Seven Degrees from Normal

Two people, eighteen years of marriage, seven college degrees.

Wednesday, March 30, 2005


I'm not sure what I think about this. It seems premature. I'd rather people save their money and animosity for the midterms next November. Isn't it better to let DeLay hang around Congress until then, stinking up the place and tainting all his fellow Republicans?

On the other hand, maybe the theory is that, if the Republicans are gearing up to oust DeLay on their own, the liberals need to get a foot in the door first.

This is why I am not actually in politics. I would sit there, pondering the best course of action in a case like this, and get run over by a busload of lobbyists.

20 years and counting

My twentieth high school reunion is approaching. I assume. I'm not organizing it; I just assume someone is. Wherefore, I thought I'd compile a little running list of some of my fellow College Station, Texas, refugees:

Emily Pulley
Tim Armstrong
Laura Freeman
Michelle Durham
Creighton Bailey
Dan Bowers
Sorojini Biswas (didn't actually graduate from A&M Consol., but she deserves a medal for the time she put in there)

That's all I've found so far; the women are hard to find because of the whole married name/maiden name thing, I think. A few people have only left traces on the internet: Musa Scandarani seems to have married someone in 1998. I think Derek Soltes is an architect but can only find his name on a few projects. Still looking for: Pam Kramer? Kris Fredericksen? Ellen Sterling? Helen Martell?

Tuesday, March 29, 2005

This is the kind of thing Jesus died for

I thought this weekend's bout of Winter Vomiting Disease had left me feeling about as low as possible (especially after the 15-month old followed up with her own encore performance). But no:
List of Schiavo Donors Will Be Sold by Direct-Marketing Firm
By David D. Kirkpatrick and John Schwartz
Published: March 29, 2005

WASHINGTON, March 28 - The parents of Terri Schiavo have authorized a conservative direct-mailing firm to sell a list of their financial supporters, making it likely that thousands of strangers moved by her plight will receive a steady stream of solicitations from anti-abortion and conservative groups.
I wish conservatives would stop being compassionate and go back to being decent human beings. Remember those days? Neither do I, really.

Monday, March 21, 2005

Yet more Toad

Almost forgot--we've been posting up a storm over at Toad a la Mode. I've lost track of what's new; we've been doing three new posts a week during the ad run. Things slowed down while I was on vacation though, so now's your chance to catch up.


I'm a little less depressed about this whole appalling spectacle because of the results of ABC's poll:

Mar. 21, 2005 - Americans broadly and strongly disapprove of federal intervention in the Terri Schiavo case, with sizable majorities saying Congress is overstepping its bounds for political gain.

The public, by 63 percent-28 percent, supports the removal of Schiavo's feeding tube, and by a 25-point margin opposes a law mandating federal review of her case. Congress passed such legislation and President Bush signed it early today.

That legislative action is distinctly unpopular: Not only do 60 percent oppose it, more -- 70 percent -- call it inappropriate for Congress to get involved in this way. And by a lopsided 67 percent-19 percent, most think the elected officials trying to keep Schiavo alive are doing so more for political advantage than out of concern for her or for the principles involved.

So, it's still awful, but at least most people agree that it's awful.My question is, why is Bush still pandering to the evangelicals? He doesn't need them anymore. And why would Congress pander to them? Sure, some individual players need support from evangelicals in their constituency, but I think within districts the evangelical base has much less clout. Am I wrong on that?

And note, there's a lot of evangelicals who don't support this either.

Also, if you haven't already heard, Bush signed a law when he was governor of Texas that allows hospitals to cut off life support for terminal patients who couldn't pay their bills, even against family wishes. One casualty of that law was a six month old black baby.

Wednesday, March 02, 2005

Baby blogging

Can't comment yet on the results from the radio ad campaign, but Toad did get a nice mention last week from the USA Today Hot Sites people.

I'd say more, but the fourteen-month-old is busily trying to cram paper clips into the keyboard. Anyway, it was cool seeing the Toad logo on the USA Today site.