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QT Grammar R Us Seminar on the English Language

Wanton Soup

News Item: “. . . . wanton soup as a starter. . . .”
Some meals you sit down to at your own risk.
K.D., a Chicago reader, while we’re at it, reminds us that there is no such person as a restauranteur.
But there are many restaurateurs.

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If it blocks like a duck

Duck StampedeCongress
News Headline: “GOP could go after another shutdown over new EPA rules.”
News Headline: “Watch a stampede of ducks block traffic.”
The wonders of nature are many and varied.

A few more words from the armchair

Former US Vice President Dick Cheney spe

News Headline: “Cheney’s tough talk on Iraq.”
We should listen here.
When former Vice President Dick Cheney talks about war,  he doesn’t do it lightly.
He is aware of its many sacrifices.
Which is why he arranged five draft deferments to stay out of it.

Too Long; Didn’t Read

Twitter and Other Icons

News Item: “The rise of Twitter and other social media sites is threatening to kill off quiet reflection, the Archbishop of Canterbury has warned. Insta”
Sorry.
Didn’t have enough characters to complete the thought.

Reality? Fox News sees right through it

President ObamaNews Headline: “Fox News questions ‘convenient’ timing of Benghazi suspect’s  capture.”
Exactly.
Talk about convenient, solving a problem that needs solving just at the moment that solving it becomes possible.
And isn’t Obama using Benghazi to distract us from the Bowe Bergdahl release that he used to distract us from Benghazi?
What will this alien trickster try next?

Do the math

IntegrationNews Item: “. . . comes amid a shifting political calculus. . . .”
News Item: “. . . political calculus shows little sign of changing. . . .”
This confusion evidently has to do with our political leaders finding the instantaneous rates of change of functions and hence the gradients of tangents to graphs or in finding functions from their rates of change.
Which may explain the Tea Party.

QT Grammar R Us Seminar on the English Language

Cucumber

News Headline: “Gerard Baden-Clay as ‘calm as a cucumber’ after wife went missing.”
Katherine Rylaarsdam, a Baltimore reader, writes:
“This kind of meaningless talk makes me as cranky as a carrot.”
While S.W., a Kendall, Wis., reader, still wonders at a news story referring to behavior that we should “not be immolating.”
Which could lead to burned cucumbers.

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With best cordial wishes

Handgun

News Headline: “Two killed, 26 injured in Chicago weekend shootings.”
Happy Father’s Day from the National Rifle Association!

What could possibly go wrong?

IRAQ-POLITICS-UNREST

News Headline: “Iraq teeters toward civil war.”
News Headline: “Iraq crisis: Republicans warn of ISIS threat, call for U.S. action.”
Sending in advisers should do it.
As long we see regular progress reports from Saigon.

Age of the ignorantosaurus

Dinosaur

Jeff Miller

News Headline: “Florida Congressman Jeff Miller: If humans cause climate change, what made dinosaurs extinct?”
Note to those who view statements from the Tea Party GOP with disbelief:
Next will come anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance.