I have yet to see the Times Square pedestrian mall myself (shame on me). A significant development of urban planning. This issue is getting some attention. Seems trivial -- should painted breasts even count as "nude," even granting a commercial/non-commercial line? If they are being too aggressive, so are other costumed characters. Targeting tourists is also typical. Is a good excuse for tabloids etc. to talk about and show breasts.
Thursday, August 27, 2015
Wednesday, August 26, 2015
We were together almost nine months. It was the best nine months of our lives. We wanted to get married.We just celebrated her 24th birthdayBad things happen but that killing of a tv reporter and her cameraman (both getting married; Hurt was a colleague/bf) on live tv (video available) is definitely a truly "OMG" moment.
-- Chris Hurst (on Twitter)
Tuesday, August 25, 2015
The movie was better than the book and some liked the musical better than the movie. Both have charms though play Emmett is a deeper character. Has to be -- not played by super bland Luke Wilson. Sorry Luke; kinda boring. Soundtrack is fun and well performed.
The book has a somewhat expected feel to it, including given its author writes for The Nation, but overall it is a very readable account of the voting battles from the VRA until today that also provides a view of each side though clearly on one.
Saturday, August 22, 2015
Thursday, August 20, 2015
Did not like a discussion of the book but enjoyed the once "shocking" 1950s novel as a whole. One can see why it was so outrageous/exciting with sex, scandal, abortion etc. It was written in an down to earth way. The broad range points of view with a few central also is a favorite style for me personally. The author of the discussion wrote an introduction and it covered a lot of the same ground of her full length book in about a tenth of the time.
Wednesday, August 19, 2015
Nobody has pulled a more thorough disappearing act than George W. Bush. Unfortunately for the Republicans, Democrats and independents do have functioning memory cells.
Sometime by the time of the you know who's administration, a certain line was crossed for me to make one national party simply hard to take seriously as a credible option. It is rather unpleasant. This is a glaring sign of things.
Tuesday, August 18, 2015
He had another good extended segment, saying upfront he wasn't saying all religion was bad. Some will look past this, but it's a useful qualifier. Also, the rules are loose (Colbert, also with legal assistance, showed this with PACs) but unsure how stricter they can be. Religion is in part about assuring people of weird things, often to make you guilty for not benefiting the religion, backed by the supernatural. A lot of restraints here will be non-governmental.
Interesting discussion from someone who wrote strongly on the falsity of "voter fraud" side but I think both sides make good points. Just don't see this as much of a problem though see his point. Question on early voting (see here) led me to dig a bit. Commented at CO link.
The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex. Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.
There is a "right to vote" and the question is what regulations are allowed. Also, the 19A is a sort of ERA -- women now clearly had a right to basic rights of citizenship and all that (including equality in public life) that entails. The connection warrants more attention. An early post-19A case shows there is a debate over the reach, but point holds.