An Example of Poor Planning

Man treated after attempting to nail himself to cross:

HARTLAND – A Hartland man was treated at a Pittsfield hospital after he nailed himself to a cross. The 23-year-old man apparently was trying to commit suicide Thursday evening in his living room, the Bangor Daily News reported.

Somerset County Sheriff Barry DeLong said Monday that no charges will be filed. “There is no crime here,” he said.

Police said the man appeared delusional and told them he had been “seeing pictures of God on the computer.” He told them he had not seen the hit movie “The Passion of the Christ,” which depicts the Crucifixion of Jesus.

Lt. Pierre Boucher said the man took two pieces of wood, nailed them together in the form of a cross and placed them on the floor.

Makes sense, tough I question whether simply nailing the two pieces of wood is sufficient for the task.

He attached a suicide sign to the wood and then proceeded to nail one of his hands to the makeshift cross using a 14-penny nail and a hammer.

OUCH! The more mechanically inclined people reading this probably see the problem with this guy’s plan.

“When he realized that he was unable to nail his other hand to the board, he called 911,” Boucher said.

It was unclear whether the man was seeking assistance for his injury or help in nailing down his other hand.

Hartland Fire Department members responded, said Boucher, and cut off the wood while it was still attached to the man’s hand. The wood and the victim were taken to Sebasticook Valley Hospital, where the nail was removed.

Boucher said he did not know whether the man received further treatment.

John Carroll University Blue Streaks are on their way to the Final Four!

OK – It’s NCAA Division III Men’s Basketball

About the Road To The Final Four:

The John Carroll men’s basketball team made school history on the night of Saturday, March 13, in Wooster, Ohio. By virtue of its 70-64 victory over Wooster in the sectional final of the 2004 NCAA Division III Men’s Basketball Championship, JCU is advancing to its first Final Four.

While the Blue Streaks had enjoyed success at home all season, they had to prove an ability to win on the road if they wished to reach Salem, Virginia. Following a win at home over Calvin (88-77) in the opening round, John Carroll defeated Wittenberg (84-65) on the road on March 6, Maryville (76-74) on a neutral court this past Friday, and Wooster (70-64) on the Fighting Scots’ home floor Saturday.

John Carroll hopes to build upon its school-record 26 wins this season with a successful appearance in the Final Four. Standing in the way will be three top ten teams according to the latest poll.

Make Your Own Bush/Cheney Poster

(via Daily Kos)

Make your own Bush/Cheney poster at the official Bush/Cheney web site.

Update: It was fun while it lasted, but you can only choose from a menu of states and a menu of coalition groups – there’s no longer a “fill in the blank” option.

Here’s a couple of examples of the fun that can be had:

Miserable Failure

Our Long National Nightmare Of Peace And Prosperity Is Finally Over

More can be found at these sites:

Where’s the Outrage?

(via corrente)

Bush Fund-Raisers Among Overnight Guests:

At least nine of Bush’s biggest fund-raisers appear on the latest list of White House overnight guests, covering June 2002 through December 2003, and-or on the Camp David list, which covers last year. They include:

_Mercer Reynolds, an Ohio financier, former Bush partner in the Texas Rangers baseball team and former ambassador to Switzerland. Reynolds is leading Bush’s campaign fund-raising effort. He was a guest at the White House and the Camp David retreat in Maryland’s Catoctin Mountains.

_Brad Freeman, a venture capitalist who is leading Bush’s California fund-raising effort, has raised at least $200,000 for his re-election campaign and is also a major Republican Party fund-raiser. Freeman stayed at the White House.

_Roland Betts, who raised at least $100,000 for Bush in 2000, was a Bush fraternity brother at Yale and a Texas Rangers partner. Betts stayed at the White House and Camp David.

_William DeWitt, a Bush partner in the oil business and Texas Rangers who has raised at least $200,000 for Bush’s re-election effort, stayed at the White House.

_James Francis, who headed the Bush campaign’s 2000 team of $100,000-and-up volunteer fund-raisers and was a Bush appointee in Texas when Bush was governor. Francis was a White House guest.

_Joseph O’Neill, an oilman and childhood friend who introduced Bush to Laura Bush and raised at least $100,000 for each of Bush’s presidential campaigns, stayed at the White House.

_Colorado Gov. Bill Owens and New York Gov. George Pataki, who each raised at least $200,000 for Bush’s re-election campaign, were White House guests.

_James Langdon, who raised at least $100,000 for Bush, is a Washington attorney specializing in international oil and gas transactions. Langdon, whose clients include the Russian oil company Lukoil, is a member of Bush’s foreign intelligence advisory board and served on Bush’s 2000 presidential transition team on energy policy

At this point, Bush might as well start getting blow jobs from interns (unless he already has…).

Wishful Thinking on Jobs

(via Eschaton)
Here’s a graph from Paul Krugman’s March 9, 2004 column:

A picture is worth a thousand words

Krugman then writes:

Economic forecasting isn’t an exact science, but wishful thinking on this scale is unprecedented. Nor can the administration use its all-purpose excuse: all of these forecasts date from after 9/11. What you see in this chart is the signature of a corrupted policy process, in which political propaganda takes the place of professional analysis.

There’s nothing like a simple graph to illustrate a point…

Top 15 Flip-Flops of George W. Bush

(via The Talent Show)

  1. Nation Building. Bush was against ‘nation building’ — NOW he’s for it.

  2. Homeland Security. Bush was against a Homeland Security Department — NOW he’s for it.

  3. U.N. Vote. Bush said he would demand a U.N. Security Council vote on whether to sanction military action against Iraq — DAYS LATER, he announced he would not call for a vote.

  4. Osama Bin Laden:
    • September 13, 2001, Bush: “The most important thing is for us to find Osama bin Laden. It is our Number One Priority and we will not rest until we find him.”
    • March 13, 2002, Bush: “I don’t know where he is. I have no idea and I really don’t care. It’s not that important. It’s not our priority.”

  5. 9/11 Commission. Bush was against a 9/11 commission — LATER he supported it.

  6. WMD Investigation. Bush was against an investigation into the Weapons of Mass Destruction absent in Iraq — LATER he approved it.

  7. Middle East. Bush was against the U.S. taking a role in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict — NOW he pushes for a “road map” and a Palestinian State.

  8. North Korea. Bush said that the U.S. won’t negotiate with North Korea — NOW he will.

  9. Military Benefits. Bush said that ‘help is on the way’ to the military — LATER he cut their benefits.

  10. CO2 emissions. Bush said he would limit carbon dioxide emissions during his campaign — THEN, soon after taking office, he said he wouldn’t limit CO2 emissions.

  11. Deficits. Bush was against deficits — THEN he submitted budgets with the largest deficits in history, after inheriting a budget surplus from the previous administration.

  12. Trade. Bush said he was for free trade — THEN he imposed protectionist tariffs on steel — then he removed the tariffs.

  13. Gay Marriage. Bush was for states right to decide on gay marriage — NOW he is for changing the constitution.

  14. Immigration from Mexico. Bush was for fingerprinting and photographing Mexicans who enter the US — AFTER meeting with Vicente Fox, he’s against it.

  15. National Guard Records. Bush told Tim Russert he would release all of his National Guard records — BUT he hasn’t: his final discharge (DD-214) is missing

Daily Kos has some more on Bush’s flip flops.

Waffle Recipes

From the Albany Democrat-Herald: Best waffle recipes

From Your house becomes Waffle House with clone recipe

And then there’s Homer Simpson’s Space-Age Out-of-This-World Moon Waffles:


  • One bag caramel cubes
  • Waffle mix
  • One bottle Liquid Smoke
  • One stick butter


  • Empty bag of caramels onto waffle iron.
  • Add generous portion of waffle batter (Oooooh… Waffle runoff…).
  • Add one bottle of Liquid Smoke.
  • Cook until burnt.
  • Wrap waffle around a stick of butter.
  • Serve on a toothpick.