Author Archives: Zay Smith

From Poor QT’s Almanack


On this day in history 802 years ago, King John placed his seal on Magna Carta.
Which makes it a good time for a reminder that there is never a “the” in front of Magna Carta.
And there is no “the” in Smokey Bear.

QT trickle-on economics update


As the richest billionaires move toward becoming the first trillionaires, a study finds that Americans who work full-time at minimum wage can’t afford a two-bedroom apartment in any of the 50 states.

In other news. . . .


News Headline: “London tower fire: Awake for Ramadan meal, young Muslims save residents.”
What will these Muslims try next?

. . . born every minute


News Headline: “Are Trump supporters having second thoughts?”
Not likely.
This requires first thoughts.

QT Latest Carjacker Who Didn’t Know How to Work a Stick Shift Worldwide Pinpoint Locator


4:30 a.m., Wednesday, June 14, on the 1200 block of Birchwood Street in  Birmingham, Ala.

The national conversation in the news


News Headline:
“Republicans, Democrats call for unity after congressional shooting.”
News Headline: “A plea for sympathy and restraint.”
News Headline: “Dem lawmakers receive phone calls saying, ‘You’re next.’ ”
But it was nice while it lasted.

From Poor QT’s Almanack


Today’s Birthdays: Ferdinand II of Austria, 488; Harriet Beecher Stowe, 206;
Robert M. La Follette, 162; Che Guevara, 89; Donald Trump, 3.

Modified limited hangouts in the news

News Item:  “. . . Sessions sidestepped. . . .”   
News Item:  “. . . Sessions backed away. . . .”
News Item:  “. . . Sessions stumbled. . . .”
. . . during an attempt to back away while sidestepping, evidently.

Second Amendment solutions in the news


News Headline: “GOP members of Congress experience the domestic gun violence that haunts America daily.”
The headline is in very poor taste.
This is no time for politics.
All we should offer now is our prayers.
Then, in a few days, we can do nothing.

QT Bureau of Waits and Half-Measures


News Headline:  “O.J. pleads ‘100 percent not guilty.’ ”
News Headline: “Trump claims 100 percent of his foundation’s money goes to charity.”
News Headline: “Trump maintains Mexico is ‘100 percent’ paying for border wall.”
News Headline: “Trump: I’m ‘100 percent’ willing to testify under oath.”
We can maintain “100 percent” on the list of things that aren’t what they used to be.