Our Media

Ken AshfordRight Wing and Inept Media1 Comment

A 2012 presidential contender has an extramarital affair, bloody revolts in Iran, a military coup in Honduras, Congress considers bills which will fundamentally change health care as we know it, and there's movement on environmental cap-and-trade laws. Yet: Fully 93% of cable coverage studied on the Thursday and Friday following his death was about the King of Pop. Yeah, I … Read More

Palin Profile

Ken AshfordElection 2012Leave a Comment

Vanity Fair has a whopper of an article on Sarah Palin, full of inside-the-McCain-campaign insight from those within the McCain camp (who, shall we say, are not Palin fans).  If the Vanity Fair piece is too long, you might enjoy these excerpts from USA Today: On the campaign: "… (M)ost made it clear that they suffer a kind of survivor’s … Read More

Could Bachmann Wingnut Herself Out Of A Job?

Ken AshfordRepublicansLeave a Comment

The Star Tribune of Minneapolis raises an interesting point in its editorial bash of The World's Dumbest Politician ™, Michelle Bachmann: At the very least, the census statements call Bachmann's strategic judgment into question. She may be setting in motion events that could substantially hurt her home state and potentially cost her the office she occupies. The 2010 census will … Read More

Happy Birthday, Walkman

Ken AshfordPopular CultureLeave a Comment

Yup.  The Sony Walkman turns 30 years old this week.  Which is relatively young for something that's… well…. dead. In this article, a 13-year-old turns in his iPod to spend a week with a Walkman.  Guess which one he ended up preferring? My friends couldn't imagine their parents using this monstrous box, but there was interest in what the thing … Read More

Bring Your Guns To Church

Ken AshfordGodstuff, Gun ControlLeave a Comment

I may not be a religious expert, but it seems to me that Jesus would not approve: Ken Pagano, the pastor of the New Bethel Church here, is passionate about gun rights. He shoots regularly at the local firing range, and his sermon two weeks ago was on “God, Guns, Gospel and Geometry.” And on Saturday night, he is inviting … Read More

Keeping Secrets

Ken AshfordWar on Terrorism/TortureLeave a Comment

It's kind of amazing that nobody knew that New York Times reporter David Rohde had been kidnapped by the Taliban on November 10, and remained in their custody for several months.  Well, the New York Times and the government knew of course, but they (rightly) decided to keep the information quiet.  They figured that publicity would add to Rohde's value … Read More

Ricci Case Overturned

Ken AshfordSupreme CourtLeave a Comment

The US Supreme Court overturned the Second Circuit in the Ricci case, aka the "white firefighters case", this morning.  The court held that it was wrong for the Town of New Haven to deny promotions to white firefighters after it appeared that the firefighters' exam was racially biased.  The outcome was 5-4 along predictable lines: Kennedy, Scalia, Thomas, Roberts, and … Read More