The Rachel Maddow Show | February 15, 2013
>>> right now you have heard about the meteorite that flew over and crashed into russia today . more importantly, you have seen the meteor. the video is amazing and there is so much of it caught on russian surveillance video, and dash cam videos, apparently there was a ton. russians love that. who knew, they say it was going at least 33,000 miles an hour. when the meteor hit and its associated shock wave hit, as well, the ground shook, glass shattered, more than a thousand people were injured and 3,000 buildings damaged. some of what was left, left a hole in the frozen lake. there has not been a spray rock crashing to earth anywhere near this dramatically in more than 100 years. back in 1908 , the last time it happened this dramatically, we didn't have nearly the dashboard cameras to watch it happen as now, over and over again, from many, many different compelling angles. and yet, less than 20 hours after this meteor won the prize for the biggest disastrous meteor damage ever, he is acknowledged to be a koo k.but he has distinguished himself about this in russia , saying it was not a meteor that hit russia . the russian state -run media says that nothing ever falls there, if it fell, people did that. they start wars, they are not meteors falling. it is the americans. testing new weapons. and the battle stations, oh, russia , with your massive and catastrophic news, here in america we don't have those things. well, here in america we don't have the meteor strikes. as for conspiracy-loving elected officials we are still well-stocked there. not too long ago a conservative website published this story saying that chuck hagel , the president's nominee to run the defense department had received money from a group that he did not want to disclose to the senate as a source of income. "one of the names listed is a group reportedly called friends of hamas " friends of hamas , that illegal. also kind of made up. not only is there no known proof that chuck hagel had any link to such a scary organization, not only that, as our friend dick weigel points out, there is no evidence that "friends of hamas " exists anywhere. so a whack job website says something that is untrue, and both very unlikely and totally unsupported by any facts. somebody is wrong on the internet, big whoop, right? but on russia they have their media deniers. and in america , we have republican senator rand paul , who as a senator gets to take part as to whether or not chuck hagel gets to be defense secretary . and here is his comment on "talk radio".
>> let me bring up one piece of information that been shapiro put out today, which is one of the foreign funders behind senator hagel that he has not disclosed formally is called friends of hamas , is that is in fact true would that lead you to vote against mr. hagel?
>> you know i saw that information today also. that is more and more concerning.
>> you can't take money from a terrorist organization and come from the united states senate and ask for a vote, can you?
>> i am very troubled by it.
>> i am very troubled by it, it being chuck hagel 's imaginary connection to the organization, on a bright dot server, and apparently in rand paul 's mind. that is who gets to vote to confirm the defense secretary , very troubled by this terrorist organization that he heard about in a chat room somewhere. don't feel so bad, rush, every country's got them, we just give them more power than most countries do. republicans filibustered chuck hagel 's nomination yesterday, that has never happened before , no cabinet nominee has ever been blocked by a filibuster, we have been hit by meteors, but this was never done, now the senate is in recess, the confirmation will probably happen in a week and a half, unless of course we have to hear rand paul chair hearings on the birth certificate of the president, or something more compelling than us needing a defense secretary , than having 66,000 americans deployed in war. that does it for us. we'll see you back here monday, monday night for the premier of the documentary, "hubris, the selling of the iraq war ".