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Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll changes up Thomas Wolfe mostly by adding humor in “You Can’t GET Home Again! Or, Thoughts From the Frozen Tundra.” She writes: Thomas Wolfe was quite certain that “You Can’t Go Home Again.” By which, I took it to mean that we have distorted impressions of people and places seen through the prism of childhood that do not hold up under the harsh light of adulthood. As grownups, »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll comes out for COMMON SENSE VEGAN CONTROL. And that’s not all! She overflows with “common sense” reform proposals. She writes: Well, let’s see. Hitler was a vegetarian; the YouTube shooter was a vegan. Surely, there is an obvious and unfortunate connection between eschewing red meat and wanting to kill people and children. Clearly, we have no choice but to force vegans to register their broccoli, zucchini, arugula, and »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll offers a case study in MAKING LEMONADE. She writes: You all know the old advice about “When Life gives you lemons, make lemonade.” I have never been fond of the saying, to tell you the truth, well-intentioned though it be. For one thing, lemons alone do not make lemonade – you also need a LOT of sugar and fresh, potable water. A lot of “lemony” Life situations – »

Speaking of fake news

Featured image Dan Rather has soldiered on since Rathergate. He has persisted in the face of professional disgrace. Indeed, he has retracted apologies previously offered for the fakery that ended his storied career with CBS News. He rendered the apologies with his fingers crossed behind his back. He didn’t mean them. In his 2012 memoir Rather Outspoken, Rather stands by the underlying Rathergate story and the fabricated documents on which it was »

Larry Sanders reflects

Featured image HBO is running a two-part documentary by Judd Apatow on the writer/comedian Garry Shandling. It is titled The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling. I watched it over the weekend and was fascinated. I greatly prize the ability to make people laugh out loud. Shandling seems to have had the gift from an early age and, as it frequently does, it seems to have come from a very dark place. In »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll is celebrating an anniversary working with the four of us who play her straight straight men in THE COLUMN TURNS FOUR. She writes: Holy Moly, Rocky, what a Big Deal Day! Today at sunset begins the first night of Passover; it is also Good Friday; and, the 4th anniversary of the Thoughts From the Ammo Line column! In the old Electric Company song, we learned “Two of these »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll revises James Carville (whodat?!) in IT’S THE ARROGANCE, STUPID! Thank you, Ammo Grrrll, I needed this: “All of a sudden white women, who were going to vote for me and frankly standing up to the men in their lives and the men in their workplaces, were being told, ‘She’s going to jail. You don’t want to vote for her. It’s terrible, you can’t vote for that.’ So, it »

Help her (or not)

Featured image Hillary Clinton gives new meaning to the phrase “the girl can’t help it,” made famous by Little Richard among others. She proved as much again in India, prompting Democrats still actively peddling their wares to profess their readiness to move on — unfortunately for us. Michael Ramirez (@Ramireztoons) captures one of the essential truths of Madam Hillary in his March 18 cartoon “Fallen Hillary” (below). Ramirez credits Justin Caruso’s Daily »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll has been triggered. She is full of seasonal thoughts about SAVING DAYLIGHT. She writes: I hope by now you are more or less adjusted to Daylight Savings Time. I have read that it takes as long as a week for our body clocks to recover from “losing” that hour. (Try flying to Israel sometime…about the time your body knows what’s going on, it’s time to fly home.) As »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll counsels us to considers OPTIONS IN LIFE. She writes: 12 THINGS MORE ACCURATE THAN CNN Pravda Astrology Fortune Cookies The weight listed on your Driver’s License. Your car clock. Especially after Daylight Savings Time kicks in on Sunday. A scaredy-cat liberal’s first time shooting at a gun range. The initial estimated budget for your daughter’s wedding. The wheat harvest projection in every Soviet 5-Year Plan. The IPCC’s global »

CRB: Critique of pure comedy

Featured image This morning we conclude our preview of the new (Winter) issue of the Claremont Review of Books. The CRB works eloquently in every issue to further the mission of the Claremont Institute to restore the founding principles of the United States to their rightful place in our national life. In our preview of the new issue I have necessarily passed over several outstanding essays and reviews. Subscribe at the price »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll gives it BACK ATCHA!! (Ed.: — and you know who “cha” are). She writes: Because so few of the Professional Hysterics at CNN, the New York Times, or Democrat Shriek-Fests have ever actually fired a gun, they do not understand the very important concept of “ricochet.” (Similarly, in Gaza, subliterate jihadis with an inadequate understanding of the Laws of Gravity frequently fire weapons into the air to celebrate »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll has A TREET FOR YOU. She writes: One of the more depressing things said by Nancy Pelosi, former Babbler of the House, was the notion that a $1,000 bonus is “crumbs.” Almost nothing in the last ten years has been more symbolic of the divide in this country between the elite and the regular people that Kurt Schlichter, Townhall columnist par excellence, calls The Normals. Since Nanny-State Nan »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll is pretty sure that it’s all about RECRUITING NEW DEMOCRATS. She writes: The summer of my junior year of high school, my boyfriend arranged for us to see The Smothers Brothers at the Grandstand Show at the Minnesota State Fair. They were an absolute delight – clean, fresh, hilarious – and became one of my earliest influences. Little did I know then, of course, that I would open »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll has searched her archives and now discloses those filed under EMAIL TO SELF: To: Ammogrrrll From: Ammogrrrll Cc: Mr. AG In re: Missing Key Lime Pie It has come to my attention that the remainder of the Key Lime Pie (nearly ¾ of the pie, as it happens) appears to be missing. In no way could this have been consumed by me and certainly not in one sitting »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll appreciates UNNECESSARY ABUNDANCE. She wants us to appreciate it too. She writes: My beautiful daughter-in-law sent us several thoughtful gifts for Chanukah or Mr. AG’s birthday or just because she is generous and Amazon Prime-addicted. Whatever. One of the gifts is a spectacular set of steak knives. She probably noticed at last visit that I had just set out paring knives for our steaks. She is an excellent »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll aspired to be A DIARIST FOR THE AGES. She writes: Many years ago, I bought a six-volume set of the Diaries of Anais Nin, a famous Spanish-Cuban-French woman who chronicled every waking minute of her life in diaries. It inspired me to give it a go. Almost immediately, it became clear that she was living a much more exciting life than mine and that I was about to »