Under the big top

Clown Tent

News Headline: ”Republican Party makes plans for a bigger tent.”
News Headline: “GOP candidate claims opponent is dead, was replaced with lookalike after he was ‘executed in Ukraine.’ ”
Note to the GOP:
Your circus is getting scary.

The 1 percent solution

Rich Richer

News Item: “. . .  Top CEOs were paid 331 times more than the average U.S. worker in
2013. . . . the poorest fifth of Americans paid an average tax rate of 11 percent, while the richest one percent contributed half that rate. . . .”
News Item: “. . . Wide majorities of steadfast conservatives (86 percent) and business conservatives (77 percent) say poor people have it easy. . . .”
Strange times we live in when the muggers critique the victims.

Win, place. . . .

GOP Leadership

News Item: “. . . The economy was held back by an unusually cold winter, the expiration of long-term unemployment benefits and cuts to food stamps, which curbed consumer
spending. . . .”
Unemployment benefits?
Blocked by the Republicans.
Food stamps?
Cut by the Republicans.
A cold winter?
Well. Can’t quite give them credit for that.
Too bad.
Almost hit a GOP trifecta.

Call a doctor, call an ambulance, we’ve got
World Cup fever

Soccer Writhing

News Headline: “Millions of Americans cheer World Cup heroes.”
And on from the Group of Death to the Sweet Sixteen!
A happy sight, in these divided times, to see millions of Americans pretending together  to enjoy watching soccer.
Then again, name another sport where we get to see players writhing on the ground in fake agony so often.
It is an improvement baseball might consider.

Nigerians, take heed

Getting ready me 090402

News Headline: “Abubakar warns against turning Nigeria into a police state.”
A timely warning for Nigeria.
News Headline: “Report points to ‘dangerous militarization’ of U.S. law enforcement.”
News Headline: “U.S. leads world in incarceration rate.”
News Headline: “NSA granted extension to collect phone data.”
News Headline: “Surveillance cameras raise privacy concerns.”
Mr. Abubakar?
As long as you’re handing out warnings. . . .

QT Grammar R Us Seminar on the English Language


News Item: “. . . That time, the tremblor and its associated tsunami hit right outside Anchorage. . . .”
F.R., a Chicago reader, writes:
“It sends shudders every time I see ‘tremblor’ instead of ‘temblor.’ ”
And is it past time for QT’s annual reminder that oral contracts are always verbal, but verbal contracts aren’t always oral?

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The (Fill in the Blank) Years War

Fighters of  al-Qaeda linked Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant parade at Syrian town of Tel Abyad

News Headline: “Dissecting the complexities of the Iraq crisis.”
All right.
We’re talking about a religious war.
Religious wars have for centuries been among humanity’s most simple-minded pastimes.
Dissection of complexities done.

These things happen

AsteroidNews Headline: “Killer bus-sized asteroid flies dangerously close past Earth.”
That was last month.
This month’s killer bus-sized asteroid flying dangerously close past Earth is
Asteroid 2014 MH6, which was discovered this morning, three days after
it passed between Earth and the moon.

Backward, and proud

Mississippi Flag

News Item: “. . . South Carolina is one of only two U.S. states (the other is Mississippi) still to fly the Confederate flag in an official capacity. . . .”
Good. We should always encourage truth in labeling.
It is the way we  know which cereals to avoid because of sugar, which baked goods to avoid because of gluten and which states to avoid because of nuts.

Sympathy and trust abounding. . . .


News Headline: “House panel approves massive Pentagon spending bill.”
News Headline: “Terrorists team up in Syria to build next generation of bombs.”
No one said the dawning of the Age of Aquarius didn’t need a little tweaking.