So this is what it looks like when you throw a side of beef into a shark tank.
JUST TOO MUCH! Made my whole weekend:
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The senator took the opportunity to lambast what she called the ineffectual enforcement of the ratings system, saying that 50 percent of boys ages 7 to 14 were able to buy M-rated video games.
"Parents who rely on the ratings to make decisions to shield their children from influences that they believe could be harmful should be informed right away if the system is broken."'Kay Hill now here come the bitch that is reality:
Patricia Vance, president of the Entertainment Software Rating Board, defended the industryÂs rating system.
"Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas was rated Mature, for ages 17 and older, with five content descriptors: intense violence, blood and gore, strong sexual content, strong language and use of drugs, she said. It's hard to call that inaccurate. It's been appropriately rated."
"American parents seeking to compensate for their neglect by buying their kids stuff."
"Why do neglectful parents seek to prosecute/ litigate against music, games, etc when little Jimmy goes "Ho-Ha" in the school cafeteria or blows his brains out because their parent's buying them shit was no substitute for the parents attention."Until I see those studies keep my tax dollars out of your cheap politcal grandstanding.
People who follow the video game industry are usually familiar with the name Jack Thompson. His name has more recently has come to some national prominence with the unfortunate idiocy that is the "Hot Coffee Affair."
If you have not been following this let me summarize. Hidden within the game code for Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas is an Easter Egg of sorts, with a fair bit of work, a mini game opens up allowing for the main character to have virtual sex with his prostitute girlfriend.
The actual scene is pretty laughable as the guy is full clothed while she is only topless. Now I have no problem with dry humping in general but it shouldn't look this bad. Especially when we know this particular act is always more pleasurable when both parties are standing....
I find most of the lawsuits instigated by Thompson to be the judicial equivalent of a dry hump: vigorous, tiring, and ultimately not the real thing. Anyway now "Bulls-eye" Thompson has his steely eyes targeted on the ultimate evil, the bane of moralistic society, "The Sims 2".
Don't have to go back and read it again. You read right the first time "The Sims 2".
You can read Jack's impassioned, unsubstantiated, wild, and borderline libelous claims at his web site Stop Kill.
Check this out:
"The nudity placed there by the publisher/maker, Electronic Arts, is accessed by the use of a simple code that removes what is called 'the blur' which obscures the genital areas. In other words, the game was released to the public by the manufacturer knowing that the full frontal nudity was resident on the game and would be accessed by use of a simple code widely provided on the Internet."
Now let’s get this straight folks. There is a simple code that can remove the blur but, and this is a big but.
NOT A GENITAL TO BE SEEN!
GOT THAT JACK NO GENITALLIA!
What you see is the equivalent of a Barbie doll sans clothes. K' folks this has never held any sexual undertones for me. I don't know about Jack though.
"The sex and the nudity are in the game. That's the point. The blur is an admission that even the 'Ken and Barbie' features should not be displayed. The blur can be disarmed. This is no different than what is in San Andreas, although worse."
He's kidding right? The sex or as it is referred to in the game 'Woo Hoo' is harmless. the only thing you see are shuffling cover or big splashes of water if the are in the hot tub. Maybe it’s the sound effects of fireworks that are getting Jack aroused?
You can download from fan created sites new content including clothes, houses, etc. You can also bring in "skins" that allow for nude Sims with genitallia. These are fan created and exist primarily on adult oriented web sites that show lots of naughty bits.
Jack has of course updated his comments to reflect this startling revelation. Because EA is not prosecuting or persecuting the mod community Electronic Arts (the game's manufacturer) are "cooperating, gleefully, with the mod community to turn Sims 2 into a porn offering."
There will be more on the Quixotic assaults of Jack Thompson but...... since he is so nice to provide it on his website maybe we of the Progressive community could drop Jack a line to tell him how we feel about censorship.
The five Republicans on the county board withdrew their names from a routine proclamation welcoming the 2006 Gay Games to Chicago.
The Illinois Family Institute is urging Democratic commissioners to do the same.
I'll get the obligatory "I am not gay, although I have been merry several times, out of the way, right now. Why do the righties feel the need to attack this group whose only crime I can even fathom is that they do not fit neatly into the christo-fascist world?
There are people in this world who like to be with members of the same gender. You know what get over it. I am so freaking tired of the same tired pseudo-moralistic bullshit that your end of the political spectrum spews I could puke.
So now the dying Illinois Repugs have decided to make their final stand by playing the "Gay Card". It was disgusting enough when you used the "Southern Strategy" time and time again, but you folks just can't help it can you.
You live to make life more difficult than it has to be.
I'll admit it growing up I had many of the same disgusting opinions you now hold, but you know what I grew up and (heavens to Betsy!)
It was amazing they laugh, get eat lunch, have the same crappy relationships we ALL have and for the same reasons.
And now we return you to as the Fascists Burn.
"There's a big difference between tolerating and celebrating homosexuality," said Peter LaBarbera of the group. "For governments to be using taxpayer money and big corporations spending money to sponsor this, we think the average Joe sees that as being just a little bit off...."
Commissioner Mike Quigley, who sponsored the proclamation, plans to play hockey in the games and said the Republicans' move stemmed from "blinding bias and animosity."
"Hitler, in his philosophy, was, you know, he hated Jews, he was murdering Jews, and there were some people he liked. But he never went to the level that these people are going to," LoBiondo said.
A caller from Margate objected to the statement only a few minutes later.
"You're right. You're right. I was wrong. I should not have used that and I apologize," LoBiondo responded.
U.S. Rep. Frank LoBiondo (R., N.J.) "strongly supports sports wagering" in Atlantic City and has volunteered to lobby in Washington. The New Jersey Hospital Association and the state's 12 casinos also have pledged support.
China has abandoned one of the world's clearest currency policies, a tightly managed peg of the yuan to the dollar that had endured since 1997. China has chosen instead to adopt one of the world's most opaque currency policies, with a secret mechanism to reset the yuan's value each night.
WASHINGTON, July 21 - The Bush administration welcomed China's move toward a more flexible currency on Thursday, but the cautious shift may not be enough to cool the anti-China sentiments boiling up in Congress.It makes it hard to believe that it is not connected to this:
Treasury Secretary John W. Snow called it "the start of an awfully important process" that might resolve one of the biggest economic disputes between the United States and China.
"It is very positive," Mr. Snow told reporters on Thursday morning. "I am particularly struck by the commitment of the Chinese government to get their currency into alignment with market forces."
But the ambiguity of the Chinese announcement, in which it said it would uncouple the value of the yuan and the dollar, made it impossible for administration officials to say whether it amounted to a real change or a token gesture.
From Reuters U.S. senator vows to try to stop China-Unocal dealFri Jul 15, 2005 2:02 PM ET By Richard Cowan
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A Democratic senator said on Friday he would try to get the Senate to pass legislation blocking the sale of Unocal to Chinese oil company CNOOC as it was against U.S. national interests.
The U.S. House of Representatives already has approved such legislation.
Sen. Byron Dorgan of North Dakota said he was considering attaching his proposal to a foreign operations spending bill being debated by the Senate on Friday and next week or to another bill.
"Our strategic and economic national interest is not served by allowing this to happen," Dorgan said of the attempt by CNOOC Ltd to acquire Unocal Corp
U.S. Treasuries Fall on Speculation China to Reduce Purchases
July 21 (Bloomberg) -- U.S. Treasury notes dropped, pushing the 10-year yield to the highest since May, after China's revaluation of its currency boosted speculation that the country will reduce its purchases of U.S. government debt.
At this point there is little reason to believe that this will affect retail (ie Wal-Mart type) stores as the 2% increase it the yuan's value is small. However, China's double secret probation method of valuing their currency may help make the yuan solid enough for China to purchase more oil and energy products.
The full document should you choose to introduce yourself to it can be found at: http://www.law.cornell.edu/constitution/constitution.billofrights.htmlAmendment IVThe right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
“There is no doubt Coleman is part of that neo-con assault on the United Nations and on those he perceives have betrayed the United States over Iraq and war.”
"I know that standards have slipped in Washington in recent years, but for a lawyer, you're remarkably cavalier with any idea of justice,"
"I gave my heart and soul to stop you committing the disaster that you did commit in invading Iraq ... senator, in everything I said about Iraq, I turned out to be right and you turned out to be wrong,"
George Galloway- MP for Bethnal Green and Bow
Salon in November of 2002 published this little missive by Minnesotan Public Radio Host Garrison Keillor, about our friend Minnesota Tooth.
At Bushboy they mix the sad truth about this political hack with the sheer joy of satire
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President Bush's top independent intelligence adviser met last winter with investment bankers in China to help secure his law firm's role in lobbying for a state-run Chinese energy firm and its bid for the U.S. oil company Unocal Corp., according to his law firm, Akin Gump.Curt Weldon (7th dost PA-R) certainly not a liberal , "vowed to raise questions of Langdon's involvement, saying, "Unfortunately, corporate dollars often transcend national security."
The involvement of James C. Langdon Jr., chairman of the President's Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board and a major Bush fundraiser, underscores the tangled Washington connections beneath CNOOC Ltd.'s bid. Both CNOOC and its rival for Unocal, Chevron Corp., have enlisted lobbyists and public relations professionals with deep ties to the Bush White House and Republican leaders in Congress. Wayne L. Berman, a principal lobbyist for Chevron, is a Bush "Ranger," having raised at least $200,000 for the president's campaign. His wife, Lea, is the White House social secretary. Langdon's involvement, given his dual role as Bush intelligence adviser and energy lawyer at the law firm Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, may prove politically problematic, some security experts said. Members of the intelligence board, known as PFIAB, are granted the highest security clearance and develop top-secret advisories and reports for the president, most of which are not even available to members of Congress.
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While the agency recognizes that other governments have "public policy and sovereignty concerns" relating to the Internet and domain services, Gallagher said, those interests should be focused on the ccTDL (country code top level domains). He said that the United States is "committed to working with the international community to address these concerns, bearing in mind the fundamental need to ensure stability and security of the Internet's DNS..." (Domain Name System)
This statement flies in the face of an MOU (memorandum of understanding) between the Dept. of Commerce and ICANN, which would have transferred control over to the international body in September 2006....
"The real big question right now is how is the EU going to deal with this?" Froomkin said. "The EU has supported ICANN through thick and thin from the sense that it was the best way to get the U.S. [government] out of this."
This is a put your manhood on the table challange from the US to the UN and more importantly to the EU. The meeting in Luxembourg takes place on July 11th. Europe's reaction should be most interesting. This is big $$ folks.
So, here it is, Friday of a 3 day weekend. Everone loves their pets, and here is a reminder from our friends at PETA. Also, it helps that Goran Visnjic is in the picture. Remember the noble ideas that PETA represents and hug your pet today!
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