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Noted and passed

Posted: December 2, 2011 11:38 a.m.
Updated: December 5, 2011 5:00 a.m.

• Rep. Barney Frank has been one of the most unabashed liberals in Congress for more than 30 years, advocating all things left and marking business -- nearly any kind of business -- as the enemy of the people. Frank now says he won’t run for another term, saying redistricting will put him at a disadvantage. The Massachusetts Democrat is well-known for his irascible nature, and during campaigns, his aides often tried to keep him away from voters, knowing he would offend them with his personality. The New York Times reported, “Those who admire him say Mr. Frank served up his sourness equally.” In any event, and disregarding his personality, we’re glad to see his brand of politics leave the capitol.

• It was fitting that Dr. Conrad Murray, convicted in the death of singer Michael Jackson, receive the maximum sentence available from the judge, four years in prison. Murray will likely serve only half of that because of overcrowding in that state’s prison system. Defense attorneys called Jackson “a drug seeker,” which was true, but Murray violated his medical oath in providing an anesthetic not approved for sleep purposes. It eventually killed Jackson, who had become a pretty bizarre character by the time of his demise. This was an ugly incident for all involved.

• The Apollo 11 astronauts who landed on the moon in 1969 were recently honored, and an interesting fact emerged: the spaceship’s computers had less processing power than the average cell phone does today. In those days, it was a technological marvel to put men on the moon and bring them home safely; considering the above fact, it’s all the more remarkable.

• A Marine general who opposed an end to the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy now says his concern was unfounded and that Marines have embraced the change, recognizing their comrades for their ability to do their jobs rather than their sexuality. Gen. James Amos now says the change which allows gays to serve openly was a “non-event” and that he has seen no adverse effects because of it. That’s a good thing.



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