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Nelson Mandela, Now with Kung-Fu Grip!

Violet Vowell-1Sarah Vowell's new book, "Assassination Vacation" is now on the best-seller list and we're not jealous or anything. She's a good liberal who wrote the book, she said, to cope with her anger at the current president and his policies, particularly the war in Iraq. Yay, liberals! Especially the conscientious ones with a real grasp of history -- such as Vowell, who recently explained to writer Nick Hornby exactly how she arrived at the difficult decision to (vocally) star in the hit film "The Incredibles":


It was a job she was prepared to turn down, she told Hornby, until she learned it was a Pixar movie. ''They're the best at what they do, the most universally culturally revered. It's like if Nelson Mandela showed up asking for your help to fight racism. Maybe fighting racism isn't normally your thing. Maybe you're more of an armchair racism hater. But if Mandela was standing at your door asking you to get on the bus, you'd just start putting on your shoes, right?''

Yeah, being asked to star in a Pixar film is exactly like being asked to fight racism! Because, yeah, it's really hard. And you're risking your life. And you're fighting against a powerful status quo. And because the only compensation you need is the simple knowledge that you are doing the right thing. That, and a cut of the merch.

Inside the List [NYT]

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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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