Best Reaction Of Them All

Ken AshfordElection 2008, Health Care, Obama Opposition1 Comment

Sarah Palin tweet: Okay.  First of all, Obama gave his opinion that the mandate wasn't a tax — an opinion also held by such commies as Justices Scalia, Thomas, Alito and Kennedy.   Secondly, you can't "lie" about an opinion.  Your opinion might not prevail at the end of the day, but that doesn't mean you lie.  That's like saying "The … Read More


Ken AshfordHealth CareLeave a Comment

Almost everyone got it wrong.  There were a few in recent days who stuck out their neck and thought that the individual mandate would be upheld 5-4, but they thought it would be on Commerce Clause grounds. Kudos to Ben Beutler at TPM, who noticed back in March, right after the oral argument, that Roberts was leaning toward uphold the … Read More

Over-reactions From The Excitable Right

Ken AshfordConstitution, Health Care, Supreme CourtLeave a Comment

UPDATE from Wonkette: Now that poors can get health insurance because the demon Supreme Court sided with that commie muslin NOBAMA fella, the only way to defend our freedom is armed insurrection! Mount up and ride to the sound of the gun says former Michigan Republican Party spokesman Matthew Davis. Matthew Davis, an attorney in Lansing, sent the email moments after the … Read More

Getting It Wrong

Ken AshfordRight Wing and Inept MediaLeave a Comment

I told you to be wary of initial news reports.  These Supreme Court decisions are hard to wade through on first glance. And I'll throw this in here – the Rude Pundit's reaction: A big "suck it" to everyone who thought that our Constitution was such a narrowly-devised document that the federal government couldn't at least attempt to do big … Read More

Four Reasons Obamacare Is A Good Thing

Ken AshfordHealth CareLeave a Comment

1) Obamacare will reduce the deficit. The Congressional Budget Office estimated in 2011 that Obamacare will reduce the federal deficit by $210 billion over the next decade. The law is expected to save about $1 trillion over its second decade, according to other CBO analyses. The CBO found that repealing the law, as Republicans attempted to do in 2011, would increase the deficit by $230 billion over … Read More

A Word Of Caution About Today’s ACA Decision from The Supremes

Ken AshfordHealth Care, Supreme CourtLeave a Comment

Like Bush v Gore, early out-of-the-box news reports about the decision today are likely to be inaccurate.  Not necessarily wrong, but they may not convey the whole truth.  There are many aspects to the Affordable Care Act, and the judges may uphold some aspects and reject others.  Then there may be disagreements about the remedy, and several opinions from the … Read More

School Did Not Violate Anti-Gay Counselor’s Rights When They Fired Her

Ken AshfordConstitution, Sex/Morality/Family ValuesLeave a Comment

A federal judge in Georgia has ruled that Jennifer Keeton’s constitutional rights were not violated when Augusta State University expelled her from its counseling program for her unwillingness to abide by its professional ethics. Keeton insisted that homosexuality is an “immoral personal choice” and refused to affirm a gay client’s behavior as “right or healthy.” The 11th Circuit previously dismissed Keeton’s appeal for a preliminary injunction, … Read More

Judge Posner Sticks It To Scalia

Ken AshfordImmigration and Xenophobia, Supreme CourtLeave a Comment

Posner, as you may know, is generally regarded even by people who disagree with him often as one of America's great legal thinkers.  He was appointed to the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals by none other than Ronald Reagan shortly thereafter, and has been there ever since, where he has usually enlightened and sometimes maddened just about everybody with his … Read More

Fast And Furious Exposed

Ken AshfordCrime, Gun ControlLeave a Comment

Forbes, a magazine not known for its liberal leanings, does an old-school journalism investigation of the "Fast and Furious" scandal, and — wait for it — finds it to be little more than Republican hype.  The facts that the wingnuts have been presenting — much of it picked up by Fox and even more balanced mainstream media — turns out … Read More

Exodus International Gives Up On Curing Teh Gay

Ken AshfordSex/Morality/Family ValuesLeave a Comment

Exodus International, the ministry which claimed that homosexuality can be "cured" through prayer, has been the subject of ridicule for decades.  The ridicule probably started when two of the organization’s cofounders ran off with each other in the ’70s and got gay married.  That should have been a clue to the organization that the very premise on which it is based, … Read More

Oreos Threatened With Boycott

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The ad campaign: Oreo posted the photoshopped picture of an Oreo cookie stuffed with rainbow-colored layers of frosting Monday evening with the caption “Proudly support love!” Over the past 17 hours more than 157,000 people have “liked” the image, 40,000 people have shared it and 20,000 have commented on it. But while many of the comments were supportive, some Facebook … Read More