My Internet Is Broken — Is Yours?

Ken AshfordCongressLeave a Comment

If senators don’t know what they’re talking about, they shouldn’t be talking at all. Here’s Sen. Ted Stevens (R-AK) talking about the Net Neutrality bill, and why he opposes it: I just the other day got, an internet was sent by my staff at 10 o’clock in the morning on Friday and I just got it yesterday. Why? No, it … Read More

Framing the Religion Debate

Ken AshfordGodstuffLeave a Comment

Michelle Goldberg: The relevant argument, then, is not about whether there will be prayer in public schools. It’s about whether there will be government-mandated prayer in public schools. The argument is not whether religion can do good things in people’s lives. It’s whether the government should fund religion. The argument is not even whether religious groups should contract with the … Read More

China Is The U.S. Role Model

Ken AshfordWar on Terrorism/TortureLeave a Comment

It’s ironic.  Conservatives are still clamoring for prosecution and punishment of the New York Times for reporting a story largely known to terrorists — i.e., that we’re following the money trail.  They want the NYT to be penalized for bucking the government. And that’s where this story comes in: Chinese media outlets will be fined up to $12,500 each time … Read More

Right Wing Readership Going Down

Ken AshfordBlogging1 Comment

According to U.S. Newswire: At U.S. Politics Today, we thought it might be interesting to see how the right-wing media machine was doing. Not well, it turns out. During the past three months, for instance, traffic ranking has declined 18 percent. He still huffs and puffs away daily on radio, but advertisers might want to double check the size … Read More

Lookee What I Found…

Ken AshfordWar on Terrorism/TortureLeave a Comment

From the Geneva Convention Commentaries: In short, all the particular cases we have just been considering confirm a general principle which is embodied in all four Geneva Conventions of 1949. Every person in enemy hands must have some status under international law: he is either a prisoner of war and, as such, covered by the Third Convention, a civilian covered … Read More

The Winger Response To Hamdan

Ken AshfordRight Wing Punditry/Idiocy, Supreme Court, War on Terrorism/TortureLeave a Comment

Entirely predictable. They’re getting all outraged and pulling the "activist judges" crap.  Here, for example, is the editorial at NRO: As yesterday’s decision again demonstrates, this Court would rather impose its preferences on us than simply follow the law. We should find this unacceptable in any case. But when the consequences of the Court’s arrogance rise to the level of … Read More

Bad Apples

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Good lord: BEIJI, Iraq – Five U.S. Army soldiers are being investigated for allegedly raping a young woman, then killing her and three members of her family in Iraq, a U.S. military official told The Associated Press on Friday. The soldiers also allegedly burned the body of the woman they are accused of raping. *** There is no indication what … Read More

Mark Levin Is A Moron

Ken AshfordConstitution, Right Wing Punditry/Idiocy1 Comment

Publius beat me to it.  I was going to post the exact same thing: Mark Levin, NRO: Congress and the Court are systematically stripping the presidency of war-making powers. Congress demands that the president get court approval before intercepting enemy communications (we call that intelligence gathering) and the Court demands that the president get statutory support from Congress before he … Read More

How About “Scissors, Rock, Paper”?

Ken AshfordGodstuffLeave a Comment

The Holy Trinity is getting a makeover: When referring to the Trinity, most Christians are likely to say “Father, Son and the Holy Spirit.” But leaders of the Presbyterian Church (USA) are suggesting some additional designations: “Compassionate Mother, Beloved Child and Life-giving Womb,” or perhaps “Overflowing Font, Living Water, Flowing River.” Then there’s “Rock, Cornerstone and Temple” and “Rainbow of … Read More

Bin Laden Hearts Bush

Ken AshfordWar on Terrorism/TortureLeave a Comment

Remember back in the 2004 election, when the GOP talking point was that bin Laden was rooting for a Democrat to win?  It was repeated over and over again, and parroted by the media. Of course, that was just a talking point.  The truth is, Bush has been berry berry good to bin Laden.  Al Qaeda, once a fringe radical … Read More

No No No No No….

Ken AshfordCrimeLeave a Comment

It astounds me how stupid some law enforcement people can be about, you know, the law: NASHUA – A city man is charged with violating state wiretap laws by recording a detective on his home security camera, while the detective was investigating the man’s sons. Michael Gannon, 49, of 26 Morgan St., was arrested Tuesday night, after he brought a … Read More

Hamdan Perspectives

Ken AshfordBush & Co., Supreme Court, War on Terrorism/TortureLeave a Comment

What Hamdan means — and doesn’t mean: There’s plenty of good analysis at and of course SCOTUSBlog. Orin Kerr also cites an interesting New Yorker piece about David Addington, Bush’s "legal mind behind the war on terror"  It’s pretty clear from the Hamdan decision that Addington, among others, were simply barking up the wrong tree.  The article quotes an … Read More

Article 3 Interpretation

Ken AshfordSupreme Court3 Comments

Eugene Volokh notices something in the Hamdan decision.  It appears that none of the justices –even the dissenters — take the position that Article 3 doesn’t apply to Gitmo detainees (although Scalia and Alito are silent). Even Thomas, Volokh notes, seems to agree — although he disputes the particular interpretation to be applied to Article 3.  Volokh quotes Thomas at … Read More