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QT: A Rose Bowl By Any Other Name. . . .


News Headline: "Money beats tradition as Big Ten expands."
News Headline: "Big Ten: Realignment is the perfect time to rename Legends and Leaders."
QT has already suggested Cash and Carry.
Or there is Bait and Switch.
Or. . . .

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News Headline: "'Socialism' and 'capitalism' are most-looked-up words in 2012, dictionary says."
News Headline: "Sarah Palin: Barack Obama is a 'socialist.'"
Hey. The dictionary never said everyone looked up the words.

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News Item: Mall Santa in Maine refuses to allow 6-year-old girl on his lap unless her mother buys a $20 photo package.
News Item: Salvation Army bell-ringers banned from downtown as panhandlers in Colorado Springs, Colo.
Ho, Ho, Ho!

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+ P.S., a Montreal reader, regarding QT's noting that the reindeer is Donder, not Donner, and readers who wrote back that Donner is the one who ate all the other reindeer, writes:
"If Donner grilled the other reindeer, could one say that's where the Turkish dish Donner Kabob came from?"
+ Gail Dean Cotton, a Chicago reader, writes:
"So the readers who wrote that Donner ate the other reindeer get a pass?"
Stop it.
Stop it now.

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News Headline: "Obama warns Syria against use of chemical weapons."
The line has to be drawn.
This is a question of the rule of modern civilization.
You don't use chemicals to kill people in warfare.
You use drones with explosives.

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We Have Seen the Present, and It Does Not Work:
A construction crew was ordered to stop work at Sinclair College in Ohio until the men could find a sign to replace "MEN WORKING," which was in violation of the college's policy requiring an "inclusive and non-discriminatory" environment.

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News Headline: "Study: Smoking while drinking may make hangovers worse."
So if you are drinking heavily, please cut down on the smokes.
That is your QT Fitness and Health Tip for today.

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News Headline: "More than 100 Bangladeshi garment workers die in factory fire after Walmart refused to finance safety improvements."
But rest assured:
Walmart spends whatever it takes to make sure its stores are safe for shoppers.
Really.
C'mon.
No. Really.

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News Headline: "21 furious Twitter reactions to Justin Bieber's Grammy snub."
This being an age that has made possible something called a furious tweet.

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News Headline: "Glenn Beck to launch TV reality show."
Say this for Glenn Beck:
He is always open to new approaches.
Well. Such as reality.

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News Headline: "Mel Gibson: I might reach out to Lindsay Lohan."
What could possibly go wrong?

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News Headline: "Campaign to draft Stephen Colbert for Senate."
Which would make him the funniest senator, just ahead of Al Franken.
News Headline: "McConnell takes obstruction to 'new heights' by filibustering his own bill."
But Mitch McConnell is coming up fast.

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Modern Education + the Criminal Mind =
A man in Portland, Me., called police to report that a prostitute had left with 10 minutes remaining on the session he had paid for.

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News Headline: "Survey: Detroit most dangerous city for gays."
In other news, Detroit, according to FBI statistics, is the most dangerous city for everybody.

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News Headline: "Snake on a plane causes emergency landing."
Gene Christianson, an Overland Park, Kan., reader, writes:
"I don't think any further comment is needed."
Wait. Were you thinking the fun was over--that this might be a case of retakes on the wane?
QT would never put the brakes on a refrain.
All right.
QT will stop it.
QT will stop it now.

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QT Grammar R Us Seminar on the English Language:
News Item: ". . . which for all intensive purposes. . . ."
News Item: ". . . For all intensive purposes, Israel is now. . . ."
H.B., an Evanston reader, can't state intensely enough that it is "for all intents and purposes."
There are only two syllables in "forecastle," by the way.


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Posted on December 7, 2012


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