Sunday Reads: Man on the MoonPosted: August 26, 2012
Today’s post will be a quick one, I’ve come down with a sinus/upper respiratory infection, so I’m a little tired. Saturday we lost the first man to walk on the moon. First man on moon Neil Armstrong dead at 82
U.S. astronaut Neil Armstrong, who took a giant leap for mankind when he became the first person to walk on the moon, has died at the age of 82, his family said on Saturday.
Armstrong died following complications from heart-bypass surgery he underwent earlier this month, the family said in a statement, just two days after his birthday on August 5.
As commander of the Apollo 11 mission, Armstrong became the first human to set foot on the moon on July 20, 1969. As he stepped on the dusty surface, Armstrong said: “That’s one small step for (a) man, one giant leap for mankind.”
Those words endure as one of the best known quotes in the English language.
Neil Armstrong, photographed inside the lander after the moonwalk on July 20, 1969
Click on the link to see more pictures…I really think that smile says it all.
A quiet, private man, at heart an engineer and crack test pilot, Mr. Armstrong made history on July 20, 1969, as the commander of the Apollo 11 spacecraft on the mission that culminated the Soviet-American space race in the 1960s. President John F. Kennedy had committed the nation to sending men to the moon in that decade, and the goal was met with more than five months to spare.
On that day, Mr. Armstrong and his co-pilot, Col. Edwin E. Aldrin Jr., known as Buzz, steered their lunar landing craft, Eagle, to a level, rock-strewn plain near the southwestern shore of the Sea of Tranquillity. It was touch and go the last minute or two, with computer alarms sounding and fuel running low. But they made it.
With the state of NASA funding these days, it makes a sad point to think where our space program is heading. On the other hand, the moon might be the safest place for women, if the GOP wins in November…
Sunday, we celebrate Women’s Equality Day and the 92nd anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment granting women the right to vote. We’ve come a long way and owe thanks to the many remarkable women whose sacrifices ensure that all women are afforded full citizenship. Civil rights leaders dreamed of equality and self-determination, and we should reflect on the progress we’ve made and the challenges we still face.
Much has changed in the last century. Women won the right to vote and to run for public office. We won the right to equal pay and equal opportunity for work. We won the right to make decisions about our health care.
Today’s political battles, while just as heated and just as contentious, are slightly different. Women aren’t fighting for their basic human rights; they are fighting to preserve them. And never have the lines been more clearly drawn than in the 2012 presidential election.
As the war on women rages on, Defend Women’s Rights marches will fight back Sunday.
This week started off with Missouri Rep. Todd Akin’s comments that seemed to suggest a belief that women who are raped are less likely to get pregnant. This was just one more drop in the bucket, if the bucket is reasons why men who don’t understand how reproduction works shouldn’t get to legislate policy that affects it. Remember when Michigan Rep. Lisa Brown was barred from participating in a House debate after daring to say the word vagina during an abortion debate? As Brown said at the time, “If I can’t say the word vagina, why are we legislating vaginas?”
People at the Republican National Convention in Tampa next week who find vaginas “lewd,” and yet work tirelessly to strip away reproductive rights, will surely be offended by some of what protesters are bringing to the convention. People with CODE PINK, for example, will be dressed in giant fluffy vagina costumes.
Women’s rights, of course, is broader than just reproductive rights. And a range of issues, including immigrants right, the pay gap, housing and welfare will be addressed at nationwide protests Sunday.
Several Supreme Court justices from the liberal side may retire during the next presidential term. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is about to turn 80, and there are four justices in their 70′s.
The New York Times summed it up by saying, “The winner of the race for president will inherit a group of justices who frequently split 5 to 4 along ideological lines. That suggests that the next president could have a powerful impact if he gets to replace a justice of the opposing side.”
What would that impact be on women’s rights? Considering what Republicans have attempted to pass in Congress, which destroys women’s rights and gives them to lawyers in DC, the impacts could not be more severe.
The party who worries about government involvement in health care wants to make women’s life choices for you. By looking at the Republican platform and the statements of Todd Akin, you will see that there is a razor thin line that prevented women from losing their rights already. You are about to lose that razor thin line. Obama must be re-elected, or women will face government intrusion in their lives unlike anything they have ever experienced. Justice Ginsburg was born in 1933, think about that. Sandra Day O’Conner, who retired in 2006, was born in 1930.
It is a frightening thought…
Why should the statements of Todd Akin concern you so much? It’s not that one guy is so important. You should be concerned because Paul Ryan and dozens of Republicans co-sponsored legislation that worked to redefine rape. Also, they co-sponsored legislation to redefine constitutionally defendable life, with the full rights of a citizen, as occurring from the moment of fertilization.
What does this mean for women? No abortion and no morning after pill. Maybe, not even birth control. You and I might both be pro-life, but does that mean a bunch of lawyers should make your decisions for you?
The question of being pro-choice asks, “whose choice?” The “personhood,” bill was unconstitutional. This goes against previous rulings by the Supreme Court. What happens if the razor thin line that protects women’s rights is sliced?
We are relatively certain that at least one Justice will retire, but there are possibly three retiring in the next term. Imagine how the constitutional questions would be answered regarding women.
Please read the rest at the link…we have talked about the prospects of women’s rights with Romney/Ryan…there is nothing more to say.
There is a ridiculous interactive here at this link…A New Guide to the Republican Herd – Interactive Feature – NYTimes.com
No, it is not a herd of dick heads or assholes…it is a bunch of pink elephants.
I wonder where this PLUB would find himself in that herd? Lawmaker who thinks gays a threat to children crashes boat into children
A homophobic Maryland lawmaker has admitted to being drunk when he accidentally crashed his boat into a boat full of children.
Maryland delegate Don H. Dwyer Jr was drinking with another man on his boat on the Magothy River in Pasadena around 7pm when his boat struck a smaller vessel with five children on board.
Four of the children were injured with one, a five year old girl, taken by helicopter to Baltimore’s Johns Hopkins Children’s Center.
Two adults on the boat were unharmed.
The smash was so severe that Dwyer’s boat sunk in the river.
Dwyer later admitted to having a blood alcohol level of 0.2 – twice the legal limit.
‘It is true that I was drinking while operating my boat,’ Dwyer told a press conference outside the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore where he is being treated.
‘No one, no one, should be drinking and operating a motor vehicle or powerboat.’
‘I deeply regret my actions, and I ask for forgiveness from the public. My heart and prayers go out to the family that was involved in the accident, and I pray for them to have a speedy recovery.’
What an asshole!
And just one more link for you this morning, proof that Akin’s beliefs are going to send us back to the Middle Ages: Jennifer Tucker: The Medieval Roots of Todd Akin’s Theories | History News Network
THE now infamous beliefs about pregnancy that are held by Representative Todd Akin — the Republican nominee in a hotly contested Senate race in Missouri, who remarked earlier this week that the female body will try to “shut that whole thing down” in the case of “legitimate rape” — are obviously at odds with modern science. They are, however, in step with medieval science, even if Mr. Akin doesn’t seem quite aware of the similarities.
In the Middle Ages, as the historian Thomas Laqueur has written, there were two different views of reproduction. According to the Hippocratic model, both parents made seeds from materials throughout their bodies, a process called pangenesis. Both male and female seeds were needed to make a new person.
Oh, seeds…yeah, and for fertilizer we can use all the bullshit spewing from the mouths of those pink elephants up top.
Have a wonderful Sunday, post your thoughts or links in the comments below.