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

I know the Republican lawmakers don’t give a damn about non-straight people, but they’re supposed to give a damn about business.  Apparently, they didn’t think about the effect on the economy: American Airlines and other major businesses across the state and nation are taking a stand against a bill signed into law Wednesday by N.C. Gov. Pat McCrory that invalidates Charlotte’s … Read More

Gov McCrory Signs HB2 Into Law

Ken AshfordConstitution, Courts/Law, Sex/Morality/Family Values, Supreme CourtLeave a Comment

Here’s why he did it: Ordinance defied common sense, allowing men to use women’s bathroom/locker room for instance. That’s why I signed bipartisan bill to stop it — Pat McCrory (@PatMcCroryNC) March 24, 2016 … which kind of reminds me of when Edith Bunker of “All in The Family” couldn’t understand how a man could be in love with another … Read More

North Carolina General Assembly’s Horrible LGBT Discrimination Bill

Ken AshfordConstitution, Sex/Morality/Family ValuesLeave a Comment

A draft version of the bill that the legislature is set to consider during the special session confirmed the worst fears of the LGBT community and anyone remotely interested in civil liberties, or even municipal governance, in North Carolina: Speaker Tim Moore and the Republicans are going to destroy the ability of local governments to govern themselves. First reported by … Read More

Brussels Attacks: Silver Lining Edition

Ken AshfordBreaking News, War on Terrorism/TortureLeave a Comment

The death toll stands at 31 from yesterday’s coordinated ISIS-terrorist attacks in Brussels. We’re getting some details from the Belgian prosecutor. There were three explosions. Two explosions hit the Zaventem airport in Brussels around 8 am local time (3 am Eastern) in the departure area. One was in the entryway and the other near the American Airlines ticket counter. Both were suicide … Read More

Quote Of The Day

Ken AshfordElection 2016, War on Terrorism/TortureLeave a Comment

“Good God, they’re probably cutting videos of this right now. . . Donald Trump right now is validating the cartoonish view that they tell their operatives…that America is a racist nation, xenophobic, anti-Muslim, and that that’s why you must carry out terrorist attacks against them…It’s irresponsible and it needs to stop.” – terrorism expert Malcolm Nance, the head of the Terrorism … Read More

The Brussels Attacks

Ken AshfordElection 2016, War on Terrorism/TortureLeave a Comment

35 dead (at last count) and over 200 wounded.  The attacks took place during morning rush hour in Brussels, as three ISIS or-ISIS-related gunmen opened fire at the airport in Brussels and then self-detonated via an explosive belt. An hour later came an explosion in a Brussels subway station — Maalbeek. The bloodshed came just four days after the dramatic … Read More

Dear Millenials

Ken AshfordGeneration GapLeave a Comment

Hi.  Welcome to the world you live in. I get it.  I really do.  You’ve arrived into adulthood and you’re like, “What?!? The planet is getting warmer and warmer and may die?” Or “What?!? Gay people can’t get married?  What the fuck?!?” Or “What?!? Cops are killing black people and this is actually a thing?!?” And then you look at me … Read More

Short Takes

Ken AshfordCongress, Election 2016, Gubmint Shutdown, Obama Opposition, Republicans, Voter SuppressionLeave a Comment

(1)  Trump likes to say that he is bringing enthusiasm to the GOP and people are voting in the Republican race in massive numbers, which means that Democrats should be worried about the general election. Is he right? He is not. As many have pointed out, voter turnout is an indication of the competitiveness of a primary contest, not of what will … Read More


Ken AshfordBreaking News, Congress, Constitution, Election 2016, Obama & Administration, Obama Opposition, Republicans, Supreme CourtLeave a Comment

Is it hard to do cartwheels over President Obama’s choice of Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland today.  Professor Epstein seems to think he’s a good liberal… … but you always have to question the methodology of these things. Merrick Garland is 63 years old and currently serves as chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of … Read More

The Events Of The Past 24 Hours

Ken AshfordElection 2016Leave a Comment

Well, here we are.  Another primary Tuesday come and gone. What was most surprising about yesterday’s primaries was that they went just as most people predicted.  Trump did well.  Hillary did well.  It was close where people expected it to be close ((i.e., Missouri) and not-so-close where expected.  There were no “Bernie upsets” like in Michigan last week. So Hillary … Read More

Obama’s Three Supreme Court Nominees

Ken AshfordObama Opposition, Supreme CourtLeave a Comment

They are not as progressive as some might hope. This is a feature, not a bug, of Obama’s choices. He wants to nominate a Supreme Court justice that can’t be dinged for being a radical communist. So who are these guys (and yeah, they’re guys…)? Srinivasan, 49, was born in India and emigrated as a young child with his family … Read More

Who Is To Blame For Trump?

Ken AshfordElection 2016, Republicans, Tea PartyLeave a Comment

A short incomplete list by conservatives and even GOP moderates to explain how Trump happened.   ANSWER ONE: Obama is to blame for Trump says Bobby Jindel in the Wall Street Journal. We’ve had eight years of the “cool, weak and endlessly nuanced” Barack Obama, he argues, which means now voters are hungry for the precise opposite – they want “a … Read More