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Dept. of This World Is Too Much With Me

Enemies of the American People, That's Us

Yesterday sucked hard enough to make getting to sleep difficult; the Janus decision on the part of the no-longer-afraid-to-show-their-conservative-animus SCOTUS, their upholding of the Muslim ban; the announced retirement of Justice Kennedy, which puts other civil rights, like Roe V Wade, in direct peril.

And today, this happened.

While my reportorial caution reminds me that I can't assume the reason was because the shooter hated journalists - my other thought would be a particularly enthusiastic domestic violence perpetrator - my gut tells me it was. This is, after all, the nation whose president told his besotted followers that editors, reporters, photographers, etc. were the enemies of America.

They're not the types who'd believe what Capital Gazette editor Jimmy Debutts said in the 11th and 12th paragraphs of the main Washington Post story. More fools they.

I'll be relieved if some other cause motivated the shooter, and that says something awful about both my desensitization and to this murderous American ecosystem.

ETA: Yep, looking more likely to be a patriotic Fourth Estate hater. Imagine my surprise.

And Harlan Ellison has died.

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Jul. 2nd, 2018 12:00 am (UTC)
It's been a horrible, sucky couple of weeks, that's for damn sure.
Jul. 2nd, 2018 12:26 am (UTC)
Yeah. And last week was just one body blow after another. I hope like hell that the Democrats and maybe one or two GOPers grow backbones, and don't let any of Trump's judicial nominees through until at least after the November midterms.
Jul. 3rd, 2018 05:30 pm (UTC)
I don't think the Dems have the numbers to block a nomination, unless a couple of GOPers break ranks and join them, but man, that would be sweet, sweet payback.
Jul. 4th, 2018 12:00 am (UTC)
I had hoped that Susan Collins would buck her party, but she's turning out to be all surface and no courage. Also, if she believes Neil Gorsuch wouldn't vote to overturn Roe v Wade, she's stupider than I thought she was. Gah.
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