April 2008


Grand Theft Auto IV, one of the game’s most anticipated titles, which is projected to make over 400 million in US Dollars, has been launched. Enter controversies and knee-jerk criticisms, stage left. First up is Tim Rutten from the LA Times.

One of the hallmarks of a healthy consumer society is that its older generation habitually despises and decries the entertainments of the young. The young, in turn, elevate their aesthetic rebellion to respectability over time…

There’s a new world of entertainment here… But what does it contain? In this case, [protagonist Niko Bellic] kills, maims, has sex, then kills and maims some more, while also stealing various forms of transportation…

Where earlier generations of youthful art crossed boundaries… they also affirmed something else, some alternative or countercultural value…

What “Grand Theft Auto IV” affirms is the pleasure of eschewing decency for obnoxious violence… One of the most interesting things about this game is that it’s the product of a global youth culture whose frame of reference has been shaped by mindless American action films, by post-apocalyptic Euro-American fantasy fiction and Japanese graphic novels…

A fairly out of touch man ranting on the ‘youths of today’, pretty much knocking anyone who has seen Die Hard, read Brave New World or flipped through the pages of a volume of Naruto. All three of those things I mentioned are cornerstones in today’s society, Die Hard being called the greatest action movie ever while Brave New World was written decades ago and Naruto the world’s most popular currently-running Japanese graphic novel (manga), or at least in the top five. In short, the guy sounds like he was born in 1901 and society stopped being decent in 1932 when Huxley wrote his aforementioned book. Congratulations Mr. Rutten, you’re a rake.

Next up Eugene Blagmond from the Philly, speaker for their police union:

The glorification of killing of any police officer is just wrong. I mean, it desensitizes people to the real mayhem that’s going on out on the streets, and we already have a real problem with people not valuing human life.

People don’t seem to have a problem turning guns on cops, and this game — I know it’s just a game, but people sometimes have trouble separating reality from fantasy.

According to the FBI violence against police officers has gone down in the past 10 years. Oh, and members of Philly’s finest boys in blue have been noted buying GTA IV. I the only person having a problem with reality and fantasy is Blagmond.

Lets hear from John Douglas if Grand Design Productions:

If adults want to do it, that’s their choice. But that’s not where the problem is… Personally, I think it’s sick and twisted… They should be putting this stuff behind the counter so that the adults that want it can come in and ask for it, like they would an adult magazine…

Now, bear in mind Douglas’s company is ‘faith-based.’ In case my point isn’t clear, the guy’s a bit of zealot. Religion and video games are like films and religion: they really shouldn’t mix because it just annoys people.

Wait, it isn’t over! Gordon Copeland of the New Zealand Parliment wants the game banned in his home country:

Sadly New Zealand has become a violent society. Our criminal courts are almost log jammed with cases involving murder, manslaughter, rape, and other heinous crimes. Our jails are overflowing.

A recent study has indicated that, on a per capita basis, New Zealand is now twice as violent as the USA…

Simply stated, it is time to reverse the tide of violence in New Zealand. We have to have the courage somewhere, sometime, to say “no” and I agree with kiwi parents and the police, that this is not a bad place to start.

Kiwi parents and police could not be traced for comment. I can’t imagine why. Oh wait, its because video games cause about as much violence as a steak. A steak is a valued piece of food that every man, rich or poor, would enjoy. GTA IV is the same thing, though you tend to need a console to play it, but selling it to some guy desperate for it also works. Banning a video game as your first step to reducing violence is like stopping rape by banning apples. Maybe look at law enforcement reguarding firearm checks, drug control and such before going after something that has less impact than an ant on a tree?

UPDATE

What Tatyana Timoshenko, the mother of a recently slain New York Cop, had to say:

For some people, it’s a game. But for me, it’s not funny. It was for real. It was my son. This game teaches children to kill, then they wonder where criminals come from.

Funny thing, GTA IV is rated M for Mature. A mature person isn’t a child. And since GTA hasn’t caused North American society to slaughter anyone in a police uniform (as the FBI research proved), why not save that anger for the person killed your son, not random people that didn’t have a single thing to do with it?

Follow-up with York Mayor Michael Bloomberg:

The kids are playing these violent games that don’t exactly teach the kind of things that you’d want to teach your kids.

Yes, that is a quote from the mayor of New York, a man who clearly isn’t a wordsmith in his spare time. But anyhow, there seems to be a point that is missed in regards to Grand Theft Auto in general. While you get ‘rewards’ for committing crimes (money) you can instantly lose that money when you’re arrested by police or get hospitalized during your attempt to elude police. If anything that teaches kids that crime is just another example of ‘easy come, easy go’.

Finally Pat Lynch, president of the NYPD Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association President:

Being involved in a shootout in a video game has no consequences and that is the wrong message to send to young people.

Yeah, that would the the wrong message. Thank goodness that if you get into a shootout in GTA your have a very good chance of getting killed or arrested, huh?

From Canada, I’m Busterman Zero. Good luck, you’re going to need it.

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Oh, ladies, don’t think this prize catch doesn’t have goals. He’s starting his own music label!

There is a sadness I feel for these individuals who just wallow in the deep murky muds of “the dumb”. As if we didn’t need any more poster childs for birth control this guy shows up.

Employees at the Chase Bank at 8601 S. Hulen St. grew suspicious after seeing all those zeroes (10 to be exact) and called the check’s owner. The woman said the suspect, Charles Ray Fuller, 21, of Crowley, is her daughter’s boyfriend and that he did not have permission to take the check or cash it.

Obviously not a well thought out plan.

Fuller was arrested on suspicion of fraud, along with unlawfully carrying a weapon and possession of marijuana after officers found less than 2 ounces of the drug and a .25-caliber handgun and magazine in his pockets.

While inside a patrol car, police say Fuller blurted out that he is starting his own record label and had been given the money by his girlfriend’s mother to help him start it.

I just don’t have a witty comment for that. I wish I could think of something absolutely hilarious to comment on how absolutely retarded this guy is, but i’ve got nothing. I think the story speaks for itself though.

Sorta.

Apparently Lesbos, Greece (The birthplace of famous carpet eating poet, Sappho) has taken offense with the fact that homosexual women call themselves “Lesbians”. The people who live in Lesbos are natively referred to as “Lesbians” but due to the fact that not ALL of them are gay they are taking offense to the fact that the term “Lesbians” has become an associated name for women who partake in homosexual acts.

“My sister can’t say she is a Lesbian,” said Dimitris Lambrou. “Our geographical designation has been usurped by certain ladies who have no connection whatsoever with Lesbos,” he said.

So, distraught as they are, they have decided to file suit against a homosexual group who uses the term “Lesbian” in its title.

Also called Mytilene, after its capital, Lesbos is famed as the birthplace of Sappho. The island is a favored holiday destination for gay women, particularly the lyric poet’s reputed home town of Eressos.

“This is not an aggressive act against gay women,” Lambrou said. “Let them visit Lesbos and get married and whatever they like. We just want (the group) to remove the word lesbian from their title.”

I could see how an entire nation would absolutely love to not be connected with the term. Considering that a person who isn’t gay that lives there probably hates having to explain to tourists or foreigners that they are not, in fact, a sapphic love partaker.

Maybe Lesbians (the gay kind) can just be referred to as Sapphians or Sapphoites…or something.

By far the funniest picture I’ve seen all day.

Note to wannabe web-cammers: Don’t be fat and sleepy while on the job.

Really, ladies, it’s not that your successful, it’s just that your attitude generally sucks out loud.

I’m placing a “more” link here now because the article is too long and some formatting error seems to be creating a semi-wall o’ text. Click the “read more” to get the article.

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Found this on HotAir.

It’s a pretty poor argument on the humanists (read: atheists) part to try and sway people to create a bunch of holidays when the people arguing for it have constantly attacked pretty much every holiday in the past.

Not to mention? These are the worst holidays I have ever seen:

Some of the highlights of the Secular Seasons calendar include Thomas Paine Day (Jan. 29), April Fool’s Day (as always, April 1), and Ingersoll Day (Aug. 11). The latter celebrates the birthday of 19th-century thinker Robert Green Ingersoll, who was known as “the Great Agnostic.” Secular Seasons recommends visiting his birthplace in Dresden, N.Y., for a holiday celebration. (Hey — you only live once.)

The site also breaks down the customs of Festivus, the holiday popularized by Jerry Stiller on “Seinfeld.” In case you missed that episode: A Festivus pole is plain aluminum, made to contrast the ornate Christmas trees; the official greeting is “Happy Festivus”; and each person complains to family and friends how they have disappointed them in the last year.

Wow, a bunch of faithless and unhappy people want to celebrate the lives and days of events and people who were pretty much centered around making people unhappy. That sure does sound like fun….mmmhmmm.

Mr. Cherry says Darwin Day (Feb. 12) is growing in popularity. February 2009 would be Charles Darwin’s 200th birthday, and next year will also be the 150th anniversary of the publication of “The Origin of Species.”

Honoring the man who helped us understand science and humanity is a reason to celebrate, says Mr. Cherry. His recommendations: Throw caution to the wind and attend a biology lecture or even have folks bring fossils to a party.

I think I’ll just stick to my presents and easter eggs, actually. I prefer holidays that are centralized in the themes of love, happiness, and spiritual fellowship….not boring lectures and bones someone found in the dirt.

I take a weekend off and I read this bombshell on Ace’s page.

Turns out that Obama’s pastor, who is his spiritual mentor, has links with James Cone. As if being connected and admiring Farrakhan was bad enough things just had to go ahead and get a heck of a lot more radioactive.

In case you people don’t know, James Cone is what I like to refer to as “bat-guano crazyface racist” and this man is supported by Jeremiah Wright. Here’s a nice excerpt from the article that Ace links to at Frontpagemag:

The leading theorist of Black Liberation Theology is James Cone. Overtly racist, Cone’s writings posit a black Jesus who leads African-Americans as the “chosen people.” In Cone’s cosmology, whites are “the devil,” and “all white men are responsible for white oppression.” Cone makes this point without ambiguity: “This country was founded for whites and everything that has happened in it has emerged from the white perspective,” Cone has written. “What we need is the destruction of whiteness, which is the source of human misery in the world.”

O RLY?

Well, guess what, Jim Cone is a personal friend of Jeremiah Wright and the pastor has gone on record that he does not disagree on any way with the teachings and words of James Cone.

So, hmm, a racist and a bigot is good friends with a racist and a bigot, but Obama (who was in Wright’s church for 20 years, was married by him, was baptized by him, was led to the faith by him, had his two kids baptized by him) is supposed to be given a pass because he claims he didn’t hear any of this?

Yeah, freakin’ right.

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