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Game of Thrones Author Blasts ‘Racists and Oligarchs’ Who Support Photo ID Voting
NewsBusters.org ^ | August 14, 2012 | Ryan Robertson

Posted on 08/14/2012 6:05:06 PM PDT by Kaslin

It was widely reported back in June that the producers of the HBO series “Game of Thrones” deliberately used a gruesome image of former president George W. Bush’s head impaled on a stake during the drama’s season one finale. The backlash was so great that DVD shipments were halted, digital copies were edited, and an apology was issued via press release.

Now the author of the books, George R.R. Martin has shown his true colors, blaming conservatives in swing states for what he called “voter suppression”.

In a recent blog post titled “Show Us Your Papers”, the avowed Democrat from New Jersey who thinks Obama is “the most intelligent president we’ve had since Jimmy Carter,” (really) launched a diatribe that accused Republicans of disenfranchising large groups of minority voters in an attempt to steal the election by trying to impose voter ID laws. 

“I am way too busy these days for long political rants,” he wrote. “But I would be remiss if I do not at least make passing mention of how depressed, disgusted, and yes, angry I’ve become as I watch the ongoing attempts at voter suppression in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Florida, Iowa, and other states where Republicans and their ‘Teabagger’ allies control key seats of power.”

The Huffington Post couldn’t resist picking up the story, partly because of the steady stream of comments that were “overwhelmingly in agreement with Martin’s words.” It was also just the excuse HuffPo needed to reiterate the so-called legitimacy of the study that somehow proved the scarcity of voter fraud, further “undermining the rationale behind voter ID laws.”

Martin is one of many liberals who have tried to demonize the legislation by referring to it as a new kind of poll tax, but voter fraud is still a legitimate concern according to a recent Judicial Watch report.

 


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: fantasy; gameofthrones; georgerrmartin; lard; martin; teaparty; voterfraud; voterid
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1 posted on 08/14/2012 6:05:13 PM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

It sounds like fatboy has a problem with democracy. He needs to stick to doing whatever the hell it is that he does for a day job. Fat, white boys throwing the race card is very unAmerican.


2 posted on 08/14/2012 6:08:44 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (You win some, you lose some and some you don't suit up for.)
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To: Kaslin

Someone should tell this Martin fella that a recent Washington Post poll has determined that Voter ID is supported by 60 percent of the Dems and 65 percent of the blacks.


3 posted on 08/14/2012 6:09:08 PM PDT by chopperman
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To: Kaslin

I read the first few books in this series when they came out, and very much enjoyed them. But I feel no great urge to read the new novels of the revived series, which appears to have been revived because he stands to make some good money from the TV series.

There was a long delay, and the reviews aren’t good. Nor do I feel any great urge to re-read the first books at this point.


4 posted on 08/14/2012 6:11:37 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Kaslin

Another nobody weighs in. There’s really nothing to say but to respond to the ickin’ fudiot in kind.


5 posted on 08/14/2012 6:12:36 PM PDT by skeeter
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To: Kaslin

Morbidly obese Colonel Sanders is so very, very disappointed in you all.

6 posted on 08/14/2012 6:13:07 PM PDT by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle ("If you're not fiscally AND socially conservative, you're not conservative!" - Jim Robinson, 9-1-10)
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To: Kaslin
New Jersey who thinks Obama is “the most intelligent president we’ve had since Jimmy Carter,”

LOL! Well, that shows he has the IQ of a bed bug.

7 posted on 08/14/2012 6:17:43 PM PDT by VeniVidiVici (Congrats to Ted Kennedy! He's been sober for two years now!!)
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To: Kaslin
trying to impose voter ID laws

Tying hell, we're succeeding and I even had to check a box affirming that I'm a legal citizen of the USA. LOL
8 posted on 08/14/2012 6:18:00 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: Kaslin
[“But I would be remiss if I do not at least make passing mention of how depressed, disgusted, and yes, angry I’ve become. . .”]

Nothing a week or two of binge eating won't relieve.

9 posted on 08/14/2012 6:20:02 PM PDT by Brad from Tennessee (A politician can't give you anything he hasn't first stolen from you.)
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To: Kaslin

Try to swipe a slice of his pizza and he’ll rip your arm off.


10 posted on 08/14/2012 6:20:11 PM PDT by JPG (Make it happen.)
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To: Kaslin

Eligible for the draft during the Vietnam War, to which he objected, Martin applied for and obtained conscientious objector status; he instead did alternative service work for two years as a VISTA volunteer.

11 posted on 08/14/2012 6:22:42 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: Kaslin

Haven’t read the books. Watched both HBO mini-series. They’re okay. Each episode is typically a rotation of sex scenes, fight scenes, and characters telling one another war/whore stories (depending on the gender of the speaker).

Eventually, it turns into one dang thing after another: a sex scene, a fight scene, a tall tale, a fight scene, a tall tale, a sex scene, a tall tale, a sex scene, a fight scene... It’s easy to lose track of who is who and why you even care after a while. Especially after Rob Stark dies. “Dragon Lady” is the only stand-out character at this point.


12 posted on 08/14/2012 6:25:00 PM PDT by BradyLS (DO NOT FEED THE BEARS!)
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To: Kaslin

George wrote one of the more beautiful short SF stories I’ve read, “A Song for Lya.” Unfortunately, that was back in ‘74. He’s had plenty of time to get full of himself, and apparently, full of BS, too.


13 posted on 08/14/2012 6:25:16 PM PDT by Pearls Before Swine
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To: Kaslin

TUESDAY ADDENDUM: Okay, this has been running several days now, has been featured on HUFFINGTON POST and ABC news, referenced on Stephanie Miller, and no doubt countless other people. We have had four hundred messages, and I think everyone has had their say, and everything that needs to be said has been said. Generally eight or ten times. There are plenty of links and references in the comment threads for those who would like to know more about these voter suppression efforts. If you don’t want to dig through the links, start with the Brennan Center for Justice and get the facts.

There’s no sense in letting this spin on in circles forever. I am locking comments. Back to Westeros and worldcon and similar subjects, boys and girls.

http://grrm.livejournal.com/287215.html


14 posted on 08/14/2012 6:31:51 PM PDT by kcvl
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To: BradyLS
SPOILER ALERT!

After the fact, any way. You're mentioning stuff that hasn't aired yet. Just saying.

15 posted on 08/14/2012 6:32:56 PM PDT by Tanniker Smith (Rome didn't fall in a day, either.)
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To: raven92876

ping


16 posted on 08/14/2012 6:32:56 PM PDT by stylecouncilor (Some minds are like soup in a poor restaurant...better left unstirred.-PG Wodehouse)
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To: Kaslin

Well, nobody ever said you had to be smart to be a fiction writer. All I know is I won’t be putting any more of my hard-earned money in this guys pocket.


17 posted on 08/14/2012 6:33:05 PM PDT by fidelis (Zonie and USAF Cold Warrior)
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To: Kaslin
feh...
18 posted on 08/14/2012 6:33:49 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Kaslin
By the way, I had no problem with them using George W. Bush's severed head in the place of the only honorable person in seven freakin' kingdoms.
19 posted on 08/14/2012 6:34:45 PM PDT by Tanniker Smith (Rome didn't fall in a day, either.)
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To: BradyLS

I watch it too on HBO and the series is okay. If I wanted to read his books I would use the library. I certainly wouldn’t buy them.


20 posted on 08/14/2012 6:36:28 PM PDT by I Drive Too Fast
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To: Tanniker Smith

Sorry to the followers! I should have said: “The Sean Bean character.”

See? I can’t even keep the Starks straight!


21 posted on 08/14/2012 6:36:28 PM PDT by BradyLS (DO NOT FEED THE BEARS!)
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To: Cicero

“I read the first few books in this series when they came out, and very much enjoyed them. But I feel no great urge to read the new novels of the revived series, which appears to have been revived because he stands to make some good money from the TV series.”

The series was never dead. It just took him more than a half decade to write book four because his handling of the characters and the plot was so disorganized.

I really loved the first 3 books, and I was getting a little mad at the time it took him to write book four. I would go to his website for news from time to time, and he would be whining about how hard it was.

When book four finally came out, I was so incredibly angry about how awful it was. I had to wait 6 years for that??? I was angry for years about it. On the other hand, I can name very few series that didn’t have at least one worthless book (Jordan, for example, had 3 or 4). Book 5 came out right before the show started, and I clenched my teeth and bought it, as there are characters that I’m interested in. I thought it was a much better book, getting closer to what the first three were. There is one scene in book 5 that I can’t wait to see on the TV show (if they are still producing it).

As far as the show, I think it is very well done and superbly cast for the most part (come on, Tyrion has got to be one of the best cast characters of all time).

As far as George RR, I’ve always known he was a big lib from posts on his website, but he deserves kudos for his first 3 books, and a better #5, and hopefully makes an awesome conclusion in #6 (or he will probably find a way to f’ it up and drag it out for 3 more books). As far as I’m concerned, shut up and write!!!


22 posted on 08/14/2012 6:37:59 PM PDT by dsrtsage (One half of all people have below average IQ. In the US the number is 54%)
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To: Kaslin

I knew there was reason I didn’t watch that idiot show and basically any other network shows except for “Amazing Race.”


23 posted on 08/14/2012 6:49:41 PM PDT by driftless2
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To: dsrtsage
I would go to his website for news from time to time, and he would be whining about how hard it was.

Typical Lib. Work is too hard!!!!

24 posted on 08/14/2012 7:02:10 PM PDT by Opinionated Blowhard ("When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.")
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

This guy looks like Santa’s creepy sex offender / train conductor long-lost brother or something. Who the hell owns a mirror and looks like that?


25 posted on 08/14/2012 7:06:29 PM PDT by flintsilver7 (Honest reporting hasn't caught on in the United States.)
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To: Pearls Before Swine

In Spain there was a saying, “Dumb as a Painter”- that in the era of Velazquez, El Greco, etc.
You get the point, artists produce beautiful stuff, but like children they say the darnedest things.
In any case read the books. They are good. There is little to no sex in the books and it’s all about cold calculation in politics. The total antithesis of what the man professes to believe.


26 posted on 08/14/2012 7:10:37 PM PDT by Anonymous coward (When telling lies is OK but telling the truth a crime against the state.)
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To: Kaslin

Kind of explains why he’s incapable of completing the “trilogy”.

He just throws a mass of unconnected plot threads up against the wall and is totally unable to resolve them into a coherent whole.

He’s not just lacking a moral compass, he lacks a compass for “reality”. (Magical or not.)


27 posted on 08/14/2012 7:11:14 PM PDT by Vide
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To: Kaslin

What I want to know is where is all the outrage for our many other racist laws keeping black people from doing things that white people can do anytime they want. Things like going to an R rated movie, buy alcoholic drinks, travel outside of the U.S., or buy a gun. And this is just off the top of my head. I for one think it is really evil that black people can’t buy a beer. Why not? What is so wrong about them having a drink? And why can’t they go to a movie, or smoke a cigarette if they want? White people can, so why not black people? Surely this is racist, and yet there is no outrage. Why have people ignored this for so long?


28 posted on 08/14/2012 7:13:45 PM PDT by cothrige
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To: Kaslin

You have to remember, this guy lives in Santa Fe, NM. They are a bit off in Santa Fe. Especially the libs. I know the few Republicans there, and they admit, libs in Santa Fe are an odd bunch.


29 posted on 08/14/2012 7:17:37 PM PDT by ABQHispConservative
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To: cothrige

I suspect most states have an I.D. requirement for use of those “food stamp” debit cards, too. It’s just shameful that only white people are able to take advantage of those programs. (rolls eyes)


30 posted on 08/14/2012 7:22:06 PM PDT by Charles Martel (Endeavor to persevere...)
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To: Charles Martel

Yes, very good point. Why can’t minorities get food stamps too? Doesn’t it really upset you? It does me, and yet Al Sharpton, and Martin above, seem okay with it. I have never heard any of them raging against these things like they do voter ID laws, so they must be okay with it. And why is that? Are they perhaps actually just racists who hate black people?


31 posted on 08/14/2012 7:34:28 PM PDT by cothrige
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To: Kaslin

Okay, I was getting sick of reading his books anyway. I kinda figured he was a “progressive.”


32 posted on 08/14/2012 7:38:49 PM PDT by Thorliveshere
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To: Kaslin

He’s got a beard - he’s hiding something...


33 posted on 08/14/2012 7:41:26 PM PDT by GOPJ (Freeper Neveronmywatch's convinced: Put a compass in the hands of a liberal it'll point south.)
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To: dsrtsage
As far as George RR, I’ve always known he was a big lib from posts on his website, but he deserves kudos for his first 3 books, and a better #5, and hopefully makes an awesome conclusion in #6

He won't - he announced a while ago that there would be seven books. And given how little actually happened in this last book, I'd say that seven is optimistic.
34 posted on 08/14/2012 7:41:49 PM PDT by AnotherUnixGeek
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To: VeniVidiVici

I guess this moron has seen Obama’s transcripts.


35 posted on 08/14/2012 8:01:19 PM PDT by jospehm20
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To: Kaslin
Martin need to read his own work. The portions of GOT made into HBO so far haven't shown voting, much less voter fraud. Paternity fraud rules his construct instead. Those who've read all the books have seen voting - plenty crooked - and false identities play important roles. How he can write a massive series, with no 'good guys' - having read all that's published I'm not convinced any character still deserves that tag - yet believe everyone acts like one in the real world beats me.
36 posted on 08/14/2012 8:01:31 PM PDT by JohnBovenmyer (Obama been Liberal. Hope Change!)
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To: Kaslin; fieldmarshaldj; Perdogg; GOPsterinMA

Haven’t seen the show.


37 posted on 08/14/2012 8:10:59 PM PDT by Impy (Don't call me red.)
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To: Kaslin

Oh, shut up and write...


38 posted on 08/14/2012 8:11:58 PM PDT by matginzac
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To: cothrige

Post of the week, and it’s only Tuesday.


39 posted on 08/14/2012 8:15:44 PM PDT by Rastus
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To: Impy; fieldmarshaldj; Perdogg; GSP.FAN

Game of Thrones = Nude Carice Van Houten.

Perfect chest, perfect body.


40 posted on 08/14/2012 8:17:19 PM PDT by GOPsterinMA (The Glove don't fit.)
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To: BradyLS

Sean Bean, I believe, played Ned Stark...
This series is just “Rome” in Fantasy Land.


41 posted on 08/14/2012 8:19:48 PM PDT by matginzac
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To: Kaslin

Hey George, cram it where the sun don’t shine you fat, communist pig!


42 posted on 08/14/2012 8:35:59 PM PDT by Bullish (Liars aren't always thieves but thieves are ALWAYS liars)
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To: Kaslin
Guarantee me that Illegal Invaders, Felons, Dead People and all forms of Voter Fraud will be eliminated and I'll “discuss” repealing Voter I.D. Laws. Until that happens, this Moron can kiss my Lilly White Constitution loving Italian A$$.
43 posted on 08/14/2012 8:50:06 PM PDT by Kickass Conservative (Republicans Hope people are Smart, but Democrats Know people are Stupid.)
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To: BradyLS
Ah, yes, Ned Stark. That makes more sense. I can see not giving a crap after that. I almost didn't.

after reading four boos, it's bogged down and going nowhere as he shuffles characters around, maims and kills pointlessly -- including characters that are introduced for this purpose and are otherwise not important to the story -- tryin to set up a resolution to something in the prologue of the first book.

44 posted on 08/14/2012 8:58:29 PM PDT by Tanniker Smith (Rome didn't fall in a day, either.)
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To: GOPsterinMA

Meh.


45 posted on 08/14/2012 9:02:57 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (If you like lying Socialist dirtbags, you'll love Slick Willard)
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To: cothrige

Don’t forget: open a bank account, cash a check, drive a vehicle or get on an airplane.


46 posted on 08/14/2012 11:25:02 PM PDT by dcwusmc (A FREE People have no sovereign save Almighty GOD!!! III OK We are EVERYWHERE!!!)
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To: Kaslin
(Article) The Huffington Post couldn’t resist picking up the story, partly because of the steady stream of comments....

Nah, they just wanted an excuse to repeat the "teabag" slur again.

47 posted on 08/15/2012 1:22:02 AM PDT by lentulusgracchus
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To: GOPsterinMA
Game of Thrones = Nude Carice Van Houten. Perfect chest, perfect body.

That about sums up the series!


48 posted on 08/15/2012 3:23:27 AM PDT by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: Kaslin

“Photo ID required at NAACP Conference to hear Holder speak about the wrongness of Photo ID to vote?? Odd?”

http://www.sodahead.com/united-states/photo-id-required-at-naacp-conference-to-hear-holder-speak-about-the-wrongness-of-photo-id-to-vote/question-2787379/?page=2

I guess they din’t want none those smelly poe people wiffout photo ID commin’ an messin’ up their big fancy meetin’.


49 posted on 08/15/2012 3:55:18 AM PDT by Right Wing Assault (Dick Obama is more inexperienced now than he was before he was elected.)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

Get your eyes checked...that’s USDA Prime Cut...


50 posted on 08/15/2012 5:32:53 AM PDT by GOPsterinMA (The Glove don't fit.)
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