Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
Vice President Joe Biden committed a major “gaffe” when he joked around with a guy at a frozen custard shop in Wisconsin last Friday.
When Biden asked the manager of the custard store how much he owed him, the manager said, “lower our taxes and we’ll call it even.”
Then, later, cameras caught Biden saying to the gentleman: “Why don’t you say something nice instead of being a smartass all the time? Say something nice.” And the manager laughed. Because Biden was joking around. And the manager told the local news that Biden was “very nice.”
The constantly Drudge-baiting LA Times newsblog promises: “You will hear about Vice President Joe Biden’s trip to the Wisconsin custard shop many times over the course of the next five months.” If you do, it is because people whose livelihoods depend on attention from Drudge or Andrew Breitbart have a vested interest in making things like these into controversies.
(The manager is already under attack from the liberal media. Specifically, Washington Post staff writer Dan Kois is attempting to smear and discredit this heroic small business manager by saying he was a jerk as a boss.)
I’m not sure even our current, mostly shameless, Cheney-worshiping right-wing press can really get away with feigning too much outrage over this. Though considering that the target was neither a New York Times reporter nor a Democratic senator, they may yet surprise me.
Jonah Goldberg has already suggested that the incident will become bumper sticker material, but he actually seems more perturbed that Biden asked for ice cream at a custard shop. Ice cream at a custard shop! Can you imagine?
Alex Pareene writes about politics for Salon and is the author of "The Rude Guide to Mitt." Email him at email@example.com 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.