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On Second Thought

Published: Monday, May 5 2014 12:00 a.m. MDT

Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling looks on during a game against the Los Angeles Lakers in 2011. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver has banned Sterling for life and fined him $2.5 million for making racist comments.

Mark J. Terrill, Associated Press

A House committee held hearings last week that uncovered an email indicating the government wanted the Benghazi protests to be cast as a response to an Internet video, not a failure in U.S. policy. The administration quickly responded by saying the email wasn’t about the raid that killed U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens. It was about a guy named Ben Ghazi.

An Air Force brigadier general said the U.S. knew immediately the attack was a terrorist operation that had nothing to do with any video. The White House responded by saying it was sorry to learn the brigadier general was part of the vast right-wing conspiracy.

For much of NBA history, being banned from attending L.A. Clippers games would have been considered an act of mercy.

Clippers owner Donald Sterling has been banned from the game after a secret recording of him making racially derogatory remarks was made public. Meanwhile, the NSA is investigating how they missed this.

The NSA may want to hire TMZ.com as its PR firm. Everyone seems to love the privacy invasions that come from that web site.

This is the type of scandal you never hear about in ice hockey, not because they have no bigots, but because they have no black people.

Donald Sterling apparently offered to eat crow, but then it was revealed that the crow was prepared by Paula Deen.

President Obama said last week that he absolutely would save Vladimir Putin if he were drowning. Given Obama’s recent job approval ratings, it may be best to ask the question of Putin saving Obama, instead.

Obama said he likes to think he would save anyone who was drowning. However, if it were Putin, he’d probably throw some sanctions at him, first.

Meanwhile, the leaders of Ukraine are saying, “Hey Obama, over here! What about saving us?”

Congress has once again refused to raise the nation’s minimum wage. Here’s a compromise idea: Keep the wage where it is, but have employers pay it in pesos. The workers wouldn’t get any more, but 95 pesos sounds like so much more than $7.25.

Democrats are trying to make Republican opposition to an increase in the minimum wage an election issue, to which most Americans say, “We’re having another election?”

Jay Evensen is the senior editorial columnist at the Deseret News. Email him at even@desnews.com. For more content, visit his web site, jayevensen.com.

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