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Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll dubs them REPULSI-CANS. She writes: I really want to know where I can go to get a gig as a pretend Democrat attacking other Democrats on television? Would that be a dream job, or what? There was chipmunk-cheeked Ana Navarro, on election night 2016, who was terribly excited about the pending, in-the-bag defeat of Donald J. Trump, as “sweet sweet justice” when Hispanics would get to deal him »

SpongeBob survives

Featured image Stephen Hillenburg died at the age of 57 this past Monday at his southern California home of ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease). James Freeman (WSJ’s Best of the Web) and J.J. McCullough (NR) paid tribute to Hillenburg as the creator of the immortal cartoon character SpongeBob SquarePants. Neil Genzlinger’s New York Times obituary also salutes Hillenburg’s work. Two of my three daughters were fans of SpongeBob and the Nickelodeon series in »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll recalls and reflects: SKOOL DAZE or THE MORE THINGS CHANGE. She writes: Columnist, historian, farmer, intellectual giant, Professor Victor Davis Hanson never fails to deliver a brilliant take on whatever he weighs in on. One of his outstanding traits as an essayist is his clarity. But, sometimes he lapses into Greek, Latin, Swahili or Sanskrit without providing a translation. I don’t even think he is showing off; he »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll has a vision of our BRAVE NEW WORLD. She writes: Well, L’il Jimmy Accost-Her has prevailed in litigating his inalienable right to wrestle young women for the mic. (Geez, isn’t that pathetically phallic?) The Democrats did NOT prevail in stealing elections in Florida or Georgia. And that’s all the politics I can stand today. In happy news, my book is selling well. Click on the cute little book »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll wonders: WHAT DO THE NAKED LADIES SAY? She writes: I know whenever I wonder what side of an issue to come down on, the first place I go for guidance is to naked people. Well, okay, full disclosure (as opposed to full dis-clothes-ure), I am but a poor clueless married white woman leeching off my husband, so the FIRST place I go is to ask my husband to »

The complete Billy Jack

Featured image Whatever happened to Billy Jack (the character) and Billy Jack (the movie)? As TCM host Ben Mankiewicz explained last night, the movie was a hugely profitable hit upon its release in 1971 and its rerelease in 1973. You’d think it might be ripe for a remake in the pathetic dream factory churning out the dreck today. TCM retrieved Tom Laughlin’s entire Billy Jack oeuvre from its archives. All told, we »

Rambling with Dr. Snipes

Featured image Well, I missed the interview of Broward County Supervisor of Elections Dr. Brenda C. Snipes (as she likes to be known) with CNN’s Chris “Fredo” Cuomo yesterday. I have embedded a video clip via Benny Johnson’s Twitter feed below. Snipes’s remarks don’t seem to conform to the talking points for which Cuomo sought Swipes’s ratification. She seems a little slow on the uptake. And how disillusioning to have Snipes contradict »

To Kraditor’s credit

Featured image Yesterday in “Kraditor’s rights” I posted the email we received from the prominent Boston University Professor emerita Aileen Kraditor. Professor Kraditor’s hortatory message instructed us to “hire a proofreadwe.” I thought that was funny. Exercising my skills at close reading, I also found the tone obnoxious. I had second thoughts about that and readers whom I respect persuasively disagreed with me. This morning, however, I heard back from Professor Kraditor »

Kraditor’s rights

Featured image Responding to John’s post quoting Freeman Dyson, the prominent Boston University Professor emerita Aileen Kraditor sent us a message early this morning with the subject hire a literate proofreadwe (sic). Her message noted: “You wrote: ‘Dyson wrote a forward…’ I bet that what he wrote is a foreword” (ellipsis in original). I’m probably looking for laughs in all the wrong places and may have misread Professor Kraditor’s message in any »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll has an important announcement to make (with an exclamation point for emphasis) in BOOK ROLL-OUT, Volume One! She writes: Well, dear readers, this is IT! Remember that great scene in The Jerk with Steve Martin when his nebbish character, Navin R. Johnson, goes crazy with joy because the new phone books had arrived and his name was in them? Well, I am almost as excited! Ammo Grrrll Hits »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll recalls FAMILY THEMES AND GUIDING PRINCIPLES. She writes: It’s been a tough week for us all and I felt it necessary to just step away from the vile, soul-sucking crap on the Internet. I offer this little non-political change of pace as a balm. I was emailing Becki, a great new friend I met a year ago, and she mentioned that the motor force of her family, the »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll reflects on the new civility in FINGER FOOD. She writes: As most people probably know by now, one James Thomas, Assistant Professor of Sociology at Ole Miss, advised: “Don’t just interrupt a Senator’s meal, y’all. Put your whole damn fingers in their salads. Take their apps and distribute them to the other diners. Bring boxes and take their food home with you on the way out. They don’t »

Stuck on Stuckey

Featured image Allie Beth Stuckey has penetrated the mind of the Democratic politician. She has achieved a deep understanding of the Democrats’ pitch to core Democratic constituencies. She puts it all together in this comprehensive advertisement for the campaign season. I can’t believe she has placed it before an unsuspecting world at no charge. Someone needs to sign her up! I made my very own campaign ad for the Democrats. Hope this »

What happened in Vegas

Featured image The Las Vegas Review-Journal was impressed by the crowd President Obama drew to Cox Pavilion at UNLV as he stumped for Democratic senatorial candidate Jacky Rosen yesterday, putting it at 2,000. On Twitter, Rosie Memos was not so impressed. Drawing on photos from around the room, RM explains the sound of silence. Below is one of the pieces of evidence compiled by RM, who also cruelly contrasts Obama’s Las Vegas »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll declares that there is NOTHING SOCIAL ABOUT IT. She writes: Generally speaking, putting the word “social” in front of anything either renders it meaningless or changes it into its opposite. Sometimes, like “social disease,” it is just a euphemism. At any rate, I submit several examples of the uses of “social” for your consideration: Let’s just skim the surface of the worst of all, though it alone could »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll is BIDDING ADIEU TO #MeToo. After her goodbye to all that she has some exciting retail opportunities better characterized as SOME COOL SURPRISES! She writes: To my certain knowledge, the only time in my life I have ever said, “MeToo!” was when someone asked, “Who wants cake and ice cream?” and someone else had already answered “Me!” first. I’m just not a “MeToo” kinda grrrll. I have a »

The World Has Gone Certifiably Crazy

Featured image Some days the absurd news just piles up so fast that there almost isn’t room for any fake news. Though tuning in to CNN for 10 minutes will cure you of this thought. Anyway, I wish some of the stories I spotted today were fake news, but alas, they are all read: Flight delayed after woman brings ’emotional support squirrel’ on plane Police escorted a woman off a plane Tuesday after she »