Gay Bullying

Ken AshfordCrime, Sex/Morality/Family Values7 Comments

There have been a few news stories cropping up lately about "gay bullying" and they all make me wish I was a Second Amendment advocate so that I could go all vigilante on someone's ass. But this story…. man, this is a tough one: It started with a Twitter message on Sept. 19: “Roommate asked for the room till midnight. I went into … Read More

McHealthcare

Ken AshfordHealth CareLeave a Comment

The Wall Street Journal got everyone all abuzz today with its "McDonald's May Drop Health Plan." The lede said: "McDonald's Corp. has warned federal regulators that it could drop its health insurance plan for nearly 30,000 hourly restaurant workers unless regulators waive a new requirement of the U.S. health overhaul." The conservatives crowed:  "Look what Obamacare has done!  It's forcing McD's to … Read More

Your Congress At Work

Ken AshfordPopular CultureLeave a Comment

It's always nice when the Senate can agree on something worthwhile in bi-partisan fashion: WASHINGTON – Legislation to turn down the volume on those loud TV commercials that send couch potatoes diving for their remote controls looks like it'll soon become law. The Senate unanimously passed a bill late Wednesday to require television stations and cable companies to limit the volume of commercials and … Read More

Baseball: The Tenth Inning

Ken AshfordRed Sox & Other SportsLeave a Comment

I, like many others, was and remain a big fan of Ken Burns' nine-part, 18.5 hour Baseball documentary series when it came out 1993.  That series was fascinating look at America's favorite pastime since its inception over 100 years ago to 1993.  That series ended with the clear message that baseball had survived wars, depression, and scandal, but it always persevered.  Ironically, when … Read More

Yeah, Canceled

Ken AshfordGun ControlLeave a Comment

This was supposed to take place at the University of Texas Law School yesterday: The Federalist Society and SCCC Present: John Lott's More Guns, Less Crime Date: September 28, 2010Start: 6:00pmEnd: 7:30pm Location: TNH 2.114 (Auditorium) Prominent Second Amendment scholar and author John Lott will discuss how more legal possession of guns leads to less crime. Sponsored by the Texas … Read More

World War One Officially Ends This Week

Ken AshfordHistoryLeave a Comment

Took them a while, but Germany has finally finished paying off reparations for that nasty bit of business almost a century ago. Germany was forced to pay the reparations at the Treaty of Versailles in 1919 as compensation to the war-ravaged nations of Belgium and France and to pay the Allies some of the costs of waging what was then the bloodiest conflict in history, … Read More

MacArthur Genius Award Fellows Announced

Ken AshfordPopular Culture, Science & Technology, TheatreLeave a Comment

Once again, I was overlooked. The famed MacArthur Fellows Program, which awards "Genius" grants to exceptional inventors, innovators and other creative types, has announced 23 new fellows for 2010. This year's honorees were contacted out of the blue by The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and offered $500,000 with no strings attached over the next five years to pursue … Read More

No, Sarah Palin Was NOT Booed

Ken AshfordElection 2012, Popular CultureLeave a Comment

So last night, on Dancing with the Stars, Jennifer Grey did this really good dance with the dancing partner, and then they cut to the "green room" where Jennifer was interviewed by some airhead co-host, as per show tradition.  Then Jennifer got her score — a 24 (which, as I understand it, is really good for DWTS)  – and in the background, you could hear the … Read More

I Call “B.S”

Ken AshfordPageantsLeave a Comment

Austalia's Next Top Model judge Sarah Murdoch announced the wrong winner during last night's finale, then stood by while the loser made a victory speech, just to tell her she hadn't won. Here's the clip:   But I have to tell you, the whole thing looks staged to me.

For Your Amusement

Ken AshfordTea PartyLeave a Comment

Yeah, it's real. I can't make out the small print on these pictures, but the Globe says it contains this snippet: "When taxes are too high, the high tax takes away jobs and freedom. In 1773 we had a Tea Party and this led to freedom from high taxes. Today we are having another Tea Party and this will lead … Read More

Atheist and Agnostics More Knowledgeable About Religion

Ken AshfordGodstuffLeave a Comment

From the LA Times: If you want to know about God, you might want to talk to an atheist. Heresy? Perhaps. But a survey that measured Americans’ knowledge of religion found that atheists and agnostics knew more, on average, than followers of most major faiths. In fact, the gaps in knowledge among some of the faithful may give new meaning to … Read More

Prediction

Ken AshfordSex ScandalsLeave a Comment

The story which will occupy the news next week will be about John Boehner's affair. Oh, yes.  You read right.  Affair.  The story hasn't broke yet, but it will in 3… 2….

Fake Earthquake

Ken AshfordDisasters, Social NetworkingLeave a Comment

If your Facebook or Twitter feed starts going off with buzz about a massive California earthquake in the next few hours, don't worry.  It's only a test.  A drill is planned by natural disaster experts at San Diego State University to test how social media would be used to respond to a crisis. Unless, of course, there is an actual earthquake … Read More

On Time

Ken AshfordScience & TechnologyLeave a Comment

Smart scientists have now proven that time goes faster at higher elevations.   That may be hard to wrap your head around — it's not that the perception of time goes faster at higher elevations, it's that time itself actually goes faster at higher elevations. In other words, if you have a super accurate clock and you leave it downstairs for … Read More