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Noted and passed - Jan. 13, 2014

Posted: January 10, 2014 9:19 a.m.
Updated: January 13, 2014 5:00 a.m.

• Nobody understood why Liz Cheney, daughter of the former vice president, jumped into a Wyoming race for the U. S. Senate, a seat held by popular Republican Dick Enzi. Cheney moved from the east coast to establish residency there, then caused a family rift with her comments about gay life; her sister, Mary, is a lesbian. It was a quirky, inexplicable move which ended earlier this week when she dropped out of  the race in the face of nearly certain defeat. Politics is a strange business, indeed.

• The national media can rain on any parade, which won’t surprise anyone. News reports bemoaned the fact that there were “fewer shoppers” in stores during the Christmas season, though total sales were up more than anticipated. If there’s a way to put a negative spin on something, the national media will find it.

• Former NBA star Dennis Rodman’s alcohol-fueled rant in North Korea illustrated just once more how weird the guy is. Singing happy birthday to dictator-murderer Kim Jong Un and going on and on about so-called basketball diplomacy, Rodman made an idiot of himself. That, of course, isn’t unusual.

• Thousands of Atlanta Braves fans no doubt delighted in last week’s induction of pitchers Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine into the Baseball Hall of Fame. The only odd thing is that they weren’t unanimous selections, proving once again that there are voters today who probably wouldn’t approve God on the first ballot.

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