Laughter is the Best Medicine

Is it safe to laugh?

Featured image The omniscient Glenn Reynolds picked up the image below from a Twitter feed. If Obama’s own incompetence isn’t making him “seethe,” this photoshopped image just might do it. I’m filing this under Laughter is the Best Medicine. All I can say is thanks, I needed that. »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll returns with reflections on WALMART’S [ill-timed] AMMO SALE! She writes: Any shooter who hasn’t been in a medically-induced coma for the last two years knows that .22 ammo has been scarcer than functional hard-drives at the IRS. Given the title of my Friday guest column and my “handle,” you can guess that I am known around my Dusty Little Village (DLV) in Arizona for being keenly interested in »

The Daily Show meets Rich Richman

Featured image Jon Stewart performed a service for his viewers on the Daily Show this week. In the eight-minute segment below, he actually mentioned and mocked Obama’s recent fundraiser at the home of Rich Richman. The segment begins slowly and picks up around the three-minute mark. It continues with a review of the Democrats’ hysterical fundraising email messages this campaign season. John Hinderaker has written about the Democrats’ fundraising emails with more »

Sharpton overcomes the teleprompter

Featured image It isn’t funny that Al Sharpton has his own MSNBC show. There is nothing funny about it. He is one of the most vile race hustlers degrading our public life. At this late date, Jay Nordlinger’s 2000 NR cover story on Sharpton remains essential reading (as does Wayne Barrett’s 2004 Village Voice article). I took a look back at Sharpton’s career in demagogy this summer in “Sharpton’s shape.” The Washington »

Mark Twain’s question

Featured image I haven’t reread Justin Kaplan’s Mr. Clemens and Mark Twain since I first read it when it came out in paperback in 1968. Rereading it now, I am struck by how quotable Twain is even in his letters and stray comments. He never writes in shopworn phrases. As quoted by Kaplan, who quotes him a lot, Twain always finds a striking way to make his point. I want to fasten »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrl returns with a column with bullet points itemizing WHAT I KNOW FOR SURE. She writes: Occasionally, a wonderful speech or book will go viral, such as The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch or Mitch Albom’s Tuesdays with Morrie. A dying person will teach us all a lesson in courage and dignity, distilling important life lessons into memorable, inspiring, heart-rending prose. To the best of my knowledge, I am »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll returns with THINGS I SHOULD HAVE SAID AND SOME I DID. She writes: Last year I found myself in a fancy Palm Desert resort when a well-dressed woman with a San Francisco address on her convention nametag approached me. Did I know any good restaurants? I suggested Peppers, my favorite Thai place. But I misunderstood what she was getting at. “No,” she said, in a tone you would »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll titles this column KATY, BAR THE DOOR! She writes: When I was a child living in a small town in rural Minnesota, we rarely locked our doors, certainly never when we were in the house. My husband grew up in suburban Chicago where they locked the doors at all times, which I found irritating and downright rude. How can the neighbors walk in unannounced to borrow sugar or »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Our friend Ammo Grrrll reflects on SCHADENFREUDE. She writes: Many years ago, when I still had to navigate the Minnesota highways in winter, I had one of those experiences that fall under the category of Schadenfreude. That is, of course, a fancy word for taking unseemly pleasure when someone is hoisted on his own petard. Petards being in short supply generally, my first Schadenfreude involved a car. After a couple »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll reports this morning “Healthy as a Californian.” If your weekly fix of Ammo Grrrll is not enough for you, she also steps out from the deep cover of her Power Line alter ego to celebrate the late Donald Westlake in the Weekly Standard book review “Westlake lives!” For us Ammo Grrrll writes: My mother once sent me the dozens of warnings that came with her new dustbuster including »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll returns to deliberate over the advice that “Math Is Hard” while squeezing off 200 rounds. She writes: Remember, in one of the incarnations of the Barbie Doll she was programmed to say, “Math is hard!”? And whoa! What a fuss that caused in the Perpetually Furious Grievance Quarters! (Bonus favorite t-shirt slogan: “You think it’s offensive, I think it’s funny; that’s why I’m a much happier person than »

Thoughts from the Ammo Line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll concludes her series on her high school reunion in a column she titles “50th Reunion, or, How Did I Get This Old?” She writes: You know those beautiful young ladies in high school back when you were a nerd who could never date them (if you were a boy) or BE them (if you were a girl)? Well, they are still beautiful! What kind of karmic fairness is »

Critique of pure hippie

Featured image Visiting New York with my father in 1967 or 1968, I somehow persuaded him to take me to see the Fugs in one of their now legendary nightly performances at Greenwich Village’s Players Theater. It was a memorable show with something close to the founding group of the Fugs including Ed Sanders, Tuli Kupferberg and two or three others. Thankfully, my dad fell asleep before the Fugs hit their scatological »

Headline of the Day

Featured image Maybe it’s a sign of a warped sense of humor, but I found this headline from the AFP hilarious: Living Forever May Never Be Possible: Study What would we do without studies? »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Today our friend Ammo Grrlll continues her series deriving from her recent high school reunion in ON THE ROAD – Part Dos – Or, Are We There Yet? I believe it was French philosopher Alexis de Toqueville who said, “This is one big-ass country,” but I could be mistaken. It might have been the Texan next door who likes Whataburgers and French Fries. An understandable confusion. If you only fly »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll begins the first of a three-part series on her high school reunion. Here is ON THE ROAD, Part One (Eat your heart out, Jack Kerouac): I recently returned to Arizona from a 5,000 mile, 17-day road trip back to Alexandria, Minnesota, for my – Krikey! – 50th high school reunion. My two best friends from high school joined me – Bonnie flying in from Minneapolis to Phoenix (after »

The seven ages of man updated

Featured image My worldly wise acquaintance who commented in the adjacent post on Obama’s interview with Tom Friedman also sent along this related thought on an updated version of the Seven Ages of Man expounded by Jaques in Shakespeare’s As You Like It. I thought some readers might appreciate this: Shakespeare’s “Seven Ages of Man” today would be something like 1.) no-score soccer camp; 2.) gender-neutral school; 3.) Model UN; 4.) An »