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Republicans out Democrat in 'World of Warcraft' witch hunt
NBC News ^ | October 4, 2012 | Winda Benedetti

Posted on 10/05/2012 7:10:58 PM PDT by presidio9

Colleen Lachowicz is a Democratic candidate running for State Senate in Maine. She's also a level 85 orc in the massively popular online game "World of Warcraft." And for that, the Republican party says she is unfit for office.

Maine's GOP has accused Lachowicz of living a "bizarre double life" and set up a website meant to out her participation in the popular online game -- a game that currently boasts some 10 million players around the world.

Not only does the website show off a picture of the orc character she plays -- named Santiaga -- it also displays comments that have been dug up from online forums in which Lachowicz talks about her love of the (sometimes violent) game as well as her thoughts on various political topics.

Among the comments the website attributes to her:

"So I'm a level 68 orc rogue girl. I stab things . . . a lot. Who would have thought that a peace-lovin', social worker and democrat would enjoy that?!"

"I can kill stuff without going to jail. There are some days when this is more necessary than others."

"I'm so jealous! I wish I wasn't at work. I'd much rather be gaming with my guildies!"

Lachowicz also appears to refer to members of the Tea Party as, well, teabaggers.

"In Colleen’s online fantasy world, she gets away with crude, vicious and violent comments like the ones below," reads the website. "Maine needs a State Senator that lives in the real world, not in Colleen’s fantasy world."

Meanwhile, Maine's Republican Party has also sent out a press release titled: "Democratic Senate Candidate Colleen Lachowicz's Disturbing Alter-Ego Revealed" which accuses her of living a "time-consuming double life." The party has also sent out post cards that,

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Politics/Elections; US: Maine
KEYWORDS: colleenlachowicz; losergamer; maine; nutburger; teaparty; theteaparty; worldofwarcraft; worldofwarcrap; wow
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To: AnotherUnixGeek

true


51 posted on 10/05/2012 8:06:21 PM PDT by dalebert
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To: katana
This character seems a bit closer to her human likeness. And oh look! There's Nancy Pelosi in the background.


52 posted on 10/05/2012 8:07:15 PM PDT by katana (Just my opinions)
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53 posted on 10/05/2012 8:08:57 PM PDT by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: Strategerist

Yeah, agreed.

I’m sure there are some GOOD reasons this woman shouldn’t win the race. And if this is what they’ve got World of Warcraft, maybe the GOP needs to concede this one.

And I am NOT a gamer, unless spider solitaire counts.

One of our people who were murdered in Benghazi was a big shot in the gaming world, but I’m unclear about which person it was.


54 posted on 10/05/2012 8:09:46 PM PDT by jocon307
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To: GunRunner

That would need to be backed up with specific evidence that she’d missed a lot of votes, etc.

Keep in mind a lot of State Legislatures aren’t in session that long.

There are people that spend enormous amounts of time in church activities - should they be attacked for that?


55 posted on 10/05/2012 8:11:24 PM PDT by Strategerist
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To: presidio9
Not so. Lewis and Tolkien both believed that as God created them in his own image, that the idea of creation was a integral part of mankind. They loved the idea of creation. Tolkien with language, Middle-earth was a spin-off of that. Lewis with the idea of stories and creative action.

What are these worlds that gamers play in other than stories that set the background for further creation? Those world-builders enable their creations to spur other people into creating. Tolkien and Lewis, while probably not sitting behind the keyboard themselves, would have been enchanted with the ideas of these games.

Creating is part of the image God that was imbued into humanity.

56 posted on 10/05/2012 8:16:17 PM PDT by Anitius Severinus Boethius (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B008BAL1OK/)
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To: <1/1,000,000th%

I play solo as a Demon Hunter in Diablo 3...and will be 47 tomorrow. My gaming credentials? Zork. The original.

And it irritates me to death when the GOP fogies try to haul gamers into the swamp. There aren’t many good drops there.


57 posted on 10/05/2012 8:16:23 PM PDT by Kieri (The Conservatrarian)
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To: GunRunner
I don't see how anyone with demanding jobs, family, children, a spouse, not to mention the demands of elected office, could possibly find time to sink 200+ hours into a video game.

I will echo your concerns as stated above and add that most Members of congress who plan to seek reelection will say that they spend about 4 hours a day making calls seeking campaign contributions.

So how can a member of congress full fill their duties as a member of congress, make calls for cash and still have time to play WoW?

58 posted on 10/05/2012 8:19:01 PM PDT by Pontiac (The welfare state must fail because it is contrary to human nature and diminishes the human spirit.)
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To: cicero2k
I'm having a hard time seeing the parallel between restoring 64 Impalas and playing a video game. Restoring cars is a rare skill compared to video games, and creates an enormous amount of value both in the finished product and the skills learned to do such a thing.

If my son decides that he wants to spend his teenage years restoring old cars, I'll be thrilled. Not so much if he wants to sit in the dark drinking Diet Pepsi and playing WoW all day.

59 posted on 10/05/2012 8:19:01 PM PDT by GunRunner (***Not associated with any criminal actions anonymus by the ATF***)
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To: katana

If you visit www.colleensworld.com you will see a conglomeration of her posts that reveals her hatred of conservative and her true personality which appears to be hateful, arrogant, and of little or no integrity not to mention the fact that she is knowingly posting at work while serving in office. She is but a microcosm of the liberal politicians in office. It definitely indicates she is not the type of person you want serving in public office.


60 posted on 10/05/2012 8:20:35 PM PDT by jsanders2001
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To: presidio9

that’s just her highest toon

her main toon is a level 1 night elf on moon guard.

go to lions pride inn... second floor.. ask for bunny


61 posted on 10/05/2012 8:30:22 PM PDT by sten (fighting tyranny never goes out of style)
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To: Strategerist
I'm not attacking anyone, just speaking to what I would look for in an officeholder or some other position of authority. It has nothing to do with missing votes.

I would want an officeholder to be someone engaged with their constituents, the issues, their family, a business owner, the community, with hobbies that build useful skills and/or involve real social interaction and personal improvement. I would put learning to play guitar, the shooting sports, reading, and investing in a group activity like a church family in that category; massive amounts of gaming I would not.

I say this as a gamer who worked as a tester in the industry and enjoy them. But there's a difference between enjoying a fine cigar every now and then and being a chain smoker.

If I was looking for someone to run my business or represent me in a political manner, I'd pick the guy or gal who played in a band, spoke several languages, or spent a lot of time with his church groups over the guy who played WoW for dozens of hours per month and had achieved level whatever in some fantasyland.

62 posted on 10/05/2012 8:38:06 PM PDT by GunRunner (***Not associated with any criminal actions anonymus by the ATF***)
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To: lwoodham

I will side with you on this one. I am also not sticking up for the liberal, but attacking a gamer .... Nah, don’t go there! There is nothing wrong with gaming and that should be left alone - unless of course you are caught gaming while at work!


63 posted on 10/05/2012 8:42:45 PM PDT by jcsjcm (This country was built on exceptionalism and individualism. In God we Trust - Laus Deo)
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To: presidio9
Once when my daughter was still young, I beat "The Legend of Zelda." What was that - about 25 years ago?

I was just a technician and could work eight or ten hours a day, then go home at night to forget about work until the next day. Now, I have a life and shouldn't even be posting replies on FR.

64 posted on 10/05/2012 8:47:18 PM PDT by higgmeister ( In the Shadow of The Big Chicken!)
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To: GunRunner
I would want an officeholder to be someone engaged with their constituents, the issues, their family, a business owner, the community, with hobbies that build useful skills and/or involve real social interaction and personal improvement. I would put learning to play guitar, the shooting sports, reading, and investing in a group activity like a church family in that category; massive amounts of gaming I would not.

So your basic problem is that you're making judgement calls on hobbies that are "Good" and "Useful" and "Bad" or "Useless"

For tens of millions of Americans online gaming is exactly what skeet shooting, playing an instrument, etc. is to you or anyone else. If you want to lose all their votes by deeming online gaming a uniquely inappropriate hobby for an elected official, go right ahead.

Been out of it a while (mostly because I was in grad school) but I've met great friends playing an on-line multiplayer World War II flight simulator, and gained "useful skills" in terms of organization and planning (I've commanded large scenarios with hundreds of pilots and intricate planning). It's helped me understand military history and the challenges of command control, limited intelligence, the fog of war, etc. which has directly aided my regular job (military operations analysis), much more than restoring a 64 Impala or volunteering at a church would have.

65 posted on 10/05/2012 9:21:17 PM PDT by Strategerist
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To: ruiner
i don't play FPS games or online games. when i want to blow off some steam or escape, i just load up a good old wargame like STEEL PANTHERS and kill things. when i really want to blow off steam i give myself tons of artillery and try to crater the enemy half of the board.
66 posted on 10/05/2012 9:23:32 PM PDT by bravo whiskey (if the little things really annoy you, maybe it's because the big things are going well.)
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To: Nowhere Man
Beat me to it!


67 posted on 10/05/2012 9:38:01 PM PDT by gura (If Allah is so great, why does he need fat sexually confused fanboys to do his dirty work? -iowahawk)
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To: Nowhere Man

The 105mm Howitzer (DERP) rocks with the Sherman. I have a M103, Tiger II, etc, but still play mine.


68 posted on 10/05/2012 9:38:16 PM PDT by gura (If Allah is so great, why does he need fat sexually confused fanboys to do his dirty work? -iowahawk)
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To: ruiner

I like Halo and Castle Miner Z.


69 posted on 10/05/2012 9:57:31 PM PDT by dragonblustar (Allah Ain't So Akbar!)
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To: lwoodham

:) Server on I am, the opposite.. There are some noobies that like to get revenge on the other side.. but I let them know quickly, it is HEAVILY looked down upon in our guild to gank lowbies..

(Glad to see I am not the only one here who plays ;))


70 posted on 10/05/2012 10:11:05 PM PDT by Bikkuri (Hope for Conservative push in the next 2-4 years..........)
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To: cport

none at all.. they get, “thrills up their legs” for ANY ally lowbies they can kill.. :p


71 posted on 10/05/2012 10:12:45 PM PDT by Bikkuri (Hope for Conservative push in the next 2-4 years..........)
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To: lwoodham

wow.. not sure how the beginning came out the way it did.. I must be turning into Yoda... lol


72 posted on 10/05/2012 10:13:50 PM PDT by Bikkuri (Hope for Conservative push in the next 2-4 years..........)
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To: Strategerist
So your basic problem is that you're making judgement calls on hobbies that are "Good" and "Useful" and "Bad" or "Useless".

When it comes to the "hobbies" of someone vying for elected office, you bet your ass I'll make value judgements.

Thomas Jefferson immersed himself in hobbies like literature, history, landscaping, architecture, linguistics, and philosophy. He didn't sit around and play continental checkers and dice all day. People can do whatever they want with their time, but how one spends it is enormously indicative of an effective and successful person. A person who invests time and knowledge in craftsmanship such as restoring classic cars, carpentry, or hell, designing their OWN video games, is spending their free time more wisely than someone who's reached level 90 in World of Warcraft. I would absolutely look for someone who fits the former description in a leader.

Anyone who thinks that playing an online fantasy game is just as productive as learning to play an instrument, skeet shooting, or spending time with a like minded social group probably thinks that talking to a girl online is the same as real life dating.

Reminds me of a scene in the movie Crimson Tide where Gene Hackman's captain character is interviewing Denzel Washington for an open spot as XO on his sub and he says, "So what do like to do? Do you paint, play ball, play an instrument, ride motorcycles, what?" Denzel responds that he "rides horses". I doubt that military leaders and CEOs are impressed by hearing about how badass your WoW avatar is at magic spells.

Got nothing wrong with online gaming and am not a stranger to it, but the amount time spent by this lady isn't something that I think is becoming of a person in elected office. I hold prospective leaders to a higher standing when it comes to how they invest their time, so sue me.

73 posted on 10/05/2012 10:15:55 PM PDT by GunRunner (***Not associated with any criminal actions anonymus by the ATF***)
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To: presidio9

“I can kill stuff without going to jail. There are some days when this is more necessary than others.”

* * *

LOL! I like this snarky little comment of hers. You know, I love fantasy literature, etc., and I don’t think it changes my perception of reality one iota. The hidebound GOP dolts who started this nonsense ought to apologize ASAP.


74 posted on 10/05/2012 11:30:20 PM PDT by Hetty_Fauxvert ( "Be Breitbart, baby!")
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To: mamelukesabre

Looks more like a dwarf or a Hobbit than an Orc.


That’s not a Hobbit. It’s a hobo and a rabbit, but they’re making a Hobbit.


75 posted on 10/06/2012 2:51:59 AM PDT by Rides_A_Red_Horse (If there is a war on women, the Kennedys are the Spec Ops troops.)
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To: katana

LOL!


76 posted on 10/06/2012 7:23:01 AM PDT by <1/1,000,000th%
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To: Anitius Severinus Boethius
For the purposes of this conversation, I am more interested in clarifying the intention of Lewis, but I will point out that Tolkein was not exactly thrilled with the noteriety he received from his fantasy novels. Furthermore, he wrote the Hobbit and the first two books of the Lord of the Rings as a relatively young man, but waited almost thirty years to publish them.

Lewis frequently gets lumped in with Tolkein, because the two were friends, colleagues, and theological sparring partners. However, Lewis wrote “The Lion The Witch and the Wardrobe” specifically as a Christian morality play for his niece. He later expanded the novel in to the Chronicles series, but his intent was, again, to make issues of Christian morality and theology accessible to young people. If you think that he would have been amused with adults obsessing over his fantasy or sci-fi universes, get the a copy of “Miracles,” “The Screwtape Letters,” or (especially) “Mere Christianity,” and start reading carefully.

The bulk of publications from both men was heavily non-fiction, and it is clear that that is what they would have chosen to be remembered for.

77 posted on 10/06/2012 11:50:12 AM PDT by presidio9 (Islam is as Islam does.)
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To: GunRunner
Anyone who thinks that playing an online fantasy game is just as productive as learning to play an instrument, skeet shooting, or spending time with a like minded social group probably thinks that talking to a girl online is the same as real life dating.

You are correct, sir.

78 posted on 10/06/2012 12:02:31 PM PDT by presidio9 (Islam is as Islam does.)
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To: GunRunner
Got nothing wrong with online gaming and am not a stranger to it, but the amount time spent by this lady isn't something that I think is becoming of a person in elected office. I hold prospective leaders to a higher standing when it comes to how they invest their time, so sue me.

First, full disclosure. I am a lifelong gamer. I've been playing literally since Pong.

You make good points, and I don't necessarily disagree with them. However, the obvious is lost on you, even though you're running into it headlong in your conversation with Strategerist.

When you publicly disdain the hobby as being inappropriate or otherwise inferior for someone seeking elected office, you're running the real risk of offending those who aren't seeking elected office, but involved in the same hobby, AKA voters. Now you're just a guy on a Free Republic. Your opinion, valid or not, it essentially meaningless. On the political Richter Scale, it's not even measurable. However, when those associated with the Maine GOP take the same position, it's a different ballgame. Then it becomes a game of numbers. Those who identify with the position vs those alienated by the position.

I know that I personally found myself in several heated arguments in my salad days as a FReeper when I was young(er) and green over George Bush's mountain biking. We could argue all day if mountain biking is equivocal to video gaming, but that would be losing site of the point. I became in engaged in the arguments because certain FReepers were attacking GW for being passionate about the same hobby that I'm passionate about.

So was this a good move on the part of the Maine GOP? Hardly. Very little political capital to be gained and scores of people to piss off.

79 posted on 10/06/2012 4:06:16 PM PDT by Melas (u)
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To: Nowhere Man

World of Tanks is the best game ever. Addictive game for history buffs like me.


80 posted on 10/06/2012 4:16:13 PM PDT by abishai
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To: Melas
Your opinion, valid or not, it essentially meaningless. On the political Richter Scale, it's not even measurable. However, when those associated with the Maine GOP take the same position, it's a different ballgame.

Absolutely right, and thank God for that. I'm not bound by the rules of electoral politics and therefore I don't have to kiss the asses of potential voters or worry about alienating the Association of Thumb Twiddlers or the League of Crossdressers.

A politician may have to pretend that all hobbies and interests are the same, but since I live in the real world I don't have to pretend that being a 9th level Archmage online and being a marathon runner are equally useful achievements.

We could argue all day if mountain biking is equivocal to video gaming...

Why would we argue such a thing? The answer to me is quite clear. The very fact that there are people who think that mountain biking and playing video games are equally healthy and useful makes me understand why this country has an obesity problem and is full of fat single men who can't get laid.

81 posted on 10/06/2012 7:22:16 PM PDT by GunRunner (***Not associated with any criminal actions anonymus by the ATF***)
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To: gura
The 105mm Howitzer (DERP) rocks with the Sherman. I have a M103, Tiger II, etc, but still play mine.

I have an M3 Stuart (both US and Soviet Lend Lease versions), an M5 Stuart with 75mm howitzer, a French B1 (a slug until you get the mid grade engine, an M3 Lee and a T57 SPG. I researched the basic Sherman but need the credits to buy one. I'm also eying the US T7 which I researched too.
82 posted on 10/07/2012 11:37:46 AM PDT by Nowhere Man (June 28th, 2012, the Day America Jumped The Shark.)
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To: Melas
First, full disclosure. I am a lifelong gamer. I've been playing literally since Pong.

Me too, we must be near the same age, I'm 46. I'm a typical nerd myself, I enjoy gaming both online and RPG's as well as hold an amateur radio license. Also, into science fiction, we try our best to live by the rule, "if you don't wiz on my tree, I won't wiz on yours." I believe as long as it does not hurt your family life or career, a hobby is a good thing to have and to relax to. I love World of Tanks, but I only do a few to several rounds at a time.
83 posted on 10/07/2012 11:45:55 AM PDT by Nowhere Man (June 28th, 2012, the Day America Jumped The Shark.)
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To: GunRunner

I wouldn’t be so sure. There have been several recent studies that have shown that video games are not only extremely effective at building and maintaining mental adroitness, but may help stave off Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia as well.

Granted, exercise is also important. One British study found that gamers had the eyes and reflexes on par with that of fighter pilots, but the lung function of elderly chain smokers. Obviously gamers with physical hobbies as well, aren’t going to suffer from that deficit.

I don’t get the animosity towards video games. I love video games, and play a great many genres. Everything from Call of Duty to Arkham City to Skyrim. I also mountain bike, take pictures, write poetry and fictional prose. Any and every hobby is bad when it becomes a singular fixation.

I have a shooting buddy who I can only take in small doses because his whole life revolves around guns, guns, and only guns. And women, which is a pity because while he lacks one, he’s never going to get one with his one track mind.


84 posted on 10/07/2012 1:14:36 PM PDT by Melas (u)
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To: Nowhere Man

Yep. I’m 48. I grew up with video games. Visits to the arcade, home games systems that started with a simple tank/pong console from Sears to the Atari 2600 to the Xbox-360 I have now. That and slew of gaming PC’s from a lowly XT that played Infocom games to the liquid cooled monster I have now.


85 posted on 10/07/2012 1:18:14 PM PDT by Melas (u)
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To: Strategerist

I kinda feel like it’s old GOPers trying to grab at any straw they can to get a leg up on the opposition, and being too out-of-touch with younger people to realize how many they might turn off by bashing the game. I doubt they know much if anything about the game, they just figured they could make it sound “weird and scary” in ads to use as a wedge.


86 posted on 10/08/2012 3:51:31 PM PDT by JediJones (ROMNEY/RYAN: TURNAROUND ARTISTS ***** OBAMA/BIDEN: BULL $HIT ARTISTS)
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