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Gossip Roundup: The New Propaganda Edition

Reliable Source: Rumsfeld on physical stress torture: "I stand for 8-10 hours a day. Why is standing limited to four hours?". . . Emily Kumler hosts shoe parties with a special dealer: "Like whores to sailors the ladies dragged pair after pair of shoes to the bed hoping for a good time.". . . Stephanopoulos has finished My Life. [WP]


Under the Dome: Kerry, campaigning in the West: "People came out here 125 years ago looking for gold and silver... and that’s what brought me out here today.". . . Activists call for outing of Congress members and staffers in light of Federal Marriage Amendment vote. . . Harry Thomason: "We’re going to sell a lot of DVDs. We’re going to make some money on this thing.". . . My Life skips naming names of impeachment. . . DeLay on Sugar Busters diet. [The Hill]

Heard on the Hill: In Appropriations Committee, Rep. Duke Cunningham (R-Calif.) asks Kennedy to open Chappaquiddick files; Kennedy calls him "an idiot!" and apologizes later. . . 100 Senators hit the floor for photo-op. [Roll Call]

Inside the Beltway: Boy takes photo with Cheney: "My dad is a Democrat, and this picture is going to drive him nuts." Cheney replies, "That's nothing. Wait till you see what we're going to do to John Kerry on November 2." [WT]

Rush & Molloy: Clinton's bracelet was given to him two years ago by kid from Colombia. . . Moore screens "F9/11" for Congressional Black Caucus. [NYDN]

Page Six: Paula Jones offers to debate Clinton. . . Clinton's claim Hillary was named after Sir Edmund Hillary called bogus considering he did not climb Everest until seven years after her birth. . . Alexandra Kerry signs with new talent agencies, denies relationship with Simon Monjack. . . Chris Heinz rumored to be close with Diane Kruger, married actress. [NYP and NYP]

Cindy Adams: Larry King on "F9/11:" "Yes. P.R. is suddenly the new propaganda.". . . "F9/11" DVD expected way before election. [NYP]

Fox 411: "F9/11" sells out in New York, setting records. [Fox News]

The Scoop: Demi Moore hollers at "F9/11" premiere. [MSNBC]

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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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