Tuesday, November 25, 2014
As a liberal sort, I'm a bit wary about the talk that "probable cause" is so easy to meet, grand juries always indict etc., since in most cases, the defendant isn't some police officer who killed a black teenager. Still, the cynicism is at least somewhat warranted in that most grand juries aren't handled like this. This has the look of a public relations gambit, which results in certain "special" defendants getting extra protections outside a normal public trial.
Grand juries basically (somewhat more than I thought) always bring true bills; an example of a categorical exception was seen last night. It also was atypical as to how long and drawn out the grand jury proceedings were. And, white or black, police shootings rarely are prosecuted. I'm unsure really if this was so very atypical here (some argue prosecutor did a bad job), but that's how cause célèbres often arise -- not just unique events, but ones that somehow are made into one. While I'm safe in my cocoon, some serious blowback is going on.
Monday, November 24, 2014
Snow delayed the NYJ game to tonight, which is no longer going to be played in Buffalo (outer edges of playoff race), but the NYG had a chance to play spoiler last night. After a remarkable scoring catch they decided to replay about 10x (sorry, might have only been seven or so) and an eleven point lead, interception Manning showed up, which was the start of the end. It took a Dallas scoring drive after they went up again though to underline the futility.
Though they didn't actually explain how it was wrong, some ridiculed a 'fact check' of the skit, which could have added that the executive order isn't based on air. It is based on existing law and is restrained by it. Satire is open to criticism -- it can be a powerful means of commentary, but also wrong-minded. It is childish, as are many Obama critics, to ignore this.
Saturday, November 22, 2014
Friday, November 21, 2014
Thursday, November 20, 2014
I am wary about speeches but Obama's comments on his executive action on immigration tonight was reasonable mixed with an appeal to principle, including religious values. It is legal and consistent with past presidents. The reply from some, including leadership that failed to act on a bill that past the Senate, is overblown b.s. when it avoids being simply offensive and racist. Thanks Obama and you know "fu" to unhelpful hateful trolls.
Don't know if I ever saw the whole movie, but finally did read the book. It is a pretty impressive effort, note it was written back in 1900, and putting aside some violent parts (e.g., killing a bunch of wolf-like creatures), stands up pretty well. It creates a special world of imagination and slyly teaches about things like true intelligence (Scarecrow, e.g., repeatedly shows he is pretty smart). My copy has a recent introduction, but the book as a whole is in public domain, if only between between 1960 and 1986 per earlier laws.
See here. The article highlights the "courtesy fifth" issue in stays, but has more on transparency in general. Page 320 at the "confirmation link" covers that issue. Also, there is pushback from Roberts since he was only serving as an advocate. Yeah. Serving in a presidential administration like that is sorta a flag on your true beliefs be it him or Kagan.