Congratulations to Charles Bolden, on his nomination to head the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and for demonstrating that the stereotype that all geeks are white just isn't true:
In 2002, then-President George W. Bush unsuccessfully tried to appoint Bolden as the space agency's deputy administrator. The Pentagon said it needed to keep Bolden, who was a Marine general at the time and a pilot who flew more than 100 sorties in Vietnam.
I can't imagine how the Pentagon could have frustrated the will of a President who, in 2002, had approval ratings roughly equivalent to those of Zeus at the time of the Trojan War. Still, as a veteran of more than 100 combat sorties and a man who's flown into space 4 times, Bolden qualifies a complete badass.
Obama may have stellar approval ratings. He may prove more that an American politician can be more powerful than General Motors when it declares bankruptcy next week, but we're still going to die as a species if we don't get off this rock.
You and I are but earth.