Author: BooMan


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):


The lawyers for Green presidential candidate David Cobb and Libertarian presidential candidate Michael Badnarik, along with Kerry-Edwards 2004 have added election tampering to a civil suit filed against the state of Ohio over problems with the state’s recount, RAW STORY has learned.

The Raw Story

To see the affidavit click here

To see Georgia10’s opus:Armando’s Challenge

Wolfowitz at the World Bank?

John Kerry opposes the nomination of Paul Wolfowitz to be President of the World Bank.


March 16, 2005

Statement by John Kerry on Paul Wolfowitz’s Nomination to be President of the World Bank

“Coming on the heels of the appointment of John Bolton to be ambassador to the United Nations, this is now another mystifying choice by the Bush administration for an important role in the community of nations. It makes you wonder whether all the administration’s words about mending fences with our allies are just lip service. After Deputy Secretary Wolfowitz’s repeated and serious miscalculations about the costs and risks America would face in Iraq , I don’t believe he is the right person to lead the World Bank.”

But what Kerry doesn’t know is that Wolfowitz is really good with numbers.

Wolfie proved it prior to the war when he appeared before the House Budget Committee.

See below:

Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz, who appeared before the House Budget Committee, refused to be pinned down, however, saying that uncertainty over the course that the war might take makes meaningful estimation of cost almost impossible. “If we cost every single (scenario), we’d maybe give you a range between $10bn and $100bn and you’d say that’s useless, and you’d be right,” he said. On the question of financial assistance from other nations, Wolfowitz said that he expects lots of contributions after the war, including from nations that oppose military action. CBS Article

Ten billion? Did he throw 10 billion out there?