Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
Cindy McCain joined her godless Hollyweird friends to film a PSA in support of LGBT youth on behalf of the pro-gay marriage NOH8 Campaign. It’s not news that McCain, the wife of cantankerous Sen. John McCain, supports gay marriage. But the lines she delivers in the ad seem to be an indirect shot at a certain Republican lawmaker.
After uncontroversial calls to end bullying (no one likes bullying!), McCain makes a much more politically sensitive argument:
“Our political and religious leaders tell LGBT youth that they have no future,” she says. After other famous people explain that gay and lesbian people can’t get married or give blood, McCain says: “They can’t serve our country openly.” The ad goes on to argue that bullies take their cues from anti-gay lawmakers. “Our government treats the LGBT community as second-class citizens,” McCain says. “Why shouldn’t they?”
So, in other words, lawmakers who do things like oppose the repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell” and fight against marriage equality are responsible for bullying of gay youths, which makes them responsible for LGBT suicides.
Sen. John McCain — who is opposed to gay marriage — is currently furiously fighting the repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell.”
If John McCain ever actually went to Arizona when he’s not seeking reelection, I can imagine this would lead to an awkward dinner.
(As Ta-Nehisi Coates mentions, it’s actually much more interesting — and admirable — to see NFLer Antonio Cromartie participate in a pro-LGBT rights campaign.)
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.