Laughter is the Best Medicine

Adam Carolla and Me, on June 8

Featured image Adam Carolla is a comedian turned common sense conservative who is said to be the world’s most popular podcaster. I learned of him first from my wife, who is a fan, and second from his collaboration with Dennis Prager on the pro-free speech documentary No Safe Spaces. Carolla is the author of such classics as Not Taco Bell Material (which is how a Taco Bell restaurant manager once described him) »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll has some thoughts on HOW THE VAMPIRE CAN DEFEAT BUFFY. She writes: Long ago, in a galaxy that seems very far away now, SNL had a sketch with guest host Ellen DeGeneres playing the “Buffy” character. She had to fight a much larger, testosterone-laden being. And she not only lost, she got trounced. They used an Ellen rag doll dummy kicked and flung about the stage to dramatize »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Live from lockdown Ammo Grrrll meditates on HUSBANDS: A Long and Winding Meditation in the Wuhan Era. She writes: First of all, let me stipulate that I know almost no single men. By this age, virtually all the men I know are husbands. And darn good ones. I am a big fan of men in general. In my mind, the male sex is tied for First Place in my Favorite »

El Presidente speaks

Featured image In the adjacent post, I observe that Governor Walz has delivered us to the Central American people’s republic of San Marcos, as depicted in Woody Allen’s Bananas. Partly taking off from, and paying homage to, Charlie Chaplin’s Modern Times, Bananas is a brilliant comedy. The San Marcos thing is funny in the film. Everything is funny in the film. It’s not so funny in Minnesota. Could a movie like this »

Portrait of Stacey

Featured image The Washington Post appears to be spearheading a lunatic campaign promoting the vice presidential aspirations of Georgia-in-her-mind governor Stacey Abrams. Maybe there is another explanation for Kevin Powell’s Washington Post Magazine cover story “The power of Stacy Abrams,” but that’s my take. Whatever the explanation, Powell’s cover story features the scary portrait by Dana Scruggs below, inserted here solely for illustrative purposes. I hate to go out on a limb, »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll had ONE OF THOSE DAYS. She writes: It’s an odd expression, really, but one where everybody knows exactly what you mean. “I’m having ‘one of those days’,” says a friend, and we never ask “WHAT kind of day?” We know it’s a difficult one, a challenging one, an unpleasant one. I had “one of those days” last Sunday, ironically enough, since I AM a Mother and it was »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll asks ET TU, #METOO? TARA WHO? She answers: One doesn’t nearly often enough get to see horrible people hoisted on their own petards. But every once in awhile the stars align and it happens. For several years now, Colonel Kurt Schlichter and Ace of Spades, to name just a couple of prominent commenters, have been warning the Loony Left that “you really are not going to like the »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll is thinking about the end in WHAT WILL GET YOU – YOU JUST NEVER KNOW. She writes I’m afraid I have some bad news, dear readers. I think Steve Martin put it best when last I heard him in concert 40 some years ago. Near the end of his flawless and hilarious standup set, he said, “Well, I think we’ve all managed to have a pretty good time »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll has no song to sing in NEW YORK, NEW YORK! It’s a Heckuva Town. She writes: There has been much speculation during this ChiCom Disaster about why the New York-New Jersey megalopolis has roughly half the COVID-19 cases in the whole dang country. Beyond the crowded subways and high rise living, the sea of jostling humanity any time of the day or night, tourists from every country in »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll takes an inventory of WUHAN WISDOM SO FAR. She writes: Hey, if we can’t draw some lessons from this calamity, we aren’t paying attention. I leave it to my smarter co-bloggers to continue to draw the lessons about the wisdom of following “models” off the cliff. (Unless, of course, they are Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Models…). My dear IT-guy husband long ago warned me about GIGO, garbage in, garbage »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll ABBY NORMAL TIMES. She writes: One of Mr. AG’s and my favorite movies is Young Frankenstein. As fans remember, the Frankenstein experiment went off the rails because of the inadvertent introduction into the corpse of a brain marked “Abby Normal.” Hilarity ensues. Mother had long ago drummed into me how dramatically the world can change overnight. She was in what was called “Normal School” (Teachers’ College) on December »

Ms. Stuckey reports

Featured image Like me, Allie Beth Stuckey has spent too much time observing reporters at work in the daily White House coronavirus task force press briefings. Unlike me, Ms. Stuckey has made something of her observations. She calls the video below “Every. SINGLE. Coronavirus Briefing is Like This.” I can testify to that. The young lady deserves a Pulitzer Prize for Journalism. In her own way, Ms. Stuckey amplifies the observations of »

Attention citizens!

Featured image I’ve been watching the daily White House coronavirus task force briefings, but they make for difficult viewing. I don’t think there are more than two reporters seeking to elicit information either from the president, the vice president, or the knowledgeable experts sharing the platform with them at any given briefing. The briefings are on average a disgusting spectacle insofar as the press refuses to play any role other than the »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll celebrates another anniversary with us: THE COLUMN TURNS 6. She writes: Well, friends, it’s that time of year again. March has ended. And good riddance to it. Which means I have been writing Thoughts From the Ammo Line for six years. How remarkable that we all look exactly the same as when I started six years ago. At least that’s what your avatars indicate, and what MY mirror »

Bob Newhart lives

Featured image In olden days we used to gather together in crowds to experience the sheer pleasure of laughter. I had forgotten about venturing out to see Bob Newhart at the Orpheum Theater in Minneapolis this past June 28 until the Wall Street Journal posted the old video of Newhart that accompanied Kim Strassel’s weekly Potomac Watch column on Friday. This is what I wrote after seeing Newhart live last year, including »

The lives (and words) of others

Featured image The Washington Post has published investigative reporter Neena Satija’s article “Echoes of Biden’s 1987 plagiarism scandal continue to reverberate.” The article is behind the Post paywall. It’s not bad, but you’re not missing much if you remember the controversy. Satija’s article includes a few exculpatory statements mitigating Biden’s appropriation of the lives and words of others. In one case, speechwriters are blamed. In the most famous case, involving Neil Kinnock, »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll seeks to provide laughter in the time of the Wuhan virus as she contemplates WORSENING WUHAN WOES. She writes: Okay, you guys. Sure, some 50,000 Americans got sick since last we spoke. Sure, several hundred souls who somebody loved have passed away. My heart breaks for all of them. I am praying for Amy Klobuchar’s husband’s complete recovery. None of this is a laughing matter. Still, lightening your »