Monday's Apoc-Eclipse Liveblog
Roger, how awesome that you got to spend so much time peering at the heavens with your father at the planetarium! I believe there is definitely a grand scheme of things, much of which we are not aware of. I don't think the Bible precludes intelligent life elsewhere but I don't think it's likely... we seem to be a unique creation made in the imago Dei... the image of God. What we're able to see — what God allows us to see — is like the back side of a tapestry. It doesn't make much sense from that limited vantage point, but someday we'll be able to see what God sees. We'll see the front of the completed tapestry of history. The Apostle Paul said, "For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then [at the end of time] shall I know even as also I am known." Peter tells us that there will one day be a cataclysmic event that destroys the earth. It won't be caused by global warming, but rather by God: "But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a roar, and the heavenly bodies will be burned up and dissolved, and the earth and the works that are done on it will be exposed." (That's hard to comprehend, mostly because we try to judge God's decisions using our limited understanding, imposing on Him our human standard of justice — which doesn't always align with God's.) King David said:
The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork. Day to day pours out speech, and night to night reveals knowledge. There is no speech, nor are there words, whose voice is not heard. Their voice goes out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world.
When I'm out in nature I feel particularly close to God. His creation doesn't just speak to me, it SCREAMS. I sometimes feel like I need to cover my ears because it's buzzing so loudly. It's impossible (for me) to believe that it was all just a cosmic accident.
(Apologies for the mini-sermon. I just get so excited about this stuff when there's a momentous natural occurrence!)
Ten years after Obama was caught on camera saying he "happens to be a proponent of single payer," a leading Democrat is still lying to constituents about the party's support for socialized medicine.
"She actually likes the concept,” Ellison says.
Sadly, there seems to be more than a few establishment Republicans who like the concept, too.
In the post below, I mentioned that Islam can't even build a functioning sidewalk. But don't take it from me -- take if from the New York Times:
Dita Wahyunita doesn’t like walking the streets of the Indonesian capital. And why would she? The sidewalk alone outside her high-rise office building near central Jakarta answers that question sufficiently. The pavement is cracked and uneven. There are missing sewer covers, exposed electrical wires and aggressive motorcyclists using the walkway to avoid traffic jams — or as parking lots.
Then, of course, she faces the stifling tropical heat, air pollution, pickpockets and other shady characters. “I don’t feel safe walking for a number of reasons,” said Ms. Dita, 24. “The sidewalks here are terrible. In other countries, they have wide sidewalks only for pedestrians, so it’s O.K.”
Jakarta, an urban sprawl of approximately 10 million people, with a metropolitan region of about 30 million, is the poster child of the nation’s walking woes. Only 7 percent of the capital’s 4,500 miles of road have sidewalks, according to local government data.
Some useful information here from the New York Post's account of what was supposed to happen in Barcelona -- the seventh-century beards wanted to destroy Gaudi's famous Sagrada Familia cathedral, for starters -- but luckily didn;t because these people are too stupid to build a flush toilet or even a freaking sidewalk.
The Barcelona terrorists had planned to turn a majestic Spanish cathedral frequented by tourists into a scene of blood and carnage — but they were forced to abandon that strategy when their bombs accidentally detonated inside their hideout.
The famous Sagrada Familia cathedral — designed by Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi — was “Plan A” for the terror cell’s devastating attack, according to Spanish media.
Those plans, however, were thwarted when one of the cell’s bomb factories 120 miles south of Barcelona burst into rubble Wednesday evening, leaving behind 120 gas canisters carrying butane and a volatile powder known as “Mother of Satan.”
The 12-person cell — believed responsible for 14 deaths across Spain — had originally planned to drive three explosive-packed vans into a number of tourist hot spots, including the cathedral.
Given the nature of the moon-god cult that calls itself Islam, the name of the explosive seems appropriate.
The terrorists’ plans were foiled when the finicky explosives eviscerated the Alcanar house that the group had been using to make bombs. The cell was then forced to resort to Thursday’s van attack in the tourist area known as Las Ramblas, as well as the knifing in the seaside town of Cambrils early Friday.
It was also revealed Sunday that the sharpshooting Spanish cop who singlehandedly took down the four terrorists who descended on Cambrils mere hours after the Barcelona van slaughter was not scheduled to be on duty.
Give that man a medal.
Ten sailors are missing and five injured following a collision between a US Navy warship and an oil tanker east of Singapore and the Straits of Malacca.
Initial reports indicated that the destroyer sustained damage to her port side aft. The Navy said search and rescue efforts were underway.
Four of the injured were taken by a Republic of Singapore Navy Puma helicopter to a hospital in Singapore to be treated for non-life threatening injuries, according to a Navy statement. The fifth injured sailor did not need further treatment and remained on the ship.
Adm. John Richardson, chief of naval operations, tweeted, "Our first priority is determining the safety of the ship and crew. As more information is learned, we will share it."
The collision was reported at 6:24 a.m. Japan Standard Time, while the ship was en route to a routine port visit in Singapore, the Navy said in a statement. After the collision, the ship was heading to port under its own power, the Navy said.
The other ship, the Alnic MC, is a 600-foot oil and chemical tanker with a gross tonnage of 30,000. The tanker is about three times the size of the McCain, the Navy Times reported.
The incident represents the second serious collision for a Navy vessel in two months. The USS Fitzgerald collided with a freighter off the coast of Japan on June 17, leaving seven sailors dead.
The Navy last week relieved the Fitzgerald's skipper and two top sailors of their command for losing "situational awareness" in the hours leading up to the collision. About a dozen sailors in all are facing some punishment, including all of the destroyer's watch, the Navy said.
A six hundred foot, 30,000 ton oil tanker is tough to miss. Of course, we don't know about weather conditions but what the hell was the radar guy doing?
The USS John McCain is named after the father and grandfather - both of them were admirals - of the current Senator from Arizona.
Here are some great pics of the eclipse from an amateur photographer who definitely didn't use an iPhone:
Tyler, I'm no theologian (to say the least) and I didn't sleep at a Holiday Inn last night anywhere near Jerusalem or the Vatican (or even Lourdes), but I did have a radiologist father (participant in the Manhattan Project) who did take me to New York's Hayden Planetarium once a week as a boy. And from that I remember expositions of eclipses from all over the solar system (other planets have moons) as well as other systems across the universe. In other words, millions or zillions of eclipses, partial or full, are constantly happening across the great space-time continuum. Hard for us to wrap our minds around, but there it is.
Reason I mention this is that I am worried when we get too human/Earth concentric with the conception of God. Maybe it isn't all about us. We're just part of the GRAND GRAND scheme. Bringing this down to the "all politics is local" level, it has always struck me that part of the motivation for the anti-scientific Global Warming Madness is the naive belief that it is "all about us." Humans cause everything when they cause very little, again in that grand scheme of things. I'm not going to go any further because I fear I will be sucked into a black hole.
Popehat has more on the wannabe Houston bomber:
Update: Let me explain how this is going to play out. Cities, park authorities, lawmakers, et al. are going to use failed bombing attempt to justify the removal of statues and various works of art around the country by claiming (a la Jeh Johnson. See Tyler's piece on that subject here) that this is a security issue. No doubt some on the left are cheering this development.
Return of the Weather Underground?
Andrew Schneck, 25, who was released from probation early last year after being convicted in 2015 of storing explosives, was charged in a criminal complaint filed in federal court, Acting U.S. Attorney Abe Martinez said in a statement Monday.
Schneck was arrested Saturday night after a Houston park ranger spotted him kneeling in bushes in front of the Dowling monument in the park, Martinez said.
Schneck was holding two small boxes that included duct tape and wires.
When confronted Saturday night in the park, he tried to drink some of the liquid explosives but spit it out, officials said.
Federal authorities said one of the tubes contained nitgroglycerin and hexamethylene triperoxide diamine, HMTD, a "highly explosive compound" used as a primary explosive. Nitroclycerin, in its purest form, is a contact explosive.
"ln its undiluted form, [nitroglycerin] is one of the world's most powerful explosives," according to the statement.
Satterwhite said "significant hazardous materials" were found at [the suspect's parents' home], but didn't say what type they were.
"It's a lot," he said. "There's a significant amount of material in them ... Some very hazardous materials were found."
Law enforcement agents are planning controlled detonations of the materials, Satterwhite said. He added a utility company cut off gas service before the blasts, which will likely happen Monday afternoon.
Well, conditions were only fair, but I think we got a pretty decent view of the total eclipse: