Another Naughty Gay Republican

Ken AshfordRepublicans, Sex ScandalsLeave a Comment

Geez, there’s no stopping them. This was kept under wraps for some time, but no more. This time, it’s not some state Congressman.  It’s a full-blown United States congressman. Sen. Larry E. Craig (R-Id) pleaded guilty earlier this month to misdemeanor disorderly-conduct charges stemming from his June arrest by an undercover police officer in a men’s restroom at Minneapolis-St. Paul … Read More

Heckuva Jobs

Ken AshfordBush & Co.Leave a Comment

Okay, well.  It’s old news now that Alberto is resigning.  I have nothing to say about that, other than it is waaaay too late. The thing about Gonzalez is that he should not have been there in the first place.  He got the position because he was one of Bush’s boys back in Texas.  It’s that cronyism thing…. again.  Bush … Read More

Miss Teen America: Miss South Carolina Answers A Question

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Priceless: UPDATE:  She gets a "do-over": The 18-year-old got a chance to redeem herself Tuesday on NBC’s "Today" show when she was again asked why one-fifth of Americans can’t locate the U.S. on a map. "I would love to re-answer that question," Upton said. "Well personally, my friends and I, we know exactly where the United States is on our … Read More

Drama Queen

Ken AshfordRandom Musings1 Comment

Tuesday, August 21, 2007: I have just returned from my semester auditions. It was the first time I’d had an actual audition since I auditioned for the MFA Program, it was my first grad school audition, it was my first UNCG audition, it was the first semester audition, and I was the first one to go. [horror story, horror story, … Read More

100,000,000 Blogs

Ken AshfordBloggingLeave a Comment

In case you never heard of it, Technorati analyzes blog traffic.  ALL blog traffic.  A tough thing, I suspect, since there are 175,000 blogs started everyday. Sometime this morning, the number of blogs they tracked hit the 100,000,000 mark. That’s right.  One hundred million blogs. FWIW, this blog is ranked 82,708 at the current moment.  In terms of traffic, not … Read More

Need A Hug?

Ken AshfordScience & TechnologyLeave a Comment

A new shirt — appropriately titled "The Hug Shirt" — has special sensors and pads that — literally — hug you when triggered. But that’s not the best part. The best part is that the "hugging" pads can be triggered from other Hug Shirts.  That means that your mom or friend halfway across the country can send you a hug … Read More

Today’s GOP Sex Scandal

Ken AshfordRepublicans, Sex ScandalsLeave a Comment

And it’s a doozy, ’cause it involves dead bodies: Three men in their 30s have been found dead in a residence owned by the former Executive Director of the Georgia Republican Party in Orlando, Florida. On Thursday morning a concerned friend of one of the men called the Orange County Sheriff’s Office. Authorities went to 2420 Hickory Oak Blvd. in … Read More

Just When I Start To Warm Up To Her…

Ken AshfordElection 2008, War on Terrorism/TortureLeave a Comment

…she goes and says something like this: "It’s a horrible prospect to ask yourself, ‘What if? What if?’ But if certain things happen between now and the election, particularly with respect to terrorism, that will automatically give the Republicans an advantage again, no matter how badly they have mishandled it, no matter how much more dangerous they have made the … Read More

New Revelations About Mother Theresa

Ken AshfordGodstuff1 Comment

While gathering biographical material for his case to the Vatican that Mother Theresa deserves sainthood, a priest finds that the Nobel Prize winner was, if not agnostic, then certainly riddled with doubt about the existence of God.  Wow.  And you think you know a saint.  Er, potential saint. Her doubts appear in letters and private correspondence to friends: Shortly after … Read More

Historian Pounces On Bush

Ken AshfordHistory, IraqLeave a Comment

Not literally, of course (although that would be a great Youtube moment) In Wednesday’s speech Bush said: "’An interesting observation, one historian put it, ‘Had these erstwhile experts’ — he was talking about people criticizing the efforts to help Japan realize the blessings of a free society — he said, ‘Had these erstwhile experts had their way, the very notion … Read More

Alexii Found

Ken AshfordHistoryLeave a Comment

For those Romanov-ophiles out there, it looks like they found the bodies of Czar Nicholas’ son and the "missing" daughter (probably Maria). Anastasia, as you probably know, didn’t survive — although her story ended up being a good play/movie.

The Magistical

Ken AshfordPopular CultureLeave a Comment

Winston-Salem is probably the last place on Earth you would expect to find an animation studio, but we got one.  The company is called Out Of Our Minds, and they are putting the finishing touches on their first full-length feature, called The Magistical.  It stars the voice of Jeffrey Holder (as well as some local talent) and the music of … Read More

America To The Rescue

Ken AshfordMiddle EastLeave a Comment

I think much of this was lost on the audience, but this is brilliant. Jon Stewart talks about U.S. intervention in the Middle East over the past 3 decades and our absurd policies where we provide billions of money, arms, and military training to people who later become our mortal enemies.  Bin Laden?  Yeah, the U.S. gave him guns and … Read More