2014 Dead Pool

Ken AshfordRandom Musings1 Comment

Link to 2013 Dead Pool Link to 2012 Dead Pool Link to 2011 Dead Pool There are two "dead pool" lists.  One is just a random list of people who I think will pass in the upcoming year. The other is a competitive list where you pick ten (and only ten) people-to-die, and you score your points by subtracting their age-at-death from … Read More

Poke In The Eye

Ken AshfordSex/Morality/Family ValuesLeave a Comment

I hope other nations follow suit. President Barack Obama on Tuesday announced his delegates to the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia. And, in what may be a thumb in the eye to Russian President Vladimir Putin over his crackdown on gay rights, two of Obama's delegates are openly gay.

Megyn vs. Jon: What Color Is Santa?

Ken AshfordWar On ChristmasLeave a Comment

Santa Claus is not real, so he can be any color anybody wants him to be. But this didn't sit well with Fox News Megyn Kelly:   Oy. The Daily Show Get More: Daily Show Full Episodes,The Daily Show on Facebook After the controversy came to a boil, Kelly tried to dismiss her attitude in the segment: "In kicking off … Read More

Homeland Season 3 Finale Review

Ken AshfordPopular CultureLeave a Comment

Well, it took a few episodes, but Season Three finally came together.  As I had written before, Season One, which got rave reviews, was exciting and unpredictable because of Brody, played by Damien Lewis.  You never knew whose side he was on; the conflict between him and his family and his loyalties drove every episode. The problem, of course, was … Read More

Dumbest Comparison Ever

Ken AshfordHealth CareLeave a Comment

On Mandela: “He was fighting against some great injustice, and I would make the argument that we have a great injustice going on right now in this country with an ever-increasing size of government that is taking over and controlling people’s lives — and Obamacare is front and center in that." Folks, if you try to compare affordable health care … Read More

RIP Nelson Mandela

Ken AshfordHistory, In PassingLeave a Comment

This is one of those passings when all the superlatives coming out of the radios and TV and on the Intertubes are fitting.  Not only did Nelson Mandela live an incredible life (although 27 years of it were in prison), but he touched literally billions.  I was one of them.  In my college years, there were two political issues which … Read More

Our Gun Culture

Ken AshfordGun ControlLeave a Comment

What would you do if a confused man rang your doorbell and jiggled your front door handle at 4 AM? Would you conclude that, like Avon ladies, ruthless home invaders always warn potential victims by ringing the doorbell? If you’re Joe Hendrix of Chickamauga, Georgia, you’d go outside to confront the menace and plug the old codger in the chest with your … Read More

Racism Ended With Rosa Parks Incident, Says GOP

Ken AshfordRace, RepublicansLeave a Comment

This is nice … Today we remember Rosa Parks’ bold stand and her role in ending racism. pic.twitter.com/uxIj1QmtkU— RNC (@GOP) December 1, 2013 Think Progress points out that the celebration of the end of racism may be a tad premature: Some research contends that “racism cost the president more than five million votes in 2008 and 2012″ and a 2012 survey from the … Read More