Monthly Archive for July, 2005

Hot Coffee here, Hot Coffee everywhere

The controversy over animated, literally, sex scenes found in the video game Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas reached the US Capitol earlier this week. Bunch of politicians figured a game that features prostitution, graphic violence, car jackings and other violent crime can’t have sexually suggestive contents in it, even if hidden from the retail version and only to be uncovered by modding the game with 3rd party software.

Hillary Clinton opened her presidential campaign with a media blitz suggesting this game alone is cause for all harm ever done to the youth of America. It turns out she was hoodwinkled into doing this by ambulance chaser extraordinaire, Mr. Jack “Thumper” Thompson. Mr. Thompson has made a career of exploiting high profile incidents like the Columbine shootings to extort money from innocent 3rd parties, like the video gaming industry.

Turns out Thumper is not the only lawyer trying to profit from this.

An 85-year-old grandma, Florence Cohen, is suing Rockstar Games, the maker of GTA: San Andreas, and their parent company Take-Two Interactive, because these awful companies put PORN in the game she bought for her grandson.

There’s just one big issue with this lawsuit. Her throroughly traumatized grandson is 14. At the time she bought this nice game for her nice grandson GTA: San Andreas was an M-rated game, which means it’s not suitable for people under 17. She bought it regardless. She is now claiming she was somehow deceived. If I was the lawyer for Rockstar Games, I’d offer to settle for $1.

The sanest opinion regarding all the media generated controversy on the issue was written by Steven Johnson, author of a book “Everything Bad Is Good For You: How Today’s Popular Culture Is Actually Making Us Smarter”. He’s mockingly encouraging Hillary Clinton to devote her energy on a much more popular game that “instills aggressive thoughts in the minds of its players, some of whom have gone on to commit real-world acts of violence and sexual assault after playing.”. That game is, of course, high school football.


Leechers spend more money on music than non-leechers

A digital music research firm The Leading Question has released a study that concludes people who download pirated music online actually spend 4 times as much money buying legal downloads as people who do not download pirated music.

This comes as no surprise to anyone, who has been following RIAA’s war on music downloading.


Payback is a bitch

Annoy too many people long enough and that’s what you gonna get.


Good riddance to bad rubbish

Visa has decided to ban CardSystems Solutions from processing transactions for visa credit cards. Banks using CardSystems Solutions to process visa card transactions have been given till October to find another payment processor.



Karl Rove – a backstabbing bitch

Honesty and integrity in the White House? Humbug!

Karl Rove’s defense to identifying Joseph Wilson’s wife as a CIA agent is: “I didn’t mention her by name, therefore I didn’t commit a felony”. What utter bullshit. That sort of defense works only for retards. You don’t become an advisor to the White House by being a retard, even under the Bush administration…I think.

Any reasonable person with a functioning brain will see Karl Rove’s word spinning as exactly that, word spinning. When you say Mr. Soandso’s wife is a CIA agent, I don’t think anyone is confused as to who was named as a CIA agent, unless Mr. Soandso has multiple wives. Joseph Wilson has only one wife.

Looks like when that defense didn’t work, he’s now saying that the media already knew she was a CIA agent, he was merely repeating information he’d heard from a reporter. This is, of course, the “if your brother jumped off a cliff, would you jump too?” defense. It usually doesn’t work for 5-year-olds either.

Step down Karl Rove. You’re about to face felony criminal charges, if there’s any justice in the White House.

I’m betting $1,000 he’ll get a presidential pardon on the same day he’s convicted though.