Michael Medved: “Six Inconvenient Truths About The U.S. And Slavery”

Ken AshfordHistory, Race, Right Wing Punditry/Idiocy4 Comments

Michael Medved thinks that America’s involvement with slavery is hyped.  Seriously.  And he’s here to set us straight with an offensive little bit of revisionist history. He lists "six inconvenient truths about the U.S. and slavery" in attempt to convince you, the reader, that — "Hey! Slavery was no biggie!" In his preface, he opens with this: Those who want … Read More

“Phony Soldiers”

Ken AshfordIraq, Right Wing Punditry/IdiocyLeave a Comment

Followers of the news know that for the past couple weeks, while war raged in Iraq and U.S. soldiers and Iraqi civilians died, the Senate spent weeks debating a resolution to condemn an a newspaper ad — the MoveOn ad which read "General Patraeus or General Betray Us"?  And amazingly, the Senate ended up condemning a pun, some concluding that … Read More

Bloggers Defy Myanmar Blackout

Ken AshfordForeign AffairsLeave a Comment

Sometimes the best news can be found from the original sources.  If you have been following the terrible events In Myanmar in the mainstream media, you might want to check out these bloggers who are in the midst of it. http://soneseayar.blogspot.com/ Mizzima News The Irawaddy Democratic Voice of Burma Justice & Injustice http://mmedwatch.blogspot.com/ http://ko-htike.blogspot.com/ http://mogokmedia.blogspot.com/ Many of these are not … Read More

Bush-Clinton Fatigue

Ken AshfordElection 2008Leave a Comment

AP: Forty percent of Americans have never lived when there wasn’t a Bush or a Clinton in the White House. Anyone got a problem with that? Ummm, I might, yeah.  But mostly, I agree with Professor Gitlin: The thought is seconded by Todd Gitlin, a professor at Columbia University’s School of Journalism who has written a new book about national … Read More

9/11 Survivor’s Tale Turns Out To Be B.S.

Ken AshfordWar on Terrorism/TortureLeave a Comment

From CBS News: The six-year anniversary is, apparently, when the gloves come off. The New York Times has a brutal take-down of a 9/11 survivor activist whose sob story of lost love and heroic escape in the flames of the crumbling World Trace Center appears to be almost entirely bunk. Tania Head – possibly not even her real name – … Read More

Amazon’s Music Service vs iTunes

Ken AshfordPopular CultureLeave a Comment

Walmart, Napster and some other online places sell music, but nothing comes close — market share wise — to Apple’s iTunes. But the Big Apple might have a serious contender in the already-established Amazon.com, who premiered their online music downloading site this week. How good is it? Well, let’s get some comparisons out of the way. Amazon’s typical song costs … Read More


Ken AshfordHealth CareLeave a Comment

Doctor Jay Parkinson just opened up a medical practice in Brooklyn.  What makes his practice newsworthy?  He makes housecalls.  In fact, he only makes housecalls. For the kids: A "housecall" is a long-forgotten custom in which the doctor comes to your house to treat you when you are sick.  See, e.g., Little House On The Prarie, The. But before you … Read More

Dispatch From The Family Impact Summit

Ken AshfordGodstuff, Sex/Morality/Family ValuesLeave a Comment

At their yearly gathering of Christian fundies in Tampa this year, things went askew when a member of the audience at a symposium entitled “Defending Marriage: What’s At Stake?” stood to ask the panel a question: After the panelists had their say (after about an hour of this, I might add), the “town hall meeting” was finally opened up to … Read More

Flashback To 2003

Ken AshfordIraqLeave a Comment

Remember why we invaded Iraq in the first place?  Bush and his supporters will tell you its because Saddam didn’t comply with the U.N. resolutions. They’ll say Saddam wouldn’t disarm.  Of course, Saddam, not having WMDs in the first place, couldn’t disarm. They’ll say that Saddam wouldn’t allow the UN inspectors to complete their inspections, which — while true for … Read More

Bad Taste

Ken AshfordElection 2008Leave a Comment

Giuliani Fundraiser to Charge $9.11 Per Person WASHINGTON — A supporter of Rudy Giuliani’s is throwing a party that aims to raise $9.11 per person for the Republican’s presidential campaign. Abraham Sofaer is having a fundraiser at his Palo Alto, Calif., home on Wednesday, when Giuliani backers across the country are participating in the campaign’s national house party night. But … Read More

Little Rock — 50 Years Later

Ken AshfordHistory, Race5 Comments

Fascinating article should be read here at Vanity Fair.  It focuses on this famous iconic picture: The picture was taken on September 4, 1957. The black girl is Elizabeth Eckard, one of the Little Rock Nine, the group of black students who attempted to go to school in one of the first desegregated high schools in the South.  Standing behind … Read More

Healthy Children Or War?

Ken AshfordHealth Care, IraqLeave a Comment

President Bush has threatened to veto legislation renewing and expanding the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP). The legislation would extend health coverage to as many as 10 million children — four million of whom are currently uninsured. Bush has claimed the SCHIP bill contains “excessive spending”, even as he’s requested $200 billion more for the war in Iraq..  When … Read More