Quote Of The Day

Ken AshfordIraqLeave a Comment

"The mission was to insulate the president. It was about making it appear that he wasn’t in the know." That’s a quote from a Bush administration official.  What’s he talking about? He’s talking about how Karl Rove, President Bush’s chief political adviser, cautioned other White House aides in the summer of 2003 that Bush’s 2004 re-election prospects would be severely … Read More

The Gift That Keeps On Giving

Ken AshfordRepublicansLeave a Comment

This whole Kallogian/Downtown Baghdad photo thing just keeps getting funnier and funnier. Let’s recap: (1)  On his website several months ago, Candidate for Congress Howard Kallogian tells how he "just got back" from Iraq, and despite what the media says, it is very peaceful there.  To make his point, he posts a picture of a street in "downtown Baghdad", which … Read More

On What Planet?

Ken AshfordRight Wing Punditry/IdiocyLeave a Comment

Tim Graham, at the Corner: It’s also fair to push back at reporters who feel free to use sensationalistic terms in their own precincts. How many times have we heard versions of Republicans waging "war on the poor," or "war on women"? From reporters?  Um, zero.  If it happens with such frequency, why can’t Tim cite some examples? Seriously, I … Read More

It’s Istanbul, Not Constantinople Iraq

Ken AshfordRepublicansLeave a Comment

Howard Kallogian, a Republican congressional candidate in California’s 50th District (to replace the now-indicted "Duke" Cunningham) goes to Baghdad, and reports how calm and peaceful it is.  Therefore, the press is making shit up.  To prove his point, Kallogian posts a picture (that he supposedly took) on his website.  Here’s the picture he posted: Wow, downtown Baghdad does look peaceful.  … Read More

Let’s Help John Out

Ken AshfordRight Wing Punditry/Idiocy, Wiretapping & Surveillance4 Comments

Poor John Hindrocket.  Hampered by his own desire to be right, he can’t see the plain evidence in front of his face.  Here’s what he writes in his post "Someone’s Misreporting This Story": Yesterday, five former judges of the FISA court testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee on the National Security Agency’s international terrorist surveillance program. Some observers have alleged … Read More

Nathan Tabor – Hypocrite

Ken AshfordRight Wing Punditry/IdiocyLeave a Comment

Nathan Tabor, today, writing about PETA’s exhibit entitled ""Are Animals the New Slaves?": And it seems that PETA wants to do something else. It’s fully prepared to use the pain of slavery and the Holocaust to try to push its questionable agenda. Yeah, I know what you mean, Nathan.  Different issues shouldn’t be conflated as if they are one and … Read More

Riddle Me This

Ken AshfordGodstuffLeave a Comment

According to a recent U.Minn study, atheists are the most hated and distrusted minority group in America. So how can anyone take seriously the claim that there is a "War On Christians"? This victimization thing has got to stop.  The resurgence of Christian faith is the highest I’ve seen in my lifetime.  We have a President who claims to be … Read More

Lost Gene Hackman Movie Discovered

Ken AshfordPopular CultureLeave a Comment

Several months before he became famous in Bonnie & Clyde, Gene Hackman starred in a 16mm, 22 minute U.S. government Civil Defense instructional film entitled COMMUNITY SHELTER PLANNING. Read the story of how the film was found, and what it is all about.

Top Ten Mistakes The Bush Administration Is Repeating From Vietnam

Ken AshfordBush & Co., History, IraqLeave a Comment

This is very good, and you should read the whole thing.  My favorite from the list: 1.  Underestimating the enemy. As in Vietnam, the superpower’s potent military has been astounded by the tenacity and competence of a nationalist rebellion attempting to throw a foreign occupier from its soil. For example, the U.S. military, a hierarchical organization, views the Sunni insurgency … Read More

American Idol Update: 21st Century

Ken AshfordPopular CultureLeave a Comment

This week, the theme was "21st century songs".  The remaining ten Idol finalists had to pick and perform a song from this century. And, if nothing else, tonight’s show confirmed one thing for me: 21st century music sucks. That said, almost the entire show was a disappointment.  Sharp and flat notes, coupled with bland performances, ruled the evening. I was … Read More

Stupider Than ID

Ken AshfordGodstuff2 Comments

Meet intelligent design’s stupider younger brother: Geocentrism. Sungenis is a geocentrist. He contends the sun orbits the Earth instead of vice versa. He says physics and the Bible show that the vastness of space revolves around us; that we’re at the center of everything, on a planet that does not rotate. He has just completed a 1,000-page tome, "Galileo Was … Read More