No Charges Against Katrina Doctor

Ken AshfordCrime, DisastersLeave a Comment

I’m pretty sure I blogged about this a couple of years ago — the physician in New Orleans who was investigated for giving four terminally ill patients a "lethal cocktail" of morphine and midazolam hydrochloride as Hurricane Katrina bore down on them. A mercy killing, if you will. The grand jury refused to indict her, so she is in the … Read More

Constitutional Showdown

Ken AshfordAttorney Firings, ConstitutionLeave a Comment

It’s brewing: The House Judiciary Committee announced yesterday that it will press toward a constitutional showdown with the Bush administration over the U.S. attorney firings scandal, even as embattled Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales vowed to stay on and "fix the problems" that have damaged the reputation and morale of the Justice Department. John Conyers Jr. (D-Mich.), chairman of the … Read More


Ken AshfordScience & TechnologyLeave a Comment

Using photos of oft-snapped subjects (like The Vatican) scraped from around the Web, Photosynth (based on Seadragon technology) creates breathtaking multidimensional spaces with zoom and navigation features that outstrip all expectation. You gotta see it to believe it:

The Lesbian President

Ken AshfordPopular Culture1 Comment

24, the hit show among the rightwing, is getting a woman president for the next season.  That’s going to ruffle the neo-con feathers a bit.  And she’s a lesbian. Okay, that character won’t be a lesbian, but the actress will be.  The female president in the next season of 24 will be played by the esteemed Cherry Jones.

Journalism News

Ken AshfordRight Wing and Inept MediaLeave a Comment

Weekly World News ending publication While it isn’t strictly a genre publication, and it does bill itself as “The World’s Only Reliable Newspaper,” the editor has decided that this announcement does fall within SFScope’s purview: American Media has decided to suspend publication of Weekly World News, both the print publication and the web site. No reason was given at press … Read More

Obstructionist GOP

Ken AshfordCongressLeave a Comment

In 2004, Americans elected a Democratic majority in Congress.  What was the GOP response?  To tie up bills, filibuster, and engage in other parliamentarian tactics to prevent reforms from even coming to a vote. How bad is it?  Really bad.  At the present pace, the Republicans will be three times more obstructionist than any Congress in recent history.  Margaret Talev … Read More

Abstinence Education Report Card

Ken AshfordSex/Morality/Family ValuesLeave a Comment

It’s a D: Experts worry nation’s on brink of teen sex surge WASHINGTON — The long decline in sexual activity among U.S. teenagers, hailed as one of the nation’s most important social and public health successes, appears to have stalled. After decreasing steadily and significantly for more than a decade, the percentage of teenagers having intercourse began to plateau in … Read More

The Imperial Presidency And War Powers

Ken AshfordBush & Co., Constitution, IraqLeave a Comment

This op-ed in the New York Times gets it right, both morally and historically: The nation is heading toward a constitutional showdown over the Iraq war. Congress is moving closer to passing a bill to limit or end the war, but President Bush insists Congress doesn’t have the power to do it. “I don’t think Congress ought to be running … Read More

The Full Monty: Greensboro

Ken AshfordLocal InterestLeave a Comment

Well, we’ve got two shows under out belt for the Greensboro run (not including the preview on Thursday night). Two nice reviews — on in the Greensboro News & Record (not online apparently), and one in Yes Weekly, which you can read here.  (I’ll cut and paste below the fold). The entire week we had been running the show for … Read More

BREAKING NEWS: Hillary Clinton Has Boobs!

Ken AshfordElection 2008Leave a Comment

Apparently, the folks at the Washington Post are intrigued by the fact that — well, here’s the opening sentence of this hard-hitting news piece: There was cleavage on display Wednesday afternoon on C-SPAN2. It belonged to Sen. Hillary Clinton. You would think that the article would segue into something, oh, I dunno, relevant to oh, I dunno, something.  But no.  … Read More

Republican Sinking Ship

Ken AshfordElection 2008Leave a Comment

A Fox News Poll — that’s Fox News, kids — looks at presidential ’08 matchups (pdf format) The news? No matter who the Republicans nominate (Guiliani, Thompson, Romney, McCain), they STILL get beat in the general elections by Clinton or Obama. I like that.

Pray There Are No International Incidents Tomorrow

Ken AshfordBush & Co.Leave a Comment

USAToday tells us that Bush is undergoing a 2-1/2 hours colonoscopy tomorrow, and during that time, Lord Voldemort Dick Cheney will be "Acting President". I can see it now — Saturday headline: Bush briefly transfers Presidential power to Cheney. Sunday headline: The U.S. starts bombing Tehran.