RIP Rose Marie

Ken AshfordIn PassingLeave a Comment

Nine decades in show biz – that’s insane. And she was enjoying a revival with her new bio-documentary “Wait For Your Laugh”. She was 94.

The Horrible Tax Bill Is GOP Gift To Themselves [UPDATE: Senate Votes Yes]

Ken AshfordClass Warfare, Congress, Corporate Greed, Economy & Jobs & Deficit, Occupy Wall Street, RepublicansLeave a Comment

Literally: Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, inserted language into the final tax bill that would enrich three different constituencies: fossil fuel firms, Republicans’ major campaign donors and a handful of Cornyn’s GOP congressional colleagues including Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and two other Texas lawmakers in the House. Cornyn originally added the language in an amendment to the Senate bill at the … Read More

Why Trump Won’t Fire Mueller

Ken AshfordL'Affaire Russe, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

Renato Mariotti, a former federal prosecutor, write this in today’s WaPo: Those investigations [of Manafort and Flynn] would go on even if Mueller leaves. When the Justice Department initiates an investigation, it can’t be closed without following a set of procedures that ensure cases aren’t shut down for improper reasons. If a case is opened, it can’t be “declined” — … Read More

Twitter To Finally Enforce Ban On Hate Speech

Ken AshfordCyberbullying, Rightwing Extremism/Violence, Social NetworkingLeave a Comment

itter began enforcing new policies to combat hate speech and abusive behavior on the platform Monday, leading to the suspension of several accounts associated with white nationalism. As part of its new approach, Twitter says it will now start banning accounts that affiliate with groups “that use or promote violence against civilians to further their causes.” The company says that government entities are … Read More

Trump’s Battle With Mueller: Fox’s Complicity

Ken AshfordL'Affaire Russe, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

Over the weekend, as CNN’s Brian Stelter recaps, Fox seized on anti-Trump texts sent by a Mueller investigator — which, while newsworthy, are being appropriately handled by Mueller — to launch attacks on federal law enforcement that are truly hallucinatory. We were told by one on-air figure that this is “potentially one of the biggest scandals in American history.” Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway insisted “the fix is in” … Read More

Breaking: Amtrak Derailment

Ken AshfordBreaking News, DisastersLeave a Comment

An Amtrak passenger train derailed and at least one passenger car is dangling on to Interstate 5 in Pierce County, Washington, according to the Washington state Department of Transportation. One train car was beneath the bridge sitting parallel to the roadway, an eyewitness said. Another train car was dangling from a rail bridge that crosses I-5 horizontally. Amtrak tweeted that it … Read More

The Scandal That Is Not

Ken AshfordClinton Email Faux Scandal, Congress, Courts/Law, L'Affaire Russe, RepublicansLeave a Comment

Benjamin Witte writes about the story that is the subject of Fox almost every day — that an FBI agent was removed from the Mueller team because he had exchanged private emails with another FBI agent — his girlfriend, that were gloriously anti-Trump. The right wing news and establishment think this is a scandal, but of course, this means nothing. … Read More

Newtown: Five Years Later

Ken AshfordCrime, Gun Control, HistoryLeave a Comment

Five years ago today, a gunman went into Sandy Hook elementary school and opened fire. I covered it on this blog, as the day unfolded. And I visited Newtown two weeks after the event — the town was still reeling. In the five years since the Sandy Hook shooting, Congress has enacted strong legislation to prevent the use of AK-47’s … Read More

Disney Buys Most Of Fox

Ken AshfordCorporate Greed, Popular Culture, Right Wing and Inept MediaLeave a Comment

Big entertainment news: The Walt Disney Co. has struck a deal valued at $52.4 billion to acquire much of the Hollywood holdings of 21st Century Fox, the global television and entertainment conglomerate controlled by Rupert Murdoch and his family. The deal occurs against a backdrop of swift changes to the industry’s finances and uncertainty about succession plans at both companies. The … Read More

Politifact’s Lie Of The Year

Ken AshfordL'Affaire Russe, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

2017 Lie of the Year: Russian election interference is a ‘made-up story’ No, it’s not. We don’t know the extent of Russian interference, or whether anyone in the Trump campaign colluded in the interference, but it is not a “made up story”.  Politifact has made this assertion the “lie of the year”: A mountain of evidence points to a single … Read More

Jones Beats Moore In Close Result

Ken AshfordCongress, Democrats, Election 2016, Election 2018, Republicans, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

Moore has not conceded, but the margin of victory is high enough to ensure no automatic recount. African-American turnout played an important role in Jones’ victory. Race played a bigger factor than education as white men AND WOMEN(!) preferred Moore. Of the 20 counties that saw their turnout rise in comparison to the 2014 midterm elections in Alabama, an election … Read More