The philosopher Charles de Montesquieu, who wrote, “The tyranny of a prince in an oligarchy is not so dangerous to the public welfare as the apathy of a citizen in a democracy,” was born 328 years and two days before Donald Trump’s inauguration as president of the United States.
News Item: “The U.S. dropped an average of 72 bombs every day–the equivalent of three an hour–in 2016. . . .”
For those keeping track of the dawning of the Age of Aquarius.
News Headline: “Trump to be sworn in using Bible Abraham Lincoln used.”
Keeping in mind that there are desecrations other than burning the flag.
News Item: “. . . would usher in a new era. . . .”
News Item: “. . . will usher in a new era. . . .”
News Item: “. . . helped usher in a new era. . . .”
The trouble with eras is they always have trouble finding their seats.
K.R., a Baltimore reader, writes:
“I just ran across another instance of ‘underwhelming.’ Would it be worthwhile telling people that ‘overwhelm’ means overturn, upset or overthrow, and there is really no basis for using ‘under’ as a counterpart to ‘over’ in that sense?”
QT will go one better.
It will tell people they can feel free to use “whelm” instead of “overwhelm.”
You could look it up.
And it it time for QT’s triennial reminder that “inflammable” is more flammable than “flammable”?
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News Headline: “Trump adviser: Meryl Streep is ‘inciting people’s worst instincts.’ ”
News Headline: “Trump fires back: John Lewis is ‘all talk.’ ”
The nation’s current irony outbreak has been localized at Trump Tower in New York City for more than a week.
But Washington D.C. is advised to be on alert in three days.
News Headline: “Ringling Bros. Circus closing after 146 years.”
But what will we do for our clowns?
News Headline: “GOP launches long-promised repeal of Obamacare with no plan to replace it.”
Asked and answered.
News Headline: “Trump open to removing Russian sanctions.”
News Headline: “Trump tells German paper: NATO is obsolete.”
Let’s not be fidgety.
There are no plans to hand over Alaska until late in the first term.
News Headline: “Mystery footage shows ‘huge ball of fire’ shooting over Earth.”
News Headline: “Vampire bats discovered feeding on humans for first time.”
In related news, six days remain until Donald Trump’s presidential inauguration.