As you must be aware, Zacharias Moussaoui was found guilty and sentenced to life without parole last week. While I realize this is a serious topic for some people, I will be doing some research for a conspiracy theory entry about Moussaoui. He was a member of al-Qaeda, but I just find it extremely odd that the government prosecuted him for the 9/11 terror attacks when the man was in federal custody at the time of the attacks. They contend that if he would have just told them about the plot, 9/11 would never have happened. At the same time, it was some bureaucrat at FBI headquarters that blocked searching Moussaoui's computer before 9/11. Even if the FBI had had his PC, the best FBI track record for previously connecting the dots was on a Denny's restaurant kid's menu.
The government contends he was the so-called 20th hijacker. If so, his al-Qaeda bosses who planned 9/11 will never see a U.S. court room because the CIA would have to admit too many ugly things, like statements made under duress of torture.
Some people feel he is just a convenient scapegoat to help the U.S. public put some closure on 9/11. Some people feel that his actual importance in al-Qaeda was very limited, that he was basically a lackey. All these things are definitely conspiracy theory fodder, and I'll be looking into it.
Meanwhile, I thought I'd take a much lighter look at the Zacharias Moussaoui trial.
Below are two artist renditions of him during his trial. I thought it might be fun for us all for you to look at these two images and then write a completely inappropriate caption for each in the comments. Whispers: (mouse over the images for mine)
Some of the cast of Battlestar Galactica, left to right:
Dr. Gaius Baltar (James Callis)
Number 6 (Tricia Helfer)
Col. Saul Tigh (Michael Hogan)
Laura Roslin (Mary McDonnell)
Cmdr. William Adama (Edward James Olmos)
Capt. Lee 'Apollo' Adama (Jamie Bamber)
Chief Petty Officer Galen Tyrol (Aaron Douglas)
Lt. Sharon 'Boomer' Valerii (Grace Park)
Lt. Kara 'Starbuck' Thrace (Katee Sackhoff)
Cast your vote in the comments!
There are a couple of hotties not pictured here. Check out the newly launched Scifipedia for more information on BSG. Anastasia Dualla (Kandyse McClure) had a steamin' hot scene with Lee Adama (Jamie Bamber) in Season 2, imho. Season 3 airs in October.
Anastasia Dualla's first love interest was Laura Roslin's assistant, Billy Keikeya (Paul Campbell). If you really want to know why Billy had to die, you can listen to the Media Blvd magazine interview with Paul Campbell in a podcast here.
Also, gamers and collectors will soon have a BSG Collectable Card Game. The BSG CCG is being offered by Wiz Kid Games.
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.
deadringer » Very good site, I enjoyed it immensely brynn » last one was a broken link, sorry. brynn » i miss you. Hurricane Reno » Thanks 4 visiting! Yup, Tremor brother blog. Jude » huzzah Rita » Greetings John, Good to see you in the "featured" spot. Blessings to you. Dennis » Is good see you site, see you alive, do hear you feel goot. Like me to see U scribble words page on. Make happy me! SE Ohio suckee! Village People OK, yes! YMCA!!! plh » murble all we get is a murble? LOL J f Z » Murrrrrble. Jude » Heya sex-kitten... plh » Happy Keester HEHEHE xyz » my msg celticautumn » I try my hardest to keep blogging. Please, save my page somewhere, I really want people to read. plh » where have you gotten off to or lost? Lucinda » This is the nice tag board ever yeah. Sinja » Could you link them for me so I can snag one? Sinja » Hey John, was it you that had made those Blogdrive logo images in different colors? Snotball » hey man... thanks for noticing our blog... i was wondering if you play online games at all such as World of Warcraft... yesterday i got killed by someone named Murble... well see ya later.. Kristi/Unknown » Hey darlin, if I can get out before they take all my stuff, I'll be happy. A new one is bound to come my way and hopefully soon. JfZ thinks aloud » <-- Generation Debt by Anya Kamenetz. Mirror Ball » Hey John -- thanks for trying to help me in the help forum the other week. I'm sorry I took so long to get back to you, but I've been running with celebrity interviews. Take care. J f Z » Thanks, Asahd. You have a nice collection of desktop wallpapers. Asahd2 » First time visitor, nice site. Mitchelton Milo » Bad news everyone! I'm afraid that Buttom Mutton accidently walked off the jetty and got drowned! Gloria » Holy frack, season 2 finale, J! ETS » must see -- http://ethelie.blogdrive.com PLEASE VOTE FOR ME KellyK » *stab! stab!* plh » *arggggggggggg - i went to my gmail and i cleaned it out before bed lastnight of spam - there were 99 more porkers in there waitin for me a few minutes ago JfZ thinks aloud » <-- The Vidrines stopped by for a visit. JesterJosh » before they pass some VD onto you? J f Z » ... before they take all your stuff? Kristi/Unknown » Thought for the day: When you really truely love someone and it doesn't seem to be working out.... when do you say enough is enough? Gloria » Teh. TEH. Halcyon » I have often considered teh number of problems that cranial amputation could solve Kristi/Unknown » Hello to those who know me. A wink and a smile to all of you. Kristi/Unknown » Hello to those who know me. A wink and a smile to all of you. Gloria » Got you pegged, eh? Dennis H » "Ha Ha Ha American" is GREAT! They got us pegged, eh? Jfz - need your home e-mail - send to mine - you have it! plh » ~*~ HAPPY VALENTINES DAY ~*~ Lyly » Belated Happy Birthday, John. Oh yeah, Happy Valentine's Day too. Who said I'm not in the spirit. melicious » Happy bday 2 u. Happy bday 2 u. Happy BDAY 2 DAYS LATE. Happy bday 2 u!! xoxoxoxoxo J f Z » <-- drop down menu on Web-Litter blog for Skype. Bottom left on the page. Nurse Rosetta » Skype?
Putting aside the argument of the pros and cons of nuclear energy for a day, here is an image that I had in my mind when I wrote "Remembering Chernobyl" on Dark Skies. There are a number of links in that entry for you to explore. Just in case you miss it there, here's the link to the Chernobyl Childrens Progam charity.
It's been about 60 days that I left you alone, but now I'm back. While it is clear to me that half of you didn't even notice I wasn't posting entries on Thunderstorms and the other half of you didn't care, there were a few concerned people. This entry is for those few.
I wasn't technically gone. I was simply debating with myself whether or not to continue the Thunderstorms blog. I took the time away from here to make some commitments -- to developing Web Litter and Dark Skies into blogs I could like -- and to post on them. I almost gave up blogging altogether, but then I remembered something ... a little advice that I have given other people in the past.
I don't do this for you. Ultimately, I enjoy blogdrive for me. If my blog happens to be entertaining for other people, then I'll take the bonus points. Meanwhile, I remembered that I don't care if you are entertained because the reason Thunderstorms was created in the first place was to keep me sane and happy.
Since the majority of visitors here are fellow blogdrivers, here's my shaman message:
Unless you happen to be the one in ten million people that get paid to blog, then you have to remember that you blog for your own entertainment and satisfaction.
While I wallowed around in my own indecision because of personal and business matters that seem to continue to disappoint me, I withdrew and stopped blogging. I don't like to post entries here about my personal matters. In the past, my snarky attitude about politics and the world has earned me a fair number of grouchy people who like to send me hate mail. That's fine, I like email of any kind.
I'm always protective of my personal info so the one lone nutjob in the bag of peanuts doesn't come to my house. I imagine I'd feel terrible for a few minutes if I had to double-tap someone down for their eternal dirt nap, even if they were a crazy person.
I get weird comments or contact mail because of my opinions, or from some odd story that I blog about here. When I blogged negatively about Bush and Iraq, I got my share of haters. But I also get interesting stuff from what I call the Googlers.
Googlers are people who come to Thunderstorms from a link on Google (or other search engines) after they look up their own name or someone they know. Some of the Googlers are more interesting than others. Vampire Don, from Mad Mad House, commented on an entry and we ended up emailing back and forth. Some of my Swamp Gas entries have produced comments from people in Florida, like the Squirrel Lady.
The most extreme Googler interaction was from a family of a soldier killed in Iraq. That was not pleasant. They could not seperate my dissproval for Bush's war of choice in Iraq with their feeling that I was somehow against their dead family member, or the military in general, because of it. Being a military veteran myself, their confusion and anger absolutely mortified me. That was not the reaction I intended to invoke from anyone -- but coming from this grieving family -- I felt so terrible for their confusion. A few of you may remember that as it played out in comments and on my tag board, that summer.
Since I've been speeding down memory lane, I guess I should point out that I created some yearly archive calendars for you. You can access them from the links on the left -- below the tag board and above the monthly calendar.
I guess I should warn you, too. I renewed my paid subscription with blogdrive for another year. This means several things. I will likely design more T-Shirts on zazzle to help pay for it, so look for those entries. I have developed Dark Skies and Web Litter into blogs that I like, different than Thunderstorms, and you'll likely see my hand in the BD home polls occasionally.
In addition, some cohorts and I are developing a .com website this next year, so I'll likely have to promote it here, once it is worthy of your attention. Also, if you come to Thunderstorms and it looks completely unfamiliar, it could be that I'm just experimenting that day with new graphics or beta-testing some functionality.