Hillary Pulls No Punches

Ken AshfordElection 2016Leave a Comment

This is…unhinged, even for Trump. A few notes. What kind of man stays up all night to smear a woman with lies and conspiracy theories? Alicia deserves praise for courageously standing up to Trump’s attacks. And he has the gall to blame her for his cruel behavior—and even say he “helped”? When something gets under Donald’s thin skin, he lashes … Read More

Judge Roy Moore Is Toast

Ken AshfordConstitution, Courts/LawLeave a Comment

Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore has been suspended from the bench for telling probate judges to defy federal orders regarding gay marriage. The Alabama Court of the Judiciary (COJ) issued the order Friday suspending Moore from the bench for the remainder of his term. “For these violations, Chief Justice Moore is hereby suspended from office without pay for the remainder … Read More

What Happened In Charlotte Last Night

Ken AshfordLocal Interest, Racial HomicidesLeave a Comment

The Guardian’s Ijeoma Oluo wrote about the events of the night (you need to click through to see the photo described below): A line of police officers stand in the dark on a Charlotte, North Carolina, highway. They look like an occupying force with their helmets and face shields and various weaponry strapped all over their armored clothing. A large … Read More

Why You Can Blame The Media If Clinton Loses

Ken AshfordElection 2016, Right Wing and Inept MediaLeave a Comment

The Shorenstein Center’s Thomas Patterson has analyzed Hillary Clinton’s press coverage during the month of the two political conventions. He presents his findings today in the LA Times: If Clinton loses, blame the email controversy and the media My analysis of media coverage in the four weeks surrounding both parties’ national conventions found that her use of a private email … Read More

Trump and Clinton Neck and Neck in NC

Ken AshfordElection 2016, Local Interest, Polls, Sex/Morality/Family ValuesLeave a Comment

Yeah, it is exciting to be in a semi-big swing state.  The candidates keep coming through.  It’s like the New Hampshire primaries in the old days. A new PPP poll on North Carolina came out this morning. Bottom line: Donald Trump 45, Hillary Clinton 43, Gary Johnson 6. Clinton/Trump head to head is tied at 47: That’s okay news since Trump … Read More

RIP Charmian Carr

Ken AshfordIn PassingLeave a Comment

Charmian Carr passed away at 73 after complications from a rare form of dementia, her representative said. Remarkably, she is known for a single movie role: that of Liesl, in The Sound of Music.  Carr wrote two books on her experience – Forever Liesl and Letters to Liesl – and frequently appeared at events commemorating the movie. Her only other major role … Read More

9/11 – 15 Years Later

Ken AshfordHistory, War on Terrorism/TortureLeave a Comment

It is kind of cool to have a blog for this long — I can go back and look at past reflections of past events. I write about my 9/11 experience here.  I had left New York by the time 9/11/2001 happened, but, like everyone else in the country, I experienced that day.  For me, I came to lump it … Read More

Dear Glenn Greenwald

Ken AshfordElection 2016, Obama OppositionLeave a Comment

Dear Glenn Greenwald: I read your article in The Intercept which basically asserts hypocrisy on the part of Democrats/Obama when it comes to Putin.  You are correct in pointing out that Obama himself suggested a “reset” with Russia, that Obama did not want to go to war with Russia over that country’s invasion of the Crimea, and that Obama suggested … Read More

“The Story Has Vastly Exceeded The Boundaries Of The Facts”

Ken AshfordClinton Email Faux ScandalLeave a Comment

Kudos to the Washington Post editorial board for adopting some perspective on the Clinton email scandal(s).  To (finally) get to this point, WaPo relied on three piece of recent evidence. The first is a memo from FBI Director James Comey to his staff saying that anyone who is second-guessing their decision to not recommend charging Clinton doesn’t know what they’re … Read More

Winston-Salem Clown Mystery Solved

Ken AshfordCrime, Local InterestLeave a Comment

Hoaxer: Claims of “Killer Clown” sightings in Winston-Salem have made national headlines and made Winston-Salem one of the locations for a rash of recent claims from Greenville, South Carolina to one outrageous claim of a man who claims to have pursued one of the these clowns with a machete. These sightings are similar to other incidents that seem to run in … Read More