Pump Prayers

Ken AshfordCorporate Greed, Economy & Jobs & Deficit, GodstuffLeave a Comment

I don’t know what to make of this: WASHINGTON, April 26 (UPI) — A U.S. Christian group has grown tired of escalating gasoline prices and is set to stage a national prayer rally to lower the numbers at the pumps. Various Christian clergy from around the country will convene around a Washington, D.C., gas station Thursday at noon to pray. … Read More

The “Five Weird Habits” Meme

Ken AshfordPersonalLeave a Comment

Mannion did it.  So did Shakepeare’s Sister.  So will I. MY FIVE HABITS THAT COULD BE CONSIDERED WEIRD: (1)  When reading or considering something, I stroke my goatee just like scientists in the 19th century did.  Except I don’t have a goatee.  I just stroke my chin in an affected way.  Except that I’m usually not aware that I’m doing … Read More

Talk About A Bad Life

Ken AshfordRandom MusingsLeave a Comment

This opening graf hurts to read: CHICAGO, Illinois (AP) — A man who spent 12 years in prison for murder before new DNA testing exonerated him last year was killed in a hit-and-run as he walked on the city’s South Side.

Casa Blanca No Habla Espanol?

Ken AshfordBush & Co.Leave a Comment

DATA POINT ONE Bush today: When the president was asked at a Rose Garden question-and-answer session whether the anthem should be sung in Spanish, he replied: "I think the national anthem ought to be sung in English, and I think people who want to be a citizen of this country ought to learn English and they ought to learn to … Read More

“Winnie The Pooh Has A Really Big, Heavy Head”

Ken AshfordPopular CultureLeave a Comment

The following is an interview with Crystal Nettles, who recently left Disneyland after five years working in costume, playing such characters as Pluto and Eeyore: Is there a social hierarchy at the park? Like, the princesses in the parade are cool, and they look down on people in Goofy costumes, or maybe the costume people are cooler? Well, they had … Read More

Friday iPod Random Ten

Ken AshfordRandom MusingsLeave a Comment

Haven’t done this in a while: Jive Talkin’ – Bee Gees In Your Eyes – Peter Gabriel Luka – Suzanne Vega Mess Around – Ray Charles Taurus II – Mike Oldfield Live and Let Die – Paul McCartney It’s Too Late – Carole King Schadenfreude – Avenue Q What Child Is This – Vince Guaraldi The Wreck of the Edmund … Read More

Gas Profit Guzzlers

Ken AshfordCorporate Greed, Economy & Jobs & DeficitLeave a Comment

One day after Exxon Mobil announced huge profits, Chevron announced that its first-quarter profits were a record $4 billion.  That’s an increase of 49% over last year. Fat bastards. UPDATE:  The folks at The American Street think they know why gas prices are going up: Kellie Pickler, who’d performed the ballad “Unchained Melody” during Tuesday night’s episode became the latest … Read More

Porn Stars To Perform On Legitimate London Stage

Ken AshfordPopular CultureLeave a Comment

You have to hand it to Fox.  They’ve taken the "reality show" genre and come up with some pretty unique ideas.  Most realities shows suck, but this — well, it could be very amusing: NEW YORK (Reuters) — A new television reality show invites porn stars to test their serious acting abilities in London’s theater district, raising the question: Debbie … Read More

Judicial Da Vinci Code Cracked

Ken AshfordCourts/LawLeave a Comment

A London judge, who ruled in the copyright infringement case involving Dan Brown’s "The Da Vinci Code", stuck an encoded message of his own within his 71-page judgment (in favor of Brown). The code has been cracked. RELATED:  Judges are not averse to being humorous.  This website catalogues some of the more interesting/weird/humorous works from those who sit on the … Read More

Anatomy Of A Photo Op

Ken AshfordCongressLeave a Comment

The captions below each picture are taken verbatim from AP and Reuters (but the emphasis is mine). U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-IL) speaks at a news conference on gas prices at a gas station in Washington, April 27, 2006. Hastert drove home his points by leaving the news conference in a pair of hydrogen-powered cars. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst House Speaker … Read More

Just Wondering….

Ken AshfordRandom MusingsLeave a Comment

After reading that China released a panda named Xiang-Xiang into the wild (the first time this has happened), I came to wonder: Why are pandas always given the same first and last names?