The shining torture chamber upon a hill


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Donald Trump on torture:
“You know, I have these guys–‘Torture doesn’t work!’ Believe me, it works. And waterboarding is your minor form. Some people say it’s not actually torture. Let’s assume it is. But they asked me the question, What do you think of waterboarding? Absolutely fine. But we should go much stronger than waterboarding”
+ Gina Haspel when asked what she would do as CIA director if President Trump ordered the reinstatement of waterboarding:
“I do not believe the president would ask me to do that.”
This is known as enhanced evasion.
And so here we go.

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QT Grammar R Us Seminar on the English Language


Bill Scott, an East Northport, N.Y., reader, writes:

Would you care to comment on ‘loan’ being used as a verb, when we have perfectly good verb, ‘lend,’ available?”
It was Polonius who advised Laertes:
“Neither a borrower nor a loaner be.”
And could it be time for QT’s annual reminder that a speeding car doesn’t careen through an intersection, but careers through it?
Evidently.

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Breaking news. . . .


News Headline:
Melania Trump announces ‘Be Best’ campaign to address issues facing children.”
Among the issues will be cyber-bullying.
It wasn’t said whether participation will be allowed by children who are losers, disgraceful, terrible, horrible, low-energy or overrated.

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This just in. . . .


Michael Caputo, a former consultant to Donald Trump, warning Trump about the rigors of being questioned by special counsel Robert Mueller:
“I would compare it to a proctology exam.”
Wait. Warning.
Do not let yourself visualize Donald Tru–
Too late?
Sorry.

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