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Terrific news, America! Climate Change is over! So is Global Warming! Unfortunately, LGBTQ people have also ceased to be -- at the White House website, at least.

We warned you as the Inauguration was just ending, when a sharp Twitter user noticed a change at the Department of Labor:

For the moment, they haven't taken down the Labor Department's page busting myths about increasing the minimum wage. Give them a few hours.

Whitehouse.gov, on the other hand, has already sent several Obama administration priorities straight down the memory hole, with Stalinist efficiency:

We decided to do a little looking around ourselves, with variations. No LGBT, LGBTQ, gay rights, or marriage equality in the White House any more. But there is one hit for "gay": a single use of the old correct meaning of "happy," exactly as the New Order would have it.

Not that Donald Trump has a problem with the "L...B...G...T...Q" community. The IT team simply needs to update all the code so it reflects the way Trump pronounces those letters, as if he were reading off a menu at some exotic foreign restaurant.

Hey, how about climate? Maybe there's something about reducing CO2? Here's an archived version of Barack Obama's climate change page from this morning:

Let's do a little searching on that climate stuff now!

At least Mamie Eisenhower liked the climate in San Antonio. And look, there IS a mention of "climate": In the Trump administration's plan to take us back to the good old days of freely-burning oil and coal:

But don't worry, there's a paragraph in there about "responsible stewardship of the environment," as long as it doesn't get in the way of burning all the oil and coal we can get out of the ground. You see, the EPA is going to be "refocused" on "its essential mission of protecting our air and water." Like, maybe, just enough to keep the Cuyahoga River from catching fire again. Probably.

So, anything else missing from the White House website?

Oh, yeah. Figures.

Fortunately, the Whitehouse.gov folks are at least on top of America's REAL priorities:

The MAGIC WORDS ARE FINALLY THERE! We feel safer already.

UPDATE: Yes, we read the Snopes article about this. We understand the old WH site is still online at ObamaWhiteHouse.gov. So, fine, it's not so much that the White House website has been "scrubbed" of references to climate and LGBTQ rights. It's that those topics are not enough of a priority to the incoming team that they merit a mention on Day One -- or, perhaps, ever.

As someone on Twitter calling this piece "fake news" said, "What in the past year and a half would lead you to believe they care about any of those issues?" True enough -- although there was that fifteen minutes after the Orlando massacre when Trump insisted the "L...B...G...T...Q community" should support him, since he'd keep them safe from the murderous Radical Islamic Terrorists. On the first day of the new Whitehouse.gov, the Radical Islam Terrorists merit a mention. The L...B...G...T...Q community doesn't -- not even as an imaginary area of concern.

[Motherboard / Whitehouse.gov / Jonathan Lovitz on Twitter / Angela Fritz on Twitter / Jay Franzone on Twitter]

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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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