Reflections On The Obama “Celebrity” Ad

Ken AshfordElection 2008Leave a Comment

UPDATE:  Okay THIS is the proper response to the latest McCain ad — NICELY DONE!  Team Obama should turn this into an ad itself… ************ I agree with all these people (emphases are mine) The Anonymous Liberal: It appears that the McCain campaign’s new strategy is to portray Barack Obama as a "celebrity" in the sense of Brittany Spears and … Read More

The Economic Outlook Is GREAT….

Ken AshfordCorporate GreedLeave a Comment

…if you’re an oil company.  They’ve enjoyed record profits this quarter: Profits at oil companies this quarter continued to reflect oil prices that almost doubled in the second quarter from the year earlier. Exxon Mobil on Thursday reported that second-quarter profit rose 14 percent, to $11.68 billion, the highest-ever profit by an American company. Exxon broke its own record. The … Read More

I’m Almost Ready To Say “Let Him Go”

Ken AshfordRed Sox & Other SportsLeave a Comment

I had no problem with letting Nomar go.  I thought he was overrated and more trouble than he was worth.  Same with Pedro. But Manny?  He’s the backbone of the team.  He rocks.  On the other hand, he’s such a prick: On Wednesday, he spoke by telephone with "The Red Sox don’t deserve a player like me," Ramirez said. … Read More

Another McCain “Attack” Ad

Ken AshfordElection 2008Leave a Comment

I understand what they’re trying to do, but I just don’t see how portraying Obama as being popular and loved all over the world actually helps McCain. Jason Linkins makes the compelling case that McCain is swinging in the wrong direction. [E]ven beyond the numb-nutted concept behind this ad, look at all the things that are tactically wrong with it. … Read More

Obama Hanging In In North Carolina

Ken AshfordElection 2008, Local Interest1 Comment

Candidate July 23-27 June 26-29 Pollster McCain 47 45 46 Obama 44 41 44 Barr 3 5 2.5 So Obama is still behind by a few points, but within the margin of error (832 LVs, July 23-27, MOE +/- 3.4%) From Public Policy Polling’s analysis: Obama leads 53-38 among respondents most concerned with the economy, and 58-32 with those whose … Read More

Professor Obama

Ken AshfordElection 2008Leave a Comment

I took a look at the final exams in Constitutional Law that Professor Obama gave his students at the University of Chicago Law School, where he was a vistiing lecturer for many years. I could have so aced them. But beyond that, what the exams show is an intellect not seen in the White House in many years.

Let Us Not Bicker About Who Killed Who

Ken AshfordCrime, Right Wing Punditry/IdiocyLeave a Comment

Wow.  This paragraph is astounding: In other words, the Adkisson case provides a case study in the secular demonology of the left. We’re seeing the politics of hatred in action. It’s marked by demands for vengeance and modes of discourse seeking to protect the perceived purity of the liberal sensibility. It is irreligious and opportunistic. It is the repudiation of … Read More

Little Tremble in California

Ken AshfordBreaking News, DisastersLeave a Comment

The Nevada Seismological Lab Helicorder webcam (in my righthand column) caught it: UPDATE:  Happened six minutes ago as I write this.  Data from USGS says it was a 5.8.  Epicenter is 3 km ( 2 mi) SW of Chino Hills, CA, which is an LA suburb.  Happened at 2:42:15 pm. EST, which is 11:42:15 am Pacific Time. News reports just … Read More

The Sun Will Come Out Tomorrow

Ken AshfordCrime, GodstuffLeave a Comment

A nice blog report about the services at the Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church.  As you may know, the gunman interrupted a church performance of "Annie" which (obviously) never reached the final curtain. Today, the kids sang "Tomorrow".  That’s very Unitarian.

Things I Didn’t Know: Internet Edition

Ken AshfordScience & Technology1 Comment

I knew that the Internet is an outgrowth of ARPANET ("ARPA" = Advanced Research Projects Agency, which was a division under the Department of Justice Defense [of course — what was I thinking when I typed "Justice"?]), which was created in the late 1960’s/early 1970’s as a way for the military to get info and data (quietly) from those in … Read More

Rules In The Obama Household

Ken AshfordElection 2008Leave a Comment

From People: * No whining, arguing or annoying teasing * Make the bed. "Doesn’t have to look good—just throw the sheet over it," says Mom. * Keep playroom toy closet clean * Set your own alarm clock. * Be considerate of how other people might feel. Put yourself in the place of other people. * Never think that you’re better … Read More

Election 2008: It’s Over

Ken AshfordElection 2008Leave a Comment

What?!? It’s over?!?  How can that be?  Election Day is 100 days away. But that’s what many are already saying.  Check out this electoral map from [The actual map at is better — it’s interactive, so you can see the underlying polls on which this map is based] Now, with 270 electoral votes needed, Obama is already there … Read More

The Beast Has A Credit Card

Ken AshfordEconomy & Jobs & DeficitLeave a Comment

Thank you, David Stockman. For those of you who don’t remember, Stockman was director of the Office of Management and Budget under President Reagan.  He was among the most enthusiastic converts to what came to be called the “starve the beast” theory of taxation. The Republican theory is that big government — well, government in general  — is baaad.  There’s … Read More