After cancelling his plans for a Thousand Moron March, minor irritant and ardent student of Gandhi Adam Kokesh did the thing he does best: sought publicity. Here he is loading a shotgun in Freedom Plaza in Washington, D.C., just a few blocks from the White House, while warning that he is "the final American revolution." No word yet on whether this manly display of resolute idiocy convinced President Barack Obama to stop being so darn tyrannical. As ThinkProgress notes, openly carrying a weapon in D.C. is still illegal, even after Heller, as is loading one, but being an asshole in public is still covered by the First Amendment.

While loading the shotgun, Kokesh delivers this inspiring message:

“We will not be silent. We will not obey. We will not allow our government to destroy our humanity. We are the final American Revolution. See you next Independence Day.”

Sounds like a pretty specific set of demands! We agree that such humanity as Adam Kokesh might still possess should not be destroyed, though he's done a pretty good job of jettisoning it himself so far. The YouTube post includes a manifesto of sorts, calling for tax avoidance, rejecting the authoritah of the federal government, and demanding "an orderly dissolution of the federal government through secession and reclamation of federally held property," among other things. Not sure if he means like an auction, or if he wants people to just start grabbing Postal Service trucks or what.

There's more, but it's the usual "new American Revolution" arglebargle that these morons spout every single day, and then deny that they meant it literally whenever someone finds themselves inspired to water the Tree Of Liberty and go and shoot some cops. Kokesh has previously stated that

Should one whole year from this July 4th pass while the crimes of this government are allowed to continue, we may have passed the point at which non-violent revolution becomes impossible.

But for now, you know, it's a metaphor. But keep that .223 caliber watering can handy.

The D.C Police and Park Police say they are investigating the Kokesh video; a police spokesman said it was unclear when the video was actually made. Carrying an unregistered firearm can be punished with a fine and up to a year in jail, but the last thing this idiot needs is more of a reason to claim he's a martyr.

Kokesh canceled plans to lead a march of armed loons from Virginia into D.C. after police made it clear they'd be arrested the moment they crossed into the District. Instead, there was supposed to be a series of huge gun-stroking rallies in state capitals on the 4th; the protests were reportedly less than overwhelming. A couple of YouTube videos from the Phoenix event showed about 25 people milling around; the event seemed to have more signs than people. ThinkProgress notes that a "small protest" in Concord, New Hampshire, included "a man calling for a revolution with an assault rifle slung over his shoulder."

And so we salute Adam Kokesh, who wins a lovely pewter replica of a colonial tankard for being the 10,000th crank to use July 4th to announce a "New American Revolution." He is joined by about 35 others in yesterday's email inbox.

[ThinkProgress / YouTube]

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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 beyond calling our senators and representatives and posting sadness on Twitter, the latter of which is of dubious utility to anyone, and mostly depressing?

Resist the urge to disappear into a bottle. The kids and the families need you.

Slate has compiled a great list of places to start, which we will liberally summarize for you right now:

The thing these folks need most is LAWYERS. If you're an immigration lawyer, you're probably already swamped. But on the off chance you have time and expertise to spare, the American Immigration Lawyers Association is building a list of volunteers.

Yr Dok Zoom has given money to the fine folks at RAICES, a San Antonio-based group that has two major projects. They're getting lawyers for migrant families (and for the kids when possible) and raising money to pay migrant parents' bond so they can be out of jail and with their families. If you're in Texas, then click here to volunteer!

Also for folks who are in Texas:

The Texas Civil Rights Project is seeking "volunteers who speak Spanish, Mam, Q'eqchi' or K'iche' and have paralegal or legal assistant experience."

There's also CARA -- an umbrella organization for the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, the American Immigration Council, the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services, and the American Immigration Lawyers Association. Together, they provide legal services at immigration detention centers.

To help kids who are already in immigration detention, there's Kids in Need of Defense, which provides children with representation in immigration court and also lobbies for children's legal interests. Donate here.

If you're not quite sure where to give, ActBlue has bundled several immigrant rights groups into a single donation button -- see the list and donate here.

Remember, there's always the ACLU, which is fighting family separation with a federal class action lawsuit.

You want to march? Former top government ethics lawyer Walter Shaub, who gave up trying to tell the Trump administration what ethics even are, will be announcing the details of a national march (think DC and local affiliated marches) tonight on MSNBC's "All In with Chris Hayes." We'll make noise here, too.

Good people are coming together to put an end to this cruelty. EVERY Democrat in the Senate is now co-sponsoring Dianne Feinstein's bill to stop family separation.

And hell, we'll even give the last word to Jennifer Rubin, who seems to have reassessed some of her previous political views. She has a reminder for all of us:

Damn straight. Remember it every damn day between now and then.

It's your open thread. Don't boo -- organize. Time to RESIST.

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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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