Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
Michael Steele knows black people. In fact, he is himself a black person, something that wasn’t lost on the GOP during his successful run for the chairmanship of the Republican National Committee. It certainly wasn’t a subtle message in an interview he did with the Washington Times that was published Thursday, either, as Steele used the opportunity to promise an “off the hook” public relations effort that will bring the party’s principles to “urban-suburban hip-hop settings.”
Steele also addressed his critics within the Republican Party, like Karl Rove, by saying, “People who said I can’t make the trains run on time never gave a reason. I say to them, ‘Stuff it.’” And when the Times asked him if his plans for the party, which he’d described as “avant garde” were “cutting edge,” he replied, “I don’t do ‘cutting-edge.’ That’s what Democrats are doing. We’re going beyond cutting-edge.”
The RNC chair did have some less clichéd things to say, some of them correctly diagnosing his party’s problems. Talking about recent Democratic victories, Steele said, “We need messengers to really capture that region — young, Hispanic, black, a cross section… We want to convey that the modern-day GOP looks like the conservative party that stands on principles.” Of course, right after that, he said the bit about “urban-suburban hip-hop settings,” so take that with a grain of salt.
Another reason to view that attitude with some skepticism: Steele’s first fundraising letter as head of the party, which didn’t read much like “change” — actually, it read very much like something sent out by the GOP of the past decade.
Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.More Alex Koppelman.
NASA astronaut Mike Hopkins
On December 28, 2013, Expedition 38 crew member Mike Hopkins participating in the second of two space walks to replace a degraded pump module on the International Space Station. (NASA astronaut Rick Mastracchio is reflected in his helmet!)
The Soyuz TMA-10M
The Soyuz TMA-10M headed towards the International Space Station with crew members from Expedition 37 onboard.
40 years ago the Apollo 8 mission flew up to the moon, orbited it ten times and then returned to Earth. This picture was taken from that flight and shows the Earth as it seemingly rises in similar fashion to a sunrise.
Sunrise from Expedition 36
NASA Flight Engineer Karen L. Nyberg of Expedition 36 took this photo of the sun rising -- a sight they saw nearly 16 times per day due to the speed of the International Space Station's orbit around the earth.
A pair of NanoRacks CubeSats -- nanosattelite spacecrafts carrying experiments -- were launched by Expedition 38.