Dog days of summer plus 7

Dog Days
+ Kevin Smith, a Nashville, Tenn., reader, regarding  QT’s asking its readers to stop playing word games with news that a Minnesota town has elected a dog as its mayor, writes:
“Do you think it’s the dog’s intention to fleas the town?”
+ Mike Wolstein, a Park Ridge, Ill., reader, writes:
“Could we please cur tail this?”
+ R.S., a Chicago reader, writes:
“Fido your readers keep doing this?”
Stop it.
Or QT will have to get ruff.


A republic, if you can keep it

Polling Place
The Los Angeles Ethics Commission has recommended to the City Council that people who don’t pay any attention to elections be offered lotteries for cash prizes as an incentive to vote.

World News Not Tonight

World News
News Headline: “Ebola out of control: Quarantines, hunger and death in Liberia.”
News Headline: “Ukraine army pushes into rebel stronghold of Luhansk.”
News Headline: “Kurds move to retake dam as U.S. bombs weaken ISIS.”
A few updates for those watch cable TV news and are unaware anything is happening  in the world outside of Ferguson, Mo.

Sweatshops for a slimmer you

Wage Graph
News Headline: “July jobs report: Stagnant wages.”
News Headline: “Nearly 1 in 4 U.S. workers go without paid time off.”
If only there were some way for workers to join together as a group and demand decent pay and benefits. . . .

Dog days of summer plus 4

+ Dan Skowron, a Romeoville, Ill., reader, regarding  QT’s asking its readers to stop playing word games with news that a town in Minnesota that has elected a dog as its mayor, writes:
“It’s an unusual choice. But who are we to kibble?”
+ Dave Carr, an Owen Sound, Ontario, reader, writes:
“This news gives me paws.”
Stop it.
Stop it now.


Not to mention a box of rocks

Steve King

News Headline: “Steve King: Ferguson protesters all share a ‘continental origin.’ ”
Which is another way of putting it–as long as we’re listening to politicians who display a capacity for knowledge and understanding that negatively surpasses a flexible cloth container filled with hand tools that have handles with perpendicularly attached heads of metal and are used for striking or pounding.

You have the right to remain silent. . . .

Police State
News Headline:
“Rep. John Lewis: Obama should declare martial law in Ferguson.”
As we reach the point where we need to declare martial law to stop the martial law.

Any moment now. . . .

James Sarafin
News Item: “Arizona State offensive lineman Edward Sarafin has told a local magazine he is gay, making him the first active Division I football player to come out. . . The 6-foot-6,
320-pound lineman. . . . ”
OK, all you tough, righteous anti-gay activists out there.
We’re waiting for one of you to step up to Mr. Sarafin and give him a stern lecture.
We’re waiting. . . .

Dog days of summer plus 3


News Headline:
“Dog elected mayor in Minnesota.”
R.T., a Milwaukee reader, writes:
“After Toronto’s mayor, we can hope this one stays on the waggin.”
Stop it.
Stop it now.


Today’s Chuckle

Jonathan Saenz
News Headline: “Texas anti-gay lobbyist’s wife left him to be with a woman.”
Sometimes life is fair.