Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
Whenever Mike Huckabee opens his mouth about contraception and female sexuality, there’s a high likelihood that he’ll say something revealing about conservative thinking on the issue, and his remarks at the annual Republican National Committee meeting didn’t disappoint.
Huckabee said Democrats tell women “they are helpless without Uncle Sugar coming in and providing them a prescription each month for birth control because they cannot control their libido or their reproductive system without the help of government.”
Now there was some initial confusion about his remarks because some reporters hived off the part at the beginning where he made clear that he was characterizing the Democratic view, and that genuinely made his remarks seem more offensive than they were.
But not by much. First and least of all, it’s a smear against Democrats who don’t believe this in any way.
More importantly, though, the error itself gives shape to muddled conservative arguments about the Affordable Care Act’s contraception mandate.
If the incorrect knock on Democrats is that they think women need the government to help them control their libidos, the corollary is that Republicans believe women can control it all on their own — or in other words that not having sex is the only legitimate form of birth control.
The common factor here, obviously, is controlling the female libido. The female sex drive is a problem that must be solved. Latent Akinism: It’s a thing!
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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.