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This Is Your OFFICIAL Wonkette Women's March Weekend Livebloog And Thread!

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Hello and welcome to your official Wonkette Women's March (and adjacent marches!) live bloog and open thread type thing! Unlike last year, we've got a whole weekend full of marches, with some marches happening today (like in Chicago! I am not there, because someone's gotta (wo)man the ship here, but Dom will be!) and some marches happening tomorrow (like the big one in Vegas!).


Across the United States and the world, women, men and others are protesting against the racist, xenophobic, sexist garbage fire that is Donald Trump and his entire administration in a glorious show of solidarity and clever signage.

We'll be adding pics, tweets and updates here throughout the weekend -- so if you happen to attend one and take some really good photos, send them to me at robyn@wonkette.com, or just leave them in the comments! If you're not sure where your march is, click here and they oughta tell you!

 

We all had a great time last year, and this one should be just as awesome! YAY WOMEN!

1:30 These are just some really good signs!

2:50 MOAR PICS!

This is so cute! From Wonkette Operative Heidi in Milwaukee.

And my friends down at the Chicago march have sent some great pics as well!

And our douchebag "president" tweeted something douchey. Surprise!

Dom is taking over so Robyn can get a break!

Initial reports are coming in from cities across the country. Chicago's organizers estimate 300,000, a surprising increase over last years march considering organizers had put out a call for support just a few weeks ago. Officials in LA are estimating around 350,000, although organizers are claiming WAY more than that. Similar scenes unfolded on the East Coast, with both New York and DC giving preliminary estimates in the hundreds of thousands. Good job, everyone.

OK, enough boring news, here's some of my pretty pictures from the Chicago march!

And here's some pictures from Editrix marching out in Missoula, MT!

Robyn Pennacchia

Robyn Pennacchia is a brilliant, fabulously talented and visually stunning angel of a human being, who shrugged off what she is pretty sure would have been a Tony Award-winning career in musical theater in order to write about stuff on the internet. Previously, she was a Senior Staff Writer at Death & Taxes, and Assistant Editor at The Frisky (RIP). Currently, she writes for Wonkette, Friendly Atheist, Quartz and other sites. Follow her on Twitter at @RobynElyse

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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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That's right, Wonkers, while we're all up here in America dealing with the terribleness, your Editrix and her fambly are in MEXICO AT THE BEACH, where they will probably stay for a little while longer or maybe they're never coming back SHRUGGIE EMOTICON. But that's OK, they deserve some time to be AT THE BEACH in MEXICO, oh no, don't get NATIONAL EMERGY CARAVANNED!

Yeah, so it's time to count down your top ten stories of the week, like we do on Saturday mornings. Shall we? WE SHALL.

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