Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
Was Joan Rivers uninvited from Fox News for insulting Sarah Palin? Yes. Probably. PAGING ANDREW SULLIVAN.
Rivers was booked on Fox — presumably “Fox & Friends” — to promote an upcoming reality program. Then, over the weekend, she called Sarah Palin “stupid,” into a video camera, because TMZ asked Joan Rivers what she thought about Sarah Palin, and that was the inevitable response. Before calling her “stupid,” Rivers issued the following blood libel: “I think Sarah Palin is an amazing woman. I think she represents everything strong a woman can be, and I think she should go someplace — to another planet, to show them, and get out of our face.” So much for civility!
Then, Rivers writes on Twitter, she got the call: “As a result, our appearance on the Fox News Channel tomorrow morning has been cancelled. Outcome: DON’T PISS OFF SARAH PALIN. She’s apparently ‘very powerful,’ and is obviously still smarting from the end of her reality show.”
The question is, did Sarah Palin demand this, or did Fox take the initiative and punish Rivers for insulting one of its most valuable assets? The question is also, what did it think Joan Rivers thinks of Sarah Palin? And will Palin claim the liberal elite threatened to launch her into space the next time she needs to justify her over-the-top rhetoric? (Yes, she will. This will also probably go into Michelle Malkin’s “liberal hate speech” database, next to a deleted HuffPo comment and a mean sign from a 2003 antiwar protest in Rome.)
We will stay on this story until we get some satisfactory answers.
Update: The plot thickens! Fox says they “mistakenly canceled Joan’s appearance instead of re-scheduling her for Friday’s show.” A likely story! They also say they’re in the process of booking her on an upcoming show.” Classic damage control. I think we’ve just learned that the only woman in America more powerful than Sarah Palin is Joan Rivers.
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.