Tuesday, December 10, 2013
This continues a series that frames the issue in a way that appeals to my sentiment that those for religious liberty should be against their claims. I see it more of a free exercise concern but the two clauses do interlock and this does get to my concern that the net result is selective religious establishments since all claims won't be treated equally.
Monday, December 09, 2013
Jets got back to their "we can beat mediocre teams" ways though their defense gave up a lot of points. The Giants were smacked around and eliminated. The Saints got their mojo back. Couple scrubs didn't quite have upsets. Colts backed into the playoffs. So it goes.
Saturday, December 07, 2013
A bit lackadaisical but good film about an East German woman doctor in 1980 dealing with her new settings, the result of her desire to go West. Good lead performance. It is a good low key way to tell the horrors of the regime. Also liked the director's The State I Am In.
Next week will concern some important EPA related oral arguments, though the discussions will probably be pretty technical at times. My take -- "Congress should be the one to sort out the EPA’s role." The USSC seems to want to avoid the 1A issue, but they also just heard a military protest case. Howard Zinn's spirit was rooting Erwin Chemerinsky on.
His death sadly was just a matter of time (well, so for us all) given he lost so many years in prison. But, The Onion points to the truth when showing how much he is honored. OTOH, there are reasons for some dissenters. He provided a path for the oppressed everywhere, but even there, the story was a tad more complicated than the myth. Fighting of all types is.
Thursday, December 05, 2013
Social sciences was my cup of coffee in school, but math was okay -- liked geometrical proofs. Couldn't say "Pythagorean" Theorem though. Wonder Years' math babe Danica McKellar has a charming set of math books (showing it is a bit hard to explain math) meant for teenage girls. An interesting p.o.v. on subtracting negatives.
I have seen arguments that "college athletes should get paid" (and it's so wrong that they don't!) and my sentiments match this essay. Anyway, most college sports don't really make money. So, what some elite group will get special benefits, like some nobility?
One concern some have over the contraceptives question is that religion gets special favoritism. But, that's in the First Amendment and works both ways. Also, "religion" -- as I have noted in the past -- is widely defined, if with unclear borders. I have not read his tomes but one interesting example here is the "religion" of Leo Tolstoy.
Wednesday, December 04, 2013
One seasonal event for me has been reading what the Supreme Court has decided regarding holiday displays -- we each have our eccentricities -- agreeing with Stevens on the ideal policy. It is not some earth shattering issue, but favoritism does raise some concerns.
Prof. Volokh is providing a useful series on this topic, putting aside some possible disputes on specifics. I provide my "two cents" via various comments. Some comments are just depressing, more so the ones firm in the crystal obviousness of their confusion. One doozy: comparing providing coverage with personally performing abortions.
This was an interesting HBO film about Lord Longford, a British reformer's efforts (as part of his general long campaign, in part motivated by his religious beliefs, to help prisoners) to help an infamous female serial killer. Turns out he is a bit too naive about her case, so mixed as assisting the redemption promotion effort. Good lead performances.
Monday, December 02, 2013
Offensively named team raced out of the gate for 14 points and then forgot how to score. The not playing like their name team came back, but made one mistake that made the score close enough for an end of the game scoring drive for the tie. Helped by confusion over down markers, a turnover clinched the game. 5-7 is not good, better after starting 0-6.
Sunday, December 01, 2013
The Jets have gone from win/lose to just lose -- another rather pathetic effort that is not just about who the QB is. The Viks tried to help the Bears win in OT with a joke field goal attempt, but won in the end (with time running low). Jags won again. Devil Pats found way to win. Falcons (now horrible) even had an upset. SNF match-up of losers; MNF of winners.