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Long-Winded Weekend

Friday


* Garrison Keiler is at Wolftrap making funny jokes in between boring songs. Or vice versa? Tickets start at $18, 8pm. [Wolftrap]

* "Seven Samuri" is playing at the AFI tonight. We'd go see it but we're not that into movies about ninjas or whatever. $9.25 at 8pm in Silver Spring. [AFI Silver]

* Naftali Bendavid is the Chicago Trib's Washington Deputy Beareau Chief, and tonight he'll discuss his new book about Rahm Emanuel and the 2006 midterm elections The Thumpin'. Bendavid likes Emanuel so much that we suggest double checking your copy to make sure the pages aren't stuck together. [P&P]

* "Burlesque" we think is another word for "still can't see anything". Le Scandal is a troupe from New York, they're all famous and stuff. $19.50, 7:30pm in Alexandra. [Birchmere]

Saturday

* Georgie James and friends are playing their music for you, and raising money to buy books for America. [BYT]

* If you hate good causes and love dudes with guitars, go see Martin Sexton at the 9:30. [930]

* " Come learn about Asian Americans commemorated on stamps" at the National Postal Museum's Asian Pacific Heritage Celebration. We really, really think you should do this one, because wtf. [NPM]

Sunday

* Black Gay Pride!!! At the Convention Center!! With Monica!! [DCBlackPride]

* 25 portraits of Sandra Day O'Connor, you say? Sign us up! [CP]

* If you go to the Prince vs. Michael Jackson dance party at the Black Cat you will make a serious DJ cry. [Black Cat]

Monday

* Go to a fucking barbecue or something.

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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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