Seven Degrees from Normal

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

Saturday, October 15, 2005

Totally wrong

Better late than never, I guess:

Ms. Miller said that she was proud of her journalism career, including her work on Al Qaeda, biological warfare and Islamic militancy. But she acknowledged serious flaws in her articles on Iraqi weapons.

"W.M.D. - I got it totally wrong," she said. "The analysts, the experts and the journalists who covered them - we were all wrong. If your sources are wrong, you are wrong. I did the best job that I could."

Sunday, October 09, 2005

Miers roundup

I've been following the latest SC nomination with bemused interest. The fractures within the right have been very entertaining--maybe predictable, but I wouldn't have thought that the evangelicals would get all bent out of shape just because Miers is supposed to be a stealth conservative. They want an in-your-face anti-abortion pick. They've gotten greedy.

There's a good piece today in the NYT about how "the nomination of Ms. Miers demonstrated the fragility of a coalition built in part on code." Kirkpatrick also touches on the latent pessimism of the evangelical base, which has always seemed to me like a good indicator that they won't stay involved in politics long. They're too attached to their perceived martyrdom.

Max endorses Harriet, and then goes on to explain why her appointment isn't that important. ("The worst case scenario w/Miers is that she'll be in a room with eight other people who will ignore her, since we know she knows diddly about constitutional law. She will vote wrong on everything, but so will every other Bush nominee.")

And a funny: Crooks and Liars has the video of Pat Robertson calling for James Dobson to be subpoenaed so Congress can find out what he's been told about Miers.

Or if you don't get to heaven, that would explain it too

Weather Undercuts Turnout And Events at DC Festival
Thousands Attend Evangelical Program on Mall
By Caryle Murphy and Sudarsan Raghavan
Washington Post Staff Writers
Sunday, October 9, 2005

The opening day of DC Festival, a Christian evangelical gathering on the Mall two years in the planning, was undercut by bad weather yesterday as heavy rain forced organizers to cancel many events and truncate their spiritual outreach.

The $3.4 million, two-day festival, which represents the Washington debut of evangelical preacher Luis Palau, drew a fraction of the 100,000 that organizers had hoped to attract. Early in the evening, festival officials estimated the crowd at 5,000 but increased the figure to nearer 10,000 by the time the festival ended about 8:30.

"I'm not discouraged. I'm perplexed that the Lord would allow this rain to come and despite all our prayers -- it's still coming," Palau, 70, said in a midafternoon phone interview from the Mall. "I do not doubt the goodness of God. When we get to heaven . . . we'll find out why this happened."

Monday, October 03, 2005


Wow, so much going on in the world and I'm such a lame-ass blogger. There is new material up on Toad, if you have gotten tired of checking the site to see when I'd finally get off my ass and post something.

Planning has begun for this year's Halloween yard display, which will follow last year's model of addressing 1) Things the Government says you should Be Afraid of; and 2) The upcoming election. Anyone with a few yards of white fabric to spare, please drop me a line.

I hear the President's going to give a speech tonight asking everyone to conserve energy. That's kind of frightening. (Does he know there's a football game on tonight?)