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Hip Republicans: Make It Stop

parrrrr-teeeee!Hey, kids: Did you know that though you might think Republicans are "nerdy" or "boring" or "Puritanical," it turns out that they're really "cool" and "fashion-conscious" and "in-your-face!" It has to be true because it's in the National Review Online. And, yeah, legislating abstinence-only classes is, like, very hot! And the Patriot Act? Come on, it's spying on your neighbors! Soooo "Punk'd"!


Seriously, enough with the "hip Republicans" stories already. (We're looking at you, U.S. News.) They're like the Ugg boots of trend pieces! Really, they are: It's taking something very lumpy and square and making it sexy by sheer force of repetition. We'll believe that Republicans are hip when we see Anna Wintour standing in line to rub Karl Rove's shiny greased belly.

Oh, and don't get us started on the totally lame-o Democrats. The booger-eating exchange student in my 5th grade homeroom had more going on than Tom Daschle (D-SD). Pul-eeze.

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Silicon Valley Young Republicans "Meet the Mayors" Event (Don't they look cool?) [Silicon Valley Young Republicans]

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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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