Author Archives: Zay Smith

Making Churchill great again


News Headline:
“CNN’s Jeffrey Lord suggests Trump’s tweets to London mayor
are Churchillian.”
We can wonder what Winston Churchill might have thought of Donald Trump.
Or we can recall a few words Churchill once spoke in the House of Commons:
“He is one of those orators of whom it was well said: ‘Before they get up, they do not know what they are going to say; when they are speaking, they do not know what they are saying; and when they have sat down, they do not know what they have said.’ ”
Or these words would have fit into a tweet:
“We know that he has, more than any other man, the gift of compressing the largest amount of words into the smallest amount of thought.”
Now we can wonder what Churchill might have thought of Twitter.

QT Grammar R Us Seminar on the English Language


News Headline: “Local chef teaches Cook County jail inmates to cook healthy food.”
Doug Dahlgren, a Chicago reader, writes:
“I think they meant ‘healthful.’ ”
Yes.
Healthful food makes for healthy people.
And as long as we are at food and cooking usage, is it time a reminder that a pinch is smaller than a dash?
And a smidgen is smaller than a pinch?
And there is no “x” in “espresso’?
And “crepe” rhymes with “prep”?
And. . . .

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QT loud guy at the end of the bar update


News Headline:
Tesla’s Elon Musk and Disney’s Robert Iger quit Trump advisory councils, citing climate change.”
News Headline: “These CEOs remain on Trump’s advisory councils if you wish to  boycott their companies.”
But why should anyone want to boycott Wal-Mart, JPMorgan Chase, General Motors, General Electric and IBM, among others?
And don’t forget Pepsi?

Science and other hoaxes in the news


News Headline: “China solar-powered drone changes the way nations spy.”
Not to worry.
President Trump has plans for a coal-powered drone.

In other news. . . .


News Headline: “Boy hit by car released from hospital.”
And why a car was in the hospital, we may never know.

Today’s chuckle


News Headline:
“Trump thinks exiting the Paris agreement will keep the world from laughing at us.”
News Headline: “China activates world’s largest floating solar plant.”
News Headline: “India adds record wind-power capacity.”
President Trump is right.
The world is too busy leaving us behind to laugh at us.

The shining locker-room upon a hill


Dave Carr, an Owen Sound, Ontario, reader, writes:
A Toronto street was closed for a time when glass fell from the Trump Tower. Can you make anything of that?”
This is a tough one.
But QT will give it a try.
Now let’s see.
Donald Trump. . . crumbling facade. . . Donald Trump. . . crumbling facade. . . .

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Breaking news. . . .


Jean-Claude Juncker, president of the European Commission, on efforts at the recent summit to discuss the Paris climate accord with President Trump:
“We tried to explain this in clear, simple sentences to Mr, Trump in Taormina. But it would appear that he didn’t understand.”
Now the world knows:
Simple sentences aren’t enough.
Need pictures.

Making America gepofli again


News Headline: “Trump tweet goes viral as social media rush to define ‘covfefe.’ ”
We can settle this now.
It is not well known that “covfefe” is Slovenian for “tax return.”
Which brings back the question:
What is Donald Trump hiding in his covfefe?

The case for zero tolerance of modern school administrators


+ Timber Creek High School in Orlando, Fla., has named 30 valedictorians.
+ Central Magnet High School in Murfreesboro, Tenn., has named 48 valedictorians.
+ Stillwater High School in Stillwater, Okla., has named 68 valedictorians.
We can stop now.
The commencements are concluding.
Happy graduation, valedictorians!
And to the scattering of high school seniors who aren’t!