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Shhhhhh

News Headline: “Launch photos: Atlas 5 rocket blasts off with  secret NROL-33 satellite.”
News Headline: “Watch: Air Force launches top-secret satellite from Cape Canaveral.”
The Air Force may want to revisit the concept of “secret.”

The Tea Party? It always comes when you call it

Dog Whistle
News Headline: “Sarah Palin: ‘Barack Obama is lazy.’ ”
Forgot to mention uppity.
Wait. QT’s dog’s ears just perked up for some reason.

QT Grammar R Us Seminar on the English Language

Eric Stull, an Armonk, N.Y., reader, writes:
“I have been most entertained by your column. If you think, however, that ‘dour’ rhymes with ‘fewer,’ then I suspect you have been drinking too many dours on the rocks.”
QT has you there,
It tends to stay with bourbon.
And will stay with maintaining that some dictionaries, in allowing “dour” to rhyme with “sour,” err.
Which rhymes with “fur.”
As far these pronunciations are concerned, QT never misses a chance to inveigle.
Which rhymes with “beagle.”

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John Boenher

 

News Headline: “Boehner on Benghazi investigation: ‘I don’t want a sideshow.’ ”
The House speaker is right.
He doesn’t run some cheap carnival act.
The House of Representatives has loftier ambitions than that.
Something more like a big top.

Finding funding

News Headline: “Teen to carry brother 40 miles to raise awareness for cerebral palsy.”
Isn’t it a happy commentary that young people exist who will make such efforts?
And a sad commentary that they have to?

The case for zero tolerance of modern school administrators

The valedictorian at Plant City High School in Florida has a 10.03 GPA on a 4-point scale.

Today’s train wreck

News Headline: “Lasagna was everywhere: Train plows into tractor-trailer at crossing.”
A warning that these things happen in threes.
Or put it another way:
What’s pasta is prologue.

Blowing smoke

Marco Rubio

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla,), an opponent of marijuana legalization, evading when asked if he had ever smoked it:
“If you say that you did, then suddenly there are people out there saying, ‘Well, it’s not a big deal.’ On the other side of it is if you tell people that you didn’t, they won’t believe you.”
Rubio meanwhile continues to deny climate change, demonstrating, at least,  that when he was in science classes years ago, he didn’t inhale.

We have seen the present, and it does not work

Cole Middle School in East Greenwich, R.I., has canceled it annual honors night because of concerns about its “exclusive nature.”

Or if laid end to end. . . .

News Item: “. . . Currently, about 9 billion tons a year of CO2 are being emitted globally into the atmosphere–the equivalent weight of 4.5 billion pickup trucks being launched into the atmosphere. . . .”
Or the equivalent of 163.7 billion Jennifer Anistons being launched into the atmosphere, if you are still trying to visualize it.