• Pragerisms

    For a more comprehensive list of Pragerisms visit
    Dennis Prager Wisdom.

    • "The left is far more interested in gaining power than in creating wealth."
    • "Without wisdom, goodness is worthless."
    • "I prefer clarity to agreement."
    • "First tell the truth, then state your opinion."
    • "Being on the Left means never having to say you're sorry."
    • "If you don't fight evil, you fight gobal warming."
    • "There are things that are so dumb, you have to learn them."
  • Liberalism’s Seven Deadly Sins

    • Sexism
    • Intolerance
    • Xenophobia
    • Racism
    • Islamophobia
    • Bigotry
    • Homophobia

    A liberal need only accuse you of one of the above in order to end all discussion and excuse himself from further elucidation of his position.

  • Glenn’s Reading List for Die-Hard Pragerites

    • Bolton, John - Surrender is not an Option
    • Bruce, Tammy - The Thought Police; The New American Revolution; The Death of Right and Wrong
    • Charen, Mona - DoGooders:How Liberals Hurt Those They Claim to Help
    • Coulter, Ann - If Democrats Had Any Brains, They'd Be Republicans; Slander
    • Dalrymple, Theodore - In Praise of Prejudice; Our Culture, What's Left of It
    • Doyle, William - Inside the Oval Office
    • Elder, Larry - Stupid Black Men: How to Play the Race Card--and Lose
    • Frankl, Victor - Man's Search for Meaning
    • Flynn, Daniel - Intellectual Morons
    • Fund, John - Stealing Elections
    • Friedman, George - America's Secret War
    • Goldberg, Bernard - Bias; Arrogance
    • Goldberg, Jonah - Liberal Fascism
    • Herson, James - Tales from the Left Coast
    • Horowitz, David - Left Illusions; The Professors
    • Klein, Edward - The Truth about Hillary
    • Mnookin, Seth - Hard News: Twenty-one Brutal Months at The New York Times and How They Changed the American Media
    • Morris, Dick - Because He Could; Rewriting History
    • O'Beirne, Kate - Women Who Make the World Worse
    • Olson, Barbara - The Final Days: The Last, Desperate Abuses of Power by the Clinton White House
    • O'Neill, John - Unfit For Command
    • Piereson, James - Camelot and the Cultural Revolution: How the Assassination of John F. Kennedy Shattered American Liberalism
    • Prager, Dennis - Think A Second Time
    • Sharansky, Natan - The Case for Democracy
    • Stein, Ben - Can America Survive? The Rage of the Left, the Truth, and What to Do About It
    • Steyn, Mark - America Alone
    • Stephanopolous, George - All Too Human
    • Thomas, Clarence - My Grandfather's Son
    • Timmerman, Kenneth - Shadow Warriors
    • Williams, Juan - Enough: The Phony Leaders, Dead-End Movements, and Culture of Failure That Are Undermining Black America--and What We Can Do About It
    • Wright, Lawrence - The Looming Tower

Total Solar Eclipse Hit Twin Cities, June 1954…..It was Spectacular!!!

Crowds cheer as total solar eclipse

of 2012 begins

The rare three-hour trek across Earth’s surface starts in northern Australia

from MSN

The last total solar eclipse until 2015 has begun, with the moon crossing in front of the sun in a celestial event that will ultimately send the moon’s shadow on a three-hour trek across Earth’s surface, starting in northern Australia.

Despite some clouds, the beginning of today’s total solar eclipse was clearly visible as the moon edged between the sun and Earth, appearing to take a bite out of our star as seen by thousands of observers in Cairns, Australia, where several webcasts were broadcasting the event.

The eclipse will reach totality at 3:35 p.m. EST (2035 GMT) today — shortly after dawn Wednesday local time in Australia — over the Northern Territory’s Arnhem Land region. The moon’s shadow sweeps southeast from there, crossing the Gulf of Carpentaria into the state of Queensland before heading out into the vast Pacific Ocean, where few will see it.

Greg Wood  /  AFP – Getty Images

The Diamond Ring effect is shown following totality of the solar eclipse at Palm Cove in Australia’s Tropical North Queensland on Tuesday. Eclipse-hunters flocked to Queensland’s tropical northeast to watch the region’s total solar eclipse.

More than 50,000 spectactors, along with teams of scientists, flocked to Cairns on Queensland’s northeast coast to witness the solar spectacle. NASA spokesman Josh Byerly told Space.com that there was a tiny window in which the moon’s shadow on Earth might be visible from the International Space Station today, but the outpost’s six-person crew is scheduled to be sleeping at that time. [ Photos: Total Solar Eclipse of 2012 ]

If you’re not among the lucky few along the path

If you’re not among the lucky few along the path of totality, you can still watch the eclipse online. Several organizations, including the Slooh Space Camera and Tourism Tropical North Queensland, are webcasting live views from Cairns (where cloudy conditions remain a threat).

You can watch several live webcasts of the solar eclipse at Space.com.

The total eclipse comes to an end at 6:48 p.m. EST (2348 GMT) today, with the moon’s shadow petering out 610 miles (980 kilometers) west-northwest of Santiago, Chile — about 9,000 miles (14,500 kilometers) from its starting point Down Under.

Solar eclipses occur when the moon lines up with the sun in the sky, blotting out the solar disk from a viewer’s perspective on Earth. There are three main categories: total, partial and annular (in which the outer edge of the sun shines like a ring around the moon in the sky).

The last total solar eclipse took place in July 2010, and the next one won’t occur until March 2015. However, a so-called “hybrid” eclipse — which shifts between total and annular at different points on the globe — will come to parts of the Atlantic and central Africa in November 2013.

Jay Anderson

Jay Anderson generated a series of detailed eclipse maps for the solar eclipse of Tuesday.

Today’s eclipse isn’t just a boon for skywatchers. Scientists view it as a rare chance to study the sun’s thin outer atmosphere while the solar disk is blocked. Amateurs and professionals are both in for an unforgettable experience today, as long as the weather holds, experts say.

“On a scale of 1 to 10, total eclipses are a million,” NASA researcher Fred Espenak said in a statement.

Warning: If you are watching the total solar eclipse in person, be extremely careful. Never look directly at the sun, either with the naked eye or through telescopes or binoculars without the proper filters. To safely view solar eclipses, you can purchase special solar filters or No. 14 welder’s glass to wear over your eyes. Standard sunglasses will NOT provide sufficient protection.

The eclipse isn’t the only celestial treat skywatchers can look forward to this week. The annual Leonid meteor shower, which has produced some spectacular shows over the years, peaks overnight Saturday.

Slooh Space Camera

A view of the partially eclipsed sun from the Slooh Space Camera’s feed based in Port Douglas, just north of Cairns, in Northern Australia on Tuesday.

Editor’s note: If you are along the eclipse path in Australia or elsewhere and snap an amazing photo of Tuesday’s total solar eclipse that you’d like to share for a possible story or image gallery, please send images, comments and location information to Managing Editor Tariq Malik at tmalik@space.com.

Follow Space.com senior writer Mike Wall on Twitter @michaeldwall   or  Space.com @Spacedotcom. We’re also on Facebook   and Google+.

*  *  *  *  *   Total Solar Eclipse Hit the Twin Cities, June, 1954…..It was Spectacular!

Comment:   And I would add, viewing the total eclipse of the sun that June, the morning of that  day I graduated with my B/A degree in Georgraphy from the University of Minnesota, was far more overwhelming a sight  than the unbelieveable beauty of the Grand Canyon of the Colorado.

There was more to the show than viewing indescribable beauty.   Every minute from start to finish,  the eclipse was a scene and act unto itself.

The entire horizon with downtown St. Paul far in the distance was the stage.   Lighting was that of the most beautiful June morning  anywhere in temperate climes.

As the moon approached its mark, the wondrous magnificent drama began.

Light began a change……..winds  began…..weather stirred the silent……..sounds were changing in tune and volume…….all the earth in view came  to shake visually and become  overwhelmed by  shadows  and stirrings,  inspiring , yet frightening as the wave of darkness began its victory over light.    Howling dogs, whistling winds pushing past trees,  chirping birds suddenly were silenced and sound  disappeared.

All six of us bearing witness together on a this barren Twin Cities suburban hill, were totally absorbed and struck numb and dumb by the choreographer’s power and talents.

Trust me, an honest and devoted conservative raised by a  God-fearing mother and  a greatest-guy-in-the-world  dad ………I have never seen a show or scenes anywhere  in my life  so  compelling, so thrilling, and ‘uplifting’ to the  almost overwhelming,  as that show  the moment the moon appeared to touch the Sun at first reach that  most exquisite June morning..

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