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Meet your new hero, America. Her name is Erika Andiola, and she's a "Proud Undocumented and Unafraid Mexican-American." If you watch the video -- which you MUST do, RIGHT now, go on, we'll wait for you -- you'll see why.

Here's the "Oh, I never watch the videos" summary for you, jerks:

At a fundraiser for Rep. Steve King, hosted by Sen. Rand Paul (aww, isn't that sweet?), our new hero Erika approached the table and very politely introduced herself.

"I'm actually a DREAMer myself," she says. "I'm originally from Mexico, but I've been raised here." She tells him she graduated from Arizona State University, and that's when, if you watch the video like you were told to do, you'll see Sen. Rand Paul quietly pick up his drink and leave like sticking around to talk about immigration with an actual immigrant who's affected by immigration policy is not on his schedule for the day, thanks.

That's when Erika goes from hero to superhero.

I know you want to get rid of DACA. I want to give you the opportunity, if you really want to get rid of it, just rip mine. You can go ahead and do that.

And that's when she hands him what presumably is the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals documentation that King and his fellow Republicans are so eager to run through the shredder because "rape paths" and "death trains" and drug mules dressed up as children, doing 9/11 to America. And this young woman, this superhero, politely puts herself right in his face and asks him why he says the things he says, why he wants to rip up her papers and kick her out of the country that is her home.

And in return, he grabs her hand -- and no, Steve King, it is NOT okay to do that, you do NOT just grab people you don't know so you can shake your finger in their face -- and tells her, "You're very good at English, you know what I'm saying."

"I was raised in the United States," she reminds him.

You should watch the whole thing. You really should. The part where he asks her if she's a drug-smuggler. The part where he asks her, AGAIN, if she understands English. Duh, Steve, she's speaking to you in English, isn't she? Do you understand? The part where he insists the "liberal left" takes all of his hatred out of context, that when he talks about the evil brown not-Americans, he is ONLY talking about the evil drug-smuggling ones. Not the ones like Erika, the ones who've grown up here and graduated from college and yes, STEVE, they speak English.

That's when Erika's companion, Cesar Vargas, explains that he has also grown up in this country, he's graduated from law school, and he wants to serve his country. The America one, the one he's known since he was five years old, and why does that make Steve so angry, huh? Then King babbles on about Obama and the Constitution and blah blah blah typical Steve King Republican blah.

Just watch it. And then watch this bonus follow-up, where King talks to reporters and explains that he's the victim because these law-breaking kids of law-breaking parents just came to make a scene, but at least he didn't run away from their questions like SOME people, ahem.

h/t to Wonkette Twitter operative @JoeSudbay

[Matt Hildreth]

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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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