“The Newsroom”: S2E3 Review

Ken AshfordPopular CultureLeave a Comment

It's starting to get serious. In the third episode of the second season, the show thankfully revisited some of the themes and tone of the first season.  Right off the bat, we see Will McAvoy in his broadcast chair, lambasting Michelle Bachmann, Hermain Cain, Rick Santorem, and Mitt Romney for refusing to stand up for a gay front-line soldier who … Read More

Remember This Cop?

Ken AshfordOccupy Wall StreetLeave a Comment

That's him pepper-spraying Occupy protesters at UC-Davis.  He was fired eight months later after a review board found his actions unwarrented. He's now appealing for worker’s compensation, claiming he suffered psychiatric injury from the 2011 confrontation. Poor baby.

It’s Official: NC Passes Worst Voter ID Law Ever

Ken AshfordLocal Interest, Voter SuppressionLeave a Comment

From The Nation: Late last night, the North Carolina legislature passed the country’s worst voter suppression law after only three days of debate. Rick Hasen of Election Law Blog called it “the most sweeping anti-voter law in at least decades” The bill mandates strict voter ID to cast a ballot (no student IDs, no public employee IDs, etc), even though 318,000 registered voters lack the narrow … Read More

Sabotaging Obamacare

Ken AshfordHealth Care, RepublicansLeave a Comment

Look, you can't intentionally derail a train, and then say that the train didn't work. But that's just what Republicans and Tea Party leaders are planning to do with Obamacare: "The Republican strategy is to focus on messages that this is not working in states where the law is still unpopular with voters and where there are really going to … Read More

House Bill 589

Ken AshfordElection 2014, Election 2016, Local InterestLeave a Comment

North Carolina is set to pass one of the most strict voting limitations bills in the country.  Not only does it include a strict voter-ID law and provision shortening early voting and eliminating same-day voter registration for early voting, but it’s also a laundry list of ways to make it harder for people to vote, and which cannot plausibly be … Read More

Fisking S.E. Cupp

Ken AshfordRight Wing Punditry/Idiocy1 Comment

S.E. Cupp thinks the Republicans are in for a surge, because the kids get them. Yes, really.  Let's break down her Daily News opinion piece: It’s doubtful right now that there’s a Democratic strategist, politician or candidate anywhere in America who’s asking: “How do we get more young voters?” That’s because youth fealty to the Democratic Party is so rote … Read More

Say WHAT?!?

Ken AshfordWomen's IssuesLeave a Comment

It's an anonymous allegation in a civil rights complaint, so keep that in mind.  Still, if it's true, it's pretty shocking:  The University of Southern California is facing a federal civil rights investigation after students filed a complaint that alleged the school ignored campus rape and failed to prosecute attackers even after they confessed. One anonymous USC student involved in the complaint … Read More

Anthony Weiner’s Problem

Ken AshfordSex ScandalsLeave a Comment

Apparently, being busted for an online affair and forced to resign from Congress taught Anthony Weiner that he'd need to be more careful, and use an alter ego the next time he sent pictures of his equipment to women. So he used the name "Carlos Danger." It was bound to happen sooner or later: An anonymous woman has claimed to … Read More

English Baby Born

Ken AshfordHistoryLeave a Comment

Perhaps at the turn of the next century, Baby ________, born today to Prince William and Kate Middleton, will finally become King of England at the ripe old age of 87.  And perhaps someone will do some researching back in time to see what people were saying on the day the once and future King of England was born.  That … Read More

It’s Okay, Bigots. The GOP Isn’t Really Embracing “Tolerance”

Ken AshfordRepublicans, Sex/Morality/Family Values, Tea PartyLeave a Comment

Following their 2012 election debacle, the Republican National Committee and the College Republicans issued reports which urged the party to go through an image makeover without adjusting its political stances. Essentially, they argued, the party should only appear to be changing and becoming more open-minded, empathetic and welcoming. Speaking with David Brody of the Christian Broadcasting Network posted today, RNC Chairman Reince Priebus confirmed that the party will … Read More

“The Newsroom”: S2E2 Review

Ken AshfordPopular CultureLeave a Comment

The second show of the season didn't really move the ball forward very much.   There was more fall out from the YouTube video of Maggie screeching at the Sex and the City bus (the rant in which she declares her desire for her "best friend's boyfriend" which led to her break-up with Don).  Sloan and Maggie track down the … Read More

Detroit’s Downfall

Ken AshfordEconomy & Jobs & DeficitLeave a Comment

It's kind of disturbing to see how many on the right are cheering the fact that Detroit has filed for bankruptcy.  Some saw it as vindication that Obama's bailout of the auto industry was bad policy.  But, of course, Detroit and the auto industry, while often linked, are not the same thing.  The auto industry is doing fine, thank you … Read More