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Saturday, October 01, 2005
Porn for War Pix stirs little controversy

Since the start of Operation Iraqi Freedom, I have often complained that the main stream media has completely failed to report the real news of the war to the citizens of the United States.  Left-wingers complain that Bush administration only wants to tell happy stories of rebuilding schools and hospitals and that government simply lies about everything else.  Right-wingers complain that the media only reports "if it bleeds, it leads" bad news stories.  It's likely that there is truth in both camps.  A third factor of media disservice to the public is their own self-censorship over FCC rules or editorial tastes.

The internet, however, with its instant access to a digital planet hungry for truth -- the good, the bad, and the ugly -- doesn't allow any event or news story to remain buried by goverments or corporations forever.  Even the most highly guarded secrets are eventually told to someone.  The Pentagon seems to leak like a sieve, lately.  Dirty political tricks, like Karl Rove and the Valerie Plame scandal, eventually blow back.  Even the ugliness of war eventually hits home.

One bizarre article, "War Pornography," by Chris Thompson published in the East Bay Express last month was picked up by news agencies seemingly all over the planet, but not covered in newspapers or on TV news in the U.S.  Apparently, an amateur porn site in the Netherlands allows soldiers free access if they upload their own amateur photos of the war dead from Afghanistan and Iraq.  This newsblurb -- which simply boils down to a controversial URL -- isn't as sophisticated as arguing the pros and cons of Dubya's two Supreme Court justice nominations, nor as immediate as Katrina blaming, nor as sexy as some missing girl from the Bible belt in the Caribbean.  It just is.

Regardless of your own politics, here are two of the photos I chose to display here on Thunderstorms in the Imajica.  First, to show that war is hell for everyone concerned, no matter what side you are on.  A British soldier in Basra under fire, last month.  I looked, and looked, but I can't say what his ultimate fate was from this fire fight in Basra.

And the second photo shows that the U.S. and Coalition forces do act more humanely than their enemies in Iraq.  Unlike foreign fighters or hardcore Ba'athist insurgents in Iraq, who gleefully embrace the opportunity to slaughter the wounded Coalition forces after engagement on film for Arab language media, the U.S. military instead bounces into a hotzone with their medical personnel to help the wounded.

In the case of the second photo: a poor bastard that didn't stop at a roadside military check point, but was obviously stopped by American fire power.  His left leg was reportedly amputated from ballistic injuries.  He had additional explosives and military ordinance in his car.

War in Iraq is hell for our military service members.  I'm all for supporting our troops, but at the same time, I'm not for glorifying war and carnage as if were a damn game.  It's not.  Ask any cop on an urban beat who may have had to shoot someone.  Killing in self defense is an adrenaline filled experience that makes you feel euphoric and lucky to be alive, unlike the dead guy, but it is not a fucking video game.  Scenes of carnage weigh on you, even if you are the victor in the conflict.

For the sake of truth, I'll post a direct link to Forum 23.  I feel compelled to warn you that you will never in your life see anything as gruesome, hopefully.  Do not even browse the forum casually if you are easily nauseated or sickened by images of absolute violence and gore.  The two images above are fairly tame in comparison to the other images in Forum 23.

These are real digital pix of war casualties taken by the boots on the ground.  Most are 100+ Kb images. Forum 23

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Friday, September 30, 2005
Tag Board Archive - September 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 2005 Archive: [August][July][June][May][April][March][February][January]

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[Prior to July 2004]

dennis » Results are skewed! I don't see any New Orleans' blacks in the polling. I'd like to see their perception of what they went through. I don't think God would be in the blame list, eh?
Penny » Ha, ha, ha! Great picture! Have a good weekend, JfZ!
VampireActress » Greetings mortal ; ; hows it goin?
Akira3099 » it should be.
Akira3099 » That was just a really bad joke. They both could have "shit happens". And I don't believe God does that to people, so I was just going to go with the hurricane. If that's not why we name the things,
RaisingOrleans » Great site!
J f Z » The System would be "all of the above" and blaming the hurricane could be "God smote them" or "Shit Happens". Thanks for voting!
Akira3099 » Yeah, you didn't put "The System" as a choice for the poll, either.. or even "Hurricane Katrina". I had to go with "shit happens".
plh » two links: 1_1/Alaskan_Earthquake.html -and- i/EQScience
plh » ...earthquakes and the like - you ever see pics of the earthquake back in Alaska decades ago? truly awesome, hope that doesnt happen here
plh » thanks for the recycle update JfZ - also think that pic of Rita is pretty cool - also youre right about people never effected by hurricanes and their lack of true understanding - the same goes for...
plh » you can still call me spritey - ill always be a little sprite - thanks for blogging by today
Angelena » You forgot one on the poll: put the responsibility where it lies: on the people who refused to leave.
Lyly » I thought all death row cases with involving data from the Houston Crime Lab where stayed pending review. *sigh*
CM » I'm still here. It's really a big freaking mess though.
JfZ thinks aloud » Woot! Now I have to check my mail.
CM » please also use the alt text in the copy/paste code, if you don't mind.
CM » <-- there ya go, and thanks
J f Z » karma
dennis » I built my house in St Aug. that used NO elec xcept what sun provided- batteries. Saved my two kid's lifes in Rangers saving 50 gal of oil a month. Saving oil odged the bullet. It Worked! Safe!!
J f Z » <-- data mining
Static Brain » Hi. I haven't been by here in awhile. Just thought I would stop in. Oh and you promised to send me some links on datamining that you never did. Could you please do that?
Dr. God » *Takes a quick dip in your Kool-Aide filled skull.*
Lyly » Afternoon, J.
J f Z » Thanks, CM
J f Z » NP, Malthus. Keep up the good work, man.
Malthus » Thanks for the note!
CM » left you some messages on yahoo, in case you didn't find them.
J f Z » Hey Dennis! Great to hear from you, and thanks for the link. You're going to have debate that in the comments section, where you'll find more room, too. Heh.
dennis » jfZ - What am I missing? 100's of millions of dollars, 100's of thousands of volunteers - never did I hear the words, "Oh, they are only blacks!"
dennis » "Bite Me! Ann Rice _7_05_0645.html
J f Z » Caslknight: you could check the tag board [archives] for Rainchild100.
megan » fgsgfsd
megan » fgsgfsd
Caslknight » ealier I was rading some archives and saw where a Rainchild100 was looking for simeone from Daytona Beach ... well Im from Daytona . Im borrowing this screename from someone she might know !!! hmmm??
Caslknight » Is there a Rainchild in the house????
Caslknight » Hi all ... hows everyone tonight??
J f Z » I wish I had a slutbox somewhere, Wail. Heh. I'm a monk in a stripper's thong. Whoa. Wrong visual. I'm a stripper in a Monk's robes. Yeah.
Lyly » great book list over at the other site
VampireActress » I wonder will I get a link on your famous blog? ; ;
VampireActress » I've written more, just incase you wanted to read ; ;
Penny » Uh, JfZ ... I think Preppyboy was talking to YOU!
wailfulrhyme » (sorry for the smiley. just felt it was needed.)
wailfulrhyme » lol... lovely coincidence that I had to type in 35SEX to prove i'm human and post my message... reminds me of friday nights spent alone. yep... bye now. hehe
wailfulrhyme » this is turning into the regular slutbox, JFZ. hehe... i'm gonna have to start calling you Gangbang. and whoa, i haven't tagged you in a long time. how are you?
Petra Jane » I like it JFZ! Thanks for popping by. Now, WHERE did I put that Glock??
J f Z » Penny and Preppyboy sitting in a tree ... B-L-O-G-G-I-N-G. Heh.
Britt » he he. awesome.
preppyboy » i wanna have sex with you
preppyboy » i wanna have sex with you
Penny » Wow, I disappear for a while and you change the site! Looking good, JfZ!
J f Z » Ophelia? No. Just whem it was so close to the coast and growing yesterday, it sent in lots of storms. I was frustrated because I had to ride my bike in the rain.
Brandon Starr » Hey, JfZ, are you in Ophelia's storm path?
CM » <-- story with pics.
Deirdre » Hey there JFZ.
VampireActress » I've linked you ; ; I hope you don't mind ^.^
Brandon Starr » Good stuff, JfZ!
VampireActress » Had to come back and correct my address duhh ; ; lol
VampireActress » Greetings, just vampin about. Nice place here.
CM »
Dr. God » Thank you for understanding.
Deirdre » *hugs*
Lyly » <---FEMA's disgrace. Lotsa links.
Mirror_Ball » How's it going, J f Z? Haven't seen you in a while. You doing okay?
JfZ thinks aloud » <-- Whoa. I was casually checking blogs stats, today, since I finally came back online fulltime. Thunderstorms beat MSN on this Yahoo search query. Lyly is on the first page, too!
Lyly » <--report #2 (nothing really new)
ssprite » also please say prayers there are no more serious storms before hurrican season is declared over
ssprite » ...isnt the time to place blame - wait for congressional hearings a year or more from now once these people, animals and cities are on the way to recovery -
ssprite » JfZ can you also include Salvation Army as an alternative to Red Cross? Salvation Army is also doing just as much as Red Cross is and many people are listing at both sites - thanks & i agree this isnt
shema » helop!
Gloria » Lmao. Linguistic jokes. I *love* 'em.
Deirdre » JFZ!
Sevencrows » An attempt to say marble while soused?
ssprite » JfZ are you anywhere near Boynton Beach on the westside/alantic of FL?
Lyly » I saw that when I got home tonight....who else was on Cheney's, erm, I mean, Bush's short list besides Roberts?
ssprite » ...she is right in the middle of part of the diaster area - last time she posted the main tagboard she was still at work downtown but doing well
ssprite » thanks ever so much on keeping on top of the updates - i added more links - one of which is a name registry (3rd down on my current list) - Deirdre od BD is also keeping us updated as she can...
Lyly » <---field report #1 posted. uneventful. tomorrow may be different.
ssprite » thanks for all your effort to - it makes an impact!!!
JfZ thinks aloud » <-- First hand accounts from a NOLA blogger who is still there.
Halcyon » yo J, yo J, yo J
Kristi/Unknown » Okay JFZ, that's it! I'm going to Alaska and hunting you down! Just have a beautiful blonde waiting for me.
ssprite » if you can... will you push my blog today for people that have been getting price gouged at gas stations across the country and especially in Florida? thanks

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Thursday, September 29, 2005
Blaming Katrina Poll

The extremely scientific Thunderstorms in the Imajica poll, "Who to blame for Katrina deaths", has revealed that most people don't blame any of the political leaders at the federal, state or local level.

The majority of people blame "no one" because "shit happens."  A few people blame everyone in the political food chain and a few blame God.

Here are a few of my own blame game observations.

George Bush was on vacation and relied on his cronies to handle the situation.  To his credit and likely from his experience with hurricanes in Florida, where his brother is the governor, he cut through some red tape by declaring a state of emergency before it hit.  But then, Bush was caught sleeping at the wheel when his minions failed to get the job done after the hurricane made landfall.

Another thing no one has picked up on, in my humble opinion: during many of the televised walk-through tours with governors and FEMA officials, Bush constantly referred to his location as "this part of the world," rather than anywhere specific like the Mississippi Gulf Coast or New Orleans.

To me, this seemed like Bush was so incredibly disconnected from the facts on the ground -- like he often is concerning Iraq, talking about "the broader Middle East."  I'm fairly certain that some black Americans didn't appreciate being called "refugees" from "this part of the world", as if they are not part of the United States.

FEMA director Michael Brown gave sworn testimony to a congressional committee, the other day.  In perfect Bush administration demeanor, he took no responsibility for his own failings, but instead blamed state and local government leaders in Louisiana.  If things went so well in Mississippi, then I imagine Dick Cheney's obligatory tour of the Gulf Coast being marked by a heckler following his entourage around screaming, "Go fuck yourself," was just how people in Mississippi greet each other.  Bottom line: Brown is just another arrogant and self-deluded Bush administration political weasel.

Governor Blanco will not be Louisiana's governor the next time people get a chance to vote.  I honestly can not point to anything that she did to help the people of her state.

No one blamed Mayor Ray Nagin in the poll, but Nagin himself blamed "being in the moment" for his angry comments toward his political chain of command.  His police force faces a long and nasty review process in the coming months.  GOP pundits trying to defend Bush and Brown point out his failings, but I wonder if they would be blaming him so much if he was a republican?  Perhaps.  I think I heard that the battered republicans are eating their own trying to hang on to power in Washington, D.C, nowadays.

All of the above was a choice I thought would have received more votes than "No one".

God smote them.  Although God was unavailable for comment at the time of this entry, his spokesperson issued a terse statement: "What the hell do you want?  Smiting is his job!"  But, in all seriousness, the other night by chance, I heard something even more troubling on the CBN channel than Pat Robertson calling for the assassination of the Venezuelan president, Chavez.  I heard an evangelical pastor say, "God has swept away all the evil in New Orleans and the Armies of God should take back that city."

Yeah.  Of course this pastor was a fat white guy, hiding his southern racism behind his bible and the new code words of compassionate conversativism.  Funny though, he looked more like Karl Rove than Bill Bennett.

[updates] Here's an interesting article: "25 Questions about the Murder of New Orleans" by Nation writers, Mike Davis & Anthony Fontenat, via Yahoo.

Also, concerning Katrina and the media: "From Deference to Outrage: Katrina and the Press" by Jay Rosen on ThinkPress.

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Monday, September 26, 2005
Cindy Sheehan arrested at White House

U.S. president Bush and his staff were making sure no one would think he was on vacation during and after hurricane Rita, after taking such abuse for being asleep at the wheel for hurricane Katrina.  He's been to dozens of briefings and photo ops these days, but not all of them go as planned.  Dubya's dog, Barney, could not be reached for comment concerning the fish stick incident.  In related news, Gold Star Families for Peace member, Cindy Sheehan participated in the planned United For Peace and Justice non-violent civil disobedience act today.

Attempting to deliver the list of names of the U.S. and Iraqi dead to the White House today, she was arrested with about 370 other protestors in front of the White House.  Apparently, Bush did not want to meet with Cindy.

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Sunday, September 25, 2005
Anti-war storm hits DC

After the horrific scenes of the apparent abandonment of New Orleans residents were played constantly in the media for the past three weeks, the planned ANSWER coaliton anti-war rally in Washington, DC sought to spotlight the Bush administration's domestic policy inequities, plus their anti-war movement.  Despite the weather, more than 100,000 people gathered on the ellipse near the White House Saturday to protest and to listen to speakers from many coalition members, activists, progressive polticians and celebrities.  Cindy Sheehan, recently thrust into the national spotlight from her month-long vigil at the president's Crawford ranch, also spoke at the DC anti-war rally.  A transcript of her remarks is available on After Downing Street.  Saturday's rally played very little in the national TV media over the weekend, except on C-SPAN [real video stream], due to the focus of attention on hurricane Katrina and Rita.

In addition to the anti-war rally in DC, companion rallies of varying size and scope were also held in cities around the country.

Here are some web sites providing you with reports and photos of the the anti-war rallies on Saturday:

Live protest blogging in DC
ANSWER in Los Angeles
Indy Media in San Fransisco - Bay area

If you have info on other rallies, please leave a web address in a comment.

Issues to which the ANSWER coalition is trying to draw attention:

  • Stop the War in Iraq
  • End Colonial Occupation from Iraq to Palestine to Haiti
  • Support the Palestinian People’s Right of Return
  • Stop the Threats Against Venezuela, Cuba, Iran & North Korea
  • U.S. Out of the Philippines
  • U.S. Out of Puerto Rico
  • Bring all the troops home now
  • Stop the Racist, anti-Immigrant and anti-Labor Offensive at Home, Defend Civil Rights
  • Military Recruiters Out of Our Schools and Communities
You might remember me blogging about the United for Peace and Justice anti-war rally during last summer's Republican National Convention in New York City.  It seemed most hopeful, promising and productive to be pro-ctive before the election, despite the lack of valuable political alternatives.  In contrast to my post-election return to Zen Apathy now that we have to endure four more years of surrealistic BushWorld incompetence and the evangelical disconnect from the people, United for Peace and Justice continues their anti-war, anti-imperialistic activist struggle.  UFPJ's planned non-violent direct action (civil disobedience) activity will make some noise Monday, I'm sure.

I have to say that it is a bit surreal to see the far liberal-left and the far libertarian-right come together over the issues of nation-building and Dubya's ineffectual flip-flopping foreign policy.  No one likes a Democrusader that sacrifices conservative domestic spending on bloated deficits for the war machine of oil and occupation, apparently.  Democrats are not given a pass when they continue to be perceived as the whining party of impotence, either.

Meanwhile, the GOP is stuck in the tar pit and mired down by their waste of post-election "political capital" by first sinking their teeth into ther third rail of privatizing social security, which was a dismal failure, despite the national White House lollapalooza tour of the nation.  Then, the social conservative priorities of the evangelical-right of Terri Schiavo.  Then, hurricane Katrina ripped the lid off of the Bush administration's ball jar seal of silence of total incompetence by the reality of his political crony appointments to bloated bureaucracies (pick one: FEMA, UN, DoD, VA, whatever).

Welcome to politics driven by an evangelical campaign-stumping idiot, wrapped in debt and drowning in a foreign policy quagmire.

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