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
How would they know?!?!?! What if you’re straight and you just act gay? What if you’re just generally fabulous?
—  Rachel Maddow discussing Liberty University’s discrimination policy, which does not discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation but does based on ‘homosexual conduct’
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

Missed opportunities examined in Ebola death:

With Thomas Eric Duncan dying, with America’s first Ebola patient dying, there are about how well we have performed on this test of our country.

First of all, let me ask two questions. And these are both very nitty gritty, but these are very real questions. Kent Brantly got a blood transfusion from an Ebola survivor as part of his treatment. Rick Sacra got a blood transfusion from an Ebola survivor as part of his treatment. Asoka Mukpo is getting a blood transfusion from an Ebola survivor as part of his treatment. Doctor Brantly says that the Dallas hospital treating Eric Duncan called him and asked him if he would also offer his blood and his blood plasma to Thomas Eric Duncan as part of his treatment. Doctor Brantly says he said yes, he’d be happy to do it. He also says they never followed up. They never did it. They never offered a transfusion to Thomas Eric Duncan the way they had to those other patients. 

Why didn’t Dallas follow up on that? Why is that? Is there a medical explanation for that? Were these two men not the same blood type, so it was incompatible? Is it possible that Thomas Eric Duncan didn’t get as high a standard of treatment as the other patients have gotten in this country? Did he get everything that he could have gotten once they knew he was infected? That’s an an answerable question. It is empirically knowable. Why didn’t he get a transfusion from a survivor like other patients did? Does that make sense? 

Also, and this is another hard question for Texas. No other patient treated for Ebola in this country, besides Thomas Eric Duncan, has died. Is part of the reason he died because his care was delayed? He was initially turned away from care once he had already gotten sick and was seeking medical help. He started to feel sick on Wednesday, the 24th of September, he sought medical attention in Dallas the following day. Thursday the 25th that hospital sent him home [despite knowing that he had a 103 degree temperature and being aware that he had come from a counrty where the Ebola outbreak is]. They sent him away  while he was sick, and then he was sick at home with no help and no treatment and no supportive care. He was home on Friday and on Saturday getting sicker and sicker and sicker and it wasn’t until Sunday, when he came back to the hospital in an ambulance and they finally admitted him. 

Those days, those days that he was symptomatic in the community, are part of what worried everybody about the risk that he might have infected somebody else. But those three days that he was symptomatic in the community are also three days that he wasn’t receiving any medical care. He wasn’t getting any therapy to combat the Ebola virus. He wasn’t getting any intensive supportive medical care to keep him alive so his own immune system could do the job to fight off the virus. Don’t mean to put too fine a point on it, but did that kill him? Could he have been saved had he been treated right from the beginning of his symptoms?

We’ve now had exactly one patient diagnosed with Ebola for the first time in this country, and he is the one patient treated for Ebola in this country who has died. God willing, he’ll be the last, but how did we do as a test in this country? How badly did we screw this up? Did the way America screwed this up kill that man, and what do we need to learn to get it right from here on out?

Excerpt from The Rachel Maddow Show. The full segment can be seen here.

Note: since this report, Nina Pham, a nurse who was caring for Thomas Duncan, has become the second person to contract Ebola in the United States. Ms. Pham has already received a blood transfusion from Ebola survivor, doctor Kent Brantly.  

When he held that seat the first time, he voted that President Bill Clinton should be impeached and thrown out of office for having an affair and lying about it. Now Mark Sanford is back, that’s who they picked.

Remember there were sixteen different Republicans in the primary for this seat and they picked this guy. Congratulations, Mark Sanford. Congratulations, Republican Party.

Best wishes for continuing with the whole crusading family values agenda thing.

—  Rachel Maddow on Mark Sanford’s reelection in South Carolina’s first district. (5/7/13)
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Trigger Warning: Domestic Violence

Rachel Maddow exposes Timothy Johnson, the former Vice Chair of the the North Carolina Republican party and one of the signatories of a letter to congress that strongly urges Republicans not to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act, as a domestic violence abuser:

"He got a suspended sentence of 18 months in prison after admitting to beating his wife into the hospital, breaking her nose, breaking her toes, breaking a piece of furniture over her back. Police found his wife in the couple’s home on Christmas Day, bleeding from the face and suffering from other injuries. He plead guilty to felony aggravated assault in that case. He is now one of the signatories to the vote against the Violence Against Women Act letter, right? It’s a letter signed by him and by all those groups that have the word ‘values’ in their names."

Nobody’s saying do nothing. First of all, Social Security isn’t the problem with the deficit.

Second of all, there is a way to fix it that has nothing to do with starving old people now or in the immediate future. You have people pay more and the system is solved.

If you wanted to approach just towards solvency, that would be one of the things that’s on the table. For the Democrats to not put that on the table and say it’s all about solvency and not the politics, I just don’t buy it.

—  Rachel Maddow arguing the progressive perspective on the budget to former senior advisor to President Obama, David Axelrod

Perhaps you think you’ve read or heard it all. Hell, I even wrote my own book about it, So Wrong for So Long,. But now Rachel Maddow is promising surprising revelations in her MSNBC special Hubris: Selling the Iraq War, next Monday night in her regular time slot.

It will be President’s Day, but it looks like she sure won’t be celebrating George W. Bush. Or the mainstream media.

The special marks the opening of what will surely be a slew of tenth-anniversary programs and other media revisits.  If you want to go back yourself now: Ten years ago today Hans Blix made another fateful presentation to the United Nations on his team’s search for WMD in Iraq. It was said to bolster both opponents and proponents of a US invasion, since he still found no evidence of such weapons but Saddam was still not cooperating fully with inspections.

Why does this all matter? Well, consider this major Washington Post piece last night on Iran allegedly boosting nuclear program by pursuing certain…magnets. It never ends.

The doc is partly based on the book Hubris by David Corn and Michael Isikoff but reportedly goes beyond it. An NBC press release claims the documentary features “new and original interviews with members of the Bush administration, the CIA, members of Congress and other insiders who were part of the internal debate over the ultimately faulty-intelligence that led to the invasion of Iraq.

More excerpts on the Yellowcake lies here and on “Cheney’s Speech” here and on “The Build-up” here and WMD not found.

h/t: Greg Mitchell at The Nation