Goofy Characters and Weird People -- Sounds Like a Hearing
International financial markets are in turmoil, gas is pushing $4 a gallon and a recession looms. But don't worry, folks: The House Energy and Commerce Committee is on the case.
Yesterday, in unwitting observance of April Fools' Day, the telecommunications subcommittee held a hearing on "online virtual worlds" and the use of cartoon-like characters called avatars.
"Ladies and gentlemen, in approximately 10 seconds, the Ed Markey avatar is going to gavel this hearing," the flesh-and-blood Chairman Edward Markey (D-Mass.) announced in the panel's Rayburn hearing room. "There he is. He's done it."
-- Dana Milbank
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