The Plot To Derail Mueller

Ken AshfordL'Affaire Russe, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

Well, well, well: An alleged scheme to pay off women to fabricate sexual assault allegations against Special Counsel Robert Mueller has been referred to the FBI for further investigation, according to a spokesman for the special counsel’s office, Peter Carr. “When we learned last week of allegations that women were offered money to make false claims about the Special Counsel, … Read More

Trump Wants To Defy Constitution By Ending Birthright Citizenship

Ken AshfordConstitution, Immigration and Xenophobia, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

He can’t do this.  He should know it: President Trump said he was preparing an executive order to end birthright citizenship in the United States, his latest attention-grabbing maneuver days before midterm congressional elections, during which he has sought to activate his base by vowing to clamp down on immigrants and immigration.“We’re the only country in the world where a … Read More

Goodbye, Gab

Ken AshfordRightwing Extremism/Violence, Social NetworkingLeave a Comment

CNN: Gab has been taken offline following revelations that the suspected Pittsburgh synagogue gunman used the social network to threaten Jews.A statement on the platform’s website Monday said it would be “inaccessible for a period of time” after several web hosting services declined its business.Gab said it has also been removed from app stores and refused service by payment processing firms.“Gab.com is … Read More

Max Boot: Fox And Right Wing Media Is Reponsible

Ken AshfordImmigration and Xenophobia, Right Wing and Inept Media, Right Wing Punditry/Idiocy, Rightwing Extremism/ViolenceLeave a Comment

Boy, I am old enough to remember when Max Boot was a staple of the right wing media, at least in print. Back in the aughts, he famously wrote this bizarre defense of the War in Iraq: Yes, folks. The fact that we had bad intelligence relating to WMDs is a GOOD (not a BAD) pretext for starting a war … Read More

I Never Doubted The Red Sox Would Win The World Series

Ken AshfordRed Sox & Other SportsLeave a Comment

The Boston Red Sox have done it again. The franchise once synonymous with a curse now casts spells on everybody else. Four World Series titles in 15 seasons? Behold. Boston is strong. Boston is stronger and strongest. No other franchise, not even the San Francisco Giants, has won four championships this century. Chris Sale blasted an 84 mph ninth-inning slider past … Read More

The Squirrel Hill Massacre And The Abhorrent White House Response

Ken AshfordCrime, Godstuff, Immigration and Xenophobia, Racial Homicides, Rightwing Extremism/Violence, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

WaPo: Conspiracy theories are flourishing in America, from the Oval Office to the fever swamps of the Internet. They include the viral notion that the liberal 88-year-old billionaire George Soros, a Hungarian American Holocaust survivor, is funding the migrant caravan slowly making its way from Central America in the direction of the United States.It’s not true, but it has apparently … Read More

Weekly List 102

Ken AshfordWeekly ListLeave a Comment

This was a heartbreaking week in America, after several domestic attacks left the country shaken, frightened, and on edge. On Monday, an explosive device mailed in a package to the home of George Soros was discovered. Then starting Wednesday, one by one, 13 more packages addressed to high profile Democrats, all of whom were Trump critics and people Trump had … Read More

Breaking: Bomber of 12 Trump Critics In Custody

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

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal authorities have detained a person in connection with the mail-bomb scare that widened to 12 suspicious packages, a Justice Department official said Friday. Department spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores said authorities planned to announce more information at a press conference. Earlier Friday, authorities said suspicious packages addressed to New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker and former National Intelligence … Read More

Leaving Out The “White”, Trump Admits He Is A “Nationalist”

Ken AshfordElection 2018, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

President Trump: "I'm a nationalist." pic.twitter.com/3lxCrtSkrN— MSNBC (@MSNBC) October 23, 2018 Some reactions from history: Greg Sargent: “You know what I am? I’m a nationalist, okay? I’m a nationalist,” President Trump shouted at a rally in Texas on Monday night. Just before saying this, Trump claimed that “we’re not supposed to use that word,” suggesting that it required great courage to make this declaration.Sure enough, … Read More

Polarization Isn’t The Problem; It’s Conservatism, Stupid

Ken AshfordCampaign Finance Reform, Election 2018Leave a Comment

Food for thought, from Eric Levitz at NY Magazine: While Democratic and Republican voters earnestly (and vehemently) disagree on plenty of issues, surveys suggest these disputes are hardly more numerous or severe than they were three decades ago (when bipartisan comity was still alive and well on Capitol Hill). When asked to opine on discrete questions of public policy, the … Read More

Weekly List 101

Ken AshfordWeekly ListLeave a Comment

With midterms approaching, the country is electrified and on edge. This week Trump recycled themes from his 2016 campaign to help boost Republican messaging: stoking fear of “the others” (a caravan of immigrants), accusing Democrats of being the party of open borders and crime and claiming the left is encouraging violence (“the mob”). Journalists and watchdog groups in several states … Read More

Got One

Ken AshfordBreaking News, Election 2018, L'Affaire Russe, Voter SuppressionLeave a Comment

From the Department of Justice, just now: Russian National Charged with Interfering in U.S. Political SystemALEXANDRIA, Va. – A criminal complaint was unsealed here today charging a Russian national for her alleged role in a Russian conspiracy to interfere in the U.S. political system, including the 2018 midterm election.“The strategic goal of this alleged conspiracy, which continues to this day, … Read More

The Best Red Sox Team Of This Century?

Ken AshfordRed Sox & Other SportsLeave a Comment

Last night, the Red Sox beat the Houston Astros on Texas turf, ending the series 4-to-1, and becaming the winners of the AL Pennant for the fourth time this century.  The Astros and the Red Sox were arguably the toughest teams in both leagues, so even though the World Series starts next week (against either the LA Dodgers or the … Read More