Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
Yes, yes, I know, Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann is a fruitcake, and she says insane things for attention and then liberals give her the attention and then she raises a fortune because dumb liberals call attention to the insane things she says, but still — she is a legitimate spokesperson for the conservative base, so it is worthwhile to hear what sort of insane things pass for common sense out there.
She gave an interview to Ben Shapiro of BigGovernment.com. In it, she implicitly promises to begin impeachment hearings should the GOP retake Congress:
BACHMANN: And the thing is, here we are, people can’t wait until November. They’re practically lining up for polls now, they can’t wait to go out and vote. The only thing is people wish Barack Obama was up for re-election right now, because they’d honestly love to have a chance to throw him out of office. Everywhere I go, people ask me, “Michele, can we impeach the president?” They want a referendum on him. I also had someone today say, “There’s no way he’ll run for a second term. No way. No one would vote for him.” I don’t know if the White House understands how the floor has dropped out under support for this president.
(I know “fact-checking” Bachmann’s assertions is a pointless exercise, but President Obama’s support is holding steady at just under 50 percent. Which is better than Reagan at this point!)
More highlights: Has Obama “sided with the Islamic world against Israel”? Bachmann: “It appears that way.”
And, of course, perhaps the best quote of the entire interview:
SHAPIRO: I want to ask you, speaking of his violent language, and he’s been brutal on BP, talking about putting his boot on the throat of BP, talking about how he wants to go down there and kick someone’s ass — frankly, Michele, I think you could take President Obama, off the record.
BACHMANN: Hey, I took karate when I was 17 years old, I am dangerous.
No argument here!
Alex Pareene writes about politics for Salon and is the author of "The Rude Guide to Mitt." Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter @pareeneMore Alex Pareene.
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.