Author Archives: Zay Smith

A republic, if you can keep it

News Headline: “Trump reignites ‘bromance’ with Putin.”
News Headline: Trump overlooks horrors of life under Kim Jong Un.”
News Headline: “Donald Trump’s affection for despots.”
Kids, go get grandpa and ask him what it was like when the United States was the leader of the Free World.

QT Grammar R Us Seminar on the English Language

News Item: “. . . Nothing yet has seemed to illicit a response from the. . . .”
K.R., a Baltimore reader, writes:
“Elicit spelling there.”
And can it be time for QT’s triennial reminder that what is jury-rigged isn’t always jerry-built?


This just in. . . .

News Headline: “What ‘Game of Thrones’ is really about.”
It was about 63 hours 30 minutes.

QT trickle-on economics update

If the minimum wage had kept pace with Wall Street bonuses over the past decade, it would be $33 an hour.

QT Early Warning System

The nation’s current irony outbreak spread this week to New York City when a worker fell from a billboard advertising a personal-injury law firm.
A new outbreak is expected in Washington D.C. the next time Donald Trump speaks.

The lessons of history

News Item:
“. . . bar tab from a 1787 farewell party in Philadelphia for George Washington just days before the framers signed off on the Constitution. . . 55 attendees drank 54 bottles of Madeira, 60 bottles of claret, eight of whiskey, 22 of porter, eight of hard cider, 12 of beer and seven bowls of alcoholic punch. . . .”
Which helps explain the Second Amendment.

From the QT news ticker

News Headline: “Is Trump starting an ‘autocrats club’?”
News Headline: “Is Steve Mnuchin breaking the law?”
News Headline: “Will you listen to Al Franken’s new political podcast?”
News Headline: “Free college?”
News Headline: “Trump supporters?”
Yes, yes, yes, yes, sigh.
See how easy?

From Poor QT’s Almanack

Beware the ides of National Artisan Gelato Month.

. . . born every minute

News Headline: “Trump supporters who donated to GoFundMe wall now worry they got scammed.”
It’s just starting to occur to them now.
Aren’t they adorable?

QT news you can use

News Headline: “Double solar storms headed for Earth.”
Dave Carr, an Owen Sound, Ontario, reader, writes:
“Is this a good time to be counting solar storms?”
It’s always a good time to be counting solar storms.
QT sunspot and solar wind update:
29 and 1,141,200 mph.
As you might have expected.