The Olympic Ideal

News Headline: “Russia and the IOC agree: Don’t be openly gay at the Olympics.”
It’s a matter of propriety.
Figure the Olympics Committee will keep these matters quiet.
Same as  all the judging irregularities.

News Headline: “Could Canadian-born Ted Cruz be president?”
News Headline: “Birther 2.0: Can Ted Cruz run for president?
Sometimes life is fair.

News Headline: “Paul Stam, North Carolina Republican, says schools chief ‘should stick to her own knitting.’ ”
News Headline: “Editorial: Stam’s sexist comment.”
Brings to mind  President Truman’s infamous sexist comment.
Something about a kitchen. . . .

News Headline: “Should women drink while knocked up?”
Should headline writers stop pretending they’re goodfellas?

+ Dan Skowron, a Romeoville, Ill., reader, regarding QT’s asking readers not to play games with reports of a new opera inspired by Supreme Court justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Antonin Scalia, writes:
“This could go either way. I think it’s a Tosca the coin.”
+ J.C., a Duluth, Ga., reader, writes:
“I’ll put it to you as a reader: If you Lakme at all, you will put a stop to this.”
+ F.T., a Denver reader, writes:
“Do you think the opera includes Scalia because it wants to appeal to the Republican bass?”
This will stop now.
Consider the subject a restricted aria.

We Have Seen the Present, and It Does Not Work:
Eight percent of North Carolina residents, when asked by a survey if they had ever taken their shirts off and twisted them around “like a helicopter,” answered “not sure.”

News Headline: “Activist investors eye big brand-name companies.”
N.T., a Chicago reader, wants to know when corporate raiders became activist investors, and when can we have corporate raiders back?

News Headline: “What’s it like to be an atheist in the military?”
Then again, consider the benefits.
Just tell the sarge you’re not allowed where there are any foxholes.

QT Grammar R Us Seminar on the English Language:
Doug Dahlgren, a Chicago reader, regarding a news story about an “imminent historian,” writes:
“Wait till His Imminence hears about this.”
Good point.
The Vatican is filled with surprises.

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