Let This Quote Sink In

Ken AshfordTrump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

That quote should go in every history book, because it epitomizes both the arrogance and the ignorance of the Trump campaign.  We’ve gone from “Only I can fix this” in his convention speech to “I thought it would be easier”. A man who doesn’t know that President of the United States is the hardest job title ON THE PLANET, should … Read More

The End Of Fox News As We Know It?

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Let’s start with this tweet…. Gäbe i pray this is NOT true because if it is, that’s the total end of the FNC as we know it. Done. Best Sean https://t.co/W3BJ2wjzRD — Sean Hannity (@seanhannity) April 27, 2017 Sean is referring to this…. Fox News in crisis: Sources say Bill Shine asked that the Murdochs release a statement of support … Read More

Trump Loses In Federal Court…. Again…. This Time on Sanctuary Cities

Ken AshfordCourts/Law, Immigration and Xenophobia, Supreme Court, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

A federal district court ruling yesterday bars President Trump from withholding funds from jurisdictions that refuse to cooperate with federal agencies to deport undocumented immigrants, marking his second setback in court on immigration.  The first setback, of course, was his Muslim ban. Before I get to the substance of this post, first things first: First the Ninth Circuit rules against … Read More

The New ACHA Is Even Worse

Ken AshfordHealth CareLeave a Comment

I could talk about how terrible the revised Republican repeal of Obamacare plan is, but the best evidence is that the Republicans themselves decided to exempt Members of Congress from living under it. In other words, THEY (and their families) get to keep Obamacare, while their proposed new law takes it away from everyone else. Here, read this.

RIP Jonathan Demme

Ken AshfordIn PassingLeave a Comment

“Stop Making Sense” and “Swimming to Cambodia” are just two of the great documentaries he directed, but of course, he will always be known for “Silence of the Lambs” and “Philadelphia”.  Dead at 73 of cancer complications

The Hole Left By Bill O’Reilly Is Filled By Another Skeevy Guy

Ken AshfordRight Wing and Inept Media, Women's IssuesLeave a Comment

So with Bill O’Reilly out at Fox News, they’ve done some moving around of people, but they still need to promote talent to fill O’Reilly’s absence.  That guy is Jesse Watters, an O’Reilly protege of sorts (appearing on O’Reilly regularly). He’s not a pundit — more like Fox’s answer to a political humorist. Except he’s not funny.  Kind of a … Read More

Is WikiTribune The Answer To “Fake News”?

Ken AshfordFake News, Science & Technology, Social Media & NetworkingLeave a Comment

Nieman Lab: Good things can happen when a crowd goes to work on trying to figure out a problem in journalism. At the same time, completely crowdsourced news investigations can go bad without oversight — as when, for example, a group of Redditors falsely accused someone of being the Boston Marathon bomber. An entirely crowdsourced investigation with nobody to oversee … Read More

State Department Website Plugs Trump’s Mar-A-Lago

Ken AshfordEmoluments Violation, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

Ethics problem: Washington (CNN)- President Donald Trump personally owns Mar-a-Lago, his private club on Florida’s eastern coast. But that didn’t stop the State Department, in a blog post on the United States Embassy in London’s website, from touting the property. In a markedly promotional blog post from April 5 that could eventually benefit the President’s bottom line, should it spur … Read More

The Culture At Fox News

Ken AshfordRight Wing and Inept Media, Sex/Morality/Family Values, Women's IssuesLeave a Comment

Apparently, someone unearthed an accusation of sexual harassment against Sean Hannity, and the accuser is a right wing pundit Debbie Schlussel, who apparently stands by the story but says it doesn’t rise to the level of sexual harassment, but she may sue Hannity anyway because he insulted her in his denial and…. Well, I’m just going to put this here. … Read More

Trump’s Elements Of Style

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TRUMP’S ELEMENTS OF STYLE by Kathryn Petras and Ross Petras of Mscsweeney’s Strunk Rule: Omit needless words Trump Rule: No word is needless. They’re all great! Terrific! They’re fantastic words! I know about fantastic words! On Day One, we will begin working on an impenetrable, physical, tall, powerful, beautiful southern border wall. We will use the best technology, including above- … Read More

Recommended Reading

Ken AshfordL'Affaire Russe, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

I guess it is not a surprise, but Ryan Lizza at The New Yorker reports that Trump advisers turned the White House upside-down looking for information to justify Trump’s crazy “Obama spied on me” tweet. Key graf: The intelligence source told me that he knows, “from talking to people in the intelligence community,” that “the White House said, ‘We are going … Read More