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10 Jan 2009

Here in Utah, we have an organization called the Utah Eagle Forum. They're kinda conservative:

UTAH EAGLE FORUM ... has become a recognized leader for conservative principles while accomplishing the following:

  • Aiding in drafting and passing Pro-Life legislation
  • Thwarting the passage of "Hate Crimes" legislation
  • Bringing the anti-family "Values" and sex education programs in public schools to halt.

Next Saturday, 17 January, the Eagle Forum is holding their annual convention... and every gamer's favorite (disbarred!) lawyer, Jack Thompson, is going to be their keynote speaker. (Oddly, the Eagle Forum still lists him as a practicing attorney. Maybe they didn't get the memo?)

Via GamePolitics:

GamePolitics received a press release from disbarred Miami attorney Jack Thompson this morning in which he claimed to be "working with" state officials in Utah to pass video game legislation.

A bit of digging shows that Thompson is scheduled to be in Utah next Saturday, where he will be the keynote speaker at the annual convention of the ultra-conservative Utah Eagle Forum (something which Thompson did not reveal to us).

...given the local clout wielded in Utah by the UEF and its president, Gayle Ruzicka, we wouldn't doubt that some type of Thompson-authored legislation will surface there. Indeed, four state legislators are also scheduled to serve as speakers at the UEF convention.

If new anti-game legislation is introduced, it will be the third time Utah has tried (and failed) to address this issue. Previous attempts were made in November 2006 (HB 257) and again in January 2007 (HB 50).

What's that old saying? Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, while expecting a different result?

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