Earthquake in Napa Valley CA

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It was reportedly a 6.0 quake, causing a lot of damage, much of it from fires from ruptured gas lines. No fatalities or missing persons reported yet. But take a look at the double yellow lines in that picture I just grabbed. CalTrans is filling a crack in the roadway: look how far the roadway has shifted side to side.

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Krauthammer Got it Wrong

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I don't say this lightly. I have the utmost admiration and respect for Charles Krauthammer. He is a gifted thinker and has a way with words that is virtually unparalleled. The man can turn a phrase like no other. I don't always agree with Charles, but on those few occasions that he drifts from orthodoxy, which is to say, whatever I believe to be true, his reasoning for it is always well thought out. I direct your attention to today's Quote du jour, taken from his best selling "Things That Matter":
"It's hard to blame this state of affairs on a fickle public. Blame also belongs to the idiot politicians who decided 30 years ago to abandon the moon and send us on a pointless and endless journey into low-Earth orbit. President Bush has sensibly called an end to this nonsense and committed us to going back to the moon and, ultimately, to Mars. If his successors don't screw it up, within 10 years NASA will have us back to where we belong - on other worlds."
-Charles Krauthammer, Aug. 3, 2007

That was written seven years ago this month. Raise your hand if you seriously think we will return to the Moon or go to Mars in the next three years, with our space program focused more on Muslim self esteem than going where no man has gone before. Can you see his error? Can you see what was unfathomable and unthinkable in 2007?
 If his successors don't screw it up
He used the plural: "successors". In retrospect, how could he have known that it would not take more than one successor to "screw up" and decimate the space program? Because he is a man of integrity, he allowed this glaring error to be republished in his book. It only took one successor to George W. Bush to screw up the space program (along with the economy, race relations and foreign affairs) and deny us access to the heavens. Unless you consider the outrageous amounts we pay one of our biggest geopolitical enemies to ferry us to the space station, at their whim, which, hamstrings us to an extent in standing against their earthly aggression.

In retrospect, I can see how Charles could have made the error. Few people, even those who were certain that Obama would be disastrous for our country, could fully envision the magnitude of that disaster. Who knew?

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Mutual Trust and Admiration Society

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(Note: I updated the picture...because I could! In the words of President Obama: So sue me!) Heh.

Darren Wilson, President of the Ethical Society of Police Identified as Ferguson Shooter (Updated: Wrong Darren Wilson)

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Darren Wilson, six year veteran of the police force and president of the Ethical Society of Police has been identified as the Ferguson shooter in a press conference held by Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson.

Most news outlets covering this story declined to state Darren Wilson's race, as should be expected, this this was not about race but about criminal activity. Perhaps the race hustlers in the White House will take note of the fact, that this was and is a police matter for local and state authorities to resolve and to ascertain the guilt or innocence of anyone involved. This did not require the president of the United States to comport himself as an ambulance chasing lawyer, taking sides before all the facts were in.

The moral of this story: If you are going to drag yourself away from your golf game, Mr. President, at least let it be to turn your attention to some national or worldwide crisis begging for your attention. Let Al Sharpton , Jesse Jackson and Eric Holder fall out of the clown car of race baiters. You sir, should rise above it.


Update: I am getting feedback that this is the wrong Darren Wilson. Will issue full correction after I can verify. According to Ethical Society of Police website, Sgt. Wilson is a St. Louis police officer, not Ferguson.

Update II: According to CNN, the Darren Wilson involved in the shooting was white. Like the groundhog seeing his shadow, expect the racebaiting, poverty pimp vultures to circle Ferguson for the next six weeks.

Although my earlier source on the officer's race was wrong, I stand by what I wrote: This is not about race but about criminal activity. Actions have consequences.

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