Ivanka Is Either A Fake Or Stupid On Equal Pay

Ken AshfordCorporate Greed, Trump & Administration, Women's IssuesLeave a Comment

A few months ago: #EqualPayDay is a reminder that women deserve equal pay for equal work. We must work to close the gender pay gap! https://t.co/CcwsoBXWdF — Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) April 4, 2017 From TPM: First daughter Ivanka Trump, who made wage equality and workplace protections for women one of her signature issues on the campaign trail and in her … Read More

Maybe We’re Better Off With A Weak Trump?

Ken AshfordTrump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

Trump is a bad president, but he’s bad in two ways. He’s bad because his policies are evil, but he is also proving to be bad in the sense of being hopelessly ineffective.  The latter trait is a good thing if you are concerned about the former trait. The former trait was obvious to anyone paying attention during the campaign, … Read More

Harvey Update

Ken AshfordDisastersLeave a Comment

The images just don’t stop. It’s actually pretty incredible that only 15 have died so far. As they were saying before the hurricane hit, the real problem would not be the hurricane impact, but the rains that would follow for days and days.  According to the Washington Post, 30% of Harris County’s 1,777 square miles are underwater.  Harris County is home … Read More

Trump’s Ego Fires Social Director

Ken AshfordPolls, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

Donald Trump is the kind of emotionally unstable individual that would see a crowd of 4,000 to 10,000 and consider it rejection, so he lashed out, and a longtime aide paid the price. From Bloomberg: As his surrogates warmed up the audience, the expanse of shiny concrete eventually filled in with cheering Trump fans. But it was too late for a … Read More

As Houston Struggles, The Trump-Russia Collusion Story Deepens

Ken AshfordL'Affaire Russe, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

Houston, the 4th largest city in the United States, is essentially paralyzed. Residents had to be rescued by helicopters and boats as streets turned into raging rivers and made evacuation all but impossible. Rain is expected for a few more days.  But the rescue efforts seem to be running along without Katrina-like snafus. Seriously, the rain amount is insane for … Read More

Hurricane Harvey

Ken AshfordBreaking News, Disasters, Trump & Administration, WeatherLeave a Comment

There’s a good reason why Mashable’s Andrew Freedman dubbed Hurricane Harvey—now barreling toward Texas and Louisiana—“the meteorological equivalent of a White Walker from Game of Thrones.”  This is no joke.  Harvey is likely to be the first major hurricane to make landfall in the United States since 2005. Harvey will make landfall late Friday or early Saturday.  The storm is expected to hit middle … Read More

PPP Poll On Trump Et Al [UPDATE: Quinnipiac Too]

Ken AshfordPollsLeave a Comment

There’s a lot to digest in the new PPP poll, so I’ll just give the topline results. It does confirm what I suspected — that Trump is not going to go much lower because his supporters are simply ignorant about discrimination.  Check this out: PPP’s newest national poll finds that Donald Trump’s approval rating is pretty steady in the wake … Read More

Two Trump Speeches

Ken AshfordTrump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

Well, Monday night we got Teleprompter Trump on live TV, giving an address about his Afghanistan plans. What was remarkable about it? Very little except that he did admit that presidenting is different from campaigning, which is why he is reversing his stance on getting the 100,000 troops out of Afghanistan.  You see, he learned that if you remove troops, … Read More

The Great American Solar Eclipse Day

Ken AshfordScience & TechnologyLeave a Comment

Although I am not in the path of the 100% eclipse, we will have about 96% coverage here in Winston-Salem.  Almost no clouds as I write this at 11:40 a.m. Around 1:15 p.m. Eastern time, the total solar eclipse will first reach Oregon’s coast. Then it will race for the next 90 or so minutes over 13 more states: Idaho, … Read More

Day’s Unfolding Events

Ken AshfordBreaking News, Rightwing Extremism/Violence, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

(1) Protest in Durham NC: Scheduled for noon and 4 pm.  I’m following live feeds and the anti-protesters seem to have taken over downtown Durham. Not much of a fascist presence. Looks peaceful at the moment — some minor vandalism of base of statue that once had confederate monument.  Basically everything postponed until 4 pm. (2) By the way, this … Read More

Our Bigoted President: An Historical Week of Shame

Ken AshfordRightwing Extremism/Violence, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

It’s Friday, and it’s still difficult for me to comment on the fallout from Trump’s moral equivalence press conference on Tuesday.  Having tucked into his pocket some notes about what he was SUPPOSED to say… Trump “went rogue” (i.e., was himself) and spoke some of the most upsetting words of any President ever. The national discussion is all on my … Read More

Charlottesville

Ken AshfordRightwing Extremism/Violence, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

I did not know it was even going on. I should have been paying attention to social media.  But I woke up on Saturday to news of skirmishes in Charlottesville. White nationalists gathered for a “Unite the Right” march in Charlottesville, ostensibly choosing that town because of the statute of Robert E. Lee, which was going to be taken down. It had … Read More