October 7th, 2012
The gaming hobby of a political candidate has become an issue in a state senate race in New England, US.
Maine Republicans have created a webpage revealing that Democrat candidate Colleen Lachowicz plays an orc rogue in World of Warcraft (WoW).
Ms Lachowicz's liking for back-stabbing and poison in WoW raise questions about her "fitness for office", they claim.
The page also detailed some of the comments Ms Lachowicz has made while talking about her orc rogue, in particular it highlights her affection for Santiaga's ability to stab things and kill people without suffering a jail sentence.
"These are some very bizarre and offensive comments," said Maine Republican Party spokesman David Sorensen in a statement. "They certainly raise questions about Lachowicz's maturity and her ability to make serious decisions for the people of Senate District 25."
This has to be one of the most absurd attack strategies I've ever seen. Though it might gain some mileage from clueless old people who think video games are either Pac Man or GTA. But the idea of playing video games or laughing at the more unrealistic aspects of gaming making a person unfit for office is laughable. Especially in the 21st century and even more so when we're talking about the most popular MMO in the world. A game, I might add, that several other office holders are open about playing. I even recall reading about a politician in Guam who basically said "Yeah, I play WoW. If you see me online feel free to hit me up for a group."
Really, the fear mongering and attempts to pain the Democratic candidate as some sort of loon for liking WoW is just pathetic and I'm glad that gamers seem to be rallying to this lady's side. I'm not saying I hope she wins because I don't really know her stance on the issues. Also, she plays Horde and as we all know Horde players are a bunch of little punks. But I do like to see this as another example of the right trying to desperately tap into the power of the past only to find that most people are living in the future.
I'm going to go play Star Wars: The Old Republic now. Because *someone* has to kick the Sith Empire's ass.
"We might be up Shit Creek. This sure looks a lot like it, but we've never been here before, so this could also be Turd River, or Excrement Lake. Either way, the boat's leaking."
It's GOOD the boat is leaking, I say. We could've been already drown.
Where, for God's sake, you think, the Turd River or Excrement Lake are coming from???
A fiend of mine says our problems are mostly the result of our own efforts, folks.
take the so-called 'arab spring'. There were the 'dictatorships', we've been told. Okey-dokey. With Mubarack in Egypt the american flag hasn't been torn down from the embassy roof and fired. With Quaddaffi in place american ambassadors there were alive.
'If it's working don't touch it.'
I just wonder - who made the hole in our boat?
The controversy is deeper still, there are stories that King Elessar himself used the seeing stones of this 'Sauron' to orchestrate ties with that 'menace' that supposedly lived in Mordor. Perhaps Mordor itself was nothing but a relic of 'Numenor' intent on harrassing honest, God-fearing Gondorians who respected democracy like regular, everyday folk.
Can't you people see what the truth is, or do I have to get off my duff and show you in graphic detail? We must teach the controversy! No War of the Ring, as there was never a One Ring, and stories of hairy-footed dwarfs are in any rate a slander against the noble people of the North.
The War of the Ring was an inside job, my friends, and only those who refuse to accept the obvious truth cannot see this, all others are part of The ConspiracyTM to prop up Gondorian Imperialism against poor, third-world areas like the Far Harad and the Easterlings.
I think more accurately it's "We might be up Shit Creek. This sure looks a lot like it, but we've never been here before, so this could also be Turd River, or Excrement Lake. Either way, the boat's leaking."
This prompted papasha_mueller to ruminate on the nature of our crappy boat tour: "I just wonder - who made the hole in our boat?"
As a former professional mariner with 15 years of licensed master's experience (ever wonder about the prop usepic?), and as a blogger with a handle comparing all of my typing to the product of peristalsis, I think I am qualified to wade into this financial excrement analogy with gusto. ( Collapse )