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Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll declares it VERY WARM: It’s that time of year again in Arizona where not only is it 114 during the day, but it’s still 99 at midnight. We Climate Change Denying Racketeers call that summer. I get a big kick out of looking on Accuweather every morning and finding any temperature under 115 termed “Very warm.” Indeed. Only when the mercury scoots past 115, does Accuweather use the »

Analyze this

Featured image A friend has forwarded a copy of what he swears is the secret Democratic National Convention schedule for Saturday, August 27. The Democratic convention is scheduled for Philadelphia next month from Monday, July 25 through Thursday, July 28. I therefore suspect that the document may not be entirely authentic. Internal evidence, however, suggests that the document originates with a highly reliable source of some kind. I thought readers might want »

A funny thing

Featured image Comedy is the realm of pleasure. It represents freedom. It is not moral. It seeks to make us feel good. It serves no higher purpose. Tragedy is the realm of conscience. It represents order. It renders justice. It serves civilization. It seeks to call us to our higher selves. In 1962 Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart mashed up three comedies of the Roman playwright Plautus to create A Funny Thing »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll explores MINORITY RULES: I have written previously about what it was like to be a kid growing up in Flyover Land in the ’50s. We were a largely unsupervised horde that played rough games and lived most of our non-school hours out of doors, no matter the weather. We built snow forts in order to wage protracted snowball wars, splashed in puddles in the rain, and threw rocks »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll takes One More Trip to the Bathroom…Because it’s That Important! Let us say that a baby is born and it turns out to be a boy. Blue-wrapped cigars for everyone! And don’t forget Mrs. Clinton’s husband who enjoys a good cigar. The boy baby’s gender is of course, not “assigned” at all, but obvious even on ultrasound. Yes, there is a vanishingly small number of babies born with »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll asks a simple question: FIRST CLASS? She also gives Steve and me our shot at immortalization in poetry: Sorry, dear readers. I simply cannot write about politics again this week without losing what’s left of my mind. I’ll be back again next week at Full Ferocity. Probably. Besides, my original mission, should I decide to accept it, was to be funny… This column is brought to you by »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammon Grrrll is thinking allegorically about D-I-V-O-R-C-E! (An Imperfect Metaphor). She writes: We should have seen it coming. Human beings can only put up with so much. Former slave and abolitionist, genius essayist, Frederick Douglass said it best: “Find out what any people will quietly submit to and you will find out the exact measure of misery and wrong that will be heaped upon them.” It certainly seemed like a »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll is thinking about BANANAS! She writes: In the 1971 Woody Allen comedy Bananas Woody plays a nebbish (Fielding Mellish) who becomes a revolutionary in a fictional Central American banana republic called San Marcos. The revolution succeeds. Woohoo! The old order is overthrown and the Castro-like character in fatigues, whom Fielding supports, assumes power. At which point it becomes apparent that the incoming dictator is, in fact, “bananas.” The »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image For reasons that will become apparent, Ammo Grrrll MY GOOD RIGHT ARM. She writes: When I was a kid, I remember hearing my father refer to Lil, the senior sales clerk in his drugstore, as “my good right arm.” I figured out it meant a very valuable person without whom he could not get along. Little did I know how apt that phrase would become. You know how sometimes people »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll meditates on Our Lady of the Trigger in GOOD HEAVENS! She writes: Let me make several points about the recent incident with the deranged woman-like substance having a meltdown at UMass Amherst. First. Gentlemen: There is really no better way to wound a woman to her very core than to attack her looks. When I was a Freshman at Northwestern University, back when dinosaurs roamed the earth, I »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll is thinking about metaphorical ONE WAY STREETS. She writes: Let’s begin with Dimwit Street. It is One-Way. Let’s say a Republican Vice President is having one of those photo op, Feel-Good visits to a classroom. The little children are having a spelling bee. A boy spells “potato.” As it happens, the teacher has handed said Vice President a flashcard with her spelling of “potato” upon it. Except it »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll meditates on LIFE 4 DUMMIES. She writes: On my most recent trip from Arizona to Minnesota, circumstances were such that I had to beg a ride to the airport from our friend and neighbor, the Paranoid Texan. He graciously accommodated me, but he also had a previous time commitment. This meant that I had to go to the airport three hours before my flight. Which was fine with »

Not funny

Featured image Liberty Maniacs is a Minnesota company that features politically inspired apparel and merchandise. I may have to take a road trip and meet up with the principals. They seem to have a good thing going. I love the Trump t-shirt that takes off on Milton Glaser’s classic portrait of Bob Dylan with psychedelic hair. I think I have to have one of these before they become a collector’s item. Liberty »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll has A FEW REASONS WHY FREE COMMUNITY COLLEGE IS A TERRIBLE IDEA. She writes: ONE: People do not value things that are free. We have a strong cultural belief that “what you pay is what it’s worth.” I offer as just one case in point, how free entertainers are treated. I offer the example with sadness and vast experience. Trust me when I tell you that all entertainers »

A modest proposal

Featured image A political shakeup is occurring in my neck of the woods. Our congressman, leftist Chris Van Hollen, is running for the Maryland Senate seat that Barbara Mikulski will vacate. He’s opposed by radical leftist Donna Edwards. Rep. Edwards, an African-American, has a reputation for poor constituent services. Her predecessor Albert Wynn was no star in this department. My daughter, who interned for Rep. Connie Morella, tells me that Wynn’s constituents »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll’s is at home in what she calls MY ARIZONA. She writes: I have spoken glowingly and often of the robust gun culture in my adopted state of Arizona. Now, I realize that some people hate guns. Others are simply not interested in guns and still others know their personal temperaments well enough to eschew them. An email friend said recently, “Though I stand firmly behind the Second Amendment, »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image This week Ammo Grrrll is celebrating an anniversary: THE COLUMN TURNS TWO — And What a Difference a Year Makes. She writes: Well, friends, be careful of hitting “Send” in an impulsive manner (always good advice), lest you become an inadvertent columnist having to think up a new topic every dang six days. Now that is nothing compared to the Power Line Boys, who have to think up topics or »