The Best Movie Endings

Ken AshfordPopular Culture2 Comments

The London Times lists the Top 20 Best Movie Endings (click here for more details, but warning — SPOILER ALERTS abound). Before you read on, keep in mind these aren’t necessarily all surprise movie endings a la "The Sixth Sense" and "The Usual Suspects".  They are, however, movie endings that are, for one reason or another, memorable. 20. Se7en David … Read More

That Was Then….

Ken AshfordHistory, RaceLeave a Comment

WorldNutDaily informs us: The original targets of the Ku Klux Klan were Republicans, both black and white, according to a new television program and book, which describe how the Democrats started the KKK and for decades harassed the GOP with lynchings and threats. The book is by David Barton, who is, shall we say, not the most reliable of historians. … Read More

It’s Friday

Ken AshfordPersonalLeave a Comment

I got nothing…. UPDATE:  Okay, I got something. A Flickr user filming the heavy rain gets hit by lightning.  Happened a few days ago: She writes: "From what i understand, it went through my left hand holding the camera, crossed my back and exited out of my right hand holding onto the metal railing. No entry or exit wounds, just … Read More

Oy Vey, Maria

Ken AshfordElection 2008, Race, Right Wing Punditry/Idiocy4 Comments

Oh, Marie Jon Apostrophe.  You’re so self-parodying, it’s not even fun anymore: Hope and change worth having without an Obama racial test Ok.  So I’m going to gather from Marie’s awkwardly worded headline, that she is in favor of hope and change.  Not in favor of Obama’s racial test (I guess we’ll have to wait and see what that means), … Read More

President A-Hole

Ken AshfordBush & Co., Environment & Global Warming & EnergyLeave a Comment

You know, it’s not just that he’s wrong; it’s that he’s arrogantly wrong.  Proud of it. Read this: President George Bush signed off with a defiant farewell over his refusal to accept global climate change targets at his last G8 summit. As he prepared to fly out from Japan, he told his fellow leaders: "Goodbye from the world’s biggest polluter." … Read More

My Thoughts On The FISA Bill

Ken AshfordWiretapping & SurveillanceLeave a Comment

Greenwald summarizes: The Democratic-led Congress this afternoon voted to put an end to the NSA spying scandal, as the Senate approved a bill — approved last week by the House — to immunize lawbreaking telecoms, terminate all pending lawsuits against them, and vest whole new warrantless eavesdropping powers in the President. The vote in favor of the new FISA bill … Read More

Man Of Principle

Ken AshfordLocal Interest1 Comment

Not sure I would have the guts to do this, but good for him: L.F. Eason III gave up the only job he’d ever had rather than lower a flag to honor former U.S. Sen. Jesse Helms. Eason, a 29-year veteran of the state Department of Agriculture, instructed his staff at a small Raleigh lab not to fly the U.S. … Read More

Move Over Facebook, MySpace, and Second Life

Ken AshfordPopular CultureLeave a Comment

It’s Lively: The big thing about Lively is that it’s backed by Google.  Some info: Google thinks Lively will encourage even more people to dive into alternate realities because it isn’t tethered to one Web site like Second Life, and it doesn’t cost anything to use. After installing a small packet of software, a user can enter Lively from other … Read More

Stupidest Poll Of The Campaign Season (So Far)

Ken AshfordElection 2008Leave a Comment

The Associated Press wrote up results from an AP/Yahoo poll showing that John McCain does better than Barack Obama among pet owners than among Americans who do not own a pet. John McCain leads by Barack Obama by five points among pet owners (42% to 37%), while Obama leads by 14 point (48% to 34%) among those who do not … Read More

Bush Is An Embarrassment To The GOP

Ken AshfordBush & Co., Election 2008Leave a Comment

…which is going to make the GOP convention very… aaaawwwwkward. I mean, the last thing the McCain people want is to have their boy up on stage, in front of the whole nation, being embraced by their party’s leader, who just happens to be the most unpopular President in the history of polling. The solution?  "Give the president a first-night … Read More

Not Funny

Ken AshfordElection 2008, IranLeave a Comment

John McCain once again "jokes" about his desire to kill Iranians.  And he’s not talking about the Iranian military or anything — he’s joking about killing Iranians. I guess that’s good red meat for the conservative masses, but the targets of McCain’s blood lust "joke" are ordinary Iranian civilians. I know it’s easy to think of Iran has some sandy … Read More