Tough Days For Trump Continue

Ken AshfordCampaign Finance Reform, Election 2016, PollsLeave a Comment

I pointed out here that Trump’s campaign is sending solicitation emails to members of Parliament. But it is worse than that: Members of parliament in Australia, Iceland, Denmark, and Finland have all received the emails, according to news reports and tweets from the politicians. For example… The Trump campaign has also asked members of parliament in Iceland for campaign contributions, … Read More

Trump Spams Parliament

Ken AshfordElection 2016Leave a Comment

Numerous members of the British parliament have complained that they have received multiple emails from the Trump campaign asking for a donation. Guess the pivoting to be a real serious candidate still has some bugs.

Benghaziiiiiiiiiiii! Report!!

Ken AshfordElection 2016, Libya, Obama OppositionLeave a Comment

The New York Times headline says it all: But you wouldn’t know that reading the right wing blogs. Sure the report condemns many things, but not Hillary Clinton.  Of course, wingnuts will try to blur the lines. Here’s what the New York Times says: Ending one of the longest, costliest and most bitterly partisan congressional investigations in history, the House … Read More

More Brexit Fallout

Ken AshfordEconomy & Jobs & Deficit, Foreign AffairsLeave a Comment

The Dow dropped another 250 points today, as it (and other world markets) assessed the fallout from the UK’s decision to leave the EU.  At one point, it dipped to well below 300 points off. In addition, Standard & Poor’s announced that it had lowered the United Kingdom’s sovereign credit rating from “AAA” to “AA,” citing last week’s referendum. Fitch, meanwhile, moved … Read More

The Politico Headline Says It All

Ken AshfordElection 2016Leave a Comment

Maybe Ted Nugent could play for three days straight. And it is no wonder.  Trump is plummeting in even more polls. Here’s the latest Washington Post-ABC News poll: Support for Donald Trump has plunged as he has alienated fellow Republicans and large majorities of voters overall in the course of a month of self-inflicted controversies, propelling Democrat Hillary Clinton to a … Read More

SCOTUS Strikes Down Oppressive Abortion Restrictions

Ken AshfordBreaking News, Constitution, Election 2016, Health Care, Sex/Morality/Family Values, Supreme Court, Women's IssuesLeave a Comment

This morning, the Supreme Court struck down parts of a restrictive Texas law that could have reduced the number of abortion clinics in the state to about 10 from what was once a high of roughly 40. The 5-to-3 decision was the court’s most sweeping statement on abortion rights since Planned Parenthood v. Casey in 1992. It applied a skeptical … Read More

What Atrios Said

Ken AshfordImmigration and XenophobiaLeave a Comment

This is great: WHEN TEXAS SECEDES…. The conversation with Uncle Sam will be something like: You aren’t going to close your military bases, are you? Well, yes. You aren’t going to close the borders and enact border checks, are you? Well, yes. You aren’t going to require visas for Texan patriots to visit the US, are you? Quite possibly. You … Read More

We’re Now A Golf Course

Ken AshfordElection 2016Leave a Comment

Idiot: “If the pound goes down, more people are coming to Turnberry, frankly,” he said, referring to the location of his resort. “For traveling and for other things, I think it very well could turn out to be positive.” When a reporter pointed out that “the country is not a golf course,” Trump’s response was a staggering “no, it’s not, … Read More

You Can Now Make Star Trek Movies….

Ken AshfordPopular CultureLeave a Comment

… and you won’t get sued for copyright infringement, as long as you follow these guidelines, just released by CBS and Paramount: Guidelines for Avoiding Objections: The fan production must be less than 15 minutes for a single self-contained story, or no more than 2 segments, episodes or parts, not to exceed 30 minutes total, with no additional seasons, episodes, … Read More


Ken AshfordForeign AffairsLeave a Comment

As the polls close in Britain, I thought I would weigh in on the historical vote to see if England will leave the European Union. And I say, without a whole lot of knowledge, that is seems like a bad idea to me, and sentiments to get out of the EU seem to be based on nothing more than nationalism, … Read More

Trump Forgives Loans To His Campaign

Ken AshfordCampaign Finance Reform, Election 2016Leave a Comment

Reuters reports: Donald Trump has forgiven $50 million in loans he made to his campaign, a top staffer said on Thursday, signaling to donors that future contributions will be used to fight Democrat Hillary Clinton and not to repay himself. The announcement that Trump will not seek reimbursement, made by his campaign finance chief in a CNBC interview, came amid … Read More