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Giffords Will Watch Her Husband’s Shuttle Flight


It looks as if Representative Gabrielle Giffords will be able to attend her husband Mark Kelly’s Space Shuttle launch on Friday.  She’s been in a Houston hospital since she was shot in the head by a deranged gunman three months ago, but her doctors have given her permission to travel to Cape Canaveral, Florida for the launch.

This will be the last flight for the shuttle Endeavor.  Only one more flight remains for Atlantis before the Space Shuttle program ends for good.  The story of Giffords and Kelly reminds us that mankind’s future lies with the genius and determination of this great nation, not the bloody fantasies of murderers.  The sky awaits us, with the stars beyond it.

The Associated Press notes that “Giffords has not been seen publicly since the shooting,” and has no plans to make a public appearance after the launch.  I hope the media respects her privacy.  We should focus on watching her husband join her in slipping the surly bonds of earth.


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John Hayward began his blogging career as a guest writer at Hot Air under the pen name "Doctor Zero," producing a collection of essays entitled Doctor Zero: Year One. He is a great admirer of free-market thinkers such as Arthur Laffer, Milton Friedman, and Thomas Sowell. He writes both political and cultural commentary, including book and movie reviews. An avid fan of horror and fantasy fiction, he has produced an e-book collection of short horror stories entitled Persistent Dread. John is a former staff writer for Human Events. He is a regular guest on the Rusty Humphries radio show, and has appeared on numerous other local and national radio programs, including G. Gordon Liddy, BattleLine, and Dennis Miller.

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