Monday, October 31, 2005
And Also: To give the devil his due, which even liberal bloggers like Atrios did, Kristoff did say "put up or get out" in respect to Cheney: come clean or you should resign or be removed. The felt need to clothe this in a glove (maybe there is innocent explanations) as well as shots to the Democrats still is quite annoying. Still, half nod to ya.
Sunday, October 30, 2005
Books: I added various new book links to the sidebar, including Though the Heaven's May Fall by Steven Wise, an account of the Somerset Case -- the case that in effect ended slavery on England soil. Slavery on the soil of English colonies, however, had to wait some years.
Friday, October 28, 2005
Wednesday, October 26, 2005
Prisoner Abortion Case: Put aside the title's suggestion that the denial can tell us that much. This essay's discussion of the lower court's opinion ordering a state to transport a prisoner (who it turns out will pay for the actual procedure herself, an important factor) to get an abortion fills in some interesting details. Key factor: prison need to supply medical services, even if it costs money and raises some safety concerns, the latter being the test in reducing prisoner rights (unless inherent to punishment), not state morality concerns. The opinion itself is not linked, but the essay sounds like a good summary.
Friday, October 21, 2005
Wednesday, October 19, 2005
Tuesday, October 18, 2005
Monday, October 17, 2005
Sports: NY Giants played to lose all day, Dallas finally let them in OT. NY Jets were close enough until the Bills put in the final nail. The Astros grinded out another pitching gem (2-1), while the White Sox starter went all the way for the fourth straight game. And, Anaheim -- though losing -- actually finally had a call go their way (and not -- but the final nail was the right call).
Sunday, October 16, 2005
Judith "Lying Embarassment to Journalism" Miller Update: Seems Miller just found some notes concerning the Plame matter and her conversations with Cheney's chief of staff, but remains cloudy on how the name "Valerie Flame" wound up in her notes. Oh, and she was under the impression -- as if her impressions warrant any respect any more -- that Libby thought her testifying to the Grand Jury would be against his interests. Anyway, he did tell her Wilson's wife worked for a CIA firm, but not that she was a covert operative. Oh, and the NYT overall thinks she's a bitch but still allowed her to get out of control, their editorial standing and news quality notwithstanding. How depressing.
Saturday, October 15, 2005
Baseball: Garcia pitched a six-hitter (with more umpire help), following up on Mark Buehrle's five-hitter and Jon Garland's four-hitter. Sox 3, Angels 1. And also: Interesting brief by former top military personnel on why the Supreme Court should take the Hamdan case. It helps when military explain why applying Geneva protections on "enemy combatants" is in our interests. Good cite of a situation involving a Somali warlord that makes the government look hypocritical here.
Wednesday, October 12, 2005
Monday, October 10, 2005
And Also: Yanks sorta choked last night -- after starting off very weakly, they rebounded to again win the AL East, but really there is not the old fire any more. I simply cannot be excited by the team anymore as currently composed. It is becoming (choke) an AL Braves: division win obligatory, going home early, also apparently so (though the Yanks went to the WS twice since 2000). Note how an Astros/White Sox World Series would have four former Yankee starting pitchers on the roster. Cardinals/Sox might be more likely, but A/W works for me. After all, is it not time for the White Sox to get their curse out of the way?
Sports: Vinny Testaverde is back and gave the team enough life to beat undefeated Tampa (14-12, one touchdown basically on defense). Though a bad call apparently helped, the Braves blew a 6-1 eighth inning lead, and lost in 18 to the Astros ... Clemens coming to uh pinch hit (it was either him or Oswalt, unless Pettite was available) and relieve for three innings. Clemens last relieved about the time the player who hit the winning run was born. Given the questionable hitting on both sides (though the Braves put up a threat in the 14th and made the closer work earlier), it is surprising they still aren't playing. Still, all is right when the Braves lose in the playoffs.