Question Time

Ken AshfordObama & Administration, Obama OppositionLeave a Comment

Something unusual happened today in American politics — something never before seen. President Obama appeared at the Republican party retreat.  Their invitation. He gave a speech, hitting on the same points as his State of the Union, and then…. …. he took questions. He took questions from Republican congressmen. It was much like "Question Time" that they have in the … Read More

Federal Judge Rules Forsyth County Prayers Are Unconstitutional

Ken AshfordConstitution, Godstuff, Local InterestLeave a Comment

And indeed, they are unconstitutional: Federal District Court Judge James A. Beaty this morning ruled that Forsyth County is violating the U.S. Constitution by allowing prayers with sectarian references before meetings of the county board of commissioners. Beaty ordered the county to stop allowing prayers under its current policy, which had come under fire from those who said that the … Read More

After 37 Minute Deliberation, Jury Finds Roeder Guilty of First Degree Murder

Ken AshfordBreaking News, Crime, Women's IssuesLeave a Comment

Breaking news: WICHITA, Kan. – A man who says he killed prominent Kansas abortion provider Dr. George Tiller to protect unborn children has been convicted of murdering the doctor. A jury deliberated for 37 minutes Friday before finding Scott Roeder  guilty of premeditated, first-degree murder. The 51-year-old Kansas City, Mo., man faces a mandatory sentence of life imprisonment with the … Read More

RIP Howard Zinn

Ken AshfordHistory, In PassingLeave a Comment

Best known for his classic, A People's History of the United States, Zinn changed the way many think about America.  The book, written from an unapologetic liberal stance, decided not to glorigy America and its founders, but noted the struggles of real Americans in making change.  Zinn himself would admit that the book has a biased slant — and it … Read More

Economy Grows at 5.7 Percent Last Quarter

Ken AshfordEconomy & Jobs & DeficitLeave a Comment

That's the fastest growth since 2003, and has caused the AP to declare that it is "the strongest evidence to date that the worst recession since the 1930s ended last year." Of course, that's just one economic figure.  Unemployment remains high.  But it is a good sign in an economic world starkly devoid of good news.

Bin Laden Comes Out Against…. Global Warning?

Ken AshfordEnvironment & Global Warming & Energy, War on Terrorism/TortureLeave a Comment

Apparently so: Osama bin Laden, the al-Qaeda leader, has condemned the US and other industrial economies, holding them responsible for the phenomenon of climate change. In an audio tape obtained by Al Jazeera, bin Laden criticised George Bush, the former US president, for rejecting the Kyoto pact and condemned global corporations. "This is a message to the whole world about … Read More

Storm’s A Brewin’

Ken AshfordLocal InterestLeave a Comment

Yikes, this one isn't kidding.   Weather Channel: As you can see in the graphic, plowable snow will also be found in Paducah and Jackson, KY, Roanoke and Norfolk, VA and Winston-Salem and Raleigh, NC.  There is no question this is a very sizeable snowstorm for these cities. 

It’s an iPad

Ken AshfordScience & Technology1 Comment

  Contrary to rumors that Apple was going to announce the iPhone being available for Verizon, they instead just announced their new coolest thingee…. the iPad. Think of an iPhone that's half the size of a laptop.  .5 inches thin, 1.5 pounds, 9.7 inch IPS touchscreen display.  10 hours of battery life, runs all iphone apps, has 16, 32 or … Read More

Did You Know….?

Ken AshfordRight Wing and Inept MediaLeave a Comment

Fox News chose to not broadcast the Hope for Haiti Now benefit concert (both CNN and MSNBC did). Instead, Bill O’Reilly aired a segment about Sarah and Bristol Palin’s “body language” during their Oprah interview and Sean Hannity conducted an interview with Karl Rove on the Obama administration’s approval ratings and health care reform.