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White dude walks into a black church, shoots and kills nine congregants, the Department of Justice calls it a hate crime -- but you know what's really behind this tragedy? Let's check in with "pro-life" conservative activist and Fox News contributor Alveda King, niece of Martin Luther King -- yes, the Dr. King. She's also a star on the wingnut circuit because she'll happily tell those wingnuts exactly what they want to hear about how racism is dead and Obama is evil, and her uncle would tell you that if he were here today, yes he would.

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So because Fox was eager to find all the experts it could to assure us that this hate crime is NOT about race, or at least it's mostly not about race, here's Alveda King to give them exactly what they want to hear:

This is not just a racial hate crime. The motivation is insanity, it's rage. Race can be behind it, I'm not going to deny that. [...]

This disturbed young man -- I understand he's caucasian, and he shot black people, and that's not good -- but evil is not just limited to color.

It's a lack of value for human life. You know, I'm going to say that as a director of outreach for African Americans of Priests for Life, you kill babies in the womb, kill people in their beds, shoot people on the streets so now you go into the church when people are praying.

This, from a prominent voice for the very same movement that regularly terrorizes doctors and their patients. And sometimes even kills them dead. In their church. If only we'd stop murdering unborned babies in the womb, no one would ever commit an act of violence again, right?

While the rest of the media has been focusing on alleged suspect Dylann Storm Roof's possibly racist motivations -- including his words, according to one survivor, that he was there to kill black people and take "his" country back from them -- that's some kind of red herring. Let's not get distracted, m'kay? The Justice Department really ought to be focusing on abortion and how if we'd just stop letting women have medical procedures, this sort of thing wouldn't happen anymore.

Or, alternately, King and others like her who are so desperate to explain why an apparently racist hate crime isn't about race, it's about the unborned babies, can fuck all the way off. With a rusty coat hanger.

[RightWingWatch]

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Ever since Ruth Bader Ginsburg successfully underwent surgery for lung cancer, conservative sites and message boards have been trafficking in a ridiculous theory that she is actually dead and that there is some kind of Weekend at Bernie's-esque conspiracy to pretend she is still alive.

Now, one would think that her recent public appearance at a concert held in her honor would have put this to rest. Alas, it did not. Rather, the "researchers" (as they hilariously call themselves) determined that the concert was actually her funeral.

No. Really. That was a thing.

I admit that I gave this a lot more thought than I should have. Like, how did they think this would go? How long did they imagine this would go on for? Why would they risk having a full on funeral concert, open to the press? Wouldn't they just have not bothered to have a funeral at all? And what did these people think was going to happen when it was announced that she died for real? Or did they think that we were going to pretend that she is immortal and thus never announce her death? It's so confusing!

Being very up to date on the "RBG is secretly dead!" nonsense, I was very curious about which way the "anons" would go with this when they announced her return to work on Friday. They did not disappoint!

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Yesterday afternoon, 45-year-old Gary Martin of Aurora, Illinois was let go from his job at the Henry Pratt Company, a factory that manufactures water valves. In response, he took out a pistol with a laser scope and began shooting at random. He killed five people and injured six others who were just trying to make it through the day at the water valve factory, and then the police killed him.

His mother said he was "stressed out." He "seemed fine" according to the clerk at the Circle K where he bought his cigars that morning. His neighbor thought he was a nice guy. Some people were surprised, others were not.

This kind of thing used to be shocking, but it's a story we're used to now. It gets repeated at least once a month. It's just what happens now, and we can't do anything about it because we can't do anything about gun control. This is, the Right has decided, just the price we all have to pay so they can stockpile guns for funsies, and take sexy pictures of guns shoved in their pants. This is the blood that waters their special tree of liberty.

It's fucking exhausting. And stupid. We shouldn't have to live this way. No one should have to live this way. But we do. Why? Because some day some yahoos might want to overthrow the government, which is (of course) a completely legal thing to do, and their "right" to do that must be protected. So it's literally just never, ever going to stop.

Gary Martin, like most other mass shooters, also had a history of violence against women. In 1994, in Mississippi, he was convicted for stabbing one. He should not have been able to get a gun after that. I would like to know how and why he was able to get that pistol with the laser scope that he killed five people with yesterday afternoon. Maybe someone gave it to him. Maybe he bought it somehow. Maybe someone forgot to do a background check. Maybe he bought it from someone who didn't have to do a background check.

I am so goddamned tired of writing this article. I am out of things to say.

[Sun-Times]

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