Episode 308

February 21, 2014



“It is still a very volatile situation there in Ukraine. President Obama hasn’t really decided exactly what we’re going to do. But, Fox News has already decided that whatever it is, it’s wrong.” – Bill Maher

“It is still a very volatile situation there in Ukraine. President Obama hasn’t really decided exactly what we’re going to do. But, Fox News has already decided that whatever it is, it’s wrong.” – Bill Maher

“Basically, half the country wants to modernize and become more western in their outlook, and the other half of the country wants to live in the past. Same problem with our country.” – Bill Maher

“The Bible-thumpers can keep denying global warming all they want, but, I tell you, if Jesus came back to California, he would be pissed because there is no water to walk on.” – Bill Maher

Mass Incarceration

“I refer to mass incarceration as 'the new Jim Crow,' because it is a system of racial and social control that is remarkably similar. It functions in a manner that is remarkably similar to old 'Jim Crow' segregation. In a few short decades, we quintupled our nation’s prison population.” – Michelle Alexander

“Once you’re labeled a felon, all the old forms of discrimination are suddenly legal again: employment discrimination, housing discrimination, denial of the right to vote, exclusion from jury service. In many ways, people who are branded criminals and felons today are subject to second-class treatment.” – Michelle Alexander

“It’s really about, 'I am so afraid of the black people, I just need to shoot them before they do anything.'” – Bill Maher

“In many ways, colorblindness is the problem. Being blind to the suffering of people of other races, being blind to discrimination, being blind to bigotry; that is a big part of the problem. So, I would hope that we wouldn’t aim for more blindness.” –Michelle Alexander

The UN's Report on North Korea's Human Rights Violations

“Why aren’t we a bit more honest? Instead, what we do is we write things in the Wall Street Journal saying, hey, we could do this small thing around the edge – this small thing around the edge – and we make ourselves feel better. But, we should just acknowledge that what we’re actually going to do about North Korea and their prison camps is nothing.” – Charles Cooke

“To a certain extent, this is a puzzle about China. How do you bring China enough into the community of nations that they are too embarrassed about their continuing patronage of North Korea to let them get away with this?” – Rachel Maddow

“No one was disputing what’s in it. They’re just disputing what to do about it. But, after World War II, we said, 'Never again,' and we ought to mean it.” – Jane Harman

“Eeconomic sanctions have limited use in Korea. We’re not going to invade. And then there’s moral authority. I don’t know what number four is.” – Bill Maher

“The only thing that’s going to make a difference in North Korea is China. How can we influence China to not see human rights as an issue that is the enemy of China, and that’s something about the future of their country? That’s a sensitive issue that we can’t bomb our way to a solution.” – Rachel Maddow

MSNBC's Chris Christie Coverage

“I am totally obsessed with the Christie story, unapologetically, and will continue to be obsessed with it while amazing things in that story continue to happen.” – Rachel Maddow

“He’s not the president. He’s not even a guy who ever himself said he was going to be running for president. He’s a New Jersey governor who did something bad. He closed lanes on a bridge: bad. But, is it really THAT BAD?” – Bill Maher

“Why don’t we just come clean? What you’ve been doing over the last two months is trying to get rid of Chris Christie from the race. This is not as interesting as you think it is.” – Charles Cooke

Steve Coogan's New Film, “Philomena” and The Catholic Church

“Philomena, who keeps her religion, she is the true face or the potential, the real future for religion, because she’s diligent. She has this dignified face. And she kind of shames the establishment of the Church, the hierarchy of the Church. She lives her values. She doesn’t just preach the values.” – Steve Coogan

“It’s really a case of what we call now 'slut shaming.' Aside from all the actual things they do to her like taking away her baby, they make her feel horrible for so long that she did this horrible act, that she had sex.” – Bill Maher

“There’s a lot of good things in religion, and we outline those in the movie, and Philomena exemplifies those things – but, there’s a lot of bad things. There’s bad things: sexual repression, sexual shaming, of something which is entirely natural, that is part of our DNA, what makes us human. If we didn’t have sexual feelings, the human race would grind to a halt. And the Church seems to have missed this.” – Steve Coogan

“In the U.K., the church and state are supposed to be intertwined. Yet, if a politician invokes God in a political speech in the U.K., he’s going to lose votes. In this country, he’ll gain votes.” – Steve Coogan

California's Drought. The Delta Smelt and Climate Change

“We either divert the water for the farmers or for the fishermen. If we do this for the farmers – the people who are starving, you say – then we hurt the fishermen. But, the farmers have a better lobbyist, don’t they? They have better lobbyists than the fishermen.” – Bill Maher

“That the California drought is absolutely, definitely to do with climate change – and there is climate change – but that it is definitely to do with climate change, is refuted by an awful lot of scientists.” – Charles Cooke

“2013 was the driest year on record in California in recorded history. And, in some parts of the state, it was less than 50% of the previous record total of the low precipitation. The fish didn’t do it. This is climate change.” – Rachel Maddow

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