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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Supreme Court justice Kennedy to retire

The leftist losing streak continues: Supreme Court justice Anthony Kennedy has announced that he is retiring from the court.

In a statement, the Supreme Court said the 81-year-old Kennedy will step down effective July 31. The judge called it “the greatest honor and privilege to serve our nation in the federal judiciary for 43 years, 30 of those years in the Supreme Court.” Kennedy wants to spend more time with his family, even though they were content with him staying on the court.

He also sent a letter to Trump on Wednesday notifying the president of his decision.

Kennedy, though leaning conservative, has often been the court’s swing vote, and has frequently voted with the court’s leftists. He will be replaced with a far more conservative justice, which will likely give the conservatives in the court its first real majority in decades.

Note that while many news reports will scream about an upcoming battle over the new nominee, this will be smoke and mirrors. Democratic opposition to the confirmation of Neil Gorsuch forced the Republican leadership to abandon the filibuster for Supreme Court picks. All the Republicans need is a majority to get a confirmation, and they have that.

This article provides Trump’s list of candidates

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5 comments

  • wodun

    Democrats can take heart that a Trump nominee will be grounded in the judicial philosophy of textualism and originalism. They wont get a nominee that rules based on marxist ideology but they will get one that rules based on the constitution and laws as they are passed.

  • Tom

    Does anyone else find the situation with Judge Ginsburg telling? She openly criticized candidate Trump to any that would listen but did not recuse herself from passing judgement on cases involving him. In the Travel Ban case, she cites his pre-election utterances as justifiable reason for over-turning any and all travel restrictions he might attempt to implement. “Do as I say, not as I do” seems to be the Leftist credo.

  • eddie willers

    This is my happy dance.

  • Localfluff

    Ginsburg is 85. She won’t survive Trump in office. There will soon be a 6-3 majority. And the next one is 79. This is a morbid system! Wouldn’t it be better to have long term periods, like 10 years, and bit more of them, like 17, so that one president can’t set a fixed majority for decades to come? The increased longevity of people has screwed up this detail of the constitution (like industrialized communications have made the electors pointless).

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