Laughter is the Best Medicine

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll says TODDLERS KNOW BEST, but that’s a joke. She writes: The very pretty, fairly talented actress Charlize Theron has informed her public that both her adopted black children are girls. Fair enough. Well, ONE of those little children, now about 7, started out life as a boy child. But when he was three years old – yes, THREE — he came to her and informed her that he »

Customer service, WSJ style

Featured image I’ve been a regular reader of, and subscriber to, the Wall Street Journal since about 1974, as my dad was before me. I’ve learned a lot from the paper over the years, especially from the editorial pages under the great Robert Bartley. I’m sorry to say that I’ve had recurring delivery issues this year. I haven’t received the paper on schedule since April 29. I add the qualifier “on schedule” »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll writes in an elegiac key this week in remembrance of her friend HEATHER: My mission as delineated by my excellent editor and friend, Scott, is both to help him with his self-defined anger management problem and to entertain. So I always feel guilty when I fail to entertain. Sometimes it just can’t be helped. Today is such a day. There is no other way to say it: Delightful »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll perceives that THINGS ARE NOT ALWAYS WHAT THEY SEEM! She writes: So we just had Passover, right? And we went through five boxes of matzo. I make a dish that is kind of like a Passover Lasagna with the matzo playing (badly) the role of the pasta in the layered chicken-mushroom-egg dish. This requires me to break the matzo into various sizes in order to fit in the »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll asks a good question: IF THIS ISN’T NICE…THEN WHAT IS? Although she doesn’t identify it as a national crisis and call for the the formation of a commission to study it, she does seek to mitigate an epidemic lack of gratitude abroad in the land. She writes: On this, the seventh day of Passover, in this Sweet Land of religious Liberty, I look out the window of my »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll scopes out what happens WHEN CULTURAL NORMS COLLIDE. She writes: For a brief time in my comedy career, I was part of a group that conducted Customer Service Training for companies. One of my colleagues told a story which may have been apocryphal and which I can only dredge up from dim 25-years-old memory. One of the things that will unhinge customers the fastest is being told when »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll is happily MARRIED TO AN ENTHUSIAST. She writes: We are now in our tenth year of living in Arizona. Before that we “wintered” in San Diego for two years and then Palm Springs for ten. I would notice groups of men lingering over coffee in the upscale supermarket. These were married retirees, men who had clearly been kicked out of their small winter condos by wives who probably »

Touch me, babe

Featured image Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is one of the many Democrats who thinks she is fit to occupy the highest office in the land, but she isn’t even fit to hold her seat on the Senate Armed Services Committee. She twice called tactical nuclear weapons “tactile” this past Friday during a meet-and-greet in New Hampshire. See Cameron Cawthorne’s Washington Free Beacon report. Sad but true. Even sadder, as Cawthorne reports: Gillibrand spoke »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Don’t get Ammo Grrrll angry unless you want to laugh really hard. That’s the conclusion I draw from CHEWING THROUGH MY RESTRAINTS. She writes: I once saw a joke t-shirt in the Mall that I related to. It said: “Some days it doesn’t even seem worth it to chew through my restraints.” I am generally a very happy if somewhat-high strung person. I experience the usual bouts of anxiety and »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll is celebrating an anniversary, but I think we are the ones who should be celebrating: THE COLUMN TURNS FIVE. She writes: Historically, March has always meant St. Patrick’s Day, depressing hockey-tournament blizzards in Minnesota just when you thought winter was ending, and the NCAA March Madness tournaments. And now the world must add: the anniversary of my “Thoughts From the Ammo Line” column on Power Line! And this »

Today’s note on usage

Featured image You wouldn’t know it from reading me, but I’m an obsessive proofreader. This headline over the ABC News story by Jordyn Phelps therefore jumped out at me (screenshot below): “Trump flouts chummy relations with Netanyahu ahead of Israeli election.” The confusion of flaunt/flout is not one that people in the news business should make, but there it is. We all rely in one way or another on the intelligible transmission »

Deep thoughts by James Comey

Featured image Former Obama administration FBI Director James Comey was a protagonist in the investigation of the Trump campaign and the subsequent effort to undermine Trump from inside the Trump administration. In the service of his efforts he put the Clinton campaign’s Steele Dossier to use both before and after the election. It is the biggest political scandal in American political history. Nothing else comes close. On his way out the door »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll is not seeking higher office and therefore can identify STUPID AND DANGEROUS RULES FOR GIRLS. She writes: The awesome Heather Mac Donald had her usual brilliant take a few weeks ago on Joni Ernst’s disappointing objections to Neomi Rao’s judicial confirmation based on her college writing about what women can and should do to protect themselves from sexual assault. As I understand Senator Ernst’s objections, the new rule »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll happily shares a few thoughts about THE HAPPIEST PEOPLE IN THE WORLD. She writes: Ignorance, it has been said, is bliss. In which case you would surely guess that the Democrats and the congressional freshman twit class in particular would be the happiest people in the world. But you would be wrong. No, they are not happy; they are filled with venom, hatred, envy, resentment, and bizarre endless, »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll meditates on what she might save in FIFTEEN MINUTES. She writes: When I read about the tragic fire that devastated Paradise, California, a few months ago, one of the most heart-breaking pieces of information was that the lucky escapees had all of 15 minutes to gather what they could and get out with their lives. Nearly 60 people didn’t make it. I looked around at my accumulated possessions »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll provides instructions along with her DIY HATE CRIME KIT: It has come to my attention that my book sales — robust though they be — will simply not guarantee a comfortable retirement and I need to expand my product line. What could be more timely or fill a better market niche in the current Hair Permanently On Fire Oppression Olympics than a Jussie Smollett Commemorative All-Purpose Do It »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll covers the Jussie Smollett case in CHICAGO IS MAGA COUNTRY? WHO KNEW? She writes: In the late ’70s there was a horrendous spate of child murders in the Atlanta area. Once it became clear that a serial monster was on the loose, people sprang into action. It was all little black children, almost all boys. Racist slanders to the contrary, white people were just as appalled as black »