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Happy Native American Genocide Day, Blame-America-First crowd! John Oliver and Last Week Tonight have this happy little video asking the important question: How is Columbus Day still a thing? It's a solemn commemoration of mattress sales and "turning up to an unexpectedly closed post office and going, 'Oh yeah. It's Columbus Day. Shit.'"


It's also an occasion for elementary school kids to see cheesy movies about how Columbus navigated all the way around the world to India, which turned out to be the Caribbean. Maybe the movies leave out a few things, like the parts of Columbus's life where he kidnapped Native Americans and sold them into slavery; had his men slice them to pieces; and through disease and warfare, killed half the population of Haiti. But in fairness, none of that rhymes with "in fourteen-hundred and ninety-two."

Sure, it's a nice occasion for Italian-Americans to celebrate their heritage, but does their heritage have to be identified with a guy whose most notable achievement was getting lost? Why not Frank Sinatra Day?

Watch and enjoy!

Also, too, since it's fall, Oliver takes on the seasonal menace that some of us love, and some of us just wonder why it exists: pumpkin-spice anything. Srsly, microbreweries, do we need pumpkin-flavored ales? Get serious.

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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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