Archive for Tuesday, October 12, 2010, 7:00 pm

Astronomy Overnight Thread- Aurora Over Alaska

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Aurora Over Alaska
Credit & Copyright: Paul Alsop Explanation: Are those green clouds or aurora? Photographed above two weeks ago, puffy green aurora help the Moon illuminate the serene Willow Lake and the snowy Wrangell and Saint Elias Mountains in eastern Alaska, USA. Although auroras might first appear to be moonlit clouds, they only add light to the sky and do not block background stars from view. Called northern lights in the northern hemisphere, auroras are caused by collisions between charged particles from the magnetosphere and air molecules high in the Earth's atmosphere.

Click thru here to see the full size pic, it's huge and gorgeous.


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Don't forget!!! Eric Cantor on The Daily Show Tonight 10/12

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Mmm, I sense a tasty segment coming on. Via.

The House minority whip discusses his book promoting the new generation of Republican leaders.

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Republican Florida Public Service Chair Quits, Endorses Dem Governor Candidate Sink

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Look kids, you may never see one again!!! A Republican with brains and a conscience!

TALLAHASSEE -- Public Service Commission Chairwoman Nancy Argenziano resigned Tuesday and endorsed Democrat Alex Sink to prevent what she called a ``noxious mix'' of the Republican-led Legislature with Republican Rick Scott.

Argenziano, a Republican and former state senator from Crystal River, launched into an hour-long tirade against the lawmakers whom she accused of ``currying favor`` with the ``$43 billion regulated industry.''

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During the last year, Argenziano was targeted by Florida Power & Light and its lobbyist, Associated Industries of Florida, which called her out for writing text messages to her aide about other commissioners during PSC meetings. An ethics complaint was later filed against Argenziano but rescinded when the woman who filed the complaint said her name had been forged.

Argenziano offered no specifics but accused the PSC of corruption and for operating with a ``bought and sold nature.''

Argenziano called the current Legislature ``clowns, cowboys and crooks,'' and said that its move to the right under the leadership of incoming Senate President Mike Haridopolos would be a ``noxious mix of government'' if ``Rick, the-Fifth-Amendment, Scott'' were elected.

``There is not sufficient resilience in Florida to recover from the pit into which this case of self-indulgent politicians would consign us,'' Argenziano said.

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What You Can't Bring Into the White House

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I love trivia like this. Via Washington Whispers.

Stun Guns
Fireworks/FIrecrackers
Food of any Kind
Guns or Ammo
Knives of any kind
Mace
Items to smoke
Aerosols of any kind
Animals except guide dogs
Drinks
Chewing gum (?)
Baloons

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