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Wednesday, February 02, 2005
The Democrusader

 The Democrusader with new U.S. flag

California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, an ambitious actor famous for his roles in the Terminator action movie series, proudly became known as The Governator.  It also has been rumored for years that United States president George W. Bush enjoys nicknaming the people with whom he works and it's fairly apparent to me that Dubya doesn't mind having a nickname given to him.

So I'm giving him one -- The Democrusader.  If you like my new word, please feel free to use it when referring to the president of the United States especially whenever blogging about his foreign policy agenda.  If we all use this new nickname, instead of Dubya, I'm hopeful that it will catch on and we'll have happy exclusivity on Google search results for some time.  It'll be fun.

If you've already read a few entries on Thunderstorms in the Imajica in 2004,  you're already aware that I often like to make my own illustrations in order to make some point.  What you may not know is that sometimes I have the blasted blog entry topic bouncing around within the domed confines of my skull like a kangaroo on a crack cocaine.  During this symptomatic time, I might end up designing and producing the illustration first and humbly hope I can craft the words to properly construct the argument for the topic.  The Democrusader is one of those topics.

What causes this delay and subsequent troubling unrest in the population of hamsters powering the exercise wheels of my gray matter?  The Democrusader image is a controversial visual topic beyond the labels of division in red and blue state America.  It may blaspemously offend insecure Christians.  It may instantly send patriotic Americans into a hypertensive fit and cause them to lash out.  It's a topic felt deeply by most, debated hotly by some, and then denied generally by the ones actually driving the bus in the business of Bushworld.

I'm troubled because after thinking about George W. Bush's inaugural speech heard 'round the world, the usual suspects in the president's critic corner and peanut gallery have expanded domestically to include more conservatives, let alone international fears of hegemony and empire.  No longer is it the exlusive domain for Howard Dean.  No longer are the worrisome predictions over Bushworld just coming from the liberal media elite and their blue state lackeys.

You think about it with me for a minute.  When is the last time you heard about Al Franken, or Michael Moore, or sign-wielding protestors on the mainstream radio and TV broadcast media?  Why not?  Because nothing is really funny about the next four years with no parole in sight.

Sheeple also get really angry when you parody, piss on, or persecute their messiah.  But, before you're tempted to bash in my blasphemous brains with your bible, read a little in Revelations.

The great Roman Empire had its own 911 in 64 A.D. when nearly the entire city of Rome burned to the ground.  The Roman Emperor Nero then began his own War on Terror and rounded up the early Christians.  It is believed that most of the scriptural references in Revelations made about the apocalyspe depict this admittedly gruesome period of persecution.  Some religious scholars consider Nero to be the first anti-christ.

That bit of history got me pondering the big picture.  Assuming the human race survives for another 500 or 1000 years, how will Islamic scholars depict The Democrusader in their religious texts?  What of Abu Gharaib or Guantanamo?  How will the battle in the holy city of Najaf or the bombing of Fallujah be characterized and immortalized for the ages? 

It's enough to make some U.S. citizens start drinking during The Democrusader's upcoming State of the Union address because I'm not the only person that worries the modern day Nero seems to have some weird messianic empire fantasies.  What will The Democrusader say next?

[Headphones] :: Bush and Brando Debate - JfZ

Monday, January 31, 2005
TAG Board Archive - January 2005

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 2004 Archive:
[Prior to July 2004]

angelgrayson Drive by taggin! Thumbnails are evil.
SSunsprite hope this tag finds you well
Halcyon I think Glorias idea of massaging my neck would no doubt involve strangulation
Halcyon Horrific nasty physical chemistry, you?
angelgrayson Hey just checking things out!
Lyly afternoon, John
Gloria I feel like chicken to-night! Chicken to-night!
Jagged Coulda sworn I tagged a few days ago. Well, I'm tagging now! *tags* There. *flutters away*
firepixie the tag you left on my blog --- no idea what you're talking about. haha.
J f Z *Wailsy: I marvel in your randomness. *Rocker: welcome back! *Hexawulf: very cool! *Firepixie: Aww, thanks.
firepixie thanks for stoppin' by. hope you're well
hexawulf I'm new to the blogging scene, and so far you, Sinister, and few are making me warm up to the whole thing. Nice.
hexawulf Hello JFZ, found your website bookmarked on one of my co-workers's workstation. Great blog, man. Hope to drop by often.
Rocker Haven't read here in a while, just dropping by.
wailfulrhyme Four More Wars!
~justme~ spam in the mornin', spam in the evenin', spam at anyyyytiiiiiiimmmmeeeee
J f Z *Sigh* I deleted two previous lame-ass spams. Sadly, I finally fell asleep, the 3rd one came, and I have to leave it now since you guys talked about it.
Lyly hehe nice t-shirt. i see you've been hit by a spambot.
Brandon Starr Anyway, if you like Futurama, I put up some trivia questions today. Let the Bush-second-term escapism begin!
Brandon Starr What the hell is up with "insurance quotes?" I think he's taken his work home with him once too often.
insurance quotes <h1>You can also check the sites dedicated to<A HREF="" > insurance quotes </A> insurance quotes <A HREF="" >
StrangeAppeal thanks for the tag. great blog you've got here!
firepixie hey - thanks for the comment, appreciate it. hope ur well.
Lyly Hehe you've been profilin', haven't you John? . BTW, I'm working on a new ink1 song.; dark; sexy, a John Carpenter-like landscape.
wailfulrhyme there, you've got your dose of randomness, from me, anyways.
wailfulrhyme ...even if just a little bit. plus they get snow days there if there's even just 3 inches of snow. wheeeee! wieners!
wailfulrhyme thanks, although i was hoping that by going to Toronto, I'd get away from the cooler weather.
J f Z *Wail: Rawr! *Kristi: I've been wearing camoflage boxers while online lately. *Olefitz: I'll email that photo, then. *Lyly: Thanks, I didn't know you rented porn!
foo3 errr
pesky award nomination?blur here but congrats anyhow!!
pesky utterly hilarious
Lyly Congrats on the award nomination.
OleFitz Mikey & Jan- Been there froze up
kristi Peek a Boo, I don't see you. lol
wailfulrhyme meow
J f Z Heh. SnarkyChick is an evil tri-lingual squirrel.
snarkychick. hola. bonjour. hello.
firepixie just stoppin' in to say hello. hope you're well.
marek hey, thank you for conspiracy theory mp3. i'm looking for it for each time. sorry for my horrible english but I'm polen
ElvenSarah Hey, check this out military working on a chemical to make enemies too horny to fight!
ElvenSarah Congrats!
Brandon Starr You can find the Kaufman award info at
Dennis I just dropped by to see what condition your condition is in. I proud to be your friend.
J f Z Wow, Brandon. I'm confused what that is, but it sounds better than "Blogdriver Most Deserving More Lithium," so I'm happy.
Brandon Starr JfZ, congratulations on being a semifinalist for the Koufax award for "Blog Most Deserving More Attention!"
CuriouslyMad hiding out are ya?
citizendude Hullo mate, just had to come by and say hello. I know its close to two weeks into '05 but what the heck, Happy New Years, mate.
Akira3099 I don't know how many times someone has said this, but we were listening to the Doors-"riders of the storm", in the car today and I thought of you. Couldn't live without tellin' ya. Later
J f Z thinks aloud <-- Sarah, Party at your Permalink. I'll bring the Jim Jones Kool Aide and the Aum Shinrikyo party favors.
ElvenSarah I can't say that for many of the other comments posted in the debate.
ElvenSarah Thank you for your comments in my debate blog! You are very insightful and I am happy that you have actually done some research and don't just speak out of your talking ass.
bee ur mum looks awesome!! gorgeous.
wailfulrhyme yeah, i see where you get it from, JFZ! rawr! haha. *insert more compliments here*
RaeJane That is an amazingly beautiful picture and your mom looks gorgeous! Simply gorgeous!
J f Z Thanks everyone!
CuriouslyMad I also love the pic of your mom
CuriouslyMad sent you an e mail.
be hi interesting blogs and links
Sevencrows Nice colors. Like the lightning too.
Urban Gypsy just bloggin by, love your pics!
wailfulrhyme ........seriously!
wailfulrhyme your mom's hot!
wailfulrhyme bangers!
wailfulrhyme heh. naw... it's a south park reference.
J f Z Balls-on-chin? You mean like Tippy, the trained seal at SeaWorld? Heh.
wailfulrhyme *nods* i'm afraid you found me out, sir balls-on-chin. (try to top that one. hahaha)
Lyly J f Z- that link for Kristi - hehe very nice!
J f Z Wail?! You are such a stoner. And if you're not, you should be. Heh.
wailfulrhyme *runs away*
wailfulrhyme seriously...........puddin'!
wailfulrhyme *blink*
wailfulrhyme never call me macaroni head... you're macaroni head. *throws macaroni on your head* see?!
xaos *lick*
J f Z thinks aloud <-- For Kristi. I give in to your sick and twisted demands, then.
melicious (c) Happy 2005 to everyone!!! Luv Mel
ElvenSarah Hey JFZ, here is another sexy blog by Jez:
kristi You are banned until further notice or until you give in to my sick demented demands. lol
criedmeout Happy New Year!
Lyly Looked at some of the webcams last night, thank you.
KellyK Happy new year!! *hugs*

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Sunday, January 30, 2005
Evil Thumbnails v1.04

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Welcome to my Evil Thumbnails page.

Millions of people store billions of images on the internet.  You can never tell what the image really is from its filename.

I thought I'd take it a step further. I'll even let you see a part of the image.

See if you can guess what the image really is.

Click on the Evil Thumbnail to view the entire image.
016 It's breaktime for the thankless moderator of the Mike Myers Fat Bastard Fantasy Sex chatroom.  Satisfaction comes from a job done well.
017 TeleTubby Tinky Winky is purple.  Maybe Jerry Falwell was right.
018 First-date conversations need not be uncomfortable.  Dating tip: this is what happens should you ask about anal sex.
019 At least everyone agrees that getting a little head is always a good thing.
020 In sexual matters, it's true. Indecision can make you cross-eyed.

[Headphones] :: Evil Stevie: Activate! - JfZ

Friday, January 28, 2005
Yellow Brick Road in Iraq

 Saddam won the last election
Shia, Sunnis, and Kurds ... oh my!  The people of Iraq are skipping down that yellow brick road toward a democratic Iraq as voting takes place over the next two days.  Even though the U.S. military already landed their house on the wicked witch Saddam Hussein very early on in this story, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi is still rubbing his hands together and still has his legions of flying monkey terrorists to thwart the journey toward democracy.  More importantly, military service members are meanwhile clicking their ruby combat boots together while silently remembering the famously appropriate and poignant Dorothy supplication, "there's no place like home."

It's difficult enough for most Americans to understand the politics in the United States, let alone have any grasp or informed opinion for the Wizard of Oz cast of political characters in Iraq.  While I am no expert in this matter, I hope to give you enough information on the subject so you won't sound like an idiot in front of your friends.  One can hope, anyway.

First of all, it's helpful to have a rudimentary understanding of the political situation in Iraq.  BBC news has a helpful Q&A page for the Iraq election process.  Another good BBC reference page describes the Iraqi political entities and who they represent.  It is entitled "Iraq election: Who is running?" with a breakdown of the following sections:

With a majority of Iraqi citizens being Shia, it's a fair assumption that they will be the majority winners in the Iraqi election.  Sunni Iraqis, previously in power, but only representing about 20% of the population, likely will not even vote in the election.  Al-Zarqawi and Iraqi insurgent groups have focussed on the fears of Sunnis losing power and have pursued a strategy of declaring the election a total sham.

Meanwhile, Kurds in the northern region established a regional government during the long years following the first Gulf War when the country was divided into thirds, sanctioned, and the Kurdish north was partially peaceful as one of two No-fly Zones.  While not in the majority, Kurds are participating in the election and will have representation.

For a good analysis of the political situation in Iraq and other Middle-Eastern foreign policy matters, check out Informed Comment, by University of Michigan professor, Juan Cole.  For more personal accounts of the Iraqi election, check out the daily comments on the BBC Iraqi Election Log.

Whatever your opinion is of the BushWorld decision to invade Iraq in the first place, and whatever the outcome of the Iraqi election will be, you and I should be able to easily agree in the hopes for the Iraqi people to be able to move forward toward full autonomy and that our MNF troops can come home safely.  The potential for the shit-to-hit-the-fan still exists in Iraq.  A prolonged post-election civil war is the nightmare scenario for everyone concerned.

Keep Toto close to you, click your heels, and repeat after me: "There's no place like home ... there's no place like home ... there's no place like home."

[Headphones] :: Dancing with the Dubya - JfZ

Wednesday, January 26, 2005
Grouchy Sundance Rock

 a fellow grouch
This is a big week for films, flicks, movies, aka motion pictures.  The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced their nominees for the 77th Annual Academy Awards show being broadcast next month, commonly known as the Oscars.

Best Picture Nominees:
The Aviator
Finding Neverland
Million Dollar Baby

Click on the above links to view trailers/clips.  If you think yourself a film expert, are just the betting type, or really want a 37" Plasma TV, go ahead and play the Oscar Prediction Game.

Sadly, I have not seen any of these films yet.  However, since they were nominated for an academy award, I'm sure they'll be in theaters around the country long enough to squeeze a few more final bucks from the film-going public for some time.  Have you seen any of these films?  Which one would you like to see win an Oscar?

Even if I don't get an opportunity to see any academy award nominated films in the next month, I'm fairly certain I'm going to bookmark my calendar to watch the award show.  Chris Rock is to be the Oscars host.  While I may be a stupid cracker from Detroit, Chris Rock is one of my all-time comedy heroes.  Chris is funny.  He rocks.

Or, you can check out the 2005 Sundance Film FestivalAtomfilms blogs Sundance and has viewable 2005 Sundance clips, besides their greatest hits film shorts archive. 

Since this is likely going to be my only ummy oreo cookie filling or fluffy bunny entry sandwiched in between two more serious topics of politix in Iraq and America this week, I'd also like to point out some fluffy bunny stuff around Thunderstorms.

First, I added some rotating banner linkage under my Phreeks on the left.  I found an HFD javascript to mod in order to rotate some 120x60 pixel grafix that I have so much fun creating and I'm just too damn impatient to wait for Duke to finish his classes and make stuff for me.  Right now, the majority of links go to the more popular internal Thunderstorms menu pages and my own stuff -- with the exception of fellow blogdrivers, Brandon Starr and Betamale, for whom I had already designed some sort of grafix.  I'll be adding more grafix and linkage as time and motivation permits.

Speaking of friends, I'd like everyone to head over to Scott Kennedy's blog and wish him happy birthday on Friday.  And, speaking of films, I am hopeful that we'll see Skennedy (who I usually refer to as Xavier, from the Imajica BBS daze back in the d-a-y) someday getting high recognition in the film industry.  He's very talented.  A little more than a year ago, Scott received the Lou Wolf Memorial Scholarship award from the Society of Motion Pictures and Television Engineers.  So, go show him some birthday love.

Also, Friday is Sci-Fi channel TV night for me.  I'll be glued to the TV for about 4 hours getting my fix of Andromeda, Stargate SG-1, Atlantis, and BSG.  I may have to watch BSG late into the night, as Monk is usually fresh.

Oh, FYISuperbowl Sunday is my birthday.

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