So Long It’s Been Good To Know You

Ken AshfordAvian/Swine Flu, Disasters1 Comment

So… we're experiencing the deadliest outbreak of ebola in history.  It's so bad that the leading ebola doctor died yesterday.  Fortunately, it is all happening in Sierra Leone and other parts of Africa. But then this happens:   UPDATE:   They were checking out a patient who wanted to be checked out because s/he just came back from a country … Read More

Our Failing Infrastructure

Ken AshfordInfrastructureLeave a Comment

Old pipes everywhere. The rupture of the 90-year-old main sent a geyser shooting 30 feet in the air and deluged Sunset Boulevard and UCLA with 8 million to 10 million gallons of water before it was shut off more than three hours after the pipe burst, city officials said.

Sarah, Possibly Drunk (You Decide), Serving Red Meat

Ken AshfordObama OppositionLeave a Comment

You really have to see the video to believe it, but this write up gives a fair overview: Former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin ripped President Obama on Saturday, saying in order to “save the Republic” Americans must “have the guts to talk about impeachment.” Palin bashed Obama on a variety of topics, including immigration and veterans services during a speech before … Read More

Fourth Circuit Overturns Virginia Same-Sex Marriage Ban

Ken AshfordConstitution, Gay Marriage, Local Interest, Sex/Morality/Family Values, Supreme CourtLeave a Comment

The religious right continues losing their reactionary culture war, as a federal appeals court strikes down Virginia’s ban on marriage equality. And this ruling will also affect conservative bans on same-sex marriage in West Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina, so it’s a significant defeat for the forces of atavism. “We recognize that same-sex marriage makes some people deeply uncomfortable. However, … Read More

The Cost Of Obamacare Repeal

Ken AshfordElection 2014, Health Care, Obama OppositionLeave a Comment

The GOP wants to run on repealing Obamacare in the upcoming elections?  How will that play at the state level?  A new Department of Health and Human Services report documents the impact federal subsidies under Obamacare are having on the insurance costs of people receiving them, and the Plum Line gives the bottom line: But if subsidies were repealed, people … Read More

Ripple Effect

Ken AshfordHealth CareLeave a Comment

Among the dead in the Malaysian Air shootdown — about 100 people from the World Health Organization going to an AIDS conference.  According to the Associated Press, the exact number of individuals who were killed on their way to the conference is unconfirmed. However, Australian officials have noted that “there is no doubt it’s a substantial number” that includes “medical scientists, … Read More

Morons With Missiles

Ken AshfordForeign Affairs, War on Terrorism/Torture1 Comment

Yes, indeed.  Putin should be embarrassed.   When you listen to the audiotapes, you become keenly aware that the pro-Russian separatists in the Ukraine are total boobs… or, as Josh Marshall writes: The audio tapes posted by The New York Times might as well be from some future Russia-based version of Waiting for Guffman or Best in Show, a comical rendering of … Read More

No Danger At All

Ken AshfordImmigration and XenophobiaLeave a Comment

So a bunch of children from Central America are trying to enter this country, and of course, the right wing is throwing fit because 'Merica. The real issue is whether they are seeking asylum from persecution, in which case we have to, by law, let them into the country.  As opposed to them just being some lazy Spanish types who … Read More

Oh, By The Way, No Benghazi Scandal

Ken AshfordObama Opposition, RepublicansLeave a Comment

I wonder if Fox will touch this: Military officers testified that there was no "stand-down order" that held back military assets that could have saved the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans killed at a diplomatic outpost and CIA annex in Benghazi, Libya. Their testimony undercut the contention of Republican lawmakers. The "stand-down" theory centers on a Special Operations team … Read More