Picture Of The Year?

Ken AshfordSyria, War on Terrorism/TortureLeave a Comment

I don’t know, but it should be contender.  The photographer is not a journalist or professional photographer, but I don’t know if that makes any difference. This is a woman who escaped ISIS territory and was able to wear color again, taken sometime in early December 2015.

The Lyingest Liar Of 2015

Ken AshfordElection 2016Leave a Comment

Every year, Politifact does their “Lie Of The Year”.  In 2009, it was “death panels”.  Last year, it was Ebola exaggerations.  This year, there were so many from… well, I’ll let them tell it: It’s the trope on Trump: He’s authentic, a straight-talker, less scripted than traditional politicians. That’s because Donald Trump doesn’t let facts slow him down. Bending the … Read More

Does Being White Make You A Racist?

Ken AshfordRace1 Comment

Professor George Yancy of Emory University thinks so.  Here’s his New York Times Editorial, an open letter to White America.  I print it in full below the fold. But here is my response: Dear Mr. Yancy: You speak undeniable truths about the world we live in, and about how white people like me benefit (almost instinctively) from white privilege.  That’s true. But … Read More

RIP Meadowlark Lemon

Ken AshfordIn PassingLeave a Comment

The ringleader of the Harlem Globetrotters, Meadowlark was the perfect combination of athlete and clown.  He chased referees with a bucket and surprised them with a shower of confetti instead of water. He dribbled above his head and walked with exaggerated steps. He mimicked a hitter in the batter’s box and, with teammates, pantomimed a baseball game. And both to … Read More

Democratic In-Fighting – Yes, It Exists

Ken AshfordElection 2016Leave a Comment

Associated Press: A summary of computer logs show that four aides to Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign accessed proprietary voter data compiled by the campaign of rival Hillary Clinton. And the records also show that the aides conducted 25 separate searches of voter information and some saved the results. That’s according to a person familiar with the data logs … Read More

Did Ted Cruz Leak Classified Information During The Latest GOP Debate?

Ken AshfordElection 2016, Republicans, War on Terrorism/Torture, Wiretapping & SurveillanceLeave a Comment

It went down like this.  While Rubio and Cruz were debating each other’s records on national security and surveillance, Cruz got into some details about what the bulk data program covers. “What he knows is that the old program covered 20 percent to 30 percent of phone numbers to search for terrorists,” Cruz said, referring to Rubio. “The new program … Read More

Thursday Morning Schadenfreude

Ken AshfordCorporate Greed, CrimeLeave a Comment

Awwwwww: Martin Shkreli, a pharmaceutical entrepreneur and former hedge fund manager who has been widely criticized for drug price gouging, was arrested Thursday morning by the federal authorities. The investigation, in which Mr. Shkreli has been charged with securities fraud, is related to his time as a hedge fund manager and running the biopharmaceutical company Retrophin — not the price-gouging … Read More

Another Debate Tonight As Trump Stays Ahead

Ken AshfordElection 2016, RepublicansLeave a Comment

Yes, I’ll probably live-tweet the debate tonight. Meanwhile, Cruz leads in Iowa (according to one poll), but the story remains Trump Trump Trump. Ever since is incendiary and divisive comment about blocking Muslim immigration, Trump has become the darling of the pants-wetting and/or white supremacist right. Here’s what happens at Trump rallies: But it quickly became clear Monday night that … Read More

Police-Related Racial Homicide in Winston-Salem?

Ken AshfordLocal Interest, Racial HomicidesLeave a Comment

On December 9th, Winston-Salem resident Travis Page died after being handcuffed by four Winston-Salem police officers.  After being handcuffed. It’s a story all too familiar — a young black man dies — not in a shootout with police — but while under police custody. It is irrelevant what Travis Page did or was accused of doing.  Unless he was attacking police … Read More