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The Strange Case of the Mispronunciation of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde


News Headline: “Jekyll and Hyde, the musical.”
Can it be time for QT’s annual reminder that the first syllable of “Jekyll” rhymes with “cheek”?
And Happy Halloween!

The basket of gullibles in the news

News Headline: ‘Thanks to Trump, we can better understand how Hitler was possible.”
So there is a bright side to every story.
Another bright side:
As of November 9, we will finally have a reliable count of the number of easy marks in the American electorate.

QT digest of Donald Trump’s remarks from recent days (for your convenience)

Donald Trump
“. . . disgusting. . . worst. . . crooked. . . rigged. . . phony. . . disgusting. . . losers. . . bad people. . . very evil people. . . disgusting. . .  disaster. . . catastrophe. . . stupid. . . .”
Just call him the Happy Warrior.
And eight days to go.

QT 2016 vote count countdown update


Matt Schlapp, a Donald Trump surrogate, in response to the FBI announcement it would assess newly discovered Hillary Clinton emails, which may or may not be significant to its inquiries:
“It’s an avalanche of facts.”
Add avalanches to the list of things that aren’t what they used to be.
And facts.
And. . . .
Ten days to go.

This just in. . . .

News Headline: “Man dressed up as tree and stood in the middle of the road.”
As reasonable a response as any to the news of the day.

QT Early Warning System

One in four American voters will cast votes next month on machines that leave no paper trail for recounts.

A republic, if you can keep it


News Headline:
“Second presidential debate: Donald Trump insists sex-assault boasts were ‘locker-room talk.’
News Headline: “Gary Johnson insists he’s ‘not a dummy’ in contentious interview.”
1973: I am not a crook.
2016: I am not a sex offender.
2016: I am not a dummy.
Eleven days to go.

And another thing. . . .

News Headline: “Antarctic glacier thinning more quickly than thought.”
The headline writer has not paid attention to this election year.
Nothing is thinning faster than thought.
News Headline: “Dreamworld accident: Injuries ‘incompatible with life.’ ”
And when did “fatal” become “incompatible with life,” and when can we have “fatal” back?
And. . . .

The Party of Lincoln 2.0, which seeks to fool enough of the people enough of the time, in the news


News Headline:
“Republicans endorse, unendorse and then re-endorse Donald Trump.”
News Headline: “First congressman to unendorse Donald Trump after sex assault comments re-endorses him.”
This is a matter of principle.
And the Republicans mean business.
A word of warning to Donald Trump:
If you admit to sex assault again, you can be quickly reunreunendorsed.

The national conversation in the news

News Headline: “Facebook employees wanted to block Donald Trump for hate speech, but Mark Zuckerberg said no.”
And remember:
When you see the phrase “hate speech” in a news report, replace it with “free speech.”
It gives a better sense of the story.