For people who disagree with me should read Zay Smith's QT (Quick Takes). He's one of Chicago's best writers and most likely the best humorist. Zay began his column at the Chicago Sun-Times, and now conducts it here.

Today's column starts out:

 News Headline: “Minnesota’s libraries rush to adapt to a post-book world.”

Zay Smith

Zay Smith

The day’s news can include many chilling phrases.
But none more chilling than “post-book world.”

News Headline: “Winter Olympics set to begin in Russia.”
News Headline: “Chinese man pulls car with ears.”
Upstaged already.

News Headline: “Republicans continue to block extension of unemployment benefits.”
QT Abridged Too Far Dictionary of the English Language:
depraved indifference noun 1. A legal definition of’ conduct so wanton, so deficient in a moral sense of concern, so lacking in regard for the life or lives of others as to warrant criminal liability. 2. Meanwhile, in other GOP news. . . .

Hell, I don't agree with him much of the time (nor he with me), but I rarely miss his offerings. Even when he zings one of my cherished beliefs, I still have to laugh. Maybe that's what we all need to learn to do.

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  • Liberals and Progressives lack the humor gene. They wake each day angry at the world and try their best to find someone else to blame. It is only the rare mutant L/P who has, by nature's accident, kept his or her humor. They are as a group nasty and vile and given to personal attack when they find their positions have no logic or reason.

  • In reply to Richard Davis:

    OK. Name a funny Republican.

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    Cliff Walton.

  • In reply to PatHickey:

    Is he the guy who wrote the Republican platform in 2012?

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    Once again, Aquinas, it's all about the party for you.

    You will please notice that I said it was Liberals and Progressives who lack the humor gene. Their opposite would be conservatives, not elephants such as the Mumbler of the House. For you to attach L/P's by definition to the party of the donkey says it all. In fact that is a tad bit of humor -- unintended, perhaps. There is hope.

  • In reply to Richard Davis:

    OK. Name one funny Conservative.

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    Zip Bradlicher

  • Mr. Smith is our Ambrose Bierce . . .only funnier.

  • In reply to PatHickey:

    I don't think Bierce would be proud of the association.

  • BTW, Dennis, I couldn't agree more about Zay Smith. He's been a favorite of mine for a long time.

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