I am about 2/3 thru this fictional account of a girl's experiences during the war in Croatia in the early '90s and its aftermath and it is a successful pick from online reviews. It isn't a direct veiled account of the author's life but stories she was told and learned about. As with great fiction, this does not rob it of basic truth. A well told story that is a promising debut.
Monday, June 29, 2015
Sunday, June 28, 2015
Saturday, June 27, 2015
After dropping under .500, a two game winning streak pushed them over. The two hits in last night's game doesn't lead me to be that relieved. Murphy will be back eventually but the only real change so far is the rookie putative ace Matz coming up. He appears to hit well at least.
Friday, June 26, 2015
After Kennedy announced the 5-4 (sigh on the closeness) judgment supporting same sex marriage as a constitutional right, Scalia had a personal moment of his own, announcing 6-3 (two of them agreed on statutory grounds; only Alito totally dissented) an important federal criminal provision as unconstitutionally vague. Three left for Monday.
Thursday, June 25, 2015
Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Release of opinion announcements is an especially prickly issue with the justices. The announcements are summaries written by the justice who wrote the majority, and the other justices in the majority don’t sign off on the wording.
So, reportedly (though I never hear them asked about it myself), justices don't want them broadcast. But, they are reported on and Oyez.com includes them online eventually. And, do they sign off on headnotes? A disclaimer is enough there. So, sorry. No sale.
How is that race war going? Instead got the victims' family forgiving you and South Carolina (is this the "end of the war" moment discussed on C-SPAN Civil War analysis over the weekend? special Juneteenth event?) et. al. removing the Confederate flag from statehouses and such. The SC process is convoluted and the governor had to paper over some things in her statement. But, impressive. Not sure about all these retailers, even when third parties sell them, barring sale though. Public endorsement is my concern; don't like shutting off private options, which will in various ways offend. A bit on the U.S. flag.
Tuesday, June 23, 2015
The draft title article by two supporters of abortion rights is a convincing brief to not apply Casey merely gratuitously to burden women's health, but think more should be added to cover acceptable regulations. For instance, ultrasound laws allegedly have a mixed purpose of health and promoting fetal life. Where do they fit? Is the problem with some the fact they are not truthful? 24 v. 72 hr. waiting periods? Other laws? They aren't fans of Casey, but want to apply it fairly. This is often tough, if necessary -- real life requires compromises.