The Hamdan decision

As you’ve likely heard, the U.S. Supreme Court today ruled 5-3 (Chief Justice Roberts not participating) that the military tribunals Bush planned to use to try Guantanamo Bay detainees violate federal law and the Geneva conventions. The decision in the case, Hamdan v. Rumsfeld, was more than 175 pages with the concurring and dissenting opinions. […]

Miscellany and marginalia

The head of NASA’s former Breakthrough Propulsion Physics Project has announced the formation of the Tau Zero Foundation. Named after a Poul Anderson novel, the foundation is intended to support “incremental advancements in science, technology, and education” leading to interstellar flight. (Via Roberson’s Interminable Ramble.) Speaking of being on another planet, evidently the Bible says […]

Book Review: Sunshine Assassins (2006)

Alternate history can be a challenging subgenre for any writer. Setting the story in near-future America and extrapolating from recent history to express what the mainstream may consider radical political concepts raises the bar that much higher. While John Miglio’s Sunshine Assassins proceeds from an interesting and colorable premise, its execution prevents it from clearing […]

Accumulated marginalia and miscellany

SF author David Louis Edelman gives us 20 ways science fiction and fantasy are like Mozilla Firefox. The Space Program Archive is a new project continaing more than 50,000 historical newspaper pages about space programs and space exploration. The A.V. Club gives us classic movies it’s okay to hate. With the exception of A Clockwork […]

J.A.I.L.’s Lies – Part 9

Seems the “new” website for South Dakota’s Judicial Accountability Initiative Law (J.A.I.L.) is back to being updated. As history would indicate, the new material contains a healthy dose of new lies. This time J.A.I.L. is attacking South Dakota Supreme Court Chief Justice David Gilbertson and the news media.

J.A.I.L. relies on and links to the […]