Clay Aiken appointed to President’s Committee for People With Intellectual Disabilities

In the same announcement in which George W. Bush announced his appointments of the Secretary of Transportation, the Director of the National Park Service, and a Member of the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board, Clay Aiken’s name appears.

Yes, President Bush has appointed the American Idol 2 runner-up to a presidential committee, specifically the President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities. That was founded in 1961 by John F. Kennedy as the President’s Panel on Mental Retardation.

Listed among 11 other people is “Clayton Aiken, of North Carolina.” That’s all it says; there’s no word when his service will begin.

Personnel Announcement [The White House]

Surprisingly, man not eaten alive on Eaten Alive

Eaten Alive

Discovery Channel’s happy family holiday special Eaten Alive aired Sunday, rewarding viewers for their two full hours of viewing by ensuring that they spent quality time in the company of others instead of wasting that time doing something else that might not have been as satisfying, such as buying things that have labels which accurately reflect their contents.


Winter 2015 reality TV debut schedule

winter 2015 reality TV schedule

Mark your calendars with all these upcoming reality TV show debuts, including Celebrity Apprentice, The Bachelor, and another season of MasterChef Junior, all of which kick off in early January.

There are also 20+ shows debuting in December--including the one-off return of The Sing Off. No winter break for reality TV.

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