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i actually like speaking in front of large crowds. freakish, eh?

i work crossword puzzles in ink.

i am the american nigella lawson. or maybe the american eddie izzard. can't decide, really.

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maybe i'm getting old in my old age
i wanted to chime in on a post i read recently. i was catching up on some of my favorite blogs, and read this post by kerry. coincidentally, i saw the commercial last night for conflict: desert storm and, i have to say i was speechless. and those who know me will tell you, that just doesn't happen very often.

at first, i thought it was just a joke. a bad joke. i mean, even the announcer guy sounds like some bad send-up of an announcer guy. but, apparently, this is not a joke. it is an actual "game." and, it appears to be selling very well. not that i should be surprised by that, in light of the mid-term election results.

don't get me started on that one.

at any rate, according to the commercial, the object of the game is to kill saddam hussein. the description at the game's site says that the game is "based around the events of the gulf war," and that the objective is to "protect freedom."

okay, where to start?

at the outset, i want to state, for the record, that i am not a fan of the current president. furthermore, it is my opinion that this administration would not be nearly so interested in mr. hussein if the current president didn't have the same last name as the president who, it is perceived by many, dropped the ball in dealing with mr. hussein. the current president has referred to hussein as threat to our nation. and, while there have been some allusions to hussein sponsoring terrorism, and the ubiquitous "weapons of mass destruction", the one charge that seemed to raise the most conviction from the president was "after all, this is the guy who tried to kill my dad." hey, i'm not heartless, i have a dad. if someone tried to kill him, i'd be mad, too. just so happens that i'm not in a position to send armed forces into war in defense of my dad, or his honor. and, i hate to be a nit-picker, mr. president, but, didn't your dad try to kill him first? i mean, sure, he didn't exactly succeed, but hussein didn't succeed in taking out your dad, either, so it's sort of a wash, right? even steven.

now that that's out of the way...

if some company was marketing a video game in which the objective was to put a bullet through the head of the united states president, would that be okay? no, i don't think it would be. or, for that matter, if a company was marketing a video game in which the objective was to put a bullet through the head of any other real-live person, would that be okay? some people don't particularly like tony blair...so, where's xbox on that one?

there is a lot of talk about how video games have become too realistic and too violent. there is also a lot of talk about the possibility that this realistic violence might result in some people being unable to distinguish reality from virtual reality. if that's the case, then doesn't a game in which you are supposed to kill a real person crossing a very dangerous line? and, is that okay simply because we've decided he's an "evildoer"?

and, for that matter, why is the army's new recruiting video game a good idea?

i'm no prude. i'm an occasional gamer. we have the much-maligned grand theft auto iii in our house, for god's sake. i just think you can't have it both ways. you can't chastise the makers of games like gta for glamorizing violence, but then turn a blind eye to such games when they serve your own warped sense of purpose.
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