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  • Sam "Who? Oh right" Brownback will quit his job as Senator of Kansas so he can be Governor of Kansas. [CNN Political Ticker]
  • Obama's entire dumb listserv hates him for begging them to buy Hope paraphernalia, and the families of everyone on Obama's dumb listserv hates him for indirectly being responsible for their receiving of Hope paraphernalia. [Politico]
  • Condi & the State Department recommended against re-hiring securities contractor Blackwater when the firm's contract expires next year. It will quietly be replaced by Joe Biden's weird squadron of hellpuppies. [The Daily Beast]
  • Gays and friends of gays and non-Mormons are terribly upset that Obama picked Prop. 8-supporter Rick Warren, he of Saddleback and nauseating goatee notoriety, to deliver the invocation at his Inauguration. [AMERICAblog]
  • Laurie Coleman, wife of Norm, has hired a lawyer named Earl Gray, who's described as an "aggressive defender of celebrity clients" and, alternately, "a blend of Indian and Ceylon teas." [TPMMuckraker]
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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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