News Item: ". . . Romney could face more attacks on his likeability in the debate. . . ."
In other news, months have passed since workers at the Sensata Technologies in Freeport, Ill., sent a plea to Mitt Romney.
Bain Capital had bought Sensata, which is profitable, and decided to ship all its jobs to China for increased profits.
The workers asked Romney, who still shares in the profits of the company he co-founded, to intervene.
Romney's response: Silence.
Hey, what's not to like?
Howard Dean, noting the importance of demeanor and mannerisms in a presidential debate, offering advice on how best to watch one:
"Turn off the sound."
QT has found this works well, also, with Andrew Lloyd Webber musicals.
News Item: Argonne National Laboratory biologist Peter Larsen creates music by converting data from blue-green algae into musical notes.
The music can be found here.
Next up: The Phytoplankton of the Opera.
QT Presidential Debate News You Can Use:
Touching the face and ears, slurring or stammering, leaning forward, swallowing, licking the lips, inappropriate smiling, pauses filled with such words as "uh" and "er," increased slips of the tongue and grammatical errors, an averted gaze, throat clearing, increased verbal qualifiers such as "generally" and "actually," expansion of contractions into full phrases such as "didn't" into "did not," emphasis of statements with such words as "honestly" and "as far as I know," decreased hand gestures, tightened lips, shrugging, increased handling of such objects as eyeglasses or papers, decreased blinking, crossed arms and audible breaths are 19 ways, according to researchers, to tell if someone is lying.
News Headline: "Tea party candidates call for end to minimum wage."
Only the first step.
The trick is to cut wages and then put children in the factories.
And make the work week seven days.
And make the work day 12 hours.
Or do you have something against increased productivity?
Bill Savage, a Chicago reader, regarding QT's worry that Samuel L. Jackson's video for President Obama might be one too many "takes on the campaign"—writes:
"You should continue these threads about certain movie titles, no matter how contrived they become. In other words, never put brakes on the strain."
QT does not have time for this nonsense.
It is too busy researching the Iraq war and our mistakes on Hussein.
News Item: ". . . American Express is paying $112.5 million in refunds and fines to settle regulators' accusations that it charged unlawful late fees and deceived customers. . . ."
The Job Creators are right.
How can anyone do business in a country with all these regulations?
The Case for Zero Tolerance of Modern School Administrators:
A school in Swindon, England, is requiring parents who attend school sports events to undergo criminal records checks and carry proof that they are not pedophiles.
Billionaire Sam Zell deploring the Obama administration's treatment of, well, billionaires and millionaires:
"We need leadership, not criticism. We need encouragement, not discouragement."
So we have the 9 percent who think they are victims, who believe that government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they are entitled to tax cuts, loopholes, subsidies, you name it. . . .
News Headline: "Dog survives 11-mile ride trapped in car grill."
News Headline: "Dog survives 110-mile journey in pickup's engine bay."
A warning to President Obama's campaign:
Mitt Romney's surrogates are out there everywhere.
QT What Passes for Miracles These Days Update:
A weeping Jesus Christ has been discovered in the upper left-hand corner of a broken TV screen in Cleveland, Ohio.
News Headline: "American Airlines sends thousands of layoff notices."
News Headline: "Improperly installed clamp blamed for loose seats on American Airlines."
All right. QT knows what you are thinking.
Heavens to Betsy, what a dreadful thought.
Dave Kalsch, a Chicago reader, writes:
"If, as you say, 55 million cigarette butts stacked lengthwise equals the height of 3,613 Empire State Buildings or 741,667 Shaquille O'Neals, that means the Empire State Building is 205.3 Shaquille O'Neals tall. . . ."
But we are still evading the important question.
How many ping-pong balls would 3,613 Empire State Buildings hold?
QT Grammar R Us Seminar on the English Language:
Paul Ryan during a TV interview:
"We’re seeing the ugly fruits of the Obama foreign policy unravel around the world."
QT has spent the better part of the afternoon in its kitchen trying to unravel fruit.
Give credit to the Obama administration.
It isn't easy.
"Unravel" and "ravel" are both synonyms and antonyms of each other, by the way.
QT has to go back to the kitchen now and work on the sinks, which are clogged with fruit.
Maybe it could try some Liquid Plumr and a few shakes in the drain. . . .
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