Dear Abby Hijacked: Volume Two

Ken AshfordDear Abby HijackedLeave a Comment

Actual letters to Dear Abby, randomly selected, with my response: DEAR ABBY: My closest friend, "Tina," who is married, has been having an affair for a few months. She has now decided she’s no longer in love with her husband, "Hal," and wants a divorce. Tina and Hal have been in my life for several years and are like family … Read More

We’re #5

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U.S. News & World Report ranked the top law schools in the country.  Mine still remains at #5, behind Harvard, Yale, Stanford, and Columbia.

Lou Dobbs Steps In It

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Lou Dobbs explains how he’s sick of "cotton pickin’" black leaders telling him how he can and can’t talk about race (he catches himself at the last minute — sorta) … UPDATE:  The folks at CNN threw Dobbs a bone.  The CNN transcript cut the work "cotton"

Blogging Traditions

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John Cole starts a new blogosphere tradition: your 10,000th blog post should be about your cat. Ok.  Well, this is my 5,511th post.  Maybe I’ll have a cat by 10,000.  But I doubt it.

Government Deregulations

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From The New York Times: At this point, according to a review by, the election commission, the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the Mine Safety and Health Review Commission, the Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board and the National Labor Relations Board do not have enough members to do their jobs. Scores of federal judgeships are vacant. The Council of … Read More

Cell Phones “More Dangerous Than Smoking”

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The Independent: Mobile phones could kill far more people than smoking or asbestos, a study by an award-winning cancer expert has concluded. He says people should avoid using them wherever possible and that governments and the mobile phone industry must take "immediate steps" to reduce exposure to their radiation. The study, by Dr Vini Khurana, is the most devastating indictment … Read More

Obama Cutting Into Hillary’s Superdel Advantage

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WSJ: WASHINGTON — Slowly but steadily, a string of Democratic Party figures is taking Barack Obama’s side in the presidential nominating race and raising the pressure on Hillary Clinton to give up. Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota is expected to endorse Sen. Obama Monday, according to a Democrat familiar with her plans. Meanwhile, North Carolina’s seven Democratic House members are … Read More

How’s That Training Of Iraqi Police Going?

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Um….. Iraqi police in Basra shed their uniforms, kept their rifles and switched sides Abu Iman barely flinched when the Iraqi Government ordered his unit of special police to move against al-Mahdi Army fighters in Basra. His response, while swift, was not what British and US military trainers who have spent the past five years schooling the Iraqi security forces … Read More

If This Is Positive….

Ken AshfordIraqLeave a Comment

Today we learn that: American military forces for the first time conducted air strikes on targets in Basra late Thursday, joining Iraqi security forces in trying to oust Shiite militias in the southern port city. …while in Baghdad: U.S. forces in armored vehicles battled Mahdi Army fighters Thursday in Sadr City, the vast Shiite stronghold in eastern Baghdad, as an … Read More

The Oldest Audio Recording Recently Discovered

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The New York Times had a great piece yesterday on an 1860 phonautogram of the French folk song "Au Clair de la Lune" sung by an unknown Frenchman. Click here to hear it.  It’s mp3 format and lasts about 10 seconds.  It’s very scratchy; you can barely make out the song. It is the oldest known recording of a human … Read More