tv The Rachel Maddow Show MSNBC May 13, 2010 11:00pm-12:00am EDT
my goodness. this is delicious. hitler! that's a lovely tie you're wearing, jon. the gerbils! i'll give glenn beck this. he's got style. he can even make a paranoid nazi comparison using poetry. >> ever heard the old poem, first they came for the jews? first the banks, then the insurance companies, then the car company. >> glenn, get a grip. there's a difference. they came for the jews to kill them. they came for the banks and the car companies to give them $700 billion. if that's coming for them, then come for me. hell, for $700 billion i'll go to you. unless it's not me they're after. gee.
i wonder who they could be after? >> first they came for the jews and i stayed silent. next i'll show you the very latest attacks on me. >> yes. glenn, the nazis are everywhere. and you're not safe. so here's what you do and take it from me. my people have been through this before. first, you've got to find an attic. then hide there for the next three years. and whatever you do, don't make a sound. we'll let you know when it's safe to come out. >> glenn beck has nazi tourette's. that's "countdown" for this, the 2,569th day since the previous president declared mission accomplished in iraq. i'm keith olbermann. good night and good luck.
now to discuss senator mccain's campaign commercial plea to finish the dang fence with the actual sheriff of the arizona county he was standing in, not the stand-in, ladies and gentlemen, here's rachel maddow. >> good evening. congratulations on breaking goodwin's law in a way it's never been broken before on cable news. that was spectacular. >> i was just playing lewis. it's -- he did it. i'm just happily sitting here and watching it. did it make the veins in your neck bulge out? by any chance? >> it did. it got me all blotchy. all red. you know how i get. i'm so emotional. thank you, keith. appreciate it. thanks to you at home for staying with us for the next hour. we'll report on the moratorium for offshore drilling. off the west coast. senator maria campwell of washington is here. we have the incredible story of philadelphia, pennsylvania, 25 years ago today when the city went to war with some of its own citizens. we've got some footage you will not believe.
sarah palin, as keith mentioned, has a new applause line in her stump speech. it's me. which frankly makes me feel very important. and there's essential follow-up on the story of george rekers, the eight anti-gay crus who found male companionship at rentboy.com. we begin tonight with the city of los angeles, now finalizing plans to boycott the entire state of arizona. to suspend all travel to arizona by city employees, to terminate more than $7 million worth of contracts that the nation's second largest city, l.a., has with arizona companies. a full economic boycott of the state. the l.a. city council approved the boycott yesterday. it goes into effect as soon as the city's mayor approves it. something he has indicated he plans to do. l.a.'s boycott of arizona would be a remarkable enough story on its known, but the exclamation point on this story becomes evident when you look at the calendar. it's mid-may right now, right? every single year at this time
the nba playoff season is under way. if you follow the nba playoffs, you will know the eastern conference finals matchup is still being sorted out but the western conference finals matchup is set. and you should prepare for yet more politics breaking out into your sports. >> reggie, it sets up the western conference final and a good one between the phoenix suns and the l.a. lakers. >> phoenix versus los angeles. awkward, right? what are the chances, right? the largest city in california, l.a., which has just approved a full-on boycott of arizona, now set to face off in the playoffs against the largest city in arizona. phoenix. in the do or die, winner take all western conference finals. game one of the series is monday in l.a. consider how grateful the city of phoenix must be at this point that any of the games are due to be in phoenix at all. this week the mayor of phoenix again, arizona's largest city,
said his city is facing, quote, near economic crisis. because of lost revenue from organizations canceling events in phoenix in response to the new papers please immigration law. near economic crisis. despite the near economic crisis they have thrown the state's largest city into, republican politicians who support the new papers please law apparently see too much political advantage in it to walk away now. take arizona senator john mccain. before this great temptation came along, senate bill 1070, this rosy red apple in the garden that was too irresistible to not support, john mccain was the nation's leading example of republican moderation on the issue of immigration. in 2005, for example, he teamed up with democratic senator ted kennedy, yes, ted kennedy, to introduce comp mensirehensive immigration reform in the united states senate. legislation that offered a path towards citizenship for those now in this country illegally. while his fellow republicans
derided that as amnesty, john mccain bucked his party with i used to be a maverick rhetoric like this. >> no wall, no barrier, no sensor, no barbed wire will ever stop people from trying to do what is a basic human yearning of all human beings all over the world, and that is to have better lives for themselves and their families. >> john mccain forged a righteous reputation as a famous moderate on the issue of immigration. it's in part why republicans thought they might have a chance of him winning the presidency in 2008. they thought he would not be a completely untenable choice for latino voters. but now in 2010, john mccain facing a primary challenge from the right, has decided he not only supports the papers please immigration law, he's now casting himself in his tv ads as essentially a vigilante middleman on the border. you may have seen the ad which has gotten a ton of national
attention. mostly because i think people think it's funny. >> human smuggling, home invasions, murder. >> we're outmanned. with all the illegals in america, more than half come through america. >> have we got the right plan? >> the plan's perfect. you bring troops, state, county and local law enforcement together. >> and complete the dang fence. >> it will work this time. senator, you're one of us. >> i'm john mccain, and i approve this message. >> okay, here's the problem with this ad. number one, john mccain until recently was against the dang fence he's now campaigning on. remember that clip you just heard from senator mccain in 2006 saying no wall, no barrier will ever stop people from coming across the border? john mccain also quoted in "vanity fair" in 2007 telling an audience in milwaukee, excuse my language here, quote, by the way, i think the fence is least effective.
but i'll build the g-damned fence if they want it. woo-hoo. ringing endorsement for the danged border fence that now must be built. that's problem numero uno. with this ad. problem numero two-o, you see the sheriff that he's with in the ad? that is a real sheriff. he is not however the sheriff of where he and john mccain are standing in that ad. in fact, he's the sheriff of a county that is not on the border. sheriff babeu is the sheriff of pinal county, which is up there. where john mccain physically is in that ad is in nogales, which is in santa cruz county. the actual sheriff of the real santa cruz county joins us as our guest now. sheriff estrada, thank you for joining us tonight. i really appreciate your time, sir. >> rachel, thank you for having me. >> the reason i wanted to talk to you tonight, sheriff, senator
mccain's advertisement leaves the impression that law enforcement officials, particularly the sheriff on the border where that ad was shot, would be in favor of the border fence. are you in favor of the border fence? >> i'm not a fan of fences at all. as a matter of fact, you know when they started setting the fence here in the urban area, they created more problems for us. the traffic, the activity, we never had as a sheriff's office. the rural areas we started seeing problems as a result of that. people were being pushed in through these areas and we started having people that were dying out there, they were being assaulted out there. there were a lot of thinks happening that previously had not happened before when the fence wasn't set up. so it has created some very unique and special challenges for that, so a fence to us is not a solution. at least it's not a solution for the rural sheriffs, as far as i'm concerned. >> aside from the border fence, senator mccain advocates in that advertisement again, shot in your county, he advocates sending 3,000 national guard
troops to the border. again, in your county where this was shot, in your professional opinion, are thousands of national guard troops what you need there? >> you know what? i think border patrol is what we need. we have had troops here before. they have been in a support role here in santa cruz county. they have been very helpful to border patrol and they've been welcomed by the community as well. however, i don't think they should be placed here on the border to be making contact and having confrontation with anybody coming across the border. in a support role, i have no problem with that. >> sheriff, we know that there are some law enforcement officials in arizona who are in favor of the state's new immigration law, sb 1070. we know there are some law enforcement officials that are against it. what's your opinion of the new law? >> it's absurd. i'm totally against it and i really hope it goes away. it's like a nightmare. i think it's something we cannot afford to be straddled with. it's just something that's overwhelming for us.
this phenomenon with the legal immigration is going to take a lot of efforts. immigration reform, worker programs, there's a lot of thing that's have to be done. we cannot as a small agent, especially here along the border, we cannot afford to have another level of responsibility in jurisdiction. it's something we cannot afford. we're not prepared for it, we're not trained for it, and we shouldn't be doing federal work. border patrol and the agencies down here don't do our work, they don't investigate domestic violence, thefts, and vandalism, so we should not be doing border patrol work. they're trained, they're prepared, they do a good job, they just need more help down here. >> sheriff, as you know, this is an election year, and it seems like what arizona's done with this immigration law made politicians coast to coast on the conservative side of the spectrum try to seem tougher on immigration by supporting it. i know you're not a political man, you're a law enforcement officer.
do you think there's anything hopeful to come out of this or politics oriented than solutions oriented now? >> well, you know, i hope we can ride the wave on this. i hope something does come out of it but i do hope senate bill 1070 does go away. hopefully as a result of the publicity and uproar it has created it will have some positive effect. i'm hoping that. i know politicians are jumping on the band wagon on this, trying to take advantage of this particular issue. in one way or another i hope we have something good come out of it. the people coming across the border now and the focus of this particular bill is the poorest people. you know, they're coming from extreme poverty. they're hardworking people. they're noble people. and they're also, you know, family oriented. these are the kind of people that they're focusing on, not on the criminals. every state in america has lots against criminals, whether they
live here or they're here illegally, and i think that's the way to deal with it. but i think they're focusing on the good people that are trying to do good things and trying to make a living for themselves and their families. and i really have a lot of compassion for that. >> santa cruz county sheriff, antonio astraud do, thank you so much for your time and insight tonight, sir. it's good to have you on the program and good to have your voice added to this national debate. really appreciate it. >> thank you. have a great day. >> thank you. so we're starting to learn exactly what mechanical failures caused the gulf oil spill. short answer? there's no short answer because there were so many failures. this after bp and transocean bragged about how safe this drilling was. one of the senators who called today for a ban on offshore dri drilling off the west coast, washington's maria campwell will be joining us live next. and it finally happened. sarah palin said my name in public. it was a cheap shot to get a laugh, but still, sarah palin. she was a united states -- she was a -- well, she was a governor for more than a year. drinks on me, everyone. drinks on me.
woo! woo! woo! woo! but wait. one more thing. this is not the first time the city of los angeles has staged an economic boycott against a place that wasn't los angeles as a means of protesting discrimination. in 1992, los angeles was one of many cities and organizations to boycott colorado after colorado voters passed a constitutional amendment to ban all civil rights protections for gay people. remember ted haggard the colorado springs pastor with the really good taste in male escorts? ted haggard helped lead the fight for amendment two before it was ruled unconstitutional by the u.s. supreme court, l.a. joined a national boycott of colorado at that time. that wasn't a racial issue like the arizona boycott but it was civil rights. before that in the '80s los angeles boycotted south africa over apartheid. apartheid was nothing like the papers please law in arizona
either. apartheid was a race-based governmental system that was totally morally egregious. people of color had to carry specific papers with them at all times to be checked by police on demand. they didn't have the right dujs on them at all times they were subject to be arrested, just for being not white and not having the right papers, please. compared to arizona that was a -- never mind.
president obama was in new york city for a fund-raiser at the st. regis hotel where he was greeted by aids activists shouting keep your promise. keep your promise. barack obama the candidate made a promise to add $50 million to the fight against aids in the first term. aids activists are angry that barack obama the president has thus far actually flatlined aids funding, when you consider inflation, or even worse. the administration's fiscal 2011 budget proposes a $50 million
cut in our country's contribution to the global aids fund. activists are circulating a document they say shows the effect of the u.s. backing off on aids, warning doctors in uganda to essentially not put anymore people on treatment because u.s. funding won't cover it anymore. today outside the president's event at the st. regis, several activists who appeared to be chained together were arrested after sitting down in the street in protest. there's no word on whether the president actually saw the protest which was happening as he arrived at the event. we asked the white house for comment on the protesters' allegations. we will let you know when we hear back.
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besides the thousands more barrels of oil that spewed into the gulf of mexico today, there are two other developments to report in the bp ultra-disaster in the gulf. first, the attempt to cover the gusher with a smaller containment dome, the thing they're calling a top hat, that did not happen. bp reportedly had concerns that ice crystals might form inside that thing the same way they formed inside the larger containment dome when that effort failed a few days ago. bp is instead preparing to insert a narrow pipe right into the spot where the oil is gushing hoping to be able to siphon the crude up to the surface and into a tanker. the riser pipe gushing is 21 inches in diameter. the siphon is reportedly six inches in diameter. the smaller tube according to the ap would be surrounded by a stopper of some sort to keep oil from leaking around it once it was stuck into that riser pipe. so that was the first development. the new plan for what to try to do a mile under the surface of the water. the other development today happened in washington where two days of hearings this week on the oil disaster showed us exactly what the oil industry
means when they say safe. when they keep assuring us that offshore drilling in deep water is so safe now. the big blowout preventer that didn't work in 2001, a transocean report showed there could be as many as 260 failure possibilities in that piece of equipment. that's supposed to be the failsafe if all else fails, remember, and it's got 260 different possible fail points. the blowout preventer's hydraulic system did fail, meaning it was physically incapable of doing its job, which was crimping off the pipe spewing oil. it also has a deadman switch if other systems fail. that deadman switch was hooked up to a dead battery. the engineering diagrams of this blowout preventer, trying to figure out how to activate it with those robot subs, remember, after it failed? the diagrams they were consulting were completely out of date. the thing had been modified so much it didn't look anything like the plans that they were consulting to figure out how to
work on it. one of the cement plugs on the rig was also found to be missing. the rig failed pipe pressure testing which should have indicated something was going wrong with gas in the drill line. failure after failure after failure, blown supposed fail safe after blown supposed fail safe after blown supposed fail safe, and 11 people lost their lives. and the gulf, every day, gallon by crude gallon is losing maybe everything. but don't worry, they said it would all be fine, it would be safe. >> i think we should remember that scientific knowledge is always moving forward and actually using the best available and the most up to date scientific information is part of the current regulatory system. and it supports the leasing and expiration and development programs. i think we also need to remember that ocs's development has been going on for the last 50 years. and it has been going on in a way that is both safe and protective of the environment.
>> bp's vice president of gulf of mexico exploration speaking last year, giving chest thumping assurances about how safe and protective of the environment it is to drill, like the deep water horizon into the outer continental shelf. today the six senators from california, oregon and the state of washington called for a ban on all oil drilling off the entire west coast of the united states. but, wait, didn't bp say it would be safe? joining us now, washington democratic senator, maria cantwell, who joined with other senators today to announce that legislation that would permanently ban drilling off the coasts of california, washington and oregon. thank you for being on the show tonight. >> good evening, rachel. >> so president obama, as i understand it, put a moratorium on west coast drilling until 2017, 7 years from now. what would your proposed ban do differently? >> well, we want a permanent ban. why have oil drilling off our coast be prohibited just when barack obama's president?
we see now how dangerous this can be in the gulf of mexico and how important it is to protect the pristine shorelines of washington and california and oregon. these are vital economies, and we don't need to keep drilling for oil. >> when the political pressure created by this oil disaster in the gulf is over, the political pressure on the other side will resume to -- for lack of a better phrase, drill, baby, drill. do you think this incident has permanently damaged the credibility of people who are in favor of offshore drilling in terms of their assurances about the safety of this technology? >> well, the united states only has 2% of the world's oil reserves. and so the notion that we are going to affect gasoline prices or affect what we're going to do in the future as a world oil supply, we're not. so i think when you take that into consideration and you take into consideration the catastrophe and the economic damage that could reach $14
billion, you have to say to yourself it's time to stop migrating off of oil and on to other sources of energy. >> is there west coast drilling now? is there west coast drilling that's already happening? and if so, what would your proposed ban do to that? >> well, there is drilling off the coast, the west coast, and in my state, mostly the proposal is to continue to explore and do mapping and doing inventory for the future. that is at the taxpayer's expense. now, if you don't want to drill off the coast of washington, why do you want to spend millions of taxpayers' dollars actually doing the mapping and the inventory? off of california's coast there is expiration today. in fact, the governor just after this incident happened pulled back from a proposal that was to open up a large area and generate revenues to the state. but he has decided, yes, this is too big of a risk. >> senator, the kerry/lieberman bill, the climate bill that was
introduced yesterday, would allow states to opt out of offshore drilling, anything within 75 miles of their coastline. your proposed plan would prohibit it on the west coast categorically. how do you expect the senate to work out the conflict between the two proposals? >> you had six senators from the west coast who said we're having none of it. we don't want to expand, we basically want to have a clean energy future. and we think that the economies with fishing, with tourism, with the other industries that exist there, our natural resources that have become heritage sites, we don't want to see that economy ruined by the fact we would go after so little amount of oil. to say nothing of the fact that the royalties that are supposed to be paid by these companies nowhere meet what they really should be meeting for the american taxpayer. >> one last question for you about the politics of all this. and i will confess that it might just be me not getting it. but the beltway common wisdom is
that the oil disaster in the gulf actually makes it less likely that we'll pass a climate bill this year. and i just -- i just don't understand that common wisdom, but i recognize that is the common wisdom. do you believe that's the case? do you think a bill can pass? >> well, rachel, i've seen your show enough to know that you usually do get it right and do you your homework. and the issue here is not if, it's a matter of when. we know that oil is going to continue to skyrocket up and there's not enough resource there, and the united states can't do anything to impact the world oil supply. now we have a very visual damaging situation that we know that the risk is far greater than anybody ever realized. and so i think my colleagues are going to look at those events and say there's got to be a better path forward. i can't say what day or what week that's going to happen, but i know this is going to be something that's going to be helpful to my colleagues in says
there's got to be a better path forward for the u.s. economy and preserve those other economic, you know, tourism and fishing that are so vital to the u.s. >> senator maria cantwell, democrat of washington state, thank you so much for your time tonight. it's nice of you to be here on the program with us. appreciate it. >> thank you, rachel. just ahead, i become part of sarah palin's act. i always dreamed that some day i'd be cheap shotted by the biggest name in conservative politics, but this is just so sudden. later, big news from jupiter. not jupiter, florida, but jupiter, jupiter. part of jupiter is missing. we have the tape. please stay with us. we love getting our outback dirty. because it seems like the dirtier it gets, the more it shines. the subaru outback®.
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25 years ago today, part of the city of philadelphia was burnt to the ground. in a massive police raid gone awry, it's one of the things if you've ever lived in philadelphia or had anything to do with the city, it is a central defining feature of modern philadelphia even the central defining feature of the 1980s. if you know enough about it to know it happened it is still, at least to me, to this day stunning that the rest of the country knows so little about it. it's what's known as the move bombing. the target was a radical group called move, m-o-v-e, men and women and children who lived in a house on west philly. the raid lasted 18 hours and it's called a bombing because it included a bomb. by the time it was over, 11
people including 5 kids were dead. 53 homes were destroyed. another eight damaged. all 61 homes were torn down. the "philadelphia inquirer" on occasion of the anniversary produced a short documentary about the move bombing. i want to show you just a brief little excerpt from that. >> at 5:30 this morning warrants were to be served on the move member. >> so we eventually took up a position in the rear of the 6200 block of osage nearest to the parkway. we heard the police commissioner make an announcement. >> what did the commissioner say, do you know? >> he was telling them to come out. >> could you hear him saying that? what did the mother say? >> she was just arguing and stuff. >> what we intended to do was to create a diversion on the roof of the move compound. that diversion was to pour a large amount of water on to the
bunker, itself, to obscure the vision of anyone that may be inside the bunker and prevent them from seeing. >> we started down the alley, you go down approximately 15, 20 feet and the shooting started. then we hit tear gas, which at that time wasn't supposed to be in the plan. so we had to stop and put or gas masks on. >> i had recommended that the best way to go was to use an explosive entry device to blow a hole in the roof so we could insert gas in through the roof and that we intended to use a police helicopter. a state police helicopter. >> and what did you think was the fate of the children in terms of blowing a hole in the roof? >> my understanding was that it would work and would therefore be safe for the children. i did not have any notion whatsoever that anyone on that site would do anything that would endanger the children.
>> did you have any information or belief that there was any gasoline stored on the roof of 6221 osage avenue? >> i don't recall. i've heard that several times since. i don't recall having been told prior to that that there was gasoline stored on the roof. >> and then what happened? >> they were still up there and then they came down. everybody came down. >> all the men came down? >> that's when the big bomb went off. >> did you hear the big bomb? >> it shook the whole house up. >> it shook the whole house up. >> the house shake. we knew something had happened. it never, ever occurred to me that they had dropped a bomb on us. you know? we felt something, but i didn't know what it was.
>> i saw ramona come over the fence. she had started to walk down, stop, and she would wave her hand like this. >> and on the driveway what was later identified as birdie come out of the fire. he literally came through the smoke and fire. >> there was a board on fire there, and he hopped over that and he started coming down. >> i had a shotgun. >> i said, take my shotgun. i'm going to go get the kid. at what point did i start out to get birdie. that's the first time i realized the officer was behind me. grabbed my left shoulder. said, don't go out there, jim, it's a trap. >> i took my service revolver out. that's what i had at the time. i had a .357 magnum. >> we're trying to say to him, son, come over here. we're trying to get him to come to us. >> so i ran out and i scooped him underneath his left arm and i'll never forget it. the first thing he said was, don't shoot me. don't shoot me. >> in officer miller's face. >> i'm praying i'm not going to see a change of expression. >> and i made like a left to go out to osage. and then started to say to me, i'm hungry.
i want something to eat. i'm hungry. >> that's the part i have a tough time with. what this kid went through. i'm hungry. after he went through all that? i'm hungry? to explain things to certain people, that's my contact. then later i found out there was other kids in there. and in essence, i was a brick wall away. so it's something -- now, honestly, do i think about move every day? no, but when it's brought up, it's like it happened yesterday. >> according to an investigation into the move bombing in 1986, the year after it happened, police gunfire did prevent people inside the house from escaping when the house was on fire. however a state grand jury contradicted that commission conclusion. ramona africa, the only adult to survive that day, she was charged with conspiracy, riot and assault. she served seven years in prison. a few years after her release she won a federal lawsuit against the city and was awarded a half million dollars. the 13-year-old birdie, birdie africa, went to live with his
father. to add tragedy to tragedy, osage avenue has still never recover ed the city promised the owners . that their houses would be rebuilt by christmas of that year. instead it took a year and a half. the two heads of the company hired by the city to rebuild the homes embezzled more than $200,000 for which they served jail time. there were leaky pipes, collapsed roofs, broken floors, shoddy electrical work. efforts to fix the homes were so expensive and futile that 37 of the 61 homes today have been bought by the city, boarded up and left abandoned. residents continue to battle the city for fair compensation after their neighborhood was bombed by the city, bombed, 25 years ago today.
coming up on "countdown," keith's exclusive interview with the whistleblower who says there was cheating on blowout preventer tests and bp knew about it. but first on this show, just when you thought you'd heard all the baggage b handling details of anti-gay crusader george rekers and his rented boyfriend, i mean, travel assistant, things
get even weirder. now the right wing is swooping in to defend george rekers and rentboy.com is stepping up to defend itself. that is all ahead. but first a few holy mackerel stories in today's news. starting with the new applause line in the traveling sarah palin for profit road show. the new applause line is me. weirdly, really weirdly. last night former half term governor palin was in rosemont, illinois, speeches she gives for undisclosed but apparently large amount after money. here's a new piece of red meat she is throwing to her fans. >> i asked him where he was from, he said alaska, and then all of a sudden the clerk, she turns beet red and the veins popped out of her neck, sometimes like rachel maddow. watch, that clip's going to be on air for her dotcom. help her ratings. >> for all the things i thought would change in my life when i got a job for tv, i did not
foresee becoming a stump speech applause line for politicians who won't agree to do interviews with me. also super weird, just like what senator tom coburn said about me, sarah palin's case against me is also that i'm inappropriately emotional. >> turned this beet red and the veins pop out of her neck, kind of like rachel maddow does sometimes. >> for the record, i don't know why she's looking at my neck, i think my neck is actually kind of always bulgy, no matter how i'm feeling. i think i just have a bulgy neck. when i get frustrated i think i get more blotchy than bulgy. right, see? blotchy. honestly, weird as it is to have my looks picked on by sarah palin, i'm not going to get too excited about this. i have been used to raise money for right wing politicians in causes before. hi, senator brown. still waiting for my cut of the proceeds on those fund-raisers. i will make one last comment on this to report a couple facts
about governor palin's speech with me as the applause line. it's important for you to know her appearance in illinois was co-sponsored by "a" a company that makes sump pumps and, "b" conservative radio station with the call letters, wind. really, it was just an honor to be there. if you're looking for a job in colorado there's an interesting new opportunity on craigslist right now. let me show you, it's here under "jobs," "government," let's see, "state criminal investigator," park ranger, vietnamese translator, not it. oh, terrestrial section wildlife manager. that sounds cool. okay. here it is. lieutenant govern r of colorado. look at that. you can make more than $68,000 a year. you have to be 30, citizen, colorado resident and registered as an independent as of june 15th. craigslist ad was placed by jason clark, an independent candidate running for governor in colorado. he explained to talking points memo today the challenge of finding a lieutenant governor
candidate for a running mate. quote, if you look in colorado politics, barely anyone is registered as unaffiliated. it's all democrats and republicans. so we're thinking, how do we come up with someone who is unaffiliated, a resident of colorado, 30 years old and a u.s. citizen? obviously put an ad on craigslist. mr. clark says he has had 200 or 300 people answer this ad so far. but he says, quote, there's 70% to 75% that i would say are not qualified for an office of that caliber. if you do the math, that means at least 50 of you folks who responded to the lieutenant governor ad are qualified. so good luck with the campaign. and if it turns out this was just a jason clark campaign stunt to get your e-mail address, i'm very sorry. finally, we've got something we're calling tonight's moment of pointless discomfort. as the elena kagan supreme court
confirmation process continues the nominee spent a second day schmoozing with senators, members of the judiciary committee today. this is the part where they play nice. where the republicans try to trap her into making statements about roe v. wade comes later. now, you know, the way it works is the real conversation happens behind closed doors. there's also this weird part that staged for the media before they close the doors. where the nominee and the senator make small talk while the cameras are rolling. and that gives rise, at least it did today, to a long, pointless moment of discomfort between elena kagan and utah republican orrin hatch. >> good to have you in my office. >> it's great to be here. it's a beautiful office. >> yeah, well, there's some nice stuff here. you're going to get mad, there's deer from the national rifle association. so it's a piece of art, really. >> it's beautiful. >> it's a handmade flint lock, and it's beautiful.
in 2008 our spending in iraq was triple what we were spending in afghanistan. last year, our spending in iraq was double what we were spending in afghanistan. this year, iraq has officially been outpaced by what we are spending in the other war. "usa today" reports as of february, the most recent figures we've got, we're spending more than $6.5 billion a month in afghanistan, outpacing our iraq spending by more than $1 billion each month. the numbers of troops we've got in both places is roughly equal now, within about 7,000. but as of next year, plans are to have more than double the number of u.s. troops in afghanistan than we do in iraq. the president of afghanistan today visited the section of arlington national cemetery
where americans killed in the war in his country are buried. section 60. he was joined by the defense secretary, the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff and the commander of u.s. troops in afghanistan. meanwhile, yesterday in afghanistan, 14 american soldiers were given an honor that has never before been bestowed on any american. the german military awarded these american soldiers the gold cross medal, it's one of germany's highest awards for valor. it was awarded to them for risking their own lives to save wounded german troops in a taliban fire fight last month. the award has never before been given to troops from any other nation. uncommon valor in life during wartime. we'll be right back.
george rekers' career as one of america's loudest voices in the anti-gay cure the gays movement, his career has fallen apart, ever since this picture of him appeared in the "miami new times." that's george on the left there and a very handsome young man he met at rentboy.com, returning from an all-expenses paid european vacation together. mr. rekers resigned from a exp vacation. he's resigned from a national cure the gays group on tuesday saying, quote, with the assistance of a defamation attorney, i will fight these false reports because i have not engaged in any homosexual behavior whatsoever, i am not gay and never have been. rentboy.com is releasing this.
rentboy.com, it is our policy to protect the policy of any escort advertising his services on our site. the same goes for clients. information exchanged for adults meeting on our site remains private. he has a highly public lucrative career out of shaming gay men and women. if he took a rentboy on vacation, he's brought this negative attention on ourself. our mission is to create a nonjudgmental space where anyone curious of a male-male companionship can rent a man by the hour. we can't take the risk out of leading a double life or having a closeted or hypocritical career. if you're a famous home folk and you appear in public with a rent boy, you're just asking for trouble. if you would like to take a important star or male friend on vacation, rentboy.com is where you'll find him. excess baggage may be heavy and
there's nothing like a hot man to help you unload it. end quote. sarah palin says i turn all beet red sometimes. i like to see her read that with a straight face -- without a straight face. in any case. excess baggage can indeed be heavy. george reker found one defender, mathew staifr of liberty council for opposing same-sex marriage rights as well as opposing hogwart's certificate of accomplishment for kids who finish one of the harry potter books. liberty council made this show when they declared that health reform -- remember health reform? they declared health reform would mandate free sex change operations -- not just a completely ridiculous suggestion, but a very complicated one as well. mathew stabler of liberty council today told "the washington times," quote,e think mr. rekers would have a great
case to file a defamation suit. i think it was a completely arranged setup. now, for the record, miami new times says it got the photo because of a friend of the rentboy in question had been reading the rentboy's e-mail and tipped off paper's reporter. in that way, yes, they had him set up a situation in that they thought they could catch george rekers at the airport that day. george rekers is set up for himself by cruising for this guy on rentboy.com and taking him on vacation. also for the record, liberty council has cited mr. reker's pseudoresearch in a california court fight against gay marriage and in the florida ban of gay couples adopting kids. mathew stabler and liberty council have their own interest in defending george reker's since they counted on him in court. it should be noted that mr.
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so the earth spins around -- on its axis. that's a day. while doing that, 365 times, the very busy earth also takes an orbit around the sun. that's a year. all the planets orbit around the sun. it's not just us. all of the planets have years. and this year on jupiter, something very alarming happens in the jupiter year -- we turn now to our cosmic disappearances correspondent kent jones to get further alarmed. hi, kent. >> hi, rachel. alarming -- experts have discovered what may be the biggest burglary in the history of the solar system -- jupiter. >> oh, my god. >> take a look at jupiter, the big daddy of all planets, you'll see it h