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Situation Room Normal, All F'd Up

We'll have a full review from Henry the Intern coming shortly, but we would like to share our first impressions on this, the first hour of the first broadcast of "The Situation Room," CNN's savior show which replaced "Crossfire," "Inside Politics" and "Wolf Blitzer Reports."


How is it different from those shows, you ask? Well, there are a lot of large television screens. The "Blog Report" is now "The Situation Online" where -- I shit you not -- "we'll be watching everything on the internet." (Including goatse? Really?) And these "internet reporters" stand and read the blogs. (Yes, stand and read at the same time.) Another big difference: you see a lot of Wolf Blitzer's legs, which normally would make him look short but they've scaled down the set so he looks, what, at least 5 feet tall. From how often Wolf repeats it, CNN seem to think the distinguishing characteristic of the show is that "we can bring you lots of information simultaneously." CNN has totally discovered RSS. Personally, we're digging our first ever full-profile view of Bill Schneider's paunch.

Best moment so far? A satellite gaffe delayed the start of an interview with CNN's correspondent in Gaza. Wolf ad-libbed, "This is live television and there will be technical glitches," adding, in-your-face-style, "Get used to it if it isn't pretty, as pretty as it always should be."

Funny how they didn't explain Novak that way.

More later.

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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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