Bush Administration Strongarms Scientists

Ken AshfordBush & Co., Environment & Global Warming & EnergyLeave a Comment

This is, well, orwellian. A new report presented to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee by the Union of Concerned Scientists and the Government Accountability Project shows 435 instances in which the Bush administration interfered into the global warming work of government scientists over the past five years. Some other findings of the survey: – 46 percent of government … Read More

Amanda Marcotte Joins Edwards Team

Ken AshfordBlogging, Election 2008Leave a Comment

Greenwald comments: In an obviously growing trend of political campaigns hiring bloggers, Pandagon’s Amanda Marcotte has been hired by the John Edwards presidential campaign. That is part of a larger trend whereby the blogosphere is slowly ceasing to be its own closed, separate system and is instead seeping into, even merging with, all of the more traditional political and journalistic … Read More

Obama Introduced Bill For Date Certain Troop Withdrawal

Ken AshfordIraqLeave a Comment

Like him or not, the man has balls.  While Democrats (and some Republicans) debate the finer points of passing a non-binding resolution articulating opposition to the Bush escalation of troops in Iraq,  Senator Obama is doing what needs to be done.  He’s introduced a law which states, quite specifically, the goal of getting "all" — yes, all — U.S. combat … Read More

Oh, Well That Explains It…

Ken AshfordIraqLeave a Comment

Republican Senator Richard Lugar (R-IN) on the Bush escalation plan in Iraq: Some commentators have compared the Bush plan to a "Hail Mary" pass in football — a desperate heave deep down the field by a losing team at the end of the game. Actually, a far better analogy for the Bush plan is a draw play on third down … Read More

“I Won’t Be Happy Until I Lose My Legs”

Ken AshfordHealth Care1 Comment

If you’ve never heard of body identity integrity disorder, or BIID, then this first-person article will be a mind-blower. BIID is a psychological disorder in which the sufferer, who is usually "normal" in all other respects, does not "identify" with certain parts of his or her body.  This usually manifests itself in childhood, and carries into adulthood, when the sufferer … Read More

Was 9/11 Really That Bad?

Ken AshfordWar on Terrorism/TortureLeave a Comment

About time someone said it. Without diminishing what happened that day, historian David Bell takes a look at 9/11, and makes a convincing argument that — as tragic as 9/11 was — it has resulted in a massive overreaction.  Key sentences (emphasis mine): The people who attacked us in 2001 are indeed hate-filled fanatics who would like nothing better than … Read More

Oldest Living Person For A Few Days

Ken AshfordRandom MusingsLeave a Comment

Last week, the world’s oldest living person, 115-year-old Emiliano Mercado del Toro of Puerto Rico, passed away. That meant that the oldest living person in the world was an American — Emma Faust Tillman of Connecticut.  Ms. Tillman was the son of a slave, and was born in 1892 in North Carolina. Last night, after being the "world’s oldest living … Read More


Ken AshfordEducation1 Comment

UNC messed up: CHAPEL HILL, North Carolina (AP) — An admissions department e-mail sent from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill congratulated 2,700 prospective freshmen this week on their acceptance to the school. The problem is that none of the applicants have been admitted. They won’t start finding out until March whether they’ve made the cut. "We deeply … Read More

I Don’t Think I Can Take Much More Of “Grease: You’re The One That I Want”

Ken AshfordPopular Culture2 Comments

They’re all talented — but so Donny-and-Marie-Osmond bland, just like the musical itself.  I think even the biggest "Grease" fans won’t come to the Broadway show, because by the time this series is over, everyone will be sick of "Grease" (if they’re not already). And hello?  Are we just going to watch these people sing?  Is there going to be … Read More

Problems With The Surge

Ken AshfordIraqLeave a Comment

A disturbing video showing U.S soldiers watching as their Iraqi Army colleagues (they’re Shiites) brutally beat Sunni civilians to near-death, as U.S. soldiers hoop and holler in support at the "Rodney King" treatment the civilians receive. Is this how to win hearts and minds? UPDATE:  Carpetbagger shoots down five myths often spouted by war supporters: The conservative case in support … Read More

The “Eldersphere”

Ken AshfordBloggingLeave a Comment

Don’t think that blogging is just for the young.  Donald Crowlis, age 93, is the writer of an increasingly popular blog, Don To Earth.  He’s thought to be the world’s oldest blogger. Lindsay Beyerstein of Majikthise wonders just how big the eldersphere is.

The Newest Hero For “Heroes”?

Ken AshfordRandom MusingsLeave a Comment

How about a boy whose scream can kill chickens? Hundreds of chickens have been found dead in east China — and a court has ruled that the cause of death was the screaming of a four-year-old boy who in turn had been scared by a barking dog, state media reported on Wednesday. The bizarre sequence events began when the boy … Read More