Dear MAGA: 20190120 Open Topic

This special Super Blood Red Wolf Moon Open Topic post is dedicated to your thoughts on this day, perhaps the day that will be remembered as the beginning of the eclipse of the Opposition.
I’ll talk a lot about the Super Blood Red Wolf Moon later, in lieu of an editorial, but first, the usual administrivia:

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As always, you can say what you want, comment on what other people said, and so on. BUT: Keep it civil. Rules much like the Old Treehouse, except of course Q discussion is not only allowed but encouraged. A couple of other important things to consider:
https://wqth.wordpress.com/2019/01/01/dear-maga-open-topic-20190101/ contains some general guidelines for things that are really, really not kosher to post here.
And Wheatie’s Rules (as amended by me):

  1. No food fights.
  2. No running with scissors.
  3. If you bring snacks, bring enough for everyone.
  4. No shooting at the nuclear warheads.

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Super Blood Red Wolf Moon?

It’s “Super” because the Moon is an elliptical orbit, sometimes it’s closer to Earth, sometimes farther.  When it’s close during a full moon, it gets called a Super Moon.  (Frankly, I think those are a bit overhyped, but there it is.)
“Blood Red” because what we will have is a lunar eclipse.  During lunar eclipses the Moon is not lit directly (like a full moon is) but gets all of its illumination from sunlight refracted through the Earth’s atmosphere around the sunrise/sunset line (known as the “terminator” but Ahnuld has nothing to do with it).  Red light, of lower energy and frequency but longer wavelength, gets refracted more than blue light, so the Moon gets a lot of red light.
And finally, the full moon in January is traditionally known as the “Wolf Moon” and let’s face it, WolfMoons are pretty cool, and here at the Q Tree House we eagerly await the return of a certain WolfMoon.

How A Lunar Eclipse Works

The following diagram is not even remotely to scale, but it gets the critical things right.  The Sun is bigger than the Earth, and the Earth is bigger than the Moon.
geometry_of_a_lunar_eclipse
Earth orbits the sun in an ellipse in a flat plane.  The moon orbits the earth in another, much smaller ellipse, in a flat plane.  But those two planes are tilted with respect to each other.  So usually, when the moon passes “behind” the earth, as seen from the sun, it looks like it passes above or below the earth.  We, on Earth, get to see a fully illuminated “front side” of the Moon, and we call it a “full moon.”  Or to put it another way, the Moon misses Earth’s shadow completely.  But sometimes it does pass through Earth’s shadow, either grazing it or plowing more deeply through it.  Those are lunar eclipses, and they can be partial or full.
The umbra, in the diagram above, is the full shadow of Earth.  If you’re in the umbra, you can’t see any part of the Sun.  That’s true for anyone standing on Earth at night time–yes, at night you’re in Earth’s shadow, it’s often true for the International Space Station, and sometimes it’s true of the Moon, too–when the Moon is entirely in the umbra, that’s a total lunar eclipse.
The penumbra is the part of space where, if you look towards the Sun, the Earth partially covers it.  If you’re far enough out in space Earth appears smaller than the sun, if your closer, it’s larger but the Sun is partially behind it.  (If you think about it, the Sun, as it rises and sets, is in this situation; your head is in the penumbra at those times.)
OK, so let’s abandon our “God’s eye” view of the situation, and put ourselves back on Earth’s surface, and look down the cone of Earth’s shadow.  It’s normally invisible, unless something crosses through it, and then we’ll see the shadow cast.
lunar_eclipse_contact_diagram
The moon tracks from right to left, through the shadow.
[That might surprise you, but the earth rotates, west to east, faster than the moon moves, and so the earth’s shadow (and the stars, planets, sun and moon) appears to move the opposite way from the rotation.  So we see everything move left to right, east to west, even though the real motion of everything up there is west to east.]
So when there is a total lunar eclipse, the moon first makes contact with the penumbra, at P1.  Then it moves entirely into the penumbra, looking a bit dimmer but not red (it’s still getting some direct sunlight) and eventually touches the umbra at U1.  As it moves into the umbra, it loses direct sunlight and picks up indirect sunlight.  Finally at U2, the entire moon is inside the umbra, and it will look red, brighter closer to the edge of the shadow.  It then reaches the middle of the eclipse, and at U3, the first bit of the moon exits the umbra.  At U4 the moon is entirely out of the umbra, and at P4, it’s completely out of Earth’s shadow.
From the point of view of someone on the moon:  P1:  One person at just the right spot on the moon would see Earth just touching the sun.  U1:  Every place on the moon sees the Earth partially covering the sun; one spot just had the sun completely disappear behind the earth.  U2-U3:  At no place on the moon is the sun even partially visible.  After U3, the sun starts to come out from behind the earth.  U4, parts of the moon start to see the entire sun.  P2:  The entire sunward side of the moon sees the entire sun, Earth is no longer even partially blocking the Sun.

The Particulars for This Eclipse

OK, I’m going to give these times in Mountain Time.  Why?  Because I think just for once people in the Eastern Time Zone should feel our pain.  (Add two hours if you’re ET, e.g., 7:37 becomes 9:37 ET.)
7:37 PM MT:  P1.  The Moon moves partially into the Earth’s Shadow
8:34 PM MT:  U1.  The first parts of the moon move completely into Earth’s shadow, no direct sunlight.  What you’ll see is a definite outline of the Earth’s umbra as the moon moves further in, but part of the Moon will still be brightly lit by the sun, so the weak red refracted light will be completely overwhelmed, the shadow will look black.
9:41 PM MT:  U2.  Now the Moon is entirely in the umbra, the full shadow of Earth.  By now it should look quite red, with the part closest to the edge of the umbra looking brighter.
10:12 PM MT:  Mid Eclipse.  The Moon is farthest away from the edges of the shadow.  For this eclipse (most lunar eclipses, actually), the Moon doesn’t actually cross through the center of Earth’s shadow.  The picture at the top of this post shows the geometry of this eclipse.
Note: Sometimes not a lot of light gets refracted, and the Moon is unusually dark, but blood red is what’s usually seen.  Again, the upper/north side of the Moon should look brighter than the southern/lower side, because it’s nearer to the edge of the shadow and more light refracts onto it.
10:43 PM MT:  U3.  Part of the Moon now exits the umbra, and starts receiving some direct sunlight again, and the red will rapidly disappear.
11:51 PM MT:  U4.  Part of the Moon exits the penumbra and is now getting full sunlight, while the right hand side will still look a bit darker because it’s only getting a partial dose of direct sunlight.
12:48 AM (21st of January) MT:  P2:  The Moon has completely left Earth’s shadow, anyone on the day side of the Moon sees the entire Sun’s disk.
Tying this all together, now:  Here’s a GIF of today’s eclipse.  You’ll see Earth’s shadow and the moon tracking west to east across the night sky, complete with special effects.
January_2019_lunar_eclipse_animation.gif
That’s it!  Pretty much anyone in the lower 48 should be able to see this; it’s not like a solar eclipse where you have to be standing along a specific line on the ground to see totality (that’s because the Moon’s umbra is almost down to a point at Earth’s surface during a solar eclipse).

And remember, it’s a WolfMoon!!!

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May we look back on this day, years from now in a restored American Republic, and find it symbolic that a lunar eclipse marked the Eclipse of the Demoncratic (rule by demons is demoncracy) Party.

MAGA ON!!!

And (I gotta do this, I just can’t help myself):

MOAR SHUTDOWN!!!

MOAR!!! MOAR!!! I’m Still Not SATISFIED!!!

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Sylvia Avery

How Things Will Go Down if Ginsburg Leaves the SCOTUS–American Thinker
“Mueller, the wall impasse, the shutdown, the “postponement” of the SOTU – all are skirmishes in the undeclared war on President Trump waged by Democrats, the Deep State, and the compliant media. A decisive battle will be enjoined if Ruth Bader Ginsburg dies or resigns this year…
Here’s how it may go if RBG vacates the bench or the Earth soon, as seems likely: Pelosi will immediately schedule a vote to launch a formal impeachment inquiry, pre-empting the president’s announcement of his choice to fill Ginsburg’s seat. It will pass along partisan lines, swamping other news. Next, the House Judiciary Committee (Jerrold Nadler, chair) will draw up charges against the president. Eventually, the committee will vote out articles of impeachment. At some point after this, the entire House votes on the articles. Trump is impeached.
With President Clinton, it took about five months for the entire process to play out, ending with a vote of “not guilty.” Depending on when the ball drops, Democrats have two ways to work the Trump hit job for an even more extended time and for maximum effect:
Slow-walk the process leading to the full House impeachment vote. The longer it takes to get there, the longer Trump remains under a cloud and, in some eyes, delegitimized. Pelosi will be in no hurry get the matter to the Senate, where McConnell would schedule the trial as soon as possible to end the nightmare.
Fast-track the full House vote on impeachment – and hope, as I said in an earlier post, the public conflates impeachment with conviction.
Either way, Democrats and their media allies will flood the country with impeachment fare and string it out. Likely, four or five Republican senators turn jellyfish and inform McConnell they will not support Trump’s nominee to the SCOTUS while the president is in legal limbo.
Everyone knows that the Senate will not convict. And that’s fine with the prescient among Trump’s enemies. They want a weakened adversary in the Oval Office, not President Pence. If Schumer and Pelosi can keep the circus going into 2020, they believe that Trump’s ability to govern will be curtailed and perhaps, if they’re lucky, his spirit broken…”
Read the rest here:
https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2019/01/how_things_will_go_down_if_ginsburg_leaves_the_scotus.html

phoenixRising

Sorry… I don’t buy this scenario.
Don’t draw this kind of negativity to me… have more faith in POTUS and his ability to foresee problems with RBG leaving…
Most of Congress (and mostly DIMs) have committed horrific crimes…
Impeachment of POTUS will NEVER even get off the floor of the House.
I don’t rely on a crystal ball… but if pushed to predict scenarios, I would say Pelosi will be forced to step down shortly… over the border confrontation. Hoyer is breathing down her back… wants her out.
Sylvia, my comments are not directed toward you in anyway… but toward the author of the article. I see it as fearmongering…

Sylvia Avery

To me it seems like a plausible chain of events. Except like you I don’t have a crystal ball, and I continue to believe that God selected PDJT for this job and it wasn’t so that his Presidency plays out in the logical fashion imagined by the author of that article.
I like your version of events much better, and they have just as much validity.
Now I wish I wouldn’t have posted the article. It didn’t really peg my Fear-O-Meter so I wasn’t thinking about that at the time, but you correctly pointed that out.
Thanks for calling attention to that. No one needs to get discouraged by this article, IMO.

PeteC

Oh geez, Sylvia, I’ve become almost suicidal over it!!!
I still think once Mueller is out of the way, and all the documents waiting to be dumped can’t be held up anymore by SC because it might impede or touches within Mueller’s investigation, some hell will be unleashed.
Just hope I can make it until then!

Sylvia Avery

We’re going to win this thing. The waiting is the hardest part.
But along the way, I expect to see more hilarious happenings like Nan settled down in her airplane set, ear buds in, cocktail in hand…only to have her butt unceremoniously booted off the plane. Ah, that is one to savor! I expect many more. PDJT will not roll over quietly.

phoenixRising

me too Pete !
hangin by my fingernails some days though.

churchmouse

‘No one needs to get discouraged by this article, IMO.’
Exactly. It’s news and opinion we should take on board.
We need to know what others are thinking.
Thanks for posting the link to the article.

Sylvia Avery

” if pushed to predict scenarios, I would say Pelosi will be forced to step down shortly… over the border confrontation. Hoyer is breathing down her back… wants her out.”
I have to say that is truly a delicious prospect! I feel like a cat rolling in catnip just thinking about that!

Gil

Would the even more radical dimms gain control? They seem crazy enough to be given that power.

Sylvia Avery

Good question.

churchmouse

Still, if cheek-chewin’ Nancy goes, it will send a definite signal to the radicals.
Not that Steny is much better.

kea

Sylvia Avery

I just went to skim articles OT and I know not all of you do that, so I’m going to post this bit of an SD post and a clip from FOX today of an interview. I thought it was hopeful, so I thought I’d share if interested:
“An important interview between Judiciary Committee member John Ratcliffe (R – TX) as he discusses the likely motive behind why Mueller decided to talk out against the Buzzfeed report. Representative Ratcliffe points to the testimony of AG nominee William Barr as the annoying pebble that made Mueller’s team stop to shake out their shoe.
Additionally, in an outline to highlight the corrupt abuse of the Rosenstein/Mueller probe, Ratcliffe outlines Bruce Ohr’s testimony and exposes a larger issue: if Mueller was honorable, when he became aware of the scheme he would have dropped his inquiry…”

phoenixRising

THREAD

Gil

Going to see it here if we can.

Volgarian8301

I just found this place, and am so excited at all the FAMILIAR names!!! I wondered where everybody went….
I just read a lengthy post by WolfMoon and want him to know that whatever is going on, my prayers are with him!

Volgarian8301

I just found this place, and am so excited at all the FAMILIAR names!!! I wondered where everybody went….
I just read a lengthy post by WolfMoon and want him to know that whatever is going on, my prayers are with him!

phoenixRising

Thanks Steve…
been watching here in Carolina… looking orangish/brown so far, with about 1/3 or 1/4 coverage. (ol eyes ya know !)

ZooNTexas
phoenixRising

Great shot Steve… thank you !

Molly Pitcher

Seeing it here in Ca !

judyw
churchmouse

Thanks, judy, for Nate’s tweet.
I am so sorry for Nate Cain and his family.
He was supposed to be the notional fall guy, yet he would be recognised as the good guy — the righteous whistleblower who would be redeemed by all of this.
My foot.
Once again, we see that whistleblowers are isolated and sacked.
Is that to say no one should ever blow the whistle again? No, not at all, but opposing forces can be overpowering, and so they proved to be, once again, sadly.
May God bless him and his family. Prayers rising.
This is why we have to ‘man up’, as it were and stop naively thinking of certain people as freaking ‘white hats’, as SD used to position them. To be fair, even if I have been banned a second time, I notice less and less of that now OT. SD should have owned up that he was wrong about ‘white hats’ and ‘black hats’. Think Mueller, RR, Sessions and Wray.

itswoot

It’s -10 degrees so my time outside has been of short duration at about 10 minute intervals. About 20 minutes ago I saw a meteorite shoot past just to the left of the reddish moon. The constellation Orion is to the right. Quite a sight!
Very clear skies. This is the first blood moon I’ve seen.

Gil

Lol. It was really dark. I expected more maroon but got red black.

Gil

End of the day but I wanted to have this story up. Quadruple homicide in Reno by a 19 year old illegal. Not 1 word have I heard until now. He has been caught but this was awfully quiet.
A suspect has been arrested in connection to the four homicides earlier this month in Douglas County and South Reno.
Wilbur Martinez-Guzman, 19, was arrested at 4:30 p.m. Saturday in Carson City and is being held there on charges related to burglary and possession of stolen property, and charges related to his immigration status.
At a news conference Sunday, authorities said murder charges should be following soon
Authorities stressed that Martinez-Guzman’s arrest should bring relief to a community that’s been on edge since the string of killings started last week.
Connie Koontz, 56, was found dead inside her home in Gardnerville Ranchos on Jan. 10. On Jan. 13, Sophia Renken, 74, was found dead in her home about a mile away.
Jerry David, 81, and his wife Sherri, 80, were found in their South Reno home on La Guardia Lane Wednesday afternoon. Both died from gunshot wounds.
“We felt it was important for the public to know that we are confident we have the person responsible for the La Guardia Lane homicides as well as the homicides in Douglas County,” Washoe Sheriff Darin Balaam said. “The information we have now indicates there are no outstanding suspects at this time, but the investigation is still ongoing.”
Authorities did not say what connection there might have been between the suspect and victims.
Carson City Sheriff Kenny Furlong said federal immigration authorities told his office that Martinez-Guzman had been in Carson City for about one year and was in the country illegally.
Douglas County Sheriff Dan Coverley said he hopes the region should find some solace now that the only suspect is in custody.
“We’ve worked hard to bring some peace to you,” Coverley said.
Washoe County District Attorney Chris Hicks said more details about Martinez-Guzman and the investigation will be made public soon.
Investigation in Carson City
Carson City Sheriff’s deputies were still searching a home associated with Martinez-Guzman on Sunday afternoon.
Several neighbors described seeing law enforcement officers swarm the home Saturday night. Many described seeing armed SWAT members at the home.
“I was at the grocery store, and when I came home, I saw all the patrol vehicles,” said 35-year-old Rosa Abundis in Spanish.
Abundis was one of a handful of neighbors who witnessed the search. Several neighbors described seeing a woman and three children, one of which was a toddler, come out of the home.
Furlong said Martinez-Guzman was pulled over by deputies for an immigration issue Saturday night.
“It was a tactical arrest” related to immigration, Furlong said.
He said during the arrest, the police car and the suspect’s car collided in the parking lot at the Carson Mall.
Relief for community
The killings sent a tremors of fear throughout the rural neighborhood in south Reno, feelings that were quickly assuaged by news of the arrest.
Abbi Whitaker, a public relations executive who lives a couple doors down from the Davids, said she and her family left their home to stay in a hotel and then a relative’s house for a few nights.
“We didn’t even have a key for our front door,” she said. “That’s just how the Whitakers are. We would leave our front door open, our garage open.”
When they returned to their house they brought out a locksmith to secure the front door and armed themselves. Whitaker also took lessons at the gun range.
“A shotgun sat by our bed, loaded,” she said. “We slept with all of the lights on.”
When they heard news of a suspect’s arrest, they were immediately relieved.
“My husband looked at me and he said, ‘I can breathe again,’” Whitaker said.
https://www.rgj.com/story/news/2019/01/20/man-custody-south-reno-murders-jerry-and-sherri-david/2630903002/

Gil

Beautiful! As a moon child i approve.

kea

Very nice. Its so cool but I keep popping out to see it. But wow its cool and cold.

Sylvia Avery

Steve, thanks for posting your photos. They are lovely. I kept going outside every few minutes to look. Unfortunately, we had some high cirrus type clouds tonight so they kept blowing across the moon and obscuring it or partially obscuring it before blowing across. Still, we got to see it. Your pics were better, though!