Michael’s At It Again With The Gay Thing

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

From Thursday, it’s Michael Medved: The act of sexual intercourse between a man and a woman is the only human interaction capable of producing offspring, and therefore enjoys recognition in every culture as the most significant form of intimacy. "Significant" is a nice wishy-washy word.  Frankly, I didn’t know that we ranked various forms of sexual intimacy, in this culture … Read More

One Post Wonder

Ken AshfordBloggingLeave a Comment

Seems like lots of people start a blog, and then give up immediately. Here’s a blog that collects other blogs that have but one single post:  One Post Wonder.

Facebook’s Grammar Problem

Ken AshfordBloggingLeave a Comment

As a new convert to Facebook, I’ve notices that its news and updates feature lack grammatical correctness. For example, you might read that "John Smith has a picture to their profile."  (Emphasis mine). That’s because Facebook doesn’t take into account one’s gender. But that’s going to change.

Dot-Com Is Soooo Last Century

Ken AshfordScience & TechnologyLeave a Comment

ICANN (the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) is the Internet’s main oversight agency (ha! and you thought it was unregulated!). Yesterday, they decided to "open up" top-level domain names.  A top-level domain is, well, ".com, .org, .biz", etc.  Soon you will be able to have .sports, .perfurme, .coke, and .seventhsense. I’m not sure this is a good idea.  … Read More

But By All Means, Let’s Drill In ANWR

Ken AshfordEnergy and ConservationLeave a Comment

Stupid bureaucrats: Faced with a surge in the number of proposed solar power plants, the federal government has placed a moratorium on new solar projects on public land until it studies their environmental impact, which is expected to take about two years. The Bureau of Land Management says an extensive environmental study is needed to determine how large solar plants … Read More

More On Heller: Scalia vs. Stevens

Ken AshfordConstitution, Gun Control, Supreme CourtLeave a Comment

Prof. Sandy Levinson compares the majority opinion of Scalia with the dissent by Stevens: I confess that I am equally dismayed by the Scalia and Stevens opinions (though, if absolutely forced to choose, I’d go with the Scalia opinion). One of the most remarkable features of Justice Scalia’s majority opinion (joined, of course, by Chief Justice Roberts and Justices Thomas, … Read More

Heller Decision In

Ken AshfordBreaking News, Constitution, Gun Control, Supreme CourtLeave a Comment

5-4 in favor of individual gun rights, meaning that you can own a gun for self-defense and hunting (rather than for being in the militia, which arugably is what the Second Amendment says).  Justice Scalia wrote the opinion, joined by Chief Justice Roberts and Justices Kennedy, Thomas, and Alito. Justice Breyer dissented, joined by Justices Stevens, Souter, and Ginsburg; there’s … Read More

Happy Birthday Myth

Ken AshfordCourts/LawLeave a Comment

You know that thing about "Happy Birthday" being copyright protected? Turns out, not true so much: "Happy Birthday to You" is the best-known and most frequently sung song in the world. Many – including Justice Breyer in his dissent in Eldred v. Ashcroft – have portrayed it as an unoriginal work that is hardly worthy of copyright protection, but nonetheless … Read More

Read Maureen Dowd

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She’s surprisingly good today, as she takes on the Rove meme that Obama is a country-club elite.  Here’s a taste: Karl Rove was impressed with Barack Obama when he first met him. But now he sees him as a “coolly arrogant” elitist. This was Rove’s take on Obama to Republicans at the Capitol Hill Club Monday, according to Christianne Klein … Read More

Heller Today?

Ken AshfordConstitution, Gun Control, Supreme CourtLeave a Comment

UPDATE, BREAKING NEW (11:30 a.m.):  Although not related to the gun issue below, the Supreme Court just ruled that it is "cruel and unusual punishment" to give the death penalty to a man who raped an 8 year old.  It was a 5-4 decision, but I don’t know the breakdown.  Interestingly, victims’ rights groups didn’t want the death penalty for … Read More