Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
Last week during my star turn on “Morning Joe,” Mark Halperin asked who were the “gun nuts” Eugene Robinson referred to in a critical column about the Tea Party. I had an answer: I said they were the fools who marched in a national park near Washington, D.C., to protest President Obama’s plans to take away their guns — when in fact it was Obama who signed the law legalizing their carrying guns in a national park.
But now I have a better answer: Gun nuts are the folks sponsoring “LiveFreePA,” a fun-filled gathering May 8 where participants can shoot their guns at old cars that represent bad liberal ideas like gun control, healthcare reform and property taxes, as well as taxes and regulations on tobacco and alcohol (h/t BuzzFlash).
“It’s just a unique way to say we’re against these policies — shooting them down,” organizer Nate Benefield told a Lancaster paper. “I don’t really know where we came up with it, but it seemed appropriate.” “Appropriate” isn’t the word I’d choose, but hey, it’s a free country.
Apparently, Ted Nugent headlined the first LiveFreePA event last year. This year, they’ve lowered ticket prices, hoping for a larger, family kinda crowd. Remarkably, admision includes not only breakfast and lunch, but beer and cigars — but you have to bring your own guns and ammunition, or bows and arrows. There will also be a cannon.
It’s fine with me if Ted Nugent fans want to gather with beer, cigars and guns. But it’s really unbelievable that the leading GOP Senate candidate, Pat Toomey, is slated to attend. Benefield reports that GOP gubernatorial candidates will also show up. One Democratic candidate for governor, Jack Wagner, reportedly planned to attend but pulled out, in what can only be described as an attack of common sense. Five other Democrats, including Sen. Arlen Specter, Rep. Joe Sestak and gubernatorial candidate Anthony Williams, were invited, but declined.
Where are the Republicans with the guts to ask Toomey to decline this invitation as well? You can check it all out and even register — or register your opposition — at LiveFreePA.org.
Joan Walsh is Salon's editor at large and the author of "What's the Matter With White People: Finding Our Way in the Next America."More Joan Walsh.
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.