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Michael Barone and The Mysterious Case of the ‘Democratic Dogs That Aren’t Barking’

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Silence of the Dogs

Barone-3Sherlock Holmes famously solved a mystery by noticing the dog that didn’t bark in the night. Dogs that are not barking at night — nor in prime time — provide some useful clues to understanding the significance of this year’s election.

Contrary to the disparagement of some liberal pundits, this election is not about nothing. But is not about certain, specific things they might like to hear.

[Michael Barone is the Senior Political Analyst for the Washington Examiner. Read the rest of Barone's article here]

President Obama recently said that Democrats in serious Senate and House contests this year back “every one” of his programs. But you hear very little dog-no-barkabout those programs in their ads.

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The stimulus package, for example, is not mentioned much. Nor are proposals by serious Democrats like Clinton administration veteran William Galston for a national infrastructure bank. These dogs aren’t barking.

“As Holmes might deduce, the solution to the clue of the non-barking Democratic dogs is that most voters lack faith in government to solve problems, to make their lives better or even to perform with minimal competence.”

The reasons are obvious. The stimulus didn’t stimulate the economy the way the Reagan tax cuts did in the 1980s. As for infrastructure, as Obama sheepishly admitted, there is no such thing — given environmental reviews and bureaucratic torpor—as a shovel-ready project. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Fed: Say Goodbye to Easy Money, The Musical Edition, Featuring Rickie Lee Jones

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Some Guys Who Didn’t Bitch and Moan About Quarantine: Apollo 11 Astronauts Buzz Aldrin, Michael Collins & Neil Armstrong, July 1969

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Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins and Buzz Aldrin, in NASA’s mobile quarantine trailer, meet President Nixon aboard the USS Hornet after splashdown, July 1969.

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Within the Mobile Quarantine Facility, Apollo 11 astronauts (left to right) Michael Collins, Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong relax following their successful lunar landing mission. They spent two-and-a-half-days in the quarantine trailer en route from the USS Hornet to the Lunar Receiving Laboratory at the Manned Spacecraft Center in Houston. The Hornet docked at Pearl Harbor where the trailer was transferred to a jet aircraft for the flight to Houston.

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Mystery Campaign Captures Attention of Undecided Low-Information Voters in Ambitious Bid for Global Domination

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The Nurse Protests: ‘Maine is Apparently Considering Making its Self-Quarantining Guidelines Slightly Less Voluntary’

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Noah Rothman writes: This should be perfectly intuitive for anyone who has had even fleeting exposure to human nature, but it is easy to suspect that an administration that reflexively bleats “science” in lieu of a cogent argument may lack the requisite experience to know that people will instinctively resist internment.

The media appeared certain that they had in nurse Kaci Hickox a figure they could transform into a victim of the imperious bully Chris Christie when she was involuntarily quarantined after returning to the United States from West Africa where she aided Ebola victims. In creating an object of pity out of Hickox, the press perhaps believed they could take some of the heat off of President Barack Obama who, in opposing the quarantining of those returning from West Africa, is on the wrong side of 80 percent of the public just days before a national election.  Read the rest of this entry »


But How Do We Know This Web Page is Real?

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[PHOTO] Halloween Over Easy

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LA Desk: ‘The Pope of Broadway,’ Towering Mural of Actor Anthony Quinn, to be Restored

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‘The Pope of Broadway,’ a towering mural of actor Anthony Quinn in DTLA, will be restored as part of revitalization.


[VIDEO] Antares Explosion From The Air

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[VIDEO] Lowry: Will Incumbency Prevail Over Obama’s Unpopularity in November?

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U.S. Rape Rate Reality Check: Declining for last 20 Years and was Lowest Last Year Since 1972


[VIDEO] Panic at the Press Site: Audio Captures Camera Operators Freaking Out During the Antares Rocket Explosion

Collective panic: Any ambitions for being a level-headed war correspondent or courageous A-list camera operator go up in smoke as members of the press are caught on tape going cuckoo bananas while witnessing a failed launch. 

Swearing, gasping, pants-wetting, shaky-cam emotional meltdown. NSFW audio. Priceless. 

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[VIDEO] Umanned NASA Space Station Supply Rocket Explodes Six Seconds After Launch

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An unmanned space station supply rocket exploded tonight six seconds after launch from Wallops Island, Virginia.

Orbital Sciences Corp. said in a Tweet shortly after the explosion:

The cargo rocket was supposed to launch Monday night, but that had to be scrubbed because a boat was too close to the “hazard zone” near the launch site.

This launch was the third of eight International Space Station cargo resupply missions under NASA’s $1.9 billion contract with Orbital Sciences Corp. of Dulles, Virginia. Orbital provides the launch vehicle and cargo spacecraft and NASA runs the range operations.

“Radar aircraft detected the boat and hailed it several times, but there was no response. A spotter plane made multiple passes around the boat at low altitudes using commonly understood signals such as wing waving to establish contact. However, the operator did not respond.”

– NASA statement

The Antares rocket was carrying 4,483 pounds of equipment to the station including 1,360 pounds of food.

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Orbital Sciences said everyone at the launch site had been accounted for, and the damage appeared to be limited to the facilities. Read the rest of this entry »


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Marvel Announces New Wave of Superhero Movies

Originally posted on Variety:

Marvel Studios has announced its new phase of superhero movies, including pics for the Black Panther, Captain Marvel, Doctor Strange, and Inhumans, at a major fan event in Hollywood on Tuesday.

The superhero powerhouse also revealed that “The Avengers 3″ will be broken up into two films, called “Avengers: Infinity War,” set for May 4, 2018 and May 3, 2019.

Chadwick Boseman (“42″) will play the Black Panther and appeared onstage alongside “Captain America 3: Civil War” stars Chris Evans and Robert Downey Jr.

Kevin Feige also unveiled the title of “Thor: Ragnarok.”

“When we have information to reveal, we reveal it. Sometimes it’s on a random Tuesday at 11 a.m.,” he told the audience at El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood.

Feige said Marvel wanted to make the…

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[VIDEO] HHS: Obamacare Cancellations Are ‘Invitations’ To Buy a New Plan

Enjoy this very special item from Joel Gehrke at The Corner, visually enhanced with some sass from Charles C.W.Cooke:

Gehrke writes: Insurance-policy cancellation notices issued as a result of Obamacare regulations ought to be perceived as “invitations” to purchase new plans, a Health and Human Services official told the Virginia legislature.

“If you got one of the notices that your policy was going to be discontinued because it didn’t adhere to the law, it meant that now you could go into the health-insurance marketplace…” 

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HHS’s Joanne Grossi told Republican state senator Jeff McWaters, adding,

“So, I just want to remind you that you weren’t losing insurance you were just using that insurance plan and were now being invited to go into the health insurance marketplace.” 

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[VIDEO] Speaking Truth to Power: Chicago Activists Confront Their Oppressors

Chicago activists Paul McKinley, Mark Carter, Joseph Watkins and Harold “Noonie” Ward recently went on the record with RebelPundit to deliver a message to black communities across the country.

 

 


[VIDEO] Bad Guys with Surface-to-Air Missiles: Islamic State Terrorists Equipped with Chinese-made FN-6 MANPADs

New images released by the Islamic State reveal that the terrorist group is in possession of surface-to-air missiles capable of shooting down helicopters and civilian aircraft.

“There’s clearly significant potential threat to aviation operating in Iraqi and Syrian airspace due to ongoing fighting. Of particular concern are advanced nonconventional weapons like MANPADs.”

– State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki

Military experts at Jane’s Defence identified the weapons as Chinese-made FN-6 Man-portable air-defense systems, or MANPADs, which can reach up to 12,500 feet vertically. Read the rest of this entry »


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