Laughter is the Best Medicine

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll is thinking about DEFINING MOMENTS and a life-altering lesson. She writes: In every life there are watershed moments, often fraught with grief and peril. A parent dies young; a tragic accident destroys hopes and dreams; a baby is born with special needs. But, sometimes, defining moments are very small, yet life-altering things. Like that proverbial butterfly fluttering its wings in a far-off land and causing seismic changes elsewhere. »

To the person sitting in darkness

Featured image We have lost the power at home twice this week, each time for several hours overnight. It seems to happen every time we have a serious summer thunderstorm. The utter silence and lack of light tend to disturb my sleep. We should have a generator, but we don’t. As I sat the dark thinking about the powerlessness, the title “To the person sitting in darkness” came to mind. Who wrote »

Strategically speaking

Featured image Politico reporter Nick Gass (cue Steve Hayward) provides a comic interlude in “Clinton campaign goes nuclear on health rumors.” Gass reports: [Chief Clinton campaign strategist Joel] Benenson also issued a call for Trump to release more information than the note the campaign released from his physician, not an internist but a gastroenterologist, last December. In that statement, Harold Bornstein attested that Trump’s test results were “astonishingly excellent” and that the »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll shouts: I DIDN’T DO IT! She writes: When our Citizen of the World President attended a Pan-American Tinhorn Dictator’s Conference in 2009 (I may not have the name completely right), Obama sat and listened to Daniel Ortega give a 50-minute diatribe about the century of sins of the United States. At the end of that tedious hour, Obama never offered a single rebuttal. Later, he made an idiotic »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll dares to ask: SO, EXACTLY WHO IS BIGOTED? She writes: We’ve been lectured and hectored to believe that only white people can actually be “racist.” Which is nonsense on the face of it, but set that aside. Can everybody be at least bigoted? In 1976 I was a typesetter. It was the year that Alex Haley’s Roots was published. Word went around in the typesetting profession that in »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll is thinking about CRIMES AND MISDEMEANORS. She writes This is one woman’s experience with crimes against either me personally or my loved ones. I have been very lucky indeed, with only a few incidents in my long life, most against property. But some crimes were serious enough they could have ended in tragedy. THE END OF INNOCENCE! As I’ve mentioned before, I grew up in the ’50s and »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll prefeaces A LEGACY OF LUDICROUS LIES with this note: “My second installment in the ‘Conversation on Race’ will appear next week. The Dallas memorial service was the same day I had to send in my column. I feel compelled to opine even though many others have already done so. Combating lies about guns is in my wheelhouse.” She writes: Once upon a time, a couple of decades ago, »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll has a few thoughts about THE LEAST INTERESTING THING. She writes: I am so sick of the fifty-year “conversation” (read: tedious harangue) on Race. But since Eric Holder called me a coward for failing to converse on race, let me weigh in. There will be three columns in a row on the subject. Is there anything LESS interesting about a person than his skin color? But this is »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Today is a tough day to laugh. I think we may need Ammo Grrrll today more than ever as she mulls over UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES. She writes: The road to hell, it is said, is paved with good intentions. No news there. I’m quite sure I have provided plenty of the paving tar in my life. America has an obesity epidemic. The average woman now weighs more than the average man »

It depends on the meaning of “grandchildren”

Featured image The PoliticalXray.com website claims to have obtained proving that when Bill Clinton boarded Attorney General Loretta Lynch’s jet on the tarmac at Phoenix Internation Airport on June 27, 2016 and spoke for 30 minutes, he only spoke about his grandchildren. If so, the video reveals that Lynch has told the truth, Clinton style. I’m filing this under Laughter is the Best Medicine, but we should probably create an It Only »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll has a few words on PUSILLANIMOUS POLL-CATS: When I was a kid watching Westerns, “pusillanimous polecat” was a mighty insult. A polecat is another name for a skunk. Last week I read that even in my Red State of Arizona, the polls show Trump behind by four points. Heck, why even bother to have the election? I do not believe it. The odor of polecat wafts through the »

Critique of pure comedy

Featured image In my post “A funny thing,” I briefly discussed comedy. I mentioned Ralph Stanley along the way. Coincidentally, Stanley died Thursday at the age of 89. (Juli Thanki is the author of the obituary published by the Tennessean.) I saw Stanley perform live twice thanks to the Coen brothers (and their musical director, T Bone Burnett), whom I also mention in that post. Alan Griesinger is a Power Line reader »

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 »