A Transgender Suicide

Ken AshfordIn Passing, Mental Health, Sex/Morality/Family Values1 Comment

A transgender teenage girl, Leelah Alcorn, died of suicide yesterday by jumping in front of a semi on I-71 near the South Lebanon, Ohio exit.  She left a note on her Tumblr: If you are reading this, it means that I have committed suicide and obviously failed to delete this post from my queue. Please don’t be sad, it’s for … Read More

3rd Highest Ranking Republican Admits Speaking At White Supremacist Group Conference

Ken AshfordPolitical Scandals, Race, RepublicansLeave a Comment

A rather auspicious start for the GOP’s attempt to re-brand itself and make itself appealing to minorities: Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.), the House majority whip, acknowledged Monday that he spoke at a gathering hosted by white-supremacist leaders while serving as a state representative in 2002, thrusting a racial controversy into House Republican ranks days before the party assumes control of … Read More

Virgin Plane With Landing Gear Problems

Ken AshfordBreaking NewsLeave a Comment

Probably by the time you read this, it will be all over, but I’m following a story out of England: Virgin Atlantic has confirmed there is a landing gear problem with a flight thought to be circling over the coast of Sussex. The Boeing 747 jumbo is preparing for a “non standard landing” at Gatwick because of a “technical issue … Read More

Where’s The GOP Love For Obama?

Ken AshfordObama OppositionLeave a Comment

Let’s turn back the hands of time to, oh, only two years ago, and look at what GOP leaders said that would do for America if elected. * The Romney Standard: Mitt Romney said during the 2012 campaign that if Americans elect him, he’d get the unemployment rate down to 6% by 2016. Obama won anyway and the unemployment rate … Read More

Michele We Hardly Knew Ye

Ken AshfordRight Wing Punditry/IdiocyLeave a Comment

Well, we won’t have Michele Bachmann to kick around here anymore.  But before she ends her tenure as a U.S. Congresswoman, Michele gave us an early Christmas present — an interview with World Nut Daily, in which she says — no really — that she pitted her “evidence-based” smarts against Democrat’s emotionalism and won out.  Enjoy: Um, okay.  Let’s look … Read More

Ronald Reagan on Torture

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Message to the Senate Transmitting the Convention Against Torture and Inhuman Treatment or Punishment May 20, 1988 With a view to receiving the advice and consent of the Senate to ratification, subject to certain reservations, understandings, and declarations, I transmit herewith the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment. The Convention was adopted by unanimous … Read More

Remember That Christmas Present Coffee Machine You Got Or Gave?

Ken AshfordRandom MusingsLeave a Comment

It’s dangerous: Keurig Green Mountain is recalling more than 6.6 million hot beverage-brewing machines in the United States that could overheat liquids and burn users. Keurig says its Mini Plus Brewing Systems, with model number K10, can overheat and spray water during brewing. Keurig says it had received about 200 reports of hot liquid escaping from the brewer, including 90 … Read More

RIP Joe Cocker

Ken AshfordIn PassingLeave a Comment

Well, the website here seems to be functioning.  Bummer that this has to be the subject of my post.  Joe Cocker dead at 70.  He could barely sing a lick but he always did so with great enthusiasm, so that makes him aces in my book.

Thoughts On The Right Wing’s Response To The Torture Report

Ken AshfordWar on Terrorism/TortureLeave a Comment

It’s been more than a little disturbing to see the conservative reaction to the Senate Intelligence Committee report on torture released yesterday. There was a time within recent memory when the right wing’s argument was “what we do is not torture”.  Clearly, THAT argument has now flown the coop.  Now, the argument seems to be “I don’t care” with shockingly little … Read More

The Daily Show Comes To Winston-Salem

Ken AshfordGodstuffLeave a Comment

There was a bit of controversy here in Winston-Salem recently.  It made international news.  Here’s how the BBC reported it in August: For the past four years, Mary’s Gourmet Restaurant in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, had been surprising customers with a 15% discount if they prayed or meditated before meals. “It could be anything – just taking a moment to push … Read More

About “The Newsroom” Penultimate Episode

Ken AshfordCrime, Women's IssuesLeave a Comment

I am enjoying the last season of “The Newsroom”.  Like the first two seasons, the show is not without its critics. And I agree with some of the criticism.  For one thing, Sorkin has beat a dead horse with his views on New Media vs Old Media.  Tellingly, New Media critics hate the show because Sorkin reveres things like fact-checking and … Read More

What? Dick Cheney Lied About Torture?

Ken AshfordWar on Terrorism/TortureLeave a Comment

Comes now Mark Fallon, an interrogator for 30 years, telling us that according to a Senate Intelligence Committee report coming out today, torture does not work and never did: It’s official: torture doesn’t work. Waterboarding Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the mastermind of 9/11, did not in fact “produce the intelligence that allowed us to get Osama bin Laden,” as former Vice … Read More