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Contract with America

Obamacare Alternative
News Headline: “GOP Congress not ready if Obamacare goes down in court.”
Nonsense.
The Republicans are prepared with an Obamacare alternative.
Bring out your dead!
Bring out your dead!

The case for zero tolerance of modern school administrators

Keyser High School
Keyser High School in Keyser, W.Va.,  has named 16 students to its Academic Top Ten.

Move along, nothing to see here

Asteroid
News Headline: “Killer bus-sized asteroid flies dangerously close past Earth.”
But that was more than a year ago.
And only 18 killer bus-sized asteroids have been discovered since then, just as they were passing between Earth and the moon.
Not counting Asteroid 2015 KW121, which was discovered this morning, three days after it passed between Earth and the moon.

Meanwhile, in Florida. . . .

Naked Man
News Headline: “Naked man sits atop Fort Lauderdale drawbridge.”
As reasonable a response as any to the news of the day

The case for zero tolerance of modern school administrators

Nerf Bullets
A fifth-grade boy was suspended from a school in  Atlantic City, N.J., school because he forgot he had in his pocket a foam Nerf bullet stuck on a piece of toothpick in violation of a zero-tolerance policy against “anything readily capable of lethal use or inflicting serious bodily injury.”

QT 2016 vote count countdown update

Scott Walker
News Headline: “Scott Walker: Americans need to ‘wake up’ to fact that some cross border not for jobs, but for ‘other motives.’ ”
. . . and as soon as we wake up to the fact that some seek political office not for the common good, but for other motives.

Gaudeamus igitur

School Prank
News Item: “. . . a chair hanging from the ceiling, desks piled three-high. . . .”
News Item: “. . . old tires in front of the main entrances. . . .”
News Item: “. . . hot sauce on doorways. . . .”
News Item: “. . . a tree planted between home plate and the pitcher’s mound. . . .”
Happy Graduation!

Mega dittos on this one

Kelli Ward
Arizona Republican State Sen. Kelli Ward on why the state will soon drop 1,200 families, including more than 2,700 children, from welfare benefits:
” I tell my kids all the time that the decisions we make have rewards or consequences, and if I don’t ever let them face those consequences, they can’t get back on the path to rewards. As a society, we are encouraging people at times to make poor decisions and then we reward them.”
An excellent point.
These children should have thought twice before making the decision to be poor and hungry.
Shame on them.

QT Grammar R Us Seminar on the English Language

Earth
News Item: “. . . the equivalent of circumventing the Earth. . . .”
News Item: “. . . plans to circumvent the world in a. . . .”
And aren’t days you wish you could have?
News Item: “The land along Cider Hill Road will be preserved as public open space as the Auerfarm State Park Scenic Preserve, Gov. Dannel Malloy said in a statement. . . . ‘We are honored to accept this generous gift so that the residents of our state can enjoy this beautiful piece of land in perpetuity for years to come. . . .’ ”
K.R., a Baltimore reader, says we can add perpetuity to the list of things that aren’t what they used to be.
News Item: “. . . will examine the more granular data to determine who is ahead. . . .”
And S.R., a Chicago reader, wants to know when “detailed” became “granular,” and when can we have “detailed” back?
And. . . .

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The case for zero tolerance of modern school administrators

Seymour High School
Every 10th senior at Seymour High School in Seymour, Tenn., has been named valedictorian.