In Case You Missed It

Ken AshfordCubaLeave a Comment

In my opinion, there should me more fanfare about the US relations in Cuba.  I mean, this happened today: In December 2014, the President instructed the Secretary of State to immediately launch a review of Cuba’s designation as a State Sponsor of Terrorism, and provide a report to him within six months regarding Cuba’s support for international terrorism. On April … Read More

Hypocrite Cruz

Ken AshfordDisasters, Election 2016, WeatherLeave a Comment

He’s a weasel: Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on Wednesday assured Texans that the state would receive federal relief following major flooding, even though the senator opposed federal funding following Hurricane Sandy. “There are a series of federal statutory thresholds that have to be satisfied. Initially, it appears those thresholds are likely to be satisfied by the magnitude of the damage we’re … Read More

Hastert Indicted

Ken AshfordPolitical Scandals, RepublicansLeave a Comment

The Justice Department has charged former House Speaker Dennis Hastert with lying to FBI agents and trying to hide financial transactions intended to keep prior misconduct secret, prosecutors alleged. The 73-year-old Hastert, a top Republican on Capitol Hill before he left Congress in 2007, agreed five years ago to pay an unidentified person $3.5 million “to compensate for and conceal” prior … Read More

Religious Bigots Use First Amendment Protections To Spew Hate…. Again

Ken AshfordConstitution, Gun Control, Immigration and Xenophobia, Right Wing Punditry/Idiocy, Rightwing Extremism/Violence, War on Terrorism/Torture1 Comment

Another crazed anti-Muslim right winger — this one in Phoenix — is planning to hold a ‘Draw Muhammad’ Contest right in front of the Islamic Community Center. The organizer of the event, Jon Ritzheimer, has held two protests in Phoenix since the Texas shootings. The chants and slogans at the protests are brash and hateful. Some supporters wear t-shirts that … Read More

Santorum Elbows His Way Into The Clown Car

Ken AshfordElection 2016Leave a Comment

I’m told that, when all is said and done, there will be eighteen candidates for the GOP…. so I might have to scale back and only post when a MAJOR candidate throws his hat in the ring (like Jeb Bush, who has yet to do so).  Anyway, Rick Santorum is here: Former senator Rick Santorum will once again seek the … Read More

Catching Up

Ken AshfordGay Marriage, In Passing, Popular Culture, Sex Scandals, Sex/Morality/Family Values, Women's IssuesLeave a Comment

The merry month of May is a busy one.  Fortunately, not a lot is happening news-wise upon which I feel the urge to pontificate at length.  However, I few tidbits are worth at least a passing mention: Yay, Ireland for the feckin’ landslide to legalize same-sex marriage.  Significant, I think, in light of the strong Catholic sentiment there.  Seems that Rome … Read More

The GJ Charges Against The Baltimore 6

Ken AshfordCrime, Racial HomicidesLeave a Comment

A Baltimore grand jury has charged all six police officers accused in the death of Freddie Gray.  State Prosecutor Marilyn Mosby announced the revised charges yesterday, but the most serious charges – including second-degree murder – remained. In case you forgot already, Gray suffered a severe spinal cord injury in police custody in April and died a week later.  His … Read More

This Can’t Possibly Be A Thing

Ken AshfordCourts/Law, RepublicansLeave a Comment

The Wall Street Journal: A budget advanced by Kansas legislators would eliminate funding for state courts if a judge strikes down a controversial law passed last year. Republican senators and representatives agreed Monday on a two-year judicial budget that would self-destruct if any court blocks or overturns a 2014 law that stripped the Kansas Supreme Court of some administrative authority, … Read More

Vagina Clown Car Family Has A Creepy Clown

Ken AshfordGodstuff, Sex/Morality/Family ValuesLeave a Comment

I was writing about the Duggars (often misspelling their name) before the got their own TV show — see here, here, and here.  Oh, and here.  Then, with 19 kids and a TV show, they became some sort of major Christian conservative politico-cultural franchise, and I stopped caring. Now comes the sad news, as it must to many major Christian conservative politico-cultural franchises … Read More

Liberals = Conservatives

Ken AshfordElection 2016, PollsLeave a Comment

Finally. Starting with Rush Limbaugh in the 1980’s (and helped by Reagan), the word “liberal” was viewed as a dirty word,  because being a liberal was viewed as being, well, a communist or something. The damage to both the word and ideology was profound, and even liberals had a hard time self-identifying as “liberal” (hence, the word “progressive”).  I knew it … Read More

New Study Shows One-In-Five Women Sexually Assaulted On Campus

Ken AshfordCrime, Women's IssuesLeave a Comment

A new study published online by the Journal of Adolescent Health finds that almost one-in-five women experience sexual assault ion college.  The study, titled “Incapacitated and Forcible Rape of College Women: Prevalence Across the First Year,” which focused on first-year female students at one New York college, attempted to measure how frequently rape or attempted rape occurred by having female students … Read More

Talk About Self-Loathing

Ken AshfordGodstuff, Sex/Morality/Family ValuesLeave a Comment

Did you hear the one about the anti-gay pastor who told a gay teen that he should kill himself?  Yup.  Until very recently, he was an associate pastor at St. John’s Lutheran Church and School in Midland, Michigan.  The church bio described him as a man “blessed” with a wife and five children.  He had a gay teen parishoner. He … Read More

Obama Tweets — Part II

Ken AshfordObama Opposition, RaceLeave a Comment

Or, I suppose, I could have named this post “Remember: According To Conservatives, There’s No More Racism In The United States — Part II” Judging from some of the unbelievable tweets made to him, a lot of people are either really stupid or simply don’t care about possible repercussions their names being taken. Clearly, respecting the dignity of the office … Read More