More Fire In The Belly Like This Please

Ken AshfordDemocratsLeave a Comment

The House was debating a bill last night that would provide up to $7.4 billion in health care aid to rescue and recovery workers who have faced health problems since their work in the wake of the September 11 attacks. The bill ultimately failed to get the needed two-thirds majority, 255-159.  This was largely due to Republicans, who support a $676 billion … Read More

Krugman Is Abundantly Right Today

Ken AshfordObama & AdministrationLeave a Comment

I've heavily edited what Krugman writes today (it's largely an article about Elizabeth Warren) to bring out its essence: Why does the Obama administration keep looking for love in all the wrong places? Why does it go out of its way to alienate its friends, while wooing people who will never waver in their hatred? *** Mr. Obama rode into … Read More

Chart Of The Day: Healthcare Reform

Ken AshfordHealth CareLeave a Comment

At some point on this blog, I posited that if healthcare reform legislation passed, and people had time to just live with it for a while — far removed from the Republican scare machine talking about "death panels" and so on — they would actually come to like it more and more. Okay, maybe I didn't say it on this blog. … Read More

Can Universities Expel Students For Their Anti-Homosexual Views?

Ken AshfordEducation, Godstuff2 Comments

The story is in the news this week not once, but twice. First, in Georgia: (July 27) When officials at Georgia's Augusta State University told counseling student Jennifer Keeton they were concerned her outspoken Christian views might affect her ability to work with gay, lesbian and transgender clients, they gave her a choice: participate in a remediation plan or leave … Read More

More Attempted Journalistic Lynching of Shirley Sherrod

Ken AshfordRace, Right Wing and Inept Media, Right Wing Punditry/IdiocyLeave a Comment

One would think that the right would want to move past the Shirley Sherrod story. For those living under a rock last week, the story in a nutshell is this:  Right wing provocateur Andrew Brietbart, pissed that the NAACP had accused the Tea Party movement of racism, fired back on his blog magazine by posting a video of a low-level … Read More

Another Quote Of The Day

Ken AshfordEnvironment & Global Warming & EnergyLeave a Comment

From today's New York Times: “According to NASA, 2010 is on course to be the planet’s hottest year since records started in 1880. The current top 10, in descending order, are: 2005, 2007, 2009, 1998, 2002, 2003, 2006, 2004, 2001 and 2008.” Right.  Good thing that global warming is just a hoax.

Quote Of The Day

Ken AshfordRaceLeave a Comment

I agree with this (James Fallows of The Atlantic): I agree with my colleagues Coates, Sullivan, Green, Ambinder, plus most of the civilized world, in finding this episode nauseating. Silver lining: the possibility that for the Breitbart/Fox attack machine this could be the long-awaited "Have you no sense of decency?" moment. I disagree with my colleague Clive Crook that it's hard to … Read More

The Obama Administration Hoped To Avoid A Media Circus By Firing The “Racist” Shirley Sherrod Quickly

Ken AshfordObama & Administration, RaceLeave a Comment

Yeah.  Nice going.  How did that work out? UPDATE:  Gibbs, Obama's press secretary at this afternoon's briefing: "Without a doubt Miss Sherrod is owed an apology.. on behalf of this entire administration." "Everybody made determinations without knowing all of the facts." ". . .a disservice was done, an apology was owed." You think?!?  The press secretary also suggested that it was worth taking some … Read More

On The Charge of Racism

Ken AshfordRaceLeave a Comment

This is the summer of the racism accusation.  It's full-on now. In a way, it's nothing new.  As long as there has been racism in this country (which has been, well, since this country's founding), there have been accusations of racism.  Goes hand-in-hand. But there's something new to it lately.  Apparently, white people can accuse black people of racism.  And … Read More

North Carolina Unemployment and The Filibuster Attempt

Ken AshfordEconomy & Jobs & Deficit, Local InterestLeave a Comment

Tomorrow, Congress will consider extending unemployment benefits to millions of out-of-work Americans.  Last time they tried this, Republicans successfully blocked it. According to the latest numbers from the North Carolina Employment Security Commission, North Carolina currently has a double-digit unemployment rate of 10 percent. North Carolina Policy Watch estimates that when the last vote to extend unemployment insurance failed, 20,000 North Carolinians lost … Read More

Unintelligent Intelligence

Ken AshfordWar on Terrorism/Torture, White House Secrecy, Wiretapping & SurveillanceLeave a Comment

Everyone should read the Washington Post's recent effort in investigative reporting, Top Secret America. As a piece of journalism, it represents what actual journalism should be — not what passes for journalism in today's he-said-she-said creaming-heads world. That said, the subject of the piece is distressing. Since George W. Bush, we've had this reckless, ridiculous, uncoordinated expansion of intelligence agencies, all sucking … Read More


Ken AshfordTea PartyLeave a Comment

First, the NAACP condemned the tea party movement as being "racist". That prompted Mark Williams, the leader of the Tea Party Express, to pen a"satirical" response – a made-up letter from "colored persons" to Abraham Lincoln saying they had changed their minds about emancipation.  The letter received immediate and widespread criticism, and Williams eventually withdrew it from publication. But the controversy wasn't over: … Read More

Palin Tweets Again (and Again) About Downtown Manhattan Mosque

Ken AshfordElection 2012, Godstuff, War on Terrorism/TortureLeave a Comment

The controversy, for those unaware, centers around the proposed building of a mosque "at Ground Zero".  This has sent conservatives into an apoplectic fit. It doesn't seem to matter that the mosque is to be built three city blocks from Ground Zero, and not at Ground Zero. It doesn't seem to matter that the mosque is really more than just a mosque.  Called the … Read More