Bullshit Indeed

Ken AshfordObama Opposition, Political Scandals, Right Wing and Inept MediaLeave a Comment

I'm not even going to try to summarize.  Or even copy and paste sections.  Kevin Drum at Mother Jones nails it, starting from the headline: And Josh Marshal adds: The standards of most institutional right wing journalism are just so appallingly bad that their stories simply aren't credible. (I'd note that Lake works at either nonpartisan or slightly-progressive leaning pub.) … Read More

Second Amendment Terrorism Is Here

Ken AshfordGun Control, Rightwing Extremism/ViolenceLeave a Comment

Second Amendment supporters are suspected to have committed three terrorist acts this week on American soil – one against the group Mayors Against Gun Violence, another against Mayor Bloomberg, who is a staunch gun control advocate, and a third against President Obama.  All were sent similar suspicious letters, at least two contained powder, and at least one tested positive for … Read More


Ken AshfordSex/Morality/Family ValuesLeave a Comment

Shezow is an animated cartoon, imported from Australia, which debuted this past weekend on The Hub (the channel once known as Discovery Kids). It's about a little boy who finds a magic ring that transforms him into a legendary crime-fighting superhero, SheZow, who happens to be a girl. Even though the show is not about, or even hints at, transgenderism, it is … Read More

Repubicans Put Out A “Yes” Ad

Ken AshfordCongress, RepublicansLeave a Comment

This is pretty bizarre.   For those of you who can't play video, it is an ad from the National Repubican Senatorial Committee.  The thrust of it can be summed up from this narration within the ad: "It might not always seem like it, but we say yes a lot. We say yes on jobs for you. On opportunity. We … Read More

The Latest In The IRS “Scandal” As Far As I Can Tell

Ken AshfordObama OppositionLeave a Comment

SCANDAL-MONGERS: "The IRS is totally targetting conservatives by making sure the rich pay their taxes and that political groups don't get tax-exempt status when they're not supposed to.  Obama must be behind all this because… OBAMA!!!" IRS COMMISSIONER: "The IRS has had problems.  We are addressing them." SCANDAL-MONGERS: "But Obama is behind it all.  He's got his fingers in every … Read More

Wild Videos

Ken AshfordYoutubeLeave a Comment

The train derailment and explosion yesterday in Baltimore (wait until the end of the video):   Shot two days ago in Kansas, this is what it looks like INSIDE a tornado:  

Michelle, We Hardly Knew Ye

Ken AshfordTea PartyLeave a Comment

NYT: Representative Michele Bachmann, the Minnesota Republican who made an ill-fated run for the Republican presidential nomination in 2012, announced Wednesday that she would not seek a fifth term in Congress next year. She made the announcement just six months after being re-elected in what was her most challenging Congressional campaign since she was first elected to the House in … Read More

Supreme Court Refuses To Hear Planned Parenthood Appeal

Ken AshfordSupreme Court, Women's IssuesLeave a Comment

This is good news. Indiana passed a law attempting to strip Planned Parenthood of all of its Medicaid funding because it performs abortions among its medical services.  The courts, including the Seventh Circuit, said this was unconstitutional because the federal-state Medicaid health program for the poor is for general health services including cancer screening. The state appealed to the U.S Supreme … Read More

Another Creationism Story To Drive Me Crazy

Ken AshfordEducation, Godstuff1 Comment

HuffPo: The Springboro, Ohio, school board is currently considering a proposal that would allow the district to teach creationism, despite objections from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and local parents. The issue, which was discussed at Thursday night’s board meeting, is part of a larger proposal that would open up a variety of controversial issues for classroom discussion. According to … Read More

Boy Scouts To Allow For Gay Scouts, But Continue Discrimination Against LGBT Leaders

Ken AshfordSex/Morality/Family ValuesLeave a Comment

The roughly 1,400 voting members of the Boy Scouts of America’s (BSA) National Council voted 61-38 percent Thursday to end the ban on gay youth participating in the program, but reaffirmed their policy of mandatory discrimination against LGBT leaders and volunteers. The move — suggested by the national leadership as an attempted compromise — represents a modest step forward, but still comes as … Read More