Tag Archive for Obama

Blame Bush? It’s Not Just for Democrats Anymore

The Republicans are crowing about this prospects in this Fall’s midterms and have been for quite some time.  Traditionally, the president’s party loses seats in a midterm election and I do expect we’ll lose some seats in the House and Senate simply because there were seats long held by Republicans that turned blue in 2006…

Bits and Pieces – July 9, 2010

An occasional compendium of news bits Potentially good news. The online edition of the Wall Street Journal is reporting that scientists have discovered three antibodies that neutralize 91% of HIV strains. Could a real and effective vaccine be on the way? Let’s hope this helps. Something’s rotten in the State of Arizona. So they passed…

The Opposition Begins

…with a whimper.   The National Review’s Ed Whelan posted criticism of Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan today. The money quote: Kagan … is such a product of New York City that she did not learn to drive until her late 20s. According to her friend John Q. Barrett, a law professor at St. John’s…

FinReg – Financial Regulation – Reform

Yesterday while listening to NPR, I heard someone explain in terms clearer than I’d heard to date what it means to have rules in place for how Wall Street, the investment banks, depository banks, and all the others operate. There’s no such thing as a truly and fully “free market” — the absence of regulation.…

Obama Outlines New Plan for Space

Obama’s plan is to increase NASA’s budget by $6 billion over five years and shift the responsibility for space transportation to private companies, which would be encouraged to “compete to design and build and launch new means of carrying people and materials out of our atmosphere.” They would be responsible not just for designing and building the rockets and spaceships, which they largely do already, but also for conducting flights to the International Space Station.

Teacher performance should not be measured by a series of multiple-choice questions

By teaching to a test we end up teaching as though we are programming a computer for limited and simple functions rather than teaching students the full spectrum of knowledge necessary to be productive and involved members of society. Life is not a series of multiple-choice questions and our students are not monkeys trained to use a #2 pencil to fill in bubbles on a sheet of paper.

IOKIYAR (It’s OK if You’re a Republican): the John Campbell edition

Rep. John Campbell, the Congres-man from Irvine (yes editors, spelled deliberately that way because that’s the way Campbell’s people spell “Congress”) gives a new gift to us for the category of “It’s OK if You’re a Republican.”  First up, the Congres-man admonishes President Obama’s handling of the Christmas Day underwear bomber on Jon Fleischman’s FlashReport. …