The GOP Gets Cold Feet On Repeal

Ken AshfordElection 2010, Health CareLeave a Comment

Prescient me, last week: This strikes me as a political tactic bound to fail.  For one thing, healthcare reform will have already started, and people will like it. The obvious question to such GOP candidates will be this: "What part do you want to repeal first?  The part where insurance companies can no longer drop your coverage when you get … Read More

Obama: Outright Evil, Or Simply Wrong?

Ken AshfordRight Wing Punditry/IdiocyLeave a Comment

That's the title of a piece written by Michael Medved here, and I'll jump to his answer: Obama (in his view) is "simply wrong".  He goes on to chasten the Republican rank-and-file, who express vitriol at Obama in hyperbolic terms ("he's a socialist anti-Christ blah blah blah").  This tactic, Medved insists, will alienate moderates and independents (who Republicans need), and … Read More

Obama: “Drill, Baby, Drill”

Ken AshfordEnergy and Conservation, Environment & Global Warming & EnergyLeave a Comment

Really?  What a disappointment: President Obama will announce new plans to drill for oil and natural gas off America's coasts Wednesday but will rule out drilling off California, Oregon and Washington state through 2017, administration officials say. Obama's plans will include opening new areas of coastal Virginia and other parts of the mid-Atlantic region, Alaska and the eastern Gulf of … Read More

Quote Of The Day

Ken AshfordHealth Care, Race, Right Wing Punditry/IdiocyLeave a Comment

The right's arguments against health care reform have been laughably false, or have been getting worn from overuse.  So now they've come up with another reason to hate health care reform.  You ready? Health care reform is racist. And why?  Because of the provision in the health care reform act that includes a 10 percent tax on indoor tanning salons … Read More

Fox News Will Believe And Report Anything

Ken AshfordEnvironment & Global Warming & Energy, Right Wing and Inept MediaLeave a Comment

The Fox Nation headline yesterday: Global Warming Activist Freezes to Death in Antarctica. This caused much chortling among Fox News fans, who left comments like this: I'm sorry but this is about the funniest thing I've ever read!! Talk about what comes around goes around!!!!!!!!!! Ya get what you ask for – this has it all!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thank you FOX I … Read More

A “Shotgun” Wedding

Ken AshfordWar on Terrorism/TortureLeave a Comment

Here are some pictures of a wedding from the the leading family of Hutaree, the armed Christian group recently arrested in Michigan, accused of plotting to kill police. Clearly, their anti-government leanings went far beyond rhetoric.  It was a paramilitary lifestyle choice.     Pretty creepy. Creepier still is the fact that prominent right wing bloggers are apologists for them.  Would … Read More

Quote Of The Day

Ken AshfordConstitution, TheatreLeave a Comment

Texas' Lt. Governor: "The cancellation of the play, Corpus Christi, by the [state-run] university was the right thing to do. While I'm a strong defender of free speech, we must also protect the rights and reasonable expectations of Texas taxpayers and how their money is used. A play that is completely contrary to the standards of decency and moral beliefs … Read More