Pence Lies Himself Into A Corner

Ken AshfordGay Marriage, RepublicansLeave a Comment

UPDATE:  Pence is giving a press conference this morning in which he re-asserts that the Indiana RFRA is just like the federal RFRA and the RFRAs passed in 30 other states.  He is lying (or is stupid).  It is similar, but has important differences.  He’s playing the victim, claiming (repeatedly) that he and Indiana are being “smeared”.  Still, he’s calling on the … Read More

The Indiana “Religious Freedom” Law Isn’t Like Past Laws

Ken AshfordConstitution, Courts/Law, Gay Marriage, Sex/Morality/Family Values1 Comment

Last, week, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence stirred up controversy when he signed a “religious freedom” bill into law.  The law has businesses and civil rights groups up in arms and threatening — or in some cases pledging — to boycott the state.  Critics assert the law could be used by individuals and businesses to discriminate on the basis of religion — … Read More

Today Is World Bipolar Day

Ken AshfordHealth Care, Mental HealthLeave a Comment

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), there are 450 million people globally with mental illness; of that number, 5 percent are labeled bipolar, which is three times all cases of diabetes and 10 times all the cases of cancer. Bipolar is the sixth leading cause of disability, according to WHO. “Bipolar Disorder is a mental illness that represents a … Read More

Don’t Blame Depression

Ken AshfordDisasters, Health Care, Mental Health1 Comment

This is in Forbes, so I don’t have to write it: You saw a depressed person today. Probably dozens or hundreds of them. They drive cars. They perform surgery. They fly planes — and safely land them. Of course, that’s been frequently forgotten since last week’s devastating Germanwings tragedy. Many pundits quickly blamed the horrific plane crash on depression, noting … Read More

Meet The New Host

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revor Noah, who first debuted on “The Daily Show” as a correspondent in December, is to replace Jon Stewart as the show’s new host. “You don’t believe it for the first few hours,” Noah told the New York Times ahead of Monday’s official announcement from Dubai. “You need a stiff drink, and then unfortunately you’re in a place where you … Read More

You Would Think These People Should Know Better Than To Opine

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Unbelievable: Idaho state Rep. Paul Shepherd (R) reportedly compared gay people to slave owners by noting that both were “good people” who made terrible decisions, Idaho Reports, a program of Idaho Public television, reported on Friday. Shepherd’s comments were made to a reporter from Idaho Reports who met with the congressman after his website was commandeered by a gay rights … Read More

Stigmatization Of Mental Illness Begins

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So it looks like the copilot responsible for that awful crash was “depressed”. Let the stigmatising of mental illness commence. — Alexa Muir (@awannabe_writer) March 27, 2015 Depression is no excuse to kill 150 innocent people. The copilot was a dirt bag, and deserves to be remembered as one. #Germanwings — Imperious (@Aryte) March 27, 2015 It’s an explanation, not … Read More

Co-Pilot Had Undisclosed Illness

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The recent GermanWings crash gets more interesting everyday it seems: …[I]nvestigators had found a sick leave certificate valid for “several days” including Tuesday — the day of the crash. They also found the certificate’s carbon copy, which is supposed to be presented to employers. “It seems clear that he deliberately ignored the doctor’s directive,” a spokesperson said. The revelation came … Read More

Explosion In East Village

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Happened about 10 minutes ago (around 3:20 pm).  Nothing on news yet, but some tweets. There was just an explosion on 2nd avenue and 7th street east village pic.twitter.com/jvSbfdCSSe — Jonathan (@jmeyers44) March 26, 2015 Huge explosion at 7th St and 2nd ave pic.twitter.com/0fUGs1Jy60 — Erika Eichelberger (@eichelberger_e) March 26, 2015 VIDEO: Explosion in Manhattan #eastvillage pic.twitter.com/RBRCHSp6oB @perrykroll — Breaking … Read More

It’s Perving and Slut-Shaming Season

Ken AshfordRight Wing and Inept Media, Sex/Morality/Family Values, Women's IssuesLeave a Comment

Like clockwork, around this time of year, Sean Hannity has the unpleasant job — no, he really hates doing this — of telling his viewers about the terrible terrible debauchery going down in Florida, as students flock to places like South Padre Island or Daytona Beach to drink, do drugs, have wild and glorious hook-up sex — all the things we think … Read More

Corrections

Ken AshfordRandom MusingsLeave a Comment

From today’s New York Times: Correction:  March 26, 2015 An earlier version of the second correction above said that the error in the first correction was made “during the reporting process, not by the editors”.  It should have read that the error in the first correction was made “during the editing process, not by the reporters.”  The correction has been … Read More

Indiana Governor Plans To Sign Pro-Discrimination Bill Into Law

Ken AshfordConstitution, Gay Marriage, Sex/Morality/Family ValuesLeave a Comment

Sometime today, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence is to sign into law a religious objections bill that would allow discrimination against gay people. [UPDATE: 10:45 am EST – Bill signed] The signing would make Indiana the first state to enact such a change this year among about a dozen where such proposals have been introduced. The measure would prohibit state and local … Read More

King Richard III Buried

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England’s slain King Richard III, exhumed from an undignified grave under a car park, was finally buried with honor today, 530 years after his death on the battlefield. In a ceremony filled with pageantry and poignancy, a coffin containing his bones were lowered into the ground at Leicester Cathedral in central England as thousands of well-wishers gathered outside. “We return … Read More

Deliberate Mass Murder

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The co-pilot of the doomed Germanwings Airbus A320 locked his captain out of the cockpit before deliberately crashing into a mountain to ‘destroy the plane’, it was sensationally revealed today. French prosecutor Brice Robin gave further chilling details of the final ten minutes in the cockpit before the Airbus A320 plunged into the French Alps killing 150 people. Revealing data extracted … Read More

Too Many “Ethnics” On TV?

Ken AshfordPopular Culture, RaceLeave a Comment

Wow, this article is offensive.  Just the title alone — “Pilots 2015: The Year of Ethnic Castings – About Time or Too Much of Good Thing?” — stinks.  [Note to author Nellie Andreeva — the word “ethnic” means “of or relating to races or large groups of people who have the same customs, religion, origin, etc.” — which means white people are “ethnic” … Read More