From the QT police blotter


+ Gene Christianson, an Overland Park, Kan., reader, regarding a
news story about a woman arrested for blasting opera music from her house and QT’s noting that the police had her dead to rights, so she wouldn’t rigoletto this one, writes:
“I have no aida what you’re talking about.”
+ Stephen J. Smith, a Minneapolis reader, writes:
“What she needs is a good stiffelio drink.”
+ S.A., a Chicago reader, writes:
“Verdi you get off with all this?”
Stop it.
Stop it now.

 

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Aretha Franklin (1942-2018)


From Donald Trump’s statement on the death of Aretha Franklin:
“. . . She worked for me on numerous occasions. . . .”
Lest anyone think for a moment she was his equal.
Making us forget for only a moment that few were her equal.
Even if she spent much of her songful life working for civil rights.
Which is to say, the idea that all of us are equal.

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