Aide Blows Christie Scandal Wide Open

Ken AshfordElection 2016, Political Scandals1 Comment

A major bombshell has just dropped in the Bridgegate scandal. David Wildstein, Governor Chris Christie’s appointee to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, has publicly claimed that Governor Christie knew about the improper and illegal lane closures on the George Washington Bridge. In a letter Wildstein not only relays that Governor Christie knew about the lane closures … Read More

State of the Union 2014

Ken AshfordObama & AdministrationLeave a Comment

I thought Obama's speech was wonderful.  It wasn't very ambitious, but the tone was amazing.  It was nationalistic and populistic, and very non-partisan.  The non-partisan nature of it was clearly disappointing to the Fox News people, who clearly were hoping to engage in post-speech whining and victimhood.  Obama simply said, "Here are the problems; here's what I can do as … Read More

Thinking Of Pete

Ken AshfordHistoryLeave a Comment

A piece of Pete Seeger's congressional testimony before the House Unamerican Activities Committee in 1955: MR. TAVENNER: The Committee has information obtained in part from the Daily Worker indicating that, over a period of time, especially since December of 1945, you took part in numerous entertainment features. I have before me a photostatic copy of the June 20, 1947, issue … Read More

RIP Pete Seeger

Ken AshfordIn PassingLeave a Comment

A name that has been appearing in my dead pool the past few years (although not in my "select" list this year).  He was 94. I grew up with Pete Seeger.  He may have been the first singer I could identify.  A good old-fashioned "red", he was the father of folk music, inspiring everyone from Bruce Springsteen to Peter, Paul … Read More

“I’m going to be very blunt: the Left tries to win the women’s vote by talking from the waist down”

Ken AshfordRight Wing Punditry/Idiocy, Women's IssuesLeave a Comment

Oy. I think the record is pretty clear that the Left is responding to the GOP's obsession with a woman's uterus, from forced mammograms to banning abortions to not including contraception as something health insurance should cover.  Honestly, I think women would prefer not having their "below the waist" being politicized, but as long as the GOP wants to treat women … Read More

Newsflash: Having A Problem With The 1 Percenters Makes You A Nazi

Ken AshfordClass Warfare, Corporate GreedLeave a Comment

Venture capitalist Tom Perkins compared liberals' push to reduce inequality in the United States to Nazi Germany's war on Jews. In a letter to the editor published in The Wall Street Journal Perkins, a founding member of Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, asks whether a "progressive Kristallnacht" is coming. Perkins's letter is in response to an editorial on speech codes at American … Read More

Virginia Upheaval on Gay Marriage Issue

Ken AshfordGay MarriageLeave a Comment

Virginia, like many southern and midwest states, had passed a ban on same-sex marriage.  As in most states that have passed such a ban, there are legal challenges.  As we know in Oklahoma, a challenge to the ban recently succeeded, and a judge ruled that a ban on same-sex marriage is unconstititional (of course, that decision is being appealed). But … Read More

Obscene Income Inequality is Obscene

Ken AshfordClass WarfareLeave a Comment

Just 1 percent of the world's population controls nearly half of the planet's wealth, according to anew study published by Oxfam ahead of the World Economic Forum's annual meeting. The study says this tiny slice of humanity controls $110 trillion, or 65 times the total wealth of the poorest 3.5 billion people. Other key findings in the report: — The world's … Read More

Then And Now

Ken AshfordCongress, Constitution, Obama & Administration, White House Secrecy, Wiretapping & SurveillanceLeave a Comment

53 years ago today, an outgoing President Eisenhower said: “In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.” He went on: “We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or … Read More


Ken AshfordElection 2016, Political Scandals, Republicans2 Comments

I was willing to give Governor Christie the benefit of the doubt that it was a rogue staffer who was responsible for the closing of lanes on the GW bridge on 9/11/13, and that he (and the rest of his staff) knew nothing about it. But a photo published earlier this week in the Wall Street Journal along with new revelations … Read More

Calling It Quits

Ken AshfordRepublicans, Rightwing Extremism/Violence, Sex/Morality/Family Values, Tea PartyLeave a Comment

Jimmy LaSalvia co-founded political action group GOProud to prove to America that the Republican Party is a safe home for gay conservatives. But he no longer believes his own arguments. On Monday, he announced on his blog that he could no longer take his own party’s refusal to stand up to bigotry: he was leaving the Republican Party and had registered as … Read More

Didn’t See This Coming?

Ken AshfordDisasters, Environment & Global Warming & EnergyLeave a Comment

West Virginia'ss image as caring more about corporations than people is really being bolstered this week. West Virginia emergency planners never put together any strategy for dealing with spills of a toxic chemical from the Freedom Industries’ tank farm, despite the facility’s location just 1.5 miles upstream from a drinking water intake serving 300,000 people, officials acknowledged this morning. Local emergency … Read More

Bad Day For West Virginians

Ken AshfordEnvironment & Global Warming & EnergyLeave a Comment

Although… the West Virginian who I'm thinking of is named Pat McGeehan.  Pat McGeehan is a 34 year old "constitutional conservative" running for U.S. Senate in 2014.  From his campaign website: Pat McGeehan is a strong proponent for constitutional government. Since returning to West Virginia from active duty military service, he has traveled across the state in order to spread … Read More


Ken AshfordElection 2016Leave a Comment

Investigators of every stripe dream about getting smoking gun documents like the ones multiple media outlets obtained today. They not only show aides and appointees of Chris Christie conspiring to punish the mayor of Fort Lee, N.J., a Democrat who did not endorse Christie’s reelection bid in 2013, but they capture a tone and mentality that, well, you might find in the … Read More