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It was sadly coincidental that the Texas school gun massacre occurred on the two-year anniversary of George Floyd’s murder. You want to believe something will happen but then you remember the pattern. Americans are compelled to forget and move on, especially when the malice of law enforcement is laid bare to the world. (The Guardian)

The Texas gunman had a predictable history of misogyny and violent threats against women. (CNN)

More children have been shot dead in 2022 than police in the line of duty. (Newsweek)

Some obvious ways to prevent future mass shootings, which Republicans will ignore in favor of door control. (Mother Jones)

Michael Harriot identifies the culprit for America’s gun violence and absurd gun laws (The Grio)

Damn right, sir. (Twitter)


The Right has demonized teachers and valorized the police. Texas demonstrated who the true heroes are, and they don’t have badges and guns. (The Editorial Board)

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is best positioned to seize control of the MAGA movement from Donald Trump. It’s your classic bad news, worse news situation. (New York Magazine)

The Uvalde police’s cowardly inaction that resulted in 19 dead kids and two dead teachers has even horrified some cop-loving conservatives. (The Daily Beast)

However, Fox News hacks are still in the police’s corner. Hey, if the cops weren’t there, quivering with fear, maybe even more kids might’ve died! (Also Daily Beast)

Chelsea Pope has an interesting alternative to your morning coffee.

The Left needs a big honking megaphone to combat the Right’s lies. (Dame)

New York’s wacky redistricting has also resulted in two separate primaries — one in late June for statewide and State Assembly races and another for congressional and State Senate contests. That’s jacked up. (The Nation)

Just in time for the grilling season, Helen Rosner serves up the lazy person’s guide to smoking meat. (The New Yorker)

So, Ellen DeGeneres’s show ended after 19 years. Kelly Clarkson and Drew Barrymore can more than fill the void. (Buzzfeed)

My friend Elizabeth Nelson Bracy is a great musician and a hell of a writer. Check out her piece in the Times magazine. (New York Magazine)

Hey, they’ve built a big, beautiful new park in my hometown of Greenville, South Carolina. The just-opened Unity Park boasts "four state-of-the-art playgrounds, including a 4,100-square-foot splash pad, two expansive green spaces, covered picnic tables and a 10,000-square-foot welcome center with restrooms, a first-aid station and flexible event space.” However, a petition is circulating that demands more shaded areas and a misting zone. My Portland-native wife is obviously on Team Shade and Moisture. (WYFF)

It was briefly cool cocktail weather in Portland. Then it quickly became brandy-sipping weather again. But here’s Anders Erickson with the drink I’ll make once it hits 90 degrees.

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Stephen Robinson

Stephen Robinson is a writer and social kibbitzer based in Portland, Oregon. He writes make believe for Cafe Nordo, an immersive theatre space in Seattle. Once, he wrote a novel called “Mahogany Slade,” which you should read or at least buy. He's also on the board of the Portland Playhouse theatre. His son describes him as a “play typer guy."

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