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From Poor QT’s Almanack

Claudius
Today’s Birthdays: Claudius, 2,026;  Coolio, 53.

From Poor QT’s Almanack

Thomas Bowdler
Today’s Birthdays: Thomas Bowdler, 261;  J-hn Q–ncy -d-ms, 249; E. B. Wh-t-, 117.

QT Grammar R Us Seminar on the English Language

Dungeon

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Alberta) on the public reaction to the Orlando shootings:
I think the American people find it ridiculous that in response to an ISIS terror attack the Democrats go on high-dungeon that. . . .”
H.R., an Atlanta reader, writes that it isn’t “dungeon,” which is what Ted Cruz often rates being thrown into, but “dudgeon,” which is a state of anger.
And Rich Rzadski, a Chicago reader, asks if it is time for the annual reminder that it isn’t “heart-wrenching” and “gut-rending.” but “heart-rending” and “gut-wrenching.”
And K.R., a Baltimore readers, asks if it is time for the biennial reminder that things may comprise other things but not be comprised of them.
And. . . .

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From Poor QT’s Almanack

Morse Code
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All right, all right.
Today’s Birthdays: Morse Code, 176.

The case for zero tolerance of modern school administrators

Happy Graduation!

Eisenhower High School in Shelby Township, Mich., has named 60 valedictorians.
And six salutatorians.
But we can stop now.
The commencements have commenced.
Happy graduation, valedictorians!
And to the scattering of high school seniors who aren’t!

Breaking news. . . .

Bank Robbery

+ S.W., a Downers Grove, Ill., reader, regarding a California man who approached a bank teller, produced a note demanding cash and was told no, at which point he turned around and left the bank, writes:
“It appears you can add bank robbers to the list of things that aren’t what they used to be.”
+ Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell regarding Donald Trump’s presidential campaign:
“I’d like to see a more studious approach.”
But understatement is alive and well.

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The medium is the message

Donald Trump 1

News Headline: “Artist reimagines Donald Trump as a liberal, tattooed hipster.”
But no artist yet has surpassed Pricasso.
It was six months ago that QT commissioned a painting of Trump by Tim Patch, better known as Pricasso, the Australian artist who paints with his penis.
The painting is displayed again here.
Or as Pricasso wrote to QT after completing the work:
“It was difficult in the hotel room. Now I have to wash the carpet a bit.”
QT likes to consider the artwork from time to time, keeping in mind:
When Donald Trump is done, we’ll have to wash the national carpet a bit.

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Frontiers of science

Scientist
News Headline: “Wine, chocolate and cheese can help you lose weight, scientist says.”
News Headline: “Three-day work week best for over-40s, study finds.”
Keep up the good work, researchers!

Entranced interrogation in the news

Trump-Hannity
News Item: “Sean Hannity and 2016 GOP front-runner Donald Trump will be in
Milwaukee. . . .”
Speaking of which: Has it been 2,544 days since Sean Hannity promised he would undergo waterboarding to show it isn’t torture?
Not that anyone is counting.

Or maybe a wall of some kind

ISIS Propaganda
News Headline: “GOP campaign rhetoric on Muslims harms U.S. security efforts: Homeland Security chief.”
News Headline: “Trump and Cruz are playing right into ISIS’ hands, CIA analyst warns.”
We may want to close our borders to Republicans until further notice.
Just be safe.