Author: BooMan

Should ‘Move America Forward’ Be Tax-Exempt?

Move America Forward is a non-partisan, not-for-profit organization committed to supporting America’s efforts to defeat terrorism and supporting the brave men and women of our Armed Forces.

Despite their professed non-partisanship, they are running the following images on their website.

First of all, what does the juxtaposition of those two images say to you?

In any case, they are raising money to run advertisements against Voinovich in Ohio. Listen to one here:

Move America Forward MP3

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[Update] Letter on Lebowski Fest: With Pictures

For you old timers, you’ll remember the advertisement for Lebowski Fest.  I promoted it, but I couldn’t attend.  The next best thing is an email, telling me what I missed:


Dear Boo,

The man for his time and place – Jeff Bridges shows in LA!

Lebowski Fest West in Los Angeles was far out! Both events sold out with Achievers coming from over 30 states and abroad. The farthest traveled went to a couple from Ecuador who got engaged at Lebowski Fest! Several actors from the film made an appearance including Jeff Bridges who performed a great set at the Knitting Factory which included originals and a cover of Dylan’s “The Man in Me!” Check out his his album “Be Here Soon”.

Let Sibel Edmonds Speak

Update [2005-4-20 16:16:19 by BooMan]:The Washington Post, The New York Times, Daily News, CNN, Reuters America, Bloomberg News, Associated Press, Los Angeles Times and several other media organizations also filed an emergency motion appealing the court’s decision. They noted that, “the public has a strong interest in observing this oral argument, as it involves numerous issues of high public importance.”

ACLU Files Emergency Motion to Open Hearing

April 20, 2005

WASHINGTON, DC — The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals this afternoon ordered the courtroom closed to the public during oral arguments tomorrow in Sibel Edmonds’ hearing. The American Civil Liberties Union is filing an emergency motion to open the hearing on the grounds that the move violates the First Amendment.

Although the court has not issued a written order, it did orally instruct the clerk that the hearing would be open only to the attorneys involved in the case and Edmonds. The hearing is listed as closed on the court’s calendar.

The ACLU said the decision does not appear to be based on state secrets concerns as it allows those without security clearance to be present for the arguments. Furthermore, the briefs being argued have been public since they were first filed in early 2005.

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Where Do You Live?

I’m not feeling well today.  Still recovering from a sinus infection…and I’m hungry.

I’m interested to know what state everyone lives in.  If you live abroad, I already know that (if you’ve remembered to set your country correctly in your preferences).  You still might want to tell everyone else where you live.

I’m going to take a shower and then make up some turkey chile (extra spicy).

So, where do you live?  And why?

I Don’t Have Words…

Asked if he would include any Supreme Court justices among those he considers activist and isolated, DeLay singled out Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, who was named to the court by President Ronald Reagan. “Absolutely,” DeLay replied. “We’ve got Justice Kennedy writing decisions based upon international law, not the Constitution of the United States. That’s just outrageous. And not only that, but he said in session that he does his own research on the Internet? That is just incredibly outrageous.”
Wash Post: Free Reg

Is there anything left to say?
Of course there is…say it below.

Open Thread

“Mr. Vice-President, in all due respect, it is– I’m not sure 80% of the people get the death tax. I know this: 100% will get it if I’m the President.”

-Shrubya, Presidential Debate, St. Louis, MO -October 17th, 2000.

Bolton Hearings

Update [2005-4-19 14:41:20 by BooMan]:Oh, that was so beautiful, and the timing was exquisite. Lugar, clearly operating under enormous pressure from the White House, attempted to break precedent and force an up or down vote on John Bolton. First Kerry got irate, then Dodd worked himself up to a heliotrope shade, then Biden nearly had another aneurysm.

Lugar struggled to explain why a man who had just lied to the committee, and about whom serious unresolved allegations had been leveled, should be approved for promotion without further investigation. He looked pained, but attempted to carry out his charge.

It became embarrassing as Sarbanes and Obama made reasoned and irrefutable points about the inappropriateness of cutting off debate.

Hagel, clearly uncomfortable with the whole charade, decided to make a little speech. He declared that he would go along with Lugar despite his misgivings, but he might not vote for Bolton on the floor.

Having shown his utter lack of spine and principle, he was swiftly cut off at the knees by a totally unexpected source. Senator Voinovich of Ohio asked to speak, and then declared that he was not prepared to vote for Bolton, in light of the issues the Democrats had raised.

This also had the effect of cutting Chafee off at the knees. Chafee had remained a silent observer up to that point. He was relying on Rhode Islanders to not care about a vote for a second-level post, and hoping to avoid severe punishment from the thugs on Pennsylvania Avenue. But now, with Voinovich jumping ship, he had no excuse to support Bolton anymore. He politely asked Lugar whether a vote was still desirable. Ha ha ha.

At that moment, if Lugar had pressed for a vote, Chafee was hinting, the vote would be 10-8 against Bolton, and his nomination would be dead.

All the Democrats and Voinovich and Chafee (and possibly Hagel) would have voted against him.

Oh, it was priceless to see how long Lugar took to figure it out. Finally an aide passed a note to Lugar, and Dodd raced in to offer a graceful retreat. Another three weeks of delay…

Great political theater…Kudos to Voinovich.

New Pope: Benedict XVI

The new pope is Joseph Ratzinger of Germany. He has chosen the name: Benedict XVI.

Below the fold is a list of all the popes that have ever been.

Did he choose the best name?

Wolfowitz Bombshell: Saddam Behind 9/11 Attacks and OKC Bombing

So many conspiracy theories, and so little time. On the tenth anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing, I thought I’d remind everybody that some of our most powerful public servants wear tin foil hats. Here’s a peak into the wayback machine:

Discussing his soon-to-be-released Vanity Fair interview with the top Pentagon official, Sam Tanenhaus told WABC Radio’s Monica Crowley on Saturday: “Wolfowitz states that there’s a very strong connection, he’s convinced, between Saddam and the first World Trade Center bombing in 1993. This is a very controversial idea and yet Wolfowitz embraces it and has for quite some time.”

The Vanity Fair writer added, “Also I was told by a source very close to him that Wolfowitz entertains the possibility that Saddam was involved in the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995.”
Sunday, June 1, 2003 4:01 p.m. EDT
Jayna Davis

It all started with a woman named Laurie Mylroie, a Harvard Ph.D. in political science. Ms. Mylroie came up with an elaborate theory to explain how Saddam had been behind the WTC bombing in 1993. She ‘convinced’ the CIA director, James Woolsey, of the plausibility of the theory. She also convinced Mr. Wolfowitz, who wrote a nice blurb on her book jacket. For a great review of this history, read Peter Bergen’s piece from the Washington Monthly.

This theory was used to link Saddam to Ramzi Yousef, and Yousef is supposedly a relative of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the alleged mastermind of Project Bojinka, and The Big Wedding, (otherwise known as 9/11).

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BooMan 2005 NFL 7-Round Mock Draft

1    San Fransicso    ALEX SMITH    QB    UTAH
1    Miami    CADILLAC WILLIAMS    HB    AUBURN
1    Cleveland    AARON RODGERS    QB    CALIFORNIA
1    Chicago    MIKE WILLIAMS    WR    USC
1    Tampa Bay    RONNIE BROWN    HB    AUBURN
1    Tennessee    PAC-MAN JONES    CB/KR    W. VIRGINIA
1    Minnesota    BRAYLON EDWARDS    WR    MICHIGAN
1    Arizona    CEDRIC BENSON    HB    TEXAS
1    Washington    DERRICK JOHNSON    OLB    TEXAS
1    Detroit    ANTRELL ROLLE    CB    MIAMI
1    Dallas    TROY WILLIAMSON    WR    S.CAROLINA
1    San Diego    ALEX BARRON    OT    FLORIDA ST
1    Houston    JAMMAL BROWN    OT    OKLAHOMA
1    Carolina    DAVID POLLACK    DE    GEORGIA
1    Kansas City    SHAWNE MERRIMAN    DE    MARYLAND
1    New Orleans    MARCUS SPEARS    DE    LSU
1    Cincinnati    THOMAS DAVIS    S     GEORGIA
1    Minnesota    CARLOS ROGERS    CB    AUBURN
1    St. Louis    CHANNING CROWDER    ILB    FLORIDA
1    Dallas    ERASMUS JAMES    DE    WISCONSIN
1    Jacksonville    TRAVIS JOHNSON    DT    FLORIDA ST
1    Baltimore    MARK CLAYTON    WR    OKLAHOMA
1    Seattle    DAVID BAAS    C/OG    MICHIGAN
1    Green Bay    RODDY WHITE    WR    ALA-BIRMINGHAM
1    Denver    MATT ROTH    DE    IOWA
1    N.Y. Jets    JUSTIN MILLER    CB    CLEMSON
1    Atlanta    KHALIF BARNES    OT    WASHINGTON
1    San Diego    SHAUN CODY    DT    USC
1    Indianapolis    ODELL THURMAN    ILB/OLB    GEORGIA
1    Pittsburgh    MARLIN JACKSON    CB    MICHIGAN
1    Philadelphia    HEATH MILLER    TE    VIRGINIA
1    New England    MICHAEL MUNOZ    OT    TENNESSEE
2    San Fransicso    COREY WEBSTER    CB    LSU
2    Cleveland    DeMARCUS WARE    OLB    TROY
2    Philadelphia    DAN CODY    DE    OKLAHOMA
2    Chicago    COREY WEBSTER    CB    LSU
2    Tampa Bay    CRAPHONSO THORPE    WR    FLORIDA ST
2    Tennessee    KEVIN BURNETT    OLB    TENNESSEE
2    Oakland    DARRYL BLACKSTOCK    OLB    VIRGINIA
2    Chicago    MIKE PATTERSON    DT    USC
2    New Orleans    REGGIE BROWN    WR    GEORGIA
2    Detroit    ADAM TERRY    OT    SYRACUSE
2    Dallas    CHARLIE FRYE    QB    AKRON
2    N.Y. Giants    FABIAN WASHINGTON    CB    NEBRASKA
2    Houston    MARION BARBER III    HB    MINNESOTA
2    Carolina    CIATRIK FASON    HB    FLORIDA  
2    Kansas City    JONATHON BABINEAUX    DT     IOWA
2    Green Bay    ELTON BROWN    OG    VIRGINIA
2    Cincinnati    BRANDON BROWNER    CB    OREGON ST
2    Minnesota    SCOTT STARKS    CB    WISCONSIN
2    St. Louis    BARRETT RUUD    ILB     NEBRASKA
2    Buffalo    FRED GIBSON    WR    GEORGIA
2    Jacksonville    VERNAND MORENCY    HB    OKLAHOMA STATE
2    Baltimore    BEN WILKERSON    C    LSU
2    Seattle    LANCE MITCHELL    ILB    OKLAHOMA
2    Green Bay    ANDREW WALTER     QB    ARIZONA ST
2    Denver    BRODNEY POOL    S     OKLAHOMA
2    N.Y. Jets    DARRENT WILLIAMS    CB    OKLAHOMA ST
2    Atlanta    VINCE CARTER    C    OKLAHOMA
2    San Diego    CHRIS CANTY    DE    VIRGINIA
2    Indianapolis    KIRK MORRISON    ILB    SAN DIEGO STATE
2    Pittsburgh    JAMES KINNEY    OLB    MISSOURI
2    Philadelphia    ROB PETITTI    OT    PITTSBURGH
2    New England    MARCUS McNEILL    OT    AUBURN
3    San Fransicso    TRAVIS DANIELS    CB    LSU
3    St. Louis    ATTIYAH ELLISON    DT    MISSOURI
3    Cleveland    VINCENT JACKSON    WR    NORTHERN COLORADO
3    Miami    WALTER REYES    HB    SYRACUSE
3    Tampa Bay    KYLE ORTON    QB    PURDUE
3    Tennessee    MICHAEL BOLEY    OLB    SOUTHERN MISS
3    Oakland    ERNEST SHAZOR    SS    MICHIGAN
3    Arizona    J.J. ARRINGTON    HB    CALIFORNIA
3    Washington    ANTAJJ HAWTHORNE    DT    WISCONSIN
3    Detroit    ANTONIO PERKINS    CB    OKLAHOMA
3    Houston    JUSTIN TUCK    DE    NOTRE DAME
3    N.Y. Giants    MICHAEL BOLEY    OLB    SOUTHERN MISS
3    Houston    CHRIS COLMER    OG    N.C. STATE
3    Carolina    DARREN SPROLES    HB    KANSAS ST
3    Philadelphia    GEOFF McARTHUR    WR    CALIFORNIA
3    New Orleans    ANTHONY ALABI    OT    TCU
3    Cincinnati    ROBERT RODRIQUEZ    ILB    UTEP
3    Minnesota    RAY WILLIS    OT    FLORIDA STATE
3    St. Louis    ROBY CORTNEY    WR    INDIANA
3    Buffalo    BRYANT McFADDEN    CB    FLORIDA STATE
3    Jacksonville    DAN BUENNING    OG    WISCONSIN
3    Baltimore    JAMES BUTLER    S    GEORGIA TECH
3    Seattle    CEDRIC HOUSTON    HB    TENNESSEE
3    Green Bay    ALBERT MEANS    DT    MEMPHIS
3    Denver    NOAH HERRON    HB    NORTHWESTERN
3    N.Y. Jets    MANUEL WHITE    FB    UCLA
3    Atlanta    JAMAAL BRIMMER    S    UNLV
3    Tampa Bay    RIAN WALLACE    OLB    TEMPLE
3    Indianapolis    VINCENT FULLER    S    VIRGINIA TECH
3    Pittsburgh    KEVIN EVERETT    TE    MIAMI
3    Philadelphia    MARCUS JOHNSON    OG    OLE MISS
3    New England    JEROME MATHIS    WR    HAMPTON
4    San Fransicso    DEREK WAKE    DE/OLB    PENN STATE
4    Miami    ROB FITZPATRICK    QB    HARVARD
4    Cleveland    JONATHON SCOTT    OT    TEXAS
4    Chicago    BILL SWANNCUTT    DE    OREGON STATE
4    Tampa Bay    JOSH BULLOCKS    S    NEBRASKA
4    Tennessee    OSHIOMOGHO ATOGWE    S    STANFORD
4    Oakland    DeMARCUS WARE    LB    TROY STATE
4    Arizona    JOEL DREESON    TE    COLORADO STATE
4    Washington    JOVAN HAYE    DE    VANDERBILT
4    Detroit    C.J. BROOKS    OG    MARYLAND
4    Dallas    ADELL DUCKETT    DT    TEXAS TECH
4    N.Y. Giants    RYAN MOATS    HB    LOUISIANA TECH
4    Houston    LARRY BRACKINS    WR    PEARL CITY COMM COLL
4    Carolina    ERIK KNOTT    TE    MICHIGAN STATE
4    Kansas City    CHRIS SPENCER    C    OLE MISS
4    New Orleans    JASON CAMPBELL    QB    AUBURN
4    Cincinnati    CALVIN ARMSTRONG    OT    WASHINGTON STATE
4    Minnesota    WESLEY BRITT    OT    ALABAMA
4    St. Louis    MIKE GOOLSBY    ILB    NOTRE DAME
4    Buffalo    LORENZO ALEXANDER    DT    CALIFORNIA
4    Jacksonville    ANTHONY DAVIS    HB    WISCONSIN
4    Baltimore    ERIC GREEN    CB    VIRGINIA TECH
4    Seattle    CHRIS HENRY    WR    WEST VIRGINIA
4    Green Bay    DEREK CURRY    OLB    NOTRE DAME
4    Denver    WILL DERTING    LB    WASHINGTON STATE
4    N.Y. Jets    HALOTI NGATA    DT    OREGON
4    Atlanta    TERRENCE MURPHY    WR    TEXAS A & M
4    San Diego    ROLAND BARTELL JR.    CB    HOWARD
4    Indianapolis    JASON ANDERSON    WR    WAKE FOREST
4    Pittsburgh    KAY-JAY HARRIS    HB    WEST VIRGINIA
4    Philadelphia    JONATHON GODDARD    DE/OLB    MARSHALL
4    New England    KYLE ECKEL    FB    NAVY
5    San Fransicso    MIKE NUGENT    K    OHIO STATE
5    Miami    CHRIS MYERS    OG    MIAMI
5    Cleveland    JUNIOR ROSEGREEN    S    AUBURN
5    Chicago    MARK BRADLEY    WR    OKLAHOMA
5    Tampa Bay    ZAC WOODFIN    LB    ALABAMA BIRMINGHAM
5    Tennessee    GARRETT CROSS    TE    CALIFORNIA
5    Green Bay    ANTUAN ROGERS    CB    PURDUE
5    Arizona    CRAIG BRAGG    WR    UCLA
5    Philadelphia    DAVID GREENE    QB    GEORGIA
5    Detroit    ALEX SMITH    TE    STANFORD
5    Dallas    STEFON LeFORS    QB    LOUISVILLE
5    San Diego    ERIC SHELTON    RB    LOUISVILLE
5    Houston    DOMINIQUE FOXWORTH    CB    MARYLAND
5    Carolina    DUSTIN COLQUITT    P    TENNESSEE
5    Kansas City    DONTE NICHOLSON    S    OKLAHOMA
5    New Orleans    CHRIS KEMOEATU    OG    UTAH
5    Cincinnati    J.R. RUSSELL    WR    LOUISVILLE
5    Minnesota    BRADY POPPINGA    DE    BYU
5    St. Louis    RYAN FRANKLIN    CB    BOISE STATE
5    Buffalo    RONALD FIELDS    DT    MISSISSIPPI STATE
5    Jacksonville    PETE McMAHON    OT    IOWA
5    Baltimore    LOFA TATUPU    LB    USC
5    Seattle    RICHIE IGNONITO    C    NEBRASKA
5    Green Bay    FRANK GORE    HB    MIAMI
5    Denver    DAN ORLOVSKY    QB    CONNECTICUT
5    N.Y. Jets    TAYLOR STUBBLEFIELD    WR    PURDUE
5    Atlanta    ROBERT McCUNE    LB     LOUISVILLE
5    Tampa Bay    RYAN CLARIDGE    LB    UNLV
5    Indianapolis    WILLIAM BLACKMON    CB    BOSTON COLLEGE
5    Pittsburgh    JUSTIN GEISINGER    OT    VANDERBILT
5    Philadelphia    LUIS CASTILLO    DT    NORTHWESTERN
5    New England    TIMMY CHANG    QB    HAWAII
6    San Fransicso    SIMON FRASER    DE    OHIO STATE
6    San Diego    C.J. MOSELY    DT    MISSOURI
6    Cleveland    JAMAL MUHAMMED    ILB     BETHUNE-COOKMAN
6    Chicago    NICK KAZCUR    OT     TOLEDO
6    Tampa Bay    SCOTT MRUCZKOWSKI    C    BOWLING GREEN
6    Tennessee    KEVIN DUDLEY    FB    MICHIGAN
6    Green Bay    ADAM BERGAN    TE    LEHIGH
6    Arizona    MANASE HOPOI    DT    WASHINGTON  
6    Washington    JONATHON NICHOLS    K    OLE MISS
6    Detroit    BUBBY BABCOCK    OT     ILLINOIS
6    Oakland    BOOMER GRIGSBY    ILB     ILLINOIS STATE
6    N.Y. Giants    JASON BROWN    C    NORTH CAROLINA
6    Houston    STANFORD ROUTT    CB    HOUSTON
6    Pittsburgh    ERIC COLEMAN    DT    CLEMSON
6    Kansas City    STEVE SAVOY    WR    UTAH
6    New Orleans    DOUG BUCKLES    OG     OLE MISS
6    Cincinnati    MAURICE CLARETT    HB    OHIO STATE
6    Minnesota    UKEE DOZIER    CB    MINNESOTA
6    St. Louis    SAM LIGHTBODY    OT    WASHINGTON STATE
6    Buffalo    DUSTIN FOX    CB    OHIO STATE
6    Jacksonville    KENNETH PETTWAY    OLB    GRAMBLING STATE
6    Baltimore    T.A. McCLENDON    HB    N.C. STATE
6    Seattle    JON DUNN     OT    VIRGINIA TECH
6    Kansas City    MARCUS JASMIN    DT    TEXAS A & M
6    Denver    KEVIN HAYDEN    WR/CB    ILLINOIS
6    N.Y. Jets    SHELDON CONNER    DE    N.C. CENTRAL
6    Atlanta    LANG CAMPBELL    QB    WILLIAM & MARY
6    Tampa Bay    JAKE VerSTRAETE    OT    NORTHERN ILLINOIS
6    Indianapolis    MIKE JEMISON    HB    INDIANA-PENNSYLVANIA
6    Pittsburgh    ADAM SEWARD    LB    UNLV
6    Philadelphia    JAMAICA RECTOR    WR    N.W. MISSOURI STATE
6    New England    MADISON HEDGECOCK    CB    NORTH CAROLINA
7    San Fransicso    JEREMY PARQUET    OT    SOUTHERN MISS
7    Miami    JAMES SANDERS    S    FRESNO STATE
7    Cleveland    ROLAND COLBERT    HB    HOWARD
7    Chicago    JASON WHITE    QB    OKLAHOMA
7    Tampa Bay    DERRICK JOHNSON    CB    WASHINGTON
7    Tennessee    EVAN MATHIS    OG    ALABAMA  
7    Oakland    CHAUNCEY STOVALL    WR    FLORIDA STATE
7    Arizona    JASON JEFFERSON    DT    WISCONSIN
7    Washington    MITCH MEEUWSEN    S    OREGON STATE
7    Detroit    ALPHONSO HODGE    CB    MIAMI (O)
7    Dallas    SANTONIO THOMAS    DT    MIAMI
7    Tampa Bay    MATT PAYNE    P    BYU
7    Houston    DEREK ANDERSON    QB    OREGON STATE
7    Dallas    DYLAN GANDY    C    TEXAS TECH
7    Houston    LEROY HILL    MLB    CLEMSON
7    New Orleans    NICK COLLINS    CB    BETHUNE-COOKMAN
7    Cincinnati    GINO GUIDIGLO    QB    CINCINNATI
7    Minnesota    O.J. SMALL    WR    FLORIDA
7    St. Louis    JARED NEWBERRY    OLB    STANFORD
7    Buffalo    DAVID KASHETTA    TE    BOSTON COLLEGE
7    Jacksonville    STANLEY WILSON    CB    STANFORD
7    Baltimore    PARRIS WARREN    WR    UTAH
7    Oakland    ZACH TUIASOSOPO    FB    WASHINGTON
7    Green Bay    JIM LEONHARD    S    WISCONSIN
7    Denver    DOMINIQUE MORRIS    CB    VANDERBILT
7    N.Y. Jets    BO SCAIFE    TE    TEXAS
7    Atlanta    TRAI ESSEX    OG    NORTHWESTERN
7    San Diego    ABRAHAM ELIMIMIAH    CB    HAWAII
7    Indianapolis    DUKE PRESTON    C    ILLINOIS
7    Pittsburgh    JONATHON CLINKSDALE    OG    WISCONSIN
7    Philadelphia    JUSTIN PERKINS    CB    CONNECTICUT
7    New England    PETER SANDS    S    CENTRAL FLORIDA