Chocolate Jesus Angers Religious Right

Ken AshfordGodstuff1 Comment

Can’t say I’m surprised.  Background on the giant chocolate Jesus in my earlier post from yesterday. The Catholic League is upset, not only because Jesus is chocolate, but also because he has chocolate genetalia.  From their press release: NAKED JESUS—GENITALS EXPOSED—CRUCIFIED From April 1 to April 7, the Roger Smith Lab Gallery at the Roger Smith Hotel in New York … Read More

More Brownies, Anyone?

Ken AshfordBush & Co.Leave a Comment

It’s really amazing who the Bush people got to fill government positions.  Horse show judges as head of FEMA?  That was just the tip of the iceburg: The Washington Post reports today on another loyal Bushie: Julie MacDonald, deputy assistant secretary for fish and wildlife and parks. The Interior Department’s inspector general has been looking into her actions for a … Read More

Thanks For Nothing, TJ Maxx

Ken AshfordCrimeLeave a Comment

It’s hard to sort the techno-economic gobbledygook, but the bottom line is this: If you used your credit card at TJ Maxx or Marshall’s, changes are pretty good that hackers have your credit/debit card number: At least 45.7 million credit and debit card numbers were stolen by hackers who accessed the computer systems at the TJX Cos. [parent company of … Read More


Ken AshfordWeb RecommendationsLeave a Comment

Yesterday was Movie-A-Minute; today is Book-A-Minute.  Some examples: A CHRISTMAS CAROL Ebenezer Scrooge Bah, humbug. You’ll work thirty-eight hours on Christmas Day, keep the heat at five degrees, and like it. Ghost of Jacob Marley Ebenezer Scrooge, three ghosts of Christmas will come and tell you you’re mean. Three Ghosts of Christmas You’re mean. Ebenezer Scrooge At last, I have … Read More

Sampson Is Screwing Gonzales

Ken AshfordAttorney Firings1 Comment

I can’t watch it live (here’s a nice rundown from US News), but the updates I get are pretty cool: 11:37 Update: Schumer’s up now for questioning. He wants to know about Gonzales’ statements about the process. Sampson says that there were repeated discussions about the firings, starting in January 2005 through the firings. "I spoke with him every day," … Read More

Google Maps Tells Me To Jump In The Ocean

Ken AshfordRandom MusingsLeave a Comment

So, check it out. I asked directions from Google Maps — how to get from Winston-Salem, NC to London, England. I’m told to drive up the East Coast and take the Mass Turnpike into Boston.  Then: 23.  Take exit 24 A-B-C on the left toward I-93 N/Concord NH/S Station/I-93 S/Quuncy [0.4 mi] 24.  Merge onto Atlantic Ave. [0.8 mi] 25.  … Read More

My Sweet Lord

Ken AshfordGodstuff11 Comments

Actually, it makes more sense than chocolate easter bunnies: Man cannot live on bread alone, but if he were to consume Cosimo Cavallaro’s newest creation he could live off of Jesus — for approximately eight months. An oddball artist known for his "eclectic" forms of expression, Cavallaro’s latest contribution to culture is a six-foot tall, anatomically-correct milk-chocolate sculpture of Jesus … Read More


Ken AshfordPopular CultureLeave a Comment

Selections from the Movie-A-Minute website: THE SIXTH SENSE Haley Joel Osment I see dead people. Bruce Willis Try talking to them. Haley Joel Osment It worked. THE END BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI Sessue Hayakawa Build a bridge. Alec Guinness Only if you ask nicely. (Alec Guinness helps the BRITISH by building a BRIDGE for the JAPANESE.) Alec Guinness What … Read More

Not Buying It

Ken AshfordRandom MusingsLeave a Comment

It’s a great story…. [Debbie Parkhurst, 45] said she was home alone with the dogs Friday afternoon when she decided to snack on an apple. Suddenly, she said, a chunk of the fruit became wedged in her windpipe. "It was lodged pretty tight because I couldn’t breathe," she said. "I tried to do the thing where you lean over a … Read More

Cna Yuo Raed Tihs?

Ken AshfordRandom Musings1 Comment

Max saepk, you lositn: fi yuo cna raed tihs, yuo hvae a sgtrane mnid too. Cna yuo raed tihs? Olny 55 plepoe out of 100 can. i cdnuolt blveiee taht I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd waht I was rdanieg. The phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid, aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it dseno’t mtaetr in waht oerdr the ltteres … Read More

Malkin’s Manifesto

Ken AshfordRight Wing Punditry/Idiocy1 Comment

So wingnut Michell Malkin has written a "mini-Turner Diaries of batshit post-9/11 anti-Muslim paranoia", which she calls a "John Doe Manifesto".  Big on bravada and even bigger on prejudice, it is a how-to guide to justify every bigot’s anti-Muslim fear. Let’s break it down, shall we? Dear Muslim Terrorist Plotter/Planner/Funder/Enabler/Apologist, Oh, why so formal, Michelle? You do not know me. … Read More

Too Clever By Half

Ken AshfordAttorney FiringsLeave a Comment

JMM: If the president’s aides were using RNC emails or emails from other Republican political committees, they can’t have even the vaguest claim to shielding those communications behind executive privilege. Yeah.  I don’t see anyway around that. UPDATE:  The Carpetbagger raises two other issues regarding the White House staffs use of RNC emails: There’s still the Presidential Records Act to … Read More