What Crap Came From Donald Trump Today?

Ken AshfordElection 2016, Women's IssuesLeave a Comment

.@realDonaldTrump: Women who have abortions should face “some form of punishment.” https://t.co/GFP6v2rw0o pic.twitter.com/qd8xyVyOo7 — CNN Breaking News (@cnnbrk) March 30, 2016 Oh fucking hell.  This guy has a 70% unfavorable with women already.  Is he doing this on purpose? Ah, but here comes Uday to the rescue: Be fair, was asked if it was ILLEGAL should there be punishment. Shouldn’t … Read More

Governor McCrory Keeps Digging Deeper

Ken AshfordConstitution, Local Interest, Sex/Morality/Family ValuesLeave a Comment

The Governor takes to Youtube: Notes as I watch this: He’s talking out of the corner of his mouth and has that fakey politician smile The lip service offered to “respecting each other’s beliefs and values” is unnerving, given what he is defending here. He responds to politicians who have “demonized” North Carolina.  Yeah, they’re the problem — these outside agitators. McCrory: “Frankly … Read More

Scalia’s Absence Already Having An Impact

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If Scalia was alive, this case would have ended up differently: A case that had the potential to weaken public sector unions across the United States ended with a somewhat unexpected victory for unions on Tuesday, as the Supreme Court divided 4-4 on the question of requiring nonmembers to pay a fee to the public sector union that negotiates the … Read More

FBI Quietly Drops Lawsuit Against Apple

Ken AshfordConstitution, Cybersecurity, Wiretapping & SurveillanceLeave a Comment

Remember that thing last month that I wrote about where the FBI wanted to force Apple’s help to break into an iPhone of the San Bernadino terrorist? It was controversial in part because many thought that the FBI didn’t really need Apple’s help. Those people include Richard Clark. The former U.S. counterterrorism official and security adviser to the White House told NPR he … Read More

Donald Trump Campaign Manager Charged With Assault (Or “It’s Tuesday”)

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Today Donald Trump’s campaign manager Corey Lewandowski was charged with battery against former Breitbart “News” reporter Michelle Fields.  There was some controversy a few weeks ago when the incident happened as to whether or not it actually did happen.  The videos from smartphones were (arguably) inconclusive.  But a newly released surveillance video clearly shows Lewandowski grabbing Fields by the arm and … Read More

RIP Patty Duke

Ken AshfordIn Passing, Mental HealthLeave a Comment

Another 69 year old dies. As a teen, she won an Oscar for The Miracle Worker.  Duke became best known in later life as an advocate for mental health issues, after she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 1982 Her last two tweets: Hi tweethearts and FB friends. I have been absent, but not far, believe me. I love and miss you all. … Read More

Governor McCrory Attempts To Clarify HB2 . . . But Obfuscates Even More

Ken AshfordConstitution, Local Interest, Sex/Morality/Family ValuesLeave a Comment

Responding to worldwide disgust at the passage and signing of HB2, which discriminates against transgender people (and does lots of bad stuff in general), NC Governor McCrory put some shit on his website, entitled “Myths vs Facts: What New York Times, Huffington Post and other media outlets aren’t saying about common-sense privacy law” Catchy title. Can we dispense with the … Read More

The Lawsuit Begins

Ken AshfordConstitution, Local Interest, Sex/Morality/Family ValuesLeave a Comment

Two transgender people and a lesbian law school professor, along with the ACLU of North Carolina and Equality NC, filed a federal lawsuit today to challenge the new North Carolina law that blocks local governments from passing anti-discrimination rules and requiring transgender students to use bathrooms assigned to their biological sex. While I would have preferred that the lawsuit take on the … Read More

The Cuban Mistress Crisis

Ken AshfordElection 2016, Sex Scandals, Sex/Morality/Family ValuesLeave a Comment

The National Enquirer is reporting that Ted Cruz is hiding five different mistresses. Before you scoff, remember that the National Enquirer was right about Gary Hart’s affair, and John Edwards.  Others in (somewhat) more respectable media outlets seem to think it is accurate. COMING CLEAN: From what I know, at least 2 of the women named as Cruz mistresses by … Read More

Is ISIS On The Ropes?

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Don’t look to the Republican presidential candidates for an honest answer to that question.  They want ISIS to be flourishing because it gives them a plank to campaign on. But if you look at my tweets, you’ll see that Paris and Belgium are sweeping out the network with arrests, and that the Number 2 ISIS guy was killed, US officials believe. … Read More

When You Don’t Think

Ken AshfordLocal Interest, Sex/Morality/Family Values, Women's IssuesLeave a Comment

The backlash and fallout against North Carolina’s HB2 law continues, and what is getting a lot of attention are pictures and tweets from transgender people like Michael Hughes, a 45-year-old trans man in Rochester, Minn. Take a look at this picture: That’s Michael Hughes and two of his female friends in a womens’ bathroom.  Under the new law passed by the … Read More

RIP Garry Shandling

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This one hurts.  And it is very sudden.  TMZ: Comedian Garry Shandling died at an L.A. area hospital on Thursday … TMZ has learned. The 66-year-old star was not suffering from any illness … as far as we know … so, it appears this was sudden. A source connected to Shandling says he was healthy and speaking to people on … Read More