Well, I guess my vacation from blogging is over. I don't know if I actually enjoyed my time off or not. I just wanted to make sure I wasn't addicted to blogging, since online addictions are all the rage nowadays. I guess I can walk away from blogging, if I had to do it.
I don't really gamble in real life or online. So, I don't think I could be a gambling addict, despite the many offers from casino spammers that I constantly delete in email and in comments here. I spent $100 in the casino on the Carnival cruise ship travelling to the Bahamas once, about eight years ago. That was minimally entertaining, at best. Also, I admit that I buy about 4 lottery tickets every year, when the jackpot becomes very large.
If I am addicted to some online-anything, it's probably just the act of being able to be online doing anything. After about a week without sitting in front of my PC doing something, I do get a little jittery.
So, while I haven't been blogging for several weeks, I have been online sneaking around behind your back. I was tempted to break my blogging hiatus several times -- for President Bush's ridiculous State of the Union speech, or the White House renaming the NSA warrantless wiretapping as the Terrorist Surveillance Program for the press, or a friend's best friend finally succumbing and dying of cancer, or the Alabama church fires, or the Super Bowl, or my birthday.
As blogworthy as those things might have been as blog fodder, I stayed the course and just chilled out. I finally crawled up to the blog when the controversial political cartoons depicting the prophet of Islam continues to cause the faithful Muslims around the world to burn stuff.
I was disappointed that the Superbowl didn't set my hometown of Detroit in a pre-Halloween conflagration, but it is comforting for me to know that a few cartoons can piss off people enough to spur violence and riots. That just gives me a warm and fuzzy feeling all over, and I had to share it with you.
Politically, I'm Libertarian. On the issues of freedom of speech, freedom of expression, and freedom of the press, I feel there is too much censorship already by any number of organizations in society -- corporate, religious, and governmental.
I feel that sunshine, or the light of day, is the best cleanser for bigotry. If bigotry and intolerant speech is outlawed and kept underground, it does little to fix the real problem -- except to put lipstick on a pig, or rouge on a cadaver. The best places to read about this cartoon violence is at Islam Online and the political cartoon blog by Daryl Cagle.
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.
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. awesome » I LIKE EXACTLY COOL.JON awesome » I LIKE YOUR WEB SITE SO MUCH SUCH A GREAT. lucinda » COOL WEB SITE YEAH. 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.
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:
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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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.
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?
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.
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 defense.mil 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.