The Onion Sums Up The Situation in Syria Pretty Well

Ken AshfordMiddle East1 Comment

So, What’s It Going To Be? Aug 28, 2013 By Bashar Al-Assad Well, here we are. It’s been two years of fighting, over 100,000 people are dead, there are no signs of this war ending, and a week ago I used chemical weapons on my own people. If you don’t do anything about it, thousands of Syrians are going to … Read More

This Will Really Get The Republican IRS Haters Pissed

Ken AshfordGay Marriage, Sex/Morality/Family ValuesLeave a Comment

But so what? WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) today ruled that same-sex couples, legally married in jurisdictions that recognize their marriages, will be treated as married for federal tax purposes. The ruling applies regardless of whether the couple lives in a jurisdiction that recognizes same-sex marriage or a jurisdiction that does not recognize … Read More

How’s That “More Guns In Schools” Thing Going?

Ken AshfordEducation, Gun ControlLeave a Comment

Insane: Arkansas state Sen. Jeremy Hutchinson (R), who is leading an effort to give guns to school personnel, accidentally shot a teacher during an “active shooter” drill earlier this year, theArkansas Democrat-Gazette reports. “The experience gave Hutchinson some pause, but he still supports giving schools the authority to decide how best to secure their campuses.” So, the lawmaker thinks it’s still … Read More

Seriously, Fox News?

Ken AshfordRight Wing and Inept MediaLeave a Comment

Via Josh Barro. The great thing about this is that the formulation works for anything. “50 years after March on Washington, the bees are dying.” “50 years after March on Washington, some worry about Miley Cyrus’s ‘twerking’.” “”50 years after March on Washington, my sink is leaking.” “50 years after the March on Washington, we still don’t have jetpacks.”

No, MLK Was Not In The GOP

Ken AshfordHistory, RaceLeave a Comment

“Most people don’t talk about the fact that Martin Luther King was a Republican.” That’s a quote from Ada Fisher, a Republican National Committeewoman from North Carolina, that was published without qualification or correction this week by ABC News. Fisher is wrong on two fronts. First, many people talk about the “fact” that King was a Republican. It is asserted incessantly … Read More

Dream Still Pending

Ken AshfordHistory, RaceLeave a Comment

50 years ago, but worth another read:   I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation. Five score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand today, signed the Emancipation Proclamation. This momentous decree came as a great … Read More

Actions Have Consequences, Part XXVIII

Ken AshfordGodstuff, Health CareLeave a Comment

Q.  The senior pastor at a Texas megachurch often speaks from the pulpit against vaccines.  The church's position is that one should seek guidence from God, the Word.   What is the result? (a)  God, the Word, takes care of everybody.(b)  The senior pastor gets a Ph.D. in medicine(c)  There is an outbreak of measles which not only affects members … Read More

Worst Person In The World

Ken AshfordRace, Right Wing Punditry/IdiocyLeave a Comment

Laura Ingraham: Tens of thousands of people gathered in Washington, DC over the weekend to commemorate and recreate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s 1963 March on Washington, an event originally dedicated to calling for civil and economic rights for African Americans. CBS News reported that the 50th anniversary event — part of a week-long build-up to Wednesday's anniversary — "was sponsored by the Rev. … Read More

“Also… If We Could Become One Color….”

Ken AshfordRaceLeave a Comment

This is the conservative view of racism.  They think that the antidote is color-blindness. MLK never suggested that blacks forget their heritage.  That was never a part of the dream.  But Bobby Jindel thinks the way you get rid of racism is to get rid of race: Yet we still place far too much emphasis on our “separateness,” our heritage, … Read More

It Turns Out That People Like The Alternative to Obamacare, Known As “Obamacare”

Ken AshfordHealth Care, Obama OppositionLeave a Comment

This anecdote, reported by Jason Cherkis after attending an event in Louisville, speaks to a fascinating larger phenomenon. A middle-aged man in a red golf shirt shuffles up to a small folding table with gold trim, in a booth adorned with a flotilla of helium balloons, where government workers at the Kentucky State Fair are hawking the virtues of Kynect, the … Read More

More North Carolina Shennanigans

Ken AshfordElection 2014, Local InterestLeave a Comment

Well, the conservative legislature and governor here in NC have decided to cut back on early voting, and decided not to let students use their IDs to vote.  And they've even gone one step further: an Elizabeth City State University senior wants to run for city council, but they won't let him run.  The Pasquotank County Board of Elections on Tuesday … Read More

Blame Obama

Ken AshfordDisasters, Obama OppositionLeave a Comment

I'm always amazed at how many Republicans can just lie to themselves about basic immutable facts.  Here's the latest example: A significant chunk of Louisiana Republicans evidently believe that President Barack Obama is to blame for the poor response to the hurricane that ravaged their state more than three years before he took office. The latest survey from Democratic-leaning Public Policy … Read More

NC Is Focus of NY Time Editorial Again

Ken AshfordLocal Interest, Tea PartyLeave a Comment

And it ain't good (again): A Sharp Turn to the Right in North Carolina By ALBERT R. HUNT | BLOOMBERG VIEW WASHINGTON — North Carolina is channeling Alabama and South Carolina when it comes to the best economic, social and political model for a Southern state. For more than half a century, North Carolina has been progressive on education and public … Read More

Doubling Down on NC Voter Suppression

Ken AshfordLocal Interest, Voter SuppressionLeave a Comment

ust hours after Gov. Pat McCrory (R) signed a broad bill to massively restrict voting rights in North Carolina, localities moved to make it harder for students to vote. The moves come on the heels of the U.S. Supreme Court’s 5-4 June ruling gutting the Voting Rights Act and destroying the provisions that had long required North Carolina and other states with a history of … Read More