Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
Remember that whole mystery Republican strategists were trying to solve about why women don’t seem to “connect” with their party?
Well, I may have found a clue!
On Monday, Wendy Davis deflected a question from a reporter attempting to link legal abortion to the crimes committed by convicted murderer Kermit Gosnell by focusing her response on the impact Texas’ new law will have on the lives and safety of women.
On Tuesday, Erick Erickson tweeted this:
It is a bit embarrassing that Abortion Barbie doesn't even have her facts straight on Kermit Gosnell considering abortion is her issue.— Erick Erickson (@EWErickson) August 6, 2013
Not sure, but Erickson may have something to do with his party’s “woman problem.”
But Erickson’s cavalier sexism (which is odious, though unsurprising), is only half of the story.
Like so many others in the anti-choice movement, Erickson is trying, once again, to exploit the atrocities committed by Gosnell to further restrict legal abortion care in the United States. But, as Davis noted in her response to the Weekly Standard, the way to stop men like Gosnell from committing crimes is to make sure that abortion remains legal, accessible and affordable for women.
As Salon has previously noted, it was a lack of other abortion care options that led many desperate women to Gosnell’s clinic in the first place.
This is precisely the kind of crisis brewing in Texas (and elsewhere) right now, and precisely what Davis and other reproductive rights advocates are working against.
But that probably wouldn’t occur to someone like Erickson, who upon learning that Texas had passed the restrictions that would shutter all but five clinics in the state, tweeted a gleeful link to a wholesale wire hanger provider.
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.