Doctor won’t see you now

Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki when asked about VA employees “cooking the books” on the quality of care at veterans hospitals:
“I’m not aware, other than a number of isolated cases, where there is evidence of that.”
Keeping in mind that “a number of isolated cases” tends to create “a pattern.”
And good news for the GOP:
It may have found a scandal it doesn’t have to make up as it goes along.

Climate change? What climate change?

News Headline: “Obesity rate remains high in U.S.”
News Headline: “U.S. becomes world’s biggest wine market.”
News Headline: “Meanwhile, in the war on science.”
Is it finally time for an intervention?
Fat, drunk and stupid is no way to go through life, nation. . . .

QT Early Warning System

Beware the ides of National Revise Your Work Schedule Month.

You betcha

Sarah Palin's House

News Item: “. . . Alaskans don’t have much to say for a potential Sarah Palin presidential bid in 2016. Only 19 percent think she should seek the White House, compared to 74 percent who think she should sit it out. Palin is actually so weak that she would trail Hillary Clinton. . . .”
It’s finally happened.
She can see the end of her political career from her house.

114 days until kickoff

News Headline: “Michael Sam ready to get back to football.”
It’s been a fine few days of news.
But Sam is right.
Time to get back to what pro football is about.
News Headline: “Bills DL Dareus arrested on drug charges.”
News Headline: “Panthers DE Hardy arrested for assault.”
News Headline: “San Francisco 49ers tied for most arrests 2014 so far.”
There. That’s better.

QT 2014 vote count countdown update

News Headline: “Tea Party scores a win in Nebraska GOP primary.”
News Headline: “Drug-resistant bacteria cause stubborn infections.”
The two stories seemed to go together, for some reason.

Modern education + the criminal mind =

A thief was arrested in Kidsgrove, England, shortly after a surveillance camera he was stealing transmitted the footage of his stealing it.

Klaatu barrada IPO


News Headline: “Firm names robot to board of directors.”
Won’t work.
A robot has no place on a corporate board.
It  knows only numbers.
It has no moral values, no concern for the needs of society.
Wait. What?
Oh. Right.
Never mind.

Now boarding. . . .

BoardingNews Headline: “Bipartisan bill calls on Congress to fly coach.”
News Headline: “One-way ticket: Mission to Mars.”
There are times when taxpayers would be willing to go for first-class.

From the QT crime blotter

News Headline: “Man steals toilet from West Seattle Subway shop.”
F.R., a Chicago reader, writes:
“Police have nothing to go on.”
Stop it.
Stop it now.
News Headline: “Woman arrested for disorderly intoxication following underwear-throwing incident.”
Tried to give police the slip.
All right.
QT will stop now, too.