Mitt Romney may have a point

July 13, 2012


News Headline: "FBI rounds up 100 alleged pimps."
It's happened again.
When is our government going to stop interfering with job creators?
 

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News Item: "Did scientists at CERN truly discover the Higgs boson, or was it an impostor? That is the question raised in a newly published paper by Argonne National Laboratory. . . ."
If subatomic particles could laugh. . . .
 

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News Item: No serious threats are posed by a coronal mass ejection from the sun expected to hit Earth late tonight, although experts say "surprises are possible."
And who doesn't like a good surprise?
 

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QT Summer Travel Advisory:
Twenty days remain until the Wisconsin State Fair, the new menu of which includes deep-fried bacon-wrapped cream cheese and deep-fried bacon-wrapped peanut-butter cups in banana batter. . .
. . . on a stick.
 

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Headline: "Study: Native Americans came to the New World in three waves."
Which would seem again to indicate that there were no Native Americans.
Not to put too fine a point on it.

 

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News Headline: "Colorado leads the nation in political advertising."
News Headline: "Colorado declared a disaster area."
No.
It had to do with the wildfires.
Or can a state be declared a disaster area twice over?

 

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We Have Seen the Present, and It Does Not Work:
Students wishing to "express their opinions" publicly at Indiana University, Southeast, may do so only in a specified "free-speech area" and must submit an application at least five days in advance.
 

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News Headline: "Obama campaign: President could not fit NAACP into schedule."
President Obama's official Thursday schedule called for only the daily presidential briefing  at 9:45 a.m.
But a briefing like that could go on for, what, potentially ten, 12 hours or more.
Yeah. . . that's what happened. . . that's the ticket. . . .
 

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Jason Boskey, a Blue Ridge, Ga., reader, writes:
"Texas Gov. Rick Perry said this week: 'Every Texan has health care in this state. From the standpoint of having access to health care, every Texan has that.' I guess that means everyone has a Ferrari, from the standpoint of having access to a Ferrari."
You are well on your way to understanding Tea Party Economics 101.

 

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News Item: ". . . The old Economics 101 textbook theory he recites — that a higher minimum wage will necessarily reduce employment — was not supported by. . . ."
Speaking of Economics 101:
Can we look forward to the day when our politicians attend not only Economics 101, but also Economics 102?
 

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Lest We Forget that the Dark Ages Were a Faith-Based Initiative:
A Louisiana judge has refused to stop the state's new school-voucher program, which will send money to Christian schools including one with no library and another with science textbooks that do not mention evolution but teach "from God's point of view."
 

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News Headline: "Naked man sighted in Shandon."
News Headline: "Another naked man sighted in Shandon."
Residents of the Shandon neighborhood of Columbia, S.C., should be aware:
These things happen in threes.
QT will monitor developments.
News Headline: "Police: Two men walking nude in Charleston."
That was quick.
And what is going on in South Carolina?
 

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From the QT Archive of Knowledge:
+ The 1948 "Do-Nothing" Congress passed 908 laws.
+ Today's 112th Congress, which adjourns at year's end, has passed 139 laws.
 

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R.N., a Chicago reader, regarding a news item about four fake eunuchs in police custody, writes in the comments section beneath the column:
"Time to start counting the number of Google hits for 'fake eunuch in police custody,'  I think."
QT will break a rule here.
QT responds to, and includes in its column, only the comments and queries it receives at qt@wbez.org.
But this one time:
Google currently offers only one hit for "fake eunuch in police custody."
But the number can grow.
And someday it may be up there with the 1,220 Google hits for "tap-dancing militant Islamic fundamentalists."
We can dream, can't we?

 

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Beware the ides of National Women's Motorcycle Month.

 

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QT Grammar R Us Seminar on the English Language:
News Item: ". . . pressure on the spinal chord. . . ."
News Item: ". . . affects the brain and spinal chord. . . ."
News Itme: ". . . injuries to the spinal chord. . . ."
Let's find a few umbilical chords, and we can make some real music.
"Noisome" has nothing to do with noise, by the way.

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