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D.C. Lobbyist Scores His First Buck

According to one J.R. Reger, D.C. lobbyist Shawn Vessell, currently playing a minor role in the ongoing Jack Abramoff saga, became a man last November when he shot his first deer. Here we let Reger pick up the narrative: "The way Mike and I hunt is very efficient. We know where they live, we know where they hide. We can drive to both places. We pulled up near the little house at the ranch and let Shawn's window face our big buck. Shawn rolled down his window....Shawn fired the gun...The deer bucked on his hind legs and then fell dead to the ground."


We love a great hunting yarn, but what makes this a great D.C. lobbyist yarn too? Why, the question of impropriety, of course. New web publication New West explains: "Vasell allegedly shot a deer from the window of a pickup truck, a clear no-no. And, a quick phone call to the Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks licensing department tells us that state records (which search back to 2002) show there have been no hunting licenses issued to a Shawn Vasell in the state of Montana."

The D.C. Lobbyist and the Thanksgiving Deer [New West]

Shawn Vasell, Deer Hunter [Google cache]

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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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