Jack Thompson: American Hero?

Is controversial Miami attorney Jack Thompson a freedom fighter?

While the Florida Bar argued last week that the anti-game activist should be disbarred for a minimum of ten years, Thompson is scheduled to be honored at America’s Freedom Festival on July 2nd in Provo, Utah. While information is sketchy, the web page for the Freedom Awards describes them as intended:

…to honor individuals who have espoused the cause of freedom throughout the world.

In light of his current legal difficulties, Thompson is an interesting choice, to say the least. His selection could potentially stir up some local controversy in Utah, as well. In 2007 Thompson called for the indictment of the state’s Republican Attorney General, Mark Shurtleff, over Shurtleff’s recommendation that a Thompson-authored video game law then under consideration in the legislature was unconstitutional.

GamePolitics has made three attempts in recent weeks to contact event organizers in order to determine who submitted Thompson for the award and on what basis. Although we have yet to receive a response, we know that our e-mail was viewed by chairperson Vicki Garbutt since she forwarded a copy to Thompson on May 28th, inquiring about our "agenda." Thompson forwarded the e-mail back to us the following day with the warning, "Careful, Dennis."

The awards dinner is sponsored by Utah County, described as "the most Republican county in the most Republican state in the United States."

In the past, Garbutt has explained the Freedom Award as follows:

It’s what gets at the heart of what we talk about with freedom — celebrating the individuals who sacrifice for their own freedom and the freedom of others.

Thompson has forwarded a copy of what appears to be his page from the event program. However, it offers few specifics regarding his selection.

UPDATE: I should point out that it’s not my intent to frame this story as any type of commentary on Republicans. Thompson has certainly had his issues with Republicans in Florida and elsewhere (as I noted, he was ridiculously harsh in his criticism of Utah’s A.G. Shurtleff, a Republican). 

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  1. Shadow Darkman Anti-Thesis of Jack Thompson says:

    I saw that, and lawled.


  2. Neoelasticman ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Do the next best thing, then: Divide by X as X approaches zero. Then at least the time until JT’s disbarment will be infinitely small.

  3. shaoron says:

    wait… i’m a Christian.. and i’ma gamer as well…

    most of my churchmates play games with me, and some of our pastors play MMORPGs… and boy could they power level! even better than me! more than 10 levels a week!? And that’s AFTER preparing their preachings, counseling, taking care of their wife and kids!

    what does that make us!?

  4. BravO))) says:

    I bet you that gamers and atheist know more about the bible then JT.  Not judging, just pointing out the obvious.

    And gp, let JT comment all he wants, he will get pwned by a gamer who has actually read the bible.

  5. shaoron says:

    sorry but to search for such code requires one to divide by zero…


    which no one can do

  6. shaoron says:

    He who calls himself a "Warrior of God" but uses the weapons of the devil is decieving himself and/or those around him…


    last i heard one fo the Devil’s weapons i liying… which JT does one too many time.. BLATANTLY

  7. potatojones83 says:

    "I hearby nominate GI. Joe the Real American Hero."


    The irony has already been poitnted out I’m sure but, how can a "man" who was once awarded as "Censor of the Year" also recieve an "award" for being a so-called freedom fighter? A bit contradictory if I do say so myself….and I do!

  8. Jack Wessels says:

    That actually reminds me of a Ghandi quote. I think he said it after touring western life (Including Christianity) in Europe. (I’m paraphrasing)

    "I would have become a Christian, had I ever met one."

    Despite his claims, Thompson is not a real Christian, and Ghandi can back me up on that. I mean, would Ghandi lie?

  9. Niko Bellic ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    I have no patience!!! Where’s the cheat code where I can make the disbarment happen now?

  10. Lost Question ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    "celebrating the individuals who sacrifice for their own freedom and the freedom of others."

    do you see saving or protecting in that sentance? jack seems willing to get rid of freedom alltogether in the interests of his crusade. he’s seen as a hero to these people why? i guess they have a dislike for freedom.

    Those who are willing to sacrifice their basic liberties to assure their security deserve neither. – Attributed to :: Benjamin Franklin

  11. Trevor McGee says:

    Not to mention that he mocks the death of people many times after learning that they were gamers in their life.

  12. ScreechOwl5 says:

    we are angry, and i believe we are entitled to that. it somewhat hard to be civil  and level-headed to a person who insulted the state of our prefrontal cortexes, invented a curseword to use against gamers, and openely attempted to declare our pastime out of constitutonal protection.  combine that with the sheer lack of active  representation, and  we are forced to represent ourselves in a less than ideal manner ( see Cooper Lawrence). i will not insult anyone, and i siguest you do the same

  13. TheEdge says:

    You just nailed the exact reason of why I stoped calling myself a Conservative a long while ago.Bravo.

  14. DarkTetsuya says:

    whoa you were right on that one, Toll… thank you! And no idea where the f these trolls are coming from …. then again isn’t summer vacation starting? 🙁 (I’d just clicked the ‘report spam’ button not even a minute ago.

  15. Anonymous says:

    Please do contact them.  I happen to live in the county in question, as does a good friend of mine who is pretty much as religious as most people in this county.  Guess what?  He and I both think Mr. Thompson is a disgrace to the legal profession and to Christianity.

    The people in this county are actually fairly rational folks.  Send the people in charge of the festival a civil letter or e-mail, and inform them of all of the facts (and please, nothing else) surrounding Mr. Thompson’s recent legal struggles.  They just might change their mind about having him show up.

  16. BravO))) says:

    I agree and disagree.  Anyone can call themself a Christian, but to be one is different.  And the bible says that God gives people the choice to sin, and when you have people like JT and Bush, they are basically underminding the bible and telling God to screw himself and that they can do a better job (just like satan).  The bible can be very hard to understand, mainly for idiots, because they try to take everything out of context.  I know that I sin and fall short of the glory of God, but I try to stay away from telling people stuff that is not in bible and saying that it is.  I left my "church" a long time ago because people were not doing the main points that the bible talks about; love one another, do not judge, take care of your family, do not worship an ideal (the cross).  When you grow up and learn the bible a certian way, people seem to be closed minded when you try to show them the real way to read the bible.

  17. The_Borderer says:

    I live in Oxford, does that count?

    I was just thinking  the same thing. I hadn’t realised someone had brought out a newspeak dictionary yet.


  18. gamepolitics says:

    No. I gave Ms. Garbutt several opportunities to respond. However, she chose not to for reasons known only to her.

    It’s not a big deal, but I think they’d look more on the up-and-up if they just made their position public.

  19. Aliasalpha says:

    Oh come now, there’s FAR better ones than GI Joe, he was just a wanker. Now The Greatest American Hero, he was a hero. Also great & american so he seems perfect for that award.

    As for jack, I suggest someone should email the parade organisers a link to all the GP stories about his disbarment with instructions to do a search for his user name to see how he treats everyone in a slightly less public setting.

    Then again, the same organisation also does a 3v3 soccer tournament where teams can have up to 6 people, tends to whack "Freedom" in front of almost everything oh and runs a "Mayors Prayer Breakfast"

    Paul Warner, vice-president of the event, says he believes the Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast gives the Freedom Festival a spiritual as well as a celebratory tone to freedom. "We feel very keenly about America’s position under God," says Warner. "This is a crucial part of the festival’s purpose…to bring people together to pray for this country."

    I always thought america saw itself more as a dom than a sub…

  20. LOOK A NAME says:

    How about let’s not and say we did…

    CIVIL?  make bias judgements against groups that he says he supports


    you’re just as bad as he is, go on thinking you’re helping people

    the man says something bad about your "toys" and you go batshit insane

    just like children


    Bleh I’m just going to start deleting comments it’s easier and you aren’t adding much to the conversation. -Toll

  21. Decoy ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Maybee. But at least we can discuss our thoughts and ideas in a civilized, although sarcastic, manner and post our name/handle to our post.

    Besides we aren’t forcing you to read this thread. If you don’t like or agree with our comments, then look away or head here.

  22. Deadman Reaper says:

    I sent this to "American Freedom (BS) festval"


    I find it disgraceful that you are "honoring" Jack Thompson in your festival. He spreaads lies as truth and uses "god" to spread his propoganda. On top of that he uses his lawyer (soon to be Ex) status to try to ruin peoples livelyhood. If this is your idea of freedom then why not castro, hussain, Or even Hitler they all share one thing in common they use the power granted to them to run wild and destroy lives Thompson was just caught before her could do any real damage!



  23. Anonymous says:

    Last edit all other tripe will cause the entire post to be deleted.  – Toll



  24. CodeMonkey76 says:

    Wow.  I *live* in Utah County.  Even I’m appalled that they’d pick Wacko Jacko.  I think I might just go buy tickets to the event so I can just laugh when they give him the award.  For those who are interested, feel free to write letters to the editor of the local newspaper (http://www.heraldextra.com/).

  25. Anonymous says:

    Oh wow, you "gamers" are just proving his point "BLAME THE CHRISTIANS" "BLAME EVERYBODY UGH"



    You know things were quite civil until you showed up..  let’s narrow the insults..mmkay? -Toll

  26. Anonymous says:

    And Trolls are great to edit out…  move along everyone.. we don’t feed these.



  27. Keith K ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Did someone change the definition of the word ‘Freedom’?

    Phone Oxford. I want an official opinion on this one.

  28. Kris O. says:

    "It’s what gets at the heart of what we talk about with freedom — celebrating the individuals who sacrifice… the freedom of others."



  29. jmcc says:

    Oh, I don’t know. He seems to have an axe to grind against homosexuals. Bully and Janet Reno, you know?

  30. GryphonOsiris says:

    Someone check, did they honor the leaders of the Third Reich as great Humanitarians?

    I still do wonder if Jack actually knows the text of the First Amendment, because he seems to always get it wrong. Maybe he’s thinking the text of the First Commandment, those hyper-religious types seems to get them confused.

    Hmmm… quite a few of Jack’s buzz words can be modified to apply to him. Instead of hyper-reality, we change it to hyper-religious, from ultra-violent to ultra-idiotic. See, works for everyone.

    Sarcasm aside, as many have said, Jack hasn’t done anything to help freedom, but he has made many attempts to suppress it with frivilous litigation, threats of lawsuits that border on black-mail, threatening people who call out his narrow-minded childish antics with police action, and generally being a bloody ass of himself so he can get his face of Faux News so he can plug his out of print book.

    Maybe someone should show up to this event in a tan S.A. uniform with "arm band" and praise the party’s loyalty to Jack Thompson.

    On a side note, anyone know why they always dress up like S.A. and not S.S.?

  31. Decoy ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    It’s probably already been seen by all, but this would explain alot about JT if it wasn’t a comic strip.

    One Possible Explanation

    One Possible Explanation

    Gotta love Penny-Arcade.

  32. Rodrigo Ybáñez García says:

    So, this nomination was before June 4th? Maybe they will think it better after know how is Thompson´s situation.


    —————————————————————————- The cynical side of videogames (spanish only): http://thelostlevel.blogspot.com/

  33. Melchiah says:

      True true true. I don’t even think Jack would want to be associated with those people.

  34. nightwng2000 says:

    I also wonder if lies and deceit are the Freedom Festival organizers "moral" tools.

    After all, Mr. Freedom Hero knowingly and intentionally lied to a certain government organizatio claiming that Bully had "gay sex" in it and the closest thing to "intimate contact" was two boys kissing.

    Yeah, really warrior for Freedom, huh?


    NW2K Software

    Nightwng2000 has also updated his MySpace page: http://www.myspace.com/nightwing2000 Nightwng2000 is now admin to the group "Parents For Education, Not Legislation" on MySpace as http://groups.myspace.com/pfenl

  35. nightwng2000 says:

    I also note that Ms. Garbutt also seeks out John Bruce’s comments on GP’s agenda.

    So much for Freedom.

    After all, Ms. Garbut could:

    1.  Look at GP herself and make her own mind up.

    2.  Ask Dennis about GP’s "agenda".

    3.  Do even more thorough research on the web.

    But, instead, her version of "Freedom" involves asking an "opponent" of the issues and taking their word for it.


    That sounds oddly familiar.

    Wasn’t there a story awhile back about a supposed "professional" who was asked by a certain "TV News" network to do an interview about a certain game.  And the ONLY research she did on the game was that someone before the show told her it was pornographic?  That sounds… oddly familiar. 




    NW2K Software

    Nightwng2000 has also updated his MySpace page: http://www.myspace.com/nightwing2000 Nightwng2000 is now admin to the group "Parents For Education, Not Legislation" on MySpace as http://groups.myspace.com/pfenl

  36. Michael J. Welch ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    I live in Utah.  Not in Provo, but not too far away either.  I just sent them a message telling them how much I disapprove, and the page said that they will respond.  We’ll see what happens.

  37. Senior Airman ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    ‘But since they are accepting wacky nominations for the awards, I hearby nominate GI. Joe the Real American Hero.’

    As long as it’s Snake-eyes. I’m with you.

  38. Anonymous says:

    Also Dennis:  Have you tried emailing Jack’s forwarding of Ms. Garbutt’s forwarding back to her with the message that your "agenda" is freedom?

  39. Paul says:

    Wow, so, he’s a hero of freedom, because he’s taking away our freedom to play games.


    Well, i was never going to utah anyway.

    I hope he has fun, it’ll be his last  public engnagement, and what a way to go out.

  40. Decoy ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    It could be worse. The Westboro Baptist Church could be giving honors.

  41. Demontestament says:

    "It’s what gets at the heart of what we talk about with freedom — celebrating the individuals who sacrifice for their own freedom and the freedom of others."

    Someone needs to do their research if they are actually considering giving JT an award. Seeing as how he has worked to silience the freedoms of others, rather than fight for them. I have a feeling a few people over at Fox News put Jack’s name in for an award, seeing as how they view him as a "First Amendment Lawyer." But since they are accepting wacky nominations for the awards, I hearby nominate GI. Joe the Real American Hero.

  42. NovaBlack. ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    well i just read the JT specific event page and i actually DO understand why he has been chosen.

    Its because the write of the article is a fellow liar like JT.

    he claims JT has been:

    ‘relentlessly working to make the public, especially parents, aware of the connection between violent video games and violence in the streets and schools of america’

    there we go. A liar ladies and gents. Is proof offered of this ‘connection’? are any research studies proving the connection cited ? … fraid not. Just hearsay and vague opinion. Wow.. a professional journalist at work.

     If they can PROVE the connection, then yeah give JT his award and ill also throw in a hundred bucks for him, and eat my own legs. Its not gonna happen becaue there ISNT ANY PROOF OF A CONNECTION other than correlation which doesnt mean Jack.  

    Its also no wonder that JT has a narcissism problem with journalist like this it sounds like its written by an obsessed fanboy. Its making me vomit a little in my mouth each time i read it, so full of flowery praise and adoration. How can it ignore the flip side to JT? i mean the flip side accounts for 99.9% of his personality. Sheesh.  




  43. Senior Airman ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    He’s getting an award that honors ‘individuals who have espoused the cause of freedom throughout the world’  for  ‘individuals who sacrifice for their own freedom and the freedom of others’ by trying to limit the freedom of others? While Soliders, Marines, Sailors and Airmen (such as myself) fight for the complete freedom of all with our lives without recieving anything of the like in return. If he’s an American Hero then those serving in the military are living legends.

  44. Shoehorn O'Plenty says:

    Being a hero can be measured in terms of who you are a hero to. Adolf Hitler was/is a hero to many unpleasant skinhead groups. Fred Phelps family see him as one. The Taliban and other extremist groups see the 9/11 hijackers as heroes. Jack, it appears, is a hero to a group of backwards nanny staters whose definition of freedom is "everything we like". I sincerely doubt that the right to be a homosexual or any other religion but christian is part of their "agenda".

    That article about Jack is very funny, like most of his self-promoting blurbs, it’s packed full of delicious irony.

    They claim that during his "crusade" against these big evil corporations, "he has been threatened, publicly mocked, fined, sued and bullied by large corporations."

    They forget to mention that he has also threatened, mocked publicly, attempted to sue and attempt to bully others himself! Remember the threats of lawsuits and subpoenas? The attempts at using public nuisance law to stifle the free speech of others? Calling people who disagree with his point of view "morons" and "idiots" on live television?

    As mentioned by someone above, he is credited with "relentlessly working to make the public, especially parents, aware of the connection between violent video games and violence in the streets and schools of America."

    In the interests of correctness it should be changed to "the alleged connection", or the "as-yet-unproven connection". But hey, they left out the half of the story with Jack making the insults and threats, why not cut out the unfortunate parts of the full story for this section too.


    I wonder if the freedom to post sexually explicit material in the public court record is one of the freedoms that these people admire so much.  Maybe they are awed by his promotion of the freedom to mock a community affected by a member’s suicide. Or his freedom to disparage and insult an entire demographic based on his quack science. How about his freedom to use his religion as an excuse for his unprofessional behaviour? I’d love to contact the organisers and explain to them that the little bio they have for Jack in their event program is incredibly sugar coated and edited, and that he has actually been recommended for disbarment by his professions governing body, but I’m sure they would dismiss my information as being part of an "agenda", like Dennis’ enquiry.

  45. Godkarmachine says:

    Jack Thompson is a freedom fighter all right. Few can say they’ve tried as hard to fight freedom as that man. I also love his little Thompson Threats. It’s like listening to a terror alert on the news. It’s cute, colorful, and implies that something is coming, but it never does.

    – The most frightening thing a person can ever hear: "I’m from the government, and I’m here to help"

  46. Michael Brooks ( User Karma: 0 ) says:


    He’s being honored by a fanatic fundamentalist Christian group. He fits right in with that group. If we’re used to him appearing on Fox News, this shouldn’t bother anyone. The only thing it will do is boost his ego even more (if you can believe that’s possible).

    His disbarrment is coming friends, be patient.

  47. NovaBlack. ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Although we have yet to receive a response, we know that our e-mail was viewed by chairperson Vicki Garbutt since she forwarded a copy to Thompson on May 28th, inquiring about our "agenda." Thompson forwarded the e-mail back to us the following day with the warning,

    "Careful, Dennis."

    lol… careful about what?…no really, careful about WHAT?

    seriously.. does JT not understand the purpose of gamepolitics again?. a NEWS site about games and politics, and an award ceremony honoring Jack Thompson as *cough* i can barely say it .. an individual who has espoused the cause of freedom throughout the world, clearly qualifies as newsworthy and on topic. (although the topic itself is bizaare to say the least)

    I dont understand quite what Mr Thompson is saying to be careful about here. Theres nothing wrong / illegal / immoral about emailing OFFICIAL representatives at a festival enquiring about something that is happening there. What.. are you going to start another random make-believe law suit up over this Mr Thompson? What will it be this time? perhaps you will claim Dennisis working for the magical Lobster people of Atlantis to bring about the downfall of the modern world. Whatever you come up with its always guaranteed to be something bizaare, and this threat isnt any different.

    I also dont understand why JT always refers to Dennis personally. Surely he can see the enquiry wasnt of a personal nature to Dennis specifically, it was an enquiry made as a representative of GamePolitics. Now whose the one with an obsession…



  48. Adamas Draconis says:

    … WTF do these FOOLS think they are DOING? This is even more Idiotic then "Judge" Roy Moore being honored for telling a Federal District judge (And yes I’m Paraphrasing) "Fuck off, I don’t have to do anything you say because GOD is on my side!"

    Hunting the shadows of the troubled dreams.

  49. Zerodash. ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Fundamental Christians believe the United States is a Christian republic.  Free speech only applies to (correct) religion and "moral" speech to them. 

    For instance, these Christians (like Thompson) will fight tooth and nail to ban movies, music, science, evolution, and games.  They will then turn around and use the free speech card to push Creationism on everyone.  They find that perfectly OK, because games, evolution, music, ect is "immoral" while Creationism is "moral".

    This also explains why they hate everyone who disagrees with them- how could you not be disgusted by somebody who supports the existience of "immorality"? 

    Its people like Thompson and his Christian Fundamental peers that make it harder and harder to live in this country. 

  50. Johanna says:

    Indeed in my opinion Jack Thompson it`s an american hero. His business with GTA went well at the time I have to say. Though I think there must be a limited age you can play a game, to lower the number of addicted kids. Better let them do somthing else… put them to search for frigidaire parts or something like that..:))

  51. AgnostoTheo says:

    I just wanted to make this caption for the picture on this article.

    "It was only years later that Jack Thompson’s love affair with GTA would be overshadowed by his love affair with truly bad hawaiian T-shirts."

    Life begins and ends with Choice. Anything in your life that unlawfully or immorally steals Choice from you should be excised immediately, totally, and destroyed utterly.

  52. Ajardoor says:

    Hello head, meet desk.


    I seriously weep for humanity’s future, man.


    There are simply not enough groans in my voicebox to satstifactorily express my disdain.

  53. Shadow Darkman Anti-Thesis of Jack Thompson says:

    @Everyone who has mentioned a place called *SNIP*




  54. TBoneTony ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    You know that King Soloman also said that…

    “Do onto others as you do onto yourself.”

    So Jack, I think that the Florida Bar has done to you what you have tried to do so many times to decent honest Videogame Developers.

  55. Shadow Darkman Anti-Thesis of Jack Thompson says:


    To GP: SNIP these mentions of the Asshole Of The Internet!


  56. Loudspeaker says:


    Our moderators dusted off the ban hammer in fine fashion!  Thanks for the excellent work!

    "Volume helps to get a point across but sharp teeth are better."

  57. Valdearg says:

    On a side note:

    Kudos to Dennis and anyone else moderating these comments (Is there anyone else?) for getting the 4-chan issue under control and cleaning up the comments quickly and accurately 🙂


    Keep up the good work!

  58. Shadow Darkman Anti-Thesis of Jack Thompson says:



  59. Ryno (awaiting my login info) ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    I’m on Cox and am having trouble too. The same with the ECA forum. No luck there. I’ve requested new passwords, contacted them, etc. Nothing in my spam folder or anywhere else.

    If a mod sees this, please help. I’m Ryno on both sites with the same email address, which works fine otherwise. Any help would be much appreciated.

  60. DavCube ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Meh, don’t take it THAT hard. I exaggerated my response for the hell of it anyway.

  61. Gray-17 says:

    Let’s hold off on requiring logging in until after the registration link actually works. Because unless AOL email, and Gamepolitics’ host just don’t like each other, then it doesn’t.

  62. metroidprimegmr says:

    Oh, believe me, this is enough internet humiliation for one lifetime (i.e. mine); I’ve learned my lesson.

  63. DavCube ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    I go to 4chan. I just don’t waste my life there like SOME people do.

    Wink wink? Hint hint? Nudge Nudge? Mirite?!

  64. Lothar ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    yeah i don’t think jack deserves anything for "freedom" and btw when did the troll show up?

  65. mogbert says:

    Yes, from what we are seeing, it’s obviously a 4-chan raid. *Breaking rule 1 and 2 by talking about 4-chan*


    Dennis can clean this up shortly. There really isn’t any fighting the raid. Whatever you say will only be scewed and twisted. It’s one of the rules as well. Luckily, 4-chan posts are very easy to spot.

    As to the article, I think this falls under one of the general internet rules about no matter how weird your statement, you can always find someone who will agree with you. JT doesn’t operate in a vacuum, it’s just that the US isn’t his power base. There will be pockets of people who still feel that people are better off only thinking what others want them to think and seeing what others want them to see.

    There really isn’t any reason to write to them or anything. Changing your mind or forming an opinion isn’t favorably considered in some places.

  66. Darrel says:

    From the looks of things, it’s not /v/’s handiwork, especially since there is NO thread about a raid in /v/.

    Mostly likely this is /b/’s handiwork.  It’s newfag summer and the underage b&ns have come out to play.

  67. LaserShark says:

    *sighs and waits for Dennis to cull the troll posts and get out the IP-banhammer*

  68. DavCube ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Dennis, i think it’s time you make it so you have to log in before you can post. We’ve gotten trolls before, but not frikkin 4CHAN trolls… jeez.

  69. Neeneko says:

    Eh, the ‘freedom festivil’ and the orginization behind it have very, very little to do with ‘freedom’ outside celebrating the US sucessfully breaking away from england.   Very patrioity, very neo-con, very military.

  70. Trevor McGee says:

    I’m kind of surprised and shocked to see him getting an award for being a “Freedom Fighter”, especially considering that Jack Thompson is against freedom for the most part if it’s not something he agrees with. Anyway, I guess someone would be dumb enough to think he’s a good guy, hell, there were people who were loyal to and loved Hitler as well. Even the bad guys have fans sometimes and people who think they’re doing the right thing even when it’s wrong.

  71. Cattleprod says:

    Posting slurs in ALLCAPS certainly shows how immature everyone else is. Well played.

  72. Shadow Darkman Anti-Thesis of Jack Thompson says:



  73. Diddy_Mao says:

    Whoops, heh. Yeah I mean’t 27 out of 31.
    An easy mistake to make, what with the 1 and 7 being so darn close to one another on the keyboard.

    Utah isn’t nearly as bad as a lot of people tend to think it is, but when stuff like this happens I can’t help but roll my eyes and wonder why we seem to insist on living up to the stereotypes.



  74. Ryan says:

    I find it ironic that both Republicans and Democrats are fighting against the people’s will. I mean, the majority of people not involved in politics really don’t have any trouble with video games or violnt movies and whatnot. But it’s all a matter of money. If violent games become illegal, think of all the money lawyers and other politicians would make off the cases and taxes. It’s just another control method, and both parties are taking advantage of it. 

    In essence, Democrats and Republicans are both the same elitist group split into two. Both want money for themselves. There really is not difference between Conservative or Liberal. Personally, I’m a libertarian, and I would like to see government as small as possible with the exception of anarchy. But I think the two should merge and just call themselves the Republocrats or the Demolicans or something of that nature just to get it over with.

  75. Ixian says:

    I believe you mean to say "27 of 31 counts of unprofessional behavior, including lying to the court."

    I’m glad my family moved outa Utah, I don’t think I could go on with the shame of having my state host a "freedom" event where JT is awarded anything.

  76. Diddy_Mao says:

    I would suggest that you do what I’ve been doing since I found out about this.

    Start sending letter to the event coordinators as well as the event sponsors about your opinions on the matter.

    Try to be as polite as possible about the whole affair, but remind them that they are attempting to award a man as a champion of freedom and morality who has been warned not to submit further filings into court that are inappropriate or pornographic (Emphasis on the "further").

    Remind them that it is currently being reccomended that he be found guilty of 21 counts of unprofessional behavior including lying to the court.

    As a lifelong resident of Utah I’m well aware of how we are seen by the world outside our borders, something like this can only worsen the situation.
    For all it’s flaws I kinda like living in Salt Lake and I’d really rather not have Mr. Thompson being rewarded by us for being an unprofessional coward.

  77. sarahvait ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Actually, this could end up being funny later.  This whole thing will probably fade into nothingness if the people putting it on are as bat-crap bonkers as everyone says.  And now when JT’s on the news and someone’s disagreeing with him, he can whine about how he won an award.  I mean, seriously, can you imagine how pathetic it could be?

    Newsperson-"How do you respond to the allegation that you are the father of all lies and ruiner of happiness?"

    JT-"….(holds of little dime store plastic trophy) I won an award…"

  78. Loudspeaker says:

    Just remember that for every person like JT and these groups who obviously don’t understand what freedom really is there are ten times as many of us that do and support those who truly fight for freedom.

    "Volume helps to get a point across but sharp teeth are better."

  79. Anonymous says:

    Let’s just say that nobody has ever seen Jack Thompson and Sue Scheff in the same room together.

    I believe there is a reason for this.

  80. Aliasalpha says:

    can you marry your underage cousin’s daughter’s sheep though? As far as I’m concerned, that’s the line

  81. GrimCW ( User Karma: -3 ) says:

    believe me, i do feel disgraced to have spent 4+ years of my time defending the rights of a person like JT. I know i’m not the only vet that has distaste for those like JT who would undermine the constitution for their own deminitive purposes while attacking anyone else who seeks the freedoms it brings.

    but in retro, at least he’s being shot down by those who actually support the constitution.

    i can’t help but remember something i read the pope said recently in NYC about how american society can undermine the entire religion….

    something to the extent.. but ummm yeah the government is SUPPOSED to ignore religion.. otherwise it don’t work and ya end up with the same old excuse "god made me do it"

    sorry to reitterate.. but it just rings to loudly in my skull… 

  82. Anonymous says:

    I’m just curious how many of you kids know what goes on in Provo, Utah.

    Hang around isaccorp.org a while, and if you’ve got the sack, try Fornits. You’ll find out more than you ever wanted to know.

    tl;dr: Being honored with a freedom anything in Provo, Utah is like being given a Great Entrepreneur award by the Viet Cong.

  83. Anonymous says:

    …….Its Utah!

    you can marry your underage cousin there! Then divorce her and marry one of your daughters,or a sheep.

  84. Scrumpus says:

    I am a person of Utah county and I’m not ashamed since I had nothing to do with it, but outraged.

    I don’t even know what this Freedom Festival is, and I live here, so I doubt it’s really that big of a deal.

  85. Anonymous says:

    It’s funny that a so-called "Freedom festival" in Provo, Utah is honoring Thompson with a "freedom award" when Thompson has endorsed Islamic terrorism and admitted that his actions would bring comfort to America’s enemies(which is the definition of treason in the U.S. Constitution).

    What a disgrace to the soldiers fighting for our freedoms. The people of Utah County should be ashamed.

  86. Manuel deBettencourt ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Same here, man. Same here. Just scares me that our politicians who try to support freedom, invite a fascist crazy massacre chasing disbarred lawyer. I think he’s going to try to get his law licsence in Utah now.

  87. RenK ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Meanwhile, as Jacky boy gets his "Freedom Fighter" award, another American soldier dies…

    I rarely comment, but the thought of Jack getting even just a small mention at something called a "Freedom Festival" gets my skin crawling. To see that’s he’s getting an award at such an event is just… i don’t know, i’m so speechless i’m commenting on it.

  88. Manuel deBettencourt ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Wow, and I thought it was ashamed to live in MA. as a gamer with the whole legisture that came up. I’m glad that I now live in MA. and not Utah.

    Now, I’m not sure who in the hell in there right minds in Utah (like any politicians in Utah had a left mind) would they invite "Jack the Fascist" to the so-called "Freedom Festival". Inviting Jack is like inviting Bush to the event, they both voliate the ammendents which have the word freedom in it. I’m wondering if Jack uses the Chinese-made translated into English version of the dictionary and looks up the word freedom (if it is in there).

  89. Anonymous says:

    and the lord said whoever humbles himself shall be exalted, but whoever exalts himself shall be humbled [Luke 14:11]

    and i do think he did show there is a connection with violent games and violence, that they aren’t related, or atleast that’s all the info we get from him due to the fact he has shown nothing for them being related

  90. GRIZZAM PRIME says:

    FIRST!!! Anyway, this must be some joke. Nobody’s so stupid as to label JT as a freedom fighter (unless by that you mean "someone who fights against freedom").


    -GRIZZAM PRIME(c)is property of the U.S. Marine Corp. Wetworks Dept., and also The Incredible Hulk-GRIZZAM PRIME is not to be associated with GRIZZAM 512 or any other GRIZZAM entity under penalty of law, so sayith ZARATHOS. Oh, and if you didn’t get that "FIRST!!!" was a joke, you are a moron.

  91. Anonymous says:

    IN MORE BREAKING NEWS: Ann Coulter has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Proze, on the grounds that her revolutionary plan of "killing everyone who disagrees with America until there’s finally peace" will save us all.

  92. Schwarzsturm says:

    I can’t help but think of those Bud Light radio and TV ads, albeit with a twist:

    "Bud Light presents Real American Douchebags"

    "Real American Douchebags!"

    More appropriate, don’t you think? 

  93. Arashi says:

    …you sure he’s not participating in the "Baby Contest" that they have on that page?

    I’d say walking out of your own disbarrment hearing wins the "biggest baby" award.

  94. CyberSkull says:

     Jack Thompson, a hero of freedom for campaigning to take away your choice to play video games.

  95. Ghostmatrix says:

    His Freedom award is just the newest in a series of poor uses for the word. "Freedom toast" anyone? All the US is doing nowadays is changing the phrase to freedom because they don’t want to acknowledge what the real meaning is. They didn’t like the french, so now we have freedom toast/fries. And it would be in poor taste to call Thompson’s award the "asshole award".

    Also please let it be known that I do not mean that the past recipients were anything close to jack, or an ass. I am only trying to make my point that calling JT’s crusade freedom is like calling Hitler’s germany a good idea.


    People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.

  96. Anonymous says:

    "He espouses the cause of freedom"?!?!?!

    He’s not trying to support the cause of freedom, he’s trying to take it away. This is the kind of award u should give to Ghandi or Martin Luther King Jr., not a biased, massacre-chasing, attention whore

  97. DarkTetsuya says:

    I didn’t wanna go there cause I thought my comment would be edited/deleted … but yeah, agreed.

  98. Anonymous says:

    I was wondering what they were thinking, then I saw they have so little going for them they’re forced to name-drop Jehovah with “American Values – Family, Freedom, God and Country”. jack-jack’s just a name to put on the line-up that won’t alienate their marks by having a “stein” on the end.

  99. Anonymous says:

    While I expected that was the case, what a sort of ironic load of BS that was.

    I think they should give him the title "Jack Thompson: massacre chasing, sort-of-American Hero"….

  100. Anonymous says:


    “Freedom fighter” huh? What is next, them honoring a spammer(besides Jack I mean)?

  101. Vinzent ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    So I was checking out the sponsors of the event. The specific event "The Freedom Awards Gala" has only one sponsor. Utah County.

    So I guess I’ll have to boycott Utah. I’m guessing that won’t significantly impact my life.

  102. Deadman Reaper says:

    Wait a minute isn’t "freedom Fighter" what they call terroists…….wow if I see mr. jacko coming anywhere near a game store I am running as fast and far away from there as humanly possible and calling in the CFFU (CTU) (counter freedom fighter unit) of course on the bright side there might be some great fireworks????





    ——Never fear the Reaper he is only here to help, fear the torment and damnation you have rought on yourself and Remember have a nice day—– 

  103. dmr9748 ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    What is the world coming to?

    I would really love to know what mentally unstable group of individuals would even think of putting such a crazy idea together.

    Thompson lies to people in order to skew the view in his favor, spreads propoganda at every opportunity, convinces victims and their families to spend large amounts of money to wage his personal war against the video game industry, cries wolf on national television despite what any factual information may prove and before any factual information is discovered about a tragic event, submits items that I can only describe as evidence contributing to the fact that he is completely mentally incapable of being a lawyer as well as someone that should not be allowed to speak publicly on anyone’s behalf for whatever reason, creates his own evidence and submits it as proof that video games are bad…. the list goes on and on.

    How is such a person labeled "An American Hero" and not on a poster to raise funds for mental institutions all across America?

    If there is a petition circulating to have this travesty reversed, please post it on here.  I can find 34228 other individuals that deserve that reward over Jack Thompson just by opening a newspaper, watching the news, or reading any article about the Iraq war.

    In my honest opinion, this is more of a slap in the face to Americans everywhere than anything else. 



  104. Conejo says:

    Jack Thompson is to Freedom as the Holocaust is to Jews.

    Here are we — and yonder yawns the universe.

  105. BlackIce, Dragunov Marksman ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Anyone can be a hero these days. You could make George Bush a hero of the PRC and a recipient of the Order of Lenin for fuck’s sake.

    That said, I would like to be the hero of something in Cuba. Love that place.

  106. Jabrwock says:

    Is THIS the same "America’s Freedom Foundation" that supports the Freedom Festival?


    Special projects:

    1) Disbar the Bar

    Where most proceeding for we the people in court are a worthless charade with predetermined verdicts, and whenever a lawyer takes their duty seriously and  begins to protect their client’s rights  they are punished by the legal establishment with financial, sanctions or loss of their state bar license to practice law and their ability to earn a living.

    If so, then them holding up JT as a "freedom fighter" is a given. They hate the Bar, just like him! So to them, he IS a hero… irregardless of how asenine he comports himself…

    — If your wiimote goes snicker-snack, check your wrist-strap…

  107. Icehawk says:

    jackie IS a freedom fighter you know.  He fights against the freedoms of others on a constant basis.    He would be the kind that would try to tell the country (if not the whole world) "my way or the highway".  Not trying to say he has ego the size of, oh way Utah but I am surprised he would be able to fit. 

    I do remember reading jackie’s reference to this in his rebuttal to Judge Tunis.  I also remember thinking to myself at the time that he should learn to count.    How 4 people were going to be in the parade and how he would be there with the other 4.  Higher math skills are a pain. 

    Ah well, hardly matters in the end.  Someone had enough money to throw away on a parade and jackie smoozed up to him/her and has not yet gotten around to stabbing them in back when convient.    I mean come on peeps its only a parade in Utah.  Not exactly something on the National or Global scale. 

    Though I have to admit I feel sorry for the other 3 being lumped in the same group with him. 



  108. Ryan says:

    As the Marines might say, you need a "headspace adjustment to your brain-housing group." Am I correct?

  109. Vinny187 says:


    After reading the following article, my head has exploded. If anybody can find the pieces and help put it back together, I’d really appreciate it.

  110. jadedcritic says:

    Ten to one if Dennis had raised questions and he had somehow not been honored "appropriately", jack-o would have gone after him for defamation of character. I’m not entirely certain how that would work, since it’s not like Dennis doesn’t have an exhaustive supply of facts on the matter, however, I guess the implicit assumption is that Jack-o would try to poke holes in said facts.

  111. Herrvillain ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    What you have to remember is that there’s a vast conspiracy against him.  Any request for information about him is obviously a furtherance of that conspiracy, and each secret plan he discovers is easily added to one of his ongoing litigations.

  112. Rene Rivers ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    "Careful, Dennis."

    I think Jack really needs to STFU. Careful of what? There is no law forbidding someone from writing a letter requesting information. The more I read about JT the more I wonder where he got his law degree. He has no knowledge of the law.


  113. HalfShadow says:

    Wouldn’t it be funny is this whole thing was just a ‘Candid Camera’ set-up?


    ‘We thought it would be funny if…’

  114. Ixian says:

    The more I look, the more disgusted I get, doubly bad since I can’t claim anywhere else as my birthplace without lying.

    Have they not bothered to get back to anyone who’s contacted them with questions or information about JT? I’d like to know if they really are being this willfully ignorant.

  115. Frank Castle says:

    I ain’t got time for praise. I’m too busy taking out scumbags to make sure your livin so you can not appreciate it. The scumbags law enforcement left behind. But I’d never be able to do it without brothers in arms. And right now I’ve got some up at the florida BAR takin a punk named wacko jacko to the cleaners. He’s had heat before but never like this and they’re gonna make sure he feels it this time. But It’s just one more dirtbag for the day…and there’s plentya day left. Semper fi Tunis.

    Frank Castle

    The Punisher

  116. Benji says:

    ::sigh:: Now he’s getting an award, and I’m sure he’s going to remind us of it every chance he gets.

    Two things strike me here. One, the blurb about him praises him for making "the public, especially parents, aware of the connection between violent video games and violence in the streets and schools of America." Last I knew the research regarding that link was inconclusive, and not at all what JT claims it to be.

    And two, it’ll look rather foolish if they praise him and he gets disbarred later this year. Despite what he likes to think, the disbarment isn’t over what he’s trying to do but over the way he conducts himself when trying to do it. Praising JT for his legal actions would be kind of like praising the Punisher for his contributions to law enforcement efforts.

  117. Anonymous says:

    It’s what gets at the heart of what we talk about with freedom — celebrating the individuals who sacrifice their own freedom and the freedom of others.


  118. Rene Rivers ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    One more thing.

    I think a more fitting award would be: Jack Thompson: American Assh*le

  119. Ravenhawk ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    To be fair, he’s only getting the award from the second most republican state in the union. The most republican by percentage being Idaho.


    The title still made me laugh.


  120. thefremen says:

    That’s up north. Daryl Hannah is a retard. She has actually said that waste oil can fuel all our nations cars and can be used even in gasoline driven cars with no modification. This is why there is a stereotype about blondes being less than intelligent.

  121. Aliasalpha says:

    Ahh, they ARE jack thompson then, tits with a desperate sense of self loathing who only find validation in the attention of others, regardless of the type of attention

  122. Brainswarm says:

    I think I remember hearing about this one.  Didn’t it involve Darryl Hannah in a tree?

  123. thefremen says:

    Well that’s how Emminent domain usually works in the sane world, but locally where I live there’s a lawyer demanding the county use Emminent Domain to build a park where a land owner intends to build a storage unit.

    Less than a block away from a major freeway.

  124. Rodrigo Ybáñez García says:

    In some forms, the Bible actually upholds many of the concepts you are naming, like the respect among individuals, respect to life (thou shall not kill), among others, but all this depends on what kind of person is preaching these things.

    If it this Jack Thompson preaching a book, then even a Dr. Seuss book would be a hate document.

    —————————————————————————- The cynical side of videogames (spanish only): http://thelostlevel.blogspot.com/

  125. Kincyr says:

    America’s Freedom Festival claims America’s values include Freedom and God, this is not possible. Nowhere in the bible will you find an acknowledgement that human beings have inherent rights to life, liberty, happiness, dignity, fairness, or self-government. II Corinthians 10:5 states "Bring into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ."

    "Captivity" is not freedom. The U.S. Declaration of Independence is a humanistic, anti-biblical document, and that is why I salute America.

    岩「…Ace beats Jack」

  126. Lothar ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Anyone wanna bet the line "They love me they really love me.." is playing in jacks head right about now…….

  127. LifeLessFrightening (formerly DCOW) ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    These people are obviously ignorant. Jack Thompson has obviously been extremely selective of what he’s told them, and that he’s obviously not told them about GP or let them read any of his legal filings.



  128. Vinzent ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    It sounds about right. Jack Thompson would like nothing more than to "sacrifice… the freedom of others", preferably on a stone pyramid with blood dripping down the channels.

  129. Neeneko says:

    Isn’t it usully the other way around? Developer wants to build something on someone else’s land so they get the township to take it was FROM the landowner bia eminent domain.

    While many lawyers go bad, sometimes they are the only recourse when your own local government has turned on you in favor of ‘who has more money’.

  130. Gray-17 says:

    What are the odds they’ll have words like "double plus-ungood" in there?

    Pretty low, I doubt they’re that well read.

  131. Gray-17 says:

    Just today. Someone posted a link to the news story where they shouldn’t have and it attracted some trolls.

  132. thefremen says:

    I noticed on their list of activities they’ll also be having an essay contest. What are the odds they’ll have words like “double plus-ungood” in there? I’m suprised a city would want to be involved in this, lawyers like Thompson keep cities from being able to do anything, the type that bring cities and counties to court for land use issues (IE: HOW DARE YOU LET A LAND OWNER BUILD A STORAGE UNIT/STRIP CLUB/WAL-MART/TARGET INSTEAD OF USING EMINENT DOMAIN TO BUILD A PARK?!).

  133. Voligne the Archon says:

    It is a shame, all the real idiots are in the groups that praise but have no power or little of it, so all they can do is pay lip service and cannot show their true backbone by backing up their words.

  134. Anonymous says:

    If ever there was a statement in history that didn’t apply to Jack, it would be the one he used..

    ‘A true soldier doesn’t fight because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him’

    Thompson despises what is in front of him, and hates the culture of his own country.

    He couldn’t have picked a quote that was further from fact about him.

  135. FlyinMX ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

     I can’t believe my first post on the new GP would have me asking:

    When did we start getting trolls around here?

    I left for a couple of weeks and now this happens… 

    Oh well, anyway. JT is a freedom fighter now, eh? I should have expected as much. There are still too many stupid people who forget that video games are protected speech. I’m not even American and I know more about the constitution then they do.


    P.S. Some of your new CAPTCHAs don’t show up on my mac GP, what’s the deal there? Don’t want me to post anymore? 

  136. TheEdge says:

    What the f*ck is going on here?!

    Is this "Utah"from some alternet reality where raving nutjobs are praised as national "freedom fighters"?

    Please,next Fox News will have him as an expert on the First Amendment.Wait a minuet……..

  137. ecco6t9 ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Fact is that Jacky Boy bought his way into this,scribbled out some letter, and will buy the award.

  138. SFM Hobbes says:

    "Careful Dennis"?????!!!

    A quote like that would be construed as a threat had it been directed at Jack.

  139. Repudiator says:

    …Well let’s go through all the events leading up to this post of mine.

    1. Typed in http://www.gamepolitics.com in the url

    2. Reads the very first headline

    3. Burst out in hysterical laughter

    4. Reads the article

    5. Died on the inside…

    — Ignorance is bliss, I guess…

  140. Canary Wundaboy says:

    Don’t feed the trolls, they’ll be back under their bridges when bedtime comes.

  141. Jabrwock says:

    It’s what gets at the heart of what we talk about with freedom — celebrating the individuals who sacrifice for their own freedom and the freedom of others.

    Sacrificing his own freedom? Really? How do you figure that freedom = right to a Bar license?

    — If your wiimote goes snicker-snack, check your wrist-strap…

  142. Jabrwock says:

    Although we have yet to receive a response, we know that our e-mail was viewed by chairperson Vicki Garbutt since she forwarded a copy to Thompson on May 28th, inquiring about our "agenda."

    Wow, someone’s a little paranoid.

    Heh, I’d ask if she was related to my mother’s side of the family (last name), but I know for a fact that the more "radical" members moved to California, not Utah. 😀

    You should have replied back to Vicki stating you were a pinko-commie islamofacist, and you wanted to know who had nominated JT so you could begin a campaign of harassment and intimidation in order to destroy his freedoms. Because that would totally ruin his chances of winning an award for fighting against oppression…

    The purpose of the festival is to commemorate our Day of Independence and celebrate the spirit of America by creating festivities that instill a deeper sense of patriotism in the hearts of those involved. Local and state governments, generous sponsors, event chairs, and literally thousands of volunteers work together to organize events for men, women, and children of all ages.

    This group seems more the kind that would think up lovely laws like "Oaths of Loyalty"…

    honor those who have distinguished themselves in the cause of liberty nationally and internationally

    Somehow I can’t see Jack falling into that category…

    — If your wiimote goes snicker-snack, check your wrist-strap…

  143. Tom90deg ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    You see, when they want to make laughs, they go to sites and "raid" them, meaning they fill it up with nonsence posts, profanity, and other such things in a effort to…I don’t really know, be cool I suppose, and hope that someone else will see it and say "Ha! That’s funny!" You just have to ignore them and they’ll leave. They just crave attention in a severe way. Rather sad actually.

  144. Aliasalpha says:

    So what’s this 4chan thing then? Just some spamming circlejerk or is there an actual point to the site that these wankers are just debasing (hmm, parallels wth religion & people like JT & the game burning priest from the other recent article)

  145. Jack Wessels says:

    "He has been threatened, publicly mocked, fined, sued, and bullied by large corporations."

    Not only is the article clearly written with someone as devoid of sense as Thompson, it fails to point out the fact that not only does Thompson reciprocate those actions, he was the one who started it.

    And I’m not sure how censoring things that fall under our constitutional rights qualifies him as a freedom fighter.

  146. Aliasalpha says:

    Oh open your eyes man, he’s been denied that basic freedom for absolutely no reason other than gross disregard for all the conditions under which that freedom exists & which he swore an oath to uphold. If thats not injustice then I don’t know what is!

  147. Luke J J says:

    "Careful, Dennis" = "I need this one, man. Don’t ruin it for me. I need this. *sob*"

    What. A. Prick.

  148. Tom90deg ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Well, it’s like this. THEY don’t like video games. So therefore, it’s alright to censor them, cause they’re wrong, and it’d be like censoring something evil. Nothing wrong about that. If he tried to censor things that they DO like, then that would be wrong. But as long as it’s something they don’t like or understand, begin with the censoring.

  149. GRIZZAM PRIME says:

    Was that the same one that fell asleep on his chair during a fire and died because he ordered his servants not to touch his furniture?

    -If shit and bricks were candy and tits, we’d all be livin’ large.

  150. Ryno (awaiting my login info) ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Jack really reminds me of King Phillip II of Spain. He sent three or four invasions against England, including the Spanish Armada, and all of them failed. He went to his grave believing that God was on his side.

  151. Baggie says:

    … Perhaps this is an example of how not to do it?

    Or maybe they’re just ill-informed?

  152. Brokenscope says:

    Oh god, they applied my favorite Chesterson Quote to jack.


    Im a little more dead on the inside.

  153. Damanuhk says:

    These clowns aren’t Republicans. They are neo-cons.

    They use the bible as a sword, and god as a shield to push their narrow-minded agenda that has nothing to do with either. (No, there’s nothing wrong with God or the bible, but there’s something wrong with people using them as a bludgeon to push their beliefs on everyone else.)

    Just more people forgetting what America is all about.

  154. Kharne says:

    That would make sense: Jack pretty much sees his demise at this point. I wouldn’t be surprised to learn this is some desperate, ineffective bid to keep his little fight going.

    Coincidentally, I’ve never hard of this group until now. Should I take that as a sign of how much weight this so-called award carries?

  155. Anonymous says:

    Actually, I’d say that’s highly likely, a case of ‘you fund us, we promote you.’

    Sort of like a glorified advertising agency.

  156. Adamas Draconis says:

    *Sings* One of these things just doesn’t belong here!

    Hunting the shadows of the troubled dreams.

  157. Jake says:

    Those receiving the ‘Award’…

    A – Man who, thanks to freedoms enjoyed in America, experiences a rags-to-riches story of entreprenuership. 

    B – Lawyer who uses unlawful tactics to promote his personal morals and is currently being disbarred.

    C – Woman who survived Rwanda genocide by hiding in 3’x4′ bathroom with six other women for 90+ days

    D – Vietnam war veteran who crawled, barely alive, from a burning plane wreckage to later become a pilot of the SR-71 Blackbirds, the fastest aircraft in the world.

  158. Adamas Draconis says:

    Damn I missed him….. I feel I may cry now.

    Though I might sound stupid for asking, who Is/Was this 4chan about?


    Hunting the shadows of the troubled dreams.

  159. Korax ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Well, the same thing happened to me. I believe we are unconsiouly ignoring the word "for" because it’s the complete opposite of what Jack does. Our brains simply ignores it because it’s preposterous. And if you take out the "for", then it all makes sense.

  160. Korrd says:

    Holy crap. Right you are. I can’t believe how many times I read that and missed the for each time.

    You’re right that it certainly doesn’t sound like the Jack Thompson we know. Then again, the way I was reading it sounded pretty damn close… maybe it’s a typo.

  161. tollwutig says:

    Ok, I’ve deleted or edited the Troll posts so far,  please don’t feed them anymore.   If others show up please report them as SPAM.


  162. Monkey Diapers says:

    But it is! It’s the freedom to take decisions away from responsible adults! How dare we oppress Jack’s clearly god-given right to make choices for us! He’s a hero for standing up to us! LOL

  163. Austin_Lewis ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    I didn’t realize that censorship and taking decisions away from responsible adults was freedom.


    Whoever runs this festival needs to read the constitution.  They’re absolutely retarded.

  164. Thad says:

    Surprised that, in a comments thread this long, I don’t see any matches for "Orwell" or "1984".  Because that’s the first thing I think of when I read about an organization describing suppression of First Amendment rights as "fighting for freedom".

  165. 1AgainstTheWorld says:

    So censorship of materials you find personally objectionable equates to freedom?  By that definition Jack’s earned his reward.  I wish I lived in Utah so I could attend and throw food at him ("figuratively speaking" of course!)


  166. OldschoolVgamer says:

    What is this opposite day?  Jack Thompson is a hero that fights for our freedoms?  If anything he’s tried to get rid of them, instead replacing it with a bad, unknowledged perception and unfair treatment of his own wacked out views.  I guess the state of Utah is either filled with wacked out people who agree with his actions or are just behind on these game issues.  As I remember in mid-2006 a Utah newscaster was talking about the whole "recent" Hot Coffee scandal like as if it was new when it was already a year old event that had since been resolved.  Anyone remember reading about that?

  167. Neeneko says:

    It was probably ‘humbling’ because how could a woman, a lesser being who is a gift form God to men, possibly succeed where he failed?

    Given his background I am actually a little surprised he lets her practice law, esp in light of his comments twoards the female blank rome lawyer about how her husband should be ashamed of what she does and protect her from the evils of the world.

  168. Valdearg says:

    Anyone else laugh at this Sentence?

    "It was a humbling day when Patrica passed the Florida State Bar Exam — And Jack did not."


    Jack was spending too much time learning how to be a bible thumper and not enough time learning about Law…

  169. jadedcritic says:

    Haven’t had a chance to read all the comments yet, that said, it’s difficult to escape the conclusion that anyone who would publicly honor ol’jacko as a "freedom fighter", is either: a hypocrite, sadly misinformed, an idiot, or pursuing their own agenda.  (Or some combination of the above traits.)  That said, if they want to single him out.  Fine, let them.  No skin off my nose really, I don’t see allot of harm in it.  Though I do admit, I am a little bit disturbed that there are people in the blood and the mud making real sacrifices, and this douchebag gets a public commendation?  What’s wrong with the world?  Change the fricking channel.


  170. Valdearg says:

    That statement is actually saying that they sacrifice themselves in order to get freedom for themselves and others. That would be worthy of being honored, but too bad it doesn’t actually apply to Jacko..


  171. Korrd says:

    It’s what gets at the heart of what we talk about with freedom — celebrating the individuals who sacrifice for their own freedom and the freedom of others.

    That statement is wreaking havok with my higher brain functions. They celebrate people who sacrifice the freedom of others? Is that actually what it says? Seriously?

    I feel I should ponder something else before my head implodes.

  172. Anonymous says:

    It’s just funny that after all this time you guys haven’t come up with a more clever way to troll. Being pro-Jack Thompson would’ve been a good start, but instead you stuck with the usual.

  173. Anonymous says:

    In other words, it’s NEWFAG SUMMER.

    Newfags trying to raid this thread in order to create chaos and make thmselves look good in /v/.

    Newsflash: Most folks in /v/ don’t care about raids in general because they feel that raids were responsible for making 4chan worse than it already is.

  174. BaronJuJu says:

    Well, one man’s terrorist is another mans "Freedom Fighter"? Let see which he falls under:

    1. A well documented campaign of lies and misrepresents the truth concerning video games.

    2. Fights against established US constitutional laws when they don’t fit his agenda

    3. Makes a living off peoples misery and giving them false hope of retribution. When the compensation doesn’t appear, blames it on the government or other miscellaneous entities.

    4. Justifies his methods and lies with a wide, ever reaching conspiracy theory that is "out to get him".

    5. Claims to follow a religous doctrine when it befits his cause.

    6. Claims to receive  regular communication from "God", yet every endeavour ends in failure.

    Now this is just 6 things off the top of my head. There are many, many more.  Imagine if I was to show this list to police entities and asked them if this was a "Freedom Fighter" or a terrorist. What do you think they would answer?

    It saddens me that that the whole week is devalued by this anti-constituional bigot receiveing some sort of recognition, other than newstime for his conviction on 27 counts of professional misconduct.



    Keep up the questions Dennis, I would love to hear how they arrived at this decision.

  175. Anonymous says:

    From the looks of the thread, this looks like the work of one or two guys. Judging by the thread, most of the folks at /v/ couldn’t care less about raiding the thread. This is just 1 or two newfags trying to create "epic lulz" for street cred.

  176. Ares Draxus says:

    This is ridiculous.  Jack Thompson isn’t about freedom.  He’s about censorship.  What are these guys in Utah?  A bunch of idiots?

  177. gamepolitics says:

    I have to agree.

    It does look like he wrote it himself. That G.K. Chesterton quote at the end is part of his standard e-mail sig…

  178. Curtis Ferguson ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    "Utah County, described as ‘the most Republican county in the most Republican state in the United States.’"  – SOOOOO TRUE!

    I live in Salt Lake City, Utah, and laughed my butt off that ANYONE would be proud to be honored by people that even we Utahns consider to be "out there."  I’m just ashamed that he will be within an hour’s drive of my house.

  179. Eville1NSI ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    That page looks like he wrote it. Down to the David and Goliath quotes. Pshaw. You’re being honored in UTAH John Bruce. Say it again with me…UTAH. What’s next? Iowa?

  180. Adamas Draconis says:

    Such self serving drivel should be the main attraction in Newport News. (See story)

    Hunting the shadows of the troubled dreams.

  181. Anonymous says:

    I’m from Iowa – I resent that implication! 

    All the same, I had the same thoughts – this is just one of the many self-promoted, self-congratulating type of events that so many organizations around the country put on to give their agenda an air of legitimacy (be it the hollywood award shows or this tripe).

    Since they won’t communicate how these people are selected, I take it to mean we are allowed to speculate – and I speculate that JT paid for his inclusion into this event!

    Good day!

  182. Loudspeaker says:

    *shakes magic 8 ball*

    Sources point to yes. 

    "Volume helps to get a point across but sharp teeth are better."

  183. cppcrusader says:

    So, they’re honoring him specifically for trampling over the freedoms of others?

  184. Anonymous says:


         I guess it is easier to suppress free speech after you’ve falsely assumed the mantle of defending it.   Any organization honoring Thompson must share many of his views.  They need to be exposed for the frauds that they are.  Is it any wonder they are overly defensive about answering why they believe Thompson deserves to be honored?  They can’t can even stand up to the slightest scrutiny or they would have at least provided some short statement.  The reailty is there agenda is to provide false legitimacy to people who have consistantly fought against freedom of speech.  He is only being honored because he advances an anti video game agenda which they agree with.   As always Thompson is only a champion of his own freedom to speak, misrepresent, and misinform.  I still support freedom of speech in spite of the cost of contesting the ignorant noise that it allows people like these to spew.



  185. black manta says:

    It should also be noted that in their Press Release, also on their website, indicates that Glenn Beck will be present.

    Wonderful.  Two douchebags for the price of one!

  186. nightwng2000 says:

    I mentioned in a prior article (though it contained links and therefore didn’t show up) about John Bruce having mentioned in one of his letters that he was going to be in a parade during this event.  That woulod most likely be the parade revolving around "family values".  Of course, we know that John Bruce’s version of "family vaules" involves bigotry and hate in the name of religious opposition to homosexuality.  His own comments and interviews in the past have revolved around this.

    So, it isn’t surprise that this group would also support Anti-Freedom of Speech stances where anything that wasn’t viewed by them as "morally superior material" must therefore not be protected by the First Amendment and therefore anyone who supports Anti-Freedom of Speech ideals in their favor must be a "hero". 

    It should also be noted that in their Press Release, also on their website, indicates that Glenn Beck will be present.  Maybe John Bruce can finally answer Mr. Beck as to which law enforcement agencies John Bruce supposedly is working with to rid America of everything he, John Bruce, is opposed to.

    Their page for the events of course is freedomfestival dot org.


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  187. black manta says:

    Sounds like the Freedom Festival is anything but.  Quite a bit of an oxymoron there if you’re having someone like JT over.

    Of course being where it is in what has to be the most religiously conservative county in one of the most religously conservative states, only someone like Jack could possbily be honored there.

    Still, I wonder what Shurtleff would think if he found out?

  188. Dun1031 says:

    Soldiers, Firefighters, Police Officers, hell ill go as far as to say good teachers sacrifice their freedom. Jack Thompson? I don’t think so. It is incredibly insulting to all those who serve in those positions to have this hack lumped in with them.


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