The Trump Problem

Ken AshfordElection 2016, PollsLeave a Comment

Quinnipiac Poll (emphasis mine): Twenty percent of registered Republican voters said they would vote for Trump in the Republican primary, with 13 percent favoring Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) and 10 percent choosing former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R). However, Trump also dominated the “no way ” list, with 30 percent of Republican voters saying they would never vote for … Read More

Endangered Animals On The Empire State Building

Ken AshfordPopular CultureLeave a Comment

This could be cool: TRAVIS Threlkel was standing on the roof of a building on Fifth Avenue and 27th Street looking uptown at his canvas. It’s hard to miss: It’s theEmpire State Building, and on Saturday evening he and his collaborator, the filmmaker and photographer Louie Psihoyos, will project digital light images of endangered species onto the building in an … Read More

The Hubbub About Cecil

Ken AshfordCrime, Gun Control, In PassingLeave a Comment

Seems like the Internet went absolutely bonkers yesterday about how a policeman killed a completely innocent black man dentist killed a completely innocent lion.  It’s important to understand exactly what he did.  He didn’t merely shoot and kill a lion who was iconic to the region and the center of a research study; he poached it: Walter Palmer, the Minnesota … Read More

U.C. Officer shoots and kills Sam DuBose

Ken AshfordRacial HomicidesLeave a Comment

Ray Tensing is the first officer in Cincinnati to face murder charges for killing someone in the line of duty. The video proved to be crucial evidence to the grand jurors who indicted Tensing, and it stunned city officials, prosecutors and the relatives of shooting victim Samuel DuBose. It also was a reminder that video, whether captured by witnesses on … Read More

Remains Of The Day

Ken AshfordHistoryLeave a Comment

Cool new archaeological discoveries at Jamestown announced today: Archaeologists have uncovered human remains of four of the earliest leaders of the English colony that would become America, buried for more than 400 years near the altar of what was America’s first Protestant church in Jamestown, Virginia. The four burial sites were uncovered in the floor of what’s left of Jamestown’s … Read More

Dumbest Gotcha Of The Day

Ken AshfordElection 2016Leave a Comment

Hillary Clinton is a hypocrite.  You know why?  Because after she gave her speech on climate change, she…. wait for it…. GOT ON A PRIVATE JET to take her to her next destination! That’s the “story” from the right wing today as evidenced by, among other places, The Daily Mail which even provided video of Hillary’s hypocrisy (Look!  She’s boarding a … Read More

Trump’s Lawyer May Be Dumber Than Trump

Ken AshfordElection 2016, Women's IssuesLeave a Comment

Another day, another Trump scandal. This one is a little different.  Rather than Trump sending the media into a fervor, it was the reverse. Trump, as we all now, has been making hay out of the supposed “rapists” that the government of Mexico is sending into America.  There’s no evidence that undocumented Mexicans are any more responsible for rape than … Read More

Trump Surge Continues Unabated

Ken AshfordElection 2016, PollsLeave a Comment

A new Economist/YouGov poll finds Donald Trump way ahead of the GOP presidential field with 28% support, followed by Jeb Bush at 14%, Scott Walker at 13%, Ben Carson at 7% and Rand Paul at 5%. Key finding: “There is clearly a core group of registered voters who identify as Republicans that has coalesced around Trump’s tough talk and proposals. … Read More

Louisiana Movie Theater Shooting Update

Ken AshfordCrime, Gun ControlLeave a Comment

Again. The gunman who opened fire inside a packed movie theater in Lafayette, Louisiana, Thursday night, was John Russel Houser, police said at a news conference this morning. Houser, 59, who killed himself, is among three people who died, police said. The other two were Mayci Breaux, 21, of Franklin, Louisiana, who died at the theater, and Jillian Johnson, 33, … Read More

GOP Candidate Ted Cruz Weighs In On…. Captain Kirk?

Ken AshfordElection 2016, Popular CultureLeave a Comment

Ted Cruz gets interviewed for The New York Times Magazine and this exchange occurs: You’re also a fan of ‘‘Star Trek.’’ Do you prefer Captain Kirk or Captain Picard? Absolutely James Tiberius Kirk. ** a question or two later ** If you were a journalist interviewing you, what would you ask? Who knows, I might well ask, ‘‘Kirk or Picard?’’ I’ve never … Read More

Jesus. ANOTHER Mass Shooting

Ken AshfordBreaking News, Crime, Gun ControlLeave a Comment

Happened within the past few hours. A shooting at a movie theater in Lafayette Louisiana. 2 are confirmed dead. The shooter is dead. 8 appear to be wounded. It happened 20 minutes into the movie “Trainwreck”. Ironically, President Obama had taped an interview for the BBC which was going to air in a few hours. In the interview, President Obama … Read More

On The Ashley Madison Hack

Ken AshfordCrime, Cybersecurity, Sex Scandals, Sex/Morality/Family Values, Social Networking, Wiretapping & SurveillanceLeave a Comment

So, a few days ago, the website Ashley Madison was hacked and its 37 million customers could soon have their data leaked online by a crew calling themselves The Impact Team.  Ashley Madison, for the uninitiated, is a site that lets spouses cheat on their partners — kind of like a match.com for adulterers. The Impact Team has threatened to release a … Read More

New Sandra Bland Revelations

Ken AshfordRacial HomicidesLeave a Comment

This just came out: Sandra Bland, the black woman found hanging dead in a Texas jail days after a traffic stop, smoked or possibly swallowed a large amount of marijuana while in custody, her family’s attorney reported the district attorney as saying. Waller County District Attorney Elton Mathis made the disclosure in a text message to attorney Cannon Lambert, who … Read More