After an aggravating day at the office, I decided to spend a little time out in the cold night air learning about low light photography. The Christmas lights on the house threw off a weird blue light that was magnified by the longer exposures. It certainly doesn't look this blue to the naked eye. I think these images look very interesting with the warmer starry sky in the background.
It has also been an education on how quickly the stars are spinning in the sky. Your exposure doesn't have to be very long before the star points become star dashes. The movement of the Earth due to it's rotation is much faster than you might realize.
A G1 class geomagnetic storm was produced in the early morning hours of December 28, when the suns magnetic field near earth shifted south. This created a crack in the Earth's magnetosphere, allowing energy in the form of solar wind from the sun to flood in and create aurora in the northern hemisphere.
Cameras aboard DMSP satellite F18 produced this picture of the aurora borealis north of Scandinavia this evening.
Why has Obama spent so much time and money preventing anyone from seeing a document that every other modern president has gladly provided? One must presume the effort is made because there is something to hide.
Chris Liu from Colfax is the pilot who exposed the shortcomings of security at SFO by posting a You Tube video of the problem, and subsequently, for his efforts, got his gun confiscated and his status as a flight deck officer revoked.
One of life's true pleasures is to browse seed catalogues on a winter evening and plan next years garden. Tonight I ran across this tomato variety called "mortgage lifter," presumably because the massive yield allowed money saved on food to be used instead to pay off the mortgage. I like the very American ideal of thrift the name implies.
Wanna watch some heads explode? The map below shows how, after redistricting after the latest census, Sarah Palin could win the presidency. Very doable indeed. Now, she just has to stay away from Katie Couric, remember which newspapers she reads, and stop winking at the camera.
Politically motivated climate change theory. It hasn't really mattered over the decades whether the Earth has been cooling or warming, either has been sufficient to support whatever power grab the politicians were after. Less freedom for the people, more money from the people, it's all the same.
Cap and trade? It boils down to politicians telling you what you can and can't do, and oh yes, send them more of your money. No matter that the science behind anthropogenic global warming has been proven to be based on fraud. Give up your rights, and send them your money.
When will we stand up to these goons, who are the spiritual inheritors of all that was bad about Communism and Fascism? Do it now and they just respond with ad hominem attacks. Don't resist and they will use the compulsion of the law to make you bend to their will.
Tragic and traumatic as that is, without some sort of plan ... some sort of agreement or understanding, that is the fate bound to occur with all state or government pension plans. Multiply little Pritchard by the size of Illinois or California, and the scale of the potential disaster becomes apparent. Imagine the shock when retired workers, who are used to rich retirement checks equal to two thirds, or even ninety percent of their highest pay, suddenly find empty mailboxes.
This possible outcome should be especially worrisome since large states like these are already billions in debt they can't pay back, the federal government is in only slightly better financial shape, and there is no bankruptcy mechanism that would allow an orderly unwinding of these structural problems. Further, the temptation for the federal government to solve this problem through more debt or even money printing is strong, but also certain to lead to even worse financial mayhem.
The only real solution is for public employee unions to realize the untenable and intractable problem needs to be solved before disaster strikes, and to participate, with the responsible public entity, in finding a solution. Problem is, that solution is going to require their members to agree to receive much, much less than they were expecting, and that will be an agreement that may not be possible to reach, absent a complete runout of money as has just happened in Pritchard.
The time it act is here. Let's see what can be done before it is too late.
Here is the story of a British soldier who chose not to shoot at a Taliban sniper because he was using a 10 year old girl as a human shield. Let's see .... "Crusader" invader chooses to save a kids life rather than take a chance shot, while putting his own in grave danger, versus a Muslim terrorist who would willingly sacrifice the child to Allah to save his own disgusting skin. Who do you think is evil, and who good?
First, how completely unbelievable. What sort of morons do we have leading the country? Wait, we already know. Thanks for that you 52% of Obama voters.
Second, it appears this ignorance is just peachy ok because this guy is a Democrat. Just imagine the horror the MSM would be experiencing if this was said by a Republican. Heads would roll. Bush is a chimp/Hitler/Halliburton moron.
Finally, what odds do you give that this guy pays no political price and keeps his job, in spite of his public demonstration of cluelessness? We are in the best of hands.
Tonight was the big night for the lunar eclipse. The youngest daughter and I ventured out late and attempted to catch a few pictures of the event. Here are our most successful, out of many very unsuccessful images.
First, the moon as it is just beginning its eclipse framed by the basketball hoop in front of the garage.
The moon begins its trip behind the earths shadow.
The eclipse is well along here, and we exposed for the dark part. These photos could have been better, but even so, the daughter and I had a good time making the attempt, and even though it was cold outside, we didn't really notice because we were having such a good time.
If it wasn't for the truly evil Eric Holder, Janet Napolitano would be, hands down, the worst and stump stupidest member of this current administration. She is really trying to take the prize on this one.