Yet This Is The Harangue

Ken AshfordCrime, Right Wing Punditry/Idiocy, Sex/Morality/Family ValuesLeave a Comment

I’m warming up to the writings of Pastor Swank.  First of all, he’s prolific.  Second of all, he butchers the English language like no other Renew America columnist (except for, of course, Kaye Grogan). Take, for example, the opening graf in yesterday’s column: It is stupid for supposedly intelligent persons so flippantly to blame parents of children who murder or … Read More


Ken AshfordHealth Care1 Comment

Halloween might be really scary this year, thanks to China. Exhibit A: A US retail outlet on Tuesday pulled hundreds of sets of Halloween costume teeth from sale amid fears they could contain excessive levels of lead. "Due to possible lead contamination, this product (Ugly Teeth) has been recalled," Factory Card and Party Outlet said in a statement issued on … Read More

Yet Another Republican Sex Scandal

Ken AshfordRepublicans, Sex ScandalsLeave a Comment

This one comes from Washington State.  It involves GOP State Rep. Richard Curtis, a lawmaker who voted against domestic partnerships for gay and lesbian couples and opposed an anti-discrimination law to cover sexual orientation. So, if you been following the GOP follies lately (as reported here and elsewhere), you can probably guess what comes next. Yup, the anti-gay Curtis apparently … Read More

Krugman: On Fearmongering

Ken AshfordWar on Terrorism/TortureLeave a Comment

From the NYTimes: For one thing, there isn’t actually any such thing as Islamofascism — it’s not an ideology; it’s a figment of the neocon imagination. The term came into vogue only because it was a way for Iraq hawks to gloss over the awkward transition from pursuing Osama bin Laden, who attacked America, to Saddam Hussein, who didn’t. And … Read More

Klan vs. Klan

Ken AshfordRace1 Comment

Why oh why can’t white supremists just get along?: CULLMAN, Ala. (AP) — Members of one Ku Klux Klan organization say they will assemble at the courthouse Nov. 10 to show their opposition to another Klan group that plans an anti-immigration rally there that day. Ken Mier, who described himself as an investigator for the Alabama Ku Klux Klan and … Read More

Fire In The Dorm

Ken AshfordRandom MusingsLeave a Comment

That terrible fire that killed the college students becomes easier to understand when you see this compilation of videos. You would think that college kids would know better than to play with matches and set things on fire within the residence halls. You would think….

California Boy Is Al Qaeda, Apparently

Ken AshfordDisasters, Right Wing and Inept Media, War on Terrorism/TortureLeave a Comment

Fox News and conservative blogs have been falling all over themselves trying to — forgive the pun — fan the flames of fear by suggesting that the California wildfires were intentionally set by (cue dramatic music) al Qaeda.  Read here and here and here and here and here and… all these.  While evidence suggested arson, nothing other than paranoia suggested … Read More

Obama Implosion

Ken AshfordElection 2008Leave a Comment

He’s making some very bad campaign choices, and putting off potential supporters.  I’m amazed, even within myself, at how the sheen as worn off, and what a spectacularly bad campaign he is running.  In a detailed insightful post, Chris Bowers explains the problems with the Obama campaign, and indeed, the candidate: Obama seems to have shot his own coalition in … Read More

O Arturo, Prince of Irony

Ken AshfordRandom MusingsLeave a Comment

The State of Texas generates too many reports. Various state agencies and commissions are required by law to write monthly, quarterly, and/or yearly reports.  A LOT of paperwork apparently, especially when you consider that some reports are obsolete (For example, there are still report requirements for the Human Rights Commission, which the Legislature abolished in 2003). The preparation and storage … Read More

Words That Make Women Cringe

Ken AshfordWomen's IssuesLeave a Comment

Funny article on certain non-dirty words that apparently make a lot of women cringe. One of the big offenders:  the word "moist".  There’s even a Facebook group with over 70 members dedicated to "I Hate The Word M***t". And they’re not kidding.  Some comments: IF YOU EVEN UTTER "THE M WORD" NEAR ME, I’LL CASTRATE YOU! My friends and family … Read More

Bush: A Case Study In “How He Works”

Ken AshfordIraqLeave a Comment

April 2006 — a question to the President from a student at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies: Student: "I was hoping your answer might be a little more specific. (Laughter.) Mr. Rumsfeld answered that Iraq has its own domestic laws which he assumed applied to those private military contractors. However, Iraq is clearly not currently capable of … Read More

Cheney’s Hunting Weekend

Ken AshfordBush & Co.Leave a Comment

He managed not to shoot anyone in the face, so it was, all-in-all, a controversy-free hunting weekend at the Clove Valley Rod & Gun Club in LaGrangeville (pictured below) in upstate New York. Uh… is that a confederate flag in the window of the lodge?  Cue controversy.