The Great American Eclipse

by Jack

People started gathering at Chico’s Wildwood Park around 9:30 a.m., in advance of the much publicized lunar eclipse that began a few minutes after 10 a.m.

Chico experienced about 75% darkness at the peak of the eclipse around 10:17 a.m.   But, if you were in Northern Oregon, near the coast, you were briefly immersed in total darkness.  Redding experienced about 85% of the blackout and of course the further north the better (darker) it was.

Here are some random pictures of the many ways you could enjoy watching the eclipse.

Above:  The spotting scope method.

Below the welders mask system – both worked fine!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yep, a pin hole in a box.

 

 

‘Hmmm….rose colored glasses? Ok.

 

 

 

Below:  The ladies try a pair of official viewing glasses just as the eclipse was about half way through.

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Re: Confederate Statues -Charles Barcley’s Words of Wisdom and Advice

Posted by Tina

Does it strike anyone as a bit Loony Tunes that the people having a conniption fit over the Confederate monuments have not been affected by them a single day in their lives? Yeah, me too. I couldn’t have said it better, however, or with more authority than Charles Barcley:

I’m not gonna waste my time thinking about these confederate statues. That’s wasted energy. You know what I’m gonna do? I’m gonna keep doing great things. I’m gonna keep trying to make a difference number one in the black community, because I’m black, but I’m also gonna try to do good things in the world.

I’m not gonna waste my time screaming at a neo-Nazi who’s gonna hate me no matter what, and I’m not gonna waste my time…worrying about these statues they got all over the country. …

… I’ve always ignored them. Rick, I’m 54 years old. I’ve never thought about those statues a day in my life. I think if you ask most black people to be honest, they haven’t thought a day in their life about those stupid statues.

What we as black people need to do, we need to worry about getting our education. We need to stop killing each other. We need to try to find a way to have more economic opportunity and things like that. Those things are important and significant.

Notice the lack of negative, contentious energy in his message. Notice the common sense. Notice the single requirement for engaging in life is individual effort…personal choice and personal responsibility!

Imagine a nation in which all of that negative energy was channeled positively toward getting an education, working to better oneself, living a responsible life! Ahhh what a great nation this could be once again if the people would simply embrace liberty and live their lives responsibility. This is what made America exceptional…civil war history and all.

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Dred Scott Decision Determined by Democrat Justice

by Jack

As his statue is being torn down from in front of the capitol building in Maryland, I wondered who Justice Taney was?   Turns out he was a very active democrat, a slave owner in the northern state of Maryland and he cast the deciding vote in the infamous Dred Scott decision.  I would not have know that if it were not for his statue being in the news.  But, I suppose that getting rid of it helps sanitize the history of the democrat party.   Pretty soon ol Taney will be virtually unknown and then history can be re-written for political expediency.   Yep, I can sure understand why democrats would want this statue taken down. 

Ironically, the descendants of the Scotts and Taneys families prefer the opportunity for reconciliation by erecting statues of Dred Scott and Frederick Douglass to stand in position of dialogue with the Taney statue.  That seems very reasonable, but local dems say no.  Statue must go.

Roger Brooke Taney March 17, 1777 – October 12, 1864, he was the fifth Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, holding that office from 1836 until his death in 1864. He delivered the majority opinion in Dred Scott v. Sandford (1857).

In Dred Scott v. Sandford, a slave named Dred Scott had appealed to the Supreme Court in hopes of being granted his freedom based on his having been brought by his masters to live in free territories. The Taney Court ruled that persons of African descent could not be, nor were ever intended to be, citizens under the U.S. Constitution, and thus the plaintiff (Scott) was without legal standing to file a suit. The framers of the Constitution, Taney wrote, believed that blacks “had no rights which the white man was bound to respect; and that the negro might justly and lawfully be reduced to slavery for his benefit. The court also declared the Missouri Compromise (1820) unconstitutional, thus permitting slavery in all of the country’s territories. Taney died during the final months of the American Civil War on the same day that his home state of Maryland abolished slavery.

Yes, that’s right, Maryland fought for the North and was also slave state.  If the civil war was just about abolishing slavery why would Maryland have done that?  

 

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Fake News from NPR

by Jack Lee

Question,  should news networks like CNN, FOX, NPR and others be severely punished for deliberately feeding us false and misleading information?

As you know they all have guest experts from time to time.  These experts offer up what are supposed to be informed opinions based on provable facts.  However, when their experts are 100% wrong and appear to be trying to score political points, doesn’t that news station have a duty to expose them immediately and present the historical facts?

A case in point is NPR, they are always putting out leftist rhetoric disguised as facts or news.  Recently (yesterday) they aired a black female spokesperson supporting the removal the Robert E. Lee statue from Charlottesville.  She based that support on two key issues, Lee was a promoter and defender of the slave trade and that slavery was his motive/reason for waging war on the North!   No counter point or questioning was raised by the NPR commentator, it was just misinformation left to hang out there as factual.

That infuriated me, because anyone who has taken the slightest bit of time to inform themselves would know what that woman said was not true.    As the saying going, you can have your own set of opinions, but not your own set of facts.

If there is anything good to come from this, we wouldn’t be talking about the facts now, if it were not for the controversy over Lee’s statue.

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Situational Awareness Still Ignored by a Naive Public

by Jack

The terrible part is, this is nothing new. . . 

Three days ago two young, Muslim, men in a rented van ran over 13 people, killing them and injuring at least 100 more.  It was a vehicle assault that extended over 10 blocks.

It was later determined that a simple,  inexpensive road block, such as a concrete bolster, placed at either end of the pedestrian walk, would have prevented the killers from entering with their van.

That part, the security items, is all on the government of Spain (see picture of a basic bolster on left), but situational awareness is ultimately up to the public and that’s why I am writing.

Prior to this event, terrorist warnings were issued repeatedly to the European public via thousands of radio and television news stations, telling them to be alert, be aware of your surroundings when in public places, and when possible try to avoid the crowded tourist areas.   But, people never seem to be aware of their surroundings or avoid the crowds.

The dire warnings were underscored by the fact that many prior terrorist attacks used the same M.O., a vehicle to “mow down” pedestrians in crowded areas.   Amazingly, in each case the victims were seemingly caught unaware and did little or nothing to get out of the way to save themselves! 

The first warnings of vehicle attacks go back over seven years ago and yet we still find those popular crowded tourist areas that are predicted targets, being under-policed and under-protected by devices that would stop madmen in a vehicle intent on killing pedestrians.  (A lockable, removable bolster is shown at right, simple and costs about $100)

It’s a case of, let’s surprise em ten times in a row and so they did…

A 2010 webzine article titled, “The Ultimate Mowing Machine” called for deploying a pickup truck as a”mowing machine, not to mow grass but mow down the enemies of Allah.”

In September 2014, ISIS spokesman Abu Mohammad al-Adnani called for lone wolf attacks using improvised weaponry, “If you are not able to find an IED or a bullet, then single out the disbelieving American, Frenchman or any of their allies. Smash his head with a rock or slaughter him with a knife or run him over with your car….

Timeline:

March 3, 2006 – Mohammed Taheri-azar, an Iranian-American, drives an SUV into an area crowded with students at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Nine people sustain minor injuries during the attack, which Teheri-azar later says is retribution for the killing of Muslims overseas. He is convicted of attempted murder in 2008 and is sentenced to 33 years in prison.

October 22, 2014 – A three-month old girl and an Ecuadorian tourist are killed when a driver swerves into a crowd at a light rail station in Jerusalem. The driver, Abdel Rahman al-Shaludi is shot and killed by police. Israeli media reported he published militant writing on Facebook and supported Hamas, a fundamentalist Islamic group that has conducted attacks in Gaza and the West Bank, but his family denied he supported Hamas or any terror organization.

July 14, 2016 – After a Bastille Day fireworks display in Nice, France, a man drives a 20-ton rental truck into the crowd, striking and killing at least 84 people. The attacker, Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, 31, a Tunisian national, drives nearly a mile on the beachfront promenade before he is shot and killed by authorities. French officials say Bouhlel seemed to become radicalized “very quickly” by ISIS propaganda before the attack. He also suffered from mental illness, according to his father.

November 28, 2016 – At Ohio State University, 11 people are injured when a student, Abdul Razak Ali Artan, 18, carries out a car and knife attack. A campus police officer shoots and kills Artan, whom police believe inspired by ISIS and the radical cleric, Anwar al-Awlaki.  (Notice anything similar about these pictures on the left?)

December 19, 2016 – A Tunisian man drives a tractor trailer into a Christmas market in Berlin, killing 12 people. In the wake of the attack, authorities conduct a manhunt for Anis Amri, 24, throughout Europe. He is shot and killed by police in Milan, Italy, four days after the attack. Hours after Amri dies, ISIS releases a video of him pledging allegiance to the terrorist group.

March 22, 2017 – A man drives an SUV into a crowd on the sidewalk along the Westminster Bridge in London, killing at least four. After ramming the car into a barrier outside the House of Parliament, the driver exits the vehicle and stabs a police officer to death. The attacker is then gunned down by a police officer. The assailant, Khalid Masood, 52, of West Midlands, reportedly had a criminal record and may have had connections to violent extremism, British Prime Minister Theresa May says.

April 7, 2017 – At least four people are killed when a truck drives into pedestrians on a busy street in the center of Stockholm, Sweden, before crashing into a department store. The attacker, Rakhmat Akilov, a 39-year-old from Uzbekistan, admitted to carrying out a “terrorist crime,” his lawyer says.

June 3, 2017 – Seven people are killed in two terror attacks in central London before police shoot three suspects dead, the Metropolitan police say. The violence begins when a van swerves into throngs of pedestrians on London Bridge. The suspects then jump out the van and proceed on foot to nearby Borough Market, a popular nightlife spot, where witnesses say they produce knives and slash indiscriminately at people in restaurants and bars. At least 48 people are taken to hospitals, according to the London Ambulance Service. Authorities announce 12 arrests the next day.

June 19, 2017 – Just after midnight, a van plows into a group of pedestrians who had attended late-night prayers at London’s Finsbury Park Mosque, killing one man and injuring 11 people. The driver is arrested at the scene for attempted murder and further held on suspicion of terrorism offenses. The suspect is later identified as Darren Osborne, 47, a resident of Cardiff in Wales, according to multiple UK media outlets.

In another non-surprise, 100% of the terrorist cell that was responsible for the latest attack in Barcelona, were originally from countries known as a hotbed of Muslim terrorism and they were all young males and they were all Muslims. Not one…no, not one has ever been an elderly white female from the mid-west! However, political correctness keeps denying that profiling has any merit? (The picture on the right is not a terrorist, even though the left says he could be)

I sincerely hope if you choose to travel to Europe and you’re out enjoying your vacation when you hear screams, coupled with the sound of a grinding metal, possibly tires screeching, as a vehicle engine races with the sounds of death getting louder and louder, that [you] will not continue to sit there at that outdoor cafe, sipping your $12 latte, annoyed at all the ruckus coming your way. Instead, you will leap out of your high heels, make like an Olympic hurdler, and dive for rock-solid cover, before the next American tourist can say, “Oh, garson, garson… can’t you do something about all that dreadful noise and why on earth are you hiding behind that concrete….”

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Whoa…Third Quarter GDP Projected to Hit 4% on Inventory Investment

Posted by Tina

Now here’s news that’s worthy of a happy dance! Break out the old LP’s and have at it. Inventory investment means companies think the wheels of commerce have been greased and their bettin’ on future sales.

We’ve been looking for evidence of good solid growth for some time now. Trump has done what he can to rid the nation of onerous regulations and encourage business investment in American manufacturing. That work and the expectation of tax cuts have given business people hope for a better future and the confidence to take risks. The article in Reuters has an August 3, 2017 date…why haven’t we heard this very positive news until now. This is front page for those hoping for better job opportunities:

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The U.S. economy is on track to expand at a 4.0 percent annualized pace in the third quarter with inventory investment contributing 1.12 percentage points to growth, the Atlanta Federal Reserve’s GDP Now forecast model showed on Thursday.

Even if we don’t quite make 4% by the end of September, this is still great news for American workers. Now if those d%#@ Republicans in Congress…and you old-time Democrats too…would just lower the tax rates this country will be on the road to Great Again!

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The Deranged Left

Posted by Tina

Signs that derangement and anger on the left is out of control is quite evident in America…the press won’t make a big issue of it…but it’s there for anyone whose eyes are open to see. Hatred, lies, oppression of speech and assembly, harrassment, and ginned up violence are thefootprints left by the deranged left:

Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens joined calls Friday for state Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal to be expelled from the legislature after saying she hopes President Trump is assassinated.

Democrats and Republicans called for her to step down but some Democrats launched a website, “I Stand with Maria”

And on the Boston University campus a conservative history major has decided to leave because of “death threats” and harrassment over his conservative views…he attended the rally in Charlottesville :

“I went to represent this new strain of conservatives, of people in the right wing who are opposed to mass immigration and multiculturalism,” Fuentes told Fox News on Thursday. …

… “We have basically been told our whole lives that white people are racist and evil and should be erased,” Fuentes explained. “We have basically been told that it is a crime to be born a white male.”

The student, who hails from a suburb of Chicago, is of Mexican lineage and contends that he and almost all other attendees did not go to the rally out of racist motivations, but rather most were like him and consider themselves to be “preservationists” staunchly against high levels of immigration.

“The picture the media keeps using is of one person with a Nazi flag, there were more [than] one thousand there who didn’t have Nazi flags,” Fuentes said. “The vast majority of people there were regular, decent people. I didn’t meet a single violent person. Our side is just preservationist.” (Trump said there were nice people there-media lie)

Fuentes noted that the Charlottesville rally had been in the works for about three months, and that people joined the fray not only from all over the U.S., but from Canada and various countries in Europe. But after posting on social media about going to the event – which turned tragic after a driver rammed a car into a crowd of counter-protesters, killing a woman – Fuentes’ own firestorm began.

“I suddenly got dozens of messages on Twitter and Facebook telling me to go and kill myself and that if they see me they will beat the sh– out of me. Stuff of that nature,” he said. “At least 10 to 20 of them were death threats.” …

… even though he stands staunchly by his beliefs and makes no apology about making his mark in Charlottesville, he doesn’t plan on attending any such rallies in the near future.

“Everyone is a little shaken up,” Fuentes added. “The political climate has become so intense and so violent and toxic.”

Indeed…violent, toxic…and deranged…

Breitbart, “Michael Chabon, Ayelet Waldman Pen Antisemitic Letter to Jews Who Support Trump”

Authors Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman have penned an open letter to fellow Jews, warning them that if they do not oppose President Donald Trump, they will be labeled as Nazi collaborators and traitors to their people.

Chabon and Waldman, who were earnest supporters of President Barack Obama, and said nothing when he abandoned Israel and elevated the antisemitic Iranian regime, published their letter on Medium on Thursday.

Using classic antisemitic tropes, they address Jews who may support Trump because of “private business deals” or other personal interests — “You entered into negotiations, cut deals, made contracts with him and his government” — and urge them to turn against him.

Addressing casino magnate Sheldon Adelson directly, they turn up the antisemitic rhetoric, accusing him of calculating “that money trumps hate, or that a million dollars’ worth of access can protect you from one boot heel at the door.”

Chabon and Waldman also resort to blatant lies: “You have counted carefully as each appointment to his administration of an avowed white supremacist, anti-Semite, neo-Nazi or crypto-fascist appeared to be counterbalanced by the appointment of a fellow Jew,” they say, providing no proof whatsoever that Trump has appointed anyone that matches any of those descriptions. (emphasis mine…deranged!)

This craziness, this hatred isn’t going to stop…the radical left is out of control…totally nuts!

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Next Up – Boston Free Speech Rally

Posted by Tina

A First Ammendment rally is scheduled to take place in Boston today. I feel for the folks in Boston. The rally organizers, a group called Boston Free Speech Coalition, “fully distanced” themselves from the events in Charlottesville. Organizer John Medlar to CNN affiliate WBZ:

“Contrary to a lot of the rumors out there, the purpose of the rally is to denounce the kind of political violence that we have seen — a sort of rising tide throughout the country, and particularly most recently in Charlottesville.”

Those encouraged to attend include, “”libertarians, conservatives, traditionalists, classical liberals, (Donald) Trump supporters or anyone else who enjoys their right to free speech,” (emphasis mine)

The ususal left-wing protesters will be on hand to”resist” (resist free speech?) and disrupt, I suppose.

Pray for a peaceful day of self-expression…expect the worst.

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Bill Clinton’s Sexual Assault Accusers Want Bill’s Statue Taken Down

Posted by Tina

What comes around goes around. If we’re going to rid the nation of it’s distasteful past I guess we had better be prepared to do a thorough job of it. Two of the women who accused Bill Clinton of sexually assaulting them are up for it, demanding that a statue of him in South Dakota be destroyed:

In the wake of factions calling for the destruction of Confederate statues following violence in Charlottesville, Va., accusers Juanita Broaddrick and Kathleen Willey see Clinton as just as oppressive.

Broaddrick, 74, told the American Mirror that Clinton’s statue in Rapid City is a symbol of an “abhorrent and morally deficient” president.

Avowed feminists have ignored these women and stood with Bill Clinton against them. They have mocked and maligned them. Such phony women; such double standards!

Racism, bigotry and slavery are abhorrent and wrong. Rape is equally abhorrent and wrong. If the left is going to destroy historical monuments to the Democrats of the Confederacy on moral grounds, then Democrat Bill Clinton’s monument can go too.

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Barcelona Terror Attack

by Jack

Spain has bent over backwards to accommodate the demands of Muslim terrorists, but its brought them no peace. In fact, just the opposite. Spain is considered the hub for Islamic terrorism. These Muslim extremists now export terrorism to their neighbors like France, Germany and England.

Yesterday’s terror attack took place on a popular pedestrian walkway called Las Ramblas.   It crosses Barcelona’s business and shopping center and when the death van showed up, it was very crowded. The attack has since been credited to Isis soldiers.

The attack began with a rented van as it careened down the street, swerving from side to side to mow down as many people as possible. They left behind a bloody scene of mangled bodies and broken limbs; men, women, children, young or old, it made no difference.

The most recent death toll is 13 with many more gravely wounded.

I saw some of the video at the scene and it was not fit for television.  It was sickening. The bright red blood splatters were on the walls and sidewalks for many blocks, it was carnage on scale that reminded me of the 2004 Madrid training bombing and derailment, body after body, laid out for the ambulance crews to pick up.

Two people have been arrested and a 3rd has been identified and is being sought. The driver of the van is still unknown.

How do we stop such attacks once they begin? The only way this one could have been stopped was by armed police with the firepower to bring down the van. Failing that, then armed civilians, people licensed and trained, they could have saved many lives. But, don’t expect either to be around when the next attack happens as it surely will.  Just be prepared to take it, then maybe hold a candlelight vigil, sing some songs and perhaps post a few signs saying, “Running over people is illegal” or “This is a van free zone.”

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