It is appreciated that the Dems regained control of the House with some picks in red areas and had some good ballot measures (including multiple states expanding Medicaid) but the trolls winning in the Senate and statehouses (not all confirmed) depresses and angers me. It is not just that many of the Democrats were good candidates but that some of the Republicans were horrible. Well, a few of them, including Kobach did lose. Still, it's tough. We have a long way to go as a country. Full Democratic control of the NY Legislature now. Update: It's a week after and the election isn't over in various ways, including the Florida Senate race and two key state governor races that influenced my negativity. It is a relief that Sinema seems to have won Arizona after being behind by a percentage the morning after. The Senate cycle was very tough and the Dems (pending Florida) will be either -1 or -2, which tbh is realistically a win especially since Doug Jones was a steal. Tough losses though.
Wednesday, November 07, 2018
Monday, October 29, 2018
Jets kept it close vs. a decent team (Bears) until their defense could no longer do so (injuries helped to limit much offense). Giants are again 1-7, Redskins mediocre enough to only add the second score margin until late in the game. Again, parity and some talent meant they really had a shot at a win (in two games, really long field goals doomed them). A late mistake doomed the Packers who gave no loss Rams a run for it. The Red Sox could have swept except for a 18th inning loss helped by errors and such in Game 3. They won in 5. Not great playoffs overall. Mets have a new GM. Let's see how much it matters. Basketball was played.
Thursday, October 25, 2018
The whole Electoral College thing isn't working, so maybe finding swords in lakes and such will do the trick. Current craziness can be helped by looking at old mental health films, thanks to the Library of Congress. Finally, a callback to Howard Cosell responding a famous protest, compared to current kneeling actions. And, Shaggy on money PTB types.
After a long life in public service, including some years after her retirement from active SCOTUS service, O'Connor released a touching letter to the public (after being out of public view for a while) formally stepping away for health reasons. It underlines the importance of civics (her cause after retirement) and each justice replied. I'm not sure why her letter isn't posted on their website. It is (as Souter's reply notes) quite timely. Some think her vote in Bush v. Gore tarred her forever. But, I respect her public service and overall sanity. Meanwhile: This move is basically a limited one with a specious Trump enabling partial dissent by two likely suspects, but it pisses me off they (yet again) don't explain themselves. You are delaying oversight involving the census that the lower court accepted. WHY?!
Friday, October 19, 2018
Tony Mauro reports for The National Law Journal that “Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor said this week that the arrival of Brett Kavanaugh has been greeted with the traditional ‘welcoming for a new member of our court,’ adding that “we are going to let these times pass,’” an apparent reference to his stormy confirmation process.”
She's stuck working with the guy, now given the 7th Circuit. I'm not so rather not since that is the route to repetition. I sent (seriously) a letter to the liberals and Roberts on the Supreme Court putting them on notice. Meanwhile, Roberts did his usual sales job, including opposing televising the court (in general though orals are emphasized) in part since it's not their job to educate. That's why he's out giving interviews. I think it's part of their job, but either way, it can be done and helps their main job in the long run. An uneducated public inhibits it.
Thursday, October 18, 2018
Couple late nite finishes in the playoffs and neither ended well in my eyes. Brewers still need to just win two straight.The Endings is a good idea, well done: photographs that tell a tale of loss for various women, a few portrayed by well known actresses. I'm not sure how far I'd take it but Why Honor Matters is at least an intriguing read up to a point. For instance, the Republicans during court battles to me in part are dishonorable -- in your face -- and Democrats need to factor that in when responding. Pragmatics need to take that into consideration as seen by the negative reply to a recent "compromise" that I'm not alone confused about the value of. But, not sure how far that is a matter of "honor" exactly. ETA: Another team I preferred was eliminated, the Astros only winning one, in part thanks to a bad call and great catch at the end. Well that was Game 4, but it sealed their fate.
Friday, October 12, 2018
I added this to the side panel and went to see the author talk about it. He is a character and has good stuff (including his grave visits and labor history series) at LGM -- strong lefty but with signs of reasonableness among the bluster. I liked the book overall (lot of material; at times had to only summarize). My overall idea is that if we are all workers and unions are so essential for fairness, what about making them mandatory, at least in certain areas with particular interstate commerce salience? Cf. public accommodation rules. Not optional. The importance for regulation of unions for economic peace was relied on in the 1930s. There is also a "free labor"/13A argument out there. The "choose to join a union" approach exists where free choice is at best imperfect. Unions provide a necessary resource. Too commie?
Tuesday, October 09, 2018
With the usual cheap looking copy of the film ala Youtoo America, the latest bad late night film is a mid-1990s somewhat erotic thriller with Molly Ringwald (basic cable, so need to search to see her breasts) and some character actor playing a cop being the only faces that are familiar. Not that any of them act very well. Molly's character screamed "stay away, she's a nut!" when she meets the hero at a party. Maybe, his girlfriend shouldn't have been such a prude when they kissed in the library (the second time, HE was the run who cut it off). There is actually limited bloodshed, no real surprises and it is relatively painless bad film fun.