Here’s What Happened

Ken AshfordBush & Co., IraqLeave a Comment

The folks over at McClatchy newspapers are trumpeting their own horn about their reportage in the run-up to the Iraq War.  And well they should.  Unlike the rest of the media, they actually questioned the Bush Administration’s "intelligence" and justification for an Iraq War. To them (and other astute political observers), Scott McLellan’s book is nothing new. But the "crimes" … Read More

The Beginning Of The End oF Civilization

Ken AshfordPopular Culture, TheatreLeave a Comment

(1)  Clay Aiken breeds. (2)  They’re making a sequel to Phantom of the Opera: The sequel to Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera is aiming for a bow in London’s West End in November 2009. The Stage reports that the working title for Lloyd Webber’s new musical is Phantom: Once Upon Another Time. The celebrated composer told BBC, … Read More

The McClellan Book

Ken AshfordBush & Co., Iraq, Plamegate, War on Terrorism/Torture, White House SecrecyLeave a Comment

You know, it doesn’t say anything that many of us didn’t already know.  It’s just nice to see someone on the inside of the Bush Administration admit that these things went on: WASHINGTON (CNN) — The incidents that first left then-White House press secretary Scott McClellan "dismayed and disillusioned" about Washington involved the surreptitious release of classified information, McClellan said … Read More

Really?

Ken AshfordEnvironment & Global Warming & EnergyLeave a Comment

Al Gore’s "Inconvenient Truth" Becoming An Opera First it was the film and the book. Now the next stop for Al Gore’s "An Inconvenient Truth" is opera. La Scala officials say the Italian composer Giorgio Battistelli has been commissioned to produce an opera on the international multiformat hit for the 2011 season at the Milan opera house.

The Coulter Foreign Policy

Ken AshfordGodstuff, IraqLeave a Comment

Great: McClatchy says the U.S. military is investigating reports that Marines have been handing out religious material at checkpoints in Fallujah, Iraq. "Multi-National Force-Iraq is investigating a report that U.S. military personnel in Fallujah handed-out material that is religious and evangelical in nature," spokesman Rear Adm. Patrick Driscoll says in a statement to the news organization. "Local commanders are investigating … Read More

Dunkin Donuts Is Being Ridiculous

Ken AshfordImmigration and Xenophobia, Right Wing Punditry/Idiocy, War on Terrorism/Torture1 Comment

OMG!  Look!  It’s celebrity spokesperson Rachael Ray talking about Dunkin Donuts!!  And look what she’s wearing around her neck!  That looks vaguely middle eastern!  It looks like a keffiyeh.  Is she a terrorist-supporter?!?  Does Dunkin Donuts (by inference) support terrorism?!?!? Some observers, including ultra-conservative Fox News commentator Michelle Malkin, were so incensed by the ad that there was even talk … Read More

A Poloroid Every Day

Ken AshfordRandom MusingsLeave a Comment

Jamie Livingston took a poloroid picture every day from from March 31st, 1979 through October 5th, 1997, his 41st birthday. He stopped on October 5, 1997, because… well, because he died. Although some photos have gone missing from the collection, 6,697 Polaroids remain. The collection, dated in sequence, has been organized by his friends Hugh Crawford and Betsy Reid into … Read More

Soldiers Can F*** In Afghanistan

Ken AshfordSex/Morality/Family Values, War on Terrorism/TortureLeave a Comment

Progress is being made: A new order signed by Maj. Gen. Jeffrey Schloesser, commander of Combined Joint Task Force-101, has lifted a ban on sexual relations between unmarried men and women in the combat zone. General Order No. 1 outlines a number of prohibited activities and standards of conduct for U.S. troops and civilians working for the military in Afghanistan. … Read More

Fiscal Malfeasance In Iraq

Ken AshfordIraqLeave a Comment

Can you imagine if you ran your household finances this way? In one case, according to documents displayed by Pentagon auditors at the hearing before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, a cash payment of $320.8 million in Iraqi money was authorized on the basis of a single signature and the words “Iraqi Salary Payment” on an invoice. … Read More