Laughter is the Best Medicine

The (putative) booing of Dr. Jill [updated]

Featured image Congress is adjourned. Members up for reelection are home campaigning in advance of elections next month. We are left reading omens and tea leaves. Anything but the Star Tribune! The Star Tribune has gone into full campaign mode on behalf of the DFL. Please see my related comments in “The real fake news.” Looking for a bona fide tea leaf to read, I noted that Dr. Jill Biden attended last »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll has drawn LESSONS FOR LIFE — FROM STANDUP (The First Five). She writes: EVERYTHING IS HARDER THAN IT LOOKS No, really. Every. Single. Thing! I have watched my landscaper do difficult and amazing things with my cactus. I have tried to watch home handymen do things that I could not do with a gun to my head. Although more than one of them has said, “I charge $50 »

Self-portrait with laptop

Featured image Michael Ramirez recently had to take a few days off due to illness. His creative juices are flowing again now that he is back on the case. Picking up on the news that prosecutors have sufficient evidence to charge Hunter Biden with crimes that would result in the incapacitation of the average citizen, Michael gives us the imaginary self-portrait produced by Hunter Biden in his current line of “work.” The »

This senior moment

Featured image When the Washington Free Beacon initiated its popular weekly series depicting “Joe Biden’s Senior Moment of the Week,” they worried that they wouldn’t necessarily have material every week. As they arrive at Volume 14, however, they have such an abundance that they have inserted a graphic rendering it in the plural. This week, for example, they find Biden honoring a Democratic colleague for being “the most congresswoman in the Congress,” »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll declares that “THE STATE TOTTERS.” She writes: William Shakespeare’s The Tempest (Act 3, Scene 2): Drunk Trinculo speaks: “They say there’s but five upon this isle; we are three of them. If the other two be brained like us, the state totters…” William the Bard of Avon knew a thing or two. I do fear that our fragile republic “totters.” One of my favorite cult movies is Spinal »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrlll is feeling THE SPIRIT OF 76. She writes: Another month down, and another month down, and another one bites the dust. And by this time next Friday, another birthday as well. 75 was startling enough; 76 is just ridiculous. I keep thinking of trombones for some reason. And, as it happens, this year my birthday falls on Yom Kippur. Nothing more festive than a 25-hour Fast of Atonement. »

Moments, senior moments

Featured image As of today Thaleigha Rampersad and Andrew Stiles have compiled 12 editions of “Joe Biden’s senior moment of the week.” In today’s volume 12 they cheated a little (video below). They were unable to settle on just one senior moment. In the accompanying story on volume 12 they include this quote from Biden’s 60 Minutes interview in which Biden comments on his age: “I have trouble even mentioning, even saying »

Buckeye blind

Featured image Ohio Democratic Senate candidate Tim Ryan is a 25-carat phony “moderate.” He had the luxury of running a general election style campaign through the primary season, so he has had the time to perfect his act. In just the past two years, however, “he’s voted to federalize elections, admit Washington, D.C., as the 51st state, impose onerous new background check requirements on gun owners, and grant mass amnesty to millions »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll assesses THE ICK FACTOR. She writes: When I was a kid, for many people, baths were a weekly event. It was a smelly world; it was just part of life. Then apparently the good folks on Madison Avenue suddenly noticed that body odor was a problem in search of a profitable solution. But deodorant unfortunately had to be placed in underarms, which were considered somewhat icky and off-limits »

In search of tree equity

Featured image The Twin Cities have serious livability problems that stare us in the face every damn day. They can be refined through the filter of statistical disparities, but most of us can see what it’s all about with such analysis as framed by the left. Indeed, the analysis presented by the left obfuscates the problems. Today’s Star Tribune delivers one such statistical disparity that might be at the the bottom of »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll finds “DATING” REDEFINED (and a few other thoughts). She writes: For God-knows-what reason, my In-Box, with a very clear woman’s name in the email address, is often plagued with several offers for me to “date” women from foreign countries. I guess they can’t legally say “boink” even if Sister Mary Algorithm would let them through. I surmise that solicitation for prostitution is still technically “illegal.” But it’s probably »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll takes note: NOT MY WORLD ANY MORE. She writes: You begin to get a hint that the World thinks you are nearing the end of your tenure here when your mail consists largely of Hearing Aid ads, Walk-In Tubs and Cremation literature. It’s startling when you feel much younger and more alive than that. So a certain percentage of people apparently believe it’s time for you to move »

This just in

Featured image The Times of Israel publishes a brief AFP story under a headline that might be filed under Laughter is the best medicine: “UN watchdog says it ‘cannot assure’ that Iran nuclear program is ‘exclusively peaceful.’” Please make sure you’re sitting down before taking this in: The UN’s nuclear watchdog says it cannot guarantee the peaceful nature of Iran’s nuclear program, saying there had been “no progress” in resolving questions over »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll glimpses HOW THE OTHER HALF LIVES. She writes: Okay, first of all, it isn’t nearly “half.” More like the top 1-2 percent. And let me say right from the git-go that I have no animus toward the quite rich, very rich, or even ridiculously rich, as long as they can’t use that money to destroy my life. But too many of those people, blessed with so much, seem »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll is wondering WHICH HERO AM I MOST LIKE? She writes: An occupational hazard of being a comedian is thinking you have a great new joke when it is already out there. Working comics are constantly asking each other: “Is this somebody’s bit or did I think it up?” Even as a wordsmith, now whenever I think of a decent quip I worry somebody else has already thought of »

Goodbye is too good a word

Featured image With the growth of cable news and social media, it has become increasingly difficult to separate the noise from the news. The proliferation of sources is a good thing, but the ratio of noise to news is overwhelming. CNN’s inaptly named Reliable Sources and host Brian Stelter are a long-time source of noise, as is CNN itself. Now comes news that CNN has canceled Reliable Sources after a 30-year run »

Thoughts from the ammo line

Featured image Ammo Grrrll has AN OPEN LETTER TO DON AND RON. She writes: Dear Mr. President (45) and Governor DeSantis: This is more or less a mash letter to both of you. With a plea that is actually a prayer. So who am I, you ask? Nobody. Not even a washed-up singer or actress tweeting semi-literate obscenities and calling everyone a Nazi. Heck, I’m not on Facebook, Twitter or even Truth »