Following Tumultuous Utah Stint, Jack Thompson Heads to Louisiana

April 16, 2009 -

Perhaps Yogi Berra said it best: It's like deja vu all over again.

On the heels of ugly, public dust-ups with both the Utah Attorney General and the President of the Utah State Senate, Jack Thompson is taking his pursuit of video game legislation to Louisiana.

Again.

On Friday Sen. A.G. Crowe (R, at left) will introduce SB 152. The bill, with the addition of a few bells and whistles, is essentially the same truth in advertising measure that passed the Utah legislature in March, only to be vetoed by Gov. Jon Huntsman.

Last week Thompson circulated a press release indicating that a bill "nearly identical" to his failed Utah legislation would be proposed in Louisiana. While he did not name the sponsor, GamePolitics has learned that it is Sen. Crowe. In the press release, Thompson said that he expects to testify before the Louisiana legislature along with "four experts."

Sen. Crowe is apparently untroubled by the acrimony that marked Thompson's 2006 attempt to legislate video games in Louisiana. At that time a Thompson-authored bill unanimously passed both houses of the Louisiana legislature and was signed into law by then-Gov. Kathleen Blanco. The measure was eventually ruled unconstitutional by a federal judge, but not before Thompson got into an ugly, public dispute with the Louisiana Attorney General's Office (see: Suddenly Thompson is Feuding With Former Louisiana Allies).

Since Thompson's last chaotic go-round in Louisiana, he was permanently disbarred by the Florida Supreme Court for more than two dozen professional misconduct violations. Thompson has appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court.

While the failed 2006 legislation ultimately cost Louisiana $91,000 in video game industry legal fees, it also provided some typically bombastic Thompson quotes, including: Nobody shoots anybody in the face unless you're a hit man or a video gamer.

For more background on Thompson's earlier Louisiana experience, check out The Circus Comes to Louisiana, a piece I wrote for Joystiq in 2006.


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Re: Following Tumultuous Utah Stint, Jack Thompson Heads to ...

This one is not a truth in advertising law although it tries to pass itself as one. I believe it will undeniably be found unconstitutional.

1- It forces ALL retailers that sells age recommended products to card and not sell products to those under the age recommandation. Not just those that advertise that they don't. I believe it also means ALL recommended age products.

2- It forces ALL retailers that sells age recommended products to advertise that they card, on the door of the establishment no less.

That's the way I read it. So if I ever go to Louisianna, I better not forget my driver's license if I want to purchase a Monopoly board game.

 

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see isnt that completely unconstitutional because it gives a non-goverment voluntary ratings system the power of law?

 

 

Re: Following Tumultuous Utah Stint, Jack Thompson Heads to ...

What, like the MPAA?

Re: Following Tumultuous Utah Stint, Jack Thompson Heads to ...

Yeah it is.

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I know what would happen next, the Louisana senate would get the hint after what happen the last time

Watching JT on GP is just like watching an episode of Jerry springer only as funny as the fights

America has just became its own version of the Jerry Springer Show after a bizarre moment in Florida involving a carnival worker.

Re: Following Tumultuous Utah Stint, Jack Thompson Heads to ...

I had a weird thought the other day, what if jack is secretly a good guy?

 

No, hear me out. He goes around america spouting gamer=killer bullshit like a wandering armageddon peddler and draws into the open all the bigots, idiots & secret facists who "know" that their way is best. He then gets appointed (mostly by himself) as a spokesman for this group and proceeds to utterly destroy any credibility they have by excessive hyperbole, misconduct, aggression and outright lies. This exposes the public to the identity and unpleasant motives of the groups and manages to turn public opinion against them.

 

Could we have jack all wrong? Could this be a secret plot to improve america? Could he be leading a dual life with a secret identity? Consider that he talks of conspiracies regularly as if dropping hints and he's referred to himself more that once as Batman who WAS a secret identity...

Re: Following Tumultuous Utah Stint, Jack Thompson Heads to ...

Nah, he's just suffering from a personality disorder.  Just because he is trying to ban anything he doesn't like doesn't mean he will do a good job.  This is a man who is too sleazy to even be a lawyer.

Re: Following Tumultuous Utah Stint, Jack Thompson Heads to ...

As I've said on here before, I think he has some noble intentions if you read the non-ridiculous stuff he's quoted as saying, he sees a huge evil that's corrupting children and causing normal people to become violent and psychotic.

But it's based on crazy, far-fetched generalisations, it's black and white thinking. Anything less than outright banning what he sees as the problem is not good enough.

Standing up for what you believe is admirable, but never conceding any points and constantly insisting you're right is utterly flawed. That's what I reckon most kids work out as they get older, that the world doesn't work like you think, nor does it revolve around yourself.

Re: Following Tumultuous Utah Stint, Jack Thompson Heads to ...

Perhaps he's less Batman and more Rorschach, then.  "No compromise.  Even at Video Armageddon."

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Re: Following Tumultuous Utah Stint, Jack Thompson Heads to

Jack Thompson: Wasting people's taxdollars with his insane bill...AGAIN! Just lock him up and throw away the key.

When Jack Thompson runs his mouth, does anyone really care what he has to say anymore?

Re: Following Tumultuous Utah Stint, Jack Thompson Heads to

Not this horseshit again. You'd think the idiots in Baton Rouge would have learned their lesson after the crap in '06. They already wasted $92,000 on a piece of shit bill that should have gone towards building new hurricane protection levees and rebuilding the wetlands.

It really is deja vu all over again, since just like in '06, Louisiana once again has had to deal with damage from back-to-back hurricanes('05-Katrina and Rita; '08-Gustav and Ike; I know Ike hit Galveston-Houston, but the storm surge flooded parts of Louisiana).

I think the same result will happen here that happened in Utah(Gov. Jindal also has Presidential aspirations).

Geaux Saints, Geaux Tigers, Geaux Hornets, Jack Thompson can geaux chase a chupacabra.

Geaux Saints, Geaux Tigers, Geaux Pelicans. Even through the darkest days, this fire burns always.

Re: Following Tumultuous Utah Stint, Jack Thompson Heads to

Well, I guess it's time to start emailing the Louisiana Senate.  If anyone else wants to do the same thing, try to cram as many Thompson-absurdities into the text, without being combatant or rude.  But start out with the fact that the same bill was vetoed in Utah.  Crowe might not be aware of that.

Re: Following Tumultuous Utah Stint, Jack Thompson Heads to

If he's not aware then he's a fool to not check out how similar laws have faired before. Idiotic, soapbox shouting, feel good, *mumblemumble*


Re: Following Tumultuous Utah Stint, Jack Thompson Heads to

Bills are in the works for several months before being introduced, making sure the language is correct and asking for suggestions from othr lawmakers.  The Utah bill was only vetoed like two weeks ago.  It's possible that Crowe wasn't aware of the Utah bill while working on his own, and then missed the announcement that it failed.  It would be insane for a Senator to keep tabs on all he letigslation that's going on in all the oher States, he'd never have time to pay attention to his own State.

Then again, he could be fully aware, but thinks that a few differences in language and intent will make his bill work.

Re: Following Tumultuous Utah Stint, Jack Thompson Heads to

Is he pissing people off for the lulz

Florida to Utah to Louisana to...wait were is he getting the money from.

Never underestimate the power of idiots in large amounts.

Re: Following Tumultuous Utah Stint, Jack Thompson Heads to

His wife, *

 

We have a strict leave JT’s family out of it policy  - Toll

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He's still married? That's hard to believe. *

 

We have a strict leave JT’s family out of it policy  - Toll

When Jack Thompson runs his mouth, does anyone really care what he has to say anymore?

Re: Following Tumultuous Utah Stint, Jack Thompson Heads to

My only theory is that their version of Christianity is that good 'ol fashioned "wife is property of husband" arrangement... Everything else makes no sense.

Re: Following Tumultuous Utah Stint, Jack Thompson Heads to

Meh. More likely it's just that she still loves him deeply, despite the fact that he's gone somewhat crazy.

Keep in mind we see his worst behavior and are on the receiving end of his frothing at the mouth wrath. His family likely only gets the nicer Jack that we've gotten occasional reports of.

-Gray17

Re: Following Tumultuous Utah Stint, Jack Thompson Heads to

People suffering from Narcissistic Personality Disorder are only nice to others when it suits their needs and isn't out of true love or compassion.  Jack is surely no exception.

Someday his son is going to read/hear all of the horrible things Jack has said over the years.  It's not going to be a happy moment.

Re: Following Tumultuous Utah Stint, Jack Thompson Heads to

I recall Jack-O once admitting that his son wasn't keen on attending some summer camp for fear of catching flak from the other attendees because he's got Jack-O for a father.

Re: Following Tumultuous Utah Stint, Jack Thompson Heads to

@Toll:

How comes you don't have a blue-ink pen like GP, AE, and EZK? Or did it run out of ink? 

Re: Following Tumultuous Utah Stint, Jack Thompson Heads to

Cause I have my own special ink pen  - Toll

Re: Following Tumultuous Utah Stint, Jack Thompson Heads to

I can have my own special ink. See? SEE?

| XBOX LIVE GamerTag: Harry Miste | Steam ID: Harry Miste | PSN ID: HarryMiste |

 

Yes but you don’t get to put it in other people’s comments  J  - Toll

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Re: Following Tumultuous Utah Stint, Jack Thompson Heads to

Nice.

Re: Following Tumultuous Utah Stint, Jack Thompson Heads to ...

What do they give children with a serious case of ADS (Attention Deficit Syndrome)? Ritaline!

Looks like JT needs a subscription. ;)

ZAR.

 

Re: Following Tumultuous Utah Stint, Jack Thompson Heads to ...

A few things. First, it's Attention Deficit Disorder (which i'm not trying to bust your balls for, just trying to put the correct term out there).

Second, as an individual with ADD I find it offensive that you chose to defame my character by associating me, and many others out there, with Jack Thompson... You should be ashamed of... ooh a butterfly!

 

Re: Following Tumultuous Utah Stint, Jack Thompson Heads to ...

If at first you don't succeed, fail, fail again!

******* http://www.collegehumor.com/video:1907543

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

Re: Following Tumultuous Utah Stint, Jack Thompson Heads to

Louisiana Episode One...I remember thinking during that whole fiasco that JT had finally done it; no way was anyone going to listen to him after the way he had stabbed his buddies in the back.  And now he's heading back for another go-around?  Does he have to piss off every politician in America before people stop taking him seriously?  Maybe we'll get lucky and he'll relocate to North Korea.

Hey Jack, how's your Latin?  I think my new sig sums up your legal career quite nicely.

"De minimus non curat lex"

"De minimus non curat lex"

Re: Following Tumultuous Utah Stint, Jack Thompson Heads to

Isn´t the phrase used in the plural? "De minimis non curat lex". Call me a latin grammar nazi if you will. :p

Re: Following Tumultuous Utah Stint, Jack Thompson Heads to

Which would I suppose make you a grammar Centurion?

Re: Following Tumultuous Utah Stint, Jack Thompson Heads to

As I suppose that your use of a plural verb form with a singular pronoun form doesn't make you any kind of grammar Centurion.

Edit: Good job, Benji. The inclusion of "would" now makes your sentence grammatically correct. But your punctuation needs work. Offset the subordinate clause "I suppose" with a pair of commas. And thank GP for turning off whatever it was that wouldn't allow posters to edit a post to which a reply has already been posted. His doing so goes a far way in helping you get some of that egg off your face.

Re: Following Tumultuous Utah Stint, Jack Thompson Heads to

It is often stated in both the singular and plural. Either way (i.e., "small thing" or "small things"), the essence remains the same (i.e., the Law doesn't concern itself with petty-ass bullshit).

 
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