Here’s to human rights

News Headline: “Bars worldwide boycott Russian vodka over anti-gay laws.”
News Headline: “Couple challenges Kentucky law against gay marriage.”
And enlightened bourbon drinkers urgently wish the couple well.

News Headline: “House Republicans to push $40 billion cut to food stamp program.”
Like taking candy from a baby.
And strained vegetables and formula and. . . .

News Item: “Fluorescent tetrapod nanocrystals could light the way to the future design of stronger polymer nanocomposites. . . .”
Good news for anyone who had tetrapod nanocrystals in the office pool.

Facebook Item: “My new rule–If I walk into your business, and your TVs are set to Fox News, you lose my business.”
Not always.
Depends on what kind of business you have in mind.
If you’re looking to put one over on someone. . . .

Tom Hedeen, a Chicago reader, regarding a 12-year-old who robbed a 10-year-old’s lemonade stand at BB gunpoint Johnstown, Pa., writes:
“This wouldn’t have happened if the 10-year-old had been armed and able to defend himself.”
More than that.
Every 10-year-old should have concealed carry, just to be safe.

News Headline: “Is global warming causing brain-eating parasites to flourish?”
A note to those who pride themselves on not giving global warming a second thought:
Soon it may be easier.

News Item: “. . . King Harald V of Norway kissed the queen’s hand. . . .”
QT Rules of Etiquette for Guys and Dolls:
A hand is never kissed.
What is kissed is the air above the hand.
And then you can give the queen a big hug.

QT Grammar R Us Seminar on the English Language:
News Item: “. . . More than 250 people attended the event in a specious restaurant. . . .”
. . . known for its unwarranted entrees.
As long as we are eating, Kevin Adler, a Barrington, Ill., reader wants you to know it isn’t brussel sprouts, but brussels sprouts.

 
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