Free Nighttime Sky Show Worth A View

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The picture above is from Weikersheim, Germany and can be found here at SpaceWeather. 

The other night as we were driving home from a family Thanksgiving I looked up and saw a most remarkable sight.  It was obvious that both objects were planets…but which ones?  For a short time in the twilight sky you too can see what has been described ‘as the best sky’ show for 2008.  Try and do so before December 1st.

When the sun goes down, step outside and look southwest. Venus and Jupiter are lined up beautifully close together in the twilight sky.  The best is yet to comes however when the crescent moon starts to join the pair. 

Remember this show is free and can’t be seen anywhere other than in the nighttime sky now playing at all backyards near you.  Talking is allowed during this show, and feel free to use cellphones to call others to your backyard.  Popcorn served inside after the show where it is warmer.

Chris Matthews To Run For U.S. Senate In Pennsylvania?

If so, where can I send my check?   There have been rumors (hopes) for a few months about this Senate race, but it seems that some substance is starting to grow to the rumors. 

I have been accused by readers here of having a ‘man-crush’ on Chris Matthews.  If respecting a person’s mind, verbal skills, political philosophy, resume, writing skills, and overall temperament fits that label, then it must be true.  All I know is that I very much want Chris Matthews to be a part of the United States Senate.  Though it means I will not hear his take on the issues from MSNBC on a daily basis anymore, I know that he will have a bigger platform to both inform the public, and turn his views into policy.

I suspect if this story is true that shortly after the Holidays Matthews will make an announcement.

“According to multiple sources, who confirmed the Tip O’Neill staffer-cum-MSNBC host has negotiated with veteran Obama staffers to enlist in his campaign, Chris Matthews will run for United States Senate in Pennsylvania in 2010. Matthews, 62, will run as a Democrat. Arlen Specter, the aging Republican incumbent, will be 80 if he chooses to run for re-election.”

New “Meet The Press” Anchor To Be Announced By December 7

We still all wish there was no need to have a new full-time host for Sunday morning’s famed “Meet The Press”.  If only it could be like it once was.  Tim Russert is still very much missed.

But there is a list of names that I find perfect for the role of his replacement, and three of them are among my favorites on television today.  The announcement of a new host will  be made by December 7th.

Barring a last-minute surprise, network insiders and television news observers expect the new moderator — or moderators — will be drawn from a short list of candidates that include NBC chief White House correspondent David Gregory, PBS anchor Gwen Ifill, NBC chief foreign affairs correspondent Andrea Mitchell and NBC political director Chuck Todd.

I love Gwen Ifill and once hoped that she could have been lured to CBS to fill the anchor role of Dan Rather.  She is steeped in Washington knowledge, and the political process.   Andrea Mitchell has a warm television presence with a keen mind regarding international affairs.  Chuck Todd is a walking storehouse of political acumen, and is perhaps the one that best resembles the mind of Tim Russert.  David Gregory is great at asking questions and demanding an answer, but I wonder if he is the ‘fit’ for the Sunday role as host.

This long serving public affairs program is one that has a proud tradition in our political and journalistic world.  The selection has to be the correct one.