November 19th, 2010
by Jean-Louis Santini
WASHINGTON (AFP) – A hot, gaseous and fast-spinning planet has been found orbiting a dying star on the edge of the Milky Way, in the first such discovery of a planet from outside our galaxy, scientists said Thursday.
Slightly larger than the size of Jupiter, the largest in our solar system, the newly discovered exoplanet is orbiting a star 2,000 light years from Earth that has found its way into the Milky Way.
The pair are believed to be part of the Helmi stream, a group of stars that remains after its mini-galaxy was devoured by the Milky Way some six to nine billion years ago, said the study in Science Express.
"This discovery is very exciting," said Rainer Klement of the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy.
"Because of the great distances involved, there are no confirmed detections of planets in other galaxies. But this cosmic merger has brought an extragalactic planet within our reach."
Astronomers were able to locate the planet, coined HIP 13044 b, by focusing on the "tiny telltale wobbles of the star caused by the gravitational tug of an orbiting companion," the study said.
They used a powerful telescope owned by the European Southern Laboratory at La Silla Observatory in Chile, located at an altitude of 2,400 meters (7,800 feet) some 600 kilometers (375 miles) north of the capital, Santiago.
The planet is quite close to the star it is orbiting, and survived a phase in which its host star went through a massive growth after it depleted its core hydrogen fuel supply, a phase known as the "red giant" stage of stellar evolution.
"This discovery is particularly intriguing when we consider the distant future of our own planetary system, as the Sun is also expected to become a red giant in about five billion years," said lead researcher Johny Setiawan of the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy.
The exoplanet is likely to be quite hot because it is orbiting so close to its star, completing each orbit in just over 16 days, and is probably near the end of its life, astronomers said.
The star may have already swallowed other planets in its orbit, making the star spin more quickly and meaning that time is running out for the surviving exoplanet.
Astronomers were mystified as to how the planet might have formed, since the star contained few elements heavier than hydrogen and helium and planets typically form out of a complex cloud of spinning space rubble.
"It is a puzzle for the widely accepted model of planet formation to explain how such a star, which contains hardly any heavy elements at all, could have formed a planet," said Setiawan.
"Planets around stars like this must probably form in a different way."
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November 18th, 2010
By Barry Secrest
While we amply enjoy seeing Liberalism slinking back into its dank hiding place for a time, one must be aware that not even overwhelming elections will ever keep the infection that is Progressivism at bay for long. Despite Obama's mass repudiation by the People, and a victory borne primarily of those who either consider themselves of the Tea Party or as identifying with the Tea Party, there yet remains those of both Parties who deny this fact. While Obama and the Democrats weep and gnash their teeth at the outcome, it is our true and deeply held belief that you would think that they'd be saying Thank You!
The Union may yet persevere as a direct result of the asylum that is Congress having been retaken from the inmates. And yet the insanity of the Liberalist Sects continues to sow its seeds of sane contemptuousness in the largest active asylum of them all--that being the Mainstream Media. On this occasion of the election, and with regard to a victory under the quantum shift, we cannot help but point out a prediction that was made by some smart-alecky Conservative nearly one year ago:
We are also seeing "A Continental Shift" back towards the Constitution and its champions of the past-- the Conservative Republicans. The next election cycles will most likely bring about a large shift in the initial upcoming election and then another major shift in the one after that which will make repeal of any current Liberty incursions, that may be passed, a very strong if not inexorable conclusion to all of these unholy legislative acts. In fact , we should, even now, be repealing the stimulus due to its impotence that has stimulated nothing but our future deficits.
The old saying that we have all heard..." There's not a dimes worth of difference between a Republican and a Democrat" can now easily be found to be totally worthless and laughable as the most inane quote of the century. When a party's brisk leftward breeze becomes a gale (if not a hurricane) of extremism, we can then all see the stark differences between the two.~Barry Secrest "The Political Richter Scale" 11/24/09
So, after rubbing it into the Liberals just a bit, it seems time to now revisit one of our favorite Socialists, Frank Rich, the Communistically-inclined anti-Tea Party zealot who just begs to be rebutted on a vaguely consistent basis. Rich has let lose with yet another Leftist diatribe in his recent column concerning the Tea Party-- where he goes after...pretty much all but the truly culpable.
This Column titled "The Grand Old Plot Against The Tea Party" drips with what most likely soaks through Rich's disposable absorptive buttress from time to time when suffering though his worst nightmare. Throughout his column, Rich cravenly points to the entire Right Wing for what they may do or perhaps could do, in a universe of possible options, while totally ignoring what the Liberals in the Democrat party have actually done. First he slams Grandma Sharron Angle for what he calls racist ads and then warns all of us that Joe Miller plans to shut down the Federal Government. Our initial response? Typical Left-Wing tripe--but of a slightly lower quality than what we are used to--kind of like the Chinese food that someone left in the fridge four or five days ago--looks ok, seems OK, but once digested you're never quite sure which end it will come out first, nor the rate of flow when it decides to make its often explosive exit.
In fact, Angle's ads were far less racist than anything that the President has been trying to sell all over the Country for the past nearly two years, and Joe Miller has yet to be sworn in, so ya' might be just a little bit premature with those accusations, Frank, but we do understand.
Ye Olde Muddy Liberal Ruts
Rich has, apparently, fallen into the age-old muddy Liberal rut of trying to scare our Seniors--and pretty much anyone else that depends upon the Federal Government--by threatening that those big, mean Conservative bullies are going to halt their entitlement payments. But doesn't one find it amusing that Rich didn't come right out and accuse Miller of planning to cut Medicare? Oh! wait, the Democrats have already done that haven't they...hmm. So, since that particular argument has been abused by Democratic reality, and by Frank's ideological heroes, Rich decides to attack in shotgun style--hoping one of the beads might find its mark. To this we should point out that the weapon of choice for poor marksmen is the shotgun. Just saying. So Rich starts with racism then jumps to fiscal bullying--both of which are supposedly being perpetrated by Conservatives.
Ergo, if your desire is to rant about racism, Frank, why not scream about Obama's running a DOJ that only prosecutes voter intimidation cases if it's White-on-minority intimidation? But that isn't racist is it? Huh?
Oh, OK. Frank, I think, is trying to tell me that, in that particular case, it's redistribution of justice. Got it--if the Government does it--it's apparently ok.
Even if Angle were running racist ads, which she was not, an ad is just an ad, but Government-sponsored racial activism is, I would say, another thing altogether, wouldn't you say, Frank? Especially when those citizens who are actually paying for the DOJ are not exactly getting their money's worth. Talk about waste, the DOJ seems to be going after everything BUT justice. Suing states for trying to uphold the law, dumping cases of clear-cut infractions, trying to ensure that Islamic terrorist with lengthy murder records get their day in court--it never seems to end.
By the way Frank, we are growing a bit more amused than tired of the "extremist" label that you so ineffectively love to use, especially since the last election installed a Marxist in the White House who then surrounded himself with a bevy of Maoists, so don't talk to us about extremism, Frank.
Huh? You're asking me what's wrong with Maoists? Oh, for Heavens sake!-- which newspaper is it that you're writing for? Oh.
At any rate you, guys have got that radicalism maneuver pretty well-covered from everything that we have seen. As to the thinking that the Republicans want the Tea Party candidates to lose, well, some few RINOs actually might, but most are just happy to now have a voice and a functioning vote.
Do you actually think that the Republicans have enjoyed being either stepped on or ignored for two whole years while America slides down the tubes, Frank? Do you think that they are actually disappointed that their numbers have been exponentially increased? That simply is not clear thinking by you, Frank. But, both you and some "few of they" have that maneuver down pretty well, also.
Democratically Conspired, Laser-Like Constipation
Next, Rich seems to think that the Republicans will now shut out their more Conservative members? Once again Frank, that's a maneuver that the Democrats have cornered the market on. Remember how Pelosi held the Blue Dogs' feet to the fire for their railing againt at least a portion of the excess that has gone on for the last two years, Pelosi threatening to cut campaign funds and the like? And then re-writing the rules on the first day's session of Congress in order to lock the Republicans out of any input into legislation, with Obama's approval if not at his behest? You don't remember that do you, Frank?
Ok, try this. Remember when the Republicans executed The Contract with America back in 1994 and what Republican Speaker Gingrich actually did in order to allow more access to the minority Democratic party? No? Well, Newt actually rewrote the rules to give Democrats more input into the legislative process, quite the opposite of what Pelosi did in 2009. The point being, don't talk to us about blocking access; you Democrats have that maneuver down to a tee, as well.
My fear is that the Republicans, with everything being so terribly dour right now, will insist on reversing the rules that were recently written to oust them and allow the Liberals access to that which was denied the Republicans--yet again. Now, that "could" happen too--which would, most likely, incur extreme wrath from the American People in the following election. Keep it up Republicrats--we'll have the Conservatives dominating the process in no time. The Republicans, in fact, will need every advantage at their disposal to correct all of the recent damage done by DORP (Democrats, Obama, Reid, Pelosi). If the Democrats wish access to appropriate legislative powers, the Republicans should simply remind them (in turn-about) that there will be another election in two years--assuming we still have a Country at that point--break a leg!
Then Rich brings up a fallen Republican who is nothing more than one of thousands of lobbyists who, rather idiotically, considers himself among the Elites. Rich repeats Trent Lott's outrageous admonition to certain Elitist Republicans, that they would try to co-opt the Tea Party Candidates into the Washington establishment upon arrival. Here for the first time in history, and thanks to a greasy, Harry Reid-like [Harry Reid stated Obama was light-skinned and lacked a Negro dialect unless he wanted to have one] individual who calls himself a Republican, Rich does make a semi-valid point. Trent Lott did say that they will try to co-opt the Tea Party Candidates when they get to Washington. However, can you imagine the conversation that might ensue between Trent Lott and Rand--"deliberate upon this"-- Paul of the Tea Party in that event ? Not pretty, indeed! But Lott, did state that the Nation should have elected openly racist-secretly tabooed Strom Thurmond as President, which got Lott booted out of the party.
Point being, Lott is not exactly known for his laser-like intellect, but Holy Shnitzel! Can he talk a Blue-Dog streak or what? It should also be pointed out that Trent Lott is no more the Republican Party than Liberal nut-job Alan Grayson is the Democrat Party. Lott is a lobbyist with an Elitist agenda. The Dems don't have any of those, do they Frank? But they are in large part the same as all Politicians. The Democrats also have lobbyist relationships with both Goldman Sachs and companies like Northrop, so trying to gain points for vilifying anyone in this regard can easily be countered as drivel in most cases. Rich, however, now in full vilification mode, then sloshes his unwithering gaze upon who else but the architect himself, good ole Karl Rove, for his recent tirade against O'Donnell on Hannity, which delighted the Liberals and angered The Tea Party...hmm...now that's a bit different for a former "Rush" Host isn't it?Yes, indeed, Frank, it is, but what it means will most likely only intensify the speed with which we can see you frenetically chasing your tail.
The Unenlightened Alignment Looks at Tea Party Atrocities
A number of us, including El Rushbo and Sean Hannity, did take issue with Rove's piling on of Christine O'Donnell--along with Charles Krauthammer. But this simply illustrates how even these ostensibly brilliant Gentlemen, in Rove and Krauthammer, don't fully understand the dynamics of the Tea Party or the dynamics of the Third Party as it regards We the People. But then, Frank, you never have completely gotten it yourself, have you now? You have denigrated the Tea Party from day one--who could forget your ridiculous "Obsessed and Deranged" Article about the Tea Party--and for that matter, who could forget our rebuttal to you then? We do understood completely where Rove and Krauthammer were coming from, but the line, at some point, must be drawn, even at risk of loss--and Mike Castle was a Rino, of this there is no doubt. We have enough of those, period, Sir.
O'Donnell did go on to lose her Senate race, but consider this. What if Rove and Krauthammer, two very influential Republicans, had come out in praise and defense of O'Donnell rather than vilifying her? A question for the ages, no doubt, and it should be noted that after the outcry, both Gentlemen, in essence, apologized for their remarks --albeit-- not very effectively. But when one looks at the number of Republicans who opted not to cast their vote in O'Donnell's favor, it would seem that this point might have some meaningful traction. Besides, it has been later stipulated that Castle could not have beaten Coons, anyway. Had the Delaware Republican Party actually gotten behind O'Donnell, in addition to the subtraction of the Rove/Krauthammer comments, the results would, most likely, have been different.
But when next Rich states that Rove's remarks "outed the Republican Elites' contempt for the Tea Party." This in and of itself puts Rich in a difficult position at best. The actual truth on this point, as I defend Rove, is that Rove was taking issue with some of O'Donnell's past statements and a few other issues of hers. Rove's complaint was not with the Tea Party, per se, but rather with certain individuals in the Tea Party and a lack of vetting. I mean, come on, remember that Tea Partier who was keeping $ 50,000 in bribery-cash in his freezer? What Frank? Oh! He was a Democrat? Oh, ok ,well, what about that Gay Tea party Candidate who was running a prostitution ring from his garage and grew marijuana in his basement? Now that's some pretty bad stuff! What Frank? Oh, he was a sitting Elitist Liberal Democrat and head of the Banking Commission? Well dang....OK, well, what about all of those Tea Party Politicians who are totally against gay-everything and then get caught wearing Victoria's Secret while shagging male prostitutes in the course of practically wallowing in illegal substances? Oh, they were "elite" Republicans? Hmm...so it looks like both you and Rove have it totally wrong.
You see, Ladies and Gentlemen, Rich has had nothing but contempt for the Tea Party, and, therefore, the American People in general since day one--so Rich is, in essence, saying that since the various Elites view the Tea Party with contempt--then Rich must also consider himself among all of the other Elites, right? Hey! He said it.
Elitism: The Trans-gender Equivalent of Anti-Intellectualism
The simple fact is, there are dynamics at play that none but a true Conservative who plays outside of the Beltway--and in the Real World dealing with real people every day-- could actually understand what is happening. That's where I come in. The Republican elites are no different than Obama, Frank Rich, Liberal elites in the Media and Government and even academian elites. Those who label themselves as Elite or who consider themselves as a cut above other individuals can easily be described as simply those who, for some reason, need to think of themselves as special and/or better than others in order to cover up their individual short-comings. There are no actual Elites on this earth, and if they did or do exist, it would have to be in the same realm as say... the trans-gender types. You know, those individuals who like dressing up and pretending to be a woman or vice-versa, walking, talking, acting like the opposite sex--doing all of the often mystical things that, say, women do only to--at some point--shower-off, undress and go to bed--the same person they were before they began their escapist role-playing. Never quite understanding that simply being who you are is the most important thing, and no one in America or anywhere else, for that matter, is superior.
If the Elites are, indeed, so superior in all things, then give 'em a wrench and tell them to install a toilet, or give them a pair of pliers and a screwdriver and have them install a garage door, repair a computer, fly an aircraft, repair a complex engine...even give them a natty physics equation and see if they can solve it. No one can be the best at everything, and that's what an Elite supposedly is. I rest my case in unbridled, calm certainty in that regard--but wait...our liberal pygmalion has of yet, even more.
Rich continues to make points about Rove's seeming condescension concerning the books that the Tea Party has or hasn't read--as if that makes one smart--and even drags in Mike Huckabee as a lesser sophisticate along with Huckabee's comments concerning Rove's tangential fantasy romp into Elitistville. In fact, it would appear that Rich seems to place the entire Tea Party's raison d' etre' on the ramblings of one Conservative Republican who was experiencing a bout of pre-elective, post-publishing puff-upiness. Let me spell this out for you Frank, Rove does not represent all Conservatives nor all Republicans. In fact, no one does. But we do all appreciate your revealing [revolting] glimpse into the altered state of the Liberal mindset. By the way, Charles Mansion was a Democrat Frank. Own it--I refuse to explain that beyond hinting around the entire purview of this column--think about it, Frank.
Understanding the Tea Party for Elitist Dummies
Rich then further assumes that the GOP will reject most of the things that the Tea Party stands for, and yet, the real GOP seems to be adopting the Tea Party's platform measure by measure, comment by comment, and soon to be action by action. Whether you Liberals like it or not --the new storm--it's coming. The main goal of both the Tea Party and the GOP at this juncture is to defeat the Liberals by any means necessary in order to keep the Republic alive. It's simply that simple. The fact that the GOP's goal is to make Obama a one-term President is neither so- terribly shocking nor so terribly terrible. Obama, your man, has proven to be a cultural, fiscal, Democratic, divisive, anti-constitutional train wreck. You can own that, too.
When Rich states that the Tea Party was a group financed by this bevy of billionaires or that news organization, or this Right Wing group he, as most Americans know, has obviously been smoking some killer-atomic weed up there in the Times building along with his other dopey friends. He even states that, get this, the Tea Party only makes up 2% of all Americans! Well then Frank, you might want to get a re-count on a majority of the votes country-wide because we just took over state legislature after state legislature, Congress, almost even the Senate by wide margins. Apparently, Frank you need to come out and play from time to time, dude. Case in point, do you have any idea how many Facebook groups there are that are vehemently dedicated to the the Tea Party's ideology? Websites, organizations all across the web? In fact, Mr. Rich, there are actually large groups of people belonging to various Tea Party allied organizations, the actual number of organizations alone easily comprising more than 2% of the individual population of this country, Frank. Here is the interesting thing. The Tea Party is just the visible group. What about the not-so-visibles? I have heard or in some cases know of a large proportion of those, as well. The point here is simply this:
The Tea Party is not necessarily an organization so much as it is a mindset.
We were just a little disillusioned back during the first half of last year, just before we decided to hold a Tea Party, starting websites, beginning to gather others to our cause, writing books you know, that sort of thing. But I can recall another band of the disillusioned Frank, back in 1773, up in Boston. That was called the Boston Tea Party, and do you remember what grew out of that Sir?
Oh, it was just a teeny little thing affectionately known as the Glorious Cause--a group of about 25 men whose actions bore one of the greatest Nations ever in the history of man into an existence that would prove to be the most powerful force ever known for the rights of self-determination of individuals all over the world.
I think they called it the American Revolution, but what do I know? No Elitist am I.
November 18th, 2010
Sen. John Cornyn said during a closed-door meeting Tuesday that he expects colleagues to bring their concerns to him about candidates he recruits as National Republican Senatorial Committee chairman — and not to help mount challenges against them, Republicans familiar with the meeting said Thursday.
Although not mentioned by name, the Republicans said the Texas lawmaker’s speech was clearly intended for the ears of Sen. Jim DeMint…
While DeMint is still expected to actively support conservative candidates in primaries for open seats or seats held by Democrats, he said Thursday that he has agreed not to “plan” to support primary challengers looking to oust any of his colleagues.
“I have no plans to oppose incumbent Republicans in primaries, but I do plan to play an active role in primaries where there is a Democrat incumbent or an open seat. It’s important that principled candidates like Marco Rubio and Rand Paul are not overlooked by our party,” DeMint said.
This new arrangement can work for both of them, I think. For Cornyn, it’s an early warning system that a candidate he’s handpicked for a seat might encounter trouble in the primary. If DeMint had given him a heads up far enough in advance, they might have found a compromise candidate in Delaware superior to both awful RINO Mike Castle and awful “true conservative” Christine O’Donnell. For DeMint, theoretically it gives him a bit more sway over NRSC endorsements plus some political cover if he and Cornyn end up disagreeing on a candidate and he decides to support someone else. “I tried to be a good soldier and warn him that the base wouldn’t support his pick,” he’ll say of Cornyn, “but he didn’t listen, so I have no choice.”
And of course, to some extent, this problem will take care of itself. Cornyn will surely consider “true conservative” candidates more carefully next cycle, if only because he knows primary challenges are likely under certain circumstances even without DeMint stirring anyone up. He’s basically obliged to support Snowe in Maine because she’s already an incumbent senator, but when it comes to centrist types from other levels of government like Charlie Crist — whom the NRSC endorsed before Rubio could even take a breath, to its eternal shame — he’ll tread very, very lightly. In fact, I wonder if he and DeMint will reach some sort of deal about that. No challenges to sitting senators like Snowe, Hatch, and Brown in exchange for increased input from the base in recruiting Republican challengers for the many, many seats Democrats have to defend. That’s basically what DeMint is suggesting in the quoted bit above. Could work.
November 18th, 2010
Alaska Republican Joe Miller made clear on Thursday that he has no intention of conceding in Alaska's U.S. Senate race despite rival candidate incumbent Sen. Lisa Murkowski being declared the winner of the drawn-out election earlier this week and calls mounting for the embattled contender to admit defeat.
The AP reports that a lawyer for Miller's campaign is seeking an injunction from a federal judge to stop election officials in the Last Frontier from certifying Murkowski's victory. The challenge comes as the latest in a string of legal challenges the conservative contender's team has made against the validity of write-in ballots cast for Murkowski, whom he defeated earlier this year in the state's GOP primary.
Miller's lawsuit claims Alaska law requires
voters to write in a candidate's name as it appears on a declaration of candidacy, or the last name of the candidate, to cast valid ballots. His campaign filed the lawsuit last week as hand counting of write-in ballots began. ... Anchorage U.S. District Court Judge Ralph Beistline denied his request to immediately stop the state Division of Elections from counting write-in ballots that strayed from the exact spelling of a candidate's name.
On Monday, state officials filed a formal brief in opposition to the lawsuit. Thursday was the deadline for Miller to reply.
Attorney Tom Van Flein said in his filing Thursday that Miller was revising his injunction request because the Division of Elections has nearly finished its vote count.
He asked the court to stop elections officials from accepting as valid any write-in votes in which a candidate's name was misspelled or was not written on the ballot as it appeared on the candidate's write-in declaration of candidacy.
Nevertheless, the Anchorage Daily News reported earlier in the day that Miller still thinks he has a shot at winning. "I don't think it's impossible," he said of Winning after raising skepticism about the integrity of the ballot count process.
As Murkowski celebrated her victory on Wednesday night, the Alaska GOP -- which supported Miller over the incumbent senator over the course of the general election campaign -- requested that the Tea Party-backed hopeful withdraw from the race. State party chairman Randy Ruedrich said that the organization "stands ready to embrace Lisa Murkowski as Alaska's only Republican U.S. senator."
The AP reported on Thursday night that one group is staying tight-lipped on whether Miller should officially drop his campaign:
National Republican Senatorial Committee spokesman Brian Walsh said the group believes the race "should be decided by the people of Alaska." He declined further comment until the election is officially certified. That's expected Nov. 29.
The committee backed Murkowski in the primary, which she lost to Miller. It then backed Miller as Murkowski mounted a write-in campaign to keep her job.
It ran ads for Miller and contributed at least $20,000 for attorneys to help with work like overseeing the hand count of ballots.
As the 2010 Alaska Senate race stands, Murkowski maintains a roughly 10,400-ballot lead over Miller, according to the Associated Press. Miller reportedly questioned 8,153 votes that went to Murkowski and would be unable to come out on top even if he won all of his challenges.
November 18th, 2010
A WOMAN is suing over an incident where airport
The 23-year-old traveller, from Amarillo, US, is suing the US Government for the emotional distressed she says the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) agents caused.
The woman says she was singled out for "extended search procedures" while preparing to board a plane to Amarillo in May 2008.
“As the TSA agent was frisking plaintiff, the agent pulled the plaintiff’s blouse completely down, exposing plaintiffs’ breasts to everyone in the area,” the lawsuit said.
“As would be expected, plaintiff was extremely embarrassed and humiliated.”
The lawsuit claims that other employees laughed and made jokes about the incident "for an extended period of time".
The distraught woman left the screening area to be consoled but when she re-entered the boarding area employees allegedly started joking about the matter.
"One male TSA employee expressed to the plaintiff that he wished he would have been there when she came through the first time and that 'he would just have to watch the video,'" the suit said.
She wishes to remain anonymous due to privacy reasons.
Lawyers for the US Government confirm that the woman went through secondary screening but deny airport staff acted inappropriately.