Gerry Canavan

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Tuesday Night

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* You may have heard that Quentin Tarantino’s longtime collaborator, Sally Menke, died while hiking in Los Angeles’s extreme heat yesterday. Here are there “Hi Sally” outtakes from Inglourious Basterds and Death Proof.

* Matt Taibbi vs. the Tea Party in Rolling Stone.

Vast forests have already been sacrificed to the public debate about the Tea Party: what it is, what it means, where it’s going. But after lengthy study of the phenomenon, I’ve concluded that the whole miserable narrative boils down to one stark fact: They’re full of shit.

* Also in Rolling Stone: a lengthy interview with Barack Obama that makes the case he’s done everything right and you’re all just haters. Personally I wish White House had thought this utterly boneheaded “Vote for us, you jerks!” message through for ten seconds before running with it. Greg Sargent:

But the point is, it’s entirely counterproductive for the White House to rail in some generalized way about the left’s “whining.” Far better to think clearly about what these arguments actually are, and to grapple with them head on.

If the Dem base is unenthusiastic, give Dems something to get excited about, or effectively tell them why they should be excited. If you disagree with Maddow or Greenwald on what’s possible in terms of policy, or if you disagree with the Adam Greens of the world on politics, explain why they’re wrong, rather than spewing epithets in all directions. Above all, don’t vaguely question the right of these various parties to make those arguments. This is, after all, democracy, and as Obama himself has repeatedly said, democracy is a messy business.

More highlights from the interview from TPM. At least he hates Fox News too.

* And then there’s this: Is Obama Trying To Indoctrinate Your Children With Muslim Comic Books?

* Please, something that doesn’t make me miserable: The Absurb Logic Behind Some of the Most Famous Banned Books.