Democracy, or something, in action

June 8, 2012


News Headline: "Kreep vs. Peed: A tough ballot choice in San Diego."
News Headline: "Peed gains ground on Kreep."
News Headline: "Kreep-Peed judicial race undecided."
It is Garland Peed against Gary Kreep, a Republican birther, for a local judgeship.
There will be an announcement later today on uncounted absentee ballots.
At the moment, we have Peed over Kreep by 154 votes.
QT will now go to a corner and giggle like a third-grader.
 

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News Headline: "Nepal, on the brink of collapse."
And isn't it time Nepal joined the rest of us?

 

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News Headline: "GOP goes glitzy at fundraiser."
News Headline: "Republicans attack Obama over glitzy fundraisers."
Don't worry. Only 151 more days of this to go.

 

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QT Trickle-On Economics Update:
Caterpillar Inc., which gave its CEO a 60 percent raise last year, has asked striking workers to agree to a wage freeze.
 

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News Headline: "Ray Bradbury dies at 91."
It was Bradbury who once warned:
"You don't have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them."
In other news, the number of Americans aged 18 to 24 who read books has dwindled to about half.
 

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News Headline: "Fears of grisly drug-fueled violence grip Miami."
News Headline: "Another Miami man on bath salts threatens to eat cop."
Some days are better than others for the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau.


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News Headline: "Senate Republicans would require the unemployed to volunteer."
Add voluntarism to the list of things that aren't what they used to be.
And speaking of things that aren't what they used to be, when did "used" become "pre-owned," and when did "pre-owned" become "pre-loved," and when can we have "used" back?
And C.B., a Chicago reader, wants to know when signs became signage, and when can we have signs back?
And. . . .
 

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Modern Education + the Criminal Mind =
A man being tried for assault in Portsmouth, England, announced on Facebook that the trial was going well and it looked as if he would "get away with it."
 

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News Headline: "Students smear peanut butter at Sacramento school."
News Headline: "Goats removed from high school roof."
Happy Graduation!
 

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1965: Mitt Romney joins demonstrations supporting Vietnam War.
1965: Mitt Romney applies for the first of four deferments to avoid Vietnam War.
1994: Mitt Romney says: "It was not my desire to go off and serve in Vietnam, but nor did I take any actions to remove myself from the pool of young men who were eligible for the draft."
2007: Mitt Romney says: "I longed in many respects to actually be in Vietnam and be representing our country there."
To review:
Mitt Romney was for serving in the war at the same time he was against it, but he did not take any actions to avoid serving while he was taking actions to avoid serving because he longed to serve in the war that he did not want to serve in.
Or as it has often been said:
The trouble with lying instead of telling the truth is that you have to keep your stories straight.
 

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News Headline: "Naked man flees Wal-Mart, jumps in river, runs across I-295."
There is probably an interesting story behind that.
 

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From the QT Archive of Knowledge:
+ George Orwell's last residence in London was at 27b Canonbury Square, Islington.
+ There are now 32 TV surveillance cameras within 200 yards of 27b Canonbury Square, Islington.

 

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QT Grammar R Us Seminar on the English Language:
Rich Fisherman, a Chicago reader, writes:
"Though I am an old-timer, I understand the use of the 'hashtag' in social networking. But I worry it might cause some confusion among those who are not up on the symbol's original meanings. For example, if I were to write, 'I'd like 3 #s of hamburger,' I know I want 3 pounds of hamburger. But would some Millennial think I was asking for 3 hashtags of hamburger? Or if I were to write, 'Lou Gehrig wore #3,' would that be misconstrued as, 'Lou Gehrig wore hashtag 3'?"
QT knows its readers have been waiting for a few words on metadatical semantics.
The wait is over.
Except that QT has nothing to say about metadatical semantics.
A podium is not the same as a lectern, by the way.
A speaker stands on a podium, but behind a lectern.
Tell you what.
The next time you hear a person mistakenly refer to a lectern as a podium, ask him or her to stand on it.
Just for fun.

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