When Game Critics Collide: Jack Thompson Wishes Keith Vaz Would Find Another Issue

Yesterday, GamePolitics reported that British newspaper the Daily Mail had raised serious ethical questions about the conduct of Labour MP Keith Vaz in relation to a court case involving a political donor.

The coverage of Vaz, who has been the U.K.’s most vociferous video game violence critic over the years, prompted an unsolicited comment from Jack Thompson.

Thompson, of course, is the most strident of video game critics in the United States and one might be forgiven for assuming that he and Vaz share some common cause. Not so, apparently. Of Vaz, Thompson writes:

I had my own dealings with MP Keith Vaz regarding the Stefan Pakeerah matter. I found Vaz to be deceptive [and] unreliable…

 

He’s a political opportunist… I wish he would get the Hell off the video game issue.  People like him don’t help us. Boris Johnson, on the other hand, is credible, in my opinion.

The disbarred Miami attorney also questioned Vaz’s ethics. Although GP asked, Thompson did not provide any specifics as to what may have soured his relationship with Vaz.

Stefan Pakeerah was a 14-year-old constituent of Vaz’s who was murdered by a 17-year-old wielding a claw hammer in 2004. Rockstar’s Manhunt was newly available at the time and Vaz has sought to link the game to the killing ever since. Thompson, of course, is no friend of Rockstar’s, either.

Boris Johnson is a British conservative who is currently the Mayor of London. As GamePolitics has reported, Johnson has made comments linking illiteracy and knife crime to video games.

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  1. 0
    Erik says:

    If you are willing to trade freedom for saftey then you can always move to China.

    -Ultimately what will do in mankind is a person’s fear of their own freedom-

  2. 0
    NotSoHardcoreGamer says:

    Sage, I’m going to give you the benefit of the doubt and consider you to be speaking sincerely here, rather than "trolling".

    (FYI: "Trolling" is the public posting of inflammatory, scandalous or slanderous remarks on a message board for the purpose of inciting emotional stress and rage in other people, usually leading to those people expressing their shock and distress in response, thus providing evidence of such infliction to the "troll" from which he derives pleasure and satisfaction.)

    First, it is difficult to "misinterpret" his acts of broad and explicit arrogance and harrassment on people.  Critics who challenge him he directly and unequivocally calls "morons" (a direct example- his words, not mine) and other deragatory terms, usually accompanied by threats of lawsuits.  He is also known for calling you by phone or emailing you simply to insult you to your face and threaten you with his now-removed legal power.  He has done this to many members of this message board.

    Second, his disbarment was not even because of the cause he champions but because of 27 documented cases of harrassment, fraud, and legal misconduct.  You must note that Jack Bruce Thompson’s acts include sending gay porn as part of his legal documents to insult the courts.  There have been videos of him in court acting with utmost disrespect not just to the opposing counsels but even to the judges.  He has been caught lying to the courts several times and is known for humiliating and causing emotional stress to litigants.

    Third, you must consider that where his crusade is concerned, there are more productive, peaceful, reasonable and less aggravating ways for him to push his agenda.  Given the previous two, he has not shown any diplomacy, discussion or courtesy to anyone involved in media and video game influence studies.  He has shown aggression and rudeness to his opponents, and only that.  Where he has found allies, he has shown a blatant disregard for their being by immediately using their names and influence to his advantage without informing them or while making fraudulent remarks in their name.  Case in point: the National Institute of Media and the Family is scientifically-based thinktank genuinely concerned with the links between video games and violence.  Jack used their name in his crusade several times, but when the NIMF asked him to stop citing his behavior, especially attacking people, Jack immediately said that the NIMF director was being bribed by the video game industry, nevermind the NIMF being a legitimate critic of video games.  Note that Jack showed no evidence of such- his comment was based purely on NIMF’s distancing itself from him.

    Fourth, anywhere juvenile violence is concerned, Jack quickly and publicly associates such with video games despite a lack of facts or that the investigation is still on-going.  Case in point: Virginia Tech.  At the time, Sueng Hui-Cho, while having played video games in past, was not doing such while attending VTech, focusing on his studies albeit showing a lot of mental disturbance and violent tendencies.  Even during the TV interview where Jack himself asked an eyewitness (a fellow student of Cho’s) what Cho was doing with a computer, where the eyewitness replied that Cho was writing a short story, Jack insisted he was playing a computer game.  It’s neither easy to confuse a word processor with the graphics of any video game, nor is it easy to switch from Counter-Strike to word processor without people seeing it.

    We do not make him to be a demon in human guise.  We know he’s human.  But we also know, steadily and reliably documented, that he is behaving in one of the worst ways a human being and (ex) lawyer can as far as putting forward an agenda is concerned.  Being a Christian and "genuinely caring" for an issue neither demands nor requires doing what Jack has done to fellow human beings, from opponents to fellow lawyers to judges and the authorities to ordinary people like your or I.  It doesn’t help at all.

    For that matter, it even goes against what secular ethics and religious morality (I’m a practicing Christian, too) says.  Insulting people in public or threatening them constantly or practicing deceit in one’s profession is not the right way for anyone to carry out their lives.

    That he gleefully embraces conflict, grandstanding and hubris is not a sign of sincere crusader, but signifies someone who takes advantage of social issues and the tragedy in other people’s lives for his own purposes.

    Please do not think we are blindly mislabeling or misunderstanding him.  We know what he’s done.

  3. 0
    BearDogg-X says:

    Or two girls for that matter.

    Geaux Saints, Geaux Tigers, Geaux Hornets, Jack Thompson can geaux chase a chupacabra.


    Proud supporter of the New Orleans Saints, LSU, 1st Amendment; Real American; Hound of Justice; Even through the darkest days, this fire burns always

    Saints(3-4), LSU(7-0)

  4. 0
    Kincyr says:

    Jack doesn’t mourn the dead, he exploits them.

    As for misinterpreting, that’s the core of Jack’s agenda. Heck, that’s the reason there are so many sects of Christianity that don’t agree with each other.

    岩「…Where do masochists go when they die?」

  5. 0
    Rodrigo Ybáñez García says:

    It´s hard to ignore a cow blocking the highway, even if you can evade it, it still be blocking the way of others.

    Jack is the same. Yes, it would be better ignore him, but he is still politically alive, and there si some people who are willing to listen to him, and that´s why he is still a problem for everybody who plays videogames or produces them.

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

  6. 0
    State says:

    I really do wonder we people haven’t clicked that Mr. Thompson thrives on such attacks aimed at him, it keeps him in the public eye and helps him to publicise his cause, to make money (he couldn’t give a monkeys about games, he’s a lawyer and it’s an easy route to make money from suing games companies in his profession). The attacks on him only serve to prove his points that games are dangerous (due to the aggressive and abusive comments sent his way).

    He thrives from being seen as this boogie man, apparently out to destroy the so-called "righteous" American constitution. I’m surprised people haven’t tweaked and realised that it is best to ignore him rather than getting involved in any childish mud-slinging matches, that way he doesn’t get the publicity that he seeks.

  7. 0
    Erik says:

    I’m not saying you are unreasonable.  I say that you are sick and support an evil man.  But such is your right to say what you wish.  Free speech and all of that.  Guess what?  That same free speech extends to violent media.  Sorry.

    And Jack saying he loved the shootings in Germany just further proves that he is a massacare chaser.  No one would ever say they love such a detestable incedent, even if it supports their cause.

    -Ultimately what will do in mankind is a person’s fear of their own freedom-

  8. 0
    Sage says:

    That just shows how concerned he is. To do something that will destroy yourself in order to protect the lives of so many people, that would be extremely honorable to me.

    He "loves" shootings because it gives him the chance to change things. I think you guys are misinterpreting what he’s saying and making him out to be some demon in disguise as a man.

    So your saying i’m unreasonable? That’s a very offensive thing to say. I don’t take part in picketing funerals or anything. I just share belief’s with them on most points.

  9. 0
    Erik says:

    Jack is the one who makes Jack out to be a bad person.  Only a bad person would take joy in mass murder.  Jack said that he "loved" the recent shootings in Germany. 

    But really you came out of the closet as a troll the moment you mentioned Westboro Baptist Church.  No reasonable person, Christian or non, support that group in any form.

    -Ultimately what will do in mankind is a person’s fear of their own freedom-

  10. 0
    Sage says:

    I’m not sure what a troll is, but if sharing my views which are different then everyone elses is being a "troll" then I guess I am one. And i’m not a member of WBC, but we share similar views. The WBC takes things a little too far though, and that’s why the government has labeled them as such. But if you take a look at the teachings themselves, they for the most part make sense.

    I admit i’m not best friends with Jack, and I feel he (aswell as WBC) take things too far. But he’s not as bad a person as you all make him out to be. He’s truely trying to help people, but he’s also trying to make money from it aswell. Kinda makes sense to make money while doing what you feel is right.

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    magic_taco says:

    Yup, When Sage mentioned Westboro, Im thinking… Yep, It is a Troll, WBC has already been classified by the  U.S goverment as a Hate Group and Terrorist Organization.

    Sage, You’ll never learn from the likes of John Bruce Thompson, this man aint nothing but a well-endugled hypocrite and a slightly professional "I give a shit only for myself cause to me, your moot.", This man just wants to piss on the freedom of speech as usual,Not to mention his little "moral crusades" arent anything but failing attempts of a get-rich quick scheme.

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    LAG - Law Abiding Gamer says:

    A POX on the Rouge Christians! The same curse on the Vert Christians and the Jaune Christians!

    ONLY THE BLEU FONCE CHRISTIANS ARE PURE AND WILL PREVAIL!

    ALL OTHER CHRISTIANS OF FRENCH COLOR WILL PERISH FROM THE EARTH!

    That said, I agree with the sentiment of this thread.  JT’s actions are among the least Christian that I can remember seeing by a public figure, right up there with another recently deposed public figure…

    ***Homicide-free video gaming since 1972!***

  13. 0
    Sage says:

    Please don’t insult me, I just want to discuss with you all about these topics and hopefully some of you will understand my views. You should look into the Westboro Baptist Church’s teachings, as they will hopefully change your mind on these issues and your understand my views.

  14. 0
    jdecamp says:

    "We need to put our foot down on things like mass shootings, rape, and homosexuals right?".

     

    Mass shootings – yes. Gotta stop those.

    Rape – yes. Gotta stop that too.

    Homosexuals? WTF? Where does that even compare to the first two.

     

    Congratulations Sage, you’re an asshole.

  15. 0
    BearDogg-X says:

    Are you mildly retarded, jabroni?

    We really need to put our foot down on idiotic, asinine attempts circumvent the Constitution.

    As I’ve been saying, if you’re going to infringe on a Constitutional right like freedom of speech based on the claim that the speech in question is “dangerous”, then you better damn well show absolute proof of that. It’s NEVER been done. There is no proof that any harm will come of anyone playing a “violent” video game.

    If there is a danger so clear and so threatening to the American people that causes these self-righteous politicians to step on the First Amendment, wouldn’t any rational thinking person have to believe that the danger would have to be so obvious and clear that there would be no argument against it? Especially since you’re directly contradicting a Constitutional amendment.

    We, the American people, have not been given any valid reason to believe that this abridging of our freedom of speech is necessary. There just simply isn’t any evidence at all of any danger from “violent” video games. This “protection” from “violent” video games isn’t needed or wanted for that matter, but please feel free to use everyone’s tax dollars for protection from things like a 10-foot storm surge from a Category 3 or greater hurricane or the fuselage of a 747 airplane entering the workplace or the home.
     

    And as far as the Metropolitian Moron of Miami Thompson goes, a "good Christian" doesn’t bear false witness like he has to various people and companies. A "good Christian" doesn’t teach kids that it’s OK to lie to get the results you want. And that it’s OK to put price tags on dead bodies.

    Here’s a quote that best describes Thompson and the mainstream media, from a deleted scene from the school shooting episode of the TV show One Tree Hill, by Brooke Davis(played by Sophia Bush) after a news reporter asked her how she was feeling while the standoff was still going on:

    “You should be ashamed of yourself. There are kids inside our school fearing for their lives right now, terrified that someone’s going to put a gun in their face and pull the trigger, and you want to know how I’m feeling?! Our pain is not a commodity for you, it’s not a newsbite to boost your ratings, because tomorrow, or the next day, or the next week when we go back to school, changed forever by a day that will never leave us, where are you going to be? At the next tragedy, thrusting your microphone in the face of the next fractured person, asking them how they feel? Lady, that is not journalism. You are not contributing anything to society. You’re buzzards circling the carnage, but you prey on the living. That is how I’m feeling, but something tells me that you’re not going to hear that.”

    One last comment: Since you seem to buy into Thompson’s liberal interpretation of cause and effect, if you want true "safety", we’d have to ban everything from cars, bicycles, cigarettes, all sports, all television, all movies, all theatrical plays(President Lincoln was shot and killed by John Wilkes Booth at a play in Ford Theatre), all books(including the Bible), and so on and so on.

    And have absolutely nothing to live for. 

    So how does Thompson’s ass taste since you have your lips hermetically sealed to his butt?

    Geaux Saints, Geaux Tigers, Geaux Hornets, Jack Thompson can geaux chase a chupacabra.


    Proud supporter of the New Orleans Saints, LSU, 1st Amendment; Real American; Hound of Justice; Even through the darkest days, this fire burns always

    Saints(3-4), LSU(7-0)

  16. 0
    Sage says:

    Okay, while Jack might not be the most "ethical" lawyer, he’s still doing his best to keep the children safe, and isn’t safety really all that matters? I think Benjamin Franklin had it all wrong. We need to put our foot down on things like mass shootings, rape, and homosexuals right?

  17. 0
    Gift says:

    "Jew-Hating"? I don’t think a spat with a single reporter is grounds for that comment. He was certianly a total tosser, Godwin-ing a Jewish reporter was spectacularly offensive.

    Anyway, in both instances Londoners have got the Mayors they voted for and thus deserve.

    Gift.

  18. 0
    Gift says:

    He isn’t, underneath the veneer he’s quite cunning… but that’s not really what wins him votes. I doubt most Londoners would have voted for him if they paid closer attention to his career as an MP.

    Gift.

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    PHX Corp says:

    Nope, I’m just saying that he’s a rouge Christian(I did not mention Transvestite in that statement)

    Watching JT on GP is just like watching an episode of Jerry springer only as funny as the fights

  20. 0
    State says:

    There has only been one other Mayor to compare him with and that is Jew-hating Ken Livingston (whose arrogance allowed him to get away with some quite corrupt things).

  21. 0
    magic_taco says:

    "Jack Thompson is an IRL Troll, and he is one of the best. We will never reform that kind of madness."

    Funny, I Recalled he claims that he actually posts his real name and ridcules us for being anon or in his description "cowards" ,When after getting his legal bannings from dennis, He comes back in a brand new SN that doesnt have his name involved like that old Saultyarus SN.

  22. 0
    GoodRobotUs says:

    If I were to be blunt, I don’t actually dislike the man as a person, he’s rather amusing, in a harmless, totally unaware sort of way, and well intentioned for the main part, though it hasn’t got past my attention that this image has allowed him to get away with things that no other Mayor would be able to have got away with, so I have a sneaking suspicion he might be a lot smarter than he lets on.

  23. 0
    TBoneTony says:

    Yeah, kinda ironic and a bit hipocritical.

    Perhaps JT should try to apply those same words to himself and try to understand them about what he has done.

    Perhaps that is the only way that he could become a better person.

  24. 0
    BearDogg-X says:

    Smoking those funny cigarettes again? Their actions have zilch to do with "protecting children" and everything to do with fame and maybe fortune.

    "They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety." – Benjamin Franklin, one of the Founding Fathers of the United States.

    Geaux Saints, Geaux Tigers, Geaux Hornets, Jack Thompson can geaux chase a chupacabra.


    Proud supporter of the New Orleans Saints, LSU, 1st Amendment; Real American; Hound of Justice; Even through the darkest days, this fire burns always

    Saints(3-4), LSU(7-0)

  25. 0
    PHX Corp says:

    EDIT: woops should’ve put it under kincyr’s post

    Watching JT on GP is just like watching an episode of Jerry springer only as funny as the fights

  26. 0
    Kincyr says:

    I remember once, in the LiveJournal days, Thompson claimed he’d do a deal with Satan himself to get rid of Video Games, and I think that is indicitative of exactly how Christian Thompson really is.

    HA! if only that quote was still around, his buddies at the Eagle Forum would have a field day with it.

    EDIT: found it, http://gamepolitics.livejournal.com/252089.html?thread=19148729#t19148729

    岩「…Where do masochists go when they die?」

  27. 0
    Kincyr says:

    well he’s not upholding Jesus’ "the enemy of my enemy is my friend" teaching, that’s for sure

    岩「…Where do masochists go when they die?」

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    Erik says:

    I’m curious to just how you think these people will make the world "safer for the children".

    -Ultimately what will do in mankind is a person’s fear of their own freedom-

  29. 0
    Erik says:

    ""I know Jack and he sure can be a jerk when he doesn’t get his way. I don’t think he’d lie to anyone though. He’s very Christian, always upholding those values."

    Ahem.  From Jack’s Wikipedia article:

    "In May 2008, Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Dava Tunis, after reviewing 2,400 pages of transcripts and 1,700 pages of exhibits, recommended that Thompson be found guilty of 27 of the 31 violations of which he had been accused, including making false statements to tribunals, disparaging and humiliating litigants and other lawyers, and improperly practicing law outside of Florida."

     

    -Ultimately what will do in mankind is a person’s fear of their own freedom-

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    Mattsworkname says:

    You know, it seems to me like Jack is just upset that Vaz has actually had some level of success where as thompson lost his license and never acomplished more then being an annoying jerk. Vaz is a fool, and an idiot, but he’s at least actuall got some level of power. Jacks got nothing, beyond a long string of failures.  Still, lets just pray that he, Vaz, and that dirtbag from austrailia don’t ever get together, or else the industry will have to go nuclear get them to shut up.

    Yukimura is still here.

    "Well done Yukimura. You are japans greatest hero. Now, the chaos ends." Spoken by Tokugawa Ieyasu to Yukimura sanada just moments before Yukimuras death in Samurai warriors 1. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HR9qIUXOjYY

  31. 0
    JDKJ says:

    Looks like it’s time for a Thompson 101 refresher course:

    The one and only cause which Jack Thompson’s truly interested in furthering is the greaterment of Jack Thompson. Everything else, including all the "Christian" bullshit, is simply a means towards that end.  

  32. 0
    GoodRobotUs says:

    Well, he’s not doing it in a very Christian way, for my part, I think Thompson just sees Christianty as a useful springboard, he talks the talk, certainly, but just as certainly, he doesn’t have the strength of character to walk the walk.

    I remember once, in the LiveJournal days, Thompson claimed he’d do a deal with Satan himself to get rid of Video Games, and I think that is indicitative of exactly how Christian Thompson really is.

  33. 0
    JC says:

    I don’t know, I always figured Christian values to be about love and not spreading hate and bigotry along with lying. I say Thompson representing Christian values is a gross misrepresentation itself.

    I haven’t brushed up on religion in a long time though and I haven’t practiced a faith in 14 years. I may be wrong on what Christianity is suppose to represent.

     

  34. 0
    GoodRobotUs says:

    Well, in a way, he does represent the actual values, of protecting children, and fighting against what you see an injustice, the problem is he’s lost track of how or why he is doing it.

    He pursues Christian ideals, he just doesn’t do them in a way that is the least bit Christian. Sorry to say Sage that Thompson has been proven to be a liar on several occasions, if you want, I could go through them, but it’s a long winded list and I won’t unless I really have to.

    If he wanted a dialogue, if he wanted to understand why people are defending games so vehemently, instead of merely assuming we are all ‘Video Game industry flunkies’ or ‘Drug addled morons’ then maybe he’d deserve a little more credibility, but as it is now, he is simply a voice of unreasoning hatred against everyone who dares think that adult games are, whilst offensive on occasion, not dangerous.

    It sort of annoys me, because, like ‘slasher movies’ 20 years ago, stuff like this’ popularity increases exponentially with the number of attempts to censor or control it, and with the number of people yelling about it from the rooftops.

  35. 0
    Loudspeaker says:

    Wow…

    How much did JT pay you to post here?

    I’m not a Christian, however, from my gaming bretheren here who are I can safely say Jack Thompson DISBARRED attorney does not represent Christian values.

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

  36. 0
    Sage says:

    I don’t know much about that Vaz guy, but I know Jack and he sure can be a jerk when he doesn’t get his way. I don’t think he’d lie to anyone though. He’s very Christian, always upholding those values.

  37. 0
    GoodRobotUs says:

    Welcome back :)

    Whilst I respect their wish to make the world a better place, it’s not their beliefs that are the problem. They think that ‘their’ way is the only way that is acceptable of ‘fixing the world’, and they are far more inclined to make sure the world is a ‘better place’ for them personally, they don’t actually much care if it’s a better place for anyone else, they simply use the ‘help that parents, protect the children’ line because it’s kind of like a political multi-plug, it’ll work in any situation.

    Vaz isn’t a total waste of space as a person, neither is Thompson, but they are, however, selfish, vindictive, deliberately stupid and the kinds of people who will happily use misrepresentation and lies to get their own way.

    They can go after Video Games if they like, that’s not a problem with me, but what amazes me is that they are far too insecure to actually do so on a level playing field, they have to try and twist the crowd against us, because if they didn’t, they are afraid that the truth would defeat their prejudice.

  38. 0
    Sage says:

    I think you guys are being a little bit unfair to these people…you call them "political opportunists", but all they really want to do is help society by keeping our children safe and away from anything that will cause them to lose their moral views. I for one, support these guys and hope they suceed in making the world safer for our children.

  39. 0
    HarmlessBunny says:

    LMAO!!!!!!!!! Wow Jack wins hypocrite of the week :)

    Though thinking about it…Keith is so hated and reviled that even Jack says that Keith is a scumbag… That really does say something….

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    DarkSaber says:

    TO be honest, I don’t think Boris Johnson is quite the bumbling buffoon he appears to be..

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    I LIKE the fence. I get 2 groups to laugh at then.

  41. 0
    State says:

    The mother of the murdered teen made many calls to get the game banned (with some shops temporarily obliging), and started many campaigns against the game. It then turned out that the public was mislead over the game when in turned out that it was indeed 17-year-old Pakeerah who owned the 18-rated game, and not the murderer who had strong links to drug crime and was believed to be in debt to some of the gangsters. The question was never asked whether Mrs. Pakeerah bought the game for her son (as he was underage to purchase it himself) and whether her calls were for the outright ban of the game were well and truly unjustified if she had bought the game herself.

  42. 0
    jadedcritic says:

    "He’s a political opportunist… I wish he would get the Hell off the video game issue.  People like him don’t help us."

    Good lord, how bad do you have to be for even Jack Thompson to acknowledge that you’re not helping the cause?

  43. 0
    DavCube says:

    …This is coming from a guy who thought the ‘video game dilemma’ was more important than the Hurricane Katrina relief effort at the time?

    Oh right, it’s only important if he’s involved, right, i forgot. "I’m the savior, i did it single-handedly, screw everyone else," right? Yeah. What WAS I thinking?

  44. 0
    aphexbr says:

    "Stefan Pakeerah was a 14-year-old constituent of Vaz’s who was murdered by a 17-year-old wielding a claw hammer in 2004. Rockstar’s Manhunt was newly available at the time and Vaz has sought to link the game to the killing ever since."

    Even a cursory glance at that case shows what a drooling idiot Vaz actually is. Pakeerah was murdered by a guy called Warren LeBlanc in a rather disturbing and unprovoked crime. Several of the tabloids got wind of the fact that a copy of Manhunt was found at the scene, and they tried to blame Manhunt for inciting the murder.

    Of course, there was zero evidence of this. The copy of the game found belonged to Pakeerah, not LeBlanc. Beyond anecdotal claims, there’s no evidence LeBlanc ever played it. In fact, the very next day, police made a formal statement denying that the game had anything to do with it. The motive for the murder was robbery, pure and simple.

    The case should have ended there, and invesitgations made into the more realistic causes of the crime (drugs, abuse, mental issues), why any warning signs were missed and how to prevent anything similar happening again. Of course, these are mundane and don’t grab headlines, so Vaz continues to lie and deflect resources from the real issues. When your career depends on distorting and lying about an issue that even Scotland Yard have outright denied is true, you’re clearly worthless.

    So, on the rarest of occasions, I find myself agreeing with Thompson. Not that he’s any better, but I suppose it takes one to know one… As for Boris, does anyone really take him seriously? I thought he was just the bumbling fool that made a few funny appearences on Have I Got News For You (comical British panel news show) and got elected by default when Londoners got tired of Ken Livingstone.

     

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  45. 0
    Azhrarn says:

    Different show in this case (Deep Space 9, rather than the Next Generation), but yes Facepalms are fairly common and you can probably find them for every captain and first officer regardless of series.

     

  46. 0
    Deamian says:

     

    "I found Vaz to be deceptive [and] unreliable…

    He’s a political opportunist…"

    You two share so much though… Why did it had to end like this? 

  47. 0
    JDKJ says:

    @EZK:

    Now that you mention it, I do recall Dava Tunis saying pretty much the same thing about Thompson. But, as I also recall, her opinion carried just a little bit more weigh and effect than does Thompson’s opinion about Vaz.

  48. 0
    HoRnO says:

    When the whole Pakeerah matter hit the headlines I seem to remember that Thompson either contacted or tried to contact the family, I guess when they went with the ambulance chasing political instead of the ambulance chaing lawyer it irked him.

  49. 0
    Zerodash says:

    It is absolutely incredible that Jack Thompson, THE MOST CORRUPT POLITICAL OPPORTUNIST in the anti-games debate, would even bother make a statement about Vaz. 

    I guess Narcissistic Personality Disorder does that to people.

  50. 0
    Rodrigo Ybáñez García says:

    I had my own dealings with MP Keith Vaz regarding the Stefan Pakeerah matter. I found Vaz to be deceptive [and] unreliable…

    He’s a political opportunist… I wish he would get the Hell off the video game issue. 

    Can´t believe he can´t stand somebody stealing his "thunder", lol. What a pansy.

     

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    BearDogg-X says:

    As EZK already said, Thompson’s criticizing Vazgina’s ethics, yet Thompson himself was disbarred for 27 counts of harrassment, unethical behavior, and fraud.

    It takes a dishonest, unreliable person to know one, then.

    Pot, meet Kettle indeed.

    Geaux Saints, Geaux Tigers, Geaux Hornets, Jack Thompson can geaux chase a chupacabra.


    Proud supporter of the New Orleans Saints, LSU, 1st Amendment; Real American; Hound of Justice; Even through the darkest days, this fire burns always

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    NotSoHardcoreGamer says:

    Philosophers and wise men from ages past have long pointed it out, while psychologists and shrinks have confirmed it:

    It is easy to see your faults in other people, but never in yourself.

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    Gift says:

    Hilarious stuff really, comedy mayor gets a good word from a comedy (ex) lawyer.

    Still good ol’Boris eh? Proof positive, Londoners have a sense of humour.

    Gift.

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    beemoh says:

     >Boris Johnson, on the other hand, is credible, in my opinion.

    And that, my friends, is why we all believe Thompson just to be a little bit not right in the head.

    /b

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    JustChris says:

    He’s a troll of all trolls. Trolling even the trolls that troll the same things as him. When two trolls collide one of two things happen (and strange that they are opposite things). They join forces out of their mutual dislikes, or one troll considers the other one competition and starts to badmouth him.

    This reminds me of a situation at a message board where a rabid anime-hater made fun of all the anime fans and made slanderous remarks about them. Then one day another person started the same anti-anime diatribe, and the first guy’s reaction? "STFU! No one takes my ideas!"

    That’s JT all right, always having an obsession over forming enemies (he boasts about it in his book).

    GameSnooper

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    Ryno says:

    "somewhat ironic"? Are you freaking kidding me? Jack’s statement requires a whole new quantum leap on the irony meter. The device has not yet been built that can register that level of irony without exploding. I don’t know that there’s a name for a number large enough to measure how ironic Jack is.

    Pure comedy gold from our favorite court jester.

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    Vake Xeacons says:

     ROTFF!!! This is hilarious! JT, you oughta be a stand-up! 

    And yes, it’s JT not wanting to compete for attention with Vaz. JT tried to pwn the the Pakeerah case. And since the disbarment, people (beside Utah) are ignoring him, while Vaz just seems to be getting more and more spotlight.

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    Vash-HT says:

    I find it somewhat ironic that his words about Vaz could be directly applied to himself, he jsut doesn’t want Vaz taking any of his spotlight I guess.

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    Kincyr says:

    Wasn’t there some saying about the enemies of my enemy are my friends, or something along those lines.

    yes, it is currently attributed to being a teaching of Jesus. For someone who claims to be a christian, it’s amazing he didn’t consider this one bit.

    岩「…Where do masochists go when they die?」

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    Monte says:

    There is, but it can be a bit of a foolish saying; so many things can go wrong with it since i kinda implies taking on friends blindly… i mean, in the short term it works out well, but not so much in the long term; if you are not careful, the friend’s we make due to them being "enemies of our enemies" could end up becoming our enemies… not to mention that those "friends" could end up doing more damage than good for your cause. I mean, look at the crap in the middle east… factors like Sadam and Afganistan were orginally products of the US; the country was very anti-commie and thus quick to support anyone who shared the sentiment… but down the line these very same forces the US supported wound up becoming our enemies… and it still goes on today; countires terrible governments and such that are just as bad as any other are supported just because they are willing to be more supportive to us then our enemies

    hell we can even relate this to the anti-gaming issue… essentially a lot of the anti-game critics would be far better off if they did not try to get Jack’s assitance; his methods only serve to hurt their cause. and make the rest of them look bad… i remeber a long while back, NIMF while they are a bunch of morons were smart enough to put a good deal of distance between themselves and Jack…

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    Dragoon1376 says:

    Wasn’t there some saying about the enemies of my enemy are my friends, or something along those lines.

    First secure an independent income, then practice virtue. -Greek Proverb

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    JC says:

    Jack is an attention whore, he wants to have all the attention for himself. Jack can’t compare with goofy mugshot though… I thin Vaz still has the silliest.

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    Vordus says:

     It’s the difference between being an opinionated pundit who doesn’t really know what they’re talking about, and actually being in power and having to generate an economy and balance a budget. It is, at least, better than them berating games for some kind of fictionalised downfall of society when they’re actually in power, as so many of them do…

    But then, Boris has been in my good books (despite being a Tory) since he berated Keith Vaz in an expletive-filled phone call last month, so if you mention it again in a couple of months time, I may be less apathetic about his flip-flopping :P.

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    Nocturne says:

    I would love to see a discussion between Jack Thompson and Boris Johnson, if just to see how long it takes until JT snaps trying to get a coherant sentance out of him.

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