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How George W. Bush Saved Civilization

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  • Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrived in Israel and said the US was committed to a two-state solution, yadda yadda yadda. [AP]
  • The stock market might rally today because how much more awful can it get, right? (This is what they say pretty much every day in the financial news.) [CNN Money]
  • The Sri Lankan cricket team was attacked by armed gunmen in Lahore, Pakistan. It's going to be nothing but away games for the Pakistani cricket team for a while, because nobody will come to their country and risk death for a frigging cricket game. [BBC News]
  • The new Justice Department released nine more sketchy legal memos drafted by such Bush-era luminaries like John Yoo, showing that in essence everybody lost their minds after 9/11 and imagined George Bush was a benevolent warrior king who might just have to destroy the Constitution in order to save it. [Washington Post]
  • Healthcare reform shocker: It won't be easy. [Wall Street Journal]
  • Some of the new healthcare funding will go to creating new community health centers. The price tag seems suspiciously low -- it averages out to a little over $1 million per center. [Boston Globe]
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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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