What we needed was a halftime show

News Headline: “State of the Union 2014: Obama calls for ‘year of action.’ ”
News Headline: “Super Bowl fever descends on New York.”
For those keeping track of spectacles that don’t amount to much as time goes on.

News Headline: “Democrats protest $5 billion food stamp cut they voted for.”
It takes skilled politicians have their cake and eat it, too, on the matter of hungry children.

News Headline: “The epic collapse of Chris Christie.”
The temptation is to wonder if Christie can walk across a room without its being epic.
But QT will resist the temptation.

News Headline: “What’s better, rail or pipeline to deliver oil?”
News Headline: “Crude oil spills on U.S. railways in 2013 topped total since 1975.”
Some questions are easily settled.
Why spend billions on the Keystone Pipeline when we already have an efficient delivery system for oil spills?

News Headline: “How to uncork a wine bottle with your shoe.”
When reporters have time on their hands. . . .

News Item: “. . . Yes, his political views were over the top at times–idealistic to the point of naivete. . . .”
Rest in peace, Pete Seeger.
And we look to the day when more of us are over the top–idealistic to the point of naivete.

QT Grammar R Us Seminar on the English Language:
News Item: “. . . Schwarzenegger said, ‘I want to send a message to the people of the Ukraine. . . .’ ”
The message being that Schwarzenegger forgot there is never a “the” in front of Ukraine.
Just as there is never a “the” in front of Magna Carta or hoi polloi.
And always a “the” in front of the Mahatma Gandhi and the Rev. John Jones.
And only you can prevent a “the” in the middle of Smokey Bear.
Which should do it for now.

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