Perry Dumb-Dumb

Ken AshfordElection 2012Leave a Comment

Rick Perry at St. Anselm's College in New Hampshire today: “Those who are going to be over 21 on November 12th, I ask for your support” Two things: (1)  The general election is on November 6, 2012, not November 12. (2)  Eighteen year olds can vote. … although maybe Perry already knew that second one, and just doesn't want the vote of … Read More

OWS vs Tea Party

Ken AshfordOccupy Wall Street, Tea PartyLeave a Comment

Fun infographic (click to enlarge).  I think it oversimplifies both movements, and adds to the notion that they are competing movements (in my view, the two movements overlap in many important respects), but it's still interesting:

Michigan Passes Anti-Bullying Law

Ken AshfordSex/Morality/Family ValuesLeave a Comment

Referred to earlier in this post, the state of Michigan has passed its anti-bullying law… without the provision that carves an exception for people who bully on moral and religious grounds. That's good news.  The legislation, now on its way to Gov. Rick Snyder, is a little weak: it requires districts to enact a policy but does not proscribe specific behavior. … Read More

On “Christmas Shoes”

Ken AshfordPopular CultureLeave a Comment

Yup: First off, have you really listened to it? It's not really about a little kid who wants his mama to look pretty when she dies. It's about some pompous jerk who sees this kid, all filthy and broke, and gives him money. Then apparently he goes home and writes a song about it so everyone knows just how darn … Read More

Tuvan Throat Singing Rocks!

Ken AshfordRandom MusingsLeave a Comment

Tuvan throat singing is a style of singing (well, chanting really) where your voice creates flute-like overtones.  That's what you need to listen to in this video — not the voice, but the melody of the overtones:  

Cain’s Newest Accuser

Ken AshfordElection 2012, Sex Scandals1 Comment

Responding to a fifth accuser, who claims that she and Herman Cain have had an on-and-off sexual relationship for 13 years, Cain said that he knew the woman and was trying to help her out financially, adding this on CNN yesterday:  I have no idea what it is that she's going to have to show proof.  Hmmm, let's see: She … Read More

A Judge Uses Common Sense

Ken AshfordCorporate Greed, CrimeLeave a Comment

The New York Times is reporting that federal judge Jed Rakoff has thrown out a proposed settlement between Citigroup and the SEC. The SEC had agreed to $285 million in exchange for no admission of wrongdoing in a complaint about Citigroup defrauding investors in a 2007 residential mortgage backed security. Citigroup had told the investors a third party was picking what assets … Read More

The Reason For The Season

Ken AshfordGun Control, War On ChristmasLeave a Comment

The Scottsdale (AZ) Gun Club is inviting people to enjoy Santa and Machine Guns.The family event allows people to take a holiday card picture with St. Nick — and a high-powered fire arm.Santa poses against a backdrop of an $80,000 Garwood minigun.Families can choose to pose with other firearms, ranging from pistols to modified AR15s. They also get a chance … Read More

Yes, I Believe It’s From Nigeria

Ken AshfordYoutubeLeave a Comment

Pat Robertson asks if macaroni and cheese is a "black thing".  His (black) co-host, who knows where her bread is buttered, jokes with him about it, but the awkwardness stinks up the studio nonetheless.   Funniest aspect to this: Robertson wasn't confused about the notion of African Americans eating mac and cheese at Thanksgiving; but rather, he just doesn't know … Read More

More Lies At Patterico

Ken AshfordConstitution, Corporate Greed, History, Right Wing Punditry/Idiocy4 Comments

Aaron Worthing again, making things up as he goes along, writes: And the founders clearly always contemplated corporations and similar business organizations having an outsized say in the political process. Whaaaa?!?  This is demonstrably untrue. First, let’s state the obvious. In the Constitution, it says “We the people…”, not “We the corporations…”. The founding fathers never addressed corporations in the … Read More

Sunday In The Park With Pepper Spray

Ken AshfordOccupy Wall Street1 Comment

Making the Internet rounds… Of course, the actual pepper spraying was atrocious….   And today, we learn something even more horrific: a pregnant protester named Jennifer Fox has miscarried after being pepper sprayed and hit in the stomach by Seattle police officers during a peaceful protest last week.  Here she is:   Seattle's The Stranger newspaper is currently waiting for Jennifer's medical records … Read More