Earlier this year I borrowed Adam Goodheart’s 1861 from Edelbitter, which includes a chronicle of the events at Fort Monroe in the early days of the Civil War. It’s a great story – one of many that were otherwise unknown to me – in that book. Yesterday, President Obama declared Fort Monroe to be a […]Read more "fort monroe"
Still reading the fascinating 1861 by Adam Goodheart. He talks about the attempts to avoid the Civil War through concessions to the southern states and a proposed amendment to the Constitution, and it sounded so much like today’s turmoil in Congress. They were basically going to give the secessionists everything they wanted, but it still […]Read more "appeasement"
The President visited the region yesterday. We saw Marine One and its phalanx of decoys and defenders as we drove down Farm Hill coming home from work. People were out on the street watching this impressive display of air superiority. Here’s a video of two of the choppers heading back to SFO after his dinner […]Read more "he passed this way"
On the commute home last night we happened upon the president’s motorcade on 280 as he made his way from Palo Alto to Atherton for some fundraiser appearances. For a brief shining moment we were moving through space recently occupied by Obama.Read more "follow the leader"
A few weeks ago the MCat mentioned that opening US coastal waters for offshore drilling might result in people seeing the effects of the extraction process, and they might not like what they see, ultimately moving us to conservation and renewable fuels. So now we have this huge oil pipeline break in the Gulf of […]Read more "not entirely unexpected"
I was reading about today’s Gordon Brown story on the BBC site, and noticed a big difference in the tone and style of the comments compared to stateside blogs. Remarks ranged from mild shock (“Oh dear.”) to alliterate (“bigots beget bygones”) to wry (“What a nice man.”). If this had been one of our presidential […]Read more "just a comment"
The Resident Expert has been puzzling over the makeup of the “Tea Party” demographic. ResEx will apply due diligence before forming an opinion, reading articles and pondering the variables. The Mellowcat needs not spend that kind of time, knowing right off the bat that they are all nutcases. But here we have Mr. David Brooks […]Read more "define your terms"
If I wasn’t a big supporter of the president my reaction to hearing that some previously off-limits coastal regions were to be opened for oil and gas exploration would have been to condemn this action in no uncertain terms. And some groups that I also support have come out with negative reactions to this. How […]Read more "upon further consideration"
The opponents of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 had latched onto a couple of curious expressions in the last few weeks. Many R’s and the political media were referring to the President’s one-day summit as “kabuki theater”. And the vote last Sunday was described by the R’s and their media agents […]Read more "just words"
Thank you, Mr. President.Read more "all is said and done"