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Noted and passed for Dec. 12, 2011

Posted: December 9, 2011 3:39 p.m.
Updated: December 12, 2011 5:00 a.m.

• No matter how you feel about Tiger Woods -- it’s a bit hard for us to pull for him given all the revelations about him -- one thing is clear: golf is more exciting with him. His win last Sunday at the Chevron Challenge, in which he birdied the final two holes to claim victory by a shot, was his first in two years. It’ll be interesting to see how he does next year, and whether he can resume his chase of Jack Nicklaus’ record number of victories in major championships, but as long as he’s competitive there will certainly be more interest in the PGA Tour.

• Want a sure sign that there are too many “talking heads,” or so-called experts on television? One cable network recently had a panel of these so-called experts talking about President Obama’s recent references to the policies of President Roosevelt, who was president from 1901 until 1909. That, of course, would have been Theodore Roosevelt. One of the experts continued to refer to FDR, who of course was Franklin Roosevelt. When television “experts” don’t know that basic difference, then someone needs to pull the plug on them.

• Former New Jersey Governor and Senator Jon Corzine, who made a fortune on Wall Street before entering politics, says he has no idea what happened to more than $1 billion in missing client funds from the investment firm he headed after leaving office, MF Global. Corzine’s testimony before Congress wound through a maze of confusing talk, with his final explanation being, “I don’t know.” We are reminded of the old Steve Martin comedy routine: “Your Honor, I didn’t know it was illegal to rob a bank.”

• It doesn’t give us much confidence when heading onto the road that texting and other dangerous practices continue to increase, despite the fact that 35 states have now banned the practice. (South Carolina remains one of 15 that haven’t addressed the issue, as Palmetto State legislators apparently believe there’s no problem with it.) Ironically, the survey revealed that many drivers don’t think it’s dangerous when they do it -- only when others do.

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