FRIDAY 5-25-18

1.       President Trump, citing a flurry of hostile statements from North Korea, pulled out of a highly anticipated summit meeting with Kim Jong-un on Thursday, telling the North Korean leader “this missed opportunity is a truly sad moment in history.” A letter from the President to Chairman Kim Jong Un: "It is inappropriate, at this time, to have this long-planned meeting. Is this a good move by the President or does it make him look bad? Does this negate his streak of political victories? What does this mean for his efforts in the Koreas. Does this make the world more or less safe?


2.       Memorial Day: what better to honor veterans than offering them a trip to Hooters? There are many offers for veterans, including a free entre at Hooters and McCormick & Schmicks’s as well as the Magnificent 7 breakfast at participating Perkins (three pancakes, two eggs, and two pieces of bacon or sausage). Have we forgotten the real meaning of Memorial Day? Is it just a day for sales and promotions, an excuse to grill out and have a three-day weekend?


3.       Will you use the grill this weekend? What’s your favorite item to grill? Do you use dry rub or sauce for your ribs?


4.       Danica Patrick will ride off into the sunset after this year’s Indianapolis 500. The world’s most famous female open-wheel racing competitor will take the racetrack for the last time Sunday at the Indy 500. The 36-year-old is retiring but was she more of a marketing concept than a race car driver? Would anyone care if she wasn’t an attractive woman? Can anyone replace her?


5.       Will the Indianapolis 500 become irrelevant after Danica retires? Over the years, there’s been the Andrettis, Jackie Stewart, AJ Foyt, the Unsers, Arie Luyendkyk, Rick Mears, Emerson Fittipaldi, Bobby Rahal, Danny Sullivan, Dario Franchitti. Does anyone know any of today’s drivers? Josef Newgarden is the IndyCar series champ now. Does anyone know who this is? That he’s American? Has NASCAR totally overtaken open car racing in popularity?


6.       Morgan Freeman is the latest Hollywood A-Lister to face accusations of sexual harassment. Eight women accuse Morgan Freeman of inappropriate behavior. They say it happened on movie sets, at his company and in interviews. Is this surprising or expected that celebrities misbehave? Freeman starred in one of the most beloved movies of the last 50 years, “Shawshank Redemption” and won an Oscar for “Million Dollar Baby” in 2004. He also starred as God in “Bruce Almighty.”  Meanwhile, NBC found Matt Lauer did engage in “inappropriate sexual behavior” and Harvey Weinstein will surrender to New York authorities Friday. He’s facing multiple charges, including those from Lucia Morgan who said Weinstein forced her to perform a sexual act on him.


7.       How much will $200,000 dollars get you? According to Property Shark, your wealth depends on your geography. In Cleveland, it gets 3769 square-feet, much more than Manhattan (126 square-feet), San Francisco (260 square-feet), Boston (371 square-feet), DC (423 square-feet), San Diego (496 square feet) and Portland (773 square feet)


8.       What happened to vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry? Here are some of the outrageous flavors offered at ice cream places: Black Olive Brittle and Goat Cheese, Blue Cheese Walnut Caramel, Cheetos, Cucumber Dill, Lobster, Milk Chocolate Curry, Pizza Crust, Taylor Ham and French Toast


9.       How would you drink your Shamrock Shake without a straw? A shareholder proposal backed by a consumer group received only 7.65% of the vote at the company's annual meeting. The measure would have required McDonald's to prepare a report to shareholders about the business risks of using plastic straws. The rejection was not unexpected given that McDonald's management had recommended against it. In doing so, it cited a series of major steps it is taking to cut waste and boost the company's sustainability image. The fast-food chain distributes an estimated 95 million single-use straws around the world every day, according to the consumer advocacy group SumOfUs.


10.    Michael Symon will have some free time on his hands as he and the other hosts of “The Chew” announced today this will be the last season of show that’s been on the air since 2011. A third hour of “Good Morning America” will replace the ABC daytime show that celebrates and explores life through food with a dynamic panel of fun, relatable co-hosts. Former “Chew” host, Mario Betali, is facing allegations of sexual harassment and was fired, presumably unrelated to the show’s cancellation.

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