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Noted and passed -- Jan. 2, 2012
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• News reports of the funeral of North Korean dictator Kim Jong Il -- filmed by that country’s government-controlled media, of course -- featured common citizens wailing in grief over the death of their beloved leader. Problem is, there didn’t seem to be any genuine tears, just lots of contorted facial expressions. Think there’s any chance that was all staged? • We’re always amused as well as chagrined to read of political correctness run amok, and no story was more notable in that regard than the one in which a North Carolina school principal suspended a 9-year-old boy for sexual harassment because the youngster said the teacher was “cute.”

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