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If By 'Cocky' You Mean 'Obsessed With Cock,' Then Too Late

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  • Former New York State Senate Leader Joseph Bruno, who was exactly half the reason why New York State government was such an amusement park of dysfunction (the other half being Assembly Leader Sheldon Silver), has been convicted of a crime, hooray! Two crimes, actually, involving doing paid "consultant" work for some dude who also wanted to get government contracts, and who also paid Bruno $40,000 for a worthless horse(!). But will John Roberts set this monster free to walk the streets again? Almost certainly! The Supreme Court is right now debating the constitutionality of the very law that Bruno was convicted of, which is hilariously called "honest services fraud." Two of the other people who the court would save if they overturned this law are Enron scumbag Jeffrey Skilling and awful Canadian-British press baron (and literal, actual baron) Conrad Black, who are of course the exact sort of person that Roberts, Scalia, and Alito got into the law to defend. [NYT]
  • Stock markets are still going all crazy everywhere, but don't worry, because the G7 leaders are totally going to have a conference call about it today. There has literally never been a conference call that hasn't totally resolved all the problems that the people calling in have been worried about. [NYT]
  • GOP Indiana Congressfellow Mike Pence is worried that the Republicans are overconfident about the midterms, and warns them all against getting "fat, sassy, and cocky." Good luck with that, Mike! [Politico]
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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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