ChenZhen is the handle of a semi-anonymous netizen (myself) residing in the state of Minnesota. I use this handle whenever possible, in the name of consistency. As a result, you can find the handle ChenZhen at many different sites.
I created the site to share my thoughts with the world, so please feel free to comment on anything I’ve posted. I’m happy to engage in most any discussion, so long as it’s civilized. This blog also serves as my ‘home base’, and can assist in any debates I’m engaged in on other blogs and message boards.
In my posting, I’ve pledged my allegiance to no cause other than the quest to understand the world in which I live. I have no hidden agenda. I am, however, unafraid to challenge, defend, or concede any point on any site. I may post something snarky on occasion, but it’s usually meant as an invitation to challenge a viewpoint, or to help build an argument. I am…just me.
I used the ‘flame warrior’ theme because I feel the online community needs to be more intellectually honest and less divided. I make it a point to visit and comment on sites on both sides to the political spectrum, and I notice the rather childish behavior coming from both sides. Perhaps the Chamber can act as a neutral zone for rational debate. A place where warbloggers and nutroots can come together and comment on any topic in a respectful manner. Perhaps then we can build it into something constructive.
Hey, I can dream right?
More info on my backgound can be found in the fearbush.com thread King’s Cross: Interview with ChenZhen (conducted via AIM), reprinted here in it’s entirety:
1) Chenzhen, you’re an active poster on the forums and you run the blog for the website. Give us some background on what Chenzhen’s like in real life. Are you Asian?
No I’m not asian. I’m a 32 year old white guy, not bad lookin either. The handle comes from my love of kung fu movies.
2) What do you do for a living and what do you do when you’re not posting on the boards or working?
I work for an electronics retailer. Basically, I sell HDTV’s and surround sound. My life is very much like the ones the guys lead in the 40 Year Old Virgin, except I’m not the virgin LOL….During my off time? Well…..kinda boring lately to tell ya the truth. I walk the dog. I watch TV with the girlfriend. Boring shit. Not alot of disposable income around lately.
3) Not a lot of disposable income around…. is Bush to blame for that?
I can tell you business hasn’t been the same since the iraq invasion. Maybe it’s just a coincidence. I’m not going to put the blame on Bush for everything. Sometimes BDS can get the better of people and they can lose their sense about things a bit. He’s had an effect, but I wouldn’t say he’s to blame I guess. I could get a new job.
4) What do you think is the biggest challenge right now, facing people like you who may not have much money to spend?
Good question. My aunt killed herself a few years ago. I’m sure the money pressures were a big part of whet lead to her depression. I guess the first thing that came to mind when you asked that was ‘keeping my sanity’…..otherwise, it’s the day-to-day struggle and hope that your car doesn’t need new brakes or something. Anyway…..I didn’t want to sound like my life sucks. I think its gettin tough for alot of people in America for the same reasons….I keep a positive attitude by reminding myself that in the big picture, I live pretty good.
5) Do you think your financial position affects your political views?
No , I don’t think so. I didn’t really care about politics until recently. In fact, I didn’t even vote in 2000. I had a big problem with the Iraq war. I watched Powell’s presentation to the UN. I didn’t buy it. I watched the TV’s at work while we marched into Baghdad. I just shook my head. So, no, I was against Bush even when I was making pretty good money.
6) So would you say the Iraq war was the main reason why you got into politics, and do you regret not paying attention in 2000?
Absolutely. The reason I’m on the FearBush site is because of Iraq. As it turned out, there were plenty of other reasons to fear this administration, but there was something about this invasion that didn’t sit well with me. I viewed it as reckless, and an overreaction to 9/11. Do I regret not voting in 2000? not really. I live in a blue state. Perhaps I could have affected some of the local races , but Minnesota went to Gore. I’ll tell ya that I’m definately making an effort to vote this year.
7) Do you think there was foul play in the 2000 and 2004 elections?
I think it’s definately possible. Both were bitterly close elections. We talk about Rove alot, but I think there are alot of dirty tricks played by everyone. It’s been hard to find real proof, however. I think the most comprehensive information on this I’ve found is on bradblog.com, but I haven’t really given it that much research time. So the short answer is : Probably, but it’s hard to prove. Even harder because any effort to do so comes off as sour grapes.
8) What do you say to conservatives who claim the world is better off without Saddam Hussein and if liberals had their way he’d still be in power?
I love this one. Gibson says it every other day on the radio. I think the world has a ways to go before we’re ‘better off’. And if liberals were in charge we’d be $260 billion richer and thousands of soldiers stronger. We’d be less divided culturally as well. WE wouldn’t have sent a precident to other countries that it’s ok to invade countries for questionable reasons unprovoked. We’d still have the trust and credibility within the international community.
9) Do you believe the administration intentionally misled the American public, or did they really believe Iraq was a threat?
They intentionally misled, yes. It makes a heck of alot more sense than ‘faulty intelligence’. It wasn’t that hard for them. Bush had tons of post-9/11 political capital. All you need to do hype a threat, cherry pick intelligence, smear or fire dissenters, hire ‘yes men’ in key positions, etc. etc.. I think there is plenty of evidence to support the fact that they decided this war ahead of time and justified it later. I always thought it was supposed to be the other way around. They might have really thought that Saddam had chem weapons. That doesn’t neccessarily make him a threat to us, or mean that they thought so. Or cared. I think they exploited 9/11 to pursue some neo-con view of America’s future, and Saddam was first on the list.
10) Speaking of 9/11, do you think that there was a big government conspiracy behind it or was Bush just being incompetent?
I don’t think Bush was personally behind 9/11 (for the record). The longer he’s been the pres, the longer it appears that he’s nothing more than a privlidged stooge with a big political name. If it was anyone in the gov., it would have been with the PNAC chesspieces. Cheney, Libby, …alll those guys. I do find it very suspicious the neo-cons were talking about ‘new pearl harbor’ a year before 9/11. I’m not ready to buy into ‘bombs in the WTC’ yet, but it could have been a very departmentalized operation and probably more of a ‘let it happen’ scenario. Bush is totally incompetent though LOL ….they’ve proven that all they’re good at is winning elections. The rest of us are screwed
11) Do you think that the neoconservative vision for the world is dead in the water now that the Iraq war is so unpopular?
Hey that’s what Buchanon was talking about today (i think)……I’m not sure. We got duped on Iraq, why wouldn’t we get duped into acting for Israel? These guys can spin people to the point of believing that black is white and up is down. Dead in the water is a stretch. their vision is better described as handicapped, because Iraq didn’t go like a friggin feel good movie.
12) Do you believe that, in the long run, this adventure in Iraq will be a failure?
I fuckin hope not. I know I don’t have too many reasons to be optimistic about it, but I’ve done some critical thinking about it and figured that it is still possible. I think we need to change things there. Bush’s policy has been a disaster. I think if the Dems had won in ’04, they would have in the very least entertained other plans, change in direction, hiring new people, new minds, more ideas. I was thinking from the very beginning that they were gonna break it into 3 countries, and I still can’t figure out why the idea hasn’t gotten alot of play from the talking heads all along. It’s probably too late for it, I guess. Maybe the Bush team figured nation building 3 small nations was harder than 1 really big one. Countries split all the time.
13) So what would Chenzhen’s first acts in office be if he was elected president?
I never would want to be, I guess…so I haven’t really given it that much thought. I know I wouldn’t call a country part of the axis of evil and then tell Americains that he hopes to find a diplomatic solution with said counrty. Shit, now I’m gonna get started about axis of evil. I’d concentrate on healthcare and oil dependence, the environment, education….stuff like that.
14) Do you consider yourself a rank-and-file liberal Democrat?
No…maybe I agree with most of what they say, but I don’t get too disappointed when I don’t
15) Where would you find yourself in agreement with conservatives or libertarians, or disagreement with liberals?
AS far as I can tell, I lean right on the border policy and guns….others I can’t think of. I just know that the only thing Sean Hannity has ever said that I agree with has been about the border.
16) You always seem to be in touch with what the other side is saying, especially when it comes to their pundits. Can you explain this interest in what people like O’Reilly and Hannity have to say?
Somewhere in the middle there is the truth. A historian will gather as many sources as possible to form the most accurate conclusion about what happened. I often think you have to get outside of something, and look in. It’s also helpful to know what where the heck people are getting their crazy ideas sometimes.
17) Who would you say is your favorite pundit, from both the left and the right?
IHannity makes me laugh…seriously. He has these callers on and at least 50% of them say ‘You’re a great American!”, Hannity says, “No, you’re the great American” …He’s got these phony concerned colin ferrel puppy dog face expressions, too. I don’t listen to too many left pundits these days….but I don’t miss the Bill maher show
18) Why do you think the right-wing pundits seem to be so successful on cable and talk radio, when left-wing pundits are normally restricted to books and documentaries?
I saw in the news that there was a study done that claimed conservatives would most likely be ‘followers’. Maybe those guys are just the dail dose of kool aid….there is always air america, but it’s far less popular. Maybe some people need to be told what to think every day, and they are most likely conservative. Libs tend to be free thinkers, and more cynical of a talking head. My best guess.
19) Who are your favorite politicians right now? Who do you think would be best fit to serve as president after 2008? Any Republicans?
I really do like howard dean …no bs in that guy….call me crazy…If I had to pick a repub right now……hhhhmmmm….Buchanon? Shit I don’t know….ask me again in ’08
20) You seem to be very in touch with the “blogosphere”. Do you think it’s becoming an influential alternative to mainstream media, and what are it’s pitfalls if any?
the big pitfall is disinformation. You basically have a huge pool of uncorroberated information….I go to a website like LGF and just marvel at the way certain news stories are spun and crazy notions spread. It would go that way for both sides. The cool thing about the blogosphere is it’s genuine nature. There is no corporate entity didctating what I put on the FB blog, for example. It just purs out of my head. Information spreads quickly across the blogosphere, which can be a good and bad thing , I suppose….Everyone has a voice, and anyone can speak to anyone ….it’s pretty cool that way. And just for the record, I don’t ‘run’ the blog at FB, I’m just the only one who seems compelled to add to it. I really wish more of you guys would add something to give it more life, frank
21) Perhaps you can use this opportunity to let others know how to add an entry. I didn’t know I had access to do so. Also, how did you earn the privileges to enter blog entries?
You have to ask Jerry for keys to the blog. as far as I know, there are only a handful of other members who have that privilidge, and most of them don’t seem to visit here. I put it out there in the ‘site improvements’ thread. Jerry asked me to add stuff last year, presumably after reading a few of my posts. At the time, I think I only had like 100 posts on this site. I really like coming up with stuff every so often, but I don’t want to be the only one doing it.
22) So what blogs do you frequent the most? Give us a quick rundown of your blogroll
I gotta say that I don’t like blogs for debate. the message board format is alot better than using the comments section of a blog entry, but that’s where alot of the debate goes on ….anyway….on the right I check out michellemalkin.com, littlegreenfootballs.com, lucianne.com and a few others…on the left I like huffpo and rawstory (although it’s more of a newssite than a blog), crooksandliars.com….keep in mind that al these blogs constantly link to other blogs so you really wind up all over the place. those are pretty much the main sites I check first, I guess.
23) If there was one poster that you would roundhouse kick if you met them in real life, who would it be?
you asked the same question to reff IIRC, and I’ll probably give you the same answer….there was only one guy who really got under my skin a little , and that would be your pal Dono McNabb….he was givin me alot of shit about the way I started the Rove thread, and it went back and for a few times…not deserving of a kick , probably..at first I didn’t like Rocky too much, but now he’s grown on me….I think I mised alot of the majot flamewars during my ’04 absense , and those were Reeds fuckfrance buds who have now left (from what I’ve read in the archives)
24) Who are your favorite posters on the board and which posters need improvement?
I like the fact that we have a small but diverse group of regulars here….I think everyone is pretty cool…I don’t wanna pick my favorite people like a schoolyar, really. I did post a thread calling out Rocky and TB’s ineptitude. I do regret that a little, but it was an attempt to help those guys out and have some fun in the process. I think it is important to be able to convey your message clearly in here. No one would want to hang out at FB if the posts were all garbled.
25) Any last comments?
well……I guess I’d just like to say that I’m fairly worried about the future of the human race. If the situation in the middle east is any indication, it won’t be much longer berfore hell really does break loose. Iraq, population growth, disease, climate change…..it’s kinda hard to be optimistic these days. I often wonder if there is anything I can do about it, of course, but I’m just me. So , I guess I’m glad I’ve got a little corner to say what’s on my mind and I enjoy that I we can share this march towards armageddon. LOL