Laughter is the Best Medicine

New books, dead authors

Featured image Pending the arrival of Ammo Grrrll tomorrow, I need laugh now more than ever, and I do not think I’m alone. In the run-up to July 4, moreover, we have the time for it. Joe Queenan provides the opportunity for more than one laugh in his Wall Street Journal Review column “New books, dead authors” (accessible here via Google) of this past weekend. Queenan observes that Tom Clancy and other »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image This week Ammo Grrrll explains: YES MEANS YES and THIS LAW MEANS ITS AUTHORS ARE INSANE. She writes: Writer Ashe Schow of the Washington Examiner has an excellent column about the proposed new “Yes Means Yes” law from two Law Professors who definitely need a hobby. Google it for facts and details. The gist of it is to make virtually every sexual encounter rape, unless “affirmative consent” can be proved »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll anticipates Father’s Day this Sunday in GOD BLESS THE DADDIES. She writes: Sunday, of course, is Father’s Day. Despite decades of being portrayed in sitcoms and commercials as brainless twits who would be lost without the superior intelligence of their eye-rolling wives and children, the true importance of fathers can scarcely be overstated. If you doubt me, visit any prison jammed to bursting with lost fatherless men. In »

David & him

Featured image I’m reporting in from New Hampshire, where we are out of the news loop, praying for rain to hold off, and looking forward to our youngest daughter’s graduation from college tomorrow morning. This story from north of the border caught my eye earlier this week. I thought some readers might find it of interest or entertainment value. The beloved Canadian coffee and donuts chain Tim Hortons hopped to the tune »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll calls this one SHLEPPING TOWARDS UTOPIA. She writes: Well, Mattress Girl has evidently graduated from Columbia. In Electrical Engineering, I think. Ha, ha, I kid. Of course it was “Visual Arts.” (Though in fairness, she considered Physics.) Heck, I was a Sociology major, so talk about “High Horse” Syndrome! And she finished in four years whereas it took me three terms: Johnson’s, Nixon’s, and Carter’s. So kudos to »

Question of the day

Featured image President Obama spoke to the Catholic Health Association yesterday in defense of Obamacare. The White House has posted the text of his remarks here. The White House has also posted a video of the speech (below) and an overfull Web page celebrating the deep thoughts of our Dear Leader on the subject. The New York Times story on the speech is here. The Supreme Court’s pending decision in King v. »

Obama’s uncertain kazoo: A reader responds

Featured image Abby M. is one of my favorite Power Line readers. Abby and her sister came up from points south to see me speak at the John Locke Foundation several years ago, and we met up again on the 2008 National Review post-election cruise. Most of the cruisers came to see Mitt Romney, Victor Davis Hanson, Andrew McCarthy, Jonah Goldberg, and other of the featured heavyweights. Abby and her sister came »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll takes a deep dive into the Democratic mind for CAMPAIGN SLOGANS (A Parody. More or Less.) FYEO: Reply All. Top Secret DNC Memo From Debbi Wasserman-Test Schultz Leaked by the Norks It appears that Hillary is in freefall and we may need some kind of backup plan in case the campaign season entails her actually having to appear in public sometime in the next 17 months. And Gawd »

Egyptians react to Obama’s CGA speech

Featured image Taking a leaf from the Downfall/Hitler Reacts videos on which we have occasionally drawn, and to which Steve has even occasionally contributed, IPhoneConservative has supplied creative subtitles to the MEMRI TV video below. The interlocutors in the video purportedly discuss President Obama’s May 20 Coast Guard Academy commencement speech, which I discussed here and which Rich Lowry discusses here today. The moderator of the discussion in the video, as creatively »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll stands and delivers Psychotic Ninnies, Circa 1975. She writes: Last Friday I referred to the Psychotic Ninny Wing of the feminist movement. In the beginning they were a relatively small part of the legitimate push for equality and expanded opportunities for women. But they always existed. In a meeting I attended in 1970, a certifiably insane woman waxed rhapsodic about how “when we hang all the men they »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll calls this one MEA CULPA, MEA CULPA, A Flagrant Reader ‘Fesses Up. She writes: Back in the early days of the Psychotic Ninny Wing of the feminist movement, now dominant, I read an article about a Men’s Auxiliary of “supportive” men who stipulated to the premise that men were despicable. They opened each meeting by chanting “I am a lowly and abject turd.” Surprisingly, this did not catch »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll concludes her six-part travelogue with Visiting My People – the Grand Finale: Seventy Years and Counting. As always with her weekly column, previous installments of this series can be accessed by inputting “Grrrll” in our search engine. She writes: Several weeks ago in this column, I set out on a journey to celebrate my parents’ seventieth wedding anniversary back in my hometown in rural Minnesota. You have made »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll continues her travelogue with Visiting My People– Part 5, Lost in America. As always with her weekly column, previous installments of this series can be accessed by inputting “Grrrll” in our search engine. She writes: I was unable to leave any of my worldly goods strewn across the Heartland, like breadcrumbs pointing the way home. But not for lack of effort. I have previously mentioned leaving my Nexus »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll returns with VISITING MY PEOPLE – Part Four: Pride of Place. As always with her weekly column, previous installments of this series can be accessed by inputting “Grrrll” in our search engine. She writes: One of the things I love most about our great country is the sense of ownership and pride that our citizens have about where they live. For a politician or a comic, a guaranteed »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image The first two installments of Ammo Grrrll’s six-part travelogue can be accessed along with her previous columns by inputting “Grrrll” into our search engine. This morning Ammo Grrrll returns with VISITING MY PEOPLE Part 3: Weather ‘Tis Nobler…: It could have been infinitely worse, of course. My mother reported just this past Tuesday that Minnesota was snowy and bitter cold. So, in mid- to late-March on the way to or »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll returns with VISITING MY PEOPLE Part Two: Relying on the Kindness of Strangers. She writes: A road trip across this great and beautiful land produces some delightful surprises. Just outside Deming, NM, on farm or ranch land, I saw a large homemade sign, “Stand with Israel.” It gladdened my heart for many miles. God Bless You, whoever you are. In West Texas, I regret that I passed up »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll returns with VISITING MY PEOPLE, a Six-Part Love Letter and Travelogue of Sorts. She writes: My parents were celebrating their 70th wedding anniversary (Holy Moly, Rocky!), followed four days later, by my Mother’s 94th birthday. (More on these in Part Six. Hang in there with me!) It was time to leave Arizona for Minnesota. In March, the iffiest of months, weather-wise. We have discussed my aversion to flying. »