The Best Summary So Far

Matt Taibbi has a post up at Racket News about his experience testifying before a congressional committee on Thursday.

Then the hearing began, and an episode of Black Adder: Congress broke out.

I’m sure the Democrats believed they had a cunning and subtle plan.

The Central Scrutinizer

Nina Jankowicz, Executive Director of the Disinformation Governance Board

It is my responsibility to enforce all the laws
That haven’t been passed yet.
It is also my responsibility to alert each and every one of you
To the potential consequences
Of various ordinary everyday activities …

The Culture War

Benjamin Domenech and Robert Tracinski have a post over at The Federalist reviewing the history of America’s culture war over the past few decades and speculating on its future.

If history repeats itself, it is good news for traditional Americans and bad news for the Left, which has taken on the role of Grand Inquisitor so rapidly that overnight civil liberties have become a Republican issue. Slowly but surely, the American Right is adopting the role of the cultural insurgent standing up for the freedom of the little guy. They crowdfund the pizza shop, baker, and photographer; they rebel against the establishment in the gaming media and at sci-fi conventions; they buy their chicken sandwiches in droves. The latest acronym that came out of the Sad Puppies movement says it all. They describe their opponents as CHORFs: cliquish, holier-than-thou, obnoxious, reactionary, fascists. This is their description of the cultural Left.

Hogewash! has been engaged in a few of the minor skirmishes of the Culture War. I’m thankful for the support I’ve been receiving. Meanwhile, the Domenech and Tracinski piece helps put things in perspective. Read the whole thing.

Spring Break

I wonder if Canada has been overrun by Eastasia. The Ottawa Citizen still has coverage of Malia Obama’s spring break trip to Mexico (protected by 25 Secret Service agents). All the other coverage on the Internet seems to have gone down the memory hole at the insistence of Minitrue the White House Press office.

While I do believe that the President’s children deserve as much privacy as possible, it is worthwhile knowing about the expense of protecting his family on the 17th vacation trip they have taken in the past three years.

UPDATE–Howard Portnoy asks:

Does the image of a 13-year-old member of the First Family jetting off on a luxe vacation send the wrong message at a time when most Americans, the president keeps reminding us, are struggling to put bread on the table?

UPDATE 2–Bookworm Room considers “the great white-out.” (H/T, Instapundit)

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