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Everyone needs an occasional break

Computer Keyboard
News Headline: “Congressman seeks to ban feds from watching porn while at work.”
We might cut the federal workers some slack.
What harm is there in a few minutes of C-SPAN?

Breaking news. . . .

Ronan Farrow
Ronan Farrow announcing an upcoming segment on MSNBC:
“. . . Up next, a lot else happening today, including shocking video that you’ve gotta to see if you haven’t already. It’s a state trooper shooting an unarmed man in. . . .”
Note to colleagues at cable TV news:
Could we at least pretend not to gawk?

Crime does sometimes pay

Barack Obama, Eric Holder
News Headline: “Eric Holder to step down as attorney general.”
News Headline: “Why are no Wall Street executives in jail?”
As long as we are on the subject of legacies. . . .

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A republic, if you can keep it

Ben Franklin
One in three people you see on the street can’t name any of the three branches of the U.S. government, according to a recent survey.

QT Grammar R Us Seminar on the English Language

News Headline: “Texas nurse assistant may have exposed tuberculosis to 750 infants.”
K.R., a Baltimore reader, writes:
“However, at last report the tuberculosis was fine.”


As we near the end of National Humor in Business Month

Stock Market
News Headline:
“Six years after Lehman’s bankruptcy, Wall Street is as reckless as ever.”
News Headline: “Your guide to dining from the dumpster.”
The two stories seemed to go together, for some reason.

Don’t touch that dial

Teaser aired early Tuesday evening for CBS WBBM-TV News in Chicago:
“Why the FBI is paying special attention to Chicago for terror attacks. At 10.”
There have been more shameful teasers in the history of TV news.
QT will continue its research until it finds one.

And don’t spend it all in one place

Living Wage
News Headline: “America has more low-paying jobs than any other developed country.”
Sometimes it’s hard to keep up with developments in the greatest nation on Earth.

Oh, fuss and bother

Marijuana Plant
News Headline: “Cannabis plant accidentally grown by grandmother.”
That’s her story, and she’s sticking to it.

Anything to keep from thinking about the Cubs

Climate Change
News Headline: “Pondering ‘deep time’ while musing on climate change.”
Don’t you wish you had a nickel for every time you’ve caught yourself doing that?