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Go outside and look up! by American Elephant
August 12, 2007, 10:41 pm
Filed under: Science/Technology | Tags: ,

Perseids Meteor Shower

…and get as far away from city lights as possible. The Perseids meteor shower reaches it’s peak tonight and into Monday morning—after midnight and all night long—about 2:00 AM EST should be best, as that’s when the Earth passes through the thickest part of the field.

The rare timing of the shower during a new moon means extra dark skies which will improve viewing, so if the skies are clear where you are, head outside, give your eyes about 15 minutes to get used to the dark, lay on your back, and look up—and have fun!

UPDATE: If you missed, or weren’t able to see the showers Sunday night, never fear, they will still be visible in the next few nights.



If Bush lied, then so did… by American Elephant

Chuck Schumer

So, guess who has really been lying about war and national security for political gain? I’ll give you a hint, they aren’t Republicans…



Romney wins by American Elephant
August 12, 2007, 1:06 am
Filed under: Politics | Tags: , , , , , ,

The Iowa straw poll has concluded and the results are:

    Mitt Romney

  1. Mitt Romney 31.5%
  2. Mike Huckabee 18.1%
  3. Sam Brownback 15.3%
  4. Tom Tancredo 13.7%
  5. Ron Paul 9.1%
  6. Tommy Thompson 7.3%
  7. Fred Thompson
  8. Rudy Giuliani
  9. Duncan Hunter
  10. John McCain
  11. John Cox

I will say that I haven’t been following the races very closely—I deeply resent that this election season started before the last one had even finished. I think most Americans do. We don’t want perpetual campaigning. But I digress.

Here’s the skinny as I see it.

Romney was expected to win and he did. I should hope so, he spent millions, whereas no one else spent more than a few hundred thousand. So I guess he has “momentum” now. At least that’s the theory. I think in reality he has to get some “big wins” under his belt to even remain viable.

Other than that, the good news is that Tommy Thompson will now quit the race, as will, hopefully, Sam Brownback, who spent a significant amount of time and money in Iowa, and who should have done much better—he comes from next door in Kansas for crying out loud. Duncan Hunter may leave the race now as well, as was inevitable. A shame though, I liked what I saw.

The bad news is that Ron Paul will stick around. Who the hell is supporting this man? I mean, I’m very much in favor of limited government, but he thinks the war in Iraq is illegal! He’s nuttier than squirrel poo! He needs to go!

McCain’s campaign is beyond dead. Rigamortis set in long ago, and now the corpse is begininng to rot. He is spot-on on the war, and for that I thank him, but he’s so very wrong on almost everything else.

And just as a final testament to the need to weed this field down I leave you with this question…who the hell is John Cox???




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