It’s next to the station of the city clerk

News Item: “A Michigan mayor has turned down an atheist’s request to place a ‘reason station’ inside city hall which would promote ‘the use of reason’ because he claims it would disrupt an existing prayer station. . . .”
The mayor may have a point.
Nothing disrupts prayer like reason.

Situation normal, all fracked up

News Headline:Oilfields are spinning off thousands of tons of radioactive trash as the U.S. drilling boom leads to a surge in illegal dumping. . . .”
As we continue to explore the magic of the free marketplace.

News from the 1 percent

News Headline: “Yahoo’s fired COO gets $58 million severance package.”
QT renews its offer:
Put QT in charge of your corporation.
QT will run it into the ground in only six months, guaranteed.
And it will charge only $1 million.
Why are there no takers?

QT Grammar R Us Seminar on the English Language

T.F., a Luxemburg, Wis., reader, writes:
“When did actresses become actors? And is it only a matter of time before seamstresses become seamsters, and princesses become princes?”
Yes.
QT can’t begin to countess the number of times these distinctions have been lost. . . .

WRITE TO QT:  zaysmith.qt@gmail.com

There’s always Benghazi

News Headline: “Jindal: Obama is worst president in history.”
News Headline: “Obama is on trend to leave a budget surplus.”
See? He can’t even maintain a simple deficit.

Rabbit, run

Easter Bunny
News Headline: “Michigan man accused of fondling Easter Bunny.”
Hippity, hoppity, Easter’s on it’s way.

Currency events

News Headline: “Sheldon Adelson spent  $93 million on 2012 election.”
News Headline:
“Bloomberg to spend $50 million to challenge NRA on gun safety.”
As the Supreme Court says, money is a form of free speech.
And aren’t there always a few loudmouths in any group?

QT is back! Sort of!

QT is back–in a new format.
No longer will you see collections of items on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
Now each item will be published as it written through the week.
Check in when the mood strikes you at zaysmith.com
Or you can arrange Twitter alerts at @ZaySmithQT.
And remember the QT motto.
QT: Always Ready with the Breaking News.
Unless It Is Binge-Watching “Deadwood.”

On Vacation

QT will resume April 16.

Shake, rattle and. . . .

ONE PLANET.  THREE NIGHTS.  FIVE HOURS.NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CHANNEL PRESENTS A FRONT-ROW SEAT TO THE FANTASTIC FORCES THAT SHAPE OUR PLANET IN EARTH: THE BIOGRAPHY From the Outer Atmosphere to the Depths of the Oceans, HD Event Provides a Visual Feast

 

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:
The U.S. Geological Survey wants you to know:
It sees at this point “no indication of additional geologic activity other than continuing seismicity” after a magnitude 4.8 earthquake, the strongest since 1980, hit Yellowstone over the weekend “near the center of a region of recent ground uplift.”
And what more reassurance could we want?

Which isn’t to mention Asteroid 2014 FT37, discovered Sunday, a day after it came just within the moon’s orbit.

News Headline: “Panel’s warning on climate risk: Worst is yet to come.”
Almost comforting to deal with a catastrophe that is already happening.

News Headline: “China mulls global satellite surveillance.”
Who do the Chinese think they are, us?

News Headline: “Boehner: Congress will ‘look at’ DC pot bill.”
Paul St. Onge, an Elmhurst, Ill., reader, writes:
“We know that the D.C. in Washington, D.C., stands for District of Columbia. But with our present politics, maybe it more appropriately stands for Dysfunctional Congress. I’m willing to bet your loyal readers can come with even better ones.”
QT agrees.
Its readers are a smart bunch.
Its readers are anything but Duplicitous Clods.

News Headline: “Oil boom strains North Dakota infrastructure.”
In other news, North Dakota has an infrastructure.

QT Grammar R Us Seminar on the English Language:
K.R., a Baltimore reader, writes:
“Time for a reminder that the verb ‘slough,’ used in the phrase ‘slough off,’ rhymes with ‘rough’ and not, as on NPR’s Saturday morning newscast, ‘cough.’ ”
Excellent point.
QT raises its glass in toast.
Maybe something summerish, as the season nears.
With the reminder that daiquiri is pronounced DIE-kur-ee.