Fly on the Wall 1344 

Moats, Elvis Presley's driver's license, and Ebola suits.

White Castle

U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Memphis) has had some good ideas in his time. We're glad he finally got Congress to apologize for slavery, and it's really troubling to think about how many lives might be lost every day in dangerously fast-moving convenience store lines if Cohen hadn't fought for the popular state lottery. But Cohen raised a few eyebrows last week when he asked Acting Secret Service Director Joseph Clancy about recent White House security failures. "Would a, uh, a moat. Water. Six feet around, be kind of attractive and effective?" he asked.

"It may be," Clancy answered, weighing the merits of medieval castle fortification. Cohen later told NBC News that he looked up the definition of "moat" and realized his vision for a protective water barrier was something else entirely. Then Cohen walked back his walkback in a tweet to NBC's Andrew James. "Upon further research I was right," Cohen wrote. "Moat need not be medieval 360. Look up zoo moat. Trench. Memphis Zoo moat is what I recalled." The Congressman failed to mention something else they have at the Memphis Zoo that would definitely discourage would be fence-jumpers: Bears.

Verbatim

WMC-TV collected man-on-the-scene responses to news of yet another Elvis-related auction. Presley fan Lewis Clark, who may need to get out more, had this to say: "If you can have the ability to buy Elvis Presley's driver's license and have it in your house, it just doesn't get any better than that."

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Illness As Metaphor

Here is a photo of WREG's Stephanie Scurlock modeling the season's hottest fashion trend — Ebola suits.

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