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Noted and passed - April 21, 2014

Posted: April 18, 2014 10:44 a.m.
Updated: April 21, 2014 5:00 a.m.


** Thomas Ravenel, the former state treasurer who served prison time for cocaine distribution, now stars in a reality television show called "Southern Charm." Ravenel stumbles through the show in a haze of alcohol and bad judgment. He and his girlfriend, who's 30 years his junior, recently had a baby in Florida. Ravenel says he intends to revive his political career by running for the U. S. Senate from the Palmetto State. The guys in Vegas would probably lay some long odds on his chances for success.

** Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari, he of "one and done" fame, says the families of college athletes should be allowed to travel free to post-season games; Calipari says the media should pay for such trips. We’re not sure where his logic came from, but a better suggestion might be for Calipari, if he’s so intent on providing travel benfits, to pony up out of his $5-million-plus salary package at Kentucky.

** The Mustang, that sporty Ford which revolutionized the auto industry, is celebrating its 50th birthday. When it appeared in 1964, the car popularized the long hood and short trunk concept. It was reasonably priced and nice looking, with plenty of pep. At half a century old, the Mustang’s not the superstar it once was, but it has survived, perpetuating one of the greatest success stories of the American automobile industry.

** News reports indicate that the IRS contracted with a company that provides a nationwide license tag data base, helping to track people wherever they might be on the road. Law enforcement agencies have used similar techniques in the past, and even then, there have been privacy concerns. But there is no justification at all for the IRS to employ this technology. It appears more and more to be an agency out of control, and President Obama and Congress need to stop this kind of big-brother behavior.



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