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Why?

I know why a dude who pummeled his wife daily might also gun down a gay club on Latin night: gender norms are f-ing  lethal. Plus racism. 

But why oh why are assault rifles sold to Joe Q Public???????

All I want is for my friends and family to feel safe. They don’t today. 

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Peace Through Community Investment

Ok listen. They shot up a classroom of first graders. They shot up a women’s health care clinic. They shot up families watching a movie. They shot up a sorority party. They shot up people praying at the nation’s oldest AME church. They shot black children at the park. They shot their coworkers at their own goddam holiday party.

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TV Schizophrenia (#MadMen)

In 1961, Thomas Szasz crystalized a particular kind of countercultural trope: the “mentally ill” genius. His The Myth of Mental Illness asserted that people can be “disabled by life.” That one sensitive to the absurdities and senselessness of life may appear mentally ill, but really tells Truth in a hostile society.

By now it’s trite: Sherlock Holmes, House, the lady in Homeland. Hannah Horvath. Gonzo.

No one’s crying about the dude in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest anymore.

But Peggy cried about Michael Ginsberg.

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“Post-Truth” Politics and Journalism

Last week I twittered this super-rad article by Garance Frank-Ruta about journalists’ new responsibilities to correct electioneering lies.

Today James Fallows caught up with this piece and contextualized it with other promising events he puts into David Roberts’ rubric of “post-truth politics.”

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Shenanigans on the Floor!

Always-reliable Ezra Klein reporting on Congressional head-butting over Simpson-Bowles, the recommendations resulting from Obama’s bipartisan itty bitty fix-the-budget committee:

To Democrats, that bipartisan deal [the Budget Control Act of 2011], which ended the debt-ceiling standoff, set spending for the next two years, and the GOP is reneging on its word. Republicans counter that they consider the BCA as a ceiling on spending, not a floor, and they have every intention of trying to cut spending further.

Which is all to say that, on Wednesday, Conrad tried to do what so many in Washington said was necessary: Move to Simpson-Bowles. Make this debate bipartisan. Instead, Simpson-Bowles got trashed by Republicans and jammed into a protected, partisan process by Democrats. And the GOP provided more evidence that they want to undercut the Budget Control Act, which means we’re headed to a showdown over appropriations, and soon. Attempts at bipartisanship, in other words, showed just how partisan this issue really is.

Of course they did. Of course. Feverish obsession with TAXES!!!!!!!!!!!! has prevented anyone from thinking straight about how to spend, and save, public money.

A Dark Permanence (Mad Men Men)

Lane says, about the Allies’ campaign against Axis powers in North Africa, “I’ve heard men talk with dark permanence about those years.” What a delightful phrase from stodgy old Lane! It got me wondering about how many dark permanences might lurk in Lane’s world, in the world of Mad Men and women.

Last week’s episode was a horrorfest about the spectacle of violence against women. A spectacle that, at least for that episode, defines what it means to be a women. This week we got the dudefest: male characters’ anguished quest for a more authentic masculinity. For me, these episodes were equally difficult to watch. And I’m not talking about this:

Aw, these guys can’t hurt you! Plaid makes them so cuddly!

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