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From Poor QT’s Almanack

Beware the ides of National Bake for Family Fun Month.

Day 389, America held hostage


News Headline: “Trump renews bid to eliminate library funding.”
Because of course he does.

Frontiers of science


News Item: “. . .  but small telescopes can detect what is called the Dumbbell Nebula. . . .”
. . . for those who didn’t know the Trump administration offers a space program, too.

QT XXIII Olympic Winter Games updVIII


News Headline: “Olympic Village stocked with 110,000 condoms.”
Which would seem to suggest a new Olympic event.

GovernMania MMXVIII


News Headline: “Congress stumbles toward second shutdown.”
News Headline: “Congress lurches toward midnight shutdown.”
News Headline: “Congress hurtles toward shutdown.”
Getting there is half the fun.

QT Grammar R Us Seminar on the English Language


News Item: “. . . to exercise their demons. . . .”
News Item: “. . . exercising their demons. . . .”
A reminder that there are some health clubs you will want to avoid.
And Jerry Wiecek, a Chicago reader, asks:
When did store clerks become “guest experience specialists,” and when can we have store clerks back?
And when did good ideas become “strategic initiatives,” and when can we have good ideas back?
And. . . .

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The сияющий город upon a hill


Republican campaign strategist Steve Schmidt regarding Fox News:
“The network is increasingly engaged in a misinformation campaign aimed directly at the American people for the purposes of sowing confusion and spinning a web of protective armor around the president, who is being investigated.”
Good as far as it goes.
But the word is “disinformation.”
From the Russian дезинформация (“dezinformatsiya”).
As coined by Joseph Stalin–for the title of a Soviet KGB propaganda technique.
Now back to planning that big parade. . . .

We have seen the present, and it does not work


The military doctrine of “no first use of nuclear weapons” takes the acronym NOFUN.

Dr. QT’s Baby and Child Care

News Headline: ‘Trump wants a grand military parade ‘like the one in France.’ ”
How to avoid this?
Maybe if  we showed him that big truck again. . . .
Maybe if we let him pretend to drive it again. . . .
Sometimes the trick is distraction. . . .

With CCCLXIII days to go until Super Bowl LIII

News Headline: “Several Eagle players are already refusing to celebrate Super Bowl win with Trump.”
Fake news. Rigged count. So-called football players. Highly overrated team. Big losers.
And when, oh when,  does spring training start?