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ex-ex-ex-ex FReeper and legal gadfly Jack Thompson on ABC Evening News
Misc ^ | 10.31.02 | Registered

Posted on 10/31/2002 5:26:28 PM PST by Registered

ex-ex-ex-ex FReeper and legal gadfly Jack Thompson on ABC Evening News

 

Well, I suppose it was only a matter of time before legal gadfly and ex-ex-ex-ex FReeper Jack Thompson would re-surface in the media. The only question would be who, what cause and how much money he would be suing for.

Tonight, the answer was given to us in a report by ABC NEWS (one of many appearances made by Jack) on the Army's War Simulation software, America's Army: Operations.

Seems Jackpeace (aka BatJack), doesn't want America's youth shooting computer guns or something of the sort. He's been busy working against, that means suing, the gaming industry and now has the Army and this video game in his proverbial cross hairs. This isn't new to the Bat, he's been vocal against these games for some time. A snippet from the link is found below.

"One thing may be said with dreadful certainty: More gunfire will be heard in more schools. Future murderers are being trained this very moment in front of video screens across America." (Jack Thompson of Miami is one of two attorneys representing the families of the three girls murdered in their school in Paducah in 1997)

I suppose we'll soon find out that John Muhammad and his (snicker, snicker) step-son Malvo had a copy of this War simulation game on the laptop found in their snipermobile.

Jack, of course, had the theory that the D.C. area snipers were being influenced by these games and that the shooter(s) were probably hard core gamers:

Florida lawyer Jack Thompson speculated on NBC's Today show Friday that the shooter might be a gamer. Thompson surmised that an inscription on a Tarot card found near one of the shootings -- "Dear Policeman: I am God" -- might have links to gaming.

"You go to video game chat rooms and you have the proclamation 'I am God' all over the place," said Thompson, an advocate of regulations to keep violent video games out of the hands of minors.

The expression is sometimes used by gamers to declare victory and players commonly say they're in "God-mode" when their characters shield themselves or don protections that make them invincible.

Thompson said investigators should consider possible links to shooting games."

Personally, I would have been happier if Jack would have used his time and resources to come out against the military spending 8 million of our tax dollars over a 2 year period of time on a game that should have been developed and marketed by the private sector, than to see him used as Peter Jennings' anti-Gun puppet. As to whether or not these games create or contribute to whackos going out and killing people, I don't know. But I sure know that our military doesn't need to develop gaming software available to the general public at the taxpayer's expense!

So, if you West Coast FReepers get the chance, grab a barf bag and tune-in to your ABC channel to see our once very own Jackpeace (aka BatJack) make his case against those mean, evil, video games. You can also see him shoot and make a few (heavily edited) baskets as he plays a game of hoop against his son in his bare feet. After watching the shots he tried to make, I hope he downloads a basketball simulation game.

For those interested, Jack is listed in the Fifth Edition of the FreeRepublic.com Lexicon

BatJack - Jack Thompson. Florida attorney and former FReeper known for anti-Janet Reno crusades, and for threatening lawsuits against other FReepers. JT was accused of trying to hijack FR and turn it into "JackRepublic.com," a term coined by FReeper Registered (see below). The name "BatJack" apparently resulted from information that Thompson made public appearances in a Batman costume. Thompson was banned once, reinvited and left again. Last Thompson opus thread.

Unfortunately, it appears his last opus was yanked. Too bad, it was a doozy.

 

 


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Free Republic; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: army; batjack; creepythings; gadflies; gamingsoftware; ghosts; gobblins; halloween; jackpeace; showmethemoney; smelljacksfeet; trickortreat

1 posted on 10/31/2002 5:26:29 PM PST by Registered
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To: Registered
What's a Halloween without a Jack Thompson update.How fitting!
2 posted on 10/31/2002 5:29:05 PM PST by habs4ever
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To: Registered
Show me the money. That's it in a nutshell.
3 posted on 10/31/2002 5:30:19 PM PST by Bahbah
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To: habs4ever
Ya gotta see him shoot the baskets.
4 posted on 10/31/2002 5:30:54 PM PST by Registered
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To: Registered
How do you get an attorney off your front porch?

Pay for the F'ing pizza

5 posted on 10/31/2002 5:32:24 PM PST by donozark
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To: All
Bumping
6 posted on 10/31/2002 5:34:03 PM PST by Registered
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To: Seeking the truth
ping!

LOL

7 posted on 10/31/2002 5:34:11 PM PST by AAABEST
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To: Registered
Thompson is what some of the more intellectually challenged would call a "looser." My guess is that he will appear here once more to boast of his appearance on ABC. It is himself, after all, who posesses a clear mind and unsulleyed heart.
8 posted on 10/31/2002 5:43:36 PM PST by billhilly
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To: Registered
I don't think video games have that much influence on young people. I am an old time retired programmer, so I wrote a couple of video games for my sons. One involved a couple of young guys cutting the lawn and the other was about washing cars.

Didn't seem to have much influence. My lawn looks like Hell and the car is dirty. Oh well.

9 posted on 10/31/2002 5:43:52 PM PST by Blue Screen of Death
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To: Blue Screen of Death
LOL!
10 posted on 10/31/2002 5:45:55 PM PST by Registered
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To: Registered
Jack and Larry Klayman should go into practice together.
11 posted on 10/31/2002 5:47:58 PM PST by martin_fierro
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To: Blue Screen of Death
Maybe they'll at least clean the mower...
12 posted on 10/31/2002 5:48:51 PM PST by ofMagog
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To: Registered
Personally, I would have been happier if Jack would have used his time and resources to come out against the military spending 8 million of our tax dollars over a 2 year period of time on a game that should have been developed and marketed by the private sector, than to see him used as Peter Jennings' anti-Gun puppet.

I wouldn't worry too much about that.
Give Jack a little credit...
It won't be very long before he threatens Jennings with a lawsuit.

13 posted on 10/31/2002 5:52:52 PM PST by Willie Green
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To: Registered
I could never figure Jacks atrraction to Janet Reno. But he did indeed follow her every move for years.

When I think of Janet Reno somehow the word shake comes to mind. Jack could not reasonably be described as a shaker. When one starts to describe Jack by movement somehow the term jerk comes to the fore.

14 posted on 10/31/2002 5:53:05 PM PST by Common Tator
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To: Registered
I saw that freaking news-grabbing-it's-all-about-me asswipe on the tube. Hey Jack - I know you're a Narcissistic blowhard and are reading this, so bite us.
15 posted on 10/31/2002 5:55:40 PM PST by TomServo
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To: TomServo
The question is Tom, did you see him try to shoot the baskets? lol

16 posted on 10/31/2002 6:00:56 PM PST by Registered
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To: martin_fierro
Jack and Larry Klayman should go into practice together.

Nah.... Larry already has someone to clean his bathrooms.

17 posted on 10/31/2002 6:02:57 PM PST by MindBender26
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To: Registered
The question is Tom, did you see him try to shoot the baskets?

LOL!! I saw the whole friggin' thing. Poor Jack looked like he was gonna wet his 'Depends' anytime.

18 posted on 10/31/2002 6:05:00 PM PST by TomServo
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To: MindBender26
MB 26,what ever happened to the story you posted,that got pulled,shortly after 911,about OBL brother arrest.He supposedly was a car mover and travel agent and was a money man,any new info?
19 posted on 10/31/2002 6:07:55 PM PST by eastforker
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To: Registered
Too bad we can't afford the ASCAP fees so we can play "The Twilight Zone" theme behind these threads.
20 posted on 10/31/2002 6:11:49 PM PST by Doctor Raoul
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To: Willie Green
It won't be very long before he threatens Jennings with a lawsuit.

All of a sudden, Jack's my new best friend.

21 posted on 10/31/2002 6:13:16 PM PST by Doctor Raoul
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To: Registered
Q: What do Jack Thompson and Ariana Huffington have in common?
22 posted on 10/31/2002 6:51:01 PM PST by The Duke
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To: Common Tator
Jack ran against Janet for Florida Attorney General or Florida States Attorney or some such position. He had a lot of opposition research on her from the campaign. Jack lost BTW, which expains a lot.
23 posted on 10/31/2002 6:52:47 PM PST by kylaka
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To: Registered


24 posted on 10/31/2002 6:54:49 PM PST by hole_n_one
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To: Common Tator
Jack could not reasonably be described as a shaker. When one starts to describe Jack by movement somehow the term jerk comes to the fore.

You are soooooo right. Actually, the correct term is probably "shaken" as opposed to "shaker".... as in shaken too much as an infant......

25 posted on 10/31/2002 7:12:37 PM PST by MindBender26
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To: hole_n_one
AIR BAT!
26 posted on 10/31/2002 7:46:48 PM PST by Registered
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To: hole_n_one
btw, great captures dude!
27 posted on 10/31/2002 7:48:06 PM PST by Registered
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To: Registered
One of the many beauties of living on the left coast is that I can monitor via FR any televised broadcast that the east coast contigency has found of interest some 3 hours before it airs out here in California which in turn allows me to be prepared well in advance of it's airing out west.........

the live, coast-to-coast threads are somewhat more challenging to cover, but just as fun to do, if not more so.

28 posted on 10/31/2002 8:19:50 PM PST by hole_n_one
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To: All; Everybody
evening bumpus.
29 posted on 10/31/2002 10:07:55 PM PST by Registered
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To: Registered
Jack looks like Tinkerbell in that one shot.
30 posted on 11/01/2002 4:50:21 AM PST by TomServo
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To: author
Just remember, the various branches of the Armed Forces are given a budget every year to advertise and otherwise market themselves as a recruiting tool.

This game is a brilliant idea. It puts the Army right out there in a format not only easily distributed, but readily consumed by its target audience. If they are going to market themselves and spend taxpayer dollars on advertising anyway, I am for one glad that they are doing it in such an effective way. You can argue that it is also reaching many persons who are not elligible, but no more so than a television spot would.
31 posted on 11/05/2002 12:02:44 AM PST by KrugerS
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To: Registered
a term coined by FReeper Registered

You speak in 3rd person often?

32 posted on 11/05/2002 12:14:36 AM PST by Sir Gawain
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To: Registered
Violent video games are fun. AA Operations is fun. Jack Thompson is not fun.
33 posted on 11/05/2002 12:19:38 AM PST by xm177e2
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To: hole_n_one

SEPARATED AT BIRTH?

34 posted on 11/05/2002 12:57:04 AM PST by henbane
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