Obama’s Katrina?

Ken AshfordDisasters, Energy and Conservation, Environment & Global Warming & Energy, Obama & Administration, Obama OppositionLeave a Comment

A lot of "serious" right-wing contributors are comparing the Obama's response to the Oil Spill to Bush's response to Katrina.   Read, for example, how unhinged the Wall Street Journal's Peggy Noonan I don't see how the president's position and popularity can survive the oil spill. This is his third political disaster in his first 18 months in office. She continues: I wonder if … Read More

SATC2 Reviews Are In…

Ken AshfordPopular CultureLeave a Comment

… and it's being compared to Gigli and a female Ishtar. You ready? First, let's see how it rates at Rotten Tomatoes: Oh… my. [UPDATE:  As more reviews roll in, it's down to 10%] And the New York Times’ A.O. Scott says: The ugly smell of unexamined privilege hangs over this film like the smoke from cheap incense. and then Wajahat … Read More

Sox Got The Mojo

Ken AshfordRed Sox & Other SportsLeave a Comment

Tampa Bay had the winningest record of all the MLB teams this year so far.  Earlier this week, they were 32 wins and only 12 losses, a percentage of around .700. And the Sox swept them, three games in a row.  In Tampa Bay. So the Boston Boys are doing something right.  Still, they're in the toughest division in baseball.  … Read More

Adventures in Homeschooling

Ken AshfordEducation, GodstuffLeave a Comment

In Paradise (California): Kevin and Elizabeth Schatz face one count of murder, one count of torture and one count of child abuse. The torture count alleges that the parents beat their 11-year-old adopted daughter so severely she ended up in the hospital with kidney failure. The child abuse charge is for bruising authorities reportedly found on the couple's 10-year-old biological … Read More

Rites of Passage

Ken AshfordPersonalLeave a Comment

I had my first encounter with actual moonshine last night, distilled (or so I was told) by the late and legendary "Popcorn" Sutton. I'm not the kind to cotton to such things, but there I was, on some abandoned railroad tracks with a steel guitar player and a banjo player and a bunch of others.  (The railroad tracks were behind the theater where … Read More

Ebert on SETC2

Ken AshfordPopular Culture5 Comments

I love Ebert's takedown of Sex and The City 2, especially this: The movie's visual style is arthritic. Director Michael Patrick King covers the sitcom dialogue by dutifully cutting back and forth to whoever is speaking. A sample of Carrie's realistic dialogue in a marital argument: "You knew when I married you I was more Coco Chanel than coq au … Read More

Facebook Changing Privacy Controls AGAIN

Ken AshfordSocial SecurityLeave a Comment

The announcement will be at 1 pm today (ET).  Apparently, the backlash has been too great, and Facebook is going to fix it for the better: (CNN) — Facebook, in a rare move, is expected to reverse itself Wednesday on changes to privacy settings after sustained backlash from users worried about how their private information is being used. The announcement, … Read More

America Speaks Out

Ken AshfordElection 2010, Republicans3 Comments

The Republican Party, apparently devoid of ideas themselves, have launched a website called "America Speaking Out".  It's an election-year gimmick intended to help give the GOP a policy platform to run on, except that you, Mr. and Mrs. America, get to set the policy platform.  It's all designed to show that Republicans are "of the people" and they hear you. … Read More