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Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll calls this one “Things That Make You Go “WHAT??…” She takes a winding path to an inspirational destination: So, I’m drivin’ along on my last big road trip between Arizona and Minnesota and I come to some merged lanes, rapidly-descending speed limits, and the usual ten guys leaning on the shovel while two or three work on a very small section of road with many miles conveniently blocked »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll remembers a different sort of Democrat this week in ASK NOT: I grew up in a rock-ribbed Republican family. My mother’s family hated FDR, who at the time was President for Life like Papa Doc in Haiti. Mama will go to her grave believing that their family was discriminated against by the local Democrats in the Dust Bowl in the Dirty ’30s. At nearly 95, she still speaks »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll has her eye on RED STATE BLUE STATE: Since the advent of color television, election-night coverage has featured two separate colors for states on the electoral map. But the color scheme had not solidified until the 2000 election. In fact, Wikipedia says that as late as 1980, the networks were still using Blue for Republicans such that David Brinkley opined that the 44-state landslide for Reagan made the »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll goes TIPTOEING (Past the Graveyard of Formerly Free Speech): Way back in my misguided leftist days in San Francisco, I knew two families with wildly-varying child-raising philosophies. One couple had a lively little boy who ran barefoot in damp, chilly, meeting halls that exhibited the same standards of hygiene as many radicals did personally. He ate hot dogs, chips and candy, some picked up off dirty floors. He »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll calls this one CHARADES: On my recent road trip to and from Arizona to Minnesota, I had to pass through a checkpoint in New Mexico. Several uniformed Border Patrol men and vehicles were clustered around. A few relaxed drug-sniffing dogs were hanging out as well. Everybody hates someone who holds up the line, especially when it’s 110 degrees and you have to roll down your window. So, with »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll returns this morning as SCIENCE GRRRLL: I know that I absolutely should not drink coffee after mid-afternoon. It will interfere mightily with my sleep. But I love coffee, and also sometimes my energy flags in “mid-afternoon,” which I believe is an imprecise time frame that stretches until 8:00 p.m. Similarly, I believe that “late, late middle age” covers the years from the mid-50s to 5 years from wherever »

What I learned from tonight’s debate

Featured image You can learn a lot from watching a Democratic presidential debate, or even two-thirds of one, which was all I could tolerate. For example, I learned that Bernie Sanders honeymooned in the Soviet Union. Did you know that? Sanders was a conscientious objector during the Vietnam war. I knew that. But tonight he said that he doesn’t oppose war in general, and took conscientious objector status because of his opposition »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll casts questions ASSUMPTIONS, including her own. She writes I remember an outstanding episode of The Odd Couple in which Felix ended up in court over some minor incident. Naturally, he acted as his own attorney. When a hostile witness used the word “assume,” he pounced. “Aha! When you ‘assume,’ you make an ‘ass’ of ‘u’ and ‘me,’” he said triumphantly. And nowhere can one go further wrong, or »

Joy of cooking

Featured image The video below shows Senator Cruz questioning Sierra Club President Aaron Mair on the alleged phenomenon formerly known as global warming. The video runs a highly entertaining nine minutes or so. It may make you curious about Mair’s background. The Sierra Club has posted a profile of Mair here. My impression, possibly mistaken, is that Mair doesn’t know what he’s talking about — that he is unfamiliar with the terms »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll has a short course on the natural history of WEASEL WORDS. She writes: Any living language can mutate. A friend in college said he had studied some kind of High German for reading philosophy. When he tried to use that language conversationally in a visit to Germany, he learned he was speaking the equivalent of English from Chaucer. “Prithee canst thou tell me, sire, where might be the »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll explains: WHY I LOVE COUNTRY MUSIC. She writes: There is a biopic about the eccentric jazz genius Thelonius Monk called “Straight, No Chaser.” I saw it years ago. In one scene that made a vivid impression on me, some snotty, self-absorbed “journalist” whose name I didn’t catch – who cares? — is interviewing Mr. Monk and asks him what kind of music he likes. Monk says, “I like »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll contemplates WHEN YOU MUST GO HOME AGAIN. She writes: Thomas Wolfe notwithstanding, sometimes one must go home again. On August 18, the little Thrifty Mama we discussed last week – 94-and-a-half and one of few residents in her Assisted Living facility not using a walker – decided to compete in the tumbling portion of the Olympics, Late, Late Senior Division. The corrupt French judge gave her only a »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll returns this week with a profile of THE THRIFTY MAMA. She writes: A few weeks ago, this column featured our next-door neighbor, not for nothing called The Thrifty Texan. Oh, he’s good. Real good. But a profligate next to my Thrifty Mama. She wrote the book on thrift. (I once told Mr. Ammo Grrrll that “my middle name is ‘thrift’,” and he said, “Yes, but, unfortunately, your first »

Thoughts from the Ammo Line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll contemplates the disappointment of GREAT EXPECTATIONS. She writes: I reckon I was about three when I had one of the biggest disappointments of my young life. We were at a carnival of some kind and, after enduring sustained, relentless wheedling, Daddy bought me some cotton candy. Whipped pink sugar on a stick – what could be better? Most anything, as it turned out. All that promising pretty froth »

Can all these talking heads be right?

Featured image The Washington Free Beacon has worked up a video (below) documenting the collective wisdom of the punditocracy regarding Madam Hillary’s email problem. “Analysis: It’s not going away.” Can all these talking heads be right? Let’s put it this way. They aren’t going out on a limb with their prediction. »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll asks the question WHO IS WISE? She writes The ancient Jewish text, the Talmud, asks, “Who is wise?” and answers, “Who learns from everyone.” (As a topic for a future discussion, it also asks, “Who is rich?” and answers, “Who is satisfied with what he has.” Is that a laugh riot, or what? We can’t have THAT in the socialist paradise of Cherokee Lizzie, Class-Envy Bernie and Disparate »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll returns with a fruitful question: CUSTOMER SERVICE: An Oxymoron, or What? She writes: So, I’m sitting at home in my Dusty Little Village after having returned from shooting in a nearby Dusty Bigger Village. I got a new Sig Sauer .45 with almost no kick. Just chillin’ and enjoying an adult beverage as dinner was bubbling happily away in the oven, not feeling at all like Cranky Caitlyn »