Friday, January 13, 2006

Smash The Whisky Merchants

Billy Sunday

"The saloon is the sum of all villainies. It is worse than war or pestilence. It is the crime of crimes. It is parent of crimes and the mother of sins. It is the appalling source of misery and crime in the land and the principal cause of crime. It is the source of three-fourths of the taxes to support that crime. And to license such an incarnate fiend of hell is the dirtiest, low-down, damnable business on top of this old earth. There is nothing to be compared to it."
-Billy Sunday

"Yes, it is the last cycle. These are murder simulators. Manhunt has been called the video game equivalent of a snuff film. I am working with an Oakland, CA prosecutor in a murder trial in which the older gang members used GTA 3 to train teens to do carjackings and murders. The Army uses these games to break down the inhibition to kill of new recruits.

Look at the Institute for Creative Technologies created by DOD to create these killing games. Tax dollars paid to the industry to create the games to suppress the inhibition to kill, and then the industry turns around and sells these games to kids. One instance is Pandemic Studio's Full Spectrum Warrior. If it works for soldiers, of course it works for teens. The video game industry has absolutely no rebuttal to that argument. NONE."

-Jack Thompson

Jack Thompson wins the 1st Annual Billy Sunday Award for Teetotalling Excellence.

Mr. Thompson's specialty isn't the devil's drink, however, but digital videogames. His intemperance has gotten so severe (we suspect a sublimation of his own unhealthy button-pressing addiction) that he now advocates the ol' Carry Nation treatment for game sellers.

Mr. Thompson's soul-stirring censorial aspirations:

"Additionally, please know that California Civil Code Section 3495 enables and authorizes each and every law enforcement officer to walk into any video game store, without a court order, to seize and destroy each and every copy of 25 to Life. California law treats this as acceptable 'abatement' of a public nuisance by parties particularly endangered by such a nuisance... In the next six days I intend to take to the public airwaves in California, and to use other means, to encourage all law enforcement officers in California to in fact go into video game stores and seize all copies of 25 to Life."

The honorable Mr. Carl Sandburg has a measured response:

"Go ahead and bust all the chairs you want to.
Smash a whole wagon load of furniture at every
performance. Turn sixty somersaults and stand
on your nutty head. If it wasn't for the way
you scare women and kids, I'd feel sorry for
you and pass the hat.

"I like to wash a good four-flusher work but not
when he starts people to puking and calling for
the doctors.

"I like a man that's got guts and can pull off a great
original performance, but you -- hell, you're only
a bughouse peddler of second-hand gospel --
you're only shoving out a phony imitation of
the goods this Jesus guy told us ought to be free
as air and sunlight.

"Sometimes I wonder what sort of pups born from
mongrel bitches there are in the world less
heroic than you."

Thompson's latest ravings courtesy of Joystiq via Cathode Tan.

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