The White House Does A Reality Check on Glenn Beck

Ken AshfordRight Wing and Inept Media1 Comment

Read it.  Here's my favorite: RHETORIC:   BECK SAID VANCOUVER LOST $1 BILLION WHEN IT "HAD THE OLYMPICS."   Glenn Beck said, "Vancouver lost, how much was it? they lost a billion dollars when they had the Olympics."  [Transcript, Glenn Beck Show, 9/29/09]   REALITY:   VANCOUVER'S OLYMPICS WILL NOT TAKE PLACE UNTIL 2010.   Vancouver will host the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic … Read More

Nate Silver vs. Strategic Vision

Ken AshfordRepublicansLeave a Comment

In a series of blog posts, statistician Nate Silver has made a compelling case that Strategic Vision, LLC is a public realtions/polling firm which, put bluntly, makes up data. In this post, Silver looks at a recent poll conducted by SV, which made some news.  The upshot of the poll, commissioned by the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs, is that Oklahoma … Read More

I’m Shocked, Shocked That There’s Hyperbole In The House

Ken AshfordHealth CareLeave a Comment

I wasn't going to write about this, but there was some Democratic theatrics on the House floor yesterday.  A Democratic congressman — Alan Grayson of Florida – got up in the House and made a tongue-in-cheek mockery of the Republican health care plan.  The freshman Florida Democrat said the Republican health care plan calls for sick people to "die quickly." "It's … Read More

Hey! New Supreme Court!

Ken AshfordSupreme CourtLeave a Comment

Okay.  Most of you know the drill.  Sit still, look at the camera, smile, and shut up. Kennedy, shut up!  He doesn't want to hear you!  Sonia, can you smile, please?  Clarence, don't slouch.  Geez.  (Every year… the same thing….) Can someone go see where Ruth is?  Didn't she know… oh, hi there, hun.  Didn't see you back there.  My … Read More

Quote Of The Day

Ken AshfordElection 2012Leave a Comment

Sarah's got a book coming out soon called "Goin' Rogue" (I guess "maverick" was taken).  She reportedly got a $7 million advance on the book, which is good for her, because she's not exactly taking the lecture circuit by storm: Palin's bookers are said to be asking for $100,000 per speech, but an industry expert tells Page Six: "The big … Read More

If Republicans Are Worried About Wasteful Government Programs….

Ken AshfordHealth Care, Sex/Morality/Family ValuesLeave a Comment

… and that's why they supposedly oppose the public option, then why are they throwing money at government programs that don't work? That's right.  The Senate Finance Committee yesterday rejected two amendments to its health bill which would have added the public option.  But what amendment did the Republicans and Blue Dog Dems vote for?  Providing more money to abstience education programs: … Read More

Friedman’s Must-Read

Ken AshfordObama OppositionLeave a Comment

NYT columnist Thomas Friedman recalls not too long ago when Israeli prime minister Yitzhak Rabin was accused by his political opponents of being a socialist, a Nazi, a treasonous villian, etc.  That all pretty much ended when Rabin was assassinated in 1995. Friedman today writes that what we're seeing in America now is much the same thing: Others have already remarked … Read More

My Take On Roman Polanski

Ken AshfordCrime, Popular Culture, Sex ScandalsLeave a Comment

Yes, the 13 year old victim, now in her 40's, has long since forgiven him. Yes, the victim's mother at the time was apparently some freaked out fame wannabe, and put her daughter in that position. Yes, it was a long time ago. Yes, he's famous. But here's the thing.  A crime is a crime.  He committed a crime.  He pled … Read More

Poll Results: 15,000 Women Rank Lovers By Nationality

Ken AshfordSex/Morality/Family Values1 Comment

Telegraph: WORLD'S WORST LOVERS: 1. Germany (too smelly) 2. England (too lazy) 3. Sweden (too quick) 4. Holland (too dominating) 5. America (too rough) 6. Greece (too lovey-dovey) 7. Wales (too selfish) 8. Scotland (too loud) 9. Turkey (too sweaty) 10. Russia (too hairy) WORLD'S BEST LOVERS 1. Spain 2. Brazil 3. Italy 4. France 5. Ireland 6. South Africa … Read More

Pancake Porn

Ken AshfordYoutubeLeave a Comment

An strangely intriguing industrial film about a robotic device which can stack pancakes at 400 ppm (pancakes per minute) Mmmm…. pancakes….. [Via Mental Floss]

Red Sox In Postseason

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Losing five in a row will get you a wild card spot only because Texas lost three in a row. Not awe-inspiring, but I'll take it. Still, they will have to get their mojo on as they face Anaheim post season.  No slouching across the finish line against guys like that.

Lots O’ Sex at my Alma Mater

Ken AshfordSex/Morality/Family Values1 Comment

I graduated from Tufts University, as did my sister and brother-in-law.  And my nephew attends it now. So this caught my eye: Tufts University, just outside Boston, has issued a new policy for the 2009-2010 school year regarding sexual activity in dorms. Here's the key update in the revised campus handbook: You may not engage in sexual activity while your … Read More

Who’s Afraid of the Public Option?

Ken AshfordHealth CareLeave a Comment

The Senate Finance Committee is debating whether a public option amendment should be added to their bill.  As expected, Republicans and Blue Dog Dems are opposed. But, listening to their debate here in the background all day, their arguments against the public option are all the same: government-imposed rationing, long wait times, bureaucrats making treatment decisions, etc. In other words, … Read More

Has-Been Kirk Cameron’s Latest Hijinx

Ken AshfordEducation, Godstuff1 Comment

The former Growing Pains star, who has gone full-blown creationist now that the plum roles are no longer coming his way, has teamed up with other anti-evolutionists in what he imagines to be a clever ploy to teach people about how bad evolutionary science is: The ‘Growing Pains’ alum released a video last week announcing that on Nov. 19, he and other … Read More