Black List 2017

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The Black List was compiled from the suggestions of over 275 film executives, each of whom contributed the names of up to ten favorite  scripts that were written in, or are somehow uniquely associated with, 2017 and will not have begun principal photography during this calendar year. This year, scripts had to receive at least six mentions to be included … Read More

The Left And Language Orthodoxy

Ken AshfordRandom MusingsLeave a Comment

I got into a discussion recently about who gets to talk about what, and how to talk about them, when it comes to topics of racism, feminism, etc. That’s what came to mind when I read a certain part of an interview, excepted below, in The Atlantic. The writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is the subject of that interview. She has firsthand experience … Read More

Why Identity Politics Sucks

Ken AshfordPolitics, Random MusingsLeave a Comment

I have been ruminating on this for a while. Maybe too long. But we have an entire generation now of progressives (the millennials) who only understand politics through the fabric of identity politics. Although identity politics had been in the air for a couple of decades already, it was in the late 1980s and early 1990s, that it really began … Read More

Why Is Trump Tweeting About The NFL?

Ken AshfordDisasters, Race, Red Sox & Other Sports, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

Thursday night in Alabama, at a rally, Trump went off on a tangent about the NFL and its bad ratings and how players who refused to stand for the national anthem (i.e., Colin Kaepernick) should be fired by the owners.  This got cheers from the Alabamians, because they are Alabamians.  And it made headlines on Friday (since he never says … Read More

You Say You Want A Revolution?

Ken AshfordCulture & Education & Religion, Random MusingsLeave a Comment

Well, what do you even MEAN by the word “revolution”? It’s often said that reformists are former revolutionaries who simply got old, tired and beaten down. Maybe.  But reformists get things done and actually bring about social change.  After all, revolutionaries tend to gripe about the problem (terrible society) and the process to change that problem (revolution), but always fall … Read More

Red Sox Opener 2017

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I feel good about this team.  David Ortiz is gone, but Leon, Bogaerts and most of the old gang back.  Better still, we have an ace pitcher in Chris Sale, and a hot rookie Benentendi in left field.  Pennant is a definite possibility, as is the World Series.

Chuck Woolery Weighs In

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It took him a month after the Womens’ March on Washington to come up with this: Thanks for your input, Chuck. UPDATE:  Chuck is having a very bad day… and clearly drunk  

Should Miss Teen USA Forfeit Her Crown?

Ken AshfordPageants, Sex/Morality/Family ValuesLeave a Comment

As 18-year-old Texan Karlie Hay celebrated being crowned Miss Teen USA 2016 last Saturday, social media users began circulating tweets containing the N-word that were linked to an account bearing her name. The offending tweets were posted in 2013 and 2014. That Twitter account is now private and locked, but Hay issued an apology early Sunday morning on her public … Read More


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I really don’t know what to write.  I don’t know how to begin. This blog has been in existence for over 12 years.  It was around before Facebook and Twitter and before most people even knew the word “blog”.  And at times, it has been a platform for personal things (shows I’m doing, etc.), but it has evolved more into … Read More