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Friday, February 10, 2006
Torino 2006 Winter Olympics

When I blogged about the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, I commented, "I have to be honest with you.  I much prefer to see images of young Americans overseas competing in the 2004 Olympic Games on MSNBC, Bravo, and NBC than seeing them with camo and kevlar on Fox news in Bush's Iraq."

Now another games is about to begin at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Torino, Italy, and sadly my 2004 comment has to be repeated.  It's a very sad statement on the condition of peace in the world and U.S. foreign policy when the first lady travels to Italy as part of the U.S. Olympic delegation and ends up talking about terrorism with the press after a meeting with Pope Benedict XVI in Rome.

However, rather than again counting car bombs, suicide bombers, and body bags -- I prefer to count bronze, silver, and gold medals -- at least during the next few weeks.  I hope for the day when angry Muslims someday thrive on the speed rush of bobsledding or the nationalistic joy of bringing home a gold medal rather than the hopelessness of violence and destruction, chronic unemployment, and futile unchecked rage against the rest of the planet.

How about you?  Do you even pay attention to the Olympic Games?  Do you have a favorite winter game sport?  I love hockey!

Here are some handy-dandy links to the Olympic action:

Torino 2006 Games

 Alpine Skiing - NBC  Figure Skating - NBC  Short Track - NBC
 Biathalon - NBC  Freestyle Skiing - NBC  Skeleton - NBC
 Bobsled - NBC  Ice Hockey - NBC  Ski Jumping - NBC
 Cross Country - NBC  Luge - NBC  Snowboarding - NBC
 Curling - NBC  Nordic Combined - NBC  Speed Skating - NBC

Here are some other links I thought were very cool.

U.S. Olympic team web sites

 Paralympics  Curling  Luge
 Biathalon  Figure Skating  Speed Skating
 Bobsled / Skeleton  Ice Hockey  Skiing

International web sites

 Paralympics  Olympic Museum  Official olympic site
 Bejing 2008  Vancouver 2010  London 2012

[Headphones] :: Safe To Land - The Wreck

Tuesday, February 07, 2006
Cartoon Violence

cartoon by John Sherffius - click for more

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.

[Headphones] :: Allah's Helicopter (beta) - JfZ

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)



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

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.

Click on the Swamp Gas logo for the smelly menu.

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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