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Friday, October 01, 2004
Presidential De(mastur)bate


It's easier to make a difference than you think
I watched the first presidential debate last night.  The focus was U.S. foreign policy.  When specifically asked by moderator, Jim Lehrer, both candidates felt as though nuclear proliferation was going to be a big concern of the next president.  John Kerry added, "and other weapons of mass destruction."  I wondered if that quick additional comment wasn't a left hook under George Bush's ribs about no Iraqi WMDs, or just to bait ole Dubya into saying nucular.

Bush then quickly added "weapons of mass destruction in the hands of terrorists" as if to give a pass to the failure of his administration on proliferation despite Libya and hopeful rhetoric about the rest of the middle east.  Bush actually had the temerity to take credit for 'busting the A.Q. Khan network', which perked my ears up a notch or three.  A.Q. Khan is alive and well and living comfortably in Pakistan, with an official pardon from Bush's paid surrogate, Pakistani president Pervez Musharav.  Since we outsourced the War on Terror to the Musharav regime as an independent contractor, or a Bush World subsidiary, to the tune of billions of dollars in debt write-off and additional foreign aid, how can Bush be proud of his record on this?  Oh, because Bush says he knows these people.

Really?  A funny thing happened the other day when interim Bush-puppet Allawi was paying homage to his benefactors in Washington, D.C.  Sitting next to Allawi in those oft photographed big comfy chairs in a room in the White House, Bush actually said:
"The Prime Minister said something very interesting a while ago, and it's important for the American people to understand. Our strategy is to help the Iraqis help themselves. It's important that we train Iraqi troops. There are nearly 100,000 troops trained. The Afghan national army is a part of the army. By the way, it's the nassy -- Afghan national army that went into Najaf and did the work there."

Now I know why Bush invaded Iraq!  He confuses Afghanistan with Iraq all the time, and in no friggin' small way.  He did it again during the debate last night, saying we went into Iraq because "the enemy attacked us."  At that point, the look on John Kerry's face was as if he was a hungry, caged tiger and someone just snuck up behind George Bush and dumped a Gatorade cooler full of A-1 Steak sauce on Dubya.  Kerry pointed out that Saddam Hussein didn't attack us on 9/11.

I was sitting there watching this back-and-forth, thinking, "... like, Duh.  I have been ranting about that unspinnable fact since the get-go."  If the reaction I've received from the Dubya-defenders is any indication, the facts don't matter.  Doesn't matter that by invading Iraq, we did Osama bin Laden a huge favor.  Simply by listening to my casual sources, it was clear to me that before and at the time of the attacks on U.S. soil, Osama bin Laden had no love for Saddam Hussein because he was too much of a secular muslim and Iraq was too westernized for bin Laden's tastes.  No al Qaeda connection - no problem.  No WMDs - no problem.  It bothers me to hear the latest spin on the roulette wheel of Bush World justifications for invading Iraq.  Think about it.  Hussein may have been everything that BushCo calls him, and a small order of fries, but he was on the secular side of Islam and the one-eyed Taliban leader, Mullah Omar, was on the other fundamentalist side.  That's Mooo-lah Omar, for you abject Republicans.

It bothers me, that is, if you can even get a straight answer out of Bush.  Even a lie.  Last night, George Bush ducked so many questions and fell back on the intense debate training he must have been taught by that bloated, triple-chinned chicken hawk, Karl Rove.  Dubya stayed 'on message', alright.  But, he didn't come across as having a brain in his head.  Even Fox News GOP regulars were disappointed.

I can only imagine the possible Saturday Night Live skits:

Jim Lehrer: Mr. President, what are your views on the strategy of pre-emptive wars?
George Bush: My opponent sends mixed messages.
Jim Lehrer: Okay, but is pre-emptive war ever justified?
George Bush: My opponent looked at the same intelligence that I looked at ...
Jim Lehrer: Yes, fine, but how do you feel?
George Bush: John Kerry flip flops!
Jim Lehrer: Excuse me?
George Bush: Swift Boats!  Flip-flopping Swift boats, I tell ya!!!

I actually found myself laughing out loud at some of Bush's answers because it was funny to me -- except the fact that he'll still be president of the United States until January.  For the sake of comedy, an audio recording is way more funny than reading a transcript.
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Did you watch the presidential debates?  What did you think?  It should be obvious, even to the occasional visitor here, that I don't like George Bush.  The nicest thing I can think of to say to describe how I feel about Dubya is to say that he's a fucking idiot.

Nonetheless, I haven't been jumping up and down with John Kerry pom-poms around here.  Last night was the first time I actually heard John Kerry speak for more than 30-second sound bytes in the news.  After watching the whole debate, I have to say that I thought Kerry came across far better than Bush.  Kerry impressed me.  And, I don't say that because of my visceral dislike for Dubya.

I know and I am aware of my own dislike for Bush. That didn't change last night, but Dubya looked and acted unsure, unsteady and nervous during the debate.  Bush had no focus at times, paused for agonizingly long periods waiting for the squirrels to start running and turning the wheels in his mind searching for something to say, and when he did speak, he seemed annoyed and childishly petulant.

It was weird. I found myself staring at George Bush trying to think like you would try to read the expression on the face of a dog or a chimp and make a guess as to what it is thinking or feeling.  I think it took Bush about an hour to calm down, relax, and get in his groove.  There were a few questions toward the end where Bush sounded coherent enough to string a few words together and at least parrot some 'on message' messages about mixed messages. 

But, in the end, last night Bush made me feel better.  He said he does know it was Osama bin Laden behind the attacks on 9/11.  I'm glad we finally cleared that up.

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[Headphones] :: Bush and Brando debate - JfZ

Thursday, September 30, 2004
TAG board archive - September 2004


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, whether it is wise or terribly, terribly wrong -- 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.

Read 2004 Archive: [September] [August] [July] [Prior to July 2004]


Strangergirl » [cough fucking cough] hm.... yar, it does suck. Oooh... LOVIN the scoop sweep and toss thing... sometimes I go poopee on myself... now I know what to do with the feces?
Gigglesbee » THanks for the pictures!! I'm glad you made it through ok too. I love the title for Tuesday's post! HA!
Boris the Polar Bear » Howdy Hygelic! Miss ya, bud! I'll email you asap. I'll have to sniff around my hard drive for chat IDs, I'm sure I still have several.
hygelic » oh, and that fifth picture - you can put yer weed in there. The fouth looks like Santa fell off the fuckin sleigh.
hygelic » are you on aim? yahoo? msn? icq?
J f Z » Yeah. Colds suck the big one, too, StrangerGirl. Hehe.
J f Z » OMG, Dennis. No one got hurt. Two houses got beer-canned by trees and there was much debris. Yeah, our stage is toast.
Strangergirl » Just say no to Bush (and colds... grr... hating it)
dennis » Is that the bandstand? How'd the trailers in The Village do?
dennis » How did Mariella fare? Cleighton?
dennis » Wow! Was that my old trailer with the tree through it? Is that your trailer with tree on it? Was whole park hit like that?
BrokenChaos » Hey! Thanks! Catch you later...
Duke » and for anyone who doesn't know, Tazz and I are practically brothers and I'm JOKING WITH HIM!
Duke » Tazz...you are a dork...but hey, capitalization, punctuation and spelling is all correct! Wow, did your mommy type that in for you?
tazz » Jackie Chan wasn't in Twister
Duke » heh
J f Z » Oh! Now I get it! ... Jackie Chan - Don't you understand the words coming out of my mouth? Chris Tucker - Don't no one understand the words comin' outta your mouth.
Duke » (it's a quote from the movie Twister...seemed fitting since you said you were on tornado watch)
J f Z » Cow? I'm okay so far. Stressed and scurrying, but I still have power and coffee (so far)
Duke » Cow...another cow...no I think that's the same one... Hope all is well with you bud, stay safe
J f Z » Thanks, you guys. I'm on tornado guard duty all night. I'll be updating the blog as long as I have power.
Brandon Starr » Good luck vs. Jeanne, JfZ.
dennis » Well, my friend, - again I say - and again - and now again - STAY SAFE - TAKE COVER!!! Where do you go?
J f Z » Hi Smitty! I miss ya, bud. Your name fits with the new section, Conspiracy Theory in the Imajica. Heh. Pretty Cool.
Pandora » oh wow sweets! I'm sending you plenty of positive energy! So glad you got by my place! you'll be in my thoughts. let us know you're ok soon!
Nic » John, regardless of the generation and/or party in power, the term that best suits the foreign policy of the past 40 years is SNAFU (situation normal all fucked up)
persecution smith » never make fun of a hurricane JFZ, you should know better.
J f Z » Hi Tazz! I may have made the mistake of taunting Hurricane Jeanne last week in the blog, BrokenChaos. Argh!
BrokenChaos » I believe we;ll be getting hit my tropical storm Ivan soon no doubt. Rain Rain go AWAY! hehe
tazz » hey jfz how are you doing down there
John Furie Zacharias » No, silly ... Hurricane Hiatus is not the *name* of a hurricane. LOL!
Strangergirl » wow.... love the blog.... it's so NICE AND BEAUTIFUL!!! Thanks for visiting my webbie! Peace and wuv... glad that the hurricane is over (though I never heard of it)
Brandon Starr » Brandished weapons have historically been one of the largest "recruitment tools" of religion.
cynical JfZ » No matter what you call your god, might makes right. People will convert to believing any ideology at the business end of a sword, gun, or stealth bomber.
cynical JfZ » I guess we should just be thankful that Islamic extremists don't have the billions that the neo-cons invest in killing 'the unbelievers' ...
Brandon Starr » Rush Limbaugh makes official announcement: he's an official unpaid advisor to the Bush/Cheney campaign. Link at my blog.
verlust melicious » Sie wissen, daß Leute über dieses sich zu beschweren, wirklich beginnen werden.
melicious » Es gibt eine feine Linie zwischen dem Eiferer und geisteskranker Bombe, die das ungewöhnliche Suchen nach Jungfrauen tragen.
melicious » Yellow haired silly!!! LOL
Toulon » Sorry Helleena, it's just funny. And fun. (it also kinda fits in with the whole consp.theo. malaise and decor.)
Toulon » Eiferer? Sicher nicht ich. Ich bin aber ein bescheidener Christen. Sorge über die Moslems. Sie haben mehr Eiferer, die weites gefährlicheres sind.
Toulon » You're a confused yellow girl? What?
Toulon » You know. I've never met Annette, but I've heard so much about her over the past years. -heh- I see she's still getting around?!
melicious » Meine Mutter warnte mich über meine Freunde? Ich bin ein konfuses gelbes behaartes Mädchen.
melicious » <grabs Annette and 'hunkers for all to see> o-la-laaaa
dennis » I made some "Thunder" - I have no idea where it went or where it goes - Its all a friggen conspiracy, don't you get it?
Helleena » Will you 2 speak some English. remember there are some of us out here that don't speak or even read German. Love ya
J f Z » Wirklich ist es Geschichte, die mich über Eiferer warnt. Aber, Du bist noch mein freund.
Toulon » Since you're more familiar to me, I should have said DU instead of SIE. Sorry chum.
Toulon » Wir sind die Christen, daß Ihre Mutter SIE immer ungefähr warnte! (sorry, I just had to -hehehe-)
Toulon » ...with every shot so far?! -hehehe- Now without the AWB you'll have a much better case there sken.
Skennedy » Miss ya, buddy.
J f Z » LOL. Can I watch?!
Kristi » Hey Mel, wanna hunker down? lol
Hallie » hi jfz! i haven't been here in weeks! school's been taking a lot of my time. i'm getting about 6 hours of sleep now.. though compared to you that's a lot of sleep isn't it
J f Z » Wir sind die Leute, daß Ihre Eltern Sie immer ungefähr warnten.
dennis » THUNDERSTORMS IN THE SADISTICA!"
dennis » I heard a "talking head" tell how the blogers are helping Bush win (how'd you do that?)
dennis » Well I was glad to spend the five minutes your halo-head spends uploading UNTIL your hateful, nasty remarks about..what, I forgot. Be right back.. oh yes, your readers. Missed ya, guy!!!!!!!!!!
J f Z » ROFLMAO!!! Since I can only drink coffee now, I guess I'd be skittering around the storm bunker like Beavis, then.
melicious » Learned a new drinking game called Hunker Down. Whenever a reporter says 'Hunker down' during hurricane coverage everyone does a shot. <hiccup>
J f Z » Heh. Yeah, no doubt. I'm still trying to clean up that tree on the corner of the house shown in /archive/212.html
Helleena » Happy days are here again. We are back. you better hope that Jeanne misses us my nerves let alone JFZ, can not take another Hurricane.
Toulon » PS. Here comes Jeanne, Hope she misses you too! <><
Toulon » ...which is good for John Furie Zacharias, however, I may never see New Orleans afterall and that's sad. It's 10" under sea level and 20" of surge is headed their way +Ivan may stall! <bleh>
Duke » Looks like Ivan will miss Imajica but the Panhandle won't be so fortunate.
Toulon » Yikes! Ivan's not even there quite yet and here comes Jeanne! They're predicting it'll be a hurricane by next week.
Kristi » Hello, I'm still around.
Brandon Starr » Hope you recover from the hurricanes soon. Looks like Ivan has a good chance of hitting the west coast of Florida. Yikes.
dennis » If it's true that we draw "stuff" toward us with bad thinking, just say "no" to this storm. Wow, what's Fl. thinking to bring this?
dennis » Man, I'm glad you got out OK with only loss of power. I think you've had enough for one decade, eh?
Toulon » Round three, Ivan, coming up, but it may pass Florida, they don't know yet. (the outter bands will get you, but the eye might not)
sare »
~Ams » Man that sucks so hard. When I saw that Ivan was heading toward Fla. my jaw dropped. The weather is so relentless this year.
per JfZ » He's okay, no power due to Hurricane Frances but they made it through with minimal damage. Say a prayer re: Ivan!
melicious » I think its an off-reference to swines in pearls kinda thing Chris
hygelic » GOP Pig Lipstick?
hygelic » I was thinking "Pointy haired" as in Boss, Dilbertlike. JfZ - I don't know your digits, as your cell phone is kablooie. Call collect, home or cell, email me mical.net or yahoo, telegram, morse code
dennis » P.S. - "P.H." is a conferred degree, "Persona Honoraria" - meaning intelligent man with blue halo. Here comes Francis..........
dennis » Hey Blue-Halo Man. Where are you? You P.H.! You could let us know if you left or are hiding under the bed, you know. Be safe and our prayers are with you.
Toulon » JfZ (et. al. in Florida) I hope that you all take shelter and are safe from the next hurricane. God Bless you all!
~Ams » hey you. just checking in to see if you'll be safe during the Hurricane. Twice in a matter of weeks....
Kristi » Okay, people, a big round of applause for me! For the first time ever I have endured having to reinstall my operating system and all the drivers, & I did this with almost no help. BTW-Gateway sucks.
dennis » Sorry 2x! In Spec.Olympics you win by showing up at starting line. A good lesson here, eh?
dennis » JfZ: Hanging onto the bedsprings won't do it with this baby. Take care of yourself, eh?
dennis » JfZ: Hanging onto the bedsprings won't do it with this baby. Take care of yourself, eh?
dennis » http://www.ssd.noaa.gov/PS/TROP/index.html Want something scary?? Go here: Let go on "loop" http://www.ssd.noaa.gov/PS/TROP/index.html
Homer » ice cream mmmm
Toulon » Besides. Arguing on the Internet is like the special Olympics. Even if you win, you're still retarded.
Duke » I simply meant it's too lengthy a discussion to be taking place on a tag board...that's all

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Wednesday, September 29, 2004
Stuff this into your ear hole


JfZ Ear Candy
I wanted to post about a few things today, but I've got some other things to do.  I'll likely edit this entry later.  But, since some of you prefer Rock over Techno sounds to vibrate that nasty wax out of your ears, I made a presidential debate theme song with a little electric guitar in it just for you.

For a limited time only, subject to the Interstate Commerce law applicable to your state and United Nations International Property Rights Arbitration Board rulings, you can download this cool MP3 at no cost to you.  You don't have to drink Pepsi.  You don't have to eat any artery-clogging cheese burgers.  You don't have to install any special software.  You don't have to pay ninety nine cents.  Nope.

Right now all you need to do is right-click on the link, scroll down to save as, and select it.  As with any free offer, don't delay -- act now.  After a short time, I'll likely delete the MP3 from its current happy little home on the server and then you'll be forced to look for this rare digital music on a P2P net.

These examples of my insomnia and digital noise may end up on my BaD DoG Karaoke v1.0 album.  You can get these songs in MP3 format now, pre-released or unreleased, depending upon which songs I decide to finally put on it.  So, stuff these in your ear hole and smoke 'em:

Bush and Brando debate (4.46 mb)
Dancing with the Dubya (5.35 mb)
Hurricane Jeanne is gone (6.18 mb)

Scoop itI have three more that I'll list later.  In the meantime, save your dollar.  Save your arteries.  Save a CD tree today and download these MP3s and pass them along to your friends and enemies. Spread them around like you do with your own bodily fluids.  I've heard those slutty rumors about you.  Don't have any slutty rumors circulating about yourself?  Then give one of these MP3s to someone special and get busy doing something that will start a slutty rumor, tonight.  Feel free to tell me how much you like them or think they suck.  Let me know if you like one so much you want to host it on your server space.  If you're too nice to tell me you think a particular MP3 really sucks, or hate it so much you can't find the right words to describe your dislike for it, you can just say, "Scoop this one, JfZ."



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[Headphones] :: Jessica: Pleasure Club Mix - JfZ

Tuesday, September 28, 2004
5th big wind to make landfall in Florida


click here to visit U. Miami debate web site
I hope you can appreciate the friggin' irony of the first presidential debate for the 2004 election is going to be hosted by the University of Miami, whose sports team name is the Hurricanes.

I'm still cleaning up the mess from the last evil winds to hit us and now we have more swirling hot air about to make landfall in Miami.  Like the other four in recent weeks, this wind will blow through the rest of the country in the coming days, too.

Media coverage of the debate itself and then the subsequent soundbyte fallout is likely to be heavy with such a close political race for the top job.  ABC news thinks that foreign policy will be the key issue.

If you don't think four more years of Bush World will simply inspire war-mongering neocons, here's a telling quote concerning foreign policy in the first debate by Bush strategist, Karl Rove, "There's an opportunity for him to ... talk about his vision for the war on terror, describe the way forward in Iraq and, more broadly, in expanding freedom and liberty throughout the greater Mideast."

Hearing things like that from a bloated chicken hawk neocon, like Karl Rove, pisses me off.  Excuse me, Mr. Rove, where exactly in the constitution of the United States does it say that we should wreck our economy, export jobs overseas, burden our grandchildren with trillions of dollars of debt, and engage in nation building anywhere in the Middle East, or the world, at the expense of our own welfare?

I'm fairly interested in the presidential debates.  However, polls show that only about 25% of likely voters will consider the candidates' performances during the debates as something that would affect their voting preference in November.

I'm trying my best not to be too cynical about the debates themselves, but it's not easy.  Given the fact that the debates are so structured, and manipulated, and produced, I'm not looking forward to much more out of the debates than both candidates trying to stay 'on message'.  I fear it will simply turn out to be nothing more than a 90 minute political informercial -- just a longer version of the same stupid propaganda that we hear from both candidates over and over and over and over again in 30 second political advertisements already airing on televison.

Comedians and political pundits will be watching the debates.  They will likely be poised in front of the television, pen in hand, ready to scribble down any infamous quotes, zingers, or blunders by either candidate.  Since we may not get any substance from the debates, perhaps a few good sound bytes is the best thing for which we should hope.

Speaking of sound bytes, I made another MP3 for you to download (5.1 mb).  It's a techno/industrial dance groove called Dancing with the Dubya.  It can be your presidential debate theme song.

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[Headphones] :: Dancing with the Dubya - JfZ

Monday, September 27, 2004
Hurricane Jeanne is gone


  Four tricky hurricanes -- No treat
Hurricane Jeanne is gone.  The fourth tricky hurricane was no friggin' treat.  I know you'll be relieved to know I found my green plastic halloween jack-o-lantern that was previously MIA.  I hung him back up on the the 20-foot horizontal tree-half left from hurricane Frances.  I put the jack-o-lantern on the branch as a safety warning to hopefully help some distracted person from walking into the trunk that hangs down about head height, like a broken letter Y now.  After hurricane Frances, I used my HFD machete to remove all the branches with any leaves on them.  Even though I was worried about Ivan at the time, it was hurricane Jeanne's winds that removed the top of the tree on the other side of the house.  I was worried that this horizontal branch would have crashed into the house had it still been full of leaves, if the strong winds were able to take hold of it.  As it turned out, the other tree bit it.  Only the jack-o-lantern went airborne.

I went around the neighborhood and took a few digital pix for your gawking pleasure.  Below are my web-litter style thumbnails.  Unlike normal thumbnails which are typically miniature versions of the larger image, such as your operating system may automatically generate, I like to manually make my own thumbnails once in a while.

I do it just to torture you for my own amusement.  Next time you're sitting on the toilet, doing your business, and reaching for the toilet paper only to find the roll is empty, you'll be thinking of me.  Close one eye, and put the empty cardboard toilet paper tube up to your other eye.  Look around the bathroom, like a pirate looking through a spy glass, for that fresh roll of toilet paper.  That's how I like to make my image thumbnails.  I'm just a dumb-ass bricklayer, but I'm sure there's a graphics design teacher somewhere that calls them spy-glass or tunnel-vision thumbnails, or something official.

The mouse-over text should tell the story.  Click on it to view the entire photo.
Battered but not beaten My Emergency Response Vehicle Pushing tin
Three men and a chainsaw Your hanging plants are still fine Unwanted Houseplant
Home wasn't quite mobile enough Root of the problem Metering out some karma

Since our power got turned on so quickly, I spent the evening in the studio and made a happy-happy MP3 for you to download (5.89 mb).  It's got some over-powered and over-amped guitar.  So, if you like the sound of an electric guitar, you might like this MP3.  Just click on the link below.  You know the drill.  Feel free to add some gnarly lyrics and let me hear it.

[Headphones] :: Hurricane Jeanne is Gone - JfZ

 
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