Facebook’s Attempt To Clean Up “Fake News” Was a Huge Fail

Ken AshfordElection 2018, Social NetworkingLeave a Comment

The Guardian sums it up: Facebook hired a PR firm that attempted to discredit the company’s critics by claiming they were agents of billionaire George Soros, the New York Times reported Tuesday.Soros is a Jewish philanthropist who is the frequent subject of antisemitic conspiracy theories. At the same time, the social media company urged the Anti-Defamation League to object to a cartoon used … Read More

Well, You Don’t See THIS Often

Ken AshfordSocial NetworkingLeave a Comment

Facebook is down. Daily Mail: Facebook users around the world have been left in a ‘total blackout’ after the site crashed early Monday afternoon.The site went down just before 1 p.m., affecting users from the United States and South America all the way to Europe.Those who attempted to access the desktop site are met with a message saying ‘Sorry, something went … Read More

What The New Dem-Controlled House Should Do Out Of The Gate

Ken AshfordCongress, Democrats, Election 2018, Immigration and Xenophobia, Infrastructure, Political Scandals, Trump & Administration, Voter SuppressionLeave a Comment

Dear Dem-Controlled House and Nancy Pelosi: Don’t let Trump bait you into go whole hog on investigations of him. That’ll come in time. No talk of impeachment. And let Mueller do his thing.  In the meantime, act for the American people. The new Democratic House majority should devote its first 100 days to passing five pieces of legislation, then dare … Read More

Everyone Is Pulling Trump’s Racist Ad

Ken AshfordElection 2018, Immigration and Xenophobia, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

CNN: Facebook has stopped the Trump campaign from running its racist anti-immigration commercial as an ad on the site.“This ad violates Facebook’s advertising policy against sensational content so we are rejecting it. While the video is allowed to be posted on Facebook, it cannot receive paid distribution,” Facebook said in a statement Monday afternoon.The move came shortly after NBC and Fox … Read More

Document Dump – Military Response To Migrant “Invasion”

Ken AshfordImmigration and Xenophobia, Military Issues, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

Unclassified documents obtained from two Defense Department officials by Newsweek support the conclusion that the sitting president’s plan to deploy troops to the southern border to repel refugees is “a waste of time” for which there is no evidence of need: The U.S. intelligence community assessed that the “most likely course of action” was a dwindling of migrants as it reached the … Read More

The Watergate Road Map

Ken AshfordCourts/Law, Crime, History, L'Affaire Russe, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

The Jaworski “Road Map,” the last great still-secret Watergate document, became public Wednesday when the National Archives released it under Judge Howell’s ruling from earlier this month. It sees the light of day for the first time in four and a half decades at a remarkable moment, one in which a different special prosecutor is considering the conduct of a different president and … 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

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

Trump Is A Welsher Too

Ken AshfordElection 2020, Immigration and Xenophobia, Race, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

Sen. Elizabeth Warren released the results of a DNA test today that “strongly support” her claims of Native American ancestry, hitting back at President Donald Trump for mocking her and showing her seriousness about a 2020 presidential run. The DNA test, conducted by Stanford University professor Carlos Bustamante, showed Warren’s likely Native American ancestry dates back six to 10 generations. … Read More

A Scary Time For Men

Ken AshfordElection 2018, Sex Scandals, Sex/Morality/Family Values, Supreme Court, Trump & Administration, Women's IssuesLeave a Comment

Trump apologized “on behalf of America” to Brett Kavanaugh last night at his induction ceremony. It marked the end of one of the ugliest chapters in Supreme Court history — ugly in the sense that this asshole got on the court despite his obvious lying and political manipulation, made worse by Trump’s victory lap. Trump framed this as a victory … Read More

Kavanaugh Pens Op-Ed; Tensions Fly [UPDATE: It’s done]

Ken AshfordSex Scandals, Sex/Morality/Family Values, Supreme Court, Trump & Administration, Women's IssuesLeave a Comment

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, who last week accused Democrats of plotting a political hit job against him on behalf of Bill and Hillary Clinton to smear his good name as he faces sexual assault allegations, wants America to know he is an impartial judge. Kavanaugh wrote a column in the Wall Street Journal published last night with the self-serving headline: “I … Read More

RIP Juan Romero

Ken AshfordHistory, In PassingLeave a Comment

The 17 year old busboy who tried to help a wounded Robert F. Kennedy in 1968 died. He was shaking Kennedy’s hand when the shots were fired.  He had rosary beads in his pocket and he gave them to RFK.  Afterwards, his life was haunted by the violence he saw that day, even to the point of being unable to … Read More

Kavanaugh Supplemental Investigation Is Over: Report Being Read

Ken AshfordElection 2016, Sex Scandals, Sex/Morality/Family Values, Supreme Court, Trump & Administration, Women's IssuesLeave a Comment

Guess what?  The White House has found no corroboration of the allegations of sexual misconduct against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh after examining interview reports from the FBI’s latest probe into the judge’s background.  Neither has the GOP majority on the Senate Judiciary Committee. This leaves senators in much the same position as last week—faced with two witnesses providing mutually exclusive … Read More