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Thoughts On The Morning After America's Weekly High-Casualty Mass Shooting

What else can we say?

As the sun rises over Wednesday, we awaken to the latest updates from America's weekly high-casualty mass shooting. This time it was in Uvalde, Texas, an hour west of San Antonio, and at this point, the number of victims is 21. This time it happened at an elementary school, so 19 of those were children, and two were teachers.

President Joe Biden wanted to know last night, "Why are we willing to live with this carnage? Why do we keep letting this happen? Where in God’s name is our backbone?” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy looked up from the carnage being inflicted on his own nation by Russia long enough to say that it was "terrible, to have victims of shooters in peaceful time." He also tweeted condolences more sincere than anything any American Republican has ever said about a mass shooting while cashing their blood money check from the NRA. (More on that in a second.)

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They're strawberry flavored. Sorry about the damage to your world.

It's the most American of horrors, again. 19 children and two adults were killed in a shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, Tuesday. The children were in the second, third, and fourth grades. By the end of the evening, some parents still didn't know whether their kids were alive or not.

The shooter was an 18-year-old high school dropout who killed his grandmother before heading to the school. He had purchased the two assault-style semiautomatic rifles used in the shootings earlier this month, on his 18th birthday. The shooter was shot and killed by one of several Border Patrol agents who responded to assist local law enforcement; the Border Patrol agent was wounded by the shooter but able to walk out of the school.

The National Rifle Association is scheduled to hold its annual convention in Houston this week, and isn't it something how that happened right after Columbine too? [AP]

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National Politics

Herschel Walker Completely Shocked To Learn Trump Thinks 2020 Election Stolen

Donald Trump? Of the Jamaica Queens Trumps? Really? He questions your police work, sir!

Georgia Republicans are today going to pick Herschel Walker, a complete fucking idiot with a swarm of scandalous ethical questions around him, to be their Senate nominee. Hopefully that will be the last thing he wins, like ever.

But if somehow things don't go his way tonight, we guess we won't have to worry about him having a conniption and saying the election was stolen, because he apparently doesn't think the guy who drafted him into running has ever said his own election was stolen, so why would Herschel Walker think such a thing?

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Widespread Backlash To Racist GA Voter Suppression Law Doesn't Make It NOT Racist Voter Suppression Law

And long lines to vote are not 'democracy in action.'

Good news for democracy in Georgia: It's hanging on despite last year's new election law that sought to eliminate all the voter fraud that wasn't there in 2020. As a matter of fact, Georgia saw a surge in early voting for the primary that set new records, with over 800,000 Georgians casting primary ballots by the end of early voting. That's more than in 2018 or even in the 2020 primaries.

Not surprisingly, that's led to a lot of rightwing outlets crying, "See? All those Democrats who worried about 'voter suppression' were just lying, so the new voting laws are only making elections more secure, not stopping anyone from voting, hahaha, what a bunch of liars!"

Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, an enthusiastic supporter of Georgia's SB 202, insisted the record turnout was a direct result of it, because of course he would. In a statement, Raffensperger claimed the "incredible turnout we have seen demonstrates once and for all that Georgia’s Election Integrity Act struck a good balance between the guardrails of access and security."

Mind you, the 2020 election in Georgia (and the rest of the country) didn't actually include any noteworthy incidents of fraud, apart from the predictable Trumpers voting twice to offset what they imagined was widespread fraud by Democrats. So it's hard to say the "security" side of things accomplished a damned thing.

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