Laughter is the Best Medicine

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll reloads in RED FLAG LAWS: DANGER, WILL ROBINSON: Because the Seven Deadly Sins Have Not Been Repealed… She writes: Sometimes I wonder if the Democrats have ever lived in the real world or if they just drop in now and then from Planet Make-Believe. As a “person who used to menstruate,” not to be confused with an adult human female called a “woman,” I have spent decades in »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll celebrates THE UNDERRATED PARENT: YAY, DADS!!! Sunday is Father’s Day. Wishing in advance every Daddy a beautiful day of gifts and good food and a toast to a job well done. God Bless you every one. I am hardly the first to notice the importance of Daddies, but I will go so far as to say that the very future of America depends on a renewed interest in »

Random road trip notes

Featured image I went to Madison for the weekend to visit a college friend being treated as an outpatient at the University of Wisconsin Hospital. Madison is a four-hour drive from St. Paul. I have a few personal notes on the weekend. • Coming from the Twin Cities, I was struck by how immaculate Madison is and how much new commercial construction is taking place in town. • Driving to Madison brought »

Show trial ratings are in

Featured image TV Rating Guide’s Rebecca Bunch posts the ratings for the January 6 Committee’s show trial hearing this past Thursday evening. The headline declares the ratings “decent.” Well, that is disappointing if accurate. If you take your television viewing from the broadcast networks, however, your only choice was to turn the thing off. The networks graciously handed their prime time slots over to the committee’s motley crew in unison, Soviet style. »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll believes in POINTLESS BEAUTY. She writes: A few weeks ago we discussed the convenience of having a large seasonal animal to herd us away from harm when we are veering off into obvious lunacy. It’s not the fault of the Easter Egg Roll & Hunt that a senile old husk wandered off to discuss Afghanistan with children like the demented enraged buzzkill that he is. Because really, the »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll is at 55 AND COUNTING. She writes: Today is the 55th anniversary of the day Max Cossack — the famous novelist, whose real name is Joe — and I wed. Crazy. (When our son turned 20 and we thought of him as “husband material” it was quite sobering. And believe me, we were no more prepared or mature.) Our Sages tell us that God finds it harder to »

Pulling a Toobin in St. Louis Park

Featured image I attended the public forum of the candidates running in the DFL primary held in August 2018 at Beth El Synagogue and have referred to it a number of times in writing about Ilhan Omar, as in my “Open letter to Scott Gillespie.” (Gillespie is in charge of the opinion side of the Star Tribune.) Today Beth El Synagogue makes it into the New York Post in Jon Levine’s story »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll reflects on MOTHER’S DAY 2022 – A FOLLOWUP. A Comedy of Errors. She writes: What IS it about a holiday meant to thank and honor Mothers – including me – that makes it go off the rails? Mother’s Day 2020 I awoke and stumbled in the dark out to the Keurig and almost landed on my keister – which, undoubtedly would have been to humorous but very ill »

A Painter still passing through the Dems

Featured image In 2018 Richard Painter was a candidate contending for the Democratic nomination to run for the Senate seat held by the appointed (and since elected) Democratic incumbent Tina Smith. He ran for office while holding an endowed chair at the University of Minnesota Law School (my alma mater). Painter had identified himself as a Republican when he served in the Bush (43) White House counsel’s office and when he endorsed »

That which cannot be said

Featured image The Senate Interior Committee held a hearing yesterday to examine the Biden administration’s fiscal year 2023 budget request for the Department of the Interior. The committee has posted video of the hearing here. The hearing presented an opportune moment for Interior Secretary Deborah Haaland to let her light shine and she did not disappoint. In the clip below Secretary Haaland avoids answering the question whether gas prices are too high. »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Steve and I have both weighed in on the six-month search for a bad spin on MAGA. Now it’s Ammo Grrrll’s turn to explore the PROCESS behind the marketing genius that produced Ultra MAGA. She has somehow obtained a transcript of the focus group assembled to do the work as she takes us deep inside the SIX MONTHS OF “RESEARCH” to BESMIRCH. She writes: A crack team of “researchers” assembled »

Ultra MAGA: The rejected slurs

Featured image I have been wondering about the marketing genius behind Joe Biden’s slurs of “Ultra MAGA Republicans” and the “Ultra MAGA agenda” along with the slur of Donald Trump himself as “MAGA King.” I have accordingly dug out the choices presented to the focus groups “helmed” by Anita Dunn, the Krupskaya of a leftist DC power couple of many talents. In its story on the origins of “Ultra MAGA Republicans,” the »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll wants to fill a JOB OPENING!!! She writes: It has come to my attention that the Twitter Head Content Moderator Vijaya Gadde is the genius who had the great idea to ban the Hunter Biden laptop story, a story that some 16 percent of the electorate surveyed said would have changed their vote in the 2020 election. Well done, Vijaya! Oh, and she also banned the sitting President »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image With MOTHER’S DAY 2022 coming into view Ammo Grrlll writes: Sunday will be Mother’s Day. Even though I still send cards to a sister-in-law and a couple of nieces, Mother’s Day has been a bittersweet day for me for the five years since my mother has passed on. On the one hand, it would be unseemly and ungrateful to feel I deserved to have her for more than the 70 »

Comedy in the age of tolerance

Featured image The brilliant Michael Ramirez manages to smuggle several jokes into his editorial cartoon today (posted here on his Substack site. You’ve the title. You’ve got the bodyguards. You’ve got comedian Dave Chappelle barely visible in the background. You’ve got the comedian’s putative conformity to the tyranny of the times. (Chappelle actually took his life in his hands with his performance at the Hollywood Bowl.) And you’ve got the drawing. Comedy »

Solving the Deepest Questions

Featured image About that chicken whose motives for crossing the road have long been in question, a Reddit thread has compiled the range of possible answers. I’m sure one or more of these is correct. DONALD TRUMP: I’ve been told by my many sources, good sources – they’re very good sources – that the chicken crossed the road. All the Fake News wants to do is write nasty things about the road, »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll observes KAMALA’S RACE TO THE BOTTOM OF SPACE. She writes: So early last week I had most of this column worked out when my colleague and alleged friend, Steve Hayward preempted me in discussing Kamala’s speech on “Space.” He knows very well because we have discussed it many times that he is supposed to wring the humor from the more intellectual, highfalutin’ topics and leave the “low-hanging humor »