Let the record show that you can be a United States senator for 21 years. You can be 79 years old. You can be the chair of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, and one of the most recognizable and widely-respected veteran public servants in your nation. But if you are female while all of those things, men who you defeat in arguments will still respond to you by calling you hysterical and telling you to calm down. They’ll patronize you and say they admire your passion, ‘sweetie,’ but they deal in facts, not your silly, girly feelings. It’s inescapable. You can set your watch by it.

Rachel Maddow breaks it down so simply that an 8th grader could understand it:

  1. ExxonMobil is more profitable than Walmart, Google, McDonald’s, American Express and Goldman Sachs combined
  2. Exxon’s fine for the oil Pegasus Pipeline spill in Arkansas is only a tiny fraction of its daily profit
  3. Again, Exxon paid just a tiny fraction of its daily profit for the entire Yellowstone oil spill

This begs (at least) three questions: Why does the U.S. Government even subsidize oil companies in the first place? Why doesn’t our government have more serious fines for oil spills? AND ARE WE SERIOUSLY CONSIDERING THE KEYSTONE PIPELINE?!? REALLY? NO, REALLY? 

The Keystone Pipeline will absolutely, positively spring a leak already has sprung several leaks

The oil industry has no clue how to clean up or prevent the leaks and they aren’t even exploring new technologies for oil spill clean ups

The KXL Pipeline will go through a MAJOR clean water drinking aquifer. Is America so stupid to “drill baby drill” that we’re willing to endanger our most valuable non-renewable resource —water— for a finite fossil fuel that wind and solar tech will ultimately replace?

Before I was in media and before I was doing this kind of media, I was a student of political science. I did a doctorate in political science and I studied social movements and how activists bring about change. The one thing that I learned and saw in action, and was never able to prove academically but I believe it with all my heart, is the thing that makes you most likely to win is winning. And that when you are unexpectedly able to achieve something, you not only attract attention, you attract hope—and hope is momentum.
Let’s say that I have done something, or pinged a database somewhere that has put me on the terrorist watch list. I find this out because I go to the airport to fly somewhere and I am told I am on the no fly list and they will not let me fly. At that moment, I can leave the airport, drive to a gun store, buy [up to] fifty pounds of black powder for use in making dozens of pipe bombs. I can also buy as many AR-15 Assault Rifles as I can afford with hundred round drum magazines and unlimited ammunition. Legally.
—  Rachel Maddow, The Rachel Maddow Show, 4/24/13
It’s as if Romney heard about an award that goes to the lyingest liar who ever lied in the history of liars, and he’s so eager to win the award that he’s becoming a parody of himself.

— Rachel Maddow

Me watching Rachel Maddow
  • 50% of the time:wow that's very insightful analysis, ooh, I love the way she framed this issue in that context, what a clever historical parallel she just drew, ah, I haven't heard this story covered much or at all elsewhere and I'm so glad she's giving it coverage, etc., etc..
  • the other 50% of the time:what a cutie patootie, OMG I can't believe she just said that!, you better run some cold water over that burn, Republicans!, I love you please marry me