Kyl’s Big Lie

Ken AshfordRepublicans, Women's IssuesLeave a Comment

I was going to make fun of Senator Kyl last week during the budget debate, when he said on the Senate floor that 90% of Planned Parenthood's business was performing abortions.  In truth, it is only 3% of their business.  And after the error was pointed out, Kyl's office released a statement saying "I apologize for being wrong" that the … Read More

They Blinked

Ken AshfordCongress, Economy & Jobs & Deficit, Obama & AdministrationLeave a Comment

What happened at the budget negotiations? It seems Obama et al grew a pair: At one crucial moment in the game of chicken over a looming shutdown of the United States government, President Obama and the House speaker, John A. Boehner, faced off in the Oval Office. Mr. Boehner, a Republican heavily outnumbered in the room by Democrats, was demanding … Read More

Stupid Government Shutdown Is Stupid

Ken AshfordCongress, Economy & Jobs & DeficitLeave a Comment

Tomorrow is, of course, Passport Day — perhaps my favorite holiday except for Christmas. No, it's not really a holiday, but tomorrow is Passport Day, where people like me with an old obsolete and therefore unusable passport can get a new one. EXCEPT for the stupid government shutdown.  That's right.  Just like when it was too cold for Santa to deliver … Read More

White House To Hold Second Auditions This Week For Nationwide Production Of ‘Guys And Dolls’ ‘We’re Still Looking For A Really Good Nathan Detroit,’ Obama Says

Ken AshfordRandom MusingsLeave a Comment

'We're Still Looking For A Really Good Nathan Detroit,' Obama Says WASHINGTON—Saying they are very close to casting all the principal parts for the nationwide stage production of Guys And Dolls, White House officials announced Monday that a second round of auditions will be held this Thursday, and that the show's director, President Barack Obama, is still looking for the perfect … Read More

Bristol Palin’s Not-For-Profit Has Questionable Finances

Ken AshfordSex/Morality/Family Values1 Comment

In 2009, Sarah Palin’s daughter Bristol joined a teen pregnancy prevention nonprofit group called the Candie’s Foundation.  It made perfect sense to some — the group sought to prevent teen pregnancy and Bristol was a noted pregnant teen. Candie's Foundation just filed its taxes and guess what: SALARY PAID TO BRISTOL PALIN:  $262,500 And how much given in charitable disbursements?  $25,000 to … Read More

Why We Must Raise Taxes On The Rich

Ken AshfordEconomy & Jobs & DeficitLeave a Comment

Robert Reich: It's tax time. It's also a time when right-wing Republicans are setting the agenda for massive spending cuts that will hurt most Americans. Here's the truth: The only way America can reduce the long-term budget deficit, maintain vital services, protect Social Security and Medicare, invest more in education and infrastructure, and not raise taxes on the working middle … Read More

Our Prude Nation

Ken AshfordSex/Morality/Family ValuesLeave a Comment

They're breasts.  Deal with it: A painting at the Gauguin exhibit at the National Gallery was attacked last week by a gallery visitor, provoking considerable commotion, according to other museum visitors and gallery officials. Screaming “This is evil,” a woman tried to pull Gauguin’s “Two Tahitian Women” from a gallery wall Friday and banged on the picture’s clear plastic covering, said Pamela Degotardi of … Read More