Fallon Out; War With Iran In?

Ken AshfordBreaking News, IranLeave a Comment

In a recent article in Esquire, CENTCOM Commander Adm. William "Fox" Fallon openly criticized the idea of a possible war with Iran, which Fallon called an "ill-advised action".  Fallon implied that he would resign rather than go to war against Iran.  (Fallon is not alone on this; most military leaders are opposed to war with Iran). Breaking news out of … Read More

Student Body President Of UNC-Chapel Hill Shot Dead

Ken AshfordBreaking NewsLeave a Comment

Breaking news: Chapel Hill police have identified a woman found dead near the University of North Carolina campus Wednesday morning as the university’s student body president. Eve Carson, 22, a UNC senior and biology major, was found shot multiple times in the head about a half-mile from campus. Police have also issued a bulletin for Carson’s blue 2005 Toyota Highlander … Read More

Rove To Quit

Ken AshfordBreaking News, Bush & Co.Leave a Comment

Cool. Apparently without irony, he told reporters that he is going to go dove-hunting.  Seriously. People think that Rove was an "evil genius" because of his strategic brilliance.  Carpetbagger thinks that a lot of hype, but: His significance has everything to do with his cutthroat, win-at-all-cost style. Rove believes the political rule that there are no rules. Laws are meant … Read More


Ken AshfordAttorney Firings, Breaking News, Bush & Co.Leave a Comment

MSNBC: WASHINGTON – The House Judiciary Committee voted contempt of Congress citations Wednesday against White House Chief of Staff Josh Bolten and President Bush’s former legal counselor, Harriet Miers. The 22-17 vote, which would sanction the pair for failure to comply with subpoenas on the firings of several federal prosecutors, advanced the citations to the full House. The full House … Read More

I’ve Seen This Movie….

Ken AshfordBreaking News1 Comment

Breaking news: A strong earthquake struck northwestern Japan on Monday, causing a radioactive water leak and fire at one of the world’s most powerful nuclear power plants and turning buildings into piles of lumber. At least seven people were killed and hundreds injured. The plant leaked about a half-gallon of water in a building housing one of its reactors, said … Read More

Breaking News: Iraq War Not Just A “Civil” Internal One Anymore

Ken AshfordBreaking News, IraqLeave a Comment

Turkey invaded?  Oh, great. UPDATE:  Avarosis gives the 30-second background and analysis about the possible implications: In a nutshell, Turkey is worried, has been worried, about the Kurds in northern Iraq. (You’ll recall that Iraq is mainly made up of three groups, Kurds, Sunnis and Shias.) Turkey has a good number of Kurds in eastern Turkey – 20% of Turkey’s … Read More

Falwell Dead? [Update: Yes]

Ken AshfordBreaking News, GodstuffLeave a Comment

Breaking news Obviously, I’m no fan, but it’s always momentous when an influential man passes.  His zenith was in the Reagan era, when he set this country on a path which dictates much of the social and political landscape today. UPDATE:  Retrospective from the Carpetbagger. Also, the GOP ’08ers are having a debate tonight.  Look for lots of lavish praise … Read More

BREAKING: Supreme Court Upholds Ban On Partial Birth Abortion

Ken AshfordBreaking News, Supreme Court, Women's IssuesLeave a Comment

MSNBC story here. Opinion here. No time to read the opinion and give my expert legal analysis, but it’s clear that Stenberg v. Carhart (2000) is effectively overturned (although the majority opinion denies that they are doing so).  The different between that case and this one?  Alito is on the Court; O’Connor is not. UPDATE:  Lyle Denniston of SCOTUSBLOG does … Read More

Breaking: Libby Guilty

Ken AshfordBreaking News, PlamegateLeave a Comment

on four of five counts in his perjury and obstruction of justice trial. The verdict isn’t as important as what the whole Plamegate process and trial actually revealed, i.e., the Vice President’s main adviser has just been convicted of obstructing an investigation not just of himself but of the Vice President, and the trial brought out substantial evidence that Cheney … Read More