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Liberal candidates lose Presidential elections when Republicans commit treason..

That is the lesson of the 1968 and 1980 Presidential elections.


Richard Nixon was a traitor.

The new release of extended versions of Nixon's papers now confirms this long-standing belief, usually dismissed as a "conspiracy theory" by Republican conservatives. Now it has been substantiated by none other than right-wing columnist George Will.

Nixon's newly revealed records show for certain that in 1968, as a presidential candidate, he ordered Anna Chennault, his liaison to the South Vietnam government, to persuade them refuse a cease-fire being brokered by President Lyndon Johnson.

Nixon's interference with these negotiations violated President John Adams's 1797 Logan Act, banning private citizens from intruding into official government negotiations with a foreign nation.

Published as the 40th Anniversary of Nixon's resignation approaches, Will's column confirms that Nixon feared public disclosure of his role in sabotaging the 1968 Vietnam peace talks. Will says Nixon established a "plumbers unit" to stop potential leaks of information that might damage him, including documentation he believed was held by the Brookings Institute, a liberal think tank. The Plumbers' later break-in at the Democratic National Committee led to the Watergate scandal that brought Nixon down.


Behind Carter's back, the Reagan campaign worked out a deal with the leader of Iran's radical faction - Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khomeini - to keep the hostages in captivity until after the 1980 Presidential election.

This was nothing short of treason. The Reagan campaign's secret negotiations with Khomeini - the so-called "October Surprise" - sabotaged Carter and Bani-Sadr's attempts to free the hostages. And as Bani-Sadr told The Christian Science Monitor in March of this year, they most certainly "tipped the results of the election in Reagan's favor."

Not surprisingly, Iran released the hostages on January 20, 1981, at the exact moment Ronald Reagan was sworn into office.

Interesting original artwork I found in a junk store

The owner is a friend of mine and let me take the pictures when I saw it behind the counter, I told him I wanted to put the images up online and he was good with that.

I've been trying to get these pics off a friends iphone for a few weeks, she let me use it to get the pictures because I didn't have anything at the time. She didn't know how to send them to email and I have never even touched an iphone before so it was kind of a process of experimentation, one of her kids eventually did it for her.

Hope this is appropriate for GD..

Dick 'n Dubya were only doing what Americans, their constituents, wanted when they invaded Iraq

It's not up to leaders to make decisions based on things like practicality, prudence, evidence and morality, they are there to do as the people who voted for them would wish in every instance. In 2003 the majority of Americans believed that Iraq was involved with the 9/11 attacks and therefore Americans wanted to attack Iraq so Snarl and Dim Son were morally obligated to attack Iraq, they had no choice in the matter despite what their own judgment of the situation might have been.


Sounds pretty stupid, no?

Well, there's another OP up right now using just the same reasoning about some other politician and it has 26 recs as I type this, I'm sure everyone who recced that thread will be over here reccing this one shortly.

Four hundred and twenty eight dollars per person

$3,000,000,000,000/7,000,000,000 people = $428 per person.

That's $428 for each of the 7 billion people on the planet, the true cost of the Iraq war as calculated by Nobel economics laureate Joseph Stiglitz.

I have to say that until I ran the numbers I never dreamed it was that much per living human being.

How much social justice would $3,000,000,000,000 buy?

“Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed.”
-Dwight Eisenhower

His son John Eisenhower writes, “The most fundamental conviction that the period of Ike’s command in Europe and the Mediterranean imprinted on his mind was the cruelty, wastefulness and stupidity of war.

According to Nobel winning economist Joseph Stiglitz the eventual cost of the Iraq war will be over three trillion dollars.


There's two possible reasons I can think of to explain why Hillary Clinton voted for the Iraq War Resolution; the first possible reason is that Hillary genuinely believed that the Iraq war was the right war in the right place at the right time for the right reasons with the right people commanding the action and the second reason is that she didn't think the Iraq war was the right war at the right place at the right time and so on but she thought she had to vote for it for reasons of politics.

In my view the first explanation, thinking that Dubya was the right President to invade Iraq and that Iraq needed to be invaded at that time shows a remarkable lack of good judgement and a callous disregard for the vulnerable not only in this country but in Iraq as well.

I'll leave it up to you as to what you think of the second explanation.

How long would it take me to get my ass kicked?

If I were to stand out in a busy pedestrian area and asked every person who passed by personal and intimate questions about their sex life?

Why is it that some people completely fail to realize it's just as rude to accost strangers regarding their private lives when it comes to religion?

I came closer than I like to saying something very insulting today when a complete stranger accosted me asking if I "knew the Lord" and wanted to know if there was anything he could pray for me about. No matter how many times this happens to me I can't get over the feeling that people are being remarkably rude and my impulse to say something truly cutting in return gets more and more difficult to stifle.

Maybe it's a good thing my hearing is going.

It may have been over parking and not religion after all..

Evidently the atheist murderer really did have a major bug up his ass over parking at the condo.


Chapel Hill killer called towing company so many times they banned him.

The man accused of shooting three Muslims at a Chapel Hill condominium had neighbors' cars removed so often that he was eventually banned from using the towing company, according to a driver who often tows vehicles from the complex.

"It was often more than the average person," Christopher Lafreniere, with Barnes Towing, said Thursday. "It actually got to the point that he was not allowed to call a car in. If he called, we wouldn’t go out."

Neighbors have said Craig Stephen Hicks, charged with three counts of first-degree murder, always appeared to be combative and angry about the parking situation at Finley Forest, where residents are allotted one reserved spot.

Astrophotography on a budget: Sony NEX C3

I got my used NEX C3 a couple of days ago from Adorama, under $130 including shipping for the camera, 18-55 kit lens, attachable flash, battery, charger and original box/packing. The camera isn't pristine but it's in decent shape, mostly the LCD screen is somewhat the worse for wear, scratched some and the black surround on the clear plastic is looking rather rough.

So I tried it out last night with the kit lens set at 35mm and f4.5 (wide open at that focal length), the lens isn't particularly good for astrophotography but I didn't expect it to be, the camera on the other hand is brilliant for this purpose. There is a self timer setting that gives you a ten second delay and then takes five images in a row at whatever time exposure you set, in my case I used 30 seconds which is the max the camera will do on its own so I was getting 5 x 30 seconds for two and a half minutes per shutter button press. I tried different ISO settings and eventually settled on 800 as being optimum for my sky conditions f# and exposure length, if I was under darker skies I would go with 1600 probably though. I had the camera mounted on my small equatorial tracking mount so it followed the stars for no trailing, without the mount I could probably have gone for 10 second exposures while keeping the trailing to a minimum, 1600 ISO would work for that too. Long exposure noise reduction was turned off and I didn't take any dark or flat frames which would have improved the final image some. I just wanted to see how it would work without a lot of rigmarole..

Anyhow, here is the result of 55 x 30 second exposures @ ISO 800 registered and stacked in the freeware Deep Sky Stacker and then further processed in Iris (to remove the light pollution gradient) and Paint Shop Pro (curves, cropping and so forth)... Both the Orion nebula and the Running Man nebula right above it show up nicely and you can even see the Flame nebula just to the left of the leftmost star in Orion's belt. When I get an adapter for some of my prime lenses that are a lot sharper than the kit lens this camera is going to do very well indeed, the flange distance on the NEX is so short practically any lens in the history of photography can be adapted to it and there are adapters available for a lot of lenses now, you have to use them in manual mode but that's not an issue for this sort of photography.

The Comet and the Cluster, Lovejoy and the Pleiades (Updated with new images)

Nine exposures of 30 seconds @ ISO1600 Canon 350D w/Nikon 50mm f1.8 @ f4. Processed in Deep Sky Stacker, Iris and Paint Shop Pro. It was just above freezing so I could push the ISO and still get relatively clean shots out of my antique DSLR. I had about a dozen two second focusing and framing shots @ f1.8 and then I stopped it down to f4 and shot the thirty second ones before the sensor warmed up too much and got noisy.

You can just see a hint of the comet tail coming down like a rocket below it and the blue nebulosity in the Pleiades. It was easier to see in the bitmap, it's a bit too subtle for the jpeg. This is about the closest Lovejoy will get to the cluster it was just chance I had a clear night and a hole through the trees that lined up with the shot. Around here it's trees or lights, take your choice.

It's taken me a couple of years to learn how to get the light pollution gradients out of my shots, I was pleased with the way this one turned out it had a horrible red gradient across it with such a wide field.

So I got some more shots last night 1-17-05 and came up with these two images. Same setup as before but this time it was 18 images of 30 sec @ f2.8 and ISO 800.

The first image is the finished picture..

The second image is a negative that's actually the mask I used in one step of the processing to remove the light pollution from the finished image, it shows the extent of Lovejoy's tail which I can't get to show up in the final image if I get the colors remotely right, there is just too much light pollution for it to work with the equipment I have. the big blotch at lower right is the result of light pollution gradient across the image..

Andromeda slipping into the trees

The moon was far too bright last night for any serious deep sky imaging so I was tweaking my polar alignment setup routine and got a series of 34 images of the constellation Andromeda and the galaxy named after it as they slipped into the trees. Canon 350D with a Nikon 50mm f1.8 @ f3.2 30 seconds per exposure @ ISO800. Resized and processed into an animated GIF with VirtualDub. My tracking mount is an Ioptron Cube Pro used in equatorial mode.

The galaxy is near the center of the image and you can see a satellite sail through the frame about 3/4 of the way through the cycle.. Also note the color of the light on the tree to the right, that's from Christmas lights on the front of the house. Thanks to the moonlight and the local light pollution there were only a few stars that could be seen with the naked eye in the field, the only way I could tell the galaxy was even there was by looking at the images as they downloaded to my laptop.

Next time it's clear with moonlight like it was last night I'm going to try and get Orion rising through the bare deciduous trees we have on the east side of the property, that constellation is a lot more obvious and colorful than Andromeda, the galaxy is really the only standout thing about it.
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