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Josh Marshall

Josh Marshall is editor and publisher of TalkingPointsMemo.com.

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Over the last eighteen months, we've made an on-going effort to highlight various cases of accidental shootings - sometimes leading to grave injuries, other times to minor ones, but usually illustrating the straightforward fact that guns are dangerous and people often do stupid things with them. Like showing them off to friends while they're loaded, or showing them off when the gun is loaded and the gun-shower is also loaded, or leaving them unsecured where 3 year olds can find them and blow their heads off. But frequently, and increasingly of late, we get emails from readers criticizing our decision to call these shootings 'accidents' because that is not, in their view, what they are.

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Best thing going on in this picture is Elmo's look of shock and surprise.

This is from a New York Post article on a police altercation in Times Square with a man dressed up as spiderman. According to the article, Spiderman was pulling a more exorbitant than usual tourist shakedown; a cop asked Spiderman for ID. At some point in the interaction - who knows what happened leading up to it - Spiderman roundhoused the cop and things went about as you'd expect from that point on.

In fact, if you've spent much time in NYC you'll know that the Time Square Elmo is a pretty gritty figure, with a fairly gnarly costume, who you're as likely as not to see taking a break near the Starbucks dragging on a cigarette or getting in tourists' faces if they don't pay a higher fee for a picture with the kids. But still, Elmo!

As you know, two days ago the State of Arizona staged a botched execution in which the condemned inmate gasped and snorted and made other sounds for almost two hours before eventually dying. Here's the surreal transcript of the lawyers in the case on the phone with the judge (among other things trying to figure out how to set up a conference call) quasi-litigating what to do as the execution continued on without the prisoner actually dying. The state prison chief's new claim that, in fact, "parts" of the execution went "perfectly" only underscores what increasingly looks to be the freakish and chaotic end-state of capital punishment in America.

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