Tonight was the Mercury-Mars conjunction when they passed within about 0.25 degrees of each other. Well, closest approach was at 17:00UT (about 10am Tucson time) so these pics were about 8.5 hours after closest approach. That may not seem like much, but tonight Mercury is above Mars, the reverse of last night, so these guys were moving fast. Here are a few pics.
By: Howard Galganov, Canadian writer December 14, 2012
I was just about to publish my latest editorial... on
Canada 's Supreme Court decision to suspend Freedom of Speech in favor of
promoting one language over all others.THEN THE CONNECTICUT SCHOOL SHOOTINGS HAPPENED.
What happened at Sandy Hook School takes precedence over
any language issues in Canada and a failed Judicial System in both our
I won't waste words describing my feelings, because how I
feel is indescribable about 27 people murdered, (20 young children and six
adults at the school), the murder of the shooter's mother beforehand, then the cowardly
suicide of the shooter at the school as law enforcement closed in.
BUT I CAN TELL YOU WITH CERTAINTY WHY IT HAPPENED:
It didn't happen because of the so-called gun culture, or
because of poor security at the school.It happened because of the modern LEFTIST culture that has been busy
removing all semblance of personal responsibility and respect from our lives.
It happened because of the Hollywood and television types
who lecture the Conservatives on how people should live, while they make
FORTUNES producing absolute FILTH and VIOLENCE in their movies, videos and
It happened because of reality TV shows that demean
humanity, along with shows that make people laugh at the pain and humiliation
The senseless murders happened because multi-millionaire
computer game producers create UGLY digital scenarios that poison young minds
with abject depravity and gratuitous violence.
It happened because the school system doesn't teach
values, and promotes the idea that "anything goes."And that all people are equal, regardless of
the truth.And that no one ever fails.
It happened because LEFTISTS won't allow concerned and
loving parents to discipline their children, or raise their children in the
time-honored way they feel is right.
It happened because far too many Liberals spend their
time and effort ridiculing and attacking the people who want to live by the
lessons of the Bible and the Torah.
In truth, this and other horrible acts of violence happen
because our society-from the entertainment industry to schools to the media and
to our governments-have created the social and cultural
foundation that is eating away at both Canada and the United States like a
I know that what I am writing will inflame those on the
LEFT, but that's OK-because if they don't like it, they can ROT in HELL along
with the demons and losers of their own creation.I want my old country's values back.
Values like standing in school when an adult entered the
room.Like being seriously disciplined
for bad behavior.Like when we were
measured by our successes and failures.When not everyone had to waste years of his or her life going to college
to study basket weaving instead of taking a trades course or going to work or
the service right after high school.When your Mom was a caring woman and your Dad was a real man, an authority
in the home.And when there weren't
vulgar parades extolling the "virtues" of being gay.
If you want to stop the sickness . . . IT'S TIME TO STOP
WARNING!!! Sensitive people may find the following material offensive. Contains humor. Read at your own risk!
This was written by an actual woman using the "estrogen font". Men, be sure to wear your special filtering glasses.
The Woman's Code by Cheryl Lavin
Rules that women live by, but rarely divulge to men.
Invite a man to go shopping with you only if you need someone to carry your
packages or drive.
Assure your boyfriend that every female movie star
has had a boob job.
When your man asks you what's wrong, say "Nothing."
However, when Oprah, Dr. Phil or Dr. Laura asks you, go into excruciating
detail. Leave nothing out.
The negative effects of cheese puffs and
chocolate-chocolate chip ice cream are offset by the positive effects of diet
Feet are flexible and can be made to fit into shoes varying from
size 7 to 9, depending on what's on sale.
You can skimp on clothes, but
a good bra is worth its weight in gold. (That's Victoria's secret.)
Patricia Principle: The more you've been trying to attract the attention of a
particular man, the more likely it is that you'll run into him when you're
sweaty, short of sleep, without makeup, wearing house-painting clothes, with
your hair in a bandana.
The best response to a married man who's hitting
on you is, "Say, don't I know your wife?"
Learn how to say "Back off"
very loudly and look fierce while you say it.
Let every new man in your
life know that you've got a black belt in karate.
Make friends with your
hormones. They're what make you colorful and unpredictable. If other people have
a hard time with that, that's their problem.
When you hear your mother's
words coming out of your mouth, shut your mouth. Unless your mother was really
When in doubt, say no.
You're under no obligation to tell
the truth when asked the number of your sexual partners.
Men love a
woman who's good in bed. But not the first time they go to bed with her.
No matter how much they fight it, all men need a woman to organize their
lives and their closets and tell them what kind of hair products to use.
Consider yourself a sculptor and your man a block of marble. Chip away
until you have created someone you can live with. He'll thank you. Later.
Always remember: Inside the biggest, burliest, most macho man lives an
ego as delicate and fragile as a baby chick making its first venture outside the
Laugh at a man at your own peril.
The only women who look
good first thing in the morning are the women who don't know how to put on
When splitting a dinner check with girlfriends, it's perfectly
acceptable to take out a calculator.
If you drop your girlfriends as
soon as you have a boyfriend, you will live to regret your decision.
Food eaten while preparing other food has no calories.
consumed for its antioxidant properties, dark chocolate has less fat than
It's a medical fact that some women gain weight although they
eat only salads.
It's another medical fact that too much lettuce can
lead to depression.
Women who never binge have no souls.
masochist weighs herself the day after a binge.
Ditto anyone who looks
at herself naked in a three-way mirror.
Even Angelina Jolie has some
part of her body she hates.
Falling in love is a sure way to lose five
Getting dumped is a sure way to gain 10.
sweeter than finding out that the cute boy who dumped you in the 12th grade
lives in his mother's basement.
Except going to your high school reunion
and seeing that the prom queen shops at Lane Bryant.
I got out tonight to photograph Mercury and Mars. They are rapidly converging for a very close encounter on Friday evening when they will be separated by about half the diameter of the full Moon (forecast is for cloudy in Tucson Friday so I figured I better get them when I can). I was lucky enough to get them just above Kitt Peak as they set. Mercury is the bright one on the bottom and Mars is fainter and higher in the sky.
I then headed out to Saguaro National Park East to get ready for an ISS pass. While waiting, I was experimenting and snapped a quick self portrait in front of a Saguaro. I pulled a little trick and got that dreamy effect where I appear to be transparent and you can see the clouds through me. I am sure photographers know how I did that (it was NOT a double exposure!)
I snapped a series of pics of the ISS pass. This pass was near maximum brightness. Here is the ISS pass.
Enjoying the new camera. Hoping for clear skies for the next couple of nights for more Mercury/Mars pics!
I'm visualizing a kid taking this to school in 2013 and "surprising" his class mates on the playground with it. I'm also trying to visualize the number of local/state/federal agencies that would be quickly involved.
Reminds you of just how innocent we were back then.
Had it ever occurred to you that you may have seen something before, but you may passed it over for something else? Such thing happened to me this afternoon.... What I may passed over maybe dozens of times at the ever common House Sparrow or American Tree Sparrow was actually a Horned Lark.
Horned Larks are more common than what many thinks. They are year round residents to most of North America, with the northern population migrating south. Around here, they seem to be most found during the winter months in open fields, farmlands and grasslands foraging for seeds along the roadsides. Flocks up 250 of these larks foraging alongside with Lapland Longspurs and Snow Buntings have been reported around here. They are best seen after a fresh snow fall.
Identified by its mainly brown-grey plumage above and pale below, with a striking black and yellow face pattern, it looks a lot like a sparrow, but its distinguished black "horns" on the male give it a rather usual appearance.
These pictures were taken this afternoon on 55th Drive between County Highway A and Spring Street. I had read a report on a large flock of Horned Larks (along with Lapland Longspurs and Snow Buntings) in the area. I had never really have '"seen" them before. Tender Heart and I set out to find them after work today. It wasn't long before we found them! Approximately 55 of them were in the fields and on the roadsides along the entire stretch of road.
Lying John begs the nonprofits to pay for his incompetence, but his friends in his downtown do not pay taxes. Not one streetlight would have to be turned off in Racine if downtown businesses paid their "fair share." Residents already pay through the nose to subsidize downtown. That's still not enough - lying John let's his friends ignore the law while piling more and more debt on residents' backs.
1. I think part of a best friend's job should be to immediately clear your computer history if you die.
2. Nothing sucks more than that moment during an argument when you realize you're wrong.
3. I totally take back all those times I didn't want to nap when I was younger.
4. There is great need for a sarcasm font.
5. How the hell are you supposed to fold a fitted sheet?
6. Was learning cursive really necessary?
7. Map Quest really needs to start their directions on # 5. I'm pretty sure I know how to get out of my neighborhood..
8. Obituaries would be a lot more interesting if they told you how the person died.
9. I can't remember the last time I wasn't at least kind of tired.
10. Bad decisions make good stories.
11. You never know when it will strike, but there comes a moment at work when you know that you just aren't going to do anything productive for the rest of the day.
12. Can we all just agree to ignore whatever comes after Blue Ray? I don't want to have to restart my collection...again.
13. I'm always slightly terrified when I exit out of Word and it asks me if I want to save any changes to my ten-page technical report that I swear I did not make any changes to.
14. I keep some people's phone numbers in my phone just so I know not to answer when they call.
15. I think the freezer deserves a light as well.
16. I disagree with Kay Jewelers. I would bet on any given Friday or Saturday night more kisses begin with Miller Lite than Kay.
17. I have a hard time deciphering the fine line between boredom and hunger.
18. How many times is it appropriate to say "What?" before you just nod and smile because you still didn't hear or understand a word they said?
19. I love the sense of camaraderie when an entire line of cars team up to prevent a jerk from cutting in at the front. Stay strong, brothers and sisters!
20. Shirts get dirty. Underwear gets dirty. Pants? Pants never get dirty, and you can wear them forever.
21. Sometimes I'll look down at my watch 3 consecutive times and still not know what time it is.
22. Even under ideal conditions people have trouble locating their car keys in a pocket, finding their cell phone, and Pinning the Tail on the Donkey - but I'd bet everyone can find and push the snooze button from 3 feet away, in about 1.7 seconds, eyes closed, first time, every time.
23. The first testicular guard, the "Cup," was used in Hockey in 1874 and the first helmet was used in 1974. That means it only took 100 years for men to realize that their brain is also important.
Hello, my irregular insomniacs!How are you? We’re seeing more winter weather
than we did last year.There’s snow on
the ground and the temperatures have even dipped to the single digits.But the groundhog says an early spring.Who are you going to believe: meteorologists
or a groundhog?
I did not watch the Super Bowl this past Sunday.I know that the Ravens won, that Beyonce
performed, and that there was a power outage.What else do I need to know?
Like some of the other Irregulars, I enjoyed the “Big
Chill” event recently held in Monument Square.I have a suggestion to make, however.After the sculptures have started to
melt/deteriorate, please flatten them. Otherwise, we see these grotesque
figures in Monument Square
every time that we pass by for weeks.
I share my dismay with Mr. OrbsCorbs over the closing of Top
Dog Hot Dogs.Junior loved their chili
dogs and I was a sucker for their Italian beef sandwich.Perhaps I can work some “magic” for Mr. Caleb
Robinson, the owner.
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I’ll let you in on a little secret: I’m considering taking a
concealed carry class.Señor Zanza is
against it and Junior thinks it’s “cool.”I’m still undecided, but I think that personal safety has become a very
important issue in the USA,
especially in light of all the nut job shootings.I know that I have certain gifts or “powers,”
but nothing more discourages someone bent on your destruction than a bullet to
the brain.Oh my.
Thank you for stopping by this week.I hope you find something that you like in my
scribbling.I enjoy creating this blog
for my friends and friends-to-be.
"Top Dog Hot Dogs closes Downtown store" "RACINE — Top Dog Hot Dogs owner Caleb Robinson has closed his store
on Monument Square, but the head of Downtown Racine Corp. hopes to
eventually get him another storefront. "Top Dog’s last day at 520
Main St. on Monument Square was Friday. Without elaborating, Robinson
said he had loans and tax obligations that required him to slash
overhead. “'It seemed like for every step I took forward, I was taking two steps back,' he said Monday."
I was just there last week. I spoke briefly with Caleb. He said nothing about this.
Top Dog is the only place in Racine that I've found that makes Chicago dogs like the ones I bought in Chicago when I lived there. I have found other Racine restaurants that serve what they call a Chicago dog, but they're not what I consider a Chicago dog.
Top Dog Hot Dogs spoiled me. It's close by and I've spent more money there than I should. I'm going to miss it. The article states that Caleb may return with just the hot dog cart this summer. I hope so.
"USER DISCRETION ADVISED -- But if
you're offended, you're missing the point. The women of the activist
group FEMEN use the female body as a weapon, not an object.
began with a few protests in the Ukraine has spread across the globe,
wherever the powerful meet and the media gather to cover them. They were
at it again at the most recent World Economic Forum in Davos, purposely
getting themselves man-handled by beefy security guards. VOCATIV caught
up with them a few weeks earlier, as they trained a group of
able-bodied, new recruits in Paris.
"Check your geese!", my friends say at the Hoy Audubon.....
Such case is true.... Among large flocks of Canadian Geese, one could find a Greater White Fronted Goose, Cackling Goose, Ross Goose and in my case, a Snow Goose. Safety in numbers I say. This is a common occurrence among geese, ducks, finches, sparrows and other bird species.
Snow Geese, however are not rare. They are just not typically found in Wisconsin. They migrate through from the northernmost tips of Canada to the southern States and Mexico, usually taking a route though the Plains states, where is there is rich farmlands and wetlands. A few may stray with the Canadian Geese across the Midwest.
Snow Geese come in two morphs, a white and a blue.White-morph birds are white except for black wing tips, but blue-morph
geese have bluish-grey plumage replacing the white except on the head,
neck and tail tip. And yes. they interbreed...
This picture above was taken at Roosevelt Park on 9/24/2012. Tender Heart and I just were coming back from birding at Chiwaukee in Pleasant Prairie when we were discussing the fall migration of birds. I had mentioned the possibility of Snow Geese passing through when we spotted one among a dozen Canadian Geese at Roosevelt Park. Talk about luck! Tender Heart snapped a few pics before a kid launched a soccer ball into the small flock, sending the geese flying over the Wastewater Treatment Center and into Lake Michigan. They were never heard from them again... This was the only time I had ever seen a Snow Goose! Tender Heart did see two more flying over Rapids Drive earlier this year, possibly leaving the Quarry. Another birder seen a couple a few days earlier at the quarry on 3 mile and Douglas by the old Harris Metal building. Good luck in finding any! Check your geese along Nicholson Road, Carre-Hagel Park and elsewhere geese mat be, especially during the spring migration.... Below is a picture of a blue morph of a Snow Goose, taken by someone else from another website...
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