More than 700 people, including Leonardo DiCaprio, have paid up to a quarter million dollars for a suborbital flight aboard Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic spaceship.

There has been delay after delay, and eventually I’m guessing most of them will ask for their money back. Branson’s group isn’t even close to a successful test at the 62-mile altitude the ship’s supposed to reach, and today’s test went tragically wrong:

A suborbital passenger spaceship being developed by Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic company crashed during a test flight on Friday at the Mojave Air and Space Port in California, killing one crew member and seriously injuring the other, officials said.

The crash of the vehicle, undergoing its first powered test flight since January over the Mojave Desert, 95 miles (150 km) north of Los Angeles, came days after another private space company, Orbital Sciences Corp, lost a rocket in an explosion moments after liftoff in Virginia.

Worth mentioning, even though at this point there’s no word about what caused the crash:

During the nine months since the previous rocket-powered test in January, Virgin Galactic switched SpaceShipTwo’s fuel mixture from a rubber-based compound to a plastic-based mix — in hopes that the new formulation would boost the hybrid rocket engine’s performance.

I don’t even want to drive a car designed by “greens” let alone get on an effing rocket engineered by them.

A Democrat in North Carolina who is running for a U.S. House seat was campaigning for Sen. Kay Hagan’s re-election over the weekend and called her GOP opponent Thom Tillis “uncle Tom”:

Tillis is white, as is Hagan, but that never stopped a desperate Dem from playing a ridiculous race card when the chips are down.

Hillary Clinton certainly didn’t mind:

When it was Hillary Clinton’s turn to speak, she had the highest praise for Adams, who just moments earlier used the questionable phrase about Hagan’s Republican opponent.

“Let me add Alma Adams,” Clinton said after praising Hagan at length, “because we need more women like her in Congress. We need her compassion and her common sense. We need her sartorial excellence. She’s going to shake things up. I think the Kay-Alma combination is really going to put North Carolina ahead of the parade.”

Yeah, compassionate and common sense race-baiting is just what America needs more of, Hillary!

Meanwhile, down in South Carolina, Nikki Haley’s Dem opponent called her a “whore.” The MSM’s doing their best to spin for him though — how dare Haley impede the Democrats’ fight against the GOP War on Women!

It might have been a slip of the tongue, but Sheheen sure had fun with it after, didn’t he?

Be afraid!

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They look like they were reliving fond memories of a three-way with Saul Alinsky back in ’71.

On a related note, Bill Clinton yesterday wished his wife a happy birthday:

Bubba had to make his birthday wish to Hillary over “the internets” because at the time he was in a suite at the Four Seasons snorting Cialis off a stripper’s ass.

Even though there’s little that can damage the country more than Obama and the Dems have, especially in Obama’s first two years, this kind of talk about Jeb Bush is nauseating.

What the GOP money machine says: “Let’s nominate Jeb Bush in 2016!”

What I hear: “We might as well go ahead and have Hillary Clinton take the oath of office right now.”

Update:

If you needed any more convincing:

I’m just loving the excuses Obama-supporting Dems are coming up with to explain why Obama can’t be anywhere near them (“political survival” not among the excuses because it’s too honest).

This one’s from Sen. Jeanne Shaheen who is trying to salvage her re-election in New Hampshire:

Obama has greater priorities than coming to N.H. to help save the Senate for the Dems?

Friday:

And today:

“Too busy” is believable… as long as you also believe that Obamacare is working and the stimulus seeded job growth.

(h/t Twitchy)

Last night, talking about the shooting in Canada, Al Sharpton once again proved that there is no “off” position on his genius switch.

Oops, did I say “off”? I meant “on”:

Tonight he’ll probably be referring to Ottawa as “Ottumwa.”

By the way, that clown is helping choose the next Attorney General nominee. Sleep well, America! (really though, how much worse than Holder could it get?)

Down in Texas the Democrats have a soon to be former candidate for Governor saying her disabled opponent is an enemy of disabled people and that he might want to ban mixed marriages in spite of the fact that his wife is Hispanic.

If that’s not nutty enough, in N.C., some Kay Hagan supporters are going the super-predictable routh:

That’s really all they’ve ever got. Desperate Dems make one trick ponies look multi-talented.

(h/t Mary Katharine Ham)

A few days ago a former NIH head said this about the reason there is no Ebola vaccine:

Government officials and “researchers” blaming a lack of funding for the existence of a problem is like dogs saying “if only I could like my balls more all the problems would go away!”

About that:

Wow, THAT guy’s not going to be invited to many inside-the-Beltway cocktail parties. I’m sure an Obama administration official is en route to Bethesda as we speak to smack him upside the head with the “correct” narrative.

Or, he’ll be threatened with a return to the private sector — a government researcher’s worst nightmare.

Now that Ebola is in the U.S., Democrats with no shame are blaming GOP “funding cuts.” That claim is not only total BS, but at a glance it appears the NIH has been over-funded if anything.

The Free Beacon uncovered nearly $40 million worth of NIH expenditures of dubious societal value. Some examples:

For instance, the agency has spent $2,873,440 trying to figure out why lesbians are obese, and $466,642 on why fat girls have a tough time getting dates. Another $2,075,611 was spent encouraging old people to join choirs.

Millions have gone to “text message interventions,” including a study where researchers sent texts to drunks at the bar to try to get them to stop drinking. The project received an additional grant this year, for a total of $674,590.

The NIH is also texting older African Americans with HIV ($372,460), HIV and drug users in rural areas ($693,000), HIV smokers ($763,519), pregnant smokers ($380,145), teen moms ($243,839), and meth addicts ($360,113). Text message interventions to try to get obese people to lose weight have cost $2,707,067.

The NIH’s research on obesity has led to spending $2,101,064 on wearable insoles and buttons that can track a person’s weight, and $374,670 to put on fruit and vegetable puppet shows for preschoolers.

A restaurant intervention to develop new children’s menus cost $275,227, and the NIH spent $430,608 for mother-daughter dancing outreach to fight obesity.

Sexual minorities have received a substantial amount from the NIH. The agency has now spent $105,066 following 16 schizophrenic LGBT Canadians around Toronto for a study on their community experiences.

The total for a project on why gay men get syphilis in Peru is now $692,697 after receiving additional $228,425 this year. The NIH is also concerned about postpartum depression in “invisible sexual minority women,” with a study that has cost $718,770.

Millions went to develop “origami condoms,” in male, female, and anal versions. The inventor Danny Resnic, who received $2,466,482 from the NIH, has been accused of massive fraud for using grant money for full-body plastic surgery in Costa Rica and parties at the Playboy mansion.

How transwomen use Facebook is the subject of another NIH study worth $194,788.

Looks like the NIH has been wonderful stewards of tax dollars so far, so why not blame Republicans for failing to double their budget?

If you think Ebola is hard to get rid of now, wait until it’s heavily “funded.”

Considering ISIS, Ebola and all sorts of other major problems all Dems are talking about right now is how awesome this is (seriously, they’re wetting themselves over it), the White House knows exactly what kind of shiny objects distract their base:

You make the call, America… do we like our First Lady’s doing stuff like this?

Suggested GOP response: “Turnip at the polls next month to get Democrats out of office!”