Author Archives: Zay Smith

QT loud guy at the end of the bar update


News Headline:
 ‘Idiot’ is the first word that comes to mind when people think of Trump, poll finds.”
Thirty-six percent of respondents in the Quinnipiac Poll chose the word.
The next two words chosen were “incompetent” and “liar.”
The next word was “leader.”
That last one is our fault.

QT Grammar R Us Seminar on the English Language

Kevin G. Barkes, a South Park, Pa., reader and proprietor of the exceptional KGB Report, writes:
“Why have cable news talking heads started using the term ‘tick-tock’ instead of ‘timeline’ or ‘sequence of events’? Stop it. Stop it now.”
And is it time for QT’s annual reminder that the ‘lion’s share” of something is not most of it, but all of it?
Evidently.

WRITE TO QT:  qt@zaysmith.com 

Investigators at the -gate


President Nixon while entertaining:
“. . . When Nixon as president entertained congressmen aboard the presidential yacht Sequoia, he served them a rather good $6 wine and instructed the stewards to fill his glass from a $30 bottle of 1966 Chateau Margaux wrapped in a towel. . . . “
President Trump while entertaining:
“. . . When the chicken arrives, [Trump] is the only one given an extra dish of sauce. At the dessert course, he gets two scoops of vanilla ice cream with his chocolate cream pie, instead of the single scoop for everyone else. . . .”
. . . the difference being that Trump uses  his towels to cover up the tax returns.

GovernMania MMXVII


News Headline: “Are Trump officials Thermians from ‘Galaxy Quest’?”
Finally, a reasonable explanation.

From the QT news ticker


News Headline: “Does Trump understand what Obamacare is?”
News Headline: “Does Trump know where jobs come from?”
News Headline: “Does Trump understand the Constitution?”
News Headline: “Does Trump know what he’s doing?”
News Headline: “Will a supervolcano extinguish life on Earth?”
Not really, not really, not really, not really, which is one possible solution.
See how easy?

QT news presented without comment


News Headline: “Black students at Harvard to hold their own commencement.”
A black student  organizer said the separation of the races was “not about segregation.”

Investigators at the -gate


News Headline: “Trump fires Comey: Five questions in urgent need of answers.”
1. What did the president know, and when did he know it?
2. What did the president know, and when did he know it?
5. What did the president know, and when did he know it?
4. What did the president know, and when did he know it?
5. What did the president know, and when did he know it?
Just asking.

QT Grammar R Us Seminar on the English Language


News Item:
“. . . Trump refuted accusations that. . . .”
News Item: “. . . Trump refuted claims that. . . .”
A reminder that “to refute” is to prove something wrong.
To simply make an argument against something is “to rebut.”
And is it time for a reminder that “to impeach” is not to remove from office, but only to make a formal accusation that may lead to conviction and removal from office?
Is it ever.

High crimes and misdemeanors in the news


Deputy White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on why President Trump repeatedly stated one position on former FBI Director James Comey during the 2016 campaign and then the opposite position this week:
The president was wearing a very different hat at that time–he was a candidate, not the president,”
So to be safe:
It is  best not to trust Donald Trump when he is wearing a hat.
Or when he is wearing a different hat.
Or, come to think of it, when he isn’t wearing a hat at all.

Richard Nixon 2.0


News Headline: “Why did Trump fire FBI director James Comey? Cover-up of Russia investigation suspected.”
Heavens to Betsy, what a dreadful thing to think.
News Headline: “Grand jury subpoenas issued in FBI’s Russia investigation.”
Heavens to Betsy. . . .