Midday open thread: Knitting, news, and names

Today’s comic by Tom Tomorrow is Yet another week in the stupidverse:

What you missed on Sunday Kos …

FYI Democrats: ‘The Divine Nine’—black sororities and fraternities 101, by Denise Oliver Velez
Trump’s ‘rock star’ rally week proves the media isn’t ready for 2020, by Eric Boehlert
How queer and trans Asian American groups are reshaping Pride, by Huiying B Chan
Southern Pride: Alabama LGBTQ communities and allies celebrate, keep moving forward, by Karen L Freund
How Trump tariffs are hurting U.S. consumers, by Sher Watts Spooner
Dear Maybe Trump voter: Immigration bluster is a head fake designed to con you into voting for him, by Ian Reifowitz
A community read: The Mueller report, Part I, by Susan Grigsby
N-words, “boys,” concentration camps, and reparations, by Frank Vyan Walton
Understanding the connecting thread in these race stories, two POCs and one white, is essential, by Egberto Willies
Heavy medal, by Jon Perr
Automation and robotics are bigger threats to American jobs than outsourcing, by Mark E Andersen

Good move:

A popular knitting social media website has banned support for President Donald Trump on its platform, accusing his administration of propagating “open white supremacy.”

Ravelry, a community site that allows users to share ideas about knitting and textile projects, said in a blog post Sunday that it will remove users if they express support for Trump on its forum, profile pages or any other content.

“We cannot provide a space that is inclusive of all and also allow support for open white supremacy. Support of the Trump administration is undeniably support for white supremacy,” the site said.


Carl Cameron, who covered politics for Fox News over two decades, is veering from that path. “I have a little bit of unfinished business,” says Cameron. He is teaming up with Joseph Romm, an author and blogger on climate science and climate policy at ThinkProgress, an “editorially independent” arm of the Center for American Progress Action Fund.

Their collaboration is FrontPageLive.com, a news site where progressives can find stories that feed their sensibilities. 


The North East Independent School District in Texas was facing pressure to change the name of Robert E. Lee High School, amid national protests over the legacy of the Confederate general.

But officials were concerned about the estimated $1.3 million it would cost to remove and replace signs, redo a turf field, order new uniforms and make other changes large and small.

So they decided to rebrand the school Legacy of Educational Excellence, and use LEE High School as its nickname, starting last school year. The move, which included keeping the school’s gray and red colors, saved about $1 million. […]

Many school districts are wrestling with sometimes contentious debates over being named for Confederate figures, while also facing tight budgets. The solution, they are finding, can be picking someone with a similar name.

On today’s Kagro in the Morning show: Greg Dworkin rounds up a tough news weekend. The baby jails story lingers, and Trump’s interviewers don’t seem interested in the optics of him raping columnists, so we’re stuck instead with dissecting his more mundane “voter fraud” lies.

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