Another School Shooting: Thoughts and Prayers

I hate everyone.

Here’s a link to a Dallas Houston (not enough coffee) live feed:

We have failed our children.

In The Spirit of Holy Week, Go Crucify Yourself

Laura Ingraham is the latest wingnut welfare queen to fuck up her perfectly good grift by taking on a Parkland kid. Here’s the full story if you haven’t heard it already. The short version is that she made fun of Parkland student David Hogg because he didn’t get into some colleges where he had applied, and she later apologized after she started losing advertisers. At this moment, Ingraham is down 7 8 advertisers and counting.

Here’s the problem Ingraham and her ilk: they have nothing, not a god damned thing, to counter the fairly modest proposals made by the Parkland students. Normally, when these assholes have zip diddly, they simply launch into whatever low-grade, unfunny ad hominem they can dream up. But with the MSD group, ad hominems are a third rail – after all, these kids had friends and family gunned down, and one of them who spoke last Saturday still carries shrapnel from the attack in her face. So, really, the only choice that someone like Ingraham has is to argue her case without ad hominems. But, for her, that’s like baking a cake without an oven or driving a car without wheels. It simply can’t be done.

I don’t think she’s going to be the last wingnut to fall into this trap, and I sure hope she isn’t, because it’s so much fun to watch, especially the groveling followed by faux outrage when the obviously disingenuous apology is ignored. The other thing that’s fun to watch is the disproportionate amount of effort put in by each side. David Hogg dug up a list of her advertisers and tweeted it out, a few of his classmates dunked on Ingraham and supported the boycott, and then they all went on promoting their cause. Ingraham, meanwhile, is in as close to mortal peril as a wingnut TV personality can be, so she’s all-in on fixing her self-inflicted wound. It’s something we haven’t seen around these parts for a long, long time, if ever.

Weasel Word of the Day: “Misspeak”

CNN panelist, failed presidential candidate and aspiring Handmaid’s Tale villain Rick Santorum said something monumentally stupid about the March for Our Lives this weekend:

That was a dumb fucking thing to say, as thousands (if not millions) of people pointed out. If someone is bleeding out from gunshot wounds, CPR isn’t helpful. This morning, Ol’ Froth & Fecal walked it back — sorta:

No, he didn’t “misspeak.” “Misspeaking” would be accidentally ordering a burrito when you meant to say “taco” or asking for a wrench when you need a screwdriver.

What Santorum did was say something dumb and indefensible. Instead of lamely walking it back with a weasel word, he should resign from the CNN panel, take up knitting with a specialty in seat covers and then have all the fucking seats.

Open thread!

The DC March

Here are a few pictures from the DC march. Share your experience from your march in this thread.

Same Shit, Different Day

Time to set the goddamned “Days Without a School Shooting” counter back to zero. This day’s shooting was at a high school in Maryland. Details are sketchy, but here’s a summary from Channel 4 Washington:

Multiple Injuries Reported in Shooting at St. Mary’s Co. High School

Multiple people were injured in a shooting at a high school in southeast Maryland Tuesday morning, the St. Mary’s County sheriff’s office confirmed.

The shooting happened Tuesday morning at Great Mills High School in Great Mills, Maryland…

Some of the injuries were critical, sheriff’s officials said. It’s not clear how many people were injured at the school about 60 miles southeast of Washington, D.C. Deputies were called to the school just before 8 a.m.

The Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student activists expressed solidarity:

The March for Our Lives rally in DC and 800-plus affiliated events worldwide are taking place this Saturday. If you want to help but can’t make it to the DC march, you can find a local march here.

Open thread.