Hellphone Teaser

Ken AshfordPersonalLeave a Comment

The funny thing is…. the guy at the beginning of the trailer?  That was originally going to be my part, but due to scheduling issues, it went to someone else.  I got a different scene. This is going to be a fun little movie.

Gay Marriage In Maine: The Homophobes Speak

Ken AshfordSex/Morality/Family ValuesLeave a Comment

Jim Newell at Wonkette comments on this ad: The latest anti-gay ad in Maine, produced by a paranoid schizophrenic on meth, features random documents with bureaucratic titles and pulled phrases flying around the screen at warp speed, to Warn us. The gay teachers in Maine are all going to come out and then force the gay children — you know, … Read More

…. And There Are No Pictures!

Ken AshfordHealth CareLeave a Comment

Healthcare reform has focussed on the Senate bill these past few months.  But as we know, there is another important legislative body: the House. Speaker Nancy Pelosi unveild the House Democrat health care reform bill today. And what's the insta-reaction from the conservosphere?  "OMG.  It's 1990 pages long!  That's a mega-mega-bureaucracy!  Like Hitler!" Okay, first of all, if you are talking … Read More

BREAKING: Obama Signs Matthew Shepard/James Byrd Hate Crimes Legislation

Ken AshfordBreaking News, Crime, Sex/Morality/Family ValuesLeave a Comment

Actually the Hate Crimes bill was tacked on to the 2009 Defense Appropriations Act, which Obama signed this afternoon, but it's still there, and Obama noted the significance of it: So today I'm pleased to say that we have proved that change is possible. It may not come quickly, or all at once, but if you push hard enough, it … Read More

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger Gets A Little Cute

Ken AshfordRandom MusingsLeave a Comment

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R-CA) vetoed a bill last night, and sent a little seven-line note to the California legislature, blasting them for not advancing his administration's proposals.  The note is innocent at first glance: But people today, started noticing something:   Oh, bad boy……

Local Papers Don’t Do Justice To Theatre Criticism

Ken AshfordTheatreLeave a Comment

Okay, that's twice now in about one week — here and here.  Iin both of these theater reviews — from local papers — the phrase "does justice" appears in the headline (or sub-headline). As in: Cast does justice to long-running Broadway show and Triad Stage's Oleanna does justice to Mamet's vision Does justice? I don't know what that phrase means.  Is … Read More

Strange Bedfellows

Ken AshfordSex/Morality/Family ValuesLeave a Comment

The Catholic Church is in favor of "No 1" in Maine, the voting referendum which, if passed, will overturn the governor and Maine legislature's decisions to allow same-sex marriage. And that's fine, but look who they are getting into bed with: The Maine Grassroots Coalition will hold a press conference in the Hall of  Flags at the State House in … Read More

RENT at Theatre Alliance

Ken AshfordLocal Interest, TheatreLeave a Comment

I realized this morning that 1,000 people have either seen RENT at Theatre Alliance, or have bought tickets to see it.  That's damn impressive. I'm not plugging it — it doesn't need plugging, but if you are in the Triad, you really don't want to miss it.  Info in the right column….. Rent at ArtsFest 2009 from Ken Ashford on … Read More

Teabaggers Turn On GOP

Ken AshfordCongress, RepublicansLeave a Comment

Oh, my.  Look what they have created. In Florida and Missouri and elsewhere, the tea baggers are attacking Republicans candidates for being "DC insiders".  Put another way, they are splitting the Republican party. What does this mean for Democrats?  Well, the Democratic Party was never going to be the choice of teabaggers.  But the further the GOP moves to the … Read More

FRC On Old Gays

Ken AshfordSex/Morality/Family Values1 Comment

Last week, the Obama administration did a reachout to a not-much-discussed demographic — elderly lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people: HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today announced plans to establish the nation`s first national resource center to assist communities across the country in their efforts to provide services and supports for older lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals. Experts estimate … Read More