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
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
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
Chris Rock, being Chris Rock, has already profanely said what America doesn't much like saying out loud -- that Martin Luther King Boulevards, wherever they are, tend to be in very tough neighborhoods.
Our pals down the hall at The Grio look at Baltimore's MLK Boulevard, which marks the divide between downtown and a poor black neighborhood. Opportunity still has trouble crossing the street. read more
The Rachel Maddow Show iPad app is now available for free in the iTunes app store.The app consists of two main parts. The first is a video archive featuring all of the latest show clips archived by date, including Web extras like Bill Wolff's daily videos.The second part of the app is a gateway to our collective viewing through Twitter (sorry I don't have a screen grab of that yet. I'll update here when I get one). read more
This is a screengrab from Sarah Palin's website Take Back the 20, taken moments ago. One of the crosshairs in Arizona appears to be for the district represented by Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, a Democrat. (First iteration of Ms. Palin's map here.)
This is the study behind the "Rich people suck at empathy" story from this past Sunday's New York Times.
I was looking through it because other than the poverty line, there aren't hard definitions of U.S. social classes, and the study had come up with a way of categorizing its subjects in order to produce results. So I was interested to see how they did it (this is pursuant to looking for a definition of "middle class," which is frustratingly nebulous despite all the fuss about the category's looming demise).
"Time to pop the champagne again if you like to celebrate extremes," our in-house astrophysicist, Summer Ash, writes. "Today the Earth is at the point in its orbit closest to the Sun."If you slept through the big midnight, you can think of today as a second chance, with the so-called anomalistic new year. See Summer for more details. read more
failure of trickle-down economics, it's not just the abstract failure of Republicans' favorite idea to make American life better. It's you, in your cubicle, in your car, in the one life you have.(Image: Momcat14c) read more
Another favorite #MaddowMoment -- the Rachel Maddow, Lesbian Vampire segment that started with Boston comedian Paul Day's YouTube clip. (Bonus points for anyone else who identified that tiny snippet of 1980s weird music about halfway through.)
Also, the cat ears thing.