Posts Tagged '2017'

2017 Mascot Bracket

For those who like to pick by the mascot.

Here is a bracket for your consideration, use it wisely…2017 MascotMascot Bracket 2017

Logo Bracket located here.

Nevertheless, She Persisted

ArchiveHere is the C-Span link to the Senator Elizabeth Warren-Rule XIX violation from Tuesday night debate on the Sessions nomination for Attorney General.  Below are some observations and thoughts about the incident that had been reported in many places.  Many reports (here, wrong, here) seem to insinuate that Warren was cut off and not able to finish the 1986 letter, and additional male senators were allowed to read the letter without violating rule 19.    (Find a timeline of the Start of Warren’s comments to the point where she is no longer allowed to speak.)

  • Elizabeth Warren read the Coretta Scott King in its entirety. (Video mark 4:45-5:03)
  • Warren spoke for 40 minutes criticizing the nominee and putting forth the reasons that she feels he is not qualified to be the next Attorney General.  She laid into him pretty good.  McConnell (McConnell’s staff) could have pulled something-anything out of the Warren speech that occurred after the initial warning (26 minutes of Warren impugning Sessions with remarks made by King, Kennedy, and Sessions himself).
  • If the floor of the Senate cannot debate a nominee who happens to be a sitting Senator in the same way they can debate a nominee that is not a Senator; maybe this is not the body to conduct the debate in.  -or- Suspend the rule so a Senator can provide reasons in a debate without the use of the rules to silence criticism.
  • The Chair needed too much help from Senate staff to know what to say (See 5:16 in the video)
  • After the Ron Paul fiascos (2012); Republicans (and all politicians, for that matter) should learn the parliamentary rules, chamber rules, Robert’s Rules of Order, etc.  to know how to navigate the process.
  • Senators need to sit down and show up when the Senate is in session.  McConnell most likely was not in the room when the King letter was read, instead relying on staff to spoon feed him what to read.
  • I don’t know why Warren did not make a point of the fact that McConnell’s citation occurred prior to the first warning.  In my mind, you get warned and then if later statements are made in violation than you can be called on it.  But Warren was already warned on the exact language that was used to make the statement that she persisted.
Time line to video with hour:minute markers.

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August 21, 2017 Total Solar Eclipse

 

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By Wolfgang Strickling-Eclipse 2017 Android App, Geodata from OpenStreetMap https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=46363871

For those that don’t want to journey to foreign lands to see a Total Solar Eclipse, but want to experience one, then this is your year.  The new moon will block out the sun and you can see it if you are in the right location.  From Oregon to South Carolina a 70 mile path of totality will arc across the continent; if you are not in the full shadow you will still see a partial solar eclipse anywhere in the lower 48 (75% obscured in Las Vegas).

From our perspective the moon will first “touch” the sun ~1 hr 15 min before totality, and then similarly, the shadow of the moon will be off the moon ~1 hr 15 min after totality; this is where direct viewing is not good- get some eclipse glasses or other means.  The totality will last from 2 min to 2 min 41 sec along the center of the path.  During the total solar eclipse the moon will block the entirety of the sun allowing the corona to become safely visible to the naked eye; this is the rare experience that many travel around the world to see.  The temperature will drop about 20 degrees F. Continue reading ‘August 21, 2017 Total Solar Eclipse’