Cheap Clothes Of Exploitation

Ken AshfordWomen's Issues, WorldLeave a Comment

At 6:45 p.m. on November 24, 2012, the fire alarm went off on the fourth floor of a nondescript building in the suburbs of Dhaka, Bangladesh. Inside, nearly 1,200 garment workers were on deadline, scrambling to complete an order. When the bells started ringing, they asked if they could leave. Their managers told them to go back to their machines. … Read More

Sarah Palin Interviewing Donald Trump Will Be The Best Thing Ever

Ken AshfordElection 2016Leave a Comment

In fact, this Facebook post is pretty “best thing ever” too. I guess Sarah now works for or at a network, or maybe a website, called One America News.  Whatever.  Remember, this woman could have been VP right now, but for the fact that America was, you know, reasonable. [fb_embed_post href=”https://www.facebook.com/sarahpalin/posts/10153596970878588/” width=”550″/] Sarah Palin still complaining about the “gotcha” questions. … Read More

For The Black Lives Matter Files

Ken AshfordCourts/Law, Crime, Race, Racial HomicidesLeave a Comment

I suspect stories like this fly under the radar an awful lot, and nobody even knows about it: A young black man arrested by police in Portsmouth, Virginia, on the same day that one of the city’s officers fatally shot an unarmed black 18-year-old, has been found dead in jail after spending almost four months behind bars without bail for … Read More

Why Ben Shapiro Is An Ass (And Peggy Noonan Is A Liar)

Ken AshfordElection 2016, Gun Control, Right Wing Punditry/IdiocyLeave a Comment

This is so unbelievably bizarre.  Esquire even calls it “the dumbest response to the Virginia TV shooting”.  Shaprio (and Breitbart.com, which posted this — Shapiro is the Editor) argues this:  After the Charleston shootings, he says, the “entire political and media establishment” blamed the Confederate flag.  So if they were consistent, he goes on, then we should blame Black Lives Matter … Read More

Rollercoasters Go Up Too

Ken AshfordEconomy & Jobs & DeficitLeave a Comment

So after a huge “crash” at the beginning of the week, the Dow flies up 619 points yesterday, and today (as 11:18am), it was up almost 280 points.   So here’s the question: will all the GOP politicians and pundits who blamed Obama for “Black Monday” give him credit for the recovery of yesterday and today? Don’t hold your breath.

Kentucky County Clerk Still Defying Court Order

Ken AshfordGay MarriageLeave a Comment

Citing her Christian faith and constitutional right to religious liberty, Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis refused to issue a marriage license to William Smith Jr. and James Yates after the U.S. Supreme Court legalized marriage this summer. She was taken to court. U.S. District Judge David Bunning ordered Davis to issue marriage licenses two weeks ago. He later delayed that ruling … Read More

Gun Problem? Us?

Ken AshfordGun ControlLeave a Comment

“We don’t have a gun problem. We have a criminal problem. We have a society that thinks it’s completely permissible to shirk responsibility. We have people who have no problem with what Planned Parenthood does in terms of fetal parts harvesting. We don’t teach a respect for life. We glorify violence in movie, music, film and books. This is what … Read More

Jorge Ramos Commits A Heinous Act Of Journalism

Ken AshfordElection 2016, Immigration and Xenophobia, Right Wing and Inept MediaLeave a Comment

So Trump gave another news conference last night that was an exercise in rudeness. Basically what happened was this: Jorge Ramos, the Univision anchor and journalist, extensively squabbled with Donald Trump twice in testy exchanges at a news conference before his rally here Tuesday, with a security officer at one point ejecting Ramos from the event. “Go back to Univision,” … Read More

Terrible Live Shooting On TV This Morning

Ken AshfordCrime, Gun Control, Race, Racial HomicidesLeave a Comment

Troubling video (not bloody, but shocking) Unbelievable shooting on live TV in the Roanoke area this morning. Prayers to my friends at WDBJ7. pic.twitter.com/q8ob9mI8VL — Jacob Wycoff (@4cast4you) August 26, 2015 Both the reporter and the cameraman are dead. During an interview on CNN, General Manager Jeffrey Marks confirmed that today was Parker’s last day with the station. Marks also … Read More

GOP Hispanic Outreach

Ken AshfordElection 2016, Immigration and XenophobiaLeave a Comment

Hispanics deserve candidates and a party that will fight for their vote. In working to earn Hispanics’ trust, though, Republicans have to remember that it’s not just about what we say, but how we say it. Our principles are sound, but we have to be thoughtful in how we discuss them. Too often, a candidate’s tone can turn off voters, … Read More

Meet Campaign Zero

Ken AshfordRaceLeave a Comment

I, among others, have wondered aloud what the Black Lives Matter movement actually wanted beyond just being “listened to”.   After all, I argued, black people are dying, and while raging against the machine might feel cathartic, it is not actually going to result in concrete changes.  Hillary Clinton made this point as well when she met with BLM activists.  She … Read More