So anyway, as we were saying. . . .

News Headline: “Still the greatest nation on Earth.”
As we like to say.
Again and again.
Or put it this way:
Think of the loud guy at the end of the bar who won’t stop talking about himself.

QT Digest of Remarks by House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in Favor of $40 Billion in Food Stamp Cuts (for Your Convenience):
“I rise today in support of. . . demagoguery. . . and. . . a lot of misinformation. . . and.. . . denied benefits. . . for. . . people who need it most. . . .”
See? A few words can give the gist.

News Headline: “Life on Earth will end in 1.75 to 3.25 billion years, researchers say.”
So at least we have it narrowed down.

We Have Seen the Present, and It Does Not Work:
A student handing out copies of the Constitution on Constitution Day at Modesto Junior College in California was stopped and informed that he would have to fill out an application at the School Development Office for use of the school’s “free speech area” and wait at least three days for the next free-speech availability.

News Item: “An argument over the theories of 18th century philosopher Immanuel Kant ended in a man being shot in a grocery. . . pistol firing rubber bullets. . . . ”
A.G., a Chicago reader, writes:
“As I understand it, the argument was in the store’s produce section. Something about a critique of pure raisins.”
Trust QT.
The philosophers out there are rolling on the floor.

News Headline: “Same company performed background checks on Edward Snowden and Navy Yard gunman.”
We don’t really need this distraction.
Not while we’re in the middle of trying to decide what to privatize next.

News Headline: “Colorado House Republicans ask for flood relief after voting against Sandy aid.”
Wait a minute. You’re not one of those people who have something against brazen hypocrisy, are you?

QT Grammar R Us Seminar on the English Language:
News Headline: “Does social media make us smarter?”
No. THEY evidently DON’T.
In other news, J.C., a Duluth, Ga., reader, wants you to know that while the plural of  “chaise longue” is “chaises longues,” the plural of  “hors d’oeuvre ” is “hors  d’oeuvre.”
And does this mean it’s time for QT’s semiannual reminder that the plural of “alma mater” is “almae matres”?
Evidently.

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