The Chris Wallace-Dick Cheney Interview

Ken AshfordBush & Co., Right Wing and Inept Media, War on Terrorism/TortureLeave a Comment

"Tell me, Mr. Cheney.  Are you and everyone in the Bush Administration totally awesome, or just somewhat awesome?" That's the kind of interview it was.  Or, as Sully quips, it was not unlike a teenage girl interfiewing the Jonas Brothers. I'm talking, of course, about the hour-long interview of Dick Cheney by Chris Wallace on (where else?) Fox News this … Read More

The Shoot

Ken AshfordLocal Interest, PersonalLeave a Comment

I didn't know what was going on. I knew I had been cast in a very small part in "Hellphone", being shot in Madison, NC.  My original part was one line, spoken into a phone, and then I die.  But a scheduling conflict preventing that from happening.  But they put into another part.  I just had no idea what part, … Read More

“I Don’t Know What The Public Option Is, But I Hate It”

Ken AshfordHealth CareLeave a Comment

The health care debate might be more productive if the public had a clue what the public option is. A new survey by Penn, Schoen and Berland Associates for the AARP reveals widespread uncertainty about the nature of the "public option" — a government-run health insurance policy that would be offered along with private policies in the newly-created health insurance … Read More

Accusing Someone Of Politicization Is Itself Politicization

Ken AshfordHealth Care, In Passing, RepublicansLeave a Comment

Conservatives Warn of Wellstone Effect: Key conservative voices have begun to charge in the day after Sen. Ted Kennedy’s death that Democrats are inappropriately politicizing the senator’s death, his memorial and his legacy. Kennedy was that ultimate political creature, a “lion of the Senate,” and the last son of the archetypal American political family — his passing is inevitably political. … Read More

Making It Local

Ken AshfordHealth Care, Local InterestLeave a Comment

Excellent resource here showing what passage of HR 3200, American's Affordable Health Choice Act, would mean for every Congressional district in the country. For example, I live in NC 5th District, so my Congressperson is the brain-dead Virginia Foxx.  What would passage of HR3200 mean for my district? America’s Affordable Health Choices Act would provide significant benefits in the 5th Congressional District … Read More

The Man Behind The Jaycee Abduction

Ken AshfordCrime, Godstuff2 Comments

As you probably know now, Jaycee Lee Dugard, 29, walked into an Antioch (CA) police station earlier this week, and told authorities she had been kidnapped in 1991 waiting for a school bus in South Lake Tahoe. Authorities have since arrested two suspects for the crime. Here's the blog of the male suspect, Phillip Girrado. His latest entry, from August … Read More

More Post Mortem Photography

Ken AshfordHistory3 Comments

See post below There seems to be a lot more post mortem from the Victorian era than I thought.  I'm not talking about death bed photographs (although there is a lot of that as well).  I'm talking about dead people posed. Mostly, it's babies, posed peacefully in their cribs, occasionally with other children surrounding the crib, like a typical family photo. What … Read More

The “2009 Future of American Health Survey” Sent Out By The Republican National Committee

Ken AshfordHealth Care1 Comment

Here it is, in pictures (click to embiggen): My answers: 1.  Yes 2.  Cost, but quality and availablility are right up there. 3.  Does it concern you that this survey contains biased and loaded questions? 4.  "It has been suggested…."?  By who?  Anyone with credibility and/or reason to know?  Or just by partisan hacks?  [NOTE:  This bit about Democrats using … Read More

Creepy Post Mortem Photos From The Victorian Age

Ken AshfordRandom Musings4 Comments

The people in the Victorian age seemed to like post-mortem photos.  I'm not quite sure what the appeal was.  Take this, for example: Someone actually thought it would be fitting to have this girl pose with her dead brother.  I don't know — seems rather traumatizing to me. Typically, a post-mortem photograph depicted the dead person in a peaceful state … Read More

Conservative Kennedy Bashing

Ken AshfordGodstuff, History, In Passing1 Comment

I don't want to draw too much attention to the vileness from some conservative quarters on the subject of Ted Kennedy's death – it's rather ugly. But it confounds me that many of these conservatives like to cloak themselves in the Bible and Christian goodness.  I mean, I'm not saying that Kennedy was a saint, but if Jesus had a vote in … Read More

Bob Dylan As A GPS Voice?

Ken AshfordScience & TechnologyLeave a Comment

Bad idea. First of all, I can't understand a word the dude says. Second of all, I'm going to rather intolerant of the "how many roads must a man…." and "no direction home" quips. But whatever. That said, here's a partial list of celebrity GPS voices already available: Mr. T, Kim Cattrall, Dennis Hopper, Burt Reynolds, Gary Busey, Curt Schilling, … Read More