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Ahgh!Jesus christ, this whole country is drowning in its own blood. We take a day off -- the Sabbath -- and there are another half-dozen gruesome murders or murder-suicides. Cops and the families of the killers seem to be particularly common targets. We don't recall Homicidal Frenzy as being a normal part of, say, the recessions of 1981-82, 1991-92 or 2001.


There's the Binghamton, New York slaughter, 14 dead including the nut killer, an immigrant who apparently didn't like people mocking his limited English, so he, uhm, killed immigrants, at an immigration service center.

Next, a basic domestic violence call in Pittsburgh, where a 22-year-old monster was waiting with an AK-47 to mow down the three cops who showed up to, you know, resolve a domestic violence incident. The shit wounded another two Pittsburgh police before he, unfortunately, failed to kill himself or be killed. That will sure be a happy trial for all involved.

Onward to Washington state, where a charming father murdered his five children and then, hooray, himself.

Add these to the truly incredible list of 2009 mass murders and family slaughters and the Oakland killings of four policemen in a single insane day (by one career criminal) and you've got to wonder if this whole country isn't close to a total bloodbath. We've missed some, sure. But still, Ugh:

  • 7 residents, nurse die in NC nursing home shooting. [AP]
  • Man kills wife, five kids, himself after being fired. [CNN]
  • Six dead and one critical after Santa Clara massacre. [Register]
  • Ohio family found dead in suspected murder-suicide. [CNN]
  • Funeral for four slain Oakland police. [MSNBC]
  • Shootings, murder-suicide raise broader question: Is violence linked to recession? [Christian Science Monitor.
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Fellow Wonkers, this last week of horror has been wearing on us all, because here we are in a world where the "president" of the United States has ordered that migrant children be taken away from their parents at the border, and is simultaneously proud of it (for his base) and cravenly blaming it on Democrats because even he knows it's morally reprehensible. But what the hell can we do about it, we are all keening, beyond calling our senators and representatives and posting sadness on Twitter, the latter of which is of dubious utility to anyone, and mostly depressing?

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There are perks to being the only Harvard professor willing to shill for the Bush League Mussolini. Everyone else has to haul ass to the Fox studio and sit for hair and makeup. Not Alan Dershowitz! He just parks his laptop in Pee Wee's playhouse and Skypes in that rant. Is he even wearing pants? We hope never to find out!

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