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Tuesday, January 31, 2006
Tag Board Archive - January 2006

Everyone!  Into the pool!!
So ... why?  Well, I go through the TAG board periodically (or when asked) and delete entries.  Mainly I delete your entries because it reloads the page periodically or when you add a new entry for chatting and when it gets too large, it takes up bandwidth loading constantly.  My general rule was this: if you put an annoying little smilie emoticon on the TAG, that entry was the first to go when I cleaned house.

The second rule: if the entry was older.  But the second rule bummed me out because I hate to throw away memories, so, some entries were deemed to be classics and had to be preserved (like Hygelic reading my blog in the bathroom on his cell phone).

Then the first and second rules unfortunately clashed when it came to old school phreeks who might put an ascii emoticon at the end of their sentence, like Skennedy (et al).  These people were violating my first unstated rule through no fault of their own, and, because the programmers of the TAG board must have thought to themselves, "how handy-fucking-dandy would it be if we just translated every ascii emoticon to a different happy little yellow face?"  So, they dropped another few hits of Exstacy, patted each other on the back and went back to coding the TAG board.

So, whether it is a good thing or a bad thing -- I've decided to archive the TAG board here for all to see -- and still be able to delete older entries (and keep the TAG.html small) with a clear conscience.  I normally archive halfway through the month.

Read 2005 Archive:

Read 2004 Archive:
[Prior to July 2004]

BM » Cool blog. Check out mine (:
J f Z » <-- I'm testing a Skype pulldown menu on web-litter.
Static Brain » /ehugs/ to you too. So where is the skype you told me about? On my tag board you said you installed it on one of your blogs. I can't find it. Now I am kinda confused. LOL.
Gloria » Lmao.
burkyTEA » hey, i started my site up. not much to it yet, and no comic yet. click me name. oh, and beards are classic.
michael german » tell my gril friend that love her very much
michael german » are we going to huke up to tonignt
michael german » what up whith my brothers to day
Lyly » Hey John, droppin' by.
J f Z » *Unknown - I'll trim my beard, if you send me a photo of your chick runway. *Aresenal - I'm flattered if anyone ever hits [next page] on the bottom right. *Genie and PHL - Howdy!
Kristi/Unknown » Too much face fuzz telle me the person is hiding from something, who knows exactly what? Just the person and God (Higher Power)
Kristi/Unknown » Okay, JFZ, can the beard. At least trim it some. I prefer clean shaven to furry. But, if one would rather have a beard, then keeping it trim close to the face is preferred.
arsenal » Hi there and hope all is well. I must admit, I don't know where to start reading your blog.. There is so much here.
Genie » hey. dropping by....
plh » zombies anyone?
Brandon Starr » A sexually-frustrated Marine is a Marine ready to kill. Just wrote a bit about astrologically-based investing.
J f Z » /blush/
Jude » damn...I really like that foto -->
Jude » hey john...I posted an entry, inspired by your tag on aside re Milton. *grin*
J f Z » <-- [click] Hey Dennis! Sounds like you just read "Blackhole Son"
etnies punk » Is this Dennis John Mical? full of questions Am i not.
etnies punk » is anybody on the board tonight?
Jude » *growl* ...see comment -->
Dennis » At the table sat the Prophet, Alone with his shades. On his left hand was his Koran, on his right his lemonaide.
Jude » *gooses JfZ, cops a quick feel; leaves a copy of "Paradise Lost" (the Dr. Seuss-illustrated version) on the doorstep*
plh » goat-tees are nice - you could trim the beard to one hehehe
dj »
dj » heyhey
dj » heyhey
J f Z » Techinically, I am IN here.
Jude » no
etnies punk » is anybody out there?
plh » *snoopy dances across JfZs blog... nice pic montage - how did you get my pic (lower right corner) to use?
Kristi/Unknown » Happy New Year all! I'm jealous cuz you got to visit with Mel and I didn't!
Kristi/Unknown » Happy New Year all! I'm jealous cuz you got to visit with Mel and I didn't!
freshmint » hi there
Gloria » Aw, jeezers, J. *hugs*
Gloria » Happy New Year, J-zers.

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Thursday, January 19, 2006
Sundance Film Festival

The 2006 Sundance Film Festival has begun and there are a gaggle of films for you to watch online as they premiere over the next week or so.  You know I like to blog about indie films and festivals.  One short documentary I watched tonight is called "Ha Ha Ha America."

Since I know many of you read my blog for political commentary and satire, I highly recommend you spend 17 minutes watching this short.  It'll sum up a year's worth of watching CNN's Lou Dobbs and save you 15,583 minutes of your life.

"Ha Ha Ha America" is a fast moving montage film with captions and a very cool soundtrack, in my humble opinion.  If you watch this film and don't get why so many Americans are not happy with the Bush Administration on so many levels, you should look in the mirror and tell yourself, "I'm glad I took that day off of work at Walmart to vote for my hero, George W. Bush."  However, if you're not totally brainwashed, but don't usually have an interest in geopolitics and international trade, it might open your mind to some of these issues like a ballpeen hammer to your forehead.

If you check out the Sundance Film Festival website and have some comments to make about other films available for us online, please feel free to make a comment, and share your thoughts.  For your convenience and courtesy of the Internet Movie Database (IMDb), here is a list of films showing at Sundance 2006 with links to IMDb pages:


Alpha Dog
Art School Confidential
The Darwin Awards
Don't Come Knocking
Friends with Money
The Illusionist
Kinky Boots
Little Miss Sunshine
A Little Trip to Heaven
Lucky Number Slevin
Neil Young: Heart of Gold
The Night Listener
The Science of Sleep
The Secret Life of Words
Thank You for Smoking
This Film Is Not Yet Rated

Independent Film Competition: Documentary

American Blackout
Crossing Arizona
God Grew Tired of Us
The Ground Truth: After the Killing Ends
Iraq in Fragments
A Lion in the House
small town gay bar
So Much So Fast
'Tis Autumn: The Search for Jackie Paris
The Trials of Darryl Hunt
TV Junkie
An Unreasonable Man
Wide Awake
The World According to Sesame Street


a Darkness Swallowed
Old Joy
Pine Flat
Wild Tigers I Have Known

Park City at Midnight

American Hardcore
Awesome: I Fuckin' Shot That!
The Descent
The Foot Fist Way
Subject Two

Sundance Collection

Mala Noche
Paris, Texas



Adams æbler (Adam's Apples)
All Aboard! Rosie's Family Cruise
Batalla en el cielo (Battle in Heaven)
Beyond Beats and Rhymes: A Hip-Hop Head Weighs in on Manhood in Hip-Hop Culture
Clear Cut: The Story of Philomath, Oregon
Everyone Stares: The Police Inside Out
Forgiving the Franklins
An Innoncent Truth
Journey from the Fall
Leonard Cohen: I'm Your Man
Man Push Cart
Off the Black
Open Window
The Proposition
Punching at the Sun
La Tragedia de Marcario
What Remains
Who Killed the Electric Car?
Who Needs Sleep?
Wrestling with Angels: Playwright Tony Kushner

Independent Film Competition: Dramatic

Come Early Morning
Flannel Pajamas
A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints
Half Nelson
The Hawk Is Dying
In Between Days
Puccini for Beginners
Right at Your Door
Steel City
Stephanie Daley
Wristcutters: A Love Story

World Cinema Competition: Documentary

5 Days
angry monk - reflections on tibet
Black Gold
By the Ways, a Journey with William Eggleston
Dear Pyongyang
DeNADIE (No One)
The Giant Buddhas
I for India
En el hoyo (In the Pit)
Die Große Stille, Die (Into Great Silence)
The Short Life of Jose Antonio Guiterrez
Unfolding Florence: The Many Lives of Florence Broadhurst
Viva Zapatero!

World Cinema Competition: Dramatic

13 Tzameti
El Aura (The Aura)
Ang Pagdadalaga ni Maximo Oliveros (The Blossoming of Maximo Oliveros)
Eve & the Fire Horse
Casa de areia (The House of Sand)
Yawarakai seikatsu (It's Only Talk)
Dunia (Kiss Me Not on the Eyes)
Little Red Flowers
No. 2
One Last Dance
The Peter Pan Formula
Sólo Dios sabe
Jezile (Son of Man)



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Tuesday, January 17, 2006
Swamp Gas v.008

Welcome to Swamp Gas in the Imajica.  Similar to the You Can't Make This Shit Up (YCMTSU) section, Swamp Gas will focus solely on news and items of interest in the sunshine state of Florida.

They say, "All the nuts in America roll downhill to Florida."  So let's just see how true that phrase really is.

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Swamp Gas v. 008

 Daugherty and Hooks - 16 and 18


The beginning of 2006 during early January should be called 'troubled teen' week in Florida.  Brian Hooks, 17, Kevin Daugherty, 18 and William Ammans, 18, (not pictured) went on a savage spree of beating homeless people in the popular beach community of Fort Lauderdale.  They attacked three different homeless men with baseball bats over the course of one night.  Two of the three men survived their attacks, but Norris Gaynor did not.  He was killed by these thrill seeking teenagers.

One of the attacks was caught on a campus surveillance camera, and the shocking video of the teens beating a defenseless man with baseball bats was then played repeatedly on local and national news outlets.  The three teens now face aggravated assault and murder charges.  In Florida, they could face the death penalty for their night of thrills.  For an in-depth discussion of this story and homelessness, read "Homeless in Paradise" on Dark Skies.


 Boatman - 19


By all accounts, Leo Boatman, 19, certainly had a troubled childhood.  Nonetheless, he stole a relative's AK-47, travelled across Florida to the Ocala Nation Forest where he shot and killed two student campers, Amber Peck and John Parker.  According to authorites, he told his friend that he aspired to be a serial killer.   Who says kids these days don't have goals?


 Penley - 15 LONGWOOD

Chris Penley, 15, went to his middle school, in Longwood, Florida, with a pellet gun sprayed painted flat black to resemble a typical 9mm hand gun.  After students freaked out in Columbine fashion, Penley ended up stealing away to a restroom.  Despite some controversy raised about the incident in hindsight, the bottom line is that when he raised his gun and aimed at police, he was shot and killed by a sheriff's deputy.  His organs were donated after his death.


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Friday, January 13, 2006
Global War on Sex

Here's a little something you likely won't see in military recruiting brochures and advertising.  According to a recent news article on the Armed Forces Information Services (AFIS) site, the Democrusader just signed a human trafficking law that goes as far as criminalizing prostitution for all military personnel, even in jurisdictions where prostitution is legal and an accepted social norm.  The Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2005 amends the military manual for courts-martial.  Under the new act, any servicemember convicted of patronizing a prostitute can receive a dishonorable discharge, forfeiture of all pay and allowances and one year of confinement.  Apparently, if you go to the red light district now, the evil-doers win.

John Awtrey, director of law enforcement policy and support for the undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness, went as far as stating:

"Whether people realize it or not, most women involved in prostitution are there against their will, he said, and supporting that industry - even by going to a strip club or bar that allows prostitution - supports the worldwide human trafficking industry." ... "If you spend money there, you're giving money to the traffickers, and traffickers are criminals," he said.

Despite the common sense observation that there are thousands of strip clubs located within a taxicab's ride away from military bases all over the United States in order to cater to the pent-up desires of horny young men away from their homes and high school sweethearts, the UCMJ was modified as follows:

Patronizing a prostitute.

(a) That the accused had sexual intercourse with another person not the accused's spouse;

(b) That the accused compelled, induced, enticed, or procured such person to engage in an act of sexual intercourse in exchange for money or other compensation; and

(c) That this act was wrongful; and

(d) That, under the circumstances, the conduct of the accused was to the prejudice of good order and discipline in the armed forces or was of a nature to bring discredit upon the armed forces."

The Defense Department (DoD) has long been fixated on the topic of sex and the nexus of security risks with military and DoD personnel.  The Defense Security Service (DSS) even details interesting declassified cases of espionage through prostitution, or love of sex over love of country, as rare as they are.  However, searching for "prostitute" on the site will yield you nearly 1000 results, mostly concerning Defense Office of Hearings and Appeals (DOHA) rulings on security clearances for defense contractor employees.

I don't care about the defense contractors, honestly.  They are civilians making an obscene amount of tax-free income.  I am thinking that the many 18, 19 and 20-something-year-old enlisted personnel in the military service are the people most affected by criminalizing sex.  In point of new legal fact, if a horny soldier buys a horny local girl drinks (aka: other compensation) and they have sex outside of the Democrusader's definition of legal, godly, marriage -- that soldier can now be demoted from brave to depraved and dishonorably discharged.

"We're in a different kind of war," Dubya says.  I agree.  Three years from now, we can all begin the decade-long struggle that it will require to pull the United States out of his ass.

On a note related to BushWorld, military, and sex -- Chris Wilson was finally released from the Polk County, Florida jail to await trial.  If you've forgotten who Chris Wilson is, read "BushWorld and the Bible Belt Bust."  You can also visit the FreeChris website run by his friends and supporters.  I made a small donation via PayPal today.


[Headphones] :: Democrusader - [download] [Lo-Fi stream] by JfZ



Tuesday, January 10, 2006
New Year Beard

I started the New Year with a beard.  It's similar to the one I'm sporting above in this older image taken of me, hanging out in the French Quarter.  I'm debating with myself in the mirror everyday whether or not to just shave it off because this current beard is bushier.

Rather than the trimmed beard of some frustrated and artistic intellectual, this current beard on my face looks to me more like one worn by Osama bin Laden or the Unabomber.  I'm not alone on this.  A child called me "Grizzly Adams" (aka Dan Haggerty) over the Christmas holiday!

Similar to Blog the Haircut, I need your help, again.  Rather than wasting valuable page real estate with an actual BlogDrive Poll on my left panel, just give me your preference in a comment below, okay?

What amount of facial hair do you like on a guy?

  1. ZZTop biker beard ?
  2. Trimmed beard ?
  3. Full artistic stubble ?
  4. Full goatee and moustache?
  5. Bushy fireman's moustache ?
  6. Elvis side burns ?
  7. Trimmed moustache (excluding the Hitler)
  8. Nothing. Clean shaven, please.
  9. I have a new idea looks like ?
  10. You'd be better off wearing a paper bag.


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