Who to Vote Against?


I don’t see anyone to vote for among the nominees for President this year (even among the minor parties). Of course, being in Maryland, my vote doesn’t really count. The state is so heavily Democrat that if the election were close enough for my vote against Hillary to matter, the national election will be a 48- or 49-state blowout. In that case, Maryland’s electoral votes wouldn’t matter, so pushing the state one way or the other won’t really swing the election.

Those of you living in the swing states will have to do the choosing this year. One of the likely differences between the candidates is how they will handle Supreme Court appointments. Reason has collected a series of comments worth reading. FWIW, I tend to agree with Glenn Reynolds’ analysis.

The future of the Supreme Court under Hillary is clearly dreadful: appointees would be to the left of Ruth Bader Ginsburg and probably corrupt to boot. Under Trump it’s unclear: His list of potential appointees actually looked pretty good, but with Trump you never know what he’ll actually do. So I’d say it’s a choice between certainly awful, and possibly awful.

Read the whole thing.

Walking on the Moon


Aldrin_Apollo_11_(3x5_crop)It’s the 47th anniversary of the first steps by Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin on the Moon. I remember watching Armstrong step onto the Moon while I was lying in my bunk at Ft. Bragg. I was in basic training, and President Nixon had given all federal employees the day off to watch the event. That gave those of us in ROTC Basic a day off which I mostly used to catch up on some sleep. A buddy woke me just in time to see the big event.

Back then, I figured we’d have a permanent base on the Moon and be sending missions to Mars by the second decade of the 21st century, but we’re still stuck in low Earth orbit. Robert Heinlein’s stories such as The Man Who Sold the Moon assumed that space would be developed by private enterprise. It appears that he was correct. I’m betting on SpaceX to get a man to Mars before any agency of any government.