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Noonan in the Sky with Diamonds

Give Peggy Noonan credit: She's not going to let a mere heat-based hallucination deter her columnizing. Indeed, in today's Wall Street Journal, she draws back the curtain on the workings of her own, uhm, gelatinous muse to demonstrate a causal relationship:


the humidity [is] just high enough that you feel like you're walking through pleasantly warm gelatin as you walk along the streets. A good time for a general political overview, I say.

Hear, hear! A good time, too, to administer transitions as though you're in the lightning-round of Password:

. . . half the country would be relieved to have a lazy president as he'd do less and make us less nervous.

And there is Iraq.

So there is! But what of. . .the bookends of terror? Let Peggy, uhm, explain:

It started with terror and has ended with no-terror-since.

That's a big reason [Bush's] base is still with him, and that's why a lot of Americans, when you come right down to it, are with him.

Those are the bookends. And the great question of course is: Will the second bookend hold? Every fact of our domestic political future rests on the answer to that.

And with that settled, we're off, of course, to the next obvious transition:
A word on Mrs. Bush. Everyone knows she is popular and admired . . .
Indeed. By plasticene people with looking-glass eyes.

Bookends [WSJ}

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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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