QT Grammar R Us Seminar on the English Language

News Item:
“. . . Officials in Oakland closed the trail after the runaway pig scared two children walking on it between Messalonskee middle and high schools. . . .”
Katherine Rylaarsdam, a Baltimore reader, writes:
“What in the world were the children doing walking on a pig?”
And  F.T., a Seattle reader, writes:
“This isn’t about our forest fires. But especially this week, everywhere I look in the news, there are firestorms. Political firestorms. Social media firestorms. Diplomatic firestorms. . . . ”
Not to worry.
A flood of criticism should put them out.
Maybe with the help of an avalanche of protest.

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SharkLenar Whitney

News Headline: “GOP candidate says climate change is ‘the greatest deception in the history of mankind.’ ”
News Headline: ” ‘Palin of the South’ House candidate flees from interview over Obama birth question.”
News Headline: “The most frightening congressional candidate I’ve met in seven years of interviewing congressional hopefuls.”
“Sharknado 2” is being marketed as “pretty scary.”
The Tea Party is up to the challenge.

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From Poor QT’s Almanack

Medicare Signing
On this day in history 49 years ago President Lyndon B. Johnson signed Medicare into law, and not a single Republican leader questioned his love of country or called him a lawless tyrant because, in those days,  people who said those kinds of things were mostly found in basements mimeographing leaflets to hand out on street corners.
For those who like to reminisce.

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QT Man-Bites-Dog Worldwide
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Buddy 5
There have been no reports of a man biting a dog so far during the dog days of summer, but there is a new survey regarding dog popularity:
News Headline: “Dogs preferred over cats in U.S. by a hair.”
News Headline: “Tennessee is a top dog for canine owners.”
News Headline: “Meowsachusetts: Where the cats play and the–”
Stop it.
Stop it now.
This is the 26th dog day of summer.
There are 14 dog days to go.

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