Video Immediately After Michael Brown Shooting Supports Story That Brown Had Arms Up When Killed

Ken AshfordRacial HomicidesLeave a Comment

Two contractors have come forward saying that they witnessed the Michael Brown shooting, and that Michael Brown had his hands up in the air, thus not posing a threat, when he was shot. Normally, you could discount this eyewitness testimony, coming more than one month after the shooting. Except that they are saying it…. on video… just after the shooting occurred.  In … Read More

So Now What?

Ken AshfordWar on Terrorism/TortureLeave a Comment

It's the 13th anniversary of 9/11, and you would think that we would have learned something since then about… well…. being terrorized. "Being terrorized" means being so freaked out by the bad guys what our judgment is clouded and we rush into military operations for which (1) we have no exit strategy and (2) there is no way to tell … Read More

Breaking A 20-Court Victory Streak, A Federal Judge In Louisiana Upholds Gay Marriage Ban

Ken AshfordGay MarriageLeave a Comment

Well, you can't win them all. The Honorable Marty Fledman (yes, that's his name) — a Reagan appointtee — wrote today: Many states have democratically chosen torecognize same-sex marriage. But until recent years, it had noplace at all in this nation's history and tradition. Publicattitude might be becoming more diverse, but any right to same-sexmarriage is not yet so entrenched … Read More

Nate’s Back…. With Bad News

Ken AshfordElection 2014Leave a Comment

538 is rebooting today and the great oracle Nate Silver delivers a gut-punch: But if you’re looking for a headline, we have two. First, Republicans are favored to take the Senate, at least in our view; the FiveThirtyEight forecast model gives them a 64 percent chance of doing so. The reasons for the GOP advantage are pretty straightforward. Midterm elections are … Read More

The Lesson From 2002

Ken AshfordIraq, Local Interest, Syria, War on Terrorism/TortureLeave a Comment

We all have felt it from time to time.  The urge to simply go nuclear. It's understandable.  Some backwoods jihadi moron slices off an American head, or a bunch of them band together and fly hijacked airplanes into sckyscrapers, and our natural reaction is: "Fuck you.  NOW you're going to see the hand of God." The problem with that is … Read More