Anthony Weiner’s spiritual side

News Headline: “Churches profit from turning steeples into cell towers.”
And don’t think the sexting community isn’t grateful.

A Republic, If You Can Keep It:
One in three people you see on the street thinks the First Amendment “goes too far.”

News Headline: “Rush Limbaugh: It’s ‘preposterous’ to blame white people for slavery.”
Larry Rand, a Chicago reader, wonders:
If Rush Limbaugh went out gigging for amphibians in a Florida swamp, would it be a case of a toad tailed by an idiot?

News Headline: “Texas’ proposed abortion restrictions could be a financial boon for Rick Perry’s sister.”
QT knows what you are thinking.
Heavens to Betsy, what a dreadful thing to think.

News Headline: “Too much exercise may be harmful to the heart: study.”
News Headline: “Sleep cuts risk of heart disease–study.”
There is something to be said for the heart-healthy regimen.

Gary Wisby, an Evanston, Ill., reader, regarding QT’s hoping its readers are finally discouraged from playing games with President Obama’s announcement that his favorite food is broccoli, writes:
“Peas kale a halt to this.”
Stop it.
Stop it now.

News Item: “. . . The political calculus is changing as more members of Congress. . . .”
This evidently has to do with members of Congress finding the instantaneous rates of change of functions and hence the gradients of tangents to graphs or in finding functions from their rates of change.
Which may explain the Tea Party.

QT Worldwide Man-Bites-Dog Pinpoint Locator:
There have no recent biting incidents.
But a University of Florida linebacker was arrested in Gainesville for barking at a dog on the 19th dog day of summer.
There are 18 dog days to go.

QT Grammar R Us Seminar on the English Language:
Austin Stanton, a Northfield, Ill., reader, writes:
“While attempting to remove a stubborn bolt from a piece of equipment, a colleague inquired if I had any success unloosening it and I had to reply that, in fact, it already was unloose.”
Daiquiri  is pronounce DIE-kur-ee, by the way.

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Our fat, drunk, and stupid nation, the threat of Ted Cruz, and more

News Headline: “U.S. junk food subsidies since 1995 equal to cost of nearly 52 billion Twinkies: Study”
News Headline:
“Mississippi among the nation’s best at beer drinking”
News Headline: “Utah lawmaker calls for end of compulsory education”
Consider this an intervention.
Fat, drunk and stupid is no way to go through life, nation.


J.K. Rowling’s mistaken spell, a massive bull semen heist, and more

QT Trickle-On Economics Update:
McDonald’s, which tripled the pay  of its CEO last year, has offered its workers a budgeting guide that allows no money for heating, $20 a month for health insurance and suggests they work an extra job if they want to make it.


Stereotypes of the Zimmerman case, memorable wedding brawls, and more

News Headline: “House GOP gets its way on farm bill; food aid jeopardized”
News Headline: “Food stamps: Military families redeem $100 million a year”
Should we ask the House GOP why it hates our troops?


Texting wordsmiths, Sarah Palin residency suspicions, and more

News Headline: “Microsoft helped NSA, FBI access user information”
Critics can be glad it was Microsoft.
The access will soon freeze or shut down for no apparent reason.


Congress returns from vacation, Obama shills for broccoli, and more

News Headline: “Recess is not a vacation for Congress”
But Congress is back in session this week.
And can rest now.


Mongolian neo-Nazis, the irreplaceability of oil, and more

News Headline: “Ted Nugent: I might run for president in 2016”
Has it been 452 days since Nugent promised he would “either be dead or in jail by this time next year” if voters re-elected President Obama?
Not that anyone is counting.


Sarah Palin subtlety, the evolution of Edward Snowden, and more

News Item: “Pope Francis has paid tribute to his predecessor Benedict XVI in his first letter to clergy, acknowledging that most of it was written by Benedict.. . . .
Worth noting. It is not often we see an encyclical built for two.


Cable news’ George Zimmerman obsession, Vladimir Putin’s fugitive-hunting skills, and more

News Item: “George Zimmerman trial completely dominating cable news”
Wait. As any cable TV news director will tell you, a great deal of thought goes into the coverage of the day’s—oh, look at that bright shiny object!


The solution to our Sarah Palin problem, the wanton-wonton mix-up, and more

News Headline:
“Texas executes 500th prisoner”
Hats off to Texas.
And almost all of them were probably guilty.