Katrina Doctor Tells Story

Ken AshfordDisasters, Health CareLeave a Comment

The doctor who was accused of murdering patients in New Orleans as Katrina approached (fortunately, the grand jury refused to indict her) recounts the heart-wrenching facts of those days in Time.  A snippet: In normal triage situations, the sickest people are treated first. But my understanding is that conditions were so bad, you and the other medical staff switched to … Read More

Progress In Iraq?

Ken AshfordIraqLeave a Comment

No, actually. Iraq has failed to meet all but three of 18 congressionally mandated benchmarks for political and military progress, according to a draft of a Government Accountability Office report. The document questions whether some aspects of a more positive assessment by the White House last month adequately reflected the range of views the GAO found within the administration. Read … Read More

Just An Observation

Ken AshfordSex/Morality/Family ValuesLeave a Comment

It’s kinda interesting how the Christian Right, now faced with sex scandals within their party, are suddenly latching on to the idea that what people — including elected officials — do in private really is nobody’s business. I guess that only applies if your name is not Clinton.

Two Years Ago Today

Ken AshfordBush & Co., DisastersLeave a Comment

With a strong nod to Digby… 7AM CDT — KATRINA MAKES LANDFALL AS A CATEGORY 4 HURRICANE [CNN] 7:30 AM CDT — BUSH ADMINISTRATION NOTIFIED OF THE LEVEE BREACH: The administration finds out that a levee in New Orleans was breached. On this day, 28 “government agencies, from local Louisiana parishes to the White House, [reported that] that New Orleans … Read More

Crazy Sexy Cancer

Ken AshfordHealth Care, Women's IssuesLeave a Comment

Best. Documentary. Title. Ever. Looks interesting too: Crazy Sexy Cancer is an irreverent and uplifting documentary about a young woman looking for a cure and finding her life. In 2003, 31-year-old actress/photographer Kris Carr was diagnosed with a rare and incurable cancer. Weeks later she began filming her story. Taking a seemingly tragic situation and turning it into a creative … Read More

GOP Woes [UPDATED]

Ken AshfordRepublicansLeave a Comment

Article in The New York Times sums it up:  A Scandal-Scarred G.O.P. Asks, ‘What Next?’ The basic gist is that the GOP cannot win elections if they alienate the Christian Right.  And this constant drumbeat of sex scandals is alienating the Christian Right.  Here are some select quotes: Scott Reid, GOP strategist: “The real question for Republicans in Washington is … Read More

Why I Support The Idaho Values Alliance

Ken AshfordSex/Morality/Family ValuesLeave a Comment

Not because they are calling for the resignation of (gay? in denial? lying?) Senator Larry "Bathroom Stalls" Craig, but because of this: One larger issue must be addressed. The Republican Party platform clearly rejects the agenda of homosexual activists. The Party, in the wake of the Mark Foley incident in particular, can no longer straddle the fence on the issue … Read More

The Coming Pandemic

Ken AshfordAvian/Swine FluLeave a Comment

I haven’t written in a while about the Avian Flu — mostly because it looked like it was under check.  You know, a bunch of Asians french-kissing chickens.  The virus wasn’t something likely to spread from human to human. Except… Oh, crap: A mathematical analysis has confirmed that H5N1 avian influenza spread from person to person in Indonesia in April, … Read More

A Closer Look At “The Blonde Moment”

Ken AshfordRandom MusingsLeave a Comment

You’ve all seen the video.  Now let’s parse her answer.  Remember the questions was, why couldn’t one-fifth of Americans locate our country on a world map. And here’s how Miss South Carolina responded: I personally believe that U.S. Americans… As opposed to U.S. Algerians, for example… …are unable to do so because, uh, some people out there in our nation … Read More

I Like This, From John Edwards

Ken AshfordElection 2008Leave a Comment

A good idea: Passing "Brownie’s Law," so agencies like FEMA get the job done: Edwards will enact a new requirement – "Brownie’s Law" – ensuring that senior political appointees actually are qualified to perform the job to which they are appointed. Brownie’s Law will require that heads of executive agencies and other senior officials have demonstrated qualifications in the field … Read More