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Evil on the Upswing

Things are looking bad on the whole smiting-dow-the-axis-of-evil front, WaPo reporters Peter Baker and Dafna Linza write. North Korea has developed several nuclear devices under the Bush administration watch, and Iran is briskly advancing its own (still reportedly civilian) nuclear programs. Iraq, meanwhile, well, let's just say that if we were in fact permitted to use the word "quagmire," it would save everyone a lot of time. "I'm tempted to say we're 1-2," says one administration official, "but that wouldn't be honest." Well, that's never stopped them before. . . No reports as yet on plans to rename the Axis of Evil the Surprisingly Sturdy Band of Freedom-Hating Nukes-Deploying Advocates of Violent Extremism.


U.S. Policy on "Axis of Evil" Suffers Spate of Setbacks [Washington Post]

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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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