“Stupid In Space”

Ken AshfordEnvironment & Global Warming & Energy1 Comment

I heard this interview on NPR this morning too, and I almost fell out of the bed: Showing that there is no place safe from idiocy, here’s an absolutely astronomically stupid comment from NASA Administrator Michael Griffin.  A statement so stupid, it makes the invasion of Iraq and the management of Katrina look like genius. Michael Griffin NASA Administrator has … Read More

How Thin Is Our Army?

Ken AshfordIraq3 Comments

So thin that we’re putting amputees back on the front line. (That’s okay apparently, as long as they’re not gay).

More On The Scripps National Spelling Bee

Ken AshfordPopular CultureLeave a Comment

Oh, someone is liveblogging it! (UPDATE: Another bee blog here) (You can also get updates of the results of each round here). UPDATE:  Come on, Joshua!  The local boy is still in it, having correctly spelled "hybrid" in Round Two (not very tough, I admit) and "chattel" in Round Three. It should be noted that two Italian food-related words — … Read More

Heather & Jeff Maggs Do Not Need To Be Quarantined

Ken AshfordHealth Care3 Comments

AP: A man with a form of tuberculosis so dangerous he is under the first U.S. government-ordered quarantine since 1963 had health officials around the world scrambling Wednesday to find about 80 passengers who sat within five rows of him on two trans-Atlantic flights. The man told a newspaper he took the first flight from Atlanta to Europe for his … Read More

“Verschärfte Vernehmung”

Ken AshfordWar on Terrorism/TortureLeave a Comment

Earlier this month, the Republican contenders for President were asked a debate question by moderator Brit Hume: Imagine, Hume told the candidates, that hundreds of Americans have been killed in three major suicide bombings and "a fourth attack has been averted when the attackers were captured … and taken to Guantanamo…. U.S. intelligence believes that another, larger attack is planned…. … Read More

Didn’t We Settle This Before?

Ken AshfordPlamegateLeave a Comment

In a court filing today, Patrick Fitzgerald provides a summary of Valerie Plame Wilson’s status with the CIA’s Counterproliferation Division at the time she was outed to the press by members of the Bush administration. Guess what? She was covert: While assigned to CPD, Ms. Wilson engaged in temporary duty (TDY) travel overseas on official business. She traveled at least … Read More


Ken AshfordBush & Co.Leave a Comment

Bush has hit a new low in the Harris poll.  He’s very close to Nixon territory, whose low (in the Harris poll) was 26%

Two Years Ago

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On May 30, 2005, Vice President Cheney declared that the insurgency in Iraq was in its “last throes” and predicted “the level of activity that we see today from a military standpoint, I think, will clearly decline.” Uh, not so much, Dick: Increased military activity throughout Iraq has pushed U.S. troop deaths to their highest level for any two-month period … Read More

80th Annual (Not Putnam County) Spelling Bee

Ken AshfordEducationLeave a Comment

Starts today.  Semifinals air on ESPN tomorrow from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm.  Final round airs on primetime ABC — 8:00 to 10:00 pm — tomorrow night.  If you get a chance to see it — even if it’s for ten minutes — do so.  These kids are amazing, and the competition is nail-biting.  Here’s some stats from the Scripps … Read More

Actions Speak Louder Than Words

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Up until only a few weeks ago, Price Floyd was the media affairs director at the U.S. State Department.  Now that he’s left that post, he reflects back on why the United States has failed to convince the world of the virtues of U.S. foreign policy.  It’s not for lack of trying — U.S. state department officials have been on … Read More