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Right Wing Round-Up

  • PFAW: People For the American Way, Public Citizen Launch Constitutional Amendment Pledge Campaign to Undo Citizens United.
  • Steve Benen: Meet Shirley Sherrod.
  • Jonathan Chait: The Journolist Conspiracy Continues.
  • Evan McMorris-Santoro: Mosque Ado About Fear-Mongering: Right Wing Takes On Muslim Worship Anywhere And Everywhere.
  • John Aravosis: I just took DOD's confidential DADT survey of the troops - three times!
  • Think Progress: Washington Times Runs Another Picture Of Kagan In A Turban To Claim She Will Impose Shariah Law On America.
  • Andy Kroll: Sharron Angle's Racist Tea Partier Problem.
  • Media Matters: The right wing's convenient Mark Williams amnesia.
  • Jim Burroway: Mississippi School District Settles With Lesbian Student Over Canceled Prom.
  • Jillian Rayfield: Good As Goldline: Congress And CA Law Enforcement Probing Glenn Beck's Favorite Gold Seller.
  • Justin Elliot: Vitter opponent sleeping with stepson's wife.

Cliff Kincaid Added to LaBarbera's Anti-Gay Hate-Fest

Last month we noted that Peter LaBarbera's Americans for Truth would be hosting a three-day training conference for anti-gay activists featuring a who's who of the most hostile voices in the movement, including LaBarbera, Robert Knight, Ryan Sorba, and Matt Barber. 

Today Accuracy in Media's Cliff Kincaid, who shares a LaBarbera-level hatred for gays, has now been added to the list of instructors, which explains why he is now writing glowing columns about the conference warning that it is our only hope of save America from its "moral suicide" as gays seek to kill themselves and everyone else:

LaBarbera is one of those brave few taking a leadership role in the effort to preserve traditional American social and religious values. Fighting off the predictable smears of “hater” and “homophobe” from the gay-run Media Matters group and the Southern Poverty Law Center, he and his associates will be gathering near Chicago from August 5-7 to educate the next generation—and their parents—about the consequences if homosexuality is promoted in the schools and by the federal government. This is when AFTAH is launching a Truth Academy on how to fight the “gay agenda.” I am honored to be invited to be a part of this effort. I will be discussing gay influence on the media and the homosexual drive for the “right” to donate possibly infected and contaminated blood to the nation’s blood supply.

Adults and young people alike are encouraged to sign up for this much-needed effort to organize the pro-family forces in America. The issue is just as important as the massive debt and deficits that are threatening to financially bankrupt the nation. The cost to attend the AFTAH Truth Academy is only $99 for students, $199 for adults, and $299 for couples.

A tentative list of instructors is proof that the three-day event will provide all of the evidence you need to understand that acceptance of homosexuality is not only a health hazard to those practicing this “lifestyle” but a historical indicator that our society is going down the drain. As such, you will leave the event convinced that the moral bankruptcy of America has to be avoided, in the same way that we need to keep our nation’s fiscal house in order. The Tea Party, in other words, has to take on a moral dimension. Our crisis is more than money alone.

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As noted by Bible scholar William Barclay, Paul’s remarks seemed, at first glance, like the work of “some almost hysterical moralist” at the time. But it was “an age of moral suicide,” Barclay said, explaining that “Society from top to bottom was riddled with unnatural vice. Fourteen out of the first fifteen Roman Emperors were homosexuals.”

We haven’t reached that state of affairs in America quite yet. But we are fast approaching it ... On the gay rights front, things are also moving forward for the progressives and their libertarian brethren. In fact, the Gay & Lesbian Leadership Institute boasts that Obama has already appointed a “record number” of openly LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered) individuals. Perhaps we are catching up with Rome more quickly than anybody realizes.

But don’t get the idea that these people are serving just so they can prove they can do the job and be left alone. They are in positions of power for a reason. Their “job” is to use the power of the federal government to promote homosexuality. One of the most significant appointments is John Berry as the director of the Office of Personnel Management, with jurisdiction over 1.9 million federal employees and 2.5 million retirees.

Tragically, while the gays continue to expand their “rights” in the government and private sectors, they are killing themselves in greater numbers—and pushing policies that threaten the lives of the rest of us. This is where we need real “compassionate conservatism”—not to condemn these people but save them from themselves. And save ourselves and our children in the process.

The World According to Barton: Examining The Biblical Foundations of our Government

I realize that it is probably a fruitless endeavor to try and expose the utter ridiculousness of Glenn Beck's new "university," but that doesn't mean we shouldn't try.

TPM's Jillian Rayfield signed up for the first day of "classes" and here is what she was taught:

We signed up for the $9.95/month "university." Last night's class was subtitled "Black-Robed Regiment," and "Professor" and right-wing historian David Barton talked for half an hour about happier times in American history, when clergy were a welcome and influential part of American politics.

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So what did Barton talk about? As Beck said in his introduction, our nation's idea of the separation of church and state is "not what you've been sold."

Barton elaborated. He began by talking about Alexis de Tocqueville's concept of "American Exceptionalism," noting that "there's gotta be a reason we're different" from other democracies. That's where the "Black-Robed Regiment" comes in. These, according to Barton, were the preachers who influenced the bulk of the Declaration of Independence:

The Declaration of Independence is nothing more than a listing of all of the sermons that folks had been hearing in church in the decades leading up to the American Revolution.

Media Matters posted an audio clip from Barton's lecture and what is most remarkable about it is that it is just the standard pseudo-history that he always peddles. In fact, you can find the exact same presentations all over YouTube ... for free.

In fact, here is one such clip from a program where Barton teaches the same thing, but I want to focus on something else - namely, the claims he makes beginning at the 7:26 mark because if perfectly encapsulates Barton's absurd "teachings":

Isaiah 33:22 sets for three distinct branches of government, just as was adopted in the Constitution. And the logic for the separation of powers was based on teachings derived from Jeremiah 17:9. And the basis for tax exemptions for churches, exemptions given to us by the Founding Fathers themselves, can be found in Ezra 7:24. And there are many other examples of American government adopting Biblical patterns and precedents.

Let's take a look at these passages, shall we?

Ezra 7:24 comes from a letter written by King Artaxerxes in which he orders "all the treasurers of Trans-Euphrates" to provide Ezra with what he needs:

You are also to know that you have no authority to impose taxes, tribute or duty on any of the priests, Levites, singers, gatekeepers, temple servants or other workers at this house of God.

According to Barton, that is how our Founding Fathers decided not to tax churches.

Isaiah 33:22 comes for an extended denunciation of Jerusalem for having turned away from God and promises of a glorious future if they will repent:

For the LORD is our judge,
the LORD is our lawgiver,
the LORD is our king;
it is he who will save us.

That, according to Barton, is how the Founders came up with the idea for three branches of government.

But those are downright plausible claims in comparison to Barton's statement that our concept of separation of powers came out of Jeremiah 17:9 in which the prophet is proclaiming God's word that he judges men based on what he finds from searching their hearts and minds:

The heart is deceitful above all things
and beyond cure.
Who can understand it?

So according to Barton, it is this passage that gave rise to our system of separation of powers.

Does that even remotely make sense? 

This is the man that Glenn Beck has tapped to lead his "university" and this is the sort of nonsense that Beck fans are paying good money to "learn"? 

Amazingly, that is exactly the case.

Right Wing Round-Up

  • PFAW Blog: Legislature-Passed Civil Unions Bill Not Democratic Enough, Says Hawaii Governor.
  • Sam Stein: Obama Cast As Neville Chamberlain-Like Appeaser In Citizens United Ad.
  • RH Reality Check: Gov. Jindal Signs Mandatory Ultrasound Law With No Rape Exemption.
  • Alvin McEwen: 'Top Ten Myths About Homosexuality' Is a Huge Homophobic Fraud.
  • Adam Serwer: Things You Can Say About Muslims.
  • Media Matters: Wash. Times publishes Knight's homophobic screed regarding repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell.
  • Americans United: Victory In Missouri!: Senate Derails Ballot Vote On ‘Religious Liberty’ Amendment.
  • Finally, you know why you never see anything like this from anti-gay websites? Because spreading false information is their mission.

What Passes For News and CNSNews.com

Yesterday I posted a press release from Rabbi Yehuda Levin claiming that if Elena Kagan is confirmed to the Supreme Court, she will issue "extremist decisions" from the bench that will, in turn, unleash a "backlash" of anti-Semitic violence across the nation to sweep the nation. As such, Kagan's confirmation represents an "existential threat" to Jews in America and she therefore must be defeated.

Now obviously, that is insane.  But, as Media Matters notes, apparently not too insane for CNSNews to pick it up and turn it into an article.  And not just an old article that regurgitates Levin's absurd release, but one that actually contacted him for further comment:

Levin told CNSNews.com that his fellow rabbis--and hundreds of thousands of Orthodox and traditional Jews--are puzzled at the president’s choice of Kagan.

“What exactly was Obama thinking, President Obama thinking, when he nominated Kagan? Because eventually, down the road, someone--or some group--is going to ‘take the hit’ for the crazy decisions that Kagan is bound to make. So we would have much preferred if President Obama had given this ‘distinction’ to another minority group, instead of singling out the Jews.”

Barring a rebuff from the Senate Judiciary Committee, Levin told CNSNews.com that the rabbis want someone in the Senate to launch a filibuster to stop Kagan's nomination from coming to a vote.

"We’re waiting for the more courageous, decent senators--whether it’s a (Sen.) Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) or a (Sen.) Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) or a (Sen.) Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.)--we’re looking for them to stand up and filibuster this embarrassing endangerment of a nomination,” Levin said. 

And, of course, Matt Drudge is now promoting this article ... and so the cycle continues.

Right Wing Round-Up

  • Media Matters: Robertson's advice to women: "[M]ake yourself as attractive as possible".
  • Warren Throckmorton: Lou Engle regrets the promotion of Anti-Homosexuality Bill during TheCall Uganda; urges bill supporters not to give in to Western opposition.
  • Andy Birkey: Bachmann: ‘No question’ Obama is worst president in history.
  • Joe.My.God: Yuma AZ Mayor Says "Limp-Wristed" Homos Shouldn't Be In Military.
  • Timothy Kincaid: “Public Advocate” becoming publicly paranoid.
  • Eric Lach: SC County GOP Calls On Knotts To Resign Over 'Raghead' Comment.
  • Think Progress: Tea Party and FreedomWorks plan demonstration against mandatory trash collection.
  • David Neiwert: Glenn Beck's 'Overton Window' ad: Try not to laugh. We dare you.
  • Chris Rodda: No, Mr. Beck, John Adams Did Not Think Governments Must be Administered by the Holy Ghost.

Right Wing Round-Up

  • SF Weekly: Federal law gives gay citizens with foreign partners tough choices: Leave the U.S.A. Lose your love. Break the law.
  • Mother Jones: Nevada Tea Partier's Memory Hole.
  • David Neiwert: Arizona's immigration battle becomes a major nexus for white supremacists and the 'mainstream'.
  • Warren Throckmorton: More on Bryan Fischer’s theories about homosexuality and the Nazis.
  • Think Progress: Hot mic catches Fiorina dissing Hannity: ‘Very bad choice’ to go on his show.
  • Media Matters: Savage: "Most" Jewish people killed in the Holocaust "went like sheep to the slaughter".

Right Wing Round-Up

  • Details: Deliverance: The True Story of a Gay Exorcism.
  • Alan Colmes: Christian Fundamentalists Believe Oil Spill Heralds The Apocalypse.
  • Media Matters: Rush sub Williams links earthquake fatalities in Haiti to lack of private property rights.
  • Wonk Room: Anatomy Of A Smear: From The Federalist Society, To CBS, To Jeff Sessions.
  • Joe.My.God: NOM Spends $200K To Support Anti-Gay Candidates In California.
  • Steve Benen: The GOP Drive to Use The Green Party.
  • Jim Burroway: Did FRC Lie To Congress About the Ugandan “Kill-The-Gays” Bill?
  • Autumn Sandeen: With Federal Hate Crimes Legislation, The Sky Didn't Fall. So, Why Would It Fall With ENDA?
  • Alvin McEwen: Religious Right Manipulating Bus Incident to Attack LGBT Community.

Right Wing Round-Up

  • PFAW: People For, CREDO, Brave New Foundation Deliver Petitions Demanding Unbiased Textbooks.
  • DCist: Harry Jackson Jumps Into D.C. Election Fray.
  • Media Matters: Newsmax confirms bid for Newsweek, claims magazine would "objectively report the news" under its ownership.
  • Amie Newman: Sarah Palin's Great Feminist Magic Trick.
  • Wonk Room: O’Reilly Compares Gay People To Al Qaeda, Suggests Gay Ad Will Turn Off Straight People.
  • Steve Benen: Fiorina Dismisses Global Warming as "The Weather".
  • Andrew Sullivan: The Catholic Hierarchy: Firing Gays Should Not Be Illegal.
  • Finally, be sure to read David Weigel's fascinating interview with Alexander Zaitchik, author of the new book "Common Nonsense: Glenn Beck and the Triumph of Ignorance."

Right Wing Round-Up

  • Timothy Kincaid: Review of Family Research Council’s study on lesbians.
  • Think Progress: FoxNews.com edits out applause during Obama’s West Point speech.
  • Joe.My.God: Hawaii Gov. Linda Lingle Meets With Anti-Gay Side On Civil Unions.
  • Americans United: South Dakota Scofflaws: Pastors Mount Campaign To Rush More Pulpit Endorsements.
  • Andy Birkey: GOP-linked punk rock ministry says executing gays is ‘moral’.
  • Zachary Roth: GOPers Try To Derail Tea Party Favorite.
  • Raw Story: Virginia governor gives NRA monopoly on teaching gun safety to kids.
  • Media Matters: The intricate conspiracy to "destroy" Glenn Beck, his family, God, and the founders.

Right Wing Round-Up

  • TPM: McCollum Personally Pushed To Hire Rekers For Anti-Gay Testimony.
  • Bonus TPM: Rekers Resigns From Board Of Ex-Gay Group NARTH.
  • Waymon Hudson: Encouraging News from Uganda: Government Panel Rejects "Kill the Gays" Bill.
  • Steve Benen: Senator, You're One of Them.
  • David Weigel: Koch Industries distances itself from tea parties.
  • Media Matters: It's time for the media to stop quoting Curt Levey.

Right Wing Round-Up

  • Peter Montgomery, PFAW Senior Fellow: Christian Right's Favorite Muslim Convert Exposed as Jihadi Fraud.
  • Brian Beutler: Top Strategist Advises GOP To Prolong SCOTUS Fight To Block Obama Agenda.
  • Media Matters: Myths and falsehoods about Elena Kagan's Supreme Court nomination.
  • Joe.My.God: British Christianists Copy The Anti-Gay Manhattan Declaration.
  • Alvin McEwen: Religious right can lie about gay community without George Rekers.
  • Charles Lemos: The Jacobin Right Seizes Control of the Maine GOP.
  • Think Progress: Gov. McDonnell appoints Nixon’s ‘Jew counter’ to help reform Virginia’s government.

Right Wing Round-Up

  • PFAW Edit Memo: The Right's Recycled Supreme Court Strategy.
  • Media Matters: Note to media: Don't trust attacks on judicial nominees by NRO's Whelan.
  • Joe.My.God: Newly Elected, 'Joe The Plumber' Picks Dark Horse In 2012.
  • Greg Sargent: GOP House candidate runs TV ad calling for racial profiling.
  • Think Progress: After being disinvited from the Pentagon’s prayer service, Graham prays outside in the parking lot.
  • David Weigel: The softer side of John Boehner.
  • Steve Benen:  NCNA, We Hardly Knew Ye.
  • Jonathan Chait: Conservatives Discover One Right Accused Terrorists Should Have.

Right Wing Round-Up

  • Jim Burroway: Lou Engle Praised Uganda’s Anti-Gay Bill.
  • Think Progress: Cuccinelli channels John Ashcroft, censors Roman goddess’ clothing on the Virginia seal.
  • Evan Hurst: Regina Griggs Crying “Discrimination” Again.
  • Wendy Norris: Anti-Choice Groups Condone "Biblically Justified" Violence Against Gays, Women.
  • Andy Birkey: Pawlenty signs evangelical book deal.
  • News Hounds: Mike Huckabee: The Reporter Made Me Say Those Things About Gay Marriage And Adoption.
  • Media Matters: "Sabotage!" Right-wing media respond to oil spill by dreaming up conspiracy theories.
  • St. Cloud Times: "While 6th District U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann has developed a reputation as a champion for cutting government spending, reports show her own 2009 congressional staff salary budget mushroomed by $176,868 — a whopping 26.4 percent from her 2008 staff budget, even though her congressional workload didn’t appear to change."

Early Right Wing Round-Up

  • TPM: Court Martial Charges Brought Against Birther Army Doc.
  • Think Progress: Obama: ‘Irresponsible’ Arizona Immigration Bill ‘Threatens To Undermine Basic Notions Of Fairness’.
  • Crooks and Liars: Republican gubernatorial candidate Tim James tells us, "This is Alabama. We speak English."
  • Raw Story: Gingrich: Tea Party will become ‘militant wing’ of GOP.
  • Steve Benen: Back in the Kitchen.
  • Media Matters: Glenn Beck: A Vatican-approved, "wildly important" warrior against forces of "great darkness"?

Right Wing Round-Up

Right Wing Round-Up

  • Texas Freedom Network: Yet Another Historian Corrects David Barton.
  • Justin Elliot: Koch Industries: We Don't Fund Tea Parties (Except For The Tea Parties We Fund).
  • Sarah Posner: The Lord Is My Insurer.
  • Think Progress: GOP Rep. Paul Broun Admits To Illegally Sending Back An Incomplete Census.
  • Raw Story: Tucker Carlson’s ‘non-ideological’ news site sponsors Tea Party bash.
  • Media Matters: Myths and falsehoods surrounding the judicial nomination of Goodwin Liu.
  • Finally, do not ask Rep. Steve King about his justification of the suicide plane attack on an IRS building:

Right Wing Round-Up

  • Think Progress: Huckabee Compares Gays To Drug Users, Says They’re Unfit To Adopt Kids Because ‘Children Are Not Puppies’.
  • Alvin McEwen: The Friends of Mike Huckabee.
  • Sarah Posner: The Endurance Of Christian Reconstructionism.
  • Crooks and Liars: Rick Santorum Explains Right Wing Anger: Obama Wants to Change Us From Being a Judeo-Christian Nation.
  • Zachary Roth: Tea Party NY Gov Candidate's E-Mails Exposed: Racism, Porn, Bestiality.
  • Jim Burroway: Joyce Meyers: Uganda’s Anti-Gay Bill “Profoundly Offensive, Dangerous, and Disturbing Attack”.
  • Media Matters: Why is Fox News calling tea partiers Nazis?
  • TPM: Virginia AG Cuccinelli: 'A Tea Partier Before There Was A Tea Party'.
  • Finally, John McCain goes after J.d Hayworth with a new ad

Right Wing Round-Up

  • Alan Colmes: Tea Partier Tells Mediaite Racist Sign Was Forged; We Have Him On Record Defending Its Use.
  • Bill Berkowitz: What the Terri Schiavo Affair Can Teach Us About Today's Right-Wing Zealots.
  • Media Matters: Hannity's Conservative Victory: More than 20 falsehoods, smears, and distortions.
  • Matthew Yglesias: McCain Tacks Right on Immigration.
  • Steve Benen: Don't Encourage Political Road Rage.
  • Finally, both Evan Hurst and Jeremy Hooper respond to Peter LaBarbera's latest nonsense.

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Kyle Mantyla, Monday 01/24/2011, 6:43pm
George Zornick @ Think Progress: Allen West: Keith Ellison Represents ‘The Antithesis Of The Principles Upon Which This Country Was Established’. Sarah Posner @ Religion Dispatches: Rep. Smith Suggests A New Protected Class: "Immaturity". David Weigel @ Slate: Michael Bay Presents: "Pawlenty". Joe.My.God: Virginia Lawmaker: Feds Can't Stop Us From Banning Gays From National Guard. Pam Spaulding: Idaho pharmacist denies anti-bleeding med because woman MIGHT have had an abortion. Terry Krepel @ County Fair: Pat Robertson... MORE >
Kyle Mantyla, Wednesday 01/19/2011, 6:52pm
PFAW: Health Care Reform Repeal: Bought and Paid for by Citizens United.   Scott Keyes @ Think Progress: Rep. Louie Gohmert: ‘I’m Going To Be Pushing…To Have Some Hearings’ On The Creeping Threat Of Sharia Law.   Joe.My.God: Gov. Rick Scott Appoints "Christians Only" Activist To Head State Agency On Adoptions.   Alan Colmes: Christine O’Donnell Finding A New Way To Pay Rent?   Jason Hancock @ Iowa Independent: Marriage amendment introduced in Iowa House.   Media Matters:... MORE >
Kyle Mantyla, Wednesday 01/19/2011, 6:52pm
PFAW: Health Care Reform Repeal: Bought and Paid for by Citizens United.   Scott Keyes @ Think Progress: Rep. Louie Gohmert: ‘I’m Going To Be Pushing…To Have Some Hearings’ On The Creeping Threat Of Sharia Law.   Joe.My.God: Gov. Rick Scott Appoints "Christians Only" Activist To Head State Agency On Adoptions.   Alan Colmes: Christine O’Donnell Finding A New Way To Pay Rent?   Jason Hancock @ Iowa Independent: Marriage amendment introduced in Iowa House.   Media Matters:... MORE >
Kyle Mantyla, Thursday 01/13/2011, 6:29pm
Joe.My.God: Convicted Sex Offender Arrested At Scott Lively's Coffee House. Steve Benen: Must We Parse The Meaning of the Word "Open"? Rachel Slajda @ TPM: DeLay Blames Liberal Jury For Conviction. Sandhya Bathija @ AU's Wall of Separation: A Tale Of Two States: Kansas Opts For Government-Sponsored Religion, While Hawaii Respects Diversity. Media Matters: Right-Wing Media Strain To Find Ways To Attack Obama's Memorial Speech. Tanya Somanader @ Think Progress: Gohmert Says FBI ‘Stonewalled’ On Shooter Profile To Avoid ‘... MORE >
Kyle Mantyla, Thursday 01/13/2011, 6:29pm
Joe.My.God: Convicted Sex Offender Arrested At Scott Lively's Coffee House. Steve Benen: Must We Parse The Meaning of the Word "Open"? Rachel Slajda @ TPM: DeLay Blames Liberal Jury For Conviction. Sandhya Bathija @ AU's Wall of Separation: A Tale Of Two States: Kansas Opts For Government-Sponsored Religion, While Hawaii Respects Diversity. Media Matters: Right-Wing Media Strain To Find Ways To Attack Obama's Memorial Speech. Tanya Somanader @ Think Progress: Gohmert Says FBI ‘Stonewalled’ On Shooter Profile To Avoid ‘... MORE >
Brian Tashman, Thursday 01/13/2011, 12:00pm
After President Obama called for more civility and reconciliation in politics and asked Americans to remember the late Christina Taylor Green, saying, “I want our democracy to be as good as she imagined it,” right-wing blogs came out swinging and swiftly responded with their predictable enmity. RedState’s Erick Erickson wrote that Obama was the one to atone for his ties to Bill Ayers, and also said that progressives were plotting Sarah Palin’s murder: This is, after all, a man who got his political start in the home of a terrorist who’d dedicated a book to Robert... MORE >
Brian Tashman, Thursday 01/13/2011, 12:00pm
After President Obama called for more civility and reconciliation in politics and asked Americans to remember the late Christina Taylor Green, saying, “I want our democracy to be as good as she imagined it,” right-wing blogs came out swinging and swiftly responded with their predictable enmity. RedState’s Erick Erickson wrote that Obama was the one to atone for his ties to Bill Ayers, and also said that progressives were plotting Sarah Palin’s murder: This is, after all, a man who got his political start in the home of a terrorist who’d dedicated a book to Robert... MORE >
Kyle Mantyla, Wednesday 12/22/2010, 6:49pm
PFAW: GOP Senators Target Judicial Nominees of Color. Brian @ PFAW Blog: Arlen Specter Denounces Roberts Court, Republican Obstructionism. Terry Krepel @ Equality Matters: Gotcha Fail: Rep. Frank Turns Tables on CNS. Rachel Slajda @ TPM: FRC Claims McCain Will Keep Leading Pro-DADT Fight, McCain Says Not So Much. Andrea Nill @ Wonk Room: Vitter Blames Undocumented Immigrants For Loss Of Louisiana Congressional Seat. Media Matters: Sarah Palin: Winner Of The 2010 Glenn Beck Misinformer Of The Year Award. Stephen C. Webster @ Raw Story:... MORE >