Thank you for all those cards and letters. . . .

+ Sara C. Clausen, a Moreno Valley, Calif., reader, regarding QT’s mention of a study finding that a middle initial added to your name makes you seem smarter, and you can’t blame George W. Bush for trying, writes:
“I’m surprised you didn’t mention Jesus H. Christ.”
Well. Not until this morning, when QT stubbed its toe.
+ Beverly Feldt, a Homewood, Ill., reader, regarding another reader’s mention that it is “beck and call,”  not “beckon call,” wants you to know, meanwhile, that it is “toe the line,” not “tow the line.”
And she deserves thanks for helping to ensure, not insure, that we have this right.

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QT Department of Asteroid Alerts

News Headline: “Killer bus-sized asteroid flies dangerously close past Earth.”
Old news.
That was Asteroid 2014 HL29, which came between Earth and the moon on Saturday.
Now there is Asteroid 2014 JR24.
It is about the same size.
It was discovered this morning.
No news headlines yet.
It will be coming even closer than Saturday’s asteroid, oh, about the time you are reading this.
Not that it is anything to worry about.

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QT Grammar R Us Seminar on the English Language

baseball

News Item: “. . . said Sadler, who was selected in the 25th round by the Pirates in the 2010 First-Year Player Draft. ‘Whatever they need me to do to contribute is fine with me. I’m here at their beckon call. . . .’ ”
L.D., a Chicago reader, promises he will be at the beck and call of all those who realize it isn’t “beckon call.”
And as long as we’re talking baseball, it may be time for a reminder that, when in a ballpark, the past tense of “fly” is “flied.”
You could look it up.

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So here we are

News Headline: “Sarah Palin: ‘Jesus fought for death penalty until the day he died.’ ”
News Headline: “Republican candidate supports 2nd Amendment right to own nuclear weapons.”
One of these is fake–a satire.
One of them isn’t.
If you have trouble guessing which is which, a clue is here.
And then think how far we have come from the Federalist Papers.

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