In the latest issue of Vanity Fair, Christopher Hitchens wrote a withering attack on Glenn Beck and the Tea Partiers, asserting that they are "canalizing old racist and clerical toxic-waste material that a healthy society had mostly flushed out of its system more than a generation ago, and injecting it right back in again." He suggests that Beck and his followers:
... need and want to sublimate the anxiety into hysteria and paranoia. The president is a Kenyan. The president is a secret Muslim. The president (why not?--after all, every little bit helps) is the unacknowledged love child of Malcolm X. And this is their response to the election of an extremely moderate half-African American candidate, who speaks better English than most and who has a model family. Revolted by this development, huge numbers of white people choose to demonstrate their independence and superiority by putting themselves eagerly at the disposal of a tear-stained semi-literate shock jock, and by repeating his list of lies and defamations. But, of course, there's nothing racial in their attitude ...
Meanwhile, Jon Stewart on "The Daily Show" last night marshaled evidence to support the notion that Barack Obama is not only fed up with Republicans, he's irritated with those in his own party who believe that compromise is a sign of weakness.
Who is Anonymous, the shadowy collective behind Operation Payback, the folks attacking perceived enemies of Wikileaks? It's not The Hollywood Cog. Here are three other myths about Anonymous debunked by Valleywag.
Speaking of Wikileaks, the organization and Julian Assange have an unsurprising defender in Ron Paul, who gave an impassioned speech on the House floor in their defense. ""Which has resulted in the greatest number of deaths: lying us into war, WikiLeaks revelations or the release of the Pentagon Papers?"
Finally, repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell failed in the Senate. Again. Because why not? Let's spend another five or ten years gripping onto a previous generation's small-mindedness. (Wonkette)