NC Polls

Ken AshfordElection 2008Leave a Comment

Rasmussen. 4/28. Likely voters. MoE 4% (4/3 results) Obama 51 (56) Clinton 37 (33) The demographic results in North Carolina are similar to the dynamics seen nationally and in most primaries—Clinton leads by fifteen points among White voters while Obama leads 80% to 11% among African-Americans. Clinton does well among White Women and older voters while Obama leads among those … Read More

McCain’s Gas Tax Holiday Plan

Ken AshfordEconomy & Jobs & Deficit, Election 2008, Energy and ConservationLeave a Comment

As a clear campaign ploy, McCain has proposed a gasoline tax “holiday” during the summer driving season.  Basically, it means that federal taxes will be cut from the cost at the pump, thus making gas cheaper. Senator Clinton has endorsed a similar plan. Good idea?  Nope: But economists and energy analysts say it would have little impact on mitigating the … Read More

Sis And Family In The Paper

Ken AshfordPersonalLeave a Comment

Must not be much going on in Auburn Maine. My sister and her family attended the local Empty Bowls Supper, and it made the newspaper.  (I went to the Empty Bowl luncheon last week here in Winston-Salem).  As the article notes, my nephew Zach was unable to attend. But not to worry — his whereabouts were covered in another article … Read More

You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet

Ken AshfordEconomy & Jobs & DeficitLeave a Comment

$7 a gallon in 5 years? As oil prices soared to record levels in recent years, basic economics suggested that consumption would fall and supply would rise as producers opened the taps to pump more. But as prices flirt with $120 a barrel, many energy specialists are becoming worried that neither seems to be happening. Higher prices have done little … Read More

Get Out Of Reno

Ken AshfordDisastersLeave a Comment

Big earthquake coming? RENO, Nev. (AP) — Scientists urged residents of northern Nevada’s largest city to prepare for a bigger event as the area continued rumbling Saturday after the largest earthquake in a two-month-long series of temblors. More than 100 aftershocks were recorded on the western edge of the city after a magnitude 4.7 quake hit Friday night, the strongest … Read More

Interesting But Ineffective Solution To The Gas Problem

Ken AshfordEconomy & Jobs & Deficit, GodstuffLeave a Comment

Okay, then: Rocky Twyman has a radical solution for surging gasoline prices: prayer. Twyman – a community organizer, church choir director and public relations consultant from the Washington, D.C., suburbs – staged a pray-in at a San Francisco Chevron station on Friday, asking God for cheaper gas. He did the same thing in the nation’s Capitol on Wednesday, with volunteers … Read More

Wright? Riiiiight.

Ken AshfordElection 2006Leave a Comment

So it seems that black pastor Jeremiah Wright gave a speech at the NAACP and to the National Press Club this morning, and said some controversial stuff. So I’ve decided I’m not going to vote for him if he runs for President. Now can we get back to the issues?

For Women Looking For A Job….

Ken AshfordScience & TechnologyLeave a Comment

…move to England: Scientists in the UK are seeking 150 women to eat chocolate every day for a year in the cause of medical research. The trial, at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, eastern England, will test whether a natural compound found in cocoa, the main ingredient of chocolate, could cut the risk of heart disease among women … Read More

Grant Swank Goes Off The Deep End

Ken AshfordRight Wing Punditry/IdiocyLeave a Comment

Over at Renew America, Grant Swank shows what he’s all about in what of his best screeds ever: Muslim Michelle Obama lies for hubby Right away, we’re off to a rousing start, Michelle Obama not being a Muslim and all.  But let’s stick our toe in. In a Midwest rally, Michelle Obama says her husband works for America by climbing … Read More

World Hunger

Ken AshfordDisastersLeave a Comment

I’ve been meaning to write about this for a long time, because it’s one of the most underreported stories (in my opinion) of the year. The issue is world hunger. Now, for those uninformed, you probably are aware that this is a constant problem.  But the problem of world hunger NOW is absolutely alarming. The reason for the alarm?  Rising … Read More

Ignominious Honor

Ken AshfordBush & Co.Leave a Comment

Gallup: President Bush has set a record he’d presumably prefer to avoid: the highest disapproval rating of any president in the 70-year history of the Gallup Poll. In a USA TODAY/Gallup Poll taken Friday through Sunday, 28% of Americans approve of the job Bush is doing; 69% disapprove. The approval rating matches the low point of his presidency, and the … Read More