Why I Need To Read More

Ken AshfordSex/Morality/Family ValuesLeave a Comment

These are the 110 most banned books.  The ones I have read (or mostly read) are in bold; the ones I have read excerpts of are in italics. #1 The Bible#2 Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain#3 Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes#4 The Koran#5 Arabian Nights (any number of doubtless-abridged versions)#6 Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain#7 Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan … Read More

Oscar Night

Ken AshfordPopular CultureLeave a Comment

For the first time in many many many many many years, I really didn’t give a shit.  I hadn’t seen most of the movies, except "Sideways" which was nice. I’m glad Morgan Freeman won.  That was nice. But here’s the thing: does Chris Rock suck bigtime or what?

The Hidden Cost

Ken AshfordIraq, Mental HealthLeave a Comment

A side of the Iraqi War that you rarely read about: Jesus Bocanegra was an Army infantry scout for units that pursued Saddam Hussein in his hometown of Tikrit. After he returned home to McAllen, Texas, it took him six months to find a job. He was diagnosed with PTSD and is waiting for the VA to process his disability … Read More

Uncle Bucky Cashes In

Ken AshfordBush & Co.Leave a Comment

From the LA Times: The Iraq war helped bring record earnings to St. Louis-based defense contractor Engineered Support Systems Inc., and new financial data show that the firm’s war-related profits have trickled down to a familiar family name — Bush. William H.T. "Bucky" Bush, uncle of the president and youngest brother of former President George H.W. Bush, cashed in ESSI … Read More

More on the F-word

Ken AshfordBush & Co.Leave a Comment

A little over a week ago, I wrote a post about the F-word ("fascism") being used to describe the Bush Administration by a prominent conservative magazine. Was it just mudflinging . . . or is there something to the notion that we are heading into a fascist era? This flash animation makes a compelling argument that we are indeed seeing … Read More

From the Producers of “The Swift Boat Veterans for *cough* Truth *cough*”…

Ken AshfordBush & Co., Sex/Morality/Family Values, Social Security1 Comment

… comes the latest in surreal conservative propaganda. And it is a doosy. AARP: Anti-military. Pro Gay. Therefore, we should privatize social security. This is a copy of the the ad being run by USANext, the conservative alternative to AARP (when you click the actual ad, you are taken to USANext‘s home page). There’s no article or argument as to … Read More

Disconcerting News

Ken AshfordHealth CareLeave a Comment

WASHINGTON – The Earth may be on the brink of a worldwide epidemic from a bird flu virus that may mutate to become as deadly and infectious as viruses that killed millions during three influenza pandemics of the 20th century, a federal health official said Monday. *** "The science here is all alerting us that we have a great deal … Read More

Bush’s “Schtick”

Ken AshfordBush & Co.Leave a Comment

Gotta love it. From the NY Times article on the newly-discovered Bush tapes: He refused to answer reporters’ questions about his past behavior, he said, even though it might cost him the election. Defending his approach, Mr. Bush said: "I wouldn’t answer the marijuana questions. You know why? Because I don’t want some little kid doing what I tried." Isn’t … Read More

Hypocrisy of the Right – Part II

Ken AshfordBlogging, Republicans, Right Wing Punditry/IdiocyLeave a Comment

Eason Jordon believed that U.S. soldiers were targetting journalists. Ann "It’s Time for the New McCarthyism" Coulter wants U.S. soldiers to target journalists. Eason Jordon’s statement is made in a closed-door symposium with relatively few listeners. He retracts it almost immediately. Ann Coulter’s statement was made on national television to untold millions of listeners. She never retracts it. Eason Jordon … Read More

Hypocrisy of the Right – Part I

Ken AshfordIraq, War on Terrorism/TortureLeave a Comment

If the Clinton Adminstration had done something like this . . . U.S. diplomats and intelligence officers are conducting secret talks with Iraq’s Sunni insurgents on ways to end fighting there, Time magazine reported yesterday, citing Pentagon and other sources. … the right wingers would run the word "appeaser" into the ground. But it is Bush, so they don’t. Hypocrisy … Read More

Chinese Arms

Ken AshfordPopular CultureLeave a Comment

China has lots of them. (Scroll down to bottom of page to view incredible video of Chinese performers, who — believe it or not — are deaf!!).

Camilla Banned From White House

Ken AshfordBush & Co., Sex/Morality/Family ValuesLeave a Comment

CAMILLA BANNED FROM WHITE HOUSE George Bush has banned Camilla Parker Bowles from the White House – because she is a divorcee. The unprecedented snub has effectively sabotaged Charles’s plan to take his bride on a Royal tour of America later this year. (Source) A divorcee? Never! A gay hooker, on the other hand . . .