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Baked on the Fourth of July

News Headline: “Top 10: Fourth of July recipes.”
Or you can try an 11th recipe from QT.
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.
In any event:
Happy Almost Fourth of July !

Because it’s there

News Headline: “Man spins basketball on toothbrush for world-record 53 seconds.”
Good thing a record was set.
Otherwise, a  man spinning a basketball on a toothbrush sticking out of his mouth might have looked silly.

While we’re busy gazing at the tweets. . . .

News Headline: “Trump seeks cuts to medical research, disease prevention.”
News Headline: “Trump delays safety rules for trains, trucks, buses.”
News Headline: “6 ways Trump administration would make America more toxic.”
So the man is trying to kill us all.
News Headline: “On climate change, it’s Trump against the world.”
And especially the children.

Frontiers of science

News Headline: “Frequent sexual activity linked to improved brain function, study finds.”
K.W., a Denver reader, writes:
‘”Keep up the good work, researchers!”


From Poor QT’s Almanack

Antoine de Saint-Exupery, who wrote, “A civilization is built on what is required of men, not on that which is provided for them,” was born 117 years ago on the 29th day of National Accordion Awareness Month.

Narcissistic sociopathy in the news

News Headline:
“Trump attacks TV hosts in crude tweets about bleeding facelift.”
News Headline: “GOP lawmakers call Trump’s ‘Morning Joe’ tweet beneath the ‘dignity of your office.’ ”
C’mon. It was just more of the talk you sometimes hear in locker-rooms.
But mostly prison yards.

The Art of the Ordeal

News Headline: “Toronto hotel has to pay millions to Donald Trump’s company to drop his brand.”
The hotel was tired of winning.

Lest we forget that the Dark Ages were a faith-based initiative

News Headline: “New creationist book features gladiator match between Noah and a Tyrannosaurus rex.”
The subject seems to be religion.
QT will share now.
It was the late Sydney J. Harris, columnist and critic for the Chicago Daily News and the Chicago Sun-Times, who long ago attracted QT to his faith.
QT today remains a member of the Reformed Evangelical Druids. who believe that some people don’t even live once.

QT Yellowstone Caldera (the eruptions of which can be violent enough to send a layer of ash six feet deep as far away as Chicago and which erupts every 600,000 or so years and last erupted 640,000 years ago) update

News Headline: “Yellowstone earthquake swarm swells to 1,100+ quakes.”
Bill McCormick, a Chicago reader, writes:
“Are we all going to die?”
No. Not really.
News Headline: “Donald Trump and the nuclear codes.”
Then again. . . .


QT Early Warning System

Four days remain in National Rebuild Your Life Month.