Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Linda Greenhouse had a good article a few years ago (tempus fugit) about "Persons' Day" and living constitutionalism or shall we say "living tree" constitutionalism. RBG might be celebrating. Meanwhile, as the new travel ban starts to be struck down by the courts, the fear is now applied to green card holders in the military. Tree rot.
Monday, October 16, 2017
Most notable case in today's orders probably one involving email storage/4A in 21st Century potential. SCOTUS continues to avoid taking a case involving GITMO/military tribunals and they continue to have problems. Death penalty case sent back per recent case; three liberals (see generally) would take another. Gorsuch (and two others) send message "we want a Chevron case" in typical annoying Gorsuch fashion. Orals at end of month.
Trump signed two executive orders (one more immediate than the other but subject to litigation) aiming to screw ACA, taking those "take care" responsibilities seriously. Promoted theocracy. And, tried to screw [take: Iran is making that difficult & like the chickenshit he really is, Trump isn't doing all he can or what some say he is; but he is still trying to screw it over somehow] the Iran deal. Just what immediately comes to mind.
Friday, October 13, 2017
Eagles (with Giants out, the best division alternative, I guess) won a close one vs. another playoff hopeful. And, the Cubs survived a 9-8 game with a little of everything. So, it's Cubs v. Dodgers (swept) and Yanks (down 0-2) vs. Astros (in four). TBH, Yanks exciting, but still rooting for Astros (figure either can win). Dodgers too dominant of late to root for much, but a Cubs repeat is blah too. Indians great season ended badly; Dusty Baker loses again. More: Astros/Dodgers World Series closer with each up 2-0, Verlander's complete game 2-1 win most impressive. Jets started the game vs. Pats that way, the offense disappeared & with about forty seconds left (after Pats missed a FG) gave the ball up, which of course led to the Pats to tie it 14-14. End, with a controversial non-score tossed in was expected. Giants dominated Broncos Sunday Night. Other big news was Aaron Rodgers will be out long term.
Thursday, October 12, 2017
This year might be a low in executions, but Robert Pruett [video includes family members of deceased; they split on support of his execution at the time of taping] is one of them after the final appeals had no dissents. He had claimed his innocence and there very well might be some reasonable doubt. He was convicted of killing a prison guard; he had a 99 prison term at 15 for involvement (unclear but didn't kill him) of a murder committed by his father. Even this "easy case" has a lot of gray, including the basically doomed nature of his life.
Wednesday, October 11, 2017
The Supreme Court, as expected, vacated one travel ban opinion and likely will soon another when the old ban expires there too. This was barely explained in a paragraph order. Sotomayor would have dismissed it as improvidently granted, which would have kept the lower court opinion in place. She didn't say why. smh. So the challenge clock resets.
Monday, October 09, 2017
Two chapters in particular were eye glazing regarding the complicated economic wrongdoing at issue, but as a whole, this was a pretty readable account that suggests the complications involved here. Online, I have seen people on the left angry at the lack of prosecutions (not quite absolutely so) and felt somewhat sympathetic about the pressures involved. But, the book helps point out to the problems, even if some on the right in the electorate are rather hypocritical with their concerns (TRUMP is who you pick? the book provides a positive look at various Republicans in the Justice Department, but big picture, Tea Party Republicans in Congress etc. don't seem to be Bernie Sanders fighters for justice here). No pictures!
Jets have another game where they survive because the other team gave the game way, so let's be careful about that 3-2 record. Giants (my kingdom for a win!) find a way to lose, plus lose key players to injuries. Red Sox and Yanks live another day, Yanks finally getting an ace start (1-0 win, seven scoreless). Pence acts like a Trump clown. Arizona hits, Dodgers hit much more. Cubs blow game in 8th; next time bring closer in to seal deal!