And shocked and offended, too

And shocked and offended, too

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News Item: “President Obama’s decision to invoke executive privilege in the Operation Fast and Furious case sparked ‘outrage’ among GOP members… ."
Is there anyone on the planet happier than a politician who is outraged?

Retiring Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-N.Y.) when asked about the changes in our politics over the last 30 years:
“I think people have gotten dumber.”
And is anyone more worth listening to about our politics than a politician with no plans to run for office again?

News Headline: “Let’s require people to vote.”
Three out of five Americans can’t name the three branches of government.
Let’s not.

QT is still trying to decide how seriously to take the Internet search engine that offered this result:
“No macthes found.”

News Headline: “Woman accused in assault with pasta, spoon.”
This may call for a spaetzle prosecutor.

News Headline: “Supreme Court shoots down FCC’s ‘fleeting obscenity’ policy.”
News Headline: ” ‘Citizens United’ bounces back to Supreme Court.”
Some obscenities being less fleeting than others.

USS Nimitz Capt. Jeff Ruth on efforts by sailors to recover 19,000 pounds of marijuana dumped in the Pacific Ocean by fleeing drug dealers:
“This crew’s response was amazing.”
We can only imagine.

Michael L. Smith, a San Diego, Calif., reader, writes:
“I hear it has been hot in Chicago. Is it too early to ask when the dog days of summer occur this year?”
Eleven days remain until the first dog day of summer.
Which means it is time to reactive the… .

QT Worldwide Man-Bites-Dog Pinpoint Locator:
A man bit a dog at approximately 4:30 p.m. Sunday on the 400 block of Henry Street in Wilmington, N.C.
In a related development, a man punched a dog at approximately 7:30 p.m. Monday in Buxton, Me.
Further reports as developments warrant.

News Headline: “How to animate your Twitter avatar.”
Whatever you do, it sounds like something you should do in private.

Rush Limbaugh on President Obama and Operation Fast and Furious, which, according to official claims, sold guns over the border hoping to follow the trail to Mexican drug bosses:
“The whole point, don’t forget, the whole point of Fast and Furious, was to create mayhem in Mexico among drug cartels with American-made weapons easily procured so that you and I would stand up in outrage and demand tighter gun laws.”
We should thank Limbaugh for informing us about this little-known Obama conspiracy against gun ownership.
He doesn’t mention that the feds started “gun-walking” operations during the Bush administration.
But that shows just how devious the Obama conspirators are.

QT Early Warning System:
Four days remain until National Columnists Day — and, also, the United Nations International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, for some reason.

News Headline: “Cleanup started on major sewage spill.”
News Headline: “Semitrailer wreck causes fertilizer spill.”
News Headline: “Tractor spills two tons of manure.”
No cause for concern.
Rest assured, we are a great nation, and whatever shortages may occur, we will manage to complete the election year.

We Have Seen the Present, and It Does Not Work:
The Australian Sociological Association has ruled that the people who have no disabilities should not be referred to as “able-bodied,” which is insensitive to those who have disabilities.
The correct term is “non-disabled.”

QT Modern Corporate Gibberish of the Week:
Atrenta and Cvent have announced acquisitions.

News Headline: “Florida bestiality law does not ban oral sex.”
Don’t question Florida’s lawmakers.
They seem to have given this a great deal of thought.

From the QT Archive of Knowledge:
+ France is a foot farther from England than it was a year ago.
+ Pigs are better than dogs at video games.

QT Grammar R Us Seminar on the English Language:
R.E., a Chicago reader, regarding QT’s pointing out that there should always be a “the” in front of the Mahatma Gandhi, not to mention the Netherlands and the Bronx, writes:
“Shame on you. You forgot The Glenlivet. It is always The Glenlivet.”
Sorry. This may have happened because QT favors The Jack Daniel’s.
Possession isn’t nine-tenths of the law, by the way, but nine points of the law.

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