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John Gorenfeld: First Man on the Moon

the_pupkin_of_peaceWe're happy to see that the WP picked up on the story about Reverend Moon crowning himself king of Big Rock Candy Mountain or whatever it was in front of a bunch of apparently drugged congressmen in the Dirksen Senate building. Yay, bloggers, keeping the story alive, etc. But the Post does add something to the story that we here in blogotopia sometimes let fall by the wayside: Quotes from people who participated in the event. (There's a word for doing this. We'll think of it in second.)


In this case, the lawmakers who participated in the event tell the Post -- you'll never guess -- they were tricked! They had no idea! Sen. Mark Dayton (D-Minn.) told the Post that he thought he was "honoring a constituent receiving a peace award and did not know Moon would be there." His spokeswoman said, "We fell victim to it; we were duped." Rep. Roscoe G. Bartlett (Md.), thought he was there to "salute the Washington Times, a conservative-leaning newspaper owned by Moon's organization" and "I had no idea what would happen."

Of course. You can understand how they assumed it'd be completely normal. They just thought they'd be attending a mass wedding or something. "I had no idea what would happen," said Bartlett, "but I wound up married to Mark Dayton." They're registered at Hecht's.

The Rev. Moon Honored at Hill Reception [WP]

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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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