Trump And The Hispanic Judge

Ken AshfordElection 2016Leave a Comment

Last week, Trump held a press conference on the day that he achieved (unofficially) the number of delegates to become the presumptive GOP nominee for President.  With all the news networks tuned in to his very word because — well, because they can’t help themselves — what did Trump say?  Rather than talk about what he would do as President, Trump … Read More

Imprisoned Bundy Brothers Are Upset Their Second Amendment Rights Have Been Taken Away

Ken AshfordConstitution, Crime, Rightwing Extremism/ViolenceLeave a Comment

Ryan Bundy, son of Cliven Bundy, was one of several participants in the month-long standoff at Malheur National Wildlife Refuge back in January, which ended up with one dead.  Ryan and his co-horts, which include his brother Ammon, all surrendered to federal authorities and are now in prison awaiting trial. And apparently, they are not happy in prison.  According to a report … Read More

Two Million Pregnant Women At Risk For Zika Virus

Ken AshfordCongress, Ebola/Zika/COVID-19 Viruses, Health CareLeave a Comment

So far, the GOP-controlled House has offered a mere $622 million in Zika funding — far less than what will be needed to meaningfully combat the virus. It’s unclear when Congress may reach an agreement on this issue before its long summer recess. And according to an analysis by the Center For American Progress, this delay could be putting about … Read More

Yawn Of The Week: IG Report On Clinton Emails Tells Us Nothing

Ken AshfordElection 2016, Political ScandalsLeave a Comment

The State Department’s inspector general has finally issued his report on email preservation and retention practices within the department, and he has little to say.  Let’s start with the fact that it is not unusual practice. OIG identified multiple email and other electronic records management issues during the course of this evaluation….Insufficient Oversight of the Recordkeeping Process….Print and File Requirements … Read More

Quote Of The Week

Ken AshfordElection 2016Leave a Comment

“Donald Trump cares about exactly one thing: Donald Trump,” Sen. Elizabeth Warren said, opening up with both barrels in a speech on Tuesday: “Donald Trump was drooling over the idea of a housing meltdown because it meant he could buy up a bunch more property on the cheap,” Warren said at a Washington, D.C. gala for the Center for Popular … Read More

Spot-On Review of Maria Bamford

Ken AshfordMental Health, Popular CultureLeave a Comment

Forget Amy Schumer.  Yes Amy is funny, but she’s becoming a bit of a Johnny One-Note. (Yes, we get it, Amy — you are beautiful even if you’re not a size 4, but how many times do we have to applaud your body and being “brave” about it?). But for my money, the real edge-y woman of comedy is Mario Bamford. Which … Read More

You’re Going To Hear A Lot About Gary Johnson Soon

Ken AshfordElection 2016Leave a Comment

He’s the former governor of New Mexico, likely Libertarian candidate for president, and he’s polling at 10 percent in two recently released national polls against Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. He’s Gary Johnson. A Morning Consult survey published today has Clinton getting 38 percent of the vote, Trump 35 and Johnson 10, with 17 percent undecided. A Fox News poll conducted … Read More

Sam Bee On The Sanders Kerfuffle

Ken AshfordElection 2016Leave a Comment

I have largely stayed out of the whole Sanders debacle, largely because I think it will be old news in a month or two when Sanders concedes and throw the full weight of his support behind Hillary Clinton (or at least, against Donald Trump). That said, his supporters are really acting like dicks and yes, I think the fish is rotting … Read More

Are We At The Mercy Of Stupid People?

Ken AshfordEducation, Election 2016Leave a Comment

David Harsanyi, senior editor at the Federalist, opens his op-ed at the Washington Post: Never have so many people with so little knowledge made so many consequential decisions for the rest of us.A person need only survey the inanity of the ongoing presidential race to comprehend that the most pressing problem facing the nation isn’t Big Business, Big Labor, Big … Read More

Trump DoubleSpeak

Ken AshfordEducation, Election 2016, Gun ControlLeave a Comment

A classic example of Donald Trump’s relentless double-speak. First he denies he ever advocated having guns in classrooms, then, within seconds, says “teachers should have guns.” Then, incredibly, he backs up, does another denial about advocating guns in the classroom, and then adds that some teachers should have guns. I don’t care what your politics are on guns… can’t we all agree … Read More

Meet Another Trump Delegate

Ken AshfordElection 2016, RaceLeave a Comment

…. with a perfectly innocent Twitter handle. .She is Chicago mortgage banker Lori Gayne: “With all the racism going on today, I’m very proud to be white. Just like black people are proud to be black and now, as white people, whenever we say something critical we’re punished as if we’re racists. I’m tired of it. I’m very proud,” Gayne … Read More

Disenchanted With Bernie

Ken AshfordElection 2016Leave a Comment

I’ve always been in the Hillary camp, but I always liked Bernie Sanders as well.  I liked what he was saying, I liked the direction he wants to take the country.  I just didn’t think he was the man, and I thought he harped on one or two issues too much, while neglecting others. I have been reading many reports … Read More

Trump Supporters Are Really Really Ugly

Ken AshfordElection 2016, Immigration and Xenophobia, RaceLeave a Comment

On Thursday evening, New York Times Washington editor, Jonathan Weisman tweeted out a link to a Robert Kagan editorial in the Washington Post. Kagan’s editorial explained the relationship between what’s happening with Trump and fascism. It’s a common — and common sense — argument, i.e.., that patriotism becomes nationalism becomes fascism, with the rise of a charismatic figure with no regard for laws or … Read More