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D.C.'s Debs

A cover storyslut! in the Washington City Paper looks at debutante balls, noting that "debutantes don't come and go; they just keep coming." After reading the piece, well, now we definitely understand their enduring appeal:


Even without formal training, some of society's newest additions appear as well-versed in the subtle varieties of rump shaking as the waltz. There are two basic stances, crotch-to-crotch or crotch-to-ass—unless there's a three-way going on. . . Once a dancer has that down, the next step is ass cupping, a skill that demands a solid grip and a total lack of inhibition. . .



Several couples. . . demonstrate the cup 'n' straddle, where the young man grabs his partner's behind while the young lady rides his leg. . . One acrobatic pair shows off a bump 'n' lift, where the young man, in mid-grind, hoists his squealing partner into the air for as long as possible while still humping her.

Uhm, yeah. Still, you don't have to shell out $15K+ for that kind of action. It's available outside the hotel at a much lower price.

Better Off Deb [City Paper via Swamp-City.com]

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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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