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Will NBC keep Brian Williams around?

Brian Williams

A CNN Money article posted yesterday says NBC is trying to find some way to keep Brian Williams at the network after his six month suspension for repeatedly embellishing his personal experiences ends in August.

I don’t see how NBC can expect to keep Williams after the suspension is up. He can’t return as host to Nightly News without alienating both the viewers and current fill-in host Lester Holt, who has managed to keep the show from completely sinking into oblivion. Yet keeping Williams on as some sort of NBC beat reporter will only further highlight just how far he fell. Plus, anything he reports on will be met with skepticism from the public for quite some time.

NBC should probably let Williams go. Given how big the TV news landscape is these days, he will eventually land somewhere. Either that, or keep him behind the scenes until next year’s primary elections ramp up, at which point they can bring him back as some sort of political correspondent. There should be enough mud being thrown by the candidates by then that no one will notice who is delivering the news.

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It’s Memorial Day, so let’s celebrate President Obama

President Barack Obama

President Barack Obama, via @TheDemocrats Twitter feed

You just can’t get more clueless than this.

This Monday is Memorial Day, the day the United States is suppose to stop and remember the men and women of our armed forces who lost their lives fighting for our freedom. So what did the official Twitter account of the Democrats send out to honor the day?

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Anty Gin – The name tells you exactly what is in it

Anty Gin

There is a new drink on the market. It’s called Anty Gin. It sells for just over $300 for a 700 milliliter bottle. And each bottle contains the essence of 62 wood ants.

The ants are said to give the gin a citrus flavor.

Now if you’ll excuse me, the thought of this gin makes me want to go hug the white porcelain throne face first.

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Pac-Man now officially in his mid-thirties

Pac-Man

In case you missed it, Pac-Man turned 35 on May 22. The dot eating, ghost chomping, yellow mouth had been estimated to have consumed 10 billion quarters towards the end of the 20th Century. There have been numerous arcade sequels to the game, including Ms. Pac-Man, Super Pac-Man, Jr. Pac-Man, and Pac-Man Battle Royale, a 4-player versus game where the Pac-Mans can eat each other along with the ghosts.

I was 11 when Pac-Man first came to the local arcade, though I much preferred Ms. Pac-Man when it was released a year later. I’m not sure I want to guestimate how many of those 10 billion quarters were mine. I still find myself putting a quarter into a Pac-Man or Ms. Pac-Man machine on the rare times I come across them today.

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Wife REALLY not happy with husband, runs him over

Voting Booth

Have you ever been so upset with someone that you wanted to run them over? Well, an Arizona woman got that upset with her husband and is now serving three-and-a-half years in prison for it.

Why was she so upset? He didn’t vote in the 2012 presidential election. Apparently, she “believed the family would face hardship from his winning another term in office.” I guess she was right about that (though clearly not in the way she probably expected).

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More undisclosed payments to Clinton Foundation

Bill & Hillary Clinton

Bill & Hillary Clinton

If it’s a day ending in Y, then there’s a good chance a new Clinton Foundation revelation will take place. This time, according to the Washington Post, the foundation received anywhere between $12 million to $26.4 million in “previously undisclosed payments from major corporations, universities, foreign sources and other groups.” These payments were for speeches given by Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton on behalf of the foundation.

I wonder just how many more revelations it will take before an investigation of the Clinton Foundation takes place.

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The best answer to the Iraq War question

Senator Tom Cotton

Senator Tom Cotton

Senator Tom Cotton, an Iraq war veteran who is now a U.S. Senator, recently said the following to the Washington Examiner when asked the Iraq War question:

“Knowing what we know now, I absolutely would have sent the Pacific Fleet out of Pearl Harbor on Dec. 4 to intercept the Japanese Fleet,” Cotton told the Washington Examiner during an interview in his Capitol Hill office. “I say that to highlight how foolish the question is. You don’t get to live life in reverse. What a leader has to do is make a decision, at the moment of decision, based on the best information he has. George Bush did that in 2002 and 2003 and he was supported by Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden and John Kerry and every western country’s intelligence agency.”

This is the best answer to the Iraq War question that is being asked ad nauseam today. We can’t rule by hindsight. We can learn from it, which Senator Cotton does point out in the article, but we have to make decisions based on the information we have at any given time. It will always take years after a decision before that 20/20 hindsight kicks in.

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Parents Of The Year, part 2

Cateria Thomas

Cateria Thomas

I think it’s great when parents do whatever they have to do to make sure their kids are fed. Take the above Florida mom, 33-year-old Cateria Thomas, for example. Her two-month-old was hungry and was crying out to be fed. So Thomas did what any mother would do.

She breastfed the child. While driving. Drunk.

Oh, and she had three other kids under the age of four in the car as well, at least one of whom wasn’t buckled in.

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No discussion necessary. You’re racist.

No Racism

Jerry Hough, a Duke University Professor, recently posted comments comparing how Asians and blacks try to integrate into society. The comments were left on a New York Times editorial about racism and the Baltimore riots. Needless to say, Professor Hough’s comments have now been condemned and declared racist.

Question: How can society have any kind of “serious discussion” about race when every opinion that doesn’t tow some imaginary, and ever-changing, line results in that person being immediately labeled a racist?

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Here’s some reading material to take on your next flight

Chris Roberts

Screen grab from One World Labs founder and prominent hacker Chris Roberts during an appearance on Fox News

A comment made by a white-hat hacker on Twitter last month now has people asking if airplanes can be hacked. This question may need to be answered even more urgently if the hacker’s claim about hacking a United Airlines flight back in February, and making it fly sideways for a bit, ends up being true.

With self-driving cars being just around the corner, a hard, serious look at just how secure our planes, trains, and automobiles are probably needs to take place.

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