Fun Facts About The Oil Spill Off The Louisiana Gulf Coast

Ken AshfordDisasters, Environment & Global Warming & EnergyLeave a Comment

The sea of oil spewing from the mangled pipeline is already larger than 31 nations. This initial oil well explosion, which killed 11 men, occured when a contractor was cementing the well.  Who was the contractor?  Our old friend, Halliburton. As of now, the oil spilled equals about half of the Exxon Valdez.  In another ten days, at the current rate of … Read More

About Obama’s Plan To Do Offshore Drilling

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

In the wake of the biggest old spill catastrophe since Exxon Valdez, it looks like plans to do more off-shore drill-baby-drilling is on hold: As some Democratic lawmakers call on President Obama to suspend his plans to expand offshore oil drilling, the White House today said that there will be no new domestic offshore drilling until the investigation into the … Read More

Some Excitement in Raleigh

Ken AshfordRandom MusingsLeave a Comment

This happened Wednesday.  Girlfriend freaks as a tornado forms right in front of their car.    Boyfriend keeps his cool, gives sound advice about the possibility of getting into a ditch at the side of the road, and rolls down the windows to equalize the air pressure inside and outside the car.  But the girlfriend freaks anyway.

Self-Defense

Ken AshfordRandom MusingsLeave a Comment

By GF and BFF does Krav Maga training.  Krav Maga is a hand-to-hand self-defense system originally developed in Czechoslovakia, and modified in Israel.  It involves wrestling, grappling and striking techniques, and is mostly known for its extremely efficient and brutal counter-attacks.  It's the kind of the thing that elite special forces use all around the world. As for me, this is what … Read More

What Does Facebook Publish About You?

Ken AshfordSocial NetworkingLeave a Comment

There's been some controversy about the new Facebook changes, and its impact on your privacy.  I touched on it here in this post. Basically, Facebook made the decision to make some aspects of your Facebook profile available to, well, anything on the Internet — and vice versa.  For example, if John Smith posted a video from Youtube on Facebook — say, a … Read More

Breaking: Flight to DC Receives Threat; Lands In Greensboro

Ken AshfordLocal Interest, War on Terrorism/TortureLeave a Comment

AP: GREENSBORO, N.C. – Officials say a Continental Airlines flight from Houston to the Washington area has been diverted to North Carolina after a threatening message was written on a bathroom mirror. The Transportation Security Administration says Continental Flight 3006 was headed for Dulles International Airport in Virginia on Wednesday when it was directed to land at Piedmont Triad International Airport … Read More

Breaking: Flight to DC Gets Bomb Threat; Lands In Greensboro

Ken AshfordLocal Interest, War on Terrorism/TortureLeave a Comment

AP: GREENSBORO, N.C. – Officials say a Continental Airlines flight from Houston to the Washington area has been diverted to North Carolina after a threatening message was written on a bathroom mirror. The Transportation Security Administration says Continental Flight 3006 was headed for Dulles International Airport in Virginia on Wednesday when it was directed to land at Piedmont Triad International … Read More

Journalistic Error

Ken AshfordRight Wing and Inept MediaLeave a Comment

According to Gawker, the Washington Post was debating which cover story and art to feature on its online page.  It was either going to be this:   or this: Apparently, somebody messed up, because for a few hours yesterday (until somebody fixed it), the online Washington Post looked like this: Ooopsy.  

And That’s The Deal My Dear

Ken AshfordImmigration and XenophobiaLeave a Comment

I'm probably making more of this Arizona anti-immigration law than I ought to.  As I wrote before, the thing just won't survive all the constitutional challenges that are sure to come in court. But on the off-chance that the Arizona law survives legal battles, it's still facing another tough opponent: Colombian-born pop star Shakira will meet with the mayor of … Read More

Arizona To Feds: Help Enforce Our Own Draconian Law

Ken AshfordImmigration and XenophobiaLeave a Comment

This is pretty ballsy: The Arizona agency tasked with training 15,000 law officers to enforce the state's controversial new illegal immigration law has asked federal authorities for assistance, but administration officials say it is unclear whether the government will help. Lyle Mann, executive director of the Arizona Peace Officer Standards and Training Board, says federal assistance is "critical" to what … Read More

Nice Going Dumbass

Ken AshfordRandom MusingsLeave a Comment

It goes without saying that you shouldn't cheat on your fiancee.  Period. But when your fiancee is a princess?  And by that I mean, an actual princess? Well, that takes a special kind of stupidity to cheat on her.  Hope this guy likes his life as an associate in a law firm.