Dear Readers: I wanted to return to my science roots and share with you an awesome video I gleaned from the Anchoress. It is an extremely interesting 46 minute BBC report on “How the Japan Tsunami Happened”:
As I watched it, these things stuck me strongly:
These things struck me strongly:
* The tsunami wave water traveled inland 8.5 km — just astonishing.
* Given the scale of the magnitude 9 quake, it is remarkable how little damage and how quickly Japan would have recovered with little effect if it weren’t for the following tsunami.
* One of those towns with the sea wall was featured on a National Geographic special on tsunami’s made in the early 90’s, because of its sea walls and drills.
* The image that will stick with me are the Japanese search and rescue teams poking in the mud for the dead, and sticking flags in when they locate a body. Haunting.
Here is another video that caught my attention today. It comes via my friends at HillBuzz — who have a brand new site that is amazing. and is also earth-shattering:
This week will be remembered as the one in which the two contenders for 2012 had the first campaign speeches of the cycle: Obama’s, which was essentially a toddler’s rant at Paul Ryan and quite distasteful; and, Palin’s Tea Party address in which the phrase, “fight like a girl” takes on new meaning. As Left Coast Rebel noted, there Sarah has many fans among Tea Party types.
I was a bit skeptical that Palin was going to mount a 2012 challenge. That was, until I saw this speech. She is obviously in it to win it. I am glad, as the rest of the likely field has failed to move me — or others. To out it in perspective: North of 8,000 people came to the Madison event, vs 50 people for a Trump event and 200 for a Pawlenty speech.
The SoCal Tax Revolt Coalition, co-founded by three “girls” , is still in the fight for smaller government, free markets, and sound government fiscal policies. As a reminder, our TAX DAY TEA PARTY EVENT starts at 6 PM this MONDAY at the MIDWAY POST OFFICE in San Diego. Stop Taxing Us hosted an event this Friday in Oceanside. The reports coming in shows: GAME ON!
From Kimberly Dvorak of the San Diego Examiner: More than 2,000 citizen’s show-up for the ‘Stop Taxing Us’ annual Tax-Day Tea Party held at the Oceanside Pier, just north of San Diego.
The speakers at the event were not elected politicians, just community activists making the trek to the beach to show their solidarity with the movement that spontaneously erupted shortly after Barrack Obama became president and rammed through the very unpopular “stimulus” bill.
Left Coast Rebel was also in attendance, had had this report: Donald’s (NOTE; The Palin supporter in the above picture) a great guy and a true patriot that loves America with all he’s got. Hangin’ with him reminded me of something that limited government activists engaged in the good fight electronically or otherwise often don’t realize: face-to-face contact with fellow patriots is incredibly reinvigorating.
So, I hope you can all join us!
Turning to our other SLOB (San Diego Local Order of Bloggers) members: I have to say B-Daddy has been setting mini-quakes in San Diego this week. Please check out his review that details San Diego pension issues and image problems related to the state GOP.
Beers with Demo has a report and video of launch of the USNS William McClean.
Shane Atwell has his review of “Atlas Shrugs”, which I must respect — he is our Randian Objectivist. For me, the money quote is: At the moment Rotten Tomatoes has Atlas Shrugged at 10% among critics and 85% among viewers. Is this another example of the divide in America between the leftist, intellectual ‘leadership’ and the immeasurably more honest, rational and selfish general public? As Shane’s impressions also seem to correspond with those of Capt. Ed of Hot Air, I will strive to see this film (though I share B-Daddy’s opinion of Rand).
As I seem to be featuring videos in this post, Dueling Barstools has a video of my least favorite MSNBC pundit, Rachel Maddow, being analyzed by someone who knows US History (Jack Hunter). Fabulous!
Lorraine Yapps Cohen, another savvy female patriot, has a wonderful analysis that brings it all back to geology as part og her exceptional look at how prosperity relates to energy consumption): Colorado shale — On the report’s world map showing where those resources exist is a blob in the Rocky Mountains. This is Colorado shale. Extracting the energy in those rocks stopped before getting started. And it hasn’t started up in earnest since, for the environmentalist furor against producing our own.
Update: The Anchoress, who is quite circumspect in her assessment of potential 2012 candidates, was impressed by Sarah’s Madison Speech: Sarah Palin in Wisconsin: Wit, Clarity, Coherence.
Shane Atwell noted that Andrew Breitbart gave a great speech introducing Sarah; I share it below:
Update 2: Via Left Coast Rebel — one of their pundits, not previously a fan of Palin, can now see supporting her for President: Rational Nation Rethinking Sarah Palin,