Tuesday, April 15, 2014
A bit on historical fiction. One issue there is to the mind-set of people -- hard to imagine really how different it is. Some things stay same (we can tell by reading sources), some things don't. Most movies, e.g., make it feel almost topical. A discussion of "majority rule" in courts. Yes, a supermajority for overruling certain things might make sense. A few states have it. The stereotypical 5/4 splits are like one in four, but still worth thinking about.
Catching up a bit on demand. The daughter dating stuff is tiresome, but on the whole, the ensemble cast provides a good effort with the diverse story lines interesting. The daughter of the dad's competition was in Mayor Cupcake with the mom and also on Disney -- another example of a star going from G/PG to PG-13 fare (here in a hot tub). Also, is the stream of consciousness/Gilmore level talking thing a normal teen girl thing? Guess/bit much at times.
The Congress shall have power to lay and collect taxes on incomes, from whatever source derived, without apportionment among the several states, and without regard to any census or enumeration.I think this was true regardless, since "income" is "indirect" (maybe some special cases arise) but fine. [insert Holmes' quote]. Not the only redundant phrase probably.
Monday, April 14, 2014
Even Sen. Heller (NV) is now semi-sane on the first issue. Might actually be sane for some to vote (R) locally in Nevada. Still pretty crazy to help Rs control U.S. Senate. Somewhat sure they won't in '15, but crazy that it's half-way possible this national party will control Congress!
Veep covered abortion last night and a poll determined "don't know" as basically the plurality position. Not far off. Abortion also a theme of a recent hit here and this older discussion of emotional responses to issues. Oh, and "Sue" is played by "Sufe Bradshaw." Funny for nerds.
Sunday, April 13, 2014
This being Holy Week, it is also notable that John follows the synoptics regarding palms (Happy Palm Sunday), but not the bread/wine remembrance thing. (He also has the Last Supper on a different day.) That is one of the few things in Jesus' life Paul actually covers. The Jesus Seminar thinks it was a later edition by pagan followers, who unlike Jews would not find the idea as offensive and matches Greek/Roman cultural remembrance practices.
Saturday, April 12, 2014
After watching the LBJ play, reading Todd Purdum's book on the passage of the Civil Rights Act & halfway thru it is pretty good (few pages in, already found I liked the smooth writing style). March on Washington happened fifty years ago, August. Colbert's (profiled here in '05) mom was pregnant with him as she watched on there. Now that's pretty kewl.
Saw a reference that he is a "safe choice" given he's another white guy. True enough on some level. It would be nice to have a different look with Arsenio left to channels with much less viewership and Chelsea Handler on some channel that makes Conan's audience seem huge. Ellen is rather bland and has a pretty good gig. But, other options are available. Samantha Bee to replace Colbert? Talk Chelsea might replace Craig. If he leaves.
Interesting discussion. As usual, provide my .02. John Paul Stevens' new book -- wary about some of his amendments & think others (e.g., non-native born as President) more important than some of them. Ditto. Mets starting off too much like last few years.
Friday, April 11, 2014
Thursday, April 10, 2014
Jon Stewart probably knew. Didn't know he was up for the gig, but thinking about it, I can see it. Also, he's the only one of the bunch I really watch now. Check out Letterman and Craig a few times. Colbert has range and it will be interesting to see what he does with it.
Looking at his blog to find a link as to the last post, his "book club" entry will be Bart Ehrman's newest (on reserve) and a recent post on suicide is worthwhile. The author cited also is a poet and reserved her book in honor of poetry month. Don't see her suicide book in the library yet. Still have time to choose your "poem in your pocket" selection!
Andrew Sullivan was on Colbert last night voicing his dissenting view regarding the pressure to have him resign from heading Mozilla (which I use) because of his support for Prop 8 (I'm sure he did more for the cause than donate $1000). Multiple posts here, e.g., on how this was not some grand violation of the 1A principles. I agree -- he is the head of the company, important for the "brand," not an ordinary employee, etc. Still, Sullivan has a point too.
Wednesday, April 09, 2014
Good chart and summary. Also was looking at "Tao of Pooh." Want to read a bit on Eastern religions and that might work. First, a bit on Didache, which gets less love than Thomas et. al., but as Pagels noted in a recent book etc., important very early work.
I'm wary of the term "evil" since it seems supernatural and often leads people to deem certain others as subhuman. Was listening to Bart Ehrman talk about the "problem of evil." But, like "sacred," the term has a certain valid bite. Denying the needy care is pretty evil on some level. Thanks to the USSC, state governors have the power to do that regarding Medicaid expansion. Thankfully it isn't quite as bad as it could be (see, e.g. Arizona).
An article by Chait on the tragic place of race in politics today is worth reading, but the response here -- in effect promoting the idea of "objective racism" -- is a good "let's be careful here" reply. I think if a white guy was up there, the Tea Party will find a reason to despise him too (see Bill Clinton), but it isn't all in our heads either. And, like in other human interactions, de facto matters. Even if "I don't really mean it." Complicated mess.
Various good links discussing the campaign finance ruling here, including multiple ones by Rick Hasen, with additional ones when you get to each. For instance, on the limited definition of "corruption" in Citizens United, which is worse than "corporation as people" which is a normal trope used. And, the "bad" and "good" responses to such cases. Likewise, false minimalism and need for courts to realistically address what they are doing. As to the latter, Justice Breyer is a mixed bag, but his upfront prudential approach has its values.