First Romneycare, now this

Mitt Romney

News Headline: “Mitt Romney: Raise the minimum wage.”
Didn’t you always suspect he was a socialist thug?

The right to life

News Headline: “Death on the installment plan: Rejecting the Medicaid expansion could kill 6,000 people a year.”
News Headline: “GOP still fending off Medicaid expansion.”
For those keeping track of Republican death panels.

South of the border

Get a Brain Morans

News Headline: “Republican candidate supports 2nd Amendment right to own nuclear weapons.”
News Headline: “Tenn. state senator compares Obamacare signups to Nazi death trains.”
Paul Shubin, a Montreal reader, writes:
“We get a lot of news about U.S. politics up here, and I’m pretty conversant with the political goings on down there. I have a question: Are these people real? Do they believe that stuff? Can Americans really vote for them to run the country? Well, OK. Three questions.”
And three answers:
Yes, about as often as not, yes.
And a question in return:
Are you sure you have tight enough border security?


Awaiting word

News Headline: “Earthquakes in Oklahoma may be caused by fracking.”
News Headline: “Geologists: Fracking likely cause of Ohio earthquakes.”
News Headline: “Fracking leads to steep rise in earthquakes, scientists warn.”
A word of caution:
These research findings can’t be considered validated until Fox News calls them a hoax.

Calling all cars

News Headline: “Police: Be wary of man with squirt gun, video camera.”
News Headline: “Police seek man in miniskirt over bank arson.”
Did police used to have an easier time being on the lookout?

Truths that are self-evident

Birth CertificateNews Headline: “Charlie Crist: ‘Intolerable’ racism and hate for Obama is why I left the GOP.”
Uh. Benghazi.

Thank you for all those cards and letters. . . .

+ Sara C. Clausen, a Moreno Valley, Calif., reader, regarding QT’s mention of a study finding that a middle initial added to your name makes you seem smarter, and you can’t blame George W. Bush for trying, writes:
“I’m surprised you didn’t mention Jesus H. Christ.”
Well. Not until this morning, when QT stubbed its toe.
+ Beverly Feldt, a Homewood, Ill., reader, regarding another reader’s mention that it is “beck and call,”  not “beckon call,” wants you to know, meanwhile, that it is “toe the line,” not “tow the line.”
And she deserves thanks for helping to ensure, not insure, that we have this right.


A few dozen dittos, Rush

Rush Limbaugh
News Headline: “Rush Limbaugh’s California ratings debacle.”
This story must be another hoax from the lamestream media.
Or are you one of those reality wackos?

Silence is. . . .

News Headline: “Monica Lewinsky finally speaks about her affair with President Clinton.”
News Headline: “Rob Ford finally speaks about rehab.”
But with luck, we can get through the day without anyone else finally speaking about anything.

QT Department of Asteroid Alerts

News Headline: “Killer bus-sized asteroid flies dangerously close past Earth.”
Old news.
That was Asteroid 2014 HL29, which came between Earth and the moon on Saturday.
Now there is Asteroid 2014 JR24.
It is about the same size.
It was discovered this morning.
No news headlines yet.
It will be coming even closer than Saturday’s asteroid, oh, about the time you are reading this.
Not that it is anything to worry about.