Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Mixed reports suggested the first lethal injection didn't go off without a hitch, but for the first time in years a state had two executions in the same day. Yay! This is a "clean case" (as far as we know) where innocence and other claims were not made, it coming down to the system itself. Beforehand: After three of the eight planned were stopped, the fourth went on with problems lingering. Which is a blatant problem: it's all so arbitrary. Meanwhile.
Thursday, April 20, 2017
The book is an interesting and well sourced take that in effect argues that the Quran provides a Jewish Christian take on Jesus. It even tosses in a take (without Joseph) of a virgin birth. Jesus gets rather top billing, down to the final days (if a bit more hazy there)! It ends with the author's liberal/reformist take, the "something for everyone" approach fitting rather well there. Some of the details might be open to debate (and weeds a bit tedious), but it's overall rather fascinating. More of all faiths need to know the details here. Well written.
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Saturday, April 15, 2017
Taxes are what we pay for civilized society, including the chance to insure.The weekend pushes things to Monday, but still a useful reminder from Justice Holmes. Rather so given the basis of the PPACA Cases. Then, there is the tyranny of Trump never releasing his tax returns. And, there continues to be the Emoluments Clause[s] issue. While they formulate means to screw us over tax-wise, perhaps the Republican Congress can help.
Friday, April 14, 2017
It involves a good amount of supposition to understand what might have "really happened," but is important to get a sense of the context of the times. This is so even if you are an atheist and don't accept the (rather hard to take seriously, if you think too much about it) supernatural components. There is also a way to accept a meaning to it all, like Christmas, it having certain somewhat universal aspects such as rebirth. Ditto Passover in some sense.
Wednesday, April 12, 2017
I really enjoyed Isabelle Huppert in Things to Come, a leisurely film of sorts about a certain time in a woman's life. She has a commanding presence and style that impresses. This film is somewhat similar though is a tad more twisted, starting with the opening scene involving her being raped. We first see this from the perspective of her cat. The fact she is a businesswoman crafting a violent video game involving a woman being raped by a monster suggests a certain ongoing theme here. Some overlap in relations with family too. Very good.
Monday, April 10, 2017
2nd Monday in April: when every decision by SCOTUS is a bit tainted because of stolen seat being sworn in (cute baby justice stories time! reference to an article about Kagan helping the new junior "justice," who has certain jobs like messenger boy at Conference). No, after over FORTY YEARS, we don't finally have a 5-4 somewhat liberal leaning Court. I'm depressed and pissed on about equal levels. God he looks like one pleased sanctimonious asshole.