can liberals be cheerleaders for conservatives with guns yes we can can!

IF YOU LIKE WEIRD NEWS ARTICLES that allow you to infer a hel­luva lot more than the ar­ticle ac­tu­ally says, to­day’s Seattle Times (July 20, 2013) did not dis­ap­point! This is the bizarre head­line: “Sorry, hunters: Shooting down drones is not OK with FAA.”  Does that re­ally need saying, let alone make the news? It is ac­com­pa­nied by an equally bizarre sub-title: “People who fire guns at drones are en­dan­gering the public as well as prop­erty and could be pros­e­cuted and fined, the Fed­eral Avi­a­tion Ad­min­is­tra­tion warned Friday.” READ MORE

to trade or not to trade

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TO TRADE OR NOT TO TRADE, that is the ques­tion. To­day’s Seattle Times (July 19, 2003) has a piece ti­tled “Mariners Tough Spot: To Trade Or Not?” by the pa­per’s reg­ular base­ball re­porter, Larry Stone (page C1): the Seattle Mariners, may NOT make any trades in the fore­see­able fu­ture. This de­spite the fact that they seem to be on their way to an­other season of 90 losses. READ MORE

looks like we will be needing more snowdens

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FROM TODAY’S SEATTLE TIMES (July 19, 2013) and a piece ti­tled “U.S. Of­fi­cials says NSA taking steps to stop leaks” (page A2): an AP ar­ticle ac­knowl­edges that “The in­for­ma­tion re­vealed [by Ed­ward Snowden] that the agency was gath­ering mil­lions of US phone records and in­ter­cepting some US In­ternet traffic.” Which, if you care about gov­ern­ment transparency—an ab­surd ex­pec­ta­tion to many—then it looks like we will be needing more Snow­dens. READ MORE

for want of a hyphen (“I want hyphen”)

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FROM TODAY’S SEATTLE TIMES (July 19, 2013) and a piece ti­tled “Gun-rights group sues city over emails al­legedly with­held” (page B1): an or­ga­ni­za­tion called Wash­ington Cease­Fire is de­scribed as “an anti-gun vi­o­lence group.” Tech­ni­cally, this is cor­rect: the hy­phen is nec­es­sary to link “anti” with “gun.” But the word “vi­o­lence “ is left hanging: one could read this as saying that the group was against guns but prone to vi­o­lence in its ef­forts to achieve its goals. READ MORE

a neal defines rant post

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A SUGGESTION MADE TO ME by one of the few early readers of this blog (a friend, natch) that I ex­plain ex­actly what a “rant” is. That was brought on by my having two cat­e­gories on this web­site with that word in their title: “Neal’s Rants (Re­ally Po­lit­ical” and “Neal’s Rants (Not-So-Political).” In nei­ther do I rant in the manner to which we Amer­i­cans have be­come due to the ubiq­uity to rightwingnut talk­show radio. READ MORE

what’s a “buck lunch”? (or, whats a buck lunch)

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I TOOK BERNI to her morning coffee at a nearby Star­bucks she wakes up five days a week with that place’s caf­feine and a book be­fore going to work. On the way back home, I drove past a local chain restau­rant. Their sign ad­ver­tised the fol­lowing:


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Now, if Eng­lish is your na­tive lan­guage, your brain reg­is­ters ex­actly what the sign-maker in­tended: that they are of­fering a lunch spe­cial for five dol­lars. READ MORE

a stickler for rules (at least for grammar)

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I STARTED WRITING when I was in grade school. Re­cently, a class­mate of my broth­er’s found a copy of a “news­paper” that Chester Street El­e­men­tary School pub­lished in 1964. In it was a one para­graph ar­ticle by my brother fol­lowed by a three para­graph “ar­ticle” by me. It summed up oh so briefly the Philadel­phia Phillies’ phe­nom­enal rookie, Richie Allen.

I con­tinued writing throughout my life, al­though I did not pub­lish any­thing until 1985. READ MORE

the origin of neals rants

NIGH ON TEN YEARS AGO, I had a job in Seattle: I was a tele­mar­keter for the 5th Av­enue The­atre. It was one of two main venues for Broadway-style mu­si­cals, a genre that had left me less than moved my en­tire life. My job en­tailed calling ba­si­cally anyone who had pur­chased a ticket to at least one show with a credit card and tried to sell them a season sub­scrip­tion (there were six shows per season). READ MORE