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From Poor QT’s Almanack

Beware the ides of National Fun with Fondue Month.

Breaking news. . . .

Plasma Physics
News Headline: “Quantum electrodynamical birefringence vanishes in a thermal relativistic pair plasma.”
As we might have guessed.

QT Grammar R Us Seminar on the English Language

Illinois House
An Illinois state representative regarding a pending bill:
“I find it highly indignant that over 60 days ago, many of us on this side begged, begged for cooperation on this bill. . . .”
Rich Rzadski, a Chicago reader, finds the rep’s usage at least somewhat annoyed.
And can it be time for QT’s biennial reminder that there is no “x” in “espresso”?
Evidently.

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In other news. . . .

Scott Walker
News Headline: “Wisconsin governor signs bill limiting political corruption inquiries.”
News Headline: “Wisconsin poised to gut its campaign finance and anti-corruption laws.”
The system works.

French farmers in underwear in the news

French Farmer
News Item: “An angry, shovel-wielding French farmer in his underwear is playing muse to Photoshop fans around the world. . . .”
Add muses to the list of things that aren’t what they used to be.

The party of ideas in the news

Mike Huckabee
Mike Huckabee at the Republican debate regarding his tax plan:
“And here’s the best part. We don’t reduce the IRS, we get rid of the IRS. We completely eliminate them because the government has no business knowing how much money we make and how we made it. It’s none of their business.”
Finally, a tax plan the Mafia can live with.

QT Grammar R Us Seminar on the English Language

Jive
News Item: “. . . This study jives with another recent study that. . . .”
One study sometimes jibes with another.
It never jives with another.
Unless it’s out for a really good time.

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QT Midwest New Madrid Fault, where the most recent earthquakes two centuries ago changed the course of the Mississippi River and toppled chimneys as far away as Maine, although geologists say there is only a 10 percent chance of a major quake in the next 50 years, which includes any moment now, update

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Fracking is suspected in Oklahoma’s new ranking as “the No. 1 earthquake area
in the world.”
Oklahoma is just west of the New Madrid epicenter.
Move along, nothing to see here.

We have seen the present, and it does not work

University of Missouri
News Headline: “University of Missouri police ask students to report ‘hurtful speech.’ ”
When you see the phrase “hate speech” or “hurtful speech” in a news report, replace it with “free speech.”
It gives a better sense of the story.

QT 2016 vote count countdown update

Kevin Swanson
The Rev. Kevin Swanson, host of the National Religious Liberties Conference, regarding the proper Christian response to a gay wedding invitation:
“Here is what I would do: sackcloth and ashes at the entrance to the church and I’d sit in cow manure and I’d spread it all over my body.”
This is good news for the Republican presidential candidates.
The next debate is tonight.
The candidates finally have a way to show they are devout.