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Monsters

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On May 27, 2022

Texas Department of Public Safety Director Steven McCraw said there were at least two calls to 911 from children during the deadly shooting at Robb Elementary School. He laid out one of the calls. McC

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Metal Masculinity

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On May 27, 2022
It’s the horrific availability of guns that must be addressed first. But we also need to understand why America has fetishized weapons of death. Uvalde reminds us that we’ve also fetishized the police as protectors, and that’s gone badly wrong. It’s clear that issues of masculity are part of the gun and police fetishes. Men’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 […]

Casualties of war

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On May 26, 2022

Find the cost of freedom: The husband of one of the fourth-grade teachers killed in the Uvalde school shooting Tuesday has died, according to multiple news reports. Irma Garcia, who was a 23-year vete

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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), the solution to school shootings is fewer doorways and more guns. After 19 children and two teachers were killed at a Texas elementary school Tuesday by a man armed […]

Liotta

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On May 26, 2022

Given the centrality of Goodfellas to the culture of this site, I am sure that we will have more to say about the passing of Ray Liotta. I was always surprised that after his brilliant start, not only

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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 W

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