Sphinx Main


Here is a city that should enforce building codes instead of sanctuary stuff.


The Editor:    What is going on with the sanctuary stuff, LL ?   Every time I turn around there is a new sanctuary something.

I Am Exempt From The Law Cat:    A sanctuary place is where the elected officials don’t enforce the law.  Here is the latest worthless individual to waste your tax money on illegal immigrants.

Here is a list of sanctuary cities.

Here is a state where the governor bans sanctuary cities.  I don’t understand.  The feds should prosecute the officials for not enforcing the law.  At least Texas is trying.

The next link is an example of a metaphor concerning illegal immigrants.  I couldn’t find Liz Taylor and Rock Hudson in a better situation.  The point to be made isn’t the poor family, but illegal immigration.

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Orion and Official Star Names
Image Credit & Copyright: Rogelio Bernal Andreo

Explanation: Familiar stars in Orion and constellations across the sky now have official names. Over the past year, the International Astronomical Union, the only body officially tasked with naming stars, approved names already in common use for 227 of the brightest stars, including the most famous stars on the sky Sirius, Polaris, and Betelgeuse. Pictured, the constellation of Orion is shown with several of these now-official star names superposed. Spanning about 30 degrees, this breath-taking vista stretches across the well-known constellation from head to toe (left to right) and beyond. The common names for all three stars in Orion’s belt are also now official. At 1,500 light years away, the Great Orion Nebula is the closest large star forming region, here visible just right and below center. Also visible are famous nebulae including the Horsehead Nebula and the Witch Head Nebula. Of course, the Orion Nebula and bright stars are easy to see with the unaided eye, but dust clouds and emission from the extensive interstellar gas in this nebula-rich complex, are too faint and much harder to record. In the featured mosaic of broadband telescopic images, additional image data acquired with a narrow hydrogen alpha filter was used to bring out the pervasive tendrils of energized atomic hydrogen gas like in the arc of the giant Barnard’s Loop.

Tomorrow’s picture: lightning cloud


Sphinx Main


Here is a weather alert.


The Editor:  Who wants to replace Debbie Wasserman-Schultz as head of the Democratic National Committee, LL ?

Muslim-American Cat:   Schultz was kicked out for unethical conduct against Bernie.    Keith Ellison  wants to take the job.  He is already using the phrase ” right wing conspiracy, ” so his heart is filled with hate, just like ole Hill-Loser.

Here is another sign of things in general not being maintained.  With the billions in Hollywood you would think they could spring a few bucks loose.

Speaking of Dollywood. Dolly is working 9-5 to help her neighbors.

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Galaxies in Pegasus
Image Credit & Copyright: Péter Feltóti

Explanation: This wide, sharp telescopic view reveals galaxies scattered beyond the stars of the Milky Way at the northern boundary of the high-flying constellation Pegasus. Prominent at the upper right is NGC 7331. A mere 50 million light-years away, the large spiral is one of the brighter galaxies not included in Charles Messier’s famous 18th century catalog. The disturbed looking group of galaxies at the lower left is well-known as Stephan’s Quintet. About 300 million light-years distant, the quintet dramatically illustrates a multiple galaxy collision, its powerful, ongoing interactions posed for a brief cosmic snapshot. On the sky, the quintet and NGC 7331 are separated by about half a degree.

Tomorrow’s picture: semantic orion


Sphinx Main


The Editor:   Will we ever be able to travel in time, LL ?

Future/Past Cat:   You bet, it will be a long way in the future, but one day it will happen.

Here is a builder and a few hundred millionaires that wish they could go back in time and re-think their decisions.

Here is an old city in Egypt.


Astronomy Picture of the Day

A Triple Star is Born
Image Credit: Bill Saxton, ALMA (ESO/NAOJ/NRAO), NRAO/AUI/NSF – Publication: John Tobin (Univ. Oklahoma/Leiden) et al.

Explanation: A triple star system is forming, enshrouded within this dusty natal disk some 750 light-years away in the Perseus molecular cloud. Imaged at millimeter wavelengths by the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) in Chile, the extreme close-up shows two protostars separated by a mere 61 AU (1 AU is the Earth-Sun distance) with a a third some 183 AU from the central protostar. The ALMA image also reveals a clear spiral structure indicating instability and fragmentation led to the multiple protostellar objects within the disk. Astronomers estimate that the system, cataloged as L1448 IRS3B, is less than 150,000 years old. Captured at an early phase, the starforming scenario is likely not at all uncommon, since almost half of all sun-like stars have at least one companion.

Tomorrow’s picture: beyond the stars


Sphinx Main




The Editor:   What is a tidbit, LL ?

Important  Cat:  Choice stuff.  Here is an ancient thinking person.

It snows in Tokyo.

Drones move to the oceans.