Author Archives: Zay Smith

Men, women, children and babies

News Headline:
 “Trump directs EPA to begin dismantling clean water rule.”
News Headline: “The hidden risks to Trump’s EPA cuts: birth defects, bad air.”
News Headline: “Trump’s EPA moves to defund programs that protect children from lead-based paint.”
Chemical warfare can happen quickly.
Or it can happen slowly.

Civilization as we know it in the news

News Headline:
 ‘The dead, wherever you looked’–inside Syria town after gas attack.”
News Headline: “ISIS kills dozens execution-style in Syria.”
News Headline: “Pentagon ‘presenting options’ for action in Syria.”
For those keeping track of the dawning of the Age of Aquarius.

QT all’s well that ends walls update

News Headline: “Trump supporters could  see private land seized to build wall.”
News Headline: “Trump voter upset the border wall will put her house on the Mexico side.”
Sometimes life is fair.

QT Early Warning System

Twenty-four days remain until National Honesty Day.
Congress will not be in session.

Freedom of expressions in the news

News Headline: “George Clooney on directing: I look for films ‘in my wheelhouse.’ ”
When did “up my alley” become “in my wheelhouse,” and when can we have “up my alley” back?

Unindicted co-conspirators in the news

News Headline:
“Top Democrat: Multiple Trump associates ‘will probably go to jail.’ ”
No. We should wait for due process.
But maybe a few perp walks to tide us over. . . .

From the QT news ticker

News Item:
“. . . roving gangs. . . .”
News Item: “. . . looting mobs. . . .”
News Item: “. . . groups of rioters. . . .”
It takes a village.

QT Planetary Defense Coordination Office

Asteroid 2017 GM was discovered today as it passed within 10,000 miles of Earth.
But who doesn’t like a good surprise?

Russian assets in the news

News Headline: “Trump adviser met with Russian spy.”
Note to editors:
It is not news when Trump advisers meet with Russian spies.
It is news when they don’t.

QT Grammar R Us Seminar on the English Language

K.R., a Baltimore reader, wonders if it is time for QT’s biannual reminder that a cohort is a group of persons, not a person.
Same goes for “cadre.”
Same goes for “troop.”
She wonders, also, if it is time for QT’s biennial reminder that a speeding car doesn’t careen through an intersection, but careers through it.