Keeping us safe from. . . .

George W. Bush
News Headline: “Trump doubles down on George W. Bush’s responsibility for 9/11.”
Wait. Let’s not go through this again.
Do we really want to go back through all the months of the Democrats and their “investigative hearings” into President Bush’s “9/11 scandal”?
It isn’t as if–
You say there weren’t months of allegations and hearings about Bush’s failing to protect the United States?
You say the Democrats chose not to take political advantage of the 9/11 attack?
Then never mind.

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QT Grammar R Us Seminar on the English Language

Smokey Bear
C.M., a Chicago reader, writes:
“Will someone please tell Rachel Maddow of MSNBC that it isn’t ‘Smokey the Bear’ but ‘Smokey Bear’?”
And, speaking of “the,” can it be time for QT’s semiannual reminder that there is never a “the” in front of Magna Carta, hoi polloi, Ukraine or Sudan?
And can it be time for the semiannual reminder that there is always a “the” in front of the Mahatma Gandhi. the Rev. John Smith, the Hague, the Netherlands and the Bronx?
Not yet.
Maybe in a few weeks.


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Add specters to the list of things that aren’t what they used to be

Trump Specter

News Headline: “Donald Trump campaign raises specter of boycotting next debate.”
QT Abridged Too Far Dictionary of the English Language:
specter noun 1. the possibility of something dreadful or unpleasant that might happen in the future. 2. but we’re talking about Donald Trump’s potential absence here. 3. so what is the antonym for “specter”? 4. Wait. 5. This just in. 6. Trump has called off the boycott. 7.  Which raises the specter of another Trump debate appearance. 8. There. 9. That’s better.

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The show must go on

Benghazi Hearings

News Headline: “Second GOP lawmaker says Benghazi Committee ‘designed to
go after’ Clinton.”
The lawmaker says he’s a Republican.
But how do we really know?
Do we know he’s even an American?
It isn’t as if we’ve seen his birth certificate. . . .

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Salman Rushdie
Salman Rushdie regarding the restraint of speech at universities to avoid potential offense to various groups:
“The idea that students should not be intellectually challenged at universities is exactly what we should fight.”
Did someone just commit a microaggression against the narrow-minded?

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