Silence of the Dogs
Sherlock 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.
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 about those programs in their ads.
Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act
Higher Tax Rates on High Earners
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 »
Some Guys Who Didn’t Bitch and Moan About Quarantine: Apollo 11 Astronauts Buzz Aldrin, Michael Collins & Neil Armstrong, July 1969Posted: October 29, 2014
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.
Mystery Campaign Captures Attention of Undecided Low-Information Voters in Ambitious Bid for Global DominationPosted: October 29, 2014
‘The Pope of Broadway,’ a towering mural of actor Anthony Quinn in DTLA, will be restored as part of revitalization.
Note: The YouTube video that was originally embedded here was removed, try viewing it at NBCNightly News instead, as linked above.
Rich Lowry, Special Report, 10-28-2014
[VIDEO] Panic at the Press Site: Audio Captures Camera Operators Freaking Out During the Antares Rocket ExplosionPosted: October 28, 2014
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.
Orbital Sciences Corp. said in a Tweet shortly after the explosion:
There has been a vehicle anomaly. We will update as soon as we are able.
— Orbital Sciences (@OrbitalSciences) October 28, 2014
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.
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 »
Poll reveals Hispanics’ declining faith in Democratic Party… http://t.co/Bzf2l4rpzd
— DRUDGE REPORT (@DRUDGE_REPORT) October 28, 2014
— David (@Seattle_D) October 28, 2014
— Washington Post (@washingtonpost) October 28, 2014
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] Bad Guys with Surface-to-Air Missiles: Islamic State Terrorists Equipped with Chinese-made FN-6 MANPADsPosted: October 28, 2014
“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 »