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QT: Great Expectations


News Headline: "Low debate expectations a boon for VP."
News Headline: "Romney lowers debate expectations for Ryan."
QT expected Vice President Biden to be confident, charming, disjointed and long-winded.
QT expected Paul Ryan to be aggressive, determined, vague and evasive.
Both met expectations.
Should we call it a draw?

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News Headline: "Romney chokes up telling how he met former SEAL killed in Benghazi attack."
News Headline: "Navy SEAL's mom asks Romney to stop politicizing the death of her son."
The late former SEAL Glenn Doherty, according a friend, said he found the meeting with Romney "fake and insincere."
But there is an upside.
There are the makings of a Romney-Ryan bumper sticker here.

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Mike Gallery, a Crystal Lake reader, wants you to know that Romney rhymes with Melpomene, the Greek muse of tragedy.

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News Item: National Football league pockets 95 cents of every dollar it takes in selling pink NFL items for National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Then again:
QT saw a fine sight the other morning: a cement-mixer truck painted entirely pink.
It was making a construction delivery.
QT will think kindly of Prairie Material this weekend when it checks the TV listings for something else to watch than the NFL.

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News Headline: "Chinese author Mo Yan wins Nobel Prize for literature."
Almost, almost. . . QT keeps hoping for someone named Moe to win a Nobel Prize.
And then we can work on Curly.

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News Headline: "Obama: 'Too polite' in last week's debate."
QT Abridged Too Far Dictionary of the English Language:
polite adj. 1. showing consideration of others. 2. wordy. 3. timid. 4. and speaking of timid, why not a single federal indictment on Wall Street after nearly four years? [see: control, not to mention such issues as gun].

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QT Early Warning System:
The Romney-Ryan energy plan would allow mining in Grand Canyon National Park and drilling in Grand Teton National Park.

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News Headline: "Hong Kong couple paid $2.2 million to college consultant who failed to get sons into Harvard."
A reminder that wealth doesn't mean intelligence.
And we needed a few new examples.
We've based this on Donald Trump for too long.

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QT What Passes for Miracles These Days Update:
An image of Jesus has been found in a rust spot on a corn silo in Spencer, Ind.

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News Headline: "Republicans accuse White House of using intelligence leaks to help Obama campaign."
News Headline: "Republicans reveal location of secret CIA base during House hearing on Libya attacks."
The two stories seemed to go together, for some reason.

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The Case for Zero Tolerance of Modern School Administrators:
1. Pekin High School in Pekin, Ill., suspends four students for ingesting illegal drugs.
2. The school later determines the illegal drugs were, as the students claimed, energy mints.
3. The school apologizes to the students.
Wait. Sorry.
The school suspended the students again "for gross misconduct for taking an unknown product."

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News Headline: "Teen out horseback riding hit in the head by one-foot piece of raw chicken that fell from cloudless sky."
But don't give it a second thought when you go out for your next autumn walk.


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News Item: ". . . American Airlines. . . prepared to announce that by Saturday none of its 757s will have seats that come loose during flight. . . ."
Exactly the reassurance every air traveler wants to hear during pre-boarding.

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QT Finally, at Long Last, a Tweet Worth Reading Update:
The followers of #Mitterature suggest that among Mitt Romney's favorite books are Around the Truth in Eighty Ways, Belittle Women and Twenty Thousand Jobs Over the Sea.

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News Headline: "Pair banned from all-you-can-eat restaurant for eating too much."
Too many restaurant customers do not understand the sign: "All you can eat."
The customer eats some food.
The owner comes over and says: "That's all you can eat."

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Beware the ides of National Dryer Vent Safety Awareness Month.

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QT Grammar R Us Seminar on the English Language:
Paul Shubin, a Montreal reader, writes:
"It used to be that the simple phrase was 'on back order.' Now it's 'technical difficulties.' What's next?"
Retro-inventory action item.
There is no such person as a restauranteur, by the way.
But there are many restaurateurs.


Write to QT at qt@beachwoodreporter.com
QT appears Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.



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Posted on October 12, 2012


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