Author: BooMan

Attracting More Diaries and More…

…World Diaries and more members both foreign and domestic:

Everything is going well with the site, in large part because our little community has been so patient and helpful with making suggestions.

My only complaint so far is that I have been so busy working on technical issues, and other details, plus trying to be a welcoming host…that I don’t have any time to do any serious writing, or even to really keep track of breaking news.

So, here is my request for help.

The site will be more fun and more successful if we can gain some more users, and particularly users from around the world, so that the ‘World’ feature really starts to work.

We also could use more diaries to help me keep up with the world outside this website.

So, if anyone has any good advice on how to promote the site, attract new users, or get more diaries, please post them here.

And any volunteers are welcome too.

You’ve all been great, and this venture has, so far, exceeded all my expectations.  Thank you all.

…and tell your friends we’re here 🙂

Sunday Morning Political Pantomime

I always found this useful at dKos.


Gen. Richard Myers


Sen. John E. Sununu (R-NH),
Sen. Carl M. Levin (D-MI),
Lt. Gen. R. Steven Whitcomb,
Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari,
Gen.(ret) George A. Joulwan,
Lt. Gen. (ret.) Michael DeLong,
Maj. Gen. (ret.) Don Shepperd


Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld,
Sen. Mel Martinez (R-FL)


Sen. John McCain (R-AZ),
Gerry Adams of Sinn Fein,
Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld


Gen. Richard B. Myers, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff,
Rep. Thomas M. Davis III (R-VA),
Robert D. Manfred Jr., executive vice president of Major League Baseball.

Bush: Announcing His Vetting Process

“I do remain confident in Linda. She’ll make a fine labor secretary. From what I’ve read in the press accounts, she’s perfectly qualified.”

-Bush in Austin, Texas, Jan. 8, 2001.

Talk among yourselves, the boogal is home from Atlanta.

The Site

It’s time for a little retrospective. The site has been live since approximately 10:30PM EST Sunday night.

We just passed 340 registered users. The site has had 112,021 hits in less than 6 days.

We have added a RSS feed, moved the regional threads so that the West is on the left, added links at the bottom of diaries so you can pop back up to the top of the thread or the top of the diary.

Plus a few other things. There is a suggestion box diary. Please use your brains to come up with ideas to make the site even better.


If any of you have any diaries you would like to cross-post, please do. I’d like to see how the recommended system is working. But, it’s hard to tell with the trickle of diaries we have today.

Update [2005-3-18 12:6:32 by BooMan]: Also, we have a RSS feed at the bottom of the page now.

While America Sleeps

As the public is fed constant pabulum, like this:

As the latest signal of Michael Jackson’s apparent financial difficulties, one of the unindicted co-conspirators in the child molestation case against the pop star intends to slap a lien Friday on Jackson’s Neverland ranch, NBC News has learned.

F. Mark Schaffel, a gay porn producer who also produced two unaired “rebuttal” videos meant to counter the negative publicity from the 2003 documentary, “Living With Michael Jackson,” is seeking to ensure he is repaid what he claims are at least $3 million in outstanding debts: $1 million for production of the two videos, and more than $2 million in personal loans, payments and gifts for such famous Jackson friends as Elizabeth Taylor and Marlon Brando.


I wonder if Dan Abrams will report this:

Under sharp questioning at a hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee, Mr. Goss sought to reassure lawmakers that all interrogations “at this time” were legal and that no methods now in use constituted torture. But he declined, when asked, to make the same broad assertions about practices used over the last few years.

NY Times

Some thoughts about the Frog

Well, we’ve had a lot of suggestions on naming the Frog. And we need to make some progress here, people.

So, I went through and picked out twenty names that either got a lot of support, or just struck me as damn funny.

We’ll whittle these down to 10, and then we’ll have a poll.

Defend your choices.

Names are below the fold (in no particular order):