Category Archives: Qt

The case for zero tolerance of modern school administrators


Winter Park High School in Winter Park, Fla., has named 25 valedictorians.
And one salutatorian.

Ankyloglossia and koinonias in the news


News Item: “After four days and multiple rounds of calmly spelling such words as ‘paucispiral,’ ‘jagüey,’ ‘haecceitas’ and ‘ankyloglossia,’ 14-year-old Karthik Nemmani was declared champion of the 2018 Scripps National Spelling Bee for correctly spelling the word ‘koinonia.’ ”
QT, in what has become its annual habit, put these words to its computer spell-checker.
The spell-checker failed on all five.
Once again:
Never miss a chance to humiliate your computer.

Breaking news. . . .


News Headline: “Duluth officials and community to celebrate addition of new restrooms for beach users.”
K.W., a Denver reader, says we can add causes for celebration to the list of things that aren’t what they used to be.

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The national conversation in the news


News Headline:
“White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders chokes back tears as child asks question about guns in schools.”
Sanders learned a lesson.
It isn’t easy to lie to a child.
Always so much easier with adults.

A republic, if you can keep it


News Headline: “Dem congressional candidate calls Donald Trump the ‘greatest threat to democracy’ since Osama bin Laden.”
Nonsense.
He’s a greater threat.

. . . born every minute


News Headline:
“Rudy Giuliani admits ‘Spygate’ is Trump PR tactic against Robert Mueller.”
It isn’t every day a grifter informs his marks it’s a con.

QT loud guy at the end of the bar update


News Headline: “Trump calls his own national security aide a ‘phony source.’ ”
Judges are conferring.
This may be a personal best.

Immigration in the news


News Headline: ” Mali migrant who scaled Paris building to save child offered French citizenship.”
Good thing it didn’t happen here.
As President Trump has announced:
We don’t want his kind.

Memorial Day 2018


News Headline:
“39 percent of Americans can’t name a First Amendment right.”
News Headline: “Nearly a two-thirds of Americans can’t name all three branches of government.”
About 1 million U.S. soldiers and sailors have died in warfare to protect our democracy.
We honor them.
We mourn them.
And we owe them an apology.

GOP’s new breed


News Headline: “Comey rips Trump’s attacks on FBI: ‘How will Republicans explain this to their grandchildren?’ ”
No need to worry.
From the look of it, these are Republicans who will cook and eat their grandchildren.