This is a sound principle but law is the wrong remedy. Candidates could not get away with using teleprompters if the media did not enable the practice by keeping the teleprompter screens off camera.

a solar perspective

Shooting pictures of a fixed object from the surface of a rotating ball.


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Image on the left taken shortly after sunrise 8-22-2015. Image on the right taken shortly before sunset 8-22-2015. The two images were taken approximately 12 hours apart from Kiowa, CO., which is approximately 39.3 degrees North latitude, a month away from the Fall equinox when the Northern and Southern hemispheres will be equidistant from the Sun. Even though equidistant, the tilt of the Earth’s axis of rotation remains 23.5 degrees off plumb with the plane of the Earth’s ecliptic around the Sun.

Note the apparent shift in position and orientation of the sunspots, and consider how the Earth must rotate in the course of a 12 hour period to explain this change in view of these relatively fixed sunspots. The Sun’s own rotation of 25 Earth days at the Sun’s equator, and the Earth’s revolution period of 365 days around the Sun in the same direction of the Sun’s rotation do not explain the apparent clockwise 12 hour rotation of this sunspot group on the Sun. The Earth’s own rotation partially explains it.
To rule out sunspot movement, the next photo from the following morning shows the orientation of the sunspots back as they were, except for the rightward shift from the solar “day” rotation. So these sunspots are a relatively fixed point to compare against. Next – images at 3 hour intervals.
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Mid morning sight
Noon sight
Afternoon sight
Evening sight
Turns out I introduced sunspot rotation over the course of the day by my reorientation of the camera to remain perpendicular to the horizon. Had the camera been kept on the same plane – on a constant azimuth – throughout the day, only changing its altitude to track on the Sun, the sunspots would not appear to rotate. In other words, changing the azimuth – or compass heading – of the shots, to compensate for the Earth’s rotation, caused the apparent rotation of the sunspot.
We see different lit phases of the Moon, however its rotation coincides with its orbit of the Earth and it always presents the same face to us – it’s a very apparent marker in the sky that doesn’t tell us anything about ourselves.

The Sun is too intense to observe with the naked eye, so the visual cues that indicate how we turn upside down each day aren’t readily apparent. But the evidence from these solar-filtered photos can change one’s perspective.


light shows

We had a light show going on in a storm out East, which took a 30 second exposure to capture (you can see star trails). And the raging moon was happening higher up in the sky, which took a fast shutter to capture. So the two events were coincident, but captured differently. I thought they'd look good together in a single picture so I relocated the moon.

We had a light show going on in a storm out East, which took a 30 second exposure to capture (you can see star trails). And the raging moon was happening higher up in the sky, which took a fast shutter to capture. So the two events were coincident, but captured differently. I thought they’d look good together in a single picture so I relocated the moon.

Progressives old hat.


“In conclusion, it appears that recent political theory in the United States shows a decided tendency away from many doctrines that were held by the men of 1776. The same forces that have led to the general abandonment of the individualistic philosophy of the eighteenth century by political scientists elsewhere have been at work here and with the same result. The Revolutionary doctrines of an original state of nature, natural rights, the social contract, the idea that the function of the government is limited to the protection of person and property,—none of these finds wide acceptance among the leaders in the development of political science. The great service rendered by these doctrines, under other and earlier conditions, is fully recognized, and the presence of a certain element of truth in them is freely admitted, but they are no longer generally received as the best explanation for political phenomena. Nevertheless, it must be said that thus far the rejection of these doctrines is a scientific tendency rather than a popular movement. Probably these ideas continue to be articles of the popular creed, although just how far they are seriously adhered to it is difficult to ascertain. As far as the theory of the function of government is concerned, it would seem that the public has gone beyond the political scientists, and is ready for assumption of extensive powers by the political authorities. The public, or at least a large portion of it, is ready for the extension of the functions of government in almost any direction where the general welfare may be advanced, regardless of whether individuals as such are benefited thereby or not. But in regard to the conception of natural right and the social-contract theory, the precise condition of public opinion is, at the present time, not easy to estimate.”


Tom Krannawitter Brooks: “I’m not sure which is more remarkable: How thoroughly academicians and social scientists have rejected and abandoned the ideas of the American Founding, or the fact that this book was originally published in 1903 (it was re-published in 1920).

This is part of the reason why I try to explain to Americans that the attacks on the principles of the Founding came long, long before Barack Obama or anything in modern politics. Social scientists abandoned the ideas of the Founding more than a century ago, and they’ve been teaching their progressive doctrines in our universities and colleges for more than a hundred years.

Keep in mind that Merriam — who was a celebrated academician, author of many books and scholarly articles, chair of the political science dept at the Univ of Chicago, and President of the American Political Science Association — was mainly describing not merely his own views, but the book is a SURVEY of past American political thought and current (for his time) thought.

At the same time, when one goes back and reads the early progressives, one finds that there is little that’s new in the progressive Left today. I’ve yet to hear any original thought from any progressive politician or political theorist that was not explored and advanced a century ago. In this regard, there’s nothing new or progressive about progressivism. It’s old hat by now.”

Calhan windmills

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We see these Calhan windmills very well from high ground in Kiowa. Not sure they’re so evident over in lower parts of El Paso County because they’re set back on the mesa a bit – which makes me wonder if they’re positioned to be less visible to those who live most proximate to them.

America, listen up

I had the great fortune to make a friend in Hong Kong last April from a random meeting while waiting for a table at a restaurant. Subsequently we visited one evening over a couple bottles of wine and a duck. We began to write each other. This is from his recent letter. The lesson to America couldn’t be more clear:

“Hong Kong is a small place. What has made Hong Kong a city actually serving the world as a genuinely global financial center are: the common law system in the city, English proficiency, a free vote, a free way of life, convertibility of the currency, simple and low tax regime – there is no value added tax (VAT) for exchange of goods, and personal income tax stands at only 12%. 99% of the population are formerly refugees escaping from Chinese Communism in the mainland.”


Maul cows

Maul cows