Is Trump Knowingly Lying About His Immigration Position?

Ken AshfordElection 2016, Immigration and XenophobiaLeave a Comment

Mmmmmaybe. There’s a rumor going around, encouraged in no small part by this article, to the effect that Trump was talking off-the-record with a New York Times reporter, and what he said called into question whether he would stand by his views on immigration: Trump visited the paper’s Manhattan headquarters on Tuesday, Jan. 5, part of a round of editorial board … Read More

Trump’s Weekend Foray Into Fascism

Ken AshfordElection 2016, PollsLeave a Comment

“Fascism” is a word that rarely appears in modern political discourse, and when it does, it usually is in an Internet flame.  It’s intended to be incendiary — it is hyperbole. But not this time.  When I say that Donald Trump — GOP presidential candidate and likely nominee for the Republicans — flirted with fascism this weekend, I mean it. … Read More

Oscar Predictions 2016

Ken AshfordPopular CultureLeave a Comment

I don’t care a lot this year, mostly because “The Revenent” will take many awards, and while I liked the movie, I wasn’t blown away and I didn’t care for DiCaprio. “The Revenent” will win Best Movie, Best Actor (DiCaprio), and Best Director. Best Actress will be Bree Larson for “Room” (a fantastic movie). Best Supporting Actor will be Sylvester … Read More

The Correctest Thing Rich Lowry has Ever Written

Ken AshfordElection 2016Leave a Comment

This bizarre campaign season has made for strange bedfellows, and I find myself reading the most repugnant conservative pundits, and saying, “Yes!  You’re right!” Consider Rich Lowry for National Review, the man who was wrong about virtually everything last decade especially and including the Iraq War: Republicans are outsourcing the vetting of their front-runner to the other party. At this … Read More


Ken AshfordPersonal1 Comment

I really don’t know what to write.  I don’t know how to begin. This blog has been in existence for over 12 years.  It was around before Facebook and Twitter and before most people even knew the word “blog”.  And at times, it has been a platform for personal things (shows I’m doing, etc.), but it has evolved more into … Read More

Breaking: Chris Christie Endorses Trump

Ken AshfordBreaking News, Election 2016Leave a Comment

Guess this explains why Christie (the other bully) never attacked Trump. This is a significant crack in the establishment vs Trump meme.  I can’t look into Christie’s heart and mind, but I can’t help but see this as simply an attempt to grab the vice presidency.  Or attorney-general. Trump/Christie 2016? Aaaaand once again, Trump does something to take the news … Read More

Footnote on Scalia

Ken AshfordSupreme CourtLeave a Comment

Thanks New York Times for casual mention about something that — if Scalia hadn’t died — would go unreported: WASHINGTON — Antonin Scalia was the longest-tenured justice on the current Supreme Court and the country’s most prominent constitutionalist. But another quality also set him apart: Among the court’s members, he was the most frequent traveler, to spots around the globe, … Read More

Not Mentioned In The Debate — Another Mass Shooting

Ken AshfordCrime, Gun ControlLeave a Comment

Guess it isn’t newsworthy to the right: A gunman killed three people in shootings that ended at a lawn care company in Kansas on Thursday, authorities said. An additional 14 people were injured — 10 of whom are in critical condition at local hospitals. The shooter was also killed by police, bringing the total number of fatalities to four. Authorities … Read More

David Brooks Still Wearing Blindfold

Ken AshfordElection 2016, Right Wing Punditry/IdiocyLeave a Comment

New York Times columnist David Brooks is stupid: We live in a big, diverse society. There are essentially two ways to maintain order and get things done in such a society — politics or some form of dictatorship. Either through compromise or brute force. Our founding fathers chose politics. Politics is an activity in which you recognize the simultaneous existence … Read More

The Last GOP Debate Before Super Tuesday

Ken AshfordElection 2016Leave a Comment

Leightweight chocker Marco Rubio looks like a little boy on stage. Not presidential material! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 26, 2016 That is the tweet a few minutes ago from Trump who apparently cannot spell “lightweight” or “choker”.  And that’s not a typo because earlier, he tweeted this: Lying Ted Cruz and leightweight chocker Marco Rubio teamed up last … Read More

People Begin To Wake Up To Trump

Ken AshfordElection 2016Leave a Comment

Like me yesterday, many are realizing that Trump might actually win the GOP nomination.  A lot of this is spurred on by recent polls… New polls today: Georgia (Trump +9) Mass (Trump +34) Vermont (Trump +15) N Carolina (Trump +18) Michigan (Trump +18) Illinois (Trump +13) — Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) February 23, 2016 … from upcoming primary states that show … Read More

Trump No Longer A Clown

Ken AshfordElection 2016Leave a Comment

Ezra Klein wrote about Trump a couple weeks ago, and I dismissed him.  But now, I think we need to listen: I’m not here to clutch my pearls over Trump’s vulgarity; what was telling, rather, was the immaturity of the moment, the glee Trump took in his “she said it, I didn’t” game. The media, which has grown used to … Read More

Now That Scalia’s Body Is Cold….

Ken AshfordSupreme CourtLeave a Comment

… let’s get real about this guy.  Jeffrey Toobin: Antonin Scalia, who died this month, after nearly three decades on the Supreme Court, devoted his professional life to making the United States a less fair, less tolerant, and less admirable democracy. Fortunately, he mostly failed. Belligerent with his colleagues, dismissive of his critics, nostalgic for a world where outsiders knew … Read More

NV, SC Primaries Shake Things Out

Ken AshfordElection 2016Leave a Comment

The Democratic Caucus in Nevada today was won by Hillary Clinton. It wasn’t a landslide. Hillary won by only five points or so. But it wasn’t a nailbiter either. She’s expected to do well in South Carolina next week on February 27. After That comes Super Tuesday, where most of the states are in the south and expected to go … Read More