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Astarte lays it down: “In California, while our lawmakers wrestle with legislation to ban video game sales to minors – something that many, many retailers ALREADY DO, our children can’t go to the libraries at their schools and check out books because the schools can’t afford to staff librarians.” She also notes something interesting while taking a stroll through the history of great Democrats who like to make a fuss about censoring silly stuff. The ‘G’ rating for movies, as we know, denotes good, clean fun. It also denotes the sort of movie that no one ever wants to go see. As a result, filmmakers have incentive to sprinkle in a bit of violence, or sex, or swearing, just to bump up to a PG rating and boost sales. Fair warning to be careful before you get into high dudgeon over “offensive” media.

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