I recently read a small book with four case studies entitled Beyond Trans: Does Gender Matter? that was interesting though probably could have been longer to deal with the somewhat absolutist position. Today, on the anniversary of desegregation in the military, Trump tweeted trans "in any capacity" cannot serve in the military. The cost reason offered is specious. It's a blatant wedge issue move. This after over twenty House Republicans joined the effort to vote down a ban on the Pentagon paying for gender transition.
Wednesday, July 26, 2017
Tuesday, July 25, 2017
Ohio is somewhat curiously a major death penalty battlefield these days. Sotomayor continued her dissenting effort to enforce some oversight (here the district court held a trial was warranted over drugs and it was upheld before an en banc court overturned) with RBG joined her ("RBG and Sotomayor, dissenting" again). Justice Breyer was surely sympathetic, but left it to her statement, while focusing on other death penalty things himself. ETA: Ronald Phillips (child rape/murder at 19) was executed. The mother's case is tragic too. The other executions (double robbery/murder and drug influenced murder) are pending.
Monday, July 24, 2017
Story of a Girl was Kyra Sedwick's first directorial effort and had some familiar faces (her daughter, "t.v. husband" and actual husband had supporting roles). It involved a teenage girl affected by a viral sex video. Overall, very good, including the supporting roles. Grantchester had a good episode too. "Leonard" showed some toughness again. One episode in season left?! Meanwhile, late night baseball this week, and trading deadline watch.
Sunday, July 23, 2017
Looking at poll data, a major factor for Trump voters (30% or something) was judicial nominations. McConnell, after another failure on screwing health care, pointed to Gorsuch. There also has already been some other nominations, many well praised by resistance lawyer types, but consistently conservative. All are tainted by the nominator. The first confirmed is someone we heard little about though fits the bill, in the less known but often controversial 6th Circuit. The second was John Bush, a tool that was prime Trumpite bait. The fact not a single Republican voted against them reminds us the state of the party. The courts, including the Supreme Court, will be tainted for a long time with these people. Kill me now.
Saturday, July 22, 2017
Friday, July 21, 2017
So reports (of course denied though there is nothing really wrong with being fully informed) of research on pardons and impeachment (Arthur Goldberg, in part raising something blocked by Nixon v. U.S.) talk continues toward our major constitutional live action dialogue. It is all amazing, horrifying and various other things. It is also so easy to be caught in it, mesmerized by ongoing events. This year for me personally leaves a lot to be desired and this isn't really helping. Anyway, a bit of poetry. The one about "Diane" is touching.
Wednesday, July 19, 2017
For now, it appears that the attempt to repeal/replace (or just repeal) ACA has failed in the Senate. Certain Republican senators opposed it as too mild but some as too harsh. Strong opposition mattered. A good victory to help continue fighting. Meanwhile, I'm sorry about John McCain, but also about others who have to deal with cancer. Especially those who are worried about costs. McCain helped how in that respect? And, it is not uniquely "horrible" some older person having cancer. A child? Yes. A bit tired of the level of responses there. ETA: He suffered in Vietnam. Sure did. Do we hear about other survivors dealing with cancer like this? His service in the Senate has been tainted, especially lately. Sorry.