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.
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
“What the humanities and social sciences have to teach us is the variety of truth, the provisional nature of conclusions, the sources of illumination from people of other backgrounds and other perspectives,” he said, “and the magic that can occur when they are combined.” Hope semi-retirement (hears occasional appeals) is treating you well.
A black man sentenced to death in Missouri for a robbery homicide (chance saved the life of a child) was refused final appeals today on concerns about an all white jury (no dissents) and the usage of drugs/secrecy (four justices dissent, again without comment -- it's time guys). An earlier judge applied sentence of death (the jury, then with blacks on it, hung 11-1 on that issue) was earlier reversed on appeal. Update: Executed. Four justices of the USSC felt he should not have been, at least yet, but didn't deign to say a word on why. This is wrong.
There are problems with "religion," good comes with bad, but putting aside other things have some of these issues (e.g., tribalism), it is more certain religions. Blind faith, opposition to interfaith efforts etc. is a problem with some religions. The comment thread has some over the top comments about how "religion" is horrible. I have images of some liberal minister in a sweater or something here & feel compelled to say "um wait a bit."
Sunday, November 16, 2014
Yup, on again: it's one of those Hallmark films that are on over and over again. Deservingly so. It stays mostly loyal to the book, except it tones the religion down somewhat and tacks on a somewhat forced late complication. Still, enjoyed it, both for the performances and its fresh/real flavor. Also, a comfortable "PG" approach (spend the night? surely not!).
Saturday, November 15, 2014
Didn't get into the book, but enjoyed this Hallmark film, in part because it is really two stories (with a bit of a third), so there is just enough material without filler or extended required complications. One couple better, but all pleasant. Repeat favorite.
Insurance costs would have rose regardless; with ACA the costs decreased on average. But, hey, catchy misleading headline on your main page NYT. Don't worry. The increased "hurdle" here for re-enrollment has nothing to do with your "just reporting the news" headline. Anyway, "Obamacare" has all these issues. "Free market" care is pony-land.
Friday, November 14, 2014
As suggested by the comments to the story, hard to be that upset this guy is dead, but after over twenty years in prison, hard to tell what other than retribution is obtained. Deterrence unlikely. Last appeals concerned use of lethal injection and some lawyer issues. Allow executions, some harder cases will slip thru. Plus, the idea of the state having the basic power to take life like this seen as civilized. Many of us don't see that as acceptable.
Notable how much reduction can address resource needs. Book was decent. The author is an expert and uses a "just folks" personal experience approach, if one a tad overwhelming on detail and not quite applicable (given she's in rural Idaho) to many readers. Good karma.