin and his ECA that owns this site can pay me back for promoting so generously, over the last three years, GP:

Agree to debate me, one-on-one, Hal, about what we need to do to make the video game industry more responsible or Jack Thompson less relevant.  Whatever  you want the issue to be, Hal, I'll debate it--anywhere, anytime, anyhow.

The ball's in your court now, Hal.  Have you got the courage to do it, Hal, or are you going to continue to just do softball interviews by fawning game industry types?  I do the hard interviews.  Are you willing to debate the hard issues?  If you want to raise money by means of the debate, then the money can go to the charity of your choice.

Let me know.  Let us all know.  Patty Vance can run the debate clock.  Jack Thompson 

 

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Re: Jack Thompson Offers His Expertise to Sarah Palin

That is a reminder, yet again, that I'm the best thing that every happened to GamePolitics.  I have made Dennis McCauley more money than he otherwise would have made.  You're welcome.

How someone this dimwitted could ever pass a bar exam in the first place is mind-boggling. You should consider seeing a doctor, I'd be worried about a loss in mental faculties of this magnitude.

Re: Jack Thompson Offers His Expertise to Sarah Palin

It´s official: You are an idiot.

Only an idiot celebrates when an whole internet community call him asshole.

Next time you will claim victory when you get raped in a dark alley:

Jack Thompson: Hey, Gamepolitics, I get ass-pounded 245 times by a group of people. Is the biggest gangbang in history, and I´m still a lawyer and you not. Hooah!

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Re: Jack Thompson Offers His Expertise to Sarah Palin

When has Jacko ever done a "hard interview?" 

http://www.popularculturegaming.com

Re: Jack Thompson Offers His Expertise to Sarah Palin

You don't reason with a rabid dog.

Re: Jack Thompson Offers His Expertise to Sarah Palin

You don't reason with a rabid dog.

Re: Jack Thompson Offers His Expertise to Sarah Palin

Man, I has Aspurger's Syndrome (an Autism Spectrum Disorder), and I could beat you in a debate. You're too... well, too stupid. You ask for money for debating, and when the other person doesn't agree, you say that they declined and see it as a personal victory. It's like you celebrating when the wind blows a plastic bottle onto its side with you claiming you used your mind to do it.

As for you're popularity, this thing always happens with that person EVERYONE loves to hate. Also, technically, they wouldn't have to pay you. They never asked you to, nor was there any form of formal agreement in which payment was promised.

 

-Barra Sadei, College Freshman-

 

P.S. Also, aren't you technically lying in the letter to the McCain-Palin campaign? Your law isn't constitutional...

Re: Jack Thompson Offers His Expertise to Sarah Palin

 lol jack we love you :3

Re: Jack Thompson Offers His Expertise to Sarah Palin

 Jack, you're a retard and a serial liar.

 

GAME POLITICS MAKES NO MONEY OFF SITE TRAFFIC.

So quit claiming it does.

 

Re: Jack Thompson Offers His Expertise to Sarah Palin

You spamming and trolling GamePolitics looking for reactions /= Best thing that ever happened to GamePolitics.

If a Nazi started posting about his desire to murder Jews, and people descended upon him like a mob, does that mean he's done a good thing?

Brain: "Pinky, are you pondering what I'm pondering?" Pinky: "I think so, Brain, but we're already naked."

Re: Jack Thompson Offers His Expertise to Sarah Palin

Yes, you are. You are funny as shit.

~You Could Be Mine, But You're Way Out Of Line..~

~You Could Be Mine, But You're Way Out Of Line..~

Re: Jack Thompson Offers His Expertise to Sarah Palin

No, it's just a symbol that you talk the most crap, and therefore need the most correcting.

Do you think these people magically appear when you post Einstein? They were here all the time, but usually people aren't posting enough stupid crap to warrant a response.

Re: Jack Thompson Offers His Expertise to Sarah Palin

I'm sure Dennis will be happy to pay you 100% of the Ad Revenue that you claim they have for your services...

Re: Jack Thompson Offers His Expertise to Sarah Palin

http://www.gamepolitics.com/2008/10/07/report-sega-working-closely-esrb-...

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Look before you speak, MORON!

Sortableturnip's Law: As an online discussion of video game violence grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Jack Thompson approaches 1

Re: Jack Thompson Offers His Expertise to Sarah Palin

I'm going to drill this into your head until it fucking sticks.

NO

ADS

NO

TRAFFIC

BASED

INCOME

MIAMI

MORON

-Ultimately what will do in mankind is a person's fear of their own freedom-

Re: Jack Thompson Offers His Expertise to Sarah Palin

Attention Whore...

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Re: Jack Thompson Offers His Expertise to Sarah Palin

I have made Dennis McCauley more money than he otherwise would have made.

show me the ads or GTFO

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 Offers His Expertise to Sarah Palin

"Look at the number of comments on this story: 228.  That's nearly the total of all of the other stories on the front page of this site combined.  That is a reminder, yet again, that I'm the best thing that every happened to GamePolitics.  I have made Dennis McCauley more money than he otherwise would have made.  You're welcome."

You really have no idea how the tubes work, do you?

There are no adds on this site, only affiliates. your topics are costing Dennis more money.

I hope in 15-16 days you sober up a little. You'll need to if you're ever going to flip that burger.

Re: Jack Thompson Offers His Expertise to Sarah Palin

Delete this message.  If you want to send a personal message, e-mail.

 

Why don't you just bugger off to Bangladesh, Thompson.  Their attitudes would suit yours MUCh better, and you might get your name in print!

 

Not that it'll mean anything

Re: Jack Thompson Offers His Expertise to Sarah Palin

You mean so you can back out like you have basically done 95% of the time?

Re: Jack Thompson Offers His Expertise to Sarah Palin

Penny Arcade backed out of the debate.  I didn't.  You need a brain scan?

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Mattsworknameof players, over and over for the last seveal years. Among non RPG games, which make up the vast majority of current games, I think that you still see a large scale disparity between male and female in the AAA industry.07/01/2015 - 1:36am
Mattsworknamewilson. Out of RPG players yes, thats true, and in pc ciricles im not suprised, but RPGS make a small fraction of Console games these days and while pc gaming is seeing a resurgance, MMOs are actually retracting in size , as shown by WOW losing millions07/01/2015 - 1:33am
Matthew Wilsonhere is the study to prove it. http://www.pcgamer.com/researchers-find-that-female-pc-gamers-outnumber-males/07/01/2015 - 1:17am
Matthew Wilson@matt wrong over half of rpg players, both singleplayer and mmos, are female.07/01/2015 - 1:15am
MechaCrashRight, women don't usually play AAA games because none are aimed at them because they don't play them because none are aimed at them because okay you see where I'm going with this.07/01/2015 - 1:11am
MattsworknameI think the better path is this, more games built to give you the Choice of playing as male or female, and give the females good voice actors07/01/2015 - 1:08am
Mattsworknameup more then a fraction of the AAA games industry, but they make up a much larger part of the moble market.07/01/2015 - 1:04am
Mattsworknameandrew is right, to a point, as you are seeing a slow increase of women in games, but the sales shows that the lions share of gaming money comes from a male demo, and while andrew is right that it is changing, it's gonna be a LONG time before women make07/01/2015 - 1:04am
Andrew EisenI think more professional gamblers should get into games publishing. They'll play the odds but they'll also take risks to maximize profits.06/30/2015 - 11:57pm
Andrew EisenAt the end of the day, the ball is rolling and it's rolling in the right direction. Maybe not as fast as we'd like, but it is moving. All we can do is play the games that interest us and make our thoughts known.06/30/2015 - 11:55pm
Matthew Wilsonits unfortunate that the dataset is so tiny for female leads, and is a mixed bag, so money people get the wrong idea.06/30/2015 - 11:54pm
Andrew Eisen"Duke Nukem Forever sold poorly. See? Games staring white guys don't sell!" Pretty silly thing to say.06/30/2015 - 11:50pm
Andrew EisenOr, at the very least, that gamers aren't turned off by female leads.06/30/2015 - 11:49pm
Matthew Wilsonyou would think games like metriod, portal and tomb raider would show that it work, but hopefuly those knew ones will.06/30/2015 - 11:47pm
Andrew EisenBut, luckily strides are being made and the money peoples are slowly learning that diversity -> larger targeted audience -> more potential dollars.06/30/2015 - 11:43pm
Andrew EisenSure does. That's why there should be more than just one or two attempts. (7 games at E3 with female leads and 35 with a gender option. I think it's safe to say that not all of these will fail!)06/30/2015 - 11:42pm
Matthew Wilsonthat puts alot of presure on the early stuff to do well. lets hope games like recode and harizon are good, and sell well.06/30/2015 - 11:38pm
Andrew EisenLuckily, money people also like to follow trends. So, it's a "simple" matter of making proper representation a trend. And wouldn't you know it, we're seeing the beginnings of exactly that!06/30/2015 - 11:34pm
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Andrew EisenThat's why I think it's worth convincing the money peoples that proper representation (in any of its forms) isn't a financial risk, it's the path to expanding your audience and making even MORE money!06/30/2015 - 11:32pm
 

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