The power of the pen

Hog Escape


News Item: Police, citizens and animal rescue in California helped track down a massive hog that escaped from its home during a fire in the area. . . .”
F.R., a Chicago reader, writes:
“The police said there was a breakthrough when one of the other hogs squealed.”
Stop it.
Stop it now.


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QT 2016 vote count countdown update

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton checks her PDA upon her departure in a military C-17 plane from Malta bound for Tripoli, Libya

News Headline: “Hillary Clinton’s ‘careless’ email use not a crime, but could still damage campaign.”
And should.
Clinton should be criticized for arrogance and bad judgment.
But more attention will be paid to the theory that Clinton may have used her email to order an unnamed associate quietly dispatched using a biological agent smuggled in from Benghazi by her suspected Muslim half-brother.
There are 125 days left until the election.

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What all the fireworks are about

Happy Fourth!

QT takes a  moment every Fourth of July to remember a walk it once took along Devon Avenue in Chicago.
There were stops at a Kosher-style delicatessen run by a Korean and a Filipino laundromat run by an Iraqi.
QT then stopped for slice of Pakistani-style pizza served by a Russian waitress who was reading a Spanish novel in English translation.
“Do you like American food?” QT asked.
“Oh, yes.”
“What is your favorite American food?”
“French fries.”
Happy Fourth of July!

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Baked on the Fourth of July

E Pluribus Unum
News Headline: “Top 10: Fourth of July recipes.”
Or you can try an 11th .
QT created it for a Fourth of July some years ago after noticing a different special ingredient emphasized in each of seven different meatloaf recipes– fresh garlic, chives, Worcestershire sauce, Tabasco, Parmesan cheese, pickle juice and mayonnaise.
The question:
What could possibly go wrong if all seven were emphasized at once?
The answer:
From the many ingredients, one meatloaf.
The E Pluribus Meatloaf.
So for your Fourth of July:

3 pounds lean ground beef
3 eggs (lightly beaten)
1 cup ketchup
1 1/2 cups bread crumbs
salt to taste
2 dashes Tabasco sauce
2 dashes Worcestershire sauce
1 onion (peeled and finely grated)
2 cloves of garlic (peeled and crushed)
1/4 cup chopped chives
1 heaping tablespoon mayonnaise
2 tablespoons pickle juice
1 handful of Parmesan cheese.
Mix, form into a loaf  and cover with still more ketchup .
Cook at 350 degrees for about 1 1/2 hours, or until done.
Makes nine servings.
Calories per serving: 570.

The owner of a Chicago restaurant informed QT that he liked the meatloaf so much he was adding it to the menu.
And on the menu it stayed.
Well. Until the restaurant closed.
Happy Fourth of July!

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