I'm embarrassed to say I get more numb to these shooting tragedies and I think it is because at this point we know with a moral certainty that absolutely nothing will be done to keep guns out of the hands of the rageful, narcissistic, delusional or psychopathic individuals who commit these atrocities.
Friday, October 02, 2015
Courts using law from other nations is particularly controversial in such cases like applying the 8A, but Justice Breyer's new book is more about other matters. Overall, it is about how legal matters require knowledge of international matters such for treaty application, international commerce and so forth. Engaging with the world and back/forth influence is a smaller part. Somewhat more technical, important message to promote but not sure the general reader would find it as smooth as his last book. I didn't, skimming certain parts. Also, the mostly post-WWII focus is probably a bit misleading; there has been a great growth in recent years, but the interaction was there the whole time. Again, still worthwhile.
Thursday, October 01, 2015
The 22nd execution is wrong but so are a lot more innocents dying in ways that should be preventable including in other areas like needless medical deaths. See, e.g., those who die per denial of health insurance or work place deaths. Some think focus on the death penalty crowds out other criminal justice harms. Many needless deaths. Basically, I think a sea change of culture is necessary here akin to homosexuality and smoking.
Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Monday, September 28, 2015
John Oliver was back and got a couple soap opera stars (including one killed off) to take part in the segment on refugees (a teen girl learned English watching their show). Show is getting some prime guest actors. Cyborg 2 was on again -- basically a straight to vid sort of deal that is a late performance of Jack Palance being hammy and a chance to see Angelina Jolie topless in an early role. The Closer reruns is a nice way to end the weekend.
Saturday, September 26, 2015
And Also: So nice to see everyone have fun on Saturday -- various people like to toss out the vitriol against the manager etc. but this is a great bunch. Jets were down 24-0 on Sunday, but really seemed to have a shot. But, couldn't get out of their own way all day. And, though Pappy is the worst, darn the Nats really took a dive. The PHILS made them look pathetic.
A liberal reaction to the 2016 race led me to respond. As noted, I think the also rans deserve some credit though hard to take Lessig seriously. Sen. Whitehouse on Citizens United shows that even if not all of it was wrong, it is a dubious decision at least in its breadth.
Thursday, September 24, 2015
Late nite viewing shows that at times Disney has throwback shows after midnight such as Lizzy McGuire last night. Cute show. Her dad on the show is part of an acting trio of brothers and is familiar for various roles. Bikini Spring Break is not actually a highlight, but is amusing fare, if taken in the right frame of mind. Also on various times late nite.
Will avoid links, but places like Stephanie Miller (radio), Rachel Maddow (tv) and Talking Points Memo (blog) highlighting various left leaning pope stuff like climate change, immigration and anti-death penalty. A few like Andy Humm (Facebook) reminding Catholic Church leaves something to be desired in some areas (like gay rights). Yup.
Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Various playoff teams are scuffling some (Astros fell out of first; Dodgers lost four in a row) but various Mets fans don't care about them, annoyed about their own team. I am somewhat impatient -- wish they were a bit closer, but a magic number of six, a 6.5 game lead, an easy schedule and 11 games to play is pretty good. Lots know that; some are pains. Update: #5 now ... not great couple games though.