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America's Billion-Dollar Half-Muslin Cyborg President

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  • Barack Obama raised $750 million in a little over 21 months, which means he won't qualify as "the first billion-dollar President" until he runs for re-election. (By 2012, rampant hyperinflation will mean that a billion dollars will buy you a candy bar.) [ABC News]
  • Big Three auto executives made no progress yesterday pleading their case for a bailout with recalcitrant Senators. Maybe they'll have better luck today with the House. [Washington Post]
  • Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper has shut down Parliament, which makes him a despot and also a huge dick. [International Herald-Tribune]
  • Happiness is a disease ... and, like tuberculosis, you tend to get it from people in close geographic proximity to you. [Los Angeles Times]
  • Retailers who didn't offer crazy discounts in November saw the worst sales figures in decades. And retailers who did offer big price reductions kept sales volumes barely afloat, but at the expense of their profit margins. [New York Times]
  • Tom Daschle wants you to hold a "holiday health care party" and discuss over egg nog and gingerbread cookies how we are all doomed to starvation or diabetes or both. [Wall Street Journal]
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It started with them damn hats. (Image: Wikimedia Commons)

A guest post by "Knitsy McPurlson," which we suspect is not a real name.

Yr Wonkette is not the only website run by brilliant peoples unafraid to poke people with sharp, pointy sticks. Ravelry.com – a website for knitters, crocheters, and other folks interested in textiles and fiber arts – is poking people with knitting needles, which are very sharp indeed.

This past weekend, Ravelry.com's founders showed the world how easy it is to de-platform white nationalists and racists when they banned all "support of Donald Trump and his administration" from their website, concluding they "cannot provide a space that is inclusive of all and also allow support for open white supremacy." Seems like people smart enough to decode a knitting pattern are also smart enough to decode Trump's not-so-hidden message of racism and white nationalism.

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One day, God willing, my grandchildren will click open their history textbooks and read about the Central American migrant internment camps. They'll learn about sick kids, locked in cages, kept hungry and dirty and cold for weeks on end, and they'll be horrified.

"Bubbie," they'll say, "how could this happen in America? How could there be toddlers sleeping on the ground without blankets, without soap or toothbrushes to clean themselves?"

"I don't know. I wish I had done more. I'm ashamed," I'll say. We will all have to answer for this atrocity. But some of us will have to answer more than others. Not just the archvillains like Stephen Miller and John Kelly, but the people who kept right on doing their jobs, even as those jobs morphed into defending concentration camps.

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