Friday, October 31, 2014
Thursday, October 30, 2014
Caught a bit but could not get into the film and the book is written in a way that fits the author but not something I could read thru either. Still, read parts and it is powerful stuff of someone who suffers torture and imprisonment in WWII and decades later (the film starts with a meet cute; the book is more linear) meets a translator from back then, obtaining some sense of closure and release. Hard to imagine humanity's cruelty and survival at times.
I noted the USSC granted a stay of an execution. It, with Sotomayor dissenting, denied another from the same person that challenged the state's planned use of a made-to-order execution drug produced by an unidentified compounding pharmacy. I link to a news article since you can't tell from the USSC website. This continues the justices, though more than one dissented in various cases, not saying a word on the latest execution drug controversies. And More: The opposition to medical involvement in lethal injections adds to the cause of use of inert gas or firing squads, that is, if we use the death penalty at all.
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Game turned on an infield single basically ... and Madison "baseball god" Bumgarnder. Five innings of nothing (or 4.2 than a last bit of hope). Unbelievable etc. etc. Oh hell with it. What a boring World Series that was mostly bullpen with a bit of starter (Shields finally had a good six but then you know Madison and the KC pen deciding to suck). Again, blah.
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
After a late appeal was rejected (for some reason -- we have no grounds to be told -- Breyer did not take part), Miguel Angel Paredes, whose bio suggests his fate was far from surprising, was executed. Don't find this overly useful myself. Update: With lots of former judges etc. pushing for it, USSC does stay an execution 6-3. No need to wait this long. And, given the rarity of it, how about a damn short opinion explaining why?!
More here. Meanwhile, Obama's "war" on whistle-blowers. And, this really makes me find the institution pathetic. Do you LIKE promoting abortions this much? Again, I will say it over and over again, if this level of purity is sooooooo important to you, you have to be consistent and support pure separation and practicably impossible to uphold broad exemptions. You do not.
The author of the (in)famous Heather Has Two Mommies wrote this book for teens that realistically provides us the voice of an outcast girl from 1971 (dedication implies based on someone; was written in 2000s) who has a relationship with an older man. Nothing profound, story a bit thin at spots, but deals with a touchy subject pretty well.
I was reading in a public place recently and some Mormon missionary gave me a card and Starkist, but had no sample DVD of the "we're Mormon" documentary she spoke about. Bad planning. Ended, like someone referenced here and a person that I spoke to on the phone earlier with "have a blessed day." Like a comment there, no, I don't mind that. Thanks to changing evangelical minds on LGBT. And those nurses/doctors who ministered EBOLA sick? Talk about "Christian" duty! And, talking about EBOLA, compare Obama with Reagan.
Monday, October 27, 2014
I personally from the beginning thought Obama was too restrained even if in some respects he appeals to my inner core but it is good to remember that in various ways he was well worth it. One reason to show up (reducing turnout leans conservative) and vote Democrat.
Sunday, October 26, 2014
Long day of football with a morning game from London (Falcons blew it) though not too many surprises. One sorta was how horrible Jets played. Cards win over Eagles best game overall. Oakland still winless. Baseball - Shields actually did okay. But, hitting and relief did not. World Series pretty boring so far. Death Comes to Pemberley (didn't like book much) started pretty well if with a weaker final third. Old fave on tv -- Desperately Seeking Susan.
Saturday, October 25, 2014
It's only ten days away and some places already ongoing! Sen. Gillibrand with Julia Margulies, a reason to protest vote against Gov. Cuomo, why arguments for voting id laws (a time when conservatives like regulations) don't add up & key NY re-districting ballot measure up in air.
If Ms. "You Had Me At Hello" wants it fine, though the "it's good living" bit sounds (looks?) lame, but as this article notes, there are negatives to using surgery to clear away what made you distinctive and/or familiar to people. Like Tina Fey -- she looks too glamorous. Jennifer Aniston too tanned and polished. Not going to lie and say never think some work makes a person looks better. But, it is far from always true. Also, moderation is often a good thing.