Pope Given Last Rites

Ken AshfordGodstuffLeave a Comment

He’s coming in second in the DeathRace. Actually, I liked this Pope.  I attended an Easter Mass in Vatican City in 1983.  He blessed us in, like, a hundred different languages.  A whole generation is about to learn (and I am about to re-learn) those silly and wonderful rituals about black smoke and white smoke as a new pope is … Read More

More Rightwing Self-loathing

Ken AshfordAssisited Suicide/Schiavo, RepublicansLeave a Comment

At Alan Keye’s Renew America site, they aren’t mincing words: Dear President Bush, As a lifelong Republican and staunch supporter of you and your policies, I feel compelled to write to you today, during this Easter season of life and liberty from sin and death, where we all come together to experience the transcendent joy which traditionally marks the anniversary … Read More

Harvard Political Review on Jon Stewart

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Inciteful comments on The Daily Show from the Harvard Political Review: People are listening to Jon Stewart. With his recent best-seller America (The Book) and his hit fake news show on Comedy Central, The Daily Show, it seems clear that his message is being heard: for instance, over 1.5 million people tuned in to watch Stewart interview John Kerry. Still, … Read More

March 29, 2015

Ken AshfordRight Wing Punditry/IdiocyLeave a Comment

March 29, 2015 is the day that, according to that mental giant Bill O’Reilly, we will all be able to marry goats, "mark his words": O’REILLY: The judges in Massachusetts knew they weren’t going to be impeached when they said to the state legislature, "Gay marriage is now legal in Massachusetts because we say it is. We the judges" — … Read More

The Man Who Saved The World

Ken AshfordForeign AffairsLeave a Comment

Incredible(!) story from The Moscow News about something that happened in 1983 that you didn’t know about, because you were sleeping soundly in your bed.  I reprint it here in full: The Man Who Saved the World Finally Recognized Sirens blaring, warning lights flashing, computer screens showing nuclear missiles on their way, one man in charge of a red button … Read More

Schiavo’s Body Is Dead

Ken AshfordAssisited Suicide/Schiavo, Breaking News, Health Care, Right Wing Punditry/IdiocyLeave a Comment

RIP, finally. UPDATE:  The response from the right-wing blogosphere — full of death poems and scripture, not to mention wailing and gnashing of teeth — was a little TOO predictable, don’t you think? UPDATE #2:  I take that back.  I was just home for lunch and caught about 20 minutes of the cable news networks.  Man, do they want this … Read More

Now THIS is a Living Will

Ken AshfordHealth CareLeave a Comment

Slightly altered from Robert Friedman’s brilliant column: * In the event I lapse into a persistent vegetative state, I want medical authorities to resort to extraordinary means to prolong my hellish semiexistence. Fifteen years wouldn’t be long enough for me. * I want my spouse and my parents to compound their misery by engaging in a bitter and protracted feud … Read More

Those Evil, Terrorist Loving “Libruls”

Ken AshfordRepublicansLeave a Comment

From Thoughtcrimes.org: Issue Liberal Position Osama bin Laden Position NeoConservative Position Abortion Favors Opposes Opposes Prayer in School Opposes Favors Favors Separation of Church & State Favors Opposes Opposes Censorship Opposes Favors Favors Pre-emptive Attacks Opposes Favors Favors Interpretation of Religious Scripture Not Literal Literal Literal Women’s Rights Favors Opposes Opposes Death with Dignity Favors Opposes Opposes Theory of Evolution … Read More

Technology – A Pain In The Arse

Ken AshfordRandom MusingsLeave a Comment

Having trouble getting your cable modem to recognize your network router?  Yeah.  Bummer.  Remember the good old days when the hardest thing to do — technologically speaking — was programming your VCR clock? Of course, nothing beats this — a seven minute instructional (silent) film from 1927 called "How To Use The Dial Phone".  We may laugh now, but it … Read More

Religious Right Represents One Small Part of Spectrum

Ken AshfordAssisited Suicide/Schiavo, GodstuffLeave a Comment

Barbara O’Brien has a must-read over at The American Street.  To quote the best parts is an injustice to the whole thing, but I reluctantly will selectively quote and summarize anyhow: Right now Michael Schiavo and his supporters are hoping an autopsy of Terri Schiavo‚Äôs brain will eventually settle the matter of her persistent vegetative state beyond a shadow of … Read More

We So Crazy

Ken AshfordForeign AffairsLeave a Comment

57 per cent of Australians think US foreign policy to be as great a threat as that of Islamic fundamentalism. Can’t imagine why.  Unless you think about it. I mean, of ALL the nations on this planet, which one has been involved in more wars and had more of its troops in other sovereign lands?  Which nation invokes "pre-emption" as … Read More

Baghdad’s Grassy Knoll?

Ken AshfordIraqLeave a Comment

Body and Soul has the low-down on the killing of Nicola Calipari, the Italian intelligence agent who American soldiers shot and killed early this month as he was transporting an Italian kidnap victim to safety. The U.S. government story has always been that the American soldiers, located on the most dangerous road in Baghdad, got a little jumpy and fired … Read More