The Day the Earth Smiled – stunning photo from Saturn by Cassini spacecraft

July 23, 2013

This is just way cool. *Sigh* We should have been to Saturn on a manned mission by now.

Watts Up With That?

From NASA: In this rare image taken on July 19, 2013, the wide-angle camera on NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has captured Saturn’s rings and our planet Earth and its moon in the same frame. It is only one footprint in a mosaic of 33 footprints covering the entire Saturn ring system (including Saturn itself).  At each footprint, images were taken in different spectral filters for a total of 323 images: some were taken for scientific purposes and some to produce a natural color mosaic.  This is the only wide-angle footprint that has the Earth-moon system in it.

The photo:

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#IRS scandal: I’m sure this is just a (another) coincidence

July 23, 2013

I mean, what could possibly be sinister about a meeting between President Obama and the Chief Counsel of the IRS, who’s already been fingered as being deeply involved in the political targeting of conservative groups, a mere two days before those targeting criteria were changed?

The Obama appointee implicated in congressional testimony in the IRS targeting scandal met with President Obama in the White House two days before offering his colleagues a new set of advice on how to scrutinize tea party and conservative groups applying for tax-exempt status.

IRS chief counsel William Wilkins, who was named in House Oversight testimony by retiring IRS agent Carter Hull as one of his supervisors in the improper targeting of conservative groups, met with Obama in the Roosevelt Room of the White House on April 23, 2012. Wilkins’ boss, then-IRS commissioner Douglas Shulman, visited the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on April 24, 2012, according to White House visitor logs.

On April 25, 2012, Wilkins’ office sent the exempt organizations determinations unit “additional comments on the draft guidance” for approving or denying tea party tax-exempt applications, according to the IRS inspector general’s report.

Wilkins is just one of two political appointees at IRS. In other words, he’s Obama’s guy.(1) Meanwhile, let’s not forget another curious coincidence: Obama’s meeting with the head of the very anti-Tea Party Treasury employees union just the day before the targeting began.

Sure all these might have individually reasonable explanations, but, when so many flies are buzzing around, there is usually something that stinks drawing them.

(1) Wilkins once defended Obama’s former reverend, Jeremiah Wright, before the IRS when his church was accused of violating its –oh, the irony– 501(c)(3) status. And then he gets an appointment from Obama in which he’s deeply involved in the extra-special, super-duper scrutiny of conservative 501(c) groups. Hmmm…

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)