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QT: And A Closed Window Is A Draft Deferment


News Headline: "Ann Romney: Mormon missions and U.S. military are 'different ways of serving.' "
And while we are at it, Paul Ryan once had a summer job at a McDonald's.
So he served, too.

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News Item: Study suggests that the average person blinks more than 50 times a minute when lying.
The QT Institute for the Prolonged Study of Things has taken a scientific approach here.
It observed the blinks of President Obama and Mitt Romney for three randomly chosen one-minute segments each during the debates.
The average blinks per minute:
Obama: 75.
Romney: 67.
So we have scientific proof that Obama and Romney are. . . not average persons.

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Do you think the Job Creators who are against equal pay for women would be satisfied if we accomplished it by lowering the pay for men?

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News Headline: "When will we get a 'Snakes on a Plane' sequel?"
Probably never.
But Karl Weiszhaar, a Denver reader, writes:
"If American Airlines can't figure out how to keep seats bolted to the floor, we may need to bring stakes on the plane."
And K.B., a South Park, Pa., reader, writes:
"You can call it pityriasis capitis. You can call it dandruff. I call it flakes on a mane."
And Phil Halprin, a Schaumburg reader, writes:
"Could it be that Mitt Romney was fooling around with capital gains on his tax returns? Could there be fakes in the gains?"
And. . . .

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MSNBC's Joe Scarborough criticizing Mitt Romney's lack of respect for President Obama:
"There are independent voters who believe a president should be treated with deference because he is the commander in chief."
No.
A president doesn't take his importance from being commander in chief.
A commander in chief takes his importance from being president.
Thank you for bearing with QT in this slight distinction.
Upon which our entire governmental system is based.

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News Item: "Organizers of a Swedish Christmas market said there will be no nativity scene in order to keep the market 'politically and religiously independent.' "
Pssst. It's OK.
QT knows a back alley where you can pick up a few Advent calendars.

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The Case for Zero Tolerance of Modern School Administrators:
Schools in Montgomery County, Md., have replaced the grade F for Fail with N for "Not Yet Making Progress."
The school system announced, also, that honor rolls will be discontinued until it has completed "redefining what it means to be on an honor roll."

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News Headline: "Tagg Romney jokes about taking a swing at President Obama."
It seems Mitt Romney did not raise his sons correctly.
One does not take swings at other people.
One dispatches someone to do these things.

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The Not Me Decade, in Which Everybody Else Is Responsible for Everything, Continues:
A man who fell off a mechanical bull in an Austin, Texas, bar has sued because, while the bar required him to sign a "Release and Assumption of Risk," it did not require him to read the full document so he would understand that people who climb onto a mechanical bull might fall off it.

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QT Early Warning System:
A slight printing error has been discovered on absentee ballots in Palm Beach County, Fla.

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News Headline: "'Teen Mom' endorses Romney."
News Headline: "Honey Boo Boo endorses Obama."
Eighteen days to go.

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We Have Seen the Present, and It Does Not Work:
Porsche has started introducing its 2014 models.

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Today's Birthdays: "Tannhauser," 167; "I Want to Hold Your Hand," 49.

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QT Grammar R Us Seminar on the English Language:
Beverly Feldt, a Homewood reader, writes:
"I think it is time your seminar took up the matter of 'fewer' and 'less.'"
All right.
"Less" refers to a quantity that can't be counted, and "fewer" refers to a quantity that can.
So if your supermarket checkout offers a sign saying "10 Items or Less," take out a pen, cross out "Less" and write in "Fewer."
Just tell the supermarket QT said it was OK.


Write to QT at qt@beachwoodreporter.com
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Posted on October 19, 2012


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