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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. »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll is back with thoughts on GRACIOUS LIVING. She writes: When we moved from our winter rental in Palm Springs to our new home in Arizona in 2010, we were invited on our very first night to a little get-together of Minnesota snowbirds at the home of John and Angela, long-time friends from back home. This was a welcome relief as we were basically “camping out” in our new »

An MSNBC state of mind

Featured image As an outlet for political news and commentary, MSNBC is not completely worthless. It provides a window onto the left-wing mentality. Indeed, it gives us a comprehensive view: the political ego/superego/id of Al Sharpton & company. One gets the impression that medication has already done all it can do to make it fit for public consumption. A kind of cure will come only when management pulls the plug. The Free »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image This week we celebrate with Ammo Grrrll the ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY of this column. She writes: Hey, fans, Top Commenters, trolls and friends! Guess what? This is the First Anniversary of Thoughts From the Ammo Line! The first column debuted on March 30th, 2014. I had been standing in the ammo line at Walmart for hundreds of hours over the year-long ammo drought, with plenty of time to chat with »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll is back with a look at BAD IDEAS. She writes: When in the course of human events the brain thinks up things to do, it is inevitable that some of those things are going to be bad ideas. For example, some bad business ideas would be a line of humorous sympathy cards or Certs that come in Garlic Flavor. Then, there’s the ideas (famously, often one’s last) that »

The Hillary approved email server!

Featured image Steve’s friend Remy seeks to capitalize on Madam Hillary’s approach to the preservation of electronic records. He is marketing “DC Matic, the Hillary approved email server” (video below). Here’s how it works: First you select the government business you’d like to conceal from the public. Then, simply use DC Matic’s proprietary privacy controls to fix the problem. Simple as that! Having two email addresses is confusing and a terrible idea. »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll returns in aggressively transgressive form with COMPETITIVE VICTIMHOOD. She writes: We Americans are just naturally competitive. I don’t care if Little League doesn’t keep score; the kids know who won. (And God Bless the Ten Run Rule without which we’d still be there.) One Sabbath long ago our rabbi told this little parable, which I must paraphrase from memory since I have no idea where he got it. »

Relatable woman on a couch

Featured image Saturday Night Live’s cold open last night served up Madam Hillary doing a little damage control on her email issues. SNL serves her up as “a relatable woman on a couch.” It’s insufficiently harsh on the email story — for that, see Chris Wallace in the nearby post — but I find SNL’s take here both funny and insightful. It captures a number of unlovely qualities she possesses in abundance. »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll returns with a familiar question: DIDJA EVER NOTICE? She writes: Didja ever notice that bad comics will overuse this convention? I have accumulated a number of ideas that don’t necessarily merit a whole column on their own but yet are things that I want to comment upon. As an exercise in nostalgia for my old job, I thought it might be fun to use many of the clichés »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll titles this one LET ME GIVE YOU SOME ADVICE…She writes: I don’t care if you are a sane person who understands that there are two, and only two, “genders,” or more accurately, “sexes” (M & F), or if you are convinced that there are dozens of genders or none at all. It is – more or less – a free country except on college campuses, and you can »

Taylor Swift is stalkin’ him

Featured image Ray Stevens has been creating novelty hits since I was a child; his recording career dates back to 1957. I haven’t heard about Stevens for a long time and didn’t know his creative juices are still flowing. I was therefore delighted to discover when we received a message from Stevens’s Nashville publicist yesterday that in his newly released video (below), Stevens “claims the world’s biggest superstar, Taylor Swift, is watching »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Keeping up with the Obama administration, Ammo Grrrll is PIVOTING TO JOBS: Every few months, this wretched Administration announces with great fanfare that, having succeeded in ruining everything else, it is now going to “pivot” to jobs. Of course, as anyone who has ever played basketball knows, you pivot enough, you just go in circles, unless your pivot foot slips and you get called for the ancient foul of “traveling.” »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll returns just in time for VALENTIN’s DAY. She writes: Well, fellas, Valentine’s Day is tomorrow, so you still have a little time to get a box of candy, a dozen roses, or at least a card. Some ladies like the Victoria’s Secret stuff, but others think of it as more of a gift FOR you rather than FROM you. But if it jerks her bobber, go for it! »

Brian’s big fog

Featured image On FNC’s Kelly File last night Megyn Kelly interviewed Stars and Stripes reporter Travis Tritten about NBC News anchor Brian Williams’s tall tales (video below). The interview proceeds methodically to trace Williams’s adornments and refinements to a tall tale he has been telling for more than ten years, capped off by a mendacious apology attributing his fabrications to the “fog of memory.” Kelly pierces the fog in this lucid interview. »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll returns. She titles this column ADVENTURE! or YOU DO IT; I’LL WATCH! She writes: A few weeks ago, Mr. Ammo Grrrll and I had the pleasure of meeting some new friends from Florida who are fans of the Power Line boys and devoted readers of Thoughts From the Ammo Line. Abby and Ken were in Arizona for their delightful tradition of spending New Year’s Eve in the Grand »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll returns to share A COUPLE OF THINGS I KNOW FOR SURE ABOUT SEX. She writes: One: If you get caught on a plane called “The Lolita Express” or on a boat called “Monkey Business” (is there a train called “The Appalling Old Degenerate”?), you should have to wear a hat emblazoned with “Somehow My Weenie Ate My Brain!” Two: In the endless, tedious discussions about “rape culture,” over »