Wednesday, January 21

Patrick Nielsen Hayden responds to the Bush space exploration thing:

The phrase that summed up my reaction to Bush's grandiloquent announcement last week: I felt trifled with. I wanted to say, this is stuff that matters, you lying sack of shit. Okay, obviously that's not really a cool-eyed and dispassionate take, and I realize that smart friends and acquaintances of mine are right now combing through the fine print and making plans to use this "initiative" as a platform for good. I wish them well, but I don't feel very optimistic.

Meanwhile, in last night's State of the Union address (as PNH points out, an address conspicuously lacking any mention of space), we get

Activist judges, however, have begun redefining marriage by court order, without regard for the will of the people and their elected representatives. On an issue of such great consequence, the people's voice must be heard. If judges insist on forcing their arbitrary will upon the people, the only alternative left to the people would be the constitutional process. Our nation must defend the sanctity of marriage. (Applause.)

Somebody stop the nation-state. I want to get off.