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The case for zero tolerance of modern school administrators

Happy Graduation!

Eisenhower High School in Shelby Township, Mich., has named 60 valedictorians.
And six salutatorians.
But we can stop now.
The commencements have commenced.
Happy graduation, valedictorians!
And to the scattering of high school seniors who aren’t!

Breaking news. . . .

Bank Robbery

+ S.W., a Downers Grove, Ill., reader, regarding a California man who approached a bank teller, produced a note demanding cash and was told no, at which point he turned around and left the bank, writes:
“It appears you can add bank robbers to the list of things that aren’t what they used to be.”
+ Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell regarding Donald Trump’s presidential campaign:
“I’d like to see a more studious approach.”
But understatement is alive and well.

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Entranced interrogation in the news

Trump-Hannity
News Item: “Sean Hannity and 2016 GOP front-runner Donald Trump will be in
Milwaukee. . . .”
Speaking of which: Has it been 2,544 days since Sean Hannity promised he would undergo waterboarding to show it isn’t torture?
Not that anyone is counting.

Or maybe a wall of some kind

ISIS Propaganda
News Headline: “GOP campaign rhetoric on Muslims harms U.S. security efforts: Homeland Security chief.”
News Headline: “Trump and Cruz are playing right into ISIS’ hands, CIA analyst warns.”
We may want to close our borders to Republicans until further notice.
Just be safe.

QT trickle-on economics update

Minimum Wage
Alabama Republican Gov. Robert Bentley signed a bill blocking minimum-wage increases in the state’s cities and towns shortly after giving four of his Cabinet members an 80 percent raise.

QT Grammar R Us Seminar on the English Language

QT Grammar
News Item: “. . . A revealing exercise is to spend an evening switching back and forth between FOX, CNN and MSNBC. . . .”
Doug Dahlgren, a Chicago reader, writes:
“ About ‘back and forth between’: Doesn’t pointing to three networks dictate that ‘among’ should be used?”
Yes.
“Between”  is  correct for the relation of two things.
“Among” is for three or more.
QT will not spend time going back and forth among minor exceptions.
And is it time for QT’s quadrennial reminder that it isn’t “catty-corner” or “kitty-corner,” but “cater-corner”?
Evidently.

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QT Grammar R Us Seminar on the English Language

Chicago SnowRich Rzadski, a Chicago reader, writes:
“Just heard a TV weatherperson tell all that ‘the snow continues to end.’ She didn’t say how anything can ‘continue to end.’ ”
QT could go on and on about that.
But QT is otherwise occupied.
National Grammar Day is tomorrow.
And does that mean it’s almost time for QT’s annual reminder that to say “from whence” is to say “from from where”?
Evidently.

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From Poor QT’s Almanack

Battle of Falkoeping
On this day in history 627 years ago, the Danes defeated the Swedes at the Battle of Falkoeping, which seemed important at the time.

In other news. . . .

Donald Trump
Donald Trump in a “CBS This Morning” interview regarding Kim Jong Un:
“Any young guy who can take over from his father with all those–”
Wait a minute.
So that’s it.
A young guy with funny hair is handed the empire of his father and goes on to
horrify a nation. . . .
Donald Trump is the Kim Jong Un of American politics.

QT New Year’s news you can use

New Year's
A reminder to those who are out of work–or know others who are–while the merriment happens all around:
The outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas will offer free job-search and career advice to anyone who calls from anywhere today and tomorrow, December 28 and 29.
The number is (312) 422-5010.
The hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. CST.
And always remember:
There are Twelve Days of Christmas.
And a New Year after that.