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On the Bush Payroll...I Think...

Maggie Gallagher's column admitting she was a paid Bush administration flunky is a masterful example of the non-contrite apology, not unlike Bush's own attitude to mistakes. We especially like her kicker: She would have said something about the contract for $21,500, but "it never occurred to me. On reflection...I should have disclosed a government contract when I later wrote about the Bush marriage initiative. I would have, if I had remembered it."


Wow. Doesn't remember getting paid $21,500? Does she also work for Nick Denton? We don't remember getting paid either, but that's usually because we blow it all on Ambien and bourbon before we ever make it to the bank...

A QUESTION OF DISCLOSURE [Yahoo News]

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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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