It happens all of the time. Ronald Reagan did it, John McCain did it and it even happened to some Democrats, but Michelle Bachmann got the letter pretty quick – the dreaded “Cease and Desist” order… from rock n’ roll icon and Gainsville Florida native Tom Petty. It seems that Presidential hopefull Michelle Bachmann used the Tom Petty classic “American Girl” to open her walk on speech before a crowd of loyalist supporters and it didn’t sit well with someone. It didn’t take more than a few hours for the Tom Petty management team to get the message across… STOP USING MY SONG!
Now that she has put the tea party loyaists on the high road to religious spiritualism and salvation by ruinning for president, she’s backtracking on calling Obama ‘un-American’ and now she just supports calling the white house officials ‘gangsters’. She stopped short of calling them ‘the mob’ so she didn’t ruffle the feathers of the Italian-American community (but it’s okay to piss-off the African-American community). Michelle Bachmann is building the reputation of white supremacy through the tea party supporters, hailing God and ultra-conservative values as the moniker of the 2012 campaign. Good for her!
It’s all good according to the First Amendment (See: United States of America Bill of Rights). When it comes to words, and now virtual worlds, the Supreme Court says it’s okay to do what you like. You see, when it’s not real, it’s okay… and as long as it doesn’t infringe upon the rights of another person, killing zombies or the Taliban enemy is just fine. It’s not blind justice, it’s just the way things are seen in a virtual world. You see, according to the United States Supreme Court, if it is not real, it seems to be okay. Chop the heads of the villain with a revved up chainsaw or dull machete because it doesn’t actually happen – it’s not real! Just like those books depicting horrible and unthinkable crimes where the bad guy (or girl) gets roasted like potatoes in boiling oil or gets their eyes gouged out with hot pokers.
Don’t get us wrong! We’re all about free speech and the right to say whatever you like. In fact, we like the fact that in a virtual world it is not legal to do almost anything you like and easily get away with it – especially if you’re a minor. So here’s the difference as we see it: As long as your product is virtual and does not directly harm (we mean physically kill or destroy) a person of any age, no matter the outcome by the USE of the product, it is not the responsibility of the manufacturer to restrict the audience or sale to an audience in a free market society.
This is a pretty big deal! In fact, it’s a REALLY BIG fucking deal! Some might say it opens a can of virtual worms that can wriggle their way through the interwoven web of technology and society without the moral or physical retribution that normally might be associated with such a precedent. Say what you want, sell what you want and as long as you are within the bounds of the United States of America you can even sell it to minors without having someone sue you. Well – they will always be able to sue you, but at least the Supreme Court has your back.
So we’ve got a great new video game to appeal to all ages… A band of 9 black robed mindless zombies randomly wander the streets of Washington D.C. stealing small children and eating their brains while defending themselves from parents who pretend like they are concerned about the welfare of their children. Let’s make it fair and only make the porn and alcohol available to the parents to see how many really are concerned about that their children are doing and we’ll leave random drugs lying around just for temptation. Of course we’ll add the morally right and Puritan politicians who you can’t tell if they are really zombies or the ‘good guys’ working on behalf of the parents. Play for awhile… we want to see who wins!
In a strange twist of fact fate, the 97% of scientists who went to school, studied the intricacies of science, reality and the path of proof have been dismissed as irrelevant by the GOP and nearly all of the political candidates running from (or toward) the 2012 Presidential election. What? Let’s set the record strait. We’ll bring it up… we’ll even mention it by name… Global Warming! It seems that recent polls indicate that 97% of scientists believe in global warming. Not only do they believe in global warming but they have contributed to or supported the voices dedicated to reducing emissions and cutting back on green house gasses. But what do they know? The politicians are the ones who run the countries.
Michelle Bachmann, Mitt Romney, John Huntsman, Newt Gingrich and other Republican politicians have back-tracked (or flip-flopped if you’re a Democrat) on any past position they may have had to indicate that the warming trend is just ‘normal’ and part of a natural cycle of heating and cooling. This particular observation allows open-ended opportunities to end any cap and trade possibilities because they are ‘irrelevant’. So let’s see who is right… the politicians or the scientists. Do we have a historian in the house? Can anyone see if political sway can outshine the truth and facts? Oh, yes! Oh yes it can. It seems that almost every time we want to change a mindset, ask a politician not a scientist.
So politicians can blame GOD for the catastrophes and extremes, but not actual fact. It’s easier to have illicit affairs and blatantly lie to the American public with misguided truths than to own up to the remote possibility they could actually be wrong. Don’t ask a politician what direction is up… you might not get the answer you want and start believing everything you thought was wrong. It’s not the sky that is falling – it’s the earth that is rising.
Over 2 ears after Obama‘s election to change the world, it seems that the only thing he has changed is the fact the United States elected a black man for president. Politics haven’t changed, people haven’t changed and the powerful just become more powerful. The economy still is in the pits of despair and the jobless in America are still sucking the cash from the unemployment lines and homeless shelters. Even with the Nobel Peace Prize under his belt (amidst 3 wars), it just doesn’t seem to get any better.
And now… here it comes again! The left wing attacking the right wing and the helpless, hapless and ignorantly unconcerned Americans fall victim to the contributors, blunders and bundlers who can put together the most money and spread the most lies, false truths and suck on the drippings of the American flag. Stand up for patriotism and the American way and the soldiers fighting and who have returned crippled and maimed for life. Let us not forget the children… oh, yes… the children! We’re doing it all for our children so that right now we can live of the backs of the elderly and poor.
Blame Obama, blame George W. Bush, blame everyone elected to a government office. No matter how good the intent (just look at the recent Tea Party graduation class), everyone gets corrupted, manipulated and discouraged as they get beaten down by the system established to create a hypocrisy and elitist government officials.
The only problem is that unlike the Arab Revolutions of the last several months, the American youth and passive Americana just can’t find the balls to rise up and make a change. Hell, it’s hard to even get the public out to vote in a primary election – let alone the mother of all elections every four years – It’s easier to sip on your beer and drive jacked up pick-up trucks than take a stand. Sure, buy more guns and stock up on the ammo because the revolution is going to be taken over by the computer geeks living in their parent’s basements and playing Magic and Warcraft. No way in hell they could break the internet connection long enough to gather in the streets and make a real change. Why should they… they’re just happy letting everyone else do the work and suck up the benefits. WAIT! HOLD ON! THAT SOUNDS LIKE THEY’RE ALL GOING TO BE POLITICIANS! God help us all…