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Rules of the game

Today is the 98th birthday of the late Lindsey Nelson, baseball announcer
Nelson believed the English language should be spoken well, even at the old ballpark.
How well?
It was Nelson’s voice fans would hear on the radio, in the late innings, on a warm summer night:
“That’s he, swinging the bat.”
This was a man who knew how the game was play-by-played.

Trump University: Introductory Economics

News Headline: “Trump said he would save jobs at Carrier. The layoffs start July 20.”
News Headline: “Housing Secretary Ben Carson calls poverty ‘a state of mind.’ ”
Trump administration policy is clear on this:
The workers have no complaint.
All they have to do is imagine they still have jobs.

QT Grammar R Us Seminar on the English Language

J.D., a Chicago reader writes:
“With Republican gerrymandering back in the news, is it time for one of your reminders that the first two syllables of the word should  be pronounced GARY, not JERRY?”
Not yet.
We’ll have to wait.
But can it be time for QT’s annual reminder that it isn’t ”once more into the breach,” but ”once more unto the breach”?


. . . born every minute

News Headline: “Trump loyalists pay little heed to turmoil.”
News Headline: “ ‘I just choose not to listen’: Trump loyalists are sticking by him as Russia revelations rock his administration.”
Ignorant, and proud.

QT trickle-on economics update

CEO pay in the United States has increased 19.6 percent in the past five years, about double the increase workers have seen.

Investigators at the -gate

News Headline: “Trump says he had ‘fantastic meeting’ with pope.”
And now back to the terrific questions raised by his phenomenal dealings with Russian agents, among other amazing things.

Under the big top

News Headline: “Ringling Bros. Circus gives last performance after 146 years.”
News Headline: “House returns from recess; Senate to continue nomination votes.”
The show must go on.

QT loud guy at the end of the bar update

News Headline: “The president just told a room of Israelis that he ‘just got back from the Middle East.’ ”
Keep calm, and carry on.

In other news. . . .

News Headline: “What your garden says about you.”
Or didn’t you know your garden was talking behind your back?

The sounds of silence

News Headline: “Trump silent on human rights with Saudis.”
So there are some things even a man who never shuts up doesn’t find worth talking about.