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QT loud guy at the end of the bar update

News Headline: “Donald Trump has violated U.S. Constitution and should be impeached by Congress, two legal experts say.”
Good to have that settled.

From the QT news ticker

News Headline: “Does Trump’s travel ban make America less safe?”
News Headline: “Is Trump’s Muslim ban a gift to ISIS?”
News Headline: “Can Trump make Mexico pay for the wall?”
News Headline: “Can Trump tell the difference between truth and lies?”
Yes, yes, of course not, sometimes.
See how easy?

QT Grammar R Us Seminar on the English Language

+ Bill Wade, a Chicago reader, regarding a Minneapolis reader who wondered when “”contact” became “reach out to” and asked when we could have “contact” back, writes:
“I’m recalling that ‘Reach Out and Touch Someone’ was a an advertising line for the old AT&T–and that until recently, ‘contact’ was a noun, not a verb.”
+ K.R., a Baltimore reader, writes:
“As you probably know, Rex Stout barred the use of ‘contact’ as a verb.”
QT knows.
QT will admit it has read a few dozen of Stout’s Nero Wolfe mysteries.
It was Wolfe who burned a copy of Webster’s Third International Dictionary in his fireplace because it allowed “infer” and ‘imply” to be used interchangeably.
As for his response to visitors who used “contact” as a verb:
“Contact is not a verb under this roof.”
Then Wolfe opened another beer. . . .

From Poor QT’s Almanack

On this day in history 205 years ago occurred the third in a series of earthquakes in the Middle West’s New Madrid Fault, changing the course of the Mississippi River and toppling chimneys as far away as Maine, but rest assured that a sixfold increase in tremors in recent years has not affected the geological estimate that there is only a 10 percent chance of any major quakes in the next 50 years, which includes any moment now.

The shining locker-room upon a hill

News Headline: “Trump deals blow to pro-abortion NGOs.”
So on top everything else, he pushes drugs.

QT trickle-on economics update

News Headline: “Biggest and most futuristic super-yacht ever built.”
News Headline: “Noah’s Ark in Kentucky must be seen to be believed.”
The billionaire’s ship is 20 feet longer than God’s.

From the QT police blotter

News Headline:
“House Republicans vote to expand gun access for the mentally impaired.”
QT Abridged Too Far Dictionary of the English Language:
depraved indifference noun 1. A legal definition of’ conduct so deficient in a moral sense of concern, so lacking in regard for the life or lives of others, as to warrant criminal liability. 2. Meanwhile, in other House GOP news. . . .

The basket of gullibles in the news

News Headline: “Donald Trump supporters call for Budweiser boycott over
immigration-themed Super Bowl ad.”

Note to Trump supporters who still haven’t caught on to the con:
Give it time.
You will soon be sadder budweiser.


We’ve only just begun. . . .

News Headline: “Donald Trump’s wall the ‘most idiotic thing I have ever seen,’ says developer asked to build it.”
Impressive so far.
But keep in mind the presidentiial press secretary’s announcement:
“We’re looking at another productive week next week.”

QT Grammar R Us Seminar on the English Language

S.S., a Minneapolis reader, writes:

When did ‘contact’  become ‘reach out to,’ and when can we have ‘contact’  back?”
Good question.
We never used to have these tiresome phrases.
You know. Back in the day.