Image of the day

Captured by
Brian Meyerberg

Thor’s Helmet

My Account

New to Astromart?

Register an account...

Need Help?

Posts Made By: Greg Shaffer

February 17, 2011 09:04 PM Forum: No Holds Barred

Obama issues statement regarding solar flares

Posted By Greg Shaffer

Obama issued a statement saying the solar flares were caused by global warming and by Republicans trying to cut the budget deficit. Obama said that the only way to minimize future solar flares is for everyone to off set their carbon footprint by giving to Al Gore's "keep my 14,000 square foot house lit fund."

In other statements Obama indicated a futher reduction in solar activity can be accomplished by increased federal spending on Obama pet projects, and by keeping useless government projects alive. He warned that any trimming of the federal budget at this time will almost certainly, matbe, have a likely impact on solar activity. He also noted that his budget, which calls for increased solar activity over the next two years, will save $1.1 trillion in solar activity sometime after he leaves office.

February 25, 2011 08:13 PM Forum: No Holds Barred

Intresting video about the federal reserve

Posted By Greg Shaffer

Are we really in this much trouble?

March 9, 2011 12:40 PM Forum: Equipment Talk

Advancements in Glass

Posted By Greg Shaffer

Not exactly astronomy related but very COOL none the less.

March 18, 2011 07:28 PM Forum: Politics

Is it any wonder California is broke?

Posted By Greg Shaffer

A friend that lives there sent me this list.....

This List Is Almost Unbelievable! I'll bet your state has a similar list!

These are all California State Agencies

California Academic Performance Index (API) * California Access for Infants
and Mothers * California Acupuncture Board * California Administrative
Office of the Courts * California Adoptions Branch * California African
American Museum * California Agricultural Export Program * California
Agricultural Labor Relations Board * California Agricultural Statistics
Service * California Air Resources Board (CARB) * California Allocation
Board * California Alternative Energy and Advanced Transportation Financing
Authority * California Animal Health and Food Safety Services * California
Anti-Terrorism Information Center * California Apprenticeship Council *
California Arbitration Certification Program * California Architects Board *
California Area VI Developmental Disabilities Board * California Arts
Council * California Asian Pacific Islander Legislative Caucus * California
Assembly Democratic Caucus * California Assembly Republican Caucus *
California Athletic Commission * California Attorney General * California
Bay Conservation and Development Commission * California Bay-Delta Authority
* California Bay-Delta Office * California Biodiversity Council * California
Board for Geologists and Geophysicists * California Board for Professional
Engineers and Land Surveyors * California Board of Accountancy * California
Board of Barbering and Cosmetology * California Board of Behavioral Sciences
* California Board of Chiropractic Examiners * California Board of
Equalization (BOE) * California Board of Forestry and Fire Protection *
California Board of Guide Dogs for the Blind * California Board of
Occupational Therapy * California Board of Optometry * California Board of
Pharmacy * California Board of Podiatric Medicine * California Board of
Prison Terms * California Board of Psychology * California Board of
Registered Nursing * California Board of Trustees * California Board of
Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians * California Braille and
Talking Book Library * California Building Standards Commission * California
Bureau for Private Postsecondary and Vocational Education * California
Bureau of Automotive Repair * California Bureau of Electronic and Appliance
Repair * California Bureau of Home Furnishings and Thermal Insulation *
California Bureau of Naturopathic Medicine * California Bureau of Security
and Investigative Services * California Bureau of State Audits * California
Business Agency * California Business Investment Services (CalBIS) *
California Business Permit Information (CalGOLD) * California Business
Portal * California Business, Transportation and Housing Agency * California
Cal Grants * California CalJOBS * California Cal-Learn Program * California
CalVet Home Loan Program * California Career Resource Network * California
Cemetery and Funeral Bureau * California Center for Analytical Chemistry *
California Center for Distributed Learning * California Center for Teaching
Careers (Teach California) * California Chancellors Office * California
Charter Schools * California Children and Families Commission * California
Children and Family Services Division * California Citizens Compensation
Commission * California Civil Rights Bureau * California Coastal Commission
* California Coastal Conservancy * California Code of Regulations *
California Collaborative Projects with UC Davis * California Commission for
Jobs and Economic Growth * California Commission on Aging * California
Commission on Health and Safety and Workers Compensation * California
Commission on Judicial Performance * California Commission on State Mandates
* California Commission on Status of Women * California Commission on
Teacher Credentialing * California Commission on the Status of Women *
California Committee on Dental Auxiliaries * California Community Colleges
Chancellors Office, Junior Colleges * California Community Colleges
Chancellors Office * California Complaint Mediation Program * California
Conservation Corps * California Constitution Revision Commission *
California Consumer Hotline * California Consumer Information Center *
California Consumer Information * California Consumer Services Division *
California Consumers and Families Agency * California Contractors State
License Board * California Corrections Standards Authority * California
Council for the Humanities * California Council on Criminal Justice *
California Council on Developmental Disabilities * California Court
Reporters Board * California Courts of Appeal * California Crime and
Violence Prevention Center * California Criminal Justice Statistics Center *
California Criminalist Institute Forensic Library * California CSGnet
Network Management * California Cultural and Historical Endowment *
California Cultural Resources Division * California Curriculum and
Instructional Leadership Branch * California Data Exchange Center *
California Data Management Division * California Debt and Investment
Advisory Commission * California Delta Protection Commission * California
Democratic Caucus * California Demographic Research Unit * California Dental
Auxiliaries * California Department of Aging * California Department of
Alcohol and Drug Programs * California Department of Alcoholic Beverage
Control Appeals Board * California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control
* California Department of Boating and Waterways (Cal Boating) * California
Department of Child Support Services (CDCSS) * California Department of
Community Services and Development * California Department of Conservation *
California Department of Consumer Affairs * California Department of
Corporations * California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation *
California Department of Developmental Services * California Department of
Education * California Department of Fair Employment and Housing *
California Department of Finance * California Department of Financial
Institutions * California Department of Fish and Game * California
Department of Food and Agriculture * California Department of Forestry and
Fire Protection (CDF) * California Department of General Services *
California Department of General Services, Office of State Publishing *
California Department of Health Care Services * California Department of
Housing and Community Development * California Department of Industrial
Relations (DIR) * California Department of Insurance * California Department
of Justice Firearms Division * California Department of Justice Opinion Unit
* California Department of Justice, Consumer Information, Public Inquiry
Unit * California Department of Justice * California Department of Managed
Health Care * California Department of Mental Health * California Department
of Motor Vehicles (DMV) * California Department of Personnel Administration
* California Department of Pesticide Regulation * California Department of
Public Health * California Department of Real Estate * California Department
of Rehabilitation * California Department of Social Services Adoptions
Branch * California Department of Social Services * California Department of
Technology Services Training Center (DTSTC) * California Department of
Technology Services (DTS) * California Department of Toxic Substances
Control * California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) * California
Department of Veterans Affairs (CalVets) * California Department of Water
Resources * California Departmento de Vehiculos Motorizados * California
Digital Library * California Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise
Certification Program * California Division of Apprenticeship Standards *
California Division of Codes and Standards * California Division of
Communicable Disease Control * California Division of Engineering *
California Division of Environmental and Occupational Disease Control *
California Division of Gambling Control * California Division of Housing
Policy Development * California Division of Labor Standards Enforcement *
California Division of Labor Statistics and Research * California Division
of Land and Right of Way * California Division of Land Resource Protection *
California Division of Law Enforcement General Library * California Division
of Measurement Standards * California Division of Mines and Geology *
California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA) *
California Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources * California
Division of Planning and Local Assistance * California Division of Recycling
* California Division of Safety of Dams * California Division of the State
Architect * California Division of Tourism * California Division of Workers
Compensation Medical Unit * California Division of Workers Compensation *
California Economic Assistance, Business and Community Resources *
California Economic Strategy Panel * California Education and Training
Agency * California Education Audit Appeals Panel * California Educational
Facilities Authority * California Elections Division * California
Electricity Oversight Board * California Emergency Management Agency *
California Emergency Medical Services Authority * California Employment
Development Department (EDD) * California Employment Information State Jobs
* California Employment Training Panel * California Energy Commission *
California Environment and Natural Resources Agency * California
Environmental Protection Agency (Cal/EPA) * California Environmental
Resources Evaluation System (CERES) * California Executive Office *
California Export Laboratory Services * California Exposition and State Fair
(Cal Expo) * California Fair Political Practices Commission * California
Fairs and Expositions Division * California Film Commission * California
Fire and Resource Assessment Program * California Firearms Division *
California Fiscal Services * California Fish and Game Commission *
California Fisheries Program Branch * California Floodplain Management *
California Foster Youth Help * California Franchise Tax Board (FTB) *
California Fraud Division * California Gambling Control Commission *
California Geographic Information Systems Council (GIS) * California
Geological Survey * California Government Claims and Victim Compensation
Board * California Governors Committee for Employment of Disabled Persons *
California Governors Mentoring Partnership * California Governors Office of
Emergency Services * California Governors Office of Homeland Security *
California Governors Office of Planning and Research * California Governors
Office * California Grant and Enterprise Zone Programs HCD Loan * California
Health and Human Services Agency * California Health and Safety Agency *
California Healthy Families Program * California Hearing Aid Dispensers
Bureau * California High-Speed Rail Authority * California Highway Patrol
(CHP) * California History and Culture Agency * California Horse Racing
Board * California Housing Finance Agency * California Indoor Air Quality
Program * California Industrial Development Financing Advisory Commission *
California Industrial Welfare Commission * California InFoPeople *
California Information Center for the Environment * California
Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank (I-Bank) * California
Inspection Services * California Institute for County Government *
California Institute for Education Reform * California Integrated Waste
Management Board * California Interagency Ecological Program * California
Job Service * California Junta Estatal de Personal * California Labor and
Employment Agency * California Labor and Workforce Development Agency *
California Labor Market Information Division * California Land Use Planning
Information Network (LUPIN) * California Lands Commission * California
Landscape Architects Technical Committee * California Latino Legislative
Caucus * California Law Enforcement Branch * California Law Enforcement
General Library * California Law Revision Commission * California
Legislative Analyst's Office * California Legislative Black Caucus *
California Legislative Counsel * California Legislative Division *
California Legislative Information * California Legislative Lesbian, Gay,
Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Caucus * California Legislature Internet
Caucus * California Library De velopment Services * California License and
Revenue Branch * California Major Risk Medical Insurance Program *
California Managed Risk Medical Insurance Board * California Maritime
Academy * California Marketing Services * California Measurement Standards *
California Medical Assistance Commission * California Medical Care Services
* California Military Department * California Mining and Geology Board *
California Museum for History, Women, and the Arts * California Museum
Resource Center * California National Guard * California Native American
Heritage Commission * California Natural Community Conservation Planning
Program * California New Motor Vehicle Board * California Nursing Home
Administrator Program * California Occupational Safety and Health Appeals
Board * California Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board *
California Ocean Resources Management Program * California Office of
Administrative Hearings * California Office of Administrative Law *
California Office of AIDS * California Office of Binational Border Health *
California Office of Child Abuse Prevention * California Office of Deaf
Access * California Office of Emergency Services (OES) * California Office
of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment * California Office of Fiscal
Services * California Office of Fleet Administration * California Office of
Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Implementation
(CalOHI) * California Office of Historic Preservation * California Office of
Homeland Security * California Office of Human Resources * California Office
of Legal Services * California Office of Legislation * California Office of
Lieutenant Governor * California Office of Military and Aerospace Support *
California Office of Mine Reclamation * California Office of Natural
Resource Education * California Office of Privacy Protection * California
Office of Public School Construction * California Office of Real Estate
Appraisers * California Office of Risk and Insurance Management * California
Office of Services to the Blind * California Office of Spill Prevention and
Response * California Office of State Publishing (OSP) * California Office
of Statewide Health Planning and Development * California Office of Systems
Integration * California Office of the Inspector General * California Office
of the Ombudsman * California Office of the Patient Advocate * California
Office of the President * California Office of the Secretary for Education *
California Office of the State Fire Marshal * California Office of the State
Public Defender * California Office of Traffic Safety * California Office of
Vital Records * California Online Directory * California Operations Control
Office * California Opinion Unit * California Outreach and Technical
Assistance Network (OTAN) * California Park and Recreation Commission *
California Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) * California
Performance Review (CPR) * California Permit Information for Business
(CalGOLD) * California Physical Therapy Board * California Physician
Assistant Committee * California Plant Health and Pest Prevention Services *
California Policy and Evaluation Division * California Political Reform
Division * California Pollution Control Financing Authority * California
Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo * California Postsecondary
Education Commission * California Prevention Services * California Primary
Care and Family Health * California Prison Industry Authority * California
Procurement Division * California Public Employees Retirement System
(CalPERS) * California Public Employment Relations Board (PERB) * California
Public Utilities Commission (PUC) * California Real Estate Services Division
* California Refugee Programs Branch * California Regional Water Quality
Control Boards * California Registered Veterinary Technician Committee *
California Registrar of Charitable Trusts * California Republican Caucus *
California Research and Development Division * California Research Bureau *
California Resources Agency * California Respiratory Care Board * California
Rivers Assessment * California Rural Health Policy Council * California Safe
Schools * California San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development
Commission * California San Gabriel and Lower Los Angeles Rivers and
Mountains Conservancy * California San Joaquin River Conservancy *
California School to Career * California Science Center * California Scripps
Institution of Oceanography * California Secretary of State Business Portal
* California Secretary of State * California Seismic Safety Commission *
California Self Insurance Plans (SIP) * California Senate Office of Research
* California Small Business and Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise
Certification Program * California Small Business Development Center Program
* California Smart Growth Caucus * California Smog Check Information Center
* California Spatial Information Library * California Special Education
Division * California Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Board *
California Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) * California Standards
and Assessment Division * California State Administrative Manual (SAM) *
California State Allocation Board * California State and Consumer Services
Agency * California State Architect * California State Archives * California
State Assembly * California State Association of Counties (CSAC) *
California State Board of Education * California State Board of Food and
Agriculture *California Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO) *
California State Children's Trust Fund * California State Compensation
Insurance Fund * California State Contracts Register Program * California
State Contracts Register * California State Controller * California State
Council on Developmental Disabilities (SCDD) * California State Disability
Insurance (SDI) * California State Fair (Cal Expo) * California State Jobs
Employment Information * California State Lands Commission * California
State Legislative Portal * California State Legislature * California State
Library Catalog * California State Library Services Bureau * California
State Library * California State Lottery * California State Mediation and
Conciliation Service * California State Mining and Geology Board *
California State Park and Recreation Commission * California State Parks *
California State Personnel Board * California State Polytechnic University,
Pomona * California State Railroad Museum * California State Science Fair *
California State Senate * California State Summer School for Mathematics and
Science (COSMOS) * California State Summer School for the Arts * California
State Superintendent of Public Instruction * California State Teachers
Retirement System (CalSTRS) * California State Treasurer * California State
University Center for Distributed Learning * California State University,
Bakersfield * California State University, Channel Islands * California
State University, Chico * California State University, Dominguez Hills *
California State University, East Bay * California State University, Fresno
* California State University, Fullerton * California State University, Long
Beach * California State University, Los Angeles * California State
University, Monterey Bay * California State University, Northridge *
California State University, Sacramento * California State University, San
Bernardino * California State University, San Marcos * California State
University, Stanislaus * California State University (CSU) * California
State Water Project Analysis Office * California State Water Project *
California State Water Resources Control Board * California Structural Pest
Control Board * California Student Aid Commission * California
Superintendent of Public Instruction * California Superior Courts *
California Tahoe Conservancy * California Task Force on Culturally and
Linguistically Competent Physicians and Dentists * California Tax
Information Center * California Technology and Administration Branch Finance
* California Telecommunications Division * California Telephone Medical
Advice Services (TAMS) * California Transportation Commission * California
Travel and Transportation Agency * California Unclaimed Property Program *
California Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board * California Unemployment
Insurance Program * California Uniform Construction Cost Accounting
Commission * California Veterans Board * California Veterans Memorial *
California Veterinary Medical Board and Registered Veterinary Technician
Examining Committee * California Veterinary Medical Board * California
Victim Compensation and Government Claims Board * California Volunteers *
California Voter Registration * California Water Commission * California
Water Environment Association (COWPEA) * California Water Resources Control
Board * California Welfare to Work Division * California Wetlands
Information System * California Wildlife and Habitat Data Analysis Branch *
California Wildlife Conservation Board * California Wildlife Programs Branch
* California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKs) *
California Workers Compensation Appeals Board * California Workforce and
Labor Development Agency * California Workforce Investment Board *
California Youth Authority (CYA) * Central Valley Flood Protection Board *
Center for California Studies * Colorado River Board of California *
Counting California * Dental Board of California * Health Insurance Plan of
California (PacAdvantage) * Humboldt State University * Jobs with the State
of California * Judicial Council of California * Learn California * Library
of California * Lieutenant Governors Commission for One California * Little
Hoover Commission (on California State Government Organization and Economy)
* Medical Board of California * Medi-Cal * Osteopathic Medical Board of
California * Physical Therapy Board of California * Regents of the
University of California * San Diego State University * San Francisco State
University * San Jose State University * Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy
* State Bar of California * Supreme Court of California * Teach California *
University of California * University of California, Berkeley * University
of California, Davis * University of California, Hastings College of the Law
* University of California, Irvine * University of California, Los Angeles *
University of California, Merced * University of California, Riverside *
University of California, San Diego * University of California, San
Francisco * University of California, Santa Barbara * University of
California, Santa Cruz * Veterans Home of California

We all know that the only places they can cut is Police and Fire....and

It doesn't matter whether you are a Democrat, a Republican or Independent.
This list has to shock you. Over the years, our politicians have created
this enormous pork barrel of agencies that employ over 350,000 people
directly and countless more via contracts with the State. All of these
people get salaries, medical coverage and pensions at our expense and almost
all are unionized.

Take a good, close look. Unbelievable? No. Believe it.

March 18, 2011 08:29 PM Forum: No Holds Barred

An actual Craiglist ad.....

Posted By Greg Shaffer

Gave me a pretty good chuckle smile


To the Guy Who Tried to Mug Me in Downtown Savannah night before last.

Date: 2010-09-27, 1:43 a.m. E.S.T.

I was the guy wearing the black Burberry jacket that you demanded that I hand over, shortly after you pulled the knife on me and my girlfriend, threatening our lives. You also asked for my girlfriend's purse and earrings. I can only hope that you somehow come across this rather important message.

First, I'd like to apologize for your embarrassment; I didn't expect you to actually crap in your pants when I drew my pistol after you took my jacket.. The evening was not that cold, and I was wearing the jacket for a girlfriend was happy that I just returned safely from my 2nd tour as a Combat Marine in Afghanistan.. She had just bought me that Kimber Custom Model 1911 .45 ACP pistol for my birthday, and we had picked up a shoulder holster for it that very evening. Obviously you agree that it is a very intimidating weapon when pointed at your head ... isn't it?!

I know it probably wasn't fun walking back to wherever you'd come from with that brown sludge in your pants. I'm sure it was even worse walking bare-footed since I made you leave your shoes, cell phone, and wallet with me. [That prevented you from calling or running to your buddies to come help mug us again].

After I called your mother or "Momma" as you had her listed in your cell, I explained the entire episode of what you'd done. Then I went and filled up my gas tank as well as those of four other people in the gas station, -- on your credit card. The guy with the big motor home took 153 gallons and was extremely grateful!

I gave your shoes to a homeless guy outside Vinnie Van Go Go's, along with all the cash in your wallet. [That made his day!]

I then threw your wallet into the big pink "pimp mobile" that was parked at the curb .... after I broke the windshield and side window and keyed the entire driver's side of the car.

Later, I called a bunch of phone sex numbers from your cell phone. Ma Bell just now shut down the line, although I only used the phone for a little over a day now, so what 's going on with that? Earlier, I managed to get in two threatening phone calls to the DA's office and one to the FBI, while mentioning President Obama as my possible target.

The FBI guy seemed really intense and we had a nice long chat (I guess while he traced your number etc.).

;In a way, perhaps I should apologize for not killing you ... but I feel this type of retribution is a far more appropriate punishment for your threatened crime. I wish you well as you try to sort through some of these rather immediate pressing issues, and can only hope that you have the opportunity to reflect upon, and perhaps reconsider, the career path you've chosen to pursue in life.. Remember, next time you might not be so lucky. Have a good day!

Thoughtfully yours, Semper Fi,


March 18, 2011 08:49 PM Forum: No Holds Barred

Inconvienent Truth of the Day......

Posted By Greg Shaffer

By Neal Boortz @ March 18, 2011 8:47 AM Permalink | Comments (11) |
TrackBacks (0)

The anti-nuclear crowd will most assuredly not let this crisis in Japan go
to waste. But I just have one question for you .... Over the last 30 years
in the United States, how many people have died because of nuclear energy?

The answer is none. Zero. Zip.

But guess which energy industry has experienced 35 deaths over the last 30


Yup. The wind turbine industry is responsible for more deaths in the United
States over the last 30 years than nuclear energy.

March 21, 2011 04:26 PM Forum: No Holds Barred

The Power of Old Folks......

Posted By Greg Shaffer

If this doesnt get a chuckle out of you then you arent human smile

Note the airbag smile

March 22, 2011 09:04 PM Forum: My Favorite WIMP.COM or YOUTUBE.COM

Cheap Airfare? These folks have an opinion lol

Posted By Greg Shaffer

Its gets damn funny towards the end.....

March 22, 2011 09:13 PM Forum: My Favorite WIMP.COM or YOUTUBE.COM

Red Skelton - One of his finest

Posted By Greg Shaffer

I recall seeing this on his show back in 1969.....

March 24, 2011 01:33 PM Forum: Politics

Didnt write it but damn sure agree with it.....

Posted By Greg Shaffer


Some people have the vocabulary to sum up things in a way you can understand. (This quote reportedly came from the Czech Republic.) Someone there has it figured out. We have a lot of work to do...


"The danger to America is not Barack Obama but a citizenry capable of entrusting a man like him with the Presidency. It will be far easier to limit and undo the follies of an Obama presidency than to restore the necessary common sense and good judgment to a depraved electorate willing to have such a man for their president. The problem is much deeper and far more serious than Mr. Obama, who is a mere symptom of what ails America . Blaming the prince of the fools should not blind anyone to the vast confederacy of fools that made him their prince. The Republic can survive a Barack Obama, who is, after all, merely a fool. It is less likely to survive a multitude of fools such as those who made him their president."