Petulance Rises (Sinks?) To New Level

Ken AshfordObama OppositionLeave a Comment

MSNBC: Politicoreported yesterday that congressional Republicans are weighing a variety of tactics to “address” their disgust over Obama’s immigration policy, and “GOP aides and lawmakers” are considering the idea of “refusing to invite the president to give his State of the Union address.” Late last week, Breitbart News also ran a piece of its own on the subject: “Congress should … Read More

Cowboy Copz

Ken AshfordCrime, Race, Racial HomicidesLeave a Comment

I maintain that, under the legal system and the legal standards, the Ferguson grand jury did not have probable cause to indict Officer Darren Wilson.  That should prompt a discussion as to whether the legal system is sufficient to take care of what is clearly a national problem — the prevalence of cop-on-black violence. But that discussion is for another day  I write here … Read More

Grand Jury Announcement Today In Michael Brown Shooting

Ken AshfordCrime, Race, Racial HomicidesLeave a Comment

A decision has been reached by the grand jury deliberating whether to bring charges against Darren Wilson, the officer who fatally shot Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO. I fully expect that no charges will be brought, and all hell will break loose.  Pretty predictable actually.  Laws give the police wide latitude in using deadly force.  Maybe those laws shouldn’t give wide latitude, … Read More

World’s Dumbest Lawyer(TM) Joins Twitchy At Being Outraged At Something They Didn’t Understand In The First Place

Ken AshfordConstitution, Obama Opposition, Right Wing Punditry/IdiocyLeave a Comment

In other words, dog bites man. University of Baltimore law professor Garrett Epps wrote a piece in the Atlantic entitled “Imperfect Union: The Constitution Didn’t Foresee Divided Government” that discussed the likely confrontations between the President and the newly-Republican Congress: What’s coming will be painful, frustrating, and dangerous—and it will illustrate a constitutional malfunction unforeseen in 1787. The country will survive, … Read More

What Is Grubergate And Why You Shouldn’t Care

Ken AshfordHealth Care, Obama OppositionLeave a Comment

Republicans think they’ve just happened upon a major moment in the never-ending political debate over Obamacare: Newly discovered video of White House consultant Jonathan Gruber’s controversial comments about the passage of the law. In the video, from 2013, Gruber suggests the details of the law were obscured in order to assure its passage. He says the bill relied on the “stupidity of the … Read More

Leonids Tonight

Ken AshfordScience & TechnologyLeave a Comment

The Leonids can sometimes be a spectacular show, with one storm in 1833 producing a reported 100,000 meteors per hour. Tonight’s show should bring about 10 to 15 meteors per hour. A meteor shower will happen when the Earth flies through a trail of debris from a comet. These particular meteorites are leftovers from Tempel-Tuttle, a comet that orbits the … Read More

Anonymous Pulls The Hoods Off Klan Members

Ken AshfordRaceLeave a Comment

A number of Twitter accounts allegedly belonging to the Ku Klux Klan have been hacked by the Australian branch of activist group Anonymous. The accounts, including @YourKKKcentral and @KuKluxKlanUSA, were seized after Anonymous declared “cyber warfare” on the racist group. Members of the KKK have been threatening to use “lethal force” against demonstrators in Ferguson, Missouri, who are protesting about … Read More

The Low Information Voter

Ken AshfordElection 2014, Obama OppositionLeave a Comment

  The author’s inspiration for this cartoon comes in part from this piece from September, about Kentucky voters who love the state’s new health insurance exchange (Kynect) but still disapprove of the Affordable Care act: “I’m tickled to death with it,” Ms. Evans, 49, said of her new coverage as she walked around the Kentucky State Fair recently with her daughter, … Read More

Obama’s Triangulation: A Shot Across The Bow

Ken AshfordNet Neutrality, Obama OppositionLeave a Comment

Obama got on the Intertubes this morning and said this: For those not wanting to watch or listen, he basically called for a strict policy of so-called net neutrality and formally opposed any deals in which content providers like Netflix would pay huge sums to broadband companies for faster access to their customers.  (Net Neutrality, according to Wikipedia, is “the … Read More

Fast Thought On “The Newsroom” Season Three

Ken AshfordPopular CultureLeave a Comment

Most of the critics who dislike “The Newsroom” are members of the so-called “new media”, which (surprise surprise) Aaron Sorkin often uses as a target (not only in The Newsroom, but in The Social Network, Studio 60 and even as far back as The West Wing). Last night, Sorkin took another convincing swipe at “new media”, focusing on how Reddit … Read More

Marriage Equality Setback Might Mean Fast Track To Supreme Court

Ken AshfordGay Marriage, Sex/Morality/Family Values, Supreme CourtLeave a Comment

On Thursday afternoon, the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit just became the first federal appeals court in the country to side with marriage discrimination. Although the immediate effect of this court’s 2-1 decision is that marriage equality will not quickly become the law in Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee, the most important consequence of the Sixth … Read More

Empty Threat

Ken AshfordImmigration and Xenophobia, Obama OppositionLeave a Comment

John Boehner, at a presser today, warned that if President Obama moves forward with executive action on deportations, Republicans will never, ever, ever act on the legislative immigration reform that Republicans have refused to act on for the last 18 months: “I’ve made clear to the president that if he acts unilaterally on his own outside of his authority, he … Read More