The Origins Of “Collusion”

Ken AshfordL'Affaire Russe, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

Collusion is not a crime. It is not even a legal concept. Yet, when people speculate about mis-doings between the Trump campaign and Russia, that is the noun used — “collusion”.  And, of course, it is Trump’s go-to tweet word.  But how did the word “collusion” get introduced into the public lexicon? And who is initially responsible for introducing it? … Read More

Breaking: Shooting at Annapolis Newspaper — Capital Gazette

Ken AshfordBreaking News, Crime, Gun ControlLeave a Comment

A law enforcement source tells CBS News the suspect is male, white, in his 20s, no iD. Two law enforcement sources say the suspect used a shotgun. 4 dead, 5 injured/transported. — CBS News Radio (@CBSNewsRadio) June 28, 2018 The shooter, according to reports, is refusing to identify himself. NYPD sending police to news stations as a precaution. Maybe this … Read More

This Is Some Serious Government Intimidation Shit

Ken AshfordImmigration and Xenophobia, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

CBS: In his first television interview, former Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesperson James Schwab has opened up about why he abruptly resigned in March. But his interview with CBS News’ Jamie Yuccas on Wednesday was unexpectedly interrupted by agents identifying themselves as agents from the Department of Homeland Security Inspector General’s Office. “They just said that they wanted to talk to me … Read More

We Are Fucked: Kennedy Is Retiring

Ken AshfordBreaking News, Constitution, Courts/Law, Supreme CourtLeave a Comment

NBC: Supreme Court Justice Anthony M. Kennedy announced Wednesday that he will retire when his successor is confirmed, preparing the way for the most significant change in the court’s makeup in half a century. The vacancy will allow President Donald Trump to make the U.S. Supreme court a solidly conservative body for years, if not generations, to come — a … Read More

More Proof That Evangelicals Have No Ethical Basis Grounded In Christian Tenets

Ken AshfordGodstuff, Immigration and XenophobiaLeave a Comment

The Public Religion Research Institute is out with a survey of, among other items, immigration. In general, the pollsters found: Americans largely reject the policy whereby families entering the country without permission are treated as criminals and children are separated from their parents. Only 22% of the public expresses support for this policy. More than seven in ten (71%) Americans oppose such … Read More

Federal Judge Orders Trump Administration To Reunite Famiiles

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

Last night, a federal judge in San Diego granted a preliminary injunction requested by the American Civil Liberties Union. Judge Dana M. Sabraw ordered that all families separated at the border by the Trump administration’s zero tolerance policy be reunited within 30 days, 14 days for children under 5. Parents must be allowed to speak to their children by phone within 10 … Read More

Trump Pissed At Harley-Davidson

Ken AshfordEconomy & Jobs & DeficitLeave a Comment

Harley-Davidson should stay 100% in America, with the people that got you your success. I’ve done so much for you, and then this. Other companies are coming back where they belong! We won’t forget, and neither will your customers or your now very HAPPY competitors! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 27, 2018 “I’ve done so much for you”?  He … Read More

Tone Policing and Civility

Ken AshfordTrump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was politely asked to leave the Red Hen restaurant in Lexington, VA, this past weekend because the owner was unwilling to serve a senior Trump administration official who defends (among other things) the cruel and inhumane separation of migrant families and internment of immigrant children. This act of protest — the most recent example of … Read More

SCOTUS Upholds Travel Ban 3.0 And We’re Never Going To Hear The End Of It

Ken AshfordImmigration and Xenophobia, Supreme Court, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

Third time is a charm. The Supreme Court upheld President Trump’s most recent travel ban today in a 5-4 decision, ruling that it falls within the president’s traditional power to control immigration policy.  The Court split was on ideological grounds, with Kennedy siding with the majority. The travel ban was Trump’s first big policy announcement, touching off first big policy-specific … Read More

Mueller Gets Erik Prince’s Phones

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ABC: [Erik] Prince, America’s most famous private military contractor, acknowledged last week that he “cooperated” with Mueller’s investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election after falling under scrutiny amid questions about an alleged effort to establish a backchannel between the Trump administration and the Kremlin, something Prince has vehemently denied. ABC News has since learned that Mueller is … Read More

Weekly List 84

Ken AshfordWeekly ListLeave a Comment

Generations from now will mark this week as the moment Americans realized we were losing our country as we have known it. This week the world looked on in horror as the atrocity of separating families at our southern border was finally exposed by widespread media coverage. That coverage was limited as the press and even members of Congress were … Read More