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A Sterling reputation

News Item: “Disgraced racist Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Stern is battling
cancer. . . .”
Even such a man as Sterling deserves our sympathy here.
News Item: “. . . Sterling refused to pay for prostate-cancer surgery a decade ago for
then-Clippers assistant coach Kim Hughes. . . .”
Well. At least until we’re further into the story.

Hunger and appetites

South Dakota Republican U.S. Senate candidate Annette Bosworth in an Internet posting:
“THE FOOD STAMP PROGRAM IS ADMINISTERED BY THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE. THEY PROUDLY REPORT THAT THEY DISTRIBUTE FREE MEALS AND FOOD STAMPS TO OVER 46 MILLION PEOPLE ON AN ANNUAL BASIS. MEANWHILE, THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE, RUN BY THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE, ASKS US, ‘PLEASE DO NOT FEED THE ANIMALS.’ THEIR STATED REASON FOR THIS BEING THAT ‘THE ANIMALS WILL GROW DEPENDENT ON THE HANDOUTS, AND THEY WILL NEVER LEARN TO TAKE CARE OF THEMSELVES. THAT CONCLUDES TODAY’S LESSON. . . .”
. . . . as corporate supporters nodded knowingly, and went back to their troughs.

QT Yellowstone Caldera (the eruptions of which can be violent enough to send a layer of ash six feet deep as far away as Chicago and which erupts every 600,000 or so years and last erupted 640,000 years ago) update:

The U.S. Geological Survey announced this week that a major ground deformation at Yellowstone “abruptly changed direction” on April 6, following the largest earthquake there in 34 years.
But geologists said it was no reason for concern.
So that’s a relief, isn’t it?

From Poor QT’s Almanack

 

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Today is Law Day.
Today is a National Day of Prayer, also.
An easy way to remember:
If you are poor and accused of breaking a former, you probably don’t have a latter.

QT Grammar R Us Seminar on the English Language

News Item: “. . . didn’t prove to the jury’s satisfaction that she was in eminent danger. . . .”
C.M., a Chicago reader, figures the hazards didn’t seem distinguished enough.
And is it time for QT’s biennial reminder that pictures are hung and condemned prisoners are hanged?
Evidently.

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Car talk

News Headline: “What your car says about you.”
Behind your back, evidently.