“These are the brownshirts of our time.”

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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Read it. Though the author describes an event that happened in 2003, it shows us ugly circumstances that have now become quite common, because as she says, “the ‘good’ people did nothing to disperse the hostility.” And unless we do something about it now — stand up to these fascist thugs who hide behind nice-sounding ideologies — what is happening today in the worst places in the Middle East is only showing us what things will be like here in another dozen years.


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  • Rene Borbon

    Scary article. But it serves to wake us up. Letting illegal immigration or even massive legal immigration expand is a threat to our way of life and republic.

    Our job as citizens is to be brave like the author and not back down from neo-Coms and other ill educated people. Stand fast.

  • PeterF

    This may not be directly relevant, but it has some parallel elements and was just to juicy not to share.

    Ann Coulter is often over the top with a sharp tongue and pointed elbows . But she often says what needs needs to be said in such a way that people just can’t ignore. In this clip, you can tell that Jorge Ramos is incredibly pissed and wants to smack her down but just can’t dispute the facts of what she is saying.


    The fact is that America is awash in a sea of illegal aliens who do not identify themselves as Americans or act as Americans. By their everyday actions they tend to re-create the very hellholes that they have fled from in insular neighborhoods imbedded within our cities.

    The Boston Radio talk show host Howie Carr often points this out when news reports describe a perp as being “A Marlborough man” or “A man from Malden”. (The Tsarnaev brothers were “Cambridge men” not “Chechen Men” or “Men from Kazakhstan” or Muslim terrorists.)
    He does a bit every week where he reads police reports of unlicensed drivers in un-registered, un-insured, un-inspected cars. Most often they are being arrested for DWI. Not surprisingly they almost never show up for their court date.
    Hope that you will never be in an accident with one of these people. YOU will pay for the property damages, YOU will pay for the hospital costs. YOU (or your estate) will pay the funeral expenses. The “Man from Somerville” will have disappeared like a fart in the wind.

    Unfortunately I fear that the truth of her statement has an expiration date since there have been reports of ISIS members in Texas.

  • joe

    It seems to me that many Mexicans do consider themselves as americans, they do not consider that there is a sovereign border between Mexico and the United States. The Dean of psychology at the University de Hermosillo personally told me that he was an american (by virtue of the north american continent) and that he did not believe in borders to keep country’s separate, this was a very well educated man, I suspect that those that are well educated are indoctrinated in Marxism and do not understand capitalism, it seems living and growing up with the tyranny that is Mexico could not possibly give you enough of an education to understand the difference between an economy that is free market versus an economy where the state is corrupt and controls all, come to think of it, we are headed that way too!

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