Assessing Jennifer Granholm’s Fitness for the Supreme Court
Supporters say her charisma, empathy and real-world government experience are the qualities she would take to the Supreme Court, currently populated exclusively by former federal appellate judges.
Due to term limits, she cannot run for Governor of Michigan again in 2010. I’m not opposed to term limits, but I’d like to see her stay. I feel like she’s done as good a job as anyone could, given the economic situation in Michigan. Maybe my friends and fam that still live there might disagree with me. But if she can’t stay in Michigan, I’d like to see her on the SCOTUS.
This was the most interesting tidbit:
“One thing that impressed me about her is that she did try to do the right thing by the law, even if it happened not to be the policy answer she would have preferred,” said Thomas L. Casey, a former Michigan solicitor general who worked during Ms. Granholm’s tenure as attorney general.
Nerd Merit Badges
I’m not nearly nerd enough to have earned any of these except for maybe Homonyms. My favorite badge design is definitely Family Tech Support.
The Grid, Our Cars and the Net: One Idea to Link Them All
On ZipCar found Robin Chase’s big ideas about rebuilding the electrical grid and the role cars could play in that. Something about a smart grid and mesh networks that makes a lot more sense when you actually read the article.
There’s broad consensus that our electrical system should do more than carry electricity. It should carry information. That would allow a more intelligent, and efficient, use of power… We ask for electricity and the grid provides it, no questions asked. A smart grid asks questions and answers them. It makes the meter on your wall a sensor that links you to a network that knows how much power you’re using, when you’re using it and how to reduce your energy needs – and costs.
Let’s do it!