Archives for November, 2008

Thoughts a week after the election

When I moved out to California two Augusts ago, I had several moments a day when it just hit me: I live here! It was a little rush, a moment of recognition that my life was different in excellent and as-yet-unexplored ways. I still get those moments, especially when I get a glimpse of fog…

Veterans day

Happy Veterans Day to all those who’ve served in uniform. And may we hope that one day the guns will fall silent again, as they did on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, 90 years ago.

Comparisons between President Obama and President Franklin Roosevelt are becoming common, and for good cause. Both swept to power amidst a collapsing economy, and both came to Washington with newly strengthened Democratic majorities ? majorities elected on a promise of change. One lesson I hope that Obama will learn from FDR is the idea of…

I confess that I still don’t know how I feel about the events of last Tuesday. There’s an overwhelming elation, but also the knowledge that the next 4-8 years will be tough. Republicans will be sniping at the Obama administration, and the Democratic circular firing squad is already assembling. On some issues, it’ll be necessary…

Science advisor

This summer, I sat in with some big shots to discuss the future of science policy in an Obama Presidency, and of space policy in particular. One of the ideas I pushed, and which received general support, was the importance of a cabinet-level science advisor to the President, one who would be appointed and confirmed…

On RFK, Jr.

I think RFK, Jr. would be a poor choice for the EPA or Department of the Interior (posts he is rumored to be under consideration for), but I’m not nearly as worked up as many of my fellow bloggers are. In his favor, Kennedy has a reputation as a staunch defender of wild places, and…

Stay down!

So conservatives kinda got spanked on Tuesday, and they aren’t happy. Not only are the conservablogs pissed, I’m getting endless discussions on TV and radio about how conservatism, or the Republican brand, can rebuild. But I don’t care. If they don’t rebuild, I don’t know that anyone will be worse off. Disco. Inst. blogger and…

Supertrain!

I didn’t acknowledge the joy that I felt when I learned that we will, in fact, have Supertrain in California. High speed rail from SF to LA, with future routes to San Diego, and hopefully on to Portland and Seattle one day. It’s awesome. The proposal has its flaws, not least that it isn’t running…

Deep Thought

I await my assignment to one of President-For-Life Elect Hussein Obama X’s Slavery Reparation Camps.