Trumpism And Racism: Part Two — Breaking News

Ken AshfordBreaking News, Immigration and Xenophobia, Political Scandals, Race, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

Holy Shit. Washington Post headline: Uh…. when have you ever seen that word in a headline? Story: President Trump grew frustrated with lawmakers Thursday in the Oval Office when they floated restoring protections for immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador and African countries as part of a bipartisan immigration deal, according to two people briefed on the meeting. “Why are we … Read More

Breaking: Amtrak Derailment

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An Amtrak passenger train derailed and at least one passenger car is dangling on to Interstate 5 in Pierce County, Washington, according to the Washington state Department of Transportation. One train car was beneath the bridge sitting parallel to the roadway, an eyewitness said. Another train car was dangling from a rail bridge that crosses I-5 horizontally. Amtrak tweeted that it … Read More

Failed Terrorist Attempt In Manhattan Port Authority

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Police were called to a reported explosion at 7:20 a.m. ET in a below-ground walkway that connects two subway lines at 42nd Street. Responding units found an injured 27-year-old male, identified him as Akayed Ullah. He had burns and wounds to his body. Ullah was from Bangladesh & was doing it “in the name of ISIS” Preliminary investigation at the scene indicates that … Read More

No Pee Tape, BUT….

Ken AshfordBreaking News, L'Affaire Russe, Sex Scandals, Sex/Morality/Family Values, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

Breaking from NBC: WASHINGTON — After a business meeting before the Miss Universe Pageant in 2013, a Russian participant offered to “send five women” to Donald Trump’s hotel room in Moscow, his longtime bodyguard told Congress this week, according to three sources who were present for the interview. Two of the sources said the bodyguard, Keith Schiller, viewed the offer … Read More

Document Dump: Federal Court Blocks Trump’s Travel Ban… Yet Again

Ken AshfordBreaking News, Courts/Law, Immigration and Xenophobia, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

Tired of winning…? UPDATE: A second federal court rules the same — A federal judge in Maryland early Wednesday issued a second halt on the latest version of President Trump’s travel ban, asserting that the president’s own comments on the campaign trail and on Twitter convinced him that the directive was akin to an unconstitutional Muslim ban.

Hurricane Harvey

Ken AshfordBreaking News, Disasters, Trump & Administration, WeatherLeave a Comment

There’s a good reason why Mashable’s Andrew Freedman dubbed Hurricane Harvey—now barreling toward Texas and Louisiana—“the meteorological equivalent of a White Walker from Game of Thrones.”  This is no joke.  Harvey is likely to be the first major hurricane to make landfall in the United States since 2005. Harvey will make landfall late Friday or early Saturday.  The storm is expected to hit middle … Read More

Day’s Unfolding Events

Ken AshfordBreaking News, Rightwing Extremism/Violence, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

(1) Protest in Durham NC: Scheduled for noon and 4 pm.  I’m following live feeds and the anti-protesters seem to have taken over downtown Durham. Not much of a fascist presence. Looks peaceful at the moment — some minor vandalism of base of statue that once had confederate monument.  Basically everything postponed until 4 pm. (2) By the way, this … Read More

Breaking: Sean Spicer Resigns

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The same morning that Anthony Scaramucci is appointed as White House Communications Director, Sean Spicer resigns. Reports are that he vehemently opposed Scaramucci’s appointment. Trump offered Scaramucci the job at 10 a.m. Trump requested that Spicer stay on, but Spicer told Trump that he believed the appointment was a major mistake, according to a person with direct knowledge of the … Read More

5.8 Earthquake off North Korea Coast

Ken AshfordBreaking News, Disasters, North KoreaLeave a Comment

Normally, I wouldn’t care, but I have to wonder if this is an earthquake.  Info coming in….   The quake was very deep – 348.2 miles (560km) below the seabed off the coast Its epicenter was 125 miles (201 km) southeast of North Korean city of Chongjin Early speculation indicated quake was man-made, as has been the case in past … Read More

Breaking: Otto Warmbier Has Died

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From ABC News yesterday: Over and over, Otto Warmbier apologized and begged — at first calmly, then choking up and finally in tears — to be reunited with his family. North Korean officials seated at long tables watched impassively, with cameras rolling and journalists taking notes, as the adventuresome, accomplished 21-year-old college student from suburban Cincinnati talked animatedly about the “severe crime” … Read More

Another Terrorist Attack In London

Ken AshfordBreaking News, Rightwing Extremism/Violence, War on Terrorism/TortureLeave a Comment

Last night, a van with three people drove into a crowd of worshipers in Finsbury Park, a district in North London. One person was killed, ten were injured. It was a terrorist attack, but not a typical one that garnishes worldwide press attention. Because this time, the terrorists were white and the targets were Muslim. Here’s what is known so … Read More

Verdict in on Philando Castile Killing

Ken AshfordBreaking News, Courts/Law, Crime, Racial HomicidesLeave a Comment

Remember this? I wrote about it last year. A Minnesota jury has reached a verdict in the manslaughter trial of Jeronimo Yanez, the officer who fatally shot Philando Castile during a traffic stop last year.  Yanez is on trial for one count of second-degree manslaughter and two counts of intentional discharge of firearm that endangers safety because Castile’s girlfriend and … Read More