Editorial: Jack Thompson a Curious Choice for Freedom Award

Jack Thompson is a hero.

At least, that’s the word from America’s Freedom Festival, an event taking place in Provo, Utah this week. As reported by the Deseret News:

America’s Freedom Festival at Provo honored four individuals with 2008 Freedom Awards Wednesday night… The honorees… personified some or all of the festival’s four traditional values of family, freedom, God and country…

 

A lawyer dedicated to protecting children from violence, obscenity and pornography in the media, Jack Thompson was honored especially for his defense and support of families.

 

Thompson… said that while his life has been filled with persecution and ridicule, he would go back and do it all over again, with even more fervor than before.

Now, Utah County, where the festival takes place, is an extremely conservative corner of the United States. So it is perhaps understandable that organizers there value Thompson’s conservative Christian agenda. That’s their call.

However, to consider Thompson only on his values crusade ignores a troubling list of negatives that stretches from Orem to Salt Lake City. Consider that this "American hero":

  • has been recommended for a 10-year disbarment by the Florida Bar
  • has been judged guilty of 27 ethical offenses by a Florida judge, who is sending her recommendation to the Florida Supreme Court
  • the 27 offenses include things like: "Knowingly making a false statement", "Engaging in conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit or misrepresentation" and " Engaging in conduct in connection with the practice of law that is prejudicial to the administration of justice"
  • may no longer submit filings to the Florida Supreme Court, in part because he included porn pictures in a motion (and NOT in a pornography case)
  • included gay porn pictures in a federal court filing (also not a pornography case)
  • received a cautionary visit from the U.S. Marshals following a federal court filing in which he wrote "…enemy combatants at Guantanamo are to get more due process from federal judges than what I am to have. I guess my "mistake" was not killing 3000 people to make my point…"
  • called for the impeachment of Utah’s Republican Attorney General when the AG suggested that a video game bill written by Thompson would be unconstitutional

These items are strictly a matter of record, and do not include Thompson’s strident cultural rhetoric (with which one may or may not agree) or his penchant for sheer vitriol. Moreover, Thompson himself has written that he expects to be disbarred by the Florida Supreme Court.

There seem to be two possibilities here. One is that the selection committee did not conduct due diligence on its nominee. The other is that they just didn’t care. Perhaps the committee was aware of Thompson’s issues but chose to believe that they are part of some vast cultural conspiracy against him waged by liberals, the video game industry, the Florida Bar, Florida Supreme Court, US District Court, gays, shock radio, the Republican Blank-Rome law firm, various judges, the Alabama Bar, etc. 

But at some point the idea of a conspiracy that large becomes silly. What’s happening to Thompson now is more like a judicial consensus on the man’s behavior.

How did America’s Freedom Festival fail to see that?

GP: We’ve made several attempts in recent weeks to get an explanation from the committee as to why Thompson was chosen for the award, but got little more than the fact that he was nominated and ultimately selected. That lack of openness is especially troubling in light of the fact Utah County’s government is the sponsor of the award event (i.e. – the taxpayers footed the bill for this award).

More local coverage in the Provo Herald-Extra

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249 comments

  1. 0
    Shadow Darkman Anti-Thesis of Jack Thompson says:

    "My money’s on the latter."

    Seconded.

    I AM A LOST SOUL, CONDEMNED TO HAUNT THE DREAMS OF JOHN BRUCE "JACK" THOMPSON UNTIL HIS CRUSADE AGAINST VIDEO GAMES ENDS. SOMEONE, PLEASE! END MY SUFFERING!

  2. 0
    Ryno (still awaiting my login info) ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    I think this really gets to the heart of the matter.

    And if you read "A lawyer dedicated to protecting children from violence, obscenity and pornography in the media, was honored especially for his defense and support of families," most of us would probably agree with it.

    It’s just that those who don’t pay attention to the gaming debate, which I’m sure these conservatives don’t, they’ll just have the info Jack makes available to them.

    Unfortunately now we’ll have to read Jack constantly bragging about an award with even less clout and relevance than his appearance on 60 Minutes.

  3. 0
    spastkid says:

    Well, I’m guessing that they see it as him going up against the "Establishment" in the form of his fight against the Bar which does qualify him as a freedom fighter who’s trying to break said monopoly…

  4. 0
    Chuma ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Actually neither a hero or an hero is definitively correct, it is all about how you pronounce the word hero.  An is used when the word sounds like a vowel rather than a consonant.  Personally I say "he-er-ro" rather "ee-er-ro" so would use a instead of an.

    In short, being a grammer nazi isn’t applicable in this circumstance.

  5. 0
    Kincyr says:

    speaking of douche-awards:

    "Here he is, the Biggest Douche of the Universe,
    In all the galaxies, there’s no bigger douche than you.
    You’ve reached the top, the pinnacle of douchedom,
    Good going douche, your dreams have come true!"

    岩「…Ace beats Jack」

  6. 0
    VegasSpartan says:

    But you know damn well this has completely validated everything he’s ever done in Tack Jhompson’s (I refuse to call him his actual name, as that gives him at least a little bit of credibilty) mind.

  7. 0
    JackDon'tKnowJack says:

    They seem to have some sustainable claim to being the largest Fourth of July celebration in the United States. Although, what’s being measured as the "largest" isn’t entirely clear to me. Attendance? Amount of fireworks discharged? Number of numb-nuts who recieve a Freedom Award? Who knows?

    Poor Immaulee Ilibagiza. It’s never easy being the token Black person.  

  8. 0
    DJ Sessum says:

    From the site:

    "An exclusive nationwide investigation has uncovered that the worst fears of the founders of his nation have come true. That professional lawyers would betray our nation, steal our money, undermine our freedoms, and destroy our liberty. To accomplish this these lawyers first created a monopoly on the practice of law."
     

    And they give Jack Thompson an award for freedom. From a group of people who have a crappy-looking website with lots of spelling errors, I doubt anyone can take this award seriously.

  9. 0
    JackDon'tKnowJack says:

    Yep, there’s two of them, both with the exact same name (and, arguably, the exact same agenda). Maybe not, not if one of them has a registered trademark or servicemark on the name.

  10. 0
    DJ Sessum says:

    Yes, I went there, and it’s riddled with lies, idiodicy, and spelling and grammatical errors. One of my "favorite" excerpts:

    Note: All bolded words are spelling errors.

    Are our fundamental, bible believing, right wing, conservative, Christians. Now trying to takeover our entire government & turn America into a fundamentalist Christian nation. Click hear for shocking details!

    Corrections:

    "Christians. Now" should be "christians now"

    "nation" should be "nation?"

    "hear" should be "here"

    Jeez, if these guys want to be serious, they could at least hire some better writers. Also, they have an article about how regionally acclaimed university grads are dumber than when they first enrolled. Their entire group probably consists of those very same types of people.

  11. 0
    -Jes- ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Well of course he’s getting the reward, then..

    That site is nothing but scaremongering conspiracy-theories that try to point everyone else as being corrupt, satanic and honorless, and quote/link to random news stories that don’t even coincide with their theories.

  12. 0
    Jabrwock says:

    Wait, so there’s two America’s Freedom Foundations? Is that even legal?

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

  13. 0
    JackDon'tKnowJack says:

    @Jabrwok

    That’s a different America’s Freedom. Although, just as easily confused with the other America’s Freedom. Both seem to be chock-full of right-wing, Flag-waving, Bible-thumping zealots.

  14. 0
    -Jes- ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    It’s an Encyclopedia Dramatica thing.

    Becoming an Hero basically means making mass drama with rants about the horribleness of life followed by suicide, and all because someone stole your iPod.

  15. 0
    JackDon'tKnowJack says:

    I’ve got twenty bucks on Jack’s next legal filing containing "Thompson, who was recently honored with a Freedom Award by the America’s Freedon Festival, blah blah, blah . . . ." It may even replace "Thompson, who was recently interviewed by Ed Bradley on 60 Minutes, blah, blah, blah . . . ." as his favorite claim to fame. 

    And the press coverage of the Award — which I suspect was derived from Jack’s self-supplied information — erroneously states that he was successful in having 2 Live Crew’s As Nasty As They Wanna Be declared obscene, leaving out the all-important "reversed on appeal" part. 

     

      

  16. 0
    SimonBob says:

    But hey, on the plus side, dude cleans up real nice in his three-piece suit.  Jack should brush down his hair more often; I always find it easier to disagree with him when it’s going all over the place, crazy-homeless-person style.


    The Mammon Industry

  17. 0
    JustChris says:

    I don’t know what you mean by that, but it does remind me of a forum poster way back who used the article "an" inappropriately so many times. Thanks for bringing back fuzzy memories.

  18. 0
    Kris O. says:

    "Edit: One last thing: Regarding the picture at the top with Thompson looking all snazzy with the bowtie. Does anyone think he asked to move that podium around?"

    I was going to comment on exactly that same issue. "I’d like to thank the med… Excuse me. Can I move the podium, please? The other award ceremonies let me move the podium."

  19. 0
    Jabrwock says:

    Perhaps the committee was aware of Thompson’s issues but chose to believe that they are part of some vast cultural conspiracy against him waged by liberals, the video game industry, the Florida Bar, Florida Supreme Court, US District Court, gays, shock radio, Blank-Rome, various judges, the Alabama Bar, etc. 

    But at some point the idea of a conspiracy that large becomes silly. What’s happening to Thompson now is more like a judiciary consensus on the man’s conduct. How did America’s Freedom Festival not see that?

    Have you SEEN America’s Freedom Foundation (the presenters of America’s Freedom Festival) website?

    It’s all dedicated to exposing the corruption of government and the courts… Their #1 goal is to "Disbar the Bars". So Jack’s "crusade" against the Florida Bar is right up their alley. Bad behavior not withstanding.

    Not to be confused with the American Freedom Foundation, who’s American Freedom Festival (25 Oct 08) honours America’s war veterans….

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

  20. 0
    JustChris says:

    Oh, so this is not really some nationally recognized award/venue for honored individuals? No wonder I haven’t heard about it, until now.

    Calling it "America’s Freedom Festival" when it’s only recognized in parts of Utah is more misleading than creating a company called "US Cellular" and providing phone service to only 26 states.

  21. 0
    Krono says:

    Not likely given that they acknowledge that his career’s at risk. They know he’s in serious danger of losing his law license, but they appear to consider that a sacrifice for the fight against obscenity.

    -Gray17

  22. 0
    Icehawk says:

    Nightwng, bro.  Decaff. 

    jackie is simply not worth getting yourself that worked up about.  

    There are backwards pockets in every society that beleive in odd things (to society at large) and act in odd ways (to society et al).  Toss in religion which can be twisted to serve many purposes and you can literally find holes in the fabric is sanity.

    jackie got lucky and found one of those holes.   He fits in there.  Shrug. 

    Not a thing to be proud of to most of society but then again and apparently most of society are apparently conspiring against him.  Honestly I would keep a low profile and not get overly cocky about that award, but jackie has shown again and again that his substance is based on how many times he feels that he has been important (not how many actual times which would not be good for his ego). 

    In the end though it changes little to nothing.  He is still a miserable wannabe excuse for a hero, and life goes on.

     

  23. 0

    A fringe group gives a fringe award to a fringe individual.   Crazy attracts crazy so this makes perfect sense to me.

    As others have stated before, nobody even knew of this "award" until now.

    And as I will state, nobody will remember this award beyond now.

  24. 0
    Loudspeaker says:

    I understand this award doesn’t have any weight, but it still makes me feel like Hitler was just awarded the Nobel Peace Prize except it’s just from some guy named Nobel in Provo, Utah.

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

  25. 0
    nightwng2000 says:

    On this subject, I made two previous comments (as well as others) in response to John Bruce’s bragging about his so-called award.  This article, of course, is the more appropriate place for them.

    Also, Jabrwock, do a search for other past Freedom Award winners.  You’ll find that a number of them share a common religious link.  Indeed, on the Freedom Festival’s website, not only did they tell about Immaculee’s struggles, but also defined her as a "Christian".  While alone that may seem irrelevant, in congjunction with other past winners (including several religious leaders), and John Bruce, one can see the religious bend toward Freedom Award winners.  And, of course, other events also show a specific religious leaning as well.  The Children’s Parade, for example, whose message was supposed to be about Family Valuse, God, and Country.

    ——————————————————————————————-

    Re: NY Officials Concerned Over GTA IV Connection to Teen Crime

    John Bruce, first off, I’m not in this fight for glory.  Unlike you.  I don’t seek fame or fortune.  Unlike you.  And I’m not a bigotted, tin-pot-dictator-wannabe who wants to create a Theocratic Dictatorship.  Unlike you.

    So, I couldn’t care less about such bigotted guttertrash as you or them not wanting to be my "fans".  In fact, I believe I’ve said on a number of occassions that I neither respect or want respect from the likes of you, Fred Phelps, Eric Rudolph, Osama Bin Lauden, or many other dishonorable, unethical, hate mongers.

    So your delusional, egotistical, self agrandizing ramblings amount to little more than bile puked up after reading about your placing a child playing violent video games being far more a concern than that same child being verbally, mentally, physically, and nearly sexually abused by their father and step family.

    ——————————————————————————————————-

    Re: NY Officials Concerned Over GTA IV Connection to Teen Crime

    Oh, and additionally, I’d like to point out something from the article you posted, John Bruce.

    "…his dedication to the freedom of families through working to get obscenity out of the media."

    "…to keep indecent shows off the radio…"

    "He also won a case labeling 2 Live Crew’s lyrics as obscene and convinced Time Warner to remove Ice T’s song "Cop Killer" from stores worldwide. "

    These are lines that DIRECTLY PROVE your FALSE claim that you are only trying to keep "harmful" material out of the hands of children only and your FALSE claim that you aren’t trying to violate the First Amendment Rights of others.  These lines, among MANY others PROVE your FALSE claim that you are a First Amendment Expert and are, in fact, an Anti-Constitutionalist out to dictate your personal and religious beliefs on others individuals and their children, in CLEAR violation of the First Amendment Rights of those individuals and Parents.

    At the same time, the Faux Freedom Award you received PROVES that the Freedom Awards are a SHAM and NOT about individuals who risk their lives for Freedom but actually about awarding those who seek to VIOLATE the Freedoms of others in the name of religion. 

    And since many of your actions involve lying to, deceving, and misinforming others regarding a great many things, then one has to wonder if all those folks celebrating the Christian Patriotism are actually worshippers of Demon-Pretenders-To-The-Throne-Of-Heaven, since no honorable, ethcial God would advocate using lies and deceit, as well as bigotry and hate, as tools to be used.

    I wonder if the DoD really knows the TRUTH about the event, The Freedom Festival, they’ve been helping to finance for so long.  Maybe it was time they were told.  But then, since they have several openly bigoted high ranking individuals in their midsts, maybe they already know they are illegally financing such a hate filled and fraudulent event.

    —————————————————————————————————————

    Nightwng2000

    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

  26. 0
    mogbert says:

    It’s merely a bump-in-the-road tiny community that doesn’t propperly understand what is going on. 

    Let’s say for a second that you have been cut off from the rest of the world for some time, and only know what is happening in your immediate surroundings. Now J.T. comes up to you and tells you about himself. All you have to go on is his own word. You would think that this man was incredible by his own accounts. He has bravely stood up against people who were trying to hurt families, fought against industries that were trying to corrupt children, and stood proud when the industry bought judges to bring him down. He may even tell you that people have gone so far as to start a mud-slinging campaign against him, so anything you hear negative was either planted by the fat cat industrialists, or is being repeated by those who are believing these slanderous lies. But not to worry, he has just been handed everything he needs to bust this thing wide open.

    If you didn’t know any better, you might believe him too. Don’t hate these people giving him this award, they are the victims here. They just didn’t know any better.

  27. 0
    GryphonOsiris says:

    In other words, "it’s something for his wank collection." Goes next to his out of print book, his 60 minutes interview and all the VHS recorded copies of times that he has been on TV.

  28. 0
    Deamian says:

    To have such a non-professional lawyer roaming around and keep his job, diss out gamers with no information to back himself up, to have him spew all the bullshit betweem those ugly lips of his…

     

    Is the the ultimate example of freedom.

    As the article said ; "The honorees, each in HIS OR HER OWN WAY…"

    Jack Thompson simply chose a sorry-ass sore-loser way to promote freedom of speech… Or he simply showed us how far it can be abused. My money’s on the later.

     

  29. 0
    Jack Wessels says:

    They’re not honoring a hero. They’re honoring a fanatic (see my pretty new sig below) who is doing everything in his power, which isn’t a whole hell of a lot, to try and tell me and millions others how they can live their lives. How in the world is that freedom? It’s the same with most, but not all, religious people, especially the evangelicals. They force you into one narrow minded view of life, prohibiting things that they and their conservative little brains find offensive.

    One set of moral standards is what they have been trying to push on us for years. Thompson is just in one little corner dedicated to video games. Practically everyone at that festival should be ashamed for their hypocrisy, claiming they fight for my freedom, when they’re only fighting for the freedoms they find decent and godly.

    The set of morals Thompson is trying to push flies in the face of most Americans today, and in no way exhonorates freedom, as it puts limits on what we can enjoy, and when we can enjoy it.

    Jack Thompson, fighting freedom every day of his life.

    Edit: One last thing: Regarding the picture at the top with Thompson looking all snazzy with the bowtie. Does anyone think he asked to move that podium around?

     

    -"A fanatic is one who can’t change his mind and won’t change the subject." -Sir Winston Churchill

  30. 0
    Tim Daley ( User Karma: 0 ) says:


    I am a resident of Utah County and a lifelong gamer.  Although I don’t completely agree with the choices of game developers or publishers I believe in freedom.  Jack Thompson clearly believes the opposite.  This award being given to him is an insult to freedom.

    When I first heard that he was nominated for this award I wrote to the organization expressing the facts about the lack of freedom he stands for.  Sadly I was not even considered for a response, although not surprisingly.

  31. 0
    Salen says:

    Freedom? Uh, isnt that 1st Ammendment part of that freedom thing? You know, that freedom that JT tries to squash like a fly?

    That’s what I thought.

    Utah obviously resides somewhere in Bizarro World.

  32. 0
    Malygris says:

    What does this group represent? Prior to Thompson’s nomination I’d never heard of them. Are they in any way similar to groups like Lyndon Larouche’s organization? Does this award actually carry any weight with it, or is it just wackos congratulating wackos for being wackos?
     

  33. 0
    Anonymous says:

    A lawyer dedicated to protecting children from violence, obscenity and pornography in the media, Jack Thompson was honored especially for his defense and support of families.

    Dennis, I wouldn’t even bother focusing on all those counts against him listed above, but just how well he meets the above quote.

    One good example would be over Bully, he did not give a darned about such until Rockstar made that game, and as soon as his ass was handed to him in court the so called issues falls off the face of the earth. Also note that after that he sure has not done anything to realistically help with the anti-bullying group he used for his agenda, again he just used them and split without contributing a thing.

    And I am sure there are plenty of such examples we could list from his rich, colorful past…. Such as his “obscene” behavior when it comes to tragic events like V-Tech and Columbine… The facts that much of what he does is not due to him or whatever he accomplishes ends up being invalidated(i.e. Cop Killa still got released, those “first amendment proof” bills, and so on)… Etc…

  34. 0
    Jabrwock says:

    Other Freedom Award recipients:

    – a 24-year-old college student who survived the Rwanda genocide "Warner said Ilibagiza was honored because of her dedication and faith in God and the way she has used that faith to change her life and those of others."

    – "Farley was recognized Wednesday for his example of the free enterprise system in the United States."

    – "Retired Air Force Major Brian Shul is a man who nearly gave his life serving his country. An Air Force pilot in Vietnam, Shul’s AT-28 aircraft was shot down near the Cambodian border."

    So lets see. A woman who hid along with others, braving fear and discovery to escape genocide. A man who was shot down in a war, nearly left for dead, and was rescued. A man who rose from humble beginnings to grow a business into a thriving enterprise.

    And a has-been who insults everyone, excuses his behavior with references to Jesus, threatens everyone in sight who even dares to disagree with him, and would rather the government regulate free enterprise.

    One of these things is not like the other…

    Warner said Thompson was selected for the award because of his dedication to the freedom of families through working to get obscenity out of the media.

    So freedom FROM media? How exactly is the media oppressing the freedom of families to not buy things, to turn off the TV, and shut off the computer?

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

  35. 0
    GRIZZAM PRIME says:

    Whoopdee fuckin’ doo. Jackoff gets a douche award.

     

    -If shit and bricks were candy and tits, we’d all be livin’ large. For information on games and psychology, look up: Jonathan Freedman(2002)Block & Crain(2007)Grand Theft Childhood, by Harvard Medical School researchers Larry Kutner and Cheryl Olson

  36. 0
    Shadow Darkman Anti-Thesis of Jack Thompson says:

    The hell?

    ——————————————————————————————————–

    I AM DOOMED TO HAUNT JACK THOMPSON’S DREAMS UNTIL HIS CRUSADE AGAINST VIDEO GAMES ENDS.

  37. 0
    Collins says:

    I know that Mr. Thompson Claims to be a Christian.

    But as the Good Book (ie. the Holy Bible) says

    "that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and establised in Love, may have power, toghether with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the Love of Christ"  Ephesians (chapter 3, verse 17-18).

    None of Mr. Thompson actions are in accordance with the love of Jesus Christ son of God.

    I morn and weep that this false Christian is leading people down a road of hate.

    a true Christian knows only love, so please do not call Mr. Thompson a Christian for he knows not the peace or love of Jesus.

    Thank you for your time

  38. 0
    Anonymous says:

    Seeing as how Jack spams such BS all the time, Dennis does NOT need to cover this unless something news worthy happens.  Plus keep such stuff to this old story while not giving him the "front page" he demands.

    I’m also sort of disappointed on Kotaku giving him some attention about this, while knowing what he is doing is good for a laugh, it sure wasn’t one of their "dissecting Jack’s lies" articles and I thought some editor said they were going to stop doing not-really-news items about Jack…..

  39. 0
    Shadow Darkman Anti-Thesis of Jack Thompson says:

    Whoa! Didn’t IceHawk tell you to decaffinate your coffee? You’re making typos that’ll make Jack suspicious of the (nonexistant) "truth" that we’re trying to "hide" *wink-wink*

    (Seriously, though. Cool off, man. I mean, "whgle" is not a word. I know you meant "whole" but try and make sure it’s right.)

    I AM A LOST SOUL, CONDEMNED TO HAUNT THE DREAMS OF JOHN BRUCE "JACK" THOMPSON UNTIL HIS CRUSADE AGAINST VIDEO GAMES ENDS. SOMEONE, PLEASE! END MY SUFFERING!

  40. 0
    hwhitsby says:

    I hope that works.  That poor kid is going to grow up without any good role-models. 

    His own father sends him in to stores to buy those games, and then takes them away once he does manage to get a copy! What a cruel joke!  Imagine if you were used as a tool to be used as evidence in a motion to prevent kids from having fun.  It would scar most children.

  41. 0
    Stunning Letter says:

    on the legal blog in broward county…………..

    The Kid Needs Help wrote:
    Phyllis Saunders, Director
    Division of Children and Family Services
    Department of Human Services
    2525 NW 62nd Street
    4th Floor
    Miami, Florida 33142

    To Whom It May Concern:

    I write to you today regarding the safety of a young man currently residing at 5721 Riviera Drive in Coral Gables, Florida, the apparent son of John Bruce ‘Jack’ Thompson, an attorney in Florida.

    Due to his father’s continuing disabilities, this child might be at risk.

    Please investigate.

    As you may not know, Jack Thompson was recently convicted of 27 counts of professional misconduct by the Florida Bar and may be disbarred as a result. During his contested hearings, he submitted so many unprofessional and bizarre pleadings to the tribunal, that the Supreme Court of Florida banned his further filings, and in fact just last week warned him that if he submitted anything else he could be found in contempt.

    What is troubling however, is not just the pornography he has sent to the court included in his pleadings, but his recent threats that when he got done with the bar they would resemble a burned out building. Then he said last week that he would attract more attention if he blew up a building with 3000 people in it

    Jack’s real objection to the Bar came as a result to disciplinary petitions initiated against him during his crusade against violent and pornographic video games which he claims were being sold to minors illegally. Though not a police officer or empowered by any law enforcement agency to do so, Jack used his teenage son as a pawn in his fanatical and zealous effort to prove his case, not once but at least twice giving his son money at department stores to illegally acquire, use and play these games he claims are pornographic and violent, or as he says, cop-killing simulators. I find it troublesome that an adult would recruit his son into what he has determined is a dangerous and illegal activity in the purchase and acquisition of the same

    Jack has also said that since his wife is recovering from cancer but returning to work, he is in charge of parenting his son. Well, the Florida Bar was so concerned about his irrational and erratic behavior that they have told him he would need to enter the Florida Lawyers’ Assistance Program and get serious psychiatric counseling. If legal representatives of the professional association he is a member of have determined that he needs therapeutic care, your agency must immediately evaluate whether he is a threat to the child he is apparently staying at home and supervising, since he has no office

    I have also learned that Mr. Thompson once had circuit court judges in two counties issue restraining orders against him for posing a clear and present danger to a radio host, who he was once accused of stalking and driving off the road. Though this incident occurred years ago, I learned that in the past year some of the litigants Mr. Thompson was in court with found it necessary to file police reports about his conduct, including the fact that last week, the Chief Judge of Dade County’s United States District Court felt threatened enough to order United States marshals, who protect the judiciary, to pay a visit to Mr. Thompson at his home in order to alleviate their concerns he might be a continuing danger and threat to judicial security.

    I have also seen Mr. Thompson threaten numerous critics on the game politics.com site, and feel that all these issues generate serious concerns about his fitness to be a parent and might very well put his son at risk.

    I think based on the foregoing you should look into this matter. Because I am so threatened by Mr. Thompson, I think it is prudent to submit this letter anonymously.

    Thank you

    There you go jack , threaten the world and i guess you get what you ask for, what is good for the goose is good for the gander.

    is this a great country, or what?
     

     

  42. 0
    Anonymous says:

    http://kotaku.com/5022949/thompson-calls-judge-raving-wild-woman-unhinged

    In a letter to the Judicial Qualifications Commission, Thompson questions Judge Tunis’ mental stability and asks that she undergo a mental health exam. He also calls her a raving wild woman and suggests that she might be mentally impaired.

    OK I’m NOT going to touch his letter or its irony/hypocrisy/etc, other then the fact that considering the remarks he has made in the past and on here, I’m sure he really wanted to flat out just say "Shut up women, you are a dumb retard."

  43. 0
    Rottenmeatpuppet says:

    Jack Thompson receiving this award is a slap in the face to those who have acctually done something helpful for this country to earn the award. Without a doubt its meaning has been lost if people like him who mean to take away peoples freedom and rights are getting praised for thier so called achievements. 

  44. 0
    Anonymous says:

    All Jack Thompson was complaining about was the lack of ethics for the judge in the "what do we do with her dead body?" case.

    And guess what?  That happened around the same time it was announced he was facing a disciplinary hearing over his lack of ethics as a lawyer…

  45. 0
    FourX11gd says:

    I find it slightly amusing that 200,000 people doesn’t even equal half of the population of the least populated state in the union (Wyoming with slightly over 500,000 people)

  46. 0
    JackDon'tKnowJack says:

    Am I the only one more than a little concerned that the Freedom Festival and its Freedom Award places a lot of emphasis on promoting Chrisitian values? Which would be fine by me if they weren’t funded in part by $50,000 of taxpayer money. Isn’t there a part of the First Amendment which prohibits the use of taxpayer money to advance religious causes? Not that it’s likely that anyone in Utah County would complain. After all, 95% of that population belongs to the Moron Church. 

     

  47. 0
    Anonymous says:

    I don’t even remember what his comment to me was, but do know it was a reply to my comment that deliberately avoided my points.

    Again, here we have someone who claims they are open to and willing to debate the "video game violence" issue, yet ALWAYS backs out of such opportunities(i.e. debates with people who know what they are talking about, a lot of the comments posted here at him, etc).

    Like I said above, go ahead and keep bugging him about such things(I know I still will), but don’t expect some form of reply with any real substance.

  48. 0
    Anonymous says:

    Lets hope he doesnt start comparing himself to figures like matrin luther king and ghandi who fought for issues that were 1000000x more important  than JT’s crusade

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

    Yeah, that’s about it. ‘Hey, these people are talking about a celebrity’s daughter more than me and violent video games! First something stupid like one of the deadliest hurricanes in history, (ie Katrina, look it up on wikiquote) now this… THEY must be in on it!!!!’

  50. 0
    DavCube ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Heh, that beats my response of ‘I have no time for derelict gamers.’

    It doesn’t even matter if you’re a gamer or not when you e-mail him. He just ASSUMES that you are and whines about it. That’s how obsessed he is.

  51. 0
    kurisu7885 (can't log in) says:

    He replied to me once on Livejournal. I don’t remember exactly what was said, but his response was "what illegal substances are you on junior?"

     

  52. 0
    Sabbat says:

    I haven’t attacked him :) at least, I haven’t meant to. I’m just pointing out, theres a lot of good points being brought up by the commentors and seeing his response would be fairly interesting. Sorry if I come off as ‘attacking’ him.

  53. 0
    Ryno (still awaiting my login info) ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    I don’t think I’ve ever seen Jack respond to anyone directly here. He always addresses Dennis about something said by someone else and threatens to Dennis him for libel.

     

    I also think everyone needs to stop attacking Jack here. At best he should be pitied, but it’s more useful to point out how his is wrong about every statement he makes. And don’t be afraid to repeat what others have said, it can’t hurt. But enough with the  name-calling and crass insults. They don’t accomplish anything.

  54. 0
    Sabbat says:

    I’ve learned there is a good way to deal with idiots and a bad way. Fighting/opposing is as about as effective as dousing fire with vodka. Calling them out is often a better way to stump them, but I’m with you here, he probably will attack me as he’s attacked Dennis (if he replies at all)

  55. 0
    Anonymous says:

    He was once even accused of trying to drive Rogers off the road…

    Sheeeet, after all these years, stuff like this just confirms he is long overdue for a visit by the men in white coats…

  56. 0
    Dog Welder says:

    Didn’t Thompson also try to interject himself into the custody battle for Anna Nicole Smith’s daughter?  (No, he wasn’t claiming to be the father like everyone else was.)  I’m not sure what business Thompson had to try to get involved, but it just screams "attention whore."

  57. 0
    Sabbat says:

    Ok Mr Thompson, you came in here to tell us of your parade. Are you going to maybe respond to any of these comments? A lot of people here are bringing up some very good points, and if you were half the lawyer you say you are you’d be able to respond in kind. This little ring of Utah people who selected you obviously didn’t do as much research as the ‘pixelantes’ did.

    So? Got any words for us?

  58. 0
    Timmy says:

    I think Jack’s a drug addict, it’s the only possible explanation he continues to leap at conspiracies and shadows that aren’t there, as well as a severe reading disorder. I noticed he’s also using the Fred Phelps excuse "Yall hate me because you hate Jesus therefore your evil", above. In closing, ha ha he’s about to be disbarred. Also he bragged about having friends over for the superbowl on this website.

  59. 0
    Dog Welder says:

    I believe Stern’s deal with Sirius was actually $500 million over 5 years (but he had to pay his staff and produce the show with that money, so it doesn’t ALL go to him).  His contract is actually up in a couple of years.

    Either way, that’s a perfectly compelling reason to leave terrestrial radio (that, and the freedom to do the type of show HE wants to do), not some nitwit lawyer in southern Florida running his gums.

  60. 0
    JJ Rage says:

    As a resident of Utah, I would just like to say that Utah County, especially the City of Provo, is in no way representitive of the rest of the state.

     

    But to be honest, everyone south of Salt Lake City is pretty much completely insane.

  61. 0
    JackDon'tKnowJack says:

    Just like his claim to having caused Ice-T’s Cop Killer pulled from retail is also greatly exaggerated. I don’t think that any one entity was clearly responsible for that outcome. But if anyone can take credit, it’s the Texas police associations (who led the charge and were followed by numerous other police associations across the country) which urged a boycott of Boby Count’s label, Time-Warner. Jack, as usual, just jumped on a bandwagon which was already rolling — as did George Bush I, Dan Qualye, and Tipper Gore.

    The Elian Gonzalez case is another example of Jack trying to stick his nose where it ain’t got no business in order to get himself some public recognition. To hear Jack tell the story, the only reason Elian was deported to Cuba was because the Miami relatives didn’t accept his offer to represent them and Elian.

    Jack’s been an attention whore since the late-1980s. Like you said, violent video games are just the most recent trick he’s turning.  

     

  62. 0
    The Truth Monster says:

    More Lies From Jack from the Miami Man who Has Been There

     ‘Thompson put his own career at risk fighting to keep indecent shows off the radio,’

    what career ? he brags about being a stay at home dad who raised his kid and had a post office box for a a law office address, always working from his home, and had no clients at all to speak of.

    and he was responsible for getting Howard Stern off public airwaves.’

     …not quite, jack brought to the fcc’s attention a bit Stern used that led to a fine of Clear Channel by the FCC, but what got Howard off the air was a one hundred million dollar, ten year offer from XM Radio, as compared to the terrestial radio contract paying him two million a year which was coming to an end. So at some point when the disbarred Jack Thompson takes credit for this again and again and it sticks because the media does not research it, we should point out to him and his supporters that he is misrepresenting reality here. The reality is Stern left terrestrial radio because XM Satellite made him a trillionaire, and Jack had nothing to do with it though you would not know that listening to him. Jack was simply the guy who told the fcc that Stern went through a traffic light, and yeah he got him fined, but he had zero, zilch to do with a satellite radio station paying him a fortune, except maybe by pointing out to them how popular Howard was to get that kind of deal :-)

    He also won a case labeling 2 Live Crew’s lyrics as obscene ‘

    … this one is even better …..First, Jack was never the attorney on this case, it was a criminal prosecution brought by Florida against the band…….Jack ? please,  though he tried to intervene repeatedly at the trial and the appeal he nearly got censored.  When 2 Live Crew was being tried in County Court Jack demanded the judge let him intervene for the sheriff’s lawyer because he thought he could do a better job. When that did not work, he threatened to sue the sheriff. When that did not work, he threatened the judge repeatedly with faxes, phone warnings, and more. When that did not work, he went to the press and threatened a juror because he was a homosexual. That did not work either, and then when the case was in the civil district court, Jack was never counsel of record, though he asked to submit a friend of the court brief arguing that Luther’s lyrics were obscene.

    You see this was all before gaming was popular so Jack chose targets even back then which would get him into the news and in a debate on pornography and gays, so he targeted a gay lawyer, Norm Kent and his clients, like Neil Rogers, by trying to get him off the air, but wound up with restraining orders against himself. He was once even accused of trying to drive Rogers off the road, and a state prosecutor labeled him ‘obsessed’ after he attacked Janet Reno as being a lesbian.

    You gamers come to the table not realizing this is Jack’s course of massacre-hunting, publicity- is a lifelong venture but you are his last and final target as a lawyer anyway. By Labor Day, he will be disbarred.

  63. 0
    nightwng2000 says:

    John Bruce,

    Ah, so you told the committee everything, did you?

    Did you tell them how you placed a minor playing a violent video game as being far worse than that same minor having been dumped by the state into the hands of a father who had given up Parental Rights to the minor after having previously abused the minor and then verbally, mentally, physically, and nearly having the minor sexually abused afterwards?

    Did you tell them how you knowingly and intentionally lied to and deceived individuals and even government officials regarding the content of a particular video game?  That you FALSELY claimed that the game contained "gay sex" when in fact the game only contains kissing (a male player character kissing a boy as well as girl)?  (Which apparently lying and deceiving are good "moral" acts in the view of YOUR God.)

    Did you tell them how you tried to sweet talk the folks at NIU to allow you to speak and push your agenda on them after the tragedy that occurred there?  Then, to top it off, threatened them with a lawsuit if they didn’t turn over all elements regarding the case that would support your agenda while you ignored all other factual evidence regarding the case?

    Did you tell them how you try to blame video games for every single criminal committed by young people today… except those which might backfire in your face, such as the shooting of a homosexual student at an Oxnard school earlier this year?

    Did you tell them how you threatened to have a DA arrested if he didn’t direct a criminal investigation to go YOUR way (That would be the Robida case in case no one recognizes it).

    Did you tell them how you condemn the use of violence in the context of storytelling (whether in bookx, music, movies/TV, and video games), but you have no problems using it yourself against your opponents through religious scripture or "figurative speech"?  Apparently, violent speech, even metaphorical violent speech, is acceptable in YOUR religious beliefs when it’s used by YOU.

    Or was the Truth, The WHGLE Truth, and Nothing But The Truth not a "moral" tool in the eyes of YOUR God?

    nightwng2000

    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

  64. 0
    nightwng2000 says:

    Yes, I’ve been saying so for a couple of weeks now, once John Bruce started bragging and the Festival came to my attention.

    Like you, I don’t care if a private organization wants to base its foundation on a segregated belief, even one based on bigotry and hate.  But when the US government, in any way, shape, or form, starts aiding in its funding, that’s where I draw the line.

    Nightwng2000

    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

  65. 0
    Timmay! says:

    It doesn’t matter what a privately funded, priavtely acting group awards someone for.  I could get an award for being the most intelligent person, ever, by the "Smart Peoples Club", but that wouldn’t mean much to any academic or government group.

    There’s a very, very easy way to counter Jack when he brings up his award, just remind him that it came from a private, Christian group, and not any public or governmental association, and it’s only proof that one little group likes him.

    But you can’t really argue either, when a group of like minded people, as a private group, decide to recognize someone because they like what they’ve done, it’s their own perogative.  So, I would like to extend a congratulations to John Bruce Thompson for getting some form of recognition for his work.

  66. 0
    Collins says:

    yes the Bible does say that but thats taken out of context.  In this part Jesus is talking about how a father would turn in his son for being a follower of Christ.  these are refurring (probably) to the time before Christianity was made legel.  Jesus came to fullfil the first Covenent with Abraham and beging the Second Covenent.

    Sadly the Athist websites only give one or to veses out-of-context.

    but with that said Mr. Thompson is Not a Christian he may claim to be but he does not act out of love only hate.

    "for you know we are Christians by our Love"

    please do not quote the Bible without reading it

    Thank you for your time

  67. 0
    Shadow Darkman Anti-Thesis of Jack Thompson says:

    You, sir-or-madam, have won the Internet.

    I AM A LOST SOUL, CONDEMNED TO HAUNT THE DREAMS OF JOHN BRUCE "JACK" THOMPSON UNTIL HIS CRUSADE AGAINST VIDEO GAMES ENDS. SOMEONE, PLEASE! END MY SUFFERING!

  68. 0
    Shadow Darkman Anti-Thesis of Jack Thompson says:

    "1. You absolutely have written (more than once) that you expect to be disbarred. Everyone else expects it, too.

    2. My only contact with the festival people was by way of asking: who nominated you and on what basis. I’ve got all of the e-mails to prove it. Frankly, given your current legal circumstances, to not ask those questions would be remiss. By the way, they still haven’t answered, other than to say you were nominated and selected, which suggests to me that this was a highly political award.

    3.) this editorial ignores all of your subjective views on gamers, games, etc. and looks only at your documented – and rather staggering – legal troubles.

    4.) interview you? I interviewed you at some length in Sept. 2005. I’d be willing to do so again, however there are some obstacles, the primary one being that I’m concerned it would become acrimonious on your part, as I would not let you dominate the conversation as many interviewers seem to do. Beyond that, I find you very non-responsive to questions put forth in e-mail. I’m not sure I have a reason to expect anything better in a phone interview. Aside from that, I know your side, I’ve read it in all of your many court filings and posted many of them here for the "pixelantes"

    5.) what the readers don’t know is that yesterday while I was typing this editorial, you were sending me whiny, menacing e-mails, complaining that I was refusing to mention your award. To wit, this one, which you cc’d to CNN, CBS, Dr. Carole Lieberman, an attorney, Kotaku and GameSpot. 

    Dennis, you are such a tool.  You will print every single negative thing you can think of, even if it’s not news, and yet you can’t bring yourself to report what happened here last night, a night you tried to stop for me through your site.  Oh, the Festival people have told me all about you.
     
    When you get on the witness stand in the upcoming case, you and Hal and your little libel enterprise are dead meat.
     
    Jack Thompssn

     


     

    …and yet the truth is that GamePolitics was the ONLY gaming site to cover your award at all. A couple of games sites linked to our coverage after the fact. So, another baseless accusation."

    Dennis, FTW!!!

    Hit the road, Jack. And don’t you come back no more, no more, no more, no more! Hit the road, Jack. And don’t you come back no more!

    I AM A LOST SOUL, CONDEMNED TO HAUNT THE DREAMS OF JOHN BRUCE "JACK" THOMPSON UNTIL HIS CRUSADE AGAINST VIDEO GAMES ENDS. SOMEONE, PLEASE! END MY SUFFERING!

  69. 0
    Oz says:

    Facist? You are the one trying to take away peoples freedom. You are the one that are trying to force your chistian views onto everyone else. You dont want to play these games or watch porn thats your right, but everybody else has the right to do so if they want to. THAT is freedom.

    You do not have the heart of any country, you have the heart of a few conservatives in Utah, a minority.

    "you can have your games" – You

    Thats all we ever wanted, however you are the one that are trying to take games and freedom away from people. Its called tyrany. Yes Jack you are a tyrant. You just think because you have a certain religion that makes you infallible.

  70. 0
    Anonymous says:

    @WHODOYOUTHINK

    Ummm….Jack…….I hate to tell you this…but……We ARE the children you’re trying to protect! We don’t want YOU to protect us! We want others like us to protect us! Stop trying to mow down our entertainment medium with your rampant, baseless religiosity! We’re not the ones who are trying to interfere with your leisurely activities, are we? We won’t burst into your house, grab your books and newspapers and music and television and computers and what ever else you have, throw them out onto your front lawn, start a bonfire, and howl, "We’re just trying to protect you and your family! These things are dangerous! They could turn you all into mindless, murdering psychopaths!" NO! We are just sitting here, exercising our Constitutionally-protected freedom of speech by commenting on about how we think that this award is nothing more than a hunk of metal, wood, resin, plastics, and/or whatever the heck it was made out of (instead of the "prestigious" award it should’ve been)…and you espouse this fountain of rank, bigoted bull$#!7 at us (like you have before), and continue to claim that your protecting the world’s children’s innocence (even though said "innocence" is lost as soon as those pesky hormones kick in). We’re just talking! Our words–hell! anyone’s words–don’t really matter! We could post, talk, write, and preach absolute nonsense (just like you!), and it wouldn’t matter. It’s just a freedom that we choose to exercise because we can!…You know, like you’re doing now. See? Isn’t it fun? Now please, we’re only voicing our complants and bringing forth solid, proven evidence that you’re borderline insane and this award only feeds the ego. Hope you have a nice day!….And please, stop trying to "protect" us! We’re doing just fine without you.

    Game on, brethren and sistren! Game on!

  71. 0
    Torven ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    I’m not sure, but since he has threatened suit against you, can’t you go to the PA courts and request an injunction or order to show cause?  I don’t know if you would just rather leave it, but there has to be a way to make him put up or shut up (and do so in Pennsylvania rather than Florida).

  72. 0
    Dog Welder says:

    Jack, the difference between your insults and my insults is I can PROVE you’re douchebag.

    Of course, I don’t have any restraining orders against me for trying to run someone I don’t like off the road, so I’d bet I’d be able to win that argument.

  73. 0
    Anonymous says:

    Not a troll at all. It’s Jack Thompson.

    Oh I know that, I usually just say such to be on the safe side, and such sensors usually go off with such absurd amounts of irony & hypocrisy.

    Agreeing with what you said and ignoring the more then likely exaggerated number of people, here he is again making a Mount Everest out of a ground squirrel hole.  Anyone can get into a no-name, not that important, small town parade….  And of course people will wave to anyone & everyone just to be polite.

    Maybe he would have something to brag about if he was of any use…  Like in November, Macy’s probably would love to have someone soooo full of hot air.

  74. 0
    Jack Wessels says:

    "I have the heart of America."

    *Hysterical laughter* 200,000 people as deluded as yourself does not constitute the "heart" of America.

    For one so upset by language you have no problem using it yourself:

    "JT: Do you recall my cursing at you?

    CJ: I do not recall you cursing…

    JT: In fact, I told you to "go fuck yourself," didn’t I?

    CJ: You may have…"

    Practice what you preach. You wanna call us cruel, but you have no problem using terrible tragedies to push your agenda. Your narrowminded views of gamers are insanely bigoted. We’re not all brain dead sociopaths. I’m in the top of my class, in the gifted program with an IQ of 142. I currently have a job, and in two weeks I’m going on a mission trip with my local youth group, even though I don’t believe in God. And of course, calling us liars. Lying is at the top of the list of why you’re bein disbarred, not because you fight for Jesus.

     

    -"A fanatic is one who can’t change his mind and won’t change the subject." -Sir Winston Churchill

  75. 0
    jkdjr25 ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

     

    Main Entry:

     

     

    fas·cism

     

    Pronunciation: \ˈfa-ˌshi-zəm also ˈfa-ˌsi-\

     

    Function:
    noun
    Etymology:
    Italian fascismo, from fascio bundle, fasces, group, from Latin fascis bundle & fasces fasces
    Date:
    1921

     

    1often capitalized : a political philosophy, movement, or regime (as that of the Fascisti) that exalts nation and often race above the individual and that stands for a centralized autocratic government headed by a dictatorial leader, severe economic and social regimentation, and forcible suppression of opposition
    2: a tendency toward or actual exercise of strong autocratic or dictatorial control <early instances of army fascism and brutality

     

    Seeing the definition of fascism Jack I think you’re way more guilty of it than anyone. The simple fact of the matter is that you ignore those parts of Christ’s teachings that you feel are inconvenient. Things like love thy neighbor as thyself, do unto others as you would have them do unto you and the like. You routinely bear false witness against people who hold a differing opinion than your own, you lie about the facts in order to suit your own ends and when you get called on it and shown the actual facts you try to threaten and destroy those who oppose you. You lust after a personal legacy and power and have openly said that it’s ok to do the things you do in your moral crusade because you’re a righteous man trying to protect children. (Despite the teaching of Christ that there ARE no righteous people, no not one)

    Now as a Christian man myself I ask you this, does your attitude reflect Christ or the Pharisee?

     

  76. 0
    BearDogg-X says:

    Oh, and you never had the heart of America, you give America heartburn.

    I’d say that you’re a part of the ass of America, but you live in a state shaped like an erect penis.

    Practice what you preach: Grow up and get a life.

  77. 0
    ooftygoofty says:

    "You fascist immoral jerks can have your games."

    That’s just it, Jack.  Your whole platform, when you’re honest about it, is "no video games for anybody."  You sometimes try to say otherwise, but you’ve let it slip in the past and it’s on record.  So yeah, call us names if it makes you feel better, but let us spend our leisure time how we choose as responsible adults and leave us the hell alone.

  78. 0
    BearDogg-X says:

    As Pee-Wee Herman would say,  I know you are, but what am I?

    You’re the one making up "facts" as you go along, worthless turd. That’s why you’re being disbarred, Metropolitian Moron of Miami, not because you’re a "Christian" who really worships a Demon Pretender to the Throne of the Kingdom of Heaven. 

    You’re the bigot, since you’ve made racist remarks in the past about Scottish and Japanese people.

    Being born and raised in the home of Mardi Gras(where at least a million people converge on New Orleans and the surrounding areas for the two weeks worth of parades every year), I am not impressed that you were in a parade with only "200,000" people, some of them more likely to chant "Asshole", "You Suck", or "Shut The F*** Up" at your worthless ass.

    Look in the mirror for a fascist immoral jerk, asshole. Practice what you preach: Grow up and get a life.

  79. 0
    Kincyr says:

    I remember hearing a rap song around five years ago that contained the lyrics, "your sister, she swallers" or something like that. It’s a bit vague since I wasn’t paying a lot of attention to it. Point is, I agree

    岩「…Ace beats Jack」

  80. 0
    Quinlyn says:

    Well it seems that Mr. Jack Thompson himself took note of my post.

    Apparently because I posted my speculation that he nominated himself for this award he felt he had to come on here and defend his selection from the thousands of other entrants I’m sure.

    Wow – I feel honored.

    Mr. Thompson – you are a living joke.  Furthur proof can been seen thorugh the legal community – when your filings appear people laugh.  You are not taken seriously by the legal community.  Just ask the South Florida Justice Blog.

    We gamers just laugh at your antics.  And the more you come here and post – the more we laugh.  We will never be convinced that you are anything other than a useless troll.  We do not care to read your court filings – the only reason we read them is for the comedy and the laughter we get from your "motions". 

    Should you wish to continue posting here despite the ban from posting comments – by all means please do – however do not ever think we will change our oppinion of you.

    Enjoy your time in Utah – and tell us how you have the hearts of the people of america in your corner when more americans now play video games than go to church.  (maybe not a true statistic but damned it if you can make up facts then so can I).

     

  81. 0
    DavCube ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    That’s all REALLY interesting, Mr. Thompson, but there’s just one little problem.

    HOW CAN WE TRUST YOU?

    It’s just that simple. We can’t. Just as you can’t sue people for calling you a douchebag. That’s what i like to call ‘being a baby.’ Perhaps you’ve heard the term before.

    David Gagnon, Mature Human Being, and You’re Not.

  82. 0
    JackDon'tKnowJack says:

    If Amazon’s reviewer ratings and sales ranking are any indication, Jack’s autoboigraphy, Out of Harm’s Way, received a rating of 1 star (out of a possible 5 stars) and a current sales ranking of 804,183. In comparison, Ice-T’s autobiography, The Ice Opinion: Who Gives a F*ck?, received a rating of 4 and 1/2 stars and a current ranking of 493,319.

    Ice beats Jack. 

  83. 0
    GRIZZAM PRIME says:

    He is going to produce a series that will rival the sales of the GTA and HALO series combined. He will make a series that will have violence that rivals MANHUNT. It will be played by millions of people, including children. Your son will be successfull, happy, and will have a loving family. He will be the greatest game maker in history, and his ideas will inspire generations. THIS IS THE FUTURE I WISH UPON YOU.

     

    Hooah.

     

     

    -If shit and bricks were candy and tits, we’d all be livin’ large. For information on games and psychology, look up: Jonathan Freedman(2002)Block & Crain(2007)Grand Theft Childhood, by Harvard Medical School researchers Larry Kutner and Cheryl Olson

  84. 0
    AgnostoTheo says:

    Facist? Wow. You’ve already lost, Jack. First conspiracy, now propaganda. You’re just a half step above Lyndon LaRouche, aren’t ya? Good luck with THAT.

     

    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.

  85. 0
    JackDon'tKnowJack says:

    Not a troll at all. It’s Jack Thompson.

    "I sat on the back of a convertible today at the parade, riding by 200,000 or more people, with mothers of kids on their laps waving and saying "Thank you for trying to protect our kids.""

    That kind of narcissitic, egotistical, self-congratulatory, grammarically incorrect cow doo-doo is the hallmark of Jack Thompson. There’s just no faking the funk.

  86. 0
    Anonymous says:

    Insert usual "probably a troll, but.." warning.

    Snip "blah blah I can only call people nasty names"

    The Foundation told you that, and yet this site is nothing more than an opinion toilet where gamers who have absolutely nothing better to do make up "facts" as if this were some kind of Sims game.

    Ok, I call troll right here, way too much irony in that bit alone!

    that what went on here confirmed their choice and made the award all that sweeter

    How nice of us to give you some ego stroking mental masturbation fodder…  Not like it takes much time or resources to post on the interweb, nor –unlike you– do we spend 24/7 posting and reading about you.

    I sat on the back of a convertible today at the parade, riding by 200,000 or more people, with mothers of kids on their laps waving and saying "Thank you for trying to protect our kids."

    And you don’t think a lot of them were just being polite and humoring you while thinking "Who The F*** is this guy?"

    You fascist immoral jerks can have your games.  I have the heart of America.  And you, Dennis, are a liar.

    Again, irony, calling troll, etc.

  87. 0
    Anonymous says:

    Jack Thomspon is a Liar:

     

    "Sims 2, the latest version of the Sims video game franchise…contains, according to video game news sites, full frontal nudity, including nipples, penis, labia, and hair."

    Jack Thompson is Cruel:

     

    "Why don’t you go buy a suicide game, practice that, and get real good at it."

     

    Jack Thompson is a bigot:

    "What the Japanese are doing to our kids is insensitive and racist. The Japanese have for a very long time dumped pornography into this country in a fashion they would not tolerate in their own country. It is another version of Pearl Harbor."

     

    And Jack Thompson is an enemy of freedom:

     

    http://www.gamepolitics.com/2006/11/29/breaking-jack-thompsons-louisiana-game-law-ruled-unconstitutional-by-federal-judge

     

     

  88. 0
    Anonymous says:

    Argh, both the plain text with html and this fancy system keep changing things even after I preview them!

    Testing two break tags again, last time I posted in html it ate them.

    Testing 3 breaks, and… Ok that is odd, in reply mode my comment shows up like I wanted it to, while in the story it only has the right formating until “As for #5….”

  89. 0
    JackDon'tKnowJack says:

    Jack forgets to mention that in response to Ice-T’s announcement that subsequent releases of the album Body Count would not contain the single Cop Killer, the record-buying public purchased 330,000 copies of Cop Killer in the following week.

    @ Jack Thompson:

    How many copies of Out of Harm’s Way have you sold? Are you past the 330 mark, yet?   

  90. 0
    Shadow Darkman Anti-Thesis of Jack Thompson says:

    Five words, Jack. FIVE SMALL, MINUTE, INSIGNIFICANT WORDS. I will not censor. I will not hold any part of this back. I will pour my cup out on you, and so will my little friend (not the one who has e-mailed you in the past, aim a lot higher) when the pre-determined time comes. You will not be spared.

    1. SHUT

    2. THE

    3. FUCK

    4. UP

    5. NOW

    Fascist, are we? Can you imagine us going down the streets doing the Heil Hitler? If not, then you FAIL. You do not deserve the honors you have received. Those people obviously have either accidentally or deliberately overlooked all the mayhem you have caused in the past. We are very disappointed in you, Jack. Very, VERY, VERY, VERY disappointed.

    Shadow Duské Darkman

    Volunteer Representative of "Starmen" Also-Known-As "Syndicate"

    PostScript: (To all that read) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kmihL6dpOIs This is our message to Nintendo for their failure to place "Mother 2" (A.K.A. EarthBound) on the Wii Virtual Console.

    I AM A LOST SOUL, CONDEMNED TO HAUNT THE DREAMS OF JOHN BRUCE "JACK" THOMPSON UNTIL HIS CRUSADE AGAINST VIDEO GAMES ENDS. SOMEONE, PLEASE! END MY SUFFERING!

  91. 0
    Tyler Lait says:

    wait, did you just call Denis a facist, lets break this down.

     

    You

    – constantly trying to take away certain peoples rights to choose ( gamers)

    – Try to force your beliefs on the rest of us

    – Attempt to sue people who have different opinions than you, even if their right

     

    Hitler

    – Took away the rights of certain people ( jews, gypsies etc)

    – Forced his beliefs on all of Germany

    – Executed people who had different beliefs than him ( jews)

     

    Denis created a website that allows people to state their opinion, he is the opposite of a nazi, you my friend are nothing more that a bag of shit who thinks their high and mighty just because they act like an asshole.

    you and this group of people are the true nazis, trying to FORCE their beliefs into main society, but in the end, you will always fail.

    Thank you, good night, and please die slowly and painfully

  92. 0
    Paul T Shoink ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Good job, avoiding to address ANY of GP’s points, thus confirming your first post was pure BS.

    You have a real interesting debating method, I notice; whenever you get called out on your lies, you go off on a completely unrelated tangent.

    Well done, really.

    -Paul T. Shoink

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    Kincyr says:

    considering that it was supposed to be a Freedom Festival, it would be ironic if they weren’t allowed to partake.

    岩「…Ace beats Jack」

  94. 0
    WHODOYOUTHINK ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Dennis, you have posting up here calling me a douchebag and the like.  Nice that you enforce your posting policies–not–when it comes to me.

    Further, you have up at this site the assertion that I lobbied to get myself nominated for this award.  I didn’t know anything about it until these folks called.  You were told that.  The Foundation told you that, and yet this site is nothing more than an opinion toilet where gamers who have absolutely nothing better to do make up "facts" as if this were some kind of Sims game.

    The Foundation knew ALL about my problems with the Bar.  I told them.  The fact is this:  Dennis McCauley and his little lemmings here were so cruel and so bigoted and such liars that what went on here confirmed their choice and made the award all that sweeter.

    I sat on the back of a convertible today at the parade, riding by 200,000 or more people, with mothers of kids on their laps waving and saying "Thank you for trying to protect our kids."

    You fascist immoral jerks can have your games.  I have the heart of America.  And you, Dennis, are a liar.

    Jack Thompson

     

     

     

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    JustChris says:

    He also won a case labeling 2 Live Crew’s lyrics as obscene and convinced Time Warner to remove Ice T’s song "Cop Killer" from stores worldwide.

    Uhhh….has he listened to hip hop on the radio in the past 10 years? Lest with a low-pressure suit to keep his head from exploding upon the first drop of the lyrics. Stuff that will make 2 Live Crew sound like a Sesame Street sing-a-long.

  96. 0
    Kincyr says:

    Dennis, have you sent Jack’s Wikiquote page to the festival committee so they can see what we have to put up with?

    岩「…Ace beats Jack」

  97. 0
    Silencets says:

    I will personally open a bottle of Dom Perignon the day you are disbarred Jack.  For too long you have hid behind your mantle of authority as a lawyer and spat vitriol at any subject you choose.  Hopefully your disbarrment will defang you for a few years so that you will wither unattended and ignored.

    Semper Fidelis Tim Shull Cpl Ret USMC

  98. 0
    Kincyr says:

    I’m still waiting on whether Judas took the silver or refused it, and whether he died from rupturing of the middle or hanging himself. Jesus also said to sell everything you have and give all the money to the poor. You are in fact, richer than Dennis is.

    Now why don’t you go follow Matthew 19:12 and castrate yourself for the kingdom of heaven’s sake. Oh that’s right, you won’t because you’re not a true christian.

    You certainly don’t "get it", and you probably can’t even "get it up"
    Evidently, the committee never saw all the insults you threw at us.

    岩「…Ace beats Jack」

  99. 0
    Paul Farinelli says:

    Wow, it’s so scary that this man, one of the worst, most vicious, most outright mean I’ve ever encountered, for some reason thinks of himself as "the good guy". As a matter of fact, it quite the oppossite. His little crusade for children may be a good ideal in and of itself, yet everything he does and the way he acts negates any "good" in it. He is one of the few people I would actually call evil, and the fact that he’s stated that he IS going to Heaven, no doubt about it, on several occasions, only cements what an egotistical, evil man he is. And the best part is that Jack will never realize any of this; he’ll only continue to dilude himself into believing that he’s God’s prophet on earth. It’s pretty sad, actually.

  100. 0
    Jezcentral says:

    Talking of Wikipedia, I can’t wait for the time to come when the Jack Thompson page gets renamed to "Jack Thompson (Ex-Attourney).

    Along the top, it could say "You have been directed here from Jack Thompson (Attourney)."

    That time is coming.

    P.S. Always be suspicious of anything that has "Freedom" in its name. Like "People’s Republic of China" or "Discovery Institute", these words just get appropriated by groups who have little interest in what those words purport to mean, and everything about pushing their own agendas.

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    Jack Wessels says:

    Dude… That sucks. I heard there were some protesters following him. Was that at least a little comfort? Or were they not even allowed to partake?

     

    -"A fanatic is one who can’t change his mind and won’t change the subject." -Sir Winston Churchill

  102. 0
    J.R. "Bob" Dobbs says:

    Does anyone else think it’s weird that they have a freedom award where freedom is only one of four conditions?And that ol’ Jackie doesn’t even qualify for freedom, and he only qualifies for one condition (God).

  103. 0
    Jack Wessels says:

    They know Thompson’s messed up view of Dennis. So no, they don’t actually know him, just JT’s psychosis.

     

    -"A fanatic is one who can’t change his mind and won’t change the subject." -Sir Winston Churchill

  104. 0
    Jack Wessels says:

    Covering the festival would in no way relate to this site’s two topics: games and politics. Sure, telling us about Thompson getting the award was prudent, as he affects games (theoretically at least). But what goes on at this festival is meaningless here.

    Also, note the hypocrisy. He was just bitching about vitriolic comments directed at him while he insults you in an email he sent to two major television stations and gaming sites (A very pretentious move, by the way, why should CBS or CNN care about that?).

     

    -"A fanatic is one who can’t change his mind and won’t change the subject." -Sir Winston Churchill

  105. 0
    ShadowMagus ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    You know, I had no clue about this award, it having been weeks since I last checked GP.  I went to the parade this morning, and who should I see but … Jack.  ****ing.  Thompson.  I was almost sick.  I turned to my wife and said "No freaking way.  Why is that piece of horseshit here?"  Unfortunately, she doesn’t know who JT is, so she couldn’t really indulge in my anger.  I want to know if there’s a website for the organizers of this parade, so we can tell them exactly what JT has done in the last while.

    Also, I only got to read the first few comments, but the whole "freedom to practice conservative Christian values" should come as no surprise to any that are familiar with Utah and its politics, especially the part of Utah that Provo is in.

  106. 0
    BearDogg-X says:

    No, Jack, the world hates you because you’re a self-righteous, self-serving, hypocritical asshole vulture who preys on both the dead and the living.

    Jesus Christ will be laughing hysterically at you for even trying to get into the Kingdom of Heaven.

    You want to talk about "fascist efforts to punish people for preaching the truth", then go look in the mirror, since everyone that’s had to deal with your worthless ass has seen you make fascist efforts to get that disagree with you silenced from Neil Rogers to Howard Stern to Take-Two to even Dennis himself.

    If the so-called "Festival organizers" agreed with your worthless ass, then they’re dumber than a jar of mayonnaise.

    Everyone with a brain knows that children are being "protected". They’re being protected by the First Amendment from technophile pedophiles like you and the Parent Trash Cult. And anyone that’s raised a child knows that children are hardly innocent, they lie just as much as their parents(they even lie to their parents).

    And actually, we’ve been winning this debate since your worthless ass got involved. The courts have repeatedly ruled in favor of the video game industry since 2001.

    You should talk about sour grapes, considering that you’re criticizing the only news source that reported on you getting this "Freedom" award, which as I’ve been saying, is the equivalent of giving former KKK Grand Wizard David Duke an award for promoting racial equality.

    Practice what you preach, worthless turd: Grow up and get a life.

  107. 0
    ooftygoofty says:

    No offense to Dennis, but I kinda doubt the "festival people" know who he is.  I doubt people without a deep interest in video games (good or bad) come here much.  That said, I suppose Jack’s assumption that this is a major, though criminally biased, news site explains why he spends so much of his supposedly precious time trolling here with people he thinks are underage.

  108. 0
    Erik ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Also, I would love to see another interview with Jack.  But I don’t hold my breath for such a story.  I doubt Jack could act like a sane adult long enough for such an interview to come to pass.

  109. 0
    DavCube ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Mr. Thompson, the Florida Supreme Court isn’t punishing you because you’re a Christian. It’s punishing you because YOU ARE LYING. I know that in your world, everything christians say is true and cannot be disproven ever, but on planet earth, you’re a filthy lier.

    It doesn’t matter what motivates you for what you’re doing, whether it be christianity, or even if, God forbid, a family member or friend of yours was injured or killed in some way. You’re still lying.

    (watch as he thinks that as some sort of death threat even though i have no way to travel where he is from where i live straight across the country)

    David Gagnon, Mature Human Being, and You’re Not

  110. 0
    Erik ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Do we have an official count just how many times Jack has stated that he would have Dennis on the witness stand, desptie the fact that it has never come to pass?

     

    Furthermore Jack I would like to know what on this site you have considered libel?

  111. 0
    black manta says:

    It’s been said that if there’s anything worse than a sore loser, it’s a sore winner.  So shut the fuck up, Jack.  Go home and enjoy your Booby Prize.  It really means nothing beyond those who gave it to you.

    And if you’re right and they chose you because of your troubles with the bar, then it only confirms what Dennis and others have speculated: that it was given because they agree with you that we’re all part of some grand conspiracy against you, and that they are just as ignorant, bigoted and narrow-minded as you are.    It’s also been revealed that the organization behind the event is out to tear-down the court system, which is also what you want to do just so you can escape accountability.  So why quibble about that if it turns out we were right?

    And by the way, considering you’ve lied and over-inflated your own self-importance before, I’ll consider your statement about that as suspect as everything else you’ve said in the past.  Which brings me to my next point…

    You say you’re going to win now?  Earlier as Dennis said, you were fairly sure you were going to be disbarred.  As you say so often to Dennis, get your story straight.  If you consider throwing a tantrum in the courtroom, and storming out thus waiving your right to argue mitigating curcumstances a winning tactic, then yeah, you’ve got it in the bag, then.  Though I have to wonder, you indicated that if you’re disbarred that you would continue on no matter what.  Apparently then your law license doesn’t matter to you that much if it’s not a factor.  So if that’s the case, why are you turning around now talking as if you’re determined to keep it? (On a side note, I find it fascinating how you turn around words like "fascist" and "Nazi" to demonize your opponents when they can just as easily, and more aptly, be applied to you.)

    Oh and one other thing, Howard Stern is still on the air, dumbass.  He’s on Satellite radio.  Any child can still hear him if their parents have a subscription and are careless enough to have him on while in the car or in the home.  But you can’t sic the FCC on him like you used to anymore because they have no jurisdiction over satellite, never will despite their efforts to change that and you know it.  So just admit that you gave up on that front.

    You ruined Memorial Day with your outrageous comments and now you’re doing it again today.  So again, shut up, enjoy your booby prize and go home and stop besmirching the days honoring those who know what true freedom is with your presence. 

  112. 0
    gamepolitics says:

    1. You absolutely have written (more than once) that you expect to be disbarred. Everyone else expects it, too.

    2. My only contact with the festival people was by way of asking: who nominated you and on what basis. I’ve got all of the e-mails to prove it. Frankly, given your current legal circumstances, to not ask those questions would be remiss. By the way, they still haven’t answered, other than to say you were nominated and selected, which suggests to me that this was a highly political award.

    3.) this editorial ignores all of your subjective views on gamers, games, etc. and looks only at your documented – and rather staggering – legal troubles.

    4.) interview you? I interviewed you at some length in Sept. 2005. I’d be willing to do so again, however there are some obstacles, the primary one being that I’m concerned it would become acrimonious on your part, as I would not let you dominate the conversation as many interviewers seem to do. Beyond that, I find you very non-responsive to questions put forth in e-mail. I’m not sure I have a reason to expect anything better in a phone interview. Aside from that, I know your side, I’ve read it in all of your many court filings and posted many of them here for the "pixelantes"

    5.) what the readers don’t know is that yesterday while I was typing this editorial, you were sending me whiny, menacing e-mails, complaining that I was refusing to mention your award. To wit, this one, which you cc’d to CNN, CBS, Dr. Carole Lieberman, an attorney, Kotaku and GameSpot. 

    Dennis, you are such a tool.  You will print every single negative thing you can think of, even if it’s not news, and yet you can’t bring yourself to report what happened here last night, a night you tried to stop for me through your site.  Oh, the Festival people have told me all about you.
     
    When you get on the witness stand in the upcoming case, you and Hal and your little libel enterprise are dead meat.
     
    Jack Thompssn
     

    …and yet the truth is that GamePolitics was the ONLY gaming site to cover your award at all. A couple of games sites linked to our coverage after the fact. So, another baseless accusation.


  113. 0
    Anonymous says:

    I said it before, I’ll say it again: If you actually knew what goes on in Provo, Utah, you’d know why getting a freedom award from these fuckheads is a laugh and a half.

  114. 0
    Jack Wessels says:

    You know what? I was going to type a real long comment that refudiates eveything you just said. But I don’t have it in me right now. But I will say this: Whether you get disbarred or not, it won’t matter, you’ll still fail at everything you try.

     

    -"A fanatic is one who can’t change his mind and won’t change the subject." -Sir Winston Churchill

  115. 0
    Erik ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    I hope everyone is enjoying today.  Get out there have some brews, burgers and watch some fireworks.  Then after everything is over enjoy some virtual "fireworks". (Which I will do this evening in Team Fortress 2).  But during these festivities remember that freedom isn’t free.  There are those such as Thompson who would like nothing more than to have his with with the 1st Amendment.  Be stalwart and know that those who hate American values, such as Jack, are out there and are more than ready to lie, cheat and steal to deny you your rights and try to turn this great land into a fascist nanny state.

  116. 0
    ooftygoofty says:

    Jack, I’m a Christian, and there is a wide gulf indeed between Jesus and you.  For the sake of brevity, I’ll keep it on point here and just say that the hostility Jesus received was from telling the truth.  He treated everyone with love and attacked only the self righteous.  You, on the other hand, not only viciously attack everyone who doesn’t agree with you, you often attack those who do for not agreeing enough.  You are an obvious and frequent liar who wears his hate on his sleeve.  I’ve said it before, but such is the hate I see in you that I fully expect you to kill another person and soon.  So, no, this isn’t about persecution.  This is about you being a dick and people not liking it.

    And for the record, I don’t hate you, Jack.  I’m annoyed by you, and I pity you, but not hate.  I pray for you, since you’re clearly a sick man.  I hope and expect you to be disbarred, more or less for the same reason I’d expect the same of a grossly unqualified doctor.  I intensely dislike being lied about.  But I don’t hate you.  Can you honestly say the same of me?

    Also, did you actually show them the site, or just select quotes from it?  There is no way that anyone, however biased, could think of your comments here as anything but childish and extremely unprofessional. 

  117. 0
    CenturionRyan says:

    "And finally, I’m not going to be disbarred.  I’m well on my way to defeating this fascist effort to punish a Christian for preaching the truth."

    Wait, wait, wait, wait, wait.

    What? Are you an idiot or just delusional? Oh wait, you’re Jack Thompson, you’re both.

  118. 0
    JackDon'tKnowJack says:

    Jack, lemme break the bad news to you: sure as God made little green apples, you are going to be disbarred. You can count on that. Perhaps you can thereafter refer to yourself not as "Jack Thompson, Attorney and You’re Not" but as "Jack Thompson, America’s Freedom Award Winner and You’re Not."   

  119. 0
    jkdjr25 ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    I feel that I must speak out here Jack because I think you’ve missed the point, not that that’s an unusual occurance but never-the-less speak out I must.

    You have an odd view of Christianity Jack. Jesus did indeed say that the world would hate His followers because it first hated him, but the truth Jack is that the world hated Jesus because He told the Truth. He spoke of loving one’s neighbor as one loved one’s self. He said that the two greatest commandments were to love God and love others. While He did call the Pharisees and Saducees liars and vipers it was because they were self-righteous men. Men who did the very things you are doing. They lied, while preaching to others to tell the truth. They demmanded that people obey the letter of God’s Law while ignoring the spirit of that Law.

    You’ve born false witness against your neighbor, you proclaimed your desire to see people burn in Hell, you’ve said every vile a deragatory thing you could about people who opposed you and tried to destroy them personally and professionally. Tell me Jack, is this what you thought it meant when you were told that they will know we are Christians by our love?

     

  120. 0
    Hwhitsby says:

    "And finally, I’m not going to be disbarred.  I’m well on my way to defeating this fascist effort to punish a Christian for preaching the truth."

    Yesss!  Yesss!  Feed us with your hubris!  It will make the tears even more tasty when it gets finalized. 

    I think i’ll celebrate by buying some more games…   😛

  121. 0
    HarmlessBunny says:

    Jack, first of all…stop lying. You dellusional nut, you entertain us all…but it is wearing a bit thin. Dennis is not orchestrating any hostility towards the awards. You did that on your own. Ever think just for once that alll the hostility that you have been displaying for decades to a lot of people may have been the source of outrage of others? Hmmm how about the harassment and pety bickering not to mention name calling of others on this site….OH! AND THREATS OF LAWSUITS?!

    Dennis reported that you got the award, never inspired any venom or targetting. Do you see him post: "Disrupt his award, we all hate Jack!!! He doesn’t deserve it because he is trying to reign down on us!"?We all have been baffled that someone as scumy as you got the award. Someone who has no true core values other than to jump on the censorship bandwagon when ever a new type of media emerges and to spread YOUR lies and misinformation. First it was rap-music, now you venture to video games. Look ambulence chaser, you criticize people on this site? Look at your own history.

    Your antics speak for themselves. You have LIED many times, in the media and in the courtroom trying to get your way. Well Space Cowboy, you are finally getting punished for that behaviour. Well deserved in my opinion. I know a lot of loud mouths who spout of a ton of BS, none of them have the gaul to chant out their false info on 60 minutes, FOX (Faux Noise) NEWS, or any other media….though I loved it when NBC had you on and they took a shot at you. I digress… Harassment of other lawyers for doing their job, as well as public officials, and targetting of media because of your dislike…not a very good move huh?

    So where is the epidemic of death and injuries from GTA 4 or Bully? Oh speaking of which are you quite sure Bully is a Collumbine simulator still? Oh how about the gay sex content that does not exist? How about that DECLINING violent crime rate that the FBI report released? How about your FALSE research findings about violence levels under small duration of video games? How about you taking down certain company officials and judicial figures? How are those lawsuits against Best Buy, Take Two, etc etc etc ?

    Jack, NO ONE has denied your First Amendment rights. You are NOT being targeted because of your christian values. You have been threatening others and finally got punished for it. Get your facts straight.

    Oh and a finally note: as a fellow Christian, actually a catholic believe it or not, I am rather upset how you constantly compare yourself to Jesus as well as misquote passages from the bible to suit your needs. Do not use the lord’s name in vain, or use him to spread your hatred. It is rather insulting… I assure you will be judged for that, however it won’t be by us…that I can quite assure you. You are not being persecuted for your beliefs, they were NEVER on trial. However your CONDUCT was. Think about that for a moment. You HAVE the right to dislike Take Two, but you do not have the profession right to engage in conduct to harass, berate, and belittle your opposing council in a trial to stall or cancel proceedings. After reading the Bar trial readings on here, I went and purchased the full transcripts…now Jack, seeing all the content, you really are full of yourself. You are NOT on the side of truth, you are your side of misinformation. YOUR version of the truth. Not the actual truth.

    (Edit: took out my bitter sounding 4th of July wishes. Early in the morning not a good time to post)

    Regardless in my disbelief and dislike in you… have a happy 4th, Jack. My best wishes to your family.

    See ya around, Space Cowboy.

     

  122. 0
    WHODOYOUTHINK ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    I was selected for this honor because the Committee read my book which delineates not only my efforts to protect children from pornography and violence but also the twenty-one years of harassment by the entertainment industry and The Florida Bar.

    The Committee chose to honor me BECAUSE of my Bar problems not inspite of them.  My book delineates the current wave of efforts to deny my First Amendment rights, for example, to nail Howard Stern and speak out against Take-Two.

    Apparently Dennis McCauley can’t bring himself to report that people are chosen who not only have stood for American values but have paid a price for doing so.

    Jesus said, as I noted in my extremely well-received speech, "The world hates you because it first hated me."  The people of faith who honored me in this way "get it," and of course Dennis McCauley doesn’t get it.  He has faith only in the dollar and gaming "values."

    This site has been afraid to interview me about all of this, because then it would have to tell my side about all of this.

    And finally, I’m not going to be disbarred.  I’m well on my way to defeating this fascist effort to punish a Christian for preaching the truth.

    One more thing:  The Festival organizers and I have spoken much and repeatedly about what this site has done to try to un-invite me to the Awards Gala.  They concluded that I had told them EVERYTHING about my Bar troubles, and they also concluded that the vitriol and downright ugliness of the comments coming from this site, orchestrated by McCauley, was strong proof that they had made a wise and a good choice.

    Said one person on the Committee:  "If what we are getting from GamePolitics is typical of your critics, then we couldn’t be more pleased to be honoring you for putting up with such nonsense."

    So, thanks to all of you pixelantes from making clear what really everyone with a brain in the US knows:  Children are worth protecting from the corporate onslaught on their innocence and on our safety.

    I’m on the winning side of this debate. McCauley knows it, which is why this sour grapes "editorial" is up at this addicts’ site.  Jack Thompson

  123. 0
    Anonymous says:

    @GP

    HEY! WHAT GIVES!!! THAT LIST IS WRONG!!!!

     

     

    you forgot "Lying", "Threatening several people and institution, including other lawyers, the bar and the supreme court" and "Fax machine slaughter"

    ok.. it’s not wrong.. it’s jsut incomplete

  124. 0
    GRIZZAM PRIME says:

    Damn, you sure do have a lot of Biblical knowledge.

     

    -If shit and bricks were candy and tits, we’d all be livin’ large. For information on games and psychology, look up: Jonathan Freedman(2002)Block & Crain(2007)Grand Theft Childhood, by Harvard Medical School researchers Larry Kutner and Cheryl Olson

  125. 0
    GRIZZAM PRIME says:

    Yeah, poor guys (and gals)… On a side note, still? You’re still awaiting your login info?

     

    -If shit and bricks were candy and tits, we’d all be livin’ large. For information on games and psychology, look up: Jonathan Freedman(2002)Block & Crain(2007)Grand Theft Childhood, by Harvard Medical School researchers Larry Kutner and Cheryl Olson

  126. 0
    Ryno (still awaiting my login info) ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    If the wiki link is true, you’ve got to wonder what our servicemen and women must think, if that part was broadcast, about Jack getting an award. Many, maybe most, of those serving in the armed forces are gamers. It’s about all they have to do to blow off steam when they’re deployed, so they do play a lot of games. It must really piss them off to see someone who wipes his ass with the Constitution getting a "freedom" award while they’re giving their lives for their country, or at least its corporations.

  127. 0
    GRIZZAM PRIME says:

    But alas, he lives in modern times where only psychotic zealots would appreciate what he does. I sincerly hope your son becomes a successful videogame developer and makes millions making a series that will rival Grand Theft Auto.

     

     

    -If shit and bricks were candy and tits, we’d all be livin’ large. For information on games and psychology, look up: Jonathan Freedman(2002)Block & Crain(2007)Grand Theft Childhood, by Harvard Medical School researchers Larry Kutner and Cheryl Olson

  128. 0
    unangbangkay says:

    Noticed in the Daily Herald coverage that:

    "Warner said Thompson was selected for the award because of his dedication to the freedom of families through working to get obscenity out of the media. Thompson put his own career at risk fighting to keep indecent shows off the radio, and he was responsible for getting Howard Stern off public airwaves. He also won a case labeling 2 Live Crew’s lyrics as obscene and convinced Time Warner to remove Ice T’s song "Cop Killer" from stores worldwide.

    Thompson said he was grateful for the Freedom Award and what it means for his road of hard work against indecency."

    None of this mentions his crusade against video games, which is in general the source of much of his most flagrant behavior. Is this deliberate omission of less flattering history?

     

     

  129. 0
    Frank says:

    To me, the worst thing that this award will do is not to gamers but rather to Jack’s mind.  Suddenly after always being beaten here is one group’s way of saying that everything he’s ever done to destroy freedom is right.  His ego will be boosted to never before seen levels.  He’ll most likely start using that award to say he’s right.  "I’ve got proof that I’m right in the form of a small trophy given to me by a respectable group of people".  Here is what I would add to that.  I’ve got false claims that say I’m right in the form of a trophy no bigger then what they give to five year old bowlers that was given to me by a tiny group that nobody has even heard of before". 

  130. 0
    Silencets says:

    I think that we all know Jack portrays himself as the most put upon man in the nation.  Thank god he’s not a minority or he might be recieving THEIR awards as well.  Though I don’t think he’ll ever win the Liberal of the Year award….he might have to work at that….

    Semper Fidelis Tim Shull Cpl Ret USMC

  131. 0
    Hwhitsby says:

    You don’t have to feel sorry for him in the slightest.  He has lots of readers and has helped unify the gamer community into a force that can challenge self-opinionated hacks like jack.

    In the end, jack has a tin runner-up prize that he can gaze at remembering the times when he had some power in the court.  While Dennis has a world-wide reader base, and can continue doing what he enjoys.

    And seriously, what good is the crazy christian vote anymore?  I’m sure they’ll give bush a little cute trophy after he’s out of office.

  132. 0
    Quinlyn says:

    I did not read through all the comments so this may have already been stated but if not I have a theory as to who nominated Jack Thompson for the "Freedom" award.

    Think about it people…..

    Who do we know that believes he is the ultimate freedom fighter?

    Who do we know that believes everyone in the world is out to crush him due to his religious beliefs?

    Who thinks that whoever disagrees with him is part of the conspiracy to discredit and take away his religious freedoms?

    Who can be quasi-charming when there are cameras rolling and he is giving the spotlight?

     

    Thats Right….none other than Jack Thompson himself.

    My guess is that he heard about these awards through his conservative church group and decided to submit himself into the pool as a true champion freedom fighter.  He wrote a long self righteous (sp?) letter and story about himself and how he has been persecuted all these years yet still continues the good fight.  My guess is that the conservative selection comittee reviewed the application and broke into tears at the though of such a "devout christian" doing what he could to save the children and despite all the adversity he has faced he keeps going….What a true hero.

    Some shit like that – and then he was contacted and interviewed over the phone.  Of course they were feeding his ego so he really laid on the charm, probably even brought up his sick wife and how his fight keeps him from being able to care for her like the devout husband he is…….Another flood of tears and more "Jack Thompson the hero" emerges from those tears.

    Thats just my thought – anyone else agree?

     

  133. 0
    Kincyr says:

    this explains it:

    "The honorees… personified some or all of the festival’s four traditional values of family, freedom, God and country"

    Jack, to them, personified family and god, as he claimed to "protect" families. "Freedom" and "country", at least in America, are mutually inclusive terms, and as Jack is against freedom, he is also against country. However, it wasn’t a requirement to personify all four traditional values; Nor is it even possible, as "freedom" and "god" are mutually exclusive terms. The explanation: True freedom includes freedom from god, which the Christian god Jealous (see Exodus 34:14 for name verification) doesn’t like.

    Ironically, "Family" and "god" are also mutually exclusive terms, as Jesus said he came not to bring peace, but to start war. (see Matthew 10:34-37)

    岩「…Ace beats Jack」

  134. 0
    Aliasalpha says:

    You know, I feel sorry for Dennis. All this time & effort he’s put into orchestrating this vast global conspiracy, acting like a combination of diplomat, general & batman supervillain, pulling together opposing forces & directing them towards a single unified goal, the crushing demise of the despicably good & righteous jack thompson & it’s jack who gets the award… it’s not right and I feel for you mate!

  135. 0
    TitanTim says:

    Hahaha, no biggie!

    Anything from america that has the label "freedom" on it has been a joke for the last 6-7 years.  We can put jacky right next to freedom fries and freedom toast.

  136. 0
    seikyo says:

    What most don’t really know about the Freedom Festival, is it’s primarly done on BYU campus, which is sad to say, highly religous. It’s not done in downtown Provo, it’s actually starts on BYU and ends on BYU.

    And yes I am from Utah, and from the Provo/Orem area where this took place.

  137. 0
    Keegs79 ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

     YOU HAVE GOT TO BE FREAKIN KIDDING ME!!! How can he receive something from a "freedom" festival???? I am in shock! He is trying to limit the free speech of video games! Oh geez. Stupidity at its finest!!!!!

  138. 0
    Manuel deBettencourt ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    I want to point out one thing. Making his whole entire anti-violent game crusade a Conservative agenda….that’s also an understatement like calling himself a freedom fighter. He is definately not using morality especially when demanding to be paid by networks in order to come on and rant. More like a Neoconservative agenda.

  139. 0
    Silencets says:

    I’m surprised that he wasn’t arrested for denoucing all mormons for not going with his own religion. 

    I can’t wait to see you in the Unemployment Line Jack. 

    Semper Fidelis

    Tim Shull

    Cpl Ret USMC

  140. 0
    Kincyr says:

    Utah’s the heart of America? I think not. Otherwise this country would be in a polygamist Mormon state, and I see far too many American beer companies for that to be true.

    岩「…Ace beats Jack」

  141. 0
    Anonymous says:

    Re @ #4

    Good one, especially pointing out his control issues and just how when pressed with questions he AVOIDES THEM!

    As for #5, LOL!  Again with the SLAPPing, but we all know his track record of carrying his lame threats out.

    You know what this is really about? Jack is furious that NO SUCH MEDIA GIVE A DARNED ABOUT HIM OR HIS "AWARD!"  It also goes to show how much of a sham this award is, and how little it brings to his already low creditability.

    Yet I think we should thank him for posting, it is nice of the April Fool to visit us on the 4th of July and provide us with some laughs….

     

  142. 0
    JackDon'tKnowJack says:

    Shame on those who would call Jack Thompson a "douchebag." Everyone with half a brain knows he’s not a douchebag. He’s a scumbag, a barfbag, a dirtbag, and a windbag but, in all fairness to him, he isn’t a douchebag.

  143. 0
    Dog Welder says:

    Wow…so Jack sent you the news release and then threatened with litigation because you covered it?

    The guy is truly nucking futs.

    And then I notice he bitched and whined that you didn’t cover it enough this past weekend.  Is schizophrenia a sympton of narcissism?

     

  144. 0
    Jack Wessels says:

    Seeing how everytime he comes into complain about some made up offense against him you throw the truth in his face, proving him wrong, you’d think he’d call it quits. But then, he wouldn’t be the Jack Thompson we know and… well… know, if he did.

     

    -"A fanatic is one who can’t change his mind and won’t change the subject." -Sir Winston Churchill

  145. 0
    Anonymous says:

    So are you going to respond to this Jack?  Or are you going to continue your sissy eluding of stories once your bullshit is devestated with facts?

  146. 0
    Sabbat says:

    I’ve been a reader of GP for a while now but I’ve never actually commented. Actually, I’ve never even read the comments, but when I saw in the shoutbox Jack himself replied, I scrolled down and now I’ve been following ever since.

    Dennis, I just wanted to say that I (and many other people, I’m sure) am very impressed with your professionalism. I check the front page daily and your reports are always unbiased, and your dealings with this arguementive old man are nothing but level and sensible. Not once have you provoked him or spoken in a way to deserve the insults and ramblings your getting. 

    I don’t know you as a person, but if more people of law and power acted like you do, the system would not be the joke it is today.

    Thompson, take your award and go do some good for once. Your brandishing it around because you thinked you earned it, but you really haven’t aided anyone but yourself. Your nothing but a bully Jack. A facist. The only way you could be more like Adolf Hitler were if you were to take your abuse of power for personal gain to a holocaust level. 

    This website is browsed by many gamers, and I know many gamers personally, and I can safely say, they are much saner and mature then you are. You don’t deserve the little amount you have left as a broken lawyer, and frankly, if it weren’t for the stupidity and dramatics of your career, you’d have lost that power long ago. Never the less, you will be disbarred Thompson. You can run as fast as you like, that train will hit you, and we’ll all be here to see it :)

    As far as the award goes… statistically, someone has to agree with you, and it might as well be Utah. A real achievment there, huh? Hanging out with like minded people and agreeing with each other. Your award is a joke, and the entire business of you recieving it is as puzzling as it is pathetic.

    My words (and everyone elses) are being wasted on you as you clearly have a problem with listening. I think its called fanaticism 😛

    Perhaps go and pick up some trash? There won’t be a camera in your face but you’ll be doing some good for once.

  147. 0
    HarmlessBunny says:

    Yeah that does paint Mr Thompson, yet again, as a liar and a bitter old man. Dennis, truly you are one of the few remaining professional journalists. Not too many people remain that polite after being ignored three times in a row.

    This is just making it seem that Jack just really really has it in for you.

  148. 0
    gamepolitics says:

     

    Since Thompson has alluded that I attempted to interfere with his award, I am reposting ALL e-mails from me on this issue. This was ALL of the contact I had with anyone regarding the show. Care to prove something different, Jack?

    I began by writing to Vicki Garbutt, event chairperson for the awards dinner. I never received a response to three e-mails, although she forwarded at least one to Thompson. After giving up on Garbutt I contacted Utah County government, since it sponsors the event. I did not receive a response directly, however they apparently forwarded my inquiry as I did receive a response from Paul Warner, executive director of the Freedom Festival.

    While Warner was civil, I did not receive the answers I was hoping for: who nominated Thompson and on what basis.

    The Gayle Ruzicka mentioned in a couple of the e-mails is the politically powerful head of the Utah Eagle Forum, an ultra-conservative group related to Phyllis Schlafly’s Eagle Forum. Ruzicka testified before the Utah legislature a couple of years back in support of a video game bill written by Thompson. I seem to recall that Thompson has spoken at Eagle Forum events and was interviewed on Schlafly’s radio program at one time.

    ———————————————————————————————————————————— 
    From:   Dennis McCauley
    To:     Vicki Garbutt
    Sent:  Wednesday, May 28, 2008 11:12 AM
    Subject: media inquiry

    Vicki:

    Dennis McCauley here, editor of GamePolitics.com.

    Can you tell me whether Florida attorney Jack Thompson is to be an honoree at the 2008 Freedom Awards Gala?

    If so, can you tell me who submitted him for the award and what is the basis for his award?

    Thanks,

    Dennis McCauley
    Editor
    GamePolitics.com


    —————————————————————————————

    From:   Vicki J. Garbutt
    To:   Jack Thompson
    Sent:   Wednesday, May 28, 2008 10:00 PM
    Subject:  FW: media inquiry

    Jack,

    Do you know this individual and what his agenda might be before I respond to his inquiry?
    Thanks,

    Vicki
    ——————————————————————————————

    From:  Jack Thompson
    To:  Dennis McCauley
    Sent:  Thursday, May 29, 2008 6:40 AM
    Subject: Careful, Dennis

    (Garbutt message above was included, but no additional message body other than Thompson’s sig)

    —————————————————————————————-

    From:  Dennis McCauley
    To:  Vicki J. Garbutt
    Sent:  Sunday, June 1, 2008 7:16 AM
    Subject: media inquiry

    Ms. Garbutt:

    I understand that you’ve run my info request past Mr. Thompson, and that’s fine.

    However, I’m still hoping to get the requested information concerning this award.

    I’d like to confirm whether he will receive the award. If so, can you tell me who nominated him and on what basis? I assume there will be a press release at some point?

    Thanks,

    Dennis McCauley
    Editor
    GamePolitics.com

    ——————————————————————————————

    From:  Dennis McCauley
    To:  Vicki J. Garbutt
    Sent:  Thursday, June 5, 2008 7:27 AM
    Subject: Media inquiry – 3rd request


    Ms. Garbutt:

    Dennis McCauley here, editor of GamePolitics.com.

    I’m at a bit of a loss to understand your lack of response to my inquiries, since Mr. Thompson himself has circulated an article (attached) concerning his award.

    That said, can you confirm whether Mr. Thompson is to be an honoree at the 2008 Freedom Awards Gala?

    If so, can you tell me who submitted him for the award and what is the basis for his award?

    Who are the other honorees? What are the general criteria for the award?

    As you may or may not know, Mr. Thompson is a bit of a controversial figure. We will be covering this story and would like to include input from either yourself or someone who can speak for the organization.

    Thanks,

    Dennis McCauley
    Editor
    GamePolitics.com

    ——————————————————————————————

    From: Jack Thompson
    To: Dennis McCauley
    Sent: Wednesday, June 11, 2008 10:09 AM
    Subject: Dennis…

    Here is the response of the Festival which has invited me to be honored in Utah before 250,000 people.  You are doing to me now what you have done with a Bar complaint you filed and the ""storming of my book from your site.  You have put Norm Kent into your mix with his posts at your site. Now you are using your ECA site to try to get me uninvited from Utah.  You are knowingly orchestrating an effort to get the Festival to un-invite me to punish me for my opposition to the illegal marketing of adult video games to children.
     
    I want you to understand, Dennis, what I warned you about:  You target me in this fashion at your own risk for damages to me.  You are currently violating federal criminal civil rights laws in doing what you are doing, and I am going to prove it. You are going to have to disgorge all of your communications with others, including with Norm Kent, and ECA and ESA, and anyone else about this. I showed up in court one day, and Norm had his file open to material from your site.  Duh.
     
    You may think you are clever.  You are not.  You are in harm’s way in litigation, and you have put yourself there.  You will be deposed in Kent v. Thompson for starters.
     
    This Freedom Festival stunt is just the latest installment.  I am going to ask you for the last time: Who is your attorney?  You need one. And Hal, ECA needs one too.
     
    Here is the Festival response.  I am one of four "heroes" to be honored.  I am humbled by it.  You are inconvenienced by it.  Your and ECA’s efforts to get me cancelled in this has failed.  If you are going to shoot someone, you’d best do so mortally.  You have shot at me and missed.  Big mistake.  I am coming after ECA, and I shall prevail:
     
    Jack,

    My mother-in-law gave me your book as a birthday present.  I’m a very busy person and rarely have time to read books (though I love to when I can) but I made the mistake to start yours one morning and couldn’t put it down until it was finished.  It was from this experience that I recommended you as an award recipient.  The book was read by this year’s festival president and executive director and I can affirm that we all had the same reaction, "this is the kind of person we want to recognize."

    We choose to recognize you for not only what you’ve done and are doing, but because we want to hold you up as an example of what we all should be doing.  Ours is an organization that has taken its share of arrows for inviting people to our events so I can assure you that we are unfazed by the attacks at this point.

    I personally look forward to meeting you and we all look forward to being inspired by your story and your example of a consecrated life to the Lord and his cause.

    Warmly your brother, [name redacted]

    ————————————————————————————————–

    From: Dennis McCauley
    To: Jack Thompson
    Sent: Wednesday, June 11, 2008 10:09 AM
    Subject: RE: Dennis…

    *You* sent me the announcement on your award. Was that because you *didn’t* want me to cover it?

    ————————————————————————————————–

    From: Jack Thompson
    To: Dennis McCauley
    Sent: Wednesday, June 11, 2008 10:29 AM
    Subject: RE: Dennis…

    Dennis, let me explain this one last time:  You are using a "news site" as an extortion mill.  The next thing I want to hear is from your attorney.  You are apparently too dumb to understand 2+2=4.  If you email me one more time, I will proceed in that regard as well.  Got that?

    ————————————————————————————————-

    From:  Dennis McCauley
    To:  
    ucadm.utahcnty@state.ut.us
    Sent:  Saturday, June 14, 2008 9:37 AM
    Subject: Media Request for Public Records

    Hello.

    My name is Dennis McCauley. I am the editor of GamePolitics.com, a popular website which tracks the nexus of politics and the video game sector.

    Utah County is listed as the sponsor for the “Freedom Awards Gala” of the American Freedom Festival (http://www.freedomfestival.org/public/sponsors ). Since the county government is sponsoring the gala, I am at this time making a public records request in relation to this event.

    My request concerns one of the honorees, a Florida attorney named Jack Thompson. Could you please furnish information detailing why Mr. Thompson is being honored, who recommended him and how he was selected?

    I have made this request three times to the event chairperson, but have not received the courtesy of a response. As this is a government-funded event, this request falls squarely into the area of public information, so I am turning to Utah County.

    Please contact me with any questions of concerns. An e-mail response is appreciated.

    Regards,

    -Dennis

    Dennis McCauley
    Editor / Founder
    GamePolitics.com

    "…where politics & video games collide"

    ——————————————————————————————-

    From:  Paul Warner
    To:  Dennis McCauley
    Sent:  Tuesday, June 17, 2008 8:01 PM
    Subject: Jack Thompson

    Dennis,

    America’s Freedom Festival at Provo is a non profit 501 (C) 3 organization with headquarters in Provo, Utah.  We have a Board of Trustees and a Board of Directors that oversee 25 events that take place on an annual basis.  Almost everyone involved is a volunteer with only 3 full time employees serving on a year round basis.  We hire 2 or 3 part time people during the 2 months before most of our events.  We probably have 2000 volunteers that serve during the year to help push the cause of Freedom, Families, God and Country.

    Our Board of Trustees nominates people to be honored and the Board approves the nominations.  We usually have 8 to 10 individuals each year nominated with the decision process taking place during a monthly  meeting of the Board.  We use our theme as the basis of the nominations.  Jack was nominated and approved.  He was contacted and he accepted.

    Paul Warner, Executive Director

    ——————————————————————————————–

    From:  Dennis McCauley
    To:  Paul Warner
    Sent:  Tuesday, June 17, 2008 8:09 PM
    Subject: RE: Jack Thompson

    Thanks, Paul, for the reply.

    May I ask whether Gayle Ruzicka is on the board?

    Also, would you be the Paul Warner who was formerly US Attorney in Utah?

    Regards,

    -Dennis McCauley

    ———————————————————————————————

    From:  Paul Warner
    To:  Dennis McCauley
    Sent:  Wednesday, June 18, 2008 10:33 AM
    Subject: RE: Jack Thompson

    Gayle is not on the board.  David McDougal is the chair of a Board of seven.  I know the Paul Warner who served as US Attorney in Utah but I was formerly a BYU administrator and teacher.

    ———————————————————————————————

    From:  Dennis McCauley
    To:  Paul Warner
    Sent:  Wednesday, June 18, 2008 11:24 AM
    Subject: RE: Jack Thompson

    Thanks, Paul.

    -Dennis
    ——————————————————————————————–

    GP: After this exchange with Warner, I decided I’d gotten all of the info I was going to get from the Festival people and basically moved on to other stories. No more e-mails referencing the award until this one from Thompson himself, making the false accusation that I tried to block his award and the equally false accusation that I was refusing to write about it:

    ———————————————————————————————

    From: Jack Thompson
    To: Dennis McCauley
    Sent: Thursday, July 3, 2008 12:22 PM
    Subject: 

    Dennis, you are such a tool.  You will print every single negative thing you can think of, even if it’s not news, and yet you can’t bring yourself to report what happened here last night, a night you tried to stop for me through your site.  Oh, the Festival people have told me all about you.
     
    When you get on the witness stand in the upcoming case, you and Hal and your little libel enterprise are dead meat.
     
    Jack Thompssn 

    UPDATE: I found a total of three additional e-mails from June 11th on this issue between Thompson and myself in a different e-mail folder, so I’ve added those. 

     

     

     


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    Shadow Darkman Anti-Thesis of Jack Thompson says:

    Thirded.

    He’ll mention me, "Frank," my Friend-Who-Will-Not-Be-Named (Not a Voldemort rip), and another friend. He’ll then call us all sinners who should burn (though at least three of us four are Christians, I don’t know about the (non-Voldemort rip) anonymous friend and I’m not asking him.

    I AM A LOST SOUL, CONDEMNED TO HAUNT THE DREAMS OF JOHN BRUCE "JACK" THOMPSON UNTIL HIS CRUSADE AGAINST VIDEO GAMES ENDS. SOMEONE, PLEASE! END MY SUFFERING!

  150. 0
    YeahWhatever says:

    I’ll second that.  His name-call will involve Dennis’s intelligence ("idiot", "moron", or somesuch).  He’ll also take a swipe at GamePolitics readers, conveniently forgetting that he’s one too.  And he’ll announce that this is the first step in his Big Secret Plan to reverse everything that’s happened to him in the past year or so.

    Eh, congratulations on the award, Jack.  I hope it makes you happy and was worth it.
     

  151. 0
    Anonymous says:

    Yes Jack, are you going to respond to me? I’d be very surprised if you did, and even more surprised if you could do so without insulting me or evading issues.

    You can take this as calling you out if you like. Your obviously quite an avid reader of this website, so I know you will read this as you’ve read every other comment.

  152. 0
    black manta says:

    Sounds like Ms. Garbutt was suspicious of you right off the bat, Dennis.  I guess to them any journalist  with whom they’re not familiar, they automatically assume to not share their values or ideals and thus assume they must have an "agenda."  That’s pretty telling of how insular they really are. 

    And of no doubt Jack supplied her with his own prejudiced and skewed account of his dealings with you.  It’s no wonder then, that you didn’t get a response from her considering what he thinks of you.

    And Sabbat, welcome aboard.  Nice critique of Jack, there.

  153. 0
    Ravenhawk ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Ah, Jack, Jack, Jack..

    You silly boy, you.

    I’m not even going to comment on the validity of your winning this… rather poorly named, insignificant award. No… My point of amusement comes from your response.

    Your usual attacks on Dennis are expected, but you write off this website, the only place that gives two shits what you’re up to, because the gamers who you insult, belittle, threaten, and attempt to legally restrict have negative comments about you?

    You act all injured that you were called a "douchebag" in the comments section of a website. You complain that this website is covering you "improperly" by not talking about your wonderful achievements (of which there are none) but at the same time, complain if your name isn’t appearing on their pages?

    There’s just no pleasing you, is there jackie boy?

     

    On another note, I like the picture of Jack with his copy of GTA4 better.

  154. 0
    Anthrax says:

    Oh Jack. Jacky, Jacky, Jacky, Jack. I’m very pleased to inform you that your time is almost up. With your looming disbarment, you’ll have to find another job, and nobody who was stupid enough to listen to you will take you seriously after you’ve been busted for lying and sending cruel emails to god knows how many people now. (is anybody keeping track?)

    Calling us nazis isn’t going to change that. Your award isn’t going to get you anywhere, and even if it does I doubt you’re smart enough to keep your prize for long.

    The gas tank is empty, and it’s going to take ten years of your life to fill it up again.

  155. 0
    wehrgeist says:

    Kind of a side note, but has anyone sat down and calculated how much money JT has cost taxpayers nationwide on failed legislation that he has helped to author?

     

     

     

     

    Trust is the sound of death.

  156. 0
    Anymonous says:

    Has JT ever done an speaking arrangement in a high school?  That’s the best way to get parents teachers scared about video games.  He should visit East Lansing High School.  It would be interesting to see how teachers from a succesful school(Top 3 percent of the US) would react to Jack Thompson because violent video game play is common here.  Yet this is a succesful area.  I for one would love the comedy show that he is when he speaks. 

    He has credentials too.  He can just talk about his recent award when asked about his credentials.  As long as he doesn’t mention he got it in Utah he might just get to talk to us about "murder simulators". 

    I really want this to happen so that the teachers and parents in our area learn not to take him seriously when he appears on "Faux News".

    Plus he makes me laugh.  It’s a strange thing that hypocrisy is always entertaining.

    So Jack, you up for it?

     

  157. 0
    Anonymous says:

    Nah, to honor Irony and what its about, the "Jackies" or "Jack-offs" awards should be handed out at video-game shows to honor those video-games we all love and praise as being "GAME OF THE YEAR" material. 

    Or you can go further and only give out those awards to the most violent and gory video-games that only jack himself would dub "murder simulators" or whatnot.

    Yours truly,

    Anonymous

  158. 0
    titantim says:

    If the evangelical Christians can make up stilly awards, why can’t we?

    We could make cute little trophies called "Jackies" or "Jack-offs" or something along those lines.  And send them to people who are making the world a worse place by attacking easy targets like games, movies, and music.

    I’m sure most people would decline the award, but Jack would be at the ceremony with a full tux.  He’d take any award as long as it keeps him in the spotlight.

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    Rodrigo Ybáñez García says:

    To Jack Thompson:

    This is a real hero: Ingrid Betancourt.

    She faced FARC terrorist organization and was kidnapped by six years. She faced a real threath and not some imaginary monster like you do. Also, she doesn´t abuse of the Bible and the name of Jesus and God like you often do.

    You, Mr. Thompson, are living in a peaceful country like USA but you still have the guts to create discord and hate in the people. And you think that self-masturbatory prize you won is a prove of anything? You are wrong.

    The cynical side of videogames (spanish only): http://thelostlevel.blogspot.com/ My DeviantArt Page (aka DeviantCensorship): http://www.darkknightstrikes.deviantart.com/

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    Anonymous says:

    but that scripture is saying to capture your OWN thoughts. you can’t do that to other people! you may show them how to do it but you can’t force feed them. that’s their own choice and not yours

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    Kincyr says:

    I’m not too sure, but I do know that the eye-for-eye thing was about when two men are fighting and one accedentally strikes a pregnant woman and her "fruit departs from her" (i.e. miscarriages): If there’s "mischief", he loses what she lost, whether it be an eye or a tooth (the line is "eye for eye, tooth for tooth". Pro-choice activists think that refers to the fetus, but keep in mind that infants have no teeth) If there’s no "mischief", he just pays a fine to the woman’s husband. Since the fetus would die either way, as it’s a miscarriage, the term "mischief" would have to refer to any damage done to the woman.

    Sorry for going off topic there, but yeah, I agree, people will take what they will.

    岩「…Ace beats Jack」

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    GRIZZAM PRIME says:

    And I’m sure there’s another passage that contradicts that, kinda like how the Bible says "an eye for an eye" but then says "turn the other cheek" and "vengeance is mine, sayith the lord". People will take what they will. PLEASE NOTE THAT I AM NOT CRITICISING CHRISTIANITY OR IT’S PRACTITIONERS.

     

    -If shit and bricks were candy and tits, we’d all be livin’ large. For information on games and psychology, look up: Jonathan Freedman(2002)Block & Crain(2007)Grand Theft Childhood, by Harvard Medical School researchers Larry Kutner and Cheryl Olson

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    thefremen says:

    The Wall Street Journal has an Editorial page, as does the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, hell even the NRA member ‘zine has Editorials.

    Deal with it, or stop reading news altogether.

  164. 0
    Anonymous says:

    News is relative and Dennis is entitled to an editorial. Also, did the JT story somehow swallow up all the stories under it? That seems to be what you’re insinuating by claiming it’s ALL GP reports on. If you don’t like a certain article, don’t read it, but don’t try taking it away just because it doesn’t suit YOUR definition of newsworthy. Personally, I enjoy the antics of JT.

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    Brandon St. Germaine says:

    Really GP?  We dont’ have any news to report on?  I don’t think I could be more sick of hearing about JT.  This isn’t even game pertinent, it’s just another chance to marr this idiot’s name, like it matters.  Don’t feed the trolls, and stop wasting the visitors time.  I used to read GP daily, but I’m so entirely sick of the bias and blog-ness of the site.  What happened to the reporting and steady stream of information you guys had for us?

  166. 0
    thefremen says:

    In other news, millions let congress and the senate know how they felt about federally funded spy programs that bypassed FISA and they let the issue go, only to try and sneak in a new bill and vote within 24 hours. Democracy doesn’t work when you have 2 choices and they both are douchebags.

  167. 0
    jadedcritic says:

    I think I can understand why Dennis is so interested in this, let’s face it, Jack has been a proverbial thorn in his paw for a great deal of time now. What I don’t quite understand is why it’s the subject of so much speculation to the rest of us. Let’s face it, it’s not a crime to be a jerk to those around you or we could’ve locked him up by now, (likely me as well).  Nor is it a crime to honor people who are jerks to those around them.

    Their credibility is their own to trash.  If they want to give one of these awards to Jack they’re within their rights to, and he’s entitled to receive.  However,  at the risk of going all Bradbury, actions have downstream consequences. If they want to give one of these "Freedom Awards" to Jack I wouldn’t want to wipe my butt with whatever’s left of the value of that award.  I’d put more stake in the value of the free prize I got in a box of corn flakes last week.  I mean really, if they wanted to ruin the program couldn’t they just embezzle the money and take off for a non-extradition treaty country?

    Now, I think I read some comments somewhere along the line implying that this is a federally funded program, ergo, we have a vested interest in seeing that these awards go to worthy recipients.  However, I would argue that somewhere, some federal funds are being spent just about every five seconds of every day.  That doesn’t mean any of us can do anything about it. Let’s face it.  Say we did want to do something about it, and we took up a petition for the festivals organizer’s asking either why he’s getting the award, or requesting it be given to someone more worthy.  What do you suppose would happen?  The festival’s organizers would track the petition back to us,  call us gamers and biased, and ignore it.  Either that or call Jackie and he’d call us gamers and biased and tell them to ignore it.

    My suggestion?  Sit back.  Enjoy the quiet time.  While Jackie’s in utah at least we know that he’s not off somewhere killing some other judge’s fax machine with motions that only make sense to him.

  168. 0
    SJ Zero says:

    To be fair, there’s no one definition of "conservative", because a bunch of non-progressive far-left radicals have stolen the word and redefined it.

    There’s one actual Conservative in government, and he’s Ron Paul. His views haven’t changed much in the 40 years he’s been in the congress. That’s pretty much the definition of conservative. Any defintion of conservative that requres the government to act differently than it has for the past 200 years, is inherently left-wing, in the classical sense that it means bringing about change.

  169. 0
    Adamas Draconis says:

    "A few buckets short of a sandbox that one is." has always been a personal favorite

    Hunting the shadows of the troubled dreams.

  170. 0
    Jabrwock says:

    Call me crazy, but I don’t think a group like America’s Freedom Festival handing out Freedom Awards to people like JT has a proper inventory of all their competitive spherical glass objects… 😉

    There’s another similar "Freedom" group in the US, but they honour veterans. You know, people who actually fought and died for freedom, not "fictionally sacrificed their career to protect the children FROM freedom…"

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

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    Kincyr says:

    well, II Corinthians 10:5 states "Bring into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ." As a result, bible-thumpers like Jack sound a lot like tyrants to me.

    岩「…Ace beats Jack」

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    Manuel deBettencourt ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Is it me or is the word Freedom used as a corporation label rather than the real definition of term?

    Because the last time I check, Freedom is the state of being free and not enslaved. Jack Thompson isn’t exactly a freedom fighter, more like a extremist like in the Middle East. Cause let me tell you, them and Jack Thompson have alot in common except for the term of killing but it’s sorta the same thing, they both benefit or get negative reactions from deaths involving violence.

  173. 0
    Xlorep DarkHelm says:

    With the understanding that Jack has *no* acheivements in the past to credit him with being anything remotely for freedom in the slightest. He has crusade after crusade to smash apart and cripple the First Amendment, of which, Video Games are only is most recent tirade.

    And as others pointed out, Jack didn’t get Stern off the air, except for on one radio station which was a bit extremist anyway and was looking for a reason to get him thrown off.

    "I’m not responcabel fer my comuter’s spleling errnors." — Xlorep DarkHelm

  174. 0
    Black Dragon says:

    Although I agree that Thompson is a poor choice for the award, I don’t think it’s right to belittle the award or ceremony because they selected him.

    OTHER than Jack, the selected individuals are very worthy and remarkable people; I was moved by the story of the pilot who was rescued, barely survived the hospital stay, and then jumped right back into a plane when he was done with therapy.

    Reading the article, all it lists is Thompson’s victories over the music and radio industry. Whatever you can say about his professional history or video game crusade, Howard Stern made a lot of Conservatives mad, and getting him off the air is a huge point in Thompson’s favor (for them).

    Sure, he doesn’t really deserve it, but it makes sense to me that these people would be willing to look at his achievements in the past and ignore all the more recent clamor (including his growing incontinence), even if people try to point it out to them. The awards certainly didn’t try to take a stance on video games.

    Of course, I could be wrong, and this could just be the Awards’ way of taking a quick jab in the culture war using their ceremony as a platform. But three-fourths of that ceremony looked right fine to me.

  175. 0
    Xlorep DarkHelm says:

    For the record, not all conservatives, and I’d even argue that not even the majority of conservatives hold views even remotely like this group does.

    "I’m not responcabel fer my comuter’s spleling errnors." — Xlorep DarkHelm

  176. 0
    Oz says:

    These conservatives have absolutly NO idea what the word freedom means. Jack Thompson is AGAINST freedom, he HATES freedom, he promotes forceful censorship and tyrany and tries to pass that off as "freedom" because everybody loves that word.

    Jack, what you preach is authoritarian censorship, which is totally on the other end of the scale. Go ahead and play your martyr card, I will play the worlds smallest violin for you.

    Wake up, you are an abusive conservative bully who slanders and/or sues everybody that doesn’t agree with you (which is an overwhelming majority of the western world) weather he be a employer, employee, lawyer, judge or politician.

  177. 0
    GTCv Deimos says:

    I think we should all take a moment to remember the wonderful film, BasketBall.

     

    "Where the hell are you from?"
    "Utah."

    "oh…. I’m sorry…"

  178. 0
    Kincyr says:

    he probably isn’t, as the personal sacrifice for "the kingdom of heaven" Jesus was talking about when he told his disciples, "He that is able to receive it, let him receive it" is to castrate oneself (Matthew 19:11-12) and we all know he never did that.

    Tragically, every year there are reported cases of Christian followers mutilating themselves because "the bible tells me so."

    岩「…Ace beats Jack」

  179. 0
    Anonymous says:

    Local governments are run by idiots.

     

    I’m happy the constitution is there to protect us from people like Jack Thompson.

     

    Jesus said, be not as the hypocrite. Jack, are you listening?

  180. 0
    black manta says:

    Very true.  Howard is arguably bigger, better and raunchier than ever since he went to Sirius satellite.  So he hasn’t gone away.  In fact, Howard is laughing all the way to the bank.  But in Thompson’s mind, if he can’t be heard on regular radio, then he simply doesn’t exist.

    Incidentally, shortly after Howard went there, JT had apparently tried to call the FCC on him again for doing the same things on satellite that he did on terrestrial radio.  That complaint went nowhere and Thompson has seemed to have given up after that.  But that little stunt proved that it wasn’t enough for Howard to be off regular radio and just on satellite.  He wanted him gone completely.

  181. 0
    Kincyr says:

    true, I read that Stern left the rest of the public airwaves because he was running out of ideas at the time. It’s just coincidence that when he re-emerged that it was on satellite radio.

    岩「…Ace beats Jack」

  182. 0

    Wow, apparently if you say it enough times, a lie becomes the truth.

    Jack Thompson did not get Howard Stern off public airwaves. Whenevr Thompson says it he makes it sound like he got Stern kicked off all terrestrial radio everywhere.

    He helped get him off of one station in Orlando. And this was a Clear Channel station, they had already been looking for an excuse to get rid of him (Clear Channel has an unapologetic neocon ethos as well as being borderline monopolists).

  183. 0
    Realist says:

    I have a twenty saying he’s going to make some sweeping remark about gamers, and perhaps call Dennis a few names. He might even throw a ‘neener-neener’ in to let us know it’s him for definite.

  184. 0
    MaskedPixelante says:

    I get the feeling he was submitted for this award as a joke, probably a couple of stoners who got some bad granola and said "heeeeeeey man, we should submit Jack Thompson for that American hero award, no WAY he’ll pass the preliminary screenings."

    —You are likely to be eaten by a Grue.

  185. 0
    Austin_Lewis says:

    I can’t take this award seriously.

    He’s done nothing but crusade against the freedoms that the festival should be supporting.  How they think he’s qualified is beyond me, but it looks like its politically motivated, not motivated by actually deserving the award.

  186. 0
    TBoneTony ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Even though it may be risky and also something the mainstream media will bullshit us about over and over again, lets have all of the gamers Utah hold a formal protest and shout out all of the things that Jack Thompson did wrong over his years of being a Lawyer in the Florida Bar and shout it out against all those christian conservatives

    “Jack Thompson…

    has been recommended for a 10-year disbarment by the Florida Bar

    has been judged guilty of 27 ethical offenses by a Florida judge, who is sending her recommendation to the Florida Supreme Court

    the 27 offenses include things like: “Knowingly making a false statement”, “Engaging in conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit or misrepresentation” and ” Engaging in conduct in connection with the practice of law that is prejudicial to the administration of justice”

    may no longer submit filings to the Florida Supreme Court, in part because he included porn pictures in a motion (and NOT in a pornography case)

    included gay porn pictures in a federal court filing (also not a pornography case)

    received a cautionary visit from the U.S. Marshals following a federal court filing in which he wrote “…enemy combatants at Guantanamo are to get more due process from federal judges than what I am to have. I guess my “mistake” was not killing 3000 people to make my point…”

    called for the impeachment of Utah’s Republican Attorney General when the AG suggested that a video game bill written by Thompson would be unconstitutional

    Now I may be in Australia, but if someone in my country was being awarded with an Australian of the year with a brain like Jack Thompson, I would probally do a formal protest and gather around many gamers and let the world know what this christian conservitive monster has done in the name of ‘oh, protect the children’

    makes me sick how some people award a person with such a thing not knowing what they have really done to many others of an opposing opinion and even to a law firm such as the Florida Bar.

    But that is life, and that is religion of the extreme for you, they only listen to those who support their view.

  187. 0
    Anonymous says:

    The question you have to ask yourself really is, would anyone in this board have known or cared about Thompson getting this award if Thompson himself had not lauded himself for it in as many places as possible beforehand?

    There’s a lesson to be learned there.

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