A bill has been introduced in the Senate, by Ted Cruz and Gary Peters, to preserve them. For All Moonkind has been working on this for a while. It would only protect the sites from Americans, but we need to make this into a multilateral agreement.
[And yes, link is fixed now]
Tim Fernholz is going to start a weekly one. Sign up here if you want it.
We have filed a petition to the Supreme Court to grant a writ of certiori.
National Review has filed as well. Their petition is here.
A reminder that we have 24 amici curiae in this. I suspect they’ll join the petition, and Mann will remain amiciless.
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I also see that in re-reading that (I may have noted it at the time), that they misspell “warm mongers” in citing the blog post, and attribute my Jerry Sandusky comment to Mark Steyn, who was quoting me.
Here’s the press release from CEI. And the Daily Caller has a story on it.
We don’t have a problem with the white kind; we have a problem with the Left kind.
It’s what’s for breakfast. And in forcing him to do so, Roger Simon thinks that Pelosi has re-elected Trump.
And Adam Schiff continues his descent into insanity.
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More thoughts from Powerline.
Funny thing; it turns out to be a bad business strategy.
But if CNN goes out of business, what will we be forced to watch at airports?
Will they be here sooner than many think?
I hope so. Faster, please.
My op-ed on one-way trips to the Moon is up at Space News.
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Related: Can Trump put people on the moon by 2024? It seems unlikely under current political circumstances.
How they ruined American cars:
Car homogenization has become something of an Internet meme. It turns out that all new cars more or less look alike. I had begun to notice this over the years and I thought I was just imagining things. But people playing with Photoshop have found that you can mix and match car grills and make a BMW look just like a Kia and a Hyundai look just like a Honda. It’s all one car.
Truly, this cries out for explanation. So I was happy to see a video made by CNET that gives five reasons: mandates for big fronts to protect pedestrians, mandates that require low tops for fuel economy, a big rear to balance out the big fronts, tiny windows resulting from safety regulations that end up actually making the car less safe, and high belt lines due to the other regs. In other words, single-minded concern for testable “safety” and the environment has wrecked the entire car aesthetic.
And that’s only the beginning. Car and Driver puts this as plainly as can be: “In our hyperregulated modern world, the government dictates nearly every aspect of car design, from the size and color of the exterior lighting elements to how sharp the creases stamped into sheetmetal can be.”
You are welcome to read an engineer’s account of what it is like to design an American car. Nothing you think, much less dream, really matters. The regulations drive the whole process. He explains that the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards with hundreds of regulations – really a massive central plan – dictate every detail and have utterly ruined the look and feel of American cars.
There is no way out, so long as the regulatory state is in charge.
Gee, someone should write a book about this sort of thing.