BREAKING: Obama Signs Matthew Shepard/James Byrd Hate Crimes Legislation

Ken AshfordBreaking News, Crime, Sex/Morality/Family ValuesLeave a Comment

Actually the Hate Crimes bill was tacked on to the 2009 Defense Appropriations Act, which Obama signed this afternoon, but it's still there, and Obama noted the significance of it: So today I'm pleased to say that we have proved that change is possible. It may not come quickly, or all at once, but if you push hard enough, it … Read More

Falcon Heene

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I have a rather bad feeling about this boy trapped in the balloon. I have a rather bad feeling he is not hiding, but rather, he fell. And we're going to get all kinds of people making snap judgments about how bad the parents were — before we have any clear evidence that they were negligent.  To blunt those, let … Read More

MJ Memorial Service Liveblogging

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MJ Funeral Liveblogging OK.  I'm done. UPDATE:  Here, by the way, are some funny Facebook updates on the event, compiled by Buzzfeed:   And Kevin Drum reports: The Michael Jackson tribute is currently being aired on 18 separate channels on my TV.  Just sayin'.

Holocaust Museum Shooting

Ken AshfordBreaking News, Crime, War on Terrorism/Torture1 Comment

It's all unfolding now. Two people (perhaps 3) shot by a gunman in the Holocaust Musuem in D.C..  The gunman was also apparently shot and is in custody. Too early, of course, to determine the motive, but since it was at the Holocaust Museum, one can surmise that the shooter was anti-Jew.  From there, it's not a far leap to suppose … Read More

Defections In The NY State Senate

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The Democrats no longer control to NY state senate, because of the defection moments ago of two Democratic senators, reports the New York Times. A rift, apparently, in the Democartic party on the subject of gay marriage.

Ugly America

Ken AshfordBreaking News, Crime, Women's Issues1 Comment

By now, you may have heard about the killing of Dr. George Tiller in Wichita, Kansas this morning.  It took place in (of all places) a church. Dr. George Tiller has long been a target (literally and figuratively) of the religious right, Bill O'Reilly, Glenn Beck, and others because he performs late term abortions.  As Amanda Marcotte wrote: [Tiller] is … Read More

Google Outage

Ken AshfordBreaking News, Science & Technology1 Comment

Yeah, it's happening now, worldwide.  World at a standstill. Are we relying on Google too much??? UPDATE:  More than a few people on Twitter did what *I* did — i.e., tried to find out about Google outage by searching "google outage"…. except they searched on Google.  Duh! It does pose an interesting dilemna: how do you find out about Google … Read More

Binghamton Shootings

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Death toll up to 13, some reports say.  It's not even clear, as I write this, if the situation is over with.  Some reports say a man was arrested, some say two men were arrested, and still others say there is a hostage situation.  [UPDATE 2:45 pm — Now hearing it was a single gunman, and he is dead.] It's … Read More

Writing Your Own Obituary

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It must be weird to be a reporter at The Rocky Mountain News — Colorado's oldest newspaper (150 years old) and winner of 4 Pulitzer Prizes — and have to report the death of The Rocky Mountain News.

RNC Leader Follies

Ken AshfordBreaking News, RepublicansLeave a Comment

I love the little news scrolls coming across my desk today, as the Republican National Committee seeks to elect a new chairman — the guy who will lead the Republican Party. The first ballot had Mike Duncan in the lead.  Mike Duncan has been the head of the RNC, which mounted massive losses in Congress in the 2006 and 2008 … Read More

Kennedy Collapses At Inauguration Luncheon

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Wheeled out on a stretcher.  Remember, he was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor in May. Senator Byrd (D-W.Va) collapsed as well, although it doesn't sound as serious.  I'm not a big fan of Byrd, being a former Klansman and all. (Photo from earlier in today's inaugural luncheon) UPDATE:  Senator Claire McCaskill (D-Mo), who has been twittering all day, notes … Read More