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"Let no freedom be allowed to novelty, because it is not fitting that any addition should be made to antiquity. Let not the clear faith and belief of our forefathers be fouled by any muddy admixture." -- Pope Sixtus III
Posted by TheChurchMilitant at 2:47 PM
Every clown in Philly and New York is now going to run out and buy a telescope...then crap all over one of the few remaining nice places in the Commonwealth.
From The Philadelphia Inquirer:
Skygazers find nirvana in spot in northern Pennsylvania
CHERRY SPRINGS STATE PARK, Pa. - This is one of the darkest places in the Eastern United States, an oasis of blackness so deep it must be what our ancestors saw at night.
A little after 9, as twilight turned itself down, Dwight Dulsky, an art teacher and amateur astronomer from Bucks County, saw the first light snap on.
It was the bright star Vega, the master of ceremonies, opening the show on a rare, perfect night, with a clear sky and no moon over the endless, big woods of northern Pennsylvania.
Several dozen stargazers had pitched tents on an open hilltop last week, amid 262,000 acres of state forest, to do what an ever-diminishing number of Americans can do at home: See the night sky in all its brilliance.
"Look! There's Deneb!" Dulsky pointed to the left of Vega. And there was Altair, lower and right, completing the Summer Triangle.
Next came Saturn, then the earliest lights in the constellation Scorpius. Minute by minute, the sky was thicker and thicker with stars.
By 10:30, when full darkness had settled in, the Milky Way - with its billions of stars - was a smoky belt running north to south across the entire sky.
Dulsky, of Perkasie, struggled to put into words what he was seeing. Finally, he decided he could not.
"It's unlike anything you'll see in the Philadelphia suburbs," he said. "It's awesome."
Many 21st-century Americans have never seen what you can see here, 2,300 feet above sea level, in one of the most thickly wooded regions of the Mid-Atlantic.
The nearest town, the tiny Potter County seat of Coudersport, is 500 feet lower and 15 miles away.
At sunset, more deer and turkeys than cars roam the narrow two lanes of Route 44. What little light might intrude from the road is blocked by tall stands of firs.
The International Dark-Sky Association, which lobbies in Washington to curb light pollution, has certified Cherry Springs as one of a handful of "international dark sky parks" in the nation.
What that means, director Bob Parks said, is not only that the park is very, very dark, but also that local organizations are working to keep it that way by turning down lights where possible and capping lights that remain on.
Parks said of Cherry Springs: "It is one of the darkest places east of the Mississippi."
Some dark-sky enthusiasts would hold out for a corner of West Virginia as just as dark or darker. And parts of Acadia National Park in Maine could make a case for bragging rights.But there aren't many such places. Parks tells the story that when a power-grid failure blacked out much of Northeastern America in 2003, many people called 911 to report smoke in the sky.
"It was the Milky Way," he said. "They had never seen it. People have to go farther and farther out to get what you used to be able to get in your backyard."
The Philadelphia-area campers had driven five hours or more to get here, first on interstates, then on twisting back roads almost to the New York border. Camping was just $11; you put the money in an honor box.
Art Baldwin, a retiree from Northeast Philadelphia who camped with Dulsky as a fellow member of the Bux-Mont Astronomical Association, said that the first time he drove to Cherry Springs, "I was blown away. I had never seen a truly dark site."
Lewis and Clark, the first European Americans to cross the continent, in 1804-06, might have seen a bit darker sky, he said, "but they didn't have high-powered telescopes."
Most of the campers, Baldwin included, had spent a fair share of their disposable income on computerized devices to track and magnify certain stars.
Tibor Mihalovits, a truck driver from near Harrisburg, had set up an 8-inch telescope, a 10-inch telescope, and related equipment that he guessed had cost him $6,000.
Is that all of it? he was asked.
"Oh, no," he said. "I've got more in the car."
He ticked it off: "Focal reducer. Field flattener. Light-pollution filter. Eyepieces. Tube extenders. Two DSLP cameras. Two laptops."
Many of the campers were star experts, or wanted to be.
George Burnley, an engineer from Brownstown, Lancaster County, was on the hunt for globular clusters with his large telescope. Astronomy, he said, is "a steep learning curve."
Ted Friel, a Comcast project manager from Downingtown, felt under-gunned with just a tripod and star tracker on which he had mounted a camera.
But you do not need equipment to look up. The first time he saw the night sky in its full glory, Friel said, he was hooked.
What entrances him, he said, is that it takes hundreds of thousands of years for the light from far objects in the sky to reach Earth.
"When you're looking up, you're looking back in time," he said. "You're seeing things that happened long, long ago. And that's pretty cool."
Posted by TheChurchMilitant at 2:37 PM
Landmark Buggery history bill goes to Calif. governor - AP via Yahoo! News
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers on Tuesday sent the governor a bill that would make the state the first requiring public schools to include the contributions of gays and lesbians in social studies curriculum.
The bill, passed on a party-line vote, adds lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people as well as people with disabilities to the list of groups that schools must include in the lessons. It also would prohibit material that reflects adversely on gays.
Democratic Assemblyman Tom Ammiano of San Francisco says SB48 is crucial because of the bullying that happens to gay students. Republicans called it a well-intentioned but ill-conceived bill and raised concerns that it would indoctrinate children to accept homosexuality.
"This bill will require California schools to present a more accurate and nuanced view of American history in our social science curriculum by recognizing the accomplishments of groups that are not often recognized," said Assembly Speaker John Perez, the first openly gay speaker of the California Assembly.
The bill now goes to Gov. Jerry Brown, a Democrat, who has not said whether he would sign it. Former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed a similar bill in 2006.
Assemblyman Tim Donnelly, a Republican from Twin Peaks, said he was offended as a Christian that the bill was being used to promote a "homosexual agenda" in public schools.
"I think it's one thing to say that we should be tolerant," Donnelly said. "It is something else altogether to say that my children are going to be taught that this lifestyle is good."
California law already requires schools to teach about women, African Americans, Mexican Americans, entrepreneurs, Asian Americans, European Americans, American Indians and labor. The Legislature over the years also has prescribed specific lessons about the Irish potato famine and the Holocaust, among other topics.
SB48 would require, as soon as the 2013-2014 school year, the California Board of Education and local school districts to adopt textbooks and other teaching materials that cover the contributions and roles of sexual minorities.
The legislation leaves it to local school boards to decide how to implement the requirement. It does not specify a grade level for the instruction to begin.
Opponents argued that such instruction would further burden an already crowded curriculum and expose students to a subject that some parents find objectionable. Assemblyman Chris Norby, R-Fullerton, said the bill micromanages the classroom.
"Our founding fathers are turning over in their graves," Donnelly said.
No, they're not. They don't want to expose their decaying buttocks to Friedrich von Steuben. [See below.]
The bill's author, Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, said he hopes Brown will sign his bill. He dismissed arguments that the bill promotes certain sexual behaviors and said it removes censorship in textbooks.
"Bottom line, it's only beneficial to share with students the broad diversity of the human experience and that our democracy protects everyone," he said.
Before the Assembly vote, Perez pointed to a few contributions of gay people, including Friedrich von Steuben, one of George Washington's military advisers who fled Prussia after he was hounded as a homosexual.
Von Steuben is credited with being one of the fathers of the Continental Army and teaching essential military drills.
He also cited Alan Turing, a mathematician who helped crack Nazi Germany's secret codes by creating the "Turing bombe," a forerunner of modern computers.
Don't forget Congressthingee Barney Chokesondick. He wrecked the economy by forcing banks to make home loans to people who couldn't afford to buy a house.
Some churches and conservative family groups warned the bill will drive more parents to take their children out of public schools.
"This sexual brainwashing bill would mandate that children as young as 6 years old be told falsehoods — that homosexuality is biological, when it isn't, or healthy, when it's not," said Randy Thomasson, president of SaveCalifornia.com.
The Assembly passed the bill on a 49-25 vote.
368 pages, 8-12 photographs, 6 x 9
Modern War Studies
Paper ISBN 978-0-7006-1426-4, $19.95
Shortly after the beginning of the Civil War, Congress established the Joint Committee on the Conduct of the War to investigate such matters as military contracts, trade with the enemy, treatment of the wounded, and the causes of Union defeat. But its greatest efforts were directed toward a more vigorous war effort--endorsing emancipation, the use of black soldiers, and the appointment of fighting generals--leading President Lincoln to fear that this watchdog committee would become little more than an "engine of agitation."
The Joint Committee on the Conduct of the War generated controversy throughout the war, and its legacy sparks debate even today over whether it invigorated or hampered the Union war effort. In the wake of both critical and sympathetic appraisals, Bruce Tap now offers the first history of the committee's activities, focusing on the nature of its power and influence on military policy in order to show conclusively what the ultimate impact really was.
Tap presents solid evidence, including examples of contact between Congress and the military, to show that the committee produced little good and no small amount of harm. The committee's principal members entertained simplistic notions about warfare that led to rash judgments about its conduct, and because its goals were congruent with Republican ideology, its principal criterion in evaluating military leadership was adherence to antislavery beliefs. As a result, the Joint Committee on the Conduct of the War polarized Congress and the army, limited strategic options, demoralized the Union's top generals, and inflated the reputations of incompetent soldiers. As Tap demonstrates, it was in many ways a serious impediment to the war effort, due not to its fanaticism or vindictiveness, as some historians have suggested, but rather to its members' total ignorance of military matters.
Over Lincoln's Shoulder is a revisionist account that corrects prevailing images of the relationship between Republican politicians and the army during the Civil War. By examining the conflict between Congress's constitutional right to investigate and the impropriety of its actions, the book raises questions that are applicable today about the ability of legislative bodies to function in areas where specialized knowledge is required.
"Tap's case is one worth making. He argues that the Joint Committee on the Conduct of the War produced little good and some harm, polarizing politicians against professional soldiers, limiting strategic options, and inflating the reputations of military incompetents. These errors, he shows, stemmed from ignorance of military art and from partisanship. Although his conclusions will raise some eyebrows, he provides good evidence for his case. A solid and readable old-fashioned political history, this book will correct our image of the relationship between Republicans and the army in the Civil War."--Mark E. Neely, Jr., author of The Last Best Hope of Earth
"This book fills a major gap in the study of the Civil War and does so in a way that is authoritative and probably definitive. It will achieve a permanent place in Civil War scholarship."--Albert Castel, author of Decision in the West
BRUCE TAP is an independent historian who resides in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign and has published articles in Civil War History and other journals.*Huh? Look here.
Typically, the monthly jobs report contains some good news, some bad news and some ugly news. And optimism had been building over the June figure, in part because alternate methods of measurement had indicated higher jobs growth. TrimTabs earlier this week said its data indicated the economy added 171,000 new jobs in June, while ADP on Thursday suggested 157,000 private-sector jobs had been added in the month. Add in the slight decline in unemployment claims, falling gas taxes and good preliminary news on retail sales, and there was some hope that the soft patch of April and May was over. This morning's ugly, ugly, ugly jobs figure throws a large bucket of ice-cold water on that thesis...
Due to time constraints, we now move to further action.
The Ugly #1. The headline number showed that a mere 18,000 payroll jobs were added in June. As Barry Ritholtz of the Big Picture frequently points out, when you're working off a base of 130 million or so, a gain of 18,000 (or a loss of 18,000) is statistically meaningless. The numbers show that the conservative recovery continues, with the private sector adding jobs and the public sector cutting them. The services, mining, and leisure and hospitality sectors all added jobs. In all, the private sector added 54,000 jobs. But government has been shedding jobs consistently for the past year. It did so again in June, slashing 39,000 jobs. Government spending may be higher, but employment at the federal, state and local level is falling.
The Ugly #2. The unemployment rate ticked up to 9.2 percent. Payroll jobs figures are calculated from the establishment survey (calling up companies and asking them how many they employ). The unemployment rate is derived from the BLS's household survey (calling up people and asking them if they've been working). Sometimes the two surveys tell divergent stories. Not this month. The unemployment rose to 9.2 percent. The number would have been worse had the labor force not declined in June by about 250,000 people. Virtually every component of the household survey — the labor force participation rate, the number of people reporting themselves to be employed, the number of people *not* in the labor force — moved in the wrong direction last month.
Ugly #3. The trend is not our friend. The monthly jobs are revised in each of the two months following the original report. And the trend over much of the past year has been for the figures to be revised upward. In hindsight, during this recovery, BLS has tended to discover more jobs. But in June that trend seems to have reversed. Looking back, BLS is now concluding that there were fewer jobs added in previous months than originally thought. April's figure was revised from a gain of 232,000 to a gain of 217,000, and the May gain of 54,000 was revised to a gain of 25,000. Add it up, and BLS is telling us there are about 44,000 fewer payroll jobs out there than it thought.Dope And Mange is a form of social control.
Posted by TheChurchMilitant at 1:40 PM
From The Daily Caller via Yahoo! News:
Tina Brown: GOP ’suicide bombers’ in debt ceiling negotiations
So much for civility, right? For the second day in a row, someone on MSNBC has compared the tactics of the Republican Party in the debt ceiling fight to those of terrorists.
Tip-A-Tina is certainly no friend of Representative Giffords.
On Wednesday’s “Morning Joe” on MSNBC, also for the second day in a row it was network contributor Pat Buchanan taking on the rest of the panel, but this time the cast included Newsweek and The Daily Beast editor-in-chief Tina Brown, “Morning Joe” co-host Mika Brzezinski and MSNBC’s Mike Barnicle.
In response to a question from Brzezinski as to who was the hostage taker and who was the hostage in this debate, Buchanan explained congressional Republicans were not likely to give in to President Barack Obama’s push to raise taxes on the wealthy. However, he inspired a curious response from Brown.
Transcript as follows:
Poor Pat Buchanan's brain cells must be dying by the millions on that network. I hope they are paying him a boatload.
BUCHANAN: The situation is that the President of the United States can get an increase in the debt ceiling and will get one from the Republican House. And he will get cuts in spending from the Republican House. What they’re saying is we don’t believe in tax increases. We don’t think they’ll work. They’re against our principles. They’re against our commitments. They’re off the table, Mr. President. Now be an adult and realize you’re not getting tax increases.
BRZEZINKSKI: I think that’s my answer.
BUCHANAN: You’re getting spending cuts and you’re getting your debt ceiling. And you’re going to have to veto the increase in your debt ceiling and shut down the government yourself.
BROWN: But Pat, what’s accommodating about that? I mean, if the president has accommodated them, they should be accommodating him. I mean �“
BUCHANAN: They’re accommodating him on the spending cuts. They’re going to go �“ I’m sure Obama has got in there spending cuts that Republicans like �“ maybe in defense, maybe in things like that. They’ll go along with spending cuts, compromise on that. But they say this is the wrong way to go. We don’t believe in it. We’ve committed against it. We can’t do it. Mr. President, you’re asking us to break our word and do something we think is not going to work and we’re not going to do it, sir.
BROWN: I think frankly the president would have no credibility if he did not demand some �“
BUCHANAN: He’s going to demand it, but he’s not going to get it.
BRZEZINSKI: How is that — so I think the, what was the answer to my question that who the hostage take is, Willie [Geist]?
GEIST: Sounds like Pat’s boys. Pat’s boys are holding the hostage.
BROWN: I think they’re the suicide bombers in all of this. [Emphasis NOT mine. - F.G.]
BRZEZINSKI: Oh my.
BUCHANAN: I think they’re standing on principle. They’re doing what they believe is right.
BARNICLE: They are just not serious people on both sides.
Chris Matthews: Republican Refusal To Raise Taxes In Debt Negotiations Is ‘Terrorism’
Chris Matthews is scared that the Tea Party influence on Republicans may result in this country going off the cliff and soon resembling Greece. Matthews told his guest Joan Walsh that he sees “fanatics” who don’t believe the deadline for raising the debt ceiling is real and who seem very willing to let the country default on its loan obligations. And Walsh provided Matthews with little comfort to soothe his fears.
Walsh described the Republican position throughout these budget negotiations as “economic hostage-taking” and urged President Obama not to cave into this “shrieking on the right” that continues to unreasonably demand no taxes can be increased. Walsh also pleaded with Matthews, “please don’t put me on the far left because I’m not.” Matthews worried we will soon be viewed as a “deadbeat country” and argued there is no way to have a compromise without raising taxes.
Then in the final moments, as Walsh wrapped up her point about the need for Republicans to keep tax increases on the table, Matthews blurted out “I agree it’s terrorism.” [Emphasis mine. F.G.] The random statement was odd since nobody suggested anything about terrorism, leaving Matthews to not really “agree” with anyone. Maybe Matthews was just eager to wrap-up the segment and dropped such an extreme comparison to get Walsh to agree and stop talking, or maybe Matthews really thinks a stubborn Republican economic position amounts to terrorism? Either way, the rhetoric certainly seems to be heating up.
From the Commie News Network:
Obama sullies the sacrifice of Representative Giffords with his uncivil and violent gun imagery
"I don't think we should even get to the constitutional issue," Obama said during a Twitter town hall at the White House in response to a tweeted question on whether he would rely on a clause in the 14th Amendment to unilaterally raise the debt ceiling.
The debt ceiling should not be "used as a gun against the heads of the American people [Emphasis mine. - F.G.] to extract tax breaks for corporate jet owners," Obama said, calling for "a balanced approach where everything's on the table."Of course, one must wade through all the bilge to find this gem at the end of the story. I guess we can't expect the blood soaked ghoul to remember every hypocritical platitude it utters.
From Lancaster Online:
Strong start for female athletes
Tell Jordyn Bibiloni and her athletes that they "play like girls," and they will take that as a compliment.
Bibiloni is a coach, trainer and owner of The Training Löfte, a gym in Mountville geared specifically to girls.
"There just seemed to be a real need for this type of training atmosphere," she said.
While there are women-only gyms across the nation, the focus on girls makes the facility, which opened in May, one of a kind.
"To my knowledge, there's nothing like it in the nation," Bibiloni said.
The Training Löfte concentrates on three athletic areas — strength, skill and what Bibiloni calls "spirit," a combination of nutrition, hydration and mental prowess.
Rewards are given to athletes who earn good grades or succeed in games "to show them that their performance is just as important as their training," Bibiloni said.
Also a softball coach for both York College and a U16 team called The Shooting Stars, she specializes in softball but helps girls train for all kinds of sports at The Training Löfte, including ice hockey and running.
Women beyond their high school years also can train there.
"From the young to the old, we want to build relationships (and) positive experiences," Bibiloni said, "and so we do that through training and through sports."
Courtney Ricci, 13, feels comfortable working out at The Training Löfte.
"It's really awkward when you go to the gym with the guys," she said. "It's like they tell you to put more weight on because you're a sissy, or if you have so much weight on, they call you a dude for doing too much."
An ice hockey player who competes with tournament teams out of Baltimore and North Carolina, Ricci said becoming a member at The Training Löfte has been "the best thing that's happened to me." She works out with Danica Schmeck, 17, an intern at the facility.
"There's so much companionship, and they're willing to talk you through your workout and tell you what you're doing right and what you're doing wrong," Ricci said. "I've noticed an improvement already, and I've only been here for three weeks. It's really awesome here."
Sarai Figuiroa, 11, came to The Training Löfte last week for her first pitching clinic. She is excited to begin pitching on a softball team in the fall.
The workouts are "really intense," she said. "We work really hard to achieve our goals in whatever sport we're playing."
"Löfte" means "commitment" or "promise" in Swedish, said Bibiloni's husband, David, the facility's VP of Operations. Their slogan is "Committed Training for Girls."
A former teacher in the Lampeter-Strasburg school district, Jordyn Bibiloni aspired to create an athletic training facility specifically for girls after watching the students she has coached grow older.
"I want to continue creating these positive relationships with those girls," she said, "and basically (give) girls the opportunity to be our next generation of leaders through sports and through training and through endurance, the commitment, the hard work. All of those things I think happen in sports."
She also was concerned with the rising rate of anterior cruciate ligament injuries in female athletes. Of all ACL injuries within the past year, 90 percent happened in females, Jordyn said.
David Bibiloni said female-specific training will allow girls to "compete at an aggressive, 21st-century level and remain injury-free and be strong."
Posted by TheChurchMilitant at 12:51 PM
Silence sometimes speaks volumes and the big news to come out of Chinese cinema this week is that there is no news about just how well the epic Beginning of the Great Revival is doing at the box office.
This alone has set tongues wagging - through traditional media channels and across the internet.
Mainland Chinese officials had predicted the film - released to help mark the 90th anniversary of the founding of the Community Party of China - would pull in close to one billion yuan (100 million euros) in ticket sales, something cinema operators took to heart by rewarding the film with almost blanket coverage.
It has been playing almost exclusively in China since its opening on June 15, taking an estimated 105 million yuan (11.3 million euros) in its first five days.
But there have been accusations that any critical responses to the film have mysteriously been pulled from China's social networking sites, and this week Chinese media claimed that some cinema chains are doctoring electronic tickets for other films in order to boost sales figures.
And so the pressure seems to be on. What's more, the Peter Chan-directed martial arts epic Wu Xia - which screened at Cannes this year and stars Donnie Yen - hit screens on Monday, the first major release allowed since Revival came out. There are also a host of Hollywood blockbusters still waiting in the wings, among them the latest installments of the Transformers and Harry Potter franchises, which both still don't have confirmed released dates.
And while the mystery builds over box office figures in China, down in Hong Kong, the Motion Picture Association this week confirmed results for the first six months of the year.
Overall box office receipts are down four percent to HK$622 million (60 million euros). Dominating the charts this year have been Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides with HK$45.1 million (four million euros) and the cinematic surprise of the year - Sex And Zen 3D: Extreme Ecstasy - with HK$40.6 million (3.6 million euros).
Now that sounds like a movie!
The current Hong Kong champ is Michael Bay's Transformers: Dark of the Moon, which took a staggering HK$40 million (3.5 million euros) in its first week.
Things were much the same in South Korea, where Bay's blockbuster scooped US$30 million (21 million euros) - an all-time first-week record.
In Japan, meanwhile, the J.J. Abrams-directed Super 8 continued its impressive run, picking up just over US$2.5 million (1.7 million euros) for a two-week collect of close to US$11.5 million (eight million euros).
Watch the Wu Xia trailer: http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xjkora_wu-xia-trailer_shortfilms
Posted by TheChurchMilitant at 12:16 PM
Of course, the smart money says the Repansycans will capitulate and raise taxes on the evil "rich".
Debt ceiling talks: Who's at the table