Rand Paul And Doughnuts

Ken AshfordHealth Care, Tea PartyLeave a Comment

Rand is all up in arms over the jack-booted doughnut snatchers: Sen. Rand Paul warned Americans that the federal government is targeting doughnuts, the latest example of the oppressive nanny state in America. "They're coming after your doughnuts!" the Kentucky Republican said, referring to the Food and Drug Administration decision to ban trans fats. Paul added that if the FDA … Read More

Beyond Horrible

Ken AshfordDisastersLeave a Comment

Really horrible: Corpses hung from trees, were scattered on sidewalks or buried in flattened buildings — some of the 10,000 people believed killed in one Philippine city alone by ferocious Typhoon Haiyan that washed away homes and buildings with powerful winds and giant waves. As the scale of devastation became clear Sunday from one of the worst storms ever recorded, … Read More

Sarah Palin’s Word Salad

Ken AshfordHealth Care, Right Wing Punditry/IdiocyLeave a Comment

Sarah Palin is on a media tour to promote her silly book about a nonexistent "War on Christmas," and appeared on the Today show with a tasty new right wing word salad, achieving (not for the first time) total incoherence: The plan is to allow those things that had been proposed over many years to reform a health-care system in America that … Read More

Remember, It’s Not Racism

Ken AshfordRace, Right Wing Punditry/IdiocyLeave a Comment

Richard Cohen Today’s GOP is not racist, as Harry Belafonte alleged about the tea party, but it is deeply troubled — about the expansion of government, about immigration, about secularism, about the mainstreaming of what used to be the avant-garde. People with conventional views must repress a gag reflex when considering the mayor-elect of New York — a white man … Read More

Election Day 2014

Ken AshfordBloggingLeave a Comment

It's an off-year, so most people aren't focussed on it, although they really should be.  Local elections effect your life just as much as national ones.  And they act as a bellweather for national trends.  Here are some important local races with national implications: Governors New Jersey – There is little doubt that Republican governor Chris Christie is going to win … Read More

Republican Alternatives To Obamacare

Ken AshfordHealth Care, Obama OppositionLeave a Comment

As the White House struggles with the rollout of Obamacare’s online health insurance marketplace, pressure has mounted within the Republican Party to begin offering conservative alternatives that address the nation’s health care crisis. Here are some of the plans the GOP is considering: Repeating the phrase “you can keep your current doctor” over and over until something happens Loosening regulations … Read More