Breaking news. . . .

News Headline:Mets pitcher Jenrry Mejia has been conditionally reinstated from
his lifetime ban.”
Jim West, a Peoria, Ill., reader, says we can add lifetime bans to the list of things that aren’t what
they used to be.


Russian assets in the news

News Headline: “What will Trump and Putin agree on at Helsinki summit?”
All Donald Trump knows is this:
The boss wants to see him. Now.

Frontiers of science

News Headline:
“Study: Eating dark chocolate enhances memory, immunity.”
News Headline: “Study: Coffee drinkers are more likely to live longer.”
Keep up the good work, researchers!

In other news. . . .

News Headline:
“A giant angry ‘Trump baby’ blimp will fly over London during the president’s visit.”
The Secret Service has scheduled drills to make certain it can tell them apart.

From the QT police blotter

News Headline:
“Embattled EPA chief Scott Pruitt resigns amid scandals.”
See? Sometimes you have to be patient.
News Headline: “Mueller taps more prosecutors to help with growing Trump probe.”
Yes. Patient.

This just in. . . .

News Headline:
“Three poachers eaten by lions after breaking into game reserve to hunt rhinos.”
Sometimes life is fair.

A few words 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.
Happy Fourth of July!

A republic, if you can keep it

Former Republican strategist Steve Schmidt regarding where we are now:
“So in the 240th year of the independence of the United States, in three states by 78,000 votes, the American people by a fluke elected an imbecilic former reality TV show host and con man whose only affinity for reading anything were the Adolf Hitler speeches he kept on his night stand,”
Happy 242nd Fourth of July!

QT Seventh Annual Second Amendment Fourth of July Advisory

If you  celebrate by firing a gun into the air, the bullet will climb for about two miles.
It will come back down.
It will reach a speed of about 300 feet per second.
A bullet traveling at 200 feet per second will penetrate a skull.
All this takes about a minute.
Happy Fourth of July!

Baked on the Fourth of July

News  Headline: “Five no-sweat recipes for the Fourth of July.”
As we consider recipes that contain no sweat, it may be time for QT’s annual Fourth of July recipe reminder.
It has to do with meatloaf.
QT created the recipe 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 his menu.
And on the menu it stayed.
Until the restaurant closed.
Happy Fourth of July!