Tuesday, May 21, 2013
The very last case heard already brought forth a (unanimous) opinion, suggesting a per curiam reversal might have been appropriate. It does teach a lesson about the development of case law (and conclusive rulings by the highest court) as well as how a reasonable position might not be enough to warrant federal habeas relief. A reminder to lower courts, perhaps.
Monday, May 20, 2013
A pretty nice 100th episode/scheduled season finale involved a birth, two weddings and a surprise pregnancy. Plot slip-ups: Santana would not be a starting pitcher and DOMA suggests Russell marrying Timmy might not solve T's work visa issue [plus, Timmy is already a citizen!]. Still, nice combo of humor, sentiment and character bits. The end bit included.
The last season was released and overall enjoyed it though Kate Jackson's illness affected the last part of the season and led to the show itself ending without much resolution. Two recurring characters and the leads developing relationship were highlights. Various "I know that person!" moments. About five minutes of chase filler each episode. Not sure why they couldn't include any extras. Too bad these two never hooked up again.
Saturday, May 18, 2013
I'm a day early but will skip tomorrow. Talk Mets about "rays of hope" here. More such judicial picks (defense minded etc.) please. Some comments on the Gosnell prosecution here (see my comment). I'm reading What's Wrong With Homosexuality? (something of a trick title). Good quick coverage using the "reasoned debate" approach.
Saturday, May 11, 2013
I plan to take next week off from blogging here and elsewhere. A breather. I hope the Internet will survive. Happy Mother's Day and all that. [Update: Did not "blog," but did read blogs, so the hiatus was a half-way measure. Will not comment on various things that fell within the week, my excuse for skipping over the IRS matter.]
Prof. Dorf links to various useful discussions and makes a case that patterns my own basically in respect to putting the death penalty on the table for the miscarriages alleged to occur in the horror story now in the news. I made a comment there too.
Friday, May 10, 2013
The Astros manager removed a pitcher in an non-injury situation before facing a batter and even after called on it, umps refused to overrule him. This blatant ignorance/non-enforcement of the rules actually resulted in a suspension and fines for the umps. This sense of sanity and fair play is appreciated. Seems less of it these days.
This is a conversational style book with a lot of pictures. It is a bit petty at times, including noting the collection of letters published by his son (Letters From Nuremberg, which I recall finding worthwhile) didn't really add anything to the historical record. Overall, fairly pleasant reading of someone who comes off as an unpleasant man. His children are spoken of positively, including Chris Dodd, who some say is a bit too PTB friendly.
Thursday, May 09, 2013
Don't know if this will pass, but I'm game. Lawful residents there for more than six months pay taxes, work, raise families in local schools etc. They are part of society and it is reasonable to give them the vote in local elections. And, naturalization can be a long drawn out process as this occurs. Citizenship still has privileges and respect those who disagree here. School elections and the like would be the strongest case.
As with the book, no, not me. Wikipedia accurately labels it a "2011 American Southern Gothic black comedy crime film." The white trash flavor is seen early by the stepmom opening the door without panties (um think Texas). The cast is game and it overall is fun (if y'all are in the mood) the famous "chicken" scene [spoiler] coming late.
Wednesday, May 08, 2013
aka conservative talking points done fairly calmly. I respond here with an additional comment that forthrightly notes that some late abortions includes morally tricky seriously disabled fetuses. But, unlike the tone on that blog, wrong or not, I'm sympathetic given the tragic cases involved here. There are voices of sanity there, true.
And in the very last scene, Gladys and Lorna quote Churchill, and it is my very favorite thing. “Now this is not the end, or even the beginning of the end, but it is perhaps the end of the beginning.”Final recap? The future of this show is very unclear as much as one or more of the characters whose stories have no resolution here. The high point was mid-season. The last couple episodes were somewhat weak. Still, worth watching, if you can find it.