Long-Awaited Pentagon Report on DADT is Out

Ken AshfordSex/Morality/Family Values, War on Terrorism/TortureLeave a Comment

And guess what… From The Washington Post: The Pentagon's long-awaited report on gays in the military concludes that repealing the 17-year-old "don't ask, don't tell" law would present only a low risk to the armed forces' ability to carry out their mission, and that 70 percent of service members believe it would have little or no effect on their units, … Read More

Not The Same Thing, Sarah — Part II

Ken AshfordElection 2012Leave a Comment

Re: my previous post, Sarah Palin elaborates on Facebook: We all applaud the successful thwarting of the Christmas-Tree Bomber and hope our government continues to do all it can to keep us safe. However, the latest round of publications of leaked classified U.S. documents through the shady organization called Wikileaks raises serious questions about the Obama administration’s incompetent handling of this whole fiasco. … Read More

Not The Same Thing, Sarah

Ken AshfordElection 2012, White House SecrecyLeave a Comment

Inexplicable? I've sort of been busy lately, so I haven't followed the Wikileaks things closely.  But if I were to offer a premature uninformed opinion, it would be along the lines of "so what?" Is it an embarrassment to the U.S.?  Of course.  Is it surprising that we might diss our allies behind their back?  No.  And we know they diss us, … Read More

Matt Miller On American Exceptionalism

Ken AshfordRandom MusingsLeave a Comment

I'm glad someone is saying this: Oooh, you're so strong, baby, so handsome. You're the greatest. I'm talking about you, America. You're . . . why, you're exceptional! Does anyone else think there's something a little insecure about a country that requires its politicians to constantly declare how exceptional it is? A populace in need of this much reassurance may … Read More

Today Is Unfriend Day

Ken AshfordSocial NetworkingLeave a Comment

Today has been designated by … uh…. Jimmy Kimmel… as the day when you unfriend people from your Facebook friends. WHY should you do this? Because you have too many friends, and you miss the statuses of friends you actually care about, because they get lost in a sea of Farmville updates from the kid who sat two rwos behind … Read More

Overreaction to Palin on Dancing With The Stars

Ken AshfordElection 2012, Popular Culture, Tea Party1 Comment

No, I don't care for Bristol either, and no, she isn't a better dancer than Brandy (who was kicked off last week despite having near perfect scores, while Bristol consistently has the lowest cores)…. but I keep it in check.  Unlike this guy in Wisconsin: Allegedly set off by Bristol Palin’s appearance on “Dancing with the Stars,” a rural Black Earth … Read More

Nude Body Scanner or Groping Patdown?

Ken AshfordWar on Terrorism/Torture5 Comments

Nude body scanner for me, please. And I can't believe that some people are so vain that they actually think a TSA worker, who is being sentenced to see nude-ish outlines of people all day, are suddenly going to get off on their body.  We live in Fat America.  You're no more beautiful nor more ugly that 90% of other people out there. … Read More

What’s Next For Android

Ken AshfordScience & Technology1 Comment

Android 2.3 comes out in a few weeks, and it includes a new technology known as "Near-field communication".  As far as I can understand it, it basically means that your phone will know where you are and what you want, so it will give you a steady stream of information.  If you're in a CVS, it will present you with … Read More

Thin-Skin Palins

Ken AshfordElection 2012, Tea PartyLeave a Comment

It all started like this: During the premiere of “Sarah Palin’s Alaska” Sunday night — a boy named Tre who went to school with the Palin kids wrote a status update that read, “Sarah Palin’s Alaska, is failing so hard right now.” The thing to do, if you're a Palin, is ignore this, but Willow Palin — the unmarried child … Read More

Movie Premiere

Ken AshfordLocal Interest, Personal1 Comment

Well, my movie premiers tonight, and when I say "my" movie, I mean (of course) the movie in which I may make a brief appearance assuming that I don't end up on the cutting room floor. It's called "Hellphone" and the premiere takes place at the Carousel Theatre on Battleground Avenue at 6:30pm in Greensboro, with the film commencing at … Read More

Finally

Ken AshfordPopular CultureLeave a Comment

Beatles* are on iTunes. * "Beatles" or "The Beatles": a rock group from Liverpool (England) who, between 1962 and 1970, produced a variety of hit songs and albums (most of them written by Paul McCartney and John Lennon) UPDATE:  Who is still missing from iTunes? Kid Rock Bob Segar The Smiths Tool Garth Brooks Def Leppard AC/DC Black Sabbath ….and we can do … Read More

Remains Found

Ken AshfordCrime, Local InterestLeave a Comment

I haven't posted about this story — it's too depressing.  But now maybe that her remains appear to have been found (and we all knew it would end up that way), focus can go elsewhere: HICKORY, N.C. – Investigators said Friday they believe they have found the remains of a disabled North Carolina girl who was reported missing about a month … Read More