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Unemployed Loser Ex-Congressman Joe Walsh Goes Back To What He's Best At: Not Feeding His Kids

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In the case of one dumb, defeated ex-congressman, Joe Walsh, being booted out of office after one term surprisingly did not provoke him into carefully reevaluating his beliefs and approach towards life. Instead, he quadrupled down on what he is best at: being a deadbeat motherfuckin' dad. Now that he has no job, the former Congressman is without a source of funds to pay his ex-wife the six figures he owes her in Child Support. Yes, it seems the man who frequently accused the President of “bankrupting the country” is having a bit of a cash flow problem:


“Joe’s employment has been terminated through no voluntary act of his own and he is without sufficient income or assets with which to continue to pay his support obligation,” the filing states. “Due to substantial change of circumstances, Joe requests that his child support obligation be terminated based on his present income and circumstances.”

“At one point, the filing asks to amend his payments to be equal to 20 percent of his income — which presumably is 20 percent of zero.”

The “I’m broke” defense is usually a failing strategy for the Non-Custodial Parent in any sort of Child Support hearing (kids kind of have a fundamental right to be provided for and stuff). Furthermore given that Walsh has a well-documented history of avoiding both his kids as well as the court hearings demanding that he pay support, it’s a bit surprising that he isn’t being found in contempt right now. To paraphrase Chris Rock, if Ex-Representative Joe Walsh was Joe Walsh the Ex-Con, his unemployment would be regarded as a voluntary refusal to pay and he would be in jail alongside the other deadbeat dads until he forked over a payment or two.

It’s understandable that Walsh, reduced to being one of the poors that he used to piss on as a matter of principle back when he was in office, might feel the need to spend his days wasting time on his Smartphone trolling people on Twitter (including a hilariously worthless threat to sue the Sun-Times journalist who broke the news about his latest attempt to avoid paying his arrears and currents support). However, as a judge will probably soon tell him, his legal obligation to his kids sadly takes precedence over his data plan. So look forward to seeing Walsh having his iPhone impounded by the court around the same time that Karl Rove crushes his puny little attempt at an insurrection.

[TPM]

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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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