Author Archives: Zay Smith

GovernMania MMXVII

News Headline (2016): “Trump says he has a secret plan to defeat ISIS.”
News Headline (2017): “Trump orders military to come up with a plan to defeat ISIS.”
Just, well, you know, to see how it compares with his secret plan.

QT Planetary Defense Coordination Office

Asteroid 2017 BA7 was discovered Saturday, two days after it passed just outside the moon’s orbit.
Which isn’t to mention Asteroid 2017 BH30, which was discovered yesterday and is passing closer than the orbits of some man-made satellites today.
Which isn’t to mention Asteroid 2017 BJ30, which was discovered yesterday and is passing just outside the moon’s orbit  today.
These are the fifth, sixth and seventh asteroids discovered this month as they barely missed Earth.
Almost a monotony here.
Which could end suddenly, of course.

Donald Trump and the new PTSD

Jim Kehoe, a Sydney, Australia, reader and, also, a psychologist, writes:
While many military veterans and survivors of violent tragedies suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), there is now a new type: President Trump Stupidity Disaster.  I suspect most of the population of the planet will soon suffer from it..”
The new PTSD is not yet listed in  the Diagnostic and Statistic Manual of Mental Disorders.
But give it time.

From the QT news ticker

News Headline: “Can Trump be trusted with Medicare, Social Security?”
News Headline: “Can Trump be trusted with surveillance powers?”
News Headline: “Can Trump be trusted with nuclear weapons?”
News Headline: “Time to panic?”
No, no, no, getting there.
See how easy?

People who should have walls built around them
in the news

News Headline: “Majority of Donald Trump voters think he should be able to use private email server.”
Lock them up.
After we’ve locked him up.
And Mexico will pay for it.

QT news you can use

Martha Stewart is spreading alfalfa meal on slippery pathways as you read this, having already reorganized her kitchen drawers, discarding any unused items.
And what are you doing with your day?

QT all’s well that ends walls update

News Headline: “White House floats tax on Mexican imports that would have Americans paying for the wall.”
Note to Donald Trump’s basket of gullibles:
We are all Mexicans now.

In other news. . . .

News Headline: “Rural vote puts Trump over the top.”
News Headline: “Rural America could be hardest hit by repeal of Obamacare.”
Sometimes life is fair.


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News Headline: “The possible outcomes of a Trump presidency.”
We can take heart.
The republic survives in some of them.