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Noted and passed -- Oct. 25, 2010

Posted: October 22, 2010 10:54 a.m.
Updated: October 25, 2010 5:00 a.m.

• With Southern Democratic members of Congress facing a backlash from voters who are fed up with what’s happening in Washington, many of them are trying to distance themselves from the policies of President Obama, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid. Perhaps Rep. Roy Herron, a Democrat from the Sixth District of Tennessee, has come up with the best verbiage for that. Herron calls himself a “truck-driving, shotgun-shooting, Bible-reading, gospel-preaching, crime-fighting, family-loving country boy.” Now that’s what we’d call plain southern talk.

• We hate to see the S.C. Supreme Court bogged down in such issues as whether Texas hold-‘em poker is a game of luck or skill. The case revolves around a group of men who were arrested for playing cards in the home of one of the men. There’s a lot of legal gobbledygook involved, but when it comes right down to it, a few guys playing cards in a private home shouldn’t be of any interest to the law. Instead, the state should concentrate on enforcing the state’s public gambling laws and making sure there are not inroads into returning into the video poker system.

• Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) has been proven to save lives, but many people have been hesitant to learn or use it because it has involved mouth-to-mouth contact. Now the American Heart Association is revising the procedure to include only chest compressions, which is not only easier to do but just as effective or even more so than the old method, which was difficult to learn. The new guidelines should boost the number of people who use CPR and save even more lives.

• National Public Radio, perhaps the whiniest left-ring propaganda arm in the country, has fired commentator Juan Williams, who has a distinguished civil rights record, for saying he gets nervous when he seem people in Muslim garb on a plane. Given the 911 disaster, we’ll wager he’s not the only person in America who might have thoughts about violence upon seeing Muslims, but NPR officials don’t care for Williams, who’s African-American, because he sometimes appears on Bill O’Reilly’s show on Fox News. NPR makes no attempt to be balanced in its news or commentary.

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