Delicious Irony: Judge Who Nixed Blagojevich's Game Law approved FBI Wiretap of Crooked Illinois Guv

December 9, 2008 -

Pop Quiz - the following line is from:

  1. A Grand Theft Auto cut scene
  2. The potty mouth of Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich

I’ve got this thing and it’s f***ing golden, and, uh, uh, I’m just not giving it up for f***in’ nothing. I’m not gonna do it. And, and I can always use it. I can parachute me there.

The answer, as you might have guessed, is Rod Blagojevich.

The foul-mouthed Guv was picked up on FBI wiretaps trying to figure out how to trade his constitutional ability to name a replacement for Barack Obama's remaining term in the Senate for something of value to himself. The chicanery over the Senate appointment is but one of several corruption charges against Blagojevich.

And, in a yummy twist of fate, U.S. District Court Judge Matthew Kennelly, who ruled in 2005 that Blagojevich's video game law was unconstitutional, was one of two federal judges who authorized recent FBI wiretaps that led to Blagojevich's downfall.

In fact, a reading of the FBI's complaint against Blagojevich shows that both the Guv and his wife have a penchant for dropping the F-bomb. And this is the guy who was so concerned about the mature content in GTA?

In still more LOL-type Blagojevich news, GP reader amuler1 reminds us that - at least according to Jack Thompson - Blagojevich asserted that violent video games were behind February's shooting rampage at Northern Illinois University. In a February 16th press release, Thompson wrote:

Today at 3:55 pm, Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich was interviewed on the Fox News Channel about yesterday’s massacre at Northern Illinois University.  When asked why these school shootings are occurring, the Governor stated, “A lot of people smarter than I can be asked that question, but I believe we have to look to the violent entertainment that glamorizes and motivates and trains people to engage in these behaviors, most especially video games.”

The Governor echoes what Miami attorney Jack Thompson said on Fox News this morning at 10:15 am this same day, as he noted that the Virginia Tech and other school shooters have been immersed in these murder simulators.

At the time we were unable to confirm Thompson's assertions regarding Blagojevich's linking of NIU and violent games, although we have no reason to doubt that Thompson is correct concerning what the disgraced Guv may have said.


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Re: Delicious Irony: Judge Who Nixed Blagojevich's Game Law

Hi Everyone,

In light of all the events around Blagojevich, I created two Blago games as political satire here:

http://www.headlinegames.com

I beleive it is fitting that the very industry he tried to pass legislation on now has games making fun the situation he is in in the currentl headlines.

Regards,
Shawn Recinto
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Re: Delicious Irony: Judge Who Nixed Blagojevich's Game Law

So, we got Eliot Spitzer and then this guy.  Sweet, now all we have to do is see if Leland Yee do something way criminal (or very terrorists).  I did found out that he shot down a peice of legislation where it could have ban Lead in children's toys.  Why would he turn that down?  I got a few ideas why:

 

-He's probably working with the communist government in China.  Remember we had many products recall because of high levels of dangerous chemicals.  Do you also remember that the computer hackings was thought to came from China, what if he's the one helping with that.

-He's in league with Al-Queda, or Iran.

-Just wait until he do something stupid. 

 

Anyway to answer that pop quiz, I don't think it's from GTA.  Nope, it's probably from the movie Scarface, and The Departed.  I think this guy was secretly listening to gangsta rap music.

Re: Delicious Irony: Judge Who Nixed Blagojevich's Game Law

I live in illinois and its about time he got arrested and i love yummy irony.

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Re: Delicious Irony: Judge Who Nixed Blagojevich's Game Law

One must remember the more corrupt high society( IE the part of society that leads the populace) the more moralistic they get.
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Re: Delicious Irony: Judge Who Nixed Blagojevich's Game Law

Low society is the same way.  Look at all the devout Christian rednecks and white trash folk who are wife-beating, gay-hatin', bar-fightin', child abusin' lowlifes.   

Sinners pray the loudest.

Re: Delicious Irony: Judge Who Nixed Blagojevich's Game Law

 that guy is like Tony Montana.

Re: Delicious Irony: Judge Who Nixed Blagojevich's Game Law

We're close to having our first african american president, and all these corrupt politicians are beign brought down.

 

Beautiful.

Re: Delicious Irony: Judge Who Nixed Blagojevich's Game Law

You lousy Americans!  Just when Canada starts to have an interesting political season, you have to go and show us up. ;D

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Re: Delicious Irony: Judge Who Nixed Blagojevich's Game Law

We should ship some of our disgraced politicians your direction once they get out of jail, that way you can sit back and have a good laugh :P

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Re: Delicious Irony: Judge Who Nixed Blagojevich's Game Law

Yay!  Finally some internet "criticism" of Americans I actually don't mind to hear, lol.  The internet hates us anymore Even though technically, you're 'American' too, along with the Mexicans. It's not like the US owns the whole continent, lol.

Re: Delicious Irony: Judge Who Nixed Blagojevich's Game Law

That's not ironic. That's justice.

"That's not ironic. That's justice."

Re: Delicious Irony: Judge Who Nixed Blagojevich's Game Law

That should be your signature.

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Re: Delicious Irony: Judge Who Nixed Blagojevich's Game Law

Will do, and here I thought I was just meeting my badass quota for the week.

"That's not ironic. That's justice."

Re: Delicious Irony: Judge Who Nixed Blagojevich's Game Law

Testing.  Sweet.

 

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Re: Delicious Irony: Judge Who Nixed Blagojevich's Game Law

No offense, because I like your quote, but don't you think it makes you appear arrogant to have your signature be a quote from yourself?

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Re: Delicious Irony: Judge Who Nixed Blagojevich's Game Law

Dude do not listen to these guys, keep the -me simply because it does make you look arrogant, internet modesty is highly overrated. 

Re: Delicious Irony: Judge Who Nixed Blagojevich's Game Law

"Only an idiot quotes himself."-Me.
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Re: Delicious Irony: Judge Who Nixed Blagojevich's Game Law

Just take off the "-me" part and it will be good.

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Re: Delicious Irony: Judge Who Nixed Blagojevich's Game Law

A corrupt politician, from Illinois...are we really that shocked?  Of course im sorry for his  family though it sounds like his wife may have been in on it as well.  

Forgot about his gaming connection, well done GP *Tips hat*

Re: Delicious Irony: Judge Who Nixed Blagojevich's Game Law

A corrupt politician, from Illinois...are we really that shocked?

Only by the shear brazenness of this particular politician. Blatantly shopping around for bribes for appointment to the US Senate is a new one. A bloody stupid one as well to do so when he know's he's under scrutiny.

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Re: Delicious Irony: Judge Who Nixed Blagojevich's Game Law

Hipocracy....  so satifying

Re: Delicious Irony: Judge Who Nixed Blagojevich's Game Law

Reporters should always list the party to which a politician belongs when they make the news. Even when the news is bad.

This guy is a Democrat and a scumbag.

"I've got this thing and it's f***ing golden, and, uh, uh, I'm just not giving it up for f***in' nothing. I'm not gonna do it. And I can always use it. I can parachute me there," Blagojevich said in a phone call secretly recorded by the FBI on November 5, the day after the election, according to the affidavit. [...]

The FBI affidavit said Blagojevich had been told by an adviser "the President-elect can get ROD BLAGOJEVICH's wife on paid corporate boards in exchange for naming the President-elect's pick to the Senate."

Told by two other advisers he has to "suck it up" for two years, the FBI says it heard Blagojevich complain he has to give this "motherf***er [the President-elect] his Senator. F*** him. For nothing? F*** him."

The Governor is heard saying he will pick another candidate "before I just give f***ing [Senate Candidate l] a f***ing Senate seat and I don't get anything."

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Re: Delicious Irony: Judge Who Nixed Blagojevich's Game Law

Yeah, let's be divisive just for the sake of being divisive. :p

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Re: Delicious Irony: Judge Who Nixed Blagojevich's Game Law

Ha, ha, ha... If you don't already understand the importance there's no reason to explain it to you. And, it has nothing to do with divisiveness.

 

*edit*   -   That's not intended to be a sleight at you, I hope you don't take it as one.

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Re: Delicious Irony: Judge Who Nixed Blagojevich's Game Law

You mean that rule where most of the time news shows put either the (D) or the (R) after a politician's name? I thought they only did that for senators and representatives?

Re: Delicious Irony: Judge Who Nixed Blagojevich's Game Law

True, they tend to not do that for governors unless the story is about a debate. I'm just glad that yet another rotten apple is getting trashed.

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Re: Delicious Irony: Judge Who Nixed Blagojevich's Game Law

Reporters should always list the party to which a politician belongs when they make the news. Even when the news is bad.

................Whyyy?

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Re: Delicious Irony: Judge Who Nixed Blagojevich's Game Law

Oh, and about the Jack Thompson deal, I may have heard Blagojevich was speaking with him after the NIU school shooting.  I am going to check any sorces of that and come back with some more infomation

 

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Re: Delicious Irony: Judge Who Nixed Blagojevich's Game Law

That is just beautiful... Kudos to the Judge.

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Re: Delicious Irony: Judge Who Nixed Blagojevich's Game Law

 

Since the city I live is boarderline to Blagojecvich's state, I have been hearing of this news all morning, day, and night in all the local media outlets!  I can tell you right now, even St. Louisians don't like this man, and he's from Illinois! 

 

I am so happy this man is exposed for the fake he is!   This calls for a celebration!

 

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Re: Delicious Irony: Judge Who Nixed Blagojevich's Game Law

Dennis, could you add a comment in there about how the VT shooter never played video games please?  I just can't stand an article that says anything about the VT shooting and video games and doesn't mention that there is no evidence that he ever played the things, and that his roommates thought he was weird because he would never play with them because he thought video games were stupid.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seung-Hui_Cho
http://kotaku.com/gaming/hardball/clip-jack-thompson-gets-hardballed-253...
http://www.gwn.com/news/story.php/id/12287/No_Games_Found_in_Shooters_Do...

Wow there is a lot of stuff about that kid online.  Only JT ever said anything about videos in high school form what I could find though.  Maybe he fabricated it to try to get the guy to shut up so he could get the rest of his point across, either way...  no evidence that this guy ever played video games.  Hell, even my friend that only played video games when he was younger and barely does now has Sims 2 on his computer.

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Re: Delicious Irony: Judge Who Nixed Blagojevich's Game Law

Didn't he play Sonic years ago? Although how that translates to the shootings, I can't quite figure out.

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Re: Delicious Irony: Judge Who Nixed Blagojevich's Game Law

Oh come on, that's too easy. Sonic shoots about at high speed like a bullet out of a gun! If the link were any more obvious you wouldn't need a crippling mental disability to see it.

Re: Delicious Irony: Judge Who Nixed Blagojevich's Game Law

So, let me get this straight. Gamers are the absolute scum of the Earth... and the people who hate us are the ones who are crashing and burning.

I think the gods of gaming are finally fed up with all this nonsense.

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Re: Delicious Irony: Judge Who Nixed Blagojevich's Game Law

All the more reason to celebrate Wintereenmas.

 

Re: Delicious Irony: Judge Who Nixed Blagojevich's Game Law

I love it when corrupt politicians go down in flames.  Think of all the other elected representatives that are involved with scandals such as this.

Re: Delicious Irony: Judge Who Nixed Blagojevich's Game Law

Anyone else hearing Penn & Teller in their head?

"And then there's THIS asshole!"

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Re: Delicious Irony: Judge Who Nixed Blagojevich's Game Law

Anyone know when the episode JT did with those guys is supposed to air? That's gonna be some good TV!

Re: Delicious Irony: Judge Who Nixed Blagojevich's Game Law

I believe it is suppose to be the first episode of Season 7, either way it wont be until (I'm guessing) March at the earliest and July at the latest...

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Re: Delicious Irony: Judge Who Nixed Blagojevich's Game Law

I've been waiting for that one for so long.  I love Penn and Teller, and I hate JT.  Anyone seen the dolphin episode? LOL.

Re: Delicious Irony: Judge Who Nixed Blagojevich's Game Law

It's not his fault! he was obviously playing GTAIV with it's much-publicised "Corruption" mission

Re: Delicious Irony: Judge Who Nixed Blagojevich's Game Law

you know what really grinds my axe for this type of scumbag? its not the fact that he tried to ban video games.... its rather the fact when he took $8 million from a children's hospital to build a horse racing track... tell me that's not despicable and i'll show you a shitbag

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Re: Delicious Irony: Judge Who Nixed Blagojevich's Game Law

WTF?!?! where's that story? O.o

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http://msnbcmedia.msn.com/i/msnbc/sections/news/081209_FINAL_complaint_cover_and_aff.pdf

read p.g. 36 and you'll get the full story in this complaint

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Jesus Jack Jones Thompson loves you, so kill for his amusement so we can get money for the new "People's Temple of Jesus Jack Jones Thompson"

Re: Delicious Irony: Judge Who Nixed IL Game Law approved FBI

LOL, they will need also to mouth wash Blagojevich...

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Re: Delicious Irony: Judge Who Nixed IL Game Law approved FBI

It is a delicious irony, you must taste it! Was GP ever able to find out what Thompson was asserting when he says that the video game industry lied in court?

Re: Delicious Irony: Judge Who Nixed IL Game Law approved FBI

When Jack supports you, then your political career is finished...

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Re: Delicious Irony: Judge Who Nixed IL Game Law approved FBI

nah... he always says stuff like that.

 

Re: Delicious Irony: Judge Who Nixed IL Game Law approved FBI

As far as I can tell, when you disagree with Jack Thompson, you're wrong. When you're paid to disagree with Jack Thompson, you're lying.

 
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