The Puerto Rico district court ruling upholding the SSM ban was one of those things so bad that I missed some of it. See here with some gems about "traditional marriage" as: “The husband must protect his wife and the latter obey the husband.”
Friday, October 24, 2014
Thursday, October 23, 2014
“We do not want to propagate virtues by acid,” some of the protesters chanted, a reference to the Islamic obligation of “propagating virtue and preventing vice.” Others shouted, “Death to extremists.”The current Iranian President denounced a new decency law as extreme. With the upcoming Rosewater film portraying the 2009 election, perhaps he is a small sign of progress.
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
James McPherson was the one volume Civil War history I had as a text book. This is rather more slim, underlined by margins of a teenager trying to fill up pages. Guess it tells us the basics, but especially putting aside all its summaries of events and characters, it isn't very deep. Plus, at times it seems to be geared to high school students prose-wise. Okay.
After a controversy largely arising out of a controversial client ended one path, the new nominee for chief of the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division should please voices on the left. Some conservative voices don't like her comments against drug criminalization, a term clarified here. I added a comment on the effect of drugs on crime.
Bound to happen. After a long layoff, with "small game" James' record in the playoffs and the unstoppable force of Bumgardner (James Garner's original name!), good time as any. Wipe off the dust and win tonight! He's bound to lose eventually too.
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Jaguars won, Seattle lost & each NY team lost, the NYJ in painful fashion. Overall liked the Joan Biskupic Sotomayor book -- in fact, wanted a bit more (e.g., it mostly skipped the hearings!), a nice crisp read. Getting a lot of love from the Court watching community.
Monday, October 20, 2014
One response here in particular felt for those who thought about it and aren't self-interested it is blatantly simple to oppose criminal punishments for drug use. Such overkill bothers me -- people aren't just wrong, they are either biased and/or unthinking. People can be wrong without this, especially for complex questions. Likewise, they (such as "conservatives") are usually not simply bad people. Strong opposition is fair, but sometimes people go too far.
Sunday, October 19, 2014
Saturday, October 18, 2014
The Iranian-Canadian journalist Maziar Bahari took part in a joke segment for the Daily Show, not knowing it would be used as part of the "case" against him by Iranian authorities after the 2009 elections. Jon Stewart later directed the akin to a novel account of Bahari's four months of hell in prison, a film coming out next month entitled Rosewater.