Ed Driscoll

In England, They Celebrate Boxing Day on December 26

Mondays are tough on everyone, but George Washington was feeling particularly boxed in at the start of the week. As Diane Ellis wrote at Ricochet.com yesterday:

This photo — hat tip to the Free North Carolina blog — was taken yesterday at the NAACP’s annual MLK observance at the steps of the statehouse in Columbia, South Carolina.  The bronze statue of George Washington is hidden from view so as not to offend participants of the rally.

Here’s the photo in question:

More photos here.

Hey, remember how much grief John Aschcroft took about covering up the statues in the Justice Department? Think this latest effort at statue shrouding will generate a scintilla of coverage outside the starboard half of the Blogosphere?

Probably not until there’s a Tea Party rally, now that the precedent has been set, that gives a speech where a nearby statue of FDR or Woodrow Wilson is similarly cordoned off from view.  The media would then through a hissy fit, and perhaps mention this incident in the 17th paragraph of the story.

While statuary is somewhat new to the Memory Hole, language has long been a political battlefield. In “Free the Dictionary,” Richard Fernandez explores how, hot on the heels of the left’s hissy fit over the new Congress reading the Constitution, CNN apologized for the word “crosshairs” being uttered on their channel.

Say, didn’t the network once have a long-running show, built around the concept of heated debate, with a very similar name?

Other than on the airport telescreens, it’s been a while since I’ve watched CNN. Do they still cover sports? I can’t wait to see how their football coverage, to name but one example, will be impacted (if I can still use that word) by switching to this latest edition of the Newspeak Dictionary