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Trump’s total ignorance on policy can instructively lead him in many directions, most of them awful, but occasionally he will say something vaguely sensible because he doesn’t know that Republicans believe in some incredibly stupid and evil shit: One of the most extraordinary moments of Donald J. Trump’s presidency was an hourlong meeting with U.S. […]
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Friend of the Blog Glenn Kenny has a great tribute: There’s a moment early in Martin Scorsese’s 1990 gangster classic “Goodfellas” that always tugs at my heartstrings. Scorsese’s movie is brutal and cleareyed and unsentimental, yes. But Ray Liotta as Henry Hill, the viewer’s docent into the criminal world, injects a note of tenderness that’s […]

Door control

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On May 26, 2022

Republicans will propose anything to address the ludicrous levels of gun violence in America except anything that would actually address the problem: According to Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), th

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40 minutes

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On May 26, 2022
What would you say...you do here? Frustrated onlookers urged police officers to charge into the Texas elementary school where a gunman’s rampage killed 19 children and two teachers, witnesses said Wednesday, as investigators worked to track the massacre that lasted upwards of 40 minutes and ended when the 18-year-old shooter was killed by a Border […]
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Good men with guns

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On May 25, 2022
While offering thoughtsandprayers, Tailgunner Ted suggested the preferred reactionary alternative to the gun control that stops school shootings in most other democratic countries: more people with guns! If one looks at the systematic evidence, there is needless to say no reason to think that this would address the problem at all: Cruz: “We know from […]

D-Day

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On May 24, 2022

So, that Better Call Saul midseason finale? Pretty astounding. [Spoilers obviously] A longer appreciation will be in order after the show ends this summer, but an entertaining one-dimensional comic re

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