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Wednesday, September 18, 2013
'Grand Theft Auto' as a Reflection on the State of the Nation
'Grand Theft Auto V' The article in the NY Daily News about the release of Grand Theft Auto V, a video game expected to make $1 billion in the first month, began with these words: "The game of crime pays-even in the wake of another gun massacre."

The article continues, "The latest installment of the ultraviolent video game franchise Grand Theft Auto will generate $1 billion in sales in one month, analysts predict-despite Monday's massacre at the Washington Navy Yard that killed 12 people."

These are staggering numbers. How many products of any kind-let alone a $60 video game-make that kind of money? And what, exactly, are people getting for their bucks?

Writing with concern from England, James Delingpole reports, "Yesterday, in the process of robbing a bank, I beat up an elderly security guard before shooting dead perhaps 15 policemen, exulting in their murders with the flip dismissal: 'Shouldn't have been a cop.'

"After that, I stole a succession of fast cars, evading my pursuers by driving on the wrong side of the road, mowing down passers-by and killing more police by ramming straight into them.

"Then I went home for a change of clothes, a nap, a beer and a joint before getting into my stolen vehicle to wreak more mayhem, pausing briefly to enjoy the services of a prostitute."

But this is only the beginning (and note that there's no mention of the flood of profanity that fills the dialogues):

"Had I kept going with this spree of orgiastic destruction and drug-fueled violence, I would have got the chance to use much heavier weaponry, take stronger drugs, and not only murder people but torture them by pulling out their teeth with pliers, waterboarding them with flammable liquid, kneecapping them with a monkey wrench and making them scream with electric shocks." read more
From the Frontlines
bored man
The Spiritual Danger of Being Bored to Death

Have you ever found yourself spiritually bored? Evangelist Steve Hill looks into why this problem occurs and suggests ways to navigate your way out of this sad state of mind.

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U.S.
Will Tim Tebow become the quarterback of the AFL's new LA KISS?
Tim Tebow Gets 'KISS' of Support From Rocker Gene Simmons

Outspoken rock star Gene Simmons says this is America, and Tim Tebow shouldn't be bashed for expressing his Christianity. Find out why Simmons wants Tebow to play for his new Arena Football League team.

Opinion
Are televangelists abusing Yom Kippur for their own purposes?
Ron Cantor: Televangelists Abusing the 'Day of Atonement'

Author and Messianic Jew Ron Cantor says some preachers have turned the most sacred day of the Hebrew calendar into a "Madison Avenue money-making scheme." Read about his beef with them.

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