Sometimes hear people scornful when anti-choicers argue even rape exceptions to abortion laws should be eliminated in part since people might lie. But, why wouldn't they if desperate? The state is the one to blame there really. And, how would you know? That is the sort of question that makes me go "hmm" and thanks to the Internet found a good reply.
Tuesday, May 05, 2015
This is overall a good book about the mixed raced granddaughter of the face of evil in Schindler's List finding out about her grandfather with a journalist providing parallel background and commentary from a greater remove. The author already has various issues with a mother who gave her up for adoption, travels and so forth. The parallel approach works and the book is a page turner though the Israel chapter goes on a bit long.
Saturday, May 02, 2015
CJ Roberts seemed to be getting used to the new name when announcing Mata v. Lynch (previous Holder). The conservatives mostly seemed to think it shouldn't be there, but the liberals were rather passionate in the lethal injection case. Sotomayor bluntly basically called the state liars, Kagan not as blunt, but clearly upset about the possibility of something akin to "burning alive." The last case was a technical case that they clearly wanted to get rid of.
Friday, May 01, 2015
Superman Versus the Ku Klux Klan: The True Story of How the Iconic Superhero Battled the Men of Hate
The above is some audio from a 1940s radio Superman serial where he goes up against a KKK type hate group. The subject book is for teens but is good for readers overall. To provide context, the book examines the origins of Superman (a pair of Jewish teens who loved comics) and how it was fit into the times, including during WWII. Also, we learn about the development and re-insurgence of the KKK plus a particular person from the South himself who fought them and had some influence on the serial. Good historical snapshot.
Snow in May writer provides thoughts on a Russian singer that showed up in the stories. Meanwhile, the current Mets struggles (more things change ...) has lead to various chatter at Mets Blog. Continue my "let's have a sense of perspective" mantra and find it a good policy on all things. So, don't latch on to one player, or if you do, look at him as a whole. etc. And, hey, I realize its sports. I'm not always rational. It's part of the charm. So vent some.
Thursday, April 30, 2015
Young & Hungry was amusing last night and I recognized the guy with the fake accent from various shows. But, the new love interest actually is a familiar face too -- listened to her sing decades ago. On something called a "record." Time flies. Those perogies looked good too.
Wednesday, April 29, 2015
The last day of oral arguments included one involving use of midazolam, which has been flagged as inappropriate by certain experts. The USSC (5-4) allowed one execution to go forward before taking a case. The risk here also is just that -- a risk; so (if it was okay) a successful execution doesn't prove much. Five justices seemed to see this as just a delay mechanism. Or, it just might be the system is flawed and they are blaming the messenger.
Supreme Court opinions are rarely surprising, but Roberts joining the four liberals (though two did not fully agree with his opinion) to uphold a regulation of judicial elections is. The limit might be modest, but as with cases striking down such laws, the ripples might be interesting. Agree judges aren't legislators, so there is more concern for avoiding of corruption or appearance thereof. Roberts also might have seen it as protecting his role.
This article on the changing nature of marriage is fine overall but has a tedious approach of simplifying that I see from time to time in comments. So, marriage was "not above love" until recently or something. Simplistic at best as seen by various ideal couples in ancient myths etc. I also (after a fashion) used this amusing imagined reply to a question about the Greeks to provide my own thoughts on the history there.
Tuesday, April 28, 2015
The arguments were rather unrewarding, especially the recognition questions that might be a more limited approach/issue, if they seemed to care much. They didn't. The couples' lawyer in the main argument was a bit hesitant sounding; the best was the S.G. The states relied on the risible argument that it would be bad for children if people thought marriage was about love and commitment. First part of audio release while the arguments were still ongoing.
Monday, April 27, 2015
I'm not on the ledge or something, but winning eleven in a row was not quite "real life" either. The Yanks weekend series, including last night's game, was in effect their first big test. Sorta failed, last night kinda embarrassing (four errors didn't help). The winning streak gave the Mets a cushion. Great. Nothing won yet. That series was a bit pathetic.