Archive | February 2015

THE SPHINX—NEW AND IMPROVED—HOPE AND CHANGE—AMERICA

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The Editor:  What is improved, Lois ?

Barbie, Ken, Spot, and Kitty Cat:  We have a new Presidential Seal to replace the old Eagle.

http://dogco.com/the-legend-of-nipper-the-rca-dog/

The Editor:  That is certainly a factual change.  Are there others this week, BKSKC ?

Nipper Cat:  Here is a big improvement in the old ” skanky cursing Hillary Barbie “.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5rqEvZHnFSs

http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-31502898

The Editor:  What does the Internet Connected Barbie do, NC ?

Taken Out of Context Cat:  She records everything said in the room and sends it to cyberspace for NSA and The President to blackmail people with.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EZyFcJcZiaU

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lhfugTnXJV4

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mHyBt7Lg5l8

May the force be with Mr. Spock.  He did live long and prosper.

http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2015/02/27/leonard-nimoy-spock-star-trek-dead-at-83/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hdjL8WXjlGI

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Moon-Venus-Mars Skyline
Image Credit & Copyright: Jay Ouellet

Explanation: Taken on February 20, five different exposures made in rapid succession were used to created this tantalizing telephoto image. In combination, they reveal a wide range of brightness visible to the eye on that frigid evening, from the urban glow of the Quebec City skyline to the triple conjunction of Moon, Venus and Mars. Shortly after sunset the young Moon shows off its bright crescent next to brilliant Venus. Fainter Mars is near the top of the frame. Though details in the Moon’s sunlit crescent are washed out, features on the dark, shadowed part of the lunar disk are remarkably clear. Still lacking city lights the lunar night is illuminated solely by earthshine, light reflected from the sunlit side of planet Earth.

Tomorrow’s picture: March on

THE SPHINX—THINGS THAT MADE AMERICA GREAT

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A SECOND AMENDMENT ALERT

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/article/2560750

Maybe it’s time to contact your Representative and both Senators.   Your two Senators are listed first.

http://www.congressmerge.com/onlinedb/
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The Editor:  That is a big task, Lois, are you qualified ?

Certified Cat:  You bet, I have no passport, visa, birth certificate, school records, stinking badge, and I don’t speak English.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VqomZQMZQCQ

Here is one thing that got Americans going, moving up in home size.

http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_eye/2015/01/27/cubitat_from_urban_capital_and_nichetto_studios_is_a_compact_home_in_a_box.html

http://www.ajc.com/gallery/classifieds/real-estate/photos-godfather-movie-house-listed-nearly-3-milli/gCRGb/#6838306

Government Cat:  This is a fundamental element, to represent a voting group that doesn’t require integrity, morals, self respect, honor, patriotism, or honesty,  for you to represent them in the septic tank of Washington, DC.  Just be a ” political slut or political John “.

http://time.com/3719868/aaron-shock-top-spending-investigation/

http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/foreign-governments-gave-millions-to-foundation-while-clinton-was-at-state-dept/2015/02/25/31937c1e-bc3f-11e4-8668-4e7ba8439ca6_story.html

http://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live/video/point-counterpoint-lee-marvin-and-michelle-triola/2846665

Who knows, you might make a top ten list.

http://content.time.com/time/specials/packages/article/0,28804,1859513_1859526_1859527,00.html

This is my favorite of the week,  when opportunity knocks–be ready and thankful.

http://kdvr.com/2015/02/10/charles-mansons-fiance-allegedly-only-wanted-him-for-his-dead-body/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XTw1lzxTAis

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ry2td7q5ZMc

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Long Lovejoy and Little Dumbbell
Image Credit & Copyright: Rolando Ligustri (CARA Project, CAST)

Explanation: Buffeted by the solar wind, Comet Lovejoy’s crooked ion tail stretches over 3 degrees across this telescopic field of view, recorded on February 20. The starry background includes awesome bluish star Phi Persei below, and pretty planetary nebula M76 just above Lovejoy’s long tail. Also known as the Little Dumbbell Nebula, after its brighter cousin M27 the Dumbbell Nebula, M76 is only a Full Moon’s width away from the comet’s greenish coma. Still shining in northern hemisphere skies, this Comet Lovejoy (C/2014 Q2) is outbound from the inner solar system some 10 light-minutes or 190 million kilometers from Earth. But the Little Dumbbell actually lies 3 to 5 thousand light-years away. Now sweeping steadily north toward the constellation Cassiopeia Comet Lovejoy is fading more slowly than predicted and is still a good target for small telescopes.

Tomorrow’s picture: skyliner

THE SPHINX—–THREATS

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The Editor:  Why is IS??? threatening us, Lois ?

The Sands of Time Cat:  Bush 43 and O wanted to liberate a bunch of illiterate sub-humans.  Remember the Arab Spring, remember Hillary, they were all so happy–so happy to arm everyone who lived on the coast of the Mediterranean.

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/updated-obama-waives-ban-on-arming-terrorists-to-allow-aid-to-syrian-opposition/article/2535885

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/libya/10218288/CIA-running-arms-smuggling-team-in-Benghazi-when-consulate-was-attacked.html

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fgcd1ghag5Y

The Editor:  Are there other threats, TSoTC ?

Independent Cat:  Homeland Security says the right wing is the greatest danger to America, along with returning soldiers from two wars, and four deployments.

http://www.640wgst.com/articles/national-national-news-104668/obamas-dhs-report-warns-of-the-13274184/

https://seeingredaz.wordpress.com/2009/04/14/janet-napolitano-right-wing-extremists-pose-national-security-threats/

Thanks to all of our warriors.

http://www.grunt.com/corps/scuttlebutt/marine-corps-stories/the-term-leatherneck/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sSRlQPD6Xiw

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SwS6OkgUXKE

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Love and War by Moonlight
Image Credit & Copyright: Kevin Bourque

Explanation: Venus, named for the Roman goddess of love, and Mars, the war god’s namesake, came together by moonlight in this lovely skyview, recorded on February 20 from Charleston, South Carolina, USA, planet Earth. Made in twilight with a digital camera, the three second time exposure also records earthshine illuminating the otherwise dark surface of the young crescent Moon. Of course, the Moon has moved on from this much anticipated triple conjunction. Venus still shines in the west though as the evening star, third brightest object in Earth’s sky, after the Sun and the Moon itself. Seen here within almost a Moon’s width of Venus, much fainter Mars approached even closer on the following evening. But Mars has since been moving slowly away from brilliant Venus, though Mars is still visible too in the western twilight.

Tomorrow’s picture: pixels at sunset

10 Things To Know Today

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1. FEDS FOIL ISLAMIC STATE PLOT

Two men are charged with plotting to help the extremist group while a third is accused of providing funding to it.

2. HOMELAND SECURITY BILL ADVANCES IN SENATE

Two days from a partial agency shutdown, the House can’t decide what to do about funding the agency while senators are set to vote on renewing its budget.

3. MUSLIM GROUP SAYS MASKED MILITANT SHOWN IN VIDEOS LOOKS LIKE LONDON RESIDENT

An organization that works with Muslims in conflict with British intelligence services says the man known as “Jihadi John” bears a striking resemblance with a man named Mohammed Emwazi.

4. ACTIVISTS: NUMBER OF CHRISTIANS ABDUCTED BY IS RISES TO 220

A Syrian human rights monitor says the militants abducted dozens more people from the Assyrian minority in the northeast of the country as they raided 33 villages in recent days.

5. POT NOW LEGAL IN WASHINGTON DC

The District of Columbia has defied threats from Congress and moved forward with legalizing possession of marijuana after a voter-approved initiative.

6. HOW THE FCC WANTS TO PROTECT NET NEUTRALITY

New rules would regulate internet service providers to make sure they act in the “public interest.”

7. WHERE IT IS NOW LEGAL TO CHEAT ON YOUR SPOUSE

South Korea has abolished a law that criminalized adultery, sending the stock of a local condom maker soaring.

8. SETTLERS POSE AN ELECTORAL DILEMMA IN ISRAEL

Hundreds of thousands of Jews living in the occupied West Bank are eligible to vote in Israeli elections even though they don’t live within the Jewish state.

9. WHO TOOK A TUMBLE AT BRITISH MUSIC AWARDS

Madonna says she’s fine after slipping down several stairs while performing at the Brit Awards in London.

10. LATEST INJURY TO DEREK ROSE HITS BULLS HARD

He’ll have surgery on his right knee for the second straight year – on the heels of a season he missed entirely following a torn left ACL.