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Yeesh, it's Richard Leiby's very first day and all ready the knives are out. But that's good. It'll toughen him up. Or teach him to dodge. Or force him to lose a lot of arterial blood. Something. Us? We enjoyed the debut, as far as it went. But, you know, park police fucking up on the job? Spending a thousand words on that is the kind of thing that makes our boss sputter incoherently (though in a charming British accent. We don't know how he does it.). The best part of the column is the self-indulgent part, which -- if gossip writers were honest -- would be the main feature of every column in the biz:


At another soiree, hosted by writer Christopher Hitchens, I waded into a well-lubricated cabal of journos, Bushies and neo-cons.

We knew about Hitch, and always suspected that the Bushies were into that kind of thing. I just hope you're being, you know, careful.

Park Police Bomb Their Terrorism Test [WashPost]

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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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