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North Korea says Kim Jong-Il is dead

12/18/11 11:01PM

North Korean television reports that Kim Jong-Il is dead at the age of 69.  According to NBC's Jo Ling Kent the announcer on state TV was dressed in all black which "never happens."  As we continue to learn more regarding the circumstances of the North Korean dictator's death, a few things to know:1. In 2009 Kim Jong-Il reportedly picked his youngest son to succeed him.2. Forget "President;" Kim Jong-Il had a lot of titles.3. Vaclav Havel once wrote a stirring profile of Kim Jong-Il's sickening cruelty toward his own people.4. You can follow North Korean state TV here.5. read more

Links for the 12/16 TRMS

Links for the 12/16 TRMS

12/16/11 11:39PM

Links to material cited on the show: New Capitol access policy enactedOWS Nevada County Responds to Local Eviction - Eviction PostponedTake Back The Land NRA criticizes Delaware private sale legislation Point, click, fire: an undercover investigation of illegal online gun sales Making gun safety politically safe read more

The Whiskey Skin

12/16/11 09:31PM

The Whiskey Skin is a variation on a hot toddy. This recipe from David Wondrich's great book, "Imbibe!"Ingredients:WaterSugar (White sugar, demerara sugar -- depending on what you like)A lemonScotch (Good, scotchy scotch; a single malt, a good peaty one if you can get it, like Ardbeg from Islay)Preparation:Start by setting the water to boil. You want a heat proof mug.Wondrich calls for about a teaspoon of sugar. Rachel likes a little less than that. Then, you want a looooooong thin piece of lemon peel.If you're following the recipe properly, you just drop the peel in there. read more

Toys Are Us

Toys Are Us

12/16/11 09:13PM

As end of the year roundups go, cheers to L.A. Weekly for re-creating 2011's most compelling stories (like this Occupy Wall Street tableaux) using Lego people.You can feel the class tension right down to TraderMan's tiny plastic briefcase. read more

Ahead on the 12/16 Maddow Show

12/16/11 07:57PM

Tonight's guests:Kristen Welker, NBC news White House correspondentWayne Slater, senior political writer for the Dallas Morning NewsMax Rameau, founder of the "Take Back the Land" protest movementNow here's executive producer Bill Wolff with a story preview and here is the musical accompaniment:  read more

Democracy: Some assembly required

Democracy: Some assembly required

12/16/11 07:00PM

Max Rameau, founder of the "Take Back the Land" protest movement, talks with Rachel Maddow about the effectiveness of the 'Occupy' movement and its application to the housing rights movement. watch

On tonight's show

On tonight's show

12/16/11 07:00PM

Bill Wolff, executive producer for the Rachel Maddow Show, shares a preview of tonight's show - Italy is doing a major infrastructure overhaul, Bloomberg cracks down on guns in NYC and Rachel makes a mean drink for tonight's Cocktail Moment! Don't miss... watch

Private sales ease gun law violations

Private sales ease gun law violations

12/16/11 07:00PM

Rachel Maddow reviews New York City mayor, Michael Bloomberg's "Point, click, fire" report in which it is demonstrated that out-of-state laws against private gun sales to people who admit they wouldn't pass a background check are not being enforced. watch

Oh, Christmas tree, oh, Christmas tree, how do you string the lights right?

Oh, Christmas tree, oh, Christmas tree, how do you string the lights right?

12/16/11 04:03PM

The other day at my house, we brought home our Christmas tree. In New York City, this usually means buying one from a stand on the corner -- the same Vermont guy has sold us a tree for eight years running -- and then carrying it home, everybody taking a turn with the heavy end.For reasons that don't matter and we'd just as soon forget, we had to put the lights on three times before we got it right. That meant passing the strands of lights around the tree, starting at the top, and going from hand to hand, around and around, three times. read more

Etta James got a hold on us

12/16/11 01:57PM

Rachel, who we assumed was off reading about the nine-bill spending omnibus, just sent us this email:AP story says today that etta james is terminally ill and her doctor is asking for prayers.if you are not familiar with the miraculous force of nature that is etta james, watch this and just say to yourself... 1962.  1962!  dear christ this is her in 1962.  until 1:43 on this clip, it is simply not possible that it's 1962. read more

Ron Paul, typography nerd?

12/16/11 01:30PM

Some political observers (including Rachel at 7:30 in this clip) have interpreted the style of a recent Ron Paul ad as an allusion to the F-150 Ford truck TV commercial. I have an alternate theory: Ron Paul is a typography nerd.What I see in both the Ron Paul ad in question and the F-150 ad is the (celebrated virally at the time) 2007 kinetic typography rendering of the "What does Marsellus Wallace look like?" scene from Pulp Fiction. (NOTE: Contains curses! read more

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