Total solar eclipse 2017: 6 best apps for the big event

On August 21, 2017, North America will be in the direct path of a total solar eclipse, which happens when the Moon completely covers the Sun. In the U.S., the path of the total eclipse will extend from Lincoln Beach, Oregon to Charleston, South Carolina. If you’re not in the relatively narrow 70-mile-wide path of totality, you will see a partial solar eclipse. Click here to see a few of the top apps that allow you to prepare for and follow the eclipse.

Analysis: Mainstream conservative groups alarmed to be found on ‘hate map’

Brad Dacus was thousands of miles away in California last weekend when the Charlottesville protest erupted, so he was flabbergasted when CNN labeled his Pacific Justice Institute a “hate group.” “Here are all the active hate groups where you live,” said the CNN wire story headline on Chicago’s WGN-TV website. The article listed the 917 organizations on the Southern Poverty Law Center’s much-disputed “hate map,” which names racist groups like the Aryan Nation alongside mainstream conservative organizations such as the Alliance Defending Freedom and the Family Research Council. Mr. Dacus’ conservative Sacramento-based institute, which specializes in religious-liberty cases, was featured on the CNN list right below the Pacific Coast Knights of the Ku Klux Klan. “Why is the Southern Poverty Law Center doing this? It’s simple. They want to vilify and isolate anyone that doesn’t agree with their very extremist leftist policy and ideology,” said Mr. Dacus. “This isn’t about defending civil rights; this is about attacking civil rights.” Other conservative groups blasted CNN and called on the cable network to retract the article. “I am shocked that CNN would publish such a false report on the heels of the Charlottesville tragedy,” said Mat Staver, Liberty Counsel’s founder and chairman. “To lump peaceful Christian organizations, which condemn violence and racism, in with the KKK, neo-Nazis and white supremacists is offensive. This is the epitome of fake news and is why people no longer trust the media.” Conservatives have repeatedly called out media outlets this year for uncritically repeating the SPLC’s “hate group” label, calling it inaccurate and arguing that it has put their organizations at risk for violence. It’s not hypothetical. In 2012, Floyd Lee Corkins shot and wounded a Family Research Council security guard and later told authorities that he wanted to kill as many employees as possible after finding the group on the SPLC’s “hate map.” Tom McClusky, former vice president of government affairs at the Family Research Council, took to Twitter to say, “Thanks for the reminder @CNN of this inaccurate map. Last time I saw it one of my friends got hit with a bullet. Real responsible reporting.” Mr. McClusky, now executive director at March for Life Education and Defense Fund, noted in another tweet that “@CNN decides to reprint map that guided shooter to try to kill me & my colleagues because of our view on marriage.” In June, Liberty Counsel sued the charity tracker GuideStar for defamation for adding the SPLC tag to its list of nonprofits. GuideStar later removed the labels from its listings but said the information would be available upon request. “Using the Southern Poverty Center as a source for information shows that CNN is not interested in reporting news but rather creating scandal and security threats,” said Mr. Staver. “It is well known that the SPLC label against peaceful, nonviolent people and organizations has motivated some unhinged people to commit violence. This is no time to exploit the tragedy of Charlottesville.”

The SPLC is a discredited, liberal, agenda-driven, bunch of losers.  And, CNN is just a shameless bastion of fake news.

Illegal Alien Gets 40 Years in Prison for Getting His 11 year old Daughter Pregnant

A judge sentenced a Mississippi man who entered the U.S. illegally to 40 years in prison for getting his daughter pregnant. Natalio Vitervo-Vasquez pleaded guilty to Friday morning to sexual battery with a child under 14-years-old, WDAM reports. Prosecutors say the girl, who was 11-years-old at the time, went to a medical center where it was determined she was pregnant. Officials say she would have conceived the child at ten years of age. She told prosecutors that Vitervo-Vasquez “touched her and gave her something to drink” after taking her to a hotel room. She also told officials that the drink he gave her “made her sleepy.” WJW reports that she gave birth to a baby boy with multiple birth defects in November 2016. The baby died in surgery at a hospital in Jackson. The prosecuting district attorney in Jackson said DNA taken from the mother determined with 99.9 percent certainty that Vitervo-Vasquez was the father. Vitero-Vasquez, who prosecutors say was deported twice, did not have a social security number and could not read or write. The judge sentenced Vasquez to 40 years in prison, ordering that he serve a mandatory minimum of 25 years and be deported immediately after he is released. Other illegal aliens have been in the news this week after being charged with raping a minor. An illegal alien who was arrested last Sunday for allegedly raping a 7-year-old girl had been deported once before. He is being held on $200,000 bond and is considered a flight risk.

Just awful..  Please consider this today’s gut-wrenching example of why it is absolutely critical that we BUILD THE WALL NOW!!!…and put U.S. Army National Guard troops physically ON the border with Mexico to prevent would-be crossers from setting one foot on U.S. soil.  After all, once they do, they’re entitled to all sorts of legal protections and handouts that we, the actual citizens of America, end up paying for.  Then, those Army Guard troops need to remain on the border until that wall/fence is finally built above, and below ground, to prevent tunneling….however long it takes.  Simultaneously we need to be deporting the illegals already here by the hundreds of thousands (and yes, you read that correctly)….paying particular attention to known criminal aliens like this maggot, known gang members (i.e. MS-13, etc.), and those already determined by an immigration judge to be deported….regardless of age or gender.   And, that’s just for starters folks.  But, we need to start there…immediately!  So, call or email your member of Congress and BOTH of your U.S. Senators and tell them you want them to vote to support President Trump’s efforts to BUILD A WALL NOW!!…and that you want immigration enforcement to become a top priority.

Missouri governor calls for expulsion of Dem senator who urged Trump assassination

Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens joined calls Friday for state Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal to be expelled from the legislature after saying she hopes President Trump is assassinated. The Republican governor put out a string of tweets noting that lawmakers have called on the Democratic lawmaker to resign and urged the Senate to kick her out if she refuses. “Senator Chappelle-Nadal said she hopes the President is killed. Republicans and Democrats have called on her to resign,” he wrote. “… Last night, in an interview, she refused to apologize—twice. If she will not resign, the Senate can vote to remove her. I believe they should.” The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that Lt. Gov. Mike Parson backed the call, saying if she does not resign before an upcoming September session, he will seek her expulsion in his capacity as state Senate president. The Senate could do so with a two-thirds vote. Chappelle-Nadal made the original comment, since deleted, on Facebook. “I hope Trump is assassinated!” she wrote. Chappelle-Nadal eventually removed the post, but a screenshot was saved and shared on Twitter. In interviews with local outlets, Chapelle-Nadal said she regretted her post but not her anger at the president. She blamed her outburst on the president’s response to the white supremacist violence in Charlottesville. “I posted something on my personal Facebook and I should not have done that, and for that I am sorry for that,” Chapelle-Nadal told St. Louis television station KMOV. “But I am not going to shy away from what caused that anger at all, I’m not going to shy away from that.” The Secret Service told The St. Louis Post-Dispatch it is investigating Chapelle-Nadal’s post. Meanwhile, top Missouri Democrats – including Sen. Claire McCaskill and the chairman of the Missouri Democratic Party – also are calling on Chapelle-Nadal to resign. “I condemn it,” McCaskill told the Post-Dispatch. “It’s outrageous. And she should resign.” Missouri Party Chair Stephen Webber called Chappelle-Nadal’s comments “indefensible.” “I believe she should resign,” Webber said. But Chappelle-Nadal told KMOX Radio she won’t quit. “There is no way in hell that I’m resigning,” she said.

Of course not.  She’s your typical entitlement-minded, self-righteous, black racist, extreme liberal Democrat.  She openly said that the reason she said what she said was Trump’s fault.  Um, no.  It’s YOUR fault, Senator.  Nobody forced you to say anything.  But, being the self-righteous hypocrite she is, it’s “hell no, I won’t go.”  The Missouri Senate is overwhelmingly Republican.  They should simply expel her.  They have the votes.  And, even a couple of Dems would probably join in.  They should have that vote on Monday and remove that disgusting piece of garbage from the Missouri state Senate.

Researchers find wreckage of lost WWII warship USS Indianapolis

Naval researchers announced Saturday that they have found the wreckage of the lost World War II cruiser USS Indianapolis on the floor of the Pacific Ocean, 72 years after the vessel sank in minutes after it was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine. The ship was found almost 3 1/2 miles below the surface of the Philippine Sea, said a tweet from Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Paul G. Allen, who led a team of civilian researchers that made the discovery. Historians and architects from the Naval History and Heritage Command in Washington, District of Columbia, had joined forces with Allen last year to revisit the tragedy. The ship sank in 15 minutes on July 30, 1945, in the war’s final days, and it took the Navy four days to realize that the vessel was missing. About 800 of the crew’s 1,200 sailors and Marines made it off the cruiser before it sank. But almost 600 of them died over the next four to five days from exposure, dehydration, drowning and shark attacks. Nineteen crew members are alive today, the Navy command said in a news release. The Indianapolis had just completed a top secret mission to deliver components of the atomic bomb “Little Boy” to the island of Tinian. The bomb was later dropped on the Japanese city of Hiroshima. In a statement on its website, the command call the shipwreck a “significant discovery,” considering the depth of the water. “While our search for the rest of the wreckage will continue, I hope everyone connected to this historic ship will feel some measure of closure at this discovery so long in coming,” Allen said in a statement. His research vessel, Petrel, has state-of-the-art subsea equipment that can descend to depths like those at which the ship was found. The cruiser’s captain, Charles Butler McVay III, was among those who survived, but he was eventually court-martialed and convicted of losing control of the vessel. About 350 Navy ships were lost in combat during the war, but he was the only captain to be court-martialed. Years later, under pressure from survivors to clear his name, McVay was posthumously exonerated by Congress and President Bill Clinton.

I had the distinct privilege of meeting one of the survivors of the USS Indianapolis about 16 years ago.  He gave a presentation to the Army unit I was assigned to at the time.   To read the rest of this article, and see some photos, click on the text above.    🙂

Lebanon votes to repeal marry-your-rapist law

Following years of advocating by women’s activist groups, Lebanon’s 128-member Parliament on Wednesday voted to repeal a controversial law that allowed rapists to be exonerated if they married their victims. Article 522 suspended criminal prosecution of rapists if the violator married his victim. Otherwise, the convict faced up to seven years of prison time, more so if the rape victim suffered any type of disability. Lebanon’s decision followed similar moves by Jordan, Morocco and Tunisia. Proponents of the law argued that marriage provided a way to salvage the honor of the women and family who fell victim to rape, whereas advocates for women’s rights claimed it further persecuted the survivors. Founder and director of Abaad, a women’s rights group in Lebanon, told the New York Times the decision to repeal the marry-your-rapist law was “the first step to changing the mind-set and traditions.” “For us it’s the start. Now the awareness and behavioral campaign will start to make women aware that it’s no longer an option: He cannot escape punishment.”

Interesting..  We wonder if this is a trend that will continue throughout the Muslim world…or if there will be a backlash from the conservative majority in that community, that think it’s perfectly ok to rape women.

Hit List: CNN Publishes Map of Confederate Monuments in U.S.

CNN posted a map on August 17 showing the location of approximately 1,500 Confederate monuments and/or official symbols in the U.S. The map will, no-doubt, serve as a hit-list for the frenzied Workers World Party members and others seeking the removal and destruction of Confederate statues in city after city across America. CNN reports, “Roughly 1,500 Confederate symbols still exist on public land more than 150 years after the conclusion of the Civil War.” It explains that 718 of the Confederate symbols are “monuments and statutes.” The outlet embedded a Southern Poverty Law Center/CNN map of the U.S. in the article–a map complete with green, blue, and red dots to signify the locations of the Confederate symbols. The green dots show schools with Confederate namesakes, the blue dots show courthouses that have Confederate monuments/statues, and the red dots show “parks, trails, monuments, municipalities, holidays, buildings, flags” that are maintained. CNN then lists states that are heavy with Confederate symbols, citing Virginia as “the state with the most Confederate symbols [at] 223.” It adds that “Texas, Georgia, North Carolina, Mississippi, South Carolina and Alabama each have more than 100 Confederate symbols each.” The same activists President Trump labeled the “alt-left” can use this information as they search for state and city leaders prone to capitulation.

..which is exactly what liberal CNN, and the completely discredited Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) would love to see.  Typical..