Fuzzy Math

Ken AshfordIraqLeave a Comment

Everyone’s talking about this graph, created by this guy, drawing data from Pentagon reports. The blue line tracks the level of Iraq violence as indicated in the Pentagon’s August 2006 report.  The pink line tracks the level of Iraq violence as indicated in the Pentagon’s November 2006 and March 2007 reports.  The yellow line tracks the level of Iraq violence … Read More

More On “Crazy Sexy Cancer”

Ken AshfordHealth Care, Women's IssuesLeave a Comment

I noticed I’m getting a spike in traffic here (for some reason, I’m ranked number five at Yahoo for searches on this subject), and it is largely due to people googling "Crazy Sexy Cancer", the TLC documentary I blogged about earlier in the week. For what it is worth, I finally got around to viewing it on my TIVO last … Read More

DOJ Investigating Gonzalez For Lying To Congress

Ken AshfordAttorney Firings, Bush & Co., Wiretapping & SurveillanceLeave a Comment

Good: The Justice Department’s inspector general indicated yesterday that he is investigating whether departing Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales gave false or misleading testimony to Congress, including whether he lied under oath about warrantless surveillance and the firings of nine U.S. attorneys. I guess it’ll be easier for the DOJ to investigate the DOJ, now that Gonzalez no longer runs … Read More

Moral Relativism

Ken AshfordRepublicans, Sex ScandalsLeave a Comment

The "family values" people of the right are always fond of saying how important morality is, how strong they are on morality, etc.  Mostly, they extol the virtures (which they and apparently only they possess) of moral absolutism and castigate them libruls who exhibit moral relativism. Fair enough.  Whatever.  So I was processing that, and processing the recent GOP sex … Read More

New Words

Ken AshfordRandom MusingsLeave a Comment

smexting pp. Sending text messages while standing outside on a smoking break. [Blend of smoking and texting.] Potterhead n. A person who is a big fan of the Harry Potter series of books. floordrobe n. A pile of discarded clothes on the floor of a person’s room. [Blend of floor and wardrobe.] carbage n. The garbage that accumulates in some … Read More


Ken AshfordPopular CultureLeave a Comment

Want to hear LIVE modern classical music on the web? You can, right now. In 1987, John Cage composed a musical piece titled Organ²/ASLSP (As SLow aS Possible), with instruction that it should be played as slow as possible. But how slow? In a 1997 conference, a group of organists, musicians and philosophers came up with a project to play … Read More

5-0 In The Bottom Of The 8th…

Ken AshfordRed Sox & Other SportsLeave a Comment

…as I write this.  Red Sox have gotten only two hits. Sadly, No, predominately a political humor blog, just posted this: My Undying Hatred Posted at 21:12 by The Hon. Dr. St. Rev. Bradley S. Rocket, Esq, PhD, MD All you had to do was not get swept by the Yankees this week. That’s all you had to do. And … Read More

“You Don’t Rewrite What I Write”

Ken AshfordBush & Co.Leave a Comment

That’s a line from one of my favorite movies, Reds.  John Reed (Warren Beatty) is arguing with his Russian communist superiors how the speeches he ghostwrites to promote the communist cause somehow get altered when they are translated.  In the movie, this marks the beginning of Reed’s dissolutionment with socialism, a cause for which he championed his whole adult life. … Read More

Things That Make Me Roll My Eyes

Ken AshfordRandom MusingsLeave a Comment

USA Today: A Colorado Springs elementary school no longer allows students to play tag because of fears the game "fuels schoolyard disputes," The Gazette reports. “It causes a lot of conflict on the playground,” Assistant Principal Cindy Fesgen tells the paper. She says they decided to ban the popular game after children complained about being chased around the schoolyard. Well, … Read More

Irrational Fear Of Olive-Skinned People

Ken AshfordIraqLeave a Comment

When you have people like Michelle Malkin and Sean Hannity whipping up frenzy about Muslims in general, and telling Americans to be "on guard" against terrorist plots, it’s not surprising that things like this happen: A conflict between passengers at Lindbergh Field Tuesday night caused the overnight delay of an American Airlines flight headed to Chicago. Hmmm.  A conflict.  What … Read More