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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Oregon official who destroyed Christian bakery loses election

Good news: The Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries commissioner who put a Christian bakery out of business because the owners did not wish to participate in a homosexual wedding by providing the cake has lost his election attempt to become the state’s secretary of state.

In 2013, Oregon Democrat Brad Avakian, as commissioner of the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries, put a Christian bakery out of business because its owners stood up for their religious convictions. Fast forward to 2016 and Avakian, not unlike many of his fellow Democrats, got served a big slice of sweet justice. Sweetcakes by Melissa, owned by Melissa and Aaron Klein, was forced out of business by Avakian and the BOLI in 2013. Klein told Independent Journal Review that they were fined $135,000 and the state garnished their bank accounts to cover it. When all was said and done, Klein said that the state took $144,000 from them.

Avakian put these Christian bakers out of business, but in 2016, the people of Oregon ended his run for Oregon secretary of state in favor of Republican Dennis Richardson, which is the first time in 14 years the solidly blue state elected a Republican for state office.

What is interesting here is that he lost in the same state that right now is seeing some of the most violent protests against Trump’s election victory. This suggests to me that the state’s voting populace does not necessarily agree with those protesters, and in fact the protests might actually be doing the left harm politically.

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  • Tom Billings

    “This suggests to me that the state’s voting populace does not necessarily agree with those protesters, and in fact the protests might actually be doing the left harm politically.”

    Indeed, many in Oregon oppose the progressive tide. However, there are factors going back to the 1960s that make western Oregon’s cities a leftist paradise.

    The spark plugs for the riots come from Eugene, Corvallis, and Portland, the three most academicized towns in Oregon. It is at the Un. of Oregon in Eugene that the greatest percentage of people have come to hate industrial society and the freedoms of action, physical, political, market, intellectual, and spiritual freedoms needed to participate in the networks of industrial society around the world.

    It is in Eugene that “anarchist” networks still shout “there is no enemy to the left!” In addition, Eugene is the center of the FOE network that has attacked Forest Service and other government facilities in Oregon, with U of O’s environmental majors as its driving force.

    Corvallis’ Oregon State University, in spite of good engineering programs, is another center for ever more progressive politics, at the instigation of the Democratic Party Senators, and some Republican Senators “serving” Oregon, through their funding choices. Indeed, Mark Hatfield, a “progressive Republican”, first became governor, and later a far longer serving Senator from Oregon, only *after* serving as head of the Un. of Oregon. His government largess for Oregon academia has much to answer for in solidifying the left here, and in making Portland into what security services since the 1980s have called “Little Beirut”.

  • Wayne

    Tom Billings-

    Well said. Totally on point.

  • t-dub

    Tom Billings . . .+1

  • “This suggests to me that the state’s voting populace does not necessarily agree with those protesters, and in fact the protests might actually be doing the left harm politically.”

    I live in Hillsboro, about 15 miles west of Portland. Walk into a watering hole, and even Hillary voters are dismayed and disappointed with the demonstrations. Watching the Left the last three years has been akin to watching a time-lapse video of mental illness. The Progressive agenda was here, now, out in the open, and they lost. Everything after the election exposes them. “And The Children Shall Lead” indeed.

  • Steve Earle

    They still think they can win with the Alinsky tactics of violence, intimidation, and publicly (with the medias complicity) projecting their sins onto their enemies.

    The sad part is that they are right.

    As long as good is weak and defensive, evil can triumph.

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