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Sunday, June 8th, 2008
4:27 pm
[tantroo_mcnally]
Good Parenting is Good Legislating
Even though I have a way with words, and remaining somewhat professional in the written form, my spoken form is a little rusty. Which is why I think it is awesome when a nominee legislator from Connecticut says the argument so plainly and so beautifully that I couldn't add or subtract anything from it to make it better.

Her name is Jeanne Stevens, and she is a gamer. Her role playing ability is probably very well played, her being a LV 70 orc on WoW and still finding time to run for office and take care of her four children. This ability to handle these three roles and understand their difference makes her excellent as a parent, and probably will serve her well as a politician.

She calls upon other parents to do their jobs as parents, and shows how parents ARE legislators of their homes. They are the House of their house, and that parents calling for government regulation are taking away their power and rights as parents:

"Parents need to start parenting! You are the adult. You are responsible for what happens within your home. If you don't like the content of a t.v. show, game, book, etc., don't allow it in your home - that is your choice - you get to be the legislator, you make the laws of your home. Don't abdicate that responsibility to the government. Exercise your own common sense - way back when, I enjoyed listening to Howard Stern on my commute to work - if he was getting too raunchy for my tastes, I changed the dial - and, I never listened to him if my kids were in the car."

Certain articles at http://kotaku.com/5014193/a-politician-who-actually-games left out that full quote, leaving out the Howard Stern bit, and caused the second commenter to stereotype her as a GOP loyalist... but, if she listened to Howard Stern, I don't think that is the case. Neo-conservatives cannot stand Howard Stern.

If I lived in the district, she'd have my vote as a legislator. But all I can do is give any parent who understands these words, including Mrs. Stevens, a vote as a good parent.
Saturday, June 7th, 2008
12:07 am
[tantroo_mcnally]
GAPP vs MADD
We begin with MADD and their statement about GTAIV.

"Each year nearly 13,500 people die in drunk driving crashes and another half a million are injured in alcohol-related traffic crashes. This is why MADD is extremely disappointed by the decision of the manufacturers of the game Grand Theft Auto IV to include a game module where players can drive drunk. Drunk driving is not a game and it is not a joke. Drunk driving is a choice, a violent crime and it is also 100 percent preventable. MADD is calling on the Entertainment Software Ratings Board to reclassify Grand Theft Auto IV as an Adults Only game, a step up from the current rating of Mature and for the manufacturer to consider a stop in distribution – if not out of responsibility to society then out of respect for the millions of victims/survivors of drunk driving."

So much for MADD not going political, censorship is a major jump from trying to prevent real life tragedies. It is true, drunk driving is not a game, and it is not a joke. The fact that you would take time out of your day to attack a game instead of real life perps, and educating children on these matters, make me think that you believe it is equal to a game.

Any gamer would tell you, ma'am. You have every right to warn people about this aspect of the game, which is NOT for children, even under its current rating. You have the right to request the censorship that your did, I am not a hypocrite, censoring your wish for censorship is still censorship.

But you have no right, absolute NO right, to speak for the millions of victims/survivors of drunk driving and say that they would want to make GTAIV AO or cease it's manufacture. Adults are victims of this crime to, and adults do play this game, and they have played GTAs before now.

If the odds are one in a million that a victim of drunk driving was a fan of the GTA series, by your own admission one of them was. You took that person hostage, just as Jack Thompson took the opinions of the VT victims hostage (one victim by the name of Ross was a gamer), and our current government took hostage the lives of 3,000 by using their deaths to promote a war and to initiate domestic spying. NO one has the right to speak for the dead, the dead speak for themselves through the legacy they left behind. But you don't care about all of the victims, they are just numbers to you to sell your point.

And do you think hiding the fact that drunk driving exists is the way to prevent it? You should be thanking them for putting this into the game so you could have a chance to bring it into the media spotlight. It is important for you to show people why this action is so tragic is it not? Though the game itself might not do that, it is not their job, it is yours. Do it. If you actually think hiding these things from ANYONE is the best way to go, you should resign your position in educating children about it. Hiding facts from your child is the epitome of poor parenting, doing so is promoting lying to them. You therefore, should resign your parenting duties as well, or correct them.

I call on MADD to recant this statement. If not out of responsibility to society, but to any victim of drunk driving that would not want their deaths attacking their gaming hobby.
Tuesday, May 6th, 2008
7:26 pm
[tantroo_mcnally]
Welcome to the GAPP (Gamers Against Poor Parenting) this is the first post made by the group founder, myself, Tantroo McNally.

I was blessed, in a world full of poor parents I have received two that have done right by me. While we may have had our differences and conflicts, I know they did everything right, and my life has been better off because of it.

Unfortunately for others this is not the case, they become the victim of poor parenting, which causes many social hindrances that can have a profound effect on their life. Even worse, their lives may become so distraught that they can lash out in acts of violence in which causes loss of life. Poor parenting, like drunk driving, can risk the lives of others, and not just the perpetrator.

This is why this group is here, to discuss parenting and its role in a child's life, and how it is essential that parents that need to grow up, do so, so they can help their child do so.

Now for the business end:
-If I get enough members we may start a web site for the organization. I'd say 50 unique members (No sock puppets).

-We need an avatar logo. And if we need a web site I'll need a banner. I'm not Jack Thompson and I'm not doing this for profit, so I won't be able to pay for any work done, I hope that if I work hard enough, people will barter their efforts as well.

I will be writing a new article every week, at least that's what I hope... some weeks will be slower then others however, as long as there are poor parents in the world, and those that point their fingers in the wrong direction, this group will never die.

Thank you,

Tantroo McNally
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