Who’s Sorry Now?

Ken AshfordCrime, RaceLeave a Comment

On July 25, 2015, Joe Torres and Kayla Norton, joined about a dozen other people in a convoy of pickup trucks waving large Confederate flags as they drove around Douglas County, a suburban Atlanta community. Most of them belonged to a group called “Respect the Flag.” This was only a few weeks after Dylann Roof attended a prayer service at … Read More

The Trump-Russia Connection

Ken AshfordL'Affaire Russe, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

With a line that runs through newly confirmed Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, Rachel Maddow connects the dots between a billionaire Russian oligarch and a Donald Trump deal worth tens of millions of dollars.  It’s long (Rachel tends to baby-step us through things) but thought-provoking. At the end of the day, I have to ask…. so what?  Any illegalities?  It might … Read More

Not Quite

Ken AshfordTea Party, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

Fantasy (Breitbart headline): Reality: More photos from today's MASSIVE pro-Trump rallies. pic.twitter.com/b6ofD1aP9Y — Daniel Dale (@ddale8) February 27, 2017 My last tweet Showing The Crowd from today's MASSIVE Trump rallies. pic.twitter.com/SuSn7L9ARh — Daniel Dale (@ddale8) February 27, 2017

Draft Republican Plan Leaked

Ken AshfordHealth Care, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

Politico has obtained a draft bill from House Republicans for Obamacare repeal. The draft closely follows proposals put forward by House Speaker Paul Ryan and the proposal Tom Price introduced last year. He’s now popular vote loser Donald Trump’s Secretary of Health and Human Services. It defunds Planned Parenthood completely. For everybody. No matter what they visit PP for. But … Read More

Chuck Woolery Weighs In

Ken AshfordRandom MusingsLeave a Comment

It took him a month after the Womens’ March on Washington to come up with this: Thanks for your input, Chuck. UPDATE:  Chuck is having a very bad day… and clearly drunk  

Two Bills Signed Into Law By Trump So Far

Ken AshfordCorporate Greed, Energy and Conservation, Environment & Global Warming & Energy, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

(1) Repeal of the “Disclosure of Payments by Resource Extraction Issuers” Rule. The rule was that oil, gas and mineral companies had to disclose (to the Securities and Exchange Commission) any payments (taxes, royalties, fees, bonuses, etc) given to foreign governments relating to commercial development of oil, natural gas, or minerals. Designed to prevent companies from engaging in corruption with … Read More

Last Night’s Bombshell: Trump Campaign Advisers Talked With Russia Throughout The Campaign

Ken AshfordL'Affaire Russe, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

The New York Times broke the story at 9:11 pm EST. (Obviously, the story is longer than that). The first two paragraphs are the bombshell; the third one there is an important caveat. In some ways, it is not news — in a largely ignored story from November, CNN reported that Russia said it was in contact with Trump campaign … Read More

Lot Of Hypocrisy About Leaks

Ken AshfordL'Affaire Russe, Political Scandals, Russia, Trump & Administration, White House Secrecy, Wiretapping & SurveillanceLeave a Comment

The Pentagon Papers was a leak from Daniel Ellsberg. It helped de-legitimize the Vietnam War. Deep Throat was Mark Felt, a top FBI official. He gave Woodward and Bernstein the deep background on the Watergate scandal. Edward Snowden leaked information about US government surveillance programs. Chelsea Manning leaked documents and video relating to Iraqi air strikes, diplomatic cables, and Gitmo, … Read More

Flynn Exit

Ken AshfordL'Affaire Russe, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

So… less than a month into the Administration, Trumps’ National Security Adviser, General Michael Flynn, resigns.  WHY he resigned is important — he said (in a letter) that he regrets giving incomplete information to the Vice President. Ummm…. interesting way to put it. Another way to put it is… Flynn LIED to the Vice President.  And yet an even better … Read More

Inside The White House

Ken AshfordPolitical Scandals, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

Apparently, Trump is learning you can’t run the government like you run a family business.  You know why? Checks and balances.  Civics 101.  (I could have told him that years ago, but he didn’t ask me) Being president is harder than Donald Trump thought, according to aides and allies who say that he’s growing increasingly frustrated with the challenges of … Read More

Redstate’s Patterico’s Analysis of the 9th Circuit Decision Against Trump

Ken AshfordBreaking News, Constitution, Courts/Law, Immigration and Xenophobia, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

Don’t normally quote from the conservative Redstate blog, and I rarely agree with Patterico (the author) on anything.  But this analysis is so good — so spot on — that I am reprinting it in full: As you have no doubt heard, the Ninth Circuit today issued an opinion upholding the District Court’s TRO halting much of Trump’s order on … Read More

It’s Hard To Keep Up With All That’s Going Down

Ken AshfordL'Affaire Russe, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

Just yesterday — on ONE day… Trump advisor Kellyanne Conway broke ethics rules promoting Ivanka Trump clothes, which wouldn’t have happened if Trump hadn’t tweeted about how unfairly Nordstrom’s was treating Ivanka Trump by dropping her line of clothing. Then we learned that Trump, when talking to Putin last week, had to put Putin on hold in order to ask … Read More

Things Fall Apart

Ken AshfordTrump & Administration, War on Terrorism/TortureLeave a Comment

Look, things in war don’t always go as planned.  I will be the first to say that. No mission is every 100% fool-proof.  But there are many aspects about the Yemeni mission, and Trump’s involvement in it, that are worrisome. In case you haven’t followed this story, in the first week of his presidency, Donald Trump approved a raid on … Read More