Condi Invokes The Nixon Defense

Ken AshfordWar on Terrorism/TortureLeave a Comment

Condi Rice, speaking to students at Stanford University: Q: Is waterboarding torture? RICE: The president instructed us that nothing we would do would be outside of our obligations, legal obligations under the Convention Against Torture. So that's — And by the way, I didn't authorize anything. I conveyed the authorization of the administration to the agency, that they had policy … Read More

North Carolina Rep: Matthew Shepard Incident Was a “Hoax”

Ken AshfordLocal Interest, Sex/Morality/Family Values1 Comment

You will recall that Matthew Shepard was the young gay man in Laramie, Wyoming who, a decade ago, was tied to a fence, Jesus-like, pistol whipped in the head some 50 times, then left for dead in the cold fall night, only to be found a day later clinging to life. Shepard died five days later. Here is what this state's Republican representative, … Read More

Don’t Hold Your Breath

Ken AshfordRepublicansLeave a Comment

The Washington Post/ABC poll found 21% of Americans identify themselves as Republicans. The NYT/CBS poll put the number at 20%. NBC/WSJ also put the GOP number at 20%. Nate Silver combines these and other polls to show party identification in this telling graph: That's the backdrop for this news from CNN: Coming soon to a battleground state near you: a … Read More

“Dead Certain”

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Michael Goldfarb in the (conservative) Weekly Standard writes: Tonight President Obama said he was "absolutely convinced" that he had made the right decision in putting an end to the use of the harsh interrogation techniques employed by the Bush administration. After eight years of President Bush, it certainly is refreshing to have a leader who doesn't let himself become entangled … Read More


Ken AshfordSex/Morality/Family ValuesLeave a Comment

Looks like my home state of New Hampshire might become the fifth state to recognize same-sex marriages.  Both houses have passed the bill, and I think the governor is going to sign it. New Hampshire is a very strange breed politically.  On the one hand, it is very progressive — full of granola-eating environmentalists and new-agers (not unlike its western neighbor, … Read More

Dickensian URL

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Oh, sure.  You can reach this blog by going to But you can also reach it by going to: Under an accumulation of staggerers, no man can be considered a free agent. No man knocks himself down; if his destiny knocks him down, his destiny must pick him up again. That's a quote from The Old Curiosity Shop

The First 100 Days

Ken AshfordRight Wing and Inept MediaLeave a Comment

Instead of reflecting on Obama's first 100 days, let's reflect on Fox News's first 100 days of the Obama administration: At last night's press conference, Obama took questions from every major news outlet — CNN, ABC, NBC, CBS, MSNBC — and a few other outlets (like BET), but he didn't go to the FOX News reporter.  Well, why should he?  … Read More

Photo Of The Day

Ken AshfordRandom MusingsLeave a Comment

Actually, it's a week old.  It's President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama participate in tree plantings at the Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens in Washington. Except, the look on the First Lady's face is priceless: "Oh, I see.  Too high-and-mighty to pick up a shovel, Mr. President Bigshot???"


Ken AshfordAvian/Swine Flu, Economy & Jobs & Deficit, RepublicansLeave a Comment

Time to spread a little lovin' once again to "America's Worst Legislator"TM, Rep. Michelle Bachmann (R-MN). First of all, she weighs in with her thoughts about the swine flu pandemic alert: "I find it interesting that it was back in the 1970s that the swine flu broke out then under another Democrat president Jimmy Carter," said Bachmann. "And I'm not … Read More

Swine Flu — How Bad Is It?

Ken AshfordAvian/Swine FluLeave a Comment

Not bad, but not good. The World Health Organization raised it to a Phase 4.  The U.S. stll has it at Stage 0, but expect that to go up tomorrow. P.S.  Yes, I know I'm blogging about this a lot.  I don't think we're at death's door, or the fall of civilization is imminent.  I just like the subject matter … Read More

It’s Heeeeere…..(Maybe)

Ken AshfordAvian/Swine FluLeave a Comment

NC isolates patients who may have swine flu The Associated PressRALEIGH, N.C. There are a handful of suspected swine flu cases in North Carolina, and investigators were gathering specimens in Raleigh to determine whether the outbreak had spread to the South, state health officials said Monday. Dr. Jeffrey Engel, the state health director, said officials are involuntarily isolating patients who … Read More