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Wyoming sends abortion bill to farm committee. 'Men think we're livestock?'

Wyoming sends abortion bill to farm committee. 'Men think we're livestock?'

02/17/11 03:41PM

Last week we spent two nights covering the battle over abortion rights in the Republican-controlled Wyoming legislature.When we left off, the small-c conservatives of the Republican Party, led by strong-spoken, small-government ranchers Reps. Sue Wallis and Lisa Shepperson, had voted down a bill seen as restricting abortion rights. But then the same guy who'd introduced the first one came out with a second, slightly modified bill. The small-government Republicans couldn't vote this one down, so Rep. read more

Ted Kennedy's 'When does the greed stop?' speech

02/17/11 11:45AM

If you stayed on and watched Ed last night, you caught a brief clip of Ted Kennedy raging against greed. That was a January 2007 speech advocating for an increase in the minimum wage. Not quite the issue workers in Wisconsin are dealing with, but you'll recognize a lot of familiar themes. No wonder they called this guy the Lion of the Senate.  read more

Using force to get their way, in America

02/17/11 10:02AM

  praised the bill, saying it could end abortions in South Dakota by scaring away doctors or by establishing grounds for someone to kill those who stay."There may be something I'm overlooking, but from all appearances, this bill would certainly justify an individual taking the life of an abortionist in order to save human lives," he said. read more

Next up for S. Dakota: Sharia Law bill

02/16/11 09:44AM

South Dakota State Rep. Phil Jensen spent Tuesday morning explaining what he meant by his bill to expand the definition of justifiable homicide.Rep. Jensen's bill got its first fame outside South Dakota in a report that said it could legalize the killing of abortion providers. And it does makes room for killing someone trying to harm an "unborn child," but as Mr. Jensen later told Greg Sargent, he's talking only about criminal assaults. The Jensen bill covers a situation where a husband might attack his pregnant wife, for example. read more

'I think John Boehner is bad at his job'

02/16/11 07:23AM

Whether it's being unable to win votes his party proposes, or deliver promised spending cuts, or focus on that priority he said was his priority, or get the messaging right on jobs, new Republican House Speaker John Boehner has had a tough go of it so far.Last night on the show, Rachel Maddow floated a theory:Being the speaker of the House is constitutional position. You are third in line to the presidency, and you have constitutional responsibility to conduct the business of the House. read more

Tucson militia tries recruiting on Craigslist. (File: 'more guns are the answer')

Tucson militia tries recruiting on Craigslist. (File: 'more guns are the answer')

02/10/11 10:03AM

What used to live on this Craigslist ad? The Tucson Weekly says this:STARTING ARMED MILITIA UNITS FOR ALL METRO PIMA COUNTY WILL BE SERCHING FOR DRUG DEALERS,BURGLARS AND VANDALIZERS OF PRIVATE PROPERTY THER WILL BE CERTAIN QUALIFICATION#1 no convicted felons ,'we offer tactical weapons training,camoflage techniques, the use of night vision and equipment and must pass background checkand able to carry a fire arms are main weapons consist of AR-15 and saiga 308 tactical for more inf contact OPERATION CLEAN UPNext to the other ads in the nonprofit jobs category -- church music director, anyone? read more

Flutes in space

Flutes in space

02/09/11 07:00PM

Rachel Maddow reports on an exciting astro-aural event: a flute performance in space by Flight Engineer Cady Coleman. watch

Tracking down the 'green weenie'

02/08/11 10:49AM

tick your finger down your throat and give them the green weenie."We're hoping Sen. Simpson's office will elucidate that for us a bit more. Meanwhile @seangirvan tweets:"green weenie" is a green scrubbing pad like on the back of dish sponges, we still use the term in the Navy.Sen. Simpson has hinted that "green weenie" has to do with his old military days. ADDING: As Marla Erwin notes in the first comment, Urban Dictionary seconds that, in a very NSFW kind of way (fair warning.) Maybe we're getting closer. This post is open to links. read more

Gee-bunktion junction?

Gee-bunktion junction?

02/06/11 12:57AM

2/6 Update below! Thanks to chemgirl in the comments for some new links. This is veering toward bunk.Commenter Tomm JOnzz points out that one detail left out of Rachel's Friday report on the Green Bay Packers is that the G on the Packers' helmets stands for "greatness" and not the commonly assumed "Green Bay." He cites the video on this page in which former football player Tiki Barber informs members of the Green Bay team of this bit of trivia to their near unanimous surprise.Though Mr. read more

'To touch the face of God'

01/28/11 11:11AM

President Reagan could be awfully great for certain things, like addressing the American public after the Space Shuttle Challenger went down, 25 years ago today. "The crew of the space shuttle Challenger honored us by the manner in which they lived their lives," Mr. Reagan said. "We will never forget them, nor the last time we saw them, this morning, as they prepared for the journey and waved goodbye and 'slipped the surly bonds of earth' to 'touch the face of God.' "The quotes are from "High Flight," a poem by John Gillespie Magee, Jr. The delivery is all Ronald Reagan. read more

Racists building all-white republic, one bad Photoshop at a time

Racists building all-white republic, one bad Photoshop at a time

01/21/11 05:12PM

For a bunch of racists trying to create a new white republic in the Pacific Northwest, the folks at the Northwest Front have a decent-looking website.The only problem is that the pictures they use to sell you on their ideal are straight from the stock-photo pool, with the Northwest Front's white nationalist flag sort of slapped in over the top, digitally.Today's prize for awesome goes to Jess Idres, who found the stock images for compare and contrast. Busted -- the Aryans are astroturfing. (ADDING: They're also moving in on this thread -- I'm closing comments. read more