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But Russia understands, and will go easy on him


News Headline: “Is Donald Trump qualified to be president?”
News Headline: “Trump confused by 10-foot walk to limousine.”
Asked and answered.

QT Man-Bites-Dog Worldwide Pinpoint Locator


Today is the third dog day of summer.
There have been no reports of a man biting a dog.
There are 37 dog days to go.

QT Planetary Defense Coordination Office


It has now been two months since Asteroid 2017 JB2 was discovered as it passed between Earth and the moon.
Nothing has come near since then.
Just nothing.
Talk about ominous

The сияющий город upon a hill

News Headline: “States refuse Trump commission request for U.S. voter data.”
News Headline: “Trump to meet Putin at G-20 summit.”
And there will be hell to pay.
Russia expected to have this information by now.

What the fireworks are about


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! 

A reminder for the Fourth of July


News Headline: “Americans worry for future of U.S.”
The headline above was published nearly a half century ago.
Headlines like that go all the way back, in fact.
Or as the late Louis L’Amour, writer of frontier novels, once told QT:
“We Americans love to view things with alarm. But if you look back, you see that life was always hard. It was never easy. And we got through it all, and we’ll get through this, too.”
A few words to remember as we set off the fireworks on the Fourth of July.

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!”

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