Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
Herman Cain, former pizza magnate and current gag candidate for president, doesn’t seem to understand that the reason Donald Trump’s sudden ardent birtherism attracted so much attention was mostly because it involved television star and longtime celebrity Donald Trump, and not “the guy who used to run a pizza chain that was less popular than Little Caesar’s.” So Cain’s going birther, too.
In an interview with a conservative Florida blog, Cain said Trump wasn’t “off base,” and added that although Cain himself had not given the matter much thought, he decided Obama should “prove he was born in the United States.”
(The president has proved that, already. But Cain hasn’t “studied enough to have a view one way or the other” on the matter of reality versus feverish make-believe, so who can blame him?)
This is a great development. The more press Trump gets, the more other candidates — be they fringe or supposedly mainstream — will attempt to wrest control of the media’s precious attention. The easily distracted political press will only focus on the famous or the crazy, so to become the former you must sound like the latter. By May, Rick Santorum will be asking how we can be sure the president isn’t a lizard person.
Having already more or less ruled out birtherism, lord only knows what media-starved Tim Pawlenty will say. Something ridiculous about “fiat currency,” maybe. (Hah, j/k, even he is too smart for that kind of weirdo nonsense, right?)
I am disappointed we’ll have to wait so long for the first nationally televised debate with these guys, because while the MSM moderators will be trying to goad them into saying something nutty, the candidates will all be competing to out-nut each other.
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.