QT Rules of Etiquette for Guys and Dolls

+ All Christmas decorations should be taken down after the Twelve Days of Christmas.
+ Twelfth Day is January 5.
+ And the decorations should not go up again until the day after next Thanksgiving.
+ Which is 321 days from now.
+ Ho, Ho, Ho!

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The top-selling item in Alabama
Wal-Marts is crayons.

We have seen the present, and it does not work

A University of Northern Iowa  study has found that whites, when trying to avoid microaggressions against minorities, are actually committing a microaggression because the very act of trying to avoid microaggressions against minorities is a way of  patronizing minorities, which is a microaggression.

Live and learn

News Headline:
“Report claims Rex Tillerson called Donald Trump a ‘f—ing moron.’ ”
News Headline: “Report: Ruper Murdoch called Trump a ‘f—ing idiot.’ ”
All right.
But which one is he?

In other news. . . .

News Headline:
“Lightning deaths hit a record low in 2017.”
So. OK.
We may have elected Donald Trump.
But we’re starting to have enough sense to come in out of the rain.
We take out good news where we can find it.

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 Headline:
“Don’t worry too much about the Yellowstone supervolcano.”
Of course not.
And that goes for all the 3,412 earthquakes recorded at Yellowstone last year.
As for Yellowstone’s Norris Geyser Basin , where the ground had been rising for two years and then “abrupty switched to subsidence” in December?
Don’t give it a second thought.

A republic, if you can keep it

News Headline: “Trump to Kim: My nuclear button is bigger than yours.”
Did he really say that?
Yes. He did.
Did we really elect that?
Yes. We did.

Russian assets in the news

News Headline:
“Ex-Trump chief strategist Steve Bannon: Trump Tower meeting with Russians ‘treasonous.’ ”
But as Fox News will soon point out, Bannon was using the word “treasonous” in its good sense.

QT Grammar R Us Seminar on the English Language

News Headline:
“Donald Trump predicts a ‘tremendous’ 2018.”

The original meaning of “tremendous” is “awful, dreadful, terrible,” from the Latin tremendus: “fearful, terrible”–literally, “to be trembled at.”
So we seem to have it about right

From Poor QT’s Almanack

One day remains until Perihelion Day, for those keeping track of their periapsides and apoapsides.