Posts Tagged ‘Politics’

Our government: Clueless

Sunday, June 22nd, 2008

Have you seen this yet?

House Passes Telecom Immunity Bill, Expands Domestic Spying Powers

I don’t think any commentary is really necessary on this one. Nice parting shot Bush. Asshole.

Bush is an asshole.

Politics and gaming

Sunday, February 10th, 2008

There are a lot of issues to watch for during the coming months of debates and lies and muck-raking that is the U.S.A. Presidential election process.  However one issue that may seem quite trivial to many of you out there is where each of the candidates stands on video games.  I’ve always thought this was a much bigger issue than it is made out to be, but I could never really express why I felt that properly or figure out a way to analogize it.  Then I read this article today that compared the potential of government intervention in video games to the horrible censorship imposed on comic books enforced by the Senate.  That link above gives the gist of the information but if you want the full story, take a look at the end of the longer article that contributed to the former link.

I used to be an avid comic collector and I always wondered what happened between the sometimes gruesome comic stories of the World War One and Two eras and the 1980’s and 90’s when I was purchasing new comics off the shelf.  When going back through the back issues there were many times I realized that the comics from the 50’s, 60’s and even 70’s were so much tamer and generally distorted compared to new titles I read at the time and the old war and detective comics from before those time periods.

What I didn’t know about was the Comics Code Authority and it’s government authority over comic book content.  Sure those times passed but they took decades to do so.  If the same thing happens to video games what’s to stop it from encompassing all media: movies, music, books, magazines, television, newspapers, web sites, blogs.  Do a little research on this on your own and see what conclusions you come up with.  And the next time you hear someone saying that the government needs to step in and keep games like Grand Theft Auto and Manhunt out of the hands of not only children but everyone and anyone… think about this before you agree or disagree.  It’s time people started to remember that it’s OK to have their own opinions based on their own thoughts, feelings and research.  Don’t take my word for it.  Find out for yourself.

Here are a few more articles to start you off:
Presidential Hopefuls: Tech Friendly Candidates
Anti-Game Candidates Fare Poorly in Iowa Caucuses

Maybe someday

Saturday, January 19th, 2008

Maybe someday we’ll see a presidential campaign (hell, any campaign) that was fought and won by the merits of each individual candidates strengths and weaknesses, their political track record and the values that they truly believe in. Wouldn’t that be nice? I think so.

But we really know that something like that will never happen.

Poor, poor Mitt Romney gets caught in a lie at a Staples store speech. Oh wait no, that’s not a lie, that a “technicality”. His campaign isn’t “run” by lobbyist Ron Kaufman, it’s run by his campaign manager. The fact that he has a lobbyist at his side at all times just means that… you know… he must be just there for his witty jokes and bartending skills. No I’m sure he has nothing to do with the campaign at all but he most certainly doesn’t “run” the campaign.

Now I do believe Romney when he says that Kaufman is an unpaid advisor. I believe that because politicians do not pay lobbyists money. Lobbyists pay politicians money. So maybe a more realistic statement would be that Romney is a paid advisor of whatever Kaufman supports. I’m sure there’s a technicality to explain away everything though.