The final week of my annual February birthday month fund-raising campaign for Behind the Black has begun. I continue to be overwhelmed by the outpouring of support, including numerous donations and a surge of new subscribers willing to commit to donating anywhere from $2 to $25 per month. Wow! The numbers are too many to send out individual thank you’s, so please forgive me for thanking you all with this one announcement.


The campaign however must go on, especially because I have added more regular features to my daily workload. In addition to my daily never-ending reporting on space exploration and science, my regular launch reports, my monthly sunspot updates, the regular cool images, and the evening pauses I post each evening, I have now added a daily weekday post I have entitled "Today's blacklisted American." Its goal is not to discuss policy or politics, but to note the endless examples occurring across the United States where some jack-booted thug or thugs think it is proper and acceptable to censor, blackball, cancel, and destroy an innocent American, merely because that American has expressed or holds an opinion or is of a race or religion that is no longer considered acceptable to the dominant leftist and bigoted culture. I want to make clear to every American that a large number of your fellow citizens no longer believe in the enlightened concept of freedom of speech or the idea of treating each person by the quality of their character.


Instead, they wish to shut you up, and oppress you if you happen to disagree with them or have the wrong skin color. This evil must be exposed.


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Kevin McCarthy drops out of Speaker election

Congressman Kevin McCarthy (R-California) has just announced that he is dropping out of the race for House Speaker.

This is a breaking story, so details remain sparse. However, McCarthy’s exit today suggests that the power of the conservatives, who just yesterday threw their backing to Daniel Webster (R-Florida), is very strong. With two of the top guys from the old Republican leadership out, things are now certainly going to change in the House. This opens up the Speaker election, making it possible for a new compromise candidate to step forward. More important, that candidate is going to have to respect the demands of the conservative wing, which forced this election.

Pioneer cover

From the press release: From the moment he is handed a possibility of making the first alien contact, Saunders Maxwell decides he will do it, even if doing so takes him through hell and back.

Unfortunately, that is exactly where that journey takes him.

The vision that Zimmerman paints of vibrant human colonies on the Moon, Mars, the asteroids, and beyond, indomitably fighting the harsh lifeless environment of space to build new societies, captures perfectly the emerging space race we see today.

He also captures in Pioneer the heart of the human spirit, willing to push forward no matter the odds, no matter the cost. It is that spirit that will make the exploration of the heavens possible, forever, into the never-ending future.

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  • Phill O

    A step in the “right” direction! Let us hope that the investigation into Hillary continues at full speed. I will say she is one tough cookie. I am learning that morals and politics do not mix. Maybe after the next election!

  • Rick

    I just hope the FBI is doing a legitimate investigation, although the Clinton corruption has long tentacles throughout the government.

  • Phill O

    You mean that it is not for show?

  • Cotour

    Phill, politics is much, much more about perception and not at all about either truth or morality, only perception.

    And I do not say that in a flip or casual way, truth and morality are optional for those at the highest levels of any government and we the people in many circumstances are only numbers and are expendable. And that is how in reality people must understand their government, all government.

    We the people from our perspective immersed in society call it lying, at the highest levels it is understood as justified and called an acceptable interpretation related to the greater good (a subjective judgement). This is why the people in many instances are confused about what is going on right in front of their faces.

  • Edward

    Cotour is correct. Politics is all about getting what the politician wants. That is why it is so important to vote for the person who wants what you want, and why politicians try so hard to sound as though they want what the voters want — then ignore the wishes of the voters, the promises that they made, and the truth, morals, and perceptions that they made on the voters. They are only there for their own purposes, and we can only hope that their purposes are also our own purposes.

    I once drove Route 66, but in many towns the route depended upon which era you wanted to recreate. The route would change with changes in mayors, because new mayors would change the route to pass in front of their own businesses. They had become mayor strictly for the purpose of increasing their own business — for selfish, corrupt, and greedy reasons.

    We can only hope that the people we elect are patriots who are more concerned about the general welfare than with their own. We cannot rely upon their words, but we *can* rely upon their previous actions and how long they have taken those actions.

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