May 11, 2014
Have to leave the bunker because social function. So everyone tonight enjoys an AoSHQ Premium early ONT.
Here some of the current bills that have been introduced:
Apollo Lunar Landing Legacy Act: Would establish the Apollo Lunar Landing Sites National Historical Park on the moon. - Chief sponsor Rep. Donna Edwards (D-Md.)
Read the Bills Act: Would require legislation to be posted online one week before it comes up for a vote. The House version, sponsored by two Republicans, would exempt declarations of war. The Senate version, sponsored by Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), would require that lawmakers sign an affidavit, under penalty of perjury, attesting that they "attentively" read the measure or were present throughout the entire reading. They do not have to sign the affidavit if they vote against the bill. - House Bill's chief sponsor Rep. Kerry Bentivolio (R-Mich.)
Department of Peacebuilding Act: Would establish a Cabinet-level federal department, headed by the secretary of Peacebuilding, dedicated to reducing violence domestically and internationally. - Chief Sponsor Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Oakland)
(The idea of a Department of Peace had been championed for more than a decade by then-Rep. Dennis J. Kucinich (D-Ohio).
District of Columbia-Maryland Reunion Act: Would address the District of Columbia's long-standing grievance over lack of representation in Congress by turning over the district to Maryland except for a "National Capital Service Area" that includes the Capitol, the White House and monuments on the National Mall.SPA Act: Would prohibit the operation of the House gym during a government shutdown. The Shutdown Prioritization Act was introduced during the 16-day federal government shutdown in October.
— Open Blogger Not everything Seth McFarland touches smells like cow farts. This is actually quite clever:
Then there's this, which has nothing to do with McFarland, but definitely does not stink:
— Open Blogger Or why your mom's grilled cheese tastes better than anyone else's. more...
— CAC Open thread for all of your non-astronomy needs.
— CAC [We Politely Request That All Off-Topic or Political Comments Be Directed to the Open Thread down page, Which Will Serve Officially as the Current "Active Conversation" Thread for All Discussions Not Related To This Topic. Enjoy!]
Welcome again to the Spaced-Out Challenge! Whether you have a question about equipment, a new astronomical discovery you want to expand on, or just want to kick back and enjoy the cosmos above, come one come all on our weekly astronomical journey.
With Saturn at opposition yesterday, now is a great time to observe the crown jewel of the solar system with even a small telescope. This week, we'll point it out, along with elusive Mercury, and expand on smartphone astrophotography tips. more...
— andy This Week's Post Is Dedicated To Moms With Guns
If there are topics you're interested in seeing in the gun thread, please send them to AoSHQGunThread at gmail. You can also send them to me on Twitter at @AndyM1911.
The owner's manual for your concealed carry permit: The Law of Self Defense
Celebrate America's firearms heritage: participate in Project Appleseed.
— Open Blogger
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Well, "Free-Form" means that the file on my computer labeled "AOSHQ Food Thread Ideas" is empty.
— Open Blogger Happy Mother's Day to all of you moms and moms-to-be out there.
The rest of you... CALL YOUR MOTHER!
In honor of the day, here's a sweet story about two sons' gift to their mom:
— Open Blogger
Libary Annex at Casa de Muse*
*no, not really. This is the library of the Harvard Club of New York City, in midtown Manhattan. You have to be a member if you want read one of the 30,000 available books. (From the article Secret Libraries of New York City.)
Good morning morons and moronettes and welcome to AoSHQ's stately and prestigious Sunday Morning Book Thread.
America's Favorite Books
The Harris polling company asked 2,300 people to name their all-time favorite book. Here is the top ten:
1. The Bible
2. "Gone with the Wind" by Margaret Mitchell
3. "Harry Potter" (series) by J.K. Rowling
4. "The Lord of the Rings" (series) by J.R.R. Tolkien
5. "To Kill a Mockingbird" by Harper Lee
6. "Moby Dick" by Herman Melville
7. "The Catcher" in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
8. "Little Women" by Louisa May Alcott
9. "The Grapes of Wrath" by John Steinbeck
10. "The Great Gatsby" by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Dropped off the list in 2014:
The Stand by Stephen King (was No. 5), The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown (was No. 6) Angels and Demons by Dan Brown (was No. and Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand (was No. 9)
What Our Kids Are Reading These Days
I thought this study was interesting. You can download the pdf document that breaks it down by grade. There's a mixture of contemporary (The Hunger Games, Diary of a Wimpy Kid) and classic (The Diary of Anne Frank, To Kill a Mockingbird). Depending on the grade-level of course.
In Honor of Mothers' Day
Mrs. Muse is out of town visiting relatives for the next week, so we didn't plan anything and it kind of crept up on me. So all I'll do is point you at a list of 10 of Literatures Most Horrifying Mothers. Grendel's mom, Emma Bovary, and Scarlett O'Hara are here, among others.
I think that Mrs. Bates from Robert Bloch's novel Psycho would be a worthy addition to the list.
— andy Happy Mother's Day, moms. more...
May 10, 2014
— CDR M
If the Yellowstone Caldera erupts, supposedly the U.S. has sooper sekrit contingency plans for Brazil, Australia, or Argentina. Hmmm. Not sure about Brazil or Argentina but dang, the ecosystem in Australia is killer. But the beaches are nice. I think I'd opt for Australia. more...
— Dave in Texas And their families, whether it be K-G or Middle School, High School and Collegiates. Many congratulations. I have been there with you all right up to college 2x. I know you are proud of them, because I know you helped em get there.
May God bless them on their journey.
— Open Blogger Continuing with Dave and Y-Not's bipolar theme, I present the Saturday Evening Potluck thread.
First up: NASCAR
NASCAR takes the show to the 1.5 mile track at the Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, KS for the 5-Hour Energy 400 Benefiting Special Operations Warrior Foundation.
Whew! That was a mouthful!
The flag waves at 7:30 ET and will be aired on Fox. Click here to read more about the Special Operations Warrior Foundation
Leading the pack today are Kevin Harvick and Joey Logano, clocking speeds of 194.253 mph and 193.910 mph respectively. The full lineup can be found HERE.
New paint schemes this week and, of these, I like this the best:
although I bet this will look sweet on the track:
Last week's race at Talladega was a drama-free event for most of the race, save for Keselowski short-cutting across Danica's front end, then this happened. Brad Keselowski, winning friends one accident at a time.
Now, to switch gears...
— Open Blogger Here's a thread for those of you who really want to talk politics. Content courtesy of "Hot Gas:"
Longtime Hot Air readers may recall that the first winner we ever had in these surveys was Chris Christie. Four years ago he earned 29% of the vote, but my, how things change. Christie now has 1% of the vote and sits well behind everyone except Mike Huckabee, who he ties, Rick Santorum, and Joe Scarborough, who out of over 3000 votes received a grand total of 6.
Your current leader? Ted Cruz, who earned 29% of the vote. The top five is rounded out by Scott Walker, Rand Paul, Rick Perry and Mitt Romney.
Follow the link to see how the issues tested.
You all know I'm a Perry-loving RINO. I denounce myself.
— Open Blogger I didn't have time this week to research for a car thread, so you get this instead.
Frost wrote "Good fences make good neighbors" and, frankly, I couldn't have said it better myself. I want just enough familiarity with my neighbors that they'll make note of a strange truck hauling away my stuff.
I don't want to know about their kids or grand-kids.
I don't want to know about their problems.
I don't want to know about their dreams in life.
I want to recognize the car in their driveway and for them to do the same for me.
In any neighborhood, good or bad, there are bound to be good neighbors and bad: The ones who play loud music at inappropriate hours, who leave their trashcans by the curb for days, who peer through their window and lie in wait to gossip at the first crack of your door on a Saturday morning.
Still, it could be worse.
— Open Blogger
Please welcome Moron Top.Man back from his generation-long quest for the perfect tropical drink. He has spent years in an open boat, lashed by the wind and the waves, fighting off sharks with just a drink umbrella, traveling from beach-side bar to beach-side bar, seeking the best in the world. [CBD]
Mai Tai. The name translates to "the best" and, for those of a certain age, conjures images of tropical shores, scantily-clad wahines, and the music of Martin Denny. more...
— Open Blogger In 1964 Reagan made an impassioned plea for Goldwater. The whole thing is worth listening to, I do a couple of times a year. It's his A time for choosing speech.
Listen to it:
— andy #BringBackOurBalls
May 09, 2014
— CDR M
— Ace It's just so... Kossy.
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