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Noted and passed -- Nov. 22, 2010

Posted: November 19, 2010 11:08 a.m.
Updated: November 22, 2010 5:00 a.m.

• Poor Charles Rangel. Though the 20-term Congressman was found guilty of breaching 11 different ethics rule in the U. S. House of Representatives, including failing to pay taxes on a vacation villa for 17 years, and despite the fact that he will receive a rare U.S. House of Representatives censure, he said last Monday that he wasn’t a crooked politician and he wanted to restore his reputation. Rangel is like the other politicians who get caught with their hands in the cookie jar in that he’s contrite only after being caught.

• We notice that the man acknowledged as the world’s foremost champagne expert recently sampled a bottle that had been found in a 200-year-old shipwreck off the coast of Finland; it was one of 168 such bottles recovered from the bottom of the ocean. The expert had the usual whiney winey comments, noting “hints of chanterelles and linden blossoms,” but an Associated Press reporter was just as forthright in saying the champagne didn’t have much fizz to it. The remaining bottles are expected to fetch up to $70,000 each, and that’s what we call expensive boozing.

• The hoopla has begun over the upcoming British royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton. Meanwhile, it’s no sure thing that William’s dad, Prince Charles, will ever ascend to the throne. His mother, Queen Elizabeth II, is now 84 and has been on the throne for 58 years and shows no signs of giving it up. Apparently queens are like United States senators: once they get a taste of power, they are loathe to give it up. Given the fact that Elizabeth’s mother lived to be 101, the family genes appear to be pretty good. Prince Charles, and Even William, might be in for a long wait before putting on the crown.

• We’ve been reminded once again during the last few days of one of the reasons Kershaw County is such a good place to live: the weather. Nights have been crisp and starry, with days warming up to shirtsleeve weather. Winter is surely on the way, but this Indian summer is pleasant by any measure.



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