Category Archives: Qt

Day 321, America held hostage


News Headline: “Trump’s presidency lurches from embarrassment to disaster.”
But on good days, it still manages to be embarrassing.

QT Yellowstone Caldera (the eruptions of which can be violent enough to send a layer of ash six feet deep as far away as Chicago and which erupts every 600,000 or so years and last erupted 640,000 years ago) update


News Headlne:
“Huge magma bubble may be rising under New England.”
And  you’ve been worried?
Nothing going on at Yellowstone.

Breaking news. . . .


News Headline:  ” ‘Alt-right’ women are upset that ‘alt-right’ men are treating them terribly.”
Sometimes life is fair.

QT Grammar R Us Seminar on the English Language

J.T., a Chicago reader, regarding a news item that American Airlines had offered vacation to too many pilots and was now offering them “150 percent of their hourly wage to cover the impacted  flights,” writes:
“Does ‘impacted’ imply a collision is involved?”
Yes. Any moment now.
And it gives QT an opportunity to mention that “impact” should never, ever be used as a verb.
Well. Except when you are happily impacted by QT’s e-book novel 60606, which has been called suspenseful and funny and can be purchased at  AT THIS HANDY LOCATION–choose your own price for the perfect Christmas gift.
Except for that.  

WRITE TO QT: qt@zaysmith.com

Breaking news. . . .


News Headline: “Trump made Hope Hicks steam his pants while he was wearing them.”
Your day may not be going well, but at least you don’t have to steam Donald Trump’s pants while he is wearing them.

This just in. . . .


News Item: “. . . Trump’s visit to the state follows a months-long review by the Interior Department that he ordered in April to identify which of 27 monuments designated by past presidents should be rescinded or resized to make way for development. . . .”
Whenever you see the word “development” in a story about the Trump administration, substitute the word “looting.”
It gives a better sense of the story.

Unregistered sex offenders in the news


News Headline: “A president accused of sexual misconduct by 16 women endorses a senatorial candidate accused of sexual misconduct by 9.”
Together we can make sexual assault great again.

QT Grammar R Us Seminar on the English Language


News Headline: “Volcanic ‘super-eruptions’ more frequent than thought.”
As we wait for the day when thought becomes more frequent again.
News Item: “. . . the airline is offering pilots 150 percent of their hourly wage to cover the impacted flights. . . .”
And Doug Dahlgren, a Chicago reader,  wants to know when time and a half became “150 percent of their hourly wage,” and when can we have time and a half back?
And. . . .

WRITE TO QT:  qt@zaysmith.com

In other news. . . .

News Headline: “Report says Trump can’t let go of Obama birth-certificate conspiracy.”
News Headline: “Pakistani news channel claims Trump was born in Pakistan.”
President Trump’s real name is Dawood Ibrahim Khan.
The two stories seemed to go together, for some reason.  

’Tis the season


News Headline: “Siberian schools plan Santa ban to fight corruption.”
Ho, Ho, Ho!