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Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll resumes her normal broadcasting schedule with NO HUGGING; NO LEARNING. She writes: Years ago, I saw a great special on Jerry Seinfeld and his eponymous sitcom in which he said (paraphrasing, not exact quoting…) that they wanted a character-driven sitcom in which the all-too-human characters did not “learn” moral lessons – like in, say, Little House on the Prairie – but at the end of the day went »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll has filed this special edition of her regular column. She calls this one OH MY GOD!: By now, everything that could be said about this realignment of the Universe has probably already been said in essays and comments. In a column I wrote during the primaries called “D-I-V-O-R-C-E,” when almost no Conservative Thought Leader believed Trump had a snowball’s chance in Hell to win the General Election, I »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll contemplates HISTORICAL HYSTERIA. She writes: In 2008, as I have discussed previously, on Election Night, when Indiana (Indiana?!) gave its electoral votes to Obama, I got in my car in Minnesota and drove all the way to Oklahoma just to be in a Red State that hadn’t lost its mind. Bless you, Oklahoma. Not just the state, but every county went for McCain/Palin. I claimed no special prescience »

Halloween, &c. with Ramirez

Featured image Against all the odds, the brilliant editorial cartoonist Michael Ramirez (@Ramireztoons) continues to extract humor from the current presidential campaign. He observed Halloween in “Monsters and ghouls.” Inspired by the big story currently in the news, I think Ramirez has topped himself in “Carlita Danger.” I could say “Sandy Berger! Thou shouldst be living at this hour,” but it wouldn’t be right. I will only say thank you, Mr. Ramirez. »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll reveals a few things that make her laugh in BETTER READ THAN DEAD (A magazine for our anxious times). She writes: Again, with no politics, my friends. Maybe next week, last chance for me to rock the vote. If this column had any influence whatsoever, Trump would be leading by 50 points…oh, wait, that was supposed to be Hillary, she said, on account of how awesome she believes »

Corrections of the day [Updated With One More]

Featured image The total area of Minnesota is not quite 87,000 square miles. The total area of the United States is not quite 3,800,000 square miles. The numbers provide useful context to my nomination for the correction of the day. Minnesota’s Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness is one of the wonders of the state and the subject of Porter Fox’s interesting New York Times travel article “On the water, and into the »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll charts her recovery from injury in HEALING GRACE. She writes: Everyone knows how I’m voting; there is no one left to convince, and I am heartsick of politics. So before this election makes me mentally ill enough to be hired by the Democrats as a Trump Rally Disrupter, how about a welcome change of subject? Many of you were very kind in wishing me a speedy recovery in »

Howard Dean can’t keep up either

Featured image John was up late last night reporting on the latest disclosures in the Clinton email scandal and related matters for Power Line readers (here, here and here). It’s almost impossible to keep up with the evidence of Clinton misconduct, wrongdoing and illegality that continues to emerge. It is overwhelming. Are you feeling run down trying to keep up with the news? Have you found it impossible to absorb the revelations? »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll is moving on…from Minnesota, as she announces in THE BOOKCASE. She writes: The other day a moving van arrived with some leftover furniture from our Minnesota house. We are fixin’ to sell that house by Spring and just maintain the one residence in the great state of Arizona. Hot in the summer? Oh, yeah. Also the Spring and Fall. We’ll manage. Governor Crazy-Eyes McTrustfund of Minnesota more or »

From the education apocalypse

Featured image It’s not possible to satirize the reign of political correctness on campus. Today’s satire is tomorrow’s diktat. John Leo takes note of the latest dispatch from the education apocalypse at Princeton and mischievously gets in the spirit: One of the feminists who used to write angry letters to the editor in the 1960s about sexist words such as “fireman,” “chairman,” and “mankind” has apparently come to power at Princeton and »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll is on strike, sort of, as she explains in THE NFL CAN GO TO HELL. She writes: Well, the day after tomorrow will mark the 3rd week that Mr. AG and I have watched no football on Sunday. That is a sea change from years and decades of watching all 3 games, and we thought we would go into some kind of terrible withdrawal at a minimum. And »

My mother declared my bedroom a disaster area

Featured image The Wall Street Journal’s Notable & Quotable column runs a 1984 letter to President Ronald Reagan, and a draft of his reply, as published in the second volume of Letters of Note: An Eclectic Collection of Correspondence Deserving of a Wider Audience, compiled by Shaun Usher, out next month from Chronicle Books. Usher also has a related Letters of Note site. Reagan letters including the one below are accessible here. »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll has discovered THE EASIEST JOB: Columns that Write Themselves. She writes: Writing a weekly column is a privilege and a joy. Once I settle on a topic, the words usually flow pretty freely, and when they don’t, I power on, which is what we women do! Writers’ block or Dehydrating Flu-monia, we don’t stop until we have to be heaved head-first into a van! Often I fiddle — »

There’s something about Hillary

Featured image There’s something about Hillary. Whatever it is, it’s way different from that something about Mary. It might have something do with her health. It might have something to do with her continuing struggle to impersonate an authentic human being. She may have lost her true self somewhere along the way. Whatever it is, it is apparent in the video address she delivered on Wednesday to the Laborers’ International Union of »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll puts the adage about STICKS AND STONES to good use. She writes: As the old childhood adage went: “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but you better make the first stick count, cuz I carry a gun.” No wait, that’s not quite it. Let me Google that. “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” There ya go! Dang memory… Psychiatrists’ couches »

From the Ramirez files

Featured image Michael Ramirez (@Ramireztoons) is a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner for his editorial cartoons. When a conservative commetator like Bret Stephens or Terry Teachout or Ramirez takes home a Pulitzer, you know the man overflows with talent. Ramirez published the cartoon below more than a year ago, on August 20. 2015. The cartoon is posted in his archives here. In one variation or another the image is on its way to »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll fondly recalls A LUNCH FOR THE AGES. She writes: If I ask you,”What’s the most embarrassing thing that’s ever happened to you?,” chances are you don’t have to think too hard to recall it. For me, I would probably have to have Casey Kasem organize a countdown. Now I’m not talking about the most shameful things here. Those are the incidents we keep in the darkest chambers of »