Harry Potter – Nude!

Ken AshfordPopular CultureLeave a Comment

Nice to see actors buck the sterotypes that made them famous: On stage in London’s West End and stripped of his cinematic magic (and for a while his clothes), Daniel Radcliffe of “Harry Potter” fame proves he’s no-one trick pony. Last night’s much-anticipated revival of Peter Shaffer’s “Equus” showed off a darker, more mature Radcliffe. Gone was the bespectacled schoolboy … Read More

Right-Wing Noise Machine Still Attacking Gore

Ken AshfordEnvironment & Global Warming & EnergyLeave a Comment

Anonymous Liberal: The right-wing noise machine really is a remarkable thing to behold. Al Gore wins an Oscar, gets some well-deserved recognition for his efforts, and within hours the Republican noise machine is already in full smear mode, trying to undercut Gore’s message by attacking him personally. It began this morning when a group that no one has ever heard … Read More

This Shouldn’t Happen In The Most Advanced Country On Earth

Ken AshfordHealth CareLeave a Comment

We really need to overhaul health care big time: Twelve-year-old Deamonte Driver died of a toothache Sunday. A routine, $80 tooth extraction might have saved him. If his mother had been insured. If his family had not lost its Medicaid. If Medicaid dentists weren’t so hard to find. If his mother hadn’t been focused on getting a dentist for his … Read More

Troops Unprepared

Ken AshfordIraqLeave a Comment

How can people who "support the troops" allow this to happen? Rushed by President Bush’s decision to reinforce Baghdad with thousands more U.S. troops, two Army combat brigades are skipping their usual session at the Army’s premier training range in California and instead are making final preparations at their home bases. Some in Congress and others outside the Army are … Read More

Light Blogging/Pillow Fight NYC 2007

Ken AshfordRandom Musings1 Comment

There will be light blogging for the next several days due to the following: (1) I may have jury duty tomorrow.  (I’ll find out when I call the special number after 5:00 p.m. today) [POST 5 P.M. UPDATE:  Yay!!  No jury duty!!!] (2) I’ll be in NYC for a long weekend.  Gonna see some shows ["Wicked", "Spring Awakening", Jack Goes … Read More

Supreme Court Gives Gore’s Oscar To Bush

Ken AshfordRandom MusingsLeave a Comment

Heh: In a stunning reversal for the former vice president, the Supreme Court ordered that Al Gore’s Academy Award be given to President Bush. Just days after former Vice President Al Gore received an Academy Award for his global- warming documentary, “An Inconvenient Truth,” the Supreme Court handed Gore a stunning reversal, stripping him of his Oscar and awarding it … Read More

Quote Of The Day

Ken AshfordIraqLeave a Comment

Laura Bush on Larry King Live: And many parts of Iraq are stable now. But, of course, what we see on television is the one bombing a day that discourages everybody. One bombing a day?  C’mon, Laura. Here’s a list of incidents Iraq over the past week.  By my count, there are 34 involving bombs.  That’s five a day.

The Gore Smear

Ken AshfordEnvironment & Global Warming & Energy1 Comment

The rightwing noise machine has set its sites on Al Gore. A group as sprung up overnight, calling itself the Tennessee Center for Policy Research (it is, despite its official sounding name, a rightwing organization founded by a member of the conservative thinktank, American Enterprise Institute).  It issued a press release, picked up by Drudge Report, rightwing blogs, and Fox … Read More

’08 Matchups

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Presidential race match-ups mean little at this early stage, but they do mean something.  Zogby’s latest match-up poll of the top three GOP contenders (Guiliani, McCain, and Romney — in that order)vs. the top 3 Democratic contenders (Clinton, Obama, and Edwards — in that order) is interesting: Giuliani 47%, Clinton 40% Giuliani 40%, Obama 46% Giuliani 46%, Edwards 40% McCain … Read More

Gibson: People Who Think There’s Too Much Anna Nicole News Are “Iraq Snobs”

Ken AshfordIraq, Right Wing and Inept MediaLeave a Comment

Wonkette: Fox News tool John Gibson is disgusted by Anderson Cooper’s “news-guy snobbery,” because the handsome CNN anchor keeps reporting on stupid Iraq!Bravely defending the constant cable-news coverage of a fat drug-addict porno gal’s death, Gibson told his radio audience that Cooper is just trying to be a fancy snob with all this “U.S. troops killed every day” stuff, which … Read More

Finding Jesus

Ken AshfordGodstuff, History2 Comments

People talk about "finding Jesus", but this time, he may have really been found.  I mean, really: New scientific evidence, including DNA analysis conducted at one of the world’s foremost molecular genetics laboratories, as well as studies by leading scholars, suggests a 2,000-year-old Jerusalem tomb could have once held the remains of Jesus of Nazareth and his family. According to … Read More

I Rule The Oscar Pool!

Ken AshfordPopular CultureLeave a Comment

I usually do well in these things, but this year I did exceedingly well. I got all the "major categories" right: Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, and Best Director. I also got right: Best Cinematography, Best Animated Feature, Best Documentary, Best Original Screenplay, Best Makeup, Best Art Direction, Best Live Action Short Film, … Read More