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May 20, 2012

Annular Eclipse as seen from Casa de Carmichael

Tonight, as the sun set over the Rockies, the moon got in the way.  Voila’ an eclipse!  But as the moon is at apogee (the farthest away from the earth in it’s elliptical orbit) it is unable to block the body of the sun in it’s entirety, thus we see an “Annular Eclipse” instead of the more famous “Total Eclipse”.  An Annular Eclipse at it’s peak will form a ring of fire, as the moon forms the hole of a Sun Doughnut.

We here in Colorado were just outside the shadow line of a full Annular Eclipse, that privilege was reserved for our neighbors further to our west in Utah, and New Mexico.  Didn’t mean I didn’t go out and take my best shot at capturing the partial Eclipse.  Here is my result…

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This was a fun challenge to photograph.  Hope you enjoy…

May 20, 2012 in Current Affairs, Just Plain Cool, Photo, Science | Permalink | Comments (4) | TrackBack


May 08, 2012

Empowering Thugs

Thugs and predators actively seek the path of least resistance in their assault on individuals and our society at large.  Nice to see they have allies in the US House of Representatives.

“The Treyvon Amendment” seeks to withhold federal funding to states that have and enable “Self Defense” laws.

From the Washington Times

House Democrats said Tuesday they will offer an amendment to push to overturn stand-your-ground self-defense laws in states like Florida.

The amendment, which would withhold some grants from states that have such laws, will come as part of the House's debate on the Commerce Department spending bill.

"'Shoot-first' laws have already cost too many lives. In Florida alone, deaths due to self-defense have tripled since the law was enacted…

Who’s death?  The perpetrator?  The one who used to have a free pass on assault, rape, battery?  Of course no one will properly identify all other instances as “Death due to non-self-defense” oh yeah, that’d be murder…

Federal money shouldn't be spent supporting states with laws that endanger their own people," said Reps. Raul Grijalva of Arizona and Keith Ellison of Minnesota, the two Democrats who are offering the legislation. "This is no different than withholding transportation funds from states that don't enforce seat-belt laws."

My Gawd, talk about throwing the baby out with the bathwater!  So let me get this right, Democrats want to remove people’s right to self defense, if not overtly, then subtlety through one of the two most motivational methods available to the Federal Government as it relates to manipulating State Policy.  (Grant funding & Tax Incentives).

Most states will issue a concealed carry permit to whomever petitions for one and can pass the requisite background checks (and in some states dexterity tests to prove you know how to use the firearm).   This is an onerous and intrusive process.  And if you fail, you don’t get a license to carry.  And later if you are found with a concealed weapon on your possession without that permit you have, in most states, committed a felony.

Oddly enough the state with the most Liberal (real meaning of the word) Concealed Carry Laws enjoys some of the lowest Crime Rates per Capita!  Vermont!  By the way the Vermont law is basically… you want to carry a concealed weapon?  Go ahead…

This is the law… So why would someone want a concealed carry permit?  To go play John Wayne as many would want you to believe?  No.  It is to insure one’s security in arbitrary instances when one’s life, the life of a loved one, or property is threatened.   It serves as a chance to level the field.  I do not say “Playing Field” because this is not a game!  Taking a life is never to be treated lightly!  But in cases when individuals or groups of individuals choose to not play by the rules of our society and prey on whom they perceive as vulnerable or weak with life threatening intent or perceived intent, if they choose a target who has a weapon, and the right to protect themselves… well… tough shit, choose an easier target next time!  Hopefully there won’t be a “next time”.

If you are a thug, and are looking for easy marks, might I suggest starting in Berkley, or Boulder, Westchester, Southern Arizona, or Urban Minnesota apparently the representatives in these areas would much rather you be a victim than be allowed to see your loved ones tomorrow. 

Don’t want to die at the hands of who you thought was your victim?  Don’t attack them… I promise you they won’t shoot you for the fun of it!  That’s reserved for the Thugs.  Not the law abiding citizen!

May 8, 2012 in Idiots on Parade, Politics | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack