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Carrying this democracy business too far

Hong Kong Protests
News Headline: “Hong Kong leader: Popular vote would give poor too much power.”
Didn’t know Leung Chun-ying was a Republican, did you?

One species to another. . . .

Adam
News Headline: “Photos of death and torture in Syria echo past horrors at
Holocaust Museum.”
News Headline: “Indiana dog allergic to humans.”
And who can blame the pooch?

From the QT police blotter

Flautas
+ R.E., a Chicago reader, regarding an Idaho man who was arrested for throwing a burrito at a woman and later told police, when the question arroz, that he didn’t intend tequila, writes:
“This is what happens to a guy who flautas the law.”
+ P.D., a Geneseo, N.Y., reader, writes:
“Sounds like a queso self-defense to me.”
+ Kevin G. Barkes, a South Park, Pa., reader, and proprietor of the KGB Report, writes:
“I don’t want to taco about it.”
+ Dan Skowron, a Romeoville, Ill., reader, writes:
“He really should hire a lawyer in quesadilla can be made.”
Stop it.
Stop it now.
This is asada display as QT has ever seen.

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Seeking explanations

Congress Approval
News Item: “. . . 14 percent of Americans approve of the job Congress is doing. . . .”
News Item: “. . . 14 percent of Americans cannot read and comprehend information. . . .”
It’s all starting to make sense now. . . .

QT Grammar R Us Seminar on the English Language

Redback Spider
News Item: “Experts warn Japan’s medical system is not ready for an invasion of potentially deadly redback spiders, with limited supplies of the anti-venom available to authorities. . . .”
Ellen Hinsch, a Columbia, S.C., reader, writes:
“It’s antivenin, not anti-venom. I understand the confusion, but it’s no more difficult than learning the difference between ‘mail’ and ‘nail.’ ”
And can it be time for QT’s annual reminder that a “general consensus of opinion” is a general general opinion of opinion?
Evidently.

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The case for zero tolerance of modern school administrators

School Scoresheet
An honor student at Annapolis High School in Michigan was suspended for the rest of her senior year because she forgot there was a small pocketknife in her purse when she attended a school football game, while a kindergarten pupil in Alabama who pointed a crayon at another student and said “pew, pew” was made to sign a “Suicide/Homicide Assessment Scoresheet.”

From the QT police blotter

Tamales
+ W.B., a Chicago reader,  regarding an Idaho man who was arrested for throwing a burrito at a woman and later told police, when the question arroz, that he didn’t intend tequila, writes:
“All he did was throw I burrito? I’m nacho sure he deserved to be arrested.”
+ Dave Carr, an Owen Sound, Ontario, reader, writes:
“I understand a court hearing is set for tamale.”
Stop it.
Stop it now.

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Don’t think of it as fabrication,
think of it as political upholstery

Corbett Photoshop
News Headline: “Republicans in ‘Republicans Are People Too’ ad are all stock photos.”
News Headline:
“Everyone in what looks like a group photo on GOP governor’s website is Photoshopped.”
Or don’t you like to see your public officials showing a little imagination?

Going viral

SARS Virus
News Headline: “Obama names Ebola czar to fight deadly virus.”
News Headline: “Ebola virus poses less health risk than SARS.”
Next up:
A SARS czar?
Say it three times fast.
We may want to give this more thought.

We have seen the present, and it does not work

Wellesley College

A transgender student born female was denied a diversity post at Wellesley College because the student is a white man now.